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"Y'all sitting up here comfortable. Must feel good. There's about two billion people all over the world that looks like us and their lives are a lot harder. Wakanda has the tools to liberate 'em all."
―Erik Killmonger to Tribal Council[src]

N'Jadaka, legally known as Erik Stevens, was a former United States Navy SEAL and the son of the Wakandan Prince N'Jobu. When N'Jadaka was a child, his uncle T'Chaka killed his father for trying to murder Zuri for outing him after he had aided Ulysses Klaue in stealing vibranium from Wakanda. This drove Killmonger to dedicate his life to forcibly dethrone his cousin, T'Challa, in order to finally accomplish his father's plan to seize control of the world by using all of Wakanda's vibranium technology to cease the oppression of people of African descent all across the world. In order to achieve this, N'Jadaka joined the Navy Seals and was eventually assigned to a black-ops unit, where his numerous confirmed kills earned him the nickname Erik Killmonger.

In 2016, following T'Chaka's death, Killmonger allied with Klaue, only to then kill him to gain access into Wakanda. Challenging for his bloodright, Killmonger murdered Zuri and seemingly killed T'Challa during their ritual combat and claimed the throne, becoming Black Panther, ensuring he would be the last of the lineage by burning the ancient Heart-Shaped Herbs. Shortly before Killmonger unleashed his plans, T'Challa returned and challenged Killmonger, eventually defeating and killing him during their final battle, though his death inspired T'Challa to stop isolating Wakanda from the world and provide other nations with their resources.

Nine years later, Killmonger communicated with Shuri when she visited the Ancestral Plane, informing her that they were very much alike with their mutual desire for revenge following the murder of a family member. Despite Killmonger's advice that she follow through with her vengeance against Namor, Shuri ultimately managed to evade succumbing to it.


Early Life[]

Living in the United States[]

"Your uncle took a War Dog assignment in America. Your father placed me there to observe. Unbeknownst to him, your uncle fell in love with an American woman. They had a child. The hardships he saw there radicalized your uncle."
Zuri to T'Challa[src]

Erik Stevens, born N'Jadaka, was the son of Wakandan Prince N'Jobu and an unknown American woman. The latter was wrongfully incarcerated and died in prison. Although he raised his son in Oakland, California, Stevens' father nevertheless promised the young boy that he would one day take him to Wakanda, claiming that the sunsets there were the most beautiful in the world. While being raised, N'Jadaka found his father's book which featured many secrets from Wakanda, including N'Jobu's own Wakandan Royal Ring and the way to enter the secret country.[1]

Death of His Father[]

"Everybody dies. It's just life around here."
―Erik Killmonger to N'Jobu[src]
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Stevens watching the Royal Talon Fighter

While Stevens was growing up, N'Jobu planned to share the weapons of Wakanda with the rest of the world so the African Americans who had so little power could rise up and fight back. To achieve this goal, N'Jobu made an alliance with a mercenary named Ulysses Klaue to get into Wakanda and steal their vibranium deposits. Klaue's actions resulted in the deaths of several Wakandans, but Stevens was unaware of this and continued life as normal.

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Stevens learning that his father is dead

Unbeknownst to Stevens, T'Chaka learned about his brother's treachery from his friend James, who was secretly T'Chaka's confidant Zuri, and had gained the trust of N'Jobu to learn of his plans against Wakanda. T'Chaka went to Oakland and confronted his brother at his apartment just as N'Jobu was formulating his plan to free Stevens' mother, threatening to return him to Wakanda to face punishment. In response, N'Jobu attempted to kill Zuri. T'Chaka retaliated by impaling N'Jobu with his Panther Habit's claws, killing N'Jobu.

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Stevens cries and holds his father's corpse

Unaware of his father's death, Stevens was playing basketball with his friends until he sees the Royal Talon Fighter above their apartment complex. He rushed inside, only to find his father lying dead on the floor with panther claws in his chest. Devastated over the death of the only family he had left, Stevens had held his father's body and cried, before recovering his father's diary with his Royal Ring as well as everything Stevens ever needed to know about Wakanda.[1]

Seeking Revenge[]

Becoming Killmonger[]


Stevens becomes a highly skilled warrior

"Started calling him Killmonger. He joined a JSOC ghost unit. Now, these guys are serious. They will drop off the grid, so they can commit assassinations and take down governments."
Everett Ross[src]

Growing up with top marks in school, Stevens went on to attend and graduate from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before joining the United States Navy SEALs. Within the SEAL teams, Stevens was deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa, where he had the highest count of confirmed kills amongst everyone from his unit. Stevens also participated in several stateside missions in the United States of America.

Eventually, Stevens was recruited into a Joint Special Operations Command ghost unit associated with the CIA as a highly skilled black ops mercenary. Operating within the JSOC unit, he went off the grid in order to commit assassinations and take down foreign governments on behalf of the United States. As the highly skilled soldier, Stevens was responsible for eliminating dozens of hostiles, cutting his skin with tribal Crocodile Scarring, with one for each kill. Due to his ruthlessness, while serving within the military, Stevens eventually gained the nickname "Killmonger."[1]

Working with Ulysses Klaue[]

Museum of Great Britain Robbery[]
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Killmonger looks at all the African artifacts

"Don't trip, I'mma take it off your hands for you."
"These items aren't for sale."
"How do you think your ancestors got these? You think they paid a fair price? Or did they take it like they took everything else."
―Erik Killmonger and Fiona Thomas[src]

Seeking to enact his plan to return to Wakanda, Killmonger struck a deal with Ulysses Klaue, who previously worked with his father and had his own history with Wakanda. Together, they had discovered a vibranium weapon which was being shown in the Museum of Great Britain. Killmonger and Klaue made a plan to steal the weapon for themselves, as Killmonger went to investigate personally by going undercover.


Killmonger speaks with Fiona Thomas

While looking at the African masks that were on display, Killmonger was joined by Fiona Thomas, claiming to have an interest in their history. As Killmonger pointed to each mask, Thomas was able to explain where each one came from. Finally, Killmonger pointed to the Vibranium Ax, which Thomas claimed was from Benin's Fula Tribe, only for Killmonger to correct her and explain that it was actually from Wakanda.


