Synopsis: The series essentially starts off with what Zuko would have done if he had found out Azula was only tricking him with regaining his honor before leaving Ba Sing Se. He initially resigns himself to his true fate in the Fire Nation, only to be unintentionally rescued by the Gaang, who rescue Iroh to be Aang's fire-bending teacher. Zuko and Iroh end up joining them, and it goes from there, spanning over several "chapters" (read: fics).
Additional Info: Writer of a compelling "Chapter 3: Fire" AU series, Wren originally based it on speculation of what she expected in the then-upcoming Season 3, but officially changed it to an AU once the real season started. What sets the series apart from most "Zuko joins the group" fics is that the eventual joining up with the Gaang isn't a seamless transition for anyone; it takes several "chapters" for Zuko, even with Iroh's guidance, to really settle in among the group, and for the Gaang to realize that Zuko isn't trying to capture Aang anymore...and never really wanted to for his sake.
Synopsis: The Spin-Offspring of the Gaang run away from home to travel the world going on adventures, with Toph and an adult Tom-Tom being charged with bringing them back home.
Additional info: The wiki contains information about the project and characters, and links to the discussion threads, while the stories can be found here. There's no set canon for this story, and the contributions are a free-for-all; it's a good idea to read the threads discussing the project, to be up to date, but anyone can write stories about any character and any moment of the story.
Additional Info: An excellent fanfiction writer with a rather caustic sense of humor, he mainly writes stories for ATLA and Korra, though many are AU-ish. Heavily recommended are "Retroactive", "Lady on Fire", and "The Ember Island Lighthouse". Read any and all of his stuff!
Additional Info: Writes mainly for Kataang, although quite a few of her stories include other couples as well. Most of her works are WAFF, but she pulls off angst with finesse. Definitely, definitely read.
According to her profile, Lyralocke is deceased, so any unfinished stories will not be completed.
Synopsis: A fan-comic, featuring the Avatar characters, with their relationships and personalities mostly intact, in an modern-day-like AU. The main storyline follows Zuko and Iroh as detectives in a noir heavy setting.
Additional info: To participate in the Round Robin, go here. Requires an account, though.
Synopsis: A Fanfiction.Net author, Alabaster has the rare gift of both hammer and anvil, turning out quality completed stories in months, when most of the same quality would take years. Almost all her works are openly of the Mai/Zuko pairing, which, while more popular than it was originally, is still a pairing that some in the fandom can't say two nice things about. Because of this, or in spite of this, all her works have a natural feel to them, flowing as if they were written as part of the series itself. Furthermore, there's something for just about everyone, romance, drama, politics, even action, despite her claims that she cannot write action scenes to save her life.
Seconded, and this troper has very high standards in this respect.
Synopsis: Another Fanfiction.Net author, Azar has an amazing talent for characterization. Although most of her stories are oneshots, she manages to capture the essence of the characters in each and every story.
Synopsis: Yet another Fanfiction.Net author, Singer of Time not only has an amazing talent for characterization and humor, but is able to tell entertaining stories without inventing new threats to throw at the Gaang, instead focusing on high-quality Slice of Life pieces that give the characters the chance to interact without clocks ticking over their heads. The result are some easygoing character examinations without angsty torment. But be forewarned - if you're looking for anything beyond canon couples, look elsewhere.
Synopsis: "I like deep character development, A-plot emphasis, and moments of stark power, both tiny and tremendous. I have a Dickensian tendency to cram as many words into a single sentence as I possibly can. I am fascinated by generational stories, seeing how the past influences the present, and how the people who influenced us as children shape who we become, and how that in turn shapes the turn of the world. I am a complete sucker for a pure spirit and a noble heart, but find that throwing in a variety of contrasting (and occasionally extremely dark) characters surrounding this point of light makes for a much more fascinating story. Does it surprise you now that I love ATLA?"
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Snow by Last of the Loneliness
Recommended by unmissingpiece
Synopsis: Children raised by misfortune grow into monsters. For Azula, perfection comes at a price. The childhood of the girl who would master lightning and lose herself along the way.
Synopsis: Two fics starring magnusrae's original Earth Kingdom character, Anko, alongside the usual cast. Shattered focuses on Zuko, and then others, falling in with Anko when Aang is captured by Zhao. Erosion is a prequel fic set during the war between the Fire Nation and the Earth Kingdom that expands on Anko's backstory, showing her history up until the days of Shattered.
Synopsis: On a fateful night six years after the end of the war, Zuko is ambushed in a forest, and won't dare firebend for fear of endangering a nearby village. As the fight goes on, he is forced to come to terms with the consequences of that choice.
Synopsis: Features Aang teaching Toph the philosophies of the other elements, starting with Airbending, then Waterbending and Firebending. Aang and Toph's relationship grows closer, so if you like to pair them up you can read some subtext between them if you want. It stands better as friendship, though.
Synopsis: Three Zuko and Sokka friendship fics. Hide and Seek features the Gaang playing hide and seek (duh) as a training exercise, in Our Own Walls Zuko and Sokka infiltrate a Fire Nation village to get some information, and in Over My Dignity the Gaang (but mostly Zuko with the help of Sokka) deal with post-war negotiations. They aren't sequels, but there is the occasional Shout-Out between them.
Seems to have been removed from FF.net.
SAK took them all down, but is now re-upping them chapter by chapter. Links updated :-). — yellowukulele
Synopsis: Fairly basic Freaky Friday premise: Zuko and Sokka are forced to live each other's lives, and the subsequent plot diverges from that of canon in all the right places to reflect their different approaches to problem-solving.
Synopsis: Five years ago, all the Kyoshi warriors disappeared, except for one. Five years later, a young Suki finds the last warrior practicing in the woods. Thus starts the long, hard journey for Suki as she becomes a daughter of Kyoshi. A pre-series origin story. Now COMPLETE.
