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This is Team Avatar or, going by the FanNickname, the Gaang. For their older selves in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', see [[Characters/TheLegendOfKorraPastCharacters that character page.]]

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[[folder:TeamAvatar]]
* AvengersAssemble: 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.
* FighterMageThief: Sokka is the Fighter, Katara is the Mage, Aang starts off as the thief but later becomes a LightningBruiser
** Toph becomes the Thief in book 2, while Zuko becomes a Co-Fighter with Aang in book 3.
* FreudianTrio: 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.
* LaResistance: The whole premise of their existence.
* MultinationalTeam: The only complete multinational team in the series as Aang is the last Airbender.
* PowerTrio: The original three members, Aang, Katara, and Sokka.
* TheTeam: Goes through several iterations. At the end it was roughly a FiveManBand with two girls and TheSmartGuy as TheLeader instead of TheHero.
** The first set up was the PowerTrio of KidHero Aang, TheChick Katara, and Sokka who wore the hats of TheLancer (a cynic to the others' optimism), TheBigGuy (the muscle and most physical member) and TheSmartGuy (making innovative use of tools).
** In season two Toph joined the roster as a PintSizedPowerhouse variety BigGuy, and Sokka's role shifted more heavily towards TheSmartGuy and TheStrategist as his leadership skills developed, as well as PluckyComicRelief through sarcasm and [[ButtMonkey unfortunate incidents.]]
** In season three Sokka was solidified as [[TheLeader the field leader]] in addition to being the SmartGuy and PluckyComicRelief. Zuko joined as a proper {{Lancer}} to Aang's {{hero}}, and Toph and Katara retained their BigGuy and Chick roles, making for a FiveManBand. Suki joined as an EleventhHourRanger and functionally a second Chick.
* ThreeAmigos: Aang as TheHero, Sokka same gender, Katara opposite gender
* TokenTrio: From a Water Tribe perspective, Sokka is majority male, Katara is majority female, Aang is minority male.
* TrueCompanions: 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.
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[[folder:Avatar Aang (安昂)]]
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->'''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, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld technically a hundred-and-twelve-year old]]) plucky [[BlowYouAway Airbending]] boy destined to save the world. When he learned of his status as [[TheChosenOne 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 [[EvilOverlord Fire Lord Ozai]] to restore balance to the world.
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* AchillesHeel: While going into the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] makes him the [[PhysicalGod most powerful character in the series,]] it also makes him very [[GlassCannon vulnerable]]. Because the Avatar State pulls all the spirits of the former Avatars -- that is, the entire spirit that ''is'' the Avatar -- into one body at the same time, dying while in the state means the Avatar spirit would die, the chain of reincarnation would break, and the Avatar would cease to exist.
* {{Adorkable}}: Aang is a goofy, smiling kid who has a [[{{Keet}} ton of energy.]] There's also his crush on Katara.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Compare [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/water/water9/water9-227.jpg Aang's first season look]] to his [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/fire/fire10/fire10-928.jpg third season look.]]
* AllLovingHero: He has a love and respect for all life, including those of his enemies.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: In the first episode, he's more interested in chasing a penguin than finding out what happened while he was frozen in the iceberg.
* BackFromTheDead: With a dose of OnlyMostlyDead since Katara got to him in time.
** In the Book 2 Finale, Aang did suffer mortal damage after being hit with lightning, but Katara healed him as they fled.
* BackToBackBadasses: With the Blue Spirit.
** A subtle one with Zuko, as they master Firebending together.
* {{Badass}}: Practically guaranteed for any Avatar. Aang is also the better one man army surpassing Toph in feats.
* BadassAdorable: Total ass kicking hero with elemental kung fu, looks adorably huggable.
* BadassInDistress: PlayedForLaughs in "Avatar Day," where Aang is wearing a heavy wooden stock. Not only does it not fit him, but he's able to casually slip out of it while chatting with the other prisoners. Note that he also does this in "The Earth King" by dismantling the earth-handcuffs to wave at the king.
* BadassPacifist: He stops [[BigBad Ozai]] [[spoiler:by taking away his bending.]]
** He also stopped feuding clans by lying.
* BaldOfAwesome: All of the MartialPacifist airbenders shave their head. Naturally, this includes Aang [[spoiler:except during the first half of the third season, when he was hiding his identity.]]
* BattleCouple: Downplayed with Katara. They are a a couple and both of them fight but rarely side-by-side.
* BerserkButton:
** Do ''not'' hurt his friends, especially Katara and Appa.
--> '''YOU MUZZLED APPA?!'''
** He also hates when he feels that his culture is being mocked.
* BewareTheNiceOnes[=/=]BewareTheSillyOnes: He is one of the most genuinely kind, empathetic, and gentle individuals in all of fiction. He can also throw hurricanes, tidal waves, and mountain ranges around like softballs.
** Case in point, when the buzzard-wasp kidnapped Momo, Aang rescued him and then, with nothing but [[TranquilFury pure cold-blooded anger]] in his eyes and no hesitation at all, [[OutofCharacterMoment killed]] the buzzard-wasp as it was retreating. He also [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar beheaded]] it. This wasn't Avatar State. It was all Aang.
** If you hurt his friends, if you harm people for profit, if you are callous in the face of human suffering in his presence, you'd better pray to all the spirits in the world that Katara is around with a CooldownHug, because there's no telling what he'll do when his rage unleashes his Avatar State.
* BigGood: By default, he is this, [[spoiler:but secures this status after becoming a fully-realized Avatar]].
* BlindfoldedVision: Toph trains Aang to see like her this way.
* BlowYouAway: He's primarily an Airbender, and recognized as a master, denoted by the tattoos.
* BreakTheCutie: Starts as a naive and innocent child. By the end, he has seen too much tragedy and heart-ache to be either.
* BrilliantButLazy[=/=]ChildProdigy: Usually it takes a couple years for a bender to attain mere competency of their element, and a lifetime to become a master. Not so for Aang, who became the youngest airbending master in recorded history and got a decent grip of the other three elements in ''less than a year'', and his ''only'' major setbacks in learning water and fire seemed to be his childlike lack of focus.
** At least part of his quick mastery of the other elements can be attributed to a time crunch, since he had to learn the three elements in less than a year or else the world would pretty much end.
* BrokenAce: The most talented bender of his age group, [[CursedWithAwesome but he never wanted to be the Avatar.]]
* BrokenBird: Briefly becomes this after Appa's kidnapping in Book 2.
* CharacterDevelopment: At the start, Aang is a happy-go-lucky, naive kid who doesn't want to be the Avatar. Going through numerous battles and trials, especially when Appa was kidnapped, took a toll on his carefree attitude. By the end, Aang became a more serious and mature young man who took his Avatar duties seriously.
* CharacterTitle: The "last airbender" refers to Aang.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Most of Aang's speed and agility are shown to be from the use of his airbending, but he's also displayed feats of this trope that can't be attributed to it. While not as impressive as Zuko, he has done things like briefly BridalCarry Katara while jumping down a couple stories, and also once carry Zuko, despite both of them clearly being heavier than him and his thing build wouldn't hint he possessed that sort of strength. He's also fallen a few stories out of a tree, and got back up seconds later with no lasting injuries.
* CheerfulChild: Aang is initially bright, fun-loving and infectiously cheerful. [[CharacterDevelopment He matures over the course of the series]], but for the most part, retains his mellow upbeat attitude.
* ChickMagnet: [[PrecociousCrush Meng]] from "The Fortuneteller" was completely enarmored with him. Some of Aang's female "classmates" in "The Headband" thought he was quite charming. The tie-in comics showed that the Air Acolytes were initially a group of fangirls who had crushes on the Avatar.
* ChildMage: Mixed with KungFuKid due to the martial arts nature of bending.
