Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

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In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar.

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Series cast summary:
 Aang / ... (61 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Katara / ... (60 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Sokka / ... (60 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Appa / ... (60 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Prince Zuko / ... (49 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Toph / ... (37 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Uncle / ... (31 episodes, 2005-2006)
 Azula / ... (25 episodes, 2005-2008)


The world is divided into four elemental nations: The Northern and Southern Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. The Avatar upholds the balance between the nations, but everything changed when the Fire Nation invaded. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, can stop them. But when the world needs him most, he vanishes. A hundred years later Katara and Sokka discover the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. Together they must help Aang master the elements and save the world. Written by Kevin Jeremiah Gaona

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The symbols of the four nations, that are written in the map of the avatar world has a literal meaning in chinese calligraphy. For example, the symbol of water is joined with another that means virtue, for the one of earth it means strong, for the one of fire it means fierce, and finally for the one of air it means peaceful. See more »


The design of the white lotus tile changes through the course of the series. The first design is shown in the Book 1 episode "The Waterbending Scroll", when Iroh holds up the tile he finds in his sleeve. The second design is seen in the Book 2 episode "The Desert", when Iroh makes the first move in the game. (The old man that Iroh is playing against confirms it is the white lotus.) Then, in the Book 3 episode "Sokka's Master", the tile given to Sokka by the butler more closely resembles the first design. See more »


Katara: [opening narration] Water... Earth... Fire... Air. Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he still has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can ...
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A show that could surpass Cartoon Network's Samurai Jack.
16 April 2005 | by (Cleveland) – See all my reviews

When I saw the previews of this show, I knew that it was going to be something unique. When I first watched this show, I knew that Nick had something going. I only hoped that they would continue it and keep it fresh. So far, Nick has done it perfectly.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is Nick's newest show where they took a sudden left turn from traditional American comedy Cartoons into something similar to DC's Teen Titans and Cartoon Network's Samurai Jack. A series anime show with some laughs mixed in while the world literally is on the brink of destruction.

So far, Nick has outdone themselves this time and if they can keep it up, Nick is going to have a brand new name for itself.

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