Chief Hakoda is a supporting character in Avatar: The Last Airbender. He was Sokka and Katara's father, as well as the husband of the late Kya, Kanna's son, and the leader of the Southern Water Tribe. Hakoda was a gifted ship captain, igloo builder, and weapon maker. Much of Sokka's ingenuity and craftiness was learned from his time with his father. He went off to battle the Fire Nation two years before the end of the Hundred Year War, leaving his children to be raised by Kanna.
Hakoda was a faithful husband to Kya and good father to Sokka and Katara. He fought to save his loved ones and to ultimately avenge Kya's death. He led a strong and brave resistance against the Fire Nation on the Day of Black Sun, determined with the siege efforts despite his injuries he sustained not long before. Hakoda could also be a comic relief and was known to create inventions just like his son Sokka when he could. He was also very strong-willed and determined according to the warden much to the warden's displeasure.
Hakoda was a very talented warrior, possibly the best or at least one of the best in his tribe. He was shown fighting off multiple firebenders when his tribe was attacked by the Southern Raiders with some success despite being overpowered. He was shown to be proficient with a variety of weapons and rather skilled in hand-to-hand combat. Hakoda was also very intelligent and skilled strategist, which allowed him to defeat large numbers of firebenders despite being outnumbered and overpowered, a trait he passed down to his son, Sokka.
Hakoda's skills in strategy and combat were fully witnessed during the invasion of the Fire Nation, where he flawlessly explained the entire invasion plan and heroically led the invasion force. He fought off many Fire Nation soldiers while in the capital city. He was unable to continue fighting after he was injured while successfully taking out a battlement. Hakoda's intelligence was shown once more while he was imprisoned at the Boiling Rock, where he made a successful escape plan with the help of his son Sokka.