Top 10 Avatar: The Last Airbender Characters

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The Top Ten

1 Zuko Zuko Prince Zuko is a fictional character in Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Zuko is a master firebender and his younger sister is Azula . He is the son of Prince Ozai and Princess Ursa .

Zuko is most likely one of the most well put together characters I've ever seen in any show in general. He has a very good backstory and is a very heroic person but seems very brutal and tough to try to hide it. He was never evil, even in book 1. He was just confused in life and vulnerable with no guidance and hiding it by acting stubborn and brash when on the inside he was crying for help. All he had left was his uncle Iroh and he was letting his outer personality get the best of him by making him constantly deny the love and compassion Iroh was attempting to give to him. Zuko was allowing his father's teaching of "respect" force a destiny upon him causing him to believe that he had to restore his honour when he had the answer right in front of him the whole time. He constantly let the judgment of his father get the best of him. He had to live with a broken, unhappy family with a father that treated him like a stranger and a sister that treated him like a ragdoll and a punching bag. ...more - epicGX1

Where do I start? Zuko is possibly the most well-built and dynamic character that has ever been created in any form of media. He goes through so many struggles and despite all of the criticism, problems, battles, and doubts about himself, he was able to break through the proverbial walls and become the man that he was always destined to be. Zuko worked hard to survive and succeed, his uncle never too far away, waiting for his nephew to reach out to him and ask for his help. Zuko started out as the first villain that we ever saw and became the single most memorable character in the whole series! Zuko truly embodies what a real life looks like with all the struggles and doubts. He is the proof that a good character can actually be created if the time is put into them.

Zuko would probably have to be the most dynamic character on the show. He faces poignant struggles that are both internal and external, and the strengths and wisdom he discovers through his struggles are significant to many people's lives- the importance of family, the meaning of honour and of leadership, and the ever-important struggle between doing what is right and what is wrong. The last probably being the greatest struggle Zuko faces, as he finds out that what he thinks is the right thing and what others (his father, his uncle, his friends (old and new)) consider to be the right thing is not always the same. Also, he's and entertaining character that is fun to watch throughout his development. On a personal note, I love his flashbacks and his relationship with Uncle Iroh is probably my favourite in the series.

Zuko has an extremely complex and conflicting past and even ancestry that have all developed the great turmoil within him. Zuko had the farthest way to go yet because of his past struggles and failures he became the most deep and willful of all the characters.

2 Iroh Iroh General Iroh is a fictional character in Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Uncle Iroh is someone who I actually would like to have as an Uncle. He's smart and wise, not too overbearing, forever loving and compassionate - even when the other doesn't express the same feelings, and he always knows what to do, whether to speak in puzzles that become revelations or just to make some tea (Even if it gives him a rash). He is such a role model to Zuko (also one of the best characters, both in my mind tied at first) and to be honest me. He leads by example even if he isn't leading, and can't take the throne. He can always keep his cool, even to his brother who stole the kingdom from him, the rightful heir. He finds the best in everyone, even a crook who tries to mug him (good luck on that bud) and turns mistake into a learning experience. Just for some people to know, Uncle Iroh never truely dies, as he goes into the spirit world and lives among the spirits which basically slows down his aging (to a halt? No one is sure, but he appears the same in an episode of ...more

Iroh is a man of wisdom and kindness. His advice and knowledge is a great help to anyone he comes across in struggle, being the mugger he encountered in the alleyway or his nephew. Iroh is the reason why Zuko became such a wise and thoughtful young man, a piece of Iroh's personality stayed with Zuko. Iroh is definitely a character that cannot be easily compared to others, in the Avatar universe and outside of it as well.

The fact that this guy is not number one is absurd. Iroh is wise beyond years, is ridiculously powerful, and just plain funny. I've probably learned more things from his proverbs than anything else in my life. It is literally impossible to hate this man. Even Aang and co warm up to him very quickly after they discover that he's Toph's friend.

Iroh x Tea is best ship. - RoseWeasley

3 Toph Toph Toph Beifong is a fictional character in Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, voiced by Jessie Flower in the original series and Kate Higgins and Philece Sampler in the sequel series.

