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    In General 
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: While the political situation of the Earth Kingdom (particularly in the capital of Ba Sing Se) parallels that of the Qing Dynasty's last days, its culture draws from every Chinese dynasty; Toph's family wears Tang-era clothing, Aunt Wu's usage of oracle bones for divination comes from the Shang Dynasty, etc. It also has areas influenced by Vietnamese tribal cultures (the Foggy Swamp Tribe, despite their Mississippi Delta accent), pre-Meiji Japan (Kyoshi Island), the Gobi Desert (the Shi Wong desert), and Korea (as seen with the hanbok worn by Song in the episode "Cave of Two Lovers"), each paralleling a real-life tributary held by Imperial China. And finally, in the sequel series The Legend of Korra, we meet an Earth Kingdom villain clearly based off the Chinese communist revolutionary Chairman Mao Zedong.

Ba Sing Se

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    Earth King Kuei 

Voiced by: Phil La Marr

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Earth King Kuei is the king of Ba Sing Se. He is the youngest earth king in the city's history, and has unfortunately been the puppet of Long Feng and the Dai Li. But after exposing and destroying the Lake Laogai brainwashing facility, the Gaang convinces him about the war he's been kept in the dark about his whole life. He agrees to commit his city's resources. A disguised Azula overthrows him before The Plan gets off the ground. Rather than take back his city (he is not, apparently, an Earthbender himself), he and his bear Bosco decide to see the world instead.


  • Adorkable: His actions, oblivious behaviour and attitude towards his pet bear Bosco definitely make him fit the bill.
  • Captain Oblivious: Long Feng did such a good job of fooling him that Kuei was completely oblivious to everything that was going down in his kingdom, including the war.
  • Clueless Boss: Starts off as a typical, a well meaning young man completely ignorant of the world around him and controlled by his Evil Chancellor, to the point where he's unaware that his kingdom has been engaged in, and slowly losing, a war a century.
  • The Good King: He managed to become this upon returning to the throne after Ozai's defeat.
  • Homage: To (quite appropriately) The Last Emperor, down to those round glasses. Some fans think he looks like Stephen Colbert, although his choice of pet is very un-Colbertesque.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Easily manipulated by Long Feng; to be fair though, the man had been toying with the young king since childhood, but quickly ditches the treacherous adviser once the truth is made known to him.
    • Perhaps less forgivable though is promoting the incompetent General Sung to the Council of Five.
  • Long Bus Trip: He goes off to travel the world after Ba Sing Se is conquered by the Fire Nation and never again reappears in the show proper.
  • Manchild: Played with, being kept largely ignorant of the state of affairs of his kingdom beyond the palace and doting heavily on his beloved bear.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kuei-lei" is Chinese for "puppet".
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Once his eyes are opened to what's really going on in Ba Sing Se. Even before that, despite the Gaang breaking into his palace and laying waste to his guards, he does actually hear them out when he sees that they are willing to lay down their weapons and finds out Aang is the Avatar. And he does not take what they say at face value, he requires proof. Fortunately, they have some, leading to the aforementioned eye-opening.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise he tries to become this by leading his army into battle. Then he really becomes this when he stops hostilities between the Earth Kingdom and the Fire Nation to actually figure out what the best course of action should be, and not just for the Earth Kingdom.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: He's never set foot outside of the palace in his life, and Long Feng has kept him oblivious to what's really going on in Ba Sing Se.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He immediately has Long Feng arrested and opts to take a direct approach to fighting the Fire Nation once he sees the war's effects for himself; even more so in the comics where he becomes a critical player in seeing that the fragile peace among the Four Nations is maintained.
  • Walking the Earth: What he decides to do after Azula overthrows him.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After he goes off to see the world we never see him again, though the comic Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise reveals he came back to rule the city. His daughter appears in the third season of The Legend of Korra as the hereditary ruler of the Earth Kingdom.

    Long Feng 
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Voiced by: Clancy Brown (original), Rolando Silva (Latin American Spanish)

"There is no war in Ba Sing Se."

In the Earth Kingdom capital of Ba Sing Se, a group called the Dai Li keeps the war with the Fire Nation a secret, in order to maintain cultural order. A man who has fought long and hard for his position, Long Feng serves as their Big Brother-like leader. Using the Dai Li to keep himself in power, Long Feng manipulates both the city and the Earth King himself, whom Long Feng uses as a puppet ruler. After getting exposed by the Gaang, he tried to get back in power by working with Azula and double-crossing her at the moment of triumph. That didn't work out too hot.


  • Big Bad Wannabe: Is even the subject of the page quote.
  • The Chessmaster: And a pretty good one, too. Too bad for him, Azula is far better at this game than he is.
  • Complexity Addiction: Long Feng seems incapable of creating a plan that doesn't require convoluted misdirection, even when his interests would be far better served by a straight approach.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: He's not seen fighting by himself too much, but he is a skilled Earthbender.
  • Evil Chancellor: To the Earth King, who is completely oblivious to it.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Courtesy of Clancy Brown.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Ended up on the wrong side of this. Azula claims, "You were never even a player."
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: According to Azula: "You were born with nothing. So had to struggle and thrive, and claw your way to power."
  • Manipulative Bastard: Though again, not to Azula's level, and he must eventually admit that he has been good and proper OutGambitted by her.
  • Obviously Evil: His every action screams "up to something".
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Pulls this off when Katara and Toph try to ditch him at a party. They've barely turned away from him when he reappears in front of them.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has one when Azula gives her Breaking Speech, as he realizes that this girl who he assumed was in way over her head (something that she helped with), was in reality the most cunning and dangerous player in the game.
  • Orwellian Editor: Makes sure to keep the citizens of Ba Sing Se from knowing about the war.
  • Regent for Life: Ba Sing Se may have a king, but Long Feng's the one really pulling the strings.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Being an Evil Chancellor and all, he is definitely a traitor to the King and his people as a whole. He becomes an even bigger traitor by making a deal with the Fire Nation so that he could take back control of Ba Sing Se. In the end, Azula rewarded him with nothing.
  • Smug Snake: While capable, he loses as soon as the Gaang get serious, and Azula upsets him by her charisma alone.
  • Thoughtcrime: If you already know about the war, you're brainwashed into forgetting.
  • Trigger Phrase: "The Earth King has invited you to Lake Laogai."
  • Underestimating Badassery: He severely underestimates Azula's cunning and ruthlessness.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: He's keeping Ba Sing Sei the most secure and peaceful place left in the world via the most horrifying means imaginable. And of course, he's doing it for himself, rather than the citizens.
  • Villain Ball:
    • Threatening the Gaang in the first place, since he's not in a position to simply silence them as he would one of his citizens.
    • Kidnapping Appa. He doesn't ransom Appa or use him as a hostage, which would not have been an example of this trope, but instead just keep him locked up for no reason while trying to send the Gaang off on a wild goose chase. If he had just given Appa back to Aang, he could have avoided everything that followed.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: His fate after being beaten by Azula remains unknown, but he is most likely imprisoned.
  • Worthy Opponent: He believes he and Azula to be this to each other at the end. Azula disagrees and practically laughs at the very notion of it.
    Long Feng: You've beaten me at my own game.
    Azula: Don't flatter yourself. You were never even a player.
  • Yellow Peril: Though like Azula, not ethnically offensive because everyone else happens to be Asian.

    Earth Queen Hou-Ting 
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"Before I even consider helping you, I'll need you to do something for me."
Voiced by: Jayne Taini

The daughter and successor of Kuei, Hou-Ting is the petty, dictatorial monarch of the Earth Kingdom. Feeling that Aang and Zuko took advantage of her father's "vulnerability" to steal her nation's lands for their own empire, she is an immensely bitter woman, who takes out her grievances on her own kingdom.


