Avatar: Here’s What Happened to Appa When Aang Died!

Avatar: Here's What Happened to Appa When Aang Died!

Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the popular Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series is finally here, and we on Fiction Horizon are going to be covering the series, explaining all the changes from the original animated series, as well as some crucial story elements that you might be wondering about, even if they’re not directly related to the live-action Season 1. This article will be dedicated to Appa, Aang’s flying bison, as we are going to reveal the ultimate fate of one of the series’ most popular characters. If you wanted to know what happened to Appa after Aang’s death, you’ve come to the right place, as we are going to reveal the truth to you.

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Appa is a flying bison and one of the most important supporting characters from the Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise. He is a friend and ally of Aang’s.
  • Aang and Appa met when they were young, and Aang was able to tame Appa and the two became inseparable friends. Appa was later used as a means of transport for Team Avatar.
  • Although Appa’s ultimate fate has not been officially confirmed in the series, it is heavily assumed that he died at the same time as Aang due to the spiritual connection between them.

Appa has been Aang’s faithful friend from the start

Appa is a flying bison, born in the Eastern Air Temple; very docile and protective of those who take care of him. Momo’s best friend. He travels with Aang, Katara, his brother Sokka, little Toph, and the flying lemur Momo. Basically, his specialty is transporting small numbers of people. Appa has the basic Airbending ability of transportation, called “Air-flow,” which develops naturally in some species of animals in that world. It is carried out by causing slight air currents through his thick fur that allows him to slide and levitate, but this (although it is natural for him) still makes him a little tired. When this happens, he usually prefers to float in the water to cool off and rest.

The Air-flow does not give it much speed or thrust, so it is helped by its gigantic webbed tail that allows it to launch large bursts of air that give it speed and thrust, this characteristic being used for defense and attack in cases of emergency. To make him start flying, he is usually told the phrase: “Yip, yip.” Being a herbivore, he must eat large amounts of grass, straw, oats, fruits, and some young shoots. He can go several days without eating or drinking since his metabolism is slow, and food takes time to be processed (since he has five stomachs), so he does not necessarily have to eat every day. Just one big meal every other day, and he will be fine.


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He drinks a lot of water, and it is very important to him since he usually uses it up quickly. He almost never gets sick, but fatigue makes him lose his abilities. He is somewhat shy, he is always very obedient, and he allows himself to be guided very easily. He often puts Aang on the spot at times, but overall, he is very obedient. A jealous protector of his owner, he is capable of anything to save him, and on more than one occasion, he has put himself in front of Fire Nation soldiers in order to get Aang and his friends out of trouble.

He usually just needs a flick of his “Air-flow” tail to send an entire troop of soldiers flying, leaving them stunned and several meters away, allowing them to escape easily. He loves to travel and play. He often unsuccessfully seeks to imitate the behaviors of other species and usually prefers to be accompanied. He is also afraid of fire.

Appa probably died along with Aang

As for Appa’s ultimate fate, many fans are wondering what actually happened to the flying bison. Why? Well, the series never officially revealed what happened to Appa. He did not appear in The Legend of Korra, and his fate was not revealed there, so no official info is available anywhere. On the other hand, knowing the structure of the lore as well as the connection that exists between Appa and Aang, we can assume what happened.

Namely, Appa and Aang had a very special and deep bond, a bond of a spiritual nature that connected their life forces in a very special way. Appa had no one save for Aang, so we assume that when Aang died at the age of 66, Appa died with him. This would be a very fitting and symbolic end to Appa’s story, and almost all fans agree that this is the version that is most likely true.

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