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When Bolin was six, he lost his parents to a firebender mugger, leaving Mako as his only family. To survive, Bolin was heavily dependent on his brother, who, as the oldest, took on the parental role. To generate some form of income, the brothers consorted with the Triple Threat Triad, albeit they stayed clear from any illegal activities.
At some point, Bolin found a fire ferret scrounging for food in the garbage and decided to take him in. He named him Pabu, and soon the pair became close friends, constantly playing practical jokes on Mako. Some time later, Bolin, along with Mako and Hasook, formed a pro-bending team called the Fire Ferrets which competed in Republic City's Pro-bending Tournament.
Meeting Avatar Korra
Bolin first encountered Korra when Toza caught her exploring the training gym inside the Pro-bending Arena. He introduced himself to her and invited her to stay for the match that his team was competing in, much to Mako's displeasure. After his team defeated the Tigerdillos, he found out Korra was the Avatar and taught her a few pro-bending basics in the art of earthbending.
Later, the Fire Ferrets' spot in the championship was endangered when Hasook did not show up for a match. Korra volunteered to take his place and Bolin agreed, forging the new team. In round three of their match against the Platypus Bears, he and Mako were cornered while Korra fell back to zone three. However, after Korra held her own ground and the opposition exhausted themselves, Bolin and Mako fought back, eventually winning by a knockout and clinching a spot in the tournament.
Despite receiving a large sum of prize money for winning their last pro-bending match, the Fire Ferrets were still short on the funds they needed for the championship pot, having exhausted their funds by paying for gym usage and other necessities required as a pro-bending team. Bolin decided to use Pabu to earn some money at Central City Station utilizing some circus tricks he had taught him, but his efforts were futile. Downcast over the lean yield, he was approached by Shady Shin, who offered him big money in exchange for helping the Triple Threat Triad with security. Later that day, Lightning Bolt Zolt, Shady Shin, some other triad members, and Bolin were captured by Equalists to be the benders that would be exhibited in Amon's "revelation". There, Bolin witnessed Amon's ability to take away one's bending, using the captives to showcase this. Just as Bolin's earthbending was about to be removed permanently, Korra caused a steam explosion to cover Mako when he rescued Bolin. The brothers escaped the building, but once outside they were intercepted by Amon's lieutenant. After both were defeated, Korra launched a surprise attack against the Lieutenant, incapacitating him long enough to call Naga. Bolin was carried out of there in Naga's mouth, much to his displeasure.
A few days later, Bolin showed up at Air Temple Island to give Korra a rose and a pastry to thank her for helping him escape Amon. Simultaneously, a messenger of Tarrlok arrived with flowers and a large gift basket which overshadowed Bolin's small gift. Jealous, he asked Korra if Tarrlok was bothering her, stating he could "have a word with him". Amused by his suggestion, Korra refuted his claims, stating that Tarrlok was just some "old guy", which eased his mind considerably.
Prior to the Pro-bending Tournament, Bolin attempted to approach Korra after a training practice. They were alone since Mako had left with Asami for a lunch date. His advances were in vain however, as Korra explained she needed to go back to Air Temple Island for airbending training with Tenzin. Back at home, while giving Pabu a bath, Bolin asked Mako what he thought of Korra "in a girlfriend sorta way". His brother advised against pursuing a relationship with her however, as there was too much at stake with the tournament.
During their first match, Bolin and the Fire Ferrets, very much in-sync, defeated the Rabaroos in short order. After the match, he approached a slightly depressed Korra, who had just been rejected by Mako, reassuring her with compliments, and asked her to go with him on a date; Korra, encouraged by his praise, and deciding she "could use some fun," agreed. Bolin took Korra out to Narook's Seaweed Noodlery, a noodle shop that serves Water Tribe cuisine. During their date, they encountered Tahno. Bolin explained that he was a member of the reigning pro-bending champions of three years: the White Falls Wolfbats, and advised Korra against confrontation. Korra, ignoring his advice and glared at Tahno, which resulted in his approach. Once at their table, he trash-talked the Fire Ferrets, and almost succeeded in getting a rise out of Korra. Before things could get out of hand, Bolin warned her that fighting Tahno would lead to the Fire Ferrets' disqualification from the tournament. Korra instead called Naga, who growled at the Wolfbats' waterbender, startling him. Bolin had never seen Tahno that scared, and seeing Korra's approach to the situation he declared her as "one of a kind". Shortly after, the pair shared a drink at a bar. Bolin accidentally belched, and was slightly embarrassed, but was pleased when Korra imitated him. This led to a belching competition, which continued until they burst into laughter. Afterwards, they went sight-seeing at a nearby tower which overlooks several locations of Republic City.
