As king of the isolated Kingdom of Wakanda and the man behind the Black Panther mask, T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is both the political and literal protector of his people—so we'd say he probably has a few more responsibilities than the average guy. Still, just because he can kick bad guy butt with the best of 'em thanks to a mysterious Heart-Shaped Herb that grants him enhanced physical prowess, that doesn't mean he is without a strict code of honor. Not only did he spare big bad Helmut Zemo during the chaotic events of Captain America: Civil War, he prevented the terrorist from committing suicide, handing him over for incarceration instead. Plus, he granted Bucky asylum—and free use of Wakanda's cryogenic technology—after realizing Cap's ol' buddy wasn't behind his father's death during the signing of the Sokovia Accords.
While Boseman has appeared in a number of hugely successful biopics, portraying Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up, and a young Thurgood Marshall in the aptly titled Marshall, the British American Drama Academy graduate got his start with a series of minor roles in procedural dramas and soaps like CSI, Third Watch, Law & Order, and All My Children in the early 2000s. In 2010, he landed his first recurring role on the psychological drama Persons Unknown. Not bad—especially considering Boseman, who's also a playwright, initially wanted to stick to writing and directing.