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For thirty years, your father was in power and did nothing. With you, I thought it would be different, but it is more of the same.
~ W'Kabi explaining his betrayal to T'Challa.

W'Kabi is a supporting antagonist in the 2018 superhero-film Black Panther. He is the head of security for Wakanda's Border Tribe as well as the best friend of T'Challa who would later turn on him in favor for Erik Killmonger.

He was portrayed by the Academy Award nominated actor, Daniel Kaluuya, who also portrayed Black Death in Kick Ass 2.


Being Friends with T'Challa

W'Kabi started out as a best friend to T'Challa, and the lover to the Dora Milaje general Okoye. However, W'Kabi lost his parents when Ulysses Klaue infiltrated Wakanda and stole vibranium (thanks to N'Jobu's treason).

Many years later, after T'Challa had been crowed king of Wakanda, he was informed that Klaue was planning on selling a piece of vibranium he had stolen from a British museum and planned to go after him, which was encouraged by W'Kabi, who told his friend to either apprehend Klaue or kill him.

T'Challa then vowed to W'Kabi that he would track down Klaue and make him answer for his crimes against Wakanda.


Though T'Challa was able to help capture Klaue, Killmonger successfully freed Klaue from custody, only to later kill him in order to gain access to Wakanda. Feeling disgraced over T'Challa's failure, W'Kabi lost his faith in him. Eventually, Killmonger arrived at the Wakandan border bringing Klaue's body, which motivated an impressed W'Kabi to ally himself with Killmonger.

W'Kabi then reveals his new allegiance to T'Challa as Erik challenges the latter to a duel. After T'Challa lost, W'Kabi watches in satisfaction as Killmonger throws T'Challa into a waterfall to his death. W'Kabi then proceeded to aid Killmonger's next plan in providing vibranium weapons to the Wakandan spies around the world so Wakanda could begin taking power.

Final Battle and Defeat

However, T'Challa is rescued by the Jabari tribe and revived by Nakia, Shuri and Ramonda. Noticing the return of T'Challa, Killmonger sends W'Kabi and his men to engage him in battle, who is soon assisted by the Dora Milaje. As his allies begin to take hold of the battle, T'Challa begs his former friend to call his men off, however, W'Kabi refuses and calls several rhinos to his aid, turning the tides of the battle.

As his tribe corners the remaining resistance, W'Kabi watches in horror as M'Baku and the Jabari tribe arrives to help, again shifting the battle. W'Kabi attempts to ram into M'Baku using his rhino, although Okoye gets in the way, causing the rhino to stop and affectionately lick her. Okoye then orders W'Kabi to lay down his weapon and, looking over the bloodshed of the battle, he complies, while his forces see this and decide to stand down as well.

It can be assumed that W'Kabi is currently imprisoned for his treachery against T'Challa following Killmonger's death.


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            Black Panther (1998)Villains

Absorbing Man | Batroc | Cottonmouth | Doctor Doom | Erik Killmonger | HYDRA | Hydro-Man | Killer Shrike | Klaw | Kraven the Hunter | Loki Laufeyson | Man-Ape | Mephisto | Morlun | Nightmare | Nightshade | Norman Osborn | Psycho-Man | Radioactive Man | Red Ghost | Rhino | Skrulls | Super-Apes | Ultron


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