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Global Repatriation Council
The Global Repatriation Council
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier | Eternals note | Moon Knight note
A council set up by several world governments to handle the thousands of refugees of the migrations caused by the Snap and the Blip.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Their mandate seems similar to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: They're supposed to be helping the world stabilize after the Snap and the Blip, but from what is seen in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, they tend to argue a lot over how to do it and are slacking on their promises to refugees.
Portrayed By: Alphie Hyforth
Appearances: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- "While we love heroes who put their lives on the line to defend the Earth, we also need a hero to defend this country."
The American representative of the GRC.
- Butt-Monkey: Nothing this guy does turns out right. He poetically waxes about how America needs a state-appointed hero again to introduce John Walker, only for Walker to become a PR bomb after he kills a Flag-Smasher in broad daylight. He ends up getting chewed out on national television by Sam after he tries whining about how hard the GRC's job is. And he makes a big show of pardoning Sharon Carter, but is unwittingly playing right into her hands by letting the Power Broker loose in American government.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": His actual name is never stated with everyone, Sam included, simply calling him Senator.
- Hate Sink: While John Walker and Karli Morgantheau are more sympathetic antagonists, this guy exists purely to draw scorn from the audience due to his selfishness and implied racism.
- Insult Backfire: He tries condescending Sam after being confronted about designating the Flag-Smashers as terrorists, complaining about how complicated it is and seemingly winning the argument. However, Sam takes it in stride and says that it's a good thing the crisis has no easy solution since they must work together to resolve it.
- Jerkass Has a Point: In the finale he does make Sam pause when he asks him if he thinks trying to figure out the refugee situation is an easy task, but it leads to an Insult Backfire.
- Large Ham: He hams it up during Walker's introduction about American values and how much they need a state-appointed superhero.
- Might Makes Right: During the penultimate episode he openly encourages the use of force against refugees simply because the council has the military might to make it happen.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: More of a minor antagonist, but the way he thanks Sam for returning the shield with a hint of condescension is meant to be read as internalized racism making him thank a black man for not trying to become Captain America.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of one from Sam after he complains about the difficulties of the refugee crisis, on live TV no less.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted. While he's right to have Walker dismissed as Captain America, Walker points out that he's giving him no room to explain himself and that the United States has always been happy with his actions until they went public.
- Smug Snake: The way he condescendingly thanks Sam for returning the shield and insisting he made the right decision can make one's blood boil.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His decisions usually end up making things worse for everyone and drives the plot of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Appointing John Walker as Captain America leads to Walker's fall from grace after he takes the serum and ends up murdering a Flag-Smasher in broad daylight and stripping him off the title, his rank, and his benefits leads to him getting recruited by the morally ambiguous Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. His decision to pardon Sharon Carter/The Power Broker and reinstate her into the CIA gives her access to many government secrets and prototype weapons that she plans to sell to the highest bidder.
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
British Armed Forces
Captain Michael Carter
Portrayed By: Max Brown, Webb Baker Hayes (young)
Appearances: Agent Carter
Peggy Carter's older brother.
- Big Brother Mentor: He understands his little sister and encourages her to pursue a life of adventure, as well as arranging for her to be trained as a spy by the SOE.
- Canon Foreigner: In the comics, Peggy had only one brother, called Harrison (who is her and Michael's father in this continuity).
- The Captain: He is a captain in the British army, and a good man to boot.
- Shipping Torpedo: He disapproves Peggy's engagement with Fred Wells because he prevents her from having a life of adventure.
- See Peggy Carter
Portrayed By: Kevin Changaris
Appearances: Agent Carter
Peggy Carter's fiancé until she left him to fight in World War II after her brother's death.
- Disposable Fiancé: He was engaged to Peggy in 1940, but he was a coward who wouldn't join her in the war, so she broke off their engagement.
- Innocently Insensitive: Fred doesn't seem to realize that Michael Carter doesn't like him marrying Peggy because he's so against a life of adventure.
- Non-Action Guy: During World War II, he worked for the Home Office, avoiding combat as he felt he was more at home living a boring life rather than fighting on the front lines.
- Stay in the Kitchen: To Peggy. When she was offered the chance to work for the Special Operations Executive, Wells convinced her to turn it down as he felt she should not go onto the front lines.
Roeder, Schneider, and Hutter
Portrayed By: Erich Redman (Schneider), Jan Pohl (Hutter), Anatole Taubman (Roeder)
Appearances: Captain America: The First Avenger
Three officers of Schutzstaffel, Oberst-Gruppenführer Roeder, Gruppenführer Schneider, and Sturmbannführer Hutter, were sent to visit Johann Schmidt during World War II.
- Bullying a Dragon: Hutter referred Schmidt, who is now a Super Soldier, as "Red Skull". He really should've known better.
- Commissar Cap: Schneider wears one.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Roeder calls out on Schmidt for ordering a full-scale incursion into Norway.
- Homage: Roeder, Schneider and Hutter, are named after members of German pre-Techno band, Kraftwerk: Klaus Röder, Florian Schneider, and Ralf Hütter. Roeder also shares surname with a Nazi villain from the comics, Admiral von Roeder.
- No Body Left Behind: All three Schutzstaffel officers are vaporized by Schmidt's Tesseract-powered cannon after Schmidt turned against Nazi.
- Too Dumb to Live: Schneider openly calls Red Skull mad and didn't even realize that Schmidt is going to kill them while Hutter calling out the Skull even after his two colleagues have been killed.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Schmidt killed them once he's able to produce Tesseract-powered weapons for himself.
Colonel Ernst Mueller
Portrayed By: Jack Conley
Appearances: Agent Carter
A Nazi Wehrmacht officer during World War II who was captured in the aftermath of the War and hanged for his crimes against humanity.
- Affably Evil: For a Nazi officer who is sentenced to be hanged, he's quite polite while talking to Chief Dooley.
