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The four Avatars that came before Aang, listed in descending order. Even after their deaths, they serve as Spirit Advisors for the current Avatar, and can lend Aang their power through the Avatar State. Since Roku is the one that came directly before Aang, he does most of the advising.


  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • Roku is Phlegmatic; best shown by his dealings with Sozin, he was kind, forgiving, and placed great stock in peace and harmony. Blames himself for the Hundred Year War.
    • Kyoshi was Choleric; very task-oriented and exhibited greater leadership in her role as Avatar, dictating terms to the Earth King and created the Dai Li to protect the Earth Kingdom's cultural heritage.
    • Kuruk was Sanguine; he was extroverted and people-oriented, very friendly and a "go with the flow" kind of Avatar. Unfortunately, he was also impulsive and self-indulgent to compensate for the fact he was Secretly Dying thanks to his constant battles with dark spirits.
    • Yangchen was Melancholic; like Kyoshi, she was very task-oriented and dedicated to keeping things hunky dory. By force if necessary. Of all the Avatars, she displays the most willingness to use violence if no other options present themselves.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Goes with the territory; an Avatar's eyes glow when they enter the Avatar State.
  • Iconic Item: Kyoshi's fans and crown, Roku's crown, and possibly Kuruk's bear headdress. Air Nomads like Yangchen disapprove of material possessions, but she is usually seen wearing meditation beads like the ones Aang uses in the comics.
  • Killed Off for Real: Well, they're all dead by the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but in The Legend of Korra when Unalaq merges with Vaatu and destroys Raava, all the spirits of the past Avatars were destroyed and did not return when she did. Meaning that neither Korra nor any future Avatar may ever consult or see Aang or any of the previous Avatars ever again.
  • Men Act, Women Are: Gender Inverted. It's the two female Avatars, Kyoshi and Yangchen, who unambiguously endorse the option of Aang killing Fire Lord Ozai, while the two male Avatars, Roku and Kuruk, only give him vague suggestions about "being decisive" and "shaping your own destiny," respectively. Likewise, Roku allowed Sozin to live, and openly regrets not killing him when he had the chance, and Kuruk admits he was a "go with the flow" Avatar, which worked against him. Kyoshi, on the other hand, openly defies Chin the Conqueror and lets him fall to his death (and bluntly admits to it), as well dictating terms to the Earth King himself; Yangchen, implied both through the show and the comics, was very pro-active and unrestrained in dealing with threats to the world's balance and peace.
  • One-Man Army: A fully realized Avatar has god-like power. Aang, when he was a child and only mastered one of the four elements, wiped out fourteen ships without the Avatar State. These guys have all four elements and a lot more practice.
  • Reincarnation: All of them are Aang's past lives. Aang himself is Korra's past life.
  • Spirit Advisor: Every past Avatar becomes one of these to the current-living-avatar. Aang talks to Roku the most because he is Aang's immediate predecessor. As of season 2 of The Legend of Korra this is no longer the case: all of the past Avatar spirits were destroyed, and so Korra and any Avatars after her cannot seek advice from Aang or anyone before him.
  • Wizards Live Longer: Avatars normally enjoy an extended lifespan, such as Kyoshi (who lived to be the oldest Avatar, at 230). However, they are still vulnerable to violent deaths, such as Roku who died in a volcanic eruption at age 70. Aang is a more complicated case; chronologically he's 112 but biologically 12 and dies when he is biologically 66 because of the time he spent frozen in the iceberg, Averted with Kuruk, who only lived to be 33. It's unclear to the world whether or not he died of natural causes, although in The Shadow of Kyoshi it's revealed that Kuruk spent much of his time as Avatar fighting corrupted spirits caused by Yangchen's decisions regarding the spirit world, and each battle drained his life force.
  • Women Are Wiser: Yangchen has the most successful tenure of the four note  and Kyoshi ended hers without regrets because the Da Li weren't corrupt under her watch. note  On the other hand, Kuruk is still making up for his mistakes three generations later and Roku is riddled with guilt.

    Roku 

Avatar Roku

Voiced by: James Garrett (original), Sergio Schmied and Carlos Carvajal (Latin American Spanish)

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"In my life, I tried to be disciplined and show restraint, but it backfired when Fire Lord Sozin took advantage of my restraint and mercy. If I had been more decisive and acted sooner, I could have stopped Sozin and stopped the War before it started. I offer you this wisdom, Aang: You must be decisive."

Roku is a Fire Nation Avatar and the one directly preceding Aang. He blames himself for the war, and with good reason — he was close friends with Fire Lord Sozin and was unwilling to kill him in order to put a stop to Sozin's imperialism before it got out of hand.


