“Do you know who Maui is? Only the greatest demigod in all the pacific islands!”
―Maui to Moana
Maui is the deuteragonist of Disney's upcoming 2016 animated feature film, Moana.
Maui is a demigod of South Pacific legend. Equipped with a giant, magical fish hook that grants him shape-shifting abilities, Maui was amongst the most acclaimed figures of Oceania history, and credits himself for a number of the good things to have happened to mankind over the centuries.
For all his accomplishments, Maui is also responsible for a crises that threatens the island of Motunui and its inhabitants. Thousands of years in the past, Maui stole a powerful gem known as the Heart of Te Fiti. The gem has the power to create life, and if removed from its resting spot, darkness will slowly consume the world, ultimately destroying it. As he journeyed off with the heart in hand, Maui was confronted by the wrathful lava demon, Te Kā, who desired the heart for herself. The two battled, but Maui was defeated, losing both the Heart of Te Fiti and his magical fish hook in the aftermath. The heart would remain lost for centuries, while Maui's fishhook eventually fell into the possessions of the giant crab, Tamatoa.
Now a fallen hero, legend proclaims that Maui is destined to team up with a young hero—the "chosen one"—to return the heart to its rightful place and save humanity, though he is reluctant to do so.