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Avatar The Abridged Series
It's a random stranger that I can exhibit naive optimism towards!
, naive optimism!
Uh... who are you?
Characterization, Cliff Notes style.
In yet another
Follow the Leader
Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series
, GanXingba made an
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
the bejezus out of them. Aang is an annoying, clueless idiot
even more hopelessly in love with Katara
, Katara is shrill, overbearing, and
, Sokka is
, Zuko is a stereotypical
, and, inexplicably
, Momo is Mexican and Iroh is a
stereotypical Jewish old man
(not to mention that Ozai sounds like
, Azula speaks
and Pakku is the only
Scottish Water Tribesman
). It works. It also gave us "Kung Fu Action Jesus".
The first episode can be viewed here. Now has its own website
This series provides examples of: All Girls Like Ponies: "Our wedding's gonna have ponies... and flowers... and ponies..." All Girls Want Bad Boys: Viciously parodied with Jet and Katara. Alter Kocker: Iroh Armor Is Useless: "This papier-mâché armor is useless!" Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: See Foreign Queasine below. A-Team Firing: Zuko's gunships. "I don't even have to dodge. He just kinda misses." Attention Whore: Aang. Author Avatar: Much of the series is Author Avatar for GanXingba to point out plot holes and other logical inconsistencies. The comet conversation between Aang and Avatar Roku, for example. Ax Crazy: King Bumi.
Katara: "Well, at least we know we weren't in any real danger."
Bumi: "Oh no, I was definitely going to kill you." Also Jet, with a healthy dose of paranoia. Badass Mustache: In the "Day of Black Stache" special, Haru's mustache which is so powerful that it can single-handedly defeat Fire Lord Ozai. Because I Said So: Roku's explanation about the comet giving firebenders more power. Berserk Button: Do not be the guy who didn't call Mike Tyson 'Iron Man' (ep. 6). Also see Trash Talk below. "THEY'RE NOT MUTTON CHOOOOOOOPS!!!!" Brain Bleach: "Now I'm scarred physically and mentally!" The closest Aang can manage is to burn Appa's harness, bathe him a dozen times and find a therapist (re. ep 11). Brainless Beauty: Poor, poor Zuko. Jin: You're lucky you're hot, you know that? Breaking the Fourth Wall: Episode 6 was devoted to this very concept. Jet:
You're too late to stop me.
Please. I'm the Avatar. You can't even bend! You don't stand a- (
crashes into tree with a loud thud
) Okay, seriously,
what the crap
Who wrote this episode? It was Zuko. Bring My Brown Pants: Episode 5. Brick Joke: Katara: *sigh* Crushed optimism... Butt Monkey: Sokka Sokka: Well Aang, because when I'm being pursued by people who want to kill me, I'd rather throw them off by walking through a dense forest than fly through an empty sky on a giant freaking bison! Katara: That may make sense, but since you're trying to be the leader, I'm guessing this is gonna fail horribly. He hangs a lampshade on it in Episode 9. Bato: You should try to find your friend Aang. one transition later, Sokka and Katara are being chased by a mercenary Sokka: Why do I ever listen to anybody!? Zuko is as well, and he hangs a lampshade on it in Episode 9.
Zuko: That's it! I'm not gonna let myself be humiliated anymore—* gets struck by the shirshu's tongue* OH THIS IS JUST EXCESSIVE! Calling the Old Man Out: Katara calling out Master Paku about his ideals of female fighters Calling Your Attacks Camp Gay: Haru. Just... Haru. Canada, Eh?: Lieutenant Jee. Casting Gag: The warden in "Imprisoned" is gay. Who voiced him in the actual show? George Takei. Character Exaggeration: Naturally. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys: Hinted at with Zhao's naval crew, as opposed to Zuko's (see Canada, Eh? below)
"They're all lined up in a straight line with their guns pointed the same way... they're probably French."
