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Characters: The Legend Of Korra Allies
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These are tropes which apply generally to Tenzin's family; the last airbenders as well as his siblings - the children
of Avatar Aang and Katara
- Badass Family: Naturally, being descendant from an Avatar and a master waterbender.
- Tenzin is a master airbender like his father, Kya is a master waterbender like her mother, and Bumi is a Commander in the Republic Military and eventually an Airbender himself after Harmonic Convergence.
- In terms of Tenzin and his family specifically; save for his wife Pema and newborn son Rohan (who Katara predicts will be a bender but is obviously too young for it now), they are the direct inheritors of Aang's native element.
- Blow You Away: Tenzin and his children, being airbenders. As of Season 3, Bumi is this as well.
- Dysfunction Junction: Tenzin's generation:
- According to Kya, Aang was so focused on 'saving the world' that he neglected his first two children but showered the third (an airbender) with attention. The Unfortunate Implications are not lost on Kya (waterbender) or Bumi (non-bender)
- Tenzin has been so focused on filling his father's shoes that he repeated his father's mistake; both his siblings and his children feel neglected.
- Bumi has a chip on his shoulder for being a Muggle Born of Mages and he spent his childhood bullying Daddy's favorite.
- Kya sees herself as the responsible and dutiful sibling for living with their widowed mother yet she spent years Walking the Earth beforehand and took part in the bullying.
- Elemental Eye Colors: Tenzin, Ikki, and Meelo have Gray Eyes as airbenders tend to have (although Ikki's have appeared blue-gray and brownish-gray depending on the light). Averted with Jinora who has brown eyes.
- Racial Remnant: Tenzin's siblings and his children are the only direct descendents of the original Air Nomads. Within that, only he and his three oldest children are Airbenders, though Rohan might grow up to be one.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: While Tenzin is definitely not comic relief, in Episode 10 he and Pema escape Republic City with their children, who definitely are comic relief. It's then subverted in Episode 12 when Amon captures them offscreen.
- Simple Staff: Tenzin and Jinora both have a glider-staff.
- Spin-Offspring: Of Aang and Katara.
- Strong Family Resemblance: It's not very clear at first, but if you shaved Bumi's hair and omitted Tenzin's arrow tattoos, you'd probably never be able to tell the two apart.
"Don't bring my mother into this!"
Tenzin is an airbending half-Air Nomad/half-Water Tribesman, and Aang and Katara's youngest son. He is a councilman representing the Air Acolytes for the United Republic; following the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender
("last airbender" now a misnomer) said culture now consists of him and his family, and the Air Acolytes, a group of non-airbenders who have chosen to dedicate themselves to the continuation of Air Nomad traditions. Seeing as he is the only living master airbender in the world following Aang's passing, he becomes Korra's airbending teacher.
- Foil: To the mentor figures of the previous series. Unlike a majority of those mentors, Tenzin is stern, rigid and highly insecure due to being relatively young (compared to the Cool Old Guys like Iroh, Bumi, and Piandao) and having few role models and little experience in being a teacher.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He is the responsible to Kya and Bumi's foolish. Note he is the youngest of the three. Tenzin even refers to himself as the responsible one, though Kya disputes it.
- Gray Eyes: Fitting the first type, the spiritual and mentor type.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Tenzin spent the majority of his life training in the ways of the spirit world to make his father proud, but never succeeded in entering the spirit world himself. Meanwhile, his oldest daughter, Jinora, is so spiritually attuned that she can do so with no training whatsoever, and befriends spirits easily.
- Happily Married: To Pema.
- Heroic Resolve: Out of himself, his siblings, and his daughter, he was ultimately the only one who was able to part the Fog of Lost Souls by overcoming his despair.
- Heroic Wannabe: Sort of. He was very eager to enter and guide the Avatar through the Spirit World, convinced that that is what his father would have wanted, so it takes him a while to accept that it wasn't his destiny.
- Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: Occurs in "The Ultimatum", when Zaheer and everybody gang up on Tenzin. It might be justified, considering he was just slammed into a brick wall and may have injured his right arm.
- In the Blood: As much as he tries to act the part of the serene air-bending master that he is, he is just as naturally expressive as Aang, and he has more than little of Katara's hot-bloodedness. To balance it out, he's inherited the rather sweet disposition they held in common.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He bears more than a slight resemblance to his voice actor, J.K. Simmons.
- Innocently Insensitive:
- In Book 3, he's so excited over the emergence of new airbenders that he completely fails to consider that most of them already have lives and a cultural heritage of their own that they don't want to give up to become Air Nomads.
- In Book 4, he tries to get Korra to focus on her recovery while insisting that everyone has everything under control, pretty much the last thing she wants to hear.
- Insufferable Genius: Being the world's only authority on airbending, Tenzin unintentionally comes off as a stuffy know-it-all, teaching advanced techniques to people who have barely grasped the concept (a.k.a. Korra and the new Air Nomads).
- Intergenerational Friendship: A quite humorous one with his pupil, Korra. There is no blood-tie between the two of them, but the previous Avatar, Aang, is Tenzin's father. So he's teaching his father his first element in another life.
- Last of His Kind: Was this in the time between his father's death and Jinora's birth. His three children, followed by Harmonic Convergence turning a large number of non-benders into airbenders, have removed this entirely.
- Lightning Bruiser:
- Whilst he may not look it at first, as an airbending master, he has rapid reflexes, very high agility and extremely forceful air attacks. It is thanks to this that he is the only Council member to escape capture by Amon during the initial coup.
- He again shows this when he fights Zaheer in "The Ultimatum", showing the new airbender Zaheer what a real airbending master is capable of. Zaheer has curb-stomped everyone else he fought all season, but could not land a hit on Tenzin and was actually getting his ass kicked until P'Li blindsided Tenzin. Then the battle went in the other direction.
- Martial Pacifist: Tenzin embodies the idea that just because Airbenders are pacifists, it doesn't mean he can't kick your ass from here to Ba Sing Se.
- Mentor Archetype: To Korra, to his children, and to the Air Acolytes.
- Mixed Ancestry: Despite being the representative of the Air Nomads in the United Republic Council prior to its dissolution, Tenzin is technically half-Air Nomad, half-Water Tribe.
- Momma's Boy: He's very close to his mother.
- My God, What Have I Done?: A humorous variation when he turns Meelo into a beastmaster over winged-lemurs.
Tenzin: I've created a monster.
- My Greatest Failure: Despite years of training and study, he is completely incapable of connecting with the spiritual world. As both an airbender and Aang's son, he finds this particularly disappointing. It certainly doesn't help that his oldest daughter can do it effortlessly, though he comes to accept that it's her destiny to help the Avatar in this matter, not his.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Sort of. His mastery of airbending allows him a minor sense of anticipation for incoming attacks—by feeling disturbances in the flow of air around him that even allow him to detect electricity (see Badass Beard entry above). Granted, it doesn't always work.
- Named After Somebody Famous: He's named after the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Averted. He's tried for years to enter the Spirit World, with no success. When it becomes critical that Korra do it, he's convinced that now that the Avatar needs his help, he'll finally work it out. He doesn't and Jinora actually helps Korra.
- No Respect Guy: A mild version. He's quite wise, but neither the Council, Korra, or Lin tend to listen to him very often. To say nothing of the ribbing he gets from his siblings.
- Not so Above It All: He gets this in spades.
- Denounces pro-bending as "a mockery of the noble tradition of bending", but later on ends up cheering for Korra in an uncharacteristically enthusiastic manner during one of her matches, not unlike how his father would. Played with in that he may have been cheering her successful Die or Fly moment. After that, he reads up on the rules to be supportive of her, though still with more interest than he'd like to admit.
- Also spends the first half of "A Leaf in the Wind" stressing to Korra that she needs to be patient, and then loses his own patience with her a short time later.
- Then, there was his failed relationship with Lin, which was hinted to be a rather stormy affair all round.
- We get this gem when Korra and Tenzin confront Lin's replacement, Saikhan:
Korra: (grips his chin, moving his head up and down) You're officially the worst Chief of Police, ever!
Tenzin: Calm down Korra, I'll get this sorted out. We just need to be patient. (Both turn away before Tenzin quickly turns back.) But you really are the worst. (points) Ever!
- Turns up again in Book Two when his siblings are around to poke fun at him.
- Also happens when he finds Ikki playing with the flying bison calves, all of whom she's given ridiculous names to. He bonds very quickly with Blueberry Spicehead.
- Not So Stoic: Comes frequently at his expense, often subtle, but sometimes dramatic. It's become a Running Gag.
- Odd Name Out: His siblings are named after Katara's mother and Aang's old friend. His name only fits with Aang's teacher, Gyatso, at a meta level.
- Oh, Crap: A humorous variant, when he realizes that his attempts at teaching Meelo how to train lemurs has Gone Horribly Right.
Tenzin: (in deadpan, stunned disbelief) I've created a monster.
- Only Sane Man: Among the Council, he's the only one who realizes that that Tarrlok is untrustworthy and that his actions are causing far more harm than good. Unfortunately, his attempts to stop him are consistently outvoted.
- Opening Narration: Like his mother did in the original series, he provides The Legend of Korra's opening narration.
- Out of Focus: Becomes this in the second half of Season 3 until his fight near the end. At least compared to his roles in previous seasons.
- Overprotective Dad: Bolin mentioned that he wouldn't be too happy in regards to Jinora's relationship with Kai. Also, when Korra insinuates earlier on how Jinora has a "connection" to Kai, he seems rather perturbed.
"WHAT?! Her boyfriend?! ...Kai!"
- Papa Wolf:
- Not just to his blood children but Team Korra as well.
