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Well my personal opinion is that Korra accompished more to bring balance to the world as the avatar however during her time and partly down to her hotheaded attitude she caused directly or indirectly more potiental disaster. which one could say that if these dangerous events had not occurred and action was not taken by korra then the greater good would not have happened in which the spirits and the world benefited. e.g bring back the air nation, spirit portals and stopping one annoying tyrant lol .

Personally Aang is my favourite avatar due to his soulful connection to the world and to other around him. after realising the world had change while he was frozen in time for 100 years he sort to change and take responsibly by stopping the 100 year wars and the fire nation.
I just find aang to a more funny and up lifting character, which considers situation through and the consequence of his actions. plus his avatar state does look alot more powerful and....SOOO COOL.
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Aang is someone we are all familiar with so I figure I'll put some more of my thoughts out on Korra and her series. Also, my memory is a bit fuzzy on The Last Airbender so if I make any mistakes in my comparisons, let me know

OH YEAH! I am clearly a big fan of Korra and her series so forgive any bias showing my post

Another thing I would like to point out is that Aang was the main character who introduced us all to the Avatar universe. He was an already accomplished air bender and him learning the other elements was a way for us, the viewers, to see how the other elements work amongst other things. In Korra, we were able to explore more of the role of the Avatar in relation to the world when it wasn't so cut and dry (Fire Nation/Fire Benders evil, everyone else mostly good). We only saw hints of this with avatars Roku and Kiyoshi in flashbacks or when Aang spoke with Roku. Korra, on the other hand, was able to introduce us to heavier themes and scenarios that were unable to be tackled in the original series.

Also, most here criticizing Korra are acting just like Korra did in the Remeberances episode where she was only focused on all of her failures but we don't have a lot of Asamis or Tenzins to counter it all lol . She did a lot of good to restore and balance many things. The Equalists were not wrong, for example, in wanting fair representation in Republic City and to a greater extent, the world. (I'm sure many of us wondered about this relationship while watching The Last Air Bender.) Even though Amon was manipulating people so he could gain power their main line of reasoning was not wrong. She exposed Amon in the end but helped the people of Republic City realize that disparity in representation between non-benders and benders. In the next season, it was literally all about the role of the avatar in relation to the spirit world and the physical world and how out of balance it really was. When she left both portals open at the end, it brought balance back to the world with people all over gaining air bending and beginning the long road to restoring the Air Nation and that balance. Lastly, blaming her for giving Zaheer air bending by opening the portals which led to the events of season 3 is kinda silly, let's be honest, as an argument. By that line of thinking it's Toph's fault for Kuvira because she created metal bending, without creating it we would never have had the creation of the metal clan which would have led Kuvira to mastering it, becoming captain of the guard, and etc. So we should all really lay the blame on Toph for season 4's villain. Same goes for laying the blame not on her losing her connection to the previous avatars but instead on Bolin and Mako. She specifically asked them to keep Unalaq out but they let their guard down which led to them being ambushed by Desna and Eska who let Unalaq enter the spirit world where he got the jump on Korra just as she was about to lock up Vaatu again.

Sure she had collateral but it wouldn't feel right if there wasn't collateral and all of us would be complaining about the mary-sue endings in each season. It's a lot of cause and effect. For example, Korra helped give people who could not bend equal representation after toppling Amon but it also led to her banishment from Republic City in season 3. However, that led to her learning how to metal bend, Bolin learning how to lava bend, helping rebuild the Air Nation, and getting to see more of the post-war Earth Nation/world. Of course we know what else happened as well but in the end, there were a ton of positives like having the first Air Bender being elevated to master status in the last episode and the Air Nation finding its new purpose which was another sign of balance being restored to the world. I just think people are not giving Korra enough credit for her accomplishments.

Also, we have to remember that Korra faced a diverse, highly talented and, competent group of enemies at all levels of skill, both benders and non-benders alike. Aang generally faced one group at a time, if at all. (I cannot remember if he ever fought a water bender in combat, it's been a while since I've seen ATLA and we know he never faced an air bender in combat as well). One other aspect of this is that anyone worth their salt in bending in ATLA was mostly sent to fight in the war or train to fight whereas in Korra's time, it was a time of peace and the benders there had plenty of time to hone their skills and study the intricacies of bending which made them far more lethal in combat. Same goes for the non-benders in developing skills and technology to put them on an even playing field with the benders. I'm not saying Aang's enemies weren't bad but his toughest enemies were from the Fire Nation and no one else really matched their levels of threat and menace like the enemies did in LoK.
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living beings establish an equilibrium with nature. humans do that too with a little bit of their extra influence. when korra opened the spirit portal she destroyed the equilibrium of millions of years. korra saw what life was like before opening it yet she choose to open it. i think that decision of hers was very very bad. its not like she knew air bending will be revived with this step. not like every air bender was dead already.

