Zuko is a male character who features in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
One day, the thirteen-year old Zuko wanted to attend a strategy meeting amongst the leaders of the Fire Nation. At first, Iroh attempted to discourage the boy from attending but he said that as a prince he had a duty to attend these events. His uncle Iroh reluctantly agreed to let the boy attend but told him to remain silent during the meeting. Whilst there, Prince Zuko overheard a general sending a division of recruits against the Earth Kingdom forces so that their deaths would serve as a distraction to allow their elite forces to flank the enemy. This strategy horrified Zuko who believed that it was foolish to sacrifice loyal Fire Nation soldiers in such a move. The interruption caused by the prince was seen to had been a grave dishonour with Zuko being challenged to an Agni Kai as a result. The Prince gladly accepted as he believed h was going to fight against the General that suggested the strategy. Whilst at the duel, Zuko was shocked to find that his opponent was actually the Firelord Ozai as he claimed that the interruption within his court was an insult to him. The Prince begged his fathers forgiveness and refused to fight him but all this did was anger his father more as he saw it as a further sign of dishonour. Thus, he decided that pain would be Zuko's teacher and he left a burnt wound around his eye as a punishment as well as reminder of his actions. The incident also led to Zuko being banished from the Fire Nation and instead dispatched to find the Avatar where his recovery of his quarry would be the only means for his return to the kingdom. (Episode: The Storm)
Their vessel later was by the territory of the Southern Water Tribe when they saw some unusual activity in the sky with Zuko convinced that this was the Avatar's return. (Episode: The Boy in the Iceberg) Closing the distance, he found signs that his quarry was at a nearby village with Zuko's ship arriving at the site. He then demanded to see the Avatar and was surprised to find out that the person was a young boy named Aang. After an initial confrontation, the Prince failed to capture the airbender but forced his surrender by threatening the villagers. Thus, Aang surrendered himself willingly and boarded the Fire Nation ship as it set sail for the homeland. Taken toa cell, Aang managed to escape with his airbending skills and looked to claim his staff that was in the possession of Zuko leading to a battle between the pair. The fight erupted on the top deck where Aang was saved by the intervention of Sokka and Katara where they helped him flee on the flying bison Appa. During the fight, Aang briefly entered the Avatar state where he ended up badly damaging the Fire Nation. (Episode: The Avatar Returns) Returning to port for repairs, Zuko intended to keep his findings hidden when he met with Commander Zhao who was curious onto the damage to their ship. The commander asked the two to meet him for tea and for them to have a discussion about the Prince's activities with Zuko reluctantly accepting the offer. This, however, was only used as a distraction as Zhao had his men interrogate the crew of Zuko's ship who revealed that the Prince had found the Avatar. Zhao then decided to claim this find for himself and intended to have the Prince detained but Zuko challenged him to Agni Kai. Despite Zhao's skill, Zuko managed to defeat him but rather than kill his foe he decided to spare his life. The Commander then attempted to wound Zuko when his back was turned but Iroh intercepted his strike whereupon the Prince and his uncle departed for their ship to continue their search. (Episode: The Southern Air Temple) However, they lacked clues onto their quarry's location but whispers arrived on his ship that indicated the Avatar was on the island of Kyoshi. Thus, their ship travelled there where the Prince took a retinue of warriors on rhinos to force the Avatar out. This led to a battle with the skilled Kyoshi Warriors though despite their fighting prowess they were unable to stop the damage to their home from the Fire Nation soldiers. Aang briefly battled Zuko where he used a blast of air to knock him into a building whereupon he decided to depart Kyoshi rather than bring further conflict to the island. Before departing though, he used the Unagi sea serpent to spray the island with water to put out the fire caused by Zuko and his forces. With the Avatar gone, Zuko and his men quickly departed in pursuit of their quarry. (Episode: The Warriors of Kyoshi)
Unable to continue the journey in the storm, he found a cave and decided to take shelter in it until it broke with him keeping the unconscious Avatar there. He remained there for sometime until Aang regained consciousness where he used his powers to free himself. In a battle with Zuko, he managed to knock the firebender unconscious just as Appa and the others arrived to rescue the Avatar. Aang decided to not leave Zuko in the snow alone as he would die and decided to take him back to the Northern Water Tribe's palace with him being tied up in the process. Zuko managed to regain consciousness and freed himself as the Avatar battled Zhao as they sought to protect the Moon Spirit from the Fire Nation Admiral. Zhao ended up killing the Moon Spirit thus causing the moon itself to vanish which began to cause disasters across the planet. Zuko pursued the fleeing Zhao where he confronted the Admiral over the assassination attempt. Admiral Zhao revealed that he knew that the Blue Spirit was Zuko and intended to eliminate him in their fight. This was interrupted when the Ocean Spirit manifested from the waters and grabbed Zhao and started to pull him into the depths. Zuko attempted to save the Admiral's life but Zhao refused and allowed himself to be claimed by the waters instead. (Episode: The Siege of the North, Part 2)
Personality and attributes
After an Agni Kai against his father, Zuko was scarred for life where he had a burn mark over his left eye.
His uncle taught him that the greatest skill of a warrior was patience though this was something he struggled to keep in his early years. (Episode: The Warriors of Kyoshi)
The capture of the Avatar was seen as an attempt to restore his honour and afforded him a chance of redeeming himself. Thus, he was single-minded in recovering his quarry as it meant an end to his exile. (Episode: The Southern Air Temple)
Zuko had said that he neither needed luck nor wanted it. Instead, he had always struggled in life and fought for it with this making him strong. This was responsible for shaping his life into adulthood. (Episode: The Siege of the North, Part 2)
Iroh once told Zuko that he had seen him as a son after the death of his own child many years ago. (Episode: The Siege of the North, Part 1)
He later came to learn that he was a descendant of both Fire Lord Sozin and Avatar Roku.
Zuko was noted to had loved Mai though their relationship was complicated.
Powers and abilities
As a Firebender, he was capable of producing and manipulating flames that he used in conjunction with his martial arts. (Episode: The Avatar Returns) Through breathing, he was shown to be able to control the flames of a candle with their intensity rising with his temper. (Episode: The Warriors of Kyoshi) Zuko had said that his strength rose with the rising of the sun with dawn being a time when his firebending was stronger. (Episode: The Siege of the North, Part 1)
After joining the Avatar, he came to struggle to use his fire and could barely make a flame. This was because the source was tied to anger and his desire to capture Aang.
- Zuko was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko whilst he was voiced by voice actor Dante Basco and featured in the setting of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- In The Legend of Korra, Zuko made a brief appearance where he was voiced by actor Bruce Davison.
In other media
- In The Last Airbender, Zuko appeared in the 2010 live-action film where he was portrayed by actor Dev Patel.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth, Zuko appeared in the setting of the video game.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender – Into the Inferno, Zuko appeared in the setting of the sequel video game.
- In The Last Airbender, Zuko appeared in the wii video game tie-in to the live-action film where he was voiced by actor Dev Patel.
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