Zuko, please, my love, listen to me. Everything I've done, I've done to protect you. Remember this, Zuko. No matter how things may seem to change, never forget who you are.
~ Ursa
No...I love you, Azula, I do.
~ A hallucination of Ursa trying to reason with Azula

Ursa (also temporarily known as Noriko) was the supporting minor character in Avatar: The Last Airbender, making her debut in Zuko Alone, where she is in a flashback telling Zuko to remember his identity.. She was the wife of Ozai and later Ikem, mother of Zuko, Azula, and Kiyi, daughter of Jinzuk and Rina, and granddaughter of Avatar Roku and Ta Min. She was a kind, caring, and loving mother to her children, though Azula believed she favored Zuko over her.

Prior to the series, she grew up in the Fire Nation village of Hira'a until she, as a descendant of Roku, was forced by Fire Lord Azulon to marry Ozai in order to fulfill a prophecy that would bring great power to Azulon's lineage. When she learned years later that the Fire Lord had ordered her husband to murder Zuko and that he was going to go through with it, she ensured her son's life was spared, but was subsequently banished from the Fire Nation Capital for treason.

Ursa returned to her home town, where she rekindled her relationship with her boyfriend, Ikem. In order to lead a normal life again, she requested that the Mother of Faces grant her an entirely new face and identity while also wiping all of her memories relating to her life with Ozai as a Fire Nation princess. As Noriko, she had another daughter, Kiyi, though after her two elder children tracked her down, she encountered the Mother of Faces again and decided to have the spirit restore her old face and memories.

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  • Because Ursa only appeared in flashbacks, dreams and hallucinations in the series, she was presumed to be dead. However, in the comic books, she was ultimately revealed to be still alive, and not only that she met Zuko and Azula, but she was also revealed to have a daughter named Kiyi from her second husband, Ikem. Moreover, her backstory was also revealed, as well as what happened to her after she was banished.
  • Her name means "little female bear" in Latin.

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