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A Ravager never flies solo.
~ T'Challa's most famous quote.
Where I come from, history has never looked kindly on those who lock men in cages.
~ T'Challa to the Collector.

Prince T'Challa, also known as Star-Lord, is a protagonist of the Marvel animated anthology series What If...?, appearing as the titular protagonist of "What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?", and a major character in "What If... The Watcher Broke His Oath?".

He is an variant of T'Challa who was abducted by Ravagers instead of Peter Quill at a young age. He grew up with the Ravagers, gaining the name Star-Lord, teaching them to change their way of life and help the galaxy. Wanting to help those who are less fortunate, T'Challa would go on to steal the Embers of Genesis from the Collector to feed people from different planets.

Like his original version, he is voiced by the late Chadwick Boseman, as Maddix Robinson voiced the character young.

History

Early Life

Prince T'Challa complained to his father, King T'Chaka, about the seclusion of Wakanda. Though he understood his child's desire to explore, T'Chaka urged him to stay in Wakanda where he would be safe. As T'Challa wandered outside the barrier wall, he was abducted by the Ravagers, on their last assignment to recover the offspring of Ego. Yondu scolded Kraglin and Taserface for abducting the wrong kid, but was surprised by T'Challa's interest in exploration. He happily joined the group and they continued their adventures for the next twenty years.

What If...?

What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?

On Morag, T'Challa known as Star-Lord entered the chamber holding the Power Stone. After retrieving it, he was intercepted by Korath, on orders from Ronan. Korath was a big fan of Star-Lord but still fought him in an attempt to recover the Power Stone for Ronan. Although he lost, T'Challa still took Korath with him. Yondu arrived to help T'Challa deal with the Sakaraans. The Ravagers left the planet.

In a bar, the Ravagers share a drink and discuss T’Challa’s greatest jobs. At one point, Thanos appears and admits that T’Challa convinced him to end his quest for Infinity Stones. T’Challa encounters Drax as a bartender, who praises him for stopping Ronan’s Kree invasion that would have killed his family. He also sees Nebula, with shoulder-length blonde hair. Nebula talks to T’Challa about the Power Stone, asking if Thanos, her father, knows he has it. She also remarks about his necklace. T’Challa tells her that Yondu tried to bring him back to Wakanda once, but found that it had been destroyed by another war. Nebula tells him of a job to recover the Embers of Genesis, which can terraform a planet in minutes. T’Challa sees it as an opportunity. The Collector is the mark, but has become much more powerful in this universe as Thanos is not seeking domination. Yondu disagrees with the job, but T’Challa manages to convince him.

The Ravagers go over the plan to pose as sellers on Knowhere to get past the Black Order by causing a distraction. Nebula and Yondu meet the Collector while T’Challa looks for the Embers. He sees several prisoners including Cosmo the Space Dog. He frees Howard the Duck in an effort to find the Embers. Outside, Proxima Midnight confronts the Ravagers and realizes that it’s a diversion. She sounds the alarm as Howard is enjoying a drink during happy hour at the bar. T’challa runs when he hears the alarm and comes to a room housing a Wakandan spacecraft. It has a video of his father pleading for the return of his son. Before he can think about it, he is taken by Nebula and imprisoned with Yondu and the rest.

T’Challa confronts Yondu on lying to him about Wakanda being destroyed. Yondu tells him that the Ravagers are his family, but T’Challa tells them they are not. Corvus Glaive arrives to take T’Challa to The Collector. In a glass cell, Tivan and T’Challa chat before Tivan gives the order to Ebony Maw to dissect T’Challa. Nebula shoots Corvus to reveal that their distraction plan worked, and she recovered the Embers. T’Challa breaks free of the cage, and is saved by Tivan’s servant before Ebony Maw can kill him. T’Challa and Tivan fight, but T’Challa is no match for his collection of weapons, which include Captain America's Shield, Mjölnir and Hela's Helmet

The Ravagers run from the Black Order as Thanos decides to engage them. He fights Cull Obsidian, but Cull gets an assist from Proxima. Yondu arrives to help T’Challa fight Tivan, who swiftly breaks his arrow. Cull and Proxima beat Thanos, but Nebula saves them by throwing some Ember seeds into Cull’s mouth, starting the terraforming of Knowhere. She brings Thanos onto the Ravager ship and orders to take off. Inside, Yondu and T'Challa are able to beat Tivan by knocking him into his own cell. They give control to Carina, who frees all of his prisoners before opening his cell. T’Challa and Yondu leave with Cosmo the Space Dog on the Wakandan ship as Knowhere terraforms. T’Challa and Yondu discuss his desire to explore, and T’Challa decides to return them to Wakanda, where he reunites with his parents. He introduces the Ravagers as his family made along the way.

What If... The Watcher Broke His Oath?

T'Challa would learn that Ego had arrived to Earth to take his son Peter Quill for his expansion, saving Quill and taking him away from his father. After saving Peter, T'Challa was chosen by Uatu the Watcher, who proceeded to take him to a dimensional bar that Strange Supreme created. T'Challa was informed by the Watcher that he chose him, Captain Carter, Strange Supreme, Party Thor, and Gamora to stop Infinity Ultron from destroying the multiverse. Uatu then formed the group as the Guardians of the Multiverse before transporting them to an unnamed planet, and the team made a toast. While celebrating the formation of the team, Party Thor accidently alerted Ultron, and battled the Guardians.

During the battle, T'Challa managed to steal the soul stone from Infinity Ultron, allowing Strange Supreme to transport his teammates to Ultron's universe. The Guardians encountered Black Widow, the only survivor of Ultron's rampage, and Captain Carter managed to persuade Widow to joining them in stopping the artificial intelligence. Continuing the conflict, Gamora would use the Infinity Crusher, but realized too late that the stones are different from her universe, thus they can't be destroyed. Before the team could be killed by Ultron, Black Widow managed to transfer Arnim Zola's conscious into Ultron's body, thus deleting the artificial intelligence. Upon their victory, Killmonger betrayed the group and obtained the infinity stones, but was locked in a standstill by Zola, which allowed Strange Supreme to trap the two into a pocket dimension. After stopping Infinity Ultron, the Watcher returned the Guardians to their respected realities, where T'Challa started to teach Quill how to use a quad blaster.

Appearance

T'Challa wears an alternate version of Peter Quill's Star-Lord costume from the sacred timeline, having a purple design instead on his jacket and eyes on his helmet.

Personality

T'Challa is very similar to his sacred timeline counterpart, being a compassionate and selfless person who has spent his entire life helping others across the galaxy. His heroism has inspired the hearts of many, as he was able to change Thanos from wiping out half of the universe, which allowed the titan to become a hero.

Powers and Abilities

Former Powers

  • Protection Spell: T'Challa was given a protection spell by Strange Supreme, which allowed him to be resistant towards Infinity Ultron's attacks.
    • Physical Augmentation: The protection spell augmented his condition, as he was capable of grabbing Ultron and slamming him into the ground.
    • Weapon Augmentation: The protection spell augmented T'Challa's weapons, allowing his quad blasters to injure Infinity Ultron during the battle.

Abilities

  • Genius-Level Intellect: T'Challa was a highly intelligent individual, being able to convince Thanos from not wiping out half of the universe.
  • Master Tactician: He is a capable strategist, planning a heist to obtain the Embers of Genesis, and form another plan to have Nebula fake her treachery.
  • Master Thief: Having been raised as a thief by the Ravagers, he is a master thief who has pulled off numerous heists that have made him famous in the galaxy.
  • Master Combatant: T'Challa was trained by Yondu and the Ravagers in combat, as he was able to fight against Korath, the Collector, and Infinity Ultron.
  • Master Acrobat: T'Challa is greatly agile, which he uses during his fights, such as dodging Korath's hits.
  • Bilingualism: T'Challa can speak his native language Xhosa and English.

Equipment

Weapons

  • Quad Blasters: T'Challa wields blasters that shoot energy directly at opponents.

Items

  • Helmet: T'Challa wears a helmet to breath in outer space, and the helmet also has a HUD system.
  • Jet Boot Attachments: He has jets attached to his boots, which allow him propel himself in the air to his destination.
  • Plasma Sphere: He has a plasma sphere that can glows in the dark.
  • Gravity Mine: He has a gravity mine that exerts a great amount of force on objects or targets.

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Trivia

  • This (alongside the other versions of the character in the series) was the final role of Chadwick Boseman, who has completed recording for his character in the series before he died.
  • It's implied he and Nebula are lovers.
  • Unlike Quill, this Star-Lord accomplished MUCH in his years with Yondu and the Ravengers. Having tuned the organization into a Robin Hood group.
    • He saves numerous worlds and never sought payment, earning him praise and gifts instead.
    • He reformed Thanos by showing him a better way to solve the overpopulation/starvation issue. He even has Thanos attending therapy with Nebula; getting them tolerate each other and make playful barbs.

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