- In Book 3, when he's asking around for Jinora, one of the new airbenders says that she was with Kai. He... didn't sound all that pleased when they called the latter her "boyfriend".
- When Zaheer threatens to use him and the other airbenders as leverage to get Korra to cooperate in "The Ultimatum", Tenzin refuses to take that lying down. He proceeds to dish out a Curb-Stomp Battle to Zaheer. It took the combine might of all four Red Lotus to turn the tide of the battle again, and these people are noted to be able to take over the world.
- Parental Favoritism: "Civil Wars, Part 1" indicates Aang paid more attention to Tenzin than his other children, both non-airbenders.
- Parental Substitute:
- While Korra's parents are still alive, they're also in the South Pole. Tenzin seems to be like an Honorary Uncle, and treats Korra much more warmly than all of the other authority figures (who either think she's a nuisance, or manipulate her). Korra also eats at the family table rather than with the Air Acolytes, suggesting a closer relationship than merely master/student.
- In a way, he acts like this with Korra's friends as well during their stay at Air Temple Island. Makes sense given Mako and Bolin lost theirs to a firebender and Asami's relationship with Hiroshi speaks for itself.
- Parents as People: He dismisses Jinora's obvious spiritual prowess mainly due to his own wounded pride, self-confidence, and perceived inadequacy as Korra's mentor. Thankfully, he gets over it.
- Power Tattoo: His arrows are proof he is a Master Airbender.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- Also the most socially responsible authority figure on the Council; despite representing at most a few dozen people, out of any of the Council members he's the one with most respect for the unrepresented non-benders and their rights. Indeed, he's the only one to speak up in favor or defense of them.
- Played with in his decision (along with Tonraq) to keep Korra locked up in the White Lotus compound for most of her life prior to the start of the series. While he and Tonraq claim to have done it for her own safety, she's not so crazy about the idea when she finds out it was their decision. In Book 3, it turns out they did it after the Red Lotus tried and failed to kidnap her shortly after she was discovered to be the Avatar.
- Retired Badass: By the start of Book Two, since the Council he served on has been replaced by an elected President.
- Sacred Hospitality: As an Air Nomad, he is obligated to let anyone who is hungry partake of his meal.
- Screw Your Ultimatum!: He refused to give up Korra to Zaheer and his gang, and fought valiantly to the very end.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy to Bumi's Manly Man.
- Shirtless Scene: He gets one in "Rebirth" when showing off for a crowd. He's well-built for his age, though it's not terribly surprising since he's a full-time trainer for his kids and the Avatar.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Both Tenzin and Bumi are emulations of Aang in personality. While Tenzin is more like adult Aang in all his seriousness, Bumi is goofy and carefree, more like the preteen Aang we saw in the previous series. Tenzin can have his moments, however, and Bumi did make it to a flag officer rank in the Republic Armed Forces, so he had to know when it's serious time.
- The Spock: To Bumi's McCoy and Kya's Kirk. Tenzin is the most serious of his siblings and is The Stoic.
- The Stoic: Tries his best to be, but Korra and the plot often have other plans.
- Stroke the Beard: Uncle Sokka would approve.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: He tries to act like an enlightened and serious Zen master, but the universe simply won't allow him to stay that way for long.
- Team Dad: To the new Team Avatar.
- Tears of Joy: Has these after the airbenders who he and Team Avatar saved from the Earth Kingdom all decide to join him to become Air Nomads, thus finally achieving his father's dream of restoring the Air Nation.
- Travelling Salesman Montage: Has one of these in "Rebirth", when he travels to the Earth Kingdom to try and convince its brand new airbenders to then all become Air nomads. His attempts at persuading them with any advantages; (e.g. getting tattoos, becoming vegetarians, simple living) each, however, fall flat.
- Twitchy Eye: Tenzin gets one of these when particularly upset, like when he finds out that Korra has snuck out to fight in a pro-bending match. His mother would be proud.
- Unreliable Narrator: According to his siblings, Aang wasn't actually all that great of a father. His relatively favorable opinion about Aang was, apparently, because of Parental Favoritism.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Feels a great deal of pressure to live up to Aang's expectations of him, despite the man in question being dead for seventeen years.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being a master airbender and proving his badassery on several occasions, Tenzin generally winds up being the guy who gets the crap beat out of him to show the gravity of the situation. Even in "The Ultimatum", where he gets to hand a rather one-sided beatdown to Zaheer, he ends up losing to the combined might of the Red Lotus.
- Youngest Child Wins: His older siblings Kya and Bumi did not inherit Aang's Airbending like he did, though Kya is a waterbender like Katara. Couples with his physical appearance, both of his older siblings look like waterbenders (even though Bumi isn't), Tenzin was the only one to look like an airbender. He also "won" in that an Air Acolyte didn't even know Aang and Katara had two other children.
"I'm not helpless, I'm just pregnant."
Voiced by: Maria Bamford
Tenzin's wife, who was pregnant with Rohan until "Turning The Tides". She shows a forceful and somewhat wry personality, and although not a bender, she is an Air Acolyte and dedicated to following the Air Nomad way of life.
- Advice Backfire: She should really be a bit more careful when giving advice to Korra.
- Blatant Lies: In the beginning of "Turning The Tides", she gives a rather loud cry of pain, then assures Asami that "The baby is just kicking. Really hard." Any mildly savvy viewer will immediately put two and two together here; it's obviously a contraction.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very dry sarcasm.
- Death Glare: So far, Tenzin was the only recipient.
- Happily Married: To Tenzin.
- Hidden Depths: She tells Korra that she won Tenzin's heart through a heartfelt confession, despite the fact that he was with another woman at the time. Then it's revealed the other woman was Lin. So non-bending Pema actually risked the ire of a jealous and very skilled bender who, according to Tenzin, tried to get her arrested.
- Housewife: She looks after her and Tenzin's kids in Book 1. Somewhat averted afterwards because Tenzin is now free from his responsibilities as a councilman. Also averted in book 3, when she appears to be in charge of Air Temple Island when Tenzin is away.
- Love Triangle: She was in one with Tenzin and Lin pre-series. In the story proper she gives Korra advice on how to deal with her own.
- Muggle: Unlike her husband or their children, she's a non-bender.
- Oh, Crap:
- Gives one as she's walking out on Mako and Asami having an issue with their relationship. And possibly because she realized that her earlier advice to Korra contributed to said issue.
- In the same episode gives a more serious one when she starts giving birth at the worst possible time.
- Skunk Stripe: Has a light one.
"I will make no such promises."
Voiced by: Kiernan Shipka
Jinora is Tenzin and Pema's oldest daughter. More reserved than her siblings, shown to be a polite little bookworm. However, under her sweet exterior she is still playful and hides a witty tongue.
- '20s Bob Haircut: Combined with a Prim and Proper Bun.
- Action Girl: Shown when she saves Lin from the Lieutenant during the attack on Air Temple Island.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Has an obvious crush on Kai, who has quite a reputation as a kleptomaniac. At least until Character Development takes effect.
- Always Someone Better: Unintentionally this to Tenzin. She can sense and see spirits easily (and is only ten), in contrast to her father, who has tried all his life, but never managed it.
- Ascended Extra: She has a larger role in Book Two, possessing a natural connection with the spirit world that helps Korra in her quest to stop Vaatu.
- Astral Projection: She can project herself into the Spirit World and to other places in the physical world. The latter has limited range, though enough to cover most of Ba Sing Se.
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Her ascension to Airbending Master at the end of season three.
- Badass Adorable: She sent the Lieutenant flying with a flick of her staff.
- Badass Bookworm: She is seen reading when not practicing her bending.
- Bald of Awesome: She finally earns her airbending tattoos at the end of Book 3, and bears a striking resemblance to her grandfather Aang, as a child. After the Time Skip in Book 4, she's grown it back to more or less the same length but shaved in front.
- Bald Women: After she earns her airbending tattoos. After the Time Skip in Book 4, however, she's grown most of her hair back.
- Battle Couple: With Kai.
- Big Damn Heroes:
- In Book 2, She materializes her spirit into the middle of Korra and Unalaq's battle and sparks Raava's regeneration from within Vaatu.
- In Book 3, she leads the new Air Nation in creating and controlling a massive tornado to save Korra and overpower Zaheer. Thanks to spying on him earlier, she also knows how to remove the poison Zaheer used on Korra, saving her life.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: That line about her teenage years noted in Little Miss Snarker ends up coming true two seasons later. In spirit anyway, since she's still a few years shy of being a teen.
- Breakout Character: Her role increases significantly in Book 2, becoming Korra's spirit guide. Book 3 has a side-plot involving her relationship with Kai and recognition as an equal.
- Brown Eyes: She's by far the most down-to-earth of Tenzin's children.
- Child Prodigy: The Nick website for the series even describes Jinora as "the one kid who skipped a couple of grades". She possesses a natural connection to the spirit world, while her father, for all his studying, hasn't ever managed to enter it. In the Book 3 finale, she is made an airbending master at a younger age than her grandfather, and he was the Avatar.
- Cool Big Sis: When she's not arguing with them, especially with Ikki, Jinora is this. In Book 1, she let Meelo ride piggyback on her at one point; she also apologized to Ikki in Book 2 for making fun of her.
- Creepy Child: She's younger than a teenager and loves reading stories about heroines committing genocide and suicide.
- Cultured Badass: Jinora has an avid interests in books and knows everything about the Air Nomad culture. She also became an airbending master at only 11-years-old. Beating her grandfather's, a previous Avatar, record by a year.
- Curtains Match The Windows: The only one in her family to be this.
- Cute Bookworm: She has read about her Gran-Gran's adventures, mentions reading a historical saga, and is shown reading at the dinner table.
