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Scintillae wrote:Anyone can be a villain. It's just easy to get stuck in designated villain land when you default to firebenders/Slytherin (don't get me started on Harry Potter).slides her a Haterade (tm) Please, tell me more...
So you've got your houses that boil down to:Gryffindor: Bravery
Only ambition is presented as evil, which sends the message "If you want to be really successful, you're an at-risk fictional villain." It's generally accepted that this is meant as excessive ambition, but it's a slippery slope, and anyone dumbing this down for a little kid reading this is going to leave off the excessive. To the extreme, it sends the message of "Never try."
I just want to know why the other qualities can't be villainous. A Ravenclaw could want to seek and practice forbidden knowledge and stop anyone in their way. A Hufflepuff could be so devoted to a friend gone wrong that they turn a blind eye to morality. A Gryffindor could want to show off and perpetually endanger those around them just for the chance to prove their bravery. Any of these could be just as interesting as a megalomaniac and send the same message: this is a good quality in the right amount, but don't let it rule you.
Yeah, there were people who weren't exactly good guys who were not Slytherin and good wizards who were, but Rowling spells it right out: Every true dark wizard was a Slytherin.
/putting way too much thought into a kids' book series
Anyway this is funny because Slytherin's colors are more in line for an earthbender. And, hey, we have had an earthbender villain who was very much a Slytherin.
WooT! Korra got renewed for the full 52 episodes, meaning 3 more (too short) seasons. Season 2 will be Spirits.
Whoa were did you hear that?
Edit: Huh, here it is. Nice!
Air bender: Possible, but their bendind is the more spiritualized and religious one, so unlikely. Doesn't even take a special technique, just make a fast enough cyclone around the target and it will suck the air right out of their lungs.
Earthbender: No. Except for very small quantities going through the digestive system most minerals in the body are bonded as part of the living tissues. Water works because most of the water on the body is used as a solvent and is not itself part of the living organism.
Firebender: Doubtful, even if a firebender could control heat without using actual fire and forgetting that cold is the domain of water in this erse. Even if possible, it would be nigh useless, as it would demand at least as much concetration as bloodbending, but without its stopping power. Meaning that the target could attack while the user has to stop and concentrate. Any attempted user would get killed fast.