The '''''Avatar: The Last Airbender''''' universe is a canon created by Creator/BryanKonietzko and [[Creator/MichaelDanteDiMartino Michael Dante DiMartino]] for Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}.

It takes place in a ConstructedWorld divided into nations based around the elements of [[MakingASplash water]], [[DishingOutDirt earth]], [[PlayingWithFire fire]], and [[BlowYouAway air]]. Some people from each nation, called "benders", have the ability to [[ElementalPowers control]] the element on which their nation is based on.

However, one character, called the Avatar, is incarnated into each of the nations in an endless cycle, and he or she has the ability to bend all four elements. The main character of each work is this Avatar, and he or she must undergo the trials, tribulations, and responsibility of holding that power.

!!Works in the canon

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* A number of short comics first published in Nick Magazine and later collected in ''Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures''. All but two[[note]]"New Recruits" and "Gym Time"[[/note]] are considered canon by WordOfGod. [[invoked]]
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise''
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch''
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound''
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift''
* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender - Shells''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKorra''

!!Non-canon works based on the franchise
* ''WebAnimation/ChibiAvatar''
* ''Film/TheLastAirbender''
* ''Zuko's Story''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender''
* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth''
* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender - Into the Inferno''
* ''The Last Airbender''
!!Tropes common to the franchise:

* {{Animesque}}: The art style of the franchise is based on anime, as admitted by the creators themselves, especially the work of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki.
* BigBad/ArcVillain: While ''Airbender'' featured a single BigBad for the duration of the series, ''Korra'' features several major antagonists as well as introducing the BiggerBad of the franchise.
** ''Airbender'': Fire Lord Ozai, who is OrcusOnHisThrone for the majority of the series but takes a more active role in the third book.
** ''Korra'': Amon for Book One, Vaatu and Unalaq for Book Two, and Zaheer for Book Three.
* BiggerBad: Vaatu, the spirit of chaos and darkness, though he wasn't revealed until the OriginsEpisode during the second book of ''Korra''.
** For smaller examples of BiggerBad, there's Fire Lord Sozin, who committed the genocide of the Air Nomads, and Yakone, a crime boss whose legacy proves disastrous for Republic City. The Red Lotus, a terrorist organization out to enforce a NewWorldOrder, make their debut in the third book of ''Korra''.
* ConstructedWorld
* ElementalPowers: A central ability of the franchise. The franchise calls it "bending."
** BlowYouAway: Airbending
** DishingOutDirt: Earthbending
*** LivingLieDetector: Seismic Sense, used to 'see' the world through vibrations to the point of sensing the subtle inconsistencies in people's rhythm and pulse.
*** DishingOutDirt: Sandbending - a variation that focuses on fine particles rather than large stones
*** ExtraOreDinary: Metalbending - by manipulating the small impurities of metal
*** MagmaMan: Lavabending - by compressing and vibrated earth until it turns semi solid, or with the aid of Firebending
** MakingASplash: Waterbending
*** AnIcePerson: A further ability of water-benders.
*** HealingHands: By moving water in the body across chi lei lines
*** GreenThumb: Plantbending, by moving the water within plants
*** PeoplePuppets: Bloodbending, the DangerousForbiddenTechnique of Waterbenders by forcing the liquid in animals and humans
*** SwissArmySuperpower: Waterbending has the most versatility of all the bending styles since its limit is based on the power and skill of the bender and their creativity.
** PlayingWithFire: Firebending
*** ShockAndAwe: Lightningbending
*** MagmaMan: Lavabending, with the aid of Earthbending.
** [[SoulPower Chi/Spirit/Energy-bending]]: The Avatar's unique power to remove and/or restore people's ability to bend. Other benders can tap into Spirit power as well. Water benders can use it to calm ranging spirits, Air benders can use it for AstralProjection, Firebenders use it for [[HavingABlast Combustionbending]]-psychic powered explosions.
* ExpandedUniverse: The Comic Books as well as canonical comic strips.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The four nations borrow features from real-life historical nations.
* FantasyGunControl: Played with in that explosives and gunpowder are prevalent, and a cannon is seen in ''ATLA'', but even in the 1920's style setting of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', handheld guns aren't seen.
** DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Even though the above are prevalent and seem to be legal, bloodbending has been revealed to be downright illegal in Korra, with the punishment being a life sentence.
* FantasyWorldMap: Shown in the beginning of each show.
* GodInHumanForm: The eponymous Avatar.
* GodOfGood: The Avatar is the human incarnation of the spirit of light and peace, Raava. She bonded herself with a human host in order to defeat her evil opposite [[GodOfEvil Vaatu]] and later bring peace to both physical and spirit worlds.
* LegacyCharacter: The Avatar, via reincarnation.
* {{Reincarnation}}: The Avatar's spirit, never truly dies as it continuosly reincarnates into a new body at death. However, if the Avatar is killed in the Avatar State, the Avatar would truly die.
* TheVerse
* TropeOverdosed
* {{Whatevermancy}}: Or whateverbending in this case.