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Nationality: Southern Water Tribe

Abilities: Combat training, weapon crafting

Relationships: Good friend of Hakoda

Episode Appearances: "Bato of the Water Tribe"
"The Guru"
"The Awakening"
"The Day of Black Sun, Part 1: The Invasion"
"The Day of Black Sun, Part 2: The Eclipse"

Voice Actor: Richard McGonagle

Hakoda's best friend growing up, the two of them often playing pranks on people including Hakoda's mother. As such, when Hakoda took up his duties as chief of the Southern Water Tribe, Bato was always by his side assisting him, as well as acting as an uncle to Sokka and Katara. When the time came for the tribe to enter the war against the Fire Nation, Bato followed his best friend once again.

Years later, he would meet with Hakoda's children once again while they were traveling with Aang, having been left behind by the Water Tribe soldiers while he healed up from a vicious battle with a Firebender. Having caught up with the youths, he learned that Sokka had never gotten a chance to go ice dodging, a rite of passage for Water Tribe boys to be officially declared by their fathers as men. With Hakoda not present to commence the test, Bato stepped in to fulfill the duty.