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From left to right: Sokka, Suki, Toph, Katara, Zuko, and Aang.

"Enough with the 'Team Avatar' stuff. No matter how many times you say it, it's not gonna catch on."
Katara (to Sokka), "The Drill"

  • Badass Crew: A group of skilled and clever children. Most of them are incredibly strong benders (one of which is the Avatar) while the two non-benders end the series as highly skilled combatants.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Team Avatar might consist of 12-16-year-olds who are all compassionate and caring kids at heart—but cross them and you'll regret it. These child prodigies are some of the most competent warriors of the age, capable of weaving massive fire vortexes, calling up huge tidal waves, rising miniature mountains, and kicking around a small-scale tornado or two. Plus they have two very capable Badass Normals on their side, fully prepared to do whatever they can to help in combat. Bottom line? Don't mess with them.
  • Birds of a Feather: Several pairs within the Gaang:
    • Aang and Katara. Both are extremely optimistic people who keep that outlook while also becoming more realistic due to Character Development. They are child prodigies in their own field (Aang in Airbending and becoming the youngest Fully Realized Avatar, Katara becoming a Waterbending master at only 14). They have a Chronic Hero Syndrome tendency, are incredibly nice individuals, but can be terrifying when pushed too far. They even share a similar trait of being more selfish when it comes to a personal topic.
    • Katara and Zuko are passionate, determined individuals willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals, whether it be capturing the Avatar or helping him, are kind-hearted and heroic but have a darker, more ruthless side. Both are also shown to be pretty evenly matched in terms of bending abilities, and the few times they are actually on the same side/not angry at each other they work very well together.
    • Zuko and Sokka in a platonic example. Both are overshadowed by a super-powered younger sister, use swordplay in combat, can sometimes lack social skills and have a mutually poor track record with relationships.
    • Sokka and Suki. Both are competitive and practical warriors, take on the burden of leadership and had to become protectors at a young age (Sokka of the Water Tribe and Suki of Kyoshi Island).
  • Blue Oni, Red Oni:
    • Snarky, cynical Sokka and caring, emotional Katara.
    • Sokka and Zuko, with Sokka (the plan guy) known for being strategic and logical, while Zuko ("never think things through") is impulsive and hot-tempered. Lampshaded in The Boiling Rock, when their roles are reversed.
  • Child Prodigy: Applies to Aang, Toph, and Zuko:
    • Word of God states that Aang was better than kids twice his age when he was six, better than his masters at ten, and an airbending master at twelve. He maintains his status of Child Prodigy throughout the show, managing to master waterbending, become a skilled earthbender, and get a good grasp on firebending over the course of a year.
    • Toph was an earthbending master by the time she was twelve, having mastered the basics of standardized earthbending and expanding off of that to form her own unique style that was more suited to her blindness. She also invented metalbending within hours, and is seen creating actual moves for it in the comics.
    • Zuko was a master swordsman by the time he was around twelve, having been trained by Piandao since he was a small child. This was while he was maintaining his role as crown prince, and mastering firebending as well.
    • It's implied that Sokka and Katara would've also been this, had they been given the proper circumstances. As it is, Sokka had already mastered using a boomerang as a young child, and Katara had already taught herself some waterbending moves, and later became an Instant Expert in her brief stint of training with Pakku.
  • Child Soldier: They're seen in numerous combat situations throughout the show, and since their ultimate goal is to end the hundred-year war...well, being a soldier kind of comes with it.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Every member of Team Avatar deconstructs Free-Range Children; the reason why a bunch of preteen and teenaged kids can travel around the world is because all of their parents are either dead, abusive, or busy fighting the war. They are all also Child Soldiers, whether or not they have Elemental Powers, because the series takes place during a global war and they have to know how to fight to survive the hundreds of combat situations they're forced into. They also have to know how to fight since their ultimate goal is to end the hundred-year war, and because Fire Lord Ozai has made it clear he won't end his reign of terror on the world, they have no choice but to use violence to take him down.
  • Designated Parents: Katara and Zuko fall into this role in book 3 as Team Mom and Team Dad respectively. Becomes most prominent in the season finale and things are getting increasingly dangerous.
  • Dysfunction Junction: They all have fairly sad backstories thanks growing up in the midst of a war. Aang's entire people were wiped out and he wrestles with the pressure of being The Chosen One. Katara was forced to take on a parental role from a young age and is still consumed with grief over her mother's murder. Sokka struggles with insecurities over his lack of bending powers and being left behind when his father and the other men went off to fight. Zuko suffered horrific abuse from his father who punished him for showing anything resembling weakness or kindness. Toph's parents were relentlessly controlling, driving her to run away. Suki is probably the best off of the group - and even she's a Child Soldier forced to protect her people against the Fire Nation.
