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Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. The series was created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who served as executive producers along with Aaron Ehasz. Avatar is set in an Asian-influenced world[1] of Chinese martial arts in which elemental manipulation is possible. The show drew on elements from traditional Asian culture, blending the styles of anime and American domestic cartoons.[2] The series follows the adventures of the main protagonist Aang and his friends, who must save the world by defeating the evil Fire Lord and ending his destructive war against the three other nations.[3] The pilot episode first aired on February 21, 2005[4] and the series concluded with a widely praised two-hour television movie on July 19, 2008.[5] The show is obtainable from various sources, including on DVD, the iTunes Store, the Zune Marketplace, the Xbox Live Marketplace, the PlayStation Store, Netflix Instant Play, and on the Nicktoons Network.[6] Avatar: The Last Airbender was popular with both audiences and critics,[7] garnering 5.6 million viewers on its best-rated showing and receiving high ratings in the Nicktoons lineup, even outside its 6–11-year-old demographic.[3][8] Avatar: The Last Airbender has been nominated for and won awards from the Annual Annie Awards, the Genesis Awards, the primetime Emmy awards and a Peabody Award among others. The first season's success prompted Nickelodeon to order second[9] and third[10] seasons. In other media, the series has spawned a live-action movie trilogy, the first titled The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, scaled action figures,[11] a trading card game,[12][13] three video games based on the first,[14] second,[15][16] and third seasons, stuffed animals distributed by Paramount Parks, and two LEGO sets.[17] An art book was also released in mid-2010.[18] Furthermore, the president of Nickelodeon announced on July 21, 2010 that a mini-Spin-off called The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra will premiere in 2012.[19]

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Also known as

Avatar: The Legend of Aang Avatar: The Bender of the Four Elements (Bulgarian title)


Action/Adventure Fantasy Comedy-drama

Format Created by

Cartoon series Michael Dante DiMartino Bryan Konietzko

Written by

Michael Dante DiMartino Bryan Konietzko Aaron Ehasz Tim Hedrick Nick Malis

Directed by

Lauren MacMullan Dave Filoni Giancarlo Volpe Ethan Spaulding Joaquim Dos Santos

1 Series overview 1.1 Backstory 1.2 Season One (Book One: Water) 1.3 Season Two (Book Two: Earth) 1.4 Season Three (Book Three: Fire) 2 Characters 3 Production 4 Themes 4.1 Duality 4.2 Destiny and Free Will 4.3 Other Themes 5 Reception 5.1 Awards and nominations 6 Other media 6.1 Literature 6.2 Promotion and merchandising 6.3 Video games 6.4 Film adaptation 6.5 Spin-off 7 References 8 External links

Voices of

Zach Tyler Eisen Mae Whitman Jack DeSena Jessie Flower (Seasons 2 & 3) Dee Bradley Baker Dante Basco Grey DeLisle Mark Hamill Mako (Seasons 1 & 2) Greg Baldwin (Season 3) Jason Isaacs

Composer(s) Country of origin Language(s) No. of seasons No. of episodes

Jeremy Zuckerman United States

English 3 61 (List of episodes) Production

Executive producer(s)

Michael Dante DiMartino Bryan Konietzko Aaron Ehasz

Main article: List of Avatar: The Last Airbender episodes
Running time Production company(s)

23 minutes Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Broadcast Original channel Nickelodeon Picture format Original run NTSC 4:3 (480i) February 21, 2005 – July 19, 2008 Chronology Followed by The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra

a twelve-year-old Airbender named Aang learns he is the new Avatar. who are now considered traitors to the Fire Nation. the Earth Kingdom. in suspended animation.[20] A map of the four nations." The characters of the four lands are 水善 (Water Peaceful). begins a genocidal assault on the Air Nomads. In a final confrontation. Azula and her two friends Mai and Ty Lee pursue Team Avatar. the Earth Kingdom capital. Competing with Zuko for the Avatar is Admiral Zhao. on which it bases its society. Aang masters Waterbending under Katara's tutelage. In the four-part series finale. Zuko and Iroh. One hundred years before the start of the series. taking advantage of the solar eclipse. but in learning this Aang's Sky Bison is lost to a group of Sandbenders. tries to come to terms with his troubled past and his obsession with capturing the Avatar. a legendary Fire Nation general and the older brother of Ozai.[22] If an Avatar is killed in the Avatar State. free Aang and Appa from the iceberg. allowing him or her to solve problems that normal benders cannot. who can only reclaim his honor and throne if he captures the Avatar. The attack is repelled thanks to Aang and his friends. in a change of heart. Aang flees from home on his animal guide. Aang is the only Air Nomad to survive the attack. After capturing and impersonating the Kyoshi Warriors. Each nation has its own natural element. Fire Lord Sozin. reads "correct all things under heaven". Furthermore. the reincarnation cycle will be broken. Aang's protective Avatar State is triggered. and is imprisoned by the Dai Li for his actions. Aang is lightning struck by Azula and is presumably killed. Firebenders (Northern Shaolin kung fu) and Airbenders (Baguazhang). and it encases the pair in an iceberg. the Fire Lord tasks his daughter Azula to capture Zuko and Iroh. starting with their native element. the Fire Nation. Sokka has planned a small-scale invasion of the Fire Nation to capture the Fire Lord's palace and defeat Fire Lord Ozai. Zuko. leaving them open to invasion and giving Aang his chance to defeat the Fire Lord. Earthbenders (Hung Ga kung fu. friends of Team Avatar. and spirits. such as extensive trial and training. for the most part). After Aang is revealed to be the Avatar. 天下 一匡. On their journey. Aang and his friends discover that an upcoming solar eclipse will deprive Firebenders of their bending. and eliminated them in order to ensure his domination of the world would not be interrupted. decides to defy his father and join the Avatar. and maintain world order. his Airbender training having placed emphasis on circling. 火烈 (Fire Fierce). mean "the superheroes [the world or the country or the land] in four. attempt to lead new lives in the Earth Kingdom. and tell the Earth King of the eclipse. countless incarnations of Avatar have served to keep the four nations in harmony.[24] Backstory The events one hundred years before the beginning of the show are revealed gradually and out of order throughout the series. there is only one person alive in the world of Avatar who is capable of bending all four elements: the show's eponymous Avatar. now fugitives from the Fire Nation. learning to bend their opposite element can be extremely difficult.