Aang, last of the Air Nomads, is the Avatar, a perpetually reincarnated being charged with the spiritual guidance of the world. Aang must master all four elements (Earth, Air, Water and Fire) and defeat the Phoenix King before the arrival of Sozin's comet, or the Fire Nation will dominate the world. Aang is naturally an Airbender, and became a master at a very young age. Aang is not only an Airbender, but the Avatar, a bender with the ability to master all four elements, and the bridge between the physical world and the spirit world.
Aang was born to two Air Nomads in 12 BG. After selecting the Avatar relics from among thousands of toys, thereby inadvertently confirming his identity as the Avatar, he was taken away by the monks of the Southern Air Temple, who kept his position a secret from him. As an Air Nomad, Aang traveled extensively around the world. During his childhood, Aang was housed, raised, and educated at the Southern Air Temple, under the guardianship of Monk Gyatso, who served as his father figure, counselor, and tutor. As a child, Aang was a member of the Air Scouts, where he learned essential skills such as how to tie reins to a bison's horns with the bison horn knot. When Aang turned six years old, he and several other young Air Nomad boys were taken to the Eastern Air Temple where they each chose a sky bison as their lifelong companion. Aang approached his soon-to-be sky bison Appa and offered him an apple, which Appa accepted, thus marking the start of their deep and lifelong friendship.
Aang was always able to excel at any new bending moves he learned; at the age of six, he was a better airbender than children twice his age, and by the age of ten, Aang had proven himself to be better than his own teachers. For exhibiting prodigious talent with his native element, air, he earned airbending tattoos and the status of an airbending master at the age of twelve, making him the youngest airbending master in Air Nomad history until 171 AG, when his granddaughter, Jinora, received her tattoos at the age of eleven.
In his childhood, Aang also visited the other air temples, as evidenced by his obvious familiarity with the Western Air Temple, as well as cities in the Earth Kingdom, such as Omashu, where he developed a lasting friendship with the good-natured but eccentric Bumi. He even bonded closely with children in the Fire Nation, like Kuzon,with whom he went searching for a dragon in the mountains and saved a dragon egg from poachers.
Due to the signs of a possible war approaching, Aang was told about his status as the Avatar at age twelve, four years earlier than the traditional age of sixteen. Aang felt burdened by his status as the other children refused to play with him anymore and he came to spend more time practicing airbending with the monks. Monk Gyatso was the only one who showed understanding of Aang's burden, having been good friends with Avatar Roku, Aang's past life, and tried to help ease Aang through the transition from childhood to adulthood by providing Aang with balance through fun during the upheaval in his life.
However, Aang later discovered that he would be sent to the Eastern Air Temple in order to complete his airbending training far away from Monk Gyatso, whom the other monks thought was too soft on him. Afraid and confused, the young airbender ran away with his flying bison, Appa, though they became caught in a storm shortly after, which caused them to crash into the water. Aang saved himself and Appa from drowning by semi-consciously entering the Avatar State and freezing them both in a sphere of ice through a combination of airbending and waterbending.The Avatar State kept him alive, albeit not fully conscious, in the iceberg for about a hundred years while the war raged on.
A hundred years had passed when two teenage siblings from the Southern Water Tribe - Katara, a waterbender, and her brother, Sokka - discovered and freed Aang from his iceberg. Aang's first thought upon being freed from the iceberg was to ask his liberator, Katara, to go penguin sledding. The trio later traveled to Katara and Sokka's tribe where Aang was met with bewildered stares from the natives, who had not witnessed an airbender before.
He soon discovered that in his absence, fears of war had become a reality. The year he vanished, the leader of the Fire Nation at that time, the ruthless Fire LordSozin, took advantage of the firebending-enhancing powers of a mystical comet to launch a war on the three other nations. To Aang's utter shock and disbelief, the Fire Nation's opening gambit had been a genocidal assault on the Air Nomads in an attempt to kill the latest incarnation of the Avatar Spirit. All four air temples were stormed and even though they fought against the invaders, leaving many firebender corpses in their wake, the ambushed monks were slaughtered. Thus, Aang became the last known airbender in existence.
Aang had since realized that the future of the four nations rested in his hands. It was his duty to defeat the Fire Nation and restore peace and harmony to the world. To achieve this, Aang and his new friends and pets set off on a quest to find and learn from master benders, while evading capture by the Fire Nation.
During one of their detours they landed on Kyoshi Island, named after one of his incarnations. There, they were captured by the Kyoshi Warriors. The inhabitants had kept out of the war for the past one hundred years and thus were xenophobic to outsiders. The village elder, Oyaji, and the warrior Suki believed they were Fire Nation spies and were about to throw them to the unagi, until Aang proved he was the Avatar and they became honored guests in the village. However, Aang's new celebrity status went to his head, causing him to entertain and impress a group of fan girls, much to Katara's dismay. When Prince Zuko arrived on Kyoshi Island, seeking to capture the Avatar, Aang realized that by staying too long, he had endangered the people. Therefore, he escaped with Katara and Sokka, knowing Zuko would follow him and leave the island. Before leaving, however, Aang jumped off of Appa and rode the unagi, controlling the creature to spray water over the burning houses.
In another detour, he took Katara and Sokka to the Earth Kingdom city ofOmashu, where he recalled how his childhood friend Bumi had taken him on the world's biggest roller coaster ride on the city's postal system. After their own roller coaster ride, they were arrested for damages and taken before the king. The old, seemingly crazy, king tricked Aang into revealing he was an airbender and thus the Avatar, and had the trio taken to a refurbished prison chamber. Aang woke up to find out that the king had encased Katara and Sokka in a strange mineral called "creeping crystal", and would only free them if he passed three tests. He passed the challenges, but the king had one last challenge for him: to guess his name. Figuring out the link between his seemingly random challenges was that he had to think outside the box, Aang identified the king to be his old friend Bumi, who had said something similar to him a hundred years prior. Having his friends freed as promised, Aang was told by Bumi that in order to end the war, he must learn all the bending arts and defeat the Fire Lord himself. Before the team left the city, Aang and Bumi rode the Omashu mail system one last time for old time's sake.
While trying to help a village tormented by an angry spirit, Aang unknowingly entered the Spirit World. There he was contacted by Avatar Roku's dragon, Fang, who led him in his spiritual state to Roku's temple on Crescent Island. By showing Aang visions of a fiery comet and beams of light shining toward Roku's statue, Aang realized he could talk with his previous incarnation during the winter solstice.
On the morning of the solstice, Aang and his friends passed through a Fire Navy blockade and entered the Fire Nation, journeying to the Avatar's temple. However, they found that the temple's guardians, the Fire Sages, were instead hostile to the Avatar, having given their loyalty to the Fire Lord. With the help of the only sage still loyal to the Avatar, Shyu, Aang managed to enter the inner chamber of the temple. Avatar Roku, who manifested himself when light from the solstice sun struck his statue, warned Aang of Sozin's Comet, a comet that returned once every one hundred years and greatly increased a firebender's power. Fire Lord Sozin used the power of the comet to start the war one century prior, and Sozin's Comet would return at the end of summer. If Aang did not defeat the Fire Lord before the comet's arrival, the Fire Nation would be unstoppable, and the Avatar would be unable to restore balance to the world. Aang despaired that he had not learned the other bending arts and would not be unable to complete his training before the comet's arrival, but Roku assured him that he would succeed, as his previous incarnations had done before. Upon the end of the solstice, Roku helped Aang in confronting Admiral Zhao and his troops who were stationed outside the sanctuary. Aang was able to manifest himself as his previous incarnation, who proceeded to destroy the temple completely. Aang and the team were later able to escape safely.
With the knowledge of the comet's impending arrival, the weight of his duty increasingly agitated Aang. To help relieve his predicament, they landed near a river in front of a waterfall where Katara offered to begin training him in the art of waterbending. Aang quickly undressed to his red briefs, but Katara told him to remember the reason they were there. Sokka asked what he was supposed to do and Aang told him to clean mud and bugs out of Appa's toes. Katara taught Aang some of her waterbending skills, only to find Aang was faster and better at learning the techniques that took her a long time to learn, causing her to grow jealous. Aang's waterbending eventually caused all their supplies to wash downstream, and the group was forced to head to a port market to buy new supplies.
While at the port, Aang impulsively bought a bison whistle, which did not seem to work, to the chagrin of his friends. They came upon a ship docked with a barker attempting to attract business. The ship's crew was selling items that they acquired by "high risk trading". Sokka quickly surmised they were pirates. Katara saw a training scroll, featuring several waterbending techniques among their loot, which they were reserving for a wealthy client in the Earth Kingdom. However, the pirate captain would offer it to them if they had a better offer, specifically, two hundred gold pieces.
They left the ship, only to be chased by the crew. The group escaped and found the reason they had been pursued: the pirates wanted the scroll Katara had stolen. Katara convinced Sokka and Aang to keep the scroll and learn from it. One of the first techniques they attempted was the water whip, a simple technique where water is formed into an elongated shape and snapped at the target. Katara grew even more jealous of Aang as not only did he learn the technique easily, she herself had trouble mastering it. Her jealousy got the better of her; she yelled at Aang angrily, but quickly apologized and gave up the right to use the scroll, handing it over to Aang. At night, however, she stole the scroll to study the technique again.
Zuko joined forces with the pirates to hunt down Aang, and they found Katara late at night practicing the water whip. Zuko captured and tied Katara to a tree, attempting to interrogate her for information on the Avatar, showing her that he held her mother's lost betrothal necklace in his possession, the last tie that she had to her mother. However, the pirates demanded the scroll; Zuko threatened to destroy it if they did not find Aang.
Later, Aang and Sokka were found and captured and were taken to the pirates and Fire Nation ships. Aang and Sokka discovered Katara bound to a tree surrounded by firebenders. As Zuko and the pirates were about to trade the scroll for the Avatar, Sokka convinced the pirates to sell Aang by revealing to them that he was the Avatar, despite Zuko's attempts to keep it a secret from the pirates. The pirates decided that they wanted to sell Aang to the Fire Lord themselves, and the situation quickly escalated into a battle.
During the fight, Aang, Katara and Sokka escaped and hijacked the pirate ship. Katara and Aang used waterbending to get the pirates' boat into water and sail away, but the pirates, except for their leader, stole Zuko's smaller ship and started chasing after them. They battled the pirates, Katara learning the water whip in the process. The ship was fast approaching a waterfall. Aang and Katara managed to use waterbending to stop the ship, but the pirates rammed into it with Zuko's boat, sending them falling over, where they were saved by Appa, who heard Aang's bison whistle which was working after all.
Later, Katara gave Aang a full apology, while Sokka revealed that he was able to regain the scroll in the fighting. Before he gave it to her, he asked what they learned. She said never to steal, except from pirates. Aang and Katara could now practice waterbending.
Katara and Sokka began to argue over their chores at their campsite. Aang ended the fight by having them swap chores. Aang stated, "Harsh words won't solve problems, action will." When Momo and Appa fought over a piece of food, Aang resolved that issue as well and began gloating about his ability to solve problems as the Avatar. The following day, Aang and his friends came across the largest canyon in the world, the Great Divide, and were planning to fly across on Appa.
Just before they left, a man ran up to them and started yelling that they better not leave with the canyon guide because he was there first. He was holding a spot for the rest of his tribe, the Gan Jin, until they could arrive. While waiting, another tribe, the Zhang, arrived, a tribe that the man claimed had been an enemy of his tribe for one hundred years. The Gan Jin tribe arrived and showed themselves to be prim and proper, while the Zhang tribe was dirty and barbaric. The canyon guide, an earthbender, arrived, and both tribes got into an argument over who got to go first; the Zhangs said they should because they had sick people while the Gan Jins said they should because they had old people. Aang reached a compromise and suggested that Appa would carry their sick and elderly across, while the two tribes traveled together across the canyon.
