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This article is about the character; for the episode with a similar name, see Zuko Alone. Sjabloon:Quote Er is een kringloop in sjablonen geconstateerd: Sjabloon:Fire character infobox Zuko is a Firebender, born as a prince in the Fire Nation royal family. His story often paralleled that of the Avatar, Aang. Initially an antagonist, Zuko's life revolved around trying to capture the long-lost Avatar to end his banishment to regain his honor as Crown Prince of the Fire Nation.

Zuko is easily recognized by the characteristic burn scar on the left side of his face given to him by his harsh father, Fire Lord Ozai shortly before his banishment. On his journey to capture the Avatar, he is assisted by his uncle Iroh to master Firebending, hoping to become as powerful as his prodigious younger sister Princess Azula.

With support from Iroh and after much internal struggle and turmoil, Zuko rejects the Fire Nation and joins the Avatar's group to become Aang's friend and Firebending teacher. After Aang defeats Zuko's father, Zuko takes his place as Fire Lord and declares the end of the war and the start of an era of love and peace.

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Zuko is the only son and the first-born of Fire Lord Ozai and Princess Ursa. From an early age, Zuko is disdained by his father and is also the object of his sister, Azula's, manipulation, ridicule, and deception. Zuko's mother, however, favored him.

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Zuko and his family

When Zuko was about ten years old, his cousin, Lu Ten, died while away at war. Soon after, General Iroh, devastated by the loss of his only child, abandoned his two-year siege of the Earth Kingdom Capital City, Ba Sing Se. During an audience with Fire Lord Azulon, Ozai shows off Azula's prodigious Firebending skill and her knowledge of military strategy, both of which outstrip Zuko's. Azulon is unimpressed by all of these exercises and demands that Ursa and her children leave and Ozai be frank about his reasons for wanting the audience. Azula and Zuko eavesdrop on Ozai and Azulon's conversation as Ozai voices his desire to be made heir in place of Iroh, justifying this course of action by pointing out that not only has Iroh’s overwhelming grief and subsequent erratic behavior made the date of his return from war uncertain, but that Iroh no longer has any heirs to carry on his line. Azulon, however, is outraged and he declares angrily that Iroh has suffered enough, but Ozai’s suffering has only just begun.

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Ursa says goodbye to Zuko

Frightened, Zuko runs away while Azula stays to watch. Later, while Zuko is in his room trying to sleep, Azula comes in and mockingly tells him that Azulon's punishment for Ozai is that Ozai must kill Zuko, as the Fire Lord now wants his younger son to know what it feels like to lose a child. Ursa, hearing the commotion, comes in and drags Azula away, declaring that it is time that they talked, and Zuko, left behind, chants quietly to himself, "Azula always lies." Much later that night, Zuko is awakened once again, but this time by his mother. She tells a sleepy Zuko that everything that she has done, she did for him, and instructs him not to forget who he is no matter how much things may change. Zuko wakes up the next morning and immediately remembers what transpired the night before and runs frantically through the halls searching for his mother. He finds Azula, who blithely tells him that Azulon died last night and that their mother is missing. As she plays with Zuko's pearl dagger (a gift from Iroh), she mocks Zuko about the fact that their mother is not there to make her give it back. Eventually, Zuko finds Ozai in the gardens of the palace, and upon doing so demands to know where Ursa is. Ozai does not answer and Zuko hangs his head in sorrow. At Azulon’s funeral, the sage conducting the ceremony names Ozai the new Fire Lord, stating that Azulon's dying request was that he be succeeded by his second son.

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Zuko begging with his father

Years later, Iroh allows a persistent, thirteen-year-old Zuko into a war council with Ozai and a group of his generals. Zuko ignores Iroh's instructions not to speak during the meeting when one general outlines a plan to sacrifice an entire division of new recruits in a diversionary maneuver. Zuko fiercely disagrees with this, seeing it as a betrayal of the recruits' patriotism. This insubordinate outburst is seen as a grave insult by the assembled party, and Ozai demands that Zuko participate in an Agni Kai. Zuko agrees, unaware that he will face his father and not the general whom he insulted. Upon turning to face his opponent, Zuko is immediately penitent and kneels, refusing to fight, and tearfully begs his father’s forgiveness. Ozai declares Zuko’s refusal to fight him a sign of cowardice and yet another display of disrespect, and tells him that "[he] will learn respect, and suffering will be [his] teacher".

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Zuko begins his search for the Avatar in the Western Air Temple.

Ozai then burns Zuko (permanently scarring him), strips him of his birthright, and exiles him from his beloved homeland, declaring that he can only return if he is able to find and capture the Avatar, who disappeared one hundred years before. A fool's errand by all accounts (because if the Avatar had disappeared, there would be no point in searching for him), but one to which Zuko clings desperately as his only hope of regaining everything that he has lost.

Zuko would spend the next two years at sea, searching for the Avatar. He first searched the four Air Temples, beginning with the Western Air Temple, and he then scoured the world, searching even the most remote locations for his prize. Iroh accompanied Zuko during his exile, and the pair spent more than two years at sea with a small ship and crew searching for the Avatar. The crew were not royal guards or special forces, and may well have been banished themselves, or foolishly intent on serving under the popular General Iroh. They were often unhappy under Zuko but obeyed his orders. Iroh considered the search to be something of an extended vacation.

Book 1: WaterEdit

Finding the Avatar Edit

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Two and a half years after his banishment, Zuko's travels would lead him to the South Pole. One day, Prince Zuko on his warship witnesses a column of bright light (the Avatar being freed from the iceberg), and he eagerly tells his skeptical Uncle Iroh that the light must have been caused by the Avatar. Dismissing his uncle's advice to not get his hopes up, and to calm down with some tea, Zuko orders the course be set for the light, determined to capture the Avatar.

As evening wears on, Iroh advises Zuko to get some rest, and reminds him that his quest is as futile as when his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather attempted it and failed. Zuko tersely comments that they hadn't found the Avatar because their honor was not at stake, unlike him.

Iroh, meanwhile, is teaching Firebending basics to Zuko, drilling the prince and his infantry sparring partners in a sequence Zuko can't quite complete correctly. After Iroh lectures on the importance of strength as an extension of breath and not brute force for Firebending, an impatient Zuko tries to browbeat Iroh into teaching him a more advanced set. Zuko reasons that it will take more than basics to defeat the Avatar, who has had a century to master all the elements. Iroh grudgingly acquiesces, but first takes a moment to finish his roast duck.

Later, Zuko saw a signal flare from an old Fire Nation wreck, (accidentaly trigged by the Avatar). As Katara and Aang escape the shipwreck, Zuko sees them heading toward the village through a telescope. Zuko tells his crew to wake his uncle and report that he has finally found the Avatar.

Face of the Enemy Edit

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Zuko interrogates the Water Tribe village citizens

Zuko's ship quickly arrives at the Water Tribe village, its mere approach collapsing Sokka's makeshift walls and towers. Still, Sokka stands bravely, only balking in order to avoid the ramp that descends from the ship. Zuko quickly descends, accompanied by only a very small number of soldiers, and Sokka charges him. The more experienced Zuko requires only his bare hands to counter Sokka's primitive weaponry, and he is almost dismissive of his presence at first.

Zuko demands the location of the Avatar, expecting to find an old man somewhere in the village. He grabs Gran Gran Kanna threateningly, and Sokka attacks Zuko again. The two fight briefly, and once again Zuko only needs to use his bare hands to render Sokka's attacks useless. Sokka only manages a lucky hit when his boomerang strikes the back of Zuko's helmet, angering the prince to the extent that he prepares to use Firebending on the unfortunate villagers.

Suddenly Avatar Aang arrives, riding on a penguin-otter, and knocks Zuko off of his feet. Zuko is shocked as he realizes that the Avatar is merely a twelve-year-old boy, rather than the ancient master he was expecting. As he voices this revelation, the Water Tribe villagers express their own surprise. Zuko quickly regains his focus, and wastes no time in launching a series of fire blasts at Aang. Aang is able to defend himself with Airbending, but soon decides to stop the battle when he realizes that Zuko's attacks would inevitably strike the children he has befriended. Aang surrenders, and Zuko's soldiers take him aboard as a prisoner before setting off for the Fire Nation.

On Zuko's ship, the guards escort Aang to the prison hold, while Prince Zuko entrusts his Uncle Iroh with taking the boy's glider to his personal quarters. Iroh, true to his nature, immediately and casually passes the job on to the nearest guard. While being taken to the prison hold, Aang, with his hands tied, uses his powerful breath to knock out both of his escorts. He then proceeds to rapidly run through the inners of the ship, trying to retrieve his staff. One of the escorts recovers, and sounds the alarm.

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Zuko fighting Aang

Aang continues to run through the ship's many hallways, in the process displaying tremendous speed and agility and also cutting his bonds on the helmet of one of the guards. He looks through several rooms before finally discovering Zuko's personal quarters. He runs in to claim his staff, just as a waiting Zuko slams the door shut to cut off his escape route. Zuko launches a number of attacks in hopes of incapacitating Aang, but the Airbender easily avoids them before finally launching a short series of powerful gusts that slam Zuko against the room's walls and ceiling, briefly stunning him.

Aang heads to the outside of the ship, and prepares to make his escape on his glider. However, just as Aang takes off, Zuko is able to leap after him and grab his ankle. Not able to compensate for the extra weight nor to break free of Zuko's grip, Aang is unable to remain aloft, and the two crash clumsily onto the deck. They prepare to face off a third time, but are distracted by the sudden appearance of Appa, carrying Sokka and Katara to Aang's rescue. Aang is unable to regain his focus before Zuko, who quickly launches a series of fire blasts that presses him to the edge of the deck and knocks his staff away. Another two blasts follow, and Aang, while apparently unharmed by the flames, falls overboard into the frigid sea below.

Aang sinks as Katara cries out in dismay, and he appears momentarily unconscious. However, his eyes soon open, before they and his tattoos glow a brilliant white, and his expression becomes stern. Aang, in the "Avatar State", begins to Waterbend the sea around him, pushing himself into the air on a whirling column of water. Zuko, Katara, and Sokka are shocked at this immense display of bending power, and Aang deposits himself on the deck of the ship before bending his liquid platform into a spinning wall of water that sends Zuko and all of his guards currently on deck flying, Zuko himself going overboard. Appa lands on the deck, while Aang, apparently dazed after the massive display of power, collapses. Katara and Sokka rush to his aid, assuring that he is alright before preparing to leave.

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Zuko and Iroh after Aang gets away

Sokka goes to retrieve Aang's staff, to find Zuko climbing back onto the deck. At a great advantage due to Zuko's position, Sokka quickly strikes the prince in the forehead a number of times, sending him overboard again. Zuko is only barely able to cling to an anchor's chain approximately halfway down the ship's hull. Some of the soldiers recover, and begin to approach Katara and the still-exhausted Aang.

Katara is able to freeze the guards in place to stop their approach. All three take off on Appa just as Iroh arrives on the scene. Iroh helps Zuko onboard again, and the two launch a combined fire blast in an attempt to shoot down the escaping air bison. Aang recovers from his dazed state just in time to turn this attack against the Firebenders, using a blast of wind to redirect the fireball into one of the immense walls of ice on either side of the ship. The resulting avalanche buries the front half of Zuko's ship in ice and snow, stopping it cold. Appa flies into the distance, his passengers laughing happily.

Zuko, angry that the Avatar has escaped his grasp, instructs his crew to dig the ship out and pursue the Avatar and his friends as soon as possible. Unfortunately the majority of his crew is either frozen solid or helping to thaw other crew members. He vows never to underestimate him again.

A Bitter Rivalry Edit

Soon afterwards, Zuko docks at a Fire Nation controlled harbor off the coast of the Southwest Earth Kingdom, his ship needing substantial repairs from his encounter with Aang. Zuko wants the repairs done quickly so they won’t lose Aang’s trail. He warns Iroh not to mention the Avatar during their stay so no other Firebenders will start looking for him. Zhao walks up to Iroh and Zuko, welcoming them to his harbor. Zuko and Iroh learn of Zhao’s promotion from Captain to Commander. Seeing how damaged their ship is, Zhao asks how it happened. Zuko makes up a story about crashing into an Earth Kingdom ship. Curious, Zhao invites the pair of them for a drink. Zuko attempts to get out of it but Iroh speaks for both of them and accepts the invitation.

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Zuko challenges Zhao

Commander Zhao is explaining the Fire Nation’s planned victory to Zuko and Iroh over tea in his tent. Zuko voices his doubts that the plan will work. Zhao then asks about Zuko’s search for the Avatar, to which Zuko replies he has been unsuccessful. Zhao says he didn’t expect anything different. Zuko then gets up to leave but Commander Zhao’s guards stop him. One of Zhao’s soldiers walks in and reports that he interrogated Zuko’s crew and found out that Zuko had the Avatar but let him escape. Zuko has no choice but to tell Zhao the truth.

