Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 3 Episode 13

The Firebending Masters

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Jul 15, 2008 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

While teaching Aang Firebending, Zuko finds that he has lost all of his Firebending skills. Now, to regain his powers, Zuko and Aang must seek the original source of Firebending within the ruins of a lost civilization.

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  • The Firebending Masters

    The Firebending Masters was a perfect, entertaining, and inspiring episode of Avatar The Last Airbender. I really enjoyed watching this episode because we got to see Zuko trying to prove himself to Aang and the group. I found all of this to be a great move forward. It was about time Zuko realized his true destiny and embraced it. I enjoyed the scenes of awkward interactions between Zuko and the Avatar and gang. The story of this episode was great and had a lot of character and plot development. I look forward to watching the next episode of Avatar The Last Airbender!!!!!!!moreless
  • Ignoring the facts

    Zuko and Aang have a bonding trip. Zuko loses his firebending because he doesn't have the drive before. But think Book 2, Zuko never chased the Avatar and he was still a powerful firebender. The writers are ignoring the facts in order to make a crappy story. This season is much less serious and mature than the last two seasons. They have to go through this Indian Jones like journey. Despite the fact that Aang and Zuko are bonding. Zuko still seems like an arrogant hothead and he and Aang friendship doesn't seem belivable. This episode didn't make me cringe but it was increidbly boring.moreless
  • Adventurous and extraordinary!

    This episode opened up strong, stayed strong throughout the whole episode, and then ended strong too! After the ending of last episode, it also made it seem like we would just see Zuko teach Aang firebending. It was more than that; both Zuko and Aang learned a superior version of firebending, the original source of firebending through the form of an Indiana Jones type of journey through booby troops, treasures, and temples. To add to the already excellent package, it does an even greater job of tying up the past, such as Aang's refusal to do firebending because of her accident with Katara, and Iroh protecting the final two dragons to exist.moreless
  • Woow

    I really love to see that anng is finally trying to firebend i hate that just becuase he burned katara he is a baby about it and everything i remember when he first started with gong gong he was so happy that he could and then he was afriad but i like that zuko was there to help him and he gave him all the time he needed, when they went to the sun warriors temple i love that there were still good firebenders and two dragons that is so cool that iro did not kill them of and that the dragons helped them learn to firebend from the heart.moreless
  • It was one of the best.

    "Firebending Masters" is one of the final episodes in the great tv series, "Avatar: The Last Airbender" that aired as part of a week long premiere week leading up to the finale "Sozin's Comet" called "Countdown to The Comet" and it was pretty awesome. I liked it better than most of the other episodes that aired during the premiere week but, I'm saying that before seeing the finale, which I'm sure will be the best yet. This episode had very little comedy, but alot of action. The action was so awesome I couldn't stand it. I could watch it over and over again. 9.6/10moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When the sun chief warrior says "drums!" and when they start playing, you can hear the Avatar theme song.

    • The fountain in the Air Temple was destroyed by Combustion Man in the previous episode. In this episode, the fountain is fully restored.

    • In the first view of Aang and Zuko accepting the eternal flame, there were three rows of Sun Warriors around them, later it became two rows.

    • When Zuko first talked to the gang at the beginning of the episode, Aang's sleeping bag was purple, a moment later it changed to green.

    • At first when Zuko talked to the gang, Haru's sleeping bag was green, later when we saw his sleeping bag again, it changed to brownish purple.

    • In this episode we learn how Iroh earned his nickname, "The Dragon of the West". Firebenders gain the title Dragon by hunting and slaying a dragon. The Fire Nation believes that Iroh destroyed the last living dragon, and the geographic location of the last remaining dragons is close to the Western Air Temple, suggesting the western part of the world. However, it is later shown Iroh lied about killing the last dragon.

    • At the moment when Sokka is eating an apple while laughing at Zuko and Aang, he wears gloves. Then Zuko says him to get out of there, Sokka stands up and we see that his gloves have disappeared.

