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The post below do contain quotations from the third episode, so if you do not want to be spoiled, I suggest not reading further.
There seems to be some sort of disagreement with whether or not Amon was energybending during "The Revelation". I see that the main argument against it was that it was "not confirmed" and, on a more analytic sense, that Amon's use did not trigger the revelation of life energy in the form of a color beam.
Now, Amon clearly states himself that his ability was bestowed upon him by the spirits, and his form of use is similar in ways to how both Aang and the lion turtle used it.
Here is what Amon says with regards to his "revelation" methods:
"Since the beginning of time, the spirits have acted as guardians of our world, and they have spoken to me. They say the Avatar has failed humanity. That is why the spirits have chosen me to usher a new era of balance. They have granted me a power that will make equality a reality. The power to take a person's bending away— permanently."
Later, when Korra recounts to Tenzin what she witnessed, they have this exchange:
"He can take people's bending away— for good!"
"That's... that's impossible. Only the Avatar has ever possessed that ability."
- This is pointless. Did they say Amon was energybending? It is not confirmed. If this info stays, I can truly say that Bolin is a metalbender.--Omar067 (wall • contribs) 17:18, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
- (Edit conflict) I currently stand in support that Amon is an energybender. Right now, there is no other known move that can take one's bending away permanently. Also, what else could the spirits grant him if he wasn't a natural-born bender. On another note, it should be added that the lion turtle stated that people bent their own energies before the Avatar's time, suggesting the ability may not be limited to the Avatar alone (Something I picked up off Tumblr). All this said, I err on Amon being an energybender. KataraFanboy Send me a messenger hawk 17:20, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
You don't know what Amon was doing. Until it is confirmed that Amon was energybending, I won't stop editing Amon's profile page and the Energybending page.--Omar067 (wall • contribs) 17:26, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
When has Bolin ever showed any earthbending remotely similar in nature to metalbending? What possible canonical evidence is there that would prompt any viewer to come to that conclusion? In Amon's case you have three characters attesting his ability. They describe it exactly as energybending was described and the move itself is employed in a near-identical fashion. I don't see the reason why it wouldn't be energybending.
And how can you sit there and blame admins and rollbacks for oppressing you by reverting your edits and what not when you are disregarding a community forum by calling it "pointless"? You won't even be open to discussion of any nature, you just want to have your way with no reason or consideration. What an appalling attitude. Water Spout 17:29, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
I'll say it again, it is not confirmed. You guys don't know what he was doing. Saying he was energybending is just like me saying he was chi blocking. We all don't know the exact answer. And yes, you are oppressing me because you think I'm wrong, so you'll revert my edits just because you can. I tried to handle this situation in a peaceful way by fussing PSU's page but he stopped responding because I was right.--Omar067 (wall • contribs) 17:34, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
- I didn't say you were right at all. I had to step away and saw that a full-on edit war had broken out. Omar, you're not going to get anywhere if you don't stop with this "oppression" stuff. This is not the place for it. KataraFanboy Send me a messenger hawk 17:38, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
But it is true, and when did I say Admins were oppressing me on this forum. I only brought up the word oppressing because water sprout said it in the comment above. --Omar067 (wall • contribs) 17:40, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
I believe we should not list Amon as an energybender -- it was previously confirmed that only the Avatar could energybend, and it is said that only those with the purest intentions could do it successfully. It is possible that the new series may contradict previous confirmations, but the bottom line is that as long as there is a distinct possibility that what Amon did was not energybending, but some advanced chi-blocking or other unique act, we should side with previous confirmed information and avoid speculation. Though Amon states things that strongly hint towards energybending, he's not a character whose word I would take for it. Simply put, we do not know yet. Uiop60 19:25, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
- Based on what we've seen thus far, the facts are split – some point to Amon being an energybender, and some point elsewhere. Even if we're 99% sure he was energybending, we have no concrete confirmation that he was in fact doing so. For this reason, I have to advise that we wait until we get official, 100% confirmation of what technique he was utilizing before we go putting it into articles. Just my 2 yuans ^^. Annawantimes (Talk) 20:48, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
