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Amon is Aang
Amon is AANG.The flashback Korra had at the end of the fourth episode clearly shows that the grown-up Aang was having some sort of a disagreement with the city. Maybe the ruling elite really do favour benders; and he faked his death and started the Equalist movement to restore balance to the world. It fits; that's why Korra can't master airbending and that's also why Aang hasn't appeared to her as a bSpirit Guide, like Roku did for him. Amon has the same build as you'd expect from an adult Aang, and, if you watch his fight closely you'll see that even his FIGHTING STYLE is strikingly similar to what we've seen from Aang in the original series. Amon is AANG!
Amon is Yakone
Amon is AANG, and Korra isn't the Avatar
Alternately Amon is...
Amon is Ebony/EnobyBecause all benders are preps. She'll probably be defeated once darkbending is invented, or by doing it with Draco.
Amon is Koh possessing AangAmon's "revelation" came from Koh the Face Stealer, patron saint of Malevolent Masked Men, who managed to finally get Aang in his clutches once Aang passed away. (And probably tried, with Kuruk, to rescue Kuruk's wife Ummi from Koh's clutches) Koh elected to gift Amon with the skill inherent in Aang's captured soul. chi-bending, because no matter the incarnation, he hates the Avatar. This is why Korra finds airbending so difficult. Her immediate airbender incarnation, Aang, is cut off from her, and being forcibly channeled via Koh's mediumship into Amon.
Amon is that whistle blower working in the factory who closes the door and gives Korra the note and then directs them to Hiroshi's underground factory. His plans are probably complete by the time Hiroshi's exposed and he intends to take down the City's industry while simultaneously exposing his true power.Now Amon always has ways to let the city know of his power, so he would either direct them towards Hiroshi who would capture them with his Humongous Mecha, and even if they managed to escape him, the whole city would come to know about these new machines. Probably Amon knew that they could escape and Hiroshi could be exposed. But he's probably planned for this and Hiroshi was just a pawn in his hands all along. Book one already has 7/12 episodes complete, so seeing the Humongous Mecha it's likely that by this point Amon's plans are already more or less complete, so he could safely go and expose Hiroshi, and his own power to the world.
Amon is the murderer of Mako and Bolin's parentsA mere toady in the triple threat triad, hungry for advancement, Amon eventually decided that the best way to end up on top of an organization like that was simply to build one of his own and destroy the other... and what better to build sympathy than a sob story?
Amon is descended from Sokka and Suki.Sokka and Suki are the only non-benders of Team Avatar, with Suki as late add-on who nonetheless saved Sokka and Toph during the final battle. It is entirely likely that their contributions to the final battle was ignored in favour of Aang's fight with Ozai and Zuko and Katara's fight with Azula. We also know that Ty Lee ended up joining the Kyoshi Warriors after teaching them her chi-blocking techniques. Amon's minions, and possibly Oman himself, fight using that very technique. It adds up.
Amon is the son of a Kyoshi Warrior.That's how the Equalists learned chi-blocking: his mom taught him, and he taught them. The "everyone wears masks" thing is a carryover from the Kyoshi Warrior's facepaint.
Amon is a descendant of Ursa.We're all wondering what happened to Zuko's mom. Is Amon the living answer to that question? Ursa was, likelier than not, alive at the time of Zuko's infamous line of questioning. Maybe she started another family, or was pregnant by Ozai at the time of her exile, and her son, grandson, or great-grandson learned of her noble fire nation lineage, becomimg determined to return the fire nation to sovereignity and bear the title of Phoenix King by any means necessary, whether bender or not. The symbol on his mask is, after all, a rising sun...
Amon is Azula's descendantSo far, the character voiced by Dante Basco hasn't been revealed, and Word of God said that he has a connection to Zuko. My guess is that either:
Amon is a later descendant of Ozai.After having his bending powers taken away and being thrown into prison, Ozai either escaped or had a love affair with a female prison guard. (or possibly both) He sired a third child, Amon, who grew up believing that both firebending power and a royal life were taken away from him by the Avatar. As such, he vowed to get rid of not only the Avatar, but all benders in general, as revenge.
Amon is Earth King KueiHe's the most prominent non-bender, in terms of royalty. After having his throne usurped by benders, he's probably pretty sick of them. He may even have founded Republic City on the notion of being a place where benders were not accepted.
Amon is Tom Tom, Mai's Brother.This would explain the lack of bending, since Mai's family doesn't bend. He would be about 72, so he'd still be active enough to fight for being sort of old.
Amon is Baby Hope from The Serpent's Pass.Or she'll appear somewhere else. There's nothing to back this up, I just think it'd be kind of awesome.
Amon is Lee from Zuko AloneThat little kid who gave him the knife back when he found out Zuko's real identity? Being lied to and let down like that has made him bitter and now he's grown up into Amon! Also, his town was being bullied by that one earthbender. No wonder he now hates them so much. Benders never did anything good in his life.
Amon was a pupil of AangFollowing the war, Aang possibly took in students to teach them the ways of peace he followed so that they could rebuild the world as he had envisioned when he was gone. Amon was his most promising student and a close ally. Amon, a non-bender, learned everything Aang had to teach him and wanted to be Aang's successor to lead the new world. However, Amon was hit by a one-two punch:
Amon is Bumi, Aang's other Son.
Amon is Bumi (or Kya's) son.Due to him using energybending and the fact that no one had done that aside from Aang and energybending might be Air's secondary skill as metalbending is to Earth and bloodbending is to Water this seems to be a rather solid guess. Also, as others have pointed out, he moves like an Airbender when fighting Lightning Bolt.
Amon is Aang and Katara's fourth child.
Amon is Mako and Bolin's fatherAmon was already prejudiced against benders, and he couldn't stand the idea of having two benders for children, so he abandoned them.
Amon is Ozai!He convinced Zuko to let him help in the search for Ursa, and then used the opportunity to escape. He then fled to Republic City and took advantage of growing anti-bender sentiment to start a revolt. He did this as either a plan to get revenge on the Avatar, or as a plan to restore his rule. (those last two PotHoles are interchangeable, btw)
Amon is Koh the Facestealer
Amon is VRunning off the other theories floating through here, this makes the most sense.
Amon is Doctor Doom.Look at the mask and hood. The big revelation of the series will be that it's set in the Marvel Universe, and Benders are actually Mutants!
Amon is Lelouch vi BritanniaThat would've been awesome!
Amon is secretly a Bender, or a public supporter of them.And one so recognizable that he has to wear a mask to keep this a secret from his followers. When we see Amon, even when he's hiding in a private place and surrounded only by the Equalists, (and his Lieutenant) he still wears his mask. Either he's like Hitler who gushed over the Aryan ideals without fulfilling a single one of them himself, or he wants to wipe out the majority of the Benders so he can set up a real Bending dictatorship where the few remaining Benders are so paranoid that they will be willing to follow his rule and control the ordinary population with an iron fist, and uses his anti-Bending followers as mere pawns who can be wiped out once the plan is complete. In the latter interpretation he's trying to play both sides against each other, using his public persona to condemn the Equalists and use them as an example what happens without strong Bender governance, and his secret persona to use these actions as a "proof" that the Benders want to enslave all the non-Benders.
Amon is a Bender Defector from Decadence who has seen the seedier side of bender culture and wants to destroy it.In this world, benders more than likely make up some kind of aristocracy, and more than likely make up the majority of the business magnates, politicians, royals, police, and military. Amon is a high ranking, but younger member of this aristocratic class who sees the injustices that currently afflict the modern four nations and wants to change the status quo. Realizing that changing it from the inside is impossible, he founds the Anti-Bender Revolt with his wealth and influence, and is drawing both bender elite and non-benders to his side.
Amon is Hasook.Tying into the 'Amon is a Bender' therory, he left the fire ferrets not because he argued with Mako, but because he didn't want Korra (who he knew he would one day have to fight) to learn anything about him. If you need anymore proof, just look at both of their eyes. They both have that dead, soulless gaze.
Amon was Ty Lee's son and he was raised and trained by Azula after she was murderedShe trained him for vengeance, schooling him in the art of being a cutthroat, ruthless mastermind to take down those who killed his family, honing the chi-blocking abilities of his mother, possibly with the help of Kyoshi warriors. However, when Amon discovered that his guardian and teacher was not only formerly the most powerful firebender in existence and responsible for having trained others in how to bend lightning (proliferating its knowledge throughout the world) but was additionally connected to why Ty Lee was killed - the firebender who attacked him was a bitter supporter of Ozai going after the easiest defector to track down and kill - he turned on Azula and killed her. Or so he thinks.
Amon is an Airbender.It is possible a small number of Airbenders survived the Fire Nation genocide and hid themselves away, and Amon could have been descended from them. He's hiding what he is for his own nefarious reasons, whether he hates bending or not. Also, it would be pretty sweet to have an evil Airbender on the show.
Amon is "Protester", the angry guy with the megaphone.What better disguise than a wimpy Butt Monkey?
Amon is a descendant of Cabbage GuyGet ready, this is a long one. Alright, in the episode "The Revelation" Amon states that his face was burned and his family killed when his father was unable to pay his debts. This implies that he came from a poor family. What i see is Cabbage guy never really recovering from having his harvests destroyed multiple times, his already failing cabbage business was barely enough to make ends meet, so when the Gaang and their pursuers continually destroy his pitiful harvest it's really bad news for the elderly man trying to feed his family. So, some years later, the old man's son has taken over the farm, he does not share his father's passion for cabbages so he is even less successful at raising crops, quickly spiraling into the depths of poverty, he takes out a loan from the Triple Threat Triad. Someway or another the money is squandered and he is unable to make due on his payments, the Triad sends out a squad to take the money by force. But there'snothing to take. So, what's a new and not yet respected gang to do when they risk losing credibility, they have to send a message, somehow let everyone know they aren't to be messed with. So they torch the place, burn it to the ground and kill the farmer and his family. making them a force to be reckoned with. What they didn't know, was that the farmers son survived, the grandson of Cabbage guy, witnessing a group of three benders destroy his home and family. His name is Amon, and he will destroy all benders.
Amon is Aang's Evil Twin.Aang actually had an identical twin brother, but for whatever reason, maybe because of Air Nomad traditions, the two were separated at an early age, so Aang never found out about him. When Avatar Roku died, the Avatar spirit entered the womb of Aang's mother, but it was confused at first, because there were two kids with the same DNA. The spirit chose Aang, but Amon, Aang's twin, received some residual Avatar energy as well. This energy explains why Amon has managed to live for almost 200 years, and why he can energybend. Now, when Amon says a firebender killed his family, he's twisting the truth a bit, because he can't reveal to the Equalists that he's an airbender. But the truth is even more horrible: Amon witnessed his entire civilization being destroyed by firebenders. That's why he hates benders so much, and feels that they are behind every atrocity in the history of the Avatar world. Now, it's possible Amon's face was indeed burned by a firebender during the attack against Air Nomads, but the main reason he hides it is because he can't let the Equalists see his Air Nomad tattoos. It's also possible his face wasn't burned, and he hides it also because people would recognize he looks exactly like the former Avatar.
