Can you do a top 5 most bad ass Aang moments gifset?
I definitely could manage that. Let’s gets this badass list started:
#5 — Effortlessly Awesome
Aang pulls off this wonderful juxtaposition between a kid that loves running around chasing penguins but also nonchalantly being an incredibly skilled fighter. Case and point in the wonderfully staged attack on the Earth King’s palace. Just 9 episodes ago he couldn’t move a rock to save his life, now without looking he bitchslaps a massive bolder into dust. It’s this amazing combination of his lighthearted personality mixed with an amazing fighting presence and complete lack of arrogance that makes this moment, and Aang in general, so great.
#4 — Outsmarts His Enemies
Aang doesn’t get enough credit for his intelligence. For such a young guy he is remarkably good at reading people and their weaknesses. This is brilliantly exemplified by his fight with Zhao up on the ships in The Deserter. He recognises Zhao’s lack of restraint and promptly skips around the place insulting him. Aang doesn’t throw a single punch yet he comprehensively wins the fight because Zhao destroys his only means of transportation. This is an experienced war commander losing to a 12 year old pacifist. It’s brilliant.
#3 — Charms The Pants Off Anyone
One of the defining interpersonal traits that Aang has that makes him such a great person and even better Avatar is his heartwarming charm. He throws a dance party for a group of kids that have been socialized to hate everything he stands for as the Avatar. But Aang recognizes they are the future of the Fire Nation and that showing them a glimpse of freedom is the best he can do for them in that moment in time. And as Toph rightly points out, who knew Twinkletoes could dance? It’s such a great moment as it shows everything Aang is as an Avatar — committed, generous and graced with impeccable timing.
#2 — It’s Not Over
Who knew having a staring contest with a glowing fish could be this awesome? Well it is. Music, cinematography and atmosphere all combine perfectly to make an unforgettable moment in the S1 finale. Aang enters the Avatar State through sheer force of will. The music rises as he stands in the center of the oasis while the Koi fish circles him. Then it all goes silent as he descends into the pitch blackness of the pond and emerges as a really awesome fish. Even Zhao would happily admit how badass this is, assuming one can talk underwater.
#1 — Even With All The Power In The World
Aang has tons of moments where he uses his guile and strength to beat opponents. Equally there are numerous times where he uses the Avatar State to comprehensively overpower his enemies. But what still arguably stands out the most is that even with the ability to end his most despicable opponent, he still stays completely true to his moral beliefs. Ozai is the embodiment of an ideology that wiped out his entire people. He torments, assaults and humiliates Aang throughout their only battle. Yet when the time comes where Aang could end it all in a single moment and take the easy way out, he resists. It is testament to Aang’s character and stature that with all the power in the world he’s still just a kind hearted pacifist and that frankly makes him a complete badass.