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Black Panther is an animated series by Marvel Knights Animation, Titmouse, inc. in partnership with Hudlin Entertainment and BET, based on the popular Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. It was the first animated television series produced by BET since Hey Monie!. Each of the six episodes of the series was 20 minutes in length.
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The series was broadcast on the Australian children's channel ABC 3 in January 2010 and in the United States on BET in November 2011.


The animated series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Black Knight uses his sword to cut through Wakandan fighter jets.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: This version of Captain America is a lot less friendly and a whole lot more confrontational than the usual interpretations. However, this was seemingly intentional, as the Black Panther needed to teach a thing about humility.
  • Advertised Extra: General Wallace was advertised as one of the main characters, and for the fact he's voiced by Stan Lee...Well, at least one of those was true.
  • Age Lift: The Juggernaut seems quite a bit older than most interpretations, considering his course voice and rather wrinkly face under his mask.
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  • All Men Are Perverts: T'Shan's best friend and advisor believes that, after they help cure her husband of his disease, that she'll give T'Shan a "big reward", even making a joke that he sees a happy ending in their future.
  • Bad Boss: Klaw's great grandfather, who treated his men like dirt and didn't give a damn about any of their safety. This led to him being unpopular with his men, who didn't end up caring too much when he got himself killed.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Throughout the series, the Black Panther faces the likes of Doctor Ulysses Klaw, The Cannibal, Batroc the Leaper, The Black Knight, The Juggernaut, Radioactive Man, the dictator M'Butu, an army of Deathloks, and in the past, even Captain America.
  • Body Snatcher: Cannibal, who starts out in a male body but spends most of the series in a female body before taking over the body of the Wakandan ambassador to the UN. His/her (The Cannibal's original gender is unclear) victims apparently die upon being transferred to the new body.
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  • Brains and Brawn: Batroc acted as the brains to Juggernaut's brawn.
  • Butt-Monkey: As per usual, Everett K. Ross, who receives little to no respect from those he works with.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Discussed and defied. Juggernaut's first conversation with Batroc involves dissing the French for having to be saved from the Nazis by Americans. Batroc coolly turns and says he considers it fair compensation for financing The American Revolution.
  • Cool Sword: The Black Knight's Ebony Blade, which ends up in the hands of Shuri.
  • Corrupt Church: The Catholic Church, or specifically certain bureaucratic sects of the Vatican Catholic Church are portrayed this way. Using Africa as the forefront of their conversion campaign and working with Klaw and his gang by secretly handing over its agent Black Knight to invade Wakanda to pilfer its technology and forcibly convert its population for its own benefit.
  • Dumb Muscle: Juggernaut, filling almost the exact same role Rhino had in the comics.
    • While not the usual example of this trope, the Black Knight is something of this as well, although its more insanity than lack of intellect. With moments like him believing Klaw was a devout Catholic because Klaw told him that his mom made him go to Sunday school, claiming that God himself granted him his powers (Which Black Panther immediately knows is wrong) believing himself to actually be immune to any foreign laws punishing him for anything because he thinks he's a "knight of England" , and that this status he imagined will grant him diplomatic immunity because only England's laws apply to him in his mind, he comes across as something of akin to an extremely unintelligent Psychopathic Manchild LARPER who thinks that this is how being a crusader knight worked.
  • Eagleland: Type 2. Though Wakanda never took aggressive action against any other country, the US government fears them due to their power and their lack of diplomatic ties to the US. The US government implicitly helps assemble a team of supervillains who go and assassinate T'Challa's uncle and predecessor as the Black Panther. Then the US invades Wakandan borders with zombie soldiers under the guise of helping settle a border dispute against their enemy, Niganda, whose dictatorial leader is a staunch ally of the US.
  • Final Boss: Doctor Klaw.
  • First Love: Storm ended up being this for T'Challa.
  • French Jerk: Downplayed in the case of Batroc, but he's still an antagonist.
  • The Fundamentalist: The Black Knight is a deranged zealot who sees himself as a modern crusader who's supposed to "help" Wakanda by killing its citizens and forcibly converting them to his religion.
  • Graceful Loser: Batroc, after his defeat at the hands of the palace guards, is more or less fine with having lost, and politely asks if he can receive medical attention.
  • Groin Attack: How the Queen Mother gets away from Klaw.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The fate of Radioactive Man.
  • Hired Guns: Batroc is recruited and introduced as such.
  • Hot-Blooded: Captain America was very quick to try and start a fight with the Black Panther the second he learned he killed the Nazis he was sent to take with him back to America.
