The Avatar: The Last Airbender
universe is a canon created by Bryan Konietzko
and Michael Dante DiMartino
It takes place in a Constructed World
divided into nations based around the elements of water
, and air
. Some people from each nation, called "benders", have the ability to 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 canonWestern AnimationComic Books
- A number of short comics first published in Nick Magazine and later collected in Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures. All but twonote are considered canon by Word of God.
Non-canon works based on the franchiseVideo 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 Hayao Miyazaki.
- Arc Villain: While Airbender featured a single Big Bad for the duration of the series, Korra features several major antagonists as well as introducing the Bigger Bad of the franchise.
- Airbender: Fire Lord Ozai, who is Orcus on His Throne 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.
- Bigger Bad: Vaatu, the spirit of chaos and darkness, though he wasn't revealed until the Origins Episode during the second book of Korra.
- For smaller examples of Bigger Bad, 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 New World Order, make their debut in the third book of Korra.
- Constructed World
- Elemental Powers: A central ability of the franchise. The franchise calls it "bending."
- Expanded Universe: The Comic Books as well as canonical comic strips.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The four nations borrow features from real-life historical nations.
- Fantasy Gun Control: 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 The Legend of Korra, handheld guns aren't seen.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: 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.
- Fantasy World Map: Shown in the beginning of each show.
- God in Human Form: The eponymous Avatar.
- God of Good: 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 Vaatu and later bring peace to both physical and spirit worlds.
- Legacy Character: 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.
- The Verse
- Trope Overdosed
- Whatevermancy: Or whateverbending in this case.