Killmonger explains the axe's origin

Killmonger then claimed he would take the axe from them, confusing Thomas who noted the items were not for sale, to which Killmonger noted that Thomas' ancestors had stolen all the artifacts like many others from African history. As Thomas then tried to get him to leave, Killmonger had revealed that she was drinking coffee that had been poisoned by Linda, just as Thomas then collapsed onto the ground in pain, causing security to ignore Killmonger and run to her aid.


Killmonger and Klaue kill the security

As Killmonger called out for aid and feigned concern for Thomas, Klaue and Limbani arrived on the scene disguised as ambulance workers and proceeded to execute Thomas and two of the security guards, all while Linda had hacked into the security cameras to ensure they were not being watched. Killmonger then watched as Klaue told the final security guard he could leave, before shooting him anyway, as Klaue explained to Killmonger that spreading out the crime scene made them look like amateurs.


Killmonger working alongside Ulysses Klaue

Killmonger and Klaue had then stepped over to the vibranium axe on display, as Klaue used his prosthetic arm to shatter all the glass and take it, vibrating the axe so all the rust fell off as Klaue confirmed that this was indeed vibranium, telling Killmonger that they would soon be rich. Killmonger recommended that Klaue sell the axe sooner rather than later, to which Klaue explained that he already had a buyer while he and Limbani packed the axe away and prepared to leave.


Killmonger decides to steal an African mask

With Klaue and Limbani packing up, Killmonger noted that whatever they did, the Wakandans would likely show up to try and stop them, to which Klaue had simply expressed his excitement at the chance of killing more Wakandans while making his profit. Killmonger, however, then became distracted as he looked at a Dogon Mask on display, telling Klaue that while the mask was not made of vibranium, he liked the design and therefore stole it for his personal use.


Killmonger escapes with his crew

Having gotten what they came for, Killmonger and the rest of his crew made their escape, as Klaue and Limbani put Killmonger on the stretcher and wheeled him out to their ambulance where Linda was waiting. Once out of sight, Killmonger sat up and kissed Linda while Klaue shut the door and Limbani drove them away. As the next stage of their plan went ahead, Killmonger stayed out of sight as Klaue had prepared to sell the axe to his buyer for a suitcase full of diamonds.[1]

Rescue of Ulysses Klaue[]

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Killmonger prepares to save Ulysses Klaue

"There was a man today, wearing a ring identical to this one."
"That is not possible."
"He helped Klaue escape from us and he was wearing this ring, my grandfather's ring. Do not tell me what is possible."
T'Challa and Zuri[src]

Unsurprisingly to Killmonger, Ulysses Klaue's attempt at selling their stolen vibranium axe to the CIA resulted with him being captured due to the interference of the Wakandans. With Klaue being interrogated by the CIA, Killmonger then regrouped with Linda and Limbani as they prepared to get Klaue free, with Killmonger wearing a Bulletproof Vest and the Dogon Mask which he had previously stolen.

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Killmonger blows open the wall to the base

While Linda hacked into the CIA's security cameras to ensure they were not seen, Killmonger and Limbani then took position outside of the Facility as Killmonger planted explosives against the wall where Klaue was being held. Before anybody inside the facility could even realize that something was going wrong, Killmonger detonated the explosives, blowing down the wall while Klaue yelled out in hysterical excitement as he realized that his allies had come to his rescue.


Killmonger shooting at Everett Ross' agents

Arming himself, Killmonger immediately began firing into the facility at the agents, shooting Everett Ross directly in the spine as Ross had tried to save Nakia from all of Killmonger's bullets. While Killmonger continued firing into the base, Limbani and Linda picked up the still laughing Klaue and carried him and the chair he was handcuffed to into their van, as Killmonger then threw his grenade into the facility to ensure that nobody could follow them as they were escaping.


Killmonger takes Ulysses Klaue away

However, as Killmonger backed away to the van while still shooting into the facility, the Black Panther charged after him, with Killmonger shooting with a grenade launcher and knocking the Panther back, absorbing the impact from his Panther Habit. Killmonger then got onto the van while his crew had driven away, locking eyes with Black Panther who had spotted his Wakandan Royal Ring, all while having successfully rescued Klaue from custody.[1]

Betraying Ulysses Klaue[]

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Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue prepare to go

"I don't worry about no brand. Check these out. Each one is for a kill."
"You can scar yourself as much as you like. To them, you'll just be an outsider. You're crazy to think that you can just walk in there."
―Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue[src]

Having made their escape, Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue prepared to leave South Korea, as Killmonger had then asked Klaue if he had always sold his weapons to the CIA. While they were loading all their equipment on board the plane to leave, Klaue promised to ensure that Killmonger got paid, as Killmonger then requested that Klaue drop him off in Wakanda, only to be warned against doing so.


Killmonger aims at Ulysses Klaue and Linda

However, Killmonger insisted that he needed to go to Wakanda and proceeded to shoot and kill Limbani, while Klaue grabbed Linda and held her at gunpoint, demanding that Killmonger drop his weapon, or he would kill his girlfriend. As a tense standoff then began, Linda had apologized before Killmonger reassured her that everything would be okay, and then proceeded to shoot and kill her, wounding Klaue who then made his escape attempt while Killmonger followed him.


Killmonger mortally wounding Ulysses Klaue

While Klaue desperately ran across the airfield in an attempt to get to safety, Killmonger had remained close behind as the two former allies waited for their opportunity to kill the other. When Klaue then spotted Killmonger stepping into sight, he stood up from his hiding place and fired at him, only for Killmonger to shoot back and hit Klaue directly in the chest, causing him to fall to his back in agony and drop his gun, as Killmonger walked over to the mortally wounded Klaue.


Killmonger stands by the dying Klaue

As Killmonger stood over the wounded Klaue and kicked his gun away, he listened as Klaue questioned his desire to go to Wakanda, pointing to the brand on his neck and claiming that it was what the Wakandans did to people like them, only for Killmonger to show off all of his scars he gave himself during his time in the United States Navy SEALs, noting that each of one of them had been for a kill. However, Klaue noted that he would never rule and still be seen as an outsider.

