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23rd Aug '16 5:46:49 PM emmerys
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* ForcefulKiss: Aang gives two to Katara. The first one occurs in "The Day of the Black Sun", Aang steals a kiss from her before the invasion because he thinks he might not make it back (he later mistakes this kiss as something they mutually agreed to). The second occurs in "The Ember Island Players", when Aang is frustrated with Katara not wanting to be in a relationship with him and thinks that harassing her with another kiss will "change her mind". It doesn't.
23rd Aug '16 4:56:44 AM emmerys
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* ForcefulKiss: Gives two to Katara. The first one occurs in "The Day of the Black Sun", Aang steals a kiss from her before the invasion because he thinks he might not make it back (he later mistakes this kiss as something they mutually agreed to). The second occurs in "The Ember Island Players", when Aang is frustrated with Katara not wanting to be in a relationship with him and thinks that harassing her with another kiss will "change her mind". It doesn't.

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* ForcefulKiss: Gives Aang gives two to Katara. The first one occurs in "The Day of the Black Sun", Aang steals a kiss from her before the invasion because he thinks he might not make it back (he later mistakes this kiss as something they mutually agreed to). The second occurs in "The Ember Island Players", when Aang is frustrated with Katara not wanting to be in a relationship with him and thinks that harassing her with another kiss will "change her mind". It doesn't.
23rd Aug '16 4:53:47 AM emmerys
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* ForcefulKiss: Gives two to Katara. The first one occurs in "The Day of the Black Sun", Aang steals a kiss from her before the invasion because he thinks he might not make it back (he later mistakes this kiss as something they mutually agreed to). The second occurs in "The Ember Island Players", when Aang is frustrated with Katara not wanting to be in a relationship with him and thinks that harassing her with another kiss will "change her mind". It doesn't.
21st Aug '16 1:34:10 PM creader
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* AllLovingHero: {{Downplayed}}. While Katara is an ''extremely'' compassionate person, willing to help anyone in need, and is against Jet's ideology of "everyone in the Fire Nation should die attitude", she herself holds grudges longer than any of her friends, can be petty when significantly angered, and has come ''very'' close to the SheWhoFightsMonsters ideology.



* BadassTeacher: Katara becomes Aang's Waterbending teacher after season 1.



* BadassTeacher: Katara becomes Aang's Waterbending teacher after season 1.
20th Aug '16 8:28:20 AM BlackPrince1330
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* CockFight: With Hahn, Princess Yue's betrothed who she doesn't care for.

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* CockFight: With Hahn, Princess Yue's betrothed who whom she doesn't care for.
14th Aug '16 8:02:18 PM DustSnitch
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** WordOfGod says that Aang, Zuko and Katara are the three most imortant characters of the story. Zuko and Katara both share the role of deuteragonist (with Zuko being an antagonist at first) to Aang's role as protagonist. Zuko serves as the cynic and Katara as the optimist, to contrast with Aang the realist. Both Zuko and Katara also act as TeamDad and TeamMom respectively to the KidHero Aang and the rest of Team Avatar.

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** WordOfGod says that Aang, Zuko and Katara are the three most imortant important characters of the story. Zuko and Katara both share the role of deuteragonist (with Zuko being an antagonist at first) to Aang's role as protagonist. Zuko serves as the cynic and Katara as the optimist, to contrast with Aang the realist. Both Zuko and Katara also act as TeamDad and TeamMom respectively to the KidHero Aang and the rest of Team Avatar.



** In season three Sokka was solidified as [[TheLeader the field leader]] in addition to being the SmartGuy and PluckyComicRelief. Zuko joined as a proper {{Lancer}} to Aang's {{hero}}, and Toph and Katara retained their BigGuy and Chick roles, making for a FiveManBand. Suki joined as an EleventhHourRanger and functionally a second Chick.

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** In season three Sokka was solidified as [[TheLeader the field leader]] in addition to being the SmartGuy and PluckyComicRelief. Zuko joined serves as a proper sort of {{Lancer}} to Aang's {{hero}}, and Toph and Katara retained their BigGuy and Chick roles, making for a FiveManBand. Suki joined as an EleventhHourRanger and functionally a second Chick.



** Katara and Aang get married at the end, while Aang and Zuko bury the hatchet between the nations.



** A subtle one with Zuko, as they master Firebending together.

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** A subtle one with Zuko, as they master in the climax of "The Firebending together.Masters."



*** And then there was Zuko, whose betrayal at the end of Book 2 cut Katara deeper than the rest of the Gaang, since she and Zuko started becoming friendly to each other. When Zuko joined the Gaang in ''The Western Air Temple'' she immediately went to see him and told him to his face that if she even thinks he might hurt Aang, she would personally kill him. Her distrust of Zuko continued on until [[spoiler:Zuko helped her find and confront the man who killed her mother.]]
*** Speaking of which, that very quest showed just how frightening she can really be, specifically when [[spoiler:she and Zuko were journeying to the ship where they thought he was. First of all, she spent so much time flying Appa there, that you could see bags under her eyes, indicating she hadn't been sleeping, and she didn't seem to care. Then when they got there, she [[CurbStompBattle almost effortlessly defeated]] the soldiers on the deck - helps that it was a full-moon - and then when they confronted the man they thought was the one they were looking for, she started ''bloodbending'' him. Remember, this is the same girl who was reduced to tears when she first used bloodbending and had no choice at the time, and this time, she does it willingly and with nothing but hatred in her eyes.]]

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*** And then there was Zuko, whose Zuko. [[spoiler:His betrayal at the end of Book 2 cut Katara deeper than the rest of the Gaang, since she and Zuko started becoming friendly to each other. When Zuko joined the Gaang in ''The Western Air Temple'' she immediately went to see him and told him to his face that if she even thinks he might hurt Aang, she would personally kill him. Her distrust of Zuko continued on until [[spoiler:Zuko Zuko helped her find and confront the man who killed her mother.]]
*** Speaking of which, that very quest from "The Southern Raiders" showed just how frightening she can really be, specifically when [[spoiler:she and Zuko were journeying to the ship where they thought he was. First of all, she spent so much time flying Appa there, that you could see bags under her eyes, indicating she hadn't been sleeping, and she didn't seem to care. Then when they got there, she [[CurbStompBattle almost effortlessly defeated]] the soldiers on the deck - helps that it was a full-moon - and then when they confronted the man they thought was the one they were looking for, she started ''bloodbending'' him. Remember, this is the same girl who was reduced to tears when she first used bloodbending and had no choice at the time, and this time, she does it willingly and with nothing but hatred in her eyes.]]



** A non-romantic example with Zuko. Both are passionate, determined individuals willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals, whether it be capturing the Avatar or helping him. Both are also shown to be pretty evenly matched in terms of bending abilities, and the few times they are actually on the same side/not angry at each other they work very well together and get along extremely well, showcased best in the finale.

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** A non-romantic example with Zuko. Both are passionate, determined individuals willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals, whether it be capturing the Avatar or helping him. Both are also shown to be pretty evenly matched in terms of bending abilities, and the few times they are actually on the same side/not angry at each other they work very well together and get along extremely well, showcased best in the finale.well.



* BondingOverMissingParents: With Haru and [[spoiler:Zuko]].
* BreakTheCutie: Both her childhood tragedy and the betrayals of Jet and Zuko... and when Hama forced her to learn the cruel art of bloodbending.

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* BondingOverMissingParents: With Haru and [[spoiler:Zuko]].[[spoiler:Prince Zuko]].
* BreakTheCutie: Both BreakTheCutie:
** The death of
her childhood tragedy and mother haunted Katara for the betrayals rest of Jet and Zuko... and when her life, as detailed in "The Southern Raiders."
** Jet's betrayal in, well, "Jet" greatly reduced Katara's naivete.
** "The Puppetmaster" ends with Katara sobbing under the full moon, [[spoiler:because she's given in to
Hama forced her to learn the cruel art of bloodbending.and become a [[BlackMagic Bloodbender]].]]



* FantasticRacism: Despite being the sweetest and most nurturing character in the show, Katara is arguably the most outwardly racist and most hostile towards the Fire Nation (granted this seems to only be due to her long simmering anger concerning her mother's pointless murder at their hands). This is shown particularly [[spoiler:through the way she acts towards Zuko when they are both clearly prisoners in Ba Sing Se but she continues to lash out at a silent Zuko. It gets even worse for him after they bond and he betrays her trust; Katara can't share a single scene with Zuko without at least one snide remark directed at him at best and a handful of mean-spirited put downs at worst]].
* FatalFlaw: Katara is known to hold grudges to the point where she could kill someone, especially if she was betrayed or if her loved ones are put in danger. When she runs into Jet after he had betrayed her trust, she immediately attacked him. She flat out told Zuko after he joined the gang that if he gives her ''one'' reason to think he might return to his old ways or try to hurt Aang, she would personally kill him. And when she confronted the man whom she believed killed her mother, she ''used bloodbending'' on him, in direct contradiction of her condemnation of Hama using it for approximately the same reason (Revenge).

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* FantasticRacism: Despite being the sweetest and most nurturing character in the show, Katara is arguably the most outwardly racist and most hostile towards the Fire Nation (granted this seems to only be due to her long simmering anger concerning her mother's pointless murder at their hands). This is shown particularly [[spoiler:through the way she acts towards Zuko when they are both clearly prisoners in Ba Sing Se but she continues to lash out at a silent Zuko. It gets even worse for him after they bond and he betrays her trust; Katara can't share a single scene with Zuko without at least one snide remark directed at him at best and a handful of mean-spirited put downs at worst]].\n]]
* FatalFlaw: Katara is known to hold grudges to the point where she could kill someone, especially if she was betrayed or if her loved ones are put in danger. When she runs into Jet after he had betrayed her trust, she immediately attacked him. She flat out told Zuko after he joined the gang that if he gives her ''one'' reason to think he might return to his old ways or try to hurt Aang, she would personally kill him. And when she confronted the man whom she believed killed her mother, she ''used [[spoiler:''used bloodbending'' on him, in direct contradiction of her condemnation of Hama using it for approximately the same reason (Revenge).him]], something she refused to do and that would eventually come to violate ''international law''.



