T’Challa (Black Panther)
Place of Birth: Wakanda, Africa
Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #53 (August, 1966)
Black Panther has become one of the most popular Marvel characters since his introduction in the MCU. He was one of the first African American superheros and now the most prominent. The Chieftain of Wakanda, T’Challa is tasked with protecting the valuable Vibranium. A rare metallic ore, vibranium is highly value and it is most famous for being made into Captain America’s iconic shield. In his youth, T’Challa mastered the was of the warrior. He honored the “old ways” despite the technological advancement of his country.
T’Challa ate the “heart-shaped herb” that granted him superhumanly acute senses, allowing him to see in complete darkness. His sense of hearing was enhanced such that he could hear at greater distances than any normal human. He can memories thousands of scents and track them. He can detect someone fear through smell and even determine if they’re lying by odor. His strength permits him to be able to lift up to 800 lbs, he can run up to speeds of 35 mph and has limited healing abilities that are greater than your average human.
Of course he has heightened reflexes and agility. All this is on top of his mastery of martial arts, weapons, hunting, tactics and several languages. Being King, Black Panther has a lot of social power. He has diplomatic immunity that most leaders of sovereign nation have. His largest weakness is the potential that he’s overwhelmed by the enhanced senses he possess. Overall, Black Panther is just a all round cool superhero.