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The Warriors of Kyoshi interrogate the Gaang.
"I am a warrior. But I'm a girl, too!"
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On their quest to the Northern Water Tribe, Aang decides it's of vital importance that he ride Giant Koi Fish, a distraction which results in the gang being captured. Much to Sokka's surprise, however, the group who captured them was a troop of warrior women. The sexism doesn't exactly make them sympathetic to letting the group go free, but it turns out that these are the Warriors of Kyoshi, named after the previous Earth Avatar, and thus are eager to help the Avatar. Aang's fame goes to his head as he attempts to impress Katara, while Sokka learns a lesson or two about gender equality from the Kyoshi Warriors- in particular, their pretty leader Suki. However, news that the Avatar is at Kyoshi Island spreads, just inviting Zuko to come...


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  • Amazon Brigade: The Kyoshi Warriors is a group of warriors that are all-female, keeping in the tradition of their founder, Avatar Kyoshi. They also wear her warrior paint and dress to signify their heritage.
  • Answer Cut: When Aang says there is something about Kyoshi Island that makes him not want to leave, the camera pans to the right to reveal his giggling Groupie Brigade.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Unagi means eel in Japanese.
  • Bullying a Dragon:
    • Sokka does this while the Kyoshi warriors have him tied to a pole and surrounded.
    Sokka: There's no way a bunch of girls took us down.
    Suki: "A bunch of girls", huh? The unagi's going to eat well tonight.
    • Invoked by Aang when he tricks the unagi into spraying water at him. It misses, and puts out the fires in the village instead.
  • Character Development: Sokka learns a lot about humility, and not to be sexist. This is probably also the first episode he realizes he's the Non-Action Guy.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Aang uses the unagi, with its ability to spout water, to extinguish the flames of the burning village.
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  • Combat Hand Fan: The Kyoshi Warriors' main weapon. Based on real life Japanese weapons, as well.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Sokka accepting his defeat gracefully and respecting the Kyoshi Warriors, as well as women generally. Psychologically, we would rather expect massive resentment from a young Proud Warrior Race Guy beaten by a bunch of girls; it would be more likely if he became a misogynist after this, if he weren't one already. Of course, it may just be that Sokka is unusually philosophical and intellectually mature...
  • Description Cut: Prince Zuko is trying to track down the Avatar.
    Prince Zuko: How am I going to find the Avatar? He is clearly a master of evasive maneuvering.
    Sokka: (cut to him talking to Aang) You have no idea where you're going, do you?
  • Easily Forgiven: Aang is surprisingly forgiving towards Kyoshi Islanders for just moments ago threatening to feed him and his friends to the unagi for trespassing on their island.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A somewhat downplayed example, but Katara gets rather jealous of the local girls that seem infatuated with Aang.
  • Groupie Brigade: Aang gets one of these for being the Avatar.
  • Humble Pie: Sokka gets handed a big mouthful when he goes to confront the Warriors of Kyoshi, and learns that he's not the great Water Tribe warrior he thought he was.
  • Laugh of Love: Aang's fangirls tend to giggle and squeal when they're with him, much to Katara's jealousy.
  • Mouth Cam: This is present to show Aang swinging across the unagi's mouth.
  • Off-Model: Aang is hit badly by it while running from the unagi. Luckily, the animators soon got things under control and this never happened again.
  • Riding into the Sunset: Team Avatar, joined by the unagi.
  • Shout-Out: "Where we're going, you won't need any pants."
    • Avatar Extras confirmed that the montage of Aang getting chased by the fan girls was an homage to “A Hard Days Night” by The Beatles.
  • Straw Misogynist: Sokka is a downplayed example for being condescending to Katara, and written this way so the story can spell out that he is wrong and make him see the light.
  • Wake-Up Call: Aang got comfortable on Kyoshi Island due to his fanbase, forgetting about the war that he as the avatar was supposed to stop. And then Zuko attacked, giving Aang the reminder of his responsibilities he needed.

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