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Uncle Iroh (Character)
from "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (2005)

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"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Crossroads of Destiny (#2.20)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: Princess Azula is here in Ba Sing Se.
Aang: She must have Katara.
Uncle Iroh: She has captured my nephew as well.
Aang: Then we'll work together to fight Azula and save Katara and Zuko.
Sokka: Whoa, there. You lost me at Zuko.
Uncle Iroh: I know how you must feel about my nephew. But believe me when I tell you, there is good inside him.
Sokka: Good inside him isn't enough. Why don't you come back when it's outside him, too, okay?
Aang: Katara's in trouble. All of Ba Sing Se is in trouble. Working together is our best chance.

Sokka: We should split up. Aang, you go with Iroh to look for Katara and the angry jerk...
Sokka: [to Iroh] ... no offense.
Uncle Iroh: None taken.

Uncle Iroh: Did I ever tell you how I got the nickname the Dragon of the West?
Azula: I'm not interested in a lengthy anecdote, Uncle.
Uncle Iroh: t's more of a demonstration, really.
[Iroh breaths fire]

[Iroh jumps out of a hole blasted in the palace wall and lands on a bush]
Uncle Iroh: Come on! You'll be fine!
Prince Zuko: No. I'm tired of running. It's time I faced Azula.

Toph: Wait. Someone's at the door.
[There's a knock at the door]
Toph: Actually, I know who it is. It's an old friend of mine.
[Toph opens the door to reveal Iroh]
Toph: Glad to see you're okay.
Uncle Iroh: I need your help.

Uncle Iroh: What's on your mind?
Aang: Well, I met with this guru who was supposed to help me master the Avatar State and control this great power. But to do it, I had to let go of someone I love... and I just couldn't.
Uncle Iroh: Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love.

Aang: So, Toph thinks you give pretty good advice... and great tea.
Uncle Iroh: The key to both is proper aging.

Uncle: Sometimes, life is like this dark tunnel. You can't always see the light at the end of the tunnel. But if you just keep moving... you will come to a better place.

Uncle: You're not the man you used to be, Zuko. You are stronger and wiser and freer than you have *ever* been. And now you have come to the crossroads of your destiny. It's time for you to choose. It's time for you to choose good.
Azula: [Bursts in and traps Iroh] I expected this kind of treachery from Uncle. But Zuko, *Prince* Zuko, you're a lot of things, but you're not a traitor, are you?
Prince Zuko: Release him immediately.
Azula: It's not too late for you, Zuko. You can still redeem yourself.
Uncle: The kind of redemption she offers is not for you.
Azula: Why don't you let him decide, Uncle? I need you, Zuko. I've plotted every move of this day, this glorious day in Fire Nation history, and the only way we win is together. At the end of this day, you will have your honor back. You will have Father's love. You will have everything you want.
Uncle: Zuko, I am begging you. Look into your heart and see what it is that you truly want.
Azula: You are free to choose.


The Last Airbender (2010)
Uncle Iroh: [to Zuko, after Aang has escaped] It was not by chance that for generations people have been searching for him, and now you have found him. Your destinies are tied, Zuko.

Uncle Iroh: [to Zuko about Aang] It was not by chance that for generations people have been searching for him, and now you have found him.

Uncle Iroh: There are reasons each of us are born. we have to find those reasons.

Prince Zuko: [after Aang has completed the test] You are my prisoner.
Aang: What? But you said...
Uncle Iroh: I should have explained more. If you failed the test, you'd be free to go. But you're the only one who has been able to pass the test. It is an honor to be in your presence.
[bowing slightly]

Uncle Iroh: There are a lot of pretty girls here Zuko. You could settle down here, and you could have a blessed life. You don't have to continue this Zuko.
Prince Zuko: I will show you why we must Uncle. Hey, hey little one, come here. You look like a very smart boy. Tell me what you know about the Prince; the Firelord's son. He spoke out of turn to a general, in defense... for some of his friends, who were going to be sacrificed in a battle. Then Prince Zuko was sentenced to an Agni Kai duel, but when he showed up, it was his father he was to fight. He would not fight his father. Then, his father mocked him, and said, I should bring your sister over here to beat you. Then the father burnt his son, to teach him a lesson. We'll catch him soon Uncle, then we could think about the pretty girls.

Uncle Iroh: To meet a Spirit would be a great honor.
Commander Zhao: I hope I can give you that honor.

