• Birds of a Feather
— Zuko and Katara are both willful, compassionate, and emotional individuals who lost their respective mothers at a young age and are about equal in terms of bending abilities.
• Bonding Over Missing Parents
— While in Ba Sing Se, Zuko and Katara tell how the Fire Nation took their mothers away from them.
• Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl
— Zuko and Katara share this role in Aang’s overall journey.
• Enemies to Lovers
• Fan-Preferred Couple
— Over the years, Zutara has remained the most popular ship within the Avatar: The Last Airbender
• Foe Yay Shipping
— Before Zuko joins Team Avatar.
• Red Oni, Blue Oni
— Katara is the gentler, more optimistic waterbending blue to Zuko’s grumpier, cynical firebending red.
• Reformed but Rejected
— For a few episodes, Katara rejects Zuko when she remembers what happened the last time he tried to reform, back in Ba Sing Se.
• Ships That Pass in the Night
— During seasons one and two.
• Ship Tease
— Upon Zuko joining Team Avatar, and Katara finally forgiving him, they share a few moments together.
• Sour Supporter
— Katara is not happy to have Zuko join Team Avatar at first, despite him being accepted by Aang, Sokka and Toph.
• Taking the Bullet
— Or rather lightning. During Zuko and Azula’s Agni Kai, Azula changes Zuko from her target to Katara standing further behind him. Zuko runs in between Katara and the lighting strike, taking a heavy hit to his core.
- Zuko – “Thank you, Katara.”
- Katara – “I think I’m the one who should be thanking you.”
- — Zuko and Katara thank each other for saving each other against Azula’s attacks, Sozin's Comet, Part 4.
Zutara is the het ship between Zuko and Katara from the Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom.
Living on opposite sides of the war, Zuko and Katara were initially enemies. Katara protected Aang from Zuko, who wanted to capture the Avatar to regain his honor and return to the Fire Nation from his banishment. Despite harassing Team Avatar several times, Zuko did not harbor ill feelings towards Katara nor wished to hurt her. Instead, he found Katara's missing necklace and used it against her twice, until Aang retrieved it back. The two later fought at the Northern Water Tribe after Katara received waterbending lessons, showcasing the two's equal fighting abilities.
Much later, Katara and Zuko were imprisoned together underground in Ba Sing Se. Katara took her frustration out on Zuko and expressed her grief over losing her mother to the Fire Nation. Zuko empathized with her, revealing how he also lost his mother to the same people. Seeing Zuko conflicted with himself and trusting that he wanted to change, Katara offered to heal his scar with her spirit water. Before she could however, they were interrupted by Aang and Iroh. Azula offered to let Zuko return home if he fought against Katara and Aang. He turned on them and Iroh, leaving Katara to escape with a severely injured Aang, who she used the spirit water on.
Despite finally returning home, Zuko became disillusioned with life as Fire Nation royalty. Eventually Zuko confronted his father Ozai and escaped to teach Aang firebending. Katara continued to be the most hostile towards Zuko, even as he gradually earned the trust of everyone else. Zuko later learned Katara felt personally betrayed by what happened in Ba Sing Se. Furthermore, he suspected she was projecting her anger at the Fire Nation and her mother's death onto him. Determined to get Katara's trust back, Zuko helped her find and confront her mother's killer. Katara finally forgave Zuko after he helped her get closure, and she expressed her gratitude with a hug.
Katara and Zuko were quickly on much better terms. They sat together and watched a play parodying themselves, bantering with the rest of Team Avatar. Later, when Aang went missing days before Sozin's Comet, the group, led by Zuko, sought help from Iroh. Yet Zuko hesitated to see his uncle, fearing that Iroh would never forgive him. Katara reassured him that Iroh would, just like she had.
Iroh advised that Zuko needed help defeating Azula. Zuko immediately requested for Katara, who also accepted without hesitation. During the Agni Kai, Azula shot lightning at Katara which forced Zuko to jump in the way, protecting her but injuring himself. Katara, while concerned for Zuko's life, defeated Azula and hurried to heal Zuko. The two thanked one another for saving the other. Katara later attended Zuko’s coronation as Fire Lord, smiling at Zuko and Aang's success in ending the war.
