- This article is about the character. For other similar uses, see Katara (disambiguation).
|"I will never, ever turn my back on people who need me!"|
|— Katara asserting her protective nature to Sokka.|
Katara is a waterbending master, born in the Southern Water Tribe to Chief Hakoda and his wife Kya. During her childhood, she was the only waterbender living in the South Pole and lived a peaceful life with her family. This happiness was shattered, however, when Katara lost her mother in a Fire Nation raid, Kya sacrificing herself to keep her daughter safe from harm. After her father left to battle against the Fire Nation in the Hundred Year War, she was raised by her paternal grandmother Kanna alongside her older brother Sokka. As a teenager, Katara and her brother discovered the young Air Nomad Avatar, Aang, who had been frozen in an iceberg with his bison, Appa, for one hundred years. In need of a waterbending master, the siblings and Aang left the South Pole on a journey toward the Northern Water Tribe. She and Sokka eventually became close friends with Aang, and after their journey to the North Pole, continued to travel with him across the world as he mastered the remaining elements, earth and fire. She became Aang's waterbending instructor after their departure from the Northern Water Tribe, replacing Master Pakku, who had instructed them during their time there. Her mastery of water made her a formidable asset to the group. The siblings' assistance helped Aang halt the Fire Nation's ambitions of world domination, ending the century-long war, and finally restoring balance to the world.
The murder of her mother and the later departure of her warrior father left Katara feeling traumatized and alone. Though she was cared for by Kanna, she invariably found herself filling the mother role left behind by Kya, even to her own older brother. Katara soon took on many of the responsibilities expected of an adult and quickly became independent and strong willed. Morally and emotionally driven, she developed a great sense of justice and compassion for others, becoming fiercely protective of those in need.
After the Hundred Year War ended, Katara and Aang began a close romantic relationship that eventually led to marriage and raised a family with three children: Bumi, a nonbender who gained the ability to airbend later in life, Kya, a waterbender, and Tenzin, an airbender. Later in life, Katara became highly regarded as a master healer, said to be the best waterbender in the world. After Aang's passing, she became Avatar Korra's waterbending teacher and helped her to recover physically from her ordeal with the Red Lotus.
Born into the diminished Southern Water Tribe to Hakoda and Kya, Katara faced the reality of her tribe's dwindling strength from an early age. At the time of her birth, forty-five years of repeated Fire Nation invasions intended to capture and imprison the tribe's waterbenders had left them devoid of benders. While the tribe's defenses would have crumbled under the might of the Fire Nation; the latter's relative inaccessibility in the South Pole and perception that they were a non-threat, they were mostly left alone. Katara grew up within a loving, close family and community. When she was six years old, she broke a tooth on some seal jerky made by Ashuna.
However, when Katara was eight, the Fire Nation again raided the village when charged by Fire Lord Azulon to find and dispose of the last remaining waterbender in the tribe. During the battle, the leader of the raid Yon Rha confronted Katara's mother, who was taking refuge in the family's igloo. Seeking shelter with her mother, Katara ran back to her home and interrupted their exchange. Realizing the intentions of Yon Rha, who had demanded Kya tell him the identity of the waterbender, Kya insisted Katara leave and gave herself up as the last waterbender, lying to protect her daughter. Katara ran to fetch her father, but by the time they returned, Yon Rha had left and her mother had been killed. The death of their mother had a profound impact on both Katara and Sokka.
With the absence of a mother figure in the family, Katara soon found herself filling the role left behind by Kya. She began to take on many of the domestic responsibilities expected of women of the Southern Water Tribe, despite her young age. Several years later, her father Chief Hakoda, left to fight in the Hundred Year War with the rest of the men of the Southern Water Tribe. Katara and Sokka were left in the care of their grandmother, Kanna. Though Kanna loved the two and cared deeply for them, Katara was left feeling traumatized and alone. Living in a tribe consisting almost entirely of women, children, and elderly, she took care of not only her own family, but aided others as well.
Winter 99 AG
- Main article: History of Katara (85 AG - 100 AG)
While on a fishing expedition for their village, Katara and Sokka accidentally steered their canoe into a rip current, where it was crushed between ice floes, and subsequently the duo found a mysterious figure trapped in a large spherical ice block. The figure introduced himself as Aang, an airbender, and offered to escort them home on his Flying bison Appa. After her village was attacked by soldiers on a Fire Nation ship commanded by Prince Zuko, Katara learned that Aang was the Avatar. She and her brother set out to save Aang, who had himself purposefully arrested to save the village. After their successful rescue, she mused that they might find a waterbending teacher at the North Pole, to which Aang quickly brightened up, suggesting they could learn waterbending together, and the three began their journey to the North Pole together. During their journey to the Northern Water Tribe, the group stopped in several locations in the now war torn Earth Kingdom. Their first stop was the Southern Air Temple, the original home of Aang, where the first signs of a deeper bond between Katara and Aang where shown, as she was able to calm the young Avatar after he came across Gyatso's corpse, which caused him to enter the Avatar State. Next up, Team Avatar stopped on Kyoshi Island, where they were ambushed by the Crown Prince and barely managed to escape. After leaving Kyoshi Island, Aang, Katara, and Sokka flew to the great Earth Kingdom metropolis of Omashu, where they were brought before the elderly king of the city who treated them as royalty and threw a feast for them, but later imprissoned them. It was later revealed to them, that the elderly king of the city was none other than Bumi, a childhood friend of Aang. Before reaching the Northern Water Tribe, the trio encountered several other adventures, all the while being chased by both Zuko and his uncle Iroh, and Commander/Admiral Zhao of the Fire Nation navy. Among their countless missions, the team helped several Earth benders among them Haru and his father Tyro, who were trapped on a Fire Nation Prison rig to escape and unknowingly enabled the rebellion in that part of the occupied Earth Kingdom to ensue; helped the villagers of Senlin Village, who were being attacked by a spirit called Hei Bai; barely escaped the clutches of Zhao and Prince Zuko, an event, in which Katara lost her mother's necklace, the only thing she still had to remember her by; discovered the darker side of the resistance, when they came into contact with Jet and his Freedom Fighters who tried to destroy a neighboring village of Gaipan and kill all the Fire Nation civilians living there; helped two warring tribes, the Zhang and the Gan Jin to cross the Great Divide and to reconciliate; encountered Bato, one of her father's friends and warriors, where the unity of Team Avatar was put to the test; met Jeong Jeong who unsuccessfully tried to teach Aang the powers of Firebending, an event, in which Katara was wounded but discovered she had Healing powers; and met and saved the refugees, among them Teo and his father who lived in the Northern Air Temple, from a Fire Nation military force led by War Minister Qin.
Finally, the team reached the Northern Water Tribe, where Sokka and Katara were celebrated as family from the Southern Tribe, and Aang was honored as a special guest. It was decided that Aang would be taught waterbending by Master Pakku, but Katara herself was prohibited from learning the skills, as it wasn't allowed for women to master the art. After teaching Katara the skills that he himself had learned from Pakku, Aang was banned from attending any further classes. The next day at the palace, Katara pleaded with Chief Arnook to have Master Pakku take Aang back as his student. Master Pakku agreed to continue training Aang as long as Katara apologized. She conceded, but after a few patronizing comments by him, Katara angrily refused to apologize and challenged him to a duel. During the duel which ensued, her grandmother's necklace, which fell off during the fight, was picked up by Master Pakku, and it was discovered that he made it for Kanna sixty years prior and he decided to start teaching Katara to waterbend. During the Fire Nation invasion of the Northern Water Tribe, Yue took Katara and Aang to a hidden oasis, where Aang entered the Spirit World. When Zuko arrived, Katara dueled him and was able to temporarily defeat him by freezing him on a pillar of ice. However, when the sun rose and enhanced Zuko's powers, he was able to defeat Katara and subsequently kidnapped the Avatar. Afterwards, Aang was eventually found, rescued and brought back to the spirit oasis, where they confronted Zhao, who, in a fit of rage threw fire at one of the Koi fish, which itself was the spirit Tui. Iroh and Katara attempted to revive the Moon Spirit, but it was too late, until Yue, realizing her destiny, gave up her life to the white koi and restored its life. After the battle, which was won after Aang had merged with the koi fist/spirit La, Pakku assigned Katara as Aang's new waterbending master.
Spring 100 AG
- Main article: History of Katara (Spring 100 AG)
Katara then accompanied Aang to the Earth Kingdom for him to learn earthbending. At an Earth Kingdom stronghold, General Fong placed Katara's life in danger to induce Aang's Avatar State; but achieved only the destruction of his own fort. During their journey to Omashu, Team Avatar met with Chong, Lily, and Moku, and with their help passed thru a a labyrinth and reached Omashu, only to find that the city had fallen into Fire Nation hands. In the city, it was revealed that king Bumi had intentionally been captured and Katara and the rest of the team barely managed to escape the clutches of Azula, Mai and Ty Lee. Together the team got stuck in the Foggy Swamp, where each member experienced some sort of hallucinations, Katara herself seeing her mother. Afterwards the team visited Chin Village, where Aang was placed under arrest for a crime, which a past Avatar named Kyoshi committed and it fell upon Katara and Sokka to prove Aang's innocence and later helped save the village from the Rough Rhinos. After the earthbender Toph Beifong joined the group to teach Aang, Katara and Toph initially quarreled a lot, but after several encounters with Azula started to trust one another and eventually became friends. Along with the others and Professor Zei of Ba Sing Se University, Katara visited Wan Shi Tong's Library, where they learned valuable information regarding the War effort - the precise date of the Day of Black Sun. Katara proved vital in getting Team Avatar out of the Si Wong Desert, after Appa had been kidnapped by Sandbender Tribes and proved her worth even further, as she helped the team and some refugees pass the Serpent's Pass.
In the Earth Kingdom's capital, Katara firstly helped to thwart another of Qin's plans, by helping destroy the Fire Nation Drill, after which Team Avatar was welcomed into the city. After the team spent some time to get some much needed rest, they resumed their search for Appa and eventually found him in the clutches of the Dai Li, a secretive organization under the leadership of Long Feng, who had complete control over the city and used Earth King Kuei as a puppet. Team Avatar managed to subdue the Dai Li and began to plan an invasion of the Fire Nation in cooperation with the Council of Five, but a coup led by Azula, hindered these plans. In the crystal-lighted below the Earth Kingdom Royal Palace, Katara encounted both Prince Zuko, with whom she worked for a while, and his sister Azula. A battle ensued in which Aang was injured by Azula's lightning, whereupon Katara managed to take him to safety. Thus Team Avatar now left the now fallen Earth Kingdom capital and it seemed, that the war had been lost.
