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This page is comprised of Hakoda's relationships with other characters in the series.
"How could you leave us, Dad? I mean, I know we had Gran-Gran and she loved us, but we were just so lost without you..." — Katara to Hakoda about Kanna in "The Awakening".
It is known that Kanna was left with the responsibility of raising her granddaughter and grandson after her son left with his fellow warriors to fight in the War. Kanna never met with, spoke with, or was mentioned by her son and was only ever mentioned once in Hakoda's presence when Katara acknowledged that she and her brother had their grandmother who loved them, but were just so lost without their beloved father. After Kanna and Pakku married, Pakku became Hakoda's stepfather.
"I love you more than anything. You and your brother are my entire world. I thought about you every day I was gone, and every night when I went to sleep, I would lie awake missing you so much it would ache." — Hakoda to Katara in "The Awakening".
Hakoda is Katara and Sokka's father. As shown in "The Awakening", Katara felt very hurt and betrayed when he had to leave to fight in the war. They seem to have made up at the end of the same episode, as Hakoda explained to Katara that the separation also took a heavy emotional toll on him.
Hakoda helps his children in their war efforts several times after their reunion. When Hakoda led the invasion against the Fire Nation, he was injured in battle and Katara healed him throughout the entire battle. She becomes desperate to keep the family together when the Fire Nation separates them on numerous occasions. When the war finally ends with the defeat of the Fire Lord, Hakoda and Katara are overjoyed to be together again.
In her adulthood, Katara married Avatar Aang whose daughter Kya (named for her maternal grandmother) and sons Bumi (named for Aang's childhood friend, now King of Omashu) and Tenzin to whom she gave birth, rendering Hakoda as Aang's father-in-law and as paternal grandfather of Aang and Katara's three children.
"You can do this. I'm proud of you, son." — Hakoda to Sokka in "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion".
Sokka idolizes his father, Hakoda, hoping to become a great warrior and fight the Fire Nation just as valiantly. Deeply saddened by his father's departure, Sokka eagerly awaits the day he can meet him again. He once seriously considered leaving Aang behind in order to meet him at a military rendezvous point, briefly acting on this desire during an argument with him. Sokka's primary weapon (and most prized possession) is his metal boomerang, given to him by his father before going off to war. In "Bato of the Water Tribe", it was mentioned that Hakoda was heading to Ba Sing Se. Sokka reunites with his father in "The Guru", where Hakoda recognizes his son as a man. Sadly, this reunion is cut short, as Aang comes with news about Katara's capture in Ba Sing Se.
In "The Boiling Rock, Part 1" Sokka even risked imprisonment in the Fire Nation's highest security prison in hopes of rescuing his father.
It has been shown throughout the series that Sokka strives to be like his father, and shares many personality traits with Hakoda, such as planning, leadership, bravery, inventive ingenuity, and sense of humor. Bato remarked upon this, saying, "You're definitely your father's son", after only Sokka laughed at Hakoda's attempt at wit in naming his bomb the 'stink and sink'.
Love interest Edit
"Go find your dad, sweetie. I'll handle this." — Kya to Katara about Hakoda during a flashback in "The Southern Raiders".
Having personalities that did not differ much, Hakoda and Kya led a blissful life of marital eternity. Together, they had two children, Sokka and Katara, by an age gap of one year. Their different personalities shaped the lives of their children, each of them passed down an heirloom by a different parent. Their marriage sadly came to an end the day the Southern Raiders attacked their village. According to the Raiders' commander Yon Rha, he had a source telling him there was one waterbender left in the Southern Water Tribe and the Southern Raiders would not be leaving until the said waterbender was found. He cornered Kya in her house and demanded the identity of the waterbender. The frightened young Katara arrived in on the scene and upon seeing her mother at the mercy of a fearsome Fire Nation soldier, cried soundlessly in her fear. Kya pleaded with Yon Rha to leave Katara alone in exchange for the information Yon Rha wanted, telling Katara to go and find Hakoda.
Katara wasted no time and ran as fast as she could to find her father. As soon as he heard his beloved wife was in danger, Hakoda rushed toward their house, but he was too late, for Yon Rha was gone and Kya was dead. The death of his loved Kya eventually urged Hakoda to leave behind their children with no parent to love the same way as he and Kya did and to go with the other Southern Water Tribe men to fight in the War against the Fire Nation. He intended to avenge her demise so that no other families would ever be torn apart.
Although it is clear that Hakoda and Kya had deeply loved each other, Hakoda never mentioned her during the series until the final episode when the War had at long last ended and he was reunited with their son and daughter. Here, Hakoda said that he was the proudest father in the world and that Kya would have been proud as well.
