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Doctor Stephen Strange
A brilliant but arrogant New York surgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange's life was turned upside down when a car crash caused irreparable nerve damage to his hands, preventing him from ever holding a scalpel again. Driven by arrogance and desperation, he traveled the world in search of a cure, finally arriving in Tibet to seek the help of the Ancient One, a powerful wizard and (unbeknownst to him) the Sorcerer Supreme, the mage charged with protecting the Earth from the otherdimensional Cosmic menaces who would threaten it.The Ancient One, finding him too proud, turned Strange down but allowed him to stay the night, letting Strange discover and foil the plot of his Deceptive Disciple Baron Mordo, so that he would learn humility and see the existence of true evil — and the need to combat it. Sensing his great magical potential, the Ancient One asked Strange to become his new apprentice, and the now humbled Strange accepted.After years of study he moved back to New York and engaged in many mystical adventures and fought many wicked foes, including the vengeful Mordo, the Dread Dormammu and the abominable Shuma-Gorath, who caused the death of the Ancient One, leading to Strange inheriting his title and responsibilities. As the new Sorcerer Supreme, Strange became the best and last line of defence between Earth and total destruction at the hands of its most powerful enemies.
- The Ageless: Like any Sorcerer Supreme, he has a pact with Death itself that means he will not die of natural causes, though he has a higher-than-normal chance of dying in combat with some otherworldly Eldritch Abomination.
- The Alcoholic: In some depictions he was prone to alcohol abuse as a surgeon, either during or just after the car accident that ruined his hands.
- Alien Lunch: It's revealed in Jason Aaron's run that his usual meals are made up of horribly disgusting indescribable stuff that barely qualifies as food. Unlike most examples, he utterly hates it, but his body has warped so much from a combination of his spell casting and all the dimensions he's been through that it's all he can eat.
- Alliterative Name: Stephen Strange, Sorcerer Supreme and his Sanctum Sanctorum.
- Amplifier Artifact: The Cloak Of Levitation which lets him... levitate, and fly. Also the Wand of Watoomb, the Book of the Vishanti, the Darkhold, the Purple Gem, and anything with "-of Agamotto" at the end of it, as well as many other mystical objects.
- The Archmage: He is not called the "Sorcerer Supreme" for nothing.
- Astral Projection: A power he uses most regularly, usually when he wants to travel to other dimensions but can't readily bring his body along.
- Awesome McCoolname: "Doctor Strange" is his real name.
- Badass Beard: In some depictions. Stark says they're "Awesome Facial Hair Bros".
- Badass Bookworm: Not only is he a former world-class surgeon turned master of the mystic arts, he's a highly skilled martial artist to boot and is fully capable of laying the smackdown without relying on his magical powers.
- Badass Creed: n "The Oath", Stephen manages to make the Hippocratic Oath badass:"I have sworn many oaths in my day, to every being from Hoggoth to Watoomb. But the first oath I swore was the Hippocratic. 'I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients, according to my judgement and ability, and I will do so at any cost.'"
- Badass Longcoat: When he's not wearing the Cloak of Levitation, most often during his stint as an Occult Detective.
- Badass Mustache: Always.
- Bigger on the Inside: His Sanctum Sanctorum looks like a sometimes derelict building on the outside but its inner dimensions are non-euclidean. He suggests you don't stare at some of the stranger angles unless you want your eyes to melt out of your skull.
- Big Good: One of them. When it comes to mystical issues, expect other heroes to come knocking at his door.
- Brought Down to Badass: In "The Last Days of Magic" due to the Inquistor's witch hunt wiping out almost all magic on earth, leaving him with what new spells he can either make or discover and whatever magical items he can create or scrounge up... yet he still manages to defeat the Inquisitor and his goons and is currently battling whatever happens to try and take advantage of the situation.
- Came Back Strong: He met Death in combat, accepted the inevitability of it, surrendered to it — and became immortal.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Was visually based on Vincent Price. It's been pointed out by several characters, and eventually it's revealed that his middle name is "Vincent".
