Avatar: The Last Airbender – S01E02 – Warriors | Transcript

Aang, Katara and Sokka arrive at a small island, home to elite warriors named after Avatar Kyoshi. The Fire Nation gets wind of the Avatar's whereabouts.
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Aang, Katara and Sokka arrive at a small island, home to elite warriors named after Avatar Kyoshi. The Fire Nation gets wind of the Avatar’s whereabouts.

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[embers crackling]

[wind blowing]

[water swooshing]

[suspenseful music playing]

[ship engine chugging]

[Zuko grunts]

[objects clanging, shattering]

[Zuko grunting]

I’m sure it’ll turn up.

You probably just misplaced it.

[Zuko grunts]

And keep in mind, the notebook didn’t find the Avatar.

You did.

Your notebook may have been useful in collecting your thoughts, but your unceasing effort is what led you to the Avatar.

He ran!

The ultimate warrior!

He’s a coward!

I don’t know about that.

But it’s clear that this Avatar is not what you nor anyone else would’ve expected.


We won’t know until we find him. And I will find him.

I’m still the heir to the throne. That’s gotta mean something, even in this dustbin corner of the world.

[Iroh] It does.

And in this case, it is precisely because we are in a more quiet part of the world that we have an advantage.

How many places can there be for an Avatar to hide?

[suspenseful music swells]

[Aang] Kyoshi Island is only a few hours from here.

According to this, Avatar Kyoshi was the fiercest of warriors and a master of what they call the Avatar State.

Maybe something in her shrine will help me control my power before…

You kill someone?

Before it happens again.

[Sokka] It’s time to go home.


We did our part. We saved him from the Firebenders.

Now it’s time to go home. My duty…

Our duty is to protect the village, like Dad told us to.

They can protect themselves.

Besides, what good is saving Wolf Cove if we don’t save the world?

Katara, do you hear what you’re saying? Save the world.


Why not?

If the world is gonna have any chance, it’s gonna need Aang.

And you’re right.

We do have a duty, and it’s to protect the Avatar.

Protect him? You wanna protect him?

The guy who nearly blew us off the top of this mountain.

It’s about more than just helping Aang.

Ever since he came into our lives, things have changed for me.

Before I met him, I couldn’t bend enough water to fill a thimble.

And now look what I can do! And that’s after a single day!

Look around.

Look where we are now.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t go back.

[soft grunting]

[suspenseful music playing]

Katara, something’s wrong with your bag.



[Sokka] Hey! That’s our food.

[Katara] What is that?

[Aang] A winged lemur!

The sky used to be filled with them.

[Katara] What’s this?

[mysterious music playing]

[Gran Gran] My dear Katara.

This scroll has been passed down among the Waterbenders of our tribe for generations.

It contains everything you need to know to begin your bending education.

You have no idea how hard it’s been to keep this from you.

But with the Fire Nation hunting for benders, it was just too dangerous for you to have.

But now that you’ve gone out into the world, you should take what belongs to you.

You are a Waterbender.

That is who you have always been and always will be.

Never forget that.

See? This never would’ve happened if we hadn’t left home.

Fine. We’ll go to Kyoshi Island and see how it goes.

Aang, you ready to leave?

There’s something I have to do first.

[sentimental music playing]

My whole life, you were there for me… and I wasn’t there for you.

Goodbye, Gyatso.

I’m sorry.


[dramatic music playing]

[mysterious music playing]

[Appa grunts]

[growls softly]


[lemur squeaking]


You wanna join us, Momo?

[Momo squeaks]


Yeah. He looks like a Momo, doesn’t he?

Just like how you look like a Sokka.

[Katara] Can’t argue with that.

I bet you taste like chicken.


[indistinct chatter]

Zuko, you must try this. It’s got…

What’s it got?

Quailpole egg.

Quailpole egg. Very good for…


Vitality! [chuckles]

What are we doing here, Uncle?

[Iroh] This port houses the headquarters of the regional Fire Nation commander.

It is a hub of local information.

If anything unusual were to happen in the vicinity, it would be reported here.

Have you lost your mind?

You wanna ask a Fire Nation commander if they’ve seen the Avatar?

If word gets out, everyone in the world will be looking for him.

I could lose everything.

Calm yourself, Prince Zuko.

