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Water Tribe


Chief Hakoda

Voiced by: André Sogliuzzo
"I heard what you two did. I am the proudest father in the world. And your mother would be proud, too."

Father of Sokka and Katara, Hakoda is the chief of their village in the Southern Water Tribe. Shortly after his wife Kya was killed in a Fire Nation raid, Hakoda led the men of the tribes off to war. While he genuinely loved his children, he realized that this was for a greater good and left them behind. Later in the series, he was reunited with his children and led an coalition army of Water Tribe and Earth Kingdom forces into the Fire Nation capital on the Day of Black Sun. When the invasion plan failed, he led the other Gaang tagalongs onto a bus. Later on, Sokka and Zuko work to rescue him from prison.

  • Action Dad: Just like his children, he doesn't just stand idly by as the Fire Nation is attacking. He even went to fight against them long before they did.
  • Badass Normal: Like his son he is a non-bender and is still chosen to lead a large group of benders to invade a national capital.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: While a brave, clever and capable leader, Sokka obviously inherited his sense of humor.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Though he had the grace to tell them why beforehand.
  • Disappeared Dad: It's never revealed who Hakoda's own dad (Kanna's first husband/Sokka and Katara's paternal grandfather) is.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Briefly appears in "Appa's Lost Days" before formally appearing in Season 2's Finale.
  • Good Counterpart: To Ozai, and for added flavor, Zuko himself gets to see the difference. He's a figure of authority and a father that fights a war. The difference being he is fighting to defend his family and not only does he freely tell his children he loves them but assures them that they don't have to earn his love.
  • Good Parents: Hakoda is a loving father who has positive relationships with both Sokka and Katara.
  • Happily Married: Was implied to be this with Kya.
  • The Leader: He leads the Southern Water tribe's defense against the Fire Nation, and helps lead the coalition army of Water Tribe and Earth Kingdom forces on the Day of the Black Sun.
  • Like Father, Like Son: So much that only Sokka finds his jokes funny.
  • Papa Wolf: It surprises nobody that Hakoda will go to great lengths to keep his children safe, even if it means surrendering himself to the Fire Nation.
  • Parents in Distress: He gets captured during the invasion, which leads to Sokka and Zuko having to rescue him from the Boiling Rock.
  • Parent Service: He's very easy on the eyes, and his outfits show off his muscular figure. He's also a father of two teenagers.
  • Put on a Bus: Twice, once pre-series and once in season three after the failed invasion.
  • Second Love: Gets one in the form of Malina in the comics.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: After the Day of Black Sun invasion fails, he holds off the Fire Nation and eventually surrenders himself so that his kids and Aang could escape.



Voiced by: Richard McGonagle
"No, it's been separated from the pack. I understand that pain; it's how I felt when the Water Tribe warriors had to leave me behind. They were my family, and being apart from them was more painful than my wounds."

A Water Tribe warrior and Hakoda's lieutenant and best friend.


Princess Yue

Voiced by: Johanna Braddy (original), Ximena Marchant and Keyros Guillén (Latin American Spanish)
"I wish we could just be friends. But I like you too much, and it's too confusing to be around you."

Princess of the Northern Water Tribe, Yue was born a sickly baby. In an effort to cure her, her father prayed to the Moon and Ocean Spirits for her health, and the Moon Spirit obliged, giving her a part of its life. Years later, she fell in love with Sokka, but felt conflicted over it due to her Arranged Marriage with another Water tribe warrior. When Zhao killed the Moon Spirit, Yue used the life energies the Moon Spirit used to heal her to bring back the moon, losing her life in the process. She now acts as the new Moon Spirit and occasional Spirit Advisor to Aang.

