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Book One: Air (152 AG - 170 AG)
Book Two: Spirits (171 AG - Harmonic Convergence)
Book Three: Change (late 171 AG)
Book Four: Balance (174 AG)
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Following the insurrection of the Red Lotus, Mako was chosen by Prince Wu to be his personal bodyguard. As such, he witnessed first hand how Kuvira denounced the royal's authority and appointed herself the ruler of the Earth Empire. In order to preserve the balance in the world, he joined Team Avatar to help stop her from conquering the United Republic of Nations.

Life as a bodyguard[]

Mako, Wu, and Asami

Mako saved Asami from Prince Wu's unwanted advances by telling him President Raiko wished to speak to him.

Following the insurrection of the Red Lotus, Mako's accomplishments were shown in the local newspapers, which led to Earth Prince Wu handpicking him to be his bodyguard until his coronation as the new Earth King.[1] At the grand reopening of Central City Station, Mako stood behind the prince, ensuring no harm would befall him. When Wu was later flirting with Asami, much to her annoyance, Mako stepped up to the prince and informed him that President Raiko desired to discuss some royal matters with him. As the prince retreated, Mako commented sarcastically to the Sato heiress that the prince was a real charmer, which earned him the question of how he could stand being the royal's bodyguard. Mako replied that he dealt with the issue by constantly reminding himself that once Wu was crowned king, he would be back to his role as detective, though added jokingly that he also smashed his head into the wall for an hour to relieve the stress. When Asami inquired about Bolin, Mako revealed that he had not talked to his brother for a while, though knew he was scheduled to arrive at Republic City in a few days for Wu's coronation. He also added that Lin had mentioned that Korra would arrive that night.

Wu and Mako

After witnessing Prince Wu dramatically proclaim he was suffocating due to an allergic reaction to ingesting strawberries, an annoyed Mako sternly told the royal he was only allergic to bee stings.

After the ceremony, Mako retreated with Wu to the prince's hotel. As they made their way toward the exit, Mako wondered why they were already heading out, considering the planned dinner at Air Temple Island was not until that evening and the prince was only getting a haircut. However, the firebender was notified that their outing was going to be a complete spa treatment, which would at a minimum take up to four hours. Upon asking what could take up four hours, Mako was told about the specifics involving a rejuvenating tea leaf skin wrap, which he concluded to be disgusting. Upon exiting the hotel, Mako tried to caution the prince about the gathered crowd, posing the idea that not everyone was there to support him. While the prince merrily interacted with some of the people, Mako wearily eyed the crowd and noticed some figures clad in green start to suspiciously stalk toward Wu. Realizing the potential danger, he scooped the prince up and placed him inside the waiting Satomobile, telling the driver to go as the vehicle was being barraged with strawberry pies. When Wu asked what happened, Mako told him that he suspected Kuvira supporters to have been among the crowd. As the prince noticed a stain on his clothes, he panicked, believing he had been hit, though Mako quickly calmed him down by pointing out it was merely a pie stain, emphasizing that being hit by the dessert was not a big deal. When Wu panicked again, dramatically falling to the floor while fearing an allergic reaction upon having ingested strawberries, an annoyed Mako firmly told the prince that he was only allergic to bee stings.

Lin and Mako

Much to his frustration and distress, Mako was informed by Lin that President Raiko had assigned him as Prince Wu's permanent bodyguard.

During the dinner at Air Temple Island, Mako grew annoyed upon hearing the prince gush about his spa treatment again and revealed to Lin that he was looking forward to the coronation as that meant that he would go back to being a detective. Much to his frustration and distress, Mako was told by Lin that he was permanently assigned as Wu's bodyguard and would accompany the prince to Ba Sing Se. He wondered how that could happen as he was part of the Republic City Police and not an Earth Kingdom citizen, left to sigh in annoyance as Lin told him that he had become a pawn in Raiko's diplomatic game.

After an Air Acolyte informed the group that a Southern Water Tribe ship was arriving at the dock, Mako and the rest of the group went to greet Korra, but when Tonraq told them she had left for Republic City six months prior, the firebender looked at him confusingly, wondering where the Avatar could be.[2]

Coronation day[]

Mako, Raiko, and Tenzin

Mako was skeptical over Wu's readiness to rule the Earth Kingdom as well as Kuvira's willingness to relinquish her power to the Earth King.

The day before Wu's coronation as the fifty-fourth Earth Monarch, Mako accompanied the future king to City Hall, where he listed to an excited prince gush about the details of the coronation ceremony, which he predicted would be the most "dynamite six-hour show" Mako would have ever seen. Unfazed by Wu's enthusiasm, Mako asked about the preparations the prince had made to be ready to rule the kingdom, though was waved off and told that ministers would handle the actual governing, while the two of them would be living the high life, prompting sarcastic excitement from the firebender. After Raiko and Tenzin arrived and Wu dashed off to perform the "Dance of the Badgermoles", Mako asked the president if he was comfortable leaving the Earth Kingdom in Wu's hands and expressed his skepticism about Kuvira willingly turning power over to Wu.

Returning to the Four Republic City Four Elements, Mako saw Bolin standing in the lobby and the two brothers traded a mock punch before sharing a hug. Mako proudly complimented Bolin for having become "all-important" and asked what it was like to work for Kuvira, as he had heard she could be harsh. After Bolin recalled all his accomplishments, Mako was ashamed to admit that all he had done in the meantime was working for Wu. As the earthbender changed the subject and inquired about Korra, Mako informed his brother that she had been missing for months.

On the day of the coronation, Mako waited with Wu in the hall of City Hall for the arrival of Gun and the rest of the royal cabinet. He watched in silence how Wu grew distraught over the news that his ceremony would not be extravagant. During the ceremony, Mako stood on the side with Asami, from where they witnessed Wu being crowned king and Kuvira denouncing his authority and dissolving the Earth Kingdom in favor of the Earth Empire under her rule.

Mako and Bolin argue

Mako and Bolin argued over who would better serve the Earth Kingdom.

