Characters: The Legend Of Korra Allies
This is a partial character sheet for The Legend of Korra. Visit here for the main character index. Subjective trope and audience reactions should go on the YMMV page.
open/close all folders
These are tropes which apply generally to Tenzin's family; the direct descendants of the original Air Nomads as well as his siblings - the children
of Avatar Aang and Katara
, and also any animal/spirit familiars of such family members.
- 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 Book 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. Eventually, they trade them in for Future Industries Wingsuits along with the rest of the Airbenders.
- 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 sons of Aang apart.
- With her hair shaved and her tattoos, Jinora looks heartbreakingly identical to her late grandfather, whom she has never met.
"I am not a reflection of my father. I am Tenzin."
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), the airbenders in the United Republic now consist 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.
- Action Dad: Do not let the fact this man was raised by a philosophy where fighting should be avoided make you think he is incapable of fighting.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Implied. Katara stated that while Bumi and Kya were rambunctious, Tenzin was always serious.
- Adorkable: When it comes to dealing with his family and Lin on a personal level, especially where Meelo is concerned. Taken Up to Eleven as he tries to recruit new Air Nomads. He's utterly confused as to why getting to shave your head and be friends with sky bison aren't more effective selling points.
- Adult Fear:
- Amon getting his hands on Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo. This almost happens in "Turning the Tide" when the Equalists attack Air Temple Island, and causes Tenzin to leave Republic City to take his family somewhere safe. Then they get captured in the next episode, anyway, and Amon nearly de-bends Tenzin and the children before Korra and Mako save them.
- Jinora getting lost in the Spirit World in Book 2.
- His entire family being threatened by the Red Lotus in Book 3.
- Jinora getting trapped by the spirit vines in Book 4.
- Aloof Big Brother: Inverted. To Bumi, but Tenzin's the younger brother.
- Ambadassador: Tenzin works as a member of the United Republic Council, representing the Air Nomads. He is also an Airbending master.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Until season 3, he was the world's only master Airbender, which isn't just a title he got by default: He kicks insane amounts of ass if sufficiently motivated.
- The Baby Of The Bunch: Among his siblings, however he's also the most driven and stoic of the family, probably because he has a chip on his shoulder. He gets teased by his older brother and sister for being daddy's favorite, even as an old man.
- He's the first person in the series to even land a hit on Amon - one which knocks Amon all the way off the stage.
- During the Equalist attack on Republic City, Tenzin becomes the only Council member to escape capture, by easily defeating the team sent to catch him. When he and the others are forced out of the police station, he single-handedly tries to fend off the mecha-tanks before Team Avatar got there.
- Further demonstrated in Book 3's "The Ultimatum": after nearly an entire book of Zaheer thoroughly stomping anyone in his way, Tenzin shows him what a master airbender is truly capable of, and only loses when the rest of the Red Lotus steps in to aid Zaheer.
: Unfortunately, you don't have a choice. Tenzin
: Yes, I do.
(effortlessly sends Zaheer, Ming-hua and Ghazan flying in one
- Badass Beard: One with electricity-sensing abilities.
- Badass Cape: Badass Half-Cape, to be precise.
- Badass Long Robe: His usual outfit.
- Badass in Distress:
- In the Book 1 finale, he and his children are captured by Amon.
- They are threatened again by the Red Lotus in Book 3.
- And again in Book 4 when Jinora gets kidnapped by spirit vines.
- Bald of Awesome: As is custom for Air Nomad/Acolyte men. He even tries to invoke this when looking to recruit new airbenders.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: In "Kuvira's Gambit" he supports Korra's proactive action of kidnapping Baatar Jr. to gain crucial information on the super mecha. He even joins her in the kidnapping.
- Be Yourself: The focal point of his character development for much of Book 2. Culminates in the finale when he finally understands that he'll never be what his father was, and shouldn't have to be; thanks to a pep talk from a hallucination of Aang himself. He passes this message on to Korra when she lost Raava.
- Berserk Button:
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He does have them.
- Burning with Anger: Mild Bell Pepper. Tenzin's head will redden heavily when sufficiently angered, usually prompted by something Korra has said. He also turns purple when mortified.
- Cape Swish: With Dramatic Wind for that extra oomph.
- The Chains of Commanding: It is hinted at that he sometimes feels the chains of leading the Air Nation and being responsible for teaching everything Air Nomad to others.
- Character Development: By the latter half of Book 2, Tenzin begins to see himself as Tenzin and not in the perceived image of his father.
- Childhood Friend Romance: A failed one with Lin Beifong as, unlike Tenzin, Lin wasn't interested in having a large family.
- The Comically Serious:
- Frequently has these moments, particularly in his interactions with Korra and his children.
- Kya and Bumi joke about this, thinking Tenzin on a vacation would be a sight to behold.
- Continuity Nod: Tenzin's Sky Bison's name is "Oogi", which is the term of disgust Sokka used whenever he saw Aang and Katara being affectionate in Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise.
- Cultured Badass: He has inherited his father Aang's knowledge of culture and tradition (especially around the still largely extinct Air Nomads) as well as his knack for diplomacy. He's also currently the world's first Master Airbender after his father, and his skills are such that he's taken on numbers of mooks and Humongous Mecha (and beat the latter back when even Korra and Lin were struggling against them) at a time, as well as landed a huge blow on Big Bad Amon (who is largely untouchable due to his Bloodbending) in their brief encounter.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can be quite a deadpanner, especially when dealing with his siblings.
- Demoted to Extra: Becomes more of a supporting character in Book 4.
- Determinator: When Zaheer tries to threaten the new Air Nation to get Korra to surrender, Tenzin refuses to give in and attacks with everything he has. He manages to keep the upper hand on Zaheer, but then he gets tag-teamed by all four. Even then, he refuses to stay down.
Tenzin: As long as I'm still breathing, it's not over.
- Deuteragonist: Particularly in Books Two and Three, where his storyline and character arc are given a large amount of focus and drive most of the plot.
- Dramatic Wind: He's often accompanied by gusts of wind that make his cloak wave dramatically. Unsurprising, considering the element he controls.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He tries this in "Original Airbenders," upon (bad) advice from Bumi. It doesn't really work.
- Elemental Eye Colors: A master airbender with grey eyes.
- 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.
- He's also one to Korra: Tenzin is a light-skinned, levelheaded man who tries to instill peaceful solutions than violence; Korra is the dark-skinned, hot-headed teenage girl who uses force rather than reason. Also, both are of Mixed Ancestry, Korra's is from her parents being from one of the two Water Tribes, while Tenzin's is from both parents being born into two different nations.
- 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.
- Good Parents: To his children, especially when he had more free time from Book 2 and onward.
- 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 Self-Deprecation: Considers himself a massive failure for not ever being able to enter the spiritual world.
- 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.
- 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 foremost 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Like Father, Like Son: Deconstructed by Kya who reveals to Tenzin that he and dad would often put their jobs ahead of their families, making the children feel neglected.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Tenzin is a sensitive and nonviolent person, who can readily admit to his mistakes when made. Unsurprisingly, he's also a great dad to his children, loving husband to Pema, and acts as a positive father figure to Korra and Team Avatar.
- 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.
- The One That Got Away: Tenzin serves as this to Lin in a Rare Male Example.
- 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: In Book 4, where he has much more of a support role compared to 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.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: To Zaheer.
Tenzin: I'll never let you get to Korra.
Zaheer: Unfortunately, you don't have much of a choice.
Tenzin: Yes I do.
- Pride: Tenzin can be rather prideful and overbearing, as he hid his inability to enter the Spirit World, instead making up excuses that the people around him were preventing him from doing so. When he found out that Jinora was able to see spirits, he grew jealous of her, and kept stubbornly insisting that he should be the one to bring Korra to the Spirit World, stating that Jinora would be unable to face its dangers. Nevertheless, he softened, following his sister's persuasion and daughter's assurance, and expressed how proud he was of Jinora.
- 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.
- So Proud of You: Does this numerous times to the people he's closest to:
- Whenever Korra makes a wise Avatar decision.
- To Jinora when she comforted her father about guiding Korra into the Spirit World and when she receives her airbending tattoos.
- To Bumi for leading the New Air Nation to save Kai, Jinora, and baby Sky Bison from bison rustlers.
- To Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo for successfully finding Korra.
- 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.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: The serious, sometimes aloof Straight Man to Bumi's comical, childish Wise Guy.
- 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 Mom: In a Rare Male Example, he is this 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.
"If you're going to be bending giant boulders, do it outside!"
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.
- Good Parents: To her children.
- 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.
- In Book 4, it turns out not only she is qualified to lead a mass evacuation, she is also quite good at crowd control.
- 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.
- Nice Girl: A kind woman who's always willing to listen.
- 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 the issue.
- In the same episode gives a more serious one when she starts giving birth at the worst possible time.
- Satellite Character: We hardly see her be by herself. Pema is always accompanying Tenzin or her kids. She gets a little more characterization when she handles crowd control in "Day of the Colossus".
- Second Love: Tenzin fell in love with her after his failed relationship with Lin.
- 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.
- The Ace: Grows into this. Jinora is a skilled airbender despite her age, has advanced spiritual abilities, and became the youngest Airbending master in history, outdoing even her grandfather who had Avatar-ness to his advantage. Also, see her Took a Level in Badass section.
- Action Girl: Shown when she saves Lin from the Lieutenant during the attack on Air Temple Island.
- And again when she helps Korra fight Vaatu.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Jinora is very mature for her age.
- 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.
- Animal Motifs: Since the finale of Book 2, when she helped defeat UnaVaatu and gave her father a butterfly to lead him, Kya, and Bumi out of the Spirit World, Jinora has always been associated with butterflies.
- 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.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Opal in "The Battle of Zaofu", holding off Kuvira's army and immediately contacting Meelo for help.
- Badass: Jinora is one of the most capable individuals in the series. In fact, she has been responsible for saving the Avatar Spirit on two separate occasions, the first being when she helped Korra find Raava during Harmonic Convergence and the second being when she led the members of the Air Nation in creating a large tornado with the intention of stopping Zaheer from killing Korra in the Avatar State.
- Badass Adorable: She sent the Lieutenant flying with a flick of her staff.
- Badass Bookworm: She is seen reading when not practicing her bending. Being well-read, Jinora has a great general knowledge, ranging from historic facts to the workings of recent technology and the habits of fauna.
- Badass Pacifist: Though Jinora has had her fair share of fights (in self-defense), she does managed to win fights or solve problems without violence. In Book 2, Jinora managed to help defeat UnaVaatu by using her Light 'em Up ability to help Korra find Raava.
- 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 has it in a style that shows off the tattoo.
- 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.
- Beta Couple: She and Kai qualify probably to every other (non-married) couple, including Bolin/Opal, given that the couple have the least drama or relationship problems.
- Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Quiet Ones: Jinora is a polite, reserved young girl...who has helped saved the world on more than one occasion.
- 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.
- In Book 4, she and Opal intervene in Korra's fight with Kuvira, sending Kuvira flying before she could deliver the final blow.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Averted. Jinora has always been a well-mannered young lady.
- 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.
- Break the Cutie: Kai's apparent death sent her to tears.
- 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.
- The Chosen One: She was the one meant to be Korra's spiritual guide, not Tenzin or Unalaq.
- 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.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Raises one during the Grand Finale in response to Asami laying her hand on Korra's shoulder, implying that she knows about their attraction to one another.
- 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 whose 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 and Meelo'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.
- Generation Xerox: A lot like her father, Tenzin: Both are the most spiritual of their siblings, the most mature, entered into an official relationship with someone by the series finale, and act as The Spock.
- 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.
- Humble Heroine: Jinora never acts arrogant or haughty because of her skills.
- 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.
- Insufferable Genius: Averted, while Jinora is quite smart and talented for her age, she is quite humble.
- Just a Kid: Tenzin refers to her as a variation of this when she had a discussion with Kai about getting her airbending tattoos. She promptly called him out for it.
Tenzin: Kai! What does he know about when you should get tattoos? The answer is "no"! You're just a little girl.
Jinora: I'm not a little girl anymore. I can airbend just as well as you. I know everything about our culture and history, and I have a stronger connection with the spirits that you ever will. Lead your own class!
- 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:
- Lovable Nerd: Jinora is a cutie and enjoys reading historical fiction, as well as her father's journals chronicling his adventures with her grandfather, Avatar Aang, and the adventures of Aang and his friends. She also has an interest in playing Pai Sho.
- 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.
- Nerves of Steel: Although still young, Jinora displays a great amount of courage, as she was willing to exchange her soul in favor of the world's well-being when she was being used as leverage to coerce Korra into opening the Northern spirit portal, as well as prolong the separation of her soul and body in order to aid the world by finding Raava.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Mike and Bryan have openly admitted that they have no idea what her astral projection ability is or why she has it.
- Nice Girl: Jinora is a calm, polite, and responsible, carefree young girl.
- 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.
- Opposites Attract: Jinora, the polite, rule-abiding Nice Girl became an Official Couple with Kai, the sneaky, stealing (before Character Development) Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- 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.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In Book 4, she is the calm, pacifistic Blue Oni to Opal's confrontational, Hot-Blooded Red Oni in regards to Kuvira.
- She Is All Grown Up: Compare Jinora from season one◊ to her in season four◊.
- Shipper on Deck: For Mako and Korra.
- Her Fascinating Eyebrow and smirk when she notices Korra and Asami's attraction to each other implies she ships them together.
- Shorter Means Smarter: Inverted among her siblings—she's the tallest, but she's also the smartest. Played straight while among the rest of Team Avatar. She may be the smallest, but she's by far the most intelligent.
- 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 and Meelo. Jinora is more serious and mellow, whereas Ikki and Meelo are more hyper and playful.
- The Smart Guy: When it involves spiritual matters or anything in her books, you count on her to know it.
- Spin-Offspring: Aang and Katara's granddaughter.
- Spirit Advisor: For Korra in the game, due to her speaking with her telepathically from an airship.
- 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.
- Teen Genius: At 14, she's the smartest of among her siblings.
- Tell Me How You Fight: Jinora's approach to navigating an airbending training course is fairly clinical: she turns on a dime but keeps her upper body rigid.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Though the romance in question seems to be more along the lines of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The studious, polite Girly Girl to Ikki's Motor Mouth, rambunctious Tomboy.
- 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.
