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Rangi was the only child of Junsik[6] and Hei-Ran,[7] Avatar Kuruk's former firebending teacher. Born into an illustrious Fire Nation noble family that had taught members of the Fire Nation Royal Family firebending for generations,[3] Rangi was rigorously trained as a Fire Nation soldier and eventually appointed as a bodyguard to Yun, the falsely identified Earth Kingdom Avatar. She became close friends with him and Kyoshi, who was his servant at that time. After Kyoshi's identity as the true Avatar was revealed, Rangi fled with her into the inner Earth Kingdom, where they joined the Flying Opera Company, and Rangi began to train Kyoshi in the art of firebending. In 296 BG, the two began a romantic relationship with each other, though they parted ways in order for Rangi to save her mother from a lethal poison.[8]

History

Early life

Rangi was born in 312 BG to Hei-Ran,[7] a member of a noble family of highly prestigious firebending teachers,[3] and Junsik,[6] who died when she was still young.[9] Growing up, she attended the Royal Fire Academy for Girls[7] and joined the Fire Nation Army's junior corps,[2] where she underwent rigorous and brutal training that included instructions in combat, survival exercises in the wild,[10] and the study of military tactics.[11]

Even though Rangi generally excelled during her training and at school, she experienced difficulties due to her mother's past. As she was attending the Royal Fire Academy for Girls, other students avoided her because Hei-Ran had killed numerous people in Agni Kai duels, gaining a dark reputation. Rangi felt deeply conflicted when learning about this; on one side, she greatly loved her mother, but on the other side, she disagreed with Hei-Ran's actions and came to distrust her.[7]

Serving as Yun's bodyguard

At the end of her education, Rangi graduated as an elite soldier,[12] which led to her being appointed to serve as a bodyguard to Yun, the Earth Kingdom boy falsely identified by Jianzhu as the Avatar. As a result, she traded her residence in the Fire Nation for Yokoya Port in the southwestern Earth Kingdom, where a mansion was built to accommodate Yun and his entourage. While the construction was ongoing she met a young Kyoshi, who was hired to be a servant girl at the mansion, and took a liking to her.[5] Temperamentally imperious and used to the rigorous ways of the military, Rangi expressed this by yelling at and ordering Kyoshi around. It took the latter weeks to understand that this rough treatment actually meant that Rangi cared about her, but the two eventually became friends. Rangi also came to adore Yun, and she grew close to him.[5][13] Despite their different social standings and personalities, the three of them formed a close-knit group.[14] At some point in her youth, Rangi also visited the village of Yu Dao.[2]

In 296 BG, Rangi witnessed Kyoshi being held up and harassed by local youngsters on the grounds of the mansion and promptly intervened. Aoma, the bullies' ringleader, tried to convince her that they had good intentions, but Rangi would not hear of it. As a result, Aoma earthbent the jar with kelp that Kyoshi was transporting far into the air and fled the scene. Dismayed, Rangi urged Kyoshi to use her own bending to catch the jar, but the latter replied that she could not do so. As the two argued, Rangi failed to notice that the jar was falling down directly onto her position. Kyoshi threw herself onto the firebender to shield her from the impact with her own body, but Yun caught the jar with his earthbending before it could impact either of them. Flustered by Kyoshi's actions, Rangi angrily told her to get off her. Rangi's temper was tested even further when Yun started to joke around with the two girls, using his earthbending to communicate from afar, as she believed that their antics had distracted the Avatar from his training. As the two girls returned to the mansion, Rangi berated Kyoshi for not standing up for herself and started to plot revenge against Aoma, reasoning that they should "destroy her so messily that it sends a message to the others." She became annoyed, however, when Kyoshi responded that they should not resort to violence.[2]

When Yun later set out for a peace conference with the Fifth Nation pirates near the South Pole, Rangi, her mother Hei-Ran, and Kyoshi were among his companions. After arriving at the agreed meeting point on an iceberg, the group took part in a banquet hosted by the outlaws during which Pirate Queen Tagaka brought up Hei-Ran's Agni Kai duels, enraging Rangi. She barely managed to keep her anger at both the pirate and her mother under control. When Tagaka and her followers retreated from the banquet, Rangi stormed out as soon as Jianzhu dismissed those present save for Yun. She was later informed that she would not need to guard Yun during this night as adequate security measures were already in place. Rangi consequently made her way to her tent, finding Kyoshi seemingly drunk in the snow in front of it. After bringing her friend inside and getting ready to sleep, Kyoshi began to talk about what Tagaka had told them in an effort to console the obviously upset Rangi. Instead, this upset the firebender even more. Close to tears, she revealed how her mother had even killed one of her cousins during the duels, and that she was widely regarded as an assassin, something which Rangi despised utterly. Kyoshi hugged her friend and managed to calm her down; intertwined, the firebender eventually fell asleep. It was the first time the two shared such an intimate moment.[7]

