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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 too 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.
  • Child Marriage Veto: Refuses an Arranged Marriage with Hahn
  • 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.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: She says that she likes looking at Zuko with his shirt off, but won't touch him unless she can think of a reason.
  • First-Person Smartass: Katara has a great deal of snark in her narration, particularly many times when she can't or doesn't want to say it out loud.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: She does this from time to time.
    • When she runs away after kissing Aang, she realizes that she's imitating the same thing he did that got on her nerves so often.
    • When she finds out that Jet was also stalking Zuko back in Ba Sing Se, she judges him as being creepy for doing the same thing she'd done for much of the series.
  • 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.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Katara isn't just keeping her attraction to Zuko secret because she finds it embarrassing to admit- she also knows that her tribe wouldn't approve of her falling in love with Zuko. Of course, the author believes that such forbidden love succeeding is more in the spirit of Avatar than Kataang is.
  • "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.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Early on in Stalking Zuko, she often is fairly insistent that Zuko will not endear herself to her again.
  • 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.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's one to the Duke, helping him train in sword fighting.
  • 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.
  • Character Tics: Writes lists to calm himself down.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: He has trouble fighting with Sokka's sword, since he's used to Dual Wielding, and doesn't know what to do with his sword-less left hand.
  • 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.
  • Literal-Minded: He sometimes takes figurative speech at face value
  • Men Can't Keep House: When they're squatting in the Ember Island vacation home, Zuko doesn't see the point of cleaning up, prompting Katara to remark "Boys."
  • One-Note Cook: Zuko makes the best tea out of all of them and he can make good kebabs, but they are the only things he knows how to make.
  • Reluctant Ruler: He repeatedly makes it very clear that he'd rather have his uncle become Fire Lord, and only agrees to do so when Iroh agrees to advise him.
  • Secret Stab Wound: He hides a training injury from Aang, not wanting him to hold back.
  • Shipping Torpedo: It's implied that, even before getting together with Katara, he's trying to gently hint to Aang that his feelings for Katara are unrequited.
  • Stalker with a Crush/Stalker Without a Crush: is a victim of both variants, Katara calls him the most stalkable person ever. He has been stalked by Katara, Jet, Hakoda and the Duke.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?
    • He gives one to Aang when he reminds Zuko that he's the Avatar during a meeting on what to do with Ozai.
    Zuko: Yes, you're the Avatar! And if you had done your duty in the first place I wouldn't even be in this position and I wouldn't even have to make this choice (takes a deep breath) Look Aang, I'm not trying to freeze you out, but we don't have much time right now and if you have nothing to offer us but empty sanctimony then you are no help what-so-ever and it would be better if you left so that the adults can get on with handling this.
    • Near the end, he gives one to Katara when she admits to spying on him while he met with Sung, as he's furious about the lack of trust on her part.
  • 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.

  • Adaptational Dumbass: He comes off as less mature than in canon, so his decision-making skills obviously are that much worse.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: In a sense, since while his actions are mostly consistent with his canon self, they're also suggested to be done for selfish reasons. His All-Loving Hero status is based in a desire to uphold Air Nomad teachings, while he's portrayed as more of a Dogged Nice Guy to Katara, rather than the genuine article.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Implied, since the author does not consider him a master of all four elements, and implies that he only won against Ozai because he got lucky.
  • 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When Katara kisses him, as she does at the end of Book 3, he's disgusted, and realizes that it's not what he wanted, with this being the last straw that ends his crush on her.
  • Broken Pedestal: Katara idealized him as the Avatar until he disappeared just before the Grand Finale. Part of the development in their relationship is that she stops idealizing him.
  • 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.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He wants to help people, and let them know that The Avatar is back.
  • 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.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Romantic love and sex are separate things to him and he doesn't understand why it would intersect.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: He often falls into this regarding his decision to spare Ozai, particularly when he doesn't understand that Ozai isn't grateful that Aang spared him.
  • Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help: The Gaang has to leave the abandoned home because Aang, while saving some civilians, revealed that he was the Avatar.
  • Entitled to Have You: During the argument with Zuko, he claims that he met Katara first and she is his girl, because he's the Avatar. Part of his Character Development is outgrowing this perspective.
  • Flanderization: In canon, Aang is a somewhat naive and childish but highly compassionate boy who gradually embraces his destiny as the Avatar while balancing it with his desire to preserve his all but extinct culture, and his love for Katara. In this fic, Aang is practically obsessed with Air Nomad teachings to the point of forcing them on others, is almost a stalker towards Katara, and acts even less mature than in canon.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He, possibly unintentionally, comes off as a mix of Necessity(since he's the Avatar) and Pity(since, for all his flaws, he's a Nice Guy). The Gaang keep him around, but they, particularly Katara, seem to feel bad for him more often than actually enjoying his company or respecting him, and can be fairly harsh on him when he makes a decision they don't agree with him, even if they don't say it to his face.
  • 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.
  • It's All My Fault: His reaction when Katara gets bitten by the scorpidillo.
  • Just a Kid: Aang is often treated like a kid for many of his decisions, such as running away and sparing Ozai. Katara realizes that she has been doing the same by sheltering him from things, such as the human toll of his destroying the Fire Nation fleet at the Siege of the North.
  • 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.
  • Tough Love: On the receiving end of this from the author, who believes that canon should have been harsher with him.

