Aang (The Last Airbender, 2010)

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Aang (The Last Airbender, 2010)
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"You're lying!"
Gender: Male
Type: Angsty Brat Who Never Jokes And Smiles
Age: 12
Species: Human
Portrayed by: Noah Ringer
Status: Alive
Media of origin: 'The Last Airbender'


Aang is the main protagonist of the infamous 2010 movie called The Last Airbender that is based off a Nickelodeon tv show by the same name with the Avatar: The Last Airbender name.

This article will only focus on the movie version of Aang, who is not what he was meant from the show.

Why This Version Was Not The Real Avatar?

  1. This movie version of Aang was horribly reimagined from a fun-loving, caring, optimistic and sometimes serious boy to an angsty brat who never cracks a joke nor smile.
    • His only "inner conflict" was his inability to use waterbending, which he finally did to create a really big wall of water to scare the Fire Nation away. Not defeating them and dealing a crushing blow to the might of the Fire Nation, just scaring them away.
    • He also has a new conflict where he couldn't bend water without hurting people, so he would never. It is implied that he cannot overcome his grief over the loss of the Air Nomads, which is why he became less optimistic after his visit to the Southern Air Temple. This is a massive contrast to the cartoon, where one of Aang's defining traits was his ability to stay happy despite these horrible circumstances.
  2. He acts more like a scared child then his original personality in the show.
  3. His actor, Noah Ringer did a poor job portraying him as he sounds emotionless and phoned in.
    • Not to mention Noah Ringer was heavily miscasted as him for two reasonsː
      • In the original show, Aang is implied to be Asian more specifically to be Tibetan.
      • Noah himself also had no acting experience at all when he was portraying the character, showing how horrible Aang was said portrayed in this film.
    • To make matters worse, if you watch the "behind the scenes" clips, you will notice Ringer's personality is much like Aang's. Even if this is the case, it's still wasted potential.
  4. His name is mispronounced as it is pronounced in the movie "Ong" rather than "Ah-ng", which would become a meme.
  5. He is taken way too seriously to the point he would never be a wisecracker like Sokka as his original counterpart.
    • You may argue that Aang did have a serious side to him but not to the extent like this.
  6. Unlike his original counterpart he doesn't immediately ask Katara to go penguin-sledding with him after waking up, and he doesn't even tell her or Sokka his name until they're at the Southern Air Temple.
  7. Like characters such as the live-action version of Goku from the live action Dragon Ball movie called Dragon Ball Evolution, he suffers from terrible fight choreography when he uses hands to do airbending by waving.
  8. Aang also doesn't fuse the Ocean Spirit in Avatar State to wipe out the entire Fire Nation armada, instead he summons a giant tsunami to cause them to flee.
  9. He barely even fights with Zuko whatsoever in the film.
  10. His lines are very painful and wooden such as "You're lying!".
  11. He lacks almost anything what made his TV counterpart so special, instead he is just whiny and lifeless.
  12. Unlike his show's counterpart, He's pretty much bland in character and personality wise at best if you think about it.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. There are some moments where he is at his best for exampleː
    • He tries to encourage the Earthbenders in the movie to fight back the Firebenders when they were imprisoned.
    • Aang helps Zuko as the Blue Spirit when they are attacked by General Zhao's army.
  2. He could have been a great concept of a more mature version of Aang (even though he did take the Avatar job seriously during season 3) yet it was atrociously executed.
  3. His hooded trenchcoat and detailed airbending tattoos is a fitting concept than his original counterpart.
  4. He was a much better character in the show than the movie.

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