Book One: Water
While Aang and Katara are exploring an old and abandoned Fire Nation ship, Aang accidentally triggers a booby trap. In doing so the ship releases a flare into the sky. Aang is able to get himself and Katara out using his air bending abilities. Having spotted the flare, Zuko watches them through binoculars, seeing Katara for the first time. Zuko locates Katara’s home, the South Pole Village in his continued search for the Avatar. He rams his ship into the small village before questioning the people about Aang’s whereabouts. Aang arrives back, before willingly giving himself up to Zuko so the village will be safe. Soon after Zuko leaves and Katara and Sokka go on a rescue mission for Aang. With Aang safe, they leave Zuko defrosting his ship.
An undisclosed amount of time later, Katara and gang help Haru, an Earth bender, free other Earth benders. During the ensuing chaos of the battle aboard a coal rig, Katara’s necklace is lost. In Zuko’s search for the Avatar, he finds Katara’s necklace, picking it up and gripping it in his fist.
Sometime later, Katara is teaching Aang a few water bending moves. Aang is a natural, leading to Katara growing frustrated at him already surpassing her in skill. Traveling to a nearby town, Katara steals a water bending scroll. Zuko and his Uncle Iroh stop in the same town, going into the same shop. Inside Zuko overhears pirates talking about Katara and the gang. Zuko is immediately interested in learning if one of them had an arrow on their head. Teaming up, Zuko and the pirates head out in search for the group.
Later that night, Katara sneaks out of camp to train using the scroll. Zuko and the pirates hear her and water slashing. Katara runs from a pirate, straight into Zuko’s arms, with Zuko claiming, “I’ll protect you from the pirates.” A ploy, as Zuko has Katara tied to a tree, where he attempts to make a deal with her: Aang for her lost necklace. Katara refuses. She and group are able to evade Zuko when Zuko and the pirates turn on each other.
The next time Zuko and Katara meet is at the Northern Water Tribe when Zuko sneaks into the Spirit Oasis where Aang is meditating in order to crossover into the Spirit World. As Aang can’t be disturbed, Katara takes it upon herself to protect him. As she’s telling Princess Yue this, Zuko reveals himself, telling her, “Well, aren’t you a big girl now.” The two engage in battle with Zuko commenting that Katara must have found a master to train her. Their battle comes to an end when Katara is able to freeze Zuko against an ice wall. The victory is short lived as it is now daybreak; Zuko gaining new strength with the rising sun. He frees himself from the ice block, before knocking Katara to the ground. Zuko kidnaps Aang, though due to the blizzard outside, he seeks shelter. Katara and group locate him when they see Aang return from the Spirit World back into his physical body. As Aang attempts an escape, Zuko challenges Katara to a rematch; with Katara quipping that it won’t be much of a rematch. Surrounded by ice and snow, she is able to easily defeat him in a swift movement. Aang insists on saving Zuko as he would die out there. Zuko comes to and makes an escape from the group without them knowing.
Book Two: Earth
Hunted by the Fire Nation, Zuko is now a refugee, though still not without hunting Aang. Azula, Zuko’s sister, is also hunting the Avatar. Zuko and Katara meet again briefly in an abandoned desert village. Following a battle, Iroh is injured when Azula fakes surrender, hitting him with lightning. Zuko kneels over his uncle, scared and angry. Katara offers to help him, though Zuko yells for her and the others to leave.
An undisclosed amount of time later, in the Earth Kingdom capital of Ba Sing Se, Katara decides to stop at a new tea shop before delivering a message to the Earth King. As she’s requesting a table, she hears Zuko reciting an order for tea to Iroh in the back of the shop and gasps in surprise before running off to warn the Earth King.
Zuko and Katara formally meet again inside the crystal catacombs of Ba Sing Se. Zuko is captured by Azula and the Dai Li, being pushed into the catacombs where he falls into Katara, also captured. Katara is immediately furious to see him, telling him that all he cares about is capturing the Avatar, and how spreading war and hatred is in his blood. She continues to say that he does not know the pain of the Fire Nation killing her mother. Zuko apologizes, and says that this is something they both have in common. Katara begins to soften at hearing Zuko’s apology. Katara apologizes for yelling at him, with Zuko telling her it doesn’t matter. She states how for so long whenever she would imagine the face of the enemy, it was his face. Zuko touches his scar and turns away. Katara is quick to inform him that she didn’t mean it like that. Zuko tells her that he’s realized he’s free to determine his own destiny, even if that means he’ll never be free of his mark. Katara mentions how perhaps he could be free of his scar, that she has healing abilities. Zuko is skeptical, dismissing it right way, as “scars can’t be healed”. Katara shows him the water she got from the Spirit Oasis at the North Pole, voicing it has special properties and that she’s been saving it for “something important”. Zuko closes his eyes, allowing Katara to touch him. The tender moment however is short lived as Aang and Iroh come crashing through the catacomb walls. With Aang there, he and Katara head out to help the others. As Katata is leaving, she turns back, looking at Zuko with a sorrowful expression.