"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.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Katara's concerned about his cooking because he likes to experiment.
  • Henpecked Husband: Thought to be this to Suki.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: To a lesser degree than Katara or Bato but Hakoda isn't completely happy with him going out with Suki.
  • Moment Killer: Bursts in on Zuko and Katara during a tender moment while getting lunch for himself and Suki.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: After what happened with Jet, he expresses a desire to choose Katara's boyfriends for her.
  • Now You Tell Me: After Katara mentions that she doesn't want anything larger than a breadbox for her birthday, and this is accompanied by a Face Palm.
  • Only Sane Man
  • 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.

"Toph, whom I love, don't get me wrong, is not exactly nice. She is crazy stubborn and self sufficient and sarcastic and strong (she is lots of words beginning with S). But she's not all sweetness and light. Toph said he shouldn't think too much on it. She knows what it's like to be new to the group."
— Katara, regarding Toph's friendship with Zuko.

  • Commonality Connection: Toward Aang and Zuko.
    • 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister:Zuko sees Toph as the little sister he always wanted, Toph sees him as a big brother.
  • Prone to Tears: 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.
  • 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."
—Katara, regarding Suki.

  • Accidental Pervert: Happens to Suki toward Zuko.
  • Ascended Extra: While she had a prominent role in canon, she is part of the Gaang and beyond Sokka's love interest.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Katara wonders if Suki got her sense of humor from Sokka. But Sokka's thinks she's funny so it works out.
  • Cool Big Sis: Katara sees her as one for she is older and more wordly than Katara, and Katara even invites her to be her older sister. Toph more reluctantly views her as one.
  • Cultured Badass: She's good at music, which the author attributes to her being like a Samurai.
  • 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."

     Earth Kingdom 

"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.

The Duke
"There are many things I cannot ask Subject directly, but the Duke being a seven year old favors the direct approach in all things. He, in fact, asked Subject quiet directly what happened to its face. Subject replied that it got burned in a very flat voice."
—Katara, regarding The Duke

  • 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.
  • From the Mouths of Babes: Tends to ask inappropriate questions, such as about Zuko's scar.
  • 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.


"Of all the things that Jet and I have in common – I never in a million years expected stalking Zuko to be one of them."
—Katara, regarding Jet.





Earth King Kuei
"Perhaps he's just better at being a figurehead than he is an actual King."
— Katara, regarding Kuei

  • Extreme Doormat: Initially spineless and deferred ruling the kingdom to his mother.
  • Grew a Spine: Stood up to his mother so he could marry Song and took charge in peace conference.
  • Marry for Love: With encouragement, he decides to make Song his queen despite his mother's wishes
  • Noble Fugitive: Traveled the Earth Kingdom with his bear to hide from the Fire Nation
  • Parental Marriage Veto: The Dowager broke them up because it was improper for the king to involved with a peasant healer.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Kuei and Song
  • Uptown Girl: He's the Earth King while his love, Song is a healer.

The Dowager
"I'm not sure, because I don't know them very well, but the dowager seems much more forceful than her son. I think she might be the real power behind the throne."
— Katara, regarding the Dowager.

