tenzin as aang's son


Okay so even if you don’t ship it, what I am about to say will be undeniably true.

First and foremost, katara treats everyone, EVERYONE in the group like a child that she mothers EXCEPT for Zuko.

When they were on ember island at the play, the phrase ‘avatar’s girl’ is spoken on stage and Aang nods proudly like he owns Katara, it’s possessive. When Katara tells him she needs time to think, because she doesn’t know what she wants, instead of respecting her wishes Aang kisses her out of no where because he thinks it’s his rite.

When Katara and Zuko go to see the southern raiders, he watches her blood bend a man without batting an eye. He doesn’t judge her when she can’t kill the murderer either, and after on the dock she basically ignores Aang and jumps into Zuko’s arms for a real affectionate hug.

When she hugs Aang it’s always rather hesitantly as if she is hugging a close friend, not a lover. When he goes into the avatar state after aapa is stolen, she hugs him because he needed it.

Her and Zuko have a hateful relationship up until the point of the cave in ba sing se, where she finally realizes he is hurting just as much as she is. She is even allowed to touch his scar which no one has done so far in the series. Even as she leaves with Aang, her eyes travel back to Zuko. Her heart breaks when she sees him fighting along side Azula, and that is why she is so guarded when he finally makes the right desicion and tries to join up. She doesn’t want to be hurt again because she has genuine affection for him.

When she meets Aang in the iceberg, he is just a goofy kid who likes to laugh. Once she realizes he is the avatar things change and the friendship begins. They travel the world together and become life long friends, but no where in any of the episodes does it show true attraction. Even in the cave of two lovers it was just coincidence that they got stick together, and even then Katara is only blushing awkwardly because it’s a first kiss, plus she only offered as an escape from the cave. When they first kiss on the invasion day it was almost an instinctual reaction. Aang didn’t know if he was going to die, and katara didn’t know if she’s ever see him again so they shared a special moment ‘just in case’ but that was it.

This show is all about balance, ying and yang, tui and la, light and dark, fire and water. Everything leading up to the final agni kai was all supposed to end differently. How Zuko attacked katara village and her multiple times. How he saved Aang as the blue spirit and freed aapa. How he betrayed her again at ba sing se and almost killed Aang, only to save them all from combustion man 'who he hired.’ How he helped her grieve her mother’s death in a way that no one else in the group could. Finally when he is beating Azula and sees blue sparks head towards katara, all that he has worked for, his honor, his throne, his nation, his life. He was willing to give all that up as he dove in front of the lightning. Yes he was trying to redirect it, but being in the air he was not grounded, and could have easily died. And in the end when he finally sees her face all he can say is 'thank you’ because for a moment he hasn’t decided if he is dead or not and if he is he is grateful that the first face he sees is her. And she should have pulled him into a hug before kissing him, and then she would fumble around awkwardly until she felt him brush her cheek, and pull her in for a slow warm kiss. They would have achieved balance, yin and yang, anger and kindness, introvert and extrovert, guarded and stoic vs open and cheerful, light and dark, fire and water.

To her Aang will always be that goofy kid in the iceberg, and maybe she does love him but it would be a fist love. The kind you get when you are 14 and meet a strange boy who isn’t from the tribe you have lived in your whole life and offers to take you away from your home to see the world. A love that never had any conflict, no hate and arguments or bad thoughts, the love of a perfect friend.

Then you have the love that has grown and molded and been shaped by both of your hand as both you and he seek redemption. Zuko was the enemy and everything she hated about the fire nation. In her eyes he was the reason her mother had to die, for people like him and then he redeems himself and she starts to feel her heart pulled to him by some unknown force, until she is touching his face in an affectionate way. And then all at once the tug is broken by and flash of lightning and she has to save the day, but as she flew away the tug may be gone but she can still feel the sensation in your heart. She hates him so much it feels like she could fire bend herself and then he’s there. All at once as he was standing before her she felt the tug again and quickly had to cut it herself, refusing to believe that he had changed. And then he gave her peace and all at once she stopped fighting it and let the tug pull her straight into his arms on the dock. And as she say him dive in front of lightning for her her heart stopped and didn’t beat until he was thanking her, and she pulled him into a kiss and the world finally found balance in 100 years.