Commander Zhao is appalled that a twelve year old boy bested Zuko and his crew. Zuko passionately states that he is going to continue his hunt and will not underestimate the Avatar again. When Zhao replies that he will be taking over the hunt for the Avatar, Zuko leaps for Zhao in a rage but is held back by the guards. Zhao orders for Zuko and Iroh to be kept in his tent and leaves. In anger, Zuko kicks a table as Iroh asks for more tea.

Commander Zhao and his search party are almost ready to set sail on their search for the Avatar. Zhao will then release Zuko when his ship is out at sea. Zuko states forcefully that he is going to capture the Avatar before Zhao, who laughs at the thought. How can a banished prince compete with a resourceful commander with hundreds of warships at his disposal? Zhao then demeans Zuko by telling him that his father would let him come home without the Avatar if the Fire Lord really loved him. Zhao states that all Lord Ozai sees in his son is failure. Zuko challenges Zhao out of pure rage and disgust to an Agni Kai at sunset. After Zhao leaves the tent, Iroh reminds Zuko about how his last duel with a Firebending master turned out.

"I will never forget".

It is sunset and Commander Zhao and Prince Zuko are ready to duel. The two combatants begin back to back. Iroh counsels Zuko to remember his basics, as they are his greatest assets. Zuko doesn't appear to heed his uncle's wisdom, instead simply stating that he will not lose and assumes his stance. Zhao claims that the duel will end swiftly, and also assumes his stance. The two opponents stare deeply and fiercely into each other's eyes. The gong sounds and the match commences.

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Zhao vs. Zuko

Zhao seems more than a match for Zuko, effortlessly avoiding and nullifying all of Zuko's fireblasts. As Zuko catches his breath, Iroh continues to advise him to remember his basics. Zhao then proceeds to throw his own volley of fireblasts. Zuko is able to block each, but is slowly forced back with every parry. For the final blast, Zhao uses both fists, forming a blast that connects and knocks Zuko to the ground. Pressing the attack, Zhao leaps into the air, covers the distance between him and Zuko, and prepares a finishing fireblast aimed directly for Zuko's face.

An instant before contact, Zuko rolls out of the way, rises with a kicking flourish, and knocks Zhao out of his stance. With newfound vigor, Zuko releases a series of low attacks that cause Zhao to retreat, finishing him with a jet of fire from a full body kick. Zhao expects Zuko to strike him once more, to mark his victory, but Zuko releases a fire blast past Zhao’s face instead.

"Next time you get in my way I promise, I won't hold back!"

As Zuko turns to walk away, Zhao, enraged by his defeat, sends a jet of fire at Zuko’s back, which Iroh swiftly stops with his bare hand. After throwing Zhao to the ground, Iroh lectures Zhao about how dishonorably he has acted, and that his nephew is more honorable even in exile. Iroh is still polite enough to thank Zhao for the tea. After leaving the arena, Zuko asks Iroh if he really meant what he said back there, to which Iroh responds: "Of course. I told you Ginseng tea is my favorite". As the two walk back towards the ship, the faintest of smiles crosses Prince Zuko's lips.

Zhao becomes Zuko's bitter rival in his quest to capture Aang throughout the continuation of Book 1.

Following the Trail Edit

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Zuko momentarily knocked down, while fighting the Kyoshi Warriors

Zuko’s ship is now adrift at sea. Zuko is meditating when Iroh comes in with information regarding the Avatar. Iroh begs Zuko not to become angry, Zuko replies that he can control his temper. Iroh states that he has no idea where the Avatar is and Zuko becomes furious. Iroh then explains that there have been multiple sightings of Aang but that he is impossible to track, showing his nephew detailed map of where he has been located. Zuko quickly takes the cartography and declares that, "he's a master of evasive maneuvering".

Meanwhile, the Avatar arrives on Kyoshi island, an isolated community that has escaped the war. News travels quickly from person to person of the Avatar's arrival, and finally reaches Zuko and Iroh. Zuko jumps up in surprise and readies to depart to Kyoshi Island (not before quickly snatching his lunch away from Iroh claiming "I was going to save it for later").

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Zuko finds Katara's Necklace

As the ship comes to land, Zuko leads his troops on Komodo Rhinos, and enter the town as they search for the Avatar. The Kyoshi warriors make a good demonstration of their abilities and skills in battle, taking out many Firebenders although outnumbered. However, Zuko manages to best the Kyoshi Warriors, including their leader, Suki and the Water Tribe boy, Sokka, who was recently trained by Suki. After dispatching his opponents Zuko yells out for the Avatar.

After Zuko sees Aang, they engage in a short battle. The Avatar escapes and leaves on his bison.

As the town is set on fire, Zuko and his prepare to pursue him again. The Avatar suddenly leaps down from the bison back into Kyoshi's waters. A second later, the Unagi, a giant water spouting eel, bursts out of the water with Aang clinging onto its whiskers. With some struggle, he manages to gain footing on the giant eel's head and directs it towards the burning village. The Unagi then spews a blast of water, extinguishing the fires. Aang leaps into the air, is caught up by Appa, and they fly away. The downpour drenches Zuko and leaving his troops demoralized and humiliated, but Zuko will continue his pursuit.

Some time later, Zuko arrives on a Fire Nation prison rig in the aftermath of a breakout of its Earthbending prisoners. He finds a Water Tribe necklace amongst the wreckage and deduces that it belongs to Katara, the Water Tribe girl companion of the Avatar.

Rescue Uncle Edit

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Zuko and Iroh

When the Avatar was dealing with Hei Bai, a forest spirit tormenting Senlin Village, Iroh was relaxing in a heated pool of water that he turned into his own personal jacuzzi made from Firebending. Zuko is becoming very impatient and demands that his uncle get ready to leave right away. Iroh agrees, but upon seeing he wasn't wearing anything, Zuko covers his eyes and decides to give his uncle to take a few more minutes to get ready. He then gives a warning that if Iroh is not ready within a half hour Zuko will leave without him. Iroh slumps back into the pool and falls asleep.

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Zuko saves Iroh

Zuko comes later with two soldiers, only to find what one of the Soldiers deduced was a landslide. Zuko then noticed that the rocks were moved up-hill, and realizes that his Uncle was captured by Earthbenders. Zuko immediately pursues them riding his Komodo-Rhino.

The Next morning following his search, Zuko finds a sandal left by Iroh. He figures out that it's Iroh's sandal due to its horrible smell. While following the Earthbender's trail, Zuko spots the Avatar's bison. He turns to follow it but hesitates and is faced with the choice to follow the Avatar or rescue his Uncle.

Just as the Earth Kingdom soldiers are about to crush Iroh's hands as punishment for an escape attempt, Zuko appears and kicks the rock that was about to be dropped on Iroh's hands aside. He then lifts his leg and with one swift movement breaks the chains that are binding Iroh in half, to which Iroh praisingly states "Excellent form Prince Zuko". Zuko smiles and replies "You taught me well". Despite being outnumbered, but they show their opponents that they were clearly outmatched. Iroh and Zuko defeat the Earthbenders with little difficulty. After the fight, Zuko exclaims "Now would you please put on some clothes?!".

The Solstice: A Dangerous Move Edit

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Zuko interrogates the Senlin Village Leader

At Senlin Village, just before day-break of the Winter Solstice, Prince Zuko knocks on a villager's house. Zuko pushes the man and demands to know where the Avatar went. Zuko finds out that after the Avatar convinced Hei Bei to leave the village in peace, he flew on his bison to Avatar Roku's temple in the Fire Nation.

After day-break, Zuko begins trailing the Avatar and his bison flying across the ocean.

On Zuko’s boat, Iroh scolds his nephew reminding him that he is banished from the Fire Nation and if he enters their waters he will be arrested. Zuko tells him that since he is chasing the Avatar his father will understand. Iroh states that his brother isn’t an understanding person. Zuko begins firing his catapult towards Aang. Aang is able to help Appa dodge the shot but just barely. After missing, Zuko orders for the catapult to be reloaded when he sees in the distance a blockade of Fire Nation ships. Iroh tells Zuko that since he is still in Earth Kingdom waters if he turns back now he won’t be arrested. Zuko refuses to turn away and orders the ship continue forward.

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Zuko and Iroh arguing, while they pursue Aang

As luck would have it the man in control over the blockade is no other then Commander Zhao. He orders his ships to open fire on the Avatar. One of his men tells Zhao that there is a Fire Nation ship out in the water. After Zhao sees it’s Zuko he claims it belongs to a traitor and re-orders the attack on the Avatar. As a horde of shots from dozens of ships are fired towards Appa, the Avatar manages to dodge the most of the first barrage. Zuko isn’t as lucky as one of the shots hits his ship in the back causing the ship to smoke heavily. One of his men explains what was damaged and that they need to stop for repairs, but Zuko still won't back off as he charges forward again.

As the barrage continues, the Avatar still continues to dodge the shots. Aang has Appa charge right down the middle towards the blockade, while Zhao takes one last shot. But Aang is able to destroy it with Airbending and they soar past the blockade and past Zhao. Less than pleased with the fact that the Avatar made it through the blockade, Zhao knows he has to follow him but he doesn’t know where he’s goin. He then sees Zuko’s ship approaching and instead of arresting him Zhao allows him to pass through the blockade untouched so he can follow Zuko to the Avatar.

Zuko is confused as to why Zhao let him pass. Iroh states that it is most likely because he wants to use Zuko to find the Avatar. Hearing his uncle’s theory Zuko is at a loss for what to do. Zuko comes up with an idea; since Zhao is following the smoke from his ship he will take a smaller vessel and sneak past Zhao under the smoke. We see Zhao a distance back as he looks at the smoke of Zuko’s ship with a suspicious look on his face.

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Zuko captures Aang

Thinking he evaded Zhao, Zuko arrives on Crescent Island and secretly enters the Fire Temple. Aang was trying to enter the Temple Sanctuary to communicate with Avatar Roku. After tricking the Fire Sages into opening the door with their Firebending, each of the four sages are grabbed by Shyu, Katara, Sokka, and Momo. Katara yells to Aang to enter the chamber but there is no answer from him.

Then Zuko appears from behind a pillar with Aang. In their surprise they each in turn lose control over the Sages and they are now held down by them. Zuko tells the sages to close the door immediately; Aang turns to see the others being tied up to a pillar and struggles free from Zuko and races to the door. The Sages attempt to stop him but he makes it inside before the doors close. A bright light then comes from the room and dies away.

Outside the doors Zuko asks Shyu why he helped Aang. Shyu says that it was once the Fire Sage’s duty to help the Avatar and that it still is. This moment is interrupted by Zhao and a group of soldiers. Zhao places Zuko under arrest and claims that he will simply wait for the Avatar to come out.

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Zuko is captured by Zhao

As Aang’s avatar spirit activates Zhao and the others are braced to attack Aang the moment he steps out of the room. Then with another flash of light the door opens and they attack the figure behind the door. They see it is not Aang but Avatar Roku that stands before them. He sends the fire back with great force and knocks the group back. As the heat of the fire melts the chains that holds Katara and the others Zuko takes this opportunity to run back to his boat.

Avatar Roku precedes to destroying the entire Fire Temple, splitting the ground open, bending the lava up from beneath and submerging it. Zhao and his men retreat back to their boats before the temple begins to fall. The sun sets and with that the solstice is over and Roku, with one last breath, is enveloped in a current of wind and when the dust clears Aang remains. He collapses and is picked up by Katara and Sokka. As the temple is falling apart they have no way to get out of the it as all the ways are block by debris. Aang and his friends escape on Appa at the last minute.

Zhao looks up and sees the Avatar fly away from his sight. He is not pleased as he has lost any chance of capturing the Avatar or Prince Zuko, but as a consolation he claims he has five traitors. We see all five sages including Shyu. The Sages say that only Shyu helped the Avatar but Zhao isn’t interested in their story and has them thrown into the prison hold of his ship.

Zuko manages to escape on his smaller ship also looking at the Avatar as he flies away.

Pirates and a Waterbending Scroll Edit

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Zuko offering Katara her necklace in exchange for Aang

Meanwhile, Zuko was busy sparring with Lieutenant Jee when Iroh had just diverted the ship to find a port in order to replace a White Lotus tile for his Pai Sho game. Venting with smoke through his nose, Zuko angrily allows him. Iroh calmly expresses that "it's so good to have an understanding nephew" as the smoke engulfed the bridge.

Zuko and Iroh arrive at a port. Unfortunately for Zuko, Iroh didn't find a replacement White Lotus tile from a single merchant in town, but he found numerous trinkets for music night on the ship in which three of their troops were carrying. Zuko was frustrated that the trip was a complete waste of time.

"I need to capture the Avatar to regain something I've lost: my honor. Perhaps in exchange I can give you something you've lost."

