Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra: Best Fight / Battle Scenes Tournament (Closed)

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Alright, it is time for my first tournament since 2017. Of course, it's an Avatar one, and it's going to be a long one too, hence I will be updating every 24 hours, so keep that in mind -- exceptions can be made. As the title suggests, we will be pitting fight scenes from the 2 series against each other every day, and we'll be voting on elimination matches to find out which one(s), as a community, we consider the best. Now, the reason I did not include the comic books and the novels in the roster is not because they don't have beautifully written fight sequences of their own, but in part because the mediums are very different, and in part because not everyone is familiar with them. I should also let everyone know that every single round will be based on the results of a randomizer; I don't want to reveal the exact number of scenes we will be voting on, but I will say that there is a dead even split between The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra -- which means, you are going to see as many fight scenes from the first series, as you are going to see from the second.

All the fight scenes involved will be actual battles with living oponnents, not simple action scenes; due to the nature of the series, many excellent action sequences or showcases of bending and martial arts are either fighting the forces of nature and technology, or out-of-combat displays, such as every day tasks, investigations or training. Don't expect to see those in here. Now, below is a list of the fight scenes I had to exclude to reach a more reasonable number of scenes, because I don't want the tournament to be impossibly long:

  • Aang Vs. Zuko (Book 1: The Boy in the Iceberg).
  • Suki Vs. Sokka: Spar / Training (Book 1: The Warriors of Kyoshi).
  • Aang and Appa Vs. Zhao's forces (Book 1: Winter Solstice I: Avatar Roku).
  • Team Avatar Vs. Zuko's forces Vs. the Pirates (Book 1: The Waterbending Scroll).
  • Team Avatar and the Tribes Vs. the Canyon Crawlers (Book 1: The Great Divide).
  • Team Avatar Vs. General Fong's forces (Book 2: The Avatar State).
  • Team Avatar Vs. the Rough Rhinos (Book 2: Avatar Day).
  • The Boulder's fight montage in the Earth Rumble VI (Book 2: The Blind Bandit).
  • Aang Vs. a Saber-tooth moose lion.
  • Master Yu and Xin Fu Vs. Bounty Hunters (Book 2: The Desert).
  • Team Avatar Vs. Buzzard Wasps (Book 2: The Desert).
  • Appa Vs. Boarquipine (Book 2: Appa's Lost Days).
  • Toph and Sokka Vs. Mai and Ty Lee (Book 2: The Crossroads of Destiny).
  • Aang Vs. Hide (Book 3: The Headband).
  • Avatar Roku Vs. Prince Sozin: Spar (Book 3: The Avatar and the Firelord).
  • Team Avatar Vs. Combustion Man (Book 3: The Runaway).
  • June Vs. Thugs (Book 3: Sozin's Comet II: The Old Masters).

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  • Tarrlok's Task Force Vs. Chi Blockers (Book 1: The Voice in the Night).
  • Amon and the Chi Blockers' Ambush on Korra (Book 1: The Voice in the Night).
  • The Pro-Bending Finals: Fire Ferrets Vs. Wolfbats (Book 1: And the Winner Is...).
  • Chief Beifong, Tenzin, Asami, Mako and Bolin in the underground Equalists Hideout (Book 1: Out of the Past).
  • Tenzin, Beifong and Team Avatar Vs. Councilman Tarrlok (Book 1: Out of the Past).
  • Team Avatar and Unalaq Vs. Dark Spirit (Book 2: Rebel Spirit).
  • Team Avatar and Co. Vs. Dark Spirits (Book 2: The Southern Lights).
  • Wan Vs. The Chou Brothers (Book 2: Beginnings I).
  • Unalaq, Desna and Eska Vs. Mako and Bolin (Book 2: Darkness Falls).
  • Tenzin, Kya, Mako, Bolin, Desna and Eska Vs. Dark Spirits (Book 2: Light in the Dark).
  • Avatar Korra Vs. the Sheriff's forces (Book 3: Rebirth).
  • The Red Lotus Vs. Republic City's Police Force (Book 3: Old Wounds).
  • Korra and Asami Vs. Sandshark (Book 3: Long Live the Queen).
  • Bumi II Vs. Ghazan (Book 3: The Ultimatum).
  • Mako and Bolin Vs. Ghazan and Ming Hua (Book 3: Enter the Void).
  • Rescue of the airbenders (Book 3: Venom of the Red Lotus).
  • Opal and Kai Vs. Bandits (Book 4: After All These Years).
  • Korra in the Earth Kingdom Ring (Book 4: After All These Years).
  • Avatar Korra, Mako and Asami Vs. Kuvira's supporters (Book 4: Reunion).
  • Team Avatar Vs. The Colossus: Round I (Book 4: Day of the Colossus).
  • Team Avatar (Lin, Mako, Bolin) Vs. Earth Empire Soldiers (Book 4: The Last Stand).

