Yun Zhen is the Earthbending protagonist of Avatar- Aftermath and Burning Earth whose parents were killed by the Fire Nation. He is fiercely loyal to those he considers friends, and he often holds grudges against his enemies. His hatred of the Fire Nation initially drives everything he does until he meets Team Avatar.
Yun was born to his father, a Fire Navy ship captain, and his mother, and Earth Kingdom prisoner. They fell in love and married in secret, but when Yun was young, they found, to their horror, that he had inherited his mother’s Earthbending. They hid this from the Fire Nation for ten years, but Yun’s abilities were eventually discovered. His parents were executed for treason; fortunately, they were able to smuggle Yun to the Earth Kingdom. He traveled for five years before reaching Omashu, where he hoped to learn Earthbending from King Bumi.
History (AaBE) Edit
The Mad Genius Edit
After being shown a letter from Yun’s mother, who had known Bumi previously, the King of Omashu agreed to train the prospective Earthbender. Unfortunately, during their training it was revealed that Yun had a crippling weakness. However, despite protests from Yun and disbelief from his medical advisor, Bumi trained the young Earthbender to overcome his disability. The Fire Nation disrupted that training with the invasion of Omashu, and Yun Zhen was forced to flee through the Cave of Two Lovers in order to get the news of Omashu's defeat to the Earth King in Ba Sing Se.
Training and Wandering Edit
Yun got lost in the cave and was only freed when he was found by badgermoles. The original Earthbenders also took note of his disability and further trained him in Earthbending. Yun then made his way to Ba Sing Se, a journey that took several months, in order to carry out his mission. Along the way, he attempted to train with the Kyoshi Warriors, only to be told by Oyaji that they had left the island. When he finally got to the city, though, he stumbled upon Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee disguised as Kyoshi Warriors and was forced to flee the city. On his way east, he met Guru Pathik. The wise old man taught him the principles of energy and chi blocking before continuing on his way.
Kyoshi Island Edit
Yun eventually secured passage to Kyoshi Island, once again attempting to learn from the Kyoshi Warriors. Instead, he found that Ty Lee was on the island, and he mistakenly assumed that she was still pretending. After a minor confrontation with Sokka and Suki and a terse discussion with Ty Lee, Yun was invited to the Kyoshi Day Feast, a yearly celebration dedicated to the island's founding. During the feast, Aang and Katara arrived at the island on Appa, and Yun exchanged stories with them. When asked to demonstrate his abilities, Yun did so using Aang and Sokka as volunteers while coldly ignoring Ty Lee. Suki noticed his behavior and confronted him after the feast, demanding that he apologize to Ty Lee. The next day, he takes an open opportunity and apologizes, but the Kyoshi Warrior realizes that it isn't completely sincere. Later that day, everyone decides to relax at the beach, where Yun Zhen experiences an attack stemming from his weakness. When he recovers, he is asked by Aang to accompany Team Avatar on their journey to the Fire Nation. He agrees, but he does not want to go back. The plans change when he reveals that he will go by boat with the Kyoshi Warriors as opposed to Gaoling with Aang and Katara, knowing he'll have to deal with Ty Lee sooner or later.
The Journey Edit
As the group readied themselves for the trip, Yun nearly let his history slip to Suki but managed to cover it up. At the same time, he finds out that the Kyoshi Warriors were nearly recruited by a group of Earth Kingdom soldiers to fight the Fire Nation. The following night, while Yun is on the deck, Ty Lee approaches and pesters him for an explanation, and after a short exchange, he releases his pent up rage at the Fire Nation for killing his parents. Far from being hurt or scared, Ty Lee embraced Yun and told him that she cared for him, starting a complicated relationship. The next day, Yun and the others made it to Whale Tail Island to get their ride to the Fire Nation, an airship, and Yun and Ty Lee continued discussing their relationship.
In the Fire Nation Edit
When the airship arrived in the Fire Nation, Yun found it hard to humble himself before Zuko, the current Fire Lord. Ty Lee noticed his discomfort and they went out to explore the Capitol. When Yun returned to his room, he found Mai waiting for him, and she warned him against hurting Ty Lee. During the downtime, Yun and the others went to watch Sokka spar Piandao, and after the fight, the swordmaster asked Yun to spar, which he agreed to. Piandao won the fight despite the fact that Yun combined swordsmanship and Earthbending. It was at this point that Piandao revealed more of Yun's history: that he was his uncle. Yun was afterward present at the meeting with Fire Lord Zuko, where they found out that they would have to leave the Fire Nation. On the journey to Ba Sing Se, Yun and Sokka began a friendly rivalry with a sparring match, which Sokka won.
