YMMV / BIONICLE


  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The Order of Mata Nui was created specifically to allow them to do things that the Toa's moral code would forbid. That hasn't stopped some of their more morally gray missions from pushing them into Knight Templar territory for some.
    • This video theorizes that, before his character, Mata Nui's character, and the entire universe were heavily retooled by BIONICLE's extension, Makuta was originally intended to be a noble Tragic Hero and Well-Intentioned Extremist who cared for his brother and wanted to bring him peace - and the Mask of Shadows corrupted him, twisting his thoughts and making him believe that Mata Nui could only find peace in slumber, away from the risks of ruling as the Great Spirit.
    Makuta: Sleep spares him pain. Awake, he suffers.
    • Alternatively, it could be that Makuta Teridax is a Well-Intentioned Extremist in canon: he did only decide to take over the universe after the Matoran Civil War and seeing that Mata Nui did not respond.
    • Vakama's out-of-nowhere recklessness during Web of Shadows. Is it just an Out-of-Character Moment brought on by Executive Meddling, or did it stem from the belief that had he been a more resolute and decisive Toa, Lhikan would still be alive and the Great Cataclysm wouldn't have happened, causing him to misguidedly overcompensate? The novels lean into the latter direction, showing Vakama's gradual descent into recklessness the longer it takes the Toa to return to Metru Nui right up to the point they're captured.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Considering that multiple species have been enslaved and tortured in his former body for a period of time, Mata Nui remained a pretty together guy.
    • Almost everybody on Bara Magna seems pretty together after going through a six-way civil war and an Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • Ass Pull:
    • Takanuva's revival at the end of Mask of Light. Apparently, the BIONICLE logo has the power to bring people back to life by positioning two Matoran and one mask on it while reciting the three virtues. There's no explanation whatsoever, and it's never brought up again.
    • How Makuta is defeated. He's hit in the back of the head by a damn rock.
    • The later bits of the story were often built around ass-pulls and Shocking Swerves, as the writer openly admitted that his preferred way of writing was never planning ahead. See for instance: Velika having been a Great Being in disguise all along. Tuyet being alive and her corpse belonging to her Alternate Universe-self. Ancient's pointless reveal of having been a good guy all this time. Or the conclusion to Brothers in Arms in which the characters are sucked in by a random dimensional portal.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Given how the Doing In the Wizard aspect and the Kudzu Plot of the original continuity came under fire by a lot of fans, the reboot's regression to a tribal island setting and a relatively simple plot can be seen as one of these.
    • As the majority of the hate towards the latter years of the toys was due to the infamous "Inika Build", the reboot series had it's toys intentionally designed as a throwback to the original 2001 Toas, complete with easily-detached masks and gear functions that swung the arms. However they also managed to keep the unique body builds as well as finding a way to preserve posability (mostly with friction pegs to stop the arms from swinging on their own) of the newer sets.
  • Awesome Art:
    • Carlos D'Anda did the illustrations for the first nine BIONICLE comics, plus a few more shorter promotional comics for the Matoran and Bohrok, and he set the standard so high that no other comic artist for the rest of BIONICLE's ten-year-long run was able to meet it. Seriously, just look at the second page of the first comic. Look at that incredible attention to detail; all those minute cracks and imperfections in Kopaka's armor that made him look less like a plastic toy and more like a legendary warrior. He was also one of the few comic artists to adapt slight stylistic touch-ups to the characters, giving them some needed bulk, better proportions and convincing poses. Now imagine that same attention to detail for nine comic books straight. If first impressions are most important, then D'Anda nailed the first impressions of BIONICLE.
    • Christian Zanier was the only artist who most will agree managed rise up to D'Anda, at least with regards to attention to detail. Not only were his characters near-perfect representations of the toys yet still lifelike, he also created pretty solid designs for random background creatures which looked LEGO-like and convincing as biomechanical beings at the same time: compare his take on the mutated Takea sharks to the actual model of a normal one. Sadly, he never became a regular artist, and his occasional over-reliance on copy-pasted lineart and using badly filtered photos as backgrounds wasn't to everyone's liking.
