| Project Voicebend
(Legend of Korra Abridged)
March 23rd, 2014 - present (ongoing)
# of Episodes:
Project Voicebend (Legend of Korra Abridged) is an abridged series created by Project Voicebend (or "PVB") that premiered in 2014 and is based on Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra TV series. The episodes were primarily available to watch on their Youtube channel; however, due to unfounded copyright strikes, most of the episodes are only available via their Vimeo channel.
This abridged series is a parody of the original show that takes liberties with the script/characters/plot (at times warping what happens in canon entirely for comedic effect or to lighten up an otherwise dark topic) and occasionally pokes fun at the fandom in general.
|bold = main/recurring character|
|equalistmako||Korra, Ikki, Desna, Toph Beifong, Pabu squeaks, "Mike", (various voices)|
|sherbies||Asami, Lin Beifong, Eska, Shiro Shinobi, Jinora, Pema, Senna, Council Page, "Bryan", (various voices)|
|internetghost||Tenzin, Tarrlok, Varrick, Sokka, Lieutenant, Viper, Toza, Slim Shady Shin, Butaka, (various voices)|
|sokkarockedya||Mako (M'Lil), Katara, Yakone, Tonraq (Book 1), Lightning Bolt Zolt, (various voices)|
|Bolin, Meelo, Aang, Hiroshi Sato, White Lotus Member, "Pabu", (various voices)|
|frisherman||Amon, Tonraq (Book 2), Saikhan, Tahno, Equalist Protester, (various voices)|
|ocdrainbows||Unalaq, Bumi, (various voices)|
|juliettenotjuilet||Kya, Zhu Li, Ginger (various voices)|
Main Characters Edit
Despite all of her faults, Korra is probably the most normal person in Republic City. She tends to be more blunt and sarcastic (and less friendly) than her canon counterpart and, because of this, can sometimes come off as a jerkass-- but a lovable one. Because of her limited education growing up due to the White Lotus's negligence, she is extremely naive about certain things (like how money works or what "Whoopee" is exactly) and this tends to get her into trouble. She also doesn't seem to notice or catch onto Asami's over-the-top affections because of said naivety.
Based on her reactions to violence of any kind, she seems to be sexually turned on by fighting-- even if she doesn't fully realize this herself-- and will go into an almost trance-like state accompanied by overexcited shouts and grunts when confronted by a good fight.
Mako EditMako ("M'lil") is infamous throughout Republic City as a failed rapper and an embarrassment in general, but he doesn't let this affect him and continues to release his awful music onto the world, even though said world is practically begging him to stop.
He raised his brother after their parents died when they were young, just like in the show. However, he seems to regard his brother as more of a son, often referring to him as "my child" or "my baby" and not correcting Bolin when he sometimes calls him "Mom".
M'Lil's Christmas Jamz
Asami Sato Edit
Extremely eccentric and over-the-top at times, Asami has a huge crush on Avatar Korra, which she makes almost no good attempt to hide to the obliviousness of everyone else.
She is shown to be willing to do anything to get what she wants and even risks her reputation to date a very unaware M'lil for the sole purpose of getting closer to Korra. For obvious reasons, she doesn't react well to hearing about or seeing Korra making moves on Mako.
She is as good with mechanics and vehicles as she is in the original series, but, much like Korra+violence, almost seems to get sexually turned on by automobiles and mechanical things. Her voice will occasionally lapse into a ridiculously deep and manly tone, but this seems to happen more often when she's worked up or excited about something.
Asami tends to act much more rich and spoiled than her canon counterpart, demanding that someone carry her when she gets tired and reacting poorly to her cramped living area and lack of closet space on Air Temple Island.
Bolin is naive and childish as in canon, though in this series, this is highly exaggerated. Even though he is sixteen years old in Book One, he lacks knowledge of several adult topics due to being overly sheltered (though not to the extent of Korra's lack of book smarts); because of this, he often turns to Mako for advice, despite it being rather questionable. His childishness is emphasized by a higher-pitched voice (the "Cute but Cacophonic" trope), although when he plays with Pabu, he speaks for him in a normal-sounding voice.
