Toa (Bionicle)

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In the fictional Bionicle Universe certain Matoran (workers and villagers) are destined to become Toa: heroic warriors of great strength and power. The Toa's duty is to protect the Matoran and maintain peace in the universe.[1] They usually work together in teams, with each member representing an element. Each Toa has near-complete control over their element, and can access the powers of the more powerful Great Kanohi Masks. As the Bionicle universe is based around a line of action figures, most Toa have appeared in their action figure.

There were once as many as 3,000 Toa in existence, but after many wars, assassinations and murders, their numbers have diminished to about 40.[2]

Production[edit]

The first Bionicle sets created and released were six Toa characters, later known as the Toa Mata. The warrior-like appearance of the toys was believed to be to restricting by some Lego "company traditionalists" because it went against Lego's values of "high-quality products that have an emphasis on free play and encouraging the imagination, and not modern warfare or violence." [3]

Fictional history[edit]

Toa have been around for most of the Bionicle universe's existence. The first Toa to come into existence was Helryx, a Toa of Water. Though she exhibited most of the traits of a Toa of Water, the nature of her duty meant she had a temper and could be stubborn. Though most Toa were once Matoran, it is known that the Toa Mata and Helryx came into being as Toa.

Toa are bound to adhere to the Toa Code, a set of ethics not fully detailed in the story. The most important aspect of this code is not to commit murder; killing is only permitted in self-defence, or if not doing so would mean the death of an innocent. While Toa are almost always heroes, some do not adhere to the code: Helryx does not due to the importance of her position, Lesovikk does not consider himself worthy of the title of Toa, and there are traitors who ignore it. One example was Tuyet, a Toa of Water from Lhikan's team. She was corrupted by an artifact from her homeland, the Nui Stone, and wished to use its power to rule the universe. She came close to succeeding, and was narrowly stopped by Toa Nidhiki and Lhikan. She was thought to be banished to the Pit. However, it was recently revealed in the official web serial, Reign of Shadows that she was sent to a pocket dimension, which she eventually escaped. Toa Nidhiki would later betray Metru Nui to the Dark Hunters. He was then mutated into an insectoid being to ensure his loyalty. Despite the recent takeover by Makuta Teridax, the main antagonist of the Bionicle saga, the Toa continued to operate, albeit in hiding. After Teridax's defeat at the hands of Mata Nui, the Toa migrated to the newly reformed Spherus Magna along with all the other Matoran Universe residents, who could now speak the Agori language.

Main Toa teams[edit]

Toa Mata/Toa Nuva[edit]

The chosen guardians of the Great Spirit Mata Nui, destined to awaken him if he would ever fall. They were known as the Toa Mata, six Toa warriors. In Matoran, "Toa Mata" literally means "Spirit heroes" or "Heroes of the Spirit." Their eventual summoning failed to deliver them to the island of Mata Nui immediately, and left them drifting in the ocean for a millenium. When they finally arrived on the island, they had forgotten all but their names, and had to be informed of their quest by the Turaga. Despite regular disagreement about their next course of action, they learnt to work together to achieve their duty, and were able to end the Rahi threat to the Matoran by defeating Makuta temporarily, and later fought the Bohrok and Rahkshi with the same success.

After their transformation in Energized Protodermis, they became the Toa Nuva, with increased strength, improved armor, weaponry, and masks. They then added the suffix "Nuva" to their name, (meaning "New") and masks. Their new powers did not come without risk; their command of the elements was tied to artifacts known as Nuva Symbols. They learnt this to their cost when the Bohrok-Kal targeted and stole the Symbols, which meant their powers deserted them. The Toa Nuva would later hide these symbols at locations known only to themselves to prevent such a disaster occurring again.

After donning Artakha's Adaptive Armor, they were able to master any environment with its ability to adapt to the current situation. After being teleported to Karda Nui, Tahu, Gali, and Onua dispatched themselves to the Swamp of Secrets, while Lewa, Kopaka and Pohatu remained in the skies and stalactite villages to rescue the Av-Matoran. After using legendary Keystones to power the Codrex dome, Energy Storms raged throughout Karda Nui, killing every Makuta there (save those who had already fallen in battle). The storms confirmed that they succeeded in their ultimate quest to awaken Mata Nui, unaware that Makuta Teridax had taken over his body. They would lead a resistance movement against their archenemy. Because of Spherus Magna's reformation, Tahu's transformation, and Mata Nui's last wish (to find the Great Beings), the team has currently apart on different missions.

In their time Krda Nui, Tahu's team was known as the Mistika, in the Matoran language translating to "spirits of the swamp", with their armor adapting to a swamp environment with aerial capabilities armed with Nynrah Ghost Blasters. Kopaka's team also received a Matoran term, "spirits of the skies", or Phantoka, armed with Midak Skyblasters.

Tahu[edit]

Bionicle character
Tahu
Gender Male
Color Red
Weapons Magma swords
Kanohi Hau, Great Mask of Shielding (allows the user to protect them self from any known attack, but does not protect from ambush)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui, Mata Nui, Glatorian, Agori
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Rahkshi, Skakdi, Skrall
Voiced By Scott McNeil

The Toa of Fire and the leader of the Toa Nuva, Tahu initially demanded fierce loyalty to his command, discarding others' own opinions and ignoring them altogether, plunging them into dangerous tasks. Although the team acknowledged him as a leader, they did not respect him. His aggression after arriving on Mata Nui was easily brought to the surface, causing him to almost drive himself to madness with the burdens of his amnesia. He eventually managed to control his anger, gaining the respect of his comrades, even the Toa of Ice Kopaka.

Toa Mata Tahu's weapons included a Kanohi Hau (the Mask of Shielding), and a Fire Sword to channel his Fire element. Like his fellow Toa Mata, he collected five other Kanohi and went to Kini-Nui for a Golden Kanohi, containing the powers of the Kanohi Hau, Akaku (X-Ray Vision), Kaukau (Underwater Breathing), Miru (Levitation), Kakama (Speed), and Pakari (Strength). Tahu's appearance in this form is dominantly red with orange legs and arms.

