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These are other characters who Team Avatar encounter in their adventures.
Southern Water Tribe
"Gran Gran" Kanna
Voiced by: Melendy Britt (original), Miriam Torres (Latin American Spanish)
Katara and Sokka's grandmother.
- Arranged Marriage: With Pakku in the past.
- Cool Old Lady: Very wise and motherly.
- DecemberDecember Romance: After so many years separated, she married Pakku when he traveled to the Southern Water Tribe.
- I Was Quite the Looker: A flashback of her in her teenage years shows that yes, she was indeed quite a looker. If anything, Katara is said to be her spitting image.
- Parental Substitute: After Katara and Sokka's mother dies and their father leaves to fight in the war, she becomes this for them.
- Runaway Fiancé: She was once arranged to be married to Pakku, but she ran away to the Southern Water Tribe. Unlike most examples, Kana actually loved her fiance but ran away to escape the oppressive customs of the Northern Tribe, keeping her betrothal necklace as a memento of Pakku.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Katara looks very similar to a younger Kanna. Perhaps unsurprisingly, in The Legend of Korra old Katara once again resembles her grandmother.
- Tareme Eyes: She had droopy eyes as a teenager.
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle (original), Mirta González (Latin American Spanish)
Kya was the mother of Sokka and Katara and the wife of Hakoda. Her death during a raid on her home had a profound impact upon both her children. Katara wore her mother's necklace as a memento of her affection.
- Early Installment Character Design Difference: We see a brief vision of her in Book Two, however when we get a better visual via flashback in Book Three she looks quite a bit different.
- Good Parents: She didn't hesitate for a second when it came to protecting her daughter from Yon Rha.
- Happily Married: Was implied to be this with Hakoda.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Kya claimed to be the last remaining waterbender to spare her daughter a lifetime in prison. Though she probably wasn't expecting Yon Rha to kill her, since the Fire Nation had imprisoned all other waterbenders.
- I Am Spartacus: How she saved her daughter's life.
- Mama Bear: Knowing that waterbenders are taken away and imprisoned for life, Kya claimed to be the last remaining waterbender to spare her daughter such a horrible fate.
- Missing Mom: To Katara and Sokka.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Her sacrifice not only saved her daughter's life, but made it possible for said daughter to free the Avatar several years later. This directly led to the end of the war.
Northern Water Tribe
Voiced by: Jon Polito
The chief of the Northern Water Tribe during the final stages of the Hundred Year War.
Voiced by: Benjamin Diskin
Hahn was Yue's fiance. During the Siege of the North, he led a group of Northern Water Tribe soldiers infiltrating the Fire Nation fleet.
- Arranged Marriage: With Princess Yue. Unlike most examples, he doesn't even hide that he has no love for her, and while bragging about it outright states he is doing it for political advantages.
- Disney Villain Death: He's not quite a villain, but given that he's never seen afterward, he very well may have been killed by Zhao throwing him overboard.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's offhandedly defeated by Zhao while he discusses his plan to destroy the Nothern Tribe with Iroh.
- Epic Fail: His assassination attempt on Zhao, which consists of revealing his presence (while wearing an outdated uniform), not getting Zhao's name right (calling him Admiral Choi), and charging at Zhao with a spear. It's so bad, Zhao doesn't resort to firebending, just nonchalantly throwing him overboard.
- Glory Hound: Hahn did not want to be denied the glory of assassinating Admiral Zhao, that he recklessly charges against Zhao, only to get pushed into the sea.
- Hate Sink: To make certain that no one will root for him rather than Sokka in the Love Triangle, he is presented as both incompetent and a jerkass who does not care about Yue's feelings.
- The Infiltration: His task during the Siege of the North is to infiltrate the Fire Nation fleet.
- Informed Ability: Apparently he's a skilled and respected warrior, enough that the chief trusted him to lead the mission to assassinate Admiral Zhao. What we see him do is quite pathetic.
- Jerkass: He's an incompetent Glory Hound who is only interested in Yue for the political perks.
- Prince Charmless: While not explicitly a prince, he is some form of high nobility, and lovelessly betrothed to Yue for political reasons.
- The Rival: To Sokka over Yue. Hahn is betrothed to Yue, but Sokka has her heart.
- Upper-Class Twit: He insults Sokka because he is from the Southern Water Tribe, stating that Sokka wouldn't understand the "political complexities" of the Northern Water Tribe; said complexity is marrying Yue for political reasons. His feud with Sokka begins when Sokka notes the discrepancies with current and past Fire Nation Navy uniforms. Hahn also can't be trusted to learn the Fire Nation admiral's name: Zhao.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's never shown if he survived being thrown out of Zhao's ship or how he reacted to Yue's fate.
Voiced by: Crawford Wilson
As a young boy, Jet's family was killed by the Fire Nation. Swearing vengeance, Jet became a dashing rebel against their forces, forming a Merry-Men esque group of freedom fighters with other war orphans. However, Jet has an extremist side and is willing to destroy the Fire Nation by any means necessary. After getting called out by Katara and Sokka, Jet realized the error of his ways and tried to start over, only to get brainwashed into an agent of the Dai Li by Long Feng. And then killed by him when he tried to break free.
- The Ace: He's strong, he's a good leader, he sweeps Katara off her feet, and Aang doesn't even seem to notice because he thinks Jet is awesome, too. Only Sokka is suspicious of him, and for good reason; they later find out that Jet is rather psychotic and was willing to kill innocent people in order to wipe out a few Fire Nation soldiers.
- Anti-Hero: Albeit a tragic one. At first, he seems like a romantic, handsome, vigilante freedom fighter, but he's willing to go to horrifying extremes to defeat the Fire Nation. Later, he goes straight. Unfortunately, Redemption Equals Death.
- Anti-Villain: His motives are understandable — the Fire Nation killed his family and has done many other terrible things — but he's not above killing innocent people.
- The Atoner: In Book Two, he shows deep regret for trying to flood an entire Earth Kingdom village that was occupied by the Fire Nation and decides to move to Ba Sing Se to start over and helps Team Avatar find Appa to show that he's changed.
- Back for the Dead: Jet's return to the series was meant to serve as a catalyst for how fucked up a city Ba Sing Se was.
- Badass Normal: He's a perfectly normal teenage boy, but his two hookswords and impressive agility more than make up for his lack of bending.
- Bad Butt: Given the demographic of the show, this is inevitable.
- Bait the Dog:
- He is hospitable enough when he first meets Team Avatar, allowing them to take refuge in his hideout and sharing his backstory with them. He then casually reveals he plans on blowing up the Fire Nation colony along with its inhabitants.
- After returning to the show, he expresses remorse for his past deeds, steals food for poor boat passengers, and tries to strike up a friendship with Zuko. He then goes to obsessive lengths to prove that Zuko and Iroh are Fire Nation before finally attacking them with his swords.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Courtesy of Long Feng. It doesn't last, but sadly, neither does his life after he is freed.
- Cassandra Truth: Although his fanatical behavior is not justifiable, and he has no solid proof, Jet is actually right that Zuko and Iroh are firebenders. No one in Ba Sing Se believes him because, well, he is acting like a violent zealot.
- The Charmer: "I like your hair-loopies."
- Consummate Liar: He lies through his teeth very casually and convincingly. Even when caught out with an inconsistency, he smoothly weaves it into his web with his endearing, understanding manner and self-effacing language, both typical of accomplished conmen.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Seeing his parents murdered has driven Jet on a much darker path.
- Didn't Think This Through: In his attempts to unmask Zuko and Iroh as firebenders, he ends up attacking them when they're at work, and his poor choice of wording — "I saw the old man heating his tea!" — and getting into a duel with Zuko means all the bystanders are firmly on Zuko and Iroh's side when the Dai Li show up.
- The Dragon: To Long Feng, but not intentionally.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Lampshaded in "The Ember Island Players" episode, wherein the main heroes' journey is re-enacted in a play, including the rather ambiguously depicted death of Jet.Zuko: "Did Jet just...die?"Sokka: "You know, it was really unclear."
- Dual Wielding: With some rather unique hooked-swords.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Jet's anger over the deaths of his parents are what pushed him into extremism.
- Easily Forgiven: By the Gaang (with the exception of Katara) in Ba Sing Se. Even after his death, Katara still holds his crime of attacking innocents against him, showing that she still sees him as a terrorist. Word of God even admits that they had to invoke this trope for Sokka in order to focus on Katara's anger and the Dai Li plot.
- Evil Counterpart: To Sokka. Both have experienced tragedy at the hands of the Fire Nation and both are Badass Normals who can fight evenly with powerful benders. How they differ is how they act toward the Fire Nation, since Sokka doesn't take his hatred into He Who Fights Monsters territory.
- Evil Eyebrows: He's more amoral than evil, but he's got very interesting eyebrows.
- Fantastic Racism: Toward the Fire Nation, but he's hardly unique in this.
