Ty Lee was a cheerful and energetic
teenage girl hailing from the Fire Nation.
The daughter of a nobleman, she attended the
Royal Fire Academy for Girls with her longtime
friends, Princess Azula and Mai. As a child,
she dealt with six sisters that shared an identical
appearance to her, which caused Ty Lee to
feel a loss of individuality, a longing to be a distinct,
recognizable person, and a desire for attention
from other people.
Because of this, after she matured, she ran away from
her home and joined a Fire Nation circus, becoming
a skilled acrobatic performer and gaining more personal attention.
Ty Lee was a formidable hand-to-hand combatant
, utilizing a unique form of martial arts that
attacks the pressure points on the human body.
By striking these, she was able to disrupt that
individual's chi flow and temporarily paralyze them,
removing their ability to use bending. She and Mai
were recruited by Princess Azula to hunt down
and capture her relatives Prince Zuko and Iroh,
and later, Avatar Aang and his friends.