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Avengers: Endgame $7 Million Away From Breaking Avatar’s BO Record

The ongoing battle for all-time box office supremacy between James Cameron’s Avatar and this year’s Avengers: Endgame is nearly at a close, as Avengers: Endgame is now just $7 million away from breaking Avatar‘s decade-old record as the highest-grossing film in history.

Projected to have already surpassed Avatar at the worldwide box office by this point back during its first couple of weeks in theaters, Avengers: Endgame has snaked its way towards its coveted goal a bit more slowly than anticipated. Though it beat James Cameron’s sci-fi epic in the domestic box office ring during its initial run earlier this summer, Avengers: Endgame has still yet to top Avatar in the worldwide market, despite getting a theatrical re-release late last month. Avengers: Endgame is by no means a disappointment for Disney by any means, however, as the thought of coming so close to Avatar’s incredible $2.787 billion figure – let alone exceeding it – likely seemed unthinkable prior to Avengers: Endgame’s premiere.

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According to VarietyAvengers: Endgame scored another $2.8 million at this weekend’s box office, inching it’s all-time gross revenue to $2.78 billion and putting the film just $7.2 million away from finally shattering Avatar’s long-time record. Reasonably, this most recent injection of moviegoer money can be traced to Spider-Man: Far From Home’s second weekend in theaters, especially when adding the weight of the deep, intrinsic plot connections between the films.

Because its not known how much longer Disney will keep the Avengers: Endgame re-release in theater, things have really come down to the wire in this battle of the ages of this and last decade’s biggest blockbusters. Avengers: Endgame co-director Anthony Russo has previously implied that it ultimately won’t matter to him whether or not the film surpasses Avatar’s previously untouchable success, but one has to wonder if he and the rest of Avengers: Endgame’s filmmakers will change their tune if the movie suddenly comes out on top in the coming days. Of course, even if Avengers: Endgame achieves this impressive milestone, the coming storm of Avatar 2 still looms on the horizon of 2021.

The odds of film history being made by Avengers: Endgame over the course of the next week or so are looking quite likely, and the newly set bar stands to potentially be near-unconquerable, with Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it having each only been able to climb past the $2 billion mark. Of course, the list of history’s highest grossing films is considerably top-heavy with newer films, so it’s likely only a matter of time before Avengers: Endgame’s likely throne is taken by another, even more wildly successful movie.

Next: Every Upcoming Marvel Movie (2019 – 2021)

Source: Variety


2019-07-14 03:07:35

Phillip Tinner

Avatar: The Last Airbender Prequel Tells ‘The Rise of Kyoshi’

Every fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender knows that no matter how mighty an Avatar may become, they are only the latest in line… and unlikely to ever match the legendary Kyoshi; one of the strongest, greatest, and most fearsome Avatars that had ever lived. Now thanks to her very own prequel novel, the story of The Rise of Kyoshi will finally be told.

The Last Airbender series allowed its hero, Aang, to commune with the previous incarnations of the Avatar. Aang relied mainly on Avatar Roku, his immediate predecessor. But as his story, and later The Legend of Korra offered a glimpse of the Avatar before Roku–an imposing woman named Kyoshi of the Earth Kingdom–it was clear one of the most intriguing stories in the Airbender universe was being held for a later date. Thanks to writer F.C. Yee, that time has come, with The Rise of Kyoshi and the announced Shadow of Kyoshi recounting the origins of the Avatar. And based on our time with the book and our interview with Yee, fans are going to have a LOT to talk about when the book arrives on July 16th, 2019.

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Reading through the accomplishments of Kyoshi’s life, the shadow she casts over the future that followed only grows longer. The longest-living Avatar (and human) after dying at the age of 230. The one person Chin the Conqueror couldn’t overcome. The founder of the Kyoshi Warriors, who make their home on the island Kyoshi forced free from the mainland–one of the most stunning uses of Earthbending fans will ever find. Screen Rant had the chance to speak with F.C. Yee about shaping this origin story with Avatar co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, building out the world before The Last Airbender begins, and much, much more.

You’ve made it no secret that you were a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender before tackling this novel. There don’t seem to be too many ‘casual’ fans of Avatar, but can you tell us a bit about how this project first came to your attention, and how being a fan factored into your response? Was it a matter of seconds before you were on board with telling Kyoshi’s story?

During a conference where I was promoting my debut novel The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, the publisher at Abrams, Andrew Smith, turned to me and cryptically asked “Are you a fan of Avatar by any chance?” Of course I told him yes, but after that we didn’t say anything further about it. I knew that Abrams had a prior working relationship with Nickelodeon on some children’s books so I may have had some inkling why he’d ask that out of the blue, but I never brought it up again (probably out of fear of jinxing whatever project might be brewing).

Months later, I found out that Abrams had submitted a proposal to Nickelodeon for a prequel novel series about Avatar Kyoshi, and that all parties were game for it if I was. I was shocked at the size of the project and thrilled that it was focused on my favorite of the pre-Aang Avatars. The fan in me said YES, immediately. My agent translated my enthusiasm into a calmer, more rational response, and from there, we moved forward.

The Rise of Kyoshi is a story that you shaped with Avatar co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino, a driving force in building and expanding the lore to begin with. What was that collaboration like when it came to sketching out Kyoshi’s story–and at what point did you get to take the reins and start putting words to paper?

Mike, Nickelodeon Editor Joan Hilty, Abrams Editor Anne Heltzel, and I did a significant amount of outlining and “axe-sharpening” before I started writing. Mike is a master storyteller, so in those first few calls he was less concerned with technical lore and more focused on giving me guidance about characters, motivations, and forces of antagonism. He let me pitch a lot of different ideas and follow their progressions in outline form. Eventually, we came to a story direction that we thought worked for the character and the universe, and I started writing on my lonesome.

The amount of time we spent up front was immensely valuable. Because we made the creative investment, I clocked my production rate at four times my historical average (I am a tech nerd; this is how we talk). Mike and the other parties involved gave me the perfect combination of feedback and hands-off trust to run with the story. I didn’t stick perfectly to the outline, but the skeleton allowed me to build the rest of the book with confidence.

It’s almost funny to watch the series now, and see Kyoshi introduced as what must be one of the most intriguing Avatars and characters in the world of Avatar… and then realize her full story hasn’t actually been told! Were you one of the fans who wanted to know more about her when the opportunity first arose? Was that a ‘dream come true’ scenario or added pressure, knowing you’re the one who’s finally telling it?

Years ago, I adored the glimpses of Avatar Kyoshi we got in the series since so much was conveyed about her in a small number of scenes. She was almost like a Boba Fett whose actions and attitude backed up her reputation. For me, watching the shows, her appearances as a foil to Aang were so effective and satisfying that I honestly hadn’t given that much thought into wondering more about her personally until I started writing these books.

Once I had the opportunity to write her backstory though, the possibilities exploded, and I became eager to figure out what paths led her to become the person we see in the show. It was both a dream and a terrifying, pressure-filled experience. If I botched her story, I’d never forgive myself as a fan, not to mention disappointing the community that loves this universe.

To travel back to the start of Kyoshi’s story, readers are brought into a different world than the one they know from Avatar and Korra. Without spoiling anything, what should readers be prepared for, or know heading in? Because the temptation to pause on just about every page and dive into the Avatar wiki is going to be hard to resist (…I may be speaking for myself here).

I drew upon history for thematic inspiration (more so than direct events), which meant the setting of this book is woven with a lot of internal turmoil. Nothing is monolithic, and the greatest threats are often the ones closest by. I wanted to capture that feeling when you read about a crisis that happened in the past and marvel at how people back then managed to keep everything together. Institutions and beliefs that we’re used to from “current” times may not have formed or solidified yet. It’s a bit darker in parts than the shows, hopefully not gratuitously so. Some of that is due the above, and some due to its category as a YA novel.

The Rise of Kyoshi also expands on the mythology and history in ways that open up new stories. Was that part of the goal, or an added bonus in the process? I think The Fifth Nation in particular is going to be a prime example.

Those new possibilities are more of an added bonus since the primary purpose of their inclusion was to support Kyoshi’s story. In order for them to feel sufficiently rich though, they got a level of detail that could be fruitful for whatever creator that might want to use them.

The Fifth Nation, for example, is loosely based off the forces of the pirate queen Ching Shih, plus a lot of pirate history in general. While I simply wanted them to be effective and believable seaborne marauders, it meant hinting at more stories the reader isn’t seeing.

Kyoshi is noteworthy for more than just her status, since she is one of the few, and likely the most influential LGBTQ+ character in the larger Avatar universe. I’m sure there are fans of the series who will only now discover that, so was it something you felt important to include?

I did feel that was very important to include. Kyoshi is mentioned to be bisexual in the Legend of Korra: Turf Wars comic. Some readers will be coming into the book already knowing that and looking for how her love life is portrayed, and others might be discovering it in the novel itself. Either way, since since media representation is so important, it felt crucial not to leave her relationships out.

Kyoshi feels particularly timely, and complex in this novel: she’s underestimated, strong, formidable, and feared, but she isn’t perfect, either. Fans know her legacy is a mixed one, with massive successes and questionable or even bad calls. Since her origin story can’t really address that legacy directly, did it still factor into the start of her journey?

Absolutely. One of the main goals of this story was to convince readers how it was possible for Kyoshi to create the mixed legacy she did. If I wasn’t going to show her dropping Chin the Conqueror as an adult, I was going to try to show how she became the type of person that would do so without remorse. She starts out very different than the person we see in the show; since narrative arcs demand change, her end affects her beginning from a creative standpoint.

The Avatar fans who can’t stand the wait for The Rise of Kyoshi can also dive into your Genie Lo novels (Epic Crush and the upcoming Iron Will), to see another fierce young woman chosen for greatness. Was the transition from those books to Kyoshi as almost ‘fated’ as it now seems?

There is admittedly a great deal of overlap. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is about a nigh-invulnerable young woman who hates injustice and isn’t afraid of confrontation. I believe that part of the Avatar pitch was pointing at the existing book I’d written as a demonstration I could handle Kyoshi’s story. The humor and action-comedy nature of ATLA was undoubtedly a big influence on the Genie Lo series.

In some sense it felt similar going from Genie Lo to Kyoshi. Both protagonists would rather move mountains than let evil get its way. But ultimately I found myself focusing on their uniqueness. Genie is hot-tempered and quippy but deep down, a big softy inside. Kyoshi is level-headed, a woman of few words, and well, we all know how soft her personality ends up being.

Rise is just the first of two novels diving into Kyoshi’s story in the larger Avatar universe, so in that sense, the ending isn’t really ‘the end.’ Without spoiling, how do you hope readers will feel once they put down The Rise of Kyoshi after that final page?

