Pranger’s Counter to The Top 10 Avatar Misconceptions


Guess what?! I’ve now seen all three seasons of Nick’s Avatar, plus the awful live action movie that no one should see, thus making me an Avatar expert. Didn’t expect that, did ya Gus?! This means that I can try something inspired by a few commenters from my DBZ plothole articles and write a full counter argument, but because I’m a writer/editor, I figured it’d be more fun to just write a whole new article. So here we go, time to throw some Word Bending at y’all and give my counter argument to Gus’ Top Ten Avatar Misconceptions.

Hold on guys, I still love you, I just love arguing more.

Note: This article has been marked as Gus-bait and as such, will result (understandably) with sharp counter-counter responses in the comments. This means that usually the full story will take place down there as well, so be careful to read everything.

Okay, now are we ready to start?

10. You watch Avatar? Isn’t that show for kids? (AKA: Avatar is for children):

This image does not inspire "hardcore" feelings.

We start with a legit criticism from both sides here by saying that Avatar, a show on Nickelodeon, is a childish show for younger audiences. If you’ve watched and enjoyed the series and you happen to be over ten-years-old, there is nothing wrong with that. However, any show that adds musical cues for pratfall humor is aimed intensely at children. Furthermore, a lack of blood does bring things down slightly in terms of seriousness. I know that no character will be exploded, decapitated, or bleed profusely. The biggest indicator of the kid-targeted-audience is the decision to resolve the plot without a single person dying on either side. Amazingly, there is no negative consequence for anyone, making the ending very child-friendly. But remember, Doug, Rugrats, and Hey Arnold were all made for children, too, and still remain awesome shows to this day. No shame there, but yeah, Avatar is a show for kids.

9. But I hate anime. (AKA: Avatar is an anime):

I've seen something like this before, and it was from a show with a Z in it...

To field this question I’m going to ask a question:. If you have dough and you put tomato sauce and cheese and pepperoni on it, what the heck do you call that thing? Avatar, while being made in the United States by US citizens, is still an anime in terms of everything else. It is the perfect mixing of the Japanese anime style with American cartoon sensibility, meaning we get serialized stories about martial arts and mystical hoo-ha without a lack of art or voice acting quality. The elements of an anime are still overpoweringly present here: Young protagonists in an adult world (also an indicator of #10), martial arts, a world that is somehow small enough to travel around instantly when convenient for the plot, one-dimensionally evil villains (seriously, why did the Fire Lord want power? Or Azula?), and of course a Super Saiyan transformation. If you can argue to me that the final battle between Aang and Fire Lord Ozai DIDN’T look like it was from DBZ, I owe you a coke.

8. But… still… doesn’t Aang look like Naruto? (AKA: Aang and Naruto are the same character):

I think this is a better comparison, personally.

I’m in a similar boat here in that I haven’t watched any significant amount of Naruto. I have seen a few episodes, and I have friends that are completely up-to-date with the series, but I’m no Naruto expert. Still, here are the connections: Aang and Naruto both wear orange and blue as the predominant colors on their outfits, Aang and Naruto are both inhabited by mystical spirits that they must learn to control, Aang and Naruto are silly, childish, and generally simple-minded, Aang and Naruto can both do crazy physics-defying maneuvers. So are they the same person? No. Are they the same archetype? Yes. Joseph Campbell argued way before our time that every hero ever is the same character, and in this case, Aang and Naruto share many, many similarities outside of simple coincidence. Take note, I essentially described Goku/Gohan from DBZ as well (more fuel for #9).

7. So, is it just another manly action show for men? (AKA: Avatar is another “guy” show):

Note the feminine charm in this final confrontation.

Avatar does a great job of giving us more characters than just the standard “dudes that punch hard,” and does an even better job of giving weaker characters (the Krillins of the show) the chance to show they don’t really suck. But the final, most important battle is fought and won between Aang, a boy, and Fire Lord Ozai, a man, throwing pew-pew energy blasts at each other. While Zuko fights with his sister Azula, a female, Azula is portrayed as banana-pants crazy at this point. Katara steps in and fights Azula in Zuko’s place, but the only reason she had to was because she was standing right behind Zuko during an Agni-Kai, a very STUPID place to be standing considering that Azula can fire LIGHTNING and doesn’t care who she injures. Because of Katara’s utter stupidity, Zuko has to leap in the way and save her. The main argument I got from Gus was, and I quote: “How many guys can say they were in a college lounge, the only dude in the room, watching Dragon Ball Z with five girls?” My counter is, “I’ve watched DBZ with girls, and my wife usually left the room when I watched Avatar.” Therefore, it’s totally case-sensitive, but is Avatar aimed at boys? Absolutely. Aang deals with the death of his MALE caretakers, Sokka constantly looks to find his FATHER, Zuko tries desperately to please his FATHER and is given wisdom from his UNCLE. The predominant drives of the story are guy-based in nature. Even Toph, one of the strongest females of the show, openly acts like a boy character. Case closed.

