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Ursa Made Ozai King of Anything

by Attackfish Scales

It is a well worn fantasy genre trope to have a mother sacrifice her life for her (main character) child. These back-story sacrifices are indicative of a wider narrative about womanhood and motherhood, and solidifies the sacrificial mother both as a "good mother" and also as a passive object, no longer part of the story. The sacrifice itself is often portrayed as both brave, and passive, an impulsive reaction to an attack as opposed to an action in its own right.

Ursa also sacrifices herself for her child. But instead of dying, she kills. When her father in law, Firelord Azulon, orders her son's death, instead of standing at her son's bedside to be cut down defending him like so many other fantasy mothers, she assassinates Azulon and flees into exile.

Ursa's story is a hard and desperately sad one. Firelord Azulon coerces her into marrying his second son, who is psychologically abusive and deeply jealous of her. As the second prince's wife, she has little power, and little recourse to protect her children from her husband. Add to this that her daughter is a budding sociopath, and she has no power to reign her in, and Ursa's position is bleak. Yet, when her son is threatened, for one glorious moment, she is able to wrest back agency to protect her children.

Ursa Made Ozai King of Anything

It was Ursa who made Ozai Firelord. Set to Sara Bareilles's "King of Anything"

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