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This is a partial character sheet for The Legend of Korra. Visit here for the main character index. Subjective trope and audience reactions should go on the YMMV page.
Voiced by: George Coe
A former pro-bender who captained the championship-winning Black Quarry Boar-q-pines, Toza is an elderly man who trains Mako and Bolin and gave them a place to stay when they left the triads.
- Ascended Extra: In "Republic City Hustle" he's more important and we get a bit of his backstory.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Seen moving "Earth dumbbells" in a few of his scenes in the workout room.
- Glory Days: "Republic City Hustle" shows that he was actually quite famous back when he was still pro-bending.
- Grumpy Old Man: His meeting with Korra had him quite grouchy.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a grump, but he gave Mako and Bolin a place to stay, and trained them in pro-bending, which qualifies him for "Heart of Gold" status. In fact, he took Mako and Bolin under his wing in part to save them from a life of crime (after jumping in to help them fight against their triad employers, at that).
- Meaningful Name: The Tosa Inu is a Japanese dog used in dog fighting matches.
- The Mentor: To Mako and Bolin before the start of the series.
- Perpetual Frowner: In the main show; we do get to see him smile a bit in the end of "Republic City Hustle", though.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He plays a fairly significant part in the backstory of Mako and Bolin, being the person who inducted them into the sport of pro-bending and gave them lodging in his gym (arguably making him the closest thing they currently have to a substitute parent). However, his role in the series is very small and he makes no appearance post the first season at all. This was partly remedied by the Republic City Hustle shorts, though.
- Throwing the Fight: Used to do this for the Triads once he grew past his prime, until a young Bolin inspired him to take pro-bending seriously again.
Voiced by: Rami Malek
A rival pro-bender of the Fire Ferrets. The captain of the Wolfbats.
- Agent Peacock: He looks like The Dandy, but he's actually a powerful and quite brutal waterbending champion.
- Alas, Poor Villain: After he loses his bending. Even Korra takes pity on him.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Pro-bending champion, and willing to rub that in everyone's face.
- Back for the Finale: After being absent since the middle of Book One, he returns over two years later to make a cameo in the final episodes of Book Four, listening to Prince Wu's speech imploring Republic City to evacuate in the face of Kuvira's impending attack and then as a trombone player in Varrick's wedding.
- Badass Baritone: His thin, refined, effeminate appearance clashes with his deep voice.
- Belated Happy Ending: The video game shows that Korra restored his powers, and that he and the Wolf Bats returned to pro-bending. His attitude doesn't seem to have changed much, but at least he doesn't cheat. The series finale shows him in a band at Varrick and Zhu Li's wedding, seemingly having a good time.
- Break the Haughty: He ends up being attacked and de-bended by Amon for cheating during the pro-bending finals. The next time Korra sees him, he's a broken man.
- Broken Smile: To Korra at the police station after losing his bending.
- The Cameo:
- He and his team show up in the video game as one of the five pro-bending teams. He is the only pro-bender that actually gets lines.
- He makes an appearance in Book 4's "Kuvira's Gambit" where he's seen with the Wolf Bats and fangirls in Narook's Seaweed Noodlery during the evacuation. He makes more of an impression in the finale where he's seen playing the trombone at Varrick and Zhu Li's wedding.
- The Casanova: He is already with two women before he hits on Korra.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: Played with. His team wins the tournament through cheating, but get their bending taken away because they were cheating.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Makes a brief appearance in a newspaper photo in "A Leaf in the Wind".
- Dance Battler: He and his teammates have an especially extravagant fighting style with a lot of flips and mid-air twirls, to go along with their status as high grade show fighters.
- The Dandy: Close-up shots of his face make him look like he's wearing eye-liner, he has a minor rose motif, and his fashion choices and way of carrying himself have a rather effeminate swank.
- De-Power: Amon takes his bending away, along with that of his team, as punishment for cheating in the finale tournament match. If one takes the game as loosely canon, Korra restored his bending between seasons.
- Don't Create a Martyr: Inverted. As a professional bender who obviously cheats to win his matches and gets away with it, he's a perfect example for Amon to use as why the Equalists are de-powering benders, and Amon does so to demonstrate why such benders deserve to be punished.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Especially notable because those features aren't generally associated with waterbenders.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After Amon takes his bending, his hair becomes "floppy" to emphasize how broken he is about it.
- Famed In-Story: Tahno is a celebrity due to his status as a pro-bending champion. He appears in newspapers and has posters of himself plastered around the city.
- Foil: To Korra. Both are arrogant and skilled athletes with a certain amount of entitlement. They're set up as rivals right from the start, being waterbenders on opposing teams. They see their bending as a huge part of their identity. Ultimately, both have their bending taken by Amon and become depressed over it.
- Guyliner: Wears it.
- HeelFace Turn: After being de-bended, he becomes a lot nicer to Korra.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out he's quite the trombone player, as seen in the Book 4 finale.
- An Ice Person: He's a waterbender, so he has the ability to turn water into ice and vice versa.
- Jerkass: Before losing his bending. Afterward he becomes nicer.
- Jerk Jock: A Jerk Ass who is a jock.
- A Lady on Each Arm: When we first see him, he's got his arms around a pair of fangirls.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He bribes the referee so his team can cheat to win the tournament, then gets his bending taken away by Amon precisely because he's a cheater.
- Making a Splash: He's a waterbender.
- Meaningful Name: Tahno refers to the river Tano in Africa. It also means fame and glory in the Slavonic languages. No name could be more appropriate for him.
- Opposing Sports Team: his team, the Wolfbats, is this to the Fire Ferrets.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His hair is styled to fall over the right side of his face.
