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Well, hello there! I'm Aang, the lead hero of the hit Nickelodeon animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. In case you don't know, I'll tell you. Long ago, we all live in peace and harmony in a Constructed World in which humans have grown on such a spiritual level, that we are able to control the four elements of the world: water, earth, fire, and air. The world has also been divided into four nations: the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Each nation has developed a spiritual art form to manipulate (aka "bend") their namesake element, but only the Avatar — one person reincarnated periodically into each race — is capable of mastering all four elements. The Avatar's role is to serve as a peacekeeper and protector for all four nations (as well as bridging and balancing the physical and spiritual worlds).


The show's story centers around me, the current incarnation of the Avatar (right after Avatar Roku), and the last Airbender. In it, I have to master the four bending arts so that I can save the world from Fire Lord Ozai and end the century-long war, a war which I accidentally avoided, spending a hundred years trapped in an iceberg after running away from my suddenly heavy responsibility as the Avatar. Ozai's plans for domination are on a specific timetable, though, meaning that I have until the end of summer to stop them.

Thankfully, I found myself in good company with my best friends: cute teenage waterbender Katara and her sarcastic brother Sokka, the two who freed me from the iceberg. As we work to save the four nations with the company of my lemur Momo and flying bison Appa, we gain many more allies, such as the blind earthbender Toph Beifong, and I make many enemies as well, such as the Fire Lord's son, Prince Zuko, his sister Azula and many other people. Thankfully, Zuko saw sense and became my new firebending teacher. And with the help of my friends, I defeated Fire Lord Ozai, and brought peace back to the world. I married Katara, and had three kids, Bumi (named after King Bumi of Omashu), Kya (named after Katara's late mom), and Tenzin.


Sadly, all good things come to an end. I passed away at 66 years old (technically 166). I guess being in that iceberg made my lifeforce weaker or something. A few years after my death, I was succeeded by a girl named Korra, who became the new Avatar.

If you wanna stay behind, then you can read my "tropes" as they put it right down here. I have a lot, so I put them all in folders. If you wanna read them, then you gotta sound like Zach Tyler Eisen (he's the guy who voiced me)note . I hope you have of fun, though not as much when you're penguin-sledding. And once you're done, you might wanna get your gliders and fly away, since some people say this website will ruin your life. I don't believe them; I'm just supposed to say it.

And by the way, please don't tell me anything about that movie. It made the Ember Island Players look professional. And if you ever meet my friend Toph Beifong, just know that beneath her tough girl act, she actually just wants to run away from her past. It's meeting it and dealing with the scars head on that helps heal the wounds.

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  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Energybending was a skill I learned for a lion-turtle in the final stretch of the battle against Ozai. Also, you could argue my chakra became unblocked during my final battle with Ozai, allowing me to enter the Avatar State again.
  • The Ace: I was the youngest airbending master in history and quite smart about different cultures or spiritual matters. Well, at least before my granddaughter Jinora bested me at 11. And I couldn't have been more prouder. Some of you even said she looked just like me.
    • Amongst all the other Avatars, I faced the perhaps single greatest uphill battle at an age four years before all others even discovered they were Avatars (biologically, at least), and managed to get an excellent grasp of all three non-native elements and energybending in the span of one year when all others, including my successor, Korra, needed several years to even just master the other elements. Zuko and I went on to guide the world in a radically different, more culturally merged era, marking the largest change in the world's long-stagnant status quo and causing the world to develop at a much faster pace. I left behind less problems for Korra to face than most of my immediate predecessors too, with only Avatar Yangchen having a cleaner record in the sense my actions indirectly still allowed the rise of the Anti-Bending movement.
  • Achilles' Heel: While going into the Avatar State does make me the most powerful character in the world, it also makes me very vulnerable, since the Avatar State brings all the spirits of the past Avatars — that is, the entire spirit that is the Avatar — into one body at the same time, dying while in the state means the Avatar spirit would die along with the Avatar, the chain of reincarnation would break, and the Avatar itself would cease to exist. Scary, isn't it?
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Try to compare my look when I got out of the iceberg to my look when I went against Ozai.
  • Afraid of Their Own Strength: I may be the Avatar, but even I'm scared by how scary and destructive I can be when I'm in the Avatar State; since I'm a pacifist by nature and upbringing, it's very justified. In one chapter I even said I was scary, referring to the Avatar State.
  • All-Loving Hero: I have a love and respect for all life, including those of my enemies. I just found out some of you have compared me to a man in your world named Jesus Christ. But while he was a real person (and the basis behind an entire religion), I'm not. So stop it.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Zigzagged. While I'm still a nice guy, I was this as well, since I'm just a child and always wanted to get to the cool stuff. My first attempt at firebending was screwed up because I stopped focusing on controlling the fire to make more, and ended up burning Katara. After that, I never wanted to firebend again. This seems to only apply to firebending, though. When it comes to airbending and waterbending, I'm highly spiritual, and I don't really like fighting much. And I don't like earthbending at all.
  • The Atoner: I mostly want to stop the Fire Nation not only because it's my job as the Avatar, but also because I want to atone for not being there for the Air Nomads when the Fire Nation ambushed them.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In the first episode, I'm mostly more interested in chasing a penguin than finding out what happened while I was frozen in the iceberg. It was a long time in there, okay?
  • Author Avatar: I was the first character created by Bryke. I was designed by Bryan to have his philosophical outlook but to have the appearance of Mike. This is especially true for my adult version in The Legend of Korra.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: I'm the second youngest next to Toph and most innocent member of Team Avatar.
