My favourite thing about this, is that he goes back to his father, and holds him accountable for his actions. He’s thought he was in the wrong for years. That it was his fault he lost his honour. To see him come to this understanding that he was a child and his father was the responsible party was amazing.
I can’t even think of any other animated kids shows where the abuser is called out on their abuse as openly and directly as he was in this show. And don’t even start me on the importance of them showing that a male child can be the victim of abuse by a male parent. That’s a demographic that so often gets brushed aside and they get told to “man up” or in this case “act like a Prince”. And Zuko gets to stand up and say “I AM a Prince. You’re the one who was wrong”.A-men. Seeing a character face his abuser, say “you did this to me, and I refuse to blame myself for it any more”, then go off to be the person he chooses to be - that is a resonant arc that I did not expect out of this, or any, show. My friends know that my persona has a certain flexibility, and is rooted in very conscious decisions about who I want to be. Some have heard more of this story than others.