Summer 100 AG
- Main article: History of Katara (Summer 100 AG)
After the catastrophy at Ba Sing Se, Katara proved her worth one more, healing the unconscious Aang while aboard a stolen Fire Nation ship with the rest of Team Avatar and several other freedom fighters, among them her dad Hakoda. Eventually, Katara and the rest of her small team traveled through the Fire Nation disguised as Fire Nation citizens. Among many things, Katara and her friends helped students of a Fire Nation school to learn how to have fun and how to express one self; helped the impoverished villagers of Jang Hui, which was being polluted from a nearby Fire Nation Army factory; helped to sanitate the Jang Hui River and brought peace to the Painted Lady; saved a Fire Nation town from being destroyed by a fire caused by a falling meteor; bettered her relationship with Toph, when she saved both of them from the clutches of Combustion Man and when she agreed to help her write a letter to her parents and met and later imprisoned Hama the bloodbender learning the skill herself - an action which caused her great distress. When the day of the invasion of the Fire Nation arrived, Katara and the rest of the team met with the rest of the invasion force and started to stealthily advance toward the capital via waterbending-powered submarines designed by the Mechanist. During the eclipse, the invasion advanced steadily toward the innermost Calderra City, with Aang even reaching the Fire Nation Royal Palace. But it was quickly revealed that the invasion had been anticipated and the Fire Nation's counterattack with airships destroyed much of the invasion force, with only Team Avatar and a few younger members managing to escape the grim prospect of becoming war prisoners.
After the failed invasion, Katara and her friends retreated to the Western Air Temple, where they started searching for a new firebending master to teach Aang and finding one in an unexpected ally - Zuko. The relationship between Zuko and Katara was at first intense and troublesome, with Katara determined to never forgive Zuko for his actions during Azula's coup in Ba Sing Se. But eventually, Katara forgave Zuko for his actions, particularly after he had helped to find the man, who had killed her mother - the former commander of the Southern Raiders Yon Rha. This mission proved to be an extremely important one for Katara's psyche, as she was able to restrain herself and not kill the man who had robed her of the person that she cared for greatly. Right before the final showdown between Team Avatar and the Fire Nation, Katara and the rest of the team retreated to Ember Island, more precisely to Ozai's beach house, which had now been in disuse. The Team visited a play performed by the Ember Island Players, where they had the opportunity to look at amusing caricatures of themselves. The play however had been displeasing, especially with the ending, which showed the Fire Nation and Ozai emerging victorious in the War. Because of the information given to them by Zuko, Team Avatar had to change their initial plan to deal with Ozai after Sozin's comet would pass. Team Avatar eventually split up, with Katara and Zuko heading to the Fire Nation to confront Azula. In the Capital city, Azula herself was awaiting her coronation as Fire Lord, when Katara and Zuko showed up. A fierce Comet-Enhanced Agni Kai between Azula and her brother ensued, Katara was saved from Azula's lightning blast by Zuko, who redirected the blast. Katara eventually managed to trick Azula into walking directly over a grate of water. Freezing her in a mass of ice, Katara was able to chain the princess to the grate before rushing to Zuko and healing him. She was present at Zuko's coronation, after the team's successful victory in the century-long war. When she was later at the Jasmine Dragon, along with the other members of Team Avatar, she followed Aang outside after he had left for some fresh air, going on to hug him. She and Aang subsequently looked at each other lovingly before she instigated a romantic kiss.
After the Hundred Year War
Harmony Restoration Movement
As part of the Harmony Restoration Movement, Katara and her friends began moving Fire Nation colonials back to the Fire Nation, starting with the more recent colonial establishments. A year later, when Aang, Katara, and Sokka were assisting in the relocation of a Fire Nation colony led by Mayor Nishi, the team found out that Zuko had withdrawn his support for the movement, so they immediately traveled to Yu Dao, the colony where the Fire Lord was staying. After landing, soldiers ordered Aang to leave.
Once there, Katara and the rest of Team Avatar encountered a protest that included several members of the Freedom Fighters and learned that Zuko was preventing people from entering and exiting Yu Dao, so she and Aang flew over the colony's walls with his glider to meet the Fire Lord. They were, however, confronted by Fire Nation soldiers who prevented them from talking to Zuko, so they had to fight them. After Aang defeated several guards, Katara became enraged when she saw the guards were trying to set her boyfriend on fire and knocked them out. Zuko suddenly grabbed Katara, admonishing her for attacking his "people". Aang, angry at Zuko's action, warned him to let her go, but after he insisted that she had first to agree to stop attacking his people, Aang separated Zuko from Katara with airbending, prompting him to retaliate, causing the airbender to block the attack and enter the Avatar State. But Katara, telling him that he would not be able to control himself in an altered emotional state, managed to calm him down. The Fire Lord agreed to talk and gave the couple a tour of Yu Dao, pointing out how heavily integrated the lives of the citizens were in the colony. At this, Katara proposed a meeting with the Earth King concerning the matter, to which the Avatar and the Fire Lord both agreed.
After leaving Yu Dao, Smellerbee said that Aang had three days to make a compromise before the Freedom Fighters take action. On Appa, Aang thanked Katara for not letting him kill Zuko while in the Avatar State. The group continued to Ba Sing Se in order to inform Earth King Kuei about the colony's situation as Toph explained to Katara what Sokka meant with 'oogies'.
As Katara arrived in Ba Sing Se with Aang, they met two girls, who claimed to be members of the Official Avatar Aang Fan Club, much to the airbender's excitement but Katara's indifference. After learning they were looking for a place to stay, the girls immediately offered their clubhouse. They spent the night and the following morning there as Aang entertained the girls, much to Katara's annoyance and apparent jealousy as she was left out of the party. She reminded Aang that they had to meet with the Earth King, finally getting him to leave the clubhouse. After leaving, Aang thanked Katara for allowing him to spend some time with the girls, as he had felt like he was at home again, but she, feeling guilty because of her attitude, responded that she did not deserve it.
When Aang and Katara went to the Earth Kingdom Royal Palace and met Kuei, they communicated him the news. At the king's final decision of sending troops to attack Yu Dao to solve the conflict, the couple showed their surprise and disagreement, however, they were not able to change the sovereign's mind. Realizing that sending in the army would be seen as a declaration of war, Aang and Katara hurried back toward Yu Dao in an attempt to persuade as many of the Fire Nation colonials there to evacuate.
Upon their return at Yu Dao, Aang attempted to evacuate the city, though they were met with severe resistance from both earth and firebenders. After fighting off their attackers, the couple noticed Smellerbee, Kori, and the Yu Dao branch of the Official Avatar Aang Fan Club, much to Katara's annoyance. However, she came to the fan club's defense when Aang got angry at them for sporting Air Nomad attire, opting that it was probably a mistake. When an angry Aang stormed off, she followed him onto the roof, and comforted him when he verbalized his conflicting opinions about his promise to Zuko, and the separation of the four nations. Offering him her opinion, she reminded him of the words Guru Pathik and Huu told him prior: separation is an illusion, so is the separation of the four nations, who are actually all the same.
Later, when Aang entered the Avatar State to fulfill his promise, Katara calmed him down, and explained that when she saw Kori's family, she saw their future, outing her doubts about what would happen to them as a couple if the four nations would remain separate. Sharing a kiss, she convinced him to find a quiet place to think about it all before jumping to action based on rushed conclusions.
When the battle unfolded, Katara used her waterbending to confront King Kuei and eventually took him into the city to show him the lives he would change were he to persist in his war.
Searching for Ursa
Sometime after the battle for Yu Dao, Katara attended a meeting together with her friends and several government officials at the home of the governor of Yu Dao to discuss the future of the city. She was listening attentively to the lecture that an Earth Kingdom professor gave on ancient Earth Kingdom philosophies regarding the four nations, though got annoyed and subsequently shushed her brother and boyfriend as the two kept talking among themselves. Aang swiftly apologized, but when Sokka commented that he was not surprised that she, his "boring sister", was interested in the "boring" lecture of the professor, she promptly waterbent the water from her glass into his face, transforming it into a snowball midair. She repeated the action a few moments later after a similar insult by her brother.
A week later, Katara traveled to the Fire Nation Royal Palace together with Aang and Sokka upon Zuko's inquiry. Upon arrival, they were delightfully surprised when they discovered Iroh there as well. Zuko explained that Iroh was there to act as interim Fire Lord while he would be gone, looking for Ursa, a journey on which he invited Team Avatar to accompany him. The amicable atmosphere quickly changed, however, when Azula emerged from behind Zuko, and Katara promptly attacked the princess with ice spikes, which she easily avoided. Zuko explained the situation and after some words, Team Avatar accepted that Azula would come with them in search for Ursa.
The following day, as Aang was preparing Appa for the journey toward Hira'a, taking care of Azula's luggage, Katara voiced her still present concerns about the princess's presence on the trip, though she took confidence in the knowledge that if Azula did try something, there would be four of them to take her down. When Azula subsequently zapped Sokka with her lightning, Katara was quick to trap the princess's hand in ice with her waterbending to prevent any further action. As the tension subsided, she released her, withdrawing the water into her pouch, though warned Azula to never touch her brother again, albeit to little effect.
As they set off on their journey, Katara rode atop Appa's head, sitting next to Aang. When Sokka commented how the adventure felt like "old times", Katara and Aang kissed, after Aang had stated that it was better than old times, since he could now kiss her whenever. The mood was broken, however, when Azula had another one of her aggressive psychotic episode, followed by Aang's making a gruesome expression, caused by the presence of the wolf spirit, though no one could see the creature. Sokka mocked the Avatar, much to the annoyance of Katara, who asked him to stop as Aang's situation was serious, though when he would not let up, she ended his mockery with another snowball to the face. Their playful antics suddenly became serious when Azula had dived off Appa and set fire to Aang's glider, who had swooped down to save her from plummeting to her death, subsequently sending him crashing down on the ground. As they landed, Katara and Sokka quickly jumped off to tend to the downed airbender, while Zuko went after his sister.
Katara, Sokka, and Aang caught up with the two firebenders at a nearby river, right when they were about to fight one another. Katara cut the battle short by encasing Azula in ice, completely immobilizing her. As Zuko talked to the other guys, Katara crossed the river to yell at Azula that she did not appreciate her actions against Aang. Azula's insulting rebuttal was cut short, however, as the wolf spirit Aang had seen earlier showed up and attacked them. Katara and Zuko noticed that the pattern on the spirit's chest was the same as the gruesome face Aang was making, prompting the young Avatar to attempt to reason with the creature. When his attempts failed as the wolf snapped at him, Katara, together with Zuko and Sokka, launched another attack at it, though her ice spears shattered without effect against the spirit's side. After a brief scuffle with Appa, the spirit threw up a swarm of moth wasps that attacked the entire group, making it hard for Katara to breathe. They were eventually saved when Azula shot a lightning bolt away from them all, drawing the moths and the wolf spirit with it.