  • Back from the Dead: Yes, with a dose of Only Mostly Dead since Katara healed me in time.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Yes, with the Blue Spirit, who turned out to be Zuko.
    • Also, there's a subtle one with Zuko, in the climax of "The Firebending Masters."
  • Badass Adorable: Well, that's not a nice word, but I'm a total butt-kicking hero with elemental kung-fu, who looks adorably huggable. Not that I'm bragging, mind you.
  • Badass in Distress: Played for Laughs in "Avatar Day," where I was wearing a heavy wooden stock. Not only did it not fit me, but I was able to casually slip out of it while I was chatting with the other prisoners. Note that I also did this in "The Earth King" by breaking out of the earth-handcuffs to wave at the king.
  • Badass Pacifist: I've demonstrated on separate occasions to be capable of avoiding violence while stopping said violence.
    • In "The Great Divide", I stopped the feuding clans by lying. It wasn't one of my better moments. And I think most of you agree with me.
    • I managed to one-up Hide, the resident bully at that Fire Nation school by simply evading his punches.
    • The final stretch had me defeat former Fire Lord Ozai by taking away his bending.
  • Bald Mystic: Yes, since it's tradition for an airbender to shave his or her head once they become a master. Naturally, this includes me, except during the first half of the final stretch, when I was hiding my identity.
  • Battle Couple: I kinda almost have this with Katara. We're a couple and both of us fight, but rarely side-by-side.
  • Berserk Button: Go ahead. Hurt my friends or mock my culture as an Air Nomad. I dare you.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: I may be one of the most genuinely kind, empathetic, and gentle individuals in all of the world, but I can also throw hurricanes, tidal waves, and mountain ranges around as if they were softballs.
    • Case in point, when the buzzard-wasp kidnapped Momo, I rescued him and then, with nothing but pure cold-blooded anger in my eyes and no hesitation at all, killed the buzzard-wasp as it was retreating. He also beheaded it. I may have indirectly killed many mooks before, but this was the only on-screen death in the series. And this wasn't in the Avatar State. It was all me.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: I'm a goofy and fun-loving kid, but if you mess with my friends, I'll most likely make you regret it afterwards.
  • Big Good: By default, I am this, but I secure this status after becoming a fully-realized Avatar.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Katara. Both of us are extremely optimistic people who keep that outlook while also becoming more realistic due to Character Development. We're both child prodigies in our own field (me in airbending and becoming the youngest fully-realized Avatar, and Katara becoming a waterbending master at only 14). We have a Chronic Hero Syndrome tendency, and are incredibly nice individuals, but can be frightening when pushed too far. We even share a similar trait of being more selfish when it comes to a personal topic.
  • Blessed with Suck: Sure, I'm the Avatar, a godlike human being who can manipulate all four elements to balance out the world. Sure, I'm the bridge between the Spirit World and the regular world. Sure, I'm the spirit of the planet all rolled into one man or woman. My past lives worked out just fine being the Avatar. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get to wait until my 16th birthday to be told that I'm the Avatar. Nope, some of the Air Monks told me when I was twelve because they feared a war was soon to break out, and they made plans to take me away from Monk Gyatso, my guardian, so I ran away...and got frozen inside an iceberg for 100 years while a war swept across the world while I was gone. Then when I get out of the iceberg, I have to fix everything! By myself! With a bunch of scary guys trying to capture me! And I'm 12 (technically 112, but you get the point). Plus, the first thing I learn about the new world I've entered is that I'm the only Air Nomad left since all of the others were wiped out by the Fire Nation in the opening moves of the war, who were the priority targets due to having the Avatar. Finally, here's what comes with being the Avatar: the ability to draw on the power and experiences of all the past Avatars. It seems good...but until I learn how to control it, the Avatar State manifests when I'm in grave danger or furious beyond control, has the power of an Eldritch Abomination and absolutely no care for collateral damage. There is a good reason for why I had nightmares about the Avatar State for a while. Additionally, whereas every other Avatar (that you know of) had years to learn how to bend all the elements (a task that usually takes roughly a decade - Avatar Roku started at 16 and finished in his twenties, Avatar Korra started prepubescent and finished in her late teens), I have less than one year. Oh, and even after I can control the Avatar State, there's a downside (for the world, at least): if I die while in it, the Avatar Cycle is broken. No more Avatar. Everyone is doomed. And given I'm the spirit of the world and that killing the spirit of the moon made the moon disappear until it was get where I'm going with this.
  • Blindfolded Vision: Toph trained me to see like her this way.
  • Blithe Spirit: I acted as one of these when I accidentally enrolled in a straight-laced Fire Nation school. And being the friendly, world-traveling free spirit I am, I won't settle for anything less than throwing everyone a dance party to give the kids a taste of freedom. Yes, that's a reference to something called Footloose. And Mr. Critic, I'm sorry you didn't like it. Either way, I'm glad you enjoyed my adventure.
  • Blow You Away: Well, I am an airbender, so yeah. And I'm a master if the tattoos didn't show it. You even see me on the main picture on the page, though I have no idea what a windmill is.
  • A Boy and His X: A Boy and His Flying Bison and Winged Lemur.
    • For the former, Appa was my loyal pet and friend, as well as Team Avatar's primary means of travel. I first met Appa at the Eastern Air Temple when he was just a calf during a customary event where all of the airbender children are paired with a flying bison for life. After I offered an apple to Appa, the young sky bison seemed to bond with me immediately, affectionately licking my face. I loved my fellow survivor of a century of sleep, noting that they could both be the last of their kind.
