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->''Gathered friends, listen again to our legend of the BIONICLE...''
-->--Turaga Vakama

Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s (surprisingly in-depth) MerchandiseDriven storyline, originally based on its pre-existing ''LEGO Technic'' line. Featuring (Bio-)MechanicalLifeforms in a SchizoTech universe, the story mainly concerns the conflict between the followers of the PhysicalGod Mata Nui and the forces of the BigBad Makuta.

The story is told through comics (Published by Creator/DCComics for LEGO Club members and later widely distributed by Papercutz; these hit the high points of the story), a book series (that went in-depth), [[WebSerialNovel Web Serials]] (side stories), and the occasional DirectToVideo movie (by Creative Capers Entertainment for the original trilogy, Threshold Animation for ''The Legend Reborn'', and Creator/WangFilmProductions[=/=]CGCG. With both Creator/MiramaxFilms and Creator/{{Universal}} as distributors). There are also a few beginning reader books, unimportant side stories designed to deliver AnAesop.

The main MythArc is that [[ExtyYearsFromNow one thousand years ago]], the evil Makuta made the Great Spirit Mata Nui fall asleep. Since a PhysicalGod protector being unconscious is a ''bad thing'', the Matoran people and their Toa protectors are now working to wake him up again. The Matoran saga is split into three RotatingArcs (labeled by book series title):
* ''BIONICLE Chronicles'': The Toa Mata arrive on the island of Mata Nui and begin their quest to awaken the Great Spirit. Their series of struggles against the evil Makuta are concluded (in the ''Mask of Light'' movie) by the arrival of a [[SixthRanger Toa of Light]] and the discovery of the lost city of Metru Nui.
* ''BIONICLE Adventures'': While the Matoran prepare to return to Metru Nui, tales are told of when Mata Nui fell asleep, showing how Metru Nui became lost. Each half included a movie, ''Legends of Metru Nui'' and ''Web of Shadows''.
* ''BIONICLE Legends'': The Turaga have discovered that Mata Nui isn't just asleep, but that he's been dying. The Toa Nuva prepare for his final awakening, but first a new team of heroes must save his life. However, it's revealed that Makuta has been running an EvilPlan the whole time that may ensure his ultimate victory. No movies for this one.
In the end, the Toa Nuva finally wake up Mata Nui - allowing Makuta to commit GrandTheftMe and [[AGodAmI usurp the Great Spirit]], sealing Mata Nui's spirit into the [[SoulJar Mask of Life]] and exiling it into space. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job Waking It, Heroes.]]

The story then picks up on the wasteland world of Bara Magna, where tribes of Glatorian and Agori compete in GladiatorGames for scarce resources. Mata Nui lands there and ends up making friends and uniting the tribes while he tries to find his way home. There was one movie called ''The Legend Reborn'', while a web serial kept tabs on the Matoran.

The series has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters; check the [[Characters/{{Bionicle}} Character Sheet]] for more info on them.

The toyline ended in mid-2010. The storyline was continued on {{LEGO}}'s website with Bara Magna restored as Spherus Magna and its people forming a unified society with the Matoran, but it eventually petered out. It was replaced with the more sci-fi ''Franchise/HeroFactory'', which boasts "From the makers of ''BIONICLE''!" on the label.

However, Lego has announced that the line will be rebooted in 2015. Taking place in an AlternateContinuity, the action now shifts to the island of Okoto, where two powerful mask-making brothers, Ekimu and Makuta, came into conflict and fell into slumber on opposite sides of a now-divided island. The new MythArc will involve the original Toa (also known as "Masters") going on a quest to find the legendary Mask of Creation, one of the three most powerful masks in existence.

One very notable feature about the storyline was that all of the comics and nearly all of the books and web material was written by one man: Greg Farshtey. Throughout ''BIONICLE'''s entire run, he kept in close contact with the fans, particularly the surprisingly large fan site Website/BZPower (check it out [[http://www.bzpower.com here]]). [[WordOfGod He answered questions]], dropped hints about upcoming storylines, and stayed commendably dedicated to his work for all ten years it ran. Because of this, the {{fandom}} considers him MyRealDaddy.

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[[folder:Common 2001 Series Tropes]]
* TheAbridgedSeries: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNx-zQDXRY4 this video]] puts the 2001 to 2010 plot in under 2 minutes.
* AbsentAliens: Inverted. No humans are ever seen in the series.
* AdaptationDistillation: The movies, which seem to be partially aimed at a wider audience, especially the first one.
* AdaptationExpansion: The movie novelizations can get into the heads of the characters, better explaining their motivations and providing links to continuity that doesn't appear in the movies. See AllThereInTheManual below.
** Oddly enough, however, the movie ''Web of Shadows'', the novelization of the movie, [[NamestheSame by the same name,]] and the comics running at the same time all have somewhat different plots.
** The plot differences between the books and the comics are common and generally glossed over.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: In the first DirectToVideo film, the protagonist Takua was written as irresponsible, goofy and rather dim to contrast with Jaller's StraightMan, whereas in previous and arguably every other incarnation he is an adventurous GuileHero.
* AdvertisingOnlyContinuity: Most ads fall under this. Some really stand out:
** The Toa Mahri ads showed some sort of machine attaching their masks and gills before they go underwater. In the canon, the Toa Mahri's gills were a permanent anatomical feature, and they couldn't breathe air at the time the commercial took place.
** The Piraka Ad implied that they were in a police lineup and breaking out of prison. The Piraka were never imprisoned at the time (and police lineups didn't exist in the Matoran Universe) and were instead leaving the Dark Hunters.
* AfterTheEnd: It's been a very long time since that end though and the whole point of the story is the heroes trying to reverse it.
* AllDeathsFinal: There ''are'' a handful of OnlyMostlyDead guys (see Matoran sections), but all those had special circumstances and everyone else who dies stays dead.
** [[spoiler:This may have been subverted by the recently revealed function of the Red Star, in that it had immediately resurrected the characters after their death, but they apparently CameBackWrong and were unable to go back to their former lives. For the purposes of the story, they were ''mostly'' dead, though.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: ''Everything'', if you consider the toys to be the primary medium.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: There are several always-enemy races on both worlds. The Matoran Universe has the Makuta and their spawn, the [[EliteMooks Rahkshi]]; the Visorak, the Skakdi (which include the Piraka), and the Zyglak. Bara Magna has the Rock, Sand, and possibly Iron Tribes; the Bone Hunters, and the Baterra.
* AmbiguousRobots: Races from both worlds are partly-organic and partly-mechanical, but good luck telling which parts are which. Officially the Matoran-verse races are more mechanical while the Bara Magna ones are organic with cyber-implants, but you can't tell just by looking.
* ApocalypseHow:
** Matoran saga: A Class 1 event occurs in ''Adventures'', and two separate Class 4s are averted in ''Legends'' (The first of the Class 4s actually occurs in ''The Kingdom'' AlternateUniverse, but there are enough survivors to scrape it up to a Class 2.)
*** StoryboardingTheApocalypse: at the beginning of ''Legends'', Karzahni showed WhatIf the heroes fail and Mata Nui dies.
** Spherus Magna suffered a Class 2 known as "The Shattering" a hundred thousand years previous, splitting the planet into three; a new planet called Bara Magna and its moons, Aqua Magna and Bota Magna.
* ArcVillain: Used often. Makuta is the BigBad, but most story arcs put someone else in the lead antagonist role; only a few of which are strictly affiliated with Makuta.
* AuthorCatchphrase: A few:
** Characters [[RunningGag always respond]] to someone shouting "Hang on!" with [[CaptainObvious "That was my plan!"]].
** Psychic attacks always escalate until they hit a damage cap, at which point the target realizes that "the pain can grow no worse" and "draws strength from the thought" to counterattack.
* {{Backstory}}: Lots of them, especially some serials.
* BigBad: Makuta, though there are several {{Arc Villain}}s that push Makuta into a BiggerBad role.
* BigGood: Mata Nui.
* BroadStrokes: The story is told through several different media. They all contradict each other, but the basic, important plot points are ([[CanonDiscontinuity usually]]) left intact.
* BuiltWithLego: Well duh, [[CaptainObvious it's a LEGO toy line.]] (But also subverted - with the exception of a few playsets, ''BIONICLE'' uses specialized pieces based on the TECHNIC line instead of the standard bricks.)
* CastHerd
* CasualDangerDialog: Apparently, all Toa have the ability to make lame jokes while fighting.
* CataclysmBackstory: the Shattering, the Dreaming Plague, the Great Cataclysm
* CharacterBlog: Some web serials.
* ColonyDrop: First when Mata Nui crashes onto Aqua Magna thanks to Makuta, then [[spoiler:Makuta finds himself, while controlling Mata Nui's original body, on the receiving end when [[KarmicDeath Aqua Magna returns the favor]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard By his use of gravitational pull on the planet no less.]]]]
** Interestingly enough, [[spoiler:Mata Nui was attempting to do this prior to Makuta intervening with all the planets, but to reform Spherus Magna rather than destroy all the fragment planets.]]
* ColorCodedCharacters: Every major group has members colored red, blue, green, black, white, and brown, though orange or yellow are sometimes used in brown's place. In the case of {{Mooks}} there are six breeds in those colors. For Toa and Matoran and for Bara Magnans, the colors show the tribe they belong to; with Toa/Matoran this also indicates gender ([[ViewerGenderConfusion or is supposed to]]) and ElementalPowers. Evil characters (the Makuta and Bara Magna's rock tribe) also favor black.
* ConstructedWorld: Notable in that it doesn't even have any humans. Part of the reason the series hasn't had any films or animated series that weren't handled in-house is because the pitches LEGO kept getting ''always'' involved humans getting transported to the Bionicle world or added Earthly elements, which was the exact kind of cliché LEGO wanted to avoid.
* ContestWinnerCameo / OfficialFanSubmittedContent: Lego ''loves'' these kinds of contests. The most notable winning entries are Toa Krakua and Tahtorak.
** A large amount of Rahi and just about all the Dark Hunters fall into this category.
* CrapsackWorld: Bara Magna after The Shattering split Spherus Magna. It got better after Mata Nui's restoration.
** To add to that about Bara Magna; As 2009 (the year of the Bara Magna Arc) may have been the biggest change in story and sets combined, the old fans may have seen the new toyline and story as this. (See: TheyChangedItNowItSucks)
** After the Great Cataclysm, most of the Matoran Universe became this. It got better, though, and then back after Makuta's defeat.
* DarkerAndEdgier than most other {{LEGO}} lines.
* ADayInTheLimelight / LowerDeckEpisode: the web serials
* DefangedHorrors: The serials.
* DismantledMacGuffin: the Makoki stones, the Keystone, and the Prototype Robot parts.
* DoingInTheWizard: After the ''Mask of Light'' saga, all the mystical aspects (such as Mata Nui being a great spirit/deity) were gradually stripped away for more "logical" explanations. See main page for more.
** TheChrisCarterEffect: [[http://www.bzpower.com/board/index.php?app=blog&module=display§ion=blog&blogid=26&showentry=87217 Referred to by Greg as "Sizzle and Steak"]] as to why things changed - you may lose something in the explanation, but you have to explain things ''sometime''.
* EarthDrift: Of a sort, related to DoingInTheWizard above. The franchise was never set anywhere close to Earth, but the first few years were very influenced by Polynesian themes (set on a tropical island, everyone wears tiki-like masks, actual Maori terms were used, etc). Part of it was legally mandated (see "MeaningfulName" in the Matoran section), but the theme was pretty much lost by the time they found a lost city BeneathTheEarth.
** Arguably, also inverted with the relatively much less alien Bara Magna setting, which featured such Earth-inspired themes as characters ''wearing'' armor ([[TwentyFourHourArmor as opposed to having it be part of their bodies]]), having romantic relationships, or eating with their mouths.[[note]]To be fair, there is a line in the fourth ''Chronicles'' book about Onua and Whenua having a meal, but this is the only instance of non-Rahi characters eating in the Matoran Universe.[[/note]]
* ElementalNation: Mata Nui and Metru Nui were divided into seven regions, six of which corresponded to each element of Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Stone and Ice (the seventh was a central neutral zone). Bara Magna has all the trappings of this, but nobody actually has innate elemental powers.
* TheEpic
* {{Expy}}: Agori and Glatorian are basically powerless versions of Matoran and Toa (in-universe, it's the other way around; the latter were modeled after the former with ElementalPowers added on).
** According to [[WordOfGod Greg Farshtey]], he based Barraki Takadox's personality on a character named East from one of his earlier novels.
** Vezon starts off as a mindless maniac, but gradually becomes a CloudCuckoolander. {{Deadpool}}, anyone?
*** More likely SilverAge [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]].
*** Somebody noticed the resemblance, as seen in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJrq9-U90YY this video]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Most of these deaths were only described in the books or web serials, leaving exactly how nasty they were up to the reader's imagination. Still, for a MerchandiseDriven {{LEGO}} series, the deaths of characters were pretty graphic, including [[spoiler:Icarax]] getting attacked mid-teleportation, scattering every atom of his body throughout the known universe, [[spoiler:Botar]] being crushed by his armor while he's still wearing it, [[spoiler:alternate-universe Tuyet]] getting hit by a PortalCut, [[spoiler:"Ancient"]] getting blown to atoms, [[spoiler:the "Phantoka" and "Mistika" Makuta]] being incinerated (with the exception of [[spoiler:Krika]], who becomes so intangible that his atoms fly apart), and [[spoiler:Makuta is on the receiving end of a ColonyDrop]].
