Do you have any idea the power these criminals possess? Individually, they can take down any bender. Put them all together, they could take down the entire world.
~ Lord Zuko describing the criminals to a White Lotus sentry.

The Red Lotus, also known as the Order of the Red Lotus, is an antagonistic faction founded by Xai Bau after the Hundred Year War, who broke off from the White Lotus after they came out of secrecy and openly served the Avatar as bodyguards and trainers. They believe in true freedom and the destruction of governments (like anarchists), and desire to undo the actions of Avatar Wan and have humans and spirits coexist once more. They are the true (albeit unseen) antagonists of Book 2 of Legend of Korra, and also the main antagonists of Book 3.

When news that Korra was the new Avatar spread, Unalaq planned to kidnap her to release Vaatu, presumably to create chaos. He sent Zaheer and his band out to abduct her, but they were stopped and imprisoned by Sokka, Zuko, Tenzin and others. Unalaq covered his involvement with the abduction and helped to imprison them, going on to follow his own ambitions by merging with Vaatu and become the Dark Avatar, which was never part of the original plan.

13 years later, after Harmonic Convergence, Zaheer discovers that he is an airbender, and his hope in achieving his goals is restored. He escapes prison and frees his friends, and planned to kidnap Korra once again. They also planned to kill the world's leaders. Once they succeeded in capturing Korra, they planned to poison her, which would trigger the Avatar State, which is when they would subsequently kill her, thus ending the Avatar cycle forever. They fail in their mission, however, and everyone except for Zaheer dies in the ensuing battle. Zaheer is instead incarcerated, no longer a feasible threat on his own. Even after the main members of the group are taken down, Zuko still thinks that there are other Red Lotus members out there. After the incarceration of Zaheer, President Raiko declared the Red Lotus a terrorist organization in the eyes of the United Republic of Nations


  • Xai Bau (founder, presumably deceased).
  • Zaheer (incarcerated).
  • P'Li (deceased).
  • Ghazan (deceased).
  • Ming-Hua (deceased).
  • Aiwei (trapped in the Fog of Lost Souls).
  • Unalaq (traitor, deceased).
  • Red Lotus Sentries.


           Avatar The Last Airbender logoVillains

Fire Nation
Fire Lord Ozai | Fire Lord Azulon | Fire Lord Sozin | Zuko | Azula | Ty Lee | Mai | Zhao | Ukano | Combustion Man | Yon Rha | Warden | Bujing | Mung

Earth Kingdom
Hou-Ting | Jet | Chin the Conqueror | General Fong | Xin Fu | Gow | Long Feng | Dai Li Sergeant | Liling | Ru | Yaling

Water Tribe
Hama | Tahno | Tarrlok | Noatak | Yakone | Varrick | Zhu Li | Unalaq | Eska | Judge Hotah | Gilak | Thod | Thod's disciples

Amon | Lieutenant | Hiroshi Sato

Red Lotus
Zaheer | Ghazan | Ming-Hua | P'Li | Aiwei

Earth Empire
Kuvira | Baatar Jr. | Guan

Vaatu | Dark Spirits | Wan Shi Tong | Koh | Kemurikage | Old Iron

Other Groups
Dai Li | Rough Rhinos | Southern Raiders | Yuyan Archers | New Ozai Society | Triple Threat Triad | Royal Procession

June | Lightning Bolt Zolt | Shady Shin | Tokuga | Wonyong Keum

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