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This page contains references made to Avatar: The Last Airbender in popular culture, such as in movies, television, and video games.


Cold Case

In the episode "Blood on the Tracks", Sean, Stillman's grandson, has an Aang toy, and states that he can bend air.


In the episode "Intro to Political Science", the Secret Service agents find a bootleg copy of "The Last Airbender" in Abed's room.

Ebert Presents at the Movies

In episode #1.25, a clip is shown from The Last Airbender as Christy says the film looked lousy after being converted from 2D to 3D.

The Hard Times of RJ Berger

In the episode "The Better Man", Robin states, "He might be dumber than the dialogue in 'The Last Airbender', but he's pretty."


In the episode "The Social Netjerk / Smallville: Turn Off the Clark", there is a skit called "Airbender Technical Institute", a clear parody of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

In a later episode "Average-ers / Legend of Dora", there is a skit called "Legend of Dora", a reference to The Legend of Korra.

The Simpsons

In the episode "Treehouse of Horror XXI", "The Last Chairbender" is listed among the opening credits.

Simpsons Avatar reference

The four elemental symbols can been seen in the "Fake Classroom" as a reference on The Simpsons.

Also, in the episode "500 Keys", the four bending arts symbols can be seen on the wall of the fake classroom.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

In episode #18.94, clips are shown from The Last Airbender before Jay has civilians reenact scenes from the film.


In the episode "The Two Timer", Mary Ferry accuses Addie of making fun of her Avatar: The Last Airbender themed birthday party. She even goes on to say that Addie will be sorry for missing out on the party when she hears how much fun they had playing "pin the tail on King Bumi in the Land of Omashu."


Gulliver's Travels (2010)

In Gulliver's Travels, Horatio says to Gulliver (referring to one of his made-up adventures): "When you became the Avatar ...".

The Happening

Toward the end of the film The Happening, Jess is shown putting on an Avatar: The Last Airbender backpack. The film was directed by M. Night Shyamalan who also directed The Last Airbender.

Spoof Movie No Jutsu!

In Spoof Movie No Jutsu!, Avatar: The Last Airbender is mentioned in dialogue.


Team Starkid

A Very Potter Musical

In Act 2, Part 1, Ginny says to Harry, "We kissed at the Yule Ball and ... well ... I thought we were going to be together forever, but we're not." This is similar to when Aang told Katara, "We kissed at the invasion and I thought we were going to be together, but we're not," in "The Ember Island Players".

In Act 2, Part 5, Ron asks Hermione, "What if we don't come back?" to which she replies, "Ron! Don't say that! You-" but is interrupted by Ron kissing her. This is similar to when Aang asks Katara, "What if- What if I don't come back?" to which she replies, "Aang, don't say that. Of course you'll-" but is interrupted when Aang kisses her in "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion".

In Act 2, Part 7, before Voldemort kills Harry, he tells Harry, "You're weak ... weak just like your parents. They did not deserve to live in this world, in my world! Prepare to join them! Prepare to die!" This is similar to when Ozai says to Aang, "You're weak! Just like the rest of your people. They did not deserve to exist in this world, in my world! Prepare to join them! Prepare to die!" in "Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno".

A Very Potter Sequel

In Act 2, Part 1, Ron says to Harry, "That's rough, buddy." This is word-for-word what Zuko says to Sokka in "The Boiling Rock, Part 1".

In Act 2, Part 6, Ron reminds Hermione, "The Draco we know always has an ulterior motive." Draco replies, "That's strange. I have no ulterior motive." He promptly feigns a tired stretch that looks exactly like the one Azula does during the following dialogue: "You have another motive for doing this. I just haven't figured out what it is." "Please, Zuko. What ulterior motive could I have?" For a side-by-side comparison, see this video.

In Act 2, Part 11, Lucius and Draco's conversation about Draco's real father includes the following dialogue: "Coward! ... Don't you want to know who your real father is?" [...] "So he's still alive?" "Perhaps. But now I see that banishment is far too merciful a penalty. Yours shall be far steeper!" This is similar to Ozai and Zuko's conversation including the following dialogue: "Coward! ... Don't you want to know what happened to your mother?" [...] "So she's alive?" "Perhaps. But now I see that banishment is far too merciful a penalty for treason. Yours shall be far steeper," in "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse".

