Avatar: What Do Jake’s 5 Children Symbolize?

Those who have seen the second movie in the Avatar series know that the kids of Jake and Neytiri are a big part of the plot. During a long period of peace on Pandora, the new parents watched their children grow and thrive while the threat of the humans seemed like a distant memory. But now, Miles Quatrich has returned as an avatar and ruined their happy family life. So, to stay alive, the Sully clan has to find a new way to live. They go to the Metkayina people, who teach them how to use the power of the ocean.

During this new chapter, which adds to the franchise’s story, the five children (both biological and adopted) learn amazing things and find talents they didn’t know they had. But each represents a different part of Jake and his connection to the world he has chosen. This is how.

Neteyam

Neteyam avatar
Neteyam

Jake’s first child, Neteyam, represents the soldier inside of him. Jake was a marine on Earth before he came to Pandora. He was used to fighting to protect people. This only got worse when he fell in love with Neytiri in the first Avatar movie and decided to help her, and her people defend their home from the humans.

The struggles of the Navi people in Avatar are like the struggles of native people in our world, and Neteyam is a great example of how to stand up to oppression. As a good leader should, he always steps in to defend his siblings and fight their battles for them. He is earnest about the reconnaissance missions he does with his parents because he has been taught to think like a soldier. It’s one of his best qualities, but it also kills him because he died trying to keep his younger brother from getting into trouble.

Lo’ak

Lo’ak
Lo’ak

Jake lost the part of himself that was curious and sometimes risky when he became a father. When Jake, in his Avatar form, first arrived on Pandora at the beginning of the first movie, he was very excited and took in everything around him with a child’s wonder. This was one of the first things Neytiri liked about him, and it helped him learn the ways of the Omaticaya people so quickly. But it also put him in several dangerous and life-threatening situations. So, he tries to stop his second son from having the same trait.

Like Jake, Lo’ak has much freedom, but he often doesn’t realize how dangerous that can be for himself and those around him. Because of this, he gets the Tsaheylu to become friends with Pakayan, the outcast. This is also why he goes back on the enemy ship to look for his sisters, even though there are humans with weapons on board. Jake had to change this about himself quickly when he had kids because he was suddenly responsible for them. But he sees a lot of his wild self in Lo’ak, which is probably why he and Lo’ak fight so much.

Spider

Spider
Spider

Spider stands for the part of Jake that will always be human and that he will never be able to get rid of completely. Even though by the second movie, Jake is completely Navi, his past still follows him. This is mostly because Quatrich has a grudge against him. After all, he “betrayed his kind” by standing up to the humans.

Spider constantly reminds Jake that he can’t change where he came from or where he came from. Spider, like Jake, tries to do the right thing but often fails. This is shown when he stops Quatrich’s avatar from drawing in the sunken ship, even though he knows what will happen because he has seen how cruel he is to the Navi sea tribes. Spider has a strong bond with the person who was his father, even though the movie doesn’t show who Spider’s mother is. This is the same connection Jake will always have with people, no matter what they have done to him.

Kiri

Kiri
Kiri

Kiri is surrounded by much mystery, from how she was made to how she got her powers. This sets up a lot for the second book in the series, The Way of Water. Kiri is Grace’s daughter. Before she died, Grace’s avatar was found to be pregnant for some reason. There needs to be a clue about who the father is. Kiri is strong-willed and passionate, just like the other children. She loves healing magic and is interested in the world, just like her mother.

Kiri symbolizes how the Navi are connected to Eywa and how everyone must have faith in something bigger than themselves to be a part of Pandora’s beautiful biosphere. All over the world, the ground is a living link between the past and the present. Even more rarely and impressively than Jake, who was the first to ask Eywa to help them fight to protect their home in the first movie, Kiri can tap into it.

Tuktirey

Tuktirey
Tuktirey

The fact that Tuk is the youngest of the five shows how innocent the Omatikaya people were before Jake came to lead them. She is too young to understand why there is war and violence, just like Neytiri didn’t understand how cruel humans were before they burned down her home and killed her father. Neytiri didn’t get enough screen time in The Way of Water, but it was very powerful when she did. But if her mother is any indication, Tuk has much potential to grow and become a great character, which is interesting.

Neytiri and Jake are both brave warriors who love their families and fight to protect them. They are very good at working with the world’s creatures and using weapons. Still, they were both as innocent as Tuk when they first met. Some of these skills are already being shown by the youngest Sully child, like how quickly she made Tsaheylu with the Ilu from the Metkayina clan. This could mean that great things are on the way for her.