- Daddy's Girl: Like Ikki, Jinora is close to her daddy.
- Damsel in Distress: She is captured and used as a hostage by Unalaq in "A New Spiritual Age", then gets stuck in the Fog of Lost Souls until Tenzin gets her out. In Book 3, she finds herself at the mercy of the Dai Li and some bison rustlers, followed by the Red Lotus.
- Expy: Jinora acts quite a bit like Mai from the original series, just like her sister, Ikki, acts quite similar to Ty Lee. Her personality, also, is very similar to Lisa Simpson. Come Book 3, she even gets a borderline Sally Draper Character Development.
- Foil: Jinora is the opposite of a couple of the antagonists.
- For Unalaq, he is an adult man with years of training himself in spiritual matters, while Jinora is a preteen female who's natural affinity with spirits makes up for her lack in experience. Jinora befriends spirits; Unalaq only pretends to be a friend of spirits and will forcefully control them to reach his own goals. And while Unalaq practically, but smoothly forced his way into becoming Korra's spiritual mentor, Jinora didn't and only became her Guide when things got serious. There's also the kind of the relationship they have with Korra: Unalaq is his distant uncle who only want to use her, but Korra and Jinora have close sibling relationship (along with Ikki and Meelo).
- For Zaheer, while he is a middle-age man who gained his airbending powers thanks to Harmonic Convergence, pre-teen Jinora was a born aibender. And because of that, Jinora's style of airbending is more close to actual airbending, but Zaheer has a more aggressive style. There's also this post describing their spiritual nature.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible to Ikki's foolish.
- Friend to All Living Things: She has a particular connection with spirits, and makes friends easily in the Spirit World. Doesn't stop them from turning against her when turned dark by Unalaq and Vaatu.
- Genre Savvy: She knows she's going to become a difficult teen and has gracefully accepted it.
- The Gift: Has a very special connection to spirits that just comes naturally to her.
- Identical Granddaughter: Look closely. She's Aang with hair. When she becomes a master airbender in "Venom of the Red Lotus", she loses the hair and it's even more obvious.
- Let's Get Dangerous: In episode 10 along with Ikki and Meelo, when they saved Lin Be Fong from Amon's chi blockers and the Lieutenant.
- Light 'em Up: In the Book 2 finale, she is able to release a massive burst of pure light which negates Unalaq's spirit corruption technique and illuminates Raava from within Vaatu.
- Little Miss Badass: With Ikki in episode 10. Extra mention for giving a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner too.
- Little Miss Snarker:
- Meaningful Name: Jinorasa was the name of a lesser-known Buddhist writer and poet. Coincidentally, Jinora is also a well-read girl, having encyclopedic knowledge on various subjects, such as being able to identify a fire ferret on the spot and recite its natural habitat.
- Morality Pet: Acts as one to thief Kai since he has crush on her, as well as she does with him.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She swoons at the thought of one of her story heroines committing genocide and suicide over being rejected by her Love Interest.
- Not so Above It All: Despite her emotional maturity, Jinora is just as prone to engaging in petty arguments and fights with Ikki.
- The Obi-Wan: An unusual younger example to Korra, as she's the only one that can guide Korra into the Spirit World.
- Official Couple: With Kai as of Book 4.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: When rescuing Lin.
Jinora: Stay away from my dad's ex-girlfriend!
- Precocious Crush: She referred to Mako as "that cute firebending boy."
- Prim and Proper Bun: Crossing with a '20s Bob Haircut and the fact Jinora is the most mature and reserved of her siblings.
- Puppy Love: She quickly warms up to Kai.
Korra: I know you two have a connection.
Tenzin: What do you mean, a connection?
- The Quiet One: Of Tenzin and Pema's kids, Jinora is the most reserved. But, she's still playful and carefree.
- Shipper on Deck: For Mako and Korra.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Her response to Unalaq calling Tenzin a bad father is telling him that Tenzin's a lot better than him.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Ikki.
- Spirit Advisor: For Korra in the game, due to her speaking with her telepathically from an airship.
- Spin-Offspring: Aang and Katara's granddaughter.
- The Spock: To Ikki's Kirk and Meelo's McCoy. She's the oldest of her siblings, the most mature, and down-to-earth.
- Strong Family Resemblance: To Aang, especially when she goes bald for her airbending master ceremony in Book 3.
- Tagalong Kid: Becomes to Team Avatar after she becomes Korra's spirit mentor. Averted since Jinora is more helpful and mature for her age.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Though the romance in question seems to be more along the lines of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Book 2 finale, she is able to release a massive burst of pure light which negates Unalaq's spirit corruption technique and illuminates Raava from within Vaatu. Allowing Korra to defeat her uncle.
- In the book 3 finale, she leads the New Air Nation into forming a large tornado that allows them to stop Zaheer from killing Korra. And because of that, Jinora earns her airbending tattoos. ''Beating her Avatar grandfather by a year.
- True Sight: Jinora is sensitive to the spiritual world, able to see the spirits who enter material world when others cannot.
- Wise Beyond Her Years: So much that she becomes Korra's guide in the spirit world, and ends up becoming a master at age eleven.
"Are we there yet? Are we there yet?"
Voiced by: Darcy Rose Byrnes
Ikki is Tenzin and Pema's younger daughter. She's incredibly hyperactive and playful, and can be quite annoying, both on purpose and by accident.
- Action Girl: Was able to kick serious Equalist butt when they attacked Air Temple Island.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Jinora. She can also be like this to Korra, and likes to tease her about Mako.
- Badass Adorable: Knocks out Equalists with a larger version of Aang's air scooter.
- Cat Smile: One of her main characteristics. She even hissed and spat when Korra told her to shut up about her liking Mako in front of his current girlfriend Asami.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Her advice to Korra on romance related to a couple going up into a castle in the sky.
- Constantly Curious: Extremely. To the point of asking rapid, sometimes inappropriate, questions.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: Jinora definitely thinks so, at least.
- Daddy's Girl: Ikki, like Jinora, is very close to her father.
- Death Glare: To Tarrlok, after he barges into the family dinner uninvited. It is extremely similar to that of her mother.
- Expy: Ikki acts quite a bit like Ty Lee from the original series, just like her sister, Jinora, acts quite similar to Mai.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Jinora's responsible.
- Friend to All Living Things: Her first reaction upon meeting Pabu is to call him "cute" and try to catch him. In Book 2, she befriends a trio of baby bison.
- The Gadfly: She seems to enjoy using her energetic personality to annoy others and bring up inappropriate questions regarding love triangles.
- Gender-Blender Name: Ikki's name is usually a male name in Japan.
- Genki Girl: Her first lines in the series were repeatedly asking "Are we there yet?" in a hyperactive tone. She never calmed down from that point.
- Hidden Depths: Appears to be just an annoying Motor Mouth, but was able to quickly answer Bolin's series of rapid-fire questions, including how many trees are on Air Temple Island. note
- Despite her energetic personality, she can also take the time to reflect about her surroundings, concluding to insightful wisdoms about family love.
- The Kirk: To Jinora's Spock and Meelo's McCoy. Ikki isn't as mature as Jinora, but is not as nearly as active as Meelo.
- Let's Get Dangerous: In episode 10, along with Jinora and Meelo, when they saved Lin Beifong from Amon's chi blockers and the Lieutenant.
- Little Miss Badass: With Jinora in episode 10 against the Equalists.
- Little Miss Snarker: Shows more of this in Book 4 when she snarkily comments that Korra will be able to recognize Meelo.
- Meaningful Name: "Ikki" is a Japanese male name with a few different meanings, though the most appropriate would be "radiance, shine, sparkle"; the literal meaning of the word is "riot, insurrection". Both translations attribute to Ikki's hyperactive tendencies.
- Motor Mouth: Is she ever.
- No Indoor Voice: Her voice tends to always be on louder than needed. And she can amplify it with airbending.
- Odango Hair: Ikki stills keeps this style in the Post-Time Skip, but lets her hair grow out.
- Rapunzel Hair: BY Book 4, Ikki's hair reaches her back. She still keeps the odango buns.
- The Runaway: She ran off in Civil Wars part 1 after Jinora and Meelo tease her too much. It turns out that she was having a tea party with some baby sky bison, and she returns to the air temple with Tenzin.
- Shipper on Deck: Like her sister, Mako and Korra.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: In the episode before the two part Book One finale, she is Put on a Bus with the Meelo, the rest of the family, and anyone else who provided a comedic role.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Jinora. Personality-wise, they're about as opposite as can be.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Out of her siblings, Ikki looks the most like Pema, especially when she does the Death Glare.
"Be the leaf!"
Voiced by: Logan Wells
Meelo is Tenzin and Pema's older son and third child. At five, he's hyperactive and more than a bit silly. He shows great skill at airbending despite his youth.
Tenzin and Pema's fourth child (and second son), who was born in "Turning the Tides" near the end of Book One.
- Birth-Death Juxtaposition:
- Played with. The "death" in this case is not that of a person but of Republic City (as we know it, anyway). Also, in the episode where a (possible) new airbender is born, Lin loses her bending.
- Perpetual Smiler: He was born smiling and never stopped.
- Three-Month-Old Newborn: The baby was born already cooing and smiling.
- Tuckerization: Named after Bryan Konietzko's nephew.
"The paperwork's gone through little brother. From now on it's 24/7 Bumi time!"
Voiced by: Richard Riehle
The eldest child of Aang and Katara, Tenzin's older brother, and a commander in the United Forces. After the Harmonic Convergence, he—along with many others— became a bender. An airbender, to be exact.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted, with younger sibling Tenzin looking exasperated at the idea of having to host his older brother. Tenzin later laments the fact Bumi has always acted like an annoying younger brother despite being the eldest of Aang's children.