  • Appeal to Force: Scares Jeong-Jeong into training Aang, against the other man's better judgement, whatever his reasons for doing so. This was a recurring pattern with him, as demonstrated when he responded to Sozin's first colonies by threatening him, then obliterating half his palace in a brutal Curbstomp Battle and informing him that if he steps out of line again, he'll kill him. It's worth pointing out that in the later case. Roku actually sees what he did as the opposite of this trope. As far as he's concerned, he was being soft on his former friend, merely trying to show him humility. In hindsight he fully believes he should've killed Sozin right there and prevented the entire war and the century of devastation that followed.
  • The Atoner: With the complication that, because Roku is dead, he can't do any of his atoning himself. All he can do is guide and try to influence Aang. This intensifies the conflict in The Promise, because Roku's desperation to atone for the crimes Sozin committed because of his leniency causes him to overcompensate and double-down on what he should have done — neutralize the Fire Lord and dismantle the colonies — 112+ years ago, unable to understand that the moment has passed and the situation has drastically changed.
  • Badass Beard: Roku has one, fitting in with the "wise old mentor" visual.
  • Badass Boast: In addition to what's mention to Appeal to Force, Roku is prone to flexing the fact that he is the Avatar, and that challenging him is therefore a bad idea.
    To Jeong-Jeong "You think I am weak? I have mastered the elements a thousand times across a thousand lifetimes! Now I must do so again."
  • Berserk Button: It seems he hates being called "weak", possibly because he feels he was too soft on Sozin. When Jeong-Jeong says Aang isn't strong enough to learn firebending, he immediately appears, berates Jeong-Jeong, and tells him that he will teach Aang firebending (though he may have been doing so to make Aang understand that he was trying firebending too soon).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He doesn't take Sozin occupying Earth Kingdom territory well and proceeds to effortlessly defeat him in battle. Sozin only lived because Roku didn't want to kill him.
  • Broken Pedestal: Aang has a moment of this to Roku during the Promise trilogy after finding out that Zuko is his great grandson and he still wants Aang to kill him. After the Yu Dao incident is over Aang contacts Roku and calls him out for trying to get him to kill Zuko who is technically family to him with this revelation. Aang eventually decides that Roku has nothing more to teach him and cuts off his connection to him though not without some clear sadness. The two would eventually reconcile in The Rift trilogy but that wasn't until a year after the previous trilogy.
  • The Cameo: He makes a few fleeting appearances in The Legend of Korra:
    • He is the Firebending Avatar who appears in the show intro.
    • He is present when Aang restores Korra's connection to the other elements besides air.
    • The Avatar spirit takes on his form in "Beginnings, Part 1".
    • Finally, he is shown being wiped from existence along with the other pre-Korra Avatars when Unalaq and Vaatu destroy Raava.
  • Cool Old Guy: Technically speaking, all of them qualify to one extent or another, but Roku fits the spirit of the trope the most. Aside from helping Aang out the most, he is the only one who chooses to appear as an older man (his appearance when he died) instead of his appearance when he was younger and in his prime.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Roku is the Avatar seen bending all 4 elements in the opening then vanishing.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: According to Roku, he states that if he had killed his friend Sozin instead of sparing him in the name of their friendship, then the Hundred Year War would never have happened.
  • Cryptically Unhelpful Answer:
    • Roku's advice to Aang when he was consulting the preceding four Avatars for advice on how to deal with Ozai was only to "be decisive". Ironically, this answer could also sum up the fix to another Cryptically Unhelpful Answer which Aang had received earlier regarding controlling the Avatar State from Guru Pathik, though Roku did help correct the mistake in Aang's thinking on that subject simply by showing his marriage in his life's story.
    • He gives similar advice in The Promise, and basically tells Aang to steel himself to kill Zuko if he believes he threatens the balance of the world. When Zuko turns out to be doing the right thing, Aang forsakes Roku's advice for advising him to kill his friend instead of seeking a better solution, cutting himself off from Roku entirely. They reconcile in The Rift.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Especially in The Promise, where he still recommends that Aang decolonize the Fire Nation colonies as part of pre-Hundred Year status quo, and remains steadfastly unable to conceive the notion of uniting the four cultures when Aang tries to explain it to him as another solution. He gets over it in The Rift.
  • Dragon Rider: Roku's familiar was a dragon.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Roku is the shadowed Avatar in the beginning of the series bending all 4 elements.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Roku and Sozin had their friendship strained after Roku warned Sozin that he would kill him should he start the war. Though they were still friends with each other while they were helping to evacuate the villagers from the volcano eruption. That is, until Sozin realizes that Roku is vulnerable and leaves him to die on the island while he fulfills his ambitions of world conquest.
  • It's All My Fault: Roku regrets not killing Sozin when they fought, as doing so would have prevented the war, to the point that he tries to prep Aang up to kill Zuko in the comics in order to avoid a repeat of this.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Roku is the maternal great-grandfather of Prince Zuko and Princess Azula. He confirms in The Promise that he is aware of this, by being the one to reveal it to Aang. It was possibly Foreshadowed earlier, when he freed Zuko in addition to Katara and Sokka during the Solstice.
  • My Greatest Failure: Roku blames himself for not dealing with Sozin when he had the opportunity, believing that if he had acted more decisively instead of just assuming the matter was settled, then Ozai wouldn't be a problem. This deeply colors his advice to Aang.
  • Nice Guy: Spared Sozin because they were friends and is consistently kind to Aang.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Aang's firebending accident with Katara came about as the result of Roku manifesting before Jeong-Jeong and strong-arming him into training Aang, thanks to his desperation to get Aang ready to face Ozai. However, this may have been because Aang needed a blunt lesson in the dangers of uncontrolled firebending.
  • Noble Bigot: Deconstructed Trope in The Promise; his insistence on removing Fire Nation colonies even if it meant separating mixed-race families came off as villainous even for a well-meaning attempt to bring peace while ignoring that they could become independent culture.
  • Parental Substitute: To Aang, to an extent, weird as that may seem. He's kindly and patient with his successor when advising him, though also willing to be firm, and he and Aang seem to care for each other very much, something elaborated upon in the comics when Aang tearfully cuts himself off from Roku after strongly disagreeing with Roku's advised course of action, on the grounds that he thinks that Roku's views are stuck in the past and only holding him back. It is followed then by the emotional reunion after he reconnects with him, something that has all the vibes of estranged family members reuniting. Going by the other past Avatars shown and Aang's relationship with his successor, Korra, they're unusually close, with the former being cryptic and unhelpful, and the latter being kind enough, but distant. However, in Korra's case, she has both parents and a Parental Substitute of her own in Tenzin (Aang's son, ironically enough), and she's explicitly noted to be not remotely inclined towards the spiritual side of her powers, unlike Aang (who was very spiritual), which outright blocks her airbending for a very long time. As a result, her connection to Aang is so limited that all he can do is send her fragments of useful memories.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Like all former Avatars, he qualifies, but he deserves particular note - while Kyoshi created an island, he destroyed one while possessing Aang.
  • Shoot the Dog: His advocating Aang killing Zuko in The Promise. All the more so because Zuko is his great-grandson and he hates the thought of killing him.
  • Stealth Pun: Roku is the one who gives the 'Previously, on Avatar...' speech, because he IS the previous Avatar.
  • Token Enemy Minority: Alongside Shyu, Roku is one of the first Fire Nation citizens we meet who is explicitly against the war and unquestionably on Aang's side no matter what. (Because they're the same person, but still.) The artbook points to him as an early humanizing face of the Fire Nation, and this is the lesson Aang takes from learning about his history.
  • Tragic Hero: Roku was betrayed by his best friend, yet spared his life out of friendship. Then, he's betrayed a second time by the same friend in his moment of weakness and need.

    Kyoshi 

Avatar Kyoshi

Voiced by: Jennifer Hale (original), Maureen Herman (Latin American Spanish)

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"Only justice will bring peace."

Kyoshi is from the Earth Kingdom and the founder/creator of Kyoshi Island. She is best known as the creator of the Dai Li and the inspiration for the Kyoshi Warriors. She is also on record for the most triumphant demonstration of the power of the Avatar State, as she used it to alter plate tectonics.

For more on her, check out her prequel novel duology, The Rise of Kyoshi and The Shadow of Kyoshi.


