Cosplay Friday: Legend of Korra
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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?












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MNVR99's avatar
MNVR99Hobbyist 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...
MNVR99's avatar
MNVR99Hobbyist 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...
ChiravianSkies's avatar
ChiravianSkiesStudent 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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Assassin10134Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool
Ditzy-Doe's avatar
Ditzy-DoeStudent 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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EclipseDreamerHobbyist 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.
CheeseStorm's avatar
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. 
kozispoon's avatar
kozispoonStudent 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-RealityHobbyist 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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3Ravenpaw3Student General Artist
1. Probably Toph (she is amazing)

2. IDK
CrazyKittyProduction's avatar
CrazyKittyProductionHobbyist 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 ;-;
Zumuiku's avatar
mi personaje favorito es lin y su beifong  
todos estos cosplays estan tan fabulosos y bien estructrados
TrappedGirl's avatar
Also Toph was my favourite. She was an awesome kid then became an awesome grandma living in the swamp.
TrappedGirl's avatar
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.
LexCorp213's avatar
LexCorp213Hobbyist Photographer
One of my favs is Bolin his lava bending at the end was epic, Mako, Tensin, Raava, spirit animals follow
damphyr's avatar
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.
Kyruto-Chan's avatar
Kyruto-ChanHobbyist 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 
Kyruto-Chan's avatar
Kyruto-ChanHobbyist General Artist
ERMERGERD YOU'RE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ShikiOwlHobbyist 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
9ryu-Aska's avatar
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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missatomicbombsStudent 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.
Yuyu77's avatar
Awesome cosplays !!!
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