822Towards the Sun » Zuko botches his escape on the day of the eclipse and sits out the war in prison. What will the Gaang do with a new Fire Lord they can't trust? Season Four "Zuko never joined the Gaang, and he's really bad at being good" AU.
Avatar: Last Airbender, T, English, Family & Adventure, chapters: 22, words: 66k+, favs: 1k+, follows: 1k+, updated: 6/14/2021 published: 5/15/2019, Zuko
558 Salvage » Mid-Season-One Zuko is held ransom by Chief Hakoda. Ozai's replies to the Water Tribe's demands are A-Plus Parenting. Hakoda is… deeply concerned, for this son that isn't his, and who might be safer among enemies than with his own father.
Avatar: Last Airbender, T, English, Family & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 13, words: 82k+, favs: 1k+, follows: 1k+, updated: 5/27/2021 published: 10/21/2019, Zuko, Hakoda
61 As the World Should Be When Azula is ten, father agrees to off his firstborn in exchange for power. As the firstborn, she takes some minor offense to this. Or: Zuko is born second. His big sister shuts the Dum-Dum up before he can mouth off enough for an Agni Kai. Three years later, the Gaang have to deal with fourteen year old bright-eyed imperialist Zuko on their trail.
Avatar: Last Airbender, T, English, Family & Friendship, words: 6k+, favs: 393, follows: 315, 4/18/2020, Aang, Zuko, Azula
873Little Zuko v the World » Zuko finds Aang a month into his banishment. They're both 12. Expect not-a-kid-person!Zhao, gratuitous saving from pirates (dangit Katara give little Zuko back his shirts), and some solid Appa/Zuko bromance. It is the hole in your life you didn't know needed filling.
Avatar: Last Airbender, T, English, Adventure & Humor, chapters: 36, words: 119k+, favs: 1k+, follows: 995, updated: 12/26/2019 published: 3/3/2019, Zuko
236Cheating at Pai Sho » "You said you were the Avatar!" "...I lied?" Aang doesn't get rescued in episode two, and no one's seen him go glowy yet... so he starts bluffing. Hard. Or: "The Avatar joins Zuko's quest to find the Avatar." In which Zuko doesn't join the Gaang, the Gaang joins Zuko.
Avatar: Last Airbender, T, English, Friendship & Adventure, chapters: 5, words: 36k+, favs: 867, follows: 925, updated: 10/21/2019 published: 6/15/2019, Aang, Zuko
104A Dark Night in Ba Sing Se » accidentalGuard!Zuko AU. A Ba Sing Se crime noir where, instead of totally ignoring that Zuko stole a guard's swords to fight Jet, the guards lovingly gangpress this crazy-good-swordfighter who is the nephew of this crazy-good-teamaker into helping out around the station. They quickly learn that the tea skills are not hereditary. And trouble follows this kid.
Avatar: Last Airbender, T, English, Friendship & Crime, chapters: 4, words: 22k+, favs: 394, follows: 391, updated: 9/29/2019 published: 8/9/2019, Zuko
47Scaled Over » At thirteen, Zuko knelt on the Agni Kai field and proclaimed himself his father's loyal son. But when fire touched his face, his dragon form begged to differ. In which dragon!Zuko is sick of human!Zuko's cognitive dissonance, and ready to throw down for the good of his nation. Now he just needs to convince his other half… Or: "Zuko keeps kidnapping himself to the good guy's side."
Avatar: Last Airbender, T, English, Friendship & Adventure, chapters: 2, words: 4k+, favs: 218, follows: 249, updated: 8/21/2019 published: 8/8/2019, Zuko