  • Always with You: Her last words to Sokka are that she'll always be with him.
  • Arranged Marriage: She was arranged to be married to a Jerkass named Hahn.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She became the new Moon Spirit after Zhao killed the previous one, sacrificing her mortal life in the process.
  • The Chief's Daughter: She's the beautiful daughter of the leader of a fantasy tribe that draws from Inuit culture, and is an off-limits love interest for Sokka (who is technically from her people, but also a Southerner).
  • Color-Coded Patrician: She wears purple, unlike the standard Water Tribe blue.
  • Cosmic Motifs: Although Waterbenders are associated with the moon in general, Yue is associated with it particularly strongly. A nonbender, she was healed by the Moon Spirit Tui as a child, and since then has had Mystical White Hair to match. Her name means "moon" in Mandarin as well. When Tui is killed, Yue becomes the new moon spirit.
  • Dangerous 16th Birthday: The Moon Spirit gave some of its power to Yue to save her when she was born. On her sixteenth birthday, Zhao kills the Moon Spirit, forcing Yue to sacrifice her life to restore balance.
  • Deity of Human Origin: After sacrificing her life, she essentially becomes the moon goddess.
  • Equivalent Exchange: Yue later gives the moon spirit's power back to become the moon spirit after Tui is killed.
  • The Fettered: Yue is very concerned with what she perceives is her duty.
  • First Love: She's Sokka's first love; he meets her while in his teens and loses her quickly. He continues to miss her afterwards.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: The dignified princess of the Northern Water Tribe, who normally wear blue — and yet her primary outfit has a lot of purple.
  • Gratuitous Princess: She's referred to as a princess, even though her father's rank is Chief.
  • The Gwen Stacy: After her Heroic Sacrifice, she becomes this to Sokka, who continues to mourn her death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices her life to restore the Moon Spirit after Zhao kills it.
  • The Ingenue: Her sweet and kind disposition is her defining trait.
  • Laugh of Love: She tends to laugh when she's with Sokka (and they eventually kiss), but not with her betrothed.
  • Lunacy: The moon spirit Tui gave part of her power to heal Yue when she was going to die.
  • Making a Splash: She becomes a waterbender after she died, as shown in "The Awakening".
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Due to her attraction to Sokka warring with her arranged marriage, she tends to alternate between flirting with Sokka and running away from him, which naturally confuses the hell out of him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Yue" means "moon" in Mandarin Chinese and "tragic accident" in Japanese. It's traditionally used as a name for infants that are expected to die.
  • Mystical Waif: Appears as such to Aang after her transformation.
  • Mystical White Hair: Her hair color is a plot point. She was actually born (or rather still-born) with dark hair like everyone else in the water-tribe (and pretty much everyone in the four nations). When the moon-spirit saved her infant life, her hair turned pure white and remained that way all her life.
  • No Body Left Behind: Her body faded away after sacrificing herself.
  • Princess Classic: A princess who's beautiful, kind, dignified, and concerned with her duty.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Helps protect Aang during the Siege of the North.
  • Significant White Hair, Dark Skin: She has dark skin like everybody in the Water Tribe. Her white hair is a plot point because she was an unresponsive baby born with dark hair, but after the Moon saved her life, it became white.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Yue falls for Sokka because he is shown loving her for who she is and genuinely wanting to make her happy, in contrast to her fiance (who brags about the "perks" that come with marrying the princess, prompting Sokka to call him "a jerk with no soul").
  • Spirit Advisor: Appears alongside Roku to give Aang a boost in his confidence, reminding him how he helped restore the Moon.
    Yue: You already saved the world, and you will save the world again. But you can't give up!
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Sokka; they have feelings for each other, but Yue is already engaged. This is further cemented after she sacrifices herself to become the new Moon Spirit, meaning that she and Sokka can never be together.
  • Tareme Eyes: She has droopy eyes.
  • Temporary Love Interest: To Sokka; their brief romance lasts a couple episodes before her death.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Earlier, in season one, Katara is eager to learn how to fight, frustrated that only men are expected to be warriors. Yue, on the other hand, is the well-mannered and refined princess of the Northern Water Tribe.
  • Uptown Girl: A princess who falls in love with a commoner of the Southern Water Tribe. Technically Sokka has the same position as Yue, the Chief's eldest child and heir, but the Southern Tribe is so destitute that he's basically a peasant.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Appeared in a whopping two episodes before she died, and hasn't reappeared since then outside from visions in "The Swamp" and "The Awakening".
  • Winter Royal Lady: Princess of the Northern Water Tribe who resides at the North Pole. She's beautiful, kind, and wears a lot of furs.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: She's willing to do what is best for the Water Tribe, even if it means marrying a man she doesn't love or making a Heroic Sacrifice to resurrect the moon spirit.


Earth Kingdom



Voiced by: Michael Dow (original), Rodrigo Saavedra (Latin American Spanish)
"Katara inspired me and my father to take back our village."

