History Film / TheLastAirbender

8th Jul '16 11:47:56 PM mangamanic
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** During their escape it take's six earthbenders several seconds to move then throw a small rock at a firebender. A feat that, in the series could be accomplished by a single earthbender in an instant.
25th Jun '16 10:40:43 AM SithkingZero
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Several. The most famous is in the retelling of the episode "Imprisoned". In the show, the Earthbenders are trapped in a metal ship out at sea, far away from any sources of earth to bend. In the movie, they're imprisoned in a camp on land, which would be like building a prison and then giving all the prisoners assault rifles with infinite ammunition.

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Several. The most famous is in the retelling of the episode "Imprisoned". In the show, the Earthbenders are trapped in a metal ship out at sea, far away from any sources of earth to bend. In the movie, they're imprisoned in a camp on land, which would be like building a prison and then giving all the prisoners assault rifles with infinite ammunition.ammunition... and then the prisoners not using them for no adequately explained reason.
23rd Jun '16 2:43:51 PM Silverblade2
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* [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt In Case You Forgot Who's Directing It]]: ''M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender''.

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* [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt In Case You Forgot Who's Directing It]]: InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: ''M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender''.



* KilledOffForReal: Princess Yue and Zhao.
10th Jun '16 10:15:45 AM N8han11
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* {{Nerf}}: All bending is significantly weaker than it is in the show. Even their basic moves require complicated ''katas'' to perform, and their results are [[FightSeenFailure often underwhelming]]. Firebending got it worst, however; firebenders can no longer create their own fire, and require an external source to bend. This required their enemies to grab onto the IdiotBall several times and not extinguish the sources of fire required for bending.

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* {{Nerf}}: All bending is significantly weaker than it is in the show. Even their basic moves require complicated ''katas'' to perform, and their results are [[FightSeenFailure [[FightSceneFailure often underwhelming]]. Firebending got it worst, however; firebenders can no longer create their own fire, and require an external source to bend. This required their enemies to grab onto the IdiotBall several times and not extinguish the sources of fire required for bending.
15th May '16 9:28:39 PM BananaPancakes
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The world of ''The Last Airbender'' consists of four nations: the Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribe, the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads. Each society has people capable of [[ElementalPowers manipulating or "bending" the element]] that is their namesake. Only one person in each generation, the Avatar, is capable of [[AllYourPowersCombined bending all of the elements]]; their duty is to be a mediator and peacekeeper of the world.

The film's hero is Avatar Aang, a young Air Nomad who froze himself in an iceberg to avoid his destiny. One hundred years later, he reawakens to find that his people have been massacred by the Fire Nation, which is trying to take over the world. Seeking to take his calling seriously and challenge the Fire Lord, he journeys with his new friends, Water Tribe teenagers Katara and Sokka, to the North Pole to find a Waterbending master to learn the art. But news that the Avatar has returned spreads quickly, and he is hunted by both Prince Zuko, the disgraced son of the Fire Lord, and [[TheDragon Admiral Zhao]], the Fire Lord's second in command.

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The world of ''The Last Airbender'' consists of four nations: the Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribe, the Fire Nation Nation, and the Air Nomads. Each society has people capable of [[ElementalPowers manipulating or "bending" the element]] that is their namesake. Only one person in each generation, the Avatar, is capable of [[AllYourPowersCombined bending all of the elements]]; their duty is to be a mediator and peacekeeper of the world.

The film's hero is Avatar Aang, a young an Air Nomad boy who froze himself in an iceberg to avoid his destiny. One hundred years later, he reawakens to find that his people have been massacred by the Fire Nation, which is trying to take over the world. Seeking to take his calling seriously and challenge the Fire Lord, he journeys with his new friends, Water Tribe teenagers Katara and Sokka, to the North Pole to find a Waterbending master to learn the art. But news that the Avatar has returned spreads quickly, and he is hunted by both Prince Zuko, the disgraced son of the Fire Lord, and [[TheDragon Admiral Zhao]], the Fire Lord's second in command.



** Movie Aang spends most of his time angsting over his job as the [[ChosenOne Avatar]] and being the [[LastOfHisKind last Airbender.]] Cartoon Aang, while not a stranger to angst, is ThePollyanna. The first episode made a joke of the "waking up weak" scene, where the movie plays it seriously.

