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This article is about the character in the series. For the character in the film, see Suki.
Suki
Suki
Biographical information
Nationality

Kyoshi Island, Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Age
Born

84 AG

Physical description
Gender

Female

Hair color

Auburn

Personal information
Allies

Kyoshi Warriors, Oyaji, Sokka, Katara, Aang, Toph, Zuko, Appa, Momo, Mai, Ty Lee, Iroh, Order of the White Lotus, more ...

Enemies

Ozai, Azula, the warden, Fire Nation (formerly), Zuko (formerly), Ty Lee (formerly)

Weapon of choice

Fans, katana

Fighting style(s)
Chronological and political information
Profession

Kyoshi Warrior

Position
  • Fire Nation prisoner (formerly)
  • Kyoshi Warriors' leader
  • Member of Team Avatar
  • Fire Lord Zuko's guard
Affiliation
  • Earth Kingdom
  • Kyoshi Warriors
  • Team Avatar
First appearance

"The Warriors of Kyoshi"

Last appearance

The Search Part 1

Voiced by

Jennie Kwan

Suki was the eldest member and leader of the all-female Kyoshi Warriors of the Earth Kingdom's Kyoshi Island. Having begun her training when she was only eight years old, Suki was well-respected by her fellow warriors for her leadership and combat skills.[4] When Team Avatar arrived on Kyoshi Island, Suki and a few other Kyoshi Warriors captured them, thinking they were Fire Nation spies. Later, after realizing Aang was the Avatar, they released and befriended them, with Suki in particular forming a bond with Sokka.[1]

Inspired by the outsiders for helping save their village from Prince Zuko, Suki and the other Kyoshi Warriors left the island to help the Earth Kingdom fight against the Fire Nation. Suki protected the Avatar's lost sky bison, Appa, from falling into the enemy's hands, but she and the other Kyoshi Warriors were defeated by Princess Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee.[5]

Imprisoned in the Fire Nation, Suki was placed within a high-security prison. It was only by good fortune that Sokka and Zuko infiltrated the facility looking for Sokka's captured father, Hakoda, and instead found Suki.[6] Freed from captivity,[7] Suki later helped Aang and friends defeat the Fire Nation and eventually reunited with her fellow Kyoshi Warriors.[8]

History

Early life

Suki lived and grew up on Kyoshi Island. She began her Kyoshi Warrior training at the age of eight,[9] and became a master in tessenjutsu, the art of fan combat.

Meeting Team Avatar

Suki and her fellow Kyoshi Warriors captured Aang and his friends for intruding on Kyoshi Island, assuming they were Fire Nation spies. Suki interrogated the group, threatening to throw Sokka to the unagi after he made a sexist comment about being kidnapped by a "bunch of girls". Once they learned that Aang was the Avatar, however, she and the village quickly accepted them as guests. Initially rather offended by Sokka's somewhat chauvinistic attitude, she paid him back by repeatedly humiliating him in combat training. She later even forced him to dress in full female warrior garb when he asked to train with her, but she was eventually attracted to him once he admitted his mistake. The two bonded over sparring matches and, before parting, she kissed Sokka on the cheek, telling him that even though she was a warrior, she was also a girl.[1] She and the other warriors of Kyoshi, inspired by Sokka particularly, later departed the island to fight in the Hundred Year War against the Fire Nation.[10]

The Serpent's Pass

Suki reunites with Sokka

Suki making Sokka realize who she is with a kiss.

Suki and the other Kyoshi Warriors had been assisting refugees on their way to Ba Sing Se. They decided not to return to Kyoshi Island and, in hopes of making a difference in the war, acted as security guards at a hidden ferry terminal. It was at this terminal that she met Aang, Katara, and Sokka again. Suki approached Sokka, aggressively asking to see their tickets and passports. After some heated exchange, she kissed Sokka, after which he realized who she was. When Aang decided to escort a group of stranded travelers through the Serpent's Pass, Suki accompanied them to ensure that they made it through safely, which concerned Sokka. Suki rescued Toph at one point, saving her from drowning. Toph proceeded to kiss Suki on the cheek, thinking that it was Sokka who saved her. It was during the night that her feelings for Sokka were made more clear, though he was reluctant to jump into a relationship with her due to his inability to stop Princess Yue giving her life to save the Moon Spirit during the Siege of the North.[11] At one point during the night, Suki went to kiss him, but Sokka was reluctant to do so under the moon, as it reminded him of Yue, and put Suki off without an explanation. Before her departure, she apologized to him, telling him she had acted rashly, but Sokka stopped her, and immediately made up for the previous night by kissing her back.[12]

Finding Appa

Suki and the Kyoshi Warriors

Suki and the Kyoshi Warriors defending Appa.

