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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Chin's village was not willing to accept Aang's payment for the fine with Water Tribe money, despite that a merchant from earlier was flexible enough to accept it. This is a red flag of how arbitrary and intolerant the village is.


* EasilyForgiven: Aang only needed Tong to pardon him with Community Service before he readily forgave the villagers and went to work saving their home from the Rough Rhinos. Anyone else in Aang's place would've destroyed the village from the moment their malicious resentment of the Avatar was made apparent.



* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Both the man plot and the B story take place in the span of roughly 12 hours, from pre-dawn until twilight. Specifically, it all takes place on Avatar Day.



* {{Foil}}: Chin's village is this to Kyoshi Island. On one hand, the Kyoshi Islanders greatly respect and revere the Avatar, recognizing all the help he's done for them. On the other hand, Chin's village despises the Avatar over one petty crime that wasn't even a real murder, willing to execute the Avatar despite him being the key to stopping the fire nation.



* HistoryRepeats: 370 years ago, Chin tried to go up against Kyoshi, despite he was a small man facing ''the Avatar''. It went as well as you'd expect. In the present, the village that was built in his honor continually antagonize and persecute Aang, despite that they are but non-bending villagers and he's the Avatar. Apparently, they have learned goose egg from history. (See BullyingADragon).



* NostalgiaFilter: Chin's village adores Chin "the great", to the point that they forget he was originally (and in reality) known as Chin ''the Conqueror''.



* NotSoAboveItAll: An almost wordless example. When Iroh questions where Zuko's been getting all these goods and treasures, Zuko rebels that it doesn't matter where they came from. Iroh gives him a look as though thinking "I know too well what that means..." But then he takes a bit out of a pastry Zuko most likely got from stealing, prompting him to get a satisfied expression as though deciding he'll let it slide.



** The town ''was'' previously known for yearly festival, which (aside from celebrating their hatred of the avatar) was famous for their delicious fried pastries. Now that they ''don't'' fry their pastries (to honor that the avatar was not boiled in oil), they don't even have that going for them.

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** The town ''was'' previously known for their yearly festival, which (aside from celebrating their hatred of the avatar) was famous for their delicious fried pastries. Now that they ''don't'' fry their festival pastries (to [[MakesSenseInContext honor that the avatar was not boiled in oil), oil]]), they don't even have that going for them.


* BullyingADragon: The entire episode revolves around a town of non-benders, with no non-bending warriors, threatening the Avatar, not pausing to consider just how stupid an idea that is. When Aang fights off the Fire Nation at the end of the episode, he shows that if it weren't for his good nature he could have just whipped them at the start.

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* BullyingADragon: The entire episode revolves around a town of non-benders, with no non-bending warriors, threatening the Avatar, not pausing to consider just how stupid an idea that is. When Aang fights off the Fire Nation at the end of the episode, he shows that if it weren't for his good nature he could have just whipped them at the start. Or, you know, let the Rough Rhinos decimate their town.



* ShapedLikeItself: According to Tong, the reason everyone loved Chin the Great was "because he was so great".

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* ShapedLikeItself: According to Mayor Tong, the reason everyone loved Chin the Great was "because he was so great".



** The Chin villagers are also this, honestly, without a shadow of a doubt believing that imprisoning the Avatar and trying to execute him is a good idea, never once stopping to consider the possibility that killing him will screw them over in the process.

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** The Chin villagers are also this, honestly, without a shadow of a doubt believing that imprisoning the Avatar and trying to execute him is a good idea, never once stopping to consider the possibility that killing him will screw them (and the world as a whole) over in the process.



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Chin. He's revered as a hero by the villagers despite being a conquering megalomaniac. Subverted, when the villagers hear Kyoshi's confession and are saved from the Rough Rhinos by Team Avatar.

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Chin. He's revered as a hero by the villagers despite being a conquering megalomaniac. Subverted, when the villagers hear Kyoshi's confession and are later saved from the Rough Rhinos by Team Avatar.Avatar.
* WhamEpisode: A relatively small one, but the B story has Zuko and Iroh split up.


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** The town ''was'' previously known for yearly festival, which (aside from celebrating their hatred of the avatar) was famous for their delicious fried pastries. Now that they ''don't'' fry their pastries (to honor that the avatar was not boiled in oil), they don't even have that going for them.


* ClearMyName: Aang decides he has to clear the Avatar's name when the citizens of a town accuse Avatar Kyoshi, one of Aang's past lives, of murdering their leader 370 years earlier. Of course, it was subverted when Kyoshi herself confessed to the murder.

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* ClearMyName: Aang decides he has to clear the Avatar's name when the citizens of a town accuse Avatar Kyoshi, one of Aang's past lives, of murdering their leader 370 years earlier. Of course, it was subverted when Kyoshi herself confessed to the murder.murder (though under the circumstances, it would be considered more either an accident or self-defense).



