18 Things "Avatar: The Last Airbender" Has That Most Adult Shows Don’t
Time to rewatch it again.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the best-written shows of all time.
It's funny, intense, and heartfelt. But even more than that, it contains elements a LOT of teen or adult shows don't have.
First of all, it gets better as it goes, and there are no bad episodes:
It has an amazing non-western-based magic system:
It has redemption arcs and character development that is never abandoned:
And proper backstories:
There's a well-written, consistent villain:
...But layered representations of villains in war:
Also, it's very clear that there are bad people on both sides:
And that even the "good guys" can be capable of horrible things like brainwashing their people and using a puppet ruler to carry out their own wishes:
...Which means that it doesn't sugarcoat things like war:
The female characters are not sexualized, and there are strong feminist messages:
There are strong characters with disabilities:
There's comic relief that isn't offensive or mean:
There are great, consistent minor characters:
There's an amazing score and original music:
The show has great found/untraditional families:
And wonderful spiritual messages/lessons:
There's an epic final battle with all our characters:
And finally, the show has the perfect ending:
Alright, that's all I got. What are you waiting for?? Go watch Avatar!!
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