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|“||I am loyal to that throne. No matter who sits upon it.||„|
|~ Okoye in Black Panther.|
|“||When you said you were going to open Wakanda to the rest of the world, this is not what I imagined.||„|
|~ Okoye to T'Challa in Avengers: Infinity War.|
General Okoye is a fictional major character of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is the tritagonist of Black Panther, and a major character of Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She will return in Black Panther 2. She is the leader of the Dora Milaje, and is tasked with protecting the king and Wakanda from threats from outside of the nation by leading Wakanda's armed forces. After the coronation of T'Challa, Okoye worked with the new king in stopping his cousin Erik Kilmonger, and later attempted to stop Thanos' plan to no avail. After Thanos decimated half of the universe, Okoye joined the Avengers and later assisted them in fighting Thanos and his army in 2023.
She is portrayed by Danai Guirra, who also portrayed Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead.
Okoye was presumably born in Wakanda, and later became the leader of the Dora Milaje, a group of warriors who protected the king and queen. She would later marry W'Kabi, the head of security, and have children with him.
On the orders of King T'Chaka, Okoye and T'Challa were sent to save Wakandan hostages from Zanda and Douglas Scott. The two saved the hostages while T'Challa, donning the panther habit, distracted the mercenaries. She ended up confronting Scott, and battled him until he and Zanda escaped. Okoye and T'Challa followed them as the police stormed the building, and followed the two terrorists to a yacht. The two managed to defeat the two, and upon returning to Wakanda, Okoye told T'Chaka that T'Challa proved himself on the field.
A week after the death of T'Chaka, Okoye aided T'Challa in rescuing Nakia from the Sambisan Militants.
Avengers: Infinity War
Okoye met with the Avengers when they needed to remove the mind stone from Vision, and she later participated in the Battle of Wakanda. Though she attempted to stop Thanos, she and the group failed to stop him from getting the Infinity Stones. Upon Thanos using the Infinity Stones, she witnessed T'Challa turn to dust, as half of humanity was erased from existence.
After Thanos' victory, Okoye joined the Avengers, and presumably learned that the Mad Titan had destroyed the Infinity Stones to prevent the heroes from undoing the decimation. Afterward, Okoye helped and protected the Earth under Black Widow's leadership, and would give her updates alongside War Machine, Captain Marvel, Nebula and Rocket Raccoon. When giving Black Widow updates in 2023, she told her that their were mild subductions in the African plate. When Natasha asked how was she handling it, Okoye responded that by the nature of the plates, they handled the situation without handling it.
The Avengers managed to undo the decimation by collecting the Infinity Stones in the past, and creating a nano gauntlet to hold them. Okoye met with T'Challa and Shuri upon their return, and aided them, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Masters of the Mystic Arts, and Asgardians in stopping Thanos and his army. She assisted Captain Marvel and the other heroines fight the army, and managed to kill Corvus Glaive. Iron Man managed to defeat Thanos and his army by using the Infinity Stones, but at the cost of his own life.
She later attended his funeral to honor his sacrifice, and give support to his widow Pepper Potts and daughter Morgan Stark. Afterward, she returned to Wakanda, and reassumed her duties as general of the Dora Milaje.
Okoye is a fiercely loyal protector of Wakanda who isn't afraid to question her king, but would defend him with her life, fiercely protective of him despite his warrior abilities. A staunch traditionalist who is as formidable with her Sonic Spear as she is with her tongue, Okoye finds herself torn between her allegiance to her country and her king when T'Challa begins to challenge ancient Wakandan traditions and rules. Despite her position and her serious attitude when her duties are concerned, she shares a relaxed, friendly relationship with T'Challa, quick to make jokes at his expense, especially when Nakia is concerned, and was on the verge of tears after seeing him disintegrate.
She is quick to object to Erik Kilmonger's challenge as not only due to Killmonger's blatant disrespect of Wakandan traditions, but also because she knows the disastrous potential Kilmonger holds to the nation and to the world. Due to her utmost respect for traditions however, she is unable to prevent Kilmonger, who has a legitimate right to claim the throne, from challenging T'Challa. As the general of the Dora Milaje, Okoye is shown to be proud of her baldness. She was visibly displeased by having to wear a wig and was quick to throw it away.
