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* {{Psychometry}}: The Mask of Psychometry, which allows its user to learn details about the past of an object by making physical contact with it. While the user can see something of an object's past, they have no real control over how much information they actually receive. This power cannot be used on more than one object at a time, nor does it work on living beings.


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* {{Psychometry}}: The Mask of Psychometry, which allows its user to learn details about the past of an object by making physical contact with it. While the user can see something of an object's past, they have no real control over how much information they actually receive. This power cannot be used on more than one object at a time, nor does it work on living beings.


** For an in-universe example, many characters often get this treatment, such as Toa and villains (with Teridax being mostly an exception) who aren’t starring in a specific year; at most they star in side stories (such as the Toa Nuva in Legends starring in the Scroll of Preparations arc; best depicted in the Toa Nuva Blog story serial). Special mention goes to the Turaga of Mata Nui/Metru Nui, who were major side characters in Chronicles and starred in Adventures, but progressively became more and more obsolete from Legends onwards.

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** For an in-universe example, many characters often get this treatment, such as Toa and villains (with Teridax being mostly an exception) who aren’t starring in a specific year; at most they star in side stories (such as the Toa Nuva in Legends starring in the Scroll of Preparations arc; saga; best depicted in the Toa Nuva Blog story serial). Special mention goes to the Turaga of Mata Nui/Metru Nui, who were major side characters in Chronicles and starred in Adventures, but progressively became more and more obsolete from Legends onwards.


* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Despite the ConstructedWorld nature of the series and toy line leaning away from this, it still happens sometimes. Lewa wears FingerlessGloves at the beginning, Pohatu is an {{Acrofatic}}, Roodaka has ''Rakshi heads for breasts'', and Bara Magna goes the odd route with Strakk's design implying abs. Pohatu even has attach pieces on his legs that seem to imply leg hair of all things.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Despite the ConstructedWorld nature of the series and toy line leaning away from this, it still happens sometimes. Lewa wears FingerlessGloves at the beginning, Pohatu is an {{Acrofatic}}, Roodaka has ''Rakshi ''Rahkshi heads for breasts'', and Bara Magna goes the odd route with Strakk's design implying abs. Pohatu even has attach pieces on his legs that seem to imply leg hair of all things.


* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Despite the ConstructedWorld nature of the series and toy line leaning away from this, it still happens sometimes. Lewa wears FingerlessGloves at the beginning, Pohatu is an {{Acrofatic}}, Roodaka has ''Rakshi heads for breasts'', and Bara Magna goes the odd route with Strakk's design implying abs.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Despite the ConstructedWorld nature of the series and toy line leaning away from this, it still happens sometimes. Lewa wears FingerlessGloves at the beginning, Pohatu is an {{Acrofatic}}, Roodaka has ''Rakshi heads for breasts'', and Bara Magna goes the odd route with Strakk's design implying abs. Pohatu even has attach pieces on his legs that seem to imply leg hair of all things.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Despite the ConstructedWorld nature of the series and toy line leaning away from this, it still happens sometimes. Lewa wears FingerlessGloves at the beginning, Pohatu is an {{Acrofatic}}, Roodaka has ''Rakshi heads for breasts'', and Bara Magna goes the odd route with Strakk's design implying abs.


** For an in-universe example, many characters often get this treatment, such as Toa and villains (with Makuta being mostly an exception) who starred in previous arcs being replaced by new ones. Special mention goes to the Turaga of Mata Nui/Metru Nui, who were major side characters in Chronicles and starred in Adventures, but progressively became more and more obsolete from Legends onwards.

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** For an in-universe example, many characters often get this treatment, such as Toa and villains (with Makuta Teridax being mostly an exception) who starred aren’t starring in previous arcs being replaced by new ones.a specific year; at most they star in side stories (such as the Toa Nuva in Legends starring in the Scroll of Preparations arc; best depicted in the Toa Nuva Blog story serial). Special mention goes to the Turaga of Mata Nui/Metru Nui, who were major side characters in Chronicles and starred in Adventures, but progressively became more and more obsolete from Legends onwards.