Now, if there are too many requests for a particular scene of the above that you'd most definitely want to see in the tournament, let me know and I might make a change. But I'd rather not, to be frank, it's already big enough as it is. If you want to be included in the tag list each round, let me know. You can add yourself throughout the entire course of this, obviously. But best say it here before the first round!

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Starting within the next hours, the first matchup of the first stage will be up. There will be 7 stages total until we reach a winning scene. Let us start reliving our favorite sequences of the series!

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Appa vs Boarqupine would've won. Smh.

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I can dig it! Tag me, please!

I am curious why you eliminated the following though:

  • The Pro-Bending Finals: Fire Ferrets Vs. Wolfbats (Book 1: And the Winner Is...).

Is it because it’s not really a “scene“ as it spans a large portion of the episode? I would like to see Korra vs Tahno in the tie-breaking fight, but that’s totally up to you.

All the other ones you eliminated make sense to me. :)

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@eslay03: It's strictly because of my personal bias against pro-bending; as in it's amongst those that didn't matter enough to me. Although Korra slapping Tahno was incredibly satisfying. I can squeeze it in without it being at the loss of another scene, by simply putting a duel within a larger battle, so you're fine.

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#8  Edited By anthp2000  Moderator  Online
@supremegeneration said:

Appa vs Boarqupine would've won. Smh.

I got you. See my response to Eslay above.

So much for the many requests rule; you guys are lucky I had second thoughts on these scenes myself.

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Cool. I could see Team Avatar vs General Fong's forces in there too.

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Tag me when you start it please!

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Tag me! Thanks.

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@anthp2000: Will Appa vs Samurai Momo be included?

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Nice. Tag me when this starts.

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Sweet! Please tag me.

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This is gonna be fun I would like to be tagged.

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Team A Vs Chi Blockers.

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Team Avatar vs Chi Blockers

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Why not just... post... the fights...

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@anthp2000: I enjoyed the air nation fight more because I always find Air bending fights the most fun to watch. Never really into car fights tbh.

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Not particularly easy to put one over the other, both of them are strong emotional impact-wise in their own ways; first of all, this is the only time we see the new Air Nation stand up for themselves without any help from Tenzin or the Avatar whatsoever. It also has a strong, clear message against animal poaching. At the same time, the car chase scene is the first time we see Korra, Asami and the bros as the new Team Avatar. They officially call themselves that. Tenzin going head to head with a truck on a bison is just as badarse as Asami racing across Republic City zapping down chi blockers, so there's that.

I might give my vote to the airbenders because it succeeded where every other scene failed: it made Meelo look cool.

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Why not just... post... the fights...

Not every scene has a decent quality, full time video online, if that's what you're referring to. And last time I tried to upload them on Vimeo it lasted a year until my account got rekt.

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Both are solid, but I have to give to Team Avatar Vs The Chi-blockers.
Not only is it an awesome car chase/battle, but it also was the scene that made me realize that TLoK was a very different show than A:TLA even if it happened in the same universe. I know some people have complaints about the technological advancement that occurred after A:TLA, but I simply don’t. For me, this scene was a breath of fresh air for the franchise that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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#33  Edited By anthp2000  Moderator  Online

@viking1205: I'm really sorry, I could've sworn I tagged you.

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I am voting for The Air Nation vs the Bison Rustlers. I loved seeing the novice airbenders all come together to save the baby bison and Jinora. It was really brave. Also very cool when the mama bison got involved and started thrashing them. And Tenzin was funny at the end when he had to step in to hold Kai back from beating up the poacher but also congratulated him at the same time lol.

I'd like to be tagged please. Good luck on your new tourney! :)

Edit: I just realized I was but didn't see it at first lol! But yea I definitely want to participate.

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Air Nation fight was more enjoyable and exciting.

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Team Avatar Vs. Chi Blockers wins,11 - 6.

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Stage 1: Round 2.

Brother Vs. Brother: North Vs. South (Book 2: Night of a Thousand Stars).

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A Star is Born: Bolin Vs. Varrick's Henchmen (Book 2: Night of a Thousand Stars).

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Time to vote again!

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#45  Edited By anthp2000  Moderator  Online

I'm voting for Unalaq Vs. Tonraq, it was one of the (very) few highlights of the second book; the choreography and the impact of the Civil War arc still deem it quite solid.

No one besides Bolin fans likes the Nuktuk storyline, or that extra let-me-rip-off-my-sleeves fight, which doesn't even make logical sense given Beifong and the police were right next to this whole thing occuring (although I guess that's consistent with them being incompetent all throughout the second season, so the kids can have their moments instead). I'm no Bolin fan though, so I cannot justify that.

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OT: Brother Vs Brother. Bolin’s fight was fine, but it wasn’t anything special. Unalaq Vs Tonraq had a lot more weight and impact to it as well.

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