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Katara is the princess of the Water Tribes. She's been in love with Zuko since she was fourteen, and got pregnant by him. However, Zuko's fiancee Mai poisoned her, causing a miscarriage. At the beginning of the story, she lives in an Earth Kingdom estate with Toph and spends her days pining after Zuko.
- Absolute Cleavage: The dress she's wearing for the character image.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Dowhplayed, but she has several children in the epilogue, which takes place when she is 23, and if she hadn't been poisoned by Mai, she would be 15 when she had her first child.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Canon!Katara wasn't much for angst (though she had her moments). This Katara spends the first two chapters of the story (when she's away from Zuko) angsting. She drops the angst once she hooks up with Zuko for good, though.
- Babies Ever After: She has two children called Kuzon and Lilith.
- Beyond the Impossible: Bloodbends during the day, when it was explicitly stated that waterbenders needed the power granted by the full moon to do so. The Legend of Korra reveals that daytime bloodbending is indeed possible, but Katara still couldn't have done it - it was an unique trait passed down in Yakone's family, much like Combustion Man's explosions.
- Bloody Murder: Kills Mai with bloodbending, which is something that Canon!Katara was so horrified by that she had it made illegal.
- But Not Too Foreign: She's Ambiguously Brown and from an Inuit-inspired culture, so of course she has to wear very European ballgowns all the time and live in what looks to be a castle somewhere in Italy.
- Buxom Is Better: She's the comic's main heroine and is very busty.
- Chickification: Canon!Katara was an Action Girl, while this Katara does little more than angst about not being with Zuko and then just lounges around once she does hook up with him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Killing Mai with Bloodbending after Mai made her miscarry. Admittedly, Mai was trying to kill her at the time, but Katara was perfectly capable of simply using bloodbending to incapacitate her and drag her off to trial.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: While Canon!Katara had no title, this Katara is the Princess of the Water Tribes.
- Forgot About Her Powers: She can bloodbend during the day, but doesn't think to use it immediately after Mai showed herself for quick incapacitation.
- Healing Hands: Like in the show, she can use waterbending to heal. She uses it to keep Azula alive for the finale until Sokka can retrieve her from the Spirit World.
- In-Name-Only: This isn't the kind waterbender with Chronic Hero Syndrome you know from the show.
- It's All About Me: A major character trait of hers.
- Les Yay: There's really only so many cuddly scenes she can share with Azula before people start questioning what the real pairing of the comic is.
- Making a Splash: She can do this, as is shown in her fight with Mai.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's beautiful, has giant breasts, and often wears incredibly low-cut gowns.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: So your boyfriend's jealous ex is attempting to assassinate you. What do you do? Well, if you're Katara, murder her in a horribly painful way!
- Princess Classic: In the show, she's a commoner, but in HIBY, she most closely resembles what a Disney Princess would be if the Disney writers suddenly lost all talent for storytelling.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything : She's a princess, and her royal duties mostly consist of living it up with Toph and snuggling Zuko.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Bites it pretty fast in Rise of the Agni Army.
- Teen Pregnancy: Her first pregnancy was when she was fourteen.
- Vapor Wear: Look at the dress she's wearing in the character image. Does it look like she's wearing anything under that?
Zuko is the Fire Lord, and he has been in love with Katara ever since he met her a few years ago when he was chasing after the Avatar, and he got her pregnant. However, he was engaged to another woman for political reasons, and had to marry her. That woman was Mai, his girlfriend from the show. Zuko does not love Mai, and as long as she's his wife, he can't marry his true love- Katara.
- Arranged Marriage: His marriage with Mai was arranged for political purposes, despite there being no hint of that in the show.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Find out that your wife concealed evidence of your lover's pregnancy? Hit her, verbally abuse her, and divorce her to go run off with your lover.
- Domestic Abuse: He gets angry and shoves Mai to the ground when he realizes that she's concealed evidence of Katara's pregnancy.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything : He's Fire Lord, a position that holds a lot of political responsibility, but he abandons it for Katara. And while he's Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee for it, it's obvious that he's supposed to be in the right and the Senate is supposed to be wrong for trying to make the Fire Lord behave like a Fire Lord.
- His marriage with Mai is supposed to be very important, politically speaking. Her family is the most important in the country, second only to the Royal Family, and their support is important. Yet Zuko divorces her without a second thought for the princess of a nation that just recently was an enemy of the Fire Nation. In a real nation, this would create political chaos, and potentially a rebellion.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He gets out of his trial with the Fire Senate, not by actually becoming a responsible leader, but by basically saying "I created the Senate, therefore I am above it".
