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Cabbage merchant
Cabbage merchant
Biographical information
Nationality

Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

Gray

Personal information
Allies

Cabbage Corp, Earth Kingdom

Enemies

the passport attendant, Team Avatar, people and animals who destroy his cabbages

Chronological and political information
Profession
  • Businessman
  • Merchant of cabbage
Position

Founder of Cabbage Corp[1]

Affiliation
  • Cabbage Corp
  • Earth Kingdom
First appearance

"The King of Omashu"

Last appearance
Voiced by

James Sie

The cabbage merchant was an Earth Kingdom salesman who specialized in selling cabbages, yet was constantly plagued by misfortune during his business endeavors. He continually had his cabbages destroyed or damaged after encountering Team Avatar and their enemies. However, sometime before 120 AG,[2] he founded Cabbage Corp, a company which produces automobiles and other technologies.[1]

History

The cabbage merchant traveled to many locations in the Earth Kingdom in his profession, selling cabbages out of his cart, which was repeatedly destroyed, usually by Aang when he was fleeing from a foe or some other situation, to which he would exclaim "My cabbages!"

When the cabbage merchant was trying to enter Omashu, his cart was destroyed by a troop of overzealous earthbending guards. He later obtained a new cart filled with more cabbages, only to have it be destroyed again by the Avatar and his companions when they were riding on the Omashu delivery system. Following this, he demanded "Off with their heads, one for each head of cabbage!" during their subsequent trial, but King Bumi threw them a feast instead to the merchant's shock and annoyance. His cart was destroyed for a third and final time in Omashu by King Bumi and Aang while they rode the mail system again.[3]

Stunned cabbage merchant
The stunned cabbage merchant being carried away after the traumatic destruction of his cabbages.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

At the seedy merchants pier, his cart was destroyed by Aang when he airbent the cart while being chased by pirates, causing him to yell "This place is worse than Omashu!"[4] The cabbage merchant was among other refugees waiting at Full Moon Bay for a ferry to Ba Sing Se; while waiting, the ferry's passport attendant told him he could not bring his cabbages due to the risk of a cabbage slug infestation. The cabbage merchant was distraught at this, thinking there could not possibly be cabbage slugs on his cabbages. However, the attendant ordered his cart to be destroyed by a security platypus bear over the screams of the merchant. Nevertheless, her suspicions were proven correct when a cabbage slug was found among the cabbages. The cabbage merchant was severely traumatized by this experience and had to be carried away by the security officers.[5]

Cabbage merchant sobbing
The cabbage merchant sobbing over his constant misfortune.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

In Ba Sing Se, an escaped rabaroo ate his cabbages, to which he responded by exasperatedly saying, "My cabb- Oh forget it," and walked off to sob over his predicament.[6] Eventually, the cabbage merchant met Pu-on Tim, an acclaimed Earth Kingdom playwright, during his travels. As Pu-on Tim was writing a play about Avatar Aang at that time, he provided the playwright with information about Team Avatar by recounting their many encounters. Because of the merchant's considerable knowledge on the topic, Pu-on Tim later mentioned him as "surprisingly knowledgeable merchant of cabbage", one of the sources of information for his play.[7]

During the industrial developments that took place in Republic City, the cabbage merchant eventually bid his produce-selling days goodbye and founded a company, Cabbage Corp, orientated to the manufacturing of automobiles. His son, Lau Gan-Lan, later took over its ownership.[8][9]

Legacy

Cabbage merchant statue
The cabbage merchant's statue depicts him with his cart and beloved cabbages.
Lady LostrisAdded by Lady Lostris

Outside Cabbage Corp's headquarters, a metal statue of the cabbage merchant was erected in order to commemorate his first stand in Republic City.[9] Perched atop a high pillar, he is depicted standing, while raising a cabbage in the palm of his hand, next to his cart full of cabbages.

Relatives

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Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book One: Water (水)

Book Two: Earth (土)

Trivia

  • The cabbage merchant was meant to be a one-time character, intended to appear in only one episode.[10]
  • Despite his cart being destroyed and supposedly not allowed in either Omashu or Ba Sing Se, he was seen with them in each city.[3][6]
  • The cabbage merchant has also been referred to as "our lovable loser, the cabbage merchant".[11]
  • An e-card from early in the show's production states that the cabbage merchant was only selling cabbage temporarily and that "the REAL action's in Cantaloupes!"[12]
  • The cabbage merchant can be seen in the PlayStation 2 and GameCube version of the Avatar: The Last Airbender video game.
  • The cabbage merchant was voiced by James Sie, who later provided the voice of Cabbage Corp owner and son of the cabbage merchant, Lau Gan-Lan, in The Legend of Korra.
  • He was seen in the Avatar Extras promo before the episodes with the Extras were released.
  • The cabbage merchant is the only known character who was not part of Team Avatar to be honored with a statue in Republic City and to have a descendant appearing in The Legend of Korra.
  • Since he founded Cabbage Corp sometime before 120 AG, the cabbage merchant is the first known inhabitant of the Avatar World who founded a private company.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 EXCLUSIVE: Yang Continues "Avatar: The Last Airbender" in The Search. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on June 25, 2012.
  2. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (May 12, 2012). "And the Winner Is...". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 6. Nickelodeon.
  3. 3.0 3.1 O'Bryan, John (writer) & Lioi, Anthony (director). (March 18, 2005). "The King of Omashu". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.
  4. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Lioi, Anthony (director). (April 29, 2005). "The Waterbending Scroll". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 9. Nickelodeon.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Serpent's Pass". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Estoesta, Joann, Wahlander, Lisa, Huebner, Andrew, Scheppke, Gary, MacMullan, Lauren, Mattila, Katie, Ridge, Justin, Volpe, Giancarlo (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 29, 2006). "Tales of Ba Sing Se". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.
  7. Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Josh, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 18, 2008). "The Ember Island Players". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  8. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (May 19, 2012). "The Aftermath". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 7. Nickelodeon.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Legend of Korra — The Art of the Animated Series, Book One: Air, page 92.
  10. Avatar Extras for "The King of Omashu" on Nicktoons Network.
  11. Avatar Extras for "The Waterbending Scroll" on Nicktoons Network.
  12. Cabbage Merchant. Distant Horizon. Retrieved on August 6, 2013.. Archived from the original on July 2, 2011.
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