History TearJerker / AvatarTheLastAirbender

5th Mar '17 11:25:30 AM mlsmithca
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* During Sozin's Comet during [[spoiler:the Agni-Kai when Azula fakes out Zuko with the lightning and sends it towards Katara; watching Zuko jump in front of it for her just really does it. How badly did so many things have to go for two teenage siblings to end up in a fight to the death for the fate of their nation? The music runs with it, playing a mournful dirge rather than an epic battle theme, and it all ends up with Azula, an emotionally beaten young girl, chained to the ground and thrashing around helplessly. There's no way that victory could have felt good for someone as empathetic as Katara.]]
* Early in the very last episode, ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart4AvatarAang Avatar Aang]]'', Sokka is lying precariously on the edge of an airship with Toph dangling over the edge by his arm. Sokka sacrifices his two weapons to take out a pair of firebenders who attack them, but then six more come. Sokka's grip on Toph begins to loosen...
-->'''Sokka''': ''[distressed]'' I don't think boomerang is coming back, Toph. It looks like this is the ''end''.
-->''[Toph begins to cry]''
5th Mar '17 11:19:34 AM mlsmithca
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'''Sokka''': ''[panicked]'' WHAT? Are you sure, did you double check?!
'''Zuko''': Yeah. I'm afraid your dad's not here.
'''Sokka''': NO! ''[slamming his fists into the side of the building* NO!\\

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'''Sokka''': ''[panicked]'' WHAT? Are you sure, did you double check?!
check?!\\
'''Zuko''': Yeah. I'm afraid your dad's not here.
here.\\
'''Sokka''': NO! ''[slamming his fists into the side of the building* building]'' NO!\\
5th Mar '17 1:51:40 AM mlsmithca
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* Even though "The Beach" was a mostly funny episode, the scene with Zuko walking to their old vacation house and remembering all the happy times he and his family had there when he was younger was really heartbreaking to me. Maybe it's the music.

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* Even though "The Beach" was a mostly funny episode, the scene with Zuko walking to their old vacation house and remembering all the happy times he and his family had there when he was younger was really heartbreaking to me.heartbreaking. Maybe it's the music.



* When Zuko was teaching Aang how to redirect lightning, was I the only one who found it completely wrenching just how casually he could talk about the fact that his own father tried to kill him? And as if that isn't bad enough, ''The Promise'' really drives it home, when Zuko gets to join a mixed-nationality family for dinner and later marvels at the fact that they "didn't challenge each other to Agni Kais" - while talking to [[ParentalSubstitute his uncle's]] portrait. Normal family life is completely foreign to him.

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* When Zuko was teaching Aang how to redirect lightning, it was I the only one who found it completely wrenching just how casually he could talk about the fact that his own father tried to kill him? him. And as if that isn't bad enough, ''The Promise'' really drives it home, when Zuko gets to join a mixed-nationality family for dinner and later marvels at the fact that they "didn't challenge each other to Agni Kais" - while talking to [[ParentalSubstitute his uncle's]] portrait. Normal family life is completely foreign to him.
3rd Mar '17 1:07:45 AM mlsmithca
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** It's the long lasting friendships that get this troper, particularly when you see Aang and Bumi sliding down the mail chute. Also goes for when it's revealed that Aang's friendship with Gyatso transcends lifetimes, as Roku was also his friend.

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** It's the long lasting friendships that get this troper, friendships, particularly when you see Aang and Bumi sliding down the mail chute. Also goes for when it's revealed that Aang's friendship with Gyatso transcends lifetimes, as Roku was also his friend.
1st Mar '17 5:18:08 PM babyhenchy1
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** Even after betraying his uncle, Zuko still manages to retain a level of sympathy, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone seeming almost in complete shock at what he has just done]].
26th Feb '17 12:12:36 AM mlsmithca
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* The entirety of Zuko and Azula's relationships with their parents. Zuko's is very much implicit. He was barely tolerated by his father, and when he dared to speak out against him, he was forced into a life or death duel with him. Rather than kill his own son, he simply opted to mutilate his face, and send him off to exile on a SnipeHunt. When the object of his hunt became apparent, Ozai immediately wrested the responsibility of capturing Aang, and gave it to another officer. Both Azula and Ozai spent the better part of the series playing on his insecurities and fears, and treating him as nothing more than a tool to be used and discarded. The more implied one is Azula, though. Ozai is a piece of work, no one will dispute that. He used Azula as much as he did Zuko. A major contributing factor with her VillainousBreakdown was her realization that her father, who she thought loved and treasured her, saw her as a tool just as he did Zuko. Just a stronger and more useful one. He foisted his new-useless title on her, and headed off on his world conquering rampage with little more than a pat on her head. However, while Zuko had Ursa and Iroh to help him build a foundation, Azula had no one. Her mocking comments of how her own mother saw her as a monster rang hollow at the height of her breaking point, and one has to wonder how much of her behavior could have been altered if Mom would have just given her a few more hugs. Azula felt as much of a sting of parental abandonment, and in it's own way, that's almost sadder because she had no one there to pull her back.