Amon is Tenzin.If the theory that Amon's energy bending is a fares, then he would have to learned to Energy Bend from Aang directly. That would leave either Aang's two remaining children or Tenzin. I believe his reason behind this is when Amon claims he wants to bring balance to world, what he really means is that he wants to even the population of ALL benders. Even after 75 years the Airbender population seems confined on a small island. When you watched Amon dodge, it wasn't simply side stepping, it looked similar to an Airbender maneuvering, only with less pivoting and spinning but skillfull none the less. Also at the end of "The Revelation" he acted kind of suspcious and shifty-eyed when Korra shared her fear of Amon's ability to energy bend.
Amon is SokkaSokka has been been known to be resentful of benders (see Sokka's Master in Book 3), and is one of only a few people who witnessed Aang energybend. He is "confirmed" dead, but Sokka is certainly intelligent enough to figure out how to fake his death. It might also give an extra reason as to why he doesn't immediately go after Korra. It also explains why he lets the other Equalists do most of the heavy lifting, because running around doing a lot of fighting isn't a great idea when you're eighty or so.
Amon is Starscream.I don't know how he got to this world or how he got to human size (maybe the Benders are just giants compared to Earthlings), but Amon is really Starscream. His "energy bending" is actually "energon bending" and he is actually harvesting the energon-rich power from humans to survive on his own since cutting ties with Megatron. The clincher, however, is the voice: listen to Amon and Starscream and tell me that there's no connection between the two!
Amon is the love child of Aang and AzulaSomeone had to say it.
Amon is PabuI have no justification for this. But it's a possibility.
Amon is Asami's butler.Because come on, it's always the butler.
Amon is a robot built by Hiroshi Sato. Episode 7 reveals that Hiroshi Sato has been building robots, among other weapons, for the Equalists because he supports the cause. Maybe he is actually the driving force behind the cause. Amon is a robot he had built to act as a mouthpiece. There was no way he would risk his real life public image but he still wanted to start the Equalist movement. However, due to the Uncanny Valley effect, he wasn't able to give the robot a convincing face. Even if people did buy that he was a real person, they would be too put off by the robotic effect to rally behind him. (after all, the leader of a big movement has to be charismatic!) So Amon wears a mask and Sato made up the backstory about the bender who scarred his face to make "Amon" more sympathetic. The bender in the backstory was a firebender because a firebender killed Sato's wife and it was something personal he added in.
Amon is a former bender who lost his bending to AangIn other words, Amon takes being butthurt and runs with it. Hear me out. Back when Aang was still alive, Amon was a young, up and coming bender. Probably exceedingly proud of his bending, and began to take on an attitude in the complete opposite of what he has now, bending supremacy. Drawing on another theory I heard, he may or may not have assaulted and killed Sokka, which was why Aang was so furious in Korra's flashback. Aang, being who he is, didn't kill Amon, but Energybent his bending away. This led Amon to become a bitter, broken man who looked into the art of Chi Blocking, and eventually perfected a form that permanently seals the chi pathways, staving off bending. (This is also saying Amon is NOT an Energybender). Once he became proficient, he turned his attitude towards anti-bending, and "equality" for all, and gathered followers that had similar sentiments. In other words, Amon's entire character now is simply the result of a vendetta against Aang and bender's by proxy. Amon is not, but his father is.
Amon is SpikeSee the "Amon is Starscream", above, for why. Spike somehow survived the end of the series and was transported to the Avatarverse, possibly rendering him immortal in the process so that he could not be Driven to Suicide. Separated from the entire world he used to know, he decided to make it his world by removing bending and advancing technology until it's a perfect recreation of the world of Cowboy Bebop. The final stage of his plan includes him staging the disaster in the backstory of Cowboy Bebop. What? We know Bryke are fans.
Amon is Zuko's son.He grew up resenting his father (runs in the family), had plenty of opportunities to talk to Ozai about Energybending, and eventually became estranged from his family or banished when his anti-bending sentiments were revealed. He wants the benders to be destroyed so he can take control of the Fire Nation and restore it to its former glory of the previous war. (Seriously, Does This Remind You of Anything??) Anyway, he made up his backstory as a way of saying firebending killed his father. He either got his power from Koh or learned it from talking with Ozai, but personally hates the Avatar for ending the war and will stop at nothing to destroy the bending population under the guise of equality.
Amon is actually the child of a character we saw from the original series who was killed by a firebender.Amon is actually the son of the leaf that Aang burned when he first learns firebending. After watching its father die at the hands of a firebender, the leaf swore revenge on benders everywhere.
Amon is Zuko.We know that even extremely aged individuals can be extremely strong, both physically and in bending, as shown with King Bumi. Amon says a fire bender disfigured his face and destroyed his family. Zuko's father disfigured his face, got rid of his mother, messed up his sister... if that isn't the destruction of a family, I don't know what is. And it wouldn't be the first time Zuko has put on a mask to step outside the law. Zuko and Aang founded the city together to be a place where benders and non-benders could live in peace. But that isn't whats been happening. Unable to use his position as Fire Lord to solve anything, he steps down so he can makes strides to remove the classism inherent in the system. He doesn't actually want to destroy bending, he wants to scare benders straight. So far he has only done permanent harm to criminals and jerkwads. Everyone else has just been shocked into submission. Add to this that technological advancement is typically a Fire Nation trait, and there could be a case for this theory.
Amon is Hope's Cousin Once RemovedHope's first cousin once removed. Tahn and Ying were the refugees who traveled with the Gaang though the Serpent's Pass. There was a girl with them as well. In the DVD commentary, she's revealed to be the sister of Hope's father, Tahn. Years pass and Tahn's sister falls in love in Ba Sing Se. She and her husband settle down in the countryside and start a farm. They have a son, who they were expecting to be a girl. They name him Noma. In Japanese, the characters used to represent the name mean Beautiful correction. A rather haunting foreshadowing for his future endeavors. He's raised with his parents telling him about the old days, back when the war was their present, how the Fire Nation took control of Ba Sing Se, and they met each other at a special camp created for the citizens... What they don't tell their son is that after getting to know her well and sneak some food in for her, he prevented her from being raped by one of the guards, using a spear. Who was this guard? A fellow officer. In the midst of the final battle between Aang and Ozai, as well as the attack by the main members of The White Lotus, the incident was swept under the rug. Iroh was always the understanding type. Amon is 13, and an escaping war criminal crosses their path. His parents decide it best to turn the man in, as his father knows fully well the crimes committed by him. The escaped convict overhears their conversation and kills them to keep them silent. Little did he know that they had a son who watched everything. Maybe it was a means to scare or disable him into silence. Maybe it was an attempt at murder that he unconsciously threw too gentle a strike to be fatal. But he burned their son's face. This young man traveled to a local justice department and informed them of the escaped convict. As a reward issued by Firelord Zuko, who looked over the case, instead of being sent to a local facility for orphans, he was sent to the recently established School of Hard Knocks, in Republic City. Halfway through his stay, and intense study inside his room, hiding from the ostracization of his classmates, their sports department is given a healthy donation. The school became centered on Probending, a sport which he, as a non-bender, was not suited for. The benders at the school climbed even higher on the social ladder, and he was pushed ever lower. While they were being given scholarships for their skills, he was forced to work on the streets to make money. Whereas in the average social world in which he was faltering, in the gang world he was triumphing. Then came the new rules. And it was time for initiation. He wasn't a bender, so he was already at a disadvantage, but now he had to kill people. Innocent nonbenders who he was equipped to take down with his martial arts prowess. He refused. The institution which had finally provided for him had become a slaughterhouse. One does not simply 'leave' a gang. So he started his own. He took the victims of the other gangs, victims who were defenseless that he and his gang had helped, and assured them that they could defend themselves, and he would teach them how. They would get security, and he would get a group of people who'd stand a chance against his gang. Noma, ever being the master of words, managed to make a peaceful leave. But he was now strong. Seventy members strong. With extra associates. The benders ruled the streets, earned the money, gained the status, climbed up the social ladder, got off the streets through entertainment industries, and controlled the government. His entire life was spent being used and manipulated by the system. He'd attack its core. That's when Aang knew there was going to be a problem on his hands. Things were escalating. Gangs were cropping up throughout the city and innocent citizens were endangered. He was on his deathbed and the epidemic he thought he'd cut at the root by defeating Tarrlok was cropping up again. So he wanted to ensure the safety of his reincarnation. The Avatar Spirit had some plans. They would either be perfect or immensely flawed. The Avatar Spirit needed someone skilled who could take on the city's problems, a city which Aang had spent the majority of his life creating, helping and using as an inspiration and symbol for the future of peace in the world he had longed for. The Avatar Spirit needed someone who could hold the fort while the Avatar was gone. Someone who could defeat the gangs, by any means necessary. So the Avatar Spirit gave the ability to energybend away, severely hindering its connection to the Spirit World. These abilities were given to Noma. It needed someone skilled, but a nonbender. A bender who could energybend would be more dangerous. The Avatar Spirit gave instruction to remove the bending from those who were dangerous and oppressive. The problem was, it was expecting its wisdom to be passed on as well. It didn't know how vague and flexible these characteristics facetiously were. Nor did it realize just how dangerous they were in the hands of this man. In the week after, it had realized its mistake. And as Katara left for the South Pole, it followed her there. It knew that the next Avatar had to be powerful and prepared. And so she was. The youngest consciously aware Avatar in history. But because its spiritual core was given away, it had difficulty providing skill in the most spiritual of all elements, air. The most effort was forced into the remaining three. The Avatar Spirit created a strong, tough, independent young woman; one who was slightly abrasive, stubborn, hot-headed, and passionate in her beliefs and convictions. When Korra decided not to fight Amon when Hasook barged in the door, the Avatar Spirit knew it needed more control of the spiritual side before it could take on someone so powerful in that area. But when brought into the public's view and questioned about Amon, it was overwhelmed and angered. It had caused so much pain and struggle and it was all its own fault. It did what it had always intended to do. It called out Amon and called him out on his cowardice... Because it was ashamed of its own. When Korra was captured and looked Amon in the eye, she was staring at the demon she created. The Avatar Spirit was captured and restrained by the creature it trusted to do the right thing with the gift it gave away. It was about to be murdered by the demon it created. But the demon was detached and twisted in a way it couldn't currently understand. It was calculating, methodical, strategic, almost diplomatic, in a way that drove it up the wall. The traits it had given away, lost contact with, we're being twisted and used in such horrifying ways. Amon was going to let the spirit that empowered him watch as he achieved the goal it set him out to do. Whether it currently knew it was the correct way or had since forgotten. After doing what the Avatar Spirit had set him out to do, taking away the bending of local gang lords, Amon ambushed and destroyed the pinnacle of the institution that drove him out onto the streets, the Probending Arena. This isn't just Korra's 'Ozai situation'. It's her own problem. Which is why it's taken such an obvious psychological toll on her that Aang was slightly more detached from, as a more spiritual person. Not only does she lack the calm and slight detachment, she's dealing with the monster she created before she was born. More interesting still, when Tenzin looked to his right after being informed of Amon's ability to take bending away, it was more of a shifty knowing glance.
