Quotes: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book 1: Water

Water. Earth. Fire. Air.
My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days; a time of peace, when the Avatar kept balance between the Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire nation, and Air Nomads. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked.
Only the Avatar mastered all four elements. Only he could stop the ruthless firbenders. But when the world needed him most, he vanished.
A hundred years have passed, and the Fire Nation is nearing victory in the war. Two years ago, my father and the men of my tribe journeyed to the Earth Kingdom to help fight against the Fire Nation, leaving me and my brother to look after our tribe.
Some people believe that the Avatar was never reborn into the Air Nomads, and that the cycle was broken. But I haven't lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar will return to save the world.
Opening Narration of S1:E1, The Boy In The Iceberg

Why is it that every time you play with magic water, I get soaked?!
Sokka, S1:E1

Zuko: *seeing Pillar of Light in the distance* Finally! Uncle, do you realize what this means?
Iroh: *playing cards* That I won't get to finish my game?
— S1:E1

Aang: *faintly* I need to ask you something...
Katara: What?
Aang: Please... come closer...
Katara: What is it?
Aang: *brightly* Will you go penguin sledding with me?
— S1:E1

[Appa's first appearance]
Sokka: What is that thing?!
Aang: This is Appa, my flying bison!
Sokka: *disbelievingly* Right. And this is Katara, my flying sister.
— S1:E1

Giant light beams, flying bison, airbenders... I think I got midnight sun madness. I'm going home to where things make sense.
Sokka, S1:E1

[Sokka and Katara stare incredulously]
Sokka: You just sneezed and flew ten feet in the air!
Aang: Really? It felt higher than that.
— S1:E1

Katara: Why are you smiling at me like that?
Aang: Oh. I was smiling?
Sokka: [groans disgustedly]
— S1:E1

Katara: Hey.
Aang: Hey. What're you thinking about?
Katara: I guess I was wondering - you being an airbender and all? - if you knew what happened to the Avatar.
Aang: Uh... no. I didn't know him; I mean, I knew people that knew him, but I didn't. Sorry.
Katara: Okay. Just curious. G'night!
Aang: Sleep tight. *turns away and looks worried*
— S1:E1

[Katara introduces Aang to the Southern Water Tribe]
Katara: Aang, this is the entire village. *gestures to group of 20 people* Entire village, Aang.
Aang: Uh, why are they all looking at me like that? Did Appa sneeze on me?
— S1:E1

Katara: I told you, he's the real thing, Gran-gran! I finally found a real bender to teach me!
Gran-gran: Katara. Try not to put all your hopes in this boy.
Katara: But he's special! I can tell! I sense he's filled with much wisdom.
[Cut to Aang licking his staff in front of a group of Water Tribe children]
Aang: Thee? Naw my thongue ith thuck thoo my thath!
— S1:E1

Power in firebending comes from the breath, not the muscles! The breath becomes energy in your body. The energy extends past your limbs and becomes fire!
Iroh, S1:E1

Sokka: Now men, it's important that you show no fear when you face a firebender. In the Water Tribe, we fight to the last man standing; for without courage, how can we call ourselves men?
[Beat]
Little Boy: *raises hand* I gotta pee!
Sokka: Listen! Until your fathers return from the war, they're counting on you to be the men of this tribe! And that means no potty breaks!
Little boy: But I really gotta go.
Sokka: *sighs* Okay, who else has to go?
[All children raise hands]
Sokka: *Facepalm*
— S1:E1

[coming out of outhouse]
Wow! Everything freezes in there!
Aang, S1:E1

Katara: Okay. Listen closely, my young pupil. Catching penguins is an ancient and sacred art. Observe. *tosses small fish to Aang*
Aang: *catches fish, looking confused; immediately buried under swarm of penguins*
— S1:E1

Katara: I haven't done this since I was a kid!
Aang: You still are a kid!
— S1:E1

Water. Earth. Fire. Air.
Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished.
A hundred years passed, and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone.
But I believe Aang can save the world.
Opening Narration of S1:E2, The Avatar Returns, and all following episodes.

Sokka: You can't fight firebenders with fun.
Aang: You should try it sometime!
— S1:E2

I'm just a guy... with a boomerang. I didn't ask... for all this flying, and magic...
Sokka, while freeing himself from waterbent ice, S1:E2

Katara: Why didn't you tell us you were the Avatar?
Aang: Because... I never wanted to be.
— S1:E2

Aang: Before I learn waterbending, we have some serious business to attend to. *points at map* Here, here, and here.
Katara: What's there?
Aang: Here, we'll ride the hopping llamas. Then way over here we'll surf on the backs of giant koi fish! Then back over here we'll ride the hog monkeys. They don't like people riding them, but that's what makes it fun!
— S1:E2

Zhou: The Firelord's brother and son are welcome guests anytime. What brings you to my harbor?
Iroh: Our ship is being repaired.
Zhou: That's quite a bit of damage.
Zuko: Yes. You wouldn't believe what happened. *pauses* Uncle! Tell Commander Zhou what happened.
Iroh: Yes! I will do that. It was incredible! *to Zuko* What? Did we crash or something?
Zuko: *thinking fast* Yes! Right into... an Earth Kingdom ship!
Zhou: Really. You must regale me with all the thrilling details.

