Characters: Avatar: The Last Airbender: Team Avatar
This is Team Avatar or, going by the Fan Nickname
, the Gaang. For their older selves in The Legend of Korra
, see that character page.
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- Elemental Powers: The cornerstone of the series
- La Résistance: The whole premise of their existence.
- Multinational Team: The only complete multinational team in the series as Aang is the last Airbender.
- Power Trio: The original three members, Aang, Katara, and Sokka.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Sokka is the Fighter, Katara is the Mage, Aang starts off as the thief but later becomes a Lightning Bruiser
- Freudian Trio: Katara is Id, Aang is Ego, Sokka is Superego. The Great Divide episode is almost dedicated to this trope.
- ¡Three Amigos!: Aang as The Hero, Sokka same gender, Katara opposite gender
- Token Trio: From a Water Tribe perspective, Sokka is majority male, Katara is majority female, Aang is minority male.
- The Team - At the end it was roughly a Five-Man Band with two girls and The Smart Guy as The Leader instead of The Hero.
Voiced by: Zach Tyler Eisen
"There's just too many of them. I can't fight them all... I'm just one kid."
The twelve-year-old (well, technically a hundred-and-twelve-year old
) plucky Airbending
boy destined to save the world. When he learned of his status as the Avatar
, followed by the monks trying to take him from his teacher/father figure, he couldn't handle the pressure and ran away from home. When he was caught in a storm, he defensively used his powers to seal himself in an iceberg, which protected him for a century while the other Air Nomads were exterminated by the Fire Nation in an effort to kill him. After being freed from the iceberg by Katara and Sokka, he now must face his destiny by mastering all four elements and defeating Fire Lord Ozai
to restore balance to the world.
"I will never, EVER turn my back on people who need me!"
A compassionate girl who is the last Waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe
, Katara has accepted the responsibility of looking after her brother Sokka after their mother died and their father left to fight in the war. Despite her many hardships, she never lost faith that the Avatar would one day return to save the world. After finding Aang in the iceberg, Katara acts as the Team Mom
while also being Aang's Waterbending teacher and love interest.
- Action Girl: Consistently able to prove herself and stand up to the threat the Gaang faces, ultimately managing to defeat Azula in the finale.
- Adrenaline Makeover: Provides the current page image.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Subverted. Katara liked Jet for his Robin Hood persona, but was very put off after learning of his "KILL ALL THE FIRE NATION AT ALL COSTS" attitude.
- All-Loving Hero: In "The Painted Lady".
- Annoying Younger Sibling: She can be this to Sokka, but not without good reason. Sokka admits this in The Search, but says that at least she's not as crazy as Azula.
- Badass: Extremely skilled waterbender, naturally talented healer, one of the few strong enough to use Bloodbending.
- Bad Powers, Good People: Bloodbending is a real bad thing but Katara is on the side of the good guys.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Fire Nation attire.
- Bathing Beauty: In the episode The Runaway.
- Battle Couple: With Aang.
- Berserk Button: She takes betrayal really, really badly.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She's very reasonable and mature, and willing to give just about anybody a chance, but she can be the most ruthless member of the Gaang when she's betrayed or her friends are put in danger.
- Bokukko: In the Japanese dub.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: With Haru and Zuko.
- Break the Cutie: Both her childhood tragedy and the betrayals of Jet and Zuko... and when Hama forced her to learn the cruel art of bloodbending.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Does this to her own father, who asks for forgiveness and gets it.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Although her riff on "Sokka's Instincts" is pretty funny.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome
"No! I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me... I'm going down to the village. And I'm going to do whatever I can!"
- Combat Tentacles: Used this fighting style with water a few time in season 3 and in the season 2 finale. She also taught Aang the "Octopus Form", which is basically a ring of multiple water tentacles situated around the user to allow maximum coverage.
- Compressed Hair: Nowhere near as bad as some, but she keeps an elbow-length mane in that pigtail. It comes down as part of her Fire Nation disguise.
- Cool Big Sis: To Toph when she's not trying to be maternal. It worked in "The Tales of Ba Sing Se," but not so much in "The Runaway."
- Crippling Overspecialization: A bit too reliant on waterbending when it comes to fighting, unlike many of the others who have some level of mundane martial arts skill.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's normally The Comically Serious, but she's almost as witty as Sokka when she's got a good target (for instance, Sokka).