* TheChosenOne: He's the Avatar, and it was his destiny to defeat the Fire Lord and stop the war that Sozin started.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Much to his allies' consternation, he's always digressing to do {{Sidequest}}s rather than focusing on his training and fleeing from the Fire Nation.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Much of Aang's character development in the first episodes is learning that as the Avatar he has duties he can't avoid.
* CulturedBadass: He's quite knowledgeable with different cultures.
* DeadlyDodging: A fundamental part of Airbending because of their pacifistic nature.
* DeadpanSnarker: The few times he's being sarcastic is often when he's frustrated.
* DespairEventHorizon: Comes very near to it after Appa was kidnapped. [[HopeSpringsEternal He eventually got better.]]
* DishingOutDirt: Once he learnes Earthbending. It was the hardest for him to learn; being a native airbender, he found earth's direct, confrontational, and rigid discipline difficult to grasp.
* DistressedDude: The Fire Nation knows that if Aang is killed he'll simply reincarnate so their goal is to imprison him until he dies naturally.
* TheDitherer: On occasion when he gets overwhelmed by the hardship of his journey he'll play delinquent and go penguin sledding instead or additional/superflous training to avoid the issue.
* ElementalPowers: Hardly a rarity in this universe, but being the Avatar, Aang is the only person innately capable of mastering more than one.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler: Energybending is a skill Aang learned in the last part of Season 3.]]
* EvilMeScaresMe: He says, "I was scary" when reflecting on the Avatar State. A little different since the Avatar State isn't evil but rather an implacable force of nature.
** While not evil in any way, the Avatar state can be a terrifying experience both for the Avatar and the surrounding people.
* ExposedToTheElements: As a nomad Aang seems to be comfortable in his standard vestments in both the North and South Poles while other characters wear more layered clothes. The Legend of Korra reveals that Airbenders like Firebenders can keep themselves warm with breathing techniques.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Him growing hair between the second season finale and the third season premiere.
* FatalFlaw: Aang's flaw is his [[HonorBeforeReason conviction]]. He was raised as a dedicated pacifist, and though [[MartialPacifist he will fight if necessary,]] he won't kill. When his opponent is the BigBad who slaughtered Aang's people and oppresses the populace of two nations, this turns out to be a bad thing.
* TheFettered: Unlike Ozai, who refused to check himself with morality or compassion, Aang is extremely dedicated to his pacifist ideals and will go to great lengths to keep them.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Needless to say, Aang is more than slightly overwhelmed about effectively disappearing from the world for the entirety of a century-long war that wiped out his society.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: The Avatar has an innate connection to nature, and Aang is a vegetarian by choice.
* FragileSpeedster: Like most Airbenders, his original fighting style involves speed, agility, and misdirection more than toughness, which is part of what makes it so hard for him to learn Earthbending, which typically involves acting more like a MightyGlacier. By the end of the series he's a MasterOfAll.
* GenreSavvy
-->'''Aang:''' "I'm just very suspicious of giant, glowing gems sitting on pedestals!"
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: When he enters the Avatar State.
* GodInHumanForm: At base power, he's "merely" a talented bender housing the spirit of the planet. He falls into PhysicalGod when the [[SuperMode Avatar State]] is activated.
* GodOfGood: As the [[GodInHumanForm human form]] of the spirit of the world, he maintains equilibrium between the four nations, as well as between the physical and spirit worlds.
* GoodIsNotNice: For of Aang's [[NiceGuy kind-heartedness and sweet demeanor]], when [[BerserkButton he gets pissed]], he turns into a cold, ruthless CreepyChild with GlowingEyesOfDoom and the VoiceOfTheLegion.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Sports permanent scars on his back and on the sole of his left foot after being killed by Azula's lightning and revived by Katara
* GrayEyes: To emphasize his mystical nature as the Avatar.
* GrowingUpSucks: Played with. Aang has to rise to his responsibilities as the Avatar and leave his childhood behind early, [[IJustWantToBeNormal which he never wanted.]] He later expresses how his feelings with Katara are complicated for him, and Avatar Roku tells him that love gets better as you get older. Furthermore, for most of the story Katara is unsure of her feelings for him, because he has a lot of growing up to do in her eyes. Rising to the challenges of growing up, and displaying selflessness and maturity, win her over in the end.
* TheHero: JackOfAllStats, never loses, wears red (well, more orange-ish), chief protagonist, etc etc etc.
* HeroicSafeMode: The [[SuperMode Avatar State]] isn't evil, but it's not necessarily good either. Its main concerns are Aang's survival, his rage and sorrow, and maintaining balance. Aang's morals and innocent bystanders are secondary considerations, at best. Luckily, it retains his crush on [[KidWithTheLeash Katara]], and she can calm it with {{Cooldown Hug}}s.
* HonorBeforeReason: Was going to let himself be punished for a ''crime'' (that word being used loosely) Kyoshi committed two avatar cycles ago.
* HolyChild: Aang is a textbook example, being hunted by every villainous force in the series.
* HopeBringer: Lampshaded frequently by Katara.
* HumanPopsicle: Until Katara frees him from the iceberg.
* HumbleHero: Aang rarely "pulls the Avatar card" when asking for leniency, unless he needs to.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Didn't want to be the Avatar and would rather have just been a normal kid.
* ImportantHaircut: After letting his hair grow out for the first half of Season 3, he shaves his head again for the big invasion.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler:Achieving this is what enables him to un-bend Ozai in the finale.]]
* TheInsomniac: In "Nightmares and Daydreams".
* InstantArmor: A favored tactic of his earthbending, [[IncrediblyLamePun suiting]] Aang's defensive nature. He uses it against Azula (twice), Combustion Man and Ozai.
* InstantExpert: Aang is able to learn basic waterbending and firebending extremely quickly, but his lack of focus prevents him from completely mastering any except airbending (which he started with).
* InstantFanclub[=/=]GroupieBrigade: Has one on Kyoshi Island and in Ba Sing Se as well.
* InstantFlightJustAddSpinning: While Aang has the added advantage of airbending, he uses his Gliderstaff for this purpose numerous times.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Toph says this of Aang in "Ember Island Players".
* IShallTauntYou: Aang is an advocate of irritating enemies into making mistakes and creating openings.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Mainly during the series finale and stated as much by Yangchen. "Selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your own spiritual needs and do whatever it takes to protect the world." He was willing to put the world at stake in favor of his own ideals in his refusal to kill Ozai because the airbenders taught him that all life is sacred (never mind that Gyatso's body was surrounded by the bodies of like twenty Fire Nation soldiers).
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Especially near the end of the show, when [[spoiler:everyone is expecting him to kill Ozai]].
* JerkassBall: In "The Desert" after Appa was kidnapped, Aang became hostile and aggressive. However, in the next episode, he reverts into the HeroicSafeMode instead.
* TheJuggernaut: An rare heroic type. To imply, forget the fact that he's a 4-foot tall, 12 year old boy. When he's in the Avatar state, do NOT be in his way. [[spoiler:The final battle between the Avatar-State Aang and the [[BigBad Phoenix King Ozai]]]] is definitely a great example of what happens when [[CurbStompBattle someone tries to fight the juggernaut.]]
* KidAppealCharacter: An energetic yellow-orange colored kid and the youngest member of the core team. He's balancing his love of having fun with responsibilities of his job and growing up. Despite this he's also TheHero, balancing out to KidHero below.
* KidHero: Essentially. Though going just by years he's 112, for a hundred of those years he was a HumanPopsicle.
* KingInTheMountain: While he's frozen in the iceberg.
* TheKirk: Often gets caught in between Sokka and Katara in Season 1.
* {{Keet}}: Is very energetic. He ''is'' only twelve.
* LastOfHisKind: The Fire Nation killed most, if not all, of the other Airbenders.
* LightningBruiser: By the second season, Aang is this.
* LikeASonToMe: Gyatso was the closest thing Aang had to a father; likewise Aang was the closest thing Gyatso had to a son.
* LivingRelic: Called as such by Professor Zei, though he's not as old as most examples.
