PELE

Real Name: Pele

Identity/Class: Oceanic Goddess

Occupation: Goddess of Volcanoes

Group Membership: Akua (Oceanic/Hawaiian Gods)

Affiliations: X-Force, possibly Punisher (see comments)

Enemies: Jinku, Lava Men, Namaka

Known Relatives: Kãne Milohai (father), Haumea (mother),
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);
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: Celestial Hawaiki (Polynesian Heaven)

Appearances:X-Force I#81 (September, 1998)

Powers: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.

Weaknesses: For a long time, she was reduced in power because her heart was stolen and hidden from her.

Physical Description: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. In her disguise as Risque, she looked like a twenty-something Latină female.

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

 

 

 

 

 

History: (X-Force I#81(fb)) - 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. The two fought for many years with their fight creating the Hawaiian Islands from molten rock from deep within the earth. Pele was killed, but her father restored her to life as a goddess. In revenge, Namaka placed spells preventing Pele from retrieving her mortal heart hidden on the island of Kilauea. The spells required warriors of noble heart to retrieve it.

 

(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.

Comments: Adapted by John Francis Moore & Adam Pollina

The following entry is a possible appearance by Pele, but until it's confirmed, it will remain in the comments:

(Punisher II#76) - "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. Whether or not Lihune 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 Oceanic Myth, however, Papa is the female deity and Rangi is the male. Marvel switched their roles.

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

Pele seems to have used 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 Pelial 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.

Profile by: William Uchtman

Clarifications: Pele has no known connection to:
Pele,
Michi Sasaki, of the Pacific Overlords (who was obviously patterned after the goddess Pele), @ Avengers West Coast#71
Pele, the international soccer legend, appeared in ads in marvel comics back in the mid-90s
Peliali, mentioned above, though Pele may be the inspiration for Peliali, @ Avengers III#28


Appearances:
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)


Last updated: 05/06/04

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