Subverted. Half of the story is complete, while the second half is comprised entirely of (still detailed) episode summaries, as the author stated he lost interest in writing out full episodes the rest of the way.
Synopsis: Exactly what it says on the tin. The war may be over, but there's still a lot of work to do in getting the world back the way it was and healing old wounds.
Synopsis: Exactly what it says on the tin. The war's over, Azula redeems herself, but Team Avatar battle against ex-Firelord Ozai for the final time. Ignores the events of the post-finale graphic novels.
Pairings: Aang/Katara, Zuko/Mai, Sokka/Suki, later Sokka/Azula, Ty Lee/Haru, Toph/Teo, Suki/Hahn
Heart of Fire: A year after the end of the war, the renegade general Azun tries to use Azula in his mad quest to return the Fire Nation to its evil ways. However, the amnesiac Azula escapes his men and falls in with a pair of peasant siblings who travel with her as she tries to regain her memories. Zuko and Mai are doing all they can to stop Azun, but it may be only Azula who is capable of doing it. Part one of a trilogy.
Path of Fire: Azula has regained her memory, but remains haunted by hallucinations. Her latest desperate attempt to get rid of them results in her learning the whereabouts of her mother, sending her on a quest to find her that sees her teaming back up with Ty Lee and meeting more familiar faces. But a mysterious new enemy with incredible powers is also setting her own plans for revenge into motion. Part two of a trilogy.
Soul of Fire: Azula has completely redeemed herself after rescuing her mother and now stands as a true hero. And none too soon, as now she has to join forces with the whole Gaang to defeat the spirit of war itself. Part three of a trilogy.
Synopsis: Zuko and Toph travel about the Earth Kingdom searching for his mother while in the Fire Nation Azula has escaped from prison thanks to the help of Ozai loyalists called the Children of Fire. Some of Aang's powers have copied over to Ozai and the Fire Nation is in threat of being over taken.
Synopsis: Ursa is betrothed to Ozai, but soon learns Azulon has hidden motives for agreeing to the match. Meanwhile, recently promoted General Iroh begins to make a name for himself as The Dragon of the West.
Synopsis: Ozai may not be able to bend, but he's hardly powerless. Desperate to stop his father before civil war breaks out, Zuko is forced to turn to the only person who can possibly outsmart him: Azula.
Synopsis: "Zuko, gen, about a PG-13, a little bit navel-gazing from time to time, spoilers up through the start of Book 3, warnings for some gross injury talk and for not making all that much sense all the time and for anyone who is, like my girlfriend, afraid of hypothermia."
Synopsis: "Zuko adjusts to his new situation, Iroh tries to guide him, and the Universe seems content to make the prince's life as miserable as possible. A series of short fics detailing Zuko's banishment."
Synopsis: "Azula didn't always loathe her brother- instead she took her parents' words to heart and believed herself a monster. This story addresses a question I often think about- How loud does a cry for help have to be before it is answered?"
Synopsis: In the months before Zuko's exile, he and Azula are locked in a battle of wills for the soul of a nation. Lives are caught in the crossfire, and the Fire Nation will be changed forever. An in-depth look behind Zuko's exile.
Synopsis: The Avatar characters are actors, sick of playing the badly thought out, disturbing, and cliche fan fiction. Join Forever Fyre and friends on their quest to promote originality and fresh ideas into the dying fandom.
Synopsis: That's right, folks! FFN's favorite fangirls are back! I know it sounds like pure insanity, because it is. But seriously, if you have questions about your first story, CLICK! A Save-the-Fandom story. Sequel to Fyre's Guide to Creativity.
Synopsis: Do YOU get tired of seeing the same stories over and over again? Sick of Mary Sues? Strange cross-overs? Do you like parties? Yes? Then come inside! This is my I Love Bad Fanfiction party and everyone is invited! An Inspired by Fyre story!
Synopsis: The Avatar and company face their greatest challenge: planning and getting through Zuko and Katara's wedding day! Why oh why couldn't they have just eloped? Comedic drabbles and randomness for everyone who hates weddings!
This is not so much a Zutara fic as a massive crack fic with every "this can funny thing can happen at a wedding" cliche ever. In fact, despite the premise it's not a pairing fic at all besides having multiple crack pairs hinted at, most people getting happy endings, and Toph making fun of Azula's bridesmaid's dress with the line "I may be blind, but I can sense fugly a mile away". And did I mention that there's an open bar...?
Synopsis: Okay, it's not quite a fanfic. It's actually the Avatar characters going through each episode of the show and either choosing to instead do what any reasonable person would do or pointing out how ridiculous what they are actually doing is. Jokes tend to include Zuko's inconsistent fighting capabilities, Appa's apparent unwillingness to ever help in fights and Toph's inconsistent super senses.
YMMV on this one. This troper found it rather nitpicky, though the author seems to think they're being funny.
While it can be a bit caustic at times, it does a good job tying together plotholes, and the end has some of the finest interpretations of character actions this troper has ever seen.
Synopsis: When Aang masqueraded as Kuzon for a few days and mysteriously disappeared after throwing a secret dance party, his actions changed the small Fire Nation school. Societal messages abound. Includes On Ji, Shoji, Hide,and others. Reviews always appreciated.
Synopsis: Mai and Zuko thought they had enough to deal with in the three years following the war. They didn't count on a shotgun wedding, parenthood, and a deadly conspiracy from within their own inner circle. Written for the Maiko Big Bang on livejournal.
Synopsis: Takes place post-series. The war is over, and everyone's doing just fine… Until tragedy strikes, it is revealed that in fact things are far from fine, and people have to make hard choices. Starts with canon relationships, but will slowly evolve to Zutara.