  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: After Zaheer announces that she is dead, her citizens start cheering. They then proceed to raid the palace and start riots everywhere.
  • All There in the Manual: Hou-Ting's name is never once actually spoken in the series, but appears in her credits and is mentioned in a variety of suplimentary materials.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: In a sense. Her father was an ally of the Avatar; she antagonizes the new Avatar, and she thinks poorly of her father and his deal with Aang and Zuko which ceded Earth Kingdom territory to the United Republic of Nations. She also apparently ate her father's pet bear, Bosco.
  • Bad Boss: She has the Dai Li drag off servants who fail to cater to her whims properly. She's also constantly rude and demeaning towards her Number Two, who later abandons her, not that he would have been able to do much anyway.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Zaheer. The two have opposing goals, but both antagonise Korra. Her plot involves Korra, being declared enemy of the state, having to hide from her and protect the airbenders from her. At the end of "Long Live the Queen", Zaheer kills her, leaving Zaheer and the Red Lotus as the sole Big Bad.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Hou-Ting is far too confident in her own abilities and resources, treating her position as a license to do whatever she wants. The reality is that Zaheer and his group are considerably more dangerous and her poor management is weakening her kingdom. When the two clash, she ends up dead.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Dresses similar to her father, who was The Good King. She, on the other hand, is the worst ruler this show has ever put forth, at least in terms of competence, though in terms of cruelty, she's right up there with Ozai, and Unalaq.
  • Bullying a Dragon: When Korra comes to ask for her help to find Airbenders, she treats her like any random servant and asks her to do her bidding in exchange only to not give the promised reward with a flimsy excuse, apparently oblivious to the fact that double-crossing a teenage, hot-blooded Physical God was probably not a good idea. When Korra predictably turns against her and steals her Airbender recruits, she tries to have her arrested, failing to realize the other nations won't close their eyes on her doing such a thing to the Avatar.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Her slow asphyxiation at Zaheer's hands might very well be the most brutal death in the entire franchise.
  • Cruella to Animals: Though somewhat justifiable, since she has allergies to most animals. She and her court also dine on rare animals. There are rumors that she even ate her father's beloved pet bear, Bosco.
  • Defiant to the End: She would not bow before a bunch of super-powered commoners who already made it clear they wouldn't be ordered around. She died disgracefully indeed.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She tries to have the Avatar locked up for crimes against her kingdom. As Zaheer points out, the other nations wouldn't stand for this and she'd be forced to release Korra, lest they take more drastic measures. She agrees to give Korra up to Zaheer in exchange for the location of the airbenders, though she goes back on her word as soon as Zaheer slights her.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • While the overtaxation and poverty are rather general traits that could apply to any number of real-world parallels, the Secret Police and personality cult vibe make her rule suspiciously similar to that of North Korea.
    • Also seems to be a bit inspired by Empress Dowager Cixi of China, especially given the Earth Rulers' Qing inspirations. An iron-fisted ruler who wasted taxpayers' money on things like a boat made of marble, while also undermining any effort to reform or modernize the country, bringing China to near ruin as a result.
  • Despotism Justifies the Means: She makes life for commoners living hell, and undid all the progress achieved under her father. If anything, she hated this so-called progress that her father made.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: She tosses people in prison for such things as not trimming the hedges correctly or not showing her the proper respect, basically using any excuse to lord her position over those beneath her.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Like her father, she is never actually referred to by her given name, though it is mentioned as a dynasty name in Book 4.
  • Evil Overlord: Hou-Ting is nothing but an animal-hating tyrant who robbed her people of their freedom and happiness.
  • Exotic Entree: If the rumors are true, she ate her father's pet bear. It is a fact, however, that she enjoys dining on air bison veal, which would be bad enough even if they weren't endangered.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Zaheer kills her by bending the air out of her lungs and surrounding her head in a vacuum until she suffocates.
  • Famous Last Words: "You wouldn't dare attack a queen!"
  • Femme Fatalons: Has very long green nails with golden nail coverings on the pinky and ring fingers. Long fingernails were often a fashion of imperial Chinese aristocracy in real life.
  • Foil: She is the exact opposite of her father: he was clueless and passive (in his early years), so she became a domineering control freak; he was used by the Dai Li, so she brought the Dai Li to heel and under her control; he "lost" Earth Kingdom territory, and it seems she wants to take it back, likely through force; she is hostile to the Avatar for Aang and Zuko's perceived exploitation of her father; and finally, she hates animals of all kinds, while her father loved them, but that's because she's allergic to them.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her allergy to most animals, which she uses to justify her cruelty to animals.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Especially notable since she is the one Queen seen in either seriesnote .
  • Gonk: Aside from her clothing, she wouldn't look particularly out of place in The Boondocks, which tends to use more caricatured faces and facial expressions.
  • Greed: She makes Varrick look charitable by comparison.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's not at all hard to make her neurotically angry.
  • Hate Sink: Zaheer and his allies fall squarely under Anti-Villain territory and come across as rather humane, but the Earth Queen more than picks up the slack. Problem is, Korra couldn't do anything against her because her death would bring ruin to the Kingdom, and as unpopular a decision it is, Korra did not want that to happen. Even when compared to Kuvira, who became an even worse tyrant, she still comes across less sympathetically, given Kuvira's noble intentions. Even Vaatu couldn't toe the line.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: It's not made clear why she was trying to build up an airbender army, though it's hinted she wanted to reclaim the United Republic, which was formerly Earth Kingdom territory. Any designs she had died when she did, although Kuvira later justifies her invasion of Republic City for these same reasons.
  • I Lied: When Korra approaches her asking for information on any airbenders in Ba Sing Se, Hou-Ting sends Korra off an errand to collect some taxes. Once Korra comes back, Hou-Ting continues to insist that there are no airbenders in Ba Sing Se. Later on, she does try to get Korra off her back by giving her another report of airbenders elsewhere, but Korra already knew she was hiding the truth.
  • It's All About Me: She over-taxes her subjects to fund her lavish lifestyle, imprisons the airbenders in her kingdom to force them to become her army, and people apparently have to keep pictures of her in their homes.
  • Jerkass: Really, this is the nicest thing you can call her.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: At one point Bumi points out that, yes, sovereign rulers do have the right to conscript their own citizens into the military.
  • Kick the Dog: There are rumours that she ate her father's pet bear, Bosco. Whether or not this is true is unknown, but it's really not something that could be put past her. She also enjoys eating baby air bison steaks, which would be bad enough even if they weren't endangered.
  • Karmic Death: After attempting to force airbenders to fight in her army; it's only fitting that she is killed by Zaheer, who bends the air out of her lungs and thus asphyxiates her.
  • Lack of Empathy: Of all the villains seen in LOK, she is worst offender of this trope.
  • Like Parent Unlike Child: The Earth King in the first series was a Nice Guy and Friend to All Living Things but was a Puppet King who was not even aware of the corruption going on in his own kingdom. His daughter on the other hand is a Jerkass dictator who is fully in control of the Secret Police that once controlled her father, and even she has contempt for him as well. Furthermore, she is allergic to animals but has no problem in eating Exotic Entree. Rumor has it that she even ate her father's own pet bear.
  • Narcissist: The Queen cares for nobody but herself.
  • Never My Fault: She blames the various problems facing her kingdom alternatively on her father's weakness, the disloyalty and incompetence of her citizens, and bandits. Never on the fact that she's a tight-fisted tyrant who doesn't care about anyone but herself. The Queen learns the hard way whose fault it really is.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: She's responsible for swelling the Air Nomad ranks by not only gathering up airbenders, but also ingratiating them to Korra and Team Avatar when they jailbreak the captive airbenders. Prior to her involvement, they only had one recruit who had already abandoned them. Twice.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Doesn't seem to have any bending ability since she was unable to do anything when confronted by Zaheer.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Her forces manages to capture Korra and Asami as they made their escape from Ghazan and Ming-Hua, though Korra was unconscious at the time. Subverted in the following episode when Asami and Korra make their escape long before they reach Ba Sing Se.
  • Obviously Evil: You mean the mannish-jawed, long-nailed, perpetually angry queen that is allergic to animals is evil!? How shocking!
  • Oh, Crap!: Both times when her Dai Li agents get defeated and a final one when she realizes Zaheer is bending the air out of her body.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Zaheer talks her into turning over Korra to him in exchange for the location of her stolen airbenders, reasoning that the other nations would pressure her into releasing Korra once they found out that the Earth Queen had her. That fell through when Zaheer learned that Korra had escaped and confronted the Earth Queen about it; in keeping with her character, she is insulted by his brashness and tries to force the location of the airbenders from him. It didn't end well for her.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted. At first she appears to be agreeable as long as whatever deal she makes benefits her, but in the end, she never honors her end of the bargain.
  • Sketchy Successor: Under her reign, the Upper and Middle Rings of Ba Sing Se have grown even more decadent while the Lower Ring and outskirts have been driven down further into poverty.
  • Stupid Evil: She doesn't even try to meaningfully negotiate with forces that could prove... fatal to her in the long run if she messes up, and her ego simply worsens the matter. In the end, she dies a dog's death for it.
  • Smug Snake: Thinks her Dai Li could beat Korra and the Krew. She was wrong. She also repeats her mistake with the Red Lotus, and doesn't get to live to learn better.
  • The Sociopath: Reviewing her key personality traits is like reading through a sociopath diagnostic checklist: superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self, pathological lying, a penchant for manipulating others to achieve her own ends, an absolutely astonishing lack of empathy or remorse for any of her actions, and an insatiable lust for dominance and importance that drives her every move. She has no qualms whatsoever about sacrificing those closest to her if it suits her purposes.
  • Spanner in the Works: In "The Stakeout", her forces capture Korra, Asami and Naga before the Red Lotus gets the chance.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Having just witnessed the Red Lotus easily defeat her Dai Li, she tries to use her position as a shield against any further retaliation. Zaheer then suffocates her.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Since she isn't familiar with Zaheer and his crew, she assumes them to be mere bounty hunters she can push around like everyone else. This ends with the Dai Li getting curb-stomped and herself getting suffocated by airbending.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In life and in death, she caused the eventual fall of the Earth Kingdom and it's reformation into the Earth Empire by abusing its citizens so much that as soon as she died, the kingdom fell into anarchy. Her brutal reign and use of the Dai Li was also responsible for influencing Kuvira down her Start of Darkness, instilling the belief that royalty were unfit to rule and technology and innovation should triumph over tradition. Her death and the resulting anarchy also gave Kuvira the chance to step in and take over.
  • Villain Has a Point: She technically does have the ability to conscript Earth Kingdom citizens into the army, something that both she and Bumi mention, although the lengths she goes to are extreme and what she's doing is technically enslavement rather than conscription.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not only not above conscripting kids in the first place, she's okay with the Dai Li killing them if they desert.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Attempts this in "Long Live the Queen" with the Red Lotus after her Dai Li are curbstomped and her assistant deserts her. Doesn't work.

    Prince Wu 
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"Okay, I’m just spitballing here, we march in with an army of highly trained badgermoles?"
Voiced by: Sunil Malhotra

Heir to the Earth Kingdom throne, and the great nephew of the Earth Queen.