Then they come across some pirates, whom had a Waterbending Scroll stolen by Katara. After discovering that they're pursuing Aang as well, Zuko joins forces with the pirates to hunt down Aang. Zuko surmises that they would be practicing waterbending by the river. They find Katara, alone, late at night practicing the Water Whip. Zuko captures and ties Katara to a tree, attempting to interrogate her for information on the Avatar. He shows her that he holds her mother's lost betrothal necklace in his possession, the last tie that she has to her mother in exchange. However, the pirates demanded the scroll. Zuko threatens to destroy it if they don't find Aang.

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Zuko vs. The Pirate Captain

Then, Aang and Sokka are found and captured. They discover Katara bound to a tree surrounded by Firebenders. As Zuko and the pirates are about to make the trade (the scroll for the Avatar), Sokka convinces the pirates to sell Aang by revealing to them that he's the Avatar, despite Zuko's attempts to keep it a secret from the pirates. The pirates decide that they want to sell Aang to the Fire Nation, and the situation quickly escalates into a battle.

While Zuko and the Pirates fought, Aang, Katara, and Sokka escaped. Katara and Aang use waterbending to get the pirates' boat into water and sail away. Iroh stops Zuko and the Captain, showing them that the pirate's boat is being stolen. Zuko laughs at their misfortune, until he saw the pirates (except for the Captain) stealing his smaller ship and start chasing after the Avatar.

Unfortunately, both ships were lost after falling over a waterfall. Back on shore, Iroh discovers that his lost White Lotus tile was stuck in his sleeve the whole time. A not-impressed Zuko grabs the tile from Iroh's hand and throws it over the waterfall in anger which strikes one of the pirates on the head and bounces off.

The Blue Spirit Edit

The New 'Admiral' Zhao Edit

At Pohuai Stronghold, a Fire Nation fortress overlooking the Earth Kingdom's western shore, Commander Zhao requests the use of the Yu Yan Archers, an elite group of Fire Nation soldiers skilled in archery, in his hunt for the Avatar. His commanding officer, Colonel Shinu, strictly denies the request, until word suddenly arrives from Fire Lord Ozai that Zhao has been promoted to the position of admiral. Now the superior officer, Zhao smugly changes his request of the Yu Yan Archers' abilities into an order. Meanwhile, a figure watches the proceedings from the roof above and behind Zhao, his face hidden by a blue oni mask.

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The Blue Spirit

Meanwhile, on Zuko's ship, the exiled prince is discussing what actions to take in pursuing the Avatar with his crew, having lost Aang's trail due to the recent storm. However, their planning is interrupted when a large Fire Nation ship, one of the many under Zhao's command, pulls alongside. Several Fire Nation soldiers board, revealing a wanted poster depicting Aang, and stating that all information regarding the Avatar is to be reported directly to Admiral Zhao. Zuko angrily reports that he has no information to report, and demands that the soldiers get off his ship and allow them to pass. He becomes further angered when the soldiers comply to his first demand, but state that under Zhao's orders no ships are being allowed in or out of the area. Iroh responds to all of this in his typical laid-back fashion, instead focusing on winning a game of Pai Sho with several of the crew members.

Zuko practices on the deck of his ship, having not given an order to his men in the hour since it was boarded. Iroh expresses concern over his nephew's behavior, and assures him that it is still possible that he could capture the Avatar before Zhao. Zuko expresses disbelief, as Zhao has far greater resources and power. He states, despondently, that soon he will lose all that he has been fighting for in the years since his exile.

His fears were founded when the Avatar was finally captured by the Yu Yan Archers, and taken back at Pohuai Stronghold as a prisoner. Where he was chained and locked up in a cell, where he was mocked by Admiral Zhao.

Infiltrate and Escape Edit
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The Blue Spirit defeats the guards to get into Aang's cell

However, the same masked figure from before materializes amongst the bushes flanking the path into the fortress. The figure - the titular Blue Spirit - sneaks into the fortress by clinging to the underside of a carriage that is brought into the fortress, before moving stealthily through it to Aang's cell.

Luckily for the Blue Spirit, Zhao is currently addressing all of the Fire Nation members in the fortress, saying that the Avatar has been captured and the Fire Nation will win the war in less than a year. This allows him to move across the fortress's inner-most wall unnoticed, before descending into a small sewage system and emerging within the fortress's main tower.

The Blue Spirit deftly defeats the guards in his way. As he moves into the cell and unsheathes his swords, Aang becomes terrified, presumably believing the Blue Spirit means harm rather than help.

However, his fears are soon dispersed as the Blue Spirit slashes through his bonds, and begins to leave the room. Aang questions the Blue Spirit's identity and intentions, but he does not answer, instead silently motioning for Aang to follow him. Aang concludes that this new figure means to help him escape, and follows him outside.

As Aang and the Blue Spirit exit the tower via the fortress's shallow sewers, Zhao strolls through its corridors while ordering a secretary to send a message to the Fire Lord recording his triumph. However, Zhao notices the four guards that the Blue Spirit has defeated, and after finding that Aang has escaped, he sounds the alarm.

Fight Edit
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Blue Spirit with Aang

Just as the alarm sounds, Aang and the Blue Spirit are making their way up the rope that the latter used to descend the wall. The rope is cut, and the Blue Spirit and Aang are forced fight their way out of the fortress through its three sets of gates. Aang Airbends a group of soldiers out of their path and manages to reach the first gate easily, but the Blue Spirit does not possess his supernatural speed, and is soon overtaken by a dozen spear men, who he begins to battle.

Aang, noticing that his unexpected savior is in danger, moves to assist him, though the Blue Spirit appears capable of easily matching his opponents. In the process, Aang yanks away one of the spears and snaps its blade off, turning it into a staff in place of his glider. Aang is able to use his Airbending abilities in conjunction with the staff to move himself and the Blue Spirit to the top of the second wall, but in the process drops the staff, leaving them with one more wall to overcome. Scores of Fire Nation soldiers ascend the wall with flexible bamboo ladders, but a quick-thinking Aang turns this against their pursuers. He turns the ladders into makeshift stilts, and, with the Blue Spirit hanging on his back, uses three of the ladders to get them across to the third wall.

However, a Firebending soldier burns the last ladder beneath their feet before they can reach the final wall, and Aang and the Spirit are forced to jump. Although both manage to get hand-holds on the edge of the wall, neither is able to hang on, and they fall to the ground in front of the final gate. A group of Firebenders launch a combined attack on the duo, and Aang uses Airbending to defend them before Zhao orders his soldiers to stand down. The admiral continues, stating that the Avatar must be captured alive.

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The Blue Spirit holds Aang hostage

Hearing this, the Blue Spirit quickly places his swords at Aang's throat threateningly. Zhao appears angered, but decides not to take any risks. He orders the guards to open the gates, and the Blue Spirit, still holding his blades to Aang's neck, marches the two of them outside, never turning either of their backs to the fortress. Colonel Shinu is bewildered that Zhao is allowing the Avatar to escape, but the admiral remains calm.

At the top of the outer wall, Zhao orders a Yu Yan Archer to knock out the Blue Spirit, which he does without fail with a single arrow to his forehead. The Blue Spirit falls over instantly unconscious, his life spared due to the protection provided by his mask. Aang immediately Airbends up a large dust cloud to conceal himself, while a group of Fire Nation soldiers raced from the fortress to capture them. He takes off the Blue Spirit's mask to learn that his rescuer is, to his immense shock, Zuko. He turns to run and leave the prince behind, but hesitates. When the dust settles, Aang and Zuko have vanished without a trace. Zhao is immensely angered, and his mood is not helped when suddenly one of the frogs from before appears alongside him, croaks, and leaps off the wall.

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Zuko rejects Aang's offer of friendship

Later, Zuko regains consciousness to discover that morning has arrived, and he is with Aang in a wooded area. Aang speaks nostalgically of Kuzon, a Fire Nation boy he knew as one of his closest friends a century before. He laughs at the thought of how much trouble he got into with his friend. After reflecting, he asks Zuko if under different circumstances they too could have been friends. Zuko pauses, then responds by launching a fire blast, which Aang easily avoids before leaping through the trees. Zuko's stern expression softens slightly, and he stops not to pursue the Avatar, at least for now.

Zuko returns to his ship. Iroh greets him, questioning where he has been all night, but seems not to be too worried, being more concerned with the events of "music night" from the evening before. Zuko ignores these comments, and orders no disturbances while he tries to catch up on his sleep. At the same time in their respective places, Aang and Zuko attempt to sleep.

The Bounty Hunter Edit

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Zuko, Iroh and June while riding Nyla

Iroh, in his continuing mission to calm Zuko's aggressive nature is sharing a cup of tea with nephew, claiming it is good for his mental well-being. Just as Zuko is about to try a sip, there is a disturbance on the deck, and Zuko and Iroh go to check it out. There, they encounter the bounty hunter June and her Shirshu invading his ship, claiming to be in pursuit of a stowaway. Just as Zuko claims there are no stowaways on his ship, the Shirshu rips off part of the deck, finds the stowaway among the cargo, and paralyzes him with its venomous tongue. Zuko is astounded, and he asks the bounty hunter how she was able to find the man so easily. June tells him her Shirshu can detect a scent for miles by just smelling an object. She leaves the damaged ship with her prize, while Zuko and an attracted Iroh look on.

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Zuko vs. Aang

Zuko (along with Iroh), spotting an effective new way to find the Avatar, tracks June down to a Seedy Tavern to enlist her help. He initially demands she help him to compensate for the damage to his ship but she only agrees when Iroh offers to pay her in gold. Zuko, ignoring Iroh's flirtations with June and June's cracks about "his girlfriend", shows her Katara's necklace to use to follow her scent, tracking Aang by proxy. They follow Katara's scent all the way through the Ruins of Taku and Makapu Village until they find Katara and Sokka. After paralyzing them, they realize that Aang is not with them. The Shirshu seeks out Aang's scent from a map that he held, and they track him into the Abbey.

Zuko ends up in a one-on-one showdown with Aang, while June and the Shirshu fight Appa. Everybody brawls, and Zuko chases Aang across the Abbey, ferociously attacking him with Firebending while Aang defends himself with Airbending. Sokka, coming out of paralysis thanks to the nuns' remedy, devises a plan to blind the Shirshu by overpowering its sense of smell with perfume. Katara Waterbends the perfume onto the Shirshu, and it loses control. Blinded and panicking, it paralyzes both Zuko and June. Iroh pretends to be paralyzed so he could hold June close to him, and shushes Zuko when he points this out. [1]

Siege of the North Edit

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Zuko shields himself from the explosion

Close to the North Pole, Zuko's ship had docked in a Fire Nation bay for the night. During Iroh's Music Night, Zhao comes on board to conscript the crew, for his attack on the Northern Water Tribe. Iroh and Zhao go to Zuko's room, to inform him. When Zuko hears of this, he tries to attack Zhao, but he is restrained by Iroh. Zhao, however is distracted by the broadswords on a mantelpiece, which he recognizes as the Blue Spirit's. He casually asks Zuko if he has any skill with the swords. Zuko, knowing what Zhao is thinking, says that the swords are only antiques used for decoration. Zhao does not respond, but lightly asks Iroh if he's heard of the Blue Spirit. When he gets a negative response, he leaves, but not before offering a military advisory position to Iroh.

After the crew leaves, Zuko is bitter and resentful. He rejects Iroh's offer to go for a walk, and opts to stay in his room and sulk. Meanwhile, the Pirates Zuko had met before are hired by Zhao to assassinate Zuko, and they begin to plant explosives on his ship. Zuko hears them, when one of them opens a creaky door. He goes to investigate, but finds nothing until he sees the Pirate Captain's Reptile Bird. The explosives go off, and destroy Zuko's ship. Moments before the flames hit him, Zuko forms a Fire Shield around himself, saving his life.

When Zuko reunites with Iroh, he stows away aboard Zhao's ship while his uncle accepts the offer to be the admiral's adviser.

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Zuko and Aang

Zuko stays aboard Zhao's ship well into the siege. After nightfall, he commandeers a boat, and plans to sneak into the city to take Aang. Before he leaves, Iroh meets with him. He gives Zuko advice and tells him that he's thought of him as his own son, since Lu Ten's death. Zuko says he knows, and promises that they'll meet again, after he's captured the Avatar. Iroh wishes him well, and Zuko leaves.

He rows his way to the shoreline next to the city. He notices a group of seals diving into a hole, and realizes that they must have a place where they come up for air. He dives in, and eventually comes to a place where he is trapped under ice. He uses heat to melt the ice, and comes up in the city. He makes his way to the Spirit Oasis, where he finds Aang has crossed into the Spirit World, and Katara and Yue are talking. He interrupts them, and demands they hand Aang over. Katara moves to defend him, Yue runs away, and Zuko takes a fighting stance.

