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Ursa speculation
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 14th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I may be the only person in fandom who thinks this way, so feel free to ignore...but I would actually prefer it if Ursa wasn't a kickass firebender. In fact, I hope she's not a bender at all.

Oh, I don't know much about what the fandom in general thinks about Ursa. I got the impression that everyone was reeling in shock over her still being alive. (Which sort of surprised me because I thought that the whole "it's not dead until you see a body" rule was pretty universal). Whether or not she could bend didn't even occur to me until I re-watched the Avatar & the Firelord.


But still, there's so much emphasis on everyone's kick ass bending abilities, it's nice to see someone who's not a bender and yet is more than able to hold their own against the prodigies.

But is there? The only true prodigies in the story seem to be Katara, Azula and Toph, and these are made out clearly to be exceptions not the rule. In fact, Zuko is [to me anyway] more awesome because he didn't get good naturally, he struggled at it. Plus, he has his awesome sword-fighting skillz that Azula clearly lacks. And there are a lot of other characters who are just as powerful in their own unique ways: Suki and her ladies, Sokka, Mai, Ty Lee, etc. If anything, I think there's a nice distribution of kick-assness all round and we see a lot of non-bending pwning bending moments. (Aside, the very first battle of the show, the Sokka vs. Zuko in episode 1, Zuko wins simply by being a better fighter without once Firebending).

I guess I like the fact that Ursa would be a Firebending prodigy like her daughter because until recently, only one side of her has really been dominant: Zuko's protective, gentle mother. I don't think a lot of people have processed the fact that she schemed to have her father-in-law killed and usurped the throne of the rightful ruler of the Fire Nation. Aside, I’m also working with the hereditary angle and since, Zuko being Roku’s great-grandson means something about his moral compass, then Azula being Roku’s great-grandson should mean something about her bending compass >D to make up for the difference in these between the two siblings.

Plus, it would be great to see Azula get a real physical smackdown. Ty Lee took her down but as you said, it wasn’t a fair fight. (Or even particularly extraordinary. Ty Lee always takes people down when they first encounter her because they don’t know about her Fists of Chi-Blocking™. But once they did, both Katara and Suki held their own against her.) The only one else who will be able to do so is Aang, and he’ll be busy fighting the Fire Lord. And I don’t want Zuko to suddenly become Mr Bad-Ass Better-Than-My-Sister-At-Fire-Bending. I’d like to think that the reward for turning to the Light Side is something a bit more than more power.
peri_peteia From: peri_peteia Date: July 14th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got the impression that everyone was reeling in shock over her still being alive. (Which sort of surprised me because I thought that the whole "it's not dead until you see a body" rule was pretty universal).

That's because Avatar fandom is slow. The majority were also convinced that Suki was dead too.

At any rate, I'm pretty sure they're heading towards a Zuko vs. Azula final showdown and always have been. Particularly since he improved his firebending after the visit with the dragons. In TBR, he was calmly holding his own against Azula in a way that drastically contrasted how much she overpowered him when he was wilder and angrier during their previous fights.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 15th, 2008 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
That's because Avatar fandom is slow. The majority were also convinced that Suki was dead too.

::blushes:: I thought Suki was dead, too. But in my defence *g* it was only because the frame "shimmered" the same way it did when Jet received the killing blow in Lake L.

At any rate, I'm pretty sure they're heading towards a Zuko vs. Azula final showdown and always have been. Particularly since he improved his firebending after the visit with the dragons.

I think so. Aang and Zuko have been the two sides of the protagonist of Avatar for a long time and they both will get their epic battles in the end.

In TBR, he was calmly holding his own against Azula in a way that drastically contrasted how much she overpowered him when he was wilder and angrier during their previous fights.

He did have some help from Sokka, though. :P I remember thinking that it was a nice change that two guys needed to contain Azula while Suki and Ty Lee went mano o mano. (i.e. a change from the Batman vs. Joker/Batgirl vs. Harley dynamic that most m/f fights are reduced to).
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