As long as it's not out-right stated he's energybending, the wording in relevant articles can be changed in ways that suggest he's using energybending, such "claiming", "appears to". Similar to the wording in the trivia point in "The Revelation". Omnibender - Talk - Contributions 21:03, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
I actually talk about this in my latest blog post (which is slowly becoming my staple quote here).Take note of where Aang and the Lionturtle place their hands/fingers. Then take note of what Amon did. It is different. I surmise it is not bending the spirit - but the persons chi. For more of my thoughts you know where to go. I"Maxiumus"d (wall • contribs) 23:52, April 21, 2012 (UTC)
There was never any concrete proof that Amon was chi-blocking. He could have been lying to gain favor when he said the spirits taught him how to do what he did. Also, when Tenzin said "Only the Avatar has ever possessed that ability", he wasn't necessarily referring to energybending, just the ability to take away bending. Though some evidence may indicate energybending, it could also be something else. I agree with Annawantimes, until it is confirmed how Amon takes away bending no speculations, however likely they may be, should be added to the Amon or Energybending page. Necterine411 (talk) Somebody tripped...a Vandal! Twice! 01:27, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
Quite frankly, as far as editing the pages goes, the fact that there is a discussion at all is reason enough to not change the pages. Unless we have concrete proof, i.e. the words "Amon is an Energybender" or something similar are said, no edits should be made. As far as speculation goes, I think that Amon is either an Energybender, due to the usual predictability of the series, OR Amon is NOT an Energybender and Bryke intended for this debate to arise and throw us off when we discover he is actually Chi-Blocking, or something similar. MibuWolf 02:22, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
I feel as if we should just wait a few more episodes before deciding anything. Energybending is something extremely difficult to achieve and there is usually some type of glowing light effect when energybending. I say we wait.02:23, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
Would it be fair to add a section in the Energybending page named "The Revelation" (since that is the name of the meeting where Amon removes bending from captured benders) or something of the sort? We can comment on how Amon's method of removing bending is similar in nature to Energybending, but refrain from saying that it is in fact energybending unless we get further evidence. Right now, all I really want to accomplish is to document his use of some unknown force that allowed him to do something out of the ordinary, and since that in itself doesn't warrant its own page, I think the energybending page is a sufficient host (a form of energybending or not, Amon's method does accomplish what energybending is supposed to). Water Spout 02:26, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
- I think the closest we should do is mention that he took away his bending on the Amon page. That way, somewhere on the wiki it will state that he used an "Energybending-like technique" (wording idea) to take away bending, but doesn't specifically lean one way or the other (though still mentions its similarity to Energybending.) MibuWolf 02:29, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
- Guys; we see plenty of devices that make things possible for non-benders as well now. Look at those lightning rods; he's not a firebender, but with the right setup he could fake others to think he was one. I think we're jumping the gun by claiming Amon is an energybender right off the bat. We have no idea if the "speech" Amon gave about spirits was just a farce to guide the masses into his belief - that's often what one days at such rallies, have big tales to sound more epic and inspire an audience. I say the article should not host that he is an energybender until we know that he is truly using that, and not a device. Otherwise we are simply hosting speculation on a canonical article.
- And so far; I agree with Mibu that the information should exist solely on Amon's page (and the episode's page), until we know more information. As for the energybending article; if it is to be listed there, it can be placed under 'trivia' in my opinion, but regards that it is a move similar to energybending like Spout suggested; not calling it that directly. Vulmen (talk • EoK) 02:42, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
Maybe it could be EnergyBending beacuse Amon does mention that his face was stolen or burned. Maybe he made a deal with the face stealing spirit who taught him how to energybend and what the spirit wants him to do with it, in exchange for keeping is face. Maybe the Face Stealing Spirit only burnt his face until he finishes his task. Maybe because the Lion-Turtle is a spirit, like the face stealer, they both pocess the power of energybending. I dont know just throwing some ideas out their.