Later, she and a group of Kyoshi Warriors discovered an injured Appa, who was attempting to reunite with Aang after being kidnapped. After calming the jittery sky bison, she and the other warriors tended to Appa and cleaned him up. She prepared to return him to Aang; however, she was confronted by Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee. The Kyoshi Warriors and Azula fought a short duel, and Suki reluctantly drove Appa away with a burning branch to keep him safe, before clashing with Azula.[5] She was eventually defeated, captured and sent to the Fire Nation as a prisoner, along with the rest of the Kyoshi Warriors.[13] After the guards discovered Suki's identity as the leader she was sent to the Fire Nation's highest security prison, the Boiling Rock.[6] After the defeat of the Kyoshi Warriors, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee disguised themselves with their uniforms to infiltrate the Earth King's palace.[14]

Escape from the Boiling Rock

Main article: Escape from the Boiling Rock
Suki captures the Boiling Rock warden

Suki capturing the warden.

Suki was found by Sokka, who had initially sneaked in along with Zuko in the hopes of finding his father.[6] Contrary to Azula's claims, she had never given up on hopes of rescue and happily embraced Sokka upon reunion, readily joining the breakout plans. When Sokka decided to remain behind in hopes of finding his father, she chose to stay behind with him, risking imprisonment again. When the group started a riot to cover their escape, Suki quickly captured the prison warden. When Azula and Ty Lee attacked the group on the prison gondolas, Suki fought with Ty Lee, calling it "a rematch [she had] been waiting for", and held her off quite effectively. She and the rest of the escapees returned to the Western Air Temple via Azula's airship.[7]

Traveling with Team Avatar

Suki chose to remain with the core group when Azula's attack split them up. When Zuko went to Sokka's tent to ask him about his mother, he collided with Suki, who suspiciously denied her true intention of seeing Sokka and rushed back to her tent. When Zuko entered the tent, it was apparent that Sokka was waiting to have a romantic evening with Suki, but was surprised and embarrassed to see Zuko instead. After Zuko left the tent, Sokka called out to Suki and, seeing Zuko was still there, whistled guiltily to make him go away.[15]

The Ember Island Players

Suki later donned a Fire Nation disguise and accompanied Team Avatar to the play, "The Boy in the Iceberg". In the play, her character was portrayed most accurately, though some physical details, like her headpiece, were slightly exaggerated. During the play, she exchanged looks with Sokka during the scene where they practiced using Kyoshi Warrior outfits and acted jealous when Sokka shushed her during the scene where Yue became the Moon Spirit. When Sokka desired to sneak backstage to help out the actor playing him, Suki assisted him, saying that her years of training in the art of stealth should help. Sokka showed his jokes to actor Sokka, which caused Suki to hit herself on the head. Contrary to her original thoughts, however, actor Sokka found the jokes quite funny, and used them in the next scenes. Suki called the play horrible and never referred to it again in the series.[16]

Sozin's Comet

Toph and Suki

Suki and Toph were genuinely concerned for Aang during the battle at Wulong Forest against Phoenix King Ozai.

Three days prior to the arrival of Sozin's Comet, Suki and the rest of Team Avatar held a beach party on Ember Island. Sokka created a crude sand sculpture of Suki that bore no resemblance to her, but she said that she thought it was sweet of him, resulting in him kissing her. When Zuko informed the group of the Fire Lord's plan to destroy the Earth Kingdom, Aang ran off, and Suki aided in the search for him.[17] When they were unable to find Aang, Zuko took them to the Earth Kingdom, where they "hired" June to track him with her giant shirshu, Nyla. When she was unable to, he decided to track Iroh, leading the group to Ba Sing Se, where they were approached by the Order of the White Lotus. It was decided that Suki, Sokka and Toph would destroy the airship fleet. Sokka drove one airship into the others, bringing them down. In the process, Suki was separated from her friends as the airship fell apart underneath them. She insisted that Sokka carry onward with the mission.[18]

Kyoshi Warriors

Suki and her Kyoshi Warriors assembled.