  • Elite Four: The benders, in this case. By the end of the series, they're each definitive masters of their element, with power and skill rivaling the masters who taught them. This makes them some of the most dangerous benders in the world, and a very formidable fighting force.
  • Family of Choice: Sokka and Katara tell Aang he's a part of their family from Season 1, and Toph, Zuko and Suki are all adopted in over the series. Their closeness isn't surprising given that most of their parents are absent or abusive, and they've all had to cope on their own from a young age.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: A couple iterations.
    • For the original trio in the first season, Sokka is the Fighter as the Badass Normal who uses a boomerang and club in combat, Katara is the Mage due to her waterbending powers which can be used for healing, and Aang is the Thief because airbending tactics are primarily built around evading an opponent and redirecting. By the finale Sokka and Aang have switched places due to Aang mastering more elements and Sokka's smarts coming into the forefront.
    • The girls in the latter half of Season 3: Toph is the Fighter as earthbending is about standing your ground with open and direct movements, Katara is the Mage again, and Suki is the Thief as the non-bender and Stealth Expert.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: The four benders: Aang (Air), Katara (Water), Toph (Earth) and Zuko (Fire). Lampshaded by Sokka.
    Sokka: Team Avatar is back! [series of dramatic zooms] Air! Water! Earth! Fire! [grabs some large leaves for himself and Suki] Fan and sword!
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Katara and Aang are The Optimist, Sokka and Zuko are The Cynic, Toph is The Apathetic and Suki is The Realist.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Katara is Phlegmatic, Aang is Sanguine, Sokka and Toph are Choleric, Zuko is Melancholic and Suki is Supine.
  • Free-Range Children: Deconstructed. A bunch of kids can travel around the world because, with the exception of a few characters, all of their parents are either dead or busy fighting the war. It doesn't help that every one of the kids is essentially a Child Soldier.
  • Freudian Trio: The Gaang in the early seasons before Toph joined. Aang is the Id, before his Character Development he often acts like a hyperactive, mischievous kid with some Cloudcuckoolander tendencies (They traveled to Omashu because he wanted to take rides on the chute mail delivery system). Katara is the Ego as the sensitive Team Mom who keeps Aang grounded. Sokka is Superego, generally focused on more logical and practical courses of action.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: By the end of Book 3, Team Avatar consists of three girls (Katara, Toph, Suki) and three boys (Aang, Sokka, Zuko).
  • Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: While hiding out in Zuko's summer home in Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King, Team Avatar finds the picture of a smiling and sweet boy and tease Zuko about it. But much to their dismay, Zuko reveals that it's not him — it's a picture of his abusive and sociopathic father. The gang is confused at this, wondering how this innocent-looking baby in the picture would one day become the genocidal warlord and warmongering tyrant they're now up against.
  • Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: They often find themselves worrying about food or cash because Walking the Earth isn't exactly a job.
  • It Will Never Catch On: See the page quote. Hilariously by the time of the sequel series, the new Avatar and her friends are proudly calling themselves "The New Team Avatar".
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Aang is the Feminine Boy to Toph's Masculine Girl. Toph is a bullheaded and casually violent brawler and former Professional Earthbender who is about Aang's (mental) age while Aang is an easygoing, energetic, and non-confrontational Martial Pacifist. Toph lampshades this in "Ember Island Player", where Aang is played by a dainty female actor and herself by a large and bulky male actor. She doesn't really think there's anything wrong with it.
  • Morality Pet: Aang and Katara keep each on the right path in tough times. When Aang unleashes divine wrath in times of emotional turmoil (i.e. learning he's the last airbender, Appa's kidnapping), Katara is there to give him Cooldown Hugs and stop his rampage. They switch roles when Katara becomes obsessed with killing her mother's murderer, and while Aang doesn't force her to stop, he does give her advise on the wrongness of revenge that keeps her on the right path.
  • Multinational Team: By Season 3 they have representatives from all four nations - Katara and Sokka are from the Water Tribe, Toph and Suki are from different parts of the Earth Kingdom, Zuko is from the Fire Nation and Aang is an Air Nomad. Notably, they're the only complete multinational team in the series as there are no other Airbenders left.
  • Official Couple: Sokka and Suki in Season 3. Aang and Katara by the end of the show.
  • Parental Issues: Oh boy, all of them to a certain extent. Sokka and Katara's mother is dead and their father has been off fighting for years, Aang's Parental Substitute was killed by the Fire Nation, Zuko was horrifically abused by his father and sister and Toph ran away because her parents were so controlling. It's unconfirmed what happened to Suki's parents but they're never seen or mentioned.
