Iroh Quotes

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Iroh (narration): It's amazing how far we'll go to hide our true selves from the world. Perhaps it's because we don't want people to know how much they really mean to us which is funny because the truth is, we would do anything for them. We'd travel incredible distances. Risk our lives. Even fight monsters. But I suppose it can be scary to admit you need people. Some might see that as a weakness, a liability. After all, what greater pain is there than losing someone you love? Or worse finding out someone you love has left you behind. I guess that's why we feel the need to hide away and protect ourselves. So we put on a mask. It's not hard to understand why. What's hard is knowing that sometimes... the mask is who you really are.

(Iroh explained to the crew that by being assigned on Prince Zuko's mission, they've been saved from certain death in a battle. Zuko speak up for them and got punished for it by his father...)

Iroh: I'm not going to ask you where you went, but in the future, nephew, I would appreciate it if you let me know whether or not you're still alive. There actually are a few of us who care about... about such things.

Lieutenant Jee: Attention! Our prince... has returned.

(Zuko soldiers welcome him with respect...)

Zuko: What's going on?

Iroh: They must've missed you at music night.

(After Ozai burned Zuko's face as punishment...)

Iroh: Now is not a good time.

Ozai: I wish to speak with my son.

Iroh: He's hurt.

Ozai: He'll recover.

Iroh: But he'll never heal.

(After Ozai burned Zuko's face as punishment...)

Iroh (to Zuko): The doctor is creating a special herbal balm just for you. And the good news is, he says your vision will be fine, which means you have the good fortune of continuing to bask in my beauty.

(Iroh pays June for catching Aang)

Iroh: Feel free to count it.

June: I trust you. You know why?

Iroh: Because if there's any missing, you'll come after us?

June: Because you're so cute.

Iroh (narration): We spend so much time hiding who we really are, making sure no one sees the person we truly want to be. So it's hard to remember there was a time when we were truly excited to show the world our true face.

Zuko: What are you doing here, Uncle?

Iroh: Same as you. Getting ready to embark on what is sure to be a memorable journey.

Zuko: You wanna come with me?

Iroh: I've come fully prepared. All the tea I need.

Zuko: I don't need a babysitter.

Iroh: How about a friend?

Zuko: My father made it very clear that I'm not to return until I find the Avatar... which means it could be a very long time before we return home.

Iroh: Home. Everything I need is on this boat. Like I said, all the tea I need, hmm?

Iroh: We were at war. I was a soldier.

Earth Kingdom soldier: You were a butcher! You know... I can still smell smoke when I go to sleep at night. It never really goes away.

Iroh: War pushes us to the edge. Some of us don't like what we find there.

Earth Kingdom soldier: Is that your pitiful way of saying you're sorry for what you did?

Iroh: I wasn't talking about me.

Aang: That's why Zuko's so hot to catch me? So he can win this war for his dad?

Iroh: Zuko's victory lies not in winning the war but in winning his life back.

Aang: You could show him this isn't the way. He'll listen to you. I mean, he owes you that much.

Iroh: On the contrary, it is I who owe him. Far more than I can ever repay.

Aang: A war started by the Fire Nation. And a war the Fire Nation could end.

Iroh: Hmm. If it were only that simple. My brother, the Fire Lord, sees things through only one lens, victory or defeat. Nothing else matters. Not even the loved ones lost along the way.

Zuko: There were times I thought I'd never find the Avatar. But it's almost worse now that I know he's close... because now the chance to go home is real.

Iroh: Sometimes, hope can be a cruel thing.

Zuko: If word gets out, everyone in the world will be looking for him. I could lose everything.

Iroh: Calm yourself, Prince Zuko. One thing you must learn is how to get what you want without divulging your true intentions. You must use your tact, your empathy. But most importantly, you need to have... sticky rice!

Aang: Why did the Fire Nation start this war?

Iroh: Ah. Some people say it is within our nature to expand and consume like fire itself. Others believe that true stability in this world can only happen under our rule, so the drive to conquer is a drive for peace and unity.

Aang: But peace comes from respecting life, not killing and destroying.

Iroh: A noble sentiment, Avatar, but in the end, for most of us, it doesn't matter how this war started. It only matters how it can end.

Iroh is a character from Avatar: The Last Airbender

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Iroh is a supporting character in the Netflix television series “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” He is played by actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. Iroh is a retired general of the Fire Nation and the uncle of Prince Zuko, the banished prince on a quest to capture the Avatar.


Throughout the series, Iroh serves as a mentor and father figure to Zuko, providing guidance, wisdom, and unwavering support. Despite being a member of the Fire Nation, Iroh possesses a kind and gentle demeanor, often choosing to prioritize inner peace and enlightenment over the aggressive ambitions of his nation. His relationship with Zuko is one of the most poignant and compelling aspects of the series, as he helps his nephew navigate the complexities of honor, duty, and redemption.


An interesting fact about Iroh is his mastery of Firebending and his deep knowledge of ancient techniques, such as the “breath of fire” and the “lightning redirection.” He is known for his philosophical insights, love of tea, and appreciation for beauty and art. Iroh’s character undergoes significant development throughout the series as he grapples with his past mistakes and strives to find redemption while remaining a source of wisdom and compassion for those around him.

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