  • 0% Approval Rating: Downplayed. In "After All these Years", he is shown as having both admiring fans and violent detractors supporting Kuvira. However, during his coronation, no one seems very excited about his appearance at all, while half the crowd goes ecstatic as Kuvira announces her coup. Later on, he's proven to be a hero in his own right by evacuating citizens with Badgermoles, and outsmarting Earth Empire soldiers. On the other hand, people don't like his singing even if it is saving their lives.
  • Abdicate the Throne: After Kuvira is defeated, Wu decides to dissolve the monarchy and allow the various states of the Earth Kingdom to govern themselves in hopes of transitioning into a republic similar to the UR.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To any female he comes across, particularly Korra. He seems to give up by the end of the series.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Averted. Wu always learns his lesson, bad experience after bad experience, and by the end, it's clear he took these morals seriously.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Wu's complexion is on the darker side of being an Earth Kingdom native.
  • Audience Surrogate: During the recap episode in season 4 he and Tu gang up to voice the most common fan complaints against Mako's love life.
  • Badass Normal: Becomes this after some Character Development. He has no bending and is not a fighter, but he can still out-think and out-maneuver benders and mecha soldiers.
  • The Beastmaster: During the attack on Republic city, he is able to use his singing to get a couple of badger moles to help him get the last evacuees out and even dispose of some pursuing enemy soldiers.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: In "Day of the Colossus", Prince Wu proves that despite his silliness, he's not someone to underestimate... Particularly if he has a pair of Badgermoles at his command.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: It's subtle, but it's frequently shown that there is more to Wu than meets the eye.
    • In "The Coronation", he shows that despite his ego, he can freely accept criticism. When Mako tells him that while Kuvira is no saint, he's just as unfit for the throne, rather than become angry and defensive, he actually agrees with Mako and admits that he probably wouldn't make a great ruler, stating that no one ever told it to him like that before. this partially influences his decision to ultimately dissolve the monarchy and let the various states govern themselves.
    • In "Operation Beifong, he shows some surprisingly quick thinking when he actually suggests that they evacuate the city in preperation for Kuvira's impending attack. Both Raiko and Mako praise this suggestion, though he freely admits it was just to impress Korra.
    • in "Kuvira's Gambit", he turns out to be an excellent public speaker whose oratory skills convinces the citizens of Republic City to evacuate, especially when Mako's emotionless warning drove the citizens into a panic.
    • In "Day of the Colossus", he again shows that he's surprisingly clever when He uses his singing to convince the Badgermoles to dig a tunnel out of the city and even fakes a Take Me Instead moment to distract three of Kuvira's goons when they corner them.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Similar to Bolin, he has giant eyebrows.
  • Break the Haughty: He undergoes this in "The Coronation", after Kuvira's insurrection. By the end of the episode, he admits to himself and Mako that he'd be a poor ruler, and deserved what happened. While he gets over it in the next episodes, it paves the way for his eventual Character Development and ultimately his decision to dissolve the monarchy and allow the various Earth Kingdom states to govern themselves.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Eventually revealed to be this as he undergoes Character Development. Wu is a talented public speaker and can be quite clever when he puts his mind to it, but his carefree and rather flighty attitude tends to overshadow these traits.
  • Camp Straight: He loves pretty ladies and repeatedly tries to score dates with both Asami and Korra, but he goes to a spa and likes Mako to carry him.
  • Casanova Wannabe: He's a hopeless flirt with the emphasis on "hopeless". He makes repeated — and utterly lame — advances on Asami, who wants nothing to do with him. His attempt with Kuvira goes as well as could be expected and a throwaway line in his song in "Day of the Colossus" shows he still has a crush on her. Korra bluntly shuts him down and he freely admitted to Mako that his suggestion to evacuate the city was another attempt to impress her. The only woman whose heart he does steal is Mako's grandmother, who is a loyalist to the Earth Kingdom's royalty.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Wu Down!" This is uttered when ever he has a wimp moment in the face of danger (even if the danger is sparring).
    • He also has "Respect the Brooch!", referring to the one paltry piece of royal jewelry recovered from looting (which is actually an earring). He utters it impotently at jeering Kuvira supporters early on, but eventually interweaves it into the utterly awful singing that commands his badgermoles to dispatch some Earth Empire mecha-troopers in the finale.
  • Character Development: Subtle, but as the season progresses, he becomes a less selfish and more mature individual, which is cemented in the final three episodes where he actively helps with the evacuation process and saves the evacuees from Kuvira's troops with a surprisingly clever plan by using Badgermoles to tunnel out of the city. By the time of Varrick's and Zhu Li's wedding, he decides to abdicate the throne, honestly believing that the Earth Kingdom would be better off dispensing with the notion of hereditary monarchy.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Overly dramatic and believes strawberry jam is blood. When he believes he is allergic to strawberries, he has to be reminded that he's actually allergic to bees.
  • Cowardly Lion: Character Development turns him into one. He has no powers, is not a fighter, and his usual response is to call for help. But when even that's not an option, he proves to be surprisingly clever under pressure.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite his foppish exterior, as the series progresses, everyone around him quickly discovers that if you put the pressure on this guy, he will come through.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: Suggests using Badgermoles against Kuvira with everyone giving a look of disbelief. Turns out, he wasn't that far off on their usefulness.
  • Cultured Badass: Wu has always been used to the finer things in life. The "badass" doesn't show up at first, but he ultimately proves he's not one to be taken lightly.
  • Distressed Dude: In "Reunion", Earth Empire agents kidnap him and try to smuggle him out of Republic City. Korra, Mako and Asami manage to save him. He learned from this experience and was prepared the next time Earth Empire soldiers pop up.
  • Dumbass Has a Point:
    • In "Beyond the Wilds", Wu suggests that they deal with Kuvira by using a team of trained Badgermoles which seemed stupid at the time, but come "Day of the Colossus", he proves to everyone that Badgermoles can be useful.
    • In "Operation Beifong". Wu is the first person to suggest Republic City be evacuated in order to protect the citizens from the attacking spirit vines and the possibility of an Earth Empire atttack, which Raiko and Mako note is unusually thoughtful behavior for him. Next scene, Wu cheerfully admits to Mako that he said that in order to impress Korra, because "all great deeds are done for the ladies". While his suggestion may be entirely self-motivated, it doesn't stop it from being a good idea.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Wu may be a Casanova Wannabe type, but even he was appalled at how Mako handled his relationships with Korra and Asami.
  • Foil: To Kuvira. Kuvira is efficient, austere, and worked hard to reach where she was. Wu is incompetent, foppish, and inherited the Earth Kingdom. It's not purely positive on Kuvira's side. Wu acknowledges his own shortcomings, accepts criticism from someone, and is respectful (in his own, foppish way) towards foreigners. While Kuvira is known to put dissidents and non-Earth Kingdom natives into re-education camps, reacts poorly to criticism, and can be condescending and smug towards others at times. Also, while Kuvira wanted to reunite the Earth Kingdom into one large Empire, Wu eventually dissolves the monarchy and allows each state to govern itself.
  • Freud Was Right: In-Universe, Wu seems to believe this. In "Beyond the Wilds", he professes the belief that men only ever aspire to greatness in order to impress women.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: While Prince Wu is a rather sweet person and genuinely friendly, his bratty, ditsy, and overtly flirtatious attitude makes it hard for others to do more than tolerate him. The fact that he seems completely oblivious to how negatively his behavior affects others only makes it worse. He gets better as the season progresses.
  • Good Feels Good: Originally, he's concerned about doing good things to get ladies, wants to date Korra as a reward, and is mostly focused on getting his throne back. While helping the citizens evacuate, he discovered on his own that doing good for others is rewarding in itself. In addition, he makes the decision to abolish the monarchy altogether, because he truly feels it is for the best.
  • Government in Exile: As of "The Coronation", he's technically been officially recognized by the Grand Secretariat and the world leaders as the King of the Earth Kingdom. However, Kuvira withdrawing her support and proclaiming herself leader of the Earth Empire makes his kingship a meaningless title, and he's unlikely to be welcomed back to his home country any time soon. After Kuvira is defeated, he's allowed to claim the throne if he so chooses. Ultimately, he dissolves the Earth Kingdom and allows the various states to govern themselves.
  • Guile Hero: He develops into one as he's leading Republic City evacuees that didn't make it out before Kuvira arrived. While using a pair of Badgermoles to dig their way under the mayhem above-ground, they run afoul of a few enemy mecha-troopers. While keeping their attention with a bad song routine (that was actually flank attack commands to the badgermoles), he doesn't lose his cool at all as the badgermoles dig around behind the troopers and dispatch them. A far cry from "WU DOWN!"
  • The Hedonist: Initially. Wu loves to have fun and live the high life, unfazed and unconcerned about the responsibilities of being a ruler. He even admitted that he was okay with leaving the actual work to the ministers while he lives it up. He grows out of it as the season progresses.
  • Hidden Depths: Wu has shown to a be a great public speaker and can be surprisingly crafty when he tries.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: He offers to be taken prisoner so the other refugees don't have to go with Kuvira's goons, but it turns out to be a trick, as he uses a last request to sing, which was really a means to secretly direct the badgermoles to attack.
  • Idiot Hero: Played with. Wu is no doubt a ditzy, Manchild, but he has also shown to be surprisingly crafty.
  • Idle Rich: Spends his days enjoying the perks of his wealth and political importance, much to Mako's annoyance. He slowly gets out of it.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Due to the fall of the Earth Kingdom's royal family, nearly all the royal treasures he would have inherited have been stolen by looters. He doesn't even have a crown for his coronation.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Bears more than a slight resemblance to his actor Sunil Malhotra.
  • Innocently Insensitive: At his worst, he's this. Wu is a well meaning and genuinely kind person, but he seems completely oblivious to how his behavior rubs people the wrong way at times. In "Beyond the Wilds" he brags to Korra about how he was invited to a meeting with the World Leaders, unaware that Korra is more than a little upset that he was invited over her. Though he does try to cheer her up by saying he recommended she be there and seemed sincere about it.
  • Irony: Kuvira's reason for usurping power from him was that she felt that a monarchy was an archaic system. Surprisingly, Wu echoes her sentiment and dissolves the monarchy, allowing the various Earth Kingdom states to elect their own leaders in a way similar to the republic. As an added layer, by this stage Wu has proven he would be more than mature enough to actually be a good ruler.
  • It's All About Me: He's excited about all the pomp and circumstance of his coronation but, as Mako points out, he's done little to prepare for the task of actually ruling a country. He tones it down as the season progresses.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Of a sort. Wu is a bratty, immature egotist, but he's not a complete Jerkass and can be very friendly, though obliviously annoying, to those he really likes such as Mako. If nothing else, he's nowhere as bad as his great-aunt. And as he undergoes Character Development, the heart of gold becomes more prevalent.
  • Lovable Coward: Wu is a nice guy (though he does have his vices), but he is not a fighter by any means and his usual response to danger is to call for help. However, when the chips are down and his back is to the wall, he proves himself to be a surprisingly quick thinker under pressure.
  • Manchild: In "The Coronation", he drives a kid out of a "mini-Ba Sing Se" Earth Palace theme restaurant so he can sit on the throne and pretend to be king. He gets better.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: He's hedonistic, egotistic, flighty, and a shameless flirt, but ultimately proves to be a genuinely kind soul once you get to know him.
  • Nice to the Waiter: He is friendly to everyone that serves him, be they bathroom attendants or restaurant waiters, and he is nothing if not appreciative of Mako's bodyguarding.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • He has several similarities to Puyi, the last Emperor of China. Both succeeded their great-aunts, had treasures stolen when they came to power, lived hedonistic lifestyles, were set up as Puppet Kings by foreign powers, and were overthrown by the general dispatched to restore order.
    • His decision to dissolve the highly centralized Earth Kingdom monarchy in favor of a more democratic government parallels that of King Juan Carlos I of Spain who upon ascending to the throne worked to dismantle the fascist Francoist regime and transition Spain into a constitutional monarchy. He, however, dissolves the monarchy completely, while Juan Carlos became a constitutional king
  • Non-Action Guy: While surprisingly crafty under pressure, Wu is definitely not a fighter. It's telling that his Catchphrase is a cry for help.
  • Noodle People: A really slim guy.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents, if any, have never been mentioned. Given that he was next in line for the throne after Hou Ting's death it's strongly implied they're deceased.
  • Pet the Dog: For a Royal Brat, he has a surprising habit of this.
    • In "The Coronation", after hearing Mako and Bolin's fall out, he decides the best way to cheer him up is to take him to Little Ba Sing Se shopping mall. Note that during said fall out, Bolin insulted Wu, but Wu makes no mention of it and is more focused on cheering Mako up.
    • In "Beyond The Wilds", he seemed sincere about recommending Korra join the meeting of the world leaders after they tried to exclude her.
    • In "Operation Beifong", he suggests evacuating Republic City's civilians on the chance Kuvira attacks the city, though he tells Mako he only did it to impress Korra.
    • In "Kuvira's Gambit", he gives a surprisingly impressive Rousing Speech to help convince the Republic City's civilians to calmly evacuate and later helps Pema with the evacuation process.
  • Properly Paranoid: As much as a goofball he might be, he's very paranoid about going back to the Earth Kingdom and potentially ending up just like his great-aunt. Considering that the Earth Kingdom is filled with pillaging bandits as well as an upstart warlord attempting to build her own power base, he does have a point to be nervous. Those fears are validated in "Reunion" where he nearly ends up kidnapped by Kuvira's agents.
  • Puppet King: Wu has no interest in running the Earth Kingdom on his own, nor is he even really involved in his own ascension to the throne. Kuvira is doing the legwork in uniting the Earth Kingdom so the URN can install him on the throne safely. The day-to-day decisions will be handled by a cadre of advisers sent over with him by the other world leaders, leaving the Earth Kingdom effectively under the control of the other powers. Wu has shown no concern for this, placing more emphasis on the perks of being king rather than the work. However, it's evident that Wu feels the decision was forced upon him, as he admits he wouldn't make a great king. Eventually, he decides to dissolve the monarchy and let the various Earth Kingdom states govern themselves.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives a surprisingly impressive one in Kuvira's Gambit to help calm the citizens and convince them to evacuate.
  • Royal Brat: He's not particularly mean, just self-centered and hedonistic because of his royal title. He slowly grows out of it as the season progresses.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Shorter than Mako, but a lot more clever than Mako can comprehend.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Downplayed. Wu is very self-centered and vain and only cares about the perks of royalty rather than the actual responsibility it entails. Despite his ego, however, he does not view anyone as beneath him and is genuinely grateful to Mako and the gang for all their help. Also, he can take criticism as after Mako chews him out in "The Coronation", he freely admits that he probably wouldn't be a great king. He tones down the ego as the season progresses.
  • Smarter Than You Look: As the season progresses, Wu proves to everyone that he is not as foppish and ditsy as everyone thinks.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: He's the lazy, flirting Wise Guy to Mako's stoic, blunt Straight Man.
  • Stylistic Suck: The only people that like his singing are Yin (Mako's royalty-loving grandmother) and badgermoles. But when you're leading an evacuation that's dependent on those badgermoles, that's the only audience you need.
  • Take Me Instead: Invoked in "Day of the Colossus". When he and the evacuees are cornered by Kuvira's troops, he seemingly surrenders in exchange for their safety and as a final request, he asks to sing. Turns out it was all a diversion so he could direct the Badgermoles to attack the troopers from behind. Even so, it was still a risk Wu was willing to take.
  • Those Two Guys: He later develops this dynamic with Mako and Bolin's cousin, Tu. Especially pronounced in "Remembrances".
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Day of the Colossus", Prince Wu manages to get the remaining evacuees out of Republic City and protect them from Kuvira's troops by using his singing to tame the local Badgermoles and have them dig a tunnel out of the city as well as attack the troops.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: While Wu wasn't a bad guy from the start, he did have a massive ego and seemed indifferent to the people of the Earth Kingdom. Come the series finale, Wu, on his own, chooses to dissolve the Earth Kingdom monarchy to let the states democratically govern themselves.
  • Upper-Class Twit: A pampered member of Earth Kingdom aristocracy, and doesn't appear to be very bright. He gets out of it as the season progresses.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He regards Mako as a great friend, to the point of specifically requesting him as his permanent bodyguard, and is completely oblivious to Mako's irritation with him. He's grateful, in his own annoying way, about Mako's help. As the season progresses, they start to become closer friends.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Zig-Zagged. Wu has no bending, is not a fighter, and can't last two seconds in a training match without cowering in fear. But when the chips are down, he shows he's surprisingly clever and creative and can think on his feet in a pinch.

