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Wu
Wu
Biographical information
Nationality

Makapu Village, Earth Kingdom

Ethnicity

Earth Kingdom

Physical description
Gender

Female

Hair color

Gray

Personal information
Allies

Meng, Aang, Katara, calm man, Makapu Village

Enemies

Fire Nation

Chronological and political information
Profession

Fortuneteller

First appearance

"The Fortuneteller"

Last appearance

"Bato of the Water Tribe"

Voiced by

Tsai Chin

Aunt Wu was an elderly citizen of Makapu Village who was able to predict the future. The people of Makapu were so confident in her abilities that they abandoned going up the nearby volcano to check if it would erupt, instead relying on Aunt Wu's predictions.[1] Well-regarded for her free and accurate readings, every prediction she made was taken as gospel by the village at large. Her methods of divination ran from palmistry to oracle bones and cloud reading. She was helped in her hut by her assistant, Meng.

History

When she was a little girl, Aunt Wu received a cloud reading book,[2] and when she was old enough, she studied with other fortunetellers, learning different methods such as reading bones and clouds. She spent many years traveling the Earth Kingdom, telling people's fortunes in each town she visited. In 80 AG, she arrived in Makapu Village near the active volcano Mt. Makapu. She knew that the village was where she was meant to be, as the people in the town needed her, having become reliant upon on her fortunes.[3]

Team Avatar visited Makapu in early 100 AG, and Wu performed readings for them. She predicted that Katara would marry a powerful bender while Sokka would live a life of pain and misery, most of which would be self-inflicted. She also foretold Aang's future battle between the forces of good and evil. When a curious Aang asked about his potential love life, she told him to simply trust his heart and he would be with the one he loved.

Aunt Wu

Aunt Wu predicted the volcano would not destroy the village.

When Aunt Wu's cloud readings predicted the nearby volcano would not destroy the village, Katara and Aang accepted the reading, while the skeptical Sokka grew frustrated with the populace's blind faith in the fortuneteller. After this, an enamored Katara returned to Wu for several more predictions, which began to annoy the fortuneteller. She finally shut Katara out after she asked if she should have mango or papaya for breakfast.

Team Avatar later discovered that the volcano was in fact set to erupt, and borrowed Aunt Wu's Book of Clouds, using a combination of water and airbending to manipulate the clouds and convince the villagers their home was in danger. After they saved the town, Aang returned Wu's book to her. She initially appeared angry, accusing them of tampering with the clouds, though subsequently relented, remarking that it had been a clever ruse.[1]

A short time later, June, Prince Zuko, and Iroh visited Makapu Village in search of the Avatar. Aunt Wu thought Iroh was handsome, and asked if he wanted his fortune told.[4]

Appearances

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Book One: Water (水)

Trivia

  • Wu may be written in Chinese as , a surname meaning "shaman" or "sorceress". Shamanism was widespread in ancient China from the Shang dynasty until the Han. During the Shang and Zhou dynasties, their chosen divination technique was the reading of oracle bones, which Aunt Wu demonstrates in the show.
    • Wu has the same pronunciation as "woo", a slang term used by skeptics to describe topics they consider superstitious nonsense, such as astrology and fortune telling.
  • Aunt Wu's headpiece is an inverted Mark of the Wise, the symbol Sokka earned after successfully completing the Southern Water Tribe's traditional rite of passage of ice dodging.[4]
  • Like many older women, she appeared to find Iroh attractive.[4]
  • In the Greek dub of the show, it is Aunt Wu instead of Avatar Roku who narrates the Previously on Avatar recaps.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ehasz, Aaron, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Filoni, Dave (director). (September 23, 2005). "The Fortuneteller". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 14. Nickelodeon.
  2. Avatar Extras for "The Fortuneteller" on Nicktoons Network
  3. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Wilcox, Ian (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (October 7, 2005). "Bato of the Water Tribe". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 15. Nickelodeon.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Wu

  • i am lazy

    2 messages
    • what was the full fortune told to katara about everything including her grandchildren? im too lazy to go watch it again
    • You can just use the transcript for quick reference! But in any case, it was, "I feel a great romance for you. The man you are going to marry...

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