He can Energybend, or at least do something that looks like it.
He managed to have Korra at his mercy as soon as the 4th episode... The only reason he didn't take her bending away (or outright kill her) is because he doesn't want her to become a martyr, so he's saving her for last. Korra is utterly helpless and frightened during the whole experience.
The reactions to Energybending and how they treated the benders looked a lot like a public execution.
He's so competent. After only three major appearances he's already nearly unanimously considered by fans to be a Magnificent Bastard. Every plan that he's made are so well thought out and executed it's stunning.
Someone reversed a certain part of his speech in "The Revelation" and found a hidden message. Sweet dreams!
For those of you who don't want Amon's creepy voice to haunt your dreams, here's a description of that story. Someone noticed a strange echoing during the part where Amon says, "I've been forced to hide behind a mask ever since." They played that particular part backwards to find a "hidden message" that sounds way too convincing to be a coincidence. Allegedly, Amon says in the backmasked message: "Servants, I am the night." It's clear as day, and only makes Amon creepier.
Amon's confrontation with Korra is very creepy- especially with Tenzin worriedly asking Korra if he took away her bending. After she replies with "No," she bursts into tears.
Commentators have pointed out that the whole scene is, essentially, framed as a rape scene. Young girl is grabbed and dragged into the darkness in a public place, held down, knocked unconscious while multiple hands reach for her... and her shell-shocked expression and breakdown afterwards could be almost identical to the aftermath of a rape.
Amon reaching out to grab Korra after she is captured. We think he's going to attempt to take her bending away... but instead, he grabs her chin and lifts up her head so she is facing him. He doesn't do this harshly, or in a creepily suggestive way. The suspense of that scene, and how nonchalant he is as he's holding Korra's head up... it's just so unsettling.
His nonchalance in his confrontations with Korra? Try the nonchalance with which he actually performs his de-bending ability. This guy is capable of raping your soul and treating it like it's Tuesday.
What's even creepier is that when Tarrlock tries to strengthen his bloodbending, he slows down Amon for about a second or two, then keeps walking like nothing happened. The scene could easily be set up that Amon is not human or even organic, but the fact that he was stopped for a moment means he DOES have blood, but he's too powerful to be stopped by it.
It turns out that Amon can resist bloodbending because he himself is a bloodbender, probably the strongest who ever lived; and can even do it with his mind. Of course, bloodbending is Nightmare Fuel to begin with.
It's revealed that he uses his bloodbending to de-bend people. That means he's bloodbending people's brains, destroying chi paths and neurons
Then you get to know that he's been using very stealthy bloodbending the whole time to assist him in fights, which explains why nobody could land a hit on him, but couldn't detect anything suspicious either.
Amon's followers. The other Equalists wear bizarre, inhuman gas masks with bright green eye lenses. As if that wasn't enough, they're horrendously athletic and paralyze people by manipulating life energy. Basically, just imagine a bunch of lovecraftian cultists jumping after you and destroying your own soul.
And like Amon, they're also very competent. They do not obey Mook Chivalry in the slightest and use every advantage at their disposal to overpower and dominate their opponents. Imagine an entire organization of nothing but Elite Mooks and you've got the Equalists.
Mako witnessed his parents being murdered by a Firebender at the age of eight. Now think about how that would have likely happened. Hint-burning alive is a nasty way to die. Even worse when you consider that every single time he uses his firebending, he could be reminded of what happened...
Amon's Dragon, The Lieutenant. Extremely fast, extremely powerful, he has proven to be a terrifyingly powerful combatant. As he's voiced by Lance Henriksen, Evil Sounds Deep applies to him as well, much like how it does with Amon himself. His remorseless electrocution of the Fire Ferrets while they were still in the water was... shocking, to say the least. You could really feel their pain and see it on their faces.
Bloodbending's back, ladies and gentlemen. This time, the moon's not even necessary.
Yakone. There's just something... off about his eyes. They're not animated in a weird way, it's just there's something terrifying about his eyes whenever he appears. If ever a sociopath's eyes were presented perfectly in fiction, it's here!
The fact that he was a threat to Aang, with Yakone's powerful bloodbending ability, is really saying something.
As if what he's capable of wasn't enough, think about the fact he earned himself life in prison for his crimes and he becomes even more terrifying.
Life in prison for bloodbending related crimes + very clearly trying to snap Aang's neck = every single bit of Fridge Horror on bloodbending ever. All those things we wrote about on the internet, like yanking the blood out of a person, stopping the heart, boiling blood, etc. that we knew would get the show kicked off the air if they were shown? There is every indication that he did them.
