"Little Toa, you have not yet begun to see even the barest outlines of my plans. I have schemes within schemes that would boggle your feeble mind. You may counter one, but there are a thousand more of which you know nothing. Even my ... setbacks ... are planned for, and so I shall win in the end."
— Makuta Teridax to Toa Metru Vakama, Time Trap
|Assigned region||Metru Nui (formerly)|
|Kanohi||Great Kraahkan (formerly)|
Noble Kiril (formerly)
|Tools||Staff of Darkness (formerly)|
|Set||8593 Makuta (instructions)|
8593+8594+8595 Makuta Nui (instructions)
10202 Ultimate Dume (instructions)
8924 Maxilos & Spinax (instructions)
Teridax, the Makuta of Metru Nui (better known as the Makuta or simply Makuta), was an extremely powerful Makuta and former leader and member of the Brotherhood of Makuta. He successfully orchestrated a master plot to overthrow the Great Spirit Mata Nui and seized control of the Matoran Universe. He later engaged Mata Nui in battle on Bara Magna but was destroyed after unwittingly helping to restore Spherus Magna.
Approximately 100,000 years ago, Teridax was brought into being by Mata Nui using the substance known as Antidermis on an island in one of the southern chains of the Matoran Universe. Like all other Makuta, he was created to be a member of the Brotherhood of Makuta, an organization tasked with maintaining order in the universe and serving the will of Mata Nui. However, also like many of his brethren, he was "cursed" with an overly ambitious and deceptive nature which would influence him for his whole life. Despite this, Teridax was intended for a different purpose by the Great Beings: His destiny was to, at the end of Mata Nui's mission, take over the Great Spirit Robot while Mata Nui inhabited a second one. The two would then work together in harmony to restore Spherus Magna - however, Teridax was unaware of this.
As the Brotherhood primarily fulfilled its goal by creating Rahi to populate the universe, Teridax created numerous breeds of Rahi, including the Water Wraith. He soon became the most trusted lieutenant of Miserix, the leader of the Brotherhood.
When the League of Six Kingdoms attempted to conquer the Matoran Universe, Teridax assembled a powerful army consisting of Toa, Exo-Toa, Rahkshi, and Rahi to stop them, launching an attack against the assembled armies of the Barraki and overwhelmed them. In the aftermath of the battle, Teridax ordered the Barraki to be executed; however, Botar arrived and teleported the warlords to the Pit. The Barraki's armies soon collapsed, and their fortresses were torn apart.
However, Teridax was influenced by the Barraki's idea to overthrow Mata Nui: Having grown jealous of the adulation the Matoran gave to Mata Nui instead of recognizing his work, he soon began to contemplate usurping the Great Spirit himself. When the Matoran Civil War broke out on Metru Nui, Teridax was ordered to stop the fighting. Seeing the war as an opportunity to show how the Makuta can impose order, he ended the war by locking the opposing armies in the Archives and unleashing the exhibits on them. In order to prevent further conflicts, Miserix assigned the Makuta to protect various regions across the Matoran Universe, and Teridax was assigned to the prominent location of Metru Nui as a reward for ending the war.
Leadership of the Brotherhood
Soon afterward, Mutran learned both the workings of the Matoran Universe and how to overthrow Mata Nui from Tren Krom. Mutran shared this knowledge with Teridax, who listened to Mutran's words without comment. The subsequent day, he called for a convocation and announced his plan to overthrow Mata Nui to the assembled Makuta. Miserix, fearful that Teridax was planning to take over the Brotherhood, attacked Teridax, forcing the two Makuta to fight. Teridax eventually emerged victorious, and all but a few of the Makuta supported him. Teridax claimed leadership of the Brotherhood and ordered Krika and Spiriah to kill Miserix. He also had Miserix's supporters hunted down by Icarax and Gorast. The Brotherhood, now corrupted by its new leader, began to enslave Matoran in secret.
Shortly after, the Makuta evolved from normal organic beings to a greenish-black substance, later known as Antidermis. Teridax, taking advantage of the evolution, ordered the Nynrah Ghosts to be brought to Destral to modify the Makuta's armor, making it better suited to their new form. Six Toa Hagah were also assigned to Teridax for his protection.
Rumors reached the Brotherhood of the creation of the Kanohi Avohkii, the Mask of Light, on Artakha. Since the power of light was devastating to the shadowy Makuta, Teridax knew they would have to raid Artakha and steal the mask. He ordered a stealthy acquisition of the Avohkii, but Kojol, the Makuta of Artakha, instead launched an armada, personally breaking into the fortress and making off with the Avohkii. Despite violating Teridax's order of secrecy, Kojol was praised by Teridax for getting the mask. However, Kojol and all those who knew Artakha's location were mysteriously killed, and the Brotherhood could never again find the island.
The leader of Teridax's Toa Hagah, Toa Norik, soon discovered that the Brotherhood of Makuta had stolen the Avohkii, and the Hagah rebelled against Teridax and his Brotherhood. In the ensuing conflict, they defeated many of the Brotherhood's armies and also retrieved the Avohkii. Teridax battled them to a stalemate, but was badly weakened and forced to retreat. The Toa Hagah were eventually mutated into Rahaga by Roodaka, but they were still able to escape with the Kanohi Avohkii. Because several Dark Hunters, a large organization of bounty hunters, were guarding the base when the Toa Hagah invaded, Teridax wanted them executed. The Shadowed One, the Dark Hunters' leader, refused to allow such an event, and the Dark Hunters were removed from the base.
Soon after the rebellion of the Toa Hagah, Teridax struck at Mata Nui, infecting the Great Spirit with a specialized virus.
Teridax then launched his plot to capture the Matoran of Metru Nui. Before invading the city, he created a plant to get the Matoran in his grasp. He named it Karzahni after the ancient being. The plant was too willful, however, and Teridax abandoned it. He later created the Morbuzakh for his deadly plot.