Amon is one of the other council members.Let's face it, the only council members we know anything about are Tenzin and Tarrlok, both of which have been proven not to be Amon. In episode 10, we're told that all the council members are taken out, but we only see the attacks on the woman from the Fire Nation and Tenzin (disregarding Tarrlok, because he's been debended already). It was highly unlikely that that woman was Amon, but i suspect that he's the representative from either the Southern Water Tribe or the Earth Kingdom. We haven't even heard their voices, let alone whether or not they're benders or their views on the Equalists. If Amon was on the council, it would help him always be one step ahead. He probably voted with Tarrlok on all those issues to prove his point and weaken people's trust in the city's leadership. I suspect the Earth Kingdom representative, mainly because Amon claims to be from a farming family (and because there were more firebenders in the Earth Kingdom), but also because i have trouble imagining Steve Blum's voice coming from the Water Tribe guy.
Amon was once Aang's friend.While not his pupil, its possible that during life, Aang would have taken pity on a boy who lost his family to evil benders and tried to help him through the Power of Friendship. Eventually, Aang let slip how Energybending works, but only partly, thus the difference between how they do it. Eventually, they grew apart and Amon turned to the Dark Side after Aang died.
Amon is a Doombot.Do I need to elaborate?
Amon Mako's older brotherSo far, we know the following about Amon: He has yellow eyes, his father was killed by a firebender (assuming that his backstory, as told by him, is true), and he is resistant to bloodbending. Mako also has yellow eyes, and lost his father to a firebender. If this is right, maybe Amon, who is of Fire Nation descent, had access to their advanced technology and had prosthetic limbs made, possibly because he was wounded by the firebender who killed his father. These limbs would have much less water in them than organic limbs, making it harder for him to be bloodbended. Further evidence in support of this is the fact that both Mako and Amon's 'my-family-was-attacked-by-an-evil-firebender' backgrounds were mentioned in the same episode (The Revelation).
Amon was not NoatakThe only real confirmation his identity was that his bloodbending felt familiar to Tarrlok, who had only felt it once in his life, which was several decades ago. However, we do have several hints that Amon is someone different. Amon had a very light skin and brown fire nation eyes, despite supposedly being descendent from two water tribesmen. In the flashbacks, Noatak has an average water tribe skin colour and blue eyes. In addition, while Noatak only had waterbending skills, Amon has energy-bending and some hints of firebending (resisting the fireball in the zeppelin and creating a hole in Korra's wall of fire). Since the only hint that Amon was Noatak was the similar feel of the bloodbending, it could have been that Amon learned bloodbending from Noatak (or somehow stole it using energy-bending), and Amon simply pretended to be Tarrlok's brother.
Amon will know how to bend all four elements or know how to energybendIt'll turn out he is an dependent from the time before the avatar.
Amon Faked EnergybendingDuring the Rally In "The Revelation" what Amon does is clearly supposed to invoke energybending...except there's a lack of flashing lights. He's probably using some high-level chi-blocking or even some unknown form of normal bending to suppress bending abilities. Amon's showmanship and chosen one spiel bears resemblance to that of a faith healer... The Revelation was just a way of sowing fear while he prepares his real plan...
Amon's Energybending is real, but incomplete.Yes, Amon's the real deal. However, he does not really take away people's bending, he turns it off. Many people have noticed that Amon pushes the same vital point on the head that Aang did, but he does NOT press the one on the chest. My theory is that this doesn't take away bending, it merely turns it off. The process IS permanent in that it doesn't wear off, but it is reversible. Korra could theoretically learn Energybending and restore Amon's victims. Where it to be done with both vital points, though, it'd be TRULY permanent. The alternate theory is that Amon DOES know how to do the nasty version, but he doesn't use it since it requires much more of an inner struggle. The victim's spirit puts up a MUCH fiercer fight when the version Aang used is applied, so it's easier for Amon to use the lesser version more often and still get the desired effect. Where he to face Korra, though, then he'd try the nasty one. Amon taking away Lin's bending I think is one of the signals that this is the case, since I find it HIGHLY unlikely that such an important character will have her bending stripped away permanently.
Amon doesn't make bending powers disappear, rather, he absorbs them.He took scattered anti-bending sentiment that already existed and created a movement. He makes it appear that he can make bending powers disappear so his followers will bring him benders he can depower. However, what he's really doing is absorbing the bending powers and taking them for himself. He hopes to absorb so much bending power that he will become ridiculously powerful. He still believes in his own cause, but sees himself as an enforcer, that he can have bending powers because he won't (in his eyes) abuse them for his own gain. So he doesn't see himself as a hypocrite. He hopes to accumulate enough bending power to take over the nation, and then the world.
Amon's spiritbending is different because he is not a benderAang touches two chakras while taking away someone's bending: Light, which signifies that all is one, including the elements, and Air, since he is an airbender. So the reason why Amon uses a different style to take away people's bending, is merely that he only has to touch the light chakra. Also, consider this: When Aang and Ozai matched spirits, we could see the glow for both of their native elements. The reason there is no glow for Amon's spiritbending is because he simply has no bending element to display. This could also mean that it is actually much simpler for non-benders to learn spiritbending (meaning Amon could teach it to his followers), since there is no way for a bender to resist.
Amon requires a bender to be terrified in order to de-bend them.Why did he give Lightning Bolt Zolt alone a chance to defeat him in single-combat? Because Amon needed to give the swaggering gangster a jolt of fear by kicking his ass. The other benders watching would in turn be terrified by Zolt's de-bending. Amon's terror campaign against benders is in part because whatever he does to them to stop their bending requires them to be filled with negative emotions. If benders, like Tahno, know that Amon can take away their bending with a touch, they'll be inclined to be afraid of Amon in a fight, playing into his hands. Someone calm and unafraid won't be affected by Amon's technique.
Amon uses energybending to block chakras.There's a popular fan theory going around that Amon doesn't energybend like Aang did, but rather, blocks chakras. Others still maintain that Amon is an energybender. I think that both theories can be correct. Chakras have to be open to allow the flow of energy through the body. In theory, one could use energybending to block chakras. Certain chakras, or at least a certain combination of chakras, have to be at least partially open to allow bending. A lot of people have noticed that Aang and Amon use different hand positions when they take bending away, and have used that as evidence that they are using different techniques. However, it should be noted that bending styles can vary wildly within the same element. This is most obvious in the earthbending from the first show and the earthbending in the second show. Amon and Aang could've been using different styles of energybending to block chakras. The difference is that Aang blocked multiple chakras while Amon only blocked one. If a person who had their bending taken away went through enough meditation and concentrated hard enough, they might be able to get their bending back.
Amon is capable of absorbing chi, explaining everything about his supernatural abilities.I see one of the above posters already came to much the same conclusion I did. Yes, Amon is a "blank." He is like a chi vacuum: whenever he comes in contact with someone's chi, his body neutralizes it. Think back to episode 6, when Korra sent a gigantic fireball barreling after Amon as he boarded his airship. All of his mooks were cast aside, but Amon barely felt a ruffle. He was absorbing the chi-generated fire, or at the very least dispersing it around himself. In episode 9, we see that bloodbending has little to no effect on him. Bloodbending works by using one's chi to exert influence over the water in the victim's system, but that doesn't work when the victim can absorb your chi. And finally, this offers an explanation as for how he takes peoples' bending: he literally sucks the chi out of them. This is why his victims seem so weak and bereft of energy, both immediately afterward (Zolt) and some time after the fact (Tahno, the metalbending police). It all fits: Amon is basically a chi vampire.
The spirits taught Amon a fake de-bending technique.In synergy with the "Amon is just a tool being used by the spirits to give Korra a kick in the ass for her own good" theory, they taught Amon a fake de-bending technique, as they didn't really want to have the world de-bended. Notice that Aang uses the chi points on the head and chest, while Amon uses one on the back of the head instead of the chest. Aang's could be the real deal, while Amon's is just long-term full-body chi-blocking that was sold to him as "better than Aang's" by the manipulative spirits.
Amon doesn't remove benders' powers. He steals them.It defies credulity to believe that Amon is just a Badass Normal except for the energybending. He's just too good in battle, too fast, too agile. And now he's immune to bloodbending when even Aang was vulnerable? He's actually stealing the powers of every bender he "equalizes". All bending attacks "miss" him because he's using the bending powers he stole to deflect them, but subtly and only in a defensive manner so no one notices. By the time he fought Tarrlok, he had taken power from enough Waterbenders that his Waterbending was stronger, just as Katara's was stronger than Hama's in "The Puppetmaster", so he was able to overcome Tarrlok's bloodbending. And look carefully at the promotional clip for the finale – there's a scene where Amon makes a twitching, half-clenched hand gesture and Korra's facial expression looks like she's being bloodbended before she's physically struck. If Amon is stealing powers, then he now has Tarrlok's ability to bloodbend at any time, making him more dangerous than ever before.
Amon's energybending is taking a toll on him.It was subtle but is likely growing. Why else is going from debending here and there to suddenly doing one en mass? The type he learned likely transfers a bit of the person into him, transforming Amon into a mentally-unsound person over the series. The "head chakra only" style has to have disadvantages somewhere.
Amon is using a different method to remove bending then AangBoth use energy bending, but Aang uses a more refined method of shutting down the chi receptors, while Amon uses the safer to him more blunt method of blowing them out with too much energy. Meaning anyone whom Amon has debent will stay debent.
Amon's victims aren't truly rendered incapable of bending.The Chakra he uses on the forehead is the Light Chakra, which can be blocked by illusions. He uses his ability to block it with the illusion that the victim can no longer bend. Like having one of his Chakra's blocked prevented Aang from accessing the Avatar State, blocking this Chakra prevents bending. However, it only lasts until the victim realizes that, dispelling the illusion and unblocking the Chakra. Aang uses both it and the Heart Chakra, which is why his is permanent. Amon doesn't realize this, and will have a Villainous Breakdown when someone does and No Sells his debending. Found this theory on youtube and decided to put it here.
Amon is using the Amon pressure point to remove bendingIt's on the neck where he always places his hand to remove bending. Since a precise hit there is fatal, he's just doing a chi block there. He uses the name as Amon as a Sarcastic Confession to his lies.
Amon is a waterbender who managed to make it work as energybending by disguising it with chi-blocking.When Aang revealed the flashback of Yakone's trial to Korra, he wasn't just trying to warn her about Tarrlok, he was trying to warn her about Amon. During the flashback, Sokka gave a speech about how he has encountered people with rare and unique bending abilities. Amon is that sort of person. In the first series, Katara mentioned being able to feel energy when she heals. The healing waterbenders like Katara do work by redirecting the energy in the body. Amon spent a lot of time cooped up after being orphaned and scarred by the firebender, so he did a lot of studying and research. He learned about how Aang was able to use energybending to take bending abilities away, and figured that by controlling water in someone's body, he was indirectly controlling energy. He touches different points on the body than Aang did because it's more suitable to his style of energybending. However, since it's not direct energybending, the effect can potentially be reversed by another waterbender who knew the skill. Instead of transferring a part of his energy into his opponent like Aang did, he is simply moving and twisting around the energy in such a way that it prevents the opponent from bending. As mentioned in an above WMG, when Aang had a lot of energy twisted up in one area, it locked the chakra and prevented him from accessing the Avatar state. Amon being a powerful waterbender also explains why he can resist Tarrlok's bloodbending; Katara was able to do the same to Hama just by being a stronger waterbender.