- Badass: He wasn't a Commander in the United Forces for nothing.
- Badass Beard: Not much is known besides the fact he has a beard and he is full on Badass Normal.
- Badass Longcoat: He still wears his coat from his time as a Commander.
- Badass Normal: The only non-bender of Aang's three children, but that didn't stop him from becoming a Commander. He even tried invoking it by reminding Tenzin and Kya that he is far from useless. It is shown he is a decent street brawler before gaining Airbending, which he still doesn't know how to use.
- Big Brother Bully: A fairly mild example, but he definitely does enjoy picking on Tenzin alongside Kya.
- Big Damn Heroes / Accidental Hero: After the unsuccessful attack on the Southern Portal, Bumi manages to tame a corrupted spirit using his flute and then stages a rescue. However, his gift to tame spirits doesn't really work on the rest of them, so he runs around the Water Tribe camp being chased by corrupted spirits. Three minutes later, the entire camp is destroyed because of a glitching robot suit he was riding on and manages to rescue everyone.
- Big Fun: Has put on weight between Books One and Two. Lampshaded when Meelo points to his stomach and asks if there's a baby in there.
- Bling of War: His uniform seems to befitting of this.
- Blow You Away: Post-Harmonic Convergence, he gains the ability to airbend.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Another parallel to his namesake.
- A Boy and His X: Bumi becomes immediate friends with a rabbit spirit, who he names Bumju (Bumi Jr).
- The Brigadier: He is second in command to General Iroh.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Iroh said that he was "a bit of a wild man" but still the bravest commander he has ever known.
- Captured by Cannibals: His worst fear, revealed by the Fog of Lost Souls, is this.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's absolutely nuts.
- Combat Pragmatist: In his fight with Ghazan, he briefly gets the upper hand by sneaking up from behind and begins pulling on on his hair and even takes to biting him. Guess that means Bumi isn't one for playing fair.
- Commanding Coolness: His only line is in Book One, a scream of victory and joy, cemented him as this.
- Cool Old Guy: Considering Tenzin is 51 and Bumi is older than him, he is this.
- Cool Uncle: Judging from the excitement of Tenzin's kids at the prospect of a visit from him, he is likely this.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bumi's a lot more capable and skilled then he looks and acts.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after the first Bumi. They even appear to have similar personalities.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Harmonic Convergence gives him airbending.
- Establishing Character Moment: His Incoming Ham entrance gave the viewers all they needed to know about him despite appearing for less than ten seconds.
- Everyone Knows Morse: Averted. When he comes up with the idea of using this to help free the airbenders from Ba Sing Se; the others quickly shoot it down, causing him to lament about how no-one uses it anymore.
- Fluffy Tamer: Somehow managed to tame a dark spirit with his flute.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He is the foolish to Tenzin's responsible.
- Freudian Excuse: While understated compared to Kya, Bumi was hard on Tenzin because Tenzin received more attention from Aang than Bumi did.
- Generation Xerox:
- Whereas Tenzin has his father's abilities and Kya has her mother's abilities, Bumi seems to take after his uncle Sokka and maybe a bit from his grandfather Hakoda.
- On a more subtle level, Bumi really channels Aang in his happy-go-lucky problem solving approach, adaptive skill, and natural affinity for animals during his Big Damn Heroes scene. He even regards the animals the same way Aang did, as partners. That same kooky music helps emphasize that the scene could easily have been carried out by his father.
- As of Book 3, after the Harmonic Convergence, he does inherit Aang's airbending after all.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: He is prone to telling tall tales about his time in the army, but his siblings don't believe any of it. After what happened during his Big Damn Heroes moment, he may have been telling the truth all along.
- Hero of Another Story: His time spent as a Commander in the United Forces and the adventures associated with it.
- Hidden Depths: Admits in front of Aang's statue that the whole reason he joined the United Forces in the first place was that, despite being a non-bender, he wanted to uphold his father's legacy of making the world a better place.
- How Do I Shot Web?: It takes him a while to figure out how to airbend intentionally, and even then he sticks to using it to boost his own mobility.
- Knife Nut: Keeps a throwing knife hidden in his coat.
- Incoming Ham: His scream and Tenzin's apparent dislike at the prospect of playing host to his brother.
- Instant Expert: Notably averted, and he seems to be the only one. Between Kai using airbending to help him pick pockets and Zaheer using it to break his posse out of jail, Bumi has no idea how to airbend.
- Last Episode New Character: In Book One. Admittedly we did learn a little about him beforehand thanks to All There in the Manual, and he was (briefly) mentioned by Katara in the first episode.
- MacGyvering: All his stories from his United Forces days seem to imply a lot of this (which is precisely why his siblings never seem to believe him).
- Man Bites Man: He uses this tactic on Ghazan in "The Ultimatum".
- Man Child: He continually teases Tenzin like they were kids, and all around fun personality.
- The McCoy: To Tenzin's Spock and Kya's Kirk. Bumi doesn't hesitate to do something or speak his mind.
- Mistaken for Servant: When he visits the Southern Air Temple along with Tenzin's family and Kya, a female Air Acolyte mistakes him and Kya for servants.
- Mixed Ancestry: Along with his siblings he is half-Air Nomad, half-Water Tribe.
- Muggle Born of Mages: He is the only non-bender born of Katara and Aang, though he ends up getting airbending much later.
- Music Soothes the Savage Beast: His flute playing soothed a corrupted spirit back into a pacified state.
- Noodle Incident: Apparently, he was involved in a lot of these during his career in the military if his stories are anything to go by.
- Noodle Implements: When trying to come up with a plan to save the captured airbenders in season 3, his necessary items include twelve tons of blast jelly and a badgermole that knows morse code.
- One of the Kids: He enjoys hanging with his nieces and nephews in their games.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Bumi seems to be this at least among the Air Acolytes. Some Air Acolytes are unaware that Aang and Katara had any children besides Tenzin.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Shares this role with Bolin and Varrick in the second season.
- Press-Ganged: He claims he was forced to join the United Forces after being kidnapped in a potato sack. It's anyone's guess how true it is. Given his tendency to tell tall tales, it could be another one of those.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Is wearing pink earmuffs near the end of Book Two.
- He also tries his hand at knitting a sweater for Bumju. Apparently, it wasn't very good.
- Refuge in Audacity: He often tells stories that have him saving the day through some truly unbelievable acts. After the stuff he pulls off in Book 2, we learn he may not be making all that up after all.
- The Resenter: To both Tenzin and Kya for being benders. He also resented Aang's unintentional favoritism towards Tenzin. It should noted that its less "Equalist" resentment and more "black sheep" resentment.
- Retired Badass: He retired from the United Forces during the Time Skip.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Tenzin's Sensitive Guy. Bumi was Commander in the United Forces and more rough and tumble person. However, he does have a sensitive side.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's never explicitly stated that Bumi has PTSD from his military days, but the fact that his greatest fear in the Fog of Lost Souls is being Captured by Cannibals speaks for itself. Thankfully, it doesn't seem bad enough to keep him from functioning in his day to day life.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Both Tenzin and Bumi are emulations of Aang in personality. While Tenzin is more like adult Aang in all his seriousness, Bumi is goofy and carefree, more like the preteen Aang we saw in the previous series. Tenzin can have his moments, however, and Bumi did make it to a flag officer rank in the Republic Armed Forces, so he had to know when it's serious time.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Or spirit rather. He's able to interpret Bumi Junior's squeaks as actual words. When people begin to ask why, he states that he just gets the gist, but doesn't fully understand how.
- Stepford Smiler: Bumi is ashamed he wasn't born an Airbender and felt like that he had failed Aang, and its highly implied it stunted his emotional growth.
- Strategy Schmategy: In favor of Indy Ploys, it seems.
- Strong Family Resemblance: If you look past the the tattoos, beards and other hair, Tenzin and Bumi look a lot alike.
- Stunned Silence: Everyone's reaction when he suddenly airbends after Meelo throws a plate at him.
- The Unfavourite: "Civil Wars Part 1" indicates Aang unintentionally favored Tenzin over his non-Airbender kids.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Dearly wishes to make his father proud despite not being a bender, which is why he became a Commander of the United Forces; of course Kya is there to point out there is no doubt that Aang would be proud of him.
- Wild Hair/Messy Hair: Fitting a 'wild man' persona, his hair is all over the place.
"Bumi, don't pick on Tenzin. You know he's always been sensitive."
Voiced by: Lisa Edelstein
The middle child of Aang and Katara, Tenzin's older sister, and a waterbender.
- Action Girl: Put up a surprisingly good fight against Zaheer and Ming-Hua.
- Awesome by Analysis: Quickly saw through Zaheer's ruse the second he started acting suspicious.
- Badass: She adopted Katara's fighting style, as evidenced when she fought against Zaheer at the Air Temple Island, and she held her own pretty well, unlike all the people who crossed him before her. Later on, she does fairly well against Ming-Hua, until the latter revealed she was holding back.
- Badass Grandma: Like Lin, she is in her 50's when fighting.
- Beauty Mark: Under her left eye.
- Big Sister Bully: She used to beat up Tenzin when they were children.
- Combat Medic: She knows Katara's healing techniques and is no slouch on the battlefield.
- Commitment Issues: Her worst fear, as revealed in the Fog of Lost Souls, is of being tied down and losing her freedom.
- Cool Aunt: Especially to Jinora. Word of God even confirmed that Jinora and Kya have a special bond.
- Dead Girl Junior: She was named after Katara's dead mother.
