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The Ember Island Players are an ensemble of actors performing at the theatre on Ember Island, the vacation home of the Fire Nation nobility. They are [[StarvingArtist underpaid]] [[LargeHam hams]] who dazzle the audiences with impressive special effects and wild costumes. Two of their plays are known: ''Love Amongst the Dragons'' and ''The Boy in the Iceberg''. Ursa, a former member of the Hira'a Acting Troupe, used to take Zuko and Azula to ''Love Amongst the Dragons'', [[NoodleIncident but Zuko thinks the Players "butchered" it]].

Team Avatar went to see ''The Boy in the Iceberg'' in the episode "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]" and considered it absolutely horrible, despite the special effects. ''The Boy in the Iceberg'', named for the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', is a highly dramatised, propagandistic, [[CharacterExaggeration exaggerated]] tale of [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs the adventures of Aang and his silly friends]], who are eventually defeated by Fire Lord Ozai. The play is also [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall commentary]] on {{Fandom}}. Here, then, are the Ember Island Players. Hold your applause until the end.

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[[folder:Team Avatar]]
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!Player Aang

->Voiced by: Rachel Dratch

Player Aang is an athletic young woman wearing a bald cap. She plays Aang as hyperactive and excessively outgoing, with a penchant for playing pranks on people. Player Aang's mission as the Avatar is to bring "joy and fun" to the World. Player Aang triggers the Avatar State by saying "Avatar State, yip-yip!" Aang [[OtherMeAnnoysMe is dismayed to see]] that Player Aang is a woman. He is even more dismayed when Player Ozai kills Player Aang at the end.

* AffablyEvil: He's seen as "evil" by the Fire Nation audience, but also funny and lovable.
* AffectionateParody: Of the Broadway adaptation of ''PeterPan'', right down to using a female actress to play a young male and using wires to simulate flying. Even the way she talks sounds like Mary Martin playing Peter.
* BaldWoman: Subverted. Player Aang's scalp is a different colour from the rest of her skin, so she is most likely wearing a bald cap, and though a recently-shaved head would also be a different color from the rest of the head hers appears darker rather than paler.
* BigNo[=/=]SlowNo: A good eight seconds long.
* CatchPhrase: "Avatar State, yip-yip!"
* CharacterExaggeration: Of Aang's {{Keet}} and [[ThePrankster Prankster]] tendencies.
* CrosscastRole: Much to Aang's frustration.
* DawsonCasting: Player Aang looks to be ten years older than KidHero Aang -- deliberately done InUniverse.
* DeathByAdaptation: Considering it was written by and for the Fire Nation, yeah not surprising they would kill the hero off.
* GenkiGirl: Playing a {{Keet}}.
* TheHeroDies: Unsurprisingly, given that the play is Fire Nation propaganda, TheBadGuyWins and succeeds in taking down the Avatar.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Player Katara.
* NotQuiteFlight: To fly, Player Aang is hoisted up by a crane, the typical practice for a flying god since the days of ancient Greek theatre.
* ThePrankster: She even lampshades it: "Have I mentioned that I'm an ''incurable'' prankster?''. Much to the real Aang's dismay
%%* SuppressedMammaries: Averted.
* TakeThat: Konietzko and [=DiMartino's=] criticism of the practice of [[CrossdressingVoices women voicing boys]] in ''PeterPan'', ''TheSimpsons'', and other productions.
* VillainProtagonist: Because the play is told from a perspective sympathetic to the Fire Nation, the character of Aang is seen as the bad guy -- the embodiment of feckless immaturity, ruining all the Fire Nation's plans.

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!Player Katara

->Voiced by: Music/GreyDeLisle

Player Katara is older and fatter than Katara, and not as beautiful. She speaks in a much huskier voice than the real Katara. Player Katara is melodramatic, prone to crying on any occasion, obsessed with hope, and an incompetent fighter. She wears her heart on her sleeve, especially in front of Player Aang. Player Katara is in love with Player Zuko, and regards Player Aang as her little brother.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: "Oh Jet, you're so...bad...."
* CallingYourAttacks: "Waterbend! Hi-yah!"
* CastingGag: Grey [=DeLisle=] is also the voice of Azula.
* CharacterExaggeration: What little bit of Katara's personality the play gets right, it exaggerates beyond belief.
* {{Chickification}}: "I'm so full of hope... it's making me ''[[WaterWorks tearbend]]''!"
* DawsonCasting: She's never going to see fourteen again, that's for certain. This is deliberate InUniverse.
* FoeYay: [[invoked]] with Player Zuko InUniverse.
%%* FootPopping
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Player Aang.
%%* {{Melodrama}}
* OverlyLongGag: She cries dramatically in just about every sequence in the first act.
* ShowSomeLeg: The real Katara wears trousers under her dress.
* TeamMom: Just like the real deal.