- To be honest, I'm a little fuzzy on this one. The process of Amon taking away another's bending was vastly different from the way Aang stripped Ozai of his firebending by using energybending, so that calls into question, was he truly energybending or is there a new method in taking away one's bending power? I think for right now, it's too early for us to determine whether he was truly energybending - and he never directly stated it was energybending he was utilizing, just that he had the power to take away bending abilities, which implies that it could have been a different technique entirely. So for now, until we have further evidence, let's just play it safe and keep him off the list of energybenders. Plus, it would be a little ironic that he opposes bending yet uses energybending to support his cause - don't know if that's relevant, just a little odd. The Ultimate Waterbender 12:39, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
I do not believe that we should consider Amon an energybender until further proof. The episode ended with the half-mystery of how Amon acquired the power to take bending away, which also means that it is unknown what type of power he is using. Let us wait and see. Matey Y. (wall • A:TLoM) 14:47, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
Amon is a energybender. It doesn't matter what we fans think or believe. Amon took away bending the only other person known to do that is Aang and that is considered energybending. Therefore he should be listed as one. Their is no rule saying that when people energybend they always have to have that whole light show thing going on. Perhaps he perfected it over time. It is called progress the same way it is now common for Firebenders to bend lighting and do so without the whole circular movements and how their is a whole police force of metalbenders. Abilities change and adapt overtime as already proven in the show itself. Therefore Amon should be listed as a energybender. Wikian13000 (wall • contribs) 14:59, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
I'll be preparing a blog soon discussing the different theories surrounding his supposed power, but until then, I'm stating my opinion that he's not an energybender at this point, not without vindicative proof. Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem 15:10, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
Hello, wikians... here is a list of why and why not, he is an Energybender.
- Support — He took someones bending.
- Oppose — No light show.
- Support — Zolt's quote.
- Oppose — Only Aang ever Energy bended.
- Support — the lion said others have energy bended
- Support — Tenzin's reference to Aang.
It's hard to believe, but I think he's an energy bender. E blurbis unim 14:36, April 22, 2012
@KK: We usually try not to use support/oppose for anything but voting.
@Everyone: What I have to say about KK's theory:
- Yes, he took someone's bending away, but it was never proven how. This could be left neutral.
- The light is not a neccesary factor. We all know that in animation some things change as the show progresses. Still, it is a factor, but since it is not the most important, let it be neutral.
- Zolt's quote may be a trick to show that it was energybending (seeing that Ozai said the same thing), but it just may be a normal reaction. I would believe this to be neutral as well.
- It is actually confirmed that only the Avatar (I am only counting the human race right now) can energybend. That is a strike against the theory.
- The lion turtle meant other turtles, etc. Strike against since we have never seen any other humans energybend.
- Tenzin referenced the Avatar (Aang, being the only Avatar known to have used the technique) indeed, but he also mentioned that it is unknown how Amon acquired his power, which makes me believe that it could be a different technique. (For a crazy version of how Amon could have earned the knowledge: Maybe he asked Ozai, the only living person to have experienced it at the time.) And since we have no canon leads to anything, I count this one as a neutral.
