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"We will fight to improve the world we wish to join. I am grateful to the Avengers for supporting this initiative. Wakanda is proud to extend its hand in peace."
―T'Chaka[src]

T'Chaka was the former leader and monarch of Wakanda, assuming the throne and the role of Black Panther in his youth. During his time as the King, part of T'Chaka's supply of vibranium was stolen by Ulysses Klaue, leading to T'Chaka discovering that it was in fact his own brother N'Jobu who had aided Klaue, forcing T'Chaka to kill him and leave his son behind. T'Chaka then returned home and supported his kingdom, preparing his son T'Challa to take up the throne.

Following a battle involving the Avengers, T'Chaka had supported and then signed the Sokovia Accords. However, this decision soon resulted in T'Chaka's death during a terrorist attack orchestrated by Helmut Zemo, leading to T'Challa seeking revenge before taking over the throne of Wakanda, as T'Chaka supported his son through their communications within the Astral Dimension.

Biography

Early Years

Becoming Black Panther

"You told me that every choice a king makes is difficult."
"True, but some choices are harder than others."
"I'm sure you did what was right for Wakanda. You always do. You're a great king, baba. That is why you will always reign."
T'Challa and T'Chaka[src]

T'Chaka was the eldest of Wakandan King Azzuri's two sons. He married Ramonda, and the two eventually have a son, T'Challa, and later on a daughter named Shuri. When Azzuri died, T'Chaka and his brother N'Jobu received each of their father's two royal rings, and T'Chaka succeeded Azzuri as the King of Wakanda and Black Panther while N'Jobu joined with the War Dogs and served Wakanda by traveling to the United States of America to ensure that all of their secrets were still being maintained right across the rest of the world.[1]

Assassination Attempt

"Klaue has escaped our pursuits for almost thirty years. Not capturing him is, perhaps, my father's greatest regret."
T'Challa to Okoye[src]

T'Chaka assisted to the Bilderberg Conference as one of its invitees. Unbeknownst to him, Ulysses Klaue had been hired to kill him in case he refused to negotiate about Wakandan resources, including vibranium. Klaue also had a personal grudge against T'Chaka and the Golden Tribe, since one of his ancestors was responsible for killing Klaue's great-grandfather. However, T'Chaka was able to survive the attempt against his life, with Klaue managing to escape and remaining an enemy of Wakanda.[2]

Confronting N'Jobu

T'Chaka arrives to personally confront N'Jobu

"Prince N'Jobu, you will return home at once where you will face the council and inform them of your crimes."
―T'Chaka to N'Jobu[src]

Following an attack on Wakanda by Ulysses Klaue which had left many dead including the parents of W'Kabi, T'Chaka learned that it was his own brother, N'Jobu who had informed Klaue of Wakanda's weaknesses and had allowed the Attack on Wakanda. T'Chaka and two members of the Dora Milaje had then traveled onto Oakland to confront N'Jobu about the attack, knowing from Zuri what N'Jobu had done.

T'Chaka explaining Ulysses Klaue's attack

Upon entering N'Jobu's apartment, T'Chaka ordered Zuri to leave them to speak alone, maintaining the pretense that he was unaware of who Zuri was as N'Jobu still viewed him as simply his loyal friend. T'Chaka greeted his brother warmly and asked how he was living in the United States of America before he had a brief conversation with N'Jobu, explaining to him exactly Klaue had stolen vibranium and left several innocent Wakandans dead.

T'Chaka telling N'Jobu to return to Wakanda

T'Chaka noted that Klaue must have had a person on the inside as he knew the vibranium was in Mount Bashenga and how to attack. When N'Jobu questioned why T'Chaka was there, the King told him to look him in the eyes and explain why he had betrayed Wakanda. T'Chaka then had Zuri reveal that he was, in fact, a member of the War Dogs, much to N'Jobu's horror. With his betrayal exposed, T'Chaka ordered N'Jobu to return to the Tribal Council and confess.

T'Chaka is forced to murder his own brother

Despite N'Jobu explaining how he had seen the African Americans being oppressed and beaten down, which had to lead him to try to steal vibranium weapons to help them rise up, T'Chaka could still not support him. As T'Chaka turned his back, an enraged N'Jobu lashed out on Zuri, pulling out his gun. Before he could kill Zuri, T'Chaka had then killed his brother, stabbing him with his Panther Habit's claws. They then left, abandoning a young Erik Stevens by himself.[1]

Reassurance by T'Challa

T'Chaka finding T'Challa and Nakia hiding

"What about when I get old, and grey, and Bast comes to carry me off to the ancestors."
"By then I'll be Panther, and I'll beat them back with my Panther claws."
―T'Chaka and T'Challa[src]

Having returned to Wakanda from California, T'Chaka had gone to seek out solace within the City of the Dead, considering what he had done to N'Jobu. However, T'Chaka's medication and solitude was interrupted when he had detected the presence of his son T'Challa and Nakia in the City's catacombs, as they were watching him. Seeing them, T'Chaka ordered them to come out, although only T'Challa appeared, while Nakia escaped.

