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: How else could you describe the Kyoshi Warriors?
  • Answer Cut: When Aang says there is something about Kyoshi 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 not to be sexist.
  • 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.
  • Mouth Cam: 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.