- In book 4, even though she ended up capture by the spirit vines, Jinora was able to calmly and quickly send a message to Korra via her astral projection. This is a big step given how in Book 3 she needed to be in a quiet, calm area.
- True Sight: Jinora is sensitive to the spiritual world, able to see the spirits who enter material world when others cannot.
- Uptown Girl: Jinora is the daughter of the leader of the Air Nomads (making her by standards a "princess") and comes from well-off family; Kai is an orphan thief, who even stole from the family that adopted him, he does get better.
- 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.
- Youngest Child Wins: Inverted. Jinora is the oldest of her siblings and is The Ace, has leveld up her skills from Book 2 and onward, the most spiritual, and became the youngest airbending master in history.
"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.
- Badass Pacifist: By Book 4, Ikki shows a surprising gift for befriending enemies, and she probably could've left without violence had it not been for Jinora and Meelo's interference.
- Beware the Nice Ones/Beware the Silly Ones: Ikki is a usually polite, if rambunctious child. But, she's more cunning and skilled then what she lets on.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Downplayed. Ikki has a habit of asking annoying questions, either on accident or on purpose, but she's usually a polite child. Averted in Book 4, where she undergoes a healthy amount of Character Development.
- Butt Monkey: Becomes this in Book 4, when her other siblings don't listen to her.
- 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.
- Character Development: Subtle, but in Book 4, Ikki loses most of her energetic curiosity that borders on annoying. Now, she's more of an Only Sane Woman.
- The Charmer: Ikki casually manipulates the two soldiers of Kuvira's army. She even gets them to tell her Kuvira's next target.
- 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.
- Cool Big Sis: To Rohan and Meelo, but for the latter it's when he's not being bratty.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ikki is more competent despite her Motor Mouth personality.
- 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.
- Elemental Eye Colors: An airbender with gray eyes.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish to Jinora's responsible. However, when paired with Meelo, she is the Responsible to his Fooloish.
- 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, and a flying squirrel in Book 4.
- 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.
- Generation Xerox: Ikki seems to take after Kya: Both are the middle children of their siblings, suffer from a unique Middle Child Syndrome, verge on being the Only Sane Woman, were quite rambunctious when they were younger, and act as The Kirk.
- Generic Girl: Ikki really doesn't show any unique feature other than her Motor Mouth tendencies, which she toned down in Book 4. Plus, her big sister is a spirit adviser who became the youngest airbending master in history and a younger brother starts off as Cloudcuckoolander turned hotblooded, Blood Knight.
- 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.
- A Girl And Her X: Ikki befriends a flying squirrel in Book 4 that follows back to her home.
- 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.
- She also is quite skilled with manipulating her enemies.
- 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.
- Lame Comeback: To Jinora in the season premiere of Book 2. Tenzin told her, her siblings, and Korra about his vacation plans, and Ikki asked if she could lighnting bolts as tattoos. This conversation followed:
Jinora: You can't get lightning bolts. That doesn't make any sense.
Ikki: You don't make any sense!
- 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.
- Little Sister Instinct: Saved Jinora from a nasty fall after she and their dad narrowly missed a blast from the Colossus.
- 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.
- Middle Child Syndrome: In an unique example, she feels this way with her siblings. In her opinion, they don't listen to her; with Jinora not only being her older sibling but also Ikki's superior as an airbender and then Meelo because he's Meelo.
- Motor Mouth: Is she ever.
- Ms Imagination: Her love advice for Korra heavily implies this:
"No, no, no! The best way to win a boy's heart is to brew a love potion out of rainbows and sunsets that makes true lovers sprout wings and fly to a magical castle in the sky, where they get married and eat clouds with spoons, and use stars as ice cubes in their moonlight punch, forever and ever and ever!"
- Nerves of Steel: When dealing with a couple of Kuvira's soldiers who kidnapped her, Ikki maintains a cool disposition, while casually manipulating them.
- Nice Girl: Ikki was always a kind, playful child. By Book 4, she has gone through a healthy, if subtle Character Development that shows her also to be one not to take her anger out on people or animals that don't deserve it and even make friends with enemies.
- 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.
- Only Sane Woman: Ikki becomes this in Book 4. When her siblings and her set off to find Korra, Meelo insists on turning their mission into a Macho Disaster Expedition and Jinora is too focused on trying to sense Korra's presence rather than actually looking for her. When Meelo throws away their food and insists that they go hunting, she reminds him that they don't eat meat. When Jinora and Meelo want to leave the swamp, Meelo was being a bit of a jerk and Jinora couldn't sense Korra here, Ikki insists that they keep looking. Basically, despite calling it a team effort, the air siblings would never had found Korra if it weren't for Ikki.
- Precocious Crush: At Varrick and Zhu Li's wedding, Ikki is seen pulling a less-than-enthusiastic Huan to dance.
- 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.
- She Is All Grown Up: Compare Ikki from season one◊ to her in season four◊.
- 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. Jinora is more serious and mellow, whereas Ikki (and Meelo) are more hyper and playful.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Out of her siblings, Ikki looks the most like Pema, especially when she does the Death Glare.
- Tagalong Kid: Averted. She and Meelo become this in Book 4, but is more than capable of any task.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Motor Mouth, rambunctious Tomboy to Jinora's studious, polite Girly Girl.
- Took a Level in Badass: In Book 4, Ikki is able to effortlessly manipulate her adult enemies.
"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.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Shows shades of this in Book 4.
- The Baby Of The Bunch: Meelo feels he has something to prove not only as the youngest but as the only male of his Tag Along Kid trio with his two older sisters. His attempts to be seen as a man are usually played for comic relief.
- Badass Adorable: Uses Fartillery to help save Lin from the Equalists with his siblings.
- Bald of Awesome: As per custom for male airbenders to have shaved heads and how Meelo is a pretty skilled airbender. He's grown it out after the Time Skip in Book 4.
- The Beastmaster: Tenzin teaches him how to train flying-lemurs in Book 2. He then trains a whole flock to synchronize fly.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Meelo is the most rambunctious of Tenzin's children. He's also a skilled airbender who can take down fully grown earthbenders.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Just like his dad.
- Blood Knight: In Book 4, after he develops his Drill Sergeant Nasty persona. The funniest thing is that you know, he's an Airbender
- Also when he turns into Meelo the Man.
- Boisterous Bruiser/Cute Bruiser: His ego was taken Up to Eleven by Book 4, but his skills are still one not to take lightly. Plus, he's still a cute 9-year-old boy.
- A Boy and His X: In Book 2, Meelo adopts a flying lemur for a pet and names him Poki.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He embraces this trope full-on in season four with his self-importance, egotism and constant rudeness to his sisters.
- The Chains of Commanding: Of winged-lemurs, especially Poki. As the Alpha Lemur, he cannot allow Poki to act certain ways, such as sleeping in the same bed.
Meelo: Being alpha lemur is lonely.
Tenzin: I know.
- Child Prodigy/Cloudcuckoolander: Meelo is... special.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Sports a big one whenever he's put in charge of the airbender recruits. The one in "Original Airbenders" is so big, it borders on being a Slasher Smile.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Meelo is the silliest, but he's still a talented airbender, so you underestimate him at your own peril.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Tenzin teaches him to be one when training Poki, in the next season he becomes one to the new airbenders.
"Look to your left! Look to your right! One of those people will not make it out of here alive!"
- Fartillery: Weaponizes it in Episode 10. In Book 4 he uses it again against the Swamp's vines binding Pepper.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Since Meelo Took a Level in Jerkass as of Book 4, he has become egotistical and self-centered, and always up for a fight.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Foolish to both Jinora and Ikki's Responsible.
- Gasshole: Gets a "fartbending" scene in Episode 8.
- Generation Xerox: Shares quite a few similarities with his uncle Bumi. Both are the most rambunctious of their siblings, their actions verge on recklessness, they are pretty close to being Idiot Heroes, and act as The McCoy.
- Gonk: Those eyes, those teeth, good God! And yet he is still adorable.
- Elemental Eye Colors: Meelo is an airbender and was born with gray eyes.
- He Is All Grown Up: He's a bit bigger and he's grown his hair back. Played for laughs when he proclaims that he is no longer "Meelo the boy" but rather is now "Meelo THE MAN!!!". Also, all of his baby teeth are gone.
- Hidden Depths: Meelo is a surprisingly competent artist, able to hand-draw a portrait of Korra with stunning accuracy. Even Ikki is impressed when she sees it.
- Not just sketching either, he's able to paint a self portrait with an accuracy worthy of any Neo-classicist... Unfortunately Huan was looking for something more Expressionist.
- Ice-Cream Koan: He tells Korra to "Be the leaf!" after a demonstration of a leaf floating safely through the spinning-door contraption the airbenders use for training. He later gives the new airbenders the same instruction without the demonstration, resulting in much confusion.
"I don't even know what that means!"
- Idiot Hero: "Idiot" may be a bit much, but besides becoming brattier by Book 4, Meelo has also became more irrational: He threw away the food that was supposed to last him and his sisters two weeks, because he wanted to live off the land.
- Irony: Meelo becomes a Blood Knight by Book 4, despite being an Air Nomad, and is taught to be opposed to violence.
- It's All About Me: Meelo's ego takes a giant leap, to the point when he constantly viewed the mission to locate Korra and bring her home as his mission, whereas it was something he was doing with his sisters.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As of Book 4. Meelo has taken a level in jerkass, but is still one of the good guys and does care about his family and friends, even if he refuses to show it.
- Keet: He is first seen chewing on his father's head.
- Kidanova: He tries to charm Asami the moment she arrives on Air Temple Island, and Book 4 shows he's not fixated on a single lady. Despite his efforts, his record is mired by the fact he'll have to wait a couple of years to stop registering as "cute" to girls he's hitting on.
- Let's Get Dangerous: In Episode 10 along with his sisters, when they saved Lin Beifong from Amon's chi blockers and Lieutenant. He also thrashes the bison poachers in the season 3 episode "The Original Airbenders" really good, being among the more effective airbenders in the attack.
- The McCoy: To Jinora's Spock and Ikki's Kirk. Meelo is the youngest sibling and the one most prone to doing or saying anything without thinking.
- Nice Guy: In the first 3 Books. While he was rambunctious, he never meant any harm and was quite likable.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the youngest of the three airbender children but is no slouch in comabt.
- Precocious Crush: On Asami. That girl he was hitting on in Book 4 was closer to his league, but still a good head taller.
- Primal Chest-Pound: Does this when he and Ikki rescue Jinora, Opal, and a defeated Korra from Kuvira and her army.
- Rated M for Manly: "Meelo the Boy has turned into Meelo the Man!"
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Along with the rest of Tenzin's family, evacuates by sky bison when the Equalists attack Air Temple Island.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Jinora is more serious and mellow, whereas Ikki and Meelo are more hyper and playful.
- Sophisticated as Hell: When he and Ikki are playing on Korra's roadster. Ikki makes loud car noises and pretends she's in a high-speed chase, while Meelo appears to be imitating a valet.
- Spock Speak: Often uses exceedingly formal language.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Post Time Skip, he looks quite a bit like his grandfather Aang did when he had hair.
- Surpassed the Teacher: After Tenzin tutors him in lemur taming, he clearly surpasses his father in the skill.
- Tagalong Kid: Averted. He and Ikki become this in Book 4, but is more than capable of any task.
- Testosterone Poisoning: After timeskip. He has (or tries to have) the attitude of a macho Action Hero... and yet he is only a cute nine year-old.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In season four, he's a lot more abrasive and rude to his sisters. Pretty par on course for a nine-year old boy, though. Lampshaded by Ikki and Jinora:
Ikki: Remember when he used to be so nice and sweet?
- Trademark Favorite Food: Sweet buns with happy faces on them.
- Tuckerization: Christopher Moss' son's name is Milo.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice seems a bit deeper and more resonant in Season 3, likely as a result of his VA growing up. Not a bad thing though, as it shows Meelo is also growing up.
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.
- Satellite Character: Rohan is only seen in the company of his parents, especially his mother, and his siblings.
- 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.
- He slims back down to fighting trim during the Time Skip between Books 3 and 4.
- 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. It's testament to this that he gets tapped to go on the Bataar-sacking infiltration mission in the finale arc of the series.
- Dead Guy Junior: Named after the first Bumi. They even appear to have similar personalities.
- Demoted to Extra: Gets this almost as bad as Kya does in season 4 (without actually being Put on a Bus). The only time we ever see him is in group shots with the other airbenders and Team Avatar and even then he has very few, to no, lines during the episode he appears in.
- 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.
- Formerly Fat: In Book 4, after three years of Air Nomad training, he has lost the pot belly he used to have.
- 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.
- Miles Gloriosus: Played with. He frequently enjoys spinning tall tales about amazing battles and adventures he was in, some of which sound quite improbable. By the Season 2 finale, however, it's implied that he wasn't entirely making all of his exploits up - it just turns out that they were really more Indy Ploy in real life, but in the versions he recounts, out of pride he insists that he planned to do that all along. Case in point, in the Season 2 finale, he barges into an enemy camp without a plan, but in short order commandeers an enemy mecha-tank and inadvertently wrecks their entire base - mostly as an indirect result from simply trying to dodge incoming fire. And he succeeds in freeing the rest of Team Avatar, who were taken prisoner.
- 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: All of Aang's children are this, but he is the one who most shows it physically. While Kya looks a lot like a Water Tribeswoman and Tenzin like a traditional Air Nomad, Bumi has the light skin and gray eyes of the Air Nation with the long dark hair more usual amongst Water Tribesmen.
- 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.
- Nice Guy: Great with his nieces and nephews, fun-loving, and protective of the people he loves.
- 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.
- Sad Clown: His jokey exterior hides his deep insecurities about being a disappointment to Aang and never feeling like he belonged to either of his parents' cultures.
- 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.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: The comical, childish Wise Guy to Tenzin's serious, sometimes aloof Straight Man.
- 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, with whom she has 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 until after their father died.
- 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 the "family vacations" were more Tenzin being taken along on Aang's Avatar-related travels, that doesn't really negate the point).
- 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.
- Nice Girl: Kya is funny, a Cool Aunt, supportive, caring, and acts as a Team Mom.
- 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.
- Put on a Bus: She is last seen leaving Republic City on a boat with Korra, heading back to the Southern Water Tribe. According to Mike and Bryan, this was intended to be her "farewell".
