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The battle commences in the Royal Plaza.

"I already failed the world once at Ba Sing Se; I won't let myself fail again."
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The day of the eclipse has arrived. The invasion party assembles, bringing back some old, familiar faces, and everyone prepares for the coming battle. Using submarines and tanks built by The Mechanist to infiltrate, the invasion is started: Aang heads to the capital to face Fire Lord Ozai, while the invasion force starts battling its way up the city docks and heads for the capital on foot, hoping to secure the defenses by the time the eclipse ends.


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  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Preparations for the invasion are interspersed with scenes of Zuko making his own preparations to leave.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: One of the Fire Nation soldiers on guard in the prison brings Iroh extra food and treats him kindly. Because of this, he makes sure to tell her to take the day off on the day he's planning to break out.
  • The Bus Came Back: Various characters that the kids had met on their travels return to help with the invasion: Teo and The Mechanist, The Boulder and Hippo, the Swampbenders, etc.
  • Car Fu: Sokka steers a bomb-filled truck into a gate before jumping clear.
  • Cup Holders: The snack compartment in Aang's glider. It turns out quite convenient.
  • Disorganized Outline Speech: Sokka's attempt at briefing everyone on the invasion plan.
  • Group Hug: The teams hugs before Aang leaves to face the Fire Lord.
  • Ice-Cream Koan:
    Huu: Pants are an illusion and so is death.
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  • Important Haircut: Before they leave for the invasion, Aang shaves off the hair that had been hiding his tattoo.
  • Magitek: The submarines and the tanks are propelled by bending and steered mechanically.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Aang, realising he might not return, kisses Katara just before he leaves, effectively revealing his feelings to her.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: The above causes this for Katara.
  • Rousing Speech: After Sokka fails miserably at this, his father takes over and shows everyone how it's done.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Aang's Now or Never Kiss with Katara is also one of these.
  • Sneaky Departure: Zuko leaving to follow his call. He leaves behind a note for Mai.
  • Special Guest: The female prison guard who shows sympathy to Iroh is voiced by tennis star Serena Williams.
  • Toilet Humor: Subverted. Huu says he's been gone to answer the call of nature... by which he means that he needed to find a lot of seaweed.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Played straight as an arrow. The part of the plan that Sokka's father reveals to us fails but the part we don't hear (the sneaky submarines) works out perfectly.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Aang charges into the throne room ready for his Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny against the Big Bad Evil Overlord... and he's not there. Ironically, the princess is in this castle, to delay our heroes until the eclipse is over.

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