Even going past the last air bender to legend of korra, we see that Aang favors his only air bending son Tenzin for his own selfish reasons, and when Zuko in all of his flaws and short comings hears that Izumi may be in trouble his first and only thought is to be by his daughters side to protect her. Loyalty vs selfish gains. You can argue that Aang would be excited to finally be the person who restarts the air benders so to speak, but at the sake of making your other children feel neglected just doesn’t seem like a fair trade.

Even if you don’t ship it, the show was originally supposed to end in zutara, and literally the ONLY reason they changed it, was because the “hero” should get the girl. They missed out on such a great opportunity to make it something completely different than any other story, and place the two that actually ment something together. But instead they gave Aang his 'prize’ which again, possessive.

Passing the Torch: Kataang Week 2017 - Dance

Summary: Aang teaches Tenzin and Kya a traditional Air Nomad dance, but he and Katara have to demonstrate before they get it right. 

Rating: K 

Word Count: 1,364

A/N: Honestly, I don’t know what this is, but I hope you like it!

“So like this?” Kya mimicked Aang’s steps while Bumi played the flute in the background, some Acolytes with drums accompanying him.

“Almost,” Aang told her. “Watch.” He went over the moves again and Kya raised her eyebrows in understanding.

“Ohhh, I got it!” she said. She copied Aang, and her father beamed.

“That’s it!” he cheered. He turned to Tenzin, who was sitting on the courtyard steps with his chin resting in his palm. “C’mon, Tenzin, your turn.”

The young airbender sighed. “Dad, why can’t Kya just do it?” he asked. “I’m the worst dancer in the family.”

“No, you’re not,” Aang assured his son. “You’re a great dancer! Besides, I want all three of you to take part in this ceremony. Bumi’s taking care of the music, and you and Kya will do the dancing ritual.”

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Tenzin and Aang Meta

This analysis comes partially from my own thoughts that have been percolating around the Kataang kids’ childhoods and off of additional thoughts I have had after reading lokmusingsandgifs’ meta Bumi, Kya and Tenzin.  Today I’m going to focus mainly in on Tenzin.  There was one specific part I wanted to touch on regarding Tenzin, his super serious outlook and the stress he puts himself under.

from lokgifsandmusings’s meta-analysis Bumi, Kya and Tenzin

But Tenzin’s understanding of his “responsibility” is one that is limited to continuing the Air Nation. While of course his status as the only adult airbender pre-Book 3 is one that innately has a lot of pressure, Tenzin takes a limited view of what it “carry on his father’s legacy.” For him, the culture is all about having airbending, which is curious given the many acolytes that exist. Genetically, his stance makes sense, but it’s also a major point of contention for the Kataangs.  

Tenzin’s limited view is not surprising to me when we go back and look at Aang’s view of the decimation of his people, the air nomad culture and the Air Acolytes.  I think most of this is a direct feed from Aang, intentional or unintentional, and is a burden Tenzin has carried with him for years.

Starting off with Aang, the loss of his people is a great one.  It feeds much of his anger and feeling throughout Avatar: The Last Airbender.  I mean, it’s the name of the show.  The focus on it; first with his irrational hope that there are airbenders hiding out there and later when he realizes he is the last and if he doesn’t have kids he may indeed be the last, as a serious weight to Aang as both Avatar and as the last member of his nation. The Air Acolytes are not, strictly, members of Aang’s nation and he has his reasons for feeling that way.
For starters, all of the Air Nomads were airbenders.  This comes from the pop-up commentary Avatar Extras of The Northern Air Temple episode. 

9. Fact: Unlike the other elements, where only some people are benders …

10. … with Air Nomads, they’re all airbenders.

This is a crucial piece to why Air Nomads and Air Acolytes are two entirely different people, in Aang and later Tenzin’s eyes.  If to be an Air Nomad you had to have bending ability, then no person who does not have bending can be a true Air Nomad.  The two things are mutually exclusive.  While the Avatar Extras were not strictly written by Bryke and fall under some contesting as to their accuracy, Avatar: The Last Airbender (atla) lends credence to this idea.  

