So let’s talk about Korra, shall we? Why does she make the list? How does she encourage the empowerment of women on TV, and on a cartoon no less? Well let’s first take a look at Korra.
Korra definitely dons a commanding physique, yet still keeping her feminine body shape. She’s no distressed damsel as it’s obvious she can hold her own in a fight. The Legend of Korra airs on Nickelodeon so you don’t have to worry about seeing her in revealing lingerie as she battles the forces of evil. Though, it is still nice to see some practicality where a feminine character in geek culture is concerned. Her “water tribe” garb design doesn’t make her an object of sexual desire (unless you’re into fur) and it certainly doesn't distract from the narrative. It’s simple and elegant, and if you’re an artist or writer, you've probably said to yourself “I wish I’d thought of that!!!”
Korra’s personality really matches her design. She’s energetic, she’s rather impulsive and even a bit aggressive. Korra can be rash, but it’s an issue she is aware of and puts effort into rectifying. Her internal conflicts are able to give her a substantial level of depth, something female characters in most cartoons don’t even come close to reaching.
There is also a single significant quality to Korra. Yes, her name is in the title, but there’s a reason she is the alpha of her group. It's not because she has the powers of an Avatar at her disposable. It’s because she emits confidence. It’s the fundamental difference between this Avatar series and the previous one. As the Avatar she can bend all the elements at will, which no other human can do. If there was no such thing as an Avatar I feel like she would be able to manipulate all the elements just fine, because of her personality, because of her confidence. It’s the reason why this series is such an excellent stand alone.
Confidence is a characteristic that doesn’t define too many characters these days. It’s been replaced by “swagger” or “bossy”. The type of roles that come off annoying and flat. After watching The Legend of Korra, you can only deem Korra as a great role model! She represents the type of person people can virtually look up to. For young women and girls, this is especially true.