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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.


[[folder:Team Avatar]]
!Player Aang
-->''"I'm the Avatar, silly, here to spread joy and fun!"''
->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!" Real 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. No action was taken to hide her breasts, and they're pretty obvious.
* 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.

!Player Katara
-->''"My heart is so full of hope, that it's making me tearbend!"''
->Voiced by: Music/GreyDeLisle

Player Katara is older and fatter than Real 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.

* AdaptationalVillainy: Has absolutely no objection to Jet destroying an entire town. The very thing that caused the real Katara to turn on him.
* 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 ''tearbend''!"
* DawsonCasting: She's never going to see fourteen again, that's for certain. This is deliberate InUniverse.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: With Player Zuko.
* FootPopping: As she and Jet kiss.
* HotterAndSexier: Sort of. She's not as beautiful as the real Katara, but she is much more sexualized, having a more adult figure than Katara, and showing cleavage and [[ShowSomeLeg her leg]], as well as acting in a more sexualized manner (sultry expressions, sexy poses, so on).
* LikeBrotherAndSister: With Player Aang. And she keeps on saying it, for good measure.
-->'''"Katara":''' Remember, Aang, I'll always love you - as a brother!
-->'''"Aang":''' I wouldn't want it any other way.
* {{Melodrama}}: The living incarnation of it, right from the word "go".
* 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.

!Player Sokka
-->''"All I want is a full feeling in my stomach! I'm starving!"''
->Voiced by: Creator/ScottMenville

Player Sokka is much older than Real 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: Of Sokka's tendency to focus on food and his ComicRelief status.
* DawsonCasting: [[invoked]] He's got the gangly limbs down pat, but otherwise, isn't a teenager. This is 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: He's quite frankly obsessed with it.
* 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?"

!Player Toph
-->''"My name's Toph, because that sounds like Tough and that's just what I am!"''
->Voiced by: Creator/JohnDiMaggio

Player Toph is a big, burly man who is blind, but can "see" using echolocation, emitting a loud scream. Real 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: [[invoked]] 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.

[[folder:Fire Nation]]
!Player Zuko
-->''"I don't have time to stuff my face! I must capture the Avatar to regain my honor!"''
->Voiced by: Derek Basco

Player Zuko is more accurate than other Players, but Real 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.
* CompositeCharacter: He takes on elements of Zhao's season 1 role, such as capturing Aang.
* DecompositeCharacter: He and the Blue Spirit are separate characters in the play.
* EightiesHair: Has ridiculously overgrown hair in the second act.
* EmoTeen: '''Big Time.'''
* FamousLastWords: '''''HONOR!'''''
* FaceHeelTurn: His defection to the Avatar's side would be seen as this to the Fire Nation.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Player Zuko leaves Iroh because Iroh demanded that he gets a haircut.
* FoeRomanceSubtext: 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.

!Player Iroh
-->''"Choose treachery! It's more fun!"''
->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: Just ''look at them''. They're probably fake, but still.
* CharacterExaggeration: The real Iroh didn't really care about the Avatar hunt and liked the material pleasures in life, but he was willing to help his nephew in his quest. The play also drops the reason why Iroh was uninterested in capturing the Avatar (he'd had a HeelFaceTurn years ago).
* FatBastard: He's even more rotund than the real Iroh and has none of Iroh's redeeming qualities.
* TheHedonist: Player Iroh lacks the spirituality of the real Iroh. His second line a suggestion that he and Zuko get massages. The Fire Nation, we've seen, is against individual pleasure and expression, so exaggerating this aspect of Iroh to make him look ridiculous makes perfect sense.
* PlayingGertrude: Unlike almost everyone else in the cast, Player Iroh probably isn't even half of Iroh's age. (In fact, he looks like he could be younger than Player ''Zuko.'')

!Player Azula
-->''"The Avatar is no more!"''
->Voiced by: Creator/TaraStrong

Player Azula is older than Real 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.