* LoveAtFirstSight: With Katara.
* [[MagicalGirlfriend Magical Boyfriend]]: Towards Katara. He's an energetic, kind, generous messiah-figure that helps her achieve everything she ever wanted to.
* MakingASplash[=/=]AnIcePerson: Once he learns Waterbending. He was able to pick up basic moves very quickly, though more advanced moves take more time compared to more adept waterbenders.
* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]]: Interestingly, Aang and Katara act as a gender-inverted version of the typical narrative, with him being the cheerful, quirky little thing who teaches the heroine to relax and have fun.
* MartialArtsHeadband: He has one in the third season to cover his arrow.
* MartialPacifist: It being the Airbender motto and all.
%%* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Feminine Boy to Toph's Masculine Girl. Toph lampshades this in "Ember Island Player", and doesn't really think there's anything wrong with it.
* MasterOfOneMagic: He excels at Airbending, having invented at least one new technique for it and risen to the rank of master at a very young age. While he does master the other three elements, he never picks up the advanced techniques, such as healing, Bloodbending, Metalbending, or proper Lightning generation.
* MeaningfulName: Aang was written 安昂 , meaning "peaceful soaring" in Chinese and Vietnamese.
** The name Aang is similar to the Malaysian and Indonesian word ''angin'' and Filipino word ''hangin'', meaning "wind". Aang is also the Inuit word for "hello", which could be a reference to his friendly nature.
* MessianicArchetype: Being a GodInHumanForm, a natural pacifist, and even [[spoiler:temporarily dying at the end of Book 2]] clearly paints him as one of these.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Aang himself, being only 12, does not have the cut, muscular physique that most other male characters like Zuko have, since as a pre-pubescent, it is physically impossible for him to build significant muscle mass. However, he is the most powerful bender in the world and relies on superior speed and agility to take down much bigger opponents. In season 3, however, he switches to a costume that leaves his arms and part of his chest exposed, showing that he has an incredibly defined, but lithe musculature. The final battle between Aang and Ozai ends with a grown man in at least his thirties built like a brick wall being tossed around by a skinny child.
* NatureSpirit: Subverted, actually. Though the Avatar was originally suggested to be this, as per ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' he's actually just a normal human that has a spirit of light bonded with him.
* NiceGuy: Aang is peaceful, fun-loving, polite, respects all life (including enemies), and is respectful of the cultures of others.
* NiceHat: He has a few that he wears over the course of the series, mostly when he needs to hide his arrow.
* NotWearingPantsDream: Happened when he began to stress over facing Ozai in Book 3.
* OffhandBackhand: Aang does this ''to a rock'' while riding Appa and again to Sokka with earthbending while blindfolded.
* OfficialCouple: With Katara.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Due to being frozen for a hundred years he's actually 112.
* OneManArmy: He's the Avatar after all.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Aang is the only one who can fight Ozai, though not for the usual reasons for this trope. Simply having just anyone defeat Ozai doesn't guarantee an end to the war, because it would result in even more war and conflict. Since Aang is TheChosenOne, defeating Ozai would be an act of divine providence and a signal that he was in the right.
* ParentalAbandonment: A weird case, as his parents are never seen, nor even ''mentioned''. It's like he was born out of thin air.
* PhysicalGod: By himself he's just a GodInHumanForm, but if you manage to push him into the [[SuperMode Avatar State]], you've lost the fight, if not your ''life''. Only [[spoiler: Azula]] has managed to beat him while he's in it, and [[spoiler: that's only because she sneak-attacked him in the back while he was transforming.]] The most ''generous'' way to describe his final fight in the GrandFinale would be as a CurbStompBattle.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Notes in the art book indicate that Aang is only 4 and a half feet tall, but he is still one of the most powerful benders alive.
* PlayingWithFire: Once he learned how to use firebending. He was initially reluctant to learn this at first, thinking of fire as evil, but he was eventually able to learn a different form of firebending that focuses on life.
* ThePollyanna: Usually remains cheery and upbeat in spite of the CrapsackWorld he lives in.
* PowerFloats: When he enters the Avatar State.
* PowerGlows: When he enters the Avatar State.
* PowerStrainBlackout: At first, activating the Avatar state left him weak and visibly exhausted. As the series went on, this disappeared.
* PowerTattoo: Arrow tattoos to denote his mastery of airbending, which glow when he uses his Avatar powers.
* PureEnergy[=/=]SoulPower: Energybending which can remove bending from a bender.
* RazorWind: [[MemeticMutation Airbending slice!]] Although Aang rarely uses this side of Airbending and almost never on a living being, in a moment of rage after losing Appa in Season 2 he coldly bisects a fleeing vulture-wasp that had tried to eat Momo.
* RecklessPacifist: Sure, he'd never kill anyone directly, but his collateral damage record is hard to ignore.
%%* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Zuko's red [[spoiler:(during their training)]].
* RefusalOfTheCall: Discovering that he was the Avatar pretty much ruined his life, as everyone saw the PhysicalGod and not the twelve-year old that desperately needed companionship. Running from it resulted in his life being ''completely'' ruined, as he SleptThroughTheApocalypse of his people.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Of the previous Avatars, most recently, Roku.
* RookieRedRanger: Played with, while Aang is certainly the youngest and most naive member of his team he is also the most worldly and the most experienced combatant.
* ScarsAreForever: Suffers a permanent scar on his back from being shot with lightning by Azula. He also has one on the sole of his left foot, where the lightning left his body.
* SealedGoodInACan: Unsealed in the series premiere.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The sweet, playful Sensitive Guy to sarcastic, grounded Sokka's Manly Man.
* ShirtlessScene: Frequently in Season 3. Aang has a perfectly good shirt he could be wearing... he just chooses not to. Because all the fire he has to deal with would burn his clothes off if he did. Clothes just don't play well with fire.
* SickeninglySweethearts: With Katara in ''The Promise'' and ''The Search''. All the cuddling and petnames give Sokka 'oogies'.
* SimpleStaff: His WeaponOfChoice. When he has to improvise with a spear he even breaks off the head.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Showed interest in Katara and ONLY Katara from the moment he met her.
* SkilledButNaive: Extremely skilled, master airbender and skilled in the other three bending arts as well, but he's extremely (often willfully) blind to how the world is. He spent most of the last season hemming and hawing over being confronted with the idea that he would have to kill Ozai. Before it was thrown right in his face he never considered that it would take more than just beating the guy in a fight to magically solve every problem in the world.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: He entombed himself and Appa in an iceberg and as a result missed ThePurge of his people.
** At one point, he has a nightmare about missing the Fire Nation invasion.
* SphereOfPower: During the series finale he creates a sphere of air around himself, and supplements it with other elements. Provides the picture for that page, in fact.
* SuperMode: The Avatar State.
* SuperpowerLottery: Can learn all types of bending, not just his native one. He masters the basics very quickly thanks to his millennia of experience through past lives, and has a defense mechanism that sends him into SuperMode.
* SuperSpeed: He can give himself a boost with a tailwind, thanks to his airbending.
* SurvivorGuilt: From the Air Nomad Genocide.
* TeensAreShort: According to the art book, he's about 4 1/2 feet. For comparison, Katara is not even 5' and she's still about a head taller than Aang.
* ThouShaltNotKill: This becomes a plot point in the finale, where he's torn up by the possibility that he will have to kill Ozai for the good of the world.
* TookALevelInBadass: When first met, he is a scared boy who, from his perspective, just learned he was to be the Savior of the World and must leave home from the only man he knew as a father. Now the world is in danger and so he shirks his responsibilities. Less than a year later, he is a fully competent Avatar, Master of All the Elements. Even without using the Avatar State, he can hold his own against a super-powered Phoenix King Ozai. When he finally activates the Avatar State, it is a no holds contest.
* TranquilFury: When Aang enters the [[SuperMode Avatar State]], he seems perfectly serene. [[BerserkButton Unless he's in a raging fury instead.]]
