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Cosplay Friday: Legend of Korra

Fri Feb 27, 2015, 11:28 AM
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The Legend Of Korra


Fans sadly bid adieu to the The Legend of Korra series as its run on Nickelodeon came to a close this past December. A sequel to the popular Avatar: The Last Airbender, the series takes place 70 years after Avatar and follows 17 year old Korra as she tries to master the last element needed to become a full Avatar.


The Legend of Korra debuted in 2012 and pushed the boundaries of children’s television by featuring more mature topics touching on violence, race, sexual orientation, and politics.



In the show’s very first season a character was killed on screen in the season finale, leading to it being pulled from the Saturday morning lineup for being too dark.


Our lead character, Korra, is a strong, brave heroine of color — something still not all that common in film or television. And while the show doesn’t take place in our world, it still incorporates Eastern influences and ideas from other cultures.












In terms of sexual orientation, the kicker came at the end of the series


Spoiler Alert:


The once romantic rivals Korra and Asami, whose relationship had evolved over the course of the show, are shown holding hands in the exact same pose as Aang and Katara kissing at the end of The Last Airbender. While the showrunners didn’t go that far, it was clear that this pair was more than just friends — something no other children’s show has been as explicit about.



From a political side, through its storylines the show has tackled fascism via Kuvira and weapons of mass destruction via the Spirit Weapon, among other topics. Keeping with its Eastern influences, The Legend of Korra, while not mentioning religion, does foster the values of balance and mindfulness.


All of these are very serious topics for a child–oriented show and have definitely pushed the boundaries of where children's programing can go. The Legend of Korra ultimately taught us through Korra’s journey about embracing the sides of ourselves that are awkward and that we may not be comfortable with. The lesson is about self–acceptance.


While The Legend of Korra series may be over and the future of more Avatar series is still uncertain, we can still enjoy these beloved characters in the flesh. Cosplayers from around the world have joined their talents to bring the world of Avatar to life. So whether you’re a fire bender, water bender, earth bender, air bender or a full avatar, get ready to enjoy a gallery of Avatartastic cosplay.
















It’s all right. People usually assume that I’m daddy’s helpless little girl, but I can handle myself.”


— Asami










We are perfect for each other! She’s strong, I’m strong. She’s fun, I’m fun. She’s beautiful… I’m GORGEOUS!”


— Bolin










I’m impressed. No one has ever gotten the better of me like that. It is almost a shame to take the bending of someone so talented. ALMOST.”


— Amon










The key is to be like the leaf, flow… with the movement of the gates. Airbending is all about spiral movements. When you meet resistance, you must be able to switch directions at a moments notice.”


— Tenzin










Yeah, but I don’t know why. The other elements came so easily to me, but every single time I’ve tried Airbending [sticks out her tongue] nothing.”


— Korra










I’m happy to help any way I can. I want these Equalists to pay for what they’ve done.”


— Hiroshi Sato










And now for the grand tour! The Flying Bison sleeps in those caves down there. And that’s the temple grandpa Aang built. And that’s the green house that we grow the vegetables we eat.”


— Ikki












Your Thoughts


  1. Who is you favorite The Legend of Korra character and why?
  2. What would you like to see in future editions of Cosplay Friday?













Fans sadly bid adieu to the The Legend of Korra series as it’s run on Nickelodeon came to a close this past December. A sequel to the popular Avatar: The Last Airbender, the series takes place 70 years after Avatar and follows 17 year old Korra as she tries to master the last element needed to become a full Avatar.

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MNVR99 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1. WOW!! Kya!! I've always been fascinated with Katara since AtLA, but when Kya firs appeared, Woow!! I was unable to think about something else for weeks!!! Not just me, but my brother also, noticed that I'M JUST LIKE HER!!! I also have THE SAME MARK UNDER THE SAME EYE!!!! woooooooooo

Oh, and I also like Lin. I'm not sure why, I never liked any earth bender, always the water benders gathered my attention; but Lin is just SO AMAZINGLY GREAT!! SHE'S A GENIUS!!!!

haha... well... that's all... If I say I like Raava, I would be unable to explain why...
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MNVR99 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
1. WOW!! Kya!! I've always been fascinated with Katara since AtLA, but when Kya firs appeared, Woow!! I was unable to think about something else for weeks!!! Not just me, but my brother also, noticed that I'M JUST LIKE HER!!! I also have THE SAME MARK UNDER THE SAME EYE!!!! woooooooooo

Oh, and I also like Lin. I'm not sure why, I never liked any earth bender, always the water benders gathered my attention; but Lin is just SO AMAZINGLY GREAT!! SHE'S A GENIUS!!!!