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* The entirety of Zuko and Azula's relationships with their parents. Zuko's is very much implicit. He was barely tolerated by his father, and when he dared to speak out against him, he was forced into a life or death duel with him. Rather than kill his own son, he simply opted to mutilate his face, and send him off to exile on a SnipeHunt. When the object of his hunt became apparent, Ozai immediately wrested the responsibility of capturing Aang, and gave it to another officer. Both Azula and Ozai spent the better part of the series playing on his insecurities and fears, and treating him as nothing more than a tool to be used and discarded. The more implied one is Azula, though. Ozai is a piece of work, no one will dispute that. He used Azula as much as he did Zuko. A major contributing factor with her VillainousBreakdown was her realization that her father, who she thought loved and treasured her, saw her as a tool just as he did Zuko. Just a stronger and more useful one. He foisted his new-useless title on her, and headed off on his world conquering rampage with little more than a pat on her head. However, while Zuko had Ursa and Iroh to help him build a foundation, Azula had no one. Her mocking comments of how her own mother saw her as a monster rang hollow at the height of her breaking point, and one has to wonder how much of her behavior could have been altered if Mom would have just given her a few more hugs. Azula felt as much of a sting of parental abandonment, and in it's its own way, that's almost sadder because she had no one there to pull her back.



** It's not a genocide; Hama mentions that the water benders were put in prison. Kya herself says "the fire nation took them away a long time ago"; Kya was expecting to be taken prisoner. It's not really a full genocide like the Air Nomads. This makes the case of Kya's death just that much more sad; she ''shouldn't'' have been killed.



** Becomes HarsherInHindsight when the Gaang shares a moment like that. Toph wonders if friendships can transcend lifetimes, then the rest of the Gaang hold her hands to reassure her that yes, they can. It's really cute and heartwarming, but then ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows that unlike Gyatso, who lived long enough to befriend Aang, Toph didn't live long enough to befriend Korra.
*** [[spoiler:It gets better in Season 3 of Korra, where we learn that Toph apparently is very much alive and wandering the world.]]

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** Becomes HarsherInHindsight when the Gaang shares a moment like that. Toph wonders if friendships can transcend lifetimes, then the rest of the Gaang hold her hands to reassure her that yes, they can. It's really cute and heartwarming, but then ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows that unlike Gyatso, who lived long enough to befriend Aang, Toph didn't live long enough to befriend Korra.
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Korra. [[spoiler:It gets better in Season 3 of Korra, where we learn that Toph apparently is very much alive and wandering the world.]]



* The scene where Iroh finds the ship bombed by pirates. His face when he believes that Zuko was murdered was one of the strongest examples of his love for Zuko in the first season.
** It's the way he frantically yells Zuko's name, sees the wreckage, and then repeats his name in a grief-stricken voice that really drives it home.

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* The scene where Iroh finds the ship bombed by pirates. His face when he believes that Zuko was murdered was one of the strongest examples of his love for Zuko in the first season.
**
season. It's the way he frantically yells Zuko's name, sees the wreckage, and then repeats his name in a grief-stricken voice that really drives it home.



*** To add to it, Zuko says that his father considers Azula was born lucky, while Zuko was lucky to be born.

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*** ** To add to it, Zuko says that his father considers Azula was born lucky, while Zuko was lucky to be born.



* In The Avatar State, when Azula attempts to lure Iroh and Zuko onto her ship by saying that Ozai regretted banishing Zuko and wanted him back. The utter happiness in Zuko's demeanor at being accepted and loved again is shattered when Azula's guard reveals Zuko was meant to be a prisoner the whole time. The look on his face is heartbreaking.

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* In The "The Avatar State, when State"
** When
Azula attempts to lure Iroh and Zuko onto her ship by saying that Ozai regretted banishing Zuko and wanted him back. The utter happiness in Zuko's demeanor at being accepted and loved again is shattered when Azula's guard reveals Zuko was meant to be a prisoner the whole time. The look on his face is heartbreaking.



-->'''Zuko:''' Did you listen to Azula? Father's realized how important family really is to him. He cares about me.
-->'''Iroh:''' ''I'' care about you!
* Katara trying to explain to Aang in "The Avatar State" why she's afraid of him continuing to try to induce the state,
-->'''Katara:''' I'm not saying that the Avatar State doesn't have incredible-and helpful-power. But you have to understand; for the people that love you? Seeing you in that much rage and pain is really scary.
-->'''Aang:''' I'm really glad you told me this. But I still need to do this.
-->'''Katara:''' I don't understand...
-->'''Aang:''' No, you don't. Every day, more and more people die. I'm already a hundred years late. Defeating the Fire Lord is the only way to stop the war. I have to try.
-->'''Katara:''' I can't watch you do this to yourself. I'm not coming tomorrow.
* In "The Swamp", Katara sees what she thinks is her mother thanks to the Swamp's mysterious powers of illusion. Despite knowing her mother is gone, she clings to this HopeSpot, believing that her mother didn't ''really'' die... only to find a tree stump. Having this faint sliver of hope dashed, Katara breaks down sobbing.