He began his initial takeover by capturing the city's leader, Turaga Dume, and forced him into a deep sleep by placing the Turaga in a Matoran Sphere. Using his Shapeshifting powers, Teridax disguised himself as Dume, bringing in a pet Nivawk, which he used to spy on the city. Following this, he also hired three Dark Hunters, Nidhiki, Krekka, and Eliminator. Nidhiki and Krekka were ordered to patrol the city, and follow any requests made by Teridax, while Eliminator was stationed outside the city. Teridax sent most of the city's Toa outside the city on missions, and they were quickly exterminated by Eliminator, leaving only Toa Lhikan to guard the city. He also ordered them to intercept any requests of help sent by Toa Lhikan to other islands. Still posing as Turaga Dume, Teridax ordered Metru Nui's best Mask Maker, Vakama, to forge the Kanohi Vahi, the Mask of Time, and present it to him. The Makuta was plotting to place all the Matoran in Matoran Spheres; over the course of a few years, their memories and strength would slowly be removed, but Teridax planned to use the Vahi to speed up the process. Once the Matoran awoke, he would claim himself as their rescuer and ruler.
Teridax became aware of Lhikan's growing suspicions, and anticipated that Lhikan would attempt to create more Toa. He ordered Nidhiki and Krekka to capture the Toa of Fire, and manipulated Lhikan's mind so that he would pick the wrong Matoran to be Toa, in case Lhikan was able to fulfill his destiny. What Teridax did not know was that Mata Nui had changed the stars to make him pick the right Matoran. Mata Nui also planted the names of the destined Matoran in his mind: Vakama, Nokama, Matau, Onewa, Whenua, and Nuju.
Believing he had neutralized the threat of more Toa, Teridax released the Morbuzakh in the Great Furnace in Ta-Metru. The Morbuzakh plant's purpose was to drive the Matoran into the Coliseum, where the Vahki, order enforcement squad of Metru Nui, could capture them. Teridax was also told that the Dark Hunters had captured Lhikan, but not before the Toa had managed to deliver Toa Stones to the Matoran. He then used Nivawk to spy on the newly-formed Toa Metru. Teridax learned that the new Toa were planning to collect the Great Disks to defeat the Morbuzakh, and to stop them, he told Nidhiki and Krekka to find the Great Disks before the Toa could succeed. They were unsuccessful, however, and the Toa managed to both collect the Great Disks and defeat the Morbuzakh.
The Toa Metru then arrived at the Coliseum to give the Great Disks to Turaga Dume as a gift. However, "Dume" rejected the disks, and proclaimed the Toa were impostors who had captured Lhikan. He managed to capture three of the Toa: Onewa, Whenua, and Nuju, but the others escaped. He deployed the Vahki, as well as Nidhiki and Krekka, after them.
Despite the Toa on the loose, Teridax continued with his plan, broadcasting a message to the Matoran to gather at the Coliseum. Once there, he had the Vahki place them all in Matoran Spheres. Shortly after the Matoran were imprisoned, all six Toa Metru and Turaga Lhikan arrived at the scene. Teridax revealed to them his true identity, and initiated the Great Cataclysm, which spawned numerous disasters across the Matoran Universe, including Mata Nui's sleep. While the Toa Metru fled, Teridax consumed the city's power supply, becoming a massive vortex. He then absorbed Nivawk, Nidhiki and Krekka, using their mass to fuel his own transformation, although conquering their wills was difficult for him. While he absorbed them, the Toa Metru took six Matoran Spheres and fled the city on a Vahki Transport.
Teridax pursued the transport, and engaged in battle with the Toa Metru at the Great Barrier. He claimed a spot high atop a cliff, and created large Protodermis pillars to try and stop the transport. Vakama had Nuju use his Kanohi Matatu to get him up to the point on the Great Barrier where Teridax waited. Once there, he removed the completed Kanohi Vahi from his pack. Impressed, Teridax offered the Toa the chance to join the Brotherhood, but Vakama refused. Teridax then released a Shadow Hand in an attempt to finish Vakama, but Vakama activated the Mask of Time. Unable to control the Vahi, Vakama could not stop the oncoming shadow hand, forcing Lhikan to intervene. Teridax's shadow hand claimed Lhikan's shield, and the dark energy emitting from it killed the Turaga. While Vakama was mourning Lhikan, Teridax recovered the Vahi, which had been knocked away. Before he could use it, Vakama launched a Kanoka to remove the mask from Teridax, and the Vahi fell into the sea. Furious, Teridax shot another shadow hand at Vakama, only to realize that Vakama had mastered his Kanohi Huna, which allowed him to become invisible. Teridax pursued Vakama across the Great Barrier, until he attached his hand to the Great Barrier itself. Unable to absorb the immense object, Teridax was drawn toward the cliff, slamming into it. Before he could recuperate, the remaining Toa Metru united with Vakama and combined their powers to form a Toa Seal surrounding Teridax. These setbacks caused Teridax to widen the scope of his ambition, beyond rendering the Great Spirit comatose and ruling Metru Nui. Under his new plan, the Makuta would replace Mata Nui as ruler of the universe.
Knowing that he could only free himself with the same elemental powers that imprisoned him, Teridax let his mind wander, and eventually reached Roodaka, viceroy of the Visorak Horde, and Sidorak, King of the Visorak. He ordered them to take control of Metru Nui, and instructed Roodaka in secret to free him from his prison. The Visorak horde took over the abandoned city easily, and Roodaka took a small shard from the Protodermis prison. She then placed it in her armor, just over her heartlight. The Toa Metru returned to Metru Nui to rescue the rest of the Matoran, but were instead captured and mutated into Toa Hordika by the Visorak. Roodaka managed to convince Vakama to join her side, and persuaded Sidorak to give him command of the Visorak. The other Toa, with Keetongu and the Rahaga, attacked the Coliseum in an attempt to rescue Vakama. In the ensuing battle, Sidorak was killed by Keetongu. The battle abruptly ended when a giant Kahgarak, ridden by Roodaka, fired an energy blast that stunned the Toa Hordika long enough for the Visorak to close in. Vakama later appeared, turning over Matau, whom he had been fighting, to Roodaka. Following Matau's lead, the other Hordika fired elemental Rhotuka at Roodaka. Vakama reaffirmed his loyalty to his friends, and fired his elemental Rhotuka spinner, knocking Roodaka unconscious. All of the Rhotuka, however, made contact with the shard, and Teridax was set free. He then used his shadow powers to teleport Roodaka away. Keetongu, recognizing the Toa were worthy of his gift, used his healing powers to restore the Toa Metru to their original state, and the Toa left the island with the remaining Matoran.
