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Ding, more commonly known as "Old Man Ding", was a resident of a small Fire Nation village. This old codger was the only person in the village who managed to escape the "moon monster" which captured people when they ventured into the woods during the full moon.[3]


While Ding was wandering through the woods one night during a full moon, Hama took control of his body using bloodbending and forced him to walk toward a prison she had set up underneath a mountain. However, by the time Ding had reached the cave entrance, the sun had risen, breaking Hama's hold over him. Having regained control of his body, he ran back to the village. Thereafter, he prepared for each full moon by boarding up his home and taking refuge.

In the summer of 100 AG, while Aang, Sokka, and Toph were gathering information about the alleged spirit that had been abducting the village people, a traveling townsman directed them to "Old Man Ding", stating that he was the only one to have ever seen it and lived. Ding was approached by the group as he was boarding up his windows, though he struggled to lift the wooden boards as he did so. At the group's request, he recounted the story of his near kidnapping and subsequent escape to them. Ding's story led Team Avatar to the mountain where they rescued Hama's other victims and had her arrested for her actions, freeing Ding's town.[1]


Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Three: Fire (火)


  • Ding did not understand why people always called him an "old man", but when he failed to lift a wooden board, he admitted that he was at least "young at heart".[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (November 9, 2007). "The Puppetmaster". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 8. Nickelodeon.
  2. Avatar Extras for "The Puppetmaster" on Nicktoons Network.
  3. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Character: Old Man Ding.
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