She has the ability to transform into a giant lizard with superhuman strength and resistance to injury. Fought Iron Man.
Powers and Abilities
- Lizard Form: Tepania claims to have been bonded with a lizard since birth, giving her the power to grow to an extremely large lizard-like creature:
- Superhuman Strength: The vast size of Tepania's lizard form naturally gives vast strength on an unknown level. Iron Man has stated that Tepania could take on the Hulk.
- Superhuman Durability: Tepania's scaly hide allows her to withstand extreme forces like Iron Man's repulsor blasts with little to no harm suffered.
- Shapeshifting: Tepania can switch between her human form and lizard form. She hasn't shown the ability to transform into anything else.
Tepania is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and she has bragged that she has great organizational skills.
Superhuman strength at an unknown level
Sonic Weakness: Tepania appears to be vulnerable to sonic weapons as Iron Man's sonic weapons was able to hurt her, despite his repulsor weapons doing nothing to her.
A tuatara is a rare reptile that resembles a lizard found formerly in New Zealand but now regulated to a handful of islands. Tuatara are held sacred by the indigenous Maori tribe, which could explain the inspiration of Tepania's powers.
Iron Man (Volume 3)
In Deep (July 1998)