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Katara and Sokka's family



Voiced by: André Sogliuzzo

"I heard what you two did. I am the proudest father in the world. And your mother would be proud too."

Father of Sokka and Katara, Hakoda is the chief of their village in the Southern Water Tribe. Shortly after his wife Kya was killed in a Fire Nation raid, Hakoda led the men of the tribes off to war. While he genuinely loved his children, he realized that this was for a greater good and left them behind. Later in the series, he was reunited with his children and led an coalition army of Water Tribe and Earth Kingdom forces into the Fire Nation capital on the Day of Black Sun. When the invasion plan failed, he led the other Gaang tagalongs onto a bus. Sokka rescued him from prison in the finale.

  • Action Dad: Just like his children, he doesn't just stand idly by as the Fire Nation is attacking. He even went to fight against them long before they did.
  • Badass Normal: Like his son he is a non-bender and is still chosen to lead a large group of benders to invade a national capital.
  • Foreshadowing: Briefly appears in "Appa's Lost Days" before formally appearing in Season 2's Finale.
  • Good Counterpart: To Ozai. He's a figure of authority and a father that fights a war. The difference being he is fighting to defend his family and not only does he freely tell his children he loves them but assures them that they don't have to earn his love.
  • Happily Married: Was implied to be this with Kya.
  • Like Father, Like Son: So much that only Sokka finds his jokes funny.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Downplayed. His mother was from the Northern Water Tribe and his father was from the Southern Water Tribe.
  • Parents in Distress: He gets captured during the invasion and Sokka has to rescue him from the Boiling Rock.
  • Put on a Bus: Twice, once pre-series and once in season three after the failed invasion.
  • Second Love: Gets one in the form of Malina in the comics.

    "Gran Gran" Kanna

Voiced by: Melendy Britt (original), Miriam Torres (Latin American Spanish)

Katara and Sokka's grandmother.

  • Arranged Marriage: With Pakku in the past.
  • Cool Old Lady: Very wise and motherly.
  • December–December Romance: After so many years separated, she married Pakku when he traveled to the Southern Water Tribe.
  • I Was Quite the Looker: A flashback of her in her teenage years shows that yes, she was indeed quite a looker. If anything, Katara is said to be her spitting image.
  • Parental Substitute: After Katara and Sokka's mother dies and their father leaves to fight in the war, she becomes this for them.
  • Runaway Fiancé: She was once arranged to be married to Pakku, but she ran away to the Southern Water Tribe. Unlike most examples, Kana actually loved her fiance but ran away to escape the oppressive customs of the Northern Tribe, keeping her betrothal necklace as a memento of Pakku.

  • Strong Family Resemblance: Katara looks very similar to a younger Kanna. Perhaps unsurprisingly, in The Legend of Korra old Katara once again resembles her grandmother.

Voiced by: Grey DeLisle (original), Mirta González (Latin American Spanish)

"Just let her go, and I'll give you the information you want."

Kya was the mother of Sokka and Katara and the wife of Hakoda. Her death during a raid on her home had a profound impact upon both her children. Katara wore her mother's necklace as a memento of her affection.

  • Good Parents: She didn't hesitate for a second when it came to protecting her daughter from Yon Rha.
  • Happily Married: Was implied to be this with Hakoda.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She claimed to be the last remaining waterbender to spare her daughter a lifetime in prison.
  • I Am Spartacus: How she saved her daughter's life.
  • Mama Bear: Knowing that waterbenders are taken away and imprisoned for life, Kya claimed to be the last remaining waterbender to spare daughter such a horrible fate.
  • Missing Mom: To Katara and Sokka.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her sacrifice not only saved her daughter's life, but made it possible for said daughter to free the Avatar several years later. This directly led to the end of the war.


Korra's Family

These are tropes which apply generally to Korra's family.
  • Badass Family: All their known members are powerful and skilled waterbenders; not mention that one of them is the Avatar...
  • Blue Blood: At least on her father's side. Her uncle is the chieftain of the Northern tribe, and her father was designated to inherit the position, but lost it when he was banished from the Northern Water Tribe. Though, after Unalaq's defeat, the tribes's governments separate, and Tonraq becomes the first Chief of the Southern Water Tribe, playing it straight.
  • Making a Splash: Every single one of them can waterbend.

