Ty Lee

Ty Lee is a anime/manga character in the Avatar franchise
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Ty Lee is the childhood friend of Princess Azula and Mai.

Origin

Ty Lee is the daughter of a Fire Nation noble family. She's one of a set of identical septuplets, and in a noble family surrounded by sic sisters who looked exactly like her she struggled to have any sense of individuality.

It was while attending Royal Fire Academy for Girls she met Azula, the youngest child of one of the nation's crown princes; and Mai. She became friends with the princess and would often play at the royal palace. They would play and practice their acrobatics. One day, Azula and Ty Lee teased Mai and Zuko, Azula's older brother, by setting them up in a prank where they both fell in the fountain.

Eventually, living among all her identical sisters became too much for her. She suddenly ran away and joined the circus as an acrobat in her attempt to stand out and find her own identity.

Creation

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)

Ty Lee is an antagonist in the Avatar series created by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Avatar: The Last Airbender first began airing on February 21, 2005 on Nickelodeon. She would not appear until the second season that began in March 2006.

Her first appearance was in Avatar: The Last Airbender - Episode 23 "Return to Omashu", and her first comic appearance was in Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures Book 2 CH. 8 "Going Home Again". Her character is voiced by Olivia Hack, and the Japanese dub is performed by Mizuki Fujita.

Character Evolution

"At least I'm different now. 'Circus freak' is a compliment!"

Ty Lee - Avatar: The Last Airbender Ep. 45

Ty Lee

Major Story Arcs

Book 2: Earth

While Ty lee was preforming with her circus in the Earth Kingdom, she was visited by Azula, who was looking for her to join her team to hunt Zuko and Uncle Iroh as traitors. Ty Lee originally refused since she was happy in the circus. However, Azula attended the show and used her influence to force the ringmaster to make Ty Lee's act increasingly dangerous. After the act, Ty Lee agreed to leave the circus to join her.

Ty Lee, Mai, and Azula in Omashu
Ty Lee, Mai, and Azula in Omashu

The next stop was to the recently conquered Omashu to pick up Mai. They had arrived just as Mai's two year-old brother, Tom-Tom, had been kidnapped. Mai led the hostage trade with Zula and Ty Lee, but Mai canceled negotiations, following Azula's advice. Ty Lee fought the waterbender, Katara; and blocked her with chi blocking strikes. It was soon revealed that they were fighting Avatar Aang and his Team Avatar. They escaped but they failed to rescue King Bumi. As Ty Lee, Azula, and Mai were leaving, the princess decided to add hunting the Avatar to their mission.

Hunting Team Avatar
Hunting Team Avatar

They chased the Avatar on the Fire Nation Tank Train as they followed the trail of the shedding hair left by Team Avatar's air bison, Appa. Azula sent Mai and Ty Lee after Katara and Sokka as Azula realized the Avatar had separated from them. The pair hunted the brother and sister down and had the upper hand in combat, but they were defeated when Appa knocked them both in the river. Ty Lee asked Mai if she thought Sokka was cute after they climbed out. During the continued hunting much later, they found Appa being protected by the Kyoshi Warriors. Though the beast flew away, Ty Lee, Azula, and Mai captured the Kyoshi Warriors.

During the attempt to drill through the Great Wall of Ba Sing Se, Ty Lee was along with Azula aboard the giant Fire Nation Drill. Mai and Ty Lee defeated the city's elite earthbenders to prevent them from stopping the drill. However, word came that an engineer was attacked on the inside. They found Aang and his friends trying to weaken the drill on the inside. Ty Lee jumped into the slurry pipe to chance Katara and Sokka, but was trapped by the waterbender while Aang destroyed the machine. Instead, Mai, Azula, and Ty Lee infiltrated Ba Sing Se using the clothes of the Kyoshi Warriors.