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!Player Sokka

->Voiced by: Creator/ScottMenville

Player Sokka is much older than Sokka, with buck teeth. He's a backwoods, dumb-muscle, Water Tribe hick, and the comic relief. Player Sokka is constantly hungry, and obsessed with eating meat. But the actor for Player Sokka is a pretty chill guy -- when Sokka approaches him backstage with some ideas for new jokes, the actor gladly incorporates them into the scene, despite initial misgivings -- ("Oh, boy, another fan with "Ideas"") and to the delight of the audience.

%%* BigEater
* CatchPhrase: "I'm starving!" He says it twice in the first 30 seconds of the play.
%%* CharacterExaggeration
* DawsonCasting: He's got the gangly limbs down pat, but otherwise, isn't a teenager. This is [[InUniverse intentional.]]
%%* TheFool
* ObsessedWithFood:
--> '''Player Sokka:''' Don't go, Yue! You're the only woman who's ever taken my mind off of food!
* PluckyComicRelief: He's every bit the ButtMonkey that Sokka is in real life, much to his displeasure.
%%* RealMenEatMeat
* ThrowItIn: In-Universe. He uses Sokka's suggestions of making up catch-phrases and throwing in jokes for the third act.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: When Player Suki teaches him the way of the Kyoshi Warriors, she makes him wear the dress and makeup. Player Sokka asks "Does this make my butt look fat?"

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!Player Toph

->Voiced by: Creator/JohnDiMaggio

Player Toph is a big, burly man who is blind, but can "see" using echolocation, emitting a loud scream. Toph likes Player Toph, saying "I wouldn't have cast it any other way."

* TheBigGuy: Except that unlike the real Toph, he is ''literally'' the big guy of the group.
* BlindingBangs: Player Toph wears the real Toph's fringe.
%%* CharacterExaggeration
* CrosscastRole: Just like Player Aang.
* DawsonCasting: This guy ''[[InUniverse definitely]]'' ain't twelve.
* DevelopmentGag: Player Toph is based on an early design for Toph as a man, which was later reused as Avatar Roku's Earthbending master Sud.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Player Toph, much like the real Toph, is blind, but is able to "see"...[[MakeMeWannaShout although they got the particulars wrong...]]
* MakeMeWannaShout:
--> '''Player Toph:''' I don't "see" like you do -- I release a sonic wave from my mouth, like this: [''Releases an ear-curdling scream''] There! I just got a pretty good look at you!
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Inverted, Toph is the only one who actually ''likes'' her interpretation.
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[[folder:Fire Nation]]
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!Player Zuko

->Voiced by: Derek Basco

Player Zuko is more accurate than other Players, but Zuko considers Player Zuko too stiff and dour, and Player Zuko's scar is on the wrong side. Player Zuko is even more obsessed than the real Zuko with honor and capturing the Avatar, and shouts "honor!" more than he says anything else. He flirts with Player Katara. In Act III, he is killed by Player Azula for his betrayal of the Fire Nation.

* BigStupidDoodooHead: During his IgnoredEpiphany near the end of Act II, he tells Player Iroh that he smells.
* CastingGag[=/=]ActorAllusion: Derek Basco is the brother of Zuko's VA Creator/DanteBasco.
* CharacterExaggeration: The real Zuko is understandably hell-bent on getting his honor back, but Player Zuko is outright obsessed by it.
* EightiesHair: Has ridiculously overgrown hair in the second act.
* EmoTeen: '''Big Time.'''
* FamousLastWords: '''''HONOR!'''''
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Player Zuko leaves Iroh because Iroh demanded that he gets a haircut.
* FoeYay: With Player Katara, probably to make him look even more unreliable and depraved InUniverse (where the Water Tribe is seen as backwards barbarians.)
* HonorBeforeReason
-->'''Azula:''' [[LampshadeHanging Look, there's your honor.]]
-->'''Zuko:''' WHERE?!
* StraightMan: About the only character in the play who doesn't make jokes.
* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Most notably his scar.

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!Player Iroh

->Voiced by: Creator/JohnDiMaggio

Player Iroh is Player Zuko's doddering glutton of an uncle. He is obsessed with cake instead of [[SpotOfTea tea]], and is trying and failing to give Player Zuko cake. Player Iroh is betrayed and defeated by Player Zuko, which is uncomfortably close to the truth for Zuko.

* AdaptationalVillainy: The play is Fire Nation propaganda after all. Naturally, Iroh's not going to be played in a positive light.
* BigEater: Unlike the real Iroh, who loves tea, Player Iroh loves cake instead.
%%* BigOlEyebrows
%%* CharacterExaggeration
* FatBastard: See TheHedonist.
* TheHedonist: Player Iroh lacks the spirituality of the real Iroh.

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!Player Azula

->Voiced by: Creator/TaraStrong

Player Azula is older than Azula, with a huskier voice, and wears pink, along with thick makeup and long painted nails. Player Azula electrocutes Player Aang at the end of Act II, then kills Player Zuko in Act III.

