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

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  • 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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Comments • 10 818

  • Le6itL3v1
    Le6itL3v1  58 minutes back

    Matpat is the next Bill Nye

    • Deffeny Fred
      Deffeny Fred  2 hours back

      Don't tell me yo clown ass went and searched up "how to create a magnetic field" or something like dat, cause if u did....






      same

      • Irungu Erick
        Irungu Erick  3 hours back

        Thermometers are speedometers for atoms and molecules.

        • Paul Finger
          Paul Finger  4 hours back

          am i the only non-nerd here

          • Cihan Neşvat
            Cihan Neşvat  8 hours back

            its all good and amazing but that part about changing water into ice just doesnt make sense

            • Lili Jeffers
              Lili Jeffers  16 hours back

              I love this! Thank you!

              • Jason Gilchrist
                Jason Gilchrist  17 hours back

                Manipulating the human body Is called blood bending

                • Kristen Smith
                  Kristen Smith  21 hours back

                  5:30 thank me later

                  • Ese Erhabor
                    Ese Erhabor  21 hours back

                    Mat pat I love your episodes

                    • The Koki
                      The Koki  22 hours back

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

                      • xXItzGlitchXx
                        xXItzGlitchXx  1 days back

                        Magnet = Me
                        Water = Potential friends

                        • Avinoam Gottesmann
                          Avinoam Gottesmann  1 days back

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

                          • OLED Skool Furryfied Brony

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

                            • dragon fire
                              dragon fire  1 days back

                              Hollow James

                              • chris perez
                                chris perez  1 days back

                                Was about to sleep but nevermind

                                • Etnobalium E
                                  Etnobalium E  1 days back

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

                                  • Aozotra
                                    Aozotra  1 days 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  1 days back

                                        do other bending :(

                                        • Bpoetry
                                          Bpoetry  2 days back

                                          Avatarness...

                                          • LEXICON DEVIL
                                            LEXICON DEVIL  2 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  2 days back

                                              4:45 that hairline tho

                                              • GnarlyCharlie
                                                GnarlyCharlie  2 days back

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

                                                • Desolate Husk
                                                  Desolate Husk  2 days back

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

                                                  • Courage
                                                    Courage  2 days back

                                                    Roku found water hard because he was originally a firebender

                                                    • WhatIDoTho MewMew
                                                      WhatIDoTho MewMew  2 days back

                                                      God I’m such a nerd

                                                      • Seiny Peach
                                                        Seiny Peach  2 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  2 days back

                                                          Gravity...






                                                          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•  3 days back

                                                                  *what happened to hawkey?*

                                                                  • Jesse T
                                                                    Jesse T  3 days back

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

                                                                    • Dexter thoma
                                                                      Dexter thoma  3 days back

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

                                                                      • Carl Loreto
                                                                        Carl Loreto  3 days back

                                                                        what about water healing?

                                                                        • Moonlight Mask
                                                                          Moonlight Mask  3 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  3 days back

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

                                                                            • Kit Kat Kween
                                                                              Kit Kat Kween  3 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  3 days back

                                                                                4:00

                                                                                • 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  4 days back

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

                                                                                            • Tornado Dee
                                                                                              Tornado Dee  4 days back

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

                                                                                              • SANS______
                                                                                                SANS______  4 days back

                                                                                                I rewatched this and it was amazing.

                                                                                                • FruitNDoggie
                                                                                                  FruitNDoggie  4 days back

                                                                                                  This channel talking about science? Hilarious.