Cosmic Energy - Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra
I find it really interesting how Korra and Aang’s reactions to their cosmic selves differ.
Aang starts out pleased when he lands on the bridge, then shifts to awed surprise when he sees his cosmic self. His reaction, overall, is highly positive, even though he has trouble releasing his attachments.
Korra, in contrast, starts with the surprise and moves on to a grim sort of conviction. One gets the impression that she doesn’t like her cosmic self much, even though she is completely willing to let go of that to do what needs to be done.
Actually, it seems like those reactions could reflect their attitudes towards themselves. Aang likes himself, so he likes his cosmic self too; Korra doesn’t like herself as much, so she doesn’t like her cosmic self as much.
And, on a different note, there’s the portrayal of the cosmic selves themselves to consider — Aang’s seems less fully human than Korra’s does for some reason. His eyes and tattoos glow with the light of the Avatar State, and his pupils aren’t visible. Korra, on the other hand, still has the glowing eyes but they’re different, with the glow remaining internal rather than shining out the way the Avatar State’s light does and her pupils remaining distinct.