- Black Comedy: He's due for the death penalty, and lampshades his use of Gallows Humor.Mueller: [as doctors measure him] They are measuring me for my new necktie.
- Break Them by Talking: Dooley gets Mueller, who is sentenced to be hanged, to talk to him about Finow by telling him an anecdote about another hanging Nazi whose noose was improperly measured, leaving him dangling there slowly suffocating for almost half an hour. He then offers him a quicker way out: a cyanide pill.
- Cyanide Pill: Subverted. Dooley offers him this if he gives info about what happens in the Battle of Finow. It turns out to be just a breath mint.
- Mythology Gag: In the comics, Ernst Mueller was one of the members of Baron Strucker's Blitzkrieg Squad. The episode he appeared in the show is titled "The Blitzkrieg Button".
- Not Me This Time: He was in Finow, but by the time he arrived there, his Russian enemies were already massacred by unknown attackers (actually themselves against each other, due to being under influence of Midnight Oil).
- Toilet Humor: When he offered water to Dooley, he pointed to his cell's toilet.
- Villains Never Lie: When he tells Dooley all the Russians at Finow were already dead before his forces arrived, Dooley briefly wonders if he's lying to hide his crimes there. Mueller responds that he's killed men, women, and children, and there'd be no point in hiding a minor crime when he's already sentenced to die for his many worse ones.
- Would Hit a Girl: He mentioned that he killed women.
- Would Hurt a Child: He also mentioned that he killed children.
Russian Federation / Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Prime Minister Dimitri Olshenko
Portrayed By: Endre Hules
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 57: "Parting Shot")
The current Prime Minister of Russia. During the emergence of Inhumans across Earth, he opposed the creation of a sanctuary for them in Siberia.
- Jerkass Has a Point: While being totally ungrateful for having his life saved, Olshenko is correct in his accusation that S.H.I.E.L.D. is still around and operating unsanctioned on Russian soil with the support of the United States government, which could cause a huge diplomatic incident.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Bobbi and Hunter save his life and he tries to scapegoat them for the deaths of three officials. While he does eventually let them go, he has to be pressured into it by President Ellis and Coulson and clearly would rather have not.
Portrayed By: Ravil Isyanov
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 56: "The Inside Man", Episode 57: "Parting Shot")
A Russian delegate sent to the symposium on Inhumans held in Taiwan, Petrov wishes to create a "sanctuary" for Inhumans in Siberia and allies with Gideon Mallick to create it.
- Ambiguously Evil: At the symposium, he proposes the Inhuman sanctuary to be created in Russia, and the other delegates and S.H.I.E.L.D. suspect that he actually intends for it to be a prison camp so that the Russians can study and weaponize them. This is confirmed in the following episode, where it is revealed he is also plotting a coup.
- Character Death: Shot and killed by Hunter while attempting to murder Olshenko.
- The Coup: Plots one with Mallick and Androvich so he can create the Inhuman "sanctuary" in Siberia.
- Fantastic Racism: He refers to the Inhumans as "creatures", although he seems fine with allying with General Androvich.
Colonel General Georgi Luchkov
Portrayed By: Jerzy Skolimowski
Appearances: The Avengers
Georgi Luchkov: I don't give everything!
A corrupt Russian Colonel-General involved in weapons and artillery traffic.
- Age Lift: Subverted. His comic book counterpart is much younger but is shown during the days of the KGB instead of the XXI century.
- Evil Old Folks: He's an aged arms dealer.
- The Mafiya: Involved with them to engage in weapons traffic. His two henchman look more gangster than military.
- Smug Snake: He gloats over the bound Black Widow, believing to have her at his mercy when he's actually revealing to her everything he knows.
- Unwilling Suspension: After beating him and his henchmen, Black Widow ties a hanging chain to his ankle and then drops him down a hole, leaving him suspended while she walks away.
Colonel General Androvich
Portrayed By: Kristof Konrad
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 57: "Parting Shot")
A Russian military officer and former KGB assassin who now serves as the Minister of Defense. After undergoing Terrigenesis, he became an Inhuman capable of creating a Darkforce body from his shadow that could change its density at his will.
- Berserk Button: People hating inhumans, this is what makes him kill Yuri Krupin, also Gideon Malick refers to Androvich as having a temper and enquires what set him off this time, this implies he has many more berserk buttons.
- Casting a Shadow: He can create an independent Darkforce clone from his shadow.
- Character Death: He is shot by Bobbi in order to defeat his Darkforce clone.
- The Coup: Supports one against Prime Minister Olshenko, who opposes the Inhuman sanctuary in Siberia. His role is to assassinate Olshenko, but he is killed by Bobbi before he can do so.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Already a skilled soldier and killer, becoming an Inhuman made Androvich even more dangerous.
- See HYDRA Leadership
Portrayed By: Carlo Rota
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 13: "T.R.A.C.K.S.")
An agent of the Italian government in the payroll of Cybertek.
- Bald of Evil: A corrupt government official with a bald head.
- Beard of Evil: A corrupt government official with full, thick goatee.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretends to be an ally of Coulson to get into the Bus to kill Coulson and Ward.
- Dirty Cop: He's a government agent bought by Cybertek to aid in their smuggling operations.
- In the Back: May kills him by throwing a knife at his back.
Sokovian Armed Forces
Sokovian Armed Forces
Appearances: Captain America: Civil War | Iron Fist | WandaVision
The military forces of Sokovia.
- Armies Are Evil: In Iron Fist (2017), we learn that the Sokovian soldiers are more than happy to torture, rape and execute their prisoners of war. In addition, it's mentioned in Captain America: Civil War that Helmut Zemo was part of a Sokovian paramilitary kill squad.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Mary Walker was repeatedly tortured by the Sokovian soldiers during the 22 months she spent in their prison.
- Forced to Watch: One of the things they did to Mary Walker to make her suffer was to force her to watch the surviving members of her team being executed..
