It was so cool how at the end of Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008) Zuko and Katara kissed and got married and never had a fight again and Aang kept being their friend and they all lived happily ever after. Yep. What a great ending.
Honestly, Katara and Zuko could’ve gotten together if Aang died in The Crossroads of Destiny. Who needs dumb spirit water deus ex machina, anyway? It is a poor plot device, just like the rock that suddenly, magically made Aang into the Avatar. If Aang died, we would have the arc where Zuko fully gets to realize his love for Katara. Katara will learn to reciprocate and deal with the loss of her friend who was like a little brother to her.
It would be healthy and advance the plot in so many good ways. Aang was abusive to Katara, and she needs to move on from the mindset he forced onto her. Aang always goes into the Avatar state without considering how he would affect/hurt Katara. He tries to force her to go to the Northern Water Tribe with him. He is always pushing his ideas onto her whenever he can. Not to mention the Southern Raiders, where he keeps shoving his dumb ideology down her throat. Aang pressures the shit out of Katara, and she is constantly being manipulated by him.
After Aang dies, Zuko will go join the Gaang (except Aang is dead so now it will be the Zukrew). He will support them through the time where everyone is mourning, thus proving his loyalty to their cause against his own father. Zuko’s plot has always been much more compelling, and in a perfect world, his redemption arc will end with him killing his father. In the end, Zuko will Agni Kai with Azula, and while Katara defeats her, and Zuko and Katara kiss, then Zuko will run off and go to fight his father as it is his destiny.
While fighting Ozai, Zuko will be thrown onto the rock and his eye scar will hit the rock, and Zuko will become the Avatar. And Defeat Ozai. It is the redemption he deserved, and Aaron Ehasz planned it out from the beginning. And we the audience would get our lovely Zutara make out at the end and Katara will say, “I love you. I always have because you are NOT an abusive, midget twelve year old who is bald.” And Zuko will say, “I know baby”
And then the credits roll as they passionately kiss a lot.
So I was reading this post earlier about how they showed Hama do something as graphic as blood bend, control people bodies and brutally kill rats during the show and kids should be fine with that, but kids wouldn't be fine with Zuko and Katara kissing and be together lol, the person that posted that has a really good point. And this doesn't make sense how they can show something as graphic as that on a kids show but not have two certain characters be together, because kids will be upset...
Zuko and Katara might have shared some sparks, but sometimes there are people along your “journey of love” who are there to teach you about yourself and what you really need, but don’t necessarily end up being your partner. Come on, kids! “Zutara” never would have lasted! It was just dark and intriguing.
Both Nickelodeon and Bryke were opposed to Zutara. Nickelodeon probably just thought kids would be sad if the hero didn’t get the girl. Bryke themselves are the ones who view it as dark, and deliberately wanted to make it seem toxic.
I know it’s kind of a joke how Katara likes bad boys. But I hated how Bryke seem to view Zuko as a “bad boy”. If anyone was a bad boy it was Jet. And for all of their similarities, they are very different. Jet was a bad boy, not because he was really a bad person, but he was a confident suave, cool, charismatic guy with an edginess to him. He could manipulate a girl who liked him and used her for his own ends.
Zuko doesn’t have a manipulative bone in his body. He is so sincere and honest by nature and that he constantly is manipulated by his younger sister. He is not confident around girls, he’s not a smooth-talker, and he isn’t assertive. He’s like a reverse bad boy and that’s why I liked him. He was born and raised to be a “bad guy” but he’s very, very bad at it because he’s too good. He has to try very hard to keep up the role, but it’s not really him.
Wow. Haven’t drawn Zutara in FOREVER. Y'all can thank Doongie for this
(even though he asked about it months ago haha). I just got inspiration
this afternoon and I only spent about 15-20 minutes on this so merp.
Wasn’t willing to work on it anymore. I doubt I’ll submit any more. This
was fun though. If they look weird, please forgive me, I haven’t drawn
these two in years.
There are ships that don’t end up being canon and you’re like ‘ah well that’s too bad, could’ve been something special’ then there’s ships THAT YOU KNOW WERE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER AND HAD A RELATIONSHIP LIKE NO ONE ELSE EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE NEVER EVEN TOGETHER BUT THE STUPID WRITERS Or PRODUCERS DID A DUMB BORING PREDICTABLE AND ONE-SIDED SHIP INSTEAD BECAUSE THEY’RE STUPID MALES WHO WANTED “THE HERO TO GET THE GIRL” SO THEY COULD SELF INSERT THEMSELVES INTO THAT CHARACTER AND FEEL LIKE THEY GOT THE GIRL EVEN THOUGH THE HERO WAS TWELVE YEARS OLD AND DID NOT HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF EMOTIONAL MATURITY AS THE GIRL AND DIDN’T RESPECT HER FEELINGS, BUT YOU KNOW, WHATEVER, BECAUSE THE HERO ALWAYS HAS TO GET THE GIRL AND IT’S BEEN EIGHT YEARS BUT IT STILL RIPS MY INSIDES APART AND MAKES ME WANT TO CLAW MY EYES OUT AND I’LL STILL BE IN THIS PLACE IN ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS AND I’M GOING TO BE BITTER FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND I’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO TRULY DIE HAPPY BECAUSE THIS IS ALWAYS GOING TO TORMENT ME.
"I dare you to kiss me!” ~ Zutara high school prompt
Katara laughed under her breath as Zuko spoke, her best friend leaning against her chest. He was bubbly and drunk, face blushing as the colored lights from the other room peaked into the bathroom they were sitting in, illuminating his skin. Katara’s lighter flickered brightly when she brought her pipe up to her lips, closing her eyes and inhaling slowly. Zuko’s hand wrapped around her waist as smoke danced in the air gracefully, filling the space between them.
“I’m serious,” he slurred in her ear, lips brushing against her cheek. “I double-dog dare you.”
Katara giggled, shaking her head. A smirk appeared on her mouth when she pressed her forehead to his. “You’re drunk.” Katara stated before taking a deep breath, bumping her nose into Zuko’s. “You don’t really want me to kiss you.”
“I do,” Zuko insisted, moving his hand up her waist, meeting her arm with his fingers and tracing up her skin to her neck. “I- I thought today, in, uh, calculus. You were so pretty with your hair in those braids.”
Katara’s cheeks burned, she felt like she was floating in more ways than one. Her stomach flipped, butterflies swarming from her abdomen to her ribs, fluttering along with her pounding heart. Katara let the pipe fall onto the rug by the bathtub, bringing her hand up to Zuko’s chin. She grabbed his jaw and shook his head, her eyes blinking rapidly. “My hairs not in those braids anymore.”
“You’re still pretty.” Zuko mumbled. “Kiss me.”
Katara moved in closer, if that was possible, her lips barely touching his, bringing bumps to her skin and a shiver up her spine. Katara pressed into him, it was bitter and sweet, he was intoxicating. She was drunk off his eyes and high off his touch, and she melted into him. Emotion filled her aching body, burning her insides as he kissed her back like a powerful storm. He tasted like pineapple Bacardi and cigarette smoke, and it felt like Katara never craved anything more than this moment, him.
Zuko pulled away first, slowly, his blazing eyes met hers. Katara glowed, smiling gently as her teeth slid across her bottom lip. Zuko kissed her jaw and down to her neck, humming along to the beats of the hazy music in that background that vibrated the wall and the atmosphere around them.
“I kissed you.” Katara said, raising an eyebrow as Zuko raised his head back to face her. Zuko let out a chuckle, running his fingers through her hair before pulling out his pack of Marlboro’s, sliding one out and putting it between her lips.