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Black Panther

AKA: T'Challa
Debut: Fantastic Four Vol. 1, #52

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Occasionally seen wielding weapons made of vibranium, plus he's wielded the Ebony Blade in the past.
  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: It helps that they're not natural and are made of vibranium.
  • Animal Eyes: Has been depicted with panther like vertical pupils but that seems to have been relegated to Canon Discontinuity.
  • Anti-Magic: The Ebony Blade, but even without the Ebony Blade at his disposal T'challa still routinely shuts down magical foes.
  • The Atoner: T'Challa promises to be this when Wakanda is threatened by internal strife in Black Panther (2016). He assures Kwabena Ware that he will honor the memory of Kwabena's brother, whom he failed to save.
    T'Challa: I honor Kwaku Ware. I will honor him until my last breath, knowing that all of my breaths are but his mercy. I did not save him. May I suffer a thousand torments for this, so long as I suffer them alone and no more Wakandans die. That is my sacred duty. Because this is what I am—a king.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: To be Badass is an absolute requirement for being the leader of the Panther Cult.
  • Badass Bookworm: Ph.D. in physics. Master of numerous African martial arts.
  • Badass Cape: Gained one in the 90's complete with winged collar, just look at the character image.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Shuri.
  • Brought Down to Badass: Often unfortunately used in conjunction with Badass Decay, but fortunately it never lasts.
  • Blade on a Stick
  • Bullet Proof Vest: His costume is laced with vibranium, making it a lot more than bullet proof.
  • The Cape: Manages to be both this and The Cowl, depending on how he's being portrayed.
  • 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.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: Despite also having super powers
  • 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
  • Cool Teacher: As Luke Charles, his Secret Identity that he used in the 70's to join The Avengers.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: It comes with being the Black Panther and/or the King of the Dead.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Thanks to his status as ruler of Wakanda.
  • Dual Wielding: He quite often dual wields his energy daggers
  • Good Counterpart: It has been pointed out that he is essentially this to Doctor Doom.
    • He could also be considered one to Namor: The Sub Mariner, depending on whether Namor is considered evil or not.
  • Good Is Not Nice
  • The Good King: Deconstructed in Black Panther (2016). T'Challa genuinely cares for his people, but many Wakandans, including several Dora Milaje, question the relevancy of the monarchy.
    • In Black Panther (2016), T'Challa's efforts to protect his people actually result in harm to his subjects. In one scene, he puts down a miners' riot (secretly inflamed by Zenzi), knocking several miners unconscious in the process. In another scene, he defeats several armed men in Zenzi's cult, only to discover that he has left their wives and children bereft.
    • In Black Panther (2016), a would-be suicide bomber reminds T'Challa that he failed to protect his people.
    Kwabena Ware: You speak of hope? My hope died when Namor drowned my village. It died against when the Black Order made my brother beg for death. Where were you when your country needed you? Gallavanting with Avengers? Bedding down with the weather witch? And now you threaten me? You accuse me of destroying what you could not bother to defend?
  • Government in Exile: Too many times to count.
  • Guile Hero: As a tactical, strategic, and political genius, T'Challa is this by default, regularly outwitting his opponents.
  • Honour Before Reason: Can sometimes fall prey to this, although he's smart enough not to let it become his Fatal Flaw.
    • Played for Laughs when he and retinue are forced to ride around in Everett's 2-seater Miata instead of their limousines on their visit to America.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Frequently, often with Iron Man,Namor, or Shuri his sister.
  • Heroic Lineage: Only members of the Wakandan royal family can successfully become the Black Panther.
  • Invisibility Cloak: Has been seen(or not seen as is the case) using one occasionally.
  • Laser Blade: His Weapon of Choice from Volume 3 onwards.
  • Legacy Character: T'Challa was the first canonical 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.
  • Magic Knight: He's either this or The Paladin
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: A benevolent version, his spirit is directly linked to all the Black Panthers who came before him.
  • Missing Mom: His biological mother suffered Death by Childbirth, and his adoptive mother was kidnapped while he was just a child although she eventually returned.
  • The Mole: An odd example in that he could be considered this to The Avengers having initially joined them primarily to spy on them for his own purposes, doesn't stop him from genuinely helping them and considering them his friends.
  • Multi-Melee Master: He's unquestionably proficient with any weapon you can name, although Heroes Prefer Swords.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Outside of Wakanda, although he's sometimes hit with this wile in his homeland
  • Omniglot: It's never really commented on but in Christopher Priest's run he's shown speaking at least two languages per issue.
  • Only Sane Man: In the Illuminati, when the role isn't taken by Captain America.
  • Panthera Awesome: Named for the black panther, which is his tribe and nation's totem animal.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Will kill if he has to, but prefers to avoid it.
  • Renaissance Man
  • 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: A good example, but he has been known to do this when he has to.
  • Secret Identity: He has over the years adopted several of these although, sometimes overlapping with Living a Double Life like his Luke Charles persona.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Frequently when not in costume.
  • 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.
  • Superhero Sobriquets: Has been called both "the most dangerous man alive" and "the man without fear", the latter of which he borrowed from Daredevil.
  • 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.
  • The Spymaster: As king of Wakanda, and resident Chess Master he has been known to play this role from time to time.
  • Title of the Dead: His current position is King of The Dead, as anointed by the panther Goddess Bast
  • Warrior Prince
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: T'Challa occasionally veers into this although never to villainous or Knight Templar levels, in fact it's a sore point between him and Hunter that he isn't a full blown Knight Templar.
  • 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.

