The character page for The Stalking Zuko Series. Their Avatar: The Last Airbender canonical characterization applies until it doesn't. Don't list canon-only tropes - they must appear in the fanfic itself.Please add Wiki MagicSPOILERS are very likely to appear, so be wary.
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"I have decided to record everything I know about Subject. To know your enemy is to have a great advantage on the battle field. I have decided not to name Subject for confidentiality's sake as well as because calling things by their name eventually endears them to you. Subject will not endear himself to me again!"
— Katara, regarding her writing about Zuko.
Accidental Pervert: Katara wishes she was this. Problem for her is that all to often, her perversions are either obviously deliberate or fail to materialise.
Anger Born of Worry: Katara got quite angry with Zuko when he fought Azula while escaping the Western Air Temple, a battle that resulted in both combatants almost falling to their deaths, and that he seemed more concerned about Azula.
A Birthday, Not a Break: Her mother died the day before her birthday. The events of "The Southern Raiders" also happen around her birthday, meaning that not only does she confront her mother's killer on her birthday, but she also doesn't get to celebrate it with her father as a result of Azula's attack.
Berserk Button: Bringing up the idea of forgiving her mother's killer will severely upset her.
Combat Pragmatist: The author points out Katara is not above cheating in battle, such as winning a sparring match with Zuko by tickling him.
Covert Pervert: Katara loves seeing Zuko shirtless, and frequently points out when he isn't wearing a shirt in her diary.
Food Slap: Near the beginning of Not Stalking Zuko, when Sokka claims that she and Zuko had sex while looking for Yon Rha, Katara hits Sokka with the fireflakes she bought for Zuko until he apologizes.
Inelegant Blubbering: On the way back from the search from Yon Rha, she, with her feeling spilling out, has a "snotty cry", with "back of the throat breathing."
I Never Said It Was Poison: She eavesdrops on a conversation between Zuko and Aang about love. Zuko then asks her if Aang is also asking her personal questions, prompting Katara to say no, but also muse that he must be the only one she's asking about love, prompting Zuko to realize that he didn't specify what he and Aang talked about. She manages to deflect suspicion before Zuko fully catches on, though.
No, Except Yes: She says that she likes looking at Zuko with his shirt off, but won't touch him unless she can think of a reason.
"No. Just... No" Reaction: When Sokka proposes adding fireflakes as the sixth flavor to five flavor stew, Katara says this verbatim.
The Not Secret: Far more people are aware of her stalking Zuko than she initially thinks, including Zuko himself.
Power Incontinence: She accidentally causes a jug of water to burst open while angry. She's deeply embarrassed by this, because while it has happened in the past, she thought she had improved her skills enough to avoid this.
Precocious Crush: The author suggests she had one on Bato when she was 12, and suggests that Aang's feelings for her are this as well.
Shipping Torpedo: She tries to let Aang know, as gently as possible, that she doesn't return his feelings.
This Is Gonna Suck: Her reaction when she realizes that scene of "The Boy in the Iceberg" that re-enacts the scene in the crystal catacombs will put her and Zuko together, with their stage counterparts being the biggest floozies of the play's cast.
Unreliable Narrator: To an extent, as her description of the events is heavily colored by her biases. For example, she spends much of Stalking Zuko denying having feelings for Zuko, and at one point, goes off on an angry rant about Zuko without mentioning what caused her to say that.
"It is also very tiring to be constantly mad at someone like Subject, who is more mad at himself for his past misdeeds than I could ever be."
— Katara, regarding Zuko.
A Father to His Men: It's mentioned that he cared for his crew a great deal, and was saddened to hear that at least two of them died in the Siege of the North.
Adorkable: Zuko is very much this, and this is lampshaded many times by Katara.
Annoying Patient: Zuko gets very cranky at having to stay in bed with cooler fever. This also happens somewhat when Dr. Yang prescribes a week of strict bed rest for him after his Agni Kai with Azula.
A Threesome Is Hot: In The Boy in the Iceberg, the play's rendition of Zuko often had threesomes, which becomes a Running Gag in Not Stalking Firelord Zuko because people only know him through the play and women proposition him.
Bad Liar: Katara observes this early on, and says that it's "endearing" when Zuko tries to come up with lies on the spot.
Because You Were Nice to Me: The author points out that Zuko's love of Mai is because she was one of the only people in the Fire Nation who wasn't a "jerkface" to him.
Buffy Speak: Zuko is prone to this when he wants to talk about feelings.
Butt Monkey: He ends up having many embarrassing things happen to him, over the course of the story, to the point at which he hopes that it will be someone else's turn to get embarrassed more than he is during the showing of "The Boy in the Iceberg." Unfortunately, that's not what happens.