In Act 2, Part 13, Hermione tells Draco, "No, I can't forgive him. But I think it's about time that I forgave you." This is similar to when Katara tells Aang, "But I didn't forgive him. I'll never forgive him", before telling Zuko, "But I am ready to forgive you," in "The Southern Raiders".


The Order of the Stick

Strip 763 of The Order of the Stick subtly refers to the conflict between Zuko and Ozai, along with Zuko's scar, in comparison to events in the story.

Sister Claire

In chapter five, Sokka's club can be seen hanging on the wall.[1]

In chapter eight, there is a jury of school girls, among whom are Azula, Ty Lee, and Mai.[2]

Penny Arcade

The comic strip Heresies pokes fun at the controversy surrounding the casting of the live action film, in particular the actor playing Aang, and suggests that M. Night Shyamalan has cast Morgan Freeman as Appa, with the veteran actor not wearing a suit and "just flying around".


High School Story

In this app, the quest "Class Act" has a reference to The Last Airbender as Payton states she was the one who stopped M. Night Shyamalan from making a sequel to the Avatar movie. The "Rumble of the Clans" quest also has the main character stating, "I am the Avatar", as they compete in a video game using bending-like powers. When in need for a team name in another question, the characters chose Fire Ferrets. The game's voting system, The Dish, also asks the player what element they would wield if they could bend and which Nickelodeon character their favorite is, with Korra being an option.

World of Warcraft

Male Pandaren have a hair style option called "The Sokka", which resembles Sokka's hair from the first season.

Web shows

Atop the Fourth Wall

In the episode "The California Raisins 3-D #2", there is a mention of the poor 3D gimmick used in The Last Airbender.

College Humor

In the sketch "The Adventures of Butthurt Anime Fan", two anime fans dismiss Avatar: The Last Airbender as an anime as it was "made in America" and therefore does not count.

The Nostalgia Critic

In the episode "Red Sonja", Mako Iwamatsu's work was stated, including Avatar: The Last Airbender. The Critic also mentioned Mako in the episode "Top 11 Nostalgia Critic F*ckups", in which he apologized for joking in his review of the 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that "[Mako playing Splinter] sounds like Mr. Miyagi if he smoked a pack of Marlboros", not knowing at the time that Mako had died of oesophageal cancer.

In his review of Sailor Moon, the Nostalgia Critic states Katara's line, "Then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked", as a joke to the similarly narrated opening of the anime.

He has used the running gags of "my cabbages" and "foaming mouth guy" in multiple reviews.

His review of The Last Airbender features a parody of M. Night Shyamalan based heavily on Amon. This parody of Shyamalan also appears in his reviews of Devil and After Earth, which were produced and directed by M. Night. He shows up again as a cameo in the critics review of Pixels, and has appeared in several other videos since.

Manuel Rodriguez cover

Manuel Rodriguez appears on the cover of a "How To Earthbend" guide.

Dante Basco makes his first appearance at the end of Top 11 Worst Avatar Episodes, in which he is informed of the critic's list and parodizes General Iroh's first appearance in The Legend of Korra. The following weeks, Basco appears as an over-the-top parody of his animated counterpart Zuko in the episode "Top 11 Avatar The Last Airbender Episodes", chasing the critic through a Barnes and Noble screaming the word "honor". In the same episode, the critic also makes a reference to Kisu, and Manuel Rodriguez who are seen on book covers, distracts Dante with a copy of The Search trilogy, and mistakes Dante as Zuko for Dev Patel, who portrayed Zuko in the film.

In his review of Demolition Man, he can be seen petting a plush toy of Appa.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series

In the episode "Beyond the Fourth Wall", The Big Five mentions that reruns from Avatar: The Last Airbender could serve as a replacement for the canceled Yu-Gi-Oh series.


  1. Elena Barbarich. Book 1: Chapter 5 p.73. Retrieved on January 3, 2014.
  2. Elena Barbarich. Book 1: Chapter 8 p.158. Retrieved on January 3, 2014.

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