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"Aw yeah! Score one for Bolin!" - Bolin

Bolin is an earthbender from a multicultural family who grew up in the steeets of Republic City under the protection of his older brother, Mako, after the death of their parents. Eventually, he and his brother founded a pro-bending team, the Fire Ferrets, that would later include Avatar Korra. Later on, he became a member of Team Avatar and helped his friends protect the world. He is also the only person with the unique ability of lavabending.

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Physical Appearance

Bolin is a trim, solidly-built young man with pale skin, jade green eyes, and short black hair with his hairstyle resembling a "ducktail". Bolin wears a brown, high-collared, long-sleeved leather shirt with light-gold linings in between and small light gold tassels at the upper portions of the shirt, with dark green pants, and brown boots.


Despite his tough childhood on the street, Bolin is still a laid-back and fun-loving person and possesses a good sense of humor, in contrast to his older brother Mako. He is also expressive, naive, high-spirited, enthusiastic, and comfortable in his own skin. At the same time, he is not without insecurities, having a degree of sensitivity over his inability to perform metalbending. According to Mako, he has a "knack" for getting himself into trouble. He is typically an optimist and enjoys the attention he receives from his fangirls, though he is a novice in the world of dating. Bolin affirms that he is strong, fun, and attractive, though readily admits he is not good at reading other people. Bolin is also not the best at keeping secrets, as he accidentally blabbed to Asami about Mako and Korra's kiss while she was still dating his brother.

His naive and immature personality is attributed to his past, as Mako attempted to shield him from the harsh realities of the world after their parents were murdered. Despite differences between Mako's personality and his own, Bolin shares a close bond with his brother. However, he lacks the firebender's confidence, which leaves him to often doubt his own abilities, needing to be reassured by others. He can also get starstruck when in the presence of someone powerful or famous, such as when he first met Lord Zuko at the Misty Palms Oasis. Despite such nervousness, he is always respectful and deferential.

Although helpful and friendly, Bolin is also protective of the people about whom he cares and will spring to the defense of his friends and family. A prime example of this would be when he rode in on Naga to Asami's rescue at the Equalist airfield, employing ferocious and brutal earthbending attacks on Hiroshi Sato, who was nearly able to kill her with his mecha tank. On the other hand, Bolin is generally forgiving of others, even if they have wronged him or those he cares about, such as Korra, Varrick, or Eska.

Bolin is an idealist, always motivated by a strong desire to help people and make their lives better. When the Earth Kingdom fell into chaos, he joined Kuvira and her army, believing she wanted to help others as much as he did. As a result, his idealism and naiveté prevented him from second guessing the extreme lengths Kuvira would go to in order to achieve their goals, until they were pointed out to him.



The Prologue

Powers and Abilities

Earthbending Prowess

  • Earthbending Master - As the earthbender for an official pro-bending team, Bolin has become highly skilled in the art of earthbending. Bolin describes his earthbending style as "light on his feet", which grants him greater maneuverability and evasiveness during matches. Bolin also employs pro-bending-like attacks along with more traditional earthbending outside of matches, as made evident by him sending rectangular blocks flying at the Lieutenant and defending himself with an earth wall. Bolin also possesses a sharp aim, being able to direct an earth disc at the exact angle to make it ricochet off a guard rail and squarely strike an opposing player. His aim is so great that he can bend a tiny pebble and strike P'Li's third eye, thus making her combustion explode, which affected Ghazan and Ming-Hua. He can also fire small chunks of earth in rapid succession to take down a speeding motorcycle, thus demonstrating the ability to earthbend without touching the ground at all. He is also capable of subduing three waterbenders in tandem, using only the small discs available in the Pro-bending Arena. He is agile as he was able to dodge the Dai Li's attack in attempt to escape the Earth Queen's Temple. Bolin possesses considerable bending might, enabling him to lift an enormous piece of concrete to get everybody of out the destroyed Future Industires factory, albeit with noticeable strain, and pushing over the top half of a building by working in tandem with Suyin and Lin Beifong. Going through seven months of intense and brutal training, Bolin's earthbending skills are now at a masterful level, matching that of Su and Lin's prowess.

    Bolin's use of Pro-Bending earthbending fighting style

Lavabending Prowess

  • Lavabending Master - During Tenzin's rescue at the Northern Air Temple, Bolin, determined to save his friends, bravely faced the approaching lava and unexpectedly bent and stopped the oncoming flow. Shortly afterward, despite being an amateur, Bolin proved himself able to phase change the earth between both states and manipulate it in battle. During his second fight with Ghazan, Bolin was able to hold his own using this skill against the more experienced lavabender. At first, he used a range of pro-bending tactics in his combat against Ghazan. As the battle continued, he used more traditional earthbending tactics, incorporating them into his lavabending. By 174 AG, his proficiency in lavabending had improved to the point that he could create larger streams of lava that stretched much further and even use it while being handcuffed. He also demonstrated the ability to lavabend with his feet and is able to turn lava back into earth much quicker and with less effort, while also being able to create large waves of molten rock. Bolin can also manipulate and maintain lava in the shape of a disc, rotating it at high enough speeds to cut through metal.

Flash Step Prowess

Chi Prowess

  • Great Chi Power

Other Skills

  • Enhanced Strength
  • Enhanced Endurance
  • Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant - Bolin has some skill in wrestling and grappling, which he utilized during his one-on-one tiebreaker match with an experienced Black Quarry Boar-q-pine earthbending opponent.
  • Experienced Swimmer
  • Skilled Vehicular Driver
  • Public Speaker
  • Expert Extreme Gear Rider


  • Magmum Earth Warrior Mode

Zenkai Special Ability

  • Enhanced Earthbending
  • Enhanced Lavabending



  • Yin (Grandmother)
  • Bohai (Grandfather, Deceased)
  • San (Father, Deceased)
  • Naoki (Mother, Deceased)
  • Chow (Uncle)
  • Mako (Older Brother)
  • Tu (Cousin)



  • Ghazan (Arch-rival)
  • Rival Pro-Bending Teams


Former Enemies

Theme Songs

Background in Other Media



See Also