T'Chaka explaining the responsibility of ruling

T'Chaka insisted that T'Challa and Nakia were not supposed to play in the catacombs, which he apologised for, before T'Chaka continued starring down at the Heart-Shaped Herbs. As T'Challa questioned what was wrong, T'Chaka explained that he had been forced to make a difficult choice, to which T'Challa noted that he had advised that every choice a King made was difficult. T'Chaka acknowledged this was true, but noted some choices were harder than others.

T'Chaka and T'Challa discussing their future

As T'Challa supported him and whatever decision he had made, he also insisted that he would always be the king of Wakanda, T'Chaka smiled and asked what would happen when he was old, and Bast came to take him away to their ancestors. In response, T'Challa had vowed that by that time he would have become the Black Panther, and that he would beat Bast back with his Panther Habit, which T'Chaka laughed at, before bringing T'Challa in closer for an embrace.[3]

Passing the Mantle

"One day, he told me he was too old to carry the mantle of Panther, he would pass it to me and just be king."
"He told me he was too fat to fit the suit."
T'Challa and Zuri[src]

As his son T'Challa reached a certain age, he assumed the mantle of Black Panther from his father in 2009.[4] A week later, T'Chaka sent T'Challa to save Wakandan hostages from Zanda and Douglas Scott. He also had Okoye sent with him to evaluate T'Challa's progress.[5] T'Chaka would also choose to recruit Ayo as a member of the Dora Milaje, as well as his personal bodyguard, a position which she took as a great honor.[6]

Sokovia Accords

Reaction to Lagos Incident

T'Chaka reacts to Crossbones' attack

"Our people's blood is spilled on foreign soil, not only because of the actions of criminals, but the indifference of those who pledged to stop them. Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all."
―T'Chaka[src]

During an operation in Lagos, Nigeria, the Scarlet Witch, while trying to save Captain America as well as several innocent civilians from a suicide bombing by Crossbones, accidentally moved the explosion too close to a building, killing dozens of innocent people. Since many of the civilian casualties within the catastrophe were Wakandan subjects who were there on a new goodwill mission, T'Chaka supported the Sokovia Accords along his nation.[4]

Bombing of the United Nations

T'Chaka speaking privately with T'Challa

"When stolen Wakandan vibranium was used to make a terrible weapon, we in Wakanda were forced to question our legacy. Those men and women killed in Nigeria were part of a goodwill mission from a country too long in the shadows. We will not, however, let misfortune drive us back."
―T'Chaka[src]

With his son, T'Chaka attended the signing of the Sokovia Accords in the Vienna International Centre. There, he met with the Avenger Natasha Romanoff, noting he was saddened to learn that Captain America had decided not to sign the Accords. As Romanoff took her seat, T'Chaka spoke with T'Challa, complimenting him on his fine work and thanking his son for coming to the signing in person despite not enjoying politics.

T'Chaka talking about the Sokovia Accords

During the meeting, T'Chaka gave his own speech to all of those in attendance where he discussed how Ultron had used vibranium stolen from Wakanda in his attempt to destroy the world during the Battle of Sokovia, before noting how Crossbones had then killed so many innocent lives due to the Avengers' inaction. Taking note of these instances, T'Chaka vowed that Wakanda would fight for the world it wished to join and would no longer remain hidden.

T'Chaka gets killed in Helmut Zemo's attack

During T'Chaka's speech, a bomb detonated outside the building, causing the whole room to be engulfed in a fireball with T'Chaka in the center of it. Despite all of the best efforts of his son to save him by attempting to knock him away from the blast, T'Chaka was killed instantly, devastating T'Challa, who crawled through the rubble to cradle his father's corpse. Despite being broken-hearted by his loss, T'Challa then took up the title of the new King of Wakanda.[4]

Legacy

T'Challa's Revenge

"In my culture, death is not the end. It's more of a stepping off point. You reach out with both hands and Bast and Sekhmet, they lead you into the green veld where... you can run forever."
"That sounds very peaceful."
"My father thought so. I am not my father."
T'Challa and Natasha Romanoff[src]

Seeking revenge for the attack, T'Challa furiously decided to avenge his father's death, ruthlessly hunting down the Winter Soldier, instead of Helmut Zemo. Once T'Challa discovered Zemo's involvement in his father's death, T'Challa decided to spare Zemo's life and turned him over to Everett Ross for sentencing. Before being arrested by T'Challa, Zemo shows respect about T'Chaka as a father and the latter was not meant to die in the previous bombing Zemo set up.[4]

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Offering Wisdom

T'Chaka is visited within the Ancestral Plane

"A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father."
―T'Chaka to T'Challa[src]

With his son who has now inherited the throne, T'Chaka would be able to talk and guide T'Challa through the spiritual plane due to the Heart-Shaped Herb. T'Challa holds high regard to his father's position as king, conflicted if he would ever be as good as T'Chaka. But the murder of his brother and the uprising of Erik Killmonger led T'Challa to forsake his father's and his other ancestors' isolationist rule, believing they had the ability to help others but chose not to.[1]