- 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.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
The pet flying lemur Meelo befriends in Book 2 and officially keeps as a pet.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
The pet dragonfly-rabbit spirit that Bumi befriends in Book 2 and keeps him as a pet.
- The Conscience: Acts as one to Bumi when he and Tenzin get into a huge fight.
- Dead Guy Junior: Inverted. "Bum-Ju" is short for "Bumi Jr.", basically the alive Bumi named the spirit after himself.
- Loyal Animal Companion: To Bumi. When his human friend was about to fall, Bum-Ju tried to lift him to safety.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
Jinora's pet Sky Bison that helped her and her silings look for Korra in Book 4.
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 chieftain 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.
- Though, after Unalaq's defeat, the tribes's governments separate, and Tonraq becomes the first Chief of the Southern Water Tribe, playing it straight.
- 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.
- Back for the Finale: He attends Varrick's wedding in the final episode.
- 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.
- Demoted to Extra: Much like most of the supporting characters during Book Four his screen time is noticeably slashed during this season. He appears in a grand total of four out of thirteen episodes has a major role in only the first two and doesn't even speak in the last two episodes. This is especially confusing since Korra lied about where she was for the six months between her leaving the South Pole and him going to Republic City which you would think would be an important plot threat to close up before the series ended.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gentle Giant: Tonraq is a very tall, physically imposing man who is one of the most heroic.
- Good Parents: Overprotective as he may be, Tonraq only wanted what was best for Korra and would do anything to support her.
- Happily Married: Shown to have a loving and close relationship with Senna.
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Brash and confrontational like his daughter, but is one of the most heroic individuals to meet. He loves his wife and his daughter dearly. And even though he had an unstable relationship with Unalaq, attacking his brother was a line he would never cross.
- Magnetic Hero: During Book 2, Tonraq has proven himself to be very charismatic and insightful, which gained him great respect from his people. It also lead him to becomes the first Southern chief in history.
- 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 opportunity 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.
- Adult Fear: Her only child is the Avatar. Like Tonraq, it's amazing she isn't a nervous wreck by now.
- Ascended Extra: She and Tonraq only had two small appearances in Book One, but they have a bigger role in Book Two (although in her case, in a very lesser extent than her husband).
- Good Parents: She took some time to console Korra in "Civil Wars, Part 1", showing how much care she devotes to her daughter.
- Happily Married: Shown to have a loving and close relationship with Tonraq.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Tonraq.
- Informed Ability: 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.
- Nice Girl: A loving and supportive woman.
- Satellite Character: 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.
- Action Girl: You do NOT wanna mess with the Beifong women, from the Cool Old Lady grandma to the sweet and caring granddaughter, they are all capable to bend your ass into next week
- 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, another is an expert mech pilot, 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.
- As of Book 4, Baatar Jr. is thrown into the mix as well.
- 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.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Completely inverted. You would be hard pressed to imagine what the fathers of Lin and Suyin looked like or the kind of men they were. Even their names were unknown for most of the series. Both Suyin and Lin treat the Beifong family as their only heritage. This applies in both generations, as almost all of Suyin's children are metalbenders like her, with Huan inheriting her artistic streak. Appropriately, Baatar Jr. is the only member of either generation to resemble his father at all, with his Nerd Glasses and Gadgeteer Genius skills.
- More Deadly Than The Male: Downplayed, but present. Lin and Suyin are the prime drivers in the scenes they are in, and Opal's Character Focus shows off her airbending chops to great extent. By contrast, two of the five men (Baatar and Huan) never fight, while Baatar Jr is only ever seen fighting in a mech-suit, and Wei and Wing are usually a Satellite Character and assist their mother.
- Spin-Offspring: All from Toph, except Su's husband, of course.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Beifong Sisters' fighting styles have this aspect when compared to each other. Lin has a more aggressive in-your-face style, while Su is a Dance Battler.
The living Earthbending legend and elderly matriarch of the current Beifong family. For tropes pertaining to Toph, refer to the The "Past Characters" page
"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.
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.
- 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.
- Arch-Enemy: Eventually becomes one to Kuvira.
- 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. Said city turned out to be more prosperous and fruitful than Ba Sing Se.
- 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 near-finale, she killed P'Li with some help from Lin.
- Badass in Distress: She's captured by Kuvira alongside her sons Wei and Wing in "The Battle of Zaofu." They're rescued in "Operation Beifong".
- Berserk Button: Betrayal does not sit well with her. She attacks a guard accused of betraying Zaofu, when it's revealed that Aiwei was in fact the traitor, she sends Team Avatar out to track him down against Lin's wishes, risking her newly-formed relationship with her. Baatar Jr. and Kuvira going behind her back to reunite the Earth Kingdom by frce also goes over poorly with her, but the last straw is when they threaten Zaofu, making Su more than willing to use potentially lethal force against her former protege.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Very mellow in the present day, but threaten her family, friends or city and she will do her level best kill you.
- In "Enemy At The Gates", she tells Korra to enter the Avatar State, demolish Kuvira's army, and "remove" Kuvira from power once and for all, and since she's fully aware that Kuvira won't listen to reason, she heads out to kill her herself.
- 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. This is later revealed to be untrue. Toph herself states that she thinks both of her daughters are great.
- 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 both herself and others.
- Brutal Honesty: She doesn't hold back when expressing her opinion on the Earth Queen.
- Bystander Syndrome: Gets accused of this by Kuvira in regard to her refusal to become the new leader of the Earth Kingdom. Suyin reasons that she didn't want to enforce her will on the citizens, while Kuvira accuses her of cowardice. Considering how Kuvira's attempts turned out, she may have had a point.
- 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.
- She also snuck up behind Kuvira and tried to crush her with a boulder.
- Contralto of Danger: When angry her voice becomes as deep as her sister's.
- 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.
- Create Your Own Villain: She imparted her ideals upon Kuvira, who then ran with them in the worst way possible.
- 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 troupe, and it shows in her fighting style.
- Delinquent: Suyin was this in her youth, having broken rules and hanging around criminals.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She's an earthbender.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She's willing to give almost anyone a second chance, but betray that trust and it will not end well for you. She flips out at a guard Aiwei framed as a mole, and later pulls out all the stops to capture the truth seer once his betrayal is made obvious. Taken Up to Eleven when Kuvira and Bataar Jr. go behind her back to reunite the Earth Kingdom, then try to forcibly annex Zaofu, which prompts her to try and kill Kuvira.
- 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.
- Foil: To her mother and sister.
- 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. In a darker case, in order to prevent Kuvira from taking over Zaofu, she advises Korra to enter the Avatar state and eradicate Kuvira and her army, and failing that, goes on her own to take out Kuvira personally as she sleeps.
- Good Parents: Genuinely loves her children, calling them a "blessing" and praising them for their strengths.
- Hairstyle Inertia: Still has the lopsided wavy hair on her right side from childhood to now.
- Happily Married: She and her husband obviously love each other very much.
- Heroic Bastard: Heavily implied, as neither her sister nor she had their father around growing up.
- Heroine of Another Story: She went about Walking the Earth for years before settling down and founding Zaofu.
- Hypocrite: Suyin will give anyone a second chance, even traitors (e.g., Varrick), but doesn't believe in any second chances for those who betray her trust even once. In Kuvira's case though, she was already given a second chance, but she threw that away after conquering the Earth Kingdom with force.
- In-Series Nickname: Prefers to be called Su.
- 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 Baatar Jr. Needless to say, she is very disappointed in what her son has become. In a manner of speaking, this was karma for her.
- One might think that Su Beifong hiring reformed criminals to work and in live in her rich, technologically advanced city could be a serious threat for betrayal. Turns out the biggest threat to her city was a little girl she took in as her apprentice and raised like a daughter named Kuvira.
- It's Personal: Takes Kuvira's betrayal personally, blaming her for stealing her army and corrupting Bataar Jr. This leads Suyin into making some... rash decisions.
- Just the First Citizen: Benign example. She doesn't seem to have an official title as the leader of Zaofu (through she's referred to as Matriarch), though she is clearly in control of all branches of the government. Queen would probably be the most apt description of her political position.
- Karma Houdini: Lin sees her as this at first, 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, though hers is influenced by dance elements.
- Lightning Bruiser: She's swift and agile, while using earthbending to chuck multiple boulders with ease.
- Like Mother Like Daughter: It's easy to forget, but Toph used to be a devil-may-care rebel herself. Lin got Toph's stubbornness and hunger for justice, while Su got her mom's enthusiasm, hunger for life and aptitude for teaching.
- Mama Bear: To her children, obviously, but as the Team Mom, she also serves as one of sorts to her close friends and Zaofu itself.
- The Mentor: Serves as one to Korra and Bolin, in teaching them how to metalbend.
- Morality Chain: She can be considered this for Kuvira, who was a loyal and heroic soldier while she served under Suyin. It's after they split ways that she started to walk down a very dark path.
- Never My Fault: When she was young, she drove the getaway car in a robbery with her two "friends" (Terra Triad gang members) but refused to treat it as anything other than "no big deal". She seems to have left this attitude behind in the present day.
- Nice Girl: Wasn't originally, but gradually evolved into one over the years.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her lack of action during the Earth Kingdom's collapse was the first step that eventually caused Kuvira to become the Big Bad.
- Though no one could have forseen it, killing P'Li inadvertently severed Zaheer's last earthly tether and gave him the ability of Flight, which led to Zaheer escaping with Korra and Korra almost dying from mercury poisoning. This in turn prevents Korra from taking down Kuvira before she became the Big Bad.
- Suyin taking her twin sons to assassinate Kuvira, when her former protege promised she wouldn't do anything if Su and Zaofu would not resort to violence, actually resulted in her family's imprisonment (sans Opal, Lin, and Toph) and Zaofu being taken.
- 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.
- Parental Substitute: Suyin served as this to Kuvira when her parents abandoned her in Zaofu.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trauma Conga Line: Book 4 seems dedicated to ruining her life in the most ironic way possible. She loses her city, her life's work, her family is fractured, and her ideals are corrupted to suit the needs of a villain she helped create.
- Team Mom: She generally plays the friendly, motherly, good-willing sort in the ensembles she takes part in.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Suyin is the carefree Dance Battler matriarch Girly Girl, to Lin as the hardcore Whip It Good police chief Tomboy.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Needless to say, she clearly underwent some serious Character Development between her youth and the present day.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She was unwilling to get involved in the re-uniting of the Earth Kingdom, since she didn't want to become a conquerer, believing that marching an army in would only lead to war, much like the Fire Nation worked in the original series, and she failed to realize that not only did Kuvira want to get involved, but so did Suyin's security force and Baatar Jr. As a result Kuvira didn't just have the means but also the manpower to start uniting the Earth Kingdom, by force if necessary. And once it was united, Kuvira decided she liked being the head honcho and thus usurped Wu's claim to the throne.
- Walking the Earth: She traveled the world for many years before settling down and founding Zaofu.
- You Can't Go Home Again: She was sent to live with her grandparents by Toph in exchange for keeping her out of prison. While she can go back to Republic City now (and does so a few times), she's clearly happy where she is.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Is clearly upset when Kuvira claims she partially got the idea to depose Wu in favor of taking over herself from Suyin's anti-monarchy ideals.
Suyin's husband and the city architect.
- Always Someone Better: Baatar Jr. reveals he felt like he was living in his father's shadow.
- Disappointed In You: He objects to Baatar Jr. working under Kuvira, and says this to his face when Kuvira manages to seize Zaofu. You can clearly see how frustrated his son got when he was told that.
- Distressed Dude: After defying Kuvira and Baatar Jr., he's thrown into prison alongside Huan.
- Do Not Call Me Paul: On the receiving end: Toph hates it when Baatar calls her "Mother."
- Funny Background Event: When escaping Republic City, he's seen plugging his ears and wincing at Wu's awful singing.
- Gadgeteer Genius: The technology he developed put Zaofu light years ahead of the rest of the Earth Kingdom. And it's implied he did it pretty much all by himself.
- Good Parents: Like Su, Baatar genuinely loves all of his children.
- Happily Married: Despite his Workaholic tendencies, his marriage to Su genuinely appears to be a very loving one.
- Kneel Before Zod: Defied - he and Huan refuses to bow down to Kuvira after she seizes Zaofu.
- Muggles: a non-bender.
- Nerd Glasses: Sports a big pair, and, given how intelligent he is, is every bit the smartie.
- Non-Action Guy: After The Beifong Jailbreak in Season 4, he's left in Toph's auspices.
- Those Two Guys: With only a tiny amount of characterization, he gets lumped in with Huan in Season 4 as the "non-fighting members of Zaofu"
- Unfortunate Name: It sounds like the French for "bastard." The fact that it's Mongolian for "hero" should be more important, but still.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's afraid of heights, and it was shown in episode 10 that he's terrified of falling. After seeing the method of extraction from their cell done on his three sons, he instead nervously clings to the wall and insists to just be left behind. When his wife and sister-in-law force the issue, his terrified screams alert the guards.
- 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 fiancé. For tropes pertaining to him, refer to the "Enemies" page.
Suyin's artistic son.
- Delinquent Hair: IN Book 4, Huan dyes his hair green.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's an earthbender, but he can't fight.
- Distressed Dude: After defying Kuvira and Baatar Jr., he's thrown into prison alongside Baatar.
- Emo Teen: Of the "pretentious artist" variety.
- Extra Ore Dinary: He's a metalbender.
- Friend to All Children: Spends the entirety of "The Battle of Zaofu" with Ikki and Meelo. He decides to have them do some artwork and is rather good with them, even praising Ikki's brightly colored and happy painting, while only criticizing Meelo's painting because it doesn't reflect the "inner Meelo".
- Funny Background Event: When escaping Republic City, he can be seen covering his ears because of Wu's terrible singing.
- Goth: Doesn't wear dark clothes, but has a Skrillex like hair style and piercings.
- Ironic Name: "Huan" is Chinese for "happy, joyous". However, this Huan happens to be a Perpetual Frowner.
- Kneel Before Zod: Defied - he and his father refuse to bow to Kuvira after she seizes Zaofu.
- Non-Action Guy: The only bender of the family that is decidedly not a fighter. When the Beifong jailbreak turns into a bid to rescue the good-all-along saboteur Zhu Li, Huan is left behind while his mother, aunt, and younger brothers enter the fray. Su even mentions that Toph needs to protect Huan in addition to non-bender Baatar.