- Phenotype Stereotype: Averted. Tahno is a good representation of Republic City's multicultural nature in that he is a waterbender who, much like Hama from the previous series, doesn't have any of the traditional Water Tribe features. Instead, his pale complexion and black hair suggest Fire Nation heritage, or even Earth Kingdom blood considering the Foggy Swamp Tribe, which was paler than the more isolated Northern and Southern tribes.
- Please, I Will Do Anything!: Didn't help.Tahno: [to Amon] Wait, please don't do this! I'll give you the championship pot, I-I'll give you everything just please don't take my bending!
- Pretty Boy: Called such by Korra herself in "The Spirit of Competition".
- Princely Young Man: Is a celebrity pro-bending champion. Tahno is almost always seen with a posse of his teammates and adoring fangirls.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: By rigging the match in his favor, he manages to beat the Fire Ferrets and win the pro-bending tournament. Minutes later, he's beaten and de-bended by Amon, who singled him out specifically because he's a cheating jerk.
- The Rival: He and his fellow Wolfbats are this to Korra and the Fire Ferrets.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Despite his deep, baritone voice, he does let out a high-pitched shriek when Naga scares him.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He bribes the referee so his team can use illegal moves in pro-bending.
- She-Fu: Male example; his fighting style has a large number of high jumps and flashy acrobatics.
- Sissy Villain: Seems like this due to his shriek when confronted with Naga, but is actually a subversion. See Agent Peacock above.
- Smug Snake: Until his Break the Haughty experience.
- Something About a Rose: Never has one in the show, but is depicted with roses in official art.
- Tempting Fate: Not a bright idea to flaunt your cheated victory by declaring if anyone else would like the chance to challenge your team.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After being de-bended by Amon. If he gets over his depression about it, it may actually have done him some good.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He does seem to love noodles.
- Villainous Breakdown: Twice. First, when Korra humiliates him in a tie-breaker fight by beating him in one shot. Then again later, and more seriously, when Amon takes his bending.
Voiced by: Sean Gantka
Hasook is the original waterbender on the Fire Ferrets pro-bending team. He became incompetent during the match with the Tigerdillos, nearly caused the Fire Ferrets to lose, and then almost got them disqualified by not showing up to the match. Korra replaces him and joins Mako and Bolin on the Fire Ferrets.
- Back for the Finale: Shows up as part of the jazz band in the series finale.
- Making a Splash: Was the team's waterbender before Korra.
- Meaningful Name: "Hasook" is Korean for "lodging" or "boarding house," both types of temporary accommodation. This alludes to his being only a short-term member of the Fire Ferrets.
- The Pete Best: In-universe; he leaves the Fire Ferrets just in time for Korra's arrival to boost their popularity immensely.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Though it is perhaps telling that the big impact he has is entirely through inaction: His no-showing at the Fire Ferrets' pro-bending match is what allows Korra to join the team and get acquainted with Mako and Bolin (as well as the Satos by extension).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Is never seen again after he leaves the probending match in anger during "A Leaf in the Wind", until the very last episode of the entire show, as a clarinetist in Varrick's wedding band. According to the Book 1 commentary, he was originally intended to have left the team because his girlfriend had a baby. Additionally he was the one who was supposed to be kidnapped by the Equalists instead of Bolin with the team learning about his family in the process, but the writers changed their minds. Sean Gantka has written a Facebook post explaining that Hasook left to pursue his true love, music.
Voiced by: Jeff Bennett
The non-bender radio commentator for pro-bending broadcasts, with a stereotypical overexcited "newsreel" tone of voice.
- Alliterative Name: Shiro Shinobi.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: It translates as "White Ninja".
- Bring My Brown Pants: In "And the Winner Is...", as he is attacked by Equalists. On live radio.Shiro: I am currently wetting my pants.
- Busman's Holiday: In "Night of A Thousand Stars", Shiro finds himself compelled out of habit to do radio commentary on Bolin's scrap with the "Northern Water Tribe" soldiers kidnapping President Raiko, despite the lack of a microphone.
- Combat Commentator: Professional; he's the pro-bender announcer.
- Deadline News: Even as the Pro-bending Arena is being attacked, and an enemy comes storming into the announcer's room, Shinobi continues commenting on the attack for all the listeners at home. He was just knocked unconscious, not killed.
- Determinator: Nothing short of unconsciousness will stop him from describing everything going on in the arena. Even if the area is in chaos, and he's about to be electrified.
- Dissonant Serenity: When the Equalists attack the arena in episode 6, he continues narrating in the same tone of voice right up to the point where he's knocked out.
- Intrepid Reporter: Was one according to the Welcome To Republic City game before becoming the announcer for the Pro-bending Arena, but gave it up after too many years covering the Triads' crimes.
- Large Ham Announcer: Comes hand-in-hand with commenting on Pro Bending matches.
- Meaningful Name: "Shiro" meaning white, which makes him a good character. And "Shinobi," translates to ninja, who were gatherers of information and known for their determination.
- Muggle: He is a non-bender, which didn't stop the Equalists from shocking him unconscious in episode 6.
- Opening Narration: With the exception of "The Aftermath", he provides the narration for the show's Previously On segments. "The Aftermath" instead had Tarrlok giving a press conference in the same style.
- Retired Badass: Was an Intrepid Reporter before becoming a commentator.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He'll stay on the broadcast to the bitter end when dealing with any relatively normal threat, but a Dark Avatar Kaiju? "This is Shiro Shinobi, signing off."
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Briefly, when the first season hits its midpoint and Wham Episode.
- Shout-Out: The character is a shout out to muckraking reporter and radio broadcasting legend Walter Winchell.
Voiced by: Stephen Root
Gommu is a vagabond living in a bush in Republic City Park. He spies Korra eating fish, and asks her for one. He then explains to Korra that Republic City is worse than it seems, before diving back into his bush when a policeman sees them. Before living as a vagabond, he traveled and saw the world working for the United Forces as a telegraph operator.
- All There in the Manual: The "Welcome To Republic City" internet infodump reveals that he was a Republic Forces telegraph operator, explaining why he knew what to do when warning Commander Bumi's fleet about the disaster with General Iroh's fleet.
- Back for the Finale:
- He returns in the season 1 finale, as part of a community of hobos who live under the city and shelter the heroes.
- He makes another return in the penultimate note episode of the series, evacuating Republic City with the cop who came after him and Korra in the pilot.
- The Cameo: He shows up in the recap for "After All These Years", having befriended a group of spirits in the Spirit Wilds.
- Cool Old Guy: In season 1, when the Krew have no idea what to do about the Bender vs None Bender conflict, he helps them through it.
- Manly Tears: When Team Avatar splits up in the finale.
- Perpetual Poverty: Since he returned to Republic City after he was a telegraph operator for the United Forces, he has been homeless.
- Wisdom from the Gutter:Bolin: Truly, you are a wise and noble hobo.
Voiced by: Zach Callison
Skoochy is a crafty and cunning homeless kid who has his ears to the street and is happy to give anyone information, as long as his price is paid. He met Mako and Bolin a few years ago, when they were living on the street as well, soon after he had just escaped from his second orphanage and vowed never to go back. He usually hangs around the Central City Station and picks the pockets of unsuspecting tourists.
- The Artful Dodger: Implied since Skoochy hasn't been caught for his pick-pocketing.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He'll only help you if you give him money.
- Conspicuous Consumption: In Turf Wars he wears nicer versions of his usual clothes which is a dead giveaway that the Triple Threats paid him off as a messenger boy, which Mako and Bolin know from experience.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Word of God is he's an earth bender. Turf Wars finally shows him earthbending a wall when running from Mako and Bolin.
- Five-Finger Discount: He'll pickpocket unsuspecting visitors.
- Greed: Skoochy only gives out info in exchange for money and regularly pickpockets people.
- The Informant: Willing to give Mako info, for some money.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His profile describes him as a pick-pocketer and only gives Bolin's whereabouts to Mako for the return of money. However, his first scene also has him being friends with fellow street urchins, even giving off a brotherly vibe when he signals them it's time to go.
- His reappearance in Turf Wars has him tight-lipped about info until Mako points out that people could be killed unless gives them the info, which he then does.
- Nice Hat: A really cool hat he's seen with.
- Street Urchin: Lives on the streets after running away from his second orphanage.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's seen in one episode of Book 1 and never reappears for the remaining three.
- He finally returns in the second volume of Turf Wars.
Republic City Administration
Voiced by: Spencer Garrett
The new president of the United Republic, elected after the events of Book 1.
- 0% Approval Rating: This is exaggerated at the start of Turf Wars, where his approval rating sits at -3%, despite him running unopposed.
- Characterization Marches On: When introduced, Raiko seems like a reasonable enough leader who makes accurate observations, even if they don't align with Korra's wishes. At the end of Book Two he refuses to send military aid when he has a much better reason for doing so, citing a desire to protect Republic City first, making him The Ditherer at worst. However, as time goes on and more crises with increasingly devastating consequences pile up, he's shown to be a petty, vindictive man who ultimately puts himself before his constituents, especially in Turf Wars.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The infodump at the start of Book 2 has a quick shot of him and his wife waving to the cameras.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He banishes Korra from Republic City when she can't do anything about the spirit vine problem, despite her saving the entire city from a much worse fate. He ends up reversing it after she beats the Red Lotus, having gained a new appreciation for her role, and a concern for the current state of the Earth Kingdom following the death of the Earth Queen.
- The Ditherer: He's not really good at making tough decisions or handling crises very well.
- Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Played with: President Raiko formally welcomes Korra back to Republic City and sounds sincere in his belief that the world needs her. Korra, however, is too drained to even acknowledge it and Asami politely insists that they should get moving to the ceremony. Meanwhile, Tonraq sounds a little sore at Raiko, if only because the latter doesn't fully appreciate what Korra's gone through.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's on the heroes' side... technically, but other than his wife, he's merely tolerated because of his occupation.
- Glad I Thought of It: In Turf Wars, he takes credit for Asami and Zhu Li's housing plans right down to calling it "The Raiko Residencies".
- Happily Married: His wife shows up in "Night of a Thousand Stars".
- Hate Sink: Downplayed. Despite Korra saving Republic City from Unalaq, Raiko still acts like an Ungrateful Bastard towards her and banishes her from Republic City. However, he still acts like a Reasonable Authority Figure who's intentions are in the right place as seen in Book 4.
- However, it's played straight in the sequel comic Turf Wars. He's portrayed as more of a sleazy and self-serving politician who's more concerned over his re-election over helping the refugees. Not only that, he proceeds to take the credit for Asami and Zhu-Li's reconstruction projects and pins the blame on Korra for the refugee crisis. And if that's not enough, he deliberately delays the delivery of food to refugees simply to spite Zhu-Li for no reason.
- Hero Antagonist: He is very suspicious of Korra's actions after she did not get the answer she needs. He has to make sure Korra doesn't go behind his back in this matter. He's very much this after Korra saved the world from Vaatu, and he's not going to guarantee a hero's welcome the next time she sets foot in Republic City.
- Heroic BSoD: Upon seeing the destructive capabilities of the Colossus, he reluctantly surrenders to Kuvira, seeing no way for his troops to fight it, let alone survive it.
- It's All About Me: Turf Wars reveals he hasn't done anything, not even a visit, to help the refugees and instead has spent the time working on his re-election and if it weren't for his assistant pointing out these people vote, he would've continued as such and even then, it requires a great deal of arm-twisting and both Asami and Zhu Li to offer up the dough to begin reconstruction.
- And the ego just keeps on going with taking credit for their building project, naming it after himself and promising it'll be down months ahead of what they planned for.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While she did save Republic City and indeed the world, Korra made the decision to keep the portals to the Spirit World open on her own, without consulting with the President. After the timeskip in Book 4, the city has managed to work around the problem, and now the vines and the spirits that come with them are a tourist attraction. They even renamed Republic City Park after Korra and erected a statue there in her honor.
Raiko: It's ALREADY being used, by KUVIRA!
- He wants Varrick to develop spirit vine weapons for the Republic to defend against Kuvira, and becomes frustrated when Varrick refuses and explains that such weapons are too dangerous to use. Raiko's response, from a practical standpoint, is hard to argue with:
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The guy may have a huge chip on his shoulder, especially towards Korra, and becomes pretty antagonistic during a crisis, but there's no doubting the man genuinely does want to do good. He also eventually does a much better job honoring Korra's service to the Republic over the three-year Time Skip between books three and four.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After Asami and Zhu Li offer to help pay for housing it seems like he'll back off, but no, he takes credit for the project, names it after himself, bumps up the due date months ahead of what they had in mind, incites a crowd to blame Korra for the destruction in fighting Kuvira and taking a vacation afterwards, clearly hurting her feelings and is apparently petty enough to cut off the supplies Zhu Li was going to pass out. Damn.
- Know When To Fold Them: His decision to at least temporarily surrender Republic City to Kuvira after seeing firsthand the sheer devastation unleashed by her Colossus if nothing else saved the lives of his military, Iroh, and Korra.
- Laser-Guided Karma: All his work to get himself re-elected ended up being for naught since it was that same work that drove the populace to overwhelmingly vote for Zhu Li, ousting him from the office he loved so much.
- Muggle: Implied in the first episode and confirmed by Word of God, he is a non-bender. He is the first leader in the world of Avatar who is not affiliated with any of the four elemental nations, at least not by bending. His actual nationality is never stated.
- Never My Fault: He blames Korra for the spirit vine problem, even though if he had just given her the help she wanted during the Water Tribe Civil War, the whole mess could've been avoided.
- Turf Wars has him doing it again by blaming her for the damage down fighting Kuvira. Tenzin and Asami stick up for her and call him out on it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Hiring Kuvira. Because there's no way giving a woman with an army free reign to unite the Earth Kingdom could possibly backfire. This one's not totally on him, though; everyone else was ok with it, too, even if they started showing reservations near the end.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While not a villain per se, but by deliberately delaying the delivery of foods for the refugees to spite Zhu-Li, it convinced her to run for President. Thus, not only does Raiko have to focus on regaining his already low popularity, but has to contend with another candidate.
- Odd Name Out: Not Raiko himself but his wife, who's named "Buttercup".
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Once Kuvira seizes power and is developing a spirit vine weapon, he is the most outspoken about making a first strike. This is a staunch contrast to how he's regarded past international affairs, proving that he truly comprehends the threat Kuvira poses to the world. Deconstructed, however, when he tries to force Asami and Varrick into making spirit vine weapons to counter Kuvira's, which both Varrick and Korra refuse to do.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Fits a number of the sub-listings, mainly in President Target in that he folds like a wet napkin when a villain so much as sneezes at him and President Jerkass in that he shifts any blame there is to be had onto others. He's also probably President Minoritynote , as a non-bender. Also President Focus Group, as he was only put in power to appease the masses.
- Pet the Dog:
- He actually became concerned about the state of the Earth Kingdom after hearing of the Earth Queen's death at the hands of the Red Lotus. Never before has he ever shown such concern for what happened in other nations, so this is definitely a first. He even decides to revoke Korra's banishment and declares that the world, not just the United Republic, will need the Avatar more than ever.
- When Kuvira invaded the United Republic with the Colossus. Upon seeing the damage the Colossus could inflict, Raiko quickly surrenders the city rather than risk the lives of his troops.
- Reality Ensues: In Turf Wars, his popularity has taken a nosedive between being seen as a coward for surrendering Republic City to Kuvira and avoiding dealing with the refugee crisis to focus on re-election, leaving his approval rating at -3. Running unopposed. Even Korra had a better rating (8%) when she was widely blamed for the spirit vine infestation.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He starts out as this, but edges into Obstructive Bureaucrat as time goes on. When the Water Tribe civil war starts, he rightly characterizes it as an internal conflict and refuses to provide military aid to the South. Later on, when Korra offers him a valid, potentially world-threatening motive that should motivate him to help, he still refuses to send aid, deeming the protection of Republic City more important. Zaheer even directly references his poor decisions to justify why the world would be better off without such leaders. By Book 4, he tries his hardest to work with Korra, and even lets her call the shots at certain moments. However, this trait is flat-out gone by Turf Wars as he becomes selfish, incompetent and petty just to stay in power.
- Skewed Priorities: Post-Earth Empire, his #1 goal isn't helping his people regain homes, it's getting re-elected and only because the relocated will vote does he actually do anything about their housing situation.
- Sleazy Politician: He manipulates the media and public opinion against Korra several times, in an effort to save his bacon and stay in charge.
- Somebody Else's Problem: He ultimately refuses to take a side in the Water Tribe Civil War, thinking it's not his place to get involved.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While he was always antagonistic towards Korra, he was never hostile or unreasonable about it. Come Book 3, he's trying to throw Korra under a bus to save his political career and is openly ungrateful for Korra's past heroics. Zaheer cites Korra's conflict with him as an example of why such leadership is better off being eliminated entirely.
- Turf Wars takes his more unlikeable traits Up to Eleven, portraying as more overtly antagonistic and petty towards Korra and her friends.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- He's more concerned about the trouble Korra caused with Harmonic Convergence than the fact that she saved the entire city. Korra points this out. Though, given how thick he's laying it on, he may just be doing it to gain voter support by publicly denouncing the extremely unpopular Korra rather than because he actually is ungrateful. Plus, leaving the spirit portals open was not necessary for saving Republic City or the world, and that created a huge slew of problems.
- When the Earth Kingdom falls into chaos and the Avatar is crippled, the first thing he worries about is whether the Avatar will recover and be able to fix things, though at least he's apologetic about his previous behavior.
- To keep the heat off his own failures, he incites a crowd against Korra for the damage done in fighting Kuvira and frames a well-earned vacation as being lazy and selfish. Considering his own behavior...
Voiced by: Richard Epcar
The captain of the Metalbender Corps working in Republic City under Chief Beifong.
- Badass in Distress: He gets captured by Amon in episode 10.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Briefly to Tarrlok.
- The Captain: Of the Metalbending Corp. Second only to Lin.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the first episode, he's the one that attempts to arrest Korra for property damage.
- Da Chief: After Lin resigns, Tarrlok promotes him. Lin gets her position back by the next Book.
- Dishing Out Dirt: As an earthbender.
- The Dragon: To Tarrlok, briefly, which ended when Tarrlok revealed himself as a bloodbender.
- Extra-ore-dinary: As a metalbender.
- Inspector Javert: Goes along with Tarrlok's more extreme policies, and answers directly to him, and thus opposes the heroes, despite being on the same side. When Tarrlok is revealed as evil, Saikhan turns against him.
- Oh, Crap!: He gets one after seeing Councilman Tenzin in the lobby after he and Tarrlok detained dozens of non-benders and 3/4ths of the new Team Avatar when they tried to stop the detaining.
- Puppet King: May be chief, but answers directly to Tarrlok, who's head of the Council. Once Tarrlok's nature as a bloodbender is revealed, he sends the officers after him.
- Put on a Bus: Amon's men take him away in episode 10, and he hasn't appeared since. Granted he's probably fine, and the dialogue implies he stepped down and handed the position back to Lin.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Double Subverted. He's subordinate to Tarrlok, who probably had a hand in making him chief. After Tarrlok is revealed to be evil, he continues to function as chief and tries to regain control of the city, showing an earnest desire to help people and keep the peace while doing so. He works under Tenzin for a bit, before being taken away.
- Unwitting Pawn: Downplayed. Though he isn't aware of Tarrlok's true motives, he nevertheless aids Tarrlok in his morally dubious scheme to arrest of bunch of innocent people in the Dragon Flats District. When he does learn of Tarrlok's true nature, though, he turns on him and is a lot more reasonable.
- Younger Than He Looks: His baldness and wrinkles make him look nearly 60 years old compared to his actual age of 40. Although that's at least with his helmet off.
Lu and Gang
A pair of detectives on the police force investigating the various crimes related to Future Industries and the Water Tribe civil war.
- Back for the Finale: Can be seen playing the erhu and pipa in Varrick's wedding band.
- Badass Mustache: If nothing else about them, you gotta admit they do have very nice mustaches.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: They're never seen doing anything related to their job except arresting Mako, and the evidence Mako finds is just tossed in their desk without consideration. This costs them their detective positions after their incompetence nearly gets the president kidnapped.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: They are seen eating snack cakes during several scenes in "Night of a Thousand Stars". This gets them ambushed because they're too busy paying attention to the snacks.
- Everyone Has Standards: They are among the many characters who silently express their distaste when Mako lies to an amnesiac Korra about them still being together, screwing over Asami.
- Fat and Skinny: Lu and Gang respectively.
- Hate Sink: Their only role in the story is to be an obnoxious hindrance to the Only Sane Man Mako.
- Hidden Depths: They may otherwise be a dunderhead duo, but they're actually quite good at playing the erhu and pipa at Varrick's and Zhu Li's wedding.
- Jerkass: All they ever do on screen is twirl their mustaches, eat snack cakes, and laugh at Mako.
- Laser-Guided Karma: They were demoted after nearly letting the president get kidnapped.
- Lazy Bum: They sit at their desks all day, playing pranks on Mako, stuffing their faces with snack cakes and stroking their moustaches. It's anyone's guess how they've held their job for as long as they did.
- Manchild: Either's old enough to be Mako's dad yet it'd be generous to say they act their shoe sizes given their pranks, laziness and stupid handshake.
- Never Live It Down: They like to remind Mako of his ties with the Triple Threat Triad.
- Oh, Crap!: Their response to Lin demoting them.
- Police are Useless: They dismiss Mako's claims and evidence (then again, so does Lin), and their only act of police work is to investigate a tip that implicates Mako for the crimes. During the attempt to kidnap the president, they were easily knocked out because they were distracted eating snack cakes.
- Those Two Guys: They are always seen together.
- Ultimate Job Security: Played With. They get demoted after the above failure to protect the president, but one wonders how they were ever allowed to keep their jobs in the first.
Voiced by: Jason Harris
A very unfortunate Metalbending Officer.
- Butt-Monkey: Very much.
- When Korra first runs afoul of the law, he grabs her ponytail with a metal cord. She retaliates by bending an ice wall for him to slam into.
- When Hiroshi's mansion is searched, he is left to stand guard over Mako, Bolin, and Asami. The two brothers quickly trick him, tackle him and tie him up. He actually lucked out on this one, as it spared him from being captured with the other officers.
- He's also one of several officers to find himself on the wrong end of a Equalist Mini-Mecha and their magnet arms in the Book 1 finale.
- Dishing Out Dirt/Extra-ore-dinary: Like all metalbenders.
- Grind Boots: Likely through the use of metalbending. Song's shoes are made of metal, and so are several cables. He and other officers slide along them when trying to catch Korra. Song also demonstrated the ability to do it on roof shingles.
- Mauve Shirt: He's the only named metalbender aside from Saihkan and Lin. He can be seen hanging around in shots with groups of police officers.
- Police are Useless: Downplayed. Song is at least trying to do his job, and he and the metalbenders in general are reasonably good at it. They just keep getting upstaged.
- Punch-Clock Villain: When guarding the brothers, he insists on them not going anywhere, so they knock him out. Lampshaded when Mako apologizes to him, as he's just doing his job.
Voiced by: Amy Gross
The star of Varrick's new line of movers, whom he appeared to hire strictly because of her Fanservice potential.
- Back for the Finale: Is one of the guests at Varrick's wedding.
- Bare Your Midriff: The water tribe outfit she was sporting for the propaganda film Verrick wanted to shoot.
- Beauty Mark: Near her mouth.
- Betty and Veronica: With Bolin and Eska. Played with, in that Ginger, the glamorous and haughty actress, would be the "Veronica" in most other set-ups—but with Eska a Dark Action Girl Warrior Princess who is a Nominal Heroine at best, she takes that role, leaving Ginger the "Betty" (to Bolin's "Archie").
- The Cameo: In the finale, she is seen attending Varrick and Zhu Li's wedding.
- The Casanova: A female example. The Nick website calls her a heartbreaker.
- The Danza: In universe, she plays a character named Ginger in Varrick's movers.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She is quite dismissive of Bolin at first, believing him a mere stupid athlete/actor nobody, but warms up to him when she sees his genuine heroism in action during the terrorist attack on the Nuktuk premiere.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite her dislike for Bolin, she still warns him when he's about to be attacked.
- Fake Nationality: Unconfirmed but likely, in-universe; she plays a Southern Water Tribe girl in the Nuktuk serials but doesn't seem to have any Water Tribe racial traits. However, she could simply be mixed-race just as Bolin doesn't look half-Fire Nation.
- Jerkass: Her only salient character trait so far seems to be disliking Bolin.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While she's very dismissive of Bolin and somewhat rude, she appears to do so because she's not interested in him and he can't take the hint, even going as far as forcibly kissing her on screen without it being in the script. While Ginger could have been much angrier for this, she just tells him he's confusing her character with her real self and acting like his love interest on screen doesn't mean she actually likes Bolin in real life. She does think better of him after he gets to be genuinely heroic.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is Ginger and she's a (dyed) ginger.
- Ms. Fanservice: Bolin was more interested in her than whatever Varrick had to say.
- MuggleMage Romance: With Bolin, an earthbender. Also the character she plays in Varrick's movie, who is Nuktuk's love interest.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-universe, and played with. She's the ingenue in the Nuktuk films where she co-stars alongside Bolin. Off the set though, her characterization so far consists of "dislikes co-star," which might be because Bolin is being unusually annoying. However, she Took a Level in Kindness after watching Bolin save the president from Varrick's goons.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: The Beauty Mark, curls, and in-universe bombshell status make her a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe.
- Non-Standard Character Design: One of a very few characters in the franchise with a hair color that isn't black or brown. It's been since confirmed as being dyed, which is more obvious when you notice her eyebrows are much darker.
- Pet the Dog: She became nicer towards Bolin after he saves the president.
- Sexophone: Gets a couple seconds of this in her introduction.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ginger gave Bolin a kiss after he saved President Raiko from being kidnapped.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: An odd version as it applies only in-universe, where red isn't a natural hair color. Varrick even advertises it as "Varri-dye."
Nuktuk, Hero of the South
A character played by Bolin in Varrick's Nuktuk, Hero of the South movers. He is the hero of the Southern Water Tribe and seeks to defeat The Evil Unalaq.
- Captain Patriotic: He's a propaganda hero meant to represent the Southern Water Tribe.
- Exposed to the Elements: Nuktuk wears shorts and a fur vest that exposes his chest. The setting of his story is the South Pole!. His damsel is the same as she shows her midriff and wears a mini skirt.Bolin: Wouldn't I be cold wearing this outfit in the snow?
Varrick: Ehh, Nuktuk is never cold!
- Fake Nationality: In-universe. The character is a Waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe, but the actor Bolin is an Earthbender from Republic City.
- The Hero: Of Nuktuk, Hero of the South.
- Mr. Fanservice: His Exposed to the Elements outfit shows off his muscular build.
- Rated M for Manly: A muscular, Exposed to the Elements waterbender who defeats evil while winning the affection of a beautiful Damsel in Distress. Varrick must have been invoking this.
Voiced by: Jason Harris (Book 2), Adrian LaTourelle (Book 4)
The version of Unalaq appearing in Varrick's Nuktuk, Hero of the South propaganda films. He is the arch enemy of Nuktuk, and with his waterbending device he plans to destroy the world.
- Accidentally Correct Writing: In-Universe, Varrick's exaggerated characterization of him turned out to be somewhat prophetic. Right down to the evil giant bird.
- Beard of Evil: Unlike his real counterpart, The Evil Unalaq sports a goatee.
- Big Bad: He is the main villain of the Nuktuk movers, since they're propaganda films.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In Varrick's latest mover pitch, his attempts to join the Terror Square are happily ignored, since the others hate him, but he ends up merging with Vaatu like his real counterpart did.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He proudly refers to his plans against Nuktuk as evil, in classic villain fashion.
- Character Exaggeration: An in-universe example in regards to his depiction of the "real" Unalaq. Turns out to be Accidentally Correct Writing when the real Unalaq is shown to be just as egomaniacal and dangerous as his fictional counterpart, though not quite as theatrical.
- Doomsday Device: His will freeze the Earth's core.
- Evil Overlord: He is the diabolical leader of the Northern Water Tribe.
- Evil Plan: He plans to use a Doomsday device to freeze the entire world.
- Expy: He looks very similar to the Ember Island Players version of Ozai from Avatar: The Last Airbender. He's also quite obviously a reference to him, as both are incredibly hammy stage versions of the main villains.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: In Varrick's planned mover sequel about Nuktuk playing Bolin, when the Legion of Doom is being formed, he tries to force his way in onto the team and it's obvious none of the other villains (Zaheer, Vaatu, and Zombie Amon) want him there. It's pretty clear Varrick outright hates the guy.
- Godwin's Law: Why is he so similar to Actor!Ozai? To make Unalaq more closely resemble Fire Lord Ozai, the "Hitler" of their world! Evil Unalaq's plan to freeze the world also parallels Ozai's plan to torch the entire Earth Kingdom using Sozin's Comet.
- Large Ham: He is constantly being over the top and theatrical.
- Laughably Evil: Compared to the real Unalaq, his over-the-top hamminess makes him too funny to hate.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His waterbending device reverses the polarity of the Earth, causing Nuktuk's animal buddy Jijou to come back to life.
- Spikes of Villainy: His costume bears no subtlety whatsoever in showing them off.
- Take Over the World: With his waterbending device, he plans to rule the world. Or destroy it. Does it really matter?
- The Team Wannabe: Tries to join Terror Square even though they all make it clear that he's not wanted.
Earth Kingdom inhabitants
Mako & Bolin's Family
Grandma Yin voiced by: Susan Silo
Uncle Chow voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui
Cousin Tu voiced by: Greg Cipes
The very extended family from the brothers' father's side. A whole family living in an apartment with Grandma Yin being their head of the household.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Or grandparents, in this case. Yin pulls the typical grandmotherly "why aren't you dating her" trick on Mako... around Korra and Asami.
- Audience Surrogate: During the recap episode in season 4 Tu and Wu gang up to voice the most common fan complaints against Mako's love life.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: All of them have this trait.
- Cool Old Lady: Grandma Yin is very energetic for her age.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Tu, the cousin whom the boys met first, has been confirmed to be an earthbender (although he's never actually used said ability).
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Tu appears to have one with Prince Wu, which also doubles as an Odd Friendship.
- Hidden Depths: Tu can be quite insightful, which he shows when discussing Mako's flaws in his relationships with both Asami and Korra.Mako: Well, me and Asami were never officially back together.Tu: Really? That again? Ya' know, it seems like you're so afraid to disappoint anyone, that you end up disappointing everyone.Prince Wu: Truer words have never been spoken. High-five!
- Honor Before Reason: Even when her home was on fire, Yin still refuses to leave over the fact her house has been in her family for generations.
- I Choose to Stay: Yin tried to stay behind in "The Ultimatum" even though Ba Sing Se, and their slummy flat in particular, was going up in flames. Bolin simply hefts her like a potato sack, and all the less-stubborn family members gladly follow him out.
- Informed Ability: Tu's earthbending.
- Karmic Jackpot: They're a poor family living in the Lower Ring under the iron fist of a despot, but nonetheless clearly love each other and extend this kindness to long-lost relatives that have been living a far glamorous life then they have while being the last to know that the father of said relatives had been killed years ago with a wife they never met which left said long-lost relatives to be orphans and mob-affiliates for a while, they have to abandon the only home they know due to fire and their matriarch almost gets them killed out of stubbornness not only does said relatives save them at the last minute, but the Time Skip reveals they got a new home at the Sato Estate.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: More like"Massive Numbered Cousins". It's not 100% clear precisely how each of them is related to the others — i.e. who are siblings, who are cousins, who are married etc. — but there are a lot of them. The closest the family tree graphic shows the Yin/Bohai, their two sons, their sons' wives and children that only counts five grandkids. Everyone else is anyone's guess.
- Morality Pet: They, specifically Yin, encourage Mako to be more considerate as he gives up his father's scarf, gives a personal speech encouraging her to leave in the I Choose to Stay situation and calls him out on his romantic foibles in "Remembrances".
- Nice Family: In a franchise chock full of Big Screwed Up Families, they're as nice as they are numerous. They welcome Mako and Bolin into their home with open arms, feed them and provide them with train tickets despite being poor, clue them in on the Dai Li rounding up airbenders and even send the two off with a Group Hug. About the worst thing that can be applied to them is that Grandma Yin's I Choose to Stay mentioned above and occasional embarrassments.
- Odd Friendship: Tu has one with Prince Wu, which they also as Heterosexual Life-Partners. It's odd due to social class: Wu is literally royalty, while Tu comes from a poor family.
- Parental Substitute: Since Mako's parents are dead, his grandma more or less acts as one to him. Like a parent would, she sometimes nags him whenever he misbehaves.
- Parting Words Regret: Mako and Bolin's father, San rebelled against running the family business and left on bad turns with his father, Bohai. Neither lived to make amends.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Downplayed with Tu. He's insulted they don't want to steal his fruit, claims that he could have stolen an airship too, and the like. He's not treated seriously, though, instead coming off as humorous mild jealousy rather than a flaw, especially as he doesn't otherwise get much screentime.
- Spanner in the Works: Had Mako and Bolin had not met them, they would not have learned the Earth Queen was rounding up the new airbenders in the city to use for her army.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Bolin clearly inherited his looks from his father. Tu and his father Chow — San's brother — also have similar features. Directors for one of the episodes they were featured in have stated that they tried to add Bolin's big eyebrows to as many of them as possible.
- Too Dumb to Live: The entire family would have been burned alive by the riot fires that consumed much of Ba Sing Se on insistence of Grandma Yin if not for Bolin and Mako arriving with an airship and forcibly removing Yin from the building.
