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Tu is an Earth Kingdom fruit merchant native to Ba Sing Se and the son of Chow and LiLing,[2] as well as the cousin of Mako and Bolin.[1]

History

171 AG

Meeting Mako and Bolin

In 171 AG, after having spent the night on the streets of the Lower Ring of Ba Sing Se, Bolin and Mako were arguing as to whether they should pull a scam and steal some fruit from a stand. They were overheard by Tu, who challenged them to steal the food while simultaneously attempting to discourage them, leaving the brothers confused. The confusion led to him jumping over the stand and pinning Mako and Bolin to the ground. Shortly after, his father appeared and was able to place Mako and Bolin as Tu's cousins. When his father praised the brothers for their success in Republic City, Tu sarcastically congratulated his cousins and affirmed that he could just be as successful if provided with the same opportunities that his cousins were afforded.

Later, when the brothers asked the family about the new airbenders in Ba Sing Se, Tu told them of a rumor that the Earth Queen was locking them up and experimenting on them, resulting in him being scolded by his grandmother, Yin, for speaking negatively of their ruler.[1]

The next day, Tu managed to get two passports for his cousins to return to the Upper Ring to warn Avatar Korra. Bolin praised him as a good cousin before the whole family shared in a group hug.[3] Sometime later, Tu was listening to a city-wide announcement by Zaheer over the radio with the rest of his family at Yin's house and was shocked to hear of the death of the Earth Queen.[4]

Escaping Ba Sing Se

Mako, Bolin, and Tu

Although sporting an aloof attitude, Tu genuinely thanked his cousins for coming to their rescue.

As Ba Sing Se was slowly being consumed by flames, Tu and the rest of his family tried to convince Yin to leave their family home, though without success. When Bolin dropped in and announced that there was an airship on the roof to evacuate them to safety, Tu notified his cousin that their grandmother refused to leave. However, after Bolin picked Yin up and carried her out, Tu followed suit. Once on the airship, he thanked his cousins for the rescue, although he added that he could have probably handled it himself if they had not come along.

Upon hearing from Mako that they were looking for the wreckage of the airship that was supposed to take Korra to Ba Sing Se, Tu scoured the Si Wong Desert with a telescope. He found some metal remnants, which prompted them to follow the tracks leading toward the Misty Palms Oasis, where they made a bumpy landing. There, he warned his family in alarm to watch out for an excited Naga, whom he referred to as a "giant dog beast thingy".[5]

After the insurrection of the Red Lotus, Asami allowed Tu, along with the rest of his family, to stay at the Sato estate.

174 AG

Meeting Prince Wu

Wu was surprised to discover Prince Wu on the Sato estate's doorstep and watched his grandmother faint upon being bestowed a kiss on the hand by the royal.[6]

Wu down

After listening with interest to Mako's history with Korra, Tu witnessed how his cousin downed Prince Wu with one punch during their self-defense lesson.

Later, Tu accompanied his grandmother to the estate's gym, where his cousin had knocked down Prince Wu during their self-defense training. He subsequently listened as Mako relayed part of his past to Wu, though when he told them he had kissed Korra after going on a date with Asami, a surprised Tu interrupted the story, pointing out that he had been under the impression that Mako was dating Asami. Although his cousin ordered him to leave, Tu stayed and noted Mako was in denial by saying that he was not dating Asami when he had kissed Korra. He agreed later on with Wu that Mako's breakup with Asami did not really sound like a breakup and when learning Mako had later gotten back together with Asami, though did not tell that to an amnesic Korra, Tu noted that his cousin was so afraid to disappoint anyone, that he ended up disappointing everyone. He high-fived Prince Wu, who readily agreed with his statement.[7]

Evacuating Republic City

Baffled evacuees

Tu was baffled to see Prince Wu resuming his singing and starting to dance with renewed vigor when they were threatened by three Earth Empire mecha suits.

Weeks later, Tu, together with Yin, joined the last group of citizens set to evacuate Republic City. They became stranded at Central City Station, however, when Kuvira attacked the metropolis and had her army destroy the train tracks. From atop the station's observation deck, he noticed a platoon of mecha suits heading their way and warned the others. In an effort to find a way out of the city, he followed Wu to Republic City's zoo, where the prince sang to two badgermoles, bringing them under his control. Tu and Wu each climbed one of the animals and rode them back to the station. When the group was later cornered by a trio of Earth Empire mecha suits and Prince Wu readily offered himself as a prisoner in order to save the other evacuees, Tu rushed to the royal's side and implored him not to surrender. He was baffled, however, when Wu suddenly resumed his singing and started to dance with renewed vigor, which commanded the badgermoles to attack the soldiers and crush their machines.[8] Afterward, upon resurfacing and reuniting with the rest of his family, Tu told Mako how level-headed the prince had been during the entire evacuation.[9]

Relatives

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Yin
   
   
Bohai[2]
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
LiLing
   
   
Chow
   
   
   
   
   
   
San
   
   
Naoki[2]
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Chow Jr.
   
   
Tu
   
   
Meng-Meng
   
   
Mako
   
   
Bolin

Appearances

The Legend of Korra

Book Three: Change (易)

Book Four: Balance (平衡)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Graham, Ian. (June 27, 2014). "The Earth Queen". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 3. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official Family Trees. Nickelodeon. Retrieved on January 23, 2015.
  3. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Zwyer, Melchior (director). (July 11, 2014). "In Harm's Way". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 4. Nickelodeon.
  4. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Zwyer, Melchior (director). (August 8, 2014). "Long Live the Queen". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 10. Nick.com.
  5. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (August 15, 2014). "The Ultimatum". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 11. Nick.com.
  6. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Heck, Colin (director). (November 14, 2014). "Reunion". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 20. Nick.com.
  7. Hamilton, Joshua, Mattila, Katie, and Hedrick, Tim (writer) & DiMartino, Michael Dante (director). (November 21, 2014). "Remembrances". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 21. Nick.com.
  8. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (December 19, 2014). "Day of the Colossus". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 25. Nick.com.
  9. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Zwyer, Melchior (director). (December 19, 2014). "The Last Stand". The Legend of Korra. Season 2. Episode 26. Nick.com.

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