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Mary Walker mentions to Joy Meachum that she was often raped when she was a prisoner of the Sokovian soldiers.
- Would Hit a Girl: After capturing Mary Walker, the Sokovian soldiers tortured her and sexually abused her for almost two years.
Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron
The national police force of Sokovia.
- Five Rounds Rapid: They use nothing but rifles and pistols against an army of armored robots.
- Friendly Fire: One of them accidentally fires a bullet that grazes the arm of Pietro Maximoff.
- Men of Sherwood: They do their best to assist the Avengers in fighting the Ultron Sentries and evacuating civilians during the final battle, and they suffer few casualties.
- Police Are Useless: Zig-Zagged. While they do actively participate in the battle against Ultron's army, there is not much they can do against Killer Robots that are Immune to Bullets, except keep them occupied for a short time. Also, one of them accidentally shot Pietro in the arm. Still, they at least help a little during the evacuation of the civilians.
- Skewed Priorities: When Pietro Maximoff runs into the police department and tells everyone to leave the city for their own safety, the cops hardly pay any attention to him and just get back to whatever they were doing, including playing solitaire.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A super-speedy guy zooms into their police station, frantically warns them to start evacuating the town and zooms off. Their reaction? Go back to what they were doing. He has to come back and fire an assault rifle into the ceiling before they'll move.
Sokovian Police Captain
Portrayed By: Barry Aird
Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron
The captain of the Sokovian police force.
- The Captain: He holds the rank of Captain of the Sokovian police force.
- Hand Signals: When the Maximoffs show up during a gunfight with Ultron Sentries, he raises his hand to order his men to cease fire.
- No Name Given: We don't know his actual name. Even in the credits, he's only referred to as "Sokovian Police Captain".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: A minor example, but he participates in the battle against the Ultron Sentries and recognizes the Avengers as valuable allies, even telling his men to hold their fire in the Maximoffs' presence.
Republic of Perú
Peruvian Armed Forces
Comandante Camila Reyes
Portrayed By: Leonor Varela
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 2: "0-8-4")
A recently-promoted comandante (commander) in the Peruvian military, who used to work with Coulson.
- Action Girl: As seen when she gets into a shootout with some rebels.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first, she appeared to be an ally to the agents, but it turns out that she only joined then in order to hijack the Bus and the 0-8-4.
- Dark Action Girl: After she shows her true colors.
- First-Name Basis: She often refers to Coulson by his first name, Phillip.
- Honey Trap: Attempted one to Coulson, and not very successful.
- I Can Rule Alone: Implied by Coulson to be her ultimate plan. She never replies.
- Knight Templar: She wants the 0-8-4 to seize power and install herself as dictator in order to stabilize her country.
- The Mole: She and her team joined Coulson and co. on the Bus in order to take the 0-8-4 for themselves.
- New Old Flame: For Coulson. She's rather unsubtle when reminiscing about their past together and attempts to coerce Coulson into a romp in his office for old times' sake. In actuality, she's doing this to distract Coulson while her men take over the Bus. It doesn't work.
- Put on a Bus: Last we hear of her, she's in a S.H.I.E.L.D. detention facility. Coulson mentions that the Peruvian government may eventually negotiate for her release.
- Spicy Latina: Given that she's from Peru. Crosses over with Good-Looking Privates, given her military status.
Republic of Colombia
National Police of Colombia
Portrayed By: Yancey Arias
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (appears in Episode 55: "Bouncing Back") | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot
A high-ranking but corrupt officer of the National Police of Colombia who came into conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans.
- Dirty Cop: He's a high-ranking officer in the deeply corrupt National Police of Colombia.
- See the HYDRA Operatives page
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Afghan National Police
Portrayed By: Shezi Sardar
Appearances: The Punisher
Madani's former partner in Afghanistan back in 2001, who investigated the corrupt Cerberus Squad and paid for it with his life.
- Boom, Headshot!: How Frank executes him.
- Frame-Up: After discovering the illegal actions of Cerberus Squad, he got framed as a terrorist and murdered by Frank Castle, on the order of William Rawlins.
- Have You Told Anyone Else?: Rawlins, while torturing him, asks the man in Arabic if he's told any of the soldiers present in the room that he's a police officer. Zubair says no, and that's when Rawlins gives Frank the order to execute him.
- He Knows Too Much: The reason behind his murder - he discovered that Agent Orange and Colonel Schoonover were trafficking heroin.
- I Have a Family: He pleads for his life on behalf of his family. It doesn't help him, sadly.
- My Greatest Failure: For both Madani and Frank. For Madani because she failed to save him and uncover the circumstances of his death, and for Frank because he executed him on behalf of Rawlins under a false accusation, helping the man to cover up his crimes.
- Poor Communication Kills: He does speak English, but Frank doesn't speak Arabic, so doesn't know that Ahmad is in fact a cop...something Ahmad only had conveyed in Arabic.
- Posthumous Character: Is already dead for well over a decade by the time of The Punisher (2017), but influences the plot significantly.
- Small Role, Big Impact: His execution kickstarted a chain of events that led to the death of Frank Castle's family, and very indirectly, the breakup of Nelson & Murdock as well as Wilson Fisk's rebuilding of his criminal empire.
- Undignified Death: After executing Ahmad, Frank and Gunner bury him in an unmarked grave.
Commonwealth of Australia
Australian Threat Unit
Portrayed By: Melissa Bickerton
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
An envoy of the Australian Threat Unit to the Symposium on Alien Contagion, organized by the Matthew Ellis administration in order to establish international politics regarding the Inhumans..