After the death of his parents, Bolin was practically raised on the streets by Mako. However, because of Mako's overly motherly tendencies during this time, he tends to think of him more like his actual mother, often calling him "Mom" with no correction from Mako. Bolin, like everyone else, is tired of Mako's attempts at a rap career. While he does tend to join in with one of his M'lil spurts occasionally (mostly against his will), he has stated that he deals with his brother by tuning him out, which he has gotten used to after a while.
According to Amon, Bolin is lacking in something called "A Character Development", so until said development happens (pending: Book Two), there is not much else about him as of yet.
A little less wise, patient, and calm than his canon counterpart, Tenzin is Korra's reluctant airbending teacher. He occasionally serves as an Only Sane Man foil to other characters, though this also tends to be reversed to emphasize his different traits for comedic effect.
Like Mako in his relationship with Asami, Tenzin can never seem to remember Pema's name despite being married to her with children, even sometimes forgetting who she is altogether. However, the two still seem to have fun during their very loud Whoopee Nights. His relationship with Korra has also been changed from being her caring, fatherly mentor in canon to her begrudging babysitter who only seems to look after her to avoid destruction or getting in trouble.
Lin Beifong Edit
Lin is the Chief of Police in Republic City's Police Department, as in canon. However, while she is fairly competent at her job, she is a confusing and loud Talkative Loon with alcoholic tendencies. Speaking in an odd combination of American slang from past decades, it's often hard for people to understand her as she goes on tangents, especially Tenzin. This has been presumably because she appears constantly drunk, but as shown in episode 9's flashback, it seems to have also originated from her mother, Toph Beifong, who spoke in a very similar manner. Along with this, Lin is almost always shouting, which not only confuses those around her, but may scare them as well.
Tenzin used to date Lin when they were younger. But, she apparently hasn't gotten past this, as evidenced by her attempts to lewdly flirt with him (often referring to Tenzin's "Johnson"), which Tenzin does not reciprocate. Unlike her interactions with Tenzin, Lin's relationship with Korra is somewhat closer to canon; she aggressively dislikes Korra at first but grows to tolerate her more with time. This doesn't necessarily mean they have any sort of friendship, even though Korra thinks so.
The main antagonist of Book One. Amon is one of the only people in the city to be fully aware of the narrative and the conception of everyone as a cartoon. He believes in a mystical being called "Bryke" (or Avatar creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino) who controls the actions of every person and thing as part of a story. Through his revolution in Republic City, Amon has set out to break the fourth wall to make everyone aware of Bryke's existence by using his ability to "mind-bend". He also wants to use this to take away the city's bending, though this is secondary to his fourth wall plan, which has been pointed out by Korra and extras several times. Amon also has a tendency to crack lame puns (as an homage to the Comedian Amon meme), but no one thinks he's funny.
Recurring Characters Edit
Tarrlok, like his canon counterpart, is a chairman in the United Republic Council with ulterior motives. However, unlike in canon, he is a flamboyant manchild whose main goal is to be cool and have friends at any cost. He had wanted this as a child as well, but as explained by Tarrlok in episode 9, his father Yakone had always shot his dreams down and called him a nerd. Tarrlok is the founder of "Tarrlok's Cool Kids Club", which began as a task force but quickly escalated into a club of friendship. He has a "clubhouse" in the form of a cabin in the middle of nowhere, where he had bloodbent and kept Korra locked in a metal box to force her to be his best friend forever. He has a strong dislike for the Equalists, even going so far as to arrest non-benders under the belief that they were having an Equalist rave without him.
Like the original series, Jinora is the oldest and most responsible of her siblings. She is perhaps the most sane out of the three of them and is just as book smart as in canon. Although, Jinora has been called an "airbending Hermione" in episode 2, cementing her as an Expy complete with a British accent and a reference to the Wingardium Leviosa spell in Harry Potter. Since the creators grew to dislike this joke over time, this has been poked fun at through self-depreciating jokes in which Jinora has called it "stupid".
