Whenever I look back on the early episodes of Avatar: the Last Airbender, I realize that Iroh was probably acting a little ridiculous on purpose. He knows that Zuko still has fresh emotional wounds from his cruel, uncompromising father and sadistic sister, and the one source of softness and warmth in his life, his mother, is long gone. Iroh always tried to be a friend to Zuko, but now that his nephew has been scarred and banished, he tries to be goofy and funny and carefree so desperately hard because all he wants is for Zuko to smile and relax again. If making a fool out of himself is what he has to do, he’d do it a hundred times over.
“I look forward to winning back Republic City. Together.”
I’ve always loved the idea of Korra joining the United Forces as General Iroh’s Lieutenant, since one of her main duties as the Avatar is maintaining the peace of the United Republic. I think General Iroh and Korra would have become best friends and powerful battle buddies. Korra would do her best to bring peace to the world while General Iroh would use his military rank and political ties as Prince of the Fire Nation to support her as much as he can, and I believe she would have appreciated his help very much since she already does in canon.
This was drawn for the prompt, “Together”, of Irorra Week which starts December 29th of 2013 - January 4th of 2014. The prompts are now out for those who have been waiting.