Bionicle Myths and Misconceptions III
Friday, September 30th, 2005 at 9:36pm by Curt, BZPower Reference Master
It's time for the third installment of the series! This time around, I will address some brand new myths, as well as some important old ones I really should have remembered to include earlier. All are hand-picked from the most common misconceptions that float around the forums. Read on for the facts behind the myths!
As was done in the first and second articles, each myth is stated in bold, followed by the explanation of the facts. The vast majority of this is fully confirmed by official story sources and/or Greg Farshtey, and anything that isn't will be clearly labeled as a theory. Links to relevent topics will follow where possible. Enjoy!
Mata Nui is awake -- I can't believe I've forgotten to debunk this one until now. If you watched the special features of the Mask of Light movie, you may have heard a producer say that Mata Nui awoke when Takanuva lit up Metru Nui at the very end. Well, that info did not come from any official story source; the producer was actually wrong about that. It's understandable; besides the fact that it's not the producer's job to know every little detail about the storyline, the Turaga did think that Mata Nui would be awoken right after Makuta was defeated, and Hahli even said earlier on that he'd awaken "this day." The thing is -- those characters were wrong. The Turaga, surprisingly enough, don't know everything about the Bionicle universe. All they really knew was that Makuta had to be defeated first. But notice, whose destiny is it to awaken him? The Toa Nuva's. But Takanuva is the one that beat Makuta, the Nuva just watched. Takanuva's the one that lit up Metru Nui. Again, the Toa just watched. No, the time has not yet come for the Toa Nuva's destiny to be fulfilled. When it does, they alone will be able to do it.
In fact, both of these years of the prequel have been about the mission to reawaken Mata Nui as well; the Turaga are telling these tales to the Toa Nuva precisely because they need to know it to be able to continue on their mission. These years have also revealed some parts of the story of how Mata Nui fell asleep in the first place; it happened during Legends of Metru Nui, bringing the "Great Shadow."
Finally, the reawakening is the central theme in Bionicle, at least right now. If the Toa had succeeded in the mission they'd spent three years working towards, you can bet your widgets it would have been made clear. You wouldn't be left to just infer that it had happened or watch special features to figure it out-- you'd know.
Greg confirmed the Toa Nuva were never Matoran -- Well, it's true that Greg has theorized that they might not have been. Greg's personal theory is that Mata Nui created the six original Toa as a safeguard should he ever need rescuing. However, he was careful to specify that it isn't necessarily official. It is merely a possibility. A better way to say it is, "The Toa Nuva may never have been Matoran." It's important to keep in mind the difference between possibility and confirmed fact.
All Toa/the Toa Nuva were once Matoran -- It's funny how often misconceptions get tossed around that are exact opposites of each other. It has never been stated as a rule that all Toa begin as Matoran. As stated above, Greg has theorized that the Toa Nuva were never Matoran. However, usually Toa were once Matoran. It's the general tendency. But it's not an absolute rule, and exceptions are definately possible.
Turaga Dume is just an "elected Matoran" -- There is no such thing as a Turaga who is also a Matoran. Being a Turaga means being a different type of being; usually having been a Toa and then sacrificing your elemental power. If Turaga Dume was merely a Matoran, he could not be called "Turaga."
This misconception probably started because the set form of Dume doesn't look much like the Mata Nui Turaga; he features the same body as the Metru Nui Matoran. First, keep in mind that movie form is more official than the set form (as discussed in the last article in this series). If you take a close look at the movie version of Turaga Dume in Legends of Metru Nui, compared to Turaga Vakama in Mask of Light, you'll see that in body build they are practically identical. They could be mistaken for twins.
Second, Greg has confirmed that Dume is in fact a Turaga, just like the Turaga of Metru Nui, and he was once a Toa. Now, as with the Toa Nuva, I should caution that it's not a definate rule that all Turaga must have been Toa. This is also a tendency. In this case, Dume is not an exception. However, it is possible that a Turaga could have come about in another way, perhaps by being created as a Turaga from the beginning, or perhaps in some strange situation, being a Matoran who skips the Toa step. But so far, there is no known example of this, and no known way for it to happen.
Sidorak is Voporak -- This might just be the newest myth out there. If you got your Comic 26 yet, you'll notice there's a special note about Sidorak. "Betrayed his clan leader on his native island to the Brotherhood of Makuta -- he later became the dreaded Voporak." The "he" could be read to be reffering to Sidorak, but it's actually talking about Sidorak's clan leader, a totally different character. Sidorak and Voporak exist at the same time in different places, plus anyone who reads the movie novelization as well as Time Trap will know they can't possibly be the same character, although why is spoilers. You can find more information here.
Turaga Dume was talking to Makuta in the wall in B2 -- This is the scene with the giant wall that looks sorta like sideways water. Turaga Dume appears at one point to be talking to the red eyes of Makuta. Well, that wall was actually a mirror; Makuta had already replaced Dume, and he was simply talking to himself. (Makuta likes to talk to himself; he did that in MOL too.) The red eyes thing was meant to be symbolic; as if the disguised Makuta was talking to his "real" self. The only time you see the real Turaga Dume in the movie is asleep in the pod in the tunnels; Makuta had already replaced him before the movie began. And no, Makuta wasn't talking to another member of the Brotherhood of Makuta. Just himself.
Jaller's mask is a... Great mask/matoran mask/Jaller is Lhikan/etc. -- This encompasses many things, but they're all about Jaller's connection to Lhikan. The connection is that after Turaga Lhikan died, Vakama gave Lhikan's mask to Jaller because Jaller's old mask, a red Komau, had been broken, and Matoran need masks to remain conscious. Well, various misconceptions have popped up about this because it's rather confusing, so I'll try to put the whole story here all in one.
