is this why the show was taken off nick?
So this is what air benders can do. Sucking the air out of people’s lungs. Just as cool as lightening bending if you ask me
No I don’t think you guys understand this is frightening
Airbenders are pretty much the most powerful benders. A firebender has to create fire. A waterbender is most powerful on the open seas as much as an earthbender is on land. But air is literally everywhere.
The Air Nomads weren’t dangerous because they chose not to be.
you’vE GONE TOO DEEP
Hey, HOLD UP.
While I agree that Airbenders do have a lot of power at their exposure, they aren’t the only ones.
Waterbenders can bend any type of fluid containing water, even blood inside the human body! That’s pretty fucking metal.
They can also take the water vapor out of the air, use their own sweat or even drain the water out of every living thing nearby.
Imagine that ^^ happening to a person..
Next we have fire, the element of destruction. Like Airbenders, they can use the air around them, and transfer it into energy. Firebenders can bend or generate anything fire/ heat related. That means lightning, flames, or extreme heat that has the potential to shape its environment (such as melt molten rock and metal.) Even fire breath!
Next we have Earth. Earthbenders can bend anything related or comprised of Earth, such as metal, rock, dirt, sand, etc. EVEN LAVA. Anything mineral related? You got it. Admittedly, minerals- although extremely easy to come by, are not as present as water or air. But there sure is enough to make use of, and we can’t say Earthbenders aren’t powerful!
This guy just stopped a volcano.
Not only are they powerful, but they are also graceful.
And I mean look at this! Avatar Kyoshi Earthbends a freaking continent in HALF!
In conclusion, fear all benders.
I concur. All benders are potentially complete badasses.
That said, here’s something interesting to think about: Coal is carbon, and in canon, it is also entirely susceptible to earthbending. Remember that life, generally, is carbon-based. Purely in theory, it’s possible that with an empowering event similar to the full moon or Sozin’s comet - or even simply raw earthbending skill - it may be possible for earthbenders to bend flesh. The creators just haven’t quite explored that possibility yet.
Also, water and firebenders can theoretically kill someone by shifting their body temperature toward one extreme or the other. If you can heat tea with bending, you can heat a living organism. It wouldn’t even take much; remember, even a shift in internal temperature of a single degree can do terrible things to homeostasis.
Yeah. Any sort of bender could kill people dead in an amusing variety of ways. And in a smaller variety of less interesting but no less thorough ways. Boiling someone’s blood with firebending is cute, but just incinerating them with… you know, fire, is probably more efficient. Likewise, while sucking the air from someone’s lungs is cool, smashing them into a wall with tornado-force wind is probably the more practical option. Bloodbending is maybe the exception, as it’s rather uniquely more or less unstoppable. (You *can* fight without air… especially if you’re a martial artist type… at least for a little while)
On the other hand, ‘a guy with a sword’ can kill you quite thoroughly as well. You don’t actually get points for style in battle.
lt’s just that it’s not the kind of show that does that sort of thing. It’s very… bloodless and harmless combat, generally. Which… given it’s a kid’s show, makes a lot of sense. This is also, I guess, why the arguably impractical techniques show up as the super-dangerous ones - because the more basic but practical techniques are used *constantly*, and switching between their usual harmlessness to more realistic dangerousness would confuse the tone.
As for Earthbending people… that bit relies on the presumption that they’re bending the carbon in the coal as opposed to the mineral impurities (vis a vis metalbending) and also that carbon is a thing. Which it may not be: personally, I suspect that the four elements are, in fact, the only elements, and the universe operates on a more Platonic logic… which, admittedly, still ultimately leads to bending people, as per said logic all living beings are composed of all four elements.
I suspect the universe is platonic simply because, otherwise, quite aside from the fact that it’s less ‘elements’ than ‘a compound, a reaction, a solution, and… ???’, the boundaries don’t make much sense. Why can firebenders manipulate both fire and lightning, something completely different. What the heck qualifies as ‘earth’? For that matter, can airbenders bend, say, nitrogen? Hydrogen? Halon gas? Vaporized iron? So… I generally just go with the concept that the four elements, are, in fact, the basics of matter…
…but while we’re using real-world chemistry, consider… the human body (and all life, as far as I know) derives its energy from various oxidation processes, whether the oxidizer is molecular oxygen itself or some similar chemical (say, nitrate or carbon dioxide). No oxidation, no metabolism. No metabolism, no life. Now. What is combustion? Well… it’s a self-sustaining oxidation reaction, chemically indistinguishable from the metabolic processes that drive the human body…