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Yu Dao Resistance
A group trying to prevent Yu Dao from being taken back by the Earth Kingdom.
- Dishing Out Dirt: They have many earthbenders.
- La Résistance: They push to prevent Yu Dao from being taken by the Earth Kingdom.
- Playing with Fire: They also have many firebenders.
Kori is a citizen of Yu Dao, and despite being a Earthbender she is Fire Nation citizen and considers herself loyal to it.
- The Cameo: She appears at the beginning of The Rift introducing the new diverse governing counsel of Yu Dao, two fire nation citizens, two earth nation citizens, also for added diversity two men, two women.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Played with. Kori wears both red and green, as she's an Earthbender yet also legally a Fire Nation citizen and thinks of herself as such.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Defied. She is an Earthbender and a Fire Nation citizen, is proud of being both, and is sick and tired of being told that her loyalties between the two have to conflict.
- Epic Flail: Wields a meteor hammer. Because the ball is made of stone, she can manipulate it with her earthbending for easy retrieval and trick moves.
- Karma Houdini: She tries to kill the Fire Lord twice and she only recieves barely a slap in the wrist.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Despite being both an Earthbender and of mixed nationality in a country that was until recently Fire-supremacist, Kori is legally a Fire Nation citizen because her father is one.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Her Establishing Character Moment is her attempt to assassinate Zuko for his support of the dissolution of the Fire Nation colonies, instead of trying to talk to him first.
- Too Dumb to Live: Kori's attempts to keep her hometown Fire Nation colony in place always involve violence. Including picking fights with people much stronger than her, such as the Avatar and the Fire Lord.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend: With Sneers. A Running Gag in Part 3 is that everyone who finds out about them first confusedly confirms that they're together, then enthusiastically congratulates him.
Not a comic only character, but has a much bigger role. Once a member of the Freedom Fighter, he later joins the Yu Dao Resistance.
- An Axe to Grind: Uses throwing axes.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes his first appearance since "Jet".
- Conflicting Loyalties: His old life and hatred for the fire nation vs. his new life and love who happens to be proud of her fire nation heritage.
- Running Gag: People congratulating him on his relationship with Kori, it happens so much that he starts to take offence.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend: With Kori, and many people enthusiastically congratulate him for it.
- With Us or Against Us:
Sneers: This is it, Aang! You choose to either defend Yu Dao with us... or doom us.
- Kori does this to him, after he lets it slip that he's part of the protest looking to evict the Fire Nation from Yu Dao. Although rather than frame it as an issue of nations, as she had done to Zuko in the first volume, Kori presents it as protecting the city of Yu Dao itself.
- Uses a guilt-trip version of this on Aang.
Toph's Metalbending Students
A group of kids Toph noticed had metalbending potential, and brought them in to train.
All of them:
- Berserk Button: Toph and Sokka try to press them to get them to metalbend, but it backfires and they faint instead.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Ho-Tun, The Dark One, and Penga respectively.
- Chekhov's Skill: Spinning helmets is very helpful in subduing soldiers without killing them.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Obviously, in order for them to be potential metalbenders.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Toph is this to them. A typical communication goes like this, "Stop slacking off, lily livers!"
- Extra-ore-dinary: What Toph tries to teach them.
- Power Born of Madness: Played for laughs. Toph finds them when they demonstrate extreme emotion, which can ever-so-slightly affect nearby metal....But the only people who get extremely emotional in public are, in Sokka and Toph's words, "crazy people."
- Rival Dojos: They stage a duel with Master Kunyo's firebending school over the property rights to a training dojo. The metalbenders win.
- Took a Level in Badass: After learning metalbending.
"The Dark One"
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Is very pale, and has a creepy attitude.
- Emo Teen: Generally acts annoyed and depressed.
- Embarrassing First Name: His real name is Moo-Chee-Goo-Chee-La-Poo-Chee the Third.
- Only Sane Man: He's the only one to see through Sokka's ruse in one of his ploys to get them to metal bend.
- Ship Tease: With Yee-li, the Air Acolyte, in part three of The Rift.
- Spear Counterpart: To Mai at first. Word of God admits that they eventually gave him his love of poetry to try and distance the two characters.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: The reason for his emo attitude oddly. He loves poetry, but feels people only ever saw his looks.
- Too Many Belts: It's part of the Goth thing.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Both Sokka and Toph can't believe anyone would name their kid his real name. The answer to this is obvious, since he's "The Third": his grandfather obviously decided that his suffering needed to be passed on to later generations.