    • Advance Copenhagen's artwork of the Mata Nui robot, shortly after his rising and during the final confrontation with Makuta. For such a grand and important moment in BIONICLE history, Advance perfectly captured its magnificence, awe, and scale.
    • Leigh Gallagher's work on the comic lasted only a year (2008 for those who don't know), but what a pretty year it was.
  • Awesome Ego:
    • Fan-favorite Toa-hero Matau. He never stops talking himself (and the other Toa Metru) up, and also tends to prove that he can deliver.
    • Makuta Teridax. Considering his Plan worked, it's hard to argue this.
  • Awesome Music: A lot of the music used in the commercials, such as "Caught Up In A Dream", "Move Along", "Creeping In My Soul", "Gravity Hurts", and "Bye Bye Babylon".
  • Base-Breaking Character: Ask around, and you'll find that Vezon is either the best Ensemble Darkhorse or the worst Scrappy in the series.
  • Badass Decay:
    • The Piraka are a mild case. For the most part the Piraka utterly curbstomped the Toa Nuvanote , but they're significantly easier to deal with for the Toa Inika, though still challenging foes. Zaktan gets hit with this the worst with his (admittedly unique) defeat at Nuparu's hands and his Butt-Monkey status during the Toa Hagah serial.
    • The Skrall in the battle at the end of The Legend Reborn, where they go from being literally undefeated by a Glatorian to being taken out left and right in a few hits. Word of God justifies this by saying that 1) they were scared out of their minds by this giant made out of bugs that suddenly appeared, 2) the Glatorian, not being in the arena, have an excuse to employ all of those dirty tricks that they've learned over the years, and 3) Screw the Rules, I Make Them! / Hand Wave. Also, the Glatorian had the element of surprise, plus a handful of them now had Elemental Powers.
  • Better Than Canon: Greg's ban on romance hasn't slowed down the Hewkii/Macku Shippers at all.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The revival of Takanuva at the end of Mask of Light (see Ass Pull above). No foreshadowing or lead-up. Still makes no sense, even to this day. And it's never mentioned again.
  • Broken Base: The canonization vs. non-canonization debate can get pretty heated, to the point of nearly having a Flame War.
  • Complete Monster: See HERE.
  • Contested Sequel: Some like Web of Shadows for being Darker and Edgier, others dislike it for Vakama's unnecessary Face–Heel Turn.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: Like you wouldn't believe. There are novels, Comics, Web serials, and Movies which some novels are adapted from.
  • Crack Pairing: Onewa and Krahka, given the sheer rage Onewa has when she gets trapped in the Zone of Shadows.
  • Designated Villain: Turaga Dume and the Vahki get struck with this in the Vahki animations. The shorts all portray Dume's rule over Metru Nui as some kind of Orwellian oppressive government with the Vahki serving as brutal secret police. The main source material instead shows Dume as a well-intentioned but stubborn ruler. Similarly, the Vahki are mindless robotic law enforcers who haven't really independently done anything that villainous in the main storyline. Makuta WAS impersonating Dume at the time, but regardless he didn't mistreat most of the Matoran using the power granted by impersonating Dume until actually kidnapping them.
  • Ear Worm: The Beach Chant will stay with you forever.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Takadox is easily the most popular of the Barraki. Set-wise, he's one of the only glow-in-the-dark sets the series ever produced; story-wise, he has one of the more distinctive personalities of the Barraki.
      • The Barraki in general are Darkhorses for breaking the trend of each set being a Palette swap of each other that had been the standard for years. Also, they're Nightmare Fuel. It helps that they're much more threatening villains than most previous canister sets, as they actually obtain the Mask of Life and have a plan to use it.
    • On the subject of Makuta, Mutran and Krika. The internet seems to love the former likely due to his very amusing and world-building serial "The Mutran Chronicles", while the latter is admired for being a Tragic Villain with Redemption Equals Death, as well as being a very large and intimidating set.