The middle child of the airfamily, Ikki is even louder and more hyperactive than in canon. She tends to talk very fast-paced and get into screaming matches, often for fun. But, Pema has her take Adderall in an effort to calm her down a bit.
Meelo is the youngest of the airfamily (second-youngest as of episode 10). He is extremely energetic and loud to the point where all his statements are unintelligible screaming or babbling in a manner similar to Donnie from The Wild Thornberries. Luckily, "subtitles" are provided for him for comedic effect. Like his canon counterpart, he enjoys letting out powerful farts, much to the disgust of everyone else. For instance, he gets thrown off a cliff by the Krew for farting on their hands in episode 8.
Hiroshi Sato Edit
Hiroshi is the father of Asami Sato and the founder of Future Industries. He is also affiliated with the Equalists, helping create their weaponry while simultaneously lusting after Amon. His voice is similar to that of George Takei.
Shiro Shinobi Edit
Shiro Shinobi is a radio broadcaster and the begrudging commentator for probending matches. While quite similar to his canon counterpart, he also tends to make remarks during his commentary about how much he hates his job, often losing bets on who the winners of the matches would be.
A waterbending master and healer, Katara served as Korra's waterbending teacher during her time in the South Pole. Despite her old age, she is very lewd with little to no filter. Katra's most infamous line (citywide and to the fans) is "That made me moist", which circulated so much that the word "moist" was eventually removed from the dictionary and banned from general conversation.
Ongoing Jokes Edit
A list of ongoing jokes throughout the series. For a list of popular Tropes associated with this series, see the TV Tropes page.
- Mako's (or M'Lil's) failed rap career is referenced often. His inability to realize how terrible he is or give up on said rap career makes him the butt of many jokes.
- Both Mako and Tenzin seem to have a very difficult time remembering Asami and Pema's respective names.
- Asami has been referred to as "Salami", "Tsunami", "Toonami", "Origami", "Illuminati", "Frank", and "Seychelle Gabriel".
- Luckily, in episode 11/12, he actually used her real name for once.
- Pema has been often been called "Pamela", "Patricia", "Paprika", "Petunia", and "Patty", among others.
- Asami has been referred to as "Salami", "Tsunami", "Toonami", "Origami", "Illuminati", "Frank", and "Seychelle Gabriel".
- Lin Beifong speaks in a mixture of popular American slang from the 1920s-90s that makes what she says nearly unintelligible at times--both for the actual audience watching and for the other characters.
- Asami and Korra both tend to break out a deep, terrifying voice when they get too excited or worked up. Although, while Korra's outbursts are by the same voice actress, Asami's are done through a different actor. This was mostly a running gag in Book 1, but hasn't been done again since episode 8.
- "Whoops, sorry! My voice does that sometimes~" - Asami
- Lin is almost never sober and repeatedly tries to hit on people (namely Tenzin).
- Ridiculous lines from the original series are sometimes kept in the script along with the phrase [ACTUAL CANON DIALOGUE] shown on-screen.
- Other variations have included [ACTUAL CANON GROWLING??] and [ACTUAL CANON PRONUNCIATION OF "PRIORITIES"]
- Unalaq is blatantly an evil villain, but Korra is completely oblivious to it.
- Starting in episode 2, every opening sequence has a different title caption underneath the Project Voicebend logo:
- Episode 2: "Or The Legend of Korra Abridged or something"
- Episode 3: "No firebender crotches were harmed in the making of this episode"
- Episode 4: "AKA: 'The Legend of "Tee Hee Sex!"' because we are adults"
- Episode 5: "Brace yourselves. The love triangle is coming"
- Episode 6: "Would Mako and Amon bond over bad puns?"
- Episode 7: "In no way affiliated with Tarrlok's lame task force"
- Episode 8: "Sound-proof headphones not included"
- Episode 9: "Now in Accidental-Canon-Vision!"
