Here are some facts about Avatar: The Last Airbender that you might not have known about if you were also trapped in a sheet of ice for over 100 years.
Sud The Earthbender
Toph Beifong, the blind earthbending prodigy, was originally supposed to be a large male. Sud, who was Avatar Roku’s earthbending teacher, was the recycled design of Toph before the producers decided to take a different direction with the design by turning Toph into a seemingly helpless little girl.
Sokka Seducing Suki
When Zuko walks in on Sokka while expecting Suki to arrive, Sokka becomes completely embarrassed as he was attempting to be sexy and seductive. That’s not the funny part, though! The flower necklace on Sokka’s neck is actually a subtle joke by the producers to indicate that Sokka got “lei’d”. Are you serious?
In the fighting scene between Aang and Azula, Aang got hit by Azula’s lightning. The lightning gave Aang two scars on his body: one on his foot, and one on his back. This is especially important because the lightning entered Aang’s body from the back, and exited from the foot. Talk about attention to detail!
Aang And Katara’s Dance
During the episode “The Headband”, Aang disguises himself as a student of a fire nation school with a headband that masks his arrow tattoos. In the dance scene with Katara at the end of the episode, it’s clear that the producers had intended for the episode to be a reference to Footloose, a musical-drama film.
Every season starts on a boat
Every start to a season begins on a boat. In the first season, Sokka and Katara are on a boat together before they stumble across Aang. In the second season, Aang and his friends are on a Water Tribe ship en route to the Earth Kingdom. In the third season, Aang and his friends escape Azula’s wrath while hiding on a stolen Fire Nation ship.
All the animals are chimeras
In the Avatar series, animals are usually fusions of two different animals found in the real life. For example, badger moles and platypus bears are animals found within the Avatar universe. However, when Aang and his friends meet the Earth King, he offers them an invite to his pet bear’s birthday party. The fact that the Earth King has a regular bear is considered weird and exotic by Aang and the rest of his crew.
The show was going to take place in the future
During the early stages of writing, Konietzko and DiMartino (the authors) were tinkering with the idea of placing the world of Avatar thousands of years into the future!
In the end, the pair decided to scrap the sci-fi concept in favor of the older time period in which the show is set. Good thing, as Aang riding around in a flying car is far less interesting than a flying bison.