- Comic-Book Time: Largely averted. The 1990's series Marvel The Lost Generation established that Strange actually has been a sorcerer at least since the Sixties if not longer. See The Ageless, above.
- Creepy Good: He stands out as eccentric and decidedly 'other' in the superhero community, from his wardrobe to his house and all its artifacts. People even get nervous when he decides to show up via Astral Projection. In some depictions he seems to enjoy this and find it amusing; in others, it cuts him off from his fellow humans and makes him feel lonely and isolated.
- Cuckold: In one story, Clea becomes disillusioned with the workaholic Strange and finds herself seduced by Benjamin Franklin during a trip backward through time. After the two have sex, she falls so completely for her new lover that she plans to stay behind in the past and marry Franklin, much to Strange's anger and heartbreak. Strange eventually figures out that this Ben Franklin is a fake, and actually the wizard Stygyro. After Stygyro is defeated, the engagement to Clea is called off...but a few meaningful words and glances between the real Ben Franklin and Clea reveals that there's still a spark between them. To this very day, Doctor Strange hates Benjamin Franklin with a passion.
- Deadpan Snarker: On occasion.
- Deus ex Machina: Was once a meme for him, which was acknowledged in a comic where he was given the ability to intentionally invoke it. Mostly, though, he serves in the traditional sense, such as when the Fantastic Four had a surprise encounter with Shuma Gorath and Dr. Strange conveniently showed up to save them.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: His job in a nutshell.
- Does Not Like Guns: Though when push comes to shove, he is quite willing to shoot an Eldritch Abomination with Hitler's gun.
- Dr. Jerk: He was one before the car accident that crippled his hands. He was so hated that the only jobs he was offered were of the Kicked Upstairs variety, which he had too much pride to take.
- Fingore: Strange's hands were badly injured in the car crash, and though they outwardly appeared to heal, nerve damage meant he could never safely operate again.
- Some versions have his hands heal completely and what was really holding him back was his injured pride.
- Guile Hero: His wits are just as much a weapon as his massive reserves of power.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Downplayed, as he rarely uses his fisticuffs but as shown in The Oath, Wong has taught him martial arts just in case he was Brought Down to Normal.
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: At his most powerful, Strange is, by ridiculously far, the most powerful of all mainstream heroes in the Marvel Universe, such that even the likes of The Mighty Thor or the Silver Surfer would be no match whatsoever for him in a straight fight. He needs to be, since his enemies are often far more powerful than even that.
- Magical Gesture: His iconic "I Love You/Metal Horns"-esque handsigns, which serve as the trope's page image.
- The Mentor: A past incarnation of him mentored Magik of the X-Men.
- Mystical High Collar: A large red one is part of his distinctive costume.
- Neutral No Longer: His backstory. The clear and obvious existence of evil magic is what convinced him that 1) Magic is real, and 2) Good people need to learn magic too, so they can fight back.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Inverted, writers have had to often come up with restrictions as to what he can do.
- Not That Kind of Doctor: Anymore. He's kept up some of his medical skill, though how much varies from writer to writer, and he still thinks of himself as a physician.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: He takes this to new levels: his wife Clea is the daughter of his foe Umar, making her and her brother Dread Dormammu his mother-in-law and uncle-in-law respectively.
- Occult Detective: On occasion.
- Papa Wolf: Threaten him and he'll shrug it off. Threaten someone he loves and he'll take you apart. At times this has turned very disturbing. Such as when he basically banished a thief to hell.
- Pimped-Out Cape: One of the most iconic in all of comics.
- Pride: When he was a surgeon, he was also an arrogant Jerk Ass who knew exactly just how good he was. He got better, but he's not totally immune from it either.
- Progressively Prettier: He started as a somewhat gaunt older man with slanted eyes, progressed into a conventionally-handsome Western man, transformed into something that was almost Bishounen, and eventually settled as an ordinary-looking (but still more attractive than average) man in his mid-forties.
- Psychic Powers: He's actually on par with even the likes of Moondragon, who is an even more powerful telepath than Professor X, though the latter might be more experienced and skilled.