Synopsis: Four days after the comet, Azula negotiates with her brother to get out of prison, and works with the Gaang and her friends to restore balance after a century of war, working against well-earned distrust, echoes of her loss of control, and a new threat.
Synopsis: For them, the whole world is empty. The sands of time howl in a storm that deafens them to the sounds of all else. They have gone mad... and have, since then, gone sane. So unshakably, brutally sane that, at times, they wish that madness would come again, if only to take away the sheer cold of the certainty. The certainty that their story will never... ever... end.
Comments: The Gaang are trapped in a never-ending "Groundhog Day" Loop. Some seek inner perfection. Some Contemplate Our Navels. And some are just in it to use the world as a jungle gym. Any true fan of the series can guess who does which. The fun part is seeing five people who have been friends for an eternity travel through a familiar world, giving each other something to think about, and time in which to do it. After all, there's all the time in the world.
Synopsis: A day in the life of the adult Team Avatar. A new craze has hit Republic City, "Horoscopes" from the fortuneteller Aunt Wu. Ironically enough, Katara sets out to disprove them, leading to revelations and an epic argument amongst the old Gaang.
Synopsis: Basically, an episode by episode look at how the series would have been different if Zuko had spent the entire time shirtless. Also check out the sequel: Season Two Remix: Shirtless Zuko Style
Synopsis: The guys are doing their morning ritual. Namely, they're all at the fountain shaving... Or not. Just a little Slice of Life story after the ep "Boiling Rock" so it includes Hakoda and Jit Sang along with the other characters.
Synopsis: Toph has spent years trying to reconcile herself with her family, but when that fails, she withdraws to Ba Sing Se – and Iroh's teashop. There she tries to recover from old wounds with Iroh's help.
Synopsis: Arc I of a series: The nature of Fire is that it transforms, and so after their victory the Gaang must deal with the aftermath of 'peace' amidst battle, growth, self-discovery, and the startling changes and beauty of love. Based on a slightly AU finale.
Synopsis: How could the warriors of the Southern Water Tribe have dared to leave their own people utterly defenseless, to answer the Earth Kingdom's call for aid? Well, as it turned out, Hakoda had a plan... Warning: NOT a cute-n-fluffy fic.
Synopsis: Ozai sent Zuko to serve in the Home Guard, rather than risk Iroh's influence with Zuko roaming the world looking for the Avatar. When love for family comes to be at odds with love for people, however, one or the other must break.
Synopsis: Zuko gets dumped. Sokka is the world's best wingman. There is chloroform.
Comments: After Mai dumps Zuko, he spends entirely too much time sulking in his room. So Sokka recruits Toph to help him kidnap the Fire Lord and takes him out for a night on the town, causing general mayhem in Sokka's attempts to help Zuko meet some more girls. Very funny, especially the Meanwhile, Back at the...... segments with Toph and the staff of the Fire Palace.
Alternate Universe Fics
Stories where one fundamental aspect of the series is completely overhauled from its point of origin.The Masks We Wear by NiceThorn
Recommended by Admiral Valerian
Status is ongoing.
Pairing is Azula and Zuko.
Zuko snaps at Ba Sing Se when he discovers Iroh wants him to choose for good...in other words, to betray his nation. As a result, he becomes just like Azula, so much so that his father fully accepts him, and he actually bonds with his sister.
Synopsis: For a hundred years, the Fire Nation has harried its enemy across lives, deaths, and nations. In the chaos, the Avatar Spirit misses a step, yet not all hope is lost. Being born as the Spirit of the World can't change who you are, but maybe things will work out for the Balance ... Avatar Azula.
Synopsis: The night Ozai tries to take the throne goes much differently. With Ozai and Ursa dead, and Azulon mortally wounded, Iroh is forced to take the throne- and to adopt his orphaned niece and nephew. Years later, Zuko is the heir to the throne, and Azula is not happy about it. Short of outright assassination (which she hasn't entirely ruled out), there's only one way to take the throne from Zuko- find and capture the Avatar, to show that she is the worthier heir. Of course, things are never that simple.
Synopsis: A version of the story where the characters are students at a college called Saint Roku University. This takes place on Earth (specifically the East Cost) and there is no bending or fantastical elements or anything like that, just alternate versions of the Gaang and their lives at college, dealing with friendship, drama, and all of that stuff.
These are not my reviews, but since I don't have the right words to do this story justice, I will have to relay these words from others (from deviantart). (Though seriously, even if A Us aren't your cup of tea, check out the story. It has a lot of homages to the series that hard-core fans will smile at.)
"You've taken these amazing characters and made them completely your own. It's not "fanfiction," it's a great show getting a new showrunner. Just a different writer making the characters....more."
"Your story is incredible. You have an amazing way of taking what happened in the animated series and conforming it to college life. Your twist on the characters are phenomenal and their development is well-thought out. An over-all awesome story. Plus it doesn't have many of the cliches of most other AU stories."
Pairings: Taang, Sukka, Maiko, Smellerbee/Longshot, and later Kataang, Tokka, Borra, etc. Quite a few pairings, and dynamic ones at that.
Synopsis: His mother is gone. His uncle is missing. And Zuko runs for his very life. An AU oneshot in which a very young Zuko flees the Fire Nation to avoid assasination, and ends up working for the White Lotus Society.
Synopsis: They were all naive, young, but most importantly friends. A collection of short dialogues between a group of children, who create a story to convey their grief, despair, and dreams. That story is called Avatar.
Synopsis: Join sixteen-year-old Ain, who was recently freed from self-exile, as he stokes the fires of rebellion and fights the Fire Nation, all with the coming solar flare looming overhead. Aiding him on his quest are nineteen-year-old chieftess Kyasin Jai, her sibling, the seventeen-year-old warrior Sakodi, and seventeen-year-old con artist Sai - but perhaps his friends are not what they seem.
