Fandom

The Disney Wiki

Te Fiti

Redirected from Te Kā

40,073pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Comments39 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Te Fiti is a goddess with the power to create life and a major character in Disney's 2016 animated feature film Moana. After her heart had been stolen by the demigod Maui, she became Te Kā, a demon manifested of fire and magma that served as the main antagonist of the film. A damaged and emotionless shell of her former self, Te Kā looks to slowly plunge the world into darkness and eradicate humanity as punishment for Maui's insolence.

Background

Te Fiti was the first entity to appear in the world inhabited only by the ocean. As an all-powerful goddess, Te Fiti used her life-giving heart to spread the gift of life across the world, creating multiple islands that would be inhabited by flora, fauna, and humans. Following her vast creation, Te Fiti laid herself to rest and formed her body into an island. Over the time, Te Fiti's heart became a much-desired treasure. Villainous thieves such as the giant crab Tamatoa and bloodthirsty Kakamora pirates all sought the heart for their own nefarious purposes and self-interests. Only the mischievous and highly-praised demigod Maui was daring enough to invade Te Fiti's shores in hopes of giving her heart to mortals as a gift. Using his shapeshifting abilities, Maui found Te Fiti's spiral and stole the heart. As a result of its removal, the island fell into darkness, and the physical entity of Te Fiti morphed into a demonic shell of her former self: Te Kā.

As Maui made a hasty escape on his boat, a vengeful Te Kā rose from her cloud and confronted the demigod. Their battle resulted in the loss of the heart, and as punishment for his crimes, Te Kā banished Maui to a desolate spit of land in the middle of the open ocean, where he would be doomed to remain stranded for eternity. As further punishment, Te Kā sentenced the entirety of mankind to death and placed a devastating curse upon the world. As the curse slowly spread across the seas, food supply, flora, and fauna were destroyed, thus making it impossible for humanity to survive. According to legend, only the restoration of Te Fiti's heart can save the other corners of the world from falling into darkness as well.

Personality

Te Fiti's sole purpose is to spread life across the ocean. She values nature and the beauty that comes alongside it. Moving with gentle grace, often seen with a tranquil expression to match her radiant features, Te Fiti is selflessness and purity incarnate. Though she will not hide her displeasure in those who wrong her, she is forgiving should the individual in question look to redeem themselves.

Te Kā is - quite literally - a heartless creature with a fiery deposition. The theft of her heart has stripped her of Te Fiti's benevolence, replacing it with malice aimed at both Maui and the world at large. Te Kā and Te Fiti are polar opposites, with differing goals and ideals; while Te Fiti wishes to spread life and beauty, Te Kā seeks to bring death and corruption, purely out of the belief that mankind is undeserving of the gifts that were previously brought to them by Te Fiti. As it was Maui who was responsible for the theft of Te Fiti's heart (and not mankind as a whole, thus making them innocent), Te Kā can be painted as a vindictive and arguably purely evil entity.

Despite this, Te Fiti's purity lies deep within Te Kā. Should someone call to it, as Moana did during the climax, she will slowly ease her tension and succumb to her inner, gentle nature.

Physical appearance

Te Fiti, as well as her Te Kā aspect, is an enormous embodiment of the earth, but her appearance differs between the two forms.

The colossal Te Fiti takes the form of a feminine figure with a human face not unlike Moana's. Her body is covered in lush flora and trees; clusters of flowers adorn her grassy hair similar to a headdress. She can also assume an island form when dormant; when this happens, she assumes a resting position.

Massive in size, Te Kā towers above all who encounter her, and is usually depicted with a hollow scowl. She is comprised completely out of lava, with molten skin and flames as her hair. Always surrounding her slender form is a dense pyrocumulus cloud, coupled with bolts of lightning and volcanic ash. On her chest is a spiral carving of where her heart once was; should it be reattached, Te Kā will return to her true form.

