First Appearance: 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.
- Arch-Enemy: 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 Panther's life.
- David Versus Goliath: Klaw has T'Challa completely outclassed in terms of raw power. Fortunately, T'Challa is a Genius Bruiser and Emperor Scientist who can come up with ways to counter most of Klaw's attacks. It doesn't hurt that T'Challa has access to as much vibranium as he'll ever need, which can disrupt and block sound attacks.
- Klaw outclasses most of his enemies in terms of power, but they've usually won by figuring out ways to exploit his Logical Weakness.
- 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.
- Evil Is Petty: He has a long-standing grudge against T'Challa for the latter not letting him steal Wakanda's vibranium. He also picked a fight with Daredevil for no better reason than he considered Daredevil "small time" and thought he'd be an easy target.
- 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.
- Logical Weakness: He's generally immune to a lot of direct attacks, but he's vulnerable to anything that can affect sound or vibrations. T'Challa can usually even the odds with his equipment, since it's made of the energy-absorbing vibranium. He's also had his power drained by everyone from the Dazzler to Carol Danvers, and Daredevil defeated him by using his Super Senses to determine Klaw's exact frequency and then using a tone generator to disrupt it.
- 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.
First Appearance: Silver Surfer Vol.1, #3
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.
Alter Ego: M'Baku
First Appearance: 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.
- 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.
- Desecrating the 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.
- Nemean Skinning: Wears the hide of the sacred white gorilla he killed and ate as armour, with the head of the gorilla acting as a hood.
- 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."
Alter Ego: N'Jadaka
First Appearance: Jungle Action Vol. 2, #6
N'Jadaka, better known by his alias Erik Killmonger, is a Marvel Comics character created by Don McGregor and Rich Buckler, first appearing in Jungle Action #6 (dated Sept. 1973).
One of the Black Panther's greatest foes, Killmonger is known for his treacherous persona and ruthless battle tactics. The son of an exiled Wakandan, Killmonger grew up with a deep-seated hatred of his native land, vowing to exact his revenge on them for their treatment of his father.
He would eventually make good on his promise, terrorizing the nation of Wakanda on a number of occasions in his adult life, even stealing the crown for himself at one point. He's often seen collaborating with the Black Panther's other nemesis, Ulysses Klaw, despite hating him nearly as much as Wakanda's rulers, since the man was partly responsible for his father's exile in the first place.
Killmonger notably appears as the main antagonist of 2018's Black Panther film, portrayed there by Michael B. Jordan. This version of the character largely resembles his original counterpart, with the exception of his new blood relation to T'Challa as first cousins. Many have cited this portrayal of the character as being one of the best superhero movie villains since Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight a decade earlier.
Not to be confused with Killraven, another (similarly-named) Marvel character.
Erik Killmonger appears in:
Notable Comic Books
- Black Panther (various runs)
- Killmonger (2018 — 2019)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Black Panther: Trouble in Wakanda (2018), voiced by Keston John
- Avengers, Assemble! (2018), voiced again by Keston John
- LEGO Marvel's Avengers (2016)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017), voiced by Damian Lynch
- Marvel Future Fight (2018)
- Marvel: Contest of Champions (2018)
- Avengers Academy (2018)
- Marvel Puzzle Quest (2020)
Erik Killmonger provides examples of:
- 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 and sometimes tactical planning.
- 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.
- 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.
- Big Bad: Of multiple arcs, what with being one of Black Panther's greatest foes.
- Demoted to Dragon: When resurrected by The Mandarin.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Already a highly dangerous man, Killmonger was mutated into a killing machine by exposure to the resurrection altar, and then by consuming a synthetic version of T'Challa's heart-shaped herb.
- 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.
- Hypocrite: A Wakanda traditionalist who grew up in America and graduated from MIT. Think about it.
- Joker Immunity: Will never be Killed Off for Real. Justified by his access to the Resurrection Altar.
- Large and in Charge: Stands at 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.
- Majored in Western Hypocrisy: As much as he wishes to return Wakanda to Good Old Ways, he nonetheless spent most of his time outside of Wakanda and educated at MIT.
- 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 isn't exactly the type of name that inspires trust. It's even 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 HeelFace 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.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Klaw, who he hates almost as much as T'Challa.
- Villainous Underdog: Killmonger, despite being a highly skilled intelligent fighter, worked his way up from the slums to eventually antagonize the crowned superhuman king of one of the most advanced and wealthiest civilizations on the planet. Despite that handicap and his overall lack of similar abundant resources or wealth, he still manages to prove to be a lethal threat to the King of Wakanda and even usurp him at one point.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: When in his traditional garb.
- Worthy Opponent: To T'Challa and Kasper.
First Appearance: Jungle Action Vol. 2, #18
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.
Alter Ego: The Six-Million Year Man
First Appearance: Black Panther Vol. 1, #1
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.
First Appearance: Black Panther Vol. 2, #1
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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: They're superhumans who serve an Apartheid country, so it comes with the territory.
First Appearance: Black Panther: Panther's Prey #1
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.
- Arc Villain: Of Black Panther: Panther's Prey.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald and quite evil.
- Beard of Evil: Fitting for a villain that he has a goatee.
- 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.
- Winged Humanoid: Was given a pair of wings by Dr. Kaza, splicing his DNA with that of a pterodactyl.
Alter Ego: Reverend Doctor Michael Ibn al-hajj Achebe, PhD
First Appearance: 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 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.
- Ax-Crazy: Much like the character he's based on, he's an unstable maniac.
- 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. Christopher Priest even identifies him as such.
- 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.
Alter Ego: Hunter
First Appearance: 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.
- 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 instead of him. He's so antagonistic to his adopted brother he's often been compared to being the "Loki" to T'Challa's "Thor". 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.
- Color Animal Codename: To symbolize his opposition towards T'Challa, his codename is White Wolf.
- 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.
- Cool Mask: His White Wolf mask which is very similar to that of the Black Panther.
- 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 institutionalized xenophobia that characterizes 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 mercenary after getting run out of Wakanda.
- Invisibility Cloak: In his suit.
- Knight Templar: Played straight and Deconstructed hard. He will kill anybody who threatens Wakanda and claims all the brutality he commits is for the greater good of Wakanda. However, his extremism is completely the product of his own cruelty, self-loathing over his different status, and his own desire to be accepted by Wakanda and his adopted family. All of this despite the fact his status as a foreigner in an incredibly xenophobic country and Knight Templar brutal behaviors only serve to shun and further alienate him from Wakanda and his adopted family.
- 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.
- Only One Name: His full name has never been revealed, so he's simply known as Hunter.
- Patriotic Fervor: Hunter's love for Wakanda is his distinguishing feature.
- Police Brutality: Was exiled from Wakanda for this and his overzealous viciousness.
- Rage Breaking Point: Hunter reached this in the "True Sons" story arc, where his rage over T'Challa destroying the Vibranium mines and abdicating the Wakandan Throne to become the protector of Hell's Kitchen caused Hunter to become a Serial Killer of women there in order to draw out T'Challa, kill him, and finally become the Black Panther.
- 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.
- Villain in a White Suit: His uniform is pristine white, and can turn into a business suit of the same colour.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: With the father in question being not only the late T'Chaka, but all of Wakanda.
First Appearance: Black Panther Vol. 4, #39
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.
First Appearance: Black Panther Vol. 6, #1
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.
First Appearance: 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 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.