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The Duke
The Duke
Biographical information
Nationality

Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Age

8

Born

91 AG

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

Brown

Personal information
Allies

Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Hakoda, Haru, Jet, Teo, Bato, Pipsqueak, Freedom Fighters, more ...

Enemies

Fire Nation

Chronological and political information
Profession

Freedom Fighter (formerly)

Position

Sentry[2]

Affiliation
  • Earth Kingdom
  • Freedom Fighters (separated)
  • Hakoda's forces
First appearance

"Jet"

Last appearance

The Promise Part 1

Voiced by
The Duke was an Earth Kingdom boy, who, at the age of eight, was the youngest and smallest of the Freedom Fighters.[3]

History

The Duke fighting

The Duke fought Fire Nation soldiers who were encamped near the treetop hideout.

Jet and the other Freedom Fighters came across The Duke when they caught him trying to steal food from their camp. According to Jet, The Duke never had a home, indicating he was probably orphaned at a young age by the Fire Nation.[3]

Being a constant companion to Pipsqueak, the duo originally appeared as guerrilla fighters, assisting Jet in the fight against the Fire Nation occupation of Gaipan. When Aang, Katara, and Sokka were cornered by a company of Fire Nation soldiers, The Duke and the other Freedom Fighters came to the rescue. During the ensuing battle, The Duke dropped out of a tree, right on the helmet of one of the soldiers and rode him "like a wild hog monkey". When Jet introduced his Freedom Fighters to Team Avatar after the battle, Aang mistook The Duke for being Pipsqueak. After snooping through the camp's supplies, The Duke and Pipsqueak found barrels full of blasting jelly and boxes filled with jelly candy. The Freedom Fighters loaded up the loot in a cart and headed back to their hideout, where they had a feast to celebrate their victory over the Fire Nation soldiers.

A few days later, The Duke was among the Freedom Fighters who headed out at night with a cart filled with barrels of blasting jelly. When Jet was explaining his plan to blow up the dam with the jelly and subsequently flood Gaipan and everyone living there, The Duke voiced concern for the people, something Jet countered by stating that it was "the price of ridding this area of the Fire Nation". The Duke proceeded to help Sneers and some other Freedom Fighters to place the barrels full of explosives at the base of the dam.[4]

After Aang, Katara, and Sokka stopped Jet's plan to destroy the village with a flood, Pipsqueak and The Duke lost faith in their once idolized leader and parted ways with the Freedom Fighters. They traveled throughout the Earth Kingdom, stealing to eat and struggling to survive. The two eventually came across Hakoda's ship one night and attempted to raid it, but were caught in the act and captured. After hearing their story, Sokka and Katara welcomed Pipsqueak and The Duke to join their makeshift invasion force.[3] During their time at Chameleon Bay, they were described as "surprisingly helpful" when they were not getting into trouble.[5][6]

Pipsqueak and The Duke cheering

The Duke was a member of the invasion force.

The Duke and Pipsqueak returned with Hakoda and the others the day of the Day of Black Sun, ready to do their part in the invasion of the Fire Nation. The Duke easily got along with Toph, even offering her his helmet when she got seasick traveling in a waterbending-powered submarine.[7] However, the invasion failed, and with the destruction of the submarines, the warriors decided to surrender. The Duke parted with Pipsqueak when the young boy was among those who made their escape atop Appa, along with Aang, Katara, Sokka, Teo, and Haru.[8]

The Duke was temporarily part of Team Avatar when they occupied the Western Air Temple after their defeat during the invasion. There, The Duke, Haru, and Teo explored the temple's many secrets together, during which the other two often referred to him incorrectly as just "Duke".[1] While at the temple, The Duke bonded with Teo and Haru, spectating with them during a "swordbending" duel[9] and joining the group's nonbenders in the "Bendless Boomerang Club".[10] When Fire Nation airships attacked the Western Air Temple under Princess Azula's command, the gang was forced to abandon the site. The Duke, Teo, Haru, Hakoda, and Chit Sang separated from Aang's group and fled the temple on a previously stolen airship.[11]

After the Hundred Year War ended, The Duke returned to the Fire Nation for Zuko's coronation as the new Fire Lord. There he reunited with Pipsqueak and hugged Toph.[12]

Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book One: Water (水)

Book Two: Earth (土)

Book Three: Fire (火)

Avatar comics

Book Two: Earth (土)

Book Three: Fire (火)

Graphic novel trilogies

Trivia

  • The Duke was sensitive of people calling him by his full name, namely "The Duke". He corrected many people, including Haru,[1] when they called him "Duke" instead of "The Duke". However, when Jet called him "Duke", he did not say a word.[4]
  • After Iroh, The Duke was the second character to have been voiced by two different voice actors in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch, Hedrick, Tim (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (July 14, 2008). "The Western Air Temple". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.
  2. Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series, page 55.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Eagan, James (writer) & Filoni, Dave (director). (May 6, 2005). "Jet". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
  5. Ehasz, Aaron; Hamilton, Joshua; Hedrick, Tim; Pittarese, Frank (writer), Lodge, Reagan (artist, colorist), Comicraft (letterer). "The Bridge" (September 18, 2007), Nick Mag Presents: Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  6. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (September 21, 2007). "The Awakening". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Wilgus, Alison (writer), Ridge, Justin (artist), Dzioba, Wes (colorist), Comicraft (letterer). "Swordbending" (2009), Nickelodeon Comics Club.
  10. Wilgus, Alison (writer), Garagarza, Elsa (artist), Dzioba, Wes (colorist), Comicraft (letterer). "No Benders Allowed" (2009), Nickelodeon Comics Club.
  11. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 17, 2008). "The Southern Raiders". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.
  12. 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.

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