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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBlindBandit "The Blind Bandit"]] has a small moment. Aang asks a couple jocks where to find an earthbending tournament they were talking about, and they rather rudely brush him off. Katara runs after them and leads us to believe she's going to flirt with them to get the information. Nope - ''she encases them from the neck down in ice, horizontally on a wall.'' Almost definitely as retribution for their rudeness towards Aang.


* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheAvatarReturns "The Avatar Returns"]]: His EstablishingCharacterMoment as the Avatar when Zuko knocks him into the water, he goes into the Avatar State and makes a massive waterspout, causing Zuko's, Katara's and Sokka's mouths to drop open. Then he lands, eyes and arrows still glowing, twists the water into a ring around him, and then pushes out, [[CurbStompBattle taking out everyone.]] Two episodes in, and Aang has already given the Fire Nation reason to fear him.

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheAvatarReturns "The Avatar Returns"]]: His EstablishingCharacterMoment as the Avatar when Zuko knocks him into the water, he goes into the Avatar State and makes a massive waterspout, causing Zuko's, Katara's and Sokka's mouths to drop open. Then he lands, eyes and arrows still glowing, twists the water into a ring around him, and then pushes out, [[CurbStompBattle taking out everyone.]] everyone]]. Two episodes in, and Aang has already given the Fire Nation reason to fear him.



** When the Blue Spirit gets hit and reveals it was actually [[spoiler: Zuko]] that helped him escape and Aang still saves him from being captured anyway counts as an EstablishingCharacterMoment showing that he is not prone to [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind leaving someone behind]].

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** When the Blue Spirit gets hit and reveals it was actually [[spoiler: Zuko]] [[spoiler:Zuko]] that helped him escape and Aang still saves him from being captured anyway counts as an EstablishingCharacterMoment showing that he is not prone to [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind leaving someone behind]].



-->'''Aang:''' No. I'm not going to end it like this. ([[spoiler: He's not talking to Ozai. He's talking to his ''past lives''.]])

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-->'''Aang:''' No. I'm not going to end it like this. ([[spoiler: He's ([[spoiler:He's not talking to Ozai. He's talking to his ''past lives''.]])



** After seeing Aang [[spoiler: get struck by Azula's lightning]], Katara surrounds herself in a sphere of water and floods the entire battlefield, sweeping up Dai Li agents, Azula, and [[spoiler: Zuko]] up like they're dust bunnies to get to Aang.
** Also, her healing [[spoiler: Aang]] with her remaining Spirit Water.
* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheAwakening "The Awakening"]]: When under attack by a [[spoiler: Fire Nation ship]], Katara summons a large steam cloud, large enough to surround both warships, which are pretty huge themselves.

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** After seeing Aang [[spoiler: get struck by Azula's lightning]], Katara surrounds herself in a sphere of water and floods the entire battlefield, sweeping up Dai Li agents, Azula, and [[spoiler: Zuko]] [[spoiler:Zuko]] up like they're dust bunnies to get to Aang.
** Also, her healing [[spoiler: Aang]] [[spoiler:Aang]] with her remaining Spirit Water.
* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheAwakening "The Awakening"]]: When under attack by a [[spoiler: Fire [[spoiler:Fire Nation ship]], Katara summons a large steam cloud, large enough to surround both warships, which are pretty huge themselves.



* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRunaway "The Runaway"]]: Breaking out of a wooden jail cell with her own sweat, followed by [[BigDamnHeroes shoving an ice pillar onto Combustion Man's head.]]

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRunaway "The Runaway"]]: Breaking out of a wooden jail cell with her own sweat, followed by [[BigDamnHeroes shoving an ice pillar onto Combustion Man's head.]]head]].



** Before that, he gets one for beating the huge flaming gates guarding the Fire Nation capital [[spoiler: by inventing submarines!]]

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** Before that, he gets one for beating the huge flaming gates guarding the Fire Nation capital [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by inventing submarines!]]



* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheWesternAirTemple "The Western Air Temple"]]: Throwing his boomerang around a corner for a dead center shot, [[AwesomenessbyAnalysis based on two angles of fire that he saw]][[note]] aka ''TRIGONOMETRY''[[/note]], and [[spoiler:killing Combustion Man]].

