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.
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.
New Wakandan King
Ramonda welcomed her son T'Challa when he returned to Wakanda for his impending coronation. 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.
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.
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.
Although the mission to capture Ulysses Klaue ended up in a failure, an individual soon arrived in Wakanda with Klaue's body. Therefore, Ramonda sat with the rest of the Tribal Council to find out who this outsider was. The man 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.
While Shuri called the man Erik Killmonger, an American mercenary, 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. Therefore, Ramonda could not oppose N'Jadaka's demand for another ritual combat for the throne.
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.
Exile from Wakanda
- "What has happened to our Wakanda?"
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.
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.
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.
Return to the Golden City
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.
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.
- Leadership: As Queen and later Queen Mother of Wakanda, Ramonda learned to rule over a highly technologically advanced nation, providing both her husband T'Chaka and her son T'Challa with advice.
- 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.
- Citadel: To be added
- In the comics, Ramonda is the third wife of T'Chaka, and the stepmother and surrogate mother of T'Challa.