    • At the moment when the dragons surround Aang and Zuko by the colorful fire, Zuko's scar is seen on his right eye. But Zuko's scar is on his left eye.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Zuko: Look even if you're right, I don't want to rely on hate and anger anymore. There has to be another way.

    • Zuko: Even though these buildings are ancient, there's something fiercely familiar about them. I can tell the Fire Sage's temples are descended from these.
      Aang: Okay, so we learned something about architecture. Hopefully, we'll learn something about Firebending, too. The past can be a great teacher.
      (Aang gasps as he trips over a rope setting off a floor of spikes to appear which Aang airbends over.)
      Aang: Zuko, I think the past is trying to kill me!

    • (After the two dragons burst out of the holes and start circling the boys)
      Aang: Still think we can take em'?
      Zuko: Shut up! I never said that!

    • Aang: What's happening?
      (Aang drops his hands, his fire goes out as he looks at Zuko, and turns back to realize his fire's out)
      Aang (terrified gasp): Zuko, my fire went out!
      Zuko: What do you want me to do?
      Aang: Gimme some of yours!
      Zuko: No, just make your own.
      Aang: I can't.
      Zuko: Get some from one of those warriors, hurry!... Stop cheating off me!
      Aang: Quit being stingy!
      (Both struggle over the fire until Aang hits Zuko's arm and his fire goes out too. They look at each other in horror.)
      Aang & Zuko: Uh-oh!

    • Zuko: I know you're nervous. But remember, firebending, in and of itself, is not something to fear.
      Aang (sighs): Not something to fear.
      Zuko: But if you don't respect it, it'll chew you up and spit you out like an angry Komodo Rhino!
      Aang: Aaahhh!

    • (As the goopy green stuff rises, Aang leaps up to the stuck Zuko)
      Aang: Uhhh, I can't move! Zuko do something!
      Zuko: Me!? I can't move either!
      (The goop pushes them into the grate)
      Zuko and Aang: Erhhhhh...
      Aang: It stopped.

    • (After Zuko and Aang preform a dance and a big glowing thing on a pedastal appears)
      Aang: Hooray! Wait what exactly is that?
      Zuko: It's some kind of mystical gemstone.
      (Zuko runs over to it)
      Aang: Well don't touch it!
      Zuko: Why not?
      Aang: Remember what happened out there with those spikes? I'm just very suspicious of giant glowing gems sitting on pedestals.

    • Sokka: Yeah, that's a great dance you two learned there.
      Zuko: It's not a dance, its a Firebending form.
      Sokka: We'll just tapdance our way to victory over the Fire Lord.
      Zuko: It's a sacred form that happens to be thousands of years old!
      Katara (mockingly): Oh yeah? Well, what's your little form called?
      Zuko (hesitates): The Dancing Dragon.
      (Everyone but Zuko laughs)

    • Sun Warrior Chief: Now that you have learned about the secrets and the tribes existence, we have no choice, but to imprison you here forever.
      (Zuko and Aang look scared)
      Sun Warrior Chief (smiling): Just kidding. (serious again) But seriously, don't tell anyone.

    • Toph: One day when I was little, I ran away and hid in a cave. (In a flashback: A badgermole bursts out of a wall) That's where I met them...(Badgermole sniffs Toph and she sniffs it back. It licks her and she giggles and licks it back). They were blind just like me, so we understood each other. I was able to learn earthbending, not just as a martial art, but as an extension of my senses.

    • Aang: It's like what the monks used to tell me, sometimes the shadows of the past can be felt by the present.

    • Toph: For them, the original earthbenders, it wasn't just about fighting, it was their way of interacting with the world.

    • Zuko: I bet that sun stone opens the door, but only when sunlight hits it at just the right angle...on the solstice.
      Aang: Monkey Feathers! The solstice again?! We can't wait here that long!