** [[spoiler:Zaktan]] was also blown to oblivion by [[spoiler: then-god Makuta]].
** The Bohrok-Kal have their powers boosted [[SuperPowerMeltdown beyond control]] by the Toa Nuva, resulting in a few of these. Special notice goes to Nuhvok-kal, whose [[GravityMaster gravity powers]] ''crush it into an event horizon''.
* FantasyGunControl: Averted somewhat; lots of projectile weapons but the closest they get to firearms are rocket launchers.
** AbnormalAmmo: [[DeadlyDisc Kanoka and Bamboo Disks]], Solidified Air Bubbles, Sea Squids
*** EdibleAmmunition: Madu and Thornax (types of explosive fruit)
** FrickinLaserBeams: Midak Skyblasters, Nynrah Ghost Blasters (Adaptive Armor type)
** TheLethalConnotationOfGunsAndOthers: Again, no guns, but rocket launchers are permitted. Both settings also have explosive ''fruit''.
* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables: Bula (berries that restore energy), Madu (explosive coconuts), and Thornax (spiky, sometimes explosive, fruit).
* {{Fictionary}}
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Most Toa teams have a Toa of Fire as TheHero and a Toa of Ice as TheLancer, typically having a RedOniBlueOni dynamic with one another. Tahu and Kopaka are the most prominent example, although they're both just as likely to start arguing with Gali, the Toa of Water, as they are with each other.
* FiveManBand (Well, Six, but who's counting?)
* TheFullNameAdventures: All three Matoran arcs had this sort of title for their accompanying book series; and Bara Magna probably would have if it had enough books to warrant a unified title.
* GenreBusting: It has magical epic fantasy, cyber-city sci-fi, plenty of action (both regarding the usage of special powers, or plain hand-to-hand combat), a CosmicHorrorStory or two, war tales, crime and mystery, western-ish DesertPunk, some mild philosophizing, tells moral fables, and showcases various kinds of humor (sarcastic and dry verbal jokes, or visual {{Slapstick}}). Comes in the form of plastic toys, comic books and novels, 2D and 3D animations and DirectToVideo movies, and its music ranges from rock and techno mixes of varying hardness to orchestral choirs, tribal drums and hums and almost rural-sounding chimes.
* GeodesicCast
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Comes with the territory of being the most violent Lego franchise ever.
** During the final battle of ''Web of Shadows,'' bits of dead Visorak can be seen strewn all over the Coliseum floor. During the same battle, Whenua destroys a Keelerak's head and another Keelerak kills a Vohtarak to keep Nokama pinned. Given that Keelerak spinners have acidic powers, it's probably not a coincidence that the camera immediately cuts from the Vohtarak after impact...
** It's implied that Hakann has massacred Voya Nui Matotran for his own amusement the Barraki eat Matoran from time.
* {{Handwave}}: The author Greg Farshtey is probably the token king of this, when he's not making [[ShrugOfGod shrugs of God]].
* HaveAGayOldTime: The word "toa" is Swedish for "toilet."
* HeadBob: In the web animations.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Inverted; rather than obscuring the face, headgear often ''is'' the character's face for all intents and purposes. And they're pretty [[CoolHelmet cool]].
* {{Hobbits}}: The Matoran and Agori
* HoldYourHippogriffs
* LargeAndInCharge: Another common trope: The Bahrag for the Bohrok, Makuta for the [[EliteMooks Rahkshi]], [[ManipulativeBastard Sidorak]] and [[TheBaroness Roodaka]] for the Visorak, and [[EvilOverlord Tuma]] for the Skrall.
** Averted with the Brotherhood squad in Karda Nui, the Barraki and the Order of Mata Nui. For the Brotherhood squads Icarax is larger than the others but Antroz is the leader. For the Barraki Pridak was their unofficial leader, while their subordinate Nocturn was probably the largest of the lot. The Order of Mata Nui is filled with massive creatures like Botar, Brutaka, and even the Ancient, but their leader is Helryx, who is stated to be just a normal (but ''very'' old) Toa.
* LateToTheTragedy: More or less the standard storyline, as it was used in ''Chronicles'', the latter half of ''Adventures'', Bara Magna, and ''all three'' parts of ''Legends''.
* LawOfAlienNames
** This was slightly averted in Mata Nui Online Game 2, where there were many names given to every character in the game (as it had an OpenWorld), many of whom had never been seen previously, and - being mostly background characters - mostly did not appear in subsequent stories. There were some names which are human-seeming names (maybe slighly modified), such as Kai and Marka. There were a few which don't fit perfectly in either world, such as Nixie.
* LeetLingo: The web codes on the toy packaging became this as of Bara Magna.
* LevelInReverse: ''BIONICLE Heroes'' for the DS has a level which is one of the previous levels, only upside down.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://www.bzpower.com/board/index.php?showtopic=3069 This]] {{fanart}} on Website/BZPower showcases ''432'' of them, though it does include wildlife.
* LongLived / WeAreAsMayflies: Everyone; apparently biomechanicals commonly have lifespans reaching ''at least'' five or six digits. [[FridgeLogic Even the people of Bara Magna, who are just organic with some biomechanical implants.]]
* MeltingPotNomenclature: In its first year (2001), the brand drew its character names, place names, and other terminology from a wide range of Polynesian languages. This led to some controversy over the use of Maori names, and in 2003 some of these original names were changed to MyNaymeIs variants. But 2003 also introduced LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in the Mata Nui Online Game II, who had {{Meaningful Name}}s coming from even more diverse global languages. Examples include Nixie (English), Pelagia (Latin), Taiki (Japanese), Tehuti (Egyptian), Kalama (Hawaiian), and Pakastaa (Finnish).
* MilestoneCelebration: The "BIONICLE Stars" toys, celebrating the line's tenth (and, it turns out, last) year.
* MinorMajorCharacter: the Great Beings
* MutagenicGoo: Energized Protodermis is either this or an AcidPool, depending on the destiny of whatever is exposed to it. The Pit Mutagen slowly mutates any being into FishPeople, although the effect is much slower and less noticeable on organic creatures.
** UnpredictableResults: Mostly; It's possible to find out if Energized Protodermis will transform someone or not; it's how they're transformed is what's unpredictable.
* MythArc: Awaken Mata Nui, defeat Makuta, and save the universe.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Extensive use of K-names; plus Scary Nouns (Brutaka - "brute"), "Mor" (Morbuzakh), and The Adjective One (The Shadowed One). A few Foreign Language Names, too, but they mostly belong to the good guys - see MeaningfulName entry in the next section. Bara Magna also has the option of invoking the Ancient Dead Language category via CanisLatinicus.
** Also Miserix (Misery), Teridax (Terror), and Tren Krom, whose name sounds like that of one of the Great Old Ones (and is indeed a reference), also Helryx's name begins with the name of the Norse goddess of death, Hel.
* NeverSayDie: Averted; despite the line being mainly aimed for kids, characters rarely shy away from calling death what it is.
** Except in the early years, anyway. While characters did die in those years, the series really started averting this trope with Piraka saga.
* NoBloodForPhlebotinum: One of these wars is what led to the Shattering and what started this whole mess.
* NoFlowInCGI: Well, all the characters ''are'' cyborgs, for all intents and purposes.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: [[Handwave Handwaved]] for Matoran, at least, by the fact that they're cyborgs with no need for romance in the human sense, as they cannot reproduce sexually. There was a Hewkii/Macku pairing and some Jaller/Hahli teasing in the flash animations of ''Chronicles'', as well as the films, though they didn't really have any significance as the storyline progressed. Note: this trope has not stopped [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] in the ''slightest''. (Does anything really?)
** PromotedToLoveInterest: The ''Adventures'' movies have Toa Matau flirting a bit with Toa Nokama and Sidorak offering a marriage proposal to Roodaka (the latter is {{handwaved}} that "marriage", here, is just a politically-motivated civil union).
** ShipTease: The last novel throws one in for good measure: ActionGirl Kiina hugs Mata Nui and tells him that he shouldn't make her cry [[spoiler:just before he places his spirit into the Prototype Robot and goes to fight Makuta alone]]. Of course, given the NoHuggingNoKissing rule, it's officially [[PlatonicLifePartners wholly friendly and platonic]], but it's also not hard to think it would've been written a bit differently if the series wasn't already canceled by that time.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Several; for example, is "Lewa" Leh-wa or Lee-wa and is "Onewa" Oh-new-uh, Oh-neh-wah, or Oh-nee-wah? And "Jaller" doesn't use an "er" sound, it's supposed to follow the original spelling of "Jala". (The ''BIONICLE Encyclopedias'' do include pronunciations, but variations are still out there. For the record, ''Mask of Light'' puts the example names as Lee-wa and On-uh-wa)
* OffModel: Both movies and comics exhibit this fairly often.
* OnlyOneName: Pretty much everybody except Tren Krom and Mata Nui. In Tren Krom's case, that's probably to highlight his [[OurMonstersAreWeird other-ness]].
* OnlySixFaces: Thanks to the fact that Lego reuses parts often. Very extreme in ''Chronicles'', were everyone had one of twelve masks. It was gradually being averted as the series went on (especially in ''Legends'' where we met more communities of Matoran with different masks), but never completely got free. Bara Magna had a similar problem.
** This is even more hilarious if you consider that all of the "faces" are actually masks; Matoran, Toa and even Makuta possibly ALL have the exact same face. Ditto goes for almost all the residents of Bara Magna. Averted with everything else, since they usually have heads constructed of generic LEGO elements rather than a mask (subverted in the case of Hydraxon and Maxilos, whose faces are actually mask pieces, but are explicitly stated to be their actual faces, and Toa Ignika, whose whole existence is only a mask to begin with).
* ParodicTableOfTheElements: [[http://www.russellwalks.com/PTOIElarge.html The Periodic Table of Imaginary Elements]] has Antidermis, Exsidian, and Protodermis in it.
* RedIsHeroic: The leader, representing fire, is usually red.
* [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised This Resolution Will Only Be Televised]]: Occasionally happens in the comics because they can't cover movie material.
* SameCharacterButDifferent: As a result of ConflictBall, some of the characters in the movies have suffered this, but none more so than Takua/Takanuva. Before the first movie, he was portrayed as adventurous, if a bit unsteady, but ultimately [[GuileHero a resourceful]] and very heroic character. In the movie, the "unsteady" part [[{{Flanderization}} suddenly became "irresponsible"]] and at the same time [[TookALevelInDumbass lost all of his resourcefulness]] and selfless heroism, becoming almost a full-fledged [[TheLoad load]] until the last act or so.
** A less {{egregious}}, but still notable example would be Vakama in the third film. In the previous movie, he had constant insecurities with his role as a Toa and the leader, but [[CharacterDevelopment eventually grew more confident and became the hero he was meant to be]]. Apparently in between the third and the second film, he became ''so confident'' that he pulled a brief FaceHeelTurn because [[ConflictBall one of his teammates questioned his leadership]].
* SatanicArchetype: A FallenHero from one of [[{{God}} Mata Nui's]] elite soldiers, [[GreenEyedMonster grew envious of Mata Nui]], [[HijackingCthulhu wants to supplant him]] [[{{Pride}} and believes himself capable of doing so]], [[MagnificentBastard an absolute master of manipulation]]... yep, Makuta fits the bill.
* SceneryPorn: The island of Mata Nui is basically this, whether it's in the movie, or in ''Mata Nui Online Game'' (1 and 2), it's just amazing.
** Metru Nui is this as well.
* SentientPhlebotinum: Energized Protodermis and Antidermis
* SchizoTech: The rule of thumb in the Matoran universe is "no wheels, no paper", regardless of how high the tech can be otherwise. Taken to its extreme in ''Chronicles'', where cyborgs are mining with high technology to ''trade gems for fish and torches''. Justified in Bara Magna due to the place being a ScavengerWorld - actually, the major settings in ''Chronicles'' and ''Legends'' qualify as Scavenger Worlds, too.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: There were several instances of a bootleg line called "Invincibility Robot", which often featured toys that different quite a bit from the packaging, which were ripped straight from the Bionicle toys. They covered everything from the Bohrok to Fero and Skirmix. There was also "SOLDIER", which included the Rahaga with oddly-shaped [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] heads and a barely functional spinner launcher.
* ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy: Falls on the Toy Accuracy side. The comics and books are fairly consistent with the toys, only needing occasional tweaks; but the Matoran-era movies are pretty inaccurate.
** InvisibleAnatomy: One of the main "tweaks" is adding fingers to hands, which don't show up on the toys until Bara Magna. The movies also had {{Heart Light}}s.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The Mata Nui Robot is supposedly 40 million feet tall. 40 million feet is ''the approximate diameter of the Earth.''
** It could be intentional, Mata Nui does have a whole world inside him, though it would make Bara Magna about as big as, say, Neptune, in the real world...
* SealedCastInAMultipack: The Toa Mata were SealedGoodInACan, but the sealed and then awakened Bohrok, Bohrok Va and Bohrok-Kal provided the creators with one and a half year's worth of enemy sets and plot-engines for a cheap price... [[CrackIsCheaper Not so much the collection completists.]] Subverted in all the Rahi species that escaped from their stasis tubes in the Onu-Metru Archives -- those weren't released as sets, and for the most part weren't even that important to the plot.