Retiring to Wu's junior suite, Mako began to pack his clothes, listening to Wu lament about how he had lost his suite and throne, though when the king apologized for not being able to take Mako back to Ba Sing Se with him, believing it was crushing Mako's spirits, the firebender urged him not to worry about him, which earned him another compliment from the royal. When someone knocked on the door, Mako answered and found it was Bolin. Although Wu ordered him to get rid of the Kuvira associate, Mako stepped outside of the room to talk and told his brother that he could not keep working for Kuvira now that she was going against the wishes of the entire world. As Bolin tried to explain to he had a wrong view of Kuvira, Mako continued to be skeptical and was invited to join their cause, so he could see first-hand all the good they did and how they were making history. The firebender mused that they were making history by crushing everyone in their way, though was corrected by Bolin who relaying Kuvira's explanation that it was merely tough rhetoric to let people knew the Earth Empire was not to be fooled with. When Bolin drew a parallel between Kuvira and Korra, Mako grew annoyed and labeled Kuvira to be a dictator taking over the Earth Kingdom by force. Bolin retaliated by asking if Mako thought Wu would be a better leader than Kuvira, which forced the firebender to admit that he did not think so. As he wanted to continue voicing his protest against Kuvira, he was cut off by an angry Bolin and was blamed for wasting his time as Wu's glorified butler as opposed to helping make history. Irritated over the outburst, Mako mock-apologized for his unwillingness to work for a "glorious emperor in her military dictatorship", prompting Bolin to storm off. Returning to the room, the firebender expressed his disbelief over what just happened and softly accepted Wu's offer to go to the Little Ba Sing Se Fashion Mall where he would be treated on a smoothie.

Wu in danger

Mako helped Wu escape from angry Kuvira supporters in the Little Ba Sing Se Fashion Mall.

Slurping his smoothie in the store's lower ring, a disinterested Mako listened to the king as he was excitedly detailing their shopping plans, though grew surprised as the royal suddenly spat on him and dashed off after two women wearing T-shirts with a Kuvira print on the front. After Wu antagonized a group of Kuvira supporters, hitting one with his smoothie, Mako grew alarmed upon seeing the angry crowd and quickly started pulling Wu along with him. With the crowd close behind them, Mako created a fire barrier under the cover of which he vanished with Wu in one of the mall's alleys.

The two sought refuge in the Upper Ring of the shopping mall, where they found a replica of the Earth Kingdom Royal Palace, which was, in reality, a restaurant. As Wu excitedly dashed inside, Mako followed him and found the king crying on a replica of the throne, donning the crown, scepter, and royal robe. As Wu declared it to be the worst day of his life, Mako briskly asked him if he truly wanted to be king and told him that it was no wonder that the people favored Kuvira over him, considering that even though she was a "power-crazed dictator", she had worked hard to better the Earth Kingdom, whereas Wu had not done anything of the sort. As Wu calmed down, Mako apologized for speaking out of line, though he found the king to agree with him, labeling himself "a joke who got what he deserved". They were forced to flee again, however, when Mako spotted the angry Kuvira supporters. When Wu asked to be carried, Mako denied the request.[3]

A tense reunion[]

Tensions among Team Avatar

Mako grew annoyed with Korra upon learning that she had not bothered to contact him as she did Asami.

Learning that Korra was back in Republic City, Mako made plans to have lunch with her and Asami. He reserved a table at a restaurant and when the girls arrived, Mako warmly hugged Korra, though glared at Wu when the prince interrupted their reunion by introducing himself as Mako's boss and whisking the Avatar away to their booth. Seating himself as well, he apologized to Asami for failing to ditch the prince before coming to the restaurant, though he did note that he made the royal promise to be on his best behavior. When the businesswoman revealed that she had been worried when Korra had told her that she could no longer go into the Avatar State, Mako asked when Korra had told her that. Not missing the girls giving each other a look, he inquired what was going on between them, learning that Korra had written to Asami during her absence. As she explained that she had not written to him or Bolin because she did not know what to say to either of them, Mako irritatingly crossed his arms, noting that a "hello" would have been nice. His annoyance increased when the prince tried to console him by pointing out that Korra had not written him either. The growing tension between the friends was interrupted when Wu announced he was going to the bathroom and snapped his fingers to spur Mako to action. The already irritated firebender snapped at his boss, stating that he was not going to hold his hand every time he needed to use the bathroom and told the prince to go by himself for once. As Wu left, Mako started to explain to Korra that he normally went with Wu to the bathroom to stand guard in his general vicinity, though halfway through his explanation, he decided that he did not want to talk about it.

Mako irritated

Mako grew annoyed when Asami ignored his directions, stating she knew the layout of the streets better than him.

Mako grew suspicious when Wu had yet to return by the time their food was presented, noting that the royal was not one to miss out on lunch. He left to inspect the facilities while the girls waited for him in the hallway. Hearing Korra be attacked after having followed a lead of her own, Mako and Asami rushed out the back door to see if they could help, though they promptly turned around to retrieve Asami's car when Korra announced that Wu had been kidnapped. When one of the kidnappers blocked their path by erecting an earth barricade, Mako told Asami to take the next turn in order to cut them off, though angrily snapped at her when she ignored his directions. Asami's decision brought them on a street parallel to the kidnappers' vehicle, albeit a level higher, and when Korra stood up to jump down, Mako ordered her to stay seated, though she did not listen.

Capturing Wu's kidnapper

Angered and feeling responsible for letting Wu be taken, Mako questioned the prince's kidnapper about Wu's whereabouts.