- Red Baron: The Sorcerer Supreme; the Master of the Mystic Arts.
- Secret Identity: In the past he had a 'civilian' identity as "Stephen Sanders," but he eventually let it lapse. The Weirdness Censor seems to keep most persons from realizing he's more than a harmless New Age kook.
- Skunk Stripe: His hair is white at his temples.
- Spell Book: The Book of the Vishanti.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Yes, his given name is Stephen Strange. Yes, the title is real too. Yes, that kind of doctor.
- Story-Breaker Power: Toned down recently. Besides beating cosmic entities and eldritch horrors left and right, he has sealed black holes, stopped time, merged with universal concepts, channeled the mass of or restored universes, et cetera. And he's on humanity's side.
- Super Weight: Level 5 or 6 Depending on the Writer.
- Third Eye: The Eye of Agamotto.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: He still thinks of himself as a physician and is adverse to using deadly force.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: Much of his library; especially the Darkhold.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After becoming Master of the Mystic Arts when his mentor passed away and bequeathed the title to him, he mellowed out and lost most of his Jerkass qualities.
- Who You Gonna Call?: He is the go-to guy for dealing with most supernatural threats in the Marvel universe and people often come directly to him to deal with their supernatural problems. And since he's the Sorcerer Supreme, it's pretty much in his job description.
- Wizards Live Longer: In an aversion of Comic-Book Time, his origin is still set in the early sixties.
The daughter of the demonic entity Umar, though unaware of that fact for some time, Clea spent most of her life as one of countless denizens enslaved to her uncle, the god-tyrant of the Dark Dimension Dormammu, whose servant Orini was her own father. Impressed by the courage of Stephen Strange in his battles to defeat The Dread One, she chose to help him as his only ally in the Dark Dimension but quickly became a prisoner for her trouble. Both Dormammu and even Umar sought to hurt Strange through her, until the Ancient One sent her to another dimension for her safety, and eventually she went to Earth to live and train with Strange.After years of training Clea returned to the Dark Dimension and learned that Umar was her mother, after she had taken over the Dark Dimension. Now much more powerful, Clea led a rebellion against her mother and defeated her in magical combat, and was named the new ruler of the Dark Dimension before being overthrown by Dormammu again, though not before marrying Stephen within it. Some time later Umar and Mordo regained control of the Dark Dimension and she was tricked by Dormammu into helping him overthrow them. To atone she chose to stay behind and lead the fight against him. She has not been seen since, but Strange has never forgotten her.
- The Archmage: Sorceress Supreme... of the Dark Dimension.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Both her mother and uncle are malevolent demonic entities seeking to dominate all of Creation, and her father was Dormammu's closest disciple. The Hell Lord Satannish is supposedly a creation of Dormammu too, which would make Clea his cousin. And at one point, Baron Mordo was Umar's consort. This is not a healthy family background.
- Dating Catwoman: And marrying her, then breaking up, but wanting to see her again... But she was never really a villain.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She left Strange when she became aware of another woman who had a greater claim on his love.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Depending on the Writer, she has a rather whimsical sense of humor and will distract Strange with lighthearted pranks (or physical intimacy) if she thinks he is getting too serious and needs to loosen up.
- Mentor Ship: She is Strange's greatest apprentice, and the love of his life.
- Mysterious Waif: When first introduced, all she could do was watch Strange from afar and look concerned.
- Mystical White Hair: Its color is probably because she comes from another world, but it is never really explained — or questioned, for that matter.
- Put on a Bus: To the Dark Dimension to try and clean things up, though she appeared in a recent annual.
- Really 700 Years Old: Her age is indeterminate, having lived for centuries but having the form and demeanor of a twenty year-old woman and the rate at which she ages is unknown.
- Stay in the Sanctum Sanctorum: She was frequently frustrated in the early years by Strange leaving her behind while he went out on missions with the Defenders or other heroes.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Stephen calls her out for staying in hiding while he and every Sorcerer on earth fought tooth and nail to not die at the hands of the Imperikrul.
