The Son of the Avatar
For those of you who don't know what the Excellent Eight are, it's my personal group of eight benders who I believe are the best representatives of the top tier/prodigy/grandmaster etc. tier of bending. They aren't the only people on this tier, nor necessarily the strongest, but they have the most representation on the Battles forums and elsewhere.
- Dark Avatar Unalaq
- Firelord Ozai
- King Bumi
- Toph Beifong
Now here's where we come to Tenzin. I consider Tenzin as sort of the "gatekeeper" to the top tiers of the verse, so I call him the "Gatekeeper to the Excellent Eight." Basically, if you can beat Tenzin for a majority, you're on that level. If you lose to Tenzin, which most do (solidly) they are not on that level. The only exception to this rule is Toph, who only loses to Tenzin because of an inherent weakness that Tenzin can easily exploit, and is otherwise on the same exact level as two others in the group. I put Tenzin here because I hold Tenzin as being at the very top of the "high tiers"/very bottom of the "low tiers," arguably in his own little level.
But some have disputed my little thing here, saying that Tenzin should be part of the Excellent Eight, since he is used more commonly than others on this level such as fellow airbenders Kelsang and Gyatso. Common claims include:
- Tenzin is better than Toph
- Tenzin can beat/give great fights to the other prodigy girls, Iroh and/or Unalaq
- Tenzin's feats are on that level overall even if he can't beat them
And people have also started taking me to fictional court with lawyers and etc. trying to argue that Unalaq shouldn't be on the Excellent Eight since one could consider him as the equivalent of a single-element Avatar, who I purposefully exclude from the Excellent Eight.
What are y'all's thoughts? Should I add Tenzin to the "Excellent Eight" and expand it? Or is it fine as is?