    • For the latter, I discovered Momo, a winged lemur, while wandering about the ruins of the Southern Air Temple. I quickly claimed him as a pet and named him Momo. I'm also very protective of him, as seen when I struck a buzzard wasp in order to protect him. This was shown during my final battle with Ozai, as I told Momo, the only one that accompanied me when I ventured onto the lion turtle, to stay far away from the scene of the fight.
  • Break the Cutie: I start out as a naive and innocent child. By the end, I've seen too much tragedy and heart-ache to be either.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: My only major setbacks in learning the other elements seemed to be my childlike lack of focus.
  • Broken Ace: I may be the most talented bender of Team Avatar next to Katara, Toph and eventually Zuko, but I never wanted to be the Avatar.
  • Broken Bird: I briefly became this after Appa was kidnapped in Book 2.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Downplayed with Katara. While I still remain mellow and optimistic even after Character Development, I do suffer moments that cause me great emotional stress (i.e., learning the genocide of my people, Appa's kidnapping, feeling useless after Ba Sing Se fell to the Fire Nation). In those moments, Katara was there to give me Cooldown Hugs and pep talks about remaining hopeful. We switched roles when Katara took on a She Who Fights Monsters mentality after Zuko revealed he could help her find her mother's murderer, and while I didn't force her to stop, I do give her advice on how revenge will lead her down a wrong path.
  • Character Development: At the start, I'm a happy-go-lucky, naive kid who didn't want to be the Avatar. Going through numerous battles and trials, especially when Appa was kidnapped, took a toll on my carefree attitude. By the end, I became a more serious and mature young man who took his Avatar duties seriously without losing who he is or sacrificing what he wants and desires. This is probably most noticeable when compared to my actor in the terrible "Ember Island Players" play, as the actress playing me always portrays me as happy-go-lucky and naive, even in the end.
  • Character Title: The "last airbender". That's me. Do the math.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Most of my speed and agility are shown to be from the use of my airbending, but I've also displayed feats of this trope that can't be attributed to it. While it's not as impressive as Zuko, I have done things like briefly Bridal Carry Katara while jumping down a couple of stories, and also once carry Zuko, despite both of them clearly being heavier than me and my thin build wouldn't hint I possessed that sort of strength. I've also fallen a few stories out of a tree, and got back up seconds later with no lasting injuries.
  • Cheerful Child: I'm initially bright, fun-loving and infectiously cheerful. I mature a lot over the course of the adventure, but for the most part, my mellow upbeat attitude stays the same.
  • Chick Magnet: Uhh...I guess.
    • I can't believe I didn't notice this before, but Meng from Aunt Wu's island and all of the young girls from Kyoshi Island were completely enthralled with me.
    • Some of my female "classmates" from that Fire Nation school thought I was quite charming, especially On Ji.
    • The tie-in comics showed that the Air Acolytes were initially a group of fangirls who had crushes on me.
    • Katara eventually realized that she had fallen in love with me and they became a couple. We married a few years later and had three kids.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Zigzagged with Katara. We met when I was 12 and she was 14, but I'm technically older than her, as I was born 100 years earlier than her and only kept my youth because I was frozen in ice. Even so, we later became an Official Couple, marry, and have three children, Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin.
  • Child Mage: It's mixed with Kung-Fu Kid due to the martial arts nature of bending.
  • Child Prodigy: Usually it takes a couple years for a bender to attain mere competency of their element, and a lifetime to become a master. Not so for me, who became the youngest airbending master in recorded history, at least until Jinora dethroned me at 11, and got a decent grip of the other three elements in less than a year. At least part of my quick mastery of the other elements can be attributed to a time crunch, since I had to learn the three elements in less than a year or else the world would pretty much end.
  • The Chosen One: I'm the Avatar, and it's my destiny to defeat Fire Lord Ozai and stop the war that Fire Lord Sozin started.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Much to some of my friends' annoyance, I'm always going off to do Sidequests rather than focusing on my training and fleeing from the Fire Nation.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Much of my character development in the first episodes is learning that as the Avatar I have duties that I can't avoid.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: In the comic "Love is a Battlefield", I became violent towards Katara for refusing to be in a relationship with me by erupting a small volcano - despite my awareness of how firebending had hurt Katara in the past. And when we went to see the Ember Island Players I got mad at the actor playing Katara because she was in love with Zuko, and lashed out at the real Katara and forcefully kissed her. I have no idea what I was even thinking both of those times. Love Makes You Stupid, they say.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: I was an example of this trope in the first few chapters whenever I tapped into the Avatar State. The growth I went through during the adventure, a showcase of the fact that I'm a master airbender, and the realization of how scary I am in the Avatar State contributes to the lessening of my carefree nature.
  • Cultured Badass: I'm quite knowledgeable about different cultures.
  • Cursed with Awesome: I'm initially upset at finding out I'm the Avatar (and to be fair, the circumstances of the world shortly after I ran away do make the responsibility a pain). Still, you'd think that me, a 12-year-old kid, finding out that I could bend not just one, but ALL of the elements would be a little more excited. And as Avatar Roku mentioned, and as I've seen several times, being the Avatar doesn't hurt with the ladies.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: While I had a happy childhood with the Air Nomads, I made the fatal mistake of freaking out and running away from my responsibilities, ending up being frozen in ice for a century, and finally paying dearly for it when I discovered the corpse of my beloved mentor.