The two begin to fight. At first, they are relatively equal; but Katara, empowered by the moon, gains the upper hand and traps Zuko in a prison of ice. However, Zuko frees himself when the sun rises and defeats Katara. He takes Aang and, having no where else to go, leaves the city and goes north, into a raging blizzard.

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Zuko defeats Zhao

"You're just like my sister. Everything comes easy for her. I've had to struggle and fight and that's made me strong. It's made me who I am. My father says she was born lucky. He says I was lucky to be born."

After trudging through the falling snow, Zuko finds a cave, and takes shelter. Soon after, Aang's Spirit returns to his body, and he wakes up and tries to escape. Zuko restrains him, but Katara, Sokka and Yue, who had been following Aang's spirit, come down on Appa. Katara defeats Zuko, and they prepare to leave with Aang. Aang saves Zuko’s life for a second time, insisting that Zuko must be brought along instead of being left unconscious in the snow where he would surely die. Upon returning to the Northern Water Tribe’s city, Zuko escapes while Aang and his allies are distracted by Zhao’s attack on the Moon Spirit, Tui.

Zuko follows an escaping Zhao, and attacks him. Zhao defends himself, tells Zuko that he knows he's the Blue Spirit and calls him a traitor. The two begin fighting.For a while they are equal; Zuko fares much better than he had in their first fight, and matches every one of Zhao's attacks. Eventually, he gains the upper hand and defeats him. Just as this happens, the vengeful Ocean Spirit, La, attacks Zhao, attempting to drag him into the water. After a moment of internal struggle, Zuko offers Zhao his hand in aid. A prideful Zhao refuses and is drowned by the Ocean Spirit.

Zuko and Iroh escape the North Pole, and travel on a driftwood raft for three weeks, until they reach land.

Book 2: EarthEdit

Betrayed Edit

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Azula lies to Zuko saying he could come home

The book opens on the three-year anniversary of Zuko's banishment. Zuko and Iroh have made it to a Fire Nation colonial town, and Iroh is getting a massage, while Zuko sulks in a corner. When Iroh realizes it's the anniversary, Zuko states his goals: to capture the Avatar, regain his honor, the throne and his father's respect. Iroh tries to console him, ("Why would he banish you if he didn't care?"), but fails and Zuko walks away.

When the duo come home from the beach, in the midst of an argument about Iroh carrying to much while they travel on foot, they find Azula waiting for them. When she greets them, Zuko coldly asks what she's doing there, and Azula mocks him with jibes about becoming uncivilized and calls him "Zuzu". When Iroh asks the same thing, she coldly notes her family's tendency to get to the point, and shatters one of her uncle's seashells. Azula tells them that Ozai has been hearing of plans to overthrow him, and that he intends to surround himself with the only people he can trust, his family. She tells Zuko that their father regrets his banishment, and wishes for him to come home. Zuko is shocked by this, and Azula leaves, to give him time to mull it over.

Zuko believes his sister, and is ecstatic at the prospect of going home. Iroh, however, remains skeptical, as he's never known Ozai to forgive anything. Zuko insists that his father truly cares about him, but Iroh tries to convince him that this offer to come home may not be all that it seems. Zuko becomes angry at him, calling him lazy, selfish and jealous, and storms off.

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Zuko fighting Azula

The next morning, Zuko goes to meet Azula. Iroh catches up with him, and Zuko thinks he's changed his mind. Iroh tells him that family sticks together and the two go off to the ship, (although the old man gives it a suspicious look before he does. When they get there, Azula welcomes both of them warmly, but her treachery is revealed when her ship's captain refers to them as "prisoners." Zuko, Azula and the Captain are shocked and silent for a moment, while Iroh springs into action, and begins fighting her guards. Zuko throws the captain overboard and yells at his sister for lying to him. Azula just sneers at him, and two of her guards attack him. He defeats them easily, and takes a stance against the princess. He creates two Fire Daggers, and attacks her. Azula fights him off with her hand-to-hand skills, twisting his arms out of her way and using his weight to manipulate his movements. When she finally gains the high ground on a set of stairs, Azula blasts Zuko away with a fire attack. She prepares to finish him with a lightning attack, but Iroh intercedes, redirecting the lightning, kicking her overboard and escaping with Zuko.

The duo run into the forest until they come far enough away. They sit by a stream, and Zuko pulls out a dagger Iroh had given him years earlier. He cuts off his top-knot as a symbol of severance from his family and the Fire Nation, and gives the dagger to his uncle, who does the same. The two run off into the countryside as fugitives.

FugitiveEdit

Iroh and Zuko soon have trouble living off the land. Iroh mistakenly ingests a deadly plant, and they are forced to seek aid from a young Earth Kingdom herbalist named Song. Song tries to reach out to Zuko repeatedly, but he rebuffs her. However, when she displays her own burn scars caused by the Fire Nation, he seems taken aback and dismayed. She asked him if his father was involved in the war, he only replies, Yes, he is. Despite this, as Zuko and Iroh depart, Zuko steals Song’s ostrich horse, over Iroh's protests.

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Zuko and Song

The two grow more desperate and Zuko fumes as Iroh is forced to panhandle for money. After watching Iroh being harassed, Zuko once again dons the guise of the Blue Spirit and turns to stealing from local merchants. Iroh, worried about Zuko, has a talk with him about his suspicious acquisitions and his honor. However when he goes further and points out that capturing the Avatar at this point would likely not improve their situation or return Zuko to his "rightful place" in the Fire Nation, Zuko pulls away from Iroh and walks off. When he returns, he says that, after reflection, he decides that they no longer have anything to gain by traveling together and parts ways with Iroh.

Alone Edit

Zuko wanders through the Earth Kingdom, passing through forbidding and uninhabited areas. Despite his worsening hunger and lack of supplies, he decides not to rob a young couple when he notices that the woman is pregnant. Eventually, he stumbles upon a small town that is regularly harassed by a troop of unscrupulous Earth Kingdom soldiers. Zuko stands up to those soldiers, impressing a young boy named Lee, who invites Zuko back to his family's farm for food and shelter. He spends the day helping with chores, and thinking of his own, far less happy childhood. Zuko acts as something of a substitute brother for Lee, whose older brother is off in the war, even giving Lee a quick lesson in how to use dual broadswords when Lee’s curiosity prompts him to take them. Before leaving, Zuko gives Lee the dagger that he received from Iroh as a boy.

After Zuko leaves town, Lee's mother comes to him, telling him how the soldiers came to harass the family and took Lee away when he threatened them with the dagger. Having no one else to turn to, she asks Zuko to save him. Zuko denounces the soldiers as common bullies and defeats most of them easily, but the ringleader is an Earthbender and Zuko is unable to beat him using only his broadswords. After recalling his mother's last words to him before her disappearance, to "Never forget who you are", Zuko Firebends to save himself and announces his identity proudly to the town. Despite what he has done for them, the townspeople, including Lee who even throws away Zuko's dagger, rejecting Zuko because of his identity and he departs with his retrieved dagger. He takes the name Lee after he goes into the Earth Kingdom.

Reunion Edit

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Zuko finds the trail of Azula's tank, who is in turn relentlessly hunting and harrying Aang and company, and begins following it. He manages to track Azula into a deserted town where she and Aang are about to face off. He rides in the middle of them, takes a fighting stance and warns her to leave Aang's capture to him. She tells him that she's not going anywhere and takes a stance herself. Aang takes his own stance, and the three of them stand off, waiting for one to make the first attack. Eventually, Azula fires at Zuko and he is knocked over, despite him creating a Fire-Shield at the last second. When she proceeds to attack Aang, three-way battle ensues.

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Azula dominates the fight by launching many powerful attacks and keeping Aang and Zuko on the defensive. Zuko trades several fire attacks with her, and pursues her into a building, where she finally lands a knock-out blow to Zuko. After several minutes, Iroh, who has been following Zuko and watching over his nephew from afar, shakes Zuko out of unconsciousness. The two of them join Aang and his friends, who had joined him earlier. All six corner Azula, who feigns surrender, only to attack and badly wound Iroh in a moment of distraction. Zuko, Aang, Katara and Toph each launch an elemental attack, but Azula creates a spinning wall of fire (the same technique once used by Jeong Jeong) and disappears. Zuko runs to his wounded uncle, and is is grief-stricken. When Aang and his companions try to approach, Zuko angrily demands that they leave. Katara tries to offer help, but Zuko launches a fire blast at them. They run away, leaving Zuko to tend his Uncle's injuries.

Bitter WorkEdit

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Zuko takes Iroh to a small shack at the edge of the town, to tend to his wound. He bandages it, and makes some tea. When Iroh wakes up, Zuko explains what happened, and offers him his tea (which Iroh doesn't like, but gracefully accepts). Zuko tells his uncle that he thinks they're going to run into Azula again, and that he'll need to know more advanced Firebending if he's going to stand a chance against her. He anticipates an argument, predicting that his uncle will say he should try to bet along with Azula. He's surprised, however, when Iroh agrees, and tells him Azula's "crazy, and needs to go down." They begin to resume Zuko's training.

Iroh makes a new pot of tea, and begins telling him about Lightning. He explains that lightning requires calm and peace of mind, and it's not fueled by rage or emotion. The two of them go out to the cliff side, where Iroh explains the process more fully and demonstrates a lightning attack. Zuko eagerly proclaims he's ready to try it. when he does attempt it, he only creates an explosion that knocks him back. He persists, but each attempt to produce lightning just explodes in his face. When he gets frustrated, Iroh explains that Zuko's emotional turmoil is preventing him from feeling the calm needed to produce lightning. He tells Zuko that he will be unable to produce lightning until he gets over the shame that he feels.

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Instead of lightning, Iroh offers to teach Zuko a Firebending technique he invented himself. He begins the lesson by giving a lecture about each of the four nations. He tells Zuko that he must draw his knowledge and power from more than one source, and that looking to other cultures and the other elements can help him become whole. When Zuko compares this to the Avatar, Iroh tells him that incorporating ideas from all four nations can make him powerful, like the Avatar. He tells Zuko that the technique he's about to teach him is one he learned by studying the Waterbenders: Lightning Redirection. He teaches Zuko the smooth, flowing movements of Waterbending, entailing absorbing and redirecting energy, necessary for the technique. Eventually, Zuko masters it.

When Iroh praises him, Zuko eagerly asks to try it out with real lightning. Iroh is shocked, and refuses, saying that lightning is too dangerous, and that if Zuko is lucky, he will never have to use this technique. Zuko, seeing a thunderstorm in the distance, tells his uncle he'll find his own lightning. He climbs a mountain in the middle of the storm, intent on accomplishing the task. He rages at the storm and the world in general when no lightning comes close enough until finally, exhausted and emotionally spent, he breaks down bitterly in tears.

To Ba Sing Se Edit

Zuko and Iroh travel to a desert oasis where Iroh makes contact with a secret society in which he is a member: The Order of the White Lotus. Zuko and Iroh find out that the Fire Nation has placed a large bounty on their heads, Xin Fu and Master Yu tried to claim their bounties but the White Lotus aids them in dodging bounty hunters and garners documentation so that Iroh and Zuko may pass into the Earth Kingdom's capital city, Ba Sing Se.

While traveling there they encounter Jet, who is on his way to Ba Sing Se to make a new life and befriends Zuko before noticing Iroh employing subtle Firebending to heat his tea. Furious, Jet becomes determined to expose them.

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Zuko and Iroh find a place to live in Ba Sing Se, which displeases Zuko, who has no desire to make a life in the "prison" that is Ba Sing Se. They both take jobs in a teahouse in Ba Sing Se as servers, and Iroh soon takes it upon himself to greatly improve the quality of the local tea, which garners him a degree of fame. Meanwhile, Jet makes various surreptitious attempts to prove that Zuko and Iroh are Firebenders, but fails. Finally, a frustrated Jet walks into the teashop and challenges them to a fight, hoping to force one of them to Firebend in self-defense. Zuko takes up Jet's challenge and the two begin an extended, even battle until the Dai Li interrupt them. Various witnesses state that Jet's attack on the teashop employees and Zuko was completely unprovoked, leading to Jet’s arrest.

Zuko continues to be reluctant to adapt to living in Ba Sing Se, perhaps best typified by his awkward date with Jin, a young girl who is a regular customer of the teahouse where he works and who has developed a crush on Zuko. Towards the end of their date she hints that she wants to kiss him, something Zuko doesn't seem to get. When she does kiss him, he returns it before breaking off, saying only, "It's complicated", and going back home. When he returns home and Iroh asks him how his date went, Zuko goes straight into his room without answering, but after a few seconds, Zuko cracks open the door and quietly remarks, "It was nice".

