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Tong
Tong
Biographical information
Nationality

Chin Village, Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Physical description
Gender

Male

Hair color

Brown

Personal information
Allies

Chin Village, Aang, more ...

Enemies

Fire Nation, Rough Rhinos, Kyoshi, former Avatars

Chronological and political information
Profession

Chin Village leader

Position

Mayor

Affiliation

Earth Kingdom

First appearance

"Avatar Day" (only appearance)

Voiced by

James Hong

Tong was the mayor of the Earth Kingdom town of Chin Village. He loved to glorify his town's former leader, Chin the Great, just as much as he loved to denounce the Avatar. He used his own brand of justice ("just-us"), which placed any defendants at a severe disadvantage as he alone acted as judge, jury, and prosecution.

History

During an Avatar Day festival, Aang revealed himself as the Avatar, only to be arrested. While the Avatar was in his jail cell, Mayor Tong explained to him that "Avatar Day" was formed after Avatar Kyoshi killed the village's leader, Chin the Great.

To prove Aang's innocence, Sokka and Katara searched the village and returned to Kyoshi Island to find evidence that proved otherwise, but this proved useless because, according to village law, the opposing sides merely recounted what they believed happened. Using only the two stories, the jury decided who was innocent and who was guilty; Mayor Tong served as both prosecution and jury which meant that convincing him that Aang was innocent would be next to impossible.

Tong changes Aang's sentence
Tong changed Aang's sentence to that of community service, and tasked him with protecting the town from the Rough Rhinos.
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During Aang's trial, after hearing Tong's story and Aang's vague version, the Avatar was found guilty. Refusing to give up, Sokka and Katara had Aang dress up in Kyoshi's old uniform. Kyoshi manifested herself through his body, as Avatar Roku had done once before. She announced to the village that she had indeed killed Chin, referring to him as "Chin the Conqueror", but in defense of her home. Once Kyoshi's spirit disappeared, the village brought out a wheel for Aang to spin to determine his punishment. It landed on "boiled in oil", but before the sentence could be carried out, the Rough Rhinos arrived to take over the village.

Fearing for his safety, Tong quickly changed the punishment to community service, and pleaded with Aang to defeat the warriors and save the village. After the Avatar and his friends succeeded in defeating the invading group, Tong, as an act of gratitude, decided that in the future, Avatars would be honored on "Avatar Day". Since Aang had not been boiled in oil on this day, the celebration would involve eating effigies of the Avatar made from unfried dough.[1]

Personality

Tong was a delusional, arrogant, and ignorant man. He exercised his own version of justice, in which he was both judge and jury, putting all defendants at an unfortunate and unfair disadvantage.

Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book Two: Earth (土)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 O'Bryan, John (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (April 28, 2006). "Avatar Day". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 5. Nickelodeon.

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