Why is Zuko so weak?

Is Zuko by far the weakest member of the Fire Royal dynasty?

>Azula is stronger than him
>So are Iroh and Ozai obviously
>Azulon was considered a firebending genius so he was definitely stronger than Zuko
>We can assume Sozin was stronger as well
>Non-royal firebenders like Jeong Jeong or Combustion Man could dog walk him

Zuzu is so fricking weak. I'm not even sure he even surpassed most of those characters in his prime

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  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    He's a fricking child. Children tend to be weaker than adults.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      We have no reason to believe that Zuko ever surpasses or even attains skill equal to Ozai.

      That’s my opinion.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        >skill equal to Ozai
        he's surpassed by your average low class labor by korra
        its not precisely a high bar to reach
        also OP's image is a bit weird considering the guy whom has an instant win button is a 150 centimeters kid.
        I hence it's probably just your average azulagay whom cannot stand the presence of her brother when wanking to his waifus porn

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      All of the kids were beating adult characters through the whole show

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Not firebender adults who, you know, had names. Literally every single one that's not a hechman or a one-off was a badass.

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    He was very young and impatient at the beginning and middle of the series and only started seriously growing from that in the later half, give him time man.

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >azula is stronger than him
    I mean if we're gonna start with something that's factually wrong

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >Is Zuko by far the weakest member of the Fire Royal dynasty?
      No. He is a late bloomer due to learning dragon-style firebending as a teen, which was more aligned with his person than Sozin-style firebending, and surpassed his father in his late teens at the latest. Imo, he probably becomes the second strongest firebender in history after Azula, especially if he learns lightning generation at one point.

      >I mean if we're gonna start with something that's factually wrong
      Iroh, Zuko, and Katara all say that Zuko can't take a sane Azula on his own. And once she regains some sanity, she leapfrogs him, despite him getting stronger over time.

      >azula
      azula isn't as strong as zuko, more like azula is trigger happy with her firebending unlike zuko who won't dare to filly hurt any of his family, this is why he'll flinch at the mere thought that any technique would hurt her
      >iroh and ozai
      well duh, both are experienced in firebending, they're more than double the age of zuko
      >azulon
      he was trained nonstop for sure
      >sozin
      same as azulon
      >jeong jeong
      was a white lotus so they are on a whole level above a master level
      >combustion man
      is not just bending but also physical strength

      >azula isn't as strong as zuko, more like azula is trigger happy with her firebending unlike zuko who won't dare to filly hurt any of his family, this is why he'll flinch at the mere thought that any technique would hurt her
      He planned on redirecting her Sozin's Comet lightning at her, redirected her lightning at her three times in the comics, fought her with fire daggers, which are solid, twice, and body slammed her against a cliff once he was beyond frustrated with her. Stop mixing up fanon Zuko with canon Zuko.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        >Iroh, Zuko, and Katara all say that Zuko can't take a sane Azula on his own.
        No they did not? He brought Katara as backup just in case things go south (in reality, writers didnt find anything else to do for her during the finale) but dominated both the agni-kai and the fight they had back at the southern air temp-
        >notices comics fanfics down below
        ah nevermind, I am not gonna bother with this one.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        >Sozin-style firebending
        Sozin had a dragon as a pet, what makes you think he didn't know dragon style firebending?

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I mean he tamed a fricking dragon, so presumably he's pretty strong. That being said I assume the issue is mostly because Zuko was kind of handicapped by his situation. Ozai likely had disdain for Zuko at birth, leaving him to constant neglect and sabotage. So Zuko is basically the kid abused by his parents, then they get angry they're so fricked up by it. He doesn't begin truly excelling at firebending until he starts getting past some of his issues.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I prefer the idea than Zuko is weak, but by acting reactively and maintaing control of his bending (more of a water type of bending showing he's wordly)he can deflect and capitalize on the openings of people stronger than him.

      While at it:
      Fire - Passion, Power.
      Water - Control, Encirclement
      Earth - Ingenuity, Trickery
      Wind - Genius, Trickster

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        Why are the last two the exact same?

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >azula
    azula isn't as strong as zuko, more like azula is trigger happy with her firebending unlike zuko who won't dare to filly hurt any of his family, this is why he'll flinch at the mere thought that any technique would hurt her
    >iroh and ozai
    well duh, both are experienced in firebending, they're more than double the age of zuko
    >azulon
    he was trained nonstop for sure
    >sozin
    same as azulon
    >jeong jeong
    was a white lotus so they are on a whole level above a master level
    >combustion man
    is not just bending but also physical strength

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    isn't he like 15? 16? of course hes a lanklet.

    humans use to hit puberty around that time before our drinking water was full of artificial hormones and microplastics

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      Shut the frick up.

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    you forgot to say this
    >He is the strongest swordsman of all his lineage.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I was hoping he'd defeat Azula with the knife he was gifted as a child to show that he found other ways of honing strength and skill. Unfortunately he didn't use any swords at all in season 3, which is a bummer.

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    I wish we got to actually see how skilled Ozai is without the comet. Same goes (to a lesser extent) for Iroh, who was in goofy fat old mentor mode for most of the show. Yeah we see Iroh tearing through some mooks from time to time, but most of the characters do that so it's not really very impressive.

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >Combustion Man could dog walk him
    Could he?

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    He multi-classed into Fighter. Classic blunder.

  11. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Ozai had a shitty ass dad and brother, even more than Zuko

    If Zuko didn't open his fricking mouth Ozai would have allowed him to stay a weak charlie Good fella for the rest of his life

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >If Zuko didn't open his fricking mouth Ozai would have allowed him to stay a weak charlie Good fella for the rest of his life
      Lol, he would’ve just found something else to banish Zuko for.

  12. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Zuko isn’t a weak fire bender by any means. His family is just built different.

  13. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Internal conflict along with his sister receiving preferential treatment and presumably training from their father. The internal conflict keeping Zuko from really appreciating and benefiting from Iroh's teaching and style until later, when Zuko was at peace with himself.
    He's young, angry, impatient, ashamed of his own failures and constantly trying to be better than them simply to appease his family and be worth something. Of course that's going to frick with his performance.

  14. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    In the live action at least, Ozai thought you couldn’t be compassionate and strong at the same time, and Zuko has a soft heart

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