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** Movie Aang spends most of his time angsting over his job as the [[ChosenOne Avatar]] and being the [[LastOfHisKind last last]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Airbender.]] Cartoon Aang, while not a stranger to angst, is ThePollyanna. The first episode made a joke of the "waking up weak" scene, where the movie plays it seriously.



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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Several. The most famous is in the retelling of the episode ''Imprisoned''. In the show, the earthbenders are trapped in a metal ship out at sea, far away from any sources of earth to bend. In the movie, they're imprisoned in a camp on land, which would be like building a prison and then giving all the prisoners assault rifles with infinite ammo.

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Several. The most famous is in the retelling of the episode ''Imprisoned''. "Imprisoned". In the show, the earthbenders Earthbenders are trapped in a metal ship out at sea, far away from any sources of earth to bend. In the movie, they're imprisoned in a camp on land, which would be like building a prison and then giving all the prisoners assault rifles with infinite ammo.ammunition.



** Sokka, being both the ComicRelief and the SmartGuy in the show, has little in the way of character traits in the film and does little beyond receive exposition.

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** Sokka, being both the ComicRelief and the SmartGuy TheSmartGuy in the show, has little in the way of character traits in the film and does little beyond receive exposition.



** Fire Lord Ozai, the de facto {{evil overlord}}, is shown as a curious individual in the movie. He doesn't appear as hateful and cruel, but contemplative and decisive. He even shows remorse for his son Zuko's banishment by warning Zhao that Zuko will be over him when he returns.
** Master Pakku. Instead of being a sexist prick, he's just a wise martial arts master guy.
** Iroh. In the movie, while he retains his role as mentor to the afflicted Zuko, he is not as comedic and laid-back as his series counterpart.

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** Fire Lord Ozai, the de facto {{evil overlord}}, EvilOverlord, is shown as a curious individual in the movie. He doesn't appear as hateful and cruel, but contemplative and decisive. He even shows remorse for his son Zuko's banishment by warning Zhao that Zuko will be over him when he returns.
** Master Pakku. Instead of being a sexist prick, he's just a wise martial arts master guy.
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** Iroh. In the movie, while he retains his role as mentor to the afflicted Zuko, he is not as comedic and laid-back as his series counterpart.



* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: The firebenders require a source of fire to bend. In [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the series]], they don't. The reasoning behind this was because the director felt that the firebenders were too overpowered when compared to the other elemental benders in the show. Unfortunately, the change depowered Firebenders to the point that it makes all the other benders into {{Adaptational Wimp}}s, since the Fire Nation is still dominant over the other nations despite having to rely on easily-extinguishable torches for their ammo.
* AdaptationalWimp:
** In the cartoons, Firebenders can create flames, while in the film all but the very best require existing flames to bend.

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* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: The firebenders Firebenders require a source of fire to bend. In [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender bend; not so in the series]], they don't. animated series. The reasoning behind this was because the director felt that the firebenders Firebenders were too overpowered when compared to the other elemental benders in the show. Unfortunately, the change depowered Firebenders to the point that it makes all the other benders into {{Adaptational Wimp}}s, since the Fire Nation is still dominant retains dominance over the other nations despite having to rely on easily-extinguishable torches for their ammo.
* AdaptationalWimp:
AdaptationalWimp:
** In the cartoons, Firebenders can create flames, while in the film all but the very best require existing flames to bend.



** Katara. In the series, her fight with Zuko at the North Pole is an extended battle that Katara would have won if not for the DiabolusExMachina of the sun coming up just as she was about to overwhelm Zuko, strengthening the latter's bending. In the film, it's a borderline CurbStompBattle on Katara's end -- she blocks two attacks before Zuko floors her with ease.
* AgeLift: The elderly Monk Gyatso is portrayed here by the much younger Damon Gupton.

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** Katara. In the series, her fight with Zuko at the North Pole is an extended battle that Katara would have won if not but for the DiabolusExMachina of the sun coming up rising just as she was about to overwhelm Zuko, strengthening the latter's bending. In the film, it's a borderline CurbStompBattle on Katara's end -- she blocks two attacks before Zuko floors her with ease.
* AgeLift: The elderly Monk Gyatso is portrayed here by the much younger Damon Gupton.