Aang states in The Southern Air Temple “Air Temples are only accessible by air bison.” as a reason the fire nation could not get to the temple to destroy the Air Nomads.  Nomadic life is right in their name and Aang has done a ton of traveling for a twelve year old.  He had friends all over the world and is versed in many cultures, albeit 100 years ago, as evidenced by his outdated lingo in the fire nation.  Added to this are the air locked doors and airball and other pieces of Air Nomad culture that are tied directly to airbending.

The Acolytes themselves did not carry on the Air Nomad culture.  They received their name and their origin in the comic run The Promise, in part 3.  To begin, they were The Avatar Aang Fan Club.  Aang takes his fan club and decides to re-name them the Air Acolytes and teach them all he knows about his culture in hopes of having his culture maintained.  This continues through the comic run The Rift, as Aang and the Air Acolytes try to revive Yangchen’s Festival, celebrating the friendship between humans and spirits.  The emptiness of the Air Temples, and the colony at the Northern Air Temple were huge issues for Aang during A:TLA.  I could see as the Air Acolytes grew, Aang teaching them how to maintain the Air Temples so they were as sacred as they used to be. 

This does not make the Air Acolytes the new Air Nomads.  They are acolytes which are defined as any attendant, assistant or follower.  They are named followers of Air. They are not benders but followers or worshipers.  Their creation and learning is predicated on Avatar Aang’s teachings.  I cannot see him considering them, even with all of their devotion, full members of his nation, but namely maintaining it until there are enough Air Nomads to fill the temples and travel the world again.

This brings us to Aang’s children.  If all Air Nomads were airbenders, I cannot imagine Aang would ever expect his children would ever not be airbenders.  At the least, they could be waterbenders, considering Katara is their mother, but a non-bender would be out of Aang’s thought process.  I can imagine his disappointment and disbelief in Bumi’s lack of bending during his lifetime as a huge blow to Aang, which would also feed into Bumi’s sense of self and sense of self-worth.  Kya is spared this by being a waterbender and having Katara’s tutelage to help her.  Having a non-bender as his oldest child and then a waterbender as a second, the revival of his entire nation is focused on Tenzin, his youngest.

The trips that Aang and Tenzin took sound exactly like the trips Aang insisted on taking Katara and Sokka on throughout their travels.  Which were, likely, trips Aang and his fellow Air Nomads used to take while traveling the world.  While you can take non-airbenders on these trips, which Aang did, it can only be far easier to do this with airbenders.  Aang likely saw Tenzin as a child, but more importantly as student and a friend.  This is the first person in over 100 years with whom Aang can fully share his culture.  You can teach Air Acolytes about the culture, but Tenzin could fully experience the culture.  They could fly together on their gliders, zoom on air scooters, play airball and do all of the things Aang missed having childhood friends to do well with.

The fact that Bumi and Kya were left out of these trips only gives further credence to the idea that Aang instilled in his kids that the only way to be part of the Air Nomad nation was to airbend.  Which is fascinating, as Tenzin tends to be Mr. Stability, staying home and tending to his family, the Air Acolytes, Republic City and all of his duties, and Bumi and Kya are more the nomadic type with Bumi taking off to be part of the Republic Navy and Kya spending a good number of years traveling to find herself.  Bumi and Kya embody that nomadic spirit better than their airbending brother.  It seems that that part was never recognized.  Tenzin considers them “irresponsible” because he is the one shouldering the Air Nomad burden, when really they are the most Nomadic of the family. But more to this as we get into Tenzin.

Considering the Air Acolytes were started due to them being fans of Aang, I can see there being a worry that they would disappear after Aang dies and that Tenzin has to hold all of the Air Nomad culture and continue to inspire Air Acolytes after Aang is gone.  Aang likely pressured Tenzin to have children in order to attempt to grow the nation the only way they knew how. Which is a lot to put on a young person.

This brings us to my Tenzin.  I cannot imagine Tenzin being anything other than focused on the continuation of his culture after such an upbringing.  Aang knows when he dies, that Tenzin is all that’s left.  Tenzin knows that when Aang dies, that he is all that’s left of what they consider the Air Nomad race.  I doubt Tenzin sees the Air Acolytes as technically lesser considering his wife was an Air Acolyte before he married her and when they visit the Southern Air Temple Tenzin and Pema are very put off by the overbearing/fawning nature of the acolytes there.  Still, the thread of all Air Nomads being airbenders, leans heavily on why that narrow view gets taken.