Synopsis: Splits off from the Season 2 episode "Appa's Lost Days." Delves into how the war could've really taken a few particularly gruesome turns had this not been a kids' show. There is some shipping, but it's not the story's main focus at all. Some original characters abound, but they're also well-constructed characters. Very dark, very gripping. * Pairings: Zuko/Katara, Mai/Ty Lee, Jet/Katara
Synopsis: The arrow injured the Blue Spirit instead of knocking him out, and Aang never found out his identity. Zuko made a Plan. He didn't expect so many truths to come from the lies. As Zuko struggles with the way that the Avatar and his companions are nothing like he expected, all their destinies begin to change subtly.
Pairings: All canon pairings, the most obvious being Maiko
Additional info: Now has its own page. It could use some Wiki Magic Love.
Synopsis:When Prince Lu Ten returns with the Avatar and his Water Tribe companions in chains, Zuko is put in charge of their imprisonment. But things are not what they seem, both with the child Avatar and his own family. And soon, he will have a decision to make.
Pairings: Taang, Zutara, Azula X OC and Ty Lee X OC.
Synopsis: A fic set in the modern day where Aang, as a 12 year old, sneaks into the Bei Fong place to get a ball and winds up meeting Toph who befriends him. A while later he has to leave town. Roughly 6 years later, he comes back and he and Toph become friends again. But something has changed between them, and they don't even know it...
Synopsis: What if Sokka had been taken by the fire nation during the raid where Kya was killed, and eventually became an assassin for Azula? Starts off at the beginning of season 2, and includes relationships between the captive/Ty Lee and Mai/Zuko.
Synopsis: Set in an Alternate Universe where the canon storyline and characters from the series never existed, T Ro S follows the story of Hayate, a boy from the Southern Water Tribe city of Sakuramura. Hayate stands out for being completely devoid of any waterbending talent, which is commonplace in the Water Tribes. The day starts out fairly normally, if not a little annoying, for him, until things take a turn for the worse. During a ceremony, the city is attacked by the Earth Kingdom, falling rather quickly. Most of the population is killed or taken prisoner, and by sheer chance Hayate, joined by resident jerkass Kiro and child prodigy Sukai, manages to escape the captured city. With nowhere to go back to, the three kids set on a journey to find out who was behind the attack on Sakuramura and what was the reason for it.
Synopsis: Set during WWII, two mongolian teenagers find a Tibetan monk wandering in the mountains... and the last date he remembers is fifty years ago. Very quickly, they find themselves on the run from an obsessive young Japanese officer...
Synopsis: Two years after failing to defeat Ozai, a bitter and cynical Aang is told by the previous Avatars that to fix things he'll have to have a completely new experience. With all his memories but not his abilities intact, Aang suddenly finds himself in a world where the Water Tribe attacked the other nations, as he travels with Zuko and Azula while being pursued by the exiled Prince Sokka and Kanna.
Synopsis: Aang didn't run away, and with the Avatar's help Fire Lord Sozin was subdued. However, in his place the Air Nomads became power hungry and attacked the rest of the world. A hundred years later the Fire Nation capital is finally destroyed and only Azula escapes. Circumstances lead her to the South Pole where she picks up Katara and Sokka, and the three of them need to find a way to defeat the Air Nomads, including the Avatar.
Synopsis: Based in a semi-alternate universe, as it was written before and during the third season. Surprising though one can also see a lot of canon in it too, just by sheer luck. In the story, things didn't end as happily for Zuko as they did and in the end he became increasingly insane especially after Iroh's death. Now his former friends are trying to stop him. Toph and Sokka are sent on a mission to save an important person that's rotting away in a Fire Nation prison, but they're deep behind enemy lines and their chances of success are slim.
Synopsis: Due to Ursa's Death by Childbirth, Zuko is Ozai's favorite instead of Azula. Some of Azula's character is still there, like her ability to assess situations and her being firebending prodigy, but she's nice. And she gets sent off on what should have been Zuko's quest, complete with half a face courtesy of Dear old Dad, but with Ty Lee, because Iroh's dead. Did I mention Azula was a life-long victim of parental abuse? And Zhao's out to bone her? Azula-Centric, and obviously, the meetings with the Gaang are different.
Synopsis: In the era of US Prohibition, the city of Omashu is a cesspool of rival bootlegging gangs. After Boss Ozai of the Dragons wipes out the Aces, the gang's only survivor is taken in by the beleagured Riversiders and quickly revealed to be the Avatar.
Synopsis: It is a hundred years after Aang failed to defeat Ozai, and the Fire Nation rules the world under the control of the ancient but still very powerful and canny Azula. But various people throughout the world are starting to make moves towards finally ending the empire's reign.
Synopsis: Avatar meets Persona3. Aang is a new student at the illustrious Phoenix High School in Ba Sing Se, run by the powerful Phoenix Group. As he meets up with various students, he learns that he is tied to the fate of not only his world, but also another... and that not all of his new friends are as ordinary as they look.
Synopsis: Features a world where Hakoda died instead of Kya, turning Sokka into something between an Anti-Hero and a Villain Protagonist with shades of Magnificent Bastard. Instead of teaming up with Aang, as he does in the show, Sokka cast his lot with Zuko, helping him capture the Avatar and hitching a ride with Zuko to the Fire Nation, where he eventually hooks up with none other than Princess Azula.
Synopsis: Avatar Aang disappeared a long time ago. Avatar Kanna died at Serpent's Pass, taking Azulon and Iroh down with her. With the Fire Nation almost completely in control of the world, Toph Bei Fong is sent to Omashu where she gains a friend in Mai, and displays an aptitude for Firebending. But Toph of course has a secret: She's an Earthbender. Her learning Firebending can mean only one thing...
Synopsis: Aang is freed from the iceberg after just 35 years by the teenaged Hama. The two of them soon team up with Kanna, and become good friends as Aang begins his training. He soon needs it when the Fire Nation attacks in force.