* AscendedExtra: While he is the BigBad, before the third season of the show Ozai had almost no direct involvement with the storyline; he was TheFaceless in the first season and a FaceFramedInShadow in the second, with only one brief scene that ''wasn't'' a {{flashback}}. The movie, based on the first season, gives him several scenes with [[TheDragon Admiral Zhao]], including being the driving force behind [[spoiler:Zhao's "kill the moon" plan]]. Though oddly enough, there's still one scene that's clearly trying to hide his face, after we've already seen it. Presumably the decision to show it occured midway through production and Shyamalan just forgot to redo it.
* AsYouKnow: The primary mode of exposition - Zhao even uses these exact words on multiple occasions. One major example is when Zuko, travelling incognito with his uncle, he asks a child to tell the story of how Zuko got his scar. He does so to make a point to his uncle, as he needed the Avatar to gain any peace of mind before thinking about settling down or "pretty girls".
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Subverted. Despite movie-verse firebenders being forced to rely on easily extinguishable sources of flame to bend, nobody ever thinks to put the fires ''out''. Made worse by the fact that the water tribe is told to douse their torches before the FinalBattle so the firebenders won't have any extra ammo, and ''nobody does''. The torches are still burning during the battle.

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* AscendedExtra: While he is the BigBad, before the third season of the show Ozai had almost no direct involvement with the storyline; he was TheFaceless in the first season and a FaceFramedInShadow in the second, with only one brief scene that ''wasn't'' a {{flashback}}. The movie, based on the first season, gives him several scenes with [[TheDragon Admiral Zhao]], including being the driving force behind [[spoiler:Zhao's "kill the moon" plan]]. Though oddly enough, there's still one scene that's clearly trying to hide his face, after we've already seen it. Presumably the decision to show it occured occurred midway through production and Shyamalan just forgot to redo it.
* AsYouKnow: The primary mode of exposition - -- Zhao even uses these exact words on multiple occasions. One major example is when Zuko, travelling incognito with his uncle, he asks a child to tell the story of how Zuko got his scar. He does so to make a point to his uncle, as he needed to capture the Avatar to gain any reclaim some peace of mind before thinking about settling down or "pretty girls".
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Subverted. Despite movie-verse firebenders Firebenders being forced to rely on easily extinguishable sources of flame to bend, nobody ever thinks to put the fires ''out''. Made worse by the fact that the water tribe is told to douse their torches before the FinalBattle so the firebenders Firebenders won't have any extra ammo, and ''nobody does''. The torches are still burning during the battle.



* BigNo: Aang let out a huge one after finding out his mentor Monk Gyatso died.
* BigYes: "And you think my son might be this person?" [[LargeHam "... YEEEEEEEEEES!"]]

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* BigNo: Aang let lets out a huge one after finding out his mentor Monk Gyatso died.
* BigYes: "And you think my son might be this person?" [[LargeHam "... "… YEEEEEEEEEES!"]]



* BroughtDownToNormal: The waterbenders, after the death of the moon spirit.
* BrokenAesop: The film muddies the motivations and fate of Admiral Zhao. In the original, Zhao [[spoiler: murdered the Moon Spirit]] strictly to de-power his targeted enemies and secure easy victory for his forces. In the movie, he is now trying for some vague idea of freeing Humans from the spirits' power, declaring that with his act, they are now the gods. He is the villain, so his already villainous act should now also look blatantly blasphemous. However, his final fate is also changed, from in the original series being [[spoiler: dragged to his doom by the enraged Ocean Spirit]] to in the movie meeting his end by [[spoiler: being caught and drowned in floating water by a team of Northern Water-Benders]]. So Zhao declares his contempt for the Spirits, and his fate is changed to be taken down by men. So--was he blasphemous or a rebel, or what?

