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"He is with us. And it is your time to be King."
―Ramonda to T'Challa[src]

Ramonda is the Queen Mother of Wakanda, wife of T'Chaka, and mother of T'Challa and Shuri. She stood by her son's side when he became King of Wakanda, but was soon forced into exile when Erik Killmonger defeated T'Challa in ritual combat and took over the throne. Ramonda fled with Shuri, Nakia and Everett Ross to Jabari Land. There, she was reunited with her son T'Challa, who she saved thanks to the powers of the Heart-Shaped Herb. Ramonda remained in Jabari Land while T'Challa and his allies left to fight Killmonger, only to return in the Golden City following T'Challa's victory.

During the Battle of Wakanda, both of Ramonda's children were disintegrated by Thanos when he snapped his fingers using the Infinity Gauntlet. Five years later, in 2023, after the Blip, Ramonda was reunited with her revived children.

Biography

Early Life

Marriage to T'Chaka

At some point in her youth, Ramonda married King T'Chaka and became Queen of Wakanda. The couple eventually had a son whom they named T'Challa, and later on a daughter named Shuri. She and her husband would always talk about the day when their son will finally be crowned king.[1]

New Wakandan King

Reunited With T'Challa

"How are you feeling today, Mama?"
"Proud. Your father and I would talk about this day all the time."
T'Challa and Ramonda[src]
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Ramonda greets her returning son T'Challa

Ramonda welcomed her son T'Challa when he returned to Wakanda for his impending coronation after having rescued Nakia from a group of terrorists in Nigeria. Ramonda was then greeted by Nakia, who expressed her condolences for T'Chaka who was unintentionally killed by Helmut Zemo.

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Ramonda reprimands Shuri for flipping off T'Challa

After thanking Nakia for her condolence, she remained silently smiling as Shuri mocked her brother and reprimanded Shuri for her obscene gesture towards T'Challa. As her son asked her how she was, Ramonda replied that she felt pride at the idea that his son would become King of Wakanda and that T'Chaka's spirit was with them.[1]

Incoronation of T'Challa

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Ramonda arrives at T'Challa's Incoronation

Ramonda later took part in the incoronation ceremony, dancing with Shuri on the Golden Tribe boat before attending the rest of the ceremony. Like everyone else, Ramonda expressed shock when Shuri raised her hands as Zuri asked whether a member of the royal family intended to challenge T'Challa, only to be annoyed by her daughter's insolence when she expressed that she wanted to be over with the ceremony so she could change clothes.

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Ramonda watches T'Challa dueling M'Baku

While all other tribes declined the challenge, Ramonda then watched as the Jabari Tribe surprisingly joined the ceremony, with its leader M'Baku challenging T'Challa for the throne. During the duel, Ramonda strongly encouraged her son, telling him to show M'Baku who he was when T'Challa was briefly stunned by M'Baku. T'Challa eventually won the duel much to Ramonda's happiness. Following the coronation, Ramonda attended a Royal Council during which she remained mostly silent as T'Challa decided to chase down Ulysses Klaue in South Korea and bring him back to Wakanda.[1]

Meeting Erik Killmonger

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Ramonda meets Erik Killmonger for the first time

"You ain't the son of a King, you are the son of a murderer!"
"Lies!"
"I'm afraid not, Queen Mother."
Erik Killmonger, Ramonda and W'Kabi[src]

Although the mission to capture Ulysses Klaue ended up in a failure, Erik Killmonger, Klaue's killer soon arrived in Wakanda with Klaue's body in an attempt to gain trust of the Wakandans, who firmly wanted Klaue to face justice and punishment for his various crimes including the Attack on Wakanda. Killmonger was apprehended by the Border Tribe and was brought before the Tribal Council.

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Ramonda approaching Erik Killmonger

As Killmonger entered the room, the Tribal Council allowed him permission to speak. He requested the throne for himself and intended to spread Vibranium all over the world, prompting Ramonda to call him a fraud and to ask T'Challa to send him away. He then explained that Wakanda had the sources to liberate people of African descent all across the world. When Ramonda asked about his true identity, Shuri called revealed his identity to the tribal council as well his history as an American mercenary.