Just the fact that Korra is the last on Amon's hitlist is disturbing; sure, we've already have seen what damage he's capable on doing, but when Tenzin and his family come to mind...
Any time somebody is electrocuted. It looks much more gruesome and painful than electrocution in the first series, even though it's apparently a lower voltage and never did more than knock anyone out. The worst example is when Lin is electrocuted on the Equalist airship and her head is rattling, her eyes wide open, her mouth gaping, as if she were being killed on the electric chair.
Or her debending scene, which looks as though he shot her through the head.
The implications of all the destructive equipment Sato's manufactured. They could long out last the Equalists. Now picture gangs of non-bender thugs wielding those gloves and electrocuting innocent victims. What to speak of bombs, rockets and missiles?
Never mind non-bending thugs. Anyone can use them. Including the bending triads.
With the newest inventions heavier than air vehicles, in this case bombers. Have once and for all revolutionized the ways that wars will be fought in the Avatar-verse.
The spirit beast that attacks Korra. It may only be in story-boards, but the way that thing moves is just creepy. Even more creepy when you consider this will be the first villain in the Avatarverse that is not human.
From what we've seen of the spirits, they're either awesome looking, creepy as hell, or both.
The concept art for the Dark Spirits provides some truly horrific designs, worthy of Wayne Barlowe's approval stamp. Some of them make brief appearances in "A New Spiritual Age", but have largely been replaced by more generic designs, which may or may not be a good thing.
When Amon depowers Lightning Bolt Zolt, his lightning degrades to fire, then to nothing at all. Something about that is so unsettling. And how Amon threw Zolt off balance and cause destruction with the lightning just to remind the people how dangerous the bending arts were prior to that.
The look that benders have on their faces when Amon is about to try and take their bending powers away. The situation is bad enough, but it's even worse when the benders have this look of absolute, pure terror on their faces that is just so unsettling. Even worse when Korra, of all people, has this terrified look as well. Knowing hercharacter, it takes a lot to make her so visibly scared.
The nameless firebender that was next in line after Zolt is deliberately animated to be shaking as if sobbing and staring at the ground after seeing what happened to Zolt. Imagine seeing that and knowing you're next...
Aside from Bolin, Shady Shin, and Lightning Bolt Zolt, there were two other benders there. Except for Bolin, they all had their bending powers taken away. Lightning Bolt Zolt may have been a bad guy and Shady Shin was shady, but there is no evidence that those two other benders were anything other than innocent people.
Bolin helplessly trying to explain his situation as Amon calmly walks over to him on the stage.
The fact that a main character almost got his bending taken away so early in the series is pretty scary. Imagine how that would affect not only Bolin, but also Mako, for the rest of the show is both scary and depressing.
Bolin being shocked by the Lieutenant. .
While probably a coincidence, reversing Amon's speech gives off some rather eldritch results. Servants, I am the night.
"The Voice in the Night"
Korra's confrontation with Amon and his group.
Made worse by how Korra called for one-on-one combat, held herself to the terms, and believed that Amon would do the same. But he brought dozens of chi-blockers, and the only reason Tenzin got there so quickly was because he'd been watching without Korra's knowledge.
The cinematography is especially effective in this regard; first, Korra is dragged into the darkness, where the only light is supplied by her Firebending attacks. Then the last thing we see before everything goes black is Korra getting struck in the back by seemingly dozens of hands... And the light reflecting off the chi-blocker's masks. Their eyes look demonic.
When Amon finally walks out of the shadows, made even more effective by his inhumanly creepy Leitmotif.
Amon: I received your invitation, young Avatar.
Amon revealing his intentions for Korra. While it would be so easy to crush her right then and there, he won't do it because he knows that would only make her a martyr. Countless benders from about the Four Nations would be up in arms at her death. He makes it clear to her that their showdown will come, but not today. He is going to break her down, he is going to tear everything around her that she holds dear to her away, take everything from her. He's saving her for last.
The line he says to Korra completely seriously: "And I will destroy you" before narrowing his eyes at her.
The entire scene was almost played as the aftermath of a gang rape: Korra was simply strolling outside of the tower when the Chi-blockers suddenly grabbed her from the shadows and took her down despite her efforts to fend them off. Amon appeared and knocked her unconscious after delivering his Hannibal Lecture, and soon Korra woke up to Tenzin running to her aid. Korra immediately swallowed her pride and broke into tears. It's heartbreaking to watch a teenage girl be deconstructed within a minute's span.
