- 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 Southern Water Tribe. After losing her mother in a Fire Nation raid and 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.
Realizing Aang was the Avatar, Katara and Sokka 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 waterbender, and even said to be the best healer 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Personality
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Relatives
- 6 Appearances
- 6.1 Avatar: The Last Airbender
- 6.2 Avatar comics
- 6.3 Graphic novels
- 6.4 The Legend of Korra
- 6.5 Avatar comics
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
- 9 See also
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 Southern Water Tribe's defenses would have crumbled under the might of the Fire Nation, the tribe's relative inaccessibility in the frigid South Pole and the Fire Nation's perception that they were a non-threat meant that they were mostly left alone. Katara grew up within a loving, close family and community in her tribe. 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, and both began to feel deep hatred and resentment toward the Fire Nation as a result.
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. When Katara was around twelve years old, 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 completely of women, children, and the elderly, she took care of not only her own family but of the whole Southern Water Tribe as well.
Winter 99 AG
- Main article: History of Katara (85 AG - 100 AG)
While on a fishing trip for their village, Katara and her older brother, Sokka, accidentally steered their canoe into a rip current, where it was crushed between ice floes. The two found themselves stranded on a chunk of ice. After Sokka blamed their situation on Katara, Katara grew so angry that she inadvertently exploded an iceberg behind her with her waterbending. Katara and Sokka discovered a mysterious figure trapped in a large spherical iceberg that rose to the surface. 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 surrendered to Zuko to keep the village from harm. After their successful rescue, and after witnessing Aang's impressive first display of the Avatar State, Katara mused that they might find a waterbending teacher at the North Pole, to which Aang quickly brightened up and suggested he and Katara could learn together. The three began their journey to the North Pole. Throughout their journey, the group stopped in several locations across the war-torn Earth Kingdom. Their first stop was the Southern Air Temple in the Patola Mountain Range, Aang's home. Here, the first signs of a deeper bond between Katara and Aang where shown, as she was able to calm the young Avatar after he accidentally came across Monk Gyatso's corpse and entered the Avatar State. The trio stopped on Kyoshi Island, where they were ambushed by the Prince Zuko and barely managed to escape. 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, threw a feast for them, and promptly imprisoned them. Katara and her brother were given rings made of fast-growing crystal that nearly covered their whole bodies, until Aang saved them. It was later revealed that the crazy king was none other than Bumi, a childhood friend of Aang's. Before reaching the Northern Water Tribe, the trio encountered several other adventures, all the while being chased by multiple firebenders, including Zuko and Iroh, as well as Zhao of the Fire Navy. Among their missions, the group helped several earthbenders, among them Haru and his father, Tyro, who were trapped on a Fire Nation prison rig. They helped the people of Senlin Village, who were being attacked by the spirit Hei Bai. The trio barely escaped the clutches of Zhao and Prince Zuko during a confrontation in which Katara lost her mother's necklace, the only thing she still had to remember her by. She discovered the darker side of the resistance, when they came into contact with Jet and his Freedom Fighters who tried to destroy the village of Gaipan to kill its firebender occupants; helped two warring tribes, the Zhang and the Gan Jin, to cross the Great Divide and to make peace; encountered Bato, one of Hakoda's friends and a Southern Water Tribe warrior, where the unity of Team Avatar was put to the test; met Jeong Jeong, who unsuccessfully tried to teach Aang the weight of firebending. It was during this time that Katara was wounded by burns and discovered that she had healing abilities; 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 was not 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 fish/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 through 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 one of his previous incarnations, Avatar 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. Soon after that, they were attacked by Fire Army troops and Katara was separated from the rest of the team. She ended up in a small Earth Kingdom town where she encountered and befriended the pirate leader Jiang and her crew after helping them with a smuggling mission. She was reunited with the rest of Team Avatar during that same day and parted ways with the pirates. 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 Si Wong 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 encountered 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 catastrophe 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 clean 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 robbed 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.
100 - 102 AG
- Main article: History of Katara (100 AG - 102 AG)
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 best 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. Korra often spent a lot of time in Katara's healing hut growing up, where she taught Korra to mend wounds and broken bones. Korra eventually became a skilled healer under Katara's instruction.
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 their safety was threatened. 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 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 did not 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 did not 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 was not a fighter yet, challenged 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. Katara, 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 one of the most powerful waterbending masters in her era. Katara was identified as a waterbender when she was a small child after she cracked some ice when her brother teased her. She kept practicing even though she did not have a teacher as her father could not 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 observe 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 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 demonstrated 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's. 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 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 skills, 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, managed to block arrows with a wall of ice, and retaliated by freezing Mai's arm in ice, only being defeated when Ty Lee snuck 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 could remove water from plant life. Alternatively, with the latter skill she could bend the plants by controlling the water inside them.
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 Yagoda. 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 could not 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 was not 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 understand its workings, as she was able to determine how Amon had used bloodbending to remove Korra's bending, although she was not able to restore it.
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.
- 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 Yagoda 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.
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