Sokka: Hey! Who ate all my blubbered seal jerky?!
Aang: Oh. That was food? I used it to start the campfire last night. ...Sorry.
Sokka: You what?! Oohh... No wonder the flames smelled so good.
— S1:E3

You're just a banished prince. No home, no allies... your own father doesn't even want you.
Zhou, to Zuko, S1:E3

Zuko: An Agni Kai. At sunset.
Zhou: Very well. It's a shame your father won't be here to watch me humiliate you. I guess your uncle will do.
Iroh: Prince Zuko, have you forgotten what happened last time you dueled a master?
[camera pans to Zuko's scar]
Zuko: I will never forget.
— S1:E3

[Zhou just tried to shoot Zuko in the back after losing their duel]
Iroh: So this is how the great Commander Zhou acts in defeat? Disgraceful. Even in exile, my nephew is more honorable than you. Thanks again for the tea. It was delicious.
[Zuko and Iroh walk off the dueling field]
Zuko: Did you really mean that, Uncle?
Iroh: Of course! I told you, Jing Sang tea is my favorite.
Zuko: *smiles*
— S1:E3

[Zuko is meditating in front of a row of candles; the flames go down as he breathes in, and flare up as he breathes out. Iroh cautiously opens the door and steps inside.]
Zuko: *calmly* The only reason you should be interrupting me is if you nave news about the Avatar.
Iroh: Well, there is news, Prince Zuko, but you might not like it. Don't get too upset.
Zuko: *still calmly* Uncle, you taught me that keeping a level head is a sign of a great leader. Now whatever you have to say, I'm sure I can take it.
Iroh: Okay then: We have no idea where he is.
[candle flames explode in massive fireballs]

Iroh: There have been multiple sightings of the Avatar, but he is impossible to track down.
Zuko: How am I going to find him, Uncle? *looks at map showing wild zig-zag of Avatar sightings* He is clearly a master of evasive maneuvering.
[Match Cut to Sokka's almost identical map; ominous background music trails off]
Sokka: You have no idea where you're going, do you?
Aang: Well... I know it's near water!
[cut to wide-angle shot showing ocean as far as the eye can see]
Sokka: I guess we're getting close, then.
— S1:E4

Don't worry, Sokka. Where we're going, you won't need any pants!
Aang, S1:E4

Sokka: *kneels before the Kyoshi Warriors* I would be honored if you would teach me.
Suki: Even if I'm a girl?
Sokka: I'm sorry if I insulted you earlier. I was... wrong.
Suki: We normally don't teach outsiders, let alone boys.
Sokka: Please make an exception. I won't let you down.
Suki: All right. But you have to follow all of our traditions.
Sokka: Of course!
Suki: *smirks* And I mean all of them.
[Gilligan Cut to Sokka in full Kyoshi Warrior uniform]
Sokka: Do I really have to wear this? It feels a little... girly.
Suki: It's a warrior's uniform. You should be proud! The silk thread symbolizes the brave blood that flows through our veins. The gold insignia represents the honor of the warrior's heart.
[Aang passes by the front door and glances inside, while Sokka straightens his shoulders with burgeoning confidence]
Sokka: *proudly* Bravery and honor...
Aang: *pops in, smiling broadly* Hey Sokka! Nice dress! *Runs off laughing*
Sokka: *hunches over in embarrassment*
— S1:E4

Suki: It's not about strength. Our technique is about using your opponent's force against them. Loosen up. Think of the fan as an extension of your arm. Wait for an opening, and then—
[Sokka grabs her arm, tugs her off balance, and knocks her backwards. They stare at each other in shock.]
Sokka: *crosses arms contemplatively* Hmm.
Suki: I fell on purpose to make you feel better!
Sokka: *ecstatic* I got you! Admit I got you!
Suki: *grins, grabs Sokka's finger and immobilizes him* Okay, it was a lucky shot. Let's see if you can do it again!
— S1:E4

Suki: There's no time to say goodbye!
Sokka: What about "I'm sorry"?
Suki: For what?
Sokka: I treated you like a girl, when I should have treated you like a warrior.
Suki: I am a warrior. *gives Sokka a peck on the cheek* But I'm a girl, too.
— S1:E4

Sokka: I don't care what Aunt Wu says, YOU HAVE TO TAKE A BATH SOMETIME!!

Zuko: If you find them I'll consider the damage to my ship paid for.
June: Heh. Forget it.
Iroh: Plus we'll pay your weight in gold!
June: Make it your weight in gold and we got a deal.

Zuko: For the last time, I'm not playing the tsungi horn.

