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''How I Became Yours'' is an ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fancomic by Jackie Diaz. The story takes place three years after the canonical end of the show, and [[FanonDiscontinuity takes some liberties]] concerning how things worked out (particularly romantically)...

Toph and Katara have inexplicably taken up residence in an Earth Kingdom estate (owned by Toph?) where they spend their days [[{{Wangst}} monologuing and pining]] after their One True Loves (Aang and Zuko, respectively). Oh, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Sokka is there too apparently]]. Elsewhere, unbeknownst to the girls, Aang and Zuko also pine after their true loves.

When Zuko discovers that his now-wife Mai hid Katara's pregnancy from him by hiding the letters revealing the truth, after turning his DomesticAbuser switch on by beating up and humiliating Mai he runs away from the still-recovering Fire Nation and makes a beeline for Katara's 18th birthday ball, where the StarCrossedLovers joyfully reunite (Aang and Toph also hook up at this event). Unfortunately for them, hell hath no fury like a WomanScorned; Mai is not about to take this lying down, so she enlists the help of a man named Sho who happens to be her older brother ([[RememberTheNewGuy Nevermind that canon says Mai was an only child until Tom-Tom was born]], thus this makes no sense... like the rest of the story.)

Meanwhile, Sokka comes across an injured Azula who [[LaserGuidedAmnesia can't remember anything about her past]] and [[AmnesiacDissonance breaks down crying when confronted with it]]. But rather than toss her back out into the streets or locking her away where no one will find her, the Gaang takes her under their wing and cares for her. During this time [[RescueRomance she and Sokka fall in love with each other...]]

The comic enjoyed moderate popularity before certain members of the Avatar fandom got wind of it, and promptly saw to it that the artist was banned from Website/DeviantArt (the comic's former home) for recurring instances of art theft. Diaz's repeated denials of tracing and art theft [[ImplausibleDeniability in the face of overwhelming evidence (screenshots from the show and her drawings match up ]]''[[ImplausibleDeniability line for line]]'') did nothing to endear her to the fandom. She has sadly friends-locked the entire comic at her MySpace page, however, you can view most of it on this Diaz fan's [[http://s762.photobucket.com/albums/xx265/ReneeLuvsZutara/ Photobucket account]].

You can also see the whole comic in order on Tumblr with a bit better picture quality here [[http://howibecameyours-rehost.tumblr.com/]]

She has also created a sequel comic: [[Webcomic/HowIBecameYoursRiseOfTheAgniArmy Rise of the Agni Army]]. Be afraid. Be ''very'' afraid.

For the ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' SpiritualSuccessor, see ''Fanfic/AbuseCycle''.

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!!Tropes:

* [[AlmostDeadGuy Almost Dead Girl]]: [[spoiler:Azula]] conveniently waits until the battle is over to deliver a long speech to [[spoiler:Sokka]] before she 'dies', despite being ''stabbed in the heart''.
* AmnesiacDissonance: Azula is implied to go through this gradually, getting memories back in her sleep. However, the trope is not used to portray self-conflict and soul-searching right before a HeelFaceTurn, as per the usual implications. Instead, it becomes a HandWave that says "Azula is crying about the evil things she's done in the past, so that means she's automatically a really good and completely different person now."
* AmnesiacsAreInnocent: Azula's amnesia essentially provides the reset to her personality necessary to get her together with Sokka.
* AnachronismStew: Rampant. The crowning moment of this trope occurs when Katara is seen wearing the [[http://www.allaboutgemstones.com/_gems_history_sapphire_hall_necklace.html Hall Sapphire Necklace.]] [[http://s762.photobucket.com/albums/xx265/ReneeLuvsZutara/HIBY%20Chapter%202/?action=viewĄt=060.jpg No, really, it's Photoshopped onto the drawing.]]
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: So, we're supposed to believe that Mai gave Katara a poison so potent, that she instantly miscarries despite appearing several months pregnant?
* ArrangedMarriage: Zuko claims that this is his relationship with Mai.
** FanonDiscontinuity: Or the fact that Zuko and Mai were very much in love with each other in the series and there was not even a mention that their relationship was even arranged. Of course, [[DieForOurShip Diaz rewrites their relationship so her favored ship looks good in comparison or give a lame excuse for the reason why Zuko does not love Mai]].