The canyon guide warned them not to take any food into the canyon, as it would attract dangerous predators. After he demolished a rock shelf so that potential Fire Nation soldiers could not follow them, a canyon crawler attacked. Aang and his friends fended it off, but the guide's arms were broken, which meant he could not earthbend and therefore they were trapped in the canyon. Both tribes argued some more and finally split up. It is revealed that both tribes brought food into the canyon because they believed that the other tribe must have brought food, thus justifying their actions. Katara and Sokka each learned one side of the story of the feuding tribes. The Gan Jins told Katara that the forefather of their tribe,Jin Wei, was attacked while transporting the sacred orb during their redemption ritual and robbed by a thief, Wei Jin, from the Zhangs. The Zhangs told Sokka that their ancestor, Wei Jin, saw Jin Wei passed out on the ground and was returning the sacred orb to Jin Wei's tribe when they wrongfully imprisoned him for twenty years.
They reached the end of the canyon, where they argued and prepared to fight and end the feud once and for all. Aang became angry and used airbending to stop the fight, but in the process revealed the food from both tribes, even getting entranced by custard tart, and attracting many canyon crawlers. By working together and throwing bags over the crawlers' heads while they were distracted with food, everyone was able to ride them up the wall and out of the canyon.
Afterward, the two tribe leaders were about to resume their fight. Aang, upon hearing the names of the two tribes' ancestors, revealed that he knew them, and that they were twins. He said that when they were eight and playing a game called "Redemption". Jin Wei was running with the ball when he fell; Wei Jin picked it up and started running to the other end of the field when he stepped out of bounds and was put in the penalty box for two minutes.
As they met Appa on the other side, Aang happily hugged him, and Appa licked his face. The Gan Jin leader thanked Aang, only to be repulsed by the saliva on Aang's face. Finally, the tribes made up and continued their journey to Ba Sing Setogether as one tribe, along with the guide who had enough of the canyon. Aang subsequently revealed to his friends that he made up the whole thing, much to their surprise.
Aang had a strange dream about his past that clearly troubled him, but did not tell the others. It started happily with Aang, Katara and Sokka unrealistically flying through the skies, but suddenly Aang was alone, trapped in a storm and plunged into the sea.
Later, Aang, Katara and Sokka stopped by a market, but realized they were out of food and money. They ran into afisherman, who hired Sokka, but when he found out that Aang was the Avatar, he yelled at him, saying that "he turned his back on the world." Aang became upset and flew away into a cave. Katara reprimanded the fisherman for his harsh words and went after Aang, as a horrible storm began brewing.
Aang started telling the story of his past to Katara, beginning with the day the monks told him he was the Avatar. Burdened with extra training exercises and ostracized from his friends, Aang became confused and afraid; so when he learned that the monks were planning to separate him from his guardian, Gyatso, he decided to run away. Aang was caught in a horrible storm, and as he was about to drown, the Avatar Spirit inside him formed an air pocket, saving himself and Appa, but freezing them inside for the next one hundred years. Aang suffered terrible guilt over abandoning the world, but Katara convinced him that "it was meant to be", and he "gives people hope".
As the storm reached its height, becoming a typhoon, the wife of the old fisherman arrived at the cave, beckoning for the Avatar's help. She explained that her husband and Sokka should have returned from their fishing expedition and must have become caught out at sea. Aang and Katara flew out on Appa and came upon the fishing boat that was capsized. They were able to safely rescue Sokka and the old man and return them to the cave. Aang later told Katara that he was ready to move on from the past and look toward a brighter future.
In abandoned Earth Kingdom ruins, also along the western shores, Sokka had fallen ill due to his exposure to the recent storm. He was delusional and also exhibited flu-like symptoms. Aang learned of an herbalist who lived at the top of a nearby mountain and made plans to travel there to find a cure. The situation worsened when Katara quickly grew sick herself, leaving Aang to travel alone to the herbalist. Aang raced through the mountainside, using his airbending abilities to speed his pace. He soon arrived at the herbalist's home, but not before passing an unnoticed pair of Fire Nation look-outs, who sounded the alarm after their station was ripped apart by the winds in Aang's path. After a frustrating meeting with the herbalist, Aang learned that his friends must suck on the frozen bodies of hibernating wood frogs, which could be found on the bottoms of riverbeds.
However, he made little progress toward his destination before encountering the Yuyan Archers, who wasted little time in pinning his boots to the ground with arrows. Aang airbent to defend himself from the succeeding shots, freed his legs, and jumped off of the mountain into the thick forest below. Aang ran out of the woods, and unexpectedly ended up in a murky, partially-frozen river. He found the frozen frogs he had been looking for, and even while avoiding the Yuyans' arrows, managed to scoop several of the amphibians into his clothing. However, several arrows caught the sleeve of his left and right arm and pinned it to an overturned tree before a net was shot over him.
Aang was taken back to a fortress and placed in a cell guarded on the outside by four guards, while his arms and legs were chained and held in place. Admiral Zhao entered the cell and began to taunt Aang by bringing up the fact that all the other airbenders were slaughtered. However, Zhao stated that he would not have Aang killed, as such an action would simply result in the Avatar being reincarnated, leaving the Fire Nation to find him/her again. Instead, Zhao promised to keep Aang alive, though "just barely". As Zhao departed, Aang angrily used his powerful breath to blow Zhao against the wall. However, before leaving, Zhao decided to have the last word and stated that there was no possible way for Aang to escape, and no one would come to rescue him. The frogs, still stuffed in Aang's clothes, began to thaw and crawl away, despite the young airbender's protests. Just as several frogs, still partially-frozen, crawled under the door, the mysterious Blue Spirit, a broadsword-wielding vigilante, appeared and deftly defeated the guards in his way. The Blue Spirit slashed through Aang's bonds, freeing him, and began to leave the room. Aang questioned the Blue Spirit's identity and intentions, but he did not answer, instead silently motioning for Aang to follow him. Aang concluded that this new figure meant to help him escape.
During a difficult and violent attempt to escape, which included a standoff, seen at the left, a Yuyan Archer knocked out the Blue Spirit with a single arrow to his forehead. The Blue Spirit fell over instantly, unconscious. Aang immediately airbent up a large dust cloud and concealed himself. He took off the Blue Spirit's mask to learn that his rescuer was Zuko. He turned to run and leave the princebehind, but hesitated. When the dust settled, Aang and Zuko had vanished without a trace.