An imperfect powerful female character... exactly what the fiction of this century needs

I would have to give it to toph, I love Zuko but I think toph is also an interesting character, her introduction was spectacular, she's just the best

i like her

Interesting character - ElSherlock

4 Aang Aang Avatar Aang is a fictional character and the protagonist of Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender, voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen. Aang is the last surviving Airbender, a monk of the Air Nomads' Southern Air Temple.

Aang is not a weak person as so many people see in the show, but rather the strongest character if you ask me. I am one of the greatest fans of Avatar the last Airbender. You see, Aang was not there when the hundred year war started, but yet he managed to beat the firelord ozai. Before the hundred year war, Aang did not get the chance to fight anyone since the world was at peace. But if he was able to beat the firelord, it means Aang, the AVATAR, is, the STRONGEST character in the series.

Aang is by far my most FAVORITE character in the entire series. His character development throughout the show is amazing, and he definitely has his moments. I especially like how the writers of the show first introduce Aang as an adorable goofy kid who had to deal with a lot of stress and didn't want to be the Avatar because of the pressure, but overtime became more mature and more wise. He eventually accepted his role and knew his responsibilities to the world. What I like most about Aang is that he's very gentle, understanding, kind and forgiving. He's especially a good friend to all of Team Avatar. People insult him for being a wimp and a weakling because he didn't kill Ozai, but they fail to understand that it's how he was raised and it's in his nature. He's always willing to give second chances, even to the Fire Lord. I loved watching him grow up and make the decisions of an adult rather than a child, and I admire his cleverness and determination every time I re-watch this series

He is awesome master of all elements hello

Aang is such a brave young boy, but everyone seems to think of him as an immature, stupid, and carefree little boy. Aang has gone through so much in his life, and yet he's strong enough to be optimistic. He can come across as immature, but he's a very daring, courageous, and compassionate boy inside. People only like him because he's the protagonist of the whole show, but you have to look deeper inside of him to fully appreciate his strong heart.

5 Sokka Sokka Sokka is a fictional character in Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel series The Legend of Korra.

Sokka is an underrated character. He was not jut comic relief but instead a very complex character with multiple personality traits and dynamic character development. Sokka always felt very real to me because he was not just there to be the eccentric inventor or the trigger for laughs. He was deeper and more complex than people gave him credit for. He desperately wants to be a great warrior like his father and his insecurities lead to his arrogance and sexism in the first season ( arrogance that get him into many comedic situations). He realizes throughout the show that he is an asset to the team due to his creativity and ingenuity. He is also very supportive of others and will always make people laugh. In the end he embraces his abilities and in his own way becomes his father's son. He is also very protective of other especially his sister. Another interesting part of his personality is his natural skepticism. He is the only one who does not trust Jet when they first meet him. I ...more

Sokka is one of the most grounded fictional characters I've ever seen. Sure he's a goof, but that rounds him out even more. The way he confronts and deals with his insecurities and flaws throughout the series shows his determination, intelligence, and humility. I think that a person could learn a lot from watching him.

BOOMY! YOU CAME BACK! - Pokemonfan10

Sokka does not get the recognition he deserves - he keeps the group together, is the much needed comic relief, and him and his sister show an amazing sibling bond.

6 Katara Katara Katara is a fictional character in Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

Female characters in fantasy are usually a disappointment. Too often the writer will model them into a stereotype of some some flawless Mary-Sue, object and prize of affection, or token "girl of the group." Katara is the heart of team avatar and its mediator along with and. She is the nurturer who keeps the group together. Kindly nature, her story is flecked with some stubborn and controlling moments made relatable by the fact that she had to be a mother to her clan early on after loosing her own. Her repeatably dutiful, traditional personality, while writhe in our world world is one rarely seen in high fantasy. Defying trend and viewer expectation, Katara represents an unobtrusive character that Avatar would be remiss without.