- Deuteragonist: Aside from Aang she got the most focus of the Gaang, with several subplots focused on her.
- Easily Forgiven: When she gets angry, she tends to be very cruel in her remarks, mocking Toph's blindness and telling Sokka he didn't love their mother as much as she did for not wanting to go on a suicide mission into the heart of the Fire Nation, for instance. Aside from the initial reactions of her target, these instances are never mentioned again and the characters continue on as if it hadn't happened.
- Fan Service Pack: Again, see the page picture on Adrenaline Makeover.
- Fingerless Gloves: Gets a pair in Season 3.
- Flanderization: A little. Season three paints her as The Comically Serious despite the fact that she gets several of the wittiest remarks throughout seasons one and two. It could be that she's only capable of making fun of Sokka and later Zuko.
Sokka: "How do we put a lid on hot air?"
Katara: "If only we knew..."
- Forgiven But Not Forgotten: Her attitude towards Zuko after she acknowledges his Heel-Face Turn. She later forgives him completely.
- God Guise: Disguises herself as the Painted Lady, in order to attack a Fire Nation outpost and inspire the locals who used to look to the spirit as a patron and guardian. Though she's eventually exposed, the villagers forgive her.
- Unusually for this trope, she didn't need to fake any powers and just needed an outfit.
- Godiva Hair: Has this during her bathing scene in 3x7, "The Runaway", used in conjunction with just staying underwater.
- Go-Getter Girl: Every once in a while, she can act like this.
- Good Is Not Nice: In some cases where she was very reluctant to forgive those who betrayed her and would like to violently point out to them, particularly her father and Prince Zuko. There's also the way she rejected the apology of the man who killed her mother.
- Green-Eyed Monster: A mild case of this in the "Headband".
- A bigger case in The Waterbending Scroll, where she gets jealous of Aang learning Waterbending faster than her. It soon causes her to steal the titular scroll of the episode, but it lands her in trouble with Zuko and some pirates.
- The Heart: A medic with Healing Hands and Love Interest of The Hero, she begins as this. Her natural tendency is to help people ("Imprisoned", "The Painted Lady", "Crossroads Of Destiny"), but just like her role as an All-Loving Hero, it's debatable that the role is given to Aang by the end of the series.
- Identical Granddaughter: A friend of her grandmother's says Katara is her spitting image.
- If You Ever Do Anything To Hurt Him...: Says this to Zuko when he first joins the Gaang.
"...then you won't have to worry about your 'destiny' anymore, because I'll make sure your destiny ends. Right then and there. Permanently.
- Instant Expert: Katara goes from being so poor at waterbending that she accidently freezes her brother to being one of the top notch waterbenders in the world (ahead of fellow Instant Expert Aang) in one season. She did this in under 4 monthsnote , while Waterbending is described as something that can take years to master.
- It's All About Me: Rarely, but when she gets angry she tends to dip into this. Most notably at the North Pole when she challenged Pakku to a fight after he insulted her.
- Kid with the Leash: Aang's Avatar State is essentially a natural disaster. But as it retains Aang's heart, she can walk right up to him during one of his panic attacks and administer a Cooldown Hug to shut it down. Notable in that she hates the damn thing, as it's essentially an outpouring of all the pain and loss he's suffered over the course of his life.
- The Lancer: To some extent until Zuko joins the group.
- Letting Her Hair Down: In Season 3, she unbinds her nearly-unnoticeable elbow-length pigtail into an elbow-length mane as part of her Fire Nation disguise. Even after dropping the disguise, she leaves it down.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Dark to Yue's light. On the other hand, she's the light to Azula's dark.
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: She's the quadratic wizard, Sokka is the linear warrior. Except Sokka is also The Strategist...
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Lunacy: Like all waterbenders, her powers are fueled by the moon.
- Making a Splash: Waterbender, natch.
- The McCoy: The most willing to go out of her way to help people, even at the expense of the primary mission at hand, contrast to Sokka's more grounded view of the matter
- My God, What Have I Done?: In The Waterbending Scroll, after she yells at Aang for being better at Waterbending, she sees him start to cry and immediately apologizes.
- Nepotism: Essentially why Pakku eventually agreed to teach her waterbending. She performed admirably after she challenged him to a duel, but Pakku still refused to teach her until he found out her grandmother was Kanna.
- Oblivious to Love: Aang had a crush on her from the word Go, but she didn't notice it for awhile.
