The WORST Episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 9, 2021

Network: Nickelodeon

With the Fire Nation on the brink of global domination, a young boy reawakens after a hundred-year absence. To save his war-torn world he must accept his destiny as the Avatar before it's too late.

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Chapter Eleven: The Great Divide

#1 - Chapter Eleven: The Great Divide

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired May 20, 2005

While on their way to the North Pole, Aang and his friends arrive at a giant canyon where two groups of refugees are bickering over who should get to go across. Aang decides to walk across with the two groups to ensure they don’t fight one another. However, he soon learns that the two tribes have been feuding for one hundred years and they both believe their actions are justified. But when the predators inside the canyon start to come out, Aang is stuck trying to defend both tribes from each other and the vicious wildlife.

star 7.51
1,929 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: John O'Bryan
Chapter Nine: Nightmares and Daydreams

#2 - Chapter Nine: Nightmares and Daydreams

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 16, 2007

Four days prior the invasion, Aang becomes nervous over his soon-to-come confrontation with the Fire Lord. His anxiety gets the better of him as he begins to suffer from outrageous nightmares and hallucinations. Meanwhile, Zuko becomes upset to learn that he was not informed about a war meeting.

star 7.52
1,634 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: John O'Bryan
Chapter Five: Avatar Day

#3 - Chapter Five: Avatar Day

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 28, 2006

Aang and the gang discover an Earth town that celebrates something called "Avatar Day." But when they get there and learn the festival is of "anti-Avatar" sentiment and Aang is put on trial for a crime a past incarnation allegedly committed. Looking to clear the Avatar's good name, Katara and Sokka venture back to a familiar place to gather evidence and discover the truth.

star 7.57
1,777 votes
Writers: John O'Bryan
Chapter Six: Imprisoned

#4 - Chapter Six: Imprisoned

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 25, 2005

In a nearby Earth Village, the gang meets a teenage earthbender named Haru. This village lives in fear of the Fire Nation, for soldiers there capture any earthbenders they can find.

star 7.65
2,189 votes
Directors: Dave Filoni
Writers: Matthew Hubbard
Chapter Ten: Jet

#5 - Chapter Ten: Jet

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired May 6, 2005

It's all about instincts...While traveling towards the North Pole, the group almost gets captured by the Fire Nation. However, when a charismatic young man and his band of rebels attack the Fire Nation camp and rescue them, they learn that they are trying to resist the Fire Nation’s motives to expand their territory. Katara and Aang really enjoy their time with the band of rebels, but Sokka soon discovers that they aren’t as noble as meets the eye.

star 7.67
1,986 votes
Directors: Dave Filoni
Writers: James Eagan
Chapter Four: The Swamp

#6 - Chapter Four: The Swamp

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 14, 2006

A mysterious tornado pulls the kids into a supernatural swamp where Katara, Sokka and Aang have mysterious visions. Meanwhile, Momo and Appa are chased by rogue swamp dwellers and only Aang and the gang can save them.

star 7.68
1,696 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Tim Hedrick
Chapter Ten: The Library

#7 - Chapter Ten: The Library

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 14, 2006

When Aang and his friends find a professor who knows of a library that contains information about the world, Sokka decides to go there to hopefully find some information to use against the Fire Nation. The library is guarded by the knowledge spirit, Wan Shi Tong, who doesn't welcome humans into his library, because he believes they only seek information for evil purposes. When Wan Shi Tong discovers Sokka wasn't being truthful with him, he begins to sink the library, bringing the kids down with it. Will everyone be able to escape the library in time? And who are the strange benders who have kidnapped Appa?

star 7.70
1,822 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: John O'Bryan
Chapter Five: The Beach

#8 - Chapter Five: The Beach

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 19, 2007

Zuko, Azula, Mai and Ty Lee take a vacation to ember island. In the process, they come to learn more about themselves and each other as well as their desires for the future. Elsewhere, Aang and others face off against a new adversary.