Powers and abilities

Te Fiti's power lies in her ability to generate life around her and her control over it as a goddess of life. A living island, she can grow plants of all sizes and can manipulate the terrain around her body. With her heart, she can create other islands teeming with flora and fauna, and affect these elements from afar, as shown by Te Kā's curse. However, she could also rejuvenate the life in islands Te Kā's curse had once affected. Because of her godly status, she was also able to create and recreate items previously destroyed, such as Moana's boat and Maui's fish hook (which itself was a weapon forged by the gods).

As Te Kā, most of her abilities are derived from her elemental control over fire, lava, and magma. With these assets, she can create fireballs and turn matter into molten rock. Aside from water, which can temporarily turn her lava form into molten rock, Te Kā does not appear to have any true weaknesses. The only way to truly "defeat" her is to subdue her long enough to return Te Fiti's heart to its rightful place. This will inevitably obliterate the being known as Te Kā, and revive her true identity.

She is also extremely power in her strength—so much so that she overpowers the capacity of a demigod, though one can pose as a decent adversary for a period of time.

Role in the film

Te Fiti is first seen in traditional animation during Gramma Tala's opening story. She tells the surrounding children about the day in which Maui stole Te Fiti's heart, and warns that it must be restored before humanity faces a slow and painful death at the hands of the lava demon Te Kā. Shortly afterward, the Ocean selects Tala's granddaughter, Moana Waialiki, as the heroine capable of saving the world.

Years later, Moana journeys with Maui to Te Fiti's island, which has been covered entirely by molten rock. Te Kā acts as a demonic guardian and prevents anyone from approaching Te Fiti's shores. Fortunately, Moana manages to do so, but she finds that Te Fiti is nowhere to be found. She looks to Te Kā and notices a spiral on the lava goddess' chest, indicating that she is actually Te Fiti. Moana sings "Know Who You Are" to Te Kā, which in turn reforms the beast as she succumbs to Moana. Moana gently rests her forehead on the bridge of Te Kā's face before placing the heart back into her chest.

Te Kā's lava skin turns to molten rock and crumbles away, releasing Te Fiti from her century-long torment. Te Fiti silently restores her island and undoes the damage caused by Te Kā across the world, as well as Moana's boat. Maui bashfully tries to joke with Te Fiti, but the goddess is not amused. He then apologizes in a formal matter, confessing that he has no excuse, which earns Te Fiti's forgiveness. As a reward for helping Moana restore the heart, Te Fiti recreates Maui's fishhook, which had been previously destroyed by Te Kā. She then bids farewell to Moana and lays herself down to rest as the heroine returns home.

Trivia

  • Both Te Fiti and Te Kā are goddesses of the earth, albeit in differing ways. Te Fiti is a more obvious representation, being manifested by lush greens and plant life, symbolizing earth's nature. On the opposite side, Te Kā is manifested by lava and magma which, when combined with water, creates land. Despite their differing ideals, both elements add to the planet.
  • "Te Kā" means "the burning one" in Maori. The development name for Te Kā/Te Fiti, "Te Po", means "the dark one" in the same language. "Kā" is also a possessive particle in most Polynesian languages, which fits the character's loss of identity.
  • Te Kā is depicted as one of Maui's tattoos, as the aftermath of their battle for the heart of Te Fiti is illustrated on the latter's back.
  • Te Kā is made up almost entirely of effects animation. Art director of characters Bill Schwab described her as "the most challenging character to design in the film".[1]
  • In earlier designs, Te Kā's facial appearance was slightly more human; she appears as a more demonic figure in the final film.
  • Te Kā bears similarities to the religious Hawaiian figure Pele, the goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes.
  • Like Moana and Maui, Te Fiti is connected to the film's overarching theme of identity. After losing her heart, Te Fiti is blinded by anger and rage as she smites the world in an act of vengeance. She forgets her initial purpose - forgets who she is - which causes the film's central conflict until Moana steps in and reminds Te Fiti that she is not identified by anger and hate, but by love and compassion.
  • Te Kā is unique in that she is the only villain in the Disney animated feature canon to face a peaceful demise, rather than a gruesome one. Also significant is that she was not a villain that needed to be defeated; rather, she needed to be liberated from her torment and be brought to peace in order for the damage she had caused to be undone.