    • The Vorox for a multitude of reasons; their unique look and use of tan after years of absence of brown, their memetic quote, and to a lesser extent their role in the story. This extends somewhat to the Zesk as well.
  • Even Better Sequel: While it undeniably has its flaws, the second Bionicle film was a far better-written and executed, not to mention far better looking than its predecessor and is far above most Merchandise-Driven direct-to DVD childrens' movies. The third and fourth films, on the other hand, fall more into the realms of Contested Sequel and Sequelitis, respectively.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Makuta, for effectively being borderline Eldritch Abominations; the Piraka for being a Faux Affably Evil group of superpowered badasses; the Barraki for being monstrous marine Badass Normal characters in comparison to the Piraka; the Rahkshi for their utter domination of the Toa Nuva in their early appearances; and Brutaka for being the most powerful and deadly villain during the Inika storyline, with a cool design and a deeper backstory in comparison to the Piraka.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Macku/Hewkii and Jaller/Hahli became this after the ship teasing moments in the 2001-2003 animations, even after Greg Farshtey declared all romance non-canon, it didn't stop the shippers.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: The characters are not "Bionicles".
  • Foe Yay: Vakama and Roodaka. While she was using him, Roodaka at the very least seems much more genuinely invested in him than Sidorak, who she stringed along for her own benefit. Roodaka's line to Vakama near the end of Web of Shadows comes off just as much as a Woman Scorned as it does him going against her plans.
    Roodaka: And here I thought you could have been king!
  • Fridge Horror: The Boxor vehicles are made of Bohrok parts. The Bohrok Were Once Matoran, making this a case of Human Resources.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With other LEGO themes like Rock Raiders, Exo-Force, and the line's spiritual predecessor Slizers, natch. But also with other adventure stories like Lordofthe Rings and Doctor Who.
    • Also, oddly enough, with Bronies due to uncanny similarities with the two stories especially regarding the power of teamwork and both having a villain with a shadow theme.
  • Genius Bonus: If you've spent any significant amount of time studying Hinduism, you might notice that "Unity", "Duty" and "Destiny" are three of the primary meanings of the word dharma—a word that's notoriously difficult to concisely translate into English. Depending on the context, dharma can be understood to mean "One's ultimate place in the world, as dictated by the universe itself", "One's moral obligation to find one's place in the world and fulfill one's destiny", and "The underlying direction of the universe, which binds all living beings together in one common purpose".
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Greg Farshtey's wife Jackina voiced the female characters in the story podcasts and was the namesake of the character Kiina. These fun pieces of trivia became harsher in light of the news that Jackina and Greg have since divorced.
    • Regarding Makuta Icarax's death, on the last episode of Futurama, "Meanwhile", the Professor suffered a similar fate.note 
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • It's amazing how similar the fan-created Voriki was to future events.
    • Axonn and Brutaka. The former is an axe-wielding hero with a ruthless side, the latter an Evil Former Friend of his with the power to teleport objects across tremendous distances, wing-looking things on his back, and a huge double-bladed sword. Sound familiar?
  • I Am Not Shazam: Again, The characters are not "Bionicles". While it is generally acceptable to use "Bionicle" as a catch-all term for any character (especially when talking about the sets), the term "Bionicle" is actually a combination of the words "Biological" and "Chronicle". Though to be fair, it took a long time for the actual meaning of that title to make sense.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks:
    • The Bohrok-Kal, at least set-wise (their role in the story was better-received), due to being six Palette Swaps of the Bohrok sets, which were in turn Palette Swaps of each other, thus giving us six more sets that were identical in everything but color and shield design to six sets that were already identical in everything but color and shield design.
    • The Mata Nui Story Arcs tended to fall into this trap with the Rahi, Bohrok, and Bohrok-Kal. The island of Mata Nui is in danger, and the Toa need to collect masks of power so they can go underground and defeat the villains (through working together!).