It could only be a relief to Tenzin when all of his children were born airbenders, although he was still the only grown Air Nomad and the last one of his kind.  Unlike traditional Air Nomads, Tenzin is not very nomadic, enjoying his home base at Air Temple Island, and is very serious.  Partially, this is due to Tenzin having a heavy dose of his mother in his personality.  Like Katara, Tenzin has a hot temper that he tries to hide under a calm exterior and lacks a sense of humor and is often the mother hen in all situations.  The rest of it comes from the pressure of living up to his father’s example to lead the Air Acolytes and to repopulate the Air Nomad race.

Also adding pressure to Tenzin is the fact that his only model for what an Air Nomad is was Aang.  The great Avatar Aang is the only stick he has to compare himself.  While Aang was the Avatar, he did not find out until he was twelve and before that he was raised amongst the Air Nomads as a regular, if not exceptionally talented kid.  Aang had room to find himself within his own culture.  Tenzin’s only measuring stick is Aang.  Which is why his facing his father in the Fog of Lost Souls is so key.

Tenzin You must stay focused. Remember who you are Tenzin. You are the son of Avatar Aang. You are the hope for future generations of airbenders. The fate of the world rests on your shoulders. But what if I fail? [Looks around.] Then your father’s hopes of the future dies with you. I can’t fail. You will. [Covering his ears, while sagging to the ground, arguing with himself.] Ah, stop it! I am the son of Avatar Aang. I am the hope for future generations of airbenders. I am the son of Avatar Aang. [Hallucinating, he looks up to see an image of his father standing before him.]

Aang’s image [Appearing from the fog.] Hello, my son.

Tenzin Dad, [Sadly.] I’ve failed you. I am no spiritual leader, and I’ve let the world down. I’ll never be the man you were.

Aang’s image You are right. [Tenzin is shocked at the revelation.] You are trying to hold on to a false perception of yourself. You are not me and you should not be me. You are Tenzin.

A puff of smoke engulfs Aang, when it disappears, he becomes a reflection of Tenzin. Tenzin stares at his reflection and gives a determined look before standing up.

Tenzin I am not a reflection of my father. I am Tenzin. [With his reflection.] I am Tenzin!

This conversation between the two of them shows so much of what Tenzin has spent his whole life struggling with.  He feels he has to be his father, that he is just an extension of Avatar Aang living amongst the world.  I highly doubt this was Aang’s intention.  Still, it doesn’t change the perception that the fate of his entire world is squarely on his shoulders, leaving him with the heavy sense of responsibility and need for decorum and order.  

This would explain his joy over finding that airbenders were popping up all over the world post-Harmonic convergence.  He cannot, however, seem to understand why other airbenders are not overcome with joy and a wish to join his nation.  Tenzin’s excitement is largely selfish and the idea that he’s not alone.  Where he struggles in training, again, I think comes from his lack of time to find himself within the experience of his culture.  He has his father and tons of ancient texts.

In addition, as mentioned above, Tenzin is the least nomad-like of his siblings.  Tenzin, much like his mother, puts a heavy importance on family, stability and doing the right thing.  Bumi has the fun-loving spirt and the need to travel, as does Kya.  I feel a lot of Tenzin’s issues with teaching and with reaching the spirt world have to do with this disconnect with his culture.  He wants so badly to fit into the model Air Nomad that he shoehorns and forces himself into it, save the light-hearted nature as the world is on his shoulders.  In a similar manor he shoehorns his students into model Air Nomad life which they all balk against.  
While he is starting to allow himself to be just Tenzin, he cannot seem to allow the same of his fellow Air Nomads at the beginning.  It takes time, mutiny and Bumi to figure it all out.  Once Tenzin relaxes into more of a guide than a forceful tasksmaster who forces his opinion onto others (both his parents were guilty of this in A:TLA so I’m not surprised Tenzin takes this route) things go much better with training the new Air Nomads.

“No! You can’t bend it up. That is cheating, you great Airhead. Just plain cheating.” - Lin to Tenzin in @republiccitylin ’s ‘Adored’ I wondered if she ever said that earlier. With Katara watching but unwilling to interrupt one of Tenzins rare jokes and Aang being slightly amused thinking, 'Oh, son, should not do that to a Beifong while sitting next to a pile of rocks.’

