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The moment when I realized that I’m Zuko

"You know, Prince Zuko, destiny is a funny thing. You never know how things are going to work out. But if you keep an open mind and an open heart, I promise you will find your own destiny someday.”

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dark-is-right:

chaobunny:

I have to make this post because the fandom is pissing me off right now.

Let me explain to you a thing.

I’ve seen a lot of posts where people are calling Korra many names—most of which I will not repeat here, though I’m sure many of you have seen them. Note that the intention of…

I think it’s too early to make judgements on Korra’s character development. In Zuko’s case, we know how he developed completely. If he had stayed the same character as he was in the beginning of book 3, then I would say he’s a little bitch, but he changed. We have yet to see Korra’s whole character development. Book 1 was all about her development as an airbender, book 2 will be about her development with the spirit world.

There is a distinct difference between Zuko and Korra though. Zuko was started out as a weak character, seeking others approval, but finally he learned to fight for what he believes in. Korra, on the other hand started out as a very headstrong and independent character. Her character development is all about the world around her. She is a bit self centered, so it’s hard for her to relate to other people. She really is the opposite of Aang, but she’s a really great character. And people forget that she’s young and still learning. 

Korra did grow in the first book though. In the beginning she was always just bulldozing through everything, looking straigth ahead without little thought, but she eventually learned that you can’t always force everything to go the way you want. Now she thinks more thoroughly about the things around her. 

Okay, fair enough. But to clarify, in Zuko’s case I was referring to fandom attitude pre-series finale and at all stages of the show. In season 1, I don’t remember any Zuko hate. People loved him. And much later even, for example, when Zuko betrayed Uncle Iroh in the season 2 finale, everyone felt really sad and confused and wept that their poor baby Zuko was misguided, but I don’t remember anyone hating him. That’s just one example, but the point is that with Zuko, there was this trust that he would develop, while no one seems to feel that same confidence for Korra—they just go right to the insults.

A Massive Double Standard: Korra and Zuko

I have to make this post because the fandom is pissing me off right now.

Let me explain to you a thing.

I’ve seen a lot of posts where people are calling Korra many names—most of which I will not repeat here, though I’m sure many of you have seen them. Note that the intention of this post is not to defend her actions or critique them, because that’s not what I’m angry about. I’m angry about the massive double standard that the fandom is applying to female characters compared to male characters.

Case in point: Zuko. We all loved Zuko. Zuko was a total dork. But he had a lot of problems, too. He was rude to his uncle, who had cared for him and watched over him, and he said terrible things to Iroh and even abandoned and betrayed him. He was an extremely flawed character who made a lot of mistakes. He was hotheaded and angry and had a lot of pent up anger at the adults in his life and he always seemed to take it out on those who cared about him and trust those who he should have been suspicious of.

Sound familiar?

Zuko was definitely a jerk at numerous points in the series. He did some pretty bad things and said much more horrible things to Iroh than Korra has said to either her dad or Tenzin. But I never saw nearly as much fandom hate towards Zuko as I’m seeing for Korra. It was always, “Poor Zuko, he has been through so much”, “Zuko is such a complicated character”, “Zuko is just trying to find his own way”, “no one understands what Zuko is going through”, or “Zuko is so misguided”—I can go on and on. I think I’ve made my point.

How come when Korra gets angry at the adults in her life (for arguably justifiable reasons) and says unkind things to those who love her, and trusts her uncle, who is elitist and seems extremely untrustworthy, no one says “Korra is just misguided, no one understands how she feels.” Instead, she’s an immature bitch who has learned nothing from the events of Book 1. Korra wants to make her own decisions and have agency, something she was denied her entire life. No one questioned Zuko’s desire to make his own decisions; they mourned the fact that he didn’t listen to his wise uncle, but admired his courage and will, and most of all respected his autonomy—this is something that is automatically granted to male characters but something female characters somehow always need to earn. True, Korra has a lot to learn—but why does that have to be a bad thing? It means she will grow as a character. And to do that she has to make her own decisions, however wrong they might be.

So, according to the fandom, Zuko was misguided but Korra is a bitch. I think there is some serious subconscious misogynistic thoughts polluting this fandom, and that people have to be aware of it. It’s okay to not like Korra as a character, or to have problems with the plot or the writing. But beware of double standards when criticizing a female character, because that is very much NOT okay.

So tell me now If this ain’t love then how do we get out? Because I don’t know
—Savior, Rise Against

So tell me now
If this ain’t love then how do we get out?
Because I don’t know

—Savior, Rise Against

It was to teach you respect!

No, it was cruel and wrong!