She's amazing, and I feel like she deserves to be a little higher up on the list. Her character arc in the first season shows that hard work and determination ultimately pay off, and she's able to go toe-to-toe against powerful benders like Azula and Hama. I understand that a lot of people write her off as a snob and bossy and all of that but honestly if she wasn't all of those things who knows where the others could've ended up (my guess is jail in The Runaway). Also, her mother's death is all the more traumatic for her because her mother died protecting her, and in a sense that would cause an enormous amount of guilt to build up inside of her. All in all, she was totally badass in every way.

I don't understand how people can call Katara cardboard or boring because her personal growth throughout the series was apparent - from the naïve girl jealous of Aang's waterbending to someone powerful enough to defeat Azula and let her fury over her mother's death go. I know people tend to prefer Toph because she's a rebellious powerful tomboyish character, but even though I like Toph I love how they made Katara motherly, and unafraid to show her emotions, yet also incredibly powerful and feminist. These days strong female characters just have to balk at housework and other traditionally feminine tasks and be a masculine warrior, but you can be strong and a little feminine and Katara showed this to young girls. And, If it weren't for katara, would Aang have been found in the iceberg?

Prettiest and most tough character on Avatar, she is pretty and amazing and the best female, and other than Aang is the most important character on the show and best Nickelodeon character of All-Time and she is actually pretty funny. She was better than Toph ever was. Katara will always be remembered as the best Avatar character, Avatar female, and the best Nickelodeon character of ALL-TIME - rockrockmountain

7 Azula Azula Princess Azula is a fictional character and antagonist of Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

WARNING: This is gonna be really long,

i felt sorry for azula, she was a powerful firebending prodigy and a good bad guy, but I wish they could've redeemed her in the seri es. t here's just something more to her than just the badass, sadistic and manipulative bad guy, the writers of avatar were better than that, azula was a complex person with a complex personality and complex story, I wish we seen more of her in the seri es. i t wasn't her fault she became insane, she wasn't born evil, if only things worked out for her, she had a messed up life and family

her mother loved her, but was just concerned for her to the point were azula thought her mother ignored and despised her, azula was only shown disregard from her childhood, she thought zuko was the only one her mother truly loved. t his caused azula to lost her trust

zuko wasn't really the 'responsible big brother' that azula needed, zuko showed only weakness, hate, and cowardice towards azula, this might have ...more

I just love how strong, cunning and cool she is. She is totally the best firebender and the greatest villain in the entire series. And she's totally cute with her awkward lack of social skills.
Despite what other people thinks, she's not even pure evil: she's just the product of an abusive environment. Being a clever child, she quickly understood how to appeal to a cruel and authoritarian father. What did she gain, acting like this? Her mother started being partly afraid of her behaviour (so similar to that of her hateful husband), showing favoritism towards the meek Zuko. Azula's loneliness increased, together with the feelings of being unloved and unlovable. Scared of rejection and abandonment, she built relationships based on fear instead of honest friendship. The betrayal of Mai of Ty Lee was definitively the last straw that finally drove her into total madness (and what an awesome breakdown it is, full of pain and despair).
Does it mean all of her dreadful deeds are ...more

"Azula's fierce antagonist. She has no mercy to spare and is always perfect. Thou sometimes cringe... but definitely powerful firebender"

There were deep psychological themes with her character which made the show much more adult in nature, and allowing for the development of the series in general for an older audience, along side that her character allowed for multiple other characters to use her as a character that forced them to grow (Zuko obviously but also her own subordinates, and to an extent provided a face for her father).
As such while obviously the show could not have occurred without Aang it would likely not have been a cult classic without the character of Azula as the themes that made it great would have been lessened or perhaps even lost.

8 Appa

Appa is the man. A loyal pet, and provides some of the best comedy relief in the entire show. Yip-yip buddy.

Appa say it all. APPA

Who knew that a flying bison could be so badass

Keep your dragons, I want a flying bison.

9 Ty Lee Ty Lee

She is hot!

She's so cool! I always loved her sweet personality and she is very pretty. She can use chi blocking which is awesome! Vote for Ty Lee!

She I so pretty and hot. She can also use chi blocking and is very agile (even more agile than Azula )

She's definitely not the airhead some people think she is

10 Momo

he's so cute! why isn't he #1?! TT_TT

I love him, he's so funny. I'd prefer Momo over any new Disney Channel show (excluding Gravity Falls), new Nick show, and new Cartoon Network show any day.