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Killmonger reveals his Wakandan identity

With Klaue insisting he could never get in Wakanda, Killmonger then responded by revealing his own secret War Dogs tattoo under his lip, which N'Jobu had given him as a child. Seeing this, Klaue realized Killmonger was actually Wakandan and began laughing, noting that he had assumed Killmonger was just another crazy American. While Klaue continued to laugh out loud, Killmonger raised his gun and shot him once again, finally killing Klaue once and for all.[1]

Meeting his Relatives[]

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Killmonger demands to meet T'Challa

"You're Erik Stevens. An American black operative. A mercenary nicknamed Killmonger. That's who you are."
"That's not my name, Princess."
Shuri and N'Jadaka[src]

Having successfully murdered Ulysses Klaue, Killmonger then flew the plane to Africa and soon arrived in Wakanda, with Klaue's corpse in tow. Killmonger then presented the body to W'Kabi, the leader of the Border Tribe that protected Wakanda from any outsiders. W'Kabi was given the body to personally inspect.

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Killmonger challenges T'Challa

Amazed that an outsider had successfully killed their greatest enemy, W'Kabi had brought Killmonger to meet with the Tribal Council where he was presented to T'Challa, who was surrounded by his Dora Milaje, who kept a close watch on Killmonger to ensure that he could not attempt to attack the King. Once invited to speak, Killmonger had noted how he had served justice to Klaue who had been responsible for the previous Attack on Wakanda and had stolen vibranium, noting that T'Challa had been unable to deliver this justice himself.

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Killmonger is confronted by King T'Challa

Angered by this insult, T'Challa got out of his throne and stepped up to Killmonger, closely followed by Okoye, as T'Challa noted that he did not care that Killmonger had brought him Klaue's corpse, telling him that the only reason why he did not kill him where he stood was because he knew who Killmonger really was, as T'Challa questioned what Killmonger wanted, to which he claimed he wanted the throne, as Zawavari scoffed with all the other council members. However, Killmonger explained his reasoning, noting how Wakanda was keeping their technology from the black communities around the entire world that had been oppressed for hundreds of years.


Killmonger explaining his own motivations

Killmonger confirmed that he was referring to vibranium and all of the weapons that Wakanda produced, while T'Challa simply insisted that Wakanda's weapons would not be used to wage war against the rest of the world, although Killmonger claimed that the King of Wakanda should be responsible for all black communities that were being held down across the world. Ramonda declared that they had heard enough from Killmonger as she demanded that they reject his request for Wakanda's throne.


Killmonger tells T'Challa to ask for his name

Refusing to back down, Killmonger suggested that they ask him who he really is, to which Shuri stepped up and claimed that Killmonger was merely a Navy SEAL named Erik Stevens, although Killmonger insisted that this was not his real name. T'Challa, however, refused to ask for Killmonger's name and had told the Dora Milaje to remove him, only for the River Tribe Elder to ask Killmonger the same question, revealing it to be N'Jadaka.


Killmonger reveals the truth about his past

Speaking in Xhosa, N'Jadaka finally revealed N'Jobu was his father who had been murdered by T'Chaka years before, and as Ramonda claimed that he was simply lying, W'Kabi confirmed what N'Jadaka was saying by revealing his Royal Ring. With a royal right, N'Jadaka demanded the chance to challenge T'Challa for the mantle of King and of the Black Panther, claiming that he would only need T'Challa to accept the challenge, which T'Challa reluctantly accepted.[1]

Duel for the Throne[]


Killmonger prepares himself for the fight

"I lived my entire life waitin' for this moment. I trained, I lied, I killed... just to get here. I killed in America, Afghanistan, Iraq. I took life from my own brothers and sisters right here on this continent! And all this death... just so I could kill you."
―Erik Killmonger to T'Challa[src]

As they had prepared for the duel, Killmonger and T'Challa were both taken to Warrior Falls where Killmonger was then given his spear and sword, choosing to break the spear in half so it was easier to strike with as the Tribal Council observed closely. Killmonger watched as Zuri stripped T'Challa of the Black Panther strength, leaving them on equal footing for the challenge, as Killmonger locked eyes with Zuri, who he remembered as N'Jobu's friend and his uncle.


Killmonger vowing to kill T'Challa in the duel

Once T'Challa stood back up, he gave Killmonger one final chance to lay down all his weapons so they could handle the situation another way. Instead, Killmonger then removed his Bulletproof Vest and shirt, revealing his tribal Crocodile Scarring, and told T'Challa how he had lived his entire life for this one moment, noting how he had killed all across the world, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa, just so that he could come and have his chance at killing T'Challa.

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Killmonger and T'Challa begin the duel

With everything in place, Zuri had then announced that the challenge could begin as Killmonger furiously charged at T'Challa and began swinging his weapons at his enemy, with T'Challa being immediately on the defensive as Killmonger used every ounce of strength to land a deadly blow against him. All of Killmonger's military training allowed him to push T'Challa back, but he soon realized T'Challa's true skills with the tribal weapons as he managed to lock Killmonger into a block and held him back, using his shield to his advantage.

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Killmonger fights against T'Challa

Becoming frustrated, Killmonger landed several heavy strikes against T'Challa, repeatedly striking his shield as he leaped through the air and attempt to beat T'Challa into submission. However, T'Challa was able to use all Killmonger's rage against him as he knocked him off balance and onto his back, threatening to kill him if Killmonger did not yield the duel. Killmonger, however, refused to back down once he got back onto his feet, as T'Challa continued gaining the advantage as he sliced Killmonger across the face with a non-fatal strike.


Killmonger wounding T'Challa several times

Angered by T'Challa's advantage, Killmonger had furiously continued fighting, as he was eventually able to land a heavy kick and managed to slice T'Challa across his inner thigh. While Shuri still shouted out encouragement to her brother, Killmonger had continued beating him down before managing to slice him across the chest and arm, which caused T'Challa considerable pain. When T'Challa attempted to punch Killmonger, he responded by impaling him with his spear.


Killmonger's final strike is blocked by Zuri

With T'Challa now mortally wounded, Killmonger was able to easily beat him down in front of his horrified family. Killmonger then raised his blade and prepared to execute the Wakandan King, telling him that it would be revenge for T'Chaka killing his own father. Before he could land the blow, Zuri stepped forward and blocked his blade with the Spear of Bashenga and knocking Killmonger's blade out of his hands. As everyone looked on, Zuri then confessed responsibility for the death of N'Jobu, further angering Killmonger.


Killmonger stands over the beaten T'Challa

As Zuri told Killmonger to take his life over T'Challa's, Killmonger responded by declaring he would kill them both before he then grabbed the spear and stabbed Zuri in the heart. When the devastated T'Challa grabbed a sword and had tried to strike back at Killmonger, he easily avoided the blow and questioned those watching if T'Challa was truly worthy of being King, before swiftly and brutally beating T'Challa into submission, much to the utter horror of everybody watching.


