Avatar: Why Does Sozin Want To Kill All the Air Nomads & Conquer the World?

Avatar: Why Does Sozin Want to Kill All the Air Nomads & Conquer the World?

Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the popular Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series is finally here and we on Fiction Horizon are going to be covering the series, explaining all the changes from the original animated series, as well as some crucial story elements that you might be wondering about. The live-action series introduced Sozin before Aang, in the first scene from the first episode, which was a great change (in the animated series, he debuted in Season 3), and fans are wondering about his plan to conquer the world. In this article, we are going to reveal why Sozin wants to conquer the world and why he wants to kill all the Air Nomads.

  • Article Breakdown:
  • Fire Lord Sozin is the primary antagonist of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series. He is the powerful and ruthless ruler of the Fire Nation who wants to unite all the nations under his rule.
  • Sozin’s desire to become the ruler of the world was, seemingly, motivated by his narcissism and his jealousy of the Avatar’s powers, with him knowing that he would never be as strong as the Avatar.
  • Since the Air Nomads were the next in line to “give” an Avatar to the world, Sozin decided to wipe them all out simply because he did not know the identity of the Avatar at the time.

Sozin’s desire to conquer the world was a result of his narcissism

Fire Lord Sozin is a well-known figure in the lore of Avatar, as he is the series’ primary antagonist. His desire to conquer the world and kill Aang quickly turned him into a despised personality in the series. And while his story does have a well-written background, Sozin is still a villainous figure, and that cannot be denied. We are now going to explore the roots of his behavior.

Namely, Sozin was a powerful ruler and a powerful Firebender. And while the Fire Nation enjoyed the respect it deserved, Sozin wanted more. As Iroh theorized, Sozin was jealous of the Avatar’s powers. He knew that he would – regardless of how strong he became – never be as strong and as influential as the Avatar. This gave birth to a lot of negative feelings. Knowing that he would never become an Avatar himself, Sozin sought to expand his power using a different method – by forcefully uniting the Four Nations under his tyrannical rule.


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The Avatar of the time, Roku, was his close friend, and he was also from the Fire Nation. Sozin tried to get Roku to join him, but Roku refused, so later, when the opportunity presented itself, Sozin left Roku to die, knowing that the Avatar could not stop him anymore. Of course, a new Avatar would be born, but Sozin knew he had a lot of time before the new Avatar would unlock his full powers and abilities, so he began setting his plan in motion. He simply wanted to be the strongest and the best, with his narcissism clouding his judgment and his jealousy turning him into a monster.

The Air Nomads were a threat because of the Avatar

Now that we have cleared this, we need to explain how the Air Nomads are important for his plan. Namely, as you’ve seen, Sozin tricked everyone into believing that he would attack the Earth Kingdom first, thus giving him an opportunity to attack the Air Nomads. Why them? Well, the nation that gives the Avatar changes with each cycle, and this time, it was the Air Nomads’ turn to provide an Avatar and that was Aang.

Knowing that the Avatar was the only one who could stop him and foil his plans, Sozin wanted to eliminate the next Avatar before he came to power, which would allow him to conquer the Nations and unite them. The issue here was that no one outside of the Air Nomads’ nation knew that Aang was the next Avatar. Due to Aang’s age, the information has been kept secret and while his training was rushed when Sozin’s plans were revealed, Aang was still deemed too young for the role, which is why he had to be protected.

So, what was Sozin’s exact plan, seeing that he did not know about the identity of the next Avatar? Well, being as ruthless and evil as he was, he simply decided that he would kill all of the Air Nomads, thus making sure that he got the Avatar as well. He did not, luckily, kill Aang… but that doesn’t make things any better.

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