- Fatal Flaw: Even as The Atoner, he's completely incapable of thinking of the Fire Nation as anything but Always Chaotic Evil. However, he does get a better idea of how to treat them without going off the slippery slope. Before his development, he would've gladly flooded a Fire Nation-controlled town full of Earth Kingdom civilians. After, he tries to keep his anger under control and simply gathers evidence to report to the police. note
- Faux Affably Evil: Towards Sokka when he finds out about his plan.
- Femme Fatale: Gender Inverted. He's a sexy, charming boy who uses his outer seductiveness to blind Katara to his dangerous intentions. Like many female examples of this trope, he comes to genuinely care about Katara and ends up redeeming himself — and then dying.
- Freudian Excuse: He lost his family to a Fire Nation raid, much like how Katara lost her mother.
- Harmful to Minors: When he was little, he watched his entire village and family get burned down.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Considering his character, it's no surprise.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He has a pretty damn good reason to hate the Fire Nation, but he sadly takes his hatred a little too far.
- Ignored Epiphany: He got a wakeup call from Sokka and Katara about how he's become as bad as the Fire Nation soldiers that made him an orphan by attacking innocents who weren't hurting anyone. Jet seemed to take this lesson to heart when he boards the boat to Ba Sing Se... and then he sees Iroh's tea suddenly become hot after he complained about it being cold. Even though Zuko just helped him steal food for the poor boat passengers, he becomes determined to expose him and his uncle as Firebenders. Lampshaded when his friends advise him against going back to his old ways but he refuses to listen.
- Inspector Javert/Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: To Zuko and Iroh. Turns out he was right to be suspicious, after Zuko helps take over Ba Sing Se when Azula tempts him.
- Ironic Echo:Katara: "We were just following instinct!"
Jet: "You'll get yourself killed that way."
- Ironic Hell: Jet believes that the Freedom Fighters should follow him without question and anyone who threatens his plans will either be forcibly stopped or killed. In Ba Sing Se, the Dai Li brainwash him into following their orders obliviously and Long Feng kills him when he fights back.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Jet's goal is to protect children like himself orphaned by the warmongering Fire Nation and to fight back. However, it's made pretty clear that Jet has jumped off this slope when he attempts to drown an entire town uninvolved with the war effort, murder innocent elderly people, and put his own life at risk for the purpose of revenge. He notably later attempts to jump back on the slope, but it doesn't turn out too well. It's implied he had already fallen that far long before they met him — the plan was already in place and he had apparently been attacking travelers indiscriminate to their threat-level for a while now. Not to mention his "enforcers" thought nothing of Jet ordering them to kill Sokka. It's not entirely clear whether he truly regretted his actions for being morally wrong.
- Kick the Dog: Perfectly willing to attack innocent people, as long as they're Fire Nation. Shown best when Zuko allied with him to get food for the boat passengers, and Jet repays the favor by trying to expose him and Iroh as firebenders. Zuko and Iroh were planning to live out in Ba Sing Se peacefully, with Iroh begging for no one to hurt Jet as the latter was attacking them.
- Knight Templar: Particularly in his first appearance. To him, everyone in the Fire Nation is evil and must be destroyed, even if they are harmless elderly people or if doing so would wipe out scores of innocent people in a town that is merely being occupied by Fire Nation troops.
- Manchurian Agent: He was brainwashed by the Dai Li and ordered to kill Aang.
- Manipulative Bastard:
- In his debut episode, his interactions with Aang, Katara, and Sokka are extremely manipulative. He frequently compliments them; this is not merely an example of him being The Charmer as some compliments are more subtle than others, such as implying that Katara was responsible for Sokka's supposed Out-of-Character Moment. This not only makes her feel good, it neatly deflects them from wandering down any nasty trains of thought. When he realizes that Sokka and the other two have a split over their trust of him, he plays them against each other while still trying to court each side. He continues to try to win over Sokka even near the end of the episode; not because he thinks he will be successful, but to keep up appearances.
- In his second appearance, he tries to tempt Zuko into joining the Freedom Fighters by cleverly picking up that Zuko's the kind of guy who believes he deserves better than what he's getting and despite his gruff nature, he will help people who he recognizes are in a similar situation (Jet thought Zuko's scar marked him as a fellow victim of the Fire Nation). Jet's only flaws in his plan is that he doesn't understand Zuko and Iroh's relationship, that Zuko doesn't want to leave his uncle again. He gives up when he realizes Zuko's a Firebender.
- Missed Him by That Much: For all his efforts to force Iroh and Zuko to reveal themselves by firebending, they both do without any provocation in Tales of Ba Sing Se- Iroh to light incense sticks, and Zuko to light the lights at a fountain. Jet just couldn't witness it because he'd been arrested after his paranoid attack on Zuko.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Ba Sing Se, he tries to attack Zuko and Iroh in the tea shop where they work, to make them firebend in self-defense and out themselves. Zuko draws his swords and reveals he doesn't need to firebend to fight back, and Jet's ramblings make him look like a paranoiac to the passerby. When the police take him into custody, they deliver him to the Dai Li where he's brainwashed... to first lead the Avatar on a Wild Goose Chase for Appa and then kill him on Long Feng's orders. Oops. Later circumstances reveal that Zuko getting arrested by the Dai Li would have done more harm than good in the long run.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His assaulting an elderly old man led to Sokka becoming suspicious of him. That same old man would vouch for Sokka when the latter ran to warn the nearby village about the Freedom Fighters' plan to engineer a flood. As Sokka put it, Jet's desire to endanger innocent lives ended up derailing his plans.
- Not So Different: Twice. First to Zuko and then to Katara (Aang makes the comparison to the latter).
- Oral Fixation: Likes to carry a piece of wheat in his mouth.
- Redemption Equals Death: He dies not long after he makes his redemption.
- Rebel Leader: He's the leader of the Freedom Fighters.
- Rebel Relaxation: He's very fond of this, complete with a piece of straw in his mouth much like a cigarette, effectively wooing Katara (in the episode "Jet") because All Girls Want Bad Boys.
- Reformed, but Rejected: Technically a subversion, as he was unknowingly working for Long Feng at the time and was less reformed than he thought he was. Still, Katara absolutely refused to believe he has changed. Understandably so given that he lied to her before and tried to use her and Aang to flood an Earth Kingdom village.
- Revenge Before Reason: Even though he was completely justified in being suspicious of Zuko, the methods he goes to to prove he's from the Fire Nation were not smart. Stealing Iroh's fire stones was sensible enough, but attacking him and Zuko in broad daylight wasn't, especially since Zuko and Iroh weren't hurting anyone. His friends even lampshade it, telling him that he's going too far.
- Romantic False Lead: For Katara. She spent a majority of his first episode fawning over him, but she rejected him once she learned he plan to flood a village. When they meet again in Ba Sing Se, Toph asks Katara if Jet was an ex-boyfriend, which she denies. Then theres the little blush on Kataras face after Toph says shes lying.
- Shout-Out: His laid back demeanor, character design, and name are shout outs to the works of Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame. His characterization, on the other hand...
- Small Name, Big Ego: Seems to think he's a much bigger threat to the Fire Nation than he actually is. Though this could just be him trying to boost the Freedom Fighters' morale.
- Smug Smiler: He does this. During his first appearance, the writers apparently had orders to make sure Jet always looked cool.
- Teens Are Monsters: He attempts to kick an old man in the head and flood a whole village of innocents in his intense rage towards the Fire Nation. He's the leader of a gang of teenagers willing to commit murder and other dark crimes for no other motivation than revenge, and gets called a monster in-universe by Katara. He's changed his approach by the next time we see him, insisting that nobody else will get hurt when he tries to expose two firebenders disguised as Earth Kingdom refugees, but is forced to learn that Redemption Equals Death when his plan backfires on him.
- Tragic Hero: Despite redeeming himself, his deadly obsession with Fire Nation was what led him to becoming a pawn of Long Feng. He also genuinely loved Katara.
- Troubled, but Cute: He's attractive, charming, amoral, and has a tragic past.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Of the kinked variety.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He really does want to help take down the Fire Nation, but is rather hardcore in the lengths he's willing to go to.
- Would Harm a Senior: The clincher that makes both the audience and Sokka realize Jet is not that well-intentioned is when he attacks a harmless old man for being from the Fire Nation, even attempting to kick him in the head. Sokka luckily stops him before he can go any further.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Long Feng kills him after he breaks free of his brainwashing.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Does this a lot in Ba Sing Se after discovering Zuko's and Iroh's secret.
Voiced by: Nika Futterman (Smellerbee), Mitch Hollerman (The Duke, Season 1), Nick Soboda (The Duke, Season 3), Sterling Young (Pipsqueak), Marc Donato (Longshot)
The Freedom Fighters are a handful of children and teenagers from (apparently) all over the Earth Kingdom who have been orphaned by the attacks of the Fire Nation. Led by Jet, they are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who pretty much throw monkey wrenches into Fire Nation activity wherever they can.
Longshot and Smellerbee show up with Jet en route to Ba Sing Se in Book Two. Pipsqueak and The Duke show up in Season 3. Sneers, Smellerbee and Longshot reappeared in The Promise leading the reorganized Freedom Fighters.