"Black Panther" II/White Tiger

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AKA: Kevin "Casper" Cole
Debut: Black Panther Vol. 3, #50

  • 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.

Black Panther III

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AKA: Shuri
Debut: Black Panther Vol. 4, #2

    Dora Milaje 

Debut: Black Panther Vol. 3, #1

  • Action Girl: Every member is a formidable warrior.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Dora Milaje is an all-female warrior society that protects the Wakandan king.
  • La Résistance: In Black Panther (2016), several of the Dora Milaje join the Midnight Angels in their revolution against the king when it becomes clear that he cannot keep order in Wakanda.
  • Multinational Team: Members of the Dora Milaje are Wakandan women drawn from all regions and tribes of the country.
  • Praetorian Guard: The Dora Milaje have historically protected the Wakandan king.
  • Stripperiffic: Their outfits are revealing.

Queen Divine Justice

AKA: Ce'Athauna Asira Davin
Debut: Black Panther Vol. 3, #13

A young woman born to the Jabari tribe. Her parents were murdered by anti-Jabari extremists when she was a baby. T'Challa sent her to America for her own safety, where she grew up unaware of her heritage.

  • Damsel in Distress: Man-Ape kidnaps her so that the Jabari can reclaim their ancestral lands and honor.
  • I Have Many Names: Her names include Ce'Athauna Asira Davin (her Wakandan birth name), Chanté Giovanni Brown (her American name), and Queen Divine Justice (her self-given nickname).
  • Odd Friendship: With Hulk, who she talks down from a rampage.
  • Queen Incognito: She spends the early years of her life unaware that she is the chieftainess of a Wakandan tribe.
  • Royal Blood: She is the daughter of the late chieftain of the Jabari tribe.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Vibraxas.

Aneka

Debut: Black Panther Vol. 5, #8

A former leader of the Dora Milaje. She is arrested and put on trial after killing a corrupt tribal chieftain in the 2016 Black Panther series. She and Ayo later become the Midnight Angels.
  • Action Girl: She's a formidable warrior.
  • Arrested for Heroism: She is placed on trial after killing a depraved chieftain.
    Ayo: The chieftain's outrages upon the girls of his village were known. Yet his lechery was unopposed. Aneka spoke to him as fathers and brothers should have spoken long before. And when she was not heeded, she did as the honor of Wakandan fathers and brothers has always demanded.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: She served her king faithfully as a leader of the Dora Milaje, but her devotion to the Wakandan people proves stronger than her loyalty to T'Challa. She eventually decides that the king can no longer protect his people and has become irrelevant.
  • Good Versus Good: Both T'Challa and the Midnight Angels genuinely care about the Wakandan people. However, the Midnight Angels decide that "no one man" should rule Wakanda.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She killed a predatory chieftain by hurling her spear into his chest.
  • Javelin Thrower: While part of the Dora Milaje, her weapon of choice was a spear.
  • Lesbian Cop: She and Ayo are lovers, and also served together as members of the royal guard.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: She killed a predator chieftain whom no one would hold accountable and who definitely had it coming.
  • Vigilante Woman: After Ayo breaks her out of prison, the two women become the Midnight Angels, protecting the Wakandan people because the Black Panther cannot.
  • Wife-Basher Basher:
    • In flashbacks, she killed a tribal chieftain who was sexually abusing girls in his village. She flung a spear into his chest as his victims looked on.
    • She and Ayo discover a militant group that is kidnapping women and girls for use as sex slaves. The two women slaughter the militants and free the captives.

