Was Amon and Yacone Related to Hama from The Last Airbender?

One of the most mysterious episodes in The Last Airbender happened to introduce one of the most frightening characters in the entire series: Hama. When Hama was younger, she resided in the Southern Watertribe along with Katara’s grandmother Kanna. She lived the life of a normal water bender until the Fire Nation attacked her small tribe. Slowly, the Fire Nation soldiers picked off each waterbender one by one until Hama was finally captured.

From there she remained imprisoned, with no plans of remaining captive for long. She invented and perfected her skill of Bloodbending and used it to escape. From there she became the insane Inn Keeper that we all know her to be. Her reign of Bloodbending ultimately ended with her in handcuffs while she crackled with laughter, reiterating the fact that her job was done.

So her role in the series is done, right? Her legacy stops right there? Not necessarily. I think her insanity might have been hereditary.

Now let’s role the clock 70 years into the future during the time The Legend of Korra took place. Tarrlock begins to talk about the life of his brother Noatak (Amon) as well their relationship with their father, Yacone. Yacone proves himself to be yet another lunatic in the Avatar World when he begins to spend years trying to turn his children into Bloodbending soldiers. But what really caught my attention was what he told his kids before training started. Yacone started off by explaining that their, “family has the strongest line of blood benders”.

Bloodbending was created and perfected by Hama a little less than 70 years before Yacone began to train his children. Personally, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Hama was one of the most powerful Bloodbenders out there simply because she created it. And if Yacone is saying that their family has the strongest line of Bloodbenders, why wouldn’t Hama – arguably the strongest Bloodbender – be a part of that family?

What if Yacone, Amon and Tarrlock were decedents of Hama the entire time?

Obviously nothing here is confirmed, but it’s certainly a strong possibility. But of course, I’m more interested in hearing what all of you think about this topic.

Do you think Amon, Yacone and Tarrlock are descendants of Hama? They certainly share the same type of insanity. What’s your thought process?

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  • coolman229

    I don't think so. Unless someone can come up with a legit explanation for how this could happen, I don't buy this for a second. Yakone's declaration of coming from the most powerful line of Bloodbenders never made sense to me.

    Then again, I have many problems with Tarrlok's flashback.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      I see what you're saying. There's definitely evidence to go either way on this argument. I didn't notice that line at first, but I just rewatched the episode and that line kind of stood out to me.

      Thanks for commenting.

  • Kristina

    Hey, who knows! Yakone was about 50 years old during his reign of terror on Republic City which was 40 years ago from Korra's time (since Aang was 40 during Yakone's time). Which would mean around when the fire lord was defeated, Yakone was in his 20s since it was 30 years before his reign of terror. I doubt that Hama had a kid 20 years earlier, but who knows?! She could've had him with some guy, taught him bloodbending, and then maybe he left her to live on his own. But it still is very hard to believe–it kinda goes both ways.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Yeah, I agree. I can go either way. I just thought it was something worth bringing up since I found it a bit interesting. I really wanted to see where the community stood on this topic. Thanks for sharing!

  • Diana

    i think it would make sense if they were related

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Thanks for sharing your input, Diana.

  • Zuell

    In my opinion, originally Hama was thinking that now Katara knew how to blood bend, and sooner o later she will have to use it, and this technique will not die.
    But now with the the legend of Korra the creators could have made a different explanation to relate both serials. As I see it, there are three possibilities:
    -The one you pointed out.
    -Blood bending already existed before Hama (either she perfectionated it, or she discovered something that already existed)
    -Katara had to use blood bending, people saw it, and requested her to teach it (remember that the southern trive after the war is more week than the rest)

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Hey Zuell,

      I'd honestly be surprised if Katara was willing to teach Bloodbending to other people. Her along with the rest of team avatar fought to make it illegal in RC so I wouldn't think she'd teach it to other people.