A short time later, Katara and Aang are confronted by Azula. The two versus one has Azula silently concerned. Moments later, Zuko emerges, blasting fire and going for Aang. The battle soon switches to Zuko versus Katara. Katara is angry and sad as she had thought Zuko had changed. Zuko, in return, tells her he has. The four are joined by the Dai Li, severely turning the odds against Katara and Aang. Aang enters into the Avatar State, though before he could do anything, he is shot down by Azula. With help from Iroh, he gives Katara the chance to escape with Aang.
Book Three: Fire
During the eclipse, Zuko confronts his father, Fire Lord Ozai. He informs him of the truth, that the Avatar is alive and that he is going to join him. As the sun appears again, both men engage in a brief battle, ending with Zuko escaping. A short time later, Katara and the gang are leaving the Fire Nation Capital following their failed invasion. As they fly away on Appa, Aang’s bison, Zuko follows them in a hot air balloon.
The group arrives to the Western Air Temple as temporary safe haven, with Zuko arriving as well. Not long into being there, Zuko reveals himself, explaining that he’s “good now” and that he can teach Aang fire bending. Katara is immediately on guard, proclaiming, “You can’t possibly think any of us would trust you, can you? I mean, how stupid do you think we are?” The others agree with her, listing off reasons why Zuko can’t join them. Zuko gets down on his knees, offering himself as a prisoner. Katara water bends, harshly splashing him.
After Zuko leaves, Katara and Sokka talk about it. Katara questioning why Zuko would “try to fool them like that” and admitting how she did feel sorry for him while they were imprisoned together in Ba Sing Se, now believing that’s one of his tricks.
The following day, the assassin Zuko sent after Aang prior has located him again. Before the assassin can attack, Zuko swings in, ordering him to stop. When this fails, Sokka is able to take him down with his boomerang. With the assassin down, Zuko shows himself again, apologizing for his past actions, including the burning of Toph’s feet the previous night by accident. Hearing him talk about how a fire bender needs to be more careful while using, Aang agrees to have Zuko teach him, though not without asking what Toph, Sokka and Katara think first. With Toph and Sokka approving him, it’s Katara’s turn. Zuko sweats as he waits for her answer. Katara aggress, only as it’s what Aang thinks is right.
Sokka walks Zuko to the room where he’d be staying. Once leaving, Katara shows up at his door. Upon seeing her, Zuko smiles, immediately standing up to greet her. Before he is able to speak, Katara threatens to take his life if he shows any sign of treachery or harming Aang. She departs, leaving a visibly disturbed Zuko alone to ponder her words.
A few days later, the group is attacked by several Fire Nation airships, led by Azula. As bombs hit down, the air temple shakes. Zuko tackles Katara out of the path of falling rocks, landing on top of her in the process. Seeing as it’s Azula attacking them, Zuko stays back to hold her off. During their battle, both Zuko and Azula are knocked off the airship they’re on top of. Aang flies Appa to catch him, with Katara grabbing him and pulling him onto the saddle.
That night, the group is camping “like old times”. Zuko makes a lame joke that he could start chasing Aang around and try to capture him again. While everyone genuinely laughs, Katara says, without looking up, “Ha. Ha.” Sokka makes a toast to Zuko being their hero, ending with Zuko saying that “he doesn’t deserve this”. Katara agrees, before standing and walking off. Sokka questions “what’s with her,” with Zuko saying he wish he knew. As Katara walks off, Zuko stands to follow her.