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-->'''Zuko:''' --->'''Zuko:''' Did you listen to Azula? Father's realized how important family really is to him. He cares about me.
-->'''Iroh:'''
me.\\
'''Iroh:'''
''I'' care about you!
* ** Katara trying to explain to Aang in "The Avatar State" why she's afraid of him continuing to try to induce the state,
-->'''Katara:''' --->'''Katara:''' I'm not saying that the Avatar State doesn't have incredible-and helpful-power. incredible - and helpful - power. But you have to understand; for the people that love you? Seeing you in that much rage and pain is really scary.
-->'''Aang:'''
scary.\\
'''Aang:'''
I'm really glad you told me this. But I still need to do this.
-->'''Katara:'''
this.\\
'''Katara:'''
I don't understand...
-->'''Aang:'''
understand...\\
'''Aang:'''
No, you don't. Every day, more and more people die. I'm already a hundred years late. Defeating the Fire Lord is the only way to stop the war. I have to try.
-->'''Katara:'''
try.\\
'''Katara:'''
I can't watch you do this to yourself. I'm not coming tomorrow.
* In "The Swamp", Swamp":
**
Katara sees what she thinks is her mother thanks to the Swamp's mysterious powers of illusion. Despite knowing her mother is gone, she clings to this HopeSpot, believing that her mother didn't ''really'' die... only to find a tree stump. Having this faint sliver of hope dashed, Katara breaks down sobbing.



* "Zuko Alone". [[DownerEnding Pretty much all of it.]] Especially the [[{{Flashback}} flashback,]] when you see a young Zuko, worried and panicked, asking where his mother is--to which his father doesn't make any on-screen reply. Just ''the look on Zuko's heartbroken face''. And going back to the present day and seeing Zuko being [[UngratefulBastard driven out of town thanklessly after taking care of the thug problem,]] even by the kid he ''saved'', is a true tearjerker.

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* "Zuko Alone". [[DownerEnding Pretty much all of it.]] Especially the [[{{Flashback}} flashback,]] {{Flashback}}, when you see a young Zuko, worried and panicked, asking where his mother is--to which his father doesn't make any on-screen reply. Just ''the look on Zuko's heartbroken face''. And going back to the present day and seeing Zuko being [[UngratefulBastard driven out of town thanklessly after taking care of the thug problem,]] even by the kid he ''saved'', is a true tearjerker.



* Iroh's flashback to him and his son, Lu Ten, laying on a hill.
** Specifying, in "Bitter Work", there's a short flashback with a younger Iroh playing with his son, only for a quick MoodWhiplash to Iroh mourning before his son's grave, in the rain. "My beloved Lu Ten. I'll see you soon."

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* Iroh's flashback to him and his son, Lu Ten, laying on a hill.
** Specifying, in
In "Bitter Work", there's a short flashback with a younger Iroh playing with his son, only for a quick MoodWhiplash to Iroh mourning before his son's grave, in the rain. "My beloved Lu Ten. I'll see you soon."




*** This leads to some FridgeBrilliance: Toph revealed in the finale that she's been working on her sandbending. Why? Probably because she never wants to be helpless in the sand and let anything happen to her friends again.

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\n*** ** This leads to some FridgeBrilliance: Toph revealed in the finale that she's been working on her sandbending. Why? Probably because she never wants to be helpless in the sand and let anything happen to her friends again.



*** Looking closely at the hug between Katara and Aang shows Aang crying while still being in the avatar state. The pain of losing Appa is so great it moves not only Aang but the 10,000 year old spirit inside him.
*** What makes this especially powerful is that this is the first time in the series Aang has any control over the Avatar State. "TELL ME WHERE APPA IS!" is him keeping control, and the only time he speaks in the Avatar State with his own voice before totally losing it.
*** And in combination of "Appa's Lost Days" and "The Desert," Appa is being captured by the Sandbenders, and over his shoulder he sees a giant mushroom cloud of sand. He knows that that's Aang flipping his shit trying to find him, but Appa can't get to him.

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*** ** Looking closely at the hug between Katara and Aang shows Aang crying while still being in the avatar state. The pain of losing Appa is so great it moves not only Aang but the 10,000 year old spirit inside him.
*** ** What makes this especially powerful is that this is the first time in the series Aang has any control over the Avatar State. "TELL ME WHERE APPA IS!" is him keeping control, and the only time he speaks in the Avatar State with his own voice before totally losing it.
*** ** And in combination of "Appa's Lost Days" and "The Desert," Appa is being captured by the Sandbenders, and over his shoulder he sees a giant mushroom cloud of sand. He knows that that's Aang flipping his shit trying to find him, but Appa can't get to him.



* Leaves from the Vine. Listen to that song once and you will be bawling at the end.

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* Leaves "Leaves from the Vine.Vine". Listen to that song once and you will be bawling at the end.



** The whole scene of Appa in the circus. It actually won a Genesis award for its disturbingly accurate portrayal of animal abuse in the circus. Enough said.
*** And while he's there, Appa sees a boy who reminds him of Aang who helps inspire him to escape. It's either cute, extra heartbreaking, or both.

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** The whole scene of Appa in the circus. It actually won a Genesis award for its disturbingly accurate portrayal of animal abuse in the circus. Enough said.
***
And while he's there, Appa sees a boy who reminds him of Aang who helps inspire him to escape. It's either cute, extra heartbreaking, or both.