  • Deadly Dodging: It's a fundamental part of airbending because of the pacifistic nature of us Air Nomads.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Surprisingly I do this often, though it's usually subtle and good-natured. Other times when I'm being sarcastic are when I'm frustrated, or the time I made Zhao angry enough so he would destroy his own fleet of ships.
    • There's also this.
    (I'm prying open a large drainpipe to the city of Omashu)
    Sokka: A secret passage? Why didn't we just use this last time?
    (A flood of sewage pours out and splashes Sokka)
    Me: Does that answer your question?
  • Despair Event Horizon: I come very near to it after Appa was kidnapped. I eventually got better.
  • Deuteragonist: In the comic books set between The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. With my main character arc completed, I tend to help out whoever is the main character of a particular arc get through their problems.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Once I learned earthbending. It was the hardest for me to learn; being an airbender and all, I found the direct, confrontational, and rigid discipline of earthbending difficult to grasp.
  • Distressed Dude: The Fire Nation knows that if I'm killed I'll simply reincarnate so their goal is to imprison me until I die naturally. If only they knew about everything else.
  • The Ditherer: On occasion when I get overwhelmed by the hardship of my journey I'll go play delinquent and go penguin sledding instead of undergoing additional/superfluous training to avoid the issue.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Yeah, sea prunes don't sit well with my stomach.
  • Earned Stripes: Yes. When airbenders are recognized as masters, they are given blue arrow tattoos that follow chi lines from their forehead, to their hands and feet. I was one of the youngest to ever wear tattoos at age 12, until my granddaughter Jinora earned them at age 11 in The Legend of Korra.
  • Elemental Powers: It's hardly a rarity in the world I come from, but being the Avatar, I am the only person innately capable of mastering more than one.
  • Entitled to Have You: I'll admit, I do show some of these traits along with being a (almost) Crazy Jealous Guy. I told Katara we kissed at the invasion and I thought we were going to be together - when in reality it was no "we" as it wasn't a mutual kiss. I gave her a "Shut Up" Kiss which left her upset and confused. Katara not wanting to be in a relationship with me is what leads to me planting another Forceful Kiss on her, resulting in her running away in anger. Only in the finale do we share a mutual kiss, this time with Katara initiating it. Some disembodied voices even pointed out how selfish I was acting. And they were completely right, looking back.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: I said I was scary when reflecting on the Avatar State. While I wasn't evil in any way, the Avatar state can be a terrifying experience both for the Avatar and the surrounding people.
  • Exposed to the Elements: Hey. It's not like I needed winter clothing when I was at the poles. Of course I made use of airbending to keep myself warm.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: I was freaking out when Katara told me I had hair. 2 months led to my hair out? AH! Well, at least I shaved it out when I was ready to lead the charge.
  • Fatal Flaw: I know I'm not perfect, but did you all expect me to kill Ozai? Ok, I do admit that he almost caused the end of the world, but still.
  • The Fettered: I refuse to go all out. I just can't do it, but if you push me far enough...
  • First Girl Wins: Hey, I'm a rare male example! Well, Katara did first meet me, and then she dated Jet but she said he was willing to break off with him and then he was taken care by his friendsnote . Eventually after Ozai was defeated, we kissed and we became an official couple.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Well I was trapped in an iceberg for 100 years. Takes a while for me to adapt to the siutation.
  • Fragile Speedster: Fragile? I'm not made of glass or anything... oh thanks Sokka. I wouldn't say I take hits as well as the others since I try dodging. That mindset was why I found earthbending difficult. Imagine having to tank the hits. I eventually overcame the fragile mentality.
  • Friend to All Living Things: I would never hurt even the tiniest of living things, even a spiderfly stuck on its own web. The buzzardwasps weren't so lucky however.

  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: I get this when I enter the Avatar State.
  • God in Human Form: At base power, he's "merely" a talented bender housing the spirit of the planet. He falls into Physical God when the Avatar State is activated.
  • God of Good: As the human form of an incredible spirit of light, he maintains equilibrium between the four nations, as well as between the physical and spirit worlds.
  • Good Is Not Soft: For all of Aang's kind-heartedness and sweet demeanor, when he gets pissed, he turns into a cold, ruthless Creepy Child with Glowing Eyes of Doom and the Voice of the Legion.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Sports permanent scars on his back and on the sole of his left foot after being killed by Azula's lightning and revived by Katara.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Zigzagged. Aang has to rise to his responsibilities as the Avatar and leave his childhood behind early, which he never wanted. He later expresses how his feelings with Katara are complicated for him, and Avatar Roku tells him that love gets better as you get older. Furthermore, for most of the story Katara is unsure of her feelings for him, because he has a lot of growing up to do in her eyes. Rising to the challenges of growing up, and displaying selflessness and maturity, win her over in the end.
  • Harmful to Minors: Oh no... why... why did I have to see all my dead friends and my favorite mentor Gyatso?
  • He Is All Grown Up: Before their battle with Fire Nation, Katara and Aang talk with the former telling the latter how much he has grown over the past year and he's not "the goofy kid she saved from an iceberg".
  • Heal the Cutie: He went through a lot of trauma after waking up from a 100-year sleep, to find all his loved ones dead and the world locked in a horrific war, but he rarely let it show much... until he loses Appa. Come "The Serpent's Pass", he shuts down and stops responding to the concerns of his friends. However, seeing Katara help a couple deliver a baby named Hope gets him out of his funk.
    Aang: I thought I was trying to be strong. But really I was just running away from my feelings. Seeing this family together, so full of happiness and love, it's reminded me how I feel about Appa ... and how I feel about you.