He actually does some important things, like on the drill when he saves Aang.

Mai is more popular than Momo?


The Contenders

11 Mai

Mai is evil

Mai is a total badass who gets so much hate because of stupid fangirls. Pointless arguments made: 1. She's useless, only created as a love interest. Well you know what? Without Mai, half of team Avatar would've taken a nice dip in the boiling lake. Get your facts straight. 2. She and Zuko don't go well together. Once again, she saved his sorry butt even after he dumped her, and she stood up to Azula, straight up saying that she loves him more than she fears her. 3. Her personality is drab and undeveloped. Someone clearly hasn't seen "The Beach". And she's got some funny lines, too. example: "Just take the bear." 4. She's not a good fighter. Mai has beaten firebenders, Kyoshi warriors, KATARA(in case you forgot), etc. Mai is awesome, my 2nd favorite female character on the show(yes, I like her more than Katara(though Katara is awesome); However, Toph will always be #1)

Because she appears so boring she's interesting

It's not right that people don't like her because she's with Zuko! DEAL WITH IT YOU STUPID FANGIRLS! I love Zuko and Mai!

12 Suki

Suki is a badass. - RoseWeasley

Suki is so underrated. She's one of the most powerful fighters in the show, even without bending and she played a big part in the final battle.

Stop judging Suki on her relationship with Sokka! She is her own person and everyone should concentrate on how badass she is rather than her romantic issues.

I know Suki gets a lot of crap because everyone ships Sokka with Yue, or Toph, or Azula - even Ty Lee - but she's such a strong warrior and she was brilliant at the boiling rock.

13 Korra Korra Avatar Korra is the title lead character in Nickelodeon's animated television series The Legend of Korra, in which she is depicted as the current incarnation of the Avatar, responsible for maintaining peace and balance in the world.

Korra is an inspiring character and a fantastic protagonist. It's quite rare to see a strong realistic female lead in western animation. Especially in a Nickelodeon show. Although she is at first tomboyish, hot-headed and a bit reckless. She eventually grows into a mature, wise and a charismatic Avatar of great power and spiritual understanding. A worthy successor of Aang indeed.
Her character development is well written and her humanity is accurately depicted and the writers were wise not to focus too much on her as a hero, but rather as a person and also a good role model. For boys and girls alike.

Her arc was so good, though I don't like how they wrote off her development in the end as simply being "I had to learn compassion." For me, it was about how she was able to reconcile with herself in the final season. I loved Korra from the start, even though many people disliked her temper. She was fiercely driven, powerful, and unapologetic, and she shined as a character.

Korra had to go through a lot in her lifetime. Not to mention she's on her own after (spoiler! ) losing the connection to her previous lives, as shown on season 2.

She was the next avatar after Aang, I understand she had some problems mastering air bending, but she is very strong and clever.

14 Bolin

He's is hilarious and lovable and super hot

Hate him

Bolin is one of the best characters in LOK and one of the few that could've fit in ATLA. He's awesome

15 Bumi

Bumi is more important than one realises and is nit just any other side character. He was born just around the birthdate Avatar Aang did. He is Aang's last physical living node which bridges/links his past to his present. He greatly symbolizes childhood and past connections to Aang's life way before. He also is important since he thinks in many other different techniques and believes their are better solutions what seems obvious. In the second book when Omashu is destroyed it shows how Aang is losing his childhood and is moving on to when he left/escaped the Western Air Temple. Man of the other complementary items/attachments allocated with Bumi are usually purely comical. However he is still a huge inspiration that you can always be what you want to be even when it seems impossible while goofing off.

Bumi is the bomb!

Is this Uncle Bumi or Aang's 100 year old friend Bumi?

THROW THEM... a feast.

16 Jet

I just think jets group being called the freedom fighters was just brilliant and I know it's a but off topic but doesn't every terrorist group think they are just that? Freedom fighters? And to see themes like this, nods to real life issues like this, and characters like Jet in a kids show just blows my mind...

