After imagining the Avatar: The Last Airbender characters in the Star Wars universe, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about what the Legend of Korra characters would be like, too. So, I decided to pair them with lightsabers. Going off the canon colors from Star Wars, I’m using seven of the eight and will be disregarding the “rarity” of said colors. Which sabers would the Legend of Korra characters wield?
Kya: Green and Yellow
If Kya lived in the Star Wars universe, she would have been trained with a green lightsaber, like her brother Tenzin. Green represents wisdom and skill and is commonly wielded by those with strong Force powers. They typically focus on mental skills rather than fighting.
However, as a Master, she’d eventually switch to a yellow saber. Yellow sabers are typically used by Jedi Sentinels and represent combining wisdom and skill. From what we’ve seen of Kya, she’s able to adapt quickly while fighting and is wise like her parents.
Suyin Beifong: Blue and Orange
There’s no doubt in my mind Toph would train both of her daughters herself, and through that, they’d start their stories with blue sabers. Blue is used by the fighters and protectors of the Jedi Order, and their training is focused more on dueling and saber fighting.
As she did in the show, Suyin would go on her own journey and wield an orange lightsaber. These users use force and violence only as a last resort. Suyin’s life in Legend of Korra leads me to believe that this would be the perfect color for her in Star Wars.
Lin Beifong: Blue and Yellow
Much like her sister, Lin would have been trained by Toph on a blue lightsaber. However, as we see in Legend of Korra, Lin isn’t just the fighter we love; she’s equally as wise as Tenzin, though it’s not as recognized because she can be a hothead.
Her wisdom is why I think she’d be the perfect person to wield a yellow lightsaber. Lin constantly comes up with plans on the spot, even going so far as to sacrifice her bending abilities to save those she cares about.
Bumi would be the only child of Aang and Katara that would wield a blue saber. From the moment we meet him in Legend of Korra, it’s obvious this guy is a warrior despite having no bending abilities.
That’s why he’d use a blue saber as a Padawan and Master. While he’s not as wise as his siblings, he’s still willing to run headfirst into a fight. Even after gaining airbending abilities, he uses it in battle more than other airbenders.
Kai: Red and Blue
When we first met Kai, he was a little thief who did whatever he needed to survive. That leads me to believe he would train with a red lightsaber with the Sith because it would offer more protection for him growing up.
However, after meeting Jinora and the group, he changed a lot; I think he’d follow the same path if he existed in the Star Wars universe. After turning to the Light Side, he’d discard his red saber and craft his own blue lightsaber to protect his new loved ones.
Ikki: Orange and Yellow
All of Tenzin’s children would train with orange sabers because their father tries to teach them pacificism and violence as a last resort. And while all three children we get to know in Legend of Korra take his words to heart, their paths diverge a bit from his way of living.
Ikki switches the orange kyber crystal to a yellow one when she becomes a Jedi Master. Though Jinora is the wise sibling, Ikki has a strong connection to the spirit world but is also a great combatant at a young age. That’s why yellow is the perfect color for her.
Meelo: Orange and Blue
Like Ikki, Meelo would be trained with an orange lightsaber. However, his path takes off from his siblings and father’s in that he takes after his uncle Bumi much more. Meelo runs headfirst into battles – just look at season one when he took on Amon’s henchmen.
Following in his uncle’s footsteps seems like the best route for Meelo, so he’d wield a blue saber after his Padawan days are over. He embodies so many of the traits shared among blue lightsaber users that I can’t imagine any other color for Meelo.
Opal: Green and Orange
Yes, Opal would start training with a green lightsaber – and not because she’s originally from the Earth Kingdom. She’d be trained to be a wise protector of the Force in the Star Wars universe for most of her Padawan days.
However, towards the end of her training, Opal would start crafting her own saber. She’d take off on a self-discovery journey and would eventually find an orange kyber crystal that calls to her. Orange is perfect for Opal because though she’s a good fighter, she is much more of a pacifist than those around her.
Tarrlok: Red and White
Tarrlok honed his waterbending and bloodbending abilities under his father in Legend of Korra. But he eventually strayed from his family’s beliefs so that, while he was still an antagonist, he was never the “bad guy” like his brother, Amon.
Because of his storyline in the show, Tarrlok would have trained with his brother using a red lightsaber. But he would turn his back on the Sith and cleanse the kyber crystals to white. He’d proceed to use this saber until his death.
