Huge spoilers for Legend of Korra.

In season one, the Legend of Korra is based on a bad guy who is a water bender and a Blood-bender who wants to take everyone's bending and make everyone equal.

When Tarrlok kidnaps Korra and locks her in a metal crate, Tarrlok goes back to the city claiming that it was Amon's men who took her when it was actually a set up to leave Republic City. He get busted when he was witnessed blood-bending her.

When he goes back to where Korra is being held he runs into Amon and tries to Bloodbend Amon, however Amon isn't affected by Tarrlok's blood-bending at all.

Why is Amon able fight it and take Tarrlok's bending. How is that possible? Why couldn't Tarrlok blood-bend Amon?

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Amon himself is a powerful bloodbender

Tarrlok: I'm Amon's brother. [Korra gasps. Cut to the camera panning across the bay of Republic City and a view of Aang Memorial Island with the bay shrouded in fog. Voice-over.]

Tarrlok: Amon is from the Northern Water Tribe. [Cut to inside Tarrlok's cell looking outward at Mako and Korra.] He's a waterbender and a bloodbender, [Frontal shot of Tarrlok as he lifts his head up.] Just like I was.

Korra [Surprised]: What?

[Korra and an equally shocked Mako glance at each other and back at Tarrlok. Mako takes a step forward to Tarrlok's cell.]

Mako: Did you know this all along?

Tarrlok: [Cut to Tarrlok.] No, [Bends his head down.] not until after he captured me.

[Camera cuts to a side-view of the entire scene.]

Korra: How did your brother end up becoming Amon?

—The Legend of Korra: "Skeletons in the Closet" (1x11)

As such, he was able to use his own bloodbending skill to resist Tarrlok's attempt to bloodbend him. In fact, he was more powerful than Tarrlok, as shown by his ability to easily bloodbend Tarrlok back when they were children:

Yakone: Noatak, go! [Noatak inhales, and Tarrlok struggles against the bloodbending. Tarrlok falls to his knees, and Noatak narrows his eyes, making him lean back.] Excellent. [Noatak bows to his father and frees Tarrlok.] Tarrlok, your turn.

—The Legend of Korra: "Skeletons in the Closet" (1x11)

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    Commented May 20, 2016 at 14:51
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