  • The Hero: He's the main protagonist, and it is his destiny to defeat Ozai and save the world.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: The Avatar State isn't evil, but it's not necessarily good either. Its main concerns are Aang's survival, his rage and sorrow, and maintaining balance. Aang's morals and innocent bystanders are secondary considerations, at best. Luckily, it retains his crush on Katara, and she can calm it with Cooldown Hugs.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In "The Desert", he is genuinely upset at Appa getting kidnapped and desperately tries to find him, but in turn, Aang becomes hostile and aggressive during his search.
  • Honor Before Reason: Was going to let himself be punished for a crime (that word being used loosely) Kyoshi committed two avatar cycles ago.
  • Hope Bringer: Lampshaded frequently by Katara.
  • Human Popsicle: Until Katara frees him from the iceberg.
  • Humble Hero: Aang rarely "pulls the Avatar card" when asking for leniency, unless he needs to.
  • Hurting Hero: Aang is the last of his people alive and under tremendous pressure to save the world.
  • Hypocrite: When attempting to master the Avatar state with Guru Pathik, at the end he's told that he needs to let go of his worldly attachments, but he thinks of Katara and refuses, unable to understand why he would want to do such a thing. During the series finale, when consulting past Avatars for their wisdom on whether or not he should kill Ozai the last Avatar he consults is fellow air nomad Yangchen, confident that she'll understand his position: As an air nomad, he was raised to believe that, among other things, he should give up worldly attachments in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment. This quite clearly contradicts his earlier position; First he refuses to give up worldly attachments and then later argues in favor of the exact kind of spiritual enlightenment that he rejected before. This could be a case of Character Development, however, as in the first example he seemed to believe that Pathik was telling him he actually had to leave Katara behind or sacrifice her, whereas the second seems to be more a matter of not simply going with whatever she and the others tell him when he thinks it's wrong. After all, Roku showed him in between the two events that it's possible to both be a fully-realized Avatar and have a love life at the same time, so that part of the interpretation would have to change. Still, at least on face value he's making two opposing arguments which both amount to seemingly needless complication of things.
  • An Ice Person: Once he learns Waterbending, Aang is able to turn water into ice effortlessly.
  • I Got Bigger: Throughout the series, Aang's recurrent height is 4 1/2 feet, thus making him the second shortest member of Team Avatar. In the tie-in, sequel comics, Aang's height increases with Toph commenting on it.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Didn't want to be the Avatar and would rather have just been a normal kid.
  • Important Haircut: After letting his hair grow out for the first half of Season 3, he shaves his head again for the big invasion.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Achieving this is what enables him to un-bend Ozai in the finale.
  • The Insomniac: In "Nightmares and Daydreams".
  • Instant Armor: A favored tactic of his earthbending, suiting Aang's defensive nature. He uses it against Azula (twice), Combustion Man and Ozai.
  • Instant Expert: Aang is able to learn basic waterbending and firebending extremely quickly, but his lack of focus prevents him from completely mastering any except airbending (which he started with).
  • Instant Fanclub: Has one on Kyoshi Island and in Ba Sing Se as well.
  • Instant Flight: Just Add Spinning!: While Aang has the added advantage of airbending, he uses his Gliderstaff for this purpose numerous times.
  • In the Back: In the finale of Book 2, Aang's attempt to enter the Avatar State is promptly shut down by Azula putting a lightning bolt into his back.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Aang is this trope; he's a pacifist who openly shows his emotions and affections. Toph says this of Aang in "Ember Island Players".
  • I Shall Taunt You: Aang is an advocate of irritating enemies into making mistakes and creating openings.
  • It's All About Me: Mainly during the series finale and stated as much by Yangchen. "Selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your own spiritual needs and do whatever it takes to protect the world." He was willing to put the world at stake in favor of his own ideals in his refusal to kill Ozai because the airbenders taught him that all life is sacred (never mind that Gyatso's body was surrounded by the bodies of like twenty Fire Nation soldiers). Subverted in that by continuing to search for and ultimately finding the non-murderous solution he was looking for, he avoided creating a martyr out of Ozai, slowing down whatever spirit of resistance remained to allow his allies to declare victory. He did make the right move to save the world after all. Played straight however as the Legend of Korra reveals that by refusing to kill Ozai and taking a third option, he informed the world that bending could be removed,and Amon nearly destroyed the Avatar with the knowledge. The consequences of his decision were foreshadowed by Avatar Kyoshi and the Dai Li, Avatar's are to balance the world, not compromise with it.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Especially near the end of the show, when everyone is expecting him to kill Ozai.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: He can control all 4 elements, but he is not the best with any of them, except air, since he is the last one alive. To be clear though, he is still a child and new to all 3 other forms of bending (the entire series taking place over about 3/4 of a year). Once he has had more time to practice and master them, it is expected that he will in fact be a master of all 4 and capable of outshining individuals from any school in their own specialty. While Toph and Katara both demonstrate mastery of their own schools which may edge out the inexperienced Aang at times, they have both been practicing those skills all their lives (also, Toph is explicitly an earth-bending prodigy while Katara is stated to be the most determined and hard-working student her water-bending master ever encountered). It has to be mentioned that Aang is a borderline case at best, since he is also the most powerful bender alive. Even without the Avatar State. Aang was a prodigious airbender even for avatar standards: he was already inventing new bending techniques without having any formal training or finding out he was the Avatar.
  • Jerkass Ball:
    • In "The Desert" after Appa was kidnapped, Aang became hostile and aggressive out of desperation. However, in the next episode, he reverts into the Heroic Safe Mode instead.
