Earthbending emblem Earth Kingdom emblem
By King Bumis Heir Part of the Avatar: The Legacy of Rong Yan continuity.
Zhang, the Tax Collector
Biographical information

Earth Kingdom



Physical description


Hair color

Black with some Graying

Skin color


Skin type

Scar on right temple

Eye color

Light Brown

Personal information
Weapon of choice


Fighting style(s)



Earth Kingdom, his henchmen


Avatar Rong Yan, Aloi, Unaraq, Tanaraq, Qizi, Huanle, Beiyin, Chouqi, Beiyin's father, Qizi's deceased husband

Chronological and political information

Soldier (Formerly), Tax Collector (Formerly)


Soldier (Formerly), Leader of his squad (Formerly)


Earth Kingdom

First appearance

Book 2: Water Chapter 13: Kidnapped

Last appearance

Book 2: Water Chapter 14: The Hermit

Zhang is the antagonist of chater 13, he is a tax collector harassing the citizens of Nuo Ju and its outskirts. Zhang, is also a secondary character in the fanon Avatar: The Legacy of Rong Yan.


Zhang, was seen leaving with his men when he had threatened Qizi to burn down her home if she did not pay her monthly taxes. When Qizi, had explained her story and what was going on they knew they had to help her out.

Zhang, was involved with the disappearances of Chouqi's daughter Huanle and Beiyin's father, kidnapping both of them. Beiyin's father was first kidnapped when Beiyin refused to pay the soldiers taxes, and Huanle was kidnapped to set an example to the citizens of Nuo Ju if they did not pay their taxes.

Zhang, was later encountered by Rong Yan, Beiyin and friends when they had devised a plan to attack Zhang and his men, and rescue the kidnap victims. Zhang's name was written in the letter that was sent to Beiyin's friend. Later, in the next three chapters the letter arrives to Beiyin's friend while he was in the palace. Reading it to himself and to Earth King Qiang Zhen, the Earth King, had ordered him to travel to Nuo Ju with a few men and escort the prisoners back here to the palace where Qiang Zhen will discuss their punishment.

Zhang, and his men were later escorted to the Ba Sing Se palace, where Qiang Zhen relieved them of their duties, and threw them in prison for five years.


Zhang, was born an earthbender, being a soldier within the army he was trained in advanced movesets of the bending art and mastered the element. Zhang, is a formidable opponent and it took the entire gang to take him down.

Hand to Hand Combat

If rendered useless of his bending abilities Zhang is also a master in hand-to-hand combat. Although, it was not shown that Zhang used melee to defend himself against the Avatar and his friends.



  • Zhang's character was based on the villain from the second level after the tutorial level in the Avatar: The Last Airbender video game for the PS2. The tax collector was harassing the widow and the village in taking their taxes.

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