* FoeTossingCharge: After [[spoiler:Azula shoots Aang with lightning and is falling to the ground,]] Katara rides a gigantic wave over Zuko and the Dai Li to catch him.

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* FoeTossingCharge: After [[spoiler:Azula shoots Aang with lightning and is falling to the ground,]] Katara rides a gigantic wave over Zuko and the Dai Li a swarm of {{Mook}}s to catch him.



* GoodIsNotNice: In some cases where she was very reluctant to forgive those who betrayed her and would like to violently point out to them, particularly her father and [[spoiler:Prince Zuko]]. There's also the way she rejected the apology of the man who killed her mother.

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* GoodIsNotNice: In some cases where she was very reluctant to forgive those who betrayed her and would like to violently point out to them, particularly her father and [[spoiler:Prince Zuko]].Zuko. There's also the way she rejected the apology of the man who killed her mother.



* IrrationalHatred: [[spoiler:Of Zuko, following his HeelFaceTurn in mid-Season 3, which is justified due to his bad history with the Gaang and could likely be a result of FantasticRacism due to his Fire Nation heritage that is responsible for everything bad happening to her and the rest of the world.]]

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* IrrationalHatred: [[spoiler:Of Zuko, following his HeelFaceTurn in mid-Season 3, which is justified due to she justifies with his bad history with the Gaang and could likely be Gaang, but is mainly a result of FantasticRacism due to his Fire Nation heritage that is responsible for everything bad happening to her and the rest of the world.]]



* NobleBigot: In Season 3, she absolutely despises the Fire Nation for [[spoiler:the death of her mother and Zuko's manhunt against her and her friends in Season 1]], but is willing to get into big fights to protect Fire Nationals like the village Jet was trying to flood, and the lake-town in the Fire Nation ''itself'' that was being abused and polluted by the military. She even [[spoiler:allows Zuko to assist her in locating the Southern Riders who are responsible for her mother's death and spares her mother's firebending killer before finally forgiving Zuko]].

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* NobleBigot: In Season 3, she absolutely despises the Fire Nation for [[spoiler:the the death of her mother and Zuko's manhunt against her and her friends in Season 1]], 1, but is willing to get into big fights to protect Fire Nationals like the village Jet was trying to flood, and the lake-town in the Fire Nation ''itself'' that was being abused and polluted by the military. She even [[spoiler:allows Zuko to assist her in locating the Southern Riders who are responsible for her mother's death and spares her mother's firebending killer before finally forgiving Zuko]].



* SheWhoFightsMonsters: She show early signs of this through her treatment of [[spoiler:Zuko in mid-Season 3 when he joins her and her friends, from threatening to personally executing him for betraying them again in the future once he first joins to using him as an outlet to vent out her heated and vindictive FantasticRacism of the Fire Nation that had caused her so much pain in her life]]. However, she almost really becomes this when she confronts the man who murdered her mother but restrains herself at the last minute, deciding to leave him to suffer in his own horrible life.
* SiblingRivalry: A more normal one with Sokka compared to Zuko and Azula.

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* SheWhoFightsMonsters: She show early signs of this through her treatment of [[spoiler:Zuko in mid-Season 3 when he joins her and her friends, from threatening to personally executing him for betraying them again in the future once he first joins to using him as an outlet to vent out her heated and vindictive FantasticRacism of the Fire Nation that had caused her so much pain in her life]]. However, she almost really becomes this This comes to a head when she confronts the man who murdered her mother but restrains herself at the last minute, deciding to leave mother, and considers skewering him to suffer in his own horrible life.
with a rain of icicles.
* SiblingRivalry: A more normal one with Sokka compared to Zuko and Azula.Azula's violent power struggle.



* SympathyForTheDevil: WordOfGod says in the SeriesFinale commentary that Katara and Zuko have only pity for Azula upon her defeat, not joy or satisfaction.

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* SympathyForTheDevil: WordOfGod says in the SeriesFinale commentary that Katara and Zuko have has only pity for Azula upon her defeat, not joy or satisfaction.



* TookALevelInCynic: [[TheHeart Katara]] spends the first two seasons giving inspirational speeches about hope and love. After Prince Zuko royals betrays them by claiming to be a better person only to [[spoiler:let Azula hit Aang with what should have been a fatal shot of lightning, betray his uncle, and rejoin Fire Nation nobility]], she is the last to trust him when he claims to have made a HeelFaceTurn for real this time and [[spoiler:almost kills the man that killed her mother in cold blood]].

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* TookALevelInCynic: [[TheHeart Katara]] spends the first two seasons giving inspirational speeches about hope and love. After Prince Zuko royals betrays them by claiming "The Crossroads of Destiny," Katara absolutely rejects any potential members of Team Avatar, to be a better person only to [[spoiler:let Azula hit Aang with what should have been a fatal shot of lightning, betray his uncle, and rejoin Fire Nation nobility]], she is the last to trust him when he claims to have made a HeelFaceTurn for real this time and [[spoiler:almost kills the man that killed her mother in cold blood]].point of threatening them.



* TragicBigot: Her vindictive FantasticRacism against the Fire Nation in Season 3 is justified due to [[spoiler:the death of her mother at the hands of a firebender officer and Zuko's pursuit of her and her friends in Season 1]].

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* TragicBigot: Her vindictive FantasticRacism against the Fire Nation in Season 3 is justified due to [[spoiler:the the death of her mother at the hands of a firebender officer and Zuko's pursuit of her and her friends in Season 1]].1.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Along with Katara -- mother killed in a Fire Nation raid when they were little, and their father and all the men of the tribe left three years prior to the show's start. This left Katara with abandonment issues, and Sokka feeling that he wasn't good enough as a warrior. They may not show the effects as much as Zuko does, but it catches up to them later on (Sokka risks his ass breaking into a Fire Nation prison, Katara has her dark night of the soul tracking down her mother's killer).

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Along with Katara -- mother killed in a Fire Nation raid when they were little, and their father and all the men of the tribe left three years prior to the show's start. This left Katara with abandonment issues, and Sokka feeling that he wasn't good enough as a warrior. They may not show the effects as much as Zuko does, but it catches up to them later on (Sokka risks his ass life breaking into a Fire Nation prison, Katara has her dark night of the soul tracking down her mother's killer).



* HesAFriend: Sokka needs to do this for [[spoiler:Zuko]]. Twice.

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* HesAFriend: Sokka needs to do this for [[spoiler:Zuko]].[[spoiler:Prince Zuko]] in season three. Twice.



** But is the joking, romantic Sensitive Guy himself to Zuko's tough, no-nonsense Manly Man.

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** But is the joking, romantic Sensitive Guy himself to Prince Zuko's tough, no-nonsense Manly Man.Man when they end up working together.



* TeamDad: Despite being the PluckyComicRelief, Sokka functions as this in Katara-centric episodes. Normally, Aang is the one wanting to pursue a SideQuest and Katara is trying to keep them on track. When it's her turn, Sokka turns into the StraightMan. He also plays the role more seriously in the third season [[spoiler: until Zuko joins]].

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* TeamDad: Despite being the PluckyComicRelief, Sokka functions as this in Katara-centric episodes. Normally, Aang is the one wanting to pursue a SideQuest and Katara is trying to keep them on track. When it's her turn, Sokka turns into the StraightMan. He also plays the role more seriously in the third season [[spoiler: season, where he organizes and schedules the gang's adventure until Zuko joins]].the Day of Black Sun.



** After Zuko first offered to teach Aang firebending, she mentioned that Zuko ''did'' in fact rescue Appa and was being sincere when he offered. She also called out Aang, Katara, and Sokka on letting their personal grudges against Zuko keep them from thinking clearly, since Aang needed a teacher, and other than Zuko, none of them could think of anyone else who would do it.

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** After Zuko first offered to teach Aang firebending, she mentioned that Zuko ''did'' in fact rescue Appa and was being sincere when he offered. She also called out Aang, Katara, and Sokka on letting their personal grudges against Zuko keep them experiences with the Fire Nation prevent Aang from thinking clearly, since Aang needed finding a teacher, and other than Zuko, none of them could think of anyone else who would do it.firebending master quite bluntly.



* StaticCharacter: Compared to the other mains, Toph doesn't get a lot of CharacterDevelopment. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the time Aang goes missing days before Sozin's Comet arrive. When Sokka proposes to split up into groups to find him, Toph offers to go with Zuko, declaring that Aang, Katara and Sokka got to have a CharacterDevelopment adventure with him [[labelnote:note]] with Aang in '"The Firebending Masters" to learn the true essence of firebending, with Sokka in "The Boiling Rock" to free his father, and with Katara in "The Southern Raiders" to find her mother's killer[[/labelnote]], and now its her turn. We see her trying to talk to him about her mother, but he isn't much interested so she drops it, and no such development is had. Something the sequel comics caught unto and doing some much needed development. She learns some humility while teaching Metalbending and her ShipTease with Sato gives some insight to her interpersonal skills. Probably done so the Toph from the Legend of Korra can be seen to develop.

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* StaticCharacter: Compared to the other mains, Toph doesn't get a lot of CharacterDevelopment. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the time Aang goes missing days before Sozin's Comet arrive. When Sokka proposes to split up into groups to find him, Toph offers to go with Zuko, [[spoiler:Prince Zuko]], declaring that Aang, Katara and Sokka got to have a CharacterDevelopment adventure with him [[labelnote:note]] with Aang in '"The Firebending Masters" to learn the true essence of firebending, with Sokka in "The Boiling Rock" to free his father, and with Katara in "The Southern Raiders" to find her mother's killer[[/labelnote]], and now its her turn. We see her trying to talk to him about her mother, but he isn't much interested so she drops it, and no such development is had. Something the
** The
sequel comics caught unto and doing some much needed development.are attempting to avert this. She learns some humility while teaching Metalbending and her ShipTease with Sato gives some insight to her interpersonal skills. Probably done so the Toph from the Legend of Korra can be seen to develop.