First, the mask was a Noble Hau when Turaga Lhikan owned it, and it is still a Noble Hau. When it was placed on Jaller's face, it morphed in shape, so that it looked like Tahu's Great Hau. But it did not change power level; only shape. Mask power/power level is not dependent on shape. It is a Noble Hau, shaped like a Great Hau. However, Jaller is merely a Matoran. Matoran can't use mask powers at all, so to him, it is the same as if he was wearing a powerless Matoran level Kanohi shaped like a Hau. If a Toa or Turaga were to borrow it, however, it would have the power to make a weak sheild. As to how it changed shapes, no official reason has been given, although we know that mask morphing is possible; the Toa Metru's masks changed shape when they became Toa, and again when they became Turaga (not to mention becoming Hordika, and the Toa Olda's masks becoming Kanohi Nuva, although those examples have clear explanations). So one theory is that some natural phenomena or "law of nature" makes masks change shape when they either get a new form of owner or the owner changes forms, but this is just a theory at this point. We do know the real world reason that it changed shape; to avoid an inconsistency with the MOL appearance of Jaller.
We learned in MOL that a mask can be used to revive someone if they were wearing it when they died. So some have assumed that Lhikan could be revived. Well, if the Toa Metru had known it was possible, and if someone was willing/available to sacrifice tons of life energy, sure, he might have been able to be revived shortly after dying. But once the mask was placed on Jaller's face, all traces of Lhikan began to disappear, and a thousand years later on Mata Nui, there's no trace left. Also, Makuta apparently has more "life energy" than most beings, since he's so much more powerful than others, so he had more to give in MOL to revive Jaller. Nobody else was around in LoMN to do that, and Makuta sure wasn't going to do it at the time. So there really was no option, even if the Toa Metru had known it was possible.
And no, Jaller is not merged with Lhikan, nor is he Lhikan himself. They are two completely seperate characters. The only connection is that Jaller now wears the mask Lhikan once wore. This is the origin of the old legend told of in 2001 about Lhii (the Turaga's name for Lhikan, although they pretended he was just a Matoran that had died) being Jaller's "clan leader." It was the Turaga's way of honoring Lhikan after his death. See here for more.
Sidorak loves Roodaka -- It's pretty obvious from every story source that Roodaka does not love Sidorak (and is plotting his demise behind his back). But since Sidorak wants to marry her, many have assumed he loves her. Well, no, what he wants is a political alliance. There is no "marriage" as we think of it in Bionicle, although the term is used to describe this alliance; the arrangement would mean that Sidorak would gain power in Roodaka's home island, which would be a good thing for him. In other words, his reasons are purely selfish and political. There is no love involved except for the love of power.
Matoran can live forever -- I myself held to this myth for a long time. But it's now been confirmed that Matoran do in fact die of old age. Eventually. The exact length of their lives isn't known, but we know it's at least a couple thousand years, and maybe many thousands of years. They live incredibly long, but not forever. But so far, there has never been a known case of a Matoran dying of old age. Learn more here.
Metru Nui is bigger than Mata Nui -- Actually, it's quite a bit smaller. When we first learned of Metru Nui, it was originally stated to be larger than Mata Nui. But Greg later corrected that; it's really quite a bit smaller. Recently, Greg provided the official measurements in kios, miles, and kilometers; Mata Nui is 357 kio x 178 kio, 303.45 miles x 151.3 miles, or 489.09 kilometers x 243 kilometers, and Metru Nui is 47.6 kio x 24 kio wide, 40.46 miles x 20.4 miles, or 65.212 kilometers x 32.88 kilometers. In other words, Mata Nui is about 65 times the size of Metru Nui. You can find more details here.
One of Metru Nui's "suns" is the Mangai volcano -- For a while, Greg thought this was the case, so you may have seen a quote saying that the Mangai was once an open hole, and one of the suns of Metru Nui. Well, after doing some checking, Greg realized that was an error; the two suns are actually underneath the ice in Ko-Wahi and under Lake Naho (also known as Naho Bay). The Mangai has no connection to them.
There are female Matoran in each Koro/Metru -- By now, most of you have figured out this isn't the case, but the misonception still lurks around out there. Most likely because it seems odd to us that there wouldn't be members of both genders in each village/city division. But the only female Matoran are Ga-Matoran. The rest are all male. Also, all Ga-Matoran are female. This rule doesn't necessarily apply to other beings in the Bionicle universe, however; Roodaka is black and silver, and plenty of blue beings/characters have been male (such as the Rahkshi Guurahk or Krekka). Thus far, it applies only to Matoran/Toa/Turaga. It may seem weird, but keep in mind that the Matoran are not human, and the differences between male and female Matoran are superficial; there's no reason it shouldn't be this way.
Turaga can turn back into Toa/Toa back into Matoran -- I don't mean to beat a dead horse; I know this has been mentioned already. But the misconception is still pretty strong, so I thought I should give it its own "once and for all" entry rather than just mentioning it in passing.
It's a one way formula. Matoran can become Toa. Toa can become Turaga. But Turaga can't turn back into Toa (or Matoran) and Toa can't turn back into Matoran. As I've said before, that's why it's such a huge decision when a Matoran chooses to accept his/her destiny and become a Toa, or when a Toa decides to sacrifice his powers to become a Turaga. There's no turning back. This came as a bit of a shock to the Toa Metru, who had never really realized what they were getting themselves into. And when they became Turaga, it was because they had to sacrifice their powers to awaken the Matoran. They would have good reason to wish they could magically return to their old lives, living peacefully as everyday Metru Nui Matoran. But even if Metru were to be restored to its former glory, the Turaga can never go back to their former selves. More info can be found and discussed here.
Well, that's all for today. As always, thanks to Greg, and all the BZP members who made this article possible. I hope you found it informative!
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