she faced badass enemies compared to aang as she was a full-fledged avatar compared to aang in their respective series. it'd have been boring as series if her adversaries were not badass. aang dealt with a blood bender so quickly as shown in 1st season of legend of korra when he was full-fledged while korra had her difficulties. her nature was so fickle it felt as if she wasn't even meant to be an avatar. it feels to me that an avatar must be calm as s/he has the highest potential in the world and their action has a lot of influence on the world. calm and calculated avatar means a better avatar to me.
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I would say Korra, she loses the ability to communicate with the her other selfs and still proves to be an effective avatar. She also lives in a much more complex world, mostly created by Aang. His accomplishments will probably prove to over shadow hers though. He laid the ground work for most of her problems and her achievements. But over all I would still think Korra is the better avatar, she has a lot more inner strength then Aang. But in the end it does not matter because Toph is still the best.
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Here's the thing about how they each handled the Avatar State as well.

Whenever Aang entered it in TLA, it was an involuntary matter of self preservation or rage at people he cared about being hurt. He became a veritable wrecking ball.. He merged with the Ocean Spirit and laid waste to the Fire Nation at the North Pole, and he handed Ozai's ass to him on a silver platter. However, when Aang entered it he linked with 10,000 years of previous Avatars. Their knowledge, their fighting capabilities, their tactics. He gained all of it and he was not in physical control of himself. He was reacting, not acting.

Now Korra, she lacked that link to the previous Avatars so there goes all that knowledge and history of tactics. She was also fully aware and in control of the Avatar State rather than letting someone else "do the driving" so to speak. Thus she used it purely as a power boost to improve her own capabilities. Even so, she managed to go toe to toe with the Dark Avatar and eventually - yes Jinora helped but damn it don't try to deny that the writers of Korra tried to make Jinora some mary-sue 'always find the solutions to all problems' character - win even without being the Avatar. She fought off only the second Air Bender to ever truly master Air Bending while dying of mercury poisoning. And she successfully bended the energy of the enormous spirit super weapon. "Oh that thing blows up mountains, is laying waste to Republic City, and it's out of control? *Avatar State* WHOMP! "New Spirit Portal bitches!" . She did all of that without the link to her past selves. She did it all while consciously aware of her actions.

I'd say that she was more capable in her Avatar state because she was doing all of that on her own, without any of the help that Aang had received. So I'll concede that Aang was more powerful in his Avatar state but that Korra was a more capable fighter. Unfortunately each time she used it she was weakened, except at the very end with the spirit weapon.

From the look of things, the writers in TLA made the Avatar state out to be the end-all-be-all of Bending. While in Korra they chose to knock that down a few pegs and make it more capable of being dealt with by the villains.
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I'm gonna go ahead and throw my lot in here as well.

Taking a slightly different approach, look at the two of them in switched positions. Put Korra in Aang's story, and Aang in Korra's. It's interesting to think how things would've gone down differently.

I really don't know how Korra would've handled Aang's problems as it would probably depend on when you take her from her own series. Realistically, she was probably hotheaded enough that she may have just ran straight into Ozai's throne room and said "Hey, you! Fight me, you little bitch!" and most likely promptly get her sorry tail trounced...and even more so, killed. I don't know if Korra would've had the patience or presence of mind to travel around and spur the people to fight the way Aang did. (And all of this would be ESPECIALLY true, if you took Korra at the age of 12 - she never would've mastered airbending given her personality.)

On the other hand, I think it's even harder to imagine what Aang would do in Korra's situation since he's so different. There's the possibility that he handles himself really well, and deals with Amon easily enough. Not to mention, he'd likely not get caught as easily as Korra did because Airbending seems to be quite useful in regards to that sort of thing. And then the whole Unaloq thing comes around, and I think Aang would've been WAY more cautious regarding everything...wich could easily prevent the whole issues in seasons 3 and 4 from ever even coming about.

I think there's a good chance that Aang handles himself better as an avatar, and he's -12-. Aging him to 18 would EASILY put him on a level to deal with Korra. On the other hand, making Korra 12 would put the fight drastically in Aang's favor. Though it defenitely depends on the situations each of them are put in.


