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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛ ''[[caption-width-right:350:Aang and Zuko are deemed worthy enough to learn the true and harmonious way of firebending.]]''˛˛->''"I understand."''˛˛Having been accepted by the Gaang, Zuko begins to teach Aang firebending, only to discover that his own firebending has gotten weaker. Realizing that the Fire Nation employ a corrupted version that emphasizes hate and rage, Zuko takes Aang to visit the ruins of the ancient Sun Warrior civilization, where firebending was originally invented, in the hopes of getting back to basics.˛----˛!!Tropes:˛˛* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Zuko nearly smiles when the others laugh after he reveals the move he and Aang learned is, indeed, a dance.˛* BackToBackBadasses: Zuko and Aang stand back to back while learning the power of dragons at the end of the episode.˛* CallBack:˛** The red and blue dragons resemble the ones Zuko dreamed of “The Earth King”, representing his good and evil sides.˛** The trial of taking the fire to the dragons, is reminiscent of [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheDeserter Jeong Jeong]]'s lesson to Aang, that the trick is to control, not generate fire. ˛* CharacterDevelopment:˛** Zuko has shed his HotBlooded temperament for now. When Sokka deliberately tries to get him angry by poking him, Zuko tells him to verbally cut it out rather than attacking him, and explaining he wants to find another way to learn firebending.˛** After two seasons, Aang finally overcomes his fear of Firebending. Zuko learns not only of the truth of firebending, but he doesn't have to be angry to command it.˛* ChekhovsGun: The Dragon Dance Aang and Zuko do in the temple to find the gemstone is the key to prove themselves worthy of learning the true ways of Firebending from the last dragons.˛* ContemplateOurNavels: Trapped in goo with no way to escape, Zuko suggests this to be a good way to pass the time.˛* ContinuityNod: ˛** Aang and Zuko discover that access to a Sun Warrior building requires the Winter's Solstice. Aang groans at this remembering the last time, "Winter Solstice, Part 1: The Spirit World".˛** Aang's expression when he firebends, as well as the slow-motion, is virtually identical to when he first firebent in "The Deserter". Only this time he is in full control.˛** He refers to Zuko as 'Sifu [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheHeadband Hotman]]'.˛** Badgermoles [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheCaveOfTwoLovers were previously mentioned as the original earthbenders]] as well as being [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSokkasMaster the ones who taught Toph.]]˛* ConvectionSchmonvection: Aang and Zuko are engulfed in a cyclone of flames. They're perfectly fine. (Granted, the flames were created by two ''dragons'' who obviously didn't intend to harm them.) ˛* DarkAndTroubledPast: Zuko states that his uncle was responsible for killing the last dragon, which shocks Aang because he thought that Iroh was good. Zuko replies that Iroh, like the rest of his family, had a complicated past. Ultimately subverted when it's revealed that the last dragons are still alive and Iroh lied about slaying the last dragons in order to protect them. ˛* DeadpanSnarker: When Zuko comes to the revelation that true firebending is supposed to be modeled off energy flow, like a sun inside you and asks the chief if they knew this:˛-->"Well, our civilization ''is'' called the ''Sun Warriors''... so, yeah."˛* DeathFakedForYou: Iroh did this for the last two dragons Ran and Shaw.˛* DidntWantAnAdventure: "You ''had'' to pick up the glowing egg, didn't you?"˛* DiegeticSoundtrackUsage: The Sun Warriors play the drumbeats from the closing credits music.˛* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Zuko 'losing his stuff', complete with Aang making excuses for him.˛* DontTouchItYouIdiot: Aang clearly knows the rules for surviving a RaidersOfTheLostParody.˛-->'''Aang:''' What exactly is that?\˛'''Zuko:''' It's some kind of mystical gemstone.\˛'''Aang:''' Well, don't touch it!\˛'''Zuko:''' Why not?\˛'''Aang:''' Remember what happened out there with those spikes? I'm just very suspicious of [[ConversationalTroping giant, glowing gems sitting on pedestals.]]˛* DurableDeathtrap: Aang nearly gets killed by one. Lampshaded by Zuko when he wonders how century old [[BoobyTrap booby traps]] could still work. Subverted in that the trap probably wasn't that old...˛* TheFlameOfLife: The true meaning of firebending.˛--> '''Aang:''' All this time, I thought firebending was destruction. Since I hurt Katara, I've been too afraid and hesitant. But now I know what it really is... it's energy, and life.˛* {{Foreshadowing}}: Zuko points out how unusual it is that the traps are still functioning after so long, foreshadowing the fact that the "lost" civilization isn't so lost at all.˛* HiddenElfVillage: The supposedly-extinct Sun Warriors are still living in their apparently ruined city.˛* IronicEcho: When Zuko complains about how slow Appa's flying is, Aang gives the chipper instruction that Team Avatar always starts their day with an upbeat attitude. Later, when Aang loses his nerve over a booby trap he narrowly evaded, Zuko finds a way [[WallRun around it]] and facetiously points out Aang's lack of that "upbeat attitude".˛* {{Irony}}: While she's [[KickTheDog pretty snide]] about it, the irony does not fly over Katara's head when she points out how Zuko's firebending has inconveniently grown weaker ''just'' when he's switched sides, rather than back when they were enemies.