    Avatar Korra 
The titular main character and Avatar on a quest to keep the world in balance.
See this page for more information.

"I was protecting you from the shame I brought on the family."
Voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui (In Book One: Air) and James Remar (Book Two: Spirits onward)

Korra's father, originally from the Northern Water Tribe.

  • Action Dad: Waterbends an ice wall around the spirit attacking the Southern Water Tribe settlement in "Rebel Spirit" and encases it in ice at the same time. It didn't work for long (nothing did), but it was nonetheless an impressive display. He also holds his own against Zaheer in Book 3 (twice!), something no one else managed besides Tenzin. Zaheer eventually got the better of him in their second battle on Laghima's Peak.
  • Adult Fear: His little girl is the Avatar. A distinction that brings all kinds of physical peril to that person's life. It's a testament to his fortitude that he isn't a perpetual wreck because of it. In the Book 3 finale he has to watch helplessly (as he is dangling off the edge of a cliff after being thrown off it) as his daughter is overpowered and captured by Zaheer, who poisons her to bring her into the Avatar State so he can permanently kill her, and next sees her fighting for her life with no one able to help her. Then although Korra ultimately wins the fight and Zaheer is taken into custody, the poison has already almost killed her, and she would have died in his arms for sure if Suyin had not metalbended the poison out of her. For the few moments before Jinora's realisation, Tonraq holds Korra believing that she is going to die. And even though she lives, she is just a faded, empty shell of herself with major psychological and physical trauma.
  • Ascended Extra: He and Senna only had two small appearances in Book One, but they have a bigger role in Book Two, to the point of ascending to the Big Good rank.
  • Back for the Finale: He attends Varrick's wedding in the final episode.
  • Badass Baritone: In Book Two, courtesy of James Remar.
  • Badass Beard: An awesome beard and is a very powerful bender and if his strength is anything to go by, Korra likely inherited it from him.
  • Big Good: As leader of the Southern rebels in Book 2.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Unalaq's Cain. His own brother orchestrated Tonraq's banishment and arrest.
  • Characterization Marches On: While he barely appeared in Book One, he seemed pretty friendly and didn't have a problem with Korra running away from the compound. Come Book Two, he's sterner, overprotective of Korra, and it turns out the compound was partly his idea. Also, he had a change in voice actor.
  • Demoted to Extra: Much like most of the supporting characters during Book Four his screen time is noticeably slashed during this season. He appears in a grand total of four out of thirteen episodes has a major role in only the first two and doesn't even speak in the last two episodes. This is especially confusing since Korra lied about where she was for the six months between her leaving the South Pole and him going to Republic City which you would think would be an important plot threat to close up before the series ended.
  • Destructive Savior: The reason for his exile. He destroyed a sacred forest while trying to root out dangerous barbarians, which brought the wrath of the spirits down on the Northern Water Tribe.
  • Disney Death: In the Book 3 finale he is thrown off a cliff by Zaheer during his and Korra's battle against him, and Korra is led to believe that he has been killed. At the very end of "Enter the Void", however, it is revealed that he was saved by Kuvira at the last minute. Korra however continues to believe that her father is dead until the end of "Venom of the Red Lotus", when she almost dies in his arms.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: The Dark Spirits don't like him in the slightest given he desecrated the forest home of some spirits twenty years ago while trying to capture some criminals. Unalaq didn't want him to tag along to the South Pole for this reason. Then it turns out Unalaq staged the whole thing, and was behind the spirit attacks to begin with.
  • The Exile: He was exiled from the Northern Water Tribe for destroying a spirit forest in his youth. Turns out this was what Unalaq intended. After Desna and Eska take over in the following season, his banishment seems to have been revoked.
  • Foil: To his brother Unalaq. Tonraq is the older, more physically imposing brother, yet he has no ambitions for power and only desired to have a family and live a normal life after he met his wife Senna, only to realize that would never happen since his daughter was the next Avatar. In contrast, Unalaq is the younger, slimmer brother with great ambitions and a hunger for power, to the point he became so jealous of his brother and his position that he got him banished (though this was for something bigger), and desires to train his niece out of further envy that his brother sired the Avatar. To hammer it in, Tonraq dropped out of the rebellion because regardless of any conflict between him and his brother, he has no desire to hurt him. Unalaq, however, has no qualms about using him to further his own agenda.
  • Gentle Giant: Tonraq is a very tall, physically imposing man who is one of the most heroic.
  • Good Parents: Overprotective as he may be, Tonraq only wanted what was best for Korra and would do anything to support her.
  • Happily Married: Shown to have a loving and close relationship with Senna.
  • Heroic Build: To contrast with his Lean and Mean brother. His character design commentaries describe him as being built like a linebacker.