* AuthorAppeal: The author is of Hispanic heritage, and Spanish SoapOpera cliches have a way of finding their way into the comic with surprising frequency.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: The epilogue.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Mai, the DesignatedVillain, is the only female character who does not sport breasts that would make Pamela Anderson proud.
** She is also the only female character to not be treated to fancy ballgowns, jewelry, or hairstyles, which makes her look the closest to her canon counterpart.
* TheBechdelTest: It actually manages to pass. Katara and Toph have a conversation about their dresses and the duties that each of them supposedly has to fulfill. Men aren't mentioned for about a minute of conversation, maybe.
* BerserkButton: Zuko has two that Mai pushes- insulting Katara and calling him a "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin chard monster]]".
* BetaCouple: Aang and Toph. Surprisingly, the main couple (Katara and Zuko) take a back seat near the end while Sokka and Azula take the main spotlight.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Mai and Sho.
* BigNo: Sokka pulls off a particularly {{narm}}ful one after [[spoiler: Azula is stabbed to death.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: Sho's mouth is dripping blood after a fight with Toph. However, the injury doesn't seem very serious, as he's able to pull off a DeusExitMachina just seconds after he's hurt. Either that, or he's just that {{Badass}}.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Zuko and Azula, Sokka and Katara, and Mai and Sho. Those last are the only team who really do stuff together, though.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Azula, in the beginning.
* BusCrash: It's offhandedly mentioned that Ozai was executed.
** Toph's parents died in the war.
* ButNotTooForeign: Just look at the cover image (seen above). Particularly on Katara and Mai's dresses and the architecture.
* CaughtInTheRain: Sokka and Azula.
* CherryBlossoms: A rare homage to the Eastern setting of the show. The romantic undertone is clear, given the alternate meaning of the word [[AccidentalInnuendo cherry]] and the gratuitous sex scene under the trees.
* {{Chickification}}: Pulled on Katara, Toph, and ''especially'' on Azula.
* ConspicuousCG: A rather odd variant. The only parts of the comic that Diaz actually draws are the characters and their clothes (well, most of them, anyway). Everything else (backgrounds, accessories, props, settings), are photos. Spectacularly few of them are of Diaz's own creation.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: Mai poisons Katara in the beginning, making her lose Zuko's love child. This leaves Katara free to act like an infatuated teenager when Zuko comes back into the picture three years later, and also serves as a source of cheap {{Wangst}}.
* CostumePorn: Toph wears ''dresses.'' Without complaining. And the other girls' outfits are even fancier than ''hers''.
* CoversAlwaysLie: In addition to the comments Jackie Diaz wrote to look like critical compliments, not one of the three scenes pictured on the cover happens in the comic.
* CutAndPasteComic: Taken to truly absurd heights, especially considering that everything was traced or vectored in the first place. Each character averages in at about 4 distinct faces for the duration of the comic and about 2 poses for each outfit.
* DeadGuyJunior: Katara's miscarried baby is named Kuzon, after Aang's Fire Nation friend from before the war. [[spoiler: Her next baby is also named Kuzon, apparently in honor of his older brother]].
* DelusionsOfEloquence / RougeAnglesOfSatin: ''Everywhere.'' Cases in point: "a 'curtain' Fire Lord" and "[[MemeticMutation 'CHARD' MONSTER"]].
* DemotedToExtra: Aang is defined solely by his relationship to Toph, who didn't get a lot of screentime or meaningful moments herself in comparison to Katara and Azula.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Katara is pregnant with child!"
* DerailingLoveInterests: Poor Mai...
* DeusExitMachina: Zuko and Aang have to leave Toph's estate so Zuko can be HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee. They are, therefore, not present when Mai and Sho storm the estate in an attempt to kill Katara.
* DeusExMachina: Sho executes a firebending move seen only twice in the original series: the bender casts a sphere of fire and then disappears. Only he kicks it up a notch, where, instead of using this move as a distraction in order to run away in the resulting smoke, he turns it into a sort of VillainTeleportation. Have we mentioned that, up until this point, he's demonstrated no ability for firebending?