"And The Winner Is..."
The Equalists attack the Pro Bending Stadium in a blatant terrorist attack. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a terrorist attack in this show. And what an attack! Every cop is taken out by being electrocuted unconscious, Chief Lin Beifong and Tenzin first, the Avatar and her friends are tied under the stage after also being electrocuted unconscious, the Wolfbats all have their bending taken, Amon blows up the stage (with Korra, Mako, and Bolin barely escaping), and gets away with the building all-but destroyed, and what's left is hanging with Equalist tapestries. They went there, folks.
From a directorial standpoint, we have this shot. Picture it: a pro-bending champion is crowned. The crowd goes wildó everyone is either standing and cheering or flailing and cursing the refs. And then the sound drops out, and everything slows down. The camera focuses on an audience member with a decidedly grim expression slowly pulling a mask over their nose and mouth. Then it goes across the arena, where another audience member does the same thing. It does this again. And again. And again. One of the masked men reaches into his popcorn and pulls out a weapon. The audience around them is completely oblivious. As are the heavily armed and armored police officers providing security. Everyone is oblivious until the Equalists begin using those weapons to neutralize the security detail and take out anyone who resists. That's right, ladies and gentlemen; you've just witnessed the beginnings of a terrorist attack on Nickelodeon.
The unnaturally smooth way that Amon dodges every single bending attack thrown at him... Brrr...
The Lieutenant electrocuting the Fire Ferrets in the water! You can see the pain in their faces.
As funny as Shiro Shinobi's announcing was right when he is about to be electrocuted, the fact he is a defenseless non-bender and look of fear on his face, pretty much confirms that the Equalists are not against attacking non-benders who support bending. However, in a strange way it proves just how awesome he is as well. Even under attack, unlike other members of the Pro Bending Organization. Shiro not only kept his cool and stayed at his post, even while he was frightened enough to wet his pants he didn't beg or plead with the Equalist attacking him. He just kept doing his job in the face of ascary situation.
Tahno's face right before he's stripped of his bending... the perfectly-drawn details around his terrified eyes!
Tahno's appearance afterwards. He's pale, he has dark circles under his exhausted, weary eyes, his normally well-kempt hair is a mess, and he walks with a slumping, utterly hopeless gait. He's exhausted himself trying to find a cure, to no avail, and is talking to the police so they can get information. Even though he was an asshole, one can't help but worry about the poor guy's psychological well-being after the incident.
And Amon played everyone like fools. He knew where every guard would be, so he knew how Lin was going to do security. The security checks weren't off-screen, we see them—they were everywhere, and yet somehow there were bombs on the stage, and Equalists snuck in with their masks and shock-gloves under their clothes or in their popcorn...
Aside from the obvious references to modern terrorism, the episode also shows Amon and the Equalists displaying unnerving similarities to a certain other group as Amon is now explicitly talking about "purging the impurities" of benders, and then promising to expand his purge to the rest of the world once he had finished in Republic City. His appearance at the stadium also had more than a few parallels with the Beer Hall Putch.
Korra, Tenzin, and the Metalbending force being utterly helpless against the Platinum mechas being used by the Equalists. If Mako and Bolin didn't go down and help them, they would've lost their bending. What was worse is how the rest of the metalbenders are still in their clutches and they know what their fate is.
Pretty sure only Tenzin and Lin would have had been Brought Down to Normal, Korra's a completely different story considering Amon's whole "I'll save you for last." Still doesn't take away from the sheer shock of it all though.
Especially considering that Tenzin is one of the Last of His Kind. Sure, he still has his children, but who is to say that they wouldn't be chased after next?
In fact, it's arguably even worse because it's pretty likely that she would have to watch them be de-bended.
As awesome as it was, imagine Lin's hack-and-slash attacks from the mecha controller's POV.
Hiroshi Sato in the episode as whole. Unlike the average Equalist, he's not in it for a greater cause, but just to get revenge for his dead wife. If Amon is already implying genocidal purges, imagine what Hiroshi would do.
Crossing over with Fridge Horror: the arena announcer, Shiro Shinobi, narrates the Previously On segments for every episode...until the one immediately after he's attacked by Equalists. He's nowhere to be seen all episode. And it is implied that Shiro must have been badly injured in addition to being traumatized.
"When Extremes Meet"
Tarrlok can bloodbend and he's taken Korra away we know not where, but he made it clear she'd never see Republic City again.