- The Dutiful Daughter:
- She considers herself this, since she was the only one who decided to move to the Southern Water Tribe to be with Katara after Aang died and she was left all alone.
- Although Tenzin was quick to reverse this on her, as before this point, she flitted about the world and never came to see their parents.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: According to Katara, she, like Bumi, was the foolish to Tenzin's responsible when they were children. Now she appears to be more responsible, at least compared to Bumi.
- Freudian Excuse: Kya (and Bumi to a lesser extent) has a pretty big chip on her shoulder towards Tenzin because, as a child, she and Bumi never had as much time with their father like Tenzin did. Their resentment is portrayed sympathetically given that the two of them were excluded from family vacations, and Tenzin didn't even remember them not being there (though Word of God later clarified that the "family vacations" were more Tenzin being taken along on Aang's Avatar-related travels).
- Genre Savvy: She catches onto the fact that Jinora can see spirits before anyone else does. She recognized Zaheer within the span of a day after putting the clues together and called for back-up while she held him down. It didn't work, but points to her for trying.
- Healing Hands: Like Katara, she is a healer.
- The Kirk: To Tenzin's Spock and Bumi's McCoy. Kya enjoys laughs with Bumi, but knows when to get serious.
- Like Mother Like Daughter: Other than Kya bearing her grandmother's name, Kya is a healer, a Waterbender, wears a tribal betrothal necklace, and has the same hairstyle as Katara.
- Maiden Aunt: She never married or had children.
- Making a Splash: She is a powerful waterbender, just like her mother. This also makes her the only non-airbender out of the three between her, Tenzin, and Bumi.
- Mistaken for Servant: A female Air Acolyte mistakes her and Bumi for servants when they visit the Southern Air Temple along with Tenzin's family.
- Mixed Ancestry: Along with her siblings she is half-Air Nomad, half-Water Tribe.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: Described as such by Mike and Bryan at Comic-Con. Also a fan of the "Secret Tunnel" song from back in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Kya seems to be this at least among the Air Acolytes. Some Air Acolytes are unaware that Aang and Katara had any children besides Tenzin.
- Rapunzel Hair: Even in a ponytail, her hair reaches her waist.
- The Resenter: To Tenzin for being unintentionally favored by Aang.
- Team Mom: To her siblings, and also to her nieces and nephews. It must run in the family.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Apparently, she was a bit of a bully in the past to Tenzin.
- The Unfavourite: "Civil Wars Part 1" indicates Aang unintentionally favored Tenzin over his non-Airbender kids.
- Walking the Earth: Until Aang's death Kya traveled the world to find herself.
Tenzin's loyal sky bison mount.
These are tropes which apply generally to Korra's family.
- Badass Family: All their known members are powerful and skilled waterbenders; not mention that one of them is the Avatar...
- Blue Blood: At least on her father's side. Her uncle is the chieftan of the Northern tribe, and her father was designated to inherit the position, but lost it when he was banished from the Northern Water Tribe.
- Making a Splash: Every single one of them can waterbend.
"I was protecting you from the shame I brought on the family."
Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui
(In Book One: Air) and James Remar (Book Two: Spirits onward)
Korra's father, originally from the Northern Water Tribe.
- Action Dad: Waterbends an ice wall around the attacking spirit and encases it in ice at the same time. It didn't work for long (nothing did), but it was nonetheless an impressive display.
- He also holds his own against Zaheer, something no one else managed besides Tenzin. Zaheer eventually got the better of him in their second battle, though.
- Adult Fear: His little girl is the Avatar. A distinction that brings all kinds of physical peril to that person's life. It's a testament to his fortitude that he isn't a perpetual wreck because of it.
- Ascended Extra: He and Senna only had two small appearances in Book One, but they have a bigger role in Book Two, to the point of ascending to the Big Good rank.
- Badass: Is a very powerful bender and if his strength is anything to go by, Korra likely inherited it from him.
- Badass Baritone: In Book Two, courtesy of James Remar.
- Badass Beard: Just look at his profile pic.
- Badass In Charge: He's the Southern Water Tribe Chief as of the Season 2 finale.
- Big Good: As leader of the rebels in Book 2.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Unalaq's Cain. His own brother orchestrated Tonraq's banishment and arrest.
- Characterization Marches On: While he barely appeared in Book One, he seemed pretty friendly and didn't have a problem with Korra running away from the compound. Come Book Two, he's sterner, overprotective of Korra, and it turns out the compound was partly his idea. Also, he had a change in voice actor.
- Destructive Savior: The reason for his exile. He destroyed a sacred forest while trying to root out dangerous barbarians, which brought the wrath of the spirits down on the Northern Water Tribe.
- Enemy to All Living Things: The Dark Spirits don't like him in the slightest given he desecrated the forest home of some spirits twenty years ago while trying to capture some criminals. Unalaq didn't want him to tag along to the South Pole for this reason. Then it turns out Unalaq staged the whole thing, and was behind the spirit attacks to begin with.
- The Exile: He was exiled from the Northern Water Tribe for destroying a spirit forest in his youth. Turns out this was what Unalaq intended. After Desna and Eska take over in the following season, his banishment seems to have been revoked.
- Expy: Of Zuko. He was the heir to the throne of his homeland and was only doing what he thought was the best way to protect his people, but unintentionally wound up overstepping his authority. He was banished from his homeland for his arrogance. Then it turns out that his fate and honor are heavily intertwined with that of the Avatar. The only difference is that he graciously accepted his exile and forged a new life for himself, while Zuko invested everything in reclaiming it only to learn his folly the hard way.
- Foil: To his brother Unalaq. Tonraq is the older, more physically imposing brother, yet he has no ambitions for power and only desired to have a family and live a normal life after he met his wife Senna, only to realize that would never happen since his daughter was the next Avatar. In contrast, Unalaq is the younger, slimmer brother with great ambitions and a hunger for power, to the point he became so jealous of his brother and his position that he got him banished, and desires to train his niece out of further envy that his brother sired the Avatar. To hammer it in, Tonraq dropped out of the rebellion because regardless of any conflict between him and his brother, he has no desire to hurt him. Unalaq, however, has no qualms about using him to further his own agenda.
- Heroic Build: To contrast with his Lean and Mean brother. His character design commentaries describe him as being built like a linebacker.
- Honor Before Reason: In a manner of speaking, Tonraq was acting on both. He was willing to respect his brother's decisions as chief, even if it meant imprisonment. The "reason" part is that he was against Korra trying to free him, because it would lead to bigger conflict and Korra is on board with him that such conflict was undesirable and unjustified. It wasn't until he discovered that Unalaq plotted his banishment from the beginning that the struggle against him was justified.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He dwarfs both of the two ladies closest to him in his life.
- Making a Splash/An Ice Person: He is a waterbender.
- Morality Chain: He tries to be, telling Korra not to do anything reckless while trying to free him from prison lest she trigger a war. Korra went and did it anyway when she couldn't stand to watch the anguish it was causing for her mother.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His over-protectiveness of Korra caused the creation of the compound that ended up hindering her spirituality, which was one of the main issues in Book One, and he almost got the Northern Tribe wiped out for going overboard on dealing with invaders twenty years prior, which resulted in his banishment. Both were somewhat justified, though. For the former, the Red Lotus had attempted to kidnap Korra after she was revealed as the Avatar. For the latter, his brother Unalaq set him up.
- Not So Different: He and Unalaq do have some similarities. They're both convinced they know what's best and will disregard conventional wisdom or the wishes of others in trying to achieve their goals. Fortunately, Tonraq is able to recognize his mistakes when he's called out on them.
- Overprotective Dad: Remember the compound Korra spent most of her life in? Turns out that was partly Tonraq's idea. Granted, there was a group of extremely skilled benders who has just tried to kidnap her, so he had good reason to want her well guarded.
- Papa Wolf: He tried to kill Zaheer for attempting to kidnap his daughter.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is supposed to be the actual chief and is very level-headed compared to his daughter. He even advises Korra to stay out of the war because he knows the Avatar is supposed to be neutral and should help in other ways.
- Rebel Leader: In Season 2, he initially shares this role with Varrick until the latter heads back to Republic City with Korra.
- Rebuilt Pedestal: Korra's opinion of him sours after she learns he was responsible for keeping her at the White Lotus compound and never shared the fact that he was exiled, causing her to think more highly of Unalaq. This is reversed when she learns Unalaq's true nature.
- Retired Badass: Tonraq was a Warrior Prince in the Northern Water Tribe, and a physically powerful warrior, but after his exile decided to settle down and raise a family. However, threats like the Dark Spirits and the Red Lotus forced him to take up his sword again.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He never misses an ooportunity for a fight.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Unlike his younger brother, Tonraq is unambitious, focused on physical strength, and decidedly unspiritual.
- Skunk Stripe: Tonraq's hair is either graying with age, or from the stress of being a head of state by Book Four (or both), as his temples are now gray.
- So Proud of You: Becomes far less overprotective and trusts Korra in Book 2, after she opens the Southern Portal.
- Thicker Than Water: Initially refused to join in the rebellion against Unalaq because he didn't want to kill his younger brother. He eventually does join the rebellion after learning that Unalaq engineered his exile.
- Underestimating Badassery:
- He seems to treat Korra like a child even though his daughter is the Avatar and unlocked the Avatar State.
- Inverted while trying to prevent Zaheer and his cabal from attempting to liberate P'Li. He's extremely cautious about not underestimating them since he was involved in imprisoning them the first time. He failed because they weren't going to underestimate him the second time.
- Warrior Prince: In his backstory, he was the prince and general of the Northern Water Tribe.
"We love you so much."
