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The Promise

    Yu Dao Resistance

A group trying to prevent Yu Dao from being taken back by the Earth Kingdom.

In General

Kori Morishita

Kori is a citizen of Yu Dao, and despite being a Earthbender she is Fire Nation citizen and considers herself loyal to it.

  • The Cameo: She appears at the beginning of The Rift introducing the new diverse governing counsel of Yu Dao, two Fire Nation citizens, two earth nation citizens, also for added diversity two men, two women.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Played with. Kori wears both red and green, as she's an Earthbender yet also legally a Fire Nation citizen and thinks of herself as such.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Defied. She is an Earthbender and a Fire Nation citizen, is proud of being both, and is sick and tired of being told that her loyalties between the two have to conflict.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: She's an Earthbender.
  • Epic Flail: Wields a meteor hammer. Because the ball is made of stone, she can manipulate it with her earthbending for easy retrieval and trick moves.
  • Fight Like a Normal: Fights almost exclusively by swinging and bending her meteor hammer rather than more overt shows of earthbending. She isn't revealed to be an Earthbender until well after shes captured.
  • Karma Houdini: She tries to kill the Fire Lord twice and receives no kind of punishment for it.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Despite being both an Earthbender and of mixed nationality in a country that was until recently Fire-supremacist, Kori is legally a Fire Nation citizen because her father is one. Her dad being the governor probably doesn't hurt.
  • McNinja: Played With, she tries to assassinate Zuko while wearing a stereotypical ninja outfit. While she identifies with the Japan-based Fire Nation, she's an Earthbender who fights with a Meteor Hammer.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Her Establishing Character Moment is her attempt to assassinate Zuko for his support of the dissolution of the Fire Nation colonies, instead of trying to talk to him first.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Non-married example with Sneers. A Running Gag in Part 3 is that everyone who finds out about them first confusedly confirms that they're together, then enthusiastically congratulates him.


Not a comic only character, but has a much bigger role. Once a member of the Freedom Fighters, he later joins the Yu Dao Resistance.

  • The Bus Came Back: Makes his first appearance since "Jet".
  • Conflicting Loyalties: His old life and hatred for the Fire Nation vs. his new life and love who happens to be proud of her Fire Nation heritage.
  • Going Native: When he moved to Yu Dao to live with his uncle after Jet's Resistance was disbanded, his previous hatred for the Fire Nation mellowed out as he saw more decent residents and later started dating one. He even began to suggest that the city and their culture should be their own independent entity.
  • Heel Realization: Thanks to his time in Yu Dao, a city made up of both Earthbenders and Firebenders, he began to question his past beliefs on Jet's harsh methodology on the Fire Nation that led to clashes with the remaining members of his former group.
  • Running Gag: People congratulating him on his relationship with Kori, it happens so much that he starts to take offence.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Non-married example with Kori, and many people enthusiastically congratulate him for it.
  • With Us or Against Us:
    • Kori does this to him, after he lets it slip that he's part of the protest looking to evict the Fire Nation from Yu Dao. Although rather than frame it as an issue of nations, as she had done to Zuko in the first volume, Kori presents it as protecting the city of Yu Dao itself.
    • Uses a guilt-trip version of this on Aang.
    Sneers: This is it, Aang! You choose to either defend Yu Dao with us... or doom us.

    Toph's Metalbending Students

A group of kids Toph noticed had metalbending potential, and brought them in to train.

All of them:

  • Badass Crew: They start evolving into this over the course of the comics.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Ho-Tun, The Dark One, and Penga are big, thin and short, respectively.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Penga tries to impress Toph by showing her ability to spin helmets with metalbending, though her teacher is not impressed. When the trio joins the fight at Yu Dao, Penga saves Toph's life by blinding the Fire Nation soldiers with their own helmets.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Downplayed. Though they are all earthbenders, they are never shown manipulating earth itself. Instead, the trio is being trained specifically to become metalbenders.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Toph is this to them. A typical communication goes like this, "Stop slacking off, lily livers!"
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Toph believes they can subconsciously bend metal in moments of extreme distress and seeks to hone their skills.
  • Power Born of Madness: Played for laughs. Toph finds them when they demonstrate extreme emotion, which can ever-so-slightly affect nearby metal....But the only people who get extremely emotional in public are, in Sokka and Toph's words, "crazy people."
  • Rival Dojos: They stage a duel with Master Kunyo's firebending school over the property rights to a training dojo. The metalbenders win.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The three start out as a bunch of incompetent fools, as Ho-Tun is a coward, Penga is a spoiled brat and the Dark One is apathetic towards everything. After becoming metalbenders, they somewhat overcome their personal flaws and successfully defeat a group of firebenders.

"The Dark One"



The Search

    Ikem (Noren)

Ursa's former lover. He was ready to marry her, when Ozai came and forced her marry him. Ikem tried to intervene, but Ursa, worried about him and her family, made him give up. After Ursa was exiled she returned home to find Ikem had vanished, but soon discovers he was actually transformed into Noren. The two got married and had a daughter named Kiyi. He is now the step-father of Zuko and Azula.