On the following day, the negotiations with Tagaka resumed but they turned out to be an ambush by the pirates. Rangi, along with several others of Yun's party, was dragged into the ice by Tagaka's waterbending followers. Eventually managing to free themselves, Rangi and her mother mounted Pengpeng, Kelsang's flying bison, to go help Kyoshi, who had left in pursuit of the pirates who had managed to kidnap Yun. When they caught up with her, they found her locked in combat with the Pirate Queen herself. Rangi and her mother promptly took over the fight, allowing Kyoshi and the others to focus on destroying the Fifth Nation pirate fleet.[7]

Life as an outlaw

The battle had concluded to their advantage, but back at Yokoya Port, it gave rise to heavy discussions about Kyoshi's identity as the true Avatar. When Kyoshi regained consciousness from battle, Rangi confronted her and revealed that Kelsang had confessed his suspicions of her being the true Avatar. As she began to accuse her friend of potentially discrediting Yun and Jianzhu, she unintentionally began to burn Kyoshi's chest with her finger. By the time a hesitant Kyoshi flinched, Rangi recoiled in horror at what she had done and left Yun's quarters in shame.[13]

One stormy night, Rangi discovered Kyoshi had returned to the mansion from Jianzhu's clandestine outing. Kyoshi told her that Jianzhu had sacrificed Yun to a monstrous spirit after it had identified her as the Avatar and had killed Kelsang when he had come to rescue them, which had caused her to enter the Avatar State. A shocked Rangi tried to rationalize that Kyoshi had misremembered her account of events and insisted that they hear Jianzhu's explanation, but Kyoshi insisted she had to leave. Realizing that Kyoshi would not last long without her help, Rangi decided to join her as they fled Yokoya on Kelsang's bison, Pengpeng.[15]

The next morning, Rangi informed Kyoshi that they needed to find masters capable of recognizing her legitimacy and train her in the four elements. When she intended to leave Kyoshi to set up camp while she searched for aid, the two girls started to fight for control of Pengpeng, as Kyoshi was afraid they would only be reaching out to one of Jianzhu's allies. Rangi ultimately relented when Kyoshi used her oath to the Avatar against her. Although Kyoshi declared she would find bending masters unknown to Jianzhu by herself, Rangi refused to abandon her.[14]

Their travels brought them to Chameleon Bay, where they decided to track down the Flying Opera Company, a daofei organization that had been founded by Kyoshi's parents. However, to Kyoshi's disappointment, the organization had been reduced to handful of members. Rangi then unintentionally let slip that they had a sky bison, peaking the Flying Opera Company's interest.[16] But just as Kyoshi hesitated to form a partnership, they were confronted by a trio of officers identifying themselves as enforcers of Governor Deng, which Rangi and Kyoshi silently identified as an ally of Jianzhu, forcing them to make a hasty escape. Upon reuniting with Pengpeng, Rangi was shocked to learn that Kyoshi's mother, Jesa, was a renegade Air Nomad.[16]

The next morning, Rangi roused Kyoshi to begin her firebending training by maintaining a Horse stance for ten minutes as punishment for not telling her the truth about her mother. Three minutes in, Kyoshi confessed her mother's backstory about how she abandoned her spirituality for her lowlife father. Soon after, Rangi refused Kyoshi's intent on performing actual firebending, observing that her body was too tensed up, but the Avatar ignored her anyway, only to produce a spout of black smoke. As they were discovered by Lek, Rangi took responsibility for Kyoshi's little mishap.[10]

Although Rangi was contemptuous of the daofei, they joined the outlaws nonetheless, and Rangi remained by Kyoshi's side even though she had to helplessly stand by as the latter began to corrupt herself by actively seeking revenge against Jianzhu for killing Yun and Kelsang.[10]

When they all traveled to Hujiang, a daofei-controlled town, Rangi and the others were summoned by Mok, the leader of a large daofei group named the Autumn Bloom Society and the patron of the Flying Opera Company. To both endear the group to Mok and show Kyoshi what it was like to watch a dear friend intentionally put themselves in peril, Rangi chose to compete in a lei tai, an underground fight that could result in the loser's death. Rangi initially outmatched her opponent but was rendered semi-unconscious by a lucky blow to her face, cracking her lip. She recovered just in time to break her opponent's leg and stop him from delivering his fatal blow, emerging as the champion of their fight.[1]