One thing you must learn is how to get what you want without divulging your true intentions.

You must use your tact, your empathy.

But most importantly, you need to have… sticky rice!

Uncle, there’s no time for this.

[adventurous music playing]

[Sokka] There she is.

Giant, scary lady.


Check this out.

[Katara] Sokka, should you just go in there?

[suspenseful music playing]


[action music playing]

[Aang grunts]


[Katara] Sokka!

[Sokka] What? What’s happening?

[Katara] Watch out!

[Sokka] Hey!

Ah! [grunts]

You are trespassing on sacred ground.

Stop! You’re making a mistake. He’s the Avatar!

Ridiculous. There would’ve been signs if he was the Avatar.

[mystical whirring]

[majestic music playing]

I think that might be a sign.

[bell clanging]

[woman] It’s been a long time since we’ve had visitors, and for good reason.

For a hundred years, Kyoshi Island has remained safe from the ravages of war by keeping to ourselves.

We expect the outside world to do the same.

We’re not here to cause any trouble.

All I want is to learn more about Avatar Kyoshi.

Isn’t that what this place is about? Keeping her memory alive?

We’re not a threat.

[woman] Maybe not.

But the next visitors might be. We can’t start making exceptions.

We’re not just any visitors. He’s the Avatar.

According to you and a few reflections off a statue.

I know you’re scared. I don’t know what life has been like here.

To be honest, I don’t know what life has been like anywhere.

I’ve been away for a while.

But where I’m from, people help each other.

I know I don’t belong here.

That’s something I’ve been feeling a lot lately.

But if you can help me, if I can learn to be the Avatar, maybe I could bring the place I knew, a world where people were happier, back.

What harm is there in letting him look through some books?

It’s not about them.

It’s about who else may come. I know.

But if he is the Avatar, how can we turn our back on him?

Such a fierce warrior.

And yet such a kind heart.


Suki, you’re too young to know that there are many in this world who would take advantage of that kind heart.

I’m not too young. I just haven’t seen the world.

I’m reminded that Kyoshi herself often benefited from the kindness of strangers.

And as the Avatar, she believed in helping those who could not help themselves.

So we will open our village to our guests for 48 hours.

I trust that you will respect the limits of our generosity.

[Sokka] I get it. I know why you wanted us off your island.

I’d have done the same thing.

It’s a big responsibility, all these people’s lives in your hands.

Personally, I take that responsibility very seriously.

I, uh… I’m the guardian of my village, too, so…



[Suki] A guardian?

So how are you protecting your people if you’re here?

What? I’m not.

I mean, I am.

I may… I may not physically be there, but still…

That is, I’m…

I have to save the world first.

Katara, how does it go again?

I’m protecting Aang, so I’m protecting the village…

Hey! Hey! Um…

The point is we have a lot in common. We’re both warriors, right?

Before she died, Avatar Kyoshi trained an elite force in her image.

One ready to protect not only our homes but our way of life.

That tradition has been passed down through the generations, and it is now my honor to protect this community and to uphold the values of the Avatar.

That is why I’m not just a warrior.

I’m a Kyoshi Warrior.

[curious music plays]

[Zuko] Where’s your commander?

I need recent surveillance reports right now.

Excuse me?

And maps.

Nautical maps. The more detailed, the better.

[man] And you are?

Prince Zuko.

What an honor to welcome actual royalty to our humble base.

What can I do for the crown prince?

As I was saying, I need…

Please excuse my nephew.

We’ve been at sea a long time, and our manners have grown as rusty as our anchors.

General Iroh, no need to apologize, and please forgive our lapses as well.

We don’t get many VIP visitors around here.

Much less the famed “Dragon of the West.”

As my nephew was saying, we are in search of maps and surveillance reports.

We’re hoping to track schools of jumping shark squids.

Sh… shark squids?

[Iroh] Mmm.

They’re migrating this time of year.

Oh, they’re delicious, grilled with a touch of lemon.

Hmm. [chuckles]


I see.

Anything I can do to help.

If you wouldn’t mind giving me until the morning, we can track down what you need.

Very kind, Commander…

Zhao. Commander Zhao.

At your service.

[foreboding music plays]


Someone needs to put a bell on you.

There’s food in the village hall.