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Gets killed early on in Rise of the Agni Army.
- Sympathetic Adulterer: He's meant to be justified in his affair with Katara because Mai is evil, but that's not the way it ended up looking to the audience.
- Your Cheating Heart: He's engaged to Mai when he impregnates Katara.
Katara's friend and, aside from Azula, the most OOC character in the comic. There's no trace of the tomboy who loved getting her hands (and feet) dirty here- she's calm, demure, and feminine. She often acts as Katara's handmaid and sidekick. She is in love with Aang.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She has several children who appear to be around kindergarten-age in the epilogue, which takes place when she's 21.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: She doesn't angst as much as Katara, but the angst she does have is notable because she's supposed to be Toph, who is more likely to ask Angst? What Angst?
- Babies Ever After: She has a boy named Poe and a girl named Ling.
- Beta Couple: With Aang.
- Buxom Is Better: Like Katara, she's been given a huge set of breasts.
- Chickification: Oh, so much. Canon!Toph was a carefree, badass tomboy, while this Toph is quiet and wears Pimped Out Dresses without any complaints.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Can Earthbend, which she uses once for quick transportation.
- Informed Flaw: Toph is blind, as per canon, but you'd be forgiven for not noticing this. She references color, calls Katara beautiful, etc.
- In-Name-Only: You'd never know that this was supposed to be Toph if the other characters didn't keep calling her that.
- Ms. Fanservice: Like the other heroines, she has gigantic boobs and is prone to wearing low-cut dresses. At one point, she wears a thin nightgown and nothing underneath.
- Nipple and Dimed: The flimsy nightgown she wears after her sex scene with Aang shows her nipples.
- Shrinking Violet: She's very soft-spoken.
- Vapor Wear: Her infamous nightgown and her more low-cut dresses.
The Avatar, the only one who can bend all four elements to his will. In the show, he's an incredibly important figure, but here, he's just there to be Toph's boyfriend, though he also aids Sokka in getting to the Spirit world to rescue Azula in the climax. He's best known for his Uncanny Valley-tastic design and for his bored expression during the whole melodramatic climax.
- Beta Couple: With Toph.
- Blow You Away: His native power, and the only one he's seen using.
- Elemental Powers: He can use all four, though he's not seen doing so.
- Flight His only use of his bending prowess in HIBY is to take Toph on a flight with him.
- Funny Background Event: The funny background event of the comic, although it's probably unintentional. Aang has a hilariously bored expression throughout both the Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee scene and the finale.
- Out of Focus: Hero of the show, side character of HIBY. He's really only there to be paired with Toph and to make sure that everyone (Except for Mai, that evil, evil woman) gets hooked up.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Being the Avatar doesn't seem to give Aang any responsibilities at all. He's free to cavort with Toph around her estate for months on end, despite the fact that he's a very important figure and world peacekeeper.
- Power Glows: An unusual and Fridge Horror-riddled variation. His tattoos normally glow when he's in the Avatar state, but in this story, they glow when he's having sex with Toph, which gives the implication that Toph is potentially being subjected to a Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex scenario.
Once princess of the Fire nation, before her bending was removed and she was banished. She showed up in front of Sokka in a ninja costume, poisoned, with a horrible wound on her side. She quickly fell unconscious, and when she woke, she had amnesia. From that point on, she is the most OOC character in the story. Her memory loss became an excuse to erase all her personality and replace it with giggly innocence. It later turns out that she was hurt by Mai (or on Mai's orders, at least), after Azula attempted to blackmail her.
- Absolute Cleavage: Her epilogue dress.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: Amnesiac!Azula is, of course, incredibly remorseful about all those crimes she committed in her past but doesn't remember.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: Amnesiac!Azula is absolutely nothing like her previous self, to the point where she's an O.C. Stand-in.
- Babies Ever After: She as a child with Sokka named Miracle.
- Brought Down to Normal: Aang removed her bending before the start of the story (she gets it back near the end).
- Easy Amnesia: She apparently got amnesia from the poison Mai used on her, and it's used to give her a complete personality wipe.
- Easily Forgiven: The main characters trust her surprisingly quickly, for someone whom they know as a Manipulative Bastard who's not above playing herself up as weak to make people underestimate her.
- Expy: By the end, she's pretty much Yue mk. 2.
- Friend to All Living Things: Part of her Princess Classic persona. One notable scene has her feeding some (badly photoshopped) turtle-ducks.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Her introduction has her in what would be a stereotypical ninja costume if it wasn't Stripperiffic, and she later spies on Sokka in a bright salmon-pink dress.
