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Fire Prodigy  _ Azula by kelly1412 Fire Prodigy  _ Azula by kelly1412
dear dear, mom miss you~. Q 3Q

Just realized that I haven't draw her for a while~~ so last doodle before 7 July.
compare with Korra's character design, and look back, the last generation characters are actually very young and cute > 3<
looking forward for her active in "The search“

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I saw an character analysis of Azula today and really want to share with you.
It's clear, objective and deep.
Everything just what I wanted to say but don’t know how to describe.

originally post on tumblr by Elphie [link]


It kind of bothers me when I see people describing Azula as “pure evil.”

No. She is not “pure evil.”

For on thing “pure evil” does not exist.

For another, Azula was manipulated from the time of her birth to believe a certain way. She was taught to see others as inferior, and to see the inferior as inherantly weak. She was taught to use her clever mind for war strategies and manipulations, she was taught that her firebending powers were for exerting dominance and force. She was taught that love and emotions were weaknesses, and they must be snuffed out or there would be consequences. She was taught that trust was for fools, and fear was the only reliable way.

She was raised to be a weapon, not a daughter, probably from the moment she first showed any firebending ability. Since Azula was a natural prodigy, this was likely from a very early age.

In short, her entire belief system was instilled in her by her father and her upbringing. Her entire world came crashing down the moment that system failed her. After that Azula shows very palpable emotions- fear/paranoia, sadness, shame, self-loathing. She even shows an awareness of love during her hallucination…it’s entirely subconscious, but the fact that hallucinated Ursa admitted that she loved Azula shows that deep down Azula knows what love is, and she knows that her mother did love her, despite the neglect. And yes Ursa did neglect Azula’s emotional needs. That’s the difference between her and Zuko- Zuko very clearly felt and experienced his mother’s love. Azula did not, because Ursa favored Zuko heavily. Even so, I do believe Ursa loved her daughter in some way.

Anyways. None of those things add up to someone being “pure evil.” That’s a lot of grey area there and I do believe Azula is capable of treating her illness. And anyone’s worldview can be changed. After all, Zuko’s was. And Zuko could have easily slipped down a similar path that Azua did. Those two were very much alike.

And no, I’m not saying that Azula didn’t do horrible things. She is a villain, after all. But she’s not “pure evil.”

Because no one is.

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these are also my girl~:heart:

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FlamboyantTitans Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Doodle O.O
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JayceJvR1992 May 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful :). Interesting to see the cute side of Azula and I like the fire too :D.
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:iconssj4truntanks:
Very outstanding. Liked it.
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:iconstipes00245:
Azula, best Villain EVER, as well as Amon, there both in my "Top 6 Nickelodeon Supervillains!" list, you should check it out! Nice Job, I love Azula's fire and her pose, she seem so powerful! I also loved how the color shifts from orange to blue, it's a great blend! Great Job! :D
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:iconrfercita-loveless:
ˇEstá genial! ˇMuy bonitaaa!
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:icongrellakafruitqueen:
I love this so much!!:D
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:iconklokloshoo:
I love how you did the fire!!! :D
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:iconmiravixen007:
I love her pose and the confident look on her face. Also, your character analysis was wonderful and spot on. Great job!
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writeacrossme Oct 9, 2012  Student Writer
I love Azula to death :)
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yupon Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how did you get the fire to be so blue and bright?!?!
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