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The Legend of Korra
Book 1: Air

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Book 1: Water   ||   Book 2: Earth   ||   Book 3: Fire


TLOK - Book 1: Air


Gran Gran's farewell in ep. 1x01


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This entry plays two parts; one: a return of a character from ATLA, and two: a parallel to a pre-adventure goodbye scene. Katara was one of the main young heroes in ATLA, and when she and her brother were preparing to sneak out of the Southern Water Tribe to save Avatar Aang (and eventually travel with him), it was their Gran Gran (Kanna) who caught them. But rather than being angry, Gran Gran gave them a hug and her blessing, saying that their destiny was intertwined with his.

Now in this new series, it is Katara who has become Gran Gran, and when she finds Korra preparing to sneak out of the Southern Water Tribe compound, she too gives a hug and her blessing, saying that it is Korra's destiny to leave.   /sobs forever


Legacy ATLA Statues (Aang & Toph) in ep. 1x01


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Avatar Aang and his friends helped end the 100-year war as well as accomplish other great things during their lifetime, and in this first episode we see memorial statues for two of them.

Avatar Aang's statue (left) is located in the Yue Bay by Republic City, and is based on the real-life Statue of Liberty, complete with a museum in the pedestal. According to Nick.com, it was a gift from the Fire Nation as a symbol of peace and goodwill.

Toph's statue (right) is located on the front wall of the Republic Police Headquarters, as she taught Earthbenders how to Metalbend and the police force makes full use of it.


Feathered Hat Man Sightings (4) in ep. 1x01



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This man with a feathered hat, yellow shirt, red scarf, and wearing glasses and a moustache makes a number of background appearances during this first episode, and more in later episodes. Who is this mysterious man, and is he this series' version of Where's Waldo?

We first see him as Korra leaves the boat she stowawayed on to reach Republic City -- he is holding a clipboard and directing the cargo movers (left pic.) Not long after he is seen in the crowd in Republic Park at the Protestor stand (middle pic). He is seen briefly again as Korra evades the metalbending police -- when she sharply turns a corner he is walking on the sidewalk (right pic.) Several blocks later Korra runs past him again as she crosses an overpass (bottom pic).
(Many thanks to Forever Korra for their masterpost!)


Newspaper Sneak Peeks (Tahno & Tarrlok) in ep. 1x02


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Republic City has a thriving print media, which is perfect for easter eggs and sneak peeks of upcoming characters. ♥ At the beginning of episode 2, Korra is reading a newspaper and we can see a photo of Tahno on the back page. Tahno is a member of the Wolfbats Pro-Bending team, who will be introduced in a later episode. Also on the newspaper is a front-page spread of the Pro-Bending arena, and at the bottom of the back page is a picture of Amon.

Later that night, Korra is trying to airbend at a newspaper featuring a photo of Police Chief Lin Beifong. When she fails she sets it on fire, but before she does you can see the other side of the paper which has a (blurry) photo of Councilman Tarrlok of the Northern Water Tribe, who will be introduced in episode 4.


Similarities to Disney's Aladdin in ep. 1x01 & 02




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This is circumstantial and probably just coincidence, but I'm adding it anyway. ^^; During these first two episodes, there are a few scenes that are reminiscent to ones in Disney's 1992 movie Aladdin.

  1. The girl fresh out of captivity goes to a food vendor, only to find it requires money, which she doesn't have. (Korra and Jasmine, left)
  2. The boy(s) live in a place that "doesn't look like much/is nothing fancy but has a great view," which of course includes the girl's home. (Bolin/Mako and Aladdin, center)
  3. Characters being referred to as a "Diamond in the Rough." (Mako, Bolin, potentially Korra, and Aladdin, right)
  4. The boy steps in to save the girl from trouble with an older man, by saying that he'd been "looking everywhere for her!" and pretending to know her. (Bolin and Aladdin, bottom row)
It's thin, I know, but all together....   *shrugs*


Legacy ATLA Statue (Zuko) in ep 1x03


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The next Team Avatar memorial to be shown belongs to Fire Lord Zuko, who helped found Republic City with Avatar Aang. Zuko's statue is located in the Central City Station plaza of Republic City, and has a continuous flame in his right hand.


