Ok, wow. Good lord, Azula is just sad. I mean, whoa! I knew she was messed up, but for the love of pete!
Sorry, I just saw the final episode/s, where I realize that Azula realy is just like Zuko, except with a definite Daddy complex instead of a Mommy complex. She’s running around trying her damndest to be a supervillain, stereotyped to the max. (And the lok on her face when she thought for a moment that Daddy didn’t love her - ouch!)
So, what do you think? Was her paranoia straight-up or more of a symptomatic breakdown of the personality she’d built up. That is, having in one way achieved her goal of being Daddy’s little girl, she had nowhere to go. Certainly Mai and Ty Lee’s presence helped keep her sane: she was obviously on the edge the whole series in retrospect. She can’t even accept the idea that somebody might actual like her (and the thought of being loved drove her into a full-blown breakdown).
I still stand by my statement that Ozai is so evil he drives his own children mad. I mean, she starts having actual full-blown halucinations. Actually, I think her firebending is powered by her own self-hating rage. Combining the two, I would guess that Ozai was manipulating his own children for fun and profit from a very early age. Of course, it could be that the previous Firelord (Sozen’s offspring) was the home-wrecking psycho. This also fits, given that at least Ozai was not all down with killing his offspring.
I also vote that Momo is in fact the secret manipultor of the entire series, who is actually guiding events to a proper conclusion.