That night, Katara agreed with Aang and Zuko to each take turns watching Azula sleep. Awaiting her turn, she tried to get some sleep next to Appa.
The next morning, Katara was startled when Azula woke up and suddenly grabbed her wrist. Sokka forced the princess to let his sister go with his boomerang. Azula realized that the letter she was carrying was missing and consequently grew angry, demanding to know Zuko's whereabouts. She set the camp on fire as a distraction, forcing the Water Tribe siblings to deal with it, as she went out in search of Aang and Zuko. Aang returned to help extinguish the fire and by the time they were able to smother it, Zuko had managed to calm his sister down. They continued on to Hira'a.
Arriving at the outskirts of the village, the group went in disguise, so the Fire Lord and Avatar could avoid attracting attention, and came upon the entire town attending the Hira'a Acting Troupe's version of the play, Love amongst the Dragons. After the play concluded, Zuko started asking about Ursa. This caught the attention of Noren, the director of the acting company, who invited them all to his home, where they could talk more freely. Aang and Katara complimented Noriko, Noren's wife, about their lovely home, and the Avatar asked how long they had been married. Noriko happily informed them that it had been nearly five years, subsequently embarrassing the young couple when she noted that they were perhaps a bit young to be already thinking about marriage, though she soon digressed, concluding that love was ageless. Under the cover of being drama historians, they did not find any new information regarding Ursa, but they did learn that her ex-boyfriend, Ikem left town, heading toward Forgetful Valley.
As they left the family's home, Azula voiced her disgust and stated that if it wasn't for Zuko, she'd burn their house down, convinced that their happiness was all an act. Katara became upset and tempers flared between her and Azula, before Zuko announced that they will be going to Forgetful Valley.
Upon arriving, Azula's first thought was to firebend a path, which Zuko and Aang quickly put out. Suddenly, Aang started to make a weird facial expression similar to their encounter with the wolf spirit. Sokka noted that there were facial markings on all the plants and animals surrounding them. Aang spotted a flutter bat, who had exactly the same pattern on his wings as he had on his face, and followed it down to a round pond. Aang felt a spiritual calmness surrounding the water, sensing a resemblance to the Spirit Oasis at the North Pole, and asked everyone to be respectful. However, Azula disregarded his request and fired a lightning bolt straight into the pool, believing that her mother was there. Soon after, the group was attacked by plants and vines, though the skirmish was cut short as Katara deduced the attackers to be waterbenders, and forced them to reveal themselves.
Heeding the order, Rafa and Misu showed themselves, and set up camp with the others, sharing a meal. Misu warned them that Forgetful Valley's ponds needed to remained undisturbed, and retold the team her life's story. When Aang learned that they were on the lookout for a spirit with the ability to grant faces, one that only appear when the wolf spirit appears at one of the ponds, he offered his help. But as Aang meditated, Azula suffered another of her psychotic episodes, believing that her mother sent the elderly Water Tribe siblings to impede her progress and aimed a bolt of lightning at them, which Zuko attempted to stop.
With Azula showing no signs of restraint, Katara and Sokka prepared to attack the princess at Zuko's insistence. Katara waterbent at Azula despite Misu's protests to not disturb the area. Aang was able to get them to stop after revealing he had summoned the Mother of Faces, who would grant them only one request. Zuko decided to let Misu have Rafa's face restored, but Azula interrupted and instead asked for and received information on Ursa. The Mother of Faces told the group that she had been visited by Ursa, and gave her a new face. Azula fled toward Hira'a, Sokka and Zuko following them. Katara and Aang remained with Rafa and Misu, with the Avatar trying to pursue the Mother of Faces under her sacred pool's water. After Aang was ejected from the pool, Katara came to his aid while the spirit appeared before them, denouncing humans for being selfish and making her their slave. She ordered them to leave, with her spirits attacking the group to force them out.
Katara and Aang tried to ward the spirits off, with the waterbender able to protect Misu from a spirit by freezing its claws. After Aang incidentally revealed Rafa's empty face, he recognized it at the work of Koh, which, upon hearing this name, prompted the Mother of Faces to tell her animals to stop their attack. Aang explained what he had learned about Koh, to which the Mother of Faces told the group he was her son. Katara and Aang watched as the ancient spirit restored Rafa's face, and they happily watched as the siblings hugged. Afterward, they returned to Hira'a with the spirit, who restored Ursa's face and memories. With Azula having escaped and left the letter behind, Katara watched as Aang and Sokka discussed if they thought the princess had truly begun to change. Sokka argued against this, but Aang believed she had, to which Katara kissed her boyfriend on the cheek, saying that she loved him because he saw the bright side of things.
Returning Ursa to the Fire Nation Capital
As Zuko desired to have Ursa, Ikem, and Kiyi visit the Fire Nation Capital for the first time since Ursa's banishment, Katara, Aang, and Sokka accompanied the family on the Fire Nation cruiser that was bringing them all back. She and her brother watched how Aang was entertaining Kiyi by riding a flying dolphin fish together. When Katara suggested he join them, Sokka refused by claiming a preference for mechanical rides, with the exception of Appa.
Some time later, Katara, Aang, and Sokka prepared to leave on Appa. As Zuko inquired about their intention, Katara noted that being back to the city will bring up many memories and that they could use that opportunity as bonding time.
Reviving Yangchen's Festival
When the peace talks in Yu Dao came to an end, Katara and the rest of Team Avatar returned there to witness the introduction of the city's new coalition government. Afterward, she attended a banquet in celebration of the election with her friends. After a while, she began to worry where Aang had gone to and set out to search for him, finding him on a balcony, meditating. When she asked him what he was doing there, she was told that he had seen Yangchen's spirit, though since he had been unable to communicate with her, he was attempting to contact her through meditation. Although she acknowledged that meditation was important to Aang, she reminded him that celebrations like the one they were supposed to be attending were something important too. Reminded of Yangchen's Festival by her words, Aang returned inside with Katara, where he alerted the three Air Acolytes, Xing Ying, Yee-Li, and Jingbo, as well as Katara and the other members of Team Avatar that they would go on a field trip the following day.
As such, the team left the next day on Appa, setting course to a cliff overlooking the ocean where the Air Nomads used to start their celebration of Yangchen's Festival. Katara tried to get her brother and Toph in the spirits of the holiday, noticing how excited Aang and the Air Acolytes were about it all. Having arrived, they were supposed to take part in a bowing ceremony. When Toph refused to take part, Katara tried to reason with the earthbender, pointing out how important it was to Aang, though Aang asked her to let it go, which she did. After the bowing ceremony, the group set out toward the meadow to enjoy a ceremonial meal. Along the way, tensions rose again when Toph destroyed Yee-Li's cymbals, with which she was creating Air Nomad music as was tradition. Katara once again tried to calm the earthbender, though was cut short when Aang suggested tensely to just keep on walking toward the meadow.
They found out, however, that a town with a large refinery had been built on the previously sacred grounds. Walking around through town, Katara tried to console Aang, pointing out that a lot can change in a hundred years. Her attention was drawn away, however, when Niyok, a girl from the Southern Water Tribe whom she had not seen since leaving there, called out to her and happily greeted her. Upon asking what she was doing there, Katara was directed toward the Earthen Fire Refinery where the girl was working with her sister. Realizing that Nutha was there as well, Katara merrily called out to her fellow tribeswoman, though received a noncommittal stare back, prompting her to leave the sisters alone.
When Aang spotted Yangchen's spirit once more and let it lead him to investigate the grounds of the refinery, Katara and the three Air Acolytes followed him. She was helped across the fence by his earth- and airbending, where they discovered that the river running near the factory was terribly polluted. Before they could take any action, however, the refinery's guards appeared and tried to expel them from the factory's grounds. While Aang bent the Air Acolytes to safety, Katara used her waterbending to destroy the incoming earthen projectile. Bending a huge wave from the river, she urged Aang to move out of the way, intending to strike down the guards. However, Aang asked her to call off her attack, and subsequently used his airbending to let the guards knock each other out.
Their actions had been witnessed by Satoru, the refinery's engineer and interim boss while his uncle, Loban, was away on business, who heartily greeted him, instantly recognizing who they were. When Toph and Sokka returned, Satoru became starstruck by the young earthbender and promptly invited he, and on Toph's inquiry, Katara and the others, to join him on a tour through the factory, where benders and nonbenders from all over the world were employed. When Aang eventually managed to strike up a conversation with Satoru about the refinery's location and accused to factory of having defiled the sacred land, Katara backed him up, referring to the polluted river. When Toph corroborated Satoru's claim that the factory was not to blame for that and subsequently got into an argument with Aang, Katara urged the two earthbenders to remain calm after an earthquake shook the ground, assuming they were responsible for it. When a second quake occurred, Satoru asked them all to leave, but before they could heed the engineer's request, they heard a factory worker call out for help, as the earthquakes had left him trapped under a haywire machine. Katara used her waterbending to pulverize incoming rocks while Sokka ushered the workers to safety and Aang and Toph moved in to save the trapped man. After the crisis was averted, Katara was shocked to learn that Loban's business partner and co-owner of the refinery was Lao Beifong, Toph's father and even more when Lao declared Toph to be a confused girl rather than his daughter.
When Lao subsequently ordered the Rough Rhinos to escort Team Avatar off the refinery's premises, Katara readied herself for battle and took on Yeh-Lu and a hammer-wielding Rough Rhino member by herself. Before she could finish the fight, however, she was dragged along by Sokka, who urged her to run along with him. When they were cornered at a fence, Katara readied her water once more, blaming her brother for making them easy targets. It was only after Sokka pushed her out of the way to let the Rhinos crush the fence and halt at the nearby river that Katara caught on to her brother's plan. Utilizing the water of the river, she quickly encased their three assailants in blocks of ice.
After Yeh-Lu's burning grenade exploded near the river, Katara noticed it had revealed an passageway which the siblings promptly checked out. Using glowing crystals, they illuminated their path and eventually arrived to an iron ore mine, which was also the cause of the river's pollution. They were found out by Kahchi and Vachir, who instigated a fight with them. After the skirmish between Vachir and Sokka led to the weakening of one of the mine's support beams, Katara used her waterbending to freeze Vachir's bow, arms, and feet. The interaction made Katara realize that the earthquakes were caused by the mine's instability and she and her brother tried to urge the present workers to leave. No one listened, however, though they were approached by Nutha and Niyok, who explained that everyone down there needed the job to survive, so no one dared to leave without their boss's orders.