I Am Tenzin

The Importance of the Kataangs and the Breakdown of Childhood Idealization

The Legend of Korra is a bold and groundbreaking show. Korra, our muscular, queer, woman of color protagonist, led us through a powerful character arc that was subversive in a variety of ways. It was an arc of self-discovery, of healing, and of maturation that resonated so strongly with so many. This is unsurprising, as the general demographic of LOK viewers tended to be teens and individuals in their early 20s: ages during which the exploration of self-identity features strongly.

Yet another powerful theme runs throughout Legend of Korra: the destruction of the idealized family. From Tonraq and Korra, to the Beifongs, and most definitely to the Satos, each family presented to us in the series is colored by strife and difficulty. Even Mako and Bolin struggled to understand the other’s choices in Book 4. And all the tough familial dynamics touched upon something that is not often dealt with in our media: the awkward and complicated transition into adulthood, which implicitly requires the breakdown of set dynamics.

Sometimes this transition can be smooth, and certainly not everyone goes through something like Asami experienced. But it is often an incredibly messy and stressful stage for young adults. And what’s more important is that the choices we make as we seek to define ourselves outside of the context of our family are touched with moral ambiguity. Opal carried around guilt for wanting to leave her mother and train to be an airbender, while at the same time she chastised Baatar for “betraying Mom” to be with Kuvira. Both siblings likely had similar guiding motivations (world betterment), yet the path forward was never clear.

And that’s how it is in real life. The choices we make affect our family, yet we have to make the choices that are right by us. And in situations where the familial dynamics are particularly complicated, our choices become that much harder.

Bryke didn’t just show us this tension; they actively led us through it, using Tenzin as our guide. It’s almost poetic: the man who had anxieties and pressures that prevented him from becoming Korra’s spiritual guide served to lead the audience through a powerful and cathartic tale.

It wasn’t until I began recapping Book 2 that I understood this catharsis, however. My first time revisiting the material, I was harsh on Tenzin. I hated that he thought of himself as a martyr, while his brother and sister were so actively hurting. I even made light of his climatic moment, as a way of distancing myself from what I just saw. And yet it took me critically thinking about the Civil Wars episodes (ironically to find a way of making light of them) for me to understand why I had reacted that way: I am Tenzin.

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southern-water-bender-deactivat  asked:

How do you think Aang and Katata were as parents?

You know, I already know this is going to come out wrong, but: the more I think about it, the more I want to smack Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin for complaining even a little bit about their parents. 

   Let’s look at some of the parents we’ve seen on this show. The parents who melt half of their child’s face in public and banish them, the parent who forces his children to bloodbend each other for revenge, the parents who refuse to accept their daughter’s strength and don’t even let her walk outside alone because she has to be weak, the parents who get brutally murdered in front of their young children leaving them orphans and to live on the streets and fend for themselves, the mother who also gets brutally murdered and the father who, in a rage, also murders the daughter. 

   The father who is willing to kill his children if they get in the way of his evil spirit plans to destroy the world. The mother who disappears for 30 years. More parents who get murdered. Murdered parents everywhere. Kids who never even KNEW their fathers. 

    And what do these  Cloud babies complain about?

    Oh, Dad was busy? Was he. Was he now. Your Avatar father who is trying to maintain world Peace in a post 100 year WORLD WAR universe is busy? Your father who literally founded an entire new nation for you—that is not an understatement—Republic City was founded in part from Aang and Katara’s desires for interracial-family equality—is busy? 

    Oh, he’s busy. And he spends time teaching your air bending brother. Dad’s the only one in the world who CAN teach your brother, and it’s fine that you are linked at the hip to your mother to learn water bending, but no, it’s annoying for Dad. 

   And mom. Apparently she, what, meddles? You don’t want her brought into this? Why? Because we already know Katata’s always right and always loving and caring and just looking out for you and we don’t even have to ask?

    I accept Aang and Katara probably weren’t perfect. It sounds like there was tension and that having your father literally be the most powerful and famous person in the entire world is super intimidating. But I mean come on. 

    Aang and Katara hated war. I’m sure they panicked a bit when Bumi joined the forces. But they let him join. And we’ve seen nothing to suggest that they did not support his decision. 

