One of the most infamous lines in The Legend Reborn is when Berix and Kiina are arguing (again), and Berix goes “How things change when the metal claw is on the other foot!” In the Bionicle fandom, this line probably rivals “I don’t like sand!” or “Somehow Palpatine returned!” in terms of how reviled it is. But…I don’t really get it. The line comes in a context of Berix and Kiina yelling about how they think they have worse lives than the other. Here’s a transcript of the exchange, going off the novelization:
Kiina: It was my cavern! You should’ve stayed out of it!
Berix: Oh, really? YOUR cavern? You stole it! You’re a thief, just like me!
Kiina: That-no! And I thought you said you were a collector, you little weasel!
Berix: Ah-ha, now she remembers! How things change, when the metal claw is on the other foot.
Kiina: That doesn’t even make sense. Look, that cavern was my secret place…my private sanctuary from all the ugliness outside…can you understand that?
The meaning of this scene is Berix and Kiina coming to see each other’s different perspectives, and as such forming a better understanding of one another. And Berix’ line about things changing when the metal claw is on the other foot…there are very similar idioms in real life, such as “put yourself in their shoes,” or “grass is greener on the other side.” By saying the metal claw is on the other foot, Berix likely meant that when you look at things from a different point of view, your perspective and thoughts might change. This lines up with the meaning of that scene. Again, this is the turning point in Berix and Kiina’s relationship: they form a mutual understanding.
So why is that line such a big deal?