Later, Zuko regained consciousness to discover that morning had arrived, and he was with Aang in a wooded area. Aang spoke nostalgically of Kuzon, a Fire Nation boy he knew as one of his closest friends a century before. He laughed at the thought of how much trouble he got into with his friend. After reflecting, he asked Zuko if, under different circumstances, they too could have been friends. Zuko paused before responding by launching a fire blast, which Aang easily avoided before leaping through the trees. Aang returned to the swampy river to retrieve a new set of frozen frogs. He finally returned to Katara and Sokka, placing a frozen frog in each of their mouths and repeating to them what the herbalist told him. A delirious Sokka asked if Aang made any new friends, to which he sadly replied no, as he rested.
As the group camped out by a lake, Aang wove a necklace for Katara from Sokka's fishing line to replace her stolen one. Upon seeing the Water Tribe girl donning the necklace, he saw her in a whole new light, developing a strong crush on her. Loud noises drew the group to a spot in the wooded area where an elderly man was being attacked by a vicious platypus bear. Despite the dire circumstances, however, the man remained oddly calm. After Appa managed to fend off the bear, the man told them he came from a nearby village where a fortuneteller, Aunt Wu, lived. The group decided to travel to thevillage to have their fortunes told, much to Sokka's dismay.
While there, Aang tried repeatedly to draw Katara's attention, even taking advice from Sokka on how to approach her. Sokka instructed Aang to act aloof, as though he did not really care. This behavior, however, was not successful in impressing Katara, much to Aang's disappointment. He instead opted to retrieve a rare panda lily flower for her on the rim of the Makapu volcano which led to his discovery of the volcano ready to erupt and destroy the village. After plans were arranged to dig a trench to channel the oncoming lava to the river and some impressive displays of airbending power, Aang managed to successfully quell the volcano's fury and save the village.
While camping one night by a Water Tribe ship the team discovered earlier that day, a fellow Water Tribe member and old friend of Katara and Sokka, Bato, appeared. Bato took the team to his room in a nearby abbey and he, Katara and Sokka began recalling stories of the past, while unintentionally ostracizing Aang in the process. When Bato informed the two Water Tribe siblings that he was expecting a message from their father about his whereabouts and that they had the opportunity to reunite with him, Aang became fed up and left the room. While brooding outside, he was approached by an Earth Kingdom messenger who delivered him the message Bato had been expecting. Instead of taking it to him, though, Aang crumpled it up and kept it to himself.
The next day, Aang and his friends performed the coming-of-age ritual of ice dodging. After successfully navigating a ship through rocky waters, each of them were bestowed with an honorary mark. Aang was bestowed the mark of the trusted which finally pushed him to come clean and reveal that he had the map to Sokka and Katara's father. An angered Sokka and hurt Katara abandoned him to go find their father, leaving the Avatar disappointed and on his own.
In the end, however, the two realized that Aang was their family and they were needed by him on his journey north. They rejoined him and, after engaging in a battle with Prince Zuko, ultimately defeating him, the three made up. Aang returned Katara's necklace to her and she kissed him on the cheek, causing him to blush and twiddle his thumbs.
Venturing through the northwestern Earth Kingdom, Aang and his friends decided to go to a cultural festival in a Fire Nation occupied town so that Aang could witness some firebending, ensuring their safety from attack with disguises, although they acquired masks soon after their arrival. Regardless, it was discovered that Aang was the Avatar after he was forced to "save" Katara from a dragon of fire by using his airbending, and the three friends quickly attempted to escape from Fire Nation soldiers. Their escape was aided greatly by a man named Chey, who told them of a firebender and deserter named Jeong Jeong. Chey took them to him and after the spirit of Avatar Roku appeared to Jeong Jeong and persuaded him to be Aang's mentor, he reluctantly agreed to teach Aang firebending.
Jeong Jeong started teaching Aang slowly, focusing exclusively on breathing exercises, but the young Avatar desired to learn more advanced firebending techniques. Jeong Jeong was greatly angered with Aang's lack of discipline, telling Aang vehemently that without control, firebending would bring nothing but unnecessary destruction, using a former student of his who displayed similar impatience and lack of discipline as an example. Aang quickly apologized and said that he was ready to learn Jeong Jeong's way. Jeong Jeong proceeded to teach Aang to use real fire, much to Aang's enthusiasm. However, his enthusiasm was quickly deflated when Jeong Jeong only assigned him the simple task of preventing a leaf from being completely burned. Jeong Jeong soon left to other matters, and Aang, still feeling restricted, took his exercise to the next step and created fire. Aang played around with it for a little while, although Katara insisted that he be careful. He soon accidentally burned Katara's hands when he attempted to imitate a move the performer made at the festival. Katara ran away crying, and Sokka became enraged as a result and tackled him. Jeong Jeong, having returned, followed Katara into the forest. However, during this time, Admiral Zhao, who was revealed to be the former student of Jeong Jeong, and his men located the camp, and in turn battled Jeong Jeong, although the master's attempt was half-hearted.
Aang, hiding away in Jeong Jeong's hut in order to reflect over his error, was urged by Katara to aid Jeong Jeong. Although Aang felt terribly guilty and promised to never firebend again, Katara's revelation of her healing restored his battle spirit. With a fiery display, Jeong Jeong and his men made their escape, while Aang confronted Zhao. Recalling Jeong Jeong's lesson of control, Aang provoked the firebending master, goading him into destroying his own ships. Zhao could only watch as his ships burned and sank into the river as Aang escaped. In this act, Aang demonstrated that some firebenders had little self-control. With Jeong Jeong gone, the three resumed their journey and left the forest, a hard-learned lesson of fire's destructive power fresh in their minds.
After hearing rumors about flying people from a traveling storyteller, the kids journeyed to the Northern Air Temple to see for themselves if the rumors were true. Upon arrival, they found not airbenders, but an Earth Kingdom colony led by a mad inventor and his paraplegic son. He made gliders based on the Air Nomad staffs he found in the temple, and the members of the colony used them for "flight", leading to the rumor of the "flying people". The inventor had defiled the ancient landmarks with technological "improvements", similar in style to the Industrial Revolution. Aang was at first disheartened by the many changes to the temple, though he developed a degree of respect for the mechanist's son, Teo. Sokka began to work with the mechanist and came up with ways to detect natural gas leaks through use of rotten eggs.
