Neytiri is the deuteragonist and lead heroine in Avatar. She is the daughter of the leader of the Omaticaya (the Na'vi clan central to the story). She is attracted to Jake because of his bravery, though frustrated with him for what she sees as his naiveté and stupidity. She serves as both the film's Na'vi protagonist and Jake Sully's love interest. The character, like all the Na'vi, was created using performance capture, and her visual aspect is entirely computer generated.

She is portrayed by Zoe Saldana who also plays Gamora from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy movie and Maria Posada from The Book of Life (which also presented by 20th Century Fox).


Initially, Neytiri was hostile towards Jake and humans in general (save for Grace Augustine, who the Na'vi are on friendly terms with and are taught English by) because of the damage caused by the RDA to her home and people, but after getting to know Jake better, she begins to warm up to them. Despite this, she still hates the humans from the RDA who were involved in destroying the Na'vi's Hometree, such as Colonel Miles Quatrich. She cares for the wildlife of Pandora deeply, as shown when she gets angry at Jake for having had to kill a pack of viperwolves to save his life. She is also brave, as she gets involved in the Na'vi's fight against the RDA without any signs of fear, refuses to retreat when surrounded by soldiers despite Jake's order to do so, and hisses threateningly at Colonel Quatrich while he has her captive.

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