Toa Nuva Tahu's weapons included a Kanohi Hau Nuva, the Nuva Mask of Shielding. His Fire Sword transformed into two Magma Swords, which served to channel his Fire element or serve as a lava or surfboard. He collected five Kanohi Nuva to store at Ta-Suva, but were lost when Ta-Koro sank after a Rahkshi attack. Tahu Nuva's appearance slightly unchanged from his Toa Mata form, but bared silver shoulder and chest armor.

Once he gained Adaptive Armor, his armor shifted in the Swamp of Secrets,[4] gaining a Nynrah Ghost Blaster, and Rotating Blades which could also serve as a shield.[5]

After arriving on Bara Magna, he was devolved into a crude version of his Toa Mata self by the Ignika in order to wield the Golden Armor. As such, his adaptive weapon has taken the form of his old Fire Sword. Soon after, he was clad in Golden Armor and destroyed all the Kraata controlling the Rahkshi, which interrupted Makuta Teridax's concentration and gave Mata Nui his only chance to defeat the tyrant. After Mata Nui's victory, he helped lead the inhabitants of the reformed Spherus Magna, the original "paradise". Having assumed the powers of all the Kraata the armour destroyed, he is now the most powerful Toa in existence.

Lewa[edit]

Bionicle character
Lewa
Gender Male
Color Green
Weapons Axe, Air Katanas (both formerly), Air Saber and Midak Skyblaster
Kanohi Miru Nuva, Great Mask of Levitation (allows the user to float or glide through the air)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Rahkshi, Piraka
Voiced By Dale Wilson

The Toa Nuva of Air, Lewa is at peace with the skies and jungle of Le-Koro, flying upon its thick flora. Passive, Lewa is often eager to face his Toa responsibilities with carelessness, considering the entire ordeal of a fight as an "adventure". Cheery and light-hearted, he has no bounds.[6] After briefly being controlled by both Makuta Teridax (after his Mask was infected by an infected Rahi, then rescued by Onua) and a Bohrok krana, he learned not to take his urgent role so lightly, his will renewed to never again underestimate threats. After Teridax took over the universe, Lewa was transported to Tren Krom's island, who switched bodies in order to save their universe. Though their spirits were switched back by Arthaka, he was recently expelled into space along with everyone else in the Core Processor. He is currently on Bota Magna thanks to a dimension-hopping Vezon.

Lewa Nuva[7] is armed with the Kanohi Miru, Mask of Levitation. As a Toa Mata, he was armed with an Axe, later transformed to Air Katanas. As a Phantoka, he is armed with an Air Saber, and a Midak Skyblaster.[8] Later on the journey of Karda Nui,[9] he discovers the Axalara T9, and pilots it against Antroz in the Jetrax T6.

Gali[edit]

Bionicle character
Gali
Gender Female
Color Blue
Weapons Hooks, Aqua Axes (both formerly), Nynrah Ghost Blaster (with sniper scope)
Kanohi Kaukau Nuva, Great Mask of Water Breathing (allows the user to breathe underwater for a limited time)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Rahkshi, Piraka
Voiced By Kathleen Barr

The Toa Nuva of Water, Gali is as cool as the waters of Ga-Koro's bays.[citation needed] Seeking to contain Tahu's aggression and protect the unity of the Toa Nuva, she takes her role as a Toa with the utmost importance, and is willing to protect any sentient being threatened by the evils of the Brotherhood of Makuta. Considering her peaceful lifestyle, she is an accomplished warrior[10] against those who threaten her allies, like the amphibious rahi that dwell near Ga-Koro. Gali Nuva[11] is armed with the Kanohi Kaukau, Mask of Underwater Breathing. As a Toa Mata, she was armed with hooks, which later transformed to Aqua Axes. She also has propellers for swimming underwater. As a Mistika,[12] she is armed with a Nynrah Ghost Blaster with laser sighting.[13] She is completely blue, has a LED mouth to match her eyes and the abilities of glowing and floating meditation in the film. Her concern for Tahu's safety was shown to be justified when the poisoning of his mask nearly killed him, and when she successfully healed him, they came to mutually respect each other.

Kopaka[edit]

Bionicle character
Kopaka
Gender Male
Color White
Weapons Ice Sword, Ice Shield (both formerly), Midak Skyblaster and Blizzard Blade (with laser sight)
Kanohi Akaku Nuva, Great Mask of X-Ray Vision (allows the user to see through objects)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Rahkshi, Bohrok-Kal, Piraka
Voiced By Michael Dobson

The Toa Nuva of Ice, Kopaka prefers the isolation and silence of Mount Ihu in Ko-Koro. Deputy of the Nuva, his modus operandi is to work alone, often despising the Matoran's virtue of unity, but his analytical side persuaded him to go against his will after realizing it was the only way to fight Teridax. He also once saved Matoro from a Muaka. Kopaka is armed with the Kanohi Akaku, Mask of X-Ray Vision. As a Toa Mata, he was armed with an Ice Sword, later transformed to dual Ice Blades, and an Ice Shield. As a Phantoka, he is armed with a Midak Skyblaster equipped with a Protosteel Blizzard Blade attached with an aiming laser.[14]

Pohatu[edit]

Bionicle character
Pohatu
Gender Male
Color Brown (formerly), Orange
Weapons Climbing Claws, Feet Additions (both formerly), Twin Propellers, Midak Skyblaster
Kanohi Kakama Nuva, Great Mask of Speed (allows the user to move at incredible speeds)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Rahkshi, Piraka
Voiced By Trevor Devall

The Toa Nuva of Stone, Pohatu is regarded as one of the friendliest Toa. With Gali, he continues to hold the peace between the Toa, but unlike her, is ready to do so in a friendlier way that benefits all of his friends. He[15] also once rescued Takua from a Nui-Jaga that was spreading the Makuta's infection to the Po-Matorans' Kolhii balls. Pohatu is armed with the Kanohi Kakama, Mask of Speed. As a Toa Mata, he is armed with Feet Additions, durable enough to smash through a boulder, later transformed[16] into an even stronger form, and he gained dual Climbing Claws. As a Phantoka,[17] he is armed with a Midak Skyblaster along with Twin Propellers which double as drills.[18] During his journeys in Karda Nui, he discovers the Rockoh T3, and pilots it against Antroz in the Jetrax T6.

