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What are all the types and sub-types of bending shown in the Avatar: The Last Airbender & The Legend of Korra universe? Here are the ones I can recall. Am I missing any?

  1. EARTHBENDING

    a. Sandbending (Toph)

    b. Metalbending (Toph/Lin/Suyin)

    c. Lavabending (Ghazan/Bolin)

    d. Seismic Sense -"Seeing" via Earth vibrations (Toph/Lin)

  2. AIRBENDING

    a. Unaided Flight (Zaheer)

    b. Spiritual Projection - "Ghost" Teleportation in the Physical World (Jinora)

  3. WATER/ICE BENDING

    a. Bloodbending (Hama/Katara/Amon/Tarrlok)

    b. Spiritbending (Unalaq/Korra)

    c. Healing (Katara)

    d. Plantbending (Swamp Dwellers)

  4. FIREBENDING

    a. Lightning Bending (Ozai/Iroh/Azula/Mako)

    b. Combustion Bending (Combustion Man/P'Li)

  5. ENERGYBENDING (Aang/Korra/Lion Turtles)

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    Maybe spoon bending?
    – Adamant
    Sep 22 '16 at 0:59
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    Leg bending, arm bending, really anywhere with a movable joint.
    – Broklynite
    Sep 22 '16 at 2:18
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    I'd just like to say that "Seeing" and "Ghost Teleportation" are officially called Seismic Sense and Spiritual Projection, respectively. There's also Redirection, an advanced Fire-Bending technique inspired by Water-Benders, invented by Iroh and taught to Zuko, who then taught it to Aang. It's similar to, but not quite the same as, Lightning Bending. Other than that, you have all the different styles and even a few of the advanced techniques of bending. Sep 22 '16 at 8:59
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    This question sounds like the start of a new hit YouTube series, "Will It Bend?". Sep 25 '16 at 13:12
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    Amon was not capable of energy bending. While he did block a persons energy through blood bending, he can't actually "bend" energy. Dec 2 '16 at 9:30
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Other than your list, we did see fire sages performing some sort of healing or diagnostics on Korra.

Also, Aman was not an energy bender. Only avatars have that ability.

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  • Aman certainly was an energy bender. Who took away Be Fong's bending abilities (and others)? Hint: Amon. And took Korra's water, earth, and fire bending abilities? Hint: Amon.
    – iMerchant
    Oct 4 '16 at 2:33
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    He did that through blood bending. Oct 4 '16 at 9:05
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    @iMerchant It's explained near the end of the first season that he does so through Water bending (Blood). Dec 2 '16 at 9:28
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    Amon was not an energy bender. Only Avatars have that ability. It is explained in Season 1 that Amon is using blood bending.
    – John
    May 29 '17 at 14:56
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    @John What does that comment add to the answer and the already extant comments describing the same thing?
    – TylerH
    May 29 '17 at 15:20

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