- This article is about the political position. For the episode with a similar name, see "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King". For the person who held this position, see Ozai.
Phoenix King was a title created by Fire Lord Ozai, who intended it to signify his supreme rule over the entire world once the Fire Nation had won the Hundred Year War. The title would also allow Azula to become Fire Lord and help lead the Fire Nation in his absence. It was only held by Ozai for two days, and after his defeat, the position of Phoenix King ceased to exist.
The phoenix (Ancient Greek: Φοῖνιξ, Φοίνικς or Φόενιξ /pʰojniks/), or benu, is a mythical sacred firebird which originated in many ancient mythologies, including Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Arabian, Indian, Persian, Roman, and Chinese among others. It is a beautiful bird with a tail of beautiful gold and red plumage (or purple and blue, by some sources). It has a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of myrrh twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again.
In Chinese mythology, the phoenix, also known as fenghuang, is one of the four Sacred Creatures (the other three being the dragon, the tiger and the turtle). An androgynous creature, it was also associated with Yin (symbol of femininity, the moon, the earth), as opposed to the dragon, which represented Yang (masculinity, the sun, the sky). In ancient mythologies, however, the Feng was male, whereas the Huang was female, thus not necessarily marking the bird as feminine. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self. It is also associated with fire, justice, obedience, fidelity, and the sun.
In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of its old self in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (sun city in Greek). The bird was also said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible — it is also said that it can heal a person with a tear from its eyes and make them temporarily immune to death. The phoenix is a symbol of fire and divinity. Ozai stated himself that when he would no longer be the Fire Lord, he would be reborn as the Phoenix King, the Supreme Ruler of the world, through the fires he would set in the Earth Kingdom.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King". Michael Dante DiMartino (writer) & Ethan Spaulding (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. July 19, 2008. No. 18, Book Three: Fire
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang". Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko (writers) & Joaquim Dos Santos (director). Avatar: The Last Airbender. Nickelodeon. July 19, 2008. No. 21, Book Three: Fire