Synopsis: Takes place in a universe where Aang wasn't found until several years after Sozin's comet. Focuses on two characters of the author's creation, Kailas Arav and Hova, and their role in staging the revolution that marks the Avatar's triumphant return.
Synopsis: Aang is killed in Sozin's purge of the Air Nomads, so that by the time a hundred years have passed, the current Avatar is none other than Azula. She's branded an automatic traitor and outlaw as soon as this becomes apparent, and is forced to travel with Katara and Sokka as she struggles to come to terms with her new life.
Synopsis: It had been an accident. That was what Zuko had said to his crew when he bended an element he hadn't been meant to. He wasn't the Avatar. The newest Avatar was in the Earth-kingdom hidden by its walls. Unless that Avatar had died long ago. So... how had he done it? AU
YMMV on this one. The pacing is terribly slow—it's a good twenty chapters long and only a few things of note have happened.
Synopsis: "Zuko lost much more than an Agni Kai... AU tag to episode 2." Basically, Zuko was blinded in the Agni Kai against Ozai, and uses Firebending to detect heat and body signatures, similar to how Toph 'sees' using Earthbending.
Synopsis: "Three Families seek the Avatar. Three Families find the Avatar. Three Families use the Avatar. The story of how three sets of siblings are changed by the Avatar, amidst an endless war. AU, Want of A Nail."
Additional info: Azula and Aang Centric story that deals with an alternate take on the series. A couple of well written OC's and a plot that you can invest in. Currently at over one million words. The beginning moves a little slow, but the story picks up once the OC and canon character plot lines converge (just be aware that it will take a while).
Synopsis: A rewrite of the entire series, essentially starting from the second season onward, based around the fundamental changes which result from Jeong Jeong throwing in his lot with Azulon thirty years ago. Ty Lee joins the Gaang, instead of Suki, and there's a deeper focus on the psychology of the characters, especially the villains. The War of Flames is its sequel, focusing on Azula, which according to Word of God, is going to be her redemption story. The whole series is now, per the author, finished.
Synopsis: Sokka Amaruq is just an ordinary guy in the large East Asian city of Ba Sing Se, but when roller derby girl Suki Tachibana shows up in his skate shop one day, he's plunged into the world of roller derby. Now he has to team up with the Kyoshi Warriors against the Dangerous ladies to save Ba Sing Se's last roller rink from being closed down—but can the underdogs prevail against Azula's cunning? Will Sokka ever get a date with Suki? Will Aang be able to get time off from the Olympics to skate for the team? And what IS Zuko's secret job, anyway? Find out... in RINKRATS.
Synopsis: Season 3 Alternate Reality, past 310-311. Following the failed attempt to confront the Fire Lord during the Eclipse, Aang and his friends, accompanied by Zuko, must discover a new path towards ending the war - and unraveling the course of their shared destinies.
Synopsis: Lu Ten was not killed during the seige of Ba Sing Se, allowing Iroh to continue and win the battle, before becoming Fire Lord a year later. Now with Omashu the only free Earth Kingdom city (and Bumi the de facto Earth King), Hakoda has negotiated a new alliance between the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, leading to some northern soldiers being stationed to protect the Southern tribe. Meanwhile, Prince Ozai is chafing under his brother's thumb, and sends Zuko and Azula to find the Avatar so he'll be able to swing popular opinion toward him becoming the new Fire Lord. Enter Katara, Sokka, and an iceberg...
Synopsis: AU based on the premise that Zuko and Iroh go back to the Fire Nation with Azula in the beginning of Season 2 and Zuko gets sent to the Boiling Rock prison. Fic is Zuko centric and very dark and angsty. This story is rated M.
Synopsis: One pirate gets impulsive, and an event starting in 'The Waterbending Scroll' sends ripples throughout the rest of Seasons 1, 2 and 3. Basically, a bad end in The Water Bending scroll leads to Katara being held prisoner by Zuko for much longer than either of them expected.
"Synopsis": Avatar Zuko was banished from the Fire Nation and now lives in hiding, just wanting to stay low in the shadows. Dai Li Agent Toph was assigned to find the Avatar before the Fire Nation Princess, Azula, does. All is chaotic, but it is just the beginning...
Synopsis: A high school AU that is absolutely amazing. The authors have done a great job making the characters believable. There is a prequel fic on Scuttlebutt Inc's fanfiction.net profile that is also worth checking out.
Pairings: Sokka/Suki, Sokka/Ty Lee, Zuko/Toph, Smellerbee/Longshot, Kataang; mostly canon influenced with some digression
Status: Dormant, probably Dead. Hasn't been updated in 3 years
Synopsis: "The sands of time did not allow the Avatar to stop the Second Comet. Now, a decade later, the Avatar awakens to a world where the balance is broken, but where hope has not yet been extinguished." Aang was never found by Sokka and his sister on that fateful day one year before Sozin's Comet. Now, ten years later, the world is a broken place, and Aang must restore balance to a world ravaged not only by the Fire Nation, but also by an increased convergence between the Physical and Spiritual worlds caused by his extended absence. Good action, suspense, and intrigue, along with a little horror.
Synopsis: A dark take on what goes on in the Four Nations and their plots. Starts with the mysterious death and return of Princess Azula after 70 years. An examination of how even the noblest of us can turn into monsters in the face of ambition or desperation.
Synopsis: Katara pushes past the curtains that block off the bridge - they have got to get a new door fitted - and stops behind Toph's chair. "I take it we didn't drop out of hyperspace on purpose," she says. (Aka THE GAANG IN SPACE.)
Synopsis: It all started when an arrow hit the wrong target. Now Zuko must struggle to come to terms with this new and confusing vision of the world; a world where Avatars offer friendship, good and evil is just a blurred line of grey, and ... he can heal?