      • Specifically, there's also the fact that in the first two examples Takua goes exploring Mata Nui and helping its residents, and that Le-Koro is being taken over by the villains (Nui-Rama in 2001, Bohrok in 2002) with Lewa's mind being taken over by the villains, Onua having to save him, and Kongu and Tamaru escaping the disaster and being helped by Takua to save the village.
    • A complicated set-based example that began in 2007. On one hand, the Palette Swap trend of the past six years was ended. On the other hand, the Piraka and Inika builds from the previous years became the standard pieces for the rest of the run, and then 2008 introduced the Av-Matoran build that was used for the Agori and the Stars. This led, of course, to the fandom declaring that LEGO's set designers were being lazy and just reusing the same designs over and over.
    • The Vahki suffered this for much of the same reasons as the Bohrok-Kal due to sharing a similar build structure to the then-well received Rahkshi, which ended up causing some people to call them a rehash. Unlike the Bohrok-Kal, the Vahki only had a minimal impact on the story and due to their robotic nature didn't have much personality either.
  • It Was His Sled:
    • Takua is The Seventh Toa.
    • Teridax isn't the only Makuta. For that matter, that he has a name other than "Makuta".
    • The Matoran Universe is actually a giant robot.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sahmad and Telluris.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Makuta; especially after the end of the Matoran saga. The below quote actually does him justice on this matter.
    • The Shadowed One, though not to the extent of Makuta.
    • Roodaka gives them both a run for their money! A pity she ended up overextending herself and being subjected to Villain Decay.
    • Tuma is an impressive example given that his personality in The Legend Reborn isn't that new and he's as subject to the same short-sightedness as the rest of his race. He generally avoids it by knowing that he has to be better than them to ensure the survival of the Skrall.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Mantax, as of SPIRIT's Mantax Facts P.S.A. video.
    • Onua has gained some popularity in this department.
    • It seems that the makers of The Legend Reborn were trying to invoke this with Tarix, especially with his Nonchalant Dodge. It's taken further in a deleted scene where Tarix jumps into a crowd of Bone Hunters, fights his way through and emerges without a scratch, then tosses aside his weapons to stare down and punch out a Skrall.
      • He's arguably also this in-universe, as is the now-deceased Certavus.
    • Makuta has gotten a lot respect in some circles for being one of few Evil Overlords whose Evil Plan actually worked.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • The Zyglak. Hai. I r on a Zyglak Quest. Would you liek to join me?
    • "BURN STUFF!!!"- any parody of a Toa of Fire, mainly Tahu.
    • "Beware My Stinger Tail!" and "I AM THE MIGHTY TUMA!"
    • *Insert character here* died for/to save your *Insert noun here*
    • "Who ate all the pies? Who ate all the pies?"
    • Who is Voriki?
    • "All aboard the Hype Train!"- in response to rumors of Bionicle's return in 2015.
    • Using the term "Kapura'd" as an alternative to "Ninja'd" in some fan circles.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nidhiki crosses it in Legends of Metru Nui when he drops Vakama toward the smelting pits even though Lhikan had surrendered.
  • My Real Daddy: Greg Farshtey might've been the writer for most of the storyline, but there is a large portion of the fanbase touting concept designer and co-creator Christian Faber as the true mastermind behind BIONICLE's success. It helps that Faber regularly posted concept art that shows very interesting What Could Have Been scenarios or early designs that would eventually shape the series' aesthetics.
  • Narm: BIONICLE: The Game had some pretty dreadful dialogue all-around, but this line in particular really stands out:
  • Never Live It Down:
    • The only time a Vorox ever said "Beware My Stinger Tail" was in non-canon promotional material on the BIONICLE website. Cue the Memetic Mutation and declarations that BIONICLE had been killed by Narm.
    • The Legend Reborn receives a lot of this. For example, Kiina actually says "Woohoo!" only a few times in The Legend Reborn, but if you ask the film's critics, "Woohoo!" is the only thing that ever comes out of her mouth. Tuma, or "THE MIGHTY TUMA!", is a weakling so pathetic that it has stained all his prior appearances in canon. And based on other comments made by critics, you'd think that the character models in the film were nothing but spinning pins.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Oh, where to start... Has its own page.