[23] Through the ages. which endows the Avatar with all the knowledge and abilities of all past Avatars and acts as a self-triggering defense mechanism. At any given time. and 气和 (Air Harmony). a giant six-legged flying bison named Appa. Season One (Book One: Water) Main article: Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 1) One hundred years later Katara. who plans to use the power of Sozin's Comet to destroy the . The invasion ultimately fails. Meanwhile. and her older warrior brother. the example shown in the series is Aang's inability to stand his ground head-on while Earthbending. The invasion will be staged by a ragtag group of benders and warriors whom Aang has helped along his journey. Season Three (Book Three: Fire) Main article: Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 3) See also: Sozin's Comet: The Final Battle Aang awakens from his injury to find the group disguised as Fire Nation soldiers heading West on a Fire Nation ship. allowing the Fire Nation to capture Ba Sing Se. who struggle to reach Ba Sing Se. and only Aang and the rest of the young ones are able to escape. Aang and friends visit the Southern Air Temple where Aang discovers that the Fire Nation wiped out the Air Nomads. At the Southern Air Temple Aang meets his Avatar guide. While on their journey. Aang and his friends confront the forces of Fire Lord Ozai. the three travel to the Northern Water Tribe so Aang and Katara can learn Waterbending. fantastic animals. The show's creators based each Bending style on a style of real-world martial art. the group meets Toph. Fearful of the heavy responsibilities of the position. who promises to restore his honor. the trio is constantly pursued by Prince Zuko. a fourteen-year-old Waterbender girl. 群雄四分. while Zuko has been restored to his position as crown prince and Iroh is imprisoned as a traitor.Avatar: The Last Airbender takes place in a world that is home to humans. although it can be made subject to the will of the user through various methods. and the Avatar will cease to exist. The characters at the top. who killed the previous Avatar because he would have acted to stop his war plans.[20] The Avatar serves as the bridge between the physical world and the Spirit World. 土強 (Earth Strong). Zuko sides with his sister. The phrase at the bottom. fifteen-year-old Sokka. leading to visual differences in the techniques used by Waterbenders (T'ai chi). Meanwhile. When an Avatar dies. Sozin knew that the new Avatar would be an Air Nomad. Zuko. Initially the invasion proceeds as planned. approaching from new angles and adapting on the fly. the exiled son of Fire Lord Ozai. Monk Gyatso. but his seventh chakra is blocked and therefore he cannot enter the Avatar State. Season Two (Book Two: Earth) Main article: Avatar: The Last Airbender (season 2) After leaving the North Pole. who leads a Fire Nation assault on the Northern Water Tribe. with the help of his uncle. but after the siege is ended. Katara brings Aang back with special spirit water from the North Pole. Searching for a new Earthbending teacher. Human civilization is divided into four nations: the Water Tribe. he or she is reincarnated into the next nation in the Avatar Cycle. Iroh helps Aang and Katara to escape after Zuko betrays him. in the order of the seasons. and being separated from his beloved mentor. a blind Earthbending prodigy who teaches Aang how to "see" using Earthbending and vibrations. they become caught in a fierce storm and crash into the ocean. Avatar Roku. Azula persuades an elite group of Earthbenders called the Dai Li to instigate a coup d'état.[21] The Avatar possesses a unique power and ability called the Avatar State. Legend holds the Avatar must master each bending art in seasonal order as well. people known as Benders have the power and ability to control and manipulate the eponymous element of their nation using the physical motions of martial arts. After some reluctance from Katara and Sokka. and the Air Nomads. but Aang fails to find the Fire Lord before the eclipse ends. Zuko travels with his uncle Iroh. For the Avatar. the spiritual entity of the planet manifested in human form. Team Avatar allows Zuko to join the group. During their flight. Zuko catches up with Aang at the Western Air Temple and offers to teach Aang Firebending.