Chick Magnet: Iroh, to the tune of 5000 points on "The Game of Love". Also qualifies as a Kavorka Man. Combat Commentator: added to the big Katara vs Pakku fight in ep. 11. Combat Pragmatist: Iroh's fireball. Completely Missing the Point: "Zuzu's Date". At first.
Zuko: I don't think rabbits can operate screwdrivers without opposable thumbs. Conspiracy Theorist: Jet, with his "crazed theories" about the Freemasons and Illuminati. In fact Viacom deleted this episode because Jet knew too much of the truth. Crazy Survivalist: Jet, leading the battle against the Martians... Er, Fire Nation, basically Expying a mix of Solid Snake and The Question from Justice League Unlimited. Cut-and-Paste Translation: Will rearrange the order of episodes, paste two (or more) episodes as one, and radically alter some plots instead of just abridging them. But this is likely more for Rule of Funny than anything else. And a bit of Fridge Brilliance when you realise why the Blue Spirit's first scene comes before Zuko's first scene in ep. 8. Department of Redundancy Department: Episode 9 again.
"Now that we can conveniently move, I have a convenient plan that conveniently involves these convenient vats of perfume they conveniently make at this temple!"
Bumi: So in other words, they went postal! Get it? Postal, mail delivery system... Don't Explain the Joke: King Bumi has this as almost his entire personality: Early-Bird Cameo: Chong in episode 5. El Spanish O: Sokka attempting to communicate with Momo. Emo Teen: Zuko. Entendre Failure: On the Zuzu's Date episode, his date tries every innuendo short of saying that she wants to have sex with him, failing to get across her meaning to Zuko. In the end, she flat out says that she wants to have sex with him, and instantly, Zuko is transformed from whiny bitch to lady's man extraordinaire. Everything's Better with Penguins: Yeah, Aang's gonna go play with penguins now. Yeah, penguins, yeah! Eyedscreen: Episode 8. At least twice. Follow the Leader: Sister production ATAS TV is modelled after AMV Hell. Foreign Queasine: Episode 9. Batou serves up whale testicles and even more in Episode 11: "In honor of the Avatar's arrival (and my daughter Yue's sweet sixteen) please enjoy this feast of seal testicles, penguin testicles, polar bear testicles, and gazpacho.". For Science!: Complete with Trumpet Music, and that makes everything okay. Funny Background Event: In Episode 6, when the kids are cheering for Jet's speech, you can hear someone say 'sieg heil' among the cheers. May also double as Crosses the Line Twice. Gambit Roulette: Episode 8 Zhao: Well darn, it looks like I'm out of luck barring a sudden promotion, like the one arriving right now. Colonel Shinu: What!? There's no way you could have timed this down to the second! Zhao:
Of course I can. I went to the
School of Strategy. I can practically predict the future.
Giving Up On Logic: Sokka comes dangerously close to it when he lampshades the Schizo Tech of the series. The Ghost: GanXingba himself. He's one of the very few abridgers who has publicized basically nothing about his personal life, despite doing not only this show but being a part of the high-profile Team Four Star. (His real name can be found on the Intarwebs, but that's about it.) Hey, It's That Voice!: Takahata101, who voices Nappa in DBZ Abridged voice acts in episode 8 The Hyena: Yue is an odd case. Most of her dialogue is just her giggling girlishly. Even when she cries. Idiot Ball: Sokka actually caught "stupid" as a disease. Then Katara came down with it. Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Zuko Aang: I don't even really have to dodge. He just kind of misses." Kung Fu (Action) Jesus:
"Kung Fu Action Jesus!
He's fightin' the bad guys
And making them pay,
With magic kung fu
He'll save the day!
It's Kung Fu Action Jesus!"