Crossroads of Destiny Edit

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Zuko learns that Aang is in the city by seeing a flier that Aang and company have made to look for the missing Appa. Zuko decides to hunt for Appa and use him as bait for Aang. In his Blue Spirit disguise he forces an agent of the Dai Li to tell him the whereabouts of Appa, then sneaks into the Dai Li secret base beneath Lake Laogai and finds Appa in his cell, but is confronted by Iroh. Iroh, in an uncharacteristically sharp manner, berates Zuko's rashness, pointing out that Zuko has not thought of what to do after he has Appa in his possession. He then attempts to persuade Zuko into giving up his search for the Avatar, telling Zuko to give up the destiny set for him by his father, and follow his own path. Zuko cries out in agony and indecision, but does free Appa. When they leave Lake Laogai, he throws his Blue Spirit mask into the lake.

As soon as Zuko and Iroh return to their apartment Zuko collapses with a terrible fever. Iroh informs him that the great struggle going on inside Zuko's mind over his future and his destiny has in effect carried over to this body. Iroh likens this period of time to a metamorphosis, and states that in the end Zuko would emerge as the person he is truly meant to be. Zuko has a series of dreams and hallucinations, and in one of them sees himself as the Fire Lord, without his scar, while a blue Dragon with Azula's voice and a red dragon with Iroh's voice give him differing advice. He also sees images of his vanished mother begging him for help. Zuko finally seems to waken. He gets up and splashes water on his face, only to look up into a mirror and see that he has Aang's bald head and tattoo. Zuko then truly wakes with a cry of horror and immediately touches his face where it is scarred. Upon finding his scar still there he closes his eyes and goes back to sleep.

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Afterwards, Zuko appears to have developed a more optimistic view of life and living in Ba Sing Se. He is enthusiastic at the opening of Iroh's new teashop, and at the invitation for the two of them to come to the Earth King's palace and serve tea to the king. The invitation, however, is a trap set by Azula, who has struck a deal with the Dai Li to perform a coup on the Earth King. Iroh and Zuko manage to fight their way free, but Zuko chooses to stand and face Azula while Iroh flees. He challenges Azula to an Agni Kai, but Azula laughs off his challenge and has the Dai Li arrest him and imprison him in a cave with Katara. There Katara berates Zuko, who sits silently and absorbs the abuse until Katara mentions how the Fire Nation took her mother away from her, something which Zuko can sympathize with and relate to. This is a bonding point for the two, and Katara apologizes, explaining that for a long time Zuko's face was the face of the enemy in her mind, causing Zuko to acknowledge his scar and how it marks him. Katara offers to attempt to heal Zuko's scar and is about to do so when Iroh and Aang barge in to rescue them.

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Despite the statement that he has changed, Zuko still holds a great deal of anger towards Aang, and within moments the two old adversaries nearly come to blows, until Iroh restrains Zuko and encourages Aang and Katara to leave and find their friends. While Katara and Aang exit the cavern, Iroh attempts to dissuade Zuko from continuing his pursuit once again. Azula arrives accompanied by two Dai Li agents who incapacitate Iroh in crystal. Both Iroh and Azula attempt to persuade Zuko- Azula seeking his assistance in capturing the Avatar, and Iroh begging him to seek his own destiny. When Azula leaves to fight Aang and Katara, Zuko later joins and decides to help Azula by attacking Aang, which he does with manic zeal. Surprisingly, Zuko also assists his sister directly several times, including freeing her when Katara had Azula trapped.

At the end of the battle, Iroh arrives on the scene and covers Katara and Aang's escape by holding off the siblings and scores of Dai Li agents until they have safely exited the cavern. Iroh then lets himself get captured, and Azula and Zuko triumphantly return to the Earth King's palace. Zuko is suddenly once again uncertain of himself, though, and expresses regret at having betrayed Iroh. Azula turns this aside, though, telling Zuko that it was Iroh who betrayed him. She then expresses confidence that, Avatar or no Avatar, Zuko has restored his own honor. We leave Zuko with the young man still looking conflicted about the decision he has made.

Book 3: FireEdit

Returning Home Edit

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After this, Zuko is surprisingly reluctant to return to the Fire Nation as a hero. However, after informing his sister of his intention to remain in Ba Sing Se, the princess pulls out a trump card in the form of an old friend--Mai, who had shared a mutual crush with Zuko as a child. After foiling Azula's dinner date set up, Zuko accompanies the governor's daughter on a stroll throughout the city, where--after an incident involving Jin, octofish, and a fountain--the two end up kissing and reminiscing. The following day, as he sees Mai off during the boardings, Zuko severely contemplates returning home with her, watched on by Azula. The princess then turns her attention to Iroh being led aboard a Fire Nation ship in chains and wonders aloud if he will even survive the trip. As she bids her brother farewell, Zuko suddenly makes the resolve to come with them back to the Fire Nation. Azula slyly tells her brother to do whatever he wants, as its his decision. [2]

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Several weeks later, though, as the ship approaches Fire Nation waters, Zuko expresses his fear at how much everything has changed, and how much he himself has changed. Despite reassurances from Mai and deafening cheers from the citizens of the Fire Nation, Zuko is still uncertain as to how his father would receive him--and even doubtful as to whether or not the Avatar was truly dead, a feeling he consequentially expresses to his sister. When he finally returns to his father's throne room, however, his father welcomes him back with pride and recognition, claiming that Zuko had fully redeemed himself by slaying the Avatar. Zuko manages to contain his surprise at this, knowing full well that it had been Azula who had delivered the blow, not him.

Although the false claim finally gives him the redemption he has so longed for, Zuko confronts his sister that night about why she had given him the credit. Azula claims that she saw how worried Zuko was about not having the Avatar, she decided to give him the credit for his demise out of a generous gesture to repay his part in the takeover of Ba Sing Se. Zuko refuses to believe her explanation, accusing her of retaining an ulterior motive. Azula nonchalantly points out how letting him have all the glory over slaying the Avatar could do little to benefit her, but goes on to insidiously acknowledge the fact that should it be discovered that the Avatar was alive, all that glory would swiftly turn into shame and foolishness. She assures Zuko that he has nothing to worry about, as he had already said himself, there's no way the Avatar could have survived. With that, the princess bids her brother goodnight, who leaves deeply incensed. Even with his redemption, he is still being manipulated. [3]

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Zuko had been secretly seeing his imprisoned uncle, telling the guard to say nothing. However, Iroh would have none of him and refused to listens to Zuko's claims he could have been a hero. While on a picnic with Mai, they were interrupted by Azula who cautions Zuko not to be discovered visiting Uncle or people will think he was conspiring with him. After delivering a box of chicken to his uncle, Zuko says to his uncle that he has everything he has ever wanted, but is tortured knowing that the Avatar is still alive; Iroh refuses to advise his nephew. Zuko then meets with a person who has a tattoo of a third eye who he instructs to kill the Avatar. [4]

Zuko, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee go on vacation to Ember Island at Lo and Li's beach house, due to the fact Fire Lord Ozai is holding a restricted meeting with his confidants. At the beach, Zuko makes several unsuccessful attempts to impress Mai with pretty shells and ice cream; the former fails to appeal to her, and the latter falls on Mai's leg in the unlucky fashion Zuko is famous for. The group is invited to a party at Chan's house.

During the party, after fetching Mai some food, Zuko finds Ruon-Jian talking to Mai. Zuko loses his temper and violently throws Ruon-Jian into a large pot across the room. Disgusted, Mai angrily tells Zuko that his temper is out of control; he takes his anger out on her, then, saying that she doesn't feel anything and is a 'big blah'. Hurt and confused by this accusation, Mai tells Zuko that their relationship is over. Chan returns and ejects Zuko from the party. Zuko heads off and goes to his family's abandoned vacation house where he reminisces about memories of himself as a child with his Mother, Father, and Uncle. He spots a stone imprinted with his own baby hand print, only for his eyes to be drawn to an old family portrait hanging on the wall. Azula finds Zuko, and they all go down to the beach again. Zuko tries to reconcile with Mai, but she is still cold toward him.

When words start to fly, Zuko pushes into a rant about his own life, where he admits that he's angry but unsure why. The girls all pressure him into giving an answer, and he finally screams that he is angry at himself because he doesn't know the difference between right and wrong anymore. Finally understanding what bothers Zuko so much, Mai returns to his side and says that there is one thing she cares about and kisses him once again. [5]

Family History Edit

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Zuko awakes and finds a message telling him that he needs to learn the story of his Great Grandfather's demise, it would help reval his own destiny. He quizzes Azula but she says that Sozin died in his sleep. Zuko puzzles over the message until he finally throws it over his lamp revealing a secret message written on the other side, telling him that the Fire Sages keep the Secret History in the Dragon Bone Catacombs. He finds the place by secretly following one of the Fire Sages. After entering he discovers the Final Testament of Fire Lord Sozin. Zuko reads up on the past friendship of Avatar Roku and Fire Lord Sozin. At the end Sozin says he kept searching for the new Avatar. Zuko confronts Iroh in prison, outraged, and accusing Iroh of sending him messages telling him that the scroll told him little more than what he already knew. Zuko says he had learned nothing more of Sozin's death. Iroh calmly states that he was referring to his mother's grandfather, Avatar Roku. Zuko falls to his knees, more confused than ever. Iroh tells Zuko good and evil are always fighting inside Zuko for it is his nature. Iroh says that the bright side is that Zuko alone can restore honor to the Fire Nation and bring about peace. Iroh then hands Zuko a lost royal artifact (meant to be worn by the crown prince) worn by both of his great-grandfathers and tells him he can choose either of their paths and restore balance to the world or destroy it. [6]

Zuko eventually recovers from the initial shock of his family revelation, and in the following weeks is thoroughly enjoying life as an honored prince. He has servants attending to his every need and the population adores him, and has romantic evenings with Mai. A few days before the Day of Black Sun, he visits Mai's house, which is right across from the Royal Palace. The two are happier than ever as Mai is now much more open with her emotions. When Zuko asks if Mai could have anything she wanted in the world at that moment what it would be, he discovers her love for fruit tarts and with his servants is able to answer to such desires. Suddenly, Mai mentions that Azula got invited to a war meeting with their father and apparently Zuko didn't get invited. He talks to Azula who assures him that he was not told about the war meeting because he is already expected to be there. However, the fact that he, the Crown Prince was not informed as opposed to the Crown Princess insults him, so he refuses to go. When he sulks about it, Mai suggests he order some servants around or enjoy a fruit tart, but Zuko is not in the mood. However, the next morning, Zuko does go to the war meeting when he finds out that his father refused to start with him absent, setting his mind at ease. When it ends, he tells Mai that his father let him sit at his right side, much to Mai's delight. However, Zuko also confides in her that although he acted like the son his father wanted, he was not himself. This made Zuko realize that he can't be the son that his father wants him to, and that the war must come to end. [7]

RedemptionEdit

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Before the battle, he gazes at a drawing of him and Mai, saying "I'm sorry".[8] During the eclipse, he enters his father's chamber with his dual swords. First, he tells his father that "it was Azula who took down the Avatar, not [him]". When Zuko tells him that Azula's reason for lying is that the Avatar survived, Ozai is furious (how he punished Azula, if he did, is unknown). Zuko spouts his rage at the Fire Lord, explaining his internal conflicts throughout the series. Zuko says that he was never there during his childhood and argues that his father was cruel to challenge a thirteen year old to an Agni Kai and cause permanent damage to him for only the crime of speaking out of turn at a war meeting. Having had a first hand look at the destruction the Fire Nation has caused, Zuko speaks his mind about it and says it is not the "spreading of greatness" the country has lied about to its citizens. He turns to "join the Avatar" and nearly leaves the catacomb when his father asks, "Don't you want to know what happened to your mother?".

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Lured by these words, Zuko turns to stay. Ozai explains that after requesting that Iroh's birthright be revoked and placed upon his head, Azulon told him that he would have to kill Zuko to suffer the same pain as Iroh. Ozai reveals he had every intention to do so, but that his wife stated a plan in which Zuko would live and Ozai would become Fire Lord. Her actions resulted in Azulon's death and her banishment. This leaves Zuko hopefully asking that she was still alive. Ozai states it's very possible, but that he has learned that banishment is far too merciful of a punishment for treason and that Zuko will receive no such mercy. Just as the eclipse ends, Ozai leaps from his seat and fires a massive lightning bolt at Zuko. He catches the blast, sliding back several feet, before redirecting the charge at a much-surprised Ozai. The impact sends Ozai slamming into the back wall, and gives Zuko time to escape. From there, he heads to the prison, finding most of the guards unconscious or otherwise incapacitated. Finding the warden who constantly insulted Iroh, he demands to know what happened. The guard reveals that Iroh broke himself out, and was like a "one-man army". The last we see of Zuko is his following of the young ones and Appa in his war balloon. [9]

Joining The AvatarEdit

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Zuko arrives at the Western Air Temple, which was built under a cliffside, before Aang and his friends. He descends into the temple, and has a flashback about his previous visit there three years ago. He runs away to hide when the gang arrives on Appa. Later at his camp in the woods, he tries to practice a speech to explain to the Avatar to accept him into the group, with little success. He tries to think about what his Uncle Iroh and Azula would do in a situation like this, but still doesn't get it right. Finally Zuko returns to the temple and appears before Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph. Upon his arrival, Appa licks him for remembering that Zuko set him free in Ba Sing Se, which surprises Aang. Zuko then tries his speech, and offers to teach Aang Firebending, but the group is unwilling to let him due to their mistrust of him, especially Katara. Zuko then begins apologizing for the bad things he did to them, but accidentally lets slip the fact that he sent the Combustion Man after them. Enraged, the gang demands that Zuko leave them now. Zuko then offers to be accepted as their prisoner, but Katara waterbends at him and orders him to leave. Zuko returns to his camp, and berates himself for how bad his attempt was at joining their group.