Uncle Iroh: Be sure to keep your uniform closed up to the neck, and remember, your chi can warm you.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Bitter Work (#2.9)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: [Draws Fire symbol in the dirt] Fire is the element of power. The people of the Fire Nation have desire and will and the energy and drive to achieve what they want.
Uncle Iroh: [Draws Earth symbol] Earth is the element of substance. The people of the Earth Kingdom are diverse and strong. They are persistent and enduring.
Uncle Iroh: [Draws Air symbol] Air is the element of freedom. The Air Nomads detached themselves from worldly concerns and found peace and freedom. Also, they apparently had pretty good senses of humor.
Uncle Iroh: [Draws Water symbol] Water is the element of change. The people of the Water Tribes are capable of adapting to many things. They have a sense of community and love that holds them together through anything.
Prince Zuko: Why are you telling me these things?
Uncle Iroh: [Draws straight lines separating the four symbols] It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If you take it from only one place, it become rigid and stale.
Uncle Iroh: [Draws a circle around all four symbols] Understanding others, the other elements, and the other nations, will help you become whole.
Prince Zuko: All this four elements talk is sounding like Avatar stuff.
Uncle Iroh: It is the combination of the four elements in one person that makes the Avatar so powerful. But it can make you more powerful, too.

Prince Zuko: But I don't feel any shame at all. I'm as proud as ever.
Uncle Iroh: Prince Zuko, pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.
Prince Zuko: Well, my life has nothing but humbling lately.

Prince Zuko: Uncle. You were unconscious. Azula did this to you. It was a surprise attack.
Uncle Iroh: Somehow, that's not so surprising.

Uncle Iroh: Lightning is a pure expression of Firebending without aggression. It is not fueled by rage or emotion the way other Firebending is. Some call lightning the cold-blooded fire. It is precise and deadly, like Azula. To perform the technique requires peace of mind.
Prince Zuko: I see. That's why we're drinking tea, to calm the mind.
Uncle Iroh: Oh, yeah, good point. I mean, yes.

Uncle Iroh: There is energy all around us. The energy is both Yin and Yang, positive energy and negative energy.
[He holds up one finger on each hand to stand for the two forms of energy]
Uncle Iroh: Only a select few Firebenders can separate these energies. This creates an imbalance. The energy wants to restore balance, and in the moment the positive and negative energy come crashing back together...
[He brings his hands together to illustrate the point]
Uncle Iroh: ...you provide release and guidance, creating lightning.
[Shows Zuko]
Prince Zuko: I'm ready to try it.
Uncle Iroh: Remember, once you separate the energy, you do not command it, you are simply its humble guide. Breathe first.

Prince Zuko: So, Uncle, I've been thinking. It's only a matter of time before I run into Azula again. I'm going to need to know more advanced firebending if I want to stand a chance against her. I know what you're going to say, she's my sister, and I should be trying to get along with her.
Uncle: No. She's crazy, and she needs to go down.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Waterbending Scroll (#1.9)" (2005)
[Zuko and the Pirate Captain are fighting]
Uncle Iroh: Are you so busy fighting you cannot see your own ship has set sail?
Prince Zuko: We have no time for your proverbs, Uncle!
Uncle Iroh: [points] It's no proverb.
Pirate Captain: Bleeding hog-monkeys!
[runs off]
Prince Zuko: [laughs, then sees the pirates sailing away on HIS ship] Hey! That's my boat!
Uncle Iroh: Maybe it should be a proverb.

Katara: [after the gang has been captured by pirates] Aang, this is all my fault.
Aang: No, Katara, it isn't.
Uncle Iroh: Yeah, it kind of is.

Prince Zuko: [after his uncle took them off course to a marketplace to search for a game piece that they didn't even have] It's good to know this trip was a complete waste of time for *everyone*!
Uncle Iroh: Quite the contrary. I always say the only thing better than finding something you were looking for, is finding something you weren't looking for at a great bargain!
[Cut to a parade of Fire nation soldiers carrying piles of merchandise Iroh just bought]
Prince Zuko: You bought a Sunghi horn?
Uncle Iroh: For music night on the ship. Now, if we only had some woodwinds...

Prince Zuko: [to his helmsman] What's the meaning of this mutiny? No one told you to change course.
Uncle Iroh: [Interjecting] Actually, someone did. I assure you it is a matter of utmost importance, Prince Zuko.
Prince Zuko: Is it something to do with the Avatar?
Uncle Iroh: Even more urgent. It seems I... I've lost my lotus tile.
[points to his Pai Cho board]
Prince Zuko: Lotus tile?
Uncle Iroh: For my Pai Cho game. Most people think that lotus tile insignificant. But it is essential for the unusual strategy that I employ.
Prince Zuko: [incensed] You've changed our course for a stupid lotus tile?
Uncle Iroh: See, you, like most people, underestimate its value. Just give me ten minutes to check the merchants at this port of call. Hopefully, they'll have the lotus tile in stock and I can get on with my life.
Uncle Iroh: [Zuko works hard to contain his anger, ultimately releasing a gout of flame from his mouth the licks over the ceiling. Cut to a smiling Iroh, who is soon clouded with smoke] I'm lucky to have such an understanding nephew.

Uncle Iroh: Prince Zuko, you're really going to get a kick out of this. The lotus tile was in my sleeve the whole time!


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Siege of the North: Part 2 (#1.20)" (2005)
Admiral Zhao: I assure you. I have everything under control. I intend to remove the moon as a factor.
Uncle Iroh: Remove the moon? How?