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheWesternAirTemple "The Western Air Temple"]]: Throwing his boomerang around a corner for a dead center shot, [[AwesomenessbyAnalysis based on two angles of fire that he saw]][[note]] aka ''TRIGONOMETRY''[[/note]], and [[spoiler:killing Combustion Man]]. Man.]]



** The {{Flashback}} that shows the [[WeHaveReserves reason]] why Zuko got his scar. [[WhiteSheep Too bad villains don't appreciate courage, loyalty, or respect for the sanctity of human life.]]

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** The {{Flashback}} that shows the [[WeHaveReserves reason]] why Zuko got his scar. [[WhiteSheep Too bad villains don't appreciate courage, loyalty, or respect for the sanctity of human life.]]life]].



-->"There's always something. Not that you would understand. You're like my sister - everything always came easy to her. She's a Firebending prodigy, and everyone adores her. My father says she was born lucky. He says I was lucky to be born! ''[beat]'' I don't need luck, though. I don't want it. [[IronWoobie I've always had to struggle and fight and that's made me strong. It's made me who I am.]]"

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-->"There's always something. Not that you would understand. You're like my sister - everything always came easy to her. She's a Firebending prodigy, and everyone adores her. My father says she was born lucky. He says I was lucky to be born! ''[beat]'' I don't need luck, though. I don't want it. [[IronWoobie I've always had to struggle and fight and that's made me strong. It's made me who I am.]]"am]]."



'''Zuko''': [[InsultBackfire Yes, he has.]] After I leave here today, I'm going to free Uncle Iroh from his prison, and I'm going to beg for his forgiveness. [[ParentalSubstitute He's the one who's been a real father to me.]]\\

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'''Zuko''': [[InsultBackfire Yes, he has.]] has]]. After I leave here today, I'm going to free Uncle Iroh from his prison, and I'm going to beg for his forgiveness. [[ParentalSubstitute He's the one who's been a real father to me.]]\\me]].\\



** [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart4AvatarAang "Part 4: Avatar Aang"]]: His [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning speech to the assembled members of the other nations where he officially declares the war over and vows to spend the rest of his life rebuilding the world alongside his friends, followed by him officially being crowned Firelord.]] And after the ceremonies are over, he leaves to confront his father one final time and demands he tell him where his mother is.

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** [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart4AvatarAang "Part 4: Avatar Aang"]]: His [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning speech to the assembled members of the other nations where he officially declares the war over and vows to spend the rest of his life rebuilding the world alongside his friends, followed by him officially being crowned Firelord.]] Firelord]]. And after the ceremonies are over, he leaves to confront his father one final time and demands he tell him where his mother is.



* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSiegeOfTheNorthPart2 "The Siege of The North Part 2"]]: When Zhao threatens to kill the spirit, Iroh tells him "Whatever you do to that spirit, I'll unleash on you ten-fold! [[SuddenlyShouting LET IT GO, NOW!]]". When Zhao does it anyway, [[UnstoppableRage Iroh goes berserk]] and just [[CurbStompBattle annihilates]] four Firebenders by himself in seconds. [[OhCrap Zhao just slowly backs away when he sees that display.]]

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSiegeOfTheNorthPart2 "The Siege of The North Part 2"]]: When Zhao threatens to kill the spirit, Iroh tells him "Whatever you do to that spirit, I'll unleash on you ten-fold! [[SuddenlyShouting LET IT GO, NOW!]]". When Zhao does it anyway, [[UnstoppableRage Iroh goes berserk]] and just [[CurbStompBattle annihilates]] four Firebenders by himself in seconds. [[OhCrap Zhao just slowly backs away when he sees that display.]]display]].



* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart3IntoTheInferno "Sozin's Comet Part 3: Into The Inferno"]]: Iroh [[spoiler:tore through Ba Sing Se's wall like it was toilet paper, and ended the siege by burning the flag of the Fire Nation hanging in the palace, symbolizing that the Earth Kingdom is free once again.]] The irony being that in his heyday when he was a famed General working for the Fire Nation, he couldn't pull it off (granted, he didn't have Sozin's Comet then and only retreated because his son died, but still). And now years later, he accomplished this in less then a day (ousting Azula's 48-hour takeover). Maybe fighting for something he really believes in helps.