Upon Sokka's return, accompanied by Lao Beifong, Katara directed his attention to the weakened support beams, which had been identified as being the cause of the earthquakes. Although the order was given to evacuate, Katara became trapped underground when the mine caved, along with Toph and several others. When Aang tried to bend a tunnel from above, she called out to him and urged him to stop, as if he bent it the wrong way, the entire tunnel might collapse.
Hearing Aang call from above ground, Katara asked if Sokka was there. Aang replied that her brother had not returned and asked how Toph was holding up, she answered that she was doing as good as could be expected, given she was literally carrying the weight of their world. Seeing the earthbender growing exhausted, Katara asked Satoru to give her the remainder of her water, noting that running out would not matter if Toph failed. After Aang notified her of Toph's students' arrival, she told Toph, who asked her to tell Aang that the situation was like spider ants beneath stomping feet, only flipped. When the metalbending students removed the ground above them, Katara ran out to Aang, kissing him and saying she was glad to be out. Afterward, she happily reunited with Sokka before catching sight of Nutha and Niyok. Being thanked by the former, the waterbender stated with a smile that it was not a problem.
The skies, however, soon grew stormy, and though Katara initially believed that a storm was coming in, Aang told her it was not a natural event. After seeing him try to talk to Yangchen again and ponder a way to reach her, Katara asked if she could do anything to help, though was assured that her boyfriend could do it. After Aang returned and explained the situation at hand, including the need to destroy the buildings, the waterbender was urged to evacuate everyone from them. She began by destroying the cabbage merchant's restaurant, telling the panicked vendor that it was not safe for him to remain there, though adding that they could get him new cabbages after the situation ended. After completing the task, she returned to Aang and told him as such. After seeing Old Iron beginning to emerge from the sea, she asked if he would turn back if the town was returned to its natural state; after an affirmative answer, she warned Aang that he could not wait for the mask to be returned and comforted him over his regret about destroying things with a kiss on the cheek. The waterbender also added her assurance that she would keep the people from interfering in any way.
With Old Iron nearing the town, Katara noticed Sokka, Satoru, and Loban clinging to the spirit's mask. She bent up a water vortex which allowed the three to slide down to the ground safely. She soon tried to block an attack from Old Iron, declaring he would not destroy the humans.
After Aang defeated Old Iron, Katara spent time reminiscing with Niyok and Nutha over life in the Southern Tribe. Noticing her boyfriend in an upset state, she decided to approach him, though not before telling Nutha it was good to catch up with them and apologizing for not returning home, though was told by her friend to stop, saying she acted like an idiot while telling her that Katara and Sokka made them proud as Southern Tribers. Approaching Aang, she noticed that Lady Tienhai's statue had been destroyed, much to her shock. Hearing him wonder if spirits had no place in the world as a relic of the past, the waterbender believed it could not be true. Taking his hands, she told Aang that they did have a place if he did as well. She urged him to contact his past lives, saying that the current time connected the past and present. Before walking away, Katara told him to find her if he needed her.
Three months later, Katara watched the proceedings of the new Spirits' Friendship Festival. She remarked it was not Air Nomad-like at all because of the kites, loud parade, and Sokka selling meat, something she did not have in mind when Aang told her about Yangchen's Festival.
Return to the South
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Upon returning to the Southern Water Tribe, Katara and Sokka were stunned by the changes to their home, leaving them confused and lost. Stumbling upon a construction site, the workers became hostile, but Katara defeated them with her superior waterbending.
She and Sokka continued on their way and discovered a developing city where their village used to be. While Sokka was enthusiastic about all the changes, Katara was more hesitant. In a crowd of thrilled Southerners, they found Kanna; they hugged their her and were happily surprised to learn that she and Pakku had eloped at the Misty Palms Oasis just weeks before their arrival. Pakku asked Katara to help out at the new school for waterbenders he founded, much to her surprise, as she could not fathom where the necessary waterbending students came from.
When Kanna subsequently pointed them to the new town hall, Hakoda's new abode as the Head Chief of the Southern Water Tribe, Katara grew hesitant once again, musing the extravagant building was nothing like their father. After being reunited with their father, Katara and Sokka were introduced to Malina and Maliq, a pair of Northerners leading the Southern Reconstruction Project, as well as the three workers from before, Noa, Kam, and Soonjei. After the workers had left, Malina described the long-term plan for the South, including the construction of a palace, much to Katara's bewilderment.
Later, while having dinner at Two Fishes Northern Cuisine, a pair of young servers stole Maliq's briefcase and injured Malina, prompting Katara and Sokka to pursue. Creating an ice sled, she followed the thieves riding a snowmobile all the way to the shipwreck.
Triggering a booby trap on the ship, they landed in the caverns below, where they met Gilak, a comrade of their father's from the war. They quickly discovered Gilak's wartime experiences embittered him against more powerful nations and prompted him to form a Southern rebellion. Katara protested his views, informing him of how the Fire Nation's colonies were working to create a new society, and demanded he hand over the thieves and the briefcase. Katara quickly froze his hand after he refused, giving her and Sokka an opening to escape. Pursued by Gilak's warriors, Katara slowed them down with an ice wall, but they lost valuable time themselves when Thod, Gilak's elderly second-in-command, stalled them with a story about a snow rat, before Katara waterbent him out of the way.
Once they returned home, Katara agreed with her brother that Gilak was an extremist, but she also admitted that he still had a point, as their home had been transformed into a cheap imitation of the North, reminding her of how Earthen Fire Refinery took over Air Nomad land.
They found Maliq standing outside Kanna's hut, and Katara informed him of their failure to retrieve his briefcase. Learning that Hakoda and Malina were inside, Katara scolded Sokka for his lack of manners, as he entered the hut without knocking, but they both stop cold in their tracks upon finding Hakoda and Malina locked in a kiss.
The next morning, Katara and Sokka accompanied Malina and Maliq to tour their new factory. While Maliq began to ramble on, Katara privately discussed with Sokka the implications of Hakoda and Malina's budding romance; Sokka, while somewhat off-put by the image of his father kissing Malina, maintained that Hakoda was capable to choose who was best for him, while Katara still held uneasily against it, unwilling to entertain even the thought of Malina becoming their stepmother.
Returning their attention to the Northerners, they learned that the South possessed the largest oil deposit in the world, which they intended to extract to usher in a new age of machinery in the world, allowing machines to become a part of people's everyday lives. Katara questioned its necessity. The Northerners concluded their tour by introducing Sokka and Katara to Toph, and invited them all to attend the festival that evening as guests of honor.
At the festival, Katara was approached by Pakku, who introduced her to two young waterbending students of his, Siku and Sura, however, the girls denied being waterbenders and ran off. Believing to be out of sight, they waterbent openly, prompting Pakku to explain to an intrigued Katara that he found the girls in a village far removed from the sea but that they, while talented for their age, tended to only bend in private.
Katara soon left the festival to check on Hakoda, who was organizing the city's outer defenses in anticipation of an attack from Gilak. As they sat down, Hakoda guessed she was worried about Malina and apologized for not telling her and Sokka sooner, as he thought they were not ready. Katara then questioned why he chose Malina, as she worried the Northerners didn't truly understand the Southern Water Tribe and that she may truly be up to something nefarious. Hakoda reassured her, insisting that Malina has a lot to learn about her sister tribe but deep down she had a good heart. Nonetheless, Katara insisted that his feelings were clouding his judgment, but her father reminded that she was in love too and that the right kind of love could help her see the truth. At that moment, Aang arrived on Appa. Katara happily embraced her boyfriend but gently declined kissing him in front of her father. After confirming with Aang that Hakoda was very supportive of their relationship, she decided to give Malina a chance with Hakoda.
Returning to the festival, Katara spotted Malina and formally thanked her inviting her friends and her. In the middle of Malina's speech about her plan, a drilling machine emerged in the middle of town square. Gilak emerged and revealed to the assembled crowd the North's plan to take the South's oil for themselves and dominate the Southern Water Tribe, much to Katara's shock. Malina remorsefully admitted that it was the original plan, only for Maliq to reveal that he never destroyed the documents. An altercation insued between the rebels and Northerners, and Team Avatar decided to intervene and stop them. During the fighting, Katara stood in defense of Malina and Maliq, only to hit in the back by Kam, who declared it to be payback. Katara then enountered Thod, who stated that the point of his earlier story was that the North would always look down on the South, and attempted to recruit her to Gilak's cause. However, Katara firmly refused his request. Disappointed, Thod declared she had forgotten where her loyalties lay, revealing himself as a chi blocker as he disabled her arms. Luckily, Katara used her legs to bend and encased Thod in ice. Leading Team Avatar, they came just in time to see Gilak stab Hakoda in the chest. Enraged, Katara encased Gilak in ice, scaring off his remaining followers, who were promptly captured by Aang, allowing her to heal Hakoda.
Later, in Kanna's hut, Katara and Sokka were relieved to see their father pull through. Kanna then noted that the discord in the South due to misguided beliefs and that someone had to reexamine theirs. Katara soon got into a debate with Sokka over which party was in the wrong: Gilak or Malina and Maliq. Sokka insisted that the Northerners' overall plan for the South was beneficial and that they need to adapt to the changing times, to which Katara retorted that the tribe's identity would be lost as a result.
The two siblings soon exited the hut to inform the others about Hakoda's recovery. They were soon approached by Malina, who insisted to Katara that she no longer shared Maliq's views, but Katara believed her views would change once more if she fell out of love with Hakoda. Though Malina desired to say her goodbyes to Hakoda, Katara refused to allow her to see him, although Kanna did.
A few days later, Katara and Aang attempted to assist Pakku in teaching Siku and Sura waterbending. The sisters watched in awe at their demonstration, and eventually revealed that they were indeed waterbenders, but soon ran off. As Aang said that the demonstration didn't go they way he had planned, Katara mused that the girls were not quite ready for such a big change.
The two left with Hakoda, whom Katara gently scolded for going out on his own while he's still hurt. He goes on to say how he had became convinced that the Southern Water Tribe needed to partner with other nations to advance and rebuild the South. Katara, now with a change of heart, disagreed, saying that not everyone in the Nations were on their side, using Maliq as an example. She feared that allowing them to help would turn the Southern Water Tribe into a copy of the other nations. While Hakoda agreed that that would be a concern, he explained further that Pakku, Katara, and Aang were from different nations but had worked together in order to restore an almost lost art.
During the a meeting that night, Hakoda briefed Team Avatar and the world leaders of his plan to modernize the Southern Water Tribe and open it to the other nations. Katara continued to be worried, not wanting her father to change everything about her home. When Kuei was hesitant to assist, he implied the South was lacking civilization, to Katara's offence. While Katara began to snap back at him, an officer burst through the door, informing Hakoda that Gilak and his army had broken out. A fight then ensued between Team Avatar and Gilak's army, in which Team Avatar eventually became outnumbered. Gilak subsequently kidnapped Hakoda, but with Aang's airbending prowess, the two were able to recover him. Upon their return to city hall, they learned that Gilak's forces had kidnapped Earth King Kuei whilst they were saving Hakoda.