  • 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
  • Behind Every Great Man: While "Great" is stretching it as far as Kuei goes, the Dowager is the power behind the throne.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": is only called the Dowager
  • Good Old Ways: Longs for the years gone by
  • Grande Dame
  • 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.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While not evil, she is something of an antagonist in that she doesn't think much of Kuei's relationship with Song. That said, she does offer to give them a chance as long as they keep their relationship secret, instead of opposing them outright, because she thinks they'll be forced to break up.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Zig-zagged. 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. That said, she does harbor the hope that being forced to keep their relationship secret will tear Kuei and Song apart, and even tries to bribe Song to break up with Kuei. In a nutshell, she's pragmatic, but not completely open-minded.
  • 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
"I wanted to see this one back with her family, but for today I would have just settled for her real name. I tried my very best, but she still looked blank and smiled at me eerily. I gave up in defeat after having no progress with her for over an hour. I walked her back to her ward and made her comfortable. I told her that I was so so sorry – thought it meant little to her. There was a flicker of something in her eyes and she said don't be sad dear. Be happy that you are in Ba Sing Se. There is no war in Ba Sing Se."
— Katara, regarding one of the Joo Dees.

     Fire Nation 

Chit Sang
"I didn't think it was possible that there was a bigger idiot out there than my Subject, but there is."
— Katara, regarding Chit Sang.

  • Dumbass Has a Point: Despite being stupid, he accurately points out that Aang's defensive attitude regarding sparing Ozai means that he's starting to regret his decision.
  • Dumb Muscle: In spite of his strength, he isn't very bright, and Katara points out that he's even dumber than Zuko, after he forgets to tell Zuko about cooler fever.
  • The Nicknamer: Names Katara "Little Blue," Sokka "Big Blue," Hakoda "Daddy Blue," Zuko "Grumpy," Toph "Tiny," Aang "Smiley," and Suki "Milady" (with a bow).
  • Remembered Too Late: He forgot to tell Zuko about cooler fever until Zuko already caught it. Katara is highly annoyed with him

Yon Rha

"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. That said, when Zuko proposes putting Yon Rha on trial for war crimes, Katara's receptive to the possibility.
  • 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.

"Ming said she knew that her dad was alive because of that man, and she'd never be able to thank him properly. She decided that if she couldn't thank him properly, she could at least emulate his example and be decent to people, regardless of where they were from."
—Katara, regarding Mingnote 

  • Beta Couple: With Bato.
  • Draft Dodging: She became a guard to avoid getting draft and help provide for her large family.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Was the female guard from The Boiling Rock
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's said to be as tall as Bato, one of the tallest men from Katara's tribe, and very pretty, to boot.

"She sighed in a long suffering tone and said perhaps I wasn't as good a healer as General Iroh thought. Oi! I was good! I snatched the vial from her and did it. Gently. I am a gentle healer after all, with a great bedside manner. Unlike Dr Yang who is a brisk, bossy know-it-all! "
— Katara, regarding Dr. Yang

  • Cool Old Lady: An relatively old woman with many years of experience.
  • Dr. Jerk: She's quite harsh with her apprentices, and rarely gives Katara any praise. Hakoda calls her out on this.
  • Iron Lady: Described as such by Hakoda, who goes on to say that Katara is not like her on that regard.
  • The Medic: One who primarily works with more scientific and medicine-based methods, instead of bending.
  • The Stoic: She has shades of this.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She becomes a little nicer to Katara after Hakoda calls her out on how her Iron Lady attitude isn't necessarily doing Katara any favors.

"Okay Subject, I know your sister is a really crazy, homicidal maniac who is a life ruiner. She ruins lives. I get that. That does not mean that you should jump to your near death just to fight her every time she shows up crackling manically about wanting to be an only child and the many ways she wishes to kill you."
— Katara, regarding Azula

  • Bait the Dog: After starting to warm up to Katara a little, Azula unpleasantly surprises everyone involved by revealing that Mai was spying on Zuko for her.
  • Everyone Has Standards: On the receiving end of this, according to Mai. Even the "twin-fish," fish that eat each other by the time they're juveniles, would find Zuko and Azula's sibling relationship incredibly dysfunctional.
  • Not So Different: Katara believes Azula and Zuko are similar in their lack of regard for their own safety, as seen in their fight at the Western Air Temple, which nearly resulted in both their deaths.
  • The Unfavorite: Azula feels like one to Ursa, Iroh and to Fire Nation. Justified as Zuko was the preferred heir prior to his banishment due to being the Only Sane Man

Ty Lee
  • The Atoner: Joined the Kyoshi Warriors to atone for her actions.
  • Blow You Away: Is an unrealized airbender.
  • Good Bad Girl: Likes to date around but is a good person despite her former allegiances.

