Film Theory: Avatar and the Science of Waterbending (Avatar the Last Airbender)

  • Published: 26 September 2019
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    I have wanted to do a theory on Avatar the Last Airbender for YEARS! It is one of my favorite animated series ever and full of SO MUCH to theorize about! It took a while but I have finally figured out what to do - uncover the SCIENCE behind bending. That's right, I am going to figure out how bending works with SCIENCE! Today, we are focusing on Waterbending. Watch out Katara, I may become the best Waterbender in the WORLD after this episode!

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    Writer: Stephanie Patrick
    Researcher: Geoff Thew
    Editors: Alex "Sedge" Sedgwick, Tyler Mascola, BanditRants, Koen Verhagen, and Dan "Cybert" Seibert
    Assistant Editor: AlyssaBeCrazy
    Sound Editor: Yosi Berman

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Comments • 11 361

  • Volt64bolt
    Volt64bolt  3 hours back

    So if water benders use electromagnetism could the move metal

    • Volt64bolt
      Volt64bolt  3 hours back

      Or, you know, just....magic?

      • Ernest Karuri
        Ernest Karuri  16 hours back

        Bruh you're too much of a scientist for YouTube, do it as a part time hobby.

        • Ninjay 204
          Ninjay 204  17 hours back

          Does that mean that if you get a strong enough magnet and dropped it into a pool there could be a small air bubble made by the magnet, or by the Avatar

          • JacketClanKing
            JacketClanKing  2 days back

            Do i really need to tell matpat that the particular generation the Avatar is born in affects the difficulty of it's polar opposite elemental bending, so to speak Aang had difficulty with earth bending because he needed to be grounded and immovable instead of nimble and agile in air bending making it the most difficult for him to master, and well Roku is a little obvious it's water bending because he was born a fire bender

            • Jimmy Perez
              Jimmy Perez  2 days back

              Your face whenever you add it into the video with stupid eyes makes the video not be as good

              • Purple 14
                Purple 14  2 days back

                more avatar plz?

                • nepi i
                  nepi i  2 days back

                  Who else came back here from 2 months ago to tell maypat to upload another avatar video?

                  • Miss Jackrabbit
                    Miss Jackrabbit  2 days back

                    i went into this video thinking i would learn how to water bend irl. dislike.

                    • Andrew Xiao
                      Andrew Xiao  3 days back

                      Water is oposite of fire that's why

                      • doty19
                        doty19  3 days back

                        Avatar Roku said that the water was especially challenging for him cuz it's the opposite of fire, just like Aang said earth was especially challenging for him cuz it's the opposite of air

                        • abdi rahman
                          abdi rahman  3 days back

                          I clickt on this video hoping that I could waterbend after watching it.

                          • Kiyadeon
                            Kiyadeon  3 days back

                            What if you held a rly powerful magnet in your hand all day..? Would ur hand lose circulation?

                            • Ronan Farrell
                              Ronan Farrell  4 days back

                              I use to watch that show!

                              • Beaminglight23 Cargill

                                Matpat work with the hacksmith to make a water bendind device

                                • Badpvppaladin
                                  Badpvppaladin  4 days back

                                  in theory shouldn't waterbenders also be able to generate lightning

                                  • Ben Trolley
                                    Ben Trolley  4 days back

                                    Criticisms: in our universe, the field strength required to manipulate water in that way would be enormous and would also affect other materials, as well as probably creating sparks and lightning (and would definitely give water benders the ability to manipulate lightning). However, if water molecules in the avatar universe are much more strongly charged or the laws of electromagnetism are a bit different, it might make sense, so that's not completely wrong.

                                    I have more beef with the explanation of phase shifting. It can't be done by cooling for two reasons I can see. First, we see ice created at temperatures above zero Celsius and not visibly melting at least once. Second, and more importantly, CONSERVATION OF ENERGY! Where would all that heat energy go? Water has a high specific heat capacity, so to freeze even a small amount would require a comparatively large transfer of energy elsewhere, which we see no evidence of. For example, if this is what's going on, in Katara and Pakku's duel, we should see chunks of ice melting under the benders as they channel all that energy out of themselves in order not to combust. Therefore, the temperature isn't being changed and the phase change must be occurring through another mechanism. My first thought is pressurisation, which is possible via EM manipulation, and can occur at temperatures above zero. The problem here is that I'm not sure about the behaviour of pressure-solidified ice phases when external pressure is reduced. It's potentially possible that they could be metastable, but would almost certainly melt when no longer under pressure. However, as far as I recall, we don't know how long it takes for water-bent ice to melt, or whether it makes a difference if the water bender is still around and concentrating on it, so I don't think there's much evidence to be found in that direction. The main exception I can think of is the fire nation ship at the South Pole, but with that being surrounded by ice anyway, we don't need to invoke pressure or energy removal, only the removal of the salt that was preventing that water from being frozen already. I think pressurisation isn't a watertight explanation but it's better than vanishing energy.

