|“||I believe I have your attention, benders of Republic City. So once again the Wolfbats are your Pro-Bending Champions. It seems fitting that you celebrate three bullies who cheated their way to victory, because every day you threaten and abuse your fellow non-bending citizens, just like the Wolfbats did to their opponents tonight. Those men were supposedly the best in the bending world, and yet it only took a few moments for me to cleanse them of their impurity. Let this be a warning to all of you benders out there; if any of you stand in my way, you will meet the same fate. Now, to my followers, for years the Equalists have been forced to hide in the shadows. But now, we have the numbers and the strength to create a new Republic City! I’m happy to tell you that the time for change has finally come. Very soon, the current tyrannical bending regime will be replaced by a fair-minded Equalist government. You and your children will no longer have to walk the streets afraid! It’s time to take back our city. For centuries, benders have possessed an unnatural advantage over ordinary people. But thankfully, modern technology has provided us with a way to even out the playing field. Now, anyone can hold the power of a chi-blocker in their hand. My followers and I will not rest until the entire city achieves equality. And once that goal is achieved, we will equalize the rest of the world! The Revolution has begun!||„|
|~ Amon's speech during the "Revelation" rally.|
|“||The era of bending is over! A new era of equality has begun!||„|
|~ Amon's most famous quote.|
Amon, born as Noatak, is one of the four main antagonists of The Legend of Korra (alongside Unalaq, Zaheer and Kuvira), the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender. He serves as the main antagonist of Book One: Air and as a posthumous antagonist for the remainder of the series. He is the charismatic and mysterious leader of an anti-bender revolutionary group known as the Equalists. Their ultimate goal was to introduce equality for all by permanently ridding the world of benders. A nimble, agile, and stealthy fighter, who shows no fear even against the highest-level of benders. He is Korra's first archenemy.
Claiming to be an innocent non-bender to whom the spirits granted the ability to remove a person's bending permanently, a power previously demonstrated only by the Avatar, Amon gained the confidence and support of many people with the same ideals. Amon claimed that his goals were to make bending illegal worldwide, however, when the complete conquest of Republic City by the Equalists became imminent, Amon's true identity was exposed to the public by Avatar Korra. In actuality, he was a prodigious Northern Water Tribe bloodbender as well as the son of the escaped crime boss, Yakone. Alongside his younger brother, the former councilman, Tarrlok, Amon was unknowingly shaped by Yakone to be a tool for his revenge against the Avatar. Amon's Bending removal powers were actually an advance form of Bloodbending that permanently blocked the victim's Chi Paths, Noatak had used this technique as the groundwork of his "Amon" persona and the foundation of his Anti-Bending revolution as a means to discredit the Avatar.
With his identity exposed and his followers deserting him, Amon fled the city with Tarrlok, but the latter ignited the fuel tank of their speedboat, killing them both.
|“||The revolution may be built on a lie, but I think Amon truly believes bending is the source of all evil in the world.||„|
|~ Tarrlok about Amon.|
As a child, Noatak was caring and fair-minded. He strove to treat everyone equally and protected his younger brother, Tarrlok, from their father's verbal abuse. However, after being corrupted by bloodbending and enduring the burden of Yakone's expectations for several years, Noatak grew cold and distant. He assumed a more detached persona and showed disregard for the suffering of his bloodbending victims, including his own brother. Eventually, Noatak fully embraced both his power and his independence by forcibly halting his father's abuse of Tarrlok, flaunting his power over him, and denouncing him as weak.
Unlike Tarrlok, Amon reveled in his bloodbending abilities. He idolized Avatar Aang's ability to remove an individual's bending, believing such a skill to be even more powerful than bloodbending. In time, Amon devised his own technique to sever a bender's connection to their element through bloodbending, an action only known to be reversible with energy-bending.