- It may be energybending, but it may not. The key word here is "may". We don't have confirmation, so this discussion is moot. Since when do we make assertions on content pages based on inferences? "Amon can remove bending, therefore he must be an energybender." Until the specificities of his technique are fully understood, we cannot state he is an energybender on the remote change that we are wrong and thus will be providing our readers with false information. ― Thailog 19:41, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
- I don't support either side of this debate, but to answer Thailog's question of "Since when do we make assertions on content pages based on inferences?", we've done so on the page of the opening sequence, specifically under The Legend of Korra. We've gone about the idea that the Airbender in the opening is Aang because he follows Kyoshi and Roku and is directly before Korra, but this is still just a guess. We don't know that that person is Aang, just as we don't know whether or not Amon was energybending. This can be taken two ways; we can change Amon's article along with energybending's to say that Amon is an energybender based on the evidence that suggests he is, or we can keep them the way they are and, in that decision's stead, change the opening sequence's page, as well. --Krazykid51 20:42, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
- No. He hasn't been confirmed, and that's all I'll say. Not. Confirmed.Tee 20:44, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
I got it! Re watch the episode in the original w/ aang and the guru, where they go through Aangs chakras. The first few are the fire earth water, etc chakras and the gurur talks about chakras as either blocking or allowing the flow of energy in the body. Now, consider that both republic city and the avatar korra have lost/never had a good connection to the spirit world, whereas amon seems to have one, so heres my theory:
Amons story about his family is a lie, he GAVE his face to Koe (sp?) the facestealer in exchange for the spiritual knowledge of how to expand his chi blocking skills so that he can block or open chakras at will. So during the revelation he simply blocked the lightning thugs fire chakra, not technically taking his bending away forveer but knowing that a republic city bender, especially a thug, will probably never ever figure out the spiritual process by which he could reopen his chakras, thus not technically but de facto taking away his bending forever!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (wall • contribs) 2012-04-22T15:44:50
- Krazykid51, that's apples and oranges. You failed to mention that the opening sequence page has a note stating that Aang's inclusion is based on the Avatar pattern. I added it myself, precisely because we don't cater conjecture gratuitously. The biggest different between Aang and Amon, is that Aang's bit of information is irrelevant for the overall plot of the show, while Amon's ability to energybend, or not, is a major plot point. Also, unlike Aang's identification as the bender in the opening may very well never be confirmed (unless the creators state it in interviews or audio commentaries), whereas the deal with Amon's "bending" will certainly be clarified in-universe. Why jump the gun and assume it's something, while it may be something else? What's the rush? Can't we just wait? ― Thailog 21:30, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
I mentioned earlier that I was preparing a blog comprising of three theories on the matter earlier in this forum. Now, here it is. Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem 21:38, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
- This is a War Room thread, not an advertisement forum for personal blogs. Lady Lostris (talk • HotN) 21:40, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
- True, but rather than voice my opinions on this nasty forum page, I put them on my blog. In short, to satisfy writing requirements for forums, I believe that Amon either is an energybender, using a greater degree of chi-blocking, or enforcing psychological blocks on victims to prevent bending from occurring. Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem 21:43, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
I think Amon should be categorized as an energybender; that's the only technique known to take bending away permanently. Under his "abilities" section, the differences between Aang's energybending and Amon's "energybending" should be pointed out. Tophvision (wall • contribs) 23:43, April 22, 2012 (UTC)
Amon is obviously not an energybender. He stated in The Relevation that he was a non-bender and was from a small family of non-benders. Therefore energybending = bending, and non-bender ≠ energybender. He may have taken someone's bending away, but not with energybending. As previously mentioned by others, there was no light, which I believe is a pretty important aspect to the process of energybending. Think back to Sozin's Comet and rewatch the scene with the enormous beacon of blue light as well as the dramatic music. And there is one more thing that doesn't add up: When Aang used energybending, he placed his hands on Ozai's forehead and heart. When Amon was "allegedly" energybending, his hands were on Zolt's forehead and on the back of the neck. Something out of place. Until Amon says the word "energybending," we can safely assume he is not an energybender.
