Even as the prince of the Fire Nation, Zuko has always struggled in life, particularly in matching his prodigy sister Azula and getting his father's acknowledgment. This came to a head when Ozai punished him for a perceived slight by horrifically burning his face and sending him into exile, refusing to let him return until he had captured the Avatar. (This was intended to be an impossible task, since Aang had been missing for a century). Determined to prove his worth to his father, Zuko hunted Aang across the world for the first season while trying to find his own destiny. Eventually, Zuko betrays Iroh and helps Azula take over Ba Sing Se. Granted amnesty for his actions, Zuko is finally allowed to come home. He has his honor restored, the adoration of a nation, the love of his life, and the respect of his father. And he finds himself lacking. After some soul-searching, Zuko finally realizes what Iroh had always tried to teach him. After calling out Ozai for controlling him, making him feel worthless, burning his face, banishing him for three years and generally being an evil, contemptible douchebag, Zuko defects to join the Gaang as Aang's Firebending teacher. Though initially mistrusted, grudges dissolve into friendships and Zuko soon becomes a core member of the group. At the end of the series, Zuko becomes the new Fire Lord and strives to rebuild the world into an era of peace. And hopefully find his mother.
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 9-B | At least 9-B, likely 9-A | 9-A | At least 8-C, possibly High 8-C
Name: Zuko, Prince Zuko (The Last Airbender), Fire Lord Zuko (The Promise, The Search and The Legend of Korra), Zu-Zu (given by Azula), the Blue Spirit, Lee
Origin: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Age: 16 years old in The Last Airbender, 17-18 in The Promise, 18-19 in The Search, 87 in The Legend of Korra, 87-88 in The Legend of Korra Book 2, 90-91 in The Legend of Korra Book 3.
Classification: Human Firebender/Fire Nation Prince/Firebending Instructor/Ambassador
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Reflexes/reactions, Master Swordsman, Master martial artist, Skilled at infiltration and stealth, Skilled Tracker, Firebending (Fire Generation and Manipulation and Lighting Redirection), Enhanced Firebending by Sozin's Comet
Attack Potency: At least Wall level (Can fight Aang on almost equal grounds, is superior to most regular benders) | At least Wall level (At the beginning of the season), likely Room level (Grew stronger and was able to put a decent fight against Aang) | Small Building level (His firebending was able to match an explosion from Combustion Man, can fight against Azula as an equal) | At least Building level+, possibly Large Building level (Should be comparable to Full Moon Katara)
Speed: Supersonic+ (Should be comparable to Aang)
Lifting Strength: Superhuman
Striking Strength: Wall Class (Was able to smash solid rock at the start of the show and smash through iron shackles with a single kick) | At least Wall Class, likely Room Class | Room Class | Building Class+
Durability: Wall level (Could tank hits from Book 1 Aang) | At least Wall level, likely Room level | Small Building level with fire shields (Could tank an explosion from Combustion Man without any damage) | At least Building level+, possibly Large Building level with Fire Shields
Range: Standard Melee Range. Several dozen meters with firebending.
Standard Equipment: Two dao swords
Intelligence: Quite intelligent, skilled strategist, able to exploit any situation to his advantage such as he used his ship's damages as a smokescreen to conceal his movements from Zhao and he is also able to form alliances with people with special skills and use them to his advantage. Also when he and Aang needed to get into a specific room in the Sun Warrior ruins, Zuko was able to outsmart the Celestial Calendar by using the reflective properties of his dual swords, as the calendar would otherwise only allow the room's doors to open during a summer solstice. He also displayed good military, organizational and leadership skills when he became Fire Lord, as seen when he re-organized the Fire Nation Army into a more compact and effective force and later commanded it in the battle for Yu Dao.
Weaknesses: A solar eclipse disables firebending, Sozin's Comet only passes by once per every 100 years. Hot-headed and often lets his temper get the best of him (no longer a weakness after he joined Aang and his Gaang).
- Lightning Redirection: Zuko redirects lightning by channeling it from the points of his fingers out the next.
Key: Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Sozin’s Comet