Killmonger throws T'Challa off the waterfall

Killmonger stood over T'Challa, who was now unable to stand as he called out to those watching and claimed that T'Challa would never be able to lead them into the future and was unworthy of holding the power of the Black Panther. When T'Challa finally gathered enough strength to try and fight back, Killmonger responded by lifting him above his head before throwing him off the side of Warrior Falls, seemingly to his death while Ramonda then cried out in grief and horror.

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Killmonger is named as the King of Wakanda

Standing victorious at the conclusion of the challenge with T'Challa, Killmonger told those watching that he was now their one true king, while Nakia had pulled the devastated Ramonda and Shuri away to safety before Killmonger could have them arrested to ensure his own power over Wakanda. Killmonger was then presented with the royal necklace before the Border Tribe and Dora Milaje saluted the newest King of Wakanda while Killmonger looked over his subjects.[1]

King of Wakanda[]

Burning the Herb Garden[]

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Killmonger drinks the Heart-Shaped Herb

"Yeah, go ahead and burn all that."
"My king, we cannot do that, it is our tradition..."
"When I tell you to do something, I mean that shit. Burn it all!"
―Erik Killmonger and Sope[src]

As per tradition, Killmonger entered the City of the Dead and underwent the ritual, where all Kings of Wakanda must go through by drinking the fluid of the heart-shaped herb and speaking with his ancestor's spirit within the Ancestral Plane, becoming the Black Panther. The shaman, Sope, ordered the others to bury Killmonger after the herb's fluid starts to take effect.

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Killmonger talks to his father

Once Killmonger was buried in the sand, he woke up in his apartment from Oakland. Killmonger looked over the windows and looked suspiciously at the plane outside. Killmonger walked over to the apartment guest room and ripped apart the wall, seeing a book. Killmonger observed the book, looking over Wakandan literature and found his necklace attached to a ring. Killmonger donned the necklace and was happy to have it back again.


Killmonger tells N'Jobu about his home

Interrupted by his father, Killmonger was told again by him to not look over his stuff without permission. N'Jobu would then smile at Killmonger and asked what he found, Killmonger responded by saying that he was looking for his home. N'Jobu was saving his secret in hopes he would find his home but was afraid that they would not take him in. Killmonger retorted by telling his father that maybe his home was lost and that was why they could not find him and his father.

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Killmonger orders the herbs to be burned

After waking up from the ancestral plane, Killmonger was told to calm down and brought to the center of the room to breathe. Killmonger asked Sope what he just experienced, only to be told that it was a ritual burial and planted each herb on the ground for other future kings. Killmonger questioned Sope about another King and responded that if there was another King to undergo the ritual burial, they would be ready. Killmonger ordered the herb garden to be burned, only to be told that they could not, for the sake of tradition.

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Killmonger observing the herbs burning

Frustrated with Sope, Killmonger ferociously grabbed her by the throat and lifted her off her feet. As he choked her, Killmonger noted that when he told her to do something, he meant it. Letting go of Sope, Killmonger ordered the rest of the shamans to burn all of the herbs in order to cement his status as king over Wakanda permanently and to prevent anyone from ever opposing him. As the shaman people burned the garden, Killmonger observed the landscape to make sure all of them were burned down.[1]

Seated in Power[]


Killmonger walks over to the Tribal Council

"You know, where I'm from, when black folks started revolutions, they never had the firepower or the resources to fight their oppressors. Where was Wakanda? Yeah, all that ends today. We got spies embedded in every nation on Earth."
―Erik Killmonger to the Tribal Council[src]

In the next day of his reign, Killmonger entered the Tribal Council, walking towards the throne and sitting down on it, breathing heavily for his accomplishment. Once the tribal leaders sat down afterward, Killmonger talked about where he was from, African Americans started a revolution but never had the firepower or the resources to defend themselves from their oppressors and questions where Wakanda was when they needed them.

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Killmonger discusses his next step

Furthering the discussion of his next court of action on ruling Wakanda, Killmonger told the Elders that all of the oppression that African Americans faced would now end from his ruling. Using examples, Killmonger expressed that spies were embedded in every nation and should know how colonizers would think, using their own strategy against them. Killmonger proposed the idea of sending vibranium weapons out to War Dogs, giving their resources to other people of African descent to conquer their oppressors.

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Killmonger tells the council about his plan

Setting up a plan, Killmonger declared that African Americans could finally rise up and kill those in power, including their children and anyone else who would take their side, continuing on by saying the public would now know the truth about Wakanda. Sitting back down in his throne, Killmonger listened to Okoye's rebuttal with Killmonger's objective, saying that Wakanda had survived for years by fighting only when absolutely necessary.


Killmonger gives orders to the Tribal Council

While agreeing with Okoye's statement about Wakanda's history, W'Kabi told Okoye that the world was changing and it would be enough for the outsiders to catch up, saying that it would soon be the conquerors or conquered. As he listened to W'Kabi's logic, Killmonger then accepted his word, told Okoye to go along with her orders and proceeded to take action.[1]

Battle of Mount Bashenga[]

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Killmonger asking W'Kabi about the mission

"I never yielded! And as you can see, I am not dead!"
"All that challenge shit is over with! I'm the king now!"
Black Panther and Erik Killmonger[src]

As ordered by his profound plan, Killmonger prepared shipments of Wakandan weapons to be distributed to operatives around the world, so they may spread it around for other people of African descent in accordance with his father's plan. Walking towards the outside of the aircraft carriers, Killmonger asked W'Kabi if any spies have been alerted, to which he responded with a yes that some resistance was accepted into their new mission, but the War Dogs in London, New York City and Hong Kong were standing by.


Killmonger watching Black Panther's return

Notified by the Border Tribe, Killmonger told W'Kabi that the Wakandan army would strike there first and other spies would come around to help. Grabbing a Sonic Spear, Killmonger exemplified how powerful the spear was, explaining that it could stop a tank and leave it itself untraceable by metal detectors, declaring the world would know exactly who Wakandans were. Overseeing the ships fleeing, Killmonger saw one of them being shot down and he ran across to see it crash, seeing T'Challa emerging from the wreckage while wearing his Panther Habit.