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart3IntoTheInferno "Sozin's Comet Part 3: Into The Inferno"]]: Iroh [[spoiler:tore through Ba Sing Se's wall like it was toilet paper, and ended the siege by burning the flag of the Fire Nation hanging in the palace, symbolizing that the Earth Kingdom is free once again.]] again]]. The irony being that in his heyday when he was a famed General working for the Fire Nation, he couldn't pull it off (granted, he didn't have Sozin's Comet then and only retreated because his son died, but still). And now years later, he accomplished this in less then a day (ousting Azula's 48-hour takeover). Maybe fighting for something he really believes in helps.



* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheAvatarState "The Avatar State"]]: [[EstablishingCharacterMoment From her first major ever appearance.]]

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheAvatarState "The Avatar State"]]: [[EstablishingCharacterMoment From her first major ever appearance.]]appearance]].



-->'''Long Feng:''' [[OutGambitted You've beaten me at my own game.]]
-->'''Azula:''' [[MagnificentBastard Don't flatter yourself. You were never even a player.]]

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-->'''Long Feng:''' [[OutGambitted You've beaten me at my own game.]]
game]].
-->'''Azula:''' [[MagnificentBastard Don't flatter yourself. You were never even a player.]]player]].



* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart4AvatarAang "Sozin's Comet Part 4: Avatar Aang"]]: Azula [[spoiler:even as she is losing, then forfeiting, her duel with Zuko]]. We hear [[OldMaster Iroh's]] lessons about the generation of lightning requiring total calmness and dispassion/serenity in Season two. [[spoiler: So of course we see Azula, in the middle of a full-blown psychotic break, do it anyway. Crazy as she was at the time, Azula's proficiency with the technique would cause her to unconsciously focus on the task, even if her conscious mind was in turmoil.]]

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart4AvatarAang "Sozin's Comet Part 4: Avatar Aang"]]: Azula [[spoiler:even as she is losing, then forfeiting, her duel with Zuko]]. We hear [[OldMaster Iroh's]] lessons about the generation of lightning requiring total calmness and dispassion/serenity in Season two. [[spoiler: So [[spoiler:So of course we see Azula, in the middle of a full-blown psychotic break, do it anyway. Crazy as she was at the time, Azula's proficiency with the technique would cause her to unconsciously focus on the task, even if her conscious mind was in turmoil.]]



** Her standoff with [[spoiler:Azula where she tells her, "[[EvilCannotComprehendGood You miscalculated]]. I love Zuko more than I fear you."]] Such an awesome line it pushes [[spoiler:Azula down the road to her VillainousBreakdown]].
*** Mai must know that she is out of her league against [[spoiler: Azula]], yet she shows absolutely no fear when preparing to fight one-on-one.

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** Her standoff with [[spoiler:Azula where she tells her, "[[EvilCannotComprehendGood You miscalculated]]. I love Zuko more than I fear you."]] Such an awesome line it pushes [[spoiler:Azula down the road to her VillainousBreakdown]].
VillainousBreakdown.]]
*** Mai must know that she is out of her league against [[spoiler: Azula]], [[spoiler:Azula]], yet she shows absolutely no fear when preparing to fight one-on-one.



* [[RecapAvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsComet "Sozin's Comet"]]:

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* [[RecapAvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsComet [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSozinsCometPart3IntoTheInferno "Sozin's Comet"]]:



--->'''Bumi:''' [[PreAsskickingOneLiner Wrong choice.]]

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--->'''Bumi:''' [[PreAsskickingOneLiner Wrong choice.]]choice]].



** After Katara and the Gaang go through with their plan to give the Earthbenders something to bend, her short encouraging speech appears to fail. The warden of the rig berates her failed speech, then walks away... only for a small rock to nail him in the head. Furious, he turns around, to find Haru with a fierce, determined expression, Earthbending a small circle of rocks. The warden attacks him, [[PapaWolf only for this to be the excuse the Earthbenders needed to fight back, and kick their asses]]. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Nice job fixing it.]]