* DomesticAbuser: Zuko's treatment of Mai.
* DontCallMeSir: Zuko asks Iroh not to call him "my lord" early on, then forgets to repeat this request when Iroh lapses back into this mode of address.
* DoubleInLawMarriage
* DramaticEllipsis: ''Plenty''.
* DullSurprise: To be expected given the amount of copying and pasting; a character might be speaking calmly one panel, then shouting or breaking down into tears in the next ''with the exact same face''.
* EasyAmnesia: Rather than delve into the canon Azula's complex, fractured mental state, Diaz opts to use this trope as an excuse to completely rewrite the character.
* ExactEavesdropping: How Azula finds out that Sokka likes her. Interesting that he just ''happens'' to start talking about how physically attractive she is when she's supposedly hidden from sight...in a bright, [[PrincessesPreferPink salmon-colored]], [[ImpossiblyLowNeckline low-cut]] dress.
* FairyCompanion: Azula gets a miniature, flying, glowing Aang duplicate to lead her through the Spirit World. Ostensibly, it's a close-up of those glowing blue fireflies Aang encountered on his way to meet Koh.
* FanservicePack: Sokka becomes noticeably, what is likely supposed to be, more attractive as time goes on.
* FloatingHeadSyndrome: The cover/poster for the sequel comic.
** Also, Aang and Toph for this comic.
* {{Flynning}}: The "swordfighting" scenes consist of both parties taking the "en guarde" stance for a few panels. Once, Sho executes a clumsy flip, and that's it for variety.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Azula's a friend to all obviously photoshopped turtleducks, talking panda nature spirits, and miniature glowing Aang clones.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Although unintentional, it's still funny. In many panels, Aang can be seen in the background wearing an expression that's practically begging for an end to his suffering.
* GISSyndrome: Oh, so much. One ballroom scene even had blurred photos of Avatar cosplayers in the background.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Sho does this as he's taunting Sokka before their ensuing fight.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Fire Lord Zuko impregnating Katara and ''physically assaulting his betrothed (Mai)'' [[DisproportionateRetribution for getting upset about it]].
** SympatheticAdulterer: Zuko is intended to be a Pay Cheating unto Evil sense; not only is Mai [[DesignatedVillain supposed to be seen as evil]], but Zuko claims he never loved her.
* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Zuko gets hauled before one when he wants to marry Katara. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because he's about to make a grand mess out of his nation just as the world is getting back to normal. And, well, he did institute the Senate, after all, so he really shouldn't be complaining.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Attempted in several places. However, when it's written as "*heart beating faster*" in little italics floating in the background, it's a bit hard to take it seriously.
* HiddenElfVillage: During the TimeSkip between the end of the series and the beginning of this comic, Aang finds one of these, populated by Air Nomads. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot Nothing more about this development is said]].
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Azula spies on Sokka. In a bright, salmon-pink dress. No wonder the attempt failed miserably.
* HowMuchDidYouHear: "So, Azula, I assume you were hiding in that tree long enough to hear me go on and on about how beautiful you are? And about taking you to see the cherry blossoms, of course..."
* IdiotBall: Sokka starts the plot off by accidentally mailing a letter concerning all of the details of Katara's pregnancy directly to Mai's doorstep. The only explanation given is that he didn't bother checking where the messenger hawks were going, even though he didn't have a reason to be sending any messages to the Fire Nation in the first place.
** Mai also holds onto an IdiotBall by not only keeping the incriminating letter for three years, but leaving it out where one of her maids could easily spot it and bring it to Zuko.
* ImmodestOrgasm: Katara treats the reader to a description of her every sensation during her sex scene. Including her [[{{Squick}} groans]].
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Seems to be the default style for every single dress.
* INeverGotAnyLetters: Zuko never learns about his and Katara's son until the start of the story because Mai intercepted her mail.
* InNameOnly: These are definitely ''not'' the characters you know and love.
* IShallTauntYou: Sho takes the time to insult Sokka right before their fight.
