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Ding, more commonly known as "Old Man Ding", was a resident of a small Fire Nation village. This old codger was the only person in the village who managed to escape the "moon monster" which captured people when they ventured into the woods during the full moon.[3]


While Ding was wandering through the woods one night during a full moon, Hama attempted to kidnap him, utilizing bloodbending, and bring him to a prison she had set up underneath a mountain. However, by the time Ding had reached the cave entrance, the sun had risen, breaking Hama's hold over him. Having regained control of his body, he ran back to the village.

In the summer of 100 AG, while Aang, Sokka, and Toph were gathering information about the alleged spirit that had been abducting the village people, a traveling townsman directed them to "Old Man Ding", stating that he was the only one to have ever seen it and lived. Ding recounted the story of his near kidnapping to the group. Since his narrow escape, he prepared for each full moon by boarding up his home and taking refuge. Later, Team Avatar rescued the other victims of Hama and had her arrested for her actions, freeing Ding's town.[1]


Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Three: Fire (火)


  • While other sixty-year-old characters in the series were usually shown to be physically strong or at least average strength master benders, Old Man Ding was shown to be the physically weakest of all, as he had trouble lifting up a wooden board.
  • Ding did not understand why people always called him an "old man", but when he failed to lift a wooden board, he admitted that he was at least "young at heart".[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (November 9, 2007). "The Puppetmaster". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 8. Nickelodeon.
  2. Avatar Extras for "The Puppetmaster" on Nicktoons Network.
  3. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on (link). No longer updated, encyclopedia now broken though archived here.