After Ty Lee ran away to join the circus, Azula tracked her down and attempted to recruit her to assist with the capture of the now-fugitives, Zuko and Iroh.Ty Lee, however, was happy and at peace with her lifestyle, claiming that her "aura [had] never been pinker!In order to preserve a sense of individuality, the sisters each chose a different hobby and agreed to stay away from each other's so their parents could not compare them with one another.
" Azula, in an ostensibly friendly gesture, informed Ty Lee that she would attend that night's performance before leaving, while Ty Lee seemed rather uneasy and nervous about this.
During the performance, Azula ordered the ringmaster to set the net beneath Ty Lee's tightrope ablaze and to release an assortment of dangerous animals, increasing the peril for Ty Lee should she fall.
As a child, Ty Lee dealt with six sisters who shared identical appearances with her.
This caused her to feel a loss of individuality, and led her to have a longing to be a unique, recognizable person, and a desire for attention from other people.
Because of this, after she matured, she ran away from her home and joined a Fire Nation circus, becoming a skilled acrobatic performer and gaining more personal attention.