    Gun 
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"I'm the one who gets in trouble when people don't follow [the rules], so please, please for my sake try not to upset Her Majesty."
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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happens after he flees from the Red Lotus is a mystery.
  • 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.
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    The Dai Li 
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"Welcome to her Majesty's army, first Airbending regiment."

The Earth Kingdom's Secret Police. They are largely unchanged from the previous series, down to the mannerisms and fighting styles, though unlike with Kuei's reign they are perfectly aligned with Hou-Ting's will.


  • Badass Crew: They're vile, but they're no less dangerous than in the previous series, able to hold their own against Korra and her friends. The Red Lotus are out of their league, however.
  • Betrayal by Inaction: When Long Feng orders them to take Azula into custody, they don't move a muscle, waiting to see which one of them is more worthy to have their loyalty.
  • Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: Azula brings back agents from the Earth Kingdom and they serve as her own personal elite squad of guards.
  • Decapitated Army: After the Earth Queen's death, Ba Sing Se and the entire Earth Kingdom descend into total lawlessness within a matter of hours.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The Dai Li are all Earthbenders.
  • The Dragon: The Drill Sergeant Nasty serves as this to the Queen.
  • The Dreaded: They're no ordinary soldiers—they're government agents trained to handle potential insurgents against the Earth Queen with extreme prejudice. They don't negotiate nor show mercy to anyone unlucky enough to end up on their (or the Queen's) bad side. When a stationmaster threatened to call the Dai Li on Mako and Bolin, their response to that was to bolt.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Have a large one under Lake Laogai. It was later abandoned, but Ba Sing Se has no shortage of underground tunnels for them to use as hideouts. Their newest one is right under the Earth Queen's temple.
  • Elite Mooks: This is why the Earth Queen prefers to use them instead of her Royal Guards. They're tough enough to hold their own against Korra and her friends, though they ultimately failed to stop them from escaping with the airbenders. Then the Red Lotus overpowered eight of them in under a minute without a scratch.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • In Avatar: The Last Airbender they were going behind the Earth King's back and following the corrupt Long Feng, and later Azula. Come Legend Of Korra they've apparently been reformed to be completely loyal to the monarch... who unfortunately happens to be an evil, oppressive tyrant. Oops.
    • They trained the airbenders to become elite warriors by chucking rocks at them. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, the airbenders turned their skills on the Dai Li and escaped.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: Again. First they served a corrupt official who reduced the Earth King to a puppet, then they switched loyalty to the ruthless Fire Nation. Seventy years later, they're back under the command of a tyrannical Earth Queen.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: It's obvious that without the Dai Li at her beck and call, the Earth Queen would be considerably less powerful.
  • Karma Houdini: In a manner of speaking after the war. It didn't seem like they were tried for crimes against the Earth Kingdom, nor were they disbanded for said crimes. Instead, they were just reformed to serve the monarch and no one else, which didn't take into account the fact that Kuei's daughter would be an evil tyrant.
  • Irony: The Dai Li were originally formed in response to peasant uprisings. When the Earth Queen is killed and the peasants start looting and rioting, there's no sign of the Dai Li anywhere.
  • Manchurian Agent: The brainwashing done by Dai Li is activated by saying "(name), the Earth King has invited you to Lake Laogai." to which they respond by gaining Mind-Control Eyes and saying "I am honored to accept his invitation."
  • The Men in Black: For Long Feng and Earth Queen. They do dress in black, have a rather conspicuous looking demeanor, and are complicit in the Queen's dirty ops. Whenever they see an Airbender, they capture them and repudiate their existence within Ba Sing Se. Furthermore, it's even Lampshaded when Bolin's cousin says he's heard rumors of them doing experiments on Airbenders.
  • Nice Hat: Much like in the previous series. This generation's has a few similarities to a Kaiser pickelhaube, though. Whether or not that was intentional is up to interpretation.
  • Secret Police: Just like in the last series. Only now, instead of there being no war; "there are no airbenders in Ba Sing Se", and they appear to be completely loyal to the Earth Queen.
  • Smug Snake: The agent that acts as a Drill Sergeant Nasty to the kidnapped airbenders.
  • The Worf Effect: After holding their own against Korra and her friends, plus several amateur airbenders, Zaheer and the Red Lotus steamroll them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Again. Even children are not exempt from the Training from Hell; and when Kai tries escaping with the others, they declare that it is punishable by death.