Her victory impressed Mok, who invited the Flying Opera Company for a feast, where he revealed his plan to rescue a prisoner from Governor Te Sihung's mansion and he wanted the company to infiltrate the estate while the Autumn Bloom kept the guards distracted. However, his admiration of Rangi soon turned to displeasure when she inquired the identity of the prisoner and if he had any intelligence on the mansion, exposing him as poor tactician.[1]

After leaving Mok's company, Rangi declined healing from Kirima and stormed off to sit by herself at the shore of a shallow lake, where she was found by Kyoshi. Rangi was berated by Kyoshi for having taken such a foolish risk. She defended herself by pointing out that it was no different than everything the other woman had done ever since they had fled Yokoya. When Kyoshi tried to justify her actions on the basis that Jianzhu had to die, Rangi demanded to know why she wanted him dead so badly. Hearing Kyoshi admit that she was afraid of the master earthbender, Rangi broke down into tears, saying that she had never wanted Kyoshi to feel that way. She blamed herself, claiming that Kyoshi would have known only love and no fear if only she had protected her better. Kyoshi assured Rangi that she did feel loved and kissed her. Rangi pushed her away, seemingly rejecting her, but she quickly clarified that it was not the kiss that bothered her but rather her wounded mouth and told Kyoshi to kiss her somewhere else, thus signifying the beginning of their romantic relationship.[1]

The next morning, the happy couple were rudely awoken by an amused Kirima. Non-verbally deciding to come out, Kyoshi passionately defended their newfound love. Subsequently, as the trio made their way back to town, Rangi playfully ran the back of her nails down Kyoshi's hand, nearly causing her girlfriend to trip and fall on her face.[17]

Just as they collected Wong, Hujiang came under attack by a shirshu, which began to target Kyoshi and Rangi. Fortunately, Lek managed to distract the creature before the Flying Opera Company left the other daofei to deal with it, but not before Lek accused Kyoshi of being the shirshu's target.[17] Once they made it as far as Ba Sing Se, Kyoshi confessed about Jianzhu's pursuit of her and her identity as the Avatar. Initially, the Flying Opera Company, save Lao Ge, did not believe, despite Rangi supporting her claim. But when Kirima spontaneously bent a pellet of water at Kyoshi, Rangi reacted with astonishment upon seeing her immobilize it in thin air and embraced her girlfriend for bending another element.[3]

Upon landing Pengpeng in an abandoned quarry, Rangi assumed from their companions' private discussion that they were about to turn on them and urged Kyoshi to take Pengpeng and flee. Surprisingly, the Flying Opera Company treated Kyoshi with reverence and suggested they part ways, not wanting to taint the Avatar's reputation, though Kyoshi insisted on sticking by them to absolve their debt to the Autumn Bloom and for bending training. Rangi later discussed Kyoshi's disability with earthbending to the others, so Wong and Lek volunteered to help her overcome that.[3]

As Rangi continued her girlfriend's firebending training, she criticized her emotional state, which would affect her firebending. She then attempted to suggest they change course and go to the Earth Kingdom sages to prove her identity as the Avatar, but Kyoshi argued that any sages they know of were already aligned with Jianzhu, or even if Hei-Ran would side with them over him. Relenting, Rangi requested her girlfriend promise to be a virtuous and just Avatar.[4]

Subsequently, as Kirima insisted on taking her turn with Kyoshi, Rangi attempted to chase her off, but the waterbender ultimately backed off when the firebender expressed her weariness with her nickname, "Topknot". As Kyoshi asked what her problem was with Kirima, Rangi ordered her into another Horse stance. While testing her physical endurance by stepping on Kyoshi's bent knee, Rangi explained that she did not want her girlfriend to be trained in waterbending before completing her airbending training out of fear it would damage the Avatar Cycle. Seeing this depress her girlfriend, Rangi gave her a loving kiss, all the while ensuring she maintained her stance.[4] Some time afterwards, she gave Kyoshi informal airbending training.[9]

