The Dora Milaje (pronounced "dora-meh-LAH-shay") are the personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, recruited from every tribe of Wakanda. In addition with their protective function, they are also a pool of superior Wakandan women. An ancient tribal tradition, the Dora Milaje were assembled as potential queens for an unmarried king, maintaining the peace in Wakanda by ensuring that every tribe has the opportunity to put forward one of their daughters for the crown. Dora Milaje traditionally speak only in the Hausa dialect, and only to the king or each other. The practice of employing Dora Milaje was discontinued until recent years.
Nakia and Okoye
T'Challa, the Black Panther, reinstated the Dora Milaje program to calm tribal unrest in the kingdom after his proposed marriage to outsider Monica Lynne did not occur. The daughters of Wakanda, Nakia and Okoye, became the first Dora Milaje to serve under T'Challa. Despite tradition and the girls' considerable skill and beauty, T'Challa viewed the teenaged bodyguards like daughters, not actual wives-in-training.
Okoye understood her king's wishes, but Nakia dreamed of winning the king's love. When T'Challa was manipulated into passionately kissing Nakia while under the influence of Mephisto's illusions, it only fueled the girl's obsession. After Monica Lynne re-entered T'Challa's life, Nakia's jealousy caused her to eject Lynne from a fighter plane during a war, and she was expelled from the order of the Dora Milaje. In the months to come, Nakia was revived by Erik Killmonger and became an obsessive stalker of T'Challa and his allies under the alias of Malice.
Queen Divine Justice
Okoye was later joined by a new recruit in the Dora Milaje: Chanté Giovanni Brown, of Chicago. Princess of the outlawed Jabari Tribe, worshippers of the White Gorilla, Chante had been exiled to America during the tribal warfare that killed her parents. She only learned of her Wakandan heritage when T'Challa approached her and inducted her into the Dora Milaje. It was still several months before T'Challa explained the circumstances of her parents' death, however.
Over time, the order of the Dora Milaje expanded considerably, with more than a dozen active participants from the various tribes. Their service continued even after T'Challa's marriage to Ororo.
During the Civil War, they assisted T'Challa at a few occasions, on their quality of body-guards.When Storm and T'Challa visited the White House, an incident led the Dora Milaje to battle War Machine and his Sentinels, and they were subsequently researched by the US government.
Later, T'Challa intended to meet Captain America, in order to organize the resistance against the Superhuman Registration Act, but was followed by the Black Widow. To get rid of her, T'Challa let two Dora Milaje confront her.
After a fight with Doom, who cost the lives of two Dora Milaje and handicaped him for a time, T'Challa decided to initiate a specialized fighting style for the Adored Ones so they can better perform against robots and magic, which are Doom's primary weapons in battle. T'Challa set up a final test, which was a real fight, during which two Dora Milaje died among the thirty candidates.
When Doom tried to take over the Wakanda, the Dora Milaje paid a large tribute, with 500 doras against the 80,000 soldiers of the Wakandan navy and army. They then were used as Shuri's army to destroy Doom's global network.
At the last moments of the War with Thanos, the Dora Milaje rejected T'Challa, denouncing to Shuri the meetings of her brother with Namor while war was declared to Atlantis after Namor attack against Wakanda while he was under the influence of the Phoenix. They broke their spears symbolically and fully came under the orders of the Queen Shuri.
Equipment: Vibranium armors.
Transportation: Jet-packs and Quinjets
Weapons: Various vibranium weapons
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Black Panther Vol 3 #1
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Black Panther Vol 3 #3
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 3 #8
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Black Panther Vol 3 #11-12
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 3 #24
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 3 #35
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 4 #18
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 4 #23
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 4 #24
- ↑ Black Panther Vol 4 #25
- ↑ Doomwar #1-6
- ↑ New Avengers Vol 3 #12