Wong is the latest in a long-line of men who devoted themselves to the service of the Sorcerer Supreme, beginning with his ancestor Kan ten generations before. He is more than just Strange's manservant; he is the sorcerer's confidant and most trusted friend, as well as his tutor and sparring partner in the martial arts - in turn, he is versed in magic enough to assist in complex spells and hold his own against his master's less impressive, but still dangerous, threats. He still calls Strange "master" on occasion, but he claims it's mostly a matter of habit.
- Age Lift: Different versions of the character portray him as being older (Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme), younger (Strange: Beginnings and Endings), or the same age as Strange.
- Then again, Strange's visual age is misleading.
- Badass Normal: Comparatively speaking.
- Bald of Awesome: Like most warrior monks, he's bald.
- Battle Butler: Bodyguards Strange and takes care of most household tasks.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Guards the Sanctum Sanctorum when Strange is absent or too tired to do so.
- Dark Secret: As revealed in Jason Aaron's run, he has an order of monks who, due to the cost of being Sorcerer Supreme being too much for one man to take, take the cost of Strange's spells for him. He tries to make a new one out of volunteers after the order is slaughtered, but Stephen puts a stop to it.
- Ethnic Menial Labor: Wong is a well rounded character and an all-round badass in his own right... but still, this trope is probably in the back of your mind.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: His main skill set.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stephen.
- The Jeeves: Strange's butler. He also briefly served as this to the New Avengers during The Heroic Age.
- Legacy of Service: His family has a history of serving the Sorcerer Supreme.
- Martial Pacifist: He only uses his Martial Arts when necessary.
- No Name Given: Only ever called Wong. It's unclear if it's his given name or surname.
- Old Retainer: Wong has been Strange's one true companion over the years, even after he lost the title of Sorcerer Supreme.
- Perfectly Arranged Engagement: With Imei, though she died before they could get married.
- Servile Snarker: At times. If Strange is portrayed as a Deadpan Snarker, Wong sometimes gets a dry wit to match.
- Weak, but Skilled: He doesn't have the sheer amount of power his boss does, yet is able to guard him and the Sanctum Sanctorum when he's incapacitated with no issues.
Dr. Strange's secretary and business manager as well as the Executive Director of the Memorial Metaphysical Institute. Occasional love interest for Wong though his duty and his Arranged Marriage get in the way.
- Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Early on, Sara wore feathered earrings. She makes fun of them in later issues.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Her reaction to Wong's arranged marriage.
- Magical Native American: Averted. Sara is descended from a Cheyenne shaman but has no mystical abilities of her own.
- Unfazed Everyman: Probably the most normal person in Strange's social circle. The "unfazed" bit might have something to do with her family history.
A librarian from the Bronx who ends up as Strange's personal librarian after coming to him for help with magical parasites.
- Audience Surrogate: Serves as one to new readers.
- Butt-Monkey: Tends to have a lot of magical crap happen to her when she visits the Sanctum Sanctorum.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Willingly takes in Stephen's pain in order to allow him to defeat the Imperator.
- Magic Librarian: Subverted Trope. She's in charge of Stephen's library, but she's actually one of the Muggles.
- The Watson: Serves as this to Strange and Wong.
The Ancient One
Strange's centuries-old mentor and his predecessor as Sorcerer Supreme, the Ancient One has been protecting the Earth and wider Marvel Universe for generations from the forces of evil. He brought out not just Strange's inner magical potential but also his inner hero, and entrusted him with the responsibility to battle his most powerful foes. Strange was eventually forced to kill him to prevent the demon Shuma-Gorath using him as a conduit to Earth, but rather than die he merged with Eternity and became one with the universe, leaving his student the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme.
- All-Powerful Bystander: The Ancient One became more powerful upon his transcendence, but rarely directly intervenes.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: He has become one with Eternity.
- Big Good: In early Dr. Strange stories the Ancient One was still the Sorcerer Supreme and would help Dr. Strange if he got in way over his head.
- Elderly Immortal: Despite being "immmortal" he looks like an elderly man. Ironically, when he died he was only between 500-600 years old which isn't that old compared to many, many other characters both on Earth and in the greater Marvel Universe.