Hm... I don't see your point, Thailog. While I understand fully that the airbender's identity is far less important than Amon's bending ability, the information is still speculation. You're apparently worried about supplying the wiki with information that has even the slightest possibility of being false. It's like what would happen if someone were to edit the opening sequence page to say that the airbender in the original series' opening was a young adult Gyatso. We keep the article as it currently is because we have no clue what Gyatso looks like in his twenties or thirties; in the same way, we have no idea what Aang looks like in his young adulthood. And to counter the people who will say that the Gyatso idea was just baseless speculation, one might also say that because it is the most likely possibility that Gyatso is the man in the first opening, we could add it, just as one could say that because Aang is the most likely possibility for the second opening, we can keep it on the article. Speculation is speculation and shouldn't be hosted on any article, regardless of its impact on the plot. --Krazykid51 01:40, April 23, 2012 (UTC)
I'd say we just leave it empty until it is revealed in the show. It appears to be Energybending, but I believe we'll know for sure as soon as we know more about Amon. We could just put in "Energybending (possibly)" next to Chi Blocking under his fighting styles category. It is too early to tell for sure, unless we get word from the writers of The Legend of Korra. Not knowing if he truly is an Energybender is one of the captivating mysteries of Amon. --DivineElement (wall • contribs) 02:18, April 23, 2012 (UTC)
- Krazykid51, I don't see your point either. Gyatso is not identified as the bender. That would be a wild assumption. Aang's identity is an educated guess. Stating that Amon is an energybender is an assumption too. If there was glowing lights all around like when Aang be-bended Ozai, that we could make an educated guess and say it was energybending, even if it wasn't verbally stated. But I wouldn't oppose to changing Aang's note to "Unknown bender" and state on the note that it is most likely Aang because of the pattern. ― Thailog 11:53, April 23, 2012 (UTC)
At the moment, Amon, and his ability, is merely plot; conjecture at episode thee is probably a futile endeavor until future episodes further the collective knowledge of the fanbase i.e. us. I would like to point out that the episode alludes heavily to Amon's ability and Aang's ability to remove bending as being, at least, kindred in nature as they are juxtaposed in both story's narratives with striking similarities: Aang received his knowledge through a Lion Turtle, an ancient spiritual being, while Amon claimed his came from the spirits. Furthermore, I'll split another thin hair here by pointing out that both of these bending removal techniques require a subdued opponent and a hand to the forehead. The writing staff wants us to believe it's Aang's ability and are purposely attacking one of their rules to do it! Likely, there is a different explanation for Amon's ability, we just don't know yet what we, the viewer is actually being presented. I would like to extend an olive branch to settle the debate peacfully here: Aang the Avatar can Energybend, Amon "Energybends" until revealed otherwise.--DarlingDio (wall • contribs) 16:45, April 23, 2012 (UTC)
I'll throw in my two cents - I see the chances of Amon capable of energybending at about 50/50, as any point raised either in favor of or opposed to Amon being an energybender can easily be countered.
- Point: Amon taking away Zolt's firebending was not accompanied by the red/blue light show that came with Aang taking away Ozai's. Counter-Point: Neither Sokka nor Suki mentioned the light show, so it's possible the lights could either only be seen by parties involved or was just an artistic choice.
- Point: Aang was only able to learn energybending after he encountered the lion turtle. Counter-Point: Amon could have been telling the truth about his encounter with the spirits.
- Point: Amon says the spirits gave him this ability, which is in line with how Aang acquired it. Counter-Point: Why would denizens would give this ability to a regular person at this point instead of to someone during the 100 Year War?
- Point: Energybending is an incredibly powerful form of bending that only the Avatar is capable of learning. Counter-Point: In that case, the Avatar is just as powerful as if not weaker than the original benders.
Personally, I don't believe Amon is an energybender. I'll argue you all day about it (just check the last episode's review on The AV Club, I have the same username and profile pic). But we honestly don't know enough about energybending to easily reject or affirm the notion that Amon is capable of it. Until we get further information about what energybending actually is, the wiki should remain neutral about Amon being an energybender. The articles should just say that Amon can take away people's bending while still acknowledging the possibility that he is or is not an energybender.LoveWaffle (wall • contribs) 21:23, April 23, 2012 (UTC)
another thing to add... its unlikely amon talked to spirits. whether hes lying or not. the avatar is a spirit himself, the bridge between the two worlds. the spirits would have talked to the avatar, or interacted with him or her directly. as koh did. Also, "the avatar failed humanity" is wrong. he just saved it, recently too. -rydersilver
also i believe i found a huge plot hole considering that the lion turtle used energybending WITHOUT THE LIGHTS. -Rydersilver
- Does it help to speed up the discussion if I point out that Amon planned for Korra to show at the Revelation by conspiring with Lightning Bolt Zolt and his Triple Threat Triad to capture Bolin?