Worse, he can do it without the full moon, something its inventor didn't think was possible.
As in "The Voice in the Night", what makes the scene ... "special" is its amazing cinematography. The moment Tarrlok's bloodbending is revealed, you definitely get a sense of wrongness short only of the rising of an Eldritch Abomination.
Also note that he was good enough to levitate and fling Korra off into a wall. Even master waterbenders like Katara and Hama, under the full moon, could only subdue and move them around.
Not to mention the disturbing sound effects in that scene. As Tarrlok is bloodbending Korra, you can actually hear the fluids inside her swishing around.
Korra has to be given some credit here. She is downright scary after she's got Tarrlok on the ropes. There wasn't any good reason to blow up the floor. She was just that pissed. She also fully intended to roast him. Aang was only ever that scary in the Avatar State, and even that was arguably tame to just how far Korra seemed willing to go.
Also, when Korra breathes fire for the first time, she looks feral and enraged, like a freaking dragon.
Look at Korra's picture on the character page, and then look at this.◊
As the non-benders of Republic City are rounded up like cattle and have their rights taken from them, there are too many disturbing parallels that can be drawn to history. The Red Scare, for one- as well as the American internment of the Japanese, and Hitler imposing curfew upon the Jews.
Tarrlok in general. He goes from being a merely egomaniacal jerk to a racist, heartless maniac. He doesn't want Republic City to be equal- he wants to persecute non-benders based on suspicion alone.
Worst is how he comes off in the episode. Previously, he was an asshole, but was depicted as a calm, if slightly belligerent, manipulator. By the end of this episode? He's a psychotic wreck.
In a clip of the following episode, he goes as far as to electrocute himself to frame the Equalists in the kidnapping of Korra. His manner of electrocuting himself with an Equalist glove is almost casual.
It's very brief, but in Korra's flashback, Yakone can be seen bloodbending Toph, Sokka, and Aang, with Aang seeming powerless to stop him.
Korra's reaction to Ikki blowing her crush on Mako to Asami is "I'M COMPLETELY CALM!" levels of both funny and terrifying.
Ikki's reaction when Korra slams the door in her face was also funny, yet a bit unsettling.
"Out of the Past"
Tarrlok bloodbending Korra down the stairs. Just the grotesque way she's twisted- it doesn't look natural at all.
Worse, she doesn't even blink. All past cases of bloodbending at least give eye control,but this time even her visual fluids are strained still. Open. Petrified. Nothing about the image says she's alive.
The kidnapping itself was extremely unsettling: there were so many things Tarrlok could have done to Korra, and if it wasn't for Amon's unexpected raid, who knows if she had been rescued or not even if Tarrlok's assistant confessed that Korra was abducted?
Yakone bloodbending everyone in the courtroom, then when Aang chases him he says, "I'm going to put you down for good." and starts twisting Aang's body around. Ugh.
It's even worse when you notice the other body-twisting Yakone is doing, such as bending bones ways they can't go. Yakone is torturing Aang before going for the kill.
Yakone had earlier bent Sokka's arm back at an impossible angle during the courtroom scene. Having to see the impossible body-twisting multiple times just makes it even worse.
It's blatantly clear Yakone was going for a Neck Snap by the animation.
Why hasn't anyone mentioned that incredibly disturbing squelching sound that is made whenever someone is bloodbent?
People being floated around while bloodbent aren't being carried externally - they're being held in the air by their own fluids, fighting the weight of their bodies.
You know how people are always concerned when their blood pressure gets too high? That's never more than a few psi.[[spoiler: The pressure required to physically lift a person with their own blood has to be so intense as to burst quite a few blood vessels.
A typical adult man weighs about 700 Newtons and has a surface area of 1.9 square meters. The pressure required to levitate such a person is roughly 700 Pascals, which is about .1 psi or 5 mmHg.
It must have been even worse for Toph since she was completely blind and being pulled by someone she can't see.
Plus, Toph never experienced bloodbending before. And, IIRC, Toph grew up controlled and contained by her parents, never even allowed to wander the grounds alone. She only got escape when she left to join Team Avatar. And now she's grown up, is taking on criminals, doing her own thing... and she's suddenly ripped off the ground, unable to bend or even see, and forced to free a criminal before being dismissively flung into a wall.
The fact that he can do pretty much all this with what appears to be his eyes. Those freaky, psychotic eyes! by twitching his fingers.