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* BroughtDownToNormal: The waterbenders, after the death of the moon spirit.
* BrokenAesop: The film muddies the motivations and fate of Admiral Zhao. In the original, Zhao [[spoiler: murdered [[spoiler:murdered the Moon Spirit]] strictly to de-power his targeted enemies and secure easy victory for his forces. In the movie, he is now trying for some vague idea of freeing Humans from the spirits' power, declaring that with his act, they are now the gods. He is the villain, so his already villainous act should now also look blatantly blasphemous. However, his final fate is also changed, from in the original series being [[spoiler: dragged [[spoiler:dragged to his doom by the enraged Ocean Spirit]] to in the movie meeting his end by [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being caught and drowned in floating water by a team of Northern Water-Benders]].Waterbenders]]. So Zhao declares his contempt for the Spirits, and his fate is changed to be taken down by men. So--was So was he blasphemous or blasphemous, a rebel, or what?something entirely different?
* BroughtDownToNormal: The Waterbenders, after the death of the Moon Spirit.



* ButtMonkey: Sokka, as usual, is on the receiving end of a couple of AmusingInjuries. That goes to show you, that even in DarkerAndEdgier adaptations of Avatar, Sokka is still the [[CosmicPlaything Universe's bitch.]]
* CardboardPrison: The Earthbender prison camp. Imprisoning people in a camp surrounded by a substance they can magically manipulate... [[WhatAnIdiot yeah]], [[SarcasmMode great idea]], Fire Nation.
* CaptainObvious
** "We were forced under the water of the ocean."
** Attempting to list all the examples from the film would keep us here all night, but mention has to go to Aang using his CaptainObvious powers to save an entire village by reminding the Earth Benders they are in fact capable of Earth Bending.

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* ButtMonkey: Sokka, as usual, is on the receiving end of a couple of AmusingInjuries. That goes to show you, that even in DarkerAndEdgier adaptations of Avatar, ''Avatar'', Sokka is still the [[CosmicPlaything Universe's bitch.]]
* CardboardPrison: The Earthbender prison camp. Imprisoning people in a camp surrounded by a substance they can magically manipulate... manipulate … [[WhatAnIdiot yeah]], [[SarcasmMode great idea]], Fire Nation.
* CaptainObvious
CaptainObvious:
** Aang, when Katara asks him how he ended up in the Southern Water Tribe's territory: "We were forced under the water of the ocean."
** Attempting to list all the examples from the film would keep us here all night, but mention has to go to Aang using his CaptainObvious powers to save an entire village by reminding the Earth Benders Earthbenders they are in fact capable of Earth Bending.Earthbending.



* CoconutSuperPowers: In the animated series, every single attack that a bender makes is with his or her bending -- the only people who ever resort to actual physical attacks are those without bending. In the movie, however, even fights between Benders, such as Aang and Zuko's fight scenes, include a much higher proportion of straight martial arts, presumably because it's cheaper than having every single blow be an effects shot.
* CompositeCharacter

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* CoconutSuperPowers: In the animated series, every single attack that a bender makes is with his or her bending -- the only people who ever resort to actual physical attacks are those without bending. In the movie, however, even fights between Benders, benders, such as Aang and Zuko's fight scenes, include a much higher proportion of straight martial arts, presumably because it's cheaper than having every single blow be an effects shot.
* CompositeCharacterCompositeCharacter:



* DemotedToExtra: The film naturally has this by virtue of trying to condense twenty episodes into a two hour movie.

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* DemotedToExtra: The film naturally has this by virtue of trying to condense twenty episodes into a two hour hundred-minute movie.



** Haru and Tyro... ahem, Earthbending Boy and his father.

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** Haru and Tyro... Tyro … ahem, Earthbending Boy and his father.



** There's also Avatar Roku, who was a major player in the Avatar's quest in the show. In the movie, with the exception of a brief mention, he's completely removed and his mentor role to Aang is handled by a dragon...for some reason.

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** There's also Avatar Roku, who was a major player in the Avatar's quest in the show. In the movie, with the exception of a brief mention, he's completely removed and his mentor role to Aang is handled by a dragon...dragon … for some reason.



* ElementalBaggage: Firebending was the only bending art in the series that created their element, which the movie altered to require a fire source. The explanation, as provided by Iroh in the first episode, was that firebending came from mixing air with your own body heat and energy. To some degree the same thing is true in the movie, except only masters can create fire. Firebenders can, without a flame source, generate sufficient heat from their fingertips to melt through ice.

