Best Avatar: The Last Airbender Characters

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1Zuko

Zuko is most likely one of the most well put together characters I've ever seen in any show in general. He has a very good backstory and is a very heroic person but seems very brutal and tough to try to hide it. He was never evil, even in book 1. He was just confused in life and vulnerable with no guidance and hiding it by acting stubborn and brash when on the inside he was crying for help. All he had left was his uncle Iroh and he was letting his outer personality get the best of him by making him constantly deny the love and compassion Iroh was attempting to give to him. Zuko was allowing his father's teaching of "respect" force a destiny upon him causing him to believe that he had to restore his honour when he had the answer right in front of him the whole time. He constantly let the judgment of his father get the best of him. He had to live with a broken, unhappy family with a father that treated him like a stranger and a sister that treated him like a ragdoll and a punching bag. ...more - epicGX1

Zuko would probably have to be the most dynamic character on the show. He faces poignant struggles that are both internal and external, and the strengths and wisdom he discovers through his struggles are significant to many people's lives- the importance of family, the meaning of honour and of leadership, and the ever-important struggle between doing what is right and what is wrong. The last probably being the greatest struggle Zuko faces, as he finds out that what he thinks is the right thing and what others (his father, his uncle, his friends (old and new)) consider to be the right thing is not always the same. Also, he's and entertaining character that is fun to watch throughout his development. On a personal note, I love his flashbacks and his relationship with Uncle Iroh is probably my favourite in the series.

Zuko's the bomb because he's like me in terms of personality and because he has a bad past like I do. One example is that he has a bad dad like I do.

Those Zuko haters who badmouthed him are narrow-minded lairs who can't get past his faults. If I'm him, I'd burn all of them.

As for those who claim that he's goofy and funny, they're liars. How the hell can you think that he's funny? He went through a lot of tough times. Maybe you should put yourselves in his shoes and experience what he experienced.

Another reason why I like Zuko is because he's serious-minded. And I like serious character more than funny ones because I can relate to them. Besides, I gave up on the usual kind of humor long ago, especially since I treat the word funny like an insult due to people using humor as an excuse to antagonize.

One of my favorite characters.

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2Iroh

Iroh is my favourite character because he's not like his brother (Ozai) who wants to conquer everything; he gives anyone advice and tea, even if they are considered an enemy. He sees the positive in everything and gives lots of wisdom. I love how he never really forces anyone to do what he wants, he tells them to find their path and to believe in themselves. He is so kind and wise that it makes me emotional sometimes. He cares for Zuko, and I think that Iroh would make a great Fire Lord. Unfortunately, his son died, and he gave up the throne. But he gave the throne to Zuko after Ozai was defeated instead of taking it back. He thinks more about other people rather than himself and wants to make everyone happy. He truly is the best character.

I have always thought that Iroh was the best character, both for his sheer firebending skill, but also for his capacity to understand almost any situation and provide advice in a way that any of the other characters, aside from the constantly angsty Zuko, are glad to receive.

Iroh was likely one of the greatest firebenders during ALTA, possibly only matched by Azula and Ozai, and even then his knowledge and understanding of firebending were far superior.

In the end, he lived a man, and died a titan. His funeral (by the time of The Legend of Korra) would have been the greatest the Four Nations would have seen in centuries. Zuko would have spent anything the Fire Nation had to honor his uncle, and I have no doubt that all of the White Lotus and Team Avatar would have been there to lay him to rest.

You can judge a man by how he lives, and by how he dies. Iroh would have been the exemplar of both.

Iroh's so amazing. Personally, I think he should be higher up on the list. Not only is he a wise source of knowledge for a lot of the young, main characters, he's a badass bender as well.

Wise man who lost a child, yet is still a funny person. That's number 1 on any book!

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3Toph

Toph is amazing in everyway yes she might get angry at times at katara but who cares if you look at them they really are good friends and friends fight that's just how it is. Also toph is so funny that even after seeing some of her jokes about 20times I still laugh out loud. So I better not catch anyone hating on toph!

My absolute favorite character in T.V.. Period. Her design, her voice actor, her creativity, her personality, the fact that she practically invented an entire type if bending. She's just perfect. And unlike Katara ( who I still really like as a character) they made katara a bit too perfect to the point where it can get just a LITTLE bit annoying. Toph acts like a normal character who I wish got at least a LITTLE more focus. I mean goodness, they couldn't have replaced ONE of the many many katara episodes for toph? Really? But she is in my opinion, the best character in T.V.. history.