* ShatteredWorld: Spherus Magna was split into Bara Magna, Aqua Magna, and Bota Magna by an even that's even called "The Shattering".
* SingleBiomePlanet: Justified as all known planets were split from Spherus Magna's larger ecosystem. Aqua Magna (where the Matoran saga takes place) is an endless ocean, Bara Magna is a desert planet, and WordOfGod says the last piece is mainly forest, called Bota Magna.
* SixthRanger: Played straight in many series. Beginning in 2003 (and arguably ending in 2009), Lego sold an extra basic toa-sized figure (usually referred to as a "Seventh Toa") packed in with a vehicle and sold at a higher price point, and usually joined the main team of heroes in-universe later in the story, though almost every year deviated from this in some way;
** 2003 - Takanuva was a new member who joined the team just before the finale of the first movie (and stayed with them afterwards) and was packed with the Ussanui (which existed for about 30 seconds before being destroyed in the movie) and is considered the basis for the "seventh Toa" in the rest of the franchise.
** 2004 - Toa Lhikan was packed in with a Kikanalo, though in-universe, he existed before the main heroes, is the one who gave Toa Metru their powers, and never had a connection to the Kikanalo.[[note]]The Toa Metru, who share Lhikan's body structure, did greatly interact with (and ride) the Kikanalo, and while not advertised, it was intended to hold other Toa of the same build as well.[[/note]]
** 2005 - The only year without a true Seventh Toa, though the special edition Toa Norik and Toa Iruni were sold on the side and fill the seventh Toa slot (though both were sold at the same pricepoint at the regular figures, neither had a vehicle, and were completely disconnected from the main story in-universe). In some countries, Toa Lhikan & Kikanalo came out in '05.
** 2006 - Vezon filled the seventh Toa slot but was a villain instead of a hero. Vezon was packed with two sets: first with the spider Fenrakk and then the Kardas dragon, and was (in-universe) a clone of the Piraka Vezok (Vezon is even the Matoran word for "Double") and fought both the Piraka and the Toa Inika.
** 2007 - Lesovikk filled the seventh Toa role toy-wise (being packed with a "Sea Sled"), but never met the main heroes (the Toa Mahri) in-universe.
** 2008 - Toa Ignika, packed with a "Skyboard" was, in-universe, the Mask of Life given a physical body who joined and fought beside the team after initially being questioned.
*** Ironically, the original Seventh Toa, Takanuva, also made an appearence (though in a much larger, Titan-sized form).
*** It should be noted that there was another villain, Mutran, who was also a basic figure and was packed with another smaller figure (Vican) and was sold as an exclusive, though Ignika more closely follows the Seventh Toa formula.
** 2009 - It could be argued that Fero falls into the seventh Toa slot as he was a small figure (though he was Impulse sized, not Canister sized) that was packed with a larger one, namely the reptilian steed, Skirmix.
** Averted with all of the Codrex Vehicles during the Karda-Nui saga; while they all featured canister sets as their pilots these figures are all alternate forms of two of the heroes and one of the villains. In-universe; the heroes had adaptive armor that changed to suit the vehicles they were piloting, and the villain could shapeshift at will (which pretty much amounted to the same thing).
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Five guys to one girl at ''best'':
** All Matoran of Water (and by extension Toa and Turaga of Water) are female by default. Since Blue is one of the six colors in every rotation, this meant that every Toa Team, Matoran set and Turaga set had at least one female member, even if they looked nothing like it (Inika Hali was the worse, with her mask having ''a beard and butt chin'').
** This got worse with the Glatorian. Some viewed the change in setting means we might see more girls, as they're not exclusively tied to the blue sets of each rotation now. NOPE. The first blue Glatoran and Agori were men, and no different-colored females were present at all. The second wave came with one... then proceeded to release almost a dozen other male Glatorian.
* SticksToTheBack: common in animations, especially involving the Toa, as well as the Glatorian's weapons in ''The Legend Reborn''. Justified for Takanuva (''Mask of Light'' version) and the Toa Metru, as the toys had weapon mounts built into their backs.
* StockSubtitle: "Comic 13: Rise of the Rahkshi!", "BIONICLE 1: Rise of the Toa Nuva", ''BIONICLE Heroes''
* TeamShot: every year has at least one of these showing the new sets.
* ThemeTable
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Done quite a lot.
** ThrowingYourShieldAlwaysWorks: a normal Skrall throws its [[ChainsawGood Saw Blade Shield]] at Gresh during an Arena Match.
*** Inverted in the ''Mata Nui Online Game'', where a Disk, a projectile weapon, is used to shield the holder against Rahi attacks.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Several, including two-thirds of the Toa Hagah team, Lariska, [[SupportingLeader Toa Helryx]] and Artakha.
** There's also a number of quasi-examples that aren't directly marketed, but are built from existing parts. A number, like Graalok the ash bear, the Shadowed One, and Botar, were designed by {{LEGO}} and alternate building instructions were included with the toys. Several others, mostly Rahi beasts and Dark Hunter mercenaries, were [[ContestWinnerCameo designed and built by fans and then canonized]].
* TranslationConvention
* TheThunderdome: the Coliseum in Metru Nui, Atero Magna on Bara Magna.
* UndergroundMonkey: the sets up to 2007. The ''Voya Nui Online Game'' also had these.
* VillainEpisode: The ''Legends'' book ''Legacy of Evil'' (featuring the Piraka), as well as web serials "The Mutran Chronicles" (the Brotherhood of Makuta), "Federation of Fear" (various villains in a BoxedCrook team), "Empire of the Skrall" ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Skrall]]), and "Sahmad's Tale" (Sahmad and the Iron Tribe).
** Also, in the Voya Nui and Mahri Nui arcs, the hero toys got released in a later wave than the villain toys, so in the story keeps pace by focusing on the villains messing things up before the heroes come along to fix it.
* WaterIsBlue
* WindIsGreen
* WordPureeTitle
* WorldHealingWave
** The Staff of Artakha does this to the Matoran Universe, save for Karda Nui, for all damage caused by the Great Cataclysm.
** Mata Nui does this to repair the fragmented world of Spherus Magna. Effects include {{Terraforming}}, growing lage amounts of vegetation, and curing the effects of some MutagenicGoo.
** A literal version in the Ignika, which was designed to heal Mata Nui in the event his life was at risk. It's technically this because Mata Nui (at the time) ''was the world''.
* WorldOfSnark: It would just be easier to list the number of characters who don't make a sarcastic or witty remark at least once in the story.
* WorldWreckingWave: The Great Cataclysm.
* WrapItUp: 2010 skipped over at least two arcs (one with the Element Lords and one on Bota Magna) to get to the final battle with Makuta.
* YearZero: Two. The first is "The Shattering" about a hundred thousand years ago that split Spherus Magna; it also marks the beginning of the Matoran world. The Matoran also have the "Great Cataclysm", one thousand years before the story starts, when Mata Nui fell asleep, causing numerous disasters.
** ExtyYearsFromNow
** HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt
* YouCantFightFate: A rule of thumb for this series: anyone who tries to overturn their destiny will inevitably fail. [[spoiler:This includes Makuta himself]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:General Matoran Tropes]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: The Matoran and Mata Nui's other races. Designed to be essentially "nanotech" in Mata Nui's body, they turned out sentient and developed their own cultures and such.
* AllMythsAreTrue (possibly heavily distorted, but true nonetheless)
* AllYourColorsCombined: Six Toa can combine their power to create a [[SealedEvilInACan Toa Seal]].
* AnatomyOfTheSoul: Spiritual light and darkness, and losing the former, are a major part of the Karda Nui arc. Destiny is also a big deal to the Matoran.
* AncientOrderOfProtectors: The Order of Mata Nui.
* AnimatedArmor: The Makuta
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The Toa Mata/Nuva are destined to revive Mata Nui (technically everyone has a destiny, but the Mata/Nuva are one of only a few to know theirs before it happens).
** ProphecyTwist
* CainAndAbel: Mata Nui and Makuta (so the BackStory claims). Also Artakha and Karzahni.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: "Rahi" is the Matoran term for animals in general, and each species has its own name (Ussal crabs, Gukko birds, etc.)
** CallASmeerpARabbit
* CodeName: The descriptive kind; most Dark Hunters have them (because stuff like "Silence" and "Darkness" don't have to be cleared through Lego's legal department; unlike, say, "Lariska")
* CombiningMecha: The theory behind the Toa Kaita, shown with the Toa Mata (Wairuha being formed of Lewa, Gali, and Kopaka, and Akamai being formed from Tahu, Pohatu, and Onua.) It's stated that most Toa groups are able to form Kaita forms, but [[TakeOurWordForIt never comes up in canon beyond the Toa Nuva]]. The Toa Metru were implied to be able to do it (but [[HowDoIShotWeb didn't know how]]), whereas the Toa Hordika were one of the few groups that could not (due to the Visorak infection that turned them into [[BeastMan Beast People]]).
** Meanwhile, there are other fusions, but very few have come about in the storyline, such as a Matoran Nui and Bohrok-Kal Kaita.
* ConditionalPowers: Kanohi grants the wearer powers as long as it is worn.
* CypherLanguage: Matoran script.
** BilingualBonus: For example, seen at a trader's stall in the online game: "My friend went to Po-Koro and all I got was this lousy rock."
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Makuta, who knows better than to try and ScrewDestiny.
* TheDarkSide: [[CastingAShadow The element of Shadow]]
* DayHurtsDarkAdjustedEyes: Matoran of Earth typically live underground, so light stings their eyes.
* DomedHometown: The Matoran world is located in underground domes ([[spoiler:actually Mata Nui's body cavities]])
* {{Egopolis}}: The lands of Artakha and Karzahni are named after their rulers.
* EldritchAbomination: Tren Krom. Subverted in that, while powerful and immeasurably ancient, he is ''not'' an alien - he was created by the Great Beings like everything else in the Matoran world. Written as a ShoutOut to Lovecraft.
** Also the Energized Protodermis Entity, who existed within Spherus Magna even before the Great Beings discovered Energized Protodermis.
** Makuta tried to appear as this when the Toa Mata first faced him, turning into a mass of swirling pieces and tentacles. After being defeated, he tried to be more direct in later confrontations (largely because the Toa have then learned what he really was).
* FantasticLightSource: Lightstones, the Light Element, and Karda Nui's Lightvines
* FantasticMeasurementSystem: "bios", "kios", and "mios" are units for distance used. The distance units are as follows:
** 1 bio = 4.5 feet = 1.37 meters
** 1 kio = 1,000 bio = 4,500 feet/0.85 miles = 1.37 kilometers
** 1 mio = 1,000 kio = 850 miles = 1,370 kilometers
* FantasticNuke: The Toas' Nova Blast ability
* FictionalSport: Kolhii (a lacrosse-like game), [[ImplausibleBoardingSkills Ignalu Lava Surfing]], [[SnowballFight Huai Snowball Sling]], Ngalawa Boat Racing, Kewa Bird Riding, Great Ussal Race on Mata Nui. Akilini, Kanoka Toss, and Disk Surfing on Metru Nui.
* GeniusLoci: [[spoiler:The Matoran world is actually ''inside'' Mata Nui's submerged body, with the island of Mata Nui perched on his face.]]
* TheGhost: Mata Nui, until around the end of ''Legends''
* GhostCity: Metru Nui for a thousand years after the Great Cataclysm, the island of Mata Nui after the events of ''Mask Of Light''.
* GoalOrientedEvolution: Matoran to Toa to Turaga. In their case it's more akin to Goal Oriented Puberty; Matoran who first become Toa are rather naive compared to more experienced ones and act more like teenagers, and the Toa who become Turaga have gained enough knowledge and experience that both Toa and Matoran respect them without question. Matoran of Light can also be Matoran to [[spoiler:Bohrok]]. The Makuta species also evolved to the point of being EnergyBeings in AnimatedArmor.
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Something has to be ''really'' wrong in the world to grab Mata Nui's attention. Makes sense when you consider [[spoiler:the WombLevel nature of the world - do you think of your stomach when you don't have indigestion?]] Of course, once he ''does'' start paying attention, [[GodsHandsAreTied his hands get tied]].
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Mata Nui suffers if the Matoran don't do their jobs. Eventually explained as [[spoiler:his robot body will shut down if not maintained and kept working.]]
* HeartLight: All the people of the Matoran Universe have these, at least according to the books and movies. They're even called heartlights.
* TheHeavy: Usually the {{Arc Villain}}s are the Heavy to Makuta's BiggerBad, though sometimes even the Arc Villains stay mysterious and leave Heavy duties to a lesser villain.
* HufflepuffHouse: Any tribe outside the main six and Light, really.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: No humans around, but once in a while there's an item that's strange to the characters; the list includes roller skates, eggs, and a scroll.
* [[spoiler:HumongousMecha: Mata Nui. He's about 40 million feet high and contains the Matoran world.]]
* IslandBase: Odina (Dark Hunters), Destral (Brotherhood of Makuta), and Daxia (Order of Mata Nui); Destral is able to teleport to any location in the Matoran Universe thanks to a device on the island.