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Being a pacifistic monk, he is inclined to do this. Unfortunately, this mindset is what makes learning earthbending so difficult.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: He's a 12 year old goofball with the ability to master all four elements and restore balance to the world. Not to mention that if you piss him off enough, he'll enter his UnstoppableRage superpowered [[SuperMode Avatar State]].
* UnstoppableRage: While in the [[SuperMode Avatar State]]. He's not quite unstoppable, just insanely powerful, and dying in that state would end the Avatar Cycle.
* WaifFu: Aang is a GenderInvertedTrope of this. While Toph is about the same size as he is, she's much more smashy with her fighting technique. Aang is the lightest and smallest fighter in the whole series, whose biggest physical talent lies in a fighting style that emphasizes speed and grace. Naturally, being the avatar, he can kick more butt than anyone else on the show.
* WalkingDisasterArea: Because of the Fire Nation's SternChase.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: In the later half of Season 3.
* WarriorMonk: All Airbenders are this.
* WeaponTwirling: A {{Justified}} version, since he uses his staff to create wind attacks (or defenses) this way.
* WideEyedIdealist: Aang starts off this way. But being shouldered with the weight of the Avatar Spirit, his entire people dying, Appa's kidnapping and the horrors of war quickly got rid of it.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Katara. TheyDo.
* WiseBeyondHisYears: Balances this out by being a WideEyedIdealist as well.
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[[folder:Katara (卡 塔 拉)]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MaeWhitman

->"I will never, EVER turn my back on people who need me!"

A compassionate girl who is the last Waterbender of the [[EskimoLand 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 TeamMom while also being Aang's Waterbending teacher and love interest.
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* ActionGirl: Consistently able to prove herself and stand up to the threat the Gaang faces, ultimately managing to defeat Azula in the finale.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Provides the current page image. Katara begins the series as the TeamMom, dressed practically (she ''is'' from the South Pole), but as the series progresses and the seasons/latitude/climates change, she literally lets down her hair, and we get occasional shots of her in underwear or [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring outfits]]. Her regular Water Tribe outfits (the clothes she wears most often) are still very practical, and she bares a lot more skin in the Fire Nation islands, which are mostly tropical and volcanic.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: 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.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: 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.
* BadBadActing: As seen in "Imprisoned".
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Bloodbending is a real bad thing but Katara is on the side of the good guys.
* BareYourMidriff: Her Fire Nation attire.
* BathingBeauty: In the episode ''The Runaway''.
* BattleCouple: With Aang in the comics that continue on from the series (since they don't hook up until the end).
* BerserkButton: She takes betrayals really, ''really'' badly.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: 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.
** Out of the entire Gaang, she's the only one who can really hold a grudge to a point where she just wants to kill the people she hates. You do ''not'' want Katara as a nemesis.
*** Take Jet for example. When he first approached Katara in Ba Sing Se, she immediately got enraged and attacked him, despite him only trying to help her and the Gaang. Even after [[spoiler:Jet's [[HeroicSacrifice]]]], it was hinted that at least part of her never forgave him for his past actions.
*** And then there was Zuko, whose betrayal at the end of Book 2 cut Katara deeper than the rest of the Gaang, since she and Zuko started becoming friendly to each other. When Zuko joined the Gaang in ''The Western Air Temple'' she immediately went to see him and told him to his face that if she even thinks he might hurt Aang, she would personally kill him. Her distrust of Zuko continued on until [[spoiler:Zuko helped her find and confront the man who killed her mother.]]
*** Speaking of which, that very quest showed just how frightening she can really be, specifically when [[spoiler:she and Zuko were journeying to the ship where they thought he was. First of all, she spent so much time flying Appa there, that you could see bags under her eyes, indicating she hadn't been sleeping, and she didn't seem to care. Then when they got there, she [[CurbStompBattle almost effortlessly defeated]] the soldiers on the deck - helps that it was a full-moon - and then when they confronted the man they thought was the one they were looking for, she started ''bloodbending'' him. Remember, this is the same girl who was reduced to tears when she first used bloodbending and had no choice at the time, and this time, she does it willingly and with nothing but hatred in her eyes.]]
* BloodMagic: During a full moon she can manipulate the water in peoples' blood to turn them into PeoplePuppets.
* BondingOverMissingParents: With Haru and [[spoiler:Zuko]].
* BreakTheCutie: Both her childhood tragedy and the betrayals of Jet and Zuko... and when Hama forced her to learn the cruel art of bloodbending.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Does this to her own father, who asks for forgiveness and gets it.
* CannotTellAJoke: She can snark on occasion, but makes a poor replacement for her brother in ''"Sokka's Master"''.
* CharacterDevelopment: Katara turned from an eternally optimistic and sweet girl into someone much much more pragmatic and hardened by the difficulties of war.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: States as much in ''The Painted Lady'':
-->"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!"
* CombatMedic: A very capable healer in addition to her combat skills.
* CombatTentacles: 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.
* CompressedHair: Nowhere near as bad as some, but she keeps an elbow-length mane in that pigtail. It [[LettingHerHairDown comes down]] as part of her Fire Nation disguise.
* CoolBigSis: 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."
* CripplingOverspecialization: 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.
* DeadpanSnarker: She's normally TheComicallySerious, but she's almost as witty as Sokka when she's got a good target (for instance, Sokka).
* EasilyForgiven: When she [[{{Tsundere}} gets]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes 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.
%% * FanServicePack
* FatalFlaw: Katara is known to hold grudges to the point where she could kill someone, especially if she was betrayed or if her loved ones are put in danger. When she runs into Jet after he had betrayed her trust, she immediately attacked him. She flat out told Zuko after he joined the gang that if she thinks he might hurt Aang, she would personally kill him. And when she confronted the man whom she believed killed her mother, she ''used bloodbending'' on him.
* FingerlessGloves: Gets a pair in Season 3.
* {{Flanderization}}: A little. Season 3 paints her as TheComicallySerious 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 [[spoiler:and later Zuko]].
-->'''Sokka:''' How do we put a lid on hot air?\\
'''Katara:''' If only we knew...
* ForgivenButNotForgotten: Her attitude towards [[spoiler:Zuko after she acknowledges his HeelFaceTurn]]. She later forgives him completely.
* GodGuise: 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.
* GodivaHair: Has this during her bathing scene in 3x7, "The Runaway", used in conjunction with just staying underwater.
* GoGetterGirl: Every once in a while, she can act like this.
* GoodIsNotNice: 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 [[spoiler:Prince Zuko]]. There's also the way she rejected the apology of the man who killed her mother.
* GreenEyedMonster: 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.
* HealingHands: She has healing powers. Something to do with chi and the water in the body...[[AWizardDidIt let's just say "magic" and leave it at that.]]
* TheHeart: A medic with HealingHands and LoveInterest of TheHero, 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 AllLovingHero, it's debatable that the role is given to Aang by the end of the series.
* IdenticalGranddaughter: A friend of her grandmother's says Katara is her spitting image.
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHim: [[spoiler: 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.''"
* InstantExpert: 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 InstantExpert Aang) in one season. She did this in under 4 months[[note]]The episode before she finds The Waterbending scroll, which first lets her learn waterbending, is the winter solstice -- December. By Episode 8 of Season 2, we learn it's spring, meaning anywhere between March and early June, though it seems closer to the early spring, and the summer solstice is not before Season 3. Either way, Katara is declared a master long before that Season 2 episode.[[/note]], while Waterbending is described as something that can take years to master.
* ItsAllAboutMe: 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.
* KidWithTheLeash: Aang's [[SuperMode 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 CooldownHug 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.
* LettingHerHairDown: 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.
%%* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Dark to [[TheIngenue Yue's]] light. On the other hand, she's the light to [[DarkActionGirl Azula's]] dark.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: She's the quadratic wizard, Sokka is the linear warrior. Except Sokka is also TheStrategist...