Synopsis: An AU where Prince Zuko quits his hunt for Aang to find his mother instead, but when the reunion with Ursa doesn't go well, Zuko goes through a metamorphosis to find a new destiny. Meanwhile, Gaang are forced to realize world isn't black 'n white. Dragons, friendships, and major changes to plot.
Status: probably dead. Posted on a LiveJournal thread, with 63 entries of varying lengths.
Synopsis: AU in which Jet doesn't die. Instead, when Katara got rid of the brainwashing, she shook loose some other memories, and when Long Feng tries to kill him, Jet defends himself...with firebending. The aftermath is stressful for all involved, including the Gaang, the Freedom Fights, and Zuko and Iroh.
Note: This story is actually untitled. I took the name I'm calling it from one of the entries. I'm a bit new and don't know how untitled fics are usually added, so if anyone knows, I'd like it if you would fix it for me.
Status: Dormant (The author says she will finish it.)
Synopsis: After the ocean spirit mistakenly drags him down to the bottom of the sea and Yue uses her new abilities as the moon spirit to bring him back to life, Zuko struggles to learn waterbending. Meanwhile, the fire spirits begin to visit, a Dai Li agent to remind him of whom he once was.
Notes: Zuko dies, and is sent back to the world by the moon spirit—without his firebending. Features waterbender!Zuko and Dai Li!Lu Ten.
Synopsis: The Avatar State was not enough to support Aang indefinitely. As the Avatar Spirit moves on, Aang is informed of the state of the world and given a task: teach the newest incarnation airbending in return for a second chance at life. A slightly darker, grittier rewrite of the series as Avatar Katara comes into her own on her quest to defeat the Fire Nation.
Notes: Aang is found shortly before Katara's birth, and serves as a guide of sorts for her.
Stories that take place in-universe, but have little to do with actual canon, canon characters, etc. Almost always involve a cast of Original Characters, with possible cameos by canon ones. Any characters from actual canon are most likely one-shot characters or those with no given back-story.Avatar: The Legend of Keana by mramirez1991
Recommended by Ryan Lohner
Synopsis: After Aang's death, the next Avatar is a girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Keana. But there's a mysterious new evil power rising, and her quest to master the bending arts has enough danger to rival Aang's.
Synopsis: The journey of a Fire Nation woman as she attempts to spread peace over conflict. Her actions bring her to the Kun valley, filled with adventure, conflict, friendship and a man known only as The Demon of War. Mostly OCs, canon character cameos.
Synopsis: An earthbender from a village conquered by the Fire Nation travels through a war-torn world seeking freedom for his people, picking up some interesting companions and learning more than he really wanted to along the way, about them, himself, and the world.
Synopsis: Possibly a trollfic, this So Bad, It's Good story crosses Avatar: The Last Airbender, Maximum ride, and a teenaged girl's fantasies. Rainbow Tracey Midnite Patterson Cullen (no relation to Edward), is given wings and a family in the flock. Eventually she goes through a portal (or protal) and discoveres she's an avatar! (Yes, 'an').
Status: Complete, though a sequel should be posted soon.
Synopsis: "At the end of Iroh's Siege, the Dai Li decide to test their brainwashing abilities on a Fire Nation soldier. They don't know that their guinea pig-rat happens to be a supposedly-dead prince. First in a series."
Additional Info: The series will eventually span the six years Lu Ten spends thinking he's a Dai Li agent(and that everybody else spends thinking he died horribly). The O Cs in the fic are spectacular, by the way.
"Synopsis'': "In an AU, Aang loses the battle against Ozai and death prevails. Nearly sixteen years earlier Sokka wakes with a start, again a mere babe and possessing a power he ought not to have…to distort emotions and make others feel."
Comments: With no one left to live for, the moment of Sokka's death brings him into the world again, to relive his life. Peggy Sue, I suppose. Sokka prepares for the return of the Avatar, armed with the knowledge gained from experiencing Books 1 & 2 of the series and with the ability to sense emotions. It sounds like it could go so wrong, but the author makes it work.
Pairing(s): Sokka/Azula, Sokka/Ty Lee, Ty Lee/Anything that moves, insinuated Azula/Zhao
Synopsis: A Sokka-capture fic, originally intended as a parody of IKEA Erotica Sokka-capture fics, but rapidly evolved into a contemplative, loquacious, heavily character-driven four-way mental battle between Sokka, Azula, Ty Lee and Mai bordering on a Gambit Pileup while still keeping the characters believable.
Pairing(s): Aang/Azula, with moments of Aang/Katara
Synopsis: To quote the author: "The war with the fire nation is over. The Avatar has won. Balance slowly begins to return to the world, but somewhere turmoil remains. A young woman's sorrow consumes her. Can the Avatar help piece a broken soul back together?" A believable Aang/Azula fanfic with both serious plotlines and utterly hilarious moments.
Synopsis: During season one, Zuko, Jet, and Sokka get captured and thrown in a metal box together by Earth Kingdom soldiers. Zuko's been drugged but the company's medic is new at the job, and Zuko's horny rather than spilling everything to any questions put to him. Sokka, naturally, wants to get out of the box however possible. Jet is, well, Jet.
Synopsis: The Prince of the Fire Nation will do anything to find the legendary Avatar, but what if the bait he captures to lure the Avatar decides to fight back and gains his attention in more ways than one?
Synopsis: Mai's secret thoughts on all the Avatar ships - you know the funny is coming when the driest, most critical personality in the show decides to let it all out! Everything Avatar is analyzed and described in the most ridiculous way possible! A fan favorite!
Additional info: Now has its own page. Should be fun cataloging all the tropes this one uses.
Synopsis: S3 AU from FBM. Deep in the Fire Nation jungle, the Gaang discovers a rogue tribe of exiled water ninja who send Zuko and Katara on a mission to recover the Fire Nation's secret battle plans.