  • Perpetual Poverty: They just barely manage to scrape by, even when they're almost always hard up for money and supplies. Some episodes do focus on them trying to get money for supplies.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: All of the benders apply, though Toph and Aang to a greater extent than the others. They're all freakishly powerful and leagues better than people twice their age, but not one of them is a day over sixteen.
  • Power Trio:
    • The original three members, Aang, Katara, and Sokka.
    • Aang, Zuko and Katara - the three most important characters of the story according to the creators. Zuko and Katara both share the role of deuteragonist (with Zuko being an antagonist at first) to Aang's protagonist. Zuko serves as the cynic, Aang the optimist and Katara the realist. Both Zuko and Katara also act as Team Dad and Team Mom respectively to the Kid Hero Aang and the rest of Team Avatar, making a classic The Hero, The Lancer, and The Chick trio by the end.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The responsibility of defeating the Fire Nation and saving the world rests entirely with a 12-year-old goofball of a Messiah and the various other children he picks up along the way. These include a fourteen year old untrained water-bender, a fifteen year old wannabe warrior, a twelve year old spoiled runaway earth-bender, the angsty banished prince of the enemy and Suki the face-painted Kyoshi Warrior.
  • La Résistance: The whole premise of their existence—one small group of kids rebelling against the Fire Nation. This is even more prominent in Book Three, by which time the Fire Nation has just about won the war.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: While the goal is to topple the Fire Lord, they do their hardest to make sure this is true, making sure they stay as principled as possible and to make a better future after they defeat the Fire Lord.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Katara and Sokka. She's optimistic, a victim of Chronic Hero Syndrome, and very emotional while he's cynical, a Heroic Neutral in helping others, and very logical.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Aang and Katara's cuddling and petnames give Sokka 'oogies' in The Promise and The Search.
  • Supporting Leader: The team is rarely led by Aang, with The Leader role usually going to Sokka as The Strategist or sometimes Zuko in Season 3.
  • Teacher/Student Romance:
    • Katara was Aang's (second and main) waterbending instructor and they became a couple in the series finale.
    • Suki was the first person outside of Sokka's family to teach him how to fight, and their chemistry was immediate.
  • The Team: Goes through several iterations before becoming a true Five-Man Band in the final season.
  • Teen Genius: Pretty much all of them. Aang was a bending master at twelve. Toph invents a bending style at the same age. Katara struggles at first, but after she's given proper tutelage under Master Pakku, becomes his greatest student. Sokka is smart enough to help invent submarines while mastering sword-fighting. Zuko, after learning from the dragons, becomes a definitive master and is able to duel his prodigy sister Azula on even ground—all in the space of two to three episodes, which is the same amount of time it took for Katara to become a competent waterbender.
  • Teens Are Short: Applies to all of them.
    • Zuko, as a healthy sixteen-year-old male, is said to be only about five foot four—a full four inches shorter than the average height for his age. Strangely, he appears about a head shorter than average-sized men, but tall enough around the other Gaang members and Iroh to indicate that he should be at least the same height as said average-sized men.
    • Sokka is portrayed as only being about an inch smaller than Zuko and sometimes even as tall as him—which puts him at three-four inches below his age group's average.
    • Katara seems to be a few inches shorter than her brother, which puts her roughly an inch or so below average. Suki also seems to be about this size. According to the art book, she's not even 5'.
    • Aang is shown as being almost a full head smaller than Zuko and a few inches under Katara, which places him approximately two-three inches below the twelve-year-old boy average. According to the art book, he's about 4 1/2 feet.
    • Toph is portrayed as even shorter than Aang—placing her at around four inches below what she should be.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Aang as The Hero, Sokka same gender, Katara opposite gender.
  • Token Trio: From a Water Tribe perspective, Sokka is majority male, Katara is majority female, Aang is minority male.
  • Took a Level in Badass: besides Aang becoming a fully realized Avatar, all of Team Avatar somehow leveled up in their skills by the series finale:
    • Katara became a fully fledged Waterbending Master, and learned Bloodbending.
    • Sokka became an inventor, strategist, and competent swordsman.
    • Toph invented Metalbending, and learned Sandbending.
    • Zuko learned Lightning Redirection, and alongside Aang learned true Firebending from the Dragons.
    • Suki became more skillful in unarmed combat, and eventually Chi Blocking.
  • Town Girls: Katara (Femme), Suki (Neither), and Toph (Butch).
  • True Companions: By the four-part series finale, they each consider one another like family.