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: 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.
* LongHairIsFeminine: 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.
* MakingASplash / AnIcePerson: Waterbender, natch.
* MeaningfulName: "Katara" is Japanese for "pull" which alludes to her waterbending skills, given that pulling is one of the basic principles of the fighting style.
* TheMcCoy: 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 [[TheSpock more grounded view of the matter]].
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: 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.
* ObliviousToLove: Aang had a crush on her from the word Go, but she didn't notice it for awhile.
* OfficialCouple: With Aang. Though only by the end of the series.
* TheParagon: 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.
* PluckyGirl: Oh so much, especially in Season 1.
* PromotionToParent: 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.
%% * RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Sokka's red in Season 1, Toph's red later on.
* RejectedApology: 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.
* TheResenter: To Aang's talent in waterbending.
* {{Revenge}}: [[spoiler: 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.
* SheCleansUpNicely: 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 LoveBubbles and a LuminescentBlush from Aang.
* SheWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* SiblingRivalry: A more normal one with Sokka compared to Zuko and Azula.
* SiblingYinYang: With Sokka.
* SickeninglySweethearts: With Aang in ''The Promise'' and ''The Search''.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: While there was an episode in Season 1 in which Katara was [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys 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 [[{{Keet}} Aang.]] Naturally, they end up together in the end.
* SourSupporter: Mid Book 3.[[spoiler: 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.]]
* StoneWall: Waterbending is mainly a defensive art, so she is mostly this.
* SympathyForTheDevil: WordOfGod says in the SeriesFinale commentary that Katara and [[spoiler:Zuko]] have only pity for [[spoiler:Azula]] upon her defeat, not joy or satisfaction.
* TeamMom: Acts a nurturing, soothing figure for Team Avatar.
* TeensAreShort: As indicated by the artbook Katara isn't even 5' tall yet.
* TeenGenius: When it comes to waterbending, she can master, in a very short time, techniques it takes others decades to learn.
* ToBeAMaster: Her goal throughout the first book is to master Waterbending, in which she succeeds.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Toph's Tomboy. One comic focuses on this, and she shows she is proud to be a girl.
* TookALevelInBadass: Went from barely competent to top three for best waterbenders in the world.
* TookALevelInCynic: [[TheHeart 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 [[spoiler: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 HeelFaceTurn for real this time and [[spoiler:almost kills the man that killed her mother in cold blood]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: She becomes hostile towards [[spoiler:a recently-reformed Zuko]] in Season 3 for obvious reasons. Fortunately, she gets over it, eventually subverting this trope.
* TownGirls: The Femme to Suki's Neither and Toph's Butch.
* TragicKeepsake: 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 [[spoiler: 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.
* UnstoppableRage: Just thinking about the man who [[spoiler: killed her mother]] sends her into a very uncharacteristic fury.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: 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.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: She stands strong by this belief. She will never leave behind those in need, as shown in ''The Painted Lady''.
* WideEyedIdealist: 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.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: With Aang. [[spoiler: TheyDo.]]
* WiseBeyondHerYears: From a very young age, she has had to act as a mother to her family and her brother, and her actions and reactions throughout the series reflect this very strongly. Though she occasionally has "childish" instances (half the time just to make a point), the series treats her as the group's mother figure and caretaker. Take this dialogue from the very first episode:
-->'''Katara:''' (while penguin sledding) I haven't done this since I was a kid!\\
'''Aang:''' You still are a kid!
** Considering Katara's [[MissingMom background]], that line becomes particularly [[TearJerker poignant and bittersweet.]]
* YouKilledMyMother: To the retired Fire Nation commander that killed her mother ten years previous under the impression that she was a Waterbender. [[spoiler: Though she elects not to kill him.]]
* YouGoGirl: 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.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: [[spoiler: When Hama complimented her use of Bloodbending in "The Puppetmaster".]]
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[[folder:Sokka (索卡)]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Jack [=DeSena=]

->"I'm just a guy with a [[BattleBoomerang boomerang]]... I didn't ask for all this flying, and magic..."

[[TheChick Katara's]] older brother, Sokka took it upon himself to protect the [[EskimoLand Southern Water Tribe]]. As a fairly serious [[BadassNormal 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 "[[TheSmartGuy idea guy]]." And besides, where would the Gaang be without his comic relief and [[BattleBoomerang BOOMERANG]]!?
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: It's made of some sort of crazy space metal.
* {{Adorkable}}: Sokka, on occasion. His moments of over-enthusiasm are the farthest thing from cool, but still endearing in their way.
* AdrenalineMakeover: Compare [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/water/water9/water9-236.jpg Sokka's first season look]] to his [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/fire/fire18/fire18-583.jpg third season look.]]
* AgentScully: 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.
* AmazonChaser: Sokka seems attracted to Suki in part because she's such an excellent fighter.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: [[TheSpock Sokka]] seems to have trouble with this one from time to time. The second season episode "The Swamp" is one good example, in which he refuses to believe that the swamp called forth spirits. When [[TheChick Katara]] points out that [[TheHero Aang]] has contacted spirits regularly (and he was once kidnapped by one and stuck in the spirit world), he dismisses it with "That's Avatar stuff; it doesn't count."
** He later subverts it, though, by thinking up his own insane ideas for what can get in their way (particularly a "giant, exploding Fire Nation spoon" or a city being mysteriously submerged in an ocean of killer shrimp) and admitting "[[WeirdnessMagnet Weird stuff happens to us]]", just before a drooling and insane-looking man [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim with an ear of corn in his mouth]] comes by.
* BadassNormal[=/=]BadassBookworm: A talented and clever swordsman with an knack for ingenuity in both inventions and battle plans.
* BattleBoomerang: His weapon of choice. He feels the loss deeply when it is lost.
** TheBusCameBack He feels a lot better when Suki comes back on an airship.
* BerserkButton: 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. Another is his sister; nobody messes with Katara on his watch.
* BetaCouple: With Suki.
* BigBrotherInstinct: If you harm his sister, he WILL hurt you -- even if it was just an accident. Subverted when Aang tried Firebending and accidentally hurt Katara.
** Don't publicly vilify her, either. Sokka will defend her actions, even if he just spent an entire episode criticizing them.
* BigEater: Although the play has exaggerated everyone's traits, Sokka does seem to like food more than the other main characters, as seen when he couldn't go a moment without thinking about food.
* BlackSwordsAreBetter: His space sword.
* BodyGuardCrush: He had feelings for Yue even before he was assigned the task of protecting her.
* BreakoutCharacter: Was originally going to have a smaller role, but he's just so darn awesome they had to keep him in.
** That and the directors [[RealLifeWritesThePlot really loved Jack [=DeSena=]'s voice acting.]]
* ButtMonkey: 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 TheWoobie.
-->'''Zuko:''' That's rough, buddy.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: The primary reason why he TookALevelInBadass.
* CantCatchUp: In terms of pure combat, he is this and he is quite aware of it. However, he’s also essentially the CaptainAmerica of Avatar: his [[TheStrategist battle plans]] are actually the only thing in the world more dangerous than the Avatar State, so it pretty much evens out.
* CarryABigStick: One of his main weapons is a club until he replaces it with a sword.
* CharacterDevelopment: In the beginning, he had shades of cultural StayInTheKitchen mentality, up until he [[CurbStompBattle 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 BoisterousBruiser personality, but he is also quite the AmazonChaser in his relationship with Suki and does not treat the {{Badass}} females in the series any different than the {{Badass}} males.
** Sokka also developed from his original comic relief role, and overcame his insecurities to become a BadassNormal and tactician.
* TheChewToy: Is most frequently the target of AmusingInjuries.
* ChickMagnet: Suki, Yue, Ty Lee, Toph, and an entire class of poetry students all want a piece of him. Biggest pimp in the series.
