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The Legend of Korra
Book 1: Air

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Book 1: Water   ||   Book 2: Earth   ||   Book 3: Fire


ATLA - Book 3: Fire


Jin & Hope family in Ba Sing Se scene in ep 3x01


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In the episode "The Awakening", Lo & Li recap Azula's victory in Ba Sing Se to a large Fire Nation gathering. During the 'flashbacks' to Ba Sing Se when the Fire Nation troops overtook the city, Jin (who went on a date with Zuko in ep 2x15 "Tales of Ba Sing Se") could be seen inside of the Lower Ring tea shop where Iroh and Zuko used to work (along with the tea shop owner), and the Hope family (whom Aang & co helped get to Ba Sing Se in ep 2x12 "The Serpent's Pass") could be seen among other residents standing on a road.


Lion Turtle statues seen in Piandao's castle in ep 3x04


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Although the Lion Turtle won't debut until the season finale, subtle hints of its existence appears in Master Piandao's estate in the episode "Sokka's Master." There are four Lion Turtle statues in the courtyard behind Master Piandao's castle: two by the middle courtyard entrance, and two near the back of the lower courtyard. They're seen a number times during Sokka's training scenes, though the only close-up shot is very quick.

Master Piandao even compares Sokka to a Lion Turtle when he presents him with the meteorite sword. ("A heart as strong as a Lion Turtle, and twice as big.") Considering the amount of White Lotus motifs seen as well, it seems Piandao's castle was doing overtime in foreshadowing. ;) (Thanks Videl and everyone else who sent this in!)


Toph makes Nickelodeon logo in ep 3x04


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At the end of the episode "Sokka's Master", Sokka gives Toph a piece of meteorite the group found at the beginning of the ep, since Toph never bended "space earth" before. Excited, she bended the small piece into a swirl, a star, and then into an awfully familiar-looking splat design. ;)


Background lady wears same Toph outfit in ep. 3x07


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In the episode "The Runaway" during the multiple scamming scenes, Toph is at a Hi Striker/Bell Hammer contest. In the background to the left of Toph is a woman wearing an almost identical version of Toph's outfit, including the headband and gloves! The differences between the outfits are the waist piece as well as the skirt/shorts combo. (Thanks Lu10!)


Ember Island Players' dragon poster in ep. 3x07


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In episode 3x17 "The Ember Island Players," the Gaang discovers that the island's theater group (of the same name) is putting on a play about their adventures. Zuko recognizes the group, saying they butchered "Love Amongst The Dragons" every year when he saw them as a kid. There's a reference to this play back in the episode "The Runaway," when Sokka passes by a message board in town. Along with the dragons forming a heart design on it, the calligraphy at the top reads "Ember Island Players" and matches the same script seen inside of the theater in ep 3x17. (Thanks Purplejay!)


Monkey statue returns in ep 3x07


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First seen in episode 1x09: "The Waterbending Scroll," the grinning monkey statue was bought by Uncle Iroh from the pirates' bargain shop. It was seen again four episodes later (1x13, "The Blue Spirit") sitting with Iroh on the ship deck near the end of the ep. However five episodes later when Zuko's ship was blown up, the ominous monkey statue was presumed lost. Until now? I guess the Gaang bought a similar copy with their scam money in "The Runaway," and there it is sitting with Sokka as he prepares to write a letter. Interestingly enough, four episodes later the Gaang's invasion plan fails. It's like these statues show up as a precursor to a massive curveball... (Thanks Snickerdoodle-sensei!)


Old woman's face on cabbage in ep 3x08


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In the episode "The Puppetmaster," the Gaang is staying with a mysterious old woman named Hama. After returning to her house after shopping, Sokka expresses his distrust of her while Katara is unpacking the basket. As Katara says "She reminds me of Gran Gran," she pulls out a head of cabbage that has an old lady face on it! There are clear lines that show a mouth, nose, closed eyes, eyebrows, and wrinkles, with the darker outer leaves acting as hair. (Thanks EGLovesAvatarAndKataang, Snickerdoodle-sensei, and everyone else who emailed this in!)


Fire Navy prisoner visual parallel in ep. 3x08



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Back in the first season, ep 1x02 "The Avatar Returns," Aang agrees to go with Prince Zuko to spare the Southern Water Tribe, and the scene proceeds with them entering the ship, Aang exchanging looks with Katara and the other villagers, and then finishing with the Fire Navy ship's bowsprit rising. In episode 3x08 "The Puppetmaster," Hama recalls her battles with the Fire Navy in the Southern Water Tribe, and her eventual capture by them. The scene of her being taken prisoner is visually the same as Aang's, even including Katara's family line -- that's a young Gran Gran in the center of that lower second pic on the left. (Thanks Mirei!)


Toph's fashion twin returns in ep. 3x09


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First seen two episodes earlier in "The Runaway," the Fire Nation background lady who's clothes are almost identical to Toph's, makes a return in the episode "Nightmares and Daydreams." In the later half of Zuko's first scene, she's seen eagerly waiting outside the palace along with a crowd of other Zuko fans who cheer when he comes outside. (Thanks Zutara234!)