When Asami pulled up alongside Korra, who had subdued the only kidnapper in the truck and informed Wu was not there, Mako roughly slammed the man against the side of the vehicle, demanding to know where they had taken the prince. Not receiving a useful answer, Mako handcuffed Kuvira's agent and threw them in the back of a police car that arrived, telling the officer to book the agent for kidnapping, put out an all-points bulletin, and bring Chief Beifong up to speed about the prince's disappearance. When Asami pointed out that Wu could be in one of the thousands of cars in the city or being smuggled out via any other mode of transportation, Mako groaned in frustration, berating himself for letting the prince be kidnapped during the one time that he did not accompany the royal to the bathroom. His anger was replaced by curiousness, however, when he watched Korra place her hand on a spirit vine and declare that Wu was being taken toward Central City Station. En route, he was explained that she had learned from Toph Beifong to connect with people's energy via the vines and expressed his skepticism over being told that Toph was even more "cranky and miserable" than Lin.

Mako calms Wu

Mako found Wu stuffed in a luggage chest on a train and came to his aid.

Arriving at the station, the threesome ran inside, though upon witnessing a multitude of waiting trains without any clue on which one Wu was taken, they split up. Regrouping after an initial futile search, Korra urged them all to hop aboard the 4:15 train leaving the station for Omashu. Mako irritatingly asked Korra how she knew Wu was on that train and voiced his skepticism about having to trust her "Avatar feelings" being correct about the location. When Korra snapped back that he would not have to trust her if he had guarded the prince as he was directed, he asked in annoyance if it was thus his fault that Wu had been kidnapped. Making their way to the luggage cart, Asami broke up their bickering by ordering them to silence, enabling them all to hear tapping coming from inside a chest. Mako clicked open the piece of luggage and the prince bolted upright, flailing about. Managing to calm the royal down, he told him that he was on a train. When Kuvira's agents started to close in on them, Mako and the others fled to the roof of the train, where he dragged Wu along with him. Switching carts, he threw the prince over to Korra, before jumping after them himself. Having his hands free to fight off their assailants, he tried to bend at the nearest attacker, though had his footing pulled from underneath him with a metal cable. Rising up, he used his firebending to sever the cable with which Korra was held and forced the attacker to retreat to the previous wagon. He was forced back himself, however, when another assailant started to metalbend the floor from underneath his feet, curling it back. He was grabbed by Korra, who encircled their little party with air, enabling them all to make a safe landing when they jumped off the speeding train and down a bridge.

Team Avatar excludes Wu

Moving past the tension, Mako shared a warm hug with Asami and Korra, truly reuniting as a team.

When Mako pulled Wu to his feet, inquiring if he was all right, he was promptly hugged by the royal and thanked profusely. Being told that he was definitely getting a raise, Mako directed the prince's gratitude toward Korra, noting that they would have never found him if it was not for her. When Asami stated that their rescue mission reminded her of their old times, minus the "getting on each other's nerves part", Mako good-heartedly jabbed that annoying and be annoyed by Korra was normal for him. Mako and Asami readily accepted Korra's apology for the earlier tension and he revealed that it was great to have her back, embracing her warmly.

Searching for a place where they could safely leave Wu, Mako took him to the Sato estate, where he would stay with the rest of his and Bolin's family already residing there. Upon arrival, he had to correct the royal that the mansion was not his, but Asami's. When Yin opened the door, Mako introduced his grandmother to Wu, though he had to catch her when she fainted upon receiving a kiss on the hand by him. Explaining to the prince that his grandmother loved royalty, Wu thanked him for looking out for him by bringing him to a luxurious place with people who adored royalty.[4]

Reminiscing about the past[]

Wu wants to talk

As Wu realized he did not know anything about Mako, the firebender was ordered to sit down and tell Wu all about him.

Later, Mako suggested that they "toughen up" the prince, so that he would be able to protect himself in the future. When the prince assumed a poor defensive stance, Mako easily punched him in the stomach, causing the royal to sag down, crying "Wu down". After Wu let himself be cradled by Yin and requested something to eat and drink, Mako berated him, deeming him to be so weak that "Wu down" was his catchphrase. When Wu tried to defend himself by pointing out that he was vastly different than Mako since he was not "raised in the woods by a pack of cops", the firebender noted that the prince did not know anything about him, because he never bothered to ask. Wu started asking Mako some personal questions and, when Mako revealed that he had once dated the Avatar, their self-defense class was promptly turned into a gab session.

Wu down

Trying to teach Wu some self-defense techniques, Mako proceeded to punch the young royal, easily knocking him down with only one hit.

Mako started his story with his time as a Fire Ferret pro-bender, though he was immediately interrupted by an excited Wu and asked in annoyance if the prince would just let him tell the story. He told how his aspirations of fame and fortune had changed after he met Korra, though was chided by Wu for his rude treatment of the Avatar the first time he met her. He countered, however, by pointing out that interrupting the story was also rude. He continued by relaying how his friendship with Korra grew, admitting that he felt they had a powerful connection after saving Bolin from the Equalists together. Since Wu believed he would then have kissed Korra, Mako revealed how he had met Asami next and was immediately made fun of by the royal for being stumped for words upon laying eyes on the Sato heiress. As Wu good-heartedly jabbed that he needed to work on his introductions, Mako smugly countered that someone with his charm did not need introductions. He continued to relay his budding, yet complicated love triangle with the two girls and when he told Wu about his kiss with Korra, Mako angrily ordered Tu to leave them alone, as he did not care for being chided by his cousin for having kissed Korra while being in a relationship with Asami. After being reprimanded by his grandmother for taking after his grandfather with his behavior, he tried to defend himself by pointing out that things were not so simple as they made it seem and claimed that he was not dating Asami. When Tu declared him to be in denial, Mako relented and acknowledged that he had been dating Asami, though stressed that it was a very confusing situation. He was chided by Wu and Tu for his ambiguous breakup with Asami and later had to tell his grandmother that his relationship with Korra had not turned out well either. When he told everyone that he had kissed Asami again after her warehouse had been robbed clean, he preemptively defended himself by already pointing out that he had no right kissing her, though Wu deemed it acceptable since he had not been dating anyone at that time, therefore making it okay to be involved with Asami again. Mako was severely reprimanded by Wu and his family, however, when he told them that he did not admit to an amnesic Korra that they were no longer together and that he had rekindled his relationship with Asami, who was deeply incensed upon witnessing his action, prompting Tu to point out that he seemed so afraid to disappoint anyone that he ended up disappointing everyone. Mako ended his story by saying that Korra had shown him the importance of placing others before himself and continued to be a source of inspiration to him. Mako was subsequently urged by Wu to resume their sparring match, though he was slapped on the armed by Yin after knocking the prince down with only one light punch.[5]

Supporting Korra[]

Dejected Bolin

Mako cheered up a dejected Bolin by noting that he was not an idiot and had merely been guided by what he believed to be the right thing.

