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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- Avengers Assemble: Sokka spoofs this in the finale, after he says "Team Avatar is Back!" This is followed by the camera panning on each member and Sokka calling out their respective elements as each member is shown.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Sokka is the Fighter, Katara is the Mage, Aang starts off as the thief but later becomes a Lightning Bruiser
- Toph becomes the Thief in book 2, while Zuko becomes a Co-Fighter with Aang in book 3.
- Freudian Trio: Katara is Id, being overly emotional with a tendency towards over-reaction, Sokka is Superego, being generally focused on more logical and practical courses of action, while Aang as the Ego is somewhere in the middle, trying to balance the two extremes. The Great Divide episode is almost dedicated to this trope.
- 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.
- The Team: Goes through several iterations. At the end it was roughly a Five-Man Band with two girls and The Smart Guy as The Leader instead of The Hero.
- ¡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.
- True Companions: By the four-part series finale, they each consider one another like family.
- Katara and Aang get married at the end, while Aang and Zuko bury the hatchet between the nations.
Avatar Aang (安昂)
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.
Katara (卡 塔 拉)
"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.
- Fingerless Gloves: Gets a pair in Season 3.
- Flanderization: A little. Season 3 paints her as The Comically Serious despite the fact that she gets several of the wittiest remarks throughout Seasons 1 and 2. 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 pretty big 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.
- A mild case of this in "The Headband" where gets a little annoyed at a couple of girls flirting with Aang.
- Healing Hands: She has healing powers. Something to do with chi and the water in the body...let's just say "magic" and leave it at that.
- 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 accidentally 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.
- 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...
- Living Emotional Crutch: She is this with Appa for Aang; Katara gives him hope for the future. "The Runaway" has Katara also being this to Sokka, and to an extent, Toph.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: She's the most girly of Team Avatar and has the longest hair length.
- Lunacy: Like all waterbenders, her powers are fueled by the moon.
- Making a Splash / An Ice Person: Waterbender, natch.
- Meaningful Name: "Katara" is Japanese for "pull" which alludes to her waterbending skills, given that pulling is one of the basic principles of the fighting style.
- 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.
- The Paragon: She is considered one in giving others hope and inspiration. In one instance, she inspires earthbender prisoners to stand up against their Fire Nation oppressors. In another instance, she helps a fishing village in the fire nation that suffers pollution and abuse from military officers in order to encourage teach them to fend for themselves.
- 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.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: While there was an episode in Season 1 in which Katara was attracted to the thuggish Jet, she quickly realized her mistake at the end of the episode. The rest of the series then proceeds to develop her relationship with Aang. Naturally, they end up together in the end.
- 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: Acts a nurturing, soothing figure for Team Avatar.
- 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. One comic focuses on this, and she shows she is proud to be a girl.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from barely competent to top three for best waterbenders in the world.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Katara spends the first two seasons giving inspirational speeches about hope and love. After Prince Zuko royals betrays them by claiming to be a better person only to let Azula hit Aang with what should have been a fatal shot of lightning, betray his uncle, and rejoin Fire Nation nobility, she is the last to trust him when he claims to have made a Heel-Face Turn for real this time and almost kills the man that killed her mother in cold blood.
- 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.
- Unstoppable Rage: Just thinking about the man who killed her mother sends her into a very uncharacteristic fury.
- 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.
- We Help the Helpless: She stands strong by this belief. She will never leave behind those in need, as shown in The Painted Lady.
- 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. Though she elects not to kill him.
- 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
- 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 insensitive, blunt red to Katara's soothing, thoughtful 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?
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man:
- The sarcastic, grounded Manly Man to Aang's sweet, playful Sensitive Guy.
- But is the joking, romantic Sensitive Guy himself to Zuko's tough, no-nonsense Manly Man.
- Shipper on Deck: He subtly shipped Aang and Katara.
- 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. Sokka is the most grounded, and is reluctant in helping others on his journey, not out of cowardice, but logic and keeping a low profile.
- 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 3's fourth episode.
- Teen Genius: He's only 15, and is already an expert tactician.
- 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, which he forged himself out of a meteor, is made of this.
- Took a Level in Badass: Becomes an keen strategist and expert sworsdmanship by the end of the series.
