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  • Alas, Poor Villain: Krika really didn't deserve to go out the way he did.
    • I felt the same way.
  • Alternate 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 Knights Templar territory for some.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Considering that multiple species are now being enslaved and tortured in his former body, Mata Nui's a pretty together guy.
  • Badass Decay: The Skrall in the battle at the end of The Legend Reborn, though Word of God justifies this by saying, 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 had Elemental Powers.
  • Better Than Canon: Greg's ban on romance hasn't slowed down the Huki/Maku Shippers at all.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Has its own page.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Also has its own page.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Guess What?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: 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".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Takua/Takanuva
    • And Vezon... Don't forget Vezon.
    • Roodaka, the base for a great many MOCs.
  • Even Better Sequel: While undeniably has it's flaws, the second Bionicle film was a far better written and executed, not to mention far better looking than it's predecessor and is far above most Merchandise-Driven direct-to DVD childrens' movies. The third and especially the fourth film on the other hand...
  • Evil Is Sexy: Roodaka. I mean, just LOOK at her! Well, the movie at least.
  • Fan Nickname: the "Fauxrok" (fake Bohrok) and "Kratana" (Krana/Kraata hybrids)
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Macku x Hewkii became this after Greg Farshtey declared all romance non-canon.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The first 3 direct to DVD films has many elements fans complained about in the 4th film, such as playing fast and loose with the canon established in previous media. However, the first 3 films generally gave resolution to plotlines in the comics and novels, but the 4th one overlapped with pre-established canon.
    • To a lesser extent, the complaint that the 2009-2010 did in the wizard actually dates back to about 2004, the first really divisive year of the franchise, although most fans enjoyed it overall. The reason it was seen as more justified back then was because the franchise was trying to justify why the 2001-2003 Tribal Island setting is inhabited by Robots.
  • Fridge Horror: The Boxor vehicles are made of Bohrok parts. The Bohrok Were Once Men, making this a case of Human Resources.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The characters are not "Bionicles".
  • I Knew It!: That the Matoran lived inside Mata Nui was a long discussed-rumor before finally being confirmed at the end of the Matoran saga.
  • Jumping the Shark: This is a dodgy subject. Many people say that the series jumped it after 2009-2010's Doing in the Wizard, some people however say it happened somewhere 2007-2008 while others say it happened after the revelation of there being more than one Makuta. There are also people who says that the Shark Jumping went as far back as 2004-2005. So the thing is, there probably was a shark jump, but no one can decide when it happened.
    • The fact that the comic books have been steadily getting shorter with each story arc, and that the comics themselves began ending with cliffhangers that were resolved in tie-in movies and books certainly didn't help.
    • Even the toys jumped around 2007 when they dropped functions and the toys became more breakable. They jumped again in 2010 with the infamous "Stars", only to die right after.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Makuta Teridax; especially after the end of the Matoran saga. The below quote actually does him justice on this matter.

 Teridax: We both know there are a thousand ways I could destroy you right now. And 941 of them hurt."

    • The Shadowed One, but not to the extent of Teridax.
    • Roodaka gives them both a run for their money!
  • 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!"
    • GADUNKA! GADUNKADUNKADUNKADUNK!
    • Insert character here* died for/to save your *Insert noun here*
    • FUCK! An evil rules!
    • Shit E Ha!
    • Spooky Scary Skeletons - An appropriate meme for the 2015 villains.
  • OTP: Macku/Hewkii and Hahli/Jaller.
  • Pandering to the Base: Just the sheer amount of Sure Why Not 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 They Just Didn't Care considering there's three bosses that are canonically dead and one that's actually supposed to be good. Then again, the developers of Heroes' say their case was deliberate, believing that by going past the limits of canon, they can make a more fun game
    • Partially subverted in that Heroes was still fairly enjoyable (especially the DS version, which is basically similar to Metroid Prime Hunters) despite being canon rape, and fully subverted with the GBA RPG Maze of Shadows, a direct video game adaptation of one of the chapter books.
  • Same Character but Different: As a result of Conflict Ball, some of the characters in the movies have suffered this, but none more so than Takua/Takanuva. Before the first movie, he was potrayed as adventurous, if a bit unsteady, but ultimately a resourceful and very heroic character. In the movie, the "unsteady" part suddenly became "irresponsible" and at the same time lost all of his resourcefulness and selfless heroism, becoming almost a full-fledged load until the last act or so.
  • The Scrappy: The Toa Inika designs are widely disliked by the fans, mostly because of the hideous masks and the flat, unoriginal designs (that have been used for every other character since (though the Barraki also mixed in original body types and Glatorian often had their own twist on the formula) until the even more despised Stars).
    • 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.
    • Let's not forget the Stars...
    • Av-Matoran, especially Solek, due to their highly juniorized design, with fragile, useless parts making up the bulk of the figure. Solek stands out for his utterly generic weapon and unappealing colors.
  • Seasonal Rot: The first half of 2003 is not well-regarded...
  • So Bad It's Good: The Piraka Rap
  • Special Effect Failure: Ever so noticeable in Legends of Metru Nui, Web of Shadows and The Legend Reborn.
  • 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.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The fan reaction to learning Makuta's name.
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Tahtorak kept being pit against other giant monsters, such as Zivon, Kardas, and the Kanohi Dragon.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Nobody has any Tertiary Sexual Characteristics (besides Roodaka), so I dare you to ID one of the girls without resorting to the color-coding - and even that's hardly foolproof (see Vezok, Takadox, Gorast, Krika, 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.
  • Villain Decay: Tuma is utterly upstaged in The Legend Reborn. He only has two scenes (one with no lines, and one where he gets his ass kicked), and ultimately comes off as merely The Dragon to the Agori traitor.
    • Brotherhood of Makuta. The first Makuta introduced to the audience was set up as a dark god of unspeakable power, and even later Makuta were still some of the most dangerous foes the Toa have ever faced. By the end everybody kills them by the dozen.
  • Wangst: Vakama in Legends of Metru Nui. Oh god, how much he angsts...
  • The Woobie: Krika, of all characters. Yes, a Makuta has been turned into a Woobie.
    • And the two first Toa of Air introduced, Lewa and Matau.
    • And Lesovikk, another Toa of Air.
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