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"No, no, no! The best way to win a boy's heart is to brew a love potion out of rainbows and sunsets that makes true lovers sprout wings and fly to a magical castle in the sky, where they get married and eat clouds with spoons, and use stars as ice cubes in their moonlight punch, forever and ever and ever!"
— Ikki telling Korra what to do about her romantic feelings for Mako.[1]

Ikki
Ikki
Biographical information
Nationality

Republic City, United Republic

Ethnicity

Air Nomad; Water Tribe

Age
Born

163 AG

Physical description
Gender

Female

Hair color

Brown

Personal information
Allies

Tenzin, Pema, Jinora, Meelo, Rohan, Korra, Asami Sato, Mako, Bolin, Katara, Lin Beifong, Bumi, Kya, Order of the White Lotus, Air Acolytes

Enemies

Amon, Equalists, Lieutenant

Weapon of choice

Air

Fighting style(s)

Airbending

Chronological and political information
Position

Airbender-in-training

  • Teacher
Affiliation
First appearance

"Welcome to Republic City"

Voiced by

Darcy Rose Byrnes

Ikki is the second child and youngest daughter of Tenzin and Pema, and the granddaughter of Avatar Aang and Katara. She has three siblings: an older sister named Jinora and two younger brothers named Meelo and Rohan. The entire family resides on Air Temple Island, near Republic City. Ikki is fun-loving, energetic, and extremely talkative.[3]

History

Early life

Ikki was born in 163 AG on Air Temple Island to Tenzin and Pema. She grew up as one of only four airbenders in the world, the others being her father, her sister, and her younger brother, Meelo.[2]

170 AG

Korra's training

Tenzin and family

Ikki and her family arriving at the Southern Water Tribe, after she pestered her father relentlessly by asking if they were there yet.

In the fall of 170 AG, Ikki and her family traveled on Oogi to the Southern Water Tribe compound to meet Korra, who was due to start her airbending training with Tenzin; during the journey, Ikki relentlessly asked her father if they had arrived. Once they arrived at the compound and stepped off their bison, Ikki jumped in between her grandmother and Jinora, interrupting their conversation regarding Zuko's mother, and began to ask Katara many questions quickly and excitedly, much to Jinora's annoyance. Ikki and her family soon left the South Pole, as Tenzin had only come to inform Korra of his duties in Republic City which made it impossible for him and his family to stay at the compound. Ikki and her family subsequently returned to Air Temple Island.

Later, Avatar Korra escaped from her tribe and traveled to Republic City. Once there, she was able to convince Tenzin to allow her to stay on his island so she could learn airbending. Following this decision, Ikki and her siblings were excited and hugged Korra, celebrating her stay.[4]

Ikki tried to offer a frustrated Korra advice during her airbending training, but this did not help, as Korra's failures continued to mount. After Korra snapped at Tenzin and called him a "terrible teacher", she and Jinora comforted their father by hugging him as Meelo mimicked Korra by destroying more of the airbending gates.[5]

Jinora and Ikki airbending

Ikki and Jinora aiding Korra with her airbending training.

Sometime later, while Ikki and Jinora helped Korra out with her airbending training, the siblings asked her how much the approaching Mako drove her crazy, which prompted the Avatar to launch them into the air using earthbending, though the siblings landed softly using airbending, giggling behind Korra.[6]

When Tarrlok interrupted Korra, Tenzin, and his family's dinner on Air Temple Island, Ikki asked Tarrlok why he had three ponytails and why he smelled like a lady. She subsequently declared him "weird" and, after being called "precocious" by Tarrlok, glared at him with an expression similar to the one Pema had previously given Tenzin. When Tarrlok eventually left, Ikki waved and cheerfully said, "Bye bye, ponytail man!", much to his annoyance.

Later, Ikki and her brother Meelo pretended to drive a fancy new Satomobile, which Tarrlok had sent to Korra as a gift to persuade her to join his anti-Equalist task force. Ikki loudly made horn noises and told Tenzin to get out of the way, as they were "driving". Soon after, when Tarrlok's messenger brought Korra an invitation to a gala at City Hall, Ikki was playing Pai Sho with Jinora nearby. Ikki later attended the gala with her family and Korra that night.[7]

Ikki's love advice

Ikki advising Korra on brewing a love potion to win Mako's heart.

