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The person who stole that stuff was the old me. Once I got airbending, I changed. I don't know how to explain it, but I feel like airbending chose me for a reason, like I'm a new person.
~ Kai to Korra

Kai is the supporting character of the Nickelodeon show, Legend of Korra. He is an orphan who became an airbender after the Harmonic Convergence. He was a mischievous thief who was eventually caught by the Dai Li in Ba Sing Se for using airbending, but was later liberated from their control and went with Tenzin and the other new airbenders to train his skills and learn Air Nomad culture at the Northern Air Temple. As part of the Air Nation, he calmed down and became a more honorable person, living to serve others by bringing peace and balance where possible. Sometime after the 4th season, he also entered a romantic relationship with Jinora.


Kai is an orphan from the Earth Kingdom who became an airbender after Harmonic Convergence. Introduced in the season 3 episode "Rebirth", Kai was initially a mischievous and selfish young thief; he ultimately grows into a valuable member of the Air Nomads. It is established in the season 4 episode "After All These Years" that he is in a relationship with Jinora.




Forcefully conscripted into Earth Queen Hou-Ting's army, Kai was trained in airbending by the Dai Li.

Kai is a capable airbender, even though he is relatively untrained. He was able to use significant air blasts to knock Mako and Bolin onto the monorail, allowing him to escape, as well as directing specific gusts of air to facilitate his thefts. After training while held captive by the Dai Li, Kai displayed remarkably improved abilities in combative airbending, being able to knock out the Dai Li sergeant while rescuing Jinora in a single maneuver. During training with Tenzin, he was also the third one up the cliff and airbent to the top while the other recruits crawled. He completed the obstacle course relatively easily compared to the rest of the airbenders, showing his skill compared to the rest of the group. By the time the Red Lotus arrived, he could use a glider to fly and to attack at the same time. He is also capable to use a range of airbending techniques such as an air shield, which enabled him to survive a direct hit from P'Li's combustion blast. After three years of training, Kai improved significantly, being more proficient and precise in his airbending attack.

Other skills

Kai is stealthy and evasive, as he was able to slip away from Team Avatar when they arrived in Ba Sing Se, with Bolin noting that he is "surprisingly hard to catch", as well as being able to follow P'Li's airship without being detected. He is also a good liar, as he managed to convince Team Avatar to believe his story before the sheriff arrived. He can make quick decisions, which also makes him a very skilled pickpocketer. His thievery skills further extend to lock-picking, which he used to free himself from a cramped metal cage.


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Team Avatar
Gen I: Aang | Appa | Katara | Momo | Sokka | Suki | Toph Beifong | Zuko
Gen II: Asami Sato | Bolin | Korra | Mako | Naga | Pabu

Wan | Szeto | Yangchen | Kuruk | Kyoshi | Roku | Aang | Korra

Order of the White Lotus
Iroh | Jeong Jeong | King Bumi | Pakku | Piandao | White Lotus leader | White Lotus sentries

Air Nomads
Aang | Appa | Bumi | Gyatso | Ikki | Jinora | Kai | Meelo | Momo | Oogi | Pathik | Poki | Tenzin

Earth Kingdom
Baatar Jr. | Bolin | Haru | Jet | King Bumi | Kuvira | Kyoshi | Lin Beifong | Metalbending Police Force | Opal | Prince Wu | Suki | Suyin Beifong | The Boulder | The Metal Clan | Toph Beifong | Wei & Wing

Fire Nation
Fire Sages | Iroh | Iroh II | Izumi | Jeong Jeong | Mai | Mako | Piandao | Roku | Shyu | Sun Warriors | Ty Lee | Ursa | Wan | Xu | Zuko

Water Tribe
Desna & Eska | Hakoda | Huu | Katara | Korra | Kuruk | Kya | Naga | Pakku | Sokka | Tonraq | Varrick | Princess Yue | Zhu Li

Aye-Aye Spirit | La | Lion turtle | Raava | Tui