Amon did, in fact, receive his abilities from a spirit.The spirit told him that Amon needed to help bring balance and equality between benders and non-benders, as Korra was unable to at the time. However, Amon misunderstood the message and thought that he was supposed to bring equality to the world by getting rid of bending forever, ignoring the balance part of the equation. Remember that when Zhao killed the moon spirit and got rid of waterbending, there were major consequences. If Amon gets rid of bending forever, it would likely upset the balance of the world and have drastic consequences.
Amon received his abilities from an evil spirit.This spirit is hell-bent on destroying the world, and it wants to do that by throwing the world off balance by getting rid of bending. It tricked the poor, misguided Amon into thinking that he was supposed to get rid of bending to make the world more equal.
Amon doesn't remove the ability to bendI was inspired by an episode of Justice Leage. Amon takes away the knowledge of how to bend.
Amon removed bending by causing minor aneurysms in his victimsSince we now know that he was a blood bender not an energybender this would explain how he removed the bending.
Noatak found a Guru type person to learn about chakras from and learned how to use his bloodbending to block the chakrasWhen he left his home, he hated his bending and went on a journey to figure out how to take it away. Eventually, he came across the chakras. Soon, he got to know a guru (possible the son of Pathik) and figured out how they worked. Specifically, he learned about where the light and throat chakras were. He specialized in the throat one, which was apparently also known as the amon, and took that to be his name. He could break people with that. This is why it's permanent. It's also why he was able to unlock Korra's airbending. Blocking the chakra reversed her bending and got rid of her airbending block.
Amon's ability to remove bending may not work on airbending at allAir bending has been known to be the most spiritual of the four bending elements, and as a result, may follow slightly different rules compared to the more physical elements, such as the 100% bending rate of air nomads in the original series. In the season finale, it originally appeared as though Amon simply debended Korra's current bending abilities, but for whatever reason, she was not inhibited in learning a new bending element. Furthermore, it seemed rather convenient that Korra learns airbending moments after being debended. This originally seemed plausible, due to the emotional and spiritual state Korra was in, as Mako was about to lose his bending as well, but perhaps what was happening was that Korra finally was able to airbend after progressing towards it. Notably, throughout both the original series and Legend of Korra, the only airbenders we see in action have never been chi blocked, due to their impressive evasion, so it's not clear what would happen if chi blockers made contact. Given that Tenzin and his family were captured, perhaps chi blockers can take down an airbender with a bit of luck. It's likely that airbenders would be temporarily unable to bend, but probably because they would have difficulty moving. The connection between the points that a chi blocker targets and the spiritual energy of a person is vague, and while the other three elements are affected, the spirituality that airbending harnesses may not be linked. For this reason, when Amon debends a person using bloodbending, he is using a physical means to remove bending. This may not truly affect the spiritual self and therefore the capability to airbend. Perhaps Tenzin and his kids were never able to lose their bending in the first place...
Amon's face is not scarred. His backstory is a lieHe somehow sneaked into the pro-bending ring without being detected. It's ok for the other Equalists who disguised themselves as the audience, but Amon? How did he get past the security checks and all? Sato could have got them through VIP access, but Amon's face would be too conspicuous if it was as badly scarred as he claims. Also Amon can't stay under that mask all the time. How does he eat or drink, or wash his face?
Amon's face is completely unharmed.During the Revelation, Amon claims to have been disfigured by the Firebender that took his family's lives. Of course, this is an outright lie used to garner sympathy and to increase the hatred for benders. By wearing the mask and not removing it to prove the statement true, it will be used as a reveal later that a large chunk of his supposed backstory is false.
Amon is the son of a farmer like he claims.More specifically, a certain surprisingly knowledgeable cabbage farmer. Word of God said we would see a descendant of the Cabbage Merchant in this series. Years of being pushed around by benders during the war and reconstruction have made him and his family resentful to all benders, an endless source of grief to their simple farming lifestyle.
Amon's story is at least 90% true.While he might be wrong on a couple things, due to being blinded by his Fantastic Racism and/or his aspirations of messiah-ness, Amon is not actively trying to lie about his past or the nature of his powers. OK, I admit that this is mostly due to personal preference. I understand the appeal of the "Amon is lying to gain followers" idea, and if you support it, then all power to you. However, I personally believe that Amon's story gives him character depth and makes him a good villain with a bunch of interesting possible routes for him. In my mind, turning him into a liar just wastes a great deal of potential and turns Amon into a kung-fu evil televangelist. Which is less interesting then it sounds.
The firebender who attacked Amon's family was Mako and Bolin's father.Note that Bolin was the only person chosen to get his bending taken away who wasn't a criminal...
Amon's family wasn't killed by benders, but Amon himself.Because they too were benders, which they kept hidden from him.
The firebender that killed Amon's parents is Amon himself.As we've seen in the episode with Jeong Jeong, firebending is especially hard to control. Amon lost control, accidentally killed his own parents, and came to hate all bending.
Amon really is everything he says he is.Because really, how much of a cop-out would it be if Amon was built up to be this amazing villain, only to be revealed at the end to be a weak, pathetic charlatan whose powers were all just smoke and mirrors? Granted, there's definitely stuff that he's held back, but the stuff about his family's death and his energybending abilities? All true— he's savvy enough to know that lying too much is likely to bite him in the ass later.
Amon's backstory is true... sort ofA firebender did kill Amon's parents, and tried to kill him, but Amon's latent energybending abilities manifested themselves, and he switched bodies with the assailant. So it was literally true that the firebender "took [Amon's] face"... and Amon took his. He hides behind a mask because he can't bear to see the face of his family's murderer when he looks in the mirror.
Amon's parents were killed by General IrohIroh is just as crazy as Ozai and Azula.
Amons parents were and weren't killedBased off the V theory, the current Amons parents weren't killed but the originals where.
Amon's "A firebender killed my family!" story is basically trueHis wife and child/children were killed by a firebender at some point between him ditching his dad Yakone and little brother Tarlok and becoming Amon; heck, if true it's probably what caused him to become Amon. It would've been better if his scar was real but we'll (probably) never know.
The spirits have given Amon the ability to Energybend as they feel that humans are increasingly abandoning the spiritual side of bendingSeeing what the spirits can do in the last series against those who defy and upset nature's balance, this may actually be the real intention of the spirits in giving Amon his powers. But Amon has other plans.
Amon wants to use energy bending to become the avatarEnergy Bending can do that, and it explains why he didn't just take her powers away. He couldn't do it there, because he has to take away everyone's bending so he is the only bender first.
Aang died and reincarnated into Korra, as we've been told... but Amon is a spirit (possibly Koh) possessing his corpse.Pretty dark for a kid's show, but there you have it.
Amon will eventually be revealed in the season 1 or 2 finale as a new and rival AvatarDue to the events of the past 170 years with the near extermination of one of the four nations, the brutal 100 year war, the (temporary) death of the moon, the whole energybending thing, and now Technology and industry spreading, as well as knowledge and awareness of the spirit world slowly vanishing, the Spirit world is thrown into utter chaos and anarchy, and due to the Avatar being the "spirit of the planet" and innately linked with the spirit world, this role is somehow split. In this confusion a new avatar is created by the spirits in a desperate attempt to bring back order, only for him to decide to bring this order by eliminating the spirit world altogether, starting with the benders.
Amon made a Deal with the Devil.He claims that the spirits granted him the power of Energybending. The power actually came from some malevolent spirit who made a pact with Amon to destroy the balance between the living world and the spirit world so badly so that the barriers would break and it could break through. In the final battle this spirit will possess Among, making him go One-Winged Angel on Korra. And this spirit is...Koh of course.
Amon made a Deal with the Devil. It's not Koh.
Who Amon is doesn't matterI'm guessing that the writers will took the same direction as V for Vendetta. Amon is a symbol, and nothing more. There could even be more than one Amon. Just like in the actual V for Vendetta (minor spoilers), they probably going to explain about his skills, powers (like energybending and chi-blocking), and his recent past, just like how they explained how V is so strong and agile physically. We are going to know a little about Amon, but it won't be much of a shock and more like: "ooh, yeah that makes sense." The man behind the mask doesn't matter, he's just a symbol. He has no secret motive, he has a face that no one will recognize, while he might given a few lies, his character remain the same. Furthermore, it could be that the whole "face disfigured by a firebender" is just a writers and producers' trick. They can avoid showing his face for character-building reasons (the face doesn't matter), while avoiding the wrath of the fans by saying "We're trying to keep the rating."
There is a spiritual connection between Amon and KorraWhether it's all related to the Avatar spirit or not, there will be some sort of spiritual connection between Amon and Korra. Secret Identity's voice artist will be lampshaded as a result of careful practice disguising his voice, which puts many of the supposedly less plausible theories below back in play. In addition, Blum will perform tertiary characters and crowd walla-walla both for utility and in a calculated effort to defeat our attempts to Narrow It Down To The Guy We Recognize.
Amon is a Legacy CharacterTo contrast from Ozai, at least.
Amon will be the Evil Counterpart to OzaiOzai was inactive throughout much of the first series; Amon will be far more hands-on. Ozai tried to be a good father; Amon will be Frollo-esque, with Alternative Character Interpretation to give him reasons (but not excuses) for his atrocities. Ozai was frighteningly powerful; Amon will be disturbingly threatening, outmatching Azula and Combustion Man for Avatar's default Hero Killer. Ozai was saddled a Fate Worse than Death and achieved a Near Villain Victory; Amon will suffer through a Karmic Death or an And I Must Scream scenario. Ozai was manipulative, but only towards three people; Amon will be manipulative towards everyone in the main cast. Ozai attempted genocide; Amon will commit genocide. Ozai failed in killing a character; Amon will be responsible for several major deaths.
Amon murdered Aang, which is why everyone is so scared of letting Korra near Republic CityBuilding on my above guess, I guess that Aang was assassinated by Amon, and this is known by Tenzin, the Order of the White Lotus, and by Chief Beifong. Aang likely knew he was being hunted by Amon at some point before his death, and tasked the Order into protecting the next Avatar when he died (which was mentioned by one of them in the first episode) before he went to find Amon. This is why Korra is kept almost imprisoned in a fort at the south pole, why Chief Beifong is so furious to find out she is in Republic city, and why Tenzin tries to prevent her from staying. The only reason Tenzin does not relocate to the South Pole is not because he is needed in the city, but because he wishes to avenge his father.
Amon wears a mask because he has no face.He lost it to Koh somehow.
The fandom will not hesitate to put Amon in leather pantsHell, you could argue that half the WMGs here are doing that already.
Amon's mask covers up a horribly burned face.He was injured as a child, a young adult, or otherwise: this could explain his fondness for masks and his hatred of benders.
