What I mean by this is, take waterbanders for example, they need water to bend this is an external source for their bending. An example of an internal source would be firebending since it comes from their chi. So do Airbenders rely on an external source because there is air in the world or does it come from inside them like firebening.

  • I don't know the answer, but now I want to put an airbender in space and find out. – Becuzz Nov 26 '19 at 15:45
  • Good question. I recall there being conflicting statements in the series, where early on it's mentioned that firebending is unique, as they are the only ones who can 'generate' their element. But I also recall Iroh talking about how firebenders draw the power of fire from the sun. – Dimitri mx Nov 26 '19 at 16:31
  • Now i want to put an airbender in the ocean and see what happens. – xpert Nov 26 '19 at 18:55

well, past Xpert, upon further examination of the show, the bender that relies on external elements (watebenders and earthbenders) have to pick up said element while firebenders don't have to do that

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Firebending is like this becuse it comes from the user. Air is the same way. Take this picture of aang for example:

picture of aang

He is firing a gust of air the same way a firebender (except they might use a fist instead of a palm) would. Hence the airbenders rely on and internal source to bend the element of air.

Also, This very helpful comment by Xalbek: youtu.be/xvY_C0CmgSY?t=9 | Mako bending fire he didn't create youtu.be/plBliszsArA?t=162 | Iroh bending surrounding fire with breath youtu.be/fBFiITicPBQ?t=43 | Jeong Jeong bending the fire from candles These scenes combined with the description from: (avatar.fandom.com/wiki/Firebending) leads me to interpret that while Firebenders can bend existing fire, it isn't as useful as generating their own – Xalbek

  • I think it is also worth noting that airbenders aren't necessarily limited to using air within themselves, but that they also bend surrounding air. Fire benders can also bend surrounding fire. One might even argue that airbenders, being surrounded by air simply appear to be generating it themselves, or perhaps it is a combination of the two. – Xalbek Nov 26 '19 at 22:05
  • @Xalbek could you give an example of a firebender bending surrounding fire? – xpert Nov 26 '19 at 23:03
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    Ok ill copy this into the answer, are you ok with that? – xpert Nov 27 '19 at 16:13
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    Is it only me, or the Imgur images don't load, showing a green-blueish "no entry" sign? – Aki Tanaka Nov 27 '19 at 20:50
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    @AkiTanaka It's not just you. I can't see it too. xpert, please fix your images. – W. Are Nov 28 '19 at 1:31

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