  • Action Mom: Kyoshi is the Memetic Badass of all the previous Avatars and had a daughter named Koko.
  • Anti-Hero: Probably one of her most well known traits even compared to other Avatars. While Kyoshi had no love of violence she was perfectly willing to commit it, even so far as to kill her enemies, if it means protecting the world.
  • Appeal to Force: During the Peasant Uprising of Ba Sing Se she staunchly refused to kill the peasants and, when the Earth King ordered her arrested, she knocked out his guards and threatened him for defying the Avatar. She then made sure that a compromise was made that allowed the peasants to have a voice with their King and eventually led to the creation of the Dai Li to protect cultural artifacts.
  • Brutal Honesty: If her two appearances in the series involving her are anything to go by. She openly admitted to having killed Chin the Conqueror, when Aang was being tried in a Kangaroo Court for that very action. Later, when Aang sought her counsel about how to deal with Ozai, she remained staunch in her opinion that would-be conquerors must be stopped.
  • Combat Hand Fan: She used a pair of gold fans when she bended. Her mother, who was an Airbender, gave them to help her with Airbending. The Kyoshi Warriors use the same type of fans for combat to honor her memory.
  • Contralto of Danger: Avatar Kyoshi has a deeper voice than some of the other female characters to portray her as powerful and dangerous.
  • Dance Battler: Kyoshi and her fans. She founded the Kyoshi warriors.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: How she sees Chin the Conquerors death; while Aang points out that she didn't actually kill Chin and it was his own stubbornness that caused him to fall to his death, Kyoshi says she doesn't see any difference since her actions still led to his death and, if he had pushed the issue, she would have killed him outright.
  • Girly Bruiser: A more serious variation. She wears makeup that highlights her beauty, fights in a dress, her weapon of choice is her fans, and incorporates dancing in combat. She also happens to be strong enough to earthbend entire islands. At the same time, she's also a very much no-nonsense stoic type of fighter, as well as an Amazonian Beauty (she's the tallest Avatar on record), in contrast to the usual kind of personality and appearance associated with the trope.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She is absolutely relentless to her enemies and is not above intimidating world leaders by sending assassins after them to subtly threaten their lives to get her point across.
  • Iron Lady: Kyoshi is a true earth avatar; strong, unmoving, formidable, unrelenting, etc.
  • Lady of War: Kyoshi has a very regal and imposing presence due to her physical size, calm deep voice, dress and ability to earthbend an entire island. Her followers, the Kyoshi Warriors, are Badass Normals but all look and act the part.
  • Long-Lived: Unlike her predecessor she lived for a very long time eventually dying at the ripe old age of two hundred and thirty years old.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Kyoshi reveals to Rangi in Rise of Kyoshi that her father was an Earthbender but her mother was an Air Nomad, making Kyoshi half Earthbender and Air Nomad.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Kyoshi and Korra are the only Avatars with confirmed kills to their name. Aang would rather not see what she did as killing Chin but she does. She also outright kills someone in her novel in a duel by dropping him to his death.
  • My Greatest Failure: Downplayed compared to Roku, but according to The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part 1, the Earth Kingdom in her time was too stubborn and militaristic to be more open-minded to queer people despite years of effort, which considering her lifespan was a considerably long time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Kyoshi created the Dai Li. We all know how that turned out. Then there was that time that she admitted guilt for the crime that almost gets Aang executed... though he was likely gonna be executed before she said so anyway, and her confession indirectly bought time before the upcoming attack.
  • Our Founder: She is the creator of Kyoshi Island after she split her homeland from the rest of the Earth Kingdom to prevent Chin the Conqueror from capturing it. After her passing a statue of her was erected in her honor.
  • Parental Abandonment: Rise of Kyoshi reveals that her parents, a pair of daofei had abandoned her in town with no yet explained reason as to why. Kyoshi has not forgotten such an act and has despised her parents ever since.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Kyoshi did not enjoy violence, but was willing and ready to ruthlessly use it the most when it was the necessary action.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Kyoshi lived well into her third century before dying at age 230, and she's confirmed to be the longest-lived Avatar.
  • Revenge: In her novel, her story revolves around her getting revenge on Jianzhu for killing her friend Yun and father figure Kelsang while she learns the four elements.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: Discussed when Aang points out that Chin fell to his death due to refusing to surrender his ground, even as it crumbled beneath him, not a direct attack from Kyoshi herself. Subverted when Kyoshi bluntly states she sees no distinction between killing him either directly or indirectly and was willing to kill him without regret at that point.
  • Shoot the Dog: Kyoshi was a proponent of Aang killing Ozai.
  • Somebody Else's Problem: During Kyoshi's life, Chin the Conqueror took over nearly all of the Earth Kingdom. Kyoshi didn't bother doing anything about it until he came to her doorstep with an army. Her general reaction was to tell him to buzz off, then separate what would become Kyoshi Island from the mainland. Chin only dies by accident and his own stubbornness, not because of any direct action against him on Kyoshi's part (unless one includes using airbending to rip off his clothes).
  • Start of Darkness: Kyoshi teetered on the edge of this in her youth after she watched one of her best friends consumed by a spirit and her beloved mentor Kelsang murdered by Jianzhu. This led her to run with bandits and other daofei in order for her to accumulate enough strength to kill Jianzhu. Fortunately, once she learns of the first raid, she changes tracks immediately and averts this trope's dark conclusion.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Kyoshi boasted a height of about seven feet and was considered a very beautiful woman.

    Kuruk 

Avatar Kuruk

Voiced by: Jim Meskimen

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"Aang, you must actively shape your own destiny and the destiny of the world."

Kuruk was the Avatar preceding Kyoshi, hailing from the Northern Water Tribe. Describing himself as a 'go with the flow' Avatar, he let people work out their own problems— which he came to regret when the spirit Koh kidnapped his wife, Ummi, and stole her face.

For more on him, check out the two Kyoshi-focused prequels. While he is very, very dead by then, several of his friends are major characters who offer insight about him, and like Roku to Aang, he ends up giving Kyoshi a flashback of his history to help her understand what she's up against and what she has to do next— a flashback which completely upends what she thought she knew about him.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Kuruk enjoyed challenging other benders to prove their strength against his.
  • Ascended Extra: Kuruk first appeared in Escape from the Spirit World, a tie-in online game. He made his show debut during the finale. He ascends again in The Rise of Kyoshi, by virtue of being Kyoshi's direct predecessor. The novel begins with Kuruk's "Team Avatar" (not that they're referred to as such) attempting to locate the next Avatar on his behalf, and their internal monologues flesh him out a bit more. The sequel, The Shadow of Kyoshi, includes an extended flashback about his short life as the Avatar, and recontextualizes many of his tropes listed here.
  • Badass Beard: He had one.
  • Blood Knight: Was always challenging random benders to fights just to prove his strength.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Despite having the skill of powerful past Avatars like Yangchen, he was self-described as a "go with the flow" Avatar that generally let problems solve themselves and generally lazed around and flirted with women.
  • The Casanova: Kuruk's tenure was a peaceful one, so he was more interested in flirting than his duty.
  • Cultured Badass: He was the Avatar, but he was also a genius Pai Sho player and wrote competent poetry.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Kuruk was a flirt before he fell in love.
  • My Greatest Failure: As he reveals to Aang his was not taking his Avatar duties seriously enough as it led to Koh stealing the face from the woman he loved.
  • Screw Destiny: In response to the claim that it was Aang's destiny to kill the Fire Lord, Kuruk advised him to "Actively shape your own destiny".
  • The Power of Legacy: The Shadow of Kyoshi reveals that his apparently lacklustre tenure as Avatar was in part because he sacrificed his reputation and health to protect Avatar Yangchen's legacy as one of the best Avatars, who threw the balance between humanity and spirits out of whack by favoring humans extensively.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His early death plunged the world into chaos when no one could locate his successor for 14 years, and moreso when they found the wrong one. Not to mention getting his wife's face stolen by Koh...
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: In-Universe. He died at the age of 33, only half as old as Aang, who lost a lot of time because of his time in the iceberg.
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    Yangchen 

Avatar Yangchen

Voiced by: Tress MacNeille

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"Here is my wisdom for you: selfless duty calls you to sacrifice your own spiritual needs and do whatever it takes to protect the world."

