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Alright, I got someone to take over the typing bit. I was starting to worry you'd actually make me do the whole page.

So anyway. You cannot be serious. You just can't. You give a falcon-themed race car driver his own, you give a sociopathic little boy his own, you even give an evil talking monkey his own, and yet it took you this much time to give me my own Self-Demonstrating page on TV Tropes?! I'm shocked, I tell you. Shocked!!


Sigh. Anyway, introduction time. I'm Toph Beifong, one of the many female characters on the hit animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you don't know what happens in it, I'll tell you. mainly takes place in a world where most of the people have developed the incredible skill of bending, which enables us to combine our fighting styles and spiritual energy together to control the legendary four elements: water, earth, fire, and air. Together many people and benders alike made nations that fit their respective element. They are, in this order; the Water Tribe, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. A long time ago, all four of these nations lived together in peace and harmony. But sadly everything changed for the worse when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, the only one able to master all four of the elements, could take care of them. Unfortunately for all of us, when the world needed him most, he just vanished, and we were just left to be sitting ducks. Because of this, a massive war took all the peace and strangled it like it was just a mere throat in the millions of people that we lost fighting it. The biggest casualty has to have been the Air Nomads, since Fire Lord Sozin launched an attack that left the Nomads a little worse for the wear. About a hundred years of this war has been going on, and many fear that the Avatar's cycle of reincarnation was broken. But one day, Katara and Sokka, two Water Tribe siblings, found the new Avatar; an airbender, and by extension, the last airbender. The airbender's name is Aang, and while he is an amazing airbender, he has to learn the other elements before he can save the world. Now that you're caught on what the show is about, now it's time to tell you who I am. I'm a young girl who is one of the members of Team Avatar, a group of young heroes that have dedicated their summer, and by extension, their lives, to save the world from the clutches of the evil Fire Nation's rule. I'm Aang's earthbending teacher, as well as the team's only earthbender. Here's a description of who I am in just one little sentence:


I am the greatest earthbender in the world!!

I know that sounds egocentric at first, but trust me, I can prove it in about a second. Anyway, if you want my life story, you're gonna hafta either watch the show or read on. I'll be honest, I got a lot done with Aang and his friends. I held my own in battle, wriggled my toes in the grass (which might have been fur), heck, I even invented metalbending, which no one in the entire world had done. So yeah, I am an invaluable part of Team Avatar, and if it wasn't for me, Aang would've never learned earthbending, the world would've been doomed, and I wouldn't have had the chance to show the world what I'm made of.

Anyway, I'm mainly voiced by the cute babyfaced little girl named Jessie Flower, which kinda contrasts with my rough and tumble exterior. I suggest you read all of this in her voice, since her voice is pretty much mine. Okay okay, I would eventually be voiced by Kate Higgins and Philece Sampler (Rest well in the Spirit World) in the sequel series, if you prefer me being bash as an adult that is. And once you're done, earthbend as far away from here as possible. Your life will be ruined if you don't.

And for crying out loud, please forget about the movie. Just watch the show. We all know how much of a trainwreck that was. I'm just glad I wasn't in it.

Everything about me

  • Achilles' Heel: ...okay, so maybe I'm very reliant on my "tremor sense" to function. Unfortunately, while it's very useful, it's not foolproof, and has a few holes.
    • First off, I can't sense anything if it's in water or in the air. As such, I can't swim and I'm extremely vulnerable to aerial attacks. I guess I should be lucky that there weren't any airbenders besides Aang in the past 100 years, or else I really would've been helpless.
    • Secondly, standing on anything other than solid earth will affect my "vision," making me weaker or helpless depending on circumstances. When I stood on wood, I had to hold Aang's arm while walking.
    • Finally, taking out my footing or injuring my feet will leave me actually blind until I get better.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: I'm the second girl in the second season, so yeah.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Well, Girl: Yes, yes, and yes. I'm a blind girl that makes it known that I'm the greatest earthbender in the world whenever I get the chance. And I've got the skills to prove it. I've participated in an underground fighting tournament and instantly became its champion, repeatedly got into fights with huge guys with arms larger than I am just to curbstomp them seconds later, created metalbending, and I overall live and breathe this trope. When I found out that the Ember Island Players' play chronicling our adventures was portraying me as a burly man who sees by screaming, I was ecstatic.
