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By Bahjy1 Part of the Next Generations continuity.
"Wait! Will we kill the innocent people of the city ?"
— Aang in "It's Never Too Late (Part 1) (NGs)"
Aang at Jasmine Dragon
Aang
Biographical information
Nationality

Air Nomads; Southern Air Temple

Age

116 (biologically 16)

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

Black (typically shaven)

Personal information
Weapon of choice

The elements, glider staff, Airboat

Fighting style(s)

Airbending, Waterbending, Earthbending, Firebending, Energybending

Allies

Katara, Sokka, Toph, Zuko, Suki, Appa, Iroh, Pathik, Jimg, Mai, his children.

Enemies

Zhao, Jong Kong, Assassin Fu Gan, Assassin Hiku, Gow, Roy Dest, Old Glory Nation.

Chronological and political information
Profession

Avatar

Position

Fully Realized Avatar, Airbending Master, head leader of Team Avatar

Affiliation
Avatar Aang, a male Air Nomad, was the Avatar during the century-long conflict known as the War and during the first book of Next Generations. His immediate predecessor was Avatar Roku, and his immediate successor is Avatar Kiro. He was the main protagonist of Next Generations. He was also one of a select few Avatars, and one of the first in many years, to learn the ancient art of Energybending.

Before the beginning of the series, Aang was frozen in an iceberg for a hundred years. He emerged, still biologically twelve years old, into a world engulfed by war. During his absence, the Fire Nation had waged war upon the other nations and managed to completely wipe out the pacifistic Air Nomads. It fell to Aang, the last of his kind and the Avatar, to put a stop to the War by mastering the other three elements and defeating Fire Lord Ozai. He remained something of a goofy, kind kid at heart throughout this year-long struggle, despite the overwhelming loss of his people and the heavy burdens he had been forced to bear. After his victory over the Phoenix King, Aang began a romantic relationship with his close friend, Katara. The couple eventually married and raised a family, which includes three Airbender children, the eldest being Tenzin, the youngest being Meelo, and the second being the only daughter, Jinora.

History

Background

Baby Aang

Aang as a newborn.

Aang was born to Mong, an Airbender, and his wife in 12 BG. Aang's mother's name was unknown, but it was known that she died when Aang was young, and thus, Mong gave him to the monks at the Southern Air Temple. As an Air Nomad, Aang traveled extensively around the world. During his childhood, Aang was housed, raised, and educated at his home, the Southern Air Temple, under the custody of Monk Gyatso, who served as both a father figure and a counselor for Aang. As a child Aang was a member of the Air Scouts, where he learned essential skills such as how to tie reins to a bison's horns with the bison horn knot. When Aang turned six years old, he and several other young Air Nomad boys were taken to the Eastern Air Temple where they each chose a sky bison as their lifelong companion. Aang approached his soon-to-be pet sky bison Appa and offered him an apple, which Appa accepted, thus marking the start of their friendship. Aang had always been able to excel with any new bending moves he learned; at the age of six, he was a better Airbender than children twice his age, and by the age of ten, Aang had proven himself to be better than his own teacher.

While still a young boy, Aang had unconsciously revealed himself to be the Avatar when he chose the four Avatar relics out of thousands of various toys. In his childhood, Aang also visited the other Air Temples, as evidenced by his obvious familiarity with the Western Air Temple, as well as cities in the then-peaceful Earth Kingdom, such as Omashu, where he developed a lasting friendship with the good-natured but eccentric Bumi; he even bonded closely with children in the Fire Nation, like Kuzon, with whom Aang claimed to have gotten "in and out of so much trouble together". Due to the signs of a possible war approaching, Aang was told about his status as the Avatar at age twelve, four years earlier than the traditional age of sixteen, after exhibiting prodigious talent with his native element, Air. Aang felt burdened by his status and came to spend more time practicing Airbending with the monks rather than playing with his friends as he was used to. Monk Gyatso was the only one to show understanding to Aang's burden, having been good friends with Avatar Roku, Aang's past life, and tried to help ease Aang through the transition from childhood to adulthood by providing Aang with balance through fun during the upheaval in his life.

However, after learning that he'd be sent to the Eastern Air Temple in order to complete his Airbending training far away from Monk Gyatso, who other monks thought was too soft on him, Aang attempted to run away on his flying bison Appa. Shortly after running away, Aang and Appa were caught in a storm, crashing in the water and being swallowed by the waves. Aang saved himself and Appa while semi-conscious by entering the Avatar State, freezing the two in a sphere of ice by using a combination of Airbending and Waterbending. The Avatar State kept him alive, albeit not fully conscious, in the iceberg for about a hundred years.

Book One: Water

Main article: History of Aang (12 BG - 100 AG)

Book Two: Earth

Main article: History of Aang (Spring 100 AG)

Book Three: Fire

Main article: History of Aang (Summer 100 AG)

Due to his belief in the sacredness of all life, Aang felt strong anxiety about the concept of killing Ozai. When he left for an island off the shore of Ember Island, he met the Lion Turtle who taught him about Energybending. Armed with this knowledge, Aang went on to defeat the Fire Lord by taking away his Firebending. He vowed at Fire Lord Zuko's coronation to help him restore peace to the world. After Zuko's coronation, Aang is seen in Ba Sing Se with his friends, where he and Katara began a romantic relationship with a passionate kiss.

After the War

Aang's statue

A massive statue of Aang in Zuang.

Eventually, Aang married Katara and the two had three Airbender children, the eldest being Tenzin, the youngest being Meelo, and the second being the only daughter, Jinora.

Four years from the end of the war, Aang already had a family, and was a guest at the Fire Nation Royal Palace along with his family and Sokka and his family.