  • Badass Normal: Gets the better of a firebending soldier with nothing but wooden prop swords.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Grows one after Ursa is forced to accept Ozai's proposal.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Ursa tells him that she "joyfully accepted" Ozai's proposal to stop his attempts to resist, which would almost certainly get him killed.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Hey, remember that nice family from Part 2, Noren, Noriko, and Kiyi? Noriko is actually Ursa with a new face and no memory of her royal life, and Noren is Ikem with a new face. Kiyi? Meet Zuko's half-sister he never knew about.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Was Ursa's childhood friend.
  • Cowardly Lion: Is said to be a coward, and is a stage actor probably with no formal combat training, but when Ursa is about to be taken away, he grabs a pair of prop swords and stands up to some Fire Nation soldiers armed with real weapons and Firebending. And delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle to them.
  • Dual Wielding : The aforementioned wooden prop swords.
  • Generation Xerox: He wears a mask and used (prop) swords near identical to Zuko's Blue Spirit disguise in a theater performance, hinting at the impliation he is Zuko's actual biological father. But this turns out to not be the case, though Zuko might have picked up the mask and sword use as Ursa did take him to other showings of the same play.
  • Good Stepfather: He eventually becomes Zuko's stepfather when the latter reunites with Ursa, and is a kind and understanding man; even when he knows Zuko is the son of the man who stole Ursa away from her home, family, and him. Far better than Ozai ever was.
  • The Hermit: Becomes one after losing Ursa.
  • Love at First Punch: Ikem fell in love with Ursa after she punched him in the stomach and kicked dirt in his face when they were six.
  • Luke, I Might Be Your Father: Zuko seemingly finds out via letter that his real father was not Ozai, but a man named Ikem. But the letter ends up being a lie to prove Ozai has been intercepting her letters.
  • Meaningful Name: Noren. The name is also of a character in "Love Amongst the Dragons" and has meaning to him. It's the name Ikem chose after gaining a new face, to maintain a connection to the acting troupe and by extension, Ursa.
  • Meaningful Rename: He completely discards the name "Ikem." He tells Ursa that he died when she left, and couldn't bear everyone's pity after she was taken, so when he returned with his new face, he just became Noren. Even Ursa calls him that exclusively.
  • Red Herring: Ikem dual-wields swords and wears a blue spirit mask like Zuko, and unlike Ozai is actually a good man, but unfortunately he's not Zuko's father.
  • Satellite Love Interest: His complete character is about his relationship with Ursa.
  • Spotting the Thread: Sees through Zuko's Paper-Thin Disguise instantly— specifically, he says he recognized Zuko by his very distinctive facial scar.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Ursa, who is forced to be engaged to Ozai. In an interesting twist of fate, Ursa changes her face and identity, being metaphorically reborn as a whole new person to marry him. She eventually does get her original face and identity back, finally being truly reunited with her one true love.
  • That Man Is Dead: He says he died after Ursa was taken away. Not literally, but he left town, got a new face, and came back as a different person. While Ursa goes back to her original face and name, she continues to address him as Noren, not Ikem.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Fire Nation soldiers laugh at him for threatening them with prop swords. Then he begins demolishing them.
  • Wicked Stepfather: Averted and actually somewhat Inverted. Ikem is actually a good man in contrast to Zuko's abusive Archnemesis Dad, so it goes without saying that Zuko prefers his stepfather to his biological one, and was at one point hoping he was actually Ikem's child and not Ozai's.


The daughter of Ikem and Noriko, AKA Princess Ursa, making her Zuko and Azula's half-sister. She is a rambunctious, adventure-loving child who has taken to having a new brother rather well.

  • Adopted into Royalty: As the current Fire Lord's half-sister, Kiyi is officially recognized as a member of the Fire Nation Royal Family despite having no direct connection to the bloodline. She was even included in the official family tree.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: She certainly has a love for excitement, and being involved in a dangerous ambush is all the more fun.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted. Zuko has a much better relationship with her than he did with Azula.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Manages to learn enough firebending to melt a steel door just by emulating what she saw Zuko do.
  • Big Brother Worship: She already considers Zuko her "new best friend".
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: She complicates Zuko and Azula's already complicated relationship by having a remarkably uncomplicated one with Zuko, adoring and admiring him. Meanwhile, Azula initially takes her entire existence as an insult, thinking Ursa had her as a replacement because Azula disappointed her. In Kiyi's second appearance, Azula expresses some mild admiration for her, but that's all.
  • Composite Character: She's got a mix of Zuko and Azula in her. She maintains Zuko's sweet personality, charm, and bravery but also has her big sister's feisty streak, tenacity, and ability to learn quickly.
  • Foil: To Azula, Zuko's other younger sister. Zuko and Azula share the same parents, while Kiyi only shares their mother. Kiyi is Unskilled, but Strong when it comes to firebending. Azula starved for their mother's affection while Kiyi's relationship with Ursa strained after she returned to her old self. Azula is cruel and broken while Kiyi is a sweet girl.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She affectionately calls Zuko by his old nickname, Zuzu, not realizing the significance of it. Fortunately, Zuko is okay with her referring him with it.
  • Little Miss Badass: She don't scare easy, and being kidnapped is at best a minor inconvenience. Her tenacity even impresses Azula. She is also a rather powerful firebender.
  • Mommy Issues: Her relationship with Ursa became incredibly strained after Ursa returned to her old self, but they reconcile by the end of Smoke and Shadow.
  • Playing with Fire: Revealed to be a firebender in Part 3 of Smoke and Shadow.
  • Practically Different Generations: Kiyi is Zuko’s younger half sister by at least 12 years.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Azula accuses Ursa of having Kiyi to try again with a normal daughter.
  • Shadow Archetype: Inverted to Azula. She's Azula if Azula wasn't neglected and grew up in a relatively healthy family and household.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Zuko with Suki.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Heavily implied. She doesn't have a proper teacher for firebending yet so she can't harness her power, but a lot of characters note her potential power.

    Rafa and Misu

A brother and sister pair the Gaang meets in the Forgotten Forest, they have been waiting for the Mother Of Faces for a year to make a request.