Amon is an Anti-VillainBecause we already had an evil Big Bad.
Amon will cross the Moral Event HorizonWhatever it'll be, it'll cement him as an even worse monster than Ozai.
Amon's Moral Event Horizon will have to do with bending childrenIts physically impossible to take bending away from people who aren't even born yet. Thus, when the next generation of bender's are born, Amon's true motives will come to light. And it'll all start with Tenzin's kids, Jinora, Ikki, and Meelo. All benders-AIRBENDERS at a young age, Amon'll kidnap them and will order that his men to keep Korra, Mako, Bolin, and Tenzin away while he...does his dirty work. They manage to arrive..in time to save Jinora. Ikki and Meelo are now scarred since Amon took away their gift.
Amon will be a Hero KillerAlmost every other Avatar villain has, so he shouldn't be any different.
Amon was a child of two bending parents but he himself couldn't bend.Best Freudian Excuse for the Big Bad is to have his parents reject or even outright abandon him. This made Amon bitter and resentful towards all benders.
Amon had a bending sibling but could not bend himself.Similar to the above theory. Amon had a Bender sibling who got all the praise from his parents and grew up resenting him or her.
Amon will be "interested" in Korra.
Amon will attempt to get Korra on his side.History has demonstrated more then once that if you want to change the world, having the Avatar on your side is a good idea. Exhibit A: Kyoshi dealing with the Earth Kingdom revolts (OK, granted that was more like Kyoshi finding a middle ground, but still). Exhibit B: The Fire Nation getting beaten by Aang. As a result, Foe Romance Subtext between Korra and Amon will be inevitable.
Amon will use Korra to be rid of bending foreverSpecifically, Amon will permit Korra to complete her realization as the Avatar, and for her to learn energybending by some means. At which point he will use her as a living weapon by some means, forcing her to produce a mass energybending field on a global scale to wipe bending out forever. Korra overcoming this will symbolize her mastering the spiritual side of bending.
Amon's long term goal is...To create the world's first nuclear bomb, or something extremely similar in power. He's an evil genius who believes all benders think they're above non-benders. So, he wants to prove he can be more powerful than any bender...which is why he's trying to create the bomb. This also would explain why Aang died young—the villain tricked him into going into a small space, and set off a large explosion that killed him. It was a prototype he's trying to make more powerful.
Amon uses benders as a political scapegoat.Basically, he found some way to convince large groups of non-benders that benders were the source for a lot of their problems. By giving the people a common enemy, it's easier for him to get them to gather under his power and command. He may not really harbor any hatred toward benders, and may even be a bender himself, but he took discrimination against benders that already existed and used it to his advantage.
The Equalists take orders from Amon, and Amon takes orders from... Chief Beifong.Amon is a fake persona, a plant, concocted by Lin Beifong to co-opt rising anti-bender sentiments and discredit the whole movement through violent acts.
Amon and his lieutenant will be expies of Lenin and Trotsky respectively.Amon will be a cynical and ruthless, but ultimately pragmatic Big Bad who rallies support from the genuinely oppressed by offering them what the elite are unwilling to, but is ultimately interested in power above all else. He will be a political mastermind and just cool enough while also making enough genuinely good political points to inspire tons of pantsification. The lieutenant will be a genuinely idealistic Well-Intentioned Extremist Anti-Villain who carries his idealism to the point of fanaticism believing ends justify the means. Will be a tactical and strategic genius but not as good at playing internal politics. In the second season they will be joined by a paranoid, brutal and Axe Crazy Stalin expy who at first seems useful to them but ultimately takes power and destroys them in an Enemy Civil War to become the true Big Bad.
Amon runs on lies, and the entire Revelation was staged.In the original Avatar series, most of the villains tried to succeed by using force. Amon contrasts that by purely messing with people's brains to get his way. Amon captured Bolin because he knew it would draw in Korra, as it's already been heavily publicised in Republic City that they're on a Pro-Bending team together. Without letting Bolin in on anything, Amon paid the bending criminals to pretend that they were in the same situation as Bolin. Then Amon "demonstrated" his energybending in front of Korra on the criminals, intentionally putting Bolin last in line so Korra wouldn't stop the thing until she saw his "power". In reality, he has no power. But since Korra thinks he does, he will no longer be targeted head-on by any benders. Why wouldn't an anti-bender want to take advantage of the concept of energybending? It's a bender's worst enemy. And since The Avatar is the only one who formerly grasped energybending, the prospect of someone else doing it would probably get to Korra's head. He probably made up his backstory to get sympathy as well. Ever notice how similar it was to Mako's backstory? Amon builds himself up by claiming he is not only powerful, but sensible. Eventually, when he is actually confronted by Korra one-on-one with nowhere to run, he'll be exposed for the lying little weakling he is, full with his mask flying off to reveal a totally unharmed face.
Amon was given Energybending by AangLets be perfectly honest here, Aang may have had shades of heroic idiocy, but he probably realized at some point that Airbenders would not be able to reestablish themselves purely through the . . . efforts . . . of him and his direct descendants. Energybending can take away one's bending ability, so it may very well be able to give a nonbender bending abilities. Theory: Aang initially tried to resurrect the Air nomads by finding people of a compatible mentality and gifting them the potential for Airbending. Amon was initially one of his students and one of the most promising. So promising, in fact, that before Tenzin proved himself as a capable Airbending master, Aang gifted Amon the ability to spiritbend, so that he could continue recruiting airbenders in the event of Aang's death. However, they perhaps had a severe falling-out (possibly fueled by Tenzin coming into his own, and Aang beginning to favor him rather than Amon) and Amon struck out on his own. There is some possible support for this in episode 3; when Katara reports to Tenzin about Amon taking away someone's bending, he hesitates and gives the classic "shifty eyes" look before saying that only the Avatar was capable of such a thing.
Amon was a disciple of Aang's, and Aang taught him energybending so he could act a safety valve against powerful benders.In the end of "The Revelation", Tenzin clearly states that previously only the Avatar has been able to energybend. So, if we are to accept that Amon's energybending is the real deal and not fakery, who else could've taught him that but Aang himself? Based on his experience in the war against Fire Nation, Aang realized that powerful benders could do tremendous damage to the world. Also, he suspected that even the Avatar could possibly go corrupt abuse his/her power. So he decided that there should be a force in the world that could counter power-hungry benders. He sought out a non-bender disciple who he knew was wary of benders, and trained him to energybend, so that this disciple could stop any powerful bender, possibly even the next Avatar, from abusing his powers. This disciple was Amon. However, Aang didn't realize the extent of hatred Amon has for benders, or that he might use what he has learned to actively fight against all benders, not just the corrupt ones. This WMG can also be combined with the WMG that Amon is Bumi, Aang's non-bender son. In that case Aang taught Bumi energybending for aforementioned reasons, but he didn't realize Bumi had begun to resent and envy all benders, having grown up as a non-bender in the most famous bender family of them all. In that case Amon's story of his family getting killed by a firebender is obviously a lie Bumi concoted to gain sympathy from the other Equalists.
Amon isn't actually humanIn reality, Amon is a spirit from the spirit world. It may explain his energybending, and the reason he wants to take away the benders powers is simply because he doesn't want them meddling in the spirit world any longer.
Amon really can't tell a joke even if he tried.He really can't.
Amon was chosen by Aang as a means of keeping the balance in Republic City.Aang taught Amon energybending as a last resort in case the benders of Republic City became too corrupt. He seemed to be the correct choice, but was eventually wronged by some bending gang like the Triads and decided to use the power Aang gave him to make sure he would never be wronged again.
There is more than one "Amon".When your main identifying feature is a mask, it's no great feat to be in many places at once. "Amon" is actually a Collective Identity of two or more people who need each other's influence to build up the Equalist movement into a real political force, but both their methods and motivations are divergent. Only one Amon is capable of Energybending, and is the top dog compared to the other(s), and it was a different Amon who encountered Korra on the Memorial Island; after all, putting the only Energybender in the group to such great risk of falling into a trap, if Korra had been remotely devious enough for such deception, would have been incredibly poor planning. Hence why he had to present an excuse as to why he wouldn't strip his most dangerous enemy of her Bending then and there. I'm inclined to believe that Tarlakk is one of the Amons, and uses his authority to take down small fish in the organization, convincing the rest of the reality of the Bending threat while simultaneously giving the general populance an impression that everything is under control, but his goals clearly can't involve Bending equality; the Energybending Amon is much more dangerous and driven to this goal.
The firebender who killed Mako's and Bolin's father is...A. the firebender who allegedly killed Amon's parents.
B. Lightning Bolt Zolt or someone directly related to him, like a son or brother or something.
C. ...if we want to suspend the willing disbelief, Zuko. But much less likely.
Note that none of these are particularly exclusionary.
The Spirit(s) helping AmonGeneral guessing thread.
Amon is a Bloodbender and a chi-blockerThose two abilities combined allow him to fake Energybending. Or he has a Bloodbender helping him behind the scenes (perhaps Tarrlok) and can only chi-block himself.
The Spirits didn't tell Amon how to de-bend to tear down the Benders, but as a convoluted method to Break the Haughty Korra and get her on track.This would not be the first time that a Spirit entity has given an Avatar a swift kick in the ass to get them back on track; Koh the Face Stealer swiped the face of Kuruk's bride as punishment for his laissez-faire attitude towards his Avatar duties. And Amon will find out and be completely pissed that he's just a Cosmic Plaything.
Amon is the Anti-Avatar who knows the element Wu.Korra is the avatar, so if Amon is the series' big bad, it would make sense. So say there was the traditional (I want to say Taoist) elements of China, with Nothingness: Wu. There is a pentagram analogy used to describe this and in the middle is energy bending, the Wu is accessed by the anti-avatar every so oftern, when he/she is renincarnated. Amon is the only a-avatar to unlock this as most do not know of thir existence. The Wu will force the end of the world because of the Artifical Enlightenment caused by Chi-less world of non-benders. The A As aren't necessarily bad, they just seek to end pain.
Amon will not be related to anyone, and will look like a normal man under the mask.It would be a very effective commentary on everyone having equal capacity for good or for evil. And if Korra manages to learn Airbending and blow Amon's disguise away, she can show people the truth—no scars, no divine mission, simply one man with an obsessive vision and the ability to persuade followers. Which is how so many real revolutions got started.
Amon is related to Yakone, who has something to do with how Amon is now.Yakone was a man who was mentioned to be a huge threat to Republic City before Aang stepped in and took care of him, but it hasn't been said what he exactly did. Yakone could have been one of the first Equalists who, instead of chi-blocking, held rallies and demanded non-benders to have equality to benders. The Benders on top see him as a threat as his followers become uncontrollable. Soon after his followers do something that nearly destroys Republic City, Yakone is held accountable and executed by Aang. His son, who had looked up to his father and was now the target of benders and non-benders who wanted nothing to do with him, disappears. Years later, Amon appears and promises to bring the benders down, saving the Avatar, who killed his father, for last.