- Killed Off for Real: Sort of. He suffered a physical death, but it was more of a transofrmation for his spirit to ascend to a higher state of existence.
- Magical Asian: A wise Asian mentor to the white Dr. Strange.
- Old Master: Even past his prime physically he was still one of the most powerful sorcerers to have ever walked the Earth.
- Secret Test of Character: Pulled one on Strange in their first meeting.
It was believed that some time shortly after the dawn of humanity, Genghis was given great power by the Vishanti. In return for this power, Genghis agreed to summon together the greatest mystics in the world for a tournament to discover the Sorcerer Supreme. Having lost his mind millennia ago, few think he's really all that he's cracked up to be.
- Ancient Keeper: Serves the Vishanti in choosing the Sorcerer Supreme, and has done so since the dawn of humankind. Maybe.
- Crystal Prison: Traps himself in one as part of the Sorcerer Supreme contest.
- Eccentric Mentor: Doctor Strange at first assumes him to be this after he begins staying in the Sanctum Sanctorum. His patience is strained when, due to Genghis's dementia, he proves to be more of an annoyance than anything.
- Elderly Immortal
- Moment as Yourself: For only a day each century does his mind return to him, so that he may hold a contest among the magic users of the world and decide the next Sorcerer Supreme.
- He has occasional fleeting moments of clarity, which is what clues in Strange that he is not completely lost, and convinces him to let the Aged Genghis to stay with him for a time.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Nobody is quite sure if he is or not. Nobodies even sure if he's really aged as he says.
- Only the Chosen May Wield: It's his job to determine who is to be the next Sorcerer Supreme. He has chosen every one there ever was, and ever will be, as it's his only job.
- People Puppets: A skill he possesses, and is very good at it, being able to control even the most powerful of magic users with little effort.
- Scatterbrained Senior: Oh is he ever.
- Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: See People Puppets above.
Kaluu was a student of the mystic arts in the ancient city of Kamar-Taj alongside the Ancient One. Kaluu used his powers to help the people of Kamar-Taj, but eventually succumbed to the Darkhold, which poisoned his mind. The Ancient One stopped him from enslaving the people of Kamar-Taj, and the two were bitter enemies since. Upon learning of the Ancient One's student, Stephen Strange, Kaluu stole the Book of the Vishanti, bringing him into direct conflict with Strange, who with his masters help, sealed Kaluu away in another dimension. After some soul searching, Kaluu returned to the material plane, where he met Strange again, now sans his master and a direction. Kaluu assisted Strange, serving as a second teacher to the Sorcerer Supreme. Now set on the right path again, both men consider each other close friends and allies.
- Ambiguously Asian: Depending on the Artist, as no one seems to agree on where in Asia he comes from.
- Ambiguously Brown: See picture above. Some artists portray him as vaguely Middle Eastern, while others portray him as Tibetan.
- Anti-Hero: Pursued the dark powers in order to help his people. And while he has given up his evil ways, he's still kind of a prick.
- Defeat Means Friendship: While not at first, eventually he Kaluu becomes Strange's ally, and something of a replacement teacher to him.
- Depending on the Artist: His ethnicity.
- Face Death with Dignity: During Time Runs Out, he and Wong spent the end of the world (and all existence) quietly having tea together.
- Fashion Dissonance: His modern appearance, strangely enough; it just screams The '70s.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: Like most every magic user, he has them.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: Sports a pair, along with a fashionable mohawk.
- It's Personal: Kaluu joined the fight against The Four Who Rule in Mighty Avengers because they'd stolen the Lost Talisman of Kamar-Taj.
- Odd Friendship: With Strange.
- Phantom Zone: Is sealed away in one after stealing the book of the Vishanti. He gets out, but only after spending a long time to think about his decisions in life.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: He spent most of Infinity trying to flee to a "less doomed" plane of existence.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is implied to be this for all the time he's locked away. When he finally gets out, he's turned over a new leaf.
- Token Evil Teammate: Is this for Strange when they first team up. Also falls into