Zuko's character arc and face-heel turn is the Golden Standard to which all villain redemption stories should be held to.
oh my god I could go on for hours about this and what good storytelling it is. I have never in my life loved a villain so unflinchingly and completely,normally even if I sympathize I’m still thinking “buddy, you’re fucked up” but they wrote in Uncle Iroh to humanize him, and y’all know what Iroh trash I am. If a character like that loves him and looks after him, there has to be more to him. And then showing his upbringing and how he’d been taught to think a certain way, and then how goddamn hard it was to break out of that and see the world differently? Fucking fantastic. And then I go tall the awkward Team Avatar adventures I’d ever wanted, since the very beginning, like I’m not kidding, I spent the entire time thinking what a shame it was that they were fighting, they should team up and save the world together and then I GOT IT. And season 3 pulled it off to perfection.
And just. It was never easy for him. But it was WORTH IT. It was important. And he was strong enough to do it! And my poor broken baby was whole again and made new and asdfljsdafkl auuugh I love this show so much I think I’m gonna go watch it again
Hello, Zuko here. But I guess you probably already know me. Sort of. Uh, so! The thing is, I have a lot of firebending experience, and I’m considered to be pretty good at it. Well, you’ve seen me. You know, when I was attacking you? Uh, yeah, I guess I should apologise for that. But anyway, I’m good now. I mean, I thought I was good before, but now I realise I was bad. Uh, anyway, I think it’s time I joined your group and taught the Avatar firebending.