haha... well... that's all... If I say I like Raava, I would be unable to explain why...
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ChiravianSkies Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Totally Lin. She got the more Toph-ey attitude, and I found that in S4, Toph actually kinda lost that air about her. She lost her... funny. So, in ATLA, it was Toph. In LOK, it was Lin. Or Jinora before S3.
2. I'd love to see some Skyrim cosplay. I don't know if it's already been put up, but I always like how people look in it.
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Assassin10134 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool
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Ditzy-Doe Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It just so happens that I just finished watching this series in its entirety today! My favorite character is absolutely Aang's son, Bumi! Bolin comes in second a close second. But there are so many great characters here, and I just love them all, even the bad guys! Gee, this show may have very well permanently changed me as an artist from now on.

You got me on suggestions, sorry! Steven Universe has a lot in common in themes with this show if you ask me, but I'm not sure it is a good suggestion.
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EclipseDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
How can people like Legend of Korra at all? It's just plain awful, especially Korra, she bitches and cries and whines about EVERYTHING.
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CheeseStorm Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1]  I'm emotional right now, but this made me tear up a little. 
I started to write that Asami is my favorite character but then I was like.. but wait.. Jinora is awesome, and Korra is just so great, and Kuvira was such a complex villain, and just ugh! I think I'll go with Jinora. Yup. 

I'll have to vote on Star Trek for the next one. 
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kozispoon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I think my favorite character can't be zeroed down to one since he came in a group. Zaheer and his band of ne'er do wells was far and away one of the more captivating adversaries in the LoK universe. From causing an on screen death, to challenging your conceptions of villainy by showing Zaheer's feelings and romance. After reading this article and seeing all this fantastic cosplay I might be due to rewatch the series again!
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Magical-Reality Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I admired Lin through all four seasons. I never gave up that she would become a better and more forgiving person. She will always be my favorite LOK character because she kinda reminds me of myself. It's hard sometimes to forgive and forget. Zuko is my fav for ATLA. Future cosplays? Hmm... Fairy Tail? Maybe?
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3Ravenpaw3 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student General Artist
1. Probably Toph (she is amazing)

2. IDK
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CrazyKittyProduction Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Lin Beifong was honestly my favorite. She learned to be a friend to Korra and we got to learn more about her past with her siblings and mother, Toph Beifong.

2. I don't really know ;-;
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Zumuiku Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
mi personaje favorito es lin y su beifong  
todos estos cosplays estan tan fabulosos y bien estructrados
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TrappedGirl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
Also Toph was my favourite. She was an awesome kid then became an awesome grandma living in the swamp.
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TrappedGirl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015
It took me a few series to like Korra but it was pretty cool from the beginning seeing a little toddler already using 3 elements.
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LexCorp213 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my favs is Bolin his lava bending at the end was epic, Mako, Tensin, Raava, spirit animals follow
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damphyr Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Korra had such a strong start, and I really loved the first three episodes or so, mostly because of my love for seeing how the Avatar world developed since the original series. Unlike the first series, I just couldn't stick with his one for writing/plot reasons, which made me sad. There was nothing I wanted more than to support not just a leading female, but a leading PoC female!

Ah well, Toph will forever be my leading Avatar lady.
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Kyruto-Chan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really really love General Iroh and Lin and Sue. Really love firebenders and metalbenders/earthbenders.
Should totally do Legend of Zelda cosplays 
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ShikiOwl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like Toph because she is one of the characters from last avatar and still has the same unique personality, she is also really strong and no one can beat her!)

Tokyo Ghoul would be perfect, my new obsession xD
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Exd2Dxe Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Have fun!
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9ryu-Aska Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
1/
i would say Korra and Iroh, but it is a kinda hard question for me
every character are so interesting and tho i've always enjoyed vilains, those from this show are uber great (exept perhaps for Unalaq)
Korra because she has so many flaws and still she's so adorable, and her path is so interesting, her growth is amazing and i miss her so much.
To be honest it is the first time in my life i miss a show like this.
Iroh because his quotes are just perfect and wise.

