Toph Beifong

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Character
Name: Toph Beifong
Occupation: Earthbending master, professional earthbending fighter (formerly), con artist (formerly), Chief of Police of Republic City (formerly)
Relationships: Aang (friend and student), Katara (friend), Sokka (friend), Suki (friend), Zuko (friend), Iroh (friend), Lao Beifong (father), Poppy Beifong (mother), Lin Beifong (older daughter), Suyin Beifong (younger daughter), Bataar Jr. (grandson), Huan (grandson), Opal (granddaughter), Wei and Wing (grandsons)
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Other:
Toph Beifong performing an earthbending move. Her facial expression is the very picture of smugness.
Toph by MarcelPerez
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Toph Beifong is a main character in the animated series 2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender. She was introduced in Book 2: Earth (2006), and later appeared in the final season (2014) of its 2012 sequel series, The Legend of Korra.

Canon

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Toph was born an earthbender in the Earth Kingdom to the wealthy Beifong family. Her parents believed her to be fragile and helpless due to her blindness, and so they isolated her from the outside world. At a young age, a crying Toph hid in a cave, where she met badgermoles, the original earthbenders, who were also blind. By imitating the badgermoles, Toph learned earthbending skills, allowing her to visualize her surroundings by detecting the sounds and vibrations of her environment.

By the age of twelve, Toph was slipping away from her home to compete in professional earthbending fights as the undefeated Blind Bandit. It was at one of these matches that she met Team Avatar: Avatar Aang and his companions, Katara and Sokka. Toph agreed to become Aang's earthbending master and ran away from home to join Team Avatar's adventure.

Over the course of the series, she formed deep and lasting bonds with the other members of the Gaang, and became the first earthbender to bend metal.

The Legend of Korra

After the events of Sozin's Comet, Toph founded the first school of metalbending, led the Republic City Police, had two daughters, and eventually met Aang's successor, Avatar Korra.

Fandom

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Popularity and Reception

Toph is generally well-liked by the fandom due to her impressive earthbending skills, tough attitude, and snarky sense of humor. Many also believe her to be a positive example of a disabled character.[1]

Fanon and Speculation

Fans of Toph often enjoy portraying her larger-than-life personality and earthbending skills in fan works. Toph Being Awesome and Badass Toph Beifong are filterable freeform tags on AO3, each having over 100 works.

Toph was the only long-term member of the Gaang not to have a one-one-one "field trip" with Zuko between the Day of Black Sun and the series finale; fan works sometimes seek to rectify this.

Toph did not appear in the first three seasons of The Legend of Korra. In that time, some fans speculated that she may have died prior to the events of the series along with Aang and Sokka, and some held out hope that she was still alive. She eventually appeared alive and well in the fourth and final season, which aired in late 2014.

Shipping

Toph has not been shown in a romantic relationship in Avatar: The Last Airbender, although her past relationships with her daughters' fathers are briefly alluded to in The Legend of Korra.

According to a sample of 267 stories posted to FanFiction.Net (FFN) between 13 October 2013 and 6 May 2020, Toph was most often listed in the site's pairing filter with Sokka (46%), followed by Aang (31%), Zuko (17%), Azula (3%), Katara (1%), and June (1%).[2]

As of August 2020, Toph & Zuko is her most tagged relationship on AO3; Toph Beifong and Zuko Are Siblings is an established tag, with over 200 works. Out of Toph's romantic pairings, Toph x Sokka has the highest volume of works on the site.

Notable Pairings

Fan Works

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fan Fiction

"When You've Bowed, You Leave the Crowd" AKA "When You've Bowed…" AO3 FFN archive by Lavanya SixDate: 27 Mar 2011 (AO3)Length: 2 281 wordsStatus: Complete
A far futurefic.
"Chain of Flowers" FFN FFN archive by Lavanya SixDate: between 31 Dec 2009 and 28 Jan 2013Length: 400 wordsStatus: Complete
The title may reference the floral names of Poppy and Toph, and the multigenerational links between Beifong mothers and daughters.
untitled Tumblr by nothing-more-than-hot-leaf-juice, probsjosh, theotheristhedoctor, gaangarangDate: 13 August 2020–18 August 2020Length: 157 words
Spontaneous scriptfic collab featuring Toph and Bumi.

Fan Art

AVATAR COLLECTION 02 - Toph DA by MarcelPerezDate: 13 Jan 2015
Toph Beifong performing an earthbending move. Her facial expression is the very picture of smugness.
Because I finished rewatching AtLA the other day. Tumblr by henpendripsDate: 10 Jan 2020
Toph was the only long-term member of the core Gaang not to have a one-one-one "field trip" with Zuko between the Day of Black Sun and the series finale. Fan may seek to rectify this in fan works.
we needed more bastard toph Tumblr by iloeDate: 24 May 2020
Likely part of a wave of fan art spurred by the 2020 ATLA Renaissance.
Toph Beifong [art by me] Reddit by itsbloogr-artDate: 24 Jun 2020
Toph.
Little Toph and Poppy Beifong Tumblr by byghostfaceDate: 26 Jun 2020
Pre-canon. Poppy affectionately tends to her young daughter, Toph.

Cosplay

Meta

I’m coming around to this narrative choice Tumblr by royaltealovingkookinessDate: 22 Jan 2019
Examining Toph's role in the series finale, paralleled with Zuko's.

Links

Archives and Communities

Resources

References

  1. ^ that-catholic-shinobi. As a disabled person posted to Tumblr on 1 Jan 2016. (Accessed November 2020.)
  2. ^ phantomstatistician. Toph's FanFiction Shipping Chart 2013*-Present, posted to Tumblr on 6 May 2020. (Accessed November 2020.)