- All Women Love Shoes: Is obsessed with them. In her flashback introduction she is crying that she can't have more. Later Toph and Sokka try to use this to get her to metalbend, but it backfires.
- Badass Adorable: When she learns metalbending and is not being a Spoiled Brat.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: Claims Sokka is her boyfriend, but later switches to Ho-Tun.
- Spoiled Brat: Acted like this, crying when she can't have more shoes, before the Character Development brought on by metalbending training.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only girl among the students.
- Ambiguously Brown: His race is not very clear.
- The Big Guy: The largest student in stature.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: His Verbal Tic believing everyone's doomed.
- I Ate WHAT?!: His flashback introduction has him eat a wasp in his soup.
- Lovable Coward: Initially acts constantly afraid, but learning metalbending helps this.
- Never Say "Die": Is constantly worried about everything being 'doomed'. According to Gene Yang, Ho-Tun was originally worried about death. Nick nixed that as being inappropriate for the comic's younger demographic. Gene Yang admitted it was funnier this way.
Ursa's former lover. He was ready to marry her, when Ozai came and forced her marry him. Ikem tried to intervene, but Ursa, worried about him and her family, made him give up. After Ursa was exiled she returned home to find Ikem had vanished, but soon discovers he was actually transformed into Noren. The two got married and had a daughter named Kiyi. He is now the step-father of Zuko and Azula.
- Beard of Sorrow: Grows one after Ursa is forced to accept Ozai's proposal.
- Break His Heart to Save Him: Ursa tells him that she "joyfully accepted" Ozai's proposal to stop his attempts to resist, which would almost certainly get him killed.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Hey, remember that nice family from part 2, Noren, Noriko and Kiyi? Noriko is actually Ursa with a new face and no memory of her Royal Life, and Noren is Ikem with a new face. Kiyi? Meet Zuko's half-sister he never knew about.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Was her Ursa's childhood friend.
- Cowardly Lion: Is said to be a coward, but when Ursa is about to be taken away, he grabs a prop sword and stands up to some Fire Nation soldiers armed with real weapons and Firebending.
- The Hermit: Becomes one after losing Ursa.
- Love at First Punch: Ikem fell in love with Ursa after she punched him in the stomach and kicked dirt in his face when they were six.
- Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Zuko seemingly finds out via letter that his real father was not Ozai, but a man named Ikem. But the letter ends up being a lie.
- Meaningful Name: Noren. The name is also of a character in "Love Amongst the Dragons" and has meaning to him. It's the name Ikem chose after gaining a new face, to maintain a connection to the acting troupe and by extension, Ursa.
- Satellite Love Interest: His complete character is about his relationship with Ursa.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ursa who is forced to be engaged to Ozai.
The daughter of Ikem and Noriko, AKA Princess Ursa, making her Zuko and Azula's half-sister. She is a rambunctious adventure loving child who has taken to having a new brother rather well.
- Adorably Precocious Child: She certainly has a love for excitement, and being involved in a dangerous ambush is all the more fun.
- Affectionate Nickname: Calls Zuko "Zuzu", the fact that this is Azula's favored nickname has caused some disconcertion.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Manages to learn enough firebending to melt a steal door just by emulating what she saw Zuko do.
- Big Brother Worship: She already considers Zuko her "new best friend".
- Foil: To Azula, being Zuko's younger sisters. Zuko and Azula share the same parents, while Kiyi only shares their mother. Kiyi is Unskilled, but Strong when it comes to firebending. Azula starved for their mother's affection while Kiyi's relationship with Ursa strained after she returned to her old self. Azula is cruel and sadistic while Kiyi is a sweet girl.
- Little Miss Badass: She don't scare easy, and being kidnapped is at best a minor inconvenience, her tenacity even impresses Azula. She is also a rather powerful firebender.
- Mommy Issues: Her relationship with Ursa became incredibly strained after Ursa returned to her old self.
- Playing with Fire: Reveled to be a firebender in issue three of Smoke and Shadow
- Replacement Goldfish: Azula accuses Ursa of having Kiyi to try again with a normal daughter.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Zuko with Suki.
Rafa and Misu
A brother and sister pair the Gaang meets in the Forgotten Forest, they have been waiting for the Mother Of Faces for a year to make a request.
- Action Girl: Misu. She even developed her own offensive waterbending technique, since being a woman in the North Tribe she couldn't learn regular offensive waterbending.