                                    • Michael Granillo
                                      Michael Granillo  4 days back

                                      Matt patt should be a science teacher

                                      • Retard 69
                                        Retard 69  4 days back

                                        Shouldnt the electromagnetism you use for the water affect the other things instead if water? Like metal.

                                        Toph: am i a joke to you?

                                        • Nichsa 444
                                          Nichsa 444  4 days back

                                          Any question but comic ended up become too lazy creator animation

                                          • ryan miyashita
                                            ryan miyashita  5 days back

                                            So much of this is wrong and out of context

                                            • EnderQuakePlayz
                                              EnderQuakePlayz  5 days back

                                              Make a “How to Earthbend” theory.

                                              • Rodeon Buitendach
                                                Rodeon Buitendach  5 days back

                                                Where is the next one, I've been waiting for 2 months

                                                • Carrots
                                                  Carrots  5 days back

                                                  5:24 : "Why would you? It's a silly catchphrase" : **is literally almost his whole brand**

                                                  • Tpurr
                                                    Tpurr  6 days back

                                                    The last ep

                                                    Anng I can bend energy

                                                    Katara bending energy from water when she dosent know that she is a water bender

                                                    Me watching welp your not the first one aang

                                                    • RAAA
                                                      RAAA  6 days back

                                                      So that means water benders can bend water, air and living things

                                                      Water benders be like:

                                                      Earth and air benders: we can bend air and earth
                                                      Water benders: im about to steal this man’s whole career

                                                      • Amalia Diena Nurhayati

                                                        Do something with frozen 2 pleaseeeeee

                                                        • Jojogirl 200
                                                          Jojogirl 200  6 days back

                                                          If anybody knows how I can watch Avatar the Last Airbender for free, please reply.

                                                          • Ryan O'Neill
                                                            Ryan O'Neill  6 days back

                                                            Jojogirl 200 Cinema HD on Android devices.

                                                        • Dauntless slayer
                                                          Dauntless slayer  6 days back


                                                          • Julianne Rotchford
                                                            Julianne Rotchford  7 days back

                                                            what about when katara could heal ppl though?

                                                            • Cora Dawson
                                                              Cora Dawson  7 days back

                                                              I mean my names Cora so ya

                                                              • Viva Bry
                                                                Viva Bry  7 days back

                                                                so technically could water benders control the weather?

                                                                • Tim Fife
                                                                  Tim Fife  7 days back

                                                                  Netflix just slapped Disney+ in the face with the avatar remake 😂😂

                                                                  • Vishnu Banna
                                                                    Vishnu Banna  1 weeks back

                                                                    By this logic shouldn’t water benders be able to move metal?

                                                                    • crazy_gurl_val_
                                                                      crazy_gurl_val_  1 weeks back

                                                                      More avatar!!!

                                                                      • Pau Ocampo
                                                                        Pau Ocampo  1 weeks back

                                                                        ' I'm watching this for like the nth time. Can't wait for the other theories on the rest of the bending arts

                                                                        • optimus Exstentail nihilist

                                                                          I will love to be the avatar thin I will use earth bending for potassium chloride at the same Time as fire bending to make violet fire .

                                                                          • Daniel Duntavs Saunders

                                                                            Iroh on a rhino

                                                                            • Daniel Duntavs Saunders

                                                                              Yes it’s art

                                                                              • Daniel Duntavs Saunders


                                                                                • Deathrider365
                                                                                  Deathrider365  1 weeks back

                                                                                  Iroh on a Rhino, yup

                                                                                  • Lawrence Miggins
                                                                                    Lawrence Miggins  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I love your vids bro but i'm not clicking the link. just letting you know now .

                                                                                    • MURFGAMING1228
                                                                                      MURFGAMING1228  1 weeks back

                                                                                      How do water benders change water into ice and vice versa?

                                                                                      *STONE MASK INTENSIFIES*

                                                                                      • Gellaz Gellaz
                                                                                        Gellaz Gellaz  1 weeks back

                                                                                        Surely you couldn't purify the water, as it is only bendable when it has salt in it, so it couldn't be drinkable.

                                                                                        • SuperMarcoToad64 aka Smt64

                                                                                          Science = The fun subject

                                                                                          • Auggie Ciorra
                                                                                            Auggie Ciorra  1 weeks back

                                                                                            I fricken love avatar

                                                                                            • Sarcastic Warugaki
                                                                                              Sarcastic Warugaki  1 weeks back


                                                                                              • Random Nice
                                                                                                Random Nice  1 weeks back

                                                                                                Water, earth, fire, a i r

                                                                                                Long ago , the four nations lived together in harmony, then, everything changed when the fire nation atacked

                                                                                                Only the avatar, master of all four elements could stop them. But when the world needed him most, he vanished

                                                                                                A hundred years pass and my brother and I discovered the new avatar, an airbender named Aang .

                                                                                                And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone.

                                                                                                But I believe, Aang can save the world

                                                                                                (Cue music)

                                                                                                Previously on avatar..