I guess I hope readers feel a bit like Kyoshi herself- struck by the sudden realization that while the beginning may have ended, there’s so much more business to take care of and story to tell.

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee arrives on Tuesday, July 16th, with the second book in the series The Shadow of Kyoshi to follow.

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2019-07-13 05:07:40

Andrew Dyce

Avatar Sequels Cast Michelle Yeoh as a Human Scientist

Michelle Yeoh has officially joined the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. It’s been ten years (though it feels longer) since Cameron’s original Avatar hit theaters, ushering in a new era of 3D filmmaking and obliterating box office records on its way to a massive $2.79 billion worldwide gross. The franchise will finally return in 2020 with what could potentially be the first of four sequels, all of which are being directed and co-written by Cameron, and feature the stars of the first Avatar (yes, including the ones whose characters died).

Suffice it to say, Cameron’s Avatar sequels could give Disney another sci-fi juggernaut to go with Star Wars, now that the studio’s finalized its purchase of Fox’s assets (and the Avatar franchise with them). The films won’t be hurting for star power either, having added actors like Kate Winslet and seemingly Vin Diesel to their ensemble over the last two years. They’re now gained another big name with more than their fair share of experience working on genre fare and tentpoles.

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THR is reporting that Yeoh has signed on for the Avatar sequels, where she’ll play a human scientist named Dr. Karina Mogue. Cameron confirmed the news in a statement, saying “Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with [her] to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels”.

As famous as Michelle Yeoh is for her roles in martial arts films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and its sequel (not to mention, this month’s Master Z: Ip Man Legacy), she’s really begun to branch out into the world of sci-fi of late. Her previous work in the genre includes a turn in Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and her cameo as Aleta Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, in addition to her leading role(s) as Philippa Georgiou on Star Trek: Discovery. She’s now set to star in her own Star Trek TV series spinoff, and may yet reprise her Guardians role in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in a few years. Between all of that and the Avatar sequels, we’re going to be see a lot more of Yeoh in outer space in the foreseeable future.

All in all, her casting in the Avatar sequels is exciting news, even if her role ends up being supporting only. Cameron is gearing up to start production on the movies’ live-action scenes, which explains the recent uptick in casting updates for the films. That also makes it difficult to say if Yeoh’s role will be minor or fairly significant in nature. Scientists are typically more trustworthy and noble than other humans in the Avatar universe, so there’s a fair chance that Dr. Mogue will be one of the heroes in the sequels, as opposed to an antagonist or villain. Beyond that, Yeoh’s character is yet another piece to the massive puzzle that is the Avatar sequels right now.

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Source: THR


2019-04-15 11:04:28

Sandy Schaefer

Avatar: 20 Unresolved Mysteries And Plot Holes The Last Airbender Left Hanging

It’s hard to believe that Avatar: The Last Airbender wrapped up over a decade ago. (Feel old, yet?) The Nickelodeon animated series grew a huge baseman of both young and older viewers during its three-year run and this popularity hasn’t waned one bit since it went off the air. In fact, as more time goes by, the more highly-regarded its legacy becomes, propelling it to the hallowed “modern classic” status few cartoons of its era have been able to achieve. Of course, we haven’t exactly been starved for new Avatar content since The Last Airbender saga concluded. Aang, Zuko, Katara, Sokka, and Toph’s adventures have continued in comic book form, as well as — with the exception of Sokka — their older, future selves in the sequel series that followed Aang’s Avatar successor: The Legend of Korra.

And, of course, M. Night Shyamalan tried his hand at an almost unwatchable live-action movie adaptation. The enduring bankability and interest of the world of Avatar — and perhaps the crushing disappointment of Shyamalan’s film — spurred creators, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, to begin work on their own live-action remake that promises to improve on all of the mistakes of the previous attempt. It could also offer a different take on the original story and maybe even expand on some of the grayer areas of Avatar lore. The Last Airbender comics have done a good job at tying up the series’ biggest loose ends — like the mystery of what happened to Zuko’s mom — but there are still bits and pieces of lore and story details that have left fans scratching their heads.

20 AANG: THE LAST HYPOCRITE

As the inevitable showdown between the Avatar and the psychotic Fire Lord Ozai edged nearer, it dawned on Aang that he had a monumental decision on his hands. Ozai’s heritage and violent ambition meant that taking his life might be the only way to stop him, and by default, the century-long war. The problem was this conflicted with Aang’s own peace-loving heritage.

While his moral confliction was an admirable quality, fans have since pointed out that it didn’t quite line-up with his past actions in battle. Aang seemed to be fine with blasting away boatfuls and airships’ worth of faceless soldiers but then acted as though Ozai would be his first fatality. Perhaps the Avatar should reassess his code of ethics.

19 A MISSED OPPORTUNITY

During the Lake Laogoi arc of the third season, the Gaang find themselves reunited with teen Freedom Fighter, Jet. While traveling into the Earth Kingdom city of Ba Sing Se, Jet becomes suspicious of Zuko and Iroh when he sees the elderly man use firebending to reheat some tea. His obsessive chasing of the pair eventually led to the city’s secret police capturing and brainwashing him.

After breaking free, Jet was then mortally wounded while helping the Gaang rescue Appa. It was a watershed moment for the show, but one that might have been avoided had Katara just remembered the healing spirit water she had in her possession. While this worked out in Aang’s favor later on, how would Katara have known that at the time?

18 PROOF! THERE IT IS

After making it out of the treacherous desert in Book Three, the Gaang continue their journey to Ba Sing Se. They’re faced with either making their way through the mountains via the short but equally treacherous Serpant’s Pass, or taking the longer but safer route via the ferry from Full Moon Bay. They opt for the latter option.

Unfortunately, without a passport, the ticket-master refuses to allow Aang passage. His attempt to use his Avatar fame to get around her also fails because of the number of counterfeit Avatars she’s dealt with. Aang dejectedly gives up, apparently forgetting that all he needs to do is show off the one skill no-one else could fake: airbending.

17 (NOT SO) ROCK SOLID

Toph puts “Twinkle-toes” through his paces when she becomes his earthbending teacher. As earth is an oppositional element to air — Aang’s natural fallback — he has a lot more trouble getting to grips with it than water. Toph’s teaching methods don’t exactly help, either. Unlike Katara’s gentle encouragement, Toph prefers to toughen her student up.

At one point, she spars with Aang and uses an armor coating of rock to defend herself against his attacks. Viewers were quick to spot, however, that the animators had mistakenly left the suit exposed around the eyes rather than the mouth, which, as a blind character, wouldn’t be of much use to Toph.

16 NO(MAD) WAY IN

The air nomads that Aang originally belonged to lived in very-hard-to-reach places. The Southern Air Temple that the young Avatar grew up in was located above the clouds in the Patola Mountain Range, while the Western Temple is harder to get to still — clinging to the underside of a cliff. They’re deliberately designed to be accessible to air nomads only.

Knowing this, there’s been a lot of speculation as to how Fire Nation troops were able to invade Aang’s home. Airships hadn’t been invented by that point so how did they do it? Did they have enough firebending power to launch themselves skywards? Did they commandeer dragons? We’ve never gotten an answer in the canon.

15 FOUR NATIONS? MAKE IT SEVEN

There are famously four nations in the Avatar world, one for each controllable element: earth, fire, air and water. But, there’s been a lot of debate within the fandom about whether this is true or not. There are two separate Earth Kings in Omashu and Ba Sing Se, and two separate Fire Nation groups made up of the ones under Ozai, and the Sun Warriors.

As for the Water Tribe, they’re split into the Southern Tribe, Northern Tribe, and the Foggy Swamp Tribe. By that logic, seven is a more accurate total. The only feasible counterargument to this is that “Nation” is just another way of describing one group united by culture and racial characteristics, even if they’re geographically dispersed.

14 ANIMAL MAGIC

One of the many things that make the world of Avatar so unique are the beasts and animals that live there. Though there are some creatures that you’d recognize from our world — like the Earth King’s pet bear — the majority are combinations of two different species. Korra’s steed Naga, for instance, is a polar bear/dog hybrid.

The names of these two-for-one animals reflects this: spiderfly, tigerseal, skunkfish… the list goes on. This has caused some confusion as to how these names came to be, considering not all of these combined species necessarily exist individually. The best guess is that non-hybrids used to be the norm and were replaced by widespread crossbreeding.

13 TRIGGER UNHAPPY

In a world where people can breathe fire, create water whips, and shoot rocks at each other, you’d think man-made weapons would be redundant. But, don’t forget — not everyone is a bender. Throughout the series, we see people fighting with arrows, swords, spears and their bare fists. Steamships, airships, and tanks are also used by the military.

Knowing this technology exists, the lack of more advanced weaponry like rudimentary firearms and cannons seems like an oversight. You’d think non-benders would welcome the extra firepower. Out-of-story, the real reason could be that the production team didn’t want things getting too explosive in a kids show.

12 AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Aang doesn’t carry much with him, but his glider is never far from his hand. Though he uses it mostly to fly, it serves as a multi-purpose tool, makeshift weapon, and even a conduit to channel his bending. With his full force behind it, we’ve seen the glider dent and crack through the toughest materials.

This is why it seemed like a misnomer when, in the episode “Bitter Work,” Aang scolded Toph for using the ancient air nomad object to crack nuts. “It’s a delicate instrument!” he claims. Delicate? Really, Aang? While we know the glider isn’t indestructible, Aang must have been fibbing just to get her to stop.

11 NOT FROM AROUND HERE

The Avatar is a spiritual entity that is part of a constant cycle of rebirth. When one Avatar passes away, another is reborn with access to all the memories of their past selves. The cycle is spread evenly around each Nation to mimic the changing seasons and ensure balance is maintained. After fire comes air, after air comes water, and so on.

One unanswered question, however, is what would happen if the Avatar was born into one of the Nations’ fringe groups like the Sun Warriors or Foggy Swamp Tribe. As those tribes are cut off from the rest of the world, could the Avatar live their entire life in seclusion? It seems like pure luck that Kyoshi, Roku, Aang, and Korra grew up in mainstream society.

10 HAMA’S HANDYMEN

“The Puppetmaster” episode of The Last Airbender is known for being one of the series’ darkest thanks to the vengeful waterbender, Hama. After being snatched from the Southern Water Tribe by the Fire Nation, Hama reveals to the Gaang that she had to get creative to escape. Using the water within people’s bodies, she invented a frightening variant to waterbending: bloodbending.