Suki finally reappeared unharmed when she used a captured airship to save Toph and Sokka, who were hanging helplessly from an airship. After Aang had removed Ozai's firebending, Suki made a lame attempt to taunt the fallen tyrant, earning Toph's criticism of her, "Leave the nicknames to us, honey."[8]

After Zuko was crowned Fire Lord and officially ended the War, Suki finally reunited with her team of warriors, who were released from prison along with Mai and Ty Lee. After discovering how well her team bonded with Ty Lee while in prison, Suki allowed her to join them. Later, the entire gang were relaxing at Iroh's tea shop in Ba Sing Se, where Suki played Pai Sho with Mai. She later teased Sokka for his crude drawing of the group, which depicted Suki firebending.[8]

After the Hundred Year War

A year after the end of the Hundred Year War, Mai asked Suki and the rest of the Kyoshi Warriors to protect the Fire Nation Royal Palace after a failed attempt to murder Fire Lord Zuko by Kori. The first night they were standing guard, Zuko woke up in the middle of the night and went outside. Suki told him it had been quiet all night, to which Zuko apologized saying that he did trust the Kyoshi Warriors as they were the best guardsmen in the world. Suki suggested that he to go back to sleep, however, when Zuko said he was going to get a drink of water, she asked him if needed someone to escort, which the Fire Lord rejected in order to visit his father in prison.[19]

Suki worried about Zuko

Suki expressing her concern for Zuko.

Out of concern, Suki later secretly followed Zuko on one of his late night trips to see what he was up to and to know whether or not the Kyoshi Warriors could be of some assistance. However, after she found out he left to talk to Ozai, Suki told Mai about Zuko's nightly journeys, asking her to speak with him in hopes of helping him. However, when Mai broke up with him during this talk, Suki felt guilty and confessed that she had been following Zuko. She apologized to Zuko and, while kneeling before the Fire Lord, told him that the Kyoshi Warriors were worried about him and that she, especially, was worried about him as well and reached out for his hand before being interrupted by General Mak.[20]

On the day of the battle for Yu Dao, Suki traveled to the Beifong Metalbending Academy in a Fire Nation war balloon to get Toph and Sokka's help, explaining that she discovered their location when Kunyo complained to the Fire Lord about a "dirt girl" and a "snow savage" taking over his school. Suki convinced Toph and Sokka to come with her to try and stop the Fire Nation Army from reaching Yu Dao, explaining her plan to them after landing near the military procession. On Sokka's orders, Toph earthbent an underground slide that took them directly under one of the tundra tanks, and the trio quickly seized control of the tank. Suki expressed her feelings of concern for Zuko's well-being, stating that he seemed lonely. However, despite her desire to speak to him, she received no chance, eventually joining the fight against the Fire Nation with Toph at her side. Just as the duo were starting to become overwhelmed, Toph's metalbending students suddenly arrived to come to their aid.[21]

Suki glad about upbeat Zuko

Suki explaining to Zuko that she is glad about his return to a more upbeat persona.

Suki traveled back to the Fire Nation with Zuko, and stood guard at Azula and Ozai's prison cell together with Ty Lee. She showed great concern for Zuko when he entered the cell, and was quick to help the Fire Lord when his sister attacked him. She was reluctant to leave him alone with her afterward, wanting to escort them both back to the palace, but was dismissed.

The next day, she met up with Sokka, who had also traveled to the palace with Aang and Katara upon Zuko's inquiry. She was just in time to prevent her boyfriend and the Avatar from launching an attack on an unbound Azula, telling them to be patient and to allow Zuko to explain. While the Fire Lord did so, Suki passionately reunited with her boyfriend.

The following day, she watched as Aang, Katara, Sokka, Zuko, and Azula departed atop Appa toward Hira'a, remaining behind with Iroh. When the interim Fire Lord commented that he did not really feel at home, Suki asked if there was something she could do to make it better for him, though all Iroh needed was more tea.[22]

Suki traveled with Sokka after his return from Hira'a to a Fire Nation marketplace, where the two visited Seashell San's House of Shells. Suki got into an altercation with the owner, but was easily able to overpower the firebender by blocking his chi. Shortly afterward, Suki trained a group of young women, including Giya, the art of self-defense.[23]

Personality

Suki and two Kyoshi Warriors

Self-confident and tough, Suki mocked Sokka because of his chauvinist attitude.

Befitting her status as leader of the Kyoshi Warriors, Suki was tough, assertive, and not afraid to speak her mind; but at the same time, she had a very compassionate and loyal spirit. Her softer side was frequently demonstrated in the presence of Sokka. For a long time during her imprisonment, Suki held out the hope of seeing Sokka again and showed no sign of breaking in the face of Azula's torments pertaining to Sokka.[13] She also had a mild tendency to hold grudges, demonstrated by her initially treating Zuko coldly when they met in prison, and also readily looking forward to a rematch with Azula and Ty Lee. A woman of action, she quickly and skillfully captured the prison warden, an action which prompted approval from Hakoda.[7]

Abilities

Suki and Ty Lee battle

Suki's battle with Ty Lee on the Boiling Rock gondola.

