Both Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel show, The Legend of Korra, have earned a place in the hall of fame for being some of the best animation produced. Shows of that calibre are sure to attract the attention of huge stars. This list points out fifteen of the biggest celebrities that have voiced character in either Avatar: The Last Airbender of The Legend of Korra.
1. Mark Hamill – Ozai
Aside from being Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill has made a career as a very successful voice actor. Hamill has been provided his voice for characters since the 70s and has lent his talents to memorable roles, like Skips in Regular Show, but also iconic characters such as the Joker. Hamill voiced several parts in Avatar: The Last Airbender, but his most notable performance is that of the evil Fire Lord, Ozai.
2. Aubrey Plaza – Eska
Aubrey Plaza rose to fame by playing the notoriously deadpan April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation. It was almost as if she was born to play the role of Eska in The Legend of Korra – another character who was famous for their wit and dark humour. Eska was the princess of the Northern Water Tribe and a powerful water bender.
3. Jason Isaacs – Zhao
Jason Isaacs really loves to play the villain. As well as his famous turn as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, Isaacs lent his talents to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Voicing Zhao, a Fire Nation leader who was set on capturing the Avatar, Isaacs gave viewers a terribly good villain.
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4. Mae Whitman – Katara
You’d be forgiven for not knowing that Mae Whitman, star of Good Girls, was the voice behind Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s female lead. Katara proved a loyal friend and eventual romantic interest to Aang and became a waterbending master. Whitman has also provided her voice to American Dragon: Jake Long, alongside Avatar co-star, Dante Basco.
5. Tinashe – On Ji
The singer Tinashe has made several appearances on television. As well as parts on Empire and Two and a Half Men, Tinashe has also provided voices for character on Rocket Power and Holly Hobbie and Friends. Tinashe played the role of On Ji when she was just fourteen.
6. Serena Williams – Ming and Female Sage
Serena Williams has proven herself quite the talent, even off the tennis court. Williams is a huge fan of Avatar: the Last Airbender and tweets a lot about the world and lore. She has been lucky enough to play roles in both Avatar and The Legend of Korra. In Avatar, Williams played a kind prison guard, Ming and in Korra, she was a sage.
7. George Takei – Ship Warden
Although most notable for the role of Sulu in Star Trek, George Takei is another actor who has had quite the voice work career. He started off by dubbing old Japanese monster films, before catching his big break. Takei’s distinct voice makes him recognisable in the role of horrid ship warden in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
8. Kiernan Shipka – Jinora
Mad Men and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star, Kiernan Shipka, starred in the role of Jinora, in The Legend of Korra. Jinora was Tenzin’s daughter, who had mastered the element of air at a surprisingly young age. Her nature even allowed her to access the spirit world, much to her father’s anger.
9. Hector Elizondo – Wan Shi Tong
It’s to Hector Elizondo’s credit that this giant owl spirit was so terrifying. Wan Shi Tong was the keeper of a huge library and found it very hard to trust anybody. The Princess Diaries star voiced the character in both Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.
10. Daniel Dae Kim – General Fong and Hiroshi Sato
Daniel Dae Kim is probably most known for his role as Jin-Soo Kwon in Lost, but certainly made an impression in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Like Serena Williams, Kim was fortunate enough to play two different characters across the shows. In Avatar, he played the Earth Kingdom’s General Fong and in Korra, he was the disgraced tycoon, Hiroshi Sato.
11. Steven Yeun – Avatar Wan
Without Steven Yeun’s character, Wan, Avatar: The Last Airbender wouldn’t really exist. The Walking Dead actor played the very first Avatar, who basically let the world fall into chaos, resulting in the existence of future Avatars.
12. J.K Simmons – Tenzin
Providing the voice of a character in several seasons of an animated series might seem beneath Oscar-winning actor, J.K Simmons. But he’s clearly a fan of his work and provided the voice of Tenzin for forty-four episodes, serving as a mentor to Korra.
13. Rami Malek – Tahno
Another Oscar-winning actor on the list, Rami Malek played Tahno in The Legend of Korra. Tahno was a waterbender and led a team in pro bending, a popular sport in the show. At first, Tahno was exceptionally arrogant until Amon humbled him and showed him the error of his ways, by taking away his bending powers.
14. Alyson Stoner – Opal
Alyson Stoner is probably most known for her role as Isabella on the Tv series Phineas and Ferb, but also gained huge attention for her dance moves in Missy Elliot’s music video for Work It. In The Legend of Korra, Stoner played the airbender Opal over two seasons.
15. Ron Perlman – Sozin
As well as guest starring in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hellboy star Ron Perlman also provided his voice to Avatar: The Last Airbender. His portrayal of Sozin was only short-lived, but the role itself was integral. Sozin, great grandfather of Zuko, was the Fire Lord who instigated the Hundred Year War.
Source: Entertainment Weekly