      But Bloodbending could have existed prior to Hama using it. I guess it's really up in the air at this point.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion! :)

  • Falco

    I think it's definitely a feasible theory, especially because we don't know of any other Bloodbenders in the Avatar world, except for Katara, who was disgusted by the ability. Mike and Bryan would certainly incorporate an interesting connection like this between the two series, so I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Yakone family line descended from Hama.
    The quote by Hama at the end of The Puppetmaster especially provides some substantial evidence, when she says, "My work is done." She is implying that she has successfully planted the seed in another Waterbender and has passed on the ability of Bloodbending, even if her pupil doesn't entirely agree with it. What really bothered me was when Katara used Bloodbending later in The Southern Raiders. It just seemed completely inconsistent with her character, despite how upset or angry she may have been. But this is a completely separate discussion, and I don't want to get off topic. :)

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Hey Falco,

      Yeah Bryke did a good job of incorporating smaller sub-connections between LOK and ATLA. Maybe they'll just leave it to the fandom to figure it all out.

      I personally loved watching Katar bloodbend in TSR episodes. It was inconsistent with her character, I agree, but I think it just showed how intense and serious the situation was for her. She wasn't there to mess around.

      Thanks for your input! :)

  • Mehraj

    The Southern Raiders was very interesting episode because this was when Katara's anger towards her mother's killer boiled up to the point where she intended on killing for revenge. So really, I wasn't that surprised when she used bloodbending (although my sister was completely bewildered by her actions when watching this episode).

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Yeah the bloodbending by Katara was awesome. It perfectly exemplified the seriousness of the situation.

  • Korosh

    Hama couldn't have kids because she was old. She was from the Southern Water Tribe while Yakone and his sons were from the Northen Water Tribe. If Hama taught Yakone and other waterbenders bloodbending, why Tarrlokk didn't mention it to Korra? And why Aang didn't warn her about it too?

    • Alyssa

      Hama could have had children when she was younger, which I find unlikely in the context that they didn't show them. Had they known they would use a bloodbending villain, maybe they would've. But, like AdminAvatar says, anything is possible.

      Why would Tarrlok mention it to Korra? Likely because it wasn't the point of his story. It would've been redundant, coming from the writers anyway. However, Tarrlok subtly did when he told Korra that Yakone talked about his family being the strongest line of bloodbenders. The same goes for Aang.

      A more interesting fact I've found is that Republic City was confirmed to be built by or on Fire Nation Colonies, and is inhabitated by many of the cultures in the Avatar World. If Yakone is Hama's child, couldn't he have moved to Republic City after having friends in the Fire Nation (where he lived with Hama as a child) and not wanting to be separated? He would've been told of his heritage from Hama. We know that Yakone traveled back to the Southern Water Tribe, but why there?

      Anyway, I neither support or deny this theory. It'd be cool, I must say.

  • Alexandria

    It's doubtful. Yakone had to be alive when the kids first met Hama. At that time, doing the math, he should've been in his 20s, possibly early/mid-30s.
    Hama was only in her mid/late teens when she was captured, been kept prisoner since, and although she escaped around the same age, promising vengeance as she hid in the FireNation, I highly doubt she would find a relationship with those of that nation.
    My best guess of how Yakone would get the idea of having the strongest line of Bloodbenders is if he and any possible Waterbending relatives of his learned the technique on their own, especially since Katara was that much against it that she wouldn't dare teach it to others.

    • Falco

      I agree, it wouldn't make sense for Hama to have had a relationship. She was intent on getting revenge against the Fire Nation. I don't think she ever even returned to her home in the Southern Water Tribe, because immediately after escaping her imprisonment, she resided in the Fire Nation and began terrorizing the townfolk. And she obviously wouldn't have a relationship with any Fire Nation person.

      But then again, it is still possible. She could have returned to the SWT after her imprisonment; Mike and Bryan never provided any details on that. So, like AdminAvatar said, it could easily go both ways. I wonder if Mike and Bryan will disclose any further info on this in the second season, or if they'll choose to move onto a different conflict and story. They have still have some unfinished business to attend to, i.e. how exactly did Amon take away bending with his special Bloodbending powers, and what happened to all of Amon's victims. Maybe they will touch on Amon and Tarrlok's family lineage in the process.

      • Katie

        On the returning to the Southern Water Tribe, I don’t think so. Keep in mind the world was at war at that time, and I don’t think any nation would let civilions pass on a ship directly to one of their enemies.