This state of relative happiness was not to last. Aang soon discovered that the mechanist was supplying the Fire Nation with weapons inside the temple'ssanctuary where Avatar statues were supposed to be, in exchange for the safety of his newly settled village. He unearthed a room filled with monstrous weapons of war, like self-propelled war wagons and attack balloons, all destined for use by the enemy. Later, Aang demanded to know when the Fire Nation would come for their weapons, and the mechanist stated soon. After that, War Minister Qin appeared, demanding his weapons. Aang closed the door and trapped the minister, told him that the deal was off, and slapped him in the face with a blast of air. Qin angrily stated to Aang that "the destruction of [the] temple [would] be on [his] head".
However, Aang realized that they had something the Fire Nation did not have: air power. Sokka and the mechanist planned on how to improve the war balloon and how to fight back the Fire Nation using their gliders and the prototype war balloon. Sokka stated that there were four different types of bombs; smoke, slime, stink and fire. When the mechanist stated stink, he added, "Never underestimate the power of stink." The gliders fought with courage, but the Fire Nation tanks soon overwhelmed them. Every time Aang flipped them over, the cockpits also flipped. Teo stated that the tanks had a water balancing system. Katara used this knowledge and her waterbending to fight them, but there were too many.
Appa arrived and retrieved Aang and Katara out of the battlefield. Out of explosives, the people lost hope, but the war balloon appeared. The Fire Nation did not attack because they saw the Fire Nation emblem on it. Sokka dropped several slime bombs, but that did not stop the advancing army. Ultimately, Sokka, in a desperate maneuver, threw the balloon's hot air engine into a crack with explosive gas emanating from it. The resulting explosion crushed the invaders and resulted in victory for Team Avatar and the Earth Kingdom colony. Afterward, Aang stated his approval of the villagers having settled there.
Unknowingly, the balloon consequently dropped into the Fire Nation campgrounds. Qin and his soldiers found it, saying, "This defeat is the gateway to many victories", as firebenders inflated the balloon.
As they progressed toward the north, Sokka began to complain that Appa was flying too slowly. Aang defensively replied that they should all climb on Sokka's back and he could fly them to the North Pole. Katara tried to soothe the situation by remarking that they were all tired and cranky as a result of flying for two days straight. Just as Sokka was voicing his doubts about finding the Northern Water Tribe, the group was attacked by northern waterbenders who led them to their Water Tribe.
Outside the great palace of the Northern Water Tribe, Sokka and Katara were celebrated as family from the Southern Tribe, and Aang was honored as a special guest. Aang and Katara were delighted to see the waterbending master,Pakku, and his students performing elaborate and elegant waterbending moves for entertainment. After the waterbending performance was over, Aang was introduced to Master Pakku. Aang was looking forward to Katara and himself learning waterbending, after a few days rest. Master Pakku was unimpressed with his work ethic, telling Aang that he would receive no special treatment just because he was destined to save the world. He was told that if he was interested in learning waterbending, he would be ready at sunrise.
The next day as they approached the palace, Katara expressed her joy at being able to learn from a real master, saying she had waited for this day her whole life. However she was horrified to learn from Master Pakku that it was forbidden for women to learn waterbending. He advised her to go to the healing huts and learn from Yugoda to use her waterbending to heal. Although Aang initially refused to learn from Master Pakku, outraged at the unfairness, Katara urged him to return, saying that he could not risk his training for her. Thus, Aang began to reluctantly learn from Master Pakku.
Sokka suggested that at night Aang teach Katara everything he had learned that day. Katara was excited at this idea, as it allowed her to learn waterbending and Aang would have someone with whom to practice; everyone would be happy. Sokka remarked that he was not happy, but Katara dismissed this by saying that he was never happy, and she and Aang hurried outside to begin practicing. They looked up to the bridge above them to see Master Pakku, who was angry that Aang had disrespected him, his teachings, and his entire culture. Aang hastily apologized, but Master Pakku refused to teach Aang anymore, saying he was no longer welcome as his student, before leaving.
The next day at the palace, Katara pleaded with Chief Arnook to have Master Pakku take Aang back as his student. Master Pakku agreed to continue training Aang on the condition that Katara swallow her pride and apologize. Katara, angered by his pomposity and condescending attitude, challenged him to a fight instead of apologizing, gesturing emphatically as she did so and unintentionally waterbending huge cracks in the ice floor and smashing two pots.
Katara went outside to wait for Master Pakku, who simply strolled past her, further angering her with patronizing comments. Katara, temper pushed to the breaking point, formed a water whip and slapped Master Pakku on the back of the head. He turned around and agreed to the fight, telling her if she wanted to learn so badly, she should study closely. The fight began and it was discovered that Katara was much more advanced in waterbending than previously known. She demonstrated amazingly powerful techniques she never used before during the fight. The two were able to manipulate the water and snow around them amazingly, using basic and advanced waterbending techniques. Master Pakku grinned and smirked as he attacked, but when Katara launched discs of ice at him, he appeared to realize how skilled she was as a waterbender. After a few moments of violent waterbending, it seemed Katara had the upper-hand, as she toppled ice-obelisks over Master Pakku, who disappeared in a cloud of mist, but Master Pakku quickly emerged and performed a waterbending move that rendered Katara helpless, and she was beaten. Her grandmother's necklace, which fell off during the fight, was picked up by Master Pakku and it was discovered that he made it for Kanna, Katara's grandmother, sixty years ago.
Master Pakku told Katara that her grandmother left the arranged marriage to begin her life in the South Pole. Katara understood that she refused to let her tribe's customs rule her life. In the end, although the waterbending master had not changed his rather harsh methods of teaching, he had taken both Katara and Aang as students.
Zhao began to launch his attack against the Northern Water Tribe. Under the tutelage of Master Pakku, Katara's waterbending skills improved to the extent that she could defeat all of his pupils with ease. To both Pakku and Katara's annoyance, the same could not be said for Aang, who idly played with Momo during training. Meanwhile, Sokka took Princess Yue for a ride on Appa, during which they noticed soot beginning to fall from the sky, an ominous signal of the Fire Nation's approach.
The Northern Water Tribe prepared to defend itself from invasion, and Sokka volunteered for a dangerous mission in which several warriors would be forced to infiltrate the Fire Nation fleet. As the walls of the prestigious city began to fall, Aang felt duty bound to prevent the same fate that befell the Air Nomads and the Southern Water Tribe. Riding out to the fleet on Appa, he managed to successfully overtake several battleships. As dusk approached, however, he came to the realization that his efforts hardly thwarted the Fire Nation's advance and he retreated in despair.