** There’s also [[https://youtu.be/smODXpW_Mzw this wacky abridge of the first movie]]. Pretty damn funny; characters blatantly [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]], [[LightIsGood light]] is referred as “lava-proofness”, the Rahkshi [[RoboSpeak speak like robots]], Tahu speaks in heavy [[TotallyRadical surfer]] [[SurferDude slang]], Lewa [[UpToEleven exaggerates]] his [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture tre]][[NewSpeak esp]][[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment eak]] dialect as Kopaka does with his “[[IWorkAlone independent hero]]” character, and many more stuff.

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** There’s also [[https://youtu.be/smODXpW_Mzw this wacky abridge of the first movie]]. Pretty damn funny; characters blatantly [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]], [[LightIsGood light]] is referred as “lava-proofness”, the Rahkshi [[RoboSpeak speak like robots]], Tahu speaks in heavy [[TotallyRadical surfer]] [[SurferDude slang]], Lewa [[UpToEleven exaggerates]] his [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture tre]][[NewSpeak esp]][[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment tre]][[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture esp]][[NewSpeak eak]] dialect as Kopaka does with his “[[IWorkAlone independent hero]]” character, and many more stuff.



* BigGood: Mata Nui, the Great Spirit that the heroes are fighting to reawaken from his deep sleep for majority of the series. Arc characters that have a similar role include Vakama, Lhikan, Dume, Keetongu, Axonn, Hydraxon, Toa Ignika, Raanu, among others.

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* BigGood: Mata Nui, the Great Spirit that the heroes are fighting to reawaken from his deep sleep for majority of the series. Arc characters that have a similar role include Vakama, Dume, Lhikan, Dume, Keetongu, Axonn, Hydraxon, Toa Ignika, Raanu, among others.



* DemotedToExtra: In a weird examples regarding the physical toy line, some pieces that became selling points/distinguishing features of older sets (such as the Bohrok-Kal shields and Vezon's head/Mask of Life hybrid piece) would become recycled as pieces for other sets later on, likely to save LEGO molding and design costs.

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In a weird examples regarding the physical toy line, some pieces that became selling points/distinguishing features of older sets (such as the Bohrok-Kal shields and Vezon's head/Mask of Life hybrid piece) would become recycled as pieces for other sets later on, likely to save LEGO molding and design costs.costs.
** For an in-universe example, many characters often get this treatment, such as Toa and villains (with Makuta being mostly an exception) who starred in previous arcs being replaced by new ones. Special mention goes to the Turaga of Mata Nui/Metru Nui, who were major side characters in Chronicles and starred in Adventures, but progressively became more and more obsolete from Legends onwards.



* 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[[note]]This is actually an error attributed to the ''Maze of Shadows'' game, and it's supposed to be a Makuta Nui model. The two do have passing resemblance, however[[/note]], the Shadowed One, and Botar, were designed by Franchise/{{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]].

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* ToylessToylineCharacter: Several, including two-thirds of the Toa Hagah team, Lariska, [[SupportingLeader Toa Helryx]] Helryx]], [[KnightTemplar Toa Tuyet]] 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[[note]]This is actually an error attributed to the ''Maze of Shadows'' game, and it's supposed to be a Makuta Nui model. The two do have passing resemblance, however[[/note]], the Shadowed One, and Botar, were designed by Franchise/{{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]].


** There’s also [[https://youtu.be/smODXpW_Mzw this wacky abridge of the first movie]]. Pretty damn funny; characters blatantly [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]], [[LightIsGood light]] is referred as “lava-proofness”, the Rahkshi [[RoboSpeak speak like robots]], Tahu speaks in heavy [[TotallyRadical surfer]] [[SurferDude slang]], Lewa exaggerates his [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture tre]][[NewSpeak esp]][[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment eak]] dialect as Kopaka does with his “[[IWorkAlone independent hero]]” character, and many more stuff.

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** There’s also [[https://youtu.be/smODXpW_Mzw this wacky abridge of the first movie]]. Pretty damn funny; characters blatantly [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]], [[LightIsGood light]] is referred as “lava-proofness”, the Rahkshi [[RoboSpeak speak like robots]], Tahu speaks in heavy [[TotallyRadical surfer]] [[SurferDude slang]], Lewa exaggerates [[UpToEleven exaggerates]] his [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture tre]][[NewSpeak esp]][[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment eak]] dialect as Kopaka does with his “[[IWorkAlone independent hero]]” character, and many more stuff.


** There’s also [[https://youtu.be/smODXpW_Mzw this wacky abridge of the first movie]]. Pretty damn funny; characters blatantly [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]], [[LightIsGood light]] is referred as “lava-proofness”, the Rahkshi [[RoboSpeak speak like robots]], Tahu speaks in heavy [[TotallyRadical surfer]] [[SurferDude slang]], Lewa exaggerates his [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture tree]][[NewSpeak speak]] dialect as Kopaka does with his [[IWorkAlone “independent hero”]] character, and many more stuff.

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** There’s also [[https://youtu.be/smODXpW_Mzw this wacky abridge of the first movie]]. Pretty damn funny; characters blatantly [[BreakingTheFourthWall break the fourth wall]], [[LightIsGood light]] is referred as “lava-proofness”, the Rahkshi [[RoboSpeak speak like robots]], Tahu speaks in heavy [[TotallyRadical surfer]] [[SurferDude slang]], Lewa exaggerates his [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture tree]][[NewSpeak speak]] tre]][[NewSpeak esp]][[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment eak]] dialect as Kopaka does with his [[IWorkAlone “independent hero”]] “[[IWorkAlone independent hero]]” character, and many more stuff.


* DugTooDeep: Subverted; in Metru Nui, Onu-Matoran miners stumbled upon a Bohrok Nest, during which the Bohrok were still asleep and posed no threat whatsoever at the time or to the island. In fact, [[ChekovsGun four years of real-world time after this information was introduced]], these Bohrok would be ''intentionally'' awakened to help Metru Nui defend itself against the Brotherhood of Makuta.

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* DugTooDeep: Subverted; in Metru Nui, Onu-Matoran miners stumbled upon a Bohrok Nest, during which the Bohrok were still asleep and posed no threat whatsoever at the time or to the island. In fact, [[ChekovsGun [[ChekhovsGun four years of real-world time after this information was introduced]], these Bohrok would be ''intentionally'' awakened to help Metru Nui defend itself against the Brotherhood of Makuta.


* DugTooDeep: Subverted; in Metru Nui, Onu-Matoran miners stumbled upon a Bohrok Nest, during which the Bohrok were still asleep and posed no threat whatsoever at the time or to the island. In fact, [[Chekov'sGun four years of real-world time after this information was introduced]], these Bohrok would be ''intentionally'' awakened to help Metru Nui defend itself against the Brotherhood of Makuta.

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* DugTooDeep: Subverted; in Metru Nui, Onu-Matoran miners stumbled upon a Bohrok Nest, during which the Bohrok were still asleep and posed no threat whatsoever at the time or to the island. In fact, [[Chekov'sGun [[ChekovsGun four years of real-world time after this information was introduced]], these Bohrok would be ''intentionally'' awakened to help Metru Nui defend itself against the Brotherhood of Makuta.


** The "Creeps from the Deep" short film/commercial depicts Dekar finding the Ignika while running away from all 6 Barraki. This is only loosely based on the events in other media as anyone who so much as touches the mask gets cursed (and Dekar does indeed get cursed in the story when he touches the thing).

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** The "Creeps from the Deep" short film/commercial depicts Dekar finding the Ignika while running away from all 6 Barraki. This is only loosely based on the events in actual storyline; for one thing, the Barraki were all still loosely allied with each other media as anyone who so much as touches when the mask gets cursed (and Dekar does indeed get cursed Mask of Life arrived in the story when he touches Pit, and so they were working together ([[TeethClenchedTeamwork to an extent]]) over the thing). period of time Dekar had the mask. For that matter, Dekar didn't find the Ignika himself- another Matoran gave it to him.



* DoingInTheWizard: After the ''Mask of Light'' saga, many of the more mystical aspects of the universe were gradually stripped away for more sci-fi inspired explanations, with one of the biggest being that the "great spirit" Mata Nui is actually a ''physical'' HumongousMecha [[ThatsNoMoon the known universe's inhabitants simply live on]].

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* DoingInTheWizard: After the ''Mask of Light'' saga, many of the more mystical aspects of the universe were gradually stripped away for revealed to have more sci-fi inspired sci-fi-oriented explanations, with one of the biggest being that the "great spirit" Mata Nui is actually a ''physical'' HumongousMecha [[ThatsNoMoon the known universe's inhabitants simply live on]].on]], a reveal that the story had been building to since promotional material from its very first year.



