The time-gap between the two Avatar shows, The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, means that many side-characters and minor questions about the franchise have been left unanswered. Many of these elements have been addressed in the Avatar sequel comics, but one aspect remains a mystery: Legend of Korra confirms that Zuko eventually had children, leading to the birth of his daughter Izumi, who in turn had two children of her own.
But her mother has never been confirmed in canon, leading to the possibility that it’s not who anyone expected. Let’s take a look back at all of Zuko’s past (and potential) love interests, and try to figure out if there’s a chance they ended up with Zuko.
Katara and Zuko was one of the most popular potential relationships with fans of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender. The two began as fierce enemies, with Zuko often attacking her and at one point even holding her hostage in an attempt to lure out the Avatar. The two found a moment of empathy together while captured at the end of the second season, but this was lost when Zuko chose to side with Azula in the final battle of the season. She was the last of Team Avatar to trust him when he joined with them, but she eventually came around. Despite the wishes of some fans, the relationship never came to fruition – and was even teased as a concept in the self-deprecating “Ember Island Players.” Legend of Korra confirmed that Katara ended up with Aang, not Zuko.
Zuko also briefly had a flirtation with a young woman named Jin. While hiding in Ba Sing Se with his Uncle Iroh and disguised as refugees, Zuko initially thought she was a spy in the episode “Tales Of Ba Sing Se,” but Iroh explained that she was just interested in him. The pair went on a single date, that actually went well, especially considering Zuko’s circumstances. But after they shared a kiss, a nervous Zuko left. The two only saw each other one more time in canon, after the fall of the Earth Empire in a short comic story titled “Going Home Again.” She saw him with Mai, and asked who she was. Mai used Jin to terrify Zuko with a knife-throwing trick. The moment then led directly to Mai and Zuko beginning a romantic relationship, suggesting that he moved past his brief flirtation with Jin and it’s unlikely she ever saw him again.
Mai is Zuko’s most consistent romantic interest. One of Azula’s only friends, she accompanies Azula on her hunt for Zuko and Iroh. She eventually helps bring down the Earth Kingdom and, when Zuko is given the credit for Aang’s defeat, is able to fully enter a relationship with the restored prince. Their relationship is one of the only things that Zuko appreciates in his life once he returns to the Fire Nation, but he leaves her to join Aang and teach him how to Firebend before his battle with Ozai. Although she was furious with Zuko, Mai refused to let Azula kill him. This landed her (and Ty Lee, who protected Mai from Azula’s wrath) in prison. However, she was released upon Ozai and Azula’s defeat. The series ended with her and the newly crowned Fire Lord Zuko resuming their relationship.
Their relationship initially continued into the sequel comics but ran into some serious problems quickly. When she discovered that Zuko had been meeting his father for advice without telling her, she became enraged and ended their relationship. She even tries to move on with another boy named Kei Lo. But the discovery that he actually works for her father as a member of the terroristic New Ozai Society puts a serious strain on their relationship. The two were briefly able to make things work – especially as Kei Lo turned on her father and became an informant for Mai on their actions – and she even defended him to Zuko. But by the end of “Smoke and Shadow” the pair broke off their relationship. She’s also been hinted to still have complicated feelings for Zuko. While they haven’t gotten back together yet in the sequel comics, there’s a good chance they resumed where they left off and eventually had a family together. But there’s one other surprising person that could end up with Zuko.
Suki is one of the Kyoshi Warriors and is often recognized as their leader. She also became a dedicated ally to Aang and the rest of Team Avatar, even forming a romantic relationship with Sokka. She was initially set-up as an enemy of Zuko when he and his men attacked her home on Kyoshi Island but, like the rest of Team Avatar, she learned to trust the firebender after he helped rescue her from the Boiling Rock prison that held her after a defeat at Azula’s hands. By the end of the series, she was a fully recognized member of Team Avatar and the leader of the freed Kyoshi Warriors.
The sequel comics have seen her growing closer to Zuko. As revealed in “The Promise,” Mai arranged for the Kyoshi Warriors to become Zuko’s guard when he was almost assassinated a year after the events of The Last Airbender. She became concerned about him, especially when she accidentally revealed to Mai that Zuko had been keeping his talks with Ozai a secret. Feeling incredibly guilty, Suki began to offer emotional support to Zuko. While she is still supportive of Zuko getting back together with Mai, given her conversations with Zuko in “Smoke & Shadow” and her continued relationship with Sokka, her close proximity with Zuko in the sequel comics suggests the pair might be more compatible than anyone expected. It would be an unexpected swerve, but it could easily lead to the measured but determined Izumi.
It's never been revealed who Zuko ended up with after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but here's who it could have been.