Onua[edit]

Bionicle character
Onua
Gender Male
Color Black
Weapons Claws, Quake Breakers (both formerly), Multi-Resistance Shield & Ghost Blaster (with laser sight)
Kanohi Pakari Nuva, the Mask of Strength (allows the user to have a great increase in their strength)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Rahkshi, Piraka
Voiced By Scott McNeil

The Toa Nuva of Earth, Onua is very quiet, speaking only when he has something important to add. He is intelligent, wise, and strong. A running gag has Onua saving people at the last moment, including catching Tahu as he was dropped from the sky, and Lewa when his mask was infected by a krana (Infected masks make the wearer serve whichever Makuta infected it). As a Toa Mata, his weapons were his hands, which sported large claws. When he became a Toa Nuva, he received dual Quake Breakers, and as a Mistika, he is armed with a Nynrah ghost blaster and a Multi-Resistant shield.[19]

Toa Hagah/Rahaga[edit]

The history of the Toa Hagah dates back to prior the coming of the Toa Mata during the early stages of Makuta Teridax's plan. The guardians of Makuta Teridax, the Toa Team was made of six Toa chosen specifically in reward of their previous deeds. Given an elite status and unique armor that identified them as Hagah, or Guardians in the Matoran language, and thus were named the Toa Hagah.[20]

The Toa Hagah served Teridax on Destral, deceived and manipulated to destroy the rampant artificial Bohrok the Brotherhood created, which were initially considered by the Brotherhood as a potential weapon, unknown to the elitist faction. Eventually, this deception did not last long, and they rebelled against Teridax and the Brotherhood when they discovered that they had committed theft and stolen the Kanohi Avohkii. When four of their number were captured by the Brotherhood, Norik and Iruini rescued their comrades, but were mutated by Roodaka into Toa Hagah-Rahkshi mutants named Rahaga. Although they escaped with their lives, they had been given a fate worse than death, and could never be accepted into Matoran society as true heroes.[21]

The "Rahaga", accepting their fate, educated themselves about Rahi to save them from the onslaught of the Visorak legion. They also searched for the mythical Keetongu (which possessed the ability to cure those infected with Hordika venom) to aid in their task. The quest eventually took them to Metru Nui, ruined by the Great Cataclysm and overrun by the Visorak.[22] they chose to hide the Mask of Light in Metru Nui, creating a seal that could only be opened with the fragments of the Makoki stone they had broken and hidden across the city. Arriving to rescue the Toa Metru, sent to their deaths, they informed them of their mutation by Hordika venom into Toa Hordika, educating them in their new forms and the possibility of a cure in Keetongu.[23]

There, they helped the Toa Hordika in defeating the Visorak and evacuating the Matoran from the city. They were later transformed back into the Toa Hagah by Roodaka when she was coerced by the Toa Nuva. On behalf of the Order of Mata Nui, They searched for Teridax under the Coliseum, but were trapped in an illusion where they only saw the happiness and peace of a world freed from Teridax's reign. They have since been snapped out of the illusion by Tren Krom in Lewa's body, and fought in the resistance against Teridax. They are now working together to find and rescue the Toa Mahri from the control of the Skakdi Fusion.

Norik[edit]

Bionicle character
Norik
Gender Male
Color
Weapons Lava staff and Rhotuka Launching Shield
Kanohi Pehkui, Great Mask of Diminishment (allows the user to shrink down to 6 inches)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Keetongu
Enemies Visorak, Roodaka, Sidorak, Teridax
Voiced By French Tickner (as a Rahaga)

Norik is the Toa Hagah of Fire, and the leader of the Toa Hagah, and was previously the Rahaga of Fire. In the discovery of the Brotherhood's rebellion, he allowed his team to become overconfident against their foes, paving the way for their capture. He, along with Iruini, was the only to escape the fate of his teammates, and teamed up with him to rescue them. Now changed to a Turaga-esque wise persona, he became cautious, but still preferred to lead with actions instead of words. He was also very concerned about Vakama's rapid primal transformation, and was the only one to escape capture once more when Vakama turned to the dark side with Roodaka.

As a Rahaga, Norik was armed with a Rhotuka spinner with the Snare power, which tangled the limbs of a target. His Rahaga Staff could also be manipulated to distract his reptile Rahi prey (Norik specialized in the capture and study of these Rahi such as Furnace Salamanders) as he prepared to strike.

As a Toa Hagah, he is armed with the Hagah's standard weapons: a Lava Spear which contained the power of Lava and could sap or increase the heat of its target, and a Rhotuka-Launching Shield with Rhotuka containing slow opponent power which weakened and slowed its target. He wears the Kanohi Pehkui, Great Mask of Diminishment, although it was in the shape of a standard Noble Kiril and not of a standard Great Pehkui. It was presented to him by enslaved Matoran working under threats from the Brotherhood of Makuta and is shaped like a Noble Kiril to honor a past hero. (not Turaga Dume)

Gaaki[edit]

Bionicle character
Gaaki
Gender Female
Color Blue
Weapons Tidal Spear and Rhotuka Launching Shield
Kanohi Great Mask of Clairvoyance (allows the user to see into the future)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Keetongu
Enemies Visorak, Roodaka, Sidorak, Teridax
Voiced By Kathleen Barr (as a Rahaga)

Gaaki is the Toa Hagah, and formerly Rahagah, of Water. As a Toa of Water, Gaaki can create, control, and absorb water. This also gives her the ability to control water, create storms, and cause floods. These abilities were lost when she was turned into a Rahaga, but she has since regained her powers. Her Rhotuka spinner as a Rahaga was used to capture Rahi by flowing through the depths of water, attaching itself to the target, and floating them up towards the surface. As a Rahaga, she was feisty and always wanted to prove herself as good a Rahagah as the rest. She was also a translator, and her area of expertise was the capture of water Rahi. She always wanted to show the other Rahaga that she was a great expert in the capture of Rahi. She was visibly affected by her mask, as she often felt that the power was using her rather than the other way round.

Bomonga[edit]

Bionicle character
Bomonga
Gender Male
Color Black
Weapons Seismic Spear and Rhotuka Launching Shield
Kanohi Great Mask of Growth (allows the user to grow to the size of 60 feet tall)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Keetongu
Enemies Visorak, Roodaka, Sidorak, Teridax
Voiced By Scott McNeil (as a Rahaga)

Bomonga is the Toa Hagah of Earth. As a Rahaga, Bomonga was known to hunt in absolute silence and preferred to work alone. His prey were the Rahi "hiders," insect and nocturnal species. Bomonga searched for Rahi under cover of darkness and was known to burrow into the earth to wait for the creatures to come near. From a place of concealment, he would launch silent spinners to incapacitate his targets. Extremely patient and skilled, he would wait for hours to catch one Rahi. As a Toa of Earth, Bomonga can create, control, and absorb earth. This also gives him the ability to control earth, and create earthquakes. He frequently used his Mask of Growth in battle, being proficient enough to bring down a Tahtorak, a Rahi far stronger than he. These abilities were lost when he was turned into a Rahaga, but he has since regained his powers.

Kualus[edit]

Bionicle character
Kualus
Gender Male
Color White
Weapons Sub-Zero Spear and Rhotuka Launching Shield
Kanohi Great Mask of Rahi-Control (allows the user to control the actions of Rahi)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Keetongu
Enemies Visorak, Roodaka, Sidorak, Teridax

Kualus is the Toa Hagah of Ice. He can create, control, and absorb ice, giving him the ability to create snowstorms, to travel via ice bridges and more. As a Rahaga, he learnt how to speak the lauguage of flying Rahi, passing this knowledge on to Nuju. He could also play his staff like a flute.

Pouks[edit]

Bionicle character
Pouks
Gender Male
Color Brown
Weapons Avalanche Spear and Rhotuka Launching Shield
Kanohi Great Mask of Emulation (allows the user to copy the powers of others)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Keetongu
Enemies Visorak, Roodaka, Sidorak, Teridax

The Toa Hagah of Stone. He is known to be loud and boisterous and believes in plain speaking and taking direct action rather than sneaking around. He truly loves massive beasts and can teach others how to befriend them. As a Rahaga, he used a lasso spinner to capture the beasts and used his staff to leave an invisible mark so he could track them. He has since been turned back into a Toa. Pouks along with the other Toa Hagah defeated the Kanohi Dragon on Xia.

Iruini[edit]

Bionicle character
Iruini
Gender Male
Color Green
Weapons Cyclone Spear and Rhotuka Launching Shield
Kanohi Kualsi, the Great Mask of Quick Travel (allows the user to teleport to places)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Keetongu
Enemies Visorak, Roodaka, Sidorak, Teridax

The Toa Hagah of Air. As a Toa, he believed that the team needed to spend more time on more routine dangers, such as Rahi invasions; the rest of the team did not share this view, and the differences of opinion lead to him quitting the team. This meant he was not present when his comrades were captured, so he was able join forces with Norik again to save them. Upon becoming a Rahaga, Iruini quickly resigned himself to the mutation, and did not accept that Keetongu had the power to cure him. However, he was overjoyed to become a Toa again, adopting an adventurous attitude.

Toa Inika/Toa Mahri[edit]

The Toa Inika/Toa Mahri were once six Matoran from the island of Mata Nui, who appeared Mata Nui Online Game and the subsequent animations it led to, that journeyed to Voya Nui to save the Toa Nuva, who had disappeared on the island while searching for the Mask of Life. These Matoran were Jaller, Hahli, Kongu, Matoro, Hewkii, and Nuparu. Having braved great dangers on their journey to the island, they were immediately transformed by a bolt of lightning from the Red Star when they came ashore. The unusual nature of their transformation meant they had electricity interlaced with their elemental powers, their faces glowed bizarrely, and their Kanohi were organic.

As Toa Inika, they battled the Toa Nuva's captors, the evil Piraka, for control over the Mask of Life, while also searching for the Toa Nuva. They teamed up with the Voya Nui Resistance Team, led by Garan, and consisting of Balta, Dalu, Kazi, Piruk, and Velika, as well as one the Mask's guardians, Order of Mata Nui operative Axonn. They eventually battled against Vezon and Fenrakk/Kardas, and Kongu used his Mask of Telepathy to read the Mask's mind, learning that the Mask wanted Matoro as its new guardian. After Jaller froze Vezon and Kardas, Matoro took the Mask off of Vezon. To his own surprise, it came off right when he touched it. After the Mask of Life flew into the sea, Axonn opened a secret tunnel so they could go down into the Pit and find the mask. On the surface, the Toa Nuva were rescued by the Voya Nui resistance team.