  • Honor Before Reason: In a manner of speaking, Tonraq was acting on both. He was willing to respect his brother's decisions as chief, even if it meant imprisonment. The "reason" part is that he was against Korra trying to free him, because it would lead to bigger conflict and Korra is on board with him that such conflict was undesirable and unjustified. It wasn't until he discovered that Unalaq plotted his banishment from the beginning that the struggle against him was justified.
  • Hot-Blooded: Very, though not as much as his daughter. It seems to be where Korra may have gotten her own Hot-Blooded nature from.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He dwarfs both of the two ladies closest to him in his life.
  • An Ice Person: He is a waterbender, so he has the ability to turn water into ice and vice versa.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Brash and confrontational like his daughter, but is one of the most heroic individuals to meet. He loves his wife and his daughter dearly. And even though he had an unstable relationship with Unalaq, attacking his brother was a line he would never cross.
  • Magnetic Hero: During Book 2, Tonraq has proven himself to be very charismatic and insightful, which gained him great respect from his people. It also lead him to becomes the first Southern chief after the Southern Tribe becomes independent from the Northern Tribe.
  • Making a Splash: He is a waterbender.
  • Morality Chain: He tries to be, telling Korra not to do anything reckless while trying to free him from prison lest she trigger a war. Korra went and did it anyway when she couldn't stand to watch the anguish it was causing for her mother.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His over-protectiveness of Korra caused the creation of the compound that ended up hindering her spirituality, which was one of the main issues in Book One, and he almost got the Northern Tribe wiped out for going overboard on dealing with invaders twenty years prior, which resulted in his banishment. Both were somewhat justified. For the former, the Red Lotus had attempted to kidnap Korra after she was revealed as the Avatar. For the latter, his brother Unalaq set him up, but even if he didn't deal with the invaders, he'd still get banished for failing to protect his homeland's sacred forests.
  • Not So Different: He and Unalaq do have some similarities. They're both convinced they know what's best and will disregard conventional wisdom or the wishes of others in trying to achieve their goals. Fortunately, Tonraq is able to recognize his mistakes when he's called out on them.
  • Overprotective Dad: Remember the compound Korra spent most of her life in? Turns out that was partly Tonraq's idea. Granted, there was a group of extremely skilled benders who has just tried to kidnap her, so he had good reason to want her well guarded.
  • Papa Wolf: He tried to kill Zaheer for attempting to kidnap his daughter.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Is supposed to be the chief of the Southern Water Tribe and is very level-headed compared to his daughter. He even advises Korra to stay out of the war because he knows the Avatar is supposed to be neutral and should help in other ways.
  • Rebel Leader: In Season 2, he initially shares this role with Varrick until the latter heads back to Republic City with Korra.
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: Korra's opinion of him sours after she learns he was responsible for keeping her at the White Lotus compound and never shared the fact that he was exiled, causing her to think more highly of Unalaq. This is reversed when she learns Unalaq's true nature, though Korra is still a little disappointed that he didn't tell her the real reason why she was kept at the compound.
  • Retired Badass: Tonraq was a Warrior Prince in the Northern Water Tribe, and a physically powerful warrior, but after his exile decided to settle down and raise a family. However, threats like the Dark Spirits and the Red Lotus forced him to take up his sword again.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He never misses an opportunity for a fight.
    • Just two weeks after the end of Book 2 and his rise to official leadership of the South, he goes with Zuko to try and apprehend the extremely dangerous escaped criminals who tried to abduct his daughter years before before to stop them from freeing P'Li from her prison in the North Pole. Then although they fail in stopping them they travel into the Earth Kingdom to search for Korra and make sure she is safe, and Tonraq at least ends up playing a major role in the climax of the season when Korra, Lin and Team Avatar race to the Northern Air Temple to rescue Tenzin, his family and the new Air Nation from the clutches of Zaheer and the Red Lotus who are trying to use them as hostages to force Korra to place herself in their custody.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Unlike his younger brother, Tonraq is unambitious, focused on physical strength, and decidedly unspiritual.
  • Skunk Stripe: Tonraq's hair is either graying with age, or from the stress of being a head of state by Book Four (or both), as his temples are now gray.
  • So Proud of You: Becomes far less overprotective and trusts Korra in Book 2, after she opens the Southern Portal.
  • Thicker Than Water: Initially refused to join in the rebellion against Unalaq because he didn't want to kill his younger brother. He eventually does join the rebellion after learning that Unalaq does not share this familial deference.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • He seems to treat Korra like a child even though his daughter is the Avatar and unlocked the Avatar State.
    • Inverted while trying to prevent Zaheer and his cabal from attempting to liberate P'Li. He's extremely cautious about not underestimating them since he was involved in imprisoning them the first time. He failed because they weren't going to underestimate him the second time.
  • Warrior Prince: In his backstory, he was the prince and general of the Northern Water Tribe.

