Korra was born in a village of the Southern Water Tribe. Since the previous Avatar had been an airbender, the next in he chain would be a waterbender. The White Lotus, guardians of the Avatar, were altered by Korra's parents that their child was the new Avatar. Unlike many before her, Korra could manipulate water, fire, and earth. She was brought to the Southern Water Temple to train under the guidance of Katara, a powerful waterbender and Avatar Aang's wife. Masters of earthbending and firebending were brought to the temple to train Korra rather than her seeking out her own masters. The White Lotus had been concerned about releasing Korra to the world before she had mastered the elements.
Korra is a protagonist in the Avatar series created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra is the direct sequel to the original 2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Characters from the Avatar series are heavily influenced from various Asian cultures. The people of the Water Tribe are designed with Inuit culture of the Arctic in mind.
Korra was purposefully designed to have a more fierce and rushed attitude than her previous incarnation, Aang. The fact she was designed as a female protagonist almost prevented the series from ever being put into full production. Nickelodeon executives felt that boys wouldn't watch a series about a female hero, but Bryan Konietzko, series co-creator, defended the idea. He further had evidence to support his position as males who saw the screening of the first episode didn't care about the character's gender.
Major Story Arcs
Book One: Air
Powers & Abilities
Along with Korra's training to manipulate the elements, Korra was taught in a form of martial arts combat that Incorporated her powers. She's always excelled at the physical side of bending, but struggled with the spiritual side.
As the incarnation of the Avatar, Korra was born with the potential to use all the four forms of elemental-bending. She was discovered as the Avatar from a young age and had already shown to be able to bend water, fire, and earth. She was trained at the Southern Water temple for these three elements, but she was sent to Republic City to learn airbending, the only element she struggled with.
The Avatar State is a self defense mechanism of the Avatar to protect their lives. When triggered by fear or rage, the Avatar will be imbued with the power and experience of all the previous Avatars. The consequence of this ability is that if the Avatar dies while in the Avatar State, it will end the chain of the Avatar forever.
While in the Avatar State, Korra is able to perform what is known as energybending. Avatar Aang had used this to remove the bending powers from dangerous individuals, but Korra used her power to restore the bending powers of those that were sealed by Amon.
Though Korra is the reincarnation of all the previous Avatars, she has no memories of those lives and experiences. With training and meditation, she can converse with her previous lives to learn from them. She is still her own individual self.
Korra is also as mortal as any other human of the world with the same basic weaknesses. Ki blocking martial arts can temporarily cancel out Korra's ability to bend the elements.
The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra first began airing on April 14, 2012 on Nickelodeon. It was developed at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, California, but the actual animation was done by the South Korean animation studio Studio Mir. It took strong influences from Japanese anime. The fact that the protagonist would be a girl made Nickelodeon Studios hesitant and nearly pulled production altogether. Konietzko, one of the series co-creators, eventually managed to change the minds of the studio officials.
Korra's first appearance in the cartoon series was in The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra - Episode 1 "Welcome to Republic City". Her character is voiced by Janet Varney.
Unlike the epic of the previous series, The Legend of Korra's first season only consisted of twelve episodes. This was originally the plan for the entire series, but the president of Nickelodeon's parent company, MTV, felt that Korra had the potential to be their network's flagship series. The cartoon was then extended to become another three season series, as the original Avatar was designed. The Japanese anime production company Studio Pierrot, producers of Naruto and BLEACH, were brought in to produce season two, with oversight by Studio Mir. The following three seasons went into production as of May 2013.