  • Badass Adorable: On the outside, you usually see a cute little girl. On the inside, you see one of the strongest earthbenders in the world between Xin Fu, who ran Earth Rumble VI, and King Bumi, who can earthbend with his face.
  • Badass Boast: I called myself "the greatest earthbender in the world" after I metalbended out of an inescapable cage. My captors were horrified, and rightfully so.
  • Badass Teacher: Who taught Aang earthbending?
  • Badbutt: I'm a tiny blind girl who acts like a pro wrestler within the bounds of a kid's show.
  • Beyond the Impossible: I invented metalbending, something that was stated to be impossible for many earthbenders to do so.
  • The Big Gal: Yes! Well, you don't see it physically, you see it through my personality and my earthbending skills. The Ember Island Players' play made fun of this since an actual big guy played me in the play they made about our adventures.
  • Bizarre Alien Senses: My ability to "see" using earthbending counts as this, as the closest thing to it in your world could be snakes or elephant's ability to detect low-frequency sounds through the ground.
  • Black Comedy: I have absolutely no problem using my blindness for a laugh or two or to make a point.
  • Black Magician Girl: I happen to be a twelve-year-old girl and snarking goddess who deals mountains of damage to villains. I also love dealing out a good offensive smackdown using my earthbending.
  • Blind Mistake:
    • ...(sigh) It happened during the Serpent's Pass incident. While I was struggling in the water after the Serpent smashed Katara's ice bridge, I mistook Suki for Sokka after she saved me and kissed her on the cheek. I've been trying to forget about it ever since.
    • While we were looking for Appa, I tried to prove I can put up missing posters of Appa despite my blindness...and I ended up putting one of them upside down, so, yeah, fail.
    • When Sokka tried to challenge Zuko to a sword duel, I held up a poster cheering for Zuko, upside down. The Duke noticed and fixed it.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: I'm a blind earthbending master.
  • Blue Blood: Okay, there only was one upside to my family: they're a well-known family, complete with a family crest. I'm usually not one to brag about it, but my aristocratic background has come in handy on a few occasions.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: "Yeah! Let's break some rules!" SMASH!
  • Break the Haughty: I admit I was a bit of a spoiled little piece of work with a massive sense of entitlement when I first joined Aang, Katara, and Sokka. After being told by Zuko's uncle Iroh that good friends help one another out, I started to grow out of it, but it wasn't until I failed to protect Appa from being kidnapped by sandbenders that humility really became an important virtue for me.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: I show affection by punching people.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: When the team needed to infiltrate high society, I said that Aang and Sokka would stick out like sore thumbs. When they pointed out that I was the biggest slob in the group, I fired back that I was a lonely girl whose parents forced me to act cultured, I just chose not to.
  • Brutal Honesty: I'm often brutally honest when criticizing others, especially my friends. In fact, I'm very honest about my opinions on others regardless of status (in this case, the Avatar, Aang) or age (in this case, Zuko's uncle, Iroh).
  • Child Prodigy: I'm one of the youngest benders you get to see, yet I'm already one of the most powerful not-the-Avatar earthbenders. Also, I invented metalbending on the fly when I was captured, which was believed to be an impossible skill. And by the time Sozin's Comet came knocking, I'm able to sandbend, despite saying that I hated sand when we were in the desert. Eat your heart out, Anakin Skywalker.
  • Cool Crown: Sometime after Fire Lord Ozai's defeat, I switched out my headband for a green tiara. It reflects my new position as head of the Beifong Metalbending Academy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The second I show up, I deliver one of these to the group of professional earthbenders in Earth Rumble VI.
    • Also, Team Avatar, which includes me, easily decimated the palace guards on our way to find the Earth King.
  • Cute Bruiser: I'm the shortest of all of Team Avatar, yet I manage to dole out the most butt-kicking of all of them.
  • Dig Attack: I can do this: since I "see" through vibrations in the ground, I know where the enemy is even underground.
  • Disability Superpower: Although blindness isn't really a requisite for an earthbender to use my method of "seeing", it did lead me to focus my senses to an unprecedented degree, allowing me to see things approaching or beneath me in great detail and leading to my invention of metalbending.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Along with Disabled Snarker. Some of the show's best lines are from me, especially when I'm talking trash to my opponents. For instance:
    Me (to Bumi): Look, Pops, just because you're as old as dirt doesn't mean you know how to bend it.
  • Disabled Snarker: Mostly at Sokka's expense.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Uh, hello, earthbender?