* ItsAlwaysSpring: Azula mentions that she's been at Toph's estate for eight months. During that time we never see any leaves or snow on the ground, not even during a montage which shows two or three months passing. An equatorial climate could be an explanation for that, but the plants generally look like those belonging to a temperate region. It's a result of either ArtisticLicenseGeography or SoCalization, but the lack of consistency makes deciding which one it is a hard call.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Katara has a miscarriage. Traumatic and tragic, right? Except the thing that upsets her most (judging by what she emphasizes) is that it happened the day before ''her'' birthday. Topped off when, at the beginning of the story, Katara visits her baby's memorial on the anniversary of the miscarriage. She quickly jumps from mourning being unable to save her child to wangsting about how she can't confess her love to Zuko.
** Zuko accuses Mai of this, but [[{{Hypocrite}} Mai's accusation toward him fits him better]].
** Sho, while retreating, declares he has a grudge against the protagonists because they drew his blood for the first time in a while instead of Mai's death.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Mai and Sho freely volunteer information, such how Mai poisoned Azula and Katara, without any reason or provocation.
* KarmaHoudini: Zuko, who abuses Mai physically and psychologically and never faces any consequences for it because he did it for "true love". Well, until [[FanFic/HowIBecameYoursRiseOfTheAgniArmy the sequel,]] anyway.
* KnifeNut: Mai (of course) and Sho.
* KudzuPlot
* LaserGuidedKarma: Mai [[spoiler:almost killing Azula]] can be seen as this, especially since Azula almost killed Mai for betraying her in the Boiling Rock.
* LettingHerHairDown: Katara, Azula, and Toph. Poor Mai is never allowed to relax like they are.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Azula and Katara rarely wear their hair their trademark updoes of the show.
** Even Toph, who only wears her hair down when she's having sex and sleeping, still tampers with her bun to make it more elaborate or wears pretty headbands.
** Katara's might be accidentally justified since in the later half of season 3 and post-series comics and images show that Katara kept her hair mostly down.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Mai's the intended [[LoveMakesYouEvil (and most obvious)]] example of this trope, but it arguably applies to almost the entire main cast. Zuko deserts his nation for months to be with Katara; Katara [[spoiler: [[MurderTheHypotenuse murders her hypotenuse]]]] to be with Zuko. Azula ends up lobotomized and giggly even after she gets her memories back, and Toph... well, her sex scene with Aang is listed under NightmareFuel. And all of them, even Sokka and Aang who barely do anything else, defy nasty nation-centric prejudices (which were basically nonexistant in the series) for love.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Mai, intentionally. Unintentionally, Zuko and Katara as well.
* MagicSkirt: Hilariously displayed when Katara does when Mai attacks her.
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Used so ubiquitously to the point of absurdity.
* MartialArtsDoNotWorkThatWay: There are a few hand positions traced from stills of the show that somehow make it into the comic. Other than that, none of the "bending" pictured in the comic looks even remotely like the complex forms depicted in the cartoon - mostly because the characters hardly ever ''[[CutAndPasteComic move]]''.
* {{Melodrama}}
* MixAndMatchCritters: One page has a badly photoshopped turtleduck.
* ModestyBedsheet: Both varieties are used: the L-shaped sheet one later love scene with Zuko and Katara, and the traditional invocation with Toph just before the Taang love scene.
* MoralDissonance: Zuko impregnates a fifteen-year-old girl, carries on a love affair with her after he marries his childhood sweetheart, then ''slaps and verbally abuses his wife'' when she dares to get upset. Yet he's presented unerringly as a hero.
* MoralMyopia: Zuko quickly declares Mai's heart darker than either his tyrannical father or manipulative sister. Her crime? Not telling Zuko that Katara was pregnant with his child. This is portrayed as a horrible thing, even though Katara herself decided that for the good of the world Zuko must never know. (See IdiotBall for how Mai, and ultimately Zuko find out anyway) When Mai tries the same logic, she's declared selfish.
** Later, she kills Mai in a painful manner. Although it was in the heat of battle, which would be an acceptable excuse, Katara explains that it's because Mai poisoned her to cause her to miscarry. While the anger within Katara is understandable, the MoralMyopia comes from the fact that Sokka tells her that it was a heroic thing to do.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Mai attempts this. [[spoiler: Katara achieves it]].
* MysticalWhiteHair: [[spoiler: Azula, in the end, after the Moon Spirit heals her from a mortal wound. The hair color is also passed on to her unborn child.]]