- Official Couple: With Aang. Though only by the end of the series.
- Plucky Girl: Oh so much, especially in season 1.
- Promotion to Parent: After her mother died, Katara took on this sort of role in looking after her family. It's also gotten to the point where Sokka has trouble remembering his actual mother, since Katara has replaced his mental picture of motherhood.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sokka's red in Season 1, Toph's red later on.
- Rejected Apology: No matter how sorry her mother's killer was, she brutally tells him that she will never forgive him for that, leaving him living with his guilt forever.
- The Resenter: To Aang's talent in waterbending.
- Revenge: Wants revenge towards her mother's killer. She gets a chance at it, but decides he's not worth it.
- Sarashi: Part of her swimwear.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Not that she isn't unattractive or not groomed normally but anytime she dresses up (like "City of Walls and Secrets") or even dons a simple fish line necklace, you can expect Love Bubbles and a Luminescent Blush from Aang.
- She Who Fights Monsters: She almost becomes this when she confronts the man who murdered her mother but restrains herself at the last minute, deciding to leave him to suffer in his own horrible life.
- Sibling Rivalry: A more normal one with Sokka compared to Zuko and Azula.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Sokka.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: With Aang in The Promise and The Search.
- Sour Supporter: Mid Book 3. She's really not very happy with Zuko when he tries to join the Gaang. Justified by Zuko's past in the Avatar hunting business and his betrayal at the end of Book 2.
- Stone Wall: Waterbending is mainly a defensive art, so she is mostly this.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Word of God says in the Series Finale commentary that Katara and Zuko have only pity for Azula upon her defeat, not joy or satisfaction.
- Team Mom: It's even lampshaded by Toph.
- Teens Are Short: As indicated by the artbook Katara isn't even 5' tall yet.
- Teen Genius: When it comes to waterbending, she can master, in a very short time, techniques it takes others decades to learn.
- To Be a Master: Her goal throughout the first book is to master Waterbending, in which she succeeds.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Girly Girl to Toph's Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from barely competent to top three for best waterbenders in the world.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She becomes hostile towards a recently-reformed Zuko in Season 3 for obvious reasons. Fortunately, she gets over it, eventually subverting this trope.
- Town Girls: The Femme to Suki's Neither and Toph's Butch.
- Tragic Keepsake: Her necklace is her only memento of her deceased mother.
- Tsundere: She acts as a Type B (deredere). Oddly enough she acts like a typical type A to Zuko (hatred followed by friendship) but he's not her love interest. It's downplayed in the third season when her real love interest, Aang, wants to start a relationship.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: If you try to hurt Aang, she'll do whatever it takes to stop you. If she even thinks you might hurt Aang, that's enough to get you a menacing death threat.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Particularly during the first season. She becomes more prone to anger and violence as the series goes on but retains quite a lot of her natural idealism.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Aang. They Do.
- You Killed My Mother: To the retired Fire Nation commander that killed her mother ten years previous under the impression that she was a Waterbender.
- You Go Girl: Of the second variety. Sort of. While she lost to Pakku in their duel, she managed to impress him...just not enough to make him change his mind...until he learns that Katara's grandmother is actually his long-lost love.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: When Hama complimented her use of Bloodbending in "The Puppetmaster".
"I'm just a guy with a boomerang... I didn't ask for all this flying, and magic...
older brother, Sokka took it upon himself to protect the Southern Water Tribe
. As a fairly serious non-bending warrior
, Sokka is often irritated by the more mystical and nonsensical aspects of the world of Avatar
. Nonetheless, Sokka makes up for it by being the team's "idea guy
." And besides, where would the Gaang be without his comic relief and BOOMERANG
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: It's made of some sort of crazy space metal.
- Agent Scully: Despite the fact that he lives in a world with Avatars and spirits and magic bending, he still tries to find a scientific explanation for everything.
- He accepts the bending and the spirits eventually, though he was freaked out when first encountering them. Still, he prefers to find a mundane way to explain happenings without trying to invoke the mystic until its involvement becomes directly evident.
- Arbitrary Skepticism
- Amazon Chaser: Sokka seems attracted to Suki in part because she's such an excellent fighter.
- Badass Normal/Badass Bookworm: A talented and clever swordsman with an knack for ingenuity in both inventions and battle plans.