While Korra, Ikki, and Jinora were out feeding the winged lemurs, the sisters asked the Avatar about her "magical romance" with Mako, as they had seen her out more often. Korra initially denied the existence of this romance but soon afterward asked them for advice on how to approach the firebender if she were hypothetically interested in him. Jinora told Korra of a historical saga she had read that involved jumping into a volcano. Ikki, however, quickly rejected her sister's idea and told Korra to brew a love potion of rainbows and sunsets, to which Korra replied, "The volcano is starting to make more sense to me now". Pema, who had overheard the conversation, offered the Avatar her own advice, which the girls considered the best alternative.[1]

Ikki's grand tour

Ikki giving Mako, Asami, and Bolin the grand tour of Air Temple Island.

Afterward, when Mako, Bolin, and Asami Sato moved into the Air Temple, she greeted them excitedly and declared Pabu cute. She subsequently gave them the "Grand Tour". When Bolin asked her questions about the island, she answered very rapidly without hesitating, causing the trio to blink in astonishment. Later, while showing Asami to her new room, Ikki, unaware of the present circumstances, told her about Korra's crush on Mako, much to Korra's horror. After reaching Asami's room, Korra slammed the door shut on Ikki, which in turn caused Ikki to become quite furious herself.[8]

The morning after finding Korra, who had been captured by Tarrlok, Tenzin found Ikki, Jinora, and Meelo lying in bed with Pema. When they woke up, Ikki automatically jumped into her father's arms, telling him that she was scared and afraid Korra was not going to come back. Tenzin apologized for her being scared and reassured her that everything was going to be fine.

The Anti-bending Revolution

Later, during the Equalists' attack on Air Temple Island, Ikki and her family were told by Lin Beifong that they needed to stay calm and move indoors. After fighting off some of the Equalists, Lin was knocked out by the Lieutenant's electrified kali sticks. The Equalists were about to capture Lin, but Ikki rode in on an air scooter along with her siblings, and together they were able to save Lin and fight off the rest of the Equalists.

Ikki introducing her family

Ikki introducing herself and her siblings to her newborn brother, Rohan.

When Tenzin arrived at the island, he was frightened by the fact that his children had battled the Equalists. Lin reassured him by telling him that his kids had saved her, and that he had taught them well. Tenzin was told to go be with his wife, who was delivering her baby. After a few minutes, the kids joined their parents and new brother, Rohan. The siblings jumped onto the bed and Ikki introduced Rohan to herself and her siblings. She expressed that they had a great family and that they were happy that he was a part of it. This poignant family moment was shattered when Korra told them that more Equalist airships were coming. Ikki asked her dad, "Everything's not going to be fine, is it Daddy?"

As the Equalists continued to approach, Ikki and her family fled to preserve the airbender race by riding away on their sky bison.[9]

Tenzin and his children captured

Ikki and her family captured by the Equalists.

However, Ikki and the rest of her family were eventually captured by Amon, who intended to rid the world of airbending during the Equalist victory rally. Avatar Korra and Mako swiftly came to the airbenders' aid, and Korra led Ikki and the rest of her family out into the hallways of the Pro-bending Arena. Tenzin led his children to find Pema and Rohan in prison while Korra and Mako defeated Amon.

Once Republic City was safe again, Ikki returned to Air Temple Island with her family. She witnessed her boisterous Uncle Bumi enter the harbor with the rest of the United Forces, much to her excitement and Tenzin's displeasure. In an attempt to have Korra's bending restored by Katara, Ikki and her family accompanied the Avatar to the Southern Water Tribe. When Katara was unable to heal Korra, Ikki stood by her family, who tried to convince Korra that everything would be all right. After Korra's own bending was restored by Aang, Ikki witnessed Korra use energybending to restore Lin Beifong's earthbending.[10]

171 AG

Journey to the air temples

Six months after the events of the Anti-bending Revolution, Ikki was seen on Air Temple Island having an air scooter race with Korra and her siblings. She was in the lead for most of the race until Korra used the Avatar State to pass her in the final stretch. After her uncle declared Korra the winner, Ikki became indignant, claiming that Korra's use of the Avatar State was unfair. Korra simply blew a raspberry at her.