    • Briefly, at the beginning of the finale, when it seems the only possible option for dealing with Ozai is to kill him. Aang starts snapping and yelling at everyone else to come up with another solution.
  • The Juggernaut: A rare heroic type. When he's in the Avatar state, do NOT be in his way. The final battle between the Avatar-State Aang and the Phoenix King Ozai is definitely a great example of what happens when someone tries to fight the juggernaut.
  • Keet: Is very energetic. He is only twelve.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: An energetic yellow-orange colored kid and the youngest member of the core team. He's balancing his love of having fun with responsibilities of his job and growing up. Despite this he's also The Hero, balancing out to Kid Hero below.
  • Kid Hero: Essentially. Though going just by years he's 112, for a hundred of those years he was a Human Popsicle.
  • King in the Mountain: While he's frozen in the iceberg.
  • The Kirk: Often gets caught in between Sokka and Katara in Season 1.
  • Last of His Kind: The Fire Nation killed most, if not all, of the other Airbenders.
  • Laugh of Love: He's a frequent cause of these:
    • In "The Warriors of Kyoshi", Aang's fangirls tend to giggle and squeal when they're with him, much to Katara's jealousy.
    • In "The Fortuneteller", Meng giggles when Aang catches her hands as she accidentally trips while carrying a tray full of snacks, and later when she admits that she's been stalking him.
    • In "The Headband", two Fire Nation girls giggle when Aang, while dancing, gets very close to them before leaping away.
    • He also sometimes laughs when with Katara, who sometimes reciprocates, and they get together at the end of the series.
  • The Lightfooted: Aang's has been given the name "Twinkletoes" by Toph. He's able to float down gently from ten feet in the air.
  • Lightning Bruiser: By the second season, Aang becomes this as he still is the quick on his feet but now has the destructive force of Earthbending.
  • Like a Son to Me: Gyatso was the closest thing Aang had to a father; likewise Aang was the closest thing Gyatso had to a son.
  • Living Relic: Called as such by Professor Zei, though he's not as old as most examples.
  • Love at First Sight: It's implied, and later confirmed by 'Avatar Extras,' that Aang fell for Katara when he first saw her after being freed from the iceberg.

  • MacGuffin Super Person: Aang is a textbook example, being hunted by every villainous force in the series.
  • Magical Boyfriend: Towards Katara. He's an energetic, kind, generous messiah-figure that helps her achieve everything she ever wanted to.
  • Making a Splash: Once he learns Waterbending. He was able to pick up basic moves very quickly, though more advanced moves take more time compared to more adept waterbenders.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Guy: Interestingly, Aang is this to Katara, with him being the cheerful, quirky little thing who teaches the heroine to relax and have fun.
  • Martial Arts Headband: He has one in the third season to cover his arrow.
  • Martial Pacifist: It being the Airbender motto and all.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Aang is an easygoing, energetic, and non-confrontational Martial Pacifist. Toph is a bullheaded and casually violent brawler and former Professional Earthbender who is about his (physical) age. Lampshaded in "The Ember Island Players", where they watch a Show Within a Show that has Aang portrayed by a Genki Girl and Toph by a huge Boisterous Bruiser bodybuilder man, and she actually liked the idea.
  • Master of One Magic: He excels at Airbending, having invented at least one new technique for it and risen to the rank of master at a very young age. While he does master the other three elements, he never picks up the advanced techniques, such as healing, Bloodbending, Metalbending, or proper Lightning generation, though he is able to redirect lightning.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Aang was written 安昂 , meaning "peaceful soaring" in Chinese and Vietnamese.
    • The name Aang is similar to the Malaysian and Indonesian word angin and Filipino word hangin, meaning "wind". Aang is also the Inuit word for "hello", which could be a reference to his friendly nature.
  • Messianic Archetype: Being a God in Human Form, a natural pacifist, and even temporarily dying at the end of Book 2 clearly paints him as one of these.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • Aang feels tremendous guilt over not being there for the Air Nomads when the Fire Nation attacked.
    • He feels great shame for accidentally burning Katara's hands because of his careless firebending.
  • Nature Spirit: Subverted, actually. Though the Avatar was originally suggested to be this, as per The Legend of Korra he's actually just a normal human that has a spirit of light bonded with him.
  • Nice Guy: Aang is peaceful, fun-loving, polite, respects all life (including enemies), and is respectful of the cultures of others.
  • Nice Hat: He has a few that he wears over the course of the series, mostly when he needs to hide his arrow.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Happened when he began to stress over facing Ozai in Book 3.
  • Offhand Backhand: Aang does this to a rock while riding Appa and again to Sokka with earthbending while blindfolded.
  • Official Couple: With Katara.
  • Older Than He Looks: Due to being frozen for a hundred years he's actually 112.
  • One-Man Army: He's the Avatar after all.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Aang is the only one who can fight Ozai, though not for the usual reasons for this trope. Simply having just anyone defeat Ozai doesn't guarantee an end to the war, because it would result in even more war and conflict. Since Aang is The Chosen One, defeating Ozai would be an act of divine providence and a signal that he was in the right.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Aang is usually a very happy-go-lucky kid. He's very peaceful and spiritual, and has stated repeatedly that he doesn't eat meat. Then in "The Desert", his best friend and pet since he was a kid, Appa, is stolen by Sandbenders. The normally cheerful Aang spends the entire episode being cranky, aggressive, and angry. He even kills a wasp-buzzard that tried to take one of his other friends even after the threat it posed was gone. When they run into the Sandbenders who stole Appa, you know they're in for a world of hurt.