- No Pronunciation Guide: When first introduced in book 3, Suyin pronounces his name as "HUGH-on". When he returns in book 4, Korra simply pronounces it "juan".
- Perpetual Frowner: Hardly cracks a smile.
- Pretty Boy: Even the Skrillex hairdo does nothing to detract from Huan being just downright pretty.
- The Quiet One: Huan appears to be antisocial and talks the least of his family.
- Skunk Stripe: Following the time skip, he has a strip of his hair dyed green. Must have bought some of Varrick's hair dye.
- 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. Moreover, he doesn't seem very fond of straightforward, representational art — he criticises Meelo's stunningly detailed (if idealised) self-portrait for being "pedestrian", while praising Ikki's much rougher, more childish crayon scrawling.
Voiced by: Alyson Stoner
Suyin's daughter. She gained airbending through Harmonic Convergence.
- '20s Bob Haircut: A slightly wispy one. After the Time Skip, it's considerably less kempt, since it'd constantly be wind-tangled by airbending-related activities.
- 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.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Jinora in "The Battle of Zaofu".
- 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.
- In "The Battle of Zaofu", she and Jinora send Kuvira flying and manage to hold off her army with a large tornado. As Jinora contacts Meelo and Ikki through Astral Projection, Opal is maintaining the tornado by herself. Her bending has truly improved greatly.
- Badass Bookworm: Opal's hobby appears to be reading.
- Badass Princess: Her mother is the leader of Zaofu, and Opal being the only daughter, makes her a "princess".
- Beware the Nice Ones: Opal is a real sweetheart. But she doesn't take crap from anyone. Must be the Beifong genes in her.
- Especially people who support Kuvira.
- Be Yourself: She also possesses a strong belief in honesty and in a person simply being themselves.
- Big Damn Heroes: In Book 4, she and Jinora intervene in Korra's fight with Kuvira, sending Kuvira flying before she could deliver the final blow.
- 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.
- Gets worse in "The Battle of Zaofu" as her home town is conquered and her family taken prisoner. Throughout the episode she becomes more and more distraught and angry over the events.
- Character Development: After the three years preceding the fourth season, she's considerably more world-weary, more confrontational and aggressive, and far less shy and easily flustered.
- Corrupt the Cutie: While Kuvira isn't intentionally corrupting Opal the war against her has severely jaded Opal and made her much more willing to use violence.
- 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.
- Darker and Edgier: Thanks to Kuvira's indirect influence, Opal has become more hot blooded and shows no problems of using violence if it means stopping Kuvira.
- Deadpan Snarker: While she normally has a much sweeter temperament than the rest of her family, even during the worst of times, Opal is shown to have inherited the Beifong snarker genes in spades when she upbraids Bolin for his support of Kuvira, which ultimately led to her family being imprisoned and then trying to reconcile with her by sending her a note claiming he'd broken his legs in order to try and trick her into going on a picnic with him. She can be pretty ruthless when she wants.
- 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: Held captive by Ming-Hua, and later becomes part of the larger scale hostage of the Air Nation
- Hot-Blooded: Opal is a sweetheart, no doubt about it, but she proves to have an impressive temper underneath. In dealing with Kuvira, Opal is significantly more aggressive than usual, to the point that she literally begs Korra to enter the Avatar State and lay Kuvira and her army to waste.
- 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.
- It's Personal: When it came to Kuvira, it became a sore spot for her. Whenever Kuvira shows up, stopping her whenever possible is Opal's main priority.
- Love at First Sight: Downplayed. Opal didn't fall in love with Bolin when they met, but she did take a quick liking to him.
- 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.
- Morality Pet: Baatar Jr. becomes antagonistic in Book 4, but he's still friendly towards Opal. And though he has no problem locking up his family, he reacts with horror when he spots Opal on the test range for the spirit vine cannon. He got lucky thanks to the rest of the family knocking the weapon off target at the last second.
- 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.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a cutting one to Bolin for attempting to win her back with menial gestures after working for Kuvira, not listening to her warnings about her, which inadvertently led to her family's kidnapping.
"Oh. Steam buns. My favorite.
This will totally make me forget that you worked for Kuvira, the person who captured my family and is probably torturing them right now.
So yeah, let's just sit down and have a great picnic because we're so in love! I'm sorry you had to see that, Pabu."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: In Book 4, she is the confrontational, Hot-Blooded Red Oni to Jinora's calm, pacifistic Blue Oni in regards to Kuvira.
- However, she is the Blue Oni to Kai's Red Oni, which is best demonstrated in "After All These Years": when the food they had prepared to give to an impoverished village was stolen by a bandit, Kai still jumps right after the said bandit without thinking of a plan, especially after his suit was slashed - an extremely reckless move that could have cost him his life had he been alone. When he begins to lose control and is falling to his death, Opal doesn't move just yet. She waits and listens before taking action.
- She Is All Grown Up: Opal receives this statement after reuniting with Toph, who nostalgically states that the last time they were together, Opal was only tall enough to reach her waist.
- Shipper on Deck: She asked if there were any relationship problems between Kai and Jinora.
- 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.
- By book 4 the steel is showing more and more. She fights bandits, holds off the Earth Empire's army, and pushes for lethal force against Kuvira.
- 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 combative Airbending after 3 years.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Downplayed. While Opal's still a nice girl, she lets her hatred for Kuvira in Book 4 get the best of her, considering how mad she gets at Bolin after he starts working for Kuvira, and initially refuses his attempts at reconciliation in "Beyond the Wilds". Fortunately, at the end of the episode she seems to get over it and is ready to give him another chance, and by "Operation Beifong" she has fully forgiven him.
- 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.
- Vocal Evolution: Reflecting her Character Development in season four moving her away from her role as The Cutie, she speaks in a somewhat more low-pitched tone of voice than the high-pitched and bubbly tone she tended to use when she first appeared.
- 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
We can't let Opal be the coolest!
Voiced by: Marcus Toji (both)
Suyin's twin youngest sons.
- Alliterative Family: Both of their names begin with "W".
- Ambiguously Gay: When rescued from Kuvira, Wei clearly hits on Bolin.
- Badasses In Distress / Distressed Dudes: They've been captured alongside their mother by Kuvira in "The Battle of Zaofu."
- 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 forebears, this is not surprising.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: Both of their names can interpret to both of them and are Chinese origins. "Wei" means "power", "mighty", and "strength", which is an accurate description of their mastery over earthbending and metalbending; "Wing" means "glory", alluding to their Spirited Competitor attitudes.
- Mommas Boys: Positive portrayal: The boys cheer their mother on in fights, and serve as her left and right hand on dangerous missions such as responding to the Red Lotus attack on Zaofu, attempting to assassinate Kuvira or teaming up to fight with her and Lin in Zaofu and Republic City. For her part, Suyin dotes and encourages both sons.
- Number Two: During Book 4, after Kuvira leaves Zaofu, the twins serve as their mother's right hand.
- Satellite Character: The twins are there mainly as Suyin's sidekicks during most of the action she takes part in. They're at her side during the botched Red Lotus infiltration into her estate, they take part in the attempted assassination of Kuvira, they're with her to cover Opal and Bolin's rescue of Zhu Li downrange of the Spirit Cannon, and they're with her all armored up when Kuvira attacks Republic City.
- 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.
- Also, during "Operation Bei Fong", the twins despise the idea of Opal showing them up when she goes to help Bolin rescue Zhu Li. In their words, she can't be the coolest.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Wing is perfectly fine with swiping food right out of Wei's hand. Wei is perfectly fine with reprising with an offhand gut punch. Their mother does nothing to break it up, and then they converse with Korra like nothing happened.
Varrick Global Industries
Sir Iknik Blackstone Varrick
"I like to think I'm always there to stand up for the little guy. Especially if that little guy can help this guy become a bigger guy."
Voiced by John Michael Higgins
A resident of the Southern Water Tribe and one of the world's leading businessmen, introduced in Book 2.
- Affably Evil: He is a rather polite, friendly and genuinely kind man, even when he's trying to screw over others or profit off them. Even when he's exposed for his war profiteering, Varrick doesn't take it personally, apologizes for his actions, and is even genuinely helpful to Team Avatar thereafter, lending them a battleship for their attack on the Southern Spirit Portal. Later, after he's relocated to Zaofu, he helps them figure out that Aiwei is the mole responsible for letting the Red Lotus into Zaofu.
- Ambiguously Evil: He's unscrupulous, manipulative, and generally lacking in any sort of moral compass as far as profit goes. That said, when he isn't trying to profit off a situation in some way, he is genuinely helpful and friendly. He also shies away from actual murder, since all his attacks had no apparent loss of life. He's really not even "evil" so much as very self-interested.
- Awesome but Impractical: In Book 3, he has a Running Gag of inventing these, like magnetic armor that needs a giant power cord and an airbender detector that doesn't work unless the person airbends straight into it.
- Arguably his impractical inventions were just early prototypes which he intended to refine later. In Book 4, we see that he has refined the early mecha-suits built by Future Industries into a fully humanoid, much more versatile model.
- Bait the Dog: Varrick is first characterized as an affable and decent guy. Then he arranges for Future Industries to go broke so he can buy up the assets and revitalize the company under his control, keeping Asami on as a grateful partner while he profits off the merger.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He sought to escalate the conflict between the Water Tribes so he could profit off it, only to learn too late that Unalaq's ultimate goal served no one, not even himself.
- Being Evil Sucks: He discovers this the hard way after Kuvira ordered him to make a spirit weapon, which he knows is VERY dangerous.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He seems like a lovable and quirky businessman, but he's also very good at manipulating situations to give himself the best deal, even if it means throwing others under the bus to do it.
- Big Bad Ensemble: With Vaatu and Unalaq. While Vaatu and Unalaq serve as the Big Bads of season 2, Varrick serves as the mid-season Arc Villain in Republic City, with Mako trying to oppose him.
- Big Bad Friend: To Bolin, not that he realized it at the time. Even after the fact, Bolin seems to hold no hard feelings, even being happy to see him in Zaofu.
- Big Bad Wannabe: To an extent. Like Tarrlok in season 1, Varrick is a credible threat but ultimately lower down the ladder to the true Big Bad of the second season, Vaatu. Unlike Tarrlok, he and Unalaq are never truly at odds (apart from claiming Unalaq threatened his business), and he didn't know about Vaatu until after his plan failed — Varrick's arc is confined to Republic City, serving as a B-plot that's ultimately resolved before the final battle with Unalaq. He also has the distinction of surviving his stint as a villain and even getting away scot-free, which can't be said for the others.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed, Varrick doesn't even bother hiding his greed and shiftiness, noting most of his actions are out of self-interest, as well as happily inflaming tempers for an uprising, and asking the heroes to pay off the authorities. His charisma and eccentricities allow one to look past his more questionable dealings and see him as appealing and likable, which makes it that much easier for him to manipulate them. Even his line after The Reveal of his status as Big Bad Friend about helping the little guy is full of charm despite being obviously self-serving, and not dissimilar to what he would normally say.
- Blue and Orange Morality: He genuinely thinks everything he does is right, or at least morally correct. This includes all the underhanded corporate dealings, which he happily recalls to the people he tried to screw over as if it was just Tuesday to them. It's not until Kuvira told him to weaponize his spirit vine experiment that he suddenly started gaining a conscience, and even then he thinks he's going crazy because he's hearing voices in his head.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: All of those eccentricities are not a front for anything; he genuinely acts like that. It's how he attracted Zhu Li to work for him, as he is a genuinely brilliant inventor and innovator, just extremely... weird. However, once he proved himself to be a horribly incompetent fighter, even Zhu Li has had enough, and defected because despite his brilliance, she couldn't put up with his utter disregard for her anymore. Ironically, it's hinted that Varrick does indeed care about her, just that he... has a weird way of showing it.
- It's later revealed that Zhu Li only faked defecting in order to protect Varrick. They even get married in the finale!
- The Casanova: He is described as a "Howard Hughes playboy kind of character".
- Catch Phrase: "Zhu Li, do the thing!" It even made its way into his wedding.
- Cannot Spit It Out: By around the time of the Battle of Zaofu, it's shown that he was developing feelings for Zhu Li. However at every instance he defaults back to his boss behaviour, which annoys her to no end (especially the constant mood whiplashes). In the end he really couldn't spit it out, instead when he proposed to her he used his catchphrase! Good thing Zhu Li knew exactly what he meant.
- Circus Brat: According to him, he grew up on a farm before being taken away by the circus.
- Character Development: His growing a conscience is a plot point in season 4.
- The Chessmaster: First shown in "The Sting" and he only becomes more magnificent from there.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He'll betray anyone if there's money to be made doing it. He arranged to ruin Asami's company then bought it under the guise of helping her, framed Mako for the same, and tried to kidnap the president as part of schemes even though he backed Raiko in the election. He then backstabs Su for Kuvira during Book 4 and ultimately backstabs Kuvira for Su after realizing how dangerous Kuvira is.
- Classic Villain: He represents unlimited Ambition and Greed.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In his debut scene he believed he could levitate, runs around the room erratically and switches topics on the fly. Despite this, he's actually a skilled mastermind.
- The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: He also seems to be a pretty good judge of character. He had Unalaq pegged from the start and prepared accordingly. He also warns Team Avatar that something about Aiwei's investigation into the Red Lotus's infiltration of Zaofu seems fishy, because he recognizes a dirty conspiracy when he sees one due to his experience in hatching them himself. It takes a mastermind to know a mastermind.
- Cool Ship: His battleship. The first of its type ever constructed, bought solely in case he might need it one day. He named it Zhu Li.
Bolin: ... you named your battleship after your assistant?
Varrick: Why not? They're both cold, heartless, war machines!
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's willing to go to any lengths necessary to make a buck, even if that means screwing over his allies (covertly, of course). He secretly hijacks Asami's shipments of weapons to the Southern Water Tribe to bankrupt her company, then buys it out so he can profit off those sales. That said, he's also fully willing to help when it's in his interests to do so, lending the Krew a battleship free of charge after he's caught.
- The Corrupter: The Krew's morals take a bit of a dip after he joins the team and Korra begins to listen to his ideas. Notably, he advises Asami to engage in war profiteering by selling her father's mecha-tanks to the Southern Water Tribe.
- He mentions he once royally pissed off a Woman Scorned. And he ensured his ship was fast enough to escape her, even if she used waterbending to catch up.
