Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 1 Episode 4

The Warriors of Kyoshi

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Mar 04, 2005 on Nickelodeon



  • Trivia

    • While flying to Kyoshi Island and Aang looks back to Katara sewing Sokka's pants, the purple pattern on the front of her jacket is missing.

    • When Aang is putting on his clothes after riding the koi fish, the arrow on his back is missing.

    • When the Kyoshi Warrior second to attack (before Suki) knocks the soldier from his komodo rhino, strange pale gray shapes appear on his face.

    • When Katara looks over the rock to see Zuko, the beads in her bun are missing.

    • When Aang says "That's me", the ropes around his wrists are missing, making it appear like he is leaning on the post or standing near it albeit with his knees bent.

    • Goof: If you look closely you can see that the number of fans on Sokka's belt changes throughout the episode.

    • The dark green stripes on the Kyoshi Warrior's sleeves vanish, when Suki sarcastically says that they would have lost to Sokka in a fight.

    • When Katara is telling Aang the supplies are for their trip, the purple lining of her hood turns the same shade of blue as the hood.

    • In the scene where Katara asks Aang to help her carry a basket, in the background is a person arguing with a pole, at the end of Aang and Katara's "fight" he's sitting down sad, as if he lost.

    • When Suki is teaching Sokka how to fight, the number of fans she has in her belt changes. When she starts to fight Sokka, she takes one out. When she is knocked of the ground, the fan goes flying and there are two in her belt. She gets up with a fan in her hand, and there are none in her belt. When she goes to attack Sokka again, she is holding a fan with two in her belt.

    • When Aang is pondering out-loud to Katara what makes his stay at Kyoshi Island so enjoyable, the screen pans to Aang's fan-club behind him, then the screen focuses on them, and Kyoshi's statue suddenly materializes behind them.

    • The ridges of Sokka's choker vanish when Suki grabs the front of his jacket when the gang is tied to the statue of Avatar Kyoshi.

    • Oyaji's name (the Chief - real name revealed later on) means Old Man or Grandfather in Japanese.

    • When Aang is showing his marble trick to the islanders, Sokka's ponytail is the same color as the fuzz on his head.

    • The yellow clip of Katara's necklace continues to appear and disappear throughout the season starting with this episode or will match the color of the necklace. The size of the pendant of Katara's necklace also changes from the size of a coin to normal size, all starting with this episode.

    • When Aang puts on his pants after running away from the Unagi, they are shown to be red. But earlier in the episode his pants are yellow.

    • There is a shot where Zuko has three feet.

    • When Sokka is challenging Suki, she takes Sokka's sash off his waist and ties his hand to his foot. When he falls down, you can see it and it has transformed into rope.

    • When the first view of the Avatar Kyoshi statue is seen, the paint's faded and the wood is weathered. Once Aang flies over it, it looks freshly painted, even though it isn't refinished until the second half of the episode.

  • Quotes

    • Sokka: (In laughing disbelief) Wait a second, there's no way that a bunch of girls took us down.
      Suki: A bunch of girls, huh? The unagi's gonna eat well tonight.
      Katara: No, don't hurt him! He didn't mean it. My brother is just an idiot sometimes.

    • Katara: He looks pretty good out there.
      Sokka: Are you kidding? The fish is doing all the work!

    • Katara: All done with your pants. And look what a great job I did! (throws pants at Sokka)
      Sokka: Wait! I was just kidding. I can't wear these! (sticks hand through hole in pants) Katara, please!
      Aang: Relax, Sokka. Where we're going, you won't need any pants!

    • Sokka: You have no idea where you're going, do you?
      Aang: I know it's near water.
      Sokka: I guess we're getting close then.
      Aang: Momo, marbles please? (Momo goes in his shirt and gets marbles) Katara, check out this airbending trick. (does airbending trick)
      Katara: That's great Aang.
      Aang: You weren't even looking.
      Katara (looks at Aang): That's great!
      Aang: I'm not doing it.

    • Sokka: (To Aang) Stop bugging her, airhead, you gotta give girls space when they do their sewing.
      Katara: (annoyed) What does me being a girl have to do with sewing!?
      Sokka: Simple. Girls are better at fixing pants then guys, and guys are better at fighting and hunting and stuff like that. It's just the natural order of things.
      Katara: All done with your pants and look what a great job I did! (throws Sokka's pants at his face)

    • Sokka: Where are the men who ambushed us?!
      Suki: There were no men, we ambushed you.

    • Suki: Wait for an opening and then... (pause)
      Sokka (Suki falls to the ground): Hmmm.
      Suki: I fell on purpose to make you feel better!

    • Aang: Katara, remember how the Unagi almost got me yesterday?
      Katara: Yeah.
      Aang: Well, I'm gonna go ride it now. It's gonna be real dangerous.
      Katara: Good for you.
      Aang: You're not gonna stop me?
      Katara: Nope. Have fun.
      Aang: I will.
      Katara: Great.
      Aang: I know it's great.
      Katara: Well, I'm glad you know.
      Aang: I'm glad you're glad.
      Katara: Good!
      Aang: Fine! (leaves)

    • Prince Zuko: Come out Avatar, these girls can't protect you.

    • Sokka (after blocking Zuko's attack): I guess training's over.

    • Prince Zuko: The Avatar is on Kyoshi Island?
      (leaves the screen)
      Uncle Iroh (reaching for Zuko's fish): Are you going to finish that?
      Prince Zuko: I was going to save it for later! (takes his fish with him)

    • Aang: Sokka, dig in!
      Sokka: I'm not hungry.
      Aang: But you're always hungry.

    • Katara: He's just mad because a bunch of girls kicked his butt.
      Sokka: They snuck up on me!
      Katara: Right. Then they kicked your butt.

    • Koko: What's taking you so long, Aangie?
      Katara: Aangie...
      Aang: Just a second, Koko.
      Katara: Simple monk, huh?

  • Notes

    • This episode was also published in the Cine Manga Avatar The Last Airbender Volume 4.

    • This episode is on the Book 1: Water, Volume 1 DVD, along with "The Boy in the Iceberg", "The Avatar Returns", and "The Southern Air Temple".

    • Character Debuts: Avatar Kyoshi, Suki

    • Now a fan favorite, the "Foaming Mouth Guy" was originally designed to simply faint in his scene, but an additional creative contribution from an animator named Ryu Gi Hyun took it a bit further.

    • This episode first aired in the UK on Nickelodeon on November 11, 2005.

  • Allusions

    • The design of the Kyoshi Warriors' makeup is modeled off that of Kabuki theatre.

    • The warriors of Kyoshi are skilled in what appears to be Tessenjutsu, the martial art of fighting with the tessen, or Japanese war fan.

    • Suki means "love" in Japanese. Suki can also mean "chink in one's armour".

    • Kyoshi is a word used to refer to a "teacher" or "instructor" in Japanese. It is also a martial arts title which is used in modern Japanese as more modest synonym for sensei.

    • This episode pays homage to some of the old western movies. The Kyoshi residents and warriors scatter and hide just before Zuko's bold entrance into the village with his group of soldiers, demanding that the Avatar come out. The village itself is even set up a bit like the traditional western movie small town with one wide, dusty road down the middle and small, crowded buildings on either side.

    • The fans the warriors of Kyoshi use as weapons has a lot of history in Asian societies. They have been used in both Chinese, Korean, and Japanese martial arts, such as the Japanese Tessenjutsu, for centuries. It was actually a weapon among the geisha and oiran for a long time, used to defend clients. It's supposed to distract your opponent from your fist meeting his face.