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  • Is the redirected lightning not as strong as the original lightning?

    I ask because, for example, in the end of The Search Part 3, when Zuko redirects Azula's lightning, it actually hits her, yet not even her clothes have a burn. So is the redirected lightning not as powerful as its original lightning, or was Zuko, since he tried to help her as she ran away in the end of this same part, lowering the power himself when he shot it back?

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    • Azula in the search was really weak. Probably a mix of being restrained for some time in the asylum and her crazy. Her lightning was probably that weak.

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    • I know she was weak in The Search, especially near the end, but that was just an example. Is the redirected lightning not as powerful as its original lightning?

      When Zuko redirected lighting at his father on The Day of Black Sun Part 2, it didn't kill or fatally injure the former Fire Lord, although some say that Zuko sent the lightning near his dad but didn't hit him. It looks like it hit him, or at least for the transcript, sent it right in front of his dad and it made contact to send Ozai flying against the wall.

      Does the redirected lightning have as much strength as the original lightning?

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    • yes, its the same lightning, Zuko didnt hit ozai, he hit the stage he was standing on pushing him back. Both generation and redirection are extremly dangerous as iroh points out.

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    • It have the same power, it's impossible for the one redirecting it change the power output since there is no way to do it without dying and the lightning don't lose power when it is redirected. If you watch the episode again you will see that Zuko didn't hit him and what sends him flying was the explosion.

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    • Yes, I rewatched the episode, and although it was the stage explosion, it's just so close it sometimes looks like, in the speed of the lightning, that it hits Ozai. But I see that the redirected lightning hit the stage.

      So new question: If a person was hit by lightning somewhere other than (and not close to) the heart by a big burst, would the person survive without redirecting it at all? Zuko was able to live after redirecting only some lightning that Azula had originally shot at Katara, and it wasn't exactly at his heart, although his chest, so...

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    • Mako was hit by lightning and lived but it wasn't from a bender, I'm sure it's possible to survive it, just not very likely. Amon was straight up hit by makos lightning and lived, yes you can live,

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    • Well, the lightning Azula shot at him was very powerful since it was SC day and you can see how powerful it is by looking at the ammount he shot to the sky. He also needed some healing IIRC. Aang was shot in the back and died, but like Thebrisge14 said some people survived being hitten by lightning.

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    • I know Zuko needed to be healed, and also Aang revived with that special water, but although the lightning was more powerful than usual because of the influence of Sozin's Comet, Zuko was able to redirect at least some of the lightning and live, even though healed, while Aang died and was hit in the back instead of the heart or close to it not on SC day. That's why I was asking about living without any redirection if hit not around the heart, since Aang technically didn't.

      So then yes, certain people, if they have a good enough physical resilience, like Amon (and right at/around the heart spot on his chest), Mako, or Zuko, although he redirected some of any lightning shot at him, which was normally powerful amounts, whether due to influence or not, will survive. Thank you for the help.

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    • Should also note that Amon was a monster, got hit by the lightning throw to the other side of the room hitting the wall and just got back up bending Mako like nothing. This doesn't have anything to do with anything, just wanted to point out how much of a monster he is.

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    • I feel like it's possible to make the lightning weaker, and it's probable that's what happened with Azula, just disperse whatever energy you don't want to use for your redirection as heat energy, or another form of energy into the air. However, it's also completely possible for someone to make it so that all of the energy is still redirected at the target. All the firebender needs to do is make sure no energy escaped the lightning bolt, so the total energy would stay the same. That's how I view it anyway. 

      Many people have survived from lightning, in fact, 90% of all people struck by lightning survive. So, as long as no vital organ is hit, you'll be fine. You may be burned and scarred, but alive nonetheless. Unless Avatar lightning is different than real-world lightning, then that's a different story...

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      • Simple physics would indicate that the lightning will have lost at least some energy during the transfer, unless more energy is put in.
      • Not all lightning has the same amount of energy.
      • We've seen that output can be controlled to some degree. Azula has used a charged attack to create ball lightning, & Mako seems to be able to produce lightning that merely stuns the target.
      • Not being able to perform the technique properly (ie while being bloodbent) likely also diminishes its effectiveness.
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    • 90% of all people struck by lightning survive. So, as long as no vital organ is hit, you'll be fine.

      I don't think Fine is the word. A lot of the survivors weren't hit directly and the ones who were will have some form of disability because of the lightning.

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    • Personally, the problem with the whole lightning dynamics in the SERIES is due to lack of scientific consistency. Somehow Iroh can redirect a force that's moving at the SPEED OF LIGHT yet you have Aang just barely dodging fireballs, and it's not like he isn't using the power of wind. No physics was taken into account when animating the use of lightning. And we can say bending lightning is slightly different, but it's created the same method as lightning from the sky is produced....just on a smaller scale.

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    • Lightning doesn't move at the speed of light though. It is pretty fast, but not that fast.

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    • Zuko shot his father, and its only a small explosion. The real damage is inside your body. Plus, Azula was weak after when she was out, so nothinv really happend. But if she would get stronger, and she got- the damage is bigger and the redirecting is harder- Like in smoke and shadow 2, or at the episode 'The Storm'.

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    • Mistystar31 wrote:

      I ask because, for example, in the end of The Search Part 3, when Zuko redirects Azula's lightning, it actually hits her, yet not even her clothes have a burn. So is the redirected lightning not as powerful as its original lightning, or was Zuko, since he tried to help her as she ran away in the end of this same part, lowering the power himself when he shot it back?

      Zuko wasn't aiming for a fatal shot, and probably weakened the Azula's likely lethal lightning blast once he had it. His redirection was probably intended more to taze her temporarily. Tazing is usually not strong enough to inflict a third degree burn.

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    • SaitamaBro wrote:
      Azula in the search was really weak. Probably a mix of being restrained for some time in the asylum and her crazy. Her lightning was probably that weak.

      Her lightningbending in the show usually took a bit of time, and usually she had get into a form to do it correctly. Her lightning in the comics take about a few seconds to produce, but they're not much stronger than a severe bee sting. The longer the lightning takes to produce, the more lethal it is. 

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