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* ElementalBaggage: Firebending was the only bending art in the series that created their element, which the movie altered to require a fire source. The explanation, as provided by Iroh in the first episode, was that firebending Firebending came from mixing air with your own body heat and energy. To some degree the same thing is true in the movie, except only masters can create fire. Firebenders can, without a flame source, generate sufficient heat from their fingertips to melt through ice.



* ForgotAboutHisPowers
** Everyone who isn't a part of the Fire Nation suffers from this. Unlike the series, Firebenders (who aren't masters) need an available source of fire in order to bend it. This is all well and good, except none of the other characters ever think to ''put them out!'' Granted, some of the fire sources are fairly large, but nothing that couldn't be doused with a little effort. Taken to truly ridiculous extremes in the Earthbender camp when several Firebenders are literally bending from a single source they could not conceivably protect. Someone ''does'' give the order to douse the flames when the alarm bells sound... but apparently, they never got around to it, because all of the fires are still going during the battle.

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* ForgotAboutHisPowers
ForgotAboutHisPowers:
** Everyone who isn't a part of Every Earth and Water person in the Fire Nation film suffers from this. Unlike the series, Firebenders (who aren't masters) need an available source of fire in order to bend it. This is all well and good, except none of the other characters ever think thinks to ''put them out!'' out''! Granted, some of the fire sources are fairly large, but nothing that couldn't be doused with a little effort. Taken to truly ridiculous extremes in the Earthbender camp when several Firebenders are literally bending from a single source they could not conceivably protect. Someone ''does'' give the order to douse the flames when the alarm bells sound... sound … but apparently, they never got around to it, because all of the fires are still going during the battle.



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* [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt In Case You Forgot Who's Directing It]]: ''M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender''
* IdiotBall
** The entire water tribe at the climax of the movie. Knowing a Fire Nation invasion was imminent, the leader of the water tribe told everyone to put out every flame in the village so that the invading firebenders couldn't have ammunition. None of the fires were put out, including the one near the koi pond!
** That pales in comparison to the Earthbenders, who are kept prisoner in a quarry ''filled with earth!''

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* [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt In Case You Forgot Who's Directing It]]: ''M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender''
Airbender''.
* IdiotBall
IdiotBall:
** The entire water tribe Water Tribe at the climax of the movie. Knowing a Fire Nation invasion was imminent, the Water Tribe leader of the water tribe told everyone to put out every flame in the village so that to deprive the invading firebenders couldn't have Firebenders of their ammunition. None of the fires were was put out, including the one near the koi pond!
** That pales in comparison to the Earthbenders, who are kept prisoner in a quarry ''filled with earth!''earth''!



* InformedAbility: Zhao was supposed to be a master Firebender. While the series showcased his powers, the movie didn't. For example, there is no Agni Kai between him and Zuko in the beginning and the end (the latter because Iroh talked Zuko out of it) and as he prepares to fight a quartet of unnamed waterbenders, [[spoiler:he got encased in a giant bubble and drowned to death]].

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* InformedAbility: Zhao was supposed to be a master Firebender. While the series showcased his powers, the movie didn't. For example, there is no Agni Kai between him and Zuko in the beginning and the end (the latter because Iroh talked Zuko out of it) and as he prepares to fight a quartet of unnamed waterbenders, Waterbenders, [[spoiler:he got encased in a giant bubble and drowned to death]].



* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: One of the more talked about changes Shyamalan made to things was the pronunciation of many of the names, in an attempt to be more in line with how they would be pronounced in Asian languages

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* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: One of the more talked about changes Shyamalan made to things was the pronunciation of many of the names, in an attempt to be more in line with how they would be pronounced in Asian languages languages.



* KilledOffForReal: Princess Yue; Zhao
* KingpinInHisGym: Zuko on his ship, battling it out with the fire nation soldiers.
* LargeHam: The Fire Nation seems to be a WorldOfHam. Seemingly to contrast the DullSurprise people from the Water nation.

