History YMMV / AvatarTheLastAirbender

20th May '17 8:43:04 AM Prometheus117
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** Sozin when he abandons Roku to die and then wipes out a race of people.

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** Sozin when he abandons Roku [[spoiler:his former best friend]] to die and then wipes out a race of people.people all to make sure the next Avatar couldn't stop him. [[spoiler:He himself [[HeelRealization realized]] he did this after a lifetime of telling himself it was [[WellIntentionedExtremist necessary for a better world]], but [[HeelFaceDoorSlam far too late to try and atone for it]]]].
26th Apr '17 2:32:10 AM viking1911
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** MostWonderfulSound: The epic sounds of [[spoiler: Zuko and Azula]] shooting fire at each other during the commit enhanced Agni Kai.
14th Mar '17 9:36:46 AM Silverblade2
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** To be fair, they tend to claim this often when fans note a retcon or an AssPull.
7th Mar '17 4:00:14 PM ThorfinnRowle
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** To be fair, they tend to claim this often when fans note a retcon or an AssPull.
7th Mar '17 3:46:50 PM ThorfinnRowle
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** As a meta example, a lot of fans view the sequel comics as a attempt to answer questions that they ran out of time to answer in the show proper.
** Aang suddenly having problems with killing Ozai in the last few episodes is this due to Aang never having problems with this prior despite having killed in previous episodes (even if indirectly).



** Ty Lee is also a popular character due to her unique ability, FoeYay with Sokka, and attractive design in general. Many were outraged that she rarely appeared in season three.



%%** Despite just being the StarterVillain, Zhao is still fondly remembered.

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%%** Despite just being the StarterVillain, ** Zhao is still fondly remembered.has his share of fans despite him only having a major role in the first season. It helps that Jason Issacs voices him.



%%** Jin and Ty Lee have this in common for two very big reasons.
%%** King Bumi
%%** Foamy Mouth Guy.
%%** '''[[LargeHam THE]] [[NoIndoorVoice BOULDER]]'''.
%%** The Cabbage Merchant, too.

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%%** ** Jin only had a role in one filler episode, however is one of the most popular characters in fanart and Ty Lee have this in common fanfiction. Many love her due to her cute design, personality, and for two very big reasons.
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being someone to ship Zuko with for fans who don't like him with Mai.
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King Bumi
%%** Foamy Mouth Guy.
%%** '''[[LargeHam THE]] [[NoIndoorVoice BOULDER]]'''.
%%** The Cabbage Merchant, too.
Bumi for being a powerfull earthbender, CrazyAwesome, and one of the few people who Aang knew before being frozen.
5th Mar '17 1:59:00 AM NightShade96
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* HypeBacklash: The series is very popular and has some... enthusiastic fans that can go so far as to claim its the greatest thing Western Animation has ever produced. Needless to say not everyone agrees. Bashing the show seems to be more acceptable as time goes on.