*** Smeller-Bee and Longshot staying behind [[spoiler: to watch over Jet before he dies]] can also bring out a few tears. This is also the only time we hear Longshot speak when he tells the Gaang to go and adds that "He's our leader". You know something is truly dire when Longshot speaks. Once the Gaang does leave, Smeller-Bee [[spoiler: cries over Jet's body]] as Longshot prepares an arrow in case the Dai Li return. Even until the very end, they were loyal to Jet.

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*** ** Smeller-Bee and Longshot staying behind [[spoiler: to watch over Jet before he dies]] can also bring out a few tears. This is also the only time we hear Longshot speak when he tells the Gaang to go and adds that "He's our leader". You know something is truly dire when Longshot speaks. Once the Gaang does leave, Smeller-Bee [[spoiler: cries over Jet's body]] as Longshot prepares an arrow in case the Dai Li return. Even until the very end, they were loyal to Jet.



* The Guru episode when Aang [[spoiler:opens his air chakra, and is then seen facing all the Air Nomads, who then vanish into smoke and ascend up, while Aang reaches out to them, all the while Guru Pathik is narrating.]]
** In the same episode, when he reaches the seventh, final, chakra: [[spoiler: he is asked to give up his "worldly attachments" - that is, his love for Katara. He ''refuses'' to give up his love, even for the control he's been looking for the entire season]]. In the next episode, he [[spoiler: goes back on his decision, temporarily leaving Katara to fight off Azula and Zuko alone in order to enter the Avatar State, which fails]].

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* The Guru episode when Aang [[spoiler:opens his air chakra, and is then seen facing all the Air Nomads, who then vanish into smoke and ascend up, while Aang reaches out to them, all the while Guru Pathik is narrating.]]
**
]] In the same episode, when he reaches the seventh, final, chakra: [[spoiler: he is asked to give up his "worldly attachments" - that is, his love for Katara. He ''refuses'' to give up his love, even for the control he's been looking for the entire season]]. In the next episode, he [[spoiler: goes back on his decision, temporarily leaving Katara to fight off Azula and Zuko alone in order to enter the Avatar State, which fails]].



** Also "The Boiling Rock". We see how alike Sokka and Hakoda are, how Sokka really wants - and gets, already had - his father's approval and pride. Plus Hakoda has tears in his eyes when he realises the guard was Sokka.
* The moment in "The Headband" where Zuko goes to visit Iroh. Whatever resentment you may have felt toward him from his failed HeelFaceTurn in the second season finale just melts as you realize just how conflicted he is over it. One of the most heartwrenching cases of ConflictingLoyalty ever depicted in WesternAnimation.

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** Also * "The Boiling Rock". We see how alike Sokka and Hakoda are, how Sokka really wants - and gets, already had - his father's approval and pride. Plus Hakoda has tears in his eyes when he realises the guard was Sokka.
* The moment in "The Headband" where Zuko goes to visit Iroh. Whatever resentment you may have felt toward him from his failed HeelFaceTurn in the second season finale just melts as you realize just how conflicted he is over it. One of the most heartwrenching cases of ConflictingLoyalty ever depicted in WesternAnimation. Iroh says nothing and faces away from him for the entire scene. When Zuko angrily leaves after he doesn't say anything, slamming the door behind him, Iroh sheds a single tear, completely heartbroken that the nephew he's given everything for is so lost.



** Iroh says nothing and faces away from him for the entire scene. When Zuko angrily leaves after he doesn't say anything, slamming the door behind him, Iroh sheds a single tear, completely heartbroken that the nephew he's given everything for is so lost.



* Even though The Beach was a mostly funny episode, the scene with Zuko walking to their old vacation house and remembering all the happy times he and his family had there when he was younger was really heartbreaking to me. Maybe it's the music.

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* Even though The Beach "The Beach" was a mostly funny episode, the scene with Zuko walking to their old vacation house and remembering all the happy times he and his family had there when he was younger was really heartbreaking to me. Maybe it's the music.



-->'''Zuko:''' [[IncendiaryExponent I'M]] [[StuffBlowingUp ANGRY]] [[HeelRealisation AT]] '''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone MYSELF!!]]'''

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-->'''Zuko:''' --->'''Zuko:''' [[IncendiaryExponent I'M]] [[StuffBlowingUp ANGRY]] [[HeelRealisation AT]] '''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone MYSELF!!]]'''



--> '''Mai:''' You want me to express myself? [[NotSoStoic LEAVE ME ALONE!]]

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--> ---> '''Mai:''' You want me to express myself? [[NotSoStoic LEAVE ME ALONE!]]