- Battle Boomerang
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: The guy could give Link lessons in this. The way he takes out Combustion Man is probably the best example. Unfortunately, it deserts him in the finale.
- Berserk Button: Don't insult or hurt his girlfriends. The Suki one is particularly strong, as he knew Azula was trying to provoke him, and fell for it anyway.
- Beta Couple: With Suki.
- Big Brother Instinct: If you harm his sister, he WILL hurt you - even if it was just an accident.
- Don't publicly vilify her, either. Sokka will defend her actions even if he's just spent an entire episode criticizing them.
- Black Swords Are Better: His space sword.
- Breakout Character: Was originally going to have a smaller role, but he's just so darn awesome they had to keep him in.
- Butt Monkey: If something unpleasant happens to anyone, odds are it's happening to Sokka. Also, his first girlfriend turned into the moon, but that particular instance makes him more of The Woobie.
Zuko: "That's rough, buddy."
- The Call Put Me On Hold: The primary reason why he Took a Level in Badass.
- Can't Catch Up: In terms of pure combat, he is this and he is quite aware of it. However, he’s also essentially the Captain America of Avatar: his battle plans are actually the only thing in the world more dangerous than the Avatar State, so it pretty much evens out.
- Carry a Big Stick: One of his main weapons is a club until he replaces it with a sword.
- Character Development: In the beginning he had shades of cultural Stay in the Kitchen mentality, up until he challenges Suki to a fight in fact. From then on he completely abandons this way of thinking very quickly and has a 180 in terms of mentality, as he is possibly not only Toph’s biggest fan when she invented Metalbending and enjoys her Boisterous Bruiser personality, but he is also quite the Amazon Chaser in his relationship with Suki and does not treat the Bad Ass females in the series any different than the Bad Ass males
- The Chew Toy: Is most frequently the target of Humorous Injuries.
- Chick Magnet: Suki, Yue, Ty Lee, Toph, and an entire class of poetry students all want a piece of him. Biggest pimp in the series.
- Combat Pragmatist: Has no problem attacking opponents from behind, or doing whatever else it takes to gain an advantage.
- Companion Cube: His boomerang and later his sword, though moreso the former than the latter.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Averted. Sokka complains about everything. He's right about half the time, and most of those times, it's on matters of vital importance.
- Cool Helmet: For the invasion he has a very badass wolf shaped helmet.
- Cool Sword: Again: Space. Sword.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's what he's known for. Sokkasm.
- Defrosting Ice King: Sokka is initially overly-sarcastic and cynical, but eventually becomes a warmer character and more open-minded to the Super Natural.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: "That's called Sokka Style! Learn it!"
- He's also responsible for killing Combustion Man.
- The Engineer: In Book 3
- Failure Knight: His inability to protect Yue continued to haunt him throughout the series.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flat Earth Atheist: In "The Swamp", he refuses to believe there might be a mystical explanation to the visions, despite all he's been through with Aang.
Sokka: "That's Avatar stuff. It doesn't count."
- Genius Ditz: He's one of the goofiest characters, but when he does engage his brain the plans that fall out of it are usually epic.
- Genre Savvy: "I'm just saying—weird stuff happens to us." (Two seconds later, a guy with a whole cob of corn sticking out of his mouth sits down between him and Toph). Also, "What if I fall asleep and something happens... and something ALWAYS happens!"
- He was also very quick to deduce that Jet had been brainwashed.
- Once, while waking up: "What happened? Did we get captured again?"
- Good Old Fisticuffs: When he does fight, he usually forgoes the fancy stuff. For instance, after an owl spirit brags about how he's studied every style of Waterbending, Sokka responds by bashing his face in with a book.
- Guile Hero: He's very good at reading people, which he's used to the Gaang's advantage more than once. For example, he outs Aang as the Avatar in "The Waterbending Scroll" in order to play to the greed of the group of pirates who had them captured and uses the ensuing scuffle with Zuko's soldiers as a get-away plan.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Played with. He's a hero who uses a sword, but he's not the hero.
- He's a Friend: Sokka needs to do this for Zuko. Twice.
- I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me!: To Princess Yue.
- Iconic Item: See Companion Cube.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Results in Sokka taking up swordsmanship.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: To Princess Yue.
- Important Haircut: Grows his hair out in Season 3. Seems to be a trend with the Avatar boys, isn't it?
