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* Te Fiti once her heart is restored. She simply touches the ground, and in a matter of seconds lush jungles, complete with fully grown trees, spring up. She then recreates Maui's fishhook and Moana's canoe almost casually, without any apparent signs of effort. You see ''exactly'' why the power of creation is spoken of so highly, and why everyone wants it.

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** The best part? ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austronesian_peoples#Austronesian_expansion It actually happened]]'' (minus the singing-probably). At one point, people speaking Austronesian languages and possessing a neolithic level of technology sailed out of their homeland (probably Taiwan) with incredibly fragile boats and explored the Pacific and Indian Oceans, establing settlements as far south as New Zealand, as far east as Madagascar, as far west as Hawaii and Rapa Nui, and even possibly ''reaching South America and trading with the locals'' as pointed out by the spread of the sweet potato (an American plant) in Hawaii, Rapa Nui and Polynesia. And they did so without ever knowing writing, thus having to rely on memory and direct transmission to maintain the navigational knowledge that made facing the oceans possible.


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* Maui himself. Think about it. He was [[spoiler:an abandoned child, left to die by his parents,]] but he managed to become the greatest hero in Polynesian legend. Heck, between all his amazing heroic feats, he SHAPED the world Moana lives in. In this universe, this guy is single-handedly responsible for ALL the MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality.

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* Maui himself. Think about it. He was [[spoiler:an an abandoned child, left to die by his parents,]] parents, but he managed to become the greatest hero in Polynesian legend. Heck, between all his amazing heroic feats, he SHAPED the world Moana lives in. In this universe, this guy is single-handedly responsible for ALL the MagicalUnderpinningsOfReality.



* Moana [[spoiler:tricking Tamatoa with a decoy of the Heart, made by coating a barnacle with glowing green algae.]]
** Bonus points for her [[spoiler: [[BorrowedCatchphrase borrowing Maui's catchphrase]] as they make their return to the surface. '''CHEE-HOOOO!''']]
* [[spoiler:Moana asks the ocean to take back the heart, but then builds up her determination and changes her mind... only this time she doesn't just ask the ocean to give it back! What does she do? Dives in, finds the heart at the ocean floor, grabs the thing HERSELF, and gets back on the boat, all in the span of 10 seconds! Basically her way of saying, "Know what, ocean? You brought me this far, but I got it from here!". She will return the heart to Te Fiti even if Maui is no longer in the picture. Determination!]]

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* Moana [[spoiler:tricking tricking Tamatoa with a decoy of the Heart, made by coating a barnacle with glowing green algae.]]
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** Bonus points for her [[spoiler: [[BorrowedCatchphrase borrowing Maui's catchphrase]] as they make their return to the surface. '''CHEE-HOOOO!''']]
'''CHEE-HOOOO!'''
* [[spoiler:Moana Moana asks the ocean to take back the heart, but then builds up her determination and changes her mind... only this time she doesn't just ask the ocean to give it back! What does she do? Dives in, finds the heart at the ocean floor, grabs the thing HERSELF, and gets back on the boat, all in the span of 10 seconds! Basically her way of saying, "Know what, ocean? You brought me this far, but I got it from here!". She will return the heart to Te Fiti even if Maui is no longer in the picture. Determination!]]Determination!



* Moana [[spoiler:modifying the line her Grandmother gave her from a request into a personal mantra: I am Moana of Motunui. Aboard my boat I will sail across the sea, and restore the heart of Te Fiti! Up to now her entire quest was about getting ''Maui'' to complete the mission. Finally she realized that she brought everything about ''herself'', and that it would be her that saves the world when Maui ran away.]]
* Moana using Maui's own trick of [[spoiler:spinning the boat]], that he had used earlier to evade the Kakamora, this time to [[spoiler: misdirect Te Kā and give her time to get past her.]]

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* Moana [[spoiler:modifying modifying the line her Grandmother gave her from a request into a personal mantra: I am Moana of Motunui. Aboard my boat I will sail across the sea, and restore the heart of Te Fiti! Up to now her entire quest was about getting ''Maui'' to complete the mission. Finally she realized that she brought everything about ''herself'', and that it would be her that saves the world when Maui ran away.]]
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* Moana using Maui's own trick of [[spoiler:spinning spinning the boat]], boat, that he had used earlier to evade the Kakamora, this time to [[spoiler: misdirect Te Kā and give her time to get past her.]]