* BodyguardCrush: Implied towards [[spoiler:Zuko]] in the comics.

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* BodyguardCrush: Implied towards [[spoiler:Zuko]] [[spoiler:Prince Zuko]] in the comics.



* LeParkour: In "''The Boiling Rock''," while Zuko and Sokka are trying to think up a plan, she climbs three stories and kicks all kinds of ass while doing so, and does it all in the span of about two minutes. Three minutes, tops.

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* LeParkour: In "''The Boiling Rock''," while Zuko and Sokka and co. are trying to think up a plan, she climbs three stories and kicks all kinds of ass while doing so, and does it all in the span of about two minutes. Three minutes, tops.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In The Promise, [[spoiler:tells Mai about her concerns about Zuko, leading Mai to leave Zuko. This drives Zuko further into despair and worsens the overall situation]].

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: In The Promise, [[spoiler:tells ''The Promise'', [[spoiler:she tells Mai about her concerns about Zuko, leading Mai to leave Zuko. This drives Zuko further into despair and worsens the overall situation]].
14th Aug '16 4:34:50 PM DustSnitch
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See Characters/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheFireNation.
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[[folder:Appa]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/DeeBradleyBaker

Aang's pet flying bison as well as his lifelong friend and companion who was sealed in the iceberg with him when he ran away. Acts as the group's main form of transportation.

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[[folder:Appa]]
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/DeeBradleyBaker

Aang's pet flying bison as well as his lifelong friend
Creator/DanteBasco (teenager), Elijah Runcorn (child)

->"I don't need luck. I don't want it. I've always had to struggle
and companion fight, and that's made me strong. It's made me who was sealed in the iceberg with him when he ran away. Acts I am."

Even
as the group's main form prince of transportation.the Fire Nation, Zuko has always struggled in life, particularly in matching his prodigy sister Azula and getting his father's acknowledgement. This came to a head when Ozai punished him for a perceived slight by horrifically burning his face and sending him into exile, refusing to let him return until he had captured the Avatar. (This was intended as a SnipeHunt, since Aang had been missing for a century). Determined to prove his worth to his father, Zuko hunted Aang across the world for the first season while trying to find his own destiny. Despite being an Antagonist, serves as the {{Deuteragonist}}, making him just as important as the good guys on Team Avatar.