star 7.71
1,778 votes
Writers: Katie Mattila
Chapter Seven: The Spirit World (Winter Solstice, Part 1)

#9 - Chapter Seven: The Spirit World (Winter Solstice, Part 1)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 8, 2005

Aang and friends visit a village being terrorized by an angry spirit. Iroh is captured by Earth Kingdom soldiers.

star 7.71
2,090 votes
Writers: Aaron Ehasz
Chapter Three: Return to Omashu

#10 - Chapter Three: Return to Omashu

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 7, 2006

Despite the shocking news the gang have just discovered, Aang insists on trying to find King Bumi within Omashu's borders, even with the dangers that will await him and his friends if his real identity is discovered. Meanwhile Azula goes in search of old friends to help her with her mission.

star 7.72
1,850 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Elizabeth Welch Ehasz
Chapter Nine: The Waterbending Scroll

#11 - Chapter Nine: The Waterbending Scroll

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 29, 2005

After Katara attempts to teach Aang waterbending, but realizes that he is learning it much faster than she is, she is desperate to improve her abilities. When Katara inadvertently stumbles across a waterbending scroll that can help improve her ability while Aang is looking at a pirate’s store, she decides to steal it after she realizes that she couldn’t hope to afford it; but will she be capable of stealing from the pirates without causing herself and her friends trouble?

star 7.72
1,982 votes
Directors: Anthony Lioi
Writers: John O'Bryan
Chapter Fourteen: The Fortuneteller

#12 - Chapter Fourteen: The Fortuneteller

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 23, 2005

When the group tries to help a man who is being attacked by a platypus-bear, they discover that the local town has a fortuneteller named Aunt Wu in it, who has been forecasting the town's fate for years. But when Sokka and Aang discover one of the fortuneteller's most vital predictions is dead wrong, they have to develop a plan to convince the stubborn townspeople that their beloved Aunt Wu was wrong.

star 7.73
1,866 votes
Directors: Dave Filoni
Writers: Aaron Ehasz, John O'Bryan
Chapter Four: The Warriors of Kyoshi

#13 - Chapter Four: The Warriors of Kyoshi

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 4, 2005

The gang arrives at Kyoshi Island and are captured by some Kyoshi warriors. When Aang reveals that he is the avatar, news quickly spreads out and suddenly reaches to Prince Zuko who then goes to Kyoshi Island to capture him.

star 7.74
2,255 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Nick Malis
Chapter Fourteen: The Boiling Rock (1)

#14 - Chapter Fourteen: The Boiling Rock (1)

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jun 14, 2008

Sokka wants to break his father out of jail and askes Zuko for information on Fire nation prisons. Sokka and Zuko go to the "Boiling Rock" Prison which is in the middle of a volcano to rescue Sokka's father. When Sokka doesn't find him, he feels like he has failed... again... then his hopes are raised when he finds Suki. Sokka, Zuko, Suki and some unexpected allies attempt to escape the prison, but some unexpected surprises come along the way.

star 7.78
1,707 votes
Writers: May Chan
Chapter Five: The King of Omashu

#15 - Chapter Five: The King of Omashu

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 18, 2005

Aang's abilities as an airbender are challenged by a king.

star 7.78
2,226 votes
Directors: Anthony Lioi
Writers: John O'Bryan
Chapter Three: The Painted Lady

#16 - Chapter Three: The Painted Lady

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 2007

When the gang arrives at a suffering fishing village, a mysterious spirit appears to help the villagers.

star 7.79
1,705 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Joshua Hamilton
Chapter One: The Boy in the Iceberg

#17 - Chapter One: The Boy in the Iceberg

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 21, 2005

Two teenage siblings (Sokka and Katara) living in the South Pole discover a very strange boy (Aang), along with his pet flying bison Appa, in an iceberg. But can they trust him when he accidentally draws the war to their village's doorstep?

star 7.80
3,277 votes
Directors: Dave Filoni
Writers: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
Chapter Three: The Southern Air Temple

