During Team Avatar’s adventures, the show presents them to viewers as misfits. After all, they’re a group of kids determined to defeat the massive and powerful Fire Nation, so it makes sense in that regard. However, as Dante Basco noted, they are not quite as badly off as it might seem. “If you think about it… the OGs, they’re actually all rich kids,” he said in Avatar: Braving the Elements, emphasizing that Zuko and Toph are both of royal descent, Sokka’s and Katara’s family hold power in the Southern Water Tribe, and Aang is, well, the Avatar. It’s sort of a pretty privileged crew.
Despite the fact that the Team Avatar crew all come from high backgrounds, that fact does little to improve their predicament. At the end of the day, they still find themselves in the middle of a power struggle against a formidable enemy in the Fire Nation. Also, they don’t let their luck get the better of them and are aware of their shortcomings. As Michael Dante DiMartino told The Mary Sue in 2015, “In our stories, we’ve tried to show the characters learning from their mistakes and growing from them to become more balanced people.” He adds that the characters are imperfect were, but young audiences could still look up to them and be inspired by them.
So are the team avatar members in a good position in terms of their place in society? Certainly, and it’s an intriguing point I want to make. At the same time, for the most part, they don’t evoke the stereotypical images of wealthy, spoiled youth. Basically, they are good people who want to help each other, themselves and those in need.