Gallery

Screenshots

Concept art

Miscellaneous

References

  1. Julius, J., Lasseter, J., Malone, M. (2016). The Art of Moana. Chronicle Books, page 113. 


v - e - d
Moana Logo 2
Media

Film: Moana
Soundtrack: Soundtrack
Video games: Moana: Island Life | Moana: Rhythm Run
Books: The Art of Moana | Adventurer Activities | Hearts and Heroes | Spirit of Adventure

Disney Parks
Moana's Village Festival
Characters
Moana Waialiki | Maui | Gramma Tala | Tui | Sina | Heihei | Pua | Mini Maui | Tamatoa | Kakamora | Te Fiti/Te Kā | Ocean
Locations
Motunui | Maui's Island | Lalotai | Tamatoa's Lair | Te Fiti
Songs
Where You Are | How Far I'll Go | We Know the Way | You're Welcome | Shiny | I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors) | Know Who You Are
Objects
Maui's Fish Hook | Heart of Te Fiti


v - e - dDisney Villains
Disney Parks

Celebrate A Dreams Come True Parade | Celebrate the Magic | Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour | Club Villain | Disney's Fantillusion | Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Show | Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade | Disney Dreams! | Disney's Stars 'n' Cars... As Never Seen Before | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Frightfully Fun Parade | Glow in the Park Halloween Parade | Happy Hallowishes | Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | Inferno Dance Party | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | It's Good to Be Bad Villainous Celebration | It's Party Time... with Mickey and Friends... and the Disney Villains | Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade | Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime | The Nightmare Experiment | The Villains World | Unleash the Villains | Villains Gardens | Villainy in the Sky | Villains Mix and Mingle | Villains Night Out! | Villains Tonight! | Wishes | World of Color

Shorts and Comics

Pete | Sylvester Shyster | The Mad Doctor | Big Bad Wolf | Mortimer Mouse | The Phantom Blot | Beagle Boys | Flintheart Glomgold | Magica De Spell | Huey, Dewey and Louie Monsters | Solego | Dangerous Dan and Idgit the Midget | Red Eye and his brother | Singular | Chronoduck | Doubtfinder | Fluffy

Animated Features

The Evil Queen | Raven | Vultures | Honest John and Gideon | Stromboli | The Coachman | The Coachman's Goons | Lampwick | Monstro | Tyrannosaurus Rex | Chernabog | Chernabog's Minions | Ringmaster | Ronno | Man | Hunter Dogs | Aconcagua | The Toy Bull | Wolf | Tetti-Tatti | Lumpjaw | Willie the Giant | Rustlers | Mr. Winkie | Weasels | The Headless Horseman | Brom Bones | Lady Tremaine | Anastasia Tremaine | Drizella Tremaine | Lucifer | Queen of Hearts | Captain Hook | The Dogcatcher | Si and Am | The Rat | Maleficent | Cruella De Vil | Jasper and Horace | Madam Mim | Kaa | Shere Khan | Edgar Balthazar | Prince John | Sheriff of Nottingham | The Bees | Heffalumps | Woozles | Madame Medusa | Amos Slade | The Bear | Horned King | Ratigan | Bill Sykes | Roscoe and DeSoto | Ursula | Percival McLeach | Gaston | Jafar | Scar | Governor Ratcliffe | Claude Frollo | Hades | Shan Yu | Clayton | Jack-in-the-Box | The Firebird | Carnotaurus | Kronk | Yzma | Lyle Tiberius Rourke | Captain Gantu | John Silver | Scroop | Denahi | Alameda Slim | Foxy Loxy | DOR-15 | Dr. Calico | Doctor Facilier | Lawrence | Mother Gothel | The Backson | King Candy | Cy-Bugs | Hans | Duke of Weselton | Yokai | Mr. Yama | Bellwether | Doug | Te Kā | Tamatoa

Pixar

Sid Phillips | Scud | Hopper | Thumper | Stinky Pete | Al McWhiggin | Emperor Zurg | Randall Boggs | Henry J. Waternoose III | Darla Sherman | Anglerfish | Barracuda | Jellyfish | Syndrome | Gilbert Huph | Mirage | Chick Hicks | Chef Skinner | AUTO | Charles F. Muntz | Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear | Miles Axlerod | Professor Zündapp | J. Curby Gremlin | Tubbs Pacer | Vladimir Trunkov | Victor Hugo | Ivan | Alexander Hugo | Fred Pacer | Grem | Acer | Tony Trihull | Mor'du | Johnny Worthington III | Roar Omega Roar | Jangles the Clown | Thunderclap | Bubbha | Giant Squid

Other Animated Movies

Br'er Fox | Br'er Bear | The Giant Magnet | Merlock the Magician | Oogie Boogie | Sa'Luk | Zira | Bradley Uppercrust III | Morgana | Sarousch | Buster | Leroy | Dr. Hämsterviel | Edgar Vulgud | Ashtin Carnaby | Erik Hellstrom | Dr. Phillium Benedict | Lil' Lightning | Dr. Ivan Krank | Vidia | Ebenezer Scrooge | Supervisor | Heinz Doofenshmirtz (2nd Dimension) | Perry the Platypus (2nd Dimension) | Norm Bots | Ripslinger | Ned and Zed | Cad Spinner | Nyx

Live-Action Movies

Barnaby | Alonzo Hawk | John Slade | Master Control Program (MCP) | Dr. Louis Faraday | Nome King | Mr. Dark | Judge Doom | John Ricketts | Winifred Sanderson | Mary Sanderson | Sarah Sanderson | Cardinal Richelieu | Carl Quigley | William Boone | Gilbert Sipes | Rhino | Aunt Spiker | Aunt Sponge | Long John Silver | Silas Sinister | The Sinister Sisters | Kalabar | Norman Snively | Lyle Van de Groot | Luanne LeSeur | Meredith Blake | Dr. Elliot Coleye | Andrei Strasser | Dr. Claw | Toy Santa | Reed Thimple | Warden Walker | Mr. Sir | Dr. Pendanski | Trout Walker | Katherine Barlow | Hector Barbossa | Pintel and Ragetti | Ramsley | Lord Kelvin | General Fang | Ian Howe | Gwen Grayson | The Man in the Yellow Suit | The White Witch | Captain Bill Fawcett | Selkirk Tander | Dr. Kozak | Grim and Denning | Mitch Wilkinson | Davy Jones | Cutler Beckett | Jack Frost | Queen Narissa | Dr. Simon Bar Sinister | Jean George | Miraz | Dr. Finkle | Stan Cruge | The Red Queen | Knave of Hearts | Nizam | Morgana le Fay | Maxim Horvath | CLU 2.0 | Blackbeard | Warwick | Halloween Hound | Tex Richman | Ubasti | Dr. Phillip Wellington | Sab Than | Matai Shang | Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East | Theodora the Wicked Witch of the West | Drex | Latham Cole | Butch Cavendish | Constantine | Dominic Badguy | Celia Rodriguez | The Witch | The Giant | David Nix | Fleshlumpeater

Marvel Movie and TV Villains

Abomination | Leader | Whiplash | Justin Hammer | Red Skull | Arnim Zola | Loki Laufeyson | Chitauri | The Other | Thanos | Ian Quinn | Aldrich Killian | Eric Savin | Trevor Slattery | Ellen Brandt | Vice President Rodriguez | Malekith | Algrim | Dark Elves | Deathlok (Michael Peterson) | Graviton | Blizzard | Alexander Pierce | Deathlok (John Garrett) | Ian Quinn | Lorelei | Korath the Pursuer | Ronan the Accuser | Nebula | Sakaarans | Daniel Whitehall | Absorbing Man | Johann Fennhoff | Dottie Underwood | Jiaying | Gordon | Calvin Zabo | Ultron | Wolfgang von Strucker | Ulysses Klaw | Ultron Sentries | Kingpin | James Wesley | Anatoly Rankskahov | Vladimir Rankskahov | Nobu Yoshioka | Madame Gao | Leland Owlsley | Darren Cross | Mitchell Carson | Lash | Giyera | Gideon Malick | Werner von Strucker | Purple Man | Will Thompson | Madame Masque | HYDRA | Cottonmouth | Diamondback | Mariah Dillard | Shades

