Best Avatar: The Last Airbender Episodes

The Top Ten Best Avatar: The Last Airbender Episodes

1 Sozin's Comet Part 4: Avatar Aang

Everyone who commented is right, but my favorite part is the way the music chronicles the story: Initially we have an intense battle sequence of Aang Vs. Ozai, and Sokka/Suki/Toph Vs. Fire Nation ships where the music is intense, but then we have the subtleties Zuckerman adds in Katara Vs. Azula. Then, in the most confusing point of the episode (the Deus Ex Machina) it doesn't matter that the first time you watch, you have no Idea what's going on, because the chord when Aang's light blue spirit expands is such a positive contrast to the doom a second before, that you KNOW the series has reached it's ultimate climax. However, the best part is Peace. Arguably one of the best score tracks of all time, the music once again starts soft, but steady, because the steadiness gives us a feeling of (wait for it) peace. The music approaches full motif when Zuko addresses the 3 Nations, which is simply beautiful, but then goes dark when he visits his father, very fitting. Then comes Ba Sing Se, ...more

Sozin's Comet perfectly ends the hundred year war with Aang and Zuko achieving their destinies. Aang defeating the FireLord Zuko and Katara defeating Azula. It's such an emotional episode with the sad music in the background when Zuko faces of against Azula

It is the best way to end a series, from defeating Fire Lord Ozai to the long awaited moment that Katara and Aang express each others love for one another. It is a classic way to end a hero show.

It was a good episode, especially the Zuko-Azula Agni Kai (which ranks among the greatest fights in television history), but it was not quite as good as Ember Island Players, Zuko Alone or The Blue Spirit. When I'm watching, I find that the more down-to-earth episodes are more enjoyable: the ones that humanize the characters. Without those, the finale would've just been a visually stunning, but ultimately thematically empty fight scene.

2 Zuko Alone

This was one of the best episodes ever. It finally gave us an actual reason to love Zuko, and I really just wish the boy had made another appearance...

Even before this episode he has been my favorite character. He is so deep, so torn, and so constantly betrayed. He is the character with the most behind him, and the character who truly makes one feel for him. I don't care that he is fire nation, he is my total favorite.

This episode is clearly the best. It's the best because it takes a character we all hated up until that point (Zuko) and humanized him. "The Storm" sort of did that but this one pushed it over the edge.

This episode is the one that cements Zuko as one of the most complex characters on the show, and truly shows his good side and what he stands up for. It also shows parts of his past, revealing his mistreatment by his family and how he came to be who he is. It does a fantastic job of really kicking off his redemption arc, and shows him at his most fearsome, as well as his most humble.

3 Tales of Ba Sing Se

Iroh's story is one of the most touching and memorable stories I've seen in a long time. There are only three stories I can think of that brought me to tears, and this is one of them.

This was an amazing episode. Hands down my favorite. It does not deserve to be called a filler because it lets you look deeper into each character as they spend their day in Ba Sing Se. It puts so many emotions in one show. And I have watched it MANY times because of that.

I still remember Iroh's song. When I saw him walk up to that tree in Ba Sing Se and place down the portrait of Lu Tin, I figured that he may have been buried in the city.

I don't really like this episode that much but I absolutely love Zuko and Iroh's stories! Because Zuko's date with that girl was awkward but touching it shows that Zuko does have a heart and Iroh's story is just heartbreaking! The scene where he cries for his son while singing that song just destroyed me!

4 The Ember Island Players

This was the funniest thing I've ever seen, I'm cracking up in the middle of the library just thinking about it. A parody of a show that's IN the show itself? Just TOO awesome. The creators must really know their fandom, because they got everything spot on: the audience's perceptions of the characters, their reactions to some of the events that happened in the series, and even the views on the different romances! They are poking fun at their show, but on a deeper level, the episode actually brings in some nostalgia. It makes us realize how far we've come, how much our characters and story have matured and developed, and that it will all come to an end soon :(

Still, a hilarious episode.

