Well when Katara and Toph were in prison in 'The Runaway' neither of them could bend the wooden bars and both of them were master benders. I would say that wood isn't really covered under the other four elements. A waterbender could probably bend a living tree but once the wood has been dried there would be no way for a waterbender to bend it.
Post by A Leaf in the Wind on Sept 16, 2013 1:06:17 GMT -5
So would this dismiss the possibility entirely or could a bender still invent it?
I keep thinking of what Sokka said (2:02) at the trial of Yakone when he was talking about rare abilities once thought to be impossible becoming possible and rather or not woodbending is an absolute impossible material to bend.
Whenever I see this flashback I still get goosebumps and made me cry realizing that Aang is no longer with us. I really hope we can have more flashbacks of the original gaang.
Technically speaking, isn't metal still impossible because benders aren't actually bending the metal itself, but the raw earth it's made up of? Hence why metalbenders cannot bend metals such as platinum?
Post by Paraiba Ocean on Sept 22, 2013 5:30:17 GMT -5
The elements in Avatar are based off the 4 elements originally proposed by Greek philosophers.
Wood was an element in Chinese classical element theory, along with Metal, Water, Fire, and Earth. So I think the reason wood is not really considered an element is because they're trying to keep it consistent with the Hellenistic theory, or at least make it a derivative.
ie, swampbending/bloodbending are all derivatives of waterbending, as they are focusing on the water in the vines/blood. Metalbending is concentrating on the earth found in the metal, which means most likely, the metal being used by such benders is not pure/very refined (as you said, they shouldn't be able to bend things like platinum - or even steel). Hypothetically, one could say a waterbender should be able to control the water within wood, but I don't suspect we'll ever come across a "woodbender" in the same respects as an airbender.
Post by airnomadlaker on Aug 21, 2014 2:02:14 GMT -5
Since wood comes from living organisms, I think that the only way to bend it would be to bend water inside of it. If you could bend wood, you might as well be able to bend other organic material like skin.