|"Save your stories for the Fire Lord. As far as I'm concerned, you're all guilty."|
|— Zhao about his loyalty to Ozai.|
Although we never saw Ozai and Zhao interact directly, their relationship was definitely positive. Zhao was very loyal to Ozai over everybody else and Ozai seemed to place great trust in Zhao. Despite Zhao's multiple failures in capturing Aang, he kept getting promoted. When the Fire Sages were arrested, he decided that they were all guilty and trusted Ozai in deciding who was guilty. Zhao was also the one to point that that if Ozai really loved Zuko, he would allow him to return to the Fire Nation. There was only one scene where the two were both present and they didn't even interact. Zhao was simply shown smiling as Ozai burned Zuko's face. This pairing has its popularity due to the fact that the two seemed to work well together. Also, Ozai and Ursa were divorced by the start of the series.
I do ship Zhaozai now though I've only started to ship it within the past year. I shipped Urzai in part one of The Search came out and it was revealed that Ursa never loved Ozai. For a while, I didn't ship Ozai with anybody and I had never shipped Zhao with anybody either. However, I later decided to crack ship them together. The only reason for this? Both of them are such jerks that they don't deserve anybody else but each other. Now I'm so hooked on this ship that I can't stop shipping these two jerk villains together.
- Both seem to work well together and have an undying loyalty to each other.
- Neither of them have shown hints of romantic attraction to each other.
- Zhao is dead/trapped in the Fog of Lost Souls, making this relationship impossible (unless Ozai eventually ended up there as well).
So what are your thoughts on Zhaozai? Please feel free to comment and thank you for reading this. While it is okay to compare other ships, please keep discussion centered around Zhaozai. Also, let me know what you would like to see next.