* AdaptationDyeJob: She has black hair, as opposed to the real Azula's dark brown.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Even outside of the play's status as propaganda, she seems to lack most of Azula's psychopathic tendencies, for example not shooting Iroh during the re-enactment of "The Chase".
* CombatStilettos: As opposed to her real counterpart, who constantly wears sensible flat-soled boots.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Just like the real deal.
* DawsonCasting: [[invoked]] She definitely isn't fourteen.
%%* FemmeFatalons
* HeroAntagonist: As the character who's most prominent at hounding the Avatar and foiling his plans, Player Azula would be seen as this by the Fire Nation audience.
* HeroKiller: Unlike the real Azula, she actually kills Player Zuko.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Unlike the real Azula, who wears the standard fire nation colors of red, black, and gold.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: "Hey, look, Zuko! It's your ''honor!''"
%%* TheBadGuyWins

!Player Ozai
-->''"No! It is you who are going down! You see, you are too late! The comet is already here, and I'm unstoppable!"''
->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.
* BeautyInversion: He actually looks far more like a stereotypical evil overlord than the real Ozai does, even though he's meant to be the good guy.
* BigGood: His taking over the world is portrayed as a ''good thing''.
%%* CoolCrown
* LargeHam: Out-hams ''everybody'' in the play.
* HeroKiller: He takes down Player Aang.
* KillItWithFire: First Player Aang, then everything else.
* NoYou: "No, it is YOU who are going down!"
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He defeats the evil Avatar and succeeds in taking over the world.
%%* SupportingLeader
* TheBadGuyWins: The play being Fire Nation propaganda, this was inevitable.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His goal. And unlike the real Ozai, ''he succeeds''.

!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: Never says anything or shows emotion.

!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: She's a dancer who can paralyze people with kisses.
%%* {{Flynning}}
* KissOfDeath: Unlike the real Ty Lee, she paralyzes her opponents by kissing them.
* TheParalyzer: Except with kisses instead of jabs.

[[folder:Other Characters]]
!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: Teaches Sokka how to be a Kyoshi warrior.
%%* AmazonBrigade
%%* BattleBallgown
* CoolMask: Her kabuki makeup.
%%* {{Ninja}}
* PaperFanOfDoom: Much like the real deal's.

!Player Bumi
-->''"Riddles and challenges must you face, if you are ever to leave this place."''
->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
* PlayingGertrude: Definitely younger than the real Bumi.
* RhymesOnADime: Oddly enough, as the real Bumi never does so.

!The Blue Spirit
--> ''"I am the Blue Spirit, the scourge of the Fire Nation, here to save the Avatar!"''
A mysterious anti-fire nation figure in a ''gigantic'' blue oni mask who appears to save the avatar from Zuko.

* BadassNormal: Like the real Blue Spirit, he doesn't firebend. He still manages to beat Zuko.
* CoolMask: The oni mask the real Blue Spirit wore is exaggerated to the point of being as big as the rest of his body.
* DecompositeCharacter: The real Blue Spirit was Zuko's alter ego. This Blue Spirit has no relation to Zuko, and indeed fights him at one point.
* DeusExMachina: Appears out of nowhere to save the avatar, and then is never mentioned again.
* DualWielding: Like the real deal, he uses dual swords.

!Player Yue
->Voiced by: Jennie Kwan
-->''"Goodbye, Sokka! I have important moon duties to take care of! And yes, I did have pickled fish."''

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: For Sokka.
%%* {{Lunacy}}
%%* PimpedOutDress
* PrincessesPreferPink: As opposed to the real Yue's purple wardrobe.

!Player Jet
-->(Normal)''"Don't cry, baby! Jet will wipe out that nasty town for ''you''!''"
-->(Brainwashed)''"Must...serve...Earth King! Must...destroy![starts babbling]"''
->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.
* DawsonCasting: In-universe. In the finest tradition of ''Dawson's Creek'', he plays a brooding teenager but has got at least ten more years on him.
* 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.
* ThirdPersonPerson: When he's not brainwashed.
* WildHair: It's very spiky and unkept.