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Mechanist
Mechanist
Biographical information
Nationality

Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

Brown

Personal information
Allies

His wife, Teo, Aang, Katara, Sokka, Earth Kingdom

Enemies

Fire Nation, War Minister Qin

Chronological and political information
Profession

Inventor

Affiliation
  • Earth Kingdom
  • Fire Nation (forced; formerly)
First appearance

"The Northern Air Temple"

Last appearance

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

Voiced by

René Auberjonois

The mechanist was an inventor and engineer from the Earth Kingdom who became a refugee after being displaced by a flood. He eventually resettled at the deserted Northern Air Temple during the Hundred Year War.

Living in poverty as a widower and left to care for his son, Teo, he was blackmailed into building ingenious inventions of artillery for the Fire Nation. Despite the hardships he faced, he still maintained an eccentric persona, and his inventions contributed significantly to the development of technology in the world.

History

Mechanist working on the air balloon

The mechanist created a small model to test the hot air balloon.

After a flood destroyed his village, killing his wife and leaving his son Teo paraplegic, the mechanist led his people into the surrounding mountains in search of a new home. They came across the Air Nomads' long abandoned Northern Air Temple and promptly moved in.

Inspired by the airbenders, the mechanist mass-produced modified versions of the airbenders' gliders, creating a whole new method of transportation for his people. He devised an ingenious hot air-based power source for the whole temple, completely refurbishing and remodeling it.

Among other ingenious inventions of his were time candles and a cut-safe knife sharpener. This "only took [him] three tries to get it right", explaining the three wooden fingers on his left hand. A natural gas explosion left him with patchy eyebrows.[2]

Roughly a year after they settled, the Fire Nation blackmailed the mechanist to build new weapons, including steam-powered battle tanks and a war balloon, under the threat of invading the temple if he did not comply. When Aang found out about this, he broke the arrangement the mechanist had with Qin, and the mechanist redeemed himself by aiding Aang and the others to repel the Fire Nation when they stormed the temple.[1]

He drew up plans for the massive drill, eventually completed by Qin and used to penetrate the Great Wall of Ba Sing Se.[3] This proves that the Fire Nation soldiers were apparently able to steal the drill plans sometime during the attack, along with recovering the downed hot air balloon after their defeat.[1]

In the submarine's cockpit

The mechanist piloted a submarine on the Day of Black Sun.

The mechanist returned to assist in the invasion plan.[4] Before coming ashore, he caused an explosion on one of the boats where he was working on his new invention, peanut sauce bombs, which Pipsqueak and The Duke seemed to enjoy as they commented that they were "destructive as well as delicious".

Due to the intellectual alliance of Sokka's plan and the mechanist's executions, the invasion force was able to use waterbending-powered submarines to sneak up unnoticed on the Fire Nation coastal guards. The mechanist did comment, however, that Sokka's original blueprints were "a bit difficult to decipher".

The submarines had many functions such as transportation, and were equipped with torpedo tubes from which the waterbending passengers could fire the ice torpedoes. The mechanist also presented Aang with a new glider with a built in snack compartment.

During the invasion, he tagged along with the invasion force where he operated a supply truck filled to the rim with stone for the earthbender invaders. He narrowly escaped when a missile, shot from one of the battlements, blew up this truck.

He, along with the rest of the invasion force, later found out that his hot air balloons had been manufactured en masse and even upgraded to larger airships by the Fire Nation. The mechanist and the rest of the older members of the invasion force allowed themselves to be captured so that the younger ones could escape on Appa. He was sent to a prison after the invasion.[5]

After the Hundred Year War ended, the mechanist was freed and reunited with his son, Teo. The two attended Zuko's coronation as the new Fire Lord at the Fire Nation Capital.[6]

Inventions

  • Compressed-air elevator — Built for easy transportation between the many floors of the air temple.[7]
  • Earth Kingdom supply truck — Motorized, metallic vehicles. They were supposedly designed by Sokka in preparation for the invasion. They were used as a means of cargo transportation for earthbending ammo.
  • Earthbending-powered tank — Vehicles owned and operated by the Earth Kingdom military. Used during the Day of Black Sun.
  • Eclipse glasses — Wooden glasses with tiny slits for eyes, allowing one to stare into an eclipse.[5]
  • Finger-safe knife sharpener — Never seen. This invention took three tries to get right, resulting in the loss of three fingers.
  • Fire bombs — Released from the gliders. Explodes on impact.
  • Fire Nation drill — Drill that the Fire Nation would later use to breach the walls of Ba Sing Se.
  • Gliders — Including Aang's new glider to replace his broken one and a chair glider for the mechanist's son Teo.
  • Hot air balloon — Experimental weapon developed for the Fire Nation.
  • Ice torpedo — Weapon designed for use in the invasion of the Fire Nation.
  • Peanut sauce bombs — Failed experimental explosive devices.[4]
  • Prosthetic wooden fingers — Three removable wooden fingers made to replace the ones the mechanist lost while making his finger-safe knife sharpener.
  • Slime bombs — Thrown from the hot air balloons and dropped from the chair gliders. Exudes large amounts of a sticky, slippery, green substance[1] that can immobilize entire tanks.[8]
  • Smoke bombs — Released from the gliders. Obscures a portion of the battlefield and causes coughing.
  • Stink bombs — Released from the gliders. Emits a foul-smelling substance upon detonation that "no normal human can stand".[8]
  • Time candles — Candles used to tell the time.
  • Timing device — Used to keep track of time during an eclipse.
  • Tundra tank — Used by the Fire Nation as a strong assault force. They are equipped with a counterbalancing system that allows the tanks to remain face up after being flipped.
  • Waterbending-powered submarines — Naval vehicles used in the invasion of the Fire Nation.

Abilities

The mechanist was skilled at creating a variety of mechanical inventions, including weapons and a number of different modes of transportation. However, there was a limit to his capabilities, as was evidenced by his not being able to seal up the gas tank without any leaks. He also needed Sokka to help him complete the hot air balloon. However, he came up with many good inventions such as gliders, tundra tanks, and finger-safe knife sharpeners.[1]

Relatives

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Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book One: Water (水)

Book Three: Fire (火)

Trivia

  • The mechanist, Combustion Man, and the Ba Sing Se airship captain are the only characters to have a prosthesis.
  • The mechanist's monocle was originally supposed to be a ring-shaped burn around his eye from a steam powered telescope. However, the animators mixed up, and the script had to be changed.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Filoni, Dave (director). (November 4, 2005). "The Northern Air Temple". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  2. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Drill". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 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.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Lost Scrolls: Air, page 254 of The Lost Scrolls Collection.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Nick.com archive (.XML). Nickelodeon. Retrieved on January 1, 2013. Archived on January 8, 2008.
  9. Avatar Extras for "The Northern Air Temple".

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