Synopsis: One-shot following the fall of Ba Sing Se. Mai decides to get drunk because she hates life in the Earth Kingdom and she thinks that Zuko doesn't like her the way she likes him. Zuko joins her, and they get smashed. One Thing Led to Another...
Synopsis: Since the day the walls of Ba Sing Se fell, the Freedom Fighters have struggled to protect what remains of the city and its people. Jet and his second command, a mysterious boy named Li, have spent the summer piecing together an army, hoping for a chance to take the city back for good. But Li is also Zuko, and the time for that secret is quickly running out. Soon, he'll have to decide exactly who he is, what cause he's going to fight for and where his heart lies. Note: This is an AU that takes place during Season Three, and is built on the conceit that Jet never saw Iroh Firebending his tea.
Synopsis: Five years after Sozin's Comet, the Gaang is gathering at the South Pole to take part in a peace conference between the surviving nations. While there, they begin to do some serious soul-searching, with the members of the Gaang questioning their relationships with one another. But as the peace summit progresses, Toph finds herself stuck in the middle of a portentious plot that will either destroy her or the entire Southern Water Tribe.
Synopsis: Two years after the Century War, Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko attempt to win the peace. Behind the scenes in the Fire Nation's Royal Palace, a young noblewoman wages her own war, where the battlefield is the Court and words & alliances are the weapons.
Pairing(s): Zuko/Katara, Sokka/Suki, Toph/Aang, Mai/Ty Lee
Synopsis: Five years after the end of the Hundred Year War, Fire Lord Zuko is hit with an assassin's dart while walking in the marketplace with Mai. It sends him into a coma from which he cannot wake. Nothing can revive him; not antidotes, not rest, not even Katara's healing. But Katara has begun to suspect that there is something else she can do. For all she hears when she closes her eyes is his voice calling out to her from the Spirit World. To save Zuko, Katara must seek out Aang, who is the only person alive who can act as a bridge to the Spirit World. There's a problem, though, and it's not just what Toph calls 'Aang's Law.' Katara and Aang haven't spoken in over a year.
Synopsis: ...When your sister's dating your angsty ex-enemy, her relatively preferable ex isn't over her, and you and your best friend have the plan of a lifetime, it's paved with good intentions. Sokka and Toph team up to break up Zuko and Katara so that she and Aang will get back together.Hilarity Ensues.
Synopsis: Mai and Zuko run into each other in the colonies. She's accompanying her father on a business trip. He's having his ship outfitted for a voyage to the South Pole in search of the Avatar. This chance encounter stirs up long dormant feelings and leaves both of them wondering if they'll ever see each other again. Takes place shortly before Season 1.
Synopsis: Takes place almost a year before season one. Prince Zuko is growing up and discovering new ways to make Lieutenant Jee's life miserable. Just when Jee has had a bad, bad week of Captain Zhao popping in, an invisible thief stealing his things, his crew acting up, and an enemy bird invading his ship, Zuko brings matters to a head in bad, bad way.
Status: Stalking Zuko, Not Stalking Zukoand Not Stalking Firelord Zuko are all complete
Pairings: Zuko/Katara, Sokka/Suki
Synopsis: Katara starts stalking Zuko at the Western Air Temple in "Stalking Zuko." In "Not Stalking Zuko," Katara has (presumably) left her stalking days behind her, but still has some stalkerish relapses. In both, the Gaang get into trouble, shenanigans happen and Katara and Zuko get into some...awkward moments.
Comments: This story is technically canon-compliant, as all scenes from 'The Western Air Temple' onwards appear though narrated by Katara and with a lot of background material about what went on in between. Stalking Zuko ends after 'The Southern Raiders' 'Not Stalking Zuko' includes Ember Island and all except the ending of Sozin's Comet, which finishes off in the last piece. It's funny, cute and includes long, interesting author notes at the end of each chapter. Overall good read, though Not Stalking Zuko has a lot of boring and skippable filler before Sozin's Comet finally starts.
Additional info: Now has its own page. It could use some Wiki Magic Love.
Synopsis: An AU where Lu Ten survives the Siege of Ba Sing Se and Iroh is crowned Fire Lord. The Avatar has been discovered in the South Pole and it's Katara. Zuko is sent on a mission to the South Pole to propose to Katara so that the fragile peace that Iroh has built up isn't compromised. Meanwhile, in the Fire Nation, Ozai schemes to kill Iroh and take the throne for himself threatening to plunge the Fire Nation royal family into civil war. It mainly focuses on Zutara with a variety of side plots.
Pairings: Sokka/Suki in the beginning, Toph/Sokka eventually
Synopsis: After the war, Toph decides to leave for Gaoling on foot to see her family. Sokka, being the nice guy he is, decides to accompany her and a lot of adventures occur as they travel halfway across the world.
Synopsis: When Jet sees the scar on another refugee's face, he is both appalled and drawn. This fic is rated for sexual content, but the author does a good job keeping Jet and Zuko in character and on developing their relationship.
Synopsis: A story of two very messed-up people meeting each other in a very messed-up world...because the Avatar world is just as flawed as ours. Has some MA content. The author does an amazing job of integrating a character from our world into the Avatar world, and said character has very believable flaws.
Synopsis: Dragons are creatures of air and fire and for a moment, so, too, are they. Seven stories, seven stages of falling - and being - in love. My attempt to portray a realistic Zukaang... with everything that comes with it.
Synopsis: AU starting from 3.14 and 3.15. In the months following the end of the war, Mai is forced to deal with a missing princess, a string of grisly murders, Firelord Zuko, and soiled diapers. At least it's not boring.