Wang Fire's beard reincarnated in ep. 1x03


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Beginning in episode 3x02 "The Headband" of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sokka would occasionally glue a full beard and moustache to his face. Known as Wang Fire because of his pseudonym as he pretended to be Aang's father in a Fire Nation school, it was mostly ridiculous and awesome.

Bolin, who shares some of Sokka's charismatic and comedic flair, wears a fake moustache during his streetcorner circus performance in which can only be a continuation of a wonderful tradition. ♥


Mako's Batman origin similarity in ep. 1x03

While waiting in the park during episode 3, Korra asks Mako what had happened to his and Bolin's parents. Mako tells her that when he was eight, they were mugged by a Firebender and that the mugger had "cut them down" right in front of him. This is very similar to the Batman origin story, of when Bruce was also eight when his parents were killed by a mugger right in front of him.


Triple Threat/Korra destructive parallel in ep. 1x03



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While Korra is exploring Republic City in the first episode, she sees three Triple Threat Triad members harassing a shop owner for money. When he says he doesn't have the money and offers a phonograph instead, one of the members kicks it to the ground with firebending. But before anything else can happen, Korra steps in, calls them hoodlums, then fights them before they run off.

In episode three there's a similar situation, but Korra has become the hoodlum. While looking for Bolin, she and Mako go to the Protestor in the park for answers. But before even asking a question she smacks the megaphone out of his hand, where it shatters on the ground. Her methods don't get any better, and their confrontation ends with Korra holding him up by his collar when a police guard intervenes, and Korra and Mako run away.


Flying table discontinuity in ep. 1x03


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During their search for Bolin in episode three "The Revelation," Korra and Mako confront the Protestor in the park for answers. Korra intimidates the man by earthbending his table into the sky, scattering the flyers and.... catapulting the table into space? Even though the scene continues on for several more minutes and all of the flyers land on the ground, the table is never seen again.


Feathered Hat Man Sightings (3) in ep. 1x03


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Seen again in episode 3, it's beginning to look like this bespectacled man with a feathered hat and a yellow shirt with red scarf may indeed be this series' Where's Waldo. He makes three appearances in this episode, all of which relate to the Equalist movement.

He is first seen walking away from the Protestor stand in Republic Park when Korra and Mako walk to it in the morning, then twice later that night when Korra and Mako go to the Equalist rally. Strangely, he appears to the right of Mako during the long camera shots, and to the left of Korra during the zoomed-in shots.


Blue Lady returns in ep. 1x03


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First seen in episode one "Welcome to Republic City," this lady in a blue dress with glasses was in the gathering during Korra's first confrontation with the Protestor. Two episodes later in "The Revelation" we see her again in the crowd of the Equalist rally that Korra and Mako sneaked into. (Thanks Derrick!)


Feathered Hat Man sighting in ep. 1x04


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Barely visible in the background, we see the Feathered Hat Man standing on the street corner while Mako talks with Asami, after she had crashed into him with her moped.


Equalist/Task Force visual parallel in ep. 1x04


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It was chilling in episode three "The Revelation" when the captured benders were brought on stage at the Equalist rally and placed in a row. The mood wasn't any better in episode four when Tarrlok's task force captured Equalists in a surprise raid. Posing for pictures afterwards with the Equalists lined in a row, it's hard to see any difference in their tactics.   (Thanks A:TLA Annotations)



Pabu's outfit continuity in ep. 1x05


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Near the beginning of the episode "The Spirit of Competition," Bolin gives Pabu a bath so that he will look nice in his new outfit. Later on after they win their Pro-Bending match against the Rabbaroos, Asami greets them with Pabu on her shoulder. You only see him for a second, but Pabu is wearing his little Pro-Bending shirt, of which we get a better view of in the next episode.