The Gaang also discover the psychotic woman had been imprisoning firebenders in underground cells and the craftsmanship of her prison prompted some viewers to question how an elderly woman was capable of constructing all this on her own. Did she also bloodbend her captives into carrying out manual labor, too?

9 DRAGON(E)

Hundreds of years ago, the first benders learned formative techniques by studying animals. For firebenders, dragons were their first teachers, making the firebreathing lizards very important to Fire Nation culture. Not important enough, though, for them to be sufficiently preserved.

Hunting dragons became so popular that General Iroh claimed to have slain the last one — which later turned out to be a lie. But, considering that dragons were used as powerful steeds by people like Roku, it seems like a big tactical blunder to wipe them out for mere sport. Surely someone should have had the sense to campaign for their conversation, right?

8 FIRE AND ICE

Waterbenders draw extra bending power from solar eclipses as the moon is the governing force behind the ocean’s tides. Firebenders similarly get a dramatic boost whenever Sozin’s Comet appears; named after Fire Lord Sozin who took advantage of the astral event to begin the One Hundred Year War.

However, as some astronomy-savvy fans have pointed out, comets aren’t actually the big balls of fire we imagine them to be. They’re made of ice and dust, so scientifically-speaking the comet shouldn’t effect firebenders in the way that it does. Sozin’s Meteor, however, might have done the trick.

7 WEIRD SCIENCE

One of the coolest things about the world of Avatar is seeing how creative some benders can get with their abilities. A master waterbender like Katara, for instance, can freeze water and turn it into shards; trap people within watery spheres and even heal wounds.

We’ve also seen her cut through wood and steel with water whips, which seems improbable, but water can actually do this in the real world. The only problem is, water can only do this at a very high pressure and at a straight angle, not usually in the curved shape we see on the show. And could Katara really generate enough pressure? It seems like a stretch.

6 HIDDEN ROYALTY

Fire Nation propaganda throughout the war ensured that the royal family were both feared and respected throughout their territories. In his quest to become the world’s leading dictator, Fire Lord Ozai’s face was plastered over every history textbook and on the wall of every official building.

Despite this, his children, Zuko and Azula, were somehow able to travel around without attracting much attention. In fact, while the pair were vacationing on Ember Island during Book Three, none of the other Fire Nation kids even recognize the most famous teenagers in the land. Either they were super misinformed or playing it super cool.

5 REINCARNATION FRUSTRATION

The Avatar is the bridge between the spirit world and the physical world, a link first made possible by the bonding of Wan with the spirit of peace and love, Raava during the Harmonic Convergence. According to “The Avatar and the Fire Lord,” a new Avatar is born the second their predecessor is gone.

This information makes us curious as to what exactly is being reincarnated. Raava tells Wan, “we will be together for all of your lifetimes,” implying that Wan himself is continually being reborn in new forms with Raava travelling along for the ride. Or, does Raava simply carry Wan’s memories into a new host? We need answers, Team Avatar!

4 A MIRACULOUS RESCUE

After losing Appa in the desert, the Gang continue their search for Aang’s beloved sky bison in Ba Sing Se. Unbeknownst to them, Zuko and Iroh are also in the city, and when Zuko learns that the Avatar is searching for his flying steed, he sees an opportunity to pick up his Avatar-seeking mission once more.

This begins quite a few leaps of logic. First off, Zuko finds out where Appa is by threatening a random Dai Li agent who happens to have the information, and then, he and Iroh somehow manage to let Appa loose — despite not being earthbenders — without anyone noticing. Impressive, sure, but also improbable.

3 FIRE WITHIN

Of the four elements that humans are able to control in the world of Avatar, fire is the only one that doesn’t require a bender to have preexisting material to bend. In other words, firebenders can create their own fire as well as manipulate it. But, why is this? It could be because water, earth, and air are much more readily available.

But, it could also be because fire was the first element humans learnt to bend. (Avatar Wan stole the power from the lion turtle.) Before it became associated with destruction, fire was considered closely linked with the energy of life, which confuses things more because it suggests anyone with a soul could theoretically firebend. We may never get a definitive answer.

2 FLY BOY

Avatar fans have been trying to wrap their heads around what is and isn’t needed to bend since the show began. In the case of firebenders, just an exhalation is enough to make things go up in flames. Other benders, however, rely on more obvious physical motions to practice their art.

This opens up a can of worms when we see Aang flying. Though airbenders can also use their breath to bend, Aang was able to fly with his glider without opening his mouth or moving a muscle. How did he do it? Was he just riding the currents well enough like a bird? Or was it just the result of years of practice?

1 THE TY LEE MYSTERY

Out of Azula’s two-woman entourage, Ty Lee was a refreshingly cheery companion who was more interested in having fun than taking a fight seriously. Her “fun” was incredibly effective, though. Using chi-blocking, Ty Lee could temporarily paralyze people and even block their bending ability.

Ty Lee’s official status as a non-bender has provoked endless discussion in the show’s fanbase, particularly knowing that energybending exists. Some feel that Ty Lee’s chi tinkering replicates this skill on a less severe level so it could be thought of as a bending subclass. Others just think of it as advanced acupuncture. Only one thing is certain, Ty Lee is a one-off.


2019-04-06 08:04:13

Hannah Collins

Vin Diesel Seemingly Reveals He Has A Role In James Cameron’s Avatar Sequels

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel has seemingly revealed he has a role in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Released in 2009, the original Avatar became the all-time box office champion with $2.7 billion in worldwide grosses. Director James Cameron hopes to repeat or even surpass the impact of that groundbreaking film by releasing not one but four sequels, all of which are currently in production.

The first of Cameron’s four Avatar sequels, reportedly titled The Way of Water, will up the ante on the original by taking audiences under the waves of Pandora’s oceans to meet a new race called the reef people. Of course, the original movie’s main characters will also figure into the action, with a story involving the children of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his Na’vi bride Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). The new films will also pick up the original movie’s themes of man vs. nature, as Pandora again finds itself menaced by the evil human corporate entities bent on pillaging the planet for its resources.

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With the four Avatar sequels reportedly set to kick off shooting of live-action scenes this spring, Cameron has added another big-name actor to the cast in Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel. The actor himself revealed the surprise casting in a video posted to Instagram, with Cameron joining Diesel for the reveal. In the clip, the two joke about the “Manhattan Project” level secrecy of the film shoot and say they’ll have to use the Men in Black flashy thing on the audience so they don’t remember what they’ve seen. In the background behind them can be glimpsed a lot of equipment but not very much that will serve as spoilers to the untrained eye. See the clip below:

In the clip, Diesel talks with a lot of pride about finally getting to work with Cameron after years of wanting to make the collaboration happen. Diesel’s arrival in the Avatar universe is of course not the first time the actor has tackled sci-fi, as he previously starred in Pitch Black and its two follow-up Riddick movies (the third Riddick movie has not yet arrived to round out the trilogy, but maybe Cameron can help Diesel make that happen now). The actor also has experience working on CG-heavy roles, having voiced the character of Groot in the MCU. Diesel obviously is best known for his roles in more earthbound action movies from the Fast and Furious series to the xXx films. He’s also set to kick off another new potential franchise with the lead role in the Valiant Comics adaptation Bloodshot.

Diesel of course is not ready to reveal anything specific about his role in the Avatar sequels, so it’s not known if he’ll be playing a human character or a Na’vi or some other alien entity. The actor’s presence in the film does however help build up its international prospects, as Diesel is a huge star overseas thanks to the Fast and Furious movies. It remains to be seen how exactly Diesel will lend his talents to Cameron’s ever-expanding Avatar universe.

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Source: Vin Diesel



2019-04-04 08:04:28

Dan Zinski

Avatar Sequels Cast Game of Thrones Actor Brendan Cowell

James Cameron’s Avatar sequels have added Game of Thrones actor Brendan Cowell to the cast. Released in 2009, the original Avatar revolutionized digital visual effects on its way to conquering the worldwide box office with a record haul of $2.7 billion. Over 10 years after the first Avatar, Cameron will revisit Pandora for the first of four planned sequels, which are collectively set to cost over $1 billion to produce.

As with the original Avatar, the sequels will push the boundaries of visual effects even further. Avatar 2 (which will reportedly carry the title The Way of Water) will introduce a new undersea environment on Pandora, populated by a group called the reef people. In addition to the new sea-dwellers, the sequels will bring back several major characters from the original film, including Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri, Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully, Sigourney Weaver’s Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang’s Miles Quaritch. The films are expected to once again delve into environmental themes, while also telling a multi-generational story Cameron has likened to The Godfather.

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With Cameron still hard at work shooting live-action footage for his films, Deadline reports that Brendan Cowell has now been added to the Avatar cast. Cowell will reportedly play a character named Mick Scoresby, described as the captain of a private sector marine hunting vessel. Cowell will shoot his scenes in New Zealand this May.

The Australian Cowell is best known state-side, and just about everywhere else, for his role as Harrag in season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. On the show, Harrag survived Euron Greyjoy’s attack on the Targaryen fleet, later arriving in Dragonstone where he challenged Theon Greyjoy and ended up getting a beatdown for his troubles. Theon of course then embarked on a mission to rescue his sister Yara from Euron, in a storyline that is presumably set to be resolved in the upcoming final Game of Thrones season. In addition to Game of Thrones, Cowell has also appeared on the Showtime series The Borgias as well as the BBC1 series Press.

As big as Game of Thrones may be in terms of scope, Cowell is entering a whole new realm by stepping into Cameron’s massively ambitious and expensive series of four Avatar sequels. It will be interesting to see if Cameron’s science fiction fantasy vision still resonates with audiences over a decade after the original film first stunned moviegoers with its state-of-the-art visuals and sprawling story. CGI spectacle has become much more commonplace since 2009, and Cameron may have an uphill climb when it comes to re-engaging audiences who have grown somewhat jaded when it comes to feats of visual wizardry.

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Source: Deadline


2019-03-28 02:03:04

Dan Zinski

10 Actors You Forgot Voiced Characters On Avatar And Legend Of Korra

When Avatar fans watched the first episode of The Dragon Prince, the moment Callum started speaking an image of Sokka immediately popped up at the recognition of Jack DeSena’s voice. Understandable, but not all voices are quite so obvious, even to super-fans. Sometimes, even if we do recognize the voice we can’t quite remember who it belongs to. Other times, the actors change their voice so drastically that it’s virtually impossible to tell who the voice belongs to.

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Over the course of three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender and four seasons of The Legend of Korra, a lot of actors provided voices for the myriad of characters. Here are some big names you may have missed, or forgotten, did voices on Avatar and Korra.

