T’Challa’s Machiavellian Methods

Ian J. Drake, Matthew B. Lloyd

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The original comic version of T’Challa is a traditional monarch, whose actions demonstrate his concern for maintaining power and securing his nation. In fact, with his strategic use of violence, his demonstrations of empathy and humanity, and his embrace of religious symbolism, T’Challa was classically “Machiavellian” in the comics. "Panther’s Rage" chronicles T’Challa’s return to Wakanda after an extended stay in the United States as a costumed superhero, most notably with the Avengers. Machiavelli would approve of T’Challa’s embrace of violence. Machiavelli was keenly aware of how a ruler should be perceived by his subjects, suggesting that a successful ruler will appear to possess five key qualities that meet with the approval of his subjects: mercy, faith, honesty, humanity, and religion. T’Challa is never as cruel as some of Machiavelli’s models, but he does preserve his divinely ordained kingdom by employing fear and religion to stay in power.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBlack Panther and Philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationWhat Can Wakanda Offer the World?
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781119635871
ISBN (Print)9781119635840
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Black Panther
  • Machiavellian Methods
  • T’Challa
  • Wakanda


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