  • Papa Wolf: If any harm comes to Appa or Momo, you better pray you're not the one who did it. Otherwise, you'll have the Avatar in an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Parental Abandonment: A weird case, as his parents are never seen, nor even mentioned. It's like he was born out of thin air. Even if he did have parents, no chance that they survived the purge.
  • Peter Pan Parody: Aang himself bears multiple resemblances to Peter Pan, having been a child much longer than normal (having been trapped in the ice for so long), his affinity to mystic forces (him being the Avatar predisposing him to general Spirit World weirdness), is prone to childish jokes (though he tries to keep his carefree actions from hurting anyone, feeling great remorse if it accidentally does), adopting a ragtag group of children as a surrogate family (Team Avatar) and antagonizing (physically) older men in positions of authority (Zuko, Zhao, Long Feng, Ozai, etc). This is cemented in "The Ember Island Players", where Aang is played by a spritely woman in a stage play adaptation of his adventures, it being tradition where Peter Pan was played by a woman.
  • Physical God: By himself he's just a God in Human Form, but if you manage to push him into the Avatar State, you've lost the fight, if not your life. Only Azula has managed to beat him while he's in it, and that's only because she sneak-attacked him in the back while he was transforming. The most generous way to describe his final fight in the Grand Finale would be as a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Notes in the art book indicate that Aang is only 4 and a half feet tall, but he is still one of the most powerful benders alive.
  • Playing with Fire: Once he learned how to use firebending. He was initially reluctant to learn this at first, thinking of fire as evil, but he was eventually able to learn a different form of firebending that focuses on life.
  • The Pollyanna: Usually remains cheery and upbeat in spite of the Crapsack World he lives in.
  • Power Floats: When he enters the Avatar State.
  • Power Glows: When he enters the Avatar State.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: At first, activating the Avatar state left him weak and visibly exhausted. As the series went on, this disappeared.
  • Power Tattoo: Arrow tattoos to denote his mastery of airbending, which glow when he uses his Avatar powers.
  • Primary-Color Champion: He has a blue arrow tattoo, and starts off with orange and yellow clothing. This is later replaced with a dark orange robe.
  • Razor Wind: Airbending slice! Although Aang rarely uses this side of Airbending and almost never on a living being, in a moment of rage after losing Appa in Season 2 he coldly bisects a fleeing vulture-wasp that had tried to eat Momo.
  • Reckless Pacifist: Sure, he'd never kill anyone directly, but his collateral damage record is hard to ignore.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Zuko's red (during their training). Though he also could be red to the rest of his friend's blue due to his childlike nature while the rest tend to be more serious and less naive.
  • Refusal of the Call: Discovering that he was the Avatar pretty much ruined his life, as everyone saw the Physical God and not the twelve-year old that desperately needed companionship. Running from it resulted in his life being completely ruined, as he Slept Through the Apocalypse of his people.
  • Reincarnation: Of the previous Avatars, most recently, Roku.
  • Retcon: The main series never explained what the Avatar State was or what made the avatar so special. Only a tie-in game briefly spoke of The Avatar being the spirit of the planet in a human body. Legend of Korra book 2 then spent a two-parter establishing that the Avatars (Roku, Aang, Korra herself etc.) are all basically Heroic Hosts for Raava, the spirit of light and peace, and when the current host dies, Raava takes them with her to the next one.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: Played with, while Aang is certainly the youngest and most naive member of his team he is also the most worldly and the most experienced combatant.
  • Running Gag: In the comics, Aang has a notion of saying something brazen just seconds before someone else says something which shoves his foot back into his mouth.

  • Sad Clown: His cheerful exterior and fun-loving personality is a way to cope and ignore the guilt he feels for running away from his home and people and getting frozen, allowing the Fire Nation to wage war for a century, wiping out his people. He finally faces his guilt later on when he's mentored by Guru Pathik.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: There have been times when Sokka, and in one instance Zuko, have used sarcasm only for Aang to miss it completely. One particularly notable instance is when Aang is confiding in Sokka about his struggles with learning earthbending, while Sokka is stuck in a hole, and describes his situation using words that perfectly and literally describe Sokka's predicament. Sokka lampshades it using sarcasm, which goes completely over Aang's head.
  • Scars Are Forever: Suffers a permanent scar on his back from being shot with lightning by Azula. He also has one on the sole of his left foot, where the lightning left his body.
  • Sealed Badass in a Can: As he proves eventually afterwards.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Unsealed in the series premiere.
  • Second Love: For Katara, since Jet was her first.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sweet, playful Sensitive Guy to sarcastic, grounded Sokka's Manly Man.
  • Shirtless Scene: Frequently in Season 3. Aang has a perfectly good shirt he could be wearing... he just chooses not to. Because all the fire he has to deal with would burn his clothes off if he did. Clothes just don't play well with fire.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Katara in The Promise and The Search. All the cuddling and petnames give Sokka 'oogies'.
  • Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice. When he has to improvise with a spear he even breaks off the head.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Showed interest in Katara and ONLY Katara from the moment he met her.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Extremely skilled, master airbender and skilled in the other three bending arts as well, but he's extremely (often willfully) blind to how the world is. He spent most of the last season hemming and hawing over being confronted with the idea that he would have to kill Ozai. Before it was thrown right in his face he never considered that it would take more than just beating the guy in a fight to magically solve every problem in the world.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: He entombed himself and Appa in an iceberg and as a result missed The Purge of his people. At one point, he has a nightmare about missing the Fire Nation invasion.