* [[spoiler:Maui, [[HeroicBSOD who left Moana after his fish hook gets cracked after his first battle with Te Kā]], [[ChangedMyMindKid returning to help Moana get the heart back to Te Fiti]] by fighting Te Kā, providing a distraction so Moana can get past. His rapid-fire shape-shifting is a truly EPIC sight to behold, and he slices through Te Kā's limbs with his fishhook like they were hot butter, repeatedly forcing her to regenerate them instead of throwing lava bombs at the vulnerable Moana.]]

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* [[spoiler:Maui, Maui, [[HeroicBSOD who left Moana after his fish hook gets cracked after his first battle with Te Kā]], [[ChangedMyMindKid returning to help Moana get the heart back to Te Fiti]] by fighting Te Kā, providing a distraction so Moana can get past. His rapid-fire shape-shifting is a truly EPIC sight to behold, and he slices through Te Kā's limbs with his fishhook like they were hot butter, repeatedly forcing her to regenerate them instead of throwing lava bombs at the vulnerable Moana.]]



** [[spoiler:He still stands his ground against Te Kā even ''after'' his fish hook is destroyed, performing the [[BadassBoast Haka]], a traditional warrior chant and accompanied dance of Polynesian cultures meant to [[BringIt show prowess and strength to intimidate the enemy]], risking everything he had left to save Moana and he was going to go out chanting boldly in defiance of Te Kā.]] And given how much he seems to love having fun and just life in general, his [[FaceDeathWithDignity willingness to die]] for Moana is very powerful.
* Moana's [[spoiler:[[UnflinchingWalk determined, almost serene, slow motion walk across the parted (at her request) ocean to confront Te Kā, as the terrifying lava god charges at her. SHE DOESN'T EVEN FLINCH.]] With good reason - by this time, she figured out that Te Kā and Te Fiti [[FallenHero were one and the same]], and returning her heart would calm her rage.]]

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** [[spoiler:He He still stands his ground against Te Kā even ''after'' his fish hook is destroyed, performing the [[BadassBoast Haka]], a traditional warrior chant and accompanied dance of Polynesian cultures meant to [[BringIt show prowess and strength to intimidate the enemy]], risking everything he had left to save Moana and he was going to go out chanting boldly in defiance of Te Kā.]] Kā. And given how much he seems to love having fun and just life in general, his [[FaceDeathWithDignity willingness to die]] for Moana is very powerful.
* Moana's [[spoiler:[[UnflinchingWalk [[UnflinchingWalk determined, almost serene, slow motion walk across the parted (at her request) ocean to confront Te Kā, as the terrifying lava god charges at her. SHE DOESN'T EVEN FLINCH.]] With good reason - by this time, she figured out that Te Kā and Te Fiti [[FallenHero were one and the same]], and returning her heart would calm her rage.]]



** It should be pointed out that while Moana knew [[spoiler:restoring her heart would calm her, she didn't have the option of just putting it back in.]] So what does she do? [[spoiler:Armed with nothing but her voice and her compassion, she calms Te Kā ''herself''.]]
* Moana's CharacterDevelopment is second to none: a brave, stubborn {{Determinator}} used to fighting, stunting, persuading, or commanding her way around obstacles, her approach gets her in trouble when she follows her dream--voyaging onto the ocean--and faces forces she has no way to command or control, starting with ''the ocean itself'' and followed by a sequence of gods, monsters, and demons. What does Moana do? Learn to be a navigator: read the signs, use finesse and know-how to optimize her actions to the environment, and find her own way. Her {{Determinator}} tendencies get her in trouble during her first attempt to [[spoiler: breach the outer islands and deliver Te Fiti's Heart past Te Kā, when she tries to power through a gap under heavy fire.]] After everything goes disastrously wrong in her DarkestHour, what does she do? [[spoiler: Use the skills she learned as a wayfinder to work her way cleverly past Te Kā, despite being completely alone, a single powerless UnchosenOne with no demigod and no ocean to back her up.]] Her compassion [[spoiler: is what saves Te Fiti]] but the intelligence and skill that she learned along the way in dealing with tremendous forces is what gets her there [[spoiler: and makes her the perfect one to re-awaken the traditions of her people as their voyager-chief.]]

