Real Name: Unrevealed
Group Membership: Triumph Division (Anitun, Fighting Man, Mighty Mother, Red Feather, St. George, the Wishing Man)
Enemies: Ezekiel Stane, unidentified monks
Known Relatives: Great Mongoose (unspecified relation), unrevealed number of prior Great Mongooses (ancestors)
Aliases: Malaki Monggo (see comments)
Base of Operations: Triumph Hall, Manila, Philippines
First Appearance: Invincible Iron Man I#2 (August 2008)
Powers/Abilities: Unrevealed. Given his codename, I'd guess speed or agility powers, perhaps with some martial arts skills.
Height: 6'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
(Invincible Iron Man I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Like many Filipino heroes, Great Mongoose was a legacy hero, the latest in a family line tracing back centuries who had all trained from childhood to assume the name as and when the previous name holder passed away or retired. As part of the Triumph Division he defended his people and homeland against all threats, both natural and man-made.
Iron Man I#2 (fb) - BTS) - When a tsunami struck the
Philippines, Great Mongoose and the rest of Triumph Division did their
best to minimize the casualties and damage, saving countless lives with
Man I#2) - After the crisis ended the grateful people of the
Philippines erected a statue outside Manila Cathedral in the Plaza de
Roma to honor the Triumph Division, and held a ceremony to publicly
thank the heroes and present the monument to them, which Great Mongoose
and his teammates all attended. However, unknown to any of them, the
terrorist Ezekiel Stane, wanting to test his new biotechnology, had sent
a group of suicide bombers to the event disguised as monks. Once the
presentation speech had been completed the "monks" came forward out of
the crowd offering the heroes wreathes of flowers to wear round their
necks. Not wanting to appear ungracious, the Division members allowed
the monks to present their gifts, but once close enough, the bombers
activated. As the monks began glowing, the Triumph Division realized it
was a trap and tried to stop them from detonating, but with only seconds
between the monks' reveal and their detonation there wasn't enough time
for the heroes to prevail. The bombers blew up, destroying much of the
plaza and killing the entire Triumph Division and hundreds of innocent
The Division members were buried in private
ceremonies over the next few days, attended by close family and the
American hero Iron Man (Tony Stark), who was tracking Stane.
(Invincible Iron Man I#4 (fb) - BTS) - As per tradition, the late Great Mongoose was replaced in the role by a family member, as were his teammates.
Comments: Created by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca.
Mongoose is presumably the English version of
his codename, but since he was Filipino his codename would presumably
normally be in Tagalog. If I can trust Google Translate, Great Mongoose
is Malaki Monggo; however, if anyone reading this speaks Tagalog and
knows better, please do let us know.
In Invincible Iron Man I#4 we learn that the Filipino heroes are a generational thing run down family lines, and meet this guy's successor. Since he looks too young to have an adult son, the successor might well be a younger sibling or cousin. Interestingly, in Aero#1 we have a flashback to when the heroine Wave first met and was recruited into the Triumph Division. While it might be assumed that the flashback is set after the explosion that claimed this generation of the Triumph Division and as such features the successors who replaced them, that's by no means a certainty. We're not afaik given any real time frame for how long ago Wave got her powers, the replacement Triumph Division members are virtually indistinguishable visually from their predecessors, and the only thing that suggests it wasn't this incarnation of the Division is that Wave wasn't present at the award ceremony where they were killed; however, there's any number of reasons why she might be absent - she was a probationary member, she was incapacitated using her ability to control water to try and stop the tsunami, etc. Have a look at the Great Mongoose from Wave's origin flashback (lower left) and judge for yourselves.
Though we've seen the successor Triumph
Division in action in Invincible Iron Man I#525-526, and they presumably
have similar or identical powers to the group Stane killed, we
unfortunately didn't really get to see what most of them could do; hence
Great Mongoose's actual powers remain unrevealed.
This profile was completed 09/27/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.
Profile by Loki.
Great Mongoose has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Invincible Iron Man I#2, p8, pan2 (main image)
Invincible Iron Man I#2, p8, pan1 (full body image)
Invincible Iron Man I#2, p10, pan4 (fiery death)
Aero#12, p9, pan1 (successor or same man prior to his demise?)
Invincible Iron Man I#2 (August 2008)- Matt Fraction (writer), Salvador Larroca (art), Warren Simons (editor)
First Posted: 09/28/2021
Last updated: 09/27/2021
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