- His ship also has a plane on board ("In case the boat sinks!"). Alas, he neglected to include a runway.
- He donated a lot of money to President Raiko's election campaign so that he could get a meeting if he ever needed one. He also donated to his opponent. "Gotta hedge your bets!"
- He foils Mako's attempts to expose him at every turn.
- His company built the local prison, and he had a luxury cell made because he figured he'd end up in there eventually. He also had a hang-glider stored in there, just in case he might have a chance to escape.
- He owns a battleship. Apparently the very first one ever built. Because why not?
- His spirit nuke has a timer and a remote.
Varrick: First I built the timer, but then I thought, "well, you could drag me off the train," so I built a remote, but then I thought, "Well, do I really need the timer anymore because I got a remote?" Whatever! I'm covering all my bases.
- Curious Qualms of Conscience: After inadvertently discovering the true power of the Spirit Vine Energy he was researching, he suddenly wants to scuttle the whole research project, citing this. This jump-starts his redemption arc into an more solidly good guy.
- The Dandy: He's known for his flamboyant fashion choices.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy:
- Varrick knows that Mako is on his trail and foils him at every turn, even trying to get Mako to play along for the safety of his loved ones. When Mako ignores his threat, he frames Mako by planting the explosives in his apartment.
- Unlike most villains, Varrick is completely aware that him losing is a possibility, so he built his own prison just in case he lost so he could continue to live in the lap of luxury.
- He knows a conspiracy brewing behind a curtain when he sees one note , which helps Team Avatar discover Aiwei's betrayal.
- Defector from Decadence: After Kuvira threatens him to keep him working on the Spirit Vine project, he and Bolin decide Kuvira is insane and flee.
- Demoted to Dragon: After being an independent villain in Book 2 and comic relief in Book 3, he serves as Kuvira's chief scientist in Book 4.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Has a tendency to state fairly amoral things openly, which most people seem to ignore as simply Varrick being Varrick. This aids in his schemes, as people dismiss what would be considered hints of duplicity as mere quirkiness.
- Diabolical Mastermind: He practically owns this trope. Varrick has no allegiance but to himself: he genuinely hates Unalaq, but his struggle against him was for his own personal gain. His alliance with the rebels, Team Avatar, as well as his first attack on Unalaq, were all just to speed up his agenda to start a war, and escalate it to make huge profit. In addition, he mostly relies on his men to do the dirty work.
- Divine Intervention: In Book 3, he claims the universe freed him from prison, though no one buys it.
- Ditzy Genius: He's a skilled and canny businessman, a gifted engineer... an a total cloudcuckoolander.
- The Dog Bites Back: He's on the receiving end of one of these when Zhu Li finally snaps under years of ingratitude after they get re-captured by Kuvira's troops in "Enemy At The Gates". Unlike a lot of examples of this trope, Varrick is genuinely taken off-guard by this before being dragged away by the guards holding him, at Zhu Li's order. However, it's zigzagged. She turned out to be faking the defection in order to sabotage Kuvira from the inside, but she was genuinely sick of being treated like crap and demanded to be treated as an equal.
- Easily Forgiven: When they meet again in Book 3, Bolin holds no hard feelings. Everyone else, not so much.
- Eccentric Mentor: Varrick is a pretty excitable and off-center man.
- Eccentric Millionaire: An extremely rich businessman and a pretty weird guy.
- Enemy Mine: Double Subverted. Varrick convinces the Krew to work with him after Unalaq's occupation of the Southern Water Tribe gets too extreme for either of their tastes, then ends up manipulating them into intensifying the conflict so he can profit off it. However, when he's caught and thrown in prison, he still aids them by giving them his fully-loaded battleship. In Book 3, despite some lingering animosity from Asami and Mako, he gladly aids them in finding the mole in Zaofu.
- In Book 4, Asami agrees to work with him to stop Kuvira's spirit vine weapon, but makes very clear that she hasn't forgiven him at all and will be watching him like a hawk.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- Played with. Varrick will do whatever it takes to get rich, but there are certain lines that he won't cross, not even blatant murder. For example, in "The Guide", he makes a Shame If Something Happened threat to Mako regarding Asami and Bolin, but when Mako doesn't go for it, he just frames Mako instead of following through. In the episode "Night of a Thousand Stars", he insists that he never intended to hurt President Raiko after kidnapping him.
- In "Enemy at the Gates", he immediately shuts down the spirit vine project when trying to tap their power accidentally creates a spirit laser. Kuvira, however, forces him to keep working on it. Furthermore, in "Operation Beifong" President Raiko tells him to create spirit vine weapons to put them on equal footing with Kuvira and he absolutely refuses.
- "Kuvira's Gambit" has him outright stating he shouldn't have built the weapon in the first place.
- Evil All Along: Or at least Amoral All Along. He never tried to hide it.
- Evil Duo: With Zhu Li. An odd case where the id is the dominant, scheming one in the relationship. He and Zhu Li later drop the "evil" part.
- Evil Mentor: Varrick is far from "evil", but he is morally ambiguous and causes some of Team Avatar to stretch their morals.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: At first it started out as Evil vs. Evil with Unalaq, as Varrick's whole agenda was to start a war against him, and escalate it by planning false flag operations that blamed the Northern Water Tribe, so that planned war could increase his profits. However, once it was revealed that Unalaq was working for Vaatu, he had no idea that the war he tried to escalate would bring Republic City up against the spirit of darkness that seeks to bring about an apocalypse. As a result, Team Avatar was almost desperate for help from Varrick against Unalaq, even if Varrick used them for his own ends.
- Foreshadowing: Varrick announced in book 3 that the future of Zaofu was "magnets", and shows off a prototype magnet metal suit. He also claimed he was working on a high-powered transportation system using magnets. In book 4, we see a high-powered military train complete with powerful military armor suits under the control of Kuvira.
- Friendly Enemy: He presents himself as this to everyone. However, Mako doesn't return the sentiment.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Implied. In "Old Wounds", he appears testing a magnetized suit of armor, implied to be his own invention. It comes as no surprise, considering he is at the forefront of technological advancements. In Book 4, he serves as Kuvira's chief scientist and was responsible for her army of mecha. He's also capable of rewiring the spirit vines into a Fantastic Nuke.
- Confirmed in "Reunion", when he jury rigs an EMP device that shuts down a squad of Earth Empire Mini-Mecha out of a generator and a few other odds and ends, in just a few minutes.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Varrick is an enemy on numerous occasions, but always lands on his feet when he's caught. After his plan to take over Future Industries fails, he gets Kuvira to force Raiko to pardon him, and after siding with Kuvira turns sour, he manages to buy his freedom in Republic City by revealing Kuvira's superweapon, and afterwards is recruited for Republic City because he's one of the two greatest scientists in the world.
- Graceful Loser: Takes his arrest in stride and still helps Team Avatar out.
- Greed: One of his main faults is that he will do anything to get a quick buck. Case in point, one of his main concerns with the Civil War is how it will affect how much he can make.
- Guile Anti-Hero: He aids Team Avatar by providing them his boat and an airplane and uses a Platypus Bear disguise that can poop money to use the crowds as an escape method. Morally questionable, maybe. Downright effective? Yes.
- Happily Married: With Zhu Li at the end.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: A textbook example. He starts out an ally to the heroes in early season two, betrays them and hatches his own scheme against them by the midway point of the arc, joins up with their ally Suyin in season three and helps them weed out the mole in Zaofu, then betrays Suyin in season four to join Kuvira's Earth Empire, then attempts to leave Kuvira and joins up with the heroes for good in "Enemy at the Gates".
- Heel-Face Turn: In Season 3 Suyin seems to believe Varrick has turned over a new leaf for good, though Lin, Mako and Asami beg to differ, and they treat every instance of working with him as an Enemy Mine situation. In Season 4 this is subverted when he joins up with Kuvira, at least until she forces him into developing superweapons and states that he has somehow recently develop a conscience.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After being forced to keep working on the spirit vine weapon, he instead creates a bomb to blow up all his work along with himself, fully intending to die until Bolin figures a way out of it.
- Informed Attribute: Varrick was described as a playboy in related material, but he never was seen behaving this way onscreen, save his passing mention of an ex-girlfriend who was a waterbender.
- Innocently Insensitive: Judging by his shock in "Enemy at the Gates", he honestly had no clue that Zhu Li was feeling underappreciated.
- Irony: After several episodes of being a Karma Houdini, Varrick is finally exposed by Bolin, the one he took under his wing and made the star of his big movie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's selfish, greedy and manipulative, but he's shown to be genuinely caring and kind to the Krew and has good intentions, even if it's partly to make a profit. In Book 4, he states that he was looking to create a source of clean, limitless energy from spirit vines and was horrified at the idea of weaponizing them.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He supports the Southern Water Tribe and Team Avatar, but he's only helping out of self-interest and then it is shown he is still a shrewd and ruthless businessman by essentially scamming Asami out of her business.
- Joker Immunity: It seems nothing can contain him, and he survives either by cunning or dumb luck. It didn't help that Vaatu's attack during Harmonic Convergence destroyed his prison and allowed him to escape. He even lampshades this saying that the universe saw fit to set him free.
- Keet: An odd adult example. His energy level is about the same as Meelo most of the time.
- Lack of Empathy: In Season 2, Varrick attempts to escalate the Water Tribe Civil War all for the sake of war profiteering. When he gets confronted by the gang about that, he shows indifference about that, his power grab of Sato Industries, and framing Mako and getting him sent to jail. In Season 4, he finally undergoes a Heel-Face Turn after realizing the trying to weaponize the Spirit Trees is dangerous. He's horrified that he is actually developing a conscience (though more that it's like having voices in his head).
- Ladykiller in Love: During Book 4, Varrick realizes his feelings for Zhu Li and marries by the series finale.
- Last Name Basis: Only in the finale do we find out Varrick actually was his last name the whole time.
- Laughably Evil: Despite all the less than legal, morally questionable things he has done, it's very hard to hate him, even as a villain.
- Lesser of Two Evils: In comparison to Vaatu.
- Lovable Coward: He continuously hid from Unalaq's men after a failed assassination attempt on the Chief, but he did this because he was sure the trial would be rigged. Being a non-bender and general non-combatant, he wouldn't be able to do much in the field.
- Lovable Traitor: He's got it down pat. While Mako and Asami are mad at him for his betrayal, they had to accept his help due to the situation having crossed the Godzilla Threshold. Bolin, however, can't even stay mad at him despite his past actions.
- Love Epiphany: In Book 4, Zhu Li's apparent betrayal and spending a long time away from her makes him realize how much she means to him. He proposes to her in the finale and they get married.
- Luxury Prison Suite: He had a cell in the prison built into this because he felt he would end up in it.
- Mad Scientist: After taking refuge in Zaofu, he tends to be a trouble maker as shown when he causes some trouble while he experiments with his new armor. Plus, there are his experiments in Season 4 with the spirit vines, in which he accidentally creates a Fantastic Nuke.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays Asami to buy out Future Industries, while acting as if he was helping to save it. Even before that, he managed to start off the Civil War sooner as opposed to letting tensions unravel by themselves. Once all this happens, his plan to escalate the war for personal gain is set in motion.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: He's the non-actiony Feminine Boy to Zhu Li's Battle Butler Masculine Girl.
- Master of Disguise: Hides in a platypus-bear suit with Zhu Li to evade being arrested.
- Mentor Archetype: Seems to take up this role with Bolin, giving him tips on dealing with Eska and getting him into a career as a movie star.
- Moment Killer: He's guilty of this as much as Unalaq. He is quite rude to the point of popping up in the middle of serious events, such as immediately barging in after Unalaq's speech or testing a magnetic suit of armor on a room where Korra and Suyin were discussing the latter's relationship with her sister. In book 4 he kills his own moment with Zhu Li after he saves her from falling off the train by telling her to clean up the mess he made.
- Motor Mouth: When forging a deal or showing off a product it's hard to keep up with him. It's quite likely that this is the point.
- Muggle: A non-bender.
- Nice Hat: Wears one while driving a boat in a platypus-bear suit... on the bear's head, not his own.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By sending his men to attack Unalaq, Varrick helped Unalaq find an excuse to screw over Tonraq, which almost got Tonraq killed, causing a chain of events that led to a civil war. In hindsight, though, he had Unalaq accurately pegged from the start. If anything, he merely sped up a confrontation that would have happened anyway, and in doing so kept Unalaq from consolidating his plans first. The worst part, though, is that Tonraq would've ended up in prison at the North Pole had it not been for Korra's intervention, and Unalaq's plans to unleashing apocalypse have been accelerated. It turns out that failing works out for him, anyway, as Varrick still got his war, and his escape allows him to profit off it. On the other hand, if he had successfully captured or killed Unalaq, it would have diffused the plan to release Vaatu at a very early stage in the plot, but it would still provoke a war he can profit from.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Varrick unknowingly does this to Unalaq. Had it not been for Varrick's plan to attack Unalaq and start a civil war and exploit it for profit, Korra likely never would have discovered her uncle's true nature, or at least it would have taken her far longer.
- Also extends to Future Industries - after he conned Asami into selling him a controlling interest, he resuscitated the flailing Future Industries to expand his own enterprises. When he was thrown in prison, however, the company defaulted back to Asami, giving her control of a fully revitalized Future Industries.
- Nominal Hero: Though he's on the heroes' side, his participation is out of self-interest. He's not helping the good guys for the independence of the Southern Water Tribe, he's only rebelling just to get back at Unalaq for threatening his business. And to make money, of course.
- No Man Should Have This Power: Varrick had been interested in using the spirit vines as a clean source of energy. After running a test however, it produced a giant spirit ray, and concluded it was too unstable and too powerful for anyone, especially him, to handle. When he learned what Kuvira was going to use it for, he had to shut down the project because it was even more dangerous to let someone like her have access to that kind of power.
- Non-Action Big Bad: He is a very skilled tactician and can plan successful false flag operations, but he wouldn't be useful in the field of combat.
- Not Actually The Ultimate Question: It's hard to tell if he was being serious.
Asami: Varrick? What are you doing here?
Varrick: Good question, Asami! I mean, what are we all doing here? Food for thought.
- Not Helping Your Case: He tries to remind the Krew of everything he's done for them after they have a falling out.
: Korra, who warned you about Unalaq? I did! Bolin, who got you into the movers? I
did! Asami, who saved your company? I did!
