|"The years apart only made my love for you stronger. And deep down I knew you would find a way to get me out. Just like you saved me from becoming that warlord's killing machine when I was a girl. You've shown me what true freedom means."|
|— P'Li to Zaheer|
While this ship is definitely canon and long-term, we didn't get to see much development of it because they were already together by the start of the series. Still, it has quite amount of popularity and for a reason. It is canon. But it is one of the only versions of "evil love" or at least "villain love" in the Avatar universe. It showed that situations were not black and white for the Red Lotus at least since Zaheer and P'Li were definitely in love. Their love was selfless and they lived for each other. P'Li coming to a tragic end allowed Zaheer to fly but his love for her is still there.
What can I say? Of course I like this ship. I hate Zaheer and the Red Lotus for what they did to Korra but I at least know that they aren't entirely evil and that they are capable of love. Zaheer and P'Li definitely have the strongest bond out of any member of the Red Lotus that we've seen. After all, they were apart for thirteen years yet still harbored the same feelings for each other. As a person with a degree in psychology, I can say that "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is not true and that proximity is usually required for this kind of relationship to be maintained. This is actually the case for both romance and friendships. If two people spend a long amount of time away from each other, they will naturally grow apart. So the fact that their love lasted thirteen years of being apart is no small feet. Granted, they were just sitting around in prison all day and didn't have much else to do.
- Zaheer and P'Li have had a great amount of admiration for each other for a long amount of time.
- Their bond was so strong that their feelings remained after being apart for thirteen years.
- P'Li is now dead while Zaheer is still alive and now alone. He's just spending the rest of days in prison...
So what are your thoughts on P'heer? Please feel free to comment and thank you for reading this. While it is okay to compare other ships, please try to keep discussion centered around P'heer. Feel free to let me know what you would like to see next.