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** After Katara and the Gaang go through with their plan to give the Earthbenders something to bend, her short encouraging speech appears to fail. The warden of the rig berates her failed speech, then walks away... only for a small rock to nail him in the head. Furious, he turns around, to find Haru with a fierce, determined expression, Earthbending a small circle of rocks. The warden attacks him, [[PapaWolf only for this to be the excuse the Earthbenders needed to fight back, and kick their asses]]. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Nice job fixing it.]]it]].



** Aang finds himself on what appears to be a mysterious island. Then he finds out it is [[spoiler: a living being, the [[TurtleIsland Lion Turtle]]]].

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** Aang finds himself on what appears to be a mysterious island. Then he finds out it is [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a living being, the [[TurtleIsland Lion Turtle]]]].Turtle]].]]


[[folder: Team Avatar]]

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[[folder: Team [[folder:Team Avatar]]


[[caption-width-right:350:The Avatar State, a.k.a. the "Crowning Moment of Awesome State".]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The [[SuperMode Avatar State, State]], a.k.a. the "Crowning Moment of Awesome State".]]


** The fact that, despite the Order being wide and far reaching, only five of their eldest members showed up to the fight. When the fight starts, you can clearly see why only these five were needed, and how they earned the title of ''Grand Masters''.


** Zhao arguably went out with more dignity than [[SmugSnake someone like him]] has any right to. With the moon back in the sky, the angry Ocean Spirit got a grip on him, and the young man he loathed reaching out to save him, he doesn't panic or breakdown whatsoever. Instead he decides to let the spirit [[FaceDeathWithDignity drag him to his doom]]

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** Zhao arguably went out with more dignity than [[SmugSnake someone like him]] has any right to. With the moon back in the sky, the angry Ocean Spirit got a grip on him, and the young man he loathed reaching out to save him, he doesn't panic or breakdown whatsoever. Instead he decides to let the spirit [[FaceDeathWithDignity drag him to his doom]] and go down like the war hero he believed himself to be.

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** Zhao arguably went out with more dignity than [[SmugSnake someone like him]] has any right to. With the moon back in the sky, the angry Ocean Spirit got a grip on him, and the young man he loathed reaching out to save him, he doesn't panic or breakdown whatsoever. Instead he decides to let the spirit [[FaceDeathWithDignity drag him to his doom]]


* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSouthernRaiders "The Southern Raiders"]]: Zuko's fight with Azula for pretty much the first time ever he's fighting his Firebending-prodigy-daddy's-favorite-child-magnificent-bastard sister on equal terms. Whilst on top of an moving airship, after jumping onto it from another one. He matches Azula blow for blow, and holds a rather even fight against her! Looking closer, one realizes that this is their first one-on-one since Zuko learned the original art of Firebending, which didn't rely on being fueled by rage and hatred... and this was only a few episodes after Zuko just learned about it!

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSouthernRaiders [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBoilingRockPart2 "The Southern Raiders"]]: Boiling Rock"]]: Zuko's fight with Azula for pretty much the first time ever he's fighting his Firebending-prodigy-daddy's-favorite-child-magnificent-bastard sister on equal terms. Whilst on top of an moving airship, after jumping onto it from another one. He matches Azula blow for blow, and holds a rather even fight against her! Looking closer, one realizes that this is their first one-on-one since Zuko learned the original art of Firebending, which didn't rely on being fueled by rage and hatred... and this was only a few episodes after Zuko just learned about it!


* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSiegeOfTheNorthPart2 "The Siege of The North Part 2"]]: When Zhao threatens to kill the spirit, Iroh tells him "Whatever you do to that spirit, I'll unleash on you ten-fold! Let it go now!". When Zhao does it anyway, [[UnstoppableRage he goes berserk]] and just [[CurbStompBattle annihilates]] four Firebenders by himself in seconds. [[OhCrap Zhao just slowly backs away when he sees that display.]]

