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The Last Airbender Means More Than You Think

When Azula was born in 85 AG (after the Air Nomad genocide), her parents, then-Prince Ozai and Princess Ursa, didn’t just pick her a random name. Rather, they chose something that honors her lineage, specifically on her father’s side of the family. Her grandfather and Fire Lord at the time went by the name Azulon (Walker Edmiston), which clearly inspires the name Azula. Also, it’s worth highlighting that she’s capable of bending blue flames and the Spanish and Portuguese term for blue is “azul.” Her parents couldn’t have known she’d be able to do so as a baby, so we can chalk this up to the work of the writers behind “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Saddled with the legacy of her family and the Fire Nation at large, as well as her unrivaled levels of power, it should come as no surprise that Azula eventually buckles under such monumental pressure to succeed. She may be an angry, violent person, but she’s still a person — one who has the potential to heal herself and unpack all of her emotional baggage. Sadly, Azula never got the chance to do so, but had “The Last Airbender” continued, she could’ve. According to writer Aaron Ehasz in a 2020 Twitter thread, plans were in place for her Season 4 redemption arc, complete with Zuko becoming her mentor and guiding her down a new, peaceful path. Evidently, this tale never materialized.

From her complicated characterization to a name that touts her unique abilities and family line, Azula will go down as one of the most intriguing yet underdeveloped characters on “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”



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