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Tahn
Tahn
Biographical information
Nationality

Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

Black

Personal information
Allies

Ying, his sister, Hope, Aang, Team Avatar

Enemies

Fire Nation, Rough Rhinos

Chronological and political information
Affiliation

Earth Kingdom

First appearance

"Zuko Alone"

Last appearance

"The Awakening" (flashback only)

Voiced by

Brian Tochi

Tahn was an Earth Kingdom refugee who sought shelter in Ba Sing Se with his family during the closing years of the Hundred Year War. A jovial man who was always happy to greet fellow refugees, Tahn was a caring husband with a level head who always tried to have an optimistic outlook on life, no matter how bleak it seemed. He would provide comfort and words of hope for his wife when she became discouraged.

History

Tahn lived in a village with his sister before meeting Ying, with whom he fell in love, married, and began a family. However, as Ying was pregnant with the couple's first child, the Rough Rhinos invaded their village, forcing Tahn and his family to flee to Ba Sing Se to start a safer life there. They traveled for months up the west coast.[2]

Tahn cares for Ying

Tahn ensured the well-being of his beloved wife and his unborn child during their travel.

Tahn and his family were briefly seen by Zuko when he was traveling alone. Tahn was catering to his pregnant wife and the exiled, starving prince considered stealing from them, but ultimately decided against it upon seeing that Ying was pregnant.[3]

Weeks later, the family met Aang and his friends by a waterfall when they too planned to journey onward to Ba Sing Se. Katara invited them to travel with them through the Serpent's Pass, but Ying informed them that the pass was very dangerous in comparison with the ferry system at Full Moon Bay, their destination. Subsequently, Team Avatar joined Tahn and his family in their journey to the hidden bay.[1]

At the bay, Tahn and his family split ways with Team Avatar, though they sought their help after someone stole all their belongings, including their passports and tickets. Aang tried to persuade the clerk to replace their tickets, but she refused, stating that she could not bend the rules. With the family out of options, Team Avatar gave up their own tickets and offered to guide the family through the Serpent's Pass.

Tahn gives a foot massage

Tahn gave Ying a relaxing foot massage following their first day of hiking through the Serpent's Pass.

The pass was very straight, although narrow, forcing the group to pass through single file. As the group traveled along a sheer cliff side, Tahn lost his balance and fell when the ground beneath him crumbled. Toph's immediate reaction saved him, but not before the falling rocks drew the attention of a patrolling Fire Nation ship, which launched a fireball at them, forcing them all to take shelter behind an outcropping wall of rock. After getting through the rest of the day without more trouble, Tahn helped Ying to recover from the travel by giving her a relaxing foot massage.

The next morning, the travelers were faced with a submerged portion of the way. Katara and Aang parted the waters, forming a bubble of air allowing for them to walk underwater safely. However, the serpent for which the pass was named attacked the bubble, forcing Toph to raise the sea-floor under their feet, stranding them in the middle of the water. Katara created a makeshift passageway of ice to other side while Aang distracted the animal, enabling Tahn, who protectively held and supported his pregnant wife, and the others to safely cross the ice bridge.

Upon exiting the Serpent's Pass, Ying went into labor. Tahn supported her once again, lovingly holding her hand, while Katara, who had experience in delivering children, quickly took charge. After the baby was born, Tahn agreed to name their daughter Hope, proclaiming that it was "a perfect name", in reference to how the entire ordeal had helped Aang through his own emotional turmoil.[1]

Tahn clutching his family

Tahn clutched his shocked family as the Fire Nation military marched into Ba Sing Se.

When Aang discovered that the Fire Nation was about the penetrate Ba Sing Se's defenses with a giant drill, Tahn and his family were brought to the top of the Great Wall when the Avatar and his friends decided to help out. The drill was eventually destroyed, after which Tahn and his family ventured into the city via the monorail, on which they encountered Iroh and Zuko, without knowing their true identity. Arriving in the Lower Ring, the family established a residence there.[4]

When the Fire Nation troops swarmed the streets of the city sometime after Princess Azula's successful coup, Tahn protectively clutched his distressed family.[5]

Relatives

Tahn and family

Tahn and his family grew fearful as the Fire Nation drill approached Ba Sing Se.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Two: Earth (土)

Book Three: Fire (火)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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.
  2. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  3. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (May 12, 2006). "Zuko Alone". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 7. Nickelodeon.
  4. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Drill". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  5. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (September 21, 2007). "The Awakening". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.

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