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* KilledOffForReal: Princess Yue; Zhao
Yue and Zhao.
* KingpinInHisGym: Zuko on his ship, battling it out with the fire nation Fire Nation soldiers.
* LargeHam: The Fire Nation seems to be a WorldOfHam. Seemingly to contrast the DullSurprise people from the Water nation.Nation.



* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Imprisoning Earthbenders in a quarry. The Fire Nation's stupidity is turned UpToEleven here. At least in the show, they keep Earthbenders imprisoned on metal ships far out to sea, where no earth is available for the Earthbenders to use against their captors. Subverted, in a way, because the Earthbenders spend years in the camp without fighting back. The Firebenders' stupidity was turned UpToEleven but the Earthbenders' stupidity was turned Up To ''Twelve''.
* LogoJoke: The stars from the Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures logo are accompanied with splashes of water. The Nickelodeon logo that follows is on fire.
* MagicAIsMagicA: An interesting look at how this trope works. While the show never portrayed Firebending inconsistently (and specified that Firebenders derive their powers from the Sun-spirit just as Waterbenders derive theirs from the Moon-spirit, and pull Chi energy from their surroundings and their own bodies), the film changed it so that (like the other bending arts) they have to have a source of fire instead of forming it from nothing. Master firebenders can still create their own fire, so all in all only the logistics are different. Their war strategy now involves sending flaming boulders into enemy territory so that their front line troops can bend it, among other things.

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* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Imprisoning Earthbenders in a quarry. The Fire Nation's stupidity is turned UpToEleven here. At least in the show, they keep Earthbenders imprisoned on metal ships far out to sea, where no earth is available for the Earthbenders to use against their captors. Subverted, in a way, because the Earthbenders spend years in the camp without fighting back. The Firebenders' stupidity was turned UpToEleven UpToEleven, but the Earthbenders' stupidity was turned Up To to ''Twelve''.
* LogoJoke: The stars from the Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures logo are accompanied with splashes of water. [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/The_Last_Airbender_2010.aspx (“And after this movie, you’ll be wanting to put Paramount on ice too.”)]] The Nickelodeon logo that follows is on fire.
* MagicAIsMagicA: An interesting look at how this trope works. While the show never portrayed Firebending inconsistently (and specified that Firebenders derive their powers from the Sun-spirit Sun Spirit just as Waterbenders derive theirs from the Moon-spirit, Moon Spirit, and pull Chi energy from their surroundings and their own bodies), the film changed it so that (like the other bending arts) they have to have a source of fire instead of forming it from nothing. Master firebenders Firebenders can still create their own fire, so all in all only the logistics are different. Their war strategy now involves sending flaming boulders into enemy territory so that their front line troops can bend it, among other things.



* MarketBasedTitle: The movie was going to be called ''The Legend of Aang'' in many European markets, to match the original show's MarketBasedTitle of ''Avatar: The Legend of Aang''. The name was originally changed because "bender" is a British derogatory slang term for a gay person. [[AvertedTrope This did not come to pass;]] the title remains ''The Last Airbender'' in all English-speaking markets.
* MightyWhitey: Due to the [[{{Race Lift}} racebending]] of the main three characters, particularly since it seems like all the extras are Asian. Makes it even clearer when only the heroes seemed to realize the earthbenders could use the earth in the quarry to fight the firebenders who had only one fire pit in the middle of the quarry to fight back with.
* MissingTrailerScene: Many; especially anything with the Warriors of Kyoshi, whose entire plotline was cut. The ''entire teaser'' was not even meant for the original movie. This got to the point where entire TV spots for the film were made of footage never seen in the film itself.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: During the Earthbenders' fight against the Fire Nation, six of them stomped the yard and did several Tai Chi poses... all so that one additional guy can throw a pebble.
* MythologyGag: Early in the movie [[NightmareFuel Hama]] is namedropped by Kanna as the last Waterbender taken away by the Fire Nation. Zhao references ransacking the Spirit Library to get the info about the Ocean and Moon spirits (this was also referenced by the show's Zhao, the characters then visit that library in season two). And though Haru's name isn't actually mentioned, it's pretty clear who he is.

