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By AdamantiumBladez Part of the Avatar: Beyond the Void continuity.
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Juji's fine. He comes back to life in the end when the doomsday device shifts the polarity of the Earth. Oops. Spoiler. Sorry.

Warning! This page contains spoilers for Avatar: Beyond the Void.

The List of Avatars refers to the complete list of people who have been named as the Avatar, a powerful being who is able to control the four elements of the world. The Avatar is unique due to a reincarnation that allows the Avatar to never truly die, but to also be reborn as another person in the next corresponding group of benders.

History

The Avatar Cycle was created by the fusion of the human Wan and the primordial spirit Raava during the Harmonic Convergence that occurred on the final day of the Last Era of Raava, while in the midst of the battle between Wan and the dark primordial spirit Vaatu. With the mergence of the souls and bending abilities of Wan and Raava, the Avatar was created.

With the defeat of Vaatu and locking him within the Tree of Time, The Avatar has existed for more than 10,000 years, reincarnating accordingly with another who has the next of the four bending ability originally leant by Wan (Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and so forth). The gender ratio of reincarnation is also in a cycle going: Boy, Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy, Boy, Girl, etc.

In 100 AG, a fifth element was added to the cycle: Energy. Avatar Aang was given the ability by a Lion turtle in order to combat Firelord Ozai without having to kill the firebender after defeating him, but to instead be able to take his bending away to thus end his plans of extermination.

In 102 AG, a sixth element was also gained during Avatar Aang's time. Aang acquired Void when he attempted to use energybending to restore the bending of Ithar, whom had become a victim of bloodbending. But during the process, the energy backfired and instead stole Ithar's bending and transferred it into Aang, giving him the ability to bend void.

During the next Harmonic Convergence after the creation of the Avatar, the cycle was temporarily broken when Vaatu, having merged with Chief Unalaq of the Northern Water Tribe and the uncle to the current Avatar Korra, merged to form the Dark Avatar and separated Korra and Raava, before managing to completely destroy Raava and sever the Avatar from her past lives. Though after a lengthily battle and reemergence, the Dark Avatar was destroyed and the Avatar Cycle has been reconnected.

So far there have been 21 cycles spanning over 10,000 years. The current Avatar (as of 174 AG) is the 83rd Avatar, Korra of the Southern Water Tribe, the successor to the 82nd Avatar, Aang of the Southern Air Temple.

Avatar Cycle

Reincarnation is one of the most unique abilities of the Avatar Cycle; when one Avatar dies, the spirit is reincarnated into a being of the next nation in the cycle. But the chosen birth places are not as random as many would believe to think;

The pattern of reincarnation is far from random, with the Avatar Spirit deliberately reincarnating in specific geographical locations from the previous Avatar of the same elemental stage. When the nation began to settle into the landmasses following centuries of conflict for dominance, then the Avatar Cycle started taking an organized reincarnation pattern between the states of each elemental nations:

  • Air Nomads Avatars are born in a clockwise cycle, so an Avatar who is born in the Eastern Air Temple (Yangchen) will be born at the Southern Air Temple next (Aang).
  • Water Tribe Avatars are born at opposing poles, so an Avatar born in the Northern Water Tribe (Kuruk) will be born at the Southern Water Tribe next (Korra).
  • Earth Kingdom Avatars are born in a counter clockwise cycle, so an Avatar born in the Western Region, like Omashu (Uru) will be born in the South Western Region, like Kyoshi Island (Kyoshi).
  • Fire Nation Avatars are born from left to right with each Avatar born on a separate island in the archipelago, so an Avatar born on Ember Island (Tzenno) will be born on Capital City Island (Roku).

With the creation of the United Republic of Nations, and the gathering of benders of all nations, certain rules have now been put in place as the migrations have been affected;

  • Air Temple Island is now considered a new temple and places itself between the Western Air Temple and the Northern Air Temple.
  • The URN is considered part of the Northern Hemisphere and also counts as Northern Water Tribe, likewise the rule considers the Foggy Swamp Tribe, in the Southern Hemisphere, as part of the Southern Water Tribe.
  • The URN is considered part of the North Western Region of the Earth Kingdom.
  • The URN is considered the far eastern point of the Fire Nation, so Avatar's born on Capital City Island will be born on the Southern Continent holdings as the Western Continent Holdings stretches further West.