* KansasCityShuffle: Everyone thought Makuta's plan was just to knock Mata Nui unconscious and then stay in power while he can't do anything about it. That ''was'' his original plan, but he eventually revised it with bigger prizes in mind...
* LaResistance: Matoran tend to form these when they're taken over, with the Voya Nui and Karda Nui ones being the best examples. The Toa Hordika and Rahaga also formed one against the Visorak. One also formed against the Toa Empire in the "Dark Mirror" alternate universe.
* LavaSurfing: Ignalu Lava Surfing is practiced as a sport in Ta-Koro.
* LetterMotif: Each element has a syllable representing it: "ta" for fire, "ga" for water, "le" for air, "po" for stone, "ko" for ice, and "onu" for earth. These show up in some variation in the names of the Toa Mata/Nuva, the Bohrok, the Rahkshi, and the Visorak; as well as in reference to the Matoran tribes (the fire Matoran are called the Ta-Matoran, for example).
* [[spoiler:LivingShip: In a sense. WordOfGod states that Mata Nui wandered space with the Matoran world inside - not that the Matoran were aware of where they were (either in space or inside their Great Spirit).]]
* MaskOfPower: Kanohi Masks
* MechanicalLifeforms: Mata Nui. All the other races he looks after - which have a few organic parts (save the Bohrok, though they may not be "alive") - qualify as well.
** ClockworkCreature: Everyone's mechanical parts are this kind, not electronic.
** MechanicalEvolution: The Makuta evolved from MechanicalLifeforms to EnergyBeings in AnimatedArmor.
** WetwareCPU: We don't know if the brains are organic or not, but it otherwise fits the trope. Actually, the Bohrok and Rahkshi can be said to play this dead straight.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: When a Toa completes his/her destiny, he/she is transformed into the shorter Turaga, serving as the elder for Matoran.
* MinorMajorCharacter: Mata Nui
* MonsterCompendium: The ''Rahi Beasts'' guide, in-universe and in real life.
* {{Mordor}}: The realm of Karzahni
* NoNameGiven: Makuta (until a late arc revealed his name is "Teridax"), "The Shadowed One", and a few fan-made Dark Hunters such as Prototype.
* NonindicativeName: The "Great Spirit" Mata Nui has a physical body.
* OhMyGods[=/=]ThankTheMaker: Mata Nui is invoked occasionally
-->'''Nuhrii:''' Mata Nui protect us!
* OneSteveLimit: Averted somewhat; Mata Nui, Artakha, and Karzahni all have locations named after them, and a [[PlantAliens plant creature]] also has Karzahni as a namesake.
** "Makuta" and "the Makuta" also sounds confusing, but there's a reason for it: it's a title, and one character prefers the title to his actual name. It's like a group of Dukes, one of which likes being called "Duke".
** Also averted when it comes to soundalikes; the series includes characters named Krekka, Krahka, Krakua, and Krika.
* OneWingedAngel: Makuta (subverted in that his true form is just energy that can't do much without a shell; played straight in that he's made the shell bigger and nastier in a couple fights)
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Disembodied spirits (including the Makuta's energy forms) can possess robots or soulless-but-still-alive bodies. Makuta can dispossess their bodies at will since they're EnergyBeings, but others need to use AppliedPhlebotinum (like a Mask of Spirit). And souls depart to whatever afterlife at death, but the death can be reversed and the soul restored if done quick enough [[spoiler:(though woe to you if some other soul gets to your body before you do!)]]
* PatchworkMap: The islands of Mata Nui and Voya Nui
* PersonalDictionary: Farshtey used "universe" to mean the Matoran world, not the entire cosmos, as from the Matoran perspective that is their universe and they are aware of very little outside it.
* {{Phlebotinum}}: Protodermis, the substance that makes up the entirety of the Matoran world - metal, water, living tissue, ''everything''.
** PhlebotinumHandlingEquipment: As Energized Protodermis either transforms or destroys whatever it touches, there are special containers that are able to hold it. Exsidian is a component of one type of resistant materials.
** SinglePhlebotinumLimit: We did say "everything", right?
** StatesOfPhlebotinum: Protodermis is classified by liquid, solid, and energized forms.
** {{Unobtainium}}: Ultra-hard metal Protosteel and transformation-causing Energized Protodermis
* RetiredBadass: Turaga are essentially this. They're former Toa who sacrificed their powers.
* SailorEarth: Common in the fan community. Just choose an [[ElementalPowers Elemental Power]], a StockSuperpower, and a weapon; and think up an exotic name and you've got your own Toa!
* TheSavageSouth: The southern edge of the Matoran Universe (meaning areas [[spoiler:below Mata Nui's waist]]) are said to be so dangerous that not even Makuta go there.
* SentientCosmicForce: Destiny, spiritual Light and Shadow as well.
* StarsAreSouls: Spirit Stars appear before a Toa is created or when a Toa completes a certain task.
* TheStarscream: Deliberately invoked by the Shadowed One, who encourages his minions to constantly observe him, and, should he show signs of weakness, kill him.
* TaughtByExperience: all the Toa to some degree, but especially the Toa Metru
* ThouShaltNotKill: The Toa hold this view but it's dealt with rather pragmatically; this code of conduct was officially adopted on the grounds that they need to keep the trust of the Matoran, but they are willing to waive it (or at least just consider killing) if necessary, such as in wartime or when facing extreme threats. And one of the Order's reasons for existing is to allow the Toa to have this code, doing the DirtyBusiness in their place.
* TimeDilationField: The Vahi Mask of Time. Damaging it causes... problems, and destroying it utterly would cause a TimeCrash.
* TrueCompanions: Toa teams
* TunnelKing: The cave-dwelling Onu-Matoran are an entire tribe of these.
* TheUnderworld: Karzahni is treated as one.
* TheWallAroundTheWorld: The dome that encloses Karda Nui.
* WeaksauceWeakness: A Toa's power is halved if they lose their mask, and Matoran eventually shut down if they lose theirs.
* WeatherControlMachine: Certain ElementalPowers allow for weather manipulation. Bonus points most beings able to do this are part machine.
* WeatherOfWar: Toa often manipulate the weather offensively, such as Lewa and Gali combining their powers to create a storm to drive off Bohrok attacking Ta-Koro.
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: Air Matoran "treespeak"/"chutespeak" slang
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Minor characters from past arcs don't usually get mentioned in new story material.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway?: Toa of Water tend to get stuck with limited-use Mask Powers. (Though the water powers are of course still good, which probably makes this more FlightStrengthHeart.)
** HeartIsAnAwesomePower: In Mahri Nui, as Toa Hahli had a Mask of Kindred that let her copy abilities of animals. Since she was quite knowledgeable about sea creatures and what they could do, she used this mask to great effect.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''BIONICLE Chronicles'']]
* AbandonedMine: In the ''Mata Nui Online Game 2'', the Great Mine was abandoned due to flooding by Gahlok in the previous arc. Hahli, a Ga-Matoran and experienced swimmer, has to dive through the mine to retrieve tools and materials for the Onu-Matoran miners.
* AmnesiacHero: The Toa remembered little beyond their names and powers upon arriving on Mata Nui.
* ArcVillain: The Bahrag and Bohrok-Kal take over in the middle arcs.
* BagOfHolding: Used in both ''Mata Nui Online Game''s.
* BeePeople: the Bohrok
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: Happens to Tahu's Magma Blades and Kopaka's Ice Blades in ''Mask of Light'' when they get knocked out.
* BladeBrake:
** Kopaka uses his Ice Blades so slow his fall in a crevice when the Bohrok-Kal steal his ElementalPowers.
** Tahu uses his Magma Swords to slow his descent down a wall in ''Mask of Light''.
* {{Brainwashed}}: the Rahi of Mata Nui though Makuta's infected masks, and threatened against its Matoran twice (originally by the infected masks, then by Bohrok Krana).
* BuildingIsWelding: when Nuparu was finishing building the Boxor.
* BuildingSwing: Lewa and the Matoran of Air do this to transverse through Le-Wahi.
* BugWar: against the Bohrok
* CaveBehindTheFalls: one behind Naho Falls in the ''Mata Nui Online Game''
* CaveMouth: The entrance to Po-Koro and the Ice Gate in the ''Mata Nui Online Game''.
** The entrances to the Temple of Courage and Temple of Creation in the ''Mata Nui Online Game II''.
* ChangelingFantasy: Everyone, audience included, thought that Takua was part of the Fire tribe - until he became a Toa of ''Light'' (even then, there's enough {{Phlebotinum}} thrown around that him originally being a Fire character was a possibility, until we learned that a tribe of Light did exist)
** MosesInTheBullrushes: the Order of Mata Nui secretly spread Matoran of Light throughout the world so the tribe wouldn't be wiped out if their homeland came under attack.
* CitadelCity: Ta-Koro, a walled city that is surrounded by lava, within a volcano.
* CounterpartArtifacts: the Mask of Light and the Mask of Shadows.
* CreationSequence: The formation of the [[FusionDance Toa Kaita]] in the ''Mata Nui Online Game'' and ''The Legend of Mata Nui''.
* DeathIsCheap: Notoriously so in ''Mask of Light''. The two lead characters are both killed, [[BackFromTheDead but neither stay dead]]. Jaller is revived by Takutanuva, and Takanuva... well, his revival has never really been explained.
* DecapitationPresentation: Gali presenting a removed infected mask from a Tarakava, heavily, but notably, subverting the trope.
* "{{Did You Actually Believe}} I would let them return?" (Makuta in ''Mask of Light'', after Takanuva summoned the Matoran to his lair)
* EnemyWithout: the Shadow Toa
* FaceHugger: Krana, Krana-Kal (though they never actually do this), and [[FanNickname "Kratana"]] (Krana/Kraata hybrids)
* FeaturelessProtagonist: Takua, throughout the prologue video game and almost all of the ''Mata Nui Online Game''; his features and name are only revealed in the end of the game.
** He then gets some series CharacterDevelopment and appears as a character in every story arc set in the present in Mata Nui.
* FictionalCurrency: Widgets
* FillerVillain: Although they are more accurately an ensemble of EliteMooks than a single villain, the Bohrok-Kal were created by {{LEGO}} to fill the space between the defeat of the Bahrag and the return of [[BigBad Makuta]].
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: Kaita fusions, once this arc ends.
* FusionDance: Various "Kaita" fusions and Takutanuva.
* GainaxEnding:
** ''Mata Nui Online Game II: The Final Chronicle'' ends on a particularly confusing note that only makes slightly more sense if you've seen ''Mask of Light''. After winning the Kohlii Championship and collecting five of the six crystals, Hahli encounters Lerahk in Ta-Koro and escapes, watching as the village sinks into the Lake of Fire. She then arrives on [[WhereItAllBegan the very beach where Takua's quest had begun]], where she finds the last crystal and places the crystals in the Amaja Circle. Hahli is then enveloped in bright light and transported to Kini-Nui, where she sees three Rahkshi fly overhead. Then, Nokama tells Hahli that she's the new chronicler. And... that's it. That's how it ends.
** ''Mask of Light'' also has a particularly odd ending, one that became partially explained in the following year but was left mostly unexplained. After defeating Makuta in a game of Kohlii, Takanuva takes off the former's Kanohi Kraahkan, and they both fall into a pool of Energized Protodermis which fuses them into [[YinYangBomb Takutanuva]]. Takutanuva then lifts up a giant door (which, aside from a passing line by Makuta, was never mentioned before) to let the Toa Nuva and Turaga pass through, stopping Hahli along the way to bring Jaller BackFromTheDead. Then, Takutanuva dies as the door's weight crushes him, sending the Kanohi Avohkii spinning across the floor. Turaga Vakama takes the mask and positions Hahli, Jaller, and the mask on the BIONICLE logo on the floor whilst proclaiming, "Let us awaken the Great Spirit! Unity, duty, destiny!", and this somehow revives Takanuva. Then, Takanuva, Jaller, and Hahli are standing on a beach and all have glowing, golden masks which send out a beam of light, revealing some new island which Vakama refers to as "home". Oh, and despite all that constant talk about "Mata Nui will be awakened this day!" for the final act, they don't awaken Mata Nui that day after all.
* GlowingGem: Lightstones; [[WhatItSaysOnTheTin guess what they're used for]].
* GoingToGiveItMoreEnergy: This is how the Toa Nuva defeat the Bohrok-Kal.
* GoldenSuperMode: the Golden Kanohi worn by the Toa Mata.
* GondorCallsForAid: The climax of the Mata Nui Online Game has Takua's team surrounded by Rahi, only for Matoran armies to arrive [[BigDamnHeroes just in time]] to save the day.
* GottaCatchThemAll: First with Kanohi Masks, then again with Krana, then Kanohi Nuva again; though each one had less emphasis placed on it than the one before.
* GrapplingHookPistol: the Volo Lutu Launcher from the ''Quest for the Toa'' video game.
* {{Hammerspace}}: The Toa Mata/Nuva's extra masks are explained as being stored in their Suva shrines (and later, Metru Nui's Great Temple) when not in use, with the Toa able to mentally switch them at will.
* HandyHelper: In the ''Mata Nui Online Game'', Takua becomes Pohatu's eyes when the latter was blinded by a Nui-Jaga scorpion.
* GroundPunch: Onua does this twice, once in the ''Mata Nui Online Game'' and another in ''[[TheMovie Mask of Light]]''.