Feathered Hat Man sightings (3) in ep. 1x05


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The Feathered Hat Man has three appearances in the episode "The Spirit of Competition," and all fairly close together. He first appears in the stand cheering during the Pro-Bending match between the Fire Ferrets and the Rabbaroos. He soon appears again during Korra and Bolin's date, first walking into Narook's Seaweed Noodlery, and then a bit later sitting at a table in the background while Korra and Bolin have drinks and a burping contest.



Massive Protestor meetups in ep. 1x05




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During the first Pro-Bending match and on Korra and Bolin's date in the episode "The Spirit of Competition," there is a massive amount of reunions for previously seen anti-bending protestors in the background.

During the date at Narook's Seaweed Noodlery, the Feathered Hat Man can be seen entering the restaurant with the Brown-dressed Man with a hat and yellow belt, who was seen in episodes 1, 3, and spotlighted later in this episode as the neglected Mako fan (picture 5). Later during the date the Feathered Hat Man is seen inside of another restaurant (where Korra and Bolin are having drinks) with what looks to be the Blue-dressed Lady, who was also seen in episodes 1 and 3. After the burping competition the camera swings right to show three shocked patrons, who were ALSO seen in episodes 1 and/or 3. Next when Korra and Bolin go to a tower that overlooks the city, the Blue-dressed Lady can be seen again, speaking to the Green-dressed man seen in the background of the previous scene (picture 3). All of these characters were also seen in the crowd during the Fire Ferrets vs Rabbaroos Pro-Bending match (picture 6), and many of them also appear during the Tower scene in picture 4.

You can also play Spot-The-Character with the Protestor crowd from episode 1 and the Equalist Rally from episode 3 (pictures 7 and 8) with all of the background characters in this episode.

What does it mean? Are the animators just reusing character models to fill up the background, or is there something more nefarious afoot? To be honest, I'm hoping for nefarious, it'd make things much more interesting.



Equalist power glove's Iron Man similarity in ep. 1x06


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A new technological advantage created for the Equalists, it gives the wearer the power to go toe-to-toe with a bender. With a built-in generator on the back maybe, it releases an electrical surge through the palm. The design however is reminiscent of the gloves worn by Iron Man, which use repulsors rather than pure electricity.



Chief Beifong's got Spider-Man moves in ep. 1x06


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The comic book hero similarities continue, and with great visual effect. After Amon and his followers ambush the Pro-Bending tournament in the episode "And the Winner Is...," Chief Beifong and Korra chase after them. Using her metalbending cables to swing around the stadium and catapult Korra and then herself onto the stadium's roof, the similarities continue as Beifong uses the cables to lasso foes, slam them into the ground, and otherwise be utterly amazing. ♥ Near the end of the fight the glass roof collapses underneath Korra, sending her plummeting, but Beifong uses the roof to slingshot herself to catch Korra, and then swing down to safety, a move any webslinger would be proud of.



Legacy ATLA statue (Cabbage Man) in ep. 1x07


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Seen in front of the Cabbage Corp headquarters, the statue is of the Cabbage Merchant, standing by his cart and holding up a cabbage. He was seen occasionally in the previous series Avatar: The Last Airbender, generally suffering some misfortune because of the destruction of his cabbages. He seems to have done quite well for himself during the timeskip; now having a 50-year running company that includes manufacturing a low-cost compact vehicle called the Cabbage Car. Although the merchant's fate is unknown, the company's leader Lau Gan-Lan continues his tradition of crying out for his cabbages when misfortune strikes.



Feathered Hat Man sighting (1) in ep. 1x07


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Apparently missing from the previous episode, this mysterious guy returns early in the episode "The Aftermath." During the public arrest of Cabbage Corp's leader, Lau Gan-Lan, you can see him in the back of the crowd of bystanders and reporters.


The Legend of Korra
Book 1: Air
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Book 1: Water   ||   Book 2: Earth   ||   Book 3: Fire


In-Show Easter Eggs  -  Avatar Cameos in Other Shows/Etc.

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