This and "Tales of Ba Sing Se are pretty much tied for me because after you see ATLA, you don't care as much about the plot as much as just great moments to remember and these two just top the list, whatever my mood is basically changes which I find "better"; If I'm in a good mood or want to be cheered up it's usually this, but if I'm sad and want to be sad, The tales will always wins. Ember Island though overall is SLIGHTLY better because it's great throughout the whole episode, compared to the small 5 minutes of Uncle Iroh (The best part). I would just like to highlight the best part is "Tough's" Sonic Screams - Always makes me lose it (Fun fact: Toph was suppose to look more like the guy who played toph in the film. Now you know why Toph wouldn't cast her part any other way! )

This episode was a perfect way for the writers to summarize this entire show with a light hearted method right before the finale. More importantly they were incredibly perceptive in regards to what an Avatar movie would inevitably be.

This episode was just too funny. It was nice to have a light-hearted episode before things got really intense and wrapped up.

5 The Beach

This episode does a wonderful job of humanizing our "villains", especially Azula. This episode gave us so many great character moments and provided us with fantastic insight in to the inner turmoil of usually one-sided characters who's emotions we rarely get to see: Azula, Mai, and Ty-Lee

This episode is a prime example, that almost none of the characters are portrayed as only one sided during the entire series. I love how we get insight in the lives of the "villains", and how it shows us that these characters are not just pure evil.

I love how they humanize the people who mostly are just affected by the influence of Azula. I mean, this is probably the most hilarious part considering the culture shock and how they adjust for a small amount of time to not being royalty. Pure genius!

It's very emotional to see who they really are.

6 The Storm

One of the best episodes of the avatar series. I love how they show the limilarities between the hero and the villain.

This is one of the best it had everything

This is the episode that actually began the avatar universe. Before this we were just getting a look into how the avatar world works but after this things got serious.and We finally looked into the motives and backstories of the two protagonists

Beautiful - Gabrielore

7 The Crossroads of Destiny

The best way to end the second season. Ba Sing Se falls. The Avatar is taken down by Azula. Everything goes wrong for the heroes. Zuko's struggle is done really well.

This episode is an amazing culmination of all of the series’ conflicts up to this point. It is a defining moment for both Zuko and Aang, as well as Iroh and Katara, and Azula. No other episode such a big impact on the plot and the characters. The season ends with a key point in the arc of multiple characters and the avatar world. It an exciting, multilayered, unmatched masterpiece.

This is basically 'The Empire Strikes Back' of Avatar. Look how similar it is, the Gaang is at its most vulnerable just like Luke and the Rebellion, Aang left the Guru against his better judgement due to a vision of Katara in danger just as Luke left Yoda with the vision of his friends being in trouble, the Fire Nation has nearly complete control of the Earth Kingdom just like how the Empire had nearly complete control of the galaxy. On top of all of that, Zuko dips to his lowest point, betraying Uncle Iroh for the easy path with his sister. When I watched this when it first aired I was in shock by all of this, plus it was a season finale so we had to wait almost a year to see where this was going. It is probably the most important episode when it comes to the characters and is by far the best episode of the best show ever.

I love this episode because it's a major plot twist for the rest of the series. And the ending of the episode had me in tears the first time I saw it, not to mention I couldn't look away from the screen. If you wanna be technical, Aang actually dies in this episode. The added drama and suspense keeps me intrigued.

8 The Blue Spirit

This is the closest episode to a movie style of storytelling. Amazing action sequences and a mood/theme that is just so different from the other episodes. Everything from a a stealth sequence to an action packed escape scene with an ending that shows the start of the connection between Aang and Zuko makes this the best episode.

This is one of those episodes that really speaks up to its audience and not down. It doesn't try to avoid being dark but like all of ATLA it never gets too wrapped up in itself so it can always spare a few seconds for a quick joke. The near last scene with Aang talking to Zuko unmasked is just brilliant. It perfectly captures the essence of the two character's personality and relationship to each-other at that point in the show. This is the only episode in the show that does this style so well. To be honest I'm not sure if this is "THE BEST EPISODE", but it's a damn good one!