  • Action Girl: Misu. She even developed her own offensive waterbending technique, since being a woman in the North Tribe she couldn't learn regular offensive waterbending.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Misu spent decades trying to heal Rafa's face.
  • Brother–Sister Team: Rafa with his sister, Misu, who wants to heal his face.
  • Determinator: Misu in finding a way to heal her brother's face.
  • Facial Horror: Rafa badly disfigured his face in an accident and hides it behind a wooden mask. Until we learn in Part 3 that he's been suffering an even worse fate living without a face after Koh stole it. He can't eat, sleep or even talk.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The two of them. Literally in all sense of the word with Rafa.
  • Making a Splash: Misu as a waterbender

    The Mother of Faces

A powerful spirit who makes all the faces in the world. Once a year, she comes to the Forgotten Forest, and will fulfill one request.

  • Eldritch Abomination: She may be a somewhat benign example when she feels like it, but she definitely looks the part. She is the source of all human faces, being the one that gave humans individual identity to begin with.
  • Godzilla Threshold: She's strict on her "one request per season" rule, but if she finds someone who lost their face because of Koh, she will unconditionally restore that face.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Is revealed to be Koh the Face Stealer's mother. He steals faces because his mother crafts them, a fact that she wasn't aware of that leads her to fashion a new face to Rafa anyway as it is her form of atonement for her son's crimes.
  • The Omniscient: Powerful spirits like her know many things that mortals never find out. Aang believed she may know the answer to Ursa's disappearance.
  • Reality Warper: When the Mother of Faces visits her forest, face-like patterns appear on the animals and plants living in it. Aang, as the bridge between humans and spirits, is affected too, his face starting to wear expressions mimicking some of the patterns around him without being able to control it.
  • Sadistic Choice: Gives two of these, though one in a flashback.
    • She only grants one wish per season but Team Avatar had two favors that needed addressing thus the choice. Either ask for her help in finding Ursa, or address Rafa's face disfigurement. They INTENDED to do the latter, but Azula being Azula, cut in and yelled for the former, and it took some unforeseen circumstances to get the Mother of Faces to help Rafa. Ironically, had Azula not done so they likely would've NEVER found Ursa.
    • Noren/Ikem had taken Ursa to her for a new identity to keep her safe from Ozai but the Mother of Faces sensed that her pain lied deeper from her past life so she also gave a choice. She could take the memories of her Royal Life away however it would mean forgetting her children completely, or she could abstain and Ursa keep those memories but she would be under constant emotional pain from being separated from them. She chose to lose her memories, only being restored thanks to the first Sadistic Choice making the Mother of Faces a bit more agreeable.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She hates it when people ask for a new face when she put so much work into crafting the one they already have, which is why she only does it sparingly. If it's a victim to Koh's face stealing, no need to ask, because she hates his face stealing even more.


     New Ozai Society 

After Omashu was taken back by the Earth Kingdom, a group gathered to bring it back to Fire Nation hands.

In General

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The entire society didn't stand a chance against Mai, but their defeat was short-lived, and they're back on their feet by the time Smoke and Shadow rolls around.
  • Doomed by Canon: By the time we see the Fire Nation again in The Legend of Korra, it’s led by Zuko’s daughter, who took over after her father abdicated. There’s also the fact that we don’t see a single member in sight.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: They first appear in the free comic Rebound, which focuses on Mai. In the comic Smoke and Shadow, both Mai and the Ozai Society return.
  • Foregone Conclusion: By The Legend of Korra, Zuko has a long rule over the Fire Nation with his daughter taking over afterward. So safe to say, they never bring back the old regime, and they will have fallen apart by then.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Founded after Ozai's defeat, they cast their influence during the comics that take place after the war. The comic Rebound, taking place around the same time as The Promise introduces them. While Zuko was handling one conflict, the society is already beginning their behind-the-scenes planning. Their influence is also felt in The Rift, where it's revealed Satoru's parents joined them, forcing him to leave and end up with his bossy uncle.
  • The Remnant: They were founded by die-hard loyalists of Ozai's Empire.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The New Ozai Society, unlike the Imperial Fire Nation, is led by people who genuinely believe in its ideology.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: They are La Résistance in their own eyes but terrorists in Mai's.

Voiced by: Paul Eiding

Mai and Tom-Tom's father. Once the governor of Omashu, he was removed from office after the war. He remains loyal to Ozai.

  • All There in the Manual: His name is not mentioned in the show.
  • Ascended Extra: Didn't play much of a role in the show, but becomes a larger presence in Smoke and Shadow.
  • Avenging the Villain: He rallied Ozai-loyalists to take revenge against Zuko for Ozai's defeat.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Tries to claim Zuko threw her out. Mai tells him he knows it wasn't like that. He also claims Zuko destroyed his career after removing him from his governor position in Omashu, despite that A) Omashu reverted back to Earth Kingdom control and B) Zuko had offered him another position elsewhere.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He has the lofty goal of usurping Zuko, but his organization is effortlessly co-opted and dismantled by Azula.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Mai rejects his offer and decides to leave, he makes it clear that he doesn't want either of his children harmed in the ensuing fight.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: This seems to be a running theme for Mai, as her father felt confident enough that she would join his side to lead her right to their secret meeting place and tell her everything about their intentions. Clearly, it never crossed his mind that she would turn him down. He miscalculated her about as badly as Azula did.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Has become this since his loss of Omashu. Now, he leads a faction of Ozai-Loyalists, becoming a potential threat for Zuko.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He turns against his own New Ozai Society in the end after Azula's decision not to free the children as promised. This in turn causes him to escape with the children and turn himself in to the authorities willingly after Kiyi breaks them free from their cell.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Plans to do this with Tom-Tom, but Mai nips it in the bud.
  • Undying Loyalty: He does not believe Fire Lord Zuko has the Fire Nation's best interest at heart.
  • Unknown Rival: Mai's father is basically this to Zuko before Smoke and Shadow.