Existence

  • The Last Era of Raava (19,829 - 9,829 BG), spanning a single day as the Avatar
  • The Era of Wan (9,829 BG - 171 AG)
  • The Era of Korra (171 AG - present)

List of Avatars

key: Isl. = Island, Penin. = Peninsula, EK = Earth Kingdom, FN = Fire Nation, URN = United Republic of Nations

Cycles Native Element
Fire Air Water Earth
1st Wan, 160*
(9829 - 9689 BG)
Gendun, 180
(9689 - 9509 BG)
Nimue, 205
(9509 - 9304 BG)
Argur, 172
(9304 - 9132 BG)
2nd Varah, 127
(9132 - 9005 BG)
Palden, 136
(9005 - 8869 BG)
Matsya, 154
(8869 - 8715 BG)
Nuwa, 179
(8715 - 8536 BG)
3rd Narashi, 141
(8536 - 8395 BG)
Gautama, 184
(8395 - 8211 BG)
Kansuk, 145
(8211 - 8066 BG)
Chanqin, 167
(8066 - 7899 BG)
4th Ilyesi, 93
(7899 - 7806 BG)
Sonam, 153
(7806 - 7653 BG)
Ahita, 182
(7653 - 7471BG)
Burah, 164
(7471 - 7307 BG)
5th Jowang, 158
(7307 - 7149 BG)
Dharma, 170
(7149 - 6979 BG)
Osh Yam, 175
(6979 - 6804 BG)
Lur, 76
(6804 - 6728 BG)
6th Huracan, 98
(6728 - 6630 BG)
Yontem, 27
(6630 - 6603 BG)
Kaline, 65
(6603 - 6538 BG)
Tellur, 41
(6538 - 6497 BG)
7th Chantiko, 50
(6497 - 6447 BG)
Tenzin, 19
(6447 - 6428 BG)
Alignak, 54
(6428 - 6374 BG)
Orjan, 84
(6374 - 6290 BG)
8th Izum, 57
(6290 - 6233 BG)
Miaoyu, 71
(6233 - 6162 BG)
Ikutur, 22
(6162 - 6140 BG)
Kaliu, 69
(6140 - 6071 BG)
9th Oya, 71
(6071 - 6000 BG)
Nanak, 136
(6000 - 5864 BG)
Sedna, 109
(5864 - 5755 BG)
Atam, 43
(5755 - 5712 BG)
10th Nakal, 85
(5712 - 5627 BG)
Daiyu, 39
(5627 - 5588 BG)
Nootakok, 73
(5588 - 5515 BG)
Tudipo, 89
(5515 - 5526 BG)
11th Perun, 125
(5426 - 5301 BG)
Bohdi, 55
(5301 - 5246 BG)
Kurma, 65
(5246 - 5181 BG)
Zhengshen, 145
(5181 - 5036 BG)
12th Sauti, 169
(5036 - 4867 BG)
Zen, 16
(4867 - 4851 BG)
Amanik, 35
(4851 - 4716 BG)
Ekalu, 129
(4716 - 4687 BG)
13th Ensandi, 132
(4687 - 4555 BG)
Qingwen, 198
(4555 - 4357 BG)
Kanalo, 76
(4357 - 4281 BG)
Aisar, 143
(4281 - 4138 BG)
14th Oganj, 156
(4138 - 3982 BG)
Dzongkha, 97
(3982 - 3885 BG)
Cermei, 185
(3885 - 3700 BG)
Ferrun, 154
(3700 - 3546 BG)
15th Adran, 181
(3546 - 3365 BG)
Utsang, 162
(3365 - 3203 BG)
Idliraq, 133
(3203 - 3070 BG)
Meia, 206
(3070 - 2864 BG)
16th Pozar, 185
(2864 - 2679 BG)
Shu Jing Isl., FN
Sherpa, 126
(2679 - 2553 BG)
Eastern Air Temple
Indik, 184
(2553 - 2369 BG)
Northern Water Tribe
Alumen, 163
(2369 - 2206 BG)
Beikou, EK
17th Tokara, 192
(2206 - 2014 BG)
Tupo Lei Isl., FN
Rinpoche, 113
(2014 - 1901 BG)
Southern Air Temple
Dakuwaq, 151
(1901 - 1750 BG)
Southern Water Tribe
Beluri, 147
(1750 - 1603 BG)
Yi, EK
18th Altar, 96
(1603 - 1509 BG)
Shan Hao Isl., FN
Tenpai, 172
(1509 - 1337 BG)
Western Air Temple
Sulama, 122
(1337 - 1215 BG)
Northern Water Tribe
Vaman, 149
(1215 - 1066 BG)
Taku, EK
19th Lua, 150
(1066 - 916 BG)
Huo Penquan Isl., FN
Jamphel, 94
(916 - 822 BG)
Northern Air Temple
Imiq, 64
(822 - 758 BG)
Southern Water Tribe
Uru, 146
(758 - 612 BG)
Omashu, EK
20th Tzenno, 122
(612 - 500 BG)
Ember Island, FN
Yangchen, 155
(500 - 345 BG)
Eastern Air Temple**
Kuruk, 34
(345 - 312 BG)
Northern Water Tribe
Kyoshi, 230
(312 - 82 BG)
Wushi Penin.***, EK
21st Roku, 80
(82 - 12 BG)
Capital City Isl., FN
Aang, 166
(12 BG - 153 AG)
Southern Air Temple
Korra, 21
(153 AG - present)
Southern Water Tribe