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: During Aang's earthbending training, I was tough, critical, and I used methods like "hold still while a large boulder rolls its way towards you". Eventually I lightened up on him after I butted heads with Katara.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: I have a reason for that. Because I'm blind, my bare feet are the strongest connection I have to the world. Anything that's not solid ground (or even moderate bandaging) dampens my "vision". I made sure to prove it too; whenever I'm asleep, I have my feet out of contact with the ground as the equivalent of "closing my eyes."
  • Dude Magnet: Well, there was Satoru when we went to that refinery who took an almost-instant liking to me. Then, there's the two guys who fathered my daughters, one's name being Kanto.
  • Evil Laugh: I let out an amazing maniacal laugh when I was acting as the Melon Lord. I loved every single second of it!
  • Extra-ore-dinary: How many times do I have to mention that I invented metalbending?
  • The Face: I'm the youngest member of Team Avatar, and yet I'm the one with the most social savvy, due to being raised by rich socialites. Technically, it should be Aang, since he's the Avatar and not me, but I'm usually the one doing the talking.
  • Foil:
    • I'm sort of this to Mai. Both of us were raised by very fancy families that suppressed them, what with my parents overprotecting me because of my blindness and Mai's parents keeping her well-behaved so she didn't jeopardize her dad's political career. I responded by defying my parents, acting out, and really enjoying my earthbending, whereas Mai obeyed them, becoming very insular and apathetic to almost everything.
    • Sometimes, I'm this to Aang. Our upbringings are quite different, as Monk Gyatso believed in letting Aang be a kid, while my parents forced me to learn tradition and propriety. As a result, I start to wonder if Aang's trying to hold onto his past, while Aang wonders if I'm trying too hard to run away from my past.
  • Friendless Background: Due to being sheltered from the outside world by my EXTREMELY overprotective parents, I never made a friend before meeting Aang, Katara, and Sokka. Me becoming part of Team Avatar was important to me changing for the better. The only friends I had were badgermoles.
  • Forgot the Disability: The rest of the group (especially Sokka) tends to forget about me being blind, leading to many of my legendary one-liners.
    Sokka: It's so dark in here, I can't see a thing!
    Me: Oh no, what a nightmare!
    Sokka: Sorry.
    • It didn't happen when Sozin's Comet arrived, when Sokka, Suki and I took over a Fire Nation airship:
      Me: That's a great idea, let the blind girl steer the giant airship.
      Sokka: I was talking to Suki.
      Me: That...would make a lot more sense.
    • On one adventure it happened twice:
      Sokka: Toph, when I was in town, I found something that you're not gonna like. [holds up wanted poster for Toph]
      Me: Well, it sounds like a sheet of paper, but I'm guessing you're referring to what's on the sheet of paper.
      Katara: What's this? [holds up the same poster]
      Me: I don't know! I mean seriously, what's with you people? I'm blind!
    • Have a look-see already...Oh, wait!
  • The Gadfly: I love to use my blindness to mess with the rest of the group, such as saying that Sokka's poorly drawn picture of Appa looks just like him, or shouting that I've spotted Wan Shi Tong's Library while we were flying on Appa's back.
    Me: There it is!
    [everyone scans in the direction I'm pointing, and one by one, silently glare at me]
    Me: ... that's what it'll sound like when one of you spots it.
    [I put on a big, dopey grin and wave one of my hands back and forth over my eyes]
  • Girl of My Dreams: Not that Aang had a crush on me, but he saw me in a vision before ever having met me. When Aang, Katara, and Sokka did run into me a short time later, Aang was positively convinced that I, and no one else, was destined to be his earthbending teacher. And he was absolutely right.
  • Good Is Not Nice: I may be just as heroic, brave, and self-sacrificing as any other member of the team, but I'm still a bit of a jerk who rarely opens up to anybody.
  • Handicapped Badass: I'm blind, but I can "see" by sensing vibrations with my feet.
  • Has a Type: All of my crushes and love interests are decent guys.
  • Hidden Depths: When Katara and I went on a girls' day out, it was made rather clear that for all of my claims of not caring what others think of my looks, I'm actually quite hurt by such rejection.
  • Hot-Blooded: There's a reason why the Ember Island Players chose to portray me the way they did.
    "I am not Toph! I am MELON LORD! MUAHAHAHA!" Oh, that feels good!
