T'Challa is the Black Panther, king of Wakanda, one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth. He is among the top intellects and martial artists of the world, a veteran Avenger, and a member of the Illuminati. Using his powers and abilities, he has pledged his fortune, powers, and life to the service of all mankind.
- 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.
- The Ace: Highly skilled fighter, near-genius-level intellect, exemplary head of state... Is there anything he's not good at?
- 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. In general, he feels very bad about his failure to effectively rule his people and protect his homeland from Avengers Vs. X-Men onward.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 Baritone: When voiced by Keith David.
- 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.
- Becoming the Mask: His regal, calculating and restrained appearance? It's an act. He notes that it's what is expected and required of him, and he hates doing it, but he has to. He eventually realises that he started fooling himself into thinking this is what he is. He only really lets it down around close friends (Tony Stark and Reed) and Storm.
- 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: Uses one every now and then.
- Bulletproof 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: Face-covering, and often depicted with glowing lenses.
- 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: He's a hero, but a ruthless one if he feels the need.
- 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 that same series, his 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. At the end of "A Nation Under Our Feet", his title as king becomes largely a religious role, as a new democratic Wakandan government forms.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.
- 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.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Outside of Wakanda, although he's sometimes hit with this while in his homeland
- Honour Before Reason:
- Instant Costume Change: Most modern versions of his suit can switch between casual wear and full Panther regalia in an instant.
- 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. This also allows him to Set Swords to "Stun".
- 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:
- Majored in Western Hypocrisy: An African King with a PhD from Oxford.
- 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: His initial reason for joining The Avengers was to get close to them to see if they were a potential threat. After determining they weren't, he stuck around for real.
- Multi-Melee Master: He's unquestionably proficient with any weapon you can name, although Heroes Prefer Swords.
- My Suit Is Also Super: Vibranium-lined and capable of transforming.
- 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: A multi-lingual scientist, diplomat, tactician and martial artist.
- 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. At one point in the 2016 run, he reflects that being a scientist is his first inclination, without his various responsibilities.
- 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: King and protector of Wakanda.
- 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.
- It's also part and parcel of being a member of The Illuminati with Necessarily Evil being the reason the group exists in the first place.
- 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
In becoming the White Tiger, Kaspers physiology was enhanced due to a special variant of a mystical heart-shaped herb.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: To both original Black Panther (an African) and White Tiger (a Latino). Kasper is an African-American of mixed heritage (black Ugandan father and white Jewish American mother).
- Anti-Hero Substitute: To T'Challa for a while.
- Badass Longcoat
- Becoming the Mask: Impersonated the Black Panther. Slowly came to act like him.
- Bulletproof 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.
- The Bus Came Back: After The Crew, Kasper went AWOL for a good long while despite T'Challa's increasing prominence in the larger Marvel Universe. He only reappeared in 2017's World of Wakanda anthology book, where he's still hustling for a promotion in the NYPD.
- 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.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Vin Diesel served as inspiration for early designs, although the resemblance became toned down for the final versions of Kasper's comics.
- 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.
- His girlfriend Gwen, the mother of his son, is Korean. They're on the outs as of World of Wakanda.
- 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
Shuri is the younger sister of T'Challa and most recently, a queen. As such, she is the ruler of Wakanda, an African nation known to be one of the most technologically advanced civilizations on Earth.
- see the Shuri page
The Adored Ones are the Wakandan all-female personal body guards of the King/Queen. They are highly skilled in the use of various weapons and styles of martial art.
- Amazon Brigade: The Dora Milaje is an all-female warrior society that protects the Wakandan king. Every member is a formidable warrior.
- Battle Harem: Subverted. In addition to bodyguards, The Dora Milaje also function as wives-in-training to the Black Panther as tradition dictates, but T'Challa considers them daughter-figures rather than love interests.
- Bodyguard Babes: Younger than most examples, however.
- Kid Sidekick: They are actually all teenagers, though its hard to tell since they look very tall and mature.
- 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.
- Younger Than They Look: Seriously, would you believe they're all teenagers?
