The best bending scenes in avatar the last airbender

Published: August 30, 2014

Have you ever looked around the internet to try and find a list of the best, most epic battle/bending scenes in avatar the last airbender, only to be dissapointed and find that each scene is seperate, and not compiled into a neat list with awesome pictures to help remember the scene's epicness? Well fret no more! Here's a list of the top 10 bending moments in the best show in the world: AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER.

  1. Battle Scene in Book 2 "The Crossroads of Destiny"

    Who can forget the awesome bending in this episode? I chose this one to be the top bending scene because of its top notch bending of ALL FOUR ELEMENTS. Katara shows her prowess in water bending, holding her own and almost defeating Azula. Zuko shows how much he has matured as a fire bender, releasing fire whips/chains and holding his own against a waterbending master (Katara). Aang shows some serious airbending, as well as some water and earthbending. Personally, I didn't understand why Aang tried earthbending since his mastery over the element was not good enough to stand against his foes but bend away. Last but not least, AZULA. Her boss firebending is what really makes this fight scene really full of so much emotion. Its scary, exciting, and just AMAZING seeing her blue fire and whit combine into the scary monster she becomes after acquiring the Dai Li. All of this awesome bending culminates in Azula using her lighting to take down Aang while in his avatar state. Just thinking about it sends goose bumps down my spine. 


  2. Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang






    Probably the best episode in all of cartoons in the world, the Avatar series finale does not disappoint bending-wise. While the series finale is divided into what I’d say 3 episodes, the last one contains what is probably the most epic battle and bending scene in the entire series. After being put into a corner by fire lord Ozai, Aang is trapped inside a ball of rock he earth bended into a shield, and is desperately trying to find a way to defeat the fire lord without taking his life. Unfortunately he runs out of time as Ozai charges up a fire flare to break into the rock ball Aang crafted. Fortunately for Aang, a protrusion in the rocks pushes into his scar and unblocks the last chakra, allowing him to once again access the avatar state and unleash what is the most complete and awesome bending EVER. Not even the legend of korra bending scenes compare. Regrettably this is not the best bending scene in the series just because Aang’s bending prowess came to him out of luck. It was pure luck that Aang got pitted against a rock that bend into his scar and unlocked his last chakra.  If it weren’t for this, I would have marked it as the best bending scene in the series.


  3. The Swamp

    The competition for third place was tough as there are TONS of bending scenes that are awesome and contain all the elements, and even drama and comedy all in an excellent mix. However, I chose to go with the Swamp bending scene for a couple of reasons. Up till then in the series, Aang and Katara had only began mastering bending techniques and maturing into better benders. Then in the season finale for book 1 Aang combines with the ocean spirit to become the most fearsome water bender I’ve seen so far (Unalaq comes in a close second though). However, in this episode in book 2 we see how much Aang and Katara have progressed, especially Katara. Her prowess with water bending has matured so much. I was so impressed when I first saw this episode. The second reason is because we see a lot of air bending in this episode.  Air bending had been pretty rare; it was never used offensively in previous episodes, except with a few here and there. In this episode, we see a lot of it, and it’s even used offensively and a lot. A real treat for air bending fanatics like me.

To summarize: the top 3 bending scenes are (in order) the fight between Zuko, Azula, Aang, and Katara in The Crossroads of Destiny. Next comes Aang vs. Ozai in Sozin’s comet Part 4: Avatar Aang. Last bending scene is Aang and Katara vs. the vine bender in The Swamp. I have to say though that the series finale, despite coming in second, was a serious contester for first place and will always hold a very special place in my heart. It is just so cool seeing Aang compress all four elements and manipulate them all at the same time. I often find myself watching this episode when I’m upset since it is such an awesome time just watching it.


            Some other episodes that are worth mentioning are…

I think Siege of the North deserves an honorable mention. Seeing Aang’s spiritual side is just as impressive as seeing the elements being bent (or bended? Hmm wonder how Avatar grammar works…). Combining with the ocean spirit is definitely one of the most memorable moments in avatar, and if I were ranking in episode quality, this one would probably win, if not come in second place.


Another important runner up is Katara’s fight with master Paku. Although it’s relatively short, and does not contain any “epic” water bending, it is still very fun to watch and hold a special place in the series overall. Here we see what Katara’s self-training has accomplished and how much she has been able to learn on her own. This is definitely a water bending fight to remember and is almost as cool as the episode where Katara learns to…BLOOD BEND!


Anyways, thanks for reading my opinions, let me know what are your favorite bending scenes!