"You're our only chance in a long run. You and Sokka need to go with Aang somewhere safe. It's the only way to keep hope alive." — Hakoda to Katara in "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse".
Avatar Aang was best friends with Sokka and Katara. Hakoda and Aang first formally met when a heavily wounded Aang awoke on their decoy ship after weeks of unconsciousness. Aang was pleased to officially meet the Southern Water Tribe Chief and Hakoda himself was honored to meet Aang. Alone among the parents of Aang's five companions, Hakoda is the only one to have ever been his ally, as his wife was dead, Toph's parents did not approve of Aang, Zuko's father was Aang's archenemy and his mother was missing during the story, and Suki's parents never appeared during the story.
Hakoda and Aang did not have direct contact after first meeting each other, but when a miserable Katara confronted him about Aang running off, Hakoda defended Aang by saying that running off may have been Aang's way of being brave. Katara said that he was not being brave but selfish and stupid because his friends could be helping him. She acknowledged that the world needed Aang, but emphasized that his friends needed him, too. Hakoda rightly realized that Katara was talking about him as well.
Hakoda and Aang fought together at the Invasion of the Fire Nation, and both survived the Hundred Year War. In his adulthood, Aang married Katara who gave birth to Aang's daughter Kya, and sons Bumi and Tenzin, rendering Hakoda as Aang's father-in-law and as paternal grandfather of Aang and Katara's three children.
"Yes, with the Avatar, we could still win - on another day. You kids have to leave. You have to escape on Appa together." — Hakoda to Sokka in "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse".
Appa was the first member of Team Avatar that Hakoda ever laid eyes on, besides his two children. Hakoda sighted Appa when the lone bison was flying in the air in search of Aang. Not knowing the identity of Appa, Hakoda merely gazed in awe at the sight of the giant flying bison.
Hakoda saw Appa again when Appa transported Aang and Sokka to Chameleon Bay. After Katara angrily told him to leave her and Aang in privacy, Hakoda did so and afterwards stroked Appa casually.
"I'm sure your father will understand and be proud his children are helping the Avatar." — Bato to Sokka and Katara in "Bato of the Water Tribe".
Bato was a good friend of Hakoda. As boys, the two friends were real practical jokers and legendary pranksters in their village. Hakoda and Bato lassoed an arctic hippo, at Hakoda's suggestion as Bato was just dragged along. Hakoda and Bato had so many hilarious adventures, which Bato claimed were not all hilarious at the time, but that everything was hindsight. The word that either Hakoda or Bato put an octopus on their head and convinced Kanna they were a water spirit was, in truth, that Hakoda wore the octopus while Bato did the spooky voice.
Strongly against their will, Hakoda and Bato left their home together with the other men of the Southern Water Tribe to fight in the War. Their military pursuits led to a battle when the Water Tribe warriors ambushed a group of firebenders. The firebenders fought back, but the warriors drove them down a hill. During the battle, Bato was wounded after which his good friend Hakoda carried him to an abbey. There, the sisters cared for Bato while Hakoda and their comrades made for the eastern Earth Kingdom. Bato was so sad when the Water Tribe warriors had to leave him behind, for they were his family and being apart from them was more painful than his wounds.
The two were seen together for the first time in the series when Sokka reunited with Hakoda, but they had very limited interaction, although Bato noted that Sokka was very much like his father. Bato remarked upon this, saying, "You are definitely your father's son", after Sokka laughed at Hakoda's attempt at wit in naming his bomb the "stink and sink". Bato and his Water Tribe supported his chief as he and his children rallied a ragtag team of the Avatar's friends and allies from around the Earth Kingdom to invade the Fire Lord's city on the Day of Black Sun. When a sorrowful Katara approached Bato, Bato immediately said he was going to leave father and daughter alone.
During the Day of Black Sun, Hakoda was wounded and consequently immobilized from fighting. After the invasion failed, Bato remained behind with the other adults, while Aang and the other children went into hiding in order to keep hope alive. Bato was incarcerated in the Fire Nation Capital prison, while Hakoda to be imprisoned in the Boiling Rock.
After the defeat of Ozai and the end of the War, Bato and Hakoda were reunited and met each other in the Fire Nation Capital for Zuko's coronation.
"The son of the Fire Lord? I don't know him, but I know of him." — Hakoda to Sokka about Zuko in "The Boiling Rock, Part 2".
Hakoda knew of Prince Zuko as Fire Lord Ozai's son, but never met the young Prince in person during Zuko's three years of banishment. However, it was Zuko who helped Sokka locate Hakoda in the hopes of rescuing him.
