|“||Toruk Makto, I will fly with you.
- Tsu'tey to Jake after he becomes Toruk Makto.
|Behind the Scenes|
Tsu’tey te Rongloa Ateyitan was the Omaticaya clan's finest warrior. After the death of Eytukan, the clan leader, he was Olo'eyktan himself from August 20-22, 2154. Along with Jake Sully, Tsu'tey lead the Na'vi against the RDA forces in the Assault on the Tree of Souls. He was mortally wounded by a machine gunner during the battle after valiantly dispatching several RDA soldiers and was granted a merciful death at his request by Jake.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Personality and traits
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Memorable Quotes
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
Tsu'tey was born in the Omaticaya clan, as the first son of Ateyo and Artsut, along with his younger brother Arvok. From a young age Tsu'tey showed great skills and success in hunting and leadership during his training, and became favored by his parents over Arvok, although Tsu'tey was still close with his brother. Tsu'tey was later even chosen by the clan's Olo'eyktan, Eytukan, and the Tsahìk, Mo'at, to become the future mate of their oldest daughter, Sylwanin. Together, they were to succeed her parents as the leaders of the clan however at her untimely death, the role fell to Neytiri. Tsu'tey had proven to be the finest warrior of the clan, becoming the leader of the clan's hunters.
Later Life (Avatar: Tsu'tey's Path and Avatar)
Shortly before meeting Jake Sully, Tsu'tey was meditating at the Tree of Souls with Eytukan, Mo'at, and Neytiri. After pondering Tsu'tey leaves to join his group waiting for the hunters in training, consisting of three older members, led by Takuk, and two less experienced ones, Ka'ani and Saeyla.
That night Tsu'tey teaches his apprentices that before a hunt they must do the tsaheylu with Eywa so that they will be remembered if they die. The next day, after night survival training, Tsu'tey explains to Ka'ani and Saeyla that to be an Omaticaya hunter you must do better and so they climb one tree to the top after reaching another.
During Omaticaya hunter training day exercises, Tsu'tey and his students found and captured Jake Sully. At Neytiri's insistence, Jake was brought before Eytukan and Mo'at who, following an inspection, decided that Jake would be taught the Na'vi ways despite his students reluctance and his own disapproval, Tsu'tey tells them to respect Eytukan's decision. After Tsu'tey then travels to the Trees of Voices in an attempt to communicate with Sylwanin's spirit before Neytiri arrives. They discuss how much they miss Sylwanin and their worries about Jake. While Tsu'tey firmly believes that humans bring only death, Neytiri believes it is an opportunity to learn from him and teach humans another way beyond the damage they have already done to the Na'vi and Pandora.
Tsu'tey felt hostility towards Jake from the moment they first met in the jungles of Pandora, and his anger only grew as he realized that Jake and Neytiri were falling in love. After learning that Jake had mated with Neytiri, Tsu'tey was outraged and attempted to kill him. Jake managed to subdue him, but, while trying to reveal his true mission to the Omaticaya, Colonel Quaritch disengaged Jake from his link chamber. As Jake's unconscious avatar fell to the ground, Tsu'tey attempted to kill Jake a second time while reminding the clan that Jake was a "demon in a false body". Neytiri defended Jake's avatar and forced Tsu'tey away from him. After the sacred Trees of Voices were destroyed by the RDA, Tsu'tey, in behalf of Eytukan, avenged the loss by leading a war party into a successful attack on multiple RDA bulldozers and their armed human escorts.
When Jake was re-linked with his avatar, he warned the Omaticaya of the RDA's intentions to destroy Hometree. But when Jake confessed that he was originally a spy for the RDA and that he was aware of their planned assault, Eytukan ordered Tsu'tey and his warriors to bind Jake and Grace Augustine. Eytukan immediately gathered the Omaticaya warriors to defend their home. When the RDA fleet arrived, Eytukan commanded Tsu'tey to attack from above with some Ikran Maktos. However, before Tsu'tey and his hunters could carry out the attack, Hometree was engulfed in flames by the fleet's superior weaponry. During the destruction, Tsu'tey and his Ikran Maktos barely managed to elude the flames and escape before Hometree collapsed. After the death of Eytukan in the assault, Tsu'tey became the clan leader. The surviving Omaticaya journeyed to the Tree of Souls to seek help from Eywa.