Sun Warrior origin for Katara's crown in ep. 3x13


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First seen in episode 13 of Book 1: Water, "The Blue Spirit," Momo brought this dragon motif crown to Katara while they were in the ruins of an abandoned Earth Kingdom city. Twenty episodes later in Book 3: Fire, Zuko and Aang journey to the Sun Warriors' ruins to learn about the origins of Firebending. In the heart of the city is a pyramid whose entrance is blocked by a wall with a golden door, with motifs similar to the crown. A dragon on each side of the outer wall, while the circular door in the middle has a dotted and ringed design, and above it has a spiked design that also reacts to sunlight because of the celestial calendar.


Dance statues are like in 1st Avatar video game in ep. 3x13


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Maybe the dance-step statues are based on something else, but this is an interesting coincidence nonetheless. In the episode "The Firebending Masters," one of the inner rooms has a series of statues in different poses. When Aang and Zuko mimic the poses which are actually different bending forms in order, the center of the room opens up and reveals a special treasure. In the first Avatar video game (console versions only), in Chapter Five on the hidden island, there is a cavern with an area blocked off by a Badgermole. Enter as Haru, and inside the room will be six statues posed in different Earthbending forms. Perform the forms in order as marked by the painting on the wall, and the center of the room will open up to reveal a special treasure. (I couldn't find a screenshot from that area in the game, so I had to draw it from memory and references. Please pretend the stick figures look like statues? ^^;;)


More Indiana Jones references in ep. 3x13



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When Aang and Zuko explore the ancient Mayan-like city of the Sun Warriors in the episode "The Firebending Masters," of course there's going to be references to the classic opening scene of the first Indiana Jones movie, "Raiders of the Lost Arc." Pitfall trap with spikes? Check. Floor tile switches that push down when stepped on? Check. A golden artifact sitting on a pedastal in the middle of the room, that activates a massive trap when moved? Check! =D (Thanks again to TheRaider.net for the Indy screens!)


Inside joke regarding Katara's mother's name in ep. 3x16


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Katara and Sokka's mother has pretty much been a mystery for most of the series, until her face and name are revealed in the episode "The Southern Raiders." What's interesting though is that her name "Kya" (pronounced kai-yah), is what Katara's original name was in the series' pre-production pilot! (Thanks to Piandao.org for the pilot screenshot.)


Play poster uses Book 1: Water boxset cover in ep. 3x17


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"The Ember Island Players" episode is full of recaps and poking fun at the previous seasons, and it starts off on the right foot by using the Book 1: Water boxset cover art for the poster advertising the play. ^^


Aang's hat is like Dock/Xu's hat in ep. 3x17


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In the 3x03 episode "The Painted Lady," the Gaang meets a man named Dock who changes his name and profession when wearing a different hat. When he was 'Xu' who worked at a shop, he wore a long beige hat with red trim. Later on in the episode "The Ember Island Players," Aang wears an identical-looking hat when he goes into town. (Thanks Gabrico!)


Fem!Aang nod to women VAs & Peter Pan plays in ep. 3x17

For the Avatar play in "The Ember Island Players" episode, Aang's character is played by a woman, much to Aang's discontent. But aside from the humor of it, this could be a nod to the custom of hiring women to voice boy characters in animation. (This is especially common in long-running shows, usually because they would have to replace the young boy actors when their voice changes.) It could also be a nod to the old Peter Pan plays, where the Peter Pan character was usually played by a woman. According to Wikipedia, this was mainly because of the difficulty to "cast actors even younger than the one playing Peter for the other children."


Buff guy!Toph nod to original character design in ep. 3x17

For the Avatar play in "The Ember Island Players" episode, Toph's character is played by a buff guy, much to Toph's approval. Aside from the humor of it, it's also a nod to Toph's original character design. The show co-creators Mike and Bryan have mentioned it before in interviews and in dvd commentary that Toph was planned to be a muscular teenage boy, before head writer Aaron Ehasz suggested making Toph a girl.


Nod to unclear Jet death scene in ep. 3x17


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Near the end of the 2x17 episode "Lake Laogai," Jet is seriously injured from Long Feng's earthbending attack, and is left behind along with Smellerbee and Longshot. Whether Jet actually died from the attack was unclear though, and led to many fan debates until his death was confirmed in interviews. In the episode "The Ember Island Players," when the play reaches the scene and "Jet" is covered by a rock prop, in the audience Zuko asks "Did Jet just... die?" with Sokka replying "You know, it was really unclear." XD Now if only they would tell what happened to Smellerbee and Longshot...


EIP!Ty Lee and Mai do Charlie's Angels pose in ep. 3x17


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Often referred to as "Ozai's Angels" by fans, in the episode "The Ember Island Players," the actors playing Ty Lee and Mai do the Charlie's Angels' Kung Fu pose after their victory in the Ba Sing Se battle from episode 2x20, "Crossroads of Destiny." They do the pose again after Azula defeats Aang shortly after, although Azula doesn't mimic the pose.