Yangchen is an Air Nomad, and can give Aang insight the others can't due to their shared heritage. However, she believes that Aang's pacifism is detrimental to his job as Avatar. While she isn't as well known by the time of the series, Kyoshi's prequels show that she was a successful, beloved Avatar across all Four Nations.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: In The Rise of Kyoshi, she's often invoked instead of the more recent Avatar Kuruk as the gold standard of a hardworking, effective Avatar, and described as 'blessed' and 'holy.'
  • The Ace: She has an impressive track record, and seems to be held up as something of a gold standard for Avatars. She herself disagrees with this interpretation, and tells both Aang and Kyoshi, in no uncertain terms, that she made catastrophic and consistent mistakes.
  • Ascended Extra: Like Kuruk, she debuted first in Escape from the Spirit World, a tie-in online game, and makes her show debut in the series finale. She gets an extended flashback in The Rift, about her first mission as the Avatar, while The Rise of Kyoshi frequently namedrops her. She finally makes another appearance near the end of The Shadow of Kyoshi.
  • Bald Women: Downplayed; only the front half of her head is shaved to expose her blue arrow tattoo, while she has flowing brown hair on the back half.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Lao Ge, the earthbender assassin, tells Kyoshi that Yangchen liked to read a monk who was deemed heretical's writings to better under an opposing viewpoint.
  • Irony:
    • She's an Air Nomad. You know? The most peaceful group of people in the Avatar universe. But she's also quite the Lady of War and uses violence quite freely to solve issues if other options don't present themselves, especially when compared to other Avatars.
    • In addition, while the Air Nomads are the most spiritual of the Four Nations, Yangchen came down much more on the side of the humans as opposed to being a force for balance, enraging the spirits.
  • Lady of War: She's implied to be one from her demeanor.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: In The Rise of Kyoshi, Kyoshi recalls that two of her bending masters lost their lives holding off enemies so that Yangchen could escape to fight another day.
  • My Greatest Failure: In The Shadow of Kyoshi, Yangchen explains that, despite being the bridge between the humans and spirits, she often came down too much on the side of the humans, telling the spirits to go back to the Spirit World and trust the humans to care for their sacred lands. As more humans broke her promises, this angered and corrupted the spirits. Kuruk's apparent hedonism was a reaction to the fact that he was hunting down these rogue dark spirits Yangchen created and destroying a little bit of his own spirit each time he did so, leading to his early death..
  • Pragmatic Hero: Yangchen stands out due to the advice that she gives Aang: That while the monks' teachings were wise and sacred, it was pushing him into Honor Before Reason and that as the Avatar, such restraint would hurt the world he is bound to protect. Considering her tenure as the Avatar was the most successful, it was implied that she sacrificed the monks pacifist teachings herself and did whatever it took to protect the world.
  • Shoot the Dog: Yangchen was especially supportive of Aang killing Ozai, much to Aang's distress.
  • Warrior Monk: While it's not stated if Yangchen was a nun at the Air Temples, she definitely qualifies. Even though she was an Air Nomad like Aang, she still advised him that killing Ozai was the only option.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Unlike Kuruk, she believed Aang would inevitably have to sacrifice his pacifist beliefs like she once did to protect the world and didn't advise Aang to try to find a compromise.
    Aang: But the monks taught me that I had to detach myself from the world so my spirit could be free.
    Yangchen: Many great and wise Air Nomads have detached themselves and achieved spiritual enlightenment, but the Avatar can never do it, because your sole duty is to the world.

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    Gyatso 

Monk Gyatso

Voiced by: Sab Shimono (original), Alexis Quiroz (Latin American Spanish)

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"Aang, I'm not going to let them take you away from me."

Aang's guardian at the Southern Air temple. He frequently tried to keep Aang from working towards his Avatar duties, preferring what was best for Aang over "what was best for the world"; while he was trying to look out for Aang's well-being, this might have made Aang more reluctant to face his destiny.


  • Badass Pacifist: Subverted. He was almost certainly this way before the Fire Nation attacked, but when the chips were down, he killed hundreds of them before he went down himself.
  • Cool Old Guy: In the first flashback he appears in, he uses airbending to pie some stern-looking monks. Also doubles as his Establishing Character Moment, as he uses the opportunity to have the Avatar practice his airbending skills.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Implied. See Last Stand below.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He was really laid back and often pulled pranks on the other monks. This is probably where Aang got his cheerfulness.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Towards Aang. The other elder air nomads wanted to jumpstart his avatar training but Gyatso wanted him to have a normal air nomad life until the traditional age of 16. He wants this because he knows that's what Aang wants and thinks that would be better for him.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Aang. Doubly so because he was also Childhood Friends with Roku, Aang's previous incarnation.
  • Last Stand: Implied. We see the skeleton of a pacifist monk, lying on top of a PILE of fire soldier skeletons. Note that when said pile of skeletons were living and breathing, they were each powered up a hundredfold by Sozin's Comet, but Gyatso's bones were unburnt — so it can be inferred that instead of burning to death, he managed to take all of them out. Airbending is also never shown to have any inherently lethal abilities other than Razor Wind over the course of the series until The Legend of Korra, so this is impressive indeed. When he went down, he went down hard.
  • Meaningful Name: Gyatso was also the name of the Dalai Lama at the time. Make of that what you will.
  • Membership Token: In flashback, he is shown playing a White Lotus tile, implying that he was a member of the Order of the White Lotus.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: It wasn't old age that killed him.
  • One-Man Army: As the Avatar's direct mentor, he was probably one of the strongest airbenders of his time. Implied when we see his skeleton on top of a pile of Fire Nation soldier skeletons.
  • Parental Substitute: Implied to be the closest thing Aang ever had to a parent, let alone a father.
  • Posthumous Character: In the main narrative, he is long since dead. We learn of him through Aang's flashbacks.

    King Bumi 

King Bumi

Voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (original), Javier Ridríguez and Daniel Seisdedos (Latin American Spanish)

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"Who are you calling old? ...Okay, I'm old."

