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    Sir Iknik Blackstone Varrick 
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"I like to think I'm always there to stand up for the little guy. Especially if that little guy can help this guy become a bigger guy."
Voiced by John Michael Higgins

A resident of the Southern Water Tribe and one of the world's leading businessmen, introduced in Book 2.


  • Affably Evil: He is a rather polite, friendly and genuinely kind man, even when he's trying to screw over others or profit off them. Even when he's exposed for his war profiteering, Varrick doesn't take it personally, apologizes for his actions, and is even genuinely helpful to Team Avatar thereafter, lending them a battleship for their attack on the Southern Spirit Portal. Later, after he's relocated to Zaofu, he helps them figure out that Aiwei is the mole responsible for letting the Red Lotus into Zaofu.
  • Agony of the Feet: He seems to have a chronic series of foot ailments, which poor beleaguered Zhu Li often is called upon to soothe.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He's unscrupulous, manipulative, and generally lacking in any sort of moral compass as far as profit goes. When he isn't trying to profit off a situation in some way, he is genuinely helpful and friendly. He also shies away from actual murder, since all his attacks had plenty of collateral damage and no apparent loss of life. He's really not even "evil" so much as very self-interested.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: In Book 3, he has a Running Gag of inventing these, like magnetic armor that needs a giant power cord and an airbender detector that doesn't work unless the person airbends straight into it. This is justified in that some were just early prototypes which he intended to refine later. In Book 4, we see that he has refined the early mecha-suits built by Future Industries into a fully humanoid, much more versatile model.
  • Badass Bookworm: Varrick is well-disciplined and knowledgeable in various fields of science, having spearheaded several technological advancements. His breakthroughs include applications of magnetism, such as a high-speed maglev train, and the stabilization of spirit energy, though he later discovered that it was too dangerous for anyone to handle. He is also good at thinking on his feet, being able to create a makeshift electromagnetic pulse device with the aid of a metal table leg and an electric generator.
  • Bait the Dog: Varrick is first characterized as an affable and decent guy. Then he arranges for Future Industries to go broke so he can buy up the assets and revitalize the company under his control, keeping Asami on as a grateful partner while he profits off the merger.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: He sought to escalate the conflict between the Water Tribes so he could profit off it, only to learn too late that Unalaq's ultimate goal served no one, not even himself.
  • Being Evil Sucks: He discovers this the hard way after Kuvira ordered him to make a spirit weapon, which he knows is VERY dangerous.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: In Book 4, Zhu Li's apparent betrayal and spending a long time away from her makes him realize how much she means to him. He proposes to her in the finale and they get married.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He seems like a lovable and quirky businessman, but he's also very good at manipulating situations to give himself the best deal, even if it means throwing others under the bus to do it.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: With Vaatu and Unalaq. While Vaatu and Unalaq serve as the Big Bads of season 2, Varrick serves as the mid-season Arc Villain in Republic City, with Mako trying to oppose him. Specifically, he is plotting to keep the war going so that he could profit from it.
  • Big Bad Friend: To Bolin, not that he realized it at the time. Even after the fact, Bolin seems to hold no hard feelings, even being happy to see him in Zaofu.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: To an extent. Like Tarrlok in season 1, Varrick is a credible threat but ultimately lower down the ladder to the true Big Bad of the second season, Vaatu. Unlike Tarrlok, he and Unalaq are never truly at odds—Varrick only wanted to go after Unalaq for petty reasons, and he didn't know about Vaatu until after his plan failed — Varrick's arc is confined to Republic City, serving as a B-plot that's ultimately resolved before the final battle with Unalaq. He also has the distinction of surviving his stint as a villain and even getting away scot-free, which can't be said for the others. Of course, he is an extremely popular character, such that killing him off wouldn't make sense.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed, Varrick doesn't even bother hiding his greed and shiftiness, noting most of his actions are out of self-interest, as well as happily inflaming tempers for an uprising, and asking the heroes to pay off the authorities. His charisma and eccentricities allow one to look past his more questionable dealings and see him as appealing and likable, which makes it that much easier for him to manipulate them. Even his line after The Reveal of his status as Big Bad Friend about helping the little guy is full of charm despite being obviously self-serving, and not dissimilar to what he would normally say.
  • A Boy and His X: A Boy and His Ostrich Horse. Growing up on a farm, he once had a pet ostrich horse named Mrs. Beaks, whom he had loved but taken for granted.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: All of those eccentricities are not a front for anything; he genuinely acts like that. It's how he attracted Zhu Li to work for him, as he is a genuinely brilliant inventor and innovator, just extremely... weird. However, once he proved himself to be a horribly incompetent fighter, even Zhu Li has had enough, and defected because despite his brilliance, she couldn't put up with his utter disregard for her anymore. Ironically, it's hinted that Varrick does indeed care about her, just that he... has a weird way of showing it.
    • It's later revealed that Zhu Li only faked defecting in order to protect Varrick. They even get married in the finale!
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Downplayed. Not so much evil, but in Book 2, Varrick is upfront about his not-so-noble intentions to everyone, since they begrudgingly need his help. He makes it clear that if there is no war, there is no money to be made. In Book 3, he takes pride in the fact that he framed Mako (not so much the act itself, but moreso the fact that he was able to pull it). Even in Book 4, Varrick admits he's insane, and he reminded Bataar Jr. to not forget that.
  • The Casanova: He is described as a "Howard Hughes playboy kind of character".
  • Catchphrase: "Zhu Li, do the thing!" It even made its way into his wedding.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: By around the time of the Battle of Zaofu, it's shown that he was developing feelings for Zhu Li. However at every instance he defaults back to his boss behaviour, which annoys her to no end (especially the constant mood whiplashes). In the end he really couldn't spit it out, instead when he proposed to her he used his catchphrase! Good thing Zhu Li knew exactly what he meant.
  • Circus Brat: According to him, he grew up on a farm before being taken away by the circus.
  • Character Development: His growing a conscience is a plot point in season 4.
  • The Chessmaster: First shown in "The Sting" and he only becomes more magnificent from there. He saw the Civil War as a game where he can manipulate both the heroes and villains, but in the end, he found out the hard way he was not in control of the situation.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He'll betray anyone if there's money to be made doing it. He arranged to ruin Asami's company then bought it under the guise of helping her, framed Mako for the same, and tried to kidnap the president as part of schemes even though he backed Raiko in the election. He then backstabs Su for Kuvira during Book 4 and ultimately backstabs Kuvira and joins after realizing how dangerous Kuvira is. From that point onward, he's done betraying others altogether.