[mysterious music playing]

[inspirational music playing]


Amazing! You’re a natural.

Well, these are just the easy forms.

Well, it’s more than you could do before, right?

You caught on quickly. You’re a real Waterbender, Katara.

You know, you should be practicing too.

The Avatar needs to master all four elements.

Maybe later.

I can’t imagine what it’s like knowing you’ll have to save the world,

but avoiding practice doesn’t mean you’ll avoid the responsibility.

I know.

It’s just Gyatso used to be the one who trained me.

I’ve never really trained with anyone else.

It’s okay.

We’ll do this together.

We’re not going anywhere.

Or you could just let me use you for target practice.

[Aang] Ah!


[upbeat flute music playing]

Not home cooking, but not bad.


[Sokka grunts]

[Aang and Katara laugh]

Just try that again, drumstick.

[Katara chuckles]

[indistinct chatter]

Are you really an Airbender?

[kids gasp]


[kids laughing]

[indistinct chatter]

You gotta admit, he has a way with people.

He knows how to connect, to get through to people like he did last night.

That’s his real power. Connection. Building bridges.

That’s how he’s gonna be the Avatar.


[kids laughing]

Right. There goes the savior of the world.

Is this what it’s like to have people from the outside here?

[woman] You don’t remember the days when the war raged all around us, and we lived in constant fear of the Fire Nation.

There’s a reason we’ve avoided that all these years.


We’ve avoided a lot of things by living the way we do.

Be that as it may, we’ve stayed safe.

If not happy.

This boy, he may be entertaining, but that doesn’t mean he’s not dangerous.

He’s a threat.

And the sooner he and his friends are off our island, the better.

[indistinct chatter]

The Avatar?

[man] Yes, sir.

He thinks he’s found the Avatar?

According to his crew.

They claimed to have discovered him at a small Water Tribe village.

Prince Zuko captured him but then lost him.

If Zuko’s looking to us for information, it means he thinks he’s still in the area.

Gather any reports of unusual sightings in the last few days, anything out of the ordinary, no matter how small.

And do it fast.


[Sokka] Oh.

Seriously? Bell. Think about it.

Made it myself.

It’s, uh… it’s great in combat and hunting and…

[Suki] Hunting?

Yeah, hunting. Yeah. [chuckles]

For tiger whales.

Yeah, that’s, uh, dangerous, tiger whales.

Ferociously deadly tiger whales.

Um, I could run you through the basics if you want.

[Sokka grunts]

Wow. Um…

That was pretty good.

Uh, that was… that was pretty good.

Us Southern Water Tribe warriors are known more for our hand-to-hand fighting.

[curious music playing]

Oh, right now?



[both grunting]



[foreboding music playing]

Nothing. Nothing about the Avatar State or any of her powers.

Nothing that can help me train.

So how am I supposed to figure out how to save the world?

How do I stop the Fire Nation from hurting more people?

Did you know she was an orphan?

Lived on the streets until she was hired as a house girl for the richest family on the island.

She was quiet and kind. No one had a clue she’d become the Avatar.

Yeah, so how did she go from this… to that?

[Katara] “Only justice will bring peace.”

I never wanted to fight, and I’m afraid of hurting someone.

Back home, the other kids used to say I was lucky because I never really had to train.

But I did have to train.

Not to develop my powers but to keep them under control.

[kids scream]

I’m… I’m sorry!

No one said anything, but I could tell they were scared of me.

Just like how you and Sokka were when I went into the Avatar State.

What if nothing in here can help me?

What if I never learn how to control my power?

How many people will I hurt?

But imagine what’ll happen if you don’t even try.

Aang, you’re not alone.

According to this, all the previous Avatars are incarnations of your past lives.

You are literally not alone. The other Avatars are inside you.

You want someone to teach you, you just need to figure out how to connect to them.

The answers aren’t inside here.

They’re inside you.

[indistinct chatter]

[mysterious music playing]

What is it?

Zhao’s boat.

It’s gone.


He heard something about a flying cow near Kyoshi Island, so he set sail at dawn.

[Zuko] A flying cow?

He knows about the Avatar. Somehow, he found out.

We have to get there before him.

[all] Ha!




[warriors] Hmm!

[Suki] Za!


[Suki] Za!