Ba Sing Se Edit
Upon arrival in Ba Sing Se, Yun attended a feast with everyone else before the World Meeting. At the meeting itself, Yun's world was rocked when the Order of the White Lotus revealed that King Bumi was dead. Back in his quarters, the young Earthbender mourned the loss of his mentor until Ty Lee arrived to comfort him. Realizing that he would not be able to function if his attitude continued, he asked Ty Lee on a date. He took her to the Jasmine Dragon, where Iroh revealed that he knew that Yun was from the Fire Nation. He also revealed that Yun Zhen meant 'Flourishing Loyalty.' As they left the tea shop, the two failed to realize that they were being watched by the Dai Li, who had a vested interest in the World Meeting. Ty Lee told Yun her story, and he tried to make her understand, although clumsily, that she mattered to him. They came to a fountain, and Ty Lee thanked Yun for his acceptance of her with a kiss. The Dai Li chose that moment to attempt the capture of both of them. Yun fought, but an unwelcome attack came, allowing the agents and Long Feng escaped with Ty Lee. He immediately returned to the palace to get his armor and weapons in order to mount a rescue mission, with Suki, Mai, and Toph accompanying him. Together they infiltrated Lake Laogai, almost immediately coming under attack by the Dai Li. The others gave Yun the time he needed to break away and find Ty Lee, and he managed to locate her. Unfortunately, Yun discovered too late that Long Feng had brainwashed her and ordered her to attack. After all attempts to break Long Feng's hold on her failed, Yun gathered his courage and told Ty Lee he loved her. She managed to come to her senses, but Long Feng immediately attacked. Yun Zhen became enraged and beat Long Feng within an inch of his life but refused to kill him. As Dai Li agents poured into the room, reinforcements arrived in the form of Toph, Suki, and Mai. Soon after escaping Lake Laogai, They were all picked up by Appa and taken to Zuko's airship in order to escape the now hostile city.
On the Run Edit
After the disasterous fall of Ba Sing Se to King Yuan Chong, Yun was confronted by Mai on Zuko's airship, who revealed that she only wanted to apologize; she also informed him that Ty Lee was locked in her room. When Yun tried to see her, he found that she had suffered psychological trauma from being brainwashed. The Earthbender comforted her, and they both affirmed their love for one another. Upon arriving at General Fong's fortress, Team Avatar, of which Yun is now considered a part, barely has any downtime before Yuan Chong's men assault the base. During the fight, the young Earthbender distinguishes himself by saving General Fong's life and catching Yuan Chong's most powerful general, Ri Wu, off guard. However, he is nearly killed by Ri Wu once the latter recovers from his initial shock and is only saved by Zuko's airship, which rained fire down on the enemy and forced them to retreat. After the battle, Yun is designated to accompany Zuko, along with the Kyoshi Warriors, to Pohuai Stronghold, where the combined Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom armies intend to ambush Yuan Chong.
Pohuai Stronghold Edit
While en route to the ambush site, Yun is shown his parents' estate and fortune by Zuko, and the Fire Lord tells him that he can choose to accept it or not. This leaves Yun with a choice that troubles him: accept it and leave Ty Lee, or stay with her. Upon landing at Pohuai Stronghold, Team Avatar was immediately required to prepare themselves for battle. Yun, Toph, Ty Lee, and Suki stay with General Fong on the front lines to aid in the main attack while the others prepare in their own way. As the battle begins, the warriors have little trouble, but Long Feng and the Dai Li soon begin causing problems. Yun and Mai rush to protect the young acrobat when the after-effects of her brainwashing take hold, but that proves unnecessary when she breaks through her fear and atacks Long Feng. The four fighters attack Long Feng until he is forced to retreat, but even that is unsuccessful when Haru, intent on avenging his father, nearly kills him. As he is about to deliver the final blow, Yun stops him and convinces him to stand down. Unfortunately, a group of twenty-five Dai Li agents attacks the group, intent on rescuing Long Feng. The agents, however, were easily beaten by the five warriors, and they all agreed to move back toward the stronghold, taking with them an unconscious Long Feng. The battle ended a bittersweet victory, as they had defended the fortress, but Yuan Chong passed through the strait and moved toward the Fire Nation.
Island Hopping Edit
On their way to defend the Fire Nation from the Earth King, Yun decided to obtain information. The best source was Long Feng, who was at that point a prisoner in the airship's brig. He manipulated the former Grand Secretariat into revealing Yuan Chong's plan, which he immediately relayed to Zuko. The result was Team Avatar splitting once more to stop the Earth King's advance. Meanwhile, Yun asked Ty Lee to tell Mai about the occurrence at Lake Laogai, which she does. While the others are off fighting on their respective battlefields, Yun and the others wait in the Capitol, and he declares his allegiance to the Fire Nation, an act which breaks Ty Lee's heart.
Before the Earth Kingdom Army reaches the Fire Nation, Ty Lee confronts Yun about his decision, a decision that puts them on two different paths. Yun comforts her, and they both go to meet the enemy. He watched Zuko's duel with the others and began to fight when Ri Wu pressed the attack, in the process confronting General Yung, Bumi's former friend. Their fight was short, and Yun, distracted as he was, fell quickly. Only Ty Lee's intervention saved his life, and he promised the defeated Yung a fair trial. He once again provided comfort for Ty Lee when she revealed that she had been forced to take a life. Yun and Ty Lee see each other one final time at Zuko and Mai's wedding, and Yun, now a captain in the Fire Nation Army, promises her that he will visit Kyoshi Island as often as he can. He seals this promise by giving Ty Lee a bracelet that he had noticed that she wanted back before the fight in the Capitol, and he also congratulates Mai on her union to Zuko.