  • Classic Villain: He represents unlimited Ambition and Greed.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: In his debut scene he believed he could levitate, runs around the room erratically and switches topics on the fly. Despite this, he's actually a skilled mastermind.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: He also seems to be a pretty good judge of character. He had Unalaq pegged from the start and prepared accordingly. He also warns Team Avatar that something about Aiwei's investigation into the Red Lotus's infiltration of Zaofu seems fishy, because he recognizes a dirty conspiracy when he sees one due to his experience in hatching them himself. It takes a mastermind to know a mastermind.
  • Cool Ship: His battleship. The first of its type ever constructed, bought solely in case he might need it one day. He named it Zhu Li.
    Bolin: ... you named your battleship after your assistant?
    Varrick: Why not? They're both cold, heartless, war machines!
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He's willing to go to any lengths necessary to make a buck, even if that means screwing over his allies (covertly, of course). He secretly hijacks Asami's shipments of weapons to the Southern Water Tribe to bankrupt her company, then buys it out so he can profit off those sales. He's also fully willing to help when it's in his interests to do so, lending the Krew a battleship free of charge after he's caught.
  • The Corrupter: The Krew's morals take a bit of a dip after he joins the team and Korra begins to listen to his ideas. He advises Asami to engage in war profiteering by selling her father's mecha-tanks to the Southern Water Tribe.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He's always prepared for every situation, but the problem is, he doesn't plan well enough about the circumstances involved that his preparedness has blindspots or that he ends up indirectly helping the Big Bad anyways.
    • He mentions he once royally pissed off a Woman Scorned. And he ensured his ship was fast enough to escape her, even if she used waterbending to catch up.
    • His ship also has a plane on board ("In case the boat sinks!"). Alas, he neglected to include a runway.
    • He donated a lot of money to President Raiko's election campaign so that he could get a meeting if he ever needed one. He also donated to his opponent. "Gotta hedge your bets!"
    • He foils Mako's attempts to expose him at every turn.
    • His company built the local prison, and he had a luxury cell made because he figured he'd end up in there eventually. He also had a hang-glider stored in there, just in case he might have a chance to escape.
    • He owns a battleship. Apparently the very first one ever built. Because why not?
    • His spirit nuke has a timer and a remote.
      Varrick: First I built the timer, but then I thought, "well, you could drag me off the train," so I built a remote, but then I thought, "Well, do I really need the timer anymore because I got a remote?" Whatever! I'm covering all my bases.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Varrick is a lot more cunning than his eccentric nature would let you know.
  • Curious Qualms of Conscience: After inadvertently discovering the true power of the Spirit Vine Energy he was researching, he suddenly wants to scuttle the whole research project, citing a strange "head voice" that is telling him right from wrong. This jump-starts his redemption arc into an more solidly good guy.
  • The Dandy: He's known for his flamboyant fashion choices.
  • Defector from Decadence: After Kuvira threatens him to keep him working on the Spirit Vine project, he and Bolin decide Kuvira is insane and flee.
  • Demoted to Dragon: After being an independent villain in Book 2 and comic relief in Book 3, he serves as Kuvira's chief scientist in Book 4. Technically, he was hired into the position, later to realize the horrible lengths Kuvira wants him to go, which leads him to have a Heel–Face Turn for good.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Has a tendency to state fairly amoral things openly, which most people seem to ignore as simply Varrick being Varrick. This aids in his schemes, as people dismiss what would be considered hints of duplicity as mere quirkiness.
  • Devoted to You: It's unbelievable how Zhu Li manages to stay with him despite the way he treats her and how she puts up with his antics and all the troubles he gets them into. She even tells Varrick he means the world to her when they are reunited after her fake betrayal.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Varrick has no allegiance but to himself: he genuinely hates Unalaq, but his struggle against him was for his own personal gain. We see what a master schemer he is in Book 2: His alliance with the rebels, Team Avatar, as well as his first attack on Unalaq, were all just to speed up his agenda to start a war, and escalate it to make huge profit. Of course, he relies on his men to do the dirty work.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Varrick's whole plan to escalate the Civil War worked up until he discovered Vaatu was involved. Imprisonment aside, it was at that point where he had to concede that his plan to create a huge war just for the sake of profit would be far from salvageable.
  • Divine Intervention: In Book 3, he claims the universe freed him from prison, though no one buys it.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's a skilled and canny businessman, a gifted engineer... an a total cloudcuckoolander.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He's on the receiving end of one of these when Zhu Li finally snaps under years of ingratitude after they get re-captured by Kuvira's troops in "Enemy At The Gates". Unlike a lot of examples of this trope, Varrick is genuinely taken off-guard by this before being dragged away by the guards holding him, at Zhu Li's order. However, it's zigzagged. She turned out to be faking the defection in order to sabotage Kuvira from the inside, but she was genuinely sick of being treated like crap and demanded to be treated as an equal.
  • Driven to Suicide: In book 4, as a result of both Kuvira's actions and Zhu Li's betrayal. He survives because of Bolin.
  • Easily Forgiven: When they meet again in Book 3, Bolin holds no hard feelings. Everyone else, not so much. Later on, he's still not forgiven, but he's only accepted back because they need him. Even President Raiko makes it clear he doesn't like him.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: An extremely rich businessman who uses his wealth for strange things like a platybus-bear costume that poops money.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Double Subverted. Varrick convinces the Krew to work with him after Unalaq's occupation of the Southern Water Tribe gets too extreme for either of their tastes, then ends up manipulating them into intensifying the conflict so he can profit off it. However, when he's caught and thrown in prison, he still aids them by giving them his fully-loaded battleship. In Book 3, despite some lingering animosity from Asami and Mako, he gladly aids them in finding the mole in Zaofu.
    • In Book 4, Asami agrees to work with him to stop Kuvira's spirit vine weapon, but makes very clear that she hasn't forgiven him at all and will be watching him like a hawk.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Played with. Varrick will do whatever it takes to get rich, but there are certain lines that he won't cross, like blatant murder, at least not directly. For example, in "The Guide", he makes a Shame If Something Happened threat to Mako regarding Asami and Bolin, but when Mako doesn't go for it, he just frames Mako instead of following through. In the episode "Night of a Thousand Stars", he insists that he never intended to hurt President Raiko after kidnapping him.