Star Wars Villains

Darth Vader | Palpatine | Boba Fett | Jabba the Hutt | Stormtroopers | Grand Moff Tarkin | Sith | Galactic Empire | Greedo | Tusken Raiders | Scout Troopers | Snowtroopers | Bossk | Bib Fortuna | TIE Pilots | AT-AT drivers | Emperor's Royal Guard | Salacious Crumb | Darth Maul | Jango Fett | Count Dooku | General Grievous | Sebulba | Asajj Ventress | The Grand Inquisitor | Agent Kallus | Maketh Tua | Kassius Konstantine | Cumberlayne Aresko | Azmorigan | Seventh Sister | Fifth Brother | Eighth Brother | Kylo Ren | Supreme Leader Snoke | General Hux | Captain Phasma | Orson Krennic | Thrawn

TV Shows

Crocosaurus | Brat | Flizard | Duke Igthorn | Toadwart | Ogres | Lady Bane | Evelyn and Emmadrille | Trolls | Troggles | Carpies | Airiels | Spinster | Floogel | Slugger | Hunter | Malsinger | Angelo Davini | Lord Willoughby | Flint Shrubwood | Zorlock and Grot | Marquis de Bouillabaisse | Marzipan | Dreaded One | Mysterious Knight | Stan Woozle and Heff Heffalump | Crows | Bugs | Nasty Jack | Nasty Jack's Gang | Wooster | Crud | Smudge | The Toy Villains | Birdzilla | Fat Cat | Fat Cat's Gang | Maltese de Sade | Le Sewer and Ratatouille | Professor Norton Nimnul | Robot Dogs | Aldrin Klordane | Percy | Juice-Lee | Billy the Squid | Sewernose de Bergerac | Banshee | Rat Capone | Arnold Mousenegger and Sugar Ray Lizard | Spy Rats | The Greatest Spy in the World | Captain Finn | All Hands and Mr. Starfish | Lahwhinie | El Emenopio | Winifred | Bud | Lou | Mrs. Sweeney | Todd | Jack and Nickels | Erol | Baby Thaddeus | Monrovia and Pomona | Kismet | Mr. Dumpty | Nog | Cruiser and Bruiser | Dr. Piltdown | Bubbles | Irwina Allen | Quigley and Abba-Dabba | Lord Howie | Su Lin | Heinrich Von Sugarbottom | Ratso Ratzkiwatzki | Moose and Rocco | Zsa Zsa Labrador | Don Karnage | Air Pirates | Daring Dan Dawson | Trader Moe | Thaddeus E. Klang | Kitten Kaboodle | Dr. Axolotl | Buffy and Muffy Vanderschmere | Douglas Benson | Prince Rudolf | Chancellor Trample | Emperor Wan Lo | Owl Capone | Professor Martin Torque | Seymour | Covington | MacKnee | Sheriff Gomer Cleghorn and Deputy Wendell | Crazy Edie | Cool Hands Luke | Taurus Bulba | Negaduck | Negaduck (Negatron version) | Megavolt | Quackerjack | Bushroot | Liquidator | F.O.W.L. | Steelbeak | Professor Moliarty | Tuskernini | Ammonia Pine | Lilliput Gooney | Jambalaya Jake | Gumbo | Splatter Phoenix | Hammerhead Hannigan | Hoof and Mouth | Tantalus | Clovis | Dr. Fossil | Phineas Sharp | Ample Grime | Paddywhack | The Bug Master | The High Command | Major Synapse | Hotshot and Flygirl | Dr. Slug | Camille Chameleon | Anna Matronic | Isis Vanderchill | Johnny T. Rex | Dark Warrior Duck | Nodoff | Brainteasers | The Collector | Ma Parker | Wooly and Bully | Flaps the Elephant | Chick and Stu | Wacky Weasel | Wolf | Mikey Muffin | Pitts | Mr. Malone and the Ape | Scatter Squirrel | Mammoth Mammoth | Warris and Donald | Hoagie, Knuckles, and Chumps | Toon Pencil | Weather Toons | Mole | Al Vermin | Seymour Sleazebottom and Limo | The Rat | T.J. Finger | Gloomy the Clown | Giggles the Frog | Two-Bits | Mr. Big | Z-Bot | Abis Mal | Sadira | Queen Hippsodeth | Scara | King Pector | The Mukhtar | General Gouda | Runta | Brisbane | Machana | Riders of Ramond | Prince Wazoo | Ajed Al-Gebraic | Amal | Abnor Mal | Mechanicles | Scooter | Zarasto the Marauder | Marauders | Zorasto | Mozenrath | Xerxes | Khartoum | Sirocco | Shaman | Mirage | Haroud Hazi Bin | Fashoom | Saleen | Armand | Ayam Aghoul | Evil Aladdin | Caliph Kapok | Sootinai | Daru Tavelevil | Malcho | Dominus Tusk | Al Muddy Sultan | Al Muddy | Aziz | Minos and Fatima | Nefir Hasenuf | Nefir's Imps | Arbutus | Magma | Amuk Moonrah | Chaos | Evil Genie | Amin Damoola | Frigeed | Shakata, Razili and Farida | Sand Monster | Sand Shark | Mothias | Ding and Oopo | Queen Deluca | Queen Deluca's Brothers | The Great Rift | Mamluks | Kileem | The Ethereal | Zin and Zang | Kutato | Destane | David Xanatos | Demona | Puck | Quint | Agent X | Lord Dragaunus | Wraith | Baron Blitz | Technor | The Birthday Bandit | Madame Snake | Dehydro | Dr. Drakken | Shego | Señor Senior, Senior | Señor Senior, Junior | Monkey Fist | Gil Moss | Duff Killigan | Professor Dementor | Warhok | Warmonga | Huntsman | The Huntsclan | The Dark Dragon | Eli Excelsior Pandarus | Herbert the Goblin | Councilor Chang | Lord Cedric | Prince Phobos | Elyon Brown | Miranda | Dr. Scorpius | Heinz Doofenshmirtz | Mitch | Aloyse von Roddenstein | Brad Buttowski | Li'l Gideon | .GIFfany | Bill Cipher | The Sorcerer | Hannibal McFist | Willem Viceroy | Catfish Booray | The Sorceress | Jerry Driscoll | Mirror Julian | Lord Hater | Lord Dominator | Hildy Gloom | Grim Gloom | Ludo | Toffee | Rippen | Princess Ivy | Miss Nettle | Wendell Fidget | Crispy | Sir Oliver | Gadfly Garnett | Beatrice Le Beak | Fast Claw | Lord Fathom | Strake | Night Ninja | Ninjalinos | Luna Girl | Romeo

Video Games

The Wizard | Dracula Duck | Manco Capquack | Giant Moon Rat | Snow Monster | Wolfduck | Eggmen | Keelhaul Pete | Jester Hole | Fire Bug | Red and Blue Skeletons | Red and Green Rumbler | Bizarrah | Bernadette the Chicken | Dr. Habbitrale | Chopsuey | The Ghost | Nasira | Arachnid | Evil Sultan | Atticus Thorn | Organization XIII | Xion | Vanitas | Ansem, Seeker of Darkness | Xemnas | Master Xehanort | Young Xehanort | Heartless | Nobodies | Unversed | Dream Eater | Disney Villains Council | Jolly Roger | HEX | Bots | Abraxas | The Shadow Blot | Blotlings | Seers | Spatters | Dropwings | Sweepers | Spladooshes | Slobbers | Blotling Shadow Blot | Beetleworx | Tankers | Bashers | Blotworx | Animatronic Captain Hook | Cranky | Sez | Mizrabel | Zara

Other

Valdou

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki