|"There are reasons each of us are born. We have to find those reasons. "|
— Iroh to Princess Yue in The Last Airbender.
|Played by||Shaun Toub|
Iroh is a master firebender, a force to be reckoned with, his skills are emphasized when he becomes the only firebender in the film who can create his own fire, unlike the other firebenders in the film who require a source such as a torch or lamp. He is also able to "redirect fire".
Rather than a carefree and comic-relief character, Iroh's character in the movie was modeled as gentle, kind, wise, and a spiritual person. This makes him immediately likable to both Aang and Princess Yue. Though brief a scene, the Avatar test on his nephew's ship established that Aang consider Iroh as a trustworthy and a good person, and understood that Iroh regretted having to detain Aang after he passed the test, i.e. "If Iroh is a good guy, then maybe Zuko isn't so bad." In the original animated series, Aang did not had this first impression with Iroh - he only saw Zuko pass his staff to Iroh, which Iroh later passed to the nearest guard for his convenience.
Iroh still retained his role as mentor to the afflicted Zuko. While he did not engage in any combat in the movie, he demonstrated great skill in firebending and great respect for the spirits. While not necessarily a pacifist, he would defend himself and his nephew when Zhao attacked Zuko from behind, who walked away from a fight with Zhao after Iroh advised Zuko that fighting Zhao would lead Zuko being captured instead.
- Iroh's name in the film is pronounced "EE-ROH" instead of "EYE-ROH" as it is pronounced in the Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- While he was portrayed as a short, overweight, elderly man in the show, Iroh is a tall, thin, middle-aged man in the movie.
- Iroh's hairstyle resembled dreadlocks, a strike contrast to the other Fire Nation characters in the movie who have short hair. In the series, all the male Fire Nation characters wore top-knots, including Iroh.
- He is the only firebender in the film who is able to create fire from his own chi, also known as "chi fire".