  • Pandering to the Base: Just the sheer number of Ascended Fanon cases made by the author is enough to get on a significant amount of people's nerves.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: BIONICLE: The Game and BIONICLE Heroes suffer from this, the latter going all the way to considering there's three bosses that are canonically dead and one that's actually supposed to be good.
    • Subverted in that the Heroes' case was deliberate, as the developers believed that by going past the limits of canon, they could make a more fun game. Heroes was still fairly enjoyable (especially the DS version, which is similar to Metroid Prime Hunters in terms of gameplay) despite not sticking to canon, and also subverted with the GBA RPG Maze of Shadows, a direct video game adaptation of one of the chapter books.
    • BIONICLE: The Game, on the other hand, was of... well, debatable quality in terms of gameplay, and it arguably handled the lore worse than Heroes did; the latter game simply decided to ignore the lore in favor of gameplay (not to mention the galleries in the console versions- and possibly others, I'm not sure- detailing characters and items from the story to show that, apart from a few errors, yes, they did their research), while in the former, the game seemed to actually be trying, but ended up cannibalizing it. It's like a Cut-and-Paste Translation, except they didn't even need to translate. Also, sweet mother of Karzahni in a gravy boat was the voice acting atrocious. Seriously, the only redeeming factor about it was the soundtrack, which was filled to the brim with masterpieces, and for that you can just look on YouTube.
      • The GBA version didn't fare much better, either: most of the Toa and Toa Nuva sprites are the same (except re-colored), there are only five voice samples in the entire game and they're all male (even for Gali), the controls are awful, the view is terrible, and it's insanely difficult. Again, its only redeeming quality is the highly underrated soundtrack.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The Toa Inika designs are widely disliked by the fans, mostly because of the hideous masks and the flat, unoriginal designs. The characters, however, are very much liked, since they were all popular Matoran characters beforehand.
    • The Bohrok-Kal have it even worse, being Palette Swaps of characters that were already Palette Swaps of each other. Note in both cases, the trope only applies to the toys and not the story characters.
    • The Toa Mistika (sometimes also including the Phatonka) are just as detested, if not even more so than the Inika, for not only recycling the same design but also looking absolutely nothing like the original six Toa they are supposed to be. This and coupled with head-scratching weapons (with four of them basically using the same one) and very hideous looking masks only added fuel to the fire.
    • Vezon in-universe. The common reaction to him saying something, or seeing him, is to either attack him, tell him to shut up, or try to kill him. He even Lampshades this. Out of universe, he's a Base-Breaking Character.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Toy-wise, any character with lime-green parts during and after the Mahri saga; due to a casting error, lime-green joints often broke even without play (the pieces were not properly set before they cooled, resulting in the plastic being extremely brittle). Lego tried to solve this with a new batch, but it wasn't completely solved until Phantoka, and even then most people were cautious with lime-green sets. It didn't help that sockets in general became very brittle after their redesign in 2008.
    • As mentioned above, sockets from 2008 onwards became terribly brittle, and they tended to break more often than not.
    • Red and blue pins for many, are viewed as breaking up the color scheme of sets.
    • Scrappy Weapon: The squid shooters from 2007 were extremely difficult to trigger.
      • Shooter weapons in general starting with the Cordak Blasters. Prior to the squid shooters, the weapons were at least comprised of pieces you'd assemble and had a fairly ingenious way of firing (even the Squid Shooters qualified). Fast forward to the Toa Mahri and the shooters became large and clunky, as well as housing special mechanisms within themselves rather than let you build them. Lego later caught onto this and the Nynrah Ghost Blasters return to being buildable shooter weapons, while the Thornax shooters were even more simplified.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Jaller and Hahli have plenty of moments before and after the ban on romance.
