You know, sometimes I think about the fact that Ozai banished Zuko to find the Avatar, and it confuses the fuck out of me, because like??? The Avatar has been missing for over a century?? NO ONE has been able to find him, not Ozai, not Azulan, not anybody. Nobody has seen him in ages, and nobody expects to see him again soon. It would be a near impossible task to find him, and I just didn’t get why Ozai would give such an important and difficult job to his thirteen-year-old son in order to regain his honor.

And I just realized.

Ozai wasn’t setting a challenging task for Zuko to accomplish and prove his worth. Ozai knew that asking his son to find the Avatar was an unreasonable request. He knew that it was out of the question.

He was just trying to get rid of Zuko.

The FN and Mental Illness

Actually the more I think about the more potential I think a story where Zuko is not Ursa and Ozai’s son has potential. Here’s why.

A lot of people are sympathetic to Azula and want her to get additional chances at a normal life. I’ve always thought Sozin,Azulan,Ozai, and Azula were all mentally ill and that mental illness ran in the family at least from Sozin on.

Historically a lot of empires, royal families, noble bloodlines, etc… were ultimately ruined by mental illness. Now they didn’t go into this in the show, but Azulan and Ozai both show a severe lackof empathy. Ozai in immediately requesting that he be made heir after Lu Tien (sp) died and Azulan in ordering him to kill his own son as punishment. In fact Azulan’s orders suggest socipathic personality.

This isn’t to say that people suffering from mental illness are automatically dangerous, most aren’t, but extremely powerful people who lack empathy and are narricstic are extremely dangerous.