In the quarter-finals of the Pro-bending Tournament against the Boar-q-pines, the team struggled. Bolin noticed that Mako and Korra were clearly out of sync, and he stepped up his attacks in light of this. He led the team to a critical second-round victory to keep them alive after a first-round defeat. When the third round ended in a tie, Mako stepped forward to fight out the tiebreaker, but was halted by Bolin, who, commenting that Mako did not have his head "in the game", volunteered to take his place. He successfully defeated the Boar-q-pines' earthbender, Chung, winning the match for the Fire Ferrets, and displayed his superior abilities as an earthbender.
That night, Bolin went to deliver a large bouquet of flowers to Korra, but was shocked to see her and Mako kissing. The sight left Bolin devastated, and he ran away from the arena crying. Bolin went to Narook's with Pabu, where he spent the night. The next morning he was found by Mako, who had come to take him home. Bolin refused, stating Mako was no longer his brother, rather a "brother-betrayer", and Pabu was now the only one he could trust. Despite his protests Mako lifted him onto his shoulders and carried him home as the earthbender continued to cry.
During the semifinal, Bolin vomited in the middle of the first round after being pelted in the stomach. The Fire Ferrets continued to fall out of sync as the match progressed. Bolin was knocked out of the ring in the second and third rounds. In the last, his shoulder was seriously injured by the opposing earthbender before he was thrown out of the ring, followed by his brother. This left Korra to face the other team on her own. On the way out of the pit, the brothers apologized to each other for letting their interests in Korra divide them. They then watched the Avatar score a "knockout" in one fell swoop, allowing the team to advance to the final of the tournament.
Bolin and his team were later preparing for the final match when they heard Amon interrupt a radio broadcast. The Equalist leader made a request to the United Republic Council to shut down the Pro-bending Arena or they would face "severe consequences". The team traveled on Naga to City Hall, hoping to discourage the Council from shutting down the arena, but by the time they got there, the Council had already unanimously agreed to do so, much to their disappointment. Fortunately, Lin Beifong entered the meeting just before Tarrlok declared the decision final. She offered to bring the Metalbending Police Force along for security detail if the match continued on as planned. This offer was accepted by Tarrlok and most of the Council, who decided to allow the match to continue, much to the Ferrets' excitement.
Bolin dressed Pabu up in a miniature uniform and brought him out to the arena floor to perform tricks before the match started. In a close but controversially officiated match, the Fire Ferrets lost via a knockout in round three.
After the knockout, Equalists attacked the arena. By use of their electrified gloves, they stunned several members of the Metalbending Police Force. Bolin and the Fire Ferrets were stunned by the Lieutenant through use of his electrified kali sticks and then tied up against a wooden post that held up the arena.
Bolin then spotted Pabu swimming in the water, and motioned for him to bite through the rope that held the team together. After Pabu broke them free, Bolin and Mako awaited Korra's return from going after Amon and the Equalists. Lin brought the Avatar to safety, and the brothers met her for a hug.
A new home
After the attack at the championship, the Pro-bending Arena was shut down and Bolin and Mako were forced to leave their home. Accepting Asami's invitation, the brothers went to live at the Sato estate, much to the earthbender's excitement, stating it was going to be "the lap of luxury" for them. After Korra refused Asami's offer to visit them the next day, Bolin, manipulating Pabu's legs and making his voice higher to make it look like Pabu was talking, encouraged the Avatar to take a break from the Equalist investigation and visit them at the estate, to which she finally agreed. When Korra arrived to the mansion, the group was swimming in the house's indoor pool. Bolin then proceeded to show Korra the comforts and luxuries of the place by asking a butler to dry him and Pabu off. He and the rest of the group were then invited by Asami to watch the racetrack where new Satomobiles are tested out.
