* AbandonShipping: Many people that previously liked the Katara/Aang ship have come to dislike it now that they are officially together due to how [[SickeninglySweethearts obnoxious they can be]]. See ShippingBedDeath below.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** In their final conversation, Aang is "handling" Zuko. He takes an ill and possibly suicidal young man, transports him to the tea shop that hosts the few good memories in his troubled life, lets him see his beloved uncle and sip said uncle's tea, and flatters Zuko with praise about how Zuko was totally in the right about what they'd been fighting over. Aang's statements, however, concede nothing substantial to Zuko. The Fire Nation's single desire was to retain its colonies, and Aang flatly states that no such thing will happen, and that instead the issue will be handed off to a multiparty summit. Whatever the future outcome, Aang walks away from the meeting with three victories to Zuko's zero: he avoids a war, he gets Zuko to implicitly forsake any future claim to sole sovereignty over the colonies, and, more importantly, he gets Zuko back onto his side as a friend. Zuko could arguably claim to have secured the continued residence of the colonists in their homes, but their way of life is going to change with the Fire Nation no longer in charge.
** Was Suki's concern over Zuko because of a BodyguardCrush? Or because of concern for a (platonic) friend she grew close with during their travels in the Gaang?
* BrokenAesop: The themes regarding the dangers of nationalism and ethnocentrism not withstanding, the fact remains that the Fire Nation seized land from the Earth Kingdom during a war THEY instigated, suppressed the people they subjugated, and all the while committed numerous war crimes. It's not surprising that the Earth Kingdom's citizens would be outraged over Zuko going back on a peace treaty by allowing Fire Nation citizens to remain in the colonies despite them never having any legal basis to live there.
* BrokenBase: Just exactly how canon the books are is a debated topic in the fandom; some fans even feel these books almost as a fanfiction, and bringing it up risks starting a fan war. (Though not ''nearly'' on the same scale as the ship wars...)
** As of the third trilogy Fan Hate has died down and the comics have become more accepted into canon. Still there is discourse on whether they are a good addition or not. With the end of WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra, excitement for the comics has risen as they have become the sole source of continuity for the Franchise, with many fans expressing a desire to see a Korra comic.
** The entire Katara/Aang romance is this. Is it cute or downright annoying with the non-stop "sweetie" pet names and oogieness?
* CreatorsPet: Gene Yang has described Sneers as his favorite Freedom Fighter, which is why he brought him back for the trilogy. Yang also, incidentally, paired Sneers with a hot girlfriend (Kori) and had multiple characters lampshade how awesome Sneers was for landing a girlfriend seemingly out of his league.
* DesignatedVillain: Zuko is this in-universe to many of the Earth Kingdom people and the Freedom Fighters, and even some of the Gaang like Sokka and Toph. Yes, he's being an idiot, but everyone's treating him like he's already as bad a dictator as his father. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] considering that they just wrapped up a century-long world war where the Fire Lord was the face of their enemy.
* LesYay: [[http://pics.livejournal.com/marikunin/pic/00167f63 Toph licks Katara's hand]] to show her what "oogies" are.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Aang killing Zuko? Really? Even if we didn't know that Zuko is SavedByCanon, that's a hard plot point to swallow.
* TheScrappy: Kori gets this from fans for her insistance on solving her problems with violence and assassination attempts on Zuko's life. That and the fact that she's a KarmaHoudini. She tried to kill the ''freaking Fire Lord'' and yet she's free to organize a resistance in the colony.
* ShippingBedDeath: Many people feel Aang and Katara have fallen into this, including Sokka and Toph. Once again, "oogie". Though [[Heartwarming/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise the most dramatic kiss]] of the story is well scripted.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Aang's initial rejection of the Air Nomad fan club and eventual acceptance and decision to educate them and set them on a better path as a commentary on cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation can be deeply insulting, but the possibility of good intentions needs to be considered.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Aang calling Katara "sweetie" in several panels. ''Ick.'' This is even lampshaded by Sokka, who calls it "Oogie".
* WhatAnIdiot:
** Zuko, when will you ''learn''? You ask someone like Ozai for advice on how to rule a kingdom? Why not ask your loyal and ''not psychotic'' uncle instead? Answer: Because for all of his hard-earned intelligence and maturity, Zuko "...is still a ''stubborn boy.''" Good thing Iroh's fully aware of this.
** Yes Kori, the best way to solve your problems is to assassinate the Fire Lord. Because it's not like assassination of the Fire Lord will cause a civil war, leaving the Earth King free to claim the land, right?