Aang: Zhao, don't.
Admiral Zhao: It's my destiny to destroy the moon and the Water Tribe.
Aang: Destroying the moon won't hurt *just* the Water Tribe. It will hurt everyone, including you. Without the moon, everything would fall out of balance. You have no idea what kind of chaos that would unleash on the world.
Uncle Iroh: He is right, Zhao.

Uncle Iroh: [to Zhao] The Fire Nation needs the moon, too. We all depend on the balance. Whatever you do to that spirit, I'll unleash on you tenfold! Let it go, now!

Uncle Iroh: You have been touched by the moon spirit. Some of its life is in you.
Princess Yue: Yes, you're right. It gave me life. Maybe I can give it back.

Admiral Zhao: Years ago, I stumbled upon a great and powerful secret. The identity of the Moon Spirit's mortal form.
Uncle Iroh: [Stunned] What?
Admiral Zhao: I was a young Lieutenant serving under General Shoo in the Earth Kingdom. I discovered a hidden library, underground, in fact. I tore through scroll after scroll. One of them contained a detailed illustration and the words moon and ocean. I knew then that these spirits could be found and killed. And that it was my destiny to do so.
Uncle Iroh: Zhao, the spirits are not to be trifled with.
Admiral Zhao: Yes, yes, I know you fear the spirits, Iroh. I've heard rumors about your journey into the Spirit World. But the ocean and moon spirits gave up their immortality to become a part of *our* world. And, Now they will face the consequences.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Cave of Two Lovers (#2.2)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: You're looking at the rare white dragon bush. Its leaves make a tea so delicious, it's heartbreaking. That, or it's the white jade bush, which is poisonous.
Prince Zuko: We need food, not tea. I'm going fishing.
[exits]
Uncle Iroh: Hmm... Delectable tea or deadly poison.

Uncle Iroh: Zuko, remember that plant that I thought might be tea?
Prince Zuko: You didn't.
Uncle Iroh: I did...
[turns revealing his red, swollen face]
Uncle Iroh: ...and it wasn't.
Prince Zuko: Yah!
Uncle Iroh: When the rash spreads to my throat, I will stop breathing. But look what I found!
[holds up a branch of berries]
Uncle Iroh: These are pakui berries, known to cure the poison of the white jade plant. That, or makaola berries that cause blindness.
Prince Zuko: We're not taking any more chances with these plants. We need to get help.
Uncle Iroh: But where are we going to go? We're enemies of the Earth Kingdom and fugitives from the Fire Nation.
Prince Zuko: If the Earth Kingdom discovers us, they'll have us killed.
Uncle Iroh: If the Fire Nation discovers us, we'll be turned over to Azula.
Prince Zuko: [both share a glance] Earth Kingdom it is.

Song: Do you have names?
Prince Zuko: Names? Of course we have names. I'm... Lee. And this is my uncle... uh... Mushi.
[Iroh glares at him, then smiles]
Uncle Iroh: Yes, my nephew was named after his father so we just call him Junior.

Uncle Iroh: Thank you for the duck. It was excellent.
Mom: You're welcome. It brings me joy to see someone eat my cooking with such... gusto.

Prince Zuko: We're not taking any more chances with these plants. We need to get help!
Uncle Iroh: But where are we going to go? We're enemies of the Earth Kingdom, and fugitives from the Fire Nation.
Prince Zuko: If the Earth Kingdom discovers us, they'll have us killed.
Uncle Iroh: If the Fire Nation discovers us, we'll be turned over to Azula.
Prince Zuko: [both share a glance] ... Earth Kingdom it is!


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Tales of Ba Sing Se (#2.15)" (2006)
[Iroh has just stopped to watch a group of boys play when a ball is accidently kicked through a window]
Uncle Iroh: [to the boys] It is usually best to admit mistakes when they occur, and to seek to restore honor...
Angry Man: [coming to the window] When I'm through with you kids, the window won't be the only thing that's broken.
Uncle Iroh: ...but not this time. Run!

Mugger: [standing knock-kneed] You. Give me all your money.
Uncle Iroh: What are you doing?
Mugger: I'm mugging you.
Uncle Iroh: With that stance?

Mugger: So you really think I could be a good masseur?
Uncle Iroh: Of course.
Mugger: This is so great. No one has ever believed in me.
Uncle Iroh: While it is always best to believe in one's self, a little help from others can be a great blessing.
[cut to Iroh on a hilltop under a tree. He builds a makeshift altar and places a picture against it]
Uncle Iroh: Happy birthday, my son. If only I could have helped you.
Uncle Iroh: [sings, crying] Leaves from the vine/ falling so slow/ like fragile, tiny shells/ drifting in the foam/ Little soldier boy/ come marching home/ Brave soldier boy/ comes marching home.

Prince Zuko: Uncle, we have a problem. One of the customers is on to us. Don't look now, but there is a girl over there at the corner table, she knows we're Fire Nation.
[Uncle looks at the girl]
Prince Zuko: Didn't I say don't look?
Uncle Iroh: You are right, Zuko. I've seen that girl in here quite a lot. Seems to me she has quite a little crush on you.
Prince Zuko: What?

