By TheAcidSkull 55 Comments
Look I realize I'm a little late to the party, but I really wanted to do a mini blog about the latest avatar Korra, and kind of do an analysis of how she has grown as a character, but on a lot of boards she gets uncanny hate and it's kind of ridiculous and hypocritical at the same time. (Not specifically talking about comicvine)So now on most discussion boards, I hear the argument that Korra is a whiny, ungrateful b*tch,and while yes she can be angry at times, many people don't take into consideration the context of the whole ordeal, they just blow things out of proportion and simply settle on the idea Aang was better and they end their argument there. Now that there pisses me off, because like I said, it's not really fair.
Korra, like Aang, is a human being, and she has her own demons to face in order to become a good avatar. Now before going into the major details lets discuss why is that every time this debate comes up Aang gets a free pass while Korra gets bashed. Aang, much like Korra, had a very distinct character arc, but they both had their flaws which needed to be dealt with. Now don't get me wrong, I love Aang and it was always fun watching him grow from a scared little boy to a wise avatar. Yes, you heard me folks, Aang was a scared little boy, which is yet again, Human. Aang's personality can be characterized as very calm and emotionally attached, which explains why he never wanted to be the avatar. He knew, as it was taught to him, that the avatar had to maintain balance, yet when he had to make a choice he chose to run. Now this IS something a human being might do, but it doesn't change the fact that he was trying very hard to weasel out of his responsibilities. Hell, when he was discovered, he lied about his true identity and yet again slacked off and goofed off when he was supposed to be training and looking for teachers(There were a few instances in season one as I recall). It was because of his actions that the world fell into chaos, not only that, but when he realized that he had to kill the fire lord he again chose to run, but luckly things worded out in the end. Now I know Aang always was a brave, kind man/kid but his character arc was about growing up and stepping up, and it was fun seeing him accomplish all of that.
Now the writers needed a different approach with Korra, since otherwise she would have been a girl version of Aang. So they gave her a tough, angry, bossy personality. She loves to fight, and loves being the avatar for the most part, but she lacks the self control to manage things well, and that's her character arc for the first two seasons. Korra is stubborn, she has a hard time letting go of her anger, and reacts in a brash and reckless manner. But at the same time, she is brave, kind, and cares about the people around her, even though she doesn't always show it. Plus, above everything else, her competitive and fun nature makes for some really entertaining scenes. Unfortunately, most people don't give her a pass because her personality is by design constructed to be in your face. Seriously, when she gets angry, you see it first hand, while with Aang they always played the sympathy card.
For the most part, Korra's personality is balanced well out by her care-free and protective nature. Remember when the jackass competitors were trying to lowball her in the Pro-Bending tournament? She stood up for herself, and even owned her opponent. Wasn't that cool? Yes it was. Sadly, her development took a bad turn during season two, which by the way, is understandable, as many people have failed to realize. You know why it's okay for her to be frustrated? Because she is at a brink of a war, and her duties clash with her emotions. She is from the southern water tribe, therefore she technically has to protect them, but as the avatar, she needs to maintain peace and prevent the a War between the souther and the Northern Water Tribes, which is a bit impossible considering all the betrayal and plotting that had been taking place under her nose. But guess what? Like all most hero character arcs, things improved when she took some time to clear her head(literally). She was even the first to realize that separating the human and spirit world was a mistake, and she's the first avatar to undo this, which in turn restored earth Benders.
The point I'm trying to make here is that, like most Avatars, Korra is human, and she has her own flaws which makes her stand out from the previous protagonist. Disliking her is fine, but if you're going to hate a genuinely cool character then at least analyze the circumstances surrounding her supposed downfall and uprise. Cheers man.