- Improbable Aiming Skills: While rarely highlighted, it should be noted that Sokka always hits his target when he throws his boomerang.
- Improv Fu: A Badass Normal warrior in a group where all the other member have Elemental Powers, he is the one who frequently comes up with strategies and plans, including examples like create bombs to try to simulate fire control, spreading perfume to confuse a creature with super smelling senses, offensive use of stink bombs, discovering a moment where the fire nation would lose their powers and plant an invasion on that day, and taking over a fire nation blimp and use it as a projectile to destroy other blimps... just to name a few. His ability to improvise plans was part of the reason the master Piandao accepted him as his student.
- Instant Expert: Became a skilled swordsman in a matter of days/weeks and was able to forge his own sword despite never having even hinted at knowing anything about swordsmithing.
- Inverse Law Of Utility Vs Lethality: When he was just using a war club he got several shots in on the occasional Villain of the Week. Once he got his sword his usefulness in combat dropped to approximately zip. Made up for it with his tactical skills though.
- It's All My Fault: His emotions caused the Gaang to miss their opportunity to confront Ozai during the Day of the Black Sun. It also results in most of the rebels being imprisoned by the Fire Nation.
- Jerkass Has a Point: At times; his initial distrust of Jet was partly motivated by a hint of jealousy at his Badass Normal qualities, but he turns out to be right that Jet is using questionable tactics.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's sarcastic, pragmatic when it comes to helping strangers, and can be an Insufferable Genius. He's also fiercely loyal and protective to his friends.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Sokka is typically the most resistant when it comes to helping every Character of the Week with their problems, as he views it as a distraction from their main mission. He's also the most cynical in a group of idealists.
- Large Ham: While posing as a Fire Nation citizen named Wang Fire.
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: He's the linear warrior, Katara is the quadratic wizard. Except he's also The Strategist...
- Love at First Sight: Towards Princess Yue.
- Machete Mayhem: Although he does not use it in combat often.
- Moment Killer: Butts in on Aang and Katara more than once.
- Mr. Fanservice: Like Zuko, both in and out of universe, but on a smaller scale.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Though he doesn't say it in Bato Of The Water Tribe, but when he hears Bato tell about how he had been left behind due to being injured, he remembers being left behind too. And after how he yelled at Aang for hiding his father's map, he was probably thinking this.
- Noodle Incident: Apparently, he had once gotten a fish hook stuck in his thumb. So he tries to get that out...with another fish hook.
- Non Sequitur: Expect Sokka's dialogue to consist primarily of this whenever he's sick or under the influence of something (i.e. cactus juice).
- Over Shadowed By Awesome: The realization that he is this leads to Sokka taking a level in badass.
- Playing Pictionary: He does this several times.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His primary role in the series.
- Properly Paranoid: Doubles with The Complainer Is Always Wrong. His suspicions of Jet and Hama are proven right.
- Real Men Eat Meat: He even labels himself "the meat and sarcasm guy" in the episode "Bitter Work".
- Real Men Wear Pink: Sokka is strong warrior, likes to eat meat, and has a way with the ladies, however he enjoys softer things like poetry and shopping. Case in point, he's once was happy that his bag he bought matches with a belt Aang won.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives this to the villagers in The Painted Lady. When they decry Katara from impersonating the Painted Lady, he snaps at them, saying that she saved them and they should be grateful.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Katara's blue.
- Religious Russian Roulette: He bargains with the powers that be to give up meat and sarcasm in exchange for getting him out of a hole.
- Retail Therapy: In the episode Sokka's Master, Sokka feels depressingly disengaged from the action because of his inability to bend like the rest of the Gaang. He copes with this by shopping!
- Sarcastic Devotee: Primarily in Season 1 and somewhat in Season 2.
Sokka: "If I can just get out of this situation alive, I'll give up meat... and sarcasm. Okay? Ow! That's all I got. That's pretty much my whole identity: Sokka, the meat and sarcasm guy. But I'm willing to be Sokka, the veggies and straight-talk fellow. Deal?"
- Shopping Montage: At a weapons store, but still has the demeanor of a teenaged girl with daddy's credit card.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: The Spock to Katara's The McCoy. A non-bender while Katara's a waterbender.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Beginning of Season 1 only, and only shades of it and he's quickly humbled. And then he started and proceeded to take badass levels.
- The Smart Guy: Whenever things can't be handled with brute force of either bending or personality, he's in charge.