Upon emerging out into the dark water of Pit, a blast of energy from the Mask of Life transformed them again, changing their Kanohi and removing their lightning powers. They were branded as allies of the Barraki by the Mahri Nui Matoran, and most were captured by the Barraki themselves while Matoro was imprisoned by Hydraxon, but later freed by Teridax, who had taken control over a Maxilos robot. The Toa Mahri later escaped with the help of a Hahnah Crab and stole some Cordak Blasters from the Barraki. They were named the protectors of Mahri Nui by Defilak, the city's leader. They battled the Barraki and Hydraxon (who was working against both sides), for the Mask of Life, but temporarily abandoned this objective when they learnt that they had destroy the Cord connecting Voya Nui to Mahri Nui for Mata Nui to live. With Axonn's help, they evacuated the Matoran of Mahri Nui and Voya Nui into the tunnels above the Cord, where they would be safe from the destruction that would follow. Having saved the Matoran from another attack by the Piraka, they returned to the Pit destroyed the Cord and wrested the Mask of Life from their enemies. As Mahri Nui was wiped out by the falling island, the Mahri rushed to the hole where the island would fall, only for the Mask of Life to go dark, as the Great Spirit Mata Nui finally died. Matoro, however refused to give up, and his allies agreed to stand and fight against the approaching armies of the Barraki to buy Matoro time to revive Mata Nui. Matoro reached the hole just before Voya Nui fell back into place, and fell through a torrent of water to Karda Nui, the core of the Matoran Universe while the others held off the Barraki. As Jaller prepared to unleash a Nova Blast in last ditch effort to obliterate the Barraki, Matoro gave his life to don the Ignika and save Mata Nui's life, and sent his fellow Toa back to Metru Nui. After Jaller powered down his energy, they learned of Matoro's fate from Turaga Vakama. They became the protectors of Metru Nui in the abesence of the Toa Nuva (they had left Voya Nui to fufill their own destiny of awakening Mata Nui, now possible thanks to Matoro's sacrifice).

During Teridax's reign the Toa Mahri were chosen to do an espionage mission on the island Zakaz, home of the Skakdi, who created a powerful gold-skinned fusion. The Mahri were hypnotized by the creature and relished following the fusion's command. On Spherus Magna, Kopaka learned of this, and Gaaki gathered her team to rescue the Mahri.

Jaller[edit]

Bionicle character
Jaller
Gender Male
Color Red
Weapons Energized Fire Sword, Multi-Shot Zamor Sphere Launcer (all of the above formerly), Power Sword, Cordak Blaster
Kanohi Arthron, Great Mask of Sonar (allows the user to sense the movements and locations of a target using echolocation) (current), Calix, Great Mask of Feats (as a Toa Inika), Hau, Noble Mask of Shielding (as a Matoran on Mata Nui), Komau, Mask of Mind Control (original mask as a Matoran before it broke inside a Matoran sphere)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui, Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Barraki, Piraka
Voiced By Andrew Francis (as a Matoran)

Jaller has a strong sense of justice and responsibility, and is known for his immense courage. He is willing to do whatever it takes to do his duty.

As leader of a Toa team, Jaller tries to be a more cautious leader of Toa compared to other Toa of Fire, such as Tahu or Vakama. He tries hard to heed the opinions of his teammates as well, but nevertheless experienced annoyance when Matoro began taking charge of the team in the Pit, though the two eventually resolved their differences.

As a Matoran, Jaller was captain of the Ta-Koro Guard (later Ta-Metru Guard), and played defense for the Ta-Koro Kolhii Team. He was best friends with Takua, who later became Toa Takanuva. Their friendship continues, even as Toa. When Jaller was a Matoran and Takua accidentally melted the totem turning into the Mask of Light, Jaller also had a backpack for carrying Kanohi masks like the one they discovered.

Hahli[edit]

Bionicle character
Hahli
Gender Female
Color Blue
Weapons Laser Harpoon, Multi-Shot Zamor Sphere Launcher (both formerly), Protosteel Talons, Cordak Blaster
Kanohi Faxon, Great Mask of Kindred (allows the user to copy the powers of Rahi) (current), Elda, Great Mask of Detection (as a Toa Inika), Kaukau, Mask of Underwater-Breathing (as a Matoran)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Rahkshi, Piraka
Voiced By Chiara Zanni (as a Matoran)

As a Matoran on Mata Nui, Hahli spent most of her time tending to her many village chores like fish-catching and net-mending, without ambition to travel or go on adventures. Her shyness kept her from speaking up, despite being full of ideas, and her fellow Ga-Matoran would often forget or overlook her. Nevertheless, Nokama could see true potential in her, selecting her to play for Ga-Koro in the Kolhii Tournament.

When she became a Toa, Hahli was initially nervous about her new role, and the power she possessed. She eventually warmed up to it, however, and became more confident to the point of choosing to go on solo missions without fear. She soon became her team's strongest member during the underwater Mahri quest.

Hewkii[edit]

Bionicle character
Hewkii
Gender Male
Color Brown (formerly) Yellow (current)
Weapons Climbing Chain, Laser Axe, Multi-Shot Zamor Sphere Launcher (all of the above formerly), Aqua Warblade, Electrifying Chains, Cordak Blaster
Kanohi Garai, Great Mask of Gravity (allows the user to have the power of a Toa of Gravity) (current), Sanok, Great Mask of Accuracy (as a Toa Inika), Kakama, Mask of Speed (as a Matoran)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Piraka, Barraki
Voiced By Michael Dobson (as a Matoran)

Hewkii is known for his athletic ability on both Metru Nui and Mata Nui, winning many Copper Masks as a Matoran. These talents helped develop his combat skills and reflexes. He also possessed keen senses, allowing him to pinpoint weak spots.

When he became a Toa Inika, Hewkii gained Stone powers, enabling him to create and manipulate stone, entertwined with Lightning, though the two powers could not be separated. He was initially uncomfortable with his new role, desiring to find the Ignika quickly so that he could return to his old friends and his old life. However, he eventually grew accustomed to being a Toa. An athlete by nature, he also disliked the advantage afforded to him by his Mask of Power, and did not use it in combat unless necessary.

