Character » S'yan appears in 75 issues.

    S'yan, The Swift is a former king of Wakanda and Black Panther. He is the son of Azzari, The Wise and the younger brother to T'Chaka, The Great. He passed the title of Black Panther to his nephew T'Challa.

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    S'yan is the second son of Azzari The Wise. He grew into a quick thinker and combatant, able to match his brother T'Chaka's strength with speed. It was during these young days that he was nicknamed S'yan The Fast because of his agility and speed. Being of royalty, he was privy to the best education in Wakanda and the finest training in combat. In his prime, he could rival T'Chaka in battle. After his father died he watched as his brother ascended the throne and served him well. He became an uncle to T'Challa and Shuri. He adored his nephew and saw his father and brother reflected in the boys eyes. After falling in love he conceived a son, who he named T'shan. In his own son he saw a lust for power and the throne which always put a strain on their relationship.


    S'yan was created by Regina Hudlin and John Romita Jr. and first appeared in Black Panther Vol.3 issue 2 (2005).

    Major Creation

    Becoming the Panther

     Syan the swift Panther
    Syan the swift Panther

    After T'Chaka was assassinated by Klaw he ascended to the throne and became Black Panther. He was a just ruler though it was never his intention to rule. Over the years he watched as T'Challa grow into a wise and humble man while his own son's pride worried him. He manged to hold onto the throne until the day of the Black Panther tournament, which was held once every year for those who wished to challenge the rule of the current king/queen. He even met his own son but he easily defeated him. He was ultimately defeated by T'Challa and happily stepped down so his nephew could rule. He remained one of the leading advisers to the Panther after his defeat.


    During the events of DoomWar, Dr. Doom held the several members of the Wakandan royal family hostage, including S'Yan and the Queen Mother Ramonda. In his attempt to break into the vibranium vault, Doom ordered that Ramonda and T'Challa to be executed. As this was about to happen, S'Yan intervened and during the scuffle was shot dead.

    Skills and Abilities

     Displaying his skill
    Displaying his skill

    A martial arts master easily world class. He was the equal of T'Chaka The Great. He could also hold his own against his nephew, T'Cahalla (who can spar with the likes of Iron Fist and Shang Chi). S'yan is also a skilled weapon master of swords and spears. His preferred weapon is the spear.

    Physical Characteristics

    Height: 5'9

    Weight: 180 lbs

    Eye Color: brown

    Hair color: black/grey

    Relatives: Bashenga (ancestor), Azzari the Wise (Father), T'Chaka (Brother), N'Yami (Sister in law, deceased), Ramonda (Sister in law), Shuri (niece), T'Challa (nephew), T'shan (son).

    Other versions

    In other media

    S'yan & T'Challa
    S'yan & T'Challa

    He appears in the Black Panther Cartoon airing on BET in Australia which is inspired by Black Panther vol.4.


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