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* MarketBasedTitle: The movie was going to be called ''The Legend of Aang'' in many European markets, to match the original show's MarketBasedTitle of ''Avatar: The Legend of Aang''. The name was originally changed because "bender" is a British derogatory slang term for a gay person. [[AvertedTrope This did not come to pass;]] pass]]; the title remains ''The Last Airbender'' in all English-speaking markets.
* MightyWhitey: Due to the [[{{Race Lift}} [[RaceLift racebending]] of the main three characters, particularly since it seems like all the extras are Asian. Makes it even clearer when only the heroes seemed to realize the earthbenders Earthbenders could use the earth in the quarry to fight the firebenders Firebenders who had only one fire pit in the middle of the quarry to fight back with.
* MissingTrailerScene: Many; especially anything with the Warriors of Kyoshi, whose entire plotline story was cut. The ''entire teaser'' was not even meant for the original movie. This got to the point where entire TV spots for the film were made of footage never seen in the film itself.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: During the Earthbenders' fight against the Fire Nation, six of them stomped the yard and did several Tai Chi poses... poses … all so that one additional guy can throw a pebble.
* MythologyGag: Early in the movie movie, Kanna name-drops [[NightmareFuel Hama]] is namedropped by Kanna as the last Waterbender taken away by the Fire Nation. Zhao references ransacking the Spirit Library to get the info about the Ocean and Moon spirits (this was also referenced by the show's Zhao, the characters then visit that library in season two). And though Haru's name isn't actually mentioned, it's pretty clear who he is.



* NeverTrustATrailer: TV promo's for the film were dominated by lengthy trailers devoted to showing that the movie was available in "mind blowing" 3D. Even showing an audience gasping and ducking from the four elements jumping from the screen. Despite the fact it was shot in 2D and the tacked on "3D" effects were barely noticeable and earned a Razzie.

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* NeverTrustATrailer: TV promo's promos for the film were dominated by lengthy trailers devoted to showing that the movie was available in "mind blowing" "mind-blowing" 3D. Even showing an audience gasping and ducking from the four elements jumping from the screen. Despite the fact it was shot in 2D and the tacked on "3D" effects were barely noticeable and earned a Razzie.



* PillarOfLight: At the beginning of the movie, clueing Zuko of the Avatar's return.

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* PillarOfLight: At the beginning of the movie, clueing alerting Zuko of to the Avatar's return.



* PragmaticAdaptation: Sozin's Comet would've been established as being three years away instead of "by the end of the summer" the show had it (three television seasons = three "Winter, Spring, Summer" seasons). The production schedule of the films were expected to be two years apart and working in live-action (especially with child actors) this change makes sense. [[FridgeBrilliance The extra time would've also made Aang's mastering three whole disciplines in that span more believable.]]

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Sozin's Comet would've would have been established as being three years away instead of "by the end of the summer" the show had it (three television seasons = three "Winter, Spring, Summer" seasons). The production schedule of the films were expected to be two years apart and working in live-action (especially with child actors) this change makes sense. [[FridgeBrilliance The extra time would've would also have made Aang's mastering three whole disciplines in that span more believable.]]



** Background extras often don't particularly match the ethnicities of the main characters of their tribes. The Water Nation tribe appear to be played by Asian and/or Inuit actors. There are a few white brunettes in large crowds of the Fire Nation.

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** Background extras often don't particularly match the ethnicities of the main characters of their tribes. The Water Nation tribe appear to be played by Asian and/or Inuit actors. There are a few white brunettes people with brown hair in large crowds of the Fire Nation. Nation.



* SceneryPorn:A number of scenes easily qualify for this.

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* SceneryPorn:A SceneryPorn: A number of scenes easily qualify for this.



* ShowDontTell: Inversion -- Narration replaces a lot of things from the first season.

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* ShowDontTell: Inversion -- Narration narration replaces a lot of things from the first season.



** The Northern Water Tribe count as this, since the firebenders need torches to bend fire, Pakku suggests extinguishing all of them to render them powerless and... they never actually do that. Most likely because in the series they ''don't'' need the torches (it's their main advantage in fact), so having it actually work would require massive story changes.
** The Fire Nation imprisoned some earth benders in a quarry surrounded by convenient rocks, which they ultimately use to escape. Shyamalan explained that they were too dispirited to try to escape beforehand.