      • At the end of the Bohrok animations, Hahli comes up to Jaller and puts a flower on his Kanohi, prompting him to stay at Ga-Koro to hang out with her instead of leaving for Ta-Koro.
      • From The Mask of Light movie.
    Jaller: Nothing gets by the Captain of the Guard. *suggestively* Unless he wishes it.
    Hahli: *flirtatiously* I'll keep that in mind.
    • They were constantly trading flirts and compliments, Hahli keeps Jaller's mask as a memento after he dies and makes a Rousing Speech about his bravery to moralize the Toa and Turaga, and after Jaller gets revived by Takutanuva, Hahli hugs him!
    • In ''Mata Nui Online Game II', if Hahli talks to Kylma in Ko-Koro, he offers to tell her her future, which will have happiness and pain in it. The happiness is that she will relight the darkness within Mata Nui; and the pain? "The one you love will be destroyed".
    • In the Legends Novels, there are occasions where Jaller is the one catching Hahli whenever she's in danger, it's even how he first discovered his mask power!
    • Matau comments to Nokama that the Vahki carrier they're on would make for great romantic rides together in Legends of Metru Nui.
    • Lariska and Nidhiki were "close friends." Uh huh...
  • So Bad, It's Good: The Piraka Rap.
  • Special Effect Failure: Ever so noticeable in all four movies.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Matoro's last moments as he sacrifices his life to reactivate Mata Nui and the Matoran Universe.
    • Lhikan's death will make you cry all night.
    • In the first movie Jaller's Disney Death, which leads to Takua becoming Takanuva.
    Jaller: (hands the mask to Takua) You were always different. (dies'')
  • The Untwist: Makuta was the mastermind behind so many evil plots, that fans quickly grew tired of how often he was revealed to be the Big Bad, especially in 2004, which featured a different setting, different heroes and two new big bads — turns out one was just a Filler Villain to the Big Bad, who was in fact Makuta in disguise. It didn't help that the movie of that year, Legends of Metru Nui, spoiled that at the very beginning and contained like three subsequent "Makuta is the villain" reveals in later scenes, some of which even contradicted each other (at one point Dume is seen relaying information to Makuta despite being Makuta himself in disguise at that point).
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The change of settings from Mata Nui (tribal) to Metru Nui (futuristic) alienated a lot of fans, hence why the initial three years are often seen as the series' "golden years".
    • Almost every time a character received a new toy, this was the fandom's reaction, as with the exception of the Toa Nuva they tended to look very different.note  This applied very heavily to the Phantoka and Mistika Toa sets. The fans' complaining was actually one of the main reasons why set designers shied away from joining forums like BZ Power.
    • The fan reaction to Makuta getting another name.
    • Depending on how you view it, either this trope (in regards to the earlier movies) or its polar opposite (in regards to the sets) can apply to the character design in The Legend Reborn. One major criticism of The Legend Reborn was that the character models were very close to their set counterparts, which critics lambasted as making the film look like it was about a bunch of toys. These same critics have no problem with the fact that all other BIONICLE media, including the comics, animations (including the much-lauded CGI animations by Ghost), online games, and videogames (sans BIONICLE: The Game), used the appearances of the sets. In fact, back in their day, the first three films were criticized by many fans for not keeping true to the set appearances.
    • Surprisingly little of this when the 2015 sets were leaked, and later revealed officially, especially considering they used Hero Factory's CCBS building systemnote  as opposed to the original BIONICLE's Technic system. Most seemed pretty fine with the designs. Though of course that doesn't mean there were no complaints.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • What would you expect from a Legoland California ride bearing the BIONICLE name? An epic romp through a recreation of environments from the stories? Well, you'll have to settle for BIONICLE Blaster, which is essentially a spinning teacup ride with a mechanical appearance and some Toa Nuva statues.