Kei Lo

A young man who shows interest in Mai.

  • Heel–Face Turn: Comes to realize the flaws behind the New Ozai Society when Ukano intends to have Zuko and his family assassinated.
  • The Informant: Mai doesn't like or trust Kei Lo at all, so by pretending to fall in love with him she can fish out intel about the New Ozai Society from him. Turns out the intel Kei Lo received was faulty, because Ukano sensed his dedication was thinning.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Mai protests when Kei Lo begins leading her down a dark alley, telling him he's crazy if he thinks she's "going down a dark, deserted stairwell with a guy I just met." Of course, he has something different in mind.
  • It Meant Something to Me: Kei Lo insists to Mai that he enjoyed this assignment because he really is attracted to her. However, Mai doesn't buy it, because she feels like he set her up.
  • Love Redeems: It is partially his genuine feelings for Mai that influenced him to turn his back on the New Ozai Society.

The Rift

    The Air Acolytes
From the left: Yee-Li, Jingbo, and Xing Ling.

Once they were merely an Avatar Aang fan club, but during The Promise, after helping Aang quell the trouble in Yu Dao and showing him that they are trying to keep Air Nomad culture alive, he renames them the Air Acolytes. In the The Rift, three of them (Xing Ying, Yee-li, and Jingbo) join the Gaang in helping Aang to recreate the Yangchen Festival.

  • Badass Normal: In The Promise, they fought both sides of the Yu Dao revolution and were more than a match for anyone. In The Rift, however, they do not do much fighting, mainly because Aang won't let them.
  • Bald Mystic: Downplayed; Xing Ying shaved the front half of her head to imitate the style of Avatar Yangchen and the Air Nomad nuns.
  • Car Fu: Jingbo uses a forklift to try and take out one of the Rough Rhinos, but is stopped from "squishing" him by Xing Ying and Yee-Li.
  • Fish out of Water: In The Rift, they have some trouble rectifying what they know of Air culture with Aang's interpretation, as well as dealing with the Gaang's rather blasé feelings about rules. Not helping matters is Aang and Toph's constant arguing over every decision.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In The Promise, not knowing that they were the marks of a Master Airbender, Xing Ying is quite shocked when Aang responds to the reveal that her tattoos are real with anger. In The Rift, she wears a head band to try and cover them up.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: They take on the trappings of Air Nomad culture without truly understanding it, which Aang at first finds insulting. After they prove themselves, he takes them under his wing so that he has people to share his culture with.
  • Ship Tease: Yee-Li takes an interest in Toph's metalbending student, The Dark One, in Part 3 of The Rift.
  • Tagalong Kid: Jingbo, as the youngest, fills this role in The Rift.
  • The Medic: In both The Promise and The Rift, they help take care of injured.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In The Rift Aang enters the Spirit World while he and the three acolytes are having a picnic; they are very unconcerned and continue eating. The only comment made is to reassure the shopkeeper that there is nothing to worry about.


The current supervisor of a joint Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom mining operation.

  • Call-Forward:
    • Satoru has invented an assembly line process based entirely on machines that non-benders can use, clearly the beginning of the more mechanized world seen in Korra. At the end of Part 3, the Cabbage Merchant, who will go on to found an automobile company, expresses interest in his forklift.
    • His name also has a suspiciously similar resemblance to Asami and Hiroshi Sato, making him a possible ancestor. His Hold Your Hippogriffs Catchphrase is even "Flying Fire Ferrets!"
  • Extreme Doormat: To his Uncle and pretty much everyone else.
  • Fanboy: A huge fanboy of the Gaang, especially Toph.
  • Freudian Slip: Toph to Satoru, and lampshaded by Katara and Sokka right away:
    Toph: I would love to be in a partnership with you—I mean, the refinery.
    Sokka: Is it just me, or is there some serious oogie-osity going on over there?
    Katara: I think it's sweet. We almost never get to see Toph's softer side.
  • Implausible Deniability: Satoru insists that the river pollution is from natural causes and not the fault of the factory. Toph confirms that he's telling the truth, or at least thinks he is.
  • The Runaway: Like Toph, he ran away from home, because like Mai, his parents are Ozai loyalists.
  • Ship Sinking: Given the Ship Tease with Toph and his wavy hair, fans suspected he was the father of Toph's daughter Lin from the Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra. However, in the episode "Operation Beifong", Toph names Lin's father as being some unknown guy called "Kanto", though the door's still open for Satoru to potentially be Suyin's father with the information that Lin and Suyin are only maternal half-sisters.
  • Ship Tease: Toph quickly gets a crush on him, but their relationship is soured as Toph's family issues come to the fore, and she accuses him of "acting like a sniveling flunky" to his uncle (her father's business partner).

    Nutha and Niyok
Niyok and Nutha.

A pair of sisters from the Southern Water Tribe who were friends with Katara and Sokka before the two left with Aang. Katara meets the two as they are working at Loban's refinery.


Lao Beifong's business partner and Satoru's uncle.

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He is running a hidden iron mine underneath the legit crystal one. Even without the possibility of ticking off a powerful spirit, it's polluting the river and could potentially collapse the entire town.
  • Evil Uncle: He verbally abuses Satoru.
  • Fat Bastard: He is verbally abusive towards his nephew Satoru and doesn't give a crap about his workers' safety, to the point of running an unstable iron mine behind his business partner's back.
  • Foil: Loban and Lao Beifong have two differences: business conduct and family. While Lao is more generous and honest than Loban, Loban had proven to have better relation with his nephew Satoru than Lao's strained relations with his daughter Toph.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Satoru saves him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He runs an unstable mine of iron, ignoring the security problem and even stopping Lao when the latter tries to get the workers evacuated. In the end of Part 2, he is trapped inside the collapsed mine.
  • Pet the Dog: He gave Satoru a home, food, and a job after he ran away from his parents.