- Took A Level In Idealism: Team Cynic Sokka for a short while after the Gaang finally get Appa back because he feels like their life is finally looking up, and he actually agrees with Aang's plan to talk to the earth king. Naturally this gets lampshaded by the rest of the cast and the episode ends on an ominous note.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Sokka still keeps his sarcastic tendencies, but he really changes a lot by the series finale. He lost all of his sexist beliefs, grew to love Aang over time (think back to their first encounter), and was just generally more nicer.
- 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!
Toph Beifong (北方 拓芙)
"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.
- Achilles' Heel: She's very reliant on her "tremor sense" to function. Unfortunately, it isn't foolproof, and has quite a few holes in it. First, she can't sense anything in water or the air. Second, standing on anything other then solid earth will affect her "vision," making her weaker or helpless depending on circumstances. When she stands on wood, she had to hold Aang's arm while walking. Finally, taking out her footing or injuring her feet will leave her truly blind until she recovers.
- Action Girl: A master at Earthbending to the point of discovering Metalbending and an overall competent fighter.
- Affirmative Action Girl: The second girl in the second season.
- Arrogant Kung Fu Chick
- Badass: She is twelve, tiny, blind and one of the most powerful earthbenders of all time.
- Badass Adorable: Just a little girl (though you wouldn't know it from the way she acts) but it's a tossup for strongest earthbender in the series between her and Bumi.
- Badass Boast: After discovering Metalbending:
Toph: I am the greatest Earthbender IN THE WORLD!
- Badass Teacher: She teaches Aang Earthbending.
- Badbutt: A tiny blind girl who acts like a pro wrestler within the bounds of a kid's show. Director commentary mentions it was hilarious to watch Jessie Flower, an adorable, angel-faced little girl, spout wrestler trash talk during recordings.
- The Big Gal: Not physically, but by personality and by her elemental powers.
- Lampshaded in "The Ember Island Players" when an actual big guy plays her in the play about written about the Gaang's adventures.
- Blinding Bangs: In the Chibi Avatar shorts and some of the comics. Though, they can't actually make her more blind...
- Blind Mistake: Makes one in the episode Lake Laogai. "You think I can't put up posters on my own?" puts one up with the wrong side facing out "It's upside down isn't it."
- Blind Weaponmaster/Handicapped Badass: Provided she's fighting on top of earth or metal, she probably has better vision than most seeing people.
- Blood Knight: She loves fighting.
- Blue Blood: The Beifongs are a well-known family, complete with a family crest. Toph is usually not one to flaunt it, but her aristocratic background has come in useful in a few occasions.
- Boisterous Bruiser: "All right! Let's break some rules!" SMASH!
- Bokukko: Again, in the Japanese Dub.
- Child Prodigy: One of the youngest benders we see, yet she is already one of the most powerful non-Avatar Earthbenders. Also invented Metalbending on the fly while captured, which was believed to be an impossible skill. And by the finale she was able to Sandbend, despite saying that she hated sand in Season 2.
- Cool Crown: By "The Promise" she's switched out her headhand for a green tiara; reflecting her new position as head of the Beifong Metalbending Academy.
- Cute Bruiser: The shortest of all of Team Avatar, she arguably manages to dole out the most whoopass of all of them.
- Deadpan Snarker: Her defining trait, second only to her sheer badassery.
- Disability Superpower: Although blindness isn't a requisite for an Earthbender to use her method of "seeing", it did lead her to focus her earth senses to an unprecedented degree, allowing her to perceive things approaching or beneath her in great detail and leading in turn to her invention of Metalbending.
- Disabled Snarker: Mostly at Sokka's expense.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Like every Earthbender.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Justified in that because she's blind, her bare feet are her strongest connection to the world. Anything that's not solid ground (or even moderate bandaging) dampens her "vision".
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Definitely had shades of this during Aang's earthbending training.
- Early-Bird Cameo: First appeared in a vision Aang had, which led to him choosing her as his teacher.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She's right on the border between this and Raven Hair, Ivory Skin.
- Evil Laugh: Now and then, especially as Melon Lord.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Invented Metalbending. On the fly too!
- The Face: The youngest and yet the one with the most social savvy. Technically, being the Avatar, it should be Aang but Toph is usually the one doing the talking.
- Foil: To Mai, in a way. Both were raised by very fancy families that suppressed them, Toph's parents overprotecting her because of her blindness and Mai's parents keeping her well-behaved so she didn't jeopardise her dad's political career. Toph responded by defying her parents, acting out and really enjoying her earthbending, whereas Mai obeyed them, becoming very insular and apathetic to almost everything.