Jet is a little different comparing to the other characters Team Avatar met. When they first met Jet he seemed like a great leader who want to help out those who suffered with the Fire Nation after his own experience with them. For the most part it's true but Sokka was the only character that knew Jet's plot for revenge making Katara mistrust him when he flood a whole village in an attempt to kill Fire Benders and innocent lives. Jet soon realizes his mistakes and wants to make amends and heads to Ba Sing Se. I think the most memorable moment of Jet is when he met up with Aang and the others again and was wiling to help them find Appa by leading them into the Dai Li base of Lake Laogai. Sadly this was the first and last good thing he did for anybody, he died after getting hit by Long Feng's Earthbending which left him fatally wounded. I guess anybody can agree that Jet deserve that second chance that's why I think Jet is one of the best characters that happened in the series. RIP Jet.

Jet is just like me... Brave, Good looking, complicated. He was my favourite character by far in the series. I can't believe the fact that they killed him off. I could imagine Jet helping team Avatar in the final battle. He could have even saved Sokka and Toph instead of Suki doing it. He was such an amazing character and the best one in my opinion. He definitely deserves the number 1 spot on the list.

Jet is an interesting character that meets the eye. I'll admit, I hate how they portray him as the cliche good looking guy that starts up as the hero which turns out is not the hero and is actually a villain. What I like about him is his decision to change his ways and become a good guy for once. that's what made him original and a fitting character since he had a horrible past which is by far worse than Zuko's problems. I'm dissapointing that he was killed by Long Feng because he had so much room for a great character development. I wish he could've take his anger out on Colonel Mongke since he was practically cursed by him. Rather than kill him off why not focus on making him a better character, Team Avatar are great and all but the protagonists don't have to be the only relevant characters. Give Jet some attention.

17 Roku

Roku is one of the strongest Avatars ever and his fire bending abilities greatly surpass any fire lord. Also he can simultaneously bend the elements. In addition, his lava bending abilities are incredibly strong, so strong than he can bend multiple thick streams of magma at once. Lastly, without even trying he beat Fire Lord Sozin in less than 15 seconds.

He trained for about a decade, then he got married, intimidated and infuriated Sozin (provoking him even more to start the hundred year war), then he saved the inhabitants (by this I mean about 50 people) of a puny little island, and was left to die, THE END. Didn't do anything to stop the hundred year war (which I bet killed millions of people). Real cool Avatar. - TheCanadianLoyalist

I have this theory that Katara is the reincarnation of Avatar Roku's wife - Ta Min.

He's still awesome, even if he still believed in Sozin when he was at his jerkiest.

18 The Duke
19 Haru

He was an okay character.

20 Mako

Mako is a way better character than people give credit for. He lost his parents and raised his brother on the streets. With all he has done and been through, he has every right to have the cautious and reserved attitude he does and he can be as protective and jealous as he wants. Mako is misunderstood

Am I glad that Mako's in this list? He's like my favorite character in The Legend of Korra due to his personality being like mine. Besides, I have a thing for serious characters him, Karara, and Zuko. Funny people like Sokka and Bolin get on my nerves.

Mako is dull, and a pretty terrible character. He's pretty much only there to be a love interest for Korra, and he makes some bad decisions about love. Seriously, the show would be much better off without him. (And, for being the show's main firebender, he is NOTHING compared to Zuko.)

He for a moment bested Amon he should be above most of this list. But there are still people better than him.

21 Cabbage Merchant

He deserves some love.

'a surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage' cracked me up

By far the, Best. Character. Ever. - Sentimental


22 Tenzin
23 Piandao

He is so hot ugh daddy yes ugu so Kawaii

24 Hakoda
25 Kyoshi

Low key one of the 3 most powerful Avatars to ever exist WITHOUT COUNTING AVATAR STATE PERKS. Also her back story is really cool, oof (u can read it on The Rise of Kyoshi, a book by one of the series's creators)

I just love how uncompromising she is. Yeah I killed that Ching gu. And I lived to 230. And I created the secret police. And created an island. Deal with it.

