* AwesomeMusic: James Newton Howard's score is quite possibly the best thing in the entire film.
* BadassDecay:
** Zuko. He goes from the angsty but determined powerhouse in Season 1 and turns into a whiny, PiratesWhoDontDoAnything type. His CrowningMomentOfAwesome from Season 1, defeating rival Admiral Zhao and proving his worth as a Firebender, is instead given to a handful of random Waterbenders.
** The Fire Nation in general. Firebenders can only manipulate preexisting flames. Sozin's Comet, which previously allowed Firebenders to wipe out entire civilizations in a day, now apparently only makes all Firebenders roughly equivalent to a normal, non-cometed Firebender in the series.
** Zhao finds more time relying on the Fire Lord (and the scroll from the great library) rather than be ambitious and power-hungry.
** Fire Lord Ozai is also less menacing than his animated counterpart.
** While not a Badass until the end of Season 1, Katara underwent this via {{Chickification}}.
** Sokka doesn't resemble his more serious and sarcastic Book 1 self.
* BrokenBase: The debate over the movie casting was so intense that entire forums were divided over it, with those supporting the casting and those against it being banned for their opinions. Protesters considered those who supported the casting as blind and shrugging off a big issue, while those that eagerly anticipated the movie saw the protesters as [[NoTrueScotsman not "true" fans]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dev Patel, Shaun Toub, and Aasif Mandvi's performances as Zuko, Iroh, and Zhao were considered the best performances.
* FightSceneFailure: Viewers have criticized all of the fight scenes.
** When the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RpgbZcHk_A Earthbender prisoners are staging a revolt]], we see six Earthbenders moving in perfect precision and choreography, stomping the earth and releasing a [[ScreamingWarrior mighty battle cry]]... and a tiny rock barely bigger than a football floats by very, ''very'' slowly. A ''seventh'' Earthbender then launches it at a guard. A fan theory suggested that the dancing Earthbenders were actually responsible for making the earth walls previously used to block the fire blasts, but the scene alludes to the cartoon, in which Haru's father ''was'' the one who made the earth wall. Also, the fight scenes are all shot with a single camera, with no jump cuts. This leads to the problem of showing the audience a large number of [[MookChivalry mooks standing in the background, not doing anything while their friends are getting knocked senseless.]] It probably would have been more effective if all 7 benders instead each picked up a moderately sized rock and just threw them.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Creator/MNightShyamalan claims that while American audiences received the film negatively, audiences in Japan supported his changes.
* HamAndCheese: Aasif Mandvi plays Zhao pretty similarly to how he always plays himself on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', only, well, evil.
* HilariousInHindsight: "The Ember Island Players" episode which came out at the time when this movie was in production. Needless to say, a lot of jokes were to be had using footage from that episode to showcase how bad this film was.
* InternetBackdraft: Online criticism of the film reached apoplectic levels. It's a good thing that capital letters and boldface are unlimited resources.
* JerkassWoobie: Zuko, when he's not [[LargeHam yelling or being his general angry self]].
* MemeticMutation:
** Before the movie had even come out, early test screening reviews mentioned a scene that has turned the phrase "punching the fish" [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/063/7/3/PUNCH_A_FISH_IN_THE_FACE_by_Booter_Freak.png into a meme]][[note]]He actually stabs it with a knife.[[/note]]. Other gems include the pebble dance (the most notorious example of the {{Flynning}} mentioned above[[note]]Six earthbenders. Four seconds of ''kata''. One rock, slightly larger than a human head.[[/note]]), Kat-tackle (Katara pushing over a random guard and then just standing there), Zhao constantly mentioning the secret library, Ozai's glowing ass (from a screenshot in which the source of light appears to be Ozai's rear end), Yue's [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment line about believing in beliefs]], and her penis hair (how it looks like when viewed from the [[http://i747.photobucket.com/albums/xx111/aangthony/wtf-tla/101.jpg back]].)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5J7inpYSoE AANG! JUST ONCE!]]
** X, there is Y under your feet! Why don't you fight?
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** [[FelonyMisdemeanor It really hurt!]]
* {{Narm}}: [[Narm/TheLastAirbender Has its own page]]
* ShipTease: The ending of the Oasis fight was significantly more... Zutara-ish.
* SnarkBait: Oh so very much. It's in reviews, it's in forums, and it's in this very wiki, and it's all because the movie is so awful.
* SoBadItsGood: For all the snark the movie gets, it's good for riffing on at least.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** The [=CGI=] animals.
** There is one scene at the beginning where Sokka is splashed with water and then is immediately dry. Also, it's an arctic area and you can't see anyone's breath.
** Also, the waterbending is sometimes not even animated.
** The firebending is pretty much nothing but poorly composed live-action fire elements with some CG that even the film version of ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' would reject.
** In case you [[DontExplainTheJoke didn't get the joke]], Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic were the ones behind the effects. You know, the guys who did ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Film/{{Transformers}}'', ''{{Franchise/Terminator}} 2'' and ''Franchise/JurassicPark''?
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Long before the movie was anything more than a casting list and a few trailers, fans were complaining about changes to the source material. One of the biggest examples from the movie once it finally came out was the pronunciation changes, which Shyamalan deliberately included to make the character names sound closer to their "correct" Asian pronunciations than the Americanized pronunciations from the cartoon. Fans were not pleased.
* TheScrappy: Katara has far less fans than her cartoon counterpart, mainly for hardly being like Cartoon!Katara and her actress having a severe case of DullSurprise. It also doesn't help that many of her strong character development moments were either given to Aang or just removed entirely.
* TheyJustDidntCare: A common conclusion from fans of the show is that M. Night didn't care.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Shaun Toub and Dev Patel, though at least the latter was somewhat close to his character's original portrayal.
* UncannyValley: Appa's face in the movie, from what's been seen in the trailers and [[MerchandiseDriven tie-in toys]]. Samples [[http://screenrant.com/the-last-airbender-toys-kofi-44634/ here]].
* UnfortunateImplications:
** Many fans of the show thought that it was racist to change the hero/villain dynamic from Eurasian-looking, blue-eyed Inuits versus evil Southeast Asians to heroic Caucasians versus evil South Asians and Polynesians.
** Some fans, such as ''Website/TheAgonyBooth''[='=]s [[http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/The_Last_Airbender_2010.aspx recapper]], also object to what they consider a sexist tone in the film.
* WTHCastingAgency:
** Aasif Mandvi as Zhao. Mandvi is a comedic actor best known for his work on ''Series/TheDailyShow''.
** Many fans of the original cartoon preferred Asian actors to play Katara and Sokka because although the characters have ambiguous racial features, their culture is based on Inuits. Caucasian actors Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone were cast instead, but all the Waterbender extras ''were'' Asian or Inuit actors, so the main characters don't seem to belong to their own tribe.
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->'''Zuko:''' That... ''wasn't'' a good play.
->'''Aang:''' I'll say.
->'''Katara:''' No kidding.
->'''Suki:''' Horrible.
->'''Toph:''' You said it.
->'''Sokka:''' But the effects were decent.
-->--'''''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''''', Episode 57, "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheEmberIslandPlayers The Ember Island Players]]"