* DirtyCoward: Mayor Tong. After celebrating a holiday dedicated to hating the Avatar, imprisoning the current incarnation of said Avatar, refusing to listen to evidence proving Aang's innocence, and sentencing him to be boiled in oil, all with ''the'' most SmugSnake demeanor you can imagine... Fire Empire troops show up, he squeals and hides, and begs Aang to save them. ''Mere seconds'' after sentencing him, mind you.



* KangarooCourt: Chin Village's legal system turns out to be this way. Evidence is not allowed, nor is anything resembling a defense.

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* KangarooCourt: Chin Village's legal system turns out to be this way. Evidence is not allowed, nor is anything resembling a defense. It is, quite literally, the mayor and the guilty party giving their sides of the story, then the mayor decides who's right. Yes, the same mayor ''vouching against the defense.''


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** Somewhat subverted, in that if not for the village being so far up their own ass, the revelation that Chin was a conquering villain and his death was an indirect accident would probably have acquitted Aang.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: The Gaang's plan to attempt to summon Kyoshi's spirit through Aang's body using her clothes, which are still tied to her spirit. It works, but unfortunately, she confesses to "murdering" Chin.


* KangarooCourt: Chin Village's legal system turns out to be this way. Evidence is not allowed, nor is anyth

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* KangarooCourt: Chin Village's legal system turns out to be this way. Evidence is not allowed, nor is anythanything resembling a defense.


* FaceOfAThug: During Aang's stay in prison, he ends up meeting some very big, very imposing prisoners who he befriends almost immediately. They even give him some relationship advice for Katara. One of them even gets [[ManlyTears emotional]].



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Chin. He's revered as a hero by the villagers despite being a conquering megalomaniac. Subverted

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Chin. He's revered as a hero by the villagers despite being a conquering megalomaniac. SubvertedSubverted, when the villagers hear Kyoshi's confession and are saved from the Rough Rhinos by Team Avatar.


* DetectivesFollowFootprints: Sokka uses his magnifying glass to inspect the tiny footprint believed to be Avatar Kyoshi. In the end, though, the footprint is revealed to actually be Chin's, not Kyoshi's.

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* DetectivesFollowFootprints: Sokka uses his magnifying glass to inspect the tiny footprint believed to be Avatar Kyoshi. Kyoshi's. In the end, though, the footprint is revealed to actually be Chin's, not Kyoshi's.Chin the Great's.


* BreatherEpisode: For the Gaang, at any rate. No Azula, just some angry locals.

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* AwesomeByAnalysis: Well... kind of. Sokka manages to find considerable pieces of evidence that support Aang's defense, only for Katara to finish his sentences every time.
* BreatherEpisode: For the Gaang, at any rate. No Azula, just some angry locals.locals and the Rough Rhinos.



* DetectivesFollowFootprints: Sokka uses his magnifying glass to inspect the giant footprint of Avatar Kyoshi.

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* DetectivesFollowFootprints: Sokka uses his magnifying glass to inspect the giant tiny footprint of believed to be Avatar Kyoshi.Kyoshi. In the end, though, the footprint is revealed to actually be Chin's, not Kyoshi's.


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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Chin. He's revered as a hero by the villagers despite being a conquering megalomaniac. Subverted

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* VestigialEmpire: Chin the Conqueror ruled almost the entire Earth Kingdom in the days of Avatar Kyoshi. Now, there's apparently only a tiny village left that remains loyal to his memory.


->''"That's why it's called justice: 'Cause it's just us!"''

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->''"That's why it's called justice: 'justice': 'Cause it's just us!"''
'just us'!"''


* FalseConfession: Kyoshi readily admits to killing Chin. Though as Aang later points out, Kyoshi did not actually kill him. Chin died because he refused to step back from the cliff as it was about to crumble out of pride. However Kyoshi does not see the difference between killing him directly or indirectly, and ''would'' have struck him down directly if she had to.



* KangarooCourt: Chin Village's legal system turns out to be this way.

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* KangarooCourt: Chin Village's legal system turns out to be this way. Evidence is not allowed, nor is anyth

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''[[caption-width-right:333:The villagers show their fury towards the iterations of the Avatar.]]''

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** The Chin villagers are also this, honestly, without a shadow of a doubt believing that imprisoning the Avatar and trying to execute him is a good idea, never once stopping to consider the possibility that killing him will screw them over in the process.

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* {{Expy}}: The arrogant {{Jerkass}} Mayor Tong greatly resembles [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Chi-Fu]] in both appearance and personality, and even shares [[Creator/JamesHong his voice actor]].

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