- Identity Amnesia: She doesn't remember that she's supposed to be a clever, manipulative Badass Princess instead of a cute, innocent Princess Classic.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Pretty often.
- In-Name-Only: This person is in no way the Azula everyone knows.
- Locked into Strangeness: Her white hair. She even passes it on to her daughter Miracle.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her introduction has her in a Stripperiffic ninja outfit, she's later seen in her underwear, and from that point on she mostly wears very low cut dresses.
- Mystical White Hair: Has it after dying and being brought back at the spirit oasis.
- Nice Girl: Absolutely no trace of Azula's sociopathy remains.
- Playing with Fire: She's a prodigy firebender, though she never demonstrates it in HIBY.
- Pretty in Mink: Her epilogue dress has a fur trim.
- Princess Classic: Even more so than Katara.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Wears a lot of pink after her Easy Amnesia.
- Rapunzel Hair: In the epilogue.
- Shock and Awe: She's so good at firebending that she can lightningbend. That she does demonstrate, not that it stops Mai from nearly killing her with a knife.
- Stripperiffic: Her ninja costume from the beginning.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Has amber eyes.
- Teen Pregnancy: She's pregnant during the finale, when she'd be 17.
- Vapor Wear: She does have underwear (and she's seen in it in her second scene), but several of her dresses make its absence rather obvious, her epilogue clothing most of all.
- Winter Royal Lady: In the end.
SokkaKatara's brother, prince of the Southern Water Tribe, and another of our romantic heroes. He lives on Toph's estate with Katara. He's the one who kicks off the plot by accidentally mailing Mai a letter telling of Katara's pregnancy by Zuko. His role in the story is as Azula's boyfriend.
- Butt-Monkey: He's this for the first part of the story, where he manages, somehow, to send an important letter to the Fire Nation instead of the Northern Water Tribe, but once Azula enters the picture, he turns into a Standard Romantic Hero.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: He's the only one of the main characters who doesn't immediately trust Azula. It's treated as him being unreasonable, but he does have a point that canon!Azula is a dangerous Manipulative Bastard who might be tricking them.
- Epic Fail: Accidentally sends a messenger hawk to the Fire Nation, when he meant to send one to the Northern Water Tribe.
- Idiot Ball: Not checking where the messenger hawks were supposed to be going.
- Mr. Exposition: Gives us a big info-dump on what happened between the end of the show and the beginning of the comic.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His Idiot Ball moment resulted in Mai poisoning Katara, causing her to miscarry, Zuko blowing up at Mai and leaving her for Katara, and then Mai attempting to murder Katara in revenge.
Zuko's wife by Arranged Marriage. She's possessive of Zuko and jealous of romantic competitors, to the point where she causes Katara to miscarry and later tries to kill her. She has a brother named Sho, in defiance of the canon fact that her only brother is Tom-Tom (who's far younger than her). OOC, but not as much as the main heroes. She's also far more sympathetic than she's supposed to be, mainly because the people she does horrible things to are horrible people who usually have done horrible things to her first.
- Arranged Marriage: Her marriage to Zuko was this, although it seems she really loved him.
- Badass Normal: She doesn't have any bending, just her knives, and she manages to nearly kill Azula with them.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: While she looks mostly like her canon self, there have been a few changes to make her look unappealing, like removing the healthy glow to her cheeks.
- Card-Carrying Villain: In true Dastardly Whiplash tradition, she gloats to Katara about how she "took pleaser" in causing her to miscarry.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Katara bloodbends her to death.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Has several traits of this.
- Double Standard: Often what Mai does is no worse than what the heroes do, but whenever she does it, she's pure evil.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her skin is actually paler than it is in the show.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Clearly what was intended with her. However, it should be noted that she's the only royal who does not abandon her duties go run off with a lover at some point.
- Hero Killer: She nearly kills Azula with a thrown knife, and Azula is only brought back with spirit help.
- Idiot Ball: If she didn't want Zuko to see the letter from Katara, why didn't she just burn it, instead of tearing it up and then leaving it in her room where anyone could stumble on it, as Lin eventually did?
- Just Between You and Me: Taunts Katara by confessing to causing her miscarriage.
- Knife Nut: Like her canon counterpart, she carries a lot of knives and knows how to use them. She nearly kills Azula with a thrown knife.
