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This page is comprised of Tarrlok's relationships with other characters in the world of Avatar. He possessed a highly manipulative nature, able to persuade a majority of the United Republic Council's members to vote in his favor in meetings and having the Metalbending Police Force to report to him.



"Our father set us on this path; fate caused us to collide. I should have left with you when we were boys."
Tarrlok to Noatak.[1]
Amon fighting Tarrlok

Amon fighting Tarrlok.

As a young child, Tarrlok had a good relationship with his older brother, Noatak. He looked up to him, as Noatak was always there to protect him and tried to shield Tarrlok from harm, even if that meant standing up to their father. However, over the course of their joint waterbending training under Yakone's harsh tutelage, their relationship became estranged; Tarrlok was the less talented bender, and Noatak gradually grew colder and more distant, to the point where he had no qualms with bloodbending Tarrlok as part of their training. However, when Tarrlok refused to do the same to Noatak, their father labeled him a weakling and a disgrace, and intended to physically harm him. This prompted Noatak to jump to his brother's defense by bloodbending Yakone into submission. Noatak urged Tarrlok to run away from home with him, but Tarrlok refused out of worry for their mother. Noatak took this as a sign of weakness, noting that their father had been "right after all", and ran away by himself. Tarrlok desperately searched for his brother with Yakone, but was unable to find him and assumed he had perished in a snowstorm.

Years passed before Tarrlok ever saw his brother again, who now went by the name of Amon. It was only after the Equalist' leader took his bending away, that Tarrlok recognized the sensation as his brother's bloodbending grip. Realizing that both he and his brother became soldiers of revenge, just like their father had wanted them to be, Tarrlok tried to help stop Amon's advance in Republic City by sharing their past with Korra, hoping the knowledge could be of use to her.[2]

Tarrlok sacrificing himself

Tarrlok before killing himself and his brother by detonating the fuel tank.

Despite the words said when the brothers parted ways as children, Amon still cared for his younger brother as he chose to imprison him at Air Temple Island rather than execute him and wanted to escape Republic City together after he had been made as a fraud. Tarrlok joined his brother this time, though as they sped away from the city on a speedboat to start a new life together elsewhere, Tarrlok used an electrified glove to ignite the fuel tank on the boat, causing it to explode, killing them both.[1]


"Toughen up, Tarrlok! You'll need a thicker skin for this."
Yakone to Tarrlok upon witnessing his brother bloodbending.[2]
Yakone and young Tarrlok

Yakone and a young Tarrlok.

Initially, Tarrlok had a good relationship with his father. However, once he and his brother Noatak discovered they were waterbenders, he noticed a change in Yakone, who began to vigorously train his sons to perfect their talents. Though Yakone verbally abused both boys, he was particularly hard on Tarrlok, whom he deemed less respectable due to his comparatively frail bending abilities. This only worsened after Yakone revealed his true identity as the most notorious crime boss in Republic City and a once-powerful bloodbender whose abilities had been stripped by the Avatar. He told his sons that they must learn bloodbending in order to defeat the Avatar and take over Republic City to avenge him.[2]

After Yakone's revelation, he intensified his sons' training regime by teaching them bloodbending. Due to Tarrlok's compassionate nature and lack of prodigious talent, he was frequently lambasted by Yakone and compared to Noatak, who displayed no qualms about bloodbending innocent animals. The tension reached its boiling point when Tarrlok refused to bloodbend Noatak as part of their training. Outraged, Yakone accused Tarrlok of being a weakling and a disgrace, and attempted to physically abuse him, only for Noatak to intervene and subdue him with bloodbending. After Noatak ran away, Yakone gave up on his revenge plot and stopped training Tarrlok, believing that with Noatak gone, he would never be able to exact vengeance on Republic City or the Avatar.[2]

As a councilman, Tarrlok compared the threat Republic City faced from Amon to the threat it had faced from his father over forty years previously.[3] Later on, when Tarrlok reunited with his brother, he stated that Yakone had set them each on their path and that fate had caused them to collide. He expressed regret for having remained with Yakone rather than running away with Noatak.[1]

Yakone's wife[]

Tarrlok had a good relationship with his mother, as he refused to run away with Noatak because he was afraid of what would happen to her. He would later describe her as a "warm, caring woman" to Korra and Mako.[2]



"Avatar Korra. I am truly sorry for all that I did to you. I thought I was better than my father, but his ghost still shaped me. I became a soldier of revenge, just like he wanted me to be. And so did my brother."
Tarrlok apologizing to Korra.[2]
Korra and Tarrlok

The animosity between Tarrlok and Korra grew when he realized he could no longer manipulate her.

Tarrlok's relationship with Korra was mainly based on manipulation and deceit, as he used the Avatar in order to push his own agenda, such as goading her to join his task force.[3] The moment she refused to do his bidding, however, the animosity between the two began to grow, evolving from verbal confrontations, such him insulting Korra's Avatar status and ordering Team Avatar to not meddle in police business by capturing a number of Equalists, to more physical encounters, as evidenced when Korra tried to stop Tarrlok from arresting a large number of innocent nonbenders and her friends with a show of earthbending.