My favorite episode of the whole Series! This had so much to offer in terms of enjoyment and revelation, plus I believe this is the first episode where Aang and Zuko truly started to understand each other if only just a little bit, and the action was phenomenon.

How is the Blue Spirit not higher up! It's enthralling, with fantastic action sequences, plenty of laugh-out-loud laughs, and intriguing mystery. The end is positively mind-blowing - seeing who was under that mask really showed us the first rustlings of fate.

9 The Siege of the North, Part 2

A truly beautiful episode. The way they use colors with relation to the moon spirit, how they manage to tie up most story arcs, and still open new ones for the next seasons, and just overall how the episode feels to have a larger scale than the others of the season, making it a great season finale.

Watching this episode, absolutely amazing - 445956

A truly epic finale

A really great season finale.

10 Sozin's Comet Part 3: Into the Inferno

This is the episode with Zuko and Azula's final agni kai, which is the most amazing fight in the series.

Royal duel action sequence

Amazing action sequence between Zuko and Azula - PeeledBanana

Zuko vs Azula = best action sequence of the entire show

The Contenders

11 The Puppetmaster

I just like how the ATLA developers are making waterbending so weak than the rest and the viewers were like, "Ugh this element SUCKS! " And the developers were like "you sure about that? Wait till you see this then."

This is probably the darkest episode of the series-- it really explores the atrocities of war, how people can be transformed into the morally grotesque, and raises questions of what justice could even look like for the victims

Man this one goes deep. It's pretty dark for no good reason and I love it

Simply an amazing storyline to contribute to Katara’s character

12 The King of Omashu

I found this to be a really cool episode. It was personally the first standout early episode of the series. - ParasN2000

So funny

13 The Southern Raiders

Very touching episode! A good lesson on forgiveness. Having watched Korra and knowing that Katara goes on to be a sweet old lady makes it even more awesome to understand that she had to face her past in her youth in order to move on.

I love this episode, its impossible to pick a favorite but I gave this one my vote because it's SO FAR DOWN THE LIST. This episode was INCREDIBLE. Katara blood bends which just shows how emotionally unstable she is. Zuko's reactions to the whole thing are priceless. The fact that Katara says she will never forgive the man who killed her mother is deep and bold for a kids show considering most would try to peddle the 'forgiveness yay' message. Katara finally forgiving Zuko was beautiful. This was a stand out episode in regards to May Whitman's (voice of Katara) voice acting. Plus the cliffhanger at the end which introduces Aangs struggle to kill the fire lord. Just a spectacular episode... oh and the animation was phenomenal too!

Why on earth is this #57? This is easily in my top 5, its close to perfect! So much character depth and emotion, on top of a really creative message

I LOVED this episode, so much character development and Zuko + Katara became friends.

14 The Day of Black Sun Part 2: The Eclipse

Such an overpowering episode. With a great story and amazing animation.

An awesome episode, it get's you hyped up what's to come

The lightning looked cool

How is this not higher not only is t a very important episode for the plot it makes like 5 filler episodes relevant by bringing back characters

15 The Guru

I was in tears for a couple minutes after watching this episode. The ideas of dealing with grief and learning to let go were pretty touching for me and the fact that and was forced to chose between saving the world and saving the one he loves was especially hard to watch

The part when Toph realizes she can bend metal was the most climactic moment of the show.

When Toph realizes she can bend metal... most climactic moment of the entire show.

One of the best stand out episode - Gabrielore

16 The Siege of the North, Part 1
17 The Firebending Masters

My favorite

1. The firebending Master
2. Sozin coment part 4
3. The seige of the north part 2
4. Crossroads of destiny
5. The Guru
6. The avatar and the Firelord
7. The Chase
8. The western air temple
9. The storm
10. The blue spirit - Gabrielore

For me, one of my absolute favorites- the animation and score is so beautifully done, as is the message and character realizations that occur. I definitely cried the first time I watched this episode... and maybe a few more times after...

