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Water Tribe 086 by NoSelfControl Water Tribe 086 by NoSelfControl
The original version of that fight was shorter by a page...
which means it was one page long instead of two.

Page original size 5,5" X 8".
Rough pencils. Grey shading, lettering and word ballons done in Photoshop
These pages done for fun, and also as a good exercise in storytelling and planning on such a long scale, which I had not really done before.
I am not planning on inking, cleaning more or coloring them. I simply do not have the time.

The Avatar universe belongs to Mike, Bryan, Nickelodeon-Viacom-MTV.
All the characters belong to them, but a few of the extras are my own creation.
Art by :iconrufftoon:

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:iconcatpins:
catpins Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A-Azula?!?! :iconkermityayplz:
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:icongungelion:
Gungelion Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
i was into this until the Azula as a villain thing
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PurebloodRavenClaw Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Ninjaaaaaaa! And isn't Azula in a mental ward or something?
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flying-katana Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Nice trick of his seeing the shadow of the attacker, there. Or at least, I assume that's what he's looking at.
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TrueImmortality Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Yep. Owned.
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:icongnbman:
gnbman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student
Azula???!!!
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:iconthestoryneverends:
TheStoryNeverEnds Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
NUUUUUUUUUU, it IS Azula! I knew it! :fear:
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:icontwimoonclips:
twimoonclips Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
YEAH ZHAAO!! \o/ Zhao PWNS~~ AZULA is baccck too!? ^_^ love it.
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:iconthe-swedish-moose:
The-Swedish-Moose Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
5TH PANEL! ZHOA OWNS!!!
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:iconrosiegurrl:
RosieGurrl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Jeong Jeong?
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:iconsilverlady7:
SilverLady7 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
I knew. It only could be she.
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:icon0armoredsoul0:
0ArmoredSoul0 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how he makes up for his lack of bending ability with sheer bad-assery.
So awesome.
X3
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Omnipotrent Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
GAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconconstantine2530:
coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Student Filmographer
HA! I knew it was Azula...
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:iconbeautyisinthedark:
beautyisinthedark Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Student Writer
How did I not see that coming??

:D
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2ndgatewaytonowhere Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Student General Artist
OH SNAP!
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:iconkaos111:
Kaos111 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
SHIT! There goes the neighborhood! Azula's back bitches!!!
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
Oh yeah, just when you think she's down, she's actually waiting for the best time to strike.
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:iconkaos111:
Kaos111 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
What ever happened to her in Sozins Comet? She sorta just disappears...
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
That wasn't explained. We can guess she was also put in a cell.
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:iconkaos111:
Kaos111 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008
I hope she escaped and will appear in future episodes, cuz there totally will be, since the finale ended with Zuko demanding Ozai the whereabouts of his mother.
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nadeshani Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Student Artist
yes! azula! sorry i just love the crazy psycho type. XD but it seems that zhao-zhao's not happy
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
He's certainly not happy being a target of assassins. Who can blame him?
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WizardAngst101 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I doubt anyone would be happy about that.
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:icongo-devil-dante:
Go-Devil-Dante Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
WHAT a hardcore! Wasting a ninja assasin in mid-air! HEHE Age my ass, he's in the prime of something XD
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
In the prime of...of...kickassery?
I'm just making this up as I go along.
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:iconkryptocow:
kryptocow Featured By Owner May 17, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Oh snap. Seems like he remembers something. o.o
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
More like he felt that something was wrong. *spidey sense!*
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bluchimera Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
former water-tribe warrior always pwns ninja! tis trufax. ^0^
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:iconether101:
Ether101 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Isn't Azula being the new enemy kind of lame and lack lustered?
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
I could have brought in a brand new bad guy. But when playing around a known universe, the reader expects a certain amount of recognizable characters to make an appearance (not that I'm using that many...Zhao likes to keep the focus on him).
What would have most effect in the end:
General Zushin (made up on the spot), or Princess Azula?
It's a decision that can be hard to make.
Mind you, it would have worked great if this AU consisted only of original characters. :)
(and having a few pages of Azula kicking butts should be entertaining)
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Ether101 Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Well, you could have had it were Azula has become distort, confused not knowing who she was anymore and had a new villain manipulating her will penetrating to be her underling/lover/someone not as important.

Or that she isn't really evil just acting the part to keep all the unsavory elements in place.
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rufftoon Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Interesting...but for me, it would feel like diminishing the powerful character that she was (as if I hadn't done that with Zhao already, ha!)
Actually, her forgetting who she was or her turning not totally evil would be too similar to what Zhao went through. I try not to repeat myself...much. Try!
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swan-swan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Zhaoka PUNCH!!!
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:iconordinarydreamer:
ORDinaryDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Actually, Azula having a conspiracy theory to start up the war again isn't so farfetched. The way the show is going now it's hard for me to imagine what sort of relationship Zuko and Azula would have in the future. Would there still be the same sense of animosity or would age and cercumstance change the siblings? :hmm:

Lol, Zhao's amazing! ^^ Those old generals are too surprised to move but Zhao just stikes a pose (and that ninja's gut!) lol ^^
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Who knows what the future will be like for Azula and Zuko (not peaceful, that's for sure)
When Zhao punches, he punches in style!
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Amanecer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008
I totally called Azula! 8D
Awesome as always. Zhao's face in the third to last frame says "My evil-sense is tinkling but I don't now whyy..."
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
Yay for your right Azula guess- have a cookie :cookie:
Haha, maybe he has "evil sense" detector (which must be pointing at him most of the time) or he's just plain very very suspicious of well intentionned higher officers.
In any case, he managed to block that one.
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shingworks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I can't tell which page of this sequence is the sexiest... might have to look through them again X3
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
Let's see...Zhao IS on every pages. He's argue that all pages are therefore equally sexy.
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:iconbrashs-tears:
Brashs-Tears Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Azula's trying to start up the war again! I think.
*keeps reading*
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
well, first she'd want to grab the throne.
THEN start a global war again. Conflict and power is fun!
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Brashs-Tears Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
But-but Zuko has the throne now! After all he went through to get it! She can't take that away from him! She can't!
Azula<Zuko yes yes.
Oh well, you can't help but admire how deliciously evil that girl is. And how middle-aged men are afraid of her when she's like 15.
I still can't really accept she's younger than Zuko. She is right? That's what Wikipedia said.
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rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
Azula is indeed younger than Zuko (not by much)- and the events here are happening three years after the end of the war- so Azula is a bit older. Still way younger than these old military type. But she's royal blood, and if the current firelord is not a warmonger, they will try and see if anyone else in the royal family may be more sympathetic to their plans.
She fits the bill perfectly. She's talented, ruthless, and kicks @$$. She is perfect!
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Brashs-Tears Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
She seems like an older sister. I don't know, that's just how I thought of her the first time I saw her. Maybe it's how she teases her 'inferior' brother.
But then again, she's a girl and that's what girls do.
I'm actually surprised Zuko didn't do anything to her that we know of yet. Well, since her name shouldn;t be said lightly, I suppose he did do something to her, but what? Jail? Exhile? Court jester?
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cReBz-wUrlD Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
fantastic! so it is azula after all! this story can go so many different ways now on the path of manipulation :evillaugh:
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KartoonKween Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
I was not expecting that.
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BlackStar-okuz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Azula!?! :jawdrop:
Weird...I didn't expect that! :faint:
Yay! Punch action! :dance:
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:iconrufftoon:
rufftoon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Oh, she's still around...and preparing to make trouble!
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BlackStar-okuz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yikes!
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