Personality

"You were wrong to abandon him."
"I chose my people. I chose Wakanda."
T'Challa and T'Chaka[src]

T'Chaka was a philosophical and caring individual who was loved by his family and by his people. Unlike his son, T'Chaka stressed the importance of politics and diplomacy and wished for Wakanda, an isolationist country, to join the rest of the world, starting with helping to come up with and ratify the Sokovia Accords. And yet, his motives were far from universally benevolent for doing so, as it was a move to keep the Avengers' unchecked activities across the globe from affecting Wakanda. T'Chaka left Erik Stevens behind to fend for himself in the United States of America after killing his traitorous father when he was a child, for fear of the repercussions of taking a child of not pure Wakanda blood back to Wakanda. As such, it was suggested that while T'Chaka might have been concerned with the state of the world, he was a traditionalist at heart and put his nation's traditions and interests above all else. To that end, he was ready to fib to his family, to the point of even omitting the shameful parts of his life, so as to keep the line of succession to the throne safe.

Powers and Abilities

Former Powers

"He could pick up a grown man with one hand, run as fast as a zebra."
T'Challa to Zuri[src]
  • Heart-shaped Herb Enhancement: After having consumed the heart-shaped herb, T'Chaka's physical attributes were greatly enhanced to levels comparable to a super soldier. These powers were long-lasting, at least until T'Chaka forfeited them to pass the role to T'Challa when he became a regular human.
    • Enhanced Strength: T'Chaka's strength was tremendously enhanced beyond the peak of human potential, moving into the early levels of superhuman condition. According to his son, he was capable of lifting a man with a single hand.
    • Enhanced Durability: T'Chaka was much more durable than a normal human being. Even when not wearing his Panther Habit, he could survive immense blunt force trauma.
    • Enhanced Speed: T'Chaka could move at speeds beyond the peak of human potential, moving into the early levels of superhuman condition. When approaching N'Jobu and Zuri's hideout, he entered the room before the lights flickered back on. When his brother N'Jobu pulled a gun on Zuri, T'Chaka was able to swiftly disarm and kill him before a shot was fired. His son has remarked that T'Chaka could run as fast as a zebra.
    • Enhanced Agility: T'Chaka's agility was outstanding, far greater than Olympic athletes. He could coordinate his body with excellent balance, equilibrium, flexibility, and dexterity.
    • Enhanced Stamina: T'Chaka's musculature produced fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. T'Chaka's body eliminated the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing chemicals in his muscles, granting him exceptional endurance and lung capacity, greater than of normal humans.
    • Enhanced Reflexes: T'Chaka's reflexes were beyond human potential and superior to those of the finest athlete, able to quickly react to N'Jobu pulling a gun on Zuri and disarm him before it was fired, despite having turned his back beforehand.
    • Enhanced Senses: T'Chaka senses were increased drastically as the Black Panther, allowing him to detect the presence of a young T'Challa and Nakia in the catacombs of the City of the Dead.[3]
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: T'Chaka's fast healing capabilities allows for him to have a conditioned metabolism that enables an extraordinarily efficient recovery.

Abilities

  • Master Martial Artist: As the King of Wakanda and one of Wakanda's best warriors, T'Chaka is highly skilled in martial arts.
  • Expert Tactician: As the King of Wakanda, T'Chaka held political power around his nation and vast influence over his people.
  • Bilingualism: T'Chaka spoke his native Xhosa, as well as fluent English with a thick Wakandan accent.

Equipment

Other Equipment

T'Chaka wearing his own Panther Habit

  • Panther Habit: During his time with the mantle of Black Panther, T'Chaka wore a black and golden-lined vibranium-weave combat suit that was, like Captain America's Shield, light-weight, nigh-indestructible, and rendered him immune to most physical damage especially from collisions and conventional weapons such as firearms. The suit is accompanied by:
    • Vibranium Claws: Two sets of extendable and retractable vibranium claws embedded in the fingers of the gloves like nails; serving as both utility and the primary weapon of T'Chaka during combat. The claws are exceptionally strong and razor sharp and have the capabilities of scratching other objects made from vibranium.
  • Wakandan Royal Ring: A ring that is used by the King of Wakanda, that is passed to the next generation after the death of his predecessor.
  • Kimoyo Beads: A standard device in Wakandan society, T'Chaka used his Kimoyo Beads during his confrontation with Prince N'Jobu, displaying the holographic image of Ulysses Klaue during their conversation.

Vehicles

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Facilities

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Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for T'Chaka

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Trivia

References

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Preceded by:
Azzuri
Black Panther
T'Chaka
1981 - 2009
Succeeded by:
T'Challa
Preceded by:
Azzuri
King of Wakanda
T'Chaka
1981 - 2016
Succeeded by:
T'Challa

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