Toph and Kyoshi Warrior Suki take down the Fire Nation's airships. It is also very difficult for her to trust again once someone has betrayed her or someone she cares about. she is interrupted by the arrival of Aang and Iroh. Aang found him at the Southern Air Temple soon after starting his quest and decided to keep him as a pet. after the defeat of the Phoenix King. Aang is a reluctant hero trying to return balance to the world. After Zuko is awarded his ruling. It is one of the only things that truly upsets her. when Azula fires a lightning bolt at Katara. He is freed by a young Waterbender named Katara with whom he falls in love later. However. though she rarely shows it. Katara is in love with Aang. Through the series. However. which was only achieved after feigning the death of Katara. who is watching the duel from the sidelines. his father. Sokka does not have any bending ability.[20] She first appears in the second season of the show. He takes on the vigilante identity of "the Blue Spirit" at the end of season one and beginning of season two. becomes his Waterbending teacher. preventing them from burning down the Earth Kingdom. Master Piando. He is the current incarnation of the Avatar. In "Tales of Ba Sing Se". Appa. he accompanies Aang on his quest to defeat the Fire Lord. In the first episode of Season 2 a General of the Earth Kingdom tries to force Aang into the Avatar state. Meanwhile. the war quickly ends. the location of Zuko's mother is never revealed to viewers. though it often makes him the victim of comedy at his expense. this later is stated to be her mother's name. and rarely shows weakness. She has also the ability to heal people. Sokka was in love with Yue. Azula (Grey DeLisle) is the 14 year old manipulative princess of the Fire Nation. The series ends as Aang and Katara kiss under the sunset. Master Pakku.[27] He often picks fights with other winged and smaller creatures and with Appa over food. leads the Order of the White Lotus to liberate Ba Sing Se. Sokka (Jack DeSena) is a 15-year-old warrior of the Southern Water Tribe. the princess of the Northern Water Tribe. to which he accepts. Zuko and Katara go to take on Azula. a Kyoshi warrior. but she only uses this ability twice in the series. Katara. She is Zuko's younger sister and one of the major . Zuko seems to have the upper hand due to Azula's deteriorating mental state. gravely injuring himself in the process. With his sister. Aang struggles in his battle against Ozai. discover and free Aang from a block of ice in which he had been frozen for 100 years. the spirit of the planet manifested in human form. For several years Zuko thought his mother had passed away after mysteriously disappearing in the middle of the night. to capture the man who killed her mother. However. it is noted that Toph has a small crush on Sokka which is shown as comic relief because of her random bursts of emotions towards Sokka. fun-loving protagonist of the series who had been frozen in ice with his flying bison. and Sokka. Sokka. Katara and her brother. he becomes angry and short tempered when he cannot protect the ones he loves. Zuko is crowned the new Fire Lord and. Due to events in Zuko's past. flying bison were the first Airbenders. challenges Zuko to an Agni Kai duel. The only way for Zuko to regain his honor and return to the Fire Nation is to capture the Avatar. In the original un-aired pilot episode. particularly Katara and Appa. Katara is the only waterbender left in the Southern Water Tribe as well as one of the only Waterbenders that possesses the knowledge of bloodbending. In the end of Season 1. Katara is deeply affected by treachery. Though blind. Zuko learns that in reality Fire Lord Ozai had only banished her from the Fire Nation. the tattoos mark Aang as an airbending master and he is the youngest airbender in history to earn them. However Azula. The Order of the White Lotus is a group of masters including King Bumi. he is crowned ruler of the Fire Nation. Sokka describes himself as a "meat-loving" and "sarcastic"[21] guy. Fire Lord Ozai. With her brother Sokka. Katara. Unlike his companions. Katara (Mae Whitman) is a 14-year-old Waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe. burns the left side his face (leaving him with his trademark scar) and banishes him. Iroh. deems him a complete failure. Aang also has arrow tattoos on his forehead and limbs.