Haru is a teenage Earthbender whom Aang, Katara and Sokka met early in their travels. He was the only active Earthbender left in his village, and that because he hid his abilities at his mother's behest. The Fire Nation occupied their village and carted off any Earthbender to prison on board an all-metal ship.

Katara convinced Haru to earthbend to save the life of an old man, which resulted in him being imprisoned. Katara faked Earthbending to get captured as well, and rescued him, inspiring Haru, his father, and all the captive Earthbenders to fight back against the Fire Nation.

Katara and Haru had a strong bond because they had each lost a parent to the Fire Nation, and the bond only grew stronger in gratitude once Katara's bravery reunited not only father and son, but freed all the captive Earthbenders.

  • Bonding over Missing Parents: With Katara.
  • Death Glare: Gives a powerful one to the warden after said warden mocks Katara about her speech.
  • Defiant Stone Throw: In "Imprisoned", to show the warden that Katara's rousing speech did work.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Just like all Earthbenders.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Though he doesn't end up doing anything major, he still spends some time with Team Avatar at the Western Air Temple after the invasion fails.
  • Hunk: He has a very cute face and quite the nice body build.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Downplayed. He's a Hunky teen with handsome features and long hair. He's a more straight example in his debut episode where he's drawn with more delicate features and he doesn't have facial hair yet.
  • Meaningful Name: "'Haru'" can mean "Spring" in Japanese, which is loosely connected to his element.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: After the Fire Nation took over his village they arrested every earthbender they could find. Haru uses earthbending to help an old man escape from a collapsing mine, the old man then turns him in to the Fire Nation resulting in Haru's arrest.
  • Porn Stache: With a lampshade from Sokka.
  • Out of Focus: Which he shares with The Duke and Teo. Despite being one of the few people who made it out of the failed invasion of the Fire Nation the three never do anything of note during their time with Team Avatar. And then when Azula attacks the Western Air Temple they end up separating from the group with Hakoda and aren't seen again until the season finale after the war is over.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: In-universe (sort of); in the "Shipping School" short, Haru is paired up with Ty Lee.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: He very much looks up to his father and wants to become an earthbender like him.

    The Mechanist and Teo 

The Mechanist and Teo

Voiced by: René Auberjonois (Mechanist), Daniel Samonas (Teo)

As a brilliant engineer and scientist, the Mechanist works to help others and his son Teo with his inventions. When his village was destroyed by a flood (during which Teo lost the use of his legs), the Mechanist moved his people into the nearby Northern Air Temple, and gave Teo a hang-gliding wheelchair based on Airbender designs. The Fire Nation eventually learned of the Mechanist and blackmailed him into creating weapons for them. After getting a guilt trip from Aang, the Mechanist turned against the Fire Nation. Now he and Teo build weapons for the resisting forces to take down their former oppressors.

While both of them appear only a handful of times, they end up having a big role in the plot. Some of their designs end up being a big factor in the Fire Nation winning the Day of Black Sun.

  • Ditzy Genius: The Mechanist.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one ever mentions the Mechanist's real name.
  • Fingore: Played for laughs. The Mechanist has three wooden fingers. One for each failed attempt at creating a knife sharpener.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: The Mechanist is capable of creating a number of Schizo Tech contraptions like tanks, hot air balloons, and even submarines.
  • Genius Cripple: The Machinist is a downplayed version- he has several prosthetic fingers from his failed attempts to create a finger-safe knife sharpener.
  • Graceful in Their Element: Teo in the air.
  • Handicapped Badass: Teo lost the use of his legs but is an expert on his flying wheelchair.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The war balloon the Mechanist made is a two-fold one. The Mechanist was originally forced to create it for the Fire Nation's benefit, but he eventually rebelled and used it against them, to thwart a Fire Nation raid on the Northern Air Temple. Unfortunately, when it crashed, it ended up benefiting the Fire Nation anyway: it was discovered and studied by the Fire Nation, leading them to create their own war balloons, which they used during the Day of Black Sun and when Sozin's Comet passed by during the Grand Finale.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Teo in a flying wheel chair!
  • Mad Scientist: A kinder version, though. The Machinist really is a sweet person, he just gets carried away with his tinkering (and most of the time just hurts himself).
  • Missing Mom: Teo's mother was killed in the same flood that crippled Teo.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Averted to their loss. The war balloon created by the Mechanist was salvaged by the Fire Nation, who used it as basis to make their own war balloons.
  • Out of Focus: A trope Teo shares with The Duke and Haru. Despite being one of the few people who made it out of the failed invasion of the Fire Nation the three never do anything of note during their time with Team Avatar. And then when Azula attacks the Western Air Temple they end up separating from the group with Hakoda and aren't seen again until the season finale after the war is over.
  • Unusual Eyebrows: The Mechanist. His ragged, patchy eyebrows are probably caused by his inventions blowing up in his face a lot.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: The Mechanist.
  • Younger than They Look: Teo, being 13, is only older than Aang and Toph.