* DugTooDeep: Subverted; in Metru Nui, Onu-Matoran miners stumbled upon a Bohrok Nest, during which the Bohrok were still asleep and posed no threat whatsoever at the time or to the island.

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* DugTooDeep: Subverted; in Metru Nui, Onu-Matoran miners stumbled upon a Bohrok Nest, during which the Bohrok were still asleep and posed no threat whatsoever at the time or to the island. In fact, [[Chekov'sGun four years of real-world time after this information was introduced]], these Bohrok would be ''intentionally'' awakened to help Metru Nui defend itself against the Brotherhood of Makuta.



* 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)

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* OneWingedAngel: All 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 are capable of shapeshifting, and the shell bigger and Makuta of Metru Nui used this power to take on bigger, nastier in a couple fights)forms for his battles with the Toa Mata and Toa Metru.



* ThePsychoRangers: The Shadow Toa.

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* ThePsychoRangers: The Shadow Toa.Toa, dopplegangers that Makuta created from the negative emotions in the Toa Mata's hearts.



** Matorans who become Toa was ret-conned to take on the appearance of whatever they thought a Toa was suppose to look like at the time of their ascension. This way Takanuva could re-use the pieces and molds for the Toa Nuva (who were the newest toas at the time) and not have to explain why he resembles a set of Toa that was the byproduct of a freak accident and not the original Toa Mata or the next set of toas; the Toa Metru.

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** Matorans who become Toa was ret-conned to take on the appearance of whatever they thought a Toa was suppose to look like at the time of their ascension. This way Takanuva could re-use the pieces and molds for the Toa Nuva (who were the newest toas (the most recent Toa sets at the time) and not have to explain why he resembles a set of Toa that was the byproduct of a freak accident and not the original Toa Mata or the next set of toas; the any Toa Metru.sets released after 2003.



* EvilVersusEvil: Time Trap features the genesis of a war between the Brotherhood of Makuta and the Dark Hunters, a conflict that continued even into the Bionicle Legends era.



* TheSwarm: the Visorak

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* TheSwarm: Specifically, the Visorak[[GiantSpider Visorak]] swarm.



* TransformationTrauma: the Toa Hordika
* UnholyMatrimony: a major plot point in ''Web of Shadows''

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* TransformationTrauma: Visorak venom is ''not'' kind to its victims. When the Toa Hordika
Metru become Hordika, their cocoons hide most of the horror, but we ''do'' get to see newly-mutated body parts burst uncontrollably out of their webbing until their bodies are too grotesque for the cocoons to even hold them any longer.
* UnholyMatrimony: a major plot point Sidorak mentions he and Roodaka are to be married in ''Web of Shadows''Shadows''. WordOfGod says that "married" in this case is some sort of political arrangement, as the Matoran Universe [[NoHuggingNoKissing doesn't really do romance the way humans do.]]



** The Matoran Ahkmou. Originally he was just a Matoran who was selling infected Kohlii balls, then during the Metru Nui saga was a major character. What [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have reached it's logical conclusion: He was slated to be a Toa of Shadow during the Karda Nui Saga, but was cut due to time constraints]].

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** The Matoran Ahkmou. Originally he was just a Matoran who was selling infected Kohlii balls, then during the Metru Nui saga was a major character. What [[WhatCouldHaveBeen would have reached it's logical conclusion: He was slated to be a Toa of Shadow during the Karda Nui Saga, but was cut due to time constraints]].constraints]]; as something of a narrative consolation prize, Teridax made him the ruler of Metru Nui after taking over the Matoran Universe.



* BrownNote: A Klakk's sonic scream can cure Shadow Matoran.

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* BrownNote: A Klakk's sonic scream can cause immense pain to a Makuta and cure Shadow Matoran.



* CataclysmClimax: In Karda Nui. The end of Mahri Nui has a bit of this as well.

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* CataclysmClimax: In Karda Nui. The end of the Mahri Nui has arc is set against Voya Nui sinking through the sea to rejoin the Matoran Universe, smashing Mahri Nui itself in the process- all while the Matoran Universe itself is dead. 2008, meanwhile, ends with a bit of this as well.huge energy storm annihilating everything in Karda Nui besides the Codrex.