    • In "Enemy at the Gates", he immediately shuts down the spirit vine project when trying to tap their power accidentally creates a spirit laser. Kuvira, however, forces him to keep working on it. Furthermore, in "Operation Beifong" President Raiko tells him to create spirit vine weapons to put them on equal footing with Kuvira and he absolutely refuses.
    • "Kuvira's Gambit" has him outright stating he shouldn't have built the weapon in the first place.
  • Evil All Along: Or at least Amoral All Along. He never tried to hide it.
  • Evil Duo: With Zhu Li. An odd case where the id is the dominant, scheming one in the relationship. He and Zhu Li later drop the "evil" part.
  • Evil Mentor: Varrick is far from "evil", but he is morally ambiguous and causes some of Team Avatar to stretch their morals.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: At first it started out as Evil vs. Evil with Unalaq, as Varrick's whole agenda was to start a war against him, and escalate it by planning false flag operations that blamed the Northern Water Tribe, so that planned war could increase his profits. However, once it was revealed that Unalaq was working for Vaatu, he had no idea that the war he tried to escalate would bring Republic City up against the spirit of darkness that seeks to bring about an apocalypse. As a result, Team Avatar was almost desperate for help from Varrick against Unalaq, even if Varrick used them for his own ends.
  • Eviler Than Thou: He finds himself on the receiving end of this when Kuvira threatens to kill him and forces him to build a spirit weapon that has more destructive potential than he anticipated. Varrick even admits Kuvira is more insane than he.
  • Farm Boy: Varrick grew up on a farm and his father was a poor seal hunter.
  • Foreshadowing: Varrick announced in book 3 that the future of Zaofu was "magnets", and shows off a prototype magnet metal suit. He also claimed he was working on a high-powered transportation system using magnets. In book 4, we see a high-powered military train complete with powerful military armor suits under the control of Kuvira.
  • Foil:
    • To Asami. Both are fabulously rich industrialists, brilliant multi-discipline engineers as well as savvy in the boardroom, and have a flexible interpretation of legality in order to get things done. Asami, however, is of a far stronger moral caliber than Varrick, and is less... flamboyant. Varrick also has an insufferable way of brushing off losses, while Asami keenly feels the sting of such losses personally.
    • Also one to Unalaq in Book 2. Both are callous, untrustworthy villains who are out for themselves alone and deceive the heroes for their own ends, only to betray them later on. However, Unalaq keeps his treachery almost well-hidden, whereas Varrick is pretty open about his selfishness, yet it goes far beyond anyone's notice. Additionally, while Unalaq's perceived help only seeks to benefit himself at the expense of others, Varrick's actions have a touch of sincerity that he's willing to go out of his way to help the heroes get what they want in spite of ulterior motives.
  • Friendly Enemy: He presents himself as this to everyone. However, Mako doesn't return the sentiment.
  • Gadgeteer Genius:
    • Implied. In "Old Wounds", he appears testing a magnetized suit of armor, implied to be his own invention. It comes as no surprise, considering he is at the forefront of technological advancements. In Book 4, he serves as Kuvira's chief scientist and was responsible for her army of mecha. He's also capable of rewiring the spirit vines into a Fantastic Nuke.
    • Confirmed in "Reunion", when he jury rigs an EMP device that shuts down a squad of Earth Empire Mini-Mecha out of a generator and a few other odds and ends, in just a few minutes.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Varrick is an enemy on numerous occasions, but always lands on his feet when he's caught. After his plan to take over Future Industries fails, he gets Kuvira to force Raiko to pardon him, and after siding with Kuvira turns sour, he manages to buy his freedom in Republic City by revealing Kuvira's superweapon, and afterwards is recruited for Republic City because he's one of the two greatest scientists in the world.
  • Graceful Loser: Takes his arrest in stride and still helps Team Avatar out.
  • Greed: One of his main faults is that he will do anything to get a quick buck. Case in point, one of his main concerns with the Civil War is how it will affect how much he can make.
  • Guile Hero: He's more like an anti hero. He aids Team Avatar by providing them his boat and an airplane and uses a Platypus Bear disguise that can poop money to use the crowds as an escape method. Morally questionable, maybe. Downright effective? Yes.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: A textbook example. He starts out an ally to the heroes in early season two, betrays them and hatches his own scheme against them by the midway point of the arc, joins up with their ally Suyin in season three and helps them weed out the mole in Zaofu, then betrays Suyin in season four to join Kuvira's Earth Empire, though he's more of a Punch-Clock Villain. Then he attempts to leave Kuvira and joins up with the heroes for good in "Enemy at the Gates" after having some Curious Qualms of Conscience over his spirit vine energy discoveries.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Season 3 Suyin seems to believe Varrick has turned over a new leaf for good, though Lin, Mako and Asami beg to differ, and they treat every instance of working with him as an Enemy Mine situation. In Season 4 this is played with when he joins up with Kuvira, who starts out as a hero, at least until she forces him into developing superweapons and states that he has somehow recently develop a conscience.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After being forced to keep working on the spirit vine weapon, he instead creates a bomb to blow up all his work along with himself, fully intending to die until Bolin figures a way out of it.
  • Informed Attribute: Varrick was described as a playboy in related material, but he never was seen behaving this way onscreen, save his passing mention of an ex-girlfriend who was a waterbender.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Judging by his shock in "Enemy at the Gates", he honestly had no clue that Zhu Li was feeling underappreciated.
  • Irony: After several episodes of being a Karma Houdini, Varrick is finally exposed by Bolin, the one he took under his wing and made the star of his big movie.
  • It's All About Me: He'll help anyone as long as it helps himself.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's selfish, greedy and manipulative, but he's shown to be genuinely caring and kind to the Krew and has good intentions, even if it's partly to make a profit. In Book 4, he states that he was looking to create a source of clean, limitless energy from spirit vines and was horrified at the idea of weaponizing them.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: However, while he supports the Southern Water Tribe and Team Avatar, he's only helping out of self-interest and then it is shown he is still a shrewd and ruthless businessman by essentially scamming Asami out of her business.
    • Later on in the series however, he's gained a touch of sincerity.
  • Joker Immunity: It seems nothing can contain him, and he survives either by cunning or dumb luck. Vaatu's attack during Harmonic Convergence destroyed his prison and allowed him to escape. He even lampshades this saying that the universe saw fit to set him free.
  • Karma Houdini: Varrick is jailed for kidnapping President Raiko but this just means chilling out in a luxury prison suite, and he escapes shortly afterward anyway. Then he takes up residence in Zaofu and continues business as usual.
