What are your headcanons for Izumi and her kids?
You know what happened, Anon? I had a pretty decent response typed up last night and I decided to leave it there to finish up the next day. But when I woke up, I found out some family member ended up turning the computer off because there were some problems (turned out to be adware) and I lost all my progress! =_= From now on, I’m writing my responses on word and then copying and pasting them here.
Like her parents before her, Izumi is a caring and devoted mother who deeply loves her children. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I believe she’s INFJ—a personality type that is known for being wonderful parents.
At times, it seems as if she has a sixth sense when it comes to her children. It’s damn near impossible for them to hide anything negative from her because she’s always been able to find out. Growing up, she was the type of mother who let her children voice their thoughts and opinions. Whenever any of them were visibly upset as children, Izumi would sit them down, listen to what they were saying, and give them little nuggets of wisdom she inherited from her father and “grandpa” Iroh. In turn, she developed a deep understanding of their characteristics and mannerisms and thus, can read them like a book.
However, this doesn’t mean she’s overbearing by any means. There are obvious boundaries she will not cross and if the problem is something they can figure out of their own, she’ll give them the room to do so.
One of her biggest goals as a mother was to pass down a solid value system onto her children and raise them to be hardworking and respectful individuals with a sense of right and wrong. If either of them misbehaved she had no qualms punishing them. Trust me, Prince Wu wasn’t the only to experience that glare; the moment her children saw it they stopped whatever they were doing, sat down, and shut their mouths.
Even though Izumi got married in her early or mid-20s, she wanted to wait a few years before starting a family. But fast forward a few months later and she’s looking at baby catalogs and crouching over a toilet with morning sickness.
As a kid, Iroh II was one of the biggest Mama’s boys on the planet. The palace was probably covered with drawings Iroh made of him and his mother. Whenever he learned a new fire bending move or got a good grade in class, his first reaction was to run to his mother and tell her the news. Because of her caring and loving nature toward him, they had a strong bond that was difficult to break.
From the beginning, she recognized his love for adventure (which I went into more detail on my other account) and planned field trips and bought books filled with action and adventure in order to quench his thirst. His favorite series was probably the Avatar world’s version of Hamtaro, except with hamster kittens.
He always dreamed of joining the United Forces one day, but Izumi always thought it was something he would grow out of. When he’d talk about it as a kid, she always responded with, “That’s nice, honey. But what about becoming a lawyer or a businessman? That’s full of adventure!”
However, when it became obvious that her son was actually going to go through with it, she forbade him from joining. So they argued and argued and argued and argued to the point where it was impossible for them to be in a room together without wanting to rip each other’s heads off. Junior claimed it was his dream to travel the world and help people while Mom argued that his life would constantly be put in danger, he’d be away from his family for long periods of time, and there was a huge possibility that he’d be left with emotional and physical scars. Eventually, Izumi said, “enough’s enough” and decided to look into it with an open mind. Obviously, she preferred if he went into a non-combat field in the military but he still had his heart on being a warrior
Iroh enrolled in a military academy in Republic City, where he excelled in his studies and ended up graduating as valedictorian of his class. She realized there was no stopping him from fulfilling his dream so she decided to unconditionally support him from then on out.
Even as an adult, Iroh would proudly call himself a Mama’s boy. When his mother first let him join the United Forces, he originally saw it as a victory against her but as he matured, he began to realize just how much of a sacrifice she made. She didn’t give in to him because she was weak, but because she trusted in his abilities and was willing to put his happiness about her own. No matter how hard things became in his line of duty, she was always there for him and for that, he will forever be a Mama’s boy.
I actually have a name picked out for her, but since it’s probably wrong I’ll just call her “the Fire Princess” or just “Izumi’s daughter” for the sake of this post.
I’m probably the only one on Tumblr who believes this but:
1) I think Iroh II and the Fire Princess have the same father
2) They didn’t have another because they needed another heir in case Iroh II is KIA or something of that sort, but because they either wanted another child or it just happened
Personally, I don’t think it’s weird to have a large age gap between siblings. My parents had me and my brother 11 years apart for good reason and I know siblings who have even bigger gaps! Since Izumi was busy being the Fire Princess and Mr. Square Jaw probably had his own things, it makes sense for them to focus on one child at a time. Once their son was older and more independent, they’d have more time to focus on another member of the family and Viola– Izumi’s daughter was born!
I have many more headcanons about the Fire Princess, but since the fandom knows absolutely nothing about her, I think it’s better suited for its own post.
Thank you for the ask! It was an honor to have people interested in my opinion on the beautiful and flawless Fire Lord Izumi and I hope I still remain a source of entertainment for you guys. Feel free to ask me more question! :)