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Pakku is the Waterbending master and instructor of the North Pole's Northern Water Tribe. He is possibly the most powerful non-Avatar waterbender in the world. Dryly sarcastic, and very serious about his art, he gives no breaks to his students.

Likewise stubbornly set in the customs of his culture, he only taught Waterbending to male tribe members; however, his ways have recently changed with his teaching of Katara.


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Pakku Waterbending

When Pakku consented to teach Aang, but rejected Katara, she schemed to learn from Aang at night. Pakku quickly discovered them and barred Aang from further instruction until Katara apologized. Rather than submitting to Pakku's sour chauvinism, Katara challenged Pakku to a fight. Though he acknowledged her skill, Pakku still would not consent to teach her, and eventually defeated her.

During his fight with Katara, Pakku knocked her grandmother's necklace to the ground. Later, he recognized its pendant as the betrothal necklace he had carved sixty years before for "the love of [his] life," his fiancée Kanna. Kanna did not return Pakku's love, and fled to the Southern Water Tribe to escape their arranged marriage, eventually passing down her necklace to her granddaughter, Katara. In his heartbreak, Pakku never pursued another bride and dedicated himself to his Waterbending.

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Realizing that his stubborn adherence to custom had cost him a wife, Pakku consented to teach Aang and Katara. Katara rose to mastery faster than any of his students, and he tasked her with instructing the slower-learning Aang. Pakku played a critical role in defending the North Pole from a Fire Nation siege, and afterward decided to travel to the Southern Tribe to help them rebuild their nation.

Aang and his comrades accompanied Pakku at the beginning of his journey to the Southern Tribe, before leaving to travel to Omashu. When the groups split, Pakku gave Katara a vial of water from the Spirit Oasis in the northern city, and gave Aang a box containing scrolls of Waterbending techniques. As for Sokka, Pakku comically gave him only words of good luck.

Pakku and the other Northern healers and Waterbenders worked to restore the war-torn Southern Water Tribe. Pakku reunited with Kanna and finally married her, even making her a new betrothal necklace, though the circumstances of how he got together with her are unknown.


Pakku in the Order of the White Lotus uniform

Pakku eventually joined the effort to liberate Ba Sing Se, when he and the other Order of the White Lotus members received a message from Iroh. In "Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters", the Avatar's group reunites with Pakku and their other teachers who are in the Order of the White Lotus when they locate them. When Katara and Sokka reunite with him, he tells them that he is their new grandfather, as he finally married Kanna while he was away. The two children were thrilled with this engagement. Sokka tries to find a nickname of his liking, considering "Gramp-Gramp" and "Grampakku", but fails at it.


Pakku and Piandao fighting the Fire Nation at Ba Sing Se

Pakku and the White Lotus Society launched an attack on Ba Sing Se, working to liberate the city during the arrival of Sozin's Comet. Pakku created a large waterslide over one of Ba Sing Se's walls, distracting Fire Nation soldiers. He then froze the slide, trapping the soldiers and allowing himself and Piandao to slide into the city. He initially blocks a large fire blast, but is unable to recover in time to defend himself from a second blast. Fortunately, Jeong Jeong intervenes and dissipates the blast. A large wave of water is later seen in the background as Iroh burns the Fire Nation flag on the Earth King's palace. Pakku is last seen with his allies and family at Zuko's coronation.



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Pakku is a Waterbending master, possibly the best in the world. He is the Northern Water Tribe's Waterbending instructor. During his duel with Katara, he creates very large waves of water and ice. He eventually defeats Katara by trapping her in ice spikes. During the Siege of the North, Pakku holds his own against dozens of soldiers with his enhanced Waterbending, creating an extremely large water spout.

During the Battle of Ba Sing Se, Pakku fights many Fire Nation soldiers alongside Piandao by creating a large wave, and then freezing it, allowing Piandao to slide down on it and disable the soldiers. He, along with the rest of the Order of White Lotus, successfully liberate Ba Sing Se.



  • Pakku is the shadowed Waterbender in the opening sequence, making him the first person to bend in the series.