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->''"Some people believe that the Avatar was never reincarnated into the Air Nomads, and that the cycle is broken. But I still haven't lost hope."''

'The Boy In The Iceberg' is the very first episode of Nickelodeon's animated series ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. It introduces the viewers to the world of ''Avatar'', the concept of bending, and the main characters of the first season.

While fishing, Sokka and Katara discover Aang and his ten-ton, six-legged sky bison Appa icebound floating on the sea. After freeing them, they discover that Aang is an Airbender from the Air Nomads, a race of people assumed to have died out a hundred years before. When he goes with them to the water tribe he doesn't reveal that he is the Avatar, that has the ability to bend the four elements. The Avatar is reincarnated generation after generation and would be the only one who could prevent the Fire Nation from conquering all the nations, which is why the Fire Nation exterminated the Air Nomads, Aang's tribe. Meanwhile, Zuko, the banished Prince of the Fire Nation, is patrolling the seas in search of the Avatar. While exploring an abandoned Fire Nation ship, Katara tells Aang about the war that had been going on for the past hundred years. They accidentally set off a light beam in the ship, which alerts Zuko to the village.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Zuko happens to be looking for the Avatar at the South Pole the same day he wakes up from a century long sleep.
* CoveredInGunge: ButtMonkey Sokka gets covered in Appa snot.
* DescriptionCut:
-->'''Sokka:''' In the Water Tribe, we fight to the last man standing! For without courage, how can we call ourselves men?
-->(''The camera shifts positions to reveal that Sokka was talking to six uninterested boys.'')
-->'''Village boy:''' (''waving his hand'') I gotta pee!
** Also, Katara's gushing of Aang presumably filled with knowledge and wisdom. Cue TongueOnTheFlagpole.
* DurableDeathtrap: The booby traps on the old Fire Nation ship are still in pristine condition when Aang and Katara trigger the mechanism.
* FlashBack: The dream sequence; the pictures we see in Katara's narration may also count.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Zuko's seems to quite clearly be an evil one.
* HonourBeforeReason: Zuko is chasing around the South Pole, looking for someone who hasn't been seen for over a century, just over his honour.
* HumanPopsicle: How Aang manages to stay unaged and trapped for a century.
* InsistentTerminology
-->'''Katara:''' It's not magic, it's ''Waterbending!''
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->'''Zuko:''' I don't need any calming tea!
* LastOfHisKind: Aang, but also Appa (the last sky-bison) and Katara, the last water-bender left in her tribe.
* LateToTheTragedy: Aang slept a hundred years, missing the beginning of the war.
* MixAndMatchCritters: The penguins, which have whiskers and four flippers.
* MoodWhiplash: Aang's proclamation after being found in the ice. Followed seconds later by Sokka jabbing him in the head with a stick.
* OlderThanHeLooks: As Aang says, "Do I look like a one-hundred-and-twelve year old man to you?"
* PillarOfLight: Zuko's keen enough to know it's worth a look.
* PottyEmergency: A RunningGag with the little ones.
* RageBreakingPoint: One comment from Sokka causes Katara to flip at him.
* SealedGoodInACan: Aang, the Avatar, The Master of All Four Elements, the only one who can restore balance to the world; sealed inside an iceberg at the South Pole for a century.
* SuperSpeed: Aang can use the wind to speed himself up when he wants to. Like, for example, when he sees a penguin.
* TemptingFate: Aang insisting on checking out the Fire Nation ship. The first of MANY for the Gaang.
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Zuko:''' The sages tell us that the ''Avatar'' is ''the last Airbender''.
* ToiletHumor: After Aang walks out of the igloo bathroom.
-->"Wow! Everything freezes in there!"
* TongueOnTheFlagpole: Done with Aang's glider staff.
* {{Troll}}: When Zuko pressures him into teaching firebending, Iroh reluctantly agrees... right after he finishes the roast duck he just happened to have at hand.
* YourOtherLeft
-->'''Katara:''' ''(to Sokka)'' Watch out! Go left! Go left! ''(their canoe crashes)'' You call that left?
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