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* HypeBacklash: The series is very popular and has some... enthusiastic fans that can go so far as to claim its the greatest thing Western Animation has ever produced. Needless to say not everyone agrees. Bashing the show seems to be more acceptable as time goes on.
5th Mar '17 1:11:06 AM NightShade96
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** '''Aang''': Really the nice, sweet, compassionate boy with a kind heart that everyone thinks he is, or a selfish brat who damned the world for a century and inconvenienced his friends from time to time to follow his own whims? [[spoiler:Was his desire to not kill Ozai in the finale really a sign of just how pure of heart he truly is, or again him being selfish and inconsiderate of the greater good (even if he did manage to get away with it)?]]
** '''Azula''': [[TheSociopath Sociopathic]] {{manipulative bitch}} or is she just a product of parental neglect, much like Zuko, but without the benefit of having a [[ParentalSubstitute loving figure in her life?]] WordOfGod seems to lean at least slightly towards the latter though. The creators have stated in interviews that Azula isn't inherently evil and may eventually get better.
** '''Ozai''': WordOfGod says he got along very well with Ursa when they first married, which could mean he wasn't always so evil. Conversely, it could say [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys some things about Ursa]]...
*** Then again, even Zuko mentions that there "was a time when they were happy" (and visited Ember Island together), so it's likely that he wasn't always evil. This was confirmed eventually in ''The Promise'' comics.
*** Another possible (and controversial) interpretation of Ozai's behavior: Is he a ruthless, merciless, and heartless bastard, hungry for power or is he, even if only deep down, a JerkassWoobie and[=/=]or WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds with a large InferioritySuperiorityComplex and his own unresolved ''[[WellDoneSonGuy daddy issues]]''?
*** It's also possible that he was [[BitchInSheepsClothing hiding his true colors back then]] before dropping the act.
** '''Azulon''': Considering how little is known about him and how ambiguous a certain scene is, alternate interpretations have cropped up about the order to kill Zuko. Some see it as a sick display of affection and loyalty for his eldest son Iroh, others saw it as a SecretTestOfCharacter that went out of hand, much like Abraham being ordered to sacrifice Isaac in Literature/TheBible. It has even been suggested that he ''never'' gave any such order- that [[ConsummateLiar Azula]] made it up in order to pick on Zuko, and Ozai went along with the lie in order to gain Ursa's cooperation. More than one FanFic has suggested that when Azulon said that Ozai would feel the pain of losing his son, it was because Azulon wanted Zuko to become Iroh's heir.
** '''Koh''': Some people see him as a more neutral force, mostly because his one appearance in the series had him ''helping'' Aang. Alternatively, he could be seen as a GreaterScopeVillain.
** '''Katara''': Good feminist icon in that she's an Action Girl who doesn't disavow her maternal instinct and still embraces her call to Team Mom or bad feminist icon in that she's hyper-emotional (to the point of allowing their entire overall mission to get sidetracked by her just-add-water instant sympathy for random townspeople who, really, will probably be helped out anyway by them rallying to finish overthrowing Ozai) and has that whole "Hell Hath No Fury" thing that leads her to betray her own ideals (in a very definitely bad way) and never really gets called out on it by any other character in the show? Or just an ordinary girl struggling to cope with an extraordinary adventure that she's not prepared for?
** '''Yangchen''': The series shares little on her, other than her line to Aang about how the Avatar must sacrifice his own good to that of the world, and the backstory that she was "willing to do anything" to secure peace. Some fans take this and read her as a KnightTemplar [[IDidWhatIHadToDo who mercilessly slew anyone who got in her way]], and called it a "sacrifice" of her own spiritual needs. Others read her as a nun who was truly enlightened, an immense force for good, who was painfully aware of the burdens of being the Avatar.
** '''Toph's Father''': After seeing what a powerful Earthbender Toph actually is, as opposed to the helpless little girl he always believed and insisted she was, he still refuses to let her go off on the big adventure training Aang and instead orders that she put under even more security (and she wasn't allowed to leave the estate even before he knew just how powerful she was). When Toph runs away with Aang and the gang anyway, her father hires a pair of wrestlers turned bounty hunters to bring her back, saying Aang kidnapped her. Was he experiencing some understandable AdultFear, or was he actually ''more afraid'' of the damage Toph could inflict on others without anyone supervising her? Maybe a little bit of both? For that matter, did he really believe Aang kidnapped Toph or was he just in denial of the fact that his controlling, domineering ways had finally driven her away?
** '''Ty Lee''': Really a sweet, innocent girl who had the rotten luck of being bullied into working for the bad guys, or a DirtyCoward KarmaHoudini who knowingly worked for the bad guys believing they were her best bet of survival and then got away with helping to ruin countless innocent lives all the while feeling no guilt for her part in the Fire Nation nearly destroying the rest of the free world?
** '''Mai''': Just like Ty Lee, is she a nice girl who had the misfortune of being forced to work with Azula or is she a selfish girl who only cares about herself and Zuko then gets away with crimes like refusing to pay the ransom for her brother?
** '''Zhao''': What was his motive for rejecting Zuko's help when he was about to die? Zhao may have realized that, by accepting Zuko's hand, the both of them would have died simultaneously. Another idea is that, in his arrogance, Zhao refused to receive help from his teenaged rival, as he felt that being saved from (what he viewed as) an impatient, talentless, hot-headed and overconfident "child", on top of losing the battle at the Northern Water Tribe, would have disgraced his reputation to the public and his peers, damaged his authority over the Fire Nation military, and prompted a demotion. If this second possibility is true, then through death, as well as the Fire Lord holding the blame for the defeat on the Dragon of the West, Zhao managed to gain a slightly more 'merciful' final fate.
*** Another interpretation is that, through Zuko's rescue, Zhao felt that he would have owed his life to his rival out of obligation for being saved and may have perceived that as an act of submission. Finally, the last interpretation is that, once the Moon rose again, Zhao realized that his supposed "destiny" of being a legend was indeed false, and without this crutch to explain his own misdeeds, the purpose for his existence fell apart before his eyes. Zuko is a male version of Azula to them.
*** The interpretation that makes the most sense, given his obsession over history and failures, is that he knew that, if he lived and returned to the Fire Nation, he'd spend the rest of his life in disgrace and humiliation, being scorned and shamed for his massive failed invasion of the North. He'd rather die and at least be remembered for "heroically" sacrificing his life, than become like Zuko.
*** There's even the possibility that Zhao had a moment of EvenEvilHasStandards: despite his dislike of Zuko, Zhao couldn't bring himself to drag Zuko down with him to a possible FateWorseThanDeath for something that, deep down, he knew wasn't Zuko's fault.
** '''Pakku''': The fact that after generations of tradition and his own personal beliefs he decides to accept a woman, Katara, as his pupil for combat water-bending. Some believe Katara legitimately earned this right for proving her natural talent and tenacity against Pakku, well timed with the reveal of Pakku's past and loss of his first love, Katara's grandmother, leaving him in an emotionally vulnerable state and allowing him to consider bending the rules. Others, however, feel the timing seems too coincidental, coupled with the reveal later in the series that Pakku had approached Kanna and married her, making fans theorize Pakku only allowed Katara to study under him so he could use it as leverage on Kanna to convince her he's changed his ways. The fact he is never mentioned again (nor is Kanna) after the series is concluded doesn't help get a read on what his current beliefs are (if he still refuses to teach women other than Katara, or if he is open to teaching everyone now).
** '''The villagers in The Painted Lady''': Are they {{Ungrateful Bastard}}s towards Katara, or are they rightfully pissed that she engaged in cultural appropriation of their main cultural icon, and purely because it suited her purposes to do so at that? Are they possibly both? Either way, they get over it pretty quickly.
** '''Ursa''': Loving and devoted mother who was doing her best to raise her children in a poisonous and dangerous environment, or was she as bad as Ozai in terms of favoring Zuko over Azula, which continued to embitter Azula towards her and Zuko?
** '''The Very Nature and Importance of the Avatar''': The world's one true hope for "Balance", or an anachronism full of outdated superstitions holding the world back from truly progressing, causing entire societies to stagnate?
2nd Mar '17 12:37:01 PM BatmanKalEl
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** After Sokka tells Zuko the tragic story of [[spoiler:how he lost Yue]], the only answer he can come up is "that's rough, buddy", said in a blase voice as if Sokka had told him about some minor mishap. Of course, it could also be because Sokka's comment was so random and out-of-nowhere, Zuko didn't really know how else to respond.