  • Keet: An odd adult example. His energy level is about the same as Meelo most of the time.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: In Season 2, he attempted to kidnap Unalaq, as he rightfully deserved it. It failed thanks to Korra's interference.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After Varrick got caught in Book 2, it later became evident that his plan was far from salvageable, so during Vaatu's attack, he makes a getaway, knowing that he wouldn't last a week with Vaatu's fury.
  • Lack of Empathy: In Season 2, Varrick attempts to escalate the Water Tribe Civil War all for the sake of war profiteering. When he gets confronted by the gang about that, he shows indifference about that, his power grab of Sato Industries, and framing Mako and getting him sent to jail. In Season 4, he finally undergoes a Heel–Face Turn after realizing the trying to weaponize the Spirit Trees is dangerous. He's horrified that he is developing a conscience (though more that it's like having voices in his head).
  • Ladykiller in Love: During Book 4, Varrick realizes his feelings for Zhu Li and marries by the series finale.
  • Last-Name Basis: Only in the finale do we find out Varrick actually was his last name the whole time.
  • Laughably Evil: Despite all the less than legal, morally questionable things he has done, it's very hard to hate him, even as a villain. Even when he's threatening his victims, he adds good honest humor in the process.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: In comparison to Vaatu, he's just a greedy, yet diabolical human, not some world ending disaster.
  • Loophole Abuse: Varrick tries to perform questionable acts within legal boundaries, but he still commits other crimes in the process of said abuse:
    • Varrick blew up the Southern Water Tribe Cultural Center, during a peaceful demonstration and says this is okay because he owns the building. While he does indeed have every right to blow up his own property, he did it without warning.
    • Varrick was never given a trial to confirm his complicity in his crimes, but he still escaped prison and avoided trial, which are still pretty serious offenses themselves.
  • Lovable Coward: He continuously hid from Unalaq's men after a failed assassination attempt on the Chief, but he did this because he was sure the trial would be rigged. Being a non-bender and general non-combatant, he wouldn't be able to do much in the field.
  • Lovable Traitor: He's got it down pat. While Mako and Asami are mad at him for his betrayal, they had to accept his help due to the situation having crossed the Godzilla Threshold. Bolin, however, can't even stay mad at him despite his past actions.
  • Luxury Prison Suite: He had a cell in the prison built into this because he felt he would end up in it.
  • Mad Scientist: After taking refuge in Zaofu, he tends to be a trouble maker as shown when he causes some trouble while he experiments with his new armor. Plus, there are his experiments in Season 4 with the spirit vines, in which he accidentally creates a Fantastic Nuke.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays Asami to buy out Future Industries, while acting as if he was helping to save it. Even before that, he managed to start off the Civil War sooner as opposed to letting tensions unravel by themselves. Once all this happens, his plan to escalate the war for personal gain is set in motion.
  • Master of Disguise: Hides in a platypus-bear suit with Zhu Li to evade being arrested. Like everything else about him, he has unorthodox ideas about hiding but he was never detected.
  • Mentor Archetype: Seems to take up this role with Bolin, giving him tips on dealing with Eska and getting him into a career as a movie star.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: When Varrick first expressed reservations and doubts about building Spirit-based weaponry, Kuvira really should've made some attempt to talk him down or manipulate him into seeing things her way. Instead she threatens to throw him off a moving train at the first sign of dissent; he switches sides shortly after.
  • Moment Killer: He's guilty of this as much as Unalaq. He is quite rude to the point of popping up in the middle of serious events, such as immediately barging in after Unalaq's speech or testing a magnetic suit of armor on a room where Korra and Suyin were discussing the latter's relationship with her sister. In book 4 he kills his own moment with Zhu Li after he saves her from falling off the train by telling her to clean up the mess he made.
  • Motor Mouth: When forging a deal or showing off a product it's hard to keep up with him. It's quite likely that this is the point.
  • Muggle: A non-bender.
  • Nice Hat: Wears one while driving a boat in a platypus-bear suit... on the bear's head, not his own.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Though "hero" was rather questionable in both instances:
    • By sending his men to attack Unalaq, Varrick helped Unalaq find an excuse to screw over Tonraq, which almost got Tonraq killed, causing a chain of events that led to a civil war. In hindsight, though, he had Unalaq accurately pegged from the start. If anything, he merely sped up a confrontation that would have happened anyway, and in doing so kept Unalaq from consolidating his plans first. The worst part, though, is that Tonraq would've ended up in prison at the North Pole had it not been for Korra's intervention, and Unalaq's plans to unleashing apocalypse have been accelerated. It turns out that failing works out for him, anyway, as Varrick still got his war, and his escape allows him to profit off it. On the other hand, if he had successfully captured or killed Unalaq, it would have diffused the plan to release Vaatu at a very early stage in the plot, but it would still provoke a war he can profit from.
    • He accidentally created an artificial version of Vaatu's energy beam attack while trying to harness spirit-vine energy to create an unlimited clean power source. While Varrick realized this was a huge mistake and immediately tries to shut the experiment down, Kuvira forced him to weaponize it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Varrick unknowingly does this to Unalaq. Had it not been for Varrick's plan to attack Unalaq and start a civil war and exploit it for profit, Korra likely never would have discovered her uncle's true nature, or at least it would have taken her far longer.
    • Also extends to Future Industries - after he conned Asami into selling him a controlling interest, he resuscitated the flailing Future Industries to expand his own enterprises. When he was thrown in prison, however, the company defaulted back to Asami due to the fraudulent nature of the acquisition, giving her control of a fully revitalized Future Industries.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: Varrick had been interested in using the spirit vines as a clean source of energy. After running a test however, it produced a giant spirit ray, and he concluded it was too unstable and too powerful for anyone, especially him, to handle. When he learned what Kuvira was going to use it for, he had to shut down the project because it was even more dangerous to let someone like her have access to that kind of power.
  • Nominal Hero: Though he's on the heroes' side, his participation is out of self-interest. He's not helping the good guys for the independence of the Southern Water Tribe, he's only rebelling just to get back at Unalaq for threatening his business. And to make money, of course. Later on, it became evident that he's no hero and that he was only playing everyone else.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He is a very skilled tactician and can plan successful false flag operations, but he wouldn't be useful in the field of combat.
  • Not Actually the Ultimate Question: It's hard to tell if he was being serious.
    Asami: Varrick? What are you doing here?
