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Top 5 most savage Azula moments in Avatar: The Last Airbender

Published: 28/May/2020 23:46 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 17:00

by Brent Koepp

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Azula is Avatar: The Last Airbender’s most popular villain, as her wicked personality and terrifying powers steal every scene that she is in. Here are the Fire Nation princess’ top five most savage moments that had us feeling the heat.

The Last Airbender follows a child monk named Aang who, as the Avatar, has the ability to control the elements of Water, Earth, Air, and Fire. The series follows his quest to master all four powers and bring balance to the world.

However, throughout the show, the young protagonist is relentlessly hunted down by princess Azula. While not the main antagonist, the Fire Nation royalty is simply put – a total badass. Here are her top five most ruthless moments. WARNING: the following contains MAJOR spoilers for the show, so only continue if you’ve watched all of the series in full!

Do the tides command this ship?

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Azula doesn’t take no for an answer.

In what is the perfect introduction to the villain, the Fire Nation princess threatens the captain of her ship when he states that the tides of the ocean make it impossible to dock their vessel. In true Azula fashion, she sets the soldier straight with a chilling threat.

“Do the tides command this ship? And if I were to have you thrown overboard, would the tides think twice about smashing you against the rocky shores? Well then maybe you should worry less about the tides who’ve already made up their mind about killing you, and worry about me who is still mulling it over,” – oof.

The chase

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A princess surrenders with honor. Well, not if you are Azula.

After mercilessly hunting down the Avatar for days, the princess eventually ends up in a standoff between Aang, her brother Zuko, and their uncle Iroh. Outnumbered, the villain shockingly turns against her own family.

Using lightning, she shoots Iroh which causes the prince to lose his focus enough for her to escape. While it’s established early on that she’s not fond of her sibling, her quick decision to sacrifice family is as savage as it gets.

Azula is a prodigy in firebending, and is so powerful that she is the only character in the show to have fire that burns blue. She is also one of the few that is able to control lightning, making her an insanely deadly threat to whoever she faces.

You’re banished!

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The villain is even willing to banish her own loyal subjects.

As Azula starts to lose it in Book 3, she no longer has patience for anyone – including her own family. During this hilarious scene, the princess decides to banish her own elder Lo for having spoken out against her.

Seeing as she has a twin sister named Li, the two are confused as to which one of them was being kicked out of the kingdom. The solution? Azula decides that both must face each other to death in an Agni Ki.

While the villain is portrayed as cold throughout the show, she has human moments too. Especially during the episode ‘The Beach’ in which the two advisers try to help her. However, there is no love lost here apparently.

Framing Zuko

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Throughout the series, Azula sets up her brother Zuko to fail.

The popular villain isn’t just evil – she’s also a genius at manipulation and strategic planning. In the finale of season 2, she (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!) shockingly puts down Aang with a lightning strike to the back.

However, instead of taking credit for “killing the Avatar,” she tells their father Fire Nation Lord Ozai that her brother pulled off the incredible feat. If you thought it was a moment of compassion, think again.

She later reveals that her act of charity was an insurance plan so that if the protagonist survived, then it would all fall on Zuko and he would lose his line to the throne permanently. Completely maniacal.

You were never even a player

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The Princess puts Long Feng in his place as a peasant and usurps his power.

In what is, in our opinion, one of the best scenes in the entire series, Azula manages to infiltrate the walls of Ba Sing Se, and bring down the Earth Kingdom by manipulating the leader of the Dai Li, Long Feng.

Not only does she strip the power-hungry man down in front of his own loyal agents, she convinces them that only she is worthy to lead because of her royal blood which gives her divine rights to rule.

Submitting, Feng states, “You’ve beaten me at my own game.” to which she replies, “Don’t flatter yourself, you were never even a player,” in a moment of pure savagery. The moment highlights why she’s a fan favorite, and one of the best villains of all time.

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Eugene Lee Yang goes viral cosplaying Avatar: The Last Airbender

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:39

by Georgina Smith

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Writer, Director, and Try Guys member Eugene Lee Yang has absolutely blown Avatar: The Last Airbender fans away with his flawless cosplays, recreating not just Azula but Zuko too.

Since rising to internet fame with his work on YouTube series ‘the Try Guys,’ Eugene Lee Yang has established himself as a creator in his own right, producing many hugely viral videos exploring LGBTQ+ and Asian-American identities.

Each year in what he describes as his ‘Asian Halloween Tradition,’ Eugene cosplays different Asian characters from popular movies, TV shows, books and more to celebrate different aspects of those cultures, and works alongside a team to flex their outstanding costume and makeup skills.

In the past, he’s recreated characters like Mulan, Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments Series, and many more dating back to Halloween of 2009 when he cosplayed Russell from the animated film UP.

But this year, Eugene and his talented team treated fans to not just one, but two Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplays, and they were both as fantastic as each other.

Eugene cosplays Zuko and Azula

First, in a post that at the time of writing has 99,000 likes, he recreated the banished prince from the Fire Nation, Zuko.

Eugene models the brilliant costume by Kinetic Cosplay perfectly, the bold oranges and reds of the fabric creating a vibrant fire-like glow, which combined with the mix of silk trims and various types of fabric give a perfectly dynamic edge to the look.

His makeup artist Arianna Blean has also reformed Zuko’s signature eye scar, the scar wax looking intricate enough to be realistic, but also with a slightly animated feel in keeping with the original art style.

To fans’ surprise, Eugene even pulled out a second Avatar look to celebrate Halloween this year, also having a go at one of the show’s most popular villains, Fire Nation princess Azula in beautiful photos taken by JD Renes.

The absolutely stunning images show the YouTube star surrounded by lightning, filling the images with a mesmerizing blue-white glow. The black and gold plates contribute to a powerful silhouette, with the wig by danekez sculpted perfectly to look like the original, even keeping with the gold hairpiece in the center of the head.

Eugene put both characters together in the same image in a post that gained 40,000 likes, and even participated in a TikTok trend where he wipes a mirror to switch between the two characters, injecting the video with electric personality.

His series of posts about the cosplays have garnered hundreds of thousands of likes all together, and has already got people excited about what Eugene will pull out of the bag next Halloween.