Calling himself a "mad genius", Bumi was a childhood friend of Aang. After Aang got frozen in the iceberg, Bumi grew into an old man and became King of the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. With Aang now free and accepting his quest, Bumi uses his unorthodox teaching methods to train his old friend for the trials ahead. He's also a member of the White Lotus.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the King of Omashu and one of the most powerful Earthbenders in the world. The only person who comes in spitting distance of him is Toph, and the jury's out on which is stronger.
  • Badass Boast:
    • This one's from just before he fights Aang. It's unlikely he's lying:
      "You thought I was a frail old man. But I'm the most powerful Earthbender you'll ever see."
    • His reply when asked about his "escape from" (read as "reclamation of") Omashu:
      "Escape? I didn't escape, everybody else escaped."
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Don't be fooled by his goofy demeanor. He's quite powerful for an old king.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hell, his "crown" literally looks like bunny-ears. And it's still completely obvious he's the right man to lead his city against the Fire Nation.
  • Childhood Friend: One of Aang's. One of Aang's flashbacks is them playing around in Omashu.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: His cloak and hunched posture makes him look like a feeble old man. When he takes off the robe, it's revealed that he's anything but.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His actions and words sound crazy and weird but, if you think about it, they actually make sense.
  • Cool Old Guy: When he drops the act that he's a feeble old man, he sheds his robe and reveals he's a Top-Heavy Guy despite being over a hundred years old, still sporting a six-pack and towering over Aang. And if not for his Friendly Rivalry with Toph, his above Badass Boast would've been stating a fact.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Invoked as part of his lessons. "You thought I was a frail old man but I'm actually the most powerful earth bender you'll ever meet."
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially while he was challenging Aang. He mostly did this to push Aang to try various things.
    "Climbing the ladder? Nobody's tried that before."
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Self-proclaimed most powerful earthbender in the world. He might well be right.
  • Fighting Clown: His fighting style is best described as Refuge in Audacity given form, looking less like he's fighting and more like he's prancing like a lunatic for some of his bending motions, seemingly going out of his way to have as much fun with it as possible. He can still crush entire Fire Nation battalions like flies.
  • Fluffy Tamer: His pet, Flopsy, is a giant gorilla-goat thing.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Toph in the comics. They get into a disagreement over who is the most powerful Earthbender ever/of all time, which escalates into a duel that devastates the White Lotus' camp. It comes down to a draw thanks to Zuko putting his foot down, but they both agree to a rematch with great gusto.
  • The Gadfly: Spends an entire episode dicking around with Aang before revealing himself as a Trickster Mentor and Aang's childhood friend all grown up. Sure it was to teach him a lesson, but Bumi still enjoyed every second of it.
  • The Good King: He might act crazy (and probably is crazy), but he is also wise, benevolent and considers the life of every one of his citizens. So when faced with a choice of either defending his city from an impressive force from the Fire Nation, where his people would certainly die, and surrendering where all would live, he picks the latter and waits until an opportune moment to take back his city arises. And when it does, he promptly takes it back. All by himself. After having spent months in a metal coffin with only his face exposed. In the space of eight minutes.
  • Heroic Build: Bumi is ripped
  • It Amused Me: The main reason he put together a series of dangerous tests for Aang instead of telling him who he was outright. Sure, he was playing the part of Trickster Mentor, but it was mostly this trope.
    "It's pretty fun messing with people!"
  • Kansas City Shuffle: His final test has Aang choosing an opponent for a duel, rolling out two dangerous-looking gladiators, and telling him to "point to his chosen opponent." Aang thinks he's being clever by pointing to the elderly king, only to learn that that was exactly the wrong choice to make.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The second the Fire Nation attacked Omashu, he surrendered and let them encase his body (minus his face) in a steel box. Not only was it to save his people and resources from a long, drawn-out siege, but it was to teach Aang a lesson about various Jings — positive (advancing), negative (retreating), and neutral (doing nothing); the latter of which Bumi said was crucial to earthbending, and that he'd have to find a teacher who taught like that. Cue Toph.
  • Mad Eye: His right eye is always wide open compared to his more natural left eye. Aang's flashback shows that he had this when he was younger as well. He also has a few screws loose, though in a constructive way.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In a number of South — and Southeast-Asian languages (for example, Hindi and Indonesian) Bumi — sometimes, Bhumi, is the word for Earth ...rather appropriate no? Apparently, Sokka was onto something with his "He's an Earthbender, his name must be Rocky!" thing.
    • Bhumi is also the name for the Hindu earth god. Very appropriate considering his nigh-godlike earthbending.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He initially appears to be a half-senile stooped old man, but quickly reveals himself to be the strongest Earthbender in the world (save Toph), and later, as a tactical genius.
  • Oh, Crap!: Aang quite rightly has this reaction when he picks Bumi as his opponent, only to realize what a big mistake this is when Bumi reveals that he's an incredibly powerful earthbender with a six pack who towers over him instead of a frail and stooped old man.
  • Old Master: Over a hundred years old, and still able to back up his boast that he's the greatest Earthbender that Aang will ever see. Most Earthbenders (like most benders in general) need to use complex arm and/or leg movements to bend. Bumi? He can bend with his face.
  • One-Man Army: During the eclipse (which only lasted a mere eight minutes), he took back Omashu and chucked out the Fire Nation (for good) by himself. After starting in a steel box. Even Toph was astounded.
  • Phrase Catcher: Well, only with one person, granted, but when Aang realizes who Bumi is, he says the same thing as in a previous flashback: "Bumi, you're a mad genius."
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
    • When the eclipse began
    Bumi: Its time [to reclaim my city]
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Action variety and a good law maker.
  • Sweet Tooth: He loves that rock candy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The first scene of Bumi was back when Aang hadn't vanished from the world. He was a scraggly kid with a weird face and a love of pranks. A century later and he is the strongest Earthbender in the series able to do several amazing feats of bending with only his head exposed. He later freed his city in the span of 8 minutes when all the Firebenders were powerless.
  • Trickster Mentor: His favored method of teaching.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: He provides the challenging fight for Aang, who spends most of the fight on the defensive, only being able to pull off a draw.
  • The Wonka: He appears to be a crazy old king and Katara mentions that "His crown is a little crooked" but his brand of logic makes sense if you think about it. "You gotta keep your mind open to the possibilities."

    Pakku 

Master Pakku

Voiced by: Victor Brandt (original), Marco Antonio Espina (Latin American Spanish)

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"You want to learn to fight so bad? Study closely!"

One of the greatest Waterbenders in the world, and well aware of it, Pakku is a Waterbending teacher from the Northern Water Tribe. In his youth, he was engaged to a woman named Kanna. Though he loved Kanna, she was put off by his arrogance and fled to the South Pole. Since then, Pakku has been bitter towards women in general, believing that female Waterbenders should stick with healing. Naturally, he came into conflict with Katara. While Pakku was ten times the bender Katara was at the time, Katara "won" by unknowingly revealing that Kanna was her grandmother. Confronted with what could have been if he had not been so arrogant in his youth, Pakku changed his mind enough to give some Waterbending lessons to Katara and Aang. He's also a member of the White Lotus.