-*Wan was born in 9849 BG, becoming the Avatar at the age of twenty.

-**Despite most contemporary sources, Avatar Yangchen was born in the Eastern Air Temple, and was later raised more predominantly at the Western Air Temple, which led to the assumption she was born there.

-***Wushi Peninsula was later renamed Kyoshi Island after Avatar Kyoshi broke it from the landmass to prevent its invasion by Chin the Conqueror.

Name Origins and Meanings

  • Wan (preexistent) - Chinese: "10,000"
  • Gendun - After the first and second Tibetan Dalai Lama
  • Nimue - One of the names of the "Lady of the Lake" from the Arthurian legends
  • Argur - Greek "Arguros": Silver
  • Varah - After "Varaha", the third Avatar of Vishnu
  • Palden - After the seventh Panchen Lama
  • Matsya - After "Matsya", the first Avatar of Vishnu
  • Nuwa - After the Chinese Goddess who built the walls of heaven
  • Narashi - After "Narashimha", the fourth Avatar of Vishnu
  • Guatama - After "Siddhartha Guatama", the first Buddha, and sometimes the ninth Avatar of Vishnu
  • Kansuk - (origin lost)
  • Chanqin - After the district of "Changqing" surrounding Mount Liantai
  • Ilyesi - Mongolian/Turkish "Alev Iyesi": Blazing spirit
  • Sonam - After "Sonam Gyatso", the third Dalai Lama
  • Ahita - From "Anahita", the Persian/Zoroastrian divinity of the waters
  • Burah - (origin lost)
  • Jowang - From "Jowangsin", the Korean goddess of fire
  • Dharma - The traditions that follow law and peace as a way of living, but has no single translation
  • Osh Yam - From "Oshum", the Yoruba deity of rivers, also from "Ocean"
  • Lur - An ethnic group who live in the wastelands of south west Iran
  • Huracan - The Mayan god of fire and storms
  • Yontem - After "Yonten Gyatso", the fourth Dalai Lama
  • Kaline - Greek: Pure
  • Tellur - Latin "Tellus": earth
  • Chantiko - From "Xantico", the Aztec goddess of the firebox
  • Tenzin - Named after Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama
  • Alignak - An Inuit lunar deity of the tides
  • Orjan - Old Sweedish/Low German form of George; Farmer, to farm
  • Izum - From "Ishum", a Persian God of Fire
  • Miaoyu - Named after a Buddhist nun from "Dream of the Red Chamber"
  • Ikutur - From "Iku-Turso", a Finnish sea-monster
  • Kaliu - Named after "Kali" whose name means "dark"
  • Oya - The Yoruba undergoddess of the Niger River
  • Nanak - After Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism
  • Sedna - The Inuit goddess of the sea
  • Atam - Hebrew "Adam": earth
  • Nakal - (origin lost)
  • Daiyu - Named after the female protagonist from "Dream of the Red Chamber"
  • Nootakok - Believed to be based on Noatok and Nanook
  • Tudipo - Another name for Tu Di Gong, the Chinese earth god
  • Perun - The Salvic god of Thunder and Lightning
  • Bohdi - The Buddhist state of knowing
  • Kurma - After the second Avatar of Vishnu
  • Zhengshen - from "Fude Zhengshen", Another name for Tu Di Gong, the Chinese god of earth
  • Sauit - named after the narrator of the Mahābhārata epic, a story about a Sauti and Sage Saunaka
  • Zen - a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation
  • Amanik - From "Amanikable", the Philippine ill- tempered god of the sea
  • Ekalu - (origin lost)
  • Ensandi - Creole: Fire
  • Qingwen - named after a character from "Dream of the Red Chamber"
  • Kanalo - after "Kanaloa", the Hawaiian god of the ocean
  • Aisar - Persian: Devoted, Dedicated
  • Oganj - Serbo-Croatian: Fire
  • Dzongkha - the national language of Bhutan, based on Sino-Tibetan languages
  • Cermei - a commune at the basin of the Sartis River
  • Ferrun - Latin "Ferrum": Iron
  • Adran - from "Adranus" a Sicilian fire god
  • Utsang - from "U-tsang", a province of Tibet
  • Idliraq - from "Idliragijenget", the Inuit god of the sea
  • Meia - German: Strength
  • Pozard - Serbian : Wildfire
  • Sherpa - an ethnic group from Nepal who live in the highest regions
  • Indik - Maltese "Indika": Indicare, a practice of indicating injuries and healing them.
  • Alumen - From the American pronunciation of "Aluminium" (AH-loo-MEH-num)
  • Tokara - After the volcanic Tokara Islands
  • Rinpoche - After an alternate name for Padmasambhava, the second Buddha
  • Dakuwaq - Fijian; "Dakuwaqa", the shark god
  • Beluri - (origin lost)
  • Altar - After "El Altar", an extinct volcano in Ecuador
  • Tenpai - After the eighth Panchen Lama
  • Sulama - Turkish: Irrigation
  • Vaman - After "Vamana", the fifth Avatar of Vishnu
  • Lua - Vietmanese: Fire
  • Jamphel - After the eighth Dalai Lama
  • Imiq - Inuktitut: Water
  • Uru - Latin "Aurum": Gold
  • Tzenno - Japanese "Tenno": Emperor
  • Yangchen (preexistent) - Buddhist: The Sacred One
  • Kuruk (preexistent) - Native American: Bear
  • Kyoshi (preexistent) - Japanese: Empty child (after Takahama Kiyoshi)
  • Roku (preexistent) - Japanese: Emolument
  • Aang (preexistent) - Chinese: Peaceful soaring
  • Korra (preexistent) - Greek and Celtic "Cora": Maiden (after a dog)

