- Main female character who is brown and muscular, multidimensional and has agency
- Main female character takes responsibility for the change in the world her actions has caused
- 50/50 male-female character count and talking ratio
- A variety of significant female characters in 13 episodes Females: Korra, Asami, Jinora, P’Li, Ming-Hua, Hou-Ting, Lin, Suyin, Opal, Granny Yin, Kya — (in comparison) Males: Mako, Bolin, Kai, Tenzin, Raiko, Ghazan, Zaheer, Zuko, Aiwei, Tonraq
- Half of the fight scenes fought by women, women fight men, women fight women, women work together
- Women and men being equally dangerous and skilled
- Two different women genuinely liking each other and not caring about the messy love triangle they were involved in
- Those two women on good terms with their ex and poking fun at the awkwardness
- Romantic love wasn’t the main concern or motivation of any female character except for the very tall woman (Opal and Jinora’s priorities are different despite having romantic moments)
- Woman teaching another woman how to drive
- Woman being good at mechanical things and it saved an entire crew from the desert, said woman welds while wearing lipstick and fabulous hair
- Senile grandma is treated with respect and patience by her family
- The main villains is a group composed of two men and two women
- One important villain is a middle-aged woman who rules the largest kingdom with an iron fist, she’s tyrannical which is the opposite of her weak father
- Armless woman being one of the deadliest fighters
- Armless woman driving
- The tallest member of the Red Lotus is a woman
- A couple where the woman is like 6 inches taller and was never played for laughs
- A story arc dedicated to the relationship of two middle aged sisters plus an aunt + relationship too
- Sisters had different fathers and was raised by a blind single mother
- Main female character is taught how to bend metal by a woman
- One sister who founded her own city while having a successful marriage and five kids
- Said sister’s husband isn’t relevant and got a single line (reverse trope)
- The other sister chose to be single because she didn’t want kids
- When the main character was in distress, said two sisters and two brothers came to rescue her
- Main heroine willingly sacrifices herself to save others
- Her back-up group includes an elite metal team led by a woman
- A father’s “death” is the source of rage of the main female character, which is a reverse of the typical trope
- Airbenders were led by a little girl to rescue female main character in the finale
- Said little girl became the first airbending master of a generation. She shaved her head and was proud of it and it was celebrated
- Main female character is depressed and physically damaged at the end of the show but she’s with very supportive group of family and friends
This scene brings out both the actor and the director in, just because it is so well done.
Let’s put this into context.
Korra has just recently found out that she is part spirit and after holding off Unalaq for as long as she could Unalaq has released Vaatu and fused with him creating a DARK avatar, a being as strong and powerful as Korra, except as a force of evil.
That brand new dark avatar has beaten Korra down and literally ripped Korra and Raava apart. Now, Unalaq is beating the poor helpless spirit and destroying every connection Korra has with her past lives. Every single strike Unalaq takes at Raava, Korra feels one of her past lives die.
We all watched and loved Avatar: The Last Airbender, so we grew to love the past avatars and of course AANG. So, seeing each one of their spiritual forms being destroyed was so incredibly terrifying and heartbreaking.
Unalaq is killing the very thing that makes her who she is.
Despite the fact that Unalaq is actually killing parts of Korra, one-by one, she still tries to fight, even though each blow is so painful that she keels over and feels herself being wrenched apart.
It is such a dark scene, but it is so important.
All of that is not even taking into consideration the amazing animation and directing of the scene, the beautiful display of colors we see with Harmonic Convergence in the background. And of course, Janet Varney’s kick-ass voice-acted yelps of pain as Raava is struck. But most of all, the score. The music is so beautifully done in this scene and it really compliments the scene so well.
I know as a member of the fandom that this scene was really hard to watch, but I just think that it needs to be given the credit it deserves. This scene was incredible.