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Later that night Toph, sensing that Zuko was sincere, goes to visit him. She makes a noise that startles Zuko, causing him to act on instinct and Firebend at the intruder, not knowing it was Toph. He burns her feet by accident, and when he tries to apologize and help her, she earthbends at him and retreats back to the temple. Zuko then collapses to the ground and shouts in frustration, "Why am I so bad at being good?!".

The next day, Combustion Man has tracked down Aang and the group to the temple. Zuko attacks Combution Man causing his attack to miss. Zuko orders him to stop hunting the Avatar, but Combustion Man ignores him and continues firing blasts at the temple. Zuko attempts to stop him with Firebending, but he deflects it with ease and fires a blast at Zuko. Zuko uses his bending to defend himself, nearly getting thrown off the cliff in the process. Aang and Katara attempt to bend at Combustion Man, but he easily withstands their attacks. Sokka however, uses his boomerang to hit Combustion Man in his third eye, causing his next attack to backfire and prompt an explosion that sends him falling off the cliff.

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Zuko appears to the Avatar once more, and apologizes to him again, saying that he has been through a lot the past few years. He then apologizes to Toph for burning her, remarking that he has to be in better control of his bending, and that fire can be a dangerous thing if not controlled. Aang then realizes that Zuko was probably meant to be his teacher, because he understands what Aang went through when he first tried to Firebend and burned Katara by accident. Zuko then asks one more time to join the group. Aang accepts, then asks his friends if he can be allowed to join them. Toph agrees, saying jokingly that it will give her time to get back at Zuko for burning her. Sokka agrees knowing that Aang knows what he is doing. Lastly, Katara allows him, but only because Aang needs a Firebending teacher. Zuko happily promises that he won't let them down.

After Sokka shows Zuko to his room in the temple, he begins to unpack his things. He pulls a picture of his Uncle Iroh out of his bag, prompting another flashback. When the flashback ends, Katara appears in his doorway. Just as Zuko begins to show delight at her letting him join the team, she informs Zuko that even though the others accepted him, she still doesn't trust him. Katara then gives Zuko a warning: If she even suspects that he might go back to his old ways or try to harm Aang in any way, she will personally kill him. She then leaves Zuko to ponder her words. [10]

Remastering FirebendingEdit

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After joining the group, Zuko begins to teach Aang Firebending. After Aang shows him that he can't create fire, Zuko attempts to demonstrate, but is only able to produce very weak and faint fire blasts. He theorizes that he no longer has the anger he had to fuel his bending anymore because he switched sides.

After Zuko informs the rest of the group about his loss of Firebending, Sokka and Katara poke fun at him, but Toph has another idea. She suggests that Zuko and Aang learn from the original source of Firebending. Earthbending came from the Badgermoles, and Airbending came from the Sky Bisons. Zuko feels he is out of luck because Firebending originated from the Dragons, which are extinct. He does inform them that there are old ruins of the ancient Sun Warrior's civilization located near to the Western Air Temple, and that they might learn something there.

After arriving at the ruins, Aang is almost caught in a booby trap. Zuko avoids it, saying that places with booby traps always have something worth protecting. While exploring, Zuko reveals that his great-grandfather Sozin began a tradition that if anyone hunted a dragon and killed it, their Firebending would become legendary, and be granted the title of "Dragon". This action lead the Fire Nation to exterminate the dragons. Zuko's uncle conquered the last dragon (perhaps giving him the name "The Dragon of the West", as well as his ability to breathe fire as he demonstrated to Azula in Book 2). Sozin also started the belief that Firebending originated from anger and rage and could only be used for destruction.

Aang and Zuko then find their way into a room with a circular alignment of statues, that are labeled as "The Dancing Dragon", which is an ancient Firebending form. After the both of them perform the form, a glowing jewel appears in the center of the room. Zuko takes it, and accidentally triggers another trap. They are both found by members of the Sun Warrior Tribe a while later.

The chief tells them that if they wish to master Firebending, they must meet the tribe's masters. They are both given a fireball to carry up a mountain where the masters are to prove their worth and commitment to Firebending. Shortly after arriving at the mountain top, they are confronted by the masters, which turn out to be a red dragon and a blue dragon. The dragons circle around a shocked Zuko and Aang. Aang and Zuko perform the Dancing Dragon, which mimics the dragon's movements. The masters deem them worthy, and demonstrate their bending by creating a rainbow colored column of fire.

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Zuko and Aang are still shocked that there are dragons left. Zuko thinks that his Uncle lied when he found and killed the last dragon, but the Sun Chief informs him otherwise. Zuko's uncle Iroh found his way to the dragons, and was deemed worthy and taught the original source of Firebending as well. Zuko realizes that Firebending isn't just hate and destruction, but beauty and life as well, and why he lost his ability to Firebend. Hunting the Avatar was his drive for so long, so when he joined him, his drive vanished and he lost his touch with his inner fire. His new drive is to help the Avatar defeat the Fire Lord and restore balance to the world. Zuko is able to perform strong fire blasts again, and Aang is able to create fire too.

After returning to the group, Aang and Zuko perform the Firebending form they learned. Sokka pokes fun at them saying that they could dance to defeat the fire lord. A frustrated Zuko argues with him, but when he tells the group the form is called The Dancing Dragon, he is left embarrassed as the group laughs at him. [11]

Into the Boiling RockEdit

One night at the Western Air Temple, Zuko was serving everyone tea, he attempted to tell a joke Uncle Iroh said about tea, but spoiled it when he could only remember the punch line. It would have sounded funny with Uncle Iroh saying it.

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Meanwhile, Sokka was feeling a little disturbed. When he privately asked Zuko about what prison Fire Nation criminals would be placed in, and where his father may have been taken, he said it would only make Sokka feel worse, but he hesitantly answered that the place would be a prison out in the middle of a volcano, in the middle of the ocean, where the gang might have passed through while they were on their way to the Western Air Temple. The prison was called the Boiling Rock, the most secure prison in the Fire Nation. Zuko was suspicious on why Sokka would ask such thing, to which the latter denied of going there.

In the middle of the night, while everyone was asleep, Sokka attempts to sneak on Appa alone. As he reached the saddle, he was caught by Zuko waiting there. Sokka demanded he needed to do this; as the Invasion was his idea, and his burden to get his honor back. However Zuko, knowing what it's like to want one's honor back, decided to go along with Sokka, not with Appa, but with a war balloon Zuko used as transportation to get to the Western Air Temple. Zuko left a note, for the gang to find next morning, fabricated in writing that he and Sokka had gone fishing, and reminded Aang to do some Fire Squats for Firebending practice, much to his dismay.

Zuko and Sokka made it to the prison at night. They saw a whole bunch of steam emitting from the volcano. Because of the steam, the fire supporting the war balloon died out and forced to crash land, meaning there was no way off of the prison.

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The next morning, the duo donned Fire Nation guard uniforms. Meanwhile, there's a quarrel going on outside. Chit Sang, a Firebending prisoner, "broke" the rule of "Not bowing down to a prison guard". After Chit Sang defied his rule, the guard made a fire whip and used it against Chit Sang. However, the latter parried this, making him really break a rule. Firebending was prohibited in the prison and Chit Sang was sentenced to a cooler, where the Firebenders would freeze until they couldn't Firebend for a while.

Meanwhile, Zuko, at lunch break for the guards, asked some guards where dangerous criminals were confined at (Water Tribes, for instance). Zuko and Sokka met up later on and Zuko told Sokka that Water Tribe prisoners were not located in this prison, much to Sokka's sorrow. Sokka believed he failed, yet again, but Zuko tried to cheer him up with one of Iroh's wise sayings. Sokka cheered up, not by Zuko's attempt, but at the sight of Suki, who was returning to her prison cell.

Zuko and Sokka went to see Suki. Sokka went inside her cell, while Zuko stood guard. While Sokka and Suki reunited, a guard came by to check on Suki. Zuko tried to keep her out, at first with an excuse and then with physical force. When Sokka came out, back in his guard disguise, he helped the guard arrest Zuko, but whispered to him that he would figure something out. Zuko allowed himself to get captured, and he was taken to a prison cell. While Zuko was in his cell, he was confronted by the warden, who knows Zuko because the warden was Mai's uncle. The warden stated that Zuko had broken Mai's heart after Zuko left the Fire Nation.

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Soon, Zuko and Suki were up to mopping duty where Suki recognized Zuko from when he attacked her village. Sokka gathered the both of them for a plan, later Chit Sang is involved as well. They planned to use a cooler to ride their way out like a boat. First, someone will need to screw a cooler cell free. Zuko volunteered by pretending to fight with Chit Sang and Zuko Firebended. After that, he was sent to a cooler cell and, having used his fire breath to keep warm, was successful in unscrewing the cooler free. However, guards passed by and the two hid and overheard information Sokka wanted: War prisoners would be coming the next day and Sokka thought he'll see his father, Hakoda. [12]

That night, Zuko and Sokka bring the loose cooler cell to where Chit Sang and Suki are waiting. Sokka, knowing about the new arrivals of new prisoners tomorrow, stays at the prison to break his father out. Suki and Zuko agree to stay, while Chit Sang leaves. At dawn, Chit Sang and his friends were burning in the cell, Chit Sang breaks a piece of metal to use it as an oar, but unfortunately, he is scalded by the steaming water and yells out in pain. The Fire Nation guards are now aware of an escape attempt and catches the cooler cell drifting away. Meanwhile, Sokka, Suki, and Zuko hide while watching the prisoners come out of the lift used to transport prisoners. After a few come out, Sokka loses hope of seeing his father, until one last person is called out: Hakoda.

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After the father-son reunion Sokka makes his way to Zuko's prison cell and tries to share an escape plan that he and Hakoda made, but is interrupted by two Fire Nation guards. Sokka feigns brutalizing Zuko as he fills in with where to meet. Zuko is taken into another cell, where he is confronted by Mai. Mai begins to berate Zuko for leaving a letter and making her think that he had abandoned her. Zuko tries to tell her that he is doing this for his Nation, but Mai does not seem to understand how betraying his Nation will help it.

Later, Sokka, with the help of Chit Sang, starts a riot and in the confusion Zuko gets away and locks Mai in the cell to keep her safe. After Zuko shows up to join his friends, Suki captures the warden and the group makes their way to the gondola.

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The groups make it and Zuko breaks the lever to make it unstoppable. However, they are being followed by Azula and Ty Lee, though Zuko and Suki have been waiting for a rematch. Sokka, Suki, and Zuko climb to the roof of the gondola and battle Ty Lee and Azula. Suki battles evenly with Ty Lee and Sokka and Zuko match Azula fairly. The warden breaks free of his binding and orders the guards to cut the line, meaning that he and the others won't survive. The guards proceed on doing so. Azula and Ty Lee makes it onto another gondola, but the group is trapped. Just as the guards are about to finish cutting the line, they are stopped by Mai. Mai starts to pin the guards with her daggers, much to everyone's confusion. A guard asks her what she's doing, to which she replies, "Saving the jerk who dumped me". She frees the line and the gondola used by the group starts moving again. The group makes it out, while leaving the warden behind, and the group leaves. Although Suki wonders how they are going to leave, Zuko realizes that Azula must have come to the Boiling Rock somehow and spots a Fire Nation Airship. The group uses the airship as a tool for escape.

As Zuko and the others get back to the Western Air Temple, Katara asks Sokka and Zuko what happened to Zuko's small war balloon. Zuko merely answers, "It kinda got destroyed". After the rest of the gang ask if they got some good meat, Sokka answers that he did and it's the best meat of all, which is the meat of friendship and fatherhood. Hakoda, Suki, and Chit Sang present themselves (though Chit Sang said, "I'm new. What's up everybody?") Katara embraces her father and asks what's going on. Sokka tells her that they went to a Fire Nation prison, and then he is dragged into the family reunion. Zuko watches this smiling, possibly happy that he is seeing a father who actually loves his children. [13]

Searching for the Southern RaidersEdit

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In the beginning, the group is sleeping soundly on the ground some time after Zuko and Sokka returned to the Western Air Temple. Suddenly, bombs start shooting from Azula and fleet of airships there. Aang airbends the large doors closed to protect the group. Zuko pushes Katara out of the way when the ceiling almost fell on her. Katara in anger asks him what he was doing. Zuko tells her that he was keeping rocks from crushing her, but Katara just shoves him off and says that she is not crushed and he can get off of her now. Zuko takes that as a thank you from her, and gets up. During the group's escape, Zuko fought Azula atop one of the airships. He was saved from certain death when the rest of the team flew under him on Appa and caught after he fell off.