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: Azula appears to have regained her bending powers, but then [[spoiler:gets hit in the chest by a knife Mai throws]].
* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: One which bickers relentlessly over whether or not to let Katara marry Zuko. Aang sits in on the meeting and [[FunnyBackgroundEvent silently prays for death]].
* ObligatorySwearing: Quite a bit of it, which is especially jarring considering that it's based off of a children's show.
* OffModel: Not simply compared to the original character models, but heavily applies by simply comparing different shots of the same characters. In fact, the title page demonstrates the recurring issue of [[AmbiguouslyBrown Katara's skin tone]] varying wildly from page to page.
* OnlySixFaces: It's particularly obvious in the [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter epilogue, where the five children ''all have the exact same face'']].
* PayEvilUntoEvil: So your romantic rival's killed your unborn child-now what do you do? If you're Katara, you [[spoiler: kill them in the most horrific manner possible]].
* PowerGlows: Aang's tattoos glow avatar-state style ''while having sex with Toph''.
* ThePowerOfLove: Used to the point of ridiculousness. Azula's love for Sokka allows her to [[spoiler: completely regain her lightning bending]], Sokka and Azula's IntimateHealing, and how Sokka is able to [[spoiler: bring Azula back from the Spirit World.]]
* PrettyInMink: [[spoiler: Azula's]] final dress exudes this.
* PrincessClassic: Both Azula (BadassPrincess) and Katara (TheChiefsDaughter at best) get "upgraded" into something vaguely reminiscent of [[Disney/SnowWhite Snow White]].
* PrincessInRags: According to the backstory, Azula was banished from the Fire Nation [[spoiler: after Aang took away her lightning bending]]. Her first appearance has her poisoned and bleeding in a back alley, wearing only a tattered "ninja outfit." Sho later reveals that she got into such terrible shape because [[spoiler: she tried to get a seat in the new Fire Nation Senate by blackmailing Mai about Zuko and Katara's child, and Mai decided to shut her up instead of caving]].
* PrincessesPreferPink: Azula. One dress she wears isn't quite pink, more of a salmon or peachy color. But given that her usual regalia is the deep red armor of the Fire Nation, the difference is still quite striking.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality
* PsychoExGirlfriend: What Mai was supposed to be, although she ended up [[UnintentionallySympathetic being one of the more sympathetic characters.]]
* PsychoForHire: Sho, though he doesn't charge Mai for his services as a favor to her, is stated to be a well-accomplished BountyHunter.
* PsychoticSmirk: Sho wears one of these all the time, save for a few brief moments when Toph starts wearing him down. Limited expression must run in the family.
* PutOnABus: Suki.
** Or was she? Look at the maids' faces.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Azula and Toph.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Zuko and Mai exchange them after he discovers her letters, each accusing the other of selfishness and disregard for the Fire Nation.
* RecycledSoundtrack: During Katara and Zuko's conversation on the balcony, Katara very blatantly rips off "What Hurts the Most" by Music/RascalFlatts.
** Even more blatantly, while Zuko is pining for Katara in the first chapter, part of his inner dialogue contains lyrics straight out of "My Immortal" by Music/{{Evanescence}}.
** Aang lands on Toph's balcony, offers to take her flying, and asks "Do you trust me?" There aren't any lyrics written, but you can practically ''hear'' [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} "A Whole New World"]] in the background.
* RealityEnsues: Surprisingly enough, this is played straight when [[spoiler:Azula, while regaining her bending powers]], is hit in the chest with a thrown knife and nearly killed. This proves that 1) [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talking isn't a free action]] and 2) mundane weapons, even seemingly unimpressive ones such as knives, are a threat to benders.
* RedemptionEqualsSex
* RedemptionInTheRain
* RememberTheNewGuy: We're supposed to believe that Sho has been around since the beginning, since there's no explanation on how he can be Mai's older brother when she's said in canon to be the eldest child in her family. Tom-Tom couldn't be given a PlotRelevantAgeUp and a name change, could he?
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: Azula becomes a veritable clone of Princess Yue in the end. Zuko and Katara name their new son Kuzon, after the baby Katara lost in the beginning.]]
