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Hi, guys. Well, you know, our favorite villain, Makuta Teridax, has an interesting way of having names. In 2001-2007, he is always called Makuta or the Makuta while he is said to be the Great Spirit Mata Nui’s spirit brother. The “the” part was suspicious because it sounded like “Makuta” is a species name, kind of like “the Rhino” from Marvel. In 2005, it is revealed that Makuta is also called “the Makuta of Metru Nui” because he actually has a species called “the Makuta” and “the Makuta of some place” is a title for a Makuta who is assigned in a certain region in the Matoran Universe. Icarax was the first Makuta to have his name revealed, and it happened in 2007 before the Makuta of Metru Nui said him, Antroz, Vamprah, Chirox, and Mutran in Into the Darkness serial in 2007. In 2008, it is revealed that the Makuta of Metru Nui’s real name is Teridax, or Makuta Teridax because the “Makuta” title is like saying “Mister” for the whole species, as this is to distinguish him from his species because every member of the species can be called “Makuta” by most of other people in the MU. People in Metru Nui and the island of Mata Nui keep calling Teridax “Makuta”, and Teridax represents his whole species because he is their leader. The word “Makuta” is also treated as a bad word because Matoran suffered from the Makuta species.  Despite Teridax’s revealed real name, people keep on calling him “Makuta”, even after he destroyed all the other Makuta but Miserix. 

In 2015-2016, there is a guy named “Makuta”, who is considered a rebooted version of Teridax. 
 

You see, saying “Makuta” is like saying “malice” while “Teridax” is like saying “terror” or Thanos from Marvel (Teridax and Thanos are sort of similar). I don’t get why people did a backlash on the real name. People keep on called him “Makuta Teridax” nowadays because of his species. So, what name do you prefer to call the Makuta? For me, Teridax, because it explains why he was called “The Makuta”.

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I'm from Australia, and over here "dacks" is slang for a certain type of pants. I always viewed the first part of Makuta's name as being derived from the word terror, which means for me his name basically translated to "scary pants" and I could never take that nonsense seriously.

The moment I heard his real name for the first time it utterly destroyed the credibility and intimidation factor he used to have, and it took me a long time to get over that ridiculous name change and appreciate him for the character he was. 

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The Makuta.

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This is a great question. I think pre-2005 I really like what they did in just keeping it 'Makuta', because in addition to keeping him a mystery, they kept the secret of their being more than one Makuta from us (which is basically a staple for Bionicle). After it is revealed though that there are other Makuta, then I think he should be called Teridax or Makuta Teridax, to distinguish

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for me his name basically translated to "scary pants"

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What if they made old school Makuta and Teridax separate characters?

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Teridax is an awful name. It literally sounds like 'terribad' with a bonko suffix tacked on.

I'll never know why Greg didn't just come up with a different name for the Makuta species. Surely that would have made more sense than effectively renaming a character we've known as 'Makuta' for several years?

 

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I like Teridax as a way to differentiate it from the species name. I'll admit that my opinion may be influenced by the fact that I didn't get into Bionicle until 2006. I didn't really spend much time thinking about him as the only makuta or even THE makuta.

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Both names are slightly silly-sounding to Anglophone ears. But Makuta has the benefit of being an actual word, w/ an actual etymology. "Mākutu" is a Maori word (what else would it be, given this is 2001 Bionicle?) meaning 'witchcraft' or 'to bewitch.' Debates about cultural appropriation aside, Makuta is the more meaningful name. 

"Teridax," conversely, appears to just be a name Greg thought sounded cool (given he supposedly used it on a World of Warcraft account once). Whatever else you think of Greg, he's not exactly a Tolkien (who was a veritable name-nut), so the names he invents aren't always of top-quality. 

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I'm not gonna lie that when I first heard Teridax I didn't like it but that was more from the fact that Makuta was the name I knew for years and the title "The Makuta" was much more mysterious. However I have grown to like the fact that he has a name he doesn't share with people. Makes his lore feel a bit more fleshed out. I mean people using aliases or nicknames or even going by titles given by other is very common. I mean just look at all of us. Onvermel isn't my name as i chose to keep my real name to those who need to know. Similar to Teridax. 

Is Makuta the cooler name that leaves more mystery? Yes. Do I like Teridax as a name and think it's a cool aspect of his lore? Yes.

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I've never heard anyone criticize the name Makuta. It sounds like what it's supposed to be. I always thought it sounded like "cocoon" and I imagined Makuta as hibernating beneath the island until he was at full power. Every time the Toa defeated him, he just retreated back into his shell to wait for the next opportunity to strike.

Teridax, Antroz, Miserix, all those names could have been switched around and no one would have even noticed. Not that they're bad names, they just don't have the Polynesian touch Makuta or Mata Nui or Toa does.

But I'll still defend the name Teridax. Why? It helps differentiate between how Makuta views himself and how he really is. To a degree, the original Legend of Mata Nui is how Makuta likes to imagine himself: Mata Nui's brother, his equal in power, only evil. The reality is that he is nowhere near as powerful as Mata Nui except when he takes over his body. Makuta can never compete on his own; he can only become powerful by imitating something even more powerful. Mata Nui is by his own nature powerful. Teridax probably dislikes his name just as much as we do, and he builds up all that "the Makuta" stuff to make himself feel more mysterious and otherworldly.

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On 5/29/2021 at 3:30 AM, (-Kopaka Toa of Ice-) said:

I prefer Makuta. The unfortunate backlash of his name revealed had a really negative side effect; Greg Farshtey decided the real name of the Shadowed One would never be revealed out of fear of even more backlash.

The Shadowed One's name is Greg. 

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