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Killmonger greets T'Challa

While his name was shouted out, Killmonger intrusively greeted T'Challa back into Wakanda. While he demanded that he never yielded and was not killed, Killmonger mockingly rejected his proposal of continuing his challenge and said that he was now the King of Wakanda. Continuing to send aircraft, Killmonger ordered W'Kabi and his army to murder T'Challa, despite him being stopped by Okoye, only to continue sending out his army.

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Killmonger prepares to fight the Dora Milaje

Enraged by his evil nature, and now free to express her opinion since the usurper had just forfeited his legal claim to the throne, Killmonger was yelled at by Okoye, saying that his heart was full of hatred and not fit to be King of Wakanda. As Okoye sent half of the Dora Milaje to battle with T'Challa, Killmonger was faced with a few of her warriors, as he reached for his dual weapons in order to prepare for his stance. Once he was armed, Killmonger revealed he had taken one of the upgraded Panther Habits for his own use and told the remaining Dora Milaje to fight him.

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Killmonger fights against the Dora Milaje

As Okoye and the Dora Milaje were furiously attacking him, Killmonger managed to withstand their assault and took Xoliswa captive. As Okoye begged for her to not be sacrificed, she mumbled her last words. Killmonger executed her, making Okoye scream in rage and the Dora Milaje resumed their attack. Dodging all of their blows, Killmonger was caught in between their Vibranium Spears, trying to take away his necklace and deactivate his suit. Killmonger released a burst of kinetic energy, sending Okoye and her soldiers away on the battlefield.

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Killmonger breaks Shuri's gauntlets

When Nakia and Shuri arrived into aircraft space, Killmonger noticed them as they began to attack, looking at them and smiling at their expense. As Nakia made the first move, Killmonger dodged and rolled his way out of her range and faced Shuri, getting blasted by her Vibranium Gauntlets. After getting attacked by Nakia's strikes, Killmonger dodged her attempts to kill him, sliced her thigh and then threw her across the field. Killmonger then endured many of Shuri's sonic blasts, continuously until parts of his suit were tearing up. Looking at his spear, Killmonger swiftly destroyed Shuri's gauntlets and subdued her from doing it.

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Killmonger fights against T'Challa in the air

Seeing her crawling around, Killmonger cornered Shuri on the ground, mockingly greeting her from her arrival. Preparing for her execution, Killmonger listened to Shuri that he would never be a true King. Ready to stab her with his spear, Killmonger was tackled down by T'Challa, who threw himself once he noticed his sister in peril, falling deeply into the Great Mound. While falling down, Killmonger broke away from T'Challa's grasp, continuing to fight him and throwing punches at until one of them was knocked away from air.[1]

Duel in the Great Mound[]


Killmonger realizes his suit is deactivating

"The world took everything away from me! Everything I ever loved! But I'mma make sure we're even. I'mma track down anyone who would even think of being loyal to you! And I'mma put they ass in the dirt, right next to Zuri!"
―Erik Killmonger to T'Challa[src]

Noticing T'Challa lying on a railroad, Killmonger focused on his attention to murder him, falling down from another train track and punching him on the ground. Once T'Challa dodged the punch from the ground, Killmonger began to attack him and threw him across the railroad before dodging his panther claws. Pulling each other's punches, both Killmonger and T'Challa released their kinetic energy, resulting in them exploding from impact and lying far away from each other.


Killmonger arguing against the world

As Killmonger continued to charge at T'Challa, they were evenly matched for short time in their duel, only for the Wakandan Maglev Train to be activated, letting sonic stabilizers to disrupt the vibranium technology in Killmonger's suit. Once they avoided getting hit by the train, Killmonger suddenly noticed that his suit was tearing apart, he began responding to T'Challa, saying he did not need a suit to kill him and that his reign overruling Wakanda was over.

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Killmonger attempts to kill T'Challa

Despite T'Challa telling he was only becoming just like the people he hated so much, Killmonger responded that he learned from his enemies by beating them at their own position but was told that he had become like his enemies and would destroy the world, including Wakanda. Emotionally, Killmonger argued that the world took everything away from him, everything he ever loved and would make sure that T'Challa and he would be even, by tracking down anyone who would think about being loyal to T'Challa and murdering them, just like he did to Zuri.


Killmonger tells T'Challa about his father

Enraged, Killmonger and T'Challa yelled at each other after the argument, continuing to trade blows with each other, they were hit by the train, landing across from the sidelines. Killmonger then noticed his Wakandan spear and began to attack T'Challa with it. With each strike, Killmonger pushed T'Challa toward the edge and pulled the spear towards him. Distracted, Killmonger threatened T'Challa, only for him being impaled by his own short spear.[1]

Choosing to Die[]

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Killmonger looks at the sunset of Wakanda

"Maybe we can still heal you..."
"Why, so you can just lock me up? Nah. Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, 'cause they knew death was better than bondage."
Black Panther and Erik Killmonger[src]

Aching in pain, Killmonger turned off his mask and took a moment to gasp for air, complimenting T'Challa on the clever move he used. Killmonger began to look back on a childhood memory of his father telling him the sunsets on Wakanda were the most beautiful in the world and promised that he would take him to see it one day. Killmonger was carried along by T'Challa to an elevated platform.

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Killmonger questioning T'Challa's final offer

As they walked over a cliff behind the Great Mound, Killmonger and T'Challa stood near each other and sat down. Looking forward at the sunset, Killmonger was stunningly impressed by how beautiful it was. Having an idea for him, T'Challa told Killmonger he could possibly be healed from his wound that he inflicted on him. Facing toward him, Killmonger asked him why would they heal him, assuming that it would end up with him being imprisoned for life.


