Avatar: The Last Airbender

Season 2 Episode 11

The Desert

Aired Friday 6:30 PM Jul 14, 2006 on Nickelodeon



  • Allusions

    • At least two members of the Rough Rhinos have been identified onscreen at this point, the rest have been provided on the official Nick site. Overall, the individual names of the Rough Rhinos appear to be heavily Mongolian inspired:
      - "Mongke" (the leader) is the name of a grandson of Genghis (Chingis) Khan and means "eternal."
      - "Kahchi" (the bearded man) is derived from "Kachhe", the term given to the Tibetan Muslim minority who are Monoligan descended.
      - "Ogodei"(the dark-skinned man) derived from "Ogedei" was the name of Genghis' third and favorite son.
      - "Vachir" is a style of archery and means 'thunderbolt.' Obviously used as reference for the Yuu Yan archer's skill.
      - "Yeh-Lu" comes from Yeh-lu Chu'tsai the Magician, a great statesman and Genghis' chief of the secretariat. Indicates towards the soldiers' enigmatic mask and flashy displayal of pyrotechnics.