Cannot Tell a Joke: He botches telling one of his uncle's favorite jokes, and decides to give up on trying to be funny.
Determinator: Katara admires this part about him, but also finds it quite aggravating.
Disappointed In You: His reaction after Aang airbends instead of firebending, resulting in Katara getting bitten by the scorpidillo.
I Can Still Fight: Zuko mentions that he has been taught to train even while injured, unless he's been knocked unconscious, so he can fight without showing vulnerability to an enemy. Katara is disturbed by this practice.
I Resemble That Remark: Grumpily complaining about Suki calling him the grumpiest and least fun person in the Fire Nation.
It's All My Fault: Katara says that when he blames himself for something, he does a "woe is me" dance.
Training from Hell: He suffered this when he was younger, and to a lesser extent, inflicts this on Aang.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: He's grown out of it, as the fic starts after his Heel-Face Turn, but this desire has influenced many of his actions in the past, such as his desire to learn the tsungi horn because it's something difficult he can master that isn't related to bending.
When He Smiles: Katara always notices when he smiles and used to keep track how often he smiled
Averted, Jet thinks Zuko looks weird when he smiles
"Aang has stayed pretty constant. He is still the joyful, happy-go-lucky kid me and Sokka found in the iceberg- despite everything."
— Katara, regarding Aang.
All Take and No Give: The author suggests that one of the problems with Kataang is that Katara would end up having to do everything on Aang's terms, as a result of his desire to revive the Air Nomad culture.
The Atoner: According to the author, he wants to make up for disappearing from the world for 100 years.
Cassandra Truth: No one believes Aang when he tells them that he disappeared because he met a lion turtle, most of them think he ran away under pressure.
Chaste Hero: He doesn't understand much about romantic love and sex, particularly the association between sex and love, as a result of his Air Nomad customs regarding it.
Crippling Overspecialization: The other members of the Gaang believe that he's too reliant on airbending, and Zuko takes the opportunity to drive this point home after his attempt to airbend a scorpidillo away results in Katara getting bitten.
Hypocrite: The author accuses Aang of being this for not forgiving some of those who wronged him (for example, the Earth Kingdom soldiers who threatened Katara in order to induce the Avatar State, or the Sandbenders who stole Appa). This does, however, miss the point that Aang, through much of Season 2, regrets losing control of himself and is worried about losing control of his emotions.
I'm Standing Right Here: He has this reaction when Toph and Zuko argue over which form of bending he's worse at while he's in the room.
Innocent Innuendo: He mentions that he "went penguin sledding" with Katara back when they first met. It's actually innuendo for masturbation, although Aang doesn't understand this.
It's All About Me: The author seems to believe that Aang isn't a bad kid, just highly self-centered.
Just a Kid: due to Aang choosing his own spiritual needs over his duties as Avatar, it causes people to treat him like one since he won't take responsibility for his actions.
Last of His Kind: Aang's status as such drives his actions to an even greater degree than in canon, particularly his efforts to keep Air Nomad culture alive.
Precocious Crush: The author dismisses his feelings for Katara as this, saying that there's a large gap in maturity between them, and that people don't end up with those they crush on when they're 12.
Second Love: Ty Lee is this to him. The author suggests that Aang, who likes trying new things, shouldn't settle down with his first love, but that he'll likely have many lovers before settling down with someone.
White Knighting: Katara thinks Aang is doing this for her when he tries to get her out of her dare to kiss Zuko, and doesn't appreciate it.
"Sokka and I always look out for each other, after all. It's nice that Sokka wants to big brother me sometimes. I find it irritating (because I don't really need him to big brother me- I'm am a master bender) and sweet (because it's nice that he still tries) at the same time. This is an unusual mix of feelings."
— Katara, regarding Sokka.
Big Brother Instinct: His opposition to Katara's search for their mother's killer is mainly based in worrying about how dangerous it will be for her.
Both Sides Have a Point: His position in the discussion about Yon Rha. He says that Katara was right to neither kill nor forgive Yon Rha, but is more sympathetic to Aang's talk of forgiveness than she is, saying that Aang was worried about her.
Schedule Fanatic: He's in charge of setting the schedule for Aang's training, and gets quite upset if people don't follow it, even though he's not directly affected.
Shipper on Deck: He frequently teases Katara when she tries to deny or downplay her attraction to Zuko, and the author uses this exact phrase to describe him, saying that with his relationship with Suki, he wants to set up his single friends.
The Talk: He tries to give this to Aang, but fails miserably given how much he relies on double entendres.
She and Zuko got along well because they both come from high-class families, don't have good relations with their parents, and for a time, were the relative outsiders in the Gaang. Later on, they bond over their trouble relationships with their families.
