Zuko is one of the most well-known and beloved characters of the Avatar Saga. And it is no surprise that Zuko also appeared in The Legend of Korra, albeit briefly. But all of his appearances were very impactful, and he even met Korra, who asked for his advice. And he guided her as he had guided Aang throughout his life. Korra even thanked him because his advice had brought her clarity in what she had to do.
The Legend of Korra is a very different show compared to Avatar: The Last Airbender. But any cameos from the original cast members offer an enjoyable viewing experience for the fans. And the appearance of Zuko in The Legend of Korra is no exception. And in this article, we will look at Zuko’s appearances in The Legend of Korra.
After Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV Show) ends, we get to see some of the events afterward with the help of several comics. Zuko initially started the restoration movement and favored all the Fire Nation colonies on the Earth Kingdom to be demolished, and the residents relocated to the Fire Nation territory. But after some developments and his firsthand personal experiences with the residents of these colonies.
He observes that Earth Nation and Fire Nation people have formed a sort of mixed race in these colonies. These colonies now consist of multi-racial families, with one parent being an Earth National and the other being a Fire National. Their children are even more complex and consider themselves the residents of one Nation but the citizen of the other one. They are essentially making these families members of both Nations.
And he, therefore, pulled out his support for the restoration movement and faced opposition even from Aang. However, whereas Earth King Kuei even went to war over Zuko’s decision, when Kuei himself visited the colonies, he agreed with Zuko. These colonies later were combined to form the United Republic of Nations. And the capital city was named Republic City, which developed into the largest metropolis of the Avatar Universe.
Zuko had always supported the development of the Southern Water Tribe throughout his reign as Firelord. He always relied on Aang throughout his life for advice, and similarly, Aang always looked towards Zuko for guidance. And Zuko always advised him to trust his instincts as the Avatar. Zuko also had a daughter named Izumi and later abdicated his throne in her favor. After his tenure as the Firelord, Zuko moved to Ember Island and became an ambassador of peace for all the Avatar Universe.
First Encounter With Korra
Before the events of The Legend of Korra, Zaheer and his fellow Red Lotus members made a plan to kidnap Korra. At this time, Korra was merely just a child. When the plot was uncovered, Zuko came together with Lin Beifong, Tenzin, and Tonraq to stop the Red Lotus. After the plan was unsuccessful, Zuko arranged for the making of special prisons for all the members of Red Lotus. He specially asked Unalaq, The Northern Pole Chief, to create particular prison for P’Li, a combustion bender in the western Tundra of the North Pole.
Appearance In The Legend Of Korra
We see an aged Zuko in The Legend of Korra two weeks after the Harmonic Convergence. Zuko had been informed about the escape of Zaheer and how he had developed the ability to Airbend. Zuko became particularly worried and sent word to Lin Beifong about Zaheer’s escape. And went to the North Pole to check up on P’Li and warned the North Pole Chief how dangerous she could be if she escaped as well. He even visited the area while flying over on his dragon, Druk whom he had adopted and raised. At that time, he noticed a blizzard which Tonraq pointed out to be a doing of Zaheer.
Zaheer and others took on the attackers head-on but were defeated. Zuko fought valiantly against Ghazan but was ultimately slowed down when a large falling rock hit him. And he could only witness the escape of the fugitives who were able to break P’Li out of her prison. The Zuko and Tonraq traveled to Misty Palms Oasis after receiving word from Lin Beifong.
There he learned about how Zaheer has named his group the Red Lotus. Before this, he had no idea that Zaheer had formed Red Lotus. And that they had also murdered the Earth Queen. Zuko then went to Zaofu to send a warning message to Tenzin who was at the Northern Air Temple at the time.
Advice To Korra
After they sent the message, he made preparations to travel back to the Fire Nation capital. He was going there to protect Izumi in case Zaheer attempted her life next. At this time Korra asked for his advice on whether to give herself up to protect a Nation or not. And wanted to know what Aang would have done in her place. Zuko answered that “it had been Aang’s dream to rebuild the Air Nation, though that he also knew that in times of turmoil, the world needed the Avatar the most”. Korra thanked him for his advice and revealed that he had met Uncle Iroh in the spirit world.
After Zaheer’s defeat, Zuko went to Republic City for Jinora’s anointment as an Airbending Master and witnessed her getting the symbolic Tattoos. After this, he went to the spirit world to reunite with Uncle Iroh once again.
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