Impersonating the Kyoshi Warrior
Impersonating the Kyoshi Warrior

While impersonating the Kyoshi Warriors, they learned about the plans to invade the Fire Nation, and of the corrupt Dai Li guards of Ba Sing Se. Azula ordered Mai and Ty Lee to casually slip their identities to be reported to Dai Li's leader Long Feng. As Azula was leading the coup, Katara approached them, mistaking them as the Kyoshi Warriors, with information that Zuko and Iroh were running a tea house in Ba Sing Se. During the coup set up by Azula, Ty Lee playfully fought with Sokka, and later as with Mai guarding the Earth King's bear, Bosco. While she Ty Lee tried teaching Bosco to handstand, her hands were sealed to the ground by Toph Bei Fong, and Mei let them have the bear without a fight. In the aftermath of the battle, they had conquered Ba Sing Se, and Zuko had joined Azula in apparently killing Aang.

Going Home Again

Despite the victory, Zuko still didn't seem to want to return to the Fire Nation. Azula and Ty Lee tried to set Zuko and Mai up on a dinner date. The two caught on and ran off, but the next day Mai's mood was much lighter and Zuko agreed to return.

Book 3: Fire

Ty Lee, Azula, Mai, and Zuko bond on Ember Island
Ty Lee, Azula, Mai, and Zuko bond on Ember Island

Ty Lee was commanded to join Azula, Mai, and Zuko on a forced vacation to Ember Island. On the beach, she soaked in all the attention of the boys on the beach and wasn't hesitant to manipulate them to her benefit. After their victory in a beach volleyball game, they were invited to a party by some locals, who didn't know their identities. At the party, Ty Lee was overwhelmed by the boys, then she tried to instruct Azula on how to attract a man. They all went in search of Zuko after he and Mai had a fight. Around the campfire, they all got out their repressed tensions. Mai mocked her for being an attention hog, and Zuko called her a circus freak. With tears in her eyes, she told them how hard it was growing up with six identical sisters, and she considered circus freak a compliment. The cathartic release they all had made them all closer, and they returned to the party to trash the home.

After the invasion of the Day of Black Sun, Zuko had left to join Aang and broke up with Mai. Ty Lee and Azula joined Mai to the Boiling Rock prison, becasue she had head from her uncle that Zuko was held there. While there, a massive breakout was happening. Azula tried to stop her brother's escape, Ty Lee fought again with Suki, captain of the Kyoshi Warriors. To their shock, Mai saved Zuko and his friends from dying in the boiling lake around the prison. When Azula confronted Mai, she was ready to strike her dead, but Ty Lee immobilized the princess with chi blocking. They were captured before they could run, and Azula ordered them thrown into jail for their treason.

While in prison, Ty Lee actually met and bonded with the Kyoshi Warriors. She instructed them in chi blocking and became friends. After Aang defeated Ozai, and Zuko beat Azula; the 100 Year War was over. Ty Lee and Mai were freed from jail. She was even invited to join the Kyoshi Warriors to help train them.

The Promise

A year after the war was over, the Fire Nation was trying to settle the matter of all the Fire Nation settlements in the Earth Kingdom, and a young earthbender named Kori tried to assassinate Zuko, Mai requested Ty Lee and Suki to guard the palace to protect her boyfriend. Zuko awoke that night, and they reassured the nervous Fire Lord that it had been quiet all night.

Powers & Abilities

Ty Lee is a human girl with no unique special powers other than her combat training.

Acrobatics

Martial Arts

Chi Blocking

Other Media

Ty Lee is a popular character in the Avatar franchise and she appears in many of the various products based upon the series.

Comics

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures (2011)

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures US (Jul 2011)
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures US (Jul 2011)

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures is a comic series of short stories from various artists and writers released in July 5, 2011 by Dark Horse Comics.This comic collection tells stories of events that happened during the first three seasons of the original cartoon.

Ty Lee's only real appearance in these stories is in the Book 2 chapter titled, "Going Home Again".

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise (2012)

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise US (Jan 2012)
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise US (Jan 2012)

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise is a three part comic series that expands on the finale of the cartoon series. The Promise trilogy is written by Michael Dante DiMartino and illustrated by Bryan Konietzko. The first volume was released on January 25, 2012 by Dark Horse Comics. The events of this series is a canon extension of the Avatar series.

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Name: Ty Lee
Name: 太力 (タイリー)
Romanji: Tai Rī
Gender: Female
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1st manga book: Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Lost Adventures #1
1st anime episode: Avatar: The Last Airbender #23
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