Questions tagged [avatar-the-last-airbender]

For questions about "Avatar: The Last Airbender", a TV series (2005-2008), following Aang, the last airbender, as he journeys to become to next Avatar and bring peace to the world.

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Does killing off all airbenders break the avatar cycle?

If Sozin had killed all the airbenders, and then worked through the next three Avatars, would the cycle have stopped? Skipped over? Thrown a Null Avatar Exception?
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What determines a bender's element?

At first glance, it seems that bending is genetic/racial. In the original series, each nation has its own element and there is no crossover (the Avatar being the obvious exception). The upcoming ...
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What happened to Zuko's mother?

In The Legend of Korra, Jinora asks Katara what happened to Zuko's mother, and in The Last Airbender, it is only revealed that she was banished for killing Fire Lord Azulon.
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Why didn't Toph teach Aang metalbending?

"What I'd give to be a metalbender." —Aang, in Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 2: Episode 13, "The Drill" In the The Legend of Korra Book 3 episode "Old Wounds", Su Yin, ...
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What are the specialisations of Airbending?

Earth has Metalbending, Sandbending, and Lavabending. Water has Bloodbending and Healing. Fire has Lightning/Electricitybending and Combustion. What are the specialisations Airbending, if there are ...
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Where do Airbender babies come from?

In Avatar the Last Airbender, we see from flashbacks that Aang grew up in the Southern Air Temple, a monastery of all men. In fact, the only female Airbender that I recall seeing in the series is ...
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Where did Tenzin get a Flying Bison?

In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Appa was the only known living sky bison. But in The Legend of Korra, we saw Tenzin had one: Is this Appa or was the sky bison species somehow resurrected?
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Why is Azula's fire blue?

Azula's fire is blue unlike other powerful firebenders who have orange fire. For instance, her uncle Iroh or Fire Lord Sozin, even while under the influence of Sozin's Comet, have orange fire. From ...
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What stops other benders from mastering the four elements?

In the Avatar universe, what is it that stops other people physically or spiritually, besides the Avatar, from mastering the four elements?
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What does Toph's wanted poster say?

An answer to another question brought up this wanted posted from The Last Airbender season 3: What's the English translation, if any?
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So, why exactly must the Avatar master all four elements?

I'll admit that I'm more familiar with TLoK, rather than TLA, so maybe it was explained there, but this still confused me. What is the point of the Avatar mastering all four bending arts? The Avatar'...
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Can an avatar pass on their non-native bending genes?

Element Benders can pass on their abilities genetically. I'm wondering is an avatar that has access to more elements than usual is able to pass on more than their native bending talent. We haven't, to ...
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Are other human spirits reincarnated in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender?

Obviously, human spirits can reincarnate, as the Avatar is constantly reincarnated into another body. Through Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra, we see and hear about spirits ...
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How does Lava Bending work?

I was wondering but how exactly does Lava Bending work? In The Legend of Korra it didn't seem to be explained at all. I was wondering but isn't Lava supposed to be a firebending ability? I don't ...
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Why was lightning linked with firebending?

In the Avatar world, why are Firebending and lightning generation linked? In Western culture, it seems like air and lightning mesh better (weather phenomena), or perhaps water and lightning (a la ...
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Is Korra the last Avatar?

The Legend of Korra will most likely be the last Avatar series (Legend Of Korra Co-Creators On 'Avatar) so this question is purely academical. In book 2 Unalaq kills Raava and with this, Korra's ...
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How did Avatar Aang have a wife and kids?

In Avatar the Last Airbender, I believe Aang ran away from the air nomads because he was told that as the Avatar, he would not be allowed to ever have a family; and his sole responsibility would be to ...
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Why can't metalbenders/earthbenders affect pure metallic platinum?

In the episode, The Aftermath the Metalbending Police Force has been investigating Future Industries factories for collusion and production of weapons by Hiroshi Sato with the Equalists. The ...
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In "Avatar: The Last Airbender" can a metalbender bloodbend if there is metal in our blood?

In "Avatar: The Last Airbender" bloodbending was invented and it was discovered through water in a human's blood which allows a bloodbender to control someone using bloodbending. There is one problem ...
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Have people made a correlation with eye color and bending element in Avatar?

I recently rewatched all of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, and I found a pattern. All waterbenders have blue eyes, airbenders have grey, firebenders have hazel and earthbenders have ...
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In Avatar TLA, why do Aang's tatoos light up in the avatar state?

In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang's eyes glow when he goes into the Avatar State. This seems to be the case with all Avatars, but Aang and the other airbending Avatars tattoos glow too. Is there ...
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What musical instrument does Iroh play?

We see Uncle Iroh play this peaceful musical instrument periodically throughout the Avatar: The Last Airbender series... What is the in-universe name of this instrument and what real instrument is ...
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What does the symbol on Amon's banners mean?

In episode 6 of The Legend of Korra, "Korra Gets Cheated," Amon attacks the Pro Bending Championship. Midway through his attack, his followers hang banners with his symbol throughout the arena. What ...
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Why were they called "Air Nomads" when they lived in permanent homes by the air temples?

They don't seem to live a nomadic lifestyle, so why were they called "Air Nomads" when they lived in permanent homes by the air temples?
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How does the Fire Nation survive through the 100 years between appearances of Sozin's comet?