Final Battle and Death
After Jake was able to regain the trust of the Omaticaya by becoming the sixth Toruk Makto, Tsu'tey finally realized that he had been wrong about Jake and agreed to fly with him in the final battle against the RDA forces. Before the battle, he translated Jake's words to the Omaticaya people and aided in rallying the Na'vi clans for war. He and Jake led more than 2,000 Na'vi warriors into battle. During the assault, Tsu'tey was fatally wounded when he boarded the Valkyrie shuttle in an attempt to halt its bombing run. Maiming or killing SecOps personnel single handedly, he was shot at point-blank range and fell from the shuttle to the forest below.
After the battle had ended in victory for the Na'vi, he was found bleeding heavily by a group of surviving Na'vi warriors who brought Jake and Neytiri to him. Tsu'tey, knowing that his death was imminent, passed on leadership of the Omaticaya clan to Jake before making him draw his knife and demanding that he end his suffering. Jake refused, but Tsu'tey proudly reassured him that he would be remembered because Jake, as Toruk Makto, would be his last shadow. He showed his respect for Jake by calling him a brother. Reluctantly, Jake granted Tsu'tey his last request and mercifully killed him. Jake then recited a prayer for Tsu'tey, wishing his spirit to become one with Eywa as Neytiri and the other warriors looked on in grief.
Post-Death (Avatar: Tsu'tey's Path and Avatar: The Next Shadow)
After his passing, Tsu'tey's spirit enters the Pandoran Neural Network, where he is joyfully greeted by Sylwanin. Later, after Jake Sully is poisoned by Tsu'tey's mother, Artsut, he falls unconscious and enters the neural network through the Tree of Souls. There, Tsu'tey and Eytukan's spirits visit him and advise him on his situation. Tsu'tey, after examining Jake's wound, is confident that it was Artsut and Ateyo behind the plot, and that his younger brother, Arvok, had been coerced into participating. Tsu'tey reminisces about his relationship with his parents, stating that he had to learn to overcome their controlling nature. He tells Jake that despite their cruel methods, his parents only have the best interests of the Omaticaya clan at heart. He calls on Jake to punish them for his crimes but reminds him that he can be merciful in doing so.
Personality and traits
At first, Tsu'tey appeared to be an arrogant, aggressive and sometimes merciless warrior who made no attempt to hide his resentment for people that he disliked, most notably Jake Sully. He frequently sneered at Jake when he made mistakes during his lessons. Tsu'tey was jealous of Jake and Neytiri's growing affection for one another. When he realized that Jake and Neytiri had mated, he was furious and attacked Jake, intending to kill him, but Jake easily defeated Tsu´tey thanks to his skills as a former marin recon.
However, Tsu'tey eventually realized that he was not destined to become Neytiri's mate and finally let go of his grudge against Jake. When the latter became Toruk Makto, having a newfound respect for him, Tsu'tey smiled proudly at Jake when translating his words to the clan prior to the final battle. Whilst dying, he admitted to Jake that he thought of him as a brother and that his proudest accomplishment was fighting side by side with Jake.
Regardless of his seemingly aggressive nature, Tsu'tey was loyal and protective to his clan and a courageous warrior. However, his bravery eventually cost him his life when he boarded the Valkyrie shuttle, taking several of the RDA soldiers down in the process. Even when fatally wounded, Tsu'tey was more concerned about the safety of the clan than his own injuries.
Despite his exterior, Tsu'tey also seemed to have a softer side. He appeared both enraged and devastated when the Trees of Voices were destroyed. When Neytiri told the clan that she and Jake had mated, Tsu'tey looked shocked and heartbroken. He also looked concerned when Jake revealed that Grace was dying and appeared sorrowful when she passed on.