Nod to Jack DeSena's Sokka characterization in ep. 3x17

For the Avatar play in "The Ember Island Players" episode, Sokka's character is a bit... limited in his humor and catch phrases, until Sokka has a chat with the actor and provides some jokes and ideas. This is a nod to how the original Sokka character was a bit more serious/different until Jack DeSena, who voices Sokka, provided his own ideas and improv which turned Sokka into the character we know now. ^^


Avatar opening credits/Captain Planet reference in ep. 3x18


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In the episode "Sozin's Comet, part 1: The Phoenix King," Zuko tells the gaang of what Ozai plans to do when the comet arrives, and Katara and Toph try to reassure a very worried Aang that they have a chance of beating him if they work together. Building on this, Sokka cries out, "Team Avatar is back! Air; Water; Earth; Fire; Fan and Sword!"

This could be a reference to the Avatar opening credits scene where Katara says "Water. Earth. Fire. Air" in time with the individual bending masters. It could also be seen as reference to the 90's cartoon "Captain Planet" which also had a similar saying ("Earth; Fire; Wind; Water; Heart!") to summon the superhero Captain Planet. .....The Avatar credits seems more plausible though, but it could be both. Maybe.


General Shinu returns in ep. 3x18


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Back in the beginning of the season one episode "The Blue Spirit," Commander Zhao requests to use General Shinu's YuYan Archers to help him capture the Avatar, but is denied. The request turns into an order as soon as Zhao is promoted to Admiral, and that's the last we see of General Shinu. Until this episode! During Zuko's flashback of the war meeting he attended, the now-Colonel Shinu talks about how more Fire Nation forces are needed in the Earth Kingdom to deal with the rebellions.


Ozai firebends like city statue in ep. 3x20


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In the episode 3x07 "The Runaway," the Gaang repeatedly visits the Fire Fountain City which has a gigantic "fountain" statue of Fire Lord Ozai firebending. Many episodes later in "Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into The Inferno," Fire Lord Ozai takes this form before beginning his fight with Aang. Interestingly, Aang and Zuko also do this firebending form while training two episodes prior in "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: the Phoenix King," and refer to it as 'roaring like a tiger-dillo.' (Thanks Lu10!)


Aang uses Gaara's sand sphere move in ep. 3x20?


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It's probably just a coincidence, but at the end of the episode "Sozin's Comet, part 3: Into the Inferno" and into the episode after, Aang creates a rock sphere-like shell to hide and protect himself from Ozai's relentless firebending attacks. This defense move seems rather similar to Gaara's 'Sphere of Sand' technique from the Naruto series. Though the similarity ends there. (Thanks to Kakuchi.net [now closed] for the Naruto screenshot.)


Avatar energy light beam redux in ep. 3x21


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In the first Avatar episode, "The Boy in the Iceberg," Katara breaks open the iceberg that Aang is in, and it cracks open and releases a huge light into the sky. This light is (probably) the Avatar energy that had been surrounding Aang and Appa and keeping them alive for those past 100 years. In the final Avatar episode, "Avatar Aang," as the winning move Aang overpowers Ozai with his Avatar energybending, and the overwhelming amount of energy shoots into the sky as a light beam.



Writing in the water in ep. 3x21


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After Aang defeats Fire Lord Ozai in the final episode "Sozin's Comet Part 4: Avatar Aang," he uses his Avatar power to raise the waters and extinguish the burning countryside. As the water recedes, the land showing through seems to spell the word 'gay.' Coincidence, intended, or rogue animator? That's for you to decide.   (Thanks The Erwinator!)


Love and Peace? in ep. 3x21


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As a Trigun fan, I cannot overlook this, even though it is most likely just a coincidence. Near the end of the episode "Sozin's Comet, part 4: Avatar Aang" at Zuko's coronation to become the new Fire Lord, he tells the crowd that with the Avatar's help, they can "begin a new era of love and peace." While this is one more example of how far Zuko's come from the first episode, "Love and Peace" is also the catchphrase of Vash the Stampede from the anime/manga series "Trigun." =D


Sokka's painting mirrors EIP!Zuko & Toph poster in ep. 3x21


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During the last scene in the episode "Sozin's Comet, part 4: Avatar Aang," Sokka paints a group picture though it's not to everyone's liking. Interestingly, Zuko's "Boar-q-pine" hair actually resembles the final hairstyle of Zuko's actor in episode 3x17's "The Ember Island Players." (Thanks Lu10!) In addition, Sokka's drawing of Toph resembles the drawing of her on her wanted poster from the episode 3x07, "The Runaway."


The Legend of Korra
Book 1: Air
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Book 1: Water   ||   Book 2: Earth   ||   Book 3: Fire


In-Show Easter Eggs  -  Avatar Cameos in Other Shows/Etc.

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