Following an unsuccessful search for Gilak, a messenger Hawk appeared before the group, containing a letter from him, which explained that he wished to meet them on the Bridge of No Return to exchange Kuei's life for Hakoda's. Katara and Sokka explained to the group that it was an old bridge that the tribe used years ago to deal with criminals. After reading the conditions of the letter, Zuko warned them that Gilak would cut the bridge with Kuei and Hakoda on it, even if they gave in to all of his demands. Katara was horrified, and commented at how evil Gilak's supposed plan was.
Katara, having arrived, looked on at the bridge with worry. Noticing her concern, Aang walked over to her and comforted her by kissing her on the cheek, assuring her that Sokka's plan would work out. Sokka then walked up to her, and asked if she was alright. Katara expressed her concern that her trip home had not turned out to be anything like she had expected it to be; she had thought that now that the war was over their lives could go back to how they had once been. Sokka comforted Katara, saying that while he understood her, it was impossible for anything to be as idealistic as she had imagined because the war altered the tribe, even reaching back to Kanna's time. After Gilak had arrived, the chi blockers crossed the bridge and chi blocked all of Team Avatar. Unbeknownst to their attackers, the team had been wearing chainmail armor, which thwarted the chi blocking from taking effect, and awaited the opportune moment to strike back. When Gilak attempted to cut the ropes of the bridge, Katara and the others engaged their attackers, though they were unable to save Hakoda, Malina, and Gilak before the latter collapsed the bridge entirely. While Aang had managed to grab hold of the three adults and prevent them from falling to their deaths, Katara fashioned an ice ladder to get to them. When Katara saw Malina sacrifice herself to save Hakoda, letting herself fall into the abyss, Katara rushed to her aid on an ice slide. Although they both crashed against the wall of the abyss, they both managed to get out of there safely.
Days later, Katara spoke to Kya at her grave, saying she had realized that her perception of the "old" tribe was a place including her, but her courage would always be with her. As a result, she would no longer be afraid of change in the Southern Water Tribe. As she spoke, the Sura and Sika came forward to her and told her they were sorry for her loss. Katara explained how her mother had died to keep her, a Southern waterbender, safe, and that the children's mother had tried to do the same for them. Moved by her story, the young students agreed to learn how to waterbend. Later, she made a traditional Southern dish to share in the multicultural dinner.
Return to Cranefish Town
Sometime after leaving the Southern Water Tribe, Katara travels with Aang, Sokka, and Toph to the Earth Kingdom. The gang plans to fly to Yu Dao to meet up with Suki, but stop in Cranefish Town at Toph’s request.
When they near Cranefish Town, Aang is shocked to see how much it has grown and changed since their last visit there. Katara is concerned about him, knowing that this land was sacred to the Air Nomads. Aang tells her he isn’t sure how he feels. Upon landing, the group is greeted to cold glares from the townsfolk. After Aang’s attempt to impress the crowd with airbending fails, they are approached by Lao Beifong, who tells them that the recent growth of the town has come with certain challenges that he wants the Avatar’s wisdom on.
While Aang and Sokka are checking out a Water Tribe Helmet at a nearby stall, Katara notices that a fight is beginning to break out. She and Toph spring into action, trying to stop the fight, but the violence only results in causing a nearby apartment complex to collapse. Aang swoops in to save Toph from being hurt in the impact, and Katara creates an ice shield in front of herself, Sokka, and a few others.
When Aang and Toph land, Aang runs to Katara, holding her hands. He feels guilty for leaving her alone in the middle of the fight, and asks if she is okay. Katara assures him that she’s alright, and that it was nice of him to worry about her. Aang then asks her where the benders who started the fight went, and Katara tells him she wasn’t able to stop them from escaping while simultaneously trying to get people out of the collapsing building.
Lao explains that the growing bender violence was the reason for him requesting Aang’s presence in Cranefish Town. Aang agrees to come to the business council meeting later that evening, but first offers to help rebuild the citizens a new home.They angrily refuse his help, saying that since benders caused the building to collapse, they didn’t want benders to help fix it. Aang reluctantly decides to give up helping them, and he and Sokka get ready to leave for the meeting. Katara grabs onto one of Aang’s hands, smiling and telling him that she’d go with Toph to the factory, and that she’d see him and Sokka after the meeting. Aang happily tells her he’d see her later that night.
Katara and Toph stop by Earthen Fire Industries, and Katara is shocked to see how much bigger it’s gotten. They run into Satoru, who takes them to see what’s new in the factory. Katara notices some guards nearby, and Satoru explains that they’ve had to hire new guards as a result of some recent break-ins. When Katara questions about the old guards, Satoru awkwardly tells her the situation was complicated and that he’d explain later.
He goes on to show the girls a new and improved processing machine, that can refine ore at twice the rate as last time. Katara notes that the last machines were run by benders and non-benders alike, and that now there were no more benders working in the factory. Satoru then explains that since the machines were so powerful now, they didn’t need many benders to work them, and therefore let them go. As a result, the remaining bender employees quit in protest, and although Satoru understood their feelings, he didn’t purposefully put people out of work. The conflict had then spiraled so far that other non-bender owned factories had built similar machines, putting even more benders out of work. Benders have now refused to work at non-bender owned factories. Katara then realizes that that was the reason for the non-bender guards.
Later that evening, Katara meets up with Sokka and Aang, telling them that Lao has arranged a house next to the factory for the gang to stay in. Sokka excitedly runs towards the house, while Aang stays behind. Aang asks Katara if she’ll go for a ride on Appa with him, to which she eagerly agrees. The two fly over the city for a while, before Aang notices an island in the middle of the bay, and takes them down to check it out. Katara notices that Aang has “that look”. When Aang questions what she means, she explains that it’s his “Avatar look”, the “I’m responsible for everything that happens in the world” look.
As the couple approaches the shoreline, Aang explains that when they were in Cranefish Town the first time, Lady Tienhai and told him that she believed that humans could create a future that preserves and protects as it grows. Katara wonders if Aang feels like he’s let her down, and Aang tells her that it was more than that, and that looking at the city felt the same as when he had woken up from the iceberg, and everything in the world had changed, from the war, to having everyone he’d ever known be gone. Katara smiles and tells him that it wasn’t the same as then, since she, Sokka, and Toph, were here with him now, and that the war was over. Aang tells her he’s glad that she’s there.
Katara goes on to tell him that wherever they go now, there is more development and more people in the same cities, and that they would just have to get used to it. She doesn’t think that anyone had intentionally made Cranefish Town the worst city ever, and that it was merely different people trying to live their lives and fighting for their own piece of this place. She then assures her boyfriend that it isn’t too late to fix what’s gone wrong, and that if members of the business council will listen to him, others will too. As the two look upon the city holding hands, and Aang hopes that there was still time to help the city grow into something that protects and preserves.
Early the next morning, Aang drags the group out of bed - much to everyone’s dismay - to clean up the scrap and trash on the beach. Sokka comments that cleaning up the entire beach would take several days or weeks, and Aang says he just wanted to do something, even if it was as small as cleaning up a portion of the beach.
Later that night, Katara is awoken to a large explosion at the factory. She runs out of the house with Aang and Sokka, where Aang realizes that Toph is missing. Satoru tells him that she wasn’t in her room, and suddenly, they hear her voice from underneath a sheet of metal. She’s able to sense the footsteps of two people running away, and figures that they’re the ones responsible for the explosion. She and Aang go after them, while Katara stays behind to help put the fire out.
Later that morning, Katara is standing outside the factory with Sokka and Toph, and spots Aang flying towards them. Aang explains that he caught the guy who caused the explosion, literally. Katara questions what he means by “literally” and he says that the man had fallen off a cliff, and was so thankful for Aang rescuing him that he revealed who hired him: two teenage girls, one of which is a powerful earthbender. Katara asks him if there was a reason behind the attack, but the man hadn’t been given a reason. Lao tells them that his factory wasn’t the only one attacked that night, but that several other businesses around town were as well, and that it likely was a coordinated attack.
Sokka pulls out his old detective hat, exclaiming that it was time for Team Avatar Investigations to figure out what was going on around town. Katara can’t believe he still has that old hat, and Sokka is surprised she thought he’d ever get rid of it. Katara then agrees that there is indeed something going on in the surface of Cranefish Town, but they haven’t seen it yet, and hopes that they’ll be able to figure it out.
Katara spends the rest of the day with Aang, Sokka, and Toph, going around to the various businesses that had been attacked. Aang eventually tells them that he wants to speak with the bender-owned businesses in an attempt to get them to help out the non-bender owned businesses, and decides to start with Councilwoman Liling. Upon arriving at her house, Katara quietly asks Aang if he’s sure Liling will listen to him, and that she might not want to help out her competitors. Aang tells her that since Liling was the one who suggested establishing a police force, that it would be worth it to ask for her help.
During their meeting with Liling, she agrees to help out the non-bender owned businesses, much to Aang's delight. Suddenly, Liling's cat knocks over a Kyoshi statue, but it appears as though Momo was the one who did it. Aang offers to repair the statue, but Liling assures him that her daughter, a skilled earthbender, could do it. Team Avatar are then introduced to Yaling, an earthbender, and her sister Ru. Yaling fixes the statue, impressing Aang with her bending skills. Toph, however, is unimpressed, and proceeds to metalbend a vase into a statue of herself. Meanwhile, Katara makes conversation with Ru, asking her if she’s an earthbender, to which Ru responds that she isn’t a bender at all. Liling says that Ru has “other talents”, and Sokka happily chimes in, saying that she was like him, and that Katara could never waterbend a boomerang.
As the gang leaves Liling's house later on, Toph reveals that Liling was involved in last night’s attacks somehow. Katara and Aang are shocked, and Katara comments on how nice she was to them. Toph explains that she recognized the footsteps of Ru and Yaling as the same footsteps she felt leaving the factory last night. Katara believes her, but says that it’s thin evidence. Toph explains further that Yaling had lied when she told Toph that she’d never been to Lady Tienhai’s cliff before. Aang comments that the firebender from last night did say he’d been hired by two teenage girls. Katara notes how upset Toph sounds, to which she responds that she feels very strongly about people blowing up her dad’s factory. She also has a plan to get some more information out of Yaling the next day, as she had agreed to teach her metalbending.
As they are on their way home, Sokka notices Suki in the distance, standing next to an eel-hound in front of the factory. He excitedly runs over to greet his girlfriend with a hug, and Katara lovingly watches them, leaning her head against Aang’s with her arm around his shoulders. After a particularly touching moment between them, Katara and Aang hold hands, saying “awww!” in unison. Toph, being grossed out by the couple, leaves them behind.