On the other hand, can we at least all agree that Team Aang is vastly superior to Team Korra? (Mostly because Toph could probably beat the crap out of the entirety of Team Korra on her own? >.>)
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Azyryu wrote:
On the other hand, can we at least all agree that Team Aang is vastly superior to Team Korra? (Mostly because Toph could probably beat the crap out of the entirety of Team Korra on her own? >.>)


Toph > Aang + Korra + Both Teams
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Aang beats Korra anyday no question about it!
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Un_Chat_Noir wrote:

In Korra, we were able to explore more of the role of the Avatar in relation to the world when it wasn't so cut and dry (Fire Nation/Fire Benders evil, everyone else mostly good).


Let me refresh your hazy memory on ATLA. "Good" and "evil" was exactly not cut and dry in ATLA. This was made very clear by the actions of some of the earthbenders in the first two seasons and by the Gaang's travels in the fire nation in the third season. Furthermore, Iroh was never an antagonist and taught Aang's to-be firebending master.


Azyryu wrote:

On the other hand, can we at least all agree that Team Aang is vastly superior to Team Korra? (Mostly because Toph could probably beat the crap out of the entirety of Team Korra on her own? >.>)


Psh, Katara could take out Team Korra, and even Sokka could throw around his space sword and boomerang to do a good bit of damage. Zuko... well he's cool but he would need some help
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Lets see. This is all within their respective timelines, so at the end of their series not including the comics or getting older outside of viewing.

Team Aang
Katara - blood bending, before she has mastered it and still needs the moon. Viable
Aang - pussy foots around, thats weak, but still capable, Pass Connections, so his Avatar State could be scarier.
Sokka - hahahahaahahahaha, he has jokes for days, but lets just take this out of the equation.
Toph - GG Hax, GG Metal Bending Master Race.
?? Zuko - Very capable fire bender, could be better, but has a calmer resolve. But do we count this since he is one extra member.

Team Korra
Korra - Very capable fighter, Grapple Moves and MMA on point. Raw Power and definite hits, Weaker Avatar State in theory without pass connections to rely on.
Asami - Lighting gloves.....ehh, we can take her out as well, she needs to be close and a surprise attack to have any effect.
Mako - Oh mako, If he only used his lighting bending more he would be viable.
Bolin - Lava Hax, Master Race, Could change the entire game, if he would just learn how to flipping kill. D: Hell he could Commit mass suicide and end it all since Toph doesn't know lava bending yet to stop him.

Well Team Aang might as well get the win, Its 4 v 2 , with Korra and ?? Bolin being the only threat.

If there was, there could be, a past Avatar who could Lava bend, possibly one of the Earth Ones, Then Aang might as well have Bolin covered....Or just create a massive surge of Air bending to cool down the lava....
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aang also fought two blood benders yakon and the withch who was kidnapping people and he broke out of yakons blood bending like a boss. aang also took down that giant drill and a couple fire nation air ships without metal bending had people like general zhoa and combustion man on his tail all the time. his enemies were strong as heck. not to even mention how sokka could avoid chi blocking attacks but korra couldn't
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just a note aang has lava bended before when he fused with rokus spirit to destroy the tower that held that message for him
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just a note aang has lava bended before when he fused with rokus spirit to destroy the tower that held that message for him


That wasn't Aang, that was Roku manifesting through him. It was quite literally Roku taking over the driver's seat and doing it for Aang. That was one of the benefits of the Avatar state being linked to it's past incarnations. They could manifest and bend something the current Avatar might not be capable of or was lacking in the knowledge of how to do it.

Korra lost that benefit along with the rest when she lost her connection to her past.

As for Aang overcoming Bloodbending, he had to go into the Avatar State to do so. When Korra faced a Bloodbender, she hadn't yet achieved the Avatar State. The only other people to fully overcome Bloodbending were Katara and Amon. They did so because they were superior Waterbenders to the one trying to Bloodbend them.
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Korra accomplished quite a bit as the avatar. She stopped a rebellion from tearing a city apart, stopped a civil war between the Southern and Northern Water Tribes, Defeated the embodiment of all chaos/evil, leaving the spirit portals open which lead to the return of the Airbenders, Fought a group of anarchists while poisoned with mercury, and helped end a new Earth Empire's pursuit of conquest with a giant mech mounted with a super laser cannon. Oh yeah and opened up a new spirit portal. That is quite the resume in terms of Avatar accomplishments.

Aang accomplished stopping the fire nations advance on the northern water tribe,destroyed a giant drill,ending the 100 Year War, learning spirit bending, establishing Republic City, youngest Airbending master(not sure about this one).

All in all I'd say Korra is the more accomplished Avatar.


This pretty much answers the question. If the question was ''which avatar had a better overall personality'' I would say Aang.

I'm making this up because as much as I can't accept Aang losing, your response pretty much hits the nail on the head.
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Also It seems that Roku helped Aang more than Aang helped Korra
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