- The Spock: To Aang's Kirk and Katara's McCoy.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Princess Yue.
- The Strategist: His main role is to think up strategies to defeat the enemies. This possibly gives him the highest kill count in the series when one of his plans takes out an entire airship fleet in the Grand Finale. Aang's Koizilla rampage might match it, but Sokka competes with nothing but brains. Airship slice!
- Straw Vulcan: When they're trying to help people he's cast in this light, but subverted in "The Fortuneteller"
- Team Dad: Despite being the Plucky Comic Relief, Sokka functions as this in Katara-centric episodes. Normally Aang is the one wanting to pursue a Side Quest and Katara is trying to keep them on track. When it's her turn, Sokka turns into the Straight Man.
- He also plays the role more seriously in the third season until Zuko joins.
- The Team Normal: The only non-bender on the Team Avatar until Suki joins the team. Lampshaded in Book Three's fourth episode.
- Teen Genius: Pretty self-explanatory.
- Terrible Artist: His drawings are so terrible that people end up Playing Pictionary.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: In the finale, he loses his sword for good when he throws it at a catwalk on a Fire Nation airship and manages to slice clean through it. What kind of rock was that meteorite made of?
- Throw the Book at Them: "That's Sokka style! Learn it!"
- Thunderbolt Iron: His Cool Sword.
- Took a Level in Badass: The poster child.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Temporarily in Bato Of The Water Tribe. Fortunately, he comes out of it. However, part of this is because he finds out that Aang was hiding his father's map, so in this case its a harsher What the Hell, Hero? moment from him to Aang that lasted only one episode, fortunately
- Tetragonist: His arc is less intense than Aang, Katara, or Zuko's, but his quest to prove himself as a Water Tribe warrior is always prevalent.
- Vocal Evolution: In the opposite direction of Katara above. Even his voice acting starts out deeper and more mature, until roughly about "The Kyoshi Warriors".
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Fortunately, his father is already very proud of him and he just needed to hear it.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Occasionally sounds like he's trying to fast talk the DM.
"Suki! You know about sea monsters you talk to it!" Suki:
"Just because I live by the Unagi doesn't make me an expert!" Sokka: (Picks up Momo)
"Oh great sea serpent, please accept this humble and tasty offering!"
"I love fighting. I love being an Earthbender. And I'm really, really good at it.
As a child, Toph was thought of as frail due to her blindness and was kept from the outside world by her overprotective rich father
. Toph found an outlet by becoming an Earthbending master, even learning to "see" by sensing vibrations in the Earth. Because of this, she was selected to be Aang's Earthbending teacher. Though she has a bit of an attitude problem out of a desire to prove her independence, she makes up for it with her blunt insight and all-around Badassery
. Also the first Metalbender in history, which she's rightfully proud of. Was originally written as a boy in the early planning stages.
"I am a warrior, but I'm a girl, too."
Leader of Kyoshi Warriors,
Suki served as an early mentor and love interest for Sokka. Although she's dedicated to her job, she does have a soft side that comes out when Sokka's around. After the Yue incident, Sokka became a bit overprotective of her even though she's probably more capable than he is. And for good reason — after running afoul of Azula, she was presumed dead for quite some time. Fortunately, she was alive and became a permanent member of the group just in time for the final showdown.
- Action Girl: Though easily the least effective one in the series.
- Action Girlfriend: To Sokka.
- Affirmative Action Girl: In season 3, giving Team Avatar an equal ratio of females and males.
- Amazon Brigade: The Kyoshi Warriors.
- Ascended Extra: A minor character in Book 1, her prominence gradually increases before she finally becomes a main character in Book 3.
- Badass Normal: To the point of Charles Atlas Superpower.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Book 3 normal clothes.
- Beta Couple: With Sokka.
- Bodyguard Crush: Implied towards Zuko in the comics.
- Breakout Character: Suki was intended as a one-off character for Sokka's character development. Suki was such a popular character that she became an Ascended Extra and even got a Relationship Upgrade with Sokka. And then she became a full blown Eleventh Hour Ranger, actually joining the team on a permanent basis during the second half of Season 3.
- Combat Hand Fan: As a Kyoshi Warrior, her weapon of choice.
- Cool Mask: Of the "Cool Face Paint" variety. The paint conceals her identity well enough that Sokka didn't recognize her when he met her without it.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: She joins the Gaang two episodes before the four-part Grand Finale.