Kingdom of Talokan
- Absolute Xenophobe: The Talokans have never forgotten the horrors inflicted on their ancestors and other indigenous people by European colonial powers. They are convinced that if their kingdom is ever discovered, the surface world will stop at nothing to steal or destroy it. The creation of a Vibranium detector is the final straw which convinces them to wipe out the entire surface world aside from Wakanda, who Namor views as kindred spirits.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: While in the comics they were a race of aquatic aliens who came to Earth as refugees and founded Atlantis in the Atlantic Ocean, here they were regular humans from the Mayan Civilization who were mutated into Apparently Human Merfolk, taking refuge in an underwater cave system loaded with vibranium.
- Adaptational Name Change: In the comics, Namor is the king of Atlantis, whereas the film gives him the kingdom of Talokan, named after the legendary city Tlālōcān from Aztec mythology. This is likely due to their film appearance debuting after Aquaman (2018), which featured Atlantis as its main setting or a Mythology Gag to the fact that Bill Everett intended for Namor to not have come from Atlantis.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: The mutation that caused them to become merpeople also causes their skin to turn blue when out of the water. Namor is the lone exception among his people,.
- Apparently Human Merfolk: That said, in the water, Talokani look exactly like humans
- Animal Motifs: Sharks. Namor's throne consists of the jaws of a Megaladon, a number of their warriors have shark-imagery in their battle gear, and when out of the water, their skin takes on a blue-hue, evoking the skin of a shark.
- Badass Army: Talokan's army is shown to be armed with Vibranium, possess water-based explosives, and all are supersoldiers roughly equivalent to the Black Panther. However, the biggest advantage they have over Wakanda is numbers, with Namor claiming that he has as many warriors "as there are blades of grass". Talokan even gets the distinction of being the first and only nation to successfully breach the Wakandan homeland, and bring them to their knees.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Their outfits are mostly traditional Mayan clothing with upgrades to fit their underwater home.
- Color Motifs: Blue and green are their colors, suiting their aquatic heritage.
- Compelling Voice: Talokan warriors can hypnotize people with their rhythmic singing. They use this to compel their enemies into walking overboard on ships or platforms.
- Crippling Overspecialization: They are undefeatable in water. Outside of it, though they aren't completely weakened, they can be beaten.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Despite their weakness outside water, they still manage to completely overwhelm any group that they fight with throughout the movie. Overall, the Talokani always look superior to their Wakandan enemies in every aspect of combat. This is due to exploiting the simple fact that as long as you need to breathe air, even the mightiest surface warriors can be rendered helpless underwater. Combine that with their own Vibranium weapons and tech, enhanced physique from withstanding underwater pressure, the ability to attack even landlocked nations and their sheer numbers, it is a miracle Wakanda survived.
- During the attack on Wakanda, only a small force of them are able to demolish both the Wakandan civilians and military and might have been able to kill every high ranking official if not for Namor choosing to let the defenders recover and prepare for war.
- In the final battle, their forces are able to kill the vast majority of Wakandan warriors in battle and they almost completely win if not for Namor calling it off due to his loss to Shuri.
- The Dreaded: As the might and power of Talokan becomes apparent to the rest of Wakanda, those higher-up realize just how great a threat they would be to not just their nation, but to the entire surface world were Talokan and their leader provoked. Even M'Baku, a powerful Blood Knight who enjoys the glory of battle, is incredibly wary of a Forever War being waged against Talokan if Shuri were to kill Namor. The villagers near the entrance to the cave are also terrified of them, and when a disguised Nakia asks a local woman about them, she makes it very clear that any sort of interaction with them is incredibly dangerous and the best thing one can do is stay far away from them.
- Healing Factor: Talokans are shown to be able to recover from injuries that by all appearances would've been fatal (such as being impaled on Okoye's spear), and quickly resume fighting. That being said, they aren't invincible, as Nakia is shown to be able to fatally injure two of them using a sonic weapon at very close range.
- Hidden Elf Village: Their kingdom has existed for centuries, hidden away in the depths of the ocean. Their experiences with Spanish colonizers have left them unwilling to trust the surface world, killing anyone that comes too close to discovering them.
- Human Subspecies: Humans mutated into aquatic merpeople by exposure to a vibranium-infused plant.
- Mayincatec: They are downright Mayans turned merpeople, hence their civilization is an underwater Mesoamerica. Albeit Tlālōcān is an Aztec myth to ensure the amalgamation of the trope still exists.
- Mind-Control Music: Use this to great effect on surface dwellers, causing them to voluntarily drown themselves.
- Mirroring Factions: They're presented as a counterpart to Wakanda, being another isolationist society developed by an oppressed people that's highly advanced from settling on a motherlode of vibranium. Though, where Wakanda made one decision they took another. Like Wakanda, their culture started when a shaman received a vision of a herb that grew in vibranium enriched soil, but instead of a single champion taking it, he had his entire village take it. When they saw the colonization of the outside world, they chose to isolate themselves completely from it, rather than present a front while disseminating a global network of spies as Wakanda has done. They practice an absolute monarchy, with their king revered as a god as well as champion, instead of a constitutional monarchy with a protocol for challenging the throne. Notably, their conflict with Wakanda is attempting to stay hidden from the world at any cost.
- Mobile Fishbowl: Talokani cannot breathe air anymore because of their transformation. When dealing with humans of the surface, they wear facemasks in order to breathe. Namor is the only exception.
- Monster Whale: They have domesticated baleen whales that serve as "transports" for their forces, as well as smaller orcas that serve as war-mounts that assist them in battle.
- Modern Mayincatec Empire: Downplayed. Due to the Talokans having split off from the Mayan era, their technology is antiquated in comparison to the rest of the world: they have no advanced electronics nor do they employ ranged weaponry. However, they do possess specialized machinery that suits them well in the water: a vibranium-constructed artificial sun, water-based depth charges, as well as a system to create an artificial ocean current.
- Our Sirens Are Different: They employ a set of singers to hypnotize people in battle.
- Required Secondary Powers: Namor gives a brief, graphic description of what would happen to surface-dwellers trying to reach his kingdom (at least, without deep-sea equipment). The Talokan warriors are suitably shown to have adapted to living in such an environment, making them super-strong and incredibly tough compared to ordinary humans.
