Greatest AVATAR Villain: Ozai or Amon?
It’s the season of Nickelodeon’s Avatar, two trailers in as many days, each giving us mouth watering teases for the upcoming book titled Change. I recently wrote an article on why fans prefer Aang to Korra so I thought it would be great to continue the theme since Avatar is coming back soon. This article is about the two great villains of Avatar, Fire Lord Ozai and Amon the revolutionary. Now before I get into this I want to explain why I chose these two characters and not some other characters. Ozai and Amon represented the biggest threats to our two heroes, Ozai was the product of a world Aang failed to protect and Amon was a very personal threat to Korra’s beliefs and her first test as the Avatar. I didn’t choose Zuko because well he was more an anti-hero than anything else, people related to him too well for him to be a true villain. Azula was almost chosen but she fell when I realized she was never Aang’s obstacle, she was Zuko’s. Finally we come to the biggest and most obvious villain, Vaatu. I didn’t choose Vaatu for the simple fact that he wasn’t Aang’s villain or Korra’s. He is the adversary of the Avatar, the symbol. It just so happened that Korra was the embodiment of the Avatar at the time. That’s why in the end I went with arguably the series two greatest villains and decided to pitch the question, who is superior?
Round 1. Raw Power
Now in an all out fight I think we can all agree Amon would win. Bloodbending as a weapon is kind of overpowered and Amon has overcame its one weakness and that weakness was that 1. Waterbenders had to be exceptionally powerful and 2. There had to be a full moon for them to utilize the full potential of their power. Amon had this capability from his youth and learned to wield bloodbending during the day without the aid of the full moon. Ozai was nothing particularly special, an adept firebender yes but the real powerhouse was Azula who could wield the intense blue flame. Round 1. goes to Amon, sorry Ozai but its a whitewash thanks to the waterbender turned terrorist.
Round 2. Villainy
This is awkward for me because do I give the winner a point because he’s more evil or do I give him a point because his villainous actions are more interesting? If I were to give it based pure villainy, Ozai would win. Ozai has the most dastardly plan ever, once he uses Sozin’s comet to enhance the firebenders to their full potential he planned to utilize this godlike power to wipe out the Earthbenders. A whole nation wiped out in one devastating attack. Amon was basically a guy full of hatred and rage who wished everyone to suffer, I’d say if he had had a hundred year empire behind him like Ozai his aspirations might have been higher and maybe more interesting. Thinking back now I can’t remember what Amon’s endgame was. I suppose once the Avatar was defeated there would be no one in his way and he could conquer Republic city and then the world. It’s not as convincing no matter how cool and charming Amon was. Finally Amon was more tragic than villainous, Ozai was a monster, it takes a special kind of psychopath to disfigure your own child. Round 2. goes to Ozai, yay?
Round 3. Presence
You might be thinking this is an odd one. It’s more of a fun one I think. Both Ozai and Amon as characters rely on peoples views of them. Ozai for example is incredibly intimidating for the simple fact that we don’t see him for two seasons. All we see is a man silhouetted behind flames and like any good old fashioned horror teaches you your imagination will go wild with the worst kind of imagery and that scares people more than the big reveal of the monster. Aang himself has nightmares where he confronts Ozai in various intimidating scenarios. You know its bad when your hero can’t sleep the night before the boss battle. Then there is Amon, that mask has become iconic in my eyes. I suppose it was because when he talked you saw no lips move, it was unnerving and not only that Steve Blums calm but oddly intense voice only added to the experience. Just like Aang, Korra also had a few nightmares about her big bad. It was also enhanced by all the theories going around about him, was he an anti-Avatar, a spirit or something new? This is a close one, but with a narrow victory Amon takes the round.
Round 4. Team
No Villain is worth his salt without his team by his or her side. Amon had his right hand guy and Azumi’s fathers by his side to help him bring down Korra and her gang. Ozai had a motley crew of his own, his psycho in the making daughter Azula, General Zhao and Zuko, even though he switched sides to Team Avatar. Both teams are deadly, both have colourful backgrounds but in all honesty this is an easy win for Ozai. Zhao, Azula and Zuko are a part of Team Ozai and they all have fantastic stories behind them even Zhao who is really only in one season of The Last Airbender(he also makes a cameo in season two of The Legend Of Korra). Amon’s two guys are two dimensional and forgettable. I don’t even remember Amon’s lieutenants name. Round 4. goes to Team Ozai.
Round 5. Origin
All tied going into our final round. Who will win. Let their stories decide. Amon or Ozai? Who was more interesting as a character. Who’s story allowed for a more interesting character as well as villain. Ozai was a dick pretty much his entire life. We never see him as a nice normal guy. He was entitled, an elitist and uncaring. How do we know all this? His kids told us. From season one to season three of The Last Airbender all we learned about Ozai was that he was a horrible father, brother, husband and all round jerk. He was threatening, a budding conqueror and pretty cocky. Amon or Noatak as he is truly known was part of an abusive family who were also in a way elitist. His father wanted him to become the most powerful bloodbender so that he could help his father conquer Republic city and avenge his family on the Avatar. After snapping at his father and leaving his family Noatak spent his years honing his tremendous abilities until he arrived at Republic City under the identity of Amon. Amon’s was such a nuanced character, you were never sure what he truly wanted until he wanted you to know. His tragic back-story with his family which turned him from a caring boy into a dangerous man was really touching. This round was really won because of that final scene between Tarrlok and Noatak. Tarrlok realizing his brother is irredeemable and needs to be stopped regardless the cost. Round 4. goes to Amon, the boy who lost his family.
So there you have it, Amon the Revolutionary, Noatak the elite bloodbender is the winner. It was a close hard fought battle between two fantastic villains but blood is deadly than fire. Hope you enjoyed my clash of the villains, who do you think should have won? Was your Avatar villain represented here? Are you as excited for season three of Korra as us at Agents Of Geek and what kind of villains do you hope we’ll see in season three?