That night, Princess Yue related the origins of the Water Tribe and its power, leading Aang to realize that if he could enter the Spirit World and meet with the Moon and Ocean Spirits, perhaps they could help him defeat the Fire Nation. Yue took Katara and Aang to a hidden oasis which was the spiritual center of the North Pole. After observing the two koi fish in the oasis, which resembled yin and yang, Aang entered a trance and crossed over into the Spirit World. Katara stood watch over Aang's body, but was caught by surprise with Zuko's sudden appearance. With the enhanced power of the moon, Katara was able to temporarily defeat Zuko in the ensuing duel. However, the sun's subsequent rising enhanced Zuko's power, allowing him to ultimately defeat Katara, leaving her unconscious. He kidnapped the Avatar, escaping to the icy tundra.
Meanwhile, Zhao's forces broke through the outer wall of the Northern Water Tribe's defenses. The admiral revealed a sinister plan to kill the mortal manifestation of the Moon Spirit in order to destroy the moon and severely weaken the Water Tribe.
In the Spirit World, Aang hurriedly sought out the Moon and Ocean Spirits, receiving only minimal guidance from a begrudging baboon spirit who urged him to chase a nearby firefly. Although this proved unsuccessful in locating the spirits, Aang did come in contact with Avatar Roku, who instructed him to see Koh, one of the oldest spirits in existence. Before parting, Roku warned Aang to show no emotion while speaking with Koh, as the spirit would otherwise steal his face. Aang eventually arrived at Koh's lair where he questioned the spirit and learned that the white and black koi he had seen swimming in the oasis were the Moon and Ocean Spirits, Tui and La respectively. He returned to the physical world with the help of Hei Bai and escaped from Zuko due to the timely arrival of Katara, Sokka, and Princess Yue on Appa. Zuko and Katara briefly dueled again wherein Katara easily defeated him due to the enhancing power of the full moon. The team subsequently took off for the Spirit Oasis, but not before a sympathetic Aang brought the unconscious Zuko with them.
When Aang and the rest returned to the oasis, Zhao had already captured the Moon Spirit, Tui, which caused the moon to glow red, created a lunar eclipse, and stripped waterbenders of their bending abilities. Aang pleaded with Zhao to spare the spirit upon realizing his murderous intentions; he was supported by Iroh, who threatened action against the admiral if he harmed the spirit. Zhao initially complied, releasing the koi into the oasis. In a sudden act of rage, however, he firebent at the koi, killing it. The moon vanished from the sky altogether and color seeped from the world. Iroh immediately retaliated, overpowering Zhao's henchmen, but Zhao himself was able to flee the scene. Although the situation appeared hopeless, Aang suddenly entered the Avatar State and fused with the Ocean Spirit into a giant, water-based creature. The merged figures subsequently massacred the Fire Nation troops and annihilated the fleet, forcing a hasty retreat of the enemy. Meanwhile, Yue, who had been imbued with life by the Moon Spirit as an infant, sacrificed herself to revive Tui and restore the moon's power; she thus became the new Moon Spirit. With the moon reinstated, Aang exited the Avatar State and was returned safely to the city by La.
After the battle, Pakku revealed to Katara his intention to head for the South Pole and help rebuild the tribe. He assigned Katara as Aang's new waterbending teacher.
The team flew on Appa above a giant swamp, with Aang staring at it in a sort of hypnotic trance and slowly lowering the bison toward it. When Sokka inquired as to Aang's reasons for doing so, the Avatar came out of his trance and claimed that the swamp was "calling him". Sokka tried to convince Aang to simply ignore this intuitive feeling and continue flying past, but Aang was still highly intrigued because of what King Bumi told him about listening to the earth. He resolved to leave after the others stated their suspicions about the swamp. However, a sudden tornado appeared, rampaging toward the team and forcefully causing them to fall down into the swamp.
Aang, Katara, and Sokka were separated from Appa and Momo as a result of the turbulent landing. The trio tried to find their animal companions with Sokka chopping everything in sight with his machete. Aang warned Sokka against such a detrimental action; Katara agreed with Aang, claiming to feel some supernatural qualities in the swamp. Despite pleas from his friends, Sokka dismissed their concerns and persisted in scything the vines. They set up camp that night, the swamp's ominousness unnerving all three. While asleep, mysterious vines slithered out from deep within the swamp and grabbed a hold of all three team members. Although each managed to escape from the vines using their styles of fighting, they were separated from one another.
While searching for Katara and Sokka, Aang saw a strange girl with a pet flying boar giggling in the distance. He chased after the girl, but she repeatedly disappeared from sight. The vision disappeared altogether when the Avatar and his friends were unexpectedly reunited with one another at the center of the swamp, a giant tree. Aang believed that the swamp had been calling them there. At that moment, a gigantic monster formed from the vines of the swamp burst from the water and a fight ensued.
Aang and Katara finally defeated the swamp monster who was really a waterbender, named Huu, bending the water in the vines. Upon learning that Aang was the Avatar, he began to offer his knowledge of the swamp, stating that it was really one big tree, stretching out its roots for miles. He also said that the wholeworld is one organism like the swamp. If one listened carefully, he explained, they could hear everything breathing together because everything is connected. When inquired about the visions they had received, he explained that, in the swamp, people had visions of people they had lost, even though they are not really gone. Aang's vision continued to perplex him because he was certain he had never met the girl; he came to realize, however, that he would meet her in the future. Aang discovered that if he listened to the earth, he could pinpoint the location of Appa and Momo. He channeled his chi, and a glowing line of energy drew him straight to Appa and Momo. Aang and Katara later confronted the natives to free Appa and Momo, and the natives were revealed to be waterbenders as well.
Searching For A Teacher
The trio went to the town of Gaoling to continue their search for an earthbending instructor. While searching, Aang received a free earthbending lesson from a man named Master Yu, but he found that Yu cared more about having him pay for lessons than he did about teaching. Afterward, they overheard a pair of studentsdiscussing Earth Rumble VI, a tournament featuring several powerful earthbenders. The boys were not very inclined to inform Aang of the tournament's location, until Katara secretly used her "feminine charm", which involved freezing them to the walls, to coerce them to tell.