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* {{Adorkable}}: All of his attempts to be normal.
** "Hello! Zuko here!"
** [[spoiler:"Why am I so bad at being good?!"]]
* AllWorkVsAllPlay: [[spoiler:Upon joining Team Avatar, this contrast is noticeable. He is the All Work to Aang and Sokka's All Play.]]
* AmazonChaser: Zuko prefers that [[TheStoic Mai]] show more of emotions, especially anger. In "Boiling Rock Part 2", he was quite prideful when she informed a guard that she didn't need protection.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Zuko has limited social ability, an [[{{Determinator}} obsessive personality]] ("I must capture the Avatar to restore my honor!"), and trouble controlling his emotions. Again, as with Azula, a lot of these issues could stem from childhood trauma. But even before the abuse became really nasty, he showed social anxiety and naïveté, and was emotionally dependent on his mother. (Then again, given that his only potential playmates were Azula and her lackeys, social anxiety is to be expected.)
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Zuko is the first antagonist, but is given enough sympathy points throughout the first season that it is more than a bit hazy on which side of the fence he'll wind up. [[spoiler:After trying to be evil, he decides it's not for him.]]
* AnimalMotifs: Zuko had an animal motif in the theme of dragons, creatures associated with fire. However, his motifs were of two dragons, one blue and one red, representing the dual aspect of his nature.
* AntagonisticOffspring: [[spoiler:During "The Search", Zuko tries his hardest not to be this. Zuko realizes that the way he treated his father after the war isn't any different from the way his father treated him before.]]
* AntiHero: [[spoiler:After cutting his ties with the Fire Nation, becomes an UnscrupulousHero or a NominalHero. After joining the Gaang, he becomes a KnightInSourArmor.]]
* AntiVillain: An early episode contrasts him with Zhao, who only wants to find the Avatar to bring himself glory while Zuko was only even there is to complete a mission so his father will love him.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Averted. Despite having an evil father and an example of TheSociopath for his sister, he's a WhiteSheep. The fact that he averts this is one of the main reasons he's TheExile at the start of the series. He's still a jerk at his angriest and has shades of RoyalBrat with his sense of entitlement until his CharacterDevelopment.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: More "angry" then "arrogant", but in Season 1 especially he's a screaming, whirling tempest of raw power sans any ability to control his emotions.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: [[spoiler:Zuko had to reclaim the throne by defeating his sister in Agni Kai. Additionally, this was key to fulfilling his destiny.]]
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler:After his HeelFaceTurn, he tries to make up for two and a half seasons of jerkassery.]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: [[spoiler:Now that his father can no longer firebend, Zuko's firebending is more formidable than ever, no longer driven by anger.]]
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:When he's made Fire Lord at the end of the series.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:With Aang as they face the Firebending Masters.]] Also with [[spoiler:Katara]] when they're training during the finale.
* BadassBoast: His [[spoiler:CallingTheOldManOut]] doubles up as this.
* BadassTeacher: [[spoiler:He becomes Aang's firebending teacher.]]
* BadBoss: Uses this as part of his JerkassFacade in Season 1. Orders his men to sail directly into a storm during "The Storm."
* BadLiar: Another trait that makes Azula and him SiblingYinYang.
* BaldOfEvil: At first, before he [[ImportantHaircut cuts off his ponytail]] and starts to grow his hair out normally.
* BashBrothers: With [[spoiler: everyone except Toph, at one point or another.]] Despite his complete lack of social skills, Zuko is quite good at working with others in combat situations.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The beginning of Book 3 is this in a nutshell for Zuko. He finally gets to go home, where he's welcomed as a triumphant hero to an adoring nation, his father praises him, and he gets the girl (Mai). He just had to [[spoiler:betray the man who stood by him for the last three years and saw him as another son, which causes him no small amount of angst.]]
* BeingGoodSucks: There's the time he got half his face burned off for speaking against a general's bloodthirsty strategy, then he risked losing his pursuit of the Avatar to save his uncle, then he went incognito and saved a bunch of villagers who turned on him the moment they found out his true identity, then he got physically sick after he [[spoiler: let Appa go (which contradicted with his sole mission for three years)]], then he tried to fulfill his original mission and in turn betrayed his uncle, and then he [[spoiler: abandoned his family, his girlfriend and the life he thought he wanted to go help the Avatar.]]
* BerserkButton: Particularly in the first season, seems to be any reference to his banishment, from anyone other than Iroh. He ''destroyed'' Zhao in an Agni Kai when Zhao mocked his scar and taunted him about not being able to go home. He also challenged Lieutenant Jee, who unknowingly hit a sore spot when he called Zuko out for his lack of respect... exactly what Ozai said before burning him.
* TheBerserker: At first, Zuko fuels his Firebending with his anger and resorts to AttackAttackAttack as his only strategy. Later on, when he's calmed down quite a bit, he suddenly can't bend at all... until he learns that Firebending is more than raw emotion. Then he becomes even more powerful than before.
* BetaCouple: With Mai. While Aang and Katara dance around the issue, they're snuggling and watching sunsets.
* BigBadEnsemble: In Season 1, with Zhao, though it's more of a [[TheHeavy Heavy]] Ensemble, since they're both still on [[BigBad Ozai]]'s direction.
* BigBrotherMentor: [[spoiler:To Aang in the second half of the third season as his firebending instructor. "You're a talented kid"]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Early in Book 1, he saves Iroh from getting his hands crushed by the Earth Kingdom soldiers who had captured him. Much later, in "The Western Air Temple", when the Gaang was too busy tending to Toph's wounds to notice Combustion Man sneaking up on them, it was Zuko who saved them from his attack.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather:
** With Mai. They're both [[PerpetualFrowner perpetually frowning]] {{Emo Teen}}s with [[FreudianExcuse some kind of family issue]] who are from the Fire Nation and use bladed weapons
** A platonic example with Sokka. They discuss their mutually poor track record with relationships to break an AwkwardSilence.
** Another non-romantic example with Katara. Both are passionate, determined individuals willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish their goals, whether it be capturing the Avatar or helping him. Both are also shown to be pretty evenly matched in terms of bending abilities, and the few times they are actually on the same side/not angry at each other they work very well together and get along extremely well, showcased best in the finale.
* BondingOverMissingParents: With [[spoiler:Katara and it's the mother for both]].
* BookEnds: In Zuko's first official victory in the series, he used a leg sweep to break the roots of a superior opponent and turn the battle to his favor. [[spoiler: In his last fight of the series, he fire-bended with a similar leg sweep to knock his more powerful sister down.]]
* BoxingLessonsForSuperman: Zuko was a student of swordmaster Piandao since he was kid. They particularly help if in case he somehow loses his firebending, or if circumstances prevent him from doing so.
* BreakTheCutie: Before his banishment, he was an eager and happy young prince who wanted to learn everything he could to prepare himself to rule. After having a fourth of his face burned off by [[AbusiveParents Ozai]] and being banished, he becomes a brooding teenager who can barely find anything to be happy about.
* BreakTheHaughty: Season 2 sees him [[spoiler: lose his chance for redemption, his title as Prince of the Fire Nation, and wander alone and hated.]]
* BrokenBird: A rare male example; any innocence he had was shattered when his father burned his face.
* ByronicHero: Conflicting emotions? Check. Trouble with conflicting integrity? Check. The status of exile? Big ol' Check. A troubled past? Very much so. {{Pride}}? Big problem he has to deal with. He's also a loner, "prone to {{Melodrama}}", and as for intelligence...well, Aang says that he's smarter than people give him credit for.
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to Azula's Cain because he has a functioning moral compass. Played with in ''The Search'' where Azula agrees to help him in his search for their mother. [[spoiler: Ends both heartwarmingly and sadly when Zuko tells Azula that no matter what he will always love her, which hits her hard and the last we see of her is her running off with tears in her eyes.]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: [[spoiler:Calls his father, Ozai, out for the monster and [[AbusiveParents horrible father]] that he is and tells him that he's going [[HeelFaceTurn join the Avatar to defeat him.]] [[OffingTheOffspring Ozai doesn't take kindly to this.]]]]
* CannotTellAJoke: His jokes are so bad they're made ''into jokes'' by other characters.
* CerebusRetcon: All throughout Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2, humorous things happen to Zuko that foil his attempts at catching Aang. At the end of "Bitter Work" (after being unable to create lightning), he's screaming into a storm about how cruel the universe has always been to him and finally breaks down. Suddenly, all those silly things go from the universe poking fun at an IneffectualSympatheticVillain to the turmoils of a young man desperate to go home and be loved by his father.
* CharacterDevelopment: Interestingly, despite being banished, he had shades of a RoyalBrat. But unfortunately for his ego, no one treats Zuko with the respect he feels he is entitled to. Learns AnAesop in the Whole Episode Flashback, but he still has shades of it. [[JustifiedTrope Although in this case,]] [[FridgeBrilliance Zuko has a good reason.]] He only started acting like a royal brat after his "lesson on respect" from his father -- the flashback implies he was more upbeat and cheerful and not interested in being put up on a pedestal. Which makes sense: given his banishment came because he wasn't showing respect to his father, respect would become a big deal in his mind. Part of his character arc in Seasons 1 and especially 2 is Zuko growing past his sense of aristocratic entitlement, personified in his treasonous Blue Spirit persona. He steals not only for basic necessities, but basically whenever he sees something shiny. Zuko's aristocratic nature eventually becomes a positive motivator for him, [[spoiler:to the point where he vows to see Ozai overthrown and the Fire Nation redeemed.]]
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: While one of the most visibly muscular characters, he once punches a person across a room. All that training has served him well. Might be a result of Iroh's training: even among the Fire Nation, Iroh and Zuko are the only ones to display superhuman strength unrelated to bending.
* ChickMagnet: [[RelationshipRevolvingDoor Sometimes]] in a relationship with Mai. He has loads of ShipTease with Katara and a temporary love interest in the one-off character of Jin. [[spoiler: The comics also have him being ship teased with Suki.]] Has ''almost'' as much onscreen romance as Sokka, plus a fan club and a bunch of random girls that swoon over him at the beach. And a massive EstrogenBrigade. However, he's sort of lacking in the charm department...[[{{Adorkable}} which is his charm, come to think of it]].
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Mai. There's a flashback to PuppyLove.
* TheComicallySerious: Sure, having a BigFun uncle helps, but he can be comically serious even when he's on his own, partially because he's so {{Adorkable}}.
* CoolHelmet: He has one in ''The Avatar Returns''. It's reminiscent of [[Franchise/XMen Magneto's]], with a spearlike point instead of a pair of horns.
* CosmicPlaything: He's so sure he's this, he shouts SmiteMeOhMightySmiter during a thunderstorm. Given all the crap he's put up with, he just might be right.
* CrazyJealousGuy: In ''The Beach'', all it takes for Zuko to lose his cool is seeing some guy flirting to his girlfriend.
* CryCute: In one of only two times that he cries in the series (besides flashbacks). He finally reunites with his Uncle after treating him badly, ultimately betraying him and leading to him getting imprisoned by the Fire Nation, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking saying mean things to him when he's in prison.]] He feels [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone absolutely awful about it]] and is sure Iroh will hate him for it, and tearfully apologizes to his uncle. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Iroh hugs him before he can finish apologizing.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Inflicts one on Sokka when he attacks the Southern Water Tribe in ''The Avatar Returns''. [[FightsLikeANormal Without firebending]].
* CurbStompCushion: Sokka manages to get one good blow in: a hit with the boomerang on his helmet.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His mother's mysterious disappearance, his father's abuse, and then the wild goose chase...
* DarkMagicalGirl: With a wrong gender.
** A not-quite-evil antagonist that seeks the approval of a parent figure.
** Desperately clings to a birthright duty in contrast to the protagonist who runs away from his own.
** [[spoiler:Becomes great friends with the protagonists via ThePowerOfFriendship.]]
* DefrostingIceKing: It takes two and a half seasons, but [[spoiler:he thaws with ThePowerOfFriendship]].
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Not at first, when his purpose (capture the Avatar and regain his honor) is quite clear. As he begins to question his goals, however, this trope comes more and more into play, culminating in the first half of Season 3.
* {{Determinator}}: He chases a ''flying bison'' on foot from the South Pole to the North Pole after three years of no leads at all.
-->'''Sokka:''' If there's anything we've learned about Zuko, it's that he ''never'' gives up.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Shares this role with Katara. Just as important as Aang's journey of living up to being the Avatar is Zuko's journey of self-discovery and rise from underneath his father's shadow. He gets as much screen time as the members of the Gaang and is probably the character with the most CharacterDevelopment in the series.
** Several episodes reveal Zuko's past or have him learning lessons that mirror Aang's own history and development, showing their parallel growth towards their destinies. [[spoiler: Also, amongst all the characters, they both have the responsibility and ability to bring balance to the world.]]
* DidntThinkThisThrough: He's extremely prone to this and it's lampshaded by Iroh with a AndThenWhat moment.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Because of his pride and how much he had to struggle, he hates being pitied.
* DorkKnight: He genuinely is good-looking and a true badass, and he's skilled at fighting, giving orders, and anything that doesn't involve social interaction. But sit down and have a conversation with the guy and you'll discover his {{adorkable}} side pretty quickly.
