I have seen it in fanfiction somewhere and I think this should be possible. Of course, catching lightning is one thing, but safely disposing of it is quite another.

If the waterbender has to bend the water around themselves to create a full circle, then there is a danger of losing control and getting hurt. If, on the other hand, they could bend a circle in front of them, or even a vertical circle, then they could just jump away.

Was there any indication in canon (including the comics) that waterbender can (a) create a sustained circles of water and (b) redirect lightning?

Is there wasn’t, is it possible in the Avatar universe?

  • Are you suggesting that they entirely surround themselves with a sphere of water (creating a physical barrier) or that they surround themselves with a 2D circle of water, and that the lightning is somehow “attracted” to the water? – Adamant Aug 29 '16 at 6:43
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    @Adamant, a 2D circle of water. If they create it on the path of the lightning, then it should travel around the circe like an electric curcuit, I think. The sphere should work too, but this would require a lot more power – Yuriy S Aug 29 '16 at 6:47
  • Relevant for the other discussion is whether it could happen IRL: reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/1mm794/… – AncientSwordRage Aug 29 '16 at 7:22
  • Lightningbending couldn't work IRL because the lighning would take the least resistant way to the ground. It would only work at really close quarters otherwise it would go straight form the Hand to the ground. So I don't think that it is relevant for the discussion whether it could happen IRL. – Zala Aug 29 '16 at 14:15

As for a) Circles of Water have been used enter image description here

As for b) In Kataras fight against Azula she tried to block a Lightning. The Water instanly evaporated. Even though it seemed to block the lightning I don't think it would be a very effective way do defend against lighning. At least it isn't redirecting it. enter image description here

  • Thank you. I forgot that Katara deflected Azula's lightning, kind of. – Yuriy S Sep 2 '16 at 21:13

I believe a Waterbender might catch a Lightning bolt under certain conditions! First he/she would have to be far enough away or exceptionally fast!; considering the speed of Electricity I also believe that the Element has an Awareness of the 'Bender's needs including Eminent Danger! It has Awareness of and experience with, the other Elements and knows how to configure itself to Protect the Bender while repelling an attack!! It only needs to be called.....

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