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Katara: It's a random stranger that I can exhibit naive optimism towards! Yay, naive optimism!
Aang: Uh... who are you?
Katara: An optimist!
Sokka: And I'm a skeptic! Skepticism, skepticism, skepticism...
...
Katara: Hopeful optimism?
Sokka: Continued skepticism....
Characterization, Cliff Notes style.

In yet another Follow the Leader version of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, GanXingba made an abridged version of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Can it capture the flavor of the original?

No, it really can't, which is sort of the point, but it keeps the basic character concepts roughly the same and just exaggerates the bejezus out of them. Aang is an annoying, clueless idiot even more hopelessly in love with Katara, Katara is shrill, overbearing, and needlessly optimistic, Sokka is much snarkier, Zuko is a stereotypical Emo Teen, and, inexplicably but hilariously, Momo is Mexican and Iroh is a stereotypical Jewish old man (not to mention that Ozai sounds like Hulk Hogan, Azula speaks Valley Girl and Pakku is the only Scottish Water Tribesman). It works. It also gave us "Kung Fu Action Jesus".

Now has its own website.

This series provides examples of:

  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Zuko, resident Butt Monkey of the show, is given a break in Zuzu's Date, where he gets to make out (and probably do a little more...) with Jin.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Aang can effortlessly own anyone, provided he's not being written by Zuko.
    • Katara in episode 11.
  • Trash Talk: Aang loses it when a glider pilot "does the ancient Airbender equivalent of You Got Served."
    Aang: So you think you're hot shit, huh, but I got news for yo' punk ass! You ain't got nothin'! Ho ho, what is this, loop-de-loops? Get that J.V. shit outta here, son!
    • The Guy Aang's trashing? Teo. Sokka treats it as a What the Hell, Hero? after the reveal.
      • He's handicapable.
  • Valley Girl: Azula, apparently.
  • Weirdness Censor: Sokka is starting to question some of the absurdities he runs into.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Zuko ("Time to make Daddy love me!")
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: When Aang states that he's master of all the elements, the four main elements' symbols are shown around him. A heart symbol then suddenly appears but is quickly X'd out.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Aang gets the recieving end of this for laughs in episodes 9 with the map (Then they wouldn't be paying attention to ME!!) and in episode 10 with Aang trash-talking Teo (you remember, the kid in the wheelchair.)
    Sokka: Wow, Aang! You're an ass!
  • The Worf Effect: Zuko. "Not so fast Avatooooh noooo..."
  • Worth It: Sokka's attitude to sacrificing the air balloon's fuel source to get rid of Kenny Loggins music.
    • Also why Zhao just watched Aang kick Zuko's ass rather than stop him from getting away.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Master Paku. His sexism is now a combination of Stay in the Kitchen and the expectation that female protagonists must remain in the back row and heal or summon monsters.
  • Yandere: One episode character Meng is turned into one.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Iroh.
  • Your Other Left: "Down Fluffles, down! * ffwump* "No, the other down!" * whump*


Katara: Encouraging optimism?
Aang: Yeah, I'm gonna have to ask you guys to stop doing that.

Alternative Title(s): Avatar The Abridged Series

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