Your Two Favorite Avatar Characters Reveal Your True Inner Self

Nick loves Uncle Iroh and Appa

Nick loves Uncle Iroh and Appa

Whew! It has been one hell of a week for me and my passionate relationship with Avatar: The Last Airbender. Last Thursday, I found out that the four main roles in the upcoming live-action Airbender trilogy would be played by white kids, discarding Inuit and Asian heritage in lieu of something (which I assume Paramount considers to be) more "marketable" to an American audience.

Insanity aside, there was an upswing to this discovery: I started talking about Avatar more. And that's always a good thing in my book (which has lots of pictures, little text, and very few pages).

All this discussion reminded me of an exercise I've been playing for the past few months. Said exercise is easy -- select your two favorite characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender and reveal your true inner self to the entire world. It sounds overly simple, but it's shockingly accurate.

Here, I'll go first:

Me:
1. Uncle Iroh
2. Appa

Now here's a few more for your consideration:

Justique (of the AudioShocker podcast):
1. Aang
2. Azula

Ross Campbell (of Soaking Luna fame):
1. Katara
2. Zuko

My brother-in-law (of Mack Trucks employ):
1. Azula
2. Toph

My day job co-worker (of webmaster trade):
1. Zuko
2. Momo

Get it? Okay, now it's your turn. Reveal your true inner being to the cosmos by naming your two favorite Avatar characters in the comments. (I would love to delve into the psychological implications of these choices right here, but I'll save that for the comments as well... along with a few celebrity predictions!)

10 Responses to “Your Two Favorite Avatar Characters Reveal Your True Inner Self”


  1. 1 neal

    My (of AudioShocker and engineering trades) picks:
    1. Uncle Iroh
    2. King Bumi
    ---------------
    3. Cabbage Dude

  2. 2 nick marino

    i love the cabbage guy!!! king bumi is def the shit too. i also like sokka a lot from the 3rd season (suki too). okay, let's do some celebrity predictions:

    Tom Hanks:
    1. Giant Lion Turtle
    2. Fire Lord Ozai

    Chewbacca:
    1. Appa
    2. Momo

    Beyonce:
    1. Ty Lee
    2. Suki

    James Brown (RIP):
    1. Sokka
    2. Zuko

    Stadler and Waldorf:
    1. Hama
    2. Pakku

  3. 3 ross

    but... what does it MEAN???

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  5. 4 nick marino

    okay, okay. psychological explanation: your #1 choice best describes your own personality and motivations. your #2 choice is like a secondary descriptor, defining part of yourself that may be more subconscious or even conflicting with your #1 choice. there's an inherent contrast between #1 and #2, even when they're similar characters. in summation, "true inner self" is represented by #1 and the way that it stands in contrast and in unison with #2.

  6. 5 neal

    Nick, are you saying that you're generally a jolly dude (Iroh), but also sedentary and motivated mainly by hay (Appa)?

    And am I certifiably nuts while simultaneously super powerful and cryptic (Bumi)? On second thought, don't answer that.

  7. 6 nick marino

    neal, instead of answering your question, i'm going to post a link to the results of the Winners of the 36th Annual Annie Awards, where Avatar and Kung Fu Panda won big and WALL*E was shut out. at least there's one group of people in the world haven't gone completely insane: the animation industry. i feel good after reading these results. real good.

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  9. 7 neal

    yeah - but they also gave the voice of jar jar binks an award.

  10. 8 pete

    Dude, Wall-E was a great film. I still don't understand what you didn't like about it.

  11. 9 neal

    Looks like I have to go see Wall-E now and settle this once and for all.

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  13. 10 nick marino

    neal - the award was for the guy who did the jar jar binks voice in the robot chicken parody.

    pete - you of all people should understand my disdain for the story of WALL*E (visuals aside, because those were strong). i should write a culturology-style post about WALL*E and break down exactly why i feel the way i feel. but i'll say the short version here - to me, WALL*E was the story of a robot who inexplicably falls in love with the first robot "he" sees and then stalks this feminized machine out into deep space, upon which said "man" robot ultimately sends an orbiting satellite full of obese humans back to a near-barren planet that by all accounts is uninhabitable (despite the fact that one very small specimen of plant life was discovered amid the vast landfills). i find the character motivations either ignorant or irrational, and i find the entire premise of the film to be built out of vaguely offensive cultural assumptions about love, self-interest, and responsibility. to top it off, WALL*E just happens to have a tape recorder built into his chest to record and play back old Disney movies. *shameless*

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