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Aang defeats Ozai by taking away his firebending abilities.

"I can't believe a year ago I was frozen in a block of ice. The world is so different now."
"And it's gonna be even more different. We'll rebuild it together."
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Ozai accidentally causes Aang to enter the mighty Avatar State. The Order of the White Lotus successfully liberates Ba Sing Se, while Sokka, Suki and Toph disable all of the Airships. Katara freezes and chains Azula down, triggering a psychotic breakdown in Azula, then uses her exceptionally strong healing abilities to revive a severely wounded Zuko. Aang easily overwhelms Ozai, yet still refuses to kill him.

Aang uses his knowledge from the lion-turtle-a newly acquired bending ability called energybending-to permanently strip Ozai of his firebending abilities, defeating the Phoenix King without taking his life. Newly appointed Fire Lord Zuko declares the war over, and Aang and his friends celebrate together at Iroh's tea shop in Ba Sing Se. Zuko and Mai reconcile officially, and Zuko confronts his father, angrily asking where his mother, Ursa, is being kept. Aang and Katara share a loving hug and kiss passionately before the sunset.

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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Aang finally gets his Avatar State powers back in the final battle. He beats the crap out of Ozai when he does. Also, the energy-bending Aang does on Ozai after Aang almost kills him.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Sokka's Space Sword is so sharp it cuts through the metal hull of an airship easily and he and Toph continue falling without slowing down.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Zuko is made Fire Lord.
  • Back for the Finale: Mai, Ty Lee, Hakoda, the Duke, Pipsqueak, Teo and the Mechanist, Haru and his father, the Kyoshi Warriors, the Boulder and the Hippo.
  • Backstab Backfire: Happens to Ozai after Aang regains control and refuses to kill him. Aang senses the sneak attack from behind via a technique he learned from Toph.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Suki comes around in the nick of time with her Zeppelin to save Sokka and Toph from the Fire Nation army.
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  • The Big Damn Kiss: Katara initiates it with Aang, which closes out the show.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The end of the Agni Kai. Zuko wins by doing what is necessary and defeated Azula with Katara's help. However, this came at the cost of breaking his little sister's sanity. Zuko and Katara both look on at what's left of Azula, and like the audience, doesn't rejoice or feel triumphant; but sad.
  • Blade Brake: Subverted. See Absurdly Sharp Blade above.
  • Blue Orange Contrast: The contrast of Ozai's orange-glowing firebending power and Aang's blue-glowing airbending power during the power bending act.
  • Book-Ends: A pillar of light shoots into the sky. Also, the final shot of Aang and Katara on the balcony reflects the shot of Aang on the cliff in the Opening Narration.
  • Bullet Time: Happens a few times during the fight between Aang and Ozai.
  • Burning the Flag: Iroh destroys the Fire Nation flag after liberating Ba Sing Se.
  • Call-Back: Aang now has answer for Zuko as to his question in "The Southern Raiders." He takes away his dad's bending.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Suki's attempt at coming up with a nickname for the defeated Ozai is quite lame.
  • Charge-into-Combat Cut: Used once to switch from the Aang/Ozai fight to the Zuko/Katara/Azula fight.
  • Comet of Doom: Sozin's Comet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ozai ends up on the receiving end of it when Aang enters the Avatar State. Arguable if it should be considered a battle at all given he was fleeing and distancing himself most of the time.
  • Depower: Instead of killing him, Aang uses energy-bending to strip Ozai of his firebending.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Subverted. At first, it was supposed to be a traditional Agni Kai during Zuko and Azula. Azula had lost to Zuko in a straight fight, but she decides to take a potshot at Katara, causing her disqualification in the Agni Kai. However, by that point in the match, Azula had lost too much focus on the Agni Kai proper and decided to put down both Zuko and Katara; and thus Katara was dragged into the fight.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And how. After 61 episodes of difficulty for all the good guys, the war ends.
  • Fate Worse than Death: For Ozai, who loses his bending, his political power, and his freedom (not to mention his dignity). He deserved it, though.
  • Field Power Effect: Sozin's Comet gives firebenders one hundred times their normal strength. It didn't do him a damn thing against Aang, that happens to be a firebender anyway as Avatar.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: That was not Aang's terrible wrath that Ozai was subject to, but that of the the Avatar spirit itself.
    Avatar (through Aang): Firelord Ozai! You and your forefathers have devastated the balance of this world! And now, you shall pay the ultimate price!
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Aang in the Avatar State.
  • Grand Finale: The Series Finale.
  • Happy Ending: They went through hell to get it, but in the end, the Gaang won out.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Both antagonists. Ozai, a fearful and intimidating warlord is reduced to a shell of a man without his bending. Azula as well, beginning the series as a calculating, efficient, and ruthless princess begins her fight as a mad dog and is reduced to an insane, broken shell of a woman.
  • Humiliation Conga: This happens to Ozai.
