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Ummi was a Southern Water Tribe woman who fell in love with Avatar Kuruk and intended to marry him. However, before the wedding ceremony could commence, Koh the Face Stealer dragged her into the Spirit World where he stole her face.


Kuruk and Ummi

Ummi and Kuruk were love at first sight.

During the New Moon Celebration, Ummi met Avatar Kuruk in Agna Qel'a. The two immediately fell in love and began a relationship. Kuruk soon proposed to Ummi with a betrothal necklace. The two were to be married at the Spirit Oasis in the Northern Water Tribe. However, as she crossed the bridge, she was pulled by an unseen force deep into the water. Kuruk jumped in after her, but could not rescue her in time. Koh, a spirit, had lured and trapped her forever to punish Kuruk for his arrogance.[1][3]

Centuries later, when Avatar Aang entered the Spirit World, he confronted Koh and saw Ummi's face.[2] Several months after that, Aang encountered Kuruk while in a coma and told him that Koh still had Ummi's face. Kuruk subsequently vowed that he would keep hunting Koh until he and Ummi were reunited once again.[1] He found the spirit and had every intention of destroying him, but could not when he realized that destroying Koh also meant destroying the love of his life.[3]


Avatar: The Last Airbender[]

Book One: Water (水)[]

Escape from the Spirit World[]

Book Three: Fire (火)[]


  • Her name is similar to Umi (海, うみ), which translates to "sea" in Japanese.[4]
  • Kuruk often referred to Ummi as his wife, despite the fact that she was stolen by Koh before she married Kuruk.
  • Ummi was one of the few Water Tribe members to not have blue eyes, which were instead gray.
  • According to a retelling of Team Avatar's adventures by Pakku, a bridge in Agna Qel'a is named in Ummi's honor.[5]
  • A scene depicting the first meeting between Kuruk and Ummi was originally planned for The Shadow of Kyoshi. In it, they encountered each other by chance during a gondola ride in Agna Qel'a. At first, both could not see the other's face due to their heavy parkas, and Kuruk deliberately hid his identity as he wanted to relive the time before he was famous. The two developed an interest in each other through their conversation alone, before Kuruk eventually had to show who he really was, though he embarrassed himself in the process by falling from the gondola.[6]
    • The novel's author, F.C. Yee, wanted the scene to show that Kuruk did not fall in love with Ummi solely because of her beauty, and to highlight his awkwardness as a connecting element with Kyoshi. The scene was constructed so that it could still fit the events depicted in Escape from the Spirit World.[6]
    • Yee scrapped the scene as it was somewhat confusing in its placement in the story, and he felt that it was ultimately unnecessary to showcase how Kuruk loved Ummi due to her personality instead of her looks because the reader would probably assume this anyway. He summed up that "we can give characters a little credit" and that a story did not have to fill all blanks in detail.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Escape from the Spirit World: Avatar Kuruk Online Comic Book.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Filoni, Dave (director). (December 2, 2005). "The Siege of the North, Part 2". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
  3. 3.0 3.1 From older Welcome to Republic City online game, originally on Nick.com. Game now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Korra - Avatar Kuruk.
  4. Name translation.
  5. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Quest for Balance. Bamtang Games (September 22, 2023). GameMill Entertainment.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (editor). (July 19, 2022). "How Kuruk met Ummi, or, the challenges of continuity in an established fictional universe" (The Dawn of Yangchen). Barnes & Noble.