Killmonger pulling the spear from his chest

Declining his offer for a second chance, Killmonger told T'Challa to bury him in the ocean like his ancestors who were brought over by their oppressors and jumped out from their ships, as they knew it was better to die that way than bondage. Earning T'Challa's forgiveness, Killmonger decided to die, painfully removing the spearhead from his body, bleeding out and dying peacefully.[1]


Wakandan Outreach[]

"I had the courage to do what was necessary to change Wakanda. How many people like your scientist did Wakanda protect before I took the throne? Cowards, those were the Panthers who came before me, and before T'Challa."
―N'Jadaka to Shuri[src]

Killmonger's brief rule of Wakanda and his ruling philosophies inspired T'Challa to bring an end to Wakanda's isolationist practices and to use their resources to help those in need around the world. In addition to creating Wakandan International Outreach Centres, including one in Killmonger's hometown of Oakland, California, T'Challa revealed to the world that Wakanda was not a third-world country and that they possessed multiple stockpiles of vibranium.[2]

This announcement led to the other nations of Earth trying to steal vibranium, resulting in tensions between Wakanda and the countries comprised of the United Nations. Namor, the king of the underwater nation of Talokan, which possessed vibranium, informed Queen Ramonda and Princess Shuri that he blamed Wakanda revealing themselves to the world for creating the chain of events that resulted in the surface world nearly discovering Talokan. Namor threatened to attack Wakanda unless they delivered Riri Williams, a scientist who had created a vibranium detector, although Wakanda refused. While in the Ancestral Plane, Killmonger accredited this refusal to the impact of his rule, reminding Shuri that the previous rulers prior to him and T'Challa would have killed Williams for the greater good of Wakanda.[3]

T'Challa's Death[]

Several years after Killmonger's death, T'Challa fell ill to an unknown disease that might have been cured with additional consumption of Heart-Shaped Herbs. However, due to Killmonger's orders to burn all of the Heart-Shaped Herbs, the Wakandans were left with no solutions to cure their King, leading to T'Challa succumbing to his illness. As such, Shuri held Killmonger's actions responsible for her brother's death as well as all subsequent lives that Wakanda lost as a result of there being no Black Panther to protect them.[3]

Offering Wisdom to Shuri[]

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N'Jadaka sees Shuri in the Ancestral Plane

"Your father? He was a hypocrite. He would have killed that girl. Shit, he killed his own brother. T'Challa? He was too noble. He let the man who murdered your father live, and here you stand. Are you gonna be noble like your brother? Or take care of business, like me?"
―N'Jadaka to Shuri[src]

Following his death, Killmonger's soul resided in the Ancestral Plane. Nine years later, Shuri entered the Ancestral Plane after having consumed a synthetic Heart-Shaped Herb to become the new Black Panther in the wake of Namor's attack on Wakanda and the death of Queen Ramonda. Instead of seeing her immediate family, Shuri saw Killmonger sitting in the ruined throne room. Shuri expressed her confusion, to which Killmonger responded that Shuri desired revenge, which is why he was the one visiting her.

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N'Jadaka advises Shuri to be more like him

Killmonger told Shuri that they are no different from each other as they were both motivated by revenge after the death of their loved ones. Despite Shuri's protests, Killmonger claimed that her father killed his father without hesitation while her brother fought with honor for an old system. He then asked her if she would fight Namor with honor or kill him in cold blood. Ultimately remembering his words, Shuri decided to spare Namor after defeating him in battle, which not only created an alliance between Wakanda and Talokan, but also prevented Shuri from becoming a vengeful killer similar to how Killmonger was.[3]


"I know how colonizers think. So we're gonna use their own strategy against 'em. We're gonna send vibranium weapons out to our War Dogs. They'll arm oppressed people all over the world so they can finally rise up and kill those in power. And their children. And anyone else who takes their side."
―Erik Killmonger to the Tribal Council[src]

A power-hungry individual obsessed with overthrowing his cousin, T'Challa; Killmonger was considered utterly sociopathic as he showed no care even for the lives of his allies. He betrayed Ulysses Klaue at a destroyed junkyard, killing him and using his body and resources to get into Wakanda, even killing his own girlfriend when Klaue held her hostage in an attempt to escape. However, this sociopathic nature was only due to being abandoned by the Royal Family following his father's death and his mother's wrongful incarceration, an act that left an orphaned Killmonger to fend for himself in the streets before becoming a ruthless military assassin.

He seemed to take great pride in his capabilities as an assassin and his high body count, as evidenced by the scars he gave himself to mark how many people he murdered. He also displayed a great sense of sadism, as shown when he brutally killed Zuri for the sake of the throne and to avenge his father's death. Killmonger sees the quality of nobility as a weakness and that the moral compass should be bypassed whenever there is something that jeopardizes the progress of an individual's plans, something that he mocked his cousin T'Challa in front of his cousin Shuri in the Ancestral Plane.

In spite of his bloodthirsty nature and his violent methods, Killmonger truly believed himself to be doing the right thing. He saw the world as a brutal and violent place that has been hopelessly corrupted by colonialism and imperialism and believed that the only solution was to destroy global society in its entirety and rebuild a new world order under his rule. He looked to empower poor, disenfranchised, and oppressed groups throughout the world (particularly racial and ethnic minorities, especially those of Sub-Saharan African descent) and enable them to take revenge on powerful nations like the United States. However, Killmonger was also a hypocrite whose own hatred, bigotry and egotism blinded him to the fact that he was ultimately no different than the imperial powers he despised. Ironically, his belief that Wakanda should rule over 'lesser' nations for their own good was the same logic that the colonialists of the 18th-19th century used to justify their subjugation of the same minority groups that he now claims to be defending. This becomes especially obvious when he arrogantly claimed that "the sun will never set on the Wakandan Empire," referencing a famous saying about the British Empire during the height of its power. Killmonger even has supremacist tendencies of his own race, under the belief that human life originated in the African continent being the Black race the origin of the human species and that it had the right to dominate the planet.

Killmonger's paranoia and narcissism also caused him to do away with Wakanda's tradition of allowing challengers to the throne, out of fear that he would lose the throne he fought so hard to take. This also led him to destroy all of the heart-shaped herbs used by the Royal Family to imbue rulers with the power of the Black Panther, claiming that there would no longer be any need for them since Wakanda would have no more kings after him. Curiously, he did not seem concerned about the fact that he would eventually need to leave a successor to lead the empire he built and preserve his legacy after his death. Everett Ross speculated that he was following his training as a CIA operative, trying to destabilize Wakanda's rules of succession and system of government despite the fact that this contradicted his stated intentions. This suggests that his plan of creating a lasting and stable Wakandan Empire would have been doomed to failure even if he'd won and that his success would have likely brought nothing but more chaos and bloodshed to the world; even when T'Challa angrily pointed this out during the final battle, Killmonger angrily claimed that the world deserves such a fate in revenge for his poor upbringing. This also suggests he did not truly want to liberate African descendants as he claimed but rather used it to justify his crusade as well as use it as a means to bring the entire globe to ruin.