Avatar Kyoshi "Yeah, I killed Chen. What are you going to do about it, punks? "

To be honest she kind of creeps me out with her big feet.

26 M. Night Shyamalan M. Night Shyamalan Manoj "M. Night" Shyamalan is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots and twist endings.

Best villain in the entire avatar universe

My favorite villian. - RoseWeasley


What the what

27 Varrick

Very funny and a little coo coo for coco puffs

28 Foamy Mouth Guy

Amazing role he played in the series. Like my heart stopped when he started to foam up.

This guy was the man

29 Swamp Dudes


They rock :P
Go Huu!

30 Amon Amon Amon is the main antagonist in the first season of The Legend Of Korra and the charismatic and mysterious leader of the anti-bending terrorist organization known as the Equalists.


Most powerful human character other than the avatar.

He mastered bloodbending. He can take bending. Only the avatars have had a complete advantage over him. Mako did though best him once but overall Amon beats Mako. Not bagging on Mako though very awesome.

31 Zaheer

I love this guy, he has epic ideas - he is very smart, he evaluates his opponents. And I believe that he is the strongest antagonist (bending/ fighting-wise) and maybe even the strongest bender. If he wasn't antagonist or if this would be Game of Thrones style then he would have defeated Korra.

Let go your earthly tether. Enter the void. Empty, and become wind

Zaheer is amazing. He should at least be in the top 10.

32 Asami

Hugely underrated. Asami is the most genuine character in LOK. She is unfathomably honest and faithful, understanding, and supportive. She never fails to find justice and fight for it, even when she's double crossed by her own father. Plus, she's unrivaled in mechanical operation. Varrick may have her beat when it comes down to inventing, but he literally becomes clueless trying to operate anything, even his own inventions. Asami is the best Pilot/Operative in the series. Also, she can keep up with benders in combat with her Future Industry Shock Glove. To top it all off she's gorgeous.

Basically just a character to be shipped randomly. And her most annoying ship actually happened on the show...smh

33 Jake Sully

Yeah, James Cameron rules. "Avatar" is one of the best movies ever.

He’s the top of them all. The best.

Wrong Avatar - 445956

34 Wan

First Avatar?!?!? His episodes were amazing and I would not be opposed to seeing a full series around his life as the lion turtles leave and humanity begins to interconnect and create the nations. Total boss

The first avatar ever announced in The Legend Of Korra

This guy traveled the world in order to gain all the Elements and he fused with Rava and defeated Rava's other half(the evil one) and overall whooped some serious ass!

35 Longshot
36 Boulder and Hippo
37 Tielee

Ty lee number 1

38 Fire Lord
39 Jinora

Why is jinora so low on the list

40 May

That's not how you spell it, but Mai is such an underrated badass. And though Katara is awesome, I like Mai better. Zutarians come at me

41 Yue

Come on kids, Yue did kind of sacrifice herself to become the moon spirit...

She's not my favourite but she doesn't deserve to be at the bottom.

I love Yue. She sacrificed herself for the moon spirit. Why is she at the bottom?

A strong character doesn't have to fight or try and get attention, Yue was a perfect ballence between, bravery and tenderness. She showed love to Sokka but at the same time did what was right for her people and the world. She should AT LEAST be in the top 10!

42 Sozin
43 Hama
44 Kai
45 Meelo


46 Ikki
47 Hazuk
48 Kuvira Kuvira

A great antag who took control of the earth empire, gained many allies, was voiced by Robin Williams' daughter AND even beat Avatar Korra! - Mattblue66

49 Ozai Ozai Fire Lord Ozai is the main antagonist of Avatar: The Last Airbender. He is the supreme antagonist of the series due to being in control of the Fire Nation and being the father of Zuko and Azula. He is also Aang's arch-nemesis.

Ozai's too low on the list. He's the main villain so he should be in the top 15. - girlcool

What? Ozai doesn't rock he sucks. How is he higher than Bumi. Put him at second to last, right in front of Jet (who should really be last).

Ozai is cool he is the most powerful guy though defeated by a young boy.he is too powerful. Ozai rocks

Evil jerk. - PeeledBanana

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