- Master Poisoner: Both the incidents of poisoning in the comic were caused by her. She's used two different poisons:
- A poison that causes miscarriage, even in rather far-along pregnancies, immediately after ingestion (as in, one bite of the poisoned fruit and you show symptoms a few seconds later). The only other symptom appears to be bleeding from the crotch. Mai uses this one to abort Katara's first pregnancy.
- Ginseng Lotus, or Kiss of the Dragon, which affects only firebenders, and causes memory loss, nightmares, and hallucinations even if the victim is healed. It's also noted that very few people have the know-how to make it.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Tries this with Katara, but gets it turned on her instead.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: What she's meant to be. It falls a bit flat, however, as Zuko's current girlfriend is even more psychotic.
- Yandere: She wants to be with Zuko so much, she'll murder and force abortions.
IrohZuko's uncle and a side character in HIBY. His carefree old man persona is less Obfuscating Stupidity than it is on the show, although it's notable that his goal after the show ended was pretty much to have a relaxed rest of his life. He's a bit obsessed with Pai Sho, which gave Diaz an excuse to use the "holding out the white lotus tile" shot from The Waterbending Scroll several times.
- Big Fun: Likes playing Pie Sho and gets drunk with the kids.
- Cool Old Guy: Like in canon.
- Deus ex Machina: He manages to find Ursa and bring her over to meet her kids again.
- Mr. Exposition: He gives a big exposition-dump to Zuko in the beginning.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: It's never explained how he tracked down Ursa. He just shows up with her one day and re-introduces her to Azula and Zuko.
Azula and Zuko's mother, who went missing when they were young. She is brought back by Iroh, but disappears before the fifth chapter. Her final scene is confirming that Azula (who got hit in the chest with one of Mai's knives) is still alive, and she doesn't seem to have accompanied the party on their trip to the north pole to fully heal Azula.
- Playing with Fire: She uses blue flames like her daughter.
- Purple Is Powerful: She wears purple robes.
- Unexpected Character: No one really thought that she'd show up.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happened to her between her appearance in the show and now, and later on she just vanishes from the story and isn't mentioned again.
Cameo CharactersSeveral canon characters make cameos at Katara's birthday party. They are, in order of appearance, June the bounty hunter, Bumi, Pindao, Aunt Wu, Guru Pathik, Ty Lee, and Hakoda. Why June, Aunt Wu, and Guru Pathik would come is left unexplained.
- Chickification: June the tough-as-nails bounty hunter giggles and likes being able to get dressed up.
- Continuity Cavalcade: Not done too well, as we don't see why several of these people would go to the party.
- Ms. Exposition: Ty Lee is there to provide exposition on why Sokka is no longer in a relationship with Suki (apparently long distance relationships don't work out).
ShoMai's brother, who appears to be around the same age as her. As a favor to Mai, he helps her attack Katara. His existence blatantly contradicts canon, as in the show Mai's only sibling was Tom-Tom, who was a toddler. Despite this, he is well known as probably the best thing about the comic, probably because, as an OC, he isn't horribly out of character and he personifies Evil Is Cool.
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: He can and usually does fight perfectly well without his firebending, to the point where the only firebending move we see him perform is to escape a fight that's not going his way.
- Deus ex Machina: The first indication we get that he's a firebender is when he busts out a firebending shield to cover his escape (much like Azula in the series).
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Like his sister, he has very pale skin and black hair. It's probably to make him look even more evil.
- Fights Like a Normal: The only time we see him using his firebending to leave a fight.
- Inexplicably Awesome: We don't know any of Sho's story, which is too bad, as the tale of how a nobleman ended up dropping off the radar and becoming a bounty hunter would be far more interesting than the plot of How I Became Yours.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: When he's outnumbered and his sister is killed by a psychotic bloodbender, he uses his firebending to teleport away.
- Playing with Fire: He's a firebender, although the first indication we get of this is when he uses it to Villain: Exit, Stage Left!.
- Psycho for Hire: He's attacking Katara for free as a favor to his sister, but this is his day job.
- Psychotic Smirk: His most common expression.
- Remember the New Guy: Canon is very clear that Mai has no siblings near her age, but HIBY throws in Sho, an accomplished bounty hunter who seems to be a little older than Mai.
- Villain Teleportation: He uses his firebending for this.
One of Toph's maids, who helps Azula get dressed when she first wakes up with Easy Amnesia.
- Ambiguously Gay: Compliments Azula on her beauty, and part of the reason she thinks that Azula is from the Fire Nation is because she wears fire nation-style undergarments. Now, how would Hana know what Fire Nation ladies' underwear looked like?
