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  • Just a thought. Since Energybending can restore a persons damaged chi paths to restore ones bending, Could it modify said Chi Paths to make a Non Bender a Bender? If it is possible (and its never been attempted, at least as far as canon goes) then why doesn't the Avatar use it? If everyone is a bender then the Equalists would have no reason to complain about being oppressed by "those more powerful than them", and that issue would be solved. Its the Avatars duty to fight inequality and promote balance, so why not? In this new world, unless this issue or Benders abusing their powers and oppressing those weaker than them is resolved, then a group similar to the Equalists will arise again. But if everyone is a bender, to make everyone on an even playing field. Sort've Anti-Equalism. 

    But there are a few issues to consider. . . if it IS possible.

    How would the Equalists react to this? Would they accept Korras 'gift'? Would they reject it?

    Would Korra really be able to give bending to EVERYONE? Unlikely.

    Would Korra FORCE Non benders to be "Bended"?

    How would the politics change due to the bending population increasing tenfold? Not to mention the economy?

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    • Its possible, but not likely. If it was, I think Aang would have figured out how to buffer the airbending population from extinction a bit by now.

      If it is possible... things will get wierd fast. Some of those who think bending is an unfair advantage may in turn obtain bending to get to a percieved even ground with fellow benders. Maybe some benders would want to switch elements; for instance, a firebender may want to be a healer, and therefore a waterbender. Those who are completely against bending would likely blow a gasket, growing more and more paranoid about who's a bender and who isn't.

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    • Maybe, if it's possible, Aang thought that giving people bending who couldn't bed would disrupt balance. The world does need non-benders. And being able to switch elements might make an element more numerous than another (ignoring the obviously underpopulated airbenders). So, I guess it could do more harm than good

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    • How does the world 'need' non benders?

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    • Technological and social improvement? Magic/bending have a tendency to retard growth in technology that improves the quality of life. Look at the "all bending" tribes like the Sun Warriors or Air Nomads. They had poor technology and only a servicable quality of life. When you have non-benders as a majority, they tend to think of ways to improve the quality of life for everyone without relying on bending, which can be a tricky tool to use sometimes and often comes with restrictions, usually in the form of the bendable materials themselves.

      Plus, in a combat situation, benders tend to be glass cannons; great on the ranged firepower but weak in the melee department, often resorting to their bare fists. Get an armored soldier close enough and they're done for.

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    • I don't think that's possible. it would ruin the point of this show whatsoever. 

      As we have seen so far aside from being a spiritual thing bending is a genetical thing as well. So it's like playing with someone's genes/DNA. 

      Also I would like to see energybending being used as something else than a Deus-ex-machina thing. 

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    • Is keeping a traditional mindset necessarily a bad thing? Besides with all the people complaining about the overtly technological setting of Korra we could use some technological retardation, lest the unique setting of ATLA degenerate into something 'Generic Anime' like Ghost In the Shell, or Akira.

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    • I don't have anything with Korra's setting. I just wish we can see more parts of the Avatar world not just only the city because it makes me feel like there isn't anything else besides Republic City. 

      I'd like to see Ba Sing Sei the Fire Nation one of the Air Temples something like that. 

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    • I think that even if it could give someone bending, something would go wrong, like maybe people who are given bending would become conflicted and unstable because they suddenly get a new power. Like, imagine if I gave everyone wings. Suddenly, they'd have an entirely new body part, and their organs, suited well to managing our original bodies, wouldn't be able to cope because suddenly they'd have an entirely new two appendixes to deal with. Just a thought.

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    • Theres a diffference between energybending and gene therapy. . .

      But. . . yeah. . . as evidenced by many a story involving a mentally unstable weakling who suddenly gets enormous power, with great power comes great insanity.

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    • Remember that even if it was possoble, Korra would have to learn it from somewhere, and none of the avatars (that we know) know this advanced bending. 

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    • Nothing a Lion Turtle deus ex machina can't iron out!

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    • True. Though then again using Energybending too much would spoil the whole thing. 

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    • Sorry to resurrect this old thread but if it was possible, perhaps their Heritage would affect what bending they would get. For example, Asami would get Firebending and before Harmonic Convergence Bumi would have either gotten Airbending or Waterbending depending on which would be the dominant gene and Kai would have gotten Earthbending, along with the other Earth Nation Non Benders affected by Harmonic Convergence

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    • I believe it's possible since lion turtles constantly gave and took bendimg way from people of there village And the only reason it wasnt used becuase could be harder to control then just takeimg bending way

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    • Seems like most of the technological innovation in the Avatarverse is the work of nonbenders.  It's possible that people with less of a clear tie to the supernatural are more likely to look to the physical sciences.

      IIRC, Asami was originally supposed to get airbending (and I've read a few airbender!Asami fics, with varying degrees of approval).  Personally, I like her better as a Doc Savage-caliber badass-normal; if there's anyone whom I wish had gotten airbending who didn't, that'd be Pema.

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    • Deist Zealot wrote:

      IIRC, Asami was originally supposed to get airbending (and I've read a few airbender!Asami fics, with varying degrees of approval).  Personally, I like her better as a Doc Savage-caliber badass-normal; if there's anyone whom I wish had gotten airbending who didn't, that'd be Pema.

      Really? How did I not know that. Where is it said?

      Also, since you seem to be better informed with things like this, do you know if the rumor about Mako supposed to die in the finale is true? That one doesn't leave my head and I'd like to know if that's true or just something made up by people. (Apparently we'd then have seen his funeral in the finale which I think would be pretty dark as Hiroshi already died too. Poor Asami.)

      I actually agree; I prefer Asami this way because it's been established fairly early on that she doesn't need bending and can handle herself just fine. Airbending powers would have been redundant in her case. Same goes for Pema in my opinion; I think she's just fine like she is now. No need to give her random powers all of a sudden.

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    • Korra2000 wrote:
      Really? How did I not know that. Where is it said?
      Also, since you seem to be better informed with things like this, do you know if the rumor about Mako supposed to die in the finale is true? That one doesn't leave my head and I'd like to know if that's true or just something made up by people. (Apparently we'd then have seen his funeral in the finale which I think would be pretty dark as Hiroshi already died too. Poor Asami.)

      I actually agree; I prefer Asami this way because it's been established fairly early on that she doesn't need bending and can handle herself just fine. Airbending powers would have been redundant in her case. Same goes for Pema in my opinion; I think she's just fine like she is now. No need to give her random powers all of a sudden.

      Just a rumor floating around, usually from the same sources regarding how Mako was supposed to die.  In other words: I'm not sure how accurate either of them are.

      And the reason I was disappointed at Pema not getting airbending, at the time, was because I was frustrated at what seemed to be a trend of moms being absent or irrelevant (Katara never got a moment of awesome and was barely acknowledged in regards to the Cloudbabies' issues; Senna was such an undeveloped satellite character that some of the staff forgot that she's canonically a waterbender; Yasuko is a posthumous character; Naoki is a posthumous character who was never named on the show proper; Malina was never named and doesn't even have a character design; and Toph hadn't resurfaced yet; therefore, that left Suyin and arguably Yin as the only moms to be relevant).  At least she succeeded at carving out some relevance for herself in Book 4.  (I still suspect that there was a pattern, at the end of Book 1, of overly aggressive chi-blockers wrecking themselves in her vicinity.)

      As for airbender!Asami fics: hoo, boy.  At least some of them have her approaching Zaheer levels of scary.  (The author of one in particular—to give them the benefit of the doubt—seems to have forgotten that Asami is one of the most blatantly Lawful Good characters in the franchise.)

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