"Whatever did Subject see in Gloomy hairbuns! Maybe it was because she was so moody and he was so moody and they would just moody at each other until one of them went off to write some sad poems about how nobody understands them. Friggin Subject. Of course he'd go for the only person on the planet grumpier than him."
—Katara, regarding Mai

  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite her tumultuous relationships with Zuko, she warns him about a planned coup, which gives him the time he needs to deal with the conspirators and negate Ozai's claim to the throne.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Deconstucted, her snarkiness seems rude and mean to everyone else and tests everyone's patience. That said, the author finds it to be her most endearing character trait.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Changes to a ponytail later on in Not Stalking Firelord Zuko.
  • Expy: The author considers her Avatar's version of Daria.
  • Flanderization: In canon, Mai, despite being forced to repress her emotions for the sake of her family's social status, does often find that Zuko brings them out (which include her negative emotions), and also possesses a dry, snarky wit. In this fic, Mai's a snarky jerk whose relationship with Zuko is dysfunctional at best.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: No one that didn't knew her previously likes her and barely tolerate because she's Zuko's girlfriend, making her a Dating example. Surprisingly enough, though, she starts getting along better with the others after (albeit not as a result of) her final breakup with Zuko.
  • In-Series Nickname: Katara calls her "Gloomy Hairbuns."
  • What Does He See in Her?: Zuko and Mai make each other so miserable, people wonder why they are together. Toph thinks it's because Mai's good in bed.
  • You Just Told Me: When Katara asks Mai about how she resolved her disputes with Zuko, Mai says that her preferred method- the silent treatment-is unsuitable for Katara. Katara asks how Mai knew that she and Zuko were an item, and Mai quotes the trope verbatim.


  • Flanderization: In canon, he's a wise old man, an accomplished general and a powerful firebender whose eccentricities are partly due to Obfuscating Stupidity. Here, his eccentricities are significantly played up, often for the sake of comedy.
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf: Frequently described as violently protective of Zuko. The author notes that staying in Ba Sing Se while Zuko was badly injured was an Out-of-Character Moment for him, which she rectified here.
  • Really Gets Around: Iroh turns out to have done this, before he met his wife, and it's implied he went back to his old ways after the deaths of both his wife and son
  • Relative Favoritism: Unintentional variant, his Throw the Dog a Bone moments and familiarity to The Unfavorite Zuko makes to clear to Azula that Zuko is the one most relatives actually like.


Za Jei
"She looked like she was made of fierceness, coated in ferocity, with intense filling. She looked like she was ready to break someone in half. I don't wonder that Zuko used to say that his firebending teacher before Iroh drilled him really hard. I am beginning to think that 'drilled him really hard' is one of Zuko's little euphemisms –in the same manner that he says that his father is not a nice man or that Azula is a little unwell."
—Katara, regarding Za Jei

  • Brutal Honesty: She doesn't mince words, especially regarding Aang's shortcomings as an Avatar.
  • 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.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Lets off one while complaining about Aang sparing Ozai and the rest of the Gaang treating him like a child.
  • Cynical Mentor: She provides Zuko with the most expedient and practical advice, and doesn't think much of Aang or his ideals.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Her style of teaching, mentioned above, is shown to be quite brutal and risks injuring Zuko, so Katara understandably thinks it's not necessarily good for him, much less Aang.
  • Pragmatic Hero: She's willing to consider some shady tactics for the good of Zuko's rule, and only rules out having Ozai killed in prison because Zuko's image is based on being better than Ozai.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: She delivers one to Aang after he insists that sparing Ozai was right, while adding that he wishes that Ozai weren't plotting a coup.
    Za Jei: Listen Avatar, I don't know if anyone in the land of fairy floss, fruit pies and rainbows ever told you, but this is the real world. Here you cannot just wish away your problems.


"I'm oddly glad that Zuko doesn't talk much about his childhood. I think if he did, it would make me too sad. Or it would make me so mad that I'd storm to the capital myself and find Ozai and just beat the crap out of him and say you do not treat people like that!"
—Katara, regarding Ozai

