128px-Padlock-olive.svg Earth Kingdom emblem

Hope was the daughter of Than and Ying, born shortly after the refugee family made it across the Serpent's Pass with the help of Team Avatar.


Ying was pregnant with Hope when she and her husband left their home for safety behind Ba Sing Se's walls. She was born just outside the Outer Wall of the city, with Katara providing pivotal assistance.

When Hope was born, the love and togetherness exhibited by her parents inspired Aang to feel hopeful again, as he was trying to bury his feelings of anger and sadness over losing Appa.[2] It was for this reason that Ying gave Hope her unique name.[1]

Hope and her parents successfully made it to Ba Sing Se, but the Fire Nation proceeded to capture the city shortly thereafter. Hope cried in her mother's arms as Fire Nation soldiers marched through the city.[3]


Than's sister


Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Two: Earth (土)

Book Three: Fire (火)


  • Hope was originally going to be named "Xi Wang" (希望), meaning "hope" in Chinese.[4] It was ultimately changed to the English version of the name, however, and the creators clarified in the DVD commentary for "The Serpents Pass" that the change was meant to help viewers not familiar with Chinese to understand the name's meaning.
  • Hope is one of only four newborns shown on camera in either Avatar: The Last Airbender or The Legend of Korra. The others are Yue and Aang, who were both seen in flashbacks, and Rohan.


  1. 1.0 1.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Serpent's Pass". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  2. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on (link). No longer updated, encyclopedia now broken though archived here.
  3. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (September 21, 2007). "The Awakening". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  4. Avatar Extras for "The Serpents Pass" on Nicktoons Network.