* CockFight: With Hahn, Princess Yue's betrothed who she doesn't care for.
* CombatPragmatist: Has no problem attacking opponents from behind, or doing whatever else it takes to gain an advantage.
* CompanionCube: His [[BattleBoomerang boomerang]] and later his sword, though moreso the former than the latter.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Averted. Sokka complains about everything. He's ''right'' about half the time, and most of those times, it's on matters of vital importance.
* CoolHelmet: For the invasion he has a very badass wolf shaped helmet.
* CoolSword: After learning swordsmanship he forges his own sword out of [[ThunderboltIron a fallen meteor]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably the biggest one in the series.
* DefrostingIceKing: Sokka is initially overly-sarcastic and cynical, but eventually becomes a warmer character and more open-minded to the supernatural.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: "That's called Sokka Style! Learn it!"
** He's also responsible for killing Combustion Man.
* TheEngineer: In Book 3, Sokka becomes quite knowledgeable in this area, which allowed him to create Hi "Meteor Sword".
* FailureKnight: His inability to protect Yue continued to haunt him throughout the series.
* FingerlessGloves: Wears a blue pair throughout the entire series.
* FlatEarthAtheist: 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.
* GadgeteerGenius: Since Sokka is The Mechanist's protegee, count him in. He came up with the idea for a submarine!
* GeniusDitz: He's one of the goofiest characters, but when he does engage his brain the plans that fall out of it are usually epic.
* GenreSavvy:
** "I'm just saying -- [[WeirdnessMagnet 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 [[spoiler: Jet had been brainwashed]].
** Once, while waking up: "What happened? Did we get captured again?"
* GoodOldFisticuffs: 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.
* GuileHero: 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.
** While Sokka gets less feats than the rest of the Gang, the ones that he does get are actually incredibly impressive on paper; [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu knocking out Wan, killing the Combustion Man]], organizing the first successful escape from [[TheAlcatraz The Boiling Rock]], [[spoiler: taking out Fire Lord Ozai's entire fleet.]]
* HeelRealization: See MyGodWhatHaveIDone below.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Played with. He's a hero who uses a sword, but he's not ''the'' hero.
* HesAFriend: Sokka needs to do this for [[spoiler:Zuko]]. Twice.
* HiddenDepths: Sokka at first appeared to be nothing more than the PluckyComicRelief. But it was soon clear that he was also a good fighter despite his lack of powers, and an amazing strategist.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Gender-flipped version towards Princess Yue.
* IconicItem: His boomerang.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Results in Sokka taking up swordsmanship.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: [[spoiler:To Princess Yue.]]
* ImportantHaircut: Grows his hair out in Season 3. Seems to be a trend with the Avatar boys, isn't it? Then he gets back his Season 1 haircut in the end.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: [[OvershadowedByAwesome While rarely highlighted]], it should be noted that Sokka ''always'' hits his target when he throws his boomerang.
* ImprovFu: 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.
* InstantExpert: 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.
* InverseLawOfUtilityAndLethality: When he was just using a war club he got several shots in on the occasional VillainOfTheWeek. Once he got his sword his usefulness in combat dropped to approximately zip. Made up for it with his tactical skills though.
* ItsAllMyFault: He blames himself for letting Yue die, despite her willingness to [[HeroicSacrifice give her life to save the Moon Spirit]]. His guilt causes him to be very overprotective of Suki in the second season.
** His emotions caused the Gaang to miss their opportunity to confront [[EvilOverlord Ozai]] during the Day of the Black Sun. It also results in most of the rebels being imprisoned by the Fire Nation.
* JerkassHasAPoint: At times; his initial distrust of Jet was partly motivated by a hint of jealousy at his BadassNormal qualities, but he turns out to be right that Jet is [[HeWhoFightsMonsters using questionable tactics]].
** Although he TookALevelInJerkass in "Bato Of The Water Tribe," his harsh WhatTheHellHero towards Aang was justified as he ''really'' was acting dishonestly towards his colleagues, plus it also does not help that this took place when Sokka was still distrusting and skeptical of Aang early in Book One from the first episode to this one.
* JerkassRealization: See MyGodWhatHaveIDone below.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's sarcastic, [[HeroicNeutral pragmatic when it comes to helping strangers]], and can be an InsufferableGenius. He's also fiercely loyal and protective to his friends.
* KnightInSourArmor: 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.
* LargeHam: While posing as a Fire Nation citizen named Wang Fire.
* TheLeader: Of Team Avatar for the most part, a rare case where the position is held by TheSmartGuy instead of TheHero.
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: He's the linear warrior, Katara is the quadratic wizard. Except he's also TheStrategist...
* LoveAtFirstSight: Towards Princess Yue.
* MacheteMayhem: Although he does not use it in combat often.
* MomentKiller: Butts in on Aang and Katara more than once.
* MrFanservice: Like Zuko, both in and out of universe, but on a smaller scale.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: 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.
* NobleBigot: Sokka is a bit sexist for the first few episodes, believing that women should StayInTheKitchen and out of the fighting. After getting to know a [[AmazonBrigade group of female warriors firsthand and realizing their fighting capabilities,]] he realizes that his views were incorrect and learns to respect women and girls. After that it's gone.
* NoodleIncident: Apparently, he had once gotten a fish hook stuck in his thumb. So he tries to get that out...with another fish hook.
* NonSequitur: Expect Sokka's dialogue to consist primarily of this whenever he's sick or under the influence of something (i.e. cactus juice).
* OverShadowedByAwesome: The realization that he is this leads to Sokka [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]].
%% * PlayingPictionary
* PluckyComicRelief: One of main sources of the series' comic relief who TookALevelInBadass in each book.
%% * PrecisionGuidedBoomerang
* ProperlyParanoid: Doubles with TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong. His suspicions of Jet and Hama are proven right.
* RealMenEatMeat: He even labels himself "the meat and sarcasm guy" in the episode "Bitter Work".
* RealMenWearPink: 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.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: 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.
* RedOniBlueOni: The insensitive, blunt red to Katara's soothing, thoughtful blue.
* ReligiousRussianRoulette: He bargains with the powers that be to give up meat and sarcasm in exchange for getting him out of a hole.
* RetailTherapy: In the episode "[[TheSpock 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!
* SarcasticDevotee: 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?
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan:
** 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.
* ShipperOnDeck: He subtly shipped Aang and Katara.
* ShoppingMontage: At a weapons store, but still has the demeanor of a teenaged girl with daddy's credit card.
* SiblingYinYang: TheSpock to Katara's TheMcCoy. A non-bender while Katara's a waterbender.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Beginning of Season 1 only, and only shades of it and he's quickly humbled. [[ItGotBetter And then he started and proceeded to]] [[TookALevelInBadass take badass levels.]]
* TheSmartGuy: Whenever things can't be handled with brute force of either bending or personality, he's in charge.
-->'''Sokka:''' Why are you all looking at me?\\
'''Aang:''' [[LampshadeHanging You're the idea guy.]]\\
'''Sokka:''' So I'm the ''only'' one who can [[DeadpanSnarker ever come up with a plan]]? That's a lot of pressure.
* TheSpock: To [[TheHero Aang's]] [[TheKirk Kirk]] and [[TheChick Katara's]] [[TheMcCoy 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.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Princess Yue.
* TheStrategist: 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 GrandFinale. Aang's Koizilla rampage might match it, but Sokka competes with nothing but brains. ''Airship slice!''
* StrawVulcan: When they're trying to help people he's cast in this light, but subverted in "The Fortuneteller"
* TeamDad: Despite being the PluckyComicRelief, Sokka functions as this in Katara-centric episodes. Normally, Aang is the one wanting to pursue a SideQuest and Katara is trying to keep them on track. When it's her turn, Sokka turns into the StraightMan.
** He also plays the role more seriously in the third season [[spoiler: until Zuko joins]].
* TheTeamNormal: The only non-bender on the Team Avatar until Suki joins the team. {{Lampshaded}} in Book 3's fourth episode.