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** It should be pointed out that while Moana knew [[spoiler:restoring restoring her heart would calm her, she didn't have the option of just putting it back in.]] in. So what does she do? [[spoiler:Armed Armed with nothing but her voice and her compassion, she calms Te Kā ''herself''.]]
''herself''.
* Moana's CharacterDevelopment is second to none: a brave, stubborn {{Determinator}} used to fighting, stunting, persuading, or commanding her way around obstacles, her approach gets her in trouble when she follows her dream--voyaging onto the ocean--and faces forces she has no way to command or control, starting with ''the ocean itself'' and followed by a sequence of gods, monsters, and demons. What does Moana do? Learn to be a navigator: read the signs, use finesse and know-how to optimize her actions to the environment, and find her own way. Her {{Determinator}} tendencies get her in trouble during her first attempt to [[spoiler: breach the outer islands and deliver Te Fiti's Heart past Te Kā, when she tries to power through a gap under heavy fire.]] fire. After everything goes disastrously wrong in her DarkestHour, what does she do? [[spoiler: Use the skills she learned as a wayfinder to work her way cleverly past Te Kā, despite being completely alone, a single powerless UnchosenOne with no demigod and no ocean to back her up.]] up. Her compassion [[spoiler: is what saves Te Fiti]] Fiti but the intelligence and skill that she learned along the way in dealing with tremendous forces is what gets her there [[spoiler: and makes her the perfect one to re-awaken the traditions of her people as their voyager-chief.]]



* [[spoiler:Moana's parents coming out of the film alive. ''Both of them''. Usually, being a parent is the most hazardous occupation in a Disney film, and it's rare that both of a character's parents make it to the end without some horrible fate befalling them, or one of them being a horrible ass (like Jim Hawkins' father).]]

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* [[spoiler:Moana's Moana's parents coming out of the film alive. ''Both of them''. Usually, being a parent is the most hazardous occupation in a Disney film, and it's rare that both of a character's parents make it to the end without some horrible fate befalling them, or one of them being a horrible ass (like Jim Hawkins' father).]]



* When Moana leaves Motunui on her little boat, she has to go on the most basic knowledge of sailing possible (it seems unlikely her father even let her learn how to steer a fishing boat), and she has trouble just keeping her balance on the craft. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Moana's parents watch her return to the island, cutting across the sea as though her boat is an extension of her own body. The music and the [[http://caps.pictures/201/6-moana/full/moana-disneyscreencaps.com-11159.jpg hero shot]] of her show that the movie knows exactly how incredible she has become. And then? She teaches her people how to sail, and they begin exploring the islands as their ancestors did.]]

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* When Moana leaves Motunui on her little boat, she has to go on the most basic knowledge of sailing possible (it seems unlikely her father even let her learn how to steer a fishing boat), and she has trouble just keeping her balance on the craft. At the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Moana's parents watch her return to the island, cutting across the sea as though her boat is an extension of her own body. The music and the [[http://caps.pictures/201/6-moana/full/moana-disneyscreencaps.com-11159.jpg hero shot]] of her show that the movie knows exactly how incredible she has become. And then? She teaches her people how to sail, and they begin exploring the islands as their ancestors did.]]


* During [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qzKbOXw4D8 her and Lin-Manuel Miranda's performance of "How Far I'll Go" at the 2017 Oscars]], Auli'I Cravalho is actually accidentally bumped on the head by one of the flag-holders behind her. Despite this, she continues singing without missing a beat, as though it never hit her, which is nothing short of impressive. Way to hold it together, Auli'I!

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* During [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qzKbOXw4D8 [[https://youtu.be/fGegMN8GL_w her and Lin-Manuel Miranda's performance of "How Far I'll Go" at the 2017 Oscars]], Auli'I Cravalho is actually accidentally bumped on the head by one of the flag-holders behind her. Despite this, she continues singing without missing a beat, as though it never hit her, which is nothing short of impressive. Way to hold it together, Auli'I!


** [[spoiler:He still stands his ground against Te Kā even ''after'' his fish hook is destroyed, performing the Haka, a traditional warrior chant and accompanied dance of Polynesian cultures meant to show prowess and strength to intimidate the enemy, risking everything he had left to save Moana and he was going to go out chanting boldly in defiance of Te Kā.]] And given how much he seems to love having fun and just life in general, his [[FaceDeathWithDignity willingness to die]] for Moana is very powerful.

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** [[spoiler:He still stands his ground against Te Kā even ''after'' his fish hook is destroyed, performing the Haka, [[BadassBoast Haka]], a traditional warrior chant and accompanied dance of Polynesian cultures meant to [[BringIt show prowess and strength to intimidate the enemy, enemy]], risking everything he had left to save Moana and he was going to go out chanting boldly in defiance of Te Kā.]] And given how much he seems to love having fun and just life in general, his [[FaceDeathWithDignity willingness to die]] for Moana is very powerful.