Zuko finds Katara sitting alone by a cliff. As soon as she spots him, her mood drops further. Zuko questions her, asking why the others “seem to trust him now”, though Katara does not. Katara informs him that she was first person to trust him, back in Ba Sing Se, but he had turned around and betrayed her. Zuko asks what he can do in order to make it up to her. Katara tells him, “You really want to know? Maybe you could reconquer Ba Sing Se in the name of the Earth King. Or I know, you could bring my mother back!” With that, Katara pushes past him, hitting his shoulder with her own.
Zuko arrives back to camp, entering Sokka’s tent, intent on figuring out why Katara hates him. Upon Sokka asking him what’s on his mind, Zuko says, “Your sister. She hates me. And I don’t know why! But I do care what she thinks of me.” Zuko puts it together that Katara’s rage at him is connected to her mother’s death, as she’s mentioned that back in Ba Sing Se and at the cliff. Asking Sokka if he remembers anything of that day, Sokka does recall the detail of the flags that were waving on the Fire Nation ships – Sea Ravens. Zuko voices that those are the symbol of the The Southern Raiders.
The following morning, Katara emerges from her tent; finding out Zuko had sat there outside all night. He informs her that he knows who killed her mother and that he can help her find the man responsible. The two pack and ask Aang that they need to barrow Appa; Aang coyly asking if it’s Katara’s “turn to take a field trip with Zuko” now. Katara confirms yes. The four go back in forth, with Zuko taking Katara’s side, ultimately with Aang not giving his consent for them to take Appa.
That night, Zuko and Katara prepare to take Appa anyway. Aang catches them in the act and confronts them. He finally allows them to take Appa, believing it is a journey Katara needs to take. The two depart for the guiding outpost that serves as a coordination station for the entire Fire Navy. They infiltrate the base, discovering that the Southern Raiders are currently stationed on Whaletail Island.
In the early morning, Zuko wakes to see Katara still awake, flying Appa. He watches her for a moment, before telling her she should get some rest, as she’ll need all her strength. Katara informs him that she has all her strength, that she’s no longer the helpless girl she once was. Eventually Katara does rest, with Zuko keeping a look out for the Southern Raiders. He spots their ship, waking Katara up. The two board the ship and eliminate anyone in their path. They come up the Commander of the ship where he questions who they are. Zuko remarks that if he doesn’t remember Katara now, he will soon. As Katara blood bends the man, she realizes he’s not the man that killed her mother. Zuko pins the Commander for information on the killer’s whereabouts, leading them to a man named Yon Rha.
Zuko and Katara stalk Yon Rha, having set up a trap for him to trip on. As he falls down, Zuko ambushes him as Katara comes up from behind, demanding he recognize her face. He soon does, as Katara uses the rain to make sharp ice spears. Katara decides not to kill her mother’s killer, leaving Zuko momentarily shocked. As Katara walks away, leaving Yon Rha sobbing, Zuko follows from behind.
At sun down, Aang praises Katara for not committing to violence and that forgiveness is the first step to healing. Katara tells him that she will never forgive Yon Rha. She turns to Zuko, smiling and telling him, “…But I am ready to forgive you.” She steps forward, before throwing herself into Zuko’s arms, dissolving into a tight embrace. They part, not before smiling softly at each other as Katara walks off.
An undisclosed amount of time later, Aang has gone missing as Sozin’s Comet flies through the Earth’s atmosphere. Zuko and Katara are on their journey for the Fire Nation to take on Azula, who has recently been appointed the new Fire Lord by her father, now known as the Phoenix King, ruler of the entire world. The two share their concern for Aang, though push it down.
A short time later, Zuko and Katara arrive to Azula’s coronation. Zuko proclaims that he’s going to be the Fire Lord, causing Azula to laugh. Azula challenges Zuko to an Agni Kai, which he accepts. Katara looks at him with concern, before questioning what he’s doing. She knows Azula can’t take them both on at the same time, meaning she’s trying to separate them. Zuko recognizes that there’s “something off” with Azula; that she’s “slipping”. Zuko accepting the duel is him hoping that Katara won’t get hurt.
The duel commences, with Zuko and Azula using their respective fires. Zuko comments on how she’s not using her lightning, taunting her with how she thinks he’ll defect it back at her. Azula rages, forming a lighting strike. At the last moment she changes Zuko as her target to Katara standing further behind him. Zuko sees this, and runs to take the hit, screaming, “No!!” As Zuko falls to the ground, Katara runs for him, screaming his name. Before she can reach him, Azula fires off another strike of lightning blocking her.