Amon harbored a severe abhorrence of benders and regarded bending as an "impurity" to be "cleansed". This stemmed from his belief that bending only caused suffering and that benders possessed an unnatural advantage over non-benders. He was a staunch believer in what he viewed as equality, affectionately referring to his followers as "brothers and sisters". Despite being a bender himself, Amon sincerely believed his anti-bending rhetoric, having striven to be fair and treat everyone equally since he was a child. Ultimately, it was a misguided desire for justice that led him to start the Anti-bending Revolution.
In order to "correct" perceived inequalities, Amon employed fear tactics; he openly threatened benders and relished his enemies' powerlessness and terror. He stoked hatred against benders and sowed division between benders and non-benders, both to garner sympathy for his cause and to turn the populace against the bending establishment. He was merciless and unwavering in his anti-bending convictions, even being willing to kidnap and de-bend helpless children.
Amon was clever and composed, as well as a convincing orator. He was a gifted public speaker who knew how to mystify and terrify his allies and enemies alike. The cult of personality he built around himself was a major factor in the widespread following he attracted, as well as the terror he spread throughout the bending community, including the United Republic Council. Despite his great power, Amon often took defensive or strategic positions, such as when he allowed Korra to escape his rally and spread word of his abilities to the city. Later, Amon refused to take up Korra's offer for a one-on-one fight and spared her bending, foreseeing that it would make her a martyr for benders and thus unite them globally against his cause. His proactive and logical thinking typically put him "one step ahead" of his enemies.
Amon was a calculating and manipulative individual who executed his schemes with great foresight and efficiency. He took extra steps to ensure the success of his plans, even going so far as to create a fake scar to support his pseudo backstory. Unlike Korra, who often attempted to engage him openly, Amon was cautious and avoided direct conflict unless he was making a statement, such as his organization's show of power at the pro-bending arena.
Amon's unwavering strength of will and high level of self-control made him a charismatic leader and a formidable opponent. Even in the midst of conflict, Amon retained a calm composure and recovered swiftly from any blows to his plans. He demonstrated a similar command of self-discipline in his dealings with his allies, always delivering orders calmly and succinctly, and only scolding lightly when they did not heed his warnings. Only mortal danger could slip up Amon, whose survival instincts led him to waterbend in front of his followers. However, even in a distraught state, he briskly regained his composure and used his strength and skill to escape.
Powers and Abilities
Amon was an incredibly powerful waterbending master; it was stated by his brother, Tarrlok, that he had never encountered a bender as strong as Amon. Drilled relentlessly by his father in waterbending, Amon displayed a natural talent for waterbending from a young age, quickly impressing Yakone and ultimately mastering the art under his father's tutelage. A true prodigy, his mastery of the art was immense; he was capable of launching himself out of underwater on a gigantic waterspout and propel himself over the surface at a speed exceeding that of Mako's fire blasts. He could also bend on instinct and rapidly respond to adverse conditions.
Amon just as quickly mastered the rare and outlawed art of bloodbending, becoming exceptionally proficient and powerful at a young age. Under Yakone's tutelage, he mastered the technique to such an extent that he could perform it at any time, without the aid of a full moon, by the age of fourteen. At the same time, he mastered his father's unique ability to psychically bloodbend, which allowed him to bend not only through physical movement, but through sheer focus and strength of will. He was able to use more common bloodbending techniques, such as body manipulation and torture, on multiple targets without exerting much energy. He could levitate his targets, throw them around, subdue them, and knock them unconscious. With his skill in psychic bending, he was able to minimally alter the movements of his opponents and give himself the advantage without revealing that he was a bender. He also exhibited the ability to resist bloodbending with little effort, even against Tarrlok, who had mastered the skill to a similar level.