[last lines]
Uncle: How was your night, Prince Zuko?
Prince Zuko: It was nice.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: City of Walls and Secrets (#2.14)" (2006)
Prince Zuko: This city is a prison. I don't want to make a life here.
Uncle Iroh: Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not.

Uncle Iroh: Euch! This tea is nothing more than hot leaf juice.
Uncle Iroh: Uncle, that's what *all* tea is.
Uncle Iroh: How could a member of my own family say something so horrible!

Officer: This is the best tea in the city.
Uncle Iroh: The secret ingredient is love!

Uncle Iroh: Would you like a pot of tea?
Prince Zuko: We've been working in a tea shop all day. I'm sick of tea!
Uncle Iroh: Sick of tea? That's like being sick of *breathing*!


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Lake Laogai (#2.17)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: So, I was thinking about names for my new tea shop. How about... The Jasmine Dragon? It's dramatic, poetic, has a nice ring to it.
Prince Zuko: The Avatar is here in Ba Sing Se, and he's lost his bison.
Uncle Iroh: We have a chance for a new life here. If you start stirring up trouble, we could lose all the good things that are happening for us.
Prince Zuko: Good things that are happening for you. Have you ever thought that I want more from life than a nice apartment and a job serving tea?
Uncle Iroh: There's nothing wrong with a life of peace and prosperity. I suggest you think about what it is that you want from your life, and why.
Prince Zuko: I want my destiny.
Uncle Iroh: What that means is up to you.
[Zuko exits]
Uncle Iroh: The Tea Weevil! No, that's stupid.

Quon: How would you like to have your own tea shop?
Uncle Iroh: [Stunned] My own tea shop? This is a dream come true.
Pao: [Interrupting the conversation] What's going on here? Are you trying to poach my tea maker?
Quon: Sorry Pao, but that's business for you, am I right?
Pao: [Increasingly desperate] Mushi, if you stay, I'll... make you Assistant Manager. Wait, Senior Assistant Manager.
Quon: I'll provide you with a new apartment in the upper ring. The tea shop is yours to do whatever you want. Complete creative freedom.
Uncle Iroh: [Elated] I even get to name the shop?
Quon: Of course.
Pao: [Pleading] Uh, Senior Executive Assistant Manager?

Prince Zuko: [dressed as the Blue Spirit] Uncle?
Uncle: So, the Blue Spirit? I wonder who could be behind that mask?
Prince Zuko: [sighs and removes mask] What are you doing here?
Uncle: I was just about to ask you the same thing. What do you plan to do now that you've found the Avatar's bison? Keep it locked in our new apartment? Should I go put on a pot of tea for him?
Prince Zuko: First, I have to get it out of here.
Uncle: And then what? You never think these things through. This is exactly what happened when you captured the Avatar at the North Pole. You had him and then you had no where to go!
Prince Zuko: I would have figured something out.
Uncle: No, if his friends hadn't found you, you would have frozen to death!
Prince Zuko: I know my own destiny, Uncle.
Uncle: Is it your *own* destiny, or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?
Prince Zuko: Stop it, Uncle. I have to do this.
Uncle: I'm begging you, Prince Zuko. It's time for you to look *inward* and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are you and what do *you* want?
[Zuko yells in frustration and slams his swords on the ground]

[last lines]
Uncle Iroh: You did the right thing, nephew.
[Zuko pulls out the Blue Spirit mask]
Uncle Iroh: Leave it behind.
[Zuko drops the mask into the lake]


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sozin's Comet: Part 2 - The Old Masters (#3.19)" (2008)
Prince Zuko: Uncle... I know you must have mixed feelings about seeing me, but I want you to know...
[he begins to cry]
Prince Zuko: ...I am so, so sorry, Uncle. I am so sorry and ashamed of what I did. I don't know how I can ever make it up to you, but I...
[Iroh turns and pulls him into a fierce hug]
Prince Zuko: [bewildered] How can you forgive me so easily? I thought you would be furious with me.
Uncle Iroh: [crying] I was never angry with you. I was sad because I was afraid you'd lost your way.
Prince Zuko: I did lose my way.
Uncle Iroh: [leaning back to look at him] But you found it again. And you did it by yourself. And I am so happy you found your way here.
[they hug]
Prince Zuko: It wasn't that hard, Uncle. You have a pretty strong scent.

Uncle Iroh: Even if I did defeat Ozai, and I don't know that I could, it would be the wrong way to end the war. History would see it as just more senseless violence, a brother killing a brother to grab power. The only way for this was to end peacefully is for the Avatar to defeat the Fire Lord.
Prince Zuko: And then... then would you come and take your rightful place on the throne?
Uncle Iroh: No. Someone new must take the throne. An idealist with a pure heart and unquestionable honor. It has to be *you*, Prince Zuko.
Prince Zuko: Unquestionable honor? But I've made so many mistakes.
Uncle Iroh: Yes, you have. You struggled, you suffered, but you have always followed your own path. You've restored your own honor, and only you can restore the honor of the Fire Nation.