    Lady Tienhai

A spirit who used to tend the seashore.

  • Bodyguard Crush: Implied with General Old Iron, who protected and was friends with Lady Tienhai.
  • Death Is Cheap: At the end of Part 3, she tells Aang that while a spirit in human form will die, it just means they will go back to being a spirit, though it may take a bit of time to return to their original power.
  • Humans Are Special: She loves humans and at times would take on a human form to walk among them. During one such moment, she met and fell in love with a human, and decided to stay with him long enough to die as a human.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She fell in love with a human and lived out a human life until she died; Old Iron felt her death but didn't know the details, so he assumes her spirit was what was destroyed.
  • We Used to Be Friends: General Old Iron and Lady Tienhai were friends until General Old Iron tried to kill the humans.

    General Old Iron

A giant humanoid spirit who protected Lady Tienhai. After she passed away centuries later, General Old Iron went on a rampage against the people that caused Tienhai's death, though relented after having struck a deal with Avatar Yangchen. However, 102 years after the genocide of the Air Nomads, with the land having been defiled by humans and his old armor being stolen, he rises again and threatens destruction of the city.

  • Elemental Armor: General Old Iron encases himself in iron plates when he's attacking, making it difficult for even the Avatar to match him. Unfortunately for him, Toph invented metalbending since the last time he was awake.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: General Old Iron wishes retribution for the death of Lady Tienhan, his friend. Avatar Yangchen started her festival to placate him, but with the Air Nomad genocide there's been no one around to perform it and the mining certainly isn't helping.
  • Humans Are Bastards: He really hates humans, and finds the Avatar to be a false ambassador, as a human would never side with spirits over humans.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: General Old Iron went on one of these when Lady Tienhai was seemingly murdered.
  • We Used to Be Friends: General Old Iron and Lady Tienhai were friends until General Old Iron tried to kill the humans.

    Master Boma

An older man chaperoning Yangchen, who promised the Air Nomad nuns that he would look after her.

  • No Badass to His Valet: Yangchen insists she's fine, because she's a fully-realized Avatar. Boma reminds her that she only mastered her fourth element a week ago.
  • The Promise: To look after Yangchen until she was ready to be on her own. "It's never a good idea to break a promise to a nun!"
  • The Watson: His main story function is to give Yangchen someone to talk to.

Smoke and Shadow

    The Kemurikage

Spirits who were once believed to be from Fire Nation children's tales, but revealed they truly exist. They seek Fire Lord Zuko's overthrow and believe the Fire Nation to be weak under him.

  • Antagonist Title: Indirectly; "kemuri" and "kage" are the Japanese words for "smoke" and "shadow", respectively.
  • Arc Villain: They are the central antagonists of Smoke And Shadow, as they seek Zuko's overthrow and see him as a weak ruler on the throne, eventually making Ukano a thrall to their plot. This ends up being subverted, because a real Kemurikage revealed that until recently, they haven't set foot in the mortal realm since the first Fire Lord united the warring lands. The Kemurikage that Mai had been seeing were nothing more than female cultists who are trying to manipulate Zuko.
  • Bold Inflation: This is their manner of speaking, as they place emphasis on several words. The fake ones, not the real ones.
  • Death by Despair: Their backstory is that these are the spirits of mothers who died of grief after losing their children.
  • Exact Words: The Kemurikage tells Ukano "Act NOW. REDEEM yourself. Or SUFFER." To Ukano, that last part was self-explanatory to him, and he knew it meant him and his family will suffer if Zuko remains on the throne. Since Ukano failed however, the Kemurikage was about to make him suffer as punishment. In addition, Ukano begged for one more month. The spirit granted the extension, and warned him he will lose all that is dear to him. Key word is ALL. It didn't say it won't take ONE of his loved ones.
  • Hive Mind: They all seem to share the same consciousness, and usually only one of them speaks at a time.
  • Real After All: They weren't supposed to be real; they were created as a legend in Fire Nation children's stories to make them behave. However, it turns out they were real all along, from a long, forgotten time when the Fire Nation was under a period of strife. But of course, Mai, Zuko, Kei Lo, and Aang are the only mortals in over a millennia to have ever laid eyes on the actual spirit, because these ghosts were appeased long after the Fire Nation's aeon of strife, and it wasn't until after Mai summoned one that they returned.
  • Vengeful Ghost: The Kemurikage are the ghosts of weeping mothers who died of grief after their children were forcibly taken away, and as vengeance, against the warlord who did the deed.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ukano failed to overthrow Zuko the first chance he got, and the Kemurikage was about to inflict punishment on Ukano. It does give Ukano one more month after he begs, and threatens to take his loved ones if he fails again. However, the Kemurikage takes Tom-Tom to show they are NOT messing around.

    The First Fire Lord

The first person to unite the disparate warlords of the islands that would eventually become the Fire Nation. His relation to the current Fire Nation Royal Family is ambiguous, since he ruled millennia ago and his bloodline may have died out, but he is certainly their predecessor.