Despite growing fascinated by this skill, he ultimately desired more, wanting to have the power to remove people's bending, just as Avatar Aang had done to his father with the use of energybending. He eventually succeeded in this goal by using his mastery of bloodbending to "sever" an individual's bending connection by blocking their active chi paths, effectively achieving the same result as energy-bending. No medical intervention was effective in reversing this effect, and even Katara, a world-renowned healer and bloodbending expert in her own right, was unable to reverse its effects. The only known way to reverse Amon's bending block is through the use of energy-bending, as demonstrated by Avatars Aang and Korra.
Amon was a versatile combatant outside of his bending abilities. Due to his need to hide his true nature as a Waterbender, Amon largely relied on martial arts and Chi Blocking to fight. Amon's style tended to be nimble and graceful to avoid close-ranged attack, and made the most of his natural agility. He augmented this with small applications of Bloodbending to defend against and redirect attacks. Quick on his feet, he dodged Lightning Bolt Zolt's fire blasts with no effort as well as his lightning blast near point blank range. Amon also demonstrated strong physical resilience, and was able to quickly recover from powerful attacks (the most prominent example being his quick recovery from a point-blank lightning bolt fired at him by Mako).
Aside from his combat abilities, Amon also possessed great intellect and charisma, making him a master manipulator. He effectively masqueraded his bloodbending technique, which he used to sever people's bending, as a mystical weapon given to him by the spirits. He was able to maintain this facade consistently even under the heat of battle. A gifted political strategist, he accurately portended that if he removed the Avatar's bending too early in his revolution, it would only end in Korra becoming a martyr, ensuring that benders across the globe would unite against his anti-bending agenda. He took his charade to such heights that apart from wearing a mask, he even applied make-up to fake a large facial scar to legitimize his fabricated story of being mutilated by a firebender in order to further drive bending hate and sympathy for his cause. As evidenced by the multiple attacks orchestrated by the Equalists, Amon was also a capable strategist and tactician, outmatching other organized forces such as the Metalbending Police Force and the United Forces armada on several occasions. He was also well-versed in terrorist tactics, subverting non-benders by manipulating their hate and bestowing fear upon benders, always seeking a psychological edge against his opponents, and consistently using intimidation and threats against his numerous enemies.
Noatak was the firstborn child of the former notorious crime boss, Yakone, and the older brother of Tarrlok. The two brothers lived happily during their younger years unaware of their father's true identity, until they both discovered their waterbending abilities, prompting Yakone to display a harsher personality towards the two, particularly Tarrlok. Noatak would regularly defend his brother against his father whenever he lashed out on Tarrlok. Eventually, they were both taught to bloodbend, when Yakone revealed his criminal life to them, declaring that they would avenge him and become bloodbenders of the highest order.
Noatak used his profound abilities to perform extraordinary feats, such as manipulating an entire pack of wolves. Unfortunately, he carried the burdens of his father's expectations and eventually became cold and detached. Tarrlok, however, was more often opposed to the idea of bloodbending and found it to be cruel and sinister in nature. Yakone later forced the two to bloodbend each other, and while Noatak showed little restraint in doing so, despite his brother's agonizing screams, he defended Tarrlok when Yakone lashed out on him for refusing to do the same.
Noatak then bloodbent his father, and declared that bloodbending was not the most powerful weapon, but that the Avatar was and reminded his father that the Avatar had removed his bending through energy-bending. He then ran away, despite Tarrlok's pleas, and lead a life of his own, blaming bending for all the events that had caused his life such trauma. Yakone and Tarrlok spent days trying to find Noatak to no avail and believed that Noatak died in the harsh tundra of the North Pole.
At one point, Noatak discovered that Bloodbending could be used to permanently block a person's chi-paths which leaves them unable to use Bending, effectively replicating the Avatar's use of Energy Bending to remove a Bender's power. Using this technique, he claimed the alias of Amon and began an anti-bending revolution within Republic City through the organization known as the Equalists. Amon fabricated a fake backstory for himself of being the son of a non-Bender family whose parents where killed by a Fire Bender and his face was permanently scarred during the attack. Amon dyed a fake scar over his face as a means to justify his use of a mask and to give credibility to his fake backstory. Over time the Equalist movement grew in power as most non-Benders in Republic City lived in poverty and were frequently extorted by criminal gangs ran by Benders, which Amon took advantage of to gain more supporters.
