I will be discussion Katara’s character, and how she is totally not an Evil Douche, by taking a look at that “The Southern Raiders” episode, that a certain part of the shipdom has been driving me crazy about, and I want to address one of their main arguments: Zuko was Katara’s soul mate BFF here.
No seriously, awesome essay.
I especially love the note you included where Zuko realizes he was wrong, because most people get on his case for the way he acts during the episode. Everyone seems to ignore or not care about what both he and Katara learn in this episode.
And this also shows that Katara’s dark side is very real, but when it comes out she is not being true to herself. This is not “OOC”, especially when we see her struggle with it when she confronts the soldier who killed her mother, and ultimately has mercy and realizes who she really is.
Anyways yeah, awesome. <3
This right here is probably the most dickish thing Zuko has ever done. I mean, I know he’s an insensitive asshat something like 60% of the time, but wow. Mocking one of your only friends’ culture… which your family is directly responsible for the slaughter of… yeah, seems like an awesome plan.
Top that with the fact that he’s mocking the very same beliefs and morals that allowed him to join the group in the first place. Yes, Zuko is a dick. But this was just going too far.
So this is like the Avatar-verse equivalent of Hitler’s grandson making fun of Jewish people. And yet people still defend Zuko for this?
Like it or not, Zuko still comes from a culture where that shit has been ingrained into his head. Is it right? No. It’s not. It’s something he is still clearly working on by the end of the series, and he’s bound to have some slip ups. He’s trying. Maybe not in this moment, but he is. He’s also filled with emotions as he desperately tries to win Katara’s approval, and we all know how Zuko rolls when he’s trying to win someones approval.
Is it a dick move? Yes. It’s a very dick move. Is it right? No way. Does he deserve a swift kick in the ass? You bet.
Here’s the thing though, he admits how wrong he was later, when he tells Aang that he was right about what Katara needed. It’s not an apology, but Zuko has never been one to really apologize. Again, not 100% right, but at least he admits he is wrong. He, above all, learns from the experience and has the capacity to understand why he was wrong.
You see this in his speech to the Fire Nation after he is crowned Fire Lord. He begins to speak of tolerance and peace, not quite something he may have considered before. At least, not in the same way that he does then.
And so Aang forgave him and so do I. Zuko still experiences the most character growth in the series, and he still ends up being a good person.
So he’s my favorite character, and he’s definitely alright in my book.
Haters gonna hate.
Oh! In addition, here’s some Irohny for you: In getting all over Zuko’s case here you’re acting more like Zuko than Aang, because Aang forgave Zuko. Go ahead and disagree with Zuko, show your disapproval, but by carrying the issue on and on (especially after Zuko grows into a better person and what not) you’re acting more like the immature Zuko.
Also, if we judged people wholly on (perhaps) the worst thing they ever said, this would be a much uglier world. I’m not disregarding Zuko’s past transgressions either. If you legit don’t like his whole character I suppose that’s fair. But it’s unfair not to note that he overcame a lot, if not all of, the mistakes and, pardon my language, dick moves he made.
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