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Power Corrupts by QueenOfTheCute Power Corrupts by QueenOfTheCute
Go ahead and try to make sense of this drawing!

It came from a very vague idea of how Aang could easily be turned into an effective villain if he had killed Ozai. After all, he'd be an insanely powerful individual who cares very deeply about the things he believes in, but also considers himself able to judge the worth of another human life. And that spawned the idea of an exiled Azula trying to reclaim her throne while the Gaang, in an effort to create a world-wide utopia, become more and more, well, evil.

Zuko and Katara are obviously the Avatar's right-hand men. As Fire Lord and Bloodbender, they're invaluable to his efforts.


Edit 8/12: Wow! I hadn't even heard of this "Justice Lords" business until posting this! But after having been educated on what everyone was talking about, I agree that this it totally in the same vein! =D Good guys going bad even though they have the best of intentions. Delicious!

Edit 8/22: Finally got around to making a few facial tweaks that were bugging me. (omglern2drawplzkthx)



Zuko, Aang, Katara, and Azula are all © to Mike, Bryan, and Nickelodeon. No matter how dark and AU I make them. =D
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:iconboundtight89:
boundtight89 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Love this, quite symbolic. Well done.
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someinspired Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
This is perfect and I'd like to favorite it twenty times? It makes me sad but also wow.
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RoseliaTyler Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
this is honestly making me agitated. no! aang and the others are good!
it's an awesome drawing, though
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mr-redx Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I like this idea! You don't see alternate universes in worlds like this were the good are the evil and the evil are the good(or in Azula's case, better). And comparing them to the Justice Lords is just perfect!:D

Question, is Ty Lee fighting along Azula in this series? Cause if they were, it be awesome if they were able to make up and work together. Azula's strong, but even she can't take on all three when they're in charge. Also, I think she would like the company hint hint;)
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hunterXIII Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Student
"Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions."

                                                                                                                 --Dr. Alan Grant
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BillyBones0704 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Like Cutler Beckett, like the Sith Lord, no man is immortal. SPLENDID job on this. <) Love all those fine details. :)
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fireonthewind Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I can actually see this happening, but then again Azula is tops in my book.
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:iconlizoliver:
LizOliver Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
This give me Azulaang feels.
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oviedomedina Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Aang kinda looks like Lex Luthor. Canīt unsee that mental image.
Also, Antihero/Azula sounds cool!
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:iconknockouter:
Knockouter Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmmmmmm I sense redmptive fanfics
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starcru Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
nice.
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AmazonWarrior4 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Aang would be like Light Yagami. O_o oh dear god, what have you done?!?

This would be awesome though...
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ChaosKing123 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
This is wrong. But cool.
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DarkestTruth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What about evil toph, and evil sokka, and evil suki, and...
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DarkestTruth Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh...EVIL...
Yeah, Bad Gaang would be bad.
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AndytheLemon Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
woahhh this is so interesting! and they look amazing in your style, as do the colours
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WomanWithASword Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This would make such a fantastic story! :O I'll go and try to find some fanfic like this now...
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:iconmrbeavis19:
mrbeavis19 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. Very interesting.
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Tatzey Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student General Artist
The idea is yet so simple and so brilliant at the same time. oo
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AnimeFreakOut Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully done and completely creepy!
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
this sounds amazing! what is blood lords? sorry about this being late, theres a fic called dystopia that referenced this as the author's inspiration to write. an awesome concept I must say. I also must admit I'm happy you made katara actually look somewhat black, as I've seen some artists make her completely white or asian.
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
ick...blood lords, I meant Justice lords ^^;
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VampyreSakura27 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
This is... absolutely brilliant. Like, my mind has been blown. Making good guys evil without there being bashing involved? Genius!!!

