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    In General 

  • Hufflepuff House: The other three members of the city council. The only two actual voices in the council are Tarrlok and Tenzin, and the rest of the council always sides with Tarrlok. Even when he changes his mind.
  • The Magocracy: The modern United Republic Council is made up of five benders representing each Elemental Nation (Earth, Fire, Air and North & South Water), so Republic City lacks non-bender representation within its government. Nominally, this trope is not in play—a previous iteration of the council is shown to have at least two non-benders, Sokka and an Air Acolyte.
  • Reality Ensues: Republic City is governed by a council made entirely of benders, one of which only represents a small island of people on the outskirts of the city, and two representatives for the Water Tribe (which at that point nominally were one country anyway). It's not surprising that the non-benders of the city felt they had no representation and gave Amon quite a few followers.
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    Tenzin 

    Tarrlok 
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A member of the United Republic Council, representing the Northern Water Tribe. Ambitious and manipulative, he is Tenzin's primary political rival.


  • Agent Peacock: He wears nice clothing and has such pretty hair, and is one of the strongest waterbenders of the age and a highly capable bloodbender.
  • Ambadassador: For the Northern Water Tribe, and can fight Korra on equal terms.
  • Anti-Villain: Initially, once he's revealed as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, he appears to be a straight up villain. However, in the first half of the finale, when Korra and Mako find him locked up on Air Temple Island, he reveals his backstory, which is exceedingly tragic. It was established in episode 8 that he was Yakone's son, and, it turned out that Yakone was an absolutely terrible father. See Tragic Villain for more.
  • "Ass" in Ambassador: He has his own agenda and will be a pain to everyone, use every fault or failure he can find to make them bend to his will. And if they do not bend, he will break them.
  • The Atoner: He realises that what he was doing was wrong, and he became the very weapon against the Avatar his father wanted him to be. In repentance, he tells Korra the truth about Amon, and later kills both himself and his brother as his brother tries to escape the city with him.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is the Northern Water Tribe's council representative, and one of the most powerful waterbenders ever shown onscreen in either series. If Korra weren't the Avatar, he probably could have beaten her in a straight fight. Since Korra has multiple elements to bend, he's forced to fall back on his bloodbending once she deprives him of a water source.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: His manners at the council suggest a Desk Jockey, but he quickly proves to be a competent martial organizer.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: He's a particularly evil bloodbender, just like his father. However, subverted in his backstory. He was a kind-hearted kid who hated blood-bending, and tried his best not to use it. However, his father's manipulations and his own desperation made him the very thing he hated.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He tries to stand on equal grounds with Amon, but ultimately he cannot.
  • Big Good: Subverted. He at first appears to be the leader of all the good guys in opposing Amon, but it's a stretch to call him a good person. It soon becomes clear that he has his own agenda.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: To the public, he's considered a fair-minded and likable guy. Behind closed doors, well...
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Heavily Downplayed; the most prominent signifier of his roots is his elaborately triple tailed, beaded hair.
  • Break the Cutie: He used to be a sweet child, but was put through hell when Yakone made him learn bloodbending. He felt the pain of the animals he was forced into practicing on, saw his brother's Start of Darkness, and was a wreck by the time Yakone passed away.
  • Cain and Abel: Zig-zagged. His brother takes away his bending, but he ultimately ends up killing both himself and his brother.
  • Character Development: It comes late, but it's potent. And really sad. After being forced to use bloodbending, having his bending taken by Amon, then learning that Amon is actually his brother, Tarrlok becomes a lot less self-serving. In his final moments, he seems to have gotten some perspective on his and Amon's actions. While Amon decides to run away with Tarrlok, believing they could turn over a new leaf and live as a family, Tarrlok is much more realistic and skeptical. Instead, he decides to repent for his and Amon's actions and prevent further damage. Tarrlok blows their boat up and ends both their lives and legacies, even as his brother smiles over thoughts of their new life.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Makes a brief appearance in a newspaper photo in episode 2.
  • The Chessmaster: He frames the Equalists for kidnapping Korra, planting appropriate evidence and electrocuting himself to make it stick. He also sends Tenzin and Lin on a Snipe Hunt for Korra while he's at it.
  • Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Steeples his fingers over his desk when Korra confronts him in his office.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: His clothes are the palest shade of blue among waterbenders seen in the Avatarverse, almost silver in tone, which fits well with his Bitch in Sheep's Clothing personality.
  • Composite Character: Word of God is that Tarrlok was intended as a cross between Azula and Long Feng from the previous series.
  • Control Freak: Especially evident in how frustrated he gets at Korra when she leaves his task force.
  • Corrupt Politician: He browbeats the Council into going along with his plans, all of which only serve to make him more powerful.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: His bloodbending is what leads Korra to discover he's secretly the son of one of the worst crime lords the city has ever known.
  • The Dandy: He is mocked by Ikki for "smelling like a lady" when he joins Tenzin's family for dinner.
  • Death by Flashback: Before his Murder-Suicide, the audience gets to learn about his past.
  • De-Power: And richly deserved at the time.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: As everyone panics over Amon, they ignore the ambitious, amoral politician who's been using that threat to further his own agenda.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • His actions of arresting non-benders under the pretense of them being Equalists, simply because they were protesting having their power cut off, are highly reminiscent of Joseph McCarthy and the Communist phobia (or Red Scare) that infected North America during the 1950's.