After Korra overheard Hiroshi talking about a "strike" plan, his connection to the Equalists began to be suspected. When the investigation eventually yielded substantial evidence to incriminate Hiroshi; Lin, Tenzin, Korra, and some metalbending officers searched the Sato estate, which eventually led to the discovery of a tunnel that led to a secret factory beneath the Sato estate. The chief then ordered Bolin, Mako, and Asami to wait inside the room where the tunnel was found, under the watch of Officer Song. However, when they heard a clangorous sound underground, Bolin and Mako tricked the guard and managed to subdue him. The brothers then left Asami and made their way down the tunnel, successfully being able to sneak in the factory.
Once inside, the two discovered that Hiroshi had knocked Korra, Tenzin, Lin, and the other officers unconscious. Bolin managed to carry Tenzin on his back in order to save him, but he and his brother were soon cornered by Hiroshi. Who then confirmed their accusations that supporting the Fire Ferrets had been all a ruse in order to gain their trust. Asami then entered the underground factory and confronted her father, thus saving Bolin and the other benders. The three helped the others escape the Sato estate via airship, but were forced to leave Lin's officers behind.
While on the airship, Korra and Mako smoothed things over, and Korra invited her now homeless friends to live on Air Temple Island with her and Tenzin's family.
Forming Team Avatar
Not long after moving to Air Temple Island; Bolin, Mako, Asami, and Korra formed what Bolin called the new Team Avatar. The four used Asami's Satomobile to patrol the city looking for Equalists. On their first night they fought, defeated, and captured several Equalists, much to Tarrlok's dismay. The next night they went out again only to find the police arresting innocent non-benders. When Mako tried to stop the police after the Councilman's order to arrest Asami, he and Bolin were also arrested.
After being arrested by the police, Mako and Bolin were put in a cell together. While Bolin suffered from the lack of privacy while execrating, Lin busted the brothers out, with the message that Korra had gone missing. Worried, the brothers joined her, Tenzin, and Asami in a search for the Avatar.
Under the impression that Korra had been abducted by the Equalists, Bolin commented that he remembered riding through a tunnel when he was kidnapped himself. With this information, Lin used her seismic sense abilities to discover an underground tunnel not far from the place where Mako had seen the Equalists take Bolin. Venturing underground, Asami asked Bolin whether he knew if Mako cherished more than feelings of friendship for Korra. Alarmed by this question, Bolin attempted to cover for his brother, but his evasive answers were quickly brushed aside and he was forced to tell the truth. In an attempt to cheer Asami up, he said that Mako and Korra's kiss probably meant nothing, and that he had been able to overcome it as well.
When Lin overpowered two chi blockers moments later, she ordered Bolin and Asami to stand guard while the rest ventured further down the Equalists' base. After their presence had been discovered by the other Equalists, Bolin urged the group to get on a train-like vehicle to escape. The Equalists gave chase, but Bolin thwarted their advance by collapsing the tunnel with his earthbending, triumphantly calling out that they should try to "chi block that", and escaped along with the others through a makeshift exit.
They soon returned to City Hall in an attempt to expose Tarrlok for the kidnapping of Korra. However, before anyone could undertake any action, Tarrlok incapacitated them with his bloodbending. While regaining consciousness, Bolin thought it had been a dream, but was pointed to the reality of it all by Asami. Later that evening, he watched Mako carry Korra onto Oogi after they had found Naga wandering through the city with Korra riding on her back.
Attack on Republic City
The next morning at breakfast, when Korra told everyone about what had happened to Tarrlok, Bolin seemed visibly upset about Amon's recent growth in power. Later, when Team Avatar left Air Temple Island to fight the Equalists during the attack on Republic City, Bolin questioned how they would pay for all of the tickets left on Asami's car, (when Korra had crashed it into a lamppost), to which Mako responded by burning the parking tickets.