Founding Members

    Appa 

Appa (阿柏)

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Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

Aang's pet flying bison as well as his lifelong friend and companion who was sealed in the iceberg with him when he ran away. Acts as the group's main form of transportation.


  • Action Pet: Not directly involved in most fights, but he has a few Big Damn Heroes moments.
  • Androcles' Lion: He tends to become attached to people who have been nice to him:
    • When the Kyoshi Warriors found him, cleaned him up and fed him, he gave one of them a friendly lick and later tried to go back to help them fight Azula and her friends.
    • He also warmed up to Zuko after the banished prince freed him from the Dai Li. Appa licking Zuko is the first clue for Aang to realize his Heel–Face Turn is a genuine one.
  • Badass Adorable: Just look at him! He's so snuggly! He also weighs ten tons, so if he hits you, you stay hit.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Due to his emotional and spiritual bond with Aang, Appa often comes in time to save the day.
  • Big Friendly Dog: While not a dog, he sometimes acts like one when he tackles someone he loves to the ground and covers them in loving licks.
  • The Big Guy: Was essentially this for the group before Toph joined. Even (metaphorically) plays the part of being a (semi-)Sacrificial Lion, thanks to his kidnapping arc in Season 2.
  • Blow You Away: He can Airbend either by breathing in or out or by creating giant waves of wind with his large, flat tail.
  • Break the Cutie: "Appa's Lost Days" practically treats him like a universal chew toy.
  • Cryogenically Frozen: After Aang ran away and before the Air Nomad genocide, he and Aang got caught up in a storm, and Aang used the Avatar State to trap him and Appa in an iceberg for 100 years (until Katara and Sokka found them).
  • Cute Giant: He's an adorable fluffy animal. Who is also a giant.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Appa's Lost Days" focuses on his journey after his kidnapping by the sandbanders.
  • Determinator: Appa proves to have a determined spirit in "Appa's Lost Days", where he travels across the world to find Aang and the others.
  • Deus ex Machina: It would be hard to count on even Appa's toes the amount of times he's saved Team Avatar from certain destruction.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: He's quite aware of people's true natures. He growls at antagonistic characters and is affectionate towards heroic ones. Because of this, Aang lowers his guard slightly when he sees Appa licking Zuko, Aang's primary enemy in the first two seasons.
  • Familiar: Appa is Aang's animal guide.
  • Gentle Giant: He really quite a soft-hearted lug when it comes down to it.
  • Giant Flyer: Uses Airbending to propel himself through the sky.
  • Horse of a Different Color: The team's transportation.
  • Last of His Kind: He's the only sky bison seen throughout the entire series and is assumed to be such. Ultimately subverted in The Legend of Korra, as other sky bison herds were discovered (or preserved by dissident Fire Sages).
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Shares this role with Katara for Aang; Appa is Aang's last connection to the Air Nomads, and his kidnapping took a drastic toll on Aang's spirit.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters:
    • Originally a bison mixed with a manatee, although the bison part mostly took over in development.
      • Considering the length of his horns and the thickness of his coat, it might be more accurate to describe Appa as a flying yak, rather than a bison.
    • Possibly unintentional, but it's hard to ignore beaver parallels with the way he uses his tail.
  • Morality Chain: A non-villainous example. In "The Desert", he is revealed to be this for Aang as after Appa was kidnapped, Aang's Papa Wolf instincts were activated, resulting in Aang becoming hostile and aggressive out of desperation.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: A sleep-deprived Aang hallucinates him as a Samurai with six swords fighting Momo.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: He's Aang's spirit companion.
  • Papa Wolf: Attack Aang and his friends in front of Appa, be ready for an (at times literally) crushing defeat. Even if you're a wolf spirit that is just as large as him.
  • Signature Team Transport: His main role. Since he's a flying large animal, it's useful for Team Avatar to travel long distances in short amounts of time. When he gets captured in Season 2, the team must travel by foot while simultaneously looking for him.
  • Team Pet: He's Aang's loyal and loving sky bison and also the team's main transport system.
  • Toothy Bird: Played with since bisons do have teeth, but he has more than real bisons do (they don't have upper incisors and canines) and all of Appa's teeth look like molars.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • To Aang. In the Air Nomad culture, sky bisons and airbenders bond for life, so he and Aang have been pratically inseparable since childhood. When he was captured in the second season, he did everything in his power to find Aang.
    • To Suki as well in "Appa's Lost Days", after she saved his life. She had to deter him from trying to save her because he was in no condition to fight.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Appa's a claustrophobe, which appears to be a natural trait of his species. He later develops a fear of fire after a stay in an abusive Fire Nation circus.

Joined in Book 1

    Momo 

Momo (模模)

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Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker

A flying lemur found in the ruins of the Southern Air Temple, Momo is Aang's other pet he picked up after being released from the iceberg. A close friend of Appa, he's just around for the comic relief.


  • All Animals Are Dogs: Or rather, cats - despite technically being a primate, he acts a lot like a cat, even licking himself and Aang clean at various points.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Despite not being able to understand human speech, Momo has proven time and time again to be a lot smarter than he lets on. He can tie knots around his wrist, unlock cages on his first try, and can even interact with other animals like they're his own species.
  • Appropriated Appellation: Weirdly subverted. He gets his name after eating a peach. (Momo is Japanese for peach, as well as being a common name given to pets in Japan.) The creators weren't aware of that at the time and just named him that because it fit.
  • Big Eater: He's more obsessed with food than Appa is. In nearly every scene he's in, he's either eating, looking for something to eat, or sneaking towards something to eat it.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Sokka. Most of their relationship revolves around comedic relief and fighting over food.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While "Tales of Ba Sing Se" gave many characters a feature sequence, the episode ends with Momo's story, which is also Momo's biggest feature in the series. It's a big opportunity to see just how smart and caring he is.
  • Expressive Ears: His ears drop when he's sad or ashamed and perk when happy or something startles him.
  • Fragile Speedster: Momo can quickly navigate and access spaces, and has a lot of utility outside of battle. However his offensive potential is next to none, and unlike Appa who has bulk and can wear armor, Momo can't take a direct hit at all, so he has to be sent away from battles.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • The members of the Gaang who Momo is closest to are Aang and Sokka.
    • With Appa. Despite them occasionally fighting over food, and even fighting in a sleep-deprived hallucination from Aang, the two of them were clearly friends. This is best exemplified when Momo goes out searching for Appa on his own in The Tales of Ba Sing Se, and is visibly saddened when he finds his hopes dashed. He's also shown to make fast friends with other species, including the Pygmy Pumas that previously tried to eat him, also in The Tales of Ba Sing Se.
  • Last of His Kind: The last flying lemur. In The Legend of Korra the characters find another species (based on ringtail lemurs), but none that look like Momo.
  • Leitmotif: A cheerful, silly fast-paced horn theme.
  • Meaningful Name: In Japanese, "Momo" means peach, which was what he was eating when Aang first met him in the Southern Air Temple.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: A lemur crossed with a bat.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: Momo is highly intelligent and quick-thinking, fitting since he's part primate. The episodes focusing on him play up this aspect of him.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Momo could very well be considered the animal equivalent of Sokka.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: An adorable flying lemur. No one in Team Avatar can resist those eyes.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: While he's very capable in many different ways, Momo has a tendency to either be sent away for his own safety or simply disappear during fight sequences, especially those involving bending.
  • Shoulder Teammate: He's often seen hanging out on the Gaang's shoulders, mostly Aang and Sokka.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In "Nightmares and Daydreams", Aang's lack of sleep causes him to hallucinate Momo talk, along with Appa.
  • Team Pet: Aang's pet who provides cute comic relief.
  • The Unintelligible: Momo perceives human speech as gibberish.
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Joined in Book 3

    Suki 

Suki (蘇琪)

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"I am a warrior, but I'm a girl, too."
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Voiced by: Jennie Kwan (English)Click to see other languages 

Leader of the Kyoshi Warriors, Suki served as an early mentor and love interest for Sokka. Although she's dedicated to her job, she does have a soft side that comes out when Sokka's around. After the Yue incident, Sokka became a bit overprotective of her even though she's probably more capable than he is. And for good reason — after running afoul of Azula, she was presumed dead for quite some time. Fortunately, she was alive and became a permanent member of the group just in time for the final showdown.


