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Zuko being unnecessarily violent. 

Note that Iroh stops Zuko when he can. Interestingly, in the example from “The Beach,” it’s not until Zuko pushes Ruon-Jian into the vase that Mai finally puts an end to things. This is likely due to Iroh having more experience dealing with Zuko’s temper. 

Furthermore, while Iroh gets Zuko to stop, it’s only Mai that explains to Zuko what problematic behaviors he is displaying:

Mai: Your temper is out of control. You blow up over every little thing. You’re so impatient and hotheaded and angry!

However, I should probably note that, while Zuko’s temperament is reduced by the time of the comics, this behavioral change is due more to the context of the events in the show v the comics, rather than Mai’s verbal reprimands and Iroh’s physical intervention. 

anonymous asked:

One of the biggest things about Book 4 that has me upset is that Aang never got to be reunited with his people. I have a feeling some viewers might have been weirded out by having surviving airbenders after the established story, but like you I also doubted how every single one could have died during the attack no matter how powerful the Fire Nation was. Just knowing there was a chance of that happening which was taken away...

That upset me, too. Such an awesome opportunity for storytelling and character development. Wasted. And I have no problem whatsoever believing that a number of Air Nomads survived. It’s quite realistic, actually. And even The Southern Air Temple seemed to be foreshadowing this.

Katara: Aang, before we get to the temple, I want to talk to you about the airbenders.

Aang:  What about ‘em?

Katara:  Well, I just want you to be prepared for what you might see. The Fire Nation is ruthless. They killed my mother, and they could have done the same to your people.

Aang: Just because no one has seen an airbender, doesn’t mean the Fire Nation killed them all. They probably escaped!

Katara: I know it’s hard to accept.

The Northern Air Temple feels like it has a symbolic meaning, too. Teo and his group were seeking shelter from the Fire Nation in the Air Temple. In Book 4, the Air Nomads were seeking shelter in the Fire Nation. It’s kind of interesting.

In The Western Air Temple, Zuko finally joined Team Avatar to teach Aang firebending. I think this was also symbolically significant. He also was there with his uncle looking for the Avatar when he first got banished. It’s like fate.

And of course, the Eastern Air Temple is the only Air Temple that didn’t get an episode dedicated to it. Perhaps an episode entitled The Eastern Air Temple was planned to happen in Book 4. That seems to be the most likely scenario. Aang may have gotten to find out about the surviving airbenders living in the Fire Nation at this temple, and it completes the symbolism.

I also wanted to see the world brought back into balance. Roku and Sozin’s broken friendship threw the world out of balance. Sozin started the war and the genocide by burning down the Air Temples and killing the airbenders.

Aang and Zuko’s friendship could have done just the opposite and they could have restored the Air Nomad culture together. Fire cannot exist without Air! This would have been really good storytelling and symbolism. But why do something like that when you can just have The Promise? I mean, Aang agreeing to kill Zuko is SO much more satisfying storytelling, am I right?

                                                         DNA

I won’t be, no I won’t be like you. Fighting back, I’m fighting back the truth. Eyes like yours can’t look away. But you can’t stop DNA.                                                                                                                                              No, you can’t stop DNA

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Plopping her daughter back onto the reclined doctor’s chair, Katara twisted Kya’s arm around, making sure the cast was rightly fitted. “Oh man, Kya, you were such a big girl for Dr. Mila today. You’ve got a big girl cast and everything!”

Kya’s bottom lip pouted, but only just a moment before her eyes grew alight. “Oh my gosh, mommy, can we go show daddy?” she exclaimed, showing off her bright blue casted arm. “Oh, we have to show him now!”

Katara laughed, shaking her her head. Only her daughter would be ezcited to get a cast. “Yes, honey, we can go show daddy,” she agreed. “He’s going to be so proud of you! You handled it all like a champ.” She lifted her daughter out of the chair, then, and set her feet back upon the ground and as they walked out of the hospital, she spoke again.

“Maybe we can surprise daddy at work, huh? We can stop and get some ice cream and take some to daddy.” Kya shook her head yes, and allowed her mother to buckle her into her booster seat. 

After they stopped at their favorite ice-cream shop, Katara pulled out onto the not so busy streets. She had thought about taking Kya back to her daycare, but in the end, decided to let her have the day off. She would rather spend the rest of her day with her father during his lunch time than be stuck doing worksheets all afternoon.

Kya’s excitement picked up as Katara pulled into the high-schools parking lot, knowing that her father worked there and was going to get to see him. But, something was different, today, as Katara pulled into the parking lot. 

Cop cars and what looked to be news reporters surrounded the school’s entrance, and she felt her heart beat pick up. Had something happened inside the school? Was there a shooting? Was anyone hurt? A million and one things popped into her mind, but one of those things was not to see her husband being led out of the doors in handcuffs.

Throwing the car into park, she turned to her daughter, who stared out the window with big eyes. “Kya, honey, I’m going to leave you right here, okay? I’ll be right back. I won’t go out of your sight, just promise to stay in the car. Can you do that for me?”