Large Ham: Ozai would be right at home in WWE. Ozai: OZAI-MANIA'S ABOUT TO RUN WILD. ON YOUR FACE! Larynx Dissonance: Especially Katara. Or at least until she Took a Level in Badass. Leet Lingo: from the generic "ROFLMAO learn to play n00bs!" (ep 5) to the less common "TTFN!" (ep 9). Man of a Thousand Voices : Mile-High Club "You did WHAT with Yue on APPA?!?" My Friends... and Zoidberg: Sokka even more than in the original series. My God, What Have I Done?: Steam. Powered. Jet. Skis. Naked People Are Funny- Do not bother Iroh during "Naked Iroh Time". Zuko:
Awww, now I'm scarred physically
Naughty Nuns: Once again, Episode 9 Sokka: Wow Bato, the nuns let you stay here for free?! Bato: Let's just say they haven't exactly seen a man in a while... No Periods, Period: Averted to the fullest extent possible Sokka: Now sis, remember what we said about Waterbending when you're PMSing... In a commentary of episode one, the creator of the series explicitly stated that that joke is the one that he's gotten the most criticism for and admits that it wasn't a very good idea anyway. Now You Tell Me: Oh Crap: Pakku in Episode 11 during his fight with Katara.
Pakku: Ohohoho!!!! Oh, you sure showed me lass! Ohoho—CHRIST ON A CRACKER!!!
Only Sane Man: Definitely Sokka. This status is firmly established in episode 10. Out-of-Character Moment: "If I acknowledge that part of my character, the plot falls apart! I don't have a choice." Precision F-Strike: Katara's calling Pakku out in episode 11. Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Give... me... that... chocolate!" Pungeon Master: Amon. Sarcasm Mode- " Sarcastic skepticism" Schizo Tech: Sokka: Let Me Get This Straight
: you can invent tanks (invented 1915), jet skis (invented 1973), and a gi-
)... but the concept of a
hot air balloon
(invented 1783)... eluuuuudes you. ...I hate this world and everyone in it.
Shout Out: Tons, in The Abridged Series tradition. Colonel Avdol: "Admiral Zhao... I have leaned over a great deal of time the only to defeat the Northern Water Tribe... is to burn it." Which in itself calls back a similar shout-out in Antfish's own series where Abdul has an Imagine Spot where he is crowned as "Fire Lord Abdul," and when he's snapped out of it, he screams "I WILL DESTROY THE AVATAR!" Aang, voiced by Gangxingba, pops in and adds his disapproval of this plan. And, at the end of the first episode, a reference to another series of videos (Avatar Stupidity).
Aang: Who are you?
Katara: I'm Kata-
Katara: *angry* You will be in a second! Side Effects Include...: The side effects for Haru's Sexyfine Shampoo are as follows: "Headaches, blood clots, green rashes, gonorrhea, albinism, thumb cancer, chocolate cravings, heroin addiction, pregnancy, ear mutation, increased risk of cyborg koala attack, the apocalypse, and Zutara." Your Millage May Vary if that last one is a case of Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking or not. Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter: "Why a duck? Why a duck?!" Snub by Omission: King Bumi:
Good try, but if you want to save the girl -
Stalker with a Crush: In fact, she is named Stalker Girl. Zuko with Katara. He even had a lock of her hair.
Iroh: You took a lock of that water tribe girl's hair?
Zuko: Well, yeah. I just wanted a piece of her with me everywhere I went. Stay in the Kitchen: Master Paku believes that if woman aren't healers or summoners they should be this.
'"So go learn to heal or get in the kitchen and make some babies!" Steam Punk: Addressing its absurdity in episode 10. Sokka: Steam... powered... jet skis. Stock Scream: there's a Wilhelm early in ep. 9. Strange Minds Think Alike: In the first episode, Sokka, Aang and Zuko all mention the "iceberg pinata" explanation for a Human Popsicle. Later, we learn that Aang and Zuko are both amazingly obsessed with eating Lucky Charms for breakfast. Tempting Fate: "Wow, what a normal and uneventful day we're having, surely nothing exciting and life-changing could hap- " These Questions Three Took a Level in Badass: Aang can effortlessly own anyone, provided he's not being written by Zuko. 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! 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 Avat ooooh 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 exception 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*