Amon's Energy Bending will be his downfallIt's said that if one tries to Energy Bend someone else's life energy, their spirit must be unbendable, or they'll be destroyed. At present, Amon is totally sure of his own ideals and motivations, thus he's able to Energy Bend. In the end, Korra or someone will give him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, making him undergo a Villainous Breakdown and second guess his own ideals. He'll try to Energy Bend Korra, but his spirit is no longer unbendable, causing it to backfire and destroy him.
When Amon attempts to de-bend Korra, her spiritual training will have advanced to the point where she is Unbendable, and Amon fails to de-bend her.And will possibly get to see the consequences of failing to de-bend someone properly.
At some point, Amon will take over Shiro Shinobi's role as announcer on the Previously On segments.Based soley on his tendency to hijack radio broadcasts.
Amon (directly or indirectly) bribed the referee to let the Wolf Bats blatantly cheat in the Pro Bending final.Because breaking in on a fairly-won match wouldn't give him nearly as much propaganda for his speech. He's clearly not above dirty tricks to achieve his ends.
Zuko disfigured Amon's face.Amon said his face was disfigured by a bender. One of the creators said he has a connection to Zuko. Therefore...
Amon is actually a firebender.If he is actually energybending, this would explain how he has the affinity. Also, we know that he has the light skin and gold eyes of the Fire Nation. Maybe something happened in his past where he gained a hatred of all benders, and he wears the mask because he can't look at himself in the mirror.
Amon USED to be a bender.Aang took his bending away in retaliation for a crime — perhaps because he's secretly Yakone, which would explain why Korra mainly has those flashbacks in Amon's presence. Either way, when Aang took his bending away, he somehow inadvertently granted Amon the ability to spiritbend, which he now uses towards his own ends.
At some point, there will be a "Million Amons scene".Party for the sake of Rule of Cool and the homage it makes, but perhaps also as a calculated effort by the Equalists to obscure Amon's true identity by claiming, "We are all Amon!".
Amon's identity will be discovered when Korra takes off his mask and heals most of his face with waterbendingAnd he will have a breakdown because a bender showed him true kindness.
In the end, Amon will lose his following when it's pointed out that he's become He Who Fights MonstersHe accuses Benders of oppressing and torturing non-Benders...and yet has launched terrorist attacks that harmed plenty of nonbenders in the process, and will probably get even worse as it goes on. When this is pointed out, in a suitable way, it'll cause his support to shatter, possibly coupled with a few other things, and cause him to have a Villainous Breakdown.
Amon actually instigates one way or another for benders to commit crimes, one way or anotherA running joke is that firebenders kill everyone's parents. Is it possible that Amon hires or somehow convinces them to do heinous things one way or another? It's possible that Amon needs to create a massive panic for his plans, and what better way than by using a figure that is already suspicious (the firebenders because of the war) and/or that he has a grudge on firebenders (because Amon's story is partially true?). In other words, Asami's mother's death was caused one way or another by Amon, and so was Mako and Bolin's parents' death. Basically, by making sure there's constant/frequent death or injury by benders, Amon can use people's feelings to support his cause.
Underneath the mask, Amon is an incredibly bizzare form of The Worm That Walks.You remember The Nightmare Before Christmas and how Oogie Boogie was made out of bugs? Picture that with Amon, except replace the bugs with miniaturized Steve Blum characters. My dreams are weird.
Amon has a plan to gain government power.That way, it's easier for him to do what he wants, and to implement laws to disadvantage non-benders. Such laws would include making it illegal to use bending, forcing benders to only live in certain areas and go to certain places, making them wear things to indicate their bender status, preventing them from having children, and more.
Amon has plans for genocide.Amon's ability to take bending away is impractical on a large scale. It should also be noted that even if a person is not a bender, they still have the ability to produce bender offspring. Katara is proof that two non-benders can have a bender child. Even if he can take bending away from someone, that doesn't necessarily take away their ability to produce bender children. So the only way to get rid of bending forever is to remove it from the gene pool...
Amon is planning on making a martyr of himself in the finale.A Thanatos Gambit seems right up his alley.
Amon will achieve his goals, but in the form of being a Stealth Mentor to KorraOther theories will establish that he is a very spiritual person given he has obtained some sort of energybending and was able to get it by entering the Spirit World. His goals of equality and peace for everyone are legit, but knows the Avatar has to be involved, and needs to be matured to achieve it. What does he do? Give Korra a reason to be more spiritual in the bending arts, assume the role as a Water Avatar more than a hot-headed female, and eventually finish it by indirectly aiding her access to the Spirit World and giving her knowledge of energybending to assure the job is finished. It was the payment he had to make to obtain the ability to energybend.
Amon is Secretly DyingHe was given a fatal injury prior to the series, or gave up a good chunk of life energy to obtain energybending. It just hasn't shown yet or is hiding it.
Underneath Amon's mask......Is another mask.
Korra is the only one who can kill Amon and set him freeThose words apply to Korra as well.
Amon will help Korra escape from Tarrlok.Amon still needs Korra for his revolution, as he's saving her for last. Tarrlok could blame the Equalists for Korra's disappearance, causing Republic City to unite against Amon. This leads Amon to help Korra escape after Tarrlok kidnaps her. Maybe they'll even join forces against Tarrlok!
Tarrlock is related to AmonIn When Extremes Meet, Korra compares Tarrlock and Amon together. This seems to be the only thing that really gets under Tarrlock's skin, since he was ignoring everything else she said. This troper thinks it's possible that Amon and Tarrlock are/were related (not necessarily by blood) but something tore them apart and/or made them hate each other
Amon and Tarrlok got their special powers from the same source.Both men, using secret knowledge, opposed to one another yet each trying to corrupt Republic City in some fashion. Amon claims his ability came from the spirits opposed to the old Avatar. There is a spirit with a personal beef against Avatar Aang for a grave insult, a spirit who can dispense secret knowledge to willing agents: Wan Shi Tong.
Amon actually started the Equalist movement to oppose Yakhone.Judging from the flashbacks and Tarrlok's supposed relation to him, Yakhone was possibly an extremely powerful and fanatical bending supremacist. Obviously this would be more than enough justification for Aang and his friends to try and stop him. Amon still remembers this time, and somehow has knowledge that Yakhone or one of his followers has returned. Knowing that Yakhone is a bending supremacist, he formed the Equalists as a direct counter to him, as well as a method of flushing him out.
Amon will have a Tear Jerker death that Korra will cry to.Tarrlok will gleefully torture and leave Amon to die, humiliating him. Korra will explode in tears, trying to save Amon, but he stops her, suggesting she be the new figure non-benders to look up to and achieve peace. Korra takes up this responsibility to acknowledge Amon as someone who wanted to obtain equality for good purposes and shouldn't be remembered as a villain.
Amon is the result of failed Energybending.Aang was taught how to use energybending through an energybending transference technique used by the lion turtle. Aang is cautioned against having a weak spirit when using the technique, or else he would be infected by the spirit of the one he used it upon and could even be killed. What if the infection works both ways? Perhaps Aang used this technique on the man who would become Amon, and the technique backfired- transferring the ability to energybend to Amon and proving his claims that the Avatar failed. Aang is dead by the beginning of the series, after all, and there's nothing to say it was from old age...
Amon is/was a wannabe Air Nomad or Air Acolyte.He's not a bender, of course, but growing up he was fascinated by Air Nomad culture and spirituality and studied it. He really has no desire to take everyone's bending away, but the bending of those who abuse their power (Lightning Bolt Zolt and Tahno, for example). Air Nomad culture emphasizes being kind to all creatures, and the abuses of bending we see in both ATLA and TLOK would be HEAVILY frowned upon by Air Nomads. Also, it's unlikely that any Air Nomad in Aang's time would have approved of pro-bending. This is why all of Amon's victims are Asshole Victims, and why he doesn't simply kill them. His study led him to the Spirit World, where a spirit saw fit to give him the gift of energy bending. Alternatively, he was never given the ability to Energybend, but it was after talking to a spirit that made him realize that the world was out of balance due to benders abusing their ability to bend. Of course, he was already prejudiced against Firebenders, and simply expanded his prejudice to waterbenders and earth benders. He never planned on taking Korra's bending away, because why would he blame the Avatar when the previous one had likely inspired him?! But then Korra came to Republic City and on her first day destroyed several buildings, and began pro-bending, which would of course rub Amon the wrong way because to him, even the freaking Avatar is abusing her bending! It explains why Amon hasn't (been shown to have) hated Tenzin or his Airbender kids, and Tenzin being the voice of reason helps.
Amon is Yakone's son.And Yakone was the firebender that killed his family. But, not in the way we've been thinking. Amon's family was killed in both the physical and philosophical sense - his father was the only bender, having taken a non-bender wife and having a non-bending son. Driven into a sense of superiority over his family, Yakone often berated and otherwise mistreated them, and Amon received his share of abuse. This culminates into a horrid night when Amon's mother dies protecting him from his father, and his father, blaming Amon for the death, burns his face.
Amon is Professor ZeiThe last time we saw the professor, he was trapped in a library with Wan Shi Tong. Considering the professors attitude regarding knowledge, he and Wan Shi Tong probably saw each other as kindred spirits. Wan Shi Tong hates mortal wars with a vengeance, and, considering his experiences with benders in At LA, its not entirely impossible that he considers benders the main source of all war. Over the past 70 years, he has been indoctrinating and training professor Zei. The library has confirmed literature on lion-turtles, so its possible that there was also information on spirit-bending.
Amon is an Eldritch AbominationServants, I am the night.
If Amon is Tarrlok, he is using bloodbending + chi blocking to debend benders. Blood bending may be another form of chi blockingThink about it, healing in Waterbending is all about using water as a catalyst to move chi across the energy paths in the body to the affected area for healing. Which means waterbenders are chi manipulators because they use water's property to store and transfer energy by flowing. Bloodbenders by blocking the flow of water in the body, also block the flow of chi making it impossible for their opponents to bend against them. Now using a combination of bloodbending and chi blocking, this could be used for very destructive purposes. Amon could block off or destroy the same chi paths and completely stop the flow of energy through the chakras, making it impossible to bend. This also means the risks of Energybending can be avoided and it's possibly why healers cannot help them - the chi paths are too damaged or blocked for their healing to work. It also explains why being debended makes the victims so weak and drained - there is very little chi flowing through their limbs.
Amon is Tarrlok's brother and both are sons of YakhoneWhat else is wilder than guessing that Tarrlok is Amon? One possibility is that they're both working together to destabilize the city by pushing the bender-non bender tensions back and forth. Or Tarrlok fanatically supports bending while Amon wants to oppress it — because it started out of extreme sibling rivalry. Tarrlok probably harassed his non-bender sibling enough to give him a full fledged hatred and vendetta for all bending.
