Real Name: Apo-Catequil (His Incan name, Tupan is his Tupari name)

Occupation: God of storm, lightning and thunder, patron deity of the Tupari-Guarai Indians

Legal Status: Citizen of El Dorado

Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Tupan except as a mythological deity. He is well-known to the Tupan-Guarai Indians.

Other Aliases: Illyapa (Quecha name), Thomagata (Chibca), Tupa (Tupari-Guarani), Inti-Illyapa, Coqi-Ilya, Illapa, Katoylla, Apu-Illyapa, (variant names), Menechen (Araucanian), Santiago (Spanish), The Weather-God

Place of Birth: Unrevealed

Marital Status: Unknown, possibly single

Known Relatives: Viracocha (father), Cocamama (mother), Coniraya (uncle), Zaramama (aunt), Inti , Caruincho (brothers), Bachue, Cuycha, Chasca, Quilla (sisters), Jurupari, Jacy, Ekkeko, Manco Capac, Vichama (nephews), Huitaca (nieces), Peruda (cousin),

Group AffiliationsThe Incan Gods

Base of Operations: El Dorado

First Appearance: Tupan has not yet made an appearance in the Marvel or DC Universes.

History: Tupan is a member of an unidentified race of extra-dimensional beings who were worshipped as gods by the Incan Empire and the surrounding tribes and cultures of South America. Not much is known about his past. The Incan Empire did not have a unified pantheon of gods until they came to power in the 14th Century AD and actually merged his worship with many of the surrounding foreign thunder-gods of the rival tribes which they conquered and assimilated, but whether or not Tupan was actually all these deities or whether he actually usurped their worship rites is unrevealed.

To the Incan gods, Tupan was a bringer of rain and champion of the gods against their enemies or monsters that would threaten earth. He was the favorite son of Viracocha from whom he gained the role of thunder-god. To bring rain, Tupan would use a slingshot to shatter the jug of water carried by his sister, Cuycha, the rainbow-goddess. 

During the Incan Empire, Incan priests sacrificed young boys to Tupan for rain, but the invading Spanish Conquistadors invaded and took over the region looking for gold. Tupan was unable to defend the Incans against the invaders or seek out more worshippers due to an edict Viracocha had made with the rulers of the gods of Earth. In his absence, modern worship of Tupan was merged with Santiago, the patron saint of Spain brought to South America. In recent years, however, several of the champions of the Earth's gods, most notably Thor and Hercules, have posed as heroes on Earth, especially against creatures as Demogorge.

Height: 7' O"
Weight: 510 lbs
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Strength Level: Tupan possesses Class 100 level strength enabling him to lift (press) well over 100 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Tupan possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Incan Gods. He is extremely long-lived, but he is not immortal like the Olympian gods; he ages at an extremely slow rate and still resembles a young god in his prime. He is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If he were somehow wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Viracocha, Coniraya and Aiomum, or for a number of Incan gods of equal power working together to revive him. Tupan also possesses incredible superhuman strength above any other Incan god and his Doradan metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Doradan flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Incan gods.)

Tupan also has the power to create and command rain and storm, especially thunder and lightning. Contrary to thought, this power does not rest in his club as it does with Thor and his hammer, Mjolnir. Tupan merely uses his club as a way of directing and controlling the forces he commands, such as winds, the strike points of lightning and the direction of rain. His emotions and mood are also connected to the weather and if he is displeased or angry, violent storms, including cyclones and hurricane force winds, can occur.

Abilities: Tupan is adept in unarmed combat utilizing native Incan wrestling mode of fighting.

Weapons: Tupan carries a war club and a slingshot.

Transportation: Tupan traveled from El Dorado in a mystical canoe that sailed down a river into the Manoa (Earth). When he returned to heaven, he created a thunder storm to follow the water skyward.

Comments: Tupan has not yet made an appearance in the Marvel or DC Universes.

Last updated: 02/24/08


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