- Tragic Keepsake: Mako gives her his father/her son's red scarf and she continues to wear it from then on... even if it got tugged on by Naga and Pabu.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite how poorly the Earth Queen has treated commoners like her, Yin still holds her in high regard, even after the Queen's death. This extends to Prince Wu, as she faints upon meeting him.
- Also applies toward Mako and Bolin as they live in a Police State yet didn't hesitate to warn them about the Dai Li rounding up airbenders.
- Your Cheating Heart: Yin's husband apparently, as she twice accuses Mako of being "just like your grandfather" when she learns how he strung Korra and Asami along in the first two Books.
Voiced by: Mitchell Whitfield
The Grand Secretariat of Ba Sing Se under the Earth Queen.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns in Book 4 for Prince Wu's coronation ceremony.
- Foil: Similarly to how the Earth Queen was characterized to be as different from her father as possible, Gun seems to be built as a contrast to his predecessor as Grand Secretariat from the first series, Long Feng, to highlight the difference in Hou-Ting and Kuei's reigns. While Long Feng was a domineering, earthbending mastermind who conspired against his king and ran the Earth Kingdom behind his back, Gu is a snivelling Yes-Man eager to keep Hou-Ting happy at any costs, and is absolutely useless in any dangerous situation.
- Nervous Wreck: He's very timid and eager to avoid angering the Earth Queen in any way.
- The Scapegoat: If anything goes wrong, HE's the one who has to answer for it.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After seeing the Red Lotus effortlessly destroy the Dai Li, leaving only him and the Queen, Gun runs away shrieking despite the Queen's insistence to lay down his life for her.
- Token Good Teammate: Apparently, he's the only person in the Earth Queen's court with any decency.
- Yes-Man: Gun is spineless and goes along with whatever the Earth Queen orders him to do. If anything goes wrong, he has to take the fall for it. This even extends to Wu (who Gun, by right of succession, is now serving), who isn't a very commanding person in the first place.
Voiced by: Steve Blum
Voiced by: Nika Futterman
Escapees from Kuvira's prison camps, where they were put for to being of non-Earth Kingdom origin. .
- Does Not Like Spam: Baraz once tried bark-onion soup in 168 AG but was disgusted with it, making a vow never to eat it again. He still remembers and shudders at the taste of it.
- Making a Splash: Ahnah; simply being a waterbender was enough for Kuvira to throw her in prison.
- Playing with Fire: Likewise with Baraz and his firebending, he was sent to prison for it.
- Shout-Out: Baraz's lanky physique, wild hair and voice actor make him resemble Spike Spiegel.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While their fate is left unknown after "Remembrances", it's safe to assume that they returned to wherever their home is.
Fire Lord Izumi
Voiced by: April Stewart
The current reigning Fire Lord, daughter of Zuko, and mother of General Iroh.
- Big Good: Of the Fire Nation.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She still bears the colors of her forefathers, but she isn't evil like them.
- Death Glare: A downplayed example, but her stern look at Wu after his typical shenanigans during the world leaders' meeting clearly tells him to simply shut up.
- Family Theme Naming: Continues the tradition of members of her immediate family having a prominent "Z" sound in their names.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny: She's got the Fire Lord topknot crown, also her glasses appear to have gold frames. The traditional Fire Lord vestments also have gold-hued trim. And also, of course, she has royal eyes.
- Ironic Echo: President Raiko got a taste of his own medicine with her refusal to take part in an unprovoked offensive. Her reasons are different, however; the Fire Nation still has a bit of notoriety because of the Hundred Year War.
- Irony: She's descended from Evil Overlords, including one being the Big Bad of the previous series, niece of an Ax-Crazy Dragon that attempted murder against her own family on numerous occasions and daughter of the franchise's epitome of teen angst yet what little is known about her shows she's the most more well-adjusted of the original Team Avatar's Spin-Offspring. This doubles as Fridge Brilliance as Zuko would be making damn well sure to end the cycle of dysfunction in their family in addition to their country atoning for the war.
- Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: Gender inverted. Zuko is definitely her dad but the identity of her mother has never been explicitly confirmed. He never even brought up a wife in his appearances in the show. The creators of the show have been deliberately coy about who she is, presumably to not spoil the comics. Gene Luen Yang, who used to write the ATLA comics, said at a con in 2017 that Zuko and Mai will inevitably get back together in the comics so its likely her. Izumi and Mai also have the same distinctive face shape.
- Martial Pacifist: She keeps the Fire Nation a relatively pacifist state (due to a bad rep still lingering from the Hundred Year War), but considering she's of a lineage that has consisted of an Avatar, the previous show's Big Bad's and Zuko himself, not to mention the Fire Nation's technological prosperity, she and her nation are still not to be trifled with.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Because of the Fire Nation's past of forcing the whole world into a pointless war, she refuses to take part in an unprovoked offensive against the Earth Empire unless there is absolutely no other choice. She does, however, agree to grant President Raiko her support in defending Republic City should the Earth Empire attack first. Her son has also described her as someone who would be willing to assist or at least hear out the Avatar. Though considering her later position regarding the Earth Empire, it's unlikely that she would've lent military support in the Water Tribe Civil War based solely on Korra's word at the time.
- She Is the King: As seen with her aunt Azula, the title "Fire Lord" is gender neutral.
- Spin-Offspring: She is the daughter of Zuko. Her own son shows up a few times in the series and she's been confirmed via supplemental information to have a daughter who was never mentioned or seen in the show itself.
- Strong Family Resemblance: It's subtle, but she has the same face type as Mai, a hint that she is her mother.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: From her father Zuko, and passed to her son Iroh II, as is typical of Fire Nation royalty.