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|"I hope you think like a mad genius!"|
|— Bumi to Aang in The King of Omashu|
|By Dudewaldo4||See other fanon and fan fiction works from Dudewaldo4.|
White (originally brown)
|Weapon of choice||
The Fire Nation
|Chronological and political information|
King Bumi is the wild-eyed, eccentric, elderly king of Omashu. As a child, Bumi was a close friend of Aang, and is the only person who knew him before The War that is known to still be alive. He has become an old and eccentric man, prone to cackling, snorting laughter at unfunny jokes. Despite his age and his apparent frailty, Bumi is an Earthbending master and quite fit for his old age, himself claiming at one point to be "the most powerful Earthbender you'll ever see".
Bumi's eccentricity arises out of the fact that he always keeps his mind "open to the possibilities". As a child, Bumi decided to use the Omashu mail delivery system as a chute ride, for which Aang dubbed him "a mad genius", a name that Bumi seems to appreciate. Although Bumi seems senile, he is in fact a brilliant and patient tactician, willing to wait until the opportune moment to strike to best effect. Bumi acts the same during a quiet, peaceful meal as he does when his city is under attack, and he rarely explains his actions, which tends to infuriate his underlings.
Bumi is the only one of Aang's childhood friends who has survived the 100 years in which Aang was stuck in the iceberg.
Bumi met Aang in "Airbender was carrying caught Bumi's curiosity. After chasing him, Aang told him that he couldn't let Bumi have the piece of wood, as it belonged to Gyatso. Aang later taught Bumi how to play Pai Sho, and the two became close friends quickly. Bumi realized that Aang must have been killed when he began hearing rumors of the Air Nomad Genocide.", when a mysterious piece of wood the
One year later, Bumi began his Earthbending training with a man he'd met in one of the few areas that hadn't been completely fixed since the earthquake King Diju fought. The man taught Bumi about the jing, and since then, Bumi was able to Earthbend extremely well. The man disappeared only a few days into their training.
Eventually, after a lengthy period spent mastering Earthbending on his own, he crashes into an Order of the White Lotus meeting. He is prepared to leave quietly, but a Waterbender shows him around the meeting. He encounters his Earthbending master from before, who requests a game. Bumi plays well, but eventually his master stops the game and invited Bumi into the Order. He is revealed to be , King of Omashu, but he quietly says that he is equal in the Order.
Twenty seven years later, Bumi attends another meeting, where he plays a game against a young Waterbender, revealed to be Pakku. Bumi talks to him throughout the game, with the two having a discussion over Pai Sho strategy. After Bumi defeats Pakku, Diju requests a game. Diju seems strangely distant, and Bumi managed to win. Bumi leaves he meeting later, deciding that he will resume his Earthbending tomorrow.
In "The King of Omashu", Aang returned to Omashu in order to show his friends Sokka and Katara the mail delivery system (in particular, they wished to use it as a slide). After accidentally destroying a cartload of cabbages belonging to the Cabbage Merchant, they were arrested and brought before King Bumi. However, Aang did not recognize his old friend, who was now 100 years older than when they last met. However, Bumi recognized Aang immediately, as he had not physically changed since he last saw him. When asked what their punishment should be, Bumi told his guards to "throw them...a feast!"
During the feast, Bumi tricked Aang into Airbending by throwing a chicken wing at him. Now refusing to let them leave, Bumi demanded that the three be taken to "the refurbished chamber that was once bad" - in fact a comfortable sleeping chamber. After a relaxing night's sleep, Aang woke up to find his friends gone. King Bumi blackmails Aang into completing three tasks for him, or Sokka and Katara will be encased in Jennamite.
Aang successfully completed the first two tests (collecting a key from inside a waterfall and finding Bumi's pet Flopsie). The King instructed Aang to choose an opponent to duel as the final test. The King presented two different opponents for Aang to choose from, both formidable-looking in their own respects, and told Aang to "point to your opponent." Aang pointed to the apparently frail King, but quickly realized his mistake when Bumi threw off his robes and flexed his muscles, revealing himself to be a powerful and muscular Earthbender. Although Bumi had the upper hand during the fight, particularly against the run-and-evade tactics typical of Airbenders, Aang eventually impressed the old man by creating a tornado to counter a powerful attack from the Earthbender. Although Aang seemed to have Bumi in a corner after this, ready to strike with his staff, what he failed to notice was that Bumi had summoned a large mound of rock a few feet above Aang's head. Bumi, however, was satisfied with Aang's performance, and allowed the match to be called a draw.
However, before releasing Sokka and Katara, the King demanded that Aang guess his name, and gives him a few minutes to think on it. At first, Aang is clueless, but as he thinks about the challenges he realizes that each one was designed to make him think differently than he normally would, and he solves the riddle with the words "Bumi, you're a mad genius". Bumi explained to Aang that strength and bending alone would not be enough to defeat the Fire Lord, and that when it came time for Aang to face him, "I hope you will think like a mad genius." After Bumi freed Aang's friends from the Jennomite (in fact made of edible rock candy), Aang and Bumi spent an enjoyable day using the Omashu mail delivery system as a chute ride, just like old times and destroyed the same cabbage cart from earlier. Aang and his friends then left Omashu to continue their journey.