10 RON PERLMAN

One of the many reboots we’re getting this year is Hellboy. The original film by Guillermo del Toro came out fifteen years ago and it starred Ron Perlman, who is still best known for portraying Hellboy. Perlman has also done many voice roles, including Slade on Teen Titans, The Stabbington Brothers on Tangled, The Lich on Adventure Time, as well as Fire Lord Sozin on Avatar: The Last Airbender.

The grandfather of Iroh and Ozai, the Fire Lord who instigated the Hundred Year War, Sozin used the fire-enhancing power of a comet to eradicate the Air Nomads in an attempt to eliminate the next Avatar.

9 LISA EDELSTEIN

The Legend of Korra introduced us to Aang and Katara’s three children: Tenzin, Kya, and Bumi. Kya is the couple’s only daughter and the only waterbender. Named after her maternal grandmother, Kya was a skilled healer and waterbender. She helped Team Avatar through some tough times, including the Harmonic Convergence and the whole ordeal with Zaheer.

If the voice of Kya sounded familiar, you may have recognized the actress Lisa Edelstein. Edelstein is best known for portraying Dr. Lisa Cuddy on Fox’s medical drama House. Currently, she’s back in the hospital setting as Dr. Marina Blaize on NBC’s The Good Doctor.

8 ROBERT PATRICK

Aside from firebending, Zuko also possesses masterful skill in swordsmanship, specializing in dual-wielding swordplay, which he learned from the renowned sword master Piandao. That same sword master thought Sokka the art of swordsmanship later in the series. Piandao was voiced by Robert Patrick whom you may remember as Agent John Doggett from The X-Files, T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, or Agent Frank Gallo on Scorpion.

Fun fact, Piandao described the use of the sword as an “extra-long, really sharp arm” alluding to Patrick’s role as the T-1000, who had a penchant for turning his arms into swords.

7 AUBREY PLAZA

In season two of The Legend of Korra, we meet some of Korra’s closest relatives: the twins Desna and Eska. Bolin approached Eska with the intention of charming her and Eska, thinking it be interesting to spend some time with someone who’s ways are uncultured, proclaimed he was now hers. Though, it’s debatable whether she meant as a boyfriend or a slave.

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The bossy and comically serious Eska is voiced by Aubrey Plaza, who’s best known as April Ludgate on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, as well as her deadpan-style comedy. Unsurprisingly, Plaza turned Eska into a hilarious character with her outstanding performance.

6 MARK HAMILL

Mark Hamill is, of course, best known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise. But, he also has a reputation as a prolific voice actor, famously voicing the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, which many believe to be the best version of the villain ever put on the screen. Alongside his many voice acting roles, Hamill provided the voice for the big bad in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fire Lord Ozai.

In what is widely considered one of his best voice acting roles, Hamill managed to convey a truly frightening man bent on world domination. The mere sound of Hamill’s voice was enough to intimidate both the characters on the show and those of us watching.

5 J. K. SIMMONS

J. K. Simmons is certainly a man who needs no introduction. The winner of many prestigious awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Whiplash, Simmons’ filmography is nothing short of impressive, whether we’re talking movies or TV shows. Marvel fans will forever remember him as J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, which is probably his most popular role.

But, fans of The Legend of Korra should also have fond memories of J. K. Simmons, since he provided the voice for Tenzin, Aang and Katara’s son who becomes Kara’s airbending teacher and spiritual mentor.

4 DANIEL DAE KIM

Daniel Dae Kim, whom you most likely know as Jin from Lost and Chin Ho Kelly from Hawaii Five-o, provided the voice of two different characters – one from Avatar: The Last Airbender, the other from The Legend of Korra. In The Last Airbender, Kim voiced General Fong in the first episode of Book Two: Earth. Fong believed that the only way to end the war was for Aang to go into the Avatar State and defeat Fire Lord Ozai, so he did everything he could to trigger Aang. Including making him think he had killed Katara.

In The Legend of Korra, Kim was the voice of Asami Sato’s father, Hiroshi. Hiroshi Sato was a brilliant inventor and founder of Future Industries, who joined forces with the Equalists but came through for Team Avatar against Kuvira.

3 JASON ISAACS

The leader of the Fire Nation Navy, Admiral Zhao was a powerful firebender who took it upon himself to capture the Avatar, putting him in conflict with Prince Zuko, and, of course, Team Avatar. Zhao orchestrated and led the Siege of the Northern Water Tribe and forced Sokka’s girlfriend to turn into the Moon (damn you, Zhao).

The villainous Admiral was voiced by Jason Isaacs, who is best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. However, it was his performance in The Patriot that served as inspiration for Zhao. Isaacs said in an interview that he was instructed to “be his American self” when recording the role.

2 GEORGE TAKEI

In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book One: Water, episode “Imprisoned”, Team Avatar encounters an Earth Kingdom town where earthbending has been outlawed by the Fire Nation. Katara convinces a boy named Haru to use earthbending to save an old man’s life, which lands the boy in prison. She then concocts a plan to get locked up herself and free Haru from the inside.

Inside the horrific prison rig, Katara encounters the cruel warden who treats the prisoners as savages and uses brutal punishments to maintain order and suppress morale. That sadistic warden was voiced by none other than George Takei, aka Sulu from Star Trek.

1 RAMI MALEK

Rami Malek became world famous for his portrayal of Elliot Anderson on USA Network’s Mr. Robot, for which he received wide critical acclaim. In 2019, Malek won an Oscar for Best Actor for his work on the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in which he played Freddie Mercury.

Before his big break, Malek had a number of supporting roles on TV, including a small part on The Legend of Korra. In several season-one episodes, this Academy Award winner voiced Tahno, a waterbender, and captain of the pro-bending team White Falls Wolfbats. Initially, Tahno was arrogant and sneaky, but he changed his ways after Amon took away his bending.

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2019-03-16 11:03:39

Irina Curovic

25 Things Wrong With Avatar: The Last Airbender We All Choose To Ignore

Dealing with mature themes of war, abuse and the power of spirituality, Avatar: The Last Airbender was far from the prototypical animated Nickelodeon shows of the time. Targeting audiences of both younger and older generations, the show’s nontraditional world and far-reaching scope made for a compelling and vast fantasy series, but according to co-creator Bryan Konietzko, the immense popularity of the action-adventure show came from its sincerity and heartfelt narrative.

As the brainchild of Konietzko and his collaborator Michael Dante DiMartino, the character of Aang was first conceived after Konietzko observed a balding, middle-aged man and sketched him re-imagined as a child herding bison. DiMartino, who had recently watched a documentary on explorers in the South Pole, combined his ideas with Konietzko’s drawings and within two weeks the idea was born.

Drawing heavily from Japanese animation and Eastern philosophies, Aang’s endearing journey as the last known Avatar coming of age during the height of the imperialistic Fire Nation quickly attracted an audience. Following the conclusion of Avatar, Konietzko and DiMartino have seen continued success through their follow-up series The Legend of Korra and have recently announced their involvement in a live-action version of ATLA set to stream on Netflix.

More than a decade removed from the show’s end, the beloved series continues to have a following, though many questions still continue to irk fans. Although every mystery can’t be resolved, there are still more lingering plot points than some of us would like to admit.

So join us as we take a look at the 25 Things Wrong with Avatar: The Last Airbender We All Choose to Ignore.

25 Everyone’s Fine With Four Kids Traveling On A Sky Bison

Between the four primary protagonists of Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph, it isn’t particularly comforting that perhaps the most immature of the four also happens to be the eldest. With Aang and Toph estimated to be around twelve and Katara and Sokka reported to be around thirteen and fifteen, respectively, the question arises as to how the team traveled around on a sky bison without drawing more concern.

In a universe strife with wartime conflicts, perhaps it wasn’t particularly unsettling to witness children walking about freely, but with the amount of younger characters acting courageously throughout the series, it seems unlikely that they wouldn’t draw attention from some of the older people of the communities.

24 The Traits Of Bending Are Confusing

Evidence throughout ATLA shows not every human is guaranteed to become a bender like their ancestors before them, but given the countless benders seen throughout the series, the exact specifics on bending traits still remains a bit murky.

It’s understood that benders’ spiritual sensitivities play an integral part in determining their bending abilities, but is it simply one’s spirit which links a bender to their element or do genetics play a large role as well? Then there’s the issue of which element a bender can bend. Is it simply region or genetics which determines a bender’s element or may a certain type of bender be born into any nation?

23 Despite Its Complex Themes, It’s Still A Kid’s Show

With a plethora of children’s programs marketed towards younger demographics, it’s a rarity that a series’ show-runners are able address mature themes while remaining steadfastly a show for kids; however, ATLA was somehow able to finesse its way into both younger and older age groups. Still, with all the show’s complexities, there were still limitations.

Although creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino have admitted that they tried to keep the show away from gratuitous acts of violence, there were still moments where Nickelodeon gave them notes on keeping certain scenes more tame. Had the show been given free rein, it’s possible the Avatar universe would’ve been even closer to the creators’ true vision.

22 Sokka’s Missing Sword And Boomerang

As the only lead protagonist without bending abilities, Sokka relied upon his ever-so-faithful boomerang and affectionately named space sword, which he forged from the remnants of a fallen meteorite. Although he’d never learn to refine his weaponry skills on an expert level, his final heroic efforts during the passing of Sozin’s Comet helped save his life, while losing his trusted weapons in the process.

After commandeering and crashing a Fire Nation airship, Sokka sacrificed his sword and boomerang, sending them plummeting to the Wulong Forest beneath him. Although it’s uncertain if he ever recovered his weapons, it seems unlikely he’d just forget them after all the good fortune they’ve brought.

21 Aang Isn’t The Last Airbender

For a seemingly innocuous children’s series, ATLA had a tough road with its name. Apart from the naming dispute between M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender and James Cameron’s Avatar franchise, which prevented further use of the Avatar name in feature film adaptations, there’s also some confusion surrounding the legitimacy of Aang’s last airbender title.

Although the Hundred Year War led to the destruction of every known airbender, the legend of the Avatar demands that all future Avatars master all four elements, including air. This means many airbenders would succeed Aang. Not to mention, Aang’s son, Tenzin, would later appear in The Legend of Korra, marking the first airbender born in over a century.

20 The Absence Of Firearms

In the Avatar world a great technological disparity exists between the Fire Nation and the other three nations. Although the Fire Nation’s mastery of fire allowed them to forge modern-era weapons of war, the other nations lived predominantly off the land with the Earth kingdom making homes from rock and the Water tribes living in igloos.

With all the Fire Nation’s impeccable feats in modern weaponry, it’s no great wonder how their totalitarian mindset led to complete dominance throughout the Hundred Year War, however, there is still some mystery over the absence of firearms throughout the series. With all their advancements, wouldn’t someone have developed a gun to ease the nation’s path to victory?

19 Who Is The Father Of Toph’s Children?

Following the events of ATLA, Toph was championed for her discovery of metalbending. Immediately after the culmination of the Hundred Year War, she founded the Beifong Metalbending Academy where other potential metalbenders could learn the skill. Later, she was appointed Chief of Police for Republic City and became a mother to two children: Lin and Su.

Although the details behind Toph’s romantic life have remained secretive, it’s known that she became intimate with two men, neither of whom have been identified. Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino have said little to shed light on the mystery men, though some fans have speculated that Sokka may have been a love interest at some point.

18 The Mysterious Cabbage Merchant

Making a legacy of his own, the unlucky cabbage merchant first appear in season one where his wagon of produce was sadly destroyed by a group of earthbenders. Originally intended as a brief joke, his unfortunate fate began a repeated occurrence throughout the series as his cabbages were ruined time and again at his expense.

Although he quickly became a fan favorite among viewers, questions arose from his repeat appearances. Exactly who was the sad cabbage merchant? Where did his seemingly unlimited supply of cabbages come from? And how did he always manage to travel across the world so quickly, always in time to find himself in yet another regrettable situation?

17 The Show’s Pacing Is Problematic

Spread across three seasons, ATLA condensed many subplots into its 61-episode story arc. With all of the group’s various excursions, the writers were able to delve deeper into the universe’s specific cultures, but at times the show’s overarching story was forced to take a backseat.

The pacing of the series is no more evident than in the beginning of season three. After the Earth Nation capital falls into Fire Nation hands, Aang is brutally injured, leaving all hope of an invasion up in the air. At the peak of the show’s most chaotic moment, season three opts to begin at a deliberately slower pace, making for a frustratingly slow start.

16 Azula Is The Only One Who Bends Blue Flames

As a child prodigy under Fire Lord Ozai, Azula’s ruthless pursuit for perfection was reflected in her fighting style. As denoted by her signature blue flames, ATLA creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino wanted Azula to stand out, giving her the power to emit the hottest fire of any firebender.

Although the flames of a bender reach varying colors depending on the temperature, the blue flame can only be reached with extremely hot temperatures. Seeing as how many expert level firebenders have preceded Azula, including her father and her uncle Iroh, it’s unlikely that she would be the first of her kind to achieve such a feat over hundreds of years of firebending.

15 The Romance Was More Awkward Than Romantic

Although ATLA‘s romantic subplots often took a backseat to Aang’s quest to dismantle the imperialist Fire Nation, the hotly debated Kataang versus Zutara ordeal still leaves many fans underwhelmed by the show’s lackluster romance.

Throughout the series the budding romance between Aang and Katara is evident through tender moments shared between the series’ more epic storyline, but at one time, the show’s show-runners considered having Katara end up with the series’ leading antagonist Zuko.

Although Kataang would ultimately win out, some have argued that the firebending prince was a much better option as Aang was more immature than Katara with the latter often serving as more of a maternal figure than a love interest.

14 Sokka And Katara’s Adjustment To The Outside World Is Too Easy

Raised by the Southern Water Tribe, Katara and Sokka were never exposed to the wartime communities of the other nations prior to encountering Aang. After losing their mother to a Fire Nation attack, their father went to fight in the war, leaving them with their grandmother. Located in a frozen tundra, they lived in igloos, knowing only about the outside world through stories.

Although Katara’s maternal nature and Sokka’s warrior-like mentality made them equally strong-willed, their adaption to the outside world was still too quick for two people with such little exposure. Given what little they’d witnessed, both should’ve gone through developmental stages when adjusting to the other nations, yet neither seemed effected.

13 How Were The Lion Turtles Hunted To Extinction?

Referred to as the Ancient One by the spirits, the chimerical lion turtles were the largest known animals of the world, serving as protectors of humankind during the era of Raava, only to later be hunted to near extinction. Given their size and strength, it’s still unknown how the human world hunted the ancient spirits, though it’s known that only one lion turtle remained during the events of the series.

As the most powerful entities in ATLA, the lion turtles taught the first humans to bend and harnessed their own energy as the first known energybenders. The fact that they were driven to extinction by the human world makes their history all the more mysterious.

12 Metalbending Should’ve Been Mastered Long Before Toph

As a specialized sub-skill, metalbending is the hardest form of earthbending. Since metal is a form of earth which has been purified and refined, the feat was long believed impossible, a fact which the Fire Nation army utilized to imprison earthbenders in metallic prisons.

At twelve years old, the blind Toph Beifong was considered among the best earthbenders of her generation, later discovering metalbending after being thrown into a metal cage by Xin Fu and Master Yu. Although Toph’s blindness made her seismically sensitive, it’s still unlikely she would’ve been the first to master metalbending. Given the thousands who preceded her, including many Avatars, it seems odd no one discovered the technique before her.

11 Aang Wasn’t Devastated Enough Over The Air Nation’s Extinction

At twelve years of age, Aang wasn’t emotionally mature enough to accept the burden of the Avatar. Trained early to encompass the role, he was handed a rigorous regimen by the monks of the Southern Air temple with his chief mentor Monk Gyatso serving as his only sympathetic ally.

Although Aang knew of the Fire Nation’s impending threat, he was stressed by his position, causing him to flee from his responsibilities. Upon awakening from an iceberg a hundred years later, he learned of the devastation of the Air Kingdom. Although the news had an indelible effect on him, the drastic turmoil and long-term depression that the news would have was downplayed significantly.

10 The Fate Of The World Depends On A Group Of Kids

As is often the case with various children’s programs, the world’s teens and kids are the only part of the general populace given any initiative, but in the case of ATLA, it seems particularly peculiar that a universe overrun by the brute force of a totalitarian ruler such a Ozai would rely entirely on children to save the planet.

Thrown into a chaotic time where the Fire Nation has beaten down the rest of the world into a captive state, it seems improbable that the most qualified people to overthrow Fire Lord Ozai would be the prepubescent Aang and his friends, yet no adults appear serviceable enough to concoct any plans of their own.

9 Too Many Characters’ Story-lines Are Left Hanging

Although various characters throughout ATLA have continued their story-lines through the series’ comic book treatment, their final send-off on the show proved to be less than fulfilling. Sadly, this left many characters hanging as viewers were left asking what happened.

After an Agni Kai against her brother Zuko, the crazed firebending princess Azula was last witnessed enduring a full-on mental breakdown with no further word on whether she’d ever recover from her madness. Similarly, supporting characters such as Smellerbee and Longshot, two members of the Freedom Fighters, were given anti-climactic endings, both having been last seen at Lake Laogai, failing to show up for the show’s final conflict.

8 The Physics Behind Bending Make No Sense

Although bending in the Avatar universe shouldn’t be over-analyzed, questions do arise when discussing some fundamental physics behind how certain elements work. For instance, during a standoff between a firebender and earthbender, fire is shown to burn or destroy rock, which shouldn’t be the case, particularly when humans are rarely shown to be burned after direct exposure to the flames.

In similar cases, other bending rules which would apply in everyday life, aren’t applicable in Avatar. When facing an earthbender, flying projectiles from rocks would inevitably cause some sort of blunt force trauma to a victim just as a person subjected to waterbending would be susceptible to problems such as drowning or potentially hypothermia.

7 Sokka And Katara Should’ve Known Aang Was The Avatar

In the pilot episode “The Boy in the Iceberg,” Katara involuntarily frees Aang from a frozen prison after a century of rest. Thanking her for her help, the Avatar offers to return her and Sokka back to the Southern Water Tribe. Although Katara quickly deduces that Aang must be an airbender, she doesn’t identify him as the Avatar right away.

Given his years-long encapsulation inside an iceberg and the Avatar’s absence from the world, Katara’s instincts should’ve told her that Aang was the Avatar. Knowing that other airbenders weren’t likely to survive years of frozen ice would’ve been a strong indicator that Aang was special, yet Katara and Sokka somehow missed all the clues.

6 What Are Energybending’s Limitations?

Introduced in season three, energybending predates the four elements of the Avatar universe and was first used by the lion turtles. After the last lion turtle granted Aang with the knowledge of energybending, he used the potentially fatal technique to strip Fire Lord Ozai of his firebending abilities, almost being overtaken by Ozai’s spiritual strength before finally getting the upper hand.

Although a few abilities of energybending are known, such as the revocation and restoration of one’s bending abilities as well as the power to open a spiritual portal, not much is known about the limitations of the skill-set, making energybending a large question mark which still requires further explanation.

5 Sozin’s Comet Shouldn’t Strengthen Firebenders

As the instigator of the Hundred Year War, Fire Lord Sozin harnessed the strength of the Great Comet to empower the Fire Nation’s army, eradicating the Air Nomads in an attempt to eliminate the next generation Avatar.

Nicknamed Sozin’s Comet after the late Fire Lord, the celestial object is a key instrument in ATLA‘s epic final season as it plays an integral part in Fire Lord Ozai’s plan; however, the science behind the plan doesn’t actually add up. In reality, a comet is made up of rock, dirt, ice, and frozen gases, which means firebenders shouldn’t benefit from its passing. Unless there’s some unexplained reason at play, this is one plothole that’s been left unaddressed.

4 The Avatar Is Given Too Much Power

In The Legend of Korra, fans learned about the existence of Raava and Vaatu, the spirits of light and darkness which have combated each other since the Harmonic Convergence of 19,829 BG. During the second Harmonic Convergence, Vaatu merged his essence with Unilaq, the chief of the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, forming the first and only Dark Avatar before balance was restored by Korra.

Although another example of an evil Avatar doesn’t exist, the possibility of a nefarious version which could bring disruption to the four nations is a totally plausible scenario. Given the possibility, too much power is given to the Avatar, whose corruption would inevitably destroy the rest of humanity.

3 An Over-reliance On Deus Ex Machina Moments

As unavoidable as they often appear, egregious examples of deus ex machina moments often occur in even the most beloved television series. Sadly, ATLA was no exception when it came to pulling the “get out of jail free” card.

The biggest violation came in the series’ final act as Aang discovered the last surviving Lion Turtle, unlocking the mystery to energybending which conveniently gave him a way to defeat Fire Lord Ozai. Similarly, in the season one finale, the young Avatar entered the Avatar state after struggling with it much of the season, helping him fuse with the Ocean Spirit and take down Admiral Zhao during his siege of the North Pole.