By the time Avatar Korra moved into Republic City the Equalist movement had become a massive organization with thousands of supporters. When Korra announced her official relocation to Republic City during a press conference at the City Hall, Amon heard her responding to questions through the radio. When his second-in-command inquired him about how he was going to handle Korra's arrival, Amon replied that since the Avatar had arrived early, they would have to "accelerate" their plans.
During an event he held known as "The Revelation", Amon narrated his backstory where he was born on a small farm to a family of non-benders. The family was then apparently harassed by a firebender. When Amon's father confronted the supposed assailant, the firebender ruthlessly murdered his family and severely deformed Amon's face, prompting him to wear a mask to conceal his facial scars. Amon then claimed that the spirits determined the Avatar to be a failure and blamed every war in history on Bending thus they granted him the power to remove people's Bending in order to bring a new balance to the world. He set forth a demonstration to remove Lightning Bolt Zolt's bending, though allowed him to fight for it. Amon was successful, and removed his bending in the presence of his followers, along with Korra and Mako, who had infiltrated the event.
He later defeated more benders, including Shady Shin. However, before he could remove Bolin's bending, Korra let out a steam screen into the room, allowing Bolin to escape with his brother, Mako. As the brothers and Korra later escaped, Amon elected to leave them be, so he could allow word of his power to spread. Amon had made a severe impression on Korra, as she was plagued by nightmares of him taking away her bending.
Once he heard that the United Republic Council had proclaimed him public enemy number one, he spread a message over the radio to his fellow Equalists, using the actions of the council as proof of the oppressing nature of benders. However, he declared that their goals would not be stopped from this problem. After Councilman Tarrlok and Avatar Korra successfully executed a raid on an Equalist training facility in the Dragon Flats district, he was publicly challenged by Korra to a midnight duel on Aang Memorial Island with the condition that the island would be exempt of the task force and chi blockers. Amon didn't show up on time, nor did he come alone. As Korra was on her way to leave the island, many Equalists reeled in Korra inside the island's museum. There, Amon emerged from the shadows and revealed to her that he got her message. Amon told Korra that their showdown is inevitable but is premature at that moment, declaring that rather than taking her bending, he told would "save [her] for last", but would nonetheless "destroy [her]". He then knocked out her and let her retain her bending.
On the eve of the Pro-bending championship match, Amon demanded that the council shut down the Pro-bending Arena and put an end to the tournament, threatening that there would be "severe consequences" if they did not. The council voted to keep the arena open, which Amon revealed to be in line with his plans for the situation. He invaded the arena after the Wolfbats won by cheating and called out Republic City and stripped Tahno of his bending. After making a speech to the audience and partially destroying the arena, Amon airlifted out of the arena, narrowly escaping Korra's attacks.
Several days later, Amon, accompanied by several Equalists, appeared to Tarrlok in his hideout deep within the surrounding woodland of Republic City. Despite Tarrlok's unique bloodbending skills, Amon was minimally affected by the bending, taking a momentary pause to regain control, and was eventually able to counteract his bending completely. Tarrlok, confused that his bloodbending had been deflected, was then swiftly subdued by Amon and had his bending removed, paralyzing him for a period of time. At that moment, Tarrlok noticed that Amon's Bending removal process felt identical to that of Noatak's Bloodbending, making him realize that Amon was actually his long lost brother in disguise. Aware that Tarrlok figured out his identity, Amon held his brother in a solitary prison.
After the United Forces battle fleet arrived during the battle for Republic City, Amon's forces engaged them with a surprise attack, with an aerial assault led by Hiroshi Sato destroying the fleet after it ran into a minefield. Later on, when Korra and Mako infiltrated Air Temple Island to locate Amon, they instead found Tarrlok's private prison. Tarrlok proceeded to tell the two about Noatak's backstory and how he was actually using Bloodbending to remove a person's bending. With that knowledge, Korra and Mako vowed to expose Amon as a fraud during the victory rally.
