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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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    The Real Meaning Behind The Beifong Family Seal

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Tumblr user sineaden

    Does anyone know the reason the Beifong family symbol is a flying boar? 

    Not sure what the actual reason is, but I was thinking about it the other day, and I realized that what is a flying boar but a flying pig (duh)? And it made me think of the expression, “when pigs fly” which refers to something that is impossible, right?

    And I just think that’s so fitting for Toph - who literally does what was considered impossible - she invents metalbending!

    Toph’s whole thing is going beyond what the outside world believes she’s capable of, and I just think the flying boar is such an appropriate symbol to represent that. Nothing is impossible to Toph Beifong.

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    Zuko Chose To Keep His Scar

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor u/SpideyFan914

    Zuko chooses to keep his scar

    As we all know, Katara nearly heals Zuko's scar (in S2E20 "The Crossroad of Destiny") using the spirit oasis water from the North Pole, but then has to use it instead to heal Aang. (To be clear: if she'd used it on Zuko, Aang would've [passed]...)

    After the series completes and the Fire Lord is defeated, Zuko becomes the new Fire Lord. Unlike his father, Zuko is known for having helped the Avatar in saving the world, and he is respected and loved. So, if the Aang Gaang so chose, they could pretty easily return to the North Pole and ask for more spirit oasis water to heal Zuko. Granted, the North Pole isn't going to be handing that out willy-nilly, but when the freaking Avatar and his friends who just saved the world showing up intending to heal the good Fire Lord... yeah, they would oblige.

    So why does Zuko still have his scar in Legend of Korra? Simple: He chose to keep it. Why? For two reasons:

    1. Although there is indeed more spirit oasis water, it is still a limited supply. Zuko's scar is not harming him in anyway, it is not cancerous. Healing it would be solely for the sake of vanity, and Zuko has grown enough to know there are better uses for that water.

    2. After his entire journey, Zuko has used what's happened to him to grow. In his own words, "I've been through a lot in the past few years, and it's been hard. But I'm realizing that I had to go through all those things to learn the truth." (S3E12 "The Western Air Temple"). Zuko's scar is no longer a symbol of his lost honor, but it is now a symbol of his past journey which he had to go through to restore his own honor. Thus he is able to wear it as a badge of pride - "My father burned and banished me because I dared speak up for what was right. It helped me learn the truth of how the world sees us, and so I helped restore balance to the world."

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    Iroh's Tea-Making Involves All Four Elements

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor u/pat_speed

    Iroh's love for Making Tea represents his belief in the idea of the 4 elements working together in harmony to make a better world.

    Throughout the show, Iroh has shown his actions that seem silly or weird have a double, deeper meaning when we know more about Iroh and I think his love of Tea is a perfect example of that.

    It clicked with me when we see Iroh explain to Zuko how that learning from all 4 elements helps to create a more rounded view of the world and be a better person.

    To make Tea, you need all 4 elements to work together to it succeed, you need the clay for the teapots and cups, the water for the substance of the tea, Fire to heat up the Tea and the air blown on the hot tea to cool it so you can drink it (even if you leave it out to cool naturally, it would get cold and taste worse to drink). If you take one element out, tea is either impossible or worse without it.

    It's just fascinating thought and the depth of Iroh that people may dismiss if anybody looked at him on a surface level.

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    Spirits Are The Reason Behind Our Favorite Hybrid Animals

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor u/caduceuz

    Spirits are responsible for the animal hybrids in the material world.

    Hybrid animals inhabit the world of the Avatars with no explanation for how they got that way. We also know from Bosco that non-hybrids did exist at one point but were driven to extinction long ago. I believe the Legend of Korra hints towards their origins.

    In “Beginnings, Part 1”, we see the Aye-aye spirit possess a human in order to defend Wan. This process caused a transformation in the human host, who was permanently left with some of the spirit's physical attributes. Possession is only shown on humans but I believe spirits can possess animals as well. Those animals would retain the traits of the spirit that possessed them. Hybrids would have an evolutionary advantage over regular animals and in a world of spirits and bending that would make a difference in survival. Humans may have preferred domesticated hybrids to regular animals.