  • Founder of the Kingdom: Of the Unifier type. He united various petty kingdoms and warlords into one unified nation as the fledgling Fire Nation.
  • The Good King: We don't see much of his reign, but the Kemurikage praise him for uniting the warlords and putting an end to the centuries of warfare between the various warlords. Even without knowing his actual policies, we can assume his reign was a welcome change.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: With the Fire Nation being mainly based, politically speaking, on Meiji-era Japan, it seems that the first Fire Lord is primarily based on Tokugawa Ieyasu, the man who united Japan following the Waring States Period. Their outfits are even similar, although the Fire Lord's outfit is white rather than black, like Tokugawa's. This also contradicts with the canon in The Legend of Korra which established that the first Fire Lord was a sage from the Burmese-styled Bhanti Tribe.
  • Un-person: He was part of the history Sozin retconned in an attempt at making himself the "start of history"



The owner of a seashell shop.

  • Bullying a Dragon: Attacks Suki even when he just saw her easily knock out Jojan.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Suki easily dodges his fire blasts, and knocks him out with Chi-Blocking punches.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Views all female customers as "fake collectors", tries to throw out Suki when she complains about this, and demands Sokka to teach Suki "some manners".
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Seems annoyed when Giya knows more about shells than him, but goes right back to smug when she tries to buy one.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Coats his shells with lacquer to make them look more valuable, and tries to give Sokka a "discount" of 2 for 30 even though that's what they normally sell for.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: His firebending rage only sets his seashells on fire, revealing his scam with lacquer.
  • Playing with Fire: Is a firebender, not that it does him any good.


San's bouncer.

  • Bouncer: Throws out any customers his boss does not like.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When he tries to drag Suki out of the store, she easily throws him to the ground.
  • The Dragon: To his boss San.


A girl who visted San's while Sokka and Suki did.

  • I Just Want to Be Special: Wishes she could fight like Suki, to defend herself from bullies. Suki teaches Giya and her friends how to fight like the Kyoshi warriors
  • Smarter Than You Look: Is able to identify a shell and its age with a single glance, which surprises San.

North and South

    Malina and Maliq 

A Brother–Sister Team from the Northern Water Tribe who manage the construction company bought in to help the Southern Water Tribe rebuild after the Hundred Year War.

Both of them

  • Brother–Sister Team: They're siblings who are leading the North's efforts to rebuild the South.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: When their true motives are revealed at the festival Malina tries to calm the villagers by owning up to it and claiming she changed her mind; Maliq on the other hand has a bit of a freak out and rants that the Southerners are too primitive while Malina desperately tries to get him to shut up.
  • Foreign Exchange Student: Both of them have spent large parts of their lives outside of the North Pole, studying at Ba Sing Se University.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Sokka mistakenly assumes that Malina and Maliq are married. They're actually siblings, and Malina seems to be in love with Hakoda.
  • White Man's Burden: The North originally wanted to colonize the South for their oil reserves. Ostensibly to help the South recover, because the North believes the South can't handle becoming a worldwide economic power yet. Malina rejected these ideas after falling in love with Hakoda, Maliq didn't.


  • Heroic Sacrifice: Thanks to Gilak's last desperate attempt to kill her, she, Hakoda, and Aang almost end up following him down the mountain, but Malina decides Aang and Hakoda are more important so after telling him she loves him Malina lets go of Hakoda's hand to fall to her death, although, luckily, Katara saved her instead.
  • Love Redeems: While we don't see it, she herself says she wasn't much better then her brother when she first came to the Southern Tribe, but her relationship with Hakoda made her change her way of thinking about the south.
  • Making a Splash: She is a waterbender but not very skilled in combat as she mostly uses it to help with construction.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Hakoda himself is in love with her. While Sokka is mostly okay with it, Katara can barely stand the woman at first.


  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed at first, but Maliq's affability tends to crack when things don't go the way he wants. When Katara and Sokka fail to recover his briefcase or capture the thieves, he gets angry, and condescendingly remarks about how the South's law enforcement is so lax compared to the North, which wouldn't have allowed the criminals to escape. Gilak also suggests that he and Malina have something sinister planned — and he's over half-right. There's a ridiculous amount of oil in the South, and Maliq and Malina want to nationalize it, which would put it under the complete control of the North. Malina just changed her mind after meeting Hakoda.
  • Call-Forward: Like the Equalists, he believes that technology is needed to put benders and non-benders on even footing, which is what makes him and Sokka get along at first.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Though he does, barely, but maybe telling an entire army of angry soldiers as well as every southerner in ear shot that they are uncivilised scum who deserve to be taken advantage of isn't the best move.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: When Katara defends him from Gilak's brutes, Maliq says that he knew she "wasn't one of them". Malina tells him to shut up.


A warrior from the Southern Water Tribe who fought alongside Hakoda during the Hundred Year War, and the leader of a group of rebels who suspect the North of attempting to colonise the South.

