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"AT: Zuko and Katara" by annria on DeviantArt Over the course of the show, the relationship between Zutara took many twists and turns. One was between the protagonist, Aang, and his traveling companion Katara. The other was between the former-antagonist-turned-deuteragonist Zuko, and . comics only furthered the lack of exploration of her feelings in this relationship. Anybody else wanted them to end up together in the end? I felt like Zuko and Katara's personality were very similar, both were really hot.
Did the writers just forget she had the ability? But it is there, and quite unfortunate, which matters.
Especially with her whole willingness to go to extremes at times, and her stubbornness, and the darker aspects of her personality… Though who needs that, when we can have these fist-pumping character moments: Right, because Katara had no sympathy for Azula in the finale or anything.
See, he started out the show having a crush on her. Again, normal and something you learn as you grow up. Trying to keep everyone together.
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This difference in behavior is something that would be really fitting for a year-old boy to learn and come to understand. But… Again, we all know the ending. Katara comes out, blushes prettily at him, says no words, and they make out. How is this good for him? How is this good for anyone? God, at least show his growth. Instead, what we get is this: What even IS character development? He got what he wanted! Because when they sat down to hammer out the Kataang offspring, boy did they do a number.
You see, Bumi, Kya, and Tenzin each have their fair share of inadequacy issues, courtesy of their respective relationships to their father. When he served most of his life as a commander for the United Forces. She even moved herself to the South Pole to keep her mom company once Aang had passed away.
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You must remember, before the fog infects you. I have no family. And Tenzin, oh gods, poor Tenzin.5 FACTS ABOUT KATARA YOU SHOULD KNOW [Avatar The Last Airbender / The Legend of Korra]
He has the entire burden of the Air Nation on him as the only airbender of the family, and takes his duty so seriously that he stresses himself to the point where he is unable to form a true spiritual connection, clearly a result of his crippling anxiety over the fear of not measuring up.
Remember who you are Tenzin. This apparently stems from a massive and subconscious jealousy of her mother favoring Zuko. Zuko and Katara arrived at Azula's coronation where Zuko declared to his sister that he would become Fire Lord rather than her.
Azula responded to this by immediately challenging Zuko to an Agni Kai for the crown, which he eagerly accepted. It is not clear if she did because she realized she would probably be unable to successfully fight both Zuko and Katara, or because of her mounting desire to kill Zuko and overcome her crumbling mental state.
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When Katara pointed out to Zuko that he had previously admitted to not being able to defeat Azula by himself, he simply stated that Azula was "off" and "slipping", indicating that he sensed Azula's mental instability which he hoped would give him an advantage, enable him to defeat her and keep Katara out of harm's way. The two fought a vicious duel with Zuko equally matching Azula blow-for-blow.
When Zuko finally succeeded in knocking Azula off her feet, Azula seemingly became more outraged. When Zuko taunted her about her failure to utilize lightning generation, believing her to be afraid he would redirect the bolt at her, she immediately charged up a powerful lightning attack.
She appeared to target Zuko, however, aimed the attack at Katara instead, who was anxiously watching the battle from the sidelines.
Zuko leapt in front of the lightning, redirecting enough of the attack to prevent immediate death, but was still badly injured in the process.
After defeating Azula, Katara went to heal Zuko. Seeing Zuko alive and standing after her attack finally caused Azula's mentality to collapse.
She began screaming wildly and breathing fire, until she ended up on her side screaming, struggling, crying uncontrollably and mumbling incoherently as her emotions spun out of control.
Zuko watched sadly as his sister fell apart. He had tried numerous times to get their father to confess the whereabouts of their mother, Ursa, but had gotten nowhere. He knew that Azula was the only one who could get Ozai to talk. Despite their differences, Azula agreed to help him, needing no reward, saying that the "satisfaction of helping the Fire Lord in some small way [would] be compensation enough", and that ever since she was institutionalized, she had wondered every single day what had happened to their mother.
Ty Lee immediately chi blocked the angry Azula, but Zuko called her off, gently placing the now paralyzed Azula back in her wheelchair. When Zuko stated that all he wanted was to bring a little dignity to them, she promptly stated that the only way to do that was to leave her and their father to talk in private.
Azula held up her end of the deal and coaxed the wanted information out of Ozai, but her manipulative side prompted her to seemingly destroy the letter that could lead to Ursa's whereabouts in front of Zuko's eyes, thus ensuring her own place on the quest to find her as Zuko needed what she knew.
She was released from the mental institution and allowed to accompany her brother unbound and with dignity.
Even though her brother had complied to her requests, he remained focused and alert to her every move, even inviting his friends to keep an eye on her during their trip.
Azula asked her brother why he was fighting, considering he did not want to be Fire Lord, and also why he did not kill her when he had the chance, unless he needed her to "set him free" of that burden. Zuko replied that he knew the throne, burden and all, was his destiny, before replying that he did not kill her for one simple fact: Azula, having realized at last that somebody loved her unconditionally, dropped the incriminating letter against Zuko before running away, leaving Ursa alive. Zuko chased after her, pleading for her to come back so that he could help her.
With tears in her eyes, Azula responded "Same as always, Zu-Zu She stated that she had eventually accepted Zuko as the Fire Lord but tried to mold him into her image of a proper, more ruthless ruler. We will dominate the Earth! Chan and Azula had only a brief relationship.
Upon arriving at Chan's party, Azula gave him a surprisingly long and confusing compliment on his suit which Chan seemed to find odd. Nonetheless, the two later shared a romantic evening while stargazing on Chan's porch. They kissed with Chan remarking afterward that Azula was pretty. Azula, being inexperienced with romance, went back to her comfort zone of manipulation and domination of others and stated, "Together, you and I will be the strongest couple in the entire world!
After some time with her friends on the beach, Azula exacted revenge on Chan by ransacking his house along with the others, leaving Chan sobbing. Katara has a loving relationship with her grandchildren JinoraIkkiMeeloand Rohanwho refer to her as Gran-Gran. All of the children, sans an unborn Rohan, were happy and excited to visit their grandmother at the South Poleespecially Jinora, who stated that she had been reading all about Katara's old adventures.
Katara was happy to see them too, smiling enthusiastically when they were talking to her. After the airbender woke up, she greeted her grandmother with a smile and told her how much she had missed her. I mean, I know we had Gran-Gran and she loved us, but we were just so lost without you Hakoda was Katara and Sokka 's father and a prominent figure in his daughter's life.
His departure from the Southern Water Tribe to fight in the Hundred Year War had a profound impact on Katara, who felt abandoned and betrayed by him, in spite of the fact that she knew his reasons for departing. Hakoda consoled his daughter by telling her that his departure had a heavy emotional toll on him as well. After becoming wounded during battle, Katara healed her father and decided to assist him in following the troops to the Royal Palace while the other members continued their search for Ozai.
But you've brought it back to life, my little waterbender.