Ma-Ti is the fifth Planeteer to be summoned. He is from South America, and has the power of Heart.
Ma-Ti is an orphan, as learned in the episode A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste Part I. His parents were killed during political unrest, but Ma-Ti does not believe they died in vain, as the issues they were fighting for soon resolved as a result of the awful night the village was attacked.
Ma-Ti was raised by his village Shaman, whom he sometimes refers to as "grandfather".
He has a natural empathy and understanding, and his instincts are usually right.
He is the youngest of the Planeteers, but he is usually the first to see reason and expose the truth to the others if they are lost or arguing.
Though Ma-Ti cannot offer much in a physical fight against any eco-villains, his gentle nature and his insticts, as well as his Heart power, provides balance and calm to the team.
Ma-Ti can communicate with animals, and with other humans, using telepathic powers. This comes in handy when the Planeteers are separated or in trouble, or when they need to call for help from surrounding townspeople or animals. Ma-Ti also helps to link the other Planeteers back to Gaia and Hope Island, as well as Captain Planet.
Ma-Ti is very trustworthy and gentle. His instincts can usually counted on to be right, though he is not always listened to by the older Planeteers. Ma-Ti and Gaia seem to have a special bond from the very first episode.
Ma-Ti has a pet monkey named Suchi.
Ma-Ti is the youngest and smallest of the Planeteers. He has dark hair, olive skin and dark eyes. Ma-Ti wears a blue necklace and he has red arm-bands around his upper arm, decorated with feathers.
Family and Relationships
Suchi is a monkey Ma-Ti saves in the first episode. Suchi hands Ma-Ti's ring to him and accompanies him to Hope Island.
Suchi often gets into mischief, and chatters and shrieks when things disturb or upset him. However, he has proved himself useful many times by helping the Planeteers out of a tight spot.
He often travels on Ma-Ti's shoulder, and communicates with him directly, thanks to Ma-Ti's power of Heart.
Ma-ti's parents were activists who tried to prevent the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. Both of Ma-ti's parents were killed when he was a young boy when his village was set on fire by people who opposed them. His father was called "Chico" in the episode A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste Part I. This is possibly a reference to Chico Mendes, a Brazilain environmental activist, who fought to stop the burning and logging of the Amazon rainforest to make room for cattle ranching, and who was eventually murdered by ranchers who opposed him.
- A Hero for Earth
- Rain of Terror
- The Big Clam-Up
- Radiant Amazon
- A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste Part 1
The Planeteers have nearly crashed, and Suchi is thrown about the cabin, caught safely by Ma-Ti.
Ma-Ti: I told you to wear your seatbelt, Suchi!
Ma-Ti: We made it!
Kwame: Now to re-energise Captain Planet!
Linka: He needs to get back in touch with the powers that make him strong.
Gi: A good, healthy dose of pure sunshine!
Kwame: A touch of earth, air and water.
Ma-Ti: And good friends cheering for him!
Wheeler: Come on, little buddy! Time to rock'n'roll.
Ma-Ti: I am not coming with you.
Ma-Ti: I will just get in your way. I do not have what it takes to be a Planeteer.
Wheeler: Come on, Ma-Ti. You don't really mean that. Pick up your ring and -
Ma-Ti: No, Wheeler! Just go away! Just go away.
Wheeler: Okay, little buddy. If that's how you feel...
Ma-Ti: Heart. I can sense fear and panic... my friends are in terrible danger! I don't care how dangerous it is! I must help them.
Ma-Ti: All this arguing leads nowhere! I know. I have seen it...
Ma-Ti's flashback begins:
Ma-Ti: My father's people and my mother's village could not see eye-to-eye. It cost many their lives, and some, even more. My father and mother's people each worked for sustainable use of the forest. But they did not always work together.
Man: Chico (Ma-Ti's father), I do not trust those Indians.
Villager: It is you white men who are always breaking your promise!
Chico: Please, friends, we have worked in harmony with this land too long. The forest is our life!
Developer: All of you clear out of here!
The crowd disperses, with each side grumbling about the other. Ma-Ti stands as a young child beside his father (Chico). Chico approaches the developer standing by the bulldozers.
Chico: It is not over!
Developer: Be careful, Chico. We have ways of dealing with trouble-makers like you.
Night time, and Ma-Ti's parents are talking gently to him:
Mother: Ma-Ti, try to understand...
Ma-Ti: No, I will not go!
Chico: Son, it is not safe for you to stay here. You must go and live with the Shaman, until the danger passes.
Ma-Ti: But, if it is dangerous, you and Momma must come too!
Chico: Your mother and I cannot run. We must stay as an example to the coalition.
Mother: Indians and rubber-tappers must stand united. Saving the forest is the most important thing.
Shaman: Come, Ma-Ti. It is time to go.
Ma-Ti: Yes, Grandfather.
Chico: Remember, my son... No matter the odds, you must always follow your heart.
Ma-Ti nods, and hugs his parents for the last time before following the Shaman out the door. Once he is out of sight, his parents cry.
That night, Ma-Ti and Shaman are sleeping up on a cliff over-looking the village, Ma-Ti awakes and sees the village burning. He screams, and he and the Shaman hurry down to help the villagers, but they are too late.
Ma-Ti: We ran as fast as we could, but by the time we got there, it was too late. I thought my heart would break when I found my father's necklace. My mother had made it for him. I never saw my parents again. But that horrible night solidified the coalition. The people all worked together to stop the clear-cutting and save the trees - and the animals!
Still from The Dead Seas
Looking up at the wall while running the obstacle course on Hope Island
Ma-Ti in a mud puddle in Rain of Terror
Ma-Ti takes off his ring in the episode Rain of Terror
Ma-Ti can feel the other Planeteers panicking. (Rain of Terror)
Using his ring in Rain of Terror
Still from Rain of Terror
Ma-Ti successfully rescues the other Planeteers in Rain of Terror
On a train in Darwinia, in The Blue Car Line
Using his Heart power in The Blue Car Line
Throwing a rock at a supporting post for a water tower in The Blue Car Line
In a runaway train car in The Blue Car Line