“But, mommy — where are they taking daddy?” Kya asked, and the only thing she could offer her daughter was a promise to go see.

 “Zuko?” Katara called, practically slamming the car door before running over to where they were taking him. But, his head turned, suddenly, and she could see the fear in his eyes and the anger in the officer’s. “Um — excuse me — what’s going on?”

“Miss, I’m going to have to ask you to please step back.”

“Where are you taking him? What’s going on?” she pressed, and her husband’s eyes pleaded with her own before he was begging him to call their lawyer.

4

Hello. Zuko here!

Finally got around to trying Zuko’s scar, and at that rate, any type of FX makeup!
I think I’ll post a couple pics and a little tutorial for that one.

Makeup here was easy.
Still had my gold contacts in from doing Zevran’s makeup.
Added a tiny bit more eyeliner.
Blackened and thickened my eyebrow.
Done.
The only time consuming part was the scar and that took ten minutes max!

avatarsymbolismsblogs  asked:

au + 5 headcanons: modern au where Zuko is a dog person and mai is a cat person

I am too lazy to come up with a new AU for this. This is going in the “I’m an engine” AU.

1. After high school, Mai moves in with Zuko, whose previous roommate bailed on him.  Zuko wasn’t too upset, because said roommate freaked him out, and was possibly a terrorist, but he didn’t have any idea how he was going to make rent until Mai showed up with a student ID and a living allowance from her parents.  The apartment has a bathroom with a shower, a kitchen/living room, and one bedroom.  Zuko had been sleeping on the couch when Jet lived there, but Mai told him to take the room, because that way she could shut the door and keep his mess contained.  She sleeps on a pullout couch.

When they clean out the bedroom, they don’t find anything that proves Jet’s a terrorist, but they do find out that he doodled the anarchy symbol on everything.  There goes the security deposit.

2. Mai misses her girlfriend, who she doesn’t get to visit as often now that she’s taking college classes and living an hour and a half away, so she gets a cat.  More specifically, she finds a little black kitten crying in a storm drain with big blue eyes that remind her of Katara.  Zuko comes home from work to find Mai setting up the litter box, and the kitten sitting on the kitchen counter blinking at him.  His voice goes very high pitched as he tries to explain that this is a disaster, and his landlord doesn’t allow pets, and that thing probably has rabies, and anyway, he doesn’t like cats, and it’s probably a demon hellspawn creature anyway.  The cat does not have rabies, and Mai already took him to the vet for his shots and a checkup this morning, also she skipped her afternoon classes to buy stuff for him, and he’s hers now, and Zuko just has to deal.

The name “Demon” sticks though, and every time he lives up to the name and Zuko complains, she tells him it’s his fault for naming him that.

3. After throwing a fit about Mai’s new cat, less than a month later, he shows up with a scrawny sickly dog he saw tied up in someone’s yard on the way home from work, and yes, he did break in and kidnap her, Mai don’t lecture him, it ‘s snowing, I couldn’t leave her like that, don’t smirk like that, let’s get her inside before someone sees.  She has fleas.  Zuko drags her into the shower while Mai runs to the pet store for flea shampoo.

Once they get her to the vet, they find out that 1) she’s a puppy, not a fully grown dog, and 2) she’s a purebred Akita, and she’s going to get a lot bigger.  Zuko doesn’t get to say anything about Demon ever again.

4. Zuko has a full time job at a grocery store, and another job waiting tables in the evenings, and he does not have time to take care of a puppy, and Mai’s trying to get through her degree in three years, and she doesn’t like dogs, and it’s all Zuko’s fault, and this is why she ends up with an enormous Akita puppy sprawled in her lap while she studies, and no, she isn’t crazy about her, no you didn’t see her just sneak Izzy a treat.  Didn’t happen.  Also, Zuko does not fall asleep curled up with Demon.  He doesn’t, he swears.

5. Zuko has been trying to negotiate with the Feds for witness protection ever since he moved out of his uncle’s, and he’s in a really nasty kind of limbo with them, where they keep just threatening to charge him if he doesn’t give them information, instead of offering him protection, and he’s like, “you literally have nothing on me,” so they threaten his uncle instead, and he reminds them that if they had anything on him, they would have charged him years ago, and round and around they go.  When Zuko finally does get a deal worked out, he leaves Mai a month’s worth of his half of the rent and a note tucked into one of her textbooks telling her what happened.

6. Mai refuses to admit she’s actually pretty devastated when he leaves with Izzy.  She moves into the bedroom, and no matter what she does, the sheets smell like her ex-boyfriend, and Azula keeps hounding her about what she knew, and so when Katara graduates from high school and gets accepted to a better school out of state, Mai takes her straight A’s and transfers with her.  Mai gets a scholarship and a job, and stops speaking to her parents.  They get a different apartment together, one where the landlord is fine with Demon, and where no one from Mai’s old life can find them.

I- I just can’t get over Zuko and his arc. Everything he did - everything - was out of this insane drive to prove everyone wrong, to prove that he was worth something, and it amazes me that he never realized just how valuable he already was. 

His sister tells him ‘You waste all your time playing with knives. You’re not even good!’ and he masters dual swords.

Originally posted by tim5555

His sister is a prodigy and he’s told he’ll never catch up. He learns from dragons. He trains the Avatar. He takes her down (with the help of a very skilled waterbender)

Originally posted by yipyipmotherfuckers

He’s left behind by his mother, cast out by his father, hunted by his sister, and Zuko still learns unconditional love. 

Originally posted by how-do-you-do-the-do

His father tells him he’s worthless and unloved, that he was ‘lucky to be born,’ and he becomes a man that the world is proud of. 

Originally posted by avatarwaterbender

Anything his family said to him, he managed to turn around and build on it. He thrived on it, exploded from it, turned all the negativity into a positive path and it’s just… it’s amazing.

There’s just no end to my love for this character. No fucking end. 

Bonus: The weak, banished prince has fangirls for all the ages. Take that, Ozai.

Originally posted by chatnoirs-baton

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts about Zuko/Katara "tree" scene in Waterbending Scroll? Some people bash it a lot and I don't understand why; Zuko was kinda delicate there, not like he was gonna torture Katara or anything. And I liked how he was trying to actually reason her. And it just HAD a shipping fuel put into it, Bryke can shut up.

Yeah, I can definitely see what you mean. I know the writers started toying with the idea of Zuko/Katara around mid-way through Book 1, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the tree scene was a little joke about their future. It certainly wasn’t a real romance scene, but it was just framed so…strangely. And Katara’s necklace does have a way of leading people to love. It helped Gampakku reunite with Gran Gran. And you’re right, he never does try to harm Sokka or Katara in Book 1. He wasn’t going to do anything to hurt her. That’s why he was using the necklace. Azula or Zhao would never have done that. I’m sure if that didn’t work he just would have pouted and stomped his foot, LOL.

I’m not quite sure about The Waterbending Scroll but I have no doubts that Bato of the Water Tribe was hinting at Zutara. It definitely was supposed to be an episode with a lot of references in hindsight. We’ve got Zuko being very sure Katara doesn’t fall off the Shirshu. I’m sure that was the animators’ way of making sure he’s nice to his future girlfriend. Just like how Iroh was all over June’s sexy ass.

There was also the scene where June is assuming that Katara is his girlfriend. I thought it was funny when June said she’s too pretty for him. That was pretty mean, but I think it was also a joke for the future. Zuko in Book 1 had an unflattering haircut, big bulky armor, and a permanent scowl. It contrasts his future change in style, where he softens up, changes clothes, and has pretty hair.

Then when Aang returns her necklace, she tells him to give Zuko a kiss for her. I think it was a joke meant to foreshadow the future, as well. Aang gets his hopes up by returning her necklace, but eventually he was supposed to “let her go”.

And of course, all of that was supposed to culminate in the scene where they meet June again. Only this time, Zuko and Katara really were supposed to have feelings for each other. So the “girlfriend” comment turned out to be true in a bizarre twist of fate!

Does anyone else remember that time Zuko went on a date with a girl because his uncle forced him too. And then she wanted to take him to her favorite spot. But then they got there and the lights weren’t lit to reflect in the water and she got pretty sad. So then even though he was supposed to be undercover and not using his bending, he told her to close her eyes and lit the lamps for her just so he could see her happy.
God Dammit he was a good character

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: did Zuko ever meet that little boy from "Zuko Alone" again? that little gap-toothed troublemaker who treated Zuko like a brother? i know they parted on such bad terms when Zuko revealed his identity, and i really don't blame him because at that time Zuko was still kind of an asshole, but did they ever see each other after the war? did the little boy hear about how Zuko disowned his father and joined the Avatar? did he learn that Zuko was the one to fight Azula in that fateful battle? did Zuko visit an earth kingdom town one one of his royal trips and recognize him years later? did the little boy apologize for rejecting him? or did maybe he go to the fire nation to see if Zuko remembered him? did Zuko beg forgiveness for the crimes of the fire nation? did they make up? did they hug it out? did the little boy's brother survive the war? did he introduce him to Zuko? did Zuko insist on giving him the pearl dagger he tried to give him before he left? did the little boy accept it this time? did
Voltron: Legendary Defender & Avatar: The Last Airbender - An Important Comparison

Lance & Sokka

- blue oni

- puns

- 90% drama

- wHAT IS GOING ON???

Keith & Zuko

- red oni

- angry

- needs to chill

- HONOUR

Shiro & Katara

- leader

- mom friend

- trademark hair

- beautiful

Pidge & Toph

- smol

- green

- sarcastic

- will fight you

Hunk & Suki

- pragmatic

- sensible

- trademark headband

- *long-suffering sigh*

Allura & Aang

- last of their people 

- frozen in time

- cinnamon roll

- tattoos

Coran & Appa

- the best friend

- luxurious facial hair

- comic relief

- transportation