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Tenzin will be able to see Aang in Spirit Advisor mode along with Korra.Well, he is Aang's son, and to see his dead father again would set up some interesting plot points...possibly.
Korra going into the Avatar State will distress Tenzin.Being Aang's s son and the Airbending master destined to teach the Avatar, Tenzin knows about the Avatar State and all it implies: it triggers during moments when the Avatar is under great distress or danger. As such, when Korra activates the Avatar State, Tenzin will be greatly saddened, since he will feel that he has failed as Korra's protector, maybe inducing a Heroic BSOD. However, this will be followed eventually with Tenzin having a Big Damn Heroes moment that'll be his Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Tenzin will be able to bend dreams/memories.I recently watched a marathon of the series with a friend of mine and occasionally gave hints at who Tenzin was (The correct answer at the time was "Aang and Katara's son"). However, my friend has a tendency of missing the point and somehow came up with this conclusion: Friend:I bet Tenzin can control dreams and memories. Me:All of life is a memory, eventually (What I'm really thinking: Well,he's definitely head of SOMEONE'S dreams). But now that I give it some thought, I like the idea. I have no idea how it would work or why; I just think it's kinda awesome.
In his youth, Tenzin formed a Power Trio with his siblings similar to that of Aang, Katara, and Sokka.Tenzin was Aang's counterpart, obviously.
Tenzin is Zuko's godchildOr whatever their non-religious equivalent is..Or possibly, he's friends with Zuko and Mai's children.
Tenzin will have had a romantic relationship with Zuko and Mai's daughter.Just to drive the shippers insane. Because Mike and Bryan are like that.
Tenzin has had run-ins with Amon and the Equalists before.A few of the trailers have him say things like "Amon is more dangerous then ever". This implies that Tenzin remembers a time when the Equalists weren't quite as dangerous. In his younger years, Tenzin encountered Amon and his group, and got to see Amon's Start of Darkness.
Tenzin will be Korra's Parental Substituteafter her parents freaked out and abandoned her as a baby when they found she was the Avatar.
Pema is Ty Lee's daughter.Because their daughter looks way too much like Ty Lee for it to be coincidence, even wearing the same outfit! Plus, it has been noted that Tenzin's wife is a non-bender, just like Ty Lee.
Pema is the daughter of the Foaming Mouth Guy.There will only be a reference to this fact once, very briefly. One of Tenzin and Pema's kids will get very excited over something, and begin foaming at the mouth and then faint, prompting Tenzin to turn to his wife and say, "He/She gets that from your side of the family."
COMBO!!! Ty Lee and Foamy shacked up and eventually led to Pema.Pema's age is kinda right on the cusp of being either the daughter or granddaughter of such a pairing. And since Ty Lee signed up with the Kyoshi Warriors, she'd be living in proximity to him. And they're both... erm... "distinct" in personality. Birds of a feather...
Pema will be forced to evaluate her views on bending as Amon gains more power.Although she clearly loves her family, she expresses disdain at the thought of another bending child in the pilot and wants one that is "normal" like her. As Amon's anti-bending revolution sets into motion, she'll start to question her definition of "normal" and ultimately accept the possibility of having another bending child. Before she comes to this conclusion, however, a rift of sorts may form between her and Tenzin. Pema will be used to give an average person's perspective into the Equalist movement — a non-bender who can understand their viewpoints, but who also has loved ones who bend. She may point out that Amon -does- have some valid points despite his extremism, which will undoubtedly piss off Tenzin. By the end, though, they'll reconcile and grow from the experience.
Tenzin's children are 1/4th everything.To add to the aforementioned "Pema is Ty Lee's daughter" idea, Pema is Ty Lee's daughter via a man she married from Kyoshi Island. So Tenzin is half Air Nomad and half Water Tribe. Pema is half Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom. Therefore their four children are a quarter everything. In other words, the poster children for the United Republic of Nations.
Tenzin's eldest daughter, Jinora, either is or will become a Badass Bookworm.We've been told that she's a bookworm, and I've heard that Jinora means "essence of victory" in Sanskrit. Which leads me to believe that Badass Bookworm, Knowledge is Power, or both will be in effect for her
Tenzin has been an uncle/great uncle long before he became a parent.Guessing how old both Kya and Bumi is, it won't be surprising to learn that they both may have teen to adult aged children and young grandchildren by now.