Mako later traveled back to Republic City with Wu, since the royal was invited to attend a meeting between the world leaders, sans the Water Tribes' representatives. He was shocked to find first Korra and Opal and later Bolin and Varrick interrupt the meeting. After the leaders concluded their meeting with the decision to fortify the United Republic's borders, Mako and Korra met up with Bolin outside of the building. Approaching his brother, Mako expressed his happiness over his return as he had been worried about him and embraced him warmly. When Bolin declared himself to be an idiot, apologized to Mako for having left in anger the last time they met after rejecting his advice, and Korra revealed that she felt like no one wanted her around anymore, Mako cheered them both up, telling Korra that if no one else, at least they wanted her around and clarifying to Bolin that he was not an idiot, as he had merely been doing what he thought was right, before they all shared another embrace.

Mako supporting Korra

Mako rushed to Korra's side and supported her after she was blocked out of meditating into the Spirit World due to Zaheer's memory.

When Bolin left, Mako and Korra continued talking to one another, though their conversation was interrupted by Jinora's spiritual projection, who called for help as the spirit vines were taking her captive. Searching the Spirit Wilds, they were attacked by vines themselves. Although Mako tried to fight them off, he was captured and lifted up in the air. He was saved when Korra severed the vine with her firebending and they both retreated into a nearby building. Inside, Mako noticed some glowing pods and, upon learning they contained the bodies of the captured people, he prepared to forcefully extract them with firebending. He was stopped from doing so by Korra, however, since his action would have provoked the vines. When Korra gasped for air after failing to meditate into the Spirit World, Mako rushed to her side, asking what was wrong. Learning Zaheer's memory was still haunting her, he reassured her that he was there for her, offering his help in any way she needed it. As such, he accompanied her to Zaheer's prison, where she faced the airbender by herself, hoping it would give her peace of mind. As she returned, Korra told Mako that she felt whole again, since she was finally able to accept what had happened to her.[6]

Mako later accompanied Wu to a group meeting with President Raiko, Korra, Tenzin, Varrick, and Asami, during which the latter two revealed their plans to manufacture a mecha suit that could fly in any direction. After the meeting was adjourned, Mako complimented Wu on his suggestion to start evacuation the city in case Kuvira attacked, noting that he was proud of him for starting to act like the kind of king he liked to work for. His mood was broken, however, when Wu stated that he only did so to have a chance of dating Korra.[7]

Defending Republic City[]

Wu calming Republic City down

Mako was impressed with Wu's calming speech to the people of Republic City.

Some time later, Mako sat in on another meeting with Tenzin, Korra, Wu, and Raiko to discuss the progress of the evacuation. When Wu reported that they had barely evacuated eighteen families, Mako noted that the problem was that it was a voluntary evacuation and since the people did not feel like they were in any immediate danger, not many of them were willing to leave their home. After Raiko made the evacuation mandatory upon learning that Kuvira planned to attack the city two weeks later, Mako, Lin, and Wu traveled toward the police headquarters, where Mako was patched in on the emergency broadcast line, which reached every radio in the city. He alerted the people that an attack on the city was imminent and that they were ordered to evacuate. He referred them all to their evacuation handbooks for further instructions on where to go. When the radio operator notified Lin that they were receiving confused calls from all over the city, concluding that Mako was starting a panic, Mako indignantly asked how he was confusing people since he was giving specific instructions straight out of the manual, though nonetheless allowed Wu to take over. Impressed with how the royal managed to calm to people down and stop the influx of calls, Mako placed a supporting hand on his shoulder.

Mako later talked to Korra, Bolin, and Asami and decided that they would try to take out the spirit energy cannon in order to increase the United Forces' chances of winning against Kuvira. Discovering the army the next day to only being hours away from the city, a week before they had been expecting them, Mako was baffled about the speed of their progress, since there were no train tracks to transport the cannon on. Discovering the enormous mecha suit and narrowly missing being shot out of the sky, Team Avatar returned to Air Temple Island, where they reported on Kuvira's progress. With her attack imminent, Mako, Bolin, Asami, Suyin, Wei, and Wing headed toward a Future Industries factory in an attempt to finish construction on a few hummingbird mecha suits. From there, he witnessed in shock how Kuvira destroyed the United Forces battleships in a matter of seconds.

Mako alarmed

Mako warned everyone that Kuvira was aiming her spirit energy cannon at them.

After Korra later brought a kidnapped Baatar Jr. to the factory as well, Mako stood by while she and Suyin tried to convince him to reveal how they could defeat the enormous mecha suit carrying the spirit energy weapon. After Baatar Jr. contacted Kuvira and seemingly succeeded to convince her to cease her conquest of the United Republic, Mako noticed that the enormous mecha suit was aiming the spirit cannon at their location. They all tried to evacuate the factory, though could not outrun the energy beam fired at them.[8]

Mako managed to survive the explosion and emerged from the rubble with everyone else when Bolin lifted a large piece of concrete. He refused to leave the city to Kuvira, however, as he was worried that she would fire her weapon at Wu and the refugees he was with, killing them all. Mako joined Korra and the other benders on their quest to take down the spirit energy cannon, while Varrick and Asami worked on adjusting the prototypes of the hummingbird mecha suits in order to provide them with air support. He watched in worry from the cover of an alley with Bolin, Lin, Wei, and Wing how the airbenders assaulted Kuvira's machine with paint balloons, covering its windows and obscuring the vision of the pilots, enabling the earthbenders on the ground to tie down the suit's legs. When Kuvira shot the spirit energy cannon at the airbenders, who had been trying to blow the machine off balance, Mako rushed to the side of a female airbender who had been knocked down by the energy emanating from the beam that had nearly hit her. After helping her to her feet, he retreated with everyone else to Asami's office at Future Industries Tower.

