Quote1 You have no need to know my true name, fool! For those who speak it do so only in whispers -- fearful whispers, lest they reach the ears of... the Man-Ape! Quote2
-- Man-Ape src

Early Life

M'Baku was born and raised in the Jabari Village within the nation of Wakanda, Africa. He was one of the greatest warriors of the African nation Wakanda, second only to T'Challa, the Black Panther himself. While the Panther, King of Wakanda, was on leave from his royal duties to serve the Avengers in America, the ambitious M'Baku plotted to usurp the throne. The Wakandan culture had evolved from a hunter-warrior society and was traditionally ruled by its greatest warrior. The Black Panther had outlawed the rival White Gorilla cult from Wakanda while the Panther cult was dominant. M'Baku flouted T'Challa's edicts and revived the White Gorilla cult, personally stalking and killing one of the rare white gorillas living in the jungles near Wakanda. Bathing in the gorilla's blood and eating the gorilla's flesh mystically conferred its great strength upon M'Baku.[1]

When the Black Panther returned to Wakanda with the Avengers, M'Baku, calling himself the Man-Ape, openly challenged the Panther's right to rule. M'Baku deplored T'Challa's technological revitalization of Wakanda and sought to have all technology outlawed so the nation could return to its natural primitivism. After a protracted battle, the Man-Ape bested the Panther. However, when he bound T'Challa to the giant statue of a panther and tried to topple it upon his enemy, the statue instead crumbled, burying M'Baku.[1]

The Black Panther, believing the Man-Ape had been crushed,[1] returned to New York with the Avengers. But M'Baku's chief supporter N'Gamo revived the rebel.

Lethal Legion

M'Baku followed the Panther to New York. There the Man-Ape allied himself with the Grim Reaper and his Lethal Legion, a short-lived team of Avengers' foes including the Living Laser, Power Man, and the Swordsman. The Man-Ape kidnapped Monica Lynne, the Black Panther's American girlfriend, and lured the Panther into captivity[2]. When the rest of the Avengers came to the Panther's rescue, it was, in the end, Captain America who physically bested the Man-Ape[3].

The Panther decreed that the Man-Ape could never return to Wakanda without facing the death penalty. Humiliated, the Man-Ape chose to wander the less civilized parts of the world, performing mercenary work to survive and keeping a low profile. He was eventually contacted again by the Grim Reaper, who was trying to assemble a new Lethal Legion to exact revenge upon the Avengers. The Man-Ape served as one of the Grim Reaper's henchmen until the Reaper's racist attitudes prompted the Man-Ape (and fellow Legionnaire Black Talon) to abandon the Reaper's cause.

Acts of Vengeance

During the Acts of Vengeance event, Doctor Doom used an Aggression Enhancer on him and a group of other villains to attack the Fantastic Four when they stood before Congress.[4]

A.I.M. Weapons Expo

He was among the many criminals to visit the A.I.M. Weapons Expo on Boca Caliente but the event was crashed by Captain America.[5]

Masters of Evil

He joined the seventh incarnation of the Masters of Evil gathered by the Crimson Cowl (Justine Hammer). [6] First working for Hydra, they tried to garner the favor of the New York crime families. This incensed Citizen V and the rest of the Thunderbolts, seeing the Masters' legacy turned into mere mercenary work.[7]

Pan-African Congress on the Treatment of Superhumans

M'Baku posing with (from left to right) Afrikaa, Zanda, Storm, the Black Panther, Moses Magnum and Joshua N'Dingi

Civil War

He assisted to the Pan-African Congress on the Treatment of Superhumans hosted in Wakanda among other African leaders, as the representative of Wakanda Jabari's tribe, in a search of a consensus on the way to react to the american Superhuman Registration Act. The Congress was a failure, as the representatives failed to reach an agreement before the end of the Congress.[8]

Encounter with Morlun

When the totemic hunter Morlun was resurrected in Wakanda, where he murdered Man-Ape by sucking the life out of him and feeding on his totem.[9]

Villain for Hire

He reappeared alive and joined the Villains for Hire assembled by the Purple Man and Headhunter to build a criminal empire by selling their services to the highest bidder as opposition to the Heroes for Hire.[10]

Pleasant Hill

At some point in time, Man-Ape was imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. in Pleasant Hill, a prison in the form of a small town where its inmates had their memories and appearances tampered with using a sentient Cosmic Cube named Kobik, so they could be turned into model citizens. When a group of villains led by Baron Zemo snapped out of this fantasy world and returned to their true selves, they attacked the village from within, wrecking havoc and freeing the other prisoners from Pleasant Hill's control.

He was one of these numerous villains. When the bad guys took notice of the presence of the Avengers on the scene, they used their numbers to their advantage and mercilessly struck down the heroes. However, Kobik took compassion on the Avengers and healed them.[11]


At some point in time, M'Baku died. The mantle of the White Gorilla was taken up by his brother Mandla, though he eventually joined M'Baku in death.[12]


Man-Ape possesses various superhuman abilities as the result of a magical ritual in which he killed a sacred White Gorilla, bathed in its blood, and consumed it's flesh.

Superhuman Strength: Due to the ritual, Man-Ape possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift about 10 tons.

Superhuman Stamina: Man-Ape's advanced musculature produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. He can physically exert himself at peak capacity for several hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in his bloodstream begins to impair him.

Superhuman Agility: Man-Ape's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Reflexes: Man-Ape's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are superior to those of the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Durability: Man-Ape's bodily tissues are somewhat harder and more resistant to certain types of injury than the body of an ordinary human. However, he is far from invulnerable. Man-Ape's body is more resistant to blunt force and impact trauma than the body of an ordinary human. For example, he can withstand being hit repeatedly by a superhumanly strong adversary or falling from a height of several stories with little to no injury to show for it, whereas an ordinary human would be severely injured or killed.


Man-Ape is a seasoned warrior and skilled hand to hand combatant. Since gaining his powers, he's become an even more formidable combatant.

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