    Jin 
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"You're right, Zuko. I've seen that girl in here quite a lot. It seems to me she has quite a little crush on you!"
Iroh

Jin is a citizen of Ba Sing Se and a regular patron of the tea shop where Iroh and Zuko work. She nurses a crush on Zuko and decides to ask him out on a date, which doesn't go very well. She appeared in one of the Avatar comics that came out between seasons two and three and had a two-second cameo in the first episode of the third season. Despite her very short screen time, she has gained a decent measure of popularity with the fandom.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted. She has no idea who her date really is and only sees Zuko's adorkable side.
  • Big Eater: Zuko even addresses it.
  • Cat Smile: One of the reasons fans like her quite a bit.
  • The Ditz: Gets accused of this sometimes for not realizing that Zuko was a Firebender after he lit all the candles around the fountain, though it's entirely possible that she knew and just didn't think it was bad. After all, there is no war in Ba Sing Se. Alternatively, she may not know the specifics of bending, since she doesn't appear to be one herself.
  • Girl Next Door: She's a very sweet, down-to-earth girl.
  • Girl of the Week: She only appears in one episode as a love interest for Zuko. (Though technically, she does have a cameo in another episode and appears in a tie-in comic about Zuko and Mai.)
  • Satellite Love Interest: Her whole purpose was being a (sort of) love interest for Zuko.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: One sided, even if she wasn't a character of the day, despite a cameo in a later episode and a minor role in a comic, she's a refugee of the Earth Kingdom unaware she has a crush on the prince of the Fire Nation. Even without Mai, those odds seemed unlikely.
  • Unkempt Beauty: She wears fairly messy braids.

Omashu

    King Bumi 
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Voiced by: Andre Sogliuzzo (original), Javier Ridríguez and Daniel Seisdedos (Latin American Spanish)

"Who are you calling old? ...Okay, I'm old."

Calling himself a mad genius, Bumi was a childhood friend of Aang. After Aang got frozen in the iceberg, Bumi grew into an old man and became King of the Earth Kingdom city of Omashu. With Aang now free and accepting his quest, Bumi uses his unorthodox teaching methods to train his old friend for the trials ahead. Also a member of the White Lotus.


  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the king of Omashu and one of the most powerful Earthbenders in the world. The only person who comes in spitting distance of him is Toph, and the jury's out on which is stronger.
  • Badass Boast:
    • This one's from just before he fights Aang. It's unlikely he's lying:
      "You thought I was a frail old man. But I'm the most powerful Earthbender you'll ever see."
    • His reply when asked about his "escape from" (read as "reclamation of") Omashu:
      "Escape? I didn't escape, everybody else escaped."
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Don't be fooled by his goofy demeanor. He's quite powerful for an old king.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Hell, his "crown" literally looks like bunny-ears. And it's still completely obvious he's the right man to lead his city against the Fire Nation.
  • Childhood Friend: One of Aang's. One of Aang's flashbacks is them playing around in Omashu.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: His cloak and hunched posture makes him look like a feeble old man. When he takes off the robe, it's revealed that he's anything but.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: His actions and words sound crazy and weird but, if you think about it, they actually make sense.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's 112 years old, and yet he's easily one of the two strongest Earthbenders alive (a duel between him and Toph ended in a draw) and the only other person in the series that could surpass him was Avatar Kyoshi. He's such an amazing Earthbender that he can do it WITH HIS FACE WHILE COMPLETELY RESTRAINED.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Invoked as part of his lessons. "You thought I was a frail old man but I'm actually the most powerful earth bender you'll ever meet."
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Self-proclaimed most powerful earthbender in the world.
  • Fluffy Tamer: His pet, Flopsy, is a giant gorilla-goat thing.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With Toph in the comics. They get into a disagreement over who is the most powerful Earthbender ever/of all time, which escalates into a duel that devastates the White Lotus' camp. It comes down to a draw thanks to Zuko putting his foot down, but they both agree to a rematch with great gusto.
  • The Gadfly: Spends an entire episode dicking around with Aang before revealing himself as a Trickster Mentor. Sure it was to teach him a lesson, but Bumi still enjoyed every second of it.
  • The Good King: He is wise, benevolent and considers the life of every one of his citizens. So when faced with a choice of either defending his city from an impressive force from the Fire Nation, where his people would certainly die, and surrendering where all would live, he picks the latter and waits until an opportune moment to take back his city.
  • It Amused Me: The reason he put together a series of dangerous tests for Aang instead of telling him who he was outright.
    "It's pretty fun messing with people!"
  • Kansas City Shuffle: His final test has Aang choosing an opponent for a duel, rolling out two dangerous-looking gladiators, and telling him to "point to his chosen opponent." Aang thinks he's being clever by pointing to the elderly king, only to learn that choosing one of the strongest Earthbenders in the world was exactly the wrong choice to make.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The second the Fire Nation attacked Omashu, he surrendered and let them encase his body (minus his face) in a steel box. Not only was it to save his people and resources from a long, drawn-out siege, but it was to teach Aang a lesson about various Jings — positive (advancing), negative (retreating), and neutral (doing nothing); the latter of which Bumi said was crucial to earthbending, and that he'd have to find a teacher who taught like that.
  • Mad Eye: His right eye is always wide open compared to his more natural left eye. Aang's flashback shows that he had this when he was younger as well. He also has a few screws loose, though in a constructive way.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In a number of South — and Southeast-Asian languages (for example, Hindi and Indonesian) Bumi — sometimes, Bhumi, is the word for Earth ...rather appropriate no? Apparently, Sokka was onto something with his "He's an Earthbender, his name must be Rocky!" thing.
    • Bhumi is also the name for the Hindu earth god. Very appropriate considering his nigh-godlike earthbending.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He initially appears to be a half-senile stooped old man, but quickly reveals himself to be the strongest Earthbender in the world.
  • Oh, Crap!: Aang quite rightly has this reaction when he picks Bumi as his opponent, only to realize what a big mistake this is when Bumi reveals that he's a dangerously powerful earthbender instead of a frail old man.
  • Old Master: Over a hundred years old, and still able to back up his boast that he's the greatest Earthbender that Aang will ever see. Most Earthbenders (like most benders in general) need to use complex arm and/or leg movements to bend. Bumi? He can bend with his face.
  • One-Man Army: During the eclipse (which only lasted a mere eight minutes), he took back Omashu and chucked out the Fire Nation (for good) by himself. Even Toph was astounded.
  • Phrase Catcher: Well, only with one person, granted, but when Aang realizes who Bumi is, he says the same thing as in a previous flashback: "Bumi, you're a mad genius."
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: When Aang choses to fight Bumi instead of his other warriors, the king only gives a wicked smile.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Action variety and a good law maker.
  • Sweet Tooth: He loves that rock candy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The first scene of Bumi was back when Aang hadn't vanished from the world. He was a scraggly kid with a weird face and a love of pranks. A century later and he is the strongest Earthbender in the series able to do several amazing feats of bending with his head exposed. He later freed his city in the span of 8 minutes when all the Firebenders were powerless.
  • Trickster Mentor: His favored method of teaching.
  • The Wonka: He appears to be a crazy old king and Katara mentions that "His crown is a little crooked" but his brand of logic makes sense if you think about it. "You gotta keep your mind open to the possibilities."

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The Freedom Fighters

    In General 

The Freedom Fighters are a handful of children from (apparently) all over the Earth Kingdom who have been orphaned by the attacks of the Fire Nation. Led by Jet, they are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who pretty much throw monkey wrenches into Fire Nation activity wherever they can.

Longshot and Smellerbee show up with Jet en route to Ba Sing Se in Season 2. Pipsqueak and The Duke show up in Season 3. Sneers, Smellerbee and Longshot reappeared in The Promise leading the reorganized freedom fighters.

  • Badass Normal: As Freedom Fighters, we can assume that anti-Firebender combat is something of a specialty for them.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: For Jet, Longshot and Smellerbee, who stay behind to hold the Dai Li off and allow Team Avatar to escape. Their ultimate fates are unknown until The Promise.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Unlike Jet, they're a lot more consistent about it.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Fairly obvious. Even "Jet" can also mean "black". Possibly Smellerbee is the only one who's known by her real name.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: They don't seem to have that many morality qualms during the Great War Era.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Longshot and Smellerbee. Also all the other kids we see in "Jet" apparently went off on their own after.

