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Quote1 It's time for a reckoning between brothers. Quote2
Hunter the White Wolf[src]

Hunter is the adopted brother of the Black Panther, whose staunch nationalism often puts him at odds with the more compassionate King of Wakanda.


Early life[]

T'Challa (Earth-616), T'Chaka (Earth-616), and Hunter (Earth-616) from Black Panther The Most Dangerous Man Alive! Vol 1 523

Hunter looking at T'Chaka and baby T'Challa

Hunter was born in the African nation of Mohannda, but was with his parents when they died in a plane crash over the bordering Wakanda. The sole survivor, he was found by the Mtume family; Pa Mtume, assuming they had angered the gods, wished to drown the child, but Ma, who hoped for their family to finally have a child of their own, wanted to adopt it. They sought King T'Chaka to settle the argument, who solved the situation by adopting the child for himself. Hunter was raised a Wakandan, but constantly felt that he was seen as an outsider by the rest of the nation. He was consoled by his father's second wife Ramonda, who was also a foreigner, having been born and raised in South Africa, and the two grew as close as mother and son despite sharing no blood.[2]

In their youths, T'Challa and Hunter were close, and would compete in childish games like footraces. When the family visited South Africa to honor Ramonda's deceased mother, the country's apartheid segregation policy forced him to separate from his brother and parents, which fueled his feelings of otherness.[3] Hunter's white complexion was also a boon to the Wakandan royal family, though, and T'Chaka would send him on missions to places overseas that were easier for Europeans to access. Not even T'Challa knew the full extent of Hunter's early involvement with the Wakandan secret police, the Hatut Zeraze.[4]

When Ramonda was kidnapped back to South Africa by Anton Pretorius and T'Chaka was soon after killed by the mercenary Ulysses Klaw, Hunter was orphaned for a second time, and had only T'Challa left to blame for his problems.[5] After their father's passing T'Challa went on walkabout throughout Africa, and their uncle the regent S'Yan gave more power to Hunter to maintain peace. With this power, Hunter sought to strengthen Wakanda by weakening its neighbors, sending the Hatut Zeraze to sow unrest. Among the conflicts Hunter created or contributed to was the Oromo conflict which displaced many young Ethiopians, including T'Challa's close friend Ororo Munroe.[6] Believing that his brother would make a weak ruler of Wakanda, Hunter even attempted to prevent T'Challa from competing in the Tournament for the throne: however, with their sister Shuri's help, he was thwarted, and T'Challa ascended to the throne,[7] after which he dissolved the Hatut Zeraze for their brutal methods.[8] Deciding not to fight with the King, Hunter then left Wakanda in search of revenge on Klaw,[1] and continued to control the Hatut Zeraze from exile.[8][4] Still, the two met in Mohannda for one more race, where Hunter expressed a wish to see the country of his birth become as advanced as Wakanda.[1]


When N'Jadaka returned to Wakanda after years enslaved to Klaw and then studying at MIT in the United States of America, Hunter secretly greeted him, wondering if he might be a good fit for the Hatut Zeraze.[9] When the Hyena Clan, led by their estranged half-brother Jakarra, began to conspire with Doctor Doom against Wakanda, T'Challa quickly pointed the blame on Hunter. Hunter and the Hatut Zeraze, however, gave T'Challa their full support against the Hyenas, and then against N'Jadaka when he initiated his first attack on the nation.[4]

Seeing that various organizations connected to the United States government were conspiring to destabilize Wakanda, Hunter kidnapped T'Challa's former fiancee Monica Lynne to attract the King's attention.[10] He later became an ally of sorts to T'Challa's temporary replacement Kasper Cole.[11]

After T'Challa made Mena Ngai's Vibranium inert and abdicated the throne to Shuri, becoming the protector of Hell's Kitchen, Hunter began killing women there to once again draw T'Challa out. T'Challa and the NYPD set a trap for Hunter, and the two battled, Hunter intending to kill T'Challa and finally become the Black Panther. T'Challa was victorious, however, and told Hunter that he had been rejected by Wakanda, which had no place for a murderer like him.[12]

Hunter and the Hatut Zeraze reappeared to assist in the battle against the Cotati.[13]

Return to Mohannda[]

Making do on his youthful promise to advance Mohannda, Hunter conspired with Mohanndan terrorists to assassinate the progressive Prime Minister Jani Schonland in order to take control of the country for himself.[14]


Though resentful of his exile, Hunter still loved Wakanda and thus tempered his resentment of T'Challa to aid his country when needed.[5][15]



Formidable Hand-to-Hand Combatant.[16]



  • The White Wolf employs the standard equipment of a Hatut Zeraze which are the following:
    • Vibranium Microweave Mesh: in his Hatut Zeraze uniform. The microweave robs incoming objects of their momentum; bullets do not ricochet off but simply fall to the ground when they come in contact with the weave. Likewise, the White Wolf cannot be stabbed; however, the costume (and the Wolf) can be cut if the attacker slashes along the uniform's grain.[16]
    • Cloaking Technology: The White Wolf's uniform is equipped with advanced cloaking technology which can alter its appearance. He primarily uses this feature to render himself invisible. Unlike other Hatut Zeraze, the cloaking technology in the White Wolf's uniform also allows him to make it appear to be an ordinary business suit.[16]
    • Energy-Dampening Boots: Energy regulators create varying fields from the Vibranium in the molded soles of the boots, enabling White Wolf to survive a fall of several stories and land like a cat. Given enough momentum, the Wolf can also run on walls or skim across water. The field can be also used offensively to shatter or weaken objects.[16]


As head of the Hatut Zeraze, the White Wolf had access to a wide range of handguns and assault weapons.[17]


  • Accounts differ as to whether Hunter first became White Wolf and leader of the Hatut Zeraze under his father T'Chaka,[5][18] or after T'Chaka's death when his uncle S'Yan was Black Panther.[6]


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