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    Updated on 15 Aug 2020. Posted on 13 Aug 2020

    17 Reasons Why Avatar Kyoshi From "The Last Airbender" Deserves Her Own Show

    We've had Aang and we've had Korra — but now it's time for Avatar Kyoshi's origin story.

    If you're a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender (honestly, who isn't?), you'll have heard that there's been a major update to the upcoming live-action Netflix series — namely that Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who co-created the original show, are no longer part of it.

    Aang, Katara, Sokka, Momo and Appa standing on some steps, ready to fight
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    In a statement posted to his social media, DiMartino said that: "In a joint announcement for the series, Netflix said that it was committed to honouring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series [...] Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped."

    He added, "Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make."

    Now, I've been a fan of ATLA ever since it first premiered. It's a show I loved as a kid and have come to appreciate even more as an adult. So, in light of DiMartino and Konietzko departing this adaptation, here is my pitch to Netflix (or any other streaming services reading this) to make an entire series about Kyoshi instead.

    A village person repainting Kyoshi's statue with a paintbrush
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    1. First off, Kyoshi isn't just a side character — she's one of Aang's past lives and is an Avatar in her own right.

    Avatar Kyoshi looking front-on
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    The Avatar line of succession follows the four elements in a particular order — air, water, earth and fire. This is mirrored in the show, where it's mentioned that Kyoshi — who was an Earth Kingdom-born Avatar — succeeded Avatar Kuruk of the Northern Water Tribe. After that, Avatar Roku of the Fire Nation took control, followed by Aang (air), then Korra (water).

    2. She was also an exceptional fighter, who was well-versed in the art of tessenjutsu, which is a martial arts style involving the use of a war fan (tessen).

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    In Kyoshi, we can see her practice this through her golden, metallic war fans, which she uses as both weapons and an extension of her bending.

    3. And lived up until the age of 230, making her the oldest confirmed human in the ATLA universe.

    Avatar Kyoshi's spirit sitting down; she has a blue aura around her
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    This basically means there'll be plenty of storylines to cover for the series.

    4. Plus, she was an exceptionally tall and badass woman who not only mastered the Avatar state, but restored peace and order to the world.

    Avatar Kyoshi; she is in the Avatar state, as seen by her blue-lit eyes
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    Kyoshi prevented the Yellow Neck uprising, a civil war in the Fire Nation and, of course, the attempted takeover of the Earth Kingdom by Chin the Conqueror.

    5. In saying that, Kyoshi had a rough start to life. She was the child of two criminals — Jesa and Hark, who ran a gang called the Flying Opera Company — and barely survived as a homeless orphan until she was taken in by Kelsang, an Air Nomad monk.

    Avatar Kyoshi standing, ready to attack
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    6. And she wasn't recognised as the Avatar until she was 16 years old.

    The Avatar succession line; Adult Aang, Kyoshi, Roku and many others are present. Their eyes are glowing
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    In comparison, Aang was around 12 years old when he found out. Not sure if that makes it better or worse, but it's still a heavy burden to carry out as a teenager.

    7. Although she didn't have a strong relationship with her parents, her signature look was inherited from them.

    Avatar Kyoshi engaged in battle using her fans
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    The golden headdress and metal war fans were from her mother, while the white face paint was her father's.

    8. As established in The Rise Of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom-born Avatar is bisexual, which is seemingly something she never tries to hide.

    The cover of "The Rise Of Kyoshi"; Avatar Kyoshi has her fan raised and ready to attack
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    I would highly recommend reading this book if you haven't already — it's fantastic and goes into so much detail about Kyoshi's origin story.

    9. In fact, one of the highlights of the novel is her sweet and romantic relationship with Rangi, who is a fire bender and long-time friend of Kyoshi's.

    Avatar Kyoshi
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    10. The now-legendary Kyoshi Warriors were established by Kyoshi so that the women of the Earth Kingdom could learn how to defend themselves against troublesome men.

    The Kyoshi Warriors dressed in a green warrior outfit similar to that of Kyoshi's
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    This was explained in Shells, an Avatar comic book published by Dark Horse Comics in 2014.

    11. Later on, these warriors — alongside Kyoshi Island — were instrumental in keeping her adopted homeland safe.

    Suki, who is one of the Kyoshi Warriors
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    To think, if we didn't have Kyoshi, then we would never have met the iconic Suki.

    12. On that point, she also created the Dai Li, who operate as a cruel, corrupt and secretive police force in Ba Sing Se during Aang's time.

    Three members of the Dai Li; they are dressed in long, emerald green robes and pointed hats
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    13. This is super interesting, especially since Kyoshi later admits to Aang that their creation was one of her biggest mistakes as Avatar.

    Kyoshi training the Dai Li
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    While helping Aang to reconnect to his predecessors after being shot by Azula's lightning, Kyoshi explains how after Chin's murder, she accomplished a lot of good, but also made mistakes, which included the creation of the Dai Li. It's here that she imparts to Aang the lesson that all actions have consequences, even if they do not manifest in their own lifetime.

    14. In saying that, Kyoshi was never one to shy away from a battle.

    Avatar Kyoshi using her fans and air bending to divide the land and create Kyoshi Island
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    Honestly, I would never, ever want to get on her bad side.

    15. Because unlike Aang and Roku, her world view was that only true justice could bring peace — and if that involved some enemies that needed to be killed, so be it.

    Kyoshi's spirit; the caption reads: "I offer you this wisdom, Aang. Only justice will bring peace."
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    16. This was because Kyoshi's life experiences, especially the emotional and political turbulence she went through early on — shaped her approach to the role of Avatar.

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    17. And that is why Avatar Kyoshi needs her story to be told on the big screen.

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    Seriously, Netflix — are you listening? We want Kyoshi's origin story, NOW.

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