Katara sees Zuko try to get up, before making another attempt to run for him, only to end with Azula blocking her again. As she runs from Azula, despite Zuko’s weakened state, he tries to protect her. As Katara and Azula battle, Azula comments on Zuko’s poor state of health, knowing Katara can’t get to him. Katara finds more water and chains around the area, tricking Azula to come near her. Katara is able to freeze the water, before chaining Azula in place. Using this, Katara immediately runs for Zuko, turning him over onto his back. She heals him using her water bending, with Zuko weakly thanking her. In return, Katara says she’s the one who should be thanking him.
With the 100 years long war now over and Zuko is crowned the new Fire Lord, with Katara attending his coronation. Sometime later in the liberated Ba Sing Se, Zuko is serving Katara and the group in Iroh’s tea shop.
Book One: Water
The Boy in the Iceberg
- Zuko sees Katara for the first time through binoculars.
- Zuko finds Katara’s lost necklace.
The Waterbending Scroll
- Zuko ties Katara to a tree.
- Zuko attempts to reason with Katara and explain that he just wants Aang so that he can go home.
- Zuko shows Katara her lost necklace.
Bato of the Water Tribe
- June repeatedly calls Katara Zuko’s girlfriend.
The Siege of the North, Part 1
- Zuko and Katara battle.
- Zuko comments Katara must have found a master to train her.
- Katara freezes Zuko against an ice wall.
- Zuko knocks Katara to the ground.
The Siege of the North, Part 2
- Zuko challenges Katara to a rematch.
- Katara defeats Zuko in a swift movement.
Book Two: Earth
- Sokka describes Zuko as an “angry freak with a ponytail”, leading to Katara questioning what’s wrong with ponytails.
- When Iroh is injured by Azula, Katara offers to help him.
- Katara recognizes Zuko’s voice and runs from the Iroh’s tea shop.
The Crossroads of Destiny
- Zuko apologizes to Katara about how her mother was killed by the Fire Nation.
- Katara softens at hearing Zuko’s apology.
- Katara apologizes for yelling at Zuko.
- Katara offers to heal Zuko’s scar.
- Katara touches Zuko’s scar.
- As Katara leaves with Aang, she looks back to Zuko.
Book Three: Fire
The Western Air Temple
- Katara hits Zuko with water.
- Katara questions why Zuko would “try to fool them like that”.
- Katara admits she did feel sorry for Zuko while imprisoned with him in Ba Sing Sa.
- Zuko sweats as he waits for Katara’s answer of him join Team Avatar.
- Zuko smiles upon seeing Katara at his room door.
- Katara threatens to take Zuko’s life.
The Firebending Masters
- Katara laughs at Zuko “losing his firebending”.
The Southern Raiders
- Zuko tackles Katara out of the path of falling rocks, landing on top of her in the process.
- Katara grabs a falling Zuko, pulling him onto Appa.
- Zuko walks after Katara after she walks off.
- Zuko asks what he can do in order to make Katara trust him again.
- Zuko asks Sokka for advice on Katara.
- Zuko sat outside Katara’s tent all night.
- Zuko supports Katara’s desire to confront the man responsible for her mother’s death.
- Zuko tells Katara she should get some rest.
- Zuko informs the Commander he’ll remember Katara.
- Zuko pins the Commander for information on Katara’s mother’s killer.
- Katara ultimately forgives Zuko.
- Katara embraces Zuko.
- Zuko and Katara smile at each other.
The Ember Island Players
- Zuko sits next to Katara.
- Zuko and Katara side-eye each other as Katara’s performer expresses her love for Zuko’s performer.
Sozin’s Comet, Part 1
- Katara invites Zuko in for group hug.
- Katara mistakes a baby picture of Fire Lord Oazi for a picture of Zuko, calling him cute.
Sozin’s Comet, Part 2
- Zuko and Katara both blush at June calling Katara Zuko’s girlfriend.
- Zuko and Katara sleep next to each other on Appa.
- Katara reassures Zuko that his uncle will forgive him.
- Zuko asks Katara to help him deal with Azula, which she accepts.
Sozin’s Comet, Part 3
- Katara reassures Zuko they can take on Azula.
- Katara looks at Zuko with concern.
- Zuko takes Azula’s lightning strike meant for Katara.