- In The Rift, she's contrasted with Aang. Their upbringings are quite different, as Monk Gyatso believed in letting Aang be a kid, while Toph's parents forced her to learn tradition and propriety. As a result, Toph wonders if Aang is trying to hold onto his past, while Aang wonders if Toph is trying too hard to run away from her past.
- Friendless Background: Due to being sheltered from the outside world by her parents, she'd never made a friend before meeting the Gaang. Her integration with the team was integral to her character development. The only friends she had were badgermoles.
- The Gadfly: Likes to use her blindness to mess with the rest of the Gaang, such as saying that Sokka's poorly drawn picture of Appa looks just like him, or shouting that she's spotted Wan Shi Tong's Library while the Gaang is flying on Appa's back.
Toph: There it is!
[everyone scans in the direction she's pointing, and one by one, silently look back to Toph]
Toph: ... is what it'll sound like when one of you finds it.
[Toph puts on a big, dopey grin and waves one of her hands back and forth over her eyes]
- Girl of My Dreams: A non-romantic example. Aang sees Toph in a vision before ever having met her. When they do run into her a short time later, Aang is positively convinced the she, and no-one else, is destined to be his Earthbending teacher.
- Good Is Not Nice: May be just as heroic, brave and self-sacrificing as any other member of the Gaang, still is a bit of a jerk who rarely opens up to anybody.
- Handicapped Badass: She's blind but can "see" by sensing vibrations with her feet.
- Hot-Blooded: There's a reason why the Ember Island Players chose to portray her the way they did.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: A mild case, and it's kept in the background for the most part. It's most evident during "Tales Of Ba Sing Se" and whenever her Achilles' Heel is hit.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Iroh, but hey, it's Iroh.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be very rude at times, to cope with her blindness.
- The Lad-ette: The musclebound, belching, spitting hulk that was in the play near the end of the story? That's Toph on the inside.
- Little Miss Badass: She's only twelve, but she's one of the most badass characters in the entire series.
- Little Miss Con Artist: In "The Runaway".
- Living Lie Detector: Through her 'vibration sense', although some characters do get away with lying on some occasions.
- More specifically, she seems unable to detect the falsehoods of the psychopathic or pathological liars, who can say the most ludicrous or subtle lie without it having any kind of effect on their physiology for her to pick up on at all like Azula
- Lonely Rich Kid: A fact that she dealt with by joining an underground fighting tournament and mopping the floor with anyone who challenged her.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The tomboyish, blunt Masculine Girl to Aang's softhearted, kind Feminine Boy.
- Meaningful Name: Played with. In "The Serpent's Pass", the name on her passport reads 拓芙 "supported lotus", which hardly describes Toph herself, but matches her parents' view of her being delicate and helpless. Averted in "The Tales of Ba Sing Se" where the spelling of her name temporarily changed to 托夫 "entrusted man", before going back to 拓芙 in The Earth King.
- Mud Wrestling: She partakes in this with Katara in "The Runaway".
- Never Learned to Read: Justified by the fact that she's blind in a world without Braille.
- The Nicknamer: Calls Aang "Twinkle Toes".
- No Hero to His Valet: One of Toph's defining characteristics is that she doesn't give Aang special treatment even though he's the Avatar. He may be the student, but she treats him like an equal and friend, to the point where she never fails to vocally criticize Aang to his face when she thinks it's needed.
- Not Hyperbole: When she says that she is the greatest earthbender in the world, you better believe she can back that claim up. This is the girl who duelled King Bumi, who literally had a hundred years of experience on her, and she fought him to a draw! At age 12! Even earlier, she figured out how to subvert a Weaksauce Weakness of Earthbending by figuring out Metalbending, which none in history had done before. In The Legend of Korra, this claim still applies.
- The Pig Pen: A mild case. Despite eschewing most sorts of hygiene, especially where her feet are concerned, she doesn't look it unless attention is drawn to it. She mentions that she picks her nose a lot.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: This girl is absolutely tiny being a little over 4 feet tall, but her only non-Avatar rival in Earthbending is King Bumi.
- Power Levels: Mentioned in an interview. According to Word of God, she's the strongest bender in the Gaang (though this obviously doesn't count Aang in the Avatar State).
- Rebellious Princess: Not actually royalty but close enough.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The poor hygiene, blunt red to Katara's demure, caring blue.