Once the team reached the police headquarters, where Tenzin had been nearly captured by Equalists, the team jumped out of the car as Bolin earthbent a ramp under the vehicle, sending it crashing into Equalist mecha tanks. After freeing Tenzin, a fight then ensued between Team Avatar and the Equalists. After destroying the mecha tanks, Tenzin, Bolin, and the rest of Team Avatar quickly returned to Air Temple Island flying on Oogi after seeing that the island was being surrounded by Equalist airships in the distance. Once the group reached the island, they were instructed by Tenzin to flee and go into hiding. As soon as Tenzin's family flew away on Oogi, Team Avatar got on Naga and headed toward the waters surrounding the island. On their way down, however, Bolin noticed that the Lieutenant was attempting to attack them from a higher vantage point. Naga jumped and met the Lieutenant in mid-air and swiped him to the ground. Once the team made it to the edge of the water, Naga, who was still carrying all four members of the team, jumped into the water and began swimming toward the city as Korra waterbent a bubble of air around them. They then arrived to one of the city's sewer lines, where Bolin and his friends looked out at the now Equalist-occupied Air Temple Island.
Destroying the airfield
A few days after escaping the temple, Bolin and the rest of Team Avatar went into hiding underground with Gommu. As the vagabond was passing out dinner, Bolin told him that the food was "the best-tasting street gruel he had ever had". Later on, when General Iroh's fleet of United Forces battleships arrived in Republic City's harbor and was immediately ambushed by Equalist biplanes, Bolin rhetorically asked how Hiroshi had found the time to constantly invent more "evil machines".
After the battleship fleet was destroyed and General Iroh was rescued by Korra, Bolin and the rest of the team once again requested the help of Gommu, this time to send a wire to Commander Bumi, warning him not to bring his fleet of battleships into the harbor until they had dealt with the biplane problem. The group pinpointed the location of the Equalist airfield on a map of Republic City, and Bolin, Iroh, and Asami decided that at dawn they were going to infiltrate the facility, while Korra and Mako opted to go after Amon. As they each said their goodbyes, Korra allowed Bolin to take Naga to the airfield, and the two wished each other luck, Bolin embracing the Avatar before her departure.
The next day, upon reaching the outskirts of the Equalist airfield, Bolin told Naga and Pabu to wait for them outside and not to follow them. As Bolin, Iroh, and Asami continued to approach the base, they were promptly electrocuted by an invisible fence surrounding the area. The group regained consciousness in prison, where they were visited by Hiroshi Sato. The former businessman then told the group that he had intercepted General Iroh's wire to Bumi and that he knew exactly where his fleet was hiding. A few moments after Hiroshi left, Iroh asked Bolin if he knew how to metalbend, to which the earthbender replied that he did not. Moments later, Naga and Pabu broke into the airfield base and, using her incredible strength, the polar bear dog destroyed the iron bars that detained Bolin, Iroh, and Asami. Upon being freed, Bolin commented that they did not need metalbenders, as they had Naga. The group made their way outside in an attempt to intercept the Equalist counterattack.
Bolin exited the hangar and utilized his earthbending to destroy the airstrips, effectively preventing any more biplanes from taking off. While he was doing this, however, three mecha tanks approached him from behind and launched metal cables at him. Before the cables reached Bolin, however, they were intercepted by Naga, who caught them with her mouth, and then proceeded to use them to swing at and destroy the mecha tanks. A few moments later, Bolin discovered that Asami and her father were engaging in a mecha tank battle in the hangar; he intervened by launching an onslaught of earthbending attacks at Hiroshi's tank as he called Hiroshi a "horrible father". Bolin, Asami, and Naga then captured the Equalist.
Later on, after Amon had escaped Republic City, Bolin was with the team on Air Temple Island trying to brighten Korra up by saying that at least she successfully airbent, however, this only earned him a number of sour looks from the others, causing him to back away quietly.
Later, Bolin was present at the Southern Water Tribe with his friends as Korra was visiting Katara, who was attempting to restore her bending. After Katara failed to restore Korra's connection to water, earth, and fire, Bolin was visibly upset. Shortly after running away, Korra had an encounter with Avatar Aang's spirit, who restored her bending, and transferred the knowledge of energybending to her. Bolin, along with everyone else, was astonished at Korra's new power.
