Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)

Description: The world is divided into four elemental nations: The Northern and Southern Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. The Avatar upholds the balance between the nations, but everything changed when the Fire Nation invaded. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, can stop them. But when the world needs him most, he vanishes. A hundred years later Katara and Sokka discover the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. Together they must help Aang master the elements and save the world.
Creators: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko
Stars: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena



Zuko was one of the last characters to be written into the show. The Fire Lord was meant to be the show’s main antagonist, but the writers realized he would not be able to cause Aang and his friends trouble sitting from his throne. Zuko was then written into the show.

The “Cabbage Man” was not originally meant to be a recurring character, but due to the fans’ response and the writers finding it so comedic, the Cabbage Man became a running gag throughout the series.

The elemental bending movements are based on martial arts. Earthbending: Hung Gar Kung Fu; Firebending: Northern Shaolin Kung Fu; Waterbending: Tai Chi; Airbending: Baguazhang.

Though they are brothers. Iroh and Fire Lord Ozai are never once seen together on screen. They were in the same war room when Zuko spoke out of turn and in Zuko’s Agni Kai against his father, but they never share any dialogue.

Creator Michael Dante DiMartino left Family Guy (1999) to work on Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008).

Mako, who played Uncle Iroh, passed away in the middle of recording his parts for the last seven episodes of season 2. They had to quickly re-cast the part of Iroh. The re-casting put a halt to production on season 3. Mako’s part was succeeded by Greg Baldwin in the third season.

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