Jinora will become a full airbending master at some point in the series, but won't want to shave her head and take the arrow tattoo.The Korra/Tenzin bond will be tested when Korra sides with her master's daughter in a family dispute about what it means to be an Air Nomad in the modern era. Jinora won't want to inherit the temple and simply pass on her people's traditions to her children, nieces, and nephews. She'll want a life of her own, across the bay in that alluring Babylon. Tenzin, meanwhile, will have major angst over the idea that the Air Nomads might still die out despite his and his father's best efforts unless the children keep to the ancient ways. Korra will be torn between her personal feelings to Jinora and to Tenzin.
Jinora will develop a crush on MakoBirds of a Feather anyone?
The gender of Tenzin and Pema’s 4th childTake your bets!
Pema will have twins.Just when they thought they had their hands full enough with kids... BAM! [[Jossed]]
Pema's fourth child will be a waterbender.From a view that bending abilities might be genetic, Katara's waterbending ability may have passed Tenzin's generation and gone to her grandchildren.
Pema's fourth child will be a non-bender.She says she wants one, and to need to perpetuate the Air Nomads' numbers aside, she's earned it after how much trouble the older three must give her.
Tenzin's family will be captured and held hostage by the Equalists.You know the whole "I Have Your Wife" trope, and since it's up to Tenzin to help repopulate the Airbenders (who are not only mostly pacifists but also children at this point), that makes his family a bigger target for hostage situations. In any case, he'd either be forced to betray/kill/capture Korra or his family dies.
Tenzin and his family will be harassed and threatened by a cultural supremacist group, led primarily by waterbenders.Since Avatar tends to reference real life, Tenzin would essentially be a mulatto; and quite a few waterbenders, mostly the ones from the north, would feel slighted by Katara choosing someone from another nation over them and form a hate group against mixed-race children. But is the son of the Avatar gonna put up with that?Like hell he is! At least one episode would feature a protest, maybe even a sit-in of sorts. It could be a fantastic homage to the civil rights movement, if executed right.
Tenzin will, at some point, pretend to be Amon to teach Korra a lessonWith Korra continuing to be reckless in regards to challenging Amon and the Equalists, Tenzin will decide that the only way for Korra to realize how unprepared she is is by fighting her himself. He will dress like Amon, ambush her, and duel her without using any Airbending, highlighting how even a non-Bender could take down the Avatar if properly trained. This will finally convince Korra to practice patience in her training rather than continuing to seek Amon out before she's ready.
Jinora will receive a flying bisonAfter Ikki continually begs for one, Tenzin will give in...and let Jinora get one, since she's the oldest and most responsible of the Airbending siblings. This will allow her to help out with Korra, Mako, and Bolin as their eyes in the sky during their adventures.
The Equalists will try to turn Tenzin's kids against him.The Equalists will try to use the fact that it's up to Tenzin to repopulate the Air Nomads to convince them that their father doesn't genuinely love them. They say things like "Daddy doesn't really love you, he only 'loves' you so he can continue his people", along with fabricating the situation to make them believe the lies. That would be the biggest blow to Tenzin, who would have to go out of his way to prove he loves them.
Tenzin knows who Amon is.Or at least suspects. Take a look at his reaction at the end of "The Revelation," when Korra tells him what she saw. The look on his face could be interpreted as "That's impossible!" or "Uh-oh..." He knows of someone who could potentially permanently take away bending.
Jinora was born following some military victory and named in commemoration of that victory.
Jinora admires Azula.
Tenzin was born on Air Temple Island
Tenzin will at some point be forced to display just how skilled the current lone master of Airbending really is
Amon will at some point take away Tenzin's bending
In a dark turn for the story, Pema will eventually give birth, and Amon will kidnap the baby, forcing Tenzin to surrenderSeems like something Amon will do.
Amon is Tenzin's and Lin Beifong's son
Monk Gyatso's first name was TenzinYou know, like the Dalai Lama. It will turn out that Aang named his son in honor of Monk Gyatso.
Jinora and Ikki are the real villainsOne of them openly swoons about mass murder, the other appears to be possessed by a demon in episode 8. Jinora has studied enough to realize the moon is still fully there when the moon isn't full, and has found a way for tarrlok to tap into that power (Maybe she found Yakone's secret during her study of the gaang's old adventures). Meanwhile, the demon inside Ikki is responsible for giving Amon the power to energybend.