At the tournament, they witnessed a powerful earthbender named The Boulderdefeat every challenger he came across. Sokka became completely enthralled in the spectacle, but Aang was not very impressed, saying that The Boulder was "just listening to his big muscles" as opposed to listening to the earth. After vanquishing all other contenders, The Boulder confronted the current champion, the Blind Bandit, a blind twelve-year-old girl. Aang noticed the Bandit's techniques, especially how she waited and listened carefully to the movements of her opponent and realized she was the master of neutral jing Bumi had been encouraging him to find. He also realized that she was the girl whom he had envisioned in the swamp.
After the Bandit effortlessly defeated The Boulder, the host of the tournament, Xin Fu, offered a large sum of gold to whoever could defeat the Blind Bandit in a fight. Seeing an opportunity to talk to the Bandit, Aang challenged her. The Bandit, however, was ready for a fight and refused to engage in conversation, instead launching a boulder at Aang. She was not prepared, however, to face an airbender and was defeated when Aang blew her out of the ring. The Bandit took badly to her loss and stormed off, refusing to listen to Aang when he beckoned to her.
Aang and the others returned to Master Yu's school to try to find out where the Blind Bandit lived. They approached the students they had confronted earlier, both of whom were quite intimidated by Katara. They did not obtain much information; however, Aang recalled the flying boar he had seen with the girl in his vision. The boys stated that the flying boar was the symbol of the Beifong family, the wealthiest family in the town.
Aang and company traveled to the family's house, where they were accosted by the Bandit, now wearing the same dress Aang had seen her wearing in the swamp. The girl, named Toph, refused to aid Team Avatar and called the house guards to chase them off.
That evening, Aang used his status as the Avatar to gain a formal audience with the entire Beifong family. He attempted to gain her father's support regarding Toph aiding him, but Toph used her earthbending to keep him from saying anything revealing. Her parents and teacher were completely unaware of her true skill, and she wanted to keep it that way. After numerous interruptions, Aang retaliated by sneezing, bringing the dinner to both a premature end and into everybody's faces.
After dinner, Toph called a truce with Aang and recounted her history. Her parents perceived her as a weak and fragile child due to her blindness and severely restricted her freedom. From an early age, she began sneaking out of the house and mastering earthbending on her own, secretly competing in tournaments and surpassing her "teacher" in skill. The pair was suddenly ambushed and captured by Xin Fu and his stable of earthbenders, who suspected the two of duplicity earlier during the tournament. Toph was later freed and, after defeating Xin Fu's earthbenders, rescued Aang, an event her father witnessed.
Toph later confronted her parents, expressing her desire to accompany Team Avatar on their journeys. Her father denied this request and ordered Aang and the others to leave the estate. As the team prepared to depart, however, Toph ran up to them, saying that her father had ultimately granted her permission to travel with them. Before departing, she launched Aang into a tree via earthbending and, declaring them even, demanded to have her championship belt returned.
In a remote Earth Kingdom forest, Team Avatar was pursued by a tank train operated by Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee. Their machine allowed them to cover great distances at high speeds; additionally, they were able to trace the team's whereabouts by following a trail of shed fur Appa consistently left. Aang and his friends were repeatedly forced to escape, depriving them of much-needed rest and draining the last of their power and patience. To make matters worse, Katara and Toph became tangled in a bitter conflict with Toph eventually leaving the group after a particularly acrimonious fight.
Aang attempted to deceive Azula by leaving a false trail of Appa's shed fur for her to follow, while Katara and Sokka retreated somewhere safe. Azula, however, unfolded his plan; she sent Mai and Ty Lee in the direction she believed the group to have gone and followed Aang's fabricated trail herself.
Aang's ultimately wound up in an abandoned town where he was later found and confronted by Azula. Zuko arrived on scene shortly after and all three assumed fighting stances, prepared to duel. Azula fired the first shot, hitting Zuko hard and knocking him back. All three exchanged blows until the duel was joined by Katara, Sokka, Iroh, and Toph. Azula was eventually cornered by the other six combatants. She surrendered and Iroh momentarily let his guard down, turning to see his comrades. Azula took advantage of this and launched a fire blast at him, striking him in the chest. Zuko let out a horrified cry, and all four benders unleashed their power against her; Azula, however, was able to escape the scene unharmed. Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph gathered around Iroh, but Zuko yelled for them to leave, backing up his words with a sweeping arc of flame. Respecting his need for privacy, Aang and the others fled.
As the group traveled along a sheer cliff side of the pass, Suki pointed out Fire Nation forces patrolling the water, telling them that they were rumored to be working on a secret project. As they continued, Tahn fell when the ground under him crumbled. Even though Toph saved him the falling rocks drew the attention of the patrol ship, which launched a fire ball at them. Aang leaped into action, knocking the ball back and striking their engines. The ship returned fire, hitting the rockface above them, and sending debris falling toward Suki. Sokka pushed Suki out of the way, and Toph saved him by deflecting the rocks. Sokka was too worried about Suki's safety to be thankful to Toph for saving his life, which annoyed Toph. The group ran to the shelter of an outcropping wall of rock, leaving the ship behind to tend to its damage.
That night, Sokka was becoming overprotective of Suki, insisting that she should not sleep so close to the edge of the cliff in case it collapses into the water below. After he moved her sleeping mat, he screamed and pushed her away from her mat. She inquired what was wrong; Sokka was calm and told her that he thought he saw a spider. Suki found Sokka staring at the moon. He explained that he was being so overprotective because it was hard to lose someone you care about. Then Sokka told her that he learned this at the North Pole when he lost someone he was supposed to protect, referring to Yue his first love interest and therefore he did not want that to happen again. Suki told Sokka about someone she cared for and lost as well, although he only went away. Sokka started to get jealous, not realizing that she was talking about him. Suki moved in to kiss him, but Sokka, feeling guilty to kiss her in front of the moon implying Yue's presence, turned away. After they had managed to cross the Serpent's Pass, the woman from the family which they were travelling with gave birth to a girl who was named Hope. The group later prepared to move on to Ba Sing Se, and in the meantime Suki got ready to return to her comrades, telling Sokka that she went with him to make sure that he got through safely. She tried to apologize to Sokka for coming on to him the night before, but he silenced her with a kiss.