* 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.

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* DeathMountain: A rock accidentally left behind by Mutran on the island of Xia became this. It happens to be also [[GeniusLoci alive]] ad and eats whatever tries to scale it.



** Prior to the Karda Nui Saga, a single Makuta was a big enough threat to warrant an entire team of Toa. No less than 7 Makuta, one of which is Teridax's second in command, shows up and gets beaten like the generic villains of any other arc. However each of them do have something holding them back (see DramaPreservingHandicap)
* 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}}.

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** Prior to the Karda Nui Saga, a single Makuta was a big enough threat to warrant an entire team of Toa. No less than 7 Makuta, When they took center stage in 2008, however, their comptetence had to be toned down in order to make sure they didn't just steamroll the heroes entirely, and so every Makuta that received a canister set had a DramaInducingHandicap, Icarax picked a fight with one of which is the most powerful entities in existence and got his ass handed to him, Teridax's second in command, shows up and gets beaten like [[ForgotAboutHisPowers frequent inability to remember or properly exploit his 40+ different powers]] became standard-issue, it was revealed that [[spoiler: their EvilPlan required the generic villains Toa Nuva to win iin the end anyways]], and- most importantly- the Makuta were [[TeethClenchedTeamwork just as prone to infighting as previous villain teams]], to the point that of any other arc. However each all confirmed Makuta kills, only three were not at the hands of them do have something holding them back (see DramaPreservingHandicap)
another Makuta.
* 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.]] (According to the creators, this was one of the founding concepts of the line, with foreshadowing being threaded into the story since its very first year.) 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}}.



* EnemyCivilWar: the Toa Mahri provoke one within the Barraki
** Also, the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Piraka]].
** The Order of Mata Nui [[LetsYouAndHimFight convince the Dark Hunters to battle the Brotherhood of Makuta]].

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* EnemyCivilWar: Nuparu and Hewkii trick Ehlek into thinking Pridak's sharks attacked his army's spawning grounds, and Ehlek responds by sending some of his forces to attack Pridak, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain halting an attack on Matoro and Teridax-as-Maxilos in the Toa Mahri provoke one within the Barraki
process]].
** Also, the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Piraka]].
** The Order of Mata Nui [[LetsYouAndHimFight convince
Piraka]]. They're not much in the Dark Hunters way of a full-fledged faction, per se, but their incessant plotting to battle the Brotherhood of Makuta]].backstab each other escalates into its members trying to outright kill each other on more than one occasion.


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**Hakann and Thok stealing Brutaka's power prompts the remaining Piraka and Toa Inika to team up to stop them.
**Once the Order of Mata Nui decides to go public in its fight against the Brotherhood of Makuta, it starts enlisting some of the biggest villains in the Matoran Universe to aid them; this includes such drastic measures as formally partnering up with the Dark Hunters (who are in the middle of [[EvilVersusEvil their own war with the Brotherhood]] at the time), as well as re-establishing the League of Six Kingdoms, the would-be universe-conquerors that inspired the Brotherhood to turn evil in the first place.


* BigGood: Mata Nui, the great spirit that the heroes are fighting to reawaken from his deep sleep for majority of the series. Arc characters that have a similar role include Dume, Lhikan, Axonn, Defilak, Raanu, among others.

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* BigGood: Mata Nui, the great spirit Great Spirit that the heroes are fighting to reawaken from his deep sleep for majority of the series. Arc characters that have a similar role include Dume, Vakama, Lhikan, Dume, Keetongu, Axonn, Defilak, Hydraxon, Toa Ignika, Raanu, among others.

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* TrappedOnTheAstralPlane: Matoro finds himself in this situation when Teridax takes over his body as Matoro uses his mask power to scout ahead in astral form. The rest of the Toa Inika convinces Teridax to leave Matoro's body after threatening to kill it.


* BigGood: Mata Nui, the great spirit that the heroes are fighting to reawaken from his deep sleep for majority of the series.

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* BigGood: Mata Nui, the great spirit that the heroes are fighting to reawaken from his deep sleep for majority of the series. Arc characters that have a similar role include Dume, Lhikan, Axonn, Defilak, Raanu, among others.

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