The next day, Katara is relaxing in the house on a bench with Aang, while Sokka and Suki are playing a card game. The four of them are startled as Toph suddenly bursts through the door, telling them that had been able to get information from Yaling about a rally happening later that night. She proposes that they, “go in, bash heads, save the day”. Katara tells her that they should slow down and discuss this before rushing into anything. Toph doesn’t understand what there is to discuss, and Katara explains that since they don’t know why the factories were attacked or how exactly Liling was involved, they can’t arrest her without proof. Sokka comes up with an idea that they should sneak into the rally in disguise. He then pulls out his old Wang Fire beard and mustache, and Katara wonders if he kept everything from their travels.
Later that night, Katara dresses in Earth Kingdom attire. Katara follows closely behind Aang, watching Toph and Yaling from a distance. Next to them, Sokka tells Suki how beautiful she looks in her disguise, and she tells him that he looks handsome in his. Aang asks Katara if she thinks that the two of them are like that, and Katara tells him that they probably were a little.
They arrive at a building, which is being guarded by an Earth Kingdom man. He asks them what the password is and Aang gives it to him: "Imbalance". The guard lets them enter, and after Katara comments on the tunnels built underneath the city, Aang says they look like the old mines that were supposed to have been filled in. Katara sneaks through the crowd with the rest of Team Avatar, and Suki is alarmed to see Toph standing at the front with Yaling. Liling then begins her speech from atop a large stage, proposing a plan to drive non-benders out of the city. Katara is horrified by the plan, telling Aang that they need to do something to stop it, to which Aang responds that they shouldn’t start a fight since they’re outnumbered. At the end of the speech, Aang is frustrated and wants to leave, but Katara grabs his shoulder, drawing his attention to Toph, who is walking up on stage behind Yaling. Toph then confronts Liling, telling her that she is now under arrest, and a fight breaks out.
Katara runs into action, but is then knocked to the side when Liling earth bends a large rock wall, leaving her and Aang separated from Sokka and Suki. Liling attacks the couple by hurdling large stones in their direction, prompting Aang to bend up a slab of rock, protecting himself and Katara from the attack. She and Aang then proceed to fight off several other benders who want to attack them.
As the fight reaches a boiling point, Liling suddenly bends the earth up underneath Katara and the rest of Team Avatar, sending them flying. It’s then that Katara notices that it was merely a distraction, and that the benders from the rally are escaping through a hole in the wall. Aang tells her to let them go, because Liling is attempting to collapse the cave. Toph manages to hold the ceiling up, while Aang and Suki corner Liling, who Suki then proceeds to chi-block. Aang tells Liling that it’s over now and that she’s under arrest, and Liling responds that “it’s only just begun”, prompting Katara and Aang to eye each other suspiciously.
In the aftermath, Toph managed to metalbend a cage around Liling, guaranteeing Aang that there was no way she’d be able to escape. When Toph asks if everything will be wrapped up after Ru and Yaling are caught, Sokka tells her that since Liling had so much support from benders in the city, it would be more complicated than that. Katara responds that she was the one who put the idea of bender supremacy in their heads in the first place. Sokka says that while that’s true, the problems in Cranefish Town aren’t going to go away by keeping Liling in jail.
Toph suggests that Aang take Liling’s bending away, causing everyone to lapse into silence. When Toph questions this, Katara explains that they’re all just shocked by what she said, but Toph remains confused, saying that it makes sense to her, and that Liling hired criminals to blow up several factories, on top of plotting to drive out non-benders. She believes Liling can’t lead a bender supremacist movement if she isn’t a bender anymore.
Katara is irritated by Toph’s nonchalant attitude about the situation, and that Aang has only taken away someone’s bending once before, with the Fire Lord, and that Liling isn’t threatening the world with destruction. Toph sarcastically asks if Katara forgot where she had gotten buried in rubble after the factory explosion. Katara says nothing, but stares angrily at her, and Toph asks why she’s so upset, and Katara explains again that this decision can’t be made lightly.
The next day, Katara sits alone on a bench, staring at her lap. Aang approaches her, asking if she’s okay. Katara assures him that she’s fine, but just doesn’t agree with what Toph was suggesting. Aang says he agrees with Toph though, and Katara asks if he’s really thinking of taking her bending away. Aang tells her he isn’t sure, but that it might be a nonviolent way to stop her. Katara begins to bend a small stream of water from her pouch, explaining that waterbending is a huge part of who she is and her culture, and that losing her bending would be akin to losing her identity. She believes it to be destroying a part of someone, and that it felt violent to her. She asks Aang if Liling’s crimes fit the punishment, and if she deserves to lose a piece of her identity. Aang doesn’t answer, and the two are then interrupted by a frantic Satoru, telling them that the Business Council is under attack. Katara and Aang use waterbending to put out the fire. When Aang questions what the point of benders setting the building on fire and then running off was, Katara tells him that she’s worried and thinks something else is going on.
Later that night, Katara, Aang, Toph, and Satoru return to the factory, exhausted and scraped up from the fight. One of the guards with a broken arm sadly explains that they were overwhelmed by the mob, and that Liling escaped. Katara tells her that Aang asked the council members to stay at the factory where they can be protected, but non-benders are in danger now that Liling escaped. She offers to heal the arm of the guard, who tells Katara she wanted to ask if Suki could teach her officers to chi-block.
Katara and Suki approach Aang at the factory, and Katara tells him that they were talking and want to be ready for the next time Liling and her group attack, and that Suki is going to teach the security guards to chi-block.
The next day, Katara awaits for Liling’s attack atop a maze that Team Avatar had set up. During the fight, Katara freezes a group of benders in place. Later on, she becomes concerned when she sees Aang quickly flying by, heading towards Ru and Liling. Aang soon enters the Avatar State, about to take Liling’s bending. Katara runs towards him, calling out for him to stop. She tells him that he needs to think about why he’s doing this, and that he can’t do it because it’s an easy solution or because he’s angry at her. Aang soon calms down, exiting the Avatar State, and assures Liling that he’s going to keep fighting the poison she’s spread throughout town, and the two then fly off together.
Three days later, Katara is walking with the rest of the group, and asks Aang why he changed his mind about taking Liling’s bending. Aang explains that it was what she said about it being an easy solution, and that her bigotry was the root of the issue and taking her bending wouldn’t have done anything. Katara comments that she’s bothered by the fact that the benders who said they weren’t with Liling still stood by and did nothing to help the non-benders when the fight was going on. The two smile at an Earth Kingdom child and Water Tribe child playing in front of them, before Aang begins to tell her that he feels a connection to Cranefish Town, believing that if it could overcome its problems, it could become something really special, and wants to know if it’s okay with her if they could stay there for a while. Katara agrees, telling him that the city needs him. Aang holds her hand while telling her that it needs them both, along with a better name. Katara assures him that she would get Sokka to work on that right away.
Sometime after the Harmony Restoration Movement, Katara married Aang and gave birth to three children: Bumi, a nonbender who gained the ability to airbend later in life; Kya, a waterbender; and Tenzin, who was born an airbender like his father. Katara continued to develop her skills in waterbending, eventually becoming a leading expert in its various styles and respective skills and techniques, as well as being regarded as the greatest master and healer in the world. She passed on these skills to her only daughter, Kya, who became a renowned waterbender in her own right.
In 124 AG, Katara wrote a letter to include in the book that Aang was assembling for Tenzin, in which she wished her son the joys of youth and the strength to accept his legacy as one of the world's last airbenders. When Kya revealed her sexual orientation to her, Katara was supportive of her. Through Tenzin, who eventually married Pema, she became the paternal grandmother of Jinora, Ikki, Meelo, and Rohan.
Before 128 AG, Katara's efforts led to the outlawing of bloodbending in the United Republic. After the passing of Avatar Aang and his reincarnation into the new Avatar, Korra, she became the Avatar's waterbending teacher once again.
During one of her early training sessions with a young Korra, Katara taught her that waterbending was all about slow and calm movements. Her lesson did not stick with the Avatar, however, as she accidentally buried Katara under a pile of snow, not for the first time, when she tried to copy the elder's moves. Uncovering the elder, Senna apologized, though Katara brushed it off, noting that she had battled more dangerous waterbenders during her life than the youngster and expressing her confidence that the Avatar will learn to control her abilities in time. The session got cut short by Tonraq that day, as a snowstorm was heading their way. Upon learning the next day that Korra had sneaked out during the bad weather, Katara joined Tonraq and Senna during their search for their daughter. Discovering the young Avatar safe and sound with a polar bear pup whom she desired to keep, Katara convinced Tonraq and Senna to let her bring the animal home, noting that every Avatar had had an animal guide and that raising Naga may be exactly what the high-energy Avatar needed. Afterward, Katara and Korra's waterbending lessons continued, and Katara included healing lessons in her teachings, making Korra a skilled healer as well.
In 170 AG, Katara supervised Korra's firebending test alongside other members of the Order of the White Lotus. She noted the Avatar's ferocity, to which the White Lotus leader responded that she also lacked restraint. After Korra defeated her opponents, the White Lotus turned to Katara for counsel, wondering whether or not they should let Korra start her airbending training with Tenzin, since the young Avatar had yet to grasp the spiritual side of bending. Confident in her son's abilities, Katara announced that she believed Korra to be ready to commence her airbending training, as Tenzin would be able to teach her what she needed to know.
When Tenzin and his family arrived at the Southern Water Tribe compound, Katara and Korra greeted Tenzin and his family. At her son's asking, Katara helped Meelo off of his head, much to her grandson's displeasure. As she expressed her joy over seeing her family again, Jinora approached her, informing her that she had read everything about her past adventures and asked what happened to Zuko's mother, Ursa. Katara attempted to elaborate, only to be interrupted by an excited Ikki, who fired several random questions at the old waterbender.
As the young airbenders ran off to play in the snow, Katara turned her attention to Tenzin and Pema, the latter being pregnant with their fourth child. She predicted that the child would be an airbender, much to Pema's dismay, who explained that it would be nice to have a nonbending child like her. When asked if Tenzin and his siblings were as rambunctious as the young airbenders, Katara said that Tenzin had always been more serious than Kya and Bumi.
When it was revealed that Korra's airbending training with Tenzin was to be delayed and the Avatar decided to find her own path by traveling to Republic City on her own, Katara was the only one who understood that Korra had to go and find her own place in the world. Confident in Korra, she gave her husband's reincarnation her blessing.
Months later, after Korra's bending had been removed by Amon, Katara tried using her healing powers to restore Korra's abilities, but to no avail. She later witnessed Korra, whose bending was restored by Aang, energybend Lin Beifong, restoring her earthbending abilities.