* RescueRomance: Sokka and Azula
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: ''Plenty''. You know you're in trouble when the word "beauty" is misspelled on the ''cover''.
* SayMyName: "ZUKO!!" "KATARA!!!"
* SceneryPorn: Yes, the backgrounds are mostly stolen photographs with traced art Photoshopped on top of them. At least they're ''pretty'' stolen photographs with traced art Photoshopped on top of them.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: After listening to his Senate Subcommittee bicker over whether a marriage to Katara would be harmful or not, Zuko gets fed up. He reminds them just who instituted the Senate after the war ([[Franchise/StarWars I AM THE SENATE!]], anyone?) and dismisses the meeting.
* SelfInsertFic: Katara looks a ''lot'' like Ms. Diaz herself, who's also claimed that the events in the story are based on things that actually happened to her.
* SequelHook:
** Sho is still at large.
** The sudden disappearance of [[spoiler: Mai's mangled body]] might also count as a retroactive SequelHook.
* SexEqualsLove: Zuko/Katara, Sokka/Azula. Aang and Toph just barely subvert this, since they become engaged ''before'' their sex scene.
* SexySoakedShirt: Azula's dress gets soaked during a sudden rainstorm. Mercifully, there's not all that much to see.
* ShirtlessScene: Zuko, Sokka, and Aang all get at least one. Sho doesn't, despite the fact that he's just as good-looking as the others, because he'd be too sympathetic if he were [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] as well as [[EvilIsCool cool]].
* ShouldersOfDoom: Sho sports them..
* SiblingsInCrime: Mai and Sho.
* SparklingStreamOfTears
* SpinOffspring: The whole point of ''Rise of the Agni Army''
* StarCrossedLovers: Zuko and Katara at the beginning of the comic.
* SuchALovelyNoun: Sho does this when he's taunting Sokka.
* [[spoiler: SurprisePregnancy: Azula, of ALL PEOPLE in chapter 5. Toph figures it out that she's three months in with her Earth-shattering Bending skills and tells Sokka with predictable results.]]
* SwordPointing: Sokka does this to Azula and later to Sho. [[JustifiedTrope In his defence]], he was merely anticipating an attack in both cases. Not that he would've been able to stop either opponent with that ridiculous position if they ''did'' attack him.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: Mai sends Katara a poisoned fruit basket.
* TearsOfBlood: [[spoiler:Mai, after being bloodbended]].
* [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The Royals Who Don't Do Anything]]:
** Zuko whiles away his time pining for Katara in the Fire Nation, leaves his wife, then spends at least eight months doing nothing but lounging at Toph's estate with his new girlfriend. It's not until he's HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee that we actually see him doing his job.
** Sokka and Katara are supposedly Prince of the Northern Water Tribe and Princess of the Southern Water Tribe by now. We never see them carrying out any duties pertaining to this, aside from attending a [[DancesAndBalls ball]] in Katara's honor.
** Aang is the leader of a HiddenElfVillage of surviving Air Nomads. He deserts them pretty early in the story, and never returns; in the sequel, he lives with Toph in "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin Bong]]" Sing Se.
** Toph is a high-ranking Earth noblewoman... which apparently means that she's Katara's head housekeeper at a splendid estate in the countryside.
** Iroh apparently does nothing but get wasted once with the kids, drink tea, and play Pai Sho. And it's ''not'' an act of ObfuscatingStupidity, either, like it was in the show. Though that's exactly what he planned to do at the end of the series.
** Azula, at least, has the excuse that she's been stripped of her title, cast out of her country, and is now suffering from EasyAmnesia on top of that. It still doesn't make it less painful to watch her giggle like a helpless teenager.
* TeenPregnancy: Katara would've only been about fifteen when she was pregnant with Zuko's child.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Zuko demands that Mai address him as "Fire Lord," then [[DomesticAbuse smacks her]] in the scene when he confronts her over Katara's letters.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Mai and Sho in the fourth chapter.
* TransplantedCharacterFic: It's rather a (western) fantasy[=/=]romance comic than an ''Avatar'' fanfic.
* UnsoundEffect: Of a rather painful variety with sound effects such as "heart beating faster" and "servants leave the room."
