One of the good things about being blind Is that I don’t have to waste my time worrying about appearances
Toph Beifong from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Since Toph was written to be the best Earthbender in the world, we wanted her fighting style to be unique. Sifu Kisu called on his friends, Sifu Manuel Rodrguez, who is a master of the rare Southern Praying Mantis style. During a consultation, Sifu Manny told us the origins of the style. To our surprise, legend has it that the style was started by a blind woman! Key animation by Myeong Ga Young.
I GIF-ified the sequence.
IS NOBODY GOING TO TALK ABOUT HOW LIN MOTHERFUCKING BEIFONG JUMPED OFF A GODDAMN AIRPLANE WHILE THE PRESIDENT OF REPUBLIC CITY CLUTCHED ONTO HER FOR DEAR LIFE
it’s Spider-Lin and Maraiko Jane Watson.
MK: During the bible development, Bryan and I conceived of Toph as a tough, brash, blind teenage boy who would become Aang’s Earthbending teacher. As we began the writing for season two, Aaron Ehasz suggested making Toph a girl. Bryan and I resisted the idea at first, but the more we talked about it, the more we loved the idea of taking all of Toph’s original personality traits and putting them in the body of an adorable twelve-year-old girl. Now, I can’t imagine Toph any other way.
BK: Despite people’s doubts early on in development, Mike and I always thought the show would connect with a female audience, and we felt pleasantly vindicated when the first season did just that. The thing that surprised us about the second season was how many tough-looking teenage boys told us their favorite character was Toph! Sometimes it feels as good to be wrong as it does to be right. Concept designs by Bryan Konietzko. Color by Hye Jung Kim.
9 years since the show first air’d, I started my work on the show in early 2003.