Bionicle is a series of products by Lego that has its own original story that was told through various forms of multimedia including video games, flash animations, movies, comics, and more. It became one of Lego's most popular and most sold line products, also saving the company from its financial crisis in the late nineties and early two-thousands mostly due to the designs of the sets themselves as well as being one of the first lines of Lego sets involving an actual storyline. The first generation of Bionicle started in 2001 and ended back in 2010. Its short-lived second generation started in 2014 after the first generation's successor Hero Factory ended in 2015 but ended up being discontinued in 2016.
- Mata Nui: The Great Spirit whose ENORMOUS body holds all of the islands that the Matoran inhabit, he was put into a deep sleep and was supposed to be awoken but ended up being exiled to another planet by Makuta. However, near the end of Bionicle's first run he managed to ally himself with the inhabitants of the shithole he was trapped on and find the components for another giant robot body which he used to kick Makuta's sorry ass. In the newest incarnation of Bionicle, he was renamed 'Ekimu' and he is a mask maker who built masks of power but much like his predecessor, he got put into a coma by Makuta only to be re-awakened to fight Skull Grinder and Umarak the Destroyer (Formerly known as Umarak the Hunter) as well as acting as a guide for the Toa.
- The Toa: The main heroes of Bionicle, they have elemental powers that are organized by color (IE: Blue is water, White is Ice, Red is Fire, etc.) along with 'Kanohi Masks' that give them all sorts of powers such as X-Ray vision and Energy Shields. For the first generation, there have been three lines of Toa, all of which have been reconfigured for new parts of the Bionicle Storyline. The current generation of Toa are revamps of the original line of Toa who are known as 'Elemental Masters/Uniters'.
- The Matoran: The diminutive inhabitants/citizens of the Bionicle universe, much like the Toa they have their own masks and colors corresponding to the element in their home region. Matoran don't have any elemental powers HOWEVER they can become Toa depending on the circumstances. In the latest incarnation of Bionicle, they are just known as 'Villagers'.
- Rahi: Rahi are the equivalent of wild-life in the Bionicle universe with their designs being often based off of real-world animals including Birds, Fish, Spiders, Scorpions, Insects, and more. Some are friendly but others not so much. So far in Generation 2 there have been a few hostile equivalents including the skull spiders, skull scorpions, and shadow traps. However, there are friendly creatures that can be 'united' with the 'elemental masters/uniters'.
- The Makuta: The main antagonist(s), these guys are pretty much beings of darkness that are encased in biomechanical physical bodies and much like the Toa they have their own Kanohi masks. Originally there was ONE Makuta but eventually Greg Farshtey revealed the existence of other similar beings and designated the one of the main story as 'Teridax', this caused a major uproar among Bionicle fans for the longest period of time. The new incarnation of Makuta is a mask-maker much like Ekimu, however he became corrupted by his creation the so-called 'Mask Of Ultimate Power' and unlike in G1 he was also put into a coma along with Ekimu. However, he is still able to command his minions from afar as he did with Umarak.
- The Turaga: These old farts were Toa that either completed their 'destiny' or sacrificed their powers for the greater good. They act as leaders of the Matoran AND as guides for newer Toa. It is assumed that the 'Protectors' of the various villagers take the place of the Turaga in Generation 2 of Bionicle.
- The Piraka: Introduced in 2006, these guys were trying to steal the mask of life from Voya Nui, despite the fact it would've ended up killing Mata Nui. Rather than their sets having masks they had 'skull' pieces with glow-in-the-dark teeth, an orange LED eyepiece, and a rubber piece to serve as the head and spine. They were defeated by the Toa Inika.
- The Barraki: Introduced in the middle of 2007, these fellows were once despotic warlords that were banished to the pit by Mata Nui where they mutated into new forms resembling a variety of sea creatures and were armed with weapons that shot vampiric sea squids. And you thought Lampreys were bad, eh?
- The Glatorian: Introduced in 2009 and 2010, the Glatorian are warrior-like humanoids similar to the Toa but from the planet Bara Magna. They are usually armed with a variety of weapons but always tend to have a Thornax launchers.
- The Agori: Introduced in 2009, Agori are essentially the maskless counterparts of the Matoran on Bara Magna. Enough said.
- Bionicle: Mask Of Light - In which two Matoran make an epic journey around the island of Mata Nui with the help of the Toa Nuva.
- Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui - A prequel to the events of the first movie as well as the events on Mata Nui story wise. Has some back stories behind the Turaga as well as how everyone ended up on the island of Mata Nui in the first place.
- Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows - A weird continuation of the events mentioned above, also explains how the Toa Metru got all of the matoran to Mata Nui, which was unexplained in the previous film.
- Bionicle 4: The Legend Reborn - The last movie of Generation 1 as well as the movie that would also lead up to the events that would lead to the end of Gen-1's storyline.
- Bionicle: The Journey To One - A NetFlix exclusive animated series that depicts the 2016 Bionicle storyline.
- BIONICLE: Quest for the Toa - A Gameboy Advance game where you play as Takua, leads up to the events that brought the Toa to the Island of Mata Nui.
- BIONICLE: Matoan Adventures - A Gameboy Advance game where you play as the Matoran, fight the Bohrak and other Rahi.
- BIONICLE: The Game - Based off the Mask Of Light Movie. You play as the Toa during the events of the Bohrak War and then play as the Toa Nuva leading up to the events of Mask Of Light. This is the first game to actually be released on consoles and/or PCs.
- BIONICLE: Maze Of Shadows - A Gameboy Advance game where you play as the Toa Metru, based off the book of the same name by Greg Farshty.
- BIONICLE: Heroes - A game for PC, Consoles, Mobile Phones, Gameboy Advance, and the Nintendo DS where you play as the Toa Inika and battle against the Barraki and various other enemies from previous parts of the Bionicle Lore such as the Bohrak and the Visorak. The gameplay and story differ between the ones for Mobile Phones, GBA, DS, and Consoles/PCs. The latter of which has some pretty humorous or interesting cutscenes/cinematics.
- BIONICLE: Defenders - Second Bionicle game for Mobile Phones, its pretty much a tower defense with the Toa Mahri and the Barraki.
- BIONICLE: Mask Of Creation, the first game for Generation 2 available on Mobile Phones. You play as the Toa and fight waves of Skull Spiders.
- BIONICLE: Mask Of Control, the second game for Generation 2 available on Mobile Phones. It is more or less a side-scrolling fighting game.
- The Mata Nui Online Game(s) and Flash Animations - Templar Studios which made several promotional video games and content for the Lego Group in the past for their MINDSTORMS line were responsible for the flash-based animations and point-and-click games 'The Mata Nui Online Game' and 'The Mata Nui Online Game II' to promote Bionicle between 2000 and 2003. It was one of their more notable works and it even earned Templar Studios a nomination at the 2003 Flash Forward Festival.
- Commercials and Cinematic Trailers - There are various commercials and trailers made with CGI and occasionally stop-motion to promote Bionicle Products on both television and online.
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- MegaBlocks fans
- Kre-O Transformers
- Hero Factory
- Bionicle is short for BIOlogical ChroNICLE rather than BIONIC with a -le suffix.
- It was originally going to be known as "Bone-Heads of Voodoo Island" with a much shorter storyline but it was changed to last at least seven years before ending with the Great Spirit's reawakening.
- It led to the Lego Company being sued in 2002 by the Maori people for LEGO's disrespect of their language. The names of several characters were altered following the lawsuit.
- It helped bring the Lego Company out of their financial troubles in the late nineties and early 2000s.
- A brief cameo featuring the Bionicle theme is in The Lego Movie.