Warden: Tell me exactly what you saw.
Officer: Well, Sir, it looked like a flying bison.
Warden: What?
Guard: It was a giant flying buffalo, Sir, with an empty saddle.
Warden: Which was it? A buffalo or a bison?
Officer: Uh, I'm not sure what the difference is, but that's not really the point is it, Sir?
Warden (angry): I'll decide what the point is, fool!
(Warden throws the man overboard)
Warden: You! Wake up the Captain. Search the entire rig!
Guard: Sir?
Warden: What!?
Guard: That was the Captain you just threw overboard, sir.
Warden: Then wake up someone I haven't thrown overboard and search the rig! There's something going on here and I don't like it.

Book 2: Earth

Soldier: [The soldier is pouring tea in a cup. Drops white food item into the teapot.] This rare chi-enhancing tea is a natural stimulant. In an ordinary warrior, it improves strength and energy ten-fold. In you, it may induce the Avatar State.
Aang: Ten-fold energy, huh? [Aang drinks the tea, causing his eyebrows to twitch slightly. The camera pans downward to the same scene where Aang is riding rapidly on an air scooter, hyper from the energy boost.] [Quickly in a high-pitched voice.] Is it working? Is it working? I can't tell! Somebody tell me if I'm in the Avatar State 'cause I don't have a good view of myself! Am I talking too loud?
Sokka: [Sitting on the floor, tired out and annoyed by Aang's actions.] I guess he could talk the Fire Lord to death. [Aang hits a pillar and falls backward.]

Oracle: You are wearing a ceremonial dress from each of the four bending nations! [...] Water! Earth! Fire! Air! FOUR ELEMENTS TOGETHER AS ONE!...
Aang: [Annoyed.]...This is just mud!
Oracle: [Quizically.] So... do you feel anything?
Aang raises his finger, catching everyone's interest, only to sneeze, causing mud to fly everywhere, coating Fong, Katara and Sokka.

Chong: [singing] Two lovers, forbidden from one another / A war divides their people / And a mountain divides them apart / Built a path to be together... [speaking] Yeah, I forget the next couple lines, but then it goes [singing] SECRET TUNNEL! SECRET TUNNEL! Through the mountain, secret secret secret secret TUNNEL!
[later]
Chong: Hey, I remember the last line now! [singing] And diiiieeee....

Katara: (To Sokka) Why's your forehead all red?
Chong: Nobody react to what I'm about to tell you... I think that kid might be the Avatar.
Sokka: (facepalm, explaining the mark)

("Avatar Day" opens with Sokka losing his boomerang in the Rough Rhinos attack)
Sokka: I feel like I've lost a part of my identity.. it's like, if you lost your arrow, or Katara lost her... hair-loopies.
Shopkeeper: Here you go, ponytail-guy.
Sokka: (sigh) I used to be boomerang-guy...
(Near the end of the episode, Sokka finds his boomerang)
Sokka: Boomerang!! You do always come back!

The Boulder: The Boulder feels conflicted about fighting a young, blind girl.
Toph: Sounds to me like you're scared, Boulder!
The Boulder: The Boulder is over his conflicted feelings and is ready to bury you IN A ROCK-A-LANCHE!!
Toph: Whenever you're ready, The Pebble!

Katara: You've been hallucinating off cactus juice all day, and now you just lick something stuck to the wall of a cave?!
Sokka: I have a natural curiosity.

Book 3: Fire

Aang: I can't believe we forgot Toph can't write!
Sokka: Yup, we're idiots.
Aang: I guess Plan B is, we send a note to Toph saying it's from Katara.
Sokka: I think we're gonna run into a similar problem.

Azula: My own mother thought I was a monster.
{{Beat *Beat*}}
Azula: She was right, of course. But it still hurt.

Sokka: Great. So we'll just use your new dance moves and tap-dance our way to victory over the Fire Lord.
Zuko: It's not a dance. It's a sacred Firebending form.
Katara: Oh yeah? And what is this 'sacred' firebending form called?
Zuko: ...the "Dancing Dragon".

Sokka: Maybe sometimes it's just better to call it quits before you fail.
Zuko: No, it's not. Look Sokka, you are going to fail a lot before things work out.
Sokka: That's supposed to make me feel better?
Zuko: Even though you'll probably fail over and over and over again...
Sokka: Seriously, not helping.
Zuko: ...You have to try every time. You can't quit because you are afraid you might fail!

Warden: The prisoners are escaping! Guards! Capture them and throw them in the cooler!
Guard: Uh, they are in a cooler, sir.
Warden: One that's bolted down and not floating in the water!

Azula: The thing I don't understand is why? Why would you do it? You know the consequences.
Mai: I guess you just don't know people as well as you think you do. You miscalculated. I love Zuko more than I fear you.

Guard: What are you doing?!
Mai: Saving the jerk who dumped me.

Zuko: What are you doing here?
Azula: You mean it's not obvious yet? I'm about to celebrate becoming an only child!

Zuko: I suppose you were right. She didn't need revenge. Violence wasn't the answer.
Aang: It never is.
Zuko: Then I have a question for you: what will you do when you face my father?