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Zuko is a male character who features in Avatar: The Last Airbender.



Prince Zuko (祖寇 Zǔ Kòu) was the son of Fire Lord Ozai and Princess Ursa with him having a younger sister named Azula.

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)


Personality and attributes

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)

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 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.

Video games

  • 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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