With the Matoran gone and the Visorak dispersed, Teridax had only one remaining item left to take from Metru Nui: the Vahi. He searched the Great Barrier for it, but instead found an unconscious Vakama. He decided to create an illusion around Vakama to trick him into revealing the location of the mask. The illusion contained Vakama as a Matoran, and the Matoran who knew the locations of the Great Disks as Toa. Teridax also disguised himself as Turaga Lhikan, and tricked Vakama into teaming up with a Boggarak that appeared as Nokama. Vakama eventually reached Teridax's base in Po-Metru where Vakama had a vision of Krakua, a future Toa of Sonics. Realizing he was within an illusion when Teridax arrived as Turaga Lhikan, he shot a Kanoka Disk at Nokama, ending the spell. Teridax learned that the Mask of Time had been taken by Voporak, an associate of the Dark Hunters. Teridax and Vakama made an alliance to save the Vahi, until it was out of the hands of the Dark Hunters. Trailing the Shadowed One, the Dark Hunter leader who had come to Metru Nui to investigate the disappearance of Nidhiki and Krekka, they sought to reclaim the Vahi from him. While Vakama entered the Great Temple to battle with the Shadowed One's bodyguard, Sentrakh, Teridax fought Keetongu, who had sensed his presence and came after him to destroy him. The mighty Rahi was unable to defeat Teridax, though Vakama's battle caused an explosion that knocked Teridax away.
The Shadowed One arrived with the Vahi and Voporak, and the two dictators argued over ownership rights of the Vahi. Vakama took advantage of the animosity between them to point out Teridax's new appearance to the Shadowed One. Recognizing parts of Nidhiki and Krekka in Teridax, the Shadowed One declared war on the Brotherhood of Makuta in revenge. In the ensuing battle, the Shadowed One used his eye beams to sever the wings from Teridax's body. The Brotherhood of Makuta leader disabled Voporak by rendering him unconscious through suffocation, then overpowered the Shadowed One and threw him at Voporak, causing him to age rapidly. During the battle, Vakama stole the Vahi, and flew to the ruined Great Furnace using his disk launcher. Teridax opened pursuit, and eventually caught up with the Toa of Fire. Vakama threatened to destroy the Vahi unless Teridax agreed to allow him to leave with the Vahi and not attack the Matoran for one year. If the Vahi was destroyed, all time would end, leaving Teridax no choice but to agree to leave the Matoran alone for a year. The two agreed to the deal, and Teridax teleported Vakama to the island of Mata Nui. Teridax, having scanned Vakama's mind during the conflict, traveled to the site of Toa Metru's battle with Mavrah, and recovered the Matoran Sphere they had lost. The Matoran inside, Ahkmou, soon awoke, and Teridax fabricated a tale of the lies and deceit of the Toa, gaining the Matoran as an ally.
Shortly afterward, Teridax left Metru Nui to confront Icarax, who had chosen to rebel against the Brotherhood and take over the Matoran Universe on his own. Teridax let Icarax gain the upper hand, allowing the Makuta attack him continuously for hours. However, once Icarax became too exhausted to continue, Teridax retaliated by first turning Icarax's Manas army against him, and then attacking viciously himself. After the battle, Teridax chose to let Icarax live because he still required his abilities and then returned to Mangaia to await the arrival of the Toa Mata.
True to his word, Teridax waited one year before his attack on the Matoran. Traveling to the island of Mata Nui, he found that the Toa Metru had sacrificed their Toa energy to awaken the Matoran, transforming into Turaga. With the island defenseless, Teridax used Kraata to infect masks, which in turn he used to make the island Rahi his servants. He used these Rahi to harass the Matoran and keep them in fear and to prevent them from returning to Metru Nui until it served his interests.
Teridax continued to assault the Matoran for almost a thousand years, until Takua, an Av-Matoran disguised as a Ta-Matoran, found Toa Stones, which summoned the Toa Mata to Mata Nui. The Toa Mata learned of Mata Nui's situation, and quickly collected the Great Masks. Additionally, they collected pieces of the Makoki Stone, which they used to enter Mangaia, Teridax's lair. The Toa fought both the Makuta's Manas and the Shadow Toa he created, until they reached Teridax himself. He disguised himself as a Matoran, the one thing the Toa had a duty to protect. After a short exchange during which Kopaka saw through his disguise, Teridax transformed into a swirling mass of rusty parts and tendrils of darkness. However, he was not trying to kill them, as he did not believe they were truly Toa and wished to test their power. The Toa Mata combined their elemental energies against him, forcing an exhausted Teridax to retreat.
In order to distract the Toa and regain his power, Teridax activated a signal to awaken the Bohrok. The Bohrok were eventually defeated, while the Toa Mata were exposed to Energized Protodermis and became the Toa Nuva. Subsequently, specialized Bohrok called Bohrok-Kal appeared and stole the Toa Nuva's elemental powers, forcing the Toa Nuva to begin searching for Kanohi Nuva in order to compensate for their loss of powers. During a trip made by Gali, Tahu, and Kopaka, Teridax manipulated the terrain around them, creating illusions to deter them from reaching the Kanohi. He also appeared to them, having sufficiently recovered his energies, while they tried to defeat the Rahi Nui, allowing them to leave once they defeated it. The Bohrok-Kal were soon defeated by the Toa Nuva, and Teridax had fully recuperated.
Mask of Light
The Kanohi Avohkii was soon discovered by the Matoran Takua. Knowing the threat this posed to him, Teridax unleashed three Rahkshi, Guurahk, Lerahk, and Panrahk, to find and retrieve the Herald of the Seventh Toa and the Mask of Light. The three Rahkshi destroyed Ta-Koro, though Takua and Jaller had already left with the mask.