As a Toa Mahri, he lost his lightning powers, although he could shock things with his Electrified Chains, and was made a water-breather. When Matoro teleported his team back to Metru Nui, Hewkii regained the ability to breathe air.

Nuparu[edit]

Bionicle character
Nuparu
Gender Male
Color Orange (As a Matoran) Black (Currently)
Weapons Claws, Laser Drill, Shoulder-Mounted Multi-Shot Zamor Sphere Launcher (all of the above formerly), Aqua Blaster Blade, Razor-Edge Protosteel Shield, Cordak Blaster
Kanohi Volitak, Great Mask of Stealth (allows the user to become completely silent and invisible) (current), Kadin, Great Mask of Flight (as a Toa Inika), Pakari, Mask of Great Strength (as a Matoran)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Barraki, Piraka

Nuparu is a master engineer, and feels at ease when surrounded by machinery he can tinker with, continuing this passion even as a Toa. He also has a great passion for learning, enjoying being a Toa, as it meant the ability and opportunity to explore new places and study new things, like Rahi. While in Mahri Nui, he continued his duties, but was upset that he was in the middle of a crisis, meaning he couldn't take the time to learn all there is to learn.

Kongu[edit]

Bionicle character
Kongu
Gender Male
Color Green
Weapons Laser Crossbow, Multi-Shot Zamor Sphere Launcher (both formerly), Dual Cordak Blasters
Kanohi Zatth, Great Mask of Summoning (allows the user to summon Rahi beasts to their aid but the user had no control over what was summoned) (current), Suletu, Great Mask of Telepathy (as a Toa Inika), Miru, Mask of Levitation (as a Matoran), Ruru, Mask of Night Vision (original mask as a Matoran before it broke in a Matoran sphere)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Barraki, Piraka
Voiced By Lee Tockar (as a Matoran)

While a Matoran, Kongu was known to be very serious during times of danger, being the military leader of the Gukko Force. Over time, however, Lewa was known to influence Kongu, teaching him to be more laid back and gain enjoyment out of his missions. Once becoming a Toa, Kongu began following that advice, and is now generally fun-loving and full of wit, having a joke or comment ready at the right time. Kongu gets along well with his fellow Toa, especially with Nuparu. The Toa of Air at first complained that Nuparu, being a Toa of Earth, shouldn’t have received the Kadin, Mask of Flight. But he later cheerfully offered to help his friend learn to fly, saying that Nuparu might break the Mask of Flight as an excuse to help him. As a Toa Inika, Kongu suffered an unusual problem with his own mask; he could not turn the Kanohi Suletu off, and was thus constantly forced to listen to the thoughts of his teammates, something that was naturally very distracting. His problems with Kanohi continued as a Toa Mahri when the Kanohi Zaath was bestowed upon him, as he had no control over the Rahi once he had summoned them, and the undersea monsters that he did call to his aid invariably made the situation worse.

As a Toa Inika of Air, Kongu's Air power was intertwined with Lightning. Like the other Toa Inika, his unnatural origin allowed immunity to the Piraka's Antidermis virus, and his face gave off a blinding glow when his Kanohi Suletu was removed.

As a Toa Mahri, he lost his Lightning powers and could only breathe water. When Matoro teleported his team back to Metru Nui, he gave Kongu and the other Toa Mahri the ability to breathe air again.

Matoro[edit]

Bionicle character
Matoro
Gender Male
Color White
Weapons Energized Ice Sword, Multi-Shot Zamor Sphere Launcher (as a Toa Inika), Twin Cutters, Cordak Blaster (as a Toa Mahri)
Kanohi Tryna, Great Mask of Reanimation (allows the user to give life to dead beings and then control them) (as a Toa Mahri), Iden, Great Mask of Spirit (as a Toa Inika), Akaku, Mask of X-Ray Vision (as a Matoran)
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Barraki, Piraka

While a Matoran, Matoro had served as Turaga Nuju's translator and trusted aide, and he could understand Nuju's strange bird calls. When translating for Nuju, he would strike a narrator's pose, with his legs apart, head back and use a deep and booming voice to relay Nuju's wisdom. Unlike most other Ko-Matoran, Matoro was not antisocial, but instead was very friendly towards others. When he became a Toa, Matoro felt that his job as a translator had not prepared him for being a Toa nearly as much as the other Toa Inika, most of whom had backgrounds as athletes or warriors. Despite his fear, he did his best to fulfill his new duties.

Constantly burdened with the amount of secrets he was intended to keep, Matoro struggled with being unable to tell his friends, though he ultimately knew that revealing anything would endanger them, something he was not willing to do. His secrecy led some of the other Toa, such as Hahli and Jaller, to think that Matoro refused to share secrets with them on purpose, even though they were friends.

During his time as a Toa, and the experiences in searching for the mask, Matoro slowly began taking charge, filling the role of the leader. Jaller, who naturally emerged as the leader, felt conflicted about Matoro's attitude, though the two amicably resolved their differences. Meanwhile, Matoro struggled with his own challenges; the power of his Kanohi Tryna appalled him, and he tried to avoid using it where possible. The mask was in fact bestowed upon him by the Ignika to test his character. Matoro also discovered Makuta Teridax had not merely survived his supposed death, but possessed a robotic prison guard called Maxilos. In this form, the tyrant coerced Matoro into cooperating with his plans, threatening to kill the other Toa Mahri if he did not.

As a Toa Inika, Matoro could control Elemental Ice powers that were combined with non-elemental Lightning. Due to this, he could not create ice without it being laced with electricity, but he could control existing ice without this problem. Matoro's lightning abilities disappeared when he became a Toa Mahri.

As a destined bearer and user of the Kanohi Ignika, Matoro was not cursed by the mask, and was also one of the only ones that could access its power. He ended up sacrificing his life so that Mata Nui could be resurrected and that his teammates could breathe air again (he teleported them back to Metru Nui).