Aang is trying to tell Korra that Tarrlock is Yakhone's son and that Amon being Tarrlock allows to play on both bender and non-bender sides and destabilize the whole city and destroy Aang's vision and work.This guess is nothing short of Fridge Brilliance if it's confirmed. This guy is playing a double agent. As a bender, he is Tarrlock and he is increasingly going against non-benders by cutting down their rights more and more, imposing curfews and sanctions. He's stirring their anger. Then in the non-bender camp, he plays Amon, leading the Equalists, using the city's moves to wage war against benders and getting them to retaliate and using Energybending to strip benders of their fire power. It is precisely by the fact Tarrlock is a waterbender that he is able to ward off suspicion against himself - because everyone thinks Amon is a non-bender by default. His ultimate plan is to create a huge war in Republic city that utterly destroys it in the process, taking his revenge on the Avatar by doing so. This also allows him to both get rid of bending and maybe for added sadism, oppress non-benders at the other end.
Amon will only be defeated in a head on battle to the death in the finaleEverything that's happening in the last 8 episodes is working to his advantage. With weak links in his Gambit Roulette out of the question, the only way he can be defeated is head on in battle by a stronger opponent.
Amon will team up with Korra to bring Tarrlok downThe events of "When Extremes Meet" have not only upgraded Tarrlok into a second Big Bad, he's a BIGGER Bad than Amon. Think about it: while Amon has been pretty ruthless in his methods so far, he leaves Benders alone after robbing them of their bending. Once he takes it away, they're non-benders, he has no issue with them anymore. Tarrlok, by contrast, is not only abusing and oppressing non-benders, he's also manipulating benders into being exactly what Amon says they are, abusing their bending to take political control of Republic City. Add to that his political machinations and he's objectively a MUCH bigger threat. This will lead to an Enemy Mine situation where Korra and Amon actually put aside their differences temporarily to bring Tarrlok down. They will not win sympathy from each other at all: Korra will remain as opposed to Amon as ever and Amon will gain no sympathy for benders. However, they will agree that a world where they're the only ones at each other's throats is preferable to one where Tarrlok succeeds. I theorize that Amon is the one who will offer the temporary alliance, and Korra will accept out of desperation. After all, she got dragged out of Republic City by Tarrlok, and he'll probably be in full control by the time she returns. This is could also lead to Korra actually winning some Equalists to her side(it could lead to a reconciliation between Asami and Hiroshi Sato, for example).
Amon discovered how to become a bender.Remember in the first series, the Lion Turtle basically stated that energybending is the first, the most raw, basic form of bending. However, the very knowledge, let alone the technique, has long been lost. Amon, with his face scarred, rarely went outside, so he did a lot of studying. He translated some ancient manuscripts, possibly written on stone, and came across a huge realization: anyone can become a bender if they use the right spiritual techniques, using meditation and opening the right chakras the right way. However, when that happens, they become an energybender, and it takes more work to bend an element. Amon received a sign from a spirit that he's supposed to help make the world a more equal place, but he misunderstood the message: the spirit wanted him to share the newfound knowledge and allow more people to enjoy and connect with bending. But Amon knew of all the benders who abused their powers and thought the spirit wanted him to make the world a more equal place by taking away the powers.
Amon is one of Sokka's children.Sokka and Suki are both heroes of the hundred year war. but unlike the Aang,Toph, Kattara and Zuko neither of them seems to respected or honored. Throughout all of Avater the last air bender Sokka is belittled seen as useless and mocked for not being a bender. It makes sense that a child of theirs would understand that their actions saved just as many if not more than what Aang did. Sokka is able to find the humor in his suffering but his child wouldn't see it that way. To him it's just a sign that those with the power to bend will never recognize the greatness of those who don't have bending.
Amon is telling the truth about who he is... to the best of his knowledge.What he doesn't realize is that the firebender that "extorted" his family was actually just a normal tax collector. His father was a Fire Nation supremacist who refused, even decades later, to accept the authority of Fire Lord Zuko. Eventually the police came to arrest him for tax evasion and things got really out of hand. Amon was so young at the time that he completely misinterpreted the situation.
Amon is a mutant non-bender, like Combustion Man was a mutant firebender.That's why the writers had Sokka go on that extended speech about how Yakone's impossible bloodbending could exist. It's setting up the information in the viewer's mind to understand in the finale that Amon isn't an Avatar-style energybender. He's just a freak like Combustion Man or Yakone/Tarrlok. Unlike someone like Toph, whose blindness allowed her the insight to develop a teachable skill (metalbending), Amon's is a Combustion Man. Only instead of blowing up stuff with his mind he can disable people's bending. Amon's biology/chi is different enough from the human norm that Tarrlok's bloodbending could only partially affect him; maybe the abnormality that gave his uber chi-blocking also makes him partially resistant to bloodbending. To put it in Warhammer 40K terms, Amon is a blank.
Amon's an airbenderDid you see how he got through that dust (snow, whatever) cloud in Out of the Past? Aang did that all the time!
Amon is Hitler
Amon is Yakone.Exhibit A: This preview. Look at Korra and Mako when they're facing Amon. That's bloodbending. Why can he resist Tarrlok? Because he can bloodbend, too. How does he know how to energybend? Because Aang did it to him. A man with such power over the human body likely found a way to fool Aang's energybending, allowing him to do the deed but hide his still-active bending. Futhermore, feeling what Aang did to him allowed him to duplicate it. Knowing that he could never stop Avatar Aang, he hid and set himself up as Amon. What better way to ensure total control of everything than to make sure he's the only bender around? He may be pushing 70-80 now, but he certainly wasn't old enough back then that he has to be dead now. As for attacking his son, Yakone seems the kind of sociopath who would do that. It's all about power to him.
Amon's body is largely not made of waterBloodbending is possible because the human body is mostly water. Amon is able to resist it quite well, implying that somehow, his limbs partially/mostly are not made of natural cells. This makes it likely that his story about being attacked by a firebender is true. In that attack, he lost two or more of his limbs and had them replaced with metal prosthetics like Sparky Sparky Boom Man did. They're probably platinum because its unbendable. White Magic. That explains why he can energybend; he uses White mana/The Lore of Light/is an Alluminas cultist, which has spells that stun enemy creatures and exile permanents (bending as a whole seem like aura spells to me), and energybending seems like a light power anyways, what with those lights the people involved can see. Likewise, he can resist bloodbending because he's a holy being, and holyness beat dark magic.
Amon is Azula's sonAmon is stated to have a connection to Zuko. Azula escaped and had a child, but she never regained her sanity. But was smart enough to hide her bending thanks to having distinctive blue fire that could reveal her easily. Eventually, she went on a rampage when she had a relapse into insanity and was the firebender in Amon's story. Zuko had to stop Azula, possibly lethally. The trauma from the event caused Amon to convince himself the 'firebender' wasn't his mother and instead another firebender that attacked his family, namely Zuko, and burned his face.
Amon is Aang...'s spiritOk, listen to me here. Aang is dead. Yes, quite dead, and the Aavtar Spirit has moved onto Korra. However, Aang became aware of a coming threat to the Avatar World, and watched Korra from the spirit world to see if she could handle it. Watching her progress, he would have seen that she was Unskilled, but Strong, lacking the spirituality an Avatar needs to master Airbending and access the Avatar State. So, he returned to the world of the living with nothing but a "semi-flesh" form and Energybending, posing as a new threat Korra would have to adapt new ways to deal with and learn from her fears, becoming a Stealth Mentor Big Bad Wannabe, to prepare Korra for when everything truly goes to hell when the true Big Bad shows up in Book 2.
Amon has been Dead All Along.Sometime before the start of the series, Amon was killed - accident, murder, whatever, he died. However, he didn't stay dead. Somehow, he was revived, and recovered. But, his close encounter with death left with him with the ability to energybend.
Amon has built in immunity towards bending, possibly o a spiritual natureHe possibly has a power that blocks and repels bending by redirecting the flow of energy away from him. Maybe it's his suit. Perhaps he was so severely injured by the firebender he was saved by the spirits and given powers to resist bending, powers that are the opposite of bending abilities. Or he's powered by the same spirit power that makes it impossible to bend in the spirit world.
Amon is the Avatar Universe's Darth VaderHis ability to resist bloodbending is one of the biggest Wham moments in the series yet. And firebending. He has some sort of immunity to powerful bending moves that blast everyone else off. Now it makes me wonder if his limbs are really all organic. He was severely injured by a firebender. Is it possible his limbs were destroyed and had to be replaced? Is Amon's suit some sort of shield against bending or is it really hiding cybernetic enhancements that augment his speed and agility? Oh yeah and his mask. Is there more to the fact why he feels technology gives him an advantage?
Amon will be defeated when his attempt to debend Korra backfiresWe have a shot of Amon about to remove Korra's bending as Mako yells a Big "NO!" in a season Finale promo. However, energybending is all about a battle between the spirits and Aang used the Avatar state's power to debend Ozai and Yakhone (observe his glowing tatoos and eyes). So what I suspect is, that Korra's avatar state will be finally triggered (Bonus points if that is the only one time when it will be triggered in this season) - it seems to take something EXTREME to trigger it in Korra. Aang and the past avatars who know energy bending will turn the move against Amon and deprive him of his ability to Energy bend and any other powers he might have, leaving him weak. Followed by some Avatar state epic ass kicking against the mechs, aircraft, destroyers, and all the WWI era stuff - Right now the only thing that has the power to stop Amon is the avatar state. Bloodbending doesn't work on it, so why not energybending? Maybe Korra could even use it to restore people's bending because the way Amon takes away people's bending isn't how Aang does it.
Amon is from the Fire NationLook at his name style. His yellow eyes. Maybe he is a non-bender fire nation citizen and his backstory is true. I mean if Firebenders could kill Mako and Bolin's parents, why not Amon?
Amon is a corrupted portion of the Avatar Spirit given fleshThe Avatar Spirit may have been damaged during Aang's time — whether from the century in the iceberg, Aang's brief death by lightning while in the Avatar State, or possibly from using Energybending one time too many. That corrupted piece may have latched onto someone with a grudge against benders, creating Amon.
Amon will be called out by a nonbender.During the upcoming debending pogroms, a nonbender spouse of a debending victim will lividly call Amon out, calling him a monster, putting second thoughts in some Equalists' minds.
Amon is Yakone's son and Tarrlok's brother. He was just a child when Yakone was arrested and debended and grew up hearing that what happened to his father was a good thing, which he took to heart. He inherited his father's bloodbending talents and sociopathy; he uses the former to debend others, and the latter makes him not care about the effects. Tarrlok knows about the family connection, which is why he was so enraged at being compared to Amon: he feels that Amon is disgracing their father Yakone's legacy.
Amon Mako's older brotherSo far, we know the following about Amon: He has yellow eyes, his father was killed by a firebender (assuming that his backstory, as told by him, is true), and he is resistant to bloodbending. Mako also has yellow eyes, and lost his father to a firebender. If this is right, maybe Amon, who is of Fire Nation descent, had access to their advanced technology and had prosthetic limbs made, possibly because he was wounded by the firebender who killed his father. These limbs would have much less water in them than organic limbs, making it harder for him to be bloodbended. Further evidence in support of this is the fact that both Mako and Amon's 'my-family-was-attacked-by-an-evil-firebender' backgrounds were mentioned in the same episode (The Revelation).
Amon will be defeated but...The spirit who sent him in the first place will manifest and decide Amon's failure will not be tolerated and finish him off.