2 Ozai Is An Underdeveloped Villain

As the supreme ruler of the Fire Nation and second son to Azulon and Ilah, Fire Lord Ozai usurped his older brother Iroh’s birthright to the throne. Under his reign, he concocted a plan to vanquish the Earth Kingdom and declare himself a tyrant under the new title of the Phoenix King.

Among the most skilled firebenders in history, Ozai was intolerant of his family’s imperfections, leading to him permanently scarring his son Zuko’s face. Although his ruthless dictatorship made him a worthy adversary, his character motivations fell short. Apart from his power hungry desires, little information was given for Ozai’s actions, making him a less fleshed out character compared to the series’ other antagonists.

1 Every Element Has A Season Except Air

Upon initially pitching the Avatar universe to Nickelodeon, creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino always envisioned a three-season story arc. Although the exploration of the world made for a captivating experience for viewers young and old, it left some fans wondering if a fourth season dedicated to the Air Nation would ever happen.

Although the Air Nation is extinct by the time of Aang’s story, the lack of a season dedicated to the element and its surrounding culture still feels like a missing piece of ATLA‘s story. The season wasn’t necessary to complete Aang’s story, but it would’ve been a welcomed addition to give more background into the once great Air Kingdom.


2019-03-08 11:03:42

Turner Minton

Avatar: 25 Wild Revelations About Aang And Katara’s Relationship

Avatar: The Last Airbender is a treasured animation with a dedicated fanbase that loved following the journey of Aang, Katara, Sokka, and the rest of Team Avatar. Their adventure across the four elemental nations has inspired and fascinated fans across the world. Spawning several comics, a sequel series, and a questionable live-action movie, the series is a staple of animated television.

While the journey was the best part, fans were also attached to the relationships that the characters formed. The Avatar fandom has an entire subset obsessed with the different fan couples. One popular — and very real — romantic relationship is the one between Katara and Aang. The young Avatar is smitten from the first time he sees her. When it comes to Katara, she eventually grows to love the fun-loving, determined hero, too.

By Legend of Korra, the pair married and had three children. They raised wonderful leaders and benders, and single-handedly saved airbending from the brink of vanishing. Their relationship is vital to Aang’s journey and the legacies at the core of Korra’s. However, the couple didn’t get to have much screen time. Instead, most of their stories focus on their friendship. Most of their romantic relationship technically happens off screen. Because of that, sometimes the more interesting facts about their relationship fall to the wayside.

With that said, here are 25 Crazy Revelations About Aang And Katara’s Relationship.

25 They Had Three Children

When Katara and Aang became adults, they married and had three dynamic children. Their first born, Bumi, was a firecracker with no bending powers. Their second child, Kya, was born a waterbender with a fierce heart, much like her mother. Third, and finally, they had Tenzin, who became an airbender.

Though Aang didn’t get to spend nearly as much time with his two eldest children, he was dearly devoted to his entire family. All of his children think of him fondly and always want to make him proud. Aang left an impressive legacy, but the wisdom and kindness that he imparted on his children was equally impressive.

24 Aang Wasn’t Katara’s First Boyfriend

Early in their journey through the Earth Kingdom, Team Avatar ran into several villages that were enslaved or ravaged by the Fire Nation. One of their most notable encounters was with the Freedom Fighters, a group of orphans who banded together to fight back against the Fire Nation soldiers. Their leader was the suave, unmovable Jet. Katara instantly had a crush on him.

The feeling was mutual and the two eventually shared a kiss. However, their relationship dissolved when Team Avatar discovered that Jet’s tactics were brutal. He hurt civilians and soldiers alike. The group changed their ways after encountering Team Avatar, but Jet and Katara were never romantically involved afterwards.

23 She Trained Two Avatars In Waterbending

Katara took quickly to waterbending. Before they found a master, she taught Aang. While they were on the road and Aang was trying to learn different forms of bending, she decided to personally train with him to hone his skills.

After Aang’s passing, Katara became the new Avatar’s waterbending teacher. She and Korra spent many hours together mastering the techniques. She’s the only known waterbender to be the main bending tutor of two different Avatars, as Toph also taught both Avatars. She taught Korra metalbending, though, as Korra already knew how to earthbend.

22 Their Love Risked His Ties To The Avatar State

Connecting to the Avatar State is a very complicated process. After a brush with the Fire Nation at his old Air Temple, Aang sought guidance. Guru Pathik agreed to help him, but Aang struggled to open the seventh chakra that would make him one with the Avatar State. After all, it required him to disconnect from all worldly binds, which meant giving up on his feelings for Katara.

Aang refused, but the guru warned that this might ruin his connection to the Avatar State forever. Despite this warning, though, Aang risked his Avatar role by leaving the seventh chakra closed.

21 Aang Loved Her From The Moment They Met

Katara changed the world when she found a boy trapped in an iceberg. Freeing him released the Avatar back into their universe. It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment for her.

However, Aang felt differently about the experience. Instead of realizing the impact of the moment, he immediately fell in love with the girl who saved him. She was hopeful, powerful, and kind.  From then on, Aang’s crush only grew as he got to know more and more about Katara. Though Katara wasn’t initially interested in him romantically at first, eventually she also developed strong feelings for Aang.

20 They First Kissed When He Was Only Twelve

The entirety of Avatar: The Last Airbender happened while Aang was twelve years old. Throughout that year, he learned how to bend all four elements well enough to fight the Fire Lord. He also made several powerful friends, one of which was the girl he went on to marry, Katara.

Near the end of the series, emotions run high for both of the young teens. Katara has conflicting feelings for Aang, while he feels his own emotions bubbling over. This eventually leads to the two kissing several times, trying to figure out how they feel and what they want. The show later ends with the two sharing a passionate kiss. He may have only been twelve, but Aang knew what he wanted.

19 A Fortune Teller Predicted Their Love

In episode 14 of the series, “The Fortuneteller”, the gang visit a city that relies on the word of an elderly psychic. The decide to seek out the psychic for guidance. Aang asks about his love prospects and, while initially disappointed, is given some hope. Katara, similarly, is told that she will have a great romance with a powerful bender.

Though the fortuneteller ends up being a fake, her prophecies do foreshadow Aang and Katara’s relationship. When Aang uses his bending to save the village from an erupting volcano, Sokka remarks that he’s a powerful bender. When she hears that comment, Katara suddenly has a comprehensive look on her face. It seems like the psychic wasn’t wrong about everything.

18 They Are Both Great Dancers

During their travels throughout the Fire Nation, Team Avatar ran into a lot of interesting people and were put in some intense situations. One of the oddest, and most fun, was the Footloose situation in episode “The Headband”. The students there are rigidly taught pro-Fire Nation propaganda and aren’t allowed to have to too much fun.

In response, the fun-loving Aang sets up a secret dance in a local cave and starts teaching the local kids how to dance. After showing off a bit with some secret airbending tactics, he invites Katara to the floor. Her own athleticism and flowing waterbending style, mixed with his airbender boosts, make them the best dancers there… until the party eventually gets busted, of course.

17 Aang Was On Good Terms With All Of Katara’s Family

Aang and Katara didn’t officially get together until the end of the series, but the young Avatar was already in good standing long before then. Not only was he one of her closest friends, but he was also close with her family. Before they left the South Pole, her Gran-Gran accepted him and wished them well.

Similarly, when they found Sokka and Katara’s dad, both he and Aang got along well and worked together to stop the Fire Lord. The best example, though, is Katara’s brother Sokka. Sokka and Aang are close friends, and it’s obvious that Sokka has known about Aang’s crush for a long time. He may find it disgusting when they kiss, but he supports his sister and friend nonetheless.

16 They Almost Kissed In “The Cave Of Two Lovers”

“The Cave Of Two Lovers” is a fun episode, but also a terrible one. It gives Katara and Aang time to explore their feelings for each other, but it also includes annoying characters from the Earth Kingdom.

As legend goes, the Cave of Two Lovers was the meeting place for a couple driven apart by warring villages.They met in the caves in secret, letting their love light their way. However, to the average eye, the cave is dank and dark. When their torches start going out, Katara and Aang wonder if a kiss is what fuels the light. However, before their lips can touch, their torch goes out and the luminescent rocks in the walls reveal themselves.

15 Loving Him Scared Her

Near the end of Book Three: Fire, Team Avatar and their allies were mounting a counter-strike against the warmongering Fire Nation. As tensions rose, so did other emotions. Aang was sure of himself: he loved Katara. However, she struggled with her emotions and thus wasn’t sure how she really felt about him.

She had feelings for him, but he was about to go into a battle they didn’t know if he was ready for it. It was hard to accept her romantic feelings for someone who she might lose the next day. It wasn’t until after Fire Lord Ozai was defeated and Aang returned to her that she realized that she did love him.

14 They Call Each Other “Sweetie”

When Avatar: The Last Airbender ended, the creators commissioned a few graphic novels to wrap up a few loose ends. These novels included the mystery of Zuko’s mother and the aftermath of Fire Nation occupation. In both, Aang and Katara were finally an official couple, with pet names and all. In fact, the two had quickly taken to calling each other “sweetie.”

Some fans and characters weren’t too happy about this, however. Sokka, in particular, said that this kind of affection gave him “the oogies.” Though the pet name wasn’t a huge hit, it was nice to see the heroes of the story being happy together after all of the hardships that they had endured.

13 She Saved Him And The Avatar Cycle

When Aang got trapped in the iceberg, he put the Avatar Cycle in jeopardy. After all, if he stayed in that ice forever, the Avatar Cycle would have ended with him, since he had to pass away before a new Avatar could be born. The world would have lost all of that knowledge, power, and the deep connection to the spirit world.

Katara was the one who broke him out of the ice and, in turn, saved the Avatar Cycle. Though her waterbending powers were new and scary to her at the time, she saved the world by setting him free. Without him, it would have been harder, if not impossible, to bring the nations together and stop the Fire Nation takeover.

12 Tenzin Was Their Only Child Born An Airbender

The Harmony Restoration Movement brought up a lot of issues for Katara and Aang. They struggled with what mixed heritage would mean for their children, and what it would mean for Aang’s last airbender status. After all, if he had no airbending children, that form of bending would disappear with him.

However, the two decided to stay together anyway. Lucky for them, their third child, Tenzin, was an airbender and could therefore pass on the genes. He became a master, leader, and father of his own airbending brood and preserved the rare bending style. When the Harmonic Convergence happened in Legend of Korra, new airbenders thankfully had a great master to teach them.

11 They Both Had Jealousy Issues

Since Katara and Aang were very young when they started falling in love with one another, they were understandably immature. Because of this, they would easily become jealous. Aang was extremely jealous of her time spent with Jet and even Zuko. Out of the pair, he was the most actively jealous one.

