Recap / Avatar: The Last Airbender "The Warriors of Kyoshi"
"I am a warrior. But I'm a girl, too!"
On their quest to the Northern Water Tribe, Aang decides it's of vital importance that he ride Giant Koi Fish, a distraction which results in the gang being captured. Much to Sokka's surprise, however, the group who captured them was a troop of warrior women
. The sexism doesn't exactly make them sympathetic to letting the group go free, but it turns out that these are the Warriors of Kyoshi
, named after the previous Earth Avatar, and thus are eager to help the Avatar. Aang's fame goes to his head as he attempts to impress Katara, while Sokka learns a lesson or two about gender equality from the Kyoshi Warriors- in particular, their pretty leader Suki. However, news that the Avatar is at Kyoshi Island spreads, just inviting Zuko to come...
- Amazon Brigade: The Kyoshi Warriors is a group of warriors that are all-female, keeping in the tradition of their founder, Avatar Kyoshi. They also wear her warrior paint and dress to signify their heritage.
- Answer Cut: When Aang says there is something about Kyoshi Island that makes him not want to leave, the camera pans to the right to reveal his giggling Groupie Brigade.
- Bilingual Bonus: Unagi means eel in Japanese
- Bullying a Dragon:
- Sokka does this while the Kyoshi warriors have him tied to a pole and surrounded.
Sokka: There's no way a bunch of girls took us down.
Suki: "A bunch of girls", huh? The unagi's going to eat well tonight.
- Invoked by Aang when he tricks the unagi into spraying water at him. It misses, and puts out the fires in the village instead.
- Character Development: Sokka learns a lot about humility, and not to be sexist. This is probably also the first episode he realizes he's the Non-Action Guy.
- Chekhov's Gun: Aang uses the unagi, with its ability to spout water, to extinguish the flames of the burning village.
- Combat Hand Fan: The Kyoshi Warriors' main weapon. Based on real life Japanese weapons, as well.
- Description Cut: Prince Zuko is trying to track down the Avatar.
Prince Zuko: How am I going to find the Avatar? He is clearly a master of evasive maneuvering.
Sokka: (cut to him talking to Aang) You have no idea where you're going, do you?
- Groupie Brigade: Aang gets one of these for being the Avatar.
- Humble Pie: Sokka gets handed a big mouthful when he goes to confront the Warriors of Kyoshi, and learns that he's not the great Water Tribe warrior he thought he was.
- Laugh of Love: Aang's fangirls tend to giggle and squeal when they're with him, much to Katara's jealousy.
- Mouth Cam: This is present to show Aang swinging across the unagi's mouth.
- Off-Model: Aang is hit badly by it while running from the unagi. Luckily, the animators soon got things under control and this never happened again.
- Riding into the Sunset: Team Avatar, joined by the unagi.