Amon's Lightning Bruiser status is shown, as Korra busts out of her cell and bolts right upon seeing Amon outside. The icicles she launched at him barely slowed him down, as he was pretty close behind Korra before she slid down the hill. As Korra escapes, she trips and fall into unconsciousness upon landing. Fortunately, Naga finds her and takes her back to the Republic City, but Amon was not too far away.
Even more unsettling is the transtition: When Tarrlok focuses exclusively on Amon, he's clearly straining to move forward at first, but after a few seconds of that, he's walking normally despite the same pressure against him. It's arguably worse to see Amon straining, then show just how No Sell it really is.
In addition to all of that, there's something about Tarrlok's choice of words ("What", not "Who") coupled with Amon's response (identifying himself not as a person so much as a means to an end) which could raises doubts as to Amon's mortality. OTOH, could easily be just Tarrlok's shock and Amon being the Dark Messiah.
Not to mention the scene where Tarrlok takes Korra down to a steel cell in a dimly lit basement under a cabin in the middle of nowhere looks to have been ripped straight from a typical horror film.
It must be terrifying enough to sit in a cell and hear that it's about to be electrocuted. To ramp up the creep-factor, the Lieutenant replies, "My pleasure." Then he proceeds to electrocute it for pretty much twice as long as usually.
As heartwarming as it was to see Mako's concern for Korra's disappearance, there was something unsettling about his intimidation of that Equalist mook. Not even Tenzin called him out on it.
The unsettling part being that he was threatening the mook with firebending inches from his face. And there was no way to tell if his flames were Set-to-stun or not until he used them... it's probably best he didn't get to.
"Turning the Tides"
Just seeing how trivial it is for Amon to debend someone as powerful as Lin Beifong.
In-universe, the Adult Fear written all over Tenzin's face when he sees the airship approaching his island, and his family.
How about the fear on the children's faces as the airships were pursuing them? They seemed to know full well what waited for them if they were captured...
The attacks themselves show just how intense the Equalists are, from bombing the city, to mass kidnappings and public executions. And they're just getting STARTED.
To put this in perspective, they pulled off a full-scale terrorist attack most real world terrorist groups would be envious of. On a kids show! It was so big, it was more of a coup than a terrorist attack.
Imagine leaving for work, you get electrocuted right at your doorstep.
What's worse is that Electrocution is painful and deadly, it can damage internal organs, stop your heart, among other horrible things... and the councilwoman is old, she's not young and spry like Korra and friends. Being shocked like that point blank with Spirits know what voltage would most likely cause permanent damage.
Well at least she's a firebender, so that probably offered her some measure of protection from the physical injuries.
Given who was using it, it was likely medium at least. In the face - where, you know, the brain and eyes and spinal cord is near..
The scene in the communication room is rather creepy. Saikhan and several officers are fielding reports from all over the city, numerous stations are being attacked, along with the airships. One goes down over the water, and the rescue ships were also disabled, so they can't be helped. The fact that there are so many calls, and nothing they can do, really cinches the desperate feelings of helplessness in the city. Then, the station is attacked, with knock-out gas pouring in through the vents and knocking everyone out. There is a Hope Spot, where Tenzin comes in to take charge, leading the officers out in a ball of clean air, while Saikhan metal-bends the ducts shut. Then they get outside where the Equalists and metal-tanks are waiting, those tanks have huge magnets which they use to capture the metal benders, another Hope Spot occurs when Tenzin uses his air-bending to stop them from taking Saikhan, but that fails, and they are subdued along with the communication staff. Luckily, Korra and the others come to save Tenzin and the communication guys but Saikhan and the rest of the officers were taken away, and knowing what happened to Lin, who was an important character, Saikhan's future looks dim.
When Tenzin is blacking out, he sees a flaming police airship crash almost in slow-motion into a building. The dropped out sound effects and lack of music just make that scene... eerie.
Almost slow motion? Something that size, it may not appear to be moving that quickly, but it was crashing at least at highway speeds. The lift rotors on top were in flames... It had no control. This was definite nightmare fuel for me. A hybrid airship that size weighs at least 20 tons, crashing at around 80 mph among skyscrapers in a heavily populated city... It's at least reminiscent of the bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building, if not 9/11 itself.
The scence of RC from air temple island-take out the extra smoke and Aang's statue, and you have New York seen from across the Hudson in Jersey.
When Lin is electrocuted on an Equalist airship. She's on the ground, her head is rattling from side to side in an unnatural way, her mouth is gaping and her eyes are wide open.