Mako, who got you thrown in jail?! I did! Oh yeah, I guess that was a bad thing
- Noodle Incident: Apparently once had similar relationship-issues-with-crazy-waterbender as Bolin is now having.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like an eccentric to hide a rather devious mind. When Mako was convincing Lin to hear his idea that expose Varrick, Varrick immediately acted obnoxious making Lin stop wanting to hear them out.
- Oblivious to Love: Doesn't grab it when Zhu Li confess to him "you mean the world to me". Up until he proposes to her.
- Odd Friendship: With Bolin, after Bolin notes he wasn't actually levitating. He even gives Bolin tips on how to deal with a crazy girlfriend (put simply: ditch the chick). After he's arrested, Bolin is the only one who still likes him, though it helps that Varrick has done nothing but make him famous.
- Oh, Crap: After taking everything in stride for so long, it's quite shocking when he finally has one of these at Zhu Li's betrayal.
- Only in It for the Money: This becomes more clear after The Reveal during "The Sting". Varrick was serious about wanting to defeat Unalaq, but he wanted to kill two birds with one stone; not only would he defeat Unalaq, but he would make money doing so.
- OOC Is Serious Business: He even lampshades it when his own conscious is telling him to stop working on the spirit vine tech instead of him focusing on all the money he could make something is very wrong with the situation.
- Out of Focus: He doesn't appear much in Book Three, but is on decent terms with Team Avatar, and lends them some rather key advice regarding Aiwei's potential treachery.
- Pet the Dog: He shows he does have some lines he won't cross after all. After he gets caught, he apologizes and lets the protagonists use his battleship. And he points out that he did help them out at some points (such as warning Korra about Unalaq and getting Bolin into acting). He does get stuck in this line of thinking, saying how he saved Asami's company, but he's part of the reason it was in trouble in the first place. The only true act of generosity without any monetary motivation was giving Team Avatar his battleship.
- In Book 4, as a scientist he turns out to have some level of ethics as he decided to shut down the spirit vine project after it proves to be too dangerous, believing that it could prove destructive in the wrong hands. Unfortunately for him, Kuvira had other ideas.
- Playing Both Sides:
- Supported both candidates in the presidential election, just to hedge his bets.
- To an extent he tried to do this in order to create a huge war he can profit from, by antagonizing both sides into the conflict. First, he sent his rebels to attack Unalaq, and it led to a civil war regardless of whether or not the attack failed. Then to add more fuel to the fire, he antagonized Republic City by planning a series of false flag operations that implicate the Northern Water Tribe. He even had his goons dressed in Northern military uniforms attack the president, but that failed.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Shares this role with Bolin in the second season.
- Rags to Riches: Born a poor seal-hunter's son, he built his shipping business from a single canoe into a global powerhouse.
- Rebel Leader: He organizes a resistance against Unalaq. However, he is more concerned with the effect Unalaq's blockade is having on his business rather than the continued independence of the Southern Tribe.
- Redemption Equals Life: Played with. Varrick could not let Kuvira use a spirit weapon for her own purposes, so he decided to blow up his research, and himself along with it. Fortunately, Bolin saved him at the last minute. However, Bolin only did so not because of his change of heart, but because his idea to blow themselves up was outright stupid and reckless.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is loud-mouth, insensitive the Red Oni to Zhu Li's practical, nicer Blue Oni.
- Reliable Traitor: Varrick is not very trustworthy, will turn on anyone he allies with, and will capitalize on anyone's bad situation. However, he hates Unalaq as much as the heroes, thus he was the only person who could help them defeat him.
- Reluctant Mad Scientist: Upon the creation of said nuke, he immediately shuts down the project. Kuvira however forces him to continue the project lest she decides to execute him.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: He knew all along that Unalaq was up to no good. However, he doesn't know the full extent of Unalaq's true agenda, which was to free Vaatu. Instead, he made the assumption that Unalaq is threatening his businesses, an assumption he used to rally people behind him. The only thing he got right was that Unalaq was rigging a trial he failed to appear in.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's not above bribery or just tossing out money to get his way.
- Self-Made Man: Varrick had to work from a single canoe to where he is today. Needless to say, that is rather impressive.
- Shame If Something Happened: To Mako about Asami and Bolin when Mako is trying to reveal his fraud. This was a bluff, though, and Varrick instead opted to frame Mako.
- Shipper on Deck: During his "retelling" in Remembrances, Varrick tells Bolin that in the story, Opal will eventually forgive him.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: To the Krew, though it takes them a while to figure it out. He wants control of any business which will profit off the Water Tribe civil war, and has no problem manipulating or betraying his supposed friends to do it. Even after they get him arrested, he still considers them friends for the most part and states that he's done good things for each of them (save for Mako, who he had framed and arrested).
- Staring Contest: Engages one with Asami as a means to see her worth as a good business partner. It seems to his way of reading her character.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: In Book 4, he's the eccentric, sarcastic Wise Guy to Bolin's serious and reasonable Straight Man.
- They Do The Thing: He eventually realizes Zhu Li's feelings for him, and they get married.
- This Means War!: His happy go lucky persona only goes so far. When his business is threatened, he's willing to go to extremes to protect his interests. He was behind Unalaq's assassination attempt after the latter closed the Southern Water Tribe harbours from traffic, and he still got his war. However, this became a huge mistake on his part. Unalaq's arrival gave him the opportunity to instigate a war make even more profit from it, yet he did not expect that Unalaq would release an evil that will destroy everything, which ultimately compromises his agenda.
- Token Evil Teammate: Morally dubious, anyway. He's not that evil, just has self-interests which he prioritizes above all-else.
- He's also this to his new associates in Zaofu. Unlike the previous Book, however, his behavior borders more on lacking common sense and manners. He is the resident Mad Scientist who tends to be quite rude and insensitive in a setting of refined, serious characters.
- Token Good Teammate: Shares this role with Bolin among the Earth Empire - even he thinks Kuvira is going too far, and he is reluctant to continue work on the spirit vine project due to the potential for it to fall into the wrong hands.
- Took a Level in Kindness: His Character Development in Book 4 has him growing a conscience and he also realizes his feelings for Zhu Li and asks for her hand in marriage (in his own way).
- Toxic Friend Influence: Agrees to help Team Avatar resolve the conflict with Unalaq and the Northern Water Tribe. A couple of episodes later, they're helping him smuggle weapons and manufacture racist, exploitative propaganda movies in order to further his elaborate war-profiteering scam. It's remarkable how logical the progression between these two points seems at the time...
- The Triads and the Tongs: He's not above hiring them to further his interests.
- Turncoat: He fits this trope to the letter. He only rebelled against Unalaq and the Water Tribe because he believed it will benefit him personally, which in this case, is profit. Unalaq's arrival gave him the opening he needed, and was the only one who could help the heroes escape Unalaq's wrath. As helpful as he was at first, he was merely a traitor and nothing more. He then turns from Team Avatar to continue his own agenda.
- Villain Has a Point: Even though Team Avatar ended up Unwitting Pawns to Varrick's scheme, everyone, save for Mako, got something that benefited them in the process. You can't really argue with him when he states that his less than altruistic actions helped them. Case in point, he knew Unalaq couldn't be trusted, and that was a game changer.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Despite rumors of connections with organized crime, Varrick is well-respected and very influential. After he's exposed as a villain and breaks out of prison, he just migrates to Zaofu and sets up shop there. Suyin is aware that he is a criminal, but was willing to give him a second chance.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He develops this relationship with Bolin in Book 4.
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: Proposes to Zhu Li in this way.
- War for Fun and Profit: Sets up a string of false-flag operations to escalate the Water Tribe civil war whilst conning Team Avatar into helping him make a buck by selling them weapons, all the while driving Future Industries into bankruptcy so he can buy a controlling interest and earn more money off the sales.
Varrick: If you can't make money during a war, then you just plain can't make money!
- What Is This Feeling?: He needs Zhu Li to tell him that he's developing feelings of empathy and a conscience.
- White Collar Crime: Varrick defrauded Asami into selling him controlling interest by stealing Future Industries merchandise while she was distracted.
- Who Needs Enemies?: Varrick wanted to stop Unalaq as much Korra did, but he only wanted to help them because he felt Unalaq was threatening his business. Varrick wanted more from fighting against Unalaq. He masterminded an attack on Unalaq which would result in a civil war, regardless of whether or not Korra intervened. Then, he exploits the heroes' need for military support to advance his scheme of bringing the United Republic to war so that he can make a profit from it. Varrick betrays them by secretly plotting terrorist attacks and defrauding Asami, and only Mako knew of this betrayal.
- Wild Card: Ultimately, Varrick is loyal to himself above all else and will use anyone as long as he can profit from them, even people that he seems to honestly like such as Team Avatar.
- The Wonka: Despite being a rather manic character, he is evidently a very influential businessman. For instance, his idea of testing Asami of how good she'd be as a business partner involved a brief Staring Contest. His voice actor, John Michael Higgins, describes him as "part Rupert Murdoch, part Thomas Edison, part Bozo the Clown."
- Xanatos Gambit: He's constantly setting things up so he'll come out ahead regardless of the outcome. "You gotta hedge your bets!"
- Whether or not Korra foiled his attempted kidnapping/assassination of Unalaq would've yielded the same result anyway—a pretext for war.
- Making money off the civil war; does he care who wins? No. This wouldn't have panned out in the long run with Vaatu's return.
- Donating heavily to both sides of an election so he has influence with the eventual winner.
- Creating a luxury prison suite in case he was caught and a hang-glider to escape from it if he wanted too.
- He gets caught flat-footed in Season 4, due to one thing he never expected: his own conscience.
- You're Insane!: He was on the receiving end of this when he set the spirit vine power generator to overload as a gambit to escape Baatar Jr.
Zhu Li Moon
Zhu Li Moon
"Zhu Li, do the thing!!"
Varrick's personal assistant.
- Ascended Extra: Started off as a Satellite Character, but got more importance, screentime and characterization in Book 4.
- Badass: Both Varrick and Bolin give her high praises. Varrick says she carried him for 20 miles a day with a sprained ankle, and she's an extremely capable mech-suit pilot. In "Operation Beifong", she really proves how Badass she is as her betrayal of Varrick was an act in order to get closer to Kuvira's superweapon and sabotage it. She nearly succeeds, until Kuvira finds a missing part of the superweapon on her person with her metalbending. But even then, she stands up to Kuvira and straight up calls her a monster.
- Badass Adorable: She may be a very cute young woman, but she's not nearly as helpless as she looks.
- Battle Butler: When she, Varrick, and Bolin are escaping in Mini-Mecha, she holds her own very well.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Poor girl has to constantly be on the move with a boss like Varrick barking orders every two minutes. She even ends up in the same Luxury Prison Suite as he does.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Again, she's Varrick's personal assistant.
- The Comically Serious: Though she can be pretty snarky on occasions. The fact she never changes her tone of voice in spite of sharing a Platypus Bear suit with her boss for what was implied for over a day, she being the one carrying him, and staying there even while on the boat just puts her on par with Tenzin.
- Defiant to the End: When Kuvira finds out she was a Fake Defector and sabotaged the spirit ray:
- The Dog Bites Back: She fakes this against Varrick to gain Kuvira's trust. Played straight when they reunite and Varrick simply treats her as a lackey after she spills her heart out to him, at which point she demands to be treated as an equal.
- Evil Duo: With Varrick. She's the superego, always calm, cool, and stoic, no matter what insane situation Varrick drags her into. She and Varrick later drop the "evil" part.
- Face Death with Dignity: After Kuvira orders her death once her sabotage comes to light, she remains as unflappable as ever, with no hint of a breakdown in sight.
- Fake Defector: Her defection to Kuvira was a complete lie in order to get closer to the spirit vine project.
- First Name Basis: It isn't known that she even has a surname until the finale when Varrick proposes to her.
- Girl Friday: Her job description is simply "Zhu Li, do ___."
- Good All Along: She only pretended to switch sides.
- Happily Married: With Varrick at the end.
- Human Pack Mule: She's forced to carry all the luggage.
- Taken to Made of Iron levels when we learn that after Varrick's escape at the end of Book 2, she carried him twenty miles on a sprained ankle.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: This is a woman who can be told "do the thing", knows unquestioningly what "the thing" is and never makes a mistake while "doing the thing". When Varrick has to use Bolin as a substitute, he has to do all the work himself because Bolin simply can't keep up.
- Informed Attribute: Played for Laughs as Varrick claims that she's a cold, heartless war machine out of the blue, when she'd really not show herself to be anything like that. She proves that she can fight by piloting a Mini-Mecha in "Enemy at the Gates".
- I Regret Nothing: Said word for word when she is revealed to have never actually betrayed Varrick and was actively working on sabotaging the spirit vine weapon. Cold, heartless war machine indeed.
- Ironic Echo: After Kuvira lets up on her, she tells the guards to take Varrick away.
Zhu Li: Guards, do the thing!
- Living Emotional Crutch: When Varrick believed that Zhu Li betrayed him to join up with Kuvira, he fully intended to die on the train with the spirit vine cannon.
- Love Martyr: She always does anything Varrick tells her to do and remains by his side, no matter how much he treats her as a slave. It all pays off in the end.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: She's the Battle Butler Masculine Girl to Varrick's non-actiony Feminine Boy.
- Meaningful Name: "Zhu Li" is Chinese for "assistant".
- Meganekko: A very cute one too.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: She betrays Varrick and pledges her loyalty to Kuvira once she finally gets fed up with Varrick's antics and his poor treatment of her, though it's later revealed that she was simply trying to get close enough to Kuvira to sabotage her superweapon. However, she really was fed up with Varrick not treating her like an equal.
- Muggle: A nonbender.
- Nice Girl: Zhu Li is more polite, reasonable, and a lot more tolerable than Varrick. Bolin, at one point, tells Varrick that he's amazed that Zhu Li worked for a guy like him for so long.
- Nice Hat: She gets a little cap as part of her uniform in Kuvira's army.
- Not So Above It All / Hidden Depths: Despite her Servile Snarker and The Comically Serious tendencies, it seems she may be just as crazy as Varrick considering how she dreamily notes that "Attaching [a] barely-functional rustbucket to a giant killer Smashing Machine!" is how she always pictured her and Varrick's engagement.
- Not So Stoic: In "Enemy at the Gates", she fakes pledging her loyalty to Kuvira and calls out Varrick on his poor treatment of her.
