Suki’s among the best of Avatar: The Last Airbender’s fantastic female characters. Let’s cover some facts and trivia you didn’t know about her.
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When someone brings up the women of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Katara and Toph are often the first characters who come to mind. But Suki becomes a crucial asset to Team Avatar as the series continues, progressing from the Kyoshi Warrior fans meet in Book One to an official member of the gang by the time Book Three concludes.
There’s a lot to love about Suki, from her physical prowess in battle to her fierce love for her people — and that’s not to mention that she’s funny and a defender of women’s rights. But while we know all of this about Suki at the surface level, there’s more to her character that fans may not know about. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Suki.
Updated By Amanda Bruce On August 2nd, 2020: Suki grabbed the attention of fans when she first challenged Sokka as a Kyoshi warrior. More than a decade after she debuted in Avatar: The Last Airbender, she’s still a fan favorite amongst the non-bending characters in the franchise. With even more fans being introduced to her thanks to the series streaming on Netflix around the world, there’s still plenty for them to learn about her.
15 Suki’s Name Means Moon
Several of the characters in the franchise have names that have meanings in different languages. In Japanese, “tsuki” is actually one of the words for moon. In Chinese, so is “yue,” which is another word Avatar fans might recognize.
Princess Yue, after all is Sokka’s first girlfriend in the series, and she actually becomes the new moon spirit. Both of Sokka’s love interests having names that reference the celestial body is unlikely to be a coincidence.
14 She Is Super Strong
Non-benders in the series often have a lot of skills to offset them not having access to magic-like abilities. Ty Lee has her chi blocking and acrobatics. Mai has her deadly aim. Sokka is good with just about any weapon he picks up. In addition to the fighting skills she exhibits, Suki also happens to be much stronger than the average person.
In multiple fights, Suki is seen throwing people off of her with very little effort. Some of those people are grown men many times her size. In her earliest appearances, she’s also able to swim against the current in full Kyoshi armor, which has to weigh her down.
13 She Considers Herself Responsible For Mai And Zuko’s Break Up
Mai and Zuko break up and get back together in the series proper, but they also break up in the follow-up comics. That comic book breakup is what Suki feels responsible for.
In The Promise, Suki becomes concerned about Zuko and follows him. She discovers that he’s been visiting his father in prison, and takes her concerns about that to Mai. When Mai tries to talk to Zuko about it, the two end up breaking up instead of talking things out. The experience leaves Suki with a lot of guilt, but even more loyal to Zuko.
12 She Knows How The Kyoshi Warriors Really Formed
Throughout the animated series, it’s mentioned that the Kyoshi Warriors are formed in tribute to the former Avatar. They even paint their faces and wear armor to resemble her when on duty. In the comics, Suki tells the real story of their formation to a young girl.
Kyoshi would protect people from “undesirables” in a marketplace, teaching the women who frequented it how to defend themselves. Eventually, those women would become the first group of Kyoshi Warriors.
11 Her Voice Is Provided By A California Dreamer
In the ’90s, Saturday morning television tried to replicate the success of Saved By The Bell. Several sitcoms about teens launched, including California Dreams, about a group of teens who had a band.
A character introduced in the second season was played by Jennie Kwan. Kwan sang her way through the end of the series as Samantha Woo. Since then, she’s done a lot of voiceover work, including voicing everyone’s favorite Kyoshi Warrior.
10 She Wasn’t Meant To Be A Recurring Character
Although Suki becomes a member of Team Avatar and Sokka’s primary love interest as The Last Airbender continues, that wasn’t always the plan for her character. In fact, Suki wasn’t supposed to return after her first appearance in “The Warriors of Kyoshi,” and it’s only because of fans’ reactions to her character that the creators kept her on.
It’s hard to imagine they didn’t anticipate Suki’s popularity, but it’s a relief they made the choice to have her come back. Imagine if Sokka had just stayed in love with the moon forever?
9 She Was Supposed To Be In The Live-Action Adaptation
M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender fell short in a lot of ways, and Suki’s exclusion can certainly be considered one of the film’s flaws. Fans may be shaking their heads at the fact that she doesn’t appear in this rendition of the story, but, as it turns out, she was originally supposed to.