Next Generations Book 1 : A New Era of Love and Peace

After deciding on leaving the palace, Aang breaks his four-year-long rest and goes on with Zuko and friends to find Zuko's mother, Ursa. Together with Zuko and Katara, Aang decides it is time to help rebuild the world, and starts with the Southern Water Tribe, then the Earth Kingdom.

He creates two new cities in the Southern Water Tribe, named after Katara and Sokka.

More information will be added soon.

Personality

Aang was fun-loving, somewhat naive, and adventurous. He possessed a deep respect for life and freedom, refused to eat meat, and was often reluctant to fight. He craved the stimulation of new people and places. His frequent off-course detours frustrated both allies and pursuers alike. Yet Aang had always prided himself on a complex social network of friends extending over all four nations, and war did not stand in his way. In addition, he looked forward to playing with all the exotic fauna in each place he visited. Whether it was otter penguins, hopping llamas, hog monkeys, or giant koi fish, no fit animal Aang saw went un-ridden.

Within this carefree exterior, however, Aang hid a great deal of guilt and mental burden in his duties as Avatar. Very much the reluctant hero, he wished he had been there to help his people a century ago. This initially caused him to conceal his true identity from friends, and he still had a tendency to slack off in his studies of the Bending arts, even though he naturally excelled at it. He also tended to become very distressed when he saw destruction caused by the war, believing that as the Avatar, it was his job to prevent such events from happening. Eventually, Aang decided to stop dwelling on the past; however, on several occasions his desire to end the war caused him to take desperate action such as attempting to induce the Avatar State or facing Fire Lord Ozai before he had fully mastered the elements.

Aang on air scooter

As a natural pacifist, Aang chooses to employ frustration rather than violence against Azula.

Being the last Airbender and having no living peers, with the exception of the aged King Bumi and Guru Pathik, Aang had developed very strong bonds with his friends, particularly Katara, explained by Guru Pathik as a reincarnation of his love for his people. His desire to protect them, however, lead to violent emotional outbursts when they were threatened, and he would even resort to deceiving and hurting others to keep the group together. Aang heard that Katara and Sokka might leave the group to visit their father, so Aang hid the map showing his whereabouts and lied about ever having it in the first place.

Aang preferred not to use his bending skill in battle due to his peaceful nature. He preferred to solve problems non-violently. Even when forced into combat, Aang typically held back, fighting defensively and trying to subdue opponents without seriously hurting them, even if they were not human. This attitude was apparently common among all Airbenders, who were all vegetarians and taught that all living things are precious. The only exception to Aang's pacifism was when his friends were threatened; in which case, he got very angry and relentlessly attacked his opponents, sometimes even entering the Avatar State.

Events in the Earth Kingdom, however, began to take a toll on his care-free personality. Aang's attitude changed dramatically when Appa was captured. He became visibly enraged and hostile, particularly toward Toph, who was "keeping an eye on" Appa while they were gone. Despite attempts by Katara to calm Aang down, his anger continued to grow until finally he flew off to search for Appa alone. Eventually Aang returned to the group, but he was still visibly upset. He violated the principles of Airbending when Momo was snatched up by a buzzard wasp. He gave chase and rescued Momo, but then unnecessarily struck it down with powerful Airbending, decapitating the animal in all his fury. After Aang returned with Momo, the group was confronted by the Sandbenders who had taken Appa. When one of the benders revealed that they had sold the bison, Aang lashed out and smashed all their sand-sailors in a matter of moments using his Airbending. He then turned his sights on the Sandbenders and entered the Avatar State upon hearing that Ghashiun had put a muzzle on Appa. Aang's rage was only stopped when Katara grabbed hold of him and held him in an embrace until he finally calmed down and returned to his normal state. Shortly after these events, Aang forsook all hope, choosing not to care at all in order to refrain from lashing out in anger and be hurt. The birth of baby Hope lifted his spirits once again.

Furious Aang

Enraged at the loss of Appa, the Avatar State is triggered through uncontrollable fury.

After failing in Ba Sing Se, Aang began to feel angry and upset with himself. He felt an urge to redeem himself and refused to let the others fight and be injured in the invasion due to "his mistake." After leaving the ship in a violent storm, he was stopped in the water by the harsh tides, but the spirits of Yue and Roku allowed Aang to see that his mistakes were not his fault and to let others help him. He returned to his lighter attitude soon after.

Four days before the invasion, Aang began to have nightmares about fighting against the Fire Lord. After each dream, Aang started to unravel and chose to avoid them by not sleeping. This caused him to mentally fall apart even more, causing Aang to see intense hallucinations, blanking off into realistic daydreams. On the night before the invasion, his friends finally forced him to sleep, during which he defeated the Fire Lord in his dreams and came back to sanity.

During the invasion, Aang became extremely upset upon not being able to find Fire Lord Ozai, believing that he had lost his only chance to defeat him and end the war. Aang later decided to face Ozai anyway, even though at this time the eclipse had passed and Ozai now had his powerful Firebending back. He was dissuaded, however, by Toph and Sokka, who advised him to retreat and attack at a more advantageous time.

Zuko and Aang bow

Aang eventually accepts his duty to master Firebending, accepting Zuko into the group.

After the invasion, Aang was unwilling to face the reality of having to learn Firebending and wanted to have some fun at the Western Air Temple; however, with the arrival of Zuko, he once again began training in earnest. Although he had planned to wait until after the comet to face Ozai, upon learning of the Fire Lord's plan to burn through the Earth Kingdom, he decided to engage him anyway, even though he wasn't fully trained. He also became extremely conflicted upon learning that he would probably have to take Ozai's life.

In Next Generations, Aang changed nothing in his personality.

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Since not much have changed with Aang in Next Generations, some information was excluded from this page. It can be found here.

Preceded by
Roku
Avatar
12 BG - 104 AG
Succeeded by
Kiro

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