     Kya admitted to not feeling like she belonged and felt the need to find herself. Doesn’t sound like Katara or Aang stopped her. Based on Katara’s pushing Korra to do the same, and Aang’s deeply embedded nomadic upbringing, they probably also supported this decision. 

    There’s no denying Tenzin adored Aang. That he loved being Aang’s son. And that he loved Katara—as we’ve seen, he’s basically Katara Jr. And let’s not forget the “I love you mom,” line. 

    We see Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin all willing to die for the Air Nation, for each other, for their families, and for their parent’s values and legacies. We seem them wilt at the idea of letting their father down, we seem them giving up a former life to take care of Katara. We see a non-bending son who is convinced he can do whatever a bender can and has never let his lack of bending hold him back from doing what he wants. We see open-minded individuals. We see passion. 

    We see a lot of love. 

    No, Aang and Katara probably were not perfect. We know they weren’t. But, to me, it sounds like they undoubtedly adored their children, supported their children. Loved their children. 

    All of their children.

  Which is a lot better than half of the characters on this show have ever had. I think that stands for something. 

Zodiac signs as ATLA/LOK characters


Aries: Korra, Ozai, Bumi (Aangs son)

Taurus: Uncle Iroh, Bolin

Gemini: Aang, Tenzin, Meelo

Cancer: Katara, Zuko, Mako

Leo: Kuvira, Lin Beifong

Virgo: Suyin Beifong, Toph

Libra: Ikki, Ty Lee

Scorpio: Sokka, Asami Sato, Azula

Sagittarius: Suki, Kya

Capricorn: Mai, Opal

Aquarius: Momo and Appa

Pisces: Jinora, Ursa

I think Kiyi is a Gemini or a Scorpio.

anonymous asked:

Continuation of Korra was raised by the Red Lotus

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The girl looks too big to be in the platinum room. Her glare fills every inch of it with hatred and impatience that Asami would have been impressed with, had she not just tried to kill her. She rubbed absently at her bruising stomach as Tenzin opened the door to the cell. He stared at her in disbelief before letting himself speak.

“Hello. My name is-”

“Councilman Tenzin, son of Avatar Aang and Katara of the Southern Water Tribe. You are the only master airbender currently in existence, though it is believed your oldest daughter will soon join you” A shiver ripped down Asami’s spine. Even Tenzin straightened. He cleared his throat.

“Yes. That is all correct. Might I know your name?” His voice was already shaky, not good. The girl cocked her head.

“I have none. If you have to refer to me, ‘the Avatar’ suits me just fine” Her voice remained shockingly impassive and Asami had enough. Lin next to her could feel her practically vibrating.

“You can’t go in there”

“And why not?” She made sure her eyes were steel when she glared. Lin’s nostrils flared.

“She will try whatever she can to kill you right now. We don’t know if we can rehab her yet”

“Then forgive me if I don’t listen” Asami turned to the door and wrenched it open.

“Asami-” Tenzin exclaimed, glaring at the two way mirror (Lin). She ignored him and marched over to the girl whose eyes were suddenly more intense and more focused.

“What is your name? Because I’m not calling you the Avatar. Not until you earn that” Asami demanded. The girl’s eyes flashed and she lowered her chin.

“I have earned it” she growled.

“Oh really? How many villages have you saved? How many treaties have you negotiated? When’s the last time someone told you that you are their hero?” The girl shot up off the bed she was given and fire spewed from her roaring mouth. Asami barely got out of range in time.

“Those are not the Avatar’s duties”

Bullshit. The Avatar’s job is to make balance in the world. You are killing people who help you do that. For instance, if you kill me, my company will collapse. What happens then? Thousands of people lose their jobs, many of them ending up losing their houses, and then further still, some their lives. You are throwing the world out of balance,” she couldn’t stop the snort from leaving her lips, “some Avatar you are” She turned on her heel, done. She wouldn’t come back here again. If this girl really thought she was doing a good job-

“Korra” Asami froze, her hand on the door handle.

“What was that?” Tenzin asked. She would be lying if she said she hadn’t forgot he was in the room.

“My name. From before. My parents called me Korra” The girl’s voice was soft and when Asami turned around, her face had followed that. She looked young.

“It’s nice to meet you Korra. I can’t wait until you become the Avatar” And she left.