Since the original series debut on February 21, 2005, I've wondered, I've pondered... what kind of bender would I be?
Since I was a little kid and Aang was my favorite, and the thought of being the only Air bender greatly appealed to me. I thought, who wouldn't want fly around and do air bending moves? Then gradualy as the Earth benders came into the show I thought, you know, earth bending would be cool.
Fighting an Air bender? No problem, make a wall of earth. Fighting a fire bender? Make a wall of earth. Thought it would be cool to be a earth bender because I could go underground by making tunnels. I could make a house if I wanted too.
I also liked the possibility of being a Earth bender because over the past year the vision in my right eye has been rapidly fading, being able to see blind as an Earth bender greatly interested me.
I thought being a water bender would be cool. When Katara would use water, I thought it was cool, I would have love to walk under water. Run on water using ice, make a water tornado. Be able to make snow mans with bending. I thought it would be the coolest thing in the world.
But soon the third book, Fire, debut on September 21, 2007. In a previous article, I stated that, " Book 3 had blown my mind away, it was a master piece ", and it was. When book three came out, I was in love # figuratively #. I thought it was cool the Aang woke up to be on a fire ship, then in episode 44, Sokka's Master, where he found a master, and was taught even after Piandao found out by Sokka's admission, that he was not fire nation. To which Piandao said he had known due to his name. The Avatar and the Firelord is a episode, that should greatly be recognized by all Avatar fans. It explains how Aang and Zuko are "related". Zuko is the great-grandson of Avatar Ruko. Aang, is also an Avatar, however, he also the form of all Avatars. Therefore, he is spiritually Zuko's grandfather. The reason if you ask, why arent they related by blood? Simple, Aang is not blood related to Ruko. Different people, but spiritually, they are the same. More reasons as to why I love the Fire book was The Boiling Rock, Part 1, where Zuko and Sokka infiltrate the prison. They make plans to escape, but are over heard by Chit Sang and forced to let him join. His friends join Chit Sang. Zuko and Sokka, upon realizing the Sokka's dad, Hakoda, isn't there, decide to stay and wait. Hakoda arrives with new prisoners, then Zuko, Sokka, Suki, Chit Sang and his friends and Hakoda make plans to escape. They start by creating a prison riot and capture the warden, whose Mai father. As they're escaping, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee arrive. As the escape starts to fail Mai helps Zuko and the others escape. Mai tells Azula "I love Zuko more than I fear you." and Azula, completely Infuriated, attacks Mai but is stopped by Ty Lee who uses her ability to chi block, which dis-allows Azula to bend at all. Mai and Ty Lee are arrested.
Both The Southern Raiders and The Ember Island Players were both excellent episodes, But what really sold me on book 3 and converted me to be a fire bender were these four episodes:
- Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King
- Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters
- Sozin's Comet, Part 3: Into the Inferno
- Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang
What started to bring me 'over' to the fire side was Avatar Ruko's appearance in Avatar Roku #Winter Solstice, Part 2#, when Aang manifestses Ruko's spirit to defeat Zhao and the fire sages. The next one was Jeong Jeong in, The Deserter, when he made a wall of fire. He also furthered my passion to "be" a fire bender when
Jeong Jeong uses yet again, a wall of fire to fire incoming enemy attack. Seeing Iroh before the Liberation of Ba Sing Se further fueled my desire to be an fire bender. Also seeing Fire Lord Ozia and the fire benders using their immense power# due to the comment # made me even more, want be a fire bender.
First, I wanted to be a Air bender at first, because I would be # until and if I had children # the only Air bender. Then I flirted with me being and Earth bender, and then a water bender. But due to how they portrayed Fire bending and at the time, I was a rather aggressive person. I could defiantly be a Fire bender with the use of my anger. However, I've since rather "calmed down" and after seeing the episode where Zuko and Aang learn the secrets from the Dragons, I knew that I could be a fire bender without using anger to feul my Fire bending with self control and calmness.
In the comments below, tell us why and what kind of bender you would be. Fire? Water? Earth? Air? Perhaps it's a subset of a bending power; like maybe metal bending or sand bending, maybe lighting?