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Huu
Huu
Biographical information
Nationality

Foggy Swamp Tribe

Ethnicity

Water Tribe

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

Gray

Personal information
Allies

Tho, Due, Foggy Swamp Tribe, Aang, Katara, Sokka, more ...

Enemies

Fire Nation, attackers of the Foggy Swamp

Weapon of choice

Water, saturated plants

Fighting style(s)

Waterbending (Foggy Swamp style)

Chronological and political information
Position
  • Protector of the Foggy Swamp
  • Waterbending master
Affiliation

Foggy Swamp Tribe

First appearance

"The Swamp"

Last appearance

"Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang"

Voiced by

William H. Bassett

Huu was a waterbending master native to the Foggy Swamp Tribe located southwest of the Earth Kingdom. Huu reached enlightenment while sitting under the great banyan-grove tree in the heart of the swamp. Huu, being the wisest member of the tribe, believed that all living things were connected to one another. Having been so connected to the swamp, Huu made it his duty to behave as the guardian of it, protecting it from those who intend to harm it, while using his exceptional "plantbending" skills to disguise himself as a swamp monster.[2] Despite the apparent lack of political structure in the swamp, other swamp waterbenders appeared to respect him and consider him a leader.[1]

History

Encounter in the Foggy Swamp

When a freak tornado caused Team Avatar to crash into the swamp, the team was separated. Huu, in the form of a plant monster, attacked them, not knowing Aang was the Avatar and wanting to protect the swamp from the machete-wielding Sokka. Aang and Katara immediately came to Sokka's aid, but the two benders had some trouble defeating the "monster". Huu entrapped Sokka in the vines and threatened to engulf him completely, but Katara used her ice breath to freeze the water in the vines ensnaring Sokka and used a powerful stream of water to free him completely. Huu's identity was eventually revealed when Katara sent numerous water slices at the monster in rapid succession, too quick for Huu to gather more vines in order to maintain his disguise. With one final slice, Katara severed the wooden board that served as the monster's face, revealing that the monster was Huu all along.

Upon learning of Aang's identity as the Avatar, Huu invited Aang and his friends to accompany him to the banyan-grove tree, located in the center of the swamp. Once they arrived there, he taught the trio about the connection of all living things in the world, saying that "[they] all [had] the same roots, and [they were] all branches of the same tree." He explained that the swamp "told" people that they were still connected to their loved ones that had died, that "time [was] an illusion, and so [was] death". Due to Huu's lesson, Aang was able to use the connections in the swamp to track down Appa and Momo from whom they got separated after the storm.[1]

Fighting the Fire Nation

Swamp monster grabs a tank

Huu reconstructed the swamp monster as a means of defense for the invasion of the Fire Nation.

Huu was part of the "ragtag team of friends and allies" that was going to assist Team Avatar in the invasion of the Fire Nation. When the battle on Fire Nation shores started, Huu was nowhere to be found, arousing some concern among the other Foggy Swamp Tribe members. He appeared moments later, covered in seaweed, to recreate the "swamp monster". He excused himself of being late, stating that it had taken a long time to collect enough seaweed for his swamp monster disguise.[3] Tho, Due, and Huu helped with the initial land stage of the invasion, but remained behind to protect the waterbending-powered submarines while the invasion force began to scale the volcano.

When the eclipse ended, the Fire Nation deployed their airships to bomb the submarines on the beach. The Foggy Swamp waterbenders destroyed as many bombs as they could in an effort to protect the subs, but could not keep up with the multitude of explosives raining down upon them. Huu was nearly killed when one of the bombs slipped through the seaweed and exploded, but he peeped out of the smoking seaweed moments later, seemingly unharmed. Huu, Tho, and Due survived the attack, but the submarines were completely destroyed in the process, cutting off the invasion force's only way to retreat. They were imprisoned with the rest of the adults of the invasion force.[4]

End of the War

Huu was released at the end of the Hundred Year War and was present at Zuko's coronation as the new Fire Lord at the Coronation Plaza, where he was standing in the front row, right next to The Boulder.[5]

Abilities

Swamp monster

Huu used plantbending to bring the swamp monster out from under the murky waters of the Foggy Swamp.

Huu was a master waterbender who specialized in plantbending: using his waterbending to bend the fluids inside the highly saturated plants of the swamp. He mastered this technique to the point that he seemed to be bending the vine itself. Covering his body with these vines, Huu pretended to be a large swamp monster in order to scare away anyone who wanted to harm the swamp. This technique strongly resembled bloodbending.[1]

During the invasion, due to a lack of vines near the Fire Nation Capital, Huu instead covered himself in seaweed. His "plant suit" was strong enough to easily throw and smash tundra tanks. It also proved a good defense against fire attacks,[3] but could not withstand an explosion from the inside.[4]

Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Two: Earth (土)

Book Three: Fire (火)

Trivia

  • The manner of how Huu gained enlightenment by sitting under the great banyan-grove tree is similar to Siddhartha Gautama and how he sat under a Bodhi tree to achieve enlightenment. His belief that all beings are one is similar to the Buddhist doctrine of non-duality, and his corresponding guardianship of the natural world are consistent with Taoist teachings.
  • The philosophy Huu espoused, the notion that all things are connected and the entire planet is a single organism, is the Avatar World version of the real-world Gaia Hypothesis.
  • Huu was the first known waterbender to practice plantbending.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (April 14, 2006). "The Swamp". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  2. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (November 30, 2007). "The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (November 30, 2007). "The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.

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