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** The Northern Water Tribe Tribes count as this, since this. Since the firebenders Firebenders need torches to bend fire, Pakku suggests extinguishing all of them to render them powerless and... … which they never actually do that.do. Most likely because in the series they ''don't'' need the torches (it's their main advantage in fact), so having it actually work would require massive story changes.
** The Fire Nation imprisoned some earth benders Earthbenders in a quarry surrounded by convenient rocks, which they ultimately use to escape. Shyamalan explained that they were too dispirited to try to escape beforehand.



* YouDontLookLikeYou: Several characters, but especially Ozai. Made even worse when you remember that he looked like he's supposed to in the show on Zuko's family picture earlier...

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* YouDontLookLikeYou: Several characters, but especially Ozai. Made even worse when you remember that he looked like he's supposed to in the show on Zuko's family picture earlier...earlier, his appearance is more appropriate to the series…



-->'''Iroh:''' There are a lot of pretty girls here Zuko. You could settle down here, and you could have a blessed life. You don't have to continue this Zuko.\\
'''Prince Zuko:''' ...We'll catch [the Avatar] soon Uncle, then we could think about the pretty girls.

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-->'''Iroh:''' -->'''Iroh''': There are a lot of pretty girls here Zuko. You could settle down here, and you could have a blessed life. You don't have to continue this Zuko.\\
'''Prince Zuko:''' ...We'll Zuko''': …We'll catch [the Avatar] soon Uncle, then we could think about the pretty girls.
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Several. The most famous is in the retelling of the episode ''Imprisoned''. In the show, the earthbenders are trapped in a metal ship out at sea, far away from any sources of earth to bend. In the movie, they're imprisoned in a camp on land, which would be like building a prison and then giving all the prisoners assault rifles with infinite ammo.
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* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: The firebenders require a source of fire to bend. In [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the series]], they don't. The reasoning behind this was because the director felt that the firebenders were too overpowered when compared to the other elemental benders in the show. This turns all of the benders into {{Adaptational Wimp}}s, since the Fire Nation is still dominant over the other nations with their weaker powers.

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* AdaptationalSuperpowerChange: The firebenders require a source of fire to bend. In [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the series]], they don't. The reasoning behind this was because the director felt that the firebenders were too overpowered when compared to the other elemental benders in the show. This turns Unfortunately, the change depowered Firebenders to the point that it makes all of the other benders into {{Adaptational Wimp}}s, since the Fire Nation is still dominant over the other nations with despite having to rely on easily-extinguishable torches for their weaker powers.ammo.


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* DespairEventHorizon: The reason given for the Earthbenders not escaping their prison, despite being surrounded by very bendable rock.
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* CardboardPrison: The Earthbender prison camp. Imprisoning people in a camp surrounded by a substance they can magically manipulate... [[WhatAnIdiot yeah]], [[SarcasmMode great idea]], Fire Nation.
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* AttackItsWeakPoint: Subverted, as no one tries to put out the convenient fires around so that the Firebenders can't bend anymore.

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* AttackItsWeakPoint: Subverted, as no one tries Subverted. Despite movie-verse firebenders being forced to rely on easily extinguishable sources of flame to bend, nobody ever thinks to put out the convenient fires around so ''out''. Made worse by the fact that the Firebenders can't bend anymore.water tribe is told to douse their torches before the FinalBattle so the firebenders won't have any extra ammo, and ''nobody does''. The torches are still burning during the battle.
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* {{Nerf}}: Firebenders can no longer generate fire and need to use sources around them. This leads to some [[IdiotBall Idiot Balls]] being handed around to prevent people from attacking the obvious weak point of putting these fire sources out.

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* {{Nerf}}: Firebenders All bending is significantly weaker than it is in the show. Even their basic moves require complicated ''katas'' to perform, and their results are [[FightSeenFailure often underwhelming]]. Firebending got it worst, however; firebenders can no longer generate fire create their own fire, and need require an external source to use bend. This required their enemies to grab onto the IdiotBall several times and not extinguish the sources around them. This leads to some [[IdiotBall Idiot Balls]] being handed around to prevent people from attacking the obvious weak point of putting these fire sources out.required for bending.
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