    • Kristina

      I agree with what Alexandria said lastly. Since Katara was so against bloodbending and she made it illegal in Republic City, that would be enough to make some waterbenders curious and try to learn it in their own, especially the criminals since they would be able to use it to control people. But the "our family are the strongest bloodbenders" line kinda throws this theory off because it's implying that there were more bloodbenders before Yakone–his ancestors.

  • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

    Valid point. Maybe Mike and Bryan decided now wasn't the time to go into the history? Not sure, but this theory is starting to look more and more false as you guys discuss it.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion!

  • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

    Yeah that theory does seem more likely. But like you said, Yacone talking about his ancestors and bloodbending really throws it all off.

    Hope Byrke will clarify.

  • tim

    i doubt the creator are going to tell us, but i love the theorys :)

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Thanks Tim! It's a shame that we likely will never find out.

  • pete

    Yakone* is the proper spelling.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Whoops, thanks for letting me know. I'll take note of that in future posts.

      • Katie

        as well as it being Tarrlok, not Tarlock even though I do wish his legs would get locked in a pit of tar.

  • ashgreen

    I think it's possible, although as a Psychology student, I don't see Hama's insanity as a heredity illness, but as psychosis brought on by trauma and PTSD. However, she could easily could have instilled her dichotomous and warped world views in any children she raised.

    Which brings me to the math of it all. Yakone could easily have been Hama's grand-son (or even great grand-son). Hama looked to be 80-85 during ATLA when Aang was about 12. Yakone looked to be only around 10 years older than Aang in LoK, so we could say Yakone was in his early 20s during ATLA. Therefore, Yakone cannot be Hama's son, but could easily be her grandson, making Amon/Noatak and Tarrlock her great-grandchildren–far enough down the line that perhaps the legends surrounding her had faded away.

    My speculation: she had a child after she escaped from prison, probably a child born in questionable circumstances. I know this is a children's show, and I don't want to get into uncomfortable issues, but let's just say that she has an illegitimate child born of "violent" circumstances. She raises this child with all the difficulties of a woman who has been traumatized and tortured (her later insanity). There's no way to speculate whether or not this child is a girl or a boy, but he/she moves back to the one of the water tribe settlements, settles down, has Yakone, and raises him in the same manner. Due to physical separation and probable resentment, the specifics of who Hama was remained unknown to the family line–all they know is they come from a line of powerful blood benders.

    Sorry for that long, winding, explanation.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com AdminAvatar

      Wow, that's awesome! Thanks for putting the time and effort in order to write such a thoughtful explanation! Very much appreciated! :)

    • gytf

      well in the comics zuko is technically not fire lord ozai son through illegitimate ways

  • http://gravatar.com/stevet321 stevet321

    Bloodlines can stretch over many generations. I'll second the notion of Yakone as a grandson of Hama. Hate and resentment being taught to to children as a normal part of life is all to common.
    Fortunately, and at the same time sad and unfortunately, the brother who had a lucid moment likely ended the cycle on the boat.