Sudden Zuko and Azula feels (some minor spoilers for The Search Part 2)

chaoticrice:

chaobunny:

So I just saw a post on my dash a little while ago along the lines of “Azula doesn’t always lie, sometimes Zuko doesn’t like to hear the truth” or something along those lines and then it suddenly hit me.

The time in the series when that line first showed up? Zuko Alone. Azula had just come in and basically told Zuko that Ozai was going to kill him. At the time I saw that episode, that line sent shivers down my spine more than any other line in the series did, ever. She was so menacing and gleeful: “Dad’s going to kill you—really, he is.” It was doubtful at the time whether or not she was lying, but we got proof in The Eclipse that it was in fact true, and that Ozai planned on carrying it out. And in The Search Part 2, this was again confirmed. But I was just thinking about that some more.

Why did Azula tell Zuko in the first place? And why did she spill to Ursa? She could have said nothing, but she didn’t. Sure, she loved tormenting her brother, but maybe, deep down, she did care about him and wanted to warn him? And Azula would never admit that she cared about Zuko even a little. So maybe her way of warning him was by tormenting him as she always had. Maybe she didn’t even realize that was why she was doing it, maybe it was subconscious. It might be a stretch, and believe me, I’ll be the first one to tell you that Azula is manipulative and I believe her capable of many great evils (before it was revealed that Ursa was exiled, I thought that Azula had killed her). But if Azula really wanted Zuko dead, she could have just let it happen. And she didn’t.

Now, there are other possible reasons. Her smirk after telling Ursa about what Ozai was going to do implied that she was scheming, but of what exactly, I’m not sure. Maybe she was hoping that she’d be able to get rid of Ursa through this news? But there remains the fact that a) she couldn’t have known that Ursa would walk into the room when she was taunting/warning Zuko and b) she had no way of knowing what Ursa would do, or that she would be subsequently exiled. There are too many holes there.

And of course there is still one remaining possibility—that Azulon never ordered Ozai to kill Zuko, and that this was all a plot contrived by Ozai to potentially get rid of Zuko (and Ursa?), and that he used Azula as a pawn. (After all, we never actually see Azulon making this order, we just hear about it afterwords. And Ozai and Azula’s word isn’t exactly the most trustworthy).

There are still too many empty holes in this story, even with all the information that we know. Enough to make me wonder. Even though Zuko and Azula’s sibling rivalry eventually evolved into hatred later on, it seems likely that when they were just kids, it was probably nothing more than a normal sibling rivalry. So back to my point, and reason for the feels: was Azula really warning Zuko, all along?

But I don’t think Ozai had any idea that Azula was listening to the conversation, so I don’t think he plotted the whole thing. So maybe she was subconsciously warning Zuko and at the same time bragging that their father doesn’t care enough about him to protect his life (and thus, Ozai must care about her more than him).

With the Ozai plotting scenario, I meant that the half of the conversation where Azulon tells Ozai to kill Zuko would never have taken place, and that Ozai would have plotted with Azula afterwards. I know it’s unlikely, but I just put it out there to cover all possibilities.

And I agree— I also think Azula’s desire to be loved more than Zuko definitely played into her hatred. She’s an extremely complex character. I didn’t used to think so, but I do now.

Sudden Zuko and Azula feels (some minor spoilers for The Search Part 2)

So I just saw a post on my dash a little while ago along the lines of “Azula doesn’t always lie, sometimes Zuko doesn’t like to hear the truth” or something along those lines and then it suddenly hit me.

The time in the series when that line first showed up? Zuko Alone. Azula had just come in and basically told Zuko that Ozai was going to kill him. At the time I saw that episode, that line sent shivers down my spine more than any other line in the series did, ever. She was so menacing and gleeful: “Dad’s going to kill you—really, he is.” It was doubtful at the time whether or not she was lying, but we got proof in The Eclipse that it was in fact true, and that Ozai planned on carrying it out. And in The Search Part 2, this was again confirmed. But I was just thinking about that some more.

Why did Azula tell Zuko in the first place? And why did she spill to Ursa? She could have said nothing, but she didn’t. Sure, she loved tormenting her brother, but maybe, deep down, she did care about him and wanted to warn him? And Azula would never admit that she cared about Zuko even a little. So maybe her way of warning him was by tormenting him as she always had. Maybe she didn’t even realize that was why she was doing it, maybe it was subconscious. It might be a stretch, and believe me, I’ll be the first one to tell you that Azula is manipulative and I believe her capable of many great evils (before it was revealed that Ursa was exiled, I thought that Azula had killed her). But if Azula really wanted Zuko dead, she could have just let it happen. And she didn’t.