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSiegeOfTheNorthPart2 "The Siege of The North Part 2"]]: When Zhao threatens to kill the spirit, Iroh tells him "Whatever you do to that spirit, I'll unleash on you ten-fold! Let it go now!". [[SuddenlyShouting LET IT GO, NOW!]]". When Zhao does it anyway, [[UnstoppableRage he Iroh goes berserk]] and just [[CurbStompBattle annihilates]] four Firebenders by himself in seconds. [[OhCrap Zhao just slowly backs away when he sees that display.]]


*** Pay attention to how Zuko is fighting during the Agni Kai. Azula is darting all over the place but he's nearly stationary. He's gone back to the basics like Iroh was drilling him early on. He's focusing on maintaining his root and he's conserving power. Watch how flashy Azula is and then pay attention to Zuko who never wastes a single movement. He maintains his root the whole time and overwhelms Azula by breaking hers while she's darting around like a madwoman. He's truly surpassed Azula here, because for all her power and talent, he wins with Firebending basics.

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*** Pay attention to how Zuko is fighting during the Agni Kai. Azula is darting all over the place but he's nearly stationary. He's gone back to the basics like Iroh was drilling him early on. He's focusing on maintaining his root and he's conserving power. Watch how flashy Azula is is, and then pay attention to watch how Zuko who never wastes a single movement. He maintains his root the whole time and overwhelms Azula by breaking hers while she's darting around like a madwoman. He's truly surpassed Azula here, because for all her power and talent, he wins with Firebending basics.basics.
** Thematically, this fight is an embodiment of the philosophies the four nations: He has the strategies and patience of the Earth Kingdom, the adaptability and love for his friends and family like the Water Tribe (he's also protected from lightning because of Water Tribe techniques), he is the best example of the drive and purpose of the Fire Nation, and he fights for freedom like an Air Nomad. Of all the other supporting characters, this is the moment when Zuko has truly become a mirror of the Avatar.


* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheGreatDivide "The Great Divide"]]: Regardless of the general consensus of the episode, Aang taking on several canyon crawlers at once, formulating a plan to incapacitate ''and'' temporarily tame them, ''and'' coming up with a convincing lie to get the Gan Jin and Zhang tribes to stop feuding ''while hungry'' is pretty impressive.

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheGreatDivide "The Great Divide"]]: Regardless of the general consensus of the episode, Aang taking on several canyon crawlers at once, formulating a plan to incapacitate ''and'' and temporarily tame them, ''and'' coming up with a convincing lie to get the Gan Jin and Zhang tribes to stop feuding ''while hungry'' is pretty impressive.

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheGreatDivide "The Great Divide"]]: Regardless of the general consensus of the episode, Aang taking on several canyon crawlers at once, formulating a plan to incapacitate ''and'' temporarily tame them, ''and'' coming up with a convincing lie to get the Gan Jin and Zhang tribes to stop feuding ''while hungry'' is pretty impressive.



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** Keep in mind: the eclpise is still going when he's done. Bumi managed to do all of the above in under ''eight minutes.''


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_Ko7VusR04 This video shows what makes her so awesome]].


* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheGuru "The Guru"]]: Toph has been kidnapped by bounty hunters, Xin Fu and Yu, and is being taken back to her parents. When she tries to escape one of them taunts her by saying: "You may ''think'' you're the greatest Earthbender in the world but even ''you'' can't bend metal." Toph then uses her Earthbending on metal (a feat which was said multiple times over the course of the series to be entirely impossible) to escape a metal cage, using the same "impossible" skill to trap her captors in their own cage, triumphantly yelling the completely accurate statement of ''"I am the greatest Earthbender in the world!"'', and then riding away on a gigantic wave of ground.

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* [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheGuru "The Guru"]]: Toph has been kidnapped by bounty hunters, Xin Fu and Yu, and is being taken back to her parents. When she tries to escape one of them taunts her by saying: "You may ''think'' you're the greatest Earthbender in the world world, but even ''you'' can't bend metal." Toph then uses her Earthbending on metal (a feat which was said multiple times over the course of the series to be entirely impossible) to escape a metal cage, using the same "impossible" skill to trap her captors in their own cage, triumphantly yelling the completely accurate statement of ''"I am the greatest Earthbender in the world!"'', and then riding away on a gigantic wave of ground.

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