Have you heard of an anime/manga series called Death Note? The main character there has good intentions but he's very idealistic and ends up becoming corrupted trying to create a "perfect world free of crime". It sounds pretty similar to what you tried with Avatar here and I think you'd enjoy it.
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Aleeight Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Well, the fic "Embers" by Vathara kind of paints him in a negative light like that. He is so certain of his "right way" that he forgot that there are other opinions, customs, and peoples around besides his own airbender ways. He was not evil but combined with his power and innocent ways, he was capable of causing great destruction that hurt people in the end. Kind of like how he allied with the Ocean and took on the Fire Nation fleet at the Northern Water tribe city. He did it to save people in the end but in reality, the state that he was in wouldn't have been able to discern friend from foe.

Not such a great story for Kataang or Aang fans but still an awesome story none the less. Kind of shows another side to the story and shows that there are usually reasons behind peoples actions or that the world isn't so black and white. Heroes can also be villains even while they are trying to save the world.

Great fanart by the way. It is nice to understand that even those who are good among us should be careful in what they do. It can be easy for those in power to turn.
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FollowedMyHeart Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
I love the subtle Kataang in this...you're absolutely right though! The detail is gorgeous! And the coloring is splendid<3
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Skullbego Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
SO GENIUS!!
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treena-ivy-carter Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist
They look evil...AWESOMENESS!
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TheSUNGlassKid Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Aang looks like a propper bad guy in this. He looks propper pissed. Still, be interesting to see how cannon will deal with this in Korra.
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Eziotehwomanizer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry.. i liked it and everything.. but.. I couldn't help but think of Star Wars lol.
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blizzardstar33 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Thats what i thought!
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pengwens Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
That is a cool and sceary thought.
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Skanday Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an awesomesauce idea! :O (And a super amazing picture, too!)
I don't think it would happen in the Avatar universe, though. The Avatar is connected to the Spirit World, so I'm sure the peace-loving spirits would put an end to the corrupted avatar.
My favorite part about this picture is Katara. Her position and expression suggest that she could be the mastermind behind the whole Utopia biz, sorta controlling Aang.
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esquared Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Could this be more brilliant? I don't even know. :O I love it.
Time to google Justice Lords. >w> I r interesteeedd.
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esquared Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Could this be more brilliant? I don't even know. :O I love it.
Time to google Justice Lords. >w> I r interesteeedd.
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Kith-Koby Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Very cool. The idea is awesome, of course, and I like how you captured the essence of al the characters in older faces. There's actually a fic based on this over on fanfiction.net, by name of Dystopia. Which just proves how awesome this is.
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DarkElfAssasin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
Oh My God i would so watch/read this, good going bad is so much more interesting than bad going good.
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silaku Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
well, i'm not sure how azula would oppose the worldwide utopia the Gaang are putting up since a) she's crazy now and b) that's what she and her father have been doing, although yeah, who better to oppose the Gaang than the greatest, smartest villain ever. perhaps her time in lockup cleansed her of evil just in time to see that aang is becoming a tyrant like her father.
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whiteandfreaky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
haha, scary alternate universe.
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Kyetai Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i kust so realized that aang looks alot like partick stewart who played Xavier in Xmen.. maybe thats just me but awesome idea here :D
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Skanday Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha yes, he does!
But I was thinking he looked more like Lex Luthor. XD
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Kyetai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL!!!!!
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KairaUzume Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Whoa awesome art I love your gallery.
This picture in particular make me remember of a phrase: "The power doesn't corrumpt,the power unmasks"
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Eternal-True-Spirit Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
That reminds me of Death Note - the main character has the power to rid the world of those who he thinks corrupt it (criminals) and by doing so, becomes evil himself...
He has lackeys and everything, one of whom is his "girlfriend" :)

Cool pic. :D
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aninmeX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
AMAZING!
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Sora-Hime2013 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Aang remindsme of a Jedi, dont ask why he just does. lol great job! :)
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Skanday Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Could be the robe. xD
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Marikunin Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I think someone actually wrote a fic based on this pic...I have no idea where on fanfiction.net it is though, lol!
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Moonstone1820 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Brilliant art and a brilliant idea
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ihopeth Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
i love the idea behind it all! very original :]
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Alanialove Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I REALLY love this! It looks like a comic cover, and oh lordy I would read that comic, oh yes I would. (Or a fanfic based off this art, I'd read that too.)
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