Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Introduction

Box art of season one of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is a cartoon airing on the Nickelodeon channel. Aang, the main and titular character, is the latest avatar, the chosen person who can manipulate (or bend) all four elements. He and his friends journey across their world in an attempt to defeat the Fire Nation army and restore peace.

peace and balance to the 4 nations

Characters

Major Characters

Minor Characters

Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

Shipping terms

  • Gaang - The gang who travels with Aang (not exclusive to shipping)
  • Azuko - The sibling relationship between Azula and Zuko
  • Hammi - The relationship between Hama and Bumi
  • Harutara - The relationship between Haru and Katara
  • Jetko - The relationship between Jet and Zuko
  • Jinko - The relationship between Jin and Zuko
  • Kataang - The relationship between Katara and Aang
  • Katoph - The relationship between Katara and Toph
  • Longerbee - The relationship between Longshot and Smellerbee. Also known as Smellershot.
  • Maiko - The relationship between Mai and Zuko
  • Rozin - The relationship between Roku and Sozin
  • Sokkaang - The relationship between Sokka and Aang
  • Sokkla - The relationship between Sokka and Azula
  • Soko - The relationship between Song and Zuko
  • Sukka - The relationship between Suki and Sokka also known in some forums as George because Sukka sounds to much like Sokka and Sokki sounds like Suki
  • Sokko - The relationship between Sokka and Zuko More commonly known as Zuka
  • Taang - The relationship between Toph and Aang
  • Tokka - The relationship between Toph and Sokka
  • Toko - The relationship between Toph and Zuko
  • Tykka - The relationship between Ty Lee and Sokka also known as Ty Lokka
  • Watercest - The relationship between Sokka and Katara of the Southern Water Tribe
  • Zucest - The relationship between Zuko and Azula
  • Zukaang - The relationship between Zuko and Aang
  • Zusue - The relationship between Zuko and a Mary Sue
  • Zue - The relationship between Zuko and Yue
  • Zutara - The relationship between Zuko and Katara

Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this community.

2005

2006

2007

2008

Kerfluffles

Shipping wars

As with many fandoms, the most significant kerfuffle in the fandom is over shipping. There is an ongoing "war" between those who ship Kataang and those who ship Zutara, with tremendous animosity on both sides.[citation needed]

As of season three, Maiko shippers joined the fray.[citation needed]

The movie casting kerfluffle

On December 9, 2008, news hit the internet that director M. Night Shyamalan had found his cast for the live-action movie adaption of Avatar.[55] When a first-look at the actors versus the characters was posted,[56] fan reaction in general was extremely negative. None of the main characters were to be portrayed by Asian actors, a fact which upset many fans of the series greatly as it was seen as racist and an insult to the series, which had diligently worked to present an Asian-based mythology for the show to Western audiences.[57],[58],[59],[60],[61],[62],[63],[64],[65],[66]

The problems with the movie casting continued into early 2009. First on January 15, 2009, actor Jackson Rathbone was interviewed about his participation in the project and made the unfortunate remark ""I think it's one of those things where I pull my hair up, shave the sides, and I definitely need a tan."[67] Fandom reacted strongly against this dismissal of the concerns over the casting and compared it to putting actors in blackface.[68] News also broke of a casting call for extras for the film taking place in Philadelphia on January 24, 2009, encouraging auditioners to show up in "traditional cultural ethnic attire"; that is: "If you're Korean, wear a kimono. If you're from Belgium, wear lederhosen."[69] Many were quick to point out that neither of these actuall were traditional attire for either nationality.[70] and a protest was organized to be staged at the casting call by members of aang_aint_white.[71]

Conventions

There have been a number of conventions dedicated to, selling merchandise related to, screening or having panels dedicated to Avatar: The Last Airbender. These conventions include San Diego 2005 Comic Convention [72], the 2007 The New York Anime Festival, and the 2008 New York Comic Con.

Influential Fanworks

Influential Stories

  • Agni Kai [73] by Hotspur [74] was one of the first pieces of Avatar fan-poetry. She later went on to write many alternative pairings, such as Zuko/Toph, Zuko/Meng, Iroh/Jun and many more non-romantic stories.

Influential Fan Art

The fan art of Ozais Angel has become very popular.

File:Http://fc02.deviantart.com/fs10/i/2006/111/4/9/Avatar Ozai s Angels by finni.jpg

Fandom Members

Fandom Size

External Links

See also

Sources

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