    • Aang: That one kinda felt hot.
      Zuko (Angrily): Don't patronize me! You know what it's supposed to look like.
      Aang: Sorry, Sifu Hotman.
      Zuko (Still angry): And stop calling me that!

    • Sokka (with an apple in his hand): Hey jerks, mind if I watch you two jerks do your jerkbending?
      Zuko: Get out of here!
      Sokka: Ok, take it easy, I was just kidding around. (laughs) Jerkbending, still got it.

    • Aang (confused): But...I thought your uncle was...good?
      Zuko: He had a complicated past. Family tradition, I guess.

    • Toph: You're going to need to learn to draw your Firebending from a different source. I recommend the original source.
      Sokka: How's he supposed to do that? By jumping into a volcano?
      Toph: No, Zuko needs to go back to whatever the original source of Firebending is.
      Sokka: So... is it jumping into a volcano?

    • (After being stuck in goop for hours)
      Aang: You had to pick up the glowing egg, didn't you.

    • Aang: Zuko, something happened to the dragons in the last hundred years. Something you're not telling me.

    • Katara: I'm sorry. I'm just laughing at the irony. You know, how it would have been nice for us if you lost your Firebending a long time ago.
      Zuko: Well, it's not lost, it's just... weaker for some reason.
      Katara: Maybe your just not as good as you think you are.
      Toph: Ouch.
      Zuko: I bet it's because I changed sides.
      Katara: That's ridiculous.
      Aang: I don't know; maybe it isn't. Maybe your Firebending comes from rage, and you just don't have enough anger to fuel it the way you used to.
      Sokka: So... all we need to do is make Zuko angry. Easy enough.

    • Aang: Zuko, get over here! I want you to dance with me!
      Zuko (surprised): WHAT?!
      Aang: Just do it!
      (both come to the statues)
      Zuko: Urgh...
      Aang: Let's follow the steps of the statues!

    • Aang: The past can be a great teacher! (trips over a wire and nearly falls into a pit of spikes) Zuko? I think the past is trying to kill me!

    • Zuko: Listen, everybody, I've got some pretty bad news: I've lost my stuff.
      Toph: Don't look at me, I didn't touch your stuff.
      Zuko: I'm talking about my Firebending.
      Katara (laugh sarcastically): I'm sorry, I'm just laughing at the irony-you know, how it would've been nice for us if you'd lost your Firebending a long time ago.

    • (Aang and Zuko trapped)
      Aang: HELP!!!
      Zuko: Who are you yelling to?!
      Aang: Well what do you think we should do?
      Zuko: Think about our place in the universe?
      (both look at the sky)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode aired as part of the Countdown to the Comet event during the week of July 14, 2008.

    • This episode is available in the Book 3: Fire, Volume 3 DVD, along with, "The Day of Black Sun (2): The Eclipse", "The Western Air Temple", "The Boiling Rock (1)" and "The Boiling Rock (2)". Almost all of these episodes were released on DVD prior to their airing in the US.

    • This episode first aired in Canada on YTV on January 4th 2008, at 8:30pm, before the US airdate.


    • Zuko running along the wall over the spike pit is just like the trademark move of the Prince in The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time trilogy.

    • Aang and Zuko entering the ancient village, avoiding booby traps, and getting a golden orb could be an allusion to the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indiana and his comrade enter the temple full of traps and Indiana attempts to get a golden relic.

    • The practice of dragon hunting for glory is very similar to trophy hunting big game like bears, big cats, rhinos etc. Trophy hunting (like dragon hunting) often increases a species' chance of extinction.

    • The Sun Warriors' "eternal flame" seems to be a reference to the Olympic Flame.

    • The Sun Warriors' city is based on the Maya Civilization with some references to the Aztecs.

    • When Aang and Zuko do the dance in the temple, the final movements resemble the final movements of the fusion dance from the Dragonball Z series.

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