6. So what, do the characters know magic? (AKA: Bending is magic):

By the way, apparently juggling is part of Kung Fu now.

You’ll hear over and over again that bending the elements in Avatar is based off real Kung Fu styles. Katara even says in the first episode that bending isn’t magic. To the characters in Avatar, sure, bending isn’t magic. We live in the real world here where a person really can perform Tai Chi, but he’ll never make the water around him move like an octopus just because of his stance. This is where the otherworldly “magical” element takes over. And once more, there’s nothing wrong with that. But you can’t use the “Kung Fu” excuse here since, well, I don’t remember a Kung-Fu move that involves moving your face and having rocks shoot precisely where you want them to. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out King Bumi’s escape late in the series. Kung Fu or not, that looked like magic to me, even in the realm of the series.

5. Whatever nation you are born in, that’s the element you can bend? (AKA: Avatar is incredibly simple to understand):

Seriously, why can't anyone just study these dragons and figure out how to Fire Bend?

There’s not a whole lot to say here, so I’ve got to make this a little bit more of a critique of the series than just a straight argument. Leading into the “aimed at children” mindset of global simplification, all the Firebenders come from the Fire Nation, the Air Nomads can Airbend because they were born into it, etc. The series never really explored the possibility of why anyone could bend their respective element. You don’t just learn bending by having parents that can bend, or vice versa. Characters mention how all bending can be traced back to the original benders learning from the bending animal guides such as dragons, badgermoles, and flying bison (side question, are there non-flying bison? Do they call birds “flying birds?”). Therefore, can’t anyone really just pick up bending by studying the Kung Fu associated with the bending type and studying the animals for the proper inspiration? Bending has an origin, and it seems silly to think that there isn’t more to the story than “People born in the Earth Kingdom have a better chance of being Earth Benders.” Oh well.

4. What about duo benders for inter-racial families? (AKA: Avatar doesn’t deal with race on an adult level):

And then they fused into Zukaang and transformed into the Super Avatar 3 state.

Remember, Avatar is still primarily a kid’s show, and while there isn’t much to say here either in terms of why something’s wrong with thinking there can be benders of two separate elements if you have a mother who’s a Fire Bender and a father who’s an Earth Bender, but that is a question the series never explicitly addressed during the series, and as I’ve said before, “If it isn’t in the writing, it didn’t happen.” There would be inter-racial families in the world of the Avatar. There just would be. We don’t deal with these couples because the show is aimed at kids and talking about race in a marital sense is too complicated a topic to deal with. This continues my question about the origin of bending. I want to know why a Fire Nation child couldn’t study from the dragons, then study from the bagermoles and learn Earth Bending as well. Just saying that the Avatar is the only one capable of learning all bending styles is way too simplistic for me.

3. How come there is no Book 4: Air? (AKA: What are you, stupid?):

Seriously? You people make me sad.

Yeah, there’s pretty much nothing there. That’s just a stupid thing to assume.

2. Why is there no Heart Nation so they can form Captain Planet? (AKA: There are more than four styles of bending):

Shown: Utter destruction of an argument.

As silly as the joke is that there is a Heart Bending style, there is definitely a fifth style of bending: Soul Bending. This is the deus ex machina that allows Aang to resolve the plot without bloodshed. In the final battle against Fire Lord Ozai, Aang bends what appears to be his soul or at the very least some sort of radical energy. This was learned from the deus ex animal during the finale episodes because this is A: A kid’s show, and B: How anime-style works. I don’t even need to go on any more; Soul Bending, or Heart Bending if you want to refer to it like that, is absolutely real, Captain Planet or not.

1. Avatar? Isn’t that the movie on the planet with the Blue People? (AKA: James Cameron made a more successful entity than Nick’s Avatar):

Congrats guys, you blue people officially win the movie title "Avatar."

