Avatar: the Last Air Bender - The Deserter

Title: Avatar: the Last Airbender - The Deserter

Series Identifier: Season 1, Episode 16

Format: TV/Video


  • All-Ages
  • Adventure
  • Cartoon

Conversation Topic:

  • Consequences
  • Finding Oneself/Identity Development
  • Guilt
  • Power struggle
  • Taking responsibility for one’s actions
  • Working with others
  • Other: Boundaries

Relatable Experience:

  • Clarity/Understanding
  • Coming of age/Getting older
  • Fighting
  • Guilt


  • Aang’s difficulties with patience and discipline in the episode lead to him hurting Katara.
  • Aang’s guilt about hurting Katara helps him realize he needs to listen to others (Masters) even though he is the Avatar and more powerful.


  • This episode led to a real conversation about pushing boundaries and learning when to accept boundaries set by others.

Reflection Questions:

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Link to Content: The Deserter | Avatar Wiki | Fandom

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What do we miss when we don’t listen? What could we learn from focusing on our listening skills? What do boundaries look like for you?