  • Arranged Marriage: With Kanna in the past. While he did genuinely love her, she didn't (or rather, she valued her desire to make her own decisions more than her affection for him) and ran away. Still came to be later on.
  • Badass Beard: Well, "badass goatee", anyway. One of the least visually impressive in the series, but being pure white it makes him look older, which only serves to make his actual badassery seem all the more impressive.
  • Character Development: He goes from being a Straw Misogynist to Katara's instructor within two episodes - though this has a fair bit to do with the fact that Katara is his ex's granddaughter and able to explain why she left. He even states that Katara has become one of his best students in years. Avatar: The Last Airbender – North and South shows that it stuck— he introduces Katara to his new students, a pair of sisters named Siku and Sura, lamenting to her that they refuse to admit they're benders and refuse to be taught by him.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He's one of the benders in the opening sequence for the show and he's also the first of them. This makes him the first character ever seen on the show, despite not actually being a part of the show until near the end of the first season.
  • Cool Old Guy: He isn't considered a water-bending master for nothing, as he demonstrates when he easily flattens dozens of Fire Nation soldiers powered by Sozin's Comet.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Katara challenges when she's had enough of his sexism. She manages to make him exert himself but he was clearly in a different league. When Pakku fights in the finale, we see he was going easy on Katara.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Katara: I didn't travel across the entire world so you could tell me "no"!
    Pakku: No.
  • December–December Romance: With Kanna. They were previously engaged back in their youth until Kanna ran away. It wasn't until Pakku learned his lesson and travelled to the Southern Water Tribe that they finally married under much happier circumstances.
  • Foil: To Iroh. Both elderly masters of their respective art, both have a strong (but ultimately not absolute) commitment to tradition, however, while Iroh forgives Zuko's every misstep, Pakku forces Katara to earn his respect. Iroh's Nice Guy contrasts Pakku's Jerk with a Heart of Gold almost as neatly as fire contrasts water.
  • An Ice Person: As a waterbender, he can turn water into ice and vice versa.
  • In the Back: Katara attacks him from behind when he refuses to duel her and tries to leave.
  • Irony: He refused to teach waterbending to girls. Then, after he realized that his misogyny cost him the love of his life (and having a kickass granddaughter), the two Southern Water Tribe girls he tried to teach after Katara refused to learn from him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a jerkass, but is not unwilling to admit he is wrong and change his mind accordingly.
  • Making a Splash: Waterbending master.
  • Noble Bigot: Courtesy of Deliberate Values Dissonance, as much of Northern Water Tribe culture follows the same paths. He refuses to teach waterbending to females, as in the Northern Water Tribe, female water benders are healers only. That said, despite said bigotry, he was willing to admit Katara had some seriously mad skills even before his Character Development.
  • Old Master: One of, if not the, strongest Waterbenders alive and not afraid to show it off.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Pakku held sexist values for most of his life. When he was a teenager, his bigotry caused his fiancée, Kanna, Sokka, and Katara's future grandmother, to leave him. After realizing this as an old man, he realizing that his ideas were wrong and starts to see women as equals. He trains Katara in combat waterbending, even though traditionally, female waterbenders are only allowed to use their powers for healing. He even meets up with Kanna again, and after she realizes that he's changed, Kanna marries him, making him the step-grandfather of Sokka and Katara. When we meet him again in Avatar: The Last Airbender – North and South, he is trying to convince two young girls, Siku and Sura, to let him teach them, but after being told all their lives to pretend that they can't waterbend lest the Fire Nation steal them away, they refuse.
  • Straw Misogynist: He refuses to train Katara in combative waterbending due to her being a girl in the name of it being tradition. However, by the end of his introductory episode, he's shown to realize the folly of his ways and how it has personally hurt him. He was supposed to marry Kanna, Katara, and Sokka's future grandmother, and genuinely loved her, but she chafed under the Stay in the Kitchen roles that the Northern Water Tribe enforced and left without a word, which soured his opinions toward women greatly until he met Katara and realized their connection, as well as how things could have been different if he hadn't acted as he had in his youth.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After discovering Katara was Kanna's grandaughter, he comes to realize how his traditionalist views towards women are what ultimately pushed the love of his life away, making him change his views towards women and becoming much nicer as a result. By the series finale, he becomes their step-grandfather. By Avatar: The Last Airbender – North and South, we see that Katara's example has stuck with him, and he's trying to teach waterbending to two little girls named Siku and Sura, the first Southern waterbenders born since Katara.
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    Jeong-Jeong 

Jeong-Jeong

Voiced by: Keone Young (original), Sandro Larenas (Latin American Spanish)

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"Water brings healing and life, but fire brings only destruction and pain. It forces those of us burdened with its care to walk a razor's edge between humanity and savagery. Eventually, we are torn apart."

Once a legendary admiral of the Fire Nation and one-time teacher of Zhao, Jeong-Jeong eventually realized the horrors the Fire Nation had let loose on the world and deserted, becoming the first person in history to do so and survive. Now a hermit living in the woods, Jeong-Jeong believes that Firebending is a curse due to its destructive nature. On orders from Avatar Roku, Jeong-Jeong gave Aang some rudimentary lessons on Firebending. He's also a member of the White Lotus.


  • The Atoner: Once a top-ranking officer of the Fire Nation military, now he seeks seclusion and aids Aang in his training, his only reservation being that he doesn't think Aang is ready. Roku disagreed.
  • Badass Beard: Doubles as a Beard of Sorrow. He clearly hasn't had a shave since he deserted, even if he does keep it well groomed.
  • Cultured Badass: Similar to Iroh, he incorporates some waterbending forms into his firebending style, preferring to fight defensively, turning his opponents' energy against them, and utilizing fire walls and fire waves when fighting rather than streams or blasts, and conjures it out of thin air in the surrounding environment (with enough control to make it burn on liquid surfaces) rather than from his own body. This could be due at least in part to his envy of waterbending, choosing to incorporate elements of the art into his own firebending as a way of compensating. He also seems to have studied some airbending techniques, which he appears to use to cover his escape when surrounded by Zhao's men, giving Aang a slight smirk before he disappears. Apparently, he's enlightened to the point that he sees his own firebending abilities as a curse.
  • Cursed With Awesome: He's an amazing Firebender, but he constantly mourns having control over the most destructive element, to the extent that he rarely uses it unless necessary, and often only defensively. By contrast, he envies Katara's waterbending and healing abilities, to the point that much of his firebending form and style mimics that of waterbending, rather than his native firebending (such as the use of fire walls and waves, and bending them as if they were water).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Doesn't put up with Aang's shenanigans and calls him out on his impatience.
    Aang: I've been breathing for hours!
    Jeong-Jeong: You want to quit breathing?
  • Defector from Decadence: He deserted because he was horrified by what the Fire Nation had become.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: In an interesting parallel (foreshadowing?) to Zuko, a wanted poster for Jeong-Jeong has his picture, presumably of his appearance before deserting, with his scar already present.
  • Homage: To Apocalypse Now. Jeong-Jeong's situation mirrors Colonel Kurtz, and there's even slow boat rides down the river.
  • Internalized Categorism: He loathes his own mastery of firebending, thinking his nation's elemental trait a solely destructive and evil ability due to the way it's fuelled by hate and rage (or rather, that's how it's taught in the Fire Nation. Originally, it was a very different matter). When he meets Katara, he tells her how he wishes he were blessed with waterbending like her, rather than the "burning curse" that is his own heritage.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Rebuffs Aang's desire to learn firebending, criticizing Aang's impatience and lack of interest in learning control. Aang proves him right by hastily creating fire when he got sick of Jeong-Jeong's lessons and burned Katara's hands.
  • Playing with Fire: Despite considering it Cursed With Awesome, he will use his Firebending when he has to.
  • Retired Badass: The first guy to abandon the Fire Nation military and live (at least, officially). During the finale, while under the influence of Sozin's comet, he was able to Firebend with enough power to fly. The only one shown to have been able to do that was Ozai, who's at worst the third most powerful bender in the world. Even Azula can't truly fly, being just good enough for limited directional control. And while Ozai was limited to his lightning while flying, Jeong-Jeong could still create his walls of fire while in the air.
  • Technical Pacifist: He doesn't like killing anymore because of his status as The Atoner.

