Ki Hyun Ryu (Hangul: 류기현) is a television director of animated cartoons. He helped with character design for the episode "Jet" in Avatar: The Last Airbender and later returned for The Legend of Korra, directing every episode of Book One: Air. He has also worked as a character designer and supervising producer across all four books.

Avatar: The Last Airbender credits

Character designer

The Legend of Korra credits

Art director


Main character designer

Supervising producer

Storyboard artist

Selected other credits

Television work


  • Ryu has been credited by Bryan Konietzko as the one who conceived fartbending, an airbending technique employed by Tenzin and Pema's son, Meelo.[1]
  • Ryu's creative insight has been influencing the Avatar franchise for far longer than the beginning of The Legend of Korra: he created the original character design of Jet,[2] suggesting that he has had a part in the show since quite early in production.
  • Interestingly, Ryu's name has been worded as "Ryu Ki Hyun" by Konietzko on occasion,[1] likely in concern to Ryu's Korean origin; Korean names are spoken in a format that starts with a surname, followed by the given name.
  • The design of the character Ryu was based on Ki Hyun Ryu.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Konietzko, Bryan (July 16, 2012). Ryu's Due Date. Tumblr. Retrieved on July 14, 2014.
  2. Konietzko, Bryan (2012-09-20). Elizabeth Chun is a current RISD student who.... Tumblr. Retrieved on September 29, 2012.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante (June 27, 2014). It's the real life Ryu!. Tumblr. Retrieved on June 30, 2014.
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