Amon’s training would be similar to his brother’s, but he’d never turn from the Dark Side. He’d receive a saber from his father and hone his mental and physical abilities. Red lightsabers are representative of the pain, passion, and suffering the Sith feel while “bleeding” their crystals.
Following his arc in Legend of Korra, Amon would tend to use the Force more than his saber. However, when he does wield it when absolutely necessary, he uses the same techniques his father taught him.
Unalaq: Green and Red
Unalaq was originally a good guy, according to Legend of Korra, but his greed turned him into the main antagonist of season two. I think he would have trained with a green saber before going to the Dark Side in the Star Wars universe.
He’s extremely wise and knowledgeable, showing a greater understanding of the spirit world than even Tenzin. That’s why a green saber would be the perfect start to his Force journey. However, after turning, he’d start dual-wielding two red lightsabers.
From the very beginning, we knew Zaheer was a bad guy. If he existed in Star Wars, he would have trained with a red saber before being imprisoned. After escaping, he’d craft a new lightsaber and “bleed” the crystal as he sought out his targets, eventually turning the crystal a bright red.
And just so I don’t miss any of the other prominent Red Lotus members: P’Li (firebender) and Ghazan (lavabender) would wield one red saber each, and Ming-Hua (waterbender) would dual-wield two red sabers with her prosthetic arms.
Kuvira: Blue, Red, and White
Kuvira is the only character on this list that would go through three different lightsaber colors in her lifetime. She’d start with a blue saber, trained to be a protector. She’s shown great power in dueling.
As we see in season four, her greed would lead her to the Dark Side, and her saber would turn red over time. After being defeated and saved by Korra, however, she’d turn from the Dark Side and purify her kyber crystal. White sabers represent neutrality and autonomy, and the users don’t align themselves with the Sith or Jedi.
Jinora is the only child of Tenzin’s that would keep her original orange saber from her father throughout her entire life. From her journey in the show, she always avoided using violence against others until absolutely necessary.
Because of her pacificism, she’d follow in her father’s footsteps and go through life with the color that represents negotiation and kindness. I can’t imagine any other color would fit Jinora’s personality better than orange.
Tenzin: Green and Orange
As the only son of Aang that was born with airbending, we were shown that he was extremely close to his father. And while Aang used an orange saber, he would have trained Tenzin with a green lightsaber to promote wisdom rather than pacificism.
However, after Tenzin had become a Master, he would have wielded an orange saber like his father. After Aang’s death, Tenzin would have picked it up and dual-wielded both blades only when a battle was absolutely necessary.
Bolin: Blue and Purple
Bolin is a fighter; we’ve seen that from the first episode. I can imagine he would have been trained with a blue saber and focused on dueling and protecting those around him. But, as we saw in Legend of Korra, he can be tempted by greed and pride.
That’s why Bolin would be the only character on the list to wield a purple saber. Lightsabers in this color represent moral ambiguity; users typically toe the line between the Dark Side and Light Side and have unique fighting styles. What better color for Bolin?
Like his brother, Mako would train with a blue lightsaber. He’s quick to run into battle without a solid plan, one of the best fighters in the show, and always fought for what he thought was right. That’s why blue is the perfect color for Mako.
After his Padawan days are over, I think Mako would have stuck with Bolin, Asami, and Korra in the Star Wars universe. They would be one of the strongest groups in the Jedi Order, without a doubt. And Mako would never waver from his blue saber.
Asami Sato: Green and Yellow
Though she’s not a bender in Legend of Korra, I think she would be Force-sensitive in the Star Wars universe. From the moment we meet her, we know she’s intelligent and a bit wiser than most characters her age. Therefore, she’d train with a green lightsaber.
After becoming a Master, she’d hand off her green saber to a Padawan and carefully craft her own saber. It would be a double-sided saber that could disconnect into two, and both blades would contain yellow kyber crystals. It’s efficient, just like her inventions from the show.
There’s not a doubt in my mind that Korra would be one of the best duelers in the Star Wars universe. She constantly went out of her way to protect everyone, even when she didn’t have her bending – at least Korra thought she couldn’t bend.
Blue is the only color that fits Korra’s personality. She isn’t the wisest, so green doesn’t work; and yellow needs a combination of wisdom and dueling, so that’s also out. After becoming a Master, Asami would also make Korra a double-bladed lightsaber like her own but with two blue crystals instead of yellow.