The Rahkshi caught up with them in Ko-Koro, but were frozen in a lake of ice due to Kopaka's intervention. The Makuta then sent an additional three Rahkshi to find the Matoran, a Vorahk, Kurahk, and Turahk. Teridax appeared to Takua in a dark tunnel in Onu-Wahi, demoralizing the Matoran and frightening him into abandoning the quest. However, despite Teridax's best efforts, during the Battle for the Kanohi Avohkii Takua realized he was the destined Toa of Light, and eventually placed the Avohkii on his face to transform into Takanuva.
Takanuva easily destroyed the Rahkshi, and the Toa Nuva built the Ussanui out of the remains. The newly-christened Toa of Light used the vehicle to descend into Teridax's lair to confront the Master of Shadows. Playing with the Toa, Teridax mockingly challenged him to a harrowing version of the popular Matoran sport of kolhii, in which each contestant attempted to hit his opponent with a ball of Energized Protodermis. Teridax willingly allowed himself to be defeated, deeming it an appropriate time to let the Matoran return to Metru Nui. Takanuva attempted to unmask his foe, but he resisted, and they both fell into a pool of Energized Protodermis. What emerged from the pool was a being comprised of both Takanuva and Teridax - Takutanuva. He lifted a massive stone door, revealing a small chamber which led to Metru Nui. As all the Toa Nuva, Turaga, and Matoran hurried in, Takutanuva stopped Hahli, and then used a portion of his power on Jaller's Hau to revive the Ta-Matoran. This weakened Takutanuva, however, and he was crushed by the gate he was still holding up.
Takanuva was revived after the encounter, but Teridax remained beneath the door, his armor shattered and his essence left to float. The Matoran took this to believe that Teridax was dead, and returned to Metru Nui.
Mask of Life
Some time later, a Dark Hunter by the name of Hakann soon heard a rumor that Teridax had been killed by a Toa of Light. He took with him five other Dark Hunters of his species: Zaktan, Vezok, Avak, Reidak, and Thok, to Teridax's abandoned domain.
There they found the remains of the door, and the Piraka, as they called themselves, cleared the door's remains until they found Teridax's shattered armor. With his body exposed, he released his essence into the air. He then planted information into all of the Piraka's minds of the Kanohi Ignika, the Mask of Life, which was hidden on the island of Voya Nui. The Piraka decided to travel to Voya Nui to steal the Mask of Life, and Teridax's essence followed them there.
Once the Piraka arrived on Voya Nui, they claimed to be Toa. Even this claim could not help them reach the Mask of Life, however, and the Makuta planted into Zaktan's mind the secret of his essence and the idea to build a crystal vat. Teridax's essence was collected in the vat and transformed into a greenish-black viral substance, which the Piraka called Antidermis. The essence was placed in Zamor Spheres, forcing anyone hit by them to do the Piraka's bidding. Teridax allowed only Zaktan to approach the vat to place Antidermis in the spheres.
Teridax waited inside the vat, until Brutaka and Axonn battled inside the chamber of the vat itself. Axonn smashed the vat near the end of the fight, releasing Teridax into the air. During this time, the Ignika had fallen into the depths of the Voya Nui bay. The Toa Inika went down the Cord to the Pit where the Mask of Life had gone and the Makuta's essence followed them there. When Matoro used his Iden to unleash his spirit, Teridax took over the Toa's body. He then used his power to plunge the tunnel into complete darkness and stole Hahli's Elda to prevent her from seeing Matoro's spirit outside of his body. However, Hewkii exposed Teridax's trick, and the Inika threatened to destroy Matoro's body rather than let Teridax occupy it, driving him out.
Once in the black waters, the Makuta took over the body of a Maxilos robot. While he was in the ocean, he was contacted by Gorast, who informed him that they had found a way into Karda Nui. He ordered the most powerful Makuta to occupy it and transform as many Av-Matoran as possible into Shadow Matoran.
Disguised as Maxilos, he revealed himself only to Matoro, freeing the Toa when he was captured by Hydraxon's replica, and stayed with him as a companion. He deserted the robotic body temporarily when Matoro faced Pridak's army of Takea sharks using his Tryna, as the Makuta did not want the Barraki to recognize him.
Teridax discovered the remains of an alternate Toa Tuyet while searching the remnants of the Pit. Believing it to be the armor of the real Tuyet, and that fragments of the Nui Stone were embedded in it, he brought Matoro to the area, claiming it would answer some of the Toa's questions. Teridax forced Matoro to use his mask power and reanimate Tuyet's corpse so that he could claim what he believed to be Nui Stone fragments embedded in her armor. With the shards accessible, he planned to use the Staff of Artakha to restore the Nui Stone. He used his power of telepathy to tell Icarax to bring him the Staff of Artakha, but the fabled tyrant Karzahni was also in the area with his own goals of universal conquest.
Overhearing the discussion about the staff, Karzahni attacked, shattering Tuyet's remains and defeating Matoro easily. Teridax fought back and gained the upper hand, until Karzahni used his Kanohi Olisi. Teridax saw Mata Nui awaken and bring vengeance on those who dared to rebel against him - vengeance terrible enough to make the Makuta scream.
Teridax managed to recover from his vision and struck Karzahni: Standing over his downed opponent, he used his power of telepathy to tear through Karzahni's mind. He then finished the fight by using his magnetic energy to send the tyrant flying out of sight. Soon after a dispute between Icarax and the Toa Nuva, Icarax delivered the Staff of Artakha to Teridax. He began to activate the staff's power, and when Matoro tried to stop him, he was frozen in one of his stasis fields.