Voiced by: Alex McKenna
Korra's mother, a native to the Southern Water Tribe.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Seriously. She looks slightly older than her teenager daughter, who is in her late teens. And apparently she didn't age one day since her daughter was a child. Possibly in an attempt to rectify this, she has a few more facial lines in Book Two.
- Ascended Extra: She and Tonraq only had two small appearances in Book One, but they have a bigger role in Book Two.
- Good Parents: She took some time to console Korra in "Civil Wars, Part 1", showing how much care she devotes to her daughter.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Tonraq.
- Informed Attribute: Despite being a known waterbender, Senna has never been shown bending.
- Making a Splash: She is a waterbender.
- Morality Chain: Like Tonraq, she tries, but Korra goes against her wishes almost immediately, being unwilling to see her family in such distress.
- Satellite Character: So far, her appearances in the series revolves around her husband and/or her daughter.
- Strong Family Resemblance: We have a pretty good idea what Korra may look like in her middle age here...
Korra's paternal uncle, and chieftan of the Northern and Southern Water Tribes. For tropes pertaining to him, refer to the "Enemies" page.
Desna and Eska
Korra's twin cousins, children of Chief Unalaq. For tropes pertaining to them, refer to the "Enemies" page.
The Beifong family is an old aristocratic house in the Earth Kingdom. Their house crest, the winged boar, is widely recognized. Its most illustrious family member in recent history is Toph Beifong, widely regarded as one of the greatest Earthbenders who ever lived primarily on two accounts: being the Earthbending sifu of Avatar Aang and discovering the Earthbending technique subset known as Metalbending. All listed in this category descend from her, with one exception instead through marriage.
- Badass Family: Being descendents of Toph, this is to be expected. Her two daughters are just as formidable earthbenders as she is, two of her grandsons are bending sport prodigies, and her granddaughter is a very capable airbender.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Toph was a little too free-reign in parenting, Lin holds intense grudges against family members for years, Suyin is a former triad associate who is responsible for Lin's scars, Baatar Jr. is engaged to an aspiring military dictator, and Huan is an angsty artist.
- Blue Blood: The family of the Winged Boar is an old and respected one in the Earth Kingdom. True to form, both of Toph's daughters hold high political positions; a police chief in a major metropolis for Lin and a community founder/leader for Suyin.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Nearly all of them are earthbenders. Opal was a non-bender prior to Harmonic Convergence, and it's not clear if Baatar and Baatar Jr. are benders.
- Dysfunction Junction: Not amongst Suyin and her children, but between Suyin, Lin, and their mother Toph.
- Elemental Eye Colors: They all have green eye colors. Some have the same minty green that Toph had (sans the blinding cataracts).
- Extra Ore Dinary: All of the earthbenders in the family are metalbenders, too, since the matriarch invented the art.
- In the Blood: Everyone who descends from Toph and has demonstrated earthbending ability are highly proficient at it and the Metalbending subset. Even Opal, who instead got Airbending after the Harmonic Convergence, is a natural at it.
- Spin-Offspring: All from Toph, except Su's husband, of course.
"Show a little more backbone!"
Daughter of Toph Beifong, and the head of Republic City's SWAT-like Metalbending Police. Forceful and uncompromising, Lin has a soft heart under her metal armour, and will do anything to protect the safety of Republic City.
Voiced by: Anne Heche/Jessie Flower (teenager)
Toph's second daughter and Lin's half-sister. She is the leader and co-founder of Zaofu.
- Action Mom: The mother of five children, all in their teens or older, and a very capable Metalbender. Which her sister Lin found out the hard way, and P'Li never got to find out.
- Ambiguously Brown: She has the same tan complexion as her grandfather, rather than her mother and sister's paler skintone.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: To Lin in their younger days, at least from her perspective.
- The Atoner: After her reckless, criminal ways scarred Lin, she spent some time traveling the world looking for herself before coming back to the Earth Kingdom and founding a city.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the leader of Zaofu, and at least as good at bending as her sister, if not better. Since Lin wasn't in top form when they fought, it's hard to tell definitively.
- Badass: Ever since her introductory episode, she proves that she's truly Toph's daughter and why she's the leader of Zaofu. She's just as competent as her sister in earthbending and metalbending, and organized the strategy of retrieving Korra from the Red Lotus during their attack on Zaofu. In the finale, she killed P'Li with some help from Lin.
- Berserk Button: She attacks a guard accused of betraying Zaofu. Later, when it is revealed that Aiwei was the traitor, she sends Team Avatar out to track him down against Lin's wishes, risking her newly-formed relationship with her.
- Baatar Jr. not only joining up with Kuvira, but intending to marry her, seems to be another.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Very mellow in the present day, but threaten her family and she will kill you.
- Black Sheep: Played with. Suyin admits that while her life went in the opposite direction of Lin's, Toph wasn't entirely happy with how either of them turned out.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: In their youth, Lin explicity called out Suyin for having so much potential, but not doing anything about it. As an adult, Suyin is actively trying to avert this trope in others.
- Brutal Honesty: Let's just say she doesn't back when expressing her opinion on the Earth Queen.
- Casting Gag: As a teenager she's voiced by Jessie Flower, who voiced her mother Toph in the original series.
- Combat Pragmatist: Wasted no time in encasing P'Li's head in metal just as she was about to fire a combustion blast. You can imagine how that went.
- Cool Old Lady: Su is friendly, understanding, and a Cool Teacher. She can also kick ass and founded her own city.
- Cool Teacher: She offered to teach Korra and Bolin metalbending, and when Bolin refused due to his insecurities, she still kept a spot open for him.
- Cultured Badass: Suyin's a dancer and collector of rare meteorites. She can also kick as much butt as her big sister.
- Dance Battler: She is the leader of a metalbending dance troop, and it shows in her fighting style.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She's an earthbender.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She did not react well to Aiwei's betrayal.
- Extra Ore Dinary: She's also a metalbender.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Lin believes that she is Responsible and Suyin is Foolish. Suyin herself admits that she was sort of a rebel in her younger years.
- Former Teen Rebel: While Lin followed their mother's footsteps, Suyin went in the opposite direction. (Or more precisely, the direction Toph took when she was younger.) Suyin's now a mature, kind person, yet still maintains a carefree attitude that allowed her to be successful in the long run.
- Getaway Driver: In her teen years when working with criminals.
- Good Is Not Soft: Although she's a good guy, a wife, mother and sister, that doesn't mean Suyin isn't willing to kill her opponent if that's what it takes and there are no other options available. To clarify, she encased P'Li's head in her armor as she was about to fire at Lin, causing P'Li's head to explode due to the blast.
- Good Parents: Genuinely loves her children, calling them a "blessing" and praising them for their strengths.
- Happily Married: She and her husband obviously love each other very much.
- Heroic Bastard: Practically admitted to this - neither her sister nor she knows who their fathers are.
- In-Series Nickname: Prefers to be called Su.
- Irony: After years of seeing Lin's bitterness toward her criminal activities and abandonment as being unjustified, she gets to see it from the other side with her son Bataar Jr.
- Karma Houdini: Lin sees her as this, as Toph covered up her involvement in several crimes and sent her away from Republic City, where Suyin started a big, rich family and had a happy life.
- Lady of War: Just like her sister, her style of fighting is very refined.
- The Mentor: Serves as one to Korra and Bolin, in teaching them how to metalbend.
- Nice Girl: Wasn't originally, but gradually evolved into one over the years.
- Older and Wiser: She's all but unrecognizable when compared to her younger self.
- Overprotective Mom: Though not to quite the same extent as Toph's parents, Suyin clearly went the opposite direction compared to Toph's free-range parenting style. Part of it was because she regretted the mistakes she made in her youth. Despite Opal being more than happy with the idea of going to the Northern Air Temple to learn airbending, Suyin insists that it would better to do it in Zaofu because that's where the family is. After talking with Opal offscreen, Suyin agrees to let Opal leave.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She took Varrick in, even though he's a wanted fugitive, because she believes in giving others a second chance at redemption. This is one of the things that puts her at odds with Lin. She also doesn't like the Earth Queen, so she provided refuge to Team Avatar even though the Earth Queen declared them enemies of the crown.
- Reformed Criminal: She makes a habit of hiring them, believing strongly that everyone deserves a second chance (for instance, her household chef is a former pirate). She herself is one, having been friends with a pair of gang members that got her into trouble several times. After a felony arrest by Lin, Toph destroyed the report then sent Suyin to live with her grandparents.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Suyin doesn't hesitate to join a battle. She joins Lin in rescuing Korra from the Red Lotus when they infiltrate Zaofu, lend them supplies to track down Aiwei after discovering he enabled their infiltration, and organized a rescue party for the captive airbenders which she personally led. She even ends up being the one to take out P'Li, with some help from Lin.
- Self Made Woman: She founded and helped build Zaofu.
- Sibling Rivalry: She and Lin used to fight for their mother's attention and have an antagonistic relationship to this day for reasons that are not yet clear. Though while Lin still holds antagonistic feelings towards her, Suyin has moved on and genuinely wants her sister to be part of her life again. As of "Old Wounds", they've reconciled, though Lin is still by-the-books with her as seen when she insists Suyin be tested herself for being Zaheer's mole in the city, even before all the other suspects have been exhausted. In addition, Suyin is not above going behind Lin's back when the latter gave clear instructions not to pursue Zaheer. Come "Enter the Void", however, they've appeared to have truly buried the hatchet.
- Sibling Team: With Lin versus P'Li.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She's carefree, philosophical and family-oriented; while Lin is serious, blunt and a loner.
- Smug Snake: Lin sees her as this.
- So Proud of You: It's clear that Su cherishes all her children from when she first introduces them.
