Avatar: The Last Airbender Concepts

Avatar: The Last Airbender is an anime series in the Avatar franchise
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Airbending

One of the four elemental bending arts, airbending is the the ability to control and manipulate currents of air utilized by Air Nomads.

Antagonist

The main opposing force of a story. Normally the antagonist is a villain but other forms of fiction may have them as heroes or indifferent characters.

Arranged Marriage

A marriage that is arraigned through a meeting and interview process or between families. Many times, the participants may have never even met one another.

Assassins

A person who was paid to preform the extermination of a specific person.

Avatar

The Avatar is the human incarnation of the planet whose goal is to maintain balance in the world.

Avatar State

The Avatar State is an ability of the Avatar to call upon the powers of previous incarnations.

Bad Ass Fight Scene

A fight scene or epic battle that stands above the norm of what the series offers and goes down in history as one of the best combat encounters in the series. The perfect combination of epicness and animation.

Bad Turned Good

Also known as redemption. This is when someone who was previously wicked decided to become good.

Bathing Scene

Bathing Scenes, while occasionally meaningful to plot or character development, are generally excuses for fan service.

Bending

Bending is the art of manipulating the natural elements of the world.

Betrayal

Betrayal is the act of treachery or a violation of a trust or allegiance. This can be to one's friends, country, or God.

Big Bad

Usually the main villain of the season/show. Alongside the "Bigger Bads", they are the most difficult to defeat or even kill.

Blind

A handicap where a person has severely poor eyesight. It may range from very poor eyesight in one eye to being unable to see anything with both eyes.

Bounty Hunter

Doing deals for large amounts of cash. Usually hunts people wanted by the law.

Broken Friendship

A Broken Friendship is a dead relationship between two people or more.

Brother and Sister

A male and a female member of a family that share the same parents.

Brothers

Male characters that share the same parents.

Chibi

Chibi means to be small in stature. In anime/manga the term is used for a character that is small in appearance and exaggerated features.

Childhood Friend

The character has known the protagonist for a long time, typically all his/her life. If he/she's from the opposite gender there's a high chance he/she has a crush on the main character.

Childhood Promise

When I was 5 years old, I promised the neighbor's girl I'd marry her and become King of Japan. 10 years later, she wonders why I haven't done both of those things yet.

Comedy

Nearly every anime has a comedic moment here or there. Everyone likes to laugh.

Convenient Censorship

Convenient Censorship such as steam, hair and beams of light are often used in anime and manga to show naked characters while obscuring their "naughty bits".

Corrupt Leaders

Power corrupts. Bureaucratic power (especially tied to other powers) is no exception.

Crazy

Characters with serious long mental unstabilities. They're sometimes simply weird but recently they're portrayed as downright homicidiacs. Not to be confused with the Mentally Unstable where the character fights against it and usually wins.

Crude Humor

A style of comedy that takes a crass and politically incorrect approach to topics considered to be taboo, indecent, or impolite such as sex, violence, bodily functions, pedophilia, race, death, gender, sexual orientation and things that would generally be considered offensive if made light of.

Cryostasis

The process of freezing living organisms.

Deceased Characters

These characters had died by the end of the manga, anime or movie. Permanently.

Delinquents

One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws, often used to describe younger individuals such as high schoolers who cause trouble.

Detective

A Detective is one who works to solve crimes and mysteries of the world using not brawn, but their minds. These can be part of law enforcement or freelance.

Disability

The lack of a sense or physical ability. Blindness, Paralysis, or the loss of a limb are examples. Though in many cases these cease being shortcomings over time, and are not just overcome, but often the character becomes stronger.

Doctors

A Doctor is a medical professional that works to the goal of curing illness in others.

Dragons

A legendary creature that is typically reptilian, that can fly and can breathe fire and sometimes ice.

Drama

Drama is a concept used in story telling to invoke an emotional reaction from the audience by using serious themes; such as tragedy, suspense, and death.

Dreams & Nightmares

The imaginary events that goes on in your head when you are asleep. In some anime's they can bring important messages or to haunt a person.

Earthbending

One of the four elemental bending arts, earthbending is the the ability to manipulate earth and rock utilized by the people from the Earth Kingdom.

Fan Service Fight

A battle that features excessive fanservice.

Father

Fatherhood as a concept. A man who has conceived or raised a child.

Fighters

The character knows well how to defend him or herself.

Firebending

One of the four elemental bending arts, firebending is the the ability to create and control fire utilized by the people from the Fire Nation.

First Kiss

The act of someone giving or receiving their first kiss, or a particular couple kissing for the first time.

First date

The first date of a (potential) couple.

Flashback

Used frequently in Anime to either recap past events or provide a back story for a character, either their origin story or their off-screen training of new attack. Sometime and entire episode/chapter would be a entire flashback.

Fortune Telling

A fortune teller is a person with divine or magical powers who can tell various bits of personal information about an unknown person. She/he can tell the future, more often she/he can see one of many potential futures. Sometimes objects like tarot cards, tea leaves, crystal balls are used to assist the fortune teller in his/her reading.

Genki

A kind of character who's full of energy. He or she can't stop doing something and almost always seems happy.

Ghosts

A ghost is a dead persons spirit that roams the earth usually attached to where they died or refusing to go to the after life until there are finished on earth.

Grandmother

The mother of one's mother or father.

Henchmen

Henchmen, or Lackeys, are the nameless masses under the command of a villain or other leader.

Heroic Sacrifice

An act when someone gives up something of great importance for a greater good.

Humans

Humans are typically depicted as the dominant species of the planet Earth, and sometimes of other planets. Humans often mirror their real life counterparts in terms of abilities and intellect, while other times they can achieve superhuman feats.

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