(Season 3) Bloodbending allows her to control any person by bending the water inside the blood. something that was part of Airbender culture before they were wiped out. Sokka.[27] Zuko (Dante Basco) is the 16-year-old exiled prince of the Fire Nation and original antagonist of the series. she often brings up the mistakes the individuals made in the past. Toph Bei Fong (Jessie Flower) is a blind female Earthbender who is 12 years old. Momo is shown to only understand Aang and has trouble deciphering other people's speech. Aang is fiercely protective of the people he cares about. however the series. he asks his father. and complex familial relationships. As the new Fire Lord he ends the war and promises to aid in rebuilding the other nations. Zuko struggles to deal with his anger. she does whatever she can to help others. with the help of the Avatar and his friends. she leaves her wealthy family and comfortable home to join Aang on his quest with a plan to teach him Earthbending. taught to him by an ancient lion-turtle. who is now behind bars. since he is reluctant to take his life. and when Zuko joins the team. eventually. where his long lost mother is located. she begins to open up as she gets to know the others better and becomes close friends to Aang. for 100 years. Though Toph can be rigid and hard headed as is true to her earthbending nature. Main article: List of Avatar: The Last Airbender characters Aang (Zach Tyler Eisen) is the 12-year-old. Katara learned to be more forgiving. Over time. The screen then cuts to a scene at Ba Sing Se where the group is enjoying the new peace. including his trusty boomerang and a sword he forged from a meteorite in Season 3. and shares a very strong bond with him. At the end of the show. she accompanies Aang on his quest to defeat the Fire Lord and. This is because she was constantly belittled by her parents even though she secretly became one of the strongest earthbenders of the kingdom by competing in Tournaments. Aang is able to reenter the Avatar State and ultimately defeats Ozai by taking away his firebending powers with a technique known as energy-bending. As both the joker and the idea man of the group. Not long after meeting Aang and his friends. According to Aang. she can even use this ability to tell the state of mind of those around her by feeling their breathing and heartbeat. Normally a very peaceful person. In season 2 he is involuntarily forced into the Avatar state by the knowledge that Appa is missing.[29] He possesses the ability to fly and can use his tail to create powerful gusts of air. After Zuko is crowned the new Fire Lord he goes to confront his father in prison and demands to know where his banished mother is. it becomes apparent that Sokka is in a relationship with Suki. Overall. but he eventually shows his more sensitive side in the third season. after becoming amazingly strong and breaking himself out of prison. But after a short journey with Zuko. strong willed. In the final episode of Season 2 she offers to heal Zuko's scar with the water Master Pakku gave her from the spirit oasis at the North Pole. Katara then manages to restrain Azula and heals Zuko. self-pity. Momo’s name was written as 模模 (mó mó). Katara is a usually a very kind person. as well as the choice between good and evil. Momo (Dee Bradley Baker in both the animated series and the live-action film)[26] is an intelligent and curious winged lemur. She uses this ability to develop the art of Metalbending by feeling the earth and minerals in refined metal. He is determined. he develops a romantic relationship with Mai and defects from the Fire Nation to join the Avatar. As displayed when she meets Jet for the second time in Ba Sing Se. Zuko jumps in the way and intercepts the bolt to save her.other nations and rule the world as the Phoenix King. With Ozai defeated. He is stuck in suspended animation with Aang for 100 years. Katara's name was Kya. However. Toph "sees" by feeling vibrations in the ground through her feet.[25] According to the show's creators in DVD extras. At the end of the series. In season three. Appa (Dee Bradley Baker in both the animated series and the live-action film)[26][28] is Aang's flying bison who serves as the group's main mode of transportation around the world. begins rebuilding the four nations. sensing she cannot take on both Zuko and Katara at the same time. frequently grants him opportunities to use his ingenuity and weapons. Jeong Jeong and General Iroh.

