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* ChekhovsGun: Remember how the warden causally mentions to his men that he'll rather boil in the moat than see his record broken? Guess who our heroes unwittingly took hostage to get safe passage across that same moat?



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The warden makes it clear that he will rather jump into the boiling moat than see his perfect record of zero escapees being broken. And guess who our heroes end up taking hostage to get safe passage across that same moat?


* {{Foreshadowing}}: The warden makes it clear he will rather jump into the boiling moat than see his perfect record of zero escapees being broken. And guess who our heroes end up taking hostage to get safe passage across that same moat?

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The warden makes it clear that he will rather jump into the boiling moat than see his perfect record of zero escapees being broken. And guess who our heroes end up taking hostage to get safe passage across that same moat?


* {{Foreshadowing}}: The warden makes it clear he will rather jump into the boiling moat than see his perfect record of zero escapees being broken. And guess who our heroes end up taking hostage to get safe passage across that same moat.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The warden makes it clear he will rather jump into the boiling moat than see his perfect record of zero escapees being broken. And guess who our heroes end up taking hostage to get safe passage across that same moat. moat?

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The warden makes it clear he will rather jump into the boiling moat than see his perfect record of zero escapees being broken. And guess who our heroes end up taking hostage to get safe passage across that same moat.

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* ContinuityNod: Zuko uses several of the original form of firebending techniques he learned [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheFirebendingMasters two episodes ago]] against Azula, which puts him on equal footing with her.

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* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: Mai and Ty Lee to Azula. Granted, Mai was never one to openly display any real fear of her, but also would not challenge Azula directly for she knew she was outmatched. She drops all pretense however when Azula leaves Zuko to perish in the lake, and upon saving him declares that she is done doing her bidding. Ty Lee, the more openly fearful of the two momentarily abandons her fear of Azula to protect Mai, and is just as defiant when Azula orders them both imprisoned.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Chit Sang is tortured into telling the Warden which guard helped him try to escape. Instead of Sokka, though, he fingers the guard that was abusing him in the previous episode. This little bit of payback works to the others' advantage. The guard had arbitrarily sent Chit Sang to the cooler, which is how he attempted to make his escape, which in turn is why the Warden thinks the accusation is true.


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* ThePowerOfLove: Mai values this more than her fear of Azula.


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* WithFriendsLikeThese: Well, from Azula's perspective. The closest thing she has to friends and those she thought she had under her thumb turned on her without hesitation because she went too far. Even though Azula doesn't actually understand true friendship (to the point where Mai points out they put up with her out of fear), the whole thing still feels like a massive betrayal.


* NoYou: Azula to Mai in a rare frightening example, showing the first hints of a VillainousBreakdown.

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* NoYou: Azula to Mai in a rare frightening example, example. Mai has shown full defiance and the first time Azula's own beliefs about using fear to control people and how to calculate and control other people were both not all-encompassing and fallible. Weirdly, it's a case of words that fall flat; yet show brilliantly good writing: As the calculated, snarky Azula had absolutely no words against Mai; prompting the line below; and showing the first hints of a VillainousBreakdown.

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''[[caption-width-right:333:Mai faces off against Azula after making the decision to help Zuko and the others escape.]]''


* HonorBeforeReason: The warden would rather die (and have prisoners killed as well) than tarnish his prison's record of zero escapes.

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* HonorBeforeReason: The warden would rather die (and have prisoners killed as well) along with the escaping prisoners, than tarnish his prison's record of zero escapes.


* HarsherInHindsight: Yes, it was quite a BadassBoast; but once you remember Azula's MommyIssues, the last thing Azula probably ever wanted to see or hear was that somebody "loved Zuko more than [she] feared her".
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: In this episode, Suki and Ty Lee are again pitted against each other as the former attempts to escape from prison with the rest of her friends. By the end of the series Ty Lee, who by then had abandoned Azula not only makes up with the other Kyoshi Warriors while in prison, but also befriends Suki and is accepted as a legitimate member of the group.

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* HeartwarmingInHindsight: In this episode, Suki and Ty Lee are again pitted against each other as the former attempts to escape from prison with the rest of her friends. By the end of the series Ty Lee, who by then had abandoned Azula not only makes up with the other Kyoshi Warriors while in prison, but also befriends Suki and is accepted as a legitimate member of the group.

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* DeathGlare: Azula deals an especially harsh one to Mai when questioning her on her decision to help Zuko escape. Mai however is most definitely ''not'' intimidated.
** Mai and Ty Lee ''both'' deal one to Azula right before they are imprisoned for having betrayed her just moments earlier.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Mai and Ty Lee betray [[BadBoss Azula]].

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* HarsherInHindsight: Yes, it was quite a BadassBoast; but once you remember Azula's MommyIssues, the last thing Azula probably ever wanted to see or hear was that somebody "loved Zuko more than [she] feared her".

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