    Varrick: Good question, Asami! I mean, what are we all doing here? Food for thought.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Also counts as Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!. He tries to remind the Krew of everything he's done for them after they have a falling out.
    Varrick: Korra, who warned you about Unalaq? I did! Bolin, who got you into the movers? I did! Asami, who saved your company? I did! Mako, who got you thrown in jail?! I did! Oh yeah, I guess that was a bad thing.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Apparently once had similar relationship-issues-with-crazy-waterbender as Bolin had in season 2.
    • Near the end of season 4, he's describing growing up on a farm, and casually mentions "this was before the circus people came and took me away." No further explanation is given.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Varrick didn't care much for Korra's cause and independence. He may be focused on making money off of the war, but did want to claim retribution against Unalaq, so they had a common enemy.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Acts like an eccentric to hide a rather devious mind. When Mako was convincing Lin to hear his idea that expose Varrick, Varrick immediately acted obnoxious making Lin stop wanting to hear them out.
  • Oblivious to Love: Doesn't grab it when Zhu Li confess to him "you mean the world to me" up until he proposes to her.
  • Obviously Evil: Played With. When we see him in Book 2, he doesn't hide his intentions and greediness, and his demeanor gives off the impression that he's an enemy one is supposed to be fighting. Even when he makes his intentions clear, anything evil about him is beneath notice because it doesn't sound out of place with his usual personality. However, he's the least malevolent of any antagonist who appears.
  • Odd Friendship: With Bolin, after Bolin notes he wasn't actually levitating. He even gives Bolin tips on how to deal with a crazy girlfriend (put simply: ditch the chick). After he's arrested, Bolin is the only one who still likes him, though it helps that Varrick has done nothing but make him famous.
  • Oh, Crap!: After taking everything in stride for so long, it's quite shocking when he finally has one of these at Zhu Li's betrayal.
  • Only in It for the Money: This becomes more clear after The Reveal during "The Sting". Varrick was serious about wanting to defeat Unalaq, but he wanted to kill two birds with one stone; not only would he defeat Unalaq, but he would make money doing so.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: Over the course of the series, Varrick creates moving pictures (and film industry), a battlecruiser, a maglev train system and his setting's equivalent of nuclear fusion.
  • Only Sane Man: For all his greed and self-serving motivations, he's the first person to know that Unalaq was up to no good from the very moment Unalaq brought his blockade, and he's the first person to defy him. On top of that, he knew Unalaq was going to rig the rebels' trial. Too bad Korra couldn't take Varrick seriously.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: He even lampshades it when his own conscious is telling him to stop working on the spirit vine tech instead of him focusing on all the money he could make something is very wrong with the situation.
  • Out of Focus: He doesn't appear much in Book Three, but is on decent terms with Team Avatar, and lends them some rather key advice regarding Aiwei's potential treachery.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He shows he does have some lines he won't cross after all. After he gets caught, he apologizes and lets the protagonists use his battleship. And he points out that he did help them out at some points (such as warning Korra about Unalaq and getting Bolin into acting). He does get stuck in this line of thinking, saying how he saved Asami's company, but he's part of the reason it was in trouble in the first place. The only true act of generosity without any monetary motivation was giving Team Avatar his battleship.
    • In Book 4, as a scientist he turns out to have some level of ethics as he decided to shut down the spirit vine project after it proves to be too dangerous, believing that it could prove destructive in the wrong hands. Unfortunately for him, it's already in the wrong hands: Kuvira, his research benefactor.
  • Playing Both Sides:
    • Supported both candidates in the Republic City presidential election, just to hedge his bets.
    • To an extent he tried to do this in order to create a huge war he can profit from, by antagonizing both sides into the conflict. First, he sent his rebels to attack Unalaq, and it led to a civil war regardless of whether or not the attack failed. Then to add more fuel to the fire, he antagonized Republic City by planning a series of false flag operations that implicate the Northern Water Tribe. He even had his goons dressed in Northern military uniforms attack the president, but that failed.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Shares this role with Bolin in the second season, even if he turned out to be an antagonist.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Varrick had a backup plan to retrieve his men in case they failed to capture Unalaq. Based upon how he treated Zhu Li, Varrick wasn't known to treat his underlings well, but he knew his resources were limited, rescuing them under the assumption that he'd need all the assets he can get for his plan, so he saw no point being wasteful. Despite this, said rebels switch loyalties to Tonraq.
  • Properly Paranoid: Varrick understands very well what moves the villains will make—he knew Unalaq was trying to ruin their people, and knew Unalaq was going to put his men through a Kangaroo Court. Varrick also knew the evidence to identify the inside man in Zaofu fell into place all too quickly, and that made it fishy.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: In Book 4, he sees working with Kuvira as another business venture and scientific endeavor for himself, as opposed to the master schemer he was in Book 2.
  • Rags to Riches: Born a poor seal-hunter's son, he built his shipping business from a single canoe into a global powerhouse.
  • Rebel Leader: He organizes a resistance against Unalaq. However, he is more concerned with the effect Unalaq's blockade is having on his business rather than the continued independence of the Southern Tribe.
  • Redemption Equals Life: Played with. Varrick could not let Kuvira use a spirit weapon for her own purposes, so he decided to blow up his research, and himself along with it. Fortunately, Bolin saved him at the last minute. However, Bolin only did so not because of his change of heart, but because his idea to blow themselves up was outright stupid and reckless.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He is loud-mouth, insensitive the Red Oni to Zhu Li's practical, nicer Blue Oni.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: Upon the creation of said nuke, he immediately shuts down the project. Kuvira however forces him to continue the project lest she decides to execute him.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: He knew all along that Unalaq was up to no good. However, he doesn't know the full extent of Unalaq's true agenda, which was to free Vaatu. Instead, he made the assumption that Unalaq is threatening his businesses, an assumption he used to rally people behind him. The only thing he got right was that Unalaq was rigging a trial he failed to appear in.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's not above bribery or just tossing out money to get his way.
  • Self-Made Man: Varrick had to work from a single canoe to where he is today. Needless to say, that is rather impressive.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Asami; both are nonbending, inventing business people. But Varrick represents a selfish, morally questionable Asami.
  • Shame If Something Happened: To Mako about Asami and Bolin when Mako is trying to reveal his fraud. This was a bluff, though, and Varrick instead opted to frame Mako.
  • Shipper on Deck: During his "retelling" in Remembrances, Varrick tells Bolin that in the story, Opal will eventually forgive him.
