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Triple Threat Triad
Triple Threat Triad
General information
Leader(s)
Notable members
Headquarters

Triple Threat Triad headquarters; Downtown Republic City

Purpose

Organized crime

Status
  • Active
  • Wanted for extortion
Chronological information
First appearance

"Welcome to Republic City"

The Triple Threat Triad, also known as the Triple Threats, is the largest of the triads that operate in Republic City. Led by Viper, they are the only gang that consists of waterbenders, earthbenders, and firebenders, as opposed to the other single-element focused gangs. The Triple Threats work out of the back of a restaurant near Central City Station. Downtown Republic City is considered to be their turf; however, all of the city's triads are constantly involved in various territorial wars. Members of the Triple Threats, such as Shady Shin, are known to solicit recruits at Central City Station.[4] The mobsters use their bending abilities to run a protection racket on the citizens of Republic City.[1]

History

Toza bribed

Shady Shin bribed Toza into throwing a pro-bending match.

Under the leadership of Lightning Bolt Zolt, the Triple Threat Triad grew into an organized crime syndicate, soon becoming the most powerful bending triad in Republic City, infamous for extorting shopkeepers, stealing shipments, and blackmailing public figures.[4] By 167 AG,[5] the triad had also become involved in fixing pro-bending matches and illegal bets, bribing even respected pro-benders such as Toza.[6]

After the loss of their parents, Mako and Bolin joined the Triple Threat Triad to help fend for themselves in a newfound street life, doing what Mako described as "running some numbers". However, they eventually left the criminal organization in 167 AG.[2][5]

Triple Threats bully Chung

Members of the Triple Threats intimidated Mr. Chung to convince him to pay.

Three years later, when Viper, Two Toed Ping, and another member of the Triple Threat Triad made a routine visit to a phonograph shop to collect money from the owner, Mr. Chung informed them that business had been slow that week, and he could not pay the fee that the gang demanded. One of the members threatened the shopkeeper, saying that the gang could neglect the protection business if he refused to pay. Frightened, the owner offered a free phonograph to compensate for the money, but the gang did not accept. They destroyed the phonograph, and threatened him again.

When Korra intervened, the gangsters initially did not know of her identity as the Avatar and simply mocked her, declaring that they were about to put her "in the hospital". In response, the Avatar returned the threat, and a fight ensued. After being easily defeated one by one, the Triad members attempted to escape in their car, only to have the vehicle flipped by Korra's earthbending. They were subsequently apprehended upon the arrival of the Metalbending Police Force.[1]

Captured Triple Threat Triad members

Several triad members were captured by Amon in order to have their bending taken away.

While preparing for a turf war, a triad recruiter, Shady Shin, managed to entice Bolin into working for the Triple Threats by offering him a stack of yuans. However, when the duo went back to the Triple Threat's headquarters, they, along with Lightning Bolt Zolt and two other bending members, were kidnapped by Equalists. They were all taken to an Equalist assembly, where Amon planned on using them as an example of what he was going to do to all the benders of the world: except for Bolin who managed to escape due to Mako and Korra's interference, the revolutionary leader stripped every present triad member of his bending, dealing a strong blow to the triads' might.[2] After the end of the Anti-bending Revolution, the members of the Triple Threat Triad who had their bending removed were among the few who did not have their abilities restored by Avatar Korra, due to their criminal activities.[7] After these events, Viper replaced Zolt as the triad's leader.[3]

Six months after the end of the Anti-bending Revolution, the triad was approached by Mako and Asami, who sought their help on a sting operation outside the knowledge of the police. As payment for their services, Mako offered to try and convince Korra to restore Shady Shin's bending, while Asami offered Future Industries' newest vehicles. The Triple Threats subsequently agreed to the proposed terms, but after striking their deal with the two teenagers, the triad was approached by a man hired by Varrick, who said he would pay them to simply keep the duo busy while Future Industries was robbed of all its supplies. The triad accepted this new deal, and proceeded to keep Mako and Asami occupied on the ship they had set up as a decoy. However, after Mako overheard Viper and Shady Shin discussing the revised deal, he and Asami escaped the ship in one of the attached speedboats. Two groups of triad members set off after them, but the youngsters were able to outmaneuver the mobsters and escape.[3]

The police later arrested and questioned some Triple Threat Triad members, who claimed that Mako aided them in raiding Future Industries' warehouse.[8]

Organization

Shady Shin and Bolin

Shady Shin, a triad recruiter, attempted to hire Bolin as "extra muscle" for a turf war.