[Suki grunts]




[curious music plays]

[exhales sharply]

[exhales sharply]

[exhales sharply]





[stirring music playing]

[Suki] Huh!


[Suki grunts]

[Suki grunts softly]

[Gyatso]The world needs the Avatar. The world needs you, Aang.

[Katara] But imagine what’ll happen…

[Aang] I’m scared of my power.

They’re all gone.

[Sokka] When the world needed the Avatar the most, he vanished. He ran…

[Aang] I don’t want power.

[Gyatso] Which is why you will make a great Avatar.

[Aang] Avatar Kyoshi, help me.

[mystical whirring]

[Katara] Aang?

[Kyoshi] Aang!


It’s about time.


I’m sorry.

I didn’t know how to reach you.

I didn’t know I could reach you.

There’s a lot you don’t know.

Can’t we go any faster?

We’re at top speed.

Everything that can be done is being done.

You’ve waited three years.

You can wait a little longer.

Three years.

Three years.

There were times I thought I’d never find the Avatar.

But it’s almost worse now that I know he’s close… because now the chance to go home is real.

Sometimes, hope can be a cruel thing.

[footsteps approaching]

Sir, we’re approaching Kyoshi Island.

[Suki grunting]

[Suki panting]

I think I’m getting the hang of… Ah!

[Suki grunts]

You need to turn your opponent’s power against them.

Reflect their strength.

Thanks. Um, you’re a great teacher.

And you’re an excellent student.

Though I’m sure you were helped by your previous training.

You know, as your village’s protector.


Right, “protector.”

To be honest, where I’m from, there’s not much call for a real warrior.

I think you’re a real warrior.

[scoffs] Not like you. You… you’re not even a bender, and you’re the fiercest fighter I’ve ever met.

Not being a bender means we have to be even better than benders.

We can’t reshape mountains and burn forests, so we have to fight with what we have.

What matters is not the power inside.

It’s the will and desire.

The heart.

[tender music playing]

The truth is, I envy you.

I’ve always wondered what the world outside was like, but I never had the courage to leave.

I’ve always wondered what I’d find.

Now I know.

[bell clanging]

The bell!

You hear it too?

We have to go.

Why? What’s happening?

It’s the town alarm. Someone’s coming.

[Katara] Aang!

[indistinct shouting]

[suspenseful music playing]

Aang, you need to come back, now.

Where are you?

[Kyoshi] There are many dimensions to being the Avatar.

You need to be a guardian, a general, a mediator, a guide.

You must fill several roles, and many of them require unparalleled strength.

That’s why I need to master all the bending disciplines?

To become strong?

Yes. And to help you gain control over the ultimate power.

The Avatar State is the combination of all your past lives, focusing their energy through you.

The Avatar State gives you the strength of a thousand benders.

I’ve seen it.

It’s dangerous.

[Kyoshi] If uncontrolled, yes, but it can also be the ultimate weapon, and it can save your life.

[Zuko] We’re too late. There’s no way around Zhao’s men.

He’ll have made it to the village by now.

[indistinct chatter]

In Pai Sho, the first move is not always the best.

Knowledge of your opponent, knowing where he might go, is more important than speed.

And so where there is one Avatar, there may be another.

[suspenseful music playing]

Such a lovely island.

And we welcome you to it, Commander.

Though we wish we’d had some advanced notice.

We are quite unprepared for guests.

Funny. That’s not what I’d heard.

I understand you had an unexpected visitor just the other day.

You must be mistaken.

We like keeping to ourselves.

I’ve heard.

Yes, I’ve heard Kyoshi Island has had an admirable history of staying, shall we say, insignificant, which is why there’s been no need for the Fire Nation to get involved in your affairs.

I’d hate to see all that change because of an outsider.

Commander, the way I see it, you and your men are the only outsiders here.

An unfortunate perspective.

You won’t mind if we take a look ourselves?

I expected as much.

[suspenseful music plays]

[woman grunts]

[man grunts]

Take them, and find the Avatar!

[Kyoshi] You wanna know what is the Avatar? I can’t tell you that.

Every Avatar is different.

We are shaped by the different demands of our times.

So I have to figure this out myself?

That is part of the journey.

But what if I hurt someone along the way?

And how many have already been hurt because you haven’t been here?

Run away from your responsibilities again, and even more will be hurt!

