...upon seeing Toph for the first time in two years?
Given that Mr and Mrs Beifong hid Toph's existence from the world, no one really knows Toph being related to them (assuming the world only knew Toph as the Avatar's earthbending master, the inventor of metalbending, proprietor of the metalbending school, but not a Beifong). How would Lao act upon seeing Toph again?
Lao will disown her for leaving to train Aang
Lao feared that having a blind daughter would disgrace him and the family, so he'll outright deny he had a child in the first place
Lao will finally accept Toph's earthbending mastery and treat her fairly now knowing Toph's contributions in the war
Lao will continue to mistreat Toph the way he did before, if not worse
I think the answer is really a sort of combination of the options you listed. Given what we've seen of the Beifongs, I'd imagine Lao would remain furious that Toph defied him and joined Team Avatar. On the other hand, having the Avatar's earthbending master as your daughter is probably a pretty big boost to one's social status. I always sort of envisioned Lao trying to take advantage of Toph's fame to enhance his own prestige until Toph finally got fed up and left.
i think Lao would start by coming to Toph to embrace her in a hug and ask his little baby if she was hurt then he would get angry at her for defying him but proud of her too and he would demand she came home where she would be watched and protected 24-7 and she would argue and show how awesome she is and her father would finially accept who Toph really is and they would finially get along.
All things considered, it would probably be a bit of a mix. Lao does clearly care for his daughter, its just that the care was misguided into overprotection due to Toph's blindness. There may be some initial "How dare you run away like that! You had your mother and I worried sick!", but in the end he would probably just be glad his little girl came home safe and sound, like any good father would.
I expect a copy of the Toph/Aang situation during the first book of the trilogy: they argue, there's a scene where they both leave, and along comes a crisis (the demon for Toph and her father). After it, both Toph and her father they come to their respective realizations. Toph's father funds the metalbending school.
Until he sees Toph use earthbending against that spirit or to assist people. There will be something along the lines that he never saw such a side to Toph: a capable bender rather than his handicapped daughter. Could be a completely different situation and I hope there's a good twist.
Lao has already seen Toph in battle. Master Yu told Lao straight up, "She's the greatest earthbender I've ever seen." Surely he doesn't need much more convincing of his daughter's greatness.
I have to wonder, though. When Lao sent Yu and Xin Fu after her, he told them that the Avatar had kidnapped his daughter. I wonder if he really believed that or if he was just unwilling to admit the truth that his daughter openly defied him and ran away?
He was probably unwilling to admit his "fragile little daughter" defied him. Got to be a bit of a blow to his noble ego that his once elegant and quiet daughter suddenly (from his perspective) turned into a rough and tumble earthbending powerhouse.
Lao was told that but I don't think he has seen it. Perhaps a bit of unwillingness to believe the story about his daughter or the truth about her abilities. There's the whole blindness handicap present and I don't think he really know about the tremor sense.
The Air Nomad Critic wrote: He was probably unwilling to admit his "fragile little daughter" defied him. Got to be a bit of a blow to his noble ego that his once elegant and quiet daughter suddenly (from his perspective) turned into a rough and tumble earthbending powerhouse.
Which Toph really is all along and always has been.
Logistically it is a little odd. She overpowered 5-6 earthbenders at once when he first saw her abilities, yet Lao only sent two to capture her, one of which she already clearly defeated. You'd think he'd hire the Avatar world equivalent of the A-Team or something with all the money he could throw around and how much he probably wanted his daughter back.
Nameless henchmen are usually a nice investment in such situations. Heavily tattooed thugs armed to the teeth would probably give the idea of "these are top level bounty hunters" quite nicely without having stuff like extensive dialogue or detailed background. Think Rough Rhinos.
to be personal if i were Lao beifong i would've heard my daughter ran away i would've sent June after Toph and not losers like Xin fu and master Yubut even though June is the most badass non-bender in avatar Toph could still kick her ass.
Avatar thoyrn wrote: to be personal if i were Lao beifong i would've heard my daughter ran away i would've sent June after Toph and not losers like Xin fu and master Yubut even though June is the most badass non-bender in avatar Toph could still kick her ass.
Meh, Toph would've buried her alive if she did attempt to capture her. LOL
well i don't nessicarily think that June would try to capture Toph because i think they could be friends and partners i would just hire June if i were Lao beifong because she is the best bounty hunter in the avatar world but she would could alway's join team avatar and make a pact with them andf she could've captured Azula for them if anything because there are only like a few people in avatar who don't fear Azula and June would be one of them.