Ikki taking Jinora's gift

Jealous of her gift, Ikki takes Jinora's book despite not liking to read.

Ikki later traveled with her family to the Southern Water Tribe for the Glacier Spirits Festival.[11] After leaving there, she traveled with her family to the Southern Air Temple where she was greeted kindly by the Air Acolytes residing there. However, after seeing Jinora receiving a book as present by one Air Acolyte, she grew quickly jealous. Ikki took the book away from her elder sibling, claiming it to be her gift. Jinora argued that she did not even liked to read, but Ikki just blew a raspberry at her. She later raced around the temple's sanctuary with her brother on an air scooter after her father had left them unattended whilst taking Jinora to the Avatar sanctuary in the temple.[12] Soon after, Ikki was teased by Jinora and Meelo, causing her to run off, which prompted a search led by her father, aunt, and uncle.[13]

Tenzin and Ikki

Realizing the importance of family, Ikki and Tenzin return to the temple where their respective siblings were waiting for them.

Ikki was later found the following morning by her father in a cave with four flying bison calves, with whom she was having breakfast. Her father's teachings in mind, she wanted to say a blessing before eating, which ended in her dissing her siblings. After she finished, she noticed her father, and allowed him to join her at her makeshift table. She explained that the four young bison were her new siblings, an idea that appealed to Tenzin. Ikki was surprised that her father wanted new siblings, as she adored the beautiful and sweet Kya, as well as the funny Bumi, though Tenzin countered that the same could be said about Jinora and Meelo. Ikki played with the bison calves, entertaining them with her airbending, though when the bison's parents returned, seeing the family reunited, she realized that even though being part of a family is not always easy, it was worthwhile as family would always be there for one another. Together with her father, she returned to the temple, where she was hugged by her relieved mother. Jinora and Meelo apologized to her for having teased her, and after having accepted their apology, the siblings ran off to play a game of airball.[14] A few days later, she witnessed in awe as Meelo orchestrated a ring-tailed winged lemur air show.[15]

At the Eastern Air Temple, Ikki listened in boredom to the itinerary her father had come up with for that day; it included visiting a lot of the temple's ancient places, which she dismissed as being "old things". Her attitude changed completely after Korra arrived at the temple, and she excitedly ran over to greet and hug her. However, as the Avatar brought the family up to speed with the current events they had missed due to their vacation, Ikki just stared at her in shock.

Seeing dragonfly bunny spirits

Ikki was excited to see the dragonfly bunny spirits for the first time.

After it became apparent that Korra needed to cross over to the Spirit World, Ikki tried to assist her and her father. When they were meditating on one of the grassy fields of the temple, Ikki used her airbending to operate a horn, while Meelo rang a ceremonial bell. The attempt was unsuccessful and the group moved on to another place to try another. Back at the temple, Ikki was shocked when she overheard her father confess that he had never been to the Spirit World before. When Jinora told her dragonfly bunny spirit friends that it was all right to reveal themselves, Ikki was excited to witness the spirits, though she mistakenly referred to them as just bunnies, and immediately chased after them so they could play together.[16]

Ikki was playing with her elder brother in the gardens of the Eastern Air Temple when Tenzin, Korra, Kya, and Bumi arrived back from their trip. While she was initially pleased to see them return, she became saddened upon learning that her sister's spirit had become trapped in the Spirit World.[17]

Harmonic Convergence

Ikki sees Jinora's spirit

After spotting the arrival of Jinora's spiritual form, Ikki deemed her sister's appearance to be "beautiful".