Amon is GommuWho better epitomizes the downtrodden non-benders of Republic City. He was also suspiciously close to the Equalist supporter in the first episode, probably keeping an eye on his people. He showed himself to be quite agile as well.
Amon is not human.He resisted bloodbending. Not even Aang could do that outside of the Avatar state. Amon is something much more...sinister.
Amon is a Humanoid Abomination, or some sort of superhuman.So maybe he is human, but there certainly is something that makes him a little more than human. Let's see...
Amon is in fact a bending supremacist, and the Equalists are a scam to motivate other benders.Amon doesn't really hate benders or think that bending is inherently evil. In fact, he thinks it's the best thing ever and that non-benders are weak and worthless. He's a bending supremacist, and he's been scamming all of his Equalist minions to aggravate benders into oppressing non-benders. He knows that benders will defeat the non-benders, but in order to give the non-benders a chance, he taught them chi-blocking. His "energybending" isn't actually energy-bending, since at this point only the Avatar is capable of it. He simply blocks chakras, resulting in a long-term but not permanent inability to bend. He wants the Equalists to seem dangerous to motivate the benders to fight them. Korra and her Krew, as well as Tarrlok, have been playing right into his hands- the more they fear Equalists, the closer Amon is to achieving the bend-ocracy he actually wants.
Amon is anything but a Well-Intentioned ExtremistHe has another motive carefully hidden from everyone is simply using the Equalists as his Unwitting Pawns. Looked through the lens of Chinese symbolism, Amon's costume has traits depicting treachery and death, his name means "what is hidden" and other such cryptic meanings. And then there's what it says in Chinese characters: 阿蒙. ‘cover; ignorant; suffer’ . Everything about Amon points to him having some hidden motivation he's hiding from all, even his own supporters.
Amon is Tenzin's Children standing on each other's shouldersThe reason Tarrlock couldn't effectively bloodbend Amon is that he failed to realize that he was trying to bloodbend three separate people. When Amon's legs kept moving, Tarrlock became confused and lost focus, allowing the trio to overpower him and take away his bending.
When Amon is defeated, the spirit that sent him will appear and tell him he misunderstood his ordersAmon was sent to restore balance between Benders and Nonbenders, and merely interpreted it wrong as exterminate bending. The spirit will call him out on this, take back his powers, and leave him at the heroes mercy.
Amon is Pema.That's my theory.
Amon had the judges bribedWhile the Wolfbats are the best team in the Pro-Bending contest, they got worried when facing the Fire Ferrets, since they are facing the Avatar. Amon's plan required the Firebats to lose (since everyone would be angry if he tried to take the bending of the Avatar, and he needs Korra to have bending still), so he had one his several either just bribe the judges, offer to bribe the judges for the Wolfbats, or give them a loan to do it themselves. It gives him the perfect set up to call out the world for praising cheaters while increasing his chance his chances of not facing the Avatar yet. It would be very awkward if he didn't take the bending from the Avatar (may make him look weak to the masses and make the Avatar a symbol of hope, yet he needs her to have bending), but besting the thee who beat the Avatar was a much bigger blow.
Amon is powered by hateConsidering Bloodbending is essentially waterbending's Black Magic and created by Hama's hatred of her captors and implied to make users go off the slippery slope of sanity (Katara's reactions to using it) and likely explaining Yakone's Tarrlok's skill as who would have more disregard for life/others than a mobster/sleazy politician? Answer: A Big Bad who hates benders/bending with a passion. Tarrlok may hate/fear Amon, but Amon hates benders even more and even the thought of one trying to control him would be more than enough resistance to No Sell.
Amon is misunderstanding the spirits ordersHe was actually sent to defeat Tarrlok and his corrupt, nonbender oppressing regime, as well as the Bender gangs in Republic City, because Korra wasn't ready or powerful enough to do it. However, due to his hatred for benders, he misunderstood their orders and believed the best things for nonbenders is to wipe out bending altogether.
Amon is Yakone.He really meant what he said about coming back and reclaiming the city.
Amons end plan is not to take away everyone's bendingNo he's intentionally taking away bending in a way where it can be restored, and after enough people have been debent he'll take off his mask and open a shop where people can have their bending restored for an exorbitant amount of money.
Amon is Nom Anor.He can resist Bloodbending because bending and the Force draw on the same spiritual sources, and the Yuuzhan Vong's ability to No Sell Force powers is infamous. He hides his face behind a mask because while basically humanoid, he's not human and doesn't have a Vong masquer handy (or he's wearing a masquer under the mask, and the latter's just for symbolic purposes). Anor has a history of playing charismatic, quasi-religious demigods to get what he wants, and he's a skilled bioengineer, which would allow him to create a chemical or viral adgent administered by skin contact which supresses bending. Either he's fanning the flames of the bender/nonbender conflict to soften the planet up for a Yuuzhan Vong attack, or he did survive his rather ambiguous death at the end of the novel series, fled to a backwater planet no one cared about, and created a new identity based on his old tricks to seize power. The first for letters of Anor's name are even "Amon" spelled backwards!
Amon intends to wipe out the Air Bison and Badger MolesWhen he said he plans to erase bending from the world, it wasn't just human beings. Of course, he can't exactly murder the moon, but is willing to take out the other two and doesn't know the dragons bit.
Amon has low blood pressureThis is why Tarrlok had difficulty bloodbending him, as he'd be used to bending people with normal pressure levels. If there is less pressure then there is less resistance on the muscular system making it much easier for Amon to power through it. This also explains why Amon did struggle after Tarrlok put more effort into it, its just just Tarrlok didn't put in enough effort to compensate.
Amon will debend everyone close to Korra before going for her.In one of the clips, Tenzin asks Lin to protect his family and she once again shows her "Dere-dere" side and promises to do anything for him, with a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and all. It's looking very much like Lin is being set up to be taken out next by Amon. Bonus points if she went out having done some major damage to the enemy - something like a Dying Moment of Awesome. Then Amon will eventually go on to debend the Order of the White Lotus, then maybe Tenzin (if he's caught, no hint on that), Bolin and Mako (probably in that order, if the promo clips are any indication). Maybe the equalists may arrest all benders in the city and have them brought to Amon to be debended one by one. Even if the armies of the other nations come to help, Amon will probably find a way to capture their generals and de-bend them as well. Finally it will only be Korra, as he wanted it, last on the list. Korra and Mako will fight Amon, who takes out Mako before going for Korra. Except that, something will not go according to plan because she's the Avatar. That would be the killer climax.
Amon's defeat will be an Alas, Poor Villain momentRealizing that he's failed/near death, he'll suffer a Villainous Breakdown. He'll start screaming like a madman and start blaming 'The Spirits' for his downfall.
Skeletons in the ClosetWord of God has stated that the episode will be Zuko's reintroduction. It will reveal that Amon and Zuko knew each other and Zuko's actions, possibly in The Promise drove Amon to be who he is. Another popular theory is that Amon is Lee, the farmboy Zuko met in Zuko Alone.
Amon is the other "exterminator" who accompanied Lieutenant to the Fire Nation council member's houseWatch the scene: Lieutenant delivers his line and knocks out the Fire Nation councilwoman, and the other man doesn't move a single muscle. Why is he even there? If he's actually Amon, then his presence would allow for the council member to be equalized as soon as she's knocked down. Amon does usually exhibit a lot of control in his movement, standing completely still most of the time unless there's a fight or some other reason to act.
Amons debending runs on No Ontological InertiaSo as soon as he's defeated everyone will get there bending back
Amon was a witness to the fight between Aang and Yakone.(For the purposes of this guess, I am assuming that Amon is somewhere in his early fifties, around Tenzin's age.) After the death of his family, Amon was taken to a Republic City hospital to recuperate from his injuries. As he lay in his bed, fuming towards benders, he saw Aang and Yakone's battle in the street outside. He got a bird's-eye view of the whole thing, especially the part where Aang energybended Yakone. This was the final straw that convinced him that bending was the root of all evil, since all Aang did to stop Yakone was remove his. (The trauma was seriously affecting his logic at the time.) It also convinced him to try and learn how to do it himself.
Amon is undead.Sure, there's blood in his body, but there may not be much left. There's a chance his backstory is mostly true... but he also happened to die along with his parents. A spirit then, for whatever reason, brought him back while granting him energybending, taking some stake in Amon's desire for vengeance, making him a powerful revenant. ... either that or he is some sort of inhuman spirit wearing a powerful corpse, as has been suggested earlier.
Amon's identity will never be revealedHowever he's defeated, he's got a plan for that as well, and will probably go out in a major explosion. That way, his body will never be identified, he'd have gone out with a literal bang and the idea behind the mask will live on, meaning that another person might take up the call for Equality down the line. Bonus points if all that's left of him is his mask.
Amon is simply an egomaniac who wants to conquer Republic City, possibly the worldHe's only using the Equalist cause to allow him to do this. He's just using Benders as a scapegoat for his takeover.
Amon is the warehouse worker who pretended to be an informant in "The Aftermath"He has the right build, eye and skin colours and a similar voice (albeit provided by a different actor, but we have a trope for that), and he gives Korra a suspicious lingering look before he tips her off.
Amon's powers are slowly driving him insane.When he energybends, he absorbs a small part of his victim. As he energybends more often, he has more and more little bits of other spirits inside him, and it's slowly driving him insane.
Amon's next fight with Korra will result in him having a Villainous Breakdown.
The reason Tarlok couldnt blood bend AmonA loyal Metalbender was outside and bent Amons suit so it seemed like he could resist it
Amon's make up artist is a firebenderSo he wasn't really ling when he said "This is what a firebender did to me".
The last thing we see of Amon will be his mask, which is all that will be left of him.
Amon bloodbended himself in order to avoid dying at the hands of Mako.If he can bloodbend others, why not himself? And why couldn't bloodbending be used to force his heart to beat despite being electrocuted. The proximate cause of death by electrocution is that the electrical pulses that control the heartbeat get shorted out, causing cardiac arrest.
Amon isn't dead.Joker Immunity will come in full effect, he will not of died in the explosion, barely. He will be back for the second season... Korra will bump into his ghost in the spirit world, thereby confirmed to everyone he's dead, and then for whatever reason he has to help her somehow with something. Maybe because Koh took his face.
Amon really believed in the equalist causeHe may have been lying but he genuinely believed in the cause
Amon has a psychological compulsion to be loved and to be seen as a hero.Yakone shook his sense of self-worth so badly that he needs to justify himself by becoming (from his point of view) a crusader for the common man. His efforts against evil benders and sparing Korra weren't just tactical moves: they were moves to satisfy his ego. For all his talk, he can't bring himself to actually harm Korra until he gets popular support and can use that to convince himself that he's in the right.
Amon is alive.If Amon came back in another season it would make total sense, we don't see his death on the boat we just see the boat explosion. HE could have had the tear because he knew what his brother was about to do but that doesn't mean he stuck around, they were surrounded by water, it would have been easy for a waterbender to propel themselves away in time, he could have just been crying because of the choices his brother made and his brother's death. It wouldn't be particularly surprising because Amon is a chessmaster.