  • Human Pincushion: The victims of the Panther's Teeth.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Juggernaut throws a COW at a JET!
  • The Juggernaut: Juggernaut is quite obviously the best example of this, spending a majority of his screentime in episode 4 running through basically anything in his way.
  • Karma Houdini: The Cannibal, who gets away scot-free after the multiple murders she commits throughout the series, including T'Shan.
  • Killed Off for Real: T'Challa's father, T'Shan, Radioactive Man, and Ulysses Klaw.
  • Kiss of Death: Cannibal's power, combined with Body Snatcher.
  • Knight Templar: The Black Knight, of course.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: A Donald Rumsfeld clone says "We must be prepared to inva...assist our Wakandan allies."
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: It's actually quite staggering just how many characters were introduced in just six episodes.
  • Monster of the Week: Each of the first three episodes had some kind of minor antagonist that did not return for future episodes after his defeat. This is Inverted for the last three, as Klaw's invading force take up all focus from the point onward.
    • Episode 1's is Captain America, who spends his portion of the episode trying to get information out of the current Black Panther, before getting into a fight with him.
    • Episode 2's is Klaw's great grandfather, who used black slaves to haul around his equipment, abused his men, and attempted to kill the Black Panther and take over Wakanada.
    • Episode 3's is the men attending the Vanderburgh Conference, who put a hit on T'Challa's father, who Klaw went on to kill moments later. They also intended to manipulate and use his father to gain Wakandan technology for their own gain.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Zombie cyborg soldiers! Courtesy of the US Military.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: We see clones of Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.
  • Only Sane Man: Tying in with his Token Good Teammate status, Batroc is this for the villain group, disliking working with cruel idiot like Juggernaut or an insane religious extremist like the Black Knight,only working for the money,and going out of his way not to get too much on his enemies bad side.
  • Of the People: Wakandans are somewhat xenophobic and racist. They tend to view foreigners as dangerous barbarians and avoid doing business with them. When one government official suggests giving Westerners the Cure for Cancer, another overrules him, fearing that they would somehow turn the cure into a weapon.
  • Pegasus: The Black Knight's mount.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Many of the villains, including Klaw, a racist who views African people as lower than him and thinks no machines made in Africa (with the exception of Wakanda) work well, Klaw's ancestor, who was an extreme racist who used African people as slaves to carry his equipment, and was implied to have no problem with rape, as he thought Wakandan women would make a nice treasure for his men,the Catholic Church and the Black Knight, a zealot who believes Wakanda needs white people to forcibly convert Wakandans to his religion in order to "civilize" them,and refers to them as "heathens" and "savages", several of the members of the US government and military, really, it's almost easier to name the villains who DON'T have this trope apply to them in the story.
    • The Juggernaut isn't much better, due to his racist attitude towards his allies, Batroc and Radioactive Man.
  • Rain of Arrows: Used by ancient Wakandans against invaders.
  • The Rival: Downplayed, but Shuri sees herself like this to her brother, but he cares more about her as a sister than a rival.
  • Shipper on Deck: T'Challa's mother, sister, and pretty much everyone in the Wakandan government ships him and Storm.
  • Smug Snake: The other governments across the world sees themselves as superior to Wakanda, a far more advanced militaristic society than any of them. Suffice to say, when some of them attempt to invade Wakanda later in the series, it doesn't go well for them.
  • Super Soldier: The Deathloks, who were basically designed to be the perfect killing machines.
  • Take That!: The story heavily criticizes western imperialism, forceful religious conversion against Africa, the US's collaboration with dictators, the corrupt tendencies of the Bush Administration, as well as corporate greed as a result of selfish capitalism and racial prejudice.
  • The Team: And a rather evil one at that in the case of Klaw's group of mercenaries.
    • Big Bad: Doctor Klaw, who in the past killed T'Challa's father, and in the present invades Wakanda once more with the rogues group he assembled.
  • Token Good Teammate: Batroc disapproves of the Black Knight's zealotry and the Juggernaut casually killing an endangered rhino. "We are a guest in this country. It's just good manners."
  • The Unfavorite: As stated in the first episode by the announcers, T'Shan isn't very popular with both the public, and with his own family.
  • White Man's Burden: The Black Knight's speech to the army, with a dose of religious extremism.
  • You Killed My Father: Klaw killed T'Challa's father and younger brother. And in the last episode, before T'Challa kills Klaw, T'Challa asks "Do you have any children?" When Klaw answers "No," T'Challa says "Good, because then I'd have to kill them too."

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