Aang, Katara, and Sokka returned to Omashu in "Return to Omashu", hoping that Bumi would act as Aang's Earthbending teacher. However, the group found that the city had been taken over by the Fire Nation. After helping Omashu's citizens and army to escape their imprisonment within the city, Aang attempted to free Bumi as well. After a chase down the city's large mail-delivery chutes, Aang and Bumi managed to escape a pursuing Azula. However, Bumi disappointed Aang with the statement that he could not leave Omashu just yet, as he was waiting for the proper time to strike against the Fire Nation from within, revealing that he, despite the metal cage he was kept in, was still capable of bending. Bumi advised Aang to seek an instructor skilled in neutral jing, or doing nothing (as Bumi himself put it, someone who "waits, and listens.") It was this advice that eventually led Aang to accept Toph Beifong as his Earthbending instructor.
Bumi would spend several weeks imprisoned in his city, waiting for the right moment to escape. That moment came on the Day of Black Sun. Taking advantage of the Firebender's loss of power, he broke out of his prison by Earthbending with his face, single-handedly liberated Omashu and destroyed Ozai's statue at the top of the city sending it sliding down and off the edge of the city, before laughing and taking a bite of Jennamite, retaking his city in minutes. He later joined the Order of the White Lotus at Ba Sing Se.
Before the arrival of Sozin's Comet, Bumi met with the Avatar's gang again at Ba Sing Se, along with Master Pakku, Piandao, and Jeong Jeong, and is revealed to be a member of the Order of the White Lotus. Bumi is the only one to notice that the group is missing a "very important member", (as Aang and Momo have disappeared), but comically asks the group where Momo is. He then states that as long as Momo and Aang are together, they have nothing to worry about.
He joined in the Order's successful liberation of Ba Sing Se in the name of the Earth Kingdom, using impressive displays of his Earthbending to destroy many Fire Nation tanks; in one instance by stacking them atop each other. He presumably returned to Omashu after the war.
Bumi is an extremely powerful Earthbender, one of the best in the world of Avatar. In "The King of Omashu" he levitates extremely large stones during his duel with Aang, one being the size of a bus. He also performs the ability of bending Jennamite (rock candy) and is shown to be capable of quickly tunneling through earth. In Return to Omashu, Bumi also shows he is able to use his head to Earthbend by deflecting a fire disk shot by Azula and knocking her off the cart she used to pursue them in. He could also draw rocks towards him by using only the muscles on his face. In his duel against Aang he was shown bending earth with his feet, making earth fissures, and creating quicksand.
On the Day of Black Sun, Bumi single handedly liberates all of Omashu, taking advantage of the Fire Nation soldier's loss of Firebending. He uses his Earthbending to destroy the metal bridge connecting to Omashu and vandalizes the statue of Ozai with a happy face and topples it. He is also seen shooting multiple Fire Nation forts out of the city at the same time. During the Liberation of Ba Sing Se, Bumi, along with the other members of the Order of the White Lotus, liberate the city of Ba Sing Se. Bumi bravely takes on at least a dozen tanks with comet enhanced benders inside of them and defeats them all, stacking them in a pillar of wreckage.
Bumi, along with, appears in the crossover series, .
- The name "Bumi" means "Earth" in the Malaysian and Indonesian language, which is in turn derived from the Hindi or Sanskrit "Bhumi", meaning "Earth". However, since the word bumi with that exact meaning does not exist in Chinese, the negotiation letter in Return to Omashu had his name transliterated as 布米 (bù mǐ) which translate as 'to spread rice.'
- Bumi appears to have, to some degree, a knowledge of Airbenders, as when he and Aang fight in "The King of Omashu" he states that Aang's strategy of "avoid and evade" is a typical Airbender fighting style. Given he was an old friend of Aang's, this is plausible.
- Bumi is one of the few characters shown to have underarm hair.
- Bumi is one of the few people who live throughout the entire war, since he knew Aang before he was in the iceberg. He is the second oldest living man in their world for being 112 years old, after Guru Pathik, who's 150 years old.
- Bumi is tied with Aang as the third oldest character in the series. Second is Guru Pathik, at age 150, and the first is Avatar Kyoshi, who lived to be 230 years old.
- Although Bumi tells Aang that he'll see him when the time is right during "Return to Omashu", Aang never meets Bumi again during the series. They most likely met again off-screen after the war.
- In his first appearance when Aang is preparing to leave, Bumi says that they will be needing Momo. Later in "Sozin's Comet part 2: Old Masters" he says that they are missing someone important and then asks where Momo is.
- He and Pathik are the only people mentioned in the series to have witnessed the two arrivals of the comet, one at the start of the war, one at the end of the season.
- Although he claims to be the "greatest Earthbender Aang will ever see" Toph Beifong displays two skills which Bumi doesn't seem to possess. One is her Seismic Sense, which not only allows her to see despite her blindness, but also gives her a deeper connection with the Earth that most Earthbenders have. The other and most prominent one, is her Metalbending, something which Bumi never displays any knowledge of.
|Preceded by||Ruler of Omashu|
Unknown - 100 AG
| Succeeded by|
New Ozai Governor
Past, Present, and Future Characters
|Bumi • Kanna • Pathik • Oma • Shu|
|Iroh • Ursa|
|Aang • Azula • Katara • Pathik • Sokka • Toph • Zuko|
|Fire Nation - Afiko|
|Gyatso • Lu Ten • Pakku • Pasang • Roku • Tashi • Yugoda|
|Chao • Dao • Diju • Hakuri • Hebi • Huowoun • Kotoka • Kuwabara • Lyaka • Makato • Mikaere • Mori • Morioka • Ping • Qiang • Qui Tu • Shaocia • Sying • Tamaki • Usami • Wada|
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