Before Harmonic Convergence, Ikki returned home with her mother and her two brothers. From the balcony of the island tower, she watched as the Dark Avatar set out to destroy Republic City, and later witnessed the arrival of Korra's astral projection. As Unalaq was about to corrupt the projection of Korra, Ikki spotted the arrival of Jinora's spiritual form through a telescope, deeming her sister's appearance to be "beautiful". She continued to watch as her sister helped Korra free Raava and defeat the Dark Avatar.[18]

Post-Harmonic Convergence

Two weeks after Harmonic Convergence, Ikki was playing together with Meelo and Pabu when Bumi came running. She called for her father when Bumi inquired where he was. She listened with interest to her uncle's story about his airbending feats, though when he failed to prove his skill, she frowned and left him on the porch to follow the rest of her family inside to enjoy dinner. During the meal, however, Ikki looked on in shock when he did airbend.[19]

The next day, Ikki mused that Bumi's airbending abilities might have been dormant all along and that he was just a late bloomer. She later set out with her siblings to find her father musing over the resurfacing of airbending and asked him whether or not the new airbenders were their family. Upon hearing that in a way all airbenders were family, she pointed out that she was not interested in sharing her room with anyone as she was fond of her own personal space.

Meelo and Ikki mad

Ikki and Meelo were mad upon learning that they would stay on Air Temple Island while Jinora traveled to Ba Sing Se with Tenzin and Team Avatar.

When Asami arrived that evening at Air Temple Island in the Future Industries airship the team would be using to travel toward Ba Sing Se, Ikki and Meelo excitedly created air scooters to take a tour of the transport. However, when they learned that they would need to remain at the temple while Jinora would accompany the group to the Earth Kingdom, they became upset and demanded an explanation from their parents. Kya eased their jealousy by pointing out that they were needed on the island to provide guidance for any new airbenders in the city. The prospect of being a teacher pleased Ikki and she dropped the issue. When the team embarked on their journey, Ikki waved them off.[20]

While Ikki and Meelo were helping the new airbenders get acclimated to Air Temple Island, they were approached by an airbender who said his name was Yorru and had heard that the island was where they should go. After the stranger demonstrated his abilities, Ikki excitedly called for Pema and Kya, saying they "got another one". That night, a restless Ikki caught "Yorru" sneaking around Tenzin's study, informing him that only her father could be in there. She questioned him as to what he was reading, and learned that it was a poem written by the legendary Guru Laghima. Kya soon entered the room, telling Ikki that she needed to be in bed. The young girl complied, saying good night to the airbender before leaving.[21]

The next day, Ikki traveled with Meelo, Kya, and Pema to the Northern Air Temple with the airbenders. She assisted in the trainees' obstacle course by feeding watermelons in to a cannon which Meelo shot out with airbending. After the course, a frustrated Tenzin left Ikki and Meelo in charge of teaching the airbenders.

Later, Ikki went with the airbenders, sans her father, when they found out through Bumi that Jinora had been captured. After helping to round up two bison at her uncle's request, they made their way to a bison rustlers' camp. Ikki helped the charge by giving two airbenders a lift on an air scooter, enabling them to attack a rustler. After the group freed Jinora, Kai, and some bison cubs, Ikki rested against one of their bellies.[22]

Personality

Smiling Ikki

Ikki displaying her natural cheerful and carefree spirit.

Ikki is extremely curious with a hyperactive mind that seems to race a mile a minute. She always has many questions for any situation, as everything is fascinating to her and her active imagination. She will not stop until she has answers to all of the mysteries in life. Energy and hyperactivity often accompany her wilder moments of curiosity, which sometimes accidentally lead to a point of bluntness, such as when she brought up Korra's affection for Mako to Asami, or spark irritation with others, such as when Jinora tried to ask Katara about Zuko's mother and Ikki interjected with a barrage of wild questions.[4]

During Mako, Bolin, and Asami's stay at the island, Ikki seemed to keep up well with Bolin's fast-paced and testy questions. She also demonstrated an impressive level of knowledge about Air Temple Island, even being able to cite how many trees there were on the island after only a moment's thought.[8]

Despite her energetic personality, she can also take the time to reflect about her surroundings, concluding to insightful wisdoms about family love.[14]

Abilities

Ikki playing a horn

Ikki's fine control over airbending enables her to melodiously play an instrument.