    • His rise to power mirrors that of Mussolini and to a lesser extent Hitler, persuading the democratic and monarchic power structures to give him more and more power, supposedly in order to counter the threat of the Equalists/Communists.
  • Driven to Suicide: He kills both himself and his brother by blowing up the boat they're in.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: He's genuinely fond of his mother. His concern for her is the reason he didn't run away with his brother.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He may be using the Equalist threat to advance his goals, but he's genuinely disgusted by Amon. He also considers Yakone's methods to be beneath him. Of course, he will cross these lines if his patience is tested.
  • Evil All Along: His goal was to use the Equalist threat to become a legitimate sole ruler over Republic City.
  • Evil Overlord: By all accounts, Tarrlok's in charge of Republic City, with the police in his pocket and the rest of the Council (sans Tenzin) being his Yes Men and Woman, which was his goal all along. Then the Council learns he's a bloodbender. Then Amon debends him.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Much like Hiroshi, his meticulously coiffed hairdo is disheveled after his revelation as a bona fide villain and a tangle with Korra, which he won only because of bloodbending. He is far less unkempt when speaking to the police, even though he's pretending to have been attacked by the Equalists, only further emphasizing this trope.
  • Fallen Hero: He could have been a good man. A great one even. However, his pride blinded him to the fact he had become just like his father and a scourge to Republic City.
  • Famous Last Words: "It will be just like the good old days."
  • Faux Affably Evil: Whenever he seems to act polite, it's usually accompanied with a smug voice tone, so take his "friendliness" with a grain of salt.
  • Freudian Excuse: He was trained by Yakone to take over Republic City.
  • Friendly Enemy: While he and and Korra are nominally on the same side, he has an almost inhuman patience for her flouting the law and undermining his efforts. He also has an open offer of re-employment for Korra in his task force after the arena was closed. All this despite having pressured Korra into joining him for his own efforts near their first meeting. He's later shown to be more "enemy" and less "friendly" in episode 8.
  • General Ripper: Evident when he shuts off the power in the Dragon Flats District, drawing many innocent non-benders out of their homes, only to brand them as an Equalist rally and arrest them all. The causes and reasons for his treacherous actions are magnified after we learn his past of being subjected to his own father's treachery. Tarrlok needed an excuse to exercise the might of Republic City, and made the Equalists his Enemy X.
  • Heel Realization: After losing his bending and learning that Amon is his brother, he realizes that he had become the very thing his father wanted, which he had been trying to avoid.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of the first season finale.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Subverted, as he was always a villain, and his excessive actions are just him trying to exert more control over the city. He never had decent intentions and he uses the fight against the Equalists as an excuse for his own ends.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Who needs water when you've got blood?
  • I Am Not My Father: While they were both bloodbenders, Yakone ruled the underbelly of the city as a crime lord, and Tarrlok believes that's why he failed. Tarrlok decided to take Republic City as a sleazy politician, instead.
  • An Ice Person/Making a Splash: He's a waterbender.
  • In the Blood: The only thing separating Tarrlok from his dad is he chose to be a politician, not a crime lord.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: It's practically his hat.
    • In episode 4, Tarrlok is using his task force to score political points, but the Equalists are a militant revolutionary group openly advocating the violent overthrow of their country's government and the extermination of bending. Some sort of official response is necessary to that existential threat and Tarrlok is the only council member offering a plan.
    • In episode 7, Tarrlok's opening narration is politically self-serving yet accurate: the Equalists are warring on benders under the guise of fighting for equality, Chief Beifong did utterly fail to protect Republic City during the arena attack, and new leadership was needed for the police considering how ineffective Chief Beifong had proved against the Equalists. Lin herself even comes to agree with the latter two points.
    • In episode 8, he brings up how Korra is only a "half-baked Avatar in training" because she has yet to master airbending. When Korra later barges into his place trying to intimidate him into releasing her friends, she accuses him of oppressing people exactly like Amon says benders do, and he points out that she's used force to oppress and intimidate people before, so in that respect they're Not So Different.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: At first, it seems that Tarrlok wants to close down the Pro-Bending arena to spare innocent lives. But when Lin Beifong enters the picture, he realizes someone else can take the responsibility (and the rap) of others, thus relinquishing him from any blame if anything happened. Then, when Korra approaches him about abusing his power to arrest innocent civilians, he kidnaps her using bloodbending.
    • Subverted in the finale, where he is genuinely repentant for everything he's done, having had time to reflect, and helps Korra unmask Amon then sacrifices himself to put an end to both Amon and Yakone's evil legacy.
  • Knight Templar: While personal paranoia is a major factor, Tarrlok definitely invokes this with his rhetoric, claiming that his actions are a righteous crusade against Amon. Though it's later revealed to be a front.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Inherited his father's extraordinary bloodbending talent.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He goes after everyone who isn't a bender, using a "if-you're-not-one-of-us-you're-against-us" philosophy. And then he gets reduced to a non-bender, himself.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: His demeanor makes him out to be just an Attention Whore, but his waterbending isn't half bad. Then there's his bloodbending...
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste/Opportunistic Bastard: His entire crusade against the Equalists isn't really to protect the benders of Republic City; he's only taking advantage of the crisis to consolidate his own power.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Whenever his hair is down.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Very good at manipulating others into furthering his goals. Even knowing that he's up to something won't help you. Goes into the realm of physical manipulation, since he's a bloodbender.
