The Rough Rhinos are a vagabond group of freelance elite mercenary Calvary troops for the Fire Nation led by Colonel Mongke and are made up of the following elite members with various specialties, they are also a very capable singing group (according to Uncle Iroh), they were also responsible for the destruction of Jet's city and murder of his parents: [caption id="attachment_4018" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="The Rough Rhinos led by Colonol Mongke are an elite group of Firenation Soldiers"]The Rough Rhinos[/caption] Members of the Rough Rhinos The Rough Rhinos had a different member for each specialty of the Fire Nation Army, see more about them below: [caption id="attachment_4003" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Colonol Mongke the Leader of the Rough Rhinos"]Colonol Mongke[/caption] Colonol Mongke - The ruthless leader of the Rough Rhinos, Mongke is a Firebender who served under Iroh in the Firenation army. His name comes from Genghis Khan's Grandson and means Eternal.
[caption id="attachment_3998" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Yeh Lu - Explosive Expert and fully Armored Fire Nation Soldier"]Yeh Lu Avatar The Last Airbender Armored Knight[/caption] Yeh-Lu - An explosives expert Yeh-Lu is a dangerous elite Fire Nation Soldier. He was first bested by Sokka in Avatar Day when Sokka distracted Vachir who fired his arrows hitting Yeh-Lus Explosives by accident. Yeh-Lu also pursued Iroh and Zuko by throwing explosives at them, but ultimately failed to catch them. "Yeh-Lu" comes from Yeh-lu Chu'tsai the Magician, a great statesman and Genghis Khan's chief of the secretariat.
[caption id="attachment_4007" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Vachir - a Probable previous member of the Yu Yan Archers Fires Flaming Arrows at his opponents"]Vachir Arrow Master[/caption] Vachir - a skilled archer and probable past member of the Yu Yan Archers, Vachir fires flaming arrows at his prey. When Vachir attacked Zuko, Zuko broke his arrow in mid-air and shot a fire blast straight at Vachir, destroying his weapon.
[caption id="attachment_4013" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ogodei master of the Bogo or Chains"]Ogodei[/caption]Ogodei - A master of the Bogo (Chains). When he attacked Katara she was able to wrap the chains around Ogodei and sent his Rhino running off with him bound. Ogodei also attacked Iroh and had his chains wrapped around his partner Kahchi's Rhino who subsequently drug both of them out of the fray.
[caption id="attachment_4016" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Kahchi using the Guan Dao (Halberd) to cut a statue."]Kahchi[/caption] Kahchi - The Guan Dao (Halberd) Wielding member of the Rough Rhinos. Was bested by Aang as Aang used Kyoshis fans to deflect his attacks and then blew Kahchi off of his mount.
Appearances of the Rough Rhinos
  • Jet (Indirect Mention)
  • Avatar Day (First appearance)
  • The Desert
  • Lake Laogai (Flashback only)
Notes and Trivia
  • Their Name and legacy is based on the Rough Riders, a horse Calvary group started by Theodore Roosevelt
  • The riders names are based off of Mongolion Warriors from Genghis Khans era.
  • Uncle Iroh states that they are a very "capable singing group"
  • Kahchi, due to his crescent blade pike and long beard, may be a reference to the legendary general, Guan Yu in early Chinese history.
  • The riders specialties represent different groups of the Firenation Army. Mongke is a Firebender, Ogodei is an engineer, Yeh-Lu is a bombardier, Kahchi is a regular infantry and Vachir is a Yu Yan Archer.
Tell us who your favorite Rough Rhino is! [caption id="attachment_4023" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="My Favorite Rough Rhino is definitely Yeh Lu, primarily because of his awesome armor - Jordan."]My favorite Rough Rhino is Yeh Lu[/caption]