After that morning, they settled down and Aang remarks that camping was just like old times. Zuko makes a joke that if he wants it to feel like old times, he could chase Aang around and try to capture him. Everyone laughs except Katara. Sokka makes a toast to Zuko, but Zuko says he doesn't deserve it. Katara agrees with him and storms off. Zuko follows her, finding out why Katara has been acting so bitter towards him, and that everyone seems to trust him now. She yells at him and says, "Maybe you can reconquer Ba Sing Se in the name of the Earth King! Or I know, you can bring my mother back!" She leaves him there, thinking about what she said. He asks Sokka about the death of their mother, since he thinks that is why Katara is holding in a grudge on him. He learns that the leader of the Southern Raiders, a fleet of Fire Nation warships, was responsible. He offers Katara his assistance in finding him (on Whale Tail Island), and she accepts. When Aang told Katara to let go of her anger, and that revenge is not the right path to go with, Zuko criticized this.

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They sneak into the Fire Navy Communication Tower and find out where the Southern Raiders are: Whale Tail Island. They quickly escape on Appa and continue their mission to Whale Tail Island. Katara tells Zuko the story of what happened to her mother from her point of view. When the Southern Raiders came, young Katara went to her family's house to find her mother. There she sees the leader of the Southern Raiders, looking into his eyes, with her mother. Katara is scared, but her mother tells her not to worry, and to find her father. Katara runs outside as fast as she can and tells her father about this, and both start running toward their igloo. But when the got there, it was too late. Zuko tells Katara that her mother was a brave woman. Katara touches her necklace, and says she knows.

Zuko and Katara finally get to Whale Tail Island. Both start running toward the front where they predict the leader is, knocking down every soldier in their way. They get there and Zuko and Katara spot the leader. The leader, who is baffled and confused on what they are accusing him of, says he does not know what they are talking about. Zuko then witnesses Katara's power when she bloodbends the leader, which he never knew she could do. The leader, helpless and afraid, keeps telling them he doesn't know anything about the Southern Water Tribe invasion. Katara looks into the man's eyes and lets him go, realizing this is not the man they are looking for. Zuko interrogates the man to say where the veteran leader is and they both head off.

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Zuko and Katara eventually found the man responsible of killing Katara's mother. At first he does not remember, but it all comes back to him. He remembers the little Water Tribe girl and her mother telling her to leave. Yon Rha asks Kya who the last Waterbender is. She denies at first that there are no Waterbenders left, but Yon Rha knows there is one more. Kya lies and tells him she is the last Waterbender of the tribe and to take her prisoner. Yon Rha refuses to take her prisoner and kills her.

Katara tells the man that her mother lied to protect the last Waterbender: her. When she finally had her chance to get revenge once and for all, she couldn't bring herself to kill him. After the group joins Katara on Ember Island, Katara tells Zuko that she has forgiven him, and hugs him warmly. He then asks Aang what he will do when he faces Ozai, since he believes killing someone is never the answer. [14]

The Ember Island PlayersEdit

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While stationed at Ember Island, the group attends a play which shows their adventures. The plot is twisted and made to demoralize the group. Zuko had quite possibly the most negative response to the play as it in his words "takes all the mistakes of my life and shoves them in my face". The most emotional part to him was the scene where he betrayed Iroh which he was still very ashamed of as he now saw that Iroh was more of a father to him than Ozai ever was. Toph later told him about her long conversation with Iroh in "The Chase" and how he would constantly talk about Zuko. This knowledge gave Zuko hope that Iroh still loved him. At the end of the play, Azula's character is shown killing him, at which the audience cheers and Zuko is taken aback. When the Gang leaves, Zuko says to the others that the play "wasn't good", which is met with agreement. [15]

Sozin's CometEdit

Intense TrainingEdit
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Zuko attacking Aang

Three days before the arrival of Sozin's Comet, Zuko is fiercely training Aang in Firebending, pushing him to improve quickly and urging him to be more aggressive. However, Aang soon loses focus and joins the group in a beach party. Zuko becomes enraged and attacks Aang, hoping to coax him into fighting seriously as preparation for his battle with Ozai. Zuko chases Aang all over the yard and into the house, Firebending at him the entire time. Finally, Aang fires Air at Zuko, blasting him out of the house.

The rest of the group demands to know what is wrong with Zuko, and Zuko tells them they shouldn't be having beach parties when Sozin's comet is only three days away. Aang and the others awkwardly tell him that they plan to wait until after the comet comes to fight the Fire Lord. Aang tells him that he still needs more time to master Firebending, and that if he fights Ozai now, he will lose. Katara says that the point of Defeating the Fire Lord before the Comet was to win the war, but the Fire Nation won the war when they took Ba Sing Se, and that things can't get any worse. Zuko tells them about the war meeting he had before the eclipse. He reveals that Ozai plans to use the comet to wipe out the Earth Kingdom by burning it all to the ground and building a new world from its ashes, a world in which the Fire Nation will be the only nation. The group is shocked by this plan, and Zuko tells Aang that if he doesn't defeat the Fire Lord before the Comet comes, there won't be a world to save anymore. He teaches Aang one final technique before he can face the Fire Lord: Lightning redirection. [16]

ReconciliationEdit
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The following morning, the group wakes up to find Aang and Momo missing. They decide to split up, with Toph eagerly going with Zuko, as she wants her own "life-changing field trip" with him. Toph spends the entire trip telling Zuko her problems with her parents, but is disappointed when Zuko has difficulty maintaining sympathy with her, mostly due to the graveness of the situation. After an extensive search of the island reveals nothing, the gang turns to Zuko to find him, as he is the one with the most experience tracking the Avatar. Zuko flies them to the Earth Kingdom, to a seedy tavern, where they find June. He urges her to track down Aang, as the fate of the world depends on him. However, the Shirshu is unable to find Aang's scent anywhere on the planet. At first, the gang despairs of ever finding Aang, until Zuko thinks that there is one other person who may be able to defeat Ozai. He then asks June to find Iroh, and provides a smell sample: his uncle's sweaty sandal, which he had kept. June's Shirshu tracks the scent all the way to the outer wall of Ba Sing Se. After arriving at the wall, June wishes them luck and leaves. At that night, the group is approached by four members of the Order of the White Lotus: Pakku, Bumi, Jeong Jeong and Piandao. They guide the group to a camp, and explain that they plan to liberate Ba Sing Se from the Fire Nation. They lead Zuko to his uncle's tent.

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Believing that his uncle hates him, Zuko is afraid to enter, but after some reassurances from Katara he goes in to find his uncle asleep. When Iroh wakes up, Zuko tells him how sorry he is and begs for his forgiveness. Iroh embraces him, and says that he was never angry, only sad because he feared Zuko had lost his way. He tells Zuko how proud he is that he found it again, and found his way to him.

The following morning, Zuko tries to convince Iroh to fight Ozai (who, in something of a Freudian slip, he accidently calls the "Father Lord"), as he is the only one who can defeat him apart from Aang. Iroh refuses saying that even if he does defeat Ozai, and he is not sure that he could, history would see it as more senseless violence. Only the Avatar can honorably defeat the Fire Lord. When Zuko asks if he will take the throne and become Fire Lord after the war, Iroh says that the Fire Nation must have a new, young leader of unquestionable honor: Zuko. While Zuko at first questions whether he has unquestionable honor after he made so many mistakes, Iroh tells him that it is how he has struggled to redeem himself that truly makes him worthy. He tells Zuko to return to the Fire Nation and fight against Azula for its fate. [17]

Agni KaiEdit
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Zuko journeys with Katara and Appa to the Fire Nation Capital to take the throne from his sister. They arrive during Azula's coronation. She challenges Zuko to an Agni Kai for the right to become Fire Lord. He accepts the challenge despite Katara's warnings, noticing something is wrong with Azula. Empowered by Sozin's Comet, Zuko and Azula battle in a dazzling display of Firebending which destroys much of the Capital. As Zuko slowly starts to gain the upper hand he taunts Azula about being afraid to use lightning, for he can redirect it.

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Goaded, Azula prepares to use lightning on Zuko until she notices Katara. Azula shoots lightning toward Katara but Zuko jumps in its way to protect her at the last second. He manages to redirect the brunt of the lightning, but he fails to redirect all of it and falls to the ground, badly injured. Katara attempts to heal him, but Azula attacks her and drives her back between the pillars. When Azula is about to kill her, Katara freezes them both into a mass of water, and ties Azula to a drain. Katara then rushes back to Zuko and heals him. Zuko thanks Katara, but Katara says she is the one who should be thanking him. They both get up and look at Azula, who now is breathing fire as she cries uncontrollably. Realizing the extent of Azula's madness, Zuko and Katara look upon the defeated princess with a mixture of shock and sadness. [18]

Fire Lord ZukoEdit

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After his battle with Azula, Zuko renews his relationship with Mai, who had been released from prison by her uncle. He is soon crowned Fire Lord. During his coronation, he promises that he and Aang will help him rebuild the world, and that he will redeem the Fire Nation.

Shortly after this, he visits his father in prison. While Ozai sarcastically tells him he feels lucky to be visited by the new Fire Lord, Zuko tells him he is lucky the Avatar spared his life. He also tells him that maybe time in prison will set Ozai on the right path, just as his banishment set him on the right path. When Ozai asks him why he is here, Zuko demands to know where Ursa is. The scene ends with no answer to the question.

The final scene shows the entire group, composed of Aang, Sokka, Katara, Toph, Suki, Zuko, Mai and Iroh in the Jasmine Dragon tea shop. Zuko serves tea to the group while his uncle plays the Tsungi Horn, and criticizes Sokka's painting of the group, saying his hair is too spiky, making him look like a boar-q-pine. He laughs at Toph's joke about the painting looking perfect to her. [19]

PersonalityEdit

While initially the series' main antagonist, over time Zuko's development has shown him to be more of a bitter and complex young man than a truly evil character; he is far closer to an anti-hero than a true villain. Zuko wanted, more than anything, to have his place as heir to the Fire Nation throne and his father's love. Zuko believed, or has perhaps forced himself to believe, that capturing the Avatar will make these wishes come true, which made him one of Aang's most determined enemies. This determination stands in contrast with other pursuers such as Zhao or Azula who are motivated mostly by cruelty.

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Zuko believes that a person becomes strong by having to struggle and fight for what they want. He has said that he does not want to have good luck, because he feels he can control his own fate. He also believes that he is marked unlucky and that the world is against him. Zuko's reaction to this perception of the world always being set against him is defiance in the form of an iron will and inflexible determination. Zuko is clever yet hot-headed, often letting his temper get the best of him. He rarely thinks his situations through, causing him to get in trouble numerous times, such as when he captured Aang at the North Pole and could only walk into a blizzard afterwards, or when he took the Sun Stone off its pedestal in the Sun Warriors' temple and fell into a trap. These traits are criticized by his uncle Iroh, and he appears to be trying to get more control of himself and think things through more towards the end of season three.

Zuko has numerous contradictory traits, beliefs, and behaviors. For example, he is domineering and controlling, a result of being raised as Fire Nation royalty, and disdains working with people that he believes are inferior to him. Despite this, he adamantly refuses to view people as expendable. It was Zuko's belief that it is wrong to sacrifice able-bodied and willing troops as a diversionary tactic which led to his exile when he voiced his opinion and angered his father. During his banishment, Zuko displayed much zeal in pursuing the Avatar, using whatever means he thought necessary to gain the upper hand. Although he has said that the capture of the Avatar is a greater concern to him than the safety of his crew or even himself, he shows compassion to those close to him, choosing to rescue Iroh when he was captured, rather than pursue Aang, and also risked his own life in order to save a member of his crew during a fierce storm. Towards the end of the storm, the crew spots Aang, but rather than chase the Avatar, Zuko orders the ship and crew to safety.