As a child, Nakia of the Q'Noma Valley marsh tribe was picked by her tribal elders to be a Dora Milaje, and spent three years training before presented to King T'Challa. She was one of the King's concomitants, and quicly became one of his deadliest bodyguards, where she was partnered to and befriended Okoye. At some point, Nakia fell in love with T'Challa.
Unfortunately, her love quickly turned to obsession, and after attempting to kill Monica Lynne out of jealousy was ousted from the Dora Milaje. Allying herself with Eric Killmonger, she took on the villainous persona of Malice to take revenge on her love, T'Challa, and her former sisters for abandoning her.
- Cosmic Plaything: Before she became Malice, the girl could not catch a break. Mephisto manipulated T'Challa into kissing her, and this is what sends her off the edge. When he discovers what she'd tried to do to Monica, he makes her leave, and she crashes her transport and is tortured by Achebe.
- Evil Counterpart: To every Dora Milaje ever, but especially to Okoye, who is a dutiful member of the Dora Milaje and completely understands her role and why T'Challa keeps her and Nakia around.
- FaceHeel Turn: After she is exiled by T'Challa.
- Jailbait: Noted by Everett K. Ross. She's very attractive and dresses provocatively when she debuted, but was a teenager.
- Love Makes You Evil: Well, unrequited love for your king, being disgraced and exiled and some torture from Achebe.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Tried to fake an "accident" with Monica.
- Name's the Same: Shares the Malice name with Sue Storm (when she went evil for a bit).
- Stalker with a Crush: Once she becomes Malice, she is relentless when it comes hunting to T'Challa.
- Statuesque Stunner: Over six feet tall.
Taken from an unknown tribe from Wakanda at the onset of puberty, Okoye was chosen by the Black Panther to serve as one of his Dora Milaje. Okoye stood out from an early stage and eventually became one of his personal aids along with Nakia. She served as T'Challa's chauffeur while Nakia was his personal aid. When Nakia developed romantic feelings for Tchalla Okoye tried to reign in her fellow Dora Milaje to no avail.
Later when Kasper Cole became the Black Panther she engaged him at TChallas behest to test his skills. Okoye later showed romantic feelings for Kasper.
- Bald of Awesome: She used to have long hair, but now that she has returned to prominence, she has a completely smooth head.
- Cleavage Window: During Kasper's tenure as the Black Panther, her default outfit had this.
- Consummate Professional: While working under T'Challa. Not so much in her interactions with Kasper.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Her interactions with Kasper seemed to be leading to this, before she disappeared.
- Jailbait: Noted by Everett K. Ross. She's very attractive and dresses provocatively when she debuted, but was a teenager.
- Put on a Bus: After testing Kasper's resolve and deeming him worthing of the Panther moniker, she leaves to deal with her other duties. She hasn't been seen in a while. However...
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in Black Panther #171 (largely to tie-in with the movie).
- Ret-Canon: Okoye originally had long hair in the comics, but was given a shaved head and tattoos to resemble her movie counterpart.
- She's Got Legs: Has nice long legs.
- Spy Catsuit: Her default clothing.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's over six feet tall.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Nakia/Malice.
Queen Divine Justice
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.
- Soap Box Sadie: Her defining trait. She just doesn't shut up when it comes to her political views.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Vibraxas. He's a commoner and she's a member of the Dora Milaje.
A former leader of the Dora Milaje and a formidable warrior.. She is arrested and put on trial after killing a corrupt tribal chieftain. She and Ayo later become the Midnight Angels and start a revolution in Wakanda.
- 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.
- Badass Creed: "No One Man", meaning that no one man should rule Wakanda.
- 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 vs. 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.
- 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.
A former member of the Dora Milaje and a fierce warrior.. She and Aneka become the Midnight Angels.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center
- Her romantic moments with Aneka show that she can be very sweet off the battlefield.
- After she and Aneka slaughter a group of militants, she comforts a freed captive who had been sexually abused by the militants.
- 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 vs. Good: Like Aneka, she protects the Wakandan people, but no longer believes that one man should rule the country.
- 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.
Wakanda's Chief of Security and commands the Black Panther armed forces.