Ayo

Debut: The Ultimates Vol. 2, #1

A former member of the Dora Milaje. She and Aneka become the Midnight Angels.
  • Action Girl: As a former Dora Milaje, she's a fierce warrior.
  • Destination Defenestration: When she and Aneka attack a barbaric militant group, one militant refuses to stand down. Ayo hurls him from the window of the group's hideout (a fortress situated at the top of a massive tree), and he falls to his death.
  • Good Versus Good: Like Aneka, she protects the Wakandan people, but no longer believes that one man should rule the country.
  • Lesbian Cop: She is Aneka's lover, and previously served as part of the royal guard.
  • Rescue Arc: She breaks Aneka out of prison and steals the Angel armor suits.
  • Vigilante Woman: After Ayo breaks her out of prison, the two women become the Midnight Angels, protecting the Wakandan people because the Black Panther cannot.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: She and Aneka slaughter a group of militants who were kidnapping women and children for use as sex slaves.

    Allies 

Monica Lynne

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Debut: The Avengers Vol. 1, #73

Everett K. Ross

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Debut: Ka-Zar Vol. 4, #17

Zuri

Debut: Black Panther Vol. 3, #1

    Enemies 

Ulysses Klaw

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Debut: Fantastic Four Vol. 1, #53

A physicist working in the field of applied sonics, Professor Ulysses Klaue (Anglicized as Klaw) sought to create a sound transducer that could convert sound waves into physical mass. Needing vibranium to power this invention, Klaw ventured into Wakanda in an attempt to steal the mineral, killing King T'Chaka, but losing his right hand in the process. Replacing his lost limb with a weaponized version of his transducer, Klaw also converted himself into pure sonic energy, making him indestructible.
  • Archenemy: Of T'Challa.
  • Arm Cannon: Has a sonar gun mounted on the end of his hand.
  • Ax-Crazy: Although the amount of sanity he had to begin with is debatable, having to spend several months in the vacuum of space, unable to reconstitute his solid form, pushed him over the edge.
  • Back from the Dead: Repeatedly. His being composed of pure sound helps with this, of course.
  • Big Bad: Well he did kill T'Challa's father and caused him to take the mantle in the first place and remains a major player in the Black Pantner's life.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: His origin story is that he's a white European who invades an African country and tries to force its people to hand over a precious mineral resource.
  • The Dragon: To both Crimson Cowls note  during his stints in the Masters of Evil, and to Doctor Doom in Secret Wars.
  • Evil Genius: Holds a Ph.D. in physics.
  • Gale-Force Sound
  • Immune to Bullets: After becoming a being composed entirely of sound.
  • Joker Immunity: Though his being made of sound helps.
  • Mad Scientist
  • Make Me Wanna Shout
  • Moral Myopia: He hates T'Challa for destroying his hand and keeping him from Wakanda's Vibranium, while ignoring the fact that he tried to enslave the Wakandans and casually killed T'Challa's father in front of him.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: It was always there, but it's taken Up to Eleven in the Reginald Hudlin run.
  • Psycho for Hire: Generally has no problem working for other villains higher up on the food chain, especially if he can get some upgrades out of the deal. That said, his tolerance for Bad Boss type behavior is usually pretty low.
  • Villain Team-Up: Has probably joined every Evil Counterpart to the Avengers at least twice.
  • You Killed My Father: Why T'Challa wants his head on a pike.

Man-Ape

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AKA: M'Baku
Debut: The Avengers Vol. 1, #62

A disgruntled officer in the Wakandan Royal Militia, M'Baku became dissatisfied with T'Challa's rule and sought to overthrow him. After eating one of Wakanda's mystical white gorillas, and fashioning a suit of armor out of its hide, M'Baku gained the creature's legendary abilities, and proceeded to challenge the Black Panther and his allies.

Erik Killmonger

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AKA: N'Jadaka
Debut: Jungle Action Vol. 2, #6

After being exiled from Wakanda, N'Jadaka moved to the United States, and changed his name to Erik Killmonger. After graduating from MIT, Killmonger returned to Wakanda as a terrorist, seeking to purge his home country of all perceived Western colonial influences.
  • 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.
  • Applied 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.
  • 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: Killmonger'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.

