The Flawed Women of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Deserved More

Despite Avatar: The Last Airbender being a show geared towards children, the series explores complex themes such as war (in all of its harm and nuance), grief, forgiveness, and more.  

ATLA even seeks to tackle sexism in its first season. 

However, for a show that used one of its male leads, Sokka, to convey the harm of having preconceived and harmful misconceptions about women, ATLA is often guilty of doing just that. 

Specifically towards women who have dealt with great cruelties and as a result had to learn to adapt to their oppressive environment; however flawed their means of survival may have been. 

The show introduces many villains and antagonists throughout its three seasons, both male and female. 

Though, one noticeable difference between how the female villains are handled compared to the males—the women aren’t given the same chances to redeem their character.