Real Name: Pele

Identity/Class: Oceanic Goddess

Occupation: Goddess of Volcanoes

Group Membership: Akua (Oceanic/Hawaiian Gods)

Affiliations: Amadeus Cho, Gaea, Hercules, X-Force, many gods of Earth;
possibly Punisher (see comments)

Enemies: Athena, Chaos King (Amatsu-Mikaboshi), Jinku, Lava Men, Namaka

Known Relatives: Kãne Milohai (father), Haumea (mother, seemingly Gaea),
Kã-moho-ali'i, Kane-'apua (brothers),
Hiiaka, Kapo, Laka, Lilinoe, Namaka, Poliahu (sisters),
Hina (aunt), Kanaloa, Ku, Lono, Rongo, Tangaroa (uncles),
Tawhiri (uncle/brother-in-law), Maui, Punga (cousins),
Rangi (grandfather), Gaea (grandmother, alias Papa or Papahanaumoku);
Thor (half-uncle), The Titans (half-uncles and half-sisters); Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Hades, Hestia (cousins); (see comments)

Aliases: Laholana, Risque (imposter), "She-Who-Shapes-The-Sacred-Land", possibly Mama Lihune (see comments)

Base of Operations: Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii;
formerly Celestial Hawaiki (Polynesian Heaven)

First Appearance: (Mentioned) Punisher II#76 (March, 1993); (seen) X-Force I#81 (September, 1998)

Powers/Abilities: Pele possesses the conventional powers of the Hawaiian Gods which includes superhuman strength (Class 25) and endurance. She also has mystical powers to control fire and magma (molten rock) and to generate great heat. She can also change form to appear as a beautiful woman, an old woman or a fire spirit. She can also grow in size at will. For a long time, she was reduced in power because her heart was stolen and hidden from her.

Height: 5' 10" (variable)
Weight: 300 lbs. (variable)
Eyes: Brown (variable)
Hair: Black (variable)





History: (X-Force I#81(fb)/All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Update#4) - Pele was one of the mortal daughters of the gods Tame and Haumea who once lived on earth. Both she and her sister Namaka competed for the rights to become gods; a feud acerbated by Pele who seduced her sister's lover Aukelenuiaiku. The two fought for many years with their fight creating the Hawaiian Islands from molten rock from deep within the earth. Pele was killed during one of their battles, but her father restored her to life as a goddess. In revenge, Namaka placed spells preventing Pele from retrieving her mortal heart hidden within the Kilauea volcano on the island Hawaii. The spells required warriors of noble heart to retrieve it.

(Punisher II#76 - BTS) - "Uncle" Jerry Lewis Lee, a singer and land developer who claimed to worship Pele and had over the years killed many people in "sacrifice" to her, set a bomb intended to activate a volcano in order to force out residents of the Kona Estates housing program so that Uncle Jerry could drive up the prices on his own Paradise Acres. When the Punisher investigated the situation, an old woman accompanied by a dog appeared to him to warn him of the bomb; she addressed the Punisher as "Kamapua'a," the Hawai'ian spirit of rain. The Punisher pursued Uncle Jerry, who died when his bomb exploded in a vent beneath him. The woman who warned the Punisher proved to be Mama Lihune, owner of Kona Estates, and she guessed that "Pele" had moved Uncle Jerry's bomb.

(X-Force I#81) - In recent years, Pele impersonated Risque of X-Force in order to have the mutant heroes retrieve the heart for her. Namaka, however, used the Lava Men to slow her down, but X-Force defeated the Lava Men and returned the heart to Pele who returned to the realm of the Hawaiian Gods.

(Chaos War#4 (fb) - BTS) - Gaea and Pele summoned the remaining gods of Earth, who had survived the attacks of the Chaos King up to this point, to Pele's home in the Halemaumau Crater on Hawaii.

(Chaos War#4) - Pele welcomed Hercules and Amadeus Cho in the crater. Hercules immediately hit on her, but Pele had none of it at the moment and when Hebe arrived she told Hercules that his wife was here. Pele revealed the Chaos King's own madness was clouding his mind and that she and her mother Gaea had summoned the few surviving gods for a moment of succor before the end. Pele stood by as Gaea revived Balder and Amadeus Cho formed a plan to save everyone by sending them to the "Continuum", the isolated parallell universe once created by Hera to replace the real universe. Pele stayed with Gaea while Athena, serving the Chaos King, and Miek with forces from the Negative Zone attacked the crater. Gaea told Hercules to go to Pele, who used her powers to burn him alive so Hercules, as taught by Gaea, could remake himself and become a true omnipotent god of gods.

Comments: Adapted by John Francis Moore & Adam Pollina

Whether or not Mama Lihune in Punisher II#76 was in fact a guise of Pele is open to debate.

In Thor I#301, Gaea admitted to being the Mother Earth of the Norse (Jord), Mexican (Coatlique), Hindu (Aditi), Chinese (Hou-Tu), Germans (Nertha) and Polynesian (Rangi). This makes Pele a relative of their pantheons as well.

In Chaos War#4 Pele not only called Gaea her mother, but also Haumea, who is her actual mother and Gaea was also pretty clear about it that Pele was her daughter. This is either an unfortunate mistake considering the people writing the story had previously consulted on Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica (2009), which established clearly that Gaea was Papahanaumoku, the grandmother of Pele or it was not a mistake and Gaea was not only Papa, but also Haumea.



In Oceanic Myth, however, Papa is the female deity and Rangi is the male. Marvel switched their roles until it was corrected in Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica (2009).

Pele is the only Hawaiian Goddess to appear in the Marvel Universe, although she could still appear in the pages of Thor.

Marvel seems to have used Pele as the basis for the fictional goddess Peliali, the Kamekeri goddess who appeared in Avengers III#28-30. While it is entirely possible that the Polynesians and other Oceanic tribes knew about and visited Central and South America, there is nothing in the Avengers story to suggest Peliali is Pele in disguise.

For more on Pele's adventure with X-Force, see Jinku.

Pele has an entry in the All-New OHotMU Update#4 (December, 2007).

Profile by: William Uchtman. Chaos War update by Markus Raymond.

Clarifications: Pele has no known connection to:

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Chaos War#4, p5, pan1 (main)
X-Force I#81 (other images)

Punisher II#76 (March, 1993) - Mike Baron (writer), Larry Stroman & Kevin Kobasic (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Don Daley (editor)
X-Force I#81 (September, 1998) - John Francis Moore (writer), Adam Pollina & Guillermo Zubiaga (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Chaos War#4 (February, 2011) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Khoi Pham (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Jordan D. White (assistant editor), Mark Paniccia (senior editor)

Last updated: 06/19/16

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