  • Arc Villain: The main antagonist of North and South.
  • Beard of Evil: The villain of the comic, and he has a prominent beard.
  • Disney Villain Death: His hatred of foreigners, especially Malina, is so great that when she is literally the only thing keeping him from falling thousands of feet into a chasm, he tries to stab her.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Of Kuvira, in that both of them are happy to take extreme measures for their nations' sake, have little love for foreigners, and eventually decide that their nation would be better off with them in charge.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He's completely unable to imagine a foreign nation wanting to help the South for any reason other than a desire for more power.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is loathe to put his faith on anyone who doesn't come from the South Pole, being burned by Fire Nation incursions, or being neglected by their sister tribe.
  • Freudian Excuse: Gilak and other supporters have experienced the devastation of Hundred Year War and various conflicts he participated overseas, which made him wary about his xenophobia.
  • He Knows Too Much: Gilak refuses to let Katara and Sokka leave with the knowledge of what he's planning unless they also commit to supporting him
  • Kick the Dog: Stabbing Hakoda when he calmly tries to fraternize with him and talk him out of his extremism.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: Gilak's goal is to preserve Southern Water Tribe culture. This sounds noble but it quickly becomes apparent that his definition of preservation is the violent removal of any foreign influence as well as the vicious silencing of anyone that isn't at least blindy supportive of his extreme methods.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • After returning to the city, Katara notes that Gilak may be right, and the tribe is becoming like the a cheap imitation of the North. Sokka, however, disagrees, seeing it as progress. It becomes problematic to the point that Gilak won't accept any compromise.
    • Doubled up in part 2; the world's largest oil deposit is in the South, which Malina openly advocates the South using to industrialize, and Toph has been summoned on behalf of the Earthen Fire Refinery to speak further. However, their original plans were for the North to decide how the oil is extracted, used and shipped, as they didn't believe the South to be advanced enough to use it properly. Malina changed her mind after meeting Hakoda, but Maliq didn't - Gilak is very justifiably pissed off, especially because evidence for this was all in the briefcase.
    • His fears are proven correct in the end, as after Aang's passing the Northern Water Tribe did eventually subjugate and take over the South, and it was not until the Water Tribe Civil War in The Legend of Korra that the Southern Water Tribe was able to regain their independence.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He's first introduced as an old war buddy of Hakoda's. By the last third of Part 2, he considers Hakoda a traitor to the South and is more than willing to try and kill him.


Gilak's loyal follower and second-in-command of the Southern Nationalists. While he may certainly look old and fragile, he is not to be underestimated.

  • A Father to His Men: He treats his disciples with a lot of care, he even taught them how to Chi block.
  • Badass in Distress: He's imprisoned after Katara immobilises him. However, he's later broken out by Gilak and a defected guard.
  • Badass Normal: He is more than capable of dealing with skilled benders such as Katara (if only temporarily), and his Chi blocking can paralyze non-benders with ease.
  • The Brigadier: Of the Southern Nationalists.
  • Brother–Sister Team: His disciples, of whom he passed on his chi blocking techniques to.
  • Cool Old Guy: He may be elderly but can hold himself in a fight with people more than half his age with his chi blocking techniques.
  • De-power: He's a skilled chi blocker.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • He is one to Bato, being a Number 2 to one of the leaders in the South.
    • He is also one to King Bumi, being presented as an old man who can easily handle himself in a fight.
  • Evil Old Folks: His age does not hinder his chances in a fight.
  • Faux Affably Evil: After Katara refuses to join Gilak's cause for a second time, he drops all pretenses of being affable and chi blocks her with ease.
  • Older Sidekick: Essentially acts as this to Gilak.
  • Undying Loyalty: He has this to Gilak and the Southern Nationalist movement.
  • We Need a Distraction: Not him, but his disciples do this in order to steal the briefcase that had evidence of what the North was planning to do with the South's oil supply.

    Construction Workers

Noa, Kam and Soonjei were hired by Malina and Maliq to help in the Southern Reconstruction Project, by using their bending abilities to rebuild the South's villages from scratch.

In General

  • Butt-Monkey: Whenever they end up fighting, they are guarenteed to be beaten by one of the Gaang.
  • Chaotic Neutral: They work for Malina and Maliq, and don't seem to have any malicious goals, but they are huge jerks.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Noa and Kam wear blue to signify that they are from the Northern Water Tribe, while Soonjei wears green to show that he's from the Earth Kingdom.
  • Jerkass: They are most definately this.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: They give up fighting Sokka and Katara when Katara almost squashes them with an ice-mace.
  • Mundane Utility: They use their bending primarily for construction projects, as they aren't very good at using them to fight.
  • No OSHA Compliance: They didn't think that they should have had a fence around their construction zone, so they wouldn't have to attack any trespassers that stray to close.
  • Poor Communication Kills: During the festival attack, they come to the aid of Malina and Maliq, but don't seem to recognise that its the Southern Nationalists that are taking part in the attack, not the Gaang.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They seem to be all-to-willing to attack children that stray too close to their construction zone.




    Siku and Sura

Two sisters who are the first waterbenders of the Southern Water Tribe to have emerged following the end of the Hundred Year War. Their mother sent them to Pakku in order to be taught as proper waterbenders, though they are rather reluctant to do so.

  • Girlish Pigtails: Sura has these.
  • Making a Splash: They're both waterbenders, the first to have emerged from the South since Katara.
  • Mama Bear: Their mother told them not to show their waterbending in public because she feared that the Fire Nation navy would take them away.
  • Rule of Cool: They regard Katara's relationship as Aang to be this.
  • Shrinking Violet: They are rather shy about telling Katara and Pakku about their waterbending abilities, and tend to make a run for it whenever they are confronted about it.
  • Sibling Team
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: After being forced to hide their waterbending for such a long time, and then suddenly being told that it's now perfectly okay to do so, they aren't too fond of showing their abilities. They do however, agree to use their abilities more at the end of the trilogy.
  • Those Two Girls
  • Willfully Weak: They were told to keep their waterbending abilities a secret so that the Fire Nation wouldn't take them away.



A high ranking member of the city council. She is a manipulative woman who seeks to drive benders to violence against non-benders for some unexplained goal as of yet.