Tenzin will subvert the Panicky Expectant Father tropeAfter all, this is his fourth child. He knows what will probably happen. Other residents of Air Temple Island, however, might not keep such a level head.
Tarlok will use his new law to threaten Tenzin's familyHe must be intending to deal with Tenzin's continued opposition somehow. Tenzin's association with Korra, non-benders, and Asami (Hiroshi was given as the justification), gives the Councilman several possibilities should he find a 'legal' excuse to intimidate the residents of Air Temple Island purely to influence Tenzin.
Meelo is the real Avatar.This theory explains itself.
Tenzin's Air-Wheel-like technique was his unique addition to AirbendingOne of the criteria as it seems for legitimately recognized mastery of Airbending is the fostering of a brand new technique. For Aang, it was his signature Air Scooter (that ball of air he can somehow ride on, or simply sit on for momentary levitation). Tenzin in the episode where he finally debuts his skill, shows off what seems to be a distinct variation; riding in the center what looked like a wheel of air - allowing for offense and defense at the same time. This is most likely his special new addition, as compared to Aang himself during a flashback in episode 9 where he still makes use of the Air Scooter (granted he got better with it and no longer needs to assume a stance of any kind and its size has increased).
The Air kids contribution to Air bendingAs stated above someone needs to create an air bending technique before becoming masters, so what techniques will Tenzins children create?
Why Tenzin went with Pema instead of LinAn incident involving Lin being protected by Toph resulted in her mother's death. Lin's guilt from the incident resolved her to never have her own children so as to avoid anyone from suffering from the same guilt. Shortly after, Aang died and Tenzin became the only living Airbender, so his duty to *ahem* "repopulate" the Air Nomads and preserve their culture gained even more importance. And after finding out about her decision not to have any children of her own, in spite of his love for Lin, he knew that they ultimately could not be together. Had he stayed with Lin, Tenzin knew that the Air Nomad culture, Airbending and eventually the Avatar cycle would cease to exist. Then along came Pema and...well...
Meelo really is specialIsn't 5 years old a little bit too old to still be using diapers? He just seems really immature for his age, implying that perhaps not all is there. Or maybe he's not "special" per se, but he just has ADD. Either way, something's not right with him.
One of the Airbender kids will be Equalized.Naturally, the Equalists would want to target the home of an entire bending culture. Ridding the world of the last four Airbenders would seem like an easy task, especially with three of them being children. It would be a Heroic BSOD and a possible Berserk Button for both parents, especially Tenzin. The aftermath would be an angsty moment for said kid, with Pema comforting said kid.
"Guess you got your non-bender kid wish, mom."
Meelo is this generation's TophHe invented a new form of bending: Pootbending. When he grows up, he will turn the police force into pootbenders.
Tenzin is heading to one of the Air TemplesIt's the most effective place to hide, due to how difficult they are to get to, and if they head to the one populated by those people, the descendants of the Mechanist, they can have people to hide them in case Amon comes looking.
Rohan will grow up to be alot like Aang, and will be a central character in Book 2It's self explanatory.
Pema is part Air Nomad.We know that among pure-blooded characters, Air Nomads have brown eyes, the Water Tribes have blue eyes, Earth Kingdom natives have green eyes, and Fire Nation natives have yellow eyes. Now let's examine Tenzin's family: Tenzin has blue eyes and is a carrier for the gene for brown eyes (indicating that in the Avatar world, blue is dominant over brown, the inverse of how it is in real life). Pema has green eyes. Jinora has brown eyes, Meelo has blue eyes, and Ikki and Rohan have green eyes. Now here's the interesting part: there is no way that you can get that combination if Pema has two genes for green eyes. If green were dominant over blue and brown, all the kids would have green eyes, if green were dominant over brown but dominated by blue, none of the kids would have brown eyes, and if blue and brown were both dominant over green, none of the kids would have green eyes. The only way to wind up with kids with all three eye colors is if blue is dominant over green and both dominate brown (again, the inverse of how it works in real life) AND Pema is a carrier for the gene for the brown eyes that are characteristic of Air Nomads.
When Meelo grows up, he will be a total ladies man.
Pema will be an Action Mom in Book: 2
Air Nomad Culture will never be like it was before the Hundred Years War, thanks to Tenzin and his family.
Tenzin had four children specifically to repopulate each Air Temple.
