None have been brave - or stupid - enough to try in the main universe… Or any universe. And since the only evidence you’ve given me is one extremely situational circumstance with Kojol, unfortunately your theory’s going to remain unproven.
Yes, he beat up Icarax, and your point is… that one Makuta who is tougher than another can beat him up. Okay? You’re right. But that doesn’t change anything.
As for Teridax’s loss to Vakama, the real reason why he lost is because he was in a Bionicle movie. The good guy has to win. And even then, he loss because he smashed a rock the size of a six-story building directly into his face at full speed.
Also, Vakama spent the entire film fight running away and trying to bait the (albeit incredibly stupid in the film) Teridax into doing something ridiculously predictable, so your whole power argument doesn’t even apply.
And it’s also funny that, since you don’t, I get to bring them up against you.
Onua’s dialogue in the 2008 novels makes it very clear that if the Makuta wanted them dead, they absolutely would be, no matter what circumstance they were in. The destruction of Makuta Tridax’s armor by the metal-eating virus is the extremely specific instance proving that people went significantly out-of-their-way in order to find a way to take the Makuta down - you can’t get around that.
I still hold that if these plot devices exist, and specific beings like Shadow Stealer were valued for their entirely theoretical usage against Makuta, that a random Toa team versus a given Makuta would not result in the Toa’s victory on average or under any circumstance except extremely rarely. You haven’t really shown much evidence to the contrary.
Helryx was close to breaking Tuyet’s neck as well. And I never mentioned the off balance topic, you did.
I also said nothing about Tuyet’s inability. Tuyet did nothing in this circumstance with elemental power. Helryx also did nothing in this circumstance with elemental power. This means nothing, because elemental power or no, Helryx successfully put Tuyet in a headlock and Tuyet did not successfully escape.
Tuyet could have blasted helryx across the room with the Nui Stone and Helryx could have gutted Tuyet from a significant distance, but what could occur and what did are two different things. Miserix also could have plunged all of his opponents into complete darkness (barring the fact that Brutaka also had Makuta powers at this point), but the fact remains that he didn’t.
Reasons can be suggested and explanations can be offered as to why Brutaka and Miserix didn’t do the situationally advantageous thing, and both can be suggested and offered for why Tuyet and Helryx did nothing either. But the only fact in these guessings is that they didn’t.
Watch as one Reidak completely obliterates numerous Exo-Toa despite numerous Exo-Toa being the only thing to penetrate the heavily-guarded island of Artakha, which is undoubtedly tougher than an angry Skakdi. Greater numbers also means next to nothing here.
Most of the Makuta you refused to cover have shown that they’re more than competent to take on more than one opponent at the time. If they aren’t busy gloating, which Antroz, Vamprah, Chirox, Krika, Spiriah, and to a lesser extent Gorast don’t seem to be, you have a competent opponent who’s paying attention to all sides at once. Even Icarax, who was perhaps the most privy to gloating, was able to successfully hold off two other Makuta who were described as being particularly battle savvy for a successfully long amount of time, and only lost when he opened himself up in the middle of a teleport.
Given that the amount of Makuta with battle experience and a tendency not to get lost in their own greatness seems to outweigh the amount of Makuta who get easily distracted and puffed up with their own ego, I think it’s safe to say you’re more likely to roll the die and end up with a Makuta who won’t fall for that sort of trick rather than one who will.
Tactics works, but not numbers. Pridak and the Barraki’s underseas armies, totaling over 100,000 individual warriors, weren’t enough to put down Teridax after the largest assault on a single individual in the history of that universe. Sure, Teridax faked his demise to trick them into leaving, but how long do you think they hammer on him before they were convinced?
And honestly, I’m not convinced. There’s barely any evidence pointing to Makuta being sorry sops that fall to a little bit of coordinated reasoning from any old Toa team that wants a go. Your evidence thus far is the fact that Tuyet could’ve done something to Helryx in their fight, that alternate Kojol was killed off in a matter of seconds, and that movie Teridax is a complete idiot (which I hardly disagree with).
And Willess decided to show up and strengthen my argument even more:
So much for the idea of a weak Makuta. Except Bitil. All the cool kids hate Bitil.
A sentient cloud which, while it could potentially use more powers other than influencing or controlling minds, hasn’t ever done so. It would make sense either way, if a Makuta needed a body or vessel in order to operate its powers, or if they could do so on their own, but none ever did when separated from an exoskeleton.
So basically, a Makuta gets a big enough hole in their armor, and the fight is over. Just… Don’t breathe.
Aye. And Teridax had the wherewithal to win the fight in spite of the slow leak. How big or how extensive the puncture was has not been addressed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Shadowed One punched a bullet-sized hole in his fancy suit and forced Teridax to speed up the fight ASAP in order to stay in the game.
But yeah. Sudden puncture or no, Makuta are not to be messed with.