- Big Sister Instinct: Misu spent decades trying to heal Rafa's face.
- Brother-Sister Team: Rafa with his sister, Misu, who wants to heal his face.
- Determinator: Misu in finding a way to heal her brother's face.
- Facial Horror: Rafa badly disfigured his face in an accident and hides it behind a wooden mask. Until we learn in Part 3 that he's been suffering an even worse fate living without a face after Koh stole it
- I Was Quite a Looker: The two of them. Literally in all sense of the word with Rafa.
- Making a Splash: Misu as a waterbender
The Mother of Faces
A powerful spirit who makes all the faces in the world, once a year she comes to the Forgotten Forest and will fulfill one request.
- Eldritch Abomination: She may be a somewhat benign example when she feels like it, but she definitely looks the part. She is the source of all human faces, being the one that gave humans individual identity to begin with.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Is revealed to be Koh the Face Stealer's mother. He steals faces because his mother crafts them, a fact that she wasn't aware of that leads her to fashion a new face to Rafa anyway as it is her form of atonement for her son's crimes.
- The Omniscient: Powerful spirits like her know many things that mortals never find out. Aang believed she may know the answer to Ursa's disappearance.
- Reality Warper: When the Mother of Faces visits her forest, face-like patterns appear on the animals and plants living in it. Aang, as the bridge between humans and spirits, is affected too, his face starting to wear expressions mimicking some of the patterns around him without being able to control it.
- Sadistic Choice: Gives two of these, though one in a flashback.
- She only grants one wish per season but Team Avatar had two favors that needed addressing thus the choice. Either ask for her help in finding Ursa, or address Rafa's face disfigurement. They INTENDED to do the latter, but Azula being Azula, cut in and yelled for the former, and it took some unforeseen circumstances to get the Mother of Faces to help Rafa. Ironically, had Azula not done so they likely would've NEVER found Ursa.
- Noren/ Ikem had taken Ursa to her for a new identity to keep her safe from Ozai but the Mother of Faces sensed that her pain lied deeper from her past life so she also gave a choice. She could take the memories of her Royal Life away however it would mean forgetting her children completely, or she could abstain and Ursa keep those memories but she would be under constant emotional pain from being separated from them. She chose to lose her memories, only being restored thanks to the first Sadistic Choice making the Mother of Faces a bit more agreeable.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She hates it when people ask for a new face when she put so much work into crafting the one they already have, which is why she only does it sparingly.
New Ozai Society
After Omashu was taken back by the Earth Kingdom, a group gathered to bring it back to Fire Nation hands.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The entire society didn't stand a chance against Mai, but their defeat was short-lived, and they're back on their feet by the time Smoke and Shadow rolls around.
- Early-Bird Cameo: They first appear in the free comic Rebound which focuses on Mai, in the comic Smoke and Shadow both Mai and the Ozai Society return.
- Greater Scope Villain: Founded after Ozai's defeat, they cast their influence during the comics that take place after the war. The comic Rebound, taking place around the same time as The Promise introduces them. While Zuko was handling one conflict, the society is already beginning their behind-the-scenes planning. Their influence is also felt in The Rift, where it's revealed Satoru's parents joined them, forcing him to leave and end up with his bossy uncle.
- The Remnant: They were founded by die-hard loyalists of Ozai's Empire.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The New Ozai Society, unlike the Imperial Fire Nation, is led by people who genuinely believe in its ideology.
- Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: They are La Résistance in their own eyes but terrorists in Mai's.
Once the governor of Omashu, but was removed from office after the war. Loyal to Fire Lord Ozai. Father of Mai and Tom-Tom
- Avenging the Villain: He rallied Ozai-loyalists to take revenge against Zuko for Ozai's defeat.
- Believing Their Own Lies/Twisting the Words: Tries to claim Zuko threw her out. Mai tells him he knows it wasn't like that. He also claims Zuko destroyed his career after removing him from his governor position in Omashu, despite that A) Omashu reverted back to Earth Kingdom control and B) Zuko had offered him another position else where.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Mai rejects his offer and decides to leave, he makes it clear that he doesn't want either of his children harmed in the ensuing fight.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: This seems to be a running theme for Mai, as her father felt confident enough that she would join his side to lead her right to their secret meeting place and tell her everything about their intentions. Clearly, it never crossed his mind that she would turn him down. He miscalculated her about as badly as Azula did.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Has become this since his loss of Omashu. Now, he leads a faction of Ozai-Loyalists, becoming a potential threat for Zuko.
