Zuko is a fictional anti-hero deuteragonist in Nickelodeon's animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender. The character, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, is voiced by Dante Basco and is portrayed by Dev Patel in the 2010 film The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan. Though he is the deuteragonist, he was a secondary antagonist in Books 1 and 2 and he joined the main protagonist in Book 3.
In the show, Zuko is the elder child of Fire Lord Ozai and Princess Ursa. Zuko is a powerful Firebender and the Crown Prince of the Fire Nation, a race of people in which some have the ability to create and manipulate fire and (later) lightning to an extent. Zuko is his mother's favorite, as Azula is her father's favorite for her skills in firebending. Before the events of the series, he is exiled from the Fire Nation by his father, the Fire Lord Ozai, and sent to capture the Avatar in order to restore his honor and right to the throne. Zuko is accompanied and advised in his search by his uncle, Iroh. Over time, however, Zuko's loyalties and moralities shift as he discovers just how much pain and suffering that the Fire Nation has caused, ultimately joining Aang and his friends to end his nation's tyranny.
Zuko is 16 years old and ages to about 17 by the end of the series.
Six years prior to the start of the series, Prince Ozai, Zuko's father, made a bid for the throne over his elder brother Iroh, due to the latter's having recently lost both his only son and his campaign against the city of Ba Sing Se. Fire Lord Azulon, Iroh and Ozai's father, is furious that Ozai would try to cheat Iroh at such a low point in his life, and orders Ozai to kill his eldest son in order for him to realize the severity of his action. Ozai, considering Zuko a disappointment, was willing to kill Zuko to appease his father. However, in an effort to protect him, Ursa, Zuko's mother, does "terrible, treasonous and treacherous things" that result in Azulon's death, Ozai's ascension to the throne, and her own banishment.
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