Yu Dao Resistance
A group trying to prevent Yu Dao from being taken back by the Earth Kingdom.
Kori is a citizen of Yu Dao, and despite being a Earthbender she is Fire Nation citizen and considers herself loyal to it.
- The Cameo: She appears at the beginning of The Rift introducing the new diverse governing counsel of Yu Dao, two fire nation citizens, two earth nation citizens, also for added diversity two men, two women.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Played with. Kori wears both red and green, as she's an Earthbender yet also legally a Fire Nation citizen and thinks of herself as such.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Defied. She is an Earthbender and a Fire Nation citizen, is proud of being both, and is sick and tired of being told that her loyalties between the two have to conflict.
- Dishing Out Dirt: She's an Earthbender.
- Epic Flail: Wields a meteor hammer. Because the ball is made of stone, she can manipulate it with her earthbending for easy retrieval and trick moves.
- Karma Houdini: She tries to kill the Fire Lord twice and receives no kind of punishment for it.
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Despite being both an Earthbender and of mixed nationality in a country that was until recently Fire-supremacist, Kori is legally a Fire Nation citizen because her father is one.
- Mixed Ancestry: She's the first true example of this in the franchise, having both Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom ancestry.note
- Murder Is the Best Solution: Her Establishing Character Moment is her attempt to assassinate Zuko for his support of the dissolution of the Fire Nation colonies, instead of trying to talk to him first.
- Too Dumb to Live: Kori's attempts to keep her hometown Fire Nation colony in place always involve violence. Including picking fights with people much stronger than her, such as the Avatar and the Fire Lord.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Non-married example with Sneers. A Running Gag in Part 3 is that everyone who finds out about them first confusedly confirms that they're together, then enthusiastically congratulates him.
Once a member of the Freedom Fighters, he later joins the Yu Dao Resistance.
- An Axe to Grind: Uses throwing axes.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes his first appearance since "Jet".
- Conflicting Loyalties: His old life and hatred for the fire nation vs. his new life and love who happens to be proud of her fire nation heritage.
- Running Gag: People congratulating him on his relationship with Kori, it happens so much that he starts to take offence.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Non-married example with Kori, and many people enthusiastically congratulate him for it.
- With Us or Against Us:
Sneers: This is it, Aang! You choose to either defend Yu Dao with us... or doom us.
- Kori does this to him, after he lets it slip that he's part of the protest looking to evict the Fire Nation from Yu Dao. Although rather than frame it as an issue of nations, as she had done to Zuko in the first volume, Kori presents it as protecting the city of Yu Dao itself.
- Uses a guilt-trip version of this on Aang.
Toph's Metalbending Students
A group of kids Toph noticed had metalbending potential, and brought them in to train.
- Berserk Button: Toph and Sokka try to press them to get them to metalbend, but it backfires and they faint instead.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Ho-Tun, The Dark One, and Penga respectively.
- Chekhov's Skill: Spinning helmets is very helpful in subduing soldiers without killing them.
- Dishing Out Dirt: Obviously, in order for them to be potential metalbenders.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Toph is this to them. A typical communication goes like this, "Stop slacking off, lily livers!"
- Extra-ore-dinary: What Toph tries to teach them.
- Power Born of Madness: Played for laughs. Toph finds them when they demonstrate extreme emotion, which can ever-so-slightly affect nearby metal....But the only people who get extremely emotional in public are, in Sokka and Toph's words, "crazy people."
- Rival Dojos: They stage a duel with Master Kunyo's firebending school over the property rights to a training dojo. The metalbenders win.
- Took a Level in Badass: After learning metalbending.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Is very pale, and has a creepy attitude.
- Emo Teen: Generally acts annoyed and depressed.
- Embarrassing First Name: His real name is Moo-Chee-Goo-Chee-La-Poo-Chee the Third.
- Only Sane Man: He's the only one to see through Sokka's ruse in one of his ploys to get them to metal bend.
- Ship Tease: With Yee-li, the Air Acolyte, in part three of The Rift.
- Spear Counterpart: To Mai at first. Word of God admits that they eventually gave him his love of poetry to try and distance the two characters.
- So Beautiful It's a Curse: The reason for his emo attitude oddly. He loves poetry, but feels people only ever saw his looks.
- Too Many Belts: It's part of the Goth thing.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Both Sokka and Toph can't believe anyone would name their kid his real name. The answer to this is obvious, since he's "The Third": his grandfather obviously decided that his suffering needed to be passed on to later generations.
- All Women Love Shoes: Is obsessed with them. In her flashback introduction she is crying that she can't have more. Later Toph and Sokka try to use this to get her to metalbend, but it backfires.
- Badass Adorable: When she learns metalbending and is not being a Spoiled Brat.
- Self-Proclaimed Love Interest: Claims Sokka is her boyfriend, but later switches to Ho-Tun.
- Spoiled Brat: Acted like this, crying when she can't have more shoes, before the Character Development brought on by metalbending training.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only girl among the students.
- Ambiguously Brown: His race is not very clear.
- The Big Guy: The largest student in stature.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: His Verbal Tic believing everyone's doomed.
- I Ate WHAT?!: His flashback introduction has him eat a wasp in his soup.
- Lovable Coward: Initially acts constantly afraid, but learning metalbending helps this.
- Never Say "Die": Is constantly worried about everything being 'doomed'. According to Gene Yang, Ho-Tun was originally worried about death. Nick nixed that as being inappropriate for the comic's younger demographic. Gene Yang admitted it was funnier this way.