  • Meaningful Name: "Tarlock" is a name of Irish origin that means "instigator" or "abettor," which is certainly fitting for his status as a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Murder-Suicide: With his brother by blowing up the boat they're in.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Seems to have this feeling towards his crimes done after some time held by his brother. Leads to his Redemption Equals Death. It also happens to a lesser extent after bloodbending a group of people in episode 9. Two episodes later, we see exactly why.
  • Not So Different:
    • His approach to dealing with dangerous non-benders is, if anything, more indiscriminate than the Equalists' actions toward elitist benders. Korra calls him on this, likening him to Amon. It turns out they really aren't that different, being brothers and both blood-benders who use their powers to nefarious ends, though Tarrlok had no idea who Amon really was until well after Korra calls him out.
    • According to him in a Hannibal Lecture, he and Korra aren't all that different, because they both go to extremes in order to get what they want.
  • Not So Stoic: "When Extremes Meet" shows that he has a pretty short fuse. Control Freak above explains more on that.
  • Opening Narration: Replaces Shiro Shinobi in the Previously On… recap for "The Aftermath", giving a speech about Lin's failure to stop the Equalists in the previous episode and calling for her to be replaced.
  • Overlord Jr.: He's the son of Yakone, the master crimelord of Republic City during Aang's time as the Avatar.
  • People Puppets/The Power of Blood: It is revealed during his fight with Korra in "When Extremes Meet" that he is a bloodbender, one good enough that he can do so on a whim, rather than only during a full moon. His father, Yakone, could do the same.
  • Praetorian Guard: His task force
  • Personality Powers: The power hungry politician can control people? What a shock!
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Has shades of it in episode 8. He has a lot of power in the city but comes off as a spoiled brat who will do anything to get what he wants and won't listen when others try to reason with him.
    • He ultimately grows up some in the finale, while his big brother Amon ironically takes on a few Psychopathic Man Child traits himself. Amon thinks that everything will be flowers and sunshine now that he's reunited with his baby brother (though he starts crying as he says this), while Tarrlok is more somber and, in repentance and to head off further harm, quietly kills them both.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After realizing what he and his brother had become, he blows up the boat they're in, killing them both and ending Yakone's bloodline.
  • Psychotic Smirk: In "The Voice in the Night".
  • The Rival: To Tenzin, in the political arena, and to Korra in dealing with the Equalists.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: His brother is Amon.
  • Sleazy Politician: Everything he does is for his own personal agenda.
  • Smug Snake: His regular attitude gives off this vibe, though it's subverted by the end of the series.
  • The Social Expert: Besides his fighting, this is his most dangerous skill. He can generally read a person and knows how to play them so they follow his way. His only misjudgement was thinking Korra would be his by showering her with gifts. Then he wises up and just attacks her pride by having reporters berate her.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Tarrlok looks similar to his father, which might clue viewers in to their relation before the reveal.
  • Taking You with Me: How he ends Yakone's bloodline by killing both himself and his brother.
  • This Cannot Be!: When his bloodbending fails to stop Amon.
  • Together in Death: With his brother.
  • Tragic Villain: When it was discovered he was a waterbender, Tarrlok's father Yakone forced Tarrlok and his brother Noatak to learn his bloodbending techniques so that he could use them to exact revenge on Republic City, even going so far as to pit Tarrlok and Noatak against each other and demand they use their bloodbending on each other. Noatak bent Tarrlok, but Tarrlok refused to bend Noatak back, and Yakone rounded furiously on Tarrlok. At this, Noatak turned on Yakone and ran away from home. Ultimately, this was the Start of Darkness for both of the brothers; Noatak went on to become Amon, and Tarrlok attempted to fulfill his father's dream of ruling Republic City through legal, but still underhanded means, becoming the Sleazy Politician we see in the present day.
  • Tyke-Bomb: His father tried to mold him and his brother into this to take his revenge on Republic City and the Avatar. Tarrlok becomes horrified when he realizes that he became what his father tried to make him.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: He implements a city-wide curfew to all non-benders and a law that makes it illegal to even be associated with Equalists (i.e. Hiroshi Sato, which is what Tarrlok uses to rationalize arresting his daughter). He shuts down the power to their homes, which forces them to break that curfew by going outside to protest, and arrests all those that don't follow his new law, claiming that they're Equalists for not doing so.
  • The Unfavorite: Yakone favored Noatak more than him, although given how they were both treated that's not saying much.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Courtesy of his dad.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He desires Republic City to be led by a powerful leader, so that threats such as the Equalists may be eradicated. Ego comes into it to a degree, of course.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He starts freaking out as his plans unravel. He manages to regain his cool after his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Until he's exposed as the man who kidnapped Korra.
  • We Have Become Complacent: He considers this for the Benders against the Equalists. He feels Benders need to take back the power and when they to, they end up becoming the very monsters the Equalist supporters are told Benders are.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Seems like it at first, with his heavy-handed but arguably reasonable responses to the Equalist threat. Except it's not so well-intentioned; that part's a front.
  • What Have I Become?: Is genuinely horrified by the fact he became the soldier of vengeance his father wanted him to become.
  • The Worf Effect: Tarrlok's bloodbending, which is demonstrably strong enough to incapacitate at least eight people simultaneously, has only a limited effect on Amon, and Tarrlok is taken out in seconds.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Tries this on Korra and the rest of Team Avatar when Korra no longer follows his orders. Then to Saikhan later on.

