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** Zuko has utterly mastered the breathing aspect of firebending (WordOfGod says he can hold his breath much longer than the average person, likely because of said mastery). That breath mastery gives Zuko opportunities that another firebender might not get because Zuko basically has more breath to work with and better control. Especially with someone like Azula, who being a prodigy, likely moved on to flashier, more advanced techniques as soon as possible and never revisited the basics.



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*** Except the invasion force won't give him the opportunity to resume the war the next day; they'll have him in custody by then. They've been planning this invasion for months, so they have to have had some plan about how to contain him.



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** We're really going to trust the word of Ozai that he's just going to stop what he's doing? He'll falsely surrender one day and resume the next; doubly so when Ozai's really still holding all the cards. Ozai may have been an OrcusOnThisThrone all season; but if that two second lightning charge is any indication, he's no chump.

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*** Zuko helped conquer the city, yes, but he did so without harming the citizens. Iroh lead a siege that lasted a long time and killed a lot of people on both sides.



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** The comet is also probably too large to effectively be bent. Only extremely powerful benders can control copious amounts of an element at a time; being able to bend a comet of this one's size would probably require the Avatar State, which Aang doesn't have access to until partway through the fight with Ozai.

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** But how would Zuko be exempt from the repercussions of Iroh taking the throne? Zuko actively helped conquer Ba Song Se, something Iroh had only attempted before giving up. And they were both friendly with the Avatar by the end of the series - why could Aang back up Zuko's rule, but not Iroh's?

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** Even if none of the other team members were up to the task, what about an adult they were affiliated with? Like Hakoda or a member of the White Lotus or something? Are executions banned in the Avatar world, unless the Avatar carries them out?

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*** Sokka didn't laugh when he killed combustion man. Sokka laughed when he hit combustion man with the boomerang. When he exploded afterwards, he was just as agape as Katara and Aang. And yes, Katara had the power to kill someone, but again, actually taking the leap into murdering someone is something one cannot go back from, but she didn't because she is ''not a killer''. Sokka and Suki are warriors with a zero kill body count; even when pressured, Sokka didn't run anybody through with his sword, even Azula in the Black Sun nor during the skirmish in which Sokka had a good chance to run Azula through with the sword and didn't do it. Suki could've snapped Ozai's neck after Aang took away the bending but chose not to. Taking a life is not the same as you seem to think it is in a video game. And if Sokka could easily eject the fire benders from the ship high up in the air with no casualties, it's not hard to easily see the others in the other ships abandoning ship as well to get themselves to safety.

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*** Sokka killed Combustion man and laughed about it. Sokka and Suki are warriors, they are fully prepared to kill and have understood the need the whole time. (You think everyone Sokka knocked off the blimps in the finale survived?) Katara couldn't kill the man who killed her mother, but look at the circumstances of when she faced him, she had all the power and recognised he was just a pathetic old man, very difficult to kill a man in cold blood. With Toph it's hard to say, I don't think she ever has before but I'm not sure she'd be all that torn up about it.



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** Lightning generation can only be accomplished if you are free of all emotional turmoil. Aang is currently under tremendous emotional turmoil over having to kill Ozai, something Zuko is aware of on at least some level. No amount of training is going to help Aang achieve the mindset required to put it into action.



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** There are implications throughout the series that Air nomads are a touch more lenient about killing if it's done in self-defense. Aang didn't expect anyone to have to be killed during the eclipse - the Fire Lord and his army were both powerless, so it was only a matter of confronting them, demanding surrender, and incapacitating them if they refused, as we saw the troops doing once the eclipse started. Killing Ozai in the finale was different because Aang knew he would have to go entirely on the offensive and go looking for him in order to end his life. That's a much heavier burden than being attacked by someone and fending them off for the purpose of defending yourself.




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** They wouldn't have needed to individually defeat every one of the Fire Nation's forces - that's not how ending a war works. All they needed to do was take hostages during the eclipse, then demand surrender from whoever's in charge and the rest of the official army will follow suit. Whoever chooses to resist after that will have lost the support of the Fire Nation, so they won't have enough manpower or supplies to achieve anything and are bound to fall apart in due time.



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** Swing and a miss. Aang knew he'd have to face the Fire Lord. Aang didn't fully realize he'd have to actually kill him. It's like a homework assignment which you brush off for being easy at face value but ultimately proves itself to be much more challenging than you think it is. Aang didn't suddenly come down with moral angst, it's more like the rammifications of what he'd actually have to do finally caught up with him and he got repulsed by it because he will directly have to kill someone; and Aang's no killer. As for "duh, why didn't he just let someone else do it?", who else was going to do it? Katara? She couldn't even kill the man who killed her mother. Sokka? All talk. He couldn't kill Azula when on the Gondola, do you think he'll do that here? Toph? Not in her blood to kill. Zuko? Avatar's destiny, not his and the sheer political fallout would be disastrous alone. Shit, he's getting shit and a half for just being the new Fire Lord in the comics, do you think it would've planned out better that way?



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** Avatars are ultimately human. Roku for instance had no idea where Aang wound up when he was summoned, and Kuruk for all his power was ultimately a lazy surfer whose wife paid big time for his negligence. Also, ask any of them about MetalBending. Future generations may find ways and ideas that the previous generations did not know about or even think to try.


** Swing and a miss, dipshit. Aang knew he'd have to face the Fire Lord. Aang didn't fully realize he'd have to actually kill him. It's like a homework assignment which you brush off for being easy at face value but ultimately proves itself to be much more challenging than you think it is. Aang didn't suddenly come down with moral angst, it's more like the rammifications of what he'd actually have to do finally caught up with him and he got repulsed by it because he will directly have to kill someone; and Aang's no killer. As for "duh, why didn't he just let someone else do it?", who else was going to do it? Katara? She couldn't even kill the man who killed her mother. Sokka? All talk. He couldn't kill Azula when on the Gondola, do you think he'll do that here? Toph? Not in her blood to kill. Zuko? Avatar's destiny, not his and the sheer political fallout would be disastrous alone. Shit, he's getting shit and a half for just being the new Fire Lord in the comics, do you think it would've planned out better that way?

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** Swing and a miss, dipshit. Aang knew he'd have to face the Fire Lord. Aang didn't fully realize he'd have to actually kill him. It's like a homework assignment which you brush off for being easy at face value but ultimately proves itself to be much more challenging than you think it is. Aang didn't suddenly come down with moral angst, it's more like the rammifications of what he'd actually have to do finally caught up with him and he got repulsed by it because he will directly have to kill someone; and Aang's no killer. As for "duh, why didn't he just let someone else do it?", who else was going to do it? Katara? She couldn't even kill the man who killed her mother. Sokka? All talk. He couldn't kill Azula when on the Gondola, do you think he'll do that here? Toph? Not in her blood to kill. Zuko? Avatar's destiny, not his and the sheer political fallout would be disastrous alone. Shit, he's getting shit and a half for just being the new Fire Lord in the comics, do you think it would've planned out better that way?



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** Swing and a miss, dipshit. Aang knew he'd have to face the Fire Lord. Aang didn't fully realize he'd have to actually kill him. It's like a homework assignment which you brush off for being easy at face value but ultimately proves itself to be much more challenging than you think it is. Aang didn't suddenly come down with moral angst, it's more like the rammifications of what he'd actually have to do finally caught up with him and he got repulsed by it because he will directly have to kill someone; and Aang's no killer. As for "duh, why didn't he just let someone else do it?", who else was going to do it? Katara? She couldn't even kill the man who killed her mother. Sokka? All talk. He couldn't kill Azula when on the Gondola, do you think he'll do that here? Toph? Not in her blood to kill. Zuko? Avatar's destiny, not his and the sheer political fallout would be disastrous alone. Shit, he's getting shit and a half for just being the new Fire Lord in the comics, do you think it would've planned out better that way?

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