Jessica Jade Andres was even cast to portray Suki in the film, but she and her fellow Kyoshi warriors were cut in order to place more focus on the main characters and the main storyline. It’s doubtful Suki’s inclusion would have saved the film from the feedback it got, but who knows? Maybe it would have been a tad more enjoyable with her around.
8 She Doesn’t Know All The Details About Sokka’s Ex
Having your ex-girlfriend just up and turn into the moon can’t be an easy thing to talk about, and it seems that Sokka skipped over a few of the details when discussing his former love interest with Suki. That’s not to say he didn’t tell her anything about his past love life, but he certainly didn’t go into depth — and it’s hard to blame him there.
That said, it doesn’t seem like this affected Sokka’s relationship with Suki at all by the end of the series.
7 She’s One Of The Only People To Escape Boiling Rock
Boiling Rock is meant to be one of the most impenetrable prisons in The Last Airbender universe, and few have ever escaped its clutches. Naturally, the people who have managed to weasel their way out of the penitentiary would be the show’s main characters — including Suki, of course.
While fans know that Suki escaped imprisonment at Boiling Rock, they may not know just how rare that is — and it makes her character that much more impressive.
6 After Fighting The Fire Nation, She Now Helps Protect It
Fans of The Last Airbender may have forgotten where each of the characters ends up when the series concludes, and the outcome of Suki’s story, in particular, might be surprising to those who haven’t read the comics. After spending most of the series fighting against the Fire Nation for what they’ve done to her friends and people, Suki ends up serving that same kingdom — under a new regime, of course.
That’s right, Suki becomes a bodyguard for Zuko when he becomes the next Fire Lord. At least fans know he was well protected while he reigned.
5 Suki’s Never Gone Adventuring With Zuko
Despite the fact that Suki and Zuko grow closer as The Last Airbender progresses — and that she becomes one of his guards afterward — Suki is actually the only character who has never gone on a “field trip” with Zuko during the series. Pretty much every other member of Team Avatar had to endure some sort of journey with the future Fire Lord, but Suki escaped an awkward quest with him.
On the bright side, fans can count on the fact that these two probably had plenty of adventures once she became one of his guards.
4 She’s Been Honing Her Skills Since Childhood
While some fans may not know about Suki’s future after The Last Airbender, others may be unaware of her past. Given her talent when it comes to fighting, it’s probably won’t come as a surprise that Suki began her Kyoshi Warrior training at an early age — though just how young she was may shock fans a bit more.
Suki was only eight years old when she started learning to be a warrior, emphasizing just how practiced she’s become in combat. It also explains why her fellow Kyoshi Warriors look to her as a leader. With that much experience, how could they not?
3 Her Fighting Style Is Based Off These Japanese Martial Arts
Speaking of Suki’s hand-to-hand combat skills, they’re actually reminiscent of a form of Japanese martial arts known as Aikido. By jabbing pressure points on her opponents, Suki’s able to take them down efficiently with little resistance.
Her usage of war fans in battle is also similar to Tessenjutsu, another form of Japanese martial arts. With so many proven fighting styles fueling her own, it’s no wonder Suki was such a force to be reckoned with.
2 She Learned Chi-Blocking From Ty Lee
Despite already having an impressive number of fighting skills, Suki added to her arsenal by learning Chi-Blocking from Ty Lee. Although these two were initially enemies during the Hundred Year War, Ty Lee eventually saw the error of the Fire Nation’s ways and decided to join the Kyoshi Warriors.
From there, it seems both of these characters learned a thing or two from one another. It’s hard not to appreciate that kind of camaraderie.
1 She Has No Cameo In Legend Of Korra
Apart from the opening sequence of The Legend of Korra that shows all of the members of Team Avatar as adults, Suki doesn’t appear in the follow-up series. Korra has a run-in with basically every other main character, but, for whatever reason, fans don’t get an in-depth look at what became of Suki after The Last Airbender.
It’s a shame fans couldn’t see more of Suki in this series, but at least they can always revisit her in the original show.