    Piandao 

Piandao

Voiced by: Robert Patrick (original), Ricardo Soto (Latin American Spanish)

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"The sword is a simple tool, but in the hands of a master it becomes the most versatile of weapons. Just as the imagination is limitless, so too are the possibilities of the sword."

A legendary swordsman/smithy of the Fire Nation, Piandao grew tired of the Fire Nation's ways and went into retirement. He regards swordsmanship as an art, and often paints as a way of honing it. Although he had been approached by many other students and dismissed them, he made an exception for Sokka due to his modesty and honesty. Supportive of his student even after learning of Sokka's Water Tribe status, he taught Sokka the way of the sword. He's also a member of the White Lotus.


  • Badass Beard: Has a well trimmed goatee and can handle a blade like no one else.
  • Badass Normal: The other mentors on this list are all benders (except Guru Pathik - and even he has ambiguous spiritual abilities of some kind). He's not.
  • Battle Butler: He has a butler named Fat, whom he trained. While Piandao doesn't need a bodyguard, Fat helps him by sparring with new recruits and forging swords.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Master Piandao has these in Warrior Poet form, in that he can fight on par with incredibly powerful benders with just a sword and defeat ludicrous numbers of foes and so on, and Training Montages some of 'em into Sokka.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Is one himself, and heavily encourages Sokka to be the same.
  • Cultured Badass: Is a master with the sword and calligraphy, as both arts share similar philosophies. He also incorporates the philosophies of other styles of bending to his art, and is open to sharing his knowledge to those who are humble enough to learn. It is this combination of talent and wisdom that allow him to be par with the likes of Iroh, Pakku, and Bumi.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Fitting for a mentor to Sokka. In response to Sokka introducing himself, Piandao anticipates Sokka bragging about his skills.
  • Eccentric Mentor: He is a sword master whose training of Sokka didn't include any actual sword techniques.
  • Expy: He is based on two real-life people who were key to building the world of Avatar: His badassery, skills and looks are based off the show's martial arts consultant, Sifu Kisu, while his calligraphy skills and artistic philosophies are based off Dr. Siu-Leung Lee (no, not Lei Siu Leung), the show's consultant on writing, translation, and culture.
  • Hyper-Awareness: In his words, you start to pick things up quickly when you get to his age. He knew from the very beginning that Sokka was Water-Tribe and that Aang was the Avatar.
  • Master Swordsman: His skill with the sword, along with his cleverness, rank him up there with the other mentors.
  • Meaningful Name: Piandao is a type of Chinese sword.
  • Membership Token: He presents a White Lotus tile to Sokka as a parting gift.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: According to the official website, his parents were both talented Firebenders, who abandoned him when he wasn't one.
  • One-Man Army: Word of God says that when he retired from the army, the Fire Nation sent a force of a hundred soldiers to reclaim him. He sent them all back.
  • Parental Abandonment: According to the official website, his parents were both talented Firebenders who left him on the step of an orphanage when he turned out to be a nonbender.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Piandao shows a great deal of patience with Sokka's antics during his training, partly because he sees the potential in Sokka's capacity for lateral thinking. He also reveals that he knew Sokka was from the Water Tribe, not the Fire Nation, the whole time. And yet he trained him anyway. The reason?
    Piandao: The way of the sword doesn't belong to any one nation. Knowledge of the arts belongs to us all.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He's a wanted army deserter who lives in a castle in the middle of the Fire Nation. Because nobody can make him leave.
  • Renowned Selective Mentor: Skilled swordman, former Fire Nation Elite Soldier (but not a Firebender), High Master of the White Lotus Order and famous for defeating 100 soldiers alone after he deserted the army; many people wanted to be trained by him, but he rejected most of them. The few pupils he accepted to train were Prince Zuko, and Sokka (who gained him a level in Badassery after his training).
  • Retired Badass: Used to be active in the Fire Nation military but now he's content to practice calligraphy at his estate.
  • Secret Keeper: He's one of the few people in the Fire Nation entrusted with the true identities of Team Avatar, as well as the fact that the Avatar is still alive.
  • Stealth Mentor: Never actually shows Sokka any swordfighting techniques, instead teaches philosophies that allow Sokka to incorporate his intelligence into his fighting style. Then there's this little incident as Sokka is sparring with Fat:
    Piandao: Sokka.
    (Sokka looks up and is immediately whacked by Fat)
  • The Team Normal: As part of the Order of the White Lotus, as its most prominent members are some of the world's most powerful benders. Piandao is a Master Swordsman who is just as useful in a fight as they are.
  • Warrior Poet: His lessons train the mind as much as they develop the body. For instance, one of his lessons was drawing a landscape.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: His training of Sokka has him practicing calligraphy, landscape painting and rock gardening. Unlike most examples he is up front about the purpose of his odd training.

    Hama 

Hama

Voiced by: Tress MacNeille (original)

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"We're the last Waterbenders of the Southern Tribe! We have to fight these people whenever we can, wherever they are, with any means necessary!"

A Waterbender from the Southern Water Tribe, Hama was one of many benders who defended her home from the Fire Nation. Eventually imprisoned and kept from all liquids, Hama was left to rot. She eventually realized that water is part of all life, and used this to create a deadly subset of Waterbending: Bloodbending, a dark art of manipulating the bodies of others. After using this to escape, Hama kept to herself in the Fire Nation countryside, and used her powers once a month to torment Fire Nation civilians. But she's not getting younger, so she intends to pass the art of Bloodbending onto the next generation. And no, she doesn't care what Katara has to say about that. And she's not a member of the White Lotus.