* {{Herald}}: Takua was "the Herald of the Toa of Light" [[spoiler:before finding out he ''was'' to be the Toa of Light]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Jaller TakingTheBullet for Takua in ''Mask of Light''. Takutanuva brought him back soon afterward.
* HoldingOutForAHero: The Matoran of Mata Nui were threatened by Makuta's forces for 1000 years until the awakening of the Toa Mata.
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: the Bohrok
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Ussal crabs, specifically Takua's pet, Pewku. The nature of the BIONICLE universe makes this cross over into MechanicalHorse as well.
* HumanPopsicle: the Toa Mata prior to ''Chronicles''
* IKnowMaddenKombat: The final battle of ''Mask of Light'' pits Takanuva against Makuta... in a game of Kolhii. However, the sequence plays out somewhat like an actual fight, and ends with Takanuva using his special technique to slam Makuta into a wall.
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Toa Onua to Toa Lewa twice.
* ImplausibleBoardingSkills: lavasurfing
* InstantRunes: appears when Onua uses the Mask of Shielding in the ''Mata Nui Online Game''.
* InterimVillain: The Bohrok swarms. Before their introduction, [[BigBad Makuta]] had just been defeated by the heroes and disappears. Shortly after their story arc was finally wrapped up with the defeat of the Bohrok-Kal, Makuta returns to the spotlight. Although it was later confirmed via RetCon that Makuta was responsible for awakening the Bohrok, he did so to distract the Toa and thus buy himself some time to recover from his previous loss, thus directly [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this trope.
* IronicFear: Tamaru, an Air Matoran, is afraid of heights, and given his village of Le-Koro is in the treetops...
* ItsXIHateX
-->'''Kopaka''': ''Your Turaga speaks in riddles. I hate riddles.''
-->'''Various''': ''Tunnels. Why does it always have to be tunnels?''
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: subverted with the Toa Mata; the Laser Guide was off a bit so they forgot more than intended.
* LavaAddsAwesome: Lavasurfing
* LevitatingLotusPosition: Gali has a similar pose to this while meditating in the first movie, managing to levitate despite not having psychic powers of any sort, other than telepathy between herself and Takua.
* MacGuffin: Despite all the emphasis there was on collecting the Kanohi and Kanohi Nuva, they never affected the plot in any meaningful way. The only exceptions are the Vahi and the Avohkii, which were also the only two masks that the Toa were not tasked with finding.
* MageKiller: the Rahi Nui was created to hunt Toa, and one of its abilities was feeding on Elemental Power, thus being invulnerable to it.
* MeaningfulName: Most names and terms introduced in the first year were actual Māori words. Lego stopped the practice and switched to ForeignSoundingGibberish when Māori activists criticized Lego for the use of Māori words as a trivialization of their culture (though most of the original names still survive).
** A lot of the Matorans' names in ''Mata Nui Online Game 2'' were foreign words that were in the theme of the place they were in (example: in Ko-Koro, names meant things like winter and snow). At least Hungarian, Finnish, Chinese and Czech words were used.
** MyNaymeIs: some of the source words got changed to alternate spellings: "Jala" to "Jaller", "Huki" to "Hewkii", "Hali" to "Hahli", "Maku" to "Macku", "Puku" to "Pewku", "Koli" to "Kolhii"
* MidseasonUpgrade: The Toa Mata become the Toa Nuva.
* MindControlDevice: infected Kanohi Masks and Krana when worn.
* MixAndMatchCritters: the Rahi Nui, a creature that combines elements from several Rahi species: [[ALoadOfBull the head of a Kane-Ra bull]], the arms of a Tarakava lizard, [[CatsAreMean the body of a Muaka panther]], [[BewareMyStingerTail the stinger of a Nui-Jaga scorpion]], and [[GoodWingsEvilWings enlarged wings from a Nui-Rama wasp]].
* MonumentalDamage: in-universe example: the Pahrak destroying Naho Falls (which gets rebuilt later, and destroyed again).
* MythologyGag: In ''Mask of Light'', the Matoran begin their kolhii match by wishing each other "Play well". The name "Lego" comes from the Danish phrase "leg godt", which translates to "play well".
* [[NoAnimalsWereHarmed No Rahi Were Harmed]]: this is mentioned at the end of the credits of ''Mask of Light'' in the [[CypherLanguage Matoran Language]].
* NoisyRobots: in the ''Mata Nui Online Game'', its sequel, and the web animations.
* OminousLatinChanting: Shows up with techno in web animations, and during momentous moments in the movies.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMgD_j8l78E&feature=PlayList&p=8408315C497E19C4&index=0 The BIONICLE Music]]
* OnlyMostlyDead: Jaller and Toa Takanuva in ''Mask of Light''
* OpponentSwitch: done by the Toa Mata against the [[PsychoRangers Shadow Toa]].
* PhlebotinumBreakdown: why it took the Toa Mata a thousand years to arrive on the island of Mata Nui
* PillarOfLight: In the online animations, when the Bohrok were defeated.
* PuffOfLogic: During the Bohrok arc, Pohatu and Onua, both the strongest of the Toa Mata, struggle to break a rock wall to escape before the room fills with lava. However, they're unable to make a single chip in it. Lewa realizes that there's nothing the two of them are unable to smash, which means the wall cannot exist. As soon as they stop believing the wall exists, it disappears. Sure enough, the projectors of said wall, the Bahrag queens, are able to create illusions at will. Several of the Toa again end up fighting false opponents, being helped by their teammates that can see which Bahrag aren't real.
* PowerOfTheVoid: Makuta claimed to have this power early on. He wasn't shy about it, either.
-->'''Gali:''' How are you like the sea? The sea bears life! The sea bore ''us!''
-->'''Makuta:''' I bore you! For I am Nothing. And out of Nothing, you came. And it is back into Nothing that you shall go.
* PoweredArmor / MiniMecha: the Boxor (which [[GoodOldFisticuffs can strike with its arms]]) and the Exo-Toa (complete with [[GoodOldFisticuffs Boxing Claw]] and [[ArmCannon Electro-Rocket]]).
** ArmorIsUseless: The Exo-Toa block their users' ElementalPowers. They also have the AI to act autonomously, but haven't exactly been shown to have a stellar track record in this regard since they frequently fall victim to TheWorfEffect.
* PraetorianGuard: most notably the Bohrok-Kal.
* PsychicLink: Gali establishes one with Takua in the ''Mata Nui Online Game'', so that he can witness the battle from afar.
* ThePsychoRangers: The Shadow Toa.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: By the end of the arc, the Toa Nuva had tired of the Turaga's secrecy and began to confront them on it.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Naming Day was introduced as a way to change characters' names to non-Maori words (see "Meaningful Name" above).
* SealedEvilInACan: The Bohrok play with this; it seems to be played straight before it turns out (six real-world years later) that they're just doing their Great-Beings-given job (and therefore Sealed Neutral).
* SealedGoodInACan: Very literally with The Toa Mata (see PhlebotinumBreakdown, above), who were sealed in Toa Canisters.
** The Mask of Light (encased in a rock).
* ShieldSurf: In ''Mask of Light'', Takua and Jaller use Kopaka's Ice Shield to escape from Rahkshi in Ko-Wahi.
* SinisterGeometry: Pohatu comments on the tunnels leading to the Bohrok Nest as being rather smooth and not dug by Matoran or even the Bohrok.
* SmashTheSymbol: In an online animation, the stone used to represent Mata Nui explodes, representing the Bohrok razing the island.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: Invoked. WordOfGod states that several of the choppy movements of Makuta and the Rahkshi in ''Mask of Light'' were inspired by Creator/RayHarryhausen's work.
* TheSwarm: the Bohrok
* SweatDrop: Occurs once in an online animation by Hewkii.
* ThereIsAnother: The WhamLine leading into ''Adventures'': "You are not the first Toa!"
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Takua during the first year
* TunnelNetwork: there were tunnels throughout and underneath the island of Mata Nui, made by the Onu-Matoran.
* UnderCity: Metru Nui to Mata Nui.
* VideoGameSettings: Each "wahi" (region) of the island of Mata Nui has this kind of theme:
** BeneathTheEarth: Onu-Wahi
** JungleJapes: Le-Wahi, with BubblegloopSwamp on the ground level and the TreeTopTown of Le-Koro
** LethalLavaLand: Ta-Wahi, altough a part of it is also PalmtreePanic
** PortTown: Ga-Wahi; mostly the village of Ga-Koro, which is on {{Lily Pad Platform}}s. More inland portions are suggested to be GhibliHills or GreenHillZone.
** ShiftingSandLand: Po-Wahi
** SlippySlideyIceWorld: Ko-Wahi
* TheWorfEffect: Three Toa merge into Toa Kaita Wairuha and corner three Bohrok-Kal. The bug-monsters fuse into their own giant monster which proceeds to kick Wairuha's butt in five seconds.
** WorfHadTheFlu: The Bohrok had already neutralized the Toas' elemental powers, leaving both the individual Toa and their fused form at a disadvantage.
* YinYangBomb: Takutanuva, an immensely powerful fusion of Takanuva (Toa of Light) and Makuta (a being of Shadow).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''BIONICLE Adventures'']]
* AIIsACrapshoot: the Vahki
* AlwaysSecondBest: Ahkmou
* AmphibiousAutomobile: the Vahki Transport used by the Toa Metru to travel between Metru Nui and Mata Nui.
* ArcVillain: In order: the Morbuzakh, "Turaga Dume" ([[spoiler:Makuta in disguise]]), Sidorak and Roodaka
* AssimilationBackfire Vakama and Onewa managed to defeat a Tunneler, a Rahi which had the ability to take on the form of any force directed at it, by combining their ElementalPowers to transform it into brittle glass.
* BadassArmfold: Sidorak in ''Web of Shadows''. It makes him look a LOT more badass than he really is.
* BetaTestBaddie: the plant monster Karzahni (no relation to the other Karzahni), abandoned in favor of the more controllable Morbuzakh.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: The Vahki flash animations generally portrayed Makuta's reign while disguised as Turaga Dume like this.
* BigNo: Vakama in ''Legends of Metru Nui''
* BladeBrake:
** Matau uses his Aero Slicers to decelerate in a chute.
** Done in ''Legends of Metru Nui'', such as Nuju using his Crystal Spikes in stopping his fall on a Knowledge Tower and Nokama with her Hydro Blades in the Coliseum, and again with Matau and his Aero Slicers in the chute.
* BugWar: against the Visorak
* CainAndAbel: Toa Lhikan and Nidhiki.
* CallForward: several in this arc
* ClingyJealousGirl: Vhisola to Nokama. This escalated to higher levels when Nokama became a Toa.
* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Vakama hiding from Makuta on two separate occasions in ''Adventures''
* CoolAirship: especially used in Metru Nui, even more so in Le-Metru. Dark Hunters also use airships to deploy members.
* TheCorruption: Hordika Venom
* CreationSequence: The creation of the Disk of Time and then the Mask of Time by Vakama.
* CrystalPrison: When 6 Toa of different elements [[WithYourPowersCombined combine]] their powers, they can create a Toa Seal that not even Teridax can break out of. Said combination of elements are the only way of destroying Toa Seal.
* DataCrystal: Memory Crystals used in Metru Nui.
* DeadlyDisc: Kanoka Disks. They have varying powers depending on the second digit imprinted on them.
* DevourTheDragon: Makuta does this to Nidhiki and Krekka
* DiscontinuityNod: Rahaga Kualus insists that "Gukko" is the incorrect name for some bird species and may even be an insult in their language (the original names got retconned out due to legal issues).
* DontThinkFeel: How Turaga Lhikan trains Toa Whenua, Nuju, and Onewa to use their mask powers.
* EssenceDrop: Amana Volo spheres
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Rhotuka (from the Visorak arc), which are spinning wheels of energy.
* ExploringTheEvilLair: Onewa Hordika finds one of Makuta's lairs in the Visorak arc.
* EyepatchOfPower: Like Kopaka, Toa Nuju has an eyepiece on his masks.
* FailureKnight: Toa Vakama in the Visorak arc
* FakeKing: in the first half
* FromACertainPointOfView: The legends the Turaga created about how the Matoran got to the island of Mata Nui. ''Adventures'' is them admitting this and telling the truth.
* GateGuardian: The Visorak hordes include one species of Rahi known as the Gate Guardian, which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* GiantSpider: The armies of man-sized Visorak.
* GottaCatchThemAll: Great Kanoka Disks in the first half
* HammerSpace: Where does Vakama store his disks when he was a Toa Metru?
* HeroicSacrifice: Turaga Lhikan
** TakingTheBullet: for Toa Vakama
* HijackedByGanon: Guess who's ''really'' behind all the trouble?
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Toa Matau to Toa Vakama during the Visorak invasion
* InvadingRefugees: As the Toa Metru journeyed through the Maze of Shadows, they were frequently attacked by Rahi running in their direction. After some battle they realize these Rahi were fleeing something away from where they were heading.
* [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I've Always Wanted to Loud-Shout That]]: Matau says this after shouting "HELLO METRU NUI!" in the Coliseum.
* InTheFutureWeStillHaveRoombas: Fire Drones from ''Legends of Metru Nui''.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: the Metru Nui Matoran
* LeeroyJenkins: Toa Vakama upon becoming a FailureKnight.