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: It's a mild case, and it's kept in the background for the most part. It's most evident during me and Katara's "girl's day out" and whenever my feet are shot.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: I kinda have this with Zuko's uncle Iroh, but hey, it's Iroh.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As rude as I am, I can be right at times:
    • When we were all arguing due to exhaustion, I was the first to point out that Appa's shedding was the reason why Azula and those girls were able to keep following us and thus why we couldn't sleep, but I admit I took it too far by blaming Appa, though that could also be due to being tired. We were all at each other's throats that day.
    • I also called out Aang, Katara, and Sokka on letting their personal experiences with Zuko keep Aang from finding a firebending master quite bluntly, despite me pointing out that he was being sincere to us and he has done some good, like rescuing Appa. That especially was rather astounding, because I never really cared about these things when I met them, but later on, I saw the bigger picture. How's that for being blind?
      Me: You're all forgetting one crucial fact: Aang needs a firebending teacher! We can't think of a single person in the world to do the job. Now one shows up on a silver platter, and you won't even think about it!? I'm beginning to wonder who's really the blind one around here.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite my tough exterior, I'm not above warming up during intimate moments, as evidenced when I join in group hugs with Team Avatar and hold hands with Aang at the prospect of friendships lasting more than one lifetime.
  • The Lad-ette: The musclebound, belching, spitting hulk that was in the play near the end of the story? That's me on the inside.
  • Large Ham: I'm a rare little girl variant. Play it once more:
  • Lessons in Sophistication: Surprisingly, I can pull this off. I was born into Earth Kingdom High society, so I know how to act like a proper lady, I just choose not to. I'm able to help clean up Katara for a palace party hosted by the Earth King but I don't even attempt with Sokka and Aang. They're that hopeless. Call it rude if you want.
  • Little Miss Badass: I'm only twelve (and so is Aang physically for that matter), but I'm one of the most kick-butt characters in the entire series.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: Yeah, I did this at one point. We all like to call it the Runaway story. When Sokka, Aang, and I went to town for some fun, we decided to get money by exploiting people's notion that since I'm blind I'm no threat. Katara warned us that it would end up blowing up in our face eventually...and she was unfortunately right.
  • Living Lie Detector: I can do this through my seismic sense, although some characters do get away with lying on some occasions. More specifically, I seem to be unable to detect the falsehoods of sociopathic or pathological liars, who can say the most ludicrous or subtle lie without it having any kind of effect on their physiology for me to pick up on at all. Take Azula for example.
  • Logical Weakness: Even with my seismic sense, I do have some weaknesses compared to everyone else in Team Avatar.
    • I'm completely blind if I'm standing on anything that isn't solid earth. If I get lifted off the ground, or walk on ice, or get thrown into water, I can't see.
    • While I did learn how to bend metal, like all the other earthbenders, I can't bend wood. I got a hard reminder of this when Combustion Man paid some people to throw me in a wooden cell. Though I have to wonder how he knew about my skills.
    • I can't do anything that involves actually needing to see with eyes. So writing or putting up posters is an instant fail.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Yeah, and I dealt with it by joining an underground fighting tournament and mopping the floor with anyone who challenged me.
  • Meaningful Name: My name's this to a certain extent, since it's kanji. In the adventure with the Serpent's Pass, the name on my passport reads 拓芙 "supported lotus", which hardly describes me at all, but matches my parents' view of me being delicate and helpless. Averted in me and Katara's "Girl's day out" where the spelling of my name temporarily changed to 托夫 "entrusted man", before going back to 拓芙 when we met the Earth King.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: In my case, this relates specifically to my earthbending. I'm clearly very strong for my size and age, often hurting my own teammates, no pushovers themselves, with playful punches. However, situations where I don't have it tend to emphasize my helplessness. This is partly because it takes away the Disability Superpower that allows me to bypass my blindness, but I never demonstrate superior martial arts skills when not aided by my earthbending.
  • Never Learned to Read: I have a reason for that. I'm blind in a world without what you readers call "Braille". As such, Sokka's plan to forge a letter from me to help me reconcile with Katara falls flat. I don't know what he was thinking. And he's supposed to be the brains of Team Avatar!
  • Never Mess with Granny: I eventually have grandkids around the time of Korra and I'm still a force to be reckoned with.
  • The Nicknamer: I call Aang "Twinkle Toes", as he's very light on his feet, with his being an airbender and all (well, compared to the powerful, deliberate stomps of a master earthbender like me, anyway).