[9] A third and final season.[35] The show employed a cultural consultant. 2005. instead he uses the original Firebending skills learned from the Dragons.[10] The final four episodes were packaged as a two-hour movie. middle-aged man and re-imagined the character as a child. DiMartino was studying a documentary about explorers trapped in the South Pole. which means "descent"." Michael DiMartino. The word Avatāra. but we knew that we wanted to take a different approach to that type of genre. even though she was admired by everyone when she was younger. yoga. who formed The Track Team. His face was not shown until the first episode of Book 3. each element is accompanied by two Chinese characters: an ancient Chinese seal script character on the left representing the element being shown and a modern Chinese character on the right describing some feature of the ."[37] The show's character designs are heavily influenced by anime. he unknowingly revealed he was the Avatar when he chose four toys out of thousands. there is a similar test for reincarnations of a Tulku Lama. In the show’s opening. Unlike most Firebenders. At the time. Iroh does not use anger as the source of his strength. first two episodes of the series were shown together in a one-hour premiere event. most ancient philosophies incorporate these four elements in some way. during a period where Aang was young. Hakoda. A second twenty-episode season ran from March 17. Our love for Japanese anime. such as the guzheng. It is revealed. "down. Ozai (Mark Hamill) is the father of Zuko and Azula. "Mike and I were really interested in other epic 'Legends & Lore' properties.[32] The series was first revealed to the public in a teaser reel at Comic-Con 2004. Iroh's grief kept him from power as well as taking the Earth Kingdom city of Ba Sing Se. but was ultimately released by Sokka. pipa and duduk. She has six exactly identical sisters. She uses fear to control her relatives and friends Mai and Ty Lee. and Eastern philosophies led us to the initial inspiration for Avatar. 2006 through December 1. especially throughout Book 2. Konietzko described their early development of the concept: We thought. The co-creators successfully pitched the idea to Nickelodeon vice president and executive producer Eric Coleman just two weeks later. All music and sound used in the series was done by Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn.[1] Konietzko drew the character herding bison in the sky. and maybe some fire people are pressing down on them. later in the third season. he played a behind-the-scenes role during the first two seasons. One who attains union with Spirit and then returns to earth to help humanity is called an avatar. one of the co-creators of the show. Examples include the classical Hindu. They experimented with use of a wide range of different instruments. beginning September 21. The series' character designs are heavily influenced by anime as well as Chinese art and history. Hong Kong action and kung fu cinema. Zuko. According to Bryan Konietzko. Iroh is a cheerful. Iroh (Mako Iwamatsu in season one and two. California. ranging from seal script (more archaic) to clerical script. its roots are ava. For each instance of calligraphy. etc. ritualistic implements. she chooses to join the Kyoshi Warriors.. Animation work was mostly done by three animation studios in South Korea: JM Animation. tea-cups. optimistically eccentric tea-loving old man. She remained with the protagonists thereafter and fought with Toph and Sokka to disable the Fire Nation air force. known as the Dragon of the West. to compose a background music that fits into the world. She was imprisoned by the Fire Nation after the Kyoshi Warriors were defeated by Azula. She was Azula's friend until the middle of season 3. and showed the sketch to Mike DiMartino. each of which were the childhood toys of the previous Avatars.[33] and aired February 21.antagonists of the series." In the Hindu scriptures. She is also very skilled at throwing knives. joined the circus. Edwin Zane. Avatar: The Last Airbender was co-created and produced by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank."[39] Each successor is expected to show signs of continuity with the previous Avatar. Buddhism. The Chinese characters that appear at the top of the show's title card mean "the divine medium who has descended upon the mortal world. Alexandra David-Neel writes that "a number of objects such as rosaries. Suki (Jennie Kwan) is the leader of the young (and exclusively female) Kyoshi Warriors. Bryan revealed that. but he still remains a powerful warrior and a devoted surrogate parent to Zuko. Greg Baldwin in season three) is a retired Fire Nation general. and ruler of the Fire Nation as Fire Lord. that." and tri. Hinduism. (Sanskrit: अवतार). however. Avatar: The Last Airbender draws on the four classical elements common to many ancient philosophies for its bending arts: Water. At the end of season three. the show. In the United States. Mai is very cold throughout the series. 2007... She fights using chi blocking and is extremely flexible and a skilled acrobat.[38] The term "Avatar" comes from Sanskrit. are placed together. at the 2008 New York Comic Con. and Chit-Sang.. In Tibetan Buddhism.[34] and Yoga. Taoism. DR Movie and Moi Animation.. books. Fire and Air. In Magic and Mystery in Tibet. She is one of Sokka's love interests and Sokka's girlfriend by the end of the series. Buddhist. Avatar is notable for borrowing extensively from Asian art and mythology to create its universe.[2] Traditional East Asian calligraphy styles are used for nearly all the writing in the series. Azula is a Firebending prodigy and is one of the few living Firebenders capable of casting lightning. Although each has its own variation. featured twenty-one episodes rather than the usual twenty."[35] According to the plot. is not generally considered to be "anime" because of its origination in the United States. but tearful fit when she is defeated by Zuko and Katara in the series finale. reserving her family loyalty for her father alone. and calligrapher Siu-Leung Lee as consultants for the series' cultural influences. Earth.[30] Iroh may have been less eager to take the throne because his son Lu Ten was killed in battle. she. and Prince Zuko's uncle and mentor. the program was conceived in the spring of 2001 when he took an old sketch of a balding. She is an exceptionally skilled fighter and staunch ally of the protagonists. she loses her sanity because of the betrayal of Mai and Ty Lee and has an angry. an appropriate style is used. Iroh is a Grand Master of the Order of the White Lotus. Iroh was the original heir to the Fire Nation throne until his brother usurped the throne after Fire Lord Azulon's death. "There's an air guy along with these water people trapped in a snowy wasteland. In the final episode. On the surface. "to pass. [2][36] The choreographed martial art bending moves were profoundly affected by Asian cinema. Mai (Cricket Leigh)[31] is Zuko's love interest and the friend of Ty Lee. like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. such as being born within a week of the death. a secret society of men from all nations and helps retake Ba Sing Se during the series finale. Ty Lee (Olivia Hack)[28] is a circus girl and friends with Mai and Azula (until the middle of season 3). and the child must pick out those which belonged to the late tulku. and Greek elemental traditions. wanting to be different from her sisters. her mother favored Zuko over her. avatara signifies the descent of Divinity into flesh. thus showing that he recognizes the things which were theirs in their previous life. kind. She appears to have a small crush on Sokka. Although he is the primary antagonist for the series.[1] In an interview. but declared to Azula that she loved Zuko. younger brother of Iroh.