Lao will continue to mistreat Toph the way he did before, if not worse
Now that Toph is the world's first metalbender and the most powerful earthbender in the world, I don't think that she would put up with any of that from her father. Lao seems like the cowardly type. I don't think that he would mistreat someone with a short temper who could crush him with a rock
I forgotten about the letter. Thanks for bringing that up!
Since we dont know exactly whats in the letter, I guess it was left up to us to decide. Now that the reunion with her father has taken place, hard to tell. It seems that by Toph's reaction, she doesn't think her letter was well received. I guess we'ĺl see.
As much as I love Toph, to be honest, I don't want the arc to resolve nicely. It would put an interesting dimension on future choices Toph makes. Stuff like us not seeing a father figure for Lin and so on.
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Aren't we trying to think this a bit too 2-dimensional? I don't think that Loa Beifong felt disgraced by the blind daughter, he was just overprotective. He didn't mistreat her, he gave her more love and care then necessary; he loved her and was too protective of her.
Also, her family is an old high class elite family, so there are some ways that they are supposed to act that Toph refuses, so he'd be a bit disappointed.
But from reading The Rift Part 2, I get the feeling that he might try to separate himself from her for her own good. She's doing well on her own and is happier without him. If she went back to the Beifong, she'd probably have to act in a way which doesn't suit her.
He's giving his daughter the freedom she needs and wants. While she's not perfect, Toph really is overall responsible and not misusing the freedom, and he probably recognizes that. Toph is doing well and building up a name for herself with out using the Beifong name.
I mean, this guy is over the top, but he really is always thinking about his daughter. He doesn't want to be separate from her but at the same time, doesn't want to take away the freedom and happiness that she earned.
Well, that's what I think.
That's one thing I like about this series though; kids can't read their parents minds, sometimes they won't understand their parents, and even if they know their parent loves them, they still could feel unloved. They are so human, I believe it's done wonderfully.
It seems that after the war, a big theme in the series which explored the relationship of parents and children just grew bigger (talkin about LAB & LoK).
Avatar thoyrn wrote: well that always could be an outcome but she would really need to PROVE she is capable and AWESOME to her father so he can see she is fully capable and understand
Toph has nothing to prove to anyone. She's what - 14 or 15 years old at the time she reunited with her dad? By that time, she had trained the Avatar, developed metalbending, helped end a century-old war, started her own training academy, and helped build the foundation for what would later become Republic City. If Daddy's not impressed at this point, then fuck him.
The idea of his daughter doing all of the ATLA stuff might not be believable to him. How can the girl who was sheltered all that time be the same person? That might be what he's thinking. They guys pretty much set up the idea in The Rift II that Toph shows her father what she can do in part III.
Kubernes wrote: The idea of his daughter doing all of the ATLA stuff might not be believable to him. How can the girl who was sheltered all that time be the same person? That might be what he's thinking. They guys pretty much set up the idea in The Rift II that Toph shows her father what she can do in part III.
In the last few panels, Lao is seen looking at Toph visibly struggling to keep them from being buried alive by a mixture of earth and metal. If Lao is still unconvinced that her daughter is not the fragile blind girl, if I were Toph I'd rather leave him for dead and metalbend myself from that grave.
Look at the very last image with Toph holding up the ceiling. Lao's look is not something I'd describe like that. He's generally seemed concerned at Toph in that image. Even some shock or confusion is on that face.
That was the point I think the artist was making with that last panel. Too bad, I was looking for something interesting but we might just get a very clear cut resolution to that plot line. At least the Aang/Yangchen story got interesting.
I felt angry when Lao called Toph "a confused young lady" rather than the daughter she obviously is. I mean, it was bad enough that he was overprotective of her. But disowning her is worse. I hate him for that. I hope he comes around in The Rift Part 3.
Lao disowned Toph, but she's going to prove herself and win him back. Saw a bit of The Rift Part 3 (2?), and she's going to more than impress him with her skill, and show that she's not the helpless little girl she once pretended to be.
What I want to know is, how will Tophs Parents react to finding out their daughter had two daughters by two different men? One of them presumably the daughter of an important political figure (if those fan theories about Sokka being Su's father are ever confirmed).
More likely is that Toph and her parents (at least the father) come to an understanding that Toph is free to do just about anything after the events in The Rift. But yes, the idea that Toph had children by different fathers really stands out.