How does the Fire Nation survive the 100 years of war? There were several reasons why it shouldn't: The terrain of Earth Kingdom is perfect for partisan fighting. They have the support of locals and ...
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How did Fire Lord Sozin seemingly bend (or even absorb) smoke?

In Avatar the Last airbender, there is that episode where Avatar Roku was battling the volcano then FireLord sozin came to help. He (FireLord Sozin) did this whirling thing with his hands and the ...
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In the Avatar world, what exactly are they bending?

In Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, we see element bending, which is divided in four (water, earth, fire, air). It's easy to understand how it works: if one has a bending ability, ...
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Did Jet Just Die?

Jet appears to have died during his battle with Long Feng beneath Lake Laogai, particularly since he is never seen or heard from again. The possible death, however, occurs off-screen, and no mention ...
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Avatar: Who is the weird guy with a third eye?

In Season 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang and company are hunted by a strange guy with a third eye, after Zuko sends him to kill the Avatar. He never says anything, is accompanied by a seriously ...
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Why was Toph put in a wooden cell in the Fire Nation city in Season 3 Episode 7?

It doesn't make any sense that Toph is put in a wooden cell. Reasons - It's a Fire Nation town, where the chances that the authorities would round up a Firebender are high, and the Firebender can ...
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How many Avatars have there been?

If Avatar Wan lived 10,00 years prior to Korra's lifetime, then how many Avatars have there been?
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Who was Toph's husband

Lin Beifong is described as the daughter of Toph Beifong, the blind earthbender who teaches Aang earthbending, but her father is not named. Who is he?
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How can Wan's history be reconciled with legend?

In The Legend of Korra S02E07-08 Beginnings, we see how the first Avatar, Wan, came to be. During these episodes, we see him gain firebending, airbending, waterbending, and lastly earthbending from ...
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How did the fire nation kill all airbenders?

Been a while I don't watch the series, but it is strongly implied that the Fire Nation killed all airbenders. Of course, since they probably have no armies, they would be easy targets. But, the ...
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Who is still alive from the original series?

We know for certain that Katara is still around from the original series, since she shows up in the first episode. We also know that Aang is dead, since Korra would have been born at the moment of his ...
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What happened to the Lion Turtles?

It was said in the Legend of Korra that the Lion Turtles would stop protecting humans. But what happened to them? Technically they weren't spirits so they didn't return to the Spirit World like the ...
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What are the limits of Energy-bending?

In the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang What are the limits of this power? Could Aang give Toph sight? Could he give non-benders the ability to bend? Could he give a bender the ability ...
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Why didn't Iroh inherit?

It's pretty obvious watching the series that Iroh must be significantly older than Ozai. Iroh's gray hair, long memory, and (more importantly) son who died when Zuko was still young clearly denote him ...
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Would it be possible for some to bend two elements?

After reading this question What stops other benders from mastering the four elements? While it seems that it would break one of the rules of the show, that only the avatar can master all four ...
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Why didn't Sozin's comet enhance benders of other elements?

Technically, a comet is a huge ball of rock, dirt, ice and frozen gases. In the series, Sozin's comet catches fire by entering the upper atmosphere, giving a boost to firebenders all around the world ...
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How Do the Other Three Element Bending Nations Sort Their Avatar?

The Air Nomads have their set of toys, and Korra showed impressive skill in other areas than waterbending. However the case for all of the others would likely be different. So my question is is there ...
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How does each bender produce his or her element?

In the Avatar series (both The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra) I noticed that there seems to be a difference in how each bender produces their respective elements. A fire bender seems to be able ...
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How did Iroh manage to escape from the prison during the Day of Black Sun?

How did Iroh manage to escape from the prison when the sun was black? As we know the sun got black in E11S03 "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse". I believe he waited until all the fire-...
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How did Iroh deliver the "Secret History" message to Zuko while imprisoned?

During Zuko's days back to the Fire Nation's capital city (and Iroh's imprisonment), Zuko finds a scroll telling him the location of a "Secret History" about his great grandfather's demise. Eventually ...
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What kind of Lion Turtle taught Aang Energy bending?

After the revelation in Avatar The Legend of Korra we know that: I was wondering: what kind of elemental Lion Turtle did Aang encounter? One easy guess would be that it was Water (since he found it ...
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Can waterbenders heat water?

I know that waterbenders can freeze and melt water/ice, but what is the limit to this? Can a waterbender heat water to boiling? Steam? I know that waterbenders can bend steam (Korra did it when she ...
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How Big is Ba Sing Se's Outer Wall?

The largest city in Avatar: The Last Airbender is a gigantic, three-walled doughnut in the northeastern corner of the Earth Kingdom called Ba Sing Se, literally translated as "Impenetrable City&...
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Are there situations that greatly enhance the other elements in Avatar The Last Airbender?

In Avatar The Last Airbender a major point of the plot is Sozin's Comet, which every one hundred years passes close to the planet and greatly enhances the power of Firebending. While there are normal ...
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How come Avatar Kyoshi was able to live as long as she did?

Borrowing from this answer: Kyoshi was born in 312 BG and died in 82 BG, living 230 years and is confirmed to be the longest living Avatar. Avatar Kyoshi lived for 230 years before she died. How ...
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When and why did Iroh visit the Spirit World?

Throughout the series, it is hinted that Iroh has visited the Spirit World. He could see Aang riding Roku's dragon and has a great deal of respect for balance and other Spirits. My personal theory ...

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