  • 11th-Hour Ranger: She is the last member of Team Avatar to officially join note  and only does so in the latter half of Book 3, a mere 4 episodes before the Grand Finale.
  • Action Girl: Comes with being The Leader of the Kyoshi Warriors.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Joins Team Avatar in Season 3, giving the team an equal ratio of boys and girls.
  • Animal Lover: Makes special time to entertain Momo and Appa when they interact, and shows an excellent understanding of approachability, animal care, and rehabilitation.
  • Ascended Extra: A minor character in Book 1, her prominence gradually increases before she finally becomes a main character in Book 3.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a cute, adorable warrior who can knock grown men to the ground with ease.
  • Badass Normal: To the point of Charles Atlas Superpower. She's not a bender, yet stands as being one of the only people to fight Ty Lee to a draw (Sokka did manage to dodge her blows. Suki just blocks them), and managed to walk away - relatively speaking - from a fight with Azula.
  • Battle Couple: With Sokka when she joins the team.
  • Bodyguard Babes: After the war's end, she and the other Kyoshi Warriors become Fire Lord Zuko's personal guard.
  • Breakout Character: Suki was intended as a one-off character for Sokka's character development, but she was such a popular character that she became an Ascended Extra and even got a Relationship Upgrade with Sokka. And then she became a full-blown 11th-Hour Ranger, actually joining the team on a permanent basis during the second half of Season 3.
  • Break the Cutie: Azula hinted to Sokka that she tortured Suki; while she lied, Azula didn't need to try and break Suki's spirit. The Boiling Rock nearly did that, with a fellow prisoner selling out Suki when they work together to tend a clandestine garden for the villagers because Biyu was self-centered and lying to Suki to gain a useful ally. While Suki put Biyu in a precarious position in revenge, threatening to let her fall off an iron railing, she realized it wouldn't fix anything and let her go, before crying in the privacy of her cell. Kyoshi had to come in a vision and reassure Suki that her friends were coming to rescue her.
  • The Bus Came Back: In Book 2 she is captured by Azula; we don't see her again until "The Boiling Rock".
  • Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: The Kyoshi Warriors become this to Zuko after he becomes Fire Lord.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: By the start of the series, the Kyoshi Warriors are still only defending their home island. Then Zuko follows Aang there and starts burning her village down. She fends him and his troops off, and then takes inspiration from the Gaang and goes on a liberation mission from her home all the way to the outskirts of Ba Sing Se.
  • Character Witness: She's a little brusque with Zuko when they meet again as fellow prisoners in the Boiling Rock; when Sokka tries introducing them, Suki says snarkily it's hard to forget the Fire Nation prince that nearly burned down Kyoshi Island. Because Sokka vouched for Zuko, however, Suki is at least willing to work with him.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Suki was a borderline case until "Boiling Rock, Part II" when she ran up a thirty-foot wall without any footholds.
  • Combat Hand Fan: While serving as a Kyoshi Warrior, her weapon of choice.
  • Cool Mask: Of the "Cool Face Paint" variety. The paint conceals her identity well enough that Sokka didn't recognize her when he met her without it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The comic one-shot, Suki, Alone chronicles her stay at the Boiling Rock.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: It's not obvious, but after working with Zuko to battle against the two people they both been wanting to rematch (Ty Lee for Suki, Azula for Zuko), Suki ended up becoming a good friend to him.
    Suki: (regarding Ty Lee) This is a rematch I've been waiting for.
    Zuko: (regarding Azula) Me too.
  • First Girl Wins: The first person introduced in the show with whom Sokka has romantic chemistry. Played With in that it merely culminates with a chaste kiss on the cheek at the end of their first encounter, whereas Sokka falls head over heels in love with Yue at pretty much first sight later on. That said, it's clear that they still have romantic feelings for each other immediately upon being reunited in Season 2, and Suki becomes Sokka's permanent love interest from that point forward (outside of some very mild flirting Sokka does with Ty Lee in "The Drill" and his attempts to impress some girls in "The Tales of Ba Sing Se").
  • Friend to All Living Things: The team pets Appa and Momo quickly take a liking to her even before she becomes a regular team member, and Appa even risks his life and confronts his fear in order to defend her.
  • Geisha: The Kyoshi Warriors have the makeup and feminity of those, while still being competent fighters.
  • Girl of the Week: She was originally intended to be this, but was brought back and made a permanent love interest due to fandom demand.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Rather than fly on Appa when Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee attacked the Kyoshi Warriors, Suki quickly realized that the bison was the real target of the princess. She waves a burning branch at Appa to scare him away and tells him they'll be fine, just go!