  • Arc Villain: The leader of the movement against non-benders in Imbalance.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Liling is clearly the exact opposite of Amon. Amon claimed that benders were using that power to oppress nonbenders, and that all people should be equal. Liling claims nonbenders are trying to replace benders, and that the strong are the natural rulers.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: She deconstructs the Big Bad. Team Avatar realize she's merely become the face of legitimate issues so widespread someone else would have taken her place in her absence. Thus defeating her wouldn't solve the conflict as they're a symptom not cause, and would risk making the issue worse.
  • Don't Create a Martyr: Part of why Aang chooses not to take away her bending; It would simply fuel bender resentment and fear of him, and further polarize the divide between benders and non-benders.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Claims that Ba Sing Se fell due purely to Earth King Kuei not being a bender, but completely ignores the fact that Omashu, a city ruled by Bumi (an extremely powerful Earth Bender) fell to the Fire Nation first (granted, Bumi actually surrendered as part of a long con, but the point still stands.)
  • The Social Darwinist: She believes that benders are the rightful leaders of society, and must hold on to their power by whatever means necessary.


One of Liling's two daughters, Yaling is an earthbender like her mom. She's the workhorse, and frankly, not the brightest of the bunch.

  • Dark Action Girl: Prefer bending and action over small talk.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: To date, she's the only non-Avatar bender who's defeated Toph in a fight. In the original show, Toph had remained undefeated in the series proper outside of her sole loss against Aang. And even in the tie-in comics, she battled to a draw against King Bumi, debatably the world's strongest earthbender at that point in time. In Imbalance, Yaling battles Toph and after an intense fight, knocks the Blind Bandit to the ground and has Toph at her mercy at least before Sokka saves her and knocks Yaling out from behind with his boomerang.
  • Disappeared Dad: There's no mention of Yaling's father.
  • Idiot Hair: She has a string of hair that constantly stick up in the air.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Yaling is the Action Girl while her sister Ru is the diplomatic non-action girl.


Daughter of Liling. Unlike her sister and mother, she has no bending ability yet does have the same silver tongue her mother has. However, the conflict of the town also affects her, as she feels the threat of benders against non-benders will put her in the cross-fire.

Katara and the Pirate's Silver


The leader of the Flying Wolfbat crew, she employs Katara's help to help her ship get past a Fire Nation blockade.

  • Badass Normal: She’s a nonbender who's a skilled swordfighter and effective tactician.
  • Bald of Authority: She has a shaved head and is the leader of the Flying Wolfbat crew.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: She and her crew dress in Earth Army uniforms and pretend to be collaborators with the Fire Nation so they can get past the Fire Navy blockade. It almost works, but one Fire Nation soldier recognizes Jiang’s ship, so they have to fight their way out.
  • Exact Words: Jiang says she'll earn a lot of "silver" for what's in the crates, so Katara naturally assumes she'll demand payment for the medicine. It turns out that the payment Jiang wanted was silver lily flowers.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: She sports a few facial scars from past scuffles, and looks quite badass with them.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: She and her crew steal medicine from the Earth Kingdom army and give it to poor citizens who need it.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Played with. Jiang doesn't have the highest opinion of the Earth Kingdom government and army, since they abandoned the poor townsfolk she identifies with and fights to protect, but she’s still a proud Earth Kingdom citizen.
  • Pirate Girl: Subverted. Jiang used to be a pirate, but once the Fire Nation invaded the local area, she and her crew swore an oath to fight the Fire Nation and help their people whenever possible.
  • Vague Age: She looks relatively young, however at the end of the comic she says she’s getting too old for little adventures.

Toph Beifong's Metalbending Academy


A young lavabender from Yu Dao who participates in underground tournaments to make money.

  • Blaming "The Man": He doesn’t like the Earth King and his soldiers, and initially refuses Toph's offer to join her academy because she works with the Avatar, but quickly changes his mind because joining the academy means he won’t sleep outside anymore.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's an earthbender.
  • Free-Range Children: He leads a gang full of them.
  • Hope Bringer: In a way, he manages to serve as one for Toph. She had grown extremely bored with her academy and disliked that the underground fighters in Yu Dao saw her as "the man", but getting the chance to teach a lavabender reinvigorates her.
  • Magma Man: He's a lavabender, and the earliest known one who isn't an Avatar.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He's immediately apologetic when he realizes the warehouse is about to collapse thanks to his lavabending.
  • Power Incontinence: His lavabending is powerful, but he can’t fully control it, leading to him accidentally melting a warehouse's supports. Eventually Toph offers him a place in her academy so he can improve his earthbending.
  • Street Urchin: He and his friends live on the streets, and compete in underground bending tournaments since it's the only way they can make money. They eventually enlist in the academy largely because Toph can provide them with free beds.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Sun could easily pass as female, and isn't referred to with any pronouns until the end of the comic, where he's shown to be male.

Suki, Alone


An Earth Kingdom thief who Suki befriends at the Boiling Rock. Together, the two of them plan to grow plants for the prisoners, but all is not as it seems...

  • Arc Villain: She's not really a villain, but she does serve as the antagonist of Suki's story.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Biyu betrayed Suki and her fellow prisoners giving their secret garden to the Warden, who rewarded her with privileges like a fancy room, a better uniform and better food.
  • Did You Actually Believe...?: She asks Suki if she actually believed they were friends after being confronted by her betrayal toward her and their fellow prisoners.
  • False Friend: She only went along with Suki's plan as a way of getting better food, but when they were discovered by the guards, Biyu revealed their secret garden to the Warden to save herself from punishment.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: By the end of the comic, Biyu has gotten privileges in the prison, but she's still a prisoner.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Averted. Biyu was imprisoned after a Fire Nation general's son fell in love with her, but she didn't love him back.
    Suki: I'm sorry you lost your boyfriend.
    Biyu: He wasn't my boyfriend, he was just some guy.

Alternative Title(s): Avatar The Last Airbender The Promise, Avatar The Last Airbender The Search, Avatar The Last Airbender The Rift, Avatar The Last Airbender Rebound, Avatar The Last Airbender Smoke And Shadow, Avatar The Last Airbender North And South, Avatar The Last Airbender Imbalance