    Jet 
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Voiced by: Crawford Wilson

"We can't win without making some sacrifices."

As a young boy, Jet's family was killed by the Fire Nation. Swearing vengeance, Jet became a dashing rebel against their forces, forming a Merry-Men esque group of freedom fighters with other war orphans. However, Jet has an extremist side and is willing to destroy the Fire Nation by any means necessary. After getting called out by Katara and Sokka, Jet realized the error of his ways and tried to start over, only to get brainwashed into an agent of the Dai Li by Long Feng. And then killed by him when he tried to break free.


  • Anti-Villain: His motives are understandable - the Fire Nation killed his family and has done many other terrible things - but he's not above killing innocent people.
  • The Atoner: In Season 2.
  • Back for the Dead: Jet's return to the series was meant to serve as a catalyst for how fucked up a city Ba Sing Se was.
  • Badass Normal: He's a perfectly normal teenage boy, but his two hookswords and impressive agility more than make up for his lack of bending.
  • Bad Butt: Given the demographic of the show, this is inevitable.
  • Bait the Dog:
    • He is hospitable enough when he first meets Team Avatar, allowing them to take refuge in his hideout and sharing his backstory with them. He then casually reveals he plans on blowing up the Fire Nation colony along with its inhabitants.
    • After returning to the show, he expresses remorse for his past deeds, steals food for poor boat passengers, and tries to strike up a friendship with Zuko. He then goes to obsessive lengths to prove that Zuko and Iroh are Fire Nation before finally attacking them with his swords.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Courtesy of Long Feng. It doesn't last, but sadly, neither does his life after he is freed.
  • The Charmer: "I like your hair-loopies."
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Seeing his parents murdered has driven Jet on a much darker path.
  • The Dragon: To Long Feng, but not intentionally.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Lampshaded in "The Ember Island Players" episode, wherein the main heroes' journey is re-enacted in a play, including the rather ambiguously depicted death of Jet.
    Zuko: "Did Jet just...die?"
    Sokka: "You know, it was really unclear."
  • Dual Wielding: With some rather unique hooked-swords.
  • Easily Forgiven: By the Gaang (with the exception of Katara) in Ba Sing Se. Even after his death, Katara still holds his crime of attacking innocents against him, showing that she still sees him as a terrorist.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Sokka. Both have experienced tragedy at the hands of the Fire Nation and both are Badass Normals who can fight evenly with powerful benders. How they differ is how they act toward the Fire Nation, since Sokka doesn't take his hatred into He Who Fights Monsters territory.
  • Evil Eyebrows: He's more amoral than evil, but he's got very interesting eyebrows.
  • Fantastic Racism: Toward the Fire Nation, but he's hardly unique in this.
  • Fatal Flaw: Even as The Atoner, he's completely incapable of thinking of the Fire Nation as anything but Always Chaotic Evil. However, he does get a better idea of how to treat them without going off the slippery slope. Before his development, he would've gladly flooded a Fire Nation-controlled town full of Earth Kingdom civilians. After, he tries to keep his anger under control and simply gathers evidence to report to the police. note 
  • Faux Affably Evil: Towards Sokka when he finds out about his plan.
  • Freudian Excuse: He lost his family to a Fire Nation raid, much like how Katara lost her mother.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Considering his character, it's no surprise.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He has a pretty damn good reason to hate the Fire Nation, but he sadly takes his hatred a little too far.
  • Inspector Javert/Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: To Zuko and Iroh. Turns out he was right to be suspicious, after Zuko helps take over Ba Sing Se.
  • Ironic Echo
    Katara: "We were just following instinct!"
    Jet: "You'll get yourself killed that way."
  • Kick the Dog: Perfectly willing to attack innocent people, as long as they're Fire Nation.
  • Knight Templar: Particularly in his first appearance. To him everyone in the Fire Nation is evil and must be destroyed, even if they are harmless elderly people or if doing so would wipe out scores of innocent people in a town that is merely being occupied by Fire Nation troops.
  • Manchurian Agent: He was brainwashed by the Dai Li and ordered to kill Aang.
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • In his debut episode, his interactions with Aang, Katara, and Sokka are extremely manipulative. He frequently compliments them; this is not merely an example of him being The Charmer as some compliments are more subtle than others, such as implying that Katara was responsible for Sokka's supposed Out-of-Character Moment. This not only makes her feel good, it neatly deflects them from wandering down any nasty trains of thought. When he realizes that Sokka and the other two have a split over their trust of him, he plays them against each other while still trying to court each side. He continues to try to win over Sokka even near the end of the episode; not because he thinks he will be successful, but to keep up appearances.
    • In his second appearance, he tries to tempt Zuko into joining the Freedom Fighters by cleverly picking up that Zuko's the kind of guy who believes he deserves better that what he's getting and despite his gruff nature, he will help people who he recognizes a similar situation in (Jet thought Zuko's scar marked him as a fellow victim of the Fire Nation). Jet's only flaws in his plan is that he doesn't understand Zuko and Iroh's relationship and it isn't until too late that he realizes Zuko's a Firebender.
  • Not So Different: Twice. First to Zuko and then to Katara (Aang makes the comparison to the latter).
  • Oral Fixation: Likes to carry a piece of wheat in his mouth.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He dies not long after he makes his redemption.
  • Rebel Leader: He's the leader of the Freedom Fighters.
  • Rebel Relaxation: He's very fond of this, complete with a piece of straw in his mouth much like a cigarette, effectively wooing Katara (in the episode 'Jet') because All Girls Want Bad Boys.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Technically a subversion, as he was unknowingly working for Long Feng at the time and was less reformed then he thought he was.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Even though he was completely justified in being suspicious of Zuko, the methods he goes to to prove he's from the Fire Nation were not smart.
  • Romantic False Lead: For Katara

    Smellerbee 

     Longshot 

     The Duke 

     Pipsqueak 

     Sneers 

The Earth Rumble

     In General 
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Earthbenders participating in the Earth Rumble VI earthbending tournament, where they get beaten by The Boulder. Later they kidnap Toph and Aang, and get curbstomped by Toph for their troubles. After that, they're never seen again.

    The Boulder 
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Voiced by: Mick Foley

"The Boulder's going to win this in a landslide!"

An arrogant yet entertaining Earthbender, he was a wrestler and arena champion who thought he would easily defeat a certain little girl in the tournament. He was painfully curb stomped instead.


  • Boisterous Bruiser: To the point that he's a Third-Person Person.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Like every one of the wrestlers, he is an Earthbender. The only wrestler who surpasses him at this is Toph.
  • The Big Guy: Just not as big as the Big Bad Hippo
  • Badass Beard: Has quite the beard and his Heel–Face Turn shows that he is quite badass.
  • The Brute: The Boulder is very strong, and is an excellent earth bender, but when Katara says that he could be a possible Earth-bending teacher to Aang, Aang reminds her "That Bumi told me to find somebody who listens to the earth, he's just listening to his big muscles."
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: To establish Toph's badassery, The Boulder gets hit with a Groin Attack before being catapulted out of the ring.
  • Face: The most popular wrestler of Earth Rumble Six, he also happens to be Sokka's favorite competitor.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He's one of the many wrestlers who kidnaps Aang and Toph, but he and the Hippo eventually come to the good side to help with the invasion. When Toph senses their presence, she initially thinks they want to fight, but the Boulder explains they are there to help. "The Boulder and the Hippo no longer fight for the entertainment of others, now we fight of our kingdom!"
  • Hurricane of Puns: Or would that be an rockalanche?
  • Large Ham: Combines expressive gestures, strange facial expressions, and Mick Foley.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!
    The Boulder: "The Boulder feels conflicted about fighting a young, blind girl."
    Toph: "Sounds to me like you're scared, Boulder!"
    *beat*
    The Boulder: "The Boulder is over his conflicted feelings, and is now ready to bury you in a rockalanche!"
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Purposely resembles The Rock. Given that Mick Foleynote  is the one voicing him, he could be seen as an outright parody.
  • Pec Flex: Can be seen briefly during his winning streak in "The Blind Bandit".
  • Third-Person Person: In the Western, "full of himself" sense.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He and the other wrestlers are not seen again after Episode Six of Season Two, although he and the Hippo do come back to help invade the Fire Nation during Season Three's The Day of Black Sun. They also make cameo appearances during the end of the third season finale.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: He never puts on a shirt in the entire series.
  • The Worf Effect: Has a winning streak at Earth Rumble 6 to prove he's good, only for his utter and complete defeat at Toph's hands to establish how outclassed he is-and how good Toph is.

    The Big Bad Hippo 
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Voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson

"HIPPO, MAD!"

The Big Bad Hippo was an earth-bending wrestler in EARTH RUMBLE VI, just like the Boulder. He almost beat the Boulder by stomping his feet and jumping up and down, which caused him to almost fall out of the ring. This was the Hippo's signature move which was called "Rocking The Boat". The Boulder however manages to catch his balance and defeats the Hippo by lifting him up in the air using his earth-bending and tossing him out of the ring.


  • Animal Motifs: Fitting his wrestling name, he is big, bulky, and has a large mouth with tusk-like teeth like an actual hippopotamus.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Exactly the personality you'd expect from an earthbender.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: When he and Toph met again in the Invasion he hugs her. "Hippo happy to see Blind Bandit!", indeed.
  • The Brute: Even more so than the Boulder.
  • The Giant: Almost all the Earth Rumble Six Wrestlers are big and muscular, The Big Bad Hippo is the biggest.
  • Heel–Face Turn: During The Day of Black Sun, the Hippo and the Boulder help invade the Fire Nation. They also make cameo appearances at the end of the third season finale.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He has a couple of moments with Toph.
  • Hulk Speak: "HIPPO, MAD!"
  • Mighty Glacier: Is slow but incredibly powerful, he is able to withstand an earth-bending attack from The Boulder to the back of his head, and during the opening of their fight, caught rocks The Boulder threw at him, chewed them up and spit them out.
  • Third-Person Person: Just like the Boulder, he constantly refers to himself in the third person, but the Boulder is much more refined. The Hippo refers to himself and generally talks in Hulk Speak.