*** Hell, all of 'The Avatar and the Firelord.' The fact that Sozin and Roku were such ''good'' friends, the fact that the viewer knows it will all end horribly... the ''first thing'' Sozin narrates:
-->'''Sozin:''' As I feel my own life dimming, I can't help but think of a time when everything was so much brighter.
* All of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Hama]]'s flashbacks in "The Puppetmaster" about how the Fire Nation systematically captured all the Waterbenders in the Southern Water Tribe though hit and run raids are tearjerkers. At the start of the flashback, we see Kanna (Katara and Sokka's grandmother) and Hama having a cute friendship moment and then the black smoke appears along with the Fire Navy ships. Hama is the last Waterbender to be taken away in chains while Kanna is looking on and crying. Hama later reveals that she spent decades in a small cage in a Fire Nation prison and that the reason why she went AxCrazy was because of the horrible way she was treated. The Fire Nation basically committed genocide against the Southern Water Tribe. When Hama was a young woman, the Southern Water Tribe was much bigger with fancy ice buildings everywhere. Now it's basically a bunch of tents and a couple of igloos.
** What was particularly poignant about that episode is how the capture of all the Waterbenders was illustrated: no dramatic fight scenes or anything, just a group of warriors holding their ground, but fading out little by little, until only one is left. That, and the way Hama walks when she finally escapes. It's sort of off-kilter, and illustrates not just her broken mental state, but is also probably a result of the physical damage she took in her years as a captive.
* Zuko's [[CallingTheOldManOut defiance of his father]] when tells him how monstrous he is, how [[AbusiveParents horrible of a father he's been]] and he announces that he's going to free his uncle [[ParentalSubstitute who's been his true father]] and that [[HeelFaceTurn he's going to join Aang to help him defeat his father]]. It's this, a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** And then swings into a heartbreaker when Zuko arrives to find that Iroh is gone and that he can't beg for his forgiveness. Being unable to apologise and beg for his uncle to forgive him eats at him until they finally meet again.
* Sokka's line: [[spoiler: WHERE... IS... SUKI?]]? If not a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Sokka, than at least it was heartbreakingly badass.
** When Azula began talking about Suki - the guy looked like his heart had been torn out. And then, he goes up to ''AZULA'', slams her against the wall, and his [[http://mattierial.deviantart.com/art/Avatar-quot-Where-is-Suki-quot-194802031 expression]]. He looks like he'd duel Ozai himself for her.

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*** Hell, all of 'The Avatar and the Firelord.' ** The fact that Sozin and Roku were such ''good'' friends, the fact that the viewer knows it will all end horribly... the ''first thing'' Sozin narrates:
-->'''Sozin:''' --->'''Sozin:''' As I feel my own life dimming, I can't help but think of a time when everything was so much brighter.
* All of [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Hama]]'s flashbacks in "The Puppetmaster" about how the Fire Nation systematically captured all the Waterbenders in the Southern Water Tribe though hit and run raids are tearjerkers. At the start of the flashback, we see Kanna (Katara and Sokka's grandmother) and Hama having a cute friendship moment and then the black smoke appears along with the Fire Navy ships. Hama is the last Waterbender to be taken away in chains while Kanna is looking on and crying. Hama later reveals that she spent decades in a small cage in a Fire Nation prison and that the reason why she went AxCrazy was because of the horrible way she was treated. The Fire Nation basically committed genocide against the Southern Water Tribe. When Hama was a young woman, the Southern Water Tribe was much bigger with fancy ice buildings everywhere. Now it's basically a bunch of tents and a couple of igloos.
**
igloos. What was particularly poignant about that episode is how the capture of all the Waterbenders was illustrated: no dramatic fight scenes or anything, just a group of warriors holding their ground, but fading out little by little, until only one is left. That, and the way Hama walks when she finally escapes. It's sort of off-kilter, and illustrates not just her broken mental state, but is also probably a result of the physical damage she took in her years as a captive.
* Zuko's [[CallingTheOldManOut defiance of his father]] when tells him how monstrous he is, how [[AbusiveParents horrible of a father he's been]] and he announces that he's going to free his uncle [[ParentalSubstitute who's been his true father]] and that [[HeelFaceTurn he's going to join Aang to help him defeat his father]]. It's this, a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
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CrowningMomentOfAwesome. And then swings into a heartbreaker when Zuko arrives to find that Iroh is gone and that he can't beg for his forgiveness. Being unable to apologise and beg for his uncle to forgive him eats at him until they finally meet again.
* Sokka's line: [[spoiler: "[[spoiler: WHERE... IS... SUKI?]]? SUKI?]]?" If not a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Sokka, than at least it was heartbreakingly badass.
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badass. When Azula began talking about Suki - the guy looked like his heart had been torn out. And then, he goes up to ''AZULA'', ''Azula'', slams her against the wall, and his [[http://mattierial.deviantart.com/art/Avatar-quot-Where-is-Suki-quot-194802031 expression]]. He looks like he'd duel Ozai himself for her.



