10 Things That Make No Sense About Mai and Zuko's Relationship For fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the relationships are central to the series. Here are some things about Zuko and Mai that make no sense.
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For fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the relationships between the characters are central to the series. While the world-building and adventure are also fantastic, seeing how these different characters interact with one another is also compelling. While it’s not just the romantic relationships that fans were interested in, many of the characters on the series dated one another throughout the three seasons.
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One of the main romantic relationships is between Zuko and Mai, and while they aren’t as central of a couple as Katara and Aang, they do end up together at the end of the series. However, there are some reasons why they don’t make a lot of sense together which is probably why they break up during the comics, and it”s never clarified if they ever get back together or not.
While Zuko and Mai seem to care a lot about one another, they don’t seem to have a lot in common. This is a common problem in television and movies as there’s often not time to focus on a relationship to flesh out these details.
We only really see one scene where they spend one on one time together during a picnic, so it’s just overall hard to see if they have anything in common.
While Mai might have been close friends with Ty Lee and friends with Azula, for the most part, she seemed like someone who liked to be alone. She often seemed annoyed with people, and while she did tell Zuko that he was one of the only things she didn’t hate, she might have been happier not having to worry about a romantic relationship.
These kinds of relationships aren’t right for everyone, so it seemed more like an effort to give Zuko a permanent love interest.
In many ways, Zuko and Mai are total opposites. While Zuko is very much fueled by his emotions and passions, Mai is emotionless and rather subdued in how she reacts to things.
While in some ways this makes it seem like that might balance each other out, it also means they could get on each other”s nerves often. As we see in the episode on the beach, Zuko gets fed up with her lack of feeling, and she gets tired of his dramatics.
7 They feel like a high school couple
It’s definitely true that Zuko and Mai are an endearing couple in some ways. Mai is an emo type of person and Zuko is dramatic and emo in his own way. However, they seem more like a couple that would have been together in their youth but would not have lasted.
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It’s hard to imagine them being together forever, getting married, and having a child, so the creators made the right choice by having them split up in the comics. There”s still a chance they could have ended up together, but the creators haven”t said for sure. In fact, there”s no confirmation about who the mother of Izumi actually was.
While Mai isn’t nearly as chaotic or evil as Azula, she was one of her main friends and cronies for a long time. Given that Mai’s parents were also high up in the government of the Fire Nation, Mai also probably believed a lot of the propaganda, and she didn’t really care that much about other people.
However, she also clearly couldn’t stand Azula and some of the things she did, but she went along with it for a long time.
5 There are other people who might have been a better match
Zuko and Mai aren’t necessarily a bad match. They can provide some balance to one another, and they’ve known each other since they were kids.
They do share some adorable moments in the show, but there are just other people they seemed to have more chemistry with. Zuko, for example, might have been a better match with someone like Katara while Mai would have been a great couple with someone like Ty Lee.
Given that Zuko and Mai’s relationship was stunted and stopped when he was exiled, they really weren’t officially together for that long. They were just teens when they got together, and Zuko had been gone for a good amount of time before that.
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So, it did seem a bit dramatic and over the top when Zuko got so jealous of other boys talking to Mai at the Ember Island party. It seemed like an overreaction, and it showed they had jealousy issues.
3 Why Zuko didn’t explain why he left better
When Zuko leaves the Fire Nation to join Team Avatar in season three, he leaves a note to Mai. However, he doesn’t really explain very well to her what he is doing and why.
It seems she deserved a better explanation. At the very least, he could have written her more in a letter, but he really should have had a conversation with her in person even if he thought she wouldn’t take it well.
While in our own world, this point might not really apply because both Mai and Zuko were pre-teens when Zuko was exiled, things work differently in the series as pre-teens and teens control the fate of the world.
If Mai really cared so much about Zuko, it seems she would have been more worried about him and tried to at least reach out to him somehow to make sure he was okay.
1 Zuko never asks Mai to join him
Luckily for their relationship, Mai ends up saving Zuko’s life by betraying Azula to let Zuko escape from the Boiling Rock. However, it’s strange that Zuko never asked her to help him before.
Mai might be somewhat more morally grey about how she feels about the war, but, if he really trusted and cared about her, he could have asked her to join him.