From the opening sequence of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Katara has been essential to the show's lore. She had been a part of the journeys of two different Avatars. Over the course of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender series, Katara matured into an accomplished and formidable waterbender. In the sequel series, The Legend of Korra, Katara uses her skills and experience to help train the new Avatar, Avatar Korra. The series reveals that she had three children and four grandchildren. There are many things to love about Katara, and here are some facts that every Katara fan should know about their favorite waterbender.
10 She's A Deuteragonist
In the past, series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have stated that they think of Katara as the deuteragonist of the series. The definition of the term is the person second in importance to the protagonist in a drama. Michael and Bryan have further defined Katara as the "person the story is being told through.” This is apparent, as Katara narrates the opening sequence of Avatar: The Last Airbender and appears in almost every episode alongside Aang and her brother Sokka. Her appearances in Legend of Korra are much briefer, but she remains such a pivotal character in the journey of Avatar Korra.
9 She Almost Had Other Love Interests
Though Katara ends up falling in love with and marrying Aang over the course of the original series, Katara had two other potential but scrapped love interests. At one point, the creators toyed with the idea of having her end up with Zuko, but the idea was scrapped for Katara and Aang. The other was the character who eventually ended up being Toph. The creators originally envisioned the character of Toph as a sixteen-year-old boy who would provide a foil for Sokka and a potential love interest for Katara. Thankfully, the design for the character ended up becoming Toph, who ended up being a fan-favorite character.
8 She Is The Only Person Who Can Resist Bloodbending
Katara resists the idea of learning how to bend a person’s blood, but Hama forces the lesson on her. Later, Katara is shown to be the only person known to break free of a bloodbender’s hold by their own doing. While she eventually gives up on bloodbending due to the moral dilemma it creates, Katara is the only known person to use both healing and bloodbending, the two known sub-skills of traditional waterbending. Later, Katara is shown to ensure that bloodbending is made illegal in the United Republic.
7 She Was Originally Supposed To Be Younger
The creators originally envisioned Katara as a twelve-year-old girl. She ended up getting aged up in the final version after a suggestion from a crew member. The characters of Aang and Sokka were also aged up in the final version to correspond with the shift of Katara’s age. The change ended up working for the better for the series, as the characters of Katara, Aang, and Sokka all work better being slightly older than original plans. The change allowed them all to be slightly more mature while maintaining their youthfulness and playful nature.
6 Alternate Versions and Meanings of Her Name
In the Greek dub of the series, Katara’s name is "Tamara", most likely because "katara” means curse in Greek. However, when the show translated Sifu Kisu's words about waterbending, he mentions her as Katara. Her name was also mentioned as Katara by the White Lotus leader in The Legend of Korra. In some comics, her name is misspelled Takara instead of Katara, a word meaning "treasure" in Japanese. Also, the last character in Katara's name, 拉, means pull, which is one of the basics of waterbending. Finally, in Arabic, Katara,كتارا, can be translated as droplet or water droplet.
5 She's Been Involved In Every Water Duel During The Hundred Year War
Katara is the only person to have participated in all of the water duels featured during the Hundred Year War, battling Pakku, Hama, Aang, and a number of Pakku's waterbending students over the course of the War. Katara is also shown to be a fast learner, as her waterbending proves to be a formidable asset, causing Pakku to declare her ready to become Avatar Aang’s waterbending teacher quickly after arrival at the Northern Water Tribe. Her mastery of waterbending has allowed her to use a variety of waterbending tricks to gain the upper hand in battles.
4 She Has Seen Four Avatars In Her Lifetime
Katara is one of only two non-Avatar people, along with Sokka, to have seen four Avatars in their lifetime. She saw Avatar Roku and Avatar Kyoshi manifest themselves through Aang at various points in the series. She freed Avatar Aang from the iceberg, helped him achieve his destiny, and eventually fell in love with him. In Legend of Korra, Katara becomes Avatar Korra’s waterbending teacher and assists throughout Korra’s journey with her healing abilities and experience. Most people are lucky to meet one Avatar in their lifetime, let alone four separate ones.
3 The Significance of Her Kids' Names
In Legend of Korra, it is revealed that Katara had three children with Aang: Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin. Bumi is named after Aang’s childhood friend, King Bumi of Omashu. Kya is named after Katara’s mother, who sacrificed her life to protect Katara from the fire nation. While there is no clear indication who Tenzin is named after, Tenzin is an extremely common Tibetan name. The name means "defender of the faith" or, more aptly, "upholder of the teachings". Its popularity derives from the fact that it is the first name of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.
2 She Is The First In A Lot Of Ways
In both series, Katara is the first character in a lot of ways in the world of the show. Katara narrates the opening sequence of Avatar: The Last Airbender, making her the first person to speak in the series. Besides the opening sequence, Katara was the first person to bend in the series. In addition, Katara is the only character to appear in both the first and last scenes of the series. In Legend of Korra, she becomes the first known waterbender to have given birth to an airbender.
1 Her Name Was Not Originally Katara
At the start of the series, Katara's character was originally named Kya. However, Nickelodeon's legal department forced them to change the name. This was due to the discovery that there was already an existing video game character named Kya. The name Kanna was first proposed to replace Kya but was later used for the name of her grandmother instead. The name Kya was later given to her previously unnamed mother and then her eventual daughter in Legend of Korra. Despite the name change, Katara was always destined to be an essential part of helping to save the world.