* During the "Boiling Rock-Pt.1" , when Zuko tells Sokka that his dad might not be there.
--> ''Zuko''- Listen, I asked around, there are no water tribe prisoners.
--> ''Sokka''- *panicked* WHAT? Are you sure,did you double check?!"
--> ''Zuko''- Yeah.I'm afraid your dad's not here."
--> ''Sokka''- NO! *slamming his fists into the side of the building* NO!
--> ''Zuko''- I'm really sorry, Sokka.
--> ''Sokka''- *dispondantly, nothing like his usual self* So we came all this way for nothin?! I failed,again.
* "The Western Air Temple". Zuko has followed the Gaang in order to [[spoiler:teach Aang firebending and help him stop Ozai. He walks up to them and begs them to accept him, knowing that he'd be hopelessly outmatched if they, with good reason, chose to attack him. He actually kneels, head bowed, arms forward, and asks them to ''take him as a prisoner'' if they can't accept him as a friend. He's not hoping to find friendship, or support, or forgiveness. He's just looking to do some good at last. It highlights how different he's become to the haughty, proud, self-centred, angry jerk he was at the start of the series. And while he's kneeling like that, face down and completely vulnerable, Katara water-whips him in the face, leaving him backing away like a wet, whipped dog.]] Fortunately, Zuko's able to bond with each of member of the team as time goes on- but Katara's grudge against the Fire Nation as a whole keeps her from trusting him, which forces Zuko to do the one thing that ''will'' gain her friendship- [[spoiler: bring her mother's killer to justice.]]

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* During the "Boiling Rock-Pt.Rock - Pt.1" , when Zuko tells Sokka that his dad might not be there.
--> ''Zuko''- -->'''Zuko''': Listen, I asked around, there are no water tribe prisoners.
--> ''Sokka''- *panicked*
prisoners.\\
'''Sokka''': ''[panicked]''
WHAT? Are you sure,did sure, did you double check?!"
--> ''Zuko''- Yeah.
check?!
'''Zuko''': Yeah.
I'm afraid your dad's not here."
--> ''Sokka''-
here.
'''Sokka''':
NO! *slamming ''[slamming his fists into the side of the building* NO!
--> ''Zuko''-
NO!\\
'''Zuko''':
I'm really sorry, Sokka.
--> ''Sokka''- *dispondantly,
Sokka.\\
'''Sokka''': ''[despondently,
nothing like his usual self* self]'' So we came all this way for nothin?! nothing?! I failed,again.
failed, again.
* "The Western Air Temple". Zuko has followed the Gaang in order to [[spoiler:teach Aang firebending and help him stop Ozai. He walks up to them and begs them to accept him, knowing that he'd be hopelessly outmatched if they, with good reason, chose to attack him. He actually kneels, head bowed, arms forward, and asks them to ''take him as a prisoner'' if they can't accept him as a friend. He's not hoping to find friendship, or support, or forgiveness. He's just looking to do some good at last. It highlights how different he's become to the haughty, proud, self-centred, angry jerk he was at the start of the series. And while he's kneeling like that, face down and completely vulnerable, Katara water-whips him in the face, leaving him backing away like a wet, whipped dog.]] Fortunately, Zuko's able to bond with each of member of the team as time goes on- but Katara's grudge against the Fire Nation as a whole keeps her from trusting him, which forces Zuko to do the one thing that ''will'' gain her friendship- friendship - [[spoiler: bring her mother's killer to justice.]]



** Sokka tries to get Katara to reconsider her quest for revenge, reminding her that Kya was his mother too. Katara snaps back, saying "Then you didn't love her the way I did!" What's worse is that Katara's words are actually justified; in "The Runaway," she heard him confess to Toph that he barely remembers what his mother looked like.
*** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation That, or Sokka barely remembering his mother is a defense mechanism of sorts, to help him move on]]; compare that to Katara, whose anger kept building up and festering inside of her, leading to, among other things, the harsh snap back mentioned above.

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** Sokka tries to get Katara to reconsider her quest for revenge, reminding her that Kya was his mother too. Katara snaps back, saying "Then you didn't love her the way I did!" What's worse is that Katara's words are actually justified; in "The Runaway," she heard him confess to Toph that he barely remembers what his mother looked like.
***
like. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation That, or Sokka barely remembering his mother is a defense mechanism of sorts, to help him move on]]; compare that to Katara, whose anger kept building up and festering inside of her, leading to, among other things, the harsh snap back mentioned above.



*** The entirety of that episode is powerful. You realize Katara is trying to avoid thinking about what happened to her mother and takes it out on Zuko from the get-go, and when she does find out who the culprit is, [[spoiler: Yon Rha, she's ready to end his life. Yon Rha is terrified out of his gourd the moment he realizes the impact of his murder. Instead of acting snide and arrogant, he's on his knees, pleading for his life, even offering up his crabby old mother's life so Katara can get even. But, that only lets Katara discover how pitiful the man's lot in life became after retirement, and that keeps her from killing him- ''barely''. She bitterly spares him because she knows she won't get satisfaction out of his death, but with the promise she will ''[[ThisIsUnforgivable NEVER]]'' forgive him for his actions- which leaves the poor guy reduced to a sobbing wreck in a rainstorm. You can tell the man feels remorse, but because of what Katara said and did, the guilt will always haunt him.]]

