Characters: Avatar: The Last Airbender: Allies
These characters are not on Team Avatar, but help them out in their adventures.
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Father of Sokka and Katara, Hakoda is the chief of their village in the Southern Water Tribe. Shortly after his wife Kya was killed in a Fire Nation raid, Hakoda led the men of the tribes off to war. While he genuinely loved his children, he realized that this was for a greater good and left them behind. Later in the series, he was reunited with his children and led an coalition army of Water Tribe and Earth Kingdom forces into the Fire Nation capital on the Day of Black Sun. When the invasion plan failed, he led the other Gaang tagalongs
onto a bus
. Sokka rescued him from prison, allowing Hakoda to return in the finale to tell his children how proud he was of them.
- Action Dad: Just like his children, he doesn't just stand idly by as the Fire Nation is attacking. He even went to fight against them long before they did.
- Badass Normal: Like his son he is a non-bender and is still chosen to lead a large group of benders to invade a national capital.
- Foreshadowing/Chekhov's Gunman: Briefly appears in "Appa's Lost Days" before formally appearing in Season 2's Finale.
- Good Counterpart: To Ozai. He's a figure of authority and a father that fights a war. The difference being he is fighting to defend his family and not only does he freely tell his children he loves them but assures them that they don't have to earn his love.
- Happily Married: Was implied to be this with Kya.
- Like Father, Like Son: So much that only Sokka finds his jokes funny.
- Parents in Distress: He gets captured during the invasion and Sokka has to rescue him from the Boiling Rock.
- Put on a Bus: Twice, once pre-series and once in season three after the failed invasion.
A Water Tribe warrior and Hakoda's lieutenant and best friend.
Voiced by: Michael Dow
Haru is a teenage Earthbender whom Aang, Katara and Sokka met early in their travels. He was the only active Earthbender left in his village, and that because he hid his abilities at his mother's behest. The Fire Nation occupied their village and carted off any Earthbender to prison on board an all metal ship.
Katara convinced Haru to Earthbend to save the life of an old man, which resulted in him being imprisoned. Katara faked Earthbending to get captured as well, and rescued him, inspiring Haru, his father, and all the captive Earthbenders to fight back against the Fire Nation.
Katara and Haru had a strong bond because they had each lost a parent to the Fire Nation, and the bond only grew stronger in gratitude once Katara's bravery reunited not only father and son, but freed all the captive Earthbenders.
The Mechanist and Teo
Voiced by: René Auberjonois (Mechanist), Daniel Samonas (Teo)
As a brilliant engineer and scientist, the Mechanist works to help others and his son Teo with his inventions. When his village was destroyed by a flood (during which Teo was crippled), the Mechanist moved his people into the nearby Northern Air Temple, and gave Teo a hang-gliding wheelchair based on Airbender designs. The Fire Nation eventually learned of the Mechanist and blackmailed him into creating weapons for them. After getting a guilt trip from Aang, the Mechanist turned against the Fire Nation. Now he and Teo build weapons for the resisting forces to take down their former oppressors.
While both of them appear only a handful of times, they end up having a big role in the plot. Some of their designs end up being a big factor in the Fire Nation winning the Day of Black Sun.
- Fingore: Played for laughs. The Mechanist has three wooden fingers. One for each failed attempt at creating a knife sharpener.
- Genius Cripple/Handicapped Badass: Teo.
- Graceful in Their Element: Teo in the air.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The war balloon the Mechanist made is a two-fold one. The Mechanist was originally forced to create it for the Fire Nation's benefit, but he eventually rebelled and used it against them, to thwart a Fire Nation raid on the Northern Air Temple. Unfortunately, when it crashed, it ended up benefiting the Fire Nation anyway: it was discovered and studied by the Fire Nation, leading them to create their own war balloons, which they used during the Day of Black Sun and when Sozin's Comet passed by during the Grand Finale.
- Ill Boy: Teo.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: Teo in a flying wheel chair!
- Mad Scientist: A kinder version, though.
- Missing Mom: Teo's mother was killed in the same flood that crippled Teo.
- No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Averted to their loss. The war balloon created by the Mechanist was salvaged by the Fire Nation, who used it as basis to make their own war balloons.
"I wish we could just be friends. But I like you too much, and it's too confusing to be around you. I'm marrying someone else."
Princess of the Northern Water Tribe, Yue was born a sickly baby. In an effort to cure her, her father prayed to the Moon and Ocean Spirits for her health, and the Moon Spirit obliged, giving her a part of its life. Years later, she fell in love with Sokka, but felt conflicted over it due to her Arranged Marriage
with another Water tribe warrior. When Zhao killed the Moon Spirit, Yue used the life energies the Moon Spirit used to heal her to bring back the moon, losing her life in the process. She now acts as the new Moon Spirit and occasional Spirit Advisor
- The Gwen Stacy: After her Heroic Sacrifice, she becomes this to Sokka.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices her life to restore the Moon Spirit after Zhao kills it.
- The Ingenue: Her sweet and kind disposition is her defining trait.
- The Lost Lenore: For Sokka.
- Lunacy/Equivalent Exchange: The moon spirit Tui gave part of her power to heal Yue when she was going to die.
