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Mai/Zuko: Something Good

by Attackfish Scales

One of the ways in which the writers and creators of Avatar: the Last Airbender show their gender egalitarian and feminist leanings, as well as their skills as writers is in the relationship or Mai and Zuko. While Zuko is a main character, and Mai is not, is given a character arc of her own separate from her role as Zuko's love interest.

Like Zuko, Mai starts the series as a villain. She is introduced as Azula's lackey just as Zuko passes the mantle of antagonist to his sister. Through Azula's early actions and Zuko's flashbacks, it is revealed that Azula is abusive toward Mai and that Zuko and Mai have known each other since childhood. Because of their shared histories of abuse and mutual need to redeem themselves for their villainous acts, Mai and Zuko are able to understand each other.

The writers skillfully weave parallels between their separate narratives. Their shared redemption arcs serve to frame them as equals, on equal footing with each other.

Mai/Zuko: Something Good

Mai and Zuko have had a long road to redemption. Set to the song: "Something Good" from The Sound of Music movie soundtrack.

from Avatar: the Last Airbender (2005)
Creator: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Distributor: Nickelodeon
Posted by Attackfish Scales