Yes, this is going to cause the most flaming hate-filled comments of anything I say, but when it comes right down to it, James Cameron beat Nick’s Avatar in terms of a name for a MOVIE. Take note there that I said MOVIE, not TV SHOW. I don’t care which came first, both use the word “Avatar” in perfectly decent ways. Nick’s Avatar uses it to represent a vessel for a godly character to inhabit whereas Cameron’s Avatar uses it in the computer sense of a representation of your virtual self, much like the Xbox 360 has Avatars for gamers to use in games and on the dashboard. While the two intellectual properties don’t have anything to do with one another, it’s not fair for us Nick Avatar fans to be angry when something else comes along and finds success with a similar name.

Getting ugly, boring kids to say ugly, boring things doesn't usually help your cause much.

Oh I’m not done yet. Animated Avatar fans, here’s a question you’ve got to humble yourself with right now: Which Avatar franchise is more well-known in the world right now? I don’t care what you believe, I can ask any single one of my relatives, be they my mom, my grandma, or an obscure uncle, and I have something close to a 100% chance that they know what Cameron’s Avatar is and just as close of a chance that they’ve seen it. Try the experiment right now. Go ask ten people at random if they’ve seen Avatar and then ask them to clarify which one they’re talking about. You know the results. Even more bottom line: Cameron’s Avatar beat The Last Airbender into the ground in the field of movies because, not gonna lie, The Last Airbender was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. And don’t use the “But Nick’s Avatar was first” defense. Cameron had been planning his movie for years, way before Nick had an animated show of the same name, so your argument doesn’t hold up.

Besides, why do you care so much anyway? The majority of people that have seen Nick’s Avatar all the way through love it. A hefty portion of people who have seen Cameron’s Avatar think it’s overrated, myself included. Take pride in your fandom. Take pride that your thing is also quieter than the louder thing. Cult status is much cooler than mainstream, so stop trying to compete in a world you don’t want your franchise to go.

Phew, alright, I’m done now. But don’t worry, I think I’ve got at least one more Avatar-related article in me. The good Avatar, not the crappy Cameron movie I hated so much. Be on the lookout for that in the next month. As for now, I’m tired, so I’m gonna go rest for a hundred years or something. Pranger out.


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Chris was the former Head Writer/Editor of Toy-TMA. He did a great job overseeing the site and getting new content published regularly. Always more than willing to respond to a comment or two, but pitiless with trolls! He has since moved on from TMA, and we wish him the best.


  1. The last argument is, however, stupid.
    The 10th thing was supposed to compare the Avatar TV Show with the Avatar Movie, not Last Airbender Movie with The Avatar Movie.

    Yes, Last Airbender movie was garbage. But just because Cameron’s Avatar was better than Last Airbender, that doesn’t neccesarily mean that it’s better the Avatar:Last Airbender THE TV SHOW.
    That’s a matter of opinion.
    You can’t go and act like your opinion is fact,and that, just because Cameron’s movie is better than TLA’s movie(which didn’t even involve the SHOW’s creators) that doesn’t mean it;s better than the TV SHOW.

  2. Do you know your biology? because if Katara and Aangs son could bend two elements he would be tagged as “mutated”, and i doubt that will happen, owing to that katara and aang are not family. Their son will only be able to bend one element, and that will depend on the gene code of the parents (katara & aang), so the child will either be able to bend water or air….8o

  3. Chris, how can you not like the “pratfall” sounds?? if you listen to them, there are kind of catchy, especially one like Momo’s!!

  4. Let’s see, if I were given the chance to change things, I’d do two things:

    The first is that I’d eliminate the pratfall sound cues that plagued the series early on. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes whenever I’d see a joke aimed at kids followed by the sound cue to let the kids know a joke or funny moment just happened.

    Secondly, yes, I’d probably add more violent situations, specifically I’d add backstory chapters showing Iroh, Ozai, and the previous Avatars in all their badassery demonstrating a heck of a lot of violent power that much of the time doesn’t find any restraint. There’s no need to splash blood everywhere, but yeah, I’d add a drop or two here and there throughout the series.