* DoubleConsciousness: Zuko constantly feels like this. It is amplified when he discovers [[spoiler:he is the grandson of both Fire Lord Sozin and Roku, the Avatar's previous incarnation.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: Turns out he's this [[spoiler:while training Aang in firebending. He's not as brutal as Toph (at least not from what was shown), but he's still pretty tough]].
* DualWielding: He's quite skilled with double broadswords. And there are those twin fire-knives that he tries (unsuccessfully) to battle Azula with.
* DuelingScar: His burn scar isn't quite the iconic version, but as a facial scar received in a duel fought in a militaristic culture, it's a pretty clear reference.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Bringing back his mother was his ''true'' happy ending. Becoming Fire Lord felt like a hollow victory by comparison.]]
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Averted with the Gaang, but UpToEleven with Iroh, who will always forgive him.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: During the first season, where he has chalk-white skin coupled with a black ponytail.
* EmoTeen: Qualifies, but [[DarkAndTroubledPast with good reason.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: After all, she was the only person in the family other than his uncle who cared about him.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Ambitious as he is though, he spoke out against [[WeHaveReserves intentionally sending lines of inexperienced troops to die]] simply to wear down the enemy's defenses for their more experienced forces.
** He has no problem stealing to get what he wants, but he won't rob a pregnant couple. He's also shown to be [[FriendToAllChildren genuinely protective of children]].
** When his father decides to burn the Earth Kingdom to oblivion during Sozin's Comet, enough was enough; [[spoiler:He wanted to speak out against this awful plan, but he remembered what happened the first time he did so. Sure enough, he took it a step further and performed a HeelFaceTurn the next day.]]
* EvilVirtues: Oh yeah, Zuko has these in spades. There's three, maybe four virtues on the list he doesn't have.
* TheExile: He was banished for speaking out of turn at a war meeting and shaming himself in a duel with his father, and spends much of the first two seasons on a quest to earn his return back home. [[spoiler:Becomes this again in the second half of Season 3, except this time, his father won't let him]].
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Every time something significant happens to him, his hair seems to change.
* FacialHorror: However, that scar certainly doesn't affect him being the series' most famous MrFanservice one bit.
* FanservicePack: His CharacterDevelopment and gradual transformation into [[spoiler:a good guy]] also makes him more attractive.
* FanserviceWithASmile: When he works in Iroh's tea shop.
%%* TheFettered:
* FightsLikeANormal: His sword skills give him a handy means of defending himself in situations where firebending might be a bad idea. While acting as the Blue Spirit, as well as his time incognito in the Earth Kingdom, Zuko utilizes zero fire bending outside of one particularly tricky fight.
%%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: With Azula and her friends, the [[ByronicHero melancholic]].
* FreudianExcuse: Getting your face scorched by your own father is bound to make anyone have issues.
* FreudianSlip: Him accidentally calling Ozai the 'Fatherlord' gives a pretty neat summary of how he sees his father, and how completely screwed-up their relationship is.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Zuko has a choice between going after the Avatar, whose capture would restore his honor, or saving his uncle Iroh who has been imprisoned by the Earth Kingdom. After much agonizing, he chooses Iroh.
* GlorySeeker: His pursuit of the elusive Avatar is motivated by his desire to earn the respect of his father.
* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: [[spoiler:Of a sort. Zuko's bending skills never matched up to his sister Azula's when they were children. At the time, the Fire Nation's bending style was driven by uncontrolled emotion -- rage and hate manifested into fire, something Azula was naturally better at. Once Zuko learned the ''true'' art of firebending from the dragons, he proved himself a match for Azula in every single subsequent clash.]]
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: His eyes indicate moral ambiguity and inner conflict right from the beginning, as [[GoodScarsEvilScars one is narrower than the other.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: [[spoiler:After his HeelFaceTurn, Zuko has some signs of this. One big example would be encouraging Katara to kill her mother's murderer, basically encouraging her hatred and violence.]]
* TheGoodKing: [[spoiler:He eventually becomes the Fire Lord and a much more benevolent one than his father. However, this is deconstructed later on; Zuko finds out that even with him being an objectively better Fire Lord than his father, there is still resistance to his rule, resistance that may one day need to be dealt with through overt violence.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: His most distinctive physical trait, although the story of how he got it makes him much more sympathetic.
* GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: Zuko's entire journey started with Ozai challenging his son to a duel to teach him humility. Once Zuko learned his lesson, he turned against Ozai and began the Fire Lord's downfall.]]
* HairTriggerTemper: It's pretty easy to piss him off, even if you don't mention the things that hurt.
* HappilyAdopted: As of [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn by Iroh, his beloved uncle who considers him to be his second son.]]
* TheHeavy: For part of Book 1, he's the main villain but the head guy is his father. Zhao gradually takes this position over the course of the season. In Season 2, he completely gives up the position to his far more dangerous sister, Azula.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: [[WhamEpisode Famously failed to make a]] HeelFaceTurn [[WhamEpisode in Season 2]], and then finally settled on the Face side in Season 3. However, he and Aang ended up at odds with each other during "The Promise", and it got out of hand. In fact, the essence of what makes a HeelFaceTurn is the core driving point of Zuko's overall character arc. To wit, he's [[spoiler:{{discussed|Trope}} it, teased it, {{defied|Trope}} it, {{subverted|Trope}} it, and ultimately played it perfectly straight.]]
* HeelRealization: In "Nightmares and Daydreams".
-->[[spoiler:"During the meeting, I was the perfect prince. The son my father wanted. But I wasn't me."]]
* HeroesPreferSwords: Played with. Aside from his bending, Zuko also developed masterful skill in swordsmanship, and he specialized in dual wielding swordplay, using a set of dao blades, skills he gained after being trained by the sword master Piandao. He does not demonstrate this until he becomes an anti hero in season 2 but he still remains antagonistic towards Team Avatar. [[spoiler:Then, he finally makes a full HeelFaceTurn, joins Team Avatar to stop his father, and becomes Aang's official firebending teacher.]]
* HeroicAmbidexterity: Zuko is trained to [[DualWielding dual wield]] twin scimitars, and uses this skill to fight against benders when he wants to hide his identity and his knowledge of fire bending. When explaining what he was taught he says that when using two swords you have to treat them like "they're part of the same body" and move them in sync.
* HeroWithAnFInGood: "Why am I so bad at being good!?"
* HiddenDepths:
** Badass, {{Determinator}}, EvilPrince -turned-[[spoiler: TheAtoner]], is also a MommasBoy and a lover of Turtleducks. In the "Ember Island Players", he gives hints that he likes theater, but just dislikes that specific group because while they have great special effects, they tend to butcher their stories. He admits to Toph that he's been doing AngstWhatAngst for some time, but the play is opening some hidden wounds.
--->'''Toph:''' "Oh come on. Lighten up. They're just having fun."\\
'''Zuko:''' "Fun? Of course you (Toph) like it. They made you a big buff guy! But to me... they're taking all the mistakes I made and throwing them right back in my face."
** His Uncle has indicated numerous times Zuko is also [[CulturedWarrior skilled with the fictional Tsungi horn.]]
* HiddenHeartOfGold: From the heroes' point of view, [[spoiler: it's hidden until his HeelFaceTurn. Iroh and Ursa always knew it was there.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Has the power to inflict this on opponents using [[ShockAndAwe Lightning-redirecting]], and the only one to use this ability in the manner this trope describes. Learned from Iroh, taught to [[spoiler:Aang.]] In this way, he can BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame.
* HonorBeforeReason: He goes to extreme lengths to 'regain his honor'. Indeed, chasing Aang across the world, without any regard for the consequences, including running into a snowstorm at the north pole, are all done in the name of his honor.
-->[[MemeticMutation "HONOOOOOOOOORRRRR!!!!!"]]
* HotBlooded: No pun intended but he can be reckless and hotheaded. Iroh complains that he "never thinks things through".
* HurtingHero: [[spoiler:Post-HeelFaceTurn he deals with a lot of angst while helping the Avatar save the world.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[spoiler:When it seems he's lost to his opponent in "Zuko Alone". Then he starts Firebending.]] Works both ways. Unlike most benders, he is still very dangerous due to his mastery of [[DualWielding dual-wielding]] dao swords and being very adept at stealth and infiltration (it's getting ''out'' undetected that he has problems with). Most other benders don't bother to learn anything besides hand-to-hand fighting that comes with learning bending.
* IAmNotMyFather: [[spoiler:In Season 3. He even says this word for word in "The Promise".]]
* IAmXSonOfY: "My name is Zuko, son of Ursa and Fire Lord Ozai, Prince of the Fire Nation and heir to the throne."
* IceCreamKoan: A running gag after his HeelFaceTurn has him trying to come up with the kind of advice to himself that his uncle would, but finding himself stringing together poetic-sounding phrases that don't have any actual comprehensible point.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Said word for word about what happened in Ba Sing Se.
* IGaveMyWord: One of the first hints given that Zuko is not a clear-cut villain is in the second episode, where he agrees to leave Sokka and Katara's village alone if Aang surrenders, and keeps his word.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: In ''The Search'' [[spoiler:the letter from his mother implying that he is not Ozai's biological son]] initially comes as a relief to Zuko, who has grown weary of the burdens that come with [[spoiler:being the Fire Lord.]]
* ImportantHaircut: When declared a traitor to the Fire Nation at the beginning of Season 2 he cuts off his topknot.
* InadequateInheritor: Only for being an essentially decent person and not a sadistic monster.
* IneffectualLoner: In Book 2 when he eventually splits off from his uncle, but achieves very little during his tenure working alone.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: He does two evil deeds he does throughout the entire show despite being the first villain: burn Kyoshi island and betray his uncle to help Azula take over Ba Sing Se.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Zuko behaves very arrogantly early on, though his arrogance dissipates as he starts to go through his prolonged {{Heel Face Turn}}. He's rude to his uncle, berates his crew, and frequently loses his temper over small things. It becomes clear later that this attitude is merely Zuko trying to behave as [[WellDoneSonGuy the son his father wants]], and a defensive result of the pressures and frustrations this desire causes. Zuko is actually a sensitive and compassionate kid, but who sees himself as inferior due to these perceived "weaknesses", especially next to his prodigious, ruthless sister Azula. Furthermore, his compassion and sensitivity was what got him in trouble in the first place (after speaking against a general for planning to new recruits as basically cannon fodder. He ends up fighting his dad and getting his telltale scar). [[spoiler:After [[HeelFaceTurn joining the Avatar's group]], he comes to realise these are his strengths, not his weaknesses. ]]
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Firelord Ozai:''' [[spoiler:Your uncle has gotten to you, hasn't he?]]\\
'''Zuko:''' (''beat'') [[spoiler:Yes, he has.]]
* InTheBlood: Zuko, revealed by Iroh in Season 3, has inherited his paternal great-grandfather Sozin's "evil" and his maternal great-grandfather [[spoiler:Roku]]'s "good".
* InTheHood: Dons a hooded cloak when he returns to the Fire Nation, which helps [[spoiler:hide his appearance during his private trips out.]]
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: When he's not brooding and angsting, Zuko fits this. He was a very sensitive child who was close to his mother. As a teenager, he does things like take his girlfriend to watch the sunset and [[spoiler:cry openly while reconciling with his uncle.]]
* IrislessEyeMaskOfMystery: Zuko's alter ego of the Blue Spirit wears a mask of the completely black variety. His mask presumably has black glass covering its eyeholes, since they appear black even when fully illuminated. This, of course, helps hide his SecretIdentity, since major characters tend to be very good at seeing through disguises in this universe.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Zuko after his banishment was obsessed with capturing the Avatar to restore his honor, so much so that he [[spoiler: helps Aang escape from Zhao even though he's an enemy of the Fire Nation]]. Zhao himself (who is also incredibly self-centered) calls Zuko out on putting himself before his nation; hypocritical, but JerkassHasAPoint. The sad thing is that [[UsedToBeASweetKid Zuko genuinely cared about the Fire Nation before his banishment]] and that love for his people (and probably a wish to prove his worth to his father) is what got him into trouble in the first place. Even sadder is the possibility that Zuko ''still'' cares genuinely about the Fire Nation ''after'' being banished, in the sense that he did not wish Fire Lord Azula on them.
* ItsPersonalWithTheDragon:
** In Season 1, he and Zhao are TheHeavy ensemble, with the latter serving as TheDragon for Fire Lord Ozai for the season. Since Zuko is still loyal to his father to some extent, he will not fight him, but Zhao is fair game as the two compete for bragging rights to capture the Avatar. Things get personal on Zuko's end when Zhao attempts to assassinate him just before the Siege of the North and when he encounters Zhao when the admiral flees, he is determined to kill him.
** Season 2 and 3: He and Azula, who takes over [[TheDragon dragon]] duties after [[spoiler: Zhao's demise,]] are a case of CainAndAbel, have this relationship as well. Zuko and Iroh hide in the Earth Kingdom specifically to escape Azula, he is taught lightningbending and lightning redirection to counteract Azula, and when [[spoiler: Ozai challenges Zuko to attack him on the Day of Black Sun when Zuko makes his HeelFaceTurn, Zuko refuses, telling him that it is not his destiny to defeat his father, it is Aang's. Finally during the finale, Zuko faces off against Azula for the title of Fire Lord.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Zuko is not as quick as Aang, but faster than anyone else; he can't plan on the fly as quickly as Sokka, but is the best at improvising; he's not as agile as Suki or Aang, but more than the rest; he lacks the versatility of Katara's waterbending, but is shown using his firebending more creatively than Toph or Aang use their elements; he can't match Toph for strength when she can armor herself up in earth or metal, but he's in a league of his own as far as natural strength goes; and he can't compare to Toph's seismic senses, but his hearing and eyesight are unusually good. He's not number one at anything among the Avatar's group, save for swordplay (and it's likely that Sokka surpasses him at some point), but he's number two or three at ''everything.''
* JerkassFacade: He's introduced as arrogant, dismissive, brusque, and rude, but not without possessing a strong code of personal honor and prioritizing the safety of his men (which, fittingly, he hides behind a veneer of indifference). This can also make him a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's HotBlooded and can still be quite rude, but Zuko is a good hearted person.