- — Hasdi Bravo • 01:26, April 24, 2012 (UTC)
- Yes, because competing on the same 3-man professional sports team with him and his brother is NO indication that they know each other. LoveWaffle (wall • contribs) 02:11, April 24, 2012 (UTC)
I would wait until something is confirmed to post anything in Amon's article about him being an energybender. It's better to wait for the real answer than to guess.-Appa Rocks 01:54, April 24, 2012 (UTC)
How about instead of saying he is or isn't an energybender, take the middle ground, "Amon's ability to permanently remove a bender's bending ability sharply resembles Avatar Aang's ability to do the same using energybending. Therefore, Amon may or may not be an energybender." –PatPeter 20:49, April 24, 2012 (UTC)
- Just keep it simple, e.g., "Amon seems to have the ability to permanently remove bending ability, as Aang has done to Ozai." Also, not tyring to muck the discussion further but I do think we should rework Energybending page as Bending removal page, which is momore accurate and descriptive. Bending "the energy within ourselves" really refers to manipulating chakras, but to remove bending requires Aang "to bend another's energy". My 2 cents. — Hasdi Bravo • 14:12, April 25, 2012 (UTC)
i agreed that "Amon seems to have the ability to permanently remove bending ability" seems to be the best wording until more is confirmed. However about energybending itself, it's risky to rename it bending removal, because in theory Energybending could be used to give someone ability to bend. Note how they used energybending before element bending, what would they need to remove if noone could bend elements in the first place? Zimmah (wall • contribs) 02:09, April 29, 2012 (UTC)
just dont write anything until its confirmed. dont even mention energybending. just say that he can take bendong away. how this is carried out is yet to be seen. also wether this condition is temporary or permanant is also to be seen.Kaidynamite (wall • contribs) 14:59, April 25, 2012 (UTC)
- That's what I am thinking. Aang removed Ozai's firebending by bending "another's energy". Assuming that Amon did remove bending, he apparently did not use the same method as Aang. Amon's method may not have identical effects. — Hasdi Bravo • 15:21, April 25, 2012 (UTC)
Amon's parents (off-topic)
I think that Amon is Sokka and Suki's son, and here is why. First of all, Sokka and Suki were both examples of people who were non-benders but could keep up with benders using their own talents. Now I know what you are thinking, "why would their son turn out to be a bad person? They wouldnt raise him like that." My guess is that in some way or another, Amon heard about Sokka and his "jealousy" of benders (as seen in the episode "Sokka's Master" from ATLA), and began to think about it himself. While at school or away from his parents on his own he might have encountered benders who were bullies or who were favored just because they were benders. Anything could have caused Amon to resent benders despite what his parents told him. Also, I know Sokka had nothing against benders, but he might have mentioned it once and Amon just misinterpreted. Then, as he was starting to gain more and more hatred toward benders, Sokka and Suki could have been killed by a firebender (they were old and it could have been a powerful firebender). < This is only if you believe Amon's story.
Another thing that supports my idea is his chi-blocking. Now i know that chi-blocking was an ancient art that many people practiced, but with my theory there could have been a direct link to Amon. After the war, it was said that Ty Lee joined the Kyoshi warriors and taught them chi-blocking. This would have provided Suki with the skill and she might have passed it on to Amon at some point. As I said earlier, I know this doesn’t mean much because he could have learned it from anyone, but it would make the plot more interesting and easier to understand. It would be a little random if Amon somehow learned chi-blocking and decided to hate benders.