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*** ** The entirety of that episode is powerful. You realize Katara is trying to avoid thinking about what happened to her mother and takes it out on Zuko from the get-go, and when she does find out who the culprit is, [[spoiler: Yon Rha, she's ready to end his life. Yon Rha is terrified out of his gourd the moment he realizes the impact of his murder. Instead of acting snide and arrogant, he's on his knees, pleading for his life, even offering up his crabby old mother's life so Katara can get even. But, that only lets Katara discover how pitiful the man's lot in life became after retirement, and that keeps her from killing him- ''barely''. She bitterly spares him because she knows she won't get satisfaction out of his death, but with the promise she will ''[[ThisIsUnforgivable NEVER]]'' forgive him for his actions- which leaves the poor guy reduced to a sobbing wreck in a rainstorm. You can tell the man feels remorse, but because of what Katara said and did, the guilt will always haunt him.]]



* At the end of The Ember Island Players, as the Gaang were leaving the area and were visibly disturbed by the play. How they're all unable to bring up the fact that the play's ending has a high probability of actually occurring, because they've just faced the fact that they're just kids all alone on a quest that could very easily get them killed.

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* At the end of The "The Ember Island Players, Players", as the Gaang were leaving the area and were visibly disturbed by the play. How they're all unable to bring up the fact that the play's ending has a high probability of actually occurring, because they've just faced the fact that they're just kids all alone on a quest that could very easily get them killed.



*** On the other hand, Sokka seems more upset that he's seeing something dramatic rather than actually thinking about Yue. Perhaps the fact that Sokka seems more concerned about the play than Yue is a TearJerker in itself, though.

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*** ** On the other hand, Sokka seems more upset that he's seeing something dramatic rather than actually thinking about Yue. Perhaps the fact that Sokka seems more concerned about the play than Yue is a TearJerker in itself, though.



** That scene is so awesomely emotional, it really needs to be spelled out. It starts with Zuko outside the tent, paralyzed with shame at his betrayal of his Uncle. He only goes in once Katara gives him assurance (a tearjerker in itself, given that Katara used to hate him). When he goes in, he finds Uncle asleep, so Zuko kneels and waits the entire night for Iroh to wake up, all the while stewing in his own shame. When Iroh wakes, he turns away from Zuko as Zuko makes his apology, giving the impression that he's actually ashamed of Zuko and angry at the betrayal. It's only when he turns around and fiercely embraces Zuko that you realize that Iroh was just trying to keep it together because he was filled with such joy and pride in his adopted son for finding his way back to the light.
*** He actually turns around, grabs Zuko by his tunic, and PULLS him in to an embrace so fierce, it looks like it might break ribs. It is one of the most moving scenes in TV and animation history.

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** That scene is so awesomely emotional, it really needs to be spelled out. It starts with Zuko outside the tent, paralyzed with shame at his betrayal of his Uncle. He only goes in once Katara gives him assurance (a tearjerker in itself, given that Katara used to hate him). When he goes in, he finds Uncle asleep, so Zuko kneels and waits the entire night for Iroh to wake up, all the while stewing in his own shame. When Iroh wakes, he turns away from Zuko as Zuko makes his apology, giving the impression that he's actually ashamed of Zuko and angry at the betrayal. It's only when he turns around and fiercely embraces Zuko that you realize that Iroh was just trying to keep it together because he was filled with such joy and pride in his adopted son for finding his way back to the light.
***
light. He actually turns around, grabs Zuko by his tunic, and PULLS him in to an embrace so fierce, it looks like it might break ribs. It is one of the most moving scenes in TV and animation history.



--> Zuko: -after Iroh hugs him, about to cry- How can you forgive me so easily? I thought you would be furious with me!
--> Iroh: -[[ManlyTears while tears stream down his face]]- I was ''never'' angry, Zuko.

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--> Zuko: -after --->'''Zuko:''' ''[after Iroh hugs him, about to cry- cry]'' How can you forgive me so easily? I thought you would be furious with me!
--> Iroh: -[[ManlyTears
me!\\
'''Iroh:''' ''[[[ManlyTears
while tears stream down his face]]- face]]]'' I was ''never'' angry, Zuko.



-->'''Azula''': Iím sorry it has to end this way, ''brother''.

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-->'''Azula''': Iím I'm sorry it has to end this way, ''brother''.



*** The way Katara and Zuko react to Azula's descent into madness is what brings the final Agni Kai to a close. While Katara can't bring herself to look at Azula screaming and crying pitifully while struggling to free herself, Zuko calmly looks on. He was probably wondering if Azula could have been saved had things been different.

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*** ** The way Katara and Zuko react to Azula's descent into madness is what brings the final Agni Kai to a close. While Katara can't bring herself to look at Azula screaming and crying pitifully while struggling to free herself, Zuko calmly looks on. He was probably wondering if Azula could have been saved had things been different.