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** After Sokka tells Zuko the tragic story of [[spoiler:how he lost Yue]], the only answer he can come up is "that's rough, buddy", said in a blase voice as if Sokka had told him about some minor mishap. Of course, it could also be because Sokka's comment was so random and out-of-nowhere, Zuko didn't really know how else to respond.
1st Mar '17 9:58:12 AM M4r4
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* AssPull: A lot of people think the finale had two major ones. The first one with [[spoiler: Aang being granted energybending]] is hotly debated as to whether it was or not. The second with [[spoiler: Aang entering the Avatar state by hitting a perfectly-shaped rock so he would not have to let go of Katara]] is near universally considered a giant AssPull.

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* AssPull: A lot of people think the finale had two major ones. The first one with [[spoiler: Aang being granted energybending]] is hotly debated as to whether it was or not. The second with [[spoiler: Aang entering the Avatar state by hitting a perfectly-shaped rock so he would not have as opposed to let go of Katara]] opening his chakras on his own]] is near universally considered a giant AssPull.
26th Feb '17 7:39:18 AM ilovehirohamada
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** After Sokka tells Zuko the tragic story of [[spoiler:how he lost Yue]], the only answer he can come up is "that's rough, buddy", said in a blase voice as if Sokka had told him about some minor mishap.

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** After Sokka tells Zuko the tragic story of [[spoiler:how he lost Yue]], the only answer he can come up is "that's rough, buddy", said in a blase voice as if Sokka had told him about some minor mishap. Of course, it could also be because Sokka's comment was so random and out-of-nowhere, Zuko didn't really know how else to respond.
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