  • No Hero to His Valet: One of my defining characteristics is that I don't give Aang special treatment even though he's the Avatar. He may be the student, but I treat him like an equal and friend, to the point where I never fail to vocally criticize Aang to his face when I think it's needed.
  • Not Hyperbole: When I say that I'm the greatest earthbender in the world, you better believe I can back that up. I'm the girl who duelled King Bumi, who literally had a hundred years of experience on him, and can earthbend with his face, and I fought him to a draw! At age 12! Even earlier, I figured out how to turn over a major weakness of earthbending by figuring out metalbending, which no one in history had done before. When the new Avatar, Korra, took over, this claim still applies. Even when there's earthbenders like Lin, Ghazan, and Kuvira.
  • Obfuscating Disability: While my eyes honestly do not work, I occasionally hide my earthbending-linked tremor sense to play up the appearance of a helpless blind little girl. Again, remember the Runaway story.
  • Odd Friendship: Well, like everyone else, I met some rather unusual people, but we're all good friends nevertheless.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: In the North and South fiasco, I proudly called the Beifong Metalbending Academy as "the most prestigious metalbending school in the world". One of the lily-liver—my students pointed out we're pretty much the only metalbending school but I saw it as kind of the point since we do something that used to be considered impossible until I learned how to do it.
  • The Pig-Pen: I'm a mild case. Even though I avoid almost all and any personal hygiene, especially where my feet are concerned, I don't look it unless someone else sees it. I also mention that I pick my nose a lot...and my toes. Twice. It felt great, ok?
  • Parents as People: Okay, so maybe I wasn't the best mother to either of my daughters, but what would you expect from someone whose own parents tried to keep her sheltered her whole life because she just so happened to be blind? (sigh) Maybe I should've done the exact opposite of what my parents did, but nothing I say can justify not being a good enough parent. Hopefully, Zuko's doing better in the parenting position than I am.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: I'm absolutely tiny being a little over 4 feet tall, but my only non-Avatar rival in earthbending is King Bumi.
  • Power Levels: Personally, I consider myself the strongest bender in the group, though obviously I'm not counting Aang when he enters the Avatar State, and when you think about it, we're all pretty strong benders.
  • Rebellious Princess: I'm not actually royalty, but close enough. I rebelled against my parents because of how they stifled my freedom due to their overprotectiveness.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: It's kinda flip-flopped. Yours truly, the spoiled little rich girl, was recruited by the pacifistic monk and his two near-penniless sidekicks. However, I very much live as if I'm in the gutter, pretty much because I wasn't able to.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: I'm the snarky, blunt red to Katara's demure, caring blue.
  • Reflectionless Useless Eyes: I have these to show I'm blind.
  • Sad Clown: I, next to Zuko, when all is said and done, have more baggage than a cargo ship: I was always treated as a fragile thing by my parents, ran away from home after they said they'd be even more strict about protecting me (even after I showed first-hand that I was already one of the best earthbenders in the world at TWELVE), is legitimately torn over how I must have broken my parents' hearts and made them worry as a result, felt responsible for Appa having been kidnapped, and was actually terribly insecure about my blindness (despite acting like it's a non-issue normally). Outwardly, I seem like a total snark-bender who doesn't really care about anything, save for my friends.
  • Sadistic Choice: I was forced to choose between saving Appa from Sandbenders or saving the rest of the Gaang from a building that was being pulled into the Spirit World. I tried to Take a Third Option, but I wasn't to see very well due to the sand being very fuzzy. I wasn't very good at sandbending at the time, OK?
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: As a member of a powerful merchant family, I flashed my gold-bordered passport and made up something about "valets" and a "seeing-eye lemur" to get entry passes to Ba Sing Se for myself and the rest of the group from a humorless border official. Unfortunately, it doesn't work as well when I later tried to bluff my way into the Earth King's party without invitations. All the damage we did beforehand didn't help either.
  • Sent Into Hiding: I was this until meeting Aang. My overprotective parents kept me locked inside the grounds of their home (although I was able to sneak out to work as the Blind Bandit).
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Almost immediately you see the rough wrestler become a well-dressed lady when you first see me.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: I was raised to be this due to my blindness, but over the years I became much less sheltered thanks to figuring out how to leave the grounds in secret and learning how to earthbend.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: All of my love interests happened to be nice guys.
    • I did have a huge crush on Sokka. If it wasn't for him currently dating Suki, after Ozai went down and the war was over, I'd have probably kissed him until our lungs gave out.