    • The Ignika was sentient before helping to awaken Mata Nui. Afterwards, its personality became dormant so that the focus could be on Mata Nui wandering around Bara Magna. Because it obviously wouldn't be the least bit interesting to see Mata Nui and the Ignika interact and figure out their origins together. Also, the fact that Mata Nui's body was made of sand thus possibly impervious to injury is never addressed or explored.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Besides Roodaka, nobody has any Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, so I dare you to ID one of the girls without resorting to the color-coding — and from 2004 onwards, even that's hardly foolproof (Vezok, Takadox, Gorast, Vamprah, etc.).
    • Averted with Nektann, as the fanbase by then had gotten used to blue villains being male in general and Skakdi always being presented as male in specific.
    • Hell, even Roodaka's not a good example: Her entire species looks like that, males and females. The first male of her species shown in the comics was simply a green Palette Swap of Roodaka.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The animations by Advance Copenhagen, often considered the highest-quality animations made for BIONICLE, even surpassing the direct-to-video films. Special mention goes to the Mata Nui Rising video; it really conveys the sheer scale of such a pivotal moment in the series' lore.
    • While the animation quality itself might not be so great, there's no denying the incredible level of detail put into the character models for The Legend Reborn. With the exception of Mata Nui for obvious reasons, the armor of every Glatorian, Agori, and Skrall is worn down by constant exposure to the elements and covered with cracks reminiscent of Carlos D'Anda's artstyle.
  • Wangst: Vakama in Legends of Metru Nui. Oh god, how much he angsts... He's also like this for much of Web of Shadows, but he gets over it by the end of the film.
  • The Woobie:
    • Krika, of all characters. Yes, a Makuta is now a Woobie. He doesn't agree with the Plan and rebels whenever he can, but only goes along with it because he feels that it's all he can do. After going to Karda Nui, the Pit Mutagen in the swamp locks him into a monstrous form and robs him of so many powers that he needs to absorb heat and energy just to prevent himself from fading away. He specifically notes to Tahu that Makuta hate Toa because they're everything that the Makuta wish that they could be, and when he realizes that Teridax plans to kill them all, he tries to warn his fellow Makuta and gets killed in a truly horrific way.
    • The first two Toa of Air introduced, Lewa and Matau. The former constantly has his village destroyed and gets mind-controlled twice, in addition to the nasty situation of having Tren Krom pull a Grand Theft Me on him, while the latter gets brought down HARD in the second year of Adventures when the first part of Metru Nui they revisit is the now-wrecked Le-Metru, and then he gets mutated into an ugly beast, a curse that he in particular is quite disturbed by considering how obsessed he is with his looks. Then after all the (admittedly not unearned) vitrol Matau throws Vakama's way, Vakama snaps and pulls a Face–Heel Turn, prompting Matau to feel quite guilty about being so hard on him. And as a Turaga, he gets mind-controlled and forced to help mind-control Lewa and suffers the same destruction of his new home.
    • And Lesovikk, another Toa of Air. He lost his entire team to Zyglak just because he hesitated, his Turaga went mad and shipped his Matoran friends off to Karzahni, and he spent thousands and thousands of years trying to get them back, failing every time.
    • As Wangsty as Vakama can come across, there's no denying that he goes through a lot of crap during his time as a Toa, in addition to the universe slapping him across the mask whenever he doubts himself, especially when he gets overconfident and then brought down HARD during the second half of Adventures.
    • Savage, a minor Dark Hunter who is a Toa Hordika that was never cured and was attacked by his team when they didn't recognize him.
    • Matoro from Inferno onwards. He offered himself in place of Jaller as a sacrifice when the Ignika tested them, reasoning that the others were craftsmen or warriors, while he was just a translator, so his loss would be the least detrimental. This later foreshadowed his true Heroic Sacrifice, which just made it all the more sad because he was indeed much more important, to everyone, than he had thought.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: In The Legend Reborn, Metus is David Leisure — from the sitcom Empty Nest and the fictional (and dishonest) spokesman, "Joe Isuzu", from Isuzu car ads in the early 90s. On one hand, this does suit his introduced role as a Glatorian recruiter very well. Less so his role as the Big Bad, though his warning Mata Nui that he's not kidding around is done ''very'' well.


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