Will probably be scrapped at a later date.
Anyway, drawn in honor of 'The Boiling Rock.' It was just a little doodle, but then it evolved.
My love for Azula has increased tenfold. She was her usual bitchy self, and yet when she got Ty Lee'd, the look on her face was just...and the way she said that line, "you're both fools!" She actually sounded hurt. I truly, honestly do believe that she cares for Mai and Ty Lee, but her mind's to warped to properly grasp things like compassion.
My opinion? There was some heavy psychological abuse from Ozai to his kids, though Azula would get most of it because she's his little prodigy. Notice how Zuko was always so desperate to please him? He had them freakin' brainwashed if you ask me. After some time, Ozai deemed Zuko as a lost cause, and focused on Azula, which is why Zuko isn't quite as messed-up as his sister. I wouldn't be surprised if Ozai frequently brought up the subject of Zuko's scarring and exile to Azula, as sort of a "that could be you if you ever dissapoint me" sort of thing. Like Zuko, I get the feeling Azula's main drive is pleasing her daddy.
What it comes down to is that, I believe, Azula wants to be loved. Ozai possibly starved her of his love as a controlling mechanism, until she would do anything for his praise. In 'The Beach', her line about how Ursa thought she was a monster...I don't know, but her whole "it was true though" line seemed...hastily added on. Like, "oh shit, I'm being deep, forcing back into not giving a damn." She was affected by that, possibly resents Ursa for not helping her away from Ozai's control, like she helped Zuko. In the teaser trailer, when she whips around and throws the hairbrush at the mirror in which Ursa is reflected (I agree with the theory that it's a hallucination), she's crying.
And now, in 'The Boiling Rock,' when she confronts Mai, she's her usual bitchy self. It's only when Mai declares that she loved Zuko more than she fears Azula, does Azula freak out. The thought of someone "turning off" their love for her is her greatest fear. It makes her lose her composure; makes her mask slip.
I really do home Bryke show us some of her undeniable fragile side, at least once before the end...I mean, from the teaser we can already surmise that Azula's going to have a psychological break-down, so...