|“||Now, centuries later, I lead hundreds of Dark Hunters scattered throughout the known universe. From my fortress, I assign them their missions, house the treasure they collect, and enforce our laws. Disobedience is met with extermination. Treachery is met with far worse... for traitors are not granted the mercy of death.||„|
|~ The Shadowed One|
|“||Understand this, scribbler! I am second to no-one! Least of all that arrogant, scheming, walking scrap of shadow!||„|
|~ The Shadowed One to The Recorder.|
The Shadowed One is one of the villains of the BIONICLE series and was considered by fans as the secondary antagonist alongside Makuta Teridax of the series, though he only appear in a few scenes. He is a charismatic leader that lead the group of warriors called the Dark Hunters and a co-founder of the faction alongside his friend, Ancient.
He was voiced by Paul Dobson, who also voiced as Sidorak in the animated series.
The Shadowed One was a large, bipedal being. He have two, red eyes and horns. His body was both black and yellow in colors while fitted with silver armor pieces all over his body. Despite being aged by an incident involving the Mask of Time (and being well over two millennia old), he is still a powerful fighter, with only one loss being accepted by him- the fight between him and Teridax (which he intends to avenge).
Much of the Shadowed One's past was shrouded in mystery (to the point where his "...true name has been lost to history, and it is doubtful anyone remembers it besides myself [himself]"). He and his fellow Dark Hunter co-founder- codenamed "Ancient" -were born in "a land of shadows and ice, a place that was never 'blessed' by the loving gaze of Mata Nui". His kind was, for lack of a better word, cheated out of any purpose- the Matoran got their "special status" and the Brotherhood of Makuta came to be Mata Nui's servants -and "those who dwelled in my [his] land were ignored and abandoned", left to crumble beneath the weight of "strict codes of behavior". Determined to carve an empire out for himself, he "began taking on the tasks Matoran were too timid to do and the Brotherhood saw as beneath it". With his friend Ancient- who had ignited a civil war in their homeland -they created the idea that would eventually be the Dark Hunters.
Metru Nui failure
The Shadowed One appears in person during the Bionicle chapter book series Adventures, book ten- "Time Trap". In it, he has made it his quest to claim the Mask of Time and, as an added goal, claim the city of Metru Nui for his own.
In chapter 2, he begins meditating- the entire fortress has fallen bone-silent, and with good reason: he's in a bad mood that cannot be described with words. The cause was the loss of two of his Dark Hunters- Nidhiki and Krekka. The loss isn't what gets him- it's the fact that someone has dared to harm his operatives that has him in a fit. After deep contemplation, he decides that the guilty party must be killed to serve as an example for those who would oppose the Dark Hunters. Though he is uncertain as to who did it, he knows it was a Toa. Determined to make sure that the vengeance has a lasting impact, he decides to go on his own (bringing Sentrakh- his most loyal servant [besides Ancient] -to aid him). His Recorder (a personal automatic biography aide) is surprised at this act, but is willing to let it happen- after all, respect can be born from fear, and who better to command both than the head of the Dark Hunters? However, the Recorder makes a fatal error in saying that the Shadowed One is second to the Makuta- a fact that the Shadowed One gladly disputes, making clear that he is second to nothing and nobody (least of which is Makuta). After tossing his recorder across the room, the Shadowed One ponders Metru Nui. For too long, the city has stood as a center of hope and light against the Dark Hunters- a fact that irritates the Shadowed One for too long.