Masters

Ever since the Avatar has come into existence, the mastery of the elements was always of top concern when the Avatar was told of their identity at the age of sixteen (the same age Avatar Wan was when he set on his quest to master Air, Water and Earth).

Over the millennias, several individuals have taken on the role as the Avatar's masters, a position considered a high honour for anyone to be training the Avatar him/herself. The role of spiritual mentor is also important as they help the new Avatar fulfill their role as the bridge between the physical and spirit worlds.

key: bold - alive / italic - unnamed and/or never seen / () - length of time served as the Avatar's master

Firebending (火)

  • White dragon (pre 9829 BG)
  • Several unnamed firebending masters (c. 9689 - 12 BG)
  • Jeong Jeong (99 AG)
  • Firelord Zuko (100 - 153 AG)
  • Korra's unnamed firebending master (c. 157 AG - present)

Airbending (气)

  • Several unnamed airbending masters (pre 9829 - 82 BG)
  • Roku's unnamed airbending master (66 - 12 BG)
  • Monk Gyatso (12 BG - 0 AG, his death)
  • Tenzin (170 AG - present)

Waterbending (水)

  • Several unnamed waterbending masters (pre 9829 - 82 BG)
  • Roku's unnamed waterbending master (c. 66 - 12 BG)
  • Pakku (99 AG)
  • Katara (100 AG - present)

Earthbending (土)

  • Several unnamed earthbending masters (pre 9829 - 82 BG)
  • Sud (c. 66 - 12 BG)
  • Toph Beifong (100 - 153 AG)
  • Korra's unnamed earthbending master (c. 157 AG - present)

Metalbending (金)

Spiritual Mentors (神靈)

Trivia

  • So far in real continuity, only seven Avatars have been named; Wan, Yangchen, Kuruk, Kyoshi, Roku, Aang, and Korra.
    • Though the unnamed Fire Avatar (Tzenno) has been shown prominent in the series
  • The original table had the dates in BSC and ASC, reflecting on the previous use of label years.(Before/After Sozin's Comet), until this was changed in 27th January 2014 to BG and AG (Before/After Genocide).

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