Six months later, Katara invited her oldest son, Bumi, to attend the Glacier Spirits Festival with her and the rest of their family. She, alongside her daughter, awaited the arrival of her sons at the dock, having a joyful reunion with her grandchildren. She later attended the royal banquet in honor of Chief Unalaq, sitting at a table with her family, where she looked on with concern as Tenzin was being picked on by his elder siblings.
The next day, Katara encouraged Tenzin to take his siblings along with him on his trip to all the air temples, reasoning that he should cherish the time he spends with his entire family. She also felt that the three siblings should visit Aang's birthplace together. Tenzin agreed to let his siblings join him and gave his mother a farewell hug, promising to see her soon. Before they all left, she gave Kya an old family picture of their family together while they were still young.
During the Water Tribe Civil War, Katara did not interfere between the two combating parties, believing her fighting days to be over, and instead helped tend to injured rebels along with several other healers in her healing hut. She was sought out by her family, who brought a spiritless Jinora for her to examine. Alarmed over the amount of time Jinora had been in that state, Katara placed her granddaughter in a bath of water to heal. Assessing the situation with her bending, she stated she was unsure how much longer Jinora would be able to survive with her body and spirit separated, noting that Jinora was strong to have lasted as long as she had.
When Jinora's spirit later returned to her body, Katara happily embraced her granddaughter and later accompanied her and her family to Korra's announcement that peace was restored between the Southern and Northern Water Tribes and that the South was officially independent.
Five weeks after the insurrection of the Red Lotus was put down, Katara was visited by a still injured Korra and set out to heal her. Katara commented that the mercury poisoning Korra had suffered had caused a lot of internal damage. Upon being asked if she could heal it, she remarked that all she could do was help guide the young Avatar's healing process, though the ultimate result of that was out of her hands. Reminiscing on the feeling of going through a traumatic experience, she told Korra that if she dedicated herself to getting better, she would recover stronger than ever.
The two waterbenders set out on the hard process of recovery. Progress was slow, however, and after nearly six months, a frustrated Korra snapped at Katara over the elder's inability to heal her. Katara tried to console her, stating it was all right and urging her to let her anger and frustration flow like water. When Korra admitted that she was tired of the situation, Katara told her she was not the first Avatar who had to overcome great suffering. She recalled how Aang felt about the destruction of his entire culture and revealed that he had sought meaning in his suffering, which eventually led to peace. She urged Korra to do the same and guided her to take her first steps again in a long time. Katara continued to help Korra over the next two years until she was physically fit again.
Katara had a warm, compassionate, and caring personality and often acted as a motherly figure to the group, something that often irritated the rebellious Toph. She displayed deep affection for those she traveled with and was fiercely protective whenever danger threatened their safety. Her inner strength kept Aang and their friends together through their most difficult experiences, even in the absence of parental figures. While the team traveled through the Si Wong Desert, she was able to hold the group together in its most desperate moments. She had a soft spot for children, giving a portion of her food to a little boy in Jang Hui  and went as far to defend Tom-Tom, despite the fact that he was from the Fire Nation and that everyone else, with the exception of Aang, was distrustful of him for it. This was because when Katara was a young girl, her mother was killed in a Fire Nation raid, an event which had a tremendous impact on her life and arguably shaped her into the person she became. According to Sokka, she largely prevented their family from falling apart and took on many responsibilities to the point where she filled the void left by their mother, so much that he pictured her in place of their mother.Overall, Katara is often marked by a fierce determination to aid others and herself stated that she would never turn away from people who need her help, even if she had other priorities at the moment. According to Sokka, she was rather optimist. Placing her whole heart in whatever affairs she had, she was often easily reduced to tears. She was even willing to defend Fire Nation civilians, such as when she helped the village of Jang Hui, and fought her former teacher Hama, who was from the Southern Water Tribe to defend the Fire Nation village she was living in. This strong desire often frustrated others, particularly Sokka.
Katara was marked by a fierce desire to learn waterbending, viewing it as a part of her and her culture that needed to be expressed. She may have viewed it as a hope for rebuilding her tribe and and saw her mother's sacrifice not only to save a daughter but what she represented, their own bending style. Her enthusiasm for waterbending caused her to constantly train herself in the art despite she originally didn't have a teacher and learnt whatever little she could with great ambition, ignoring the criticism of Sokka. Her pride and strong mind caused conflict with the traditions of the Northern Water Tribe, which forbade women from learning combat focused waterbending. She became overjoyed when she finally found a master to teach her formally. Like her brother, father, and grandparents, Katara was resourceful and very capable to adapt to her environment. Having quickly and exemplary advanced under the tutelage of Master Pakku, he stated that she accomplished this due to her fierce determination, passion and hard work.
Katara was portrayed as the most mature member of the group, rarely taking part in Sokka and Aang's goofy pranks and Toph's less silly ones, though she did have a sense of humor. She was a bit of a stickler for morality, even to the point of causing Sokka and Aang to faint from shock when she stated she wanted to pull a scam, as she had berated Toph for scamming people. Her loss was part of what drove her in her fight against the Fire Nation, although she didn't exhibit as much outward prejudice as her brother. Although Sokka told Toph that Katara could be a pain and would get "involved and in-your-business", she is understanding of other people's privacy, continually scolding her brother for snooping around Hama's inn and rummaging through her personal belongings.
On the other hand, Katara could be overly domineering. For all her kindness, she was sometimes self-righteous, had a nasty temper, and could be fierce when provoked. With lack of sleep, this side of her can quickly become more apparent. She was also set in her ideals and frequently refused to relent on her views in the face of opposition. Combined with her strong sense of compassion, this gave Katara a strong sense of justice and she would run headlong into often dangerous situations to help others, which was best illustrated when she faked to be an earthbender to mix with innocent earthbenders in the prison rig when she wasn't a fighter yet, challanged at the greatest waterbending instructor in the Northern Tribe for forbid women from learning combat focused waterbending, and destroying factories for the severe contamination at Jang Hui while she infiltrated to the Fire Nation. Her short temper had frequently clashed with others; she showed open, but short-lived, jealousy of Aang's talent, and was frequently perturbed by Toph's confrontational and rebellious nature.
Despite being one of the more compassionate members of the group, Katara was one of the least willing to let go of a grudge, especially against those who she felt had betrayed her trust. She held a considerable grudge against those who had threatened Aang or done things she considered morally wrong. Upon her re-encounter with Jet, Katara reacted hostilely at the mere sight of him. For a while, she was argumentative with her father because she felt that he had abandoned her and Sokka when he left to fight in the War. At the Western Air Temple, she showed outright hostility toward Zuko and threatened to kill him if he slipped back to his old ways, being harsh and unforgiving of Zuko even long after he had joined Team Avatar and gained the trust of everyone else. However, this could be because Zuko's betrayal of her at Ba Sing Se was far more personal than his betrayal of anyone else. However, Katara was sometimes willing to give people second chances. With much reluctance, she allowed Jet to guide Team Avatar to Appa, and appeared to be saddened by his death. Also, she offered to try and heal Zuko's scar when they were enemies. Eventually, even after his betrayal, she decided to forgive him and embraced him as a friend after he helped her find the man who killed her mother.
Motherly and feminine as she might be, Katara was not afraid to go beyond her feminine looks and way of being to achieve what she wanted. When she and Toph were denied entrance to a rowdy pub because the both of them were girls, they dressed up as boys. She in particular showed her masculine side when wanting to ride the pub's mechanized bull; being even willing to start an all-out brawl with some of the guys there who mocked her ability to stay on the bull. The whole thing ended with Toph dragging Katara away before things came to a head. The two later went to a spa and reflected on how being a girl was not so bad at all.
Katara's most notable ability was her waterbending. She rapidly developed her skill at the art, as her fierce resolve to master the element helped her become the most powerful waterbending master in her era. Katara was identified as a waterbender when she was a small child after she cracked the ice when her brother teased her. She kept practicing even though she didn't have a teacher as her father couldn't find any, learning whatever little she could with great ambition. Over the course of her childhood, she taught herself basic waterbending techniques and managed to master some simple waterbending forms. This was a difficult feat, considering she would have never had the chance to have observed any waterbending in practice. As of the discovery of Aang at the South Pole, Katara was capable of "pushing and pulling" water, streaming small amounts and manipulating it into basic forms and movements, and was beginning to gain some control over the ability to change its physical state, freezing it into ice, as well as attempting to create sizable waves of water. What little she knew, she taught to Aang, who quickly mastered all she had to offer. That which had taken her years to achieve, Aang managed to imitate and outperform her within mere minutes, much to her envy and frustration.
Katara's waterbending remained amateurish at best until she came across a Northern Water Tribe waterbending scroll in a pirate-traders ship depicting several different traditional waterbending forms. Incapable of passing up such an opportunity to have formal instruction, she eventually made away with the scroll and first learned the water whip technique with Aang and afterward continued to improve their overall technique. Up until their arrival at the Northern Water Tribe, the two showed considerable improvement and Katara's confidence in her own abilities increased dramatically: She showed the ability to bend with much greater precision and ease compared to when she first stole the scroll, was able to draw unseen water out of different sources and bend greater quantities in general, streaming them into powerful blasts and freezing water with much more control than before. She later developed several of her own techniques, including cloud manipulation with Aang's help  and a hand-held variation on the water-whip technique. She also demonstrated greater manipulation of ice and snow. In the time between her acquisition of the waterbending scroll and arrival at the North Pole, her sheer determination and discipline saw her proficiency improve greatly, clearly surpassing that of Aang. Later, Katara challenged the master waterbending instructor of the Northern Water Tribe, Pakku, to a duel. Though she was undoubtedly no match for the master, she was determined to not be beaten. She demonstrated more advanced techniques than she ever had previously and greater proficiency in basic waterbending techniques she had previously learned. For the first time, she was seen bending with her feet and transforming the physical state of a wave. Pakku eventually removed her ability to bend by trapping her body and limbs between spikes of ice and so won the fight without harming her, though he admitted that she was an exceptionally talented waterbender. Under the guidance of Master Pakku, Katara's waterbending abilities advanced quicker than that of any student he had ever trained, which he accredited to her fierce passion and hard-work. She fought and defeated Zuko with the augmented power of the near-full moon. During the fight, she knocked him off his feet, deflected and shielded his attacks, imprisoned him in a dome of solid ice, and later a wave of solid ice. Though she was defeated by Zuko after the sun rose, she fought him again with the full moon and defeated him easily.