  5. I appologise if I came out seeming too defencive. I know you werent trying to say that Avatar was Bad by being a kids show. I’m just sick of people not giving it a chance simply on the grounds that they here is a kids show.
    For instance, the guy I lived next door to in college, Kevin, I eventually got him to watch the show, and this is what he told me…exactly.
    “Gus, I’m really digging this show. I love the themes, the characters, the animation, the element bending, everything is great. I JUST WISH IT WERE MORE VIOLENT!”
    Now I know Kevin well enough to know that he’s just a guy that lived a very exposed childhood and just likes voilence too much, but I guess the last question I have to ask you right now Chris is this:
    If YOU were given the choice to change Avatar so it would be more graphic, more mature, more “hardcore” so to speak, would you?
    I’ll tell you right now, I wouldn’t. I love the scence of levity, charm, and light feelings this show gives me.
    It has been confirmed by Mike and Bryan that the Legend of Korra will have more mature themes, yet still retain the heart that kept Avatar what it is. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

  6. I’m just saying, the show was made for kids, no matter how you slice it. I don’t see why that’s a bad thing though. If people want a “hardcore” program with blood and sex and swearing, then Avatar isn’t going to cut it for them. You’re confusing Avatar=kid’s show as kid’s show=awful, whereas it’s kid’s show=aimed at kids first. Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was aimed at kids first and foremost, but I’d knock anyone’s teeth out if they said that was a bad show.

    Your Star Wars argument is not bad. True, Star Wars is fairly simplistic by nature. I’ve read a multitude of things that hack pieces off the plot from the original Star Wars due to plotholes, such as Luke spending about a day of training with Yoda, or the pointlessness of the whole Moon of Endor scenes to take out a huge radio dish that was completely unprotected from the air. You’re still confusing my prodding as saying Avatar is bad. I’m not saying that. I’m just saying that the closer you look, the less certain things make sense purely because the show didn’t take time to sit down and explain them during the three seasons. “Are these inter-national families in Avatar’s world?” I have no clue, because the show never explained that. I just want to know WHY these four nations have their element exclusive to them. I’m genuinely curious about the origins of Bending.

    As for the anime argument, as I also said, anime does not equal BAD. Why do you think a lot of hardcore fans of certain things swear by the original Japanese dub rather than the English dub? I can’t watch Deathnote in anything but the original Japanese because I know that the show is so much better watched that way, specifically via a fan-sub. So does anime=bad? No, it doesn’t. American kid’s censors=bad. That’s why I said Avatar gets thee best of both worlds: It gets a serialized story seeped in other-worldly martial arts action AND high quality voice acting and animation. Why does saying it’s influenced as if it was meant to be an anime make it anything less than a great show that everyone can enjoy?

  7. Look at it this way. The majority of Nintendo’s franchises (Mario, Donkey Kong, Kirby, some of the Zelda games), are pretty much the same raiting as Avatar. Does that make them for kids? Well sure, but everyone knows the targeted audience for these franchises is… well our generation, where the majority of hardcore videogamers are. The one difference is that video game worlds can get away with enemies exploding into a puff of smoke. Avatar cannot.
    Also the writing in this show is WAY more advanced than
    So fine, like I said for my article, Avatar was made at a child raiting, but like Pixar films, the contents and themes of the story have been made to appeal to everyone.

    No, I wouldn’t say it the show tastes the same for Anime. I’m sure in Japan, Sushi tastes a lot better than when people attempt to make it here in America. The reason you this appart from Anime, is that when a show that’s actually made in Japan is converted to the states, it has to grudge through all these filters. The show itself get’s cut down, because japanese don’t care about pacing as much as we do, they just take their sweet little time with everything. The voice acting has to be completely redone, and the script has to go through a filter to get rid of all the cultural references and fix things with a more american tone.
    Brock: I didn’t know vikings still existed.
    Ash: They mostly live in Minesotta.
    Now, do you REALLY think that was in the origional script of the movie, because I seriously doubt it.
    Avatar doesn’t have to go through any of these filters. The dialog never feels stilted, the voice acting and lip syncing is spot on, oh and Aang, a twelve-year-old boy is actually played by a twelve-year-old boy. Not a grown women like Ash and Naruto.

    I still disagree about Katara. She had every right to be there and believe that both of them would follow the rules of an Agni Kai. And I still believe that Zuko is far greater an ideot for taunting Azula about lightning instead of just nailing her with another attack. Katara put herself in harms way because she knew it was right, and Zuko jumping in the way and taking a hit for her was another act of him showing her that he changed. While Katara may have forgivien him in ep.316, that didn’t necessarily mean she believe he was completely changed, yet when he takes that hit, a hit that is strikingly similar to the blow that temporarily killed Aang at the end of Book 2, and that’s where it all came full circle for Katara, and it also brought a sence of irony to the whole situation, because while Azula was busy bannishing all her friends and allies, Zuko was busy making friends and allies, and in the end, THAT, not his skill as a firebender, was what helped him come out on top and win the title of Firelord.