"We love you so much."
Voiced by: Alex McKenna

Korra's mother, a native to the Southern Water Tribe.

  • Adult Fear: Her only child is the Avatar. Like Tonraq, it's amazing she isn't a nervous wreck by now.
  • Ascended Extra: She and Tonraq only had two small appearances in Book One, but they have a bigger role in Book Two (although in her case, in a very lesser extent than her husband).
  • Good Parents: She took some time to console Korra in "Civil Wars, Part 1", showing how much care she devotes to her daughter.
  • Happily Married: Shown to have a loving and close relationship with Tonraq.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Tonraq.
  • Informed Ability: While confirmed as a waterbender, Senna has never been shown bending.
  • Making a Splash: She is a waterbender.
  • Morality Chain: Like Tonraq, she tries, but Korra goes against her wishes almost immediately, being unwilling to see her family in such distress.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: Seriously. She looks slightly older than her teenager daughter, who is in her late teens. And apparently she didn't age one day since her daughter was a child. Possibly in an attempt to rectify this, she has a few more facial lines in Book Two.
  • Nice Girl: A loving and supportive woman.
  • Satellite Character: Her appearances in the series revolves around her husband and/or her daughter.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: We have a pretty good idea what Korra may look like in her middle age here...

Korra's paternal uncle, and chieftan of the Northern and Southern Water Tribes. For tropes pertaining to him, refer to Characters Avatar The Last Airbender The Water Tribe

    Desna and Eska 
Korra's twin cousins, children of Chief Unalaq. For tropes pertaining to them, refer to Characters Avatar The Last Airbender The Water Tribe

Gilak's Rebellion

A warrior from the Southern Water Tribe who fought alongside Hakoda during the Hundred Year War, and the leader of a group of rebels who suspect the North of attempting to colonise the South.