Toph is awesome and hilarious but I think people give her too much credit - how did she 'make the show' when she wasn't even in season 1? There were other very good benders in Avatar, and I don't like to see them hated on because of fanatical love for Toph. On the other hand it was very good to see a blind character in a kids show who is talented and strong.

I can relate to Toph, because she has a little bit of the tomboy personality, and I'm glad that she doesn't want to be girly.

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4Aang

Aang is such a brave young boy, but everyone seems to think of him as an immature, stupid, and carefree little boy. Aang has gone through so much in his life, and yet he's strong enough to be optimistic. He can come across as immature, but he's a very daring, courageous, and compassionate boy inside. People only like him because he's the protagonist of the whole show, but you have to look deeper inside of him to fully appreciate his strong heart.

Aang is a beast. Pure and simple. he can beat anyone on this list (in all ways). I'll admit that Zuko's back story was more developed and full of interesting plots, but I think that Aang's pressurized past is just full of untapped potential. That being said, Aang is my SECOND most favorite character, in general, of all time (the first being Sonic the Hedgehog). - 18vgorur

He is more like a idiot good looking but he is not actually the hero of the story

I wonder why people don't like him

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5Sokka

Sokka does not get the recognition he deserves - he keeps the group together, is the much needed comic relief, and him and his sister show an amazing sibling bond.

I think Sokka has a great personality. He's really brave and kind. He's smart and creative too! I like how he is funny and he doesn't get jealous of people who can bend. I think Sokka deserves a higher ranking.

Sokka is the glue that holds the group together with humor, sarcasm, and MEAT. The Boomerang Gang would be lost without the Meat and Sarcasm Guy.

Sokka is so funny! Aang and him are my top favorites!

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6Katara

The creators of the show said that they consider Katara to be the deuterogamist of the series - the second most important character. In fact Aang's story is told through Katara; she's the narrator. So really, she should be higher than Toph - even though I actually adore Toph and think she should have been introduced earlier (she should be more than a plot device for zutarians! ) and higher than Iroh, who despite being amazing is kind of a secondary character. I have an unwavering loyalty to Katara because I idolised her as a child and loved her even when she was not the amazing bender she is in season two and three. Because even though Aang and Toph are liked because of their bending skills and power rather than personality, people like Katara (and admittedly Zuko and Sokka) because of their temperaments. She is extremely caring and protective as early in life she took on the role of her deceased mother. However this means she can be dangerous and reckless when the people she loves ...more

I don't understand how people can call Katara cardboard or boring because her personal growth throughout the series was apparent - from the naïve girl jealous of Aang's waterbending to someone powerful enough to defeat Azula and let her fury over her mother's death go. I know people tend to prefer Toph because she's a rebellious powerful tomboyish character, but even though I like Toph I love how they made Katara motherly, and unafraid to show her emotions, yet also incredibly powerful and feminist. These days strong female characters just have to balk at housework and other traditionally feminine tasks and be a masculine warrior, but you can be strong and a little feminine and Katara showed this to young girls. And, If it weren't for katara, would Aang have been found in the iceberg?

I love Katara! She's so good at bending, she can beat Zuko and Azula.

I want to like her. But she was way too bratty & bossy. Everything has to be HER way, to the way things where set up, to where they went. I could not stand her 90% of the time she was not fighting.

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7Azula

She was by far the most powerful fire bender there was. Agile, lightning, and also the only one who could bend blue fires (blue fire is supposed to be hotter than regular fire. ) Also she was a prodigy, but she was also very lonely/depressed. Her downfall was due to her being sad/depressed which made her crazy.

Azula was one of the best characters of the show! She was always one step ahead of our heroes! She was smart, powerful, cunning and pure evil. It was a joy watching her on screen every moment she was on!

Azula is not a character to be liked. However her descent into madness and general villainy was great for the show.

I really like Azula and Zuko a lot.

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8Appa

Who knew that a flying bison could be so badass

Keep your dragons, I want a flying bison.

Appa's Lost Days was a heartbreaking display of animal cruelty.

Personally I prefer appa to momo.