The Triple Threat Triad is based upon an autocratic leadership, since the current boss of the triad, Viper, has complete control over all actions of the gang.[2][4]

It is also known that some members of the triad are special recruiters, whose main task is to find suitable conscripts within the Triple Threat turf, particularly young and strong benders. Since the Triple Threat Triad is a multi-bending organization, what element a potential member is capable of bending is relatively unimportant. The recruiters operate alone, as they normally do not have to fear being attacked.[2][4]

The mobsters who run the protection rackets around the city usually operate in teams of three: One waterbender, one earthbender and one firebender. In this way they can maximize the advantages their multi-bending brings with it. Some members also work as thugs to protect the headquarters.[1][2]

In times of need, such as during turf wars with other triads, the Triple Threats also hire non-members as security detail.[2]

Headquarters

Main article: Triple Threat Triad headquarters
Triple Threat Triad headquarters

The Triple Threat Triad headquarters is located near Central City Station and masked as a restaurant.

The Triple Threat Triad established their headquarters in a large building located in downtown Republic City which is masked as a restaurant. According to Mako, the front of the building is almost always heavily guarded by thugs. However, during an Equalist raid the defense was overthrown, whereupon the headquarters was infiltrated and damaged by Equalist forces.[2] In the course of the following repairs, the wooden front door[2] was replaced by a steel door in order to increase the headquarters' security.[3]

Cars

Triple Threat Triad's car

The Satomobile used by the Triple Threat Triad is red with a golden lion turtle grill.

The Triple Threat Triad's cars are red racers with a golden grill in the form of a lion turtle. They are used by all its members, and when one of these cars is seen coming down the street, it is usually indicative of incoming trouble.[4]

Notable members

Trivia

  • The term "triad" refers to a Chinese crime syndicate, which operates in any city where there is a large population of ethnic Chinese. This parallels the Triple Threat Triad's operation in Republic City, a metropolis that is highly inspired by Chinese culture.
  • Their appearance and activities reflect those of American mobsters during the 1920s.
  • Most named members of the Triple Threat Triad have a personal nickname, such as "Shady" Shin, "Two Toed" Ping, and "Lightning Bolt" Zolt.
  • The Republic City Police has mugshots of several Triple Threat Triad members in a photobook, including Shady Shin, a Triple Threat Triad earthbender, and another mobster who was present at the Revelation rally.[9]
  • Despite being a bending triad, members who had their bending severed by Amon were allowed to remain in the group.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 14, 2012). "Welcome to Republic City". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim, Ryu, Ki Hyun (directors). (April 21, 2012). "The Revelation". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (October 11, 2013). "The Sting". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Welcome to Republic City. Nickelodeon (May 4, 2012). Retrieved on May 4, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Legend of Korra: "Republic City Hustle". IGN. IGN Entertainment (August 12, 2013). Retrieved on August 12, 2013.
  6. Hedrick, Tim (writer). (August 9, 2013). "Republic City Hustle: Part 1". Republic City Hustle. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  7. Gonzalez, Maricela (September 13, 2013). "'Legend of Korra' season 2 premiere: The creators answer our burning questions". Family Room. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on September 13, 2013. “She is undoubtedly holding out on some sordid characters among the Triads, I'd say! It is a nice thing to hold over their heads in order to get them to behave better.”
  8. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (November 1, 2013). "The Guide". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.
  9. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (October 4, 2013). "Peacekeepers". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 17. Nickelodeon.

See also

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