When Killmonger succeeds in taking the throne, Okoye was torn between her personal loyalty to T'Challa, and her duty as the general of the Dora Milaje, which is essentially the king's royal guard. She nonetheless decides to stay and serve Kilmonger, albeit reluctantly. When T'Challa came back alive and ready to continue the unfinished challenge, she is quick to side with him, and turn on Kilmonger with the Dora Milaje almost immediately when the contested king refuses to adhere to the very tradition that made him king to the letter.
Okoye's immense bravery and loyalty to her country proves instrumental in stopping a full blown civil war from happening, by standing in front of W'Kabi on a charging White Rhinoceros to prevent them from tackling M'Baku, halting his rampage from exacerbating the situation by appealing to his loyalty to Wakanda, resulting in the Border Tribe laying down their arms and allowing T'Challa and N'Jadaka to finish their duel one-on-one. Her loyalty to Wakanda outstrips her love for W'Kabi, as she told her husband she would not hesitate to kill him for Wakanda, although she did look visibly distraught and did not kill him but offered him a chance to surrender, implying she still had enough love for him to give him a chance to realize how much he had fallen.
Despite her being able to see T'Challa's viewpoint and arguments regarding the issue of breaking Wakanda's isolationism, it is yet to be seen if she turns personally supportive of the king's measures to reveal what Wakanda truly is to the world. She was even willing to let Everett Ross die to conceal Wakanda's true nature from the rest of the world. However, she does seem to have a fondness for some United States of America culture, as she was hoping to have a Starbucks in Wakanda after it was revealed to the world as well as having Wakandians participate in the Olympics. She has also grown more trustful of outsiders after the battle against Killmonger, evidenced by the fact she wanted to impale Ross against a table for simply giving T'Challa a friendly bump and after the battle against Killmonger, she smiled out of enjoyment and entertainment when Ross tried to learn their language, but failed to communicate his intended message.
However, Okoye remained very serious in battle, as shown when she was unamused when Bruce Banner, wearing the Hulkbuster armor, tripped over a stone and fell. She also was willing to welcome the Avengers into Wakanda and was shown to fight effectively alongside them, although this may be due to their famous reputation as selfless heroes, and was visibly impressed by Wanda's abilities, asking why did she not aid at first and was instead up guarding Vision. Her bravery was shown when she charged at Thanos despite his possession of nearly all the Infinity Stones.
Powers and Abilities
- Master Martial Artist: Okoye is the General of the Dora Milaje, thus, she is extensively trained and highly proficient in various forms of combat, with her skill marking her as one of the greatest martial artists in Wakanda, with only T'Challa surpassing her due to his lifelong training to become the Black Panther. She prefers to battle with her Sonic Spear with which she is able to almost effortlessly incapacitate multiple foes at once during the casino fight. During the Battle of Mount Bashenga, Okoye managed to pin down Erik Killmonger alongside the other Doras and defeat many Border Tribe warriors without sustaining any injury. She also proved capable of defeating many Outriders and competing against Proxima Midnight with aid from Black Widow, holding her off long enough for Scarlet Witch to kill her, during the Battle of Wakanda, surviving with no injuries, only being no match for Thanos himself, who easily flung her away.
- Spear Mastery: Okoye is extremely skilled in using her Vibranium Spear as a tool in close quarters combat and as a long ranged weapon. Okoye has taken out multiple enemies with her spear at once.
- Master Marksman: Okoye is an excellent marksman, able to throw her spear through the back of a window of truck exiting out through the windshield and penetrating the ground so that the truck could crash into the spear. She later threw her spear at Thanos accurately while running, although Thanos easily reacted to it and used the Power Stone to halt and blow her spear and Okoye herself away.
- Multilingualism: Okoye is fluent in Xhosa, English, and Korean, as she was able to understand the exchange between Nakia and Sophia.