  • Berserk Button: Mentioning Malina and Maliq in a positive light, or collaborating with foreigners like them.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of North and South.
  • Call-Forward: Gilak's rhetoric sounds a lot like Amon's at times. The fact that his men know Chi-blocking hints at a greater connection.
  • Disney Villain Death: His hatred of foreigners, especially Malina, is so great that when she is literally the only thing keeping him from falling thousands of feet into a chasm he tries to stab her.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Of Kuvira, in that both of them are happy to take extreme measures for their nations' sake, have little love for foreigners, and eventually decide that their nation would be better off with them in charge.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is loathe to put his faith on anyone who doesn't come from the South Pole, being burned by Fire Nation incursions, or being neglected by their sister tribe.
  • He Knows Too Much: Gilak refuses to let Katara and Sokka leave with the knowledge of what he's planning unless they also commit to supporting him
  • Kick the Dog: Stabbing Hakoda when he calmly tries to fraternize with him and talk him out of his extremism.
  • Spear Counterpart: The Legend Of Korra's Kuvira, in that both of them are happy to take extreme measures for their nations' sake, have little love for foreigners, and eventually decide that their nation would be better off with them in charge.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • After returning to the city, Katara notes that Gilak may be right, and the tribe is becoming like the a cheap imitation of the North. Sokka, however, disagrees, seeing it as progress.
    • Doubled up in part 2; the world's largest oil deposit is in the South, which Malina openly advocates the South using to industrialize, and Toph has been summoned on behalf of the Earthen Fire Refinery to speak further. However, their original plans were for the North to decide how the oil is extracted, used and shipped, as they didn't believe the South to be advanced enough to use it properly. Malina changed her mind after meeting Hakoda, but Maliq didn't - Gilak is very justifiably pissed off, especially because evidence for this was all in the briefcase.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: All his actions are him trying to protect the South'from being manipulated, cheated, or taken over by foreign nations. Problem is, that's all he thinks foreign nations do.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He's first introduced as an old war buddy of Hakoda's. By the last third of Part 2, he considers Hakoda a traitor to the South and is more than willing to try and kill him.

     Gilak's army 
  • Brother–Sister Team: On the opposing side there's the brother and sister who steal Maliq's briefcase and are later revealed to have learned chi blocking.
  • Faceless Goons/In the Hood: Gilak's army wears face-obscuring wolf hoods.
  • Number Two: Thod is Gilak's right hand man.
  • The Paralyzer: Several in Gilak's army such as Thod and the siblings.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: Thod, an elderly storyteller with no apparent combat abilities, tells Katara and Sokka a story about a snow rat who lived among the humans but was chased out when he asked to be treated as an equal, in order to buy time while his men break down the ice wall.
  • The Storyteller: Thod tells encouraging stories to Gilak's men, and even tells one to Katara and Sokka as a distraction.

Yakone's family

Voiced by: Clancy Brown

A man who threatened Republic City during Avatar Aang's adulthood. According to Tarrlok, he was such a serious threat that Aang had to deal with him decisively. He was capable of performing bloodbending at any time without the need for hand motions, and used his powers to rule Republic City's criminal underworld.