- Sherlock Scan: How she deduces that Azula is probably from the Fire Nation.
- Shipper on Deck: She seems to ship Azula-Sokka.
- Skunk Stripe: She has black hair with a few gray streaks.
The Fire Nation SenateBetween the end of the show and the beginning of How I Became Yours, Zuko apparently instituted representative democracy. The Senate was the result, and their only role in the story to haul Zuko to trial for abandoning the Fire Nation to run off to his mistress, making him and Aang miss the battle with Mai and Sho. They come off as the only rulers in the comic who take responsibility for the nation that they rule.
- Deus Exit Machina: Their summons draw Aang and Zuko away from the fight with Mai and Sho.
- Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: They're the ones doing the hauling.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: Their role in the story is to be this, although frankly they take their job of ruling the Fire Nation more seriously than its actual ruler does.
Lin and Lau
Here's your gift my lady! Straight from the Fire Nation!Lin is a servant of Mai, and Lau is presumably a servant of Toph. They're unrelated and each have small roles; Lin finds the letter from Katara that Mai hid, and Lau delivers the basket of poisoned fruit to Katara. The most notable thing about them is that they both steal Suki's design- more specifically, a shot of her in prison uniform sitting on a rock from the episode The Boiling Rock pt 1. Lin is better known and more blatant about it, but Lau's design is similar enough to both Lin and Suki that it's pretty obvious that she too was copy-pasted and recolored.
Lau, delivering poisoned fruit to Katara (the only line the pair have between them).
- Anime Hair: Downplayed, but Lau's ponytail appears to be a case of this, as nothing is shown that keeps it in its shape.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: They're from different countries and have never met each other, but they're almost identical, right down to having very similar hairstyles and nearly the same pose. This, of course, is because they're both copied from the same image of Suki.
- Maid: Both of them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning; Subverted with Lin, who's more of a Shrinking Violet, despite having reddish eyes.
- The Quiet One: Lin, who doesn't speak in her one appearance. Iroh instead tells Zuko what she discovered.
- Shrinking Violet: Lin, who is quiet and rather timid, and doesn't say a word in the one panel that she's in, despite her role being to have found out important information that Mai hid from Zuko. Lau appears to be more outgoing, and actually speaks in her one appearance.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Both of them, though Lin more than Lau. If Lin hadn't discovered the letter while she was cleaning and told Iroh, the plot wouldn't have happened, and if Lau hadn't given Katara the fruit, she wouldn't have miscarried (though, since Lau was following Toph's instructions, a case could be made for Toph to be the one at fault).
- Spanner in the Works: Mai's plan to conceal Katara's pregnancy from Zuko would have worked if Lin hadn't discovered the letter while she was cleaning Mai's room.
- Uncanny Valley: Lau's face.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Lau, who gives Katara the basket of fruit that Mai poisoned.
- Lin too, if you use the Alternative Character Interpretation that most everyone does with regards to Zuko. She discovers that his wife was hiding a lover's pregnancy from him, and indirectly tells him so. This sends him into a rage, and he abuses his wife and abandons the Fire Nation to hole up with the lover.
- Woman in White: Lau. She wears a white dress (though it has a red edge around the collar) and a white hair decoration. Lin just wears the normal Fire Nation red, with orange trim and an orange sash.
The ChildrenHow I Became Yours ends with Babies Ever After, and these are the babies. They are Katara and Zuko's children Kuzon and Lilith, Aang and Toph's twins Poe and Ling, and Azula and Sokka's daughter Miracle. They are the main characters of HIBY's sequel, Rise of the Agni Army.
- Color-Coded Patrician: Kuzon and Lilith wear red parkas in the Water Tribe.
- Dead Guy Junior: Kuzon gets this twice over. He's named after his stillborn older brother, who in turn was named after Aang's old friend from the Fire Nation.
- Ironic Name: Lilith, in Hebrew mythology, is Adam's first wife. She didn't obey him and so was cast out, becoming a demon. This has far more similarities to Mai's story than to Katara's.
- Making a Splash: Kuzon.
- Mystical White Hair: Miracle, who inherited it from her mother.
- Odd Name Out: Lilith? What's a name from Hebrew folklore doing in a Fantasy Counterpart Culture to the Far East?
- And then there's Poe. No, not as in the Kung Fu Panda, as in the poet Edgar Allen Poe.
- Only Six Faces: More like only one face, in HIBY's epilogue at least. Poe and Ling at least have the excuse that they're twins.
- Playing with Fire: Lilith and Miracle.
- Shock and Awe: Miracle.