Other Toa teams[edit]

  • First Toa Team: The first ever Toa team led by Toa Lesovikk, including Toa Nikila, a Toa of Fire, a Toa of Water, a Toa of Sonics (Not Toa Krakua), a Toa of Iron, a Toa of Stone, and a Toa of Gravity. All members of the team, except for Lesovikk, were killed in a battle against a tribe of Zyglak, due to a fatal hesitation on Lesovikk's part. He is now fully committed to find a way to make it up to his teammates.
  • Toa Mangai: Toa Lhikan's team of 11. Known members include Nidhiki (voiced by Paul Dobson), Tuyet, Naho, and four Toa of Ice. All members were killed, except Nidihki, who became an arthropod-like Dark Hunter, and Lhikan (voiced by Michael Dobson), who became a Turaga after summoning the Toa Metru. All are deceased with the exception of Tuyet, who was recently revealed to be alive in the official web serial, Reign of Shadows.
  • Jovan's Team: Known Members included a Toa who died using The Ignika, another who wore an Elda to help track the Ignika, and one who wore a Kanohi Olmak to help his team escape the Energy Storms (all later killed by the Makuta). Jovan later became the Turaga of Voya Nui, but died when part of the island that later became Mahri Nui broke off.
  • Toa Metru/Hordika: Vakama's team of six, whose duty was to rescue and protect the Matoran from Makuta Teridax. It included Nokama Toa of Water (voiced by Tabitha St. Germain), Vakama Toa of Fire (voiced by Alessandro Juliani), Matau Toa of Air (voiced by Brian Drummond), Whenua Toa of Earth (voiced by Paul Dobson), Nuju Toa of Ice (voiced by Trevor Devall) and Onewa Toa of Stone (voiced by Brian Drummond). Having achieved this destiny, they became the Turaga of Mata Nui, and led the defence of the Matoran in the Dark Time, when Makuta used Rahi to attack their villages. After briefly serving with Dume as Turaga of Metru Nui, they imprisoned by Ahkmou when Makuta Teridax took control of the Matoran Universe. When the Great Spirit Mata Nui killed Teridax, the Turaga were part of the migration onto the reformed Sphereus Magna.

Individual Toa[edit]

Takanuva[edit]

Bionicle character
Takanuva
Gender Male
Color Gold and white, Silver and white (formerly)
Weapons Staff Of Light, Power Lance, Midak Skyblaster (all formerly), Twin Light Staffs
Kanohi Avokhii, Mask of Light
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Agori, Glatorian
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Rahkshi
Voiced By Jason Michas

Takanuva was originally a Av-Matoran named Takua, who was hidden on Metru Nui during the Time Slip to ensure that a Toa of Light would one day come into being to counter the Makuta. At some point his Mask was damaged, and was replaced with a Kanohi Pakari that never fit properly, and turned blue due to his lack of control over his disguise as a Ta-Matoran. He was known in Metru Nui for his tendency to wander off and not fufill his duties; Matoran joked that a squad of Vahki were assigned to keep an eye on him.

Takua continued to show this lack of interest in his work after being brought to Mata Nui, and was eventually banished by Turaga Vakama during the Dark Time. Takua began wandering across the island, and undertook errands to aid the Turaga of all the villages. On the way, he discovered the Toa stones hidden by the Toa Metru 1,000 years before, and with the Turaga's blessing, assembled them at the Kini Nui in the middle of the island. Together, the stones activated the beacon that finally summoned the Toa Mata to Mata Nui, although the blast threw him to the beach of Ta-Wahi and left him with amnesia. Once again he set off across the island on missions for the Turaga, who named him Chronicler for his heroics. Finally, the Turaga gave him an important task: assemble a small group of Matoran to guard the Kini-Nui temple from Rahi attack, while the Toa confronted Makuta below. At the Turaga's request, Takua chose Matoran from each village who were either the most skilled in their crafts or loners like himself. Takua's Matoran, who named themselves the Chronicler's Company, waged a noble defence of the Kini-Nui, while Takua had visions of the struggle underground through a mental link with Toa Gali. As the battle seemed impossible, reinforcments from the other villages appeared to turn the tide. Takua then journeyed to the Great Mine of Onu-Koro at Whenua's behest, where he discovered another path to Makuta's lair. Thus, Takua witnessed the Toa's battle with the Makuta, and the awakening of the Bohrok. Using an ancient portal, Takua barely escaped with his life.

Now accepted by the Matoran, Takua documented the war with the Bohrok, and journeyed with Nuparu to assist the villages most at risk. Following the defeat of the Bohrok-Kal, Takua discovered the Kanohi Avohkii, Mask of Light, and once again set off across the island, this time accompanied by his best friend Jaller, in the hope they could locate the seventh Toa. They were chased for much of their journey by the Rahkshi, culminating in a final stand at the Kini-Nui with the Toa Nuva. Jaller was killed in the attack, prompting Takua to realize he was in fact the seventh Toa. He donned the Avohkii and became the first Toa of Light. After renaming himself Takanuva (meaning Takua Nuva, as he considered himself a Toa Nuva, although he was not), he fought and temporarily defeated Makuta Teridax, allowing the Matoran to return to Metru Nui after 1,000 years.

Takanuva would guard Metru Nui in the Toa Nuva's absence, and fought Frostelus to defend the city. He later intercepted a dark presence in his mind and went after the culprit, the Dark Hunter codenamed "Dweller". As he did, Makuta Icarax dropped a Shadow Leech upon him, (meant to bite Ahkmou and become a Shadow Toa) but was able to incinerate the leech with concentrated light, and fell unconscious from the light drain. His gold colored armor turned to a shining iron gray color, to symbolize the powers of light and shadow now surging through his right and left hands. He then met with Helryx, Krakua, and Brutaka, who showed him the origins of the Toa Nuva through a set of visions, before sending him to Karda Nui. Brutaka opened a portal, but due to the damaged state of his Kanohi Olmak, led to several dimensional journeys, one resulting in him receiving a powdered Makuta virus from a heroic Krika, giving him the power of flight, before arriving in Karda Nui. There, he found the Toa Nuva in the swamps. Takanuva grew to a height of ten feet as a result of arriving in an area with such strong light.