- Killed Off for Real: He died in the line of duty, defending his queen.
- Legacy of Service: Served under both T'Challa and his father.
- Servile Snarker: Was not very supportive of Monica Lynne or Everett Ross, and while he would never openly defy his king's wishes, he made his irritation with them repeatedly know.
Monica Lynne was the long time love interest of the Black Panther and became his fiance.
- Broken Pedestal: She is completely disillusioned with T'Challa and the romance of dating a superhero and royalty. She has nothing but contempt for it.
- Butt-Monkey: While it wasn't really commented on in the early comics, she retrospectively became one of these during Priest's run. And she hates it.
- The Chanteuse: She's a jazz singer.
- Damsel in Distress: It happens to her way too often.
- Rescue Romance: She and T'Challa met when he rescued her from an attack by the hate-group the Sons of the Serpent.
- Satellite Love Interest: To T'Challa.
- The Scrappy: In-Universe, she is extremely disliked by T'Challa's court and guards because she's American. Even after she stops appearing in the comics they continue to badmouth her.
Ruler of the fictional African country of Narobia. A vicious woman wanted in fifteen countries, she was the sometimes-love-interest of T'Challa during the Jack Kirby helmed run of the book. Their relationship was strained upon his subsequent marriage to Storm.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Monica Lynne's Betty.
- Bling of War: Courtesy of her designer, Jack Kirby.
- Bulungi: Her nation of Narobia, a stand in for the real African nation of Kenya (whose capital is Nairobi).
- Dating Catwoman: Her actions often brought her into conflict with Black Panther, leading to this trope, as there was a very clear sexual chemistry between the two. She did not take it well when Black Panther chose Storm over her in the end.
- Mayincatec: Despite being from an African nation, she mirrors this in appearance. This is largely thanks to the design work of Jack Kirby, who was very fond of Olmec and Incan design.
- Most Common Superpower: She was modestly endowed in her initial appearance. Subsequent artists rectified that.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- She's Got Legs: None of her outfits include pants or leggings of any kind.
- Woman Scorned: She takes getting dumped pretty well.
- This happens again when T'Challa decides to marry Storm over her. In the end, however, she still turns up to the wedding.
Everett K. Ross
A U.S. State Department employee, whose job was to escort foreign diplomats on American soil. His world changed forever when he was assigned to T'Challa, the Black Panther. He is the boyfriend of Nikki Adams.
- Anachronic Order: Ross is terminally incapable of just telling a story without digression or mixing up the order in which events occurred, which invariably confuses the hell out of whoever he's talking to. Any issue where Ross is the narrator has a habit of feeling like a Tarantino movie. As of the 2018 Black Panther Annual, Ross is still doing it, much to the displeasure of an NYPD detective.
- Audience Surrogate
- Badass Bureaucrat: He actually manages to be this from time to time, but not very often.
- Catchphrase: "But, I'm getting ahead of myself."
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: It's part of his job.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Deal with the Devil: An unintentional one. He asked for a pair of pants.
- First-Person Peripheral Narrator
- First-Person Smartass
- Insistent Terminology: T'Challa is almost always "the client" to Ross, even when he isn't.
- Let Me Tell You a Story: He does this constantly in his narration, to the annoyance of his boss/lover Nikki.
- Motor Mouth
- Mr. Exposition
- Non-Action Snarker: He's not a skilled fighter, but he can sure bring the snark if he has too.
- Only Sane Man: When you're stuck in a room with Mephisto and Zuri it's hard not to be.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Or more specifically Iceland. It doesn't last though.
- Ridiculously Average Guy
- Running Gag: In Ross's narration, whenever he's called upon to describe a superhuman character, he summarizes what he knows about their origin up to a point, then writes the rest off as "and then s/he fell into a vat of Cream of Wheat" and got powers.
- Token White: He's usually the only prominent white person who hangs around with Black Panther and his allies.
- The Watson
- Unfazed Everyman: Only after some Character Development. He's still the Butt-Monkey though.
Wakandian Warrior, formerly a close friend to King T'Chaka. A trusted aid and member of T'Challa's inner circle.