- Tykebomb: Plans to do this with Tom-Tom, but Mai nips it in the bud.
- Undying Loyalty: He does not believe Fire Lord Zuko has the Fire Nation's best interest at heart.
- Unknown Rival: Mai's father was basically this to Zuko before Smoke and Shadow.
- We Can Rule Together: This works about as well for Mai's father as it does for most evil parents with heroic children.
A young man who shows interest in Mai.
- The Informant: Mai doesn't like or trust Kei Lo at all, so by pretending to fall in love with him she can fish out intel about the New Ozai society from him. Turns out the intel Kei Lo received was faulty, because Ukano sensed his dedication was thinning.
- Innocent Innuendo/Getting Crap Past the Radar: Mai protests when Kei Lo begins leading her down a dark alley, telling him he's crazy if he thinks she's "going down a dark, deserted stairwell with a guy I just met." Of course, he has something different in mind.
- It Meant Something to Me: Kei Lo insists to Mai that he enjoyed this assignment because he really is attracted to her. However, Mai doesn't buy it, because she feels like he set her up.
The Air Acolytes
Once they were merely an Avatar Aang fan club, but during The Promise, after helping Aang quell the trouble in Yu Dao and showing him that they are trying to keep Air Nomad culture alive, he renames them the Air Acolytes. In the The Rift three of them (Xing Ling, Yee-li, and Jingbo) join the Gaang in helping Aang to recreate the Yangchen Festival.
- Badass Normal: In The Promise they fought both sides of the Yu Dao revolution and were more than a match for anyone. In The Rift, however, they do not do much fighting, mainly because Aang wont let them.
- Car Fu: Jingbo uses a forklift to try and take out one of the Rough Rhinos, but is stopped from "squishing" him by Xing Ling and Yee-li.
- Fish out of Water: In The Rift they have some trouble rectifying what they know of Air culture with Aang's interpretation, as well as dealing with the Gaang's rather blasé feelings about rules. Not helping matters is Aang and Toph's constant arguing over every decision.
- Innocently Insensitive: In The Promise, not knowing that they were the marks of a Master Airbender, Xing Ling is quite shocked when Aang responds to the reveal that her tattoos are real with anger. In The Rift she wears a head band to try and cover them up.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Take on the trappings of Air Nomad culture without truly understanding it, which Aang at first finds insulting. After they prove themselves, he takes them under his wing so that he has people to share his culture with.
- Ship Tease: Yee-li takes an interest in Toph's metalbending student, The Dark One, in part three of The Rift.
- Tagalong Kid: Jingbo, as the youngest, fills this role in The Rift.
- The Medic: In both The Promise and The Rift they help take care of injured.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In The Rift Aang enters the Spirit World while he and the three acolytes are having a picnic; they are very unconcerned and continue eating. The only comment made is to reassure the shopkeeper that there is nothing to worry about.
The current supervisor of a joint Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom mining operation.
- Adorkable: A Twilight Sparkle-level fanboy of the Gaang, especially Toph.
- Call Forward:
- Satoru has invented an assembly line process based entirely on machines that non-benders can use, clearly the beginning of the more mechanized world seen in Korra. At the end of Part Three, the Cabbage Merchant, who will go on to found an automobile company, expresses interest in his forklift.
- His name also has a suspiciously similar resemblance to Asami and Hiroshi Sato, making him a possible ancestor. His Hold Your Hippogriffs Catch Phrase is even "Flying Fire Ferrets!"
- Extreme Doormat: To his Uncle and pretty much everyone else.
- Freudian Slip: Toph to Satoru, and lampshaded by Katara and Sokka right away:Toph: I would love to be in a partnership with you—I mean, the refinery.
Sokka: Is it just me, or is there some serious oogie-osity going on over there?
Katara: I think it's sweet. We almost never get to see Toph's softer side.
- Implausible Deniability: Satoru insists that the river pollution is from natural causes and not the fault of the factory. Toph confirms that he's telling the truth, or at least thinks he is.
- The Runaway: Like Toph, he ran away from home, because like Mai, his parents are Ozai loyalists.
- Ship Sinking: Given the Ship Tease with Toph and his wavy hair, fans suspected he was the father of Toph's daughter Lin from the Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra. However, in the episode "Operation Beifong" Toph names Lin's father as being some unknown guy called "Kanto", though the door's still open for Satoru to potentially be Suyin's father with the information that Lin and Suyin are only maternal half-sisters.
