Avatar: The Last Airbender is an animated action series that includes the four classic Greek elements in its combat system, such as the Firebenders and the Waterbenders. But the Avatar can bend all four elements at once, wielding the power of all previous Avatars while in the unique Avatar state. Not everyone can inherit this power.
The spirit of light, Raava, chooses a new Avatar each time the previous one dies, and ideally, an Avatar will be brave, selfless, self-confident, and kind, just like Aang, Korra, and Roku (among many others). Some anime characters also have what it takes to become a true Avatar, while others fall short on the list of requirements. Who is ready to become the next Avatar?
10 COULD ACCESS THE STATE OF AVATAR: Naruto Uzumaki, the future Hokage (Naruto)
Naruto Uzumaki would make a wonderful Avatar, and not just for being the protagonist of his own series. Naruto was born with almost nothing, not even his parents, but he had the Nine-Tailed Fox inside him. He was an outcast.
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This gave Naruto a humble and compassionate worldview, and he longs to restore peace and balance throughout the world and create a world in which all people can live in harmony. That is exactly what an Avatar should do, and Naruto has the guts to pursue that dream.
9 COULD NOT ACCESS THE AVATAR STATE: Ichigo Kurosaki, the Substitute Soul Reaper (Bleach)
Ichigo Kurosaki is also a protagonist of shonen, but he is cut by a different pattern than Naruto Uzumaki. Ichigo is an antihero who isn’t terribly sentimental, and he doesn’t dream big either. Instead, you seek to protect your friends and family from harm. He is not concerned with the fate of the world.
Antiheroes can be compelling, but they are not good avatars as they don’t think on a large enough scale when it comes to saving the world and restoring balance and peace. Ichigo is a brave fighter, but he is not the guardian of justice and harmony in the world.
8 THEY COULD ACCESS THE STATE OF AVATAR: Izuku Midoriya, aka Deku (My Hero Academia)
Izuku Midoriya is also a shonen protagonist, and on the whole he’s much more like Naruto than Ichigo, and that bodes well for Avatar status. Izuku is absolutely determined to become the new symbol of peace, a guardian that everyone can trust.
That’s exactly what the Avatar should be, and Izuku, just like Naruto Uzumaki, has the guts and determination to act on it. He’s not quite as charismatic as All Might yet, but he’s working on it, and All Might’s legacy is in good hands.
7 COULD NOT ACCESS AVATAR STATUS: Levi Ackerman, Captain Scout (Attack On Titan)
Levi Ackerman is a major in the Scouts, and it is clear how he came to be an officer. Levi is known for his no-nonsense attitude, elite skills, and discipline, and he achieves results regardless of the odds. He’s also something of a rival to Eren Yeager.
However, Levi is an anti-hero at heart, like Ichigo, and seeks to fulfill his duty and carry out the mission, rather than act like a noble superhero. For Levi, trying to save the world and become his Avatar is too ambitious. Better to take things one mission at a time.
6 COULD ACCESS THE STATE OF AVATAR: Erza Scarlet, The Master of the Magic Sword (Fairy Tail)
Erza Scarlet knows what it’s like to suffer. She and her friends, including Jellal Fernández and Millianna, worked for years as child slaves before fighting for their freedom, and Erza never took that freedom for granted. And she will never allow anyone else to suffer like her.
Erza’s attitude sometimes borders on anti-hero, but in reality, she will give her life without hesitation to rescue those in need, and Erza yearns for justice to be done for the wicked. With the Avatar state, Erza could create a better world, free from slavery and exploitation.
5 COULD NOT ACCESS THE STATE OF THE AVATAR: Josuke Higashikata, village hero (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Josuke Higashikata is an antihero to the end, although that doesn’t mean he’s cruel or unreliable. Josuke takes care of his friends and takes on bullies without hesitation, but almost as often, he is the bully.
Josuke is a small-town boy who likes to get into trouble from time to time, and Josuke’s hooligan streak and little character make him the complete opposite of what the Avatar should be. Josuke would have no idea what to make of the Avatar state.
4 COULD ACCESS THE STATE OF AVATAR: Elizabeth Liones, The Archangel (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Elizabeth Liones is much more than she seemed at first. She was introduced as a runaway princess helping the Seven Deadly Sins squad, until her true archangel nature was revealed much later. Angel or not, however, Elizabeth has the heart of a kind but strong hero.
Elizabeth only seeks to restore peace and balance to the world, and will not tolerate any lies, cruelty, or exploitation for any reason. With the Avatar state at her disposal, Elizabeth could restore peace to Britannia in no time.
3 COULDN’T ACCESS THE STATE OF THE AVATAR: Megumin, the witch of the explosion (Konosuba)
Megumin belongs to the Crimson Demon clan and can use magic. But only one type of magic: explosive. Megumin is determined to master this particular spell and impress the witch who taught it to her, and she cares little else.
Megumin means well, but barely, as she can mock or reject anyone who cannot help her achieve her self-centered goal. He doesn’t even care about saving the world; to her they just mean awesome explosions and pocket money.
2 THEY COULD ACCESS THE STATE OF AVATAR: Van Hohenheim, The Tramp (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Van Hohenheim, like Erza Scarlet, started with very little, and thus learned to truly appreciate the freedom and wonders that the world had to offer. After his life as Slave # 23 in the Xerxes civilization, Hohenheim accidentally helped the flask dwarf to become Father, and then resolved to fix this problem by any means necessary.
Hohenheim yearns to rid the world of Father and teach other people to live in peace and harmony, like a true Avatar. With the power of the Avatar state, Hohenheim could greatly aid ordinary people and prevent excess bloodshed while foiling Father’s plans.
1 COULD NOT ACCESS THE STATE OF THE AVATAR: Lupine III, The Master Thief (Lupine III)
Lupine III is the ultimate antihero, as he is a neutral, charming and chaotic character who seeks the thrill of stealing the world’s most valuable historical treasures and artifacts. And he is not alone; Lupine has by his side Goemon, the modern samurai, and Daisuke Jigen, a fellow gunman.
Lupine is not purely an anarchist, and neither does he seek to ruin anyone’s life. But still, he does little to help people, other than his friends, like Fujiko Mine. Lupine wouldn’t be able to find a single meaningful use for the Avatar state, he wouldn’t even want it.