Inside the enormous mecha suit

Due to Hiroshi's sacrifice, Mako was able to make it inside Kuvira's enormous mecha suit together with Korra, Bolin, Lin, and Suyin.

Mako took part in the new plan that was formed: the benders would relentlessly attack the mecha suit to distract Kuvira and enable the two hummingbird mecha suits to land on the enormous machine and cut a hole in it without being crushed. Their plan only partially worked, however, as he was shocked to see Kuvira crush Hiroshi to death in his hummingbird suit just as he completed his mission. Realizing they now had an opening, Mako used his firebending to propel himself atop the machine. As Korra used her waterbending to prevent the mecha suit from crushing them as well, he managed to dive inside the hole together with Suyin, Lin, Bolin, and Korra.[9]

Inside, Mako was ordered by Korra to climb up to the engine room with Bolin and try to power the machine down. After Bolin cut through the locks on the hatch to grand them access to the room, Mako instantly went after the metalbender guarding one of the levers that could cut the power, while Bolin focused on the other. Dodging the incoming metal projectiles, he retaliated with his firebending, though was knocked back by a small explosion of the spirit vine core, when his bending arm was hit by a metal strip and he accidentally fired at the vines. He quickly recovered, however, and after verifying that Bolin had not been affected by the explosion, he resumed his attack. After trading several blows, switching between offense and defense, Mako managed to get close enough to his opponent and throw him roughly to the ground with a shoulder-toss, rendering him unconscious. When Bolin yelled that he had also managed to secure his lever, Mako counted to coordinate their actions, Baatar Jr.'s instructions to simultaneously pull the levers to power down the suit in mind.

Mako directs lightning at spirit vines

Mako struck the spirit vine-charged power core of Kuvira's enormous mecha suit with lightning to cause it to explode.

When nothing happened, Mako ran over to Bolin and noted that there had to be another way to shut down the power, relying on him to know what to do since he had spent time working with Baatar Jr. and Varrick. As Bolin revealed that all he knew about the vines was that if they were disturbed, they would explode, Mako ordered him to take all the engineers to safety and explained that he planned to zap the vines with lightning. Seeing no other way to shut the machine down, Mako brushed off Bolin's concerns about the dangers of his plan and, after promising him that he would get out as soon as he could and telling him he loved him, started to charge his attack. Hitting the vines with a continuous bolt of lightning, the power core started to overload and explode; even after being thrown back and having his arm burned by the strain the lightning put on it, Mako kept up his attack. He started to move toward the escape hatch, though before he could reach it, he was struck in his chest by a backlash of spirit energy, which rendered him unconscious. He was saved, however, by Bolin, who had returned for him and carried him to the lower parts of the suit to be protected from the devastating explosion of the power core that blasted the suit in half.

After they both regained consciousness, Mako was supported by Bolin and helped out of the wreckage of the mecha suit. As they emerged from a hatch, they were shocked to find that the Spirit Wilds had been blasted open, which happened when Kuvira had fired the spirit energy cannon from within the vegetation and housed a new spirit portal in its center. Realizing Korra and Kuvira were nowhere to be found, Mako and the rest of Team Avatar set out to search the area for the Avatar. He made his way to the cockpit of the enormous suit, knowing the two women had been battling there, though when Jinora signaled it was deserted, he turned to Tenzin and relayed the news. Urged to keep looking, Mako watched in surprise how the spirits emerged a few moments later from the new portal, followed by Korra and Kuvira. After Kuvira was handcuffed and escorted away, he joined his friends in the group hug they bestowed on Korra.

Content Mako

Content with how everything turned out, Mako emphasized to Korra that he would always be there for her, no matter the situation.

Mako joined up with Wu and the evacuees and was told by Tu that the royal had been level-headed during the stressful evacuation. He later attended the wedding ceremony of Varrick and Zhu Li at Air Temple Island, where he was seated next to King Wu and Asami. Afterward, during the dinner party, Mako revealed to Wu that he was impressed by the attitude he had sported during the evacuation and believed he would make a great leader, though immediately added that said belief did not mean he would help the royal get a date with Korra. When Wu announced to him and Korra that he planned to abolish the monarchy, Mako incredulously asked if he was joking, though after being explained that it was to establish independent states with a democratically elected government, he declared it to be a wise and mature move of Wu. After the royal left for the dance floor, Mako was thanked by Korra for his help with Kuvira. He told her that he would always follow her into battle, emphasizing that he was there for her and always would be.[10]

Investigating the triads[]

In the chaotic aftermath of Kuvira's failed invasion, Mako, despite his injury, returned to duty as a detective in Lin's triad task force, where he was partnered with Bolin, much to his displeasure. The police force had their hands full investigating the triads ravaging the city, as the different factions engaged each other in turf wars over the land that was not destroyed during the invasion. When the Triple Threat Triad attacked the Creeping Crystals, Mako was among the officers who interfered. While he did not waste time to attack a fleeing triad member with his firebending, he chided Bolin for being distracted with shouting catchphrases as opposed to taking down the triads.

Having both arrested a triad member and loaded them into their vehicle, Mako and Bolin headed back to the temporarily police headquarters to start processing the criminals. During the ride back, Bolin engaged in small talk with Two Toed Ping, much to Mako's annoyance, who gruffly corrected his brother by placing emphasis on the temporary nature of their partnership.

Two Toed Ping confesses

Mako helped Lin to trick Two Toed Ping into confessing the name of the Triple Threat Triad's new leader, Tokuga.

