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"Two Toed" Ping is a firebending mobster of the Triple Threat Triad and a close associate of the triad's boss, Viper.[1] Before his leader's rise to power, he, along with Viper and an earthbender, ran a "protection" racket in the downtown area of Republic City.[2]

History

Encountering the Avatar

One day in late 170 AG, Two Toed Ping and two of his triad friends rode up to one of their protected clients, Mr. Chung, looking for the money he owed them. When the store owner explained that he was unable to pay the requested money, he offered one of his phonographs instead. Two Toed Ping destroyed the object with a fire kick, a move on which Viper humorously commented, saying that Two Toed Ping "[was not] a music lover". Right when the three gangsters threatened to destroy down the phonograph shop, Avatar Korra arrived at the scene and challenged the gangsters. Oblivious to her identity, Korra's statement was met with laughter by Ping and the other two members. Viper told Korra that she was in Triple Threat Triad territory, and that they were about to "put [her] in the hospital". The young Avatar quickly retaliated, telling them that they were the ones that would need a hospital. Enraged by her attitude, Viper attacked.

Two Toed Ping firebending

Upon witnessing Avatar Korra take out his colleagues, Two Toed Ping retaliated by unleashing a firebending attack.

However, in the following moments, Two Toed Ping witnessed at how first Viper and subsequently the earthbender were easily defeated by the Avatar. For a second, Ping was shocked by her power, but his anger against Korra for hurting his fellow Triple Threats and disrespecting his triad gained the upper hand. He attacked her with a fire stream, but she met the blast head on, threw his fire aside and grabbed his wrists. Unable to free himself and knowing what would happen next, Ping cried in fear before Korra threw him through a nearby shop's window.

The triumphant Avatar mocked the unconscious Two Toed Ping by asking whether he and his friends finally got an idea about who she was. However, by using the favor the moment, the earthbender and waterbender eventually made it to their Satomobile, unnoticed by Korra. They signaled for Ping to get into the Satomobile so they could escape the scene. As the vehicle was driving by the shop, the earthbender launched Ping into the Satomobile by bending the earth beneath the firebender's feet. The three gangsters subsequently attempted to flee from the Avatar, but were thwarted by Korra again. Her earthbending caused the waterbending member to lose control over the vehicle and the three gangsters crashed into another shop. Soon after, the Metalbending Police Force arrived and arrested Two Toed Ping and his friends, as well as Avatar Korra.[2]

Double-crossing Mako and Asami

Six months after the conclusion of the Anti-bending Revolution, Two Toed Ping was present when the Triple Threats' new leader, Viper, was approached by Mako and Asami Sato, wanting to hire their services to guard a decoy shipment bound for the south to catch whoever was intercepting Future Industries products. Although the mobsters accepted, soon after the duo left, a man approached the triad, offering them a better deal for keeping Mako and Asami busy for a couple of hours.

Two Toed Ping's polydactyly

Two Toed Ping picked his toes, showing his polydactyly to a watching Asami.

While waiting for the ship to get ambushed, Ping prodded Mako regarding his relationship with Avatar Korra, to which the firebender admitted that he recently broke up with her. After hearing this, Ping laughed at Mako, not believing that he was the one who had dumped Korra as opposed to be dumped by her. As time passed by uneventful, Ping showed Mako and Asami his twelve toes, telling them how he received his nickname. As Mako went to the ship's deck, Ping was still with Asami picking his own toes, much to her disgust.

After Mako and Asami escaped the ship upon learning of the triad's betrayal, Ping pursued the duo on a speedboat back to Republic City. However, when Asami steered her boat between two large steamboats, Ping's boat followed, though the driver was unable to copy the Sato heiress' maneuver, resulting in their boat's capsize.

Mako threatening Ping

Ping was threatened by Mako to reveal who hired the Triple Threat Triad to double-cross him and Asami.

The next day, Ping was confronted by an angry Mako, who roughly shoved him against the wall and forced him to relay all he knew about who bought off the triad to double-cross him and Asami. Threatened with the loss of all his toes, Ping confessed to being hired by a middleman, but he knew not who this man was or who he worked for. He was subsequently released by Mako and told to get out of there, something he rapidly did.[1]

Opposing the Avatar

Shortly after Korra vanquished UnaVaatu, Two Toed Ping, along with his fellow Triple Threat Triad members and the Equalists, were hired by Hundun to take out Korra. He encountered her on Air Temple Island, in Republic City, at the Southern Water Tribe, and finally, in the Spirit World. Each time, however, he was defeated by the Avatar.[3]

Appearances

The Legend of Korra

Book One: Air (气)

Book Two: Spirits (神靈)

Trivia

  • Two Toed Ping has a scar on his face similar to the scar Jeong Jeong has.
  • Two Toed Ping owes his nickname to his polydactyly, which gives him one extra toe on each foot.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Graham, Ian (director). (October 11, 2013). "The Sting". The Legend of Korra. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Hedrick, Tim, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Shirahama, Eiro, Jin Ahn, Sung (directors). PlatinumGames. (October 21, 2014). The Legend of Korra. Activision.

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