Tsu'tey had high standards for the young hunters he trained, with the command "do better" serving as a motto. While he took this training seriously, he was less focused during meditation exercises with Eytukan, Mo'at, and Neytiri, showing a playful side by swatting Neytiri with his tail.
Tsu'tey was generally considered to be the Omaticaya clan's finest warrior and was a master of the bow as well as a skilled opponent in close combat, an experienced cavalry leader, and a precise hunter. Tsu'tey made a brave attempt to stop the Valkyrie shuttle from dropping its payload in the final battle for the Tree of Souls, killing or incapacitating several RDA soldiers with his bow and bare hands before being shot down. He also lead the war party against the RDA following the destruction of the Trees of Voices, managing to burn the bulldozers and kill the squad of troopers. Despite this, he was shown to have been defeated or at least unable to land a powerful blow when combating Jake.
Tsu'tey was a skilled direhorse rider. He was also an excellent flyer, skillfully riding an ikran during a sturmbeest hunt in which he made a clean kill, successfully escaping Hometree's destruction on the back of an ikran, and expertly steering his mount during the final battle with the RDA. His almost outstanding aerodynamic affinity makes him one of the most adept flyers in the clan.
Throughout most of their relationship, Tsu'tey held a rivalry with Jake, sneering at him when he made mistakes and appearing to enjoy mocking and embarrassing him. He was jealous of Jake's relationship with Neytiri, and when he discovered that they had mated, he was outraged and tried to kill Jake. Tsu'tey also appeared smug when Jake admitted to the clan that he had been sent by the RDA to spy on them, possibly because he had suspected that Jake was a traitor as soon as he laid eyes on him.
However, when Jake returned to the clan after becoming the sixth Toruk Makto and swore his loyalty to them, an amazed Tsu'tey forgave him for everything and came to respect him. He accepted Jake back into the clan and fought alongside him in the battle for the Tree of Souls. As Tsu'tey lay dying, he handed the title of Olo'eyktan on to Jake. He told him that he was proud to fight with him and thought of him as a brother. As his last will, Tsu'tey demanded Jake end his life, honoring him by being his last shadow.
After his parents tried to kill Jake with a deadly poison, Tsu'tey appeared along with Eytukan and other fallen members of the Omaticaya in Jake's dream while he was in a coma. Tsu'tey said that Jake had not tricked Neytiri to love him and that all the fallen in the tribe had nothing to forgive Jake about and said that the real question was if Jake could forgive himself for his own mistakes which Jake finally did. Before Jake woke up again from his coma he said that he would try to live up to the faith Tsu'tey had in him. Tsu'tey replied that Jake already had done that.
Tsu'tey was betrothed to Neytiri during his childhood after the death of Sylwanin, and the two of them grew up and learned together. Despite their differences, they seemed to have much respect for each other. However, Neytiri fell in love with Jake Sully and chose him as her mate instead. Tsu'tey may have genuinely loved Neytiri as he appeared hurt and shocked when he found out that she had mated with Jake. Though she didn't love him as she loved Jake, Neytiri did care for Tsu'tey and was deeply saddened when he died.
Eytukan greatly respected Tsu'tey for his abilities as a warrior and chose him to one day carry on in his place as the clan leader. Depsite that Tsu'teys mother Artsut was a hateful rival against his own mate Mo'at Eytukan probably knewed that Tsu'tey himself was nothing like Artsut and his father Ateyo as he had early in life learned to avoid and ignore his parents controlling nature. Eytukan ordered Tsu'tey to lead a war party into an assault on the RDA after the latter had destroyed the Trees of Voices, one of the Omaticaya clan's most sacred places. Tsu'tey supported Eytukan in preparing the clan's warriors for the defense of Hometree against the RDA. When Eytukan was killed in the assault, Tsu'tey succeeded him as Olo'eyktan.