- Ship Tease: Toph quickly gets a crush on him, but their relationship is soured as Toph's family issues come to the fore, and she accuses him of "acting like a sniveling flunky" to his uncle (her father's business partner).
Nutha and Niyok
A pair of sisters from the Southern Water Tribe who were friends with Katara and Sokka before the two left with Aang. Katara meets the two as they are working at Loban's refinery.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Both wear blue scarves with their gray uniforms, identifying them as Water Tribesmen.
- Death Glare: Nutha's introduction is giving Katara a none-too-friendly stare before yelling at Niyok to return to her side.
- Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: The sisters had to leave the Southern Water Tribe and work in a dangerous mine just to eat.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Nutha seems to be envious of Katara's globetrotting.
- Perpetual Frowner: Nutha.
- Remember the New Guy: Katara greets the two as old close friends.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Niyok is cheerful and friendly, while Nutha is aloof and barely repressing her anger towards Katara and Sokka.
- Youthful Freckles: Nutha.
Lao Beifong's bussines partner and Satoru's uncle.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is running a hidden iron mine underneath the legit crystal one. Even without the possibility of ticking off a powerful spirit, it's polluting the river and could potentially collapse the entire town.
- Evil Uncle: He verbally abuses Satoru.
- Fat Bastard: He is verbally abusive towards his nephew Satoru and doesn't give a crap about his workers' safety, to the point of running an unstable iron mine behind his business partner's back.
- Heel–Face Turn: After Satoru saves him.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He runs a unstable mine of iron, ignoring the security problem and even stopping Lao when the latter tries to get the workers evacuated. In the end of Part Two he is trapped inside the collapsed mine.
- Pet the Dog: He gave Satoru a home, food and a job after he ran away from his parents.
A spirit who used to tend the seashore.
- Bodyguard Crush: Implied with General Old Iron, who protected and was friends with Lady Tienhai.
- Death Is Cheap: At the end of Part Three she tells Aang that while a spirit in human form will die, it just means they will go back to being a spirit, though it may take a bit of time to return to their original power.
- Humans Are Special: She loves humans and at times would take on a human form to walk among them. During one such moment she met and fell in love with a human, and decided to stay with him long enough to die as a human.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She fell in love with a human and lived out a human life until she died; Old Iron felt her death but didn't know the details, so he assumes her spirit was what was destroyed.
- We Used to Be Friends: General Old Iron and Lady Tienhai were friends until General Old Iron tried to kill the humans.
General Old Iron
A giant humanoid spirit who protected Lady Tienhai. After she passed away centuries later, General Old Iron went on a rampage against the people that caused Tienhai's death, though relented after having struck a deal with Avatar Yangchen. However, 102 years after the genocide of the Air Nomads, with the land having been defiled by humans and his old armor being stolen, he rises again and threatens destruction of the city.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He's a massive spirit, and is no longer being placated by Yangchen's festival.
- Berserk Button: Humans in general, but he is enraged to find humans capable of bending metal, his element.
- Elemental Armor: General Old Iron encases himself in iron plates when he's attacking, making it difficult for even the Avatar to match him. Unfortunately for him, Toph invented metalbending since the last time he was awake.
- Gaia's Vengeance: General Old Iron wishes retribution for the death of Lady Tienhan, his friend. Avatar Yangchen started her festival to placate him, but with the Air Nomad genocide there's been no one around to perform it and the mining certainly isn't helping.
- Humans Are Bastards: He really hates humans, and finds the Avatar to be a false ambassador, as a human would never side with spirits over humans.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: General Old Iron went on one of these when Lady Tienhai was seemingly murdered.
- We Used to Be Friends: General Old Iron and Lady Tienhai were friends until General Old Iron tried to kill the humans.
Spirits who were once believed to be from Fire Nation children's tales, but revealed they truly exist. They seek Fire Lord Zuko's overthrow and believe the Fire Nation to be weak under him.
- Big Bad: They are the central antagonists of Smoke And Shadow, as they seek Zuko's overthrow see him as a weak ruler on the throne and made Ukano their thrall to their plot. This ends up being subverted, because a real Kemurikage revealed that until recently, they haven't set foot in the mortal realm since the first fire lord united the warring lands. The Kemurikage Mai had been seeing were nothing more than deluded cultists who are trying to manipulate Zuko.
- Bold Inflation: This is their manner of speaking, as they place emphasis on several words.
