This scene still breaks my heart each and every single time I watch it.
Azula was a terrible, horrible person. She would have set the world aflame and laughed over the broken carcass of her brother.
But she was fourteen.
She was so ruined and twisted by her childhood and by her nation, driven to insanity by the expectations placed upon her.
Azula was bad and yet I can’t help but feel so terribly sorry for her.
"I don’t have sob stories like all of you."
SHE WAS FUCKING FOURTEEN WHAT
That’s why Azula was and still is one of my favorite villains of all time. She’s a terribly tragic character who’s too busy kicking ass and taking names to even consider that she might be damaged. She’s so tough that she even keeps her friends fooled for years. She’s brilliant and ruthless, and it’s incredible to watch her ferocity consume her. In the end, she doesn’t break down and have a pity party where everybody sees how sad she is and forgives her. She goes out kicking and screaming, consumed by the fires of her own rage. She is a monster out of control, and she elicits sympathy not because she is contrite, but because we finally see how far she’s fallen. We pity one who could have been so great under different circumstances. We mourn what she could have been in the same breath we draw to gasp at what she’s become.
A few human Raava concept sketches for the Beginnings AU with Kyonz!
Shortly after Raava begins traveling with Wan, she adopts a human form to better understand the way of the humans. Her initial appearance is older, but she de-ages as she grows weaker from Vaatu’s increasing power.
I designed Raava, but in all the time we worked on those episodes I never once thought of how she might look as a human. So it was a delight to see the flood of anthropomorphized fanart once the “Beginnings” episodes aired. In hindsight, it makes sense that people would imagine that, especially hearing her very-human voice, but for me she was always a kite-squid-spirit thing.
Of all the cool and amusing human interpretations of her and Vaatu, this is one of my favorites so far. Exquisite drawings. And I love the idea that she grows younger as her power wanes!