Prince Zuko: I can handle Azula.
Uncle Iroh: Not alone. You'll need help.
Prince Zuko: You're right. Katara, how would you like to help me put Azula in her place?
Katara: It would be my pleasure.

Katara: Good-bye, General Iroh.
Uncle Iroh: Goodbye everyone. Today, destiny is our friend. I know it.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Bato of the Water Tribe (#1.15)" (2005)
Prince Zuko: [shoving a barfly aside] Out of my way. Step aside, filth.
Uncle Iroh: He means no offense. I'm certain you bathe regularly.

Aunt Wu: Care to hear your fortune, handsome?
Uncle Iroh: [smiling] At my age, there is really only one big surprise left, and I'd just as soon leave it a mystery.

Uncle Iroh: Plus we'll pay your weight in gold.
June: Make it *your* weight, and we got a deal.
Uncle Iroh: [laughing] You got it.

Prince Zuko: [Zuko and June are paralyzed] Uncle? I didn't see you get hit with the tongue.
Uncle Iroh: Shh.
[June glares at Iroh]


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Avatar State (#2.1)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: [getting a massage] Aahh... This is what I've been missing. Who knew floating on a piece of driftwood for three weeks with no food or water and sea vultures waiting to pluck out your liver could make one so tense.

Prince Zuko: I want the Avatar. I want my honor, my throne. I want my father not to think I'm worthless.
Uncle Iroh: I'm sure he doesn't. Why would he banish you if he didn't care?
[Zuko walks off]
Uncle Iroh: Err, that came out wrong, didn't it?

Prince Zuko: We're going home. After three long years. It's unbelievable.
Uncle Iroh: It *is* unbelievable. I have never known my brother to regret anything.
Prince Zuko: Did you listen to Azula? Father's realized how important family is to him. He cares about me.
Uncle Iroh: *I* care about you. And if Ozai wants you back, well, I think it may not be for the reasons you imagine.
Prince Zuko: You don't know how my father feels about me. You don't know anything.
Uncle Iroh: Zuko, I only meant that, in our family, things are not always what they seem.
Prince Zuko: I think that you are exactly what you seem, a lazy, mistrustful, shallow old man who's always been jealous of his brother.

[last lines]
Uncle Iroh: I think we're save here.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Desert (#2.11)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: It's nice to see old friends.
Prince Zuko: Too bad you don't have any old friends that don't want to attack you.
Uncle Iroh: [thinking] Hmmm... Old friends that don't want to attack me...

Uncle Iroh: Colonel Mongke, what a pleasant surprise.
Colonel Mongke: If you're surprised we're here, then the Dragon of the West has lost a few steps.
Prince Zuko: You know these guys?
Uncle Iroh: Sure. Colonel Mongke and the Rough Rhinos are legendary. Each one is a different kind of weapons specialist. They are also a very capable singing group.
Colonel Mongke: We're not here to give a concert. We're here to apprehend fugitives.
Uncle Iroh: Would you like some tea first? I'd love some.
Uncle Iroh: [to one of the Raiders] How about you, Kachee? I make you as a jasmine man. Am I right?

Sha-Mo: [to Iroh] Welcome brother. The White Lotus opens wide to those who know her secrets.
Prince Zuko: What are you old gasbags talking about?
Uncle Iroh: I always tried to tell you that Pai Sho is more than just a game.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Siege of the North: Part 1 (#1.19)" (2005)
Uncle Iroh: Be careful what you wish for, Admiral. History is not always kind to its subjects.
Admiral Zhao: I suppose you speak from experience. But rest assured, *this* will be nothing like your legendary *failure* at Ba Sing Se.
Uncle Iroh: I hope not, for your sake.

Uncle Iroh: I'm sorry. I just nag you because, well, since I lost my son...
Prince Zuko: Uncle, you don't have to say it.
Uncle Iroh: I think of you as my own.
Prince Zuko: know Uncle. We'll meet again...
[Uncle hugs Zuko]
Prince Zuko: ...after I have the Avatar.

Uncle Iroh: It's almost twilight, Admiral. As your military consultant, I must advise you to halt your attack. The Waterbenders draw their power from the moon, and it is nearly full tonight. You should wait and resume the attack at daybreak.
Admiral Zhao: Oh, I'm well aware of the moon problem. And I am working on a solution. But for now, daybreak it is.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Serpent's Pass (#2.12)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: So, Smellerbee, that's an unusual name for a yong man.
Smellerbee: Maybe it's because I'm not a man. I'm a *girl*.
Uncle Iroh: Oh, now I see! It's a beautiful name for a lovely girl!

Uncle Iroh: [grim] Who would have thought, after all these years, I'd return to the scene of my greatest military disgrace...
[suddenly cheerful and puts on a flowered hat]
Uncle Iroh: ...as a tourist?