  • chinaboytag

    Personally, I think that the fact that Hama seemed to feel her "deed was done" when she taught Katara bloodbending shows that she was in the buisness of teaching people. Personally, I believe one of her pupils, other than Katara, learned it, perfected it, and taught it to his children. Honestly, the ages do not really add up that well to Hama being the mother, unless you believe she got pregnant at 50 which I find highly unlikely. And there is no evidence that says that Hama had not taught anyone else bloodbending. However, there are clues that point to the fact that she would be willing to train others in the art. Also. I feel that by saying you came from "the most powerful line of bloodbenders" it shows that there were other bloodbenders than Hama and Katara. LIke, Katara refused to use bloodbending and would never teach anyone and if these were the descendants of Hama then there would only be one line of bloodbenders, so I don't see the need to reiterate that they are the most powerful line of bloodbenders. To me, this shows that she had multiple pupils or one pupil that trained multiple people and then it became a family thing. And lastly, Hama and Katara could only blood bend during the full moon. Therefore, someone would have had to change the technique to be able to blood bend at will. That being said, I do not believe this technique was changed from one of Hama's offspring because it is implied, not stated, that Yacone and his children gained this ability from a strong genetic aptitude at bloodbending. So, I would say this gives evidence to the fact that one of Hama's pupils was just more skilled at bloodbending than her and carried a gene that was highly attuned to bloodbending. It begs the question, if this is a genetic ability, why would she not posses it but all of her descendants would? I understand that many might say that Hama had the genetic capability but did not develope the talent. However, we have to give Hama some credit. She invented bloodbending, which means she is one of the best bloodbenders to have ever existed. So, you have to figure that she must have tried bloodbending at times other than the full moon if she were trying to escape prison. Also, she probably would have accomplised it, if it were possible for her. She had the motivation, so if she had the ability to she probably would have. Many might try to say though that she had the ability but did not develop the skill just as Amon developed the ability to take away others bending. Assuming that he was her descendant, this would prove that more advanced abilities requiring more skill could develop from her children. However, she did not want to take away people's bending, so this does not show whether she did not posses all the abilities that her children did because she would never attempt to remove someone's bending. Yet, she would try to bend when the moon was not full because she didn't really know what she was doing with bloodbending at first and it is unlikely that she only attempted this during full moons. Rather, though one could argue against this I find it more likely, she would have tried to blood bend on several occasions and realized that she was not really able to except during full moons. She practiced bloodbending regularly, so I find it highly likely she would attempt to bloodbend when the moon is not full at some point, at least out of pure frustration at her limitations if not out of desperation to try to escape more quickly. None of these evidences prove that Yacone and his children did not descend from Hama, but I believe they show there is a stronger case that they did not.

    • chinaboytag

      edit: Also, just wanted to add that the same goes for all of Yacone and his ancestors. Assuming that this ability was genetic and that they all possessed it, it is reasonable to assume that they all were able to take people's bending away, but none of them tried, so the strength of their bending still lies in their genes.

      • Katie

        What you should do is check the Puppetmaster. When she is talking about the prison. Look at the upward shot when she is bloodbending the rats. See if it’s a full moon, because I can’t remember.

        • chinaboytag

          I’m pretty positive it was a full moon. I remember that scene pretty well.

  • chinaboytag

    Anyone want to reply to my dissertation? lol.

    • http://avatarthelegendofkorra.wordpress.com Keval

      Sorry, posts usually only get a surge of comments when they are on the front page. Since this is no longer on the front page, people won't comment as much. But I'll respond!

  • chinaboytag

    So, your response is that you'll respond?

  • Katie

    Well, I gotta admit. Noatak and Tarrlok as well as Yakone have similar “additude” to Hama. They all want revenge. And to be frank, Hama’s to old to have Yakone and for him to be at that age around that time. It’s hard to tell from resemblance because Yakone had plastic surgery or something. Like Chinaboytag mentioed, Hama did say her deed was done, and Blood bending was passed on to someone else. So I have two theories.

    1. Yakone is Hama’s grandson, not son. But my second theory counters this.

    2. Hama never mentioned ANYTHING about a husband, children, in fact, everyone thinks she’s a creep. So I don’t think Yakone and Hama are related. At the age we saw her in ATLA, she’s too old to have a baby. But, she didn’t say anything about her teaching someone else the skill besides Katara. Maybe that person crossed paths with Yakone, and bad things happened. But even though Yakone said they were directly related to the strongest line of Blood Benders, it makes no sense. Hama was taken from the water tribe -may I note, Southern- before she developed Blood Bending. And Yakone, I’m pretty sure we all think he grew up in Northern, right? And Yakone was probably born 10-20 years after Hama died, since she was getting kind of old, so there is no possible way Yakone and Hama are related. She developed the skill in the Fire Nation, and she was probably dead by the time Yakone even got a chance at going there. Plus, Hama needs a full moon to Blood Bend. Tarrlok, Noatak and Yakone don’t. They’re not related.

  • Thatbrodude

    I don’t think that they were related, but I think that, after Katara made Hama out to be evil, Hama broke out of prison again, this time put the guards and citizens to sleep for good, and then traveled to the North Pole and passed it on :) So, although Hama is at the perfect age to be considered Yakone’s grandmother (since she looks too old to be Katara’s), I think that she just taught them. Because, remember, Hama’s from the South Pole, while Yakone and his sons are North Pole kids.