  • Sixth Ranger Traitor: To the Krew, though it takes them a while to figure it out. He wants control of any business which will profit off the Water Tribe civil war, and has no problem manipulating or betraying his supposed friends to do it. Even after they get him arrested, he still considers them friends for the most part and states that he's done good things for each of them (save for Mako, who he had framed and arrested).
  • Staring Contest: Engages one with Asami as a means to see her worth as a good business partner. It seems to his way of reading her character.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy: In Book 4, he's the eccentric, sarcastic Wise Guy to Bolin's serious and reasonable Straight Man.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Does this after Zhu Li betrays him. He's talking to her.
  • They Do: He eventually realizes Zhu Li's feelings for him, and they get married.
  • This Means War!: His happy go lucky persona only goes so far. When his business is threatened, he's willing to go to extremes to protect his interests. He was behind Unalaq's assassination attempt after the latter closed the Southern Water Tribe harbors from traffic, and he still got his war. However, this became a huge mistake on his part. Unalaq's arrival gave him the opportunity to instigate a war make even more profit from it, yet he did not expect that Unalaq would release an evil that will destroy everything, which ultimately compromises his agenda.
  • Token Evil Teammate:
    • To Team Avatar and the Rebels, or at least "Morally dubious", anyway. He's not that evil, just has self-interests which he prioritizes above all-else. His reasons for fighting against Unalaq were rather petty.
    • He's this to his new associates in Zaofu. Unlike the previous Book, however, his behavior borders more on lacking common sense and manners. He is the resident Mad Scientist who tends to be quite rude and insensitive in a setting of refined, serious characters, not to mention throwing in good, honest craziness along the way. For context, one of his co-workers used to be a pirate.
  • Token Good Teammate: Shares this role with Bolin among the Earth Empire - even he thinks Kuvira is going too far, and he is reluctant to continue work on the spirit vine project due to the potential for it to fall into the wrong hands.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His Character Development in Book 4 has him growing a conscience and he also realizing his feelings for Zhu Li and asks for her hand in marriage (in his own way).
  • Toxic Friend Influence: Agrees to help Team Avatar resolve the conflict with Unalaq and the Northern Water Tribe. A couple of episodes later, they're helping him smuggle weapons and manufacture racist, exploitative propaganda movies in order to further his elaborate war-profiteering scam. It's remarkable how logical the progression between these two points seems at the time...
  • The Triads and the Tongs: He's not above hiring them to further his interests, but he finds ways to be blameless when they're involved.
  • Turncoat: He only rebelled against Unalaq and the Water Tribe because he believed it will benefit him personally, which in this case, is profit. Unalaq's arrival gave him the opening he needed, and was the only one who could help the heroes escape Unalaq's wrath. As helpful as he was at first, he was merely a traitor and nothing more. He then turns from Team Avatar to continue his own agenda.
  • Villain Has a Point: Even though Team Avatar ended up Unwitting Pawns to Varrick's scheme, everyone, save for Mako, got something that benefited them in the process. You can't really argue with him when he states that his less than altruistic actions helped them. Case in point, he knew Unalaq couldn't be trusted, and that was a game changer.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Despite rumors of connections with organized crime, Varrick is well-respected and very influential. After he's exposed as a villain and breaks out of prison, he just migrates to Zaofu and sets up shop there. Suyin is aware that he is a criminal, but was willing to give him a second chance.
  • Villainous Underdog: Varrick is the poster boy for this trope. He's not a bender, not a spirit and especially not even a Badass Normal, yet he ends up being a threat to be reckoned with. Varrick is just a Corrupt Corporate Executive who relies solely on strategy and subterfuge to successfully execute an elaborate Evil Plan that would make him rich. He pulled it off rather gloriously for much of his arc in Book 2.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He develops this relationship with Bolin in Book 4.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: Proposes to Zhu Li with "will you do the thing for the rest of our lives?".
  • War for Fun and Profit: Sets up a string of false-flag operations to escalate the Water Tribe civil war whilst conning Team Avatar into helping him make a buck by selling them weapons, all the while driving Future Industries into bankruptcy so he can buy a controlling interest and earn more money off the sales.
    Varrick: If you can't make money during a war, then you just plain can't make money!
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: Along with being rich, he owns an luxurious yacht.
  • What Is This Feeling?: He needs Zhu Li to tell him that he's developing feelings of empathy and a conscience.
  • White Collar Crime: Varrick defrauded Asami into selling him controlling interest by stealing Future Industries merchandise while she was distracted.
  • Who Needs Enemies?: Varrick wanted to stop Unalaq as much Korra did, but he only wanted to help them because he felt Unalaq was threatening his business. Varrick wanted more from fighting against Unalaq. He masterminded an attack on Unalaq which would result in a civil war, regardless of whether or not Korra intervened. Then, he exploits the heroes' need for military support to advance his scheme of bringing the United Republic to war so that he can make a profit from it. Varrick betrays them by secretly plotting terrorist attacks and defrauding Asami, and only Mako knew of this betrayal.
  • Wicked Cultured: He has good taste in luxury and clothing and affords all of it with dirty schemes in business.
  • Wild Card: Ultimately, Varrick is loyal to himself above all else and will use anyone as long as he can profit from them, even people that he seems to honestly like such as Team Avatar, or Kuvira, the latter of which backfired on him horribly.
  • The Wonka: Despite being a rather manic character, he is evidently a very influential businessman. For instance, his idea of testing Asami of how good she'd be as a business partner involved a brief Staring Contest. His voice actor, John Michael Higgins, describes him as "part Rupert Murdoch, part Thomas Edison, part Bozo the Clown."
  • Xanatos Gambit: He's constantly setting things up so he'll come out ahead regardless of the outcome. As he says, "You gotta hedge your bets!"
    • Whether or not Korra foiled his attempted kidnapping/assassination of Unalaq would've yielded the same result anyway—a pretext for war.
    • Making money off the civil war; does he care who wins? No. note 
    • Donating heavily to both sides of an election so he has influence with the eventual winner.
    • Creating a luxury prison suite in case he was caught and a hang-glider to escape from it if he wanted too.
  • You're Insane!: He was on the receiving end of this when he set the spirit vine power generator to overload as a gambit to escape Baatar Jr.

    Zhu Li Moon 
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"Zhu Li, do the thing!!"

Voiced by Stephanie Sheh

Varrick's personal assistant.