* TeenGenius: He's only 15, and is already an expert tactician.
* TerribleArtist: His drawings are so terrible that people end up PlayingPictionary.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: [[spoiler: 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?]]
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: "That's Sokka style! Learn it!"
* ThunderboltIron: His CoolSword, which he forged himself out of a meteor, is made of this.
* TookALevelInBadass: Becomes an keen strategist and expert sworsdmanship by the end of the series.
* TookALevelInIdealism: [[JadeColoredGlasses Team Cynic]] [[DeadpanSnarker 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 [[WideEyedIdealist Aang's]] plan to talk to the earth king. Naturally this gets {{lampshaded}} by the [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness rest of the cast]] and the episode [[TemptingFate ends on an ominous note.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: 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 WhatTheHellHero moment from him to Aang that lasted only one episode, fortunately.
* TookALevelInKindness: Sokka still keeps his sarcastic tendencies, but he really [[CharacterDevelopment changes a lot]] by the series finale. He lost all of his sexist beliefs, grew to love Aang over time (just think back to their first encounter), and was just a generally more nicer person.
* VocalEvolution: In the ''opposite direction'' of Katara above. Even his voice acting starts out deeper and more mature, until roughly about "The Kyoshi Warriors".
* WellDoneSonGuy: Fortunately, his father is already very proud of him and he just needed to hear it.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Occasionally sounds like he's trying to fast talk the DM.
-->'''Sokka:''' 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 [[TeamPet Momo]]''] Oh great sea serpent, please accept this humble and tasty offering!
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[[folder:Toph Beifong (北方 拓芙)]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JessieFlower

->"[[BloodKnight 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 [[OverprotectiveDad 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 {{Badass}}ery. Also the first Metalbender in history, which she's rightfully proud of. Was originally written as a boy in the early planning stages.
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* AchillesHeel: She's very reliant on her [[DisabilitySuperpower "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.
* ActionGirl: A master at Earthbending [[spoiler:to the point of discovering Metalbending]] and an overall competent fighter.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: The second girl in the second season.
* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Chick]]
* {{Badass}}: She is twelve, tiny, blind and one of the most powerful earthbenders of all time.
* BadassAdorable: 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 [[BadassGrandpa Bumi]].
* BadassBoast: After discovering [[spoiler:Metalbending]]:
-->'''Toph:''' I am the greatest Earthbender '''IN THE WORLD'''!
* BadassTeacher: 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.
* TheBigGal: Not physically, but by personality and by her elemental powers.
** {{Lampshaded}} in "The Ember Island Players" when [[spoiler: an actual big guy plays her in the play about written about the Gaang's adventures.]]
* BlindingBangs: In the ''WebAnimation/ChibiAvatar'' shorts and some of the comics. Though, they can't actually make her ''more'' blind...
* BlindMistake: 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."
* BlindWeaponmaster[=/=]HandicappedBadass: Provided she's fighting on top of earth or metal, she probably has better vision than most seeing people.
* BloodKnight: She loves fighting.
* BlueBlood: 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.
* BoisterousBruiser: "All right! Let's break some rules!" SMASH!
** BruiserWithASoftCenter: Shows affection by punching people.
* {{Bokukko}}: Again, in the Japanese Dub.
* ChildProdigy: One of the youngest benders we see, yet she is already one of the most powerful non-Avatar Earthbenders. Also [[spoiler: 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]].
* CoolCrown: By "The Promise" she's switched out her headhand for a green tiara; reflecting her new position as head of the Beifong Metalbending Academy.
* CuteBruiser: The shortest of all of Team Avatar, she arguably manages to dole out the most whoopass of all of them.
* DeadpanSnarker: Her defining trait, second only to her [[{{Badass}} sheer badassery]].
* DisabilitySuperpower: 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 [[spoiler: to her invention of Metalbending]].
* DisabledSnarker: Mostly at Sokka's expense.
* DishingOutDirt: Like every Earthbender.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: 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".
* DrillSergeantNasty: Definitely had shades of this during Aang's earthbending training.
* EarlyBirdCameo: First appeared in a vision Aang had, which led to him choosing her as his teacher.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: She's right on the border between this and RavenHairIvorySkin.
* EvilLaugh: Now and then,[[spoiler: especially as Melon Lord.]]
* ExtraOreDinary: [[spoiler: Invented Metalbending. On the fly too!]]
* TheFace: 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.
* FriendlessBackground: 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.
* TheGadfly: 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'']
* GirlOfMyDreams: 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.
* GoodIsNotNice: 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.
* HandicappedBadass: She's blind but can "see" by sensing vibrations with her feet.
* HotBlooded: There's a ''reason'' why the Ember Island Players chose to portray her the way they did.
-->"I am not Toph! I am MELON LORD! [[EvilLaugh MUAHAHAHA!]]"
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: 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 AchillesHeel is hit.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: With Iroh, but hey, it's [[CoolOldGuy Iroh]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Can be very rude at times, to cope with her blindness.
* TheLadette: The musclebound, belching, spitting hulk that was in the play near the end of the story? That's Toph on the inside.
* LittleMissBadass: She's only twelve, but she's one of the most badass characters in the entire series.
* LittleMissConArtist: In "The Runaway".
* LivingLieDetector: 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 [[spoiler:like Azula]]
* LonelyRichKid: A fact that she dealt with by joining an underground fighting tournament and mopping the floor with anyone who challenged her.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: The tomboyish, blunt Masculine Girl to Aang's softhearted, kind Feminine Boy.
* MeaningfulName: 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''.
* MudWrestling: She partakes in this with Katara in "The Runaway".
* MusclesAreMeaningless: In Toph's case, this relates specifically to her earthbending. She is clearly very strong for her size and age, often hurting her teammates, no pushovers themselves, with with playful punches. However, situations where she lacks earthbending tend to emphasize her helplessness. This is partly because it takes away the DisabilitySuperpower that allows her to bypass her blindness, but she never demonstrates superior martial arts skills when not aided by her earthbending.
* NeverLearnedToRead: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that she's blind in a world [[SchizoTech without Braille]].
* TheNicknamer: Calls Aang "Twinkle Toes".
* NoHeroToHisValet: 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.
* NotHyperbole: 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 WeaksauceWeakness of Earthbending by figuring out [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbending]], which none in history had done before. [[spoiler: In WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra, this claim ''still'' applies.]]
* ThePigPen: 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 [[TooMuchInformation picks her nose a lot]].
* PintSizedPowerhouse: This girl is absolutely tiny being a little over 4 feet tall, but her only non-Avatar rival in Earthbending is King Bumi.
* PowerLevels: Mentioned in an interview. According to WordOfGod, she's the strongest bender in the Gaang (though this obviously doesn't count Aang in the Avatar State).
* RebelliousPrincess: Not actually royalty but close enough.
* RedOniBlueOni: The snarky, blunt red to Katara's demure, caring blue.
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: 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 TakeAThirdOption, but her AchillesHeel was active at the time.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: 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.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Almost immediately we see the rough wrestler become a well dressed lady in her intro.
* ShelteredAristocrat: 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.
* SourSupporter: Sometimes.
* StaticCharacter: Compared to the other mains, Toph doesn't get a lot of CharacterDevelopment.
** [[LampshadeHanging 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 CharacterDevelopment adventure with him [[labelnote:note]] with Aang in '"The Firebending Matsters" to learn the true essence of fire bending, with Katara in "The Southern Raiders" to find her mother's killer, and with Sokka in "The Boiling Rock" to free his father[[/labelnote]], 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 ShipTease with Sato gives some insight to her interpersonal skills. Probably done so the Toph from the Legend of Korra can be seen to develop.
* StreetSmart: Part of why she's the TeamFace: she knows how to take advantage of street situations, such as in "The Runaway." [[UpToEleven 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.