- Shining City: The capital, though situated in the ocean depths, features a vibranium sun to light their harvests, and enough light to navigate by.
- Steel Eardrums: Averted. Their reliance on sonic waves underwater makes them vulnerable to sonic attacks.
- Undying Loyalty: It doesn't take Namor much time to convince his folk to follow him into war against Wakanda and the surface world. According to M'Baku, they in fact worship him like a god.
- Was Once a Man: They were just Mayans escaping Spanish colonizers and smallpox until a herb turned them into merpeople.
K'uk'ulkan / Namor
Portrayed By: Tenoch Huerta
Voiced By: Daisuke Namikawa (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The king of an underwater-dwelling people.
- 100% Adoration Rating: As the God-Emperor of Talokan, Namor is beloved by all of his subjects, and they obey his orders without question. They stand by him both when he declares war on Wakanda, and when he later declares a truce between both nations. M'Baku notes that Talokan's love for their ruler is so great that killing him could potentially lead to a global disaster, as they would likely flood the entire surface world to avenge Namor.
- Achilles' Heel: Though he can go above water without a breathing apparatus like the rest of his people, he still needs to keep his skin moist, meaning in a warm, dry environment, he's at a disadvantage. It's also subtle, but his extreme resistance to harm and the centuries that he has gone without facing any serious threats also makes him more sensitive to pain, as he screams in agony when Shuri claws him. He is visibly incapacitated more than you would expect him to be, and seems to be unfamiliar with the sensation.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Namor and T'Challa were known for having a fierce rivalry with each other, bordering on Headbutting Heroes at times. In the MCU, T'Challa dies before Namor can actually meet him, leaving his antagonism to be (briefly) directed at his sister Shuri instead.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: While the results of Namor's character are almost untouched, his origin story is different from the comics. While the comics had him being half-human and half-Atlantean (on top of being an X-gene mutant), here his mother was a human who was turned into an Apparently Human Merfolk through a vibranium-infused plant while he was still in her womb.
- Adaptational Late Appearance: In the comics, Namor is well-known for being one of the very first Marvel superheroes, debuting in The Golden Age of Comic Books in 1939. Here, he's only now first appearing 14 years into this franchise's lifespan.
- Adaptational Name Change:
- His name is traditionally pronounced as "NAY-mor", whereas he pronounces it "Nah-MOR". This is because he's taking from the Spanish "sin amor" (without love). However, most of the characters pronounce his name in the traditional way.
- He also lacks his comic counterpart's surname of "McKenzie", which is understandable given that his father isn't from the United States, which didn't even exist at the time that he was born.
- An unusual case in that "Namor" is an Appropriated Appelation rather than his birth name as it is in the comics. His given name is instead K'uk'ulkan.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Slightly. Wakanda Forever opts to downplay his notorious Jerkass tendencies (particularly his extreme arrogance and sexually predatory behavior) and play up his noble traits in order to make him a more sympathetic antagonist, but he's also demonstrated, repeatedly, to be completely and utterly ruthless and capable of feats of extreme violence.
- Adaptational Species Change: Sort of - In the comics, Namor is half-human and half-Atlantean, whereas here he is a formerly human mutant like all the other Talokanil, and consequently the Child of Two Worlds aspect of his backstory isn't present.
- Affably Evil: "Evil" may be too strong a word to describe Namor, but he shows himself to be a well-mannered, benevolent ruler who is willing to use diplomacy and alliances to see his goals through... and equally willing to resort to violence when he feels he's been provoked, or when he feels like a mutually acceptable resolution isn't going to happen.
- Age Lift: In the comics, Namor was born in 1920, which would make him in his early 100s in present day, whereas the movie version was born in 1571, which would put him in his 400's, more than three centuries older.
- Ambiguous Situation:
- Is K'uk'ulkan his given birth name, assigned to him by the Talokanil after they mistook him as a god? Or is it yet another title, like Namor, that his people call him in reverence? The dialogue has equal hints to both. In the original script, his mother called him "Ch'ah Toh Almehen."
- He shares the name of a God, he is worshipped like one by his people, he ages far more slowly than both surface-dwelling humans and the rest of his subspecies, he can fly, can take hits that would instantly kill most humans and has strength is compared to the Hulk. Can he be called a super-human, or does he qualify as an actual God? Actual gods have been proven to exist in Phase Three and they come in every shape and size, so can Namor be considered one of them, or is he just an exceptionally powerful mortal?
- There is also the case of his Cunning Linguist abilities. Due to use of translation convention, the actors are shown speaking English and Namor claims to have heard and understood Ramonda and Shuri's conversation (which likely was spoken in Xhosa, thus the character Namor must be speaking Xhosa). It's not clear how many languages he knows and how he learned them.
- Animal Motifs: Serpents, befitting his nickname, K'uk'ulkan. Some of the regalia he has consists of distinctly serpentine imagery, to include a snake-headdress; when Shuri meets him in his cave, he's sitting in front of a mural depicting a serpent; sea snakes are shown swimming around his throne in his capital; and when the wings on Namor's ankles flap, they create a noise more akin to that of a rattlesnake than a bird.
- There are also Shark-like motifs to him, such as his throne that has what looks like a Megalodon's massive jawbone.
- Anti-Villain: Namor only wants what's best for his people, by whom he is a beloved God-Emperor, and he's willing to use diplomacy if possible. He is, however, utterly ruthless, accompanying every diplomatic overture with a threat of annihilation if an agreement can't be reached.
- Apparently Human Merfolk: Aside from pointed ears and wings on his feet, Namor looks fairly close to human, as unlike full-blooded Talokanians, his skin is not blue. This is due to him receiving the Talokanian mutation in utero along with being an X-gene mutant.
- Appropriated Appelation: A dying Spanish priest cursed him "niño sin amor", "child without love". He liked the sound of "Namor"; as he puts it, he has no love of the surface.