Storm, a.k.a. Ororo Munroe, a weather-controlling mutant and one of the most famous members of the X-Men. She married Black Panther and taken on a new leadership role in Wakanda. The marriage lasted a long time, but came crashing during Avengers vs. X-Men in which Storm reluctantly took the mutants' side and caused Namor to flood Wakanda. This act enraged Black Panther that he, being both King AND High Priest of Wakanda, announced divorce even if Storm defected to the Avengers' side afterwards.
See her page for more info.
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.
- Badass Beard: In his human form.
- 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.
- Not just that, but he is Belgian, and has a severed hand. Yes.
- The Dragon: To both Crimson Cowls note during his stints in the Masters of Evil, and to Doctor Doom in Secret Wars (1984).
- Dragon Ascendant: He briefly led the Masters of Evil after Ultron's first demise.
- Energy Being: He was human at first, but an accident with his own machines turned him into a being of pure sound.
- Evil Genius: Holds a Ph.D. in physics.
- Fun with Acronyms: Sometimes refers to himself as the Kinetic Living Audio Wave.
- Gale-Force Sound
- Green Lantern Ring: His sonic weapon can create solid constructs.
- Immune to Bullets: After becoming a being composed entirely of sound.
- Joker Immunity: Though his being made of sound helps.
- Mad Scientist
- Make Some Noise: He is a being made of sound energy and can fire sonic blasts from his arm cannon.
- 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.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Klaw's father was allied with the Nazis in World War II, and Klaw inherited many of his attitudes.
- 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.
Mephisto is a Marvel Universe character created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. He first appeared in The Silver Surfer #3 (Dec. 1968). Based on Mephistopheles a demon character from the Faust legend, who often went by Mephisto as a nickname.
An embodiment of ultimate evil, a powerful Hell Lord and Marvel's most common stand in for Satan. He has antagonized just about every hero (from Ghost Rider to Doctor Strange), but tends to single out those who are especially noble like the Silver Surfer and Thor. As can be expected, many of the traditional tropes associated with Satan are part of him.
Mephisto has come into conflict with the Panther king on a number of occasions. After his initial defeat at the hands of the Panther, Mephisto set himself on destroying all that T'Challa loves and cares for, tearing it down piece by piece (often through the handiwork of his agents on Earth). He has also taken an interest in T'Challa's friend Everett K. Ross, tormenting him both to further his machinations as well as for his own petty amusement.
See his page for more details.
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.
- 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.
- Desecratingthe Dead: In Black Panther (2016), The Midnight Angels and their Dora Milaje allies carve "No one man" on Mandla's dead body. This conveyed the message that they would protect Wakanda from evildoers, since the king could not.
- 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 Poacher
- 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.
- Lampshade Hanging: The fact that M'Baku's costume and super-heroic identity are... rather unfortunate choices for an African man has been brought up at several points in the comics prior to his death.
- Large and in Charge
- Legacy Character: M'Baku's brother, Mandla, took up the mantle of Man-Ape after M'Baku's death.
- 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.
- The Starscream: Subverted. He was planning to get the Masters Of Evil leadership, but he was defeated by the Thunderbolts before he could make his move.
- 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."
After being exiled from Wakanda, N'Jadaka moved to the United States, and changed his name to Erik Killmonger. After graduating from MIT with a PhD in Engineering, Dr. Killmonger returned to Wakanda as a terrorist, seeking to purge his home country of all perceived Western colonial influences.
A ferocious and deadly warrior, Madam Slay was a frequent ally and lover to Eric Killmonger and a recurring antagonist to Black Panther.
- Amazonian Beauty: She's tall and quite toned, but very attractive.
- Animal Motif: Leopards
- The Beastmaster: She commands leopards to do her bidding
- Evil Counterpart: For Monica Lynne, serving as Killmonger's female sidekick. Later, she would also serve as a more direct counterpart to Princess Zanda.
- Fur Bikini: Leopard skin, with a matching cape.
- Ms. Fanservice: Tall, attractive, walks around in a fur bikini, so yeah, she fits.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: Served as an Iron Man villain for a brief time.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair appears to be blue, although maybe it's supposed to be black.
