okay, so I know this has been done a million times by now, but I wanted to
tackle the idea from my own personal narrative perspective. So, here we go –
Shiro – Gifted earthbender that was raised inside Ba Sing Se and
was being trained as a member of the Dai Li before he was abducted by
firebenders and taken prisoner. His abduction was a result of a plan by the Fire
Nation to secretly infiltrate the Earth Kingdom and take down its most gifted
benders. Before he was realized as being talented and brought in to train for
the Dai Li, he lived in the lower ring of the city with Keith, who’d he’d long
since adopted as a younger brother. They found out during their youth, however,
that Keith was a firebender, which Shiro told Keith had to be kept secret. He encouraged
Keith to learn his talents nonetheless, if only for self-defense. After he’s
kidnapped, he loses his arm and his tortured, etc, and eventually develops
metalbending out of sheer desperation to escape. Metalbending is what allowed
him to create and use a metal arm as replacement for the one he lost. He
eventually gets away—after learning that the Dai Li has been corrupted and
secretly overtaken by firebenders—and goes back to the city to find Keith. But
when he returns to Ba Sing Se, he comes home to find that Keith is gone and
clearly has been for some time.
Keith – Firebender. A very good firebender, in fact, but too
ashamed of his talents to really do much with them. He grew up with Shiro in
the lower ring of Ba Sing Se—basically poor—and grows so distressed when Shiro
disappears that he lashes out at the Ba Sing Se law enforcers. His status as a
firebender is revealed and he has no choice but to flee the city. He’d planned
on leaving anyway to go looking for Shiro, and so it becomes his mission to
find his older brother—even if he has to search the entire world. Unbeknownst
to Keith, however, he was tossed out of the Fire Nation palace as a baby
because he was an unwanted bastard son to the Fire Lord. Also, spoilers, he’s
the Avatar as well, but is unaware of the fact due to how subdued he’s been
forced to keep his talents his whole life. Lots of drama for Keith, haha. Poor
child just wants his brother back. Oh well.
Lance – Waterbender from the Northern Water Tribe. Prince, though
he’s nowhere near being in line to become chief. Still, there are plenty of
responsibilities he has, but he decides to run away in search of adventure
instead, wanting—more than anything—to be a hero and stand out, basically. He’s
had this plan since he was a child—was his dream to see the world—and so he
spent a lot of time not only mastering waterbending, but the spiritual
connection and teachings of the Northern Water Tribe, as well as healing despite
the fact that, as a male, he wouldn’t normally know how to heal. Though he wasn’t
the most gifted waterbender, he spent most of his youth studying and practicing
in preparation for his big leap out into the world. As a result of being a
healer and having studied the spirits extensively, he’s very knowledgeable, but
generally keeps these things to himself (wants to be a lady’s man, not a nerd,
basically). He is a bit spoiled nonetheless, and doesn’t have a real realistic
idea of what’s going on in the world. He and Keith are both opposites and foils
as a result of their upbringing and positions.
Pidge – Waterbender from the Foggy Swamp Tribe. Her father was an
inventor from the Earth Kingdom, however, who found himself studying the energy
levels of the swamp area before meeting her mother and promptly falling in love.
Her brother and father are earthbenders, while she and her mother are
waterbenders. And while she is trained in the techniques of swamp people waterbending,
Pidge is far more interested in technology and the things her father studies.
Her father and brother make regular trips into the earth kingdom—for research
supplies, etc—and eventually end up abducted by the Fire Nation for being
meddlers or something. Which inspires Pidge to leave her home in search of
them, determined to rescue them much like Keith is aiming to rescue Shiro. She
isn’t one to be trifled with, however. While she doesn’t have much interest in
bending, she is trained and is more than capable of defending herself, as well
as using the plants around her to her advantage. She and Lance practice very
different types of waterbending as a result, but this doesn’t come between them
or anything. They probably bond over it, actually.
Hunk – Earthbender. He’s from a small village to the north that
is occupied by the Fire Nation and generally has no interest in getting
involved with business outside of it. However, when Lance shows up and causes a
ruckus (no doubt by accident), he gets caught up in it and ends up wanted by
the fire nation and unable to return home because, if he did, he’d be putting his
family in danger (they’re already in danger from the Fire Nation, but Hunk is
kind of sheltered and naïve). So he ends up tagging along with Lance, deciding
that he’d simply go to the Fire Nation higher ups and explain the misunderstanding,
thus clearing his name and allowing him to go home. Obviously, he learns that
this isn’t really going to work and that the conflict is much larger than he
and Lance really realized. Upon seeing how people are suffering because of the Fire
Nation, Hunk vows to do all he can to stop it.
Allura and Coran – The last two airbenders in the world.