Earth King Kuei

Voiced by: Phil LaMarr

Earth King Kuei is the king of Ba Sing Se. He is the youngest Earth King in the city's history, and, unfortunately, has been the puppet of Long Feng and the Dai Li. But after exposing and destroying the Lake Laogai brainwashing facility, the Gaang convinces him about the war he's been kept in the dark about his whole life. He agrees to commit his city's resources. A disguised Azula overthrows him before The Plan gets off the ground. Rather than take back his city (as it turns out, he's not an earthbender himself), he and his bear Bosco decide to see the world instead.

  • Captain Oblivious: Long Feng did such a good job of fooling him that Kuei was completely oblivious to everything that was going down in his kingdom, including the war.
  • Clueless Boss: Starts off as a pretty typical example, a well meaning young man completely ignorant of the world around him and controlled by his Evil Chancellor, to the point where he's unaware that his kingdom has been engaged in, and slowly losing, a war for over a century.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Kuei may be naive and sheltered, but (as even Toph acknowledges) he's understandably angry about a bunch of strange children attacking his palace, bursting into his throne room after laying waste to his guards, and then claiming they have a good reason for doing it. "And you expect me to trust you?!"
  • The Good King: He managed to become this upon returning to the throne after Ozai's defeat.
  • Homage: To (quite appropriately) Puyi, the last emperor of China, down to those round glasses.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Easily manipulated by Long Feng, but quickly ditches the treacherous adviser once the truth is made known to him.
    • Perhaps less forgivable though is promoting the incompetent General Sung to the Council of Five.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In North and South, he says that he can't promise Hakoda the support of his advisers unless he can show them that Southern Water Tribe is going to make 'concrete progress toward civilization.' When Katara indignantly calls him out on this, he digs himself deeper by clarifying that the Water Tribes have a form of civilization... though, by the end of the book, he declares that the 'warmth and care' he's been shown in the South Pole is the highest form of civilization there is. The Library Edition of the comic notes that Kuei was originally written to be more dismissive of the Southerners, but Konietzko and DiMartino believed that was out of character for him, thus the Innocently Insensitive portrayal.
  • Long Bus Trip: He goes off to travel the world after Ba Sing Se is conquered by the Fire Nation and never again reappears in the show proper. The comics establish that he eventually returns to the throne.
  • Manchild: Deliberately invoked by Long Feng, who keeps him largely ignorant of the state of affairs of his kingdom beyond the palace and seizes control of Ba Sing Se for himself.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kuei-lei" is Chinese for "puppet".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He spends a good portion of the sequel comics trying to be a more decisive leader so as to atone for being a Puppet King. When talking with the Gaang, Kuei says his people suffered because of his ignorance and he can't let that happen again.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: He gets duped into this mindset in The Promise. When Zuko withdraws from the Harmony Restoration Movement and doubles-down on letting Fire Nation citizens who have intermarried and built a life in the Earth Kingdom remain in the older colonies, Kuei and his generals take it as an insult, and proceed to attack Yu Dao. When Aang tries to find a diplomatic solution, Kuei's retort indicates how ashamed he is of his ignorance during the war, his inability to do anything to stop it, and he insists that he's going to be a real man and do something about it now. Zuko, who was coached by Ozai to expect Kuei to respond this way, is already ready with his own army. Once he sees the actual violence that results, however, Kuei reclaims his Reasonable Authority Figure mantle, stops his army, and agrees with negotiate a third option with Zuko.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Once his eyes are opened to what's really going on in Ba Sing Se. Even before that, despite the Gaang breaking into his palace and laying waste to his guards, he does actually hear them out when he sees that they are willing to lay down their weapons and finds out Aang is the Avatar. And he does not take what they say at face value, he requires proof. Fortunately, they have some, leading to the aforementioned eye-opening.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In The Promise, he tries to become this by leading his army into battle. Then he really becomes this when he stops hostilities between the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation to actually figure out what the best course of action should be, and not just for the Earth Kingdom.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: He's never set foot outside of the palace in his life, and Long Feng has kept him oblivious to what's really going on in Ba Sing Se.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He immediately has Long Feng arrested and opts to take a direct approach to fighting the Fire Nation once he sees the war's effects for himself; even more so in The Promise, where he becomes a critical player in seeing that the fragile peace among the Four Nations is maintained.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Thinking Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee are the Kyoshi Warriors, he reveals that the Earth Kingdom is planning an invasion on the Fire Nation capital on the day of the solar eclipse - which, naturally, leads to the invasion's ultimate failure.
  • Walking the Earth: What he decides to do after Azula overthrows him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After he goes off to see the world we never see him again, though the comic Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise reveals he came back to rule the city. His daughter appears in the third season of The Legend of Korra as the hereditary ruler of the Earth Kingdom, and her great-nephew (and by extension Kuei's great-grandson) Wu is set to inherit the throne in the fourth season.
  • Younger than They Look: 25 years of age when he meets Team Avatar, though one couldn't be faulted to think he looks and sounds older at times.


