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Poppy Beifong
北方罌粟
Poppy Beifong
Biographical information
Nationality

Gaoling, Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Physical description
Gender

Female

Hair color

Black

Personal information
Allies

Toph, Lao Beifong, Suyin Beifong

Enemies

Fire Nation (formerly), The Boulder, Aang, Team Avatar

Chronological and political information
Position

High-class Earth Kingdom citizen

Affiliation
First appearance

"The Blind Bandit"

Voiced by

Gabrielle Carteris

Poppy Beifong was Toph's mother and a wealthy, high-status figure in Gaoling. Like her husband, Poppy cared deeply for her daughter, but was extremely protective of her, unwilling to acknowledge the young earthbender's capabilities.

History

Lao, Poppy, and Yu

Poppy immediately became worried when she found out that her daughter had been kidnapped by Xin Fu and the other members of Earth Rumble VI.

Poppy and Lao failed to recognize what was best for Toph and believed her blindness was a handicap that made her weak. Due to this fear, Poppy was unaware of Toph's prodigious earthbending skills. As a result, Poppy and her husband made sure that their daughter was protected for the first twelve years of her life.

In 100 AG, Avatar Aang and his friends arrived at Poppy and Lao's home, and the couple invited the group to dinner. However, the meal was interrupted by Aang sneezing, causing all the food to fly off the table and an argument between Poppy's daughter and the Avatar. Shortly after dinner, the two left to take a walk. Later that night, when Poppy, Yu, her husband, and Aang's friends ventured outdoors searching for them, they discovered the two had been kidnapped by Xin Fu and his men, causing Poppy to worry about her daughter's safety. Upon going to pay the ransom for their daughter, Poppy and her husband discovered Toph's great earthbending prowess, but this did not assuage their fears; instead, it made her and her husband more fearful. The couple decided that their daughter would have a stricter watch kept over her. While Poppy did love Toph, she was extremely overprotective, prompting her daughter to run away from home to become Aang's earthbending teacher. Poppy and Lao assumed that their daughter was kidnapped by Aang and commissioned Xin Fu, the promoter of the Earth Rumble VI tournament, and Master Yu, Toph's earthbending teacher, to bring her home regardless of what it took.[1]

Later life

In 141 AG, Poppy and Lao gave shelter to their granddaughter Suyin after she was sent away from Republic City by her mother to avoid having to go to jail for participating in a robbery.[2]

Personality

Poppy Beifong was a cheery and polite woman. Poppy cared deeply for her daughter and only wished for her safety, but she was very protective of her, even going as far as hiding her existence from the rest of the town, which she believed to be the only way to keep Toph safe. She also preferred to be submissively supportive of her husband's decisions regarding the care of their daughter, rather than making decisions herself.

Relatives

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Lao
   
   
Poppy
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Unknown
   
   
Toph
   
   
Unknown
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Lin
   
   
Suyin
   
   
Baatar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Baatar Jr.
   
   
Huan
   
   
Opal
   
   
Wei
   
   
Wing

Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Two: Earth (土)

Graphic novel trilogies

Trivia

  • According to Toph's passport[3] and the fake letter from her mother,[4] "Beifong" is written as 北方. "Poppy" is written in Chinese as 罌粟 .
  • Poppy bore a slight resemblance to Toph, more so while Toph was in her dress. However, she had a stronger resemblance to her granddaughter, Lin Beifong.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (May 5, 2006). "The Blind Bandit". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 6. Nickelodeon.
  2. Mattila, Katie (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (July 18, 2014). "Old Wounds". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 6. Nickelodeon.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Serpent's Pass". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  4. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (November 17, 2006). "The Earth King". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.

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