Being the Avatar means putting your duties above all else.

Even your life!


I was like you once.

But then I saw what was at stake, and I will show you what will happen if you fail.

Tragedy awaits the North, and unless you do something about it, another race of benders will be wiped out just as the Air Nomads were.

You asked me what it means to be the Avatar.

It means being a warrior.

[distorted] A mighty, merciless warrior.



[man whimpers]


[Momo squeaking]

[men grunting]

[Suki] Ah!

[warrior grunts]


[Suki grunts]

[warrior grunts]


[suspenseful music continues]


[Suki grunts]

[distant screaming]

They’re bringing more men.

We can’t hold them off much longer.

[woman] Where’s your friend?

You said he could help us.

Where is the Avatar?

What if I do what you say, and it all just becomes worse?

It will.

Your very presence in this world will make things worse.

At first, both sides will fight harder because the Avatar has returned.

Hope does not come without a cost.

You. I’m getting through one way or another.

What happens to you is your choice.

So what’s the point?

[Kyoshi] You want things to be easy?

None of this will be easy.

Avoid your duties any longer, and not only will you fail to save the world, you won’t even be able to save this island.

This island? From what?

From the danger you’ve put them in right now.

My friends.

[suspenseful action music plays]





[villagers screaming]

[Zuko] I warned you!

No one’s going to stand in my way!


You wanted to know about the power of the Avatar.

[distorted echoing] I will show you what that power can do.

[mystical whir]



[dramatic music playing]



[breathing shakily]

[action music playing]

No, no, no, no!




[warriors grunting]

Pull back.

Back to the ship!

[warriors clamoring]

[dramatic music playing]

[Katara] Aang!

[Aang groans]

I’m okay.

This is all my fault.

I brought this here.

Which is why you have to go.


We can’t just leave you.

They want the Avatar, not us.

There’s nothing here that we’ve lost that can’t be replaced, and you’ve given us something far more valuable in return.

A reason to believe again in our village, in ourselves… and in the Avatar.

[solemn music playing]

Nice job, Avatar.

[indistinct chatter]

Listen, I, uh… I wish… we had more time.

I know.

I do too.

Thank you, Sokka.

For what?

For bringing the world to me.

[emotional music playing]

[villagers] Bye!

So this means you don’t wanna go home anymore?

And let you guys have all the fun?

Besides, someone’s gotta help the kid. This could get tough for him.

Zuko clearly isn’t going to give up, and he’s dangerous.


Nifty trick you pulled back there, channeling scary lady.

This mean we’ll see more of her?

Kyoshi said I can only call upon one of the past Avatars when I’m in their shrines.

What else did she tell you?

We must get to the Northern Water Tribe because something terrible is going to happen there.

Something only I can stop.

All right, North it is, then.

We just gotta get there before the Firebenders catch up to us.

Waterbending masters there are the best in the world. They can train you.

So don’t worry, kid. You don’t have to do this alone.

You have me, Katara, and a flying ball of fur.

What more do you need?

[Momo squeaking]



Feel like I walked into that one.


[Momo squeaking]

[Zhao] I was simply responding to reports of a disturbance on Kyoshi.

I had no idea the Avatar would be there.

If Your Highness had been more forthcoming earlier, we might have avoided this misunderstanding.

I hope we can put this behind us.

Of course, Commander.

Don’t tell anyone.

About the Avatar.

No one else can know.

[Zhao] But of course.

I fully understand the sensitive nature of this information.

And if you’ll permit me, working together, we’d be able to devote twice as many resources to the hunt.

Obviously, with Your Highness taking the lead in all matters…

Wait, we don’t…

An excellent suggestion, Commander.

We would be honored to have your partnership and your loyalty.

Believe me, there’s nothing more important than knowing where to place my loyalties.

[foreboding music playing]

[Zhao] To Your Supreme Eminence, the great flame of the world, I am but a humble servant in the Southern Seas.

[bird caws]

[Zhao] But I have news for you of a critical nature.

I know this information may arrive as a shock, and you might be tempted to dismiss it as rumor or delusion, but rest assured, I have witnessed these events with my very eyes.

That is why I can report an astounding development.

One that could change the future of the Fire Nation.

The Avatar has returned.

[upbeat drum and flute music playing]


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