Bosco the Bear

Voiced by: Clancy Brown

The Earth King's pet bear. No, not platypus-bear, bear. Ba Sing Se is weird. The Gaang attempts to meet the Earth King at his birthday party.


Fire Nation


Fire Sage Shyu

Voiced by: Michael Yama

Fire Sage Shyu is the first person from the Fire Nation to ally with and help Avatar Aang and his friends. He assists Aang in communicating with Aang's past life, Avatar Roku, who was also from the Fire Nation and who blames himself for the Hundred Year War. Through Shyu's aid, Aang learns that he must defeat Fire Lord Ozai, before the summer, because by then a giant comet will have arrived granting enormous power to the Fire Nation's Firebending armies. The Comet is what gave Ozai's grandfather Fire Lord Sozin the power to start the war and wipe out Aang's people, the Air Nomads.

  • Martial Pacifist: Shyu can certainly handle himself, but he would rather avoid fighting unless he absolutely has too.
  • Old Retainer: Still remains a loyal retainer to the Avatar, rather than the Fire Lord. Oddly enough, he seems to be the youngest of the Sages.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He betrays the other Sages in order to help Aang. He may be Fire Nation, but he's also a Sage destined to help the Avatar.
  • Turbulent Priest: Shyu turns against the Fire Sages and the Fire Nation, to help Avatar Aang and his friends. When questioned about why he betrayed the Fire Nation and helped the Avatar by the then Prince Zuko, Shyu simply says "It was once the sages' duty, I believe it is still our duty."
  • Warrior Monk: As a Fire Sage who knows the martial art of Firebending, Shyu and the other Fire Sages are naturally this.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Neither Shyu nor the other Fire Sages are ever seen again after the first season episode "Winter Solstice Part 2". He eventually reappears in Avatar: The Last Airbender - Smoke and Shadow.



Voiced by: Makoto Iwamatsu (original), Greg Baldwin (after Mako's death) (original); Mario Santander (Latin American Spanish)
"Sick of tea?! That's like being sick of breathing!"

Zuko's and Azula's uncle and Ozai's elder brother, Iroh was once the heir to the Fire Nation throne, a mighty general known as the "Dragon Of the West". After the death of his beloved son, Lu Ten, Iroh lost his thirst for conquest and retired, developing a new thirst for tea. Afterwards, Iroh came to think of Zuko as his own son. When Zuko was exiled, Iroh went along with him to mentor and protect him. While he tends to act very silly most of the time, he is one of the most capable of the cast, and likely a match for Ozai himself. And seriously, Iroh loves his tea.

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Firebending Demonstration and Duel

General Iroh demonstrates firebending form for Fire Prince Zuko / a duel between Zuko and Admiral Zhao

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