and make his own way. which uses strong arm and leg movements was used for "Firebending". a Nick.element.[49][50] Sozin's Comet also appeared on iTunes' top ten list of best-selling television episodes during that same week. Other Themes Many of the characters depicted as morally ambiguous. Katara usually sticks up for these people. 95% more viewers than Nickelodeon had received in mid-July 2007. is shown with 強 (pinyin: qiang). Iroh led a Fire Nation siege on Ba Sing Se for 600 days.[53] Awards and nominations Awards 2005 Pulcinella Awards:[54] Best Action/Adventure TV Series Best TV Series 33rd Annie Awards:[55] Best Animated Television Production Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production (The Deserter) Nominated Won Won Won Outcome . defeat Azula. it is shown that the Fire Nation encourages intense nationalism and so it is understandable why characters like Zuko and Azula view the world the way they do. the undamaged half of his face is showed when he shows compassion. he is eventually able to disregard the destiny he feels is immoral and act in accordance to his own wishes. with Aang struggling to bring peace to a shattered world. Throughout the series. In the third season. 2006.1 million viewers each. courage.[48] During the week of July 14. T'ai chi was used for "Waterbending" in the series.[51] Sozin's Comet 's popularity affected online media as well. and it focuses on alignment. and while their actions are often immoral. which stands for fire. Ba Gua. When it is conquered by the Fire Nation. Zuko learns that the destiny he thought he had to fulfill is not what he truly wants in life. Malaysia.6 million viewers. As a young man. The themes of war and hope are also touched upon. When the series debuted. is shown with 烈 (pinyin: lie). which means peace and harmony. Aang. Zuko believes it is his destiny to regain his honor by capturing the Avatar and bringing him to his father so he may one day be Fire Lord. which means benevolence and adaptivity.[45] A one-hour special showing of "The Secret of the Fire Nation" which aired on September online game based on Sozin's Comet.[45] new episodes averaged 3. Destiny and Free Will Many of the characters in the show have a “destiny” that was forced upon them. their intentions are understandable. it is revealed that Aang initially rejected his identity as the Avatar.[52] IGN listed the complete series as 35th in its list of Top 100 Animated TV Shows. which means strength and stability. half of Zuko’s face is scarred and is more prominently featured when Zuko is angry or tempted by evil. received the highest ratings of the series. Throughout the show. The series was ranked first on Nickelodeon in Germany. Iroh realizes it is actually his destiny to reconquer Ba Sing Se in the name of the Earth Kingdom. which stands for earth. and become the new Fire Lord. must end the war by defeating the Fire Lord. He learns to accept and embrace his destiny and only then can he defeat the Fire Lord. The character 土 (pinyin: tu). which uses dynamic circular movements and quick directional changes. but was unable to do so. Its July 19. which stands for air. Sozin's Comet: The Final Battle. it was rated the best animated television series in its demographic.[41] Each fighting style was chosen to represent the element it projected. while Sokka is more indifferent and is only focused on aiding Aang. The character 水 (pinyin: shui). 2008 premiere averaged 5. The conflict between his two great grandfathers is representative of the conflict between good and evil in Zuko. plays a huge role in Avatar. and was one of Nickelodeon's top rated programs. According to the Nielsen Media Research. breaking through the outer wall. it ranked as the most-viewed program for the under-14 demographic. Finally. Other themes include love. Only when he solves his internal struggle is he able to reject his perscribed destiny. Alternatively. choice. the special was the best performing cable television show airing in that week.000 game plays within three days. but abandoning the field when his son was killed in battle. This is further developed when it is revealed that his two great grandfathers are Fire Lord Sozin (responsible for starting the war) and Avatar Roku (who honorably tried to stop the war). breath. was used for "Airbending". Northern Shaolin. Though it takes a long time. This theme is often symbolized by the colors blue and orange (or occasionally red). and was chosen for its firmly rooted stances and powerful strikes to present the solid nature of earth. and visualization. Hung Gar was used for "Earthbending" in the series. gathered an audience of 5. "Rise of the Phoenix King".1 million viewers. He chooses to help the Avatar. Avatar was syndicated to more than 105 countries worldwide. who can be seen practicing a Chu Gar Southern Praying Mantis style. the character 气 (pinyin: qi). saying that hope is all that they can give. and fled his people. The series employed Sifu Kisu of the Harmonious Fist Chinese Athletic Association as a martial arts consultant. Iroh believed it to be his destiny to conquer Ba Sing Se. which means intensity and passion. The character 火 (pinyin: huo).[44] Duality Duality. especially between good and evil. many survivors and refugees whose lives have been destroyed by the Fire Nation are found trying to rebuild their lives. is shown with 和 (pinyin: he). For instance. is shown with 善 (pinyin: shan).[20][42][43] The only exception to these styles is Toph. the fighting styles associated with each element are all taken from different styles of Chinese martial arts. such as Jet and Long Feng.[46] In 2007. Conversely. generated almost 815. These characters have backstories that reveal where their flawed sense of morality originates. Belgium. body structure. and Colombia. consisting of "The Serpent's Pass" and "The Drill". He believed it his destiny to conquer the city. Indonesia. In the third season. Iroh lives in Ba Sing Se among the people of the Earth Kingdom and finds that he is very happy there. which stands for water.[47] The series finale.[40] In addition to the use of four classical elements in the series. as the Avatar. friendship. and redemption.