- Arch-Enemy: A complicated, but still prevalent example for Shuri. Though the two are initially civil to one another when Namor kidnaps her and shows her Talokan, the two become bitter enemies quickly. Through a series of miscommunications, Namor believes Shuri to have betrayed and murdered one of his people, which results in him invading Wakanda and drowning Queen Ramonda. Having already suffered the loss of her father and brother, Shuri is seething with rage and hatred towards Namor, wanting nothing more than to kill the man to avenge her family. Ultimately however, the two realize that their conflict would serve to tear both their nations apart, leading them to form a truce with one another.
- Big Bad: While other nations, the United States in particular, are antagonists, Namor is the primary threat in Wakanda Forever, threatening war against the surface world, Wakanda in particular.
- Blade on a Stick: Namor's weapon is a spear made out of pure Vibranium.
- Brought Down to Badass: Shuri manages to dehydrate him both artificially and by dropping him in a desert, weakening him and to say that it brought him down to maybe 75 percent at most would be generous, as hes still strong, fast, and skilled enough to nearly kill her.
- Captain Fishman: The Trope Maker (or an adaptation of him).
- Clip Its Wings: Shuri manages to either tear or slice off one of his wings, cutting down his mobility and preventing him from escaping back to the water in their final duel.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Downplayed. Namor is called by his name and by his title of K'uk'ulkan during this film's events, but he is not once referred to as a Sub-Mariner. The downplaying comes in due to the fact that the comics themselves mostly just call him Namor anyway, so there really isn't that much of a difference here.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To N'Jadaka/Erik 'Killmonger' Stevens. Once he took the throne, Erik wanted to use Wakanda's mighty army and its advanced vibranium technology to take over the rest of the world and tried to justify it as 'freeing the oppressed', even though deep down Erik just wanted to vent his anger on everyone else for what he went through. Meanwhile, Namor initially only wanted to keep Talokan's existence a secret, but the surface world's encroachment on Talokan's territory for its vibranium resources means he won't hesitate to go to war with the entire world to ensure Talokan's safety. Erik also didnt actually care about the Wakandan culture and dealt a severe blow to it by ordering the destruction of the heart-shaped herbs, ensuring that there wont be any future Black Panther until Shuri manages to recreate it, while Namors entire reason for conflict is to protect the Talokan way of life, even if it results in the destruction of Wakanda, another country thats also trapped in a similar circumstance and threatened by the outside world. Both villains are ruthless conquerors driven by childhood memories of witnessing inequality and injustice done to their respective ethnic groups by white oppressors, but of the two, Namor is far nobler than Erik ever was.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: His first offensive on Wakanda is this. He makes short work of M'Baku, destroying his weapon then punching ''through his armor'' to knock him back and knock the wind out of him. He subsequently makes short work of the Dora Milaje and Shuri before killing Ramonda.
- Defeat Means Friendship: At the climax of Wakanda Forever, Shuri soundly defeats him on the battlefield, but can't bring herself to deliver the Coup de Grâce and asks him to surrender. He does, and they agree to form an alliance between Wakanda and Talokan. This makes him one of the few MCU villains to come out of their introductory film alive and free.
- Disappeared Dad: Unlike the comics, Namor's father is never mentioned or talked about. It is believed by fans that the man who died from smallpox shown in his mother's flashback was probably his father.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Goes barefoot much like the rest of his people, but is a standout case as it would be pointless to cover his winged feet.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- His tremendous power is established when he first appears, during the Talokan's battle against western mercenaries in the ocean. He effortlessly destroys a helicopter with nothing but his superhuman strength and floats in the night sky.
- Namor's introduction to Shuri and Ramonda has him praise the beauty of Wakanda, which he infiltrated with ease, while speaking of concerns of mutual interest and insisting they bring him the scientist responsible for the Vibranium detector, following this request with a threat if they tell the world about him or refuse his request.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Namor loved his mother deeply and her death still weighs heavily on him. He even came out from the depths for the first time in his life just to honor her wish of burying her on her homeland.
- Fatal Flaw: Wrath and intransigence. While he will hear others out and is completely willing to accept the validity of their viewpoints, his general attitude can best be summed up as "yes, I hear you, yes, I understand and accept where you're coming from, and no, it's still my way or the highway", and the reliability and swiftness with which he jumps to extreme and merciless violence as his first or second resort causes most of his problems.
- A Father to His Men: And, eee-oh-boy, is he really one heck of a Papa Wolf. He's shown to deeply care about every single soldier under his command, and when Nakia murders two of them in a move to rescue Shuri and Riri, Namor takes this as an act of war (not helping matters is the fact that Ramonda deliberately lured him away under the guise of negotiations).
- He refers to his citizens as his children and considering his centuries of life and God-Emperor status, it might not be too far off.
- Flying Brick: Namor displays the full combination of Super Strength, Super Speed and the ability to fly.
- God-Emperor: According to M'Baku, the Talokanians don't refer to him "as general or king", but rather they call him "K'uk'ulkan, the feathered serpent god."
- Gold-Colored Superiority: His bracers, collar, belt, and shin guards are gold. Justified, as he's a king.
- The Good King: Namor is clearly beloved by his people, who all but worship him. In turns, everything he does in Wakanda Forever, no matter how ruthless, is meant for their safety and benefit. When two of his people are killed in Nakia's rescue of Shuri and Riri, Namor is absolutely furious and declares war against Wakanda on the spot.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Namor has a human father and a Talokanian mother — but, in a twist, this is only because she became Talokani while pregnant with him.
- Handicapped Badass: Shuri manages to tear off one of Namor's wings, rendering him unable to fly. Even grounded and dehydrated however, he's still a powerhouse fighter and nearly kills Shuri by impaling her through the stomach.
