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Tenzin is a character in The Legend of Korra series. He is a master airbender as well as the former Air Nomad representative of the United Republic Council. Tenzin is also the son of Aang and Katara, the younger brother of Bumi and Kya, the husband of Pema, and the father of Jinora, Ikki, Meelo and Rohan.


Het Ships

Canon Relationships

Lin Beifong

Tenzin dated Lin at some point in the past. He got to know her because his parents, Aang and Katara were friends with Lin's mother Toph. However, while Tenzin basically needed to have children in order to repopulate the Air Nomads, Lin did not wish to have children. Their differing goals in life caused them to drift apart. When Pema confessed her love for Tenzin, he decided to break up with Lin so that he could date Pema. Tenzin eventually moved past his old feelings for Lin and still cared for her as a friend.


Tenzin met Pema through the latter being an Air Acolyte. Tenzin was dating Lin at first but Pema eventually confessed her feelings for him. He then broke up with Lin so that he could date Pema. The two eventually got married and had four children. Tenzin and Pema were always very supportive of each other. Tenzin helped Pema climb down from Oogi when she was pregnant with their fourth child Rohan and Pema gave Tenzin advice when dealing with Korra and the new airbenders. When Republic City was about to be attacked and the citizens were evacuating, Pema stayed behind to help Tenzin.


Tenzin was one of the first Legend of Korra characters revealed along with Korra and Meelo. It was known right away that he was Aang's son and Korra's airbending teacher and it was eventually revealed that Katara is his mother. This caused the Kataang vs. Zutara debate to resurface as it was revealed that Aang and Katara's relationship continued after the ending of Avatar: The Last Airbender and eventually led to marriage.

As soon as the series was announced, fans began to ship Tenzin with Korra despite the fact that he was most likely older than her. This was proved to be correct and it was also revealed that Tenzin was married to a woman named Pema with children of his own. Fans started to ship him with Pema as soon as this information was revealed. Some fans speculated that he dated Lin in the past and this was revealed to be true. Fans started to ship him with Lin soon afterwards.



Jinora is the first daughter and eldest child of Tenzin and Pema. She is an airbender and is very prodigious. Jinora is very studious and loves to read books. She is also very spiritually inclined and was able to help Korra into the Spirit World when was eleven years old. Jinora learned a special airbending technique that allows her to project her spirit and was able to help Korra get Raava back from Vaatu. As she was maturing, Jinora was beginning to find boys to be interesting and ended up dating a boy named Kai. She also became an airbending master at age eleven, making her the youngest airbender to receive her tattoos.


Ikki is the second daughter of Tenzin and Pema. She is also an airbender. Ikki is more of a motor mouth and tends to be hyperactive. Being the middle child, she often has trouble getting along with her siblings and often feels left out. Ikki also likes to ask questions to everybody she meets and tell others what to do. Ikki eventually matured and was the one who helped Jinora and Meelo find Korra.


Meelo is the first son and third child of Tenzin and Pema. He is an airbender like his two older sisters. Meelo is also hyperactive and a bit of a troublemaker. He liked to bite his father's head and often mimicked others. Meelo has a fascination for flying lemurs and eventually caught one of his own and named him Poki. He also likes to airbend his own flatulence. Meelo has a thing for girls and once hit on Asami Sato and a flower girl named Tuyen.


Rohan is the second son and youngest child of Tenzin and Pema. He was born during the Equalist attack on Republic City. It is unknown what bending ability Rohan has or is he is even a bender at all. Pema hoped that he would be a non-bender but Katara predicted that he would be another airbender. It has yet to be seen if Katara was correct about Rohan. Not much is known about him and he is never seen speaking. When he was four years old, he was seen running around with juice on his face until Pema caught up to him and grabbed him.


  • Tenzin was most likely named after Aang's mentor Gyatso. They are both named after Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.