- Exact Words: The Kemurikage tells Ukano "Act NOW. REDEEM yourself. Or SUFFER." To Ukano, that last part was self-explanatory to him, and he knew it meant him and his family will suffer if Zuko remains on the throne. Since Ukano failed however, the Kemurikage was about to make him suffer as punishment.. In addition, Ukano begged for one more month. The spirit granted the extension, and warned him he will lose all that is dear to him. Key word is ALL. It didn't say it won't take ONE of his loved ones.
- Hive Mind: They all seem to share the same consciousness, and usually only one of them speaks at a time.
- Real After All: They weren't supposed to be real; they were created as a legend in Fire Nation children's stories to make them behave. However, it turns out they were real all along, from a long, forgotten time when the Fire Nation was under a period of strife.
- You Have Failed Me: Ukano failed to overthrow Zuko the chance he got, and the Kemurikage was about to inflict punishment on Ukano. It does give Ukano one more month after he begs, and threatens to take his loved ones if he fails again. However, the Kemurikage takes Tom-Tom to show they are NOT messing around.
The owner of a seashell shop.
- Bullying a Dragon: Attacks Suki even when he just saw her easily knock out Jojan.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Suki easily dodges his fire blasts, and knocks him out with Chi-Blocking punches.
- He-Man Woman Hater: Views all female customers as "fake collectors", tries to throw out Suki when she complains about this, and demands Sokka to teach Suki "some manners".
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Seems annoyed when Giya knows more about shells than him, but goes right back to smug when she tries to buy one.
- Honest John's Dealership: Coats his shells with lacquer to make them look more valuable, and tries to give Sokka a "discount" of 2 for 30 even though that's what they normally sell for.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His firebending rage only sets his seashells on fire, revealing his scam with lacquer.
- Playing with Fire: Is a firebender, not that it does him any good.
A girl who visted San's while Sokka and Suki did.
Malina and Maliq
Both of them
- Brother-Sister Team: Malina and Maliq are siblings who are leading the North's efforts to rebuild the South.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: When their true motives are revealed at the festival Malina tries to calm the villagers by owning up to it and claiming she changed her mind; Maliq on the other hand has a bit of a freak out and rants that the Southerners are too primitive while Malina desperately tries to get him to shut up.
- Mistaken for Romance: Sokka mistakenly assumes that Malina and Maliq are married. They're actually siblings, and Malina seems to be in love with Hakoda.
- White Man's Burden: The North originally wanted to colonize the South for their oil reserves. Ostensible to help the South recover, because the North believes the South can't handle becoming a worldwide economic power yet. Malina rejected these ideas after falling in love with Hakoda, Maliq didn't.
- Parent with New Paramour: Hakoda himself seems to be in love with her.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed at first, but Maliq's affability tends to crack when things don't go the way he wants. When Katara and Sokka fail to recover his briefcase or capture the thieves, he gets angry, and condescendingly remarks about how the South's law enforcement is so lax compared to the North, which wouldn't have allowed the criminals to escape. Gilak also suggests that he and Malina have something sinister planned - and he's over half-right. There's a ridiculous amount of oil in the South, and Maliq and Malina want to nationalize it. Malina just changed her mind after meeting Hakoda.
- Call Forward: Like the Equalists, he believes that technology is needed to put benders and non-benders on even footing, which is what makes him and Sokka get along at first.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: When Katara defends him from Gilak's brutes, Maliq says that he knew she "wasn't one of them". Malina tells him to shut up.
- Berserk Button: Mentioning Malina and Maliq in a positive light, or collaborating with foreigners like them.
- He Knows Too Much: Gilak refuses to let Katara and Sokka leave with the knowledge of what he's planning unless they also commit to supporting him
- Kick the Dog: Stabbing Hakoda when he calmly tries to fraternize with him and talk him out of his extremism.
- Villain Has a Point:
- After returning to the city, Katara notes that Gilak may be right, and the tribe is becoming like the a cheap imitation of the North. Sokka, however, disagrees, seeing it as progress.
- Doubled up in part 2; the world's largest oil deposit is in the South, which Malina openly advocates the South using to industrialize, and Toph has been summoned on behalf of the Earthen Fire Refinery to speak further. However, their original plans were for the North to decide how the oil is extracted, used and shipped, as they didn't believe the South to be advanced enough to use it properly. Malina changed her mind after meeting Hakoda, but Maliq didn't - Gilak is very justifiably pissed off, especially because evidence for this was all in the briefcase.