- Katara runs screaming Zuko’s name after he’s been struck by Azula’s lightning.
- Katara sees Zuko try to get up, before making another attempt to run for him.
- Despite Zuko’s weaken state, he tries to protect Katara from Azula again.
Sozin’s Comet, Part 4
- Katara heals Zuko’s by using her water bending.
- Zuko and Katara thank each other for saving each other against Azula’s attacks.
- Katara attends Zuko’s Fire Lord coronation.
- Katara – “The Fire Nation took my mother away from me.”
- Zuko – “I’m sorry. That’s something we have in common.”
- — Trapped together in the crystal catacombs, The Crossroads of Destiny.
- Katara – “I’m sorry I yelled at you before.”
- Zuko – “It doesn’t matter.”
- Katara – “It’s just that for so long now whenever I would imagine the face of the enemy… it was your face.”
- Zuko – “My face… I see.”
- Katara – “No, no, that’s not what I meant.”
- Zuko – “It’s okay. I used to this this scar marked me. The mark of the Banished Prince. Cursed to chase the Avatar forever. But lately, I’ve realized I’m free to determine my own destiny… even if I’ll never be free of my mark.”
- Katara – “Maybe you could be free of it.”
- Zuko – “What?”
- Katara – “I have healing abilities.”
- Zuko – “It’s a scar; it can’t be healed.”
- Katara – “This is water from the Spirit Oasis at the North Pole. It has special properties, so I’ve been saving it for something important. I don’t know if it would work, but…”
- — Katara offers to heal Zuko’s scar, The Crossroads of Destiny.
- Katara – “I thought you had changed!”
- Zuko – “I have changed.”
- — Zuko and Katara battle in the crystal catacombs, The Crossroads of Destiny.
- Katara – “What are you doing?”
- Zuko – “Keeping rocks from crushing you.”
- Katara – “Okay, I’m not crushed. You can get off me now.”
- — Zuko saves Katara, The Southern Raiders.
- Sokka – “To Zuko. Who knew after all those times he tried to snuff us out, today he’d be our hero!”
- Everyone – “Here, here!”
- Zuko – “I’m touched. I don’t deserve this.”
- Katara – “Yeah, no kidding.”
- Sokka – “What’s with her?”
- Zuko – “I wish I knew.”
- — Zuko walks after Katara after she leaves, The Southern Raiders.
- Zuko – “This isn’t fair. Everyone else seems to trust me now. What is it with you?”
- Katara – “Oh, everyone trusts you now? I was the first person to trust you, remember? Back in Ba Sing Se! And you turned around and betrayed me! Betrayed all of us!”
- Zuko – “What can I do to make it up to you?”
- Katara – “You really want to know? Maybe you could reconquer Ba Sing Se in the name of the Earth King. Or I know, you could bring my mother back!”
- — Zuko questions Katara, The Southern Raiders.
- Sokka – “So what’s on your mind?”
- Zuko – “Your sister. She hates me. And I don’t know why! But I do care what she thinks of me.”
- — Zuko asks Sokka for advice on Katara, The Southern Raiders.
- Katara – “I need to barrow Appa.”
- Aang – “Why? Is it your turn to take a fieldtrip with Zuko?”
- Katara – “Yes. It is.”
- — Katara and Zuko prepare for their own fieldtrip, The Southern Raiders.
- Commander – “Who are you?”
- Zuko – “You don’t remember [Katara]? You will soon. Trust me.”
- — Zuko and the commander battle briefly as Katara watches, The Southern Raiders.
- “…But I am ready to forgive you.”
- — Katara forgives Zuko, The Southern Raiders.
- “Get over here, Zuko. Being a part of the group, means being a part of group hugs.”
- — Katara invites Zuko in for group hug, Sozin’s Comet, Part 1.
- Zuko – “Thank you, Katara.”
- Katara – “I think I’m the one who should be thanking you.”
- — Zuko and Katara thank each other for saving each other against Azula’s attacks, Sozin's Comet, Part 4.
