Shuri is the younger sister of T'Challa, king (and protector) of Wakanda. Though she's now considered an integral part of the Black Panther mythos, she only made her first appearance in the comics decades after his debut.
Growing up in the shadow of her older brother, Shuri wanted badly to become the Black Panther, but fell short of that goal. When T'Challa was rendered critically injured in a battle with The Cabal, Shuri was deemed worthy by the Panther God to succeed him in the role of Black Panther, and became the first full queen of Wakanda in the process. She remained Black Panther until her death a few years later, sacrificing herself in a standoff against the Black Order.
She didn't remain dead for long, however, as T'Challa successfully resurrected her following the restoration of the Marvel Universe. After helping end a rebellion within Wakanda, Shuri was made a member of its new ruling council. During this time, she also became the subject of her first-ever solo series, simply titled Shuri.
As a major supporting character of T'Challa's, Shuri has appeared frequently in other media, most notably within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed there by Letitia Wright. This version of the character is slightly different from her comic book counterpart, giving Shuri an emphasis in Wakandan sciences, as well as a snarkier personality.
Shuri appears in:
- Black Panther (various runs):
- vol. 4 (2005 — 2008)
- vol. 5 (2009 — 2010)
- vol. 6 (2016 — 2017)
- Shuri (2018 — 2019)
Shuri provides examples of:
- Adventures in Comaland: In Black Panther (2016), her body is suspended between life and death. Her spirit wanders in Djalia, the plane of ancient memory. She comes out of it (thanks to T'Challa and Manifold) with some new powers.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: The first female Black Panther.
- Animal Motif: Originally, a panther, given her title. Later, she adopts a bird motif after her time in Djalia, and is able to become a flock of black birds at will.
- Boobs of Steel: In her Black Panther suit.
- The Champion: To the Panther God, when she finally did gain its blessing. (which required her to overcome the resentment toward her brother.)
- Character Death: Died heroically in battle when Namor's Cabal invaded Wakanda in New Avengers. She got better.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Or superwoman in this case.
- Composite Character: Shuri's portrayal in her own series introduces personality traits of her MCU counterpart, but without removing her previous traits instead using them all to make her potrayal more rounded.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Marvel Mangaverse #3
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: That suit of hers is much tighter than her brother's.
- Good Is Not Nice: She is definitely a good person, but she apparently has quite the reputation for not working well, as lampshaded by Spider-Man. It's implied to be the result of her resentment toward her brother. Shes also proven to be much more murderous than her brother after taking his mantle.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She was always jealous of her brother TChalla for being chosen as the Black Panther and longed to surpass him in any way with no success. Her abandoning her jealousy and resentment allowed her to become TChallas successor.
- Heroic Lineage: Only members of the Wakandan royal family can successfully become the Black Panther.
- Honour Before Reason: In contrast to her brother who goes out of his way to avert this, it's especially noticeable when she has to deal with Namor. She will abandon all reasonable or pragmatic methods if it means avenging insulted honor or wrongs against her people.
- Hot-Blooded: Far more so than her brother.
- Legacy Character: The third superhero character to call herself Black Panther, and the second (after T'Challa) to actually have the powers granted to them by the Panther God.
- Most Common Superpower: She has large breasts, befitting her being an extremely powerful superheroine.
- Mystical White Hair: She gets it after her time in Djalia, and some new mystical powers along with it.
- Panthera Awesome: As Black Panther, she's named after a panther.
- Reluctant Warrior: Hates to kill and took slaying the Radioactive Man very hard. Eventually It Gets Easier since she is later shown murdering with impunity in later stories.
- Remember the New Guy?: She didn't exist before Hudlin's run, and after her first appearance, everyone in-universe acts like she's always been part of the franchise, despite how weird some prior stories read knowing of her existence.
- The Resenter: Towards T'Challa for a while, though not to nearly the level of Hunter but still noticeable.
- However, it was a chip on her shoulder that led to her attitude problem and the Panther God initially rejected her because of that (along with her arrogance.)
- Ret-Canon: Following the movie, Shuri was also heavily reimagined to be closer to her movie counterpart, including a sudden interest in science and engineering.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's the princess of Wakanda, and she fights bad guys as much as her brother, the first (the first introduced anyway) Black Panther, her brother T'Challa.
- Sacrificial Lion: In the New Avengers during Jonathan Hickman's run.
- Sibling Team: With T'Challa when both have their powers.
- Super Reflexes: She has heightened agility.
- Super Senses: All of her senses have been enhanced and she can recall anything she has smelled or heard for a long time afterwards.
- Super Speed: She can run faster than any recorded human athlete.
- Super Strength: She is stronger than any recorded normal human.
- Taken for Granite: After her time in Djalia, she develops the ability to turn herself into rock.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Shes at her worst and most ruthless during the Doom War arc where she along with her brother gladly slaughters the Wakandan ruling council working with Doom and murders various Wakandan guards with impunity. When forming an offense against Doom, she sacrifices many of her own considerably small forces for minor and ultimately meaningless gains, much to T'Challa's displeasure. She even goes out of her way to kill an unarmed guard simply because the guard was in her way and rebuffs any What the Hell, Hero? remarks from her allies with an I Did What I Had to Do excuse.
- The Un-Favourite: She felt this way, though she was certainly better off than adoptive big brother Hunter.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Shuri is capable of transforming her body into either a flock of black birds, or a single enormous one.