However, Katara also had her moments. Katara was envious of On Ji when Aang taught her how to dance. She was also jealous when an airbending fan club dedicated to Aang was formed. Young love can be volatile, and jealousy can be ugly, but at least the pair seemed to grow out of it. After all, they were only young pre-teens when they first got together.

10 She Never Taught Him Bloodbending

While waterbending may seem like it’s one of the most peaceful forms of bending, it has its darker side. One form of waterbending is bloodbending, which is the art of using the water in a person’s veins to control them.

Initially, Katara was thrilled to meet a powerful waterbender named Hama in the Fire Nation. However, the more she learned, the darker things became. Eventually, the group learned that Hama used her bloodbending to hurt innocent Fire Nation civilians. Though Katara can use the power, she did not pass it along to Aang. As far as fans know, she kept the dark, manipulative technique to herself. After all, every time she watched people use it, all it caused was pain.

9 Their Children’s Names Had Very Important Meanings

When it came to their kids, Aang and Katara gave them names that meant a lot to them. Their first son was named after Aang’s childhood best friend and Earth King, Bumi. They named their daughter Kya, after Katara’s lost mother. After that, they named their last son Tenzin. While there was no specific character who shared the same name, Monk Gyatso was named after a real, famous monk, and that real monk’s first name was Tenzin.

For such high-profile children, Aang and Katara certainly gave their kids names with significant legacies. Each child surpassed those expectations and more, as they all became great leaders and masters, sharing their parents legacy with the world.

8 Katara Was The Only Person Able To Calm Him Out Of The Avatar State

Because of his young age and his inexperience, Aang struggled with going in and out of the Avatar State. He even found the Avatar State hard to control at times. Over the years, though, he grew and learned, becoming more skilled with the state. However, whenever he was out of control in the Avatar State, Katara seemed to be the only person who was able to calm him down.

For example, when he found out that the Air Temples were desolated and that his pseudo-father, Gyatso, was gone, he transformed into the Avatar State unconsciously. With the Fire Nation hot on their tails, it was only Katara’s kindness and bravery that was able to calm him down and save him from himself.

7 They Had Their Own Theme Song

On Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s soundtrack, there is a song called “The Avatar’s Love”. The entire song can also be heard at the end of the series, when Aang and Katara kiss. However, bits and pieces of it are also played throughout the series, whenever the pair has a romantic moment. One of the most iconic examples of this is the moment that the two shared together in “The Cave Of Two Lovers”.

Though the show had a lot of hopeful pairings, it’s clear from this song alone that the writers always meant for Katara and Aang to end up together. After all, that’s quite a coincidental name for a song if they didn’t mean for the two to eventually fall in love.

6 She Healed Him Mentally And Physically

As a master waterbender, Katara is skilled in a breadth of water techniques. One of the most useful techniques throughout the series was her healing skills. Whenever Team Avatar was injured during a fight, she would patch them up. She was even able to save Aang from a devastating lightning attack that could have easily taken his life.

However, her physical healing wasn’t the only thing that was useful to Aang. Her emotional support and kindness also helped to keep him level headed in any impossible situation. After all, he was just a twelve year old fighting a Fire Lord, regardless of his Avatar status. She helped him keep it together, healing his mind and body.

5 They Rekindled The Art Of Airbending

When the Fire Nation invasion was stopped, the world was once again a safe place. However, that didn’t change the fact that they had decimated the Air Temples and made Aang the only remaining airbender left alive.

Thankfully, the birth of Aang and Katara’s son, Tenzin, changed all of that. After being the only airbender for so long, Aang now had a fellow airbender to teach his knowledge to. All he had to do was train him. Tenzin and Aang spent a lot of time together honing in his skills, ensuring that Tenzin could lead the next generation of airbenders. If they didn’t have Tenzin, the art of traditional airbending would have ended with Aang.

4 She Always Believed In Him

Since she grew up in the Fire Nation blockaded South Pole, all Katara had ever known is oppression. She was raised on the hopeful stories of the Avatar, but like everyone else, she was discouraged by the fact that an Avatar hadn’t been around for years. When she found Aang in the iceberg and realized that he was someone who could change her world for the better, from that moment onward, she believed in his ability to make things better.

No matter what happened to them throughout their travels, Katara continued to support and trust the young Avatar. Despite his age and size, she never underestimated him. This helped to develop their bond and eventually led them to fall in love.

3 Aang Never Met His Grandchildren

Whenever the Avatar passes on, the new Avatar is soon born after. Throughout his life, Avatar Aang accomplished a lot. However, he never got to meet his own grandchildren. After all, Korra is 16 years old when fans meet her in Legend of Korra, and Jinora, Tenzin’s eldest child, is only about 10. This means that Aang never got to experience the joys of being a grandparent — particularly, the grandparent of four boisterous airbenders.

Aang would have loved his grandchildren and would have happily taken part in their whimsical antics. He definitely would have air-scootered around with them. However, he unfortunately never got the chance. Instead, Korra got to know them in his absence.

2 She Stopped Him From Destroying Zuko

After the Fire Nation was stopped, Zuko took over from his father. In the aftermath, he and Aang tried to work together to remove the Fire Nation occupation in other lands, particularly in the Earth Kingdom. However, this wasn’t as easy as they thought. Certain villages had been there so long that they had blended Fire and Earth traditions.

Because of this, nations were disagreeing and clashing all over again. Zuko refused to destroy the blended villages, while the Earth Kingdom wanted to peacefully remove all Fire Nation infrastructure. In the conflict, Aang almost destroyed Zuko. However, Katara stopped him from hurting his friend and kept the peace.

1 They Nearly Broke Up During The Harmony Restoration Movement

The Harmony Restoration movement caused a lot of trouble. It threatened not only well-established, blended villages, but also world peace.

Katara and Aang also almost broke up because of the conflict. Being two benders from two different nations, they worried about their compatibility and how it would effect their children. They also worried about the future of the airbenders if they stayed together. The two went through a lot of emotional turmoil, but eventually, they decided to stay together. Considering how awesome Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin are, we consider the decision a good one.

Are there any revelations we missed about Aang and Katara’s relationship in Avatar: The Last Airbender? Let us know in the comments!

Fan art by Artipelago, Ohlookitscazz, NanFe, and BlackCrow06.



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Avatar: 20 Times Characters Were Ridiculously Overpowered

Avatar imagines a world full of possibilities. A patchwork of cultures, myths, and histories crafted into a magical place where nations are defined by the ability to manipulate the elements. Fantastic in every sense of the word, but somehow believable.

The real magic is how believable Avatar feels. It would be a mistake to assume everything in Avatar is high-flying, low-risk adventuring, though. At the risk of sounding like Tenzin, the world has rules. You might be able to catch a ride on a flying bison or encounter a massive serpent lurking in the sea, but those experiences will probably be less common. Likewise, it’s easy to find a person capable of throwing flame, but it’s far more rare to see one able to channel the true beauty and power of firebending without learning from the dragons. In this expansive world so full of mystery, there is still a sense of normalcy that applies to everything.

This is also a world full of exceptions. As far back as the lore goes, Avatar is full of people achieving great things by challenging norms. From the first in the line of Avatars to the latest in the cycle, this is a story brimming with people for whom the rules don’t apply. Characters who are more powerful than the rest, who change the way we think of what’s possible. The kind of people who can make sweeping changes because they will it.

Without further ado, here are 20 Times Avatar Characters Were Ridiculously Overpowered.

20 the Last Airbender: Aang, Siege of the Northern Water Tribe

During Book One “Siege of the North” tensions between the Water Tribe and Fire Nation came to a head. Admiral Zhao, obsessed with domination, stormed the Northern Water Tribe with an armada and assumably hundreds of infantry. This was one of the first times we saw large-scale military action in the show and things looked bad. Then Aang ended up unconscious… Then Zhao successfully eliminated the Moon Spirit, cutting off the waterbenders from their power.

Not only does Aang enter the Avatar State, but he also merges with the Ocean Spirit. The combination is more than enough to wipe out the Fire Nation ships and infantry single-handedly. Let’s not forget, this is all a matter of days after Aang arrived at the Northern Water Tribe to properly learn waterbending. It was great, but pretty OP.

19 The Last Airbender: Combustion Man

Take a look at the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It’s fresh, yet familiar. We expect to see the swords, the bows, and the spears. The story even makes the idea of throwing fireballs and raising platforms from the ground feel natural. Even letting off a bolt of lightning fits. Then there’s Combustion Man.

When the ominous figure hunting Team Avatar fires his forehead cannon it feels jarring. That’s not just because of his explosive greetings, either. Combustion Man is effectively a firearm. He’s capable of shooting across long distances with impressive accuracy. We also see him creating several quick explosions at short range. While the ability to concentrate is a prerequisite, that weakness doesn’t change the fact Combustion Man is the guy with a multi-function rifle in a medieval world.

18 The Last Airbender: Uncle Iroh

Quiet, meditative, and wise, Iroh boasts a different kind of power from most on this list. Iroh may seem like an odd choice, but after reflecting on his deep wealth of knowledge and breadth of skills, it’s hard to imagine anyone more powerful. This old tea aficionado is well-equipped for just about anything. Caught in a city under siege? Lost in the spirit world? Confused about the morality of betraying your family to aid your friends? Iroh has the answer, personal experience, and ability to help. Who needs Google when you’ve got Iroh?

Iroh is the Dragon of the North. Capable of breathing fire, shooting lightning, escaping prison (multiple times), and communing with spirits. Along the way, he successfully tracks down the long-lost Avatar and turns an exiled prince into the fire lord.

17 Legend of Korra: Korra

Go back to when the first episode of Legends of Korra was released. Maybe you just rewatched The Last Airbender and you were finally ready to start the next chapter. Within five minutes this Korra does what Aang took three seasons to do.

Korra bends water, earth, and fire. As a toddler. That’s an extraordinary first impression. It also seems pretty overpowered after seeing Aang struggle just learning a second element for an entire season. Even if you let that slide, this being a modernized world full of new counter-bending tech and bending skills, Korra’s ability to rapidly outperform Aang continues. She redefines how humans and spirits interact, going so far as to merge with the Light Spirit to take on Vaatu.

16 The Last Airbender: Hama

Hama is on this list for two reasons: First, because she’s the first of her kind and second, due to the nature of her abilities. As far as we know, Hama discovered the ability to bloodbend. She trained this skill to enable her to escape a Fire Nation prison and it’s suggested she has used it cautiously ever since. That gives Hama the element of surprise in any situation. You simply can’t counter what you didn’t even know was possible.

