There are several possible reasons:
Politics. You're an earthbender. Say, a farmer. The current Avatar happens to have been born in the Fire Nation. This Avatar goes out and learns waterbending, air bending, is great at fire bending, but earthbending? Maybe the Avatar doesn't see the point, maybe that's just a real sticking point for them, but they ...
Since Earth-bending was diametrically-opposed to Aang's air mastery, it might have contributed to difficulty with the enhanced form. As with so many things Avatar, there is talent, ability and predisposition to take into account when dealing with any bending. Interest does not always equal ability.
Evidence of potential
Avatar Aang was an air-bending master ...
No. There is nothing in canon that explains scientifically what they are manipulating. The Avatar IP Bible used to define bending is very scarce on the science of bending, with good reason; this isn't a show about the science of bending.
But in the interest of answering your question I will speculate on what we have seen or been told during the course of the ...
There are female airbender temples and we know there is interaction
There are female airbenders even though not many are shown except briefly.
The Western Air Temple is exclusive for women. In a flashback during Book 2's "Tales from Ba Sing Se", Aang as a child interacts with female airbenders in the Eastern Air Temple when he got Appa. Aang gets advice ...
The translated text results in this:
Authorities are offering a reward of 1000 gold coins
for the arrest of this twelve year old girl. She disguises
herself as blind, and even though she is small,
she is very dangerous. Information (that will lead to
her arrest) will be rewarded.
The original text:
In the DVD release, in the Avatar Extras for "The Ember Island Players", a commentary bubble stated,
"For the record: Jet is dead."
The authors also commented that Nickelodeon wouldn't let them depict a clear death.
Probably not with the metal that exists in normal amounts in human bodies, and we haven't seen it.
Metalbending is a form of earthbending... however, when Toph first developed the ability, it was made clear that she wasn't bending the metal itself. She was bending the small impurities of Earth inside the metal. In essence, she was already doing what ...
In Season 3 of The Legend of Korra, a specialisation of airbending was revealed:
This specialisation of airbending is unlocked by fully realizing the Airbender Nomad philosophy of removing all earthly attachments. The first airbender to achieve this was Guru Laghima, an airbending master who lived over 3,000 years before the 100 Years War.
No plot hole here, Zuko is very much Ozai's son.
It's revealed further in the comic that Zuko's mother, when sending the letter to her former lover saying they had a son, was deliberately lying. The goal was to force Ozai into admitting he was reading her mail.
Her former boyfriend would know it was fake as they never had sex.
No canon explanation of the power of lava-bending has been released. It was thought only an avatar could perform this ability. We have seen that highly skilled Earth-benders can also perform this ability.
Lavabending is a technique which involves the manipulation of molten rock. The technique is typically only performed by fully realized Avatars while in ...
Air Nomad tattoos glow when in the Avatar State because they follow chi lines in the body.
This has been stated by the Creators in DVD Comments of "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang".
As they run along chi paths, the Air Nomad tattoos of an Avatar will glow when they enter the Avatar State.
FireLord Sozin was not smoke bending, he was heat-bending. Note the volcano becoming quiescent and dark after he redirects the heat energy.
The heat transfer starts around 3:30... the lava behind him grows dark and cool. All fire-bending is basically a mastery and control of heat energy. He is, in essence, fire-bending in reverse, taking the heat FROM a ...
The in-universe name is the "Tsungi Horn" (also referred to as a Tsunghi horn and a Sungi Horn, depending on who was being interviewed)
Zuko: For the last time, I'm not playing the tsungi horn!
Iroh: No, it's about our plans. There's a bit of a problem.
The Waterbending Master
In reality, the makers of the show used a mixture of Armenian duduk ...
It is never explained.
The best we get is the guard proclaiming “He was like a one-man army!” and a visual of snapped and bent cell bars.
Iroh presents himself with a very unassuming manner that makes it easy to forget that he is one of the most martially powerful and intelligent people alive.
I suspect that he began manipulating the integrity ...