  • Ascended Extra: Started off as a Satellite Character, but got more importance, screentime and characterization in Book 4. Continued on in Turf Wars where she's not only organizing the refugees more (read: at all) than President Raiko, but she's offering Varrick Global Industries' resources to fix the housing problem without Varrick in sight and if that's not enough, Part 2 reveals she plans to run against Raiko in the election!
  • Badass Adorable: Both Varrick and Bolin give her high praises. She may be a very cute young woman, but she's not nearly as helpless as she looks. Varrick says she carried him for 20 miles a day with a sprained ankle, and she's an extremely capable mech-suit pilot.
  • Battle Butler: While she typically performs tasks such as making tea or starting a film projector, when she, Varrick, and Bolin are escaping in Mini-Mecha, she holds her own very well.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Poor girl has to constantly be on the move with a boss like Varrick barking orders every two minutes. She even ends up in the same Luxury Prison Suite as he does.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Zhu Li is more kinder and sensitive than Varrick, but knows how to handle a mecha suit and to tell off Varrick for being a jerk.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: She's quiet and reserved, but can be cold and ruthless when in battle.
  • Character Development: Book 2 and 3 has Zhu Li following whatever command Varrick gave her, no matter how ridiculous. However, come Book 4, she gets fed up with his insensitivity and ungratefulness towards her and the actions she's done to only support him. And even after she was revealed to be a Fake Defector, she stands her ground when he reverts to his old ways.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Again, she's Varrick's personal assistant.
  • The Comically Serious: The fact she never changes her tone of voice in spite of sharing a Platypus Bear suit with her boss for what was implied for over a day, she being the one carrying him, and staying there even while on the boat puts her on par with Tenzin.
  • Defiant to the End: When Kuvira finds out she was a Fake Defector and sabotaged the spirit ray:
    "You are a monster! I regret nothing!"
  • The Dog Bites Back: She fakes this against Varrick to gain Kuvira's trust. Played straight when they reunite and Varrick simply treats her as a lackey after she spills her heart out to him, at which point she demands to be treated as an equal.
  • Emotionless Girl: It takes a lot to ruffle her calm, stoic exterior; for 2 and a half seasons, she hardly ever speaks or changes the expression on her face. Like Mai in the original series, her ability to control her emotions and hide her true thoughts gives her an advantage over the villainess who believes there's nothing dangerous beneath the surface.
  • Evil Duo: With Varrick. She's the superego, always calm, cool, and stoic, no matter what insane situation Varrick drags her into. She and Varrick later drop the "evil" part.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After Kuvira orders her death once her sabotage comes to light, she remains as unflappable as ever, with no hint of a breakdown in sight.
  • Fake Defector: Her defection to Kuvira was a complete lie in order to get closer to the spirit vine project.
  • First-Name Basis: It isn't known that she even has a surname until the finale when Varrick proposes to her.
  • Girl Friday: Her job description is simply "Zhu Li, do ___."
  • Good All Along: She only pretended to switch sides.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her Servile Snarker and The Comically Serious tendencies, it seems she may be just as crazy as Varrick considering how she dreamily notes that "Attaching [a] barely-functional rustbucket to a giant killer Smashing Machine!" is how she always pictured her and Varrick's engagement.
  • Human Pack Mule:
    • She's forced to carry all the luggage.
    • Taken to Made of Iron levels when we learn that after Varrick's escape at the end of Book 2, she carried him twenty miles on a sprained ankle.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: This is a woman who can be told "do the thing", knows unquestioningly what "the thing" is and never makes a mistake while "doing the thing". When Varrick has to use Bolin as a substitute, he has to do all the work himself because Bolin simply can't keep up.
  • Informed Attribute: Played for Laughs as Varrick claims that she's a cold, heartless war machine out of the blue, when she'd really not shown herself to be anything like that. She proves that she can fight by piloting a Mini-Mecha in "Enemy at the Gates".
  • I Regret Nothing: Said word for word when she is revealed to have never actually betrayed Varrick and was actively working on sabotaging the spirit vine weapon. Cold, heartless war machine indeed.
  • Ironic Echo: After Kuvira lets up on her, she tells the guards to take Varrick away.
    Zhu Li: Guards, do the thing!
  • Living Emotional Crutch: When Varrick believed that Zhu Li betrayed him to join up with Kuvira, he fully intended to die on the train with the spirit vine cannon.
  • Love Martyr: She always does anything Varrick tells her to do and remains by his side, no matter how much he treats her as a slave.
At last she has enough, confronts him about his lack of appreciation of her efforts and demands that he treat her as an equal. Varrick's marriage proposal comes swiftly after this.
  • Meaningful Name: "Zhu Li" is Chinese for "assistant".
  • Meganekko: A very cute woman in glasses.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: She betrays Varrick and pledges her loyalty to Kuvira once she finally gets fed up with Varrick's antics and his poor treatment of her, though it's later revealed that she was simply trying to get close enough to Kuvira to sabotage her superweapon. However, she really was fed up with Varrick not treating her like an equal.
  • Muggle: A nonbender.
  • Nerves of Steel: In "Operation Beifong", she really proves how badass she is as her betrayal of Varrick was an act in order to get closer to Kuvira's superweapon and sabotage it. She nearly succeeds, until Kuvira finds a missing part of the superweapon on her person with her metalbending. Even then, she stands up to Kuvira and straight up calls her a monster.
  • Nice Girl: Zhu Li is more polite, reasonable, and tolerable than Varrick. Bolin, at one point, tells Varrick that he's amazed that Zhu Li worked for a guy like him for so long.
  • Nice Hat: She gets a little cap as part of her uniform in Kuvira's army.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • In "Enemy at the Gates", she fakes pledging her loyalty to Kuvira and calls out Varrick on his poor treatment of her.
    • "Operation Beifong" has her show panic and worry when the spirit ray is overloading, and true contempt for Kuvira when her plan is exposed.
  • One Steve Limit: Has the same name as one of Varrick's ships. It's a battleship. He named it after her specifically; as Varrick says, "They're both cold, heartless war machines!"
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Day of the Colossus:
    Varrick: Zhu Li, do the thing!
    Zhu Li: I'm afraid there are no more things left to do.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Zhu Li! Do the thing!"