A more mild example, but the Lieutenant, while posing as an exterminator, mentions "spider-rats". Think for a moment what that particular chimera would look like.
"Skeletons in the Closet; Endgame"
The Equalists have bombers and Amon seems to have set up mass-bending-removals, where benders are rounded up and brought before him like they're going to be executed.
And in one shot, Aang's statue had Amon's mask over his face, his airbending symbol on top of his staff replaced with an Equalist flag... it had Uncanny Valley written all over it.
And it shows he is about to take away Korra's bending in the promo while on Air Temple Island. Given he mentioned saving her for last, that must have meant he rounded up Tenzin and the children.
That, or she managed to put a big dent in his plan and she's forced his hand.
The way that Mako is crumpled on the ground while this is taking place doesn't look good for him either, as he's either been chi-blocked into submission by Amon himself, or worse, he's already been de-bended just before Korra.
Well, he is saving her for last.
The fact people sound like they are in physical pain when he strips them of them bending just spreads goosebumps.
Bolin appears to be alone facing off at least two Sato-Mechas, each one capable of taking out multiple metalbenders.
After watching "Turning the Tides" and seeing General Iroh's fleet, look back at the trailer for the season finale, and look at what those bombers were attacking, and the aftermath.
Tarrlok and Amon's childhood. First their father drills them rigorously in waterbending. Then he makes them bloodbend animals; the poor yak and wolves are clearly in pain and terrified about what's happening to them. Then he forces them to bloodbend each other.
Korra: That's... one of the saddest stories I've ever heard.
What about the scene of Amon pulling a group of terrified, fleeing wolves back to him and forcing them to bow down to him! That alone is enough to make one question just how well intentioned Amon really is.
Asami's fight with Sato. Did we seriously see a man get so furious that he tried to kill his own daughter?
Asami herself even displayed a heavy amount of rage during the fight, and for a moment looked like she was even about to kill her father after he'd tried to kill her, but she ultimately can't bring herself to do it.
Tarrlok killing Amon. Doubles as a Tearjerker, but as people mentioned watching it: Did we just see a murder-suicide on a kid's show?
Well, the creators did say the show would be a Darker and Edgier series than the first, and made for the audience who were kids when watching the original. Doesn't make the fact that they actually showed suicide any less shocking, though.
Also; Amon/Noatak boating himself and Tarrlok away, only for Tarrlok to blow them both up when he had his back turned. Hard to say whether its better or worse if he did know it was going to happen.
It was a bit unclear, but all signs point to Amon killing the Lieutenant. By crushing his organs via bloodbending.
The sight of Tenzin and his children tied up on stage during the rally, about to be debended by Amon. Amon's earlier public debending was already shown as eerily similar to public executions. Now he's about to do it to a father and his children. Making it worse? There's a crowd cheering him on. Making it even worse? They're the very last airbenders in the entire world, making it complete genocide.
Even worse, Amon knows that simply removing one's bending doesn't remove the inherent ability from the gene pool, seeing as he himself is the son of Yakone, whose own bending was removed and he fathered two bender sons (assuming, of course, his mother was a non-bender, which is somewhat implied). This means that to truly rid the world of (air)bending forever, he was ready to murder a manand his three young children, none of whom are over 10. Forget "similarities", he may very well be about to perform an actual public execution. On children.
Aang removed Yakone's bending through energybending while Amon used blood bending. Energy isn't hereditary but blood lines are, so it's very possible have theirs removed via bloodbending could take airbending out of the gene pool.
Except that "bloodline" is a misnomer: Blood is not the hereditary carrier. So the original fridge horror stands.
Amon was particularly scary in this episode. It's like he came out of a slasher film complete with a Menacing Stroll.
One of the worst examples was him pulling Korra out of her hiding-place via bloodbending. The implication is that he "felt" her blood.
Its also possible he heard her sigh, which is a bit less nightmarish.
Katara says she's tried "everything in her power" to restore Korra's bending. Just like Amon, Katara is a bloodbender. Do the math.
That scene of Korra standing over a cliff? After all the events that transpired, one would think she was considering suicide!
Amon when he first removes his mask. Even though it was make-up that made his face look burned, it was extremely jarring. Especially his lip...
Amon depowered Korra. For a moment in this show, it truly felt like The Bad Guy Wins.
Book 2 Episodes
The very first episode starts with a dark spirit that looks like a giant octopus grabbing a Southern Water Tribe fisherman off of a fishing boat and into the water, and then pulling the rest of the boat into the dark depths.
