So I noticed in A:TLA, and it’s carried over in LoK, that Airbenders always seem to have an advantage in a fight. And at first, it felt like plot armour, particularly in A:TLA.
But when Aang fought Bumi, he lost most of that advantage. And I realised that this wasn’t just plot armour. Someone had sat and worked it out: nobody has had to fight Airbenders for generations.
None of the other nations have had to train to face them, or practised sparring with them, or anything. Apart from Bumi, no bender in the show has ever even met an airbender before Aang comes along. And in LoK, for the most part people still haven’t. We never see fights between those who have (for e.g. we never see Tenzin and Lin fight); when Korra and Tenzin use airbending, its a unique fighting style that people aren’t trained to manage.
It’s a really small detail, and it fundamentally works to give the heroes an advantage (and make up for Aang’s young age and lack of combat experience), but I love how it’s an advantage in combat for completely logical reasons.
The detail in these shows is amazing.
You can see the same principle in play whenever somebody fights somebody who uses a completely unfamiliar style. Combustion benders and lavabenders aren’t straight up more powerful, but they’re pretty much always something you haven’t dealt with which presents unique challenges. That red lotus lady with no arms is just a perfectly ordinary waterbender, but using forms and styles nobody else has seen before. Jet routinely smacks around benders and soldiers, but loses hard to the first person he met who had actually studied diverse styles of swordplay. When Toph invents metalbending, nobody can deal with that, but seventy years later the counters are pretty well known among people who might have to fight the cops.
And it’s why Azula, a genius prodigy who has thought long and hard about how to counter every kind of magic and martial arts out there, keeps getting messed up by a kid with a boomerang.
it’s also a detail from the second ever episode
aang straight up says to the fire nation guards on zuko’s ship “you’ve probably never fought an airbender before”, because he in-universe figures out that, if what everyone around him is saying is true, and airbenders have been extinct for a century (or at least have gone to ground enough to make people think that) then he is a totally unknown figure in anyone’s calculations
this has been brought up before but it’s also one of the reasons why hama is so thrown in her fight with katara - waterbending is about energy exchange, keeping things flowing, throwing your opponent’s power back at them and we see katara and hama do this in their fight. however, when katara is faced with a powerful blast from hama, she stands her ground and blows it apart:
[image ID: a gif of katara in the puppetmaster. she is a teenage girl with dark skin and hair and blue eyes, wearing a red outfit. she turns and throws her hand out, stopping a blast of water and turning it into a huge shield. the background is a dark forest. end image ID]
why do i bring this up?
because it’s a move - and a mindset - influenced by earthbending, which hama has never faced (she went from the south pole, to prison, to the fire nation). it’s an indication not only of katara’s skill and power, but also how she’s learned from her travels, and from toph
one of my favorite details of atla is how the main characters’ fighting styles adapt as they take on new enemies and make new friends with other bending styles. iroh straight up tells zuko about how he developed a technique for redirecting lightning by studying waterbenders, but if you watch closely especially in the last season, there’s a lot of this sort of thing happening unspoken with the gaang, using the bending forms of other elements like katara does above. it really shows the strength in differences and diversity coming up against a fascist regime that wants everyone to conform.
Look at Korra metal bending here
It’s completely different than anything we’ve seen from other metal benders, who bend metal with sharp movements like the derivative of earth bending that it is
But Korra is fluid. She is bending metal like it’s water. Because she is a water bender. And she is the first person in history to be able to bend both metal and water and so she is able to combine these styles into one and move seamlessly between them. This shows so beautifully how the Avatar is the embodiment of all bending
Every time I think this show has shown me all it can….it gives me more.
Mind crush Monday
Talk To The Hand Tuesday
Wipe His Mind Wednesday
Astral Project Thursday
Astral Projected to a timezone that’s not American.
Ok the guy with the net fucking killed me, I’m sure my neighbors heard me laughing.
School shootings. They don’t want you to hide guns.
This is where we are, folks. We’ve come to the point where they’re demanding that children carry all of their school supplies in hand so that they don’t have to do anything about the gun violence problem in this shithole of a country.
I love malicious compliance
HISTORY COMES FULL CIRCLE, HOLY SHIT I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY’RE STILL DOING THIS TO KIDS.
They did this shit at my school way back when Columbine had just happened!
Naturally, we invented all sorts of bullshit ways to carry our shit, because what the fuck, we need backpacks.
My favourites included:
-Fishing rod with twine tied around two pencils and a small pocket notebook.
-Tons of people got those little clear plastic bags they have in grocery stores for fruit and shit, and used them as see-through pencil cases
Note: THEY PROCEEDED TO THEN ALSO BAN THE BAGS AS “CHOKING HAZARDS”. WE WERE NOT THREE YEAR OLDS. OUR HEADS DIDN’T EVEN FIT IN THE FUCKING BAGS, AND BELIEVE ME, WE TRIED AS SOON AS THEY ANNOUNCED THE BAN, BECAUSE MOST OF US WOULD RATHER HAVE DIED THAN BEEN IN FUCKING SCHOOL BY THAT POINT. DID THEY THINK WE WERE GONNA STUFF THE BAGS DOWN OUR THROATS? CHRIST.)
