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Ozai wanted Azulon to pass away, so he could take the throne, right? but I'm a bit confused about how he was able to be Fire Lord. According to the wiki page on Azulon, it says "...the High Sage crowned Ozai Fire Lord as was Azulon's alleged dying wish." What evidence did Ozai have that said it was Azulon's wish? Or did the Fire Sages just trust him without any evidence?
The problem of contrivances in Sozin's Comet (the lion-turtle/energybending and the convenient pointy rock) could have been solved by editing earlier episodes, starting with the Book 2 finale, The Crossroads of Destiny. I don't think you even need to get rid of the lion-turtle to solve the problems that the lion-turtle creates. Just a few tweaks and additions:
In The Crossroads of Destiny, Azula doesn't just shoot down Aang before he can do anything. Instead, he enters the Avatar State and attempts to kill Zuko, but Azula's lightning intervenes.
In the Book 3 premiere, The Awakening, Aang reflects on this battle, saying that he thinks he could have convinced Zuko to join him if he had kept trying reason instead of resorting to the Avatar State. He blames himself for Zuko rejoining the Fire Nation, he's disgusted with himself for attempting to kill someone, and he swears off using the Avatar State.
In an early episode of Book 3, Aang hears some expositional foreshadowing about lion-turtles being sources of power and wisdom (perhaps as history from the teacher in The Headband, or as folklore from Dock or Xu in The Painted Lady).
In Nightmares and Daydreams, when Aang begins to stress about killing the firelord, he includes the phrase "learn a new ability from a giant lion-turtle" in a rambling, sleep-deprivation-fueled list of nonsensical ideas.
Instead of sleepwalking at the end of Sozin's Comet Part 1, Aang actively decides that he needs to search for a nonviolent solution on his own (with some help from his past lives). His search leads him to the lion-turtle in part 2. The rest of the Gaang find out from a written note, much like Gyatso did.
And finally, the only changes to the fight itself: There is no convenient pointy rock. Ozai speaks another five words before his line about Aang being weak: "You can't kill me because [you're weak just like the other airbenders]". Aang picks up on the words "you can't kill" and willingly enters the Avatar State as an act of desperation.
Hey, I just wanted to ask for people’s thoughts on Ozai. In the end, he was a pretty weak villain, but with Mark Hamill voicing him and the fact that Aang fighting him is what most of A:TLA builds towards, I just feel the creators could have done so much more with him. The character had the potential to be one of the greatest villains ever, and with the fan base supporting Avatar at the time, the show had enough publicity for people to notice. But I just feel that Ozai wasn’t he should have been, he wasn’t nearly complex enough. What do you think? What could Ozai have been?