She also sympathizes with Aang's unrequited love for Katara, since she had a crush on Sokka until he ended up with Suki, and as such, hopes to help Aang get over his feelings.
Deadpan Snarker: As in canon, but this is apparently literally taken Up to Eleven, when she sarcastically says "if you say so," to Katara's claim that she's only hostile to Zuko when it's warranted.
Fragile Flower: Invoked by Toph in A Spoonful Of Sugar to avoid getting her feet binded. 1 in 12 twelve girls die from the infection caused by procedure, so by making her parents think she's too weak and sickly she gets to keep her feet.
Also, foot-binding, to put it bluntly, mutilates the feet so badly that a woman so "treated" can barely stand upright. Earthbending, as a style, depends on a strong, sturdy stance and adept footwork, especially Toph's home-brewed style. If Toph had got her feet bound? Her Earthbending would have been completely crippled.
Troll: It's pointed out that Toph likes getting reactions out of others, especially during the Truth or Dare game.
"Well Done, Son" Guy: Toph wants her parents to accept her for who she is and it is explored in depth in the story. Every time their letters come showing they clearly don't is shown to really upset Toph. It's rectified by Poppy by the time of Not Stalking Firelord Zuko.
What the Hell, Hero?: She sometimes calls out Katara on her hostility toward Zuko, particularly when she believes that it's baseless.
"We have mostly seen Suki as Sokka's girlfriend, and not as a warrior in her own right. We'd been friendly, Suki and I, but I'd known so little about her that I didn't know whether we were proper friends yet."
Lethal Chef: Her food tastes like congealed sadness and burned a roast to an inedible crisp. Sokka ate it anyways because he loves her. Justified in that she never had to cook before as the other Kyoshi Warriors did. She gets better in Not Stalking Firelord Zuko when she makes a dish that's tasteless but edible. She's learning
Satellite Love Interest: Defied as Suki gets more Character Development to avoid being one, and she actively hopes to avoid being seen as this. Discussed by Suki herself as she competes with Zuko in Not Stalking Zuko to establish herself an identity in the group outside of being Sokka's girlfriend, as well as when Katara wonders if she really knows Suki as a warrior in her own right.
Team Mom: Katara says that while in Kiyoshi, she'd been in this role, and misses it. She resumes her role in Not Stalking Firelord Zuko
Katara narrating: "(Suki had) been a real leader there and had been almost an older sister to her warriors. Now she wasn't quite sure what to do with herself without them."
"Haru pointed out that when Teo was a refugee before moving to the northern air temple he'd had to eat grass. Teo replied that's what he meant; it wasn't as bad as eating grass. Thanks Teo."
—Katara regarding Teo
Damned by Faint Praise: He thinks that sea prunes aren't the worst thing he's eaten. Considering that he's eaten grass as a refugee, this is not saying much.
Living Prop: While the author set out to give Teo, the Duke and Haru things to do at the Western Air Temple, and the latter two had their personalities expanded upon, Teo mainly is around if someone wants to fly with him.
Comically Missing the Point: When Katara catches him stalking Zuko (for the purposes of wanting to see him training), and warns him that it's not safe for him to hang around the firebending training area or train with bladed weapons, The Duke mentions that he knows Katara is also stalking Zuko, and asks her why she doesn't go to him and ask him to train her.
Constantly Curious: He straight-up asked Zuko how he got his scar when no one told him how.
Children Are Innocent: While Katara worries about how to approach the subject of Zuko's scar, The Duke asks him how he got it, and Zuko said he was burned.
Non-Action Guy: The natural result of being a child, but he does try to rectify this by asking Zuko for training.
"Haru really wants to learn metal bending from Toph because he thinks it is the coolest thing ever. I think Haru has taken to stalking Toph. She is a bit stand offish with him and always knows when he is following her, which is most of the time. He follows her around adoringly. I think it is sweet."
—Katara, regarding Haru.
Abhorrent Admirer: Toph viewed Haru as a platonic version when he wanted to learn metal-bending.
Snipe Hunt: Toph sends him to find metal in the Western Air Temple, confident that there's hardly any there and he'll be gone for a long time. It doesn't permanently work, since he gets spoons from the kitchen.
Uptown Girl: He's the Earth King while his love, Song is a healer.
Awful Truth: She gave Long Feng and the Dai Li their power to rule in her place when she did not desire or know how to rule and to preserve the culture of Ba Sing Se. Was completely horrified by Long Feng's abuse of power and the treatment of the Joo Dee
Must Make Amends: She give the Joo Dee rooms in the palace and tries to be a good hostess to them
My Beloved Smother: Is this to Kuei, but to be fair he was rather spineless until he manned up.