* Moana using Maui's own trick of [[spoiler:spinning the boat]], that he had used earlier to evade the Kakamora, this time to [[spoiler: misdirect Te Kaa and give her time to get past her.]]

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* Moana using Maui's own trick of [[spoiler:spinning the boat]], that he had used earlier to evade the Kakamora, this time to [[spoiler: misdirect Te Kaa and give her time to get past her.]]



* [[spoiler:Maui, [[HeroicBSOD who left Moana after his fish hook gets cracked after his first battle with Te Ka]], [[ChangedMyMindKid returning to help Moana get the heart back to Te Fiti]] by fighting Te Ka, providing a distraction so Moana can get past. His rapid-fire shape-shifting is a truly EPIC sight to behold, and he slices through Te Ka's limbs with his fishhook like they were hot butter, repeatedly forcing her to regenerate them instead of throwing lava bombs at the vulnerable Moana.]]
** His opening move is to fly up close and then turn into a whale in midair. He promptly falls into the water, the splash drenching Te Ka, simultaneously creating a wave that propels Moana forward.
** [[spoiler:He still stands his ground against Te Ka even ''after'' his fish hook is destroyed, performing the Haka, a traditional warrior chant and accompanied dance of Polynesian cultures meant to show prowess and strength to intimidate the enemy, risking everything he had left to save Moana and he was going to go out chanting boldly in defiance of Te Ka.]] And given how much he seems to love having fun and just life in general, his [[FaceDeathWithDignity willingness to die]] for Moana is very powerful.
* Moana's [[spoiler:[[UnflinchingWalk determined, almost serene, slow motion walk across the parted (at her request) ocean to confront Te Ka, as the terrifying lava god charges at her. SHE DOESN'T EVEN FLINCH.]] With good reason - by this time, she figured out that Te Ka and Te Fiti [[FallenHero were one and the same]], and returning her heart would calm her rage.]]

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* [[spoiler:Maui, [[HeroicBSOD who left Moana after his fish hook gets cracked after his first battle with Te Ka]], Kā]], [[ChangedMyMindKid returning to help Moana get the heart back to Te Fiti]] by fighting Te Ka, Kā, providing a distraction so Moana can get past. His rapid-fire shape-shifting is a truly EPIC sight to behold, and he slices through Te Ka's Kā's limbs with his fishhook like they were hot butter, repeatedly forcing her to regenerate them instead of throwing lava bombs at the vulnerable Moana.]]
** His opening move is to fly up close and then turn into a whale in midair. He promptly falls into the water, the splash drenching Te Ka, Kā, simultaneously creating a wave that propels Moana forward.
** [[spoiler:He still stands his ground against Te Ka even ''after'' his fish hook is destroyed, performing the Haka, a traditional warrior chant and accompanied dance of Polynesian cultures meant to show prowess and strength to intimidate the enemy, risking everything he had left to save Moana and he was going to go out chanting boldly in defiance of Te Ka.Kā.]] And given how much he seems to love having fun and just life in general, his [[FaceDeathWithDignity willingness to die]] for Moana is very powerful.
* Moana's [[spoiler:[[UnflinchingWalk determined, almost serene, slow motion walk across the parted (at her request) ocean to confront Te Ka, Kā, as the terrifying lava god charges at her. SHE DOESN'T EVEN FLINCH.]] With good reason - by this time, she figured out that Te Ka and Te Fiti [[FallenHero were one and the same]], and returning her heart would calm her rage.]]



** It should be pointed out that while Moana knew [[spoiler:restoring her heart would calm her, she didn't have the option of just putting it back in.]] So what does she do? [[spoiler:Armed with nothing but her voice and her compassion, she calms Te Ka ''herself''.]]
* Moana's CharacterDevelopment is second to none: a brave, stubborn {{Determinator}} used to fighting, stunting, persuading, or commanding her way around obstacles, her approach gets her in trouble when she follows her dream--voyaging onto the ocean--and faces forces she has no way to command or control, starting with ''the ocean itself'' and followed by a sequence of gods, monsters, and demons. What does Moana do? Learn to be a navigator: read the signs, use finesse and know-how to optimize her actions to the environment, and find her own way. Her {{Determinator}} tendencies get her in trouble during her first attempt to [[spoiler: breach the outer islands and deliver Te Fiti's Heart past Te Ka, when she tries to power through a gap under heavy fire.]] After everything goes disastrously wrong in her DarkestHour, what does she do? [[spoiler: Use the skills she learned as a wayfinder to work her way cleverly past Te Ka, despite being completely alone, a single powerless UnchosenOne with no demigod and no ocean to back her up.]] Her compassion [[spoiler: is what saves Te Fiti]] but the intelligence and skill that she learned along the way in dealing with tremendous forces is what gets her there [[spoiler: and makes her the perfect one to re-awaken the traditions of her people as their voyager-chief.]]

