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!

    #AvatarTheLastAirbender #Avatar #Waterbending #Airbender #Airbending #Firebending #Earthbending #Nickelodeon #FilmTheory #Matpat

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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 • 10 813

  • Lili Jeffers
    Lili Jeffers  3 hours back

    I love this! Thank you!

    • Jason Gilchrist
      Jason Gilchrist  4 hours back

      Manipulating the human body Is called blood bending

      • Kristen Smith
        Kristen Smith  7 hours back

        5:30 thank me later

        • Ese Erhabor
          Ese Erhabor  8 hours back

          Mat pat I love your episodes

          • The Koki
            The Koki  8 hours back

            Jesus is the water of life, which is waiting for you.Jesus loves you regardless of your past.

            • xXItzGlitchXx
              xXItzGlitchXx  10 hours back

              Magnet = Me
              Water = Potential friends

              • Avinoam Gottesmann
                Avinoam Gottesmann  12 hours back

                won't the electromagnetic waves affect the sorrounding as well as the water?

                • Vyrein K. Kensdale
                  Vyrein K. Kensdale  15 hours back

                  4 symbols 4:16 are stickers you found images for and changed the colors. I have the same stickers.

                  • dragon fire
                    dragon fire  15 hours back

                    Hollow James

                    • chris perez
                      chris perez  19 hours back

                      Was about to sleep but nevermind

                      • Etnobalium E
                        Etnobalium E  19 hours back

                        I watched the nick crossover thing and it’s way better than I thought, but I love the bill nye reference

                        • Aozotra
                          Aozotra  20 hours back

                          why did mattpat get more ginger for nick

                          • Carlos Luna Pizarro Guerra

                            As an engineer I love whatching this show! It makes me feel that I'm not alone

                            • Alan Velasquez
                              Alan Velasquez  21 hours back

                              do other bending :(

                              • Bpoetry
                                Bpoetry  24 hours back


                                • LEXICON DEVIL
                                  LEXICON DEVIL  1 days back

                                  7:50 wow until I heard MatPats voice over Sokka I never realized he could be a good alternative voice actor for him haha.

                                  • Lucas Wallace
                                    Lucas Wallace  1 days back

                                    4:45 that hairline tho

                                    • GnarlyCharlie
                                      GnarlyCharlie  1 days back

                                      so since minerals are in blood, can earth benders blood bend too?

                                      • Desolate Husk
                                        Desolate Husk  1 days back

                                        What if there were plasma benders who could superheating atoms? That would just be cool

                                        • Courage
                                          Courage  1 days back

                                          Roku found water hard because he was originally a firebender

                                          • WhatIDoTho MewMew
                                            WhatIDoTho MewMew  1 days back

                                            God I’m such a nerd

                                            • Seiny Peach
                                              Seiny Peach  1 days back

                                              I absolutely love this theory, but there's one thing you missed, how do you explain the healing abilities waterbenders have?

                                              • Banaantje Baba
                                                Banaantje Baba  1 days back


                                                Is working.

                                                • DiamondMinion
                                                  DiamondMinion  2 days back

                                                  Hey Matpat I am very curious now what is the science behind bloodbending, is it the same as waterbending

                                                  • let me die in peace
                                                    let me die in peace  2 days back

                                                    Sooo.. when katar was fighting against azula it doesn't make sense that Katara stopped her lightning with water

                                                    • -insert name here-
                                                      -insert name here-  2 days back

                                                      Do one on earth bending.

                                                      • Sleepycotton•
                                                        Sleepycotton•  2 days back

                                                        *what happened to hawkey?*

                                                        • Jesse T
                                                          Jesse T  2 days back

                                                          Who else is waiting for avatar the last airbender movie chapter 2 !?

                                                          • Dexter thoma
                                                            Dexter thoma  2 days back

                                                            Yeah there is no way I am missing that I will be binging

                                                            • Carl Loreto
                                                              Carl Loreto  2 days back

                                                              what about water healing?

                                                              • Moonlight Mask
                                                                Moonlight Mask  2 days back

                                                                i’d like to note that roku said that waterbending was particularly hard for him because he’s a firebender. makes sense since fire is the opposite is water. this also happened with aang when he struggled to master earthbending since air is opposite to earth

                                                                • Shortie Life
                                                                  Shortie Life  2 days back

                                                                  Does Avatar have to do anything with your zodiac signs. Just wondering.

                                                                  • Kit Kat Kween
                                                                    Kit Kat Kween  2 days back

                                                                    matpat is so wholesome when he's asking us to hype him up for nick. he's such a dork i love this man so much

                                                                    • Stranger's Love
                                                                      Stranger's Love  2 days back


                                                                      • Korrupted Tomato
                                                                        Korrupted Tomato  3 days back

                                                                        I always thought the blood bending was scary

                                                                        • Sarah Pollard
                                                                          Sarah Pollard  3 days back

                                                                          Me: I watch avatar 24 hours ;-;

                                                                          Other people: You are crazy...

                                                                          Me: SHUT UP!

                                                                          • Bjarni Freyr
                                                                            Bjarni Freyr  3 days back

                                                                            Plz explain the other bendings

                                                                            • Pas Reppas
                                                                              Pas Reppas  3 days back

                                                                              not to mention water bending is the only element that can change between solid, liquid and gas

                                                                              • NOWHERE GIRL
                                                                                NOWHERE GIRL  3 days back

                                                                                Avatar Roku had difficulty water bending because he was originally a fire bender and water is the opposite of fire. It’s just like how Aang had difficulty earth bending because he’s originally an air bender

                                                                                • Android Robot
                                                                                  Android Robot  3 days back

                                                                                  Is it just me or is that face getting a little more annoying every video?

                                                                                  • Tornado Dee
                                                                                    Tornado Dee  3 days back

                                                                                    I watched your Appa video and it was great!! but how do i watch the others??

                                                                                    • SANS______
                                                                                      SANS______  3 days back

                                                                                      I rewatched this and it was amazing.

                                                                                      • FruitNDoggie
                                                                                        FruitNDoggie  3 days back

                                                                                        This channel talking about science? Hilarious.

                                                                                        • Somemfdude
                                                                                          Somemfdude  4 days back

                                                                                          Okay, cool theory and all, but ANOTHER live action movie? Like, did we not learn what happened last time with the 5 earth benders that it took to move a small boulder they could have picked up? Did we not remember when the cast got whitewashed? Or when Aangs arrows were shitty tribal tattoos? Come on guys, this..this just hurts. We all watched it. So why. Why are we excited about the same movie?
                                                                                          Did y’all forget how Netflix is just butchering series after series fir shitty live action remakes to pocket some more cash?

                                                                                          • BackToPray
                                                                                            BackToPray  4 days back


                                                                                            • Jay C
                                                                                              Jay C  4 days back

                                                                                              What happened we need to know more about these physics

                                                                                              • Jacob Kruszynski
                                                                                                Jacob Kruszynski  4 days back

                                                                                                Firebending is in fact the best element

                                                                                                • Artemis Mueller
                                                                                                  Artemis Mueller  4 days back

                                                                                                  Please make a film theory comparing Toph's metal bending and Magneto's ferro magnetic powers!!