Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Blind Bandit

Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 5/5/06
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  • Episode Description
  • In search for an earthbending teacher for Aang, the kids go to an underground earthbending tournament called Earth Rumble 6. There they meet Toph (aka the Blind Bandit), a blind, but powerful earthbending girl. After seeing her unique style of earthbending, Aang wants Toph to become his teacher, but they find out Toph has hardships of her own. Will Aang manage to convince Toph, or will he be left without an earthbending teacher?moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dee Bradley Baker

    Appa, Momo

  • Jack DeSena

    Sokka

  • Mae Whitman

    Katara

  • Zach Tyler Eisen

    Aang

  • Marc Graue

    Xin Fu

  • Fan Reviews (140)
  • The Blind Bandit

    By TrueTvWatcher, Jan 10, 2011

  • Great character development for a character we've just met this episode.

    By ZaleIsBackAgain, Jan 22, 2010

  • Now theres an earthbender in the team

    By dragondude4, Jan 03, 2010

  • This is a awesome episodes

    By jdogrules, Aug 04, 2009

  • Aang finally finds an Earthbending teacher!

    By trm6, Jan 19, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Toph (to Aang): Somebody's little light on his feet, what's your fighting name, "the Fancy Dancer?"

    • Toph: Even though I was born blind, I've never had a problem seeing. I see with earthbending. It's kind of like seeing with my feet. I feel the vibrations in the ground with my feet, and I can see where everything is: (fades to wide view) you, that tree, (Shows ant hill) even those ants. (Back to Aang and Toph) Aang: That's amazing! Toph: My parents don't understand, they've always treated me like I was helpless. Aang: Is that why you became the Blind Bandit? Toph: Yeah. Aang: Then why stay here where you're not happy? Toph: They're my parents, where else am I supposed to go?

    • Toph: Dad, I know it’s hard for you to see me this way, but the obedient little helpless blind girl that you think I am just isn’t me. I love fighting. I love being an earthbender. And I’m really, really good at it. I know I’ve kept my life secret from you, but you were keeping me secret from the whole world. You were doing it to protect me. But I’m twelve years old and I’ve never had a real friend. So now that you see who I really am, I hope it doesn’t change the way you feel about me. Lao: Of course it doesn’t change the way I feel about you, Toph. It’s made me realize something. Toph (hopeful): It has? Lao: Yes. I’ve let you have far too much freedom. From now on, you will be cared for and guarded 24 hours a day. Toph: But dad! Poppy: We are doing this for your own good, Toph. Lao: Please escort the avatar and his friends out. They are no longer welcome here. Aang: I'm sorry Toph. Toph: I'm sorry too. Goodbye Aang. (Toph sheds a tear)

    • Earthbending Pupil #1: I think The Boulder is gonna win the belt on "Earth Rumble 6." Earthbending Pupil #2: But he has to fight his way through the world's best Earthbenders to even get the shot at the champ. Aang: Excuse me, but where is this Earthbending tournament, exactly. Earthbending Pupil #1: It's on the island of Nun'ya... nun'ya business! (both laugh) (Sokka laughs) Sokka: Ooohh! I gotta remember that one!

    • Toph: What are you doing here, Twinkle Toes? Aang: How'd you know it was me? Sokka: Don't answer to Twinkle Toes. It's not manly. Katara: You're the one whose bag matches his belt.

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    Notes (7)

    • Jae-Myung Yu won a 2007 Annie Award for "Best Character Animation in a Television Production" for this episode.

    • This episode is in the Avatar: The Last Airbender Book 2: Earth, Volume 2 DVD, along with Zuko Alone, The Chase, Bitter Work, and The Library.

    • Toph was originally designed to be always referred to as the "Blind Bandit" before it was converted into a nickname in favor of a more casual name.

    • This episode aired in the UK on November 19, 2006.

    • Toph was originally supposed to be a boy, but was changed to being a girl very early in writing the storyline. The male "version" of Toph is the Earthbender in the opening theme.

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    Trivia (9)

    • Toph's dad hires two skilled Earthbenders to bring Toph back to them, claiming that Aang kidnapped her.

    • According to the DVD commentary on this episode, legend states that the basis of Toph's earthbending style, Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, was created in China's Tang Dynasty by a blind woman.

    • When Toph taunts the Boulder, her headband colors switch for a split second.

    • We see that Toph is presented with soup for her meal, but as soon as Lao (her father) talks to Aang, it becomes rice; this change becomes very apparent since Toph is shown eating rice whenever Lao looks at her after something strange has happened. But her meal becomes soup again when Aang sneezes the food towards her.

    • Despite the explicit fact that nobody knew who the Blind Bandit's true identity, or that the Bei Fong family even had a daughter, Xin Fu and the others are able to locate Toph with little to no difficulty.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Martial Arts Consultant Sifu Kisu and co-creator Bryan Konietzko have stated that Master Yu and his academy actually serve as a satirical parody of atypical "strip mall" dojos where parents purchase martial arts belts for their children disregarding the symbolism and substance behind them, as well as their own personal disdain for the use of belt systems.

    • The Boulder is voiced by the professional Wrestler Mick Foley (AKA Mankind, Dude Love, Cactus Jack) who once partnered with The Rock as part of The Rock and Sock Connection. The Boulder is a direct parody of the quirky behavior exhibited by The Rock-most notably referring to himself in the third person.

    • Daredevil: Toph shows many similarities to Marvel hero Daredevil, both are blind, but this has given them abilities beyond their normal capabilities, and both use sound vibration that works to help them to know the distance and place of the objects.

    • Xin Fu (心腹) in Mandarin Chinese means "reliable agent" or "henchman."

    • Other parodies: One of the wrestlers wears a mask reminiscent of WWE star Mankind. Another wrestler burrows underground and has unusual eyewear, making him very similar to the Marvel Comics villain the Mole-Man.

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