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->''Only the Avatar can master all four elements and bring balance to the world''.

The ''Avatar: The Last Airbender'' universe is a canon created by Creator/BryanKonietzko and Creator/MichaelDanteDiMartino 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.

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
[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''

* ''The Lost Scrolls''
* ''The Earth Kingdom Chronicles''
* ''Ready-to-Read Series''[[note]]Two of the books are based on TV episodes; the third (''Love Potion #8'') is a non-canon original story[[/note]]
* ''Sozin's Comet: The Final Battle''
* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender - Legacy''
* ''The Legend of Korra: Revolution''
* ''The Legend of Korra: Endgame''

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* A number of short comics first published in Nick Magazine and [=DVDs=] of ''Avatar: The Last Airbender'' 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/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound''
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch''
* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender Shells''
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift''
* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender Sisters''
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSmokeAndShadow''
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderNorthAndSouth''
* ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfKorraTurfWars''
* ''The Legend of Korra: Friends for Life''

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''Escape from the Spirit World''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKorra''
* ''The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins''

[[AC:Web Animation]]
* ''Republic City Hustle''


!!Non-canon works based on the franchise
* ''WebAnimation/ChibiAvatar''
* ''Film/TheLastAirbender''
** ''The Last Airbender Movie Novelization''
** ''Aang's Destiny''
** ''Battle of the North''
** ''Trial by Fire''
** ''The Avatar's Return''
** ''The Last Airbender'' (manga)
** ''Manga/ZukosStory''

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender The Burning Earth''
* ''Avatar: The Last Airbender Into the Inferno''
* ''VideoGame/TheLastAirbender''
!!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. It also helps that the show is animated by many companies known for working on genuine anime.
* ArcVillain: While ''Airbender'' featured a single BigBad for the duration of the series, ''Korra'' features several major antagonists as well as introducing the GreaterScopeVillain of the franchise.
** ''Airbender'': Zuko and Zhao for Book One, Azula in Book Two, and Fire Lord Ozai, who is OrcusOnHisThrone for the majority of the series, but takes a more active role in the third book. Long Feng is an ArcVillain from episodes fourteen to eighteen in Book Two, before this position is taken over by Azula again.
** ''Korra'': Amon for Book One, Vaatu and Unalaq for Book Two, Zaheer for Book Three and Kuvira for Book Four.
* BilingualBonus: All the calligraphy, and writings within the franchise are executed with real, and fluent Chinese.
%%* ConstructedWorld
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Bloodbending has been revealed to be downright illegal in Korra, with the punishment being a life sentence.
* DragonsAreDivine: Dragons were the original Firebenders. Because of that, they were respected and revered by the Sun Warriors and their later incarnation, the Fire Nation. However, Fire Lord Sozin created dragon hunting and they were driven to extinction. [[spoiler:Thankfully, two were saved by Iroh and were being protected by the Sun Warriors. These two help Aang and Zuko learn the true way of Firebending]].
* ElementalPowers: A central ability of the franchise, where it's called "bending."
** BlowYouAway: Airbending.
*** {{Flight}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Flight]] - The ability of controlled flight without the use of a [[NotQuiteFlight glider staff or wing suit]], it is [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers unlocked by complete detachment from earthly tethers.]] Extremely rare - as in, only two known human practitioners in recorded history.
** 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 earth impurities found in processed metal. Pure metals like platinum can't be bent at all.
*** MagmaMan: Lavabending - by compressing and heating earth until it turns semi solid. A very rare skill.
** MakingASplash: Waterbending.
*** AnIcePerson: Waterbenders can easily make water into ice and ice into water.
*** HealingHands: By moving water in the body along its chi lines.
*** GreenThumb: Plantbending, by moving the water within plants.
*** PeoplePuppets: Bloodbending, the DangerousForbiddenTechnique of Waterbenders by bending the water in animals and humans. Normally can only be done by a master Waterbender under the full moon, but there have been exceptions.
*** SwissArmySuperpower: Waterbending has the most versatility of all the bending styles since water comes in so many forms. This is balanced by the fact that Waterbenders are the only ones that have ElementalBaggage - they have to carry their water around or pull it from nearby sources.
** PlayingWithFire: Firebending.
*** ShockAndAwe: Lightningbending.
*** RocketJump / {{Flight}}: Experienced Firebenders can use Firebending to boost their leaps. When empowered by Sozin's Comet, powerful enough firebenders are capable of rocket-style unassisted flight, actually giving them an up on Airbenders in the mobility department.
** SoulPower: Chi/Spirit/Energy-bending. The Avatar's unique power to remove and/or restore people's ability to bend. Others can tap into Spirit power as well; Waterbenders have been seen using it to purify dark spirits, and Jinora, an Airbender, uses it for AstralProjection.
* 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 made from blasting jelly and "spark powder" are prevalent, but handheld firearms of any kind are never seen, even in the 1920's style setting of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra.''
* GreaterScopeParagon:
** The great lion turtles of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. In ancient days they were the protectors of humanity, and granted them the power of bending. After the mortal Wan joined with the spirit of light Raava to become the first Avatar, the lion turtles withdrew from the world at large. At the end of the Hundred Years War, Aang met the last lion turtle, who gave him the final key to defeating Fire Lord Ozai.
** Avatar Wan himself counts as this, as the very first Avatar who separated the human and Spirit Worlds and sealed the spirit of darkness Vaatu inside the Tree of Time for 10,000 years. By the time of ''The Legend of Korra'', so much time has passed that very few apart from the Red Lotus and later on Korra herself even know of his existence.
** Avatar Aang attains this status in ''The Legend of Korra'', having been the one who originally founded the United Republic alongside Fire Lord Zuko and being Korra's direct predecessor. However, because of Korra's issues with the spiritual aspects of being the Avatar, his role as SpiritAdvisor is limited to giving her dreams of his battle with Yakone 42 years prior, and restoring her bending at the end of Book 1. In Books 3 and 4 he's unable to help Korra because he and all her other past lives had their connection to her severed by Unalaq managing to kill Raava.
* GreaterScopeVillain:
** 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 this, 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''.
* FantasyWorldMap: Shown in the beginning of each episode of TLA.
* 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.
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: In the real world, the whole franchise suffers from this in Britain. Unfortunately, in [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage British English]], the word "bender" is a childishly insulting slang term for a gay man. Compound words like "airbender" aren't too problematic, but lines referring to a person being a "bender" generically sound unintentionally "naughty" to a British audience. This led to the first show being promoted in the UK as ''Avatar: The Legend of Aang'', which then inspired the worldwide title of the second show.
* LegacyCharacter: The Avatar, via reincarnation.
* {{Reincarnation}}: The Avatar's spirit never truly dies as it continuously reincarnates into a new body at death. However, if the Avatar is killed in the Avatar State, the Avatar would truly die.
* TheEpic: Both series qualify, and together they form a GenerationalSaga.
%%* TheVerse
%%* TropeOverdosed
* {{Whatevermancy}}: Or whateverbending in this case.