Synopsis: Aang and Katara decide to have a vacation five years after the war ended. So they decide to go to an uncharted deserted island in the middle of the ocean and have some fun. But is this place really deserted of humans? And how will they survive with a predator around? This Fan Fic is rated M.
Synopsis: Crossover/Fusion of the Naruto and Avatar series that intertwines the two stories in a clever and original way. Sasuke and his team hunt Aang for his power, while Zuko in turn chases them for revenge. More twists in the familiar stories follow.
Synopsis: An accident with two linked vanishing cabinets transports Prince Zuko and Draco Malfoy into a place between their two worlds. To escape they need to learn to work together, and it may turn out that the two aren't very different after all...
Status: Three Completed series, the fourth is yet to begin.
Synopsis: The original Clash was conceived as a comedic, non-canonical Negative Continuity crossover between five well-known Avatar Wiki Fanon stories, with one chapter being written by each author. The second had four of the series from the first being used, with one (Legacy of Fire) being replaced by Guardian. The third had the five series from the second, with two new series that had been created after the first two Clashes. A fourth Clash was recently conceived, following the departures/inactivity of five of the authors from Clash 3. This new Clash will consist of 8 series, with three of the series from the original trilogy (Wanted, Guardian and Child of Destiny) and their authors (Twilitlink, The Bos and Mightybrit) returning, as well as five "next-generation" series and their respective authors joining in.
Synopsis: “Kurt Hummel, the current Avatar, finds a Firebending teacher in the young Prince Blaine. But is that all he finds? Or will circumstances conspire to push them into becoming more, to the world, and each other? Fusion Fic!” (author synopsis)
Synopsis: Six years after the end of the war, the Gaang somehow winds up on a planet called Persephone, where a cheerful mechanic offers them passage on a certain Firefly-class transport to try and find a way home. In the meantime, they find themselves not only adapting to life on Serenity and bonding with its crew, but becoming deeply involved with the workings of this strange new 'verse.
Status: The Black Games is complete and The Rise of One is ongoing.
Synopsis: Once bound by ice, now bound by fire. 12 provinces. 24 tributes. 1 winner. Let the games begin.
Comments: I recommend this because it really is an amazing piece of work. The ending ruined it for me, but 35 1/2 out of 37 chapters are fantastic. Watch out for the deaths of major characters—they will make you cry.
Synopsis: Avatar Aang and Team Avatar are invited to Hogwarts for a mission from Albus Dumbledore and to have some fun! Will Team Avatar and the Golden Trio solve this year's puzzle to stop Voldemort from getting the Sorcerer's Stone?
Synopsis: An amazing crossover between A:TLA and Stargate SG1 staring Toph, Zuko, Carter and Janet Fraiser. Everyone is amazingly in character and the two shows are blended marvelously. Author is excellent at writing action, which is good because there are major fight scenes throughout. Kryal also brainstormed the story with the Crossover Queen herself, Vathara. Has a trope page!
Thirded by Kalaong. Kryal actually blows Vathara clear out of the water with this one, giving every character a chance to be amazing without bashing anyone. Even Aang, the fandom's designated Butt Monkey, manages to pull off a series of amazing acts of thoughtfulness, wisdom, and badassery. Aang does get a mild tap, but it is immediately followed by some hard thinking on his part that is perfectly in character. The Tok'Ra get a nasty slap, but again, the characterization is spot-on, making repeated references to canonical responses. Also, Kryal spends a lot of time developing a Platonic Life Partnership between Toph and Zuko that the series hinted at but never got a chance to develop.
And a fourth by LentilSandEater. a great read for any Avatar fan, Stargate knowledge helps too but you can get by without it. The writing alone is pleasurable to read.
Synopsis: Ostensibly takes place... um... actually I have almost no idea when this story takes place. Basically it takes place in the Dexter-verse and it involves everybody's favorite serial killer doing what he does best to everyone's favorite Evil Overlord. Amazingly enough, both Dexter and Ozai manage to stay in character.
Synopsis: A blend of the Avatar and Mass Effect universes in that the Earth of A:TLA replaces our Earth. What this means for the universe besides Shepard being the Avatar is that Bending is a present and practiced phenomenon among all the races of the Citadel as well as the presence of spirits and certain other aspects of the Avatar universe. Interesting not just because of the crossover itself but because it shows an Avatar who is fundamentally broken and has spent most of her life (including parts of this story) making things worse for herself rather than the spiritual growth that we've seen the other Avatars go through. Fight scenes are excellent and detailed, with most enemies that Shepard faces being competent, and not just because some of them are better at bending then she is. Canon names being included in regard to humans actually does get explained so don't let that throw you off.
Synopsis: A one-shot Fusion Fic with Final Fantasy X, set before the game begins. Katara is a summoner, and Sokka (still her brother) is one of her guardians. It seems like an odd combination, but it works, and it's heartbreaking. It's written beautifully, with a lot of focus on the emotions of the characters.
Pairing(s): Canon ones, although in this setting most are one-sided.
Synopsis: Aang never woke up from the iceberg, and the world went on without him. Over the next three thousand years, technology advanced astronomically, and the people of the overcrowded world took to the stars. Now, the Avatar is an obscure myth, bending is regarded as a relic of a dead past, and only two of the original countries still exist: the Fire Nation, one of the most powerful forces in the Union of Allied Planets, and the Water Tribe, clinging to life on the Outer Rim, still fighting for the dream of independence. The latest civil war ended seven years ago, in a landslide victory for the Alliance.
Here's Sokka. This is him being silly. This is him being badass and awesome. Sokka in all his shades, set to a song that describes his place in the Gaang. There is a rather annoying little message in the very center of the screen for the first minute of the song, but other than that, this video is awesome.
This is a lament. All those moments in the series when people cry, people fall, and people stand together are combined here, in a three-and-a-half minute long Tear Jerker-slash-Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, all set to one of Nickelback's fantastic power ballads.