- Humans Are Bastards: That's the way Namor sees all surface people. When his mother died of old age, when he was a child, his mother asked him to bury her in their old home on the surface, when Namor first visited the surface with his soldiers, he was disappointed to see the cruelty and tyranny of the Spanish imperialists who raided and enslaved the Mayan people.
- I Have Many Names: When Ramonda asks him who he is, he answers:Namor: I have many names. My people call me a K'uk'ulkan... But my enemies call me Namor.
- Kryptonite Factor: He draws strength from water. Although he's still at super-human levels without moisture, drying him out weakens him significantly. Shuri exploits this weakness in the final battle, luring him into an airship designed specifically to evaporate all moisture inside.
- Lightning Bruiser: Extremely fast and agile thanks to his winged feet (enough to dodge Wakandan lasers), hits like the Hulk, and durable enough to easily withstand the pressure of the ocean depths and heavy impacts.
- Long-Lived: As a result of his mutation, his lifespan is many times longer than that of humans or Talokanil, and he is more than 400 years old. There's no indication that he's immortal, though—he simply ages very slowly.
- Meaningful Name: Explained in-universe/lampshaded: "Namor", his moniker, is short for "el niño sin amor", or "the boy without love", given to him by colonizers he attacked on a journey to the surface world to bury his mother, which he adopted as a battle name to indicate he has no love for the surface. Also serves as an Ironic Name, as Namor clearly loves his people very deeply.
- Mercury's Wings: Like the comics, Namor was born with wings on his feet, helping him fly on air and swim really fast in water. They also create a rattlesnake-like noise when they flutter, possibly justifying his K'uk'ulkan moniker.
- Mirror Character: To T'Chaka. Both of them are/were kings of powerful secret nations that want to keep themselves safe from the horrors of the outside world.
- Misery Builds Character: Namor states that "Only the most broken people can be great leaders".
- Mobile Fishbowl: Downplayed: unlike his people, he can breathe air, but he is still weakened if he dries out.
- Modest Royalty: Though he does have some Requisite Royal Regalia, and a throne where he makes decrees, he's shown to otherwise stay in a humble hut, above his capital.
- Mutants: He's an X-gene mutant as well as a member of a Human Subspecies, making him a fully amphibious Flying Brick.
- Never Be Hurt Again: Though he personally didn't experience it, his predecessors having to leave their home to escape the conquistadors weighed heavily on him, which was only confirmed when he buried his mother on land, and witnessed what the colonizers were doing. He even declares that Talokan will not move again in his speech to his people.
- No Name Given: His birth name is never stated when he recounts his history; he just opts to explain why he chose the name "Namor".
- Only Known By His Nickname: As he puts it, he's called K'uk'ulkan by his people, Namor by his enemies.
- Pet the Dog:
- When Shuri starts opening up about her pain at being unable to save her brother to Namor while she is technically his prisoner, he offers her some genuine life advice, telling her that her grief will only make her stronger.
- It's also worth noting that despite his entire goal throughout the movie being to kill her, he treats Riri Williams with no less dignity and respect when she comes to Talokan than Shuri.
- Pointy Ears: Just like in the comics, Namor sports a pair of pointy, elf-esque ears. Namor reveals that this is a result of his mutation, as no other Talokanian has this.
- Powerup Full Color Change: He is the only Talokanian who can breathe above water, while all the others need masks and undergo a change in skin color to aqua-blue. This is because the mutation that created the Talokanians happened while his mother was pregnant with him, hence him not getting the whole changes (along with the X-gene mutation helping some more).
- Properly Paranoid: He had supposedly spent his entire tenure as God-Emperor of Talokan preparing for war with the surface world, though preferring to keep his Kingdom a secret from the rest of the world out of the belief that various governmental bodies would come after them to plunder their vibranium. If Wakanda can be used as an example after they came out to the rest of the world (not to mention Director de Fontaine salivating at the thought of America procuring vibranium for military applications), all of his fears 100% hold water. If they could succeed in their war is another question entirely though.
- Proportional Aging: His mother died of old age while Namor still looked like a child (and his child-actor would have been twelve during filming), suggesting that his "childhood" was proportionate to his vastly extended lifespan.
- Race Lift: In the comics, Namor is, broadly speaking, Caucasian white and inspired by Greco-Roman mythnote . In the MCU he's portrayed by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta due to the Talokans' Mayan origin. It should be noted that Namors skin tone varies across animated adaptations and comic issues, ranging from ghostly pale to tan-bronze.
- Really 700 Years Old: He was born in 1571, yet his mutation made him age slower and he looks like a man in his forties.
- Realpolitik: How he justifies yielding to Wakanda to Namora. Despite surrendering, which is something that they've never done, they have a relative ally that is sympathetic to their shared situations thanks to the truce that was made. They also have a means to ensure that Talokan's existence can remain a secret and that the ocean's supply of Vibranium can't be stolen by outside parties. There's a darker implication with his decision as well, as Wakanda is now at its weakest state with the eyes of the world's superpowers on them for their Vibranium. With the world's attention focused solely on Wakanda, nobody would even bother to find out that Talokan even exists.
- Smug Super: A downplayed example. He's The Good King to his people and can be completely civil and polite when the situation calls for it. However, when he's in the business of making threats, he's often smirking and condescending to his potential enemies. He condescends Ramonda by telling her by bragging she has nothing to offer him that would get him to turn over Shuri and Riri, and violates her personal space by warning her what he will do if she tells the United States about Talokan. The film shows he more than has the power to back up this attitude.
- Strong and Skilled: Namor has a few centuries under his belt of armed and unarmed combat, putting him well above most opponents.
- Super Strength: He demonstrates just how strong he is by flattening M'Baku, a man who had previously taken on an entire alien army without breaking a sweat, in one punch. M'Baku himself lampshades this, noting that he's about on equal terms in strength as The Hulk. Underwater or fresh out, he's absurdly strong, on par with the Hulk, and even when he's been out for a while, he's still stronger than even an Asgardian or Kree in good shape. At his absolute weakest, he's still easily stronger than a super soldier or Spider-man.
