Fandom Mashups is a feature hosted by Lunar Rainbows Reviews. There's a different scenario each week, and you choose a "dream team" of five characters from five different fandoms whom you think are best suited for the situation.
This week's topic is:
With the new year fast approaching, you've decided that self-improvement is the way to go. But you need some inspiration. Which characters would you pick to inspire you to better yourself (think: characters that may have started out shady, but transformed into legit heroes).
Happy Last Sunday of 2015! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I'm enjoying the last day of a long weekend; I vote for those to become the norm, lol.
I must still be recovering from all of the Christmas revelry because I've been racking my brain over this week's topic and am still coming up short. So it looks like I'm devoting this entire post this week to the single character I can think of:
Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
I've been verrrry vocal about how much I love Avatar, and Zuko's character arc from the first to the third season is nothing short of phenomenal. When we first meet Zuko, he's absolutely OBSESSED with finding and capturing the Avatar so that he can restore his honor and end his exile from the Fire Nation. He's also arrogant and impulsive and rarely listens to the sage advice of Uncle Iroh, whom Zuko doesn't always appreciate. It takes Zuko some time to not only mature, but to also realize that regaining his honor isn't his sole destiny. To me, the pacing of his character growth was one of the show's greatest achievements; it doesn't happen quickly, and it doesn't happen easily. But by the final episode, which nearly brought me to tears, Zuko does have his honor, maybe not in the way he thought he would attain it, but there's no question that it's well-deserved.
So what I take away from Zuko's journey is that the path to self-improvement is typically hard-won, but that makes reaching your goal(s) all the sweeter. And maybe I can somehow learn some firebending in 2016? XD