Six months after the defeat of Amon and the end of the Anti-bending Revolution, Bolin became the new team captain of the Fire Ferrets, following Mako and Korra's departure from the team. He struggled to motivate his new teammates. Shortly after the pep talk, all three were promptly defeated in a knockout shortly after the starting bell, which set a new record for the fastest knockout in pro-bending history.
Despite his tough childhood on the street, Bolin is still a laid-back, and fun-loving person, in contrast to his older brother Mako. He has a good sense of humor, but is still a very capable earthbender. He is also expressive, naive, high-spirited, enthusiastic, and quite comfortable in his own skin. According to Mako, he has a "knack" for getting himself into trouble. He is typically an optimist and enjoys the attention he gets from his fangirls, though he is a novice in the world of dating. Bolin says that he is strong, fun, and gorgeous.
What gets under Bolin's skin is that he is second to Mako in everything, such as age, fighting rank, and even getting girlfriends. His naive and immature personality is attributed to his past, as Mako tried to shield him from the harsh realities of the world after their parents died. Despite differences between Mako's personality and his own, Bolin shares a close bond with his brother.
Like his older brother, Bolin is also protective of the people he cares about, which causes him to behave slightly more aggressively and violently. A prime example of this would be when he rode in on Naga to Asami's rescue at the airfield, displaying a ferocious and brutal earthbending attack on Hiroshi Sato, who was about to kill Asami with his mecha tank.
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As the earthbender for an official pro-bending team, Bolin has become highly skilled in the art of earthbending. Bolin describes his earthbending style as "light on his feet", which grants him greater maneuverability and evasiveness during matches. Bolin also employs pro-bending-like attacks along with more traditional earthbending outside of matches, as made evident by him sending rectangular blocks flying at the Lieutenant and then defending himself with an earth wall.
Bolin also possesses a sharp aim, being able to direct an earth disc at the exact angle to make it ricochet off a guard rail and squarely strike an opposing player. He can also fire small chunks of earth in rapid succession to take down a speeding motorcycle.
Bolin also demonstrated the ability to earthbend without touching the ground at all. At the Equalist airfield, he launched multiple boulders at Hiroshi Sato's mecha tank while riding on Naga's back. Bumi, one of the most powerful earthbenders of all time, required great focus and concentration to be able to accomplish this, whereas Bolin was able to do it with relative ease.
Bolin also has some knowledge of wrestling and grappling as shown from his one on one tiebreaker match with an experienced Black Quarry Boar-q-pine earthbending opponent.
Furthermore, Bolin has been shown to be resilient to pain such as in his semifinal pro-bending match when he took a hit to his right shoulder by an earth disk, yet fought on nonetheless with one arm until being knocked out of the ring.
In addition, he is known to be able to communicate with his fire ferret, Pabu, by chattering with his teeth, which helped save his pro-bending team from Amon when Equalists attacked the Pro-bending Arena.
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- Mako (older brother)
- Unnamed father and mother (deceased)
- Bolin (波霖) is a Chinese male name non-literally meaning "gentle rain".
- Bolin's appearance was inspired by the early ideas of Toph, who was originally going to be male.
- According to Mako, Bolin apparently has a habit of bringing "crazy fangirls" to the Fire Ferrets' changing room.
- Korra notes that his "light on your feet" style of earthbending is more useful than the traditional style.
- Bolin is occasionally nicknamed "Bo" by Mako and the kids in the streets, like Skoochy.
- The name "Bo" means "precious" in Chinese, or "handsome" in anglicized French (although spelled "beau"), much to the endearing name's connotation.
- Narook's Seaweed Noodlery and Central City Station are some of the places Bolin usually hangs out.
- Bolin is the only bending member of the new Team Avatar not to use any specialized bending techniques.
- Bolin has appeared in every episode except "Welcome to Republic City".
- His personality and emotional role in the story bears a huge resemblance to Sokka's in the original Avatar series, both with a similar, if not identical, cheerful and supportive personality, constant jokes, and lacking only Sokka's neurotic and paranoid tendencies.
- Bolin is shown to be bad at lying.
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