- Episode 10: "Every time Bolin says a thing, punch the writers!"
- Episode 11/12: "Don't miss PVB Book 2 coming in 3005!"
- Episode 13: "STUDIO PIERROT WUZ HEER"
- Episode 14: "We don't know what's happening in the B-plot either."
- Episode 15/16: "Featuring Korra's excellent judge of character!"
- Katara is moist. We get it already.
- Due to the quality level of animation in the original series, generic lip flap techniques don't always work out. Because of this, not a single episode of Project Voicebend is devoid of some sort of hand-drawn lip flap or edit. Sometimes the main editor (sherbies) has to go as far as to completely redraw a scene (or 5) or even fully animate complete sequences.
- Mako's "M'lil" persona is based off of the failed rap career of David Faustino (Mako's voice actor in The Legend of Korra) who referred to himself as "D'lil" and released the single "I Told Ya" on an album called Balistyx in 1992.
- Lin's strange use of slang started off in episode one as a way to poke fun at her canon use of "diddly squat" after arresting Korra. As the episodes progressed, however, the positive attention this got from fans allowed her manner of speech to be a consistent part of her character.
- Since episodes one and three were made during the hiatus between Books Two and Three, when fanbase complaints and criticisms about Book Two were common, the Equalist protester in these episodes was a way for the creators to poke fun at the fanbase at the time. Instead of protesting against benders and promoting the Equalist cause, the protester would usually spout the most common complaints about Korra that year, often in an unintelligible way. (Of course, the creators didn't know that Project Voicebend would really go anywhere at the time - but luckily, the protester's depiction hasn't sparked any viewer controversy as of yet.)
- In episode 10, the "Bolin Saying Things" counter gag served as a way for the creators to poke fun at Bolin's lack of lines in canon at the time. The original canon episode only gave Bolin three lines, two of which were improv from his voice actor, P.J. Byrne.
- Project Voicebend was originally created and released in the fall of 2012. The first episode was over 20 minutes long, barely had any original dialogue in the script, and had such low production value that the creators were almost relieved when YouTube deleted the video due to a copyright claim. Nearly 2 years later, the project was revamped into what it is today.
- Even though as an abridged series it should be protected under Fair Use and Parody law, episode one was flagged by YouTube with a copyright claim by Viacom. After a failed attempt at disputing the claim, the video was permanently deleted off of the popular video sharing website. Episode one was relocated to Vimeo shortly after. In an effort to avoid more copyright strikes and account termination, most of the episodes have been solely uploaded to Vimeo. (The only episodes that remain on Youtube as well are 4, 5, 7, and 9.)
List of Episodes Edit
Book One Episodes: Edit
|Episode 1: Welcome to the Plot||Avatar Korra embarks on a journey of self-discovery...and violence and sex ed.||March 23, 2014|
|Episode 2:||Continuing onwards towards the plot, Korra jizzes over probending and meets some people! Unfortunately, one of these people can't rap to save his damn life.
... And that creepy masked guy from the last episode? Eh, you'll figure him out later.
|April 16, 2014|
|Episode 3:||Bolin is kidnapped or something... nothing new.||May 12, 2014|
|Episode 4: The Whoopee in the Night||More people sashay into Korra's life (whether she wants them to or not), including an heiress who's Mako's girlfriend for some reason and a three-ponytailed man who smells like feminine hygiene products.||July 22, 2014|
|Episode 5: The Spirit of Love Triangles||Everybody’s in love with everybody apparently. Either Cupid-Bryke’s in Republic City or there’s something in the water supply.||August 22, 2014|
|Episode 6: And the Loser is You||Amon wants to take the “bending” out of “probending” and ruin sports forever.||September 22, 2014|
|Episode 7: The Morning After||After all that crazy stuff happened during the probending match, Korra decides to take a load off with the brothers and Asami. You can imagine how well Asami takes this.||November 20, 2014|
|Episode 8: When Poop Gets Extreme|