This month is the 10-year anniversary since The Legend of Korra (LOK)—the sequel to the beloved and iconic show Avatar the Last Airbender (ATLA)—premiered on Nickelodeon.
Despite LOK’s centering on a canonically queer, woman of color Avatar, many fans of the ATLA/LOK universe and franchise weren’t sold.
Korra’s voice actress Janet Varney explains the complicated relationship viewers had with LOK to Den of Geek saying, “When you have something that is so beloved, the way the Last Airbender series was, people felt this emotional connection to it and they had this resistance [to Korra].”
When LOK came on Netflix two years ago, there was a renewed love and appreciation for the series from new fans and fans now all grown-up. Through its ups and downs, hits and misses, LOK is now cemented in so many of our hearts.
Many Fan’s Opinions of Avatar Korra Were Influenced by Misogyny
The sexism, in particular, aimed toward Avatar Korra drove a lot of the critiques for the show and its titular character.
However, as Aja Romano states in an article for Vox, “Much of [fan’s] disdain for Korra [was] gendered.” Now, the show is being appreciated along similar lines as ATLA.
But it’s important we recognize how necessary it was to see a young woman with intersecting marginalized identities afforded the opportunity or ‘privilege’ to be imperfect. Compared to Aang in ATLA, Korra’s character arc is far from linear.
Her recklessness from season one bleeds into season two; likewise, her takedown of one villain in season three only causes the birth of another in season four.