  • Abusive Parent: Was one to Tarrlok and Noatak once he discovered their abilities. He rivals Ozai at this, possibly exceeding him when he made his two sons bloodbend each other. Tellingly, the reason Tarrlok gave for him dying a broken old man wasn't regret for his actions, but the thought that his plans for revenge had failed.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To Tarrlok and Noatak.
  • Ax-Crazy: Frequent use of bloodbending turned him into this.
  • Badass Baritone: Couresty of Clancy Brown as his voice actor.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: While he never lived to see it and ironically died a broken man thinking he was a total failure, his attempts to raise his sons into his instruments of vengeance on Republic City and the Avatar succeeded. Though they too ultimately failed, their actions had far-reaching consequences for Republic City.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: A particularly evil bloodbender.
  • Cardboard Prison: He used his connections and wealth to break out of prison quite easily.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Namedropped by Tarrlok early on, and later appears in Korra's visions before we finally learn he's Tarrlok's father, and Amon's.
  • Daylight Horror: Not him, but rather his ability to bloodbend is this. It was a bending style so horrifying and brutal to the point it could give someone a life sentence and was believed to only be doable under a full moon. Then comes Yakone and is able to easily perform it telepathically, in broad daylight.
  • De-Power: Aang, seeing how dangerous he was, took away his bending for good to defeat him.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When Noatak ran away and seemed to have died out on the tundra, he felt his desire for revenge would never be fulfilled. He died a few years after that.
  • The Don: Was the king of the Republic City criminal underworld.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Stalin, Hitler, and Mao all had horribly abusive fathers whom they hated, and kind mothers that they adored. Considering the dualism between Yakone and his wife and what their kids grow up to become...
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he was awful to his sons and his affection towards his wife may have not been true love, she never appeared to have been mistreated or unhappy because of Yakone specifically.
  • Evil Mentor: To his sons, whom he taught bloodbending.
  • Evil Laugh: Chuckles evilly as he bloodbends Sokka and Toph.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He's voiced by Clancy Brown, that's a given.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Yakone is bloodbent by Noatak when he calls the old man out.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Fitting his cold and sociopathic personality.
  • Jerkass: Aside from his wife, he always talked with an air of smugness, treated his children like crap and is up there with Ozai and Unalaq for being one of the worst parents in the franchise.
  • Lack of Empathy: He subjects his sons to Training from Hell to become master bloodbenders at the cost of their psychological well-being. The reason? Revenge against the Avatar.
  • Love Redeems: Subverted. It seems like he might have, but once he discovered the truth about his children's abilities, he showed he hadn't changed all that much. One might suspect that he married his wife specifically so she could have children that could carry on his legacy. On the other hand, he did try to find Noatak when he ran away, and he stopped trying to train Tarrlok afterwards. Whether he stopped the training out of guilt, a lack of faith in Tarrlok, or just depression over his failure is questionable.
  • Magic Plastic Surgery: He gets plastic surgery after fleeing Republic City.
  • Making a Splash/An Ice Person: One must be a master waterbender in order to bloodbend.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Without even fully realizing it. Despite both his sons having seemingly rebelled against his influence, they both ended up doing exactly what he wanted.
  • Meaningful Name: His name means "blood in the snow" in an Inuktitut dialect, hinting at his bloodbending ability. It also sounds passingly similar to the famous American gangster "Capone."
  • People Puppets: His bloodbending is so powerful that he can restrain dozens of people by thought alone, which he calls "psychic bloodbending".
  • Posthumous Character: He died about twenty years before the start of the series.
  • The Power of Blood: Not only is he a bloodbender, he doesn't even need a full moon to do it.
  • Predecessor Villain:
    • Tarrlok establishes him as Amon's predecessor as Big Bad of Republic City. He's also the father of Tarrlok and Amon, making him indirectly responsible for the conflict in Book One.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon discovering his sons were waterbenders and therefore could learn bloodbending, he trained and conditioned them to become his instruments of revenge on the Avatar and Republic City.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He was able to use his bloodbending to gain power without being arrested because the idea that he could bloodbend outside of a full moon was considered impossible, even being Invoked by his attorney as a defense tactic. He even made it a point to not bloodbend during a full moon, further reinforcing the impossibility of it. It worked until he bit off more than he could chew, leaving enough witnesses that the overwhelming testimony swayed the jury in spite of the lack of evidence. So he escapes by bloodbending everyone in the courtroom.
  • Retired Monster: Tried it after he was defeated and depowered. For a while he made good on it, but his ambitions were rekindled when he discovered his sons were waterbenders.
  • Smug Snake: He doesn't have a problem with confidence, that's for sure.
  • The Sociopath: A picture perfect example. Again, because of his bloodbending.
  • Superpower Lottery: Won the grand prize short of being Avatar by having a knack to bloodbend in the daytime and with his mind. Of course, Noatak has a better ability by virtue of taking bending away.
  • Thought-Controlled Power: His bloodbending is so powerful that he doesn't need to move at all to use it, even when bending large numbers of people. It seems he reserves hand movements and such for more precise or forceful maneuvers.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Tried to do this with his sons to take his revenge on Republic City and the Avatar. Even though Noatak betrays him, he ultimately succeeded, since both his sons became the biggest threats to Republic City since him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: A subtle example. Noatak's Calling the Old Man Out caused him to give up his dream of revenge, and he would later die a broken man. Mind, his breakdown during the Calling the Old Man Out sequence wasn't so subtle.
  • We Will Meet Again: Threatens this after his plan falls through. Unfortunately for him, that plan also fell through when Aang proved to be too much for him to handle, and their next meeting proved to be far sooner than Yakone anticipated.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Gets these just as he bloodbends the entire courtroom.