The episode also introudces us to Korra's Creepy Twin cousins Desna and Eska. They're a much more benign example, but they can give off some unsettling vibes with their Creepy Monotone and Dissonant Serenity. Eska seems creepier than her brother, hissing at Bolin when he tries to flirt with her and then basically treating him like a slave. She even starts going Yandere for Bolin. Even Korra is creeped out by them.
The very last scene of The Southern Lights. The Southern Portal has been reopened, Korra and Mako have reconciled, and everybody's heading home. An ending like that so early in the series will already have Genre Savvy viewers worrying; it's almost too perfect. Then, when the Krew comes into view of the harbor, the background music turns hair-raisingly discordant, and we see the Northern Water Tribe's war fleet, unloading troops.Uh-oh...
Just imagine being an elder of the Southern Water Tribe, and having flashbacks to being a child and seeing Fire Nation ships docking to take away the tribe's benders.
Imagine being Katara. Even though she's much older, it's doubtful she doesn't have flashbacks of the raid that took her mother's life.
"Civil Wars Part 1"
The way Eska and Desna laugh. It's funny but also very creepy.
As Varrick pointed out, the Northern troops have sealed off the harbor. The South is totally cut off right now.
The tension between Northern troops and Southern citizens is palpable. Had Korra and Tonraq not been there to intervene, the confrontation between the Northern patrol and the Southern waterbenders would very likely have escalated into a full-scale riot. While there were children on the streets, no less.
The kids tossed snowballs at the Northern Troops, who decided to "teach them a lesson", causing the Southern adults to try and intervene. Talk about Adult Fear, seeing troops about to attack small children.
"Civil Wars Part 2
In the end, Bolin is happy to be away from Eska. Soon after, Verrick sees Eska using her waterbending to chase the boat (remind you of stalking?) Even worse is her face: she looks like she lost her mind which wouldn't be so scary if she wasn't so stoic and emotionless. Here it is in GIF form! Run for your lives!◊
And then there's the context. No, she's not like that because she found out Bolin aided Korra and therefore betrayed her and the Northern Water Tribe. He left her at the altar. Yeah.
Korra threatening a Judge for information by saying she will have Naga devour him. Though knowing both Korra and Naga, most of it was a bluff, albeit a very good one.
When Eska comes in to see her father, not only is she still messed up from the end of the last episode, she shows she's still a major Yandere by volunteering to go after Korra, saying that she "stole her husband". Unalaq has to specify that he needs Korra alive to her. Think about that carefully...
There is the fact that when she used her waterbending, it was strong enough to bissect a motorboat in one strike. Eska really wants Korra to feel it.
The firebombing of the Southern Water Tribe Cultural Center is the second example of outright terrorism to make it onto the show. Like Air, Spirits is scarily realistic in its depiction of escalating conflicts. Never mind the enormous property damage - just how many people were caught in that blast?
Asami nearly gets hit by an arrow when Varrick decided to practice archery (while blindfolded) near a set of stairs.
The episode ends with Korra being swallowed whole by a huge, demonic-looking Dark Spirit. After it shrugs off the pacification technique!
Varrick as a whole has always been a funny and scary guy, but it really gets a kick up when it's revealed that he was behind the bombings and he did it all to buy Asami's company.
Once upon a time, the human world was normal and mundane. No spirits. Then they start flooding in through a Vaatu-shaped hole in reality, are unbeatable by human means, and rage at humans for disrespecting them and nature. The only humans that survive are the ones that flee to the top of lion-turtles.
What happens when Vaatu turns the spirits into Dark Spirits. It's particularly unsettling to see Wan's spirit friends go from cute and cuddly to downright demonic.
Varrick manages to have a seriously unnerving conversation with Mako. One second he's making us laugh at his foot fungus and then the next you could almost swear he's making thinly-veiled threats torward Bolin (which is disturbing since they've been very buddy-buddy thus far) and Asami's (his supposedbusiness partner) safety! It's pretty jarring seeing someone so goofy and upbeat be so intimidating at the same time.
The confirmation that Vaatu and Unalaq are in a Villain Team-Up. That's right, Korra's uncle is working with the Avatar-verse equivalent of Satan.
The corruption of the friendly spirits. One moment Jinora's dragonfly bunny friend's a fuzzy warm ball of green light, the next he's demonic and controlled by Vaatu. Same with Korra's mountain dog helpers, which were corrupted only after following Korra to try and help.