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9Mai

Mai is a total badass who gets so much hate because of stupid fangirls. Pointless arguments made: 1. She's useless, only created as a love interest. Well you know what? Without Mai, half of team Avatar would've taken a nice dip in the boiling lake. Get your facts straight. 2. She and Zuko don't go well together. Once again, she saved his sorry butt even after he dumped her, and she stood up to Azula, straight up saying that she loves him more than she fears her. 3. Her personality is drab and undeveloped. Someone clearly hasn't seen "The Beach". And she's got some funny lines, too. example: "Just take the bear." 4. She's not a good fighter. Mai has beaten firebenders, Kyoshi warriors, KATARA(in case you forgot), etc. Mai is awesome, my 2nd favorite female character on the show(yes, I like her more than Katara(though Katara is awesome); However, Toph will always be #1)

Because she appears so boring she's interesting

It's not right that people don't like her because she's with Zuko! DEAL WITH IT YOU STUPID FANGIRLS! I love Zuko and Mai!

Mai will not to get back to zuko together again in smoke and shadows part 3 and I wont not let zuko to get to mai and. I want kei-lo to get back to mai and loved her forever and make her stay away from zuko right now

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10Ty Lee

She's so cool! I always loved her sweet personality and she is very pretty. She can use chi blocking which is awesome! Vote for Ty Lee!

She I so pretty and hot. She can also use chi blocking and is very agile (even more agile than Azula )

I personally think that the chi blocking thing was a bit unfair. I hated it when she did that to poor benders.

She's cool and sweet, but Mai is slightly better.

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The Contenders

11Momo

I love him, he's so funny. I'd prefer Momo over any new Disney Channel show (excluding Gravity Falls), new Nick show, and new Cartoon Network show any day.

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12Suki

Suki is so underrated. She's one of the most powerful fighters in the show, even without bending and she played a big part in the final battle.

Stop judging Suki on her relationship with Sokka! She is her own person and everyone should concentrate on how badass she is rather than her romantic issues.

I know Suki gets a lot of crap because everyone ships Sokka with Yue, or Toph, or Azula - even Ty Lee - but she's such a strong warrior and she was brilliant at the boiling rock.

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13Avatar Roku

I have this theory that Katara is the reincarnation of Avatar Roku's wife - Ta Min.

He's still awesome, even if he still believed in Sozin when he was at his jerkiest.

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15Jet

I just think jets group being called the freedom fighters was just brilliant and I know it's a but off topic but doesn't every terrorist group think they are just that? Freedom fighters? And to see themes like this, nods to real life issues like this, and characters like Jet in a kids show just blows my mind...

Jet is a little different comparing to the other characters Team Avatar met. When they first met Jet he seemed like a great leader who want to help out those who suffered with the Fire Nation after his own experience with them. For the most part it's true but Sokka was the only character that knew Jet's plot for revenge making Katara mistrust him when he flood a whole village in an attempt to kill Fire Benders and innocent lives. Jet soon realizes his mistakes and wants to make amends and heads to Ba Sing Se. I think the most memorable moment of Jet is when he met up with Aang and the others again and was wiling to help them find Appa by leading them into the Dai Li base of Lake Laogai. Sadly this was the first and last good thing he did for anybody, he died after getting hit by Long Feng's Earthbending which left him fatally wounded. I guess anybody can agree that Jet deserve that second chance that's why I think Jet is one of the best characters that happened in the series. RIP Jet.

I…hate him so much. (In Dipper voice for Weirdmageddon 2 character Dippy Fresh. Dipper is the male protagonist in T.V. show Gravity Falls for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about).

16Avatar Kyoshi

Avatar Kyoshi "Yeah, I killed Chen. What are you going to do about it, punks? "

To be honest she kind of creeps me out with her big feet.

17Ozai

What? Ozai doesn't rock he sucks. How is he higher than Bumi. Put him at second to last, right in front of Jet (who should really be last).

Ozai is cool he is the most powerful guy though defeated by a young boy.he is too powerful. Ozai rocks

18Haru

He was an okay character.

19Cabbage Merchant

'a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage' cracked me up

"AHHH" MY CABBAGES! Best phrase ever. Every city, same old bad luck.

That guy should've been in the finale

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20The Boulder

Please put him in third to last, smack dab in front of Ozai who deserves to be low in terribleness.

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