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This article is about the spirit. For the episode, see "The Painted Lady". For the person who disguised herself as the Painted Lady, see Katara.

"She's part of our town's lore. They say she's a river spirit who watches over our town in times of need."
Xu describing the Painted Lady to Team Avatar.[1]

Painted Lady
Painted Lady
Physical description
Gender

Female

Hair color

Black

Personal information
Allies

Katara, Aang, Dock, citizens of Jang Hui

Chronological and political information
Position

River spirit

Affiliation

Spirit World

First appearance

"The Painted Lady"
(only appearance)

Voiced by

Mae Whitman

The Painted Lady is the benevolent spirit of the Jang Hui River, known for her protectiveness and healing abilities. She was once the guardian spirit of the fishing village of Jang Hui, but was driven away due to the region's rising water contamination. As is the case with many other spirits, only the spiritually enlightened can see her.[1][2]

History

As a human, the Painted Lady had a close relationship with nature and a strong connection to the spirits. Due to her spirituality, she transcended into the Spirit World following her death.[3] After becoming a spirit, the Painted Lady began to watch over the river town of Jang Hui until the Fire Nation Army built a factory on the corresponding river in 90 AG and began polluting it by discharging its waste. This event drove the Painted Lady away, leaving the villagers to fend for themselves.[2]

Years later, Avatar Aang and his friends arrived at the village, which had been left deprived and devastated by illnesses caused by pollutants in its waters. Through intense persuasion from Katara, who impersonated the Painted Lady for several days, Team Avatar assisted the villagers in cleaning up the river. One night by the side of the river, Katara found herself in the presence of the real Painted Lady, who thanked her for her part in cleaning the Jang Hui River.[1]

Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Three: Fire (火)

Trivia

  • The Painted Lady's makeup somewhat resembles the makeup of the firebender seen in the opening of the unaired pilot, as well as that of the Kyoshi Warriors.
  • The Painted Lady is a water spirit; given that the Moon Spirit and Water Spirit are closely related, this means she is connected to Princess Yue.[4]
  • Her mysterious and ominous appearance is somewhat similar to Princess Yue's appearance as the Moon Spirit.
  • The Painted Lady is the first known individual to transcend into the Spirit World following her death and the only one to have done so apart from Iroh.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (October 5, 2007). "The Painted Lady". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bryan Konietzko on the DVD commentary for "A New Spiritual Age".
  4. Avatar Extras for "The Painted Lady" on Nicktoons Network.

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