- Action Girl: Smellerbee.
- Alliterative Name: The Freedom Fighters.
- Archer Archetype: Longshot.
- Ascended Extra: Sneers, who never even spoke in the show, becomes more prominent in The Promise. And he has a girlfriend (and a pretty one at that).
- The Atoner: Longshot and Smellerbee have truly changed by the time of season two. They go from blindly following Jet's orders to giving him advice about his actions. When they find out Jet was brainwashed by the Dai Li, they help Team Avatar undo it and fight to rescue Appa.
- Badass Normal: Longshot and Smellerbee can hold their own against Dai Li Earthbenders. As Freedom Fighters though, we can assume that anti-Firebender combat is something of a specialty for them.
- Berserk Button: Don't mistake Smellerbee for a boy. Never forget the "the" in The Duke's name.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Pipsqueak (big guy) and The Duke (little guy).
- Bolivian Army Ending: For Longshot and Smellerbee, who stay behind to hold the Dai Li off and allow Team Avatar to escape. Their ultimate fates are unknown until The Promise, which reveals they got out fine.
- Carry a Big Stick: Pipsqueak uses a log in combat.
- Boyish Short Hair: Smellerbee has a short and messy bobcut, which doesn't help her not being mistaken for a guy.
- Cold Sniper: Longshot's role in the group.
- The Dark Chick: Smellerbee pre-HeelFace Turn.
- Cry Cute: When Jet is dying, Smellerbee bursts into tears.
- Gentle Giant: Post HeelFace Turn, Pipsqueak.
- HeelFace Turn: Unlike Jet, they're a lot more consistent about it.
- Implied Love Interest: According to the "Avatar Extras," Longshot and Smellerbee were rumored to be in a romantic relationship.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: Smellerbee. Iroh even mistakes her for a guy in "The Serpent's Pass".
- Non-Indicative Name: Guess which one's called Pipsqueak... Lampshaded by Aang when they first meet. He first believes Pipsqueak is The Duke's name for obvious reasons. But when he learns which Freedom Fighter's it really is, he changes his mind... It's hilarious!
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After Jet is killed, Longshot and Smellerbee somehow managed to fight their way out of Lake Laogai and the Dai Li without a scratch.
- One of the Guys: Smellerbee, who is the Freedom Fighters' only (at least properly named and introduced) female member.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Fairly obvious. Even "Jet" can also mean "black". Possibly Smellerbee is the only one who's known by her real name.
- Out of Focus: The Duke shares this trope with Haru and Teo. Despite being one of the few people who made it out of the failed invasion of the Fire Nation the three never do anything of note during their time with Team Avatar. And then when Azula attacks the Western Air Temple they end up separating from the group with Hakoda and aren't seen again until the season finale after the war is over.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: They don't seem to have that many morality qualms during the Great War Era.
- The Smurfette Principle: Smellerbee is the only named female freedom fighter.
- The Silent Bob: Longshot. Smellerbee and Jet often act as though he had said something after looking at his face, though.
- Spanner in the Works: Team Avatar was about to go on a Wild Goose Chase to find Appa with Jet in tow, who gave them a lead. They then ran into Smellerbee and Longshot, who are relieved to see them. Smellerbee reveals that Jet was arrested by the Dai Li, but Jet has no memory of it. The Gaang is confused, especially when Toph confirms Smellerbee and Jet are both telling the truth. This leads them to uncover Jet's brainwashing and Appa's real location, which would later lead to Long Feng's imprisonment.
- Spell My Name with a "The": It's THE Duke!
- Suddenly Voiced: Longshot speaks after Long Feng wounds Jet.
- Tagalong Kid: The Duke, who doesn't look older than six years old.
- This Means Warpaint: Smellerbee has two red marks on each cheek, which fits her "rebel vigilante" look.
- Tsundere: Smellerbee.
- Vigilantes: The Freedom Fighters are just a bunch of skilled orphaned kids who fight against the Fire Nation.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Longshot and Smellerbee. Also all the other kids we see in "Jet" apparently went off on their own after.
- Women Are Wiser: While all of the Freedom Fighters have undergone a HeelFace Turn, Smellerbee is the one that tries the hardest to reason with Jet when he slips through his old ways again by trying to prove Zuko and Iroh are firebenders.
Voiced by: James Sie
A hapless cabbage merchant whose produce keeps getting inadvertently destroyed by the Gaang. Needless to say, he's not too fond of them.
- Butt-Monkey/Chew Toy: Poor guy just wants to sell some cabbages.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While he understandably hates the Gaang, he's a little overzealous about it. Like that time he thought they were going to be executed (This was the first time they had destroyed his cabbages nonetheless):"Off with their heads! One for every head of cabbage!"
- Fruit Cart: The owner of one, which always gets knocked over.
- No Name Given: His name is never revealed, not even in supplementary material.
- Properly Paranoid: He automatically assumes the Avatar will damage his property in some manner, and the Avatar never disappoints.
- Recurring Extra: Lampshaded in "The Ember Island Players" when the list of sources for the play mentions, "a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage."
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In his last appearance, he goes, "My Cabb...oh, forget it!"
- Throw the Dog a Bone:
- Didn't meet up with the Gaang at all during the final season, and even worked as a consultant for an anti-Avatar play.
- The Legend of Korra reveals that he and his family go on to build a large corporation that makes automobiles, among other things.
- He returns in the comic sequel "The Rift" and it shows how his passion for technology started.
- Yank the Dog's Chain:
- Said corporation is shut down after it is wrongfully accused of providing the Equalists with weaponry. Even after death, the poor guy just can't catch a break. Well after that, his company is back and running.
- And then we learn that Cabbage Corp's products are pretty much crap compared to the things put out by their rivals at Future Industries. However, the poor quality of their products is partially the CEO's fault due to him focusing on making more money and putting too much emphasis on "cheap" alternatives.
Foamy Mouth Guy
Voiced by: Byron McKittrick
A fan of the Avatar who lives on Kyoshi Island. Known for his tendency to go into a screaming fit and foam at the mouth when he thinks Aang is near.
Voiced by: Jennifer Hale (original), Yaninna Quiroz (Latin American Spanish)
A skilled bounty hunter, June is out for money and doesn't care who she has to work for to get it. She collects bounties with Nyla, her pet Shirshu, a ferocious beast with an incredible sense of smell. When she inadvertently damaged Zuko's ship while chasing a bounty, Zuko had her hunt the Avatar as compensation. In the finale, she was recruited by Zuko to track down Iroh.
- Back for the Finale: She comes back in Sozin's Comet to help the Gaang find Aang. When that fails, she is instead asked to find Iroh, and successfully does.
- Badass Normal: Isn't known to have any bending abilities, but kicks plenty of ass with her whip and pet Shirshu.
- Bar Brawl: She spends her free time beating up burly men.
- Boobs of Steel: She's more buxom than most of the other female cast members and is definitely one of the physically strongest.
- Bounty Hunter: And a pretty darn skilled one at that.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Best demonstrated by her effortlessly defeating a muscular man, who struggled terribly against her in their arm-wrestling match and lifting up two men.
- Contralto of Danger: She has a deeper voice than the other female characters to portray her as dangerous.
- Dark Is Evil/Dark Is Not Evil: Played with. June only hunted the Gaang because of her profession and Zuko asked her to. Other than that, June doesn't seem like a real troublemaker or even a jerk.
- Deadpan Snarker: If a lot of her dialogue is anything to go by, she enjoys mocking people like Zuko.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has black hair and incredibly pale skin.
- Everyone Has Standards: It's implied that Zuko's revealing the Fire Lord's plans was enough to inspire her to help the Gaang free of charge.
- Fluffy Tamer: Though not at first. In her first appearance, she has no problem with whipping her Shirshu when it under-performs. Later, she seems to have adopted this behavior, calling it her "Snuffly-Wuffly."
- A Girl and Her X: June's father received a shirshu from a rare animal collector in payment for a bounty, and gave it to her. The shirshu, who was named Nyla, became June's inseparable companion. And they have been a team for more than 17 years.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: One of the very few characters to wear leather in the series.
- Juggle Fu: And seemingly the reason Toph likes her!
- The Lad-ette: A tough, tattooed young woman in a traditionally manly job, who loves partying, gambling, and trials of strength.
- Ms. Fanservice: Iroh even thinks so!
- The Nicknamer: "Oh great, it's Prince Pouty."
- The Nose Knows: Her Shirshu can track anyone across continents if it only gets a whiff of something with their smell on it.
- Parent Service: Dear lord! A lot of men, in and out of universe, loved her character design. The black clad, whip-wielding, pouty-lipped and stacked bounty hunter. Despite only appearing in one episode, she was quite popular, and got to make an appearance in the Grand Finale.
- Peek-a-Bangs: She definitely has the sexy kind.
- Punch-Clock Villain: She only hunted Aang because Zuko hired her. Later, she works with the Gaang in the finale, apparently for no pay.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Jun is very gorgeous and has one of the palest complexions on the show.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Thanks to her pet with the incredible sense of smell.