Following the Siege of the North, Pakku declared Katara a full-fledged waterbending master in the short time that she was at the North Pole. She continued to hone her potential, regularly demonstrating her waterbending mastery in battle. In Omashu, she blocked a flurry of Mai's knives by waterbending wooden boards into the air as shields in front of herself, manage to block hand arrows with ice and retaliated by freezing Mai's arm in ice, just being defeated when Ty Lee sneaked behind her and blocked her chi, preventing her from waterbending. While in the swamp with Aang and Sokka, Katara used the stores in her pouch and caused enough pressure to the water in order to cut apart the vines, created large waves in the swamp water, froze a part of Huu's "swamp monster", created a coil of water to blast a hole into the monster and large round blades out of the water to cut up it completely. Later, she easily defeated two earthbending students by freezing them in solid ice. When facing Ty Lee a second time, she fought using the water in her pouch to fend off her chi blocking attacks, forcing Ty Lee to cartwheel away from disks of razor-sharp water. She also stopped Azula from killing Aang by catching her hand in a water whip. While crossing the Serpent's Pass, Katara made a bridge of ice for the group to travel across, worked with Aang to support an underwater bubble for the group to travel in, surfed around on a surfboard of ice, and formed a massive whirlpool with Aang to defeat the serpent.
Katara rapidly condensed water vapor into ice to defeat her foes. When assaulting Jet upon re-encountering him, she used ice spikes, similar to Mai's daggers, to pin Jet to the wall in an alley. While fighting off the Royal Earthbender Guards, she defeated dozens of them with whips and streams of water. In the Crystal Catacombs, Katara and Aang fought against Zuko and Azula, whom she managed to cut one hair bangs and created two enormous whips of water, which she used to briefly trap her. Later, these whips were able to match Zuko's enormous fire whips. When she was finally surrounded by Dai Li agents, she defended herself with the octopus form, and rode on an enormous wave which knocked down these agents as well as Zuko. She proceeded to escape on a rising stream of water, carrying Aang to safety.
Katara's waterbending later became even more advanced and destructive. During a fight with a Fire Nation ship, she lifted a huge wave to separate the two ships and formed a huge steam barrier between them for cover. Once their ship was hit by a harpoon, she used her frosty breath of waterbending to freeze the hole in the ship's hull, thus repairing it. When Aang held a dance for some of his Fire Nation school friends, she created a fountain out of solid ice for beverages and the glasses they used to drink from. At the Jang Hui River, Katara created a cover of steam and sped herself atop the water's surface. Assisted by Aang, she formed crashing waves and precise missiles of water to destroy a Fire Nation Army factory. She also blasted a Fire Nation river craft into the air and against a cliff, as well as transported a huge bubble of water from a nearby creek to extinguish a fire.
When Combustion Man locked her and Toph in jail, Katara adapted to her environment, using her own sweat as a catalyst to form a water knife which broke out of a wooden prison cell. During her time hiding within the Fire Nation, Katara met Hama, an elder, yet fellow waterbending master from the Southern Water Tribe. After learning this, Hama began training her in Southern Style waterbending. Among many techniques and combat tactics, she became able to condense moisture in the air to create her own water source for her bending and become aware she could remove water from plant life. On the Day of Black Sun, Katara fought against the Fire Nation guards at the capital, destroying several guard towers with Sokka and defeating many soldiers. At the Western Air Temple, she rained ice spikes onto Combustion Man. While tracking down her mother's killer, Katara used the enhanced power of the full moon to nearly take down a whole Fire Nation ship of the Southern Raiders single-handedly. During her encounter with Yon Rha, she created a large wide dome of water by gathering rain drops and created ice spikes from it, nearly killing him. Katara's prowess was formidable enough to fight against such prodigious master benders like Azula. Finally, during Sozin's Comet, she froze herself and Azula into a block of solid ice, thawed the center of it, and chained Azula to a water grate.
Katara's innate aptitude toward waterbending abilities made her a rare case to naturally have access to the incredible ability to heal by manipulating the chi paths in a person's body, including herself. She inadvertently discovered this ability after Aang accidentally burned her hands and subsequently used this power again to heal Aang's own burn after his face-off with Admiral Zhao. Once she reached the Northern Water Tribe, she further developed this ability by training with Yugoda. By the time the gang met the General Fong, she healed several of his injured earthbending troops. However, Katara unsuccessfully attempted to heal Jet after he was fatally wounded by Long Feng.
With the aid of a small vial of spirit water, which held special properties, from the Spirit Oasis, Katara's healing abilities were enhanced. Though she was going to use the spirit water in an attempt to heal Zuko's scar, she instead used it to bring Aang back to life after he had been struck in the back by Azula's lightning. Even though she wasted out the Spirit Water, Katara's healing was enough to allow her father Hakoda to walk again after he was injured while taking out a Fire Nation ballista tower during the invasion. During Azula and Zuko's Agni Kai, Azula generated lightning and aimed it at Katara rather than Zuko; but he jumped in front of Katara and let the lightning shock him instead, sparing her from near death. Her healing had been successful enough that he could rise to his feet just moments after she had begun.
As an adult, Katara's prowess continued to grow, as she became well-recognized in her abilities throughout the world. She proved herself to be an excellent teacher, having trained her daughter and Avatar Korra to become highly adept masters themselves. However, even though her healing skills were recognized to be "the best in the world", she couldn't restore Korra's bending after Amon severed the connection Korra had to the three elements other than air with his bloodbending.
After learning all of Hama's Southern Style skills, Hama decided to teach Katara bloodbending, an advanced ability to manipulate the water within the body of all living beings, controlling them like puppets. When Katara refused to learn such a technique due to viewing it as dark and immoral, Hama decided to silence her with the said technique. Despite only just hearing about the skill, Katara showed an innate talent for the art, quickly becoming the first known person to break the effects of a bloodbender's grip and free herself. Ultimately however, Hama tricked her into utilizing bloodbending to save Sokka and Aang, leaving her greatly distressed.
When she traveled with Zuko to hunt down the man who killed her mother, Katara alone took out nearly the Southern Raiders under the full moon. After she discovered where the captain was, she let her anger take over and used bloodbending on him, which stunned Zuko. When she discovered that he wasn't the man she searched, she released him, shocked and dismayed that she had just used bloodbending on an innocent person. She is the only bloodbender who was never known to have had someone else break free of her grip, though she rarely used the skill. Though this was the last known time she used the technique, Katara came to greatly understanding its workings, as she was able to determine how Amon had used bloodbending to remove Korra's bending.
Katara's knowledge of healing extended outside the waterbending subskill: She was versed in midwifery, as she had helped her grandmother deliver many babies in the Southern Water Tribe and delivered Than and Ying's baby, Hope. She also seemed to have been knowledgeable on yoga. In later years, Katara was versed in physiotherapy, as evidenced when she guided Korra to walk again.
Although she mostly lacked skill in hand-to-hand combat compared to her allies, Katara showed a surprising amount of agility and employing hand and foot strikes in combat in her fight against Pakku. Later, she exhibited remarkable agility and acrobatic skill, as evidenced when she performed a complicated dance with Aang.
- Main article: Katara's relationships
- The name Katara means "drop, water droplet" (قَطْرَة) in Arabic.
- In the Greek dub, her name is Tamara. This is probably because "katara" (κατάρα) means curse in Greek. However, when Nickelodeon translated Sifu Kisu's words about waterbending he mentions her as Katara. Her name was also mentioned as Katara by the White Lotus leader in The Legend of Korra.
- In the unaired pilot, Katara's character was named Kya. The name Kya was later given to her previously unnamed mother. Nickelodeon's legal department vetoed the name when they discovered there was already a video game character named Kya, so they had to change it. Kanna was first proposed to replace Kya, but was later used for the name of her grandmother instead.
- The last character in Katara's name, 拉, means pull, which is one of the basics of waterbending.
- In some comics, her name is misspelled Takara instead of Katara, a word meaning "treasure" in Japanese.
- When in need of a fake name, Sokka named Katara "Sapphire Fire". She also used the name "June Pippinpaddleopsicopolis" when trying to enter Omashu for the first time, following Aang's lead after he called himself "Bonzu Pippinpaddleopsicopolis, the Third".
- Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have stated that they think of Katara as the deuteragonist of the series, as well as the "person the story is being told through".
- Katara was originally envisioned as a twelve-year-old girl, but after a suggestion from one of the crew members, she was "aged up" along with Aang and Sokka.
- Katara inherited her grandmother's looks, as Yugoda suggested.
- Katara once stated that she hated the papaya fruit.
- According to Aunt Wu, Katara will have her third great-grandchild before quietly passing away in her sleep.
- Katara, along with her brother, Sokka, had the longest list of love interests in the show: Jet and Aang both had her eye, and although nothing ever happened, Toph once assumed Katara and Haru "had a secret thing" together. Unlike her brother, she had no love interests from the Water Tribes or the Fire Nation.
- Katara is the only known person to use both healing and bloodbending, which constitutes all known sub-skills of waterbending.
- As such, Katara is the only known bender capable of using all known sub-skills of a given element.
- Katara's quick series of jabs against her master, Pakku, during their fight is the first instance of two benders using hand-to-hand combat in the series.
- Katara is the only person to have participated in all of the water duels featured during the Hundred Year War, battling Pakku, a number of his waterbending students, Aang, and Hama.
- In "The Cave of Two Lovers" with Avatar Extras bonus commentary, it was confirmed that Katara mastered waterbending in the short time that she was at the North Pole, making her the first female student of Master Pakku.
- Katara is one of two people known to have trained two different Avatars, the other being Toph Beifong.
- Katara is also the second known person who trained alongside an Avatar and later taught their successor, the first of which being Gyatso.
- Katara is the only known waterbender to have taught more than one Avatar.
- Katara is one of only two people, aside from the Avatars themselves, to have seen four Avatars in their lifetime, the other being Sokka. She saw Roku and Kyoshi manifest themselves through Aang, knew Aang, and was Avatar Korra's waterbending master.
- Katara was the only member of Team Avatar never to meet Fire Lord Ozai on-screen during the series.
- Katara is the first known waterbender to have given birth to an airbender.
- The way Katara discovered Korra leaving the Southern Water Tribe compound is similar to the way Kanna discovered Katara and Sokka leaving in "The Avatar Returns". Both times a young person is leaving, somehow involving the Avatar's fate, and both times the elder lets them go.
- Other than in the opening sequence, Katara was the first person to bend in the series.
- Katara narrated the opening sequence, and therefore was the first person to speak in the series.
- Katara was seen or mentioned in every episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender except "Zuko Alone".
- Katara is the only character to appear in both the first and last scenes of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Katara appears in every book of the Avatar franchise, save for Book Three: Change.
- LEGO produced a Katara minifigure, and still to date remains the only toy based upon this character in the markets.
|Avatar's waterbending master|
100 AG - 170 AG
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