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MD: The biggest link to Aang and the original series comes through the character of Tenzin. He was probably the second character we came up with after Korra. Since Korra would have to learn airbending, who better to teach it to her than Aang’s son? His peaceful, traditionalist personality also provided a good source of conflict for the hotheaded, modern-thinking Korra. Tenzin always tries to be a Zen master, but with three crazy kids, he finds it difficult at times. The next generation of airbenders were Meelo, Ikki, and Jinora. Ryu really wanted Meelo to be an ugly kid, but Bryan and I eventually convinced Ryu to make him a little cuter. 
BK: Meelo and many of his antics were directly inspired by my friend and former professor’s son Milo, whom Mike and I met in Amsterdam in 2008. Mike was such a force of nature that Mike and I knew we had to base a character on him.
Tenzin and family concepts by Ki-Hyun Ryu and Bryan Konietzko. Meelo, Ikki, and Jinora concepts, designs, and expressions by Ki-Hyun Ryu. Color by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf. 

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The Four Nations’ Leaders from ATLA to LOK.·

(Wu represents the abolishment of the monarchy to establish the independent states)