- Shipper on Deck: Even though she's just teasing, she's largely considered the patron saint of Zutara.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: She's hot, has Raven Hair, Ivory Skin, and is rather sarcastic, particulary towards Zuko.
- Too Many Belts: Wears quite a few.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Toward her Shirshu, Nyla. In her first appearance, she constantly whips Nyla. Come the finale, she's hugging and petting him and calling him "Snuffly-Wuffly."
- Tsurime Eyes: She has narrow, upwards arching eyes.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Her shirshu is rendered completely useless when her sense of smell is overloaded.
- Waif-Fu: She can wrestle men twice her size.
- Whip It Good: Both June and her shirshu, who's also The Paralyzer.
Voiced by: Jack Angel
The Pirate Captain and his crew first appear in the first season episode "The Waterbending Scroll". Aang and his friends come aboard their ship to browse and Katara steals a very valuable waterbending scroll that The Pirate captain said he had gotten "at a most reasonable price, free" Afterwards the pirates chase after Aang and his friends to take the scroll back, they escape, then the pirates team up with Prince Zuko who is hunting The Avatar. At first The Pirates and Zuko work well together as they manage to catch Aang and his friends but then Sokka convinces the pirates to renege on their deal with Prince Zuko at which point a Mêlée à Trois battle ensues, Aang and his friends manage to escape. The Pirates ship and Prince Zuko's River Boat get destroyed in the process, and the pirates are not seen again until "The Waterbending Master" in which Admiral Zhao hires them to kill Prince Zuko. After that they are not seen again.
- Badass Normal: The Pirate Captain is skilled enough with a sword to take on Prince Zuko.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: He admits that he stole the waterbending scroll from a northern water tribe member, but doesn't call it as such.
- Faux Affably Evil: The Pirate Captain appears very personable if somewhat gruff and rough around the edges, but he drops all pretenses if he thinks you're wasting his time.
- Honest John's Dealership: The pirates' ships main purpose when at port is as a store selling exotic curios.
- Pirate Booty: The Pirates have quite a collection of things that they market as "exotic curios"
- Pirate Parrot: Actually it looks more an Archaeopteryx, which is a prehistoric ancestor of modern birds, his pet is aptly described by Sokka as a "pet reptile-bird" Word of God states his pet is an Iguana-Parrot.
- Professional Killer: Downplayed, hes only known to have taken one contracted kill: when Zhao hired him to kill Zuko.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Jack Angel pulls off his voice magnificently.
- Villain of the Detour: To Team Avatar the captain is this after Katara stole a waterbending scroll from him so she and Aang could learn a new technique. Naturally the captain wants it back. When he finds out the avatar could be more worth than the scroll he tries to capture him and fails.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to him and the other pirates after Zhao hired them to kill Zuko.
Pirate Barker Oh
Voiced by: Byron McKittrick
- Affably Evil: He seems genuinely nice, even if it is very apparent that he's quite a shady character, he also comes across as somewhat chatty and annoying.
- Badass Normal: The Pirate Barker knows how to use his weapons and isn't afraid to let them do the talking if the need arises.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: When Sokka deduces and screams out that "you guys are pirates!" The Pirate Barker says "We prefer the term high risk trader".
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses smoke pellets to distract and disorient his enemies.
- Honest John's Dealership: The pirates' ships main purpose when at port is as a store selling exotic curios.
- Traveling Sales Man: This seems to be his job and he does it with enthusiasm.
- Tasty Gold: Actually says "That's some tasty gold!" While biting into a gold coin after Admiral Zhao paid the pirates to assassinate Prince Zuko.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to him and the other pirates after their failed assassination of Prince Zuko.
Voiced by: Raphael Sbarge
Professor Zei was the head of the Anthropology Department at Ba Sing Se University. An ambitious cultural anthropologist, he was well-traveled and highly educated in exotic cultures. His thirst for knowledge brought him to strange, remote, and often dangerous places. Zei was an eccentric man to whom knowledge was priceless. He got very excited at the prospect of learning anything about history or the world around him. A map of his travels showed he had been everywhere in the world, except the Fire Nation. Even though he had discovered many lost civilizations over the years, he longed to find the "crown jewel" of ancient discoveries: Wan Shi Tong's Library.
He never managed to find Wan Shi Tong's Library until he ran into Aang and his friends in the Si Wong Desert. He explained to them that he made several expeditions into the desert but almost died each time. He finally fulfills his life long wish, by flying on the back of Appa, Aang's Flying Bison. After they get into Wan Shi Tong's Library, Wan Shi Tong initially refuses them entry , but lets them pass under the condition that they provide him with new knowledge. Unlike Aang and his friends who wanted to use Wan Shi Tong's library to help them find possible ways to help them defeat the Fire Nation, Professor Zei wanted to find the library simply because he was a lover of knowledge. When Wan Shi Tong finds out about this, he sinks his library into the desert sand and tries to keep Aang and his friends trapped for eternity. Professor Zei willingly chooses to stay behind, and in The Legend of Korra it's revealed that he died there and his corpse is rotting in the library.
- Adventure Archaeologist: Professor Zei divides his time teaching Cultural Anthropology at Ba Sing Se University and looking for lost civilizations.
- Adventurer Outfit: It helps him survive in the hostile desert.
- Badass Bookworm: We never actually see how much of a bad ass he is, but he has to be one to have journeyed through the Si Wong Desert several times and to survive.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to spend an eternity in the library and he got his wish: his corpse is still there in The Legend of Korra, seventy years after Avatar Aang was last there.
- Buried Alive: Essentially and by his own choice this is what happens to him, because he chooses to stay behind in Wan Shi Tong's library even though Wan Shi Tong was burying it underneath the Si Wong Desert.
- Bus Crash: Unsurprisingly, his next appearance after being buried in the library reveals how he died.
- Hypocritical Humor: Wishes he could talk to Appa, commenting wistfully on "the stories this beast could tell." When Momo tries to talk to him, he says "Shush! Chatty monkey!" He doesn't even know Momo is a Flying Lemur.
- Last Words: "I could spent an eternity here..."
- Non-Action Guy: Justified, since he's an academic.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in one episode and isn't mentioned again, but his leading the heroes to the Library gave them information on the Day of the Black Sun. The resulting invasion plan drives the rest of Book 2 and a large chunk of Book 3. Furthermore, The Legend Of Korra shows that Wan Shi Tong still has no trust for humans and the Avatar as a result of the Gaang's visit.
- Tareme Eyes: He has droopy eyes.
Voiced by: Kim Mai GuestA young girl who worked at a hospital in an agricultural Earth Kingdom village.
Lao voiced by: Cam Clarke
Poppy voiced by: Gabrielle Carteris
Toph's parents. Although they both love Toph dearly, they failed to recognize what their daughter really wanted, believing her blindness made her weak, helpless, and frail. As a result, they had her guarded and cared for the majority of the time. Unbeknownst to both of them, Toph had become an excellent earthbender all on her own. When Toph runs away to teach Aang earthbending, Lao hires Xin Fu and Yu to bring her back.
- Adult Fear: Due to Toph being born blind, her parents are terrified of her getting hurt, which is why theyre so overprotective of her. They also become quite worried when shes kidnapped and Lao becomes very nervous when shes fighting the Earth Rumble six fighters. The fact that she beat them all on her own doesn't change this and instead make them even more strict, leading her to run away.
- Aerith and Bob: Poppy's name stands out compared to her husband and daughter's Chinese names.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite disowning her in "The Rift" Lao is seen keeping a picture of Toph, showing that for all his disappointment in her he does care.
- Because I Said So: "That's just how it's done" was Lao's typical response to Toph's questions, which became a source of great discomfort for her.
- Foil: Interestingly, Lao and his partner Loban — both men of wealth — have two inverted traits in The Rift. Lao is an honest owner who valued workers' lives and working conditions, but his strict rearing of his daughter caused a rift between each other. While Loban valued profits even if it meant endangering the land and the workers, he genuinely cared for Satoru after finding him begging on the street as a runaway.
- HeelFace Turn: Lao mends fences with his daughter at the end of The Rift.
- Honest Corporate Executive: Lao Beifong becomes this in The Rift, in contrast to his partner Loban where he actually treats the workers decently and is quite upset once he finds out that Loban constructed a mine that was built in a place he restricted due to unstable geography, which isn't helped by the haphazard construction and pollution of a local river from its run off.
- Ignored Epiphany: Lao Beifong realizes just how strong and capable his daughter really is. His response? To double-down on being overprotective.
- I Have No Son!: Lao was shown to become this in The Rift, refusing to acknowledge that Toph is the daughter he raised, even in light of the fact that she's essentially a world-renowned hero.
- Jerkass Realization: He gets one when Toph uses her metalbending to save him and his crew from a cave-in, all the while buying time for them. Lao thinks Toph is going to die, and it's his fault; she also reminds him that she left because he didn't think she could save herself.
- Knight Templar Parent: Lao is extremely protective of his daughter, even keeping her existence a secret. He's so overprotective that when she runs off precisely because of that, he immediately assumes Aang kidnapped her, and hires the very man who actually did just kidnap her to find her again.