[63] Dark Horse Comics has an "ongoing partnership" with Nickelodeon to publish books related to the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar: The Last Airbender.[63] Promotion and merchandising Avatar's success has led to some promotional advertising with third-party companies. Despite lackluster critical reviews. for example. 2008 by Nickelodeon.[70] Each user is able to create their own character. 2007. 2008.[69] Avatar: Legends of the Arena. such as Burger King and Upper Deck Entertainment. a trading card game. Video games A video game trilogy about Avatar: The Last Airbender has been created. Players can select characters and complete quests to gain experience and advance the storyline. Avatar: The Last Airbender was THQ's top selling Nickelodeon game in 2006 and even reached Sony CEA's "Greatest Hits" status. Various members of the Avatar staff and cast appeared at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con International convention. During the show's runtime.[68] The marketing plans are to be coincided with the release of the first live-action film based on the series in 2010. 2006. and three video games. the video game. however. a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) for Microsoft Windows. toys. while Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko appeared with Martial Arts Consultant Sifu Kisu at the Pacific Media Expo on October 28.[70][71][72] . The three games were loosely based on seasons one. Avatar also has its own line of t-shirts. choose a nation.[68] They expect consumers to spend about $121 million in 2007.[65] The two Lego sets: a Fire Nation ship and an Air Temple The Fisher-Price-produced action figure toy line generated some controversy with its exclusion of any female characters. and to interact with others across the globe. LEGO playsets.[67] The figure ultimately went unreleased. rising to $254 million by 2009. Nickelodeon President Cyma Zarghami openly stated her belief that the franchise "could become their Harry Potter". which will be the first film in a trilogy. 2011 Dark Horse Comics released a collection of these and new comics in a single volume called Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Lost Adventures. two and three. respectively. Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno was released on October 13.[68] The "Avatar Airbender" roller coaster at Mall of America's Nickelodeon Universe. Nickelodeon published two special issues of Nick Mag Presents dedicated entirely to the show. Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth was released on October 16. and that she would be included in the figure assortment for a mid 2007 release. as the entire line was canceled before she could be produced. and on June 15. 2010 which contains 184 pages of the original art and creation behind the Avatar animated series. on June 2. Avatar-themed roller coasters at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America and one formerly at Kings Island also appeared.[64] a cine-manga.[66] Mattel came to release information stating that they have taken account of Katara's increased role within the program.[62] Several comic book short stories were published in Nickelodeon Magazine. as well as an MMO. Nickelodeon executives have since released optimistic plans for upcoming marketing strategies in regards to Avatar. the games did extremely well commercially. was released on October 10. was launched on September 25.Writing for an Animated Television Production (The Fortuneteller) 34th Annie Awards:[56] Character Animation in a Television Production (The Blind Bandit) Directing in an Animated Television Production (The Drill) 36th Annie Awards:[57] Best Animated Television Production for Children Directing in an Animated Television Production (Joaquim Dos Santos for Into the Inferno) 2007 Genesis Awards: Outstanding Children's Programming (Appa's Lost Days) Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Animated Program (City of Walls and Secrets) Individual Achievement Award (Sang-Jin Kim for Lake Laogai) Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards 2008: Favorite Cartoon[58] Annecy 2008: TV series (Joaquim Dos Santos for The Day of Black Sun Part 2: The Eclipse)[59] 56th Golden Reel Awards: Best Sound Editing in a Television Animation (Avatar Aang)[60] 2008 Peabody Awards: "Unusually complex characters and healthy respect for the consequences of warfare"[61] Nominated Won Won Won Won Won Nominated Won Won Nominated Nominated Won Literature Dark Horse Comics released an art book titled Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Art of the Animated Series. 2006.

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