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    • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Fire Nation boasts Industrial-Age innovations, such as trains and tanks powered by coal, steam, and firebending. Most of these were commissioned by extorting an expatriate Earth Kingdom inventor and leader of refugee group in now converted Northern Air Temple, the Mechanist, who dwells within a sanctuary maintained by steam-operated mechanisms and whose prize invention is a large, sophisticated steam-powered telescope. This is unsurprising, since Ghibli's works were one of the things that influenced Avatar's creators. The show got really steampunky real quick in season two, where a colossal drilling machine was introduced. Then in the third there were jet skis, and Fire Nation engineers invented zeppelins by reverse-engineering a previously introduced hot-air balloon created by Earth Kingdom inventor. Indeed, the original concept set the series in a futuristic environment, but the idea was scrapped in favor of an ancient feel; nonetheless, some technology was preserved during the change in setting. What makes the Fire Nation's steampunk technology particularly notable is that, unlike the more Magitek technology of the other nations, much/most of it doesn't need any bending to operate.
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    • Sequel Series The Legend of Korra initially takes place in Republic City, described as a "steampunk metropolis" on the official website and set in its world's equivalent of The Roaring '20s. Technology seen includes more (and more advanced) zeppelins, cameras, cars, radios, and electronic speakers. However, aside from the zeppelins, most of the technology shown is actually not much different from the tech of the real-life 1920's, to the point where Korra actually slots better into the category of Diesel Punk. That said, we do get steam(?)-powered battle mechs later in the series.
  • In Batman: The Animated Series episode "Showdown", Ra's al Ghul describes his attempt to destroy the transcontinental railroad and bomb Washington back in the 1880s with an advanced war dirigible, complete with cannons, turrets and gatling guns. Unfortunately, his son ruins it by getting Jonah Hex involved.
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  • The villain Mechanicles' shtick in Aladdin: The Series. Improbable-to-impossible mechanical creations of all shapes and sizes. However, they are usually Clock Punk rather than steam-based. Brownie points for earning a mention on the Clock King page. His plans are often just as elaborate as his machines, and they rely almost entirely on things running according to schedule.
  • The Modifyers is set in an unnamed Victorian-esque city, which features scads of clockwork gadgetry and steampowered transports — from trains, to zepplins. Also, the heroine is a teen spy, who has a trusty robot sidekick, and disguises herself as Perky Goth with a British accent.
  • The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello is an Australian short film about a troubled airship navigator and a dangerous expedition he takes part in. The setting has steam and mechanical zeppelins, and the entire film is animated as though it were shadow puppets and a light box. It was nominated for many awards (including an Academy Award) due to the unique silhouette art-style and the inventive storyline.
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  • Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears is filled with steampunk style mechanical oddities such as airships, submarines, massive wind and water generators and the venerable quick car. All of these machines are operated without electricity.
  • The Grand Finale of Batman: The Brave and the Bold opens with a short of John Wilkes Booth trying to kill Lincoln- and he fails, thanks to a space-time-hopping Batman. Seconds later, Booth whips out brass armor with steam-powered gattling gun arms. This is an alternate universe with a different timeline, as Batman subtly mentions on his way back home at the end of the short- after pounding Booth into submission, with a little help from Honest Abe himself.
  • While there is a great deal of Schizo Tech running amok, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a few elements of this.
  • In the Green Lantern: The Animated Series episode "Steam Lantern", this is the hat of the planet Hal Jordan finds himself on when sent to another universe by the Anti-Monitor.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Steampunx" revolved around this genre. With special appearance by Professor Elemental.
  • The Adventures of Mark Twain, in which the titular Twain attempts to chase Halley's Comet through outer space in a steampunk airship. Then it gets weird.
  • The Harvey Beaks two-part episode "Steampunks" is all about the genre. There's also a recurring character named Moff, who is a huge steampunk enthusiast.
  • The Avengers: Black Panther's Quest episode "Mask of the Panther" features an ancient Wakandan vessel with brass controls, a steam powered automaton crew, and a neural interface. In keeping with their advanced tech, it seems Wakanda was steampunk before the rest of the world was regular Age of Steam.
  • Love, Death & Robots: "Good Hunting" is an example of the "Silkpunk" sub-genre - Steampunk technology in British-ruled China at the turn of the century.
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