- Making a Splash: She becomes a waterbender after she died, as shown in "The Awakening".
- Meaningful Name: "Yue" means "moon" in Mandarin Chinese and "tragic accident" in Japanese. It's traditionally used as a name for infants that are expected to die.
- Mystical White Hair: Her hair color is a plot point. She was actually born (or rather still-born) with dark hair like everyone else in the water-tribe (and pretty much everyone in the four nations). When the moon-spirit saved her infant life, her hair turned pure white and remained that way all her life.
- Uptown Girl: A princess who falls in love with a commoner of the Southern Water Tribe. Technically Sokka has the same position as Yue, the Chief's eldest child and heir, but the Southern Tribe is so destitute that he's basically a peasant.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Appeared in a whooping two episodes before she died, and hasn't reappeared since then outside from visions in "The Swamp" and "The Awakening".
- Winter Royal Lady: Downplayed; she manages to fill a lot of the trappings of the trope, but all the "Winter" parts are basically portrayed as coincidental - she's treated as a relatively normal princess than an exotically mystical one (even if she does have some mysticism in her story).
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She's willing to do what is best for the Water Tribe, even if it means marrying a man she doesn't love or making a Heroic Sacrifice to resurrect the moon spirit.
Earth King Kuei
Earth King Kuei is the king of Ba Sing Se. He is the youngest earth king in the city's history, and has unfortunately been the puppet of Long Feng and the Dai Li. But after exposing and destroying the Lake Laogai brainwashing facility, the Gaang convinces him about the war he's been kept in the dark about his whole life. He agrees to commit his city's resources. A disguised Azula overthrows him before The Plan
gets off the ground. Rather than take back his city (he is not, apparently, an Earthbender himself), he and his bear Bosco decide to see the world instead.
- Adorkable: His actions, oblivious behaviour and attitude towards his pet bear Bosco definitely make him fit the bill.
- Captain Oblivious: Long Feng did such a good job of fooling him that Kuei was completely oblivious to everything that was going down in his kingdom, including the war.
- The Good King: He managed to become this upon returning to the throne after Ozai's defeat.
- Homage: To (quite appropriately) The Last Emperor, down to those round glasses. Some fans think he looks like Stephen Colbert, although his choice of pet is very un-Colbertesque.
- Long Bus Trip: He goes off to travel the world after Ba Sing Se is conquered by the Fire Nation and never again reappears in the show proper.
- Meaningful Name: "Kuei-lei" is Chinese for "puppet".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Once his eyes are opened to what's really going on in Ba Sing Se. Even before that, despite the Gaang breaking into his palace and laying waste to his guards, he does actually hear them out when he sees that they are willing to lay down their weapons and finds out Aang is the Avatar. And he does not take what they say at face value, he requires proof. Fortunately, they have some, leading to the aforementioned eye-opening.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: He's never set foot outside of the palace in his life, and Long Feng has kept him oblivious to what's really going on in Ba Sing Se.
- Walking the Earth: What he decides to do after Azula overthrows him.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After he goes off to see the world we never see him again, though the comic Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise reveals he came back to rule the city. His daughter appears in the third season of The Legend of Korra as the hereditary ruler of the Earth Kingdom.
Fire Sage Shyu
Voiced by: Michael Yama
Fire Sage Shyu is the first person from the Fire Nation to ally with and help Avatar Aang and his friends. He assists Aang in communicating with Aang's past life, Avatar Roku, who was also from the Fire Nation and who blames himself for the Hundred Year War. Through Shyu's aid, Aang learns that he must defeat Fire Lord Ozai, before the summer, because by then a giant comet will have arrived granting enormous power to the Fire Nation's Firebending armies. The Comet is what gave Ozai's grandfather Fire Lord Sozin the power to start the war and wipe out Aang's people, the Air Nomads.
- Bad Ass Grandpa: A very low key one, but he qualifies. Oddly enough, he seems to be the youngest on the Sages.
- Face Death with Dignity: Shyu's ultimate fate is unknown, all we know is that then Commander Zhao captured him and the other Fire Sages, for helping The Avatar. While the Chief Fire Sage protested that "Only Shyu helped the Avatar", Shyu remained totally silent while Commander Zhao declared "As far as I'm concerned, you are all guilty! Take them to the prison hold!" He didn't even try to escape with Aang and his friends, he simply let himself be captured.
- Martial Pacifist: Shyu can certainly handle himself, but he would rather avoid fighting unless he absolutely has too.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: He betrays the other Sages in order to help Aang. He may be Fire Nation, but he's also a Sage destined to help the Avatar.
- Turbulent Priest: Shyu turns against the Fire Sages and the Fire Nation, to help Avatar Aang and his friends. When questioned about why he betrayed the Fire Nation and helped the Avatar by the then Prince Zuko, Shyu simply says "It was once the sages' duty, I believe it is still our duty."
- Warrior Monk: As a Fire Sage who knows the martial art of Firebending, Shyu and the other Fire Sages are naturally this.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Neither Shyu or the other Fire Sages are ever seen again after the first season episode "Winter Solstice Part 2".