- "Operation Beifong" has her show panic and worry when the spirit ray is overloading, and true contempt for Kuvira when her plan is exposed.
- One Steve Limit: Has the same name as one of Varrick's ships. It's a battleship. He named it after her specifically; as Varrick says, "They're both cold, heartless war machines!"
- OOC Is Serious Business: In Day of the Colossus:
Varrick: Zhu Li, do the thing!
Zhu Li: I'm afraid there are no more things left to do.
- Phrase Catcher: "Zhu Li! Do the thing!"
- Punny Name: Her name sounds like Julie, one of the most common secretary/assistant names in fiction.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The The practical nicer Blue Oni to Varrick's loud-mouth, insensitive Red Oni.
- Satellite Character: She started out as this to Varrick, though she did have her own characterizations. In Book 4, however, she gets more development separately from him.
- Servile Snarker: When Varrick mentions how long it would be before they would be ordered around on eating their cookies, she replied "In a few days" with a deadpan tone.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Often looks like a small mousy woman, but she's quite ravishing in her wedding dress.
- Shipper on Deck: Urged Opal to forgive Bolin for his mistake.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: She's the sane, practical one.
- The Stoic: She's very serious and unemotional most of the time.
- Subordinate Excuse: It's made clear in Book 4 that she has feelings for Varrick, which would explain why she's still his assistant despite how exhausting it is.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: She comes off as cold and blunt, but she's also very loving and loyal as her love for Varrick shows.
- They Do The Thing: Varrick eventually realizes her feelings for him, and they get married.
- Undying Loyalty: To Varrick. However, at the end of "Enemy at the Gates", she finally loses her cool and slams Varrick for all the times she's had to do ridiculous things for him, and pledges her utmost loyalty to Kuvira. However, that turns out to be a front as she just wanted to get closer to her to sabotage the superweapon and later makes it clear that she was always loyal to him above all else. She does demand to be treated as an equal.
New Air Nation
"It's safe to come out, everyone! The Airbenders are here!"
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.
- All Loving Heroes: The New Air Nation seeks to help maintain peace in the world and took an oath not to instigate violence.
- Blow You Away: They have the newfound ability (new to them, anyway) to airbend.
- 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.
- Combination Attack: The most devastating attack the Airbenders can unleash upon a foe as a group are giant whirlwinds, capable of drawing down flying enemies, blowing away soldiers and slowing down mecha-troopers, or even throwing off the aim of Colossi with Spirit-profaning super-weapons.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Very few of them have any natural aptitude in airbending, so they are incredibly obtuse in its use. Under the tutelage of Tenzin and his children, they eventually get better.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: After the timeskip, the airbenders dispense with the traditional Air Nomad monk robes and now wear formfitting wingsuits that eliminate the need for a staff, though its design still pays homage to traditional vestments with its red-orange-yellow coloration. According to the NYCC 2014 panel, Asami invented them.
- Mass Super-Empowering Event: They all manifested these abilities after the Harmonic Convergence.
- Melting Pot: Since the original Air Nomads were exterminated a long time ago, people getting Airbending through Harmonic Convergence are all non-benders from the other nations. So far, their known recruits include the last descendants of the original Air Nomads (Tenzin's family), a Republic City citizen (Daw), an Airbender acolyte of unknown origin (Otaku), a member of the Bei Fong family from Zaofu (Opal) and several Earth Kingdom citizens, mostly from Ba Sing Se. Tenzin places a lot of effort into teaching them the Air Nomads' philosophy, history and customs in an attempt to rebuild the culture.
- One Riot, One Ranger: Once they take on their watchman-like duties, their low numbers constrain them to invoke this trope. It's not precisely one "ranger", but they send less than you'd expect to handle a crisis. Deconstructed when the governor of Yi points out that it's not nearly enough to fight the hundreds of bandits in the countryside.
- 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. Regardless, their numbers are still fairly small, as noted in the Book 4 premiere.
- 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.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Initially acts like this towards Mako and Bolin, given his lying nature and ungratefulness. Deconstructed when Kai ends up getting Mako and Bolin lost in Ba Sing Se.
- 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.
- Badass Adorable: Averted, initially given his backstabbing ways. Played straight after his brief imprisonment.
- Berserk Button: Harming Jinora in any way is this for him. Also, harming innocent creatures.
- Beta Couple: He and Jinora qualify probably to every other (non-married) couple, including Bolin/Opal, given that the couple have the least drama or relationship problems.
- 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.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Pre-Character Development, even though he proved to be quite talented, Kai only used his airbending skills to steal from the rich.
- 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.
- Child Prodigy: He appears to be the most promising of all the new airbenders in terms of skill.
- Child Soldiers: Was almost forced to becomes one when he was captured by the Dai Li.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Before Character Development, Kai had no problem using people for his own gain.
- Demoted to Extra: After playing a main role in Book 3, he is prominently seen with Opal helping an Earth village in an early episode of Book 4 and then isn't seen again until episode 11, where he has a non-speaking role.
- 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.
- Everyone Has Standards: Kai may be a thief who has no problem with backstabbing, but being kidnapped by the Dai Li showed that he draws the line of doing actual physical harm to other people.
- Expy: DiMartino reveals: "He was a little big of Aang, a little bit of Wan — we wanted to have an adventurous kid with a slightly shadowy background."
- Friend to All Living Things: Kai takes an instant liking to the baby sky bison and hurting innocent creatures is a major Berserk Button for him.
- Greed: Kai will do anything for money, including betraying the people who saved him.
- Happily Adopted: Subverted. While the family he was taken into were decent people, Kai repaid them back by stealing their money.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Subverted at first when he lies to Team Avatar about how he lost his parents and the revelation that he stole his adopted family's money. Makes it even worse with him backstabbing Team Avatar, after they saved his butt. Played straighter after he Took a Level in Kindness.
- 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.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Before turning over a new leaf, Kai was prone to stealing money off of unsuspecting people.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: One of the few meanings of his name in Japanese is "restoration", which alludes to him (along with others) restoring the Air Nation.
- Mysterious Past: Other than him being an orphan, his entire background is shady.
- 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.
- Opposites Attract: Kai, the sneaky, stealing (before Character Development) Jerk with a Heart of Gold became an Official Couple with Jinora, the polite, rule-abiding Nice Girl.
- Out of Focus: He only appears in the first, 11th, and final two episodes of Book 4 (and only gets any dialogue in the first), which is a step-down from his primary role assumed in Book 3.
- 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.
- The Power of Love: Trounces the Drill Sergeant Nasty who grabbed Jinora.
- Puppy Love: He and Jinora obviously like each other.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is the Red Oni to Opal's Blue Oni, which is best demonstrated in "After All These Years": when the food they had prepared to give to an impoverished village was stolen by a bandit, Kai still jumps right after the said bandit without thinking of a plan, especially after his suit was slashed - an extremely reckless move that could have cost him his life had he been alone. When he begins to lose control and is falling to his death, Opal doesn't move just yet. She waits and listens before taking action.
- Shipper on Deck: Was concerned over the relationship problems between Opal and Bolin.
- The Sneaky Guy: Kai (pre-Character Development) could steal money with hardly anyone suspecting something.
- 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.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kai is a Street Urchin and is an Artful Dodger, who will do anything for money. He also has been shipped with Jinora. Sounds a lot like Skoochy, Mako and Bolin's "friend" first seen in Book 1.
- 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", his harrowing experience in Dai Li captivity and the camaraderie built with his fellow captive airbenders has mellowed him. He is still a magnet for trouble, but for the more light-hearted kind.
- Tuckerization: Josh Hamilton, who wrote the first episode he appeared in, named Kai after his son.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He was adopted after losing his parents, but repaid that by robbing them blind, and then also proceeds to exploit the hospitality of Korra and company. He loses the ingratitude after running afoul of the Dai Li's conscription/enslavement program for convergence-manifested airbenders.
Click here for Daw before shaving his head
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).
- Back for the Finale: Daw gets a line in the penultimate episode in the two-part finale, still sporting the shaven head and now sporting the Airbender Wingsuit like his comrades.
- 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.
- Basement-Dweller: His mother urges him to join the other airbenders, but he refuses.
- Casting Gag: He is a snarky, lazy, Megane Nerd voiced by Jon Heder.
- Character Development: When Ryu first appeared, he was a lazy, Basement-Dweller who wanted nothing to do with the New Air Nation. But, by the end of Book 3, he officially joins. Three years later, Ryu now has a job and takes it seriously, though his coworkers still don't think too highly of him. He then plays a minor, but vigorous role in the final battle against Kuvira.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: His appearance is based on Ki Hyun Ryu.
- Hikikomori: He's not a very outgoing person.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He is seen at Jinora's ceremony in traditional airbender robes, indicating that he did eventually join the Air Nation. However, his body language indicates that he's less than enthusiastic.
- Like Father, Like Son: We get to see his father in "Beyond the Wilds", and it's pretty clear which of his parents he takes after.
- Nerd Glasses: Much like those of Ki Hyun Ryu.
- Refusal of the Call: Completely uninterested in becoming part of the new Air Nation, despite his mother's best efforts. Though the season finale reveals he was eventually talked into doing it.
- Skunk Stripe: In Book 4, he's bleached most of his hair save a stripe from the top to the back, the overall effect being that his hair roughly matches the pattern of a sky bison's fur. This is to reflect Ki Hyun Ryu bleaching his hair since Ryu's last appearance.
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.
- Jumped at the Call: He had already chosen to devote himself to the Air Nomads' culture long before he became an Airbender, so there was most likely little to do to convince him to join.
- Meaningful Name: "Otaku" is a Japanese 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!
- Giant Flyer: He doesn't start off as one since we see him first as a calf, but he grows into one after the Time Skip.
- 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.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker
Opal's pet sky bison with chronic respiratory ailments.
Leader of the United Forces and Zuko's grandson. His mother is Fire Lord Izumi.
- Ace Pilot: A flying ace — defined as an aviator that shoots down 5 planes — he does so with no prior flying experience, against trained pilots.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's the youngest general in United Forces history, meaning it's likely either an honorary title due to his royal blood, or was earned via pure skill and asskickery. His performance during the first season finale strongly suggests the latter.
- Back for the Finale: He returns for the first time since the second book finale for the series finale in "Kuvira's Gambit."
- Badass: Like grandfather, like grandson. He also lives up to his namesake.
- During the Equalist ambush, he leaves his post to defiantly bend directly at the planes attacking and destroying his ship. He manages to down a few too.
- Badass In Charge: The Leader of the United Forces and a bonafide badass.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has some thick eyebrows.
- 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.
- Demoted to Extra: His role dwarfs considerably after Book 1, hardly making an appearance in Book 2 and 4. He didn't show up at all in Book 3.
- Determinator:He must take after Zuko. Even if his entire fleet is overwhelmed, he won't stop fighting.
- Disappeared Dad: Iroh II's father is never brought up.
- 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.
- Humble Hero: Despite his senior rank among the United Forces and his status as a member of the Fire Nation Royal Family, Iroh is a humble man, openly showing his sincere gratitude for other people's assistance.
- 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.
- Instant Expert: He is a quick learner, as he was able to figure out how to pilot an Equalist biplane despite his lack of experience with them.
- Made of Iron: He takes a bomb to the face, and only comes away with some Clothing Damage and burns.
- 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, 40 by Book 4) 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: Forces under his command are completely decimated in every fight they get into (though to be honest, while the Equalists took on him by surprising yet mundane means, his other enemies don't leave much chance). 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.
- Royal Brat: Freshly averted. Iroh II is humble, Nice Guy.
- 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.
- Undying Loyalty: Iroh is very loyal to his friends, willing to do whatever is in his power to help so long as it does not outright defy authority.
- 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.
"Okay, I’m just spitballing here, we march in with an army of highly trained badgermoles?"
Voiced by: Sunil Malhotra
Heir to the Earth Kingdom throne, and the great nephew of the Earth Queen.
- 0% Approval Rating: Downplayed. In "After All these Years", he is shown as having both admiring fans and violent detractors supporting Kuvira. However, during his coronation, no one seems very excited about his appearance at all, while half the crowd goes ecstatic as Kuvira announces her coup.
- Abdicate the Throne: After Kuvira is defeated, Wu decides to dissolve the monarchy and allow the various states of the Earth Kingdom to govern themselves in hopes of transitioning into a republic similar to the UR.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To any female he comes across, particularly Korra. He seems to give up by the end of the series.
- Badass Normal: Becomes this after some Character Development. He has no bending and is not a fighter, but that doesn't stop him from finding clever ways to solve his problems.
- The Beastmaster: During the attack on Republic city, he is able to use his singing to get a couple of badger moles to help him finish the evacuation and even attack a few enemy soldiers.
- Beware the Silly Ones: In "Day of the Colossus", Prince Wu proves that despite his silliness, he's not someone to underestimate... Particularly if he has a pair of Badgermoles at his command.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: It's subtle, but it's frequently shown that there is more to Wu than meets the eye.
- In "The Coronation", he shows that despite his ego, he can freely accept criticism. When Mako tells him that while Kuvira is no saint, he's just as unfit for the throne, rather than become angry and defensive, he actually agrees with Mako and admits that he probably wouldn't make a great ruler, stating that no one ever told it to him like that before. this partially influences his decision to ultimately dissolve the monarchy and let the various states govern themselves.
- In "Operation Beifong, he shows some surprisingly quick thinking when he actually suggests that they evacuate the city in preperation for Kuvira's impending attack. Both Raiko and Mako praise this suggestion, though he freely admits it was just to impress Korra.
- Most notably, in "Kuvira's Gambit", he turns out to be an excellent public speaker whose oratory skills convinces the citizens of Republic City to evacuate, especially when Mako's emotionless warning drove the citizens into a panic.
- And in "Day of the Colossus", he again shows that he's surprisingly clever when He uses his singing to convince the Badgermoles to dig a tunnel out of the city and even fakes a Take Me Instead moment to distract three of Kuvira's goons when they corner them.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Similar to Bolin, he has giant eyebrows.
- Break the Haughty: He undergoes this in "The Coronation", after Kuvira's insurrection. By the end of the episode, he admits to himself and Mako that he'd be a poor ruler, and deserved what happened. While he gets over it in the next episodes, it paves the way for his eventual Character Development and ultimately his decision to dissolve the monarchy and allow the various Earth Kingdom states to govern themselves.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Eventually revealed to be this as he undergoes Character Development. Wu is actually a talented public speaker and can be quite clever when he puts his mind to it, but his carefree and rather flighty attitude tends to overshadow these traits.