- Girl of the Week: She was originally intended to be this, but was brought back and made a permanent love interest due to fandom demand.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: The Kyoshi Warriors, just like their namesake.
- Lady of War: In her Kyoshi Warrior uniform.
- Le Parkour: In "The Boiling Rock," while Zuko and Sokka are trying to think up a plan, she climbs three stories and kicks all kinds of ass while doing so, and does it all in the span of about two minutes. Three minutes, tops.
- Meaningful Name: "Suki" can mean "beloved" in Japanese and is an expression of love. She's introduced primarily as a love interest.
- Ninja: "I am an elite warrior who has trained for many years in the art of stealth!"
- Old Shame: In-universe. Apparently she used to date Foamy Mouth Guy.
- Pride: It's subtle, but she doesn't respond well to having her failures pointed out. When Sokka insists she admit he beat her in a sparring session, Suki forcibly bends his finger backwards and insists it was a lucky shot. After Suki mocks Team Avatar's win/loss record and Sokka responds by pointing out Azula took her captive, she flatly asks him if he's trying to get on her bad side.
- Red-Headed Hero: Alongside with Smellerbee, she is one of the only two characters from the original series to have red hair. Technically, her hair is more auburn.
- Second Love: Admittedly she met Sokka first, but she was the second girl he fell in love with. Might be a case of First Girl Wins.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Her Book 3 clothes.
- Shameful Strip: First you see Suki fight a losing battle against Azula and her crew, next you see Azula infiltrate Ba Sing Se wearing Suki's uniform. It's fairly obvious how that happened.
- She's Back: Officially joined the Gaang towards the end of the series.
- Static Character: Through no fault of her own, Suki comes off as this: she's a generic Action Girl in a series where Action Girls are not at all unusual.
- Took a Level in Badass: Improved a lot from her debut is Season 1 and being captured in Season 2 to going blow-for-blow with Ty Lee in Season 3.
- Well, she wasn't exactly a pushover in her debut, but getting curb stomped by Azula and her mooks hurt her credibility before she came back swinging in season 3.
- Town Girls: The Neither to Katara's Femme and Toph's Butch.
- Tsundere: A very light case of this with Sokka.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In The Promise, tells Mai about her concerns about Zuko, leading Mai to leave Zuko. This drives Zuko further into despair and worsens the overall situation.
Aang's pet flying bison as well as his lifelong friend and companion who was sealed in the iceberg with him when he ran away. Acts as the group's main form of transportation.
- Action Pet: Mostly doesn't seem to do much, but he has a few Big Damn Heroes moments.
- Big Damn Heroes: His main role.
- The Big Guy: Was essentially this for the group before Toph joined. Even (metaphorically) plays the part of being a (semi-)Sacrificial Lion, thanks to his kidnapping arc in Season 2.
- Blow You Away: He can Airbend either by breathing in or out, or by creating giant waves of wind with his large, flat tail.
- Break the Cutie: "Appa's Lost Days" practically treats him like an universal chew toy.
- Day in the Limelight: "Appa's Lost Days" again.
- Determinator: "Appa's Lost Days" again.
- Expy: Presumably of the Homage sort. With The Animesque stylings, doesn't Appa remind anyone else of Totoro?
- Actually, he's based on the Cat Bus, because the creators had some trouble drawing a mammal with six legs.
- Why not a bit of both? The writers did state they were fans of Studio Ghibli (more specifically, of Hayao Miyazaki).
- Gentle Giant: He really quite a soft-hearted lug when it comes down to it.
- Giant Flyer: Uses Airbending to propel himself through the sky.
- Horse of a Different Color: The team's transportation.
- Last of His Kind: He's the only sky bison seen throughout the entire series and is assumed to be such. Ultimately subverted in The Legend of Korra, as other sky bison herds were discovered.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Originally a bison mixed with a manatee, although the bison part mostly took over in development.
- Possibly unintended, but its hard to ignore beaver parallels with the way he uses his tail.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: A sleep deprived Aang hallucinates him as a Samurai with six swords fighting Momo.
- Non-Human Sidekick: He's Aang's spirit companion.
- Undying Loyalty: To Aang.
A flying lemur found in the ruins of the Southern Air Temple, Momo is Aang's other pet he picked up after being released from the iceberg. A close friend of Appa, he's just around for the comic relief.