What do you do when you're stuck between a rock and hard place? Nothing - chances are you're fighting an earthbender and you're toast anyway. Earthbenders in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are the unsung heroes of the two series. With the literal ability to move mountains and the largest-slash-most populous region in the world of Avatar, the Earth Kingdom has the capacity to take over the world with a few good benders.
This is a collection of the strongest earthbenders in the Avatar universe. Are you a fan of the "Blind Bandit" Toph Beifong, or are you more of a fan of Bolin, the wholesome himbo from The Legend of Korra? Vote up who you think are the strongest benders!
Born blind to aristocratic parents, Toph Beifong is an earthbending prodigy that effectively taught herself the skill (with the help of some giant badgermoles). Toph's training under the badgermoles allowed her to use their unique ability of seismic sense: she used earthbending to "feel" even the most minute vibrations in the earth, including the march of ants several meters away and the presence of trees and buildings, allowing her to visualize her surroundings and "see" the world around her.
Toph discovered the ability to bend metal when she was captured by Master Yu and Xin Fu and trapped in a metal box. Because of Toph's ability to feel the vibrations in earth, she was able to locate impurities (small fragments of earth) still found in most metals and manipulate them to "bend" the metal portion. By acquiring these metalbending abilities, Toph had shown herself to be one of the most powerful and ingenious earthbenders in the world.3285Rock your socks off?
Living well beyond 100 years of age, King Bumi was a master earthbender who was one of, if not the best in the world. His bending style was very conservative and stressed waiting for exactly the right moment to strike; however, when the aforementioned moment did come, he demonstrated extremely powerful techniques.
Bumi could levitate entire houses, extremely large pieces of stone, create fissures with kicks into the ground, turn ordinary dirt into quicksand, quickly tunnel through the ground, and, most extraordinarily, earthbend exclusively with his face with little to no handicap. With rock pillars, Bumi could launch himself or heavy metal objects such as tanks into the air, and once toppled a large metal statue from underneath.21711Rock your socks off?
Kyoshi was an Earth Kingdom-born Avatar that preceded Avatar Roku. She died at age 230 and was an exceptionally tall woman. As the Avatar, Kyoshi was able to bend the four elements at will; however, her most well known feat is rooted in her native bending tradition of earthbending.
When Chin the Conquerer advanced towards Kyoshi's home village, she entered the Avatar State and split a peninsula from the Earth Kingdom mainland, pushing it out to sea by earthbending a massive fissure, lavabending the crust the peninsula sat upon and (with a little help from some airbending), set her newly created island adrift, ending Chin's reign in the process.19710Rock your socks off?
BolinPhoto: The Legend of Korra / Nickelodeon
Bolin is a highly-skilled former professional earthbender that joined in on Korra's adventures as the Avatar in The Legend of Korra. Bolin describes his earthbending style as "light on his feet," which grants him greater maneuverability and evasiveness during matches and against combatants on the battlefield. Bolin employs pro-bending-like attacks along with more traditional earthbending outside of matches, fortified by his sharp aim.
Although Bolin discovered it in a moment of panic, he has the rare ability to bend lava, and was able from the start to quickly stop an oncoming flow when he and his allies were trapped in an open-ended tunnel on a cliffside. Over time, his proficiency in lavabending proved clutch in a number of missions and battles, including instances where he would phase shift rocks into flying discs of molten rock.17132Rock your socks off?