Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Iroh & Zuko (Avatar), Zuko & Zuko's Crew (Avatar), The Sun Warriors & Zuko (Avatar), Druk & Zuko (Avatar)
Characters: Zuko (Avatar), Iroh (Avatar), Zuko's Crew (Avatar), The Sun Warriors (Avatar), Druk (Avatar), The Blue Spirit (Avatar)
Additional Tags: Zuko gets dragon fire, and an actual dragon, rainbow fire, Healing Fire, Zuko is an Awkward Turtleduck, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Ozai Being an Asshole (Avatar), Iroh is a Good Uncle (Avatar), Zuko realizes both of these things super quickly, Rebellion, Past Child Abuse, it's Zuko's life what do you expect?, Blue Spirit Zuko (Avatar), Shadowbending & Shadowbenders, Zuko's Scar (Avatar), Zuko's scar is worse than in the show, Partially Blind Zuko (Avatar), Partially Deaf Zuko (Avatar), Zuko is more like his season 3 self at 13, Swearing, I mean c'mon guys he was with sailors for an extended amount of time, liberal use of italics and em dashes, Other Additional Tags to Be Added, Agni Kai (Avatar)
His life was one instance of bad luck after the other. Oh, he had his good days of course, but those were overwhelmed by the bad. The days his father decided to burn his lessons into him, the days his sister wanted a human target that wasn’t her ‘friends’, the day his cousin died, the day his mother disappeared. Those were just some of the few examples he could think of, but there were many more throughout his life.
my favorite characters have really bad luck. like, out of my top favorites, one almost dies and loses her leg, one dies a long and painful death from tuberculosis, another is betrayed and falls into a pit where he's trapped for decades, and a fourth dies saving a world constantly trying to kill him. the fifth has a burnt face and a horrible childhood, and one spent 100 years in a constant hopeless loop then a friend made him lose his memories and his sister
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Eventually I imagine Zuko's life as Fire Lord will be like that one scene in Annie where the Bolshevik tries to kill Warbucks. Zuko (like Warbucks) is doing work at his desk. An assassin comes in, his guards take care of it, and Zuko doesn't even blink twice, and just works through the whole thing.
Unlike Warbucks, Zuko already had his redemption arc, he's just a workaholic.
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