    “Avatar=kids show?” Seriously Chris that’s the best you can come up with for all these topics? Sorry to say this, but that’s extremely lack luster, escpecially for someone like you who prides himself on being a good debator.

    Simplicity doesn’t = kids show. The origional Star Wars had a very simple structure. Rebels vs. Empire. They tried to make the conflict more complicated in The Phantom Menace, and it ended up being a mess, and just downright boring.

    As I said, I can almost guarantee there will be more interracial families in The Legend of Korra. And there probably were a few interracial faimilies in The Last Airbender, but I guess they’d be wise not to go public about it with the war going on.

    There were previous Avatars that knew about Spiritbending, just not the previous four behind Aang that he was closest to. Spiritbending existed since the beginging of the planet, and there have been millions of Avatar’s before Aang. Of them there were the few that discovered Lion Turtles and spiritbending. It was just very very rare.

    Yeah, and I’m Despicable.

  8. Naturally, I’m not saying that the show wasn’t capable of hitting an audience further ahead than the age group it was targeted at, but I stand by my claim that the show WAS aimed at a younger age group. I remind you that this isn’t a bad thing as shows such as Rugrats, Doug, Hey Arnold, and Rocko’s Modern Life were all examples of shows aimed at kids but allowed for an older audience to get into them. Avatar is similar, but that means to accommodate the younger crowd they had to tone things back a bit where a show geared towards an older crowd wouldn’t have to pull any punches.

    As for ‘anime’, no, I don’t believe that anime only comes from Japan any more than pizza only comes from Italy. You can get technical all you want, but it still tastes like a pizza wherever it was served.

    I still say that the show has a very ‘guy centric’ viewpoint. Granted, it does allow for girls to find connections more than most action shows, but this is once more a case of allowing the show to reach past the target audience of younger guys. Girls could find things to like, but the show is centered around guy problems and relationships. Plus, Katara only complicated things in the Azula/Zuko Agni-Kai. Seriously, she had no business standing there. If that means I have to say Iroh was wrong to tell her to accompany Zuko, then so be it.

    Sometimes, simplicity is best, but those simplicities tend to favor audiences too young to see fault with them. (Avatar=kid’s show rule keeps coming back :P)

    Don’t care, we’d see at least one inter-national couple somewhere in the world, unless the show adhered to some structure like…uh…Avatar=kid’s show. 🙂

    A deus ex machina is still a deus ex machina. Not a bad thing, but why hadn’t any previous Avatar known about Spiritbending? Doesn’t make any- oh, right…Avatar=kid’s show.

    Man, I’m such a stinker sometimes, aren’t I? 😀

  9. Wait I also had to go back and counter 10 as well.
    Neither does this image
    or this:
    And there was blood in the show, just very scarcely. Episodes 116 and 216.
    People DID die, and in pretty grusome manners.
    Yue, maybe not as grusome but…
    Zhao: drowned to death.
    Jet: plowed by a rock so hard he died slowly and painfully.
    Combustion Man: blew himself to Ba-Sing-Se and back. (Yeah Chris, what do you mean “no one exploded?”)
    Just because you might not directly SEE it doesn’t mean it wasn’t intence.
    And there were negative consequences for many of the characters. Azula is sent to a mental institute where she is supervised around the clock.
    Sokka broke his leg and lost both is weapons (and don’t tell me those weren’t important to who he was as a character in this show) in order to save Toph.
    You don’t think that Iroh burning the flag of his own country was a hard decision to make…think about it.

  10. This was a pretty good artacle, Chris, you make a lot of good points, and I can agree with you for a lot of them. I may not like arguing as much as you do but I do have just a few things. I’ll do my best to keep this friendly.

    9. Still, doesn’t “anime” simply by definition, mean that the show had to be created in japan? Yes I’ll admit that the final scene remeinded me of DBZ, there is no denying that, but how is using a little inspiration from your own favorite series when works in this story a bad thing?

