Real Name: T’Challa
Weight: 200 lbs.
Place of Birth:Wakanda
First Appearance: Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #52 (1966)
T’Challa is heir to the centuries-old ruling dynasty of the African kingdom Wakanda, and ritual leader of its Panther Clan. His mother died in childbirth, earning him the enduring hatred of his adopted elder brother, Hunter, who also resented T’Challa for supplanting him in the royal household. Hunter would become the White Wolf, leader of the Hatut Zeraze (Dogs of War), the Wakandan secret police. Their father T’Chaka remarried, but his second wife, Ramonda, seemingly ran away with another man when T’Challa was eight. When T’Challa was a teenager, T’Chaka was murdered by Klaw, a Dutchman seeking to plunder the rare Vibranium metal unique to Wakanda, but T’Challa used Klaw’s own weapon to maim him and drive him off. T’Challa studied in Europe and America, then underwent ritual trials in Wakanda – including defeating his uncle S’yan, the existing Black Panther – to win the heart-shaped herb, enhancing his abilities and linking him spiritually to the Panther God Bast. Now Wakanda’s ruler as the Black Panther, he disbanded and exiled the Hatut Zeraze and continued transforming his country into a high-tech wonderland. When tribal war broke out, T’Challa restored peace by condemning the Jabari tribe, and by picking Dora Milaje (“Adored Ones”) from rival tribes to serve as his personal guard and ceremonial wives-in-training.
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Power & Abilities:
The title “Black Panther” is rank of office, chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan. As chieftain, the Panther is entitled to eat a special heat-shaped herb which, in addition to his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther god, grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, and agility to peak of human development. He has since lost this connection and forged a new one with another unknown Panther deity,granting him augmented phsical attributes as well as a resistance to magic. His senses are so powerful that he can pick up a prey’s scent and memorize tens of thousand of individuals ones. Following his war with Doom, T’challa loses his enhanced abilities only to once again establish a connection with the Panther God.
As king of Wakanda, the Panther has access to a vast collection of magical artifacts, advanced Wakandan technological and military hardware, as well as the support of his nation’s wide array of scientists, warriors, and mystics. The Wakandan military has been described as one of the most powerful on Earth. His attire is the sacred vibranium costume of the Wakandan Pather Cult.
He is a skilled hunter, tracker, strategist, politician, inventor, and scientist —he has a Ph.D. degree in physics from Oxford University. Considered one of the eight smartest people on the planet, he is a genius in physics and advanced technology, and is a brilliant inventor. He also has been granted the knowledge of every past Black Panther.
T’Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat, showing mastery in various African martial arts as well as contemporary ones and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines. In the miniseries Doomwar, he created a new form of martial arts incorporating both science and sorcery.
In Volume 3, writer Christopher Priest expanded the Panther’s day-to-day arsenal to include equipment such as an “energy dagger”, a vibranium-weave suit, and a portable supercomputer, the “Kimoyo card.” In Volume 4, writer Reginald Hudlin introduced such specialized equipment as “thrice-blessed armor” and “light armor” for specific tasks, and for a short while outfitted him with the Ebony Blade of the Black Knight.
Here’s a video of Black Panther in action:
Black Panther Marriage with Storm (X-men member)
Black Panther & Storm ends their marriage:
Where is Black Panther today?: