The Technic curse refers to a series of supposed misfortunes that plagued the cast and the crew involved in the Technic Heroes and Technic Western franchises. The "curse" is associated with Hayato Nakahara, who portrayed Scuba in the Robo series, and was killed in a car accident in 1980, Michael J. Fox, who played Berix in Bionicle IX: The Legend Reborn, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, Hiroto Sasaki, who portrayed Taro Maeda, alias Nuju in the Bionicle series, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2001 and died a year later, Hiroki Saitou, who portrayed Takuma Mori, alias Aguni, took his life in 2005 due to his deteriorating popularity, Eve O'Cawley, who portrayed Jessica Stephens, alias Frankie, in the early Boost films, was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in 2005 and died in 2016, Nobuyo Ōyama, who portrayed Erika Fujioka in Bionicle VIII: The Final Battle, was diagnosed with dementia in 2015 leading to her retirement from acting, and Tsubame Kayos, who wrote for Superaction!, who died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 1993.
- 1 Technic Heroes actors who allegedly became the victims of the curse
- 2 Other alleged victims
Technic Heroes actors who allegedly became the victims of the curse
The following people who played the roles of heroes in the franchise sometimes cited as victims of the "Technic curse".
Olivia Newton-John played Kaelyn Macy, aka. Uira in the Nova Orbis series. In 1992, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she managed to win the battle. In 2017, the cancer had returned and metastasised her lower back.
Hiroki Saitou played Takuma Mori, aka. Aguni in the television series Midgygiant and films Robotman 5: X.O Centuries and Lana X: The Ladybot. His waning career started to decline after Midgygiant, which caused him to have depression and he took his life in his house on July 15, 2005 at 27.
Eve O'Cawley played Jessica Stephens, aka. Frankie, in Boost, Technic Heroes vs. Blitzivan, Boost 2: Powered Style, and Boost 3: Revolution. She was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in 2005, relapsing two times over the years. She failed to survive her second relapse and she died on May 22, 2016 at 38.
Other alleged victims
Elkan Boukough is known as the creator of the Technic Heroes franchise and he directed Robotman and its sequel, Robotman 2, Nova Orbis 2: Return of the Team Miro, and Bionicle films 1 through 5. He was killed in a car accident on July 11, 1984 at 65.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox played Berix in Bionicle IX: The Legend Reborn. In 1991, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which caused him to partially retire from acting in 2000, and then fully in 2020, as his disease worsened.
Samantha Smith played Marvin Huber's little sister Liza in Bionicle IV: Legends of Metru Nui and Bionicle V: Web of Shadows. She died on August 25, 1985 at the age of 13 in the Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 plane crash.
Winston Bryant played Kamden Darby aka. Ledas in the Nova Orbis series. He died of the heart attack as the result of his poor diet on September 22, 2019 at the age of 64.
Dederick Sidney played Ninian Chastain in Bionicle VI: Island of Doom. On July 22, 1998, he was found dead in his El Kadsre City apartment by his aunt. The coroner determined his death to be a suicide.