- Camp Straight: He loves pretty ladies and repeatedly tries to score dates with both Asami and Korra, but he goes to a spa and likes Mako to carry him.
- Casanova Wannabe: He's a hopeless flirt with the emphasis on "hopeless". He makes repeated — and utterly lame — advances on Asami, who wants nothing to do with him. His attempt with Kuvira goes as well as could be expected and a throwaway line in his song in "Day of the Colossus" shows he still has a crush on her. Korra bluntly shuts him down and he freely admitted to Mako that his suggestion to evacuate the city was another attempt to impress her. The only woman whose heart he does steal is Mako's grandmother, who is a loyalist to the Earth Kingdom's royalty.
- Catch Phrase: "Wu Down!"
- Character Development: Subtle, but as the season progresses, he becomes a less selfish and more mature individual, which is cemented in the final three episodes where he actively helps with the evacuation process and saves the evacuees from Kuvira's troops with a surprisingly clever plan by using Badgermoles to tunnel out of the city. By the time of Varrick's and Zhu Li's wedding, he decides to abdicate the throne, honestly believing that the Earth Kingdom would be better off dispensing with the notion of hereditary monarchy.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Overly dramatic and believes strawberry jam is blood. When he believes he is allergic to strawberries, he has to be reminded that he's actually allergic to bees.
- Cowardly Lion: Character Development turns him into one. He has no powers, is not a fighter, and his usual response is to call for help. But when even that's not an option, he proves to be surprisingly clever under pressure.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his foppish exterior, as the series progresses, everyone around him quickly discovers that if you put the pressure on this guy, he will come through.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Suggests using Badgermoles against Kuvira with everyone giving a look of disbelief. Turns out, he wasn't that far off on their usefulness.
- Cultured Badass: Wu has always been used to the finer things in life. The "badass" doesn't show up at first, but he ultimately proves he's not one to be taken lightly.
- Distressed Dude: In "Reunion", Earth Empire agents kidnap him and try to smuggle him out of Republic City. Korra, Mako and Asami manage to save him.
- Dumbass Has a Point:
- In "Beyond the Wilds", Wu suggests that they deal with Kuvira by using a team of trained Badgermoles which seemed stupid at the time, but come "Day of the Colossus", he proves to everyone that Badgermoles can be useful.
- In "Operation Beifong". Wu is the first person to suggest Republic City be evacuated in order to protect the citizens from the attacking spirit vines and the possibility of an Earth Empire atttack, which Raiko and Mako note is unusually thoughtful behavior for him. Next scene, Wu cheerfully admits to Mako that he said that in order to impress Korra, because "all great deeds are done for the ladies". While his suggestion may be entirely self-motivated, it doesn't stop it from being a good idea.
- Everyone Has Standards: Wu may be a Casanova Wannabe type, but even he was appalled at how Mako handled his relationships with Korra and Asami.
- Foil: To Kuvira. Kuvira is efficient, austere, and worked hard to reach where she was. Wu is incompetent, foppish, and inherited the Earth Kingdom. It's not purely positive on Kuvira's side, however. Wu acknowledges his own shortcomings, accepts criticism from someone, and is respectful (in his own, foppish way) towards foreigners. While Kuvira is known to put dissidents and non-Earth Kingdom natives into re-education camps, reacts poorly to criticism, and can be condescending and smug towards others at times. Also, while Kuvira wanted to reunite the Earth Kingdom into one large Empire, Wu eventually dissolves the monarchy and allows each state to govern itself.
- Freud Was Right: In-Universe, Wu seems to believe this. In "Beyond the Wilds", he professes the belief that men only ever aspire to greatness in order to impress women.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: While Prince Wu is a Spoiled Sweet person and genuinely friendly, his bratty, ditsy, and overtly flirtatious attitude makes it hard for others to do more than tolerate him. The fact that he seems completely oblivious to how negatively his behavior affects others only makes it worse. He gets better as the season progresses.
- Government in Exile: As of "The Coronation", he's technically been officially recognized by the Grand Secretariat and the world leaders as the King of the Earth Kingdom. However, Kuvira withdrawing her support and proclaiming herself leader of the Earth Empire makes his kingship a meaningless title, and he's unlikely to be welcomed back to his home country any time soon. Ultimately he dissolves the Earth Kingdom and allowes the various states to govern themselves.
- Guile Hero: He develops into one as he's leading Republic City evacuees that didn't make it out before Kuvira arrived. While using a pair of Badgermoles to dig their way under the mayhem above-ground, they run afoul of a few enemy mecha-troopers. While keeping their attention with a bad song routine (that was actually flank attack commands to the badgermoles), he doesn't lose his cool at all as the badgermoles dig around behind the troopers and dispatch them. A far cry from "WU DOWN!"
- The Hedonist: Initially. Wu loves to have fun and live the high life, unfazed and unconcerned about the responsibilities of being a ruler. He even admitted that he was okay with leaving the actual work to the UN while he lives it up. He grows out of it as the season progresses.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Forms this relationship with Tu, Mako's cousin. And eventually becomes this to Mako himself.
- Hidden Depths: Wu has shown to a be a great public speaker and can be surprisingly crafty when he tries.
- Idiot Hero: Played with. Wu is no doubt a ditzy, Man Child, but he has also shown to be surprisingly crafty.
- Idle Rich: Spends his days enjoying the perks of his wealth and political importance, much to Mako's annoyance. He slowly gets out of it.
- Impoverished Patrician: Due to the fall of the Earth Kingdom's royal family, nearly all the royal treasures he would have inherited have been stolen by looters. He doesn't even have a crown for his coronation.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Bears more than a slight resemblance to his actor Sunil Malhotra.
- Innocently Insensitive: At his worst, he's this. Wu is a well meaning and genuinely kind person, but he seems completely oblivious to how his behavior rubs people the wrong way at times. In "Beyond the Wilds" he brags to Korra about how he was invited to a meeting with the World Leaders, unaware that Korra is more than a little upset that he was invited over her. Though he does try to cheer her up by saying he recommended she be there and seemed sincere about it.
- Irony: Kuvira's reason for usurping power from him was that she felt that a monarchy was an archaic system. Surprisingly, Wu echoes her sentiment and dissolves the monarchy, allowing the various Earth Kingdom states to elect their own leaders in a way similar to the republic.
- I Surrender, Suckers: He offers to be taken prisoner so the other refugees don't have to go with Kuvira's goons, but it turns out to be a trick, as he uses a last request to sing, which was really a means to secretly direct the badgermoles to attack.
- It's All About Me: He's excited about all the pomp and circumstance of his coronation but, as Mako points out, he's done little to prepare for the task of actually ruling a country. He tones it down as the season progresses.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Of a sort. Wu is a bratty, immature egotist, but he's not a complete Jerkass and can be very friendly, though obliviously annoying, to those he really likes such as Mako. If nothing else, he's nowhere as bad as his great-aunt. And as he undergoes Character Development, the heart of gold becomes more prevalent.
- Lovable Coward: Wu is a nice guy (though he does have his vices), but he is not a fighter by any means and his usual response to danger is to call for help. However, when the chips are down and his back is to the wall, he proves himself to be a surprisingly quick thinker under pressure.
- Man Child: In "The Coronation", he drives a kid out of a "mini-Ba Sing Se" Earth Palace theme restaurant so he can sit on the throne and pretend to be king. He gets better.
- Mr. Vice Guy: He's hedonistic, egotistic, flighty, and a shameless flirt, but ultimately proves to be a genuinely kind soul once you get to know him.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed:
- He has several similarities to Puyi, the last Emperor of China. Both succeeded their great-aunts, had treasures stolen when they came to power, lived hedonistic lifestyles, were set up as Puppet Kings by foreign powers, and were overthrown by the general dispatched to restore order.
- His decision to dissolve the highly centralized Earth Kingdom monarchy in favor of a more democratic government parallels that of King Juan Carlos I of Spain who upon ascending to the throne worked to dismantle the fascist Francoist regime and transition Spain into a constitutional monarchy. He, however, dissolves the monarchy completely, while Juan Carlos became a constitutional king
- Non-Action Guy: While surprisingly crafty under pressure, Wu is definitely not a fighter. It's telling that his Catch Phrase is a cry for help.
- Noodle People: A really slim guy.
- Odd Friendship: With Mako and Bolin's cousin Tu.
- Only Friend: Mako is forced to work with and be around him, and Team Avatar saves him. None of them bother hiding dislike at his antics and the friendliest behavior he gets from them is stone-faced tolerance. He still says they're the best friends a guy could have. Is this pure obliviousness, or has he never had friends? Despite some supporters early on he also suggests that he's never had a girlfriend.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents, if any, have never been mentioned. Given that he was next in line for the throne after Hou Ting's death it's strongly implied they're deceased.
- Pet the Dog: For a Royal Brat, he has a surprising habit of this.
- In "The Coronation", after hearing Mako and Bolin's fall out, he decides the best way to cheer him up is to take him to Little Ba Sing Se shopping mall.
- In "Beyond The Wilds", he seemed sincere about recommending Korra join the meeting of the world leaders after they tried to exclude her.
- In "Operation Beifong", he suggests evacuating Republic City's civilians on the chance Kuvira attacks the city, though he tells Mako he only did it to impress Korra.
- In "Kuvira's Gambit", he gives a surprisingly impressive Rousing Speech to help convince the Republic City's civilians to calmly evacuate and later helps Pema with the evacuation process.
- Properly Paranoid: As much as a goofball he might be, he's very paranoid about going back to the Earth Kingdom and potentially ending up just like his great-aunt. Considering that the Earth Kingdom is filled with pillaging bandits as well as an upstart warlord attempting to build her own power base, he does have a point to be nervous. And those fears are validated in "Reunion" where he nearly ends up kidnapped by Kuvira's agents.
- Puppet King: Wu has no interest in running the Earth Kingdom on his own, nor is he even really involved in his own ascension to the throne. Kuvira is doing the legwork in uniting the Earth Kingdom so the URN can install him on the throne safely. The day-to-day decisions will be handled by a cadre of advisers sent over with him by the other world leaders, leaving the Earth Kingdom effectively under the control of the other powers. Wu has shown no concern for this, placing more emphasis on the perks of being king rather than the work. Eventually, he decides to dissolve the monarchy and let the various Earth Kingdom states govern themselves.
- Rousing Speech: Gives a surprisingly impressive one in Kuvira's Gambit to help calm the citizens and convince them to evacuate.
- Royal Brat: He's not particularly mean, just self-centered and hedonistic. He slowly grows out of it as the season progresses.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Downplayed. Wu is very self-centered and vain and only cares about the perks of royalty rather than the actual responsibility it entails. Despite his ego, however, he does not view anyone as beneath him and is genuinely grateful to Mako and the gang for all their help. Also, he can take criticism as after Mako chews him out in "The Coronation", he freely admits that he probably wouldn't be a great king. He tones down the ego as the season progresses.
- Smarter Than You Look: As the season progresses, Wu proves to everyone that he is not as foppish and ditsy as everyone thinks.
- So Proud of You:
- His suggestion that they evacuate the civilians of Republic City in advance of Kuvira's assault makes Mako feel this way about him. Subverted when we find out it was just a ploy to impress Korra.
- Played straight in "Kuvira's Gambit" after he gives a good Rousing Speech that convinces the citizens of Republic City to calmly evacuate, both Lin and Mako give him props (especially after the latter completely botched his attempt to do the same).
- And in the series finale, Mako again expresses praise when he hears about how level-headed Prince Wu was during the evacuation. And Korra herself expresses praise when he reveals his intent to dissolve the monarchy and let the states govern themselves. She even promises to help him make the transition as smooth as possible.
- Spoiled Sweet: Despite his Royal Brat tendencies, he is still generally polite and courteous, and unlike his aunt, doesn't look down on commoners at all. Additionally, when he gets kidnapped because Mako refused to follow him to the bathroom for once, instead of getting upset and blaming Mako, he's extremely grateful when Mako comes to his aid and offers him a raise. And come "Day of the Colossus", he shows he's got some serious chops.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: He's the lazy, flirting Wise Guy to Mako's stoic, blunt Straight Man.
- Stylistic Suck: The only people that like his singing are Yin (Mako's royalty-loving grandmother) and badgermoles. But when you're leading an evacuation that's dependent on those badgermoles, that's the only audience you need.
- Take Me Instead: Subverted in "Day of the Colossus", but in a good way. When he and the evacuees are cornered by Kuvira's troops, he seemingly surrenders in exchange for their safety and as a final request, he asks to sing. Turns out it was all a diversion so he could direct the Badgermoles to attack the troopers from behind.
- Those Two Guys: He later develops this dynamic with Mako and Bolin's cousin, Tu. Especially pronounced in "Remembrances".
- Took a Level in Badass: In "Day of the Colossus", Prince Wu manages to get the remaining evacuees out of Republic City and protect them from Kuvira's troops by using his singing to tame the local Badgermoles and have them dig a tunnel out of the city as well as attack the troops.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While Wu wasn't a bad guy from the start, he did have a massive ego and seemed indifferent to the people of the Earth Kingdom. Come the series finale, Wu, on his own, chooses to dissolve the Earth Kingdom monarchy to let the states democratically govern themselves.
- Upper-Class Twit: A pampered member of Earth Kingdom aristocracy, and doesn't appear to be very bright. He gets out of it as the season progresses.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He regards Mako as a great friend, to the point of specifically requesting him as his permanent bodyguard, and is completely oblivious to Mako's irritation with him. He's grateful, in his own annoying way, about Mako's help. As the season progresses, they start to become closer friends.
- Weak, but Skilled: Played with. Wu has no bending, is not a fighter, and can't last two seconds in a training match without cowering in fear. But when the chips are down, he shows he's surprisingly clever and can think on his feet in a pinch.
Zuko's dragon and a descendant of Ran and Shaw.
- A Dog Named Dog: Druk in Bhutanese means "Thunder Dragon".
- Our Dragons Are Different: A bit of a mix between Eastern and Western dragons. He's a winged quadruped, but with a more serpentine body and catfish like mustache lookin' thing on his snout.
- Spin Off Spring: He's a descendant of Ran and Shaw.