After arriving back at the station and finishing booking their prisoners, Mako walked in on Lin interrogation of Two Toed Ping about the identity of the Triple Threats' new leader, which was leading nowhere. He pulled her aside and suggested to trick Ping into believing that he had been identified by another triad member as the mastermind of the earlier attack on the Creeping Crystals in order to get Ping to talk. The ruse worked, and the two learned that the true mastermind had been Tokuga, a dangerous criminal whom they quickly bumped to the top of their most wanted list.

Sometime later, Mako and Bolin met up with Korra and Asami on Air Temple Island for the first time since the women had returned from their vacation to the Spirit World. When Bolin asked how Korra and Asami's vacation had been, Mako noticed how the women turned to each other, conversing in hushed tones, and called them out on their strange behavior. Before the women could say anything, however, Jinora's spiritual projection appeared to warn Team Avatar about the ongoing attack of the Triple Threat Triad on the spirit portal. Mako asked her if a man fitting Tokuga's description was there, which Jinora confirmed. As Team Avatar made their way over to the portal on a flying bison, Mako informed the others that Tokuga was the Triple Threats' new leader and tried to contact the rest of the police force for assistance. He failed to connect, however, as the radio frequencies had been fickle ever since the creation of the portal, and warned his friends that they were on their own for the battle.

Tokuga fighting Mako and Bolin

An injured Mako was easily defeated by Tokuga though saved from further harm by Bolin.

Arriving, Mako sought out and challenged Tokuga, attacking him with his firebending in an attempt to arrest him. The nimble gang leader easily evaded the blast, however, and used his hook swords to launch Mako through the air. As he was about to finish Mako, Bolin came to the defense of his brother, forcing Tokuga to flee. Being helped to his feet, Mako comforted a downcast Bolin, who admitted to having been given the slip by Tokuga, by formally acknowledging their partnership.

When the Triple Threats retreated with their wounded leader after the dragon eel spirit had deformed him, Mako was stunned to silence upon witnessing Korra kissing Asami. Upon being asked by Korra if he was all right, he, still in a stupor, reiterated that they were dating each other now and said he was cool with that.[11]

Following the attack at the spirit portal, Mako and Bolin filed a report which they brought into Lin Beifong. As Lin finished reading, she read aloud Bolin's description of Korra and Asami kissing, to which Mako remarked to Bolin that he had asked his brother to write a report, not a romance novel. Mako added to Lin that he believed that the Triple Threats had been bought, and that Korra had a hunch it was Wonyong Keum.

Bolin and Mako report

Mako told Lin Beifong about Korra's theory that Wonyong Keum was behind the Triple Threat Triad's attack on the spirit portal.

Lin listened to Mako and when he was finished asked if he bought her "cockamamie" theory. He said he thought it was possible, and suggested that they bring Wonyong in for questioning. Lin sternly responded that they would not be, because Wonyong was powerful and well connected, making him difficult to get to. Lin told Mako he was not to bring Wonyong in unless he had hard evidence that the Triple Threats and the businessman were connected. As they left Lin's office, Bolin remarked to Mako that he guessed that the lead on Wonyong had been a dead end, but Mako remarked that he did not think so, and that the two should pay a visit to Two-Toed Ping.

The two went to visit Ping in his jail cell, and Mako asked Ping if he had any idea of where the Triple Threats' new hideout was. Ping responded that they changed hideouts every few days, and that he had no idea where they were right now. Mako said that if he cooperated, they had be willing to get him some better accommodations for his jail cell. Ping responded that he was being honest, and that Tokuga had no way of sending him messages through prison, so he had no idea where they were. Bolin remembered how, when they were kids, the Triple Threats had used them to move messages between Triad members, and remarked that maybe Tokuga was doing the same thing. Mako questioned Ping about the manner, and Ping nervously responded that maybe that was the truth, which Mako took as a yes. As the two walked away from Ping's cell, Mako remarked that Bolin had displayed some good thinking, and would make a fine cop one day, to which Bolin responded that he had learned from the best.

Bolin and Mako banter

Mako and Bolin playfully bantered with each other while they searched for Skoochy.

As the two drove around Republic City, Bolin narrated the two driving around, featuring themselves saving Republic City from a shadowy evil force. Mako told Bolin to stop, because they were not filming a mover. Bolin responded that maybe they should be, and proposed some titles, including "Good Cop, Bad Cop," and Mako said that he was assuming he was the bad cop in the scenario. Bolin haughtily remarked that he was naturally a charmer, and Mako was not talented enough to play off-type. Mako smugly remarked that Bolin was not either, and that Nuktuk was not far off from who Bolin was in real life, causing Bolin to defensively reply that Nuktuk had a lot of range, and question if Mako was cranky because his exes were dating each other. Mako defensively responded that he was fine, and that he thought it was great that the two were dating. Bolin said it did not seem like he was doing fine, but Mako interrupted him saying that it was Skoochy, the child they were looking for. Bolin said Mako should not change the subject, but Mako insisted that he had found Skoochy, as Skoochy noticed them and darted away.

Good cop Mako

Mako defended Skoochy from Bolin, who acted as a "bad cop".

Bolin jumped out of the car and began following Skoochy through one of the alleyways, as Mako turned around and went through the other side. As Bolin attempted to trap him through a rock wall, but Skoochy climbed over, only to run into Mako who grabbed him by his shirt and said it had been a while, and asked how he had been. Skoochy said he had been fine until the two of them had showed up, and asked what they wanted. Mako told the young triad member that he had heard that he might know where the Triple Threats' hideout was, but Skoochy responded that he would not know because these days he was "living on the straight and narrow". Mako responded that he doubted that, and questioned where Skoochy's clothes had come from, to which Skoochy replied that he had "found them". Bolin angrily grabbed Skoochy and demanded he stop lying and answer Mako's questions, to both Skoochy and Mako's surprise. Mako told Bolin to go easy, and told Skoochy that he had been in his shoes once, and understood where he was coming from, but that at the end of the day he had a responsibility to the other people in Republic City, and that people could die if they did not find Tokuga. Skoochy mentioned that last he had heard the Triple Threats were in an abandoned warehouse by the docks but ran away saying that the two had not heard it from him. As Skoochy left, Bolin remarked to Mako that he would not have guessed it, but he was the bad cop after all. Mako ignored Bolin, saying that they had need to find Tokuga and to radio Beifong for backup.