In the Avatar episode "Southern Air Temple" we see a chamber containing approximately 130 statues representing prior incarnations of the Avatar. These are tiered in 7 ascending rows plus a further 51 statues at floor level giving a grand total of 181 previous avatars.
In the film "Avatar : The Last Airbender" we see the same temple, but this time with 6 ...
Classically the Air Nomads did not live permanently in their temples. Their temples were for training and other important air-bending rituals. They were indeed nomads who eschewed any form of materialism and wandered from temple to temple around the world.
The Air Nomads were a peaceful race who were wiped out by the Fire Nation. They lived in large temples ...
Are there any reasons as to which her being put in a wooden cell makes sense?
The simplest and best explanation is that they knew she was an earthbender. There are two ways they might have known:
Her "wanted" poster was for "The Runaway". Who did she run from? Her parents in the Earth Kingdom. I don't think we have a direct translation of the wanted ...
I'm amazed that a three-year-old question hasn't addressed the most obvious answer to this topic:
Firebenders rely their environment, just like everyone else
Gabe's answer is partially correct, in that the internal state (emotions, discipline, etc) of a Firebender has a great impact on their ability to Firebend. However, we see that this is true with ...
Well, it wouldn't be called bloodbending since trees don't have blood. However, bending plants has been done before by members of the Foggy Swamp Tribe such as Huu. They tend to bend soft plants like vines and seaweed that are "highly saturated with water". I don't recall them being able to bend trees, but presumably that's because the stiffness of the wood ...
I believe you are confused.
It is in different canon The Last Airbender film that Aang runs away due to not being allowed to have a family.
Katara: Why did you run away?
Aang: The day they told me I was the Avatar, they said I could never have a normal life, that I could never have a family. They said it cannot work with the responsibilities of the Avatar.
Iroh was a suave and well-connected guy [see: entire series]. He probably just asked a friend to do it. As you mentioned, he had allies in the White Lotus, who were quite sly and tended to be conveniently placed. Then there's his female guard, who he seemed to have developed a rapport with. Any of them could have reasonably had or gotten access to Zuko's ...
There seems to be very little specific information regarding this, in the canon.
However, there is one clue which makes me think that all humans do have multiple lifetimes: when Raava is speaking to Wan as he lays dying on the battlefield, she tells him "we will be together for all of your lifetimes."
It's a subtle thing, and definitely open to ...
Lion Turtles have different markings on their forehead to distinguish between different elements:
Lion turtles associated with fire have two swirls curling inward, forming a shape similar to a heart
Lion turtles associated with air have a more intricate swirling pattern, with two swirls curling outward and a swirl in the center
Lion turtles associated with ...
If we look at the transcript we can see that Ozai has stood down from the throne and decreed that his daughter will become Fire Lord. Given that he's abdicated, from a legal perspective he's no longer the Fire Lord which neatly answers the first part of your question;
Cut to the plaza, the location of the Fire Lord's coronation. The
scene cuts to the ...
There were no other Air nomads (or airbenders) besides Tenzin's family so anyone who ended up with air-bending as an effect from the Harmonic Convergence was a non-bending citizen of another nation. Adding insult to injury many of them would not leave their homelands to restore Tenzin's idea of the Air Nomads as they were traditionally.
Avatar Aang was the ...
In this video, we see Avatar Roku bending all four elements simultaneously. Although it initially appears that he's doing one after another, the final shot shows a continuous stream of air, water, fire and earth emanating from where he's standing.
The implication is that since different stances and styles are required to activate different bending abilities,...
So, according to the wiki page on Ba Sing Se it is "one hundred meters tall." I cannot find any source for this. I cannot find any reference even to "meters" at all in any of the episode transcripts found here. In fact, I could not even find the height of Aang or any other character. This thread provides some numbers, but even the author admits to its ...
Short answer, Yes.
If we can take that each element has a refined form, earth->metal, water->blood, fire->lightning then the refined form of air is void. Also the philosophy of detachment that the Airbenders have fits well into the concept of void/no-self.
And you are right, the Airbenders could use this counter firebending, however they didn't. They ...