Hatch-22 hailed from an alternate future in which human beings have evolved into nearly unrecognizable forms and live beneath Earth's surface in numbered "hatches." In that future, the "Sixth Era of Man," Hatch-22 apparently battled and destroyed a massive creature with the power to ravage planets.
In the course of a struggle between Princess Zanda and Abner Little of the " Collectors," Hatch-22 was drawn to the present by one of the artifacts known as King Solomon's Frogs, where he did battle with the Black Panther.
- Artificial Human: In his time, humanity is grown in tanks.
- Evolutionary Levels: Is a member of the sixth race of men. The previous five all died out in preparation for his species. In another million years, his species too will have died out to make way for the next, more advanced species.
- Humans Are Psychic in the Future: Has incredibly strong psychic abilities.
- Homage: To Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men, which Jack Kirby was a fan of. The character is even referred to as a member of the Sixth Race of Men.
- People Jars: Is discovered in one labeled Hatch-22, which he is dubbed.
- Stealth Crossover: With Last and First Men. Hatch-22, in all of his appearances, is pulled from his own time to the present and sent back to the moment he came from once he is defeated, rectifying any Continuity Errors that may have occurred otherwise.
- Whole Plot Reference: A borderline case. While his interactions with Black Panther are entirely original material, his origin, appearance and abilities are taken near wholesale from Stapledon's novel.
The Supremacist are a group of six superhuman enforcers that reside in the country of Azania that follow an apartheid policy. This group consist of Captain Blaze, Barricade, White Avenger, Voortrekker, Hungyr and Harrier where they are trained at a strictly classified secret Special Weapons Research Facility in Azania. They use their powers to torture and subjugate the black majority, especially the neighboring kingdom of Wakanda.
A Wakandan ambassador and criminal kingpin, Solomon Prey used his political connections to form a powerful drug trafficking ring with it's headquarters located right in the heart of Wakanda. After traveling to the Valley of the Serpent, he became obsessed with the power present there, as well as it's prehistoric creatures and looked for a means to bend them to his whims. In his obsession, he had his DNA spliced with that of a pterodactyl, increasing his strength and speed and gifting him with a pair of wings and talons, making him a formidable match for Black Panther.
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: Given to him after splicing his DNA with a pterodactyl.
- Body Horror: The process that gave him his wings and claws caused his body to grow and tear open, resealing itself as the new limbs formed. The sequence it played very graphically, and his body is covered in blood and raw flesh after the wings grow.
- Eye Poke: In a Three Stooges Shout-Out, he asks one of his failed henchmen to "pick two fingers." As his fingers are talon'd, this proves to be deadly.
- Faux Affably Evil: Claims to have written a thesis on The Three Stooges and is a big fan of their work. That he references their trademark slapstick while killing his employees makes him this.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of his introductory miniseries. Due to his appearance being so memorable, some have asked for him to be brought back.
- Majored in Western Hypocrisy: Received his P.H.D. from Harvard University.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates several rival groups into supporting him under the pretense of overthrowing the Wakandan government.
- One-Scene Wonder: Only appeared in the Panther's Prey miniseries, but proved himself to be a very formidable foe to the Panther.
- Winged Humanoid: Was given a pair of wings by Dr. Kaza, splicing his DNA with that of a pterodactyl.
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 sold 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.
- 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.
- Freudian Excuse: His farm was burned to the ground by the rebel leader that his wife ran off with.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: That said, his actions go WAY beyond any justification.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Practically Joker: A pretty clear attempt at creating a Joker to T'Challa's Batman.
- 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 permanent one.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Bulletproof 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.
- Commonality Connection: He and Ramonda. Both were hated by Wakandans due to not being Wakandans themselves, and they bonded over this. However, Ramonda could at least blend in while Hunter couldn't.
- 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.
- Evil Mentor: Tries to play this role with Kasper. It doesn't work.
- 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.