Some of the areas of the spirit world we see seem to be influenced by Vaatu's darkness just like the dark spirits, and look like scenes straight out of a horror flick.
And that every time she loses control of her emotions or just throws a temper tantrum, the Spirit World around her falls apart into darkness.
Tenzin's fear when Jinora didn't return from the Spirit World, and remains imprisoned by Unalaq and the Dark Spirits certainly counts as this.
You thought Gyatso's skeleton was unsettling? Look at Professor Zei's.
Also a bit of Fridge Horror kicks in when you realize that if he died in there, how did he die? We all know the library sunk so he was Buried Alive, but the library itself didn't fill with sand so he probably died of dehydration. Or starvation. Or Malnutrition. Or, God forbid, he did something to enrage Wan Shi Tong.
The library in the Spirit World didn't fill up with sand. But Zei's corpse looks suspiciously like a sand mummy. That is, a corpse that has been near-perfectly preserved by being buried in several tonnes of sand. But at least he didn't starve?
He seems to sit right where he left in the original series, so it's likely that he drowned in sand before the library reached the spirit world.
If you note carefully, Professor Zei's remains are mummified, not stripped to bare bone like Gyatso's. This implies that he died of dehydration.
Spiritbending's not so... light side. The Corruption Unalaq uses to nearly kill Jinora and Korra is just... chilling and painful to watch.
The most disturbing part of the Spirit World and perhaps the most disturbing part of the entire series, the Fog of Lost Souls. It is a fog that slowly ends up corrupting the mind of whoever is lost in there, driving them to hysterics. Admiral Zhao returns and proves this, having lost his sanity entirely and is still set on capturing the Avatar. Upon seeing Tenzin, who resembles an older Aang, he goes berserk.
The worst part? We see that humans are not normally immortal in the Spirit World, as shown with Professor Zei. Zhao should be dead by now, but he isn't. In fact, despite his insanity, he's still healthy enough to walk around. This means the Fog of Lost Souls makes you immortal and insane. Forever. Alternatively, the Ocean Spirit killed him then stole his soul to further torment him.
When the fog clears for Tenzin we see all the lost souls. The image of so many people standing stock still, blind to their surroundings, and hunched over with despair is just chilling. We don't know who these people are or what they did. Heck, Jinora was nearly stuck there forever and she did nothing wrong, how many other people in the fog are completely innocent?
On a similar note to the above, Bumi's greatest fear is shown to be cannibals. Considering that the Fog is said to trap people in their darkest memories, does this mean there are cannibals in the Avatarverse?
Kya, on the other hand, screams, demands to know who they are, calls Tenzin "vision", states that she has no family, and shouts that they "can't tie her down" before running away screaming. What happened to her?
Vaatu manages to merge with Unalaq and rip Raava right out of Korra and destroy her. Even more, with every strike Unalaq laid onto Raava, all of the preceding Avatars begin to disintegrate, the last one of them being Wan.
The way Unalaq accomplishes this. He is locked in a fight with Korra, then his neck starts shaking in an unnatural manner as if he's possessed, then Vaatu's tentacles emerge from his mouth and enter Korra's mouth, extracting Raava by physically pulling her out.
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Unalaq successfully fuses with Vaatu and becomes a Dark Avatar, and then grows to giant proportions and starts laying waste to Republic City, acquiring a very demonic looking body in the process.
Korra's link to the past Avatars is gone. Even though Korra recovered Raava, they're never coming back. She's now the first link in a new chain.
It's probably not true but, just the implication that Unalaq's beatdown of Raava somehow rendered the other Avatars Deader than Dead. Aang? Say "good-bye." Roku? He will be missed. Wan? Gone, but not forgotten. So much for history.
The things that Unavaatu does. Destroying ships and buildings, ripping off Aang's statue and throwing it in the ocean... and Pema let her young children watch it. Not to mention that the statue is of their grandfather.
A moment of Fridge Horror for your minds: when Korra destroyed Unavaatu, Unalaq died and Vaatu dissolved. But Vaatu is somewhere because if he wasn't, Raava would have died with him. If Vaatu isn't in the Tree of Time anymore, then where the hell is he?
Remember what Raava said in The Beginnings? Dark cannot exist without the light. Vaatu can't destroy the light any more then the Raava can destroy the darkness. If Vaatu were to kill Raava, she will eventually reform within him over the next ten thousand years. That's right, Vaatu will eventually reform within Raava and the Avatars.