Waterbenders are titans during a full moon. As a subset of waterbending, bloodbending is similarly amplified. The ability to cause a person to twitch turns into complete control like a puppeteer manipulates a puppet. TLDR; Hama is the overwhelming threat you never expected.

15 Legend of Korra: P’Li

If Combustion Man is like having a rifle in ancient times, then P’Li is like adding a scope and laser sights too. Let’s be absolutely clear about something. Combustionbending is hard. We don’t mean “Aang struggling with the fear of hurting those he loves most” hard; Mastering combustionbending means having the ability to focus, channel your chi, and direct that energy in a way that’s effective and safe (for you).

P’Li is one of two individuals who meet these criteria in the series. Besides that of that, P’Li even has the cognitive strength to direct her bending as if the explosion is following the target. Even though P’Li is ultimately defeated, her passing came after putting our heroes to the test.

14 The Last Airbender: Toph

Perhaps the idea of a blind little girl from a rich family being too powerful sounds strange. To that, let us remind you this is Toph Beifong. Faced with the inability to see with her eyes, Toph learned to see the world in ways we couldn’t imagine. Toph Beifong, the pampered child born in the heart of the Earth Kingdom, the reigning champion in an underground wrestling ring.

When imprisoned in a solid metal box, she created an entirely new way to bend and busted out. Toph Beifong doesn’t just challenge the common imagery of people we consider powerful, she is arguably one of the most formidable benders around by the time she’s 12 years old.

13 the Last Airbender: Fire Lord Ozai

Fire Lord Ozai is the kind of villain you learn to fear long before they make a physical appearance. It takes whole seasons for us to even see Ozai’s face, but we are very familiar with his work. Zuko’s scars. Brutal fire nation soldiers. The prisoner camps. What Ozai does is a clear enough message that he’s a serious threat with great power that extends across the world. Just think about it. Ozai has the resources to send entire armadas to chase legends and pacify villages.

In addition to all that power, Fire Lord Ozai is an impressive martial artist and a master firebender. The clout of a king and the force of a warrior. Even without the military force, Fire Lord Ozai is a titan capable of competing with a fully realized Avatar.

12 Legend of Korra: Yakone

While perhaps not the crowned leader of a nation, Yakone enjoys the political force of a bonafide crime lord. He is the biggest and baddest of his ilk at a time when Republic City still enjoyed Avatar Aang’s protection. Such was his grip on the city that the Avatar himself focused on ending his reign of terror. When Yakone was finally arrested, he revealed the ability to telepathically bloodbend, without a full moon.

Yakone is a crime boss with the ability to turn you into a puppet with a single thought. Maybe we’re mistaking absolutely scary with overpowered, but either way, Yakone earned his spot on this list (and successfully gave us all nightmares).

11 Legend of Korra: Amon

Amon is control incarnate. He is a natural leader who can win many battles with rhetoric and charm. If it comes to violence, he’s a skilled martial artist, a prolific waterbender even capable of telepathic bloodbending (like his father, Yakone). Finally, if that’s not enough, he’s even skilled enough at chi blocking that he effectively take away your bending. Already Amon is a force to be reckoned with.

Now consider Amon is the leader of a like-minded movement. Quickly and with considered precision, Amon hundreds to take violent action against benders and the oppressive government supporting them. He armed these soldiers with tools to disable benders with as little as a slap of the hand. The only thing worse than a telepathic bloodbender is one with an army.

10 The Last Airbender: The Fire Nation, Sozin’s Comet

When Sozin’s Comet finally arrived we witnessed a satisfyingly climactic scene. Fire Nation airships soar over the lush green forest below, soldiers step onto the balconies around the vessels, then each a massive flame fans over everything. Behind each airship is a path of ash following in its wake. Suddenly the Phoenix King Ozai’s plan to “burn the Earth Kingdom” sounds very literal and very possible.

The sweeping destruction is even scarier when we consider how weak most Fire Nation soldiers generally were in the past. Let’s just say these aren’t the guys breathing fire or flying around with fire spouting from their heels.  With that comparison fresh in mind, we think you’d agree that Sozin’s Comet makes the Fire Nation grossly overpowered.

9 Legend of Korra: Dark Avatar

The same series that gave us down-to-earth enemies like Zhao, Amon, and Kuvira also delivered the Dark Avatar (Or UnaVaatu). Unlike the aforementioned baddies who relied on armies of men and women roused by their cause, the Dark Avatar is a more cosmic threat.

During the Harmonic Convergence, the Dark Spirit Vaatu entered into Unalaq. Their combined abilities became even greater. Vaatu gained a physical body as well as the beginning of a pattern akin to the Avatar Cycle. Meanwhile, Unalaq saw his abilities as a master water and spiritbender improve greatly, not to mention the fact he gained the ability to enter a sort of Dark Avatar State complete with energy beams. In short, the Dark Avatar is the kind of enemy that even Korra was barely equipped to handle.

8 The Last Airbender: Ty Lee

Acrobatic, agile, and uniquely skilled at martial arts, Ty Lee is more threatening than she may at first appear. There’s a reason she’s a part of Princess Azula’s inner circle. Some of the deadliest characters revolve around the princess and Ty Lee is no exception. Take away the backing from the Fire Nation, she can still outperform benders and soldiers alike.

What makes Ty Lee special is her knowledge, skill, and demeanor. She understands how chi flows through the body, feeding one’s ability to bend as well as to move. Impressive speed and precision honed over time allow her to disarm master benders and professional soldiers alike. Finally, Ty Lee maintains a chipper attitude you can feel anytime she’s around. As a result, most don’t take her seriously when she may well be one of the biggest threats on the battlefield.

7 Legend of Korra: Avatar Wan

Wan began as a young man in poverty. He made due stealing food from the rich and sharing the spoils with his family. At this point, he was quite normal, if a rather good acrobat. However, the moment he joined the hunters and left his village he became unique.

Wan essentially stole the ability to firebend. For his crime, he was banished, leading him on a journey that would earn Wan the ability to bend the other elements and even befriend the spirits. Considering no human had the innate ability to bend the elements, instead, they needed to borrow the ability from the lion turtles, that already made Wan more powerful than most. Add the fact that Wan ultimately merged with the spirit of light, Raava, and it’s hard not to see him as a god among men.

6 The Last Airbender: Avatar Kyoshi

Glimpses of Avatar Kyoshi appear throughout The Last Airbender. We see paintings, plays, warriors bearing her likeness, and even memories of a few of her exploits. Through all of this we know one thing for certain: Kyoshi was a beast.

As if being the Avatar wasn’t enough, Kyoshi was an all-around remarkable warrior. She was physically intimidating, highly skilled, and had no qualms with taking down her foes when necessary. Had Ozai or Amon faced Kyoshi there’s a good chance neither would have made it to prison. What really earns Kyoshi’s spot on this list is her confrontation with Chin the Conqueror. While rolling through the Earth Kingdom claiming land, Chin came to the Avatar’s homeland. When diplomacy failed, Kyoshi simply split the land in two — literally creating Kyoshi Island — and ultimately eliminating Chin.

5 Legends of Korra: Vaatu

Vaatu is an entity that exists outside the constraints of time and mortality. Strictly speaking, this ageless spirit has no objectives or motives. Vaatu is chaos and darkness. As one of the oldest spirits known, it should go without saying that Vaatu cannot die. Indeed, to truly defeat the spirit of darkness one must trap bind them, knowing full well that one-day Vaatu will return. Avatar Wan locked Vaatu into the Tree of Time. Avatar Korra purified Vaatu (locking them in the spirit of light, Raava).

If that doesn’t humble you, consider that the stronger Vaatu becomes the more chaotic the world grows. Rebellious spirits become an everyday danger and, even if you want to fight back, learning how means discovering what happened thousands of years ago. Good luck with that.

4 Legend of Korra: Lightening Benders, Engineering

As the show progresses offshoots of the primary elements start to appear. Benders begin to uncover the ability to bend metal, blood, and perhaps most influential to the story, lightning. Lightningbending changes the tone of the show in The Last Airbender. Its introduction pushes Zuko to force himself to learn the skill, develops Uncle Iroh’s connection to his nephew, and ultimately changes the way Aang views his role as the Avatar. The ability to wield lightning is clearly a powerful force. After all, one strike nearly took out Aang.

Imagine our surprise watching Mako end a day of work at the factory. It’s a short scene, but one depicting several benders beaming lightning into some kind of engine. The power to strike down a full-fledged Avatar is being used to help power some warehouse. Talk about overqualified.

3 The Last Airbender: Azula

In many ways, Princess Azula was before her time. She enjoyed the clout of a royal in the Fire Nation, which in 100 AG had power across the world, and could bend in ways that would impress anyone. Azula is cunning, cold, and capable of observing how a situation can be used to grow her political and personal advantages. She even successfully catches Uncle Iroh in her schemes and manipulates everyone from Zuko to Aang.

Most important of all, Princess Azula surrounds herself with talented allies. Her team includes a proto-chi blocker and a noble with the knife throwing skills of a practiced assassin. Taken all together, Princess Azula would be a challenge for anyone. It’s worth noting that Azula nearly eliminated Aang using her mind for strategy and lightning bending.

2 Legend of Korra: Chi Blockers

The first actual chi blocker we encounter is Ty Lee. She left a wake of soldiers incapable of moving, let alone bending, outside of Ba Sing Se. Healers had no idea what they were facing and to say her impact in battle was felt would be an understatement.

Decades later the ability to chi block has spread. It’s a symbol of defiance against benders with many trained in the art mirroring Ty Lee acrobatic style. As if more chi blockers isn’t enough, a majority of these folks are equipped with gloves able to electrocute opponents with a touch. In action, these unnamed henchpeople regularly overwhelm Korra, Mako, and others arguably more capable than the original Team Avatar were when they faced Ty Lee. While we rank them as overpowered, we also don’t really mind the challenge.

1 The Last Airbender: Admiral Zhao

Zhao is hungry for glory and happy to perform monstrous deeds in order to advance his position. We see him talk down the exiled Prince Zuko using both his clout as a military officer and his skill as a soldier. It’s both of these qualities driven by an insatiable appetite that makes Zhao excessively powerful.

Zhao defines himself by his power. Time after time we witness Zhao deploy soldiers who quickly reduce forests to ash and villages to rubble. During the Siege of the Northern Water Tribe, Zhao leads an entire armada that nearly destroys the city were it not for the Ocean Spirit and Avatar Aang (basically divine intervention). The fact this need for power successfully eliminated the Moon Spirit is a testament to how powerful Zhao truly was.

Can you think of any other times a bender was overpowered in Avatar? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-12-06 05:12:25