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Character in the series Avatar
Toph's Champion's belt
北方拓芙
Toph Beifong
Nationality Gaoling, Earth Kingdom
Alternative Name The Blind Bandit
The Runaway
Gender Female
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Cyan
Age Deceased [1]
Position Earthbending master

Only daughter of the Beifong family
Inventor of metalbending
Former Chief of Police in Republic City
Proprietor of the Beifong Metalbending Academy

First Appearance "The Swamp" (cameo)

"The Blind Bandit" (actual)

Voice Actor Jessie Flower

Toph Beifong was an earthbending master and one of the most powerful earthbenders of her time. Blind since birth, Toph was constantly treated condescendingly because of her disability and stature, especially by her overprotective parents. Upon discovering badgermoles, earthbending animals who were also blind, she learned how to use earthbending as an extension of her senses. This gave her the ability to "see" through every tiny vibration that passes through the ground.[2]

Having developed her own unique style of earthbending, Toph acquired a toughened personality and became famous for winning underground patriotic earthbending tournaments under the title of the "Blind Bandit", behind her parents' backs.[3] Although initially uninterested in directly aiding the war effort, she eventually chose to leave behind her old life, and travel with Avatar Aang and his friends as his earthbending teacher when her parents finally became unbearable for her.[4] Toph's total mastery over earthbending, unique personality, and thoughtful pragmatism made her a valuable addition to the team.

HistoryEdit

Early LifeEdit

Toph befriends a badgermole

Toph learning how to earthbend from badgermoles at a young age.

Toph was the only child of the wealthy Beifong family of Gaoling. Born blind, she was sheltered by parents who believed her blindness made her fragile and incapable of looking after herself. They went to extreme measures to protect her, including hiding her existence from the rest of the world, which resulted in very few people knowing that the Beifong family even had a daughter. Poppy and Lao Beifong expected their daughter to be well-mannered and proper due to their noble status in Earth Kingdom society, something with which Toph secretly disagreed, causing her to resent her parents' treatment.[4]

At the age of six, she ran away from home into a cave inhabited by badgermoles.[2] Badgermoles were the first earthbenders and according to Toph, she and the creatures understood each other since they were both blind. She learned earthbending by imitating their movements.[2] Toph learned to "see" through the use of her earthbending, detecting people and other objects through their vibrations, which she sensed through the ground via her bare feet.[4] In the process, she also developed a great sense of hearing.

Lao Beifong later hired the earthbender teacher, Master Yu, to instruct her. Acting upon the orders of Toph's father, he did not teach her anything other than beginner's moves, unaware that she had already achieved mastery in the art. She became such a formidable bender that she secretly entered underground earthbending tournaments as the Blind Bandit, and was successful to the point where she became the champion of Earth Rumble more than once. After meeting Aang, Toph soon ran away in order to teach him earthbending, but also to escape her parents, who never granted her any real freedom.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. EXCLUSIVE: Yang Continues "Avatar: The Last Airbender" in The Search. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved on June 25, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "The Firebending Masters". John O'Bryan (writer) & Giancarlo Volpe (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. July 15, 2008. No. 13, Book Three: Fire
  3. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "The Blind Bandit". Michael Dante DiMartino (writer) & Ethan Spaulding (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. May 5, 2006. No. 6, Book Two: Earth

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