Before the Makuta could reconstruct the Nui Stone, however, he was stopped by a now-mutated Brutaka. During their fight Brutaka grabbed the Staff from Teridax and summoned Botar, who then took the artifact and teleported away, ruining the Makuta's plan. Brutaka told Matoro to return to the other Mahri and he did, trusting Brutaka over Teridax. The Makuta then attacked Brutaka, who easily countered Teridax's attacks. Brutaka convinced Teridax to leave and retrieve the Mask of Life, which was at the time in the hands of Hydraxon. He left, knowing Hydraxon was likely to destroy the Ignika, but not before promising Brutaka that their battle was not over.
Teridax was next to Matoro after the short conflict between Hahli, Hydraxon and Mantax. Wanting to get rid of Teridax/Maxilos, Matoro suggested to the Toa Mahri that Maxilos would track Hydraxon down. Without a choice, the disguised Makuta headed off in search for the jailer, with Spinax alongside him. After a brief search, Teridax managed to track down the Pit jailer.
Hydraxon, thinking that Maxilos was still the Pit robot, asked the guardian to go with him in search of Mantax. When Teridax tried to persuade Hydraxon to stop following Mantax and capture the Toa Mahri and the other Barraki, and failed, Teridax/Maxilos attacked the jailer. Realizing for the first time that Maxilos was no longer a robotic guardian, Hydraxon summoned Spinax to attack Maxilos, only to see the Energy Hound swiped away by the powerful being. Keeping in mind how powerful a Makuta would be, Hydraxon attacked Teridax using daggers, which he stuck directly into Teridax's legs. Ripping the daggers out, Teridax roared at Hydraxon, and the sound blast knocked Hydraxon off his feet. Hydraxon managed to aim his Cordak Blaster at an undersea mountain, causing boulders to rain on Teridax.
By the time Teridax got out of the avalanche, he had already drifted off to the Razor Whale's Teeth. There, with the Maxilos body badly damaged, Barraki Takadox attempted to hypnotize Teridax into killing Mantax. Swiping Takadox aside, Teridax was attacked by Matoro, who froze him in a block of ice. The sudden decrease of temperature caused cracks to appear on the body, and Teridax's essence began to freeze. Later, during a fight against Hydraxon, Jaller's flames melted his prison, and Teridax advanced toward the Mask of Life. Before he could reach it, however, Jaller slapped at the mask, and it spiraled upward into Matoro's hands. Teridax did not launch any form of attack on Matoro, and simply watched as the two Toa disappeared, expressing pride at the actions of the Toa.
Teridax then turned to confront the Barraki, revealing that he was not Maxilos at all and was actually the Makuta who had led to the Barraki's defeat. Enraged, the Barraki attacked Teridax, only to have four of their members defeated. Takadox then attempted to get out of the attack by showing Teridax a Tablet of Transit, but instead was cast into a vision, displaying the Barraki's fate. Unknown to Teridax, however, the other Barraki were slowly gathering their armies. By the time Teridax stopped displaying the vision, the Barraki had already assembled their armies and revealed to Teridax that they were only pretending to be defeated. They then summoned their troops of over 100,000 underwater Rahi against Teridax.
Maxilos' body was greatly damaged after being attacked by the Barraki's armies. Pulling himself up from the fight, Teridax let the Barraki go, knowing that his job was only to delay them, and not destroy them. He felt the abrupt change when Mata Nui died and, knowing that it could not be the end, he prayed to himself in his mind that the Toa Mahri would continue their task to revive the Great Spirit so that his plans could succeed.
Teridax later left the armor of Maxilos and traveled back to Metru Nui.
Completion of his Plan
He eventually reached his planned destination, which was the former location of Mata Nui's spirit. Before Mata Nui's spirit could return to this location, Teridax arrived and took over Mata Nui's body. Using the Great Spirit's senses, he noticed that Jaller, Hahli, and Nuparu were in danger on the island of Artidax. He spoke telepathically to Jaller and then prodded him awake with a jolt of pain.
While Teridax waited for Mata Nui's body to awaken, the Toa Hagah, a mutated Zaktan, and Miserix arrived in the chamber, looking for him. Seconds later, Helryx and Keetongu came through a portal created accidentally by Vezon's Olmak, and Axonn and Brutaka then arrived using Brutaka's Olmak. Realizing why they were there, Teridax unleashed a bolt of energy from one of the panels of machinery that shattered Brutaka's Kanohi Olmak and prevented the crew from leaving. After a few moments of conversation, he seemingly killed Zaktan by shattering him and his globe with a sonic whine; however, Zaktan survived. Miserix attempted to destroy the machinery of the room, hoping to kill Teridax. Teridax retaliated by creating a powerful illusion, which convinced everyone assembled (Miserix included) that Miserix had been transformed into a portrait of himself. Teridax then placed the Toa Hagah in another illusion, in which they had faced and defeated him, allowing the Matoran to live in peace and happiness. After the Toa Hagah had departed, Teridax teleported Axonn, Brutaka, and Keetongu to the southernmost edge of the universe. He chose to keep Helryx with him as permanent council, so that he could share with her all of his thoughts and ambitions.
Some time later, the Toa Nuva awoke Mata Nui's body from Karda Nui. Teridax finally claimed dominance over the Great Spirit's body, and subsequently the entire Matoran Universe. He quickly exercised his newfound powers by stirring up a storm in the Silver Sea, sinking the Brotherhood ships assailing Metru Nui.
During the celebration on Metru Nui, Teridax revealed himself to the Toa, Turaga and Matoran, arranging the stars above Metru Nui into the shape of the Kanohi Kraahkan and announcing that he had obtained domination over the universe. He also bound Mata Nui's spirit to the Ignika and ejected the mask into space, removing their last hope of salvation.
Teridax imprisoned the last surviving Makuta and forced them to create armies of Rahkshi before eliminating them. He soon sent a group of Rahkshi after the Toa and Matoran of Metru Nui, and then turned his attention to the island of Daxia, destroying it. Afterward, he sent another troop of Rahkshi to seize the island of Odina and a group of Exo-Toa to capture and "retrain" various rebels. He also sent a large army of Rahkshi to seize Artakha.