- The Strategist: Organized the plan to rescue Korra from Zaheer during his attack on her estate (by having her and Lin drop down from above to rescue her while Bolin disables P'Li's third eye), and again to counter's Zaheer plan by having Mako, Bolin, and Asami head for the Air Temple while she, Lin, Tonraq, and the other soldiers wait at the base of the peak.
Suyin's husband and the city architect.
- Happily Married: Despite his Workaholic tendencies, his marriage to Su genuinely appears to be a very loving one.
- Nerd Glasses: Sports a big pair, and, given how intelligent he is, is every bit the smartie.
- Unfortunate Name: It sounds like the French for "bastard."
- Workaholic: He skips dinner along with his eldest son because he made a breakthrough on the new rail system.
Suyin's eldest son and Kuvira's fiancee. For tropes pertaining to him, refer to the "Enemies" page.
Suyin's artistic son.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's an earthbender.
- Emo Teen: Of the "pretentious artist" variety.
- Extra Ore Dinary: And a metalbender.
- Goth: Doesn't wear dark clothes, but has a Skrillex like hair style and piercings.
- True Art Is Angsty/True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-universe. His art actually isn't angsty, but he is since no one appreciates it. Bolin took his bizarre metal amalgam representing Harmonic Convergence as a banana. He then thinks the same sculpture actually looks better after it got caught up in the sibling rivalry throw-down Lin and Su had.
Voiced by: Alyson Stoner
Suyin's daughter. She gained airbending through Harmonic Convergence.
- '20s Bob Haircut: A slightly wispy one.
- Adorkable: Her sweet personality, combined with her somewhat sheltered life has her say some often funny, yet sweet things. For example, she introduces herself twice.
- Badass Adorable: Post Time Skip. She's just as cute as she ever was, but much more badass, as she's now a very capable airbender.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Opal is a real sweetheart. But she doesn't take crap from anyone. Must be the Beifong genes in her.
- Be Yourself: She also possesses a strong belief in honesty and in a person simply being themselves.
- Birds of a Feather: Her relationship with Bolin seems to be because of this.
- Blow You Away: Gained airbending thanks to Harmonic Convergence.
- Boyish Short Hair: Averted. Opal has a jaw length hairstyle, but is quite girly.
- Break the Cutie: Her trying to get close to Lin, who is even more of a Jerkass than normal, doesn't go very well. Fortunately Lin apologizes to her later.
- Cultured Badass: Opal is used to the finer things in life, but isn't a brat. Then, she Took a Level in Badass in Book 4.
- Cute Bookworm: Her first appearance has her reading a book.
- The Cutie: Her appearances in "The Metal Clan" immediately establish her as idealistic, cheerful, and exceedingly kind, if very sheltered.
- Distressed Damsel: Ming-Hua holds her at icicle-point in "The Ultimatum" to get the rest of the airbenders to stand down.
- Girly Run: She runs off in this manner after Lin blows her off in "The Metal Clan".
- Good Is Not Soft: Opal is a sweet, naive, all around kindhearted person. But, she is no pushover.
- Hostage Situation: See Distressed Damsel.
- Innocently Insensitive: During dinner she comments to Bolin that she doesn't think she's ever had a bad meal in her life. Bolin then tells her he's grown up on the streets and that she wouldn't believe how bad food out of a dumpster could be. Admittedly, Bolin wasn't trying to call Opal out and ends up invoking this trope, as well, when he realizes how his story sounded.
- Instant Expert: Much to her and Korra's surprise, she picks up airbending very easily, even down to matching Korra's movement even though she'd only seen her do it once.
- Irony: She is named after a precious stone, and her mother, aunt and grandmother are very powerful earthbenders, but she's an airbender.
- Luminescent Blush: Has a lot of these around Bolin after they first meet.
- Meaningful Name: The gemstone in question, in some cultures, is associated with the element of air.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Though her father may or may not be a bender, her mother is, and since Opal was empowered with airbending she must have not been a bender prior.
- Nice Girl: Right off the bat she's proven herself to be an incredibly kind person to everyone she's talked to.
- Odd Name Out: Opal is the only one of Su and Baatar's kids whose name is not Asian.
- Official Couple: As of Book 4, she's in a Long Distance Relationship with Bolin, though there is some tension related to his post with Kuvira.
- Outnumbered Sibling: She's the only girl out of five kids. Additionally, at least three of her brothers, as well as her mother are earth/metalbenders; Opal was a non-bender (along with possibly her eldest brother and her father) until Harmonic Convergence.
- Platonic Life Partners: Develops this with Kai in Book 4.
- Ship Tease: With Bolin, due to them both being Adorkable.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Don't let her sweet demeanour and soft voice fool you; this girl is no pushover, and, as Bolin learned, has very little patience for Casanova Wannabe behavior. In "Old Wounds", she even stops a battle between her mother and aunt, two powerful earth/metalbenders.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Opal is more comfortable with the honest, dorky Bolin than his attempts at being The Casanova.
- Sparkling Stream of Tears: Has these after she is angrily rebuked by Lin, when she tries to have a talk with her. Lin apologizes to her later after Opal breaks up a fight between her and Suyin.
- Spoiled Sweet: Opal is one of the sweetest people in the series and lives affluently as fitting for a Beifong, but it's obvious that she knows little about how the real world works.
- Took a Level in Badass: Opal's shown to have gained a lot of confidence and a good understanding of combatative Airbending after 3 years.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Her favorite meal is raw kale in veggie wraps.
- Uptown Girl: With Bolin as the Downtown Boy. There doesn't seem to be any parental disapproval, however.
- Well Done Daughter Gal: Not an extreme example, but Opal didn't push the issue of training at the Northern Air Temple, even though she wanted to, because she didn't want to disappoint her mother. Lin talked her into doing what she wanted to do (and not making the same mistake Lin made in appeasing the parents), and her parents were very understanding about it.
Wei and Wing
Wei and Wing
Voiced by: Marcus Toji (both)
Suyin's twin youngest sons.
- Alliterative Family: Both of their names begin with "W".
- Child Prodigy: Those two are extremely talented, able to train other earthbenders, are lightning fast and have amazing reflexes. At most, they're high-school students. Considering their forbears, this is not surprising.
- Dishing Out Dirt: They're earthbenders.
- Extra Ore Dinary: And metalbenders.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Wei's hair is parted to the left, he wears a bracelet on his left bicep, and his necklace and belt buckle are both rounded. Wing's hair is parted to the right, he wears a bracelet on his right bicep, and his necklace and belt buckle are angular.
- In the Blood: Moreso than the rest of their family, they share their grandmother's love of competition and sarcastic nature, as seen when they train Korra and Bolin.
- Manly Tears: Averted, both are seen sniveling at Opal's farewell party, much to Huan's annoyance.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Both sport sleeveless shirts and wear large bracelets.
- Spirited Competitor: They invented a metalbending game called Powerdisc (a sort of really dangerous-looking pinball/soccer combo) which they love to play.
New Air Nation
After Harmonic Convergence passed, non-benders around the globe spontaneously started exhibiting abilities in airbending. Team Avatar and Tenzin's family set out on a quest to gather them up in an endeavor to rebirth the Air Nomad nation. This section covers those new airbenders not covered in other categories. For others, reference Opal in the Beifong Family section, or Commander Bumi in the Tenzin's Family section.
- Blow You Away: Airbenders, natch.
- Big Damn Heroes: Jinora leads them in a combined effort to force Zaheer to the ground when he was about to win, allowing Korra to take him down.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Very few of them have any natural aptitude, so they are incredibly obtuse in its use. They eventually get better.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: After the timeskip, the airbenders wear formfitting wingsuits that eliminate the need for a staff. According to the NYCC 2014 panel, Asami invented them.
- Mass Super-Empowering Event: They all manifested these abilities after the Harmonic Convergence.
- Order Reborn: The whole point of their story arc in Book 3 is to rebuild the Air Nomads after they were exterminated by the Fire Nation as the starting point of Last Airbender.
- Took a Level in Badass: Following the Time Skip, the new Air Nation has evolved into a global peacekeeping force, albeit one spread thin on account of the Earth Kingdom being a large continent and their own membership being somewhat small. Still, the mere sight of Kai and Opal in airbender gliding suits was enough to scare a bandit gang raiding a village, so they must have a good reputation.
- We Help the Helpless: After Korra gets waylaid by the Red Lotus, and President Raiko voices concern over the state of the world during her convalescence, Tenzin and his airbenders take up the mantle of upholding the well-being of the world in her stead; a stark contrast from the detached nature of previous Air Nomad culture before the genocide.
Don't let that smile fool you.
Voiced by: Skyler Brigmann
An Earth Kingdom citizen and new airbender thanks to Harmonic Convergence. He takes up the offer to join the Air Nomads to escape the police chasing him.
- The Ace: Downplayed. Out of the airbender recruits, he's arguably the best of the lot as far as practical application goes (it's hard to say how he'd compare to Opal, and Otaku is more knowledgeable about the culture thanks to being a former Air Acolyte), but not by too much, and very little attention is drawn to it. During Tenzin's impromptu boot camp in "The Original Airbenders", he's outperforms the rest of the class, though he still can't keep up with either Tenzin or Jinora.
- Ambiguously Brown: Noticeably on the browner side of the Earth Kingdom.
- The Artful Dodger: He seems to be very comfortable with his life in the streets and likes to steal way too much. He even robbed the family that tried to adopt him.
- Berserk Button: Harming Jinora in any way is this for him. Also, harming innocent creatures.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has thick eyebrows.
