@cloudenvy: Are they wearing clothes during this petrification process? If so, no deal sir!
And if you had power over earth, surely you could just sculpt sexy rock ladies without actually petrifying real ladies, real ladies I remind you, that an air adept is using for totally innocuous upskirts!
I'm guessing you'd have to turn them into rock, undo it to unclothe them and then turn them back again.
Obviously it's not as exciting if it isn't real ladies, a part of the appeal is knowing that you've trapped a completely innocent women in this stony hell and then carrying her back to your basement. Besides, why would I even care about how this impacts you filthy air adepts? Go dress men up in skirts and blow them upwards or something and leave me and my rock ladies alone!
@cloudenvy: It's a kilt you fucker! I'll kill you! With...wind!
What the hell are you going to do with rock ladies anywa...nevermind, I think it's better I get back to my upskirts. No wonder air and earth are opposites, one wants innocent upskirts, the other is the devil.
@canteu: Hey now, I chose fire Mr. judgemental! I'm just saying that I understand where earth adepts are coming from! Everyone enjoys a good rock lady, even me.
Now, I'll get back to innocently burning people alive and causing chaos around the world. Wind adepts aren't the only ones with innocent goals!
Take water because healing wounds and underwater mobility scream survivalist and if you're walking around with superpowers, you're going to need to stay alive. I've read enough X-Men to know that the government will have it out for any individual who displays any kind of destructive or potentially lucrative superhuman powers.
Conventional weaponry and detection systems are much less effective underwater and stuff like subs and sonar are pretty limited against small, fast-moving targets, who, by the way, can control water.
Also lets say you can control water density. Peace, see you guys in the Mariana trench.
I feel like Earth would be the best one for taking over the world. Plus it would almost double as flying since you could presumably spring yourself into the air. Haven't seen Avatar yet though so maybe it actually sucks. I don't know why you'd turn yourself into stone though, how would you turn yourself back? Magic?
@sergio: Blood bending is the coolest, but it's instant "you're a monster" if someone sees you do it. And electricity bending is WAY to dangerous for me. Plus, in a more, I guess, modern world where most things are metal, I'd rather have the metal bending.
Water, every time. Always keep hydrated and I could surf at high speed across the world and solve humanities drought problems. Everywhere on earth would have access to abundant clean water and by extension food crops and hygiene, I'd make sure of it.
Essentially I would be a benevolent god of water.
Good way to live.
Earth has to be the most powerful right? The ability to manipulate the very planet we live on including other planets, not to mention being able to create massive fissure under the ocean causing catastrophic tsunamis, the possibilities just seem limitless.
Now if the power of fire included being able to feed off the energy from the sun, that would make it a strong contender.
Gotta go Air. It is the perfect mix off the 3 things you'd look for. Practical and simple everyday uses to make life easy, cool showy looking stuff to impress others and lastly it still has awesome offensive super power capabilities that drive the 7 year old in all of us.
Clicked air before I saw heal wounds for water...that then. Although I don't know why water would heal wounds.
Actually I don't see getting into fights much so probably air still, assuming by heal wounds you can't prolong your life/cure disease/symptoms of old age.
All answers are irrelevant, since we're talking about a magical planet in the question. Maybe the planet's atmosphere is made out of candy, or fiberglass. Either would make any of these powers irrelevant, since you'd die within minutes of being transported there.