- Never My Fault:
- When Toph ran away after Lao decides to protect her regardless of how capable she is, he blames the Avatar for the kidnapping and hires two people, including someone he just saw attempted to kidnap his daughter, to kidnap her and force her home, never admitting that it is his own fault she ran away.
- Implied with Poppy, when Lao explains that after failing to bring Toph back, Poppy blamed him for everything that happened and wanted nothing to do with him. Never mind the fact that she wholeheartedly agreed to keep her under lockdown to keep her safe.
- Pet the Dog: For all his over protectiveness and denial that he has no daughter in spite of everything, when Toph is trying to prevent him and the other workers from the mine collapse, he genuinely apologizes to her, acknowledging Toph as not only a strong girl but also as his daughter.
- Small Role, Big Impact: If they had learned to loosen up on Toph and not be so overprotective over their daughter even after she proved herself a capable fighter, Toph may not have acompanied Team Avatar on their journey, and things would have been very different.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They never appear after their debut episode and the series ends with Toph never returning to them. It is also unclear whether Sokka's messenger hawk managed to successfully deliver Toph's message to them. They return in The Rift, where they settle things once and for all with their daughter.
Voiced by: Mick Foley
An arrogant yet entertaining Earthbender, he was a wrestler and arena champion who thought he would easily defeat a certain little girl in the tournament. He was painfully curb stomped instead.
- Badass Beard: Has quite the beard and his HeelFace Turn shows that he is quite badass.
- The Big Guy: Just not as big as the Big Bad Hippo.
- Boisterous Bruiser: To the point that he's a Third-Person Person.
- The Brute: The Boulder is very strong, and is an excellent earth bender, but when Katara says that he could be a possible Earthbending teacher to Aang, Aang reminds her "That Bumi told me to find somebody who listens to the earth, he's just listening to his big muscles."
- Curb-Stomp Battle: To establish Toph's badassery, The Boulder gets hit with a Groin Attack before being catapulted out of the ring.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Like every one of the wrestlers, he is an Earthbender. The only wrestler who surpasses him at this is Toph.
- Easily Forgiven: He takes part in the invasion along with The Hippo and nobody even brings up the fact that he once helped Xin Fu capture Toph and Aang (which he seemed to agree with Xin Fu's idea to sell him to the Fire Lord).
- Face: The most popular wrestler of Earth Rumble Six, he also happens to be Sokka's favorite competitor.
- HeelFace Turn: He's one of the many wrestlers who kidnaps Aang and Toph, but he and the Hippo eventually come to the good side to help with the invasion. When Toph senses their presence, she initially thinks they want to fight, but the Boulder explains they are there to help. "The Boulder and the Hippo no longer fight for the entertainment of others, now we fight for our kingdom!"
- Hurricane of Puns: Or would that be an rockalanche?
- Large Ham: Combines expressive gestures, strange facial expressions, and Mick Foley.
- Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Purposely resembles The Rock. Given that Mick Foleynote is the one voicing him, he could be seen as an outright parody.
- Pec Flex: Can be seen briefly during his winning streak in "The Blind Bandit".
- Power Tattoo: Subverted, the Boulder has a tattoo of a Badgermole on his back, but it doesnt empower him in any way. The power part comes into play as its the animal that Earthbenders originally learnt earthbending from.
- Third-Person Person: In the Western, "full of himself" sense.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He never puts on a shirt in the entire series.
- The Worf Effect: Has a winning streak at Earth Rumble 6 to prove he's good, only for his utter and complete defeat at Toph's hands to establish how outclassed he is — and how good Toph is.
The Big Bad Hippo
Voiced by: Kevin Michael Richardson
The Big Bad Hippo was an Earthbending wrestler in Earth Runble VI, just like the Boulder. He almost beat the Boulder by stomping his feet and jumping up and down, which caused him to almost fall out of the ring. This was the Hippo's signature move which was called "Rocking The Boat". The Boulder however manages to catch his balance and defeats the Hippo by lifting him up in the air using his Earthbending and tossing him out of the ring.
- Animal Motifs: Fitting his wrestling name, he is big, bulky, and has a large mouth with tusk-like teeth like an actual hippopotamus.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Exactly the personality you'd expect from an earthbender.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: When he and Toph met again in the Invasion he hugs her. "Hippo happy to see Blind Bandit!", indeed.
- The Brute: Even more so than the Boulder.
- Expy: His fatness and four teeth, along with his title, make him greatly resmble King Hippo.
- Gentle Giant: After his HeelFace Turn his first scene after seeing Toph again is to wrap her in a bear hug and tell her that he is happy to see her.
- The Giant: Almost all the Earth Rumble Six Wrestlers are big and muscular, but The Big Bad Hippo is the biggest.
- HeelFace Turn: During "The Day of Black Sun", the Hippo and the Boulder help invade the Fire Nation. They also make cameo appearances at the end of the third season finale.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He has a couple of moments with Toph.
- Hulk Speak: "HIPPO, MAD!"
- Mighty Glacier: Is slow but incredibly powerful, he is able to withstand an Earthbending attack from The Boulder to the back of his head, and during the opening of their fight, caught rocks The Boulder threw at him, chewed them up, and spit them out.
- Third-Person Person: Just like the Boulder, he constantly refers to himself in the third person, but the Boulder is much more refined. The Hippo refers to himself and generally talks in Hulk Speak.
Earthbenders participating in the Earth Rumble VI earthbending tournament, where they get beaten by The Boulder. Later they kidnap Toph and Aang, and get curbstomped by Toph for their troubles. After that, they're never seen again.
Fire Nation Man
- Expy: The foreign heel gimmick and especially the singing of a foreign national anthem clearly reference Nikolai Volkoff.
- Fake Nationality: In-universe. Despite his entire character, he's shown sandbending, which means he's from the Earth Kingdom.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: Even though he is an Earthbender, his Gimmick is that he's a Fire Nation patriot. While performing, he also talks in a stereotypical thick Eastern European accent. He was easily beaten by The Boulder, and wasn't too proud to beg, screaming "NO! PLEASE!" before the Boulder sent him flying out of the ring.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Tried to sing a mocking version of the Fire Nation national anthem, and it sounded very bad. Given his role as a Heel, it was possibly invoked.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike the Boulder and the Hippo he and the other wrestlers are not seen again after Episode Six of Season 2.
- Animal Motifs: His mask is reptilian-looking, and his Gimmick is crawling around on his hands and knees like a lizard.
- Cool Mask: He wears a green mask that makes him resemble a lizard.
- Masked Luchador: His mask and smaller stature clearly invokes this image.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike the Boulder and the Hippo he and the other wrestlers are not seen again after Episode Six of Season 2.
- Animal Motifs: His Gimmick is using his Earthbending to attack from underground, and his mustache and goggles give him a rodent-like appearance.
- Cool Mask: It's not a mask, but it's still cool. He wears a very unique pair of goggles and head gear.
- Tunnel King: They don't call him The Gopher for nothing.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike the Boulder and the Hippo he and the other wrestlers are not seen again after Episode Six of Season 2.
Xin Fu and Yu
Voiced by: Marc Graue (Xin Fu), Sab Shimono (Yu)
Xin Fu is the coordinator of the wrestling tournament in which Toph participates. When he thinks Toph cheated him out of the prize money he offered for her defeat, he kidnaps her and demands the prize money back as ransom.
Yu is an Earthbending teacher in Toph's hometown. He was hired to teach Toph Earthbending, but he grossly underestimated her abilities and thought she would never get past the beginner level.
Both of them are later hired by Toph's father to bring her back after she ran away with Team Avatar.
- Affably Evil: Master Yu, who is very polite and softspoken for a bad guy.
- And I Must Scream: Being stuck in a metal cage until they are either freed by a passerby or, more likely, die of starvation/dehydration/what have you since Earthbenders can't bend metal. Which ends up happening, we're never told until The Rift, where it is revealed that they eventually escaped from the cage.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Xin Fu.
- Bounty Hunter: Not their actual occupation, but they're willing to do anything for a buck.
- Brains and Brawn: Yu actually thinks things through, realizing things like trying to take down two people with large bounties in a Bad-Guy Bar full of desperate outlaws will probably mean having to take on the whole room. Xin Fu will just charge in and beat up the half dozen guys in his way.
- Combat Commentator: Xin Fu's day job.
- Curb Stomp Cushion: Xin Fu is one of the few characters to hold his own against Toph, if only briefly. Of course once she gets serious she takes him down.
- Foil: To Zuko and Iroh. Like Zuko, Xin Fu is a muscular bender with a nasty temper and often gets annoyed with his respective Older Sidekick. Also both he and Zuko wish to capture Aang for Ozai, though while Zuko wants to capture Aang to restore his honor Xin Fu simply wants the reward money. Master Yu and Iroh meanwhile are both Old Masters who are less aggressive than their younger partners and generally are Affably Evil.
- Genre Blind: Master Yu almost falls for Toph using the old excuse of having to go the bathroom, but Xin Fu stops him from letting her out.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Toph sealed them in the metal prison originally intended for her.