- Mighty Whitey: Subverted and in fact, a Deconstructed Character Archetype. Hunter is certainly an exceptional man and one of the few who could match T'Challa due to his training and would often do the things no one else could. He's a fervant Wakandan nationalist and does everything for the nation he loves. Despite this, the xenophobic nature of where he lives means that most of the people still haven't accepted him and probably never will, which has taken a toll on his sanity.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: His defining trait is that he's a nationalist.
- 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.
Skrull commander in charge of the invasion of Wakanda.
- A Million Is a Statistic: Will kill as many people as he has to, including his own men, to capture Wakanda and it's advanced technology.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Subjects the royal family to torture unless they concede to his demands.
- Off with His Head!: The cover to Black Panther #41 has T'Challa presenting his decapitated head to a crowd of cheering Wakandans in victory. Considering all of the things he had done, the reader can't help but cheer along with them.
- Shapeshifter: Like all members of the Skrull race, he is able to change his appearance at will. The Skrull forces use this ability to plant hundreds of their agents within Wakanda in order to destroy it's defenses and infrastructure before starting the main invasion.
- We Have Reserves: Leads an army that outnumbers the Wakandan defenders at least 5-to-1, so he is more than willing to waste troops if it means a quicker victory. That is, until the Wakandans kill all of their reserves.
A mystic from Wakanda's neighboring country of Niganda, Zenzi is a member of a populist rebel movement known as the People.
- 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 Dragon: To Tetu.
- The Empath: Her psychic powers allow her to read and amplify the emotions of others (although they need to already be there). 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.
- 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. And she's also promised a share of the new Wakanda to any supervillain who is able to kill T'Challa. Which has attracted the attention of the Von Strucker twins.
- Iconic Outfit: She is always wearing bright green clothes.
- Pet the Dog:
- She provides for numerous women, children, and elders at her hideout.
- When Wakandan forces attack Jabari lands that the Midnight Angels and their Dora Milaje allies have occupied, Zenzi uses her empathic abilities to stop the siege. She brings to the surface the soldiers' sorrow and guilt over attacking their Wakandan sisters, stopping them in their tracks and saving the lives of the Midnight Angels.
- 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.
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 founded The People in a bid to bring about "the end of kings." With financial and technological backing from Zeke Stane, Zenzi initiates a campaign to overthrow the Wakandan monarchy.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Iron Monger gives Tetu this warning about the revolution he and Zenzi are seeking:Tetu: It is not fear of my death that brings us together, Ezekiel Stane. It is fear of losing. Fear of tyranny extending itself, unchallenged, even one more day.
- Gaia's Vengeance: He revers nature and believes that humans must learn to respect it again. His time in the wilderness taught him how to summon the forces of nature.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's killed when T'Challa spears him with a ghost spear.
- Nature Anti-Hero: After abandoning his studies at the university, he spend time in the wilderness learning to understand and command the powers of nature.
- Nature Lover
- Pet the Dog: In one issue, he summons rainfall over a parched landscape, much to the delight of a nearby man and his daughter.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives an epic one to T'Challa.Tetu: You dare accuse us of treachery? You, who plotted with those who drowned our people? You, who schemed while men murdered your uncle and ransomed your mother? Who fled while Wakanda burned? Who left your Queen, your own sister, to die alone? Some of us remember the old ways, Haramu-Fal. Some of us are more than our birthright. But know that a day is coming when Wakanda will be ruled by Wakandans, and the worms of the earth shall devour all wolves, lions, and leopards, and the era of kings shall end.
- Tetu's monologue draws from Henry Dumas' poem, "Rootsong".
- Tetu warns Black Panther that "worms of the earth" will devour him. This may be a reference to the 1939 short story "Worms of the Earth", in which a Pictish king summons evil chthonic beings to defeat the Roman governor oppressing his people. Like Bran Mak Morn in "Worms of the Earth", Zenzi and Tetu have called upon evil forces (Stane, the Von Strucker twins, terrorists) to aid their revolution.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He works alongside Zenzi to undermine the king because he genuinely wants Wakanda to be a just, egalitarian nation.Tetu: I wanted a new country, a country that respected all of us equally, and respected the earth from which we all hail, and the earth to which we all shall return.