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Pairing: M'Baku/T'Challa
Alternative name(s): M'Challa
Gender category: M/M
Fandom: Black Panther (2018)
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Common
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M'Baku/T'challa is a Black Panther pairing, involving T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, and M'Baku, his rival-become-ally.


Before T'challa's coronation, M'baku, head of the Jabari, an isolationist Wakandan tribe, challenged him to single combat for the right to be king and Black Panther. Although M'baku had the upper hand, T'challa won and spared M'baku's life.

When T'challa, some hours to days later, was found unconscious and near death in Jabari territory, M'baku kept him in a (possibly induced) coma, packed into snow, to keep him alive. He used the justification that T'challa has saved his life, so it was fair and just to save his in turn.

Initially refusing T'challa military aid in his fight to reclaim his rightful throne (which had been taken over in his absence), he nevertheless turned up during the battle with vital reinforcements, thus saving him again.


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  • The King and M'Baku by tehtarik, M'Baku fished his king out of the Omoogun River.
  • A Rare Bloom by Gileonnen, When Shuri finds evidence that the heart-shaped herb might still be growing wild in Jabariland, T'Challa and M'Baku embark on a quest to find it. As the journey takes them deep into the mountains, though, their newfound trust—and growing attraction—is tested.

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