By Arcus1 47 Comments
Ever since LOK came out, anything comparing Aang and Korra (who's the better Avatar, who would win in a fight, etc.) has been a hotly debated subject. In this blog, I'm going to address some of these topics, such as their comparative skill in the elements, the challenges they faced, their ways of dealing with problems, and so on. They way I see it, both Avatars have their respective strengths and weaknesses, and that is what makes them both interesting characters. While one might be better or worse in certain aspects, neither is truly better than the other.
The first topic I'd like to talk about is how Aang and Korra compare in terms of their respective bending abilities, making sure they both get the respect they deserve for their skill while also determining who is better in that element
In Legend of Korra, air is the last element for Korra to master, and it is also the one she has most difficulty with. While she could not airbed at all throughout most of Book 1, by Book 2 she had become proficient in the art. Throughout the rest of the series, air became one of her most commonly used elements. She has demonstrated very respectable power and skill, proving herself to be a better airbender than I think many people tend to give her credit for
Here's a few gifs to demonstrate some of her capabilities
However, while Korra has shown respectable skill in airbending, air is Aang's native element, and when it comes to airbending Aang is simply on another level. His raw bending power is some of the highest in the series, for any element, and throughout the series he demonstrated incredible skill and versatility. He incorporates airbending into his every movement, enhancing his speed and agility and leading Toph to give him the nickname Twinkle Toes, showing his affinity for and mastery of the element.
Some gifs to demonstrate Aang's airbending
Obviously both Aang and Korra have lots of other airbending feats, this is just a sampling.
In conclusion, while Korra has come a long way in airbending, it's quite safe to say that Aang is the superior airbender.
Water is the second element Aang learns, and from the beginning he appears to be a natural, easily picking up Katara's basic moves. Despite this, water is one of Aang's least used elements, second only to fire. While he was certainly competent at waterbending, he was never particularly outstanding, particularly in terms of combat feats.
Air is Aang's natural element, but water is Korra's. While she doesn't use waterbending as frequently as Aang used airbending (after all, air is much common than water), when she did the results could be very impressive. Trained by Katara, Korra has demonstrated some of the strongest water bending in either series, rivaling Aang's airbending in strength, as well as high precision and versatility, from ice and steam manipulation to casual waterspouts. Korra has also demonstrated healing abilities, a skill learned from Katara that Aang never acquired.
While Aang was clearly intended to be skilled at waterbending, Korra is a natural waterbender with more and better feats. Just as Aang was the better airbender, Korra is the better waterbender
Earth was the element Aang had the most difficulty learning (as it is air's opposite). However, after unlocking the ability, Aang quickly made earth his second most used element, demonstrating extensive power and skill. By the end of book 3, he had learned to incorporate his airbending enhanced agility into his earth bending, as well as use of Toph's seismic sense (while the seismic sense is not as significant an advantage as some would make it out to be, it is a useful skill). His strength and versatility put him among the top earth benders of the series.
Some of Aang's feats
Earth bending has never been Korra's most spectacular element, but it has always been solid throughout the series. She has demonstrated a variety of attacks and, by the season finale, raw power to compete with Aang's. However, Korra's earth bending abilities are not limited to just rock. In season 3, Korra learned how to metalbend, quickly developing proficiency in the skill. This ability, something Aang was unable to learn, adds greatly to her versatility.
Earth isn't as clear cut as air and water have been. In terms of pure earthbending, Aang as a strong edge. He demonstrates greater raw power with more consistency and has shown a wider variety of skills. However, when it comes to special techniques, Korra has the advantage with her knowledge of metalbending. Overall, I would say Aang is the superior earth bender, with his greater ability in pure earthbending making up for his lack of metalbending.
Fire was the last element Aang learned, and it was his least used element. Even so, he has demonstrated reasonable skill in the art. Learning from the dragon masters helped Aang come to a better understanding of the true nature of fire, and his training with Zuko gave him useful skills to use in the battle against Ozai. The most useful technique Aang learned from Zuko was lightning redirection, a highly specialized technique few other fire benders in either series have demonstrated.
Unlike Aang, Korra has made consistent use of fire bending from the beginning of the series, and for much of the series it was her go to element for fighting. She has demonstrated great power with fire as well as skill, casually negating other fire blasts and using fire jets for propulsion.
Overall, while Aang has the specialized skill of lightning redirection, Korra has demonstrated greater raw power and skill in fire bending, making her the superior fire bender.
Air=Aang. He is a natural airbender and a prodigious master who has demonstrated some of the greatest power and creativity with this element that we have seen from any bender.
Water=Korra. This is Korra's native element and her best. While it's use may be limited by the environment, when Korra does use waterbending she has proven herself to be a formidable powerhouse.
Earth=Aang. Aang has shown greater raw power on a more consistent basis, as well as a greater variety of techniques and skills. By the season finale Korra had narrowed the gap with her advancements in metal bending and high end demonstrations of power, but there is a reason earth is Aang's second most favored element.
Fire=Korra. The direct, forceful nature of fire bending is well suited to Korra's aggressive, straightforward fighting style, and she has repeatedly shown herself to be a powerful and skillful fire bender. Despite his training from the dragons and mastery of lightning redirection, Aang has shown very little in the way of fire bending to compare.
Aang tends to focus heavily on air and earth bending, and has consistently demonstrated high end feats in those elements. His airbending is second to none, and his earth bending is among the best in Avatar. However, when it comes to waterbending and fire bending, Aang is significantly lacking. He rarely uses these elements, and while he is suggested to have skill in their use, has done little to demonstrate it.
Korra, on the other hand, frequently alternates the elements, using them simultaneously (water is used less frequently only because it is less abundant and therefore less practical). While she might not have consistently demonstrated the same level of power and versatility in a single element as Aang has with airbending, she is overall more balanced in her elemental usage, blending them together into a fighting style that draws on techniques from all four disciplines.
Those are my thoughts on Aang and Korra's bending abilities and how they compare. My plan is for this to be the first in a series of blogs giving my thoughts on some of the differences and similarities between Aang and Korra-thier respective challenges, their fighting styles, etc. Feel free to comment, discuss, challenge, etc. There may be more I have to add to this blog, but even if there is it won't be anything major. If anything it will just be gifs (I enjoy good gifs)
Hope you enjoy, and ideally this'll lead to some good conversation.