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#76 - ledhendrix (09/30/2013) [-]
Okay bitches, it's time for an explanation (of how I see it)!
First things first: By "every airbender avatars" I mean every future avatar that was a native/born an airbender, like Korra is native waterbender. Of course every Avatar will be able to airbend sooner or later. Maybe I should have been more specific about that...

Second: We all pretty much know that bending is somehow genetically stored in the genes. That means that Kya and Bumi MAY be able to "produce" airbenders, just like Tenzin, though it isn't guarantied. But that STILL means that those airbenders would be descendants of Aang since Kya and Bumi are Aang's children (duh...).

"Yeah, well, uh... How come Mako and Bolin are brothers but bend different elements?" Simple! Their father was an earthbender and their mother a firebender, they just got different pair/sets/combinations of genes from their parents, just like Aang and Katara's kids did (or however you say it in english). That is also why there were only earthbenders born in the Earth Kingdom, only waterbenders born in the Water Tribe, and so on, before Korra's time. The different peoples of the earth didn't interact with each other nearly as much as they do now when the industrial revolution is in full swing and after The United Republic of Nations is founded, a place were benders and non-benders from all nations live and interact with eachother every day. Of course there might have been "interracial" couples before and during Aang's time, but they were not nearly as common as they are now.

"But if someone very spiritual is born, doesn't he become an airbender, since they are spiritually stronger than the other benders and that is a requirement for being an airbender?"
Well, I too have heard somewhere that airbenders are all supposed to be very spiritually connected when thay are born, or something like that, otherwise they wouldn't turn out to be an airbender. But by just being very spiritual doesn't mean the child becomes an airbender. They have to have the right genes too! "And how do you know that?" you may may ask. Well, where the **** were all the newborn little airbenders during the hundred year war, then?! We know that unkle Iroh was so spiritually wise and strong that he could even see and communicate with the spirits, but he was still just a firebender because he lacked the right genes. Not even the people living with Tenzin on Airtemple Island and in the other airtemples in the world are, or will ever be, airbenders. They are just acolytes: people who practise the spiritual way and living of the airbenders.
There's a reason Aang was ******* called "The Last Airbender", because that's exactly what he was! He was the only one of his kind, the last one, meaning he was the only one that carried the right genes to produce an airbender kid, which means that Aang will be every future native airbender's common ancestor!

This glorious ************ will not only be remembered as one of the most successful avatars, "The boy in the iceberg", "The last airbender",and "the founder of Republic City". He will also forever be the FATHER OF ALL NEW AIRBENDERS!!!!!
Aang is so ******* hardcore!

Tl;dr: Just read it, you lazy bum!
#191 to #76 - commit (09/30/2013) [-]
With interracial couples now, what exactly is stopping a person who isn't the avatar from inheriting 2 types of bending?
User avatar #182 to #76 - xtwinblade (09/30/2013) [-]
Aang, becoming the new Genetically Adam for all future airbenders.
User avatar #179 to #76 - dracory (09/30/2013) [-]
i thought i read that not all airbenders can from bending parents they had strong spiritual connections and gain it that way. . .? is this possible?
User avatar #134 to #76 - tonychingchong (09/30/2013) [-]
Appa was also an airbender
#133 to #76 - lucianolp (09/30/2013) [-]
So if bending is genetic, the fire nation would have to kill off every non-bender and other bender with airbender genes. Ok, they're monks, they most likely didnt have children with other races. But what if they did? The airbending genes could stay recessive in a non airbender for the 100 year war, then a child with parents born from an airbender but non airbender could give birth to an airbender. Thus, not all airbending avatars will be Aang's ancestor.
#111 to #76 - kekio (09/30/2013) [-]
what if korra has a air bending child ... or he avatar after her just saying
User avatar #123 to #111 - DiabloStrawhat (09/30/2013) [-]
I think only the bending power of your family lineage is hereditary. Otherwise, being the Avatar would be a genetic thing, and make it more like a noble position than an enlightened destiny-title.
#125 to #123 - kekio (09/30/2013) [-]
ehh possible
User avatar #126 to #125 - DiabloStrawhat (09/30/2013) [-]
It's a nifty idea, it's just that there's not much evidence that would make it so, plus it'd be a bit mary sue-ish to make Korra's child be the first Avatar child to have it happen.
User avatar #92 to #76 - xplosevdiarrhea (09/30/2013) [-]
While I agree with you fully on the genetics thing, why don't they just relearn bending like the original benders? Didn't all the tribes pick it up from bending animals originally? I see how bending could have gone extinct with the sky bison(I think that's where air bending comes from) but since they aren't dead couldn't more learn? Also, the genetics thing sort of loses power with me if they learned from the animals.

I don't know for sure, but the genetics/learning from animals things don't match up very well. Then again I wasn't paying too much attention to catch if they explained how this all worked.
User avatar #112 to #92 - galgawine ONLINE (09/30/2013) [-]
I think the learning from animals thing may be just a creation myth like we have with our religions today and is not the actual source of bending power. Otherwise there would be no reason to call Aang the last airbender cause people could just relearn it.
User avatar #195 to #112 - DJstar (09/30/2013) [-]
explain toph. she literally learned how to earthbend from the badger moles.
User avatar #98 to #92 - artistforlife (09/30/2013) [-]
You have to have the right genes to be ABLE to bend, but just because you're able to do something doesn't mean you know how. So the animals taught them how. Take riding a bike as an example. You're physically able to, but you need to be taught how. If you didn't have legs, you wouldn't be able too, no matter how many lessons you took.
#91 to #76 - thelaks (09/30/2013) [-]
I completely agree.
I completely agree.
#85 to #76 - Hreidmar (09/30/2013) [-]
I like this guy.
#118 to #85 - ledhendrix (09/30/2013) [-]
I like you too
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