-One kid dressed up like a priest and used the loose fabric of the cassock to carry three text books around all day.
-Someone hollowed out a fucking loaf of bread, pretended to be French all day, and made a show out of pulling a ridiculous number of highlighters out of this fucking bread in the middle of class.
Now that I think about it, I think that kid invented Panera Bread by accident. Y’know, the little bread soup bowls? This was that, but with highlighters instead of soup.
Eventually, things escalated, and the principal called the police after he went to the parking lot and found his car broken into– Nothing was stolen, but there were about 5000 fucking backpacks stuffed in his car, to the point that the door wouldn’t even open.
I don’t know who did it, or what group of people did it, but they’re all fucking heroes because the next week backpacks were permitted again.
magic players intimidate me but yugioh players scare me. that game’s like sitting down for a high speed version of book club where the objective is to fully understand the assigned reading before the other guy beats you in one turn. madness.
“the anime breaks the rules of the game!” okay but if it followed the rules of the game do you have any idea what it’d be like
if the yugioh players find this post they’ll try to kill me by making me understand pendulum summoning
she’s a zombie, but absolutely
Dolores “I cannot keep my cousin Mirabel’s secret for even a minute but if tio Bruno wants to live in the walls for ten years then that is HIS business” Madrigal
Telling Mirabel’s secret ruined the dinner with the man of her dreams who was supposed to propose to Isabella. Tattling was a strategic move. 👍
you cannot kill me
for i am the shadows and shadows never die
I’ll never get over the fact that Seto Kaiba’s status as a reincarnated Millenium item user makes him a LIGHTING ROD for supernatural/paranormal activity and he is HAVING NONE OF IT. And not only that, just seems completely UNINTERESTED by it, like it’s his math homework or something???
Like this dude has had literal psychic visions, is able to read a dead language without ever studying it, has met and spoken to a total of THREE ACTUAL GHOSTS, has experienced having his soul LITERALLY SEPARATED FROM HIS BODY on multiple occasions, but is still like:
“Nah, don’t care,”
BITCH if u watched the show or did any research at all you’d know that she thought she was an ALIEN, which in that society was completely acceptable. Try again!!!!
futurama is one of those shows that lures you in by being funny and then rips your fucking heart out
If you didn’t know the hand was her father, the squid thing her mother, her parents left her at an orphanage when she was a baby but in reality were looking out for her all her life
what makes it even sadder is the reason they left her in an orphanage. they didn’t want her to know she was a mutant. they wanted her to live a normal human life so they gave her up while they live in the sewers as mutants.
she is a cyclops
how did she NOT know she was a mutant
Her mother used her Ph.D in Exolinguistics to forge a note in an incomprehensible alien language to make the deception seem legit, so nobody would ever question why she was the only cyclops, or suspect her of being a mutant on the surface, which was illegal.
obsessed with the way the snake hobbyist community will freak out over a color morph because of how rare it is but when you actually look at the snake they’re cooing over it’s the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen in your life
all animals are beautiful or wherever but I don’t care how rare this morph is… this snake looks like a tube of dirty meat
lots of people in the notes are like “aw but it’s kinda cute OP”
of course it’s kinda cute, it’s a snake—it’s just that people are going apeshit and spending thousands of dollars importing and linebreeding to attempt to create a snake that looks like rancid sausage when wild type California kingsnakes are already some of the most gorgeous reptiles on the planet and some of their more common morphs look like THIS:
i love this shit i need more examples
op of the original tweet here there are SO many examples in the replies
Furries are the last hope for our wretched society and every furry is braver than any marine and they deserve respect
They’re the Borgias and they the Borgheses and literally allowing mountains of modern visual artists(genius or otherwise) to work in their desired field for a living because they pay and they pay WELL so these amazing people don’t have to waste their time and talent in unrelated or corporate fields.
We have works we don’t even know are treasures because furries will shell out for graphic porn of themselves on the reg.
@toc1n0 thanks im losing my goddamn mind
sorry but if your bed isn’t against at least one wall you’re not valid
I used to think this post was stupid because most people like both sides of the bed free but then I realized some psychopaths put their bed like this so not even the headboard is against a wall and this post is about these animals.
A single person’s bed is generally against 2 walls, a couple’s bed is generally against 1 wall, and people with 0 walls have no fear of the dark/unseen with direct access to their head, and therefore cannot be human.
ok the bed just out in the middle of the room is bad but have you considered: only the footboard end against a wall
no i hadn’t. why would you put that image into my head?
Okay, but how is this
I’m at a loss for words
This was the bed of Thomas Jefferson.
STay out of my study unless you intend to have sex with me
BACK UP, YOU CANT JUST CHANGE THE SUBJECT TO THOMAS’ FUNKY BED SET UP AFTER JUST LOSS-ING TUMBLR LIKE THAT