  • Soul Power: Energybending which can remove bending from a bender.
  • Sphere of Power: During the series finale he creates a sphere of air around himself, and supplements it with other elements. Provides the picture for that page, in fact.
  • Stock Shōnen Hero: Downplayed. Due to the anime influence of the series, Aang plays much of the trope straight. He's a naive and excitable Kid Hero with nearly infinite compassion, extends a kind hand to anyone, and cherishes his family and friends above all else. He's the current incarnation of the Avatar, which pretty much amounts to being the most powerful bender on the planet. One of the main plot points in the series is Aang becoming stronger in order to defeat the Evil Overlord. However, he also inverts many core aspects of the trope (such as being more of a Keet than Hot-Blooded, In Touch with His Feminine Side and not being a Big Eater).
  • Super Mode: The Avatar State.
  • Superpower Lottery: Can learn all types of bending, not just his native one. He masters the basics very quickly thanks to his millennia of experience through past lives, and has a defense mechanism that sends him into Super Mode.
  • Super Speed: He can give himself a boost with a tailwind, thanks to his airbending.
  • Survivor Guilt: From the Air Nomad Genocide.
    Aang: "The Fire Nation attacked our temple. My people needed me, and I wasn't there to help."
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Katara was his (second) waterbending instructor and they became an Official Couple in the series finale.
  • Teens Are Short: According to the art book, he's about 4 1/2 feet. For comparison, Katara is not even 5' and she's still about a head taller than Aang.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: This becomes a plot point in the finale, where he's torn up by the possibility that he will have to kill Ozai for the good of the world.
  • Took a Level in Badass: When first met, he is a scared boy who, from his perspective, just learned he was to be the Savior of the World and must leave home from the only man he knew as a father. Now the world is in danger and so he shirks his responsibilities. Less than a year later, he is a fully competent Avatar, Master of All the Elements. Even without using the Avatar State, he can hold his own against a super-powered Phoenix King Ozai. When he finally activates the Avatar State, it is a no holds contest.
  • Too Qualified to Apply: A flashback in "The Storm" shows that after Aang was publicly revealed to be the Avatar the other airbender kids stopped playing competitive games with him because they felt he'd have an unfair advantage, even though his actual level of ability hadn't changed.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: "The Great Divide" reveals Aang has an intense liking towards egg custard in a tart.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Aang enters the Avatar State, he seems perfectly serene. Unless he's in a raging fury instead.
  • Troll: Becomes a rare benevolent one in "The Deserter". He trolls the HELL out of Admiral Zhao by using his lack of self-control against him. It's actually very effective: Zhao accidentally destroys his entire fleet in the process.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: Being a pacifistic monk, he is inclined to do this. Unfortunately, this mindset is what makes learning earth bending so difficult.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: If I remember correctly, I was playing with Momo in Ba Sing Se when some kid who hated being called short thought I called him short even though I was talling Momo that. He tried attacking me over it and I had to defend myself. Eventually, I had enough and I made use of the Avatar State to... no I didn't kill him. He teleported somewhere else.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He's a 12 year old goofball with the ability to master all four elements and restore balance to the world. Not to mention that if you piss him off enough, he'll enter his Unstoppable Rage superpowered Avatar State.
  • Unstoppable Rage: While in the Avatar State. He be becomes insanely powerful and very ferocious to the point of becoming an apocalyptic juggernaut.
  • Uptown Guy: Zigzagged. While Aang is the Avatar (a position considered equal to or higher than royalty) fell in love with Katara (a girl from the struggling Southern Water Tribe). However, since Katara is the daughter of the Southern Tribe Chief, this technically makes her a princess.
  • Waif-Fu: Aang is a Gender-Inverted Trope of this. While Toph is about the same size as he is, she's much more smashy with her fighting technique. Aang is the lightest and smallest fighter in the whole series, whose biggest physical talent lies in a fighting style that emphasizes speed and grace. Naturally, being the avatar, he can kick more butt than anyone else on the show.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Because of the Fire Nation's Stern Chase.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In the later half of Season 3.
  • Warrior Monk: All Airbenders are this.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Aang could be considered this, especially before he learns the other Bending skills. Airbending itself mostly relies on evading. Bumi taunts him with this;
    Bumi: Typical Airbender tactics, avoid and evade. I was hoping the Avatar would be a little less *kicks a rock at the Avatar* PREDICTABLE.
  • Weapon Twirling: Justified. He uses his staff to create wind attacks (or defenses) this way.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Aang starts off this way. But being shouldered with the weight of the Avatar Spirit, his entire people dying, Appa's kidnapping and the horrors of war quickly got rid of it.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Katara. They Do.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: He is only twelve but has the WIS score of 20. But then again, he is the Avatar. He is chronologically a hundred and twelve years old. He was frozen in time for a hundred years, so mentally he was still twelve at the beginning of the series. He matured a lot throughout the show, however. A point is made of this in "The Southern Raiders". When Katara sets off to avenge her mother's death with Prince Zuko, Aang makes it a point to advise her several times. At the end, Sokka responds with the line: "You know, for a kid, you're pretty wise. Usually it's annoying, but right now I'm just impressed."
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Aang isn't evil or villainous in any way, but it is scary when he gets upset and goes into the Avatar State.
  • Younger Mentor, Older Disciple: Due to what his age actually is, Aang is often older than anybody who teaches him. This is especially the case with Toph who is younger than him both physically and officially.