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Joaquim Dos Santos is an American television animation director with Portuguese roots.[1] He is credited as background and character designer and director in Avatar: The Last Airbender and art director, character designer, director, executive producer, storyboard artist, and an additional voice in The Legend of Korra.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Background designer

Character designer


The Legend of Korra credits

Art director


Co-executive producer

Main character designer

Main title developer

Storyboard artist

Additional voice


Selected other credits

Television work


Biographical information


Dos Santos is best known for his directing work on Justice League Unlimited and Avatar: The Last Airbender. He was a storyboard artist for Justice League before being promoted in the show's third season. He went on to direct half of the episodes of JLU alongside fellow DCAU director Dan Riba, including the final episode, "Destroyer". He joined the staff of Avatar: The Last Airbender in the middle of the show's second season as a storyboard artist and began directing episodes in the third season, including the last two parts of the four-part season finale. He recently finished working on G.I. Joe: Resolute, an animated series initially shown only on the web but later broadcast on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block. After that, Dos Santos went back to Warner Bros. Animation, where he directed two DC Showcase short films, The Spectre and Jonah Hex. He is currently attached to direct the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is set to be released on October 7, 2022.[1]


  • 2009: Won an Annie Award for Avatar: The Last Airbender (Best Directing in an Animated Television Production or Short Form)
  • 2015: Won an Annie Award for The Legend of Korra (Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production; "Venom of the Red Lotus")



  1. 1.0 1.1 Joaquim Dos Santos on Wikipedia. Retrieved on April 2, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Joaquim Dos Santos's acting debut. Joaquim Dos Santos (May 12, 2012). Retrieved on June 12, 2012.