They were originally part of a secret society that—after the airbenders were
basically destroyed—vowed to find the new avatar (who was murdered during the
airbender raids) and return balance to the world. However, the society has
basically died out and so Allura and Coran are all that’s left. They’re still
going around the world, searching, but to say the mission has kind of become
hopeless is a bit of an understatement. Still, they’re determined, convinced
that if they can find the Avatar, they can stop the Fire Nation.
And so we have
our misfit team of heroes whose paths eventually cross. Lance and Hunk come
together first, and then probably end up with Pidge as a result of trying to help
her (likely when she doesn’t need help), before those three maybe meet Keith in
a prison where he’s searching for Shiro (they’re there because Pidge is looking
for her family in the same place). Meanwhile, Shiro is hunting for Keith,
knowing more about him than he realizes (Shiro knows Keith is the avatar, which
is half the reason he was so protective over him. He probably saw him
accidentally bend earth or something, but then lied and said he’d done it instead).
He meets up with Allura and Coran, and as they have a shared interest in
finding the avatar, they team up. Likely the two teams meet up as the finale of
season 1 or something, where it’s revealed during a dramatic battle or
something that Keith is the avatar before they all make a break for it.
Hunk and Shiro
end up as Keith’s earthbending teachers, Allura is his airbending teacher, and
Lance is his waterbending teacher (though neither are happy about it. Pidge
doesn’t really have the knowledge to teach waterbending, or so she claims,
though she does end up teaching Keith a thing or two as well). Water ends up
being the element Keith has the most trouble with, which of course spurs antagonism
between him and Lance. And when it’s revealed that Keith is actually a bastard
prince from the fire nation, this makes things between him and Allura rather
tense as well. While all this is happening, Lotor is around causing trouble
like Azula did and we’re getting a more in-depth look at what Fire Lord Zarkon
is really aiming to do. Basically he not only wants to take over the world, but
the spirit world as well (which Haggar, his right hand lady and spiritual
expert, thinks is silly—he should be content with the normal world, obv).
Zarkon is looking for the avatar not to kill them, but to somehow remove the
spirit of Raava and merge with it himself. This is becoming increasingly more
difficult for him to do, however—especially with Keith getting stronger—and so
he learns instead (maybe from the owl library that he forced his way into)
about Vaatu being imprisoned and decides to instead merge with that spirit.
Which is kind of what brings us to the season 2 finale. Probably the main group
has split up because they’re fighting and they all get reunited in the end,
where Keith tries to fight Zarkon and fails. And it’s Lance, who maybe shows up
last, that uses his knowledge of spirits (which has basically been lost to
Allura and Coran, despite them being airbenders) to separate Vaatu from Zarkon
before a dark avatar can really be created. But as a result, he, Lance, ends up
attached to Vaatu. Why? Because he and Keith were painted as foils for a
reason, that’s why.
Lance is all sorts of fucked up now, and is dealing with some pretty dark shit
that Keith has to help him with, which kind of allows a friendship to form
between them where there previously hadn’t been one. Through a lot of interaction
and development between all the
characters, they eventually come to understand that Vaatu being attached to a
human is similar to having him imprisoned and that, so long as Lance remains uncorrupted,
he should be able to function as a second avatar. After all, it’s about balance
in the end, dark and light, yin and yang, and so while Keith and Lance
seemingly oppose each other, they also complement each other. Thus Lance is the
first Dark Avatar, a new avatar that will be reborn along with the original and
will need to be trained in how to master the evil inside them or something like
that. He gets to learn all the elements too, but probably isn’t a master by the
time we reach the end of season 3, unlike Keith. Meanwhile, Zarkon is pissed
and is like, fine, I don’t get an avatar spirit, I’ll create my own and he basically
uses secrets taught to him by Haggar to harness raw spirit power for his own
gain. Now he’s really dangerous and threatens all the worlds with potential destruction.
And yeah, all of team avatar(s) have to work together to stop him!
I can’t decide if I should do a more in-depth outline for this or not. Like, one that reflects the importance of all the other characters, not just Lance and Keith, haha! Because, obv, they’re all crucial. I mean, clearly Shiro needs to have a personal connection to Zarkon, maybe even some kind of connection to the spirit world. And, like, I was thinking of trying to incorporate the lions as spirits of some kind too. I dunno–we’ll see XD
The Avatar universe tells us there are four types of lion turtles, one for each element. From an evolutionary perspective these four “breeds” of turtles would have had to one had a common ancestor. I want to to know about that ancestor. I want to know the origins of the four turtles.
Do you think they:
1) descended from a line of nonbending turtles, element-nuetral turtles, and then adapted to their distinct environments thus somehow gaining their bending?
2) descended from a line of turtles that could bend all the elements, like turtle avatars, but over time in their distinct environments lost the ability to bend all but the element of their land.
Also, come to think of it, I don’t know if the turtles can really bend, or if the just distributed the ability to while they themselves cannot control the elements. It’s been a while since I’ve watched Book 3 or the Wan episode