#18 - Chapter Three: The Southern Air Temple

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 25, 2005

Aang is excited about going home (the Southern Airtemple) for the first time in one hundred years, but he is shocked to find out that the temple is deserted. Aang tells Sokka and Katara about his childhood as they explore the temple, but they soon discover something that Aang never expected. Meanwhile, Prince Zuko must make repairs to his ship and the only way he can do it is to dock his ship at his rival's naval base.

star 7.80
2,354 votes
Writers: Michael Dante DiMartino
Chapter Fifteen: Bato of the Water Tribe

#19 - Chapter Fifteen: Bato of the Water Tribe

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 7, 2005

Aang feels neglected as Katara and Sokka reunite with Bato, an old friend of their father’s from the South Pole. They begin to reminisce on their times in the past while they wait for a message to arrive from their father; in which Aang believes Katara and Sokka will abandon him and go out to find their father should the message arrive. However, when the messenger gives Aang the message to give to Bato, Aang betrays his friends in a way Katara or Sokka could never imagine. However, when Zuko recruits a bounty hunter named Jun to track Aang down, his friendship is put to the test as he must deal with the fact that he betrayed his friends while defending himself from yet another fight.

star 7.83
1,797 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Ian Wilcox
Chapter Seven: The Runaway

#20 - Chapter Seven: The Runaway

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 2, 2007

When Katara expresses her disapproval to Toph's new way to make quick cash, the group finds her too motherly and tension grows between Katara and Toph. When Katara finally decides to participate in this scam to disprove Toph's accusations, they are left vulnerable and are forced to face the dire consequences.

star 7.83
1,769 votes
Directors: Giancarlo Volpe
Writers: Joshua Hamilton
Chapter Twelve: The Serpent's Pass

#21 - Chapter Twelve: The Serpent's Pass

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 15, 2006

When Aang and the gang meet up with a group of refugees, they tell the gang where they can get on a ferry to Ba Sing Se. But after a series of events they have to take a deadly route called the serpent's pass with the help of an old friend, Suki. Meanwhile Zuko and Iroh meet up with a boy named Jet and his freedom fighters.

star 7.84
1,731 votes
Directors: Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Joshua Hamilton, Michael Dante DiMartino
Chapter Two: The Cave of Two Lovers

#22 - Chapter Two: The Cave of Two Lovers

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 24, 2006

On their way to Omashu, Aang, Katara, and Sokka meet a group of nomads who show them a shortcut through the "Cave of Two Lovers." But when the group becomes trapped in the cave, it's up to Aang and Katara to save the group by trusting in love ... and possibly questioning their relationship. Meanwhile, Iroh gets a lethal rash so Zuko and Iroh head to a small Earth Kingdom town for help, hoping their real identities will not be discovered.

star 7.86
1,935 votes
Writers: Joshua Hamilton
Chapter Two: The Avatar Returns

#23 - Chapter Two: The Avatar Returns

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 21, 2005

Katara and Sokka discover that Aang is the long-lost Avatar and must rescue him when a Firebending prince named Zuko kidnaps him.

star 7.87
2,342 votes
Directors: Dave Filoni
Writers: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
Chapter Eighteen: The Waterbending Master

#24 - Chapter Eighteen: The Waterbending Master

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 18, 2005

When Aang tries to find the north pole, he is found by the north pole instead.When they are taken there Aang and Katara are eager to find a water bending master only to find that girls are not allowed to learn waterbending.

star 7.87
1,798 votes
Writers: Michael Dante DiMartino
Chapter Two: The Headband

#25 - Chapter Two: The Headband

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 28, 2007

To better blend in as Fire Nation citizens, Aang enrolls in a Fire Nation school, giving himself an opportunity to learn more about the Nation while at the same enjoy life as a normal kid for the first time since he discovered he was the Avatar. Meanwhile Zuko, growing more and more paranoid about the Avatar's false demise, brings himself to confronts his imprisoned uncle.

star 7.88
1,859 votes
Writers: John O'Bryan