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** It should be pointed out that while Moana knew [[spoiler:restoring her heart would calm her, she didn't have the option of just putting it back in.]] So what does she do? [[spoiler:Armed with nothing but her voice and her compassion, she calms Te Ka ''herself''.]]
* Moana's CharacterDevelopment is second to none: a brave, stubborn {{Determinator}} used to fighting, stunting, persuading, or commanding her way around obstacles, her approach gets her in trouble when she follows her dream--voyaging onto the ocean--and faces forces she has no way to command or control, starting with ''the ocean itself'' and followed by a sequence of gods, monsters, and demons. What does Moana do? Learn to be a navigator: read the signs, use finesse and know-how to optimize her actions to the environment, and find her own way. Her {{Determinator}} tendencies get her in trouble during her first attempt to [[spoiler: breach the outer islands and deliver Te Fiti's Heart past Te Ka, Kā, when she tries to power through a gap under heavy fire.]] After everything goes disastrously wrong in her DarkestHour, what does she do? [[spoiler: Use the skills she learned as a wayfinder to work her way cleverly past Te Ka, Kā, despite being completely alone, a single powerless UnchosenOne with no demigod and no ocean to back her up.]] Her compassion [[spoiler: is what saves Te Fiti]] but the intelligence and skill that she learned along the way in dealing with tremendous forces is what gets her there [[spoiler: and makes her the perfect one to re-awaken the traditions of her people as their voyager-chief.]]

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** His opening move is to fly up close and then turn into a whale in midair. He promptly falls into the water, the splash drenching Te Ka, simultaneously creating a wave that propels Moana forward.


** For sailing reference, [[https://hawaiianpaddlesports.com/outrigger-canoe-maui/the-history-of-canoe-surfing/ Moana is surfing the canoe in on a wave]], which is a ridiculously difficult and dangerous technique. In pre-colonial Hawai'i, canoe surfing was a technique reserved only for the ali'i or royalty.

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** For sailing reference, [[https://hawaiianpaddlesports.com/outrigger-canoe-maui/the-history-of-canoe-surfing/ Moana is surfing the canoe in on a wave]], which is a ridiculously difficult and dangerous technique. In pre-colonial Hawai'i, Hawaii, canoe surfing was a technique reserved only for the ali'i or royalty.

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** The success of the dub has started talks of creating a Hawaiian version, with Auli'i Cravalho reprising her role.



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** For sailing reference, [[https://hawaiianpaddlesports.com/outrigger-canoe-maui/the-history-of-canoe-surfing/ Moana is surfing the canoe in on a wave]], which is a ridiculously difficult and dangerous technique. In pre-colonial Hawai'i, canoe surfing was a technique reserved only for the ali'i or royalty.

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***It does seem in-character for Maui to leave out any help he may have had in order to make himself look better.


* This [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/world/asia/maori-moana-new-zealand.html?mcubz=1 article]] talks about how an officially Disney-sanctioned Maori dub of the film the film managed to help a dying language thrive once again.

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* This [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/world/asia/maori-moana-new-zealand.html?mcubz=1 article]] talks about how an officially Disney-sanctioned Maori dub of the film the film managed to help a dying language thrive once again.


* This [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/world/asia/maori-moana-new-zealand.html?mcubz=1 article]] talks about how the film managed to help a dying language thrive once again.

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* This [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/world/asia/maori-moana-new-zealand.html?mcubz=1 article]] talks about how an officially Disney-sanctioned Maori dub of the film the film managed to help a dying language thrive once again.


'''Maui:''' ''[Does a little child-like dance in overjoyment, but doesn't even dare to take the Hook from the Goddess' hand.]''\\

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'''Maui:''' ''[Does a little child-like dance in overjoyment, joy, but doesn't even dare to take the Hook from the Goddess' hand.]''\\

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