Takanuva saw the Makuta Krika near Toa Gali Nuva, not knowing that Krika was trying to help her. He provided the Toa Nuva with vital information and fought against the Makuta. He witnessed Krika's death, having his density completely eradicated into microscopic particles, because he tried to warn them all of Teridax's betrayal. Enraged by this, he fought ferociously against the remaining Makuta. Vican, a mutated Le-Matoran, (a Shadow Matoran just minutes before) sought out Takanuva, and told him of the Klakk. The Klakk had the power to screech and shatter the barrier that prevented light from returning to Shadow beings. He then restored all Shadow Matoran to Av-Matoran, and lastly himself, turning him gold again. Takanuva then took the Matoran (Still mutated into bat-like creatures) to another location. He assisted the Toa Nuva in awaking Mata Nui, and left for Metru Nui. He, along with the other Toa have formed a revolt against Teridax when he took over the universe.

When the Makuta landed on Bara Magna, Takanuva exited the giant robot onto the new planet, altering his colors in the process to not draw attention to himself. He assisted Tahu in retrieving the Golden Armor, killing two Heat Vision Rahkshi in the process. He has since returned his armor to Gold and White.

Krakua[edit]

Bionicle character
Krakua
Gender Male
Color White
Weapon Sonic Vibration Sword
Kanohi Suletu, Great Mask of Telepathy
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax

Krakua is a Toa of Sonics working for the Order of Mata Nui.

Like all De-Matoran, Krakua had very acute hearing. However, despite this, he had a habit of humming to himself, which caused many of his fellow De-Matoran to avoid him.

As a Toa of Sonics, Krakua is able to create, control and absorb sound. This allows him to create sound waves or concentrated beams of sound, use sonic waves to disrupt a structure's integrity, and absorb all of the sound in an area to create a field of silence. As with other Order operatives, his mind is shielded from mental assaults.

He carries a Sonic Vibration Sword and wears a Suletu, which is shaped like a Great Hau.

Krakua is currently the only Toa of Sonics still alive.

Helryx[edit]

Bionicle character
Helryx
Gender Female
Color Blue
Weapons Spiked mace, shield
Kanohi Great Mask of Psychometry
Allies Toa, Matoran, Order of Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax

Helryx was the first Toa ever to be created and is the leader of the Order of Mata Nui.

Despite being a Toa of Water, Helryx is extremely fierce, somewhat impatient, and quick to anger. She always strives to achieve her vision of the greater good, no matter the decisions and choices she has to make to get it.

She carries a spiked mace and a shield for melee combat and wears the Kanohi Mask of Psychometry, which allows her to see into a being's past just by touching him. Her mind is also shielded from outside mental presences, as is mandatory with Order training.

Due to the nature of her role in the Order, Helryx excluded herself from the Toa Code, which stipulates that Toa cannot kill their opponents.

Lesovikk[edit]

Bionicle character
Lesovikk
Gender Male
Color Green
Weapons Air Sword, Cordak Blaster
Kanohi Faxon, Great Mask of Kindred
Allies Toa, Matoran, Turaga, Order of Mata Nui
Enemies The Brotherhood of Makuta, Teridax, Karzahni

Lesovikk is a guilt-ridden Toa of Air and the leader of the first Toa Team.

Due to his hesitation, which led to his team's death, Lesovikk blames himself for causing their deaths, and considers himself unworthy to be a Toa. His self-perceived failure to live up to the standards of the Toa exempts him from the code, and he is willing to kill his opponents.

Lesovikk carries an Air Sword and a Cordak Blaster as his main Toa tools. He wears a Faxon as his Kanohi mask.

After Lesovikk arrived on Spherus Magna, he was suspected with killing Karzahni, as his sword was found near his body, but a message in the stars caused Kopaka to suspect otherwise.

Powers and abilities[edit]

All Toa have elemental powers, which they can use to manipulate existing elements or create new substance, as well as physical traits they possessed as Matoran. These elemental powers recharge naturally over time - the amount the energy exerted will determine how long it takes to return to full strength. They also have the mental discipline to use Great and Noble Kanohi Masks (only the Toa Nuva can use Kanohi Nuva). An ability all Toa share is the ability to perform Nova Blasts in which they release all their elemental energies at once. This has only ever been seen once in the story, when Gali of the Toa Nuva leveled the realm of Karzahni with a wall of water in a last-ditch attempt to defeat Makuta Icarax; it took all her concentration to save the other Toa from drowning. Jaller planned to unleash a Nova Blast in the Pit to buy Matoro time from the armies of the Barraki, and would almost certainly have killed everyone in the immediate area by doing so. Six Toa can combine their elemental powers to create a Protodermis Seal. Any six Toa can do this as long as two of the Toa are not Light and Shadow, as the two are cancelled out. This ability has only been seen being done by teams consisting of a Fire, Ice, Water, Air, Stone, and Earth. Toa are also able to use their Toa Power to heal certain things and create Toa Stones, which contain some of their own Toa Power. When a Toa has united with others, completed his or her duty, and achieved his or her destiny, he or she can sacrifice all of his or her Toa Power, and he or she becomes a Turaga. They can also choose to give up their Toa Power before their destiny is complete, and will become Turaga upon fufilling that destiny.

Controversy[edit]

In 2001, Lego faced legal action by Māori activists from New Zealand for trademarking Māori words used in naming the Bionicle product range for use in the Matoran language, including the names of some Toa, and even the word "Toa" itself.[24] Despite this, many of the names of the Toa from Māori language, were still kept, though Lego was careful in naming characters from then on.

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