˛* JerkassBall:˛** Sokka has a bit of it, mocking Aang and Zuko for practicing "jerkbending", despite the fact that Aang needs to learn it. ˛** Katara holds this when she rather nastily taunts Zuko for losing his firebending, insulting him by saying that perhaps he wasn't a good firebender to begin with, and mocking his new form of firebending. Granted, she has some understandable reasons to be mad at Zuko. [[note]] Examples being his constant jabs of "barbarian" and "peasant", kidnapped Aang at the North Pole, and betraying her in Ba Sing Se to help Azula.[[/note]]˛* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: Subverted; after claiming that discovering the continued existence of the Sun Warriors (and the last two dragons) means Zuko and Aang can never leave the tribe, the chieftain then reveals he was just kidding. Then [[DoubleSubversion Double Subverted]] when he rather freakily insists they don't tell anyone [[DeathFakedForYou what they've seen and learned]] ([[SeriousBusiness since their lives and especially those of the dragons depended on secrecy]]).˛* LampshadeHanging: After Zuko and Aang are captured by the Sun Warriors, who accuse of them of being thieves, Aang tells them that he is the Avatar in order to win their trust. The sarcastic and confident manner in which he delivers the line is an obvious nod to the numerous times in which Aang has used his status as the Avatar to get himself out of trouble in the past.˛-->'''Aang''': I don't normally play this card, but I'm the Avatar˛* LastOfHisKind: The two dragons protected by the Sun Warriors may be the last dragons alive in the entire world.˛* NoMoreHoldingBackSpeech: Both Aang and Zuko knew from near the start of the episode that their blocks to learning firebending were internal, but it's not until the near the end that they actually give the speech and break through the blocks.˛* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Zuko. For most of his life, he practiced a form of firebending based on rage and hatred - in his case, ''self''-hatred - and now that he's [[RedemptionDemotion switched sides]], his newfound calmness renders him without enough of either to light a candle. Sokka suggests annoying him into firebending again, but Zuko doesn't ''want'' to run on that anymore; he thus goes on a quest to learn the origins of firebending - which, as the Fire Nation was once at peace with the world, ''had'' to have been far less destructive.˛* RagnarokProofing: Subverted. An ancient, abandoned city is in pretty good shape, but then it turns out the inhabitants still live there, just in hiding. No proofing, just actual upkeep.˛* RaidersOfTheLostParody: The Sun Warriors' city looks a lot like the temple in the opening scene of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', complete with booby traps.˛* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Sun Warrior leader frees Zuko and Aang from the trap and learns about why they were investigating the ruins. He then lets the masters judge them on their worthiness. When they pass, he's visibly happy and only warns them not to tell anyone.˛* RedemptionDemotion: Ultimately inverted, as Zuko proves to be an even better firebender after this episode, but first played straight and [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] when his bending initially becomes much weaker; he used to use hate to fuel his firebending, and his HeelFaceTurn has brought him enough peace he ''can't'' firebend anymore.˛-->'''Zuko''': I bet it's because I changed sides.˛* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Sun Warriors are stern with Zuko and Aang after freeing them from the glue trap. They say that since they discovered them, they have to undergo a meeting with the masters and face their judgment. When the dragons deem Zuko and Aang worthy after they do a firebending dance, the Sun Warriors become visibly nicer and congratulate them. Their only request is that the two not tell anyone that the Sun Warriors are still active.˛* SceneryPorn: The Sun Warriors' city.˛* SinsOfOurFathers: Invoked by the Sun Warrior chief, who pretty much says to Zuko that he's off to a bad start with the last two dragons, because Zuko's great-grandfather Fire Lord Sozin was the one who started the act of hunting dragons as a sport, causing the race to go nearly extinct. Eventually subverted when the dragons deem Zuko worthy of learning the true ways of firebending.˛* SpikesOfDoom: A floor that lowers when a tripwire is triggered, revealing the spikes.˛* StealthInsult: "You know, Zuko, I don't care what everyone else says about you; you're pretty smart." It takes Zuko a few moments to understand the implication.˛* TechnicolorFire: The dragons make a tornado of multicolor fire around Aang and Zuko, allowing them to realize what's Firebending's true nature.˛* WallRun: Zuko runs on the wall to get past a spike trap.˛* WhatTheHellHero: The Sun Warriors gave these to Aang and Zuko. Subverted when the masters do accept Aang and Zuko and teach them the right way of firebending.˛** Zuko is reminded that his ancestors are directly responsible for exterminating the dragons making it less likely that the Firebending masters will accept him.˛** When Aang brings up his status as the Avatar in hopes that'll get the Firebending masters' approval, the Sun Warriors remind him that his abandonment of the world is what led to the Dragons' ''extinction''. Because of that, it's highly unlikely that the masters will accept Aang because he's the Avatar. ˛* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: When Aang confides he's afraid to lose control of his fire-bending, Zuko reassures that he has faith it will be okay.˛-->'''Zuko:''' You're a talented kid.˛----


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