    7. Sorry. This one is going to be pretty long.

    I look back at my article and I really wish I could elaborate more on my point here. What I was trying to get across was how the show treats women with respect in ways we don’t see in many anime. For example, none of the women in Avatar look or dress like this:

    Also you’re asking pretty strait forward questions with “Why did Ozai want power?” That’s like asking why Frieza wanted power. It was about expanding their empire, showing their greatness to the rest of the world, or universe, or whatever. Alot of it also had to do with the way they were raised. Ozai was the second son of a father that favored Iroh more than him, so he had to work extra hard to impress his father and dedicated his life to becoming the ultimate firebender. He wanted to win this war so it would finaly be proven in History that HE was the one who fulfilled their ancestor’s dream.
    Then you have Azula, also the second child, so Ozai doated on her in a way his own father didn’t. With it came high expectations, of which, for the most part, she met and exceeded. But in the end, all that she worked for didn’t matter, as Ozai brushed her aside to take the glory himself. She also felt her mother didn’t love her in the same way as Zuko, which led to more grudging, even though we know that wasn’t necessarily true. Ursa gave Zuko a little more attention in an attempt to even the playing field, because it was Zuko that was the one being treated unfairly by their father.
    Take that, plus the fact that her two best friends whom she thought she had control over since they were small children, suddenly jump out and say “No more Azula. We’re done being afraid of you.” To her, ‘losing her grip on her friends’ = ‘losing her grip on reality’ She was a train wreck waiting to happen.

    Also to Katara’s defence, you say she was “Right behind Zuko” NO SHE WASN’T! She was at least a good thirty-fifty feet behind him. If she were any further away, she wouldn’t be able to even see what’s happening, let alone jump in to help Zuko when he needed it. So she didn’t want to completely abandon Zuko in what was possibly the second most important battle that would decide the fate of the world. That doesn’t make her stupid. Should Iroh be considered stupid for telling Zuko to take someone with him. Is Zuko stupid for agreeing to the Agni Kai in the first place instead of the two of them just taking Azula out together, or better yet, getting cocky enough to TAUNT his mentaly unstable opponent by flat out mentioning lightning?

    In defence of Toph, I think it’s funny you mention that, because, to tell you the truth her origional character design WAS a guy. You know that silouette of the Earthbender in the opening theme of the show? That was Toph’s origional character design. Toph (that was still even his name.) was meant to be a huge muscily teenage jock that was going to play a foil to Sokka’s nerdyness, until the lead writer Arron Ehaz had the ingenious idea of keeping the name, the blindness, and the arc of being Aang’s Earthbending teacher, and turned the character into a twelve-year-old girl. Brilliant. Toph is my personal favorite character, and is one of the most unique girls I’ve seen in animation in a long time, and brought some of the most clever jokes I’ve ever seen or heard.

    I also think that the new series “The Legend of Korra,” will help my point, as the Avatar, the lead protagonist, will now be female.

    5. The way I see it, the simple structure helps to prevent causing a million loopholes and paradoxes. The way I see it, everybody born in this universe is spiritually connected to the one nation of their heritage.

    4. Keep in mind that there was a civil war going on for a hundered years, in which the separate nations were strictly looking out for themselves, so the odds of having interracial families would be pretty slim in that time frame anyway. Perhaps they will be much more relevant in “The Legend of Korra.” Just look at all the interacial pairs that were errupting by the end of the show: Aang and Katara (their son Tenzin will be in the new series). Sokka and Suki. Ty-Lee becoming the first Non-Earth Kingdom Kyoshi Warrior.

    2.I agree with you about the Spiritbending (the actual term). I guess maybe I just didn’t want to spoil that. But I do want to adress what you call a deus ex machina ending. “Deus ex machina” itself means “God of machine,” and the Avatar is basically the God of that universe, so… why should anyone be upset with him having god like powers?
    Second off, if you pay close attention to the series, Both the Lion Turtle and powers similar to Spiritbendending were referenced a lot throughout the show before the finale.
    To name a few:
    Ep 101. The light that came out of the iceberg when they first released Aang looked conveniently a lot like the same light from his spiritbending.
    Ep 107. Aang, on contact with Hey-Bai, is able tap into it’s spirit in order to find out what’s troubling it.
    Ep 204. Aang connects his own spirit with the spirit of the swamp to find out where Appa is.
    Ep 210. In the Library, Aang is skimming through a book that’s an anthology of legendary creatures, and he stops to show Sokka a picture of someone speaking to a Lion Turtle.
    Ep 304. Piandao, the final member we meet of the White Lotus, had staues of Lion Turtles all over his garden, and even mention it when speaking about Sokka in the presence of the Avatar (Aang didn’t know that Piandao knew he was the Avatar at the time.)
    Statue of a Lion Turtle was also in the unaired pilot episode on my DVD.

    Okay, I’ll leave it at that. Sorry, that was a lot. I get carried away when I talk about Avatar.
    With all that being said, you make some great points, and I’m glad you enjoyed the show.

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