- Big Damn Hero: Thanks to surviving P'Li's blast, he was able to fake his own death and determine this fellow students' location and the Red Lotus' plan with them. He also managed to save Bolin and the others as the Northern Air Temple was crumbling to pieces.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He's a self-centered, ungrateful troublemaker with some serious attitude problems. Mako sees him as nothing more than a nuisance, but the others try to justify Kai's behaviour by the fact that he's still just a kid.
- Character Development: Goes from screwing over anyone who helps him for his own gain, to then being willing to sacrifice his life for his fellow airbenders over the course of Book 3. Lampshaded by himself during the Season 3 finale; when Mako mentions how he used to give Kai a hard time, and Kai says that he probably deserved it back then.
- Disney Death: Blown out of the sky by P'Li. He comes to a few hours later when a baby air bison licks him while he's hanging upside down from a little tree.
- He Is All Grown Up: In Book 4, Kai has gotten taller, muscular, and his voice is deeper. This is lampshaded by Bolin.
- Infant Immortality: He lampshades this, saying that It takes more than a fall and a tree to get rid of him.
- Instant Expert: He shows excellent potential as an airbender, performing fluid, effective attacks without any prior training. Given many of the traits of being a thief meld well with airbender principles, it makes sense that he'd take to it. Later on, when training at the Northern Air Temple, he's clearly the best of the bunch.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He abuses the trust of the Krew to escape punishment, clearly not intending to join the Air Nomads. He also robbed his adoptive parents. And later robs Mako and Bolin... However, he later shows he's not that bad. While in Dai Li custody, he goes out of his way to help the fellow Airbenders who were captured alongside him, and try not to hurt them. There's also his relationship with Jinora that brings out his better side.
- Just a Kid: Everyone, especially Lin Beifong treat him as this. However, he is no mere child and doesn't like being treated as one.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He gets kidnapped by Dai Li officers after his temptations of stealing gold from the middle ring citizens of Ba Sing Se get the better of him.
- Marilyn Maneuver: Uses his airbending skills for this to get close to wealthy Ba Sing Se people, helping them recompose themselves while stealing their wallets. In the finale, Jinora uses this same ability to steal the cuff keys from her captors.
- Not So Different: Kai apparently isn't too different from Mako and Bolin back in their Street Urchin days. Notably, the brothers have opposite reactions to this; Bolin sees Kai as a surrogate little brother in need of guidance, while Mako sees Kai as untrustworthy.
- Official Couple: With Jinora in Book 4.
- Parental Abandonment: He lost his parents under some circumstances, but his story about bandits killing them was clearly a lie.
- Pet the Dog: Keeps a fellow imprisoned Airbender safe, at the cost of being put in solitary.
- Platonic Life Partners: Develops this with Opal in Book 4.
- The Power of Love: Trounces the Drill Sergeant Nasty who grabbed Jinora.
- Puppy Love: He and Jinora obviously like each other.
- Sticky Fingers: He is a magpie for gold and doesn't care about who he hurts to get it.
- Street Urchin: A status Mako believes makes it unlikely that Kai has an honest interest in rebuilding the Air Nation, or an interest in anything other than himself for that matter.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the time of "The Ultimatum", he's much braver and more altruistic. By the end of the episode, he is the Northern Air Temple's only hope left.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the episode "In Harm's Way". He is still a magnet for trouble, but for the more light-hearted kind.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He was adopted after losing his parents, but repaid that by robbing them blind.
Voiced by: Jim Meskimen
One of the people empowered with airbending by Harmonic Convergence, and the first recruit to rebuild the Air Nomads.
- Apologetic Attacker: Before he gets a handle on his airbending (and even after a bit).
- Bald of Awesome: He didn't get it willingly, but it certainly comes in handy when it lets him sense danger from behind. Afterwards, he becomes a vocal advocate of head-shaving.
- Blow You Away: Gained airbending thanks to Harmonic Convergence. At first, he suffered from severe Power Incontinence, but thanks to Tenzin's rough training (and shaving) he is now much more refined, down to being able to sense minute disturbances in the very air around him.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Invoked in "A Breath of Fresh Air."
Tenzin: It is absolutely my pleasure to meet you, Daw. I have never met a new airbender before. Well, at least one whose diapers I didn't have to change.
Daw: Actually, I just fell off a bridge...so I could use a fresh diaper right about now.
- Butt Monkey: Suffers from this quite a bit in Book 3. He has Power Incontinence when he first gets airbending, is often on the receiving end of Meelo's Drill Sergeant Nasty tendencies, and gets his head shaved by Tenzin only to learn seconds after that it's actually voluntary. The latter at least turned out to be a blessing in disguise when it let him sense an attack from behind.
- Driven to Suicide: Implied, as he ended up on top of a bridge and looked suspiciously like he was thinking of throwing himself off. Thankfully, Korra talked him out of it.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He really didn't want airbending at first (not surprising, since he didn't have any control over it), but after talking with Korra he decided to give it a shot and become an Air Nomad.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: His bald head allows him to sense an incoming attack from behind. Beforehand, he was despondent that he learned it was elective after having it done to him. Afterwards, he was trying to convince other air nomad recruits to go bald as well.
- Power Incontinence: He has a very hard time controlling his new airbending, and almost jumps off a bridge to stop endangering people until Korra talks him down. He's gotten over it by mid-season.
Voiced by: Jon Heder
One of the new post-Harmonic Convergence airbenders. Despite the urgings of his mother and the Krew, he refuses to do anything with his new powers.
Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui
A non-bending Air Acolyte who gains airbending after Harmonic Convergence. Due to his previous training, he is already an expert in Air Nomad culture and history.
- Ascended Fanboy: He was a former Air Acolyte (devoting himself to studying the Air Nomads' culture), who then became an actual airbender through Harmonic Convergence.
- Meaningful Name: "Otaku" is a slang term for someone overly enthusiastic about a certain topic; i.e. a "nerd."
- Nerd Glasses: A small, round pair.
- Teacher's Pet: Is far more interested in Tenzin's history classes than most of his fellow airbenders.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
A baby Sky Bison calf that Kai befriends in Book 3. He becomes Kai's Sky Bison companion.
- Badass Adorable: Introduced as a baby Sky Bison and managed to carry five people, four of whom were grown adults.
- The Cutie: A baby Sky Bison? Adorable!
- Loyal Animal Companion: After Kai rescued a bunch of the baby bison in "Original Airbenders", one of them takes a shine to him, and Kai dubs the calf "Lefty". After the three year Time Skip, he's grown to full size and serves as the bison mount for Kai and Opal when on deployment.
Leader of the United Forces and Zuko's grandson. His mother is the current Fire Lord.
- Blue Blood: A son of the Fire Nation royal family.
- The Brigadier: He is the military leader of the United Forces.
- Captain Obvious: He even channels another famous officer in charge of large fleet.
Iroh: It's a trick!
- Casting Gag: He shares Zuko's voice actor.
- The Cavalry: Leads the fleet that comes to Republic to assist in the fight against Amon.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after Zuko's uncle.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: In the Book One finale. Royalty of the Fire Nation joining Team Avatar just in time for the final showdown? Apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
- Four-Star Badass: He earned every one of those stars with pure badassery. He does more damage to Amon's war machine than the army he commands.
- Identical Grandson: He's adult Zuko—same voice, same character design, same skills, same badassery, but no scars or psychological trauma.
- Improbable Piloting Skills: By the way he pilots a bi-plane in the Book One finale, would you believe he never piloted one before?
- Indy Ploy: In his interception of the Equalist force in the finale, it's pretty clear that he was making up his plan on the fly, if you'll pardon the pun.
- Military Maverick: He was perfectly willing to "accidentally" get involved with the Water Tribe civil war as a favor to Korra. President Raiko made sure to cut him off before he had the chance to try, though. Instead, he just directed Korra to seek help from the Fire Nation.
- The Mutiny: Well, the barratry. He conspires with Korra to drag the United Republic in the War of the Water Tribes after Korra's aid request was refused by the civilian government. Doesn't go through with it after being put on the spot by his commander-in-chief.
- Nice Guy: A courageous, loyal military Badass who's always willing to help.
- Not Quite Flight: Is quite skilled at using the firebending Recoil Boost tactic to almost-fly; he manages to use it to catch up to a biplane as it was taking off, and later uses it to go from a free-fall to a controlled landing on a moving airplane.
- Offscreen Inertia: At the end of his last scene in Book One, he is left hanging off the flag held up by Avatar Aang's statue.
- Older Than He Looks: His official age is 36 (37 by Book 2) and yet he can pass for somewhere in his early twenties.
- One-Man Army: He takes out an entire squadron of bi-planes by himself.
- Playing with Fire: As typical for a firebender.
- Redshirt Army: His fleet is completely decimated by the Equalists underwater mines and bomber planes. Iroh himself, however, not only survives, but proceeds to single handedly wipe out a fleet of Equalist fighters on their way to bomb the backup fleet.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Prince of the Fire Nation and General in the United Forces.
- Shock and Awe: Unlike his grandfather (at least in his youth), he can produce lightning.
- Spin-Offspring: Zuko's grandson.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: Fire Nation royals typically have vibrant gold eyes, and Iroh is no exception.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: His general physical form.
- Universal Driver's License: Takes control of an Equalist biplanenote , a vehicle that he had never encountered prior to his first battle against them. Despite a rocky start, he keeps it under control.
- Vocal Dissonance: In his first appearance he has the exact same voice used for the teenage Zuko from the previous series, despite looking like he's in his thirties or so. A case of Reality Is Unrealistic, since Dante Basco himself is in his thirties and naturally sounds like that. In the finale itself, when he has more lines, he does use some different inflections from Zuko, but it's still very close.
- Warrior Prince: He's the prince of the Fire Nation and the leader of the United Forces.