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11 Wholesome Fan Theories That Brightened Up The ATLA Universe

List RulesVote up the fan theories that give you the warm-fuzzies.

Creative fans have now made the rich ATLA universe even more wholesome with their fan theories. Here are some of our favorites; vote up the ones that make you smile!

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    478 VOTES

    Iroh Kept His Tabs On Aang

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor u/bran8165

    Iroh knew where Aang was THE ENTIRE TIME.

    In The Last Airbender, Zuko's uncle knew where Aang was THE ENTIRE TIME. Even though Aang randomly traveled in the first season,Iroh always somehow KNEW where Aang was. HOW? The Spirit World. When Aang dreamed about a storm coming, Iroh also told Zuko the same thing. Aang knew cause of Avatar sh*t but how did Iroh know? It would explain why he was always trying to calm Zuko down. And he never caught Aang because after blowing up an entire city, Iroh wanted to end the war from the inside. Next time you watch, watch how he plays chess at the beginning and end of ALOT of episodes. He controlled EVERYTHING from the jump yo.

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    299 VOTES

    Zuko Is The Perfect Firebending Teacher For Aang

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor u/Robot-King56

    Why Zuko is a great fire-bending teacher for Aang.

    Initially it seems Aang picks Zuko out of necessity. He needs to learn fire-bending before facing Ozai and he doesn't have many candidates to help him. Iroh's whereabouts are unknown and the rest of the fire nation want to hunt and [eliminate] him.

    So he has to have a reformed Zuko be his teacher. However, aside from Iroh, Zuko would had always been Aang's best teacher. The reason is simple. Zuko is a great teacher because he isn't a prodigy.

    In the first episode of the series it's established that Zuko hasn't fully completed his fire-bending training. He yells at his uncle to teach him the advanced set. This is despite being a teenager and should had already completed his training.

    It's shown from childhood that Zuko only knows one style as opposed to Azula's fourteen. https://i.redd.it/zks5sosetl331.png

    Zuko isn't a prodigy but it's specifically why he's able to teach Aang so effectively in such a short time.

    Even if they weren't evil Ozai and Azula would be terrible instructors. They're both prodigies. Firebending comes naturally to them and they'd struggle to instruct Aang on a skill that is second nature to them.

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    543 VOTES

    Bumi Just Made Himself A King

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Tumblr user phantomrose96

    Hey um what. What godd**n business did Omashu have having a King? Like I never really questioned it since it came from such an early Book One still-world-building episode, but Omashu is a city, for starters, and it’s a city in the Earth Kingdom. Which. You know. HAS a king. 

    You know I bet, honestly, Omashu doesn’t have a king. And NEVER had a king. Omashu had a succession of Governors or some sh*t and on the day that Bumi took the mantle he said “F*ck this ‘Governor Bumi’ stuff that’s lame. Call me King.” and when his advisors said they can’t legally do that Bumi passed a law changing his title from Governor to King, stuck a crown on his head, and called it macaroni.

    And the citizens of Omashu were probably just like “alright” cuz like Bumi strikes me as the kind of Local Town Eccentric who has a working personal relationship with pretty much everyone so all 100,000 people of Omashu heard this decree of Kingship and went “yeah that tracks” and got on with their day.

    Outside of Omashu though? Good god. That’s gotta be a f*cking look. At this point 112-year-old Bumi has been ‘King’ for a lifetime longer than the actual Earth King. What a look. How much sleep do you think Long Feng loses about this??? How many [attempts at his life] do you think he tried to carry out, only to have the Dai Lee come crawling home with the imprint of Bumi’s face smashed into their armor and some rock candy stuffed into their socks?

    Ba Sing Se adores its appearance of order and structure and hierarchy and I cannot even begin to imagine their Daily Hell of dealing with Omashu’s centenarian feast-loving candy-munching batsh*t unhinged and utterly unkillable pseudo-King. 

    The Fire Nation taking over Omashu was probably the happiest godd**n day of Long Feng’s life.   

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    260 VOTES

    King Bumi Was Guiding Aang To Be A Better Avatar

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor u/CasuallyCritical

    During the Book 1 Episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender - "The King of Omashu" Aang has to go through Several challenges placed by Omashu's Earthbending King, Later revealed to be Aangs old friend Bumi. Bumi kept teaching Aang during these tasks to think outside the box and to not use just what his initial plan would be.

    According to the "Avatar Extras," a series of Directors Commentaries added to each Episode.

    "Many Avatar fans consider this a "filler episode", that is, it doesn't advance the over arcing story line of the series. They're as cr@zy as the king. "

    And at first glance to this Episode, it is kind of filler...It didn't really advance the plot at that specific time. However the moral it taught Aang lingered on till the very last [run in] with Firelord Ozai.

    I believe that Bumi's challenge was part of the reason Aang found another way to beat Ozai. Aang was already opposed to killing, And everyone, even his past lives (Including a former Air Nomad Avatar) told him "You'll probably have to [eliminate] the Fire Lord" But his refusal to just give in and stoop to the Fire Nations level of violence gave him the chance to learn outside the box: Spirit bending. Which Aang used to take away Ozai's bending.