*** It hits even harder with [[spoiler:Boomerang. Through the entire series, Boomerang '''always''' came back, no matter what happened (discounting the time Sokka was stuck in that hole, since it was barely a foot away from him and he didn't really throw it). You know things are bad when Sokka gives up on Boomerang coming back.]]
*** That begs the question: exactly ''where'' did they land??
*** Maybe the [[spoiler: space sword]] [[MoodWhiplash hit a certain merchant's vegetable cart on the way down...]]
--> '''MY CABBAGES!!'''
* During Sozin's Comet during [[spoiler:the Agni-Kai when Azula fakes out Zuko with the lightning and sends it towards Katara; watching Zuko jump in front of it for her just really does it.]]
** That whole situation, when you think about it. [[spoiler: How badly did so many things have to go for two teenage siblings to end up in a fight to the death for the fate of their nation? The music runs with it, playing a mournful dirge rather than an epic battle theme, and it all ends up with Azula, an emotionally beaten young girl, chained to the ground and thrashing around helplessly. There's no way that victory could have felt good for someone as empathetic as Katara.]]
* Early in the very last episode, ''[[Recap/{{AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart4AvatarAang}} Avatar Aang]]'', Sokka is lying precariously on the edge of an airship with Toph dangling over the edge by his arm. Sokka sacrifices his two weapons to take out a pair of firebenders who attack them, but then six more come. Sokka's grip on Toph begins to loosen . . .
-->'''Sokka''', distressed: I don't think boomerang is coming back, Toph. It looks like this is the ''end''.
-->''(Toph begins to cry)''

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*** ** It hits even harder with [[spoiler:Boomerang. Through the entire series, Boomerang '''always''' came back, no matter what happened (discounting the time Sokka was stuck in that hole, since it was barely a foot away from him and he didn't really throw it). You know things are bad when Sokka gives up on Boomerang coming back.]] That begs the question: exactly ''where'' did they land?? Maybe the [[spoiler: space sword]] [[MoodWhiplash hit a certain merchant's vegetable cart on the way down...]]
*** That begs the question: exactly ''where'' did they land??
*** Maybe the [[spoiler: space sword]] [[MoodWhiplash hit a certain merchant's vegetable cart on the way down...]]
-->
---> '''MY CABBAGES!!'''
* During Sozin's Comet during [[spoiler:the Agni-Kai when Azula fakes out Zuko with the lightning and sends it towards Katara; watching Zuko jump in front of it for her just really does it.]]
** That whole situation, when you think about it. [[spoiler:
How badly did so many things have to go for two teenage siblings to end up in a fight to the death for the fate of their nation? The music runs with it, playing a mournful dirge rather than an epic battle theme, and it all ends up with Azula, an emotionally beaten young girl, chained to the ground and thrashing around helplessly. There's no way that victory could have felt good for someone as empathetic as Katara.]]
* Early in the very last episode, ''[[Recap/{{AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart4AvatarAang}} ''[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart4AvatarAang Avatar Aang]]'', Sokka is lying precariously on the edge of an airship with Toph dangling over the edge by his arm. Sokka sacrifices his two weapons to take out a pair of firebenders who attack them, but then six more come. Sokka's grip on Toph begins to loosen . . .
-->'''Sokka''', distressed:
loosen...
-->'''Sokka''': ''[distressed]''
I don't think boomerang is coming back, Toph. It looks like this is the ''end''.
-->''(Toph -->''[Toph begins to cry)''cry]''



* The end. Just the characters, and the black words "The End." It's all over. The End.
** They're having tea in Iroh's little shop, and suddenly everyone is friends. Mai and Suki playing Pai Sho. Sokka doing his silly paintings, Zuko serving the tea, Toph being snarky as usual, Katara kissing Aang. And it's perfect. The sky is perfect. And then it's the end.

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* The end. Just the characters, and the black words "The End." It's all over. The End.
**
End. They're having tea in Iroh's little shop, and suddenly everyone is friends. Mai and Suki playing Pai Sho. Sokka doing his silly paintings, Zuko serving the tea, Toph being snarky as usual, Katara kissing Aang. And it's perfect. The sky is perfect. And then it's the end.
14th Feb '17 7:10:27 PM H2SO4
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* A two-fer in "The Runaway", one sad and one super-sweet. Sokka confesses that after all these years, he can't even remember what his mother's face looks like (sad). In the next breath he explains that, now, every time he thinks of his mother, he sees Katara's face (sweet).

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* A two-fer in "The Runaway", one sad and one super-sweet. Sokka confesses that after all these years, he can't even remember what his mother's face looks like (sad). In the next breath he explains that, now, every time he thinks of his mother, he sees Katara's face (sweet). Still though, to not be able to recall the face of the one who raised you (or any close family member) is a really heartbreaking thought.
11th Feb '17 6:03:47 PM Wyldchyld
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* [[https://sites.google.com/site/animecollectionz/avatar11.jpg Azula's thought]] I don't know what make this so sad for me, but thinking that someone could think their own father could burn your face only because you responded to him is really sad. This also show how much Azula think Ozai care about her if she think the first wrong move and she would mean as much as Zuko to him.
9th Feb '17 2:29:03 PM Egregori
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* [[https://sites.google.com/site/animecollectionz/avatar11.jpg Azula's thought]] I don't know what make this so sad for me, but thinking that someone could think their own father could burn your face only because you responded to him is really sad. This also show how much Azula think Ozai care about her if she think the first wrong move and she would mean as much as Zuko to him.
27th Jan '17 12:20:01 AM babyhenchy1
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** Iroh says nothing and faces away from him for the entire scene. When Zuko angrily leaves after he doesn't say anything, slamming the door behind him, Iroh sheds a single tear, completely heartbroken that the nephew he's given everything for is so lost.
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