When Korra challenged Amon's story of his past at the rally in the pro-bending arena and claimed that he's a waterbender, Amon revealed his face to the crowd, showing what appeared to be a firebending scar stretching across his face, thus making Korra look like she was lying. As Amon turned his attention to Tenzin and his children to "wipe out Airbending," Mako shot lightning at the stage, allowing Korra time to free Tenzin and his family. Amon, his Lieutenant, and several other chi blockers attempted to fight back but were all blown off the stage by Mako and Tenzin.
Amon pursued and eventually found Korra, subduing her with bloodbending. When Mako arrived to help, he too was stopped by Amon's bloodbending. With the Avatar and her friend helpless, Amon took away Korra's bending. This action was witnessed by the Lieutenant, who, after seeing Amon use bloodbending, denounced him as a traitor and attempted to attack, although Amon was able to stop him easily with his bloodbending power and hurled him through the air.
The distraction, however, allowed Mako to struggle into position and blast Amon with lightning, buying time for him and Korra to escape. Amon caught up with them and again used his bloodbending to stop them. He prepared to take away Mako's bending, musing over the fact that no one else had been able to resist him so, and that it was almost a shame to take bending away from one so talented. Korra, however, seeing Mako in danger suddenly unlocked her airbending and used it to to knock Amon away from Mako. As she unleashed a barrage of air attacks upon him, Amon attempted to fight back with bloodbending, but the narrow corridor allowed Korra to keep on attacking and blast him out a window into the harbor below.
Defeat and death
A crowd of Amon's followers witnessed him fall into the ocean and soon after saw his mask rise from the water, they denounced Korra as a tyrant believing she had just killed Amon.
Amon, about to drown, arose from the sea on a giant column of water out of instinct, unaware that his followers witnessed him Waterbending and that this fake scar was washed away by the ocean thus confirming the Avatar's accusations of him being a fraud. Realizing that he had lost everything, Amon dodged Mako's blasts of fire and fled, deciding to reconcile with Tarrlok and start over. They escaped out to sea on an Equalist speedboat.
Amon, now going by his true name, happily spoke of how there was nothing they could not do together, and shed a tear. Tarrlok, however, used an Equalist glove to ignite the fuel tank, causing the boat to explode, killing them both and putting an end to Yakone's dreadful legacy for good.
Over the course of the next six months, Korra used Energybending to restore bending to all of Amon's victims (excluding criminal members of bending triads).
Amon returned in Book 3: Change, as one of Korra's hallucinations when the Red Lotus administered mercury poison into her body. During this visage, Zaheer's face slowly crumbled, revealing Amon's mask, telling her the world didn't need her anymore.
Amon also appeared briefly in Book 4: Balance, where Varrick included a zombie version of Amon as a foe to Bolin (along with Zaheer, Vaatu and Unalaq) in a comical story. Amon is really only seen in the story acting annoyed with the boring Unalaq, who kept trying to get involved in the group's evil plans against their wishes. About halfway through the story, the reanimated zombie Amon is completely forgotten about, and after the story was over, Bolin even remarked that "Zombie Amon"'s fate was never explained. However, Varrick didn't seem to mind that his story made no sense and told Bolin that the facts should never get in the way of entertainment.
|“||What did Amon want? Equality for all.||„|
|~ Toph about Amon.|
Amon was mentioned by Toph, when she explained to Korra that even through Amon fought for the wrong side, his intentions of wanting equality for all was a reasonable motive. After the Anti-Bending Revolution, Republic City abolished its un-elected United Republic Council, because of it's unfairness among non-benders. Instead Republic City had a democratically elected president that gave non-benders a voice above benders and finally equalizing non-benders and benders.
- Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Ares from God of War, Gene from Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, Professor Galvez Mena from Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Starscream from Transformers Prime, and the English voice of Orochimaru from Naruto.
- Every major Legend of Korra villain is an allegory for a political ideology. It is frequently argued that Amon represents communism, a form of government which advocates for common ownership of the means of production that is also classless, implying the end of the exploitation of workers. Amon's rhetoric frequently referenced inequality and exploitation of non-benders by the wealthier and more powerful benders that controlled the economy and government. However, he also represents how those in power would use lies, charisma and propaganda to control the populace while pretending to be on the same level as them, like how he hid the fact that he was a bender himself (one that even uses a bending art that is illegal) and made up a story of how he was granted his stripping abilities by the spirits to make the non-bending community obey him until Korra exposed him for the fraud he was.
- Amon's attempted ethnic cleansing of benders in the United Republic of Nations has also been compared to the Nazi government headed by Adolf Hitler, which committed genocide of people that were considered "undesirable" to the Aryan ethnicity. Amon even went as far as to refer to bending as an "impurity" which would give some truth to this interpretation.
- Like several other characters, Amon was revealed on July 23, 2011 at San Diego Comic-Con.
- Amon was the only known person who was not an Avatar to have had the ability to remove someone's bending.
- Amon is the only character known to be both a bender and a chi blocker.
- Amon is considered a far greater threat than Firelord Ozai. Amon was a self-proclaimed freedom-fighter using charisma to gather allies when Ozai was a tyrannical emperor ruling by fear. Amon's overall presence and ability to take someone's bending away was considered downright terrifying.
- Ironically, Amon's father, Yakone was Aang's final adversary, and Amon himself was Korra's first adversary.
- Amon can be viewed as the opposite of another Avatar villain, Liling. Liling hated non-benders and viewed benders as the natural order of things, the polar opposite of Amon's goals.
- Amon's views towards benders bear strong similarities to the views of Lian from the first Avatar: The Last Airbender video game, as both see bending as the source of every war in mankind and that removing benders will bring equality and prosperity to the world.
- Amon also has similarities to V from V For Vendetta, both being masked revolutionaries who had their faces burned by fire, as well as masters at manipulation. Unlike V, however, Amon wore a fake scar.
- Amon is the second villain to die at the hands of a family member, after Azulon and before Unalaq.
- In the late development art, his symbol on his chest means Fire in Kanji.
- Amon is the seventh evil spirit listed in "Ars Goetia" in The Lesser Key of Solomon. He is said to be a Marquis of Hell.
- The name Amon is very similar to Amun (also known as Amun-Ra), the solar/creator deity and King of the Gods in Egyptian mythology. The spelling "Amon" is also used in some transliterations. Amon is an Egyptian name meaning "hidden", which may refer to his covered face. A sun symbol is on his mask as well.
- The Chinese transliteration for Amon's name, 阿蒙 (pinyin: āméng) can have a few meanings, but the most appropriate is "to cover". This could allude to the mask he wore to hide his true identity as a non-scarred waterbender.
- Amon has the Chinese ideogram for "peace" on his chest. The same ideogram also means "fair" and "equal", matching the Equalists' name.
- Amon is the name of the second deadliest pressure point in the human body. Located on the back of the neck, a precise strike can be fatal.
- The relationship between Amon and Tarrok is similar to 2012 KBS television series Bridal Mask is about two brothers living Korea under Japanese rule in 1930s where the older one - Kang-san is masked hero for protected people from Japanese and younger one - Kang-to is Pro-Japanese officer who obsessed captured Bridal Mask before he become second the Bridal Mask after his brother's death by accident where Kang-to shot him.
- Stills of Amon's debut in "The Revelation" has been parodied across the internet, portraying him telling nonsensical jokes, thus leading to the birth of the meme "Comedian A mon", also known as "Stand-Up Amon".