* LotusEaterMachine: Happened to Toa Vakama.
* MachiavelliWasWrong: One of the main themes of ''Web of Shadows''
* MeleeATrois: Toa Vakama vs. Makuta vs. the Shadowed One and his bodyguard Sentrakh in the final book
* MidseasonUpgrade: Inverted; the Toa Metru get a Midseason ''Downgrade'' into the Toa Hordika.
* MissedTheCall: Subverted with the Toa Metru.
* MistakenForQuake: ''BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui'' has Toa Vakama mistaking a rampaging herd of Kikanalo (big rhinoceros-like Rahi) for a "bio-quake."
* {{Mondegreen}}: {{In-universe}}, Matau mishearing "[[TalkingAnimal Keetongu]]" as "The Key to Nongu".
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: [[spoiler:Makuta]] as "Ultimate Dume", though this didn't carry over to the movies.
* MuseumOfTheStrangeAndUnusual: The Onu-Metru Archives. It's so dangerous down in its deeper levels that not even Vahki are permitted in there.
* MysteriousMercenaryPursuer: Nidhiki and Krekka
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: In ''Time Trap'', Toa Vakama is once mentioned muttering "something that would get him thrown out of Ga-Metru school", which seemed to amuse Makuta.
* NoMacGuffinNoWinner: In ''Time Trap'', Toa Vakama threatens Makuta Teridax by striking the Vahi with a hammer, which is more like No [=MacGuffin=], No Universe.
* NotQuiteFlight: Vakama has Nuju use his Mask of Telekinesis to move him towards Makuta Teridax.
* OhCrap: Sidorak in ''Web of Shadows'', realizing he has to face a very angry Keetongu alone.
* [[PlantAliens Plant Monsters]]: the Morbuzakh and the Karzahni.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: ''Legends of Metru Nui'', as the Toa Metru discover their mask powers
* PowerUpgradingDeformation: Hordika venom causes this.
* RapidAging: Anything that gets too close to Voporak suffers this fate, including [[WeHaveReserves an army]] [[ZergRush of Rahkshi]] and the Shadowed One, though the latter is a rare example of being alive after the aging.
* RecognizableBySound: In the Hordika arc, Toa Nuju speaks to his companion Kualus about his old friend Ehrye. Just then, he hears Ehrye's voice calling for help. Kualus warns him not to follow it, but Nuju doesn't care. Sure enough, the source of the voice turned out to be from an Oohnorak waiting in ambush, having read Nuju's mind and then started mimicking Ehyre's voice.
* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Matoro sacrifices himself with the help of the Mask of Life to save Mata Nui's life and, in turn, the Matoran Universe.
* SecretLegacy: The Turaga of Mata Nui were once Toa themselves, while their Toa Nuva charges had forgotten that other Toa besides them even existed.
* SealedEvilInACan: Makuta in ''Web of Shadows''
* ScheherezadeGambit: Roodaka urges Sidorak to [[ComplexityAddiction make a spectacle of the Toa Metru's deaths rather than just shoot them]]. While she only does this so their dead bodies could be available for use in her own schemes, it does give the Rahaga time to stage a rescue.
* ShatteringTheIllusion: in "Time Trap", Vakama shatters the illusion by stopping to believe it after firing a Kanoka disk at "Nokama", which just phases through "her".
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: The Matoran of Metru Nui were unconscious while inside the Matoran Pods. Not only do they sleep through the the Great Cataclysm, it was also a contributing factor to it.
* TheStarscream: Roodaka in ''Web of Shadows'' is the Starscream to Sidorak, something that he doesn't learn until [[OhCrap it's too late]].
* StrangeBedfellows: Makuta allies himself with Vakama when the Dark Hunters come looking for the Mask of Time. Vakama isn't happy.
* TheSwarm: the Visorak
* ToWinWithoutFighting: In a flashback, the final confrontation of the Toa/Dark Hunter War
* TransformationTrauma: the Toa Hordika
* UnholyMatrimony: a major plot point in ''Web of Shadows''
* VideogameSettings: Metru Nui is both {{Tomorrowland}} and the capital, with each district taking on elements of one of Mata Nui's regions
* WallCrawl: a Vahki Rorzarkh climbs the wall of an Archives loading area in a promotional animation.
* WhatTheHellHero: Toa Vakama, over his LeeroyJenkins actions.
* WhenTreesAttack: Morbuzakh and Karzahni
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: the entirety of ''Adventures''
* YouHaveFailedMe: One of the Shadowed One's Dark Hunters has the specific task of killing any Hunter that fails its mission, and take up the mission himself.
* YouMeanXmas: Naming Day, an otherwise completely generic holiday, has an associated myth about Mata Nui coming through the transport chutes to deliver gifts
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: The airships in Metru Nui.
* ZergRush: Makuta swarms Voporak with Rahkshi as a distraction in "Time Trap".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''BIONICLE Legends'' and Afterward]]
* AdaptiveArmor: Worn by Toa Nuva. Not officially the TropeNamer, but might as well be.
* TheAlcatraz: the Pit (though they skip the common "good guys have to break out" {{plot}}; the prison was long destroyed and nearly abandoned (it's been fixed since then))
* AlmostDeadGuy: kicking off the Mahri Nui arc
* AlternateUniverse / AlternateHistory
** AfterTheEnd: "The Kingdom": The heroes failed to save Mata Nui's life in ''Legends''; a number escaped the doomed "universe" by making their way to the planet surface
** BizarroUniverse: appears in "Brothers in Arms"; Mata Nui never had to be built and roles of Toa and Matoran are switched. Oh, and the Makuta embraced the light instead of the shadows.
** MirrorUniverse: "Dark Mirror": Toa have become KnightsTemplar, and the Makuta and Dark Hunters are part of LaResistance (though calling them the "good" guys would be a stretch)
*** ExpendableAlternateUniverse: "Dark Mirror" kills off more characters in the space of one episode than total deaths in the entire series.
* AmplifierArtifact: Antidermis can strengthen Brutaka's species.
* ArcVillain: In order: the Piraka, the Barraki, the Brotherhood of Makuta (with Makuta ''himself'' absent)
* {{Ascended Extra}}s: The Toa Inika/Mahri, who were Matoran supporting characters back in ''Chronicles''
* AssimilationBackfire: In the Kingdom Alternate Dimension, Makuta is killed after he absorbs Matoro, who fights back successfully due to Makuta's weakened will due to his plan's failure in that dimension.
* AtlantisIsBoring: Averted with the Mahri Nui arc, which often considered to be a high point for the series and packs plenty of action, from mutated fishmen to psychotic robots and all manners of sea monsters.
* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: the Toa Terrain Crawler, a living example. It was only used once.
* BackFromTheDead: Hydraxon [[spoiler: is not this trope. He's a copy who ''thinks'' he's the original.]]
* BadassNormal: The Voya Nui Resistance Team, although they owe it to their weapons.
** Mazeka. He specifically requested that the Order of Mata Nui train to use any kind of weapon, how to win clean, and how to win [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty.]]
** Goes double for Hydraxon, who only has bunch of weapons, a bunch of training, and enhanced hearing (which doubles as a weakness) to get him by.
* TheBadGuyWins: The conclusion of the "Waking Mata Nui" MythArc and serves as the whole storyline's DarkestHour.
* BallOfLightTransformation: Umbra has this ability and uses it offensively.
* BeyondTheImpossible: At one point, Jaller sets Mantax [[ManOnFire ablaze]] ''[[WaterIsAir on the ocean floor]]''. It's {{Handwaved}} with the [[AWizardDidIt Wizard Did It]] rule; he has power over fire, and if he wants fire underwater, ''he can do that'' (not easily, but still...). Further [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by Greg on an online Q&A when he pointed out that it's [[RealityIsUnrealistic possible to have fire underwater.]] It just takes either certain chemicals or a lot of energy.
* BigBadWannabe: The Piraka. Yes, they're considered [[ArcVillain the main villains for an arc]], but they got put in their place ''real'' fast.
* BigDamnHeroes: Onua arriving just in time to give Tahu and crew back up against a group of Exo-Toa in "Reign of Shadows".
** [[spoiler:During Makuta's reign, Artakha manages to intervene right before [[KnightTemplar Toa Helryx]] tries to destroy the universe in order to stop him before showing up in person to [[WhatTheHellHero berate her for her methods.]]]]
** [[spoiler:The Toa Inika defeating the Piraka, after three disastrous attempts by both the Voya Nui Matoran and the Toa Nuva.]]
* BoxedCrook: in "Federation of Fear" and other Karda Nui web serials
* {{Brainwashed}}: the Voya Nui Matoran by Antidermis.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: A variation; instead of technology, it's dangerous wildlife in the Archives. It's revealed that long ago, (then-"good") Makuta did this to end the Metru Nui Civil War. The results were gruesome.
* BrickJoke (dramatic variant): In ''Legends'', Makuta disappears at the end of the Mahri Nui arc, and remains almost completely absent while the Brotherhood is waging war in Karda Nui. [[spoiler:Then comes the final book's epilogue...]] (Undermined just a little by the fact that a web serial features a search for him, but played straight concerning the other media.)
* BrownNote: A Klakk's sonic scream can cure Shadow Matoran.
* CainAndAbel: Axonn and Brutaka also count during Brutaka's brief FaceHeelTurn, though they don't refer to each other as "brother."
* CataclysmClimax: In Karda Nui. The end of Mahri Nui has a bit of this as well.
* TheCharmer: According to Jerbraz, he was one of the Order of Mata Nui's "most handsome and dashing" members, before he was rendered permanently invisible following an accident. Now he has to get by on just charm.
* ChekhovsGun: Makuta's ability to take spiritless bodies.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Consciously averted with the Brotherhood of Makuta - when the Toa faced more than one at once, Farshtey added {{Drama Preserving Handicap}}s to give the Toa a legitimate chance.
* ContinuityNod: Several.
* CoolGarage: The Codrex.
* CursedWithAwesome: some of the Mask of Life's curses end up being this (and once or twice it actively tries to do its bearer a favor instead, leading to BlessedWithSuck).
* DarkestHour: When Makuta pretty much assumes control of the universe, rendering all the Toa's previous battles and struggles rather moot.
* DeathByIrony: Makuta Mutran thinks of a way to try and control Karda Nui's energy storm, only to be zapped to dust after declaring he figured it out.
* DeathIsTheOnlyOption: In the Chamber of Death, the only way to proceed was for one member of the Toa Inika team to sacrifice himself or herself. Matoro volunteered, but was revived immediately afterwards, as the purpose was a test of courage. [[spoiler:This was because the Ignika, the mask the chamber was protecting, requires the sacrifice of the wearer to be used. Matoro's willingness to give himself up showed the mask that he was the true bearer.]]
* DeathMountain: A rock accidentally left behind by Mutran on the island of Xia became this. It happens to be also [[GeniusLoci alive]] ad eats whatever tries to scale it.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Gali vs Gorast in the Swamp of Secrets.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Subverted with [[spoiler:Carapar]], who tries to kill the [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] ShoutOut Tren Krom and gets disintegrated by the thing's EyeBeam before his attack even hits.
* DiminishingVillainThreat: While most of the Barraki are arguably less intimidating than their backstories had implied (having started a war that Toa couldn't contain and required ''Makuta'' of all people to step in and resolve), Carapar got the worst of it after the Mahri Nui Arc. [[spoiler:He became essentially a prisoner of the Order of Mata Nui and was sent on a suicide mission with his jailer, then gets killed by Tren Krom's eyebeam in an instant.]] This is a far cry from his original position as a ruthless and cunning warlord who commanded a whole kingdom. That said, it is explicitly stated that being hypnotized repeatedly by Takadox did a number on his mental faculties.
* DoingInTheWizard: At the end of ''Legends'', a number of mythological aspects got explained away. The biggest one is that Mata Nui, revered as a mystical PhysicalGod by the Matoran, was actually [[spoiler:a giant robot that they lived inside.]] About the only things that didn't were the Great Beings - we learned more about them here and on Bara Magna, but they're still mysterious {{Precursors}}.
* DontCelebrateJustYet: the Toa Nuva return from Karda Nui to Metru Nui to celebrate Mata Nui's awakening ... only to find out they were {{Unwitting Pawn}}s in Makuta's Plan, meaning Makuta has [[GrandTheftMe taken over Mata Nui's body]].
* DramaPreservingHandicap: the Makuta invading Karda Nui. The "Phantoka" team was blinded, the "Mistika" team suffered ShapeShifterModeLock and lost some of their multiple powers, and Icarax was painfully devolved back into a physical being. (Mutran was unaffected, but was more of a MadScientist than a fighter anyway.)
* {{Egopolis}}: Makuta renamed the Matoran world the "Makutaverse" upon taking it over.
* EmpathicWeapon: the Mask of Life
* EnemyCivilWar: the Toa Mahri provoke one within the Barraki
** Also, the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Piraka]].
** The Order of Mata Nui convince the Dark Hunters to war the Brotherhood of Makuta.
* EnormousEngine: Jetrax T6 has ''two'' huge engines.
* EvilTwin: inverted - [[spoiler:the good "Anti-Makuta" from the BizarroUniverse has been recruited to help fight the main universe's evil one]]
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Every last Makuta has at least a little background in creature creation, as that was their original job; with Chirox and Mutran still focusing on it.