The last thing I think wraps this all up is as follows. Every main character in the gAang in ATLA has a biological legacy in Korra: Toph-Lin Beifong, Aang-Tenzin and Korra (spiritually), Katara-Tenzin (she is also still alive), Zuko-himself (it was announced that he was still alive) and his unidentified daughter, so the only person left is Sokka (and if you consider Suki part of the gAang then her as well), so it would make sense that Amon would be that person. This is also supported by the fact that Sokka and Suki were a very fan-anticipated couple, so it makes sense that they would have a son and that he would be a fairly important character in Legend of Korra. As for his energybending, no. Only the Avatar can energybend. He is most likely chi-blocking.
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- We aren't talking about Amon's parents here, we're talking about whether Amon is an energybender or not. – 05:29, April 25, 2012 (UTC)
Actually if I remember correctly the term energybending was never once used in the show (I could be wrong though) and besides that whose to say that the term is even known in the legend of korra. I don't think he stated that he was an energybender maybe because he didn't know it as that (for example you grew up calling bananas nanners if you said that term to someone else they might know it as something different or not know what you are talking about at all.) So I think he didn't use the term energybending because he might not know it as that he might only know it as the ability to take away bending given by spirits or gods if you will. I wonder if him energybending is a farce in other words he can take it but then it comes back after a while or something it would explain how if he does take korras bending how the series could still continue probably because she gets her bending back or whatever. I Am mainly just theorizing but I have yet to see this argument on this page and it is a valid argument so yeah.
My argument in support of energybending: I've been arguing back and forth with someone in the comments here. It's the long wall of text in the comments section. I broke down the scene in question and analyzed it. My argument is as follows:
1) Amon's technique strongly resembles Aang's in the targeting of the forehead chakra, the reaction of the victim during the technique, and the victim's condition afterwards (weak, drooling on the ground, unable to stand). Also, the technique bears no resemblence to chi-blocking at all.
2) The way the lightning slowly degenerated into fire, then burned itself out implies that Zolt's chi was being drained or slowly stopped or something like that. Theoretically, such an effect is possible with energybending. Chi-blocking has never been shown to be able to do anything resembling this and works by immediately stopping the flow of chi. In all other instances of chi-blocking, bending stopped immediately after being attacked. Amon's technique is not an attack and does not target the pressure points. He targets the chakra points (forehead and base of spine) where we know large amounts of chi are gathered. It is possible energybending works by bending the energy through the chakra points (which explains why Amon uses the base of the spine instead of the heart).
3) Amon's story, while it could be a lie, would best explain how he learned energybending. We know the spirits are ancient, so they would have knowledge of it. We know they can impart that knowledge, as the lion turtle did to Aang. The lion turtle also implied that energybending was performed by everyone, not just lion turtles. In any case, it is likely that part of Amon's story is true because the explanation fits.
4) Aang's technique was never actually called energybending. He only said "I took his bending away." That wording appears again in Korra. Both Amon and Korra use the same wording to describe the technique.
5) Tenzin's reaction to the news suggests he knows about it. He hesitates and his eyes look away. That alone says nothing, but then he says "Only the Avatar has ever possessed that ability." Even so, he still believes Korra's story immediately without a fight. All together, his reaction implies he may know something about it.
In terms of story writing, it makes the most sense. It was introduced once, never explained. This is an opportunity to finally expand upon it. Also, it makes for a very interesting conflict. But, to imply that it's energybending, then say it is something else, like chi-blocking, would be a bad move. In the first place, energybending is more dangerous than chi-blocking. Replacing one dangerous threat with a less dangerous one would be a bad way to end the conflict from a writer's perspective. If the technique was a permanent chi-block or anything just as permanent as energybending, then it's replacing one dangerous threat with another equally dangerous one and would serve no purpose other than to waste our time. Therefore, after heavily implying that he is energybending, the most likely explanation is that he is energybending. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (wall)