* KickTheDog: Often when he was in danger of becoming too nice, at least until [[spoiler:his formal HeelFaceTurn in Book 3.]]
* KingIncognito: Season 2 where he pretended to be a non-bending wanderer.
* KnightInSourArmor: [[spoiler:He becomes this after his HeelFaceTurn. While he's on the side of good now, he's still as grumpy as ever and firmly believes that Aang's silly ideas about pacifism should remain in air temple preschool where they belong.]]
* TheLancer: [[spoiler:When he becomes part of Team Avatar he is the grumpy ShootTheDog advocate towards Aang's cheerful TakeAThirdOption.]]
* LeParkour: Downplayed for Suki to get her moment in "The Boiling Rock" but otherwise played completely straight. As himself [[spoiler: and as the Blue Spirit]], Zuko has repeatedly shown incredible agility and even once ''chased Aang down on foot.''
* LickedByTheDog: The Sky Bison in this case.
* LightningBruiser: It runs in the Fire Nation [[BadassFamily royal family]].
* LikeASonToMe: Iroh explicitly told Zuko in Book 1 that after the death of Lu Ten, he always considered Zuko to be a son.
* LonelyRichKid: He is the banished prince of the Fire Nation, but you can literally count the people who genuinely care for him on one hand (Iroh, Mai and Ursa). [[spoiler:Eventually subverted when he makes his HeelFaceTurn, after which he becomes part of Aang's TrueCompanions.]]
* LonerTurnedFriend: [[spoiler:To the Team Avatar. It would be accurate to say this is the first time he's had friends his own age.]]
* LoonyFriendsImproveYourPersonality: For fifty-two straight episodes (out of ''sixty-one'') of the series, Zuko is a moody jerk. [[spoiler:Being forced into a "life-changing field-trip" with [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Boy]] Aang calms and brightens him enough to interact with people without shouting over the course of '''a single episode.''']] There's FridgeBrilliance here. [[spoiler: Firebenders in Zuko's time were taught to fuel their bending through negative emotions. Even with not wanting to rely on hate and rage anymore, Zuko had been trained his entire life that being grouchy = better fire. So while Aang definitely had a positive influence, it might be a mix of this and the fact that Zuko suddenly didn't ''need'' to be mean to fuel his martial arts.]]
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler:Averted with Mai. He leaves her before switching to the good side and the two don't reconcile their relationship until after the final battle. Instead it was familial love for Iroh, whom he acknowledges as his true father figure and role model, that redeems him. The shame he feels for betraying his uncle's trust is part of what compels him to make his HeelFaceTurn. He also influenced Mai to follow suit and betray Azula.]]
* LovedINotHonorMore: [[spoiler:Mai's ''pissed'' that he ran off in the middle of the night to "fulfill his destiny".]]
* LoveMartyr: He's blindly devoted to his EvilOverlord father who burned his face, banished him on a wild goose chase, and sent his sister to either capture or kill him.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:He's Avatar Roku's great-grandson.]]
* MadeOfIron: ''Oh yeah.'' You can knock Zuko down. ''Keeping'' him down is another story entirely. Before and during the Siege of the North, Zuko not only survives several things in succession that would kill most people, including things implied to be lethal to firebenders in particular, he comes through ''still'' able to take on Admiral Zhao in a fight. And immediately after, he survives ''drifting three weeks on a raft across the ocean.'' Combine this with his {{Determinator}} attitude...well, as much as Azula mocks him, there's a ''reason'' she tried to hit him with lightning when she couldn't trick him into being imprisoned.
* MagicKnight: He's about equally good (as in, nigh-unequaled at sixteen) with firebending and swordsmanship, in a world where benders [[LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards generally are too arrogant to bother with secondary fighting styles]].
* MarkOfShame: That burn scar over his eye is a reminder of his banishment. Katara recognizes this in the Season 2 finale.
* MeaningfulName: It may or may not be intentional, but Zuko is an actual name in a Filipino dialect. Its meaning? "Madness" or "Angry." And he spends a lot of time angry in the show...
* MommasBoy: Adored his mom. [[spoiler:Asking what happened to her is his second-to-last line in the original series.]]
* MoodSwinger: In the first two seasons, he can go from calm to incredibly loud and angry in an instant.
* MrFanservice: The infamous shirtless Agni Kai in the third episode. Lampshaded in the beach episode with a [[DisturbedDoves flock of birds]]. Further Lampshaded by posse of [[FanGirl fangirls]] ogling his shirtless state.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: He starts off with the literal take on this trope. Eventually he comes to embrace the "if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right" interpretation when he makes his HeelFaceTurn.
* MyGreatestFailure: Originally, he believed it to be failing in his father's eyes and being banished. Eventually, he realizes that it was [[spoiler:betraying Iroh in Ba Sing Se. With Iroh, he gets a MyGreatestSecondChance ]].
* {{Nephewism}}: Zuko was essentially raised by his uncle Iroh, as his father is the {{abusive|Parents}} BigBad and his mother is [[MissingMom mysteriously gone]]. Iroh took Zuko under his wing when a) his own son died in the war and b) Zuko's mom disappeared, having been banished long before the series started. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Eventually, Zuko considers Iroh to be]] [[ParentalSubstitute more like a father to him]].
* NewOldFlame: Zuko and Mai are a textbook "skip all the boring foreplay and get right to the intensity." Contrast with the heroic OfficialCouple, who were in the foreplay stage for ''fifty episodes''. In this case, we see a flashback of them as ChildhoodFriends before the reunion.
* NiceToTheWaiter: In Book 2 and onward, he is nicer to servants, reflecting his character development. As a result, it is shown that in return, they enjoy serving him.
* {{Ninja}}: His [[spoiler:Blue Spirit alter ego]] invokes traditional ninja aspects and imagery.
* NoBrows: A half example, as his left eye does not have a brow due to a burn inflicted [[AbusiveParents by his father Ozai]].
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
** "[[TearJerker Zuko Alone]]" and "The Storm" are the most notable. For the former, he saves a town from bandits but the townspeople demand he leave immediately for being a firebender. For the latter, he saves his crew but the Avatar escapes.
** "The Storm" reveals in a flashback that [[spoiler:a younger Zuko spoke out against sending inexperienced troops to be killed in battle to wear down Ba Sing Se's defenses... which led to getting his face horrifically burned and banished by his father.]]
* NoSenseOfHumor: He has one, he's just [[TheComicallySerious horrible at using it due to]] [[NoSocialSkills his social ineptitude]].
* NoSocialSkills: He was raised in a royal court and had little experience with casual interaction.
* NobleDemon: CharacterDevelopment for him in Season 1. He goes from burning down the [[spoiler:Kyoshi Warriors' village]] in his pursuit of Aang to abandoning a later pursuit to keep his soldiers safe. Even right from the start, he threatens the South Pole villagers to get information on the Avatar but when Aang promises to come quietly if he leaves the Water tribe alone, Zuko agrees (and keeps his word).
* NotHelpingYourCase: [[spoiler:While trying to convince the Gaang that he's changed, he accidentally lets it slip that he was the one who sent the Combustion Man after them in the first place, which, only cements their decision not to let him join. He wins some good faith by helping them fight him off later on.]]
* NotSoDifferent:
** With Aang as they both have a troubled past and lots of pressure put on them despite coming from different sides. They're also equally kind-hearted, but highly insecure due to being burdened with a responsibility that goes against their very nature.
** Zuko and Azula both seek to get the respect of their father. It was just Zuko was more morally grounded. [[spoiler:However, by "The Search", Zuko realizes that the way he treats his father and sister makes him no different from them and works to better himself in this area, particularly with Azula.]]
* NumberTwo: [[spoiler:Once the Gaang trusts him, he becomes the one they look to when Aang's not around.]]
* TheOneGuy: When hanging out with Mai, Azula, and Ty Lee.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Since the Avatar is his only shot at restoring his honor, he's not about to let anyone else take him in.
* OppositesAttract: He and Mai somehow manage to be this and BirdsOfAFeather. Despite their apparent similarities, their temperaments are completely opposite: Zuko is a HotBlooded {{Determinator}}, whereas Mai is an {{emotionless|Girl}} DefrostingIceQueen.
* OverlordJr: He tried to be this at first, [[spoiler:but grew tired of pleasing his father who doesn't care about his own family.]]
* OvershadowedByAwesome:
** While he is a damn good Firebender (recall the time he beat Zhao in a duel), his main opponent is [[GodInHumanForm the Avatar]] (and the Avatar's numerous friends), and he is often compared to [[InsufferableGenius his sister]], who is a Firebending prodigy and strategic genius.
** [[spoiler: After joining the Gaang, Zuko is still the only bender on the team not considered a prodigy in his field. He later receives some training from dragons that help close the skill gap]].
* ParentService: It should be noted that Zuko is the oldest of the main cast and has numerous shirtless scenes throughout the series that showed off his muscular build.
* PerpetualFrowner: "I'm never happy." Though it is averted around Mai, and [[spoiler:after he joins Team Avatar.]]
* PlayingWithFire: He is a Firebender.
* PrettyBoy: In [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/water/water12/water12-503.jpg a flashback]] at age thirteen.
* PrinceCharmless: Princely moody and grouchy.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: Considering how Zuko was technically also protagonist, it is kinda played straight up to Book 3, Chapter 1, [[spoiler:but inverted in the second half of Book 3, where he swings to a more anti-heroic standpoint]].
* PsychopathicManchild: Has shades of a Type C during the first season. Zuko is powerful, has some intelligence, and prestige as a (banished) Prince of the Fire Nation, but can throw temper tantrums, is prone to sulking, and has simplistic goals (his father's respect).
* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: After [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn]], Zuko loses his firebending powers for a while, since he no longer feels the anger that fueled them.
* RealityEnsues: There is a noticeable difference between Zuko's physique in Book 1 and the time of "The Beach" in Book 3. Whereas in the former, he's as buff as would be expected from someone who works out day and night, while in the later, he's clearly lost some of that muscle, as a result of spending several months as a refugee.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:After becoming the Fire Lord. In "The Promise" he acknowledges that he will try his hardest to be this, but cannot always guarantee he will be so.]]
* RedemptionDemotion: Lampshaded in "The Firebending Masters" when he notices his Firebending has weakened almost to nothing.
-->"I bet it's because I changed sides."
* RedemptionPromotion: Once he discovers the true form of fire bending, which is more positive instead of hatred based, he becomes stronger than ever.
* RedemptionQuest: Zuko, trying to earn his father's approval travels the world trying as punishment. It's Inverted in that he's trying to prove himself evil. [[spoiler:The second half of Season 3 is his true redemption quest. He goes on to save the world from his ruthless father, regain the trust of his former enemies up until he takes the throne]].
* RedOniBlueOni:
** The emotional, easily angered Red Oni to his sister's calculating, eerily calm Blue Oni, [[spoiler:though it's reversed after her VillainousBreakdown]]. This is enforced by the colors of the Flames they produce; Zuko's flames are red/orange, while Azula's are blue.
** The hot-tempered, loud Red Oni to Aang's positive, peace-loving Blue Oni, which is visualized through their facial markings (red scar vs. blue tattoos)
%% ** The Red Oni to Hong Shen's Blue Oni in the ambiguously canon prequel comic Zuko's Story. Funnily, Hong Shen's alter ego is the Red Spirit to Zuko's Blue Spirit.
* RedRightHand: Zuko's scar is a straight version at first, but then gets completely inverted when it's revealed just ''how'' he got that scar; from then on, it seems to be more of a symbol of the potential for goodness that's still in him.
* ReformedButNotTamed: [[spoiler:After joining Team Avatar he is still a grouchy Anti-Hero which is similar to how he was in Season 2. The difference is that now he believes his father has to be stopped.]]
* ReformedButRejected: For a few episodes with Katara because she remembers what happened the last time he tried to reform.
* RelationshipRevolvingDoor: His relationship with Mai is complicated and...unstable to say the least. They break up at least twice in the series [[spoiler: and once again in the comics.]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: For Iroh's son, Lu Ten. However, Iroh loves Zuko just the way he is and doesn't try to mold him in Lu Ten's image and since Iroh is Zuko's ParentalSubstitute, it works out.
* TheResenter: Played with. He claims not to care that Aang and Azula were, as he puts it, "born lucky," taking pride in the fact that he's had to fight and struggle to survive, but he was highly jealous of his sister's natural skill as a child and only broaches the subject to deride Aang. Zuko also has dreams of himself as the [[TheChosenOne Avatar]].
* ReverseGrip: Occasionally creates fire-daggers in this fashion.
* RightMakesMight: [[spoiler:He is a firm believer in this trope, unlike his father, who believes the opposite. He even discusses this with regards to how the earthbenders will never give up against the Fire Nation as long as they have hope]].
* RoyalBrat: Has some strong elements of this (mainly he sense of entitlement, which earned him a male version of WellExcuseMePrincess, and his sense of pride) in Season 1 and the start of Season 2, which is ironic considering he's TheExile. CharacterDevelopment lessens it.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Enforced upon him by Ozai but he already eager to learn how to be one of these. [[spoiler: Even after becoming Fire Lord, Zuko personally leads his army and stands on the battlefield alongside them, in contrast to his father, who only left the safety of the Fire Nation when Sozin's Comet arrived and made him nigh-invincible. He continues this trend throughout his life, dealing with his problems himself and never refusing to put himself in the same danger he would command others to walk into.]]
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: He's an epic fighter and leader, but he has NoSocialSkills because he wasn't raised in an environment conducive to casual interaction.
* SamuraiPonytail: The Fire Nation seems to use the hairstyle just as the trope indicates with the style being indicative of his status, even in exile. [[spoiler:He cuts it when betrayed by Azula at the beginning of the second season.]]
* ScarsAreForever: Lampshaded in the series when he refuses Katara's offer to remove it. It can't be removed.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Lampshaded later, as when Aang goes missing, everyone looks to him. As Sokka points out, Zuko has the greatest experience chasing Aang from the South Pole to the North Pole.
* SecretIdentity: [[spoiler:The Blue Spirit.]]
* ShockAndAwe: Can't generate lightning (to do so requires a serene and balanced heart, which Zuko doesn't have), but can redirect it.
* SingleTargetSexuality: A mild example. While Zuko did go on a date and received a kiss from Jin, it's evident that he has only had eyes for Mai since childhood.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler:To Team Avatar; joined in Season 3.]]
* SmiteMeOhMightySmiter: Complete with rain and yelling at the sky.
* SnipeHunt: No one actually expected Zuko to capture the Avatar when he got exiled. [[{{Determinator}} This did not stop him from giving it his all]].
* SpringtimeForHitler: Trying to get struck by lightning was an attempt to learn to ''bend'' lightning, or at the very least, redirect it so it doesn't hurt him. Zuko knows that [[CosmicPlaything the universe hates him]], so he tries to manipulate his bad luck and purposely get struck by lightning. This doesn't work, of course.
* SourOutsideSadInside: He may act abrasive, but knowing his past, it's not hard to see why.
* SpeechImpediment: He has a distinct lisp that's [[VocalEvolution less pronounced as the series progresses]], but never really goes away. Dante Basco likes to think it's a result growing up with social anxiety.
-->"It's like a thilver thandwich!"
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler:In a way, Zuko is this to his father. He was the go-guy for his father in Season 3, especially during a war meeting before the eclipse. However, he realizes how wrong his father has been, and decides to help the Avatar overthrow him.]]
* StarterVillain: He was the first main antagonist from the Fire Nation that Aang, Katara, and Sokka had to confront.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: [[spoiler:Returning home to the Fire Nation in the beginning of Season 3 was everything he (thought he) hoped for and yet he was still angry.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: According to Bryke, Ozai's supposed to be an evil un-scarred version of Zuko. Which is stated when the girls mistake a baby picture of Zuko, and it turns out to be Ozai's.
* SuperStrength: Zuko (and Iroh) display this throughout the series, something nobody else does without specifically bending. Throughout the series, Zuko is shown to be able to:
** Shatter iron chains with his swords without harming the blades at all.
** Shatter small boulders thrown by Earthbenders with his swords, again with no damage to the swords.
** Kick a boulder out of the air so hard its momentum right-angles. Said boulder was ''being used as a giant hammer by an Earthbender.'' Also, said boulder was ''much larger than Zuko himself.''
** Snap a cable car's ''steel'' control lever with a kick. While wearing thin prison slippers.
** Keep up with Aang while going up a sheer cliff. Aang flew. Zuko ''climbed.''
* SympathyForTheDevil: WordOfGod says in the SeriesFinale commentary that Zuko and [[spoiler:Katara]] have only pity for [[spoiler:Azula]] upon her defeat, not joy or satisfaction.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler:Rather, lightning, for Katara.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Though only taller than his peers, [[TeensAreShort adults tower over him]]. Dark and Handsome parts always apply, just ask Mai.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Tallest teenager in the series with raven hair and a cynical attitude.
* TameHisAnger: [[spoiler: True firebending, that is, the original stuff learned from dragons, is not about anger. It's about life and the warmth of the sun that brings life. Zuko incorporates this into his style to become kinder and stronger.]]
%%* TeamDad: [[spoiler:To Team Avatar. [[http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii175/Eternal_Light55/Bumi%20Vs%20Toph%20Comic/BvsT8.jpg Especially]] in the [[http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii175/Eternal_Light55/Bumi%20Vs%20Toph%20Comic/BvsT10.jpg comics]].]]
* TearsOfRemorse: When he finally reunites with his uncle after treating him like crap and betraying him. He feels awful about it, and tearfully apologizes, swearing that he'll make it up to Iroh. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Iroh hugs him before he finishes talking.]]
* TeensAreShort: A bit FridgeLogic-inducing because he appears about [[http://piandao.org/screenshots/water/water9/water9-694.jpg a head shorter than average-sized men]], but tall enough around the other Gaang members and Iroh to indicate that he should be at least the same height as said average-sized men.
* TookALevelInBadass: Zuko actually takes several levels in badass during the third season. As the first season went on, he could almost be seen as an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Throughout the second season, he is constantly outmatched by his sister, Azula. During the third season however, he takes a HeelFaceTurn, stands up to his father, Ozai and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome tells him exactly]] [[CallingTheOldManOut what he thinks about him]] and that he is leaving to train Aang [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou so that he can defeat him]]. This hits Ozai's BerserkButton and he fires a lightning bolt at Zuko, ''which Zuko deflects back at him before leaving''. After that, his fights against Azula were a lot more even, enabling him to hold her off long enough to aid in dramatic escapes. And once she began her VillainousBreakdown, she had to present Zuko with a SadisticChoice in order to even gain an advantage in their Agni-Kai duel. He was actually ''winning'', managing to knock her to the ground, whilst being calm and collected, until she pulled that move.
** He takes more in the comics that continue the original series. [[spoiler: Particularly in ''Smoke and Shadows'', where it's revealed that Zuko can use ''dragon fire'' when he blocks half a dozen fireblasts with a whirlwind of flames that had rainbow colors within them. Judging by the reaction of the attackers, they didn't believe it was ''possible'' for one firebender to block so many others at once. It remains to be seen whether Zuko has more control/skill with dragon's flames and how powerful they are compared to normal firebending.]]
* TookALevelInCheerfulness: By the series finale, all of Zuko's angst and ill-tempered nature have disappeared.
* TookALevelInIdealism: He realizes that the ideology he was taught as a child was just a lie and dedicates his life to creating a new era of peace and kindness.
* TookALevelInKindness: After his [[spoiler:HeelFaceTurn, he drops much of his grouchiness, and helps out the Gang and others]].
* TragicHero: Zuko also spends most of Season 2 and late Season 1 struggling with integrity and sense of right and wrong - until he [[spoiler: succeeds in getting his honour back, discovers that he really didn't want it after all, and sets out to join the Gaang.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: First, his mother leaves him (to save him no less), then he gets challenged to an Agni Kai ''as a thirteen-year-old, by his own father'' who brutally scars and then banishes him, then he gets sent on a SnipeHunt after the Avatar. During said quest how much happens to our poor banished prince? (Read: Too much to list here.) And then when he finally gives up that quest he has to fight his little sister in the show’s only real deathmatch and take a lightning bolt in the chest to save a friend's life. He lives through it, but barely. ''The next day'' he has to start ruling his country, which he is effectively going to have to force through a HeelFaceTurn, after they’ve been at war with everyone else for a century. He was even destined to take on all that trauma from birth, [[spoiler:being a direct descendant of both the Fire Lord who started the war and the Avatar who opposed him. His destiny was basically to take on all the horrible influences from his father and co. and all the positive influences from his uncle and the Avatar, and come out of it with the understanding necessary to make the right decisions and have the right credentials to be the Fire Lord the world needed to rule the Fire Nation in the wake of the Avatar’s defeat of Ozai.]] In a way all this trauma molds him into a much more complex character than the Avatar and allows him to fill a role that Aang could not, which ends up being almost as important or maybe even as important as Aang's own role in the story. It also makes him the thoroughly-adored {{Woobie}} of the series.
** The comics actually make the conga line ''worse.'' Remember how Zuko said that his father considered Azula born lucky, while Zuko was lucky to be born? ''Not exaggerating.'' In point of fact, not only did Ozai say that, he ''also'' said that he intended to throw Zuko out of the palace at birth, and was only stopped by Ursa and the Fire Sages' intervention. ''And he said all this to a six-year-old Zuko's face''. Holy ''shit.''
* TroubledButCute: His [[DarkAndTroubledPast tragic past]] and broodiness only add to his allure (at least for the fangirls).
* {{Tsundere}}: He acts broody and abrasive, but his interactions with Mai [[spoiler: and Team Avatar]] show his softer side.
* TwoFaced: Because of his father, during an Agni Kai. It's also a theme with his character, and the camera focuses both sides of his face separately when he's about to make a critical decision. Is the pristine, beautiful side the 'good' side, or is it a reminder of his position as the Fire Prince, and therefore 'evil'? Is the hideous, destroyed side a mark of evil, or is it a testament of his nobility and kind-hearted nature?
* TheUnfavorite: To his father, and grandfather at least. Zuko once remarked that they consider him "lucky to be born". His sister, by contrast, is said to be "born lucky".
* UndyingLoyalty: This is Zuko's greatest weakness ''and'' greatest strength. [[spoiler: Loyalty kept Zuko on the side of his father and sister long after he stopped seeing things their way, but when he finally made up his mind to [[HeelFaceTurn join Aang,]] he took a lot of punishment from them without complaint to win their trust, and he [[PapaWolf protected them over and over.]] In the sequel, Zuko abdicated the throne, naming his daughter Fire Lord, so that he could travel the world after Aang's death, to keep their dream alive while the Avatar could not.]]
* UsedToBeASweetKid: The day his mother left was the day things got bad for Zuko....[[spoiler:Even his HeelFaceTurn did nothing to reverse this.]]
* VillainBallMagnet: Season 2 through the first half of Season 3. Whenever he tries to do something good, it goes horribly wrong and paints him as a villain once again. Case in point: [[spoiler:accidentally burning Toph's feet when she was the only member of the Gaang to trust him]].
-->'''Zuko''': Why am I so bad at being good?!
* VillainousValor: In Season 1, it's made abundantly clear that the odds are very much against him, but he never falters in his pursuit of Aang. It's lampshaded by Sokka, who says if they know one thing about Zuko it's that he ''never'' gives up.
* VocalEvolution: Zuko's lisp becomes less pronounced as the series goes on.
* WarriorPrince: Prince of the Fire Nation and very skilled in combat.
* WarriorTherapist: [[spoiler:Plays TheLancer to Sokka and Katara when they need to sort out their problems (after Aang does the same to him) but the brand of therapy he gives to Katara skirted the line of a PoisonousFriend (albeit unintentionally). [[LampshadedTrope Mocked]] when Toph points out that everyone else got to go on a life-changing field trip with Zuko, grabs his arm, and proceeds to take him for a walk-and-talk... and he tells her that they need to focus on finding Aang.]]
* WeakButSkilled: While Zuko is a decent bender, he is trapped in the shadow of [[LightningBruiser the rest of his family]], and is almost always matched up against benders of prodigious skill, making him look much worse in comparison. He compensates for this by training constantly, being the biggest {{Determinator}} in the series, as well as [[FightsLikeANormal practicing swordsmanship]], resulting in him performing exceptionally well against opponents more naturally skilled than he is. [[spoiler: While considered weak and worthless by his father with bending, without bending Ozai doubted he had any chance of beating him in a fight. The weak part goes away entirely after he trains with the dragons.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: Earning his father's approval is his driving force. [[spoiler:Later on it's his uncle's.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Something of a male version of this trope in regards to Mai. She doesn't put up with his brooding and temperamental nature, instead encouraging him to lighten up.
* WhatWouldXDo: When [[spoiler:trying to find a way to prove Team Avatar that he has genuinely changed sides, he imitates his uncle, and for the sake of argument, his sister]].
* WhenHeSmiles: The poor guy is frowning so often (and for good reason), the few times he gives a genuine smile are really heartwarming.
* WhiteMansBurden: Raised to believe that the Hundred Year War was the way the Fire Nation could share its unparalleled greatness with the rest of the world, [[spoiler:Zuko eventually rejects this line of thinking as a lie. Later on in [[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise "The Promise" trilogy]], after he becomes Fire Lord, he has something of a turnaround on the concept. While the war itself was bad]], Zuko justifies the Fire Nation's colonialism, and their shabby treatment of the native populace, in terms reminiscent of the WhiteMansBurden; even if the Fire Nation citizens are in charge, everyone's standard of living is still better than before.
* WhiteSheep: Zuko is a downright saint when one takes his grandfather, his sister and his father in comparison. He shares the WhiteSheep factor with his uncle and his mother.
* TheWorfEffect: Zuko is a solid firebender, but he tends to only fight opponents who are masters of their field, and so while he can defeat an opponent like Zhao, he almost never wins against the likes of [[AllYourPowersCombined Aang]] or [[LightningBruiser Azula]].
* WorfHadTheFlu: WordOfGod has stated that he was impeded during his fight with Katara during the Siege Of the North by the fatigue and exposure from infiltrating the Water Tribe fortress. Had he been in good shape he would have won much more decisively. This is directly in line with his DidntThinkThisThrough personality, he fails to realize that borderline hypothermia and exhaustion are not good conditions to have in the middle of an enemy fortress.
* WorthyOpponent: He sees himself as TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou towards Aang, even going as far as to free him when he's in Zhao's captivity.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Zuko's under the impression that he's a WarriorPrince on a RedemptionQuest for disrespecting his lord and father. It's not until he hears [[spoiler:said lord and father decide to wipe out a continent]] that he realizes that he's the NobleDemon [[spoiler: destined to make a HeelFaceTurn]].
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/DeeBradleyBaker

