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You cannot be serious. You just can't. You give a falcon-themed race car driver his own, you give a bike courier with the power to control lightning 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. Ahem...it 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 out of nowhere. 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, without saying goodbye, without any help, and without warning, and we were just left to be sitting ducks. Even worse, 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 destroyed. 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:

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I am the greatest earthbender in the world!!

I know that sounds egomaniacal at first, but trust me, I can prove it in about a second. Anyway, how about a little life story? I was born as the only child of the Beifong family from Gaoling. In case you don't know, it's the richest people in Ba Sing Se; heck, probably the whole world, next to the Earth Kingdom rulers and the Fire Nation. I was born blind, so I was sheltered by my parents, who believed me being blind made me fragile and incapable of looking after myself, which was not true at all. They went to extreme measures to protect me, including hiding my entire existence from the rest of the world, which resulted in very few people knowing that my family even had a daughter. My parents expected me to be well-mannered and proper due to their noble status in Earth Kingdom society, something with which I absolutely hated, and it caused me to resent my parents' treatment, and resent my parents in general.

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When I was six, I ran away from home and hid in a cave inhabited by badgermoles. This is when one of the best things in my life happened; I learned the incredible art of earthbending. I don't know if you know this, but badgermoles were the first earthbenders, and the badgermoles and I understood each other perfectly, since we were both blind. In fact, I learned how to earthbend by mimicking their movements. Even better, I learned how to "see" with my earthbending. I was able to detect people and other objects through their vibrations in the ground, which I could sense through the ground with just my own two feet. In fact, my blindness and patience helped me develop a keen sense of hearing.

My father Lao Beifong later hired the earthbending teacher Master Yu to instruct me. As if I needed any. Under orders from my father, he didn't teach me anything other than beginner's moves, and he didn't know that I already achieved mastery in the art of earthbending. I became such a powerful earthbender that I secretly entered the underground earthbending tournament Earth Rumble VI, and I became known as the Blind Bandit, and won so many battles, I became the champion of Earth Rumble VI more than once. Then one day, it happened. I didn't know it yet, but I was about to finally earn my freedom. It was the day...that I met Aang (or Twinkle-Toes, as I like to call him). It was just a simple day for me; just competing in Earth Rumble VI, keeping other earthbenders from stealing the championship I had worked so hard to earn. In fact, it happened when I took on the Boulder. You should have seen the look on his face when I earthbended him into a leg split! Then Xin Fu made someone from the audience face me in battle. And someone challenged me. It was Aang. I thought it would be easy, just take him out and take the money. But Aang proved to be tougher then I thought. In fact, the fight had gone on for a few seconds, and when I earthbended a boulder at him, he just blew me out of the ring. He beat me. The champion. The big guy. The mass dragon. I spent most of my career defeating the strongest earthbenders in the world in a few seconds, and he just beat me in mere seconds. I felt it was stunning to be beaten, and I just stormed out of the arena. Somehow, Aang and his friends tracked me back to my home. I earthbended them into the air, and I wanted to know who they were. It took a guard summoning, a messed up dinner, and a few seconds of messing with him to understand what was really going on. Later, we got jumped by some of the wrestlers at Earth Rumble VI. I guess they thought I took a dive and split the money with Aang. Although help did come, they only freed me, and they were planning on selling Aang to the Fire Nation. But I fought to free him, while my parents were there. So, yeah. I showed them what I'm really made of. But they decided to guard me 24 hours a day. After the few hours of hanging with Aang, there was no way I was going back to that. So I ran away. I threw away my money, my riches, everything that I had, so that I could not only leave my parents, who never granted me any real freedom, but to play my part and teach Aang earthbending, which I did as soon as I took the belt back.

So, that's pretty much it. And 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 Aang, I would've just still been in that house without any freedom, and I wouldn't have had the chance to show the world what I'm made of, and taught Aang one of the most powerful techniques in the world.

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. 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. I'm glad I wasn't poorly translated in that trainwreck.