    • That adventure at the Refinery had me show a bit of interest in Satoru, who considers me his hero; needless to say, his praising of me pretty much broke the mold.
    • When Korra came to town, I revealed the identity Lin's father — Kanto, who I deemed a "nice man", but our relationship didn't work out for reasons unknown.
  • Sour Supporter: Sometimes. I often vocally express my doubt about our game plans, but I will help my buddies out no matter what.
  • Street Smart: That's part of why I'm the Team Face and not Aang, even though he's the Avatar: I know how to take advantage of street situations. And it's more than just the street. At the custom official and for the Earth King's party I was the one doing almost all the talking.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: When I got trapped in a steel cage, Xin Fu was convinced that I couldn't escape because I wasn't able to bend metal. Turns out that it did help me, and I made metalbending happen. However, when I was put in a wooden cell, this time I really couldn't escape on my own, since wood isn't a bendable substance. Maybe one day, plantbending will become a thing.
  • Tiny Tyrannical Girl: To quote this "Dr. Eggman" guy, "I've always enjoyed telling people what to do.".note 
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Katara's a full-blown butt-kicker like me, but her role as the surrogate mom and her means of fighting tactics meant that she often clashed with my more laid-back, "I'm just one of the other burly men" ways.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: I kick butt and don't take nothing from nobody, but I do know high society manners and I actually enjoyed my spa day with Katara. Well, except for the feet part.
  • Took a Level in Badass: I was already a Master earthbender when Aang met me. I could take on most any earthbender, save Bumi, and win easily. How do I become even more awesome? By developing metalbending, something no one in the history of the world had done before.
    • And yes, in the future, I simply kicked Korra's butt without needing to use any hand motions. And don't think airbending is going to fool me anymore. I can easily dodge those air blasts.
  • Tsundere: I show affection for someone by punching their arm. I'm usually at my softest around Sokka but only at certain times, like I missed him but I didn't wanna admit it. Wait...oh, come on!
  • The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: I was once paired up against that emo sandbender named Gaara. I won, for none shall ever challenge the Greatest Earthbender in the world and live to tell the tale! Mwahahahahahaha!
  • Waif-Fu: Uh, not really. It does look like I have superhuman physical strength, but I'm really just using earthbending to lift things around me. When using only my own physical strength I'm actually quite weak, as shown when trying to lift a large metal mallet. I still pulled it off though.
  • The Watson: It's not so much in personality - I actually tend to be the most knowledgeable of our gang (well, next to Aang, who has a hundred years of knowledge behind him, and Sokka, who's the brains of our scrappy little group), who are all country mice - but my blindness means other characters will read stuff (all in Chinese or Japanese characters) out loud to me, and thus, you guys.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: I have a case of this, though unlike Zuko, it's more of trying to get my father to accept me for who I am as opposed to trying to please him.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • My tremor-sense isn't limited to what's in front of me, goes right through cover, and has a range of over a hundred meters, so as long as I'm part of the Gaang, no-one can sneak up on us. I pulled this off for twenty-six days, (in fact it's how we found the Western Air Temple) but the instant I got my feet burnt, Combustion Man showed up and started blowing everything to rubble.
    • When we went to Wan Shi Tong's library, the desert sand puts me at a relative disadvantage, as the looseness of it messes with the vibrations in the ground and blurs my vision. This ends up contributing to my failure to protect Appa from being caught by the sandbenders. I was already struggling to defend Appa because I also had to concentrate on keeping the library from sinking into the ground, but even when I tried to attack the sandbenders, my aim was slightly off due to the shiftiness of the sand. Eventually, I realized I had to cut my losses and put all of my effort into holding up the library, sadly allowing for Appa's capture. I've hated looking back on that ever since, and now that my sandbending has improved since, history will most certainly not be repeating itself!
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: I can fake it perfectly, as when I show up in a white dress in my parents' home - except I really, really, really don't like it. Before leaving home I moonlight that as a pro wrestler, and once I'm free of my parents' supervision and can act the way I want to, I prove to be very crude, aggressive, and unladylike indeed. Remind me why exactly you were glad that there was another girl in the group, Katara?
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: In more serious moments, I don't use nicknames.
  • Younger Mentor, Older Disciple: I'm the youngest out of all the people to teach Aang earthbending, although he's technically older than most of his mentors anyway. However, I one-up them by being younger than Aang physically too. (He's technically 112.)