When Sokka mentioned to his father that Zuko was on the Boiling Rock, Hakoda at first saw it as a major problem. When told that Zuko had changed his ways and reformed from evil, Hakoda was skeptical at first, until Sokka admitted himself to having had the same reaction. He went on to say, though, that Zuko had proven himself trustworthy and that it was only with Zuko's aid that Hakoda had ever been found, winning Hakoda's trust for Zuko.
When carrying out their escape plan, Zuko almost sacrificed himself tyring to save Hakoda and their companions by stopping at the end of the platform while the rest boarded the gondola and pushing down the lever so that the gondola slowly moved off. This left behind Zuko who successfully broke the lever before running towards the departing gondola. Zuko flew over the railings with fireballs being launched at him by the guards below. Sokka caught Zuko who had made sure the Boiling Rock guards could not stop the gondola, at the risk of his own life.
When Azula and her airships attacked the Western Air Temple, Zuko was wholeheartedly prepared to hold off his sister and her men, by means of giving his friends, including Hakoda, enough time to escape. After the end of the War, Hakoda came to the Fire Nation Capital for Zuko's coronation.
"That's a problem. It's my sister and her friend." — Zuko to Hakoda about Azula and Ty Lee in "The Boiling Rock, Part 2 ".
When Hakoda, his son, and their friends tried to escape the Boiling Rock, Princess Azula and her most reluctant crony Ty Lee, who had a soft spot for Sokka and for Zuko, thwarted them. While Ty Lee did not want for the party to be hurt or hindered, Azula did, making her an enemy of Hakoda. When the Warden gave the order for himself to be sacrificed in order for the escapees to be killed, Azula was perfectly content for this happen and smiled sadistically as she and Ty Lee gave way, until the Warden's niece Mai intervened and stopped the prison guards from cutting the lines.
Hakoda and Azula later encountered each other though not face-to-face when Azula led her Airships to attack Team Avatar in their hiding place. Hakoda was forced to separate from his son and daughter for the fourth time, but assured them their family would not be torn apart forever. Hakoda and Azula never met again after this encounter, though after the end of the War at which Azula was defeated at Katara's hands but not killed, Hakoda heard what his daughter did and told her he was the proudest father in the world and that her deceased mother would have been proud of her as well.
The warden Edit
"I know exactly who you are, Hakoda of the Water Tribe. So strong-willed. We'll get rid of that in time." — The warden to Hakoda in "The Boiling Rock, Part 2".
After Hakoda was captured in the Fire Nation Capital along with his fellow adults and arrested for besieging the Fire Lord's city, he alone was shipped to the Boiling Rock because he was the Invasion force's leader. There, Hakoda immediately ran afoul of the Boiling Rock Warden who knew exactly who he was, who was prepared to rid him of his strong will in due time, whom Hakoda refused to look in the eye when talking to until when forced, and whom Hakoda tripped over with his handcuffs.
Not long after, Hakoda was reunited with his son who brought about the means for him and other innocents to escape the Boiling Rock by taking the Warden captive and escaping aboard the gondola. Upon breaking free from his captivity, the Warden, prepared to die rather allow his record to break, ordered the lines along the gondola to be cut, until he was captured again. Thanks to intervention from the Warden's niece Mai, the Warden's orders were not carried out. As soon as Hakoda and his party had reached the other side of the island safe and sound, they left the gondola, but not before Hakoda told the defeated Warden that his record was officially broken.
Yon Rha Edit
"Dad! Dad! Dad, please. I think Mum's in trouble. There's a man in our house." — Katara to Hakoda about Kya and Yon Rha during a flashback in "The Southern Raiders".
Yon Rha was one of Hakoda's most hated enemies because Yon Rha led a Fire Nation raid on Hakoda's village and ruthlessly murdered Hakoda's beloved wife.
Hakoda first met Yon Rha in the second raids to Southern Water Tribe. The warriors were grounded to fight the firebenders off, enabling Yon Rha to find the waterbender. Yon Rha noticed an igloo, getting inside. Inside the main igloo, Yon Rha asked for the identity of the last waterbender, and Kya told him that she is. Katara was afraid and after her mother sent her to find Hakoda, called her father to save Kya, right when Yon Rha killed her.
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- ↑ "The Awakening". Aaron Ehasz (writer) & Giancarlo Volpe (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. September 21, 2007. No. 1, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion". Michael Dante DiMartino (writer) & Giancarlo Volpe (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 30, 2007. No. 10, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse". Aaron Ehasz (writer) & Joaquim Dos Santos (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. November 30, 2007. No. 11, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The Guru". Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (writers) & Giancarlo Volpe (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. December 1, 2006. No. 19, Book Two: Earth
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