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T'Challa/Black Panther I Badass: This is an absolute requirement for being the leader of the Panther Cult. Badass Bookworm: Ph.D. in physics. Master of numerous African martial arts. Bullet Proof Vest: His costume is laced with vibranium, making it a lot more than bullet proof. The Champion: Of the Panther God, Bast. Cain and Abel: The Abel to his adoptive brother Hunter's Cain. The Chessmaster: Can play at the level of the likes of Doctor Doom and come out on top. T'Challa has encountered beings statistically far above him and ended up completely trolling them. Church Militant: In a sense, as the representative of the Panther God. Clothes Make the Superman: Not all of his powers come from his suit, but the vibranium weave certainly helps. Cool Mask Diplomatic Impunity: Thanks to his status as ruler of Wakanda. Good Counterpart: It has been pointed out that he is essentially this to Doctor Doom. The Good King Guile Hero: As a tactical, strategic, and political genius, T'Challa is this by default, regularly outwitting his opponents. In the Blood: Only members of the Wakandan royal family can successfully become the Black Panther. Legacy Character: T'Challa was the first cannonical Black Panther, but in-story he inherited the title from his father, who inherited it from another relative before him going back hundreds of years. Panthera Awesome: Named for the black panther, which is his tribe and nation's totem animal. Royals Who Actually Do Something: His nation's greatest warrior and an active diplomat and superhero, as well as a king. Science Hero: When he has to be. The Strategist Super Intelligence: Close enough. He's one of the eight smartest men on the planet, alongside the likes of Reed Richards, Doctor Doom, and Hank Pym. Super Power Lottery: Having a deal with the Panther God will do good things to you. T'Challa has: Super Reflexes: Heightened agility. Super Senses: All of his senses have been enhanced and he can recall anything he has smelled or heard for a long time afterwards. Super Speed: Faster than any recorded human athlete. Super Strength: Not to ridiculous levels, but T'Challa is far stronger than even an Olympic weightlifer. Super Soldier: As the Black Panther, T'Challa is endowed with power by the Panther God to make him his tribe's greatest warrior. Reluctant Warrior: Will kill if he has to, but prefers to avoid it. Warrior Prince Worthy Opponent: To Killmonger and the White Wolf. He and Doctor Doom sometimes feel this way about one another as well, Depending on the Writer. Kevin "Kasper" Cole/"Black Panther" II/White Tiger Anti-Hero Substitute: To T'Challa for a while. Badass Longcoat Becoming the Mask: Impersonated the Black Panther. Slowly came to act like him. Bullet Proof Vest: Wore one of the Panther's vibranium laced suits under his police uniform instead of the standard issue Kevlar vest for a while. He later began impersonating the Black Panther using it, and still has one as White Tiger. Cain and Abel: With his half-brother, Triage. Church Militant: Not intially, but after becoming White Tiger, he is an acolyte in the Panther Cult. Clothes Make the Superman: The same costume favoured by T'Challa. In fact, his first costume was one of T'Challa's old uniforms. Cool Mask Cowboy Cop: Has a definite problem with the rules. Defective Detective Empowered Badass Normal: Already a capable police officer and Panther impersonator before gaining superpowers. Good Angel, Bad Angel: In White and Black when both Black Panther and White Wolf were trying to use him, with T'Challa as the good angel and Hunter as the bad. Legacy Character: Briefly masquaraded as Black Panther, before becoming White Tiger. He's actually the third person to have the title of White Tiger as well, but has no connection to the previous two. Maligned Mixed Marriage: Mom's Jewish, dad's black, and the guys he works with will not leave him alone about it, going so far as to dub him "Kasper" in honour of his paler skin tone. Panthera Awesome: Named for one Super Power Lottery: Possesses synthetic duplicates of all of T'Challa's powers: Super Reflexes: Heightened agility. Super Senses: All of his senses have been enhanced and he can recall anything he has smelled or heard for a long time afterwards. Super Speed: A minor example, but Kasper can hit thirty-five miles an hour. Super Strength: Close enough. He gained the strength of an Olympic athlete with no effort whatsoever. Unwitting Pawn: Of Erik Killmonger, who granted him his powers, and of T'Challa and Hunter, who both try to use him to their own ends early in his career. Worthy Opponent: Killmonger began to see him this way, as did Triage. Shuri/Black Panther III
Ulysses Klaw M'Baku/Man-Ape Always Second Best: The second greatest warrior of Wakanda, always falling just behind T'Challa. Animal Motifs: Gorilla Blade on a Stick: Favours the spear. Dirty Coward: Despite his considerable physical advantages over T'Challa, he repeatedly resorts to poison and sneak attacks and has never used Wakanda's tribal challenge to try and legitimately oust his rival. Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Does seem to genuinely care about his cultists. Evil Counterpart: T'Challa's first one, channeling a far more evil totem spirit to much darker ends. Evil Former Friend: At one point, he and T'Challa actually were friends. Evil Reactionary: Rejects various elements of modernity that conflict with his Religion of Evil. The Fundamentalist: Of a Religion of Evil. Killer Gorilla: Invokes the imagery of one. Large And In Charge Majored in Western Hypocrisy: During Priest's run, he casually dismisses Queen Divine Justice's objections to the White Gorilla religion's practice of female genital mutilation as a view conditional on her "Western ways." Religion of Evil: Heads the White Gorilla Cult, which aims to return Wakanda to a state of primitive traditionalism that includes human sacrifice. Scary Black Man: Huge, angry, and very dark skinned. Super Strength: Far moreso than T'Challa, being capable of hefting ten tonnes according to his official statistics. Villain Team-Up: Frequently joins up with other villainous organisations, including the Masters of Evil and the Lethal Legion. Well-Intentioned Extremist: Honestly does want what's best for his people, within a certain definition of "best." N'Jadaka/Erik Killmonger Always Someone Better: He's T'Challa's intellectual equal and his physical superior, serving as one of the few people who can regularly best The Black Panther in hand-to-hand combat. Alien Phlebotinum: He and his minions derive their physical powers from the mutating energies of the Resurrection Altar, which is actually some sort of alien device that landed in Wakanda millennia ago. It can also bring back the dead in limited ways. Back from the Dead: Repeatedly, thanks to the aforementioned Resurrection Altar. Badass Normal: One of the biggest ones in the Marvelverse. An unpowered human, Killmonger regularly fights Super Soldier T'Challa to a draw and has defeated him on more than one occasion. Batman Gambit: Many of his schemes rely on knowing how T'Challa, the tribal elders of Wakanda, and others will react to his initial provocations. The Big Bad: Of multiple arcs. Dangerously Genre Savvy: Fully aware of the fact that he's the one man who can defeat T'Challa in combat, and uses that to his advantage. Demoted to Dragon: When resurrected by The Mandarin. Evil Genius: You have to be to get the drop on T'Challa. Faux Affably Evil: He's superficially quite courteous to people who seemingly aren't in the way of his vendetta against T'Challa, but as Ross points out, he's actually trying to manipulate people this way and knows full well that he's incredibly intimidating even when he's being polite. Hoist by His Own Petard: When he finally deposes T'Challa in ritual personal combat and subsequently goes through the Panther ritual, his mutated physique — which allowed him to outmatch T'Challa — reacts very badly to the Panther's sacred herb and puts him in a Convenient Coma. Joker Immunity: Will never be Killed Off for Real. Justified by his access to the Resurrection Altar. Large And In Charge: Stands six foot six, towering over most normal people. Laser-Guided Karma: His first defeat happened when, in his moment of triumph, he was shoved off a cliff by a child whose father had been one of the first victims of Killmonger's troops. Manipulative Bastard: He's quite good at getting people and even governments to do exactly what he wants them to in furtherance of his schemes. Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Killmonger? Seriously? It's the name he gave himself to boot. Our Zombies Are Different: K Ilmonger's Death Regiments are living humans mutated into zombie-like forms by the Resurrection Altar. Quirky Miniboss Squad: He has a recurring group of bizarre minions empowered by the Resurrection Altar, including Baron Macabre, King Cadaver, Lord Karnaj, the Bronze Age version of Malice, Salamander K'Ruel, Sombre, Venomm (before his Heel-Face Turn), and Tayete and Kazibe. Revenge: Hates both Klaw and T'Challa, blaming them for his exile from Wakanda. Scary Black Man: He's the SBM that T'Challa isn't. Walking Shirtless Scene: When in his traditional garb. Worthy Opponent: To T'Challa and Kasper. Reverend Achebe Hunter/White Wolf Animal Motifs: White wolves, of course. Antivillain Badass Boast: "I rarely move suddenly, but when I do, it's a sight to behold." Badass in a Nice Suit: His costume can transform into a business suit. Badass Normal: Under his suit, Hunter's just a normal, if exceptionally well-trained man. Bullet Proof Vest: His costume, like T'Challa's, is laced with vibranium, making it a lot more than bullet proof. Cain and Abel: Hunter cannot stand T'Challa and resents him for becoming king. This is tempered, however, by his own loyalty to Wakanda. Clothes Make the Superman: His uniform is made of the same vibranium weave as T'Challa's, carries a cloaking device, and energy dampening boots. Cool Mask Deadpan Snarker Enemy Mine: Given his and T'Challa's mutual goal of making Wakanda great, this has happened. Evil Counterpart: To T'Challa, deliberately designing his White Wolf persona to mirror the Black Panther, and sharing his desire for Wakandan greatness, but not his methods or sense of morality. Former Regime Personnel: He and the Hatut Zeraze are leftover from T'Chaka's secret police. Happily Adopted: Toyed with. White Wolf clearly cared for his adoptive father, T'Chaka, and is head over heels in love with his adopted culture. However, he was never able to overcome the institutionalised xenophobia that characterises Wakanda, was relegated to a behind-the-scenes job by T'Chaka, and is jealous and resentful of his full brother, T'Challa, who does not have to deal with any of these problems. Hired Guns: Became a merc after getting run out of Wakanda. Invisibility Cloak: In his suit. Knight Templar: Will kill anybody who threatens Wakanda. Knight Templar Big Brother: Despite his dislike of T'Challa, he still manages to be this. Man in White: His uniform is pristine white, and can turn into a business suit of the same colour. Mighty Whitey: Subverted. Hunter might be more Wakandan than most Wakandans, but it's done nothing for his sanity, and most of the country never accepted him. My Country, Right or Wrong Only One Name Patriotic Fervor: Hunter's love for Wakanda is his distinguishing feature. Police Brutality: Was exiled for this. The Resenter: Of T'Challa, whom he does not view as strong enough for the role of King of Wakanda. Secret Police: Headed the Hatut Zeraze, the Wakandan secret police under their father, T'Chaka. Most of his mercenaries are made up of former secret policemen. Token Evil Teammate: When acting as an ally to T'Challa. "Well Done, Son!" Guy: With the father in question being not only the late T'Chaka, but all of Wakanda.