* TinyTyrannicalGirl: She stated that she likes bossing people around.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The rough-and-tumble Tomboy who willingly chooses to be dirty to Katara's demure Girly Girl who does yoga.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: She's an ass-kicking ActionGirl who doesn't take crap from anybody, but she does know high society manners and actually enjoys her spa day with Katara in "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheTalesOfBaSingSe Tales of Ba Sing Se]]".
* TookALevelInBadass: 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.
%% * TownGirls: The Butch to Suki's Neither and Katara's Femme.
* {{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.
* WaifFu: A small, blind, 12 year old girl who's also the most powerful earthbender in the entire series.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "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.
* WhamLine: Does this with a single word in ''The Rift'' when she sees one of the factory's owners.
-->'''Toph''': [[spoiler:'''Father.''']]
* TheWorfEffect: 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 [[InTheBack sneak up on them]].'' They wrote around this for [[spoiler:''twenty-six episodes,'' but the ''instant'' she gets her [[GameBreakingInjury feet burnt]], Combustion Man shows up and starts blowing everything to rubble.]]
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: In more serious moments, she refrains from using nicknames.
* [[YouKnowImBlackRight You Know I'm Blind, Right?]]: The rest of the Gaang (especially Sokka) tends to forget about her disability, leading to [[DeadpanSnarker many of Toph's great one-liners.]] [[note]]Though to be fair, it ''is'' easy to forget due to her DisabilitySuperpower. Her constant "unfocused stare" is pretty much the only clue you get most of the time.[[/note]]
-->'''Sokka:''' It's so dark in here, I can't see a thing!\\
'''Toph:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh no, what a nightmare!]]
** 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.\\
\\
''Later''\\
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'''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!''
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5pj1x9yCzg Have a look-see already]] ...[[OverlyLongGag Whoops wait!]]
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[[folder:Suki (蘇琪)]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Jennie Kwan

->"I am a warrior, but I'm a girl, too."

Leader of [[AmazonBrigade 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.
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* ActionGirl: Though easily the least effective one in the series.
%% * ActionGirlfriend: To Sokka.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: In Season 3, giving Team Avatar an equal ratio of females and males.
* AmazonBrigade: The Kyoshi Warriors.
* AscendedExtra: A minor character in Book 1, her prominence gradually increases before she finally becomes a main character in Book 3.
* BadassNormal: To the point of CharlesAtlasSuperpower.
* BareYourMidriff: Her Book 3 normal clothes.
* BetaCouple: With Sokka.
* BodyguardCrush: Implied towards [[spoiler:Zuko]] in the comics.
* BreakoutCharacter: Suki was intended as a one-off character [[GirlOfTheWeek for Sokka's character development]], but she was such a popular character that she became an AscendedExtra and even got a RelationshipUpgrade with Sokka. ''And then'' she became a full blown EleventhHourRanger, actually joining the team on a permanent basis during the second half of Season 3.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Suki was a borderline case until "Boiling Rock, Part II" when she ran up a thirty foot wall.
* CombatHandFan: While serving as a Kyoshi Warrior, her weapon of choice.
* CoolMask: 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.
* EleventhHourRanger: She joins the Gaang two episodes before the four-part GrandFinale.
* GirlOfTheWeek: She was originally intended to be this, but was brought back and made a permanent love interest due to fandom demand.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: The Kyoshi Warriors, just like their namesake.
* LadyOfWar: In her Kyoshi Warrior uniform.
* LeParkour: 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.
* MeaningfulName: "''Suki''" can mean "beloved" in Japanese and is an expression of love. She's introduced primarily as a love interest.
* {{Ninja}}: [[BadassBoast "I am an elite warrior who has trained for many years in the art of stealth!"]]
* OldShame: In-universe. Apparently she used to date Foamy Mouth Guy.
* PluckyGirl: She leaves Kyoshi Island to help out with the war and manages to hold up pretty well after being captured and imprisoned.
* {{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 [[spoiler: pointing out Azula took her captive]], she flatly asks him if he's trying to get on her bad side.
* RedHeadedHero: 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.
* SecondLove: Admittedly she met Sokka first, but she was the second girl he fell in love with. Might be a case of FirstGirlWins.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Her Book 3 clothes.
* ShamefulStrip: [[spoiler: 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.
* ShesBack: Officially joined the Gaang towards the end of the series.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Suki starts to show affection for Sokka after he humbles himself and asks her to teach him the Kyoshi fighting style (even agreeing to wear a dress) and apologizes for being rude to her and the other warriors.
* StaticCharacter:
** Through no fault of her own, Suki comes off as this: she's a generic ActionGirl in a series where {{Action Girl}}s are not at all unusual.
** Technically, her only fault is that she {{Cannot Tell a Joke}}.
-->'''Suki:''' Yeah! Or how about king of the... guys who don't win?\\
'''Toph:''' Leave the nicknames to us, honey.
** The comics have been working on this.
* ThoseTwoGirls: With [[spoiler:Ty Lee]] ever since Suki took her under her wing.
* TookALevelInBadass: 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.
* TownGirls: The Neither to Katara's Femme and Toph's Butch.
%% * {{Tsundere}}: A very light case of this with Sokka.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In The Promise, [[spoiler:tells Mai about her concerns about Zuko, leading Mai to leave Zuko. This drives Zuko further into despair and worsens the overall situation]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Is the only member of Team Avatar whom we get no mention of or see, either physically or in flashback form, in WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra leaving her fate after the end of the series unknown.
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[[folder:Prince Zuko (祖寇)]]
See Characters/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheFireNation.
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[[folder:Appa]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/DeeBradleyBaker

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.
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* ActionPet: Mostly doesn't seem to do much, but he has a few BigDamnHeroes moments.
* BadassAdorable: Just look at him! He's so snuggly! He also weighs ten-tonnes, so if he hits you, you ''stay'' hit.
* BigDamnHeroes: His main role.
* TheBigGuy: Was essentially this for the group before Toph joined. Even (metaphorically) plays the part of [[spoiler:being a (semi-)SacrificialLion, thanks to his kidnapping arc]] in Season 2.
* BlowYouAway: He can Airbend either by breathing in or out, or by creating giant waves of wind with his large, flat tail.
* BreakTheCutie: "Appa's Lost Days" practically treats him like an universal [[TheChewToy chew toy]].
* DayInTheLimelight: "Appa's Lost Days" focuses on him.
%% * {{Determinator}}: "Appa's Lost Days" again.
* {{Expy}}: Presumably of the {{Homage}} sort. With the {{Animesque}} stylings, Appa is very similar to some sort of Cat Bus from the works of Creator/StudioGhibli (more specifically, of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki).
* GentleGiant: He really quite a soft-hearted lug when it comes down to it.
* GiantFlyer: Uses Airbending to propel himself through the sky.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: The team's transportation.
* LastOfHisKind: He's the only sky bison seen throughout the entire series and is assumed to be such. Ultimately subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', as other sky bison herds were discovered (or preserved by [[spoiler:dissident Fire Sages]]).
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: 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.
* MixAndMatchCritters: 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.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: A sleep deprived Aang hallucinates him as a {{Samurai}} with six swords fighting Momo.
* NonHumanSidekick: He's Aang's spirit companion.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Aang.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: 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.
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[[folder:Momo]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/DeeBradleyBaker

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.
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* AppropriatedAppellation: Weirdly subverted. He gets his name after eating a peach. ([[GeniusBonus Momo is Japanese for peach]], as well as being a common name given to pets in Japan.) The creators weren't aware of that at the time and just named him that because it fit.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A cheerful, fast-paced horn theme.
* MixAndMatchCritters: A lemur and a bat.
* NearlyNormalAnimal: Momo is highly intelligent and quick-thinking, fitting since he's part primate. The episodes focusing on him play up this aspect of him.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Eventually {{lampshaded}} by Aang.
* TheUnintelligible: Momo perceives human speech as gibberish.
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