Though she is still in training, Ikki has already demonstrated proficiency in airbending. She is capable of using an Air Nomad glider,[4] able to generate enough of a breeze to start the training gates,[6] and has even mastered the air scooter.[4] She was able to defeat Equalists single-handedly during the raid on Air Temple Island. She was also capable of landing gently on the ground when catapulted into the air by Korra.[6]

Ikki's control over the air currents is of such a level that she is capable of using her bending to play a horn.[16]

Relatives

Kanna
   
   
Pakku
   
   
   
   
Hakoda
   
   
Kya
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Sokka
   
   
Katara
   
   
   
   
   
   
Aang
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Bumi
   
   
Kya
   
   
Tenzin
   
   
Pema
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Jinora
   
   
Ikki
   
   
Meelo
   
   
Rohan

Appearances

The Legend of Korra

Book One: Air (气)

Book Two: Spirits (神靈)

Book Three: Change (易)

Trivia

  • Ikki is a Japanese male name with a few different meanings, though the most appropriate would be "radiance, shine, sparkle"; the literal meaning of the word is "riot, insurrection". Both translations attribute to Ikki's hyperactive tendencies.
  • Ikki is also short for Tuulikki, a girl's name that means "little wind" in Finnish, a meaning that is in line with her being an airbender.
  • Her attire is the common clothing worn by young airbenders, much like Aang's clothing in Books One and Two.
  • She has mastered the air scooter, a move that was invented by her late grandfather, Aang.[4]
  • Ikki's bangs resemble Pema's.
  • Despite never meeting him, Ikki refers to Aang as "Grandpa Aang".[8]
  • Ikki is one of three characters whose names are palindromes, the others being Appa and Kuruk.
  • Ikki and her sister Jinora are the first and only pair of sisters to be seen or mentioned in The Legend of Korra series, and the second in total after Lo and Li in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Unlike her older sister, Ikki does not like reading books.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (May 5, 2012). "The Spirit of Competition". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Welcome to Republic City. Nickelodeon (April 6, 2012). Retrieved on April 6, 2012.
  3. Throughout The Legend of Korra.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 14, 2012). "Welcome to Republic City". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 14, 2012). "A Leaf in the Wind". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 21, 2012). "The Revelation". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.
  7. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 28, 2012). "The Voice in the Night". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (June 2, 2012). "When Extremes Meet". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 8. Nickelodeon.
  9. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (June 16, 2012). "Turning the Tides". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
  10. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (June 23, 2012). "Endgame". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  11. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (September 13, 2013). "Rebel Spirit". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  12. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (September 13, 2013). "The Southern Lights". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 14. Nickelodeon.
  13. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (September 20, 2013). "Civil Wars, Part 1". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.
  14. 14.0 14.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (September 27, 2013). "Civil Wars, Part 2". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.
  15. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 4, 2013). "Peacekeepers". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (November 1, 2013). "The Guide". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.
  17. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). "Night of a Thousand Stars". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 23. Nickelodeon.
  18. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (November 22, 2013). "Light in the Dark". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 26. Nickelodeon.
  19. Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Heck, Colin, Zwyer, Melchior (directors). (June 27, 2014). "A Breath of Fresh Air". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  20. Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Heck, Colin, Zwyer, Melchior (directors). (June 27, 2014). "Rebirth". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
  21. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (July 11, 2014). "The Metal Clan". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.
  22. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Zwyer, Mel (director). (July 18, 2014). "Original Airbenders". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 7. Nickelodeon.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Ikki

  • Will Jinora and Ikki have to shave their heads

    4 messages
    • For now, no since neither if them have mastered Airbending. But when they do master it then yeah, they're gonna have to shave half their head ...
    • There was no implication of Ikki or Jinora that they don't like the idea of having tattoos or shaving their heads. As the only surviv...
  • Expectations for Ikki

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    • I think they did more in b1 than b2.
    • I think Ikki should be more like book 1 was she was funny! But most of all i want to see all the airbending kids kick butt!! They showed gr...

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