Despite not being a bender, Suki was more than capable of handling herself in a fight. She was the last warrior to be captured by Azula, showing the extent of her skill.[5] She was an impressive hand-to-hand combatant, using a style reminiscent of Aikido, as well as fighting with traditional Kyoshi war fans, a style reminiscent of Tessenjutsu, and skilled with the katana. She could hold her own against other skilled fighters, such as Ty Lee, readily avoiding her disabling pressure point strikes, and was a good teacher, passing some of her fighting methods on to Sokka. She also possessed considerable physical strength, able to swim easily in full Kyoshi Warrior armor and toss aside a full grown man with ease. During the breakout of the Boiling Rock, she bypassed a full-scale riot by jumping across the tops of the rioters' heads, scaled the vertical face of a building, demonstrating a skill set similar to that found in parkour, and an acrobatic skill comparable to that of Ty Lee. Following the Hundred Year War, Suki learned chi blocking from Ty Lee. She demonstrated the skill for the first time on San.[23]

Relationships

Main article: Suki's relationships

Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book One: Water (水)

Book Two: Earth (土)

Book Three: Fire (火)

Avatar comics

Book Three: Fire (火)

Graphic novel trilogies

Other comics

Trivia

Film-Suki

Suki was to appear in the movie The Last Airbender, but her part was cut out.

  • Jessica Jade Andres was given the role of Suki in M. Night Shyamalan's film adaptation, The Last Airbender. She and the Kyoshi Warriors were cut from the movie because Shyamalan believed that he was inadvertently letting the movie revolve around the warriors. In order to correct this, they were removed entirely. However, they are present in the movie novelization, manga, and video game, all of which were released before the warriors were officially cut from the film.
  • It was revealed that Sokka never told Suki the whole story about Yue.[16] However, he did mention Yue to her, using the incident that happened to justify his overprotective nature.[12]
  • By the end of the series, Suki remained the only member of Team Avatar not to have gone on a "field trip" with Zuko.
  • Suki was originally supposed to be one of the characters who would never appear again after "The Warriors of Kyoshi", but due to her popularity among both the staff and fans, she returned for Books Two and Three, and officially became a member of Team Avatar.[24]
  • As Suki was the eldest of the Kyoshi Warriors, she was in charge of training the younger warriors.[4]
  • Suki supposedly once dated the foaming mouth guy, but was not proud of it.[25]
  • Suki was one of the few people ever to escape from the Boiling Rock.
  • Suki was the only member from the original Team Avatar who has neither made an appearance nor been mentioned in The Legend of Korra. However, she is featured in the first episode's opening sequence, which depicts the team in its entirety.
  • Suki's name in Russian is pronounced as [su'juki] in the first two seasons, and as [zuki] in the third season. This was done to avoid the original pronunciation [suki] because it sounds the same as Russian word "суки", which translates to a swear word.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Malis, Nick (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (March 4, 2005). "The Warriors of Kyoshi". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  2. "EXCLUSIVE: Yang Continues 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' in The Search". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on June 25, 2012.
  3. Casey, Dan (2013-03-20). "Comic Book Day: Join 'The Search' with Gene Luen Yang". Nerdist. Retrieved on April 27, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (October 13, 2006). "Appa's Lost Days". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Chan, May (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 16, 2008). "The Boiling Rock, Part 1". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 14. Nickelodeon.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (July 16, 2008). "The Boiling Rock, Part 2". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 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.
  9. Avatar fact card of Suki..
  10. O'Bryan, John (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (April 28, 2006). "Avatar Day". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.
  11. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Filoni, Dave (director). (December 2, 2005). "The Siege of the North, Part 2". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
  12. 12.0 12.1 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.
  13. 13.0 13.1 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.
  14. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (November 17, 2006). "The Earth King". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  15. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 17, 2008). "The Southern Raiders". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Josh, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 18, 2008). "The Ember Island Players". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.
  17. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  18. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
  19. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Promise Part 1 (January 25, 2012), Dark Horse Comics.
  20. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Promise Part 2 (May 30, 2012), Dark Horse Comics.
  21. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Promise Part 3 (September 26, 2012), Dark Horse Comics.
  22. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene (w), Sasaki of Gurihiru (p, i), Kawano of Gurihiru (col), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (let). The Search Part 1 (March 20, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Yang, Gene (w), Hicks, Faith Erin (a), Peter, Cris (c), Heisler, Michael (let). "Shells" (May 3, 2014), Dark Horse Comics.
  24. Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series, page 47.
  25. Avatar and Shipping at Comic Con 2006 Pt. 1. YouTube (July 25, 2006). Retrieved on June 15, 2012.

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