The best episode for me.

18 The Avatar State

Great intro to Azula

19 The Boiling Rock, Part 2

The Boiling Rock sequence is one of the most thrilling series of events in the entire show, let alone Book 3. It is a lasting burst of action that reminds the viewers of the real consequences of war, the might of the Fire Nation as an antagonistic force, and the importance of hope, regardless of circumstances. It is no mistake that of all the characters that go on a "field trip", as Toph calls it, with Zuko, the writers chose to make Zuko and Sokka's adventure the longest and arguably most intense and successful. Afterall, the very first sequence of conflict we witnessed in the series was between these two very dfferent characters. Once rivals, they have come together to achieve a feat that was practically impossible.

Also, "My first girlfriend turned into the moon." "...That's rough buddy". Best line in television.

I loved the reaction from sokka's dad when sokka met him, and the ending with Ty-lee and Mai were really... Can't find the right words

I just love watching this episode (both parts). It's constant tension, and Sokka really becomes a man by rescuing his father and Suki.

We all knew that Sokka and Aang did not relate on a lot of levels. Therefore, the Zuko-Sokka bromance fit all too perfectly.

20 Sozin's Comet Part 2: The Old Masters
21 Return to Omashu
22 The Avatar and The Fire Lord

This episode alone has better storytelling than most movies.

Amazing depth to the 100 years war and furthers the connection between Zuko and Aang, while detailing the conflict within each of them.

Such a great episode! I love when we see back story's to the story arc and understand the true start of this story.

That zuko reveal and paints the whole picture how is this so lowww

23 The Cave of Two Lovers

This episdode would probably be in the top 3 if it were up to me, the jokes were CRAZY funny

It's so beautiful

Secret tunnel

best

24 The Chase

The first episode where the dynamics of the group are explored with Toph added. So many plotlines that come together here, with very interesting things in the final fight. You get to see how everybody measures up against eachother, and it’s one of the only episodes with real character buildup for Toph (the talk with Iroh, so good and so cool to see that from at that point technically still enemies). Really love this episode

Technically the first time Aang finds out who exactly Azula is...

This was my favorite

I love this one!

25 The Desert

Is episode is in my top three favorites. This one not only captured the visceral fear of being trapped in a large unforgiving environment with no real hope I scape better than anything I've eve seen before, but it also showed is a new side if Aang: the supremely angry side. Losing ppa, his only living link to his past life, breaks something in Aang, and seeing him try to deal with this loss kills me whenever I watch it. Amazingly done.

This episode adds another dimension to Aang's character. Aside from the death of Monk Gyatso, Aang remains the happy-go-lucky anti-stress avatar that can hardly relate to deep, personal pain. Here we finally see anger and frustration consume his spirit, but this time it takes several episodes to reach inner peace yet again.

Sokka with cactus juice is pure gold.

Also when sokka drank the cactus juice and went beserk

26 Sozin's Comet Part 1: The Phoenix King
27 The Boy In the Iceberg

It's the first episode, I don't get why this is so low on the list

28 City of Walls and Secrets

This episode is one of those rare few that slips under the radar, the longer you go without watching it the more episodes the events in this episode seem to take, to the point where it genuinely surprises me every time I watch it thanks to just how much important stuff happens in this one episode.

A political dispute explained so children can understand it! A creepy villain, and of course a lot of comedy. This episode has the suspense, mystery, and animation to make it one of the best. Don't agree?

There is no war in Ba Sing Se...

29 Lake Laogai

Rip jet

Did net just... die? Y'know, it was really unclear.

Lake of Laogay. Lol

*jet

30 The Blind Bandit

Very well done episode. I love this episode because it introduces my favorite character Toph. It looks into who she is and why she is like that. This episode is one of my favorites and plus watching a little blind girl destroy the Boulder *cough cough* Pebble was awesome!