  • Punny Name: Her name sounds like Julie, one of the most common secretary/assistant names in fiction.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The The practical nicer Blue Oni to Varrick's loud-mouth, insensitive Red Oni.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Averted. Zhu Li betrays Varrick, prompting Kuvira to ask why she should be spared. Zhu Li speaks ill of Varrick to make her Face–Heel Turn and Undying Loyalty to Kuvira look convincing, granting her a pardon. However, this proved to be a momentary lapse of judgement on Kuvira's part, as Zhu Li was actually a Fake Defector who wanted to stay behind and sabotage Kuvira's efforts.
  • Satellite Character: She started out as as Varrick's quiet assistant, though she did have her own characterizations. In Book 4, however, she gets more development separately from him.
  • Servile Snarker: When Varrick mentions how long it would be before they would be ordered around on eating their cookies, she replied "In a few days" with a deadpan tone.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Often looks like a small mousy woman, but she's quite ravishing in her wedding dress, and had enough attraction on Varrick to momentarily stupefy him when he was about to propose.
  • Shipper on Deck: Urged Opal to forgive Bolin for his mistake.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: One would think Zhu Li falls under All Girls Want Bad Boys because of her love for Varrick who has done some morally grey actions all in the pursuit for money. However, Zhu Li reveals that she fell in love with him because of his brilliant mind. Also, Zhu Li refused to work with Varrick until he started treating her as an equal and with equal respect.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: She's wears glasses and is the sane, practical one of her duo with Varrick.
  • The Stoic: She's very serious and unemotional most of the time.
  • Subordinate Excuse: She has always had romantic feelings for Varrick, which would explain why she's still his assistant despite how exhausting it is.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She comes off as cold and blunt, but she's also very loving and loyal towards Varrick.
  • They Do: Varrick eventually realizes her feelings for him, and they get married.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Varrick as she is constantly at his side and "doing the thing", no matter what that thing is. However, at the end of "Enemy at the Gates", she finally loses her cool and slams Varrick for all the times she's had to do ridiculous things for him, and pledges her utmost loyalty to Kuvira. However, that turns out to be a front as she just wanted to get closer to her to sabotage the superweapon and later makes it clear that she was always loyal to him above all else. She also demands to be treated as an equal.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Zhu Li has always had romantic feelings for Varrick, had no qualms being complicit in his crimes, and has always been wanting to enter into a relationship with Varrick. However, it isn't until after their Heel Face Turns that they really hit it off, and by the time they get married, the "unholy" part is gone.
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     Ginger 
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"You're confusing Ginger the actress with Ginger the character... Ginger loves Nuktuk, not Bolin."
Voiced by Amy Gross

The star of Varrick's new line of movers, whom he appeared to hire strictly because of her Fanservice potential.


  • Back for the Finale: Is one of the guests at Varrick's wedding.
  • Bare Your Midriff: The water tribe outfit she was sporting for the propaganda film Verrick wanted to shoot.
  • Beauty Mark: Near her mouth.
  • The Cameo: In the finale, she is seen attending Varrick and Zhu Li's wedding.
  • The Casanova: A female example. The Nick website calls her a heartbreaker.
  • The Danza: In universe, she plays a character named Ginger in Varrick's movers.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite her dislike for Bolin, she still warns him when he's about to be attacked.
  • Fake Nationality: Unconfirmed but likely, in-universe; she plays a Southern Water Tribe girl in the Nuktuk serials but doesn't seem to have any Water Tribe racial traits.
  • Jerkass: Her only salient character trait so far seems to be disliking Bolin.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While she's very dismissive of Bolin and somewhat rude, she appears to do so because she's not interested in him and he can't take the hint, even going as far as forcibly kissing her on screen without it being in the script. While Ginger could have been much angrier for this, she just tells him he's confusing her character with her real self and acting like his love interest on screen doesn't mean she actually likes Bolin in real life. She does think better of him after he gets to be genuinely heroic.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is Ginger and she's a (dyed) ginger.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Bolin was too intrigued in her than whatever Varrick had to say.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: In-universe, and played with. She's the ingenue in the Nuktuk films where she co-stars alongside Bolin. Off the set though, her characterization so far consists of "dislikes co-star," which might be because Bolin is being unusually annoying. However, she Took a Level in Kindness after watching Bolin save the president from Varrick's goons.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: The Beauty Mark, curls, and in-universe bombshell status make her a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: One of a very few characters in the franchise with a hair color that isn't black or brown. It's been since confirmed as being dyed, which is more obvious when you notice her eyebrows are much darker.
  • Pet the Dog: She became nicer towards Bolin after he saves the president.
  • Sexophone: Gets a couple seconds of this in her introduction.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ginger gave Bolin a kiss after he saved President Raiko from being kidnapped.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: An odd version as it applies only in-universe, where hair that red isn't a natural color.

     Bolin 

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    Nuktuk, Hero of the South 
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A character played by Bolin in Varrick's Nuktuk, Hero of the South movers. He is the hero of the Southern Water Tribe and seeks to defeat The Evil Unalaq.


    The Evil Unalaq 
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Voiced by: Jason Harris (Book 2), Adrian LaTourelle (Book 4)

The version of Unalaq appearing in Varrick's Nuktuk, Hero of the South propaganda films. He is the arch enemy of Nuktuk, and with his waterbending device he plans to destroy the world.


  • Evil Overlord: He is the diabolical leader of the Northern Water Tribe.
  • Evil Plan: He plans to use a Doomsday device to freeze the entire world.
  • Expy: He looks very similar to the Ember Island Players version of Ozai from Avatar: The Last Airbender. He's also quite obviously a reference to him, as both are incredibly hammy stage versions of the main villains.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: In Varrick's planned mover sequel about Nuktuk playing Bolin, when the Legion of Doom is being formed, he tries to force his way in onto the team and it's obvious none of the other villains (Zaheer, Vaatu, and Zombie Amon) want him there. It's pretty clear Varrick outright hates the guy.
  • Godwin's Law: Why is he so similar to Actor!Ozai? To make Unalaq more closely resemble Fire Lord Ozai, the "Hitler" of their world! Evil Unalaq's plan to freeze the world also parallels Ozai's plan to torch the entire Earth Kingdom using Sozin's Comet.
  • Large Ham: He is constantly being over the top and theatrical.
  • Laughably Evil: Compared to the real Unalaq, his over-the-top hamminess makes him too funny to hate.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His waterbending device reverses the polarity of the Earth, causing Nuktuk's animal buddy Jijou to come back to life.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His costume bears no subtlety whatsoever in showing them off.
  • Take Over the World: With his waterbending device, he plans to rule the world. Or destroy it. Does it really matter?
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