- Villainous Valour: Namor fights on the front lines with his soldiers, never showing fear in the face of his enemies. Even when deprived of his biggest advantage at the climax of Wakanda Forever, Namor fights his hardest against Shuri, coming close to winning by impaling her with a Vibranium spear. At the end of the fight, Namor is visibly exhausted, dehydrated, and injured, but, when challenged by the Black Panther again, he barely hesitates before putting his fists up and uttering his famous battle cry of "Imperius Rex".
- Warrior Poet: Ruthless in battle and all but undefeatable, Namor is also a painter who covers his home in murals that tell the history of his people.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: He is shirtless throughout the entire movie, with only a large collar on his upper body. He briefly dons a ceremonial cloak but still doesn't put a shirt on.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He only wants to wage war on the surface because he knows his home will be wrecked by people seeking Vibranium.
- Wicked Cultured: For an antagonistic underwater monarch, he is remarkably well-informed about the outside world: he can understand English and Spanish, and is aware of Wakanda revealing its vibranium to the world. His knowledge of Riri Williams is what initiates his relations with Wakanda. He's also shown to be a very keen painter, with his residence covered in Mayan paintings and portraits that he's shown to make himself.
- With Us or Against Us: Tells Shuri that he needs to find out whether Wakanda is with them or against them, and that there's no in between.
- Would Hit a Girl: Namor murders Ramonda and later pulls absolutely no punches in his fight with Shuri, going so far as to impale her with a spear.
Portrayed By: Alex Livinalli
Appearances: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
A second-in-command to Namor.
- Adaptational Heroism: While still one of the movie's antagonists, he's far from being the villain he is in the comics. He's in fact Namor's Number Two instead of his Arch-Enemy as in the comics.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In the comics he's Namor's arch enemy. Here, he does not try to usurp Namor and is loyal at the start. He is still an antagonist, but only to Wakanda. He even tosses Okoye her weapon back during their first fight.
- Co-Dragons: Serves this role with Namora.
- Cool Helmet: The trailer shows him wearing one out of a giant hammerhead shark's skull.
- Establishing Character Moment: Subjecting Okoye, Wakanda's most skilled warrior, to the Worf Effect by utterly trouncing her during thier first confrontation makes it pretty clear that he's on another level in comparison to most of his fellow people of Talokan.
- The Rival: To Okoye. The two of them first encounter each other in Boston, wherein they have a fierce battle with one another; he even proceeds to give Okoye her weapon back after disarming her. Throughout Wakanda Forever, the two of them actively express vigilance in wanting to challenge each other once again as warriors on the battlefield.
- Stout Strength: He has a noticeable belly, but much like MBaku, he doesnt need to be shredded to be one of Talokans fiercest, most powerful warriors.
- Villain Respect: He considers Okoye to be a worthy opponent, honoring her defiant nature and seeking to fight her whenever they meet on the same battlefield.
- Uncertain Doom: He is last seen being knocked off the deck of the Wakandan ship by one of Okoye's attacks at the conclusion of their battle during the film's climax. It's implied by Okoye's dialogue that he would not survive, but he is not explicitly killed onscreen. Since he is a member of an aquatic race and would land in the ocean, his survival could still be plausible, especially since Namora survives a similar incident. In fact, Namora's was worse, as she fell from a greater height after being blasted by Riri's arc reactor.
Acuaria Nautica Neptunia / Namora
Portrayed By: Mabel Cadena
Appearances: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
A cousin and second-in-command to Namor.
- Animal Motifs: Her outfit has frills resembling the spines of a lionfish. Not only is this fitting for her oceanic residence, but like a lionfish, she is beautiful yet dangerous.
- Adaptational Modesty: Unlike the comics, where Namora is depicted as wearing a black bodysuit that looks like a swimsuit with a slit for her cleavage, with her toned legs on display. Here Namora wears a Talokan warrior-style outfit.
- Blood Knight: She's very disappointed that Namor drops the fight with Wakanda after forming a truce with Shuri, having wanted nothing more than to continue fighting by his side.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: She wears an elaborate Mayan costume involving what appear to be lionfish fins (giving the appearance of feathers) while in battle.
- Co-Dragons: Serves this role with Attuma.
- Determinator: Swims directly into the blast of a sonic weapon that forced most of the Talokanil out of the water in order to take it out and disable the Wakandan ship. Note that this is what allowed Talokan's forces to stop the Wakandans from retreating outright once Namor was captured, turning the battle in their favor as the Wakandans were wildly outnumbered and outmatched at sea. No wonder she's Namor's second-in-command.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: She is a blue-skinned Talokanian warrior, with her blue skin color being a reference to the version of her in the Exiles comics. Interestingly, when underwater, all Talokani people have their natural brown skin, only appearing blue when on the surface.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Namora is not exactly pleased when Namor decides to make a truce with Wakanda, noting that she wanted to die serving her god. Though Namor explains his reasonings for doing so, it's clear that she's not overly satisfied with his answer.
Species: Talokanian, Human (formerly)
Portrayed By: María Mercedes Coroy (young), Irma Estel Laguerre (old)
Appearances: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
A Mayan woman who was convinced to migrate to the ocean, with the promise that her son would be king.
- Good Parents: She was a loving mother to Namor and it's clear he still grieves her loss. The loss of a dear loved one something he and Shuri bond over.
- Mama Bear: She was reluctant to become one of the ocean migrants because she was concerned for the safety of her unborn baby and did all she could to protect him.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her desire to be buried on the land she once called home is what opened Namor's eyes to just how brutal and cruel the surface world truly is, which led him down the path to becoming the Well-Intentioned Extremist he is today.
- Was Once a Man: She was once an ordinary Mayan woman, but she became a Talokanian after she drank the mixture from the vibranium-infused undersea plant.