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18 Side Characters In 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' That Deserve A Backstory

List RulesVote up the characters you wish had more screentime.

Part of the reason why Avatar: The Last Airbender has such a loyal fanbase is the breadth of its cast. And while we got a deep look into a lot of characters, here are some that we feel could've had more more. Vote up your favorites!

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    Monk Gyatso

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    Monk Gyatso was a great mentor to Aang, treating him with respect and gently guiding him towards maturity. Considering how different he is from the rest of the monks, it'd be awesome to see why he so passionately believes in Aang and mentorship. Also how he handles a relationship that spans across lifetimes with Roku.

    Not to mention, we deserve to see his final moments battling the Fire Nation; even his garments remain relatively unharmed, which leads us to believe he defeated the last remaining soldiers before his last breath.

    Deserve a backstory?
  • 2

    King Bumi

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    Considering his off-beat and eccentric personality, we can be confident that King Bumi's rise to power during the 100 Year War must have been wild. As the second greatest earthbender in the world (losing only to Toph) and the only known earthbender to bend with his mind, Bumi would be at the center of a great story.

    And who wouldn't want to see his first meeting with Uncle Iroh? Dudes would be wiping enemies on the floor together like a buddy cop drama.

    Deserve a backstory?
  • 3

    Jeong Jeong

    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    Jeong Jeong's first appearance behind a wall of candles stands to be one of the coolest entrances of the show; he even makes bending an entire wall of fire look like a piece of cake. (Side note, some fans noticed that his grand wall of fire in the series finale is similar to the wave move Katara taught Aang). We'd love to see Jeong Jeong learning from other nations as they travel the world. "The Deserter" deserves a proper exposition.

    Deserve a backstory?
  • 4


    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    We learn a little bit about Koh's mother in The Searchbut his strained relationship with Avatar Kuruk would make an interesting story for audiences. How did he come to be separated from his family and gain all the faces he has? And why does he live in the cave?

    This backstory would be a interesting step into the horror genre.

    Deserve a backstory?