When Netflix decided to air Avatar: Last Airbender on their platform in 2020, an air of excitement filled the internet. Most realized that they had grossly missed the franchise. It was a fun way of walking down memory lane to when it was first created. It was agreed that the animation achieved the evergreen status as it trended for days on end on Twitter.
Well, something like this cannot go through twitter without their sets of creative minds coming up with something that lightened up the lockdown mood across the globe.
Here are a few that came into circulation during the lockdown.
Azula’s Quarantine Haircut
Azula is probably up there as the to-watch character in Avatar.
Her ruthlessness and cruelty are only second to that of Ozai, her father. However, we see a very insecure side to her as she began to distrust the people around her. This got even worse when everyone left her alone when it was obvious that she was gradually going mad.
Ozai made her the Fire Lord when he took up the position of the Pheonix king. This power went into her head, and she finally loses it. One of her defiant acts was cutting her hair after she went paranoid and fired her chambermaid, claiming she was trying to kill her. Hence, the meme.
In the anime world, the characters belt out the name or nature of their moves while executing them. It looks pretty cool while watching it. But it certainly does not work in the animation world of ATLA. If it were any other movie, it would have been fine. But screaming out ‘sneak attack’ while attacking pretty much defeats its purpose, doesn’t it?
Everything Changed When 2020 Attacked
The ingenuity of certain memes can be so baffling. Not only is this perfect, it truly depicts how the lockdown and COVID wreaked havoc on the plans of a lot of people.
The Last Airbender Movie Meme
Well, every true fan who has seen the Last Airbender movie genuinely hates it. So this meme is absolutely perfect as all unite in their hatred for the movie to bring up this meme.
There was a lot of buzz and excitement from the series camp when the Last Airbender movie was in the works. The production and the all-around output did not meet the high expectations fans had for it.
So if we were to call the ATLA series our plans, the ATLA movie is definitely a perfect depiction of 2020 with its slow and boring storyline.
Another Last Airbender Movie Meme
Well, this is another meme throwing jabs at the Last Airbender movie. This was definitely the face of most of the fans as they witnessed the slow-paced and boring storyline of the Last Airbender movie. If you haven’t watched the movie before, this is a clear indication that you should not go close to it. But if you’re curious as to what it is all about, go right ahead and dive in. Just remember this one thing: curiosity always kills the cat.
Even 2020 can’t take the tea out of Uncle Iroh.
Well, there are people, like uncle Iroh, who are not fazed by circumstances. They would still relax and have that wonderful cup of tea even if the world was burning down. Iroh spent the whole series trying to get Prince Zuko to take a chill pill and take some tea to relax his nerves. Certain people fit into this Iroh narrative as they made even more money during the pandemic as they utilized their online prowess calmly and chilled with a cup of tea.
Yue, the Northern water tribe’s Princess, was Sokka’s first lover. The Moon Spirit gave her a second chance at life when she was younger. She was born sick, so she needed something miraculous to survive. The moon spirit gave her some of its life force, making her strong.
However, the Fire nation attacked the Northern Water Tribe and killed the Moon Spirit, the fish in the meme, in the process, causing the benders to lose their powers. Yue decided that she had to give her life spirit back to the Moon Spirit and, in turn, restore her people’s water-bending powers. This meant that her relationship with Sokka came to an abrupt end as well as her life.
This perfectly depicted what a terrible year 2020 was. The humor is mildly dark, but it is relatable in the least.
Keeping Toph in Metal Cage to crush Bounty hunter plans
Aang’s earth-bending teacher is in a bind as her parents do not want her traveling in her condition. They send out earth-bending bounty hunters to get her. All seemed to go perfectly well, like the beginning of 2020, until Toph threw a wrench into their plans. She learned that metals have a residue of rocks in them and learned there and then how to bend metal. Here, we see the emergence of the first metal bender.
Cabbage Man and His Cabbages
The cabbage man joke was one that could not get old in the Avatar: Last Airbender series. All the man wants to do is to make his living by selling his wonderful cabbages in a cart. However, he runs into the Avatar and his team everywhere he goes and ends up with a destroyed cart as well as ruined cabbages. Of course, they did not mean to destroy the old man’s cabbages; it still doesn’t excuse the fact that a person’s source of livelihood was being ruined at every turn.
After Zuko joined up with Team Avatar in book three, everyone went on individual missions with Zuko. For example, Aang and Zuko went on a trip to get their fire bending up to par, Katara and Zuko went on a revenge mission on her mother’s killer, Sokka, and Zuko went to save Sokka’s dad from a highly guarded prison.
The only one who didn’t get a ‘field trip” with Zuko was Toph. She pointed out that she wanted one as well, but who wouldn’t? So everyone got a benefit of a sort when each got back from their trip with Zuko. It is even more fitting that an image with Toph clinging to Zuko was used.