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Okay, okay, so past the whole "how does Amon take away bending" schpeel, how in the world does his bloodbending give him the ability to deflect people's bending attacks? I've never quite understood or gotten this.

  • is this a repeat of this? – Solemnity Mar 10 '13 at 5:59
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    Amon was a water bender, so he could already block or attempt to block any water attack by a bender of less than or equal skill. More importantly he was a blood-bender, so he could by taking control of another person's body, alter their posture, thus affecting their ability to bend correctly, altering their pose could deflect their bending attacks as well. – Thaddeus Howze Mar 10 '13 at 6:51
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    To answer your question, @Solemnity, I'm specifically wondering about his ability to dodge and deflect people's bending attacks. Particularly where Tarrlock mentions that "none of [their] attacks will touch [Amon]". – Jordan Thornquest Mar 12 '13 at 0:58
  • @JordanThornquest Fair enough. Questions like these make me want to actually follow this series. – Solemnity Mar 12 '13 at 1:27
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Amon was a highly talented, extremely well trained water-bender of considerable skill, so in any particular conflict he could already block or attempt to block any water attack by a bender of less than or equal skill.

More importantly he was a blood-bender, so he could by taking control of another person's body, alter their posture, thus affecting their ability to bend correctly, altering their pose could deflect their bending attacks as well.

Amon bloodbending Mako while already holding Korra.

Amon bloodbending Mako while already holding Korra.

Mako's firebending is disrupted after being captured by Amon.

Mako's firebending is disrupted after being captured by Amon.

In a conflict where he was fighting both Korra and Mako, he was able to hold Korra still, preventing her from using her bending powers. Dodging Mako's fire-bending, Amon then uses his blood-bending to grab Mako, disrupting his fire-bending ability before capturing both of them.

Amon grabs both Korra and Mako with his bloodbending.

Amon grabs both Korra and Mako with his forbidden bloodbending techniques.

You can see the battle between Amon, Korra and Mako at this video link. Start around 1:15 if you want to just skip to the fight...

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    Ah, that would make more sense. I was more perplexed about his ability to dodge every attack lobbied at him in the episodes leading up to the reveal that he was a blood-bender. So he simply, subtly alters their stance to disrupt their bending? I could go with that! – Jordan Thornquest Mar 12 '13 at 0:55
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    When people didn't know he was a blood-bender, they would just assume they were missing their attacks because it was a subtle thing. Done right, they wouldn't even realize it was happening. – Thaddeus Howze Mar 12 '13 at 1:19
  • This is an excellent observation. I wish they verbally would have touched on this, even just a little bit. – Jordan Thornquest Jan 7 '14 at 4:13

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