Zutara is the most popular ship within the Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom and has remained the most popular ship over all since the beginning of the show. It is even one of the most popular shippings in all of animation. Some fans began to ship them as early as Book One: Water but the pairing became more popular at the end of Book Two: Earth and halfway through Book Three: Fire. Many fans collected evidence of this pairing and a popular series of YouTube videos titled “Zutara Evidence for the Intellectual Dummy” was released to try and explain how Zutara was meant to be the endgame ship. This was confirmed in the “Avatar Extras” facts. Zutara nearly lost its spot as the most popular ship in the wake of the series’ finale when Katara got together with Aang, but it has experienced a resurgence in light of new material, returning Zutara to the number one ship.
Zutara has a lot of fanon. Also, an event called “Zutara Week” was started in 2008. Each day, there would be a theme and fans would draw fan art, write fan fiction, or even compile AMVs based on the prompt of the day. Zutara Week was such a hit that it stemmed many other weeks dedicated to ships, both within and outside of the Avatar fandom. Many fans were heartbroken when the Legend of Korra was announced and it was revealed that Aang and Katara had children, though some fans theorize that one or more of Katara’s children were fathered by Zuko as the result of an affair, particularly Bumi for having Fire Nation-like features. When it was revealed that Zuko and Katara were both still alive after Aang passed away, many fans began to hope that Zutara could happen in the Legend of Korra and began to write fan fiction about them getting together as elders.
Pairings of Katara and Zuko as the Blue Spirit is known as “Blutara”. This shipping usually includes Katara under her alias as The Painted Lady (not to be confused with the actual Painted Lady spirit).
Those who want Zuko to have a happier childhood began to write several fanfics of Zuko ending up in the South Pole, sometimes with his mother and sister by his side, and gets adopted by Katara's family. This has the two growing up as brother and sister, but them not being siblings by blood still leaves a chance for the two to fall in love with one another, once they realise that they are more than just brother and sister.
- Zuko/Katara tag on AO3
- Zuko/Katara (TLA)tag on FanFiction.net
- Zuko/Katara (LoK) tag on FanFiction.net
- Zutara stories on Wattpad
- Zutara tag on DeviantArt
- Zuko-Katara fanclub on DeviantArt
- Zutara posts on Tumblr
- ZutaraEdit posts on Tumblr
- Zuko x Katara posts on Tumblr
- Zutara hashtag on Twitter
- Jetkotara refers to the ship between Jet, Zuko and Katara
- Maikotara refers to the ship between Mai, Zuko and Katara
- Zutaraang refers to the ship between Aang, Zuko and Katara
- Zutaroph refers to the ship between Toph, Zuko and Katara
- Zuko’s voice actor, Dante Basco, is a Zutara shipper and is often treated as the “Captain” of the ship. At Nebraskacon 2013, Basco said that Zuko and Katara were “soulmates”. He also sells Zutara merchandise.
- Zuko’s voice actor, Dante Basco, was tagged in an Uno Meme tweet regarding Zutara, responding with “#zutara forever…”.
- Katara’s voice actress, Mae Whitman has stated the she ships Zutara.
- At 2012 San Diego Comic Con's Avatar Fan Panel, both Whitman and Basco have said that they thought the series was heading in the direction of Zuko and Katara becoming a couple. Both have headcanons that the two were in love but either remained unaware or in denial of it and that they were unable to pursue a relationship due to the poor timing of the situation.
- Katara’s voice actress, Mae Whitman, voiced the love interest of Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long who coincidentally was voiced by Zuko’s voice actor, Dante Basco.
- Character designer Angela Song Mueller has stated she ships Zutara.
- Writer John O'Bryan has said that he favors the Zutara ship.
- Azula’s voice actress, Grey DeLisle, ships Zutara.
- Sokka's voice actor, Jack De Sena, has said he supports Zutara.
- The artist of the Legend of Korra sequel comics, Irene Koh, is a Zutara shipper and has drawn fan art of the two together.
- Gene Luen Yang, the writer of the Avatar: The Last Airbender sequel comics has said that he ships Zutara.
- In the Sozen’s Comet novelization, Iroh thinks Katara would make a good match for Zuko.
- The non-canonical Avatar: Super Deformed Shorts plays up the ship tease between Zuko and Katara with Bending Battle having Katara think Zuko is cute, and School Time Shipping featuring Zuko wanting to ask Katara out to the dance. Katara rejects Haru, Jet, Zuko, and Aang in favor of going out with the Blue Spirit, who also happens to be Zuko’s alter ego.
- Main article: Zutara/Gallery
Zutara - Avatar The Last Airbender's Almost Couple