     Fire Nation Man 

  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Even though he is an Earthbender, his Gimmick is that he's a Fire Nation patriot. While performing, he also talks in a stereotypical thick Eastern European accent. He was easily beaten by The Boulder, and wasn't too proud to beg, screaming "NO! PLEASE!" before the Boulder sent him flying out of the ring.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Tried to sing a mocking version of the Fire Nation national anthem, and it sounded very bad. Given his role as a Heel, it was possibly invoked.

     The Gecko 

  • Animal Motifs: His mask is reptilian-looking, and his Gimmick is crawling around on his hands and knees like a lizard.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a green mask that makes him resemble a lizard.
  • The Voiceless: Other than some grunts and groans, he never says a word.

    The Gopher 

  • Animal Motifs: His Gimmick is using his Earthbending to attack from underground, and his mustache and goggles give him a rodent-like appearance.
  • Cool Mask: Its not a mask, but its still cool. He wears a very unique pair of goggles and head gear.
  • Tunnel King: They don't call him The Gopher for nothing.
  • The Voiceless: Never says a word.

     The Headhunter 

  • The Voiceless: Except for one very loud battle cry, he never says a word.

    Xin Fu and Yu 

Voiced by: Marc Graue (Xin Fu), Sab Shimono (Yu)

"Nobody cheats Xin Fu!"

"If you pay for the whole year in advance I'll bump you up to the next belt."

Xin Fu is the coordinator of the wrestling tournament in which Toph participates. When he thinks Toph cheated him out of the prize money he offered for her defeat, he kidnaps her and demands the prize money back as ransom. He is later hired by Toph's father to bring her home after she runs away.

Yu is an Earthbending teacher in Toph's hometown. He was hired to teach Toph Earthbending, but he grossly underestimated her abilities and thought she would never get past the beginner level. Once Toph runs away, he is hired to work alongside Xin Fu in retrieving her.


  • Affably Evil: Master Yu, who is very polite and softspoken for a bad guy.
  • And I Must Scream: Being stuck in a metal cage until they are either freed by a passerby or, more likely, die of starvation/dehydration/what have you since Earthbenders can't bend metal. Which ends up happening, we're never told until The Rift, where it is revealed that they eventually escaped from the cage.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Xin Fu.
  • Bounty Hunter: Not their actual occupation, but they're willing to do anything for a buck.
  • Brains and Brawn: Yu actually thinks things through, realizing things like trying to take down two people with large bounties in a Bad-Guy Bar full of desperate outlaws will probably mean having to take on the whole room. Xin Fu will just charge in and beat up the half dozen guys in his way.
  • Combat Commentator: Xin Fu's day job.
  • Genre Blind: Master Yu almost falls for Toph using the old excuse of having to go the bathroom, but Xin Fu stops him from letting her out.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Toph sealed them in the metal prison originally intended for her.
  • Large Ham: Xin Fu.
  • Odd Couple: They're polar opposites, yet both of them are working together to find Toph.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: They would have been fine if they hadn't taunted Toph about her inability to bend metal, making Toph that much more determined to do it.
  • Not So Harmless Villains: They actually got the drop on Toph, and would have won if Toph hadn't invented Metalbending just to escape/beat them.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: They're good. Toph is a lot better.
  • Potty Emergency: Master Yu's final line, AFTER the two are locked in the metal box, is used to inform us of this. Its also an Ironic Echo, because that's almost how Toph tricks Master Yu into letting her out. Xin Fu is just smart enough to know Toph was up to no good.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Master Yu, definitely. Though Xin Fu is a debatable case.
  • Tempting Fate: "You may think you're the greatest Earthbender in the world, but even you can't bend metal." Turns out, yeah. Yeah, she can.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Master Yu made the mistake of assuming Toph wouldn't be a talented Earthbender due to blindness and Xin Fu tempted fate by believing Toph would be unable to break out of the metal cage. Oh how wrong they were...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Their fates are left unexplored in the main series. The sequel comic The Rift reveals that they got out somehow, but gave up their hunt for Toph after that incident.

Kyoshi Island

    Avatar Kyoshi 

    Suki 

    Foamy Mouth Guy 
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A fan of the Avatar who lives on Kyoshi Island. Known for his tendency to go into a screaming fit and foam at the mouth when he thinks Aang is near.


Pirates

    The Pirate Captain 

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Voiced by: Jack Angel

""I've already got a buyer, a nobleman in the Earth Kingdom. Unless, of course, you kids have two hundred gold pieces on you right now?"

The Pirate Captain and his crew first appear in the first season episode The Waterbending Scroll. Aang and his friends come aboard their ship to browse and Katara steals a very valuable waterbending scroll that The Pirate captain said he had gotten "at a most reasonable price, free" Afterwards the pirates chase after Aang and his friends to take the scroll back, they escape, then the pirates team up with Prince Zuko who is hunting The Avatar. At first The Pirates and Zuko work well together as they manage to catch Aang and his friends but then Sokka convinces the pirates to renege on their deal with Prince Zuko at which point a Mêlée à Trois battle ensues, Aang and his friends manage to escape. The Pirates ship and Prince Zuko's River Boat get destroyed in the process, and the pirates are not seen again until The Waterbending Master Episode where Admiral Zhao hires them to kill Prince Zuko. After that they are not seen again.


  • Badass Normal: The Pirate Captain is skilled enough with a sword to take Prince Zuko on Mano A Mano.
  • Black Mail Is Such An Ugly Word: He admits that he stole the waterbending scroll from a northern water tribe member, but doesn't call it as such.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The Pirate Captain appears very personable if somewhat gruff and rough around the edges, but he drops all pretenses if he thinks you're wasting his time.
  • Honest John's Dealership: The pirates' ships main purpose when at port is as a store selling exotic curios.
  • Pirate Booty: The Pirates have quite a collection of things that they market as "exotic curios"
  • Pirate Parrot: Actually it looks more an Archaeopteryx, which is a prehistoric ancestor of modern birds, his pet is aptly described by Sokka as a "pet reptile-bird" Word of God states his pet is an Iguana-Parrot.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Jack Angel pulls off his voice magnificently

    The Pirate Barker Oh 
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Voiced by: Byron McKittrick

  • Affably Evil: He seems genuinely nice, even if it is very apparent that he's quite a shady character, he also comes across as somewhat chatty and annoying.
  • Badass Normal: The Pirate Barker knows how to use his weapons and isn't afraid to let them do the talking if the need arises.
  • Black Mail Is Such An Ugly Word: When Sokka deduces and screams out that "you guys are pirates!" The Pirate Barker says "We prefer the term high risk trader".
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses smoke pellets to distract and disorient his enemies.
  • Honest John's Dealership: The pirates' ships main purpose when at port is as a store selling exotic curio's.
  • Traveling Sales Man: This seems to be his job and he does it with enthusiasm.
  • Tasty Gold: Actually says "That's some tasty gold!" While biting into a gold coin after Admiral Zhao paid the pirates to assassinate Prince Zuko.

Mako & Bolin's Family

    In General 
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Uncle Chow voiced by: Carlos Alazraqui

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

     Mako 

     Bolin 

    Grandma Yin 

Grandma Yin voiced by: Susan Silo

  • 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.
  • Cool Old Lady: Grandma Yin is very energetic for her age.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Cousin Tu 

Cousin Tu voiced by: Greg Cipes

  • 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!'
  • Informed Ability: Tu's earthbending.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Others

    June 
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Voiced by: Jennifer Hale (original), Yaninna Quiroz (Latin American Spanish)

"So this is your girlfriend... no wonder she left. She's way too pretty for you."

A skilled bounty hunter, June is out for money and doesn't care who she has to work for to get it. She collects bounties with Nyla, her pet Shirshu, a ferocious beast with an incredible sense of smell. When she inadvertently damaged Zuko's ship while chasing a bounty, Zuko had her hunt the Avatar as compensation. In the finale, she was recruited by Zuko to track down Iroh.