* DaddysLittleVillain: Just like the real deal.
* DawsonCasting: She definitely isn't fourteen.
%%* FemmeFatalons
* HeroKiller: Unlike the real Azula, she actually kills Player Zuko.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Unlike the real Azula.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: "Hey, look, Zuko! It's your ''honor!''"
%%* TheBadGuyWins

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!Player Ozai

->Voiced by: Creator/DeeBradleyBaker

Player Ozai is the Fire Lord in the play. As the play is propaganda, Player Ozai is a heroic leader, and he looks much more like the real Ozai than any of the Players look like their characters. In the climax of Act III, he kills Player Aang with the power of Sozin's Comet and conquers the World.

* BeardOfEvil: Beard of Good, as far as the play's concerned.
* BigGood: His taking over the world is portrayed as a ''good thing''.
%%* CoolCrown
* HeroKiller: He takes down Player Aang.
* KillItWithFire: First Player Aang, then everything else.
* NoYou: "No, it is YOU who are going down!"
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething
%%* SupportingLeader
* TheBadGuyWins: The play being Fire Nation propaganda, this was inevitable.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His goal. And unlike the real Ozai, ''he succeeds''.

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!Player Mai

Player Mai looks similar to real Mai, albeit with a few differences. Her belt has a sad face on it, her fringe covers her eyes, and she keeps her knives in her "ox horn" hair.

* BeautyInversion: The real Mai is quite beautiful, even cute, in her own way. Player Mai, not so much.
* BlindingBangs: Her fringe actually covers her eyes.
* EmotionlessGirl: Just like the real Mai.
* KnifeNut: Again, much like the real Mai.
%%* OdangoHair
%%* TheStoic

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!Player Ty Lee

Player Ty Lee is a pudgy ballerina. Instead of doing acrobatic stunts, she dances sedately across the stage. Instead of chi-blocking by poking people, she kisses them.

* BeautyInversion: Much like Player Mai, Player Ty Lee is ''far'' less attractive than the real deal.
* BareYourMidriff: But she can't pull it off quite like the real Ty Lee.
%%* DanceBattler
%%* {{Flynning}}
* KissOfDeath: Unlike the real Ty Lee, she paralyzes her opponents by kissing them.
* TheParalyzer: Except with kisses instead of jabs.
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[[folder:Other Characters]]
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!Player Suki

Player Suki looks very close to the real Suki, but her headdress and fans are exaggerated. She has no lines. In Act I, she trains Player Sokka in the ways of the Kyoshi Warriors.

%%* ActionGirl
%%* AmazonBrigade
%%* BattleBallgown
* CoolMask: Her kabuki makeup.
%%* {{Ninja}}
* PaperFanOfDoom: Much like the real deal's.

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!Player Bumi

->Voiced by: Creator/DeeBradleyBaker

Player Bumi is the King of Omashu. He wears a padded suit to simulate the real Bumi's muscles, an oversized monocle to look like Bumi's MadEye, and a feathered hat as a crown, which looks like Bumi's pet Flopsy. Player Bumi speaks in rhymes.

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Just like the real Bumi.
* NiceHat: His feather hat
* RhymesOnADime: Oddly enough, as the real Bumi never does so.

!Player Yue
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->Voiced by: Jennie Kwan

Player Yue appears at the end of Act I. She wears a pink dress with many bows, and her hair is a braid attached to her hair loops. When she sacrifices herself to become the Moon Spirit, she is hoisted up on a moon prop, while Player Sokka grieves below.

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Her "moon duties."
%%* ColorCodedPatrician
* FamousLastWords: "And yes, I did have pickled fish...."
* HeroicSacrifice: If the play makes any claim toward accuracy at that point.
%%* TheLostLenore
%%* {{Lunacy}}
%%* PimpedOutDress
%%* PrincessesPreferPink

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!Player Jet

->Voiced by: Creator/DeeBradleyBaker

Player Jet, who has spiky hair and chews on a flower, appears in two scenes. In Act I, he floods a village to impress Player Katara, who hugs him and says "Oh Jet, you're so...bad...." In Act II, he appears in Lake Laogai, and is presumed dead when a rock lands on him. He is {{Brainwashed}} in that scene, as indicated by googly eyes. Instead of the real Jet's twin hook swords, Player Jet is armed with twin hook hands.

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Player Katara certainly does.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Like the real Jet, except it makes him look far goofier.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Just sort of... falls over. Then a "rock" falls on him. Lampshaded, even the Gaang aren't certain what just happened.
-->'''Zuko:''' Did Jet just... die?
-->'''Sokka:''' You know, it was really unclear.
%%* DualWielding
* HookHand: To simulate the real deal's hook swords.
* MindControlEyes: He has googly eyes to show that he is brainwashed.
* RebelLeader: Except that the Freedom Fighters don't appear in the play, or at least weren't shown.
%%* WildHair
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