Jet: Here's the deal. I hear the Captain's eating like a king while us refugees have to feed off his scraps. Doesn't seem fair, does it?
Uncle Iroh: What sort of king is he eating like?
Jet: The fat, happy kind.
[Iroh's mouth gapes open, drooling]


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Waterbending Master (#1.18)" (2005)
Uncle Iroh: [to Zuko] It's a lovely night for a walk. Why don't you join me? It would clear your head.
[no response]
Uncle Iroh: Or just stay in your room and sit in the dark. Whatever makes you happy.

[Zhao, seeing broadswords on the wall, flashes back to when saw the Blue Spirit fighting with broadswords]
Admiral Zhao: I didn't know you were skilled with broadswords, Prince Zuko.
Prince Zuko: I'm not. They're antiques, just decorative.
Admiral Zhao: Have you heard of the Blue Spirit, General Iroh?
Uncle Iroh: Just rumors. I don't think he is real.
Admiral Zhao: He's real all right. He's a criminal and an enemy of the Fire Nation. But I have a feeling justice will catch up with him soon.

Prince Zuko: [to his uncle] For the last time, I'm not playing the songi horn.
Uncle Iroh: No, it's about our plans. There's a bit of a problem.
[Zhao enters the room behind Iroh]
Admiral Zhao: I'm taking your crew.
Prince Zuko: [turning to face Zhao] What?
Admiral Zhao: I've recruited them for a little expedition to the North Pole.
Prince Zuko: Uncle, is that true?
Uncle Iroh: I'm afraid so. He's taking everyone...
[Putting his arm over his face in woe]
Uncle Iroh: ...even the cook.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Boy in the Iceberg (#1.1)" (2005)
Uncle Iroh: Even if you're right, and the Avatar *is* alive, you won't find him. Your father, grandfather *and* great-grandfather all tried and failed.
Prince Zuko: Because their honor didn't hinge on the Avatar's capture. Mine does. This coward's hundred years in hiding are over.

Prince Zuko: [Seeing the light from the exploding iceberg] Finally. Uncle, do you realize what this means?
Uncle Iroh: [sitting down, drinking tea and playing a game with domino-like pieces] I won't get to finish my game?
Prince Zuko: It means my search, it's about to come to an end.
[Iroh sighs]
Prince Zuko: That light came from an incredibly powerful source. It has to be *him*.
Uncle Iroh: Or it's just the celestial lights. We've been down this road before, Prince Zuko. I don't want you to get too excited over nothing. Please, sit. Why don't you enjoy a cup of calming jasmine tea?
Prince Zuko: [exploding in anger] I don't need any calming tea! I need to capture the Avatar! Helmsman, head a course for the light.

Uncle Iroh: [Doing Firebending drills with Zuko] No! Power in Firebending comes from the breath. Not the muscles. The breath becomes energy in the body. The energy extends past your limbs and becomes fire.
[Iroh demonstrates, releasing a controlling plume of flame that bursts in front of Zuko, but does not hit him]
Uncle Iroh: Get it right this time.
Prince Zuko: Enough. I've been drilling this sequence all day. Teach me the next set. I'm more than ready.
Uncle Iroh: No, you're impatient. You have yet to master your basics.
[More forcefully]
Uncle Iroh: Drill it again!
Prince Zuko: Grrrr... huh!
[He blasts one of the guards backwards with a gout of fire]
Prince Zuko: The sages tell us that the Avatar is the last Airbender. He must be over a hundred years old by now. He's had a century to master the four elements. I'll need more than basic Firebending to defeat him. You *will* teach me the advanced set!
Uncle Iroh: Very well. But first I must finish my roast duck.
[Begins eating]
Uncle Iroh: Num num... num...


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Earth King (#2.18)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: You did the right thing letting the Avatar's bison go.
Zuko: I don't feel right...
[Zuko groans and collapses to the ground]

Uncle Iroh: You should know this is not a natural sickness. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying tea.
Prince Zuko: Wha... what's happening?
Uncle Iroh: Your critical decision, what you did beneath that lake, it was in such conflict with your image of yourself that you are now at war within your own mind and body.
Prince Zuko: What's that mean?
[coughing]
Uncle Iroh: You are going through a metamorphosis, my nephew. It will not be a pleasant experience. But when you come out of it, you will be the beautiful prince you were always meant to be.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Southern Air Temple (#1.3)" (2005)
Uncle Iroh: So this is how the great Commander Zhao acts in defeat? Disgraceful. Even in exile, my nephew is more honorable then you. Thanks again for the tea. It was delicious.
[Iroh and Zuko leave]
Prince Zuko: Did you really mean that, Uncle?
Uncle Iroh: Of course. I told you Ginseng tea is my favorite.

Commander Zhao: That's quite a bit of damage.
Prince Zuko: Yes. You wouldn't believe what happened. Uncle, tell Commander Zhao what happened.
Uncle Iroh: Yes. I will do that. It was incredible.
[to Zuko]
Uncle Iroh: What? Did we crash or something?


