Avatar:The Last Airbender Revised, or A:TLAR, is an all-out Alternate Universe Fic / Continuity Reboot Fan Fic of Avatar: The Last Airbender, written by Lovelyb0nes on the Avatar Wiki. Akin to the basic formula of the original series, the series follows two water tribe siblings, an airbender that was frozen one hundred years ago, a blind earthbender and an exiled Fire Nation prince, whose journeys eventually converge in an epic mission to end a hundred-year war. There are significant differences between these two series, though. Aside from most of the cast not sharing names with the Original Series' characters, essentially all of the characters in ATLAR, major, supporting and minor alike, have significantly different characterizations compared to their inspirations from the Original, which is responsible for much of the ire from ATLA's fanbase. In a paraphrasing of the creator and writer's words:
"This series has no intention of being a rerun of the original series. I have no intention to recreate the personalities of the original characters. This is in no way intended to be a Fix Fic; I do not for a second believe that this is Better Than Canon. I simply desire to tell an original story, in a universe that is fundamentally different from ATLA's, that serves as a tribute to Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dimartino's masterpiece."
With that out of the way, the series revolves around three protagonists, Kyasin, Zotu and Ain, while Kyasin's younger brother Sakodi, Sai, a con artist from the Earth Kingdom, Zotu's mentor, Indo, and the central antagonist, Azul, round out the main cast.
Kyasin is a nineteen year old waterbender and the chieftess of the Southern Peak water tribe, who defends their island home from bands of Fire Nation mercenaries and military raiding parties alongside her brother, Sakodi. They were entrusted to share the leadership of their tribe, by their father Hakido, after he and about half of the tribe's warriors were conscripted as allies to the Earth Kingdom military. After discovering Ain on the ocean floor, Kyasin recognizes the opportunity of a lifetime; she and her brother can work towards ensuring their tribe's safety, as their father told them to do, through a greater goal: organizing a revolutionary movement that unites the remaining water tribes, the EK's military and civilians, and the citizens of the lands that the firebenders have colonized, by using Ain, the Avatar Spirit's Host, as a symbol of hope. However, she is willing to utilize the most violent of methods to ensure their success against the oppressive Fire Nation.
Ain is a sixteen year old Avatar Monk that froze himself as a form of self-exile, claiming that he was unwilling to accept the life that was laid before him. One is led to assume that he is referring to his status as the Avatar Host, (that is to say, a piece of the immensely powerful Avatar Spirit's essence dwells within him, marking him as the bridge between the Spirit Realm and the Physical Realm, and the only human that can access those levels of bending power) and he is most certainly a reluctant messiah. However, at the intense insistence of the Spirit, Ain agrees to accompany Kyasin and Sakodi on their journey through the Earth Kingdom and serve as their revolution's symbol.
Zotu is a nineteen year old firebender that was exiled from his homeland by his father, the FireLord, who Zotu convinced to allow for an opportunity at regaining his position as the heir to the throne by proving that the previous Lords' declaration, that the Avatar cycle had been broken, was a lie. While aiding the raiding parties in invading the remaining water tribe islands in the south, Zotu received word that the Avatar Host may have awoken on a nearby island. Desperate to pursue even the most flimsy of leads, Zotu struck gold; upon his arrival on the Southern Peak island, Ain surrendered to ensure that the tribals and Zotu's soldiers did not come to blows. However, while Ain was imprisoned on his warship, Zotu reflected upon the circumstances of his exile, at the behest of the monk. Troubled at how his journey seemed to ultimately be serving his father's interests more than his own, Zotu abandoned his mission. Furthermore, he was able to discover a new purpose during his reflections: he was able to realize that many of his childhood memories, particularly of his mother, were not merely faint in his mind, but completely absent. Zotu became determined to investigate into exactly how one's very memory could be tampered with, and who was responsible.
Note: The author is in the process of revising multiple chapters, so that they adhere more to the creative vision that he has developed.
Provides Examples Of:
- Actual Pacifist: Ain, just like his counterpart.
- Alternate Universe Fic: Expressly an original story inspired by the series, and not a retelling.
- Anti-Hero: Kyasin is either a Type III, Type IV, or a Type V, depending on whom is asked; Sai, Sakodi and Zotu are Type III; Ain is a Type I.
- Anti-Villain: Azul, as opposed to their more Ax-Crazy counterpart.
- Anyone Can Die: You have no idea. . See Killed Off for Real below for an extensive list.
- Ate His Gun: Jeong Jeong.
- Berserk Button: Don't call Sai's blindness a handicap, as the Boulder found out. Also, never threaten Kyasin's family, or act sexist/homophobic around her.
- Bi the Way: Sai.
- Big Bad: Azul.
- Butch Lesbian or Lipstick Lesbian: Kyasin has been argued to be both by individuals, but as far as the canon goes, she seems to be neither. On one hand, she is an athletic and skilled fighter, has an aggressive personality, has difficulty relating to other young women in the village due to their vanity and lack of physical capability, and she was primarily raised by her father while growing up amongst boys like her brother; on the other hand, she is still very compassionate, does not lack her own anxieties, maintains a maternal role in her family and tribe, and does not seem to have a particularly muscular build, nor does her fighting lend itself much to physical strength, as she is primarily a waterbender, with some hand-to-hand training. Ultimately, Kyasin is a complex individual that doesn't seem to truly pertain to Gender Stereotypes.
- Chaste Hero: Ain, although the heroic aspects of his character are debatable, to say the least.
