The following article features spoilers from the fifth and final season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Proceed with caution.
The internet has been ablaze since Noelle Stevenson’s She-Ra premiered its final season on Netflix with fans and critics alike praising the series for its thoughtful storytelling, female empowerment, allusions to sociopolitical issues, and queer representation.
For these same reasons, fans have also drawn comparisons to The Legend of Korra: the underappreciated sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which dealt with similar issues. With such an overlap in terms of fanbase, what else does The Legend of Korra and She-Ra have in common?
10 Canon Queer Relationships
Both shows are now infamous for their queer representation with both protagonists ending up in a romantic relationship with long-time friends. Due to constraints, The Legend of Korra wasn’t able to be as overt with Korra and Asami’s romance until later sequel comics (which also confirmed that Kya is a lesbian).
She-Ra, however, has been filled with rep long before Adora and Catra finally admitted their feelings for one another: Scorpia has been seen crushing on both Catra and Perfuma, Bow has two fathers, Spinnerella and Netossa are married, and Double Trouble is a non-binary shapeshifter (portrayed by a non-binary actor).
9 The Final Villain
Kuvira and Horde Prime share more than just a similar color palette: both are the final villains of their respective shows, have calm exteriors, and almost perfect plans for domination.
Where Horde Prime believes he’s bringing peace to the universe by enslaving people and destroying whole planets, Kuvira believes she’s bringing order and control to the Earth Kingdom and will do anything to ensure her victory. Horde Prime also has no reservations when it comes to ensuring victory: he brainwashes Catra and tries to kill her in order to unleash She-Ra.
8 Focus on Friendship
From the beginning, it’s apparent that the themes of friendship and community are crucial to She-Ra: the first season deals with the task of bringing together all the Princesses, which results in the climax of them all teaming up to rescue Glimmer and Bow from the Horde.
In Korra, friendship may not have as strong a focus but there’s no denying it’s the backbone of the series. The bond between Korra, Asami, Mako, and Bolin may at times be fraught or awkward due to the romantic history between the characters, but at the end of the day, they each have each other’s backs.
7 Heavy Themes (Yet Hopeful Storytelling)
Right off the gate, Korra proves to be a worthy successor of The Last Airbender by including mature themes and strong sociopolitical issues: Korra is shown struggling with PTSD in the series’ final season after the traumatic events of the third, several graphic deaths are shown or implied, and each of her villains has taken good ideals too far with their methods.
Similarly, She-Ra deals with mature topics such as the cycle of abuse, and Adora shows reckless regard for her own life throughout the series that goes far beyond simple selflessness: in fact, if it were not for Catra, Adora would’ve sacrificed herself for the greater good, just as Mara had. Despite these heavy themes, both series are inspiring and hopeful.
6 Abandoning the Empire
Adora is a former Horde soldier who experiences a change of heart when she realizes the Horde is in the wrong: she’s not the only one to abandon the Horde, either. By the series’ end, almost all of the original cast shown in the Horde has defected.
In Legend of Korra’s final season, it’s revealed that Bolin has been recruited by Kuvira to help the Earth Empire. Bolin’s idealistic attitude combined with Kuvira’s cunning means that Bolin initially isn’t aware of the harm Kuvira is spreading, but as soon as he learns the truth, he abandons her and returns to his friends, taking Varrick with him.
5 Cast Crossover
That said, Legend of Korra and She-Ra share more than just storytelling similarities: the connection runs behind the scenes as well, with both shows sharing several actors. Grey DeLisle, best known for portraying Azula in Last Airbender and Daphne Blake in Scooby-Doo (among dozens of other roles), voices Ming-Hua and a young Lin Beifong in Korra, and Madame Razz in She-Ra.
Interestingly, the two series share another connection: both feature Clone Wars alum. Ashley Eckstein, who portrayed Ahsoka Tano, provides the voice for Tallstar in She-Ra; Dee Bradley Baker voiced many characters such as Tarrlok in Legend of Korra, also provided the voice for every clone shown in The Clone Wars.
4 Tie-In Graphic Novels
As mentioned above, Legend of Korra was continued in the form of graphic novels (Turf Wars and later Ruins of The Empire) when the series ended. The graphic novels flesh out Korra and Asami’s newfound relationship, as well as the aftermath of the final battle that destroyed most of Republic City.
She-Ra also has a tie-in graphic novel, The Legend of the Fire Princess, but rather than be set after the series, it’s set in the middle of it (presumably before the third season). The book provides more information on the world of Etheria, adding on to the series’ world-building.
3 Loss Of Powers
As mentioned above, both series dealt with heavy themes, but they also share a prominent arc: loss of powers. In the final season of both, Korra and Adora find themselves blocked from their powers in some form or another. For Adora, her connection to She-Ra is severed when she destroys the sword. This action leaves Adora restless and reckless, heedlessly running into battles until she eventually drops from exhaustion.
On the other side, Korra finds herself unable to access her Avatar state for three years while dealing with the trauma from the Red Lotus nearly killing her. She leaves everyone she knows behind in order to figure out how to move on, taking to fighting in underground Bending tournaments — to her own detriment.
2 Visually Similar Ending Shots
A parallel spotted by more than one eagled-eyed viewer is the fact that both series share visual similarities as well with its final sequence of events. In Legend of Korra’s finale, while defeating Kuvira, Korra accidentally opens a portal to the Spirit World in the middle of Republic City, bringing forth a new era. In contrast, once Adora is able to fully unlock the powers of She-Ra, she is able to unleash Etheria’s magic once more, healing it from the inside out.
In the final scenes of both, we see both couples embracing in a field of ethereal light, planning their next adventure. Unlike Korra and Asami, however, Adora and Catra’s embrace is interrupted by a full-on tackle by the other half of the Best Friend Squad: Glimmer and Bow.
1 Adora and Korra’s Personal Growth
At first glance, these characters couldn’t be more different: Adora is a level-headed soldier in the Horde until she finds out the truth that she’s fighting for an oppressive organization. Korra is a hot-headed, cocky young woman eager to prove herself as the Avatar.
Yet, both women share similar personal growth: they both struggle with identity and figuring out what it is that they want from life. Both lived rather sheltered lives — Korra for her own protection, and Adora because of the Horde — and had to learn about the world through hands-on experience. Moreover, they both had to learn to trust in themselves, and realize that they weren’t alone in their missions to save the world: they never were.
Since She-Ra premiered its final season, fans have compared it to Legend Of Korra. What do these two series have in common?