    Sokka 

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The President

    President Raiko 
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"I'm very concerned by what's happening down there. But I don't think it's the Republic's place to interfere with internal Water Tribe matters."
Voiced by Spencer Garrett

The new president of the United Republic, elected after the events of Book 1.


  • Celebrity Resemblance: The mustache and wireframe glasses make him look like a cross between Sun Yat-sen (founder of the Republic of China) and Teddy Roosevelt.
  • 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 technically on the heroes' side, but other than his wife, he's merely tolerated because of his occupation.
  • Happily Married: His wife shows up in "Night of a Thousand Stars".
  • 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.
  • 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. As a result, the city is completely overrun with mystic, indestructible vines. Entire neighborhoods are unfit for human habitation and parts of the city no longer have access to water service. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 mystic 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Minority, 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 of the state of the Earth Kingdom after hearing about 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.
  • Reality Ensues: post-Earth Empire, between being seen as a coward for surrendering Republic City to Kuvira and avoiding the refugee crisis to focus on re-election, his [approval rating is at -3. Even Korra's (remember 8%) post-Unalaq Crisis was doing better than him!
  • 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 indirectly 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.
  • Skewed Priorities: post-Earth Empire, his number one 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, 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.
  • 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.

Republic City Police

    Lin Beifong 

    Saikhan 
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"It was an honor serving under Chief Beifong for so many years and I wish her a speedy recovery. It is with great humility that I take her place as the new Chief of Police."
Voiced by: Richard Epcar

The captain of the Metalbender Corps working in Republic City under Chief Beifong.


  • 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 
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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.
  • Never Live It Down: invoked 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 always seen together in any scene involving them.
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    Song 
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"You're staying put until the chief comes back."
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.

Republic City Army

    General Iroh 
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Voiced by: Dante Basco

Leader of the United Forces and Zuko's grandson. His mother is Fire Lord Izumi.