While contemplating his potential to conquer other worlds, Teridax remembered Mata Nui, trapped in the Mask of Life as it flew through the universe, and considered finding and crushing the former Great Spirit. However, his attention was diverted when he sensed another Makuta entering from an alternate dimension with Mazeka. Teridax unleashed a cyclone that forced both into an abandoned Ba-Matoran village riddled with Visorak corpses. Speaking through the dead Rahi, Teridax offered a "proper introduction" to his counterpart by teleporting three Shadow Takanuva to face him.
Teridax then called to the Red Star and departed Aqua Magna, intending to travel to Bara Magna and kill Mata Nui once and for all. He became aware of a conflict between Miserix, Artakha, Helryx, Axonn, Brutaka, and Tuyet within the Core Processor, and requested that the group leave the chamber. They refused, and he teleported them, along with two Matoran and Lewa present, out of the Matoran Universe and into space.
He arrived on Bara Magna shortly after Mata Nui had possessed a new robot, and confronted his brother. Mata Nui revealed that they were intended to work together to repair Spherus Magna, and not to fight each other. After vaporizing one of the Black Spike Mountains and killing thousands of Skrall, Teridax instead offered Mata Nui the chance to join him on his conquest of the known universe. When Mata Nui refused, Teridax unleashed the destructive energies of his robot body, striking Mata Nui's robot body.
Mata Nui continued to insist that they work together, and Teridax struck him down with his hand. He mockingly called for the Great Beings to reveal themselves, if his destiny was truly to reunite the planet, and told Mata Nui that he should abandon his own efforts. Mata Nui refused to do so, having a strong connection to the inhabitants of the planet. Disgusted by his brother's new sense of caring, Teridax located the population of Agori and Glatorian inside a sheltered mountain cave and tore the mountain away, threatening to drop it on them. Mata Nui became enraged and struck him before he fired a beam of energy that shattered the mountain to dust. During their confrontation, Teridax reminded Mata Nui that his body was host to the Matoran Universe, and that striking him could mean harming the innocent beings inside of him.
Futile efforts from the Glatorian attempting to penetrate his armor finally caught Teridax's attention, and he unleashed a wave of energy toward the Glatorian resistance and set loose a number of waiting Rahkshi and Skakdi armies (the latter led by Nektann) onto Bara Magna. After pummeling Mata Nui with lasers, Teridax claimed Bara Magna as his own.
Teridax witnessed the formation of the Golden Armor and scattered the pieces with an explosion. After being physically harmed by Mata Nui, he sent squads of Visorak to repair the inside damage. Finally realizing his brother and allies could never be controlled, Teridax angrily summoned a burst of gravitational energy, intending to use it to destroy Bara Magna. Mata Nui desperately managed to deflect the blast toward Bota Magna and Aqua Magna, drawing them back into the planet. Tahu, who had by then recovered the pieces of the armor, used it to obliterate the Rahkshi, which surprised and weakened Teridax. With a final shove from Mata Nui, Teridax was pushed into the oncoming path of a moon fragment, which struck his head. The damage to his systems ultimately killed him, finally felling the tyrant and ending his reign. As Spherus Magna was re-formed immediately following his death, Teridax unknowingly completed his destiny to take over the Matoran Universe and aid Mata Nui in finally repairing the Shattering.
In this alternate reality, Teridax wears an Infected Kanohi Hau due to the fact that the Kraahkan is locked up in the Onu-Metru Archives. Takanuva encountered the Makuta in the form of Tuyet while in search of Krahka. He and the two other Makuta there, Krika and Kojol, later agreed to help Takanuva to find Brutaka, provided that the Toa retrieve the Vahi from the Matoran Jaller.
Teridax joined in the battle against Tuyet at the Coliseum, but was forced to retreat due to the Toa of Iron and Plasma that had killed Kojol. However, he soon charged up his forces again, and combining with the efforts of Krika, they managed to fell the Matoran and Lewa.
In an alternate reality, Teridax survived the death of the Great Spirit Mata Nui and forced Icarax out of his body to take it as his own. He then began absorbing the armor of each Makuta as they died, gaining mass and the knowledge of each one, and eventually became an unrecognizable colossus. 10,000 years later, he found a way to get through Turaga Takanuva's light barrier; creating Shadow armor that would last long enough when exposed to the barrier to permit its wearer to go through unharmed. He planned to bring an army of Rahkshi coated in darkness into the Kingdom of the Great Spirit and avenge himself on the Order of Mata Nui, those who had exiled him.
In the tunnels beneath the Kingdom, the exiled Teridax encountered Toa Takanuva, Toa Tanma and Toa Matoro. During the ensuing fight, he used his fragmentation power to kill Tanma, and absorbed Matoro with his Shadow hand. Matoro intentionally allowed himself to be absorbed because he knew that, after a 10,000 year exile and the failure of his plans, Teridax had no real will left to fight. He was able to overpower Teridax's mind, killing both of them in the process.
In this alternate universe, Teridax and the other Makuta never rebelled against Mata Nui. Teridax aided in the completion of Mata Nui's mission by taking control of the Great Spirit Robot, and helped Mata Nui who went in a second robot. The two restored the planet, and Teridax let the inhabitants of the Matoran Universe out of his body.
Turaga legend said that in the time before time, the dark spirit Makuta grew jealous of his brother Mata Nui and cast him into a deep sleep. Makuta was described as a whirling, screaming beast. It was said that he - or it - could be many things at once.
As the Makuta's shadow fell across the land, the ancient values of the Matoran began to be forgotten. The Matoran of Mata Nui began to lose hope and sight of their ideals as guardian Toa failed to appear.
Teridax and Mata Nui were often regarded as brothers, though not in the biological sense; rather, the term signified how the two worked together toward a common goal, much in the same way that Toa refer to each other as brother or sister.
Abilities and Traits
Teridax had a complex personality that ranged from a fierce enforcer to a cunning mastermind. He was sociopathic, arrogant, proud, and narcissistic, desiring praise and devotion and growing jealous when others received it. He proved himself to be an excellent strategist, considering every eventuality and even planning his own setbacks as he plotted to overthrow Mata Nui. Teridax could also lie and deceive with ease, manipulating others into helping him.