  • Hero of Another Story: After Aang and the team inspired her, she leads the Kyoshi Warriors on missions across the Earth Kingdom, only intersecting with Team Avatar and Appa once each. We do see one of those other stories play out in "Appa's Lost Days", however.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Quickly learning how to pilot an airship between "The Boiling Rock" and "Sozin's Comet" wasn't the improbable part. Successfully piloting one from outside of it was.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: The Kyoshi Warriors, just like their namesake.
  • Lady of War: She uses an unarmed fighting style reminiscent of Aikido and wields more ladylike war fans. She looks the part more while in her Kyoshi Warrior uniform.
  • Laugh of Love: She tends to laugh when she's with Sokka, and their relationship works out much better than his one with Princess Yue.
  • The Leader: Of the Kyoshi Warriors.
  • Makes Us Even: While Suki does subtly hold grudges for anyone who defeats her in combat or endangers her crew, she'll consider it even if they get a rematch or they pull a Heel–Face Turn. She thought Sokka was a sexist ass and forgave him when he apologized and humbly asked her to teach him to fight properly. Ty Lee was complicit in capturing the Kyoshi Warriors and using their identities to take down Ba Sing Se; Suki felt she settled her score with Ty Lee by beating her during the Boiling Rock confrontation, and later accepted her as a Kyoshi Warrior on probation.
  • Meaningful Name: "Suki" can mean "beloved" in Japanese and is an expression of love. She's introduced primarily as a love interest. It also sounds similar to the Japanese word for moon, "tsuki", connecting her to Yue, Sokka's other (though short-lived) love interest. Also, "suki" in Filipino means a recurring patron or customer (especially of a business). Considering The Bus Came Back, this seems quite apt. As an added bonus, her voice actress is Filipino-American.
  • A Mother to Her Men: Or, as the case may be, a mother to her Kyoshi Warriors. She tags along with the Gaang along the Serpent's Pass, then goes back to the other Warriors.
  • Multi-Melee Master: While the Kyoshi Warriors' preferred weapon is a metal war fan, taking after their namesake, Suki also has them all learn and use katanas, and collapsible shields. Suki herself is also proficient in hand-to-hand combat, holding the distinction of the only person to hold her own against Ty Lee one-on-one.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She easily outwrestled the warden at Boiling Rock prison, in spite of his arms being thicker than her chest.
  • Nice Girl: Suki may be tough, assertive, and unafraid to speak her mind, but she has a very compassionate and loyal spirit.
  • Nice Mean And In Between: Of the three girls who become part of Team Avatar, she's the "In-Between" to Katara's "Nice" and Toph's "Mean". Suki is a firm and no-nonsense warrior who always stands her ground, but she's also kind, level-headed and supportive, and provides her friends with invaluable help if they ever need it.
  • Ninja: She's an elite warrior who has trained for many years in the art of stealth.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Goes hand in hand with her being a Hero of Another Story for the first two seasons. These would've included moments like: leading her troops on foot across the entire the Earth Kingdom, stopping to help people along the way; fighting Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee, and ending beaten but unburned; and being dangerous enough to get transferred to the harshest Fire Nation prison and holding her own there.
  • Le Parkour: In "The Boiling Rock", while Sokka and co. are trying to think up a plan to take the Warden hostage, she climbs three stories and kicks all kinds of ass while doing so, and does it all in the span of about two minutes. Three minutes tops. By the time they catch up with her, they're all out of breath, including the trained warriors, and the firebenders who derive their power from breathing.
  • Plucky Girl: She leaves Kyoshi Island to help out with the war and manages to hold up pretty well after being captured and imprisoned.
  • Pride: It's subtle, but she doesn't respond well to having her failures pointed out. When Sokka insists she admit he beat her in a sparring session, Suki forcibly bends his finger backwards and insists it was a lucky shot. After Suki mocks Team Avatar's win/loss record and Sokka responds by pointing out Azula took her captive, she flatly asks him if he's trying to get on her bad side.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While she captured the Gaang and accused them of being invaders to the island, Suki relented when Aang apologized for trespassing and revealed that he was the Avatar and Kyoshi's reincarnation. She also took in Sokka as a sparring student after throwing him on his ass several times when he attempted to "show" her his moves, and he humbled himself before her. Meanwhile, there was her taking in Ty Lee as a Kyoshi Warrior on probation; while Suki had more reason to bar Ty Lee from joining given the whole "Stealing the Kyoshi Warrior identity to help Azula take over Ba Sing Se", she agreed on the condition that Ty Lee would be on her best behavior and teach the girls chi blocking so they stood a better chance against benders.
  • Second Love: Suki was the second girl Sokka fell in love with, after the ascension of Yue.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Suki starts to show affection for Sokka after he humbles himself and asks her to teach him the Kyoshi fighting style (even agreeing to wear a dress) and apologizes for being rude to her and the other warriors.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: With Sokka. Suki is a tough warrior and the leader of the Kyoshi Warriors, while Sokka is The Smart Guy always in charge to come up with ingenious inventions and battle plans. While Sokka does become a capable warrior later on, Suki still has him beat in terms of agility and range of combat skills.