- Sadistic Choice: Was forced to choose between saving Appa from Sandbenders or saving the rest of the Gaang from a building that was being pulled into the Spirit World. She tried to Take a Third Option, but her Achilles' Heel was active at the time.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: As a member of a powerful merchant family, she flashes her gold-bordered passport and makes up something about "valets" and a "seeing-eye lemur" to get entry passes to Ba Sing Se for herself and the rest of the Gaang from a humorless border official. Unfortunately it doesn't work as well when she later tries to bluff her way into the Earth King's party without invitations.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Almost immediately we see the rough wrestler become a well dressed lady in her intro.
- Sheltered Aristocrat: She was raised to be this due to her blindness, but over the years she became much less sheltered thanks to figuring out how to leave the grounds in secret and learning how to earthbend.
- Sour Supporter: Sometimes.
- Static Character: Compared to the other mains, Toph doesn't get a lot of Character Development.
- Lampshaded in the time Aang goes missing days before Sozin's Comet arrive. When Sokka proposes to split up into groups to find him, Toph offers to go with Zuko, declaring that Aang, Katara and Sokka got to have a Character Development adventure with him note , and now its her turn. We see her trying to talk to him about her mother, but he isn't much interested so she drops it, and no such development is had.
- Something the sequel comics caught unto and doing some much needed development. She learns some humility while teaching Metalbending and her Ship Tease with Sato gives some insight to her interpersonal skills. Probably done so the Toph from the Legend of Korra can be seen to develop.
- Street Smart: Part of why she's the Team Face: she knows how to take advantage of street situations, such as in "The Runaway." And it's more than just the street. At the custom official and for the Earth King's party she was the one doing the talking.
- Tiny Tyrannical Girl: She stated that she likes bossing people around.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The rough-and-tumble Tomboy who willingly chooses to be dirty to Katara's demure Girly Girl who does yoga.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's an ass-kicking Action Girl who doesn't take crap from anybody, but she does know high society manners and actually enjoys her spa day with Katara in "Tales of Ba Sing Se".
- Took a Level in Badass: Toph was already a Master Earthbender when the Gaang found her. She could take on most any Earthbender, save Bumi, and win easily. How does she become even more badass? By developing Metalbending, something no one in the history of the world had done before.
- Tsundere: She shows affection for someone by punching their arm. She's usually at her softest around Sokka but only at certain times, like she missed him but won't admit it.
- Waif-Fu: A small, blind, 12 year old girl who's also the most powerful earthbender in the entire series.
- "Well Done, Daughter" Gal: Toph has a case of this, though unlike Zuko, it's more of trying to get her father to accept her for who she is opposed to trying to please him.
- Wham Line: Does this with a single word in The Rift when she sees one of the factory's owners.
- The Worf Effect: Her tremorsense isn't limited to what's in front of her, goes right through cover, and has a range of over a hundred meters, so as long as she's part of the Gaang, no-one can sneak up on them. They wrote around this for twenty-six episodes, but the instant she gets her feet burnt, Combustion Man shows up and starts blowing everything to rubble.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: In more serious moments, she refrains from using nicknames.
- You Know I'm Blind, Right?: The rest of the Gaang (especially Sokka) tends to forget about her disability, leading to many of Toph's great one-liners. note
- Subverted in the finale when Sokka, Toph and Suki take over a Fire Nation airship:
Toph: That's a great idea, let the blind girl steer the giant airship.
Sokka: I was talking to Suki.
Toph: That... would make a lot more sense.
- In one episode it happens twice:
Sokka: Toph, when I was in town, I found something that you're not gonna like. [holds up wanted poster for Toph]
Toph: Well it sounds like a sheet of paper, but I'm guessing you're referring to what's on the sheet of paper.
Katara: What's this? [holds up the same poster]
Toph: I don't know! I mean seriously, what's with you people? I'm blind!
"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.
- 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Is the only member of Team Avatar whom we get no mention of or see, either physically or in flashback form, in Legend Of Korra leaving her fate after the end of the series unknown.
Prince Zuko (祖寇)
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.
- Expy: Presumably of the Homage sort. With the Animesque stylings, Appa is very similar to some sort of Cat Bus from the works 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 (or preserved by dissident Fire Sages).
- Living Emotional Crutch: Along with Katara, he is this to Aang; Appa is Aang's last connection to the Air Nomads, and his kidnapping took a drastic toll on Aang's spirit.
- 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.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Appa's a claustrophobe, which appears to be a natural trait of his species. He later develops a fear of fire after a stay in an abusive Fire Nation circus.
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.