Teridax was seen as one of the most powerful beings in the Matoran Universe; even his fellow Makuta considered Teridax incredibly intelligent and dangerous. The Makuta's primary power was control over the element of Shadow. He was known to create blasts of shadow, to cloak areas in darkness, and even to project his voice through shadows. As a Makuta, Teridax also wielded the forty-two powers of the Rahkshi, could shapeshift, and could use telepathy.
Like the rest of his species, Makuta had the ability to create Kraata. Pulled from his very essence, the repulsive, slug-like creatures obeyed his every whim, acting as extensions of his will. By immersing a Kraata in Energized Protodermis, Teridax could also create a Rahkshi; then, he needed to create another Kraata of the same power to control this Rahkshi. As producing Kraata took up so much energy, Teridax only did so as a last resort.
Teridax was originally biomechanical, but, like all Makuta, his physical form evolved into gaseous Antidermis. He contained this essence in special armor. The armor also allowed him to shapeshift and grow in mass if he absorbed other beings. He accomplished this by launching a massive Shadow Hand from his body to grab the intended target. However, he could not manipulate the Shadow Hand like a limb—once it was launched, he could not recall it until it had something in its grasp, and whatever it captured was pulled into Teridax without his control.
If his armor were breached, Teridax's essence would leak out. In this free-floating Antidermis form, Teridax could access mental powers such as mind reading or illusion, but could not wield powers that required a physical body, such as Laser Vision or Disintegration. Teridax could also possess robots or spiritless (but living) bodies by transferring his Antidermis into them. If the Makuta remained outside a container for too long, he would dissipate and die.
Teridax knew how to access many of the Great Spirit Robot's systems even before he usurped Mata Nui. During the Battle at the Great Barrier, for example, Teridax attacked the Toa Metru with a system that raised pillars of protodermis from the Silver Sea. He also manipulated the camouflage systems that created the island of Mata Nui in order to menace the Toa Mata with the natural environment. When Teridax did eventually become the Great Spirit, his powers were greatly enhanced, and he could manipulate all the elements of the Matoran Universe. However, he lost access to several of his physical powers, such as shapeshifting.
Mask and Tools
Teridax wore the Kanohi Kraahkan, the Great Mask of Shadows. This mask allowed Teridax to access additional Shadow powers, to sow hatred or fear into others, and to sense the moral darkness in beings. The Kraahkan could change shape when Teridax did. Teridax's Kraahkan fell into the Silver Sea after the Piraka tried to steal it, allowing Icarax to recover and wear it. Teridax expressed interest in retrieving the mask at some point, but it has since been destroyed.
Teridax considered normal Kanohi to be beneath him and was too arrogant to use them. In the past, the Makuta tried to make Kanohi himself; the Toa Metru found his attempts in his lair. The attempts suggest that Teridax may have tried to create a Mask of Time. Teridax also had slaves of the Brotherhood of Makuta try to make him masks.
One weapon Teridax was known to carry was the Staff of Darkness, a giant bladed staff that he sometimes used to channel his powers. The staff could also be used as a kolhii stick and was able to hold balls of shadow. When in disguise as Turaga Dume, Teridax also carried the Turaga's Badge of Office and wore a noble Kanohi Kiril.
As a shapeshifter, Teridax assumed many forms throughout his lifetime. After he evolved into Antidermis, Teridax was also able to possess mechanical or living, spiritless bodies. Below is a list of the Makuta's known shapes and bodies.
|Antidermis||Antidermis was Teridax's essence. This green-black energy leaked out of the Makuta's broken armor after he was defeated by Takanuva. With both liquid and gas properties, Antidermis can float as a mist or collect into a more condensed mass. The Piraka enslaved the Matoran of Voya Nui by shooting them with Teridax's Antidermis. Teridax could possess other bodies by transferring his Antidermis into them.|
|Shadow form||A well-known form used by Teridax. This form appeared while he was shapeshifting or communicating with someone via shadows.|
|Turaga Dume||Teridax secretly kidnapped Turaga Dume and imprisoned him as he pretended to be the leader of Metru Nui for about a year and a half.|
|Winged Titan form||Teridax took this form—also referred to as "Ultimate Dume"—when he faced the Toa Metru in the Battle at the Great Barrier. By absorbing Nidhiki, Krekka, Nivawk and Metru Nui's power supply into his body, Teridax was able to transform into this gigantic shape.|
|Infected Matoran form||When the Toa Mata confronted Teridax for the first time, he came forth as a simple Matoran who appeared to be infected like an infected Kanohi. This was a ploy to confuse the Toa Mata. In this form, Teridax's Kraahkan was shaped like an infected Hau.|
|Vortex form||A swirling mass of mechanical pieces that used shadowy tentacles to attack the Toa Mata. The "face" of this form was the same infected mask that Teridax wore in his Infected Matoran form.|
|Shadow Titan form||The form in which Teridax fought Takanuva.|
|Matoro||When Matoro was traveling down the Cord, he used his Kanohi Iden to unleash his spirit. Teridax then possessed the Toa of Ice's body. However, Hewkii exposed Teridax, and the Toa Inika drove him out of Matoro's body.|
|A Maxilos robot||Teridax once took over the body of a Maxilos robot that guarded the Pit.|
|Great Spirit Robot||Teridax possessed the Great Spirit's body before Mata Nui's spirit could return to it. Proclaiming the Matoran Universe as his own, Teridax fought rebellions taking place within his own body all while aspiring to conquer the cosmos. When Teridax was actively controlling the Matoran Universe, the robot's eyes were red.|
|Makuta Nui||One of Teridax's many forms resembled a giant beast. This form was never seen in the storyline, but was simply one of the many forms Teridax could take.|
Teridax was first released as a 199-piece boxed set in late 2003 under the name 8593 Makuta. The form Teridax takes in Mask of Light was based on an earlier prototype of this set. 8593 Makuta can be combined with 8596 Takanuva to create Takutanuva, or with 8594 Jaller & Gukko set and 8595 Takua & Pewku set to make Makuta Nui, a monstrous form Teridax takes to inject fear into the hearts of enemies. The set featured a metallic black Kraahkan. Due to production changes, some copies of the set feature a Kraahkan that had four holes instead of the original six. The "Makuta" set was also included as a component of the Takutanuva sets. The "Special Edition" version included a special Movie Edition Kraahkan.