- Coming-Out Story: Averted in regards to our protagonist, Kyasin, who, at the age of 19 when the story begins, has been open about her sexuality for at least several years.
- Darker and Edgier: Much darker then the series it takes inspiration from.
- Dark Fic: Just see the list of characters it ends up killing off.
- Driven to Suicide: Jeong Jeong.
- Good Is Not Nice: Kyasin frequently invokes this; she is very compassionate towards those that she cares about, and while she is warm to new people at times, she has a tendency to be distrusting and cold towards others.
- Ultimately averted with the Avatar Spirit, whose pressuring of Ain to end the war is motivated by a petty grudge against the Fire Nation Royal Family, not because it had turned bitter after witnessing its own creation. In fact, it turns out to not even be a spirit.
- Halfway Plot Switch: In Book Three, Team Avatar seeks to incite a revolution of the Fire Nation's citizens, to overthrow the Royal Family entirely, while they were seeking to push back the FN military in the Earth Kingdom via uniting the divided factions, without particularly caring about what happened to the FN afterward, in the first two books. Justified as the war ends with the finale of Book Two, the group now lacking access to their previous allies and having grown to understand the plight of FN's civilians.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Teo, in the Day of Black Sun and Ain, in the finale. Subverted in the case of Hakido, who attempts to sacrifice himself in order to protect his son while they fight during the Do BS, but instead he is captured, tortured and killed, while Sakodi winds up taking a wound anyway.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Ain initially presents his resistance to being the Avatar Host as this, but it soon becomes clear that he'd rather live alone in a temple, isolated from society than be 'normal.'
- Kick the Dog: The warden in 'Revolution 1' kills one of his own loyal guards to demonstrate the power of his Weapon for Intimidation.
- Killed Off for Real: Lee and Kai, Xin Fu, Jiao, Jeong Jeong, Enri, Jun, Hyan, Rin/The Mechanist, and lastly, the entire goddamn Fire Naval fleet.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Guns exist in this world, and Kyasin is gay.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Jiao's primary motivation.
- Noble Fugitive: Zotu and Indo, just like their Canon Counterparts.
- Properly Paranoid: Kyasin distrusts Hook (Jet's counterpart) due to the common nature of individuals that live on their own, away from the towns. He turns out to be the psychopathic vigilante known as the Ghoul.
- Purple Prose: The author, known as "Arthur_Dent_" on the wiki, is known for using and abusing this trope, and then taking it Up to Eleven.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The writer admitted that he was shocked by how some complained that Kyasin was described as having killed the Warden in 'Revolution 1' with, "utter satisfaction," because he had written in clear implications that the Warden intended to rape her.
- The Reveal: The one who is responsible for Zotu's memory loss was his own father, who intended to reshape Zotu as a devoted son, as he could not afford to have both of his children to be against him, in a family with a tradition of assassinating fathers.
- The Avatar Spirit is not the original spirit, turned bitter and angry, after all. It is actually Roku, who committed suicide in an ambitious gambit to achieve godhood.
- The Runaway: Sai, of course, since she's kind of based off of Toph.
- Shoot the Dog: Kyasin and Sakodi refer to her having killed various Fire Nation mercenaries to protect their village in the first chapter.
- Zotu kills Kai, a mutinous member of his crew, as punishment for his murder of a teenager, which defied Zotu's orders.
- Shout-Out: Many, including to Mass Effect, The Big Lebowski, etc.
- Survivor's Guilt: A significant contributor to Jeong Jeong's perpetual grief.
- Token Evil Teammate: Literally the entire main cast consists of variations of Anti-Hero, so this doesn't apply, but Sai is the token Chaotic member of Team Avatar.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Kyasin.
- Wham Episode: The creator has officially stated that his series will liberally feature Wham Episodes, such as:
- The Runaway: Zotu's encounter with the ex-Dai Li informant reveals that the Dai Li has brain surgeons in their forces, who tamper with the minds of political dissidents, effectively brainwashing them into obedience.
- The Gathering Storm: During an emotional evening preceding the massive battle to protect the city of Taku from a legion of Fire Nation soldiers, Ain confesses that he abandoned the Avatar Monks because he accidentally killed his mentor, while Sai reveals that she is actually the heir to one of the greatest fortunes in the Earth Kingdom, the daughter of Lao Beifong, one of the EK's regional governors. Then, during the battle, Sakodi commits his first murder, against his friend Enri, who in turn reveals that Omashu has been conquered. After barely winning the battle, the group witnesses large plumes of smoke coming from the south, revealing that the Border Forest has been completely destroyed. Oh yeah, and after her first incapacitation, Jun admits to Indo that his wife is still alive.
- The Inventor: The Fire Nation's firearms have been completely destroyed, at the expense of the life of their inventor, who was ordered to be executed by Kyasin.
- The Battle of the Citadel, Parts I and II: Indo reunites with his wife, Xira, who reveals that the brain surgeons of the Dai Li were originally the servants of the FN Royal Family, and thus it is concluded that Aizo ordered that Zotu's memories of his mother be expelled. The Avatar seizes control of Ain and uses its immense power to demolish the Fire Nation Naval Forces, killing thousands of soldiers. However, as the waterbenders are celebrating their victory, word is received that while the battle was taking place, a legion of soldiers swept through the remains of the Border Forest and up the coast, having claimed nearly all of the Earth Kingdom, aside from Ba Sing Se.
- Word of Gay: Kyasin, before the third chapter was released, which was the first to explicitly acknowledge her sexuality through a brief kiss with a Kyoshi Warrior that she had bonded with.