  • Interesting Situation Duel: Zuko Vs. Azula are two firebenders under the influence of Sozin's Comet; so we end up getting quite a spectacle of cerulean and crimson fire throughout their Agni Kai.
  • I "Uh" You, Too: Mai's feelings toward Zuko have progressed from "I don't hate you" to "I actually kind of like you." By her standards, this is presumably a marriage proposal.
  • The Juggernaut: After he went into the Avatar State, Aang effortlessly fends off everything Ozai threw at him, as if it was nothing.
  • Killing Intent: Played straight. Azula takes a potshot at Katara with lightning but knowing full well that Zuko would jump in front of the shot with little reaction time and thus get badly hurt (if not killed) by the shot. It looks like it's an attempt to kill Katara, but it was a ploy to get at Zuko whose defenses she couldn't crack in the fight.
  • Left the Background Music On: In the penultimate scene, the music is actually Iroh playing the tsungi horn.
  • Lets See YOU Do Better: Sokka thinks Momo is criticizing his work.
    "Oh, you think you can do a better job, Momo?"
  • Near-Villain Victory: During the climax, when Aang does the power bending, he is first seen being almost consumed by Ozai's orange-colored power and only in the last moment does he prevail and his blue-colored power takes over Ozai.
  • New Era Speech: Zuko delivers one before his Awesome Moment of Crowning where he outlines the future after Ozai's reign of terror has ended.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Aang develops Spiritbend out of nowhere, taking away Phoenix King Ozai's Firebending abilities without killing him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ozai manages to break through Aang's protective shell and proceeds to slowly walk towards him, ready to finish him off. However, all he managed to do was unblock Aang's seventh chakra, allowing him to enter the Avatar State.
  • No-Sell: Avatar State!Aang proceeds to do this to everything Ozai does, from offense to fleeing.
  • Official Couple: Final count: Sokka/Suki, Zuko/Mai, and Aang/Katara.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: During the flashback with the Lion Turtle.
  • Orbiting Particle Shield: Aang creates one with all four elements while in the Avatar State.
  • "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: While Aang and Katara kiss each other.
  • Pillar of Light: Appears when Aang takes away Ozai's bending.
  • Power Floats: Aang in the Avatar State.
  • Power Glows: Again, Aang in the Avatar State.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    Zuko: Where. Is. My mother?
  • Running Gag: Sokka's poor drawing skills.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: The last scene.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Zuko and Azula's Agni Kai has a rather beautiful and slow orchestral piece playing while they throw massive amounts of fire at each other.
  • Sphere of Power: Aang bends a sphere of air around him when he enters the Avatar State, followed by rings of fire, earth and water.
  • Super Mode: Aang enters the "Avatar State" when a protruding rock hurts his wound in the back. After that it's a Curb-Stomp Battle against Ozai.
  • Sword over Head: Happens twice symbolically for Aang. First he has the option to direct the energy ray back at Ozai but opts against it and shortly after he lets all his powers descend on Ozai just to stop before hitting him.
  • Take My Hand: Sokka holding Toph by the hand when the latter is about to fall from the Zeppelin.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Zuko and Katara's reaction toward Azula during her final breakdown is pure pity, not joy or satisfaction.
  • Take a Third Option: Aang won't kill Ozai or allow himself to be killed, so instead he uses Energybending to take his firebending away.
  • The Un-Reveal: Zuko finally asks his father about what happened to his mother. The scene immediately jumps to another.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Azula completes her breakdown after being defeated by Katara, putting on one last angry impotent thrashing before degrading into a wailing, incoherent. pitiful mess.
  • Voice of the Legion: When Aang enters the Avatar State, he speaks with the voices of all the Avatars. All 1000+ of them. The effect is rather terrifying.
  • Watching the Sunset: The final scene.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Azula is sent to a mental hospital after her breakdown, but this is never shown in the actual episode.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Aang succeeds in his quest to not being forced to kill Ozai, and Azula is incapacitated and detained. Hooray! Let's not think too much about the crew of the airship he blew up, or the 500 or so soldiers Sokka potentially maimed and/or killed with his airship-slice... But on the other hand, we could see survivors on at least one of the airships, so it's up in the air whether or not they were all killed. And considering they were on their way to commit genocide... Of course, Aang is the only character that doesn't want to kill anyone. Katara didn't kill Azula because she wasn't able to.
    • Katara had more than enough means to kill Azula. She didn't kill Azula because as much bad blood as those two have, she's still Zuko's sister and she won't kill her friend's family.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Toph, again, but much more dramatically this time. Dangling in thin air, not able to move enough to metalbend her way to safety, with the earth a thousand feet below her, surrounded by the sounds of a destructive battle and Fire Nation soldiers but truly blind now and completely helpless... she knows she's going to die, and she's going to die in a way that is her own personalized worst fear.
  • You Rebel Scum!: Azula's final words before her defeat and Villainous Breakdown.

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