- Large Ham: Xin Fu.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: They would have been fine if they hadn't taunted Toph about her inability to bend metal, making Toph that much more determined to do it.
- No Sympathy Between Mooks: The two have a hard time getting along due to their conflicting personalities.
- Not So Harmless Villains: They actually got the drop on Toph, and would have won if Toph hadn't invented Metalbending just to escape/beat them. They're also experienced enough earth-benders to fight off multiple assailants.
- Odd Couple: They're polar opposites, yet both of them are working together to find Toph.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: They're good. Toph is a lot better.
- Pet the Dog: In his debut episode Master Yu enthusiastically proclaims that Toph is the greatest earthbender he saw. Later, after Toph is captured he considers letting Toph out of the cage for a potty break, before realizing it's a trap.
- Potty Emergency: Master Yu's final line, AFTER the two are locked in the metal box, is used to inform us of this. It's also an Ironic Echo, because that's almost how Toph tricks Master Yu into letting her out. Xin Fu is just smart enough to know Toph was up to no good.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Master Yu, definitely. Though Xin Fu is a debatable case.
- Tempting Fate: "You may think you're the greatest Earthbender in the world, but even you can't bend metal." Turns out, yeah. Yeah, she can.
- Underestimating Badassery: Master Yu made the mistake of assuming Toph wouldn't be a talented Earthbender due to blindness and Xin Fu tempted fate by believing Toph would be unable to break out of the metal cage. Oh, how wrong they were...
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Their fates are left unexplored in the main series. The sequel comic The Rift reveals that they got out somehow, but gave up their hunt for Toph after that incident.
Ba Sing Se
Voiced by: Clancy Brown (original), Rolando Silva (Latin American Spanish)
In the Earth Kingdom capital of Ba Sing Se, a group called the Dai Li keeps the war with the Fire Nation a secret, in order to maintain cultural order. A man who has fought long and hard for his position, Long Feng serves as their Big Brother-like leader. Using the Dai Li to keep himself in power, Long Feng manipulates both the city and the Earth King himself, whom Long Feng uses as a puppet ruler. After getting exposed by the Gaang, he tried to get back in power by working with Azula and double-crossing her at the moment of triumph. That didn't work out too hot.
- Affably Evil: Despite being very evil, he's also very polite and collected.
- Arc Villain: For the latter half of Book Two up until the end, where Azula shows him who's boss.
- Awesome Mc Coolname/Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name is Chinese for "Dragon Phoenix". Bonus points for sounding like "long fang."
- Big Bad Wannabe: Is even the subject of the page quote.
- The Chessmaster: And a pretty good one, too. Too bad for him, Azula is far better at this game than he is.
- Complexity Addiction: Long Feng seems incapable of creating a plan that doesn't require convoluted misdirection, even when his interests would be far better served by a more straightforward approach.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He's not seen fighting by himself too much, but he is a skilled Earthbender.
- Evil Chancellor: To the Earth King, who is completely oblivious to it.
- Evil Reactionary: Apart from maintaining his power, his main goal is to keep the city of Ba Sing Se precisely as it has always been for the last century, to the point of denying that a war is going on. This ideology is counter-productive as the Fire Nation is winning and he would have been ousted from his job anyway and possibly even executed if the Dai Li hadn't just agreed with Azula to let the Fire Nation in through the front door rather than eventually and inevitably winning by conquest as they were increasingly poised to do.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Clancy Brown.
- Eviler Than Thou: Ended up on the wrong side of this. Azula claims, "You were never even a player."
- From Nobody to Nightmare: According to Azula: "You were born with nothing. So you had to struggle, and connive, and claw your way to power."
- Insistent Terminology: He doesn't like to refer to the Earth King as a puppet, but officially maintains that he is a god to his people. The people may buy that, but the heroes don't.
- Just the First Citizen: His official title is the rather harmless-sounding Minister of Culture, but in practice, he is the one who runs the Earth Kingdom federal government (and, more importantly, the Dai Li).
- Manipulative Bastard: Though again, not to Azula's level, and he must eventually admit that he has been good and proper OutGambitted by her.
- Obviously Evil: His every action screams "up to something".
- Offscreen Teleportation: Pulls this off when Katara and Toph try to ditch him at a party. They've barely turned away from him when he reappears in front of them.
- Oh, Crap!: Has one when Azula gives her Breaking Speech, as he realizes that this girl who he assumed was in way over her head (something that she helped with), was in reality the most cunning and dangerous player in the game.
- Orwellian Editor: Makes sure to keep the citizens of Ba Sing Se from knowing about the war.
- Regent for Life: Ba Sing Se may have a king, but Long Feng's the one really pulling the strings.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Being an Evil Chancellor and all, he is definitely a traitor to the King and his people as a whole. He becomes an even bigger traitor by making a deal with the Fire Nation so that he could take back control of Ba Sing Se. In the end, Azula rewarded him with nothing.
- Self-Made Man: The son of a merchant who became the most feared man in Ba Sing Se.
- Smug Snake: While capable, he loses as soon as the Gaang get serious, and Azula upsets him by her charisma alone.
- State Sec: The Dai Li organization, which he directly controls. It functions as a Secret Police, but also fields at least some of the empire's crack earthbending troops.
- Thoughtcrime: If you already know about the war, you're brainwashed into forgetting.
- Trigger Phrase: "The Earth King has invited you to Lake Laogai."
- Underestimating Badassery: He severely underestimates Azula's cunning and ruthlessness.
- Unwitting Pawn: He had planned to use Princess Azula as this, employing her as an instrument to lead the Dai Li in taking over Ba Sing Se and then betraying her as soon as the task was done. It wasn't until then that he realized he had been her unwitting pawn all along to take Ba Sing Se for the Fire Nation, as she turned the Dai Li to her side.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: He's keeping Ba Sing Sei the most secure and peaceful place left in the world via the most horrifying means imaginable. And of course, he's doing it for himself, rather than the citizens.
- Villain Ball:
- Threatening the Gaang in the first place, since he's not in a position to simply silence them as he would one of his citizens.
- Likewise, he could have simply lied to the Gaang and directed them to generals operating the outer walls to explain their plan, promising aid and then not delivering it when the eclipse comes. Instead, he's completely honest that he wants Ba Sing Se to never fight.
- Kidnapping Appa. He doesn't ransom Appa or use him as a hostage, which would not have been an example of this trope, but instead just keeps him locked up for no reason while trying to send the Gaang off on a wild goose chase. If he had just given Appa back to Aang or used him as a bargaining chip, he could have avoided everything that followed.
- Denying that the war was going on and hiding it from the populace, as well as the Emperor, was an incredibly stupid thing to do since it meant that the war was being fought in a half-hearted manner at best, and if the Gaang hadn't shown up he might have been forcibly ousted by the Fire Nation sooner or later anyway.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after being beaten by Azula remains unknown, but he is most likely imprisoned.
- Worthy Opponent: He believes he and Azula to be this to each other at the end. Azula disagrees and practically laughs at the very notion of it.Long Feng: You've beaten me at my own game.
Azula: Don't flatter yourself. You were never even a player.
- Would Hurt a Child: He kills Jet seemingly with no remorse at all.
The secretive and elite police force of Ba Sing Se who work to capture, interrogate, and imprison political dissidents. The organization was founded by Avatar Kyoshi with the aim of "protecting the cultural heritage of Ba Sing Se", effectively protecting the Earth King's interest against subversive individuals and groups.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: When the Earth King busts Long Feng for lying about the war, the Dai Li plan a coup to make him the leader. Then Azula comes, and they switch loyalties to her.
- The Dreaded: While no one in Ba Sing Se is completely aware of what they do, they stand in quiet horror on seeing them arrive to break up Jet and Zuko's fight. The tea shop owner quickly explains the situation so they'll handle it and leave.
- Eviler Than Thou: The regular police guards are very civil to the citizens and try to prevent chaos from happening, while being complicit in the fascist regime. If the Dai Li come, they'll arrest you on legitimate charges and drag you away to a Fate Worse than Death.
- Ignored Epiphany: They're convinced by Azula to betray their city, with some regretting it as she says no one can ever trust them for being turncoats. Then she banishes them in turn during a fit of paranoia. About a few decades later in Legend of Korra, the new blood hasn't gotten the memo that maybe serving as a secret police is a bad idea as they conscript Airbenders on the other of the Earth Queen, only to get their asses kicked by the new Team Avatar and the Red Lotus respectively.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Azula convinced them to turn on Long Feng and surrender the city to the Fire Nation. They're eventually banished by Azula when she suspects them of betrayal, meaning everything that sacrificed for her was for nothing.
- Secret Police: They function as this for Ba Sing Se.
- Stupid Evil: What they have in strength, they lack in brains. Despite the Earth King telling them they need to prepare for a Fire Nation invasion, their bigger priority is staging a coup to put Long Feng on the throne. Then they deliver Ba Sing Se to the Fire Nation, all because a charismatic teenager charmed them.
- Superpowered Mooks: They are all Earthbenders.
Voiced by: Lauren Tom
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Brainwashed by the Dai Li to act as their spy.
- The Dreaded: All of the merchants go Oh, Crap! when Joo Dee smiles at them. They then close up shop quickly.
- Hope Spot: When Aang blows up at her and slams a door in her face, it seems to break her brainwashing. Our Joo Dee's crying as she explains to Long Feng that the children no longer trust her. Then Long Feng reactivates it without blinking an eye.
- Stepford Smiler: Wears an eerie fake smile, which is conditioned into her brainwashing.
- Unwitting Pawn: Justified in that she is brainwashed by the Dai Li. Azula installs her as a Puppet Queen in Ba Sing Se since she is from the city and conditioned to obey her leader.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After the war ends, it's unknown if she gets broken free of her brainwashing or if it can be broken at this point.
- You Are Number 6: There are hundreds of women named Joo Dee and brainwashed for the Dai Li. The Gaang even comments on it when Long Feng sends them another Joo Dee
Voiced by: by Marcella Lentz-Pope
Jin is a citizen of Ba Sing Se and a regular patron of the tea shop where Iroh and Zuko work. She nurses a crush on Zuko and decides to ask him out on a date, which doesn't go very well. She appeared in one of the Avatar comics that came out between Seasons 2 and 3 and had a two-second cameo in the first episode of the third season. Despite her very short screen time, she has gained a decent measure of popularity with the fandom.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted. She has no idea who her date really is and only sees Zuko's adorkable side.
- Big Eater: Zuko even addresses it.
- Buxom Is Better: Subverted. She's the most busty character in the entire series, but Zuko ultimately turns her down.
- Cat Smile: One of the reasons fans like her quite a bit.
- The Ditz: Gets accused of this sometimes for not realizing that Zuko was a Firebender after he lit all the candles around the fountain, though it's entirely possible that she knew and just didn't think it was bad. After all, there is no war in Ba Sing Se. Alternatively, she may not know the specifics of bending, since she doesn't appear to be a bender herself. Since Zuko claimed to have worked in a circus, Jin might even have assumed it was a circus trick.
- Foil: She has the opposite personality of Mai.
- Girl Next Door: She's a very sweet, down-to-earth girl.
- Girl of the Week: She only appears in one episode as a love interest for Zuko. (Though technically, she does have a cameo in another episode and appears in a tie-in comic about Zuko and Mai.)
- Satellite Love Interest: Her whole purpose was being a (sort of) love interest for Zuko.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: One sided. Even if she wasn't a character of the day, despite a cameo in a later episode and a minor role in a comic, she's a refugee of the Earth Kingdom unaware she has a crush on the prince of the Fire Nation. Even without Mai, those odds seemed unlikely.
- Tareme Eyes: She has droopy eyes.
- Unkempt Beauty: She wears fairly messy braids.
A forest spirit, normally appearing in the form of a large, docile panda. He served as the protector of the forest on the edge of Senlin Village for a millenium, until the forest was reduced to a pile of ash. Outraged, Hei Bai assumed that it had been done by the residents of Senlin Village, and began attacking the village every night.
- Anti-Villain: Hei Bai really isn't a malevolant spirit. He's just angry that his home was destroyed and started taking out his anger on the village he thought was responsible. Once he learns the truth, he lets them all go.
- Bears Are Bad News: Subverted. Despite his ability to transform into a four-armed monster, Hei Bai is actually not really that malicious. In truth, he's Beary Friendly.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Hei Bai is one of the more gentle spirits who prefers to keep to himself. However, when enraged, he transforms into a horrifying, four-armed monster capable of destroying everything in his path.
- The Bus Came Back: After being introduced in The Spirit World: Winter Solstice Part 1, Hei Bai returns in The Siege of the North, Part 2 to help Aang leave the Spirit World.
- Gentle Giant: Even in his Panda form, Hei Bai is abnormally large.
- HeelFace Turn: Once Hei Bai learns that the villagers he was tormenting weren't responsible for the destruction of his home, and reassured him that the forest would grow back in time, Hei Bai lets go of his anger and returns to the forest, releasing all the townsfolk he had kidnapped.
- Meaningful Name: "Hei Bai", is Chinese for "Black White". Given his black and white color scheme (and the fact that he's a panda) it's a pretty fitting name.
- Undying Loyalty: Because Aang gave him reassurance that the forest will regrow, Hei Bai becomes loyal to Aang and assists him when hes in the Spirit World. He also scares off the Baboon Spirit when he expresses relief that Aang is gone.
Tui and La
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY. While the Mandarin word tui is pronounced "tway", the spirit's name is pronounced on the show as "twee". (In IPA, /tʰweɪ˥/ vs /twiː/)
- Lord of the Ocean: They are the personifications of the moon and the ocean and represent the eternal push and pull of the tides, having taken the form of two black and white koi fish within the Spirit Oasis in the North Pole. When Tui is killed by Zhao to rob the Waterbenders of their bending ability, La retaliates by fusing with Aang in the Avatar state to become a massive water spirit, rampaging across the North Pole and decimating the Fire Nation armada effortlessly.
- Meaningful Name: Tui and la mean "push" and "pull" in Mandarin, which describes how the Waterbenders see the relationship between the moon and the ocean.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Zhao kills Tui, La fuses with Aang in the Avatar State to create a giant watery monster that easily takes out large swathes of the Fire Nation navy. After Yue resurrects the Moon Spirit, La focuses on coming directly for Zhao, dragging him off to parts unknown.
Voiced by: Erik Dellums
One of the oldest spirits in the Spirit World, Koh is a nightmarish centipede creature with a dangerous hobby of stealing faces. If he sees a face that makes even the slightest twitch of emotion, he will snatch it off and wear it as his own. Although he was attacked by Avatar Kuruk, he holds no grudge against the other Avatars. Because of his age, he is privy to many secrets of the world around him. So if Aang comes knocking on his door for help, who is he to refuse? There's always room for one more...
He only appears in one episode (three technically, but the other two were a flashback to that episode and a cameo), and barely does anything, but he's so damn creepy that everyone remembers him.
- Affably Evil: He's quite amiable and polite... for an Eldritch Abomination who sees nothing hideous about identity theft.
- Animalistic Abomination: A huge face-stealing abomination that looks like a (mostly) human-faced centipede. Koh has more than human faces in the bag, though.
- Antagonistic Offspring: To the Mother of Faces. She says they had a major fallout at the beginning of time.
- Anti-Villain: His actions suggest that he's simply amoral, not pure evil. He stole the face of Avatar Kuruk's lover to punish him for his arrogance, and bears no ill will towards Aang or any other incarnation of the Avatar for Kuruk's attack on him because he knows they're not the same person. Furthermore, he willingly told Aang the locations of the Ocean and Moon Spirits and the danger they were in, albeit in a cryptic and riddle-filled manner and while constantly trying to steal his face.
- Arch-Enemy: He became this for Avatar Kuruk after stealing the face of the woman he loved on their weeding day. Kuruk spend the rest of his life trying to kill Koh and almost succeeded at doing so.
- Big Bad: Not in the series proper, but he is so in the flash game which serves as the bonus episode between Book 2 and Book 3, trying to steal Aang's face and having several spirits under his command to lead Aang astray from his quest to talk to his previous lives.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: Koh has a code. Koh sticks to agreements. Koh has a moral aesthetic that is so odd you need luck to wrap your head around it.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: While not as wide as other smiles, his main face has a face with a soft smile plastered on its face. All. The. Time.
- The Collector: Of faces.
- Creepy Centipedes: Creepier than the average multilegged horror, even. The shadows-and-faces thing he has going on just makes the scuttley movements, the segments and those legs somewhat worse, if anything.
- Defanged Horrors: To an extent. When we first meet him, it is as fully genuine wall-to-wall eek for many valid reasons that don't lessen over time. But, then we get more Spirit World horror hurled at us, and after all that... Koh retrospectively comes across as a downright ethical, helpful (if slightly neurotic) cuddlebug in comparison to some of the other, truly malicious reality-rippers out there. *shudders*
- Eldritch Abomination: More corporeal than most, but he qualifies.
- Face Stealer: The Trope Namer, though he can't really shapeshift beyond the face.
- Freudian Excuse: He, of all characters, gets one. He steals face both because of spite and because he secretly misses his mother, the Mother of Faces.
- Friendly Enemy: Subverted. He's just trying to get Aang's guard down so he can steal his face. Though he still helped Aang at no benefit to himself when it didn't work.
- Malevolent Masked Men: He treats his various faces like masks.
- Mommy Issues: Revealed to have these with his parent, the Mother of Faces.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: You don't want to mess with anyone whose moniker is "The Face Stealer".
- Nothing Is Scarier: He has a rather threatening aura around him. Something about having your face being taken just for showing an emotion is just unnerving.
- Only Known By His Nickname: Koh isn't his birth name given by the Mother of Faces.
- We Will Meet Again: He says this, but their second encounter is never shown on screen, instead happening in Escape from the Spirit World, an online game taking place between the second and third seasons, while Aang is in a coma.
- White Mask of Doom: His most common, and possibly his true, face.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: Koh claims that a past Avatar tried to kill him "Eight or nine-hundred years ago." But Kuruk is the only Avatar to have attacked Koh, supported by the fact that Escape from the Spirit World confirms he showed Kuruk's wife's face when he mentioned the girl to Aang. Aang lived 112 years at that point, and Roku lived 70 years before him. Before Roku was Kyoshi, who lived 230 years, and before her was Kuruk, who was 33 when he died. Add that all up and the event was definitely less than 445 years ago. But perhaps Koh's memory is a little fuzzy due to The Fog of Ages.
Wan Shi Tong
Voiced by: Héctor Elizondo
Wan Shi Tong is known as the great knowledge Spirit, which takes the form of a large black owl with a white face. Wan Shi Tong created the Spirit Library to house his ever growing collection of knowledge, and brought it to the mortal world so that humanity might benefit from such wisdom. However, eons of seeing humans abusing his knowledge for the sake of conflict has turned Wan Shi Tong to ban humans from his library for their misuse. When the Gaang arrive there, Aang promises not to abuse the knowledge they gain from the library, but they quickly go back on their word when they learn about the Fire Nation's vulnerability during a solar eclipse. Wan Shi Tong decided enough was enough and took his library back to the Spirit World while simultaneously trying to kill the Gaang for what they did.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Justified because he's an owl.
- Above Good and Evil: He cares nothing for the conflicts of humanity and demands that his knowledge only be obtained by those who seek it for its own sake with no intention of using it against someone else.
- Ancient Keeper: He guards the library.
- Animalistic Abomination: An entity of infinite knowledge in the form of a giant draconic owl.
- Berserk Button: Do not, under any circumstances, betray his trust.
- Bilingual Bonus: Wan Shi Tong literally means "He who knows ten thousand things" in Chinese.
- The Cynic: Although this may not have always been the case. The whole reason why he brought his library to the physical world was indeed to help humanity, but after countless centuries of travelers using the knowledge they had gained for war and destruction. After being tricked by the Avatar, he simply forbade any human from entering.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very deadpan.
- Fantastic Foxes: He sends out fox-like spirits into the world to gather new volumes for the library so its collection keeps ever growing.
- Feathered Fiend: He's more of a Knight Templar than a full on villain or sadist, though.
- Feathered Serpent: Wan Shi Tong's second form is a combination between two animals, owls and snakes. This makes sense both animals are used as symbols for knowledge.
- Genius Bruiser: Holds eons' worth of knowledge, and horrific strength to go with it.
- Giant Flyer: As a gigantic owl, this is to be expected.
- Humans Kill Wantonly: The Spirit is fed up with humans seeking knowledge just so they can find new ways to fight their wars.
- Informed Ability: Wan Shi Tong stated that he learned all styles of Waterbending when he cornered Katara. If that means he can waterbend himself or simply knows how to counter it wasn't found out. He doesn't know Sokka style, though.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Trying to kill Zei and the Gaang was going too far, but it's hard not to see where he's coming from; they did break into his library, lie to his face, and try to steal information to do exactly the thing he said they were going to do after he gave them free run of the place in good faith. While the Fire Nation absolutely does need to be stopped, he's also right in pointing out that everyone, Fire Nation included, believes that they're on the "right" side of any war. Notably, nobody ever gives a good counter to this argument (such as pointing out that they've already committed one genocide).
- Knight Templar: He's willing to sink the library, even if it means killing the Gaang and Professor Zei, just to stop people from abusing his knowledge.
- Leave No Witnesses/Leave No Survivors: His method of "taking his knowledge back", which involves burying the library with anyone still in it, once he learns Team Avatar's reason for accessing the place is no different from other humans before.
- Magic Librarian: An unaging owl-like spirit that guards an enormous library.
- Meaningful Name: "Wan Shi Tong" means "He who knows ten thousand things". Taken a step further, "ten thousand things" is a Taoistic expression for all of creation; by introducing himself as "he who knows ten thousand things" Wan Shi Tong calls himself all-knowing. "Ten-thousand" is also linked to what in English is the Jack-of-All-Trades, Master of None idiom. Sure, knowing many things is great... but, how about actually knowing how to do something worthwhile for everybody with that library of yours, mate? Hiding and hoarding doesn't solve anything.
- Ominous Owl: He's very creepy. Even when he's not angry.
- The Omniscient: He's not called "He-Who-Knows-Ten-Thousand-Things" for nothing.
- One-Winged Angel: Becomes more serpent-like when he attacked the Gaang.
- Our Dragons Are Different: His second form looks like an odd combination of an owl and a dragon.
- The Owl-Knowing One: He is an owl-like supernatural being and keeper of a library, known as the great knowledge spirit.
- Right Behind Me: Showed up behind Sokka just as he blurts out that the Fire Nation was going down."Mortals are so predictable. And such terrible liars.''
- Scary Librarian: If you don't behave in his library, he will turn into an owl monster and destroy you.
- Shown Their Work: Real owls can indeed take on a sleeker, more menacing appearance when they're agitated, though not in such a dramatic fashion as Wan Shi Tong does.
- Voice of the Legion: He speaks like this, and it goes from creepy to horrifying when he tries to kill the Gaang.
- You Are the Translated Foreign Word: "I am Wan Shi Tong. He who knows ten thousand things."
A mysterious figure known for his iconic opera mask. With his incredible badassery and excellent stealth skills, he tries to rescue Aang from Admiral Zhao.
- Badass Normal: The Blue Spirit can hold his own against skilled Benders with just his swords. Zuko never Firebends while in this persona, presumably as a means of protecting his secret identity.
- Cool Mask: A badass opera mask, to be precise. Not only is it a really badass mask, it also helps hide Zuko's identity.
- The Cowl: Subverted. He freed Aang from Zhao's clutches, but this was only to capture Aang and get the glory for himself.
- Dual Wielding: His dual dao swords are so iconic that Zhao can figure out his identity just by seeing them in his room.
- Fights Like a Normal: He's actually a firebender, as his true identity is Zuko, but he sticks solely to his dual swords so as to protect his identity.
- Ho Yay: Done in-universe with Aang's character in the Ember Island Players' play "The Boy in the Iceberg."
- Leitmotif: A chilling bell tingling signals his presence. Sometimes the theme shows up just the sight of his mask alone without him wearing it.
- Le Parkour: It helps him with infiltration.
- Lovable Rogue: He may actually be Zuko in disguise trying to capture the Avatar, but he did help Aang out a great deal.
- Mysterious Protector: He shows up seemingly out of nowhere to save Aang after Zhao captures him.
- Ninja: A master of infiltration. Not so lucky on extraction, though.
- Non-Powered Costumed Hero: Invoked. He actually uses Elemental Powers under his Secret Identity, but he Fights Like a Normal while in costume.
- Secret Identity: Of Zuko, who initially used the guise of the Blue Spirit to capture Aang from Zhao.
- Shrouded in Myth: Even after his real identity is revealed to the audience, he remains shrouded in mystery In-Universe.
- Superpowered Alter Ego: Inverted — he's Zuko's non-powered alter ego.
- The Voiceless: Never makes a sound until "Lake Laogai".
Lian (The Maker)
A main character from Avatar: The Last Airbender the video game. She was captured by the Fire Nation and used to make powerful machines to aid them in the war.
- Big Bad: She turns out to be the main antagonist in the video game.
- Canon Foreigner: Lian was introduced in the first video game adaptation of the show, and as such, is not part of the actual canon of the series.
- Damsel in Distress: In the "Amongst the Enemy" chapter, she's the Fire Nation's prisoner, being used to make machines for the Fire Nation.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She thinks to be the Avatar means to control all four elements. She doesnt understand the responsibilities the Avatar must bear to maintain balance of the world. She also fails to understand why Aang would refuse to help her end the war with her machines, not realizing that Aang opposes such extreme measures.
- Forced into Evil: While under capture of the Fire Nation, Lian is forced to make machines for them that ultimately overtake them as the greatest threat in the game.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Lian managed to create giant robots that can shoot fire, fly, control water, and shatter the earth at a time when hot air balloons were the peak of technological evolution and clocks weren't even conceived.
- Manipulative Bitch: When she escapes to the Air Temple, she instructs her machines to attack the Avatar Sanctuary, knowing that Aang would be inclined to stop them. She also uses this as a chance to capture his friends while they wait for his return.
- Muggle Power: Lian's machines can reproduce the powers of benders while challenging even the Avatar. It turns out Lian is well aware of this, and intends to use her machines to destroy the nations and create a world of equality.
- Tsurime Eyes: She has narrow, upwards arching eyes.
- Walking Spoiler: Shes not just some captured mechanic forced to work for the Fire Nation.
- We Can Rule Together: During two different points in the game, Lian extends an offer for Aang to work with her to end the war once and for all. However, because she plans to commit mass genocide and she fails to understand what it means to be the Avatar, he refuses.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She wants to end the war, but she plans to do so by killing all Benders and replacing them with machines.