When the group came to Ba Sing Se and saw the giant drill trying to break through the wall of the city, they turned to Sokka for ideas, but at the time he had none. However Katara, after several earthbenders lost a fight to Ty Lee, discovered it was her who defeated them, and claimed it was like she "took you down from the inside," which now gave Sokka an idea to infiltrate the machine and destroy it from the inside, by hitting its pressure points. With Katara and Toph plugging up the slurry, and Aang giving the final blow, the drill was destroyed.
- Air Scooter
- Avatar State
- The Disappearing Fire is one of the highest level Firebending moves.
- The Windmill is a move that aang uses to deflect Firebending attacks.
- The Runaway
- An airbender's sneeze can create more propulsion than a modern day jet engine.
- Power in Firebending comes from the breath not the muscle. The breath becomes energy in the body the energy extends past your limbs and becomes fire.
It is the job of the avatar to create peace, balance, and harmony into the world. The avatar posses and uses the avatar spirit, the spirit of peace and order, to accomplish their goals. When an avatar dies, they are reincarnated into the next avatar in the cycle, and their spirit rests within the avatar spirit. This spirit also grants the current avatar access to all the elemental bending arts, and numerous other abilities.
Airbending: Based off of the Baguazhang martial art, this allows the user to manipulate the element of air. The fight style of this art is to avoid and evade attacks, and use force when necessary. This is Aangs most proficient element, as he was one of the youngest airbending masters ever.
Waterbending: Based off of Tai Chi martial art, this allows for the manipulation of the element of water. The fight style of this art is fluid, letting ones offense to become defense, to use the opponents forces against them.This is one of Aangs stronger bending elements.
Earthbending: Based off of the Hung Gar martial art, this allows for the manipulation of the element of earth. The fighting style for this art is more defensive and patient, waiting for the proper time to strike at the opponent. This proved to be the hardest element for Aang to learn.
Firebending: Based off of the martial art of Shaolin Kung Fu, allows for the manipulation and generation of the element of fire, lightning, and heat. The fight style for this art is can be aggressive and forceful. Aang can be very timid with this element, fearful of accidentally harming his allies with it.
Energybending: This is not a bending art, but rather a subset of abilities that involve the manipulation of spiritual energy. Aang can use this to permanently remove peoples bending, as well as restore it. It can be used to locate people and block spirit blasts.
Avatar Spirit: Aang is able to access his past lives through meditation, and other spiritual means. He usually uses it to seek counsel and information from them, but can also be possessed by a past life under the right circumstances. He can also use the avatar state. He can also synchronize with another spirit to combine their power
Note that all bending arts are based off of martial arts, and most applications require some sort of movement to be used.
Bending Here we will list some of Aangs most accomplished bending feats. By the end of Season 3 he has mastered air, and is very skilled with earth and water, and adept to fire.
He can surround himself in air, to increase his speed, agility
Suppresses an explosion using airbending
Blows air enough to instantly cool lava
Blasts Zuko through a building
An angry Aang easily destroys sandbender sailors
Sends Azula flying, seriously how the fuck did she survive that?
By the end of season 2 Aang is very skilled with waterbending
Performs the water whip on his first try
Dodged and redirected water while blindfolded
Redirected a river at Ozai
Turns himself into a snowman
Can freeze metal chains, so they become weak enough to be broken by force.
Created and surfed a massive wave
Aang first struggled to learn Earthbending, but later became very skilled with it by the end of the series
Nonchalantly destroys a flying earth projectile
The last element Aang learned, he was adept with it by the end of the tv show, but learned to eventually master it. He learned the philosophy of firebending from the dragons. Some of these feats may be during Sozins comet, where firebending is enhanced.
Learned the dancing dragon firebending form.
Shoots a massive fireball at Ozai's blimp during Sozins Comet
Redirected Ozai's lightning
These are more spiritual abilities that the Aang has shown
While in the swamp, he is able to connect to the earth to locate people. While Aang has only done this in the swamp, other people, such as Guru Pathik and Korra have done this without being in the swamp.
Aangs most prominent traits are his speed/agility and Durability. He doesn't have many feats regarding pure physical strength.
He is able to carry a boulder bigger than him on his back, while trying to be knocked off balance during a training exercise. This was done before he learned how to earthbend.
Aang is very agile for a 12 year old. He relies on this trait to evade attacks, and here(note that this feat is done when he was exhausted), and again this is his primary tactic for many fights. He can also use airbending to increase these traits as well, including his jumping ability.
Humans in avatar are very durable, they get thrashed by powerful elemental attacks that would kill normal humans. Here is Aang being sent flying into a wall. Here Aang and Zuko attack each other making an explosion that both easily tank. Aang was also able to take hits from the swamp monster without any significant damage. This is impressive because the swamp monster is strong enough to throw around tanks. But still, Aang is a 12 year old and is easily knocked out by overwhelmingly strong attacks.
The Avatar State
Here is an explanation of the avatar state. It calls upon the power of the avatar spirit as well as the knowledge and power from previous avatars, to perform incredible bending feats. It is activated when the avatar feels they are at mortal risk, or if they are in an extremely emotional state (extreme anger for example). In order to gain full control and mastery of this ability, the avatar must unlock all their chakras, pools of energy that are within the body. At the end of season 2, Aang completed this task, and mastered this ability. Mastery of the avatar state, have allowed avatars to be able to create islands, plow through buildings, and dramatically increase their speed
Aang's Avatar State:
This is Aangs most recognizable avatar state. It is made out of compressed earth, water, fire, and an air sphere. Sometimes it is just the air sphere, other times there isn't anything surrounding him. The air sphere also acts as a shield from all attacks. Some of the things Aang have done include:
Blasted air with enough force to rip apart through earth pillars, and fly straight through them as well
Shot earth bullets that are more powerful than normal bullets.
He created a massive earth golem that was fighting evenly with General Old Iron while he was covered in iron
- Aang is the youngest Airbender to become a master.
- Aang wears the traditional robes of Airbending monks.
- Airbenders receive their tattoos when they become masters.