Still searching for an earthbending teacher, Aang and his friends stumble across a small earth village. When they hear about an underground earthbending tournament, they decide to go to it. Aang finds a teacher that fits the description of King Bumi. Her name is Toph Beifong, a blind, 12 year old girl who is tougher than she looks. When they meet, Toph is at first reluctant, because her parents don't know how good of a bender she is. After her parents discover her secret life, she decides that she wants to join the Avatar gang to help him master earthbending. Written by
Did You Know?
Originally, Toph wasn't meant to be a girl. Her character started out as a heavily muscled guy, who was a bit of a mean-spirited jock, to better contrast against Sokka's supposed nerdiness. The prototype of her original design is depicted as the Earthbender in the opening title sequence and was later used for Roku's earthbending teacher Sud from season three. See more
In the beginning of the episode Aang is wearing a hat, obviously to cover the tattoo on his head. But when he's in Master Yu's academy, the tattoos on his arms and legs are completely visible and no one notices. See more
The Boulder feels conflicted about fighting a young, blind girl.
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