Stories never really end. Once creators release their work into the world, that universe and the characters that live there don't entirely belong to them anymore because those elements now live rent-free in the minds of fans for the rest of their lives, often asking, "what if?". The universe created in the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra is a prime example of this fandom phenomenon known as headcanon.
It's impossible for storytellers to fill in every single gap and preemptively answer any questions someone down the line might have, and that's totally fine! A lot of the time, fans will come up with a cleaner, simpler, and more in-depth solution because they've spent so much time absorbing and obsessing over the final product. This is a collection of those headcanons for Avatar and Korra.
Vote up the headcanons that make the most sense to you!
Bumi And Sokka Were ClosePhoto: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon
From Quora user Ella Narvasa:
Bumi was really close to Uncle Sokka. Aang was focused on Tenzin. Kya had Katara. So Bumi became really close with his badass nonbender warrior uncle.Fan of the "canon"?
The Avatar Cycle Tries To Improve On ItselfPhoto: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon
From Quora user Emilia Oancea:
I have a personal one: each new avatar is what the previous one wishes they were.
Roku wished he'd been more aware of his responsibility as the Avatar. Aang was too aware of it.
Aang wished he'd been more unabashed (thank you, Peter Spering) about being the Avatar. Korra came into the world kicking and screaming “I'M THE AVATAR!”
It's like they're trying to fix the mistakes of the previous incarnation.Fan of the "canon"?
Uncle Zuko Is (Potentially) AdorablePhoto: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon
From Quora user Diana Jasmine:
[Firelord] Zuko visiting Baby Korra. When they see each other the pair would play hide and seek and when Zuko finds Korra he’d hold her up over his head and shout, “I’VE CAPTURED THE AVATAR!”Fan of the "canon"?
Teen Zuko Is Awkward AF Due To A Lack Of PeersPhoto: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon
From Redditor u/koreanadian:
Since Zuko has never had any friends his age, he doesn't raelly have a model of how to act around the Gaang when he first joins them. He's been around Azula and her friends, but he's not about to try to mirror that behavior. So, he spends a lot of time observing how the Gaang is around one another. So, when Sokka opens up to him about losing Yue, he remembers all the times he's heard Aang speak to Appa and mimics it- "that's rough, buddy."Fan of the "canon"?