Only the Avatar can master all four elements 
and bring balance to the world.

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We're still connected to them. 
Time is an illusion and so is death. 

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The Avatar and the Animal Guide. 

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Avatars - Growing Up.

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The Avatar Cycle of Mistakes

Aang, Our actions always have an effect..sometimes positive, sometimes negative…and sometimes not for many lifetimes.” - Avatar Kyoshi

  • Avatar Wan 

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    Separated Raava and Vaatu, which unleashed darkness and chaos in the world. After realizing the error of his ways, he then vows to help Raava defeat Vaatu in the Harmonic Convergence.

    -It is important to note that without this mistake, the Avatar would not have existed in the first place.

    -After imprisoning Vaatu in a hollow of a tree in the Spirit World, he then guided the spirits to leave the physical world and return home to the Spirit World. Wan also tried to maintain balance in the world and urged different groups of people to live in peaceful coexistence. But more wars have occurred since then and the Avatar Cycle begins as it is up to the next Avatar(s) to maintain peace and balance in the world.

  • Avatar Kyoshi 

    -Trained the Dai Li for preserving the cultural heritage of Ba Sing Se. They later became the most corrupt elite earthbending police in the world. Aang had to deal with them and their leader Long Feng to inform the city of the hundred year war.

    -Separated Kyoshi Island from the Main Land. By doing this, Chin the Conqueror fell to his death, later the town of Chin blames the Avatar for the death of their leader and created “Avatar Day”, an annual festival held to defame the Avatar in the Chin Village. Aang later had to clear the Avatar’s name and was almost boiled in oil. Later, he saved the village from the Rough Rhinos, changing the tradition of Avatar Day and putting the name of the Avatar in a positive light. 

  • Avatar Roku 

     
    -Sparing Fire Lord Sozin’s life for the sake of their past friendship, Upon Roku’s death due to Sozin’s betrayal, Sozin was able to expand his empire and used the comet (later renamed Sozn’s Comet) to enhance the abilities of his firebender army and launched a genocidal attack on the Air Nomads in an attempt to kill Aang. These events also led to the hundred year war and the genocide of the Airbenders. Leaving Aang, to defeat Sozin’s grandson, Fire Lord Ozai before Sozin’s Comet arrives.

  • Avatar Aang 

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     Disappeared for a hundred years, leaving the world to suffer in the war against the Fire Nation. But this mistake was not passed down to Korra, because he already ended the war. 

    - Failure to recapture Yakone as he was able to escape because of his former gang and altered his appearance and started a new life in the Northern Water Tribe. Even with his bending gone, He was still able to teach his kids bloodbending to avenge him. Yakone’s sons still became soldiers of revenge, Tarrlok became a corrupted councilman and Noatak became Amon, the leader of the anti-bending revolution. Leaving Korra, to deal with the two bloodbending brothers in Republic City. 

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Aang and Jinora parallel - The Southern Air Temple

"I know it’s hard, but it’s for the best."
Maybe I am just imagining things, but to me the scene with Meelo and Tenzin felt like a huge metaphor for loneliness that often comes with power. Being in such a powerful and important position as the Avatar (or in case of Aang and Tenzin; being the Last Airbender) can be very lonely. Many people put their faith and trust in them, while they have to learn to control the elements, ensure peace, find their inner balance or save the continuing existence of a whole culture. Yet they are only human and need a family and friends, someone that loves them no matter what. Finding Balance between the task of being the Avatar (or Last Airbender) and the longing to settle down and live a normal life must be very difficult. Avatar Roku died and caused 100 Years of war because he was indecisive and trusted Fire Lord Sozin too much. Aang ran away because of the pressure and expectations he already felt as a child, and was not there when the Fire Nation killed the other Air Nomads; people that were like family to him. Korra feels constantly betrayed and deprived; even if somebody only has the best intentions and wants to help her. And then there’s Tenzin - His father was the Avatar and he himself was the Last Airbender for a long time, indirectly caused hundreds of years ago by Avatar Roku, which separated him from his siblings. He knows how hard it will be for Meelo, Ikki, Jinora and Rohan one day, since a whole culture depends on them.
Being the Avatar/Last Airbender makes you lonely, because you are different. There is no one like you in the world, no one with such a power, no one with so much pressure on them; and that will always separate you from others. I don’t think it’s coincidence that most Avatars best friends were animals; since they are always loyal, good listeners and would never judge or leave you. 
As Avatar Yangchen said to Aang: “Selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your own spiritual needs and do whatever it takes to protect the world.

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Earth, fire, air, water. 

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Art Nouveau AvatarsHere’s the full lineup! (linking to four separate images is a bit of a pain).
*edit: Some folks mentioned wanting a different order (chronological).  I don’t think the set flows correctly but here is the image starting with Kyoshi.

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Art Nouveau Avatars

Here’s the full lineup! (linking to four separate images is a bit of a pain).

*edit: Some folks mentioned wanting a different order (chronological).  I don’t think the set flows correctly but here is the image starting with Kyoshi.