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Sokka; by accidentally sending the letter out to the Fire Nation, he informs Mai of Katara's pregnancy.
* VaporWear: ''Toph'', of all people, wears a flimsy nightgown at one point. And it's [[NippleAndDimed painfully obvious]] that she has nothing on under it.
* VillainTeleportation: Sho can do it.
* VisualInnuendo: It's chock ''full'' of phallic symbolism if you look carefully enough. There are candles in the Zutara sex scene which presumably flicker under Zuko's influence. The rain serves a similar function in the Sokkla sex scene, even though Sokka's not a bender. The Taang scene... is [[PowerGlows weird]], but there. And, of course, Sokka wants to take Azula to see the [[AccidentalInnuendo cherry blossoms]].
* WallBangHer: [[spoiler: Sokka and Azula.]]
* WallOfText: The textboxes are downright cramped at times.
* WhamLine
-->'''Mai''': You see all those years ago, when I got to your letter, something had to be done. [[ConvenientMiscarriage You where not sick]]... like I wanted everyone to believe... I had made something just for you to eat so that little problem would go away... and yes, I took [[RougeAnglesOfSatin pleaser]] in doing it...
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After Mai [[spoiler: gets murdered]], she's never seen again in the comic. You'd think that [[spoiler: a corpse with blood leaking out of its eyes and mouth]] would at least have been featured in the background, but no.
** Appa gets a few moments like this, especially when Zuko and Aang land on the Earth Kingdom ship in Chapter Five. The WallOfText discussion with Toph that gets rehashed AdNauseam with Sokka later? Pictured in great detail (metaphorically speaking). The ten-ton flying bison-thing that flew to the ship, had to land on the ship, and was possibly throwing off the ship's balance while this discussion is going on? Not even a glimpse of him.
** Toward the end, Mai asks Sho if he had coated her knives with poison as she requested, and Sho says yes. This was just a ploy to confirm that Mai was responsible for Azula's EasyAmnesia, and the poison's never mentioned again. And then Sho comes right out and says that Mai had poisoned Azula, so that little tidbit becomes meaningless.
** [[spoiler: Ursa]] makes a total of two appearances, then disappears after [[spoiler:informing Zuko and Aang of the battle against Sho and Mai, during which Azula was stabbed.]]
** The new temple of Air Nomads - potential plot for a good HiddenElfVillage story arc, or throw-away backstory that unceremoniously throws all of Aang's LastOfHisKind troubles into the trash heap?
** The Water Tribes are reorganized into a hereditary monarchy. Yes, both tribes are now under the command of King Pakku and Queen Kanna, with Prince Sokka and Princess Katara in the wings as joint heirs-apparent. When and why did this happen? How did the people react to this huge overhaul of their national culture? Alas, no answers are given.
** And, to quote King Bumi, ''where's Momo''?
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: A scene in Chapter 4, which was meant to be a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, but comes off as a retroactive example of this trope. After nearly a year at Toph's estate, Azula meets Zuko and [[spoiler: Ursa]]. The two proceed to monologue about how much better Azula is now than she was when she actually had a personality. The canon Azula's claim that her family never loved her for who she was actually looks more feasible in this light.
** [[FridgeHorror That's]] [[MommyIssues just...]] [[DownerEnding depressing.]]
* WinterRoyalLady: [[spoiler: Azula]]. Blue dress, [[PrettyInMink white fur trim]], [[spoiler: white hair]], the works.
* WorldOfBuxom: Every single female character old enough to have breasts has really, ''really'' big breasts. Except for Mai because, you know, [[BeautyEqualsGoodness she's evil.]]
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: Azula as she regains her bending.
-->'''Azula''': I have seen my life for what it was back then. A life that was so empty. And I'm not going to surrender this life for no one without a fight. And by gods I'm not going to let him go either... I love you Sokka...
* {{Yandere}}: Mai, supposedly.
* YouDidTheRightThing: Katara gets this from Zuko after [[spoiler:killing Mai]]. On the other hand, a closer analysis of the situation and the alternatives calls the morality and necessity this decision into question.
* YouNeverDidThatForMe:
-->'''Mai''': Even when I was married to (Zuko) he never got me flowers.
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