  • Abusive Parent: The details of his physical and emotional abuse of Azula and Zuko are more detailed here.
  • Adaptational Villainy: As improbable as it seems, the fic portrays him as even crueler than in canon.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In a sense. He's portrayed as a more or less incompetent Fire Lord, who's only really good at manipulating people, and is considered an Unskilled, but Strong bender.
  • The Caligula: He's shown as significantly more mentally unbalanced than in canon, such as by having dissidents killed.
  • Creepy Souvenir: Collected the topknots of political dissidents he murdered in his personal Torture Cellar. This was used against him to rid him of his claim to the throne
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He mocks Aang for sparing him. Aang, who'd held out hope of Ozai being changed for the better by his mercy, doesn't take it well.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Zuko gave him a prison cell with a window to not deprive him of sunlight, Ozai uses it send messages to his followers to stage a coup.
  • Last Disrespects: His taking the crown during his father's funeral is said to be an extreme violation of Fire Nation traditions.
  • Unfit for Greatness: To put it mildly. The author notes that even apart from his sadism and cruelty, he's also not a very competent ruler.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His bending is described as powerful but imbalanced, and Lu Ten noticed a possible vulnerability on his left side.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Katara shares Zuko's worry about how Aang will fare against Ozai, because if Ozai's the kind who would scar his own child, he won't go easy on Aang because he's a kid.
    Katara: Now that I know how Zuko got his scar, I'm inclined to share his worry. Ozai's not… he's not sentimental about children. He's not going to go easy on Aang just because he's a kid.

Lu Ten
"(Zuko) always figured that Lu Ten would have known the right answers to his questions and would have made things better for him. But now he had his cousin's answers and it hadn't made him happy."
— Katara, regarding Lu Ten.

  • The Ace: He was viewed as this while he was alive.
  • Be Yourself: His letter to Zuko essentially made this point.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He was one to Zuko. He tried to be one to Azula but she rejected him
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Character: Despite having died long before the start of this fic, his backstory and impact on his family is elaborated upon.


  • 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?"
—Katara, regarding Cookie and Pi.

     The Water Tribes 
  • 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.

"It was the one thing that my Dad hated, us keeping secrets from him. That's why he always wanted to be the cool dad, because he wanted us to always feel comfortable enough to tell him everything."
—Katara, regarding Hakoda.

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Hakoda often makes many ill-fated attempts to be "a cool dad," which involve spending a great amount of time with his kids.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: He asks Aang a few while he's complaining about Zuko kicking him out of the meeting, asking Aang why he thinks Zuko should listen to him, whether Aang thinks his opinion should always matter, and whether Aang's been listening to Zuko.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": He says this to Zuko as part of his desire to be "a cool dad," but Zuko doesn't really accept.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Sir Hakoda" from Zuko, although it's indicated that he comes to accept it over time.
  • Parents as People: After being separated from Katara for a long time, he wants to reconnect with her and make up for lost time, but doesn't fully understand how much she's changed. As such, he's initially less than supportive of her desire for women's equality in the Southern Water Tribe.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: During an argument with Katara, he says he thinks of himself as a good parent by Water Tribe standards because he doesn't beat his wife or kids. Katara is not amused when she hears this.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He gets on Katara's case for keeping secrets from him (Bato and Ming's relationship and her own apprenticeship with Dr. Yang, among others). In response, she points out that, among other things, she had been worried about how he'll respond.

"Bato said that he loved Ming with all his heart and there was nothing lewd or immoral about their relationship. Love was Love. It was a gift from the spirits and sprung up in the most unlikely of places. Bato was not one to deny the will of the spirits – and they had obviously meant for him to love Ming, for she was his other half. More importantly, she was kind and smart and good. To dismiss her out of hand for being firenation was to do her a great disservice."
—Katara, regarding Bato.

  • Beta Couple: With Ming.
  • Kirk Summation: He says the above quote in defense of interracial marriages, specifically his own love of Ming. This gets him a Shut Up, Kirk! from Han in response.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: His relationship with a Fire Nation woman, as well as his keeping it secret, causes friction between him and Hakoda.
  • Secret Relationship: He keeps his relationship with Ming secret at first, although Katara finds out about it, and it eventually becomes known to the rest of her tribe.

"Pakku got a bit defensive, because in his mind, he was just doing the grandfatherly thing and trying to make sure that I would be taken care of. I said women didn't need to be taken care of, they needed to be seen as equals. Pakku said that wasn't reality right now."
—Katara, regarding Pakku.

  • Adaptational Personality Change: While he has mellowed out since the end of Book 1, he's still fairly socially conservative.
  • Blunt "Yes": When arguing about inter-nation marriages with Katara.
    Katara: Are you saying that their love doesn't count just because the two people involved are from different nations?
    Pakku: Of course it doesn't count! It is merely lust that is allowed to run rampant.
  • Katara, I Am Your Biological Grandfather: Is Sokka and Katara's maternal grandfather
  • The Matchmaker: He 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. Honestly thinks Katara could be an excellent "power behind the throne" and use that to enact some of the changes she wants.
    • He opposes inter-nation marriage partially because he is worried the children of such unions will feel torn between two worlds.
  • Worthy Opponent: He references this trope when telling Katara that "An enemy worth the conquering is a joy to fight."