Though Killmonger failed in many of his goals, he did succeed in one of them. He got to see the beautiful sunset that his father told him about. Additionally, his actions led T'Challa to change his mind about keeping Wakanda isolated. As a result, Wakanda's technology and resources would be shared with the people of Oakland, as Erik's father intended, albeit in a much less extreme and violent way.

Powers and Abilities[]


"Allow the Heart-Shaped Herb to give you the powers of the Black Panther."
Sope to Erik Killmonger[src]
  • Heart-Shaped Herb Enhancement: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, Killmonger's physical attributes have been significantly enhanced to levels comparable to a super soldier. Unlike the Super Soldier Serum, the effects can be removed by drinking a serum that negates the powers of the herbs for ritualistic combat for a fair fight to become King of Wakanda.
    • Enhanced Strength:
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      Killmonger overpowering the Dora Milaje

      The herb endowed Killmonger with strength proportionate to that of his cousin. Following his ingestion of the herb, he lifted a farmer shaman woman by the neck with one hand after she disobeyed his order to burn the remaining herbs. As the Black Panther, Killmonger was able to challenge both T'Challa and the Dora Milaje in close combat, proving himself an almost indefatigable fighter. He also threw Nakia a far distance after he subdued her by slashing her leg with his vibranium claws.
    • Enhanced Durability: Even when not wearing his Panther Habit, Killmonger can survive blunt force trauma. However, vibranium weapons could pierce his newly dense flesh, as it is how T'Challa managed to fatally wound him even with a Habit on, with his own blade.
    • Enhanced Speed: Killmonger can run and move at very fast speeds. He rivaled his competitor, T'Challa is both running and combat speed.
    • Enhanced Agility: Killmonger's agility is outstanding enough to allow him to leap great distances with accuracy. He deftly dove over a Ring Blade hurled at him by Nakia and swiftly recovered from landing. He can even jump down from a very high platform and land onto the train track during his final fight with T'Challa.
    • Enhanced Stamina: Killmonger's body could withstand tremendous amounts of fatigue, granting him exceptional endurance and lung capacity.
    • Enhanced Reflexes: Killmonger's reflexes were quick enough to avoid being hit by the Wakandan Maglev Train even while dueling T'Challa.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: After he ingested the heart-shaped herb, Killmonger quickly healed the cut on his face from T'Challa's Vibranium Iklwa Dagger.
  • Panther Habit Capabilities: After defeating T'Challa in ritual combat, Killmonger became the Black Panther as well as King of Wakanda. As the Black Panther, Killmonger obtained a suit called the Panther Habit. This suit granted him many abilities on top of his already enhanced structure. The suit is nanotech and is stored in a necklace that is worn by the user.
    • Superhuman Durability:
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      Killmonger withstands Shuri's energy blasts

      While wearing the Habit, Killmonger's durability is increased to superhuman levels thanks to its vibranium composition, which allows him to withstand bullets and explosions while being completely unfazed. He was able to sustain damage from the Dora Milaje's vibranium-bladed weapons, blasts from Shuri's gauntlets, attacks from Nakia's Ring Blades, Black Panther's kinetic energy pulses and even an immense fall into the Great Mound after T'Challa tackled him off of Shuri. He even withstood being knocked back by the Wakandan Maglev Train and quickly got back up.
    • Claw Retraction: The Panther Habit came with vibranium claws that retracted from the nails. He used these to great effect in the Battle of Mount Bashenga against T'Challa.
    • Kinetic Energy Absorption: The habit can store kinetic energy, which Killmonger can then release in a pulse of golden energy. When the Dora Milaje turned on him, Erik Killmonger was able to break the energy lock formed by their Vibranium Spears with a pulse, throwing them back several meters. The kinetic energy stored within the habit can also be used to add more force behind Killmonger's blows, allowing him to increase the strength of his punches and kicks.


"I don't need a suit to kill you."
―Erik Killmonger to T'Challa[src]
  • Master Martial Artist:
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    Killmonger fighting against Black Panther

    Due to his lifelong rigorous training as a SEAL and Black Ops mercenary, Killmonger was an extremely skilled and formidable hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist, making him one of the most powerful and best fighters on the planet. His fighting style included martial arts disciplines from the Navy Seals, such as Boxing, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, and Muay Thai, and also supplements with Taekwondo, Silat, Tiger style Kung Fu, Kali, and Zulu Stick Fighting. Killmonger's skill was great enough that in their first duel, in which both of them had no superhuman physical abilities, he was able to fight reasonably evenly with T'Challa and even ultimately defeat him, although his victory was aided due to the fact T'Challa was currently conflicted from the recent knowledge of his father's misdeeds and unwillingness to deliver a fatal blow. After drinking the heart-shaped herb, Killmonger became even more formidable due to gaining superhuman physical powers, to the point that while wearing the upgraded Panther Habit, he could fight off many members of Dora Milaje and kill one before being subdued and quickly outfight Nakia despite her having aid from Shuri using her gauntlets to stun him. In their final fight, with T'Challa fighting to kill now, Killmonger proved able to stalemate and even at times dominate T'Challa wearing his Black Panther Habit, only being beaten due to T'Challa exposing his suits' by being away from the sonic fields of the Wakandan Maglev Train.
  • Sword Mastery:
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    Killmonger fighting T'Challa with his sword

    Killmonger was extremely skilled at using a sword in combat, being able to use it to go up against T'Challa in their duel for the throne and even beat him, and later easily defeat many members of Dora Milaje and Nakia by himself. He killed Xoliswa with the Vibranium Ikakalaka Sword.
  • Spear Mastery: Killmonger was extremely skilled at using spears in combat, being able to use a short spear to go up against T'Challa in their duel for the throne and even beat him. He also defeated the Dora Milaje and Nakia using spears. He killed Zuri with the Spear of Bashenga as well.
  • Master Marksman: As a former American Black Ops mercenary, Killmonger was an extremely skilled marksman with incredibly accurate with firearms. He was able to wield both high caliber assault rifles, as well as handguns with great accuracy. This was best demonstrated when he gunned down several guards in quick succession when rescuing Klaue and later when he betrayed Klaue, he was able to shoot him through a window after finding his position just by where Klaue's gunfire tried to hit him. He also shot and killed Limbani and Linda.
  • Master Acrobat: Killmonger's immense agility made him an extraordinary gymnast and acrobat, which allowed him to combat Black Panther on equal grounds.
"He racked up confirmed kills like it was a video game."
Everett Ross[src]
  • Master Assassin:

    Killmonger showing his kill-count markings

    Due to his intensive experience as a Navy SEAL and mercenary in an American Black Ops Ghost unit, Killmonger is extremely skilled in assassination techniques, as well as espionage, intelligence gathering, infiltration, and sabotage. He gained the nickname "Killmonger" due to his substantial kill-count which, according to Everett Ross, he "racked up like a video game."
"I learn from my enemies. Beat them at they own game."
―Erik Killmonger to T'Challa[src]
  • Master Tactician: Killmonger was a proficient strategist, able to formulate and execute cunning strategic plans. Killmonger was able to find a Wakandan weapon made of vibranium within the Museum of Great Britain and, with his group, helped Ulysses Klaue steal the weapon. When T'Challa finally managed to capture Klaue after thirty years of pursuit, Killmonger and his group were able to strategically save him.
"Indingu N'Jadaka! Unyanka N'Jobu!"[5]"
River Tribe Elder and Erik Killmonger[src]
  • Bilingualism: Killmonger was fluent in his native English, and was taught to speak Xhosa by his father.



  • Springfield Armory 1911 Loaded MC Operator:

    Killmonger arming himself with a handgun

    Killmonger used this handgun with a threaded barrel when he betrayed Ulysses Klaue, quickly killing Limbani and shooting at Linda when Klaue took her as hostage. He pursued Klaue and shot him in the chest, killing him with another bullet to the head once he revealed his Wakandan heritage.[1]
  • BCM Recce-14 KMR-A13 with LMT M203 2003: While donning his Dogon Mask, Killmonger carried this rifle outfitted with a grenade launcher in order to rescue Ulysses Klaue. He opened fire on the CIA site, hitting Everett Ross in the back with a bullet when the latter was protecting Nakia. He kept shooting while escaping, firing a grenade at Black Panther in order to prevent him from pursuing.
  • M67 Grenade: Killmonger used this grenade to cover their exit from the CIA South Korean Black Site, rescuing Ulysses Klaue from their imprisonment by the CIA.
  • Vibranium Zulu Short-Spear:
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    Killmonger with his spear and sword

    Killmonger wielded a spear that he had broken down to the size of a small blade, which he wielded as a knife-like weapon. He used it to combat T'Challa in order to fight for the throne. He kept the weapon as a trophy and would wield it again as he was fighting the Dora Milaje while they surrounded him with their spears. During his final fight, T'Challa stole Killmonger's spear and stabbed him in the heart to kill him.
  • Vibranium Ikakalaka Sword: Killmonger wielded a sword that he had owned in order to combat T'Challa in order to fight for the throne. He kept the weapon as a trophy and would wield it again as he was fighting the Dora Milaje while they surrounded him with their spears.
  • Spear of Bashenga: Prepared to kill T'Challa in the ceremonial duel on Warrior Falls, Killmonger's final strike was blocked by Zuri who asked to kill him in T'Challa's place. However, Killmonger replied that he would kill them both and mortally stabbed Zuri with his own spear.

Other Equipment[]

  • Wakandan Royal Ring: The royal ring worn by Killmonger is one of a set originally worn by Azzuri, passed down to T'Chaka and N'Jobu, and later their sons. Killmonger obtained the ring following N'Jobu's death in Oakland.
  • War Dogs Tattoo: In his youth, Killmonger was given a War Dog tattoo, a symbol given to Wakandans to mark them as members of the War Dogs.
"You're not telling me that that's vibranium too, are you?"
"Nah, I'm just feeling it."
Ulysses Klaue and Erik Killmonger[src]
  • Dogon Mask:
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    Killmonger wears a traditional African mask

    Killmonger stole a ceremonial mask from the Museum of Great Britain that he could use to conceal his identity. Killmonger wore the mask when he rescued Klaue from questioning.
  • Bulletproof Vest: Killmonger wore this bulletproof vest when operating on missions, most notably when breaking Klaue out of captivity.
  • Kimoyo Beads: The Kimoyo beads are pieces of advanced communication technology adopted by the Wakandans from vibranium. Killmonger used the Kimoyo beads to prepared the shipments of Wakandan weapons to be distributed to operatives around the world, so they may spread it to other people of African descent.
  • Panther Habit: This suit is one of two upgraded versions of the Panther Habit, which Killmonger took for his own use. The Habit is made from Wakandan nanotechnology that is emitted from a ceremonial golden necklace worn by the user, able to mentally command the Habit to manifest around themselves. The Habit can emit stored kinetic energy as an omnidirectional concussive wave to repel opponents close to the wearer and can be used to propel the wearer off a surface. The suit's gloves also contained retractable vibranium claws.


  • N'Jobu's Safehouse:
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    Killmonger views his childhood home

    Born in Oakland, Stevens lived with his father N'Jobu at his apartment and own safe house in California where he found N'Jobu's Wakandan property. As Stevens played basketball outside of the house with other kids from the block, he suddenly saw the Royal Talon Fighter above them. He rushed back to the apartment where he found N'Jobu killed by T'Chaka, and cried, holding his father's body. Many years later, when Killmonger became the King of Wakanda, he consumed the heart-shaped herb and woke up at the Ancestral Plane. There, he found himself in the recreation of his old house in Oakland where he reunited with N'Jobu's spirit.
  • Citadel: Defeating T'Challa in the ceremonial duel, Killmonger became the King of Wakanda, as he always wanted. Taking the rulership of Wakanda and the mantle of the Black Panther, Killmonger was granted with the throne in the Citadel. In front of the Tribal Council, Killmonger stated that they cannot stay dark anymore and Wakanda need to go offensive against the outside world.






  • In the comics, Erik Killmonger, originally known as N'Jadaka, was a Wakandan native who was exiled after his father was forced to work for Ulysses Klaue and attempted to overthrow T'Challa from the throne upon his return.
  • Killmonger's scarification markings on his torso and arms resemble that of the Mursi and Surma tribes.
  • The mask Killmonger wears when rescuing Klaue is a reference to his masked armor he wears in the comics during a fight with Black Panther wearing the Thrice Blessed Armor.
  • Killmonger is the second main antagonist to be killed by the titular character(s) of the film in which he appears, the first being Ronan the Accuser.

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