The Dora Milaje are an elite group of female bodyguards, and Wakandan special forces.


Serving T'Chaka

"Who is it?"
"Some Grace Jones-looking chicks. They holding spears."
N'Jobu and James[src]
The Dora Milaje served King T'Chaka during his time as the Black Panther. In 1992, two Dora Milaje accompanied T'Chaka to the home of Prince N'Jobu in Oakland, California. After confirming N'Jobu's identity, they struck their spears on the ground, causing the lights to go out. When the light returned, King T'Chaka was standing between them. After embracing his brother, T'Chaka dismissed them back to the Royal Talon Flyer on the roof.[2]

Vienna Aftermath

"Move. Or you will be moved."
Ayo to Black Widow[src]
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Ayo calmly threatens Black Widow.

As T'Challa was being escorted by Ayo to his car, he learned from his Attaché that the Winter Soldier had escaped from the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre Building. The group was stopped by Natasha Romanoff, whom Ayo ordered out of their way, else she would be removed by force, to which T'Challa mused at as he dismissed her.[3]

Rescuing Nakia

"Just remember, don't freeze when you see her."
"Whatcha talking about? I never freeze."
Okoye and T'Challa[src]
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T'Challa's Coronation

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Arrest of Ulysses Klaue

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Killmonger's Challenge

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Battle of Mount Bashenga

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  • In the comics, the Dora Milaje are the personal bodyguards and royal security 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 for the King to possibly marry.

Behind the Scenes

  • Black Panther producer Nate Moore revealed in an interview with Screen Rant that the betrothal aspect from the comics was deliberately excluded from the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of the group: "You know, that was sort of part of the original Christopher Priest run where they were all betrothed which we felt wasn’t necessary to tell the story of the Dora and in a way we all kind of rejected as being a little creepy. So we will not be exploring that."[4]
  • The Dora Milaje costumes drew inspiration from Filipino and Japanese elements in addition to its African roots. According to senior visual development illustrator Anthony Francisco, the shoes were meant to look like Japanese jika-tabi boots, the beadwork and tassles from Ifugao decor in the Philippines, the arm bands and neck rings from Ndebele women, and the rest of the costume from the Maasai. With around 80% of the costume from African sources, Francisco described the breakdown of other influences as "five percent Samurai, five percent ninja, and five percent Ifugao tribe."[5]


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