Now, there are other possible reasons. Her smirk after telling Ursa about what Ozai was going to do implied that she was scheming, but of what exactly, I’m not sure. Maybe she was hoping that she’d be able to get rid of Ursa through this news? But there remains the fact that a) she couldn’t have known that Ursa would walk into the room when she was taunting/warning Zuko and b) she had no way of knowing what Ursa would do, or that she would be subsequently exiled. There are too many holes there.

And of course there is still one remaining possibility—that Azulon never ordered Ozai to kill Zuko, and that this was all a plot contrived by Ozai to potentially get rid of Zuko (and Ursa?), and that he used Azula as a pawn. (After all, we never actually see Azulon making this order, we just hear about it afterwords. And Ozai and Azula’s word isn’t exactly the most trustworthy).

There are still too many empty holes in this story, even with all the information that we know. Enough to make me wonder. Even though Zuko and Azula’s sibling rivalry eventually evolved into hatred later on, it seems likely that when they were just kids, it was probably nothing more than a normal sibling rivalry. So back to my point, and reason for the feels: was Azula really warning Zuko, all along?

avatarparallels:

The Search Part 3 cover. 

avatarparallels:

The Search Part 3 cover. 

In a recent blog post, Mike Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender, posted the following:


"While we were working on Book 1 of Korra, Bryan and I pitched a TV movie version of the search for Zuko’s mom to Nickelodeon. They weren’t interested in doing animated TV movies, and chose to pick up Book 2 of Korra instead."
Source: http://mikedimartinostory.com/2013/03/20/you-really-want-to-know-what-happened-to-zukos-mom/

While it is unclear from the context of the post why Nickelodeon was not interested in doing a TV movie of The Search, most fans strongly support this idea and would undoubtedly be willing to tune in in huge numbers and buy DVDs, making Nickelodeon a huge profit. It’s possible the reason that they did not pick up the idea is that they didn’t think it would be popular. Let’s show Nickelodeon how profitable picking up a movie about the search for Zuko’s mom would be and perhaps they will reconsider.

Note that this is a fan-made petition and that the creator of this petition has no affiliation with either Nickelodeon or the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Even though this probably won’t amount to anything, I figured it can’t hurt to try! Reblog this to help spread the world. =)

But seriously is anyone else up for petitioning Nickelodeon to do a TV-movie of The Search? They said they didn’t want to but maybe if they saw how popular the idea was they would go for it?

avatarparallels:

Writing a letter to their lover. 

first gif from baelor

[SPOILER WARNING FOR THE SEARCH]

avatarparallels:

sassami:

I’ve been scrolling down my dash for a good while until I saw an ask which caught my interest.

Someone asked avatarparalells’ opinion about Zuko being Ozai’s son or not. I really found interesting the part about that Azula edited the letter, so I thought about it for a good while.

I mean, that makes pretty much sense tbh.

Azula isn’t that kind of person who leaves her guard off of things. What if she wanted Zuko to find and read the letter?


Apart from her being a great liar (well, or at least that’s what she proclaimed herself in episode 03x11), I think she’s also a great actress.

Let’s just think about it for a second; she’s always loved power, she wanted to be the firelord. The fact that she edited, no, maybe even wrote that letter and faking it was Ursa’s, makes actually pretty much sense. 

Also, I’d like to point out that, knowing Azula (no matter how “crazy” she turned), she wouldn’t really leave such an “important” letter to her just there like that. I mean, not only Zuko could have seen it, but also everyone else who was there.

 c’mon

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What if that’s what she’s planned with Ozai while they were alone?

Just, what if?

Anyway, this is just an opinion and theory.

That’s what I was thinking, Azula wanted Zuko to read the letter, she must’ve planned this with Ozai. She knows how to push his buttons and Ozai knows that Zuko doubts himself that he’s doing a good job being the firelord. Zuko finding out that he’s not the right heir to the throne will definitely make him doubt himself even more. 

Plus, Azula isn’t THAT careless.

I agree with all of this. We never saw what the letter Ursa wrote to Ikem said; we just saw that Ozai was angry. That could have been about anything—maybe a secret we don’t know yet. They might have jjuxtaposed those scenes on purpose to mislead us, because the fact is we have no idea if the letters are the same. And Azula burnt the other letters and left this one where Zuko could find it. I don’t think that was an accident.

[SPOILERS FOR THE SEARCH] In light of The Search…

completelykorra:

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If Ozai is going to have to get THAT kind of news, he at least deserves to receive it like the rest of America. 

This is perfect