QUICK give me some headcanons about the earthbending avatar that comes after korra
A Republic City University student of sandbender heritage, named Hassan. He has a double major in political science and history.
He is not a bending prodigy like Aang and Korra. In fact, he thought he was a non-bender at first. Thus, he took part in a lot of activism regarding non-bender rights(I guess you can say he’s an equalist).
He has a good relationship with his mom, Fatima, who runs an inn which is the hot spot for spirits. It’s like the bathhouse in Spirited Away.
When he found out he was the Avatar, it was when he saw himself on television. He was in the Avatar state after a brawl with the police. After that, things were never the same again. At first, he was not that happy with being the Avatar, especially AFTER Korra who had done a lot and had a lot of unfinished business. He was like Aang but, ten times more reluctant. Thinking about it even propelled him to depression. But, even so, he tries to keep going; with the help of strong will and his antidepressants.
He is friends with a peppy firebender, a hippie airbender, and a very traditional non bender. All of them are girls.
I have a really big post detailing about this in my drafts, but might as well save you the trouble and keep it short
OOOH YES A SANDBENDER AVATAR
I always liked the idea that the Avatar after Korra would be an intellectual.
He gets sent to a sandbender colony to practise sandbending but gets distracted studying the desert climate. Pretty much everywhere he’s sent to learn bending he just wanders off to study history and politics.
Upon finding out about his Avatar identity he researches ALLLL the Avatars, which is pretty hard because the Fire Nation destroyed most of it during the war, but he does the whole shabang: reading all the newspapers and books about Korra (who he probably knows most about), going to all the historical sites, museums and reading all the books related to Aang (including Sokka’s questionably accurate biography), visiting Roku’s Island, investigating old documents about Roku and Sozin, going to Kyoshi island talking to Kyoshi’s descendants and Suki’s relatives, learning about the Earth Kingdom civil wars and Chin the Great, seeing all the Air Temples and going through all the texts related to Yangchen where some of them were written by Aang, others are unreadable or written in an archaic Hindu-like script. I doubt there’s a lot out there about Avatar Kuruk.
Sometimes he wishes he had super-efficient-pragmatic Yangchen as a predecessor so he could just enjoy 200 years of peace instead of the political chaos that Korra left behind. Korra as his mentor insists that he has to stop overthinking things and just focus on the people that need his help right now because he tends to plan ahead and worry about the future too much.
In short Avatar Hassan is an insecure dork who is adorable but also has a lot of political knowledge.
kill the idea that openly caring characters are boring
set on fire the line of thought that dictates that altruism is a bad thing and that selfishness/sassiness is an inherently more appealing and ‘intricate’ quality than an affectionate nature
smash and bury the concept of the false equivalency between angst and complexity
kindness and empathy are not synonyms for “blandness” and “lack of personality”