  • Ace Pilot: A flying ace — defined as an aviator that shoots down 5 planes — he does so with no prior flying experience, against trained pilots.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He's the youngest general in United Forces history, meaning it's likely either an honorary title due to his royal blood, or was earned via pure skill and asskickery. His performance during the first season finale strongly suggests the latter.
  • Back for the Finale: He returns for the first time since the second book finale for the series finale in "Kuvira's Gambit."
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has some thick eyebrows.
  • Blue Blood: A son of the Fire Nation royal family.
  • The Brigadier: He is the military leader of the United Forces.
  • Captain Obvious: He even channels another famous officer in charge of large fleet.
    Iroh: It's a trick!
  • The Cavalry: Leads the fleet that comes to Republic to assist in the fight against Amon.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Named after Zuko's uncle.
  • Demoted to Extra: His role dwarfs considerably after Book 1, hardly making an appearance in Book 2 and 4. He didn't show up at all in Book 3.
  • Determinator: He must take after Zuko. Even if his entire fleet is overwhelmed, he won't stop fighting. When he's ordered to surrender, he absolutely hates that notion, and would rather go down fighting.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: In the Book One finale. Royalty of the Fire Nation joining Team Avatar just in time for the final showdown? Apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
  • Four-Star Badass: He earned every one of those stars with pure badassery. He does more damage to Amon's war machine than the army he commands.
  • Humble Hero: Despite his senior rank among the United Forces and his status as a member of the Fire Nation Royal Family, Iroh is a humble man, openly showing his sincere gratitude for other people's assistance.
  • Identical Grandson: He's adult Zuko — same voice, same character design, same badassery, no scars or psychological trauma, and one significant difference in skill: He can lightningbend.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: By the way he pilots a bi-plane in the Book One finale, would you believe he never piloted one before?
  • Indy Ploy: In his interception of the Equalist force in the finale, it's pretty clear that he was making up his plan on the fly, if you'll pardon the pun.
  • Instant Expert: He is a quick learner, as he was able to figure out how to pilot an Equalist biplane despite his lack of experience with them.
  • Made of Iron: He takes a bomb to the face, and only comes away with some Clothing Damage and burns.
  • Military Maverick: He was perfectly willing to "accidentally" get involved with the Water Tribe civil war as a favor to Korra. President Raiko made sure to cut him off before he had the chance to try. Instead, he just directed Korra to seek help from the Fire Nation.
  • The Mutiny: The fillibusting. He conspires with Korra to drag the United Republic in the War of the Water Tribes after Korra's aid request was refused by the civilian government. Doesn't go through with it after being put on the spot by his commander-in-chief.
  • Nice Guy: A courageous, loyal military badass who's always willing to help.
  • Not Quite Flight: Is quite skilled at using the firebending Recoil Boost tactic to almost-fly; he manages to use it to catch up to a biplane as it was taking off, and later uses it to go from a free-fall to a controlled landing on a moving airplane.
  • Offscreen Inertia: At the end of his last scene in Book One, he is left hanging off the flag held up by Avatar Aang's statue.
  • Older Than He Looks: His official age is 36 (37 by Book 2, 40 by Book 4) and yet he can pass for somewhere in his early twenties.
  • One-Man Army: He takes out an entire squadron of biplanes by himself.
  • Playing with Fire: As typical for a firebender.
  • Redshirt Army: Forces under his command are completely decimated in every fight they get into (though to be honest, while the Equalists took on him by surprising yet mundane means, his other enemies don't leave much chance). Iroh himself, however, not only survives, but proceeds to single handedly wipe out a fleet of Equalist fighters on their way to bomb the backup fleet.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Prince of the Fire Nation and General in the United Forces.
  • Shock and Awe: Unlike his grandfather (at least in his youth), he can produce lightning.
  • Spin-Offspring: Zuko's grandson.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Fire Nation royals typically have vibrant gold eyes, and Iroh is no exception.
  • Undying Loyalty: Iroh is very loyal to his friends, willing to do whatever is in his power to help so long as it does not outright defy authority.
  • Universal Driver's License: Takes control of an Equalist biplanenote , a vehicle that he had never encountered prior to his first battle against them. Despite a rocky start, he keeps it under control.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In his first appearance he has the exact same voice used for the teenage Zuko from the previous series, despite looking like he's in his thirties or so. A case of Reality Is Unrealistic, since Dante Basco himself is in his thirties and naturally sounds like that. In the finale itself, when he has more lines, he does use some different inflections from Zuko, but it's still very close.
  • Warrior Prince: He's the prince of the Fire Nation and the leader of the United Forces.

Others

    Wenyan 

President Raiko's campaign manager, helping run his reelection campaign after Raiko's handling of Kuvira's invasion has made him immensely unpopular.


  • '50s Hair: He rocks a pompadour.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: He's pretty on the ball as far as advice goes, pointing out some pretty obvious PR issues that Raiko fails to notice.
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