Reasonable Authority Figure: While she's against Kuei's love for Song, once she sees that he will not budge on the issue she decides to help out. She teaches Song how to act like a proper queen and moves to fake a noble lineage for Song to hush nay-sayers.
Yamato Nadeshiko: an older example, she typically sticks to the private sphere and the manners of the Earth Kingdom court, she has a strong sense duty. She became regent after Long Feng was taken down and when her son too spineless
The Joo Dee
Ascended Fridge Horror: What would a all-male, amoral organization do with beautiful brainwashed women with no ties?
Deprogramming: What Yugoda and Katara are working to break them out of.
Sex Slave: The Dai Li used sexually abuse many of them
"My mother had been killed by this wretched, worthless man. He was pathetic and sad and empty and I told him so. There was nothing to him. I hated him so much, but I couldn't kill him. He wasn't worth it."
— Katara, regarding Yon Rha.
Dirty Coward: Katara makes it quite clear that she sees his "apology" and attempt to get her to kill his mother instead as ways of saving his own skin, rather than genuine repentance.
Not Worth Killing: Katara realizes that part of the reason why she can't kill him is because doing so would make her a murderer without bringing her mother back, and part of it is because it would give her no satisfaction to kill someone like him.
Punch Clock Villain: The author implies that he, like the rest of the Fire Nation's military, does terrible things simply because he's ordered to do so.
Retired Monster: Katara bitterly notes how the man who killed her mother gets to live with his mother.
Draft Dodging: She became a guard to avoid getting draft and help provide for her large family.
OC Stand In: Was the female guard from The Boiling Rock
Naked People Are Funny: Iroh's "Naked Iroh Time" is used frequently as comedy, until Jet realized that he had proof that Iroh was a firebender due his comfortable nudity in the cold early spring in a poorly insulated apartment.
Heroic BSOD: His son's death deeply affected him, to the point at which he wasn't in the proper frame of mind to pass on Lu Ten's letter to Zuko.
Chekhov's Gunman: She is first mentioned in Stalking Zuko as the instructor who taught Zuko to dodge by throwing fireballs at him and making him train despite injury until he fainted. She becomes a major character when introduced in Not Stalking Firelord Zuko.
Dead Man Writing: He left behind a letter to Zuko, which Zuko didn't get until he and the Gaang arrived on Ember Island and Katara looked through Lu Ten's belongings. The letter greatly impacted Zuko.
Generation Xerox: He's implied to be a bit like his father, and picked up a girlfriend.
Innocently Insensitive; He tells Zuko that he shouldn't try to change, but to be himself. Unfortunately, Zuko has internalized others' views of him, and believes that he can never change, although Katara helps him understand this.
The Nicknamer: He calls Zuko "Snugbug" and Azula "dragonfly," although the latter doesn't like it.
Cool Teacher: Was one to Toph as she had to give Toph a "lady's education"
Magical Nanny: She discovers Toph is an earthbender due to Toph smoothing the rock samples and organizing the rocks by age
Master Poisoner: It's implied this is how she killed Azulon, she also notes that she could have used her talents to become something else.
Mundane Solution: Hides the fact she doesn't know anything about the Earth Kingdom by giving Toph an extensive lesson on geology
Noble Fugitive: Who would think the Fire Lady would hide as an Earth Kingdom nanny?
The Colonial Kids: Rozin, Rei and Rena
Cookie and Pi
"Uncle, who'd spent a great deal of time in the kitchen, said that Cookie wanted to open up a little restaurant on twenty mile beach when he retired and Pi was going to help him and now they'd never get to do that. Even worse Zuko was one of the only people in the world who knew or cared about that and if he didn't acknowledge them, then who would?"
City Mouse, Country Mouse: Northern Water Tribe is metropolitian, wealthy and traditional while the Southern Water Tribe are poor, small and adaptable. The South became that way due to Fire Nation raids and receiving no help from the North.
Enemy Mine: The Fire Nation gave the Southern Water Tribe good reparation terms and far more respect. The Southern Water Tribe tends to side the Fire Nation as opposed to their Northern counterparts
Who Needs Enemies?: The Tribes attempt to present a united front to get better say in the peace conference. Otherwise, they despise each other. The Southern Water Tribe remembers that Northern Water Tribe didn't lift a finger to help them when they were being slowly killed off while the North thinks the South as poor, uneducated yokels.
The Matchmaker: tries to set Katara up with Hahn in an Arranged Marriage to set an alliance with the Northern Water Tribe and the increasingly resentful Southern Water Tribe. Katara refuses and Hakoda respects her decision.
No Guy Wants an Amazon: His advice to Katara for a marriage with Hahn is to not show off that she's a better fighter than him.
Noble Bigot: Is sexist and isolationist, but willing to listen and help.