Tenzin was The Casanova back in the dayHe's in his 50's but his children are still very young. So he would have been somewhere in his 40's when he finally had a child. Considering that he has the task of repopulating the air benders, you'd think he'd be trying to have children at a younger age. Well before he met Pema, he actually didn't want to settle down. Tenzin was a party animal when he was younger. He loved to be free and certainly didn't want to commit. Not to mention, he was very skilled with the ladies and usually had a new partner every year or so. And with all the females he had left in the world to woo, he never felt he was even close to wanting to settle down and start a family. However this all changed once Aang died. Tenzin was finally struck with the horror that there could really be a chance that no more air benders would exist after his own death. He gave up his part animal life style and skirt chasing and immediately had plans for a family from then on out. It was just bad timing that he was dating Lin at this very time, and his insistance of wanting a family (and a very big family) caused her to reject ever wanting children since it'd mean she'd have to quit her job to have as many children as Tenzin implied to want at this time. Pema was first drawn to Tenzin back when he was The Casanova, and she knows he's only straighten his act up since his father's death, but her love for him never changed even as he did. Nowadays she sometimes reminds him of back when he could woo an entire shop filled with women at the same time, which always causes a flustered reaction from Tenzin.
Tenzin and Pema are going to have more kidsI doubt that another kid will actually be born in Book 2, but I'm certain Pema is going to get pregnant again. Tenzin kinda has to repopulate the airbenders, what with there being only 5, not counting Korra while counting Rohan.
Rohan will be the one to teach Air Bending to the Avatar after KorraI just like the idea is all.
Book Two will involve at least one of the kids getting their airbender tattoos.Look, the trailer shows Jinora joining Korra on a Spirit World adventure and taking on Wan Shi Tong. She kind of deserves those arrows at this point.
Jinora will invent an Airbending subset in order to placate Wan Shi Tong.We already know that Jinora will go to Wan Shi Tong's library and come face-to-face with the owl. Here's a guess as to how that will go: Jinora goes to the library to get information that could help them stop the current conflict. Wan Shi Tong refuses, still angry about what the Gaang did in the previous show. However, recognizing Jinora as a fellow scholar, he'll agree to help if Jinora can show him something he has never seen before. Unable to trump the owl's wealth of knowledge and experience, Jinora is forced to push herself to the limit to invent a new form of Airbending.
Uncle Bumi is...The original one reincarnated as his best friend's son.
Jinora learned how to enter the spirit world from Iroh the 1stIt was reveled somewhere by the creators that old Iroh had had experience in the spirit world (which is why he was able to see Aang fly over head on Roku’s dragon) Now Jinora is an avid reader, and from what examples we’ve heard of, its stuff well above appropriate age level (see her romance advice to Korra). Maybe she ran across Iroh’s memoirs in her reading, and from that learned how to enter the sprit world as someone other than the Avatar
Aang's other two children picked on Tenzin when they were kids (and still do today to some extent) because they were envious of him.Tenzin was the only one of the three to inherit the power of Airbending from their father. In all likelihood, Aang probably spent more time with the only one of his kids to inherit his native element, leading to resentment in Kya and Bumi towards Tenzin that manifested as their constant teasing and harassing of him. Things may explode during the little "family trip" the group are on, especially seeing how the Acolytes at the Southern temple showered Tenzin and his family and curtly ignored Kya and Bumi...
Bumi suffered the most from Aang's Parental Favoritism, and it'll show soon.Tenzin was the only airbender of the three, so Aang put a lot of pressure on him to carry on Air Nomad culture and airbending. This doesn't seem to have worked out that well for him— even though he got the most attention from Aang, he was in much the same position as Korra is now. And look how well Korra turned out! Kya was a waterbender who was resentful of the fact that she had to give up her rather nomadic lifestyle to settle in the South Pole so that Katara wouldn't be alone. On top of that, Katara was THE last waterbender in the Southern Water Tribe for a while. So while Aang didn't pay a whole lot of attention to her, she seems to be close with Katara. Bumi on the other hand? He's a non-bender. Even though he's a Crazy Awesome comic relief character, you can tell the kind of struggle he's had to go through— he's also the oldest of the three siblings. Imagine being the non-bending son of the best healer in the world and one of the last Southern waterbenders, and the freaking Avatar who is the Last of His Kind. Ouch.
