Occupation: King of Wakanda, scientist
Legal Status: Citizen of Wakanda with no criminal record
Identity: Publicly known
Other Aliases: Luke Charles, Black Leopard
Place of Birth: Wakanda, Northern Africa
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: T'Chaka (father, deceased), N'Yami (mother,
deceased), Khanata, Joshua Itobo, Ishanta, Zuni (cousins), Jakarra
Group Affiliation: The Avengers (reservist), fomerly
Base of Operations: Wakanda, mobile
First Appearance: FANTASTIC FOUR Vol. 1 #52
History: T'Challa is the son of T'Chaka, late king of
the African nation Wakanda. When lawless ivory hunter Ulysses
Klaw murdered T'Chaka in an attempt to possess the country's
rare Vibranium deposit, a grief-stricken T'Challa swore vengeance
and succeeded in thwarting the butcher's raid. In the process,
the young prince destroyed Klaw's hand.
Educated at the finest schools in Europe and America, T'Challa
returned to his homeland bearing a degree in physics and ready
to assume the mantle of leadership. To do so required he pass
two tests: defeat six of Wakanda's greatest warriors in unarmed
combat, and obtain the secret heart-shaped herb that grants
the country's chieftains their powers. Successfully carrying
out the dual challenge, T'Challa donned the ceremonial garb
of the Black Panther, totem of the Wakandan people.
Under T'Challa, Wakanda has become one of the wealthiest
and most technologically advanced nations on the planet.
After meeting Captain America, the Panther was offered
membership in the Avengers. Taking a leave of absence
from his royal duties, he served among Earth's Mightiest
Heroes for a lengthy interval, acquainting himself with
American methods of crimefighting. During his time with
the Avengers, he met the love of his life: social worker
Monica Lynne. Inevitably, T'Challa returned to Wakanda,
only to find the country in turmoil due to his prolonged
absence. The Panther subdued an uprising led by Killmonger,
a revolutionary intent on assuming the throne. After regaining
his people's respect, the Panther worked to bring his
country out of isolation from the rest of the world.
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 185 lbs.
Hair: Black, shaved bald
Level: The Black Panther is near the pinnicle of human physical
perfection, his natural strength and abilities having been heightened
by unidentified heart-shaped herb administered only to Wakandan
kings during a sacred ascension ritual. THe herb os also only
in Wakanda. While not superhuman, he is nearly as strong as
a human being can become. He can lift (press) a maximum of 750
pounds with supreme effort.
Superhuman Powers: None
An accomplished gymnast and acrobat, T'Challa is also an expert
tracker. In addition, he has mastered various African martial
Weapons: T'Challa's Vibranium micro-weave
bodysuit not only stops bullets, but saps their momentum.
His boots' Vibranium soles absorb sound and impact -- enabling
him to leap from structures up to eight stories tall and
land without injury, and literally run up the sides of buildings.
The Panther's retractable claws contain a new composite
of the experimental "anti-metal" Vibranium that can break
down other alloys. T'Challa wields an energy dagger that
can be fired, thrown or handled like a knife. At its highest
setting, the weapon easily can cut through forged steel.