* ExploringTheEvilLair: The Piraka doing this is what starts all the trouble.
* FieldPowerEffect: in Karda Nui, where beings of [[LightEmUp Light]] grow larger than normal.
* FinalBattle: basically the 2008 storyline was called this, and it was part of the title of a comic and a book.
* {{Flanderization}}: Vezon went from a creepy and insane [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Gollum-esque]] villain at the end of the Voya Nui arc to a CloudCuckoolander in Karda Nui-era web serials.
** It's warranted, though. He lost the Mask of Life and pretty much any other power he had. He's smart enough to know that he doesn't have nearly as much of an advantage as he had, so he is likely to be at least partly ObfuscatingStupidity.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: ''twice'' in a single book to a corrupted Toa Takanuva in ''Legends''
** IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim is cited during one of these.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: the first Toa of Psionics, Orde, was created by the Great Beings to do something like this to the Zyglak. Unfortunately, due to Orde's violent temper, he made them in an UnstoppableRage. Thus, the Great Beings made the rest of the Toa of Psionics female from then on.
* GiantSpider: The big-enough-to-ride Fenrakk (which incidentally gets...
** ScaledUp into the Kardas dragon)
* GoingToBeOneOfThoseDays: [[TheChewToy Lewa]] after [[GrandTheftMe having his body stolen]], being turned into an EldritchAbomination, getting ThrownOutTheAirLock, ending up in a jungle full of [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg dinosaurs that shoot laser beams]] and finally getting [[CapturedByCannibals captured by savages]]:
-->'''Lewa''': Oh. It's going to be ''this'' kind of day.
* TheGreatFlood: Gali unleashed a Nova Blast that completely flooded Karzahni.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Reidak breaks up a squabble among the other Piraka by throwing Hakann at Avak. Hakann pays him back in the same way (to Avak's displeasure) during his AGodAmI phase.
* HandyHelper: The Phantoka Makuta were permanently blinded by the light after the Mask of Life fell into Karda Nui. Thus, they have Shadow Matoran to be this for them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Toa Matoro, Toa Ignika]]
* HighTechHexagons: In pretty much all the graphics of Voya Nui, plus a large amount of the graphics from Mahri and Karda Nui, there are hexagons in the background, most likely to give the images a high-tech feel. They even changed the shape of the Matoran alphabet characters from circles to hexagons. It does make you wonder, though, why they didn't use hexagons in the last arc, when the futuristic city of Metru Nui was the main setting.
* HijackedByGanon: Again. Three guesses who.
* HomeworldEvacuation: In the Kingdom Alternate Dimension, Matoro fails to revive the Great Spirit Mata Nui, leaving the Matoran Universe in danger and prompt mass exodus onto the island of Mata Nui. Not all beings made it safely, but while many made it to the island, it is only a temporary refuge. The survivors settled quickly and also planned on how to leave the island for the stars.
* TheIgor: Vican to Makuta Mutran
* IKnewThereWasSomethingAboutYou:
-->'''Vezon''': Who are you, and why are you here?
-->'''Mazeka''': I'm here to kill you!
-->'''Vezon''': Oh. I knew there was something about you that I liked!
* ILikeThoseOdds:
-->'''Kongu''': Five of us, 5000 of them. I like your idea of fair odds, Hahli.
* IWouldSayIfICouldSay: Makuta to Carapar
-->''"You couldn't snap your fingers without help ... if you had fingers."''
* {{Jetpack}}: the Matoran of Light use these. Lewa has these in his Adaptive Armor, Sky Form.
* TheKingdom: The AlternateUniverse in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Kingdom]]", ruled by Turaga Takanuva.
* LeeroyJenkins: Inverted with Makuta Icarax (he's a Leeroy, but his actions would've saved the Makuta instead of dooming them)
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Toa Mahri vs. Toa Hagah in a web serial, complete with LampshadeHanging
* LightningCanDoAnything: the Toa Inika's origin and powers
* LockAndLoadMontage: in a commercial featuring Piraka Avak, Avak builds a gun and test fires it, only for the [[LawOfInverseRecoil recoil to knock him backwards]].
** In commercials for the Toa Mahri, the Toa Mahri are equipped with their Kanohi Masks, Toa Tools, and Cordak Blasters inside the Toa Terrain Crawler.
* LosingYourHead: Occurs to Hahli in an outtake animation for a non-canon commercial.
* LotusEaterMachine: Toa Lesovikk and the Toa Hagah went through these.
* MacGuffin: the Mask of Life in ''Legends''
** Probably not, since it actually DOES something. I'd say that the Vahi fits this a lot more.
* MeaningfulName: Some of the various landforms on the island of Mata Nui are Maori for different parts of the face: Mount Ihu=Nose, Lake Naho=Eye, Mangai Volcano=Mouth
* MeleeATrois: the Mahri Nui portion, with five different sides.
* MidseasonUpgrade: Toa Inika into Mahri.
* MirrorMoralityMachine: Shadow Leeches used by the Makuta turn victims evil. Fortunately, they can be cured by a [[BrownNote Klakk's scream]].
* MissedTheCall: [[spoiler:WordOfGod suggests Makuta was destined to replace the Great Spirit at some point, but he did it at the wrong time for the wrong reasons.]]
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Botar, Fenrakk/Kardas, Gadunka, and ANY Skakdi
* MorphWeapon: the Toa Nuva's Adaptive Armor
* MysteriousMist: the Akaku Nuva is unable to pierce through the mist in the Swamp of Secrets of Karda Nui.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Used for the Piraka, like when Avak flips Reidak out of a boat. His response is strongly implied to be the Matoran version of a ClusterFBomb.
* NeckLift: Kalmah does this to Jaller with his [[CombatTentacles tentacle]], although this is done underwater.
* [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job]] [[JustForPun Waking]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero It, Heroes]] In the Toa Nuva's defense, there's no way in Karzanhi they could have known that [[spoiler:Makuta had already [[GrandTheftMe placed himself in control of Mata Nui's body]] so that all he had to do was wait for the Toa to reactivate it]].
* NoodleIncident: ''Invasion'', a canceled (but still canon) ''Legends'' book bridging Voya Nui and Mahri Nui. We know it involved a BodySnatcher plot and Vezon.
* NotSoDifferent: Makuta to Toa Matoro in ''Legends''
* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler:Toa Matoro (or not)]], [[spoiler:Mata Nui]]
* OutrunTheFireball: The Toa Nuva escape Karda Nui's growing energy storm using flying vehicles
* OutsideRide: How the Toa Nuva and Takanuva escape from Karda Nui on the Codrex vehicles (they seat three, with four more hanging on).
* PaintingTheMedium: In "Reign of Shadows", Artakha's telepathy is represented in italics, and Tren Krom's in bold.
* PardonMyKlingon: the term "Piraka" is the main one, though a few others show up (like "Go to Karzahni!")
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Axonn can do this with his Great Axe.
* PlaceOfPower: Karda Nui to Matoran of Light, which is why they're much bigger than other Matoran. Takanuva, a Toa of Light, also became much larger in Karda Nui.
* PortalCut: "Dark Mirror" Toa Tuyet
* PrettySpryForADeadGuy: [[spoiler:Hydraxon]]
* PunnyName: used increasingly in ''Legends''; for example, the axe-wielding Axonn, the stingray-like Barraki Mantax, and the energy-sucking Makuta Vamprah.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: any villain group of six that aren't {{Mooks}}; the Piraka and Barraki are the best examples. They might also qualify as ThePsychoRangers.
* RealSongThemeTune: All American Reject's song "Move Along" was used as the theme for the Toa Inika. There was even a non-canon AlternateRealityGame with the storyline of the band being kidnapped by the Piraka.
* RespawnPoint: [[spoiler:The Red Star was intended to [[ResurrectiveImmortality keep resurrecting all the dead characters in the Matoran Universe into new bodies]], so that there would never be a shortage of workforce. It did just that, but [[DestinationHostUnreachable thanks to a glitch, they remained stranded there, unable to return to the MU.]] Due to this, it seemed like they had been KilledOffForReal.]]
* RocketRide: the Codrex vehicles
* {{Room 101}}: the "Chamber of Truth" in the Piraka Stronghold
* SetAMookToKillAMook: Used in the climax of "Destiny War", pitting Bohrok against Rahkshi. (''Adventures'' also had a Vahki/Visorak scuffle, though not triggered by the heroes)
* ShoutOut: During the "Brothers in Arms" serial, Vultraz remarks that [[Film/TheWizardOfOz he doesn't think he's in Karda Nui anymore and tries clicking his red feet together three times to get back to the main universe]].
** In "Federation of Fear":
--->'''Vezon:''' [[GonnaNeedMoreX We're gonna need...]]
--->'''Brutaka:''' [[Film/{{Jaws}} A bigger boat, I know.]]
** The next issue teaser on the first 2010 story comic is ''[[TransformersTheMovie And One Shall Fall]]''
* SicklyGreenGlow: Antidermis/Makuta energy
* SmashTheSymbol: On Voya Nui, Axonn carves a picture of a Hau on a rock to represent Mata Nui, then destroys it to represent how much danger the Great Spirit Mata Nui is in.
* SplitPersonalityTakeover: in the Kingdom Alternate Universe, Matoro does this to Makuta when the latter absorbs the former into his armor.
* SomeoneHasToDie: used regarding the Mask of Life, though subverted in one instance.
* SoulJar: the Mask of Life is one for Mata Nui at the end.
* StrangeBedfellows: Makuta forces an alliance with Toa Matoro in Mahri Nui.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Toa Takanuva during the tail end of ''Legends''
* SwordAndGun: The Inika, Mahri, and most (adaptive armor-equipped) Toa Nuva all have this as their armament.
* TemptingFate: Toa Takanuva's blog telling of his hopes for a new era of peace. Especially when you realize it's set ''right'' before the WhamEpisode.
* ThatsNoMoon: Mata Nui as the Matoran Universe.
* ThrownOutTheAirLock: Makuta teleports a group of heroes out of the Matoran Universe into space. Don't worry, they were rescued.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: the Mahri Nui Matoran
* {{Tuckerization}}: Order members Jerbraz, Johmak, and Tobduk, who were credited as providing pictures for the Order's atlas, were named for the guide's real-life illustrators Jeremy Brazeal, John [=McCormack=], and Toby Dutkiewicz respectively.
* TwistEnding / WhamEpisode: two in the Matoran saga's conclusion: the books and comics first show that [[spoiler:Makuta wins]], then the web content adds the revelation that [[spoiler:the Matoran world is inside Mata Nui]].
* UnpredictableResults: Kongu Mahri's Mask of Summoning; you never know ''what'' will be summoned.
* [[spoiler:UnwittingPawn: the Toa Nuva in ''Legends'']]
* UpgradeArtifact: as mentioned in AmplifierArtifact, Antidermis strengthens Brutaka's species, but when Brutaka fell into a pool of Antidermis, he gained increased power along with many abilities of the Makuta, in addition to physically strengthening his body to the point that his muscle cracked his armor at several places.
* VideogameSettings
** UnderTheSea: Mahri Nui
** BubblyClouds: upper Karda Nui (they're at least up that high, even if they aren't building on the clouds themselves)
** BubblegloopSwamp / SwampsAreEvil: lower Karda Nui
* TheVirus: Antidermis
* WarArc: ''Destiny War'' between [[TheOrder The Order of Mata Nui]] and [[BrotherhoodOfEvil Brotherhood of Makuta]].
* WaterIsAir: Consciously averted in Mahri Nui, where characters like Jaller and Kongu had tremendous difficulty using their powers, and combat took place in a 3D environment. (Kongu decided just to go with [[MoreDakka more guns]].)
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: the Ignika, which can suck all the life in the Matoran Universe in cases such as war, plague, etc.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Some alternate plans for ''Legends'':
** Makuta was originally going to get pissy over his defeat in ''Mask of Light'' and throw a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum, but Farshtey successfully invoked TheVillainMakesThePlot and made him TheChessmaster instead, whose EvilPlan required the world to come to the ''brink'' of death in order to work.
** Jaller's team was to have the starring role the whole time, but it was agreed that the heroes who started the saga should finish it, so the Toa Nuva were brought back for Karda Nui.
** Also in Karda Nui, they would've taken the shadow corruption to its logical extreme and introduced a Toa of Shadow, but the plans for a toy set fell through so there was little reason to include one in the story.
* WhatIf: Karzahni can show other characters what would have happened if a significant event in their lives played out differently. For negative results, it results in a MindRape, but if it has a positive outcome, it turns into a LotusEaterMachine.
* WhyAreWeWhispering: A variation is used. [[{{Invisibility}} Jerbraz]] and [[BadassNormal Mazeka]] have entered a village of De-Matoran. Jerbraz mentions that the locals can probably hear them whispering due to their acute hearing. Mazeka asks why they even bother whispering. Jerbraz replies, "Out of respect"— it turns out that their hearing is so strong that [[BlessedWithSuck normal noise levels are painful to them]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Both Hewkii and Kongu in the Mahri Nui arc, as they both come from tribes that don't like deep water (Stone and Air, respectively). In an interesting inversion, the Toa of Fire was relatively unperturbed by the environment.
* TheWorfEffect: The Toa Nuva got beaten pretty bad by the Piraka in ''Legends''...
** WorfHadTheFlu: ...[[BecauseDestinySaysSo Because Destiny Said So]].
* TheWormThatWalks: Priaka Zaktan was composed of microscopic Protodites.
* YouAreTooLate: Sixth kind of use - [[spoiler:By the time some of the heroes catch on to what Makuta has been planning and try encountering him at the place he needs to finish his EvilPlan they discover Makuta has already taken over Mata Nui's body.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Makuta sent Brotherhood members into Karda Nui without telling them the place would become a death trap once the EvilPlan played out.
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[[folder:Bara Magna/Spherus Magna]]
* AfterTheEnd
* AllThatGlitters: "The Secret of Certavus"
* ArcVillain: Rock tribe leader Tuma was this before Makuta asserted himself. The Element Lords were going to lead the next arc before it was scrapped. There are a few new bad guys emerging since Makuta's defeat, but none have asserted themselves as the "main" villain.
* AscendedExtra: Mata Nui
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Mata Nui defeats Tuma in the movie by hammering on a back injury. (The novelization instead has Mata Nui study Tuma's strategy, then use [[MightyGlacier Tuma's lack of speed]] to his advantage.)
* AudibleSharpness: Oh how often in the movie of ''The Legend Reborn''.
* BarbarianTribe: the Bone Hunters
* BavarianFireDrill: The novelization suggests that this is part of the reason the Agori traitor is able to take control after Tuma's defeat; the Skrall are so panicked by the thing attacking them that they'll listen to anyone giving orders.
* BeamOWar: occurs between Kiina and Ackar using their new ElementalPowers of water and fire respectively in ''The Legend Reborn''.
* BehemothBattle: In the final battle between Mata Nui and Makuta, both of them are inhabiting enormous, multi-million-foot-tall robots.
* BewareMyStingerTail: A promotional description for the Vorox is the TropeNamer.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The heroes destroy Makuta once and for all and Mata Nui reforms Spherus Magna, allowing the various Matoran races to finally begin a new age of peace. However the strain from the battle and reformation are too great for Mata Nui and he goes dormant once more, using his last words to tell the Toa and Glatorian to seek out the Great Beings. And that's not mentioning how many have died in the battle against Makuta, making the victory a costly one.]]
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Mata Nui has to use the prototype for his old body to fight Makuta.
* CanisLatinicus
* CannotDream: the victims of the Dreaming Plague.
* CaveMouth: The entrance to [[http://biosector01.com/wiki/index.php/File:Roxtus.PNG Roxtus]], which isn't surprising as it's the head of a HumongousMecha Prototype.
* CharacterAsHimself: Click in the movie
* ColossusClimb: Sort of. Mata Nui grabs the Skopio's leg as it winds up to try and stomp him and uses the momentum to throw himself onto its back.
* CombatByChampion
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Averted with the Skrall, rather noticeably. Strakk even gives a perfect setup with "We could barely beat one, how do we beat an army?" Answer: [[spoiler:They don't.]]
* ContinuityNod: the Hero Agori from the My {{LEGO}} Network game is briefly mentioned in the first book.
* CoolBike: Cendox and Kaxium vehicles
** CoolSidecar: Kaxium V3 has one, which also has a mounted Thornax Launcher and is detachable.
* CoolGate: Spirit's Wish, an ornate archway that teleports whoever passes under it to wherever he/she desires.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Tuma, [[spoiler:who raises an army while everyone else is distracted with the SeriousBusiness]].
* DesertPunk
* DiminishingVillainThreat: [[spoiler:Tuma is utterly upstaged in ''The Legend Reborn''. He only has two scenes (one with no lines, and one where he gets his ass kicked), and ultimately comes off as merely TheDragon to the Agori traitor.]]
* DragonInChief: Tuma in ''Legend Reborn''. Everywhere else, he's portrayed as the main villain.
* DreamStealer: [[spoiler:Annona, who was responsible for the Dreaming Plague that wiped out the Iron Tribe.]]
* DuelsDecideEverything
* DynamicEntry: DoubleSubverted. Mata Nui doesn't GoombaStomp Strakk, he lands normally... and then goes for a more standard "jump in from the side" deal.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The baterra and the Element Lords appeared in the '09 web serials and ''would have'' showed up more prominently in the original 2010 story.
* EldritchAbomination: As noted in the Matoran section, the Energized Protodermis Entity that existed within the planet until it was moved to the Mata Nui robot. There's also something that looks like a miniature sun that feeds on dreams.
* EvilOverlord: Tuma
* FeaturelessProtagonist: The Hero Agori of the ''My {{LEGO}} Network ''BIONICLE'' Campaign''.
* FieldOfBlades: or rather it's called the "Forest of Blades", only the corpses are still holding their weapons and being fused with trees, some jutting halfway out.
* FiveManBand: In ''The Legend Reborn'':
** TheHero: Mata Nui
** TheLancer: Ackar
** TheBigGuy: Kiina
** TheSmartGuy: Berix
** TheChick: Gresh
* FlawedPrototype: The giant broken robot on Bara Magna; a prototype to Mata Nui himself. He fixed it up to fight Makuta, but it still has a lot of problems.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: An early and possible hint to [[spoiler:Metus']] betrayal? In the My {{LEGO}} Network ''BIONICLE'' Campaign, he's friends with Atakus of the Rock Tribe!
* GladiatorGames: This is how the tribes in Bara Magna resolve disputes, though it's heavily regulated and doesn't descend into BloodSport.
* GrimUpNorth: The rock tribe (and even they were driven south by the baterra)
* HatePlague: The Dreaming Plague's first symptoms included irritability, which then grew to hatred and violent behaviour, finally leading to complete insanity followed by death.
* HollywoodCyborg: unlike the Mata Nui races, the Bara Magnans are mostly organic but have a few cybernetic implants
* HorseOfADifferentColor: the Bone Hunters' Rock Steeds
* IncendiaryExponent: After being given the usual "AStormIsComing" warning by Malum, [[TheChick Gresh]] punctuates his response by setting his shield on fire.
* ISurrenderSuckers: Strakk pulls this in the movie and in the comics.
* InvadingRefugees: The Rock Tribe [[GrimUpNorth from the north]] initially partake in the Glatorian system before straight up invading other tribes for resources. It turns out they were only doing this because the Baterra drove them out of their old home and killed a significant portion of the tribe.
* KingIncognito: [[spoiler:One of the Great Beings has been masquerading as a member of the Matoran Universe for the past 100,000 years. Well over a year after the story otherwise stalled out, WordOfGod revealed him as Velika, a Voya Nui Matoran.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Mata Nui was a victim of GrandTheftMe and exiled.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: "Raid on Vulcanus"
* MakeGamesNotWar
* TheMaze: the Valley of the Maze
* MonumentalDamage: In-universe; the Skrall destroying Arena Magna.
* MysticalPlague: The Dreaming Plague, caused by [[spoiler:Anonna, a being that feasts on dreams]].
* NeckLift: Stronius does this to a Vorox that managed to free itself from its shackles.
* NoNeedForNames: The Skrall for the most part; names have to be earned.
* NonchalantDodge: Tarix performs a type 1 when Vastus tries to shoot him with a Thornax in ''Legend Reborn''
* OhCrap: At least three in ''The Legend Reborn'':
** Ackar's reaction to seeing the Skopio
** [[MassOhCrap General reaction]] to seeing [[spoiler:a swarm of beetles forming a giant]]
** [[spoiler: Metus' reaction to the Vorox tossing him out of his getaway vehicle and into a pissed-off Mata Nui]]
* OpposingSportsTeam: the Skrall
* OutsideRide: Mata Nui, Ackar, Gresh, and Berix on the Thornatus that Kiina drove in ''The Legend Reborn''.
* PhlebotinumBomb: the Golden Armor was designed to destroy all solid Antidermis.
* PowerSource: Mata Nui goes to the Valley of the Maze to find said object in order to power the assembled HumongousMecha on Bara Magna.
* PutTheirHeadsTogether: Done by Ackar on two Bone Hunters in ''The Legend Reborn''.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: the Skrall, and what the Vorox used to be. Used word-for-word in the Vorox's introduction, save the word "Guy".
* SapientTank: Subverted with the Skopio, it may look like a sentient scorpion tank, but it was actually just a giant scorpion modified to be like a tank by the Great Beings.
* ScavengerWorld
* SeriousBusiness: The arena matches. Explained that rather than waste precious supplies on armies to fight for resources, it's better for all sides to settle disputes with CombatByChampion.
* ShieldSurf: In ''The Legend Reborn'', Mata Nui uses his Scarabax Shield to surf down a canyon.
* ShiftingSandLand
* SpiderTank: the Skopio, which were made more tank-like thanks to the Great Beings' tampering
* StockScream: The Wilhelm shows up in ''The Legend Reborn'' when some Bone Hunters get crushed by rocks.
* SuperheroTrophyShelf: Ackar shows one off in ''The Legend Reborn''.
-->In that case...''(casually tosses Strakk's shield into lava pit)'' Eh, I got plenty of shields.
* SureLetsGoWithThat:
-->'''Metus:''' I was going to say "earthquake", maybe "volcanic eruption", but uh, "evil" works.
* SwordPlant: Mata Nui does this to cut part of a cliff to fall on a Skopio.
* ThatsNoMoon: The Prototype Robot on Bara Magna, whose parts were used as shelter by the Agori up until its reassembly.
* "ThisCannotBe! [[MemeticMutation I AM THE MIGHTY TUMA!]]" ...[[DiminishingVillainThreat yeah.]]
* ThrowAwayGuns: the Thornax launchers used by Tarix and Vastus in the movie. Justified since Thornax are pretty rare.
* TournamentArc: the Glatorian are gearing up for one at the beginning [[spoiler:but subverted when the Skrall just come in and raze the place.]]
* TranslatorMicrobes: Mata Nui gave everyone escaping the Matoran Universe the ability to communicate with the Bara Magna natives.
* TronLines: Skrall tribal markings
* TwentyFourHourArmor: To quote Greg, "[[JustifiedTrope they are on a dangerous world and shedding armor would be pretty stupid.]]"
* {{Unobtainium}}: Exsidian
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: Makuta Teridax in Mata Nui's original body vs Mata Nui in the Prototype Robot.
* WeaponizedCar: many vehicles have Thornax Launchers.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: vehicles, such as Thornatus, are this, but they are still functional to be used.
* TheWormThatWalks: [[spoiler:The giant made of scarabax beetles that appears in the climax of ''Legend Reborn''.]]
* WrapItUp: The decision to end BIONICLE was made in 2009, but the Story Team pleaded LEGO for the chance to provide some closure to the plot. The sequels to ''The Legend Reborn'' were canceled, so two years worth of story had to be compressed into two comics, a serialized ebook, and an illustrated audio-blog. Numerous subplots had to be aborted or cut entirely.
* XanatosGambit: [[BigBad Makuta Teridax's ]] ''Magnum Opus'', which is just called ThePlan and is so massive and complex that written down it fills a massive chamber and a character [[GoMadFromTheRevelation goes insane from trying to read and make sense of it]]. ThePlan has a ridiculous number of contingencies, and backups ranging from [[spoiler: setting a insect horde on the city of Metru Nui]] to deliberately engineering [[spoiler: his own defeats in the 2001-2003 arcs]] [[NeverFoundtheBody to make the heroes think that he's gone for good]]. The only thing things that he doesn't foresee are [[spoiler: Interdimensional threats]] and the re-use of older and/or discontinued systems, like [[spoiler: Tren Krom and the prototype robot body on Bara Magna]].
* YouFool: Tuma says this when some Skrall managed to get lumber into the fortress, because the "lumber" is actually [[{{Shapeshifting}} Baterra in disguise]]!
* YouHaveFailedMe: Tuma is intolerant of failure, which pressures the Skrall even further in succeeding in their assignments.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The TwistEnding. That is all.
* YouWontFeelAThing:
-->'''Brutaka''': But if you want people to believe you caught this dangerous criminal, [[MakeItLookLikeaStruggle you will need to look like you've been in a fight]]. A light [[TapOnTheHead tap to your head]] would do the trick, perhaps. My colleague, Vezon, can handle it -- you won't feel a thing.
-->'''Vezon''': [[AxeCrazy Ever Again]].
* ZergRush: The Skrall's attack on the Grand Tournament, though unlike most examples of the trope the Skrall are actually ''stronger'' than their Glatorian oppenents, not weaker.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:2015 Reboot]]
* AllYourPowersCombined: The Mask of Ultimate Power, created by Makuta to hold all six elemental powers.
* CannotTellAJoke: Gali, according to [[http://www.lego.com/en-us/bionicle/characters/gali-master-of-water-30974de07c8642d2b8f6e9f75dc7f8a2 her bio on the site]].
* CompositeCharacter: Ekimu and Makuta appear to have traits from two CainAndAbel pairs from the original continuity: Mata Nui and Makuta (BigGood and BigBad respectively, the villain is named "Makuta") and Artakha and Karzahni (master craftsmen, portrayed as relatively normal beings rather than unseen mythical gods, the good one wears the Mask of Creation).
* ContinuityReboot: The backstory to the relaunch mirrors the original 2001 storyline, but with some key differences: For one, the island and person of Mata Nui have been replaced with "Okoto" and "Ekimu", respectively. The Toa have also been described with character traits they didn't have before.
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