Afiko the Betrayer
Afiko, an elder Airbender monk of the Southern Air Temple, grew jealous when his peers announced Aang’s identity as the Avatar. Envious, he turned traitor and revealed the temple’s location to the Fire Nation. They stormed the temple and slaughtered the other monks, but were too late to catch Aang, who had run away from home shortly before. Afiko was instrumental in engineering the genocide of his fellow Air Nomads, earning a place as Fire Lord Sozin’s close adviser. He also seems to have aided Sozin in attacking the Earth Kingdom because he is often shown blocking or dispersing Earthbending attacks and attacking Earthbenders. The traitorous monk died long before Aang’s return, and the subsequent undermining of all Afiko’s work. In the end, despite his loyalty and achievements towards the Fire Nation, history records indicate that Afiko met his demise in the War’s fifth year, when Fire Lord Sozin had him executed as a traitor.
Malu the Ghost Witch
Malu, the Ghost Witch of the Mountain, arose as a figure of Earth Kingdom legend in the years following the Fire Nation’s first strikes. An enigmatic beauty who supposedly controlled the spirits, and seemingly vanished and appeared at will, Malu was truly an Airbender, whose mother hid her in a mountain cave to escape the Fire Nation’s storming of the Eastern Air Temple. Her parents were Airbender monks and some of the war’s first casualties. For years, she lived a solitary existence in the forest, but ten years into the war, she began attacking Fire Nation soldiers. Some say she still makes her home in the mountain passes. “Malu” is also the Malay word for shyness, which would fit her rather elusive nature.
Jojo the Kissing Bandit
Jojo, the Kissing Bandit is the Earth Kingdom’s own famous female Robin Hood. A gentlewoman thief and Earthbender (seen in Avatar Trading Cards), this crafty young Earthbender’s trademark is the red-lipstick kiss she leaves on her male victims. Her fame and relatively benign modus operandi leaves Earth Kingdom authorities tolerant, while some even fantasize about being her victim. She has also stolen from the Fire Nation, as she is often shown blocking Firebending attacks and using Earthbending to attack Fire Nation soldiers. Jojo has recently developed a crush on fellow fugitive Aang, from seeing his wanted posters. Jojo the Kissing Bandit is also seen attacking the Cabbage Merchant and evading a water whip attack from Katara, whom she seems to have been stealing from.
Obviously these characters never actually appear in canon but I think these would’ve been interesting additions to the show if they had time. Especially Malu the ghost witch (she’s like lady stoneheart lol). It would’ve been interesting to see more airbender characters, particularly any survivors of the genocide. I imagine they would’ve given up the no violence thing.
And Jojo having a crush on Aang would’ve been epic if only for Katara’s reaction. Plus I love the idea of her leaving lipstick kisses on her victims. Sounds like a cool character.