    Yakone's Wife

The wife of Yakone and mother to his two sons, and the least developed of the family's four characters. A simple, warm hearted and caring Water Tribe woman and non-bender, she is a sharp contrast to her husband in just about every way.

  • Elemental Hair: The traditional Water Nation hair loops are present, but both are extremely thick braids. Despite this, she also sports a bun in the back, which gives her an improbable amount of hair but a distinct nation-specific appearance in a series where such traditions were in decline.




Voiced by: Richard McGonagle

A Water Tribe warrior and Hakoda's lieutenant and best friend.

Voiced by: Tress MacNeille (original)

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

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

  • The Bad Guy Wins: She succeeds in forcing Katara to use Bloodbending at the end of "The Puppetmaster". She was arrested immediately after, but she had accomplished what she wanted so she didn't care.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Years restrained in a POW camp made her into a bitter and hateful person.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She acts like a Mentor Archetype for Katara but is far more sinister.
  • Blinding Bangs: In a flashback during her time in prison.
  • Broken Bird: See Being Tortured Makes You Evil. She believes she's acting out of self-defense.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: To Aang and Toph, anyway. When Hama makes a Water Tribe dinner for the Gaang, Katara and Sokka don't say anything bad about the food, but Aang and Toph, who are not from the Water Tribe, find it disgusting.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Katara and Pakku. For the former: the episode The Southern Raiders had Katara acting a lot like Hama - hateful, driven, and focused on revenge - while she was looking for the man who killed her mother. She even used bloodbending on the man she thought was him. Hama represents what Katara could've ended up like if she had let her anger and hatred control her.
  • Evil Mentor: Forces Katara to learn Bloodbending.
  • Evil Old Folks: She looks like an evil witch and has the personality to match.
  • Fallen Heroine: She used to be a Nice Girl defending her home. Then she was captured...
  • Hypocrite: She claims that since Katara is also from the Southern Water Tribe, it's her duty to help win the war against the Fire Nation. This is despite her (Hama) doing absolutely nothing in that regard, as far as we can see.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: The flashbacks show she was very, very attractive in her youth.
  • The Jailer: In vengeance on the Fire Nation for what they did to her, she uses Bloodbending to capture Fire Nation civilians and lock them away.
  • Kubrick Stare: Pulls off a terrifying one after her true nature is revealed.
  • Making a Splash: She teaches Katara to use these powers far from traditional water sources.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Subverted; At first it seems like she's an old woman, living alone and isolated in an otherwise friendly Fire Nation town. She's got a few odd hobbies, but a clear fondness for the Gaang, especially Katara when she tells her story that she's a noble hero of the war and the Water Tribe. Eventually, one realizes she's alone because she hates every last soul in the Fire Nation.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She invented Bloodbending and can make you kill your best friends.
  • People Puppets: Bloodbending; by bending the blood in living things she can control their bodies.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She's so consumed by hatred that she imprisons every single Fire Nation citizen she can; even ones that have nothing to do with the war.
  • She Who Fights Monsters: Because she was kidnapped and imprisoned, she kidnaps and imprisons others.
  • Sole Survivor: She was the last South Waterbender to be captured and the only one that escaped.
  • Touch of Death: Her style of Waterbending involves pulling water out of plants and other living things; effectively killing them. However, as she points out, populated areas outside of the poles where the Water Tribes are don't always have large regular bodies of water, so it's mostly a case of adapting to her surroundings, though it's still pretty dark.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before being kidnapped and imprisoned, she seems to have been a normal and sweet Girl Next Door who just happened to be a Waterbender.
  • Wicked Witch: Her powers aren't unusual in the Avatar universe; it's how she uses them...
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Kidnapped and imprisoned by the Fire Nation army as a teenager, prevented from bending her native element (water), it's no wonder she took her only chance of escape by turning the guards into People Puppets by bending their body fluids. Then she snuck into the Fire Nation and started kidnapping innocent civilians with the same technique she used on the prison guards...


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