Aang heavily pressured Tenzin with I Want GrandkidsNot that Tenzin didn't want four children or didn't want children, but he must have felt a great need to one day have children because his father drilled it into his mind to have children, considering the fact he was the only one at the time able to have airbending children and so able to repopulate the world with airbenders.
Katara and Kya carry an early graying gene.Contrary to Bumi being the oldest his hair is still black while Kya's is grey, take that with her being the only one to carry Katara's waterbending and darker skin tone and you get... Well some weird genetic predisposition toward similarities with a single parent but suffice to say, early graying gene.
When Jinora goes into the Spirit World with Korra, Koh will try to steal her face.He still wants a child's face for his collection.
Aang didn't favor Tenzin over Bumi and KyaTrue, Aang did need to spend a significant amount of time with Tenzin, but he also tried to include his other children as much as possible. However, as kids, Bumi and Kya wouldn't have been very interested in going on airbending-related trip considering they are a non-bender and waterbender, respectfully. Although Aang tried to coax them along every time, Bumi and Kya would always come up with excuses not to go to avoid boredom. As the years went on, Bumi and Kya started to regret that they chose not to spend that precious time with their father and by the time they were trying to make up for it, he had already passed.
Tenzin is going to go Papa Wolf on UnalaqAn obvious one, I'll admit, but it's coming. Korra will probably take him along through the portal, he'll see Unalaq, beatdown will ensue.
Bumi was part of a squad that was nearly wiped out by cannibals.Well it's what he was talking about in the Fog of Lost Souls.
Aang's duties as the Avatar negatively effected his family and put a rift between themIn book 2 Kya said that Aang let his job get in the way of his family life. Bumi and Kya believe the reason Tenzin got to go on solo trips with Aang was because he was an air bender, thus Aang's favorite. However, that doesn't mesh well with Aang's character or Katara's character. Katara would have called Aang out if he played favorites with their children so blatantly considering her Mama Bear tendencies. Aang was just so busy helping build Republic City, rebuilding the air temples, teaching the Air Acolytes, and brining the 4 nations together that he missed out a lot of his family life. When Bumi and Kya were born Aang was away a lot. Katara understanding Aang has to be away didn't say anything at first. With Aang away Bumi probably grew closer to Sokka (explain why they are so similar)because they were both non benders of the family and sons to great men. Kya being a water bender probably bonded with Katara. They were children and didn't grasp why their father was away a lot. Katara probably brought this up to Aang. Feeling guilty Aang tried to spend more time at home, but felt left out because Bumi and Kya were close to Sokka and Katara respectively and he was the stranger. In order to avoid that with Tenzin he took Tenzin on trips with him. He didn't realize that it made Bumi and Kya feel jealous and think Tenzin was his favorite because he was an air bender. Like with Bumi and Kya, Aang's duty as the Avatar still affected his relationship with Tenzin. He had to train Tenzin in air bending and teach him Air Nomad culture to ensure the Avatar cycle continued. He put a lot of pressure on Tenzin that he never really had a childhood. To make up for it Aang gave Tenzin little vacations to makeup for all the pressure he unintentionally put on Tenzin. All three of Aang's kids felt they got the short end of the stick from their dad and felt some resentment for each other. It was a bad situation that strained the whole family. Aang regretted the wrongs he put his children too.
Aang genuinely believed Bumi was supposed to be an airbender.Bumi implies that Aang had really hoped Bumi would be an airbender. Now in season three, it appears that Bumi will discover he was an airbender all along. It just took waiting 60-odd years for Harmonic Convergence to realize it. Perhaps Aang tried to coax airbending out of Bumi, but when it never manifested, Aang got frustrated with himself, and unknowingly passed that frustration on to Bumi, who believed his father was disappointed in him.
The Harmonic Convergence is activating the dormant bending genes in nonbenders.Bumi is Aang's son, so we know he has to have the airbending genes even if it isn't dominant. The influx of spiritual energy from the merging of the Spirit and Physical Worlds is what activated it
Tenzin accidentally threw Korra off a Despair Event HorizonWhile his speech in Venom of the Red Lotus is well meaning, he doesn't realizing how he's undercutting Korra, basically saying "You're not needed, the Air Nomads got this." Given Korra's identity as the Avatar has been her defining trait, and her worst fears are that she's going to screw up being the Avatar, seeing the world not needing her is crushing.
Rohan is a waterbender.And from that we will learn that elements can indeed skip generations.