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Because the prospect of returning home and being forgiven was Zuko's sole motivation, he is marked by abject despair at having lost his chance early in the second book. He finds himself in perhaps the most dire situation possible--being hunted by his sister, the ruthless and relentless Azula, while attempting to survive as a penniless fugitive in the Earth Kingdom. Zuko has nothing, something he cannot seem to accept. At first, Zuko lashes out and turns to robbery, even stealing from those who have been kind to him. After some time, however, partially in thanks to a talk from Iroh, Zuko gains a more reasonable outlook. Although theft is still necessary from time to time, he refuses to steal from already needy people, or people who have shown him kindness. He also defended an Earth Kingdom village against a group of thugs who terrorized its people after having been appointed to protect them. Zuko begins becoming more patient, kind, precise, and calculating; traits necessary to evade Azula's pursuit while staying incognito from local authorities. During "Lake Laogai", he even sets Aang's pet bison and primary mode of transportation, Appa, free from Dai Li captivity at Iroh's suggestion.

These traits would become dominant after Zuko's fever dreams and hallucinations in "The Earth King", as afterwards he displayed a more optimistic attitude towards life and the world. However, Azula successfully tapped into and manipulated Zuko's desire for the love and approval of his father, and convinced him to betray Iroh and become her ally in "The Crossroads of Destiny". Although Zuko continued to insist that he had truly changed, he afterwards seems conflicted about his choices, and is uncomfortable with his betrayal of Iroh, who is a father figure to him.

After his return to the Fire Nation, Zuko thinks he has everything he ever wanted: a position of honor, respect, and his father's love. However, he still feels angry and confused. He feels that his triumph is nothing like he imagined. In The Beach, Zuko's temper goes out of control; he becomes suspicious of Mai, and gets into fights with several people. Later, he states that he is angry with himself, saying he doesn't know right from wrong. In "The Avatar and the Fire Lord", Zuko receives a letter, telling him that his great-grandfather's death would reveal his destiny. Zuko finds Sozin's last testament, and learns of his secret history with Avatar Roku. He comes to his uncle, demanding to know the meaning of the message. Iroh tells him that Avatar Roku is his mother's grandfather, and that Zuko's inner conflict is due to the good and evil natures that he inherited from Roku and Sozin respectively. Iroh then gives Zuko an ancient crown, worn only by the crowned prince of the Fire Nation.

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In "Nightmares and Daydreams" he became upset when he wasn't informed of a war meeting in which his sister was invited, and shown happiness when a servant later came and asked Zuko to head to the war room, as Ozai would not start the meeting without him. Much later, he told Mai that he found himself unhappy, even when his father treated him as the perfect son. He says that during the meeting, he had acted the perfect prince, the son his father always wanted, but he was not being himself.

During the events of Day of Black Sun, Zuko comes to realize that he must restore peace to the world by joining the Avatar and fighting the tyranny of his nation. He discards his previous beliefs in the Fire Nation's greatness and swears to his father that he will be defeated. He then attempts to free his uncle from prison, but when Iroh escapes himself, Zuko follows Aang and the others as they flee to the Western Air Temple.

While at the Western Air Temple, Zuko shows a complete change in personality. After a flashback of his banishment, he is shown being regretful about his former disrespect and ruthlessness. He even, for the first time, begins to show a comical side to his personality. This is shown when he practices a speech to say to the Avatar to a frog. After questioning what Iroh and Azula would do in his situation, he tries to impersonate them. He later admits his wrongdoings to Team Avatar, and apologizes for the things he did to them.

Rather than trying to capture the Avatar for the Fire Nation's benefit, Zuko attempts to join him to end his nation's tyranny. While he used to attack Aang whenever they met, he instead defends him from the assassin that he hired to kill the Avatar. He has also come to realize that his father could never restore to him his honor, and that he has to restore it himself. Zuko is even very happy when the Avatar finally accepts him as his Firebending teacher and group member. Though Zuko still has some issues to work through, he is far more composed and receptive. Since coming to terms with his own true feelings he has become a much more laid-back and empathic person. After joining the group he smiles a lot more than usual, even when jokes are made at his expense, and during the Series Finale, he seems to be very happy as the Fire Lord as he has a break in his uncle's tea shop.

AbilitiesEdit

FirebendingEdit

Throughout the series, Zuko has shown himself to be a highly skilled Firebender, and his skill has grown as the series has progressed.

As a child he could only create small bursts of flame, but by the time he was thirteen he was confident enough in his abilities to readily accept a challenge of Agni Kai, (he refused to fight, however, when he found out his challenger was his father).

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At the beginning of the series he is still learning the basics from Iroh, and is skilled enough to momentarily knock Aang off his ship, and is only defeated when Aang goes into the Avatar State. By episode 3, he utilizes what he has been taught to defeat Zhao, who is older, more experienced and a master Firebender. Throughout Book One, he demonstrates his skill many times; he defeats multiple foes both in "The Warriors of Kyoshi" and in "Winter Solstice Part 1: The Spirit World". Later on in Book One, Zuko's skill grows. During "Bato of the Water Tribe" he fares well in a duel against Aang, being able to deliver multiple fire blasts for a sustained period without tiring, and is only defeated when he is paralyzed by June's confused Shirshu. In "The Waterbending Master", he creates a shield of fire in order to protect himself from a massive explosion on his ship. During the Book One finale he fights Katara while the moon is full . Zuko not only hold his own against her, but at one point briefly gains the upper hand until the sunrise, when he easily defeats her with one fire-blast . He also lands a decisive victory in a rematch against Zhao.

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During the course of Book 2, Zuko's Firebending becomes much more advanced and powerful. In "The Avatar State", he is unable to land any blows against Azula, and is defeated rather easily. He fares somewhat better during "The Chase"; in a three-way battle with Azula and Aang, he trades several fire blasts with his sister and keeps the Avatar on the defensive. As Book Two progresses, he learns more advanced Firebending techniques from Iroh. He becomes more efficient and refined as a result of this. During a battle with the Rough Rhinos, he sends a small bolt of fire through Vachir's bow, breaking the string. He also demonstrates the ability to fire multiple small blasts through two fingers, rather than his whole fist, during "Tales of Ba Sing Se". During the Season Two finale, he demonstrates how far his prowess has grown. His fire blasts have become more powerful, and he is shown charging his attacks before releasing them, creating enormous blasts of fire. He also demonstrates the ability to create two long whips of fire. He is able to battle evenly with Aang, even though Aang had been skillfully using both Airbending and Earthbending. Later, after switching opponents with Azula, he battles evenly with Katara, who had long since been declared a Master.

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Little was seen of Zuko's Firebending in the first half of book 3; however, Zuko is confident enough in his abilities that he offers to teach Aang. In "The Western Air Temple" he utilizes a wall of flame to stop a combustion attack, and is capable of dodging many of Toph's rocks which she hurls at him. Later, in "The Firebending Masters", Zuko temporarily loses his ability to Firebend due to his corresponding lack of rage, which had formerly been the source of his power while he was pursuing the Avatar. However, after viewing the multi-colored flames of the two dragons, he finds a new source of power in reverence for fire's power as a source of life and energy. He also learns "The Dancing Dragon", an ancient Firebending form that he performs alongside Aang. Learning this form appears to have influenced his style of Firebending to be more fluid, creating a more dance-like form as opposed to the rigid, militaristic forms commonly used by Fire Nation soldiers. His difference in style and skill is demonstrated in the conclusion of "The Boiling Rock, Part 2", where he briefly battles against Azula alongside Sokka. During the fight, he deflects many of Azula's fire-blasts with only his arms or his own fire, and trades fire balls with her. In "The Southern Raiders", Zuko faced Azula again and dueled her, apparently evenly, for several minutes. He fires several large, powerful fire blasts, and deflects many of her attacks. In "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King" Zuko attacked Aang with powerful fire blasts, in order to make him fight back. When he chased him into a house, Zuko created several lashes of fire, used them to envelop his surroundings, then augmented the fire to take the shape of the hallway Aang was running through. With the power of Sozin's comet, Zuko's Firebending was tremendously enhanced. During "Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into The Inferno" he fought Azula one final time in an Agni Kai, unleashing extremely powerful sheets of flame. This time Zuko held the upper hand, exchanging and blocking attacks with Azula without visible strain while Azula was pushed towards exhaustion, although it is unclear how much of this was due to Azula's mental instability at the time. He displayed several incredibly powerful techniques. He was able to block an enormous stream of fire with a short fire-blast, which spread to take the shape of a wall and split apart the stream. He unleashed an enormous charged-blast, which Azula was unable to block, forcing her to dodge. He propelled himself into the air, charged his fire, then sent down a fire attack as he came down. His final attack consisted of a fire tornado that he created with his feet while spinning which knocked Azula off her feet.

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In "Zuko Alone", he used his Firebending in conjunction with his broadswords. He has also demonstrated use of Fire Daggers and limited use of Breath of Fire.

During his training with Iroh he attempted to learn how to create lightning. However, because of his inner turmoil, he was unable to achieve the required peace of mind, and his attempts to produce lightning would only explode in his face. Instead, Iroh taught him how to absorb and redirect lightning. He later employed this technique against his father during Day of Black Sun and against Azula to protect Katara in Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into The Inferno. In the latter engagement Zuko redirected the blast despite not being in the proper stance as he had jumped into the lightning's path, but failed to redirect all of the lightning. Though Zuko seems to have overcome his inner turmoil, he was not shown creating lightning for the remainder of the series.

Other SkillsEdit

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In addition to his Firebending, Zuko is a master of his dual Dao blades, a skill he picked up during his years at sea. He would use his Dao swords whenever he was in his Blue Spirit disguise, unable to Firebend, or when he needed to fight but also needed to conceal his Firebending. During "The Blue Spirit", he was able to defeat multiple foes using only his swords. He also dueled evenly with Jet and his dual hook swords in "City of Walls and Secrets", until the fight was broken up by the Dai Li and Jet was arrested. During "Zuko Alone" Zuko defeated several Earth Kingdom soldiers with his Dao swords and minimum effort, only resorting to Firebending when faced with a powerful Earthbender; even then he was able to hold off the Earthbender's attacks for several moments with only his blades. His skill was such that his father, Fire Lord Ozai, opted not to face against him during an eclipse, while neither of them could Firebend.

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Zuko is physically very strong, fast and agile. He is capable of great physical feats, such as running across walls, and climbing very quickly. He is apparently skilled in unarmed combat, able to break apart oncoming spears with his hands and legs, and disarm, subdue or defeat opponents. As shown in "The Blue Spirit", "The Siege of the North, Part 1", "Lake Laogai" "The Avatar and the Fire Lord" and "The Southern Raiders", Zuko is skilled at infiltration, and can sneak into heavily-defended fortresses. He is also skilled at stealth, and can conceal himself effectively for long periods of time. All of these skills would serve him while he was disguised as the Blue Spirit. Zuko was also a skilled tracker, able to track the airborne Avatar all across the world.

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While not as naturally adept at strategy and academics as his sister, Zuko is quite intelligent. Throughout the series, he has demonstrated himself to be a skilled strategist, able to exploit any situation to his advantage. In "Winter Solstice Part 2: Avatar Roku", Zuko used his ship's damages as a smokescreen to conceal his movements from Zhao. He was also able to form alliances with people with special skills, such as June, and use them to his advantage. However, he had a hot-headed nature that caused him to not always think his actions through. For example, he could exploit advantages in the Northern Water Tribe, and get into the Spirit Oasis to capture Aang, but he didn't figure a way back out which caused him to almost freeze to death. Zuko began to think things out more towards the end of the series, and he started to plan things out and think ahead to solve problems more often. When he and Aang needed to get in a specific room in the Sun Warrior ruins, Zuko was able to outsmart the Celestial Calendar, as it would only allow the room to open during a solstice. This intelligence may come to serve him as he rules the Fire Nation.

NameEdit

In "The Desert", considered a traitor, Zuko's name was listed on a Fire Nation wanted poster as "祖寇" (zǔ kòu), which translate as 'ancestors robber". Later, in "The Tales of Ba Sing Se", his name is written as "蘇科" (sū kè) on his segment's title card, which translates as 'resurrected rule.' In "The Avatar and the Fire Lord", the word Sū is also used for his great grandfather Sozin's name on the boxes which held the diary scrolls. 'Fire Lord Sozin' is written as 烈火君蘇進 (liè huǒ jūn sū jìn). Sozin or Sū Jìn translates as 'resurrection enters'.

While living in the Earth Kingdom In Book 2, Zuko goes by the name 'Lee'.

Azula often refers to him as "Zu-Zu"

RelationshipsEdit

RelativesEdit

See Fire Nation Royal Family Tree

  • Ursa (mother)
  • Ozai (father)
  • Azula (younger sister)
  • Iroh (uncle)
  • Lu Ten (cousin)
  • Azulon (paternal grandfather)
  • Ilah (paternal grandmother)
  • Roku (maternal great grandfather)
  • Ta Min (maternal great grandmother)
  • Sozin (paternal great grandfather)
  • Aang (spiritually due to being Roku's reincarnation)

TriviaEdit

  • By the end of the series, Zuko does not say Toph, Momo, or Suki's names out loud. He says Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Appa's names.

FootnotesEdit

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