"Yugoda said simply, that she had been treated unequally her whole life and she had learnt various ways around it. I said that just because she had been treated unequally her whole life didn't make unequal treatment right – it just meant that she was used to it. Yugoda said you do just get so used to it simply."
—Katara, regarding Yugoda.

  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Downplayed, but she's "used to" the patriarchal society of the Northern Water Tribe, even if she doesn't like it.
  • The Mentor: Is Katara's healing mentor.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Downplayed. She's not sexist, but but she doesn't see much hope in the Water Tribe's views on women changing any time soon, and believes that Katara would be best off marrying well.

"Coexistence and cooperation are two very different things to Arnook. He is willing to embrace the former – but the devastating loss of Yue meant that he could never countenance the latter. The fact that Dad could cooperate with the firenation meant that he must not feel the losses from the war as keenly as the North did."
—Katara, regarding Arnook.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: In canon, he's portrayed as a wise and benevolent leader, while here, he only really cares about his family and tribe.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: He doesn't realize until it's too late that Aang does not like hearing about what he inflicted on the Fire Nation.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Made Hahn his heir despite the fact that Hahn's a terrible warrior and no one likes Hahn. He also congratulated Aang on the Fire Nation Navy casualities he caused in the Siege of the North, not realizing that Aang would not be proud of it.
  • Jerkass: He has reason to hate the Fire Nation, but his gleefully rejoicing over the loss of life and his callous remarks about the personal losses that Sokka and his family suffered cause him to come off as a jerk.
  • Moral Myopia: When hearing about General Fong's misdeeds, he's only upset at what he did to Katara, not his torture of Fire Nation prisoners. He also has relatively little empathy for others, dismissing other people's losses and emotional pain.
  • No Sympathy: When Katara's family opposes his position on the Fire Nation, Arnook makes it clear that he doesn't care about their grief over Kya's death, or what losing Yue meant for Sokka, simply because they disagree with him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After seeing Yue's spirit, he becomes somewhat nicer and more reasonable.

"Pakku wants me to marry Han! Han the jerk who made Yue endlessly miserable! Who ignored her feelings and talked over her constantly. She always talked about her upcoming marriage to Han like it was something she was dutifully resigned to. It was part of her role as a princess, but oh how she loathed the thought of being married to him. And now Pakku thinks I should be the wife of that snivelling little leech!"
— Katara, regarding Hahn.

  • All Women Are Lustful: He assumes Katara was angry due to sexual frustration, and tells Bato that since Fire Nation women are "sluts," Bato doesn't have to feel guilty about a one-night stand with one.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: After finding out the abuses of the Joo Dee, makes a sexist domestic abuse joke about them and then propositions Katara. She responds by smacking him with a snack tray.
  • Entitled to Have You: Thinks because he's going to to chief that he should have Katara. Since he's one of two people that Pakku believes to be worthy of Katara (the other being Aang), it's not entirely baseless... except for the small bit about his personality.
  • Hate Sink: As one of the few characters without any sympathetic or redeeming qualities, he serves this role now that the major villains have been dealt with.
  • Jerkass: He makes blatantly misogynistic and racist remarks. Katara had chosen to sit in the seat of honor next to him so that she could address the tribes about their view of women, but ends up hitting him with a snack tray and losing that spot, simply because she can't tolerate him long enough. Even Arnook eventually realizes that he's not fit to be his successor.
  • Prince Charmless: Is heir to be Northern Water Tribe Chief, is rude, sexist and a terrible fighter.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: After Bato passionately talks about his love for Ming while defending inter-nation marriages, Han responds as follows.
    Hahn: I get that you have urges. But you know you don't have to marry her right? They aren't like us. All firebenders are such sluts. You can fuck her and leave her. You don't have to debase yourself by having a relationship with one of those firebitches.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The author spells his name as "Han," and after realizing the correct spelling, continued with her previous spelling for the sake of consistency.

"Yue loved her tribe, and when she knew that she could restore the moon spirit, there was not a single thing any of us could have done to stop her."
—Katara, regarding Yue.

  • Dead Person Conversation: In a sense, Katara sometimes talks to Yue, hoping she can hear her, even if she can never respond.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: She says that she thought she would have been too "weak and scared" to waterbend like Katara did, but Katara remembers her as strong and brave.
  • Posthumous Character: To an extent. Katara points out that she didn't die, but became the Moon Spirit.


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