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Ramonda learns the truth of Erik Killmonger

Instead, he rejected that name and claimed to be N'Jadaka, son of N'Jobu who had been killed by T'Chaka, Ramonda's late husband. Ramonda called him a liar but was soon forced to admit the truth as W'Kabi handed her over a Wakandan Royal Ring that N'Jadaka possessed. When Killmonger reminded the Tribal Council that, while T'Challa himself could not apprehend Klaue and bring him to justice for his crimes, he could. Before Killmonger was escorted from the room, T'Challa accepted his challenge for the throne, much to Ramonda's dismay.[1]

Incoronation of Erik Killmonger

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Ramonda attends T'Challa's second challenge

Ramonda attended this new duel next to her daughter Shuri, although she did not share her daughter's confidence that T'Challa would prevail. Ramonda watched in anguish as Killmonger progressively gained the upper hand, eventually stabbing T'Challa in the stomach. However, the fight did not stop there as Zuri tried to intervene, which caused his own death at the hands of Killmonger. Finally, Ramonda screamed in horror and grief as Killmonger threw T'Challa down a waterfall, seemingly killing him. As they were in danger with Killmonger as King of Wakanda, Nakia rushed at Ramonda and Shuri and took them away, forcing them to leave the Golden City.[1]

Exile from Wakanda

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Ramonda goes into exile with Shuri, Nakia and Everett Ross

"What has happened to our Wakanda?"
―Ramonda[src]

Ramonda waited in despair with Shuri while Nakia left to find Everett Ross, a CIA Agent who had been rescued by T'Challa and who had to go into exile as well. When Nakia returned, she informed them that Okoye would not join them. Ramonda, Shuri, Nakia and Ross then made their way to Jabari Land, where they planned to give the last Heart-Shaped Herb to M'Baku so he could dethrone Erik Killmonger. However, Ramonda questioned this plan, fearing that they could create a monster worse than Killmonger. Ramonda suggested that Nakia should take the Herb, but she replied that she was only a spy without an army.

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Ramonda, Nakia, and Everett Ross arrive in Jabari Land

The group was soon found by Jabari warriors who took them to M'Baku. Ramonda explained to M'Baku that T'Challa had been murdered, although M'Baku suggested that he had been defeated within the rules of a ritual combat. Ramonda then remained silent as Nakia offered the Heart-Shaped Herb to M'Baku. However, he did not take it and instead instructed Ramonda and the others to follow him. Thus, Ramonda learned that her son was still alive albeit in a coma.

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Ramonda discovers T'Challa is still alive

Ramonda requested the Heart-Shaped Herb from Nakia and mashed it into a liquid extract she gave to T'Challa, enabling him to restore the powers of the Black Panther and be revived, much to Ramonda's joy. They all gathered in M'Baku's throne room once again and T'Challa expressed his wish to have Ramonda and Shuri leave Wakanda for their own safety. However, Ramonda refused to leave her country. Eventually, M'Baku agreed to provide shelter to Ramonda in Jabari Land while T'Challa left with Ross, Shuri and Nakia to fight Killmonger.[1]

Return to the Golden City

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Ramonda reunites with the T'Challa

When M'Baku decided to help T'Challa, Ramonda joined the Jabari Tribe in the assault. Following T'Challa's victory over Erik Killmonger, Ramonda could safely remain to the Golden City to sit in the Tribal Council. As such, she was present when T'Challa returned into the Citadel's throne room as the rightful King of Wakanda.[1]

Reunited with Her Children

Unfortunately, Ramonda's two children perished during the Snap event in which the Mad Titan Thanos wiped out half of the universe's population with the six Infinity Stones.[2]

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Ramonda reunites with Black Panther and Shuri

Five years later, however, T'Challa and Shuri were resurrected by the Hulk, and they returned to Wakanda after the Battle of Earth against time-displaced Thanos and his army. Ramonda celebrated with them in the Golden City.[3]

Personality

Ramonda is a polite, courageous and hard-willed individual who deeply cares for her family and nation. She does not consider other Wakandans as inferior despite her status as the Queen Mother, as shown by her treating Nakia and Okoye as equals. Her care for T'Challa was shown when she supported him as King and was visibly deeply saddened by his apparent death and very relieved when he was still alive. She also showed a deep respect for her deceased husband, being infuriated upon hearing Erik Killmonger call T'Chaka a murderer rather than a King. Her bravery was shown when she refused to escape Wakanda despite the danger N'Jadaka posed for her.

Equipment

  • Kimoyo Beads: Like many Wakandans, Ramonda possessed Kimoyo Beads she carried as a bracelet and which could serve many purposes.
  • Ring Blades: When she was forced into exile, and while waiting for Nakia to join them, Ramonda kept Ring Blades with her to be able to defend herself and Shuri should they be attacked.

Facilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

  • In the comics, Ramonda is the second wife of T'Chaka, and the stepmother and surrogate mother of T'Challa.
    • T'Challa's biological mother was N'Yami, T'Chaka's first wife that died shortly after his birth.

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