Aang's pet flying bison as well as his lifelong friend and companion who was sealed in the iceberg with him when he ran away. Acts as the group's main form of transportation.
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* TheWatson: Not so much in personality - she actually tends to be the most knowledgeable of the Gaang, who are all [[CountryMouse Country Mice]] - but her blindness means other characters will read stuff(all in Chinese or Japanese characters) ''[[AsYouKnow out loud]]'' to her, and thus, the audience.

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* TheWatson: Not so much in personality - she actually tends to be the most knowledgeable of the Gaang, who are all [[CountryMouse Country Mice]] - but her blindness means other characters will read stuff(all stuff (all in Chinese or Japanese characters) ''[[AsYouKnow out loud]]'' to her, and thus, the audience.
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* SadClown: [[DeadpanSnarker Toph]], when all is said and done, has more baggage than a cargo ship: she was always treated as a fragile thing by her parents, ran away from home after they said they'd be even more strict about protecting her (even after she showed first-hand that she was already one of the best earthbenders in the world at TWELVE), is legitimately torn over how she must have broken her parents hearts & makes them worry as a result, feels responsible for Appa having been kidnapped, and is actually terribly insecure about her blindness (despite acting like it's a non-issue normally). Outwardly, she seems like a total snark-bender who doesn't really care about anything, save for her friends.

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* SadClown: [[DeadpanSnarker Toph]], when all is said and done, has more baggage than a cargo ship: she was always treated as a fragile thing by her parents, ran away from home after they said they'd be even more strict about protecting her (even after she showed first-hand that she was already one of the best earthbenders in the world at TWELVE), is legitimately torn over how she must have broken her parents hearts & and makes them worry as a result, feels responsible for Appa having been kidnapped, and is actually terribly insecure about her blindness (despite acting like it's a non-issue normally). Outwardly, she seems like a total snark-bender who doesn't really care about anything, save for her friends.
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** When the group were all arguing due to exhaustion, she was the first to point out that Appa's shedding was the reason why Azula and co. were able to keep following them and thus why they couldn't sleep, she just took it too far by blaming Appa, though it that could also be cause from her sleep deprivation.

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** When the group were all arguing due to exhaustion, she was the first to point out that Appa's shedding was the reason why Azula and co. were able to keep following them and thus why they couldn't sleep, she just took it too far by blaming Appa, though it Appa (though that could also be cause from her due to sleep deprivation.deprivation).
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