Hero Overview

Tahu, Toa of Fire. Onua, Toa of Earth. Gali, Toa of Water. Lewa, Toa of Air. Pohatu, Toa of Stone. And Kopaka, Toa of Ice. Great warriors with great power, drawn from the very elements themselves. Together, they were six heroes with one destiny: to defeat Makuta and save Mata Nui.
~ Narrator about the Toa Mata.
We are Toa! We are the elements!
~ Gali to Makuta the Mask Hoarder.

The Toa Mata are the main protagonist faction in the entire BIONICLE franchise. They are the group of Toa, who were destined to reawaken the Great Spirit Mata Nui as well as protect the universe from Makuta Teridax and other enemies. They were also led by Tahu, the Toa of Fire.


The Toa Mata were once created by the being Artakha on the island with the same name. They were then kept in the Toa Canisters and were in stasis.

The Toa Canisters were supposed to be launched into Mata Nui/Metru Nui following the events of the Great Cataclysm and land on the island of Mata Nui. The Toa's mission was to proceed through Kini-Nui, travel towards Metru Nui and continue on to reawaken Mata Nui. However, the malfunction caused the canisters to instead stuck in endless oceans of Matoran Universe. For a thousand years, the canisters floated in the waters of the Matoran Universe until Takua collected the Toa Stones from Kini-Nui, which unwittingly activated a signal that summoned the canisters to the island.

The Island of Mata Nui

The Toa Canisters later washed ashore on the beach in the island of Mata Nui. Due to the toll, the Toa Mata's organic tissues had decayed over the years and they have to rebuild themselves following their arrival.

Soon after they rebuilt their bodies, the Toa Mata then head towards the respective Koro where they met the Matoran and the Turaga, who told them about the threat of Makuta Teridax and their mission. Soon after, the Toa Mata met each other for the first time as Tahu emerged as their leader.

Armed with their Kanohi masks and weapons, the Toa Mata

List of Members


  • The term "Toa Mata" was officially coined after the 2001-2002 story arc took place to prevent confusion. During this time, they were simply known as the "Toa" because they were the only Toa ever seen in the story at the time. Prior to the name becoming canonized, Toa Olda was another popular fan name, contrasting to the name Toa Nuva.
  • The Toa Mata make a cameo appearance in The LEGO Movie; they are seen when Wyldstyle tells Emmet about the many realms that exist in the LEGO Universe.
  • The Toa Mata were the first Toa team, but the Matoran honor the Toa Cordak as the first Toa team, because only the Order of Mata Nui, the Av-Matoran[BL10], and Artakha were aware of the Toa Mata's existence.
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