The introduction to Toph, who is the most badass character in the show, next to Iroh. It's incredible how great a bender Toph is, she may well be the most powerful bender in the world, next to Aang.

One of my absolute favorites. Great message with Toph and very entertaining and fun to watch.

Why is it not in the top 10? It is funny, there is a good fight in it.

31 Imprisoned

Oh my!

32 The Drill

Lol! Filled with action? You are hysterical! You were obviously being sarcastic, and I love that! This episode was so tedious that it's kinda memorable in some weird way... Even in the Ember Island Players they made fun of this!

This is such a great episode filled with action

33 The Headband

Love the Say Aang can be a normal kid just for once

34 Appa's Lost Days

This episode won a Humanitarian award... need I say more? The only episode which truly made me tear up...

The sadest episode in ATLA. No one can control their tears

35 The Deserter

In my opinion, an underrated episode, featuring an underrated character in Jeong Jeong. This was the first episode in which the nature of firebending itself is examined - a powerful instrument that can be difficult to control, and is often fueled by impulse. Through Jeong Jeong and his student, Zhao, we came to understand the fire nation better, since Zhao's lack of self control causes his powers to become wildfire. Aang's own experiences with self control are also a major step in his character development, as he ends up hurting Katara, and hates the fact that he unwittingly hurt someone he loved.
Jeong Jeong himself I find to be a fascinating character - a master of an art he despises. His brief talk with Katara, a water bender who can heal, is pretty heartbreaking - he wishes he could use water to heal, rather than use fire to cause damage.

Fire

36 Sokka's Master

Though not essential to the story arc, I really enjoyed this episode and it's one of my favourites

This is one of the best episodes, finally allowing character development for Sokka, with some really cool exchanges and developments.

Action

37 The Painted Lady

I know Nostalgia Critic called this an episode about pollution, but that never came into my mind. I always thought of this as the perfect Katara episode.

The first episode I ever watched. It got me wanting to watch more and I ended up watching the whole show and buying the entire collection on DVD

38 Nightmares and Daydreams

The funniest episode this show ever had. - booklover1

This was such a filler episode, blah

Very funny and tottaly the best - simpsondude

Did not injoy I almost recommend skipping if you sort of don't like maiko like me

39 Winter Solstice Part 2: Avatar Roku
40 The Library

This episode is more important than people think they 1 they learn about the comet 2 it's the only time they reference the lion turtle 3 appa is stolen

41 The Western Air Temple

2nd funniest episode in the series next to ember island players

GO ZUKO

WHY AM I SO BAD AT BEING GOOD?

42 Unaired Pilot

Someone find this god damn how many years do I need to wait:’(

43 Jet

Absolutely criminal that this episode is so low on the list. Jet is one of the first examples of a chaotic good character in a kids show. Jet is at first presented as this awesome cool freedom fighting leader, someone that any kid would think is super cool.

As the episode progresses however, the dangerous extent of Jet's mission is slowly shown, compounding into the moment where you find out Jet is willing to kill innocent people in order to destroy the fire nation. This episode shows that there really is more to war than just good guys and bad guys. - Jackamalio

44 The Avatar Returns

This is the most important event in the series.

45 The Runaway

Good

46 The Boiling Rock, Part 1
47 The Day of Black Sun Part 1: The Invasion
48 The Southern Air Temple

This is my favourite episode. It was so magical and painful. I feel like it really displayed how deep this show is and how it's not just for little kids, but is also great for adults. You get to see the world reacting to the discovery of the avatar. You see the water tribes and earth kingdom's temple keepers feeling hope while you see the fire nation temple keepers wet themselves. You understand how important this one being is to these people. Then, you zoom in and find one little boy crying over the fact that his friends and family are gone. It was a really mesmerizing episode and the one to really draw me into this show.

I just like this one 'cause of the agni kai. You were just waiting for Zuko to burn Zhao.

49 The Great Divide

I feel sorry for whoever put this here.

50 Avatar Day
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