  • Back for the Finale: She comes back in Sozin's Comet to help the Gaang find Aang. When that fails, she is instead asked to find Iroh, and successfully does.
  • Badass Normal: Isn't known to have any bending abilities, but kicks plenty of ass with her whip and pet Shirshu.
  • Bar Brawl: She spends her free time beating up burly men.
  • Bounty Hunter: And a pretty darn skilled one at that.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Best demonstrated by her effortlessly defeating a muscular man, who struggled terribly against her in their arm-wrestling match and lifting up two men.
  • Contralto of Danger: She has a deeper voice than the other female characters to portray her as dangerous.
  • Dark Is Evil/Dark Is Not Evil: Played with. June only hunted the Gaang because of her profession and Zuko asked her to. Other than that, June doesn't seem like a real troublemaker or even a jerk.
  • Deadpan Snarker: If a lot of her dialogue is anything to go by, she enjoys mocking people like Zuko.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: She has black hair and incredibly pale skin.
  • Everyone Has Standards: It's implied that Zuko's revealing the Fire Lord's plans was enough to inspire her to help the Gaang free of charge.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Though not at first. In her first appearance, she has no problem with whipping her Shirshu when it under-performs. Later, she seems to have adopted this behavior, calling it her "Snuffly-Wuffly."
  • A Girl and Her X: June's father received a shirshu from a rare animal collector in payment for a bounty, and gave it to her. The shirshu, who was named Nyla, became June's inseparable companion. And they have been a team for more than 17 years.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: One of the very few characters to wear leather in the series.
  • Juggle Fu: And seemingly the reason Toph likes her!
  • The Lad-ette: A tough, tattooed young woman in a traditionally manly job, who loves partying, gambling, and trials of strength.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Iroh even thinks so!
  • The Nicknamer: "Oh great, it's Prince Pouty."
  • The Nose Knows: Her Shirshu can track anyone across continents if it only gets a whiff of something with their smell on it.
  • Parent Service: Dear lord! A lot of men, in and out of universe, loved her character design. The black clad, whip-wielding, pouty-lipped and stacked bounty hunter. Despite only appearing in one episode, she was quite popular, and got to make an appearance in the Grand Finale.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: She definitely has the sexy kind.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She only hunted Aang because Zuko hired her. Later, she works with the Gaang in the finale, apparently for no pay.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Jun is very gorgeous and has one of the palest complexions on the show.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Thanks to her pet with the incredible sense of smell.
  • Shipper on Deck: Even though she's just teasing, she's largely considered the patron saint of Zutara.
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: She's hot, has Raven Hair, Ivory Skin, and is rather sarcastic, particulary towards Zuko.
  • Too Many Belts: Wears quite a few.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Toward her Shirshu, Nyla. In her first appearance, she constantly whips Nyla. Come the finale, she's hugging and petting her and calling her "Snuffly-Wuffly."
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Her shirshu is rendered completely useless when her sense of smell is overloaded.
  • Waif-Fu: She can wrestle men twice her size.
  • Whip It Good: Both June and her shirshu, who's also The Paralyzer.

    Haru 

Voiced by: Michael Dow (original), Rodrigo Saavedra (Latin American Spanish)

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Haru is a teenage Earthbender whom Aang, Katara and Sokka met early in their travels. He was the only active Earthbender left in his village, and that because he hid his abilities at his mother's behest. The Fire Nation occupied their village and carted off any Earthbender to prison on board an all metal ship.

Katara convinced Haru to Earthbend to save the life of an old man, which resulted in him being imprisoned. Katara faked Earthbending to get captured as well, and rescued him, inspiring Haru, his father, and all the captive Earthbenders to fight back against the Fire Nation.

Katara and Haru had a strong bond because they had each lost a parent to the Fire Nation, and the bond only grew stronger in gratitude once Katara's bravery reunited not only father and son, but freed all the captive Earthbenders.


    The Mechanist and Teo 
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Voiced by: René Auberjonois (Mechanist), Daniel Samonas (Teo)

As a brilliant engineer and scientist, the Mechanist works to help others and his son Teo with his inventions. When his village was destroyed by a flood (during which Teo lost the use of his legs), the Mechanist moved his people into the nearby Northern Air Temple, and gave Teo a hang-gliding wheelchair based on Airbender designs. The Fire Nation eventually learned of the Mechanist and blackmailed him into creating weapons for them. After getting a guilt trip from Aang, the Mechanist turned against the Fire Nation. Now he and Teo build weapons for the resisting forces to take down their former oppressors.

While both of them appear only a handful of times, they end up having a big role in the plot. Some of their designs end up being a big factor in the Fire Nation winning the Day of Black Sun.


  • Fingore: Played for laughs. The Mechanist has three wooden fingers. One for each failed attempt at creating a knife sharpener.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The war balloon the Mechanist made is a two-fold one. The Mechanist was originally forced to create it for the Fire Nation's benefit, but he eventually rebelled and used it against them, to thwart a Fire Nation raid on the Northern Air Temple. Unfortunately, when it crashed, it ended up benefiting the Fire Nation anyway: it was discovered and studied by the Fire Nation, leading them to create their own war balloons, which they used during the Day of Black Sun and when Sozin's Comet passed by during the Grand Finale.
  • Ill Boy: Teo.
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Teo in a flying wheel chair!
  • Mad Scientist: A kinder version, though.
  • Missing Mom: Teo's mother was killed in the same flood that crippled Teo.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Averted to their loss. The war balloon created by the Mechanist was salvaged by the Fire Nation, who used it as basis to make their own war balloons.

    Professor Zei 
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Voiced by Raphael Sbarge

"I'm not leaving... I can't... I've spent too long trying to find this place... there's not another collection of knowledge like this on Earth... I could spend an eternity in here."

Professor Zei was the head of the Anthropology Department at Ba Sing Se University. An ambitious cultural anthropologist, he was well-traveled and highly educated in exotic cultures. His thirst for knowledge brought him to strange, remote, and often dangerous places. Zei was an eccentric man to whom knowledge was priceless. He got very excited at the prospect of learning anything about history or the world around him. A map of his travels showed he had been everywhere in the world, except the Fire Nation. Even though he had discovered many lost civilizations over the years, he longed to find the "crown jewel" of ancient discoveries: Wan Shi Tong's Library.

He never managed to find Wan Shi Tong's Library until he ran into Aang and his friends in the Si Wong Desert. He explained to them that he made several expeditions into the desert but almost died each time. He finally fulfills his life long wish, by flying on the back of Appa, Aang's Flying Bison. After they get into Wan Shi Tong's Library, Wan Shi Tong initially refuses them entry , but lets them pass under the condition that they provide him with new knowledge. Unlike Aang and his friends who wanted to use Wan Shi Tong's Library to help them find possible ways to help them defeat The Fire Nation, Professor Zei wanted to find the library simply because he was a lover of knowledge. In fact when Wan Shi Tong finds out about this, he sinks his library into the desert sand and tries to keep Aang and his friends trapped for eternity. Professor Zei willingly chooses to stay behind, and in The Legend of Korra it's revealed that he died there and his corpse is rotting in the library.


  • Adventure Archaeologist: Professor Zei divides his time teaching Cultural Anthropology at Ba Sing Se University and looking for lost civilizations.
  • Adventurer Outfit: It helps him survive in the hostile desert.
  • Bad Ass Book Worm: We never actually see how much of a bad ass he is, but he has to be one to have journeyed through The Si Wong Desert several times and to survive.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to spend an eternity in The Library and he got his wish: his corpse is still there in The Legend of Korra, seventy years after Avatar Aang was last there.
  • Buried Alive: Essentially and by his own choice this is what happens to him, because he chooses to stay behind in Wan Shi Tong's Library even though Wan Shi Tong was burying it underneath The Si Wong Desert.
  • Bus Crash: Unsurprisingly, his next appearance after being buried in the library reveals how he died.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Wishes he could talk to Appa commenting wistfully on "the stories this beast could tell." When Momo tries to talk to him, he says "Shush! Chatty monkey!" He doesn't even know Momo is a Flying Lemur.
  • Non-Action Guy: Justified, since he's an academic.

    Guru Pathik 
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Voiced by: Brian George (original), Iván Romo and Mario Santander (Latin American Spanish)

"I was a spiritual brother of your people, and a personal friend of Monk Gyatso."

One of the oldest people in the Avatar world (even older than Bumi), Pathik has been alive long enough to have known the Air Nomads. Seeking out the Eastern Air Temple after a vision, he patiently waited for the Avatar there. He encountered Appa while the sky bison had been separated from Aang, and used a special technique to locate the Avatar. He also attached a note to Appa's horn, promising that he could teach Aang to master the Avatar State. When Aang came looking to take him up on his offer, he instructed the young Avatar on how to unlock his chakras, pools of energy in the body that must be opened for the Avatar State to function properly. Aang was able to open all but the last one, because the process involved letting go of Katara. The last we see of Pathik is him warning Aang that if he leaves now, he won't be able to enter the Avatar state at all.


  • Cool Old Guy: Like Gyasto, his good friend, he is an affable and wise old man.
  • Expy: Being an impossibly-old, extremely wise, tiny man who trains the protagonist in the second act of the story and tells him to give up his attachments in the interests of saving the day makes him a pretty clear one for Yoda.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Guru Pathik's enlightenment lets him get along greatly with animals, even allowing him to help heal Appa's rage and fear in "Appa's Lost Days".
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Quite blatantly Indian.
  • Hermit Guru: Naturally. He lives in seclusion with his cosmic chi and stuff.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Much like Yoda, his origins are extremely mysterious.
  • Lotus Position: His lessons are conducted from this position and the chakras are released from here too.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Onion and banana juice, which seems to be the only food he eats or gives Aang during his training.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Last seen telling Aang that he needed to open his final chakra as Aang flew off to save Katara from danger. His only appearance after that was in a sleep-deprived hallucination with six arms singing "Chakras, chakras, everyone loves chakras." Also, we never find out where he came from, since he appears to be of different ethnicity than anyone else in the Avatar world.

    Ganbat 
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"The Earth Queen and her fancy friends pay big money for bison steaks and other weird meat. I even heard she ate her dad's pet bear!"

The leader of a band of air bison rustlers who make their living selling rare meats to the Earth Queen.


  • Dishing Out Dirt: He is an earthbender.
  • Evil Poacher: Technically not a poacher in the legal sense, since he seems to have permission to do what he does from the Earth Queen, but fits the stereotype perfectly in specifically targeting an endangered species and attacking people who try to get in his way.
  • Fur and Loathing: He wears the pelt of a baby bison as a cape.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He surrenders and tries to plead for mercy after Tenzin, Kai and the adult air bison take down his truck. Kai will have none of it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His group provided an obstacle for the new airbenders to overcome as a group and help gain confidence in themselves.

    Baraz and Ahnah 
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Baraz Voiced by: Steve Blum
Ahnah 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.
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