2/ warcraft? Overwatch? i dunno
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missatomicbombs Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
i was obsessed with atla from the beginning, so naturally i was excited when lok came out
but i kinda stopped watching once the love triangle thing happened. it was too cliche for me.
might pick it up again soon though.
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Yuyu77 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Awesome cosplays !!!
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DXPNCW Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
`1. Korra, by far my favorite...even if her true character went away and was replaced with a whining person during the first half of Book 2 T_T
  2. Geez I don't know...uh...Alien...Or Alien: Isolation. Not alot of characters but still would be cool to see :)
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zarapo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
1. Um... That's a hard one. I love all of them, but I have to admit, that Lin is one of my favorites.
2. Have you already made a Game of Thrones cos. friday? Or how about Supernatural?
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drawescapism Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
1. Hard to pick, but I'd say Korra. I can relate to her journey in terms of her finding self acceptance. It was a long journey but it was worth it.
2. Danny Phantom :D
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DailyDoodleNoodle Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
1. Idk I don't watch it
2. HETALIA PLEASE
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bambiwantscookies Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Not one korrasami? bulsh*t
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doodles4dayzzz Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
Yaasss
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absmvstars5 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I think you should do Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kingdom Hearts.
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Magikapple Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
When I saw Tahno, I died..... xD
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Zaydawadallah Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Zayd-Awadallah:  Great Article!

Cosplay Friday: Legend of Korra
By techgnotic
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spotted Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015   General Artist
thanks!
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zapplebow Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lin Beifong, because she's a badass and her armor is really cool. Also, she forgave her mother.
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maura24 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing!
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Akkasuka Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very epic pictures!
Awesome Cosplays!
I'm just so: "Wow" o__O!!!!
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signore-illusionista Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Тhanks for posting my Kuvira cosplay ♥
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Great article and lots of beautiful cosplay.

BUT.

Its extremely disappointing that there is no cosplay featured of Korra and Asami together, despite the canon status of their relationship. Despite the features of Mako/Asami AND Mako/Korra pieces in this article. There's even a Bolin/Korra piece. But no Korrasami. Even though the text of the article ITSELF mentions their groundbreaking moment in the finale.

And that makes me very sad. 

Especially since its not like it doesn't exist - korrasamiftw.deviantart.com/ga…

Examples:

Korrasami by sjhock90

Let's go on a vacation by Pinkiebel

Korra and Asami - Lenegd of Korra by Mostflogged  

AOD 2015: Korrasami Finale by Rikun

Please keep equal representation in mind in the future, dA staff.
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Pinkiebel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for pointing this out. It's sad that even in a show where the creators have announced this queer couple real- people still choose to see any kind of fanart/cosplay/writing as purely a fan's "interpretation" of the couple. 
How much "further" must writers take the relationship in order for it to be seen as genuine? It's sad that most fans would rather support a toxic hetro relationship with Mako then a well-formed, healthy one with Asami. 
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your kind response :hug: I'm glad I'm not alone in my opinion on this.
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GamerFreakGirl Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2015  Student General Artist
just saying, i think they didnt put anything like that up there because they choose the best cosplay/cosplayers that best represent the show and selected ones that are representations from scenes in the show, so this is their way of making fans happy... what you provided has nothing to do with the show and was not written/directed in to the plot line
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NovaLupe Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what? in case you didn't notice, there are pics on this list that have nothing to do with the show's plot (or wasn't even IN the show), whereas korrasami has PLENTY to do with it as it is in fact cannon. If you want to say "it should represent the show" then there should have been korrasami pics as well.
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GamerFreakGirl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Most of the examples DA staff gave us are recreation of scenes from the show or made for fun trying to recreate script with their imagination. I can see what the cosplayers were trying to do to show us the characters in their mind. They best present the show in a single image because the way the characters are represented is most likely how they are interpreted in the series.

The pictures shown in the persons comment i was talking to, has nothing cannonly written into the plot line. People say it is cannon, but therefore the script writters stopped it and didn't take it any farther... So after the end it is all fan creation and hence doesn't happen making the fandom portions a non important plot point to represent the show
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NovaLupe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Its not just "people" saying its canon, The writers themselves even say that Korra and Asami are canon. The only reason they didn't represent it more was the fear that representing the LGBT+ community further would get their show taken off the air, otherwise they would have. Not to mention nothing in the show was "planned", The only thing planned was Korra's story arch, everything else was improvised.

One last thing, It does not need to be canonically written into the show for it to represent the show. To name a few Raava and Vaatu aren't human, Korra isn't male and I don't recall Jinora ever being interested in Mako, all three made it into this list and yet are NOT canon. It doesn't "NEED" to be canon to represent show or even for fans to want to see more of.
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GamerFreakGirl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Well..  You keep thinking your opinions and ill keep having mine in mind.... You obviously dont see what I am saying about the one persons comment, im am just trying to keep things civil so no one gets butthurt at the DA staff for doing nothing wrong... They are doing a fine job as is and people shouldn't force things on them if they don't want to post stuff like that
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NovaLupe Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am keeping things civil (I think?) lol I'm just saying it doesn't need to be canon to represent the show and all that other person was saying was they would appreciate more equal representation. regardless :) agree to disagree I suppose :p
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your opinion.
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BananaLenFan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
1. Asami and Meelo are my favs :P

2. ehm... no idea
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