Everything about me

  • Achilles' Heel: I...admit I'm very reliant on my "tremor sense" to function. Unfortunately, it's not foolproof, and has a few holes. First, I can't sense anything in water or the air. As such, I can't swim and I'm extremely vulnerable to aerial attacks. Second, standing on anything other than solid earth will affect my "vision," making me weaker or helpless depending on circumstances. When I stand on wood, I have to hold Aang's arm while walking. Finally, taking out my footing or injuring my feet will leave me truly blind until I recover.
  • 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 embrace 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 me 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: I taught Aang earthbending.
  • Badbutt: I am a tiny blind girl who acts like a pro wrestler within the bounds of a kid's show. In fact, the directors said it was hilarious to watch Jessie Flower, an adorable, angel-faced little girl, spout wrestler trash talk during recordings. I cannot blame them. But she is amazing.
  • Beyond the Impossible: I invented metalbending, something that was stated to be impossible for many earthbenders to do so.
  • The Big Gal: Yes! Well, not physically, but by personality and by my bending 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'm 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.
  • Blinding Bangs: Yes, the Super Deformed Shorts and some of the comics have me having these. Though, they can't actually make me more blind.
  • Blind Mistake:
    • Sigh. While I was struggling in the water after Katara's ice bridge broke, I mistook Suki for Sokka and kissed her on the cheek. I've been trying to forget it ever since.
    • I tried to prove I can put up posters despite my blindness and put them up on the wrong side.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: I'm a blind earthbending master.
  • Blue Blood: The Beifongs are 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 Bratty Half-Pint and Entitled Bastard when I first joined the Gaang. 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 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 Rich Kid 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, Iroh).
  • Child Prodigy: I'm one of the youngest benders you get to see, yet I'm already one of the most powerful non-Avatar earthbenders. Also, I invented metalbending on the fly when I was captured, which was believed to be an impossible skill. And by the finale 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?
  • 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". The animators paid special attention to this; whenever I'm shown asleep, I have my feet out of contact with the ground as the equivalent of "closing my eyes."
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: During Aang's earthbending training, I was tough, critical and used methods like "hold still while a large boulder rolls its way towards you".
  • Dude Magnet: Well, there was Satoru in the comic who took an 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, 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.
      Later
      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...Whoops, 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: A non-romantic example. Aang saw me in a vision before ever having met me. When they do run into me a short time later, Aang is positively convinced that I, and no-one else, was destined to be his earthbending teacher.
  • 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: Me and Katara's tale in The Tales of Ba Sing Se makes it 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: 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 Achilles' Heel is hit.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: 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 them and thus why they 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 prevent Aang from finding a firebending master quite bluntly, despite me pointing out that he was being sincere to them and he has done some good, like rescuing Appa. This is rather astounding, because I never really cared about these things when I met them, but later on, I see the bigger picture.
      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 do this. 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, but I'm one of the most kick-butt characters in the entire series.
  • Little Miss Con Artist: 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. It ended up blowing up in our face eventually.
  • 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, like Azula.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: A fact that I dealt with by joining an underground fighting tournament and mopping the floor with anyone who challenged me.
  • Meaningful Name: Played with. 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 claim 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 subvert a Weaksauce 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.
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: In the North and South comic, I describe the Beifong Metalbending Academy as "the most prestigious metalbending school in the world". One of my students pointed out we're the only school but I saw it as the point since we do something that used to be considered impossible until I learned how to do it.
  • The Pig Pen: A mild case. Despite eschewing most sorts of hygiene, especially where my feet are concerned, I don't look it unless attention is drawn to it. I also mention that I pick my nose a lot.
  • 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: Mentioned in an interview. According to the creator, I'm the strongest bender in the group (though this obviously doesn't count Aang in the Avatar State). Personally, I consider myself this, next to Aang, Zuko and Katara, since 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: Inverted. The Lonely Rich Kid is recruited by the itinerant monk and his two near-penniless sidekicks. However, I very much live as if I'm in the gutter.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: 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 my Achilles' Heel was active at the time. 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.
  • 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 in my intro.
  • 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, but I dropped it after he and Suki became a couple.
    • The comics have me being ship teased with Satoru, who considers me his hero; needless to say, his praising of me melted the ice.
    • Korra's tale has me revealing 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 in the group's plans, but will help them.
  • Static Character: Compared to the other mains, I don't get a lot of Character Development. Lampshaded in the time Aang went missing days before Sozin's Comet arrived. When Sokka proposed we split up into groups to find him, I wanted to go with Zuko, since Aang, Katara and Sokka got to have a Character Development adventure with him note , and now it's my turn. You did see me trying to talk to him about my parents, but he wasn't much interested so I dropped it, and no such development is had. Shame.
    • The adventures after Ozai's defeat, I did attempt to avert this. I learn some humility while teaching metalbending and my Ship Tease with Sato gives some insight to my growing interpersonal skills. I probably did it so when Korra met me, I could be seen to develop.
  • Street Smart: Part of why I'm the Team Face and not Aang: 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 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.".
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Katara's a full-blown Action Girl, but her role as the Team Mom and Lady of War fighting tactics mean that she often clashed with my more laid-back, One of the Guys mannerisms.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 refuse to admit it. Wait...oh, come on!
  • 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: Not so much in personality - I actually tend to be the most knowledgeable of Team Avatar (well, next to Aang, who has a hundred years of knowledge behind him, and Sokka, who's The Smart Guy of the team), 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 tremorsense 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 be 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.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: I can fake it perfectly, as when I show up in a white dress in my parents' home - except I 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 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. I however one-up them by being younger than Aang physically too. (He's technically 112).
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