Avatar: The Last Airbender

Nickelodeon (ended 2008)



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In a lost age, the world is divided into four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Within each nation, there is a remarkable order of men and women called the "benders" who can learn to harness their inborn talent and manipulate their native element. Bending is a powerful form combining martial art and elemental magic. In each generation, only one bender is solely capable of controlling all four elements. That bender is the Avatar. The Avatar is the spirit of the world manifested in human form. When the Avatar dies, it reincarnates into the next nation in the cycle. Starting with the mastery of his or her native element, the Avatar learns to bend all four elements. Throughout the ages, the countless incarnations of the Avatar have served to keep the four nations in harmony. Then, the Fire Nation launched a war against the other three nations. Just as the world needed the Avatar the most, he mysteriously vanished. A hundred years later, the Fire Nation is near final victory in its ruthless war of world domination. The Air Nomads were destroyed, the Air Temples ravished, and all airbender monks eradicated. The Water Tribes were raided and driven to the brink of extinction. The Earth Kingdom remains and fights a hopeless war against the Fire Nation. Many believe the Avatar was never reborn into the Air Nomads and the cycle is broken. In the desolated South Pole, a lone Water tribe struggles to survive. It is here that the village's last remaining waterbender Katara and her warrior brother Sokka rescue a strange 12-year-old boy named Aang who has been suspended in hibernation in an iceberg. The Water tribe soon discovers that Aang is not only an Airbender--the extinct race no one has seen in a century--but also the long lost Avatar. Now Katara and Sokka must safeguard the child Avatar in his journey to master all four elements and save the world from the Fire Nation. Season 1 is titled "Book One: Water", and Season 2 is titled "Book Two: Earth." Each of these seasons contains twenty "chapters." Season 3 is titled "Book Three: Fire", and contains 21 "chapters." Also Known As...: UK: Avatar: The Legend of Aang Latin America: Avatar: La Leyenda de Aang (The Legend of Aang) Brazil: Avatar: A Lenda de Aang (The Legend of Aang) Italy: Avatar: La Leggenda di Aang (The Legend of Aang) Germany: Avatar: Der Herr Der Elemente (The Master of the Elements) Spain:Avatar: La leyenda de Aang (The Legend of Aang) Holland: Avatar: De legende van Aang (The Legend of Aang) Opening Themes: The Pilot: Water. Earth. Fire. Air. My grandmother used to tell me stories about the old days. The time of peace. When the Avatar kept balance between Water Tribes, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar masters all four elements. Only he can stop the ruthless firebenders. But when the world needed him most, He vanished. One hundred years have passed, and Fire Nation is nearing victory in the war. Two years ago, my father and the men of my tribe journeyed to the Earth Kingdom to help fight against the Fire Nation, leaving me and my brother to look after our tribe. Some people believe that the Avatar was never reborn into Air Nomads, and that the circle is broken. But I haven't lost hope. I still believe that, somehow, The Avatar will return to save the world. Chapters 3+ Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony, But everything changed when the fire nation attacked. Only the Avatar, the master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. One hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. Although his airbending skills are great, He has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe, Aang can save the world. The show retains the same opening theme through the second and third season. All three opening themes are voiced by Mae Whitman as Katara.moreless
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    Fan Reviews (2198)

    • Too bad it's ended. It was a great cartoon, one of Nick's best.

      I love ATLA. Great show. Too bad Nick changed it to abominations like Breadwinners, Sanjay and Craig, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Harvey Beaks, TMNT, Alvin and the Chipmunks (2015), etc. ATLA is a great show however the crappy live-action movie ruined it. But anyways, ATLA is a GREAT cartoon!!!
    • Awesome

      Great anime
    • Best Cartoon

      Best Cartoon and essentially flawless. Great world, dramatic, and still funny.
    • A little overrated

      I find this series to be a tad overrated. As you can see by my score, however, I still find this series to amazing. I just don't think it's as good as a lot of people make it out to be. It felt kinda inconsistent to me. Season 1 was between average and good for the most part. Season 2 was fantastic. Season 3 was a step down from season 2, but still very good. Even in the good seasons the show still had "meh" episodes. If you want to watch a series that did a better job at what Avatar tried to do, go watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. That series, like Avatar, started slow but when it got good, it never really lost its momentum. Every time Avatar got good, it just had episodes in between that were "meh" or just weren't as great. In addition, this maybe a small issue but I believe the romance in Avatar was done poorly. I always found Katara and Aang's relationship to be weird. Katara was always more like a mother to him and the other main characters. They even mentioned this a few times in the show. Zuko and his girlfriend have way too similar personalities to be in a working relationship. Just imagine if Raven and Robin from Teen Titans got together. There was even an episode in the third season where Zuko and his girlfriend were on the beach together and it was so awkward. Even though they only spent a little time together, I think Katara and Zuko would have made more sense in a relationship if the writers had decided to go that direction. Again, romance was not a big deal in Avatar so this is only a minor complaint.

      Overall, Avatar is a great show, but not worthy of ALL its praise in my opinion. I recommend FMA: Brotherhood if you liked Avatar. Hell, even if you didn't like Avatar you should still check out FMA.


      After reading some of the negative reviews of this show it just came to my attention that this series was very pro-female. I can't help but wonder if this series was initially suppose to have a female lead but the writers realized a female hero story wouldn't be as popular so they switched to a male protagonist. Then after the success of this show they made Korra, the female hero they always wanted. Just think about, aren't most of the males of this show weaker than the females in terms of powers and personalities? Aang was a pansy in many ways and Sacca has no bending abilities. Iroh was cool, and Zuko was also cool, but still overpowered by his sister. This is another way FMA beats Avatar. There was no pandering towards one gender. Both males and females had their fare share of weaklings and badasses.moreless
    • perfect!

      Ive watched the whole thing 3 times, amazing just amazing!! i always wish there was more seasons but hey the 3 were flawless.

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