In 2004, 8621 Turaga Dume & Nivawk was released depicting Dume, whom Teridax impersonated. Teridax was also released as a combiner model of this set, 8622 Nidhiki, and 8623 Krekka, and as a "Special Edition" promotional set which contained all three. This set was called "Ultimate Dume" and was a Toys "R" Us exclusive that contained 555 pieces. The set depicts the form Teridax takes in Legends of Metru Nui, and features a new Movie Edition Kraahkan.
"But I know the Makuta is here now, in these burnt trees, and in the dead soil. All of these things were destroyed by the Makuta, but he never left them. That is how he becomes strong. That is what the Makuta does. He destroys things."
— Kapura, Mata Nui Online Game
"I am the shape in the shadows. I am the darkness in the heart of Mata Nui. I live in the dread stories told by the Turaga around the village fires. The dark creatures -- the Manas, the Rahi -- are my servants. I am Makuta."
— Teridax, Triumph of the Toa
"The people of the world are builders. But look into their hearts, and you will find they also have the power to destroy. I am that power. I am destruction. And I WILL destroy you."
— Teridax to the Toa Mata, Mata Nui Online Game
"You cannot destroy me, for I am nothing."
— Teridax to the Toa Mata, Mata Nui Online Game
"Giving up so soon, mighty heroes? The endless tales and legends of the Turaga surely did not foresee this, did they? But I am not surprised. The Toa may be hailed as heroes, but they are as flawed as any Matoran. Flawed and weak and frightened before this more powerful enemy. And so their story seems to be reaching its end -- at last. Fear not, brother, as long as I am here, nothing will ever disturb you..."
— Teridax, Makuta's Revenge
"You know, I glimpsed his mind when we were briefly merged into one being... It's a labyrinth, all twists and turns and places that have seen no light in centuries."
— Toa Takanuva to Hahli, Dark Destiny
"Sometimes, my brothers, the best way, the only way to win... is by losing."
— Teridax, Into the Darkness
"Your talents are still of some use to me, and so I will not kill you...today. But one day — perhaps in a year, or 1000 years, or 100,000 years — I may grow tired of you, Icarax. You may cease to be amusing, with your posturing and your boasting and your lust for battle. And on that day, your armor will be a meal for metal-eating scavengers, and your essence a wisp on the wind."
— Teridax to Icarax, The Mutran Chronicles
"You once told the Toa Mata that you could not be destroyed, because you were nothing. You were wrong — it is because you are nothing that I can destroy you. You have no heart, you have no spirit, you have no reason to exist — even your hate is a pale reflection of what once burned in you. You survive out of habit, monster, and habits ... and minds ... can be broken."
— Alternate Matoro, to Alternate Teridax, The Kingdom
"On the face of it, it seemed a simple scheme: send Mata Nui into an unending sleep and then take over the city of Metru Nui and its Matoran. With that crucial site in Brotherhood hands, the Great Spirit would never awaken. But nothing was ever simple with Teridax. The running joke was he had a backup plan in place even for his breakfast."
— Makuta Antroz's musings, Shadows in the Sky
"I have no allies, for I have no equals."
— Teridax to Helryx, Dwellers In Darkness
"I am the ground you walk on ... the air you breathe. No longer must I fight you to rule a Universe. I AM the Universe!"
— Teridax to the Toa Nuva, Mata Nui Rising
"How does victory feel? What is its scent, its taste? Can a being relive a moment of triumph again and again, or does it blow away like ashes in the wind?
I know the answers to those questions. You could even say I know the answers to all questions now – for I am the answer to each and every one."
— Teridax, Makuta's Guide to the Universe
"Of one thing, I am certain – I have nothing more to fear from Mata Nui.
But this universe and its people have everything to fear from me."
— Teridax, BIONICLE: Makuta's Guide to the Universe
"I have a better idea. Join me. Together, we have the power to decimate universes. We could rule all of reality."
"I have a destiny to fulfill. A reason for existing. You have nothing, Makuta. You are nothing."
— Teridax and Mata Nui, All That Glitters
"Ah, Makuta. We are the same being in different universes, but I am not you. You're a plotter ... a schemer ... not wanting to get your claws dirty, if you can avoid it. You would think of all sorts of ways to fight the Takanuva from a distance ... all of which would fail."
— Alternate Teridax's thoughts, Reign of Shadows
"Your possession of the Mask of Time may leave me inclined to stay my hand, but we both know that there are a thousand ways I could destroy you right now. And 941 of them hurt."
— Makuta Teridax to Vakama, Time Trap
- Few inhabitants of the Matoran Universe were aware of Teridax's name. Most refer to him as "Makuta" or "the Makuta of Metru Nui."
- The Matoran refused to refer to Teridax as the "Great Spirit," believing it a term of honor Teridax did not deserve.
- In an alternate dimension, the Great Beings had built a forty-million-foot-tall mechanical being they named Makuta. He had a brother, Mata Nui, who was plotting to rebel against him.
- Teridax's death differs in several sources; both Journey's End and the Mata Nui Saga describe it as the entire Bota Magna planet crashing into his head, while the canon death is from a fragment of Aqua Magna, described in the later sources Sahmad's Tale and Glatorian Comic 7: Rebirth.
- Teridax is one of Greg Farshtey's favorite characters to write about.
- Teridax's "Makuta Nui" form did not appear in storyline. However, it was utilized in BIONICLE: Maze of Shadows to represent an Ash Bear enemy.
- Greg Farshtey used Teridax's name as one of his World of Warcraft character's names. He later deleted the character.
- Teridax was voiced by Lee Tockar in the movies Mask of Light and Legends of Metru Nui.
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