Tsu'tey seemed to respect his Tsahik Mo'at despite the feud between his mother Artsut and Mo'at. Tsu'tey probably saw Mo'at as far wiser, knowing his mother's controlling nature. When Tsu'tey needed advice, he rather asked Mo'at for it instead of Artsut.
Despite being betrothed to Neytiri, Tsu'tey's true romantic feelings lied with Sylwanin, Neytiri's sister. These feelings continued even after Sylwanin's death. After Eytukan's decision to allow Jake to stay with the clan, Neytiri found Tsu'tey making tsaheylu with the Tree of Voices in an attempt to see Sylwanin. His students were aware of his true feelings, with one of them saying that Sylwanin serves as a source of motivation for him.
Artsut and Ateyo
Not much is known about Tsu'tey's relationship with his parents, except that he was favored by them over his younger brother, Arvok, and that Tsu'tey had learned to avoid his parents' controlling nature. After Tsu'tey's death, Ateyo and Artsut blamed Jake Sully for their loss, despite their son's dying wish that Jake succeed him as leader of the clan. After their attempt on Jake's life, Tsu'tey appeared to him through the Pandoran Neural Network, explaining that despite his parents' cruel methods, they had the interests of the Omaticaya at heart. Despite this, he called on Jake to issue a punishment against his parents for their mistakes, but also assured him that there was room for mercy.
Tsu'tey seemed to have a good relationship with his younger brother, Arvok, and was protective of him. As Tsu'tey was favored by their parents, Ateyo and Artsut, Arvok had to work harder to gain his parents' affection and felt he lived in the shadow of his brother's success. Unlike Tsu'tey, Arvok had not yet learned to ignore or go against his parents' controlling nature, and he was manipulated by them to defy Tsu'tey's dying wish for Jake Sully to become the next clan leader. After Jake fell into a coma, Tsu'tey's spirit visited him in the Pandoran Neural Network and informed Jake that the poison that had incapacitated him had to have been made by Artsut and that Arvok had been tricked into the plan. He reminisced that he was disappointed in Arvok for not finding his own way to shine instead of living in Tsu'tey's shadow.
"These demons are forbidden here."
- - Tsu'tey to Neytiri after confronting Jake Sully.
"A warrior? I could kill him easily!"
- - Tsu'tey to Eytukan after Jake introduces himself as a warrior of the "Jarhead clan" to the Omaticaya.
"This alien will learn nothing... a rock sees more... look at him."
- - Tsu'tey to Neytiri after Jake tries to ride a direhorse.
"That moron's going to die."
- - Tsu'tey while Jake attempts to bond with an ikran.
"We will strike them in the heart!"
- - Tsu'tey encouraging the Omaticaya to fight against the RDA after they destroy the Trees of Voices.
"You mated with this woman?"
- - Tsu'tey when discovering Neytiri and Jake are mated for life.
"You see? It is a demon in a false body!
- - Tsu'tey to the clan after Jake is forced out of his avatar.
"Toruk Makto, I will fly with you."
- - Tsu'tey to Jake after he becomes Toruk Makto.
"I will be remembered. I fought with Toruk Makto. We were brothers. And he was my last shadow."
- - Tsu'tey to Jake shortly before dying by his hand.
- The content in which Tsu'tey falls to the forest floor and later passes his leadership onto Jake before his death was cut from the theatrical release. However, it was restored in the extended re-release and was later featured in the Extended Collector's Edition.
- In the script, after falling from the Valkyrie shuttle, a mortally wounded Tsu'tey is found by Lyle Wainfleet, who taunts him over the importance of the Na'vi queue before proceeding to cut off Tsu'tey's queue, causing him agonizing pain.
- Tsu'tey's name was originally Tsu Te Rongloa, which was supposed to mean "eats the heart."
- A variation of Tsu'tey's armor is available in James Cameron's Avatar: The Game, and is considered exclusive content.
- There is a small portion of his right ear that is noticeably missing, although the cause of this is unknown.