Achebe

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AKA: Reverend Doctor Michael Ibn al-hajj Achebe, PhD
Debut: Black Panther Vol. 3, #3

The man named Achebe is believed to have once been a simple farmer who offered asylum to rebels from a neighboring country. Betrayed by his guests and left for dead, Achebe sells his soul to Mephisto and begins a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. After destroying all traces of his former identity, Achebe began engineering complex plots of social unrest for profit or amusement.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: Or is it consulting him.
  • Deal with the Devil: Made a deal with Mephisto for revenge.
  • Death Trap: particularly notable is the time he trapped T'Challa and Everett K. Ross in a giant skill tester filled with comically large explosives and acid.
  • Expy: Hannibal Lecter + Hans Gruber = The Joker to Black Panther's Batman. [1]
  • Freudian Excuse: His farm was burned to the ground by the rebel leader that his wife ran off with.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Went from a poor African farmer to a lunatic on a mission from Mephisto.
  • Lean and Mean: Tends to be depicted as rather skinny in a universe where Heroic Build practically is the standard.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: Of the arc where he is the Big Bad,especially when compared to Klaw and Killmonger who are both a match for T'Challa physically.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Was able to use Black Panther's stepmother as a stepping stone to the throne of Wakanda.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: His true origin story is shrouded in mystery, the office of naval intelligence suggest he's a Yale law graduate with degrees in psychology,political science, and divinity.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • He took in an injured puppy, though it was probably just so he could mug to the media with it, evidenced by the fact that it disappears around the time he goes full loco and unleashes the Prowlers on Wakanda.
    • Triathlon had the misfortune of getting mixed up in one of his schemes, but Achebe was apparently feeling charitable that day, since he willingly let the young Avenger go without so much as laying a finger on him.
  • Sanity Slippage: He wasn't particularly stable to start with and only get worse from there.
  • Serial Killer: Tracked down and killed everybody associated with his wife.
  • Sinister Minister: Calls himself Reverend Achebe, though his credentials are certainly dubious.
  • Slasher Smile: Bears a permanant one.
  • The Sociopath
  • Psycho Psychologist: If his U.S Government file is to be believed.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Biscuits, one of the first things he does as Prime Minister of Wakanda is to to institute a national biscuit eating day, he's show several times eating them and even offering Captain America biscuits while impersonating T'Challa.
  • Your Cheating Heart: His wife ran away with a rebel leader.

White Wolf

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AKA: Hunter
Debut: Black Panther Vol. 3, #4

As a boy, Hunter was adopted by King T'Chaka when his biological parents were killed in a plane crash. As an adult, Hunter became the director of Hatut Zeraze, the Wakandan Secret Service, earning the moniker White Wolf. Exiled when his agency's brutal methods were brought to light, the White Wolf became a mercenary, harboring a considerable grudge against his adoptive brother.
  • 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.
  • Light Is Not Good
  • 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.

Zenzi

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Debut: Black Panther Vol. 6, #1

A mystic from Wakanda's neighboring country of Niganda, Zenzi is the leader of a Populist rebel movement known as the People. With financial and technological backing from the Iron Monger, Zenzi initiates a campaign to overthrow the Wakandan monarchy.
  • Anti-Villain: She believes that she is acting in the best interest of Wakanda by undermining its king. Her hideout also provides shelter to her followers, many of whom are women, children, and elders.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her shawl creates this effect, as seen on the image to the right.
  • The Empath: Her psychic powers allow her to read and manipulate the emotions of others. In one scene, she brings the anger of frustrated miners to the surface, triggering a riot. In another scene, she brings T'Challa's self-doubt and grief to the surface, weakening him.
    T'Challa: My enemy is not a beguiler, but a revealer. She brings out of us all the awful feelings that we have hidden away, and makes them manifest.
  • Hannibal Has a Point: She's not wrong when she observes that the people of Wakanda are angry and frustrated with the state of their lives. She claims that she merely brings to the surface negative emotions that were already there.
  • Hypocrite: She claims to have the best interest of Wakandans in mind, but she has no problem with tactics that kills innocent Wakandans, such as inciting a miner's riot and sending suicide bombers into the capital.
  • Iconic Outfit: She is always wearing bright green clothes.
  • Pet the Dog: She provides for numerous women, children, and elders at her hideout.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Zenzi is not above using terrorism to achieve her ends.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She genuinely believes that she is acting in the best interest of the Wakandan people, but her means cause suffering and bloodshed. Riots, suicide bombers, and unsavory alliances are the means by which she seeks to bring about revolution.

Tetu

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Debut: Black Panther Vol. 6, #1

A former student of Changamire at Hekima Shule. Seeking knowledge beyond the physical realm, Tetu abandoned his schooling and ventured into the wilderness. He returned as a shaman, with the ability to manipulate the forces of nature. Seeking to use his newfound abilities to bring an end to the strong exploiting the weak and to create a "Wakanda for Wakandans", Tetu joined Zenzi, co-founding The People with her in a bid to bring about "the end of kings."
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