  • Tempting Fate: She gets mildly annoyed when Sokka becomes overprotective of her in "The Serpent's Pass," but she understands when he explains that he lost someone he couldn't save, and couldn't bear the same thing to happen to her. Suki reassures Sokka that he won't ever have to worry about her safety. Then she meets Azula and her Girl Posse...
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a badass leader of an elite team of warriors, but her signature weapon is a fan, she wears make-up and a dress as her battle uniform and is sweetly romantic when it comes to Sokka.
    Suki: I am a warrior. But I'm a girl too.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Improved a lot from her debut in Season 1 and being captured in Season 2 to going blow-for-blow with Ty Lee in Season 3. Well, she wasn't exactly a pushover in her debut, but getting curb stomped by Azula and her mooks hurt her credibility before she came back swinging in Season 3.
  • Town Girls: After she joins the team, becomes the Neither (a Nice Girl, but also a tough and capable Kyoshi warrior), to Katara's Femme (Lady of War, and Team Mom), and Toph's Butch (The Lad-ette, and One of the Boys).
  • True Companions: With her childhood best friend Mingxia and fellow Kyoshi Warriors, which she even considered her sisters, and Suki often remembered their times together while imprisoned at the Boiling Rock in "Suki Alone".
  • Tsundere: A very light case of this with Sokka. In her debut episode, when Sokka manages to take her down, a pouting Suki tells him she did it on purpose.
  • Tsurime Eyes: She has narrow, upwards arching eyes with her Kyoshi Warrior makeup.
  • Twofer Token Minority: She is both a girl and from a Japanese-inspired culture, whereas most of the Earth Kingdom (and even the Fire Nation in the original series, though less so in the sequels) is (largely) Chinese-derived.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • While her decision to help refugees in the Earth Kingdom was noble and she saved Toph's life by leaving Kyoshi Island and going with the Gaang through the Serpent's Pass, Suki also exposed the Warriors to Azula, Ty Lee, and Mai who were hunting Appa and Aang at the time. Azula's decision to capture the Warriors when they pulled off a You Shall Not Pass! to allow Appa to escape would lead to her stealing their outfits and identities, complete with impersonating Suki in Ba Sing Se and taking down the last Earth Kingdom stronghold. Azula also found out about her and Sokka's budding relationship and used it to taunt Sokka at a crucial time.
    • In The Promise, she tells Mai about her concerns about Zuko, leading Mai to leave Zuko. This drives Zuko further into despair and worsens the overall situation.
  • Vague Age: Downplayed: while Suki's a teenager like most of Team Avatar, her exact age is never explicitly stated in the show or in supplementary materials. She's notable for being the only human in the main group to never have a confirmed age.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Is the only member of Team Avatar whom we get no mention of or see, either physically or in flashback form, in The Legend of Korra leaving her fate after the end of the series unknown. This has sprung many fan theories, including ones in which she either settled down with Sokka or died in combat. A Q&A the series creators held on the series' wiki had them joke that Suki and Sokka "moved to the suburbs".
  • The Worf Effect: She and the other girl warriors, who were presented as competent in their first appearance episode, were defeated by Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee and then locked up in a Fire Nation prison, where she needed Team Avatar to help her escape. By the time of their rematch, however, Suki was a match for Ty Lee even without her fan, sword, or shield.
  • We Work Well Together: In Suki, Alone, she believed that a community was more effective that individual and tried to motivate her fellow prisoners to work together to escape by secretly cultivating vegetables, thus giving them better food, however one prisoner betrays her to the Warden, and the rest turns their back.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Her earliest appearances showed her fighting defensively to protect someone or some place, and not fighting at her fullest. She only fully takes the offensive in the third season when she joins the team, and even without any of her weapons is shown to be far more effective.
  • You Are Not Alone: She constanstly repeated this to herself when meditating in Suki Alone while imprisoned in the Boiling Rock and separated from her fellow Kyoshi warrior sisters, even in solitary confinament after trying and failing to make a rebellion with her fellow prisoners. She almost breaks down from this and cries after being betrayed by a inmate named Biyu and also by remembering her adventures with the other Kyoshi warriors only to see she was now imprisoned in her cell with no one but herself. However Avatar Kyoshi's spirit appears to her to reassure that her friends love her and didn't abandon her and that she's not alone, which eventually comes true as soon Sokka and Zuko arrive and rescue her from the prison. Granted, they came for Hakoda at first, but instantly changed gears when they spotted her.

 
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