After the arrest of her friends, the tension between them came to a breaking point: Korra confronted Tarrlok in private at his office in City Hall, where she accused him of using his power to oppress and intimidate people. In turn, Tarrlok accused Korra of doing the same, assuming she was there to intimidate him into releasing her friends. However, he saw it more as a shared quality of theirs, one to be admired: a willingness to go to extremes in order to get what they want. He tried to force Korra into submission once again, by offering her a trade: her obedience for her friends' freedom. When she refused, Tarrlok knew that the Avatar was no longer of any use to him. Deciding she was a liability to his plans and should be removed, he had no qualms resorting to illegal techniques, such a bloodbending, to achieve that goal, and ended up imprisoning her in a metal box in the basement of a remote cabin.[4]

After being captured by Amon and having his bending removed, Tarrlok encountered Korra one last time. Feeling remorseful about his actions, he apologized to the Avatar and cooperated with her to the best of his abilities in order to defeat Amon, sharing with her his knowledge about the Equalist's past as his waterbending brother.[2]

Team Avatar[]

"Go! Amon can't know anyone spoke with me. Defeat him! Put an end to this sad story."
Tarrlok urging Korra and Mako to defeat Amon.[1]
Tarrlok arresting Asami

Tarrlok arrested Asami, as well as Mako and Bolin.

Team Avatar was created by Korra, Mako, Asami, and Bolin as a direct result to Tarrlok's actions against Korra, as he had decimated her self-confidence about being able to fulfill her role as the Avatar. The team clashed with Tarrlok the first time when they had apprehended several escaped Equalists before Tarrlok's task force or the Metalbending Police Force could and a second time when Tarrlok had implemented a strict curfew for nonbenders and was arresting the nonbending inhabitants of the Dragon Flats borough on alleged ties with the Equalist. Tarrlok did not hesitate to apprehend the members of Team Avatar as well, arresting Asami for staying outside past curfew and Mako and Bolin for protecting her.[4]

Following the Equalist conquest of Republic City, Korra and Mako ventured to Air Temple Island to confront Amon though found an imprisoned Tarrlok in the temple's attic instead. Tarrlok, who had since regretted his recent actions toward Korra and the rest of Team Avatar, sincerely apologized for his actions against them and revealed his shared past with Amon to them. Based on this information, Team Avatar was able to out the Equalist leader as a fraud.[1][2]


Council page[]

"That is nonsense! Everyone knows you're nothing but a squeaky-voiced liar!"
Tarrlok to the council page after the page revealed his secret.[5]
Tarrlok and the council page

Tarrlok and the council page.

Tarrlok thought not much about his employee, using him as a messenger boy and having no qualms about ordering him around.[4] When Tenzin and Lin Beifong were questioning Tarrlok about Korra's disappearance, the page appeared and revealed that Tarrlok kidnapped her, to which Tarrlok replied that he was "nothing but a squeaky-voiced liar."[5]

Lin Beifong[]

"Chief Beifong was supposed to protect Republic City, but she was powerless to stop Amon's attack on the arena. She has failed us all. If we are to survive these dire times, our law enforcement needs new leadership."
Tarrlok on Lin Beifong after the Attack on the Pro-bending Arena.[6]

Tarrlok had little respect for Lin Beifong as the Chief of Police of Republic City; he merely saw her as another pawn in his game of manipulation to gain more power for himself. He goaded her into taking responsibility should anything happen during the Pro-bending Tournament after the Equalist threatened to attack.[7] As such, he was able to discredit her as chief after she failed to thwart the Equalists' attack on the Pro-bending Arena, publicly stating that she had failed Republic City and that new leadership was needed.[6]


"All I'm trying to do is help. [...] Your father wasn't afraid to deal with [Yakone] head-on."
"[...] How dare you compare yourself to Avatar Aang!
―A typical dispute between Tarrlok and Tenzin during a council session.[3]
United Republic Council

Tarrlok and Tenzin.

Tenzin worked with Tarrlok on the United Republic Council. The two were fierce rivals for the duration of their tenures, rarely agreeing on suggestions in the council meetings. Tenzin was especially displeased with Tarrlok's new law that would enforce a curfew for all nonbenders.[4]

After Tarrlok abducted Avatar Korra, it was Tenzin who discovered that it was not Equalists like Tarrlok had claimed, but Tarrlok himself who had taken her. Tenzin headed to City Hall and confronted Tarrlok with his crimes, who claimed innocence to all accusations. However, the council page finally confirmed the truth and revealed that Tarrlok was a bloodbender, leaving him no choice but to incapacitate everyone present and flee the scene.[5]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (June 23, 2012). "Skeletons in the Closet". The Legend of Korra. Book One: Air. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
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