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Storm (#1.12)" (2005)
General: [In a flashback] The Earth Kingdom defenses are concentrated here, a dangerous battalion of their strongest Earthbenders and fiercest warriors. So, I am recommending the 41st division.
Old General: But the 41st is entirely new recruits. How do you expect them to defeat a powerful Earth Kingdom battalion?
General: [Coldly] I don't. They'll be used as a distraction while we mount an attack from the rear. What better to use as bait then fresh meat?
Prince Zuko: You can't sacrifice an entire division like that! Those soldiers love and defend our nation. How can you betray them?
Uncle Iroh: [Cut to the present] Zuko was right, you see, but it was not his place to speak out, and there were dire consequences.

Lieutenant: So that's why he's so obsessed. Capturing the Avatar is the only chance he has of things returning to normal.
Uncle Iroh: Things will never return to normal. But the important thing is, the Avatar gives Zuko hope.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Drill (#2.13)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: I know your not supposed to cry over spilled tea, but...
[cries]
Uncle Iroh: ...it's just so sad.

Tea Peddler: Get your hot tea here! Finest tea in Ba Sing Se!
Uncle Iroh: [Excited] Oh, jasmine, please.
[the peddler pours tea into Iroh's bowl, who delightedly takes a sip. His eyes widen in shock and he spits it out in disgust]
Uncle Iroh: Blaugh! Coldest tea in Ba Sing Se is more like it. What a disgrace!


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Swamp (#2.4)" (2006)
[Zuko and Iroh are reduced to begging]
Broadswordsman: How about some entertainment in exchange for... a *gold* piece?
Prince Zuko: We're not performers.
Uncle Iroh: Not professional, anyway.
Uncle Iroh: [sings] It's a long, long way/ to Ba Sing Se/ But the girls in the city/ they look so pretty.
Broadswordsman: Come on, we're talking a gold piece here. Let's see some action. Dance!
[swings his swords at Iroh's legs]
Uncle Iroh: [singing] They kiss so sweet/ that you've really got to meet/ the girls from Ba Sing Se.
Broadswordsman: [laughing] Nothing like a fat man dancing for his dinner. Here you go.
Uncle Iroh: [smiling] Such a kind man.

Prince Zuko: [while panhandling] This is humiliating! We're royalty. These people should be giving us whatever we want.
Uncle Iroh: They will - if you ask nicely.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Avatar Day (#2.5)" (2006)
Prince Zuko: There's no honor for me without the Avatar.
Uncle Iroh: Zuko.
[sighs]
Uncle Iroh: Even if you did capture the Avatar, I'm not so sure it would solve our problems. Not now.
Prince Zuko: Then there's no hope at all.
Uncle Iroh: No, Zuko! You must never give into dispair. Allow yourself to slip down that road, and you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength.

Prince Zuko: Uncle... I thought a lot about what you said.
Uncle Iroh: You did? Good, good.
Prince Zuko: It's helped me to realize something. We no longer have anything to gain by traveling together. I need to find my own way.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Guru (#2.19)" (2006)
[first lines]
Prince Zuko: What's that smell?
Uncle: It's jook. I'm sure you wouldn't like it.
Prince Zuko: [smells the jook] Actually, it smells delicious. I'd love a bowl, Uncle.
Uncle: Now that your fever is gone, you seem different somehow.
Prince Zuko: It's a new day. We've got a new apartment, new furniture, and today's the Grand Opening of your new tea shop. Things are looking up, Uncle.

[last lines]
[Iroh a reads message]
Uncle: I... I can't believe it.
Uncle: What is it, Uncle?
Uncle: Great news. We have been invited to serve tea to the Earth King!


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Avatar Roku: Winter Solstice, Part 2 (#1.8)" (2005)
Prince Zuko: I'm chasing the Avatar. My father will understand why I'm returning home.
Uncle Iroh: You give him too much credit. My brother is not the understanding type.

Uncle Iroh: Eh, really, Prince Zuko, couldn't you shoot them down with something more fragrant?


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Blue Spirit (#1.13)" (2005)
Uncle Iroh: Is everything okay? It's been almost an hour, and you haven't given the men an order.

Uncle Iroh: Where have you been, Prince Zuko? You missed music night! Lieutenant Jee sang a stirring love song.
Prince Zuko: [Walking away] I'm going to bed. No disturbances.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Spirit World: Winter Solstice, Part 1 (#1.7)" (2005)
Captain: Surrender yourselves! It's five against two. You're clearly outnumbered.
Uncle Iroh: Ah, that's true, but you are clearly outmatched.

Prince Zuko: [Uncle is soaking in a hot spring] Enough! We need to leave now! Get out of the water!
Uncle Iroh: Very well.
[Uncle rises. Zuko covers his eyes]
Prince Zuko: On second thought, why don't you take another few minutes. But be back at the ship in half an hour or I'm leaving without you!


