Tefé Holland

    Character » Tefé Holland appears in 130 issues.

    The daughter of Swamp Thing and Abby Holland.

    Short summary describing this character.

    Tefé Holland last edited by NightFang3 on 08/16/23 02:56AM View full history

    Originally was a floating spirit called Sprout, who tried to find a body from a recently deceased person, was eventually given a body through Abby Holland having a baby, which was made through the Swamp Thing possessing John Constantine and having sex with her. Due to Constantine having the demon Nergal's blood in his veins at this time, Tefe is also part demon. She eventually becomes the next Earth elemental, beginning a line of human earth elementals.

    Believing Alec Holland, the Earth Elemental known as Swamp Thing, to be dead, the collective consciousness of nature known as the Green created a new protector in the form of a young sprout. When the Green discovered that Holland was still alive, they ordered this now-redundant Sprout executed. A reprieve came in the form of hellbound magician John Constantine. Alec inhabited his body to impregnate his human wife, Abigail Arcane Cable Holland, with the seed of this Sprout. Cloaked in the flesh and blood of an infant child, this first human Elemental was given the name Tefe. With the ability to manipulate both vegetation and flesh on an elemental scale, she may be the most powerful creature who has ever existed.

    Swamp Thing

    Tefe's story begins as a teenager who doesn't fit in. She realizes she doesn't fit with her peers, presumed destines, and even her own flesh. Though her parents hoped that Tefe would heal the growing rift between the plant kingdom and humanity, the Green tried to convince the girl that her actual destiny was to save their ailing planet by destroying mankind. Frightened and confused, a runaway Tefe took several human lives before eventually being found by her parents. Knowing that their wayward child was too powerful to simply be destroyed, Alec and Abby attempted to deprogram Tefe by placing her far from the swamps. They placed her with a loving human family that believed her to be their own gravely ill daughter, Mary Conway.

    As it turns out, Tefé is actually the daughter of the Swamp Thing and Abby Holland. They hoped that their child would be a better elemental, one able to mend the rift between the two worlds. The happiest days of Abby's life were when she was pregnant with her. They named her after the river that flows from the parliament's grove. But something went wrong. The parliament (retired elementals) seemed to go crazy. They wanted to convince Tefe that her true mission was to punish humans for crimes against nature. Swamp Thing did not allow it, but a part of Tefe truly believed her destiny was to destroy the human race. Frightened and confused, she disappeared shortly after. For more than a year. Abby had no idea where she was. Because of this, Swamp Thing and Abby decided to separate.

    After months of living the sort of normal, boring existence Abby thought she wanted, she decided to find her daughter and bring her back into her life. Abby spends over a year following leads until she tracks her down to a Westlake, Ohio. To her surprise, she finds her husband waiting for her and they get back together. But this was a bad time, for they find that Tefe has fused a group of loggers' hands and feet together and strung them up like big paper dolls until they bled into one another.

    At this point, the couple realize that they are going to have to get some outside assistance. They immediately know who the only person who can help them is, John Constantine. He tells them Tefe's power is too powerful to simply be destroyed. The power of the green is too much for any kid to handle and that she might destroy the world before the power finally destroys her. Constantine decides her powers can't be removed, but they can be the cost of one human life. John can erase Tefe's memories, but they need to switch her with another little girl, put her in a new world with a new life and a new family that will love her as their own, or Tefe will go right back to her old self. They choose Mary Conway, an already terminally ill girl days away from dying. Constantine temporarily erases Tefe's memories, Swamp thing then manipulates Tefe's own flesh-shaping powers to give her Mary's exact appearance. Her body was transforming down to the very last cell.

    Apparently, Tefe's true nature was reawakened, as she murdered two of the Conway girl's friends and used her powers to create a lifeless simulacrum of Mary herself, presumably to convince Alec and Abby that their daughter is dead. Refusing to pay blind allegiance to the Green or humanity, Tefe is now looking for something she can trust to tell her what her true purpose is. And it has become very clear that she is willing to destroy anything that gets in her way.

    When Tefe goes back to the green, she meets Knoll, a minor plant elemental who takes her to see the parliament of trees. But to her dismay, the entire parliament is dead. The supposedly immortal parliament started out as trees, but in they end, they weren't any different from humans. They eventually grew mad with power and crumbled into nothing. Knoll tells Tefe the reason she was brought here is to realize what happens to plants who try to be something they're not and that she's a part of the green or she's human. Since Tefe has the power to obliterate every last man and woman, and reclaim this planet for the plants, Knoll wants to use her as a weapon against humans. Nowhere in between. When asked which side she chooses, Tefe responds "My own." and leaves.

    Tefe then takes a job on a crab boat, where she meets a man named Lawrence. Lawrence is trying to write a book using Tefe as the main character. But after four months of trying, he decides Tefe is just too one-dimensional to be the heart of his story. He decides that sometimes, the best thing an author can do to his story is cut the one thing he loves most. Lawrence stabs Phoebe, and frames fellow crew member Hank. The captain believes his story and Hank is hanged. Chaos ensues as the Captain's wife Cheryl believes that her husband is the murderer and blamed Hank as an excuse to murder him. She threatens to kill him, but he jumps overboard before she can. When she realizes she was wrong, she is about to commit suicide until Tefe seemingly comes back from the dead. To save himself from Tefe, Lawrence takes Cheryl hostage. He ends up shooting her and her unborn child, and Tefe feeds him to the crabs. She tries to save Cheryl with her power, but is unable to.


    • Height: 5'6" (varies)
    • Weight: 125 lbs (varies)
    • Eyes: Green (varies)
    • Hair: White (varies)
    • Citizenship: American
    • Relatives: John Constantine (Biological Father), Swamp Thing (Spiritual Father), Abby Holland (Mother)


    • Plant Elemental: Tefé Holland wields elemental mastery over all forms of plant life through a connection to The Green.
      • Chlorokinesis
    • Flesh Elemental: Tefé Holland wields elemental mastery over flesh through a connection to The Red.
      • Animal Control
      • Metamorphosis

    Other Media

    Tefé as they appear in Harley Quinn
    Tefé as they appear in Harley Quinn

    Tefé has recently appeared in season 4 episode 5 of the animated Harley Quinn series as a mentee of Poison Ivy alongside Terra and Volcana. When Gordon refers to the three as "ladies", Tefé states "we're not all women", potentially indicating they are non-binary.


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