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Kwame in the episode "Mind Pollution".
Gender Male
Race Human/African
Status Unofficial leader of the Planeteers
Powers Earth
First Appearance A Hero for Earth
Voices LeVar Burton
Let our powers combine!

Kwame's catchphrase

Kwame is the bearer of Earth Ring, and the first Planeteer to be introduced. He is also the one to prompt the reaction which results in Captain Planet, always beginning the routine with his catchphrase, "Let our powers combine." He acts as the team’s unofficial leader.


Kwame is a young handsome, sweet, intelligent, and euphoric African gentleman with black flat-topped hair, brown eyes, and dark skin. He is physically healthy and the tallest of the Planeteers.

He wears a blue Planeteer T-shirt with a green emblem and both matching shorts and vest with red sleeves and collar. He also wears lime green ankle socks and blue and white high top converse shoes with red laces. In Seasons 4-5, his shirt is replaced with a red Planeteer T-Shirt with a green emblem.

He wears gold necklaces and bracelets, which reference his African tribal background, though it is never explained if they have significant meaning for him.

In the final season, he wears a brown Planeteer shirt with a green emblem under a green jacket with gold trimming, brown belt with a gold buckle, green pants, and red boots.


Kwame is quiet, bashful, calm and quite serious, though he does crack an occasional joke, and enjoys ribbing the others - particularly Wheeler.

He is the unofficial leader of the Planeteers. He keeps everyone calm as the geo-cruiser spins out of control during their first mission in the episode A Hero for Earth and he restores control. He also asks Gaia questions nobody else seemed to think of, such as what to do if their wonderful new powers weren't enough.

Kwame is usually the voice of reason, though he does lose his temper occasionally. In Kwame's Crisis, he no longer believes he can make a difference, loses his hope and decides to abandon the Planeteers. However, he returns, and he is usually there as the voice of reason, comfort and solid strength.


The name "Kwame" comes from the Akan tribe of West Africa, so Kwame is presumably a member of this tribe and was likely born in Ghana or the Ivory Coast, where the tribe lives. His later dedication to protecting trees and nature stems from an incident in his childhood, which he describes in the episode A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste Part II. His job for the tribe was to hunt for firewood, but it was becoming increasingly difficult to find. During one trip, he witnessed elephants brutally shot by poachers because there were no trees for them to hide behind and realized the importance of trees to animals and the ecosystem. From then on, he was dedicated to planting trees and protecting the forests from clear-cutting. It is also known he was mentored by an older tribesman, Mobutu, who the other Planeteers eventually met in the episode Losing Game.

Kwame is the first Planeteer to discover his ring. He is shown as a young African man, leaning on a staff in the desert under a hot setting sun. He wipes sweat from his brow and uses the end of the staff to pierce the dirt before slipping a plant into the newly-created pocket. On the second attempt, his ring emerges from the earth, caught on at the end of the staff, glowing. He reaches for it curiously. When he arrives on Hope Island, he displays an understanding and control of his power, which Wheeler, Linka, and Gi all fail to do. (A Hero for Earth)

Family and relationships[]

  • Parents: Kwame does not mention his parents often. In the episode A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste Part II, he mentions that his mother fell ill when he was young. He does not mention whether or not she ever recovered. In the episode "Talkin' Trash" he told Wheeler that he {Kwame} never had a chance to know his father and that Wheeler shouldn't pass up his.
  • Gi: It is occasionally implied that Kwame and Gi have a slightly romantic relationship. Though they never flirt openly, they do get along well, and in the episode The Blue Car Line, Gi runs to Kwame and embraces him tightly with relief after he is freed from the sinking cable car.
  • Dr. Georgina Carver: Kwame is smitten with Georgina (or "Georgie", as he calls her) from the word go. While in a trance-like state, he tells Wheeler that Georgie rates a 25 on a scale of 1 to 10.
  • Karen: In Isle of Solar Energy, Kwame develops a crush on Karen, the equally brilliant daughter of scientist Dr. Apollo, the first moment she sees her. The feeling is apparently mutual, however, Karen has to remain on his father's island, to help him rebuild his life work, destroyed by Duke Nukem, while Kwame travels with the Planeteers. They share a goodbye kiss.
  • Wheeler: Kwame and Wheeler have a stable friendship. He wished to know more about American things, so he can fit in while he teaches more environmental concerns to Wheeler. Also, Wheeler helped him get a date with a teenage Indian girl named Lakhsmi.
  • Linka: Kwame is close to Linka. He's sympathetic to her about many things, including dying of birds and her grandmother's sickness.
  • Ma-Ti: While Wheeler is like a brother to Ma-Ti, Kwame is like a mentor. He often teaches responsibility to the young Planeteer yet also wishes him fun and adventure. An example of their friendship is in Greenhouse Planet where they comfort each other throughout their Venus trip.


Significant episodes[]

  • A Hero for Earth - Kwame is introduced as the Earth Planeteer.
  • Kwame's Crisis - Kwame is discouraged and decides to abandon his Planeteer work, after witnessing how little people care about the environment, but later changes his mind.
  • An Inside Job - Kwame unknowingly drinks a glass of polluted water which also contained the other Planeteers who were shrunken down. He falls ill, and the other four had to cleanse his body from the inside of the invasive parasites.
  • Utopia - Kwame expresses his concerns about gang violence and discovers an ideal utopian world where everything is peaceful like he dreamed it to be.
  • A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste Part II - Kwame reveals part of his history and the life he had in his village in Africa.


  • On October 9, 2017, Kwame and the Captain appeared in a crossover episode with OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. Burton and David Coburn reprise their roles as Kwame and the Captain respectively.
  • It's been strangely known for quite some time over the years that fans believe that he bears a strong resemblance to a younger character of another TV show named Tim/Timothy from Scholastic's The Magic School Bus.
  • Kwame's Earth Ring glows green when used, and his color appears green when first teleported to Hope Island.
  • It is possible that Kwame's name is an homage to Kwame Nkrumah, who was Ghana's first president, reigning as such from 1957 to 1966.


  • Kwame: The situation is more than we can handle, Planeteers. We need help.
    Linka: You mean....?
    Kwame: Exactly. We must do as Gaia advised. We must combine our powers.
    Wheeler: Let's do it!
    Kwame: Let our powers combine. Earth!
    Wheeler: Fire!
    Linka: Wind!
    Gi: Water!
    Ma-Ti: Heart!
    Captain Planet: By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!
    Planeteers: Go, Planet!
  • Kwame: When I was young, my mother fell ill, and searching for firewood became my job. Over the years, the trees around my village began to disappear. Piece by piece, they were stripped away. Wood became as precious as gold, and no one thought to plant new trees. Each day, I was forced to travel farther and farther to find firewood. One afternoon, I spotted a small herd of elephants. I knew they would eventually lead me to trees. I followed the magnificent beasts for hours, until finally – trees! But before the elephants could take cover in that tiny patch of forest, poachers opened fire. That awful sight burned itself into my mind. I realized that people are not the only ones who need trees to survive. Animals need them for food, and protection, too. That is why I believe so strongly in planting trees.