Rangi later took part in Mok's attack on Governor Te's Palace and witnessed Kyoshi's duel with Xu Ping An, the leader of the Yellow Neck bandits.[18] Following the duel, the Company was once again attacked, this time by Jianzhu himself, who did succeed where his shirshu had failed, and Rangi was kidnapped. During her imprisonment, Jianzhu cut off her top-knot as a warning to Kyoshi to not cross him.[19] The Flying Opera Company launched a successful rescue mission on Kyoshi's orders, while the Avatar herself took on Jianzhu once and for all. As the couple reunited, Rangi told her girlfriend that her mother had been affected by Jianzhu's poison, which was deadly if remained untreated, and that she thus planned to take her mother to the Northern Water Tribe in order to find the best healers. Expressing their desire to meet again one day, the two girls said their farewells and went their separate ways.[8]

The Festival of Szeto

After more than a year of her mother recovering from the poisoning, Rangi and Hei-Ran traveled to the Fire Nation Capital for the Festival of Szeto. Fire Lord Zoryu also invited Kyoshi to the celebration. Taking note of Kyoshi's arrival on Yingyong, she sprinted all the way from the garden to the main gate of the Fire Nation Royal Palace to impress Kyoshi, and greeted her with a passionate kiss.[20]

Physical description

Rangi was a young woman of above-average height[1] with a charred rasp of a voice.[2] She had a streamlined figure that belied the solidness of her muscles; her arms and back being well-formed and strong from years of training.[1] She wore black and red formfitting armor[2] over a sleeveless white tunic and held her hair back in a top-knot with strands of hair often coming loose to hang around her face. Rangi was considered to be beautiful by several people, including Kyoshi and Lek, but often wore an unapproachable look of superiority. Like her mother, Rangi had a porcelain-doll face, pitch-black hair, and eyes tending toward a darker bronze than typical Fire Nation gold.[5]

Personality

Rangi was headstrong, aggressive, and had a fierce reputation. Somewhat arrogant and instilled with a military mindset, she regarded most people as "scum" that did not even "warrant the effort" of being yelled at.[2] Rangi tended to be abrasive and dismissive around people that she liked, though she still cared deeply for her friends and she was fiercely protective of them. Despite her seemingly cold personality, she was able to open herself and share her feelings with those close to her as she did with Kyoshi, showing a more vulnerable and emotional side when they were alone.

She was not shy to resort to violence to get her way, and she took combat with earnestness, being able to remain impassive and centered during a fight in order to carefully calculate her movements. When it came to a duel, Rangi was persevering and did not give up without giving the best of her capabilities.[1]

The firebender could be quite drastic and extreme at times to prove others a point, even putting herself in danger, such as when she faced a strong lei tai fighter to let Kyoshi know how helpless she felt whenever the Avatar threw herself into danger.

Like other Fire Nation civilians, she had great pride for her nation, even talking about her honor to the point where the Flying Opera Company teased her about it.[16] It was hard for Rangi to deal with uncertainty; she was often regarded as a person of powerful faith and a "true believer", which Kyoshi initially interpreted as a need to fulfill her duty,[14] but she later discovered that her greatest faith was for her friends instead.[1] Rangi was a person who intesenly abided by traditions and remained faithful to them, as it was noted by her teammates that she grew exasperated each time they ignored an established practice regarding the Avatar, such as when the soldier expressed her obstinacy to deviate from the pattern of the Avatar Cycle at the moment of training Kyoshi's abilities, claiming that bad things happen when an Avatar tried to defy the natural order of bending.[4]

Relatives

Hei-Ran
   
   
Junsik
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Rangi
   
   
   
   

Appearances

Kyoshi novels

Trivia

  • Rangi's name is a truncated version of "horangi", meaning "tiger" in Korean.[21]
  • Rangi is one of the few confirmed LGBTQIA+ individuals in the Avatar universe, the others being Korra, Asami Sato, Kya,[22] Aiwei,[23] Kyoshi,[22] Zenko, and his husband.[24]
  • Rangi's design was inspired by fanart of her, especially designs from the user "kkachi95" on Tumblr and Instagram. This is the first known instance in which a canonical character is somewhat influenced by a fanwork.[25]
Preceded by
Hei-Ran
Avatar's firebending master
296 - unknown BG
Succeeded by
Unknown, eventually Jeong Jeong

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 16, 2019). Chapter Two, "Nine Years Later". The Rise of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
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  23. LGBT characters. Gayerthanthefourthofjuly on Tumblr (March 22, 2015). Retrieved on March 22, 2015.
  24. Hughes, Kiku (writer, artist, letterer). "Origami" (October 2, 2019), Dark Horse Comics.
  25. Rangi's design inspiration. kkachi95 on Tumblr (June 26, 2020). Retrieved on June 26, 2020.

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