  • The Bad Guy Wins: She succeeds in forcing Katara to use Bloodbending at the end of "The Puppetmaster". She was arrested immediately after, but she had accomplished what she wanted so she didn't care.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Years restrained in a POW camp made her into a bitter and hateful person.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts like a Mentor Archetype for Katara but is far more sinister.
  • Blinding Bangs: In a flashback during her time in prison.
  • Blood Magic: Is the first Bloodbender to be introduced to the series
  • Broken Bird: See Being Tortured Makes You Evil. She believes she's acting out of self-defense.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: To Aang and Toph, anyway. When Hama makes a Water Tribe dinner for the Gaang, Katara and Sokka don't say anything bad about the food, but Aang and Toph, who are not from the Water Tribe, find it disgusting.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Katara and Pakku. For the former: the episode The Southern Raiders had Katara acting a lot like Hama - hateful, driven, and focused on revenge - while she was looking for the man who killed her mother. She even used bloodbending on the man she thought was him. Hama represents what Katara could've ended up like if she had let her anger and hatred control her. For the latter: Katara's reception to the two water benders changed as the episodes went on. Katara originally hated Pakku for his sexist behavior towards female Water benders, but grew to respect him as a master after finding out he was to wed her grandmother. But for Hama it's the exact opposite, with Katara appreciating her kind gestures and sorrowful backstory, but began to despise her after finding out what she did after.
  • Evil Mentor: Forces Katara to learn Bloodbending.
  • Evil Old Folks: She looks like an evil witch and has the personality to match.
  • Fallen Heroine: She used to be a Nice Girl defending her home. Then she was captured...
  • Freudian Excuse: Being captured and deported far from her home, then spending years being mistreated in a prisoner of war camp twisted her into a hateful bitter person.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a simple Waterbender fighting for the Southern Water Tribe against the Fire Nation to the inventor of one of the most horrifying forms of Bending in the entire series.
  • Genocide Survivor: The Fire Nation attempted to wipe out the waterbenders of the South Water Tribe by taking them from their tribes and placing them in special prisons. Hama was captured and eventually became the only one to escape.
  • Icy Gray Eyes: In addition to being a rare color amongst Waterbenders, her gray eyes also reflect her cold and dangerous personality.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The flashbacks show she was very, very attractive in her youth.
  • The Jailer: In vengeance on the Fire Nation for what they did to her, she uses Bloodbending to capture Fire Nation civilians and lock them away.
  • Kubrick Stare: Pulls off a terrifying one after her true nature is revealed.
  • Making a Splash: She teaches Katara to use these powers far from traditional water sources.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Subverted; At first it seems like she's an old woman, living alone and isolated in an otherwise friendly Fire Nation town. She's got a few odd hobbies, but a clear fondness for the Gaang, especially Katara when she tells her story that she's a noble hero of the war and the Water Tribe. Eventually, one realizes she's alone because she hates every last soul in the Fire Nation.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She invented Bloodbending and can make you kill your best friends.
  • One Degree of Separation: All There in the Manual identifies her best friend as Kanna, Katara and Sokka's grandmother.
  • People Puppets: Bloodbending; by bending the blood in living things she can control their bodies.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She's so consumed by hatred that she imprisons every single Fire Nation citizen she can; even ones that have nothing to do with the war.
  • Shadow Archetype: Hama is Katara if Katara succumbs to her inner rage. Katara nearly became Hama in the episode "The Southern Raiders"; but fortunately chose to end her rage against her mother's killer than to start taking revenge.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Because she was kidnapped and imprisoned, she kidnaps and imprisons others.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite only appearing in one episode, her role is a big impact as she invented bloodbending and passed it on to others (either from experience or word of mouth).
  • Sole Survivor: She was the last South Waterbender to be captured and the only one that escaped.
  • Tareme Eyes: She had slightly droopy eyes as a teenager.
  • Touch of Death: Her style of Waterbending involves pulling water out of plants and other living things; effectively killing them. However, as she points out, populated areas outside of the poles where the Water Tribes are don't always have large regular bodies of water, so it's mostly a case of adapting to her surroundings, though it's still pretty dark.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before being kidnapped and imprisoned, she seems to have been a normal and sweet Girl Next Door who just happened to be a Waterbender.
  • Wicked Witch: Her powers aren't unusual in the Avatar universe; it's how she uses them...
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Kidnapped and imprisoned by the Fire Nation army as a teenager, prevented from bending her native element (water), it's no wonder she took her only chance of escape by turning the guards into People Puppets by bending their body fluids. Then she snuck into the Fire Nation and started kidnapping innocent civilians with the same technique she used on the prison guards...

    Pathik 

Guru Pathik

Voiced by: Brian George (original), Iván Romo and Mario Santander (Latin American Spanish)

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"I was a spiritual brother of your people, and a personal friend of Monk Gyatso."

One of the oldest people in the Avatar world (even older than Bumi), Pathik has been alive long enough to have known the Air Nomads. Seeking out the Eastern Air Temple after a vision, he patiently waited for the Avatar there. He encountered Appa while the sky bison had been separated from Aang, and used a special technique to locate the Avatar. He also attached a note to Appa's horn, promising that he could teach Aang to master the Avatar State. When Aang came looking to take him up on his offer, he instructed the young Avatar on how to unlock his chakras, pools of energy in the body that must be opened for the Avatar State to function properly. Aang was able to open all but the last one, because the process involved letting go of Katara. The last we see of Pathik is him warning Aang that if he leaves now, he won't be able to enter the Avatar state at all.


  • Cool Old Guy: Like Gyatso, his good friend, he is an affable and wise old man.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Quite blatantly Indian.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Guru Pathik's enlightenment lets him get along greatly with animals, even allowing him to help heal Appa's rage and fear in "Appa's Lost Days".
  • Hermit Guru: Naturally. He lives in seclusion with his cosmic chi and stuff.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Much like Yoda, his origins are extremely mysterious.
  • Lotus Position: His lessons are conducted from this position and the chakras are released from here too.
  • Love Confessor: Aang makes his first declaration of his love for Katara to Pathik.
  • Poor Communication Kills: His counsel to Aang to clear himself of his earthly attachments in order to achieve the Avatar almost fell on deaf ears because Aang couldn't bring himself to sacrifice/abandon his love for Katara, and then led to a barely-averted disaster when he reluctantly tried to do so. If only Aang had known beforehand that abandonment or sacrifice wasn't necessary to achieve what Pathik was talking about…thankfully he had Roku to patch that up later on.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Onion and banana juice, which seems to be the only food he eats or gives Aang during his training.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Last seen telling Aang that he needed to open his final chakra as Aang flew off to save Katara from danger. His only appearance after that was in a sleep-deprived hallucination with six arms singing "Chakras, chakras, everyone loves chakras, chakra sandwich is good, yum!" Also, we never find out where he came from, since he appears to be of different ethnicity than anyone else in the Avatar world. Tenzin namedrops him in Book 2 of Korra, so he wasn't completely forgotten like Admiral Zhao, but that just makes the questions all the starker.

 
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