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sozin's Comet: Part 4 - Avatar Aang (#3.21)" (2008)
[last lines]
Sokka: Zuko, stop moving. I'm trying to capture the moment. I wanted to do a painting, so we always remember the good times together.
Katara: That's very thoughtful of you, Sokka. Wait, why did you give me Momo's ears?
Sokka: Those are your hair loopies.
Prince Zuko: At least you don't look like a boar-q-pine. My hair is not that spiky.
Mai: I look like a man.
Suki: And why did you paint me Firebending?
Sokka: I thought it looked more exciting that way.
[Momo chitters]
Sokka: Oh, you think you can do a better job, Momo?
Uncle Iroh: Hey, my belly's not that big anymore. I really trimmed down.
Toph: Well, I think you all look perfect.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Avatar Returns (#1.2)" (2005)
Uncle Iroh: Good news for the Fire Lord. The Fire Nation's greatest threat is just a little kid.
Prince Zuko: That kid, Uncle, just did this. I won't underestimate him again! Dig the ship out and follow them!
[Notices half the crew is defrosting the other half]
Prince Zuko: As soon as you're done with that.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Chase (#2.8)" (2006)
Toph Beifong: People see me and think I'm weak. They want to take care of me. But I can take care of myself, *by myself*.
Uncle Iroh: You sound like my nephew, always thinking you need to do things on your own without anyone's support. There is nothing wrong with letting people who love you help you. Not that I love you. I just met you.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sozin's Comet: Part 3 - Into the Inferno (#3.20)" (2008)
Uncle Iroh: Only once every hundred years can a Firebender experience *this* kind of power.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Day of Black Sun: Part 1 - The Invasion (#3.10)" (2007)
Ming: Lunch time, General Iroh. And this time, I brought you an extra bowl of rice.
Uncle Iroh: Thank you, Ming. Your little gestures of kindness have made my days in prison bearable. I think you should take the rest of the day off.
Ming: What?
Uncle Iroh: You don't look well. Maybe you should go home and rest.
Ming: No, I feel fine.
Uncle Iroh: Trust me, it is better that you are not here this afternoon.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Avatar and the Firelord (#3.6)" (2007)
Prince Zuko: [to Iroh] You sent this, didn't you? I found the secret history, which, by the way, should be renamed the history most people already know. The note said that I needed to know about my Great-Grandfather's death! But he was still alive in the end.
Uncle Iroh: No. He wasn't.
Prince Zuko: What are you talking about?
Uncle Iroh: You have more than one Great-Grandfather, Prince Zuko. Sozin was your Father's Grandfather. Your mother's Grandfather was Avatar Roku.
Prince Zuko: [Zuko looks shocked] Why are you telling me this?
Uncle Iroh: Because understanding the struggle between your two Great-Grandfathers can help you better understand the battle within yourself. Evil and Good are always at war inside you, Zuko. It is your nature. Your legacy. But, there is a bright side. What happened generations ago can be resolved now, by *you*. Because of your legacy, you alone can cleanse the sins of our family, and the Fire Nation. Born in you along with all the strife is the power to restore balance to the world.
[Iroh opens a secret compartment, revealing Roku's crown, and offers it to Zuko]
Uncle Iroh: This is a royal artifact. It's supposed to be worn by the Crown Prince.


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Warriors of Kyoshi (#1.4)" (2005)
[first lines]
Prince Zuko: The only reason you should be interrupting me is if you have news about the Avatar.
Uncle Iroh: Well, there is news, Prince Zuko, but you might not like it. Don't get too upset.
Prince Zuko: Uncle, you taught me that keeping a level head is a sign of a great leader. Now, whatever you have to say, I'm sure I can handle it.
Uncle Iroh: Okay, then. We have no idea where he is.
Prince Zuko: What?


"Avatar: The Last Airbender: Zuko Alone (#2.7)" (2006)
Uncle Iroh: [voice over, in a letter] "If the city is as magnificent as its wall, Ba Sing Se must be something to behold. I hope you all may see it someday, if we don't burn it to the ground first."
[laughs]
Ursa: [reading the letter] "Until then, enjoy these gifts. For Zuko, a pearl dagger from the general who surrendered when we broke through the outer wall. Note the inscription and the superior craftsmanship."
Young Zuko: [Reading the inscription] "Never give up without a fight."
Ursa: "And for Azula, a new friend. She wears the latest fashion for Earth Kingdom girls."
[as Ursa speaks, Azula picks up a doll wearing Earth Kingdom green. The Princess makes a face of disgust]
Azula: Yuck! If Uncle doesn't make it back from war, then dad would be next in line to be Fire Lord, wouldn't he?
Ursa: Azula, we don't speak that way. It would be awful if Uncle Iroh didn't return. And besides, Fire Lord Azulon is a picture of health.
Young Zuko: How would you like it if cousin Lu Ten wanted Dad to die?
Azula: I still think our dad would make a much better Fire Lord than his royal tea0loving kookiness.
[She holds out the doll and makes its head burst into flame]