Mako realizes the trap

Mako realized that the location Skoochy had led the Republic City Police to was a trap set by the Triple Threat Triad.

That night, Mako and many other police officers raided the abandoned warehouse. Lin Beifong lead the charge, checking to make sure it was full of people before invading, and said she had detected at least twelve, before commanding her men to head in. They headed down the stairs, and Lin kicked the door open; however, they realized the people were dummies, and Mako ripped his cast off and yelled at everybody to leave. Just as Mako finished speaking, the factory blew up and Mako used the best of his firebending ability to hold off the flames from the explosion, as Lin, Bolin, and the other officers fled the scene.

They all left the building, as it collapsed behind them, all managing to survive without any major injuries. Mako apologized to Lin, and she said it was alright, Tokuga had simply been one step ahead of them. She commanded her officers to sweep the area for clues of where he was going, and Mako told Bolin they would not find anything, but that he needed to follow up on the lead on Wonyong. When Bolin reminded Mako of Lin's orders, Mako remarked that he did not care, Tokuga had just nearly killed them and he needed to be brought down using any lead.

Mako and Bolin went to Keum Enterprises' downtown office building to try and meet with Wonyong Keum. They went up to a receptionist's desk and requested to speak to Mr. Keum, but she turned them away, saying they would need an appointment. The two insisted that it was important police business, but two security guards appeared and begun to escort them out of the building. As they were leaving, one of the security guards asked if Wonyong was in any trouble, and mentioned that he had not been at work or at home in days. Mako questioned why they had not contacted the police since he had been missing, and they responded that Wonyong did not like the police being involved in his private affairs. Bolin and Mako came to the conclusion that Tokuga had been involved in his disappearance and left.

Jargala didn't have Asami Sato

Mako followed Korra into the Creeping Crystal Triad's hideout, as Jargala Omo told the trio that Asami Sato was not there.

Mako later got a phone call from a distressed Korra, who told him she had reason to believe Asami Sato had been kidnapped. The three of them met up at Asami's mobile office, only to discover it had been nearly destroyed by earthbenders. Inside were some bodyguards, who were only just regaining consciousness. Upon Mako's questioning, one of Asami's bodyguards said that he had been ambushed and did not know who the team's attackers were. Korra told Mako that she believed it was the Creeping Crystal Triad who were responsible for the kidnapping, and asked if Mako knew where they were located. Mako questioned why she thought it had been them, and she responded she would tell him how she knew on the drive there. As the trio arrived at the Creeping Crystals' hideout, Mako unsuccessfully attempted to stop Korra from breaking in, and Korra kicked the door down and attacked multiple members, before standing with Mako and Bolin and demanded Jargala tell her where Asami was. Jargala told the group to search for any trace of Asami Sato, because she did not have the businesswoman at the hideout. The group searched everywhere in the building, but had no success, and left as they were mocked by Jargala.

Korra Bolin and Mako discuss kidnappings

Mako, Bolin and Korra discussed Wonyong Keum's disappearance.

Korra almost confronted the triad leader, but Mako told Korra it was not worth it because they had searched the building and Asami Sato had not been there, and it was unlikely the Creeping Crystals had her. As they sat in the car, Mako told Korra that Wonyong Keum had been kidnapped as well, and he and Bolin told Korra the details they knew of his disappearance, as Korra suspected that perhaps it had been the Triple Threat Triad that had been involved with both kidnappings. As they discussed the details, Mako got a call from Lin Beifong calling for all police members to head to the police depot, because it was under attack by the Triple Threats.

The members of Team Avatar arrived, and approached Tokuga and his men as they stole the Earth Empire's confiscated weapons. Tokuga told Korra she would learn to answer for her actions, causing Mako to angrily react that it was instead Tokuga who needed to answer questions. He asked Tokuga if he was stealing the weapons for Wonyong, and if he was the one who sent the Triple Threats to attack the portal. Tokuga remarked that Wonyong worked for him now, and as Mako questioned where he was, revealed that he was a hostage on an airship flying above them. Mako demanded Tokuga release Keum immediately, to which Tokuga questioned why he would take such an action, as he had the advantage. Mako replied that he was outmatched, as he and Bolin had defeated his men at the portal, causing Bolin to remark that he was dealing with Team Avatar now.

Tokuga mentioned that their team was missing a member, causing Korra to spring into a rage and yelled at Tokuga to reveal Asami's location. She angrily attacked Tokuga, but was grabbed by his tentacle arm and flipped over. Mako and Bolin were attacked by a mecha suit as they attempted to run to Korra's aid, and Tokuga demanded the group back off and let them leave. As Korra entered the Avatar State, preparing to engage him in a fight, he revealed that they had captured Asami Sato, causing Korra to retreat and watch as The Triple Threats took the rest of the weapons.[12]

As the Triple Threats start invading the Creeping Crystals' turf, Korra insisted that the police move in and stop them, but Lin argued that Tokuga would demolish the whole neighborhood with everyone inside if they tried, a fact Mako supported, considering how he almost killed them before. Some time after, Mako spoke privately with Korra, who inquired how his arm was recovering. After answering that despite Kya's treatments, he cannot firebend with it, Mako then asked Korra how she was doing and learned that Tokuga blamed her for his disfigurement. He reminded her that the Triple Threat leader was unhinged and that she should not let him manipulate her as such. He then recalled how guilty he felt for Tarrlok kidnapping her just as she feels for Asami. He proposed an alternative for dealing with the Triple Threats by going behind Lin's back. As a grateful Korra hugged him, Mako then confessed that while he is still adjusting to his two ex-girlfriends dating each other, he was nonetheless supportive of their newfound relationship.

Team Avatar then proceeded to track down the Creeping Crystal's hideout, where they formed an alliance with Jargala to take down Tokuga. With Jargala as their guide, they navigated the subterranean passages to bypass the Triple Threats. As they neared their destination, Mako voiced his suspicion that Tokuga was holed up with an abandoned Earthen Fire Refinery, given that it was large enough to house a few stolen airships. As the two groups attacked the Triple Threat mecha suit forces, Tokuga took both Asami and Keum on his airship and fled. While the Creeping Crystals held off the Triple Threats, Mako and Bolin followed Korra on an motorcycle, as the Avatar suspected that Tokuga was headed toward the spirit portal.

Upon arrival, they learned that Tokuga had leveraged Raiko into withdrawing the United Forces, only for General Iroh to inform Korra that the President had ordered bi-planes to destroy Tokuga's airship. After Korra boarded the airship, poison gas was released from the craft before Asami directed it into the Spirit World, prompting Mako and Bolin to follow suit. Once on the other side, Mako spotted Tokuga falling from the airship and ordered his brother to assist their friends while he pursued the triad leader. Some time after, he rejoined Team Avatar, reporting that, despite a thorough search, Tokuga had eluded him, nor did Mako see him escape through the spirit portal. Korra predicted that Tokuga would lay low for a time, but was certain they had not seen the last of him.

Three weeks later, during the election night of the new president, Mako had formally come to accept Bolin as his partner, only for his brother to declare that with the triad situation under control, he had decided to resign from the force. When Mako asked why he would do that when he loved being a cop, Bolin replied that he did not want to be tied down and solemnly stated they had to part ways, even though Mako dryly reminded they would still see each other at home. Nonetheless, Bolin turned away to give his brother some time to "process", much to his annoyance.[13]

Gaoling Crisis[]

Mako was present for Wu's speech where he announced the impending democratic elections to take place in the State of Gaoling. He later watched as Kuvira was brought before a tribunal to answer for her crimes as ruler of the Earth Empire, and witnessed Suyin confront Kuvira after she plead not guilty.

Mako, Korra, and Asami were welcomed by Bolin to the president's office, as the earthbender had found a new job as Zhu Li's assistant. Mako and Bolin discussed the latter's long career history, and the younger brother was somewhat insulted at the idea he was fickle. He listened to Wu's suggestion for Team Avatar to come to Gaoling to stand up to Commander Guan's Earth Empire holdout.

Discussion at the sauna

Mako and the rest of Team Avatar discussed whether Kuvira could be trusted to help out with in the democratic movement.

Before leaving, Mako and the rest of Team Avatar joined Wu and Zhu Li in a sauna as they discussed bringing Kuvira to Gaoling in an effort to stand up to Guan. Mako looked on as Kuvira was imprisoned in a platinum pod aboard Asami's airship.

Mako watched on as Asami and Bolin confronted Kuvira when she told them that she was impressed by the loyalty Team Avatar held for each other. Soon, Korra radioed Mako for help, and he left for the town in a jeep along with Asami, Bolin, and Kuvira.

Mako witnessed Kuvira try to confront Guan, before Asami applied and electric shock to her. He and Bolin made to escort Kuvira back to the airship, where she was locked up and would be brought to Zaofu before the election.[14] Korra and Wu subsequently left for the Foggy Swamp on Naga to recruit Toph Beifong as a candidate for the election who could oppose Guan.

Once aboard the airship, the party was ambushed by Guan and his army. Asami refused to let Kuvira out of confinement during the attack, and though Mako managed to overpower the Earth Empire soldiers with firebending, he was overpowered and was kidnapped along with Asami, Mako and Kuvira.

The four were brought to Doctor Sheng, who brainwashed Mako using a combination of the Dai Li's ancient indoctrination techniques and magnetic waves to alter the brain. Mako was indoctrinated to think that the Avatar was no longer his friend, and was conscripted into the Earth Empire.

Mako Bolin Asami brainwashed

Mako, Bolin, and Asami were conscripted into the Earth Empire after being brainwashed.

Mako was part of Guan's force leading the attack on her own airship. Korra tried to break him free of the brainwashing, but to no avail. Korra and Opal led an airbending attack against Asami, Mako, and Bolin, incapacitating them long enough for Suyin, Wei and Wing to try and retrieve them with metal cables. Guan broke them free. Mako ordered the military's mecha suits to burn down the earth wall Korra's allies had built to protect themselves, but the Avatar was able to take Asami onto the airship and flee, although Guan's army was able to kidnap Wu.[15]

Mako and Bolin rushed to Guan and Sheng's aid after Kuvira tried to use the brainwashing device against them after feigning her willing surrender. The brainwashed brothers demanded that Kuvira release them. Mako firebent at Kuvira, giving Guan and Sheng enough time to remove the brainwashing helmets, and the two brothers ran outside the camp while bending at Kuvira. However, Korra soon arrived at the camp, stunning the brothers with airbending attacks. At the end of the battle, Kuvira managed to force Guan to surrender, and the entire Earth Empire army stood down.

Bolin, Mako, and Wu are cured

Wu warmly embraced Mako after they were both cured from brainwashing.

Mako, Bolin and Wu were taken to a tent, where Korra read aloud commands to reverse-engineer their brainwashing. Wu warmly embraced Mako after both realized that the brainwashing had been undone. Mako later gathered outside Gaoling City Hall when Wu gave his speech proclaiming that the Earth Empire would need more time to move to democracy, with each state setting its own timetable according to its citizens' wishes.

After Team Avatar returned to Republic City, Mako attended the rest of Kuvira's trial, and saw her take responsibility for her actions by pleading guilty. Bolin told the rest of the group that he would have to leave, as Zhu Li had back-to-back meetings the rest of the day, and Mako noted with interest that Bolin had decided to stick to the job, his brother telling him that after what they went through, he was fine with filing office paperwork for a while. As White Lotus sentries escorted Kuvira out, Mako told her that even though he thought he would never say it, he was grateful for what she did for them.[16]


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