Avatar: The Last Airbender isn’t just a fantastic animated show, it’s one of the best pieces of television ever produced (and if you loved it, you can check out our list of more shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender). It’s exceptionally well-plotted, has an incredibly intricate yet accessible world, great fight scenes, and characters you instantly fall in love with. But if you really think about the world and the show itself, you’ll start to find some things that are pretty messed up. Seriously, it’s about a group of small children on a dangerous and extremely emotionally stressful quest to save the world. That's objectively pretty horrifying.
When you delve into everything these kids have gone through, it’s easy to draw conclusions about the world that put them in that situation. Sure, the Fire Nation was pretty awful, but what about the forces of good that are constantly putting Team Avatar in harm’s way? Or the inherent classism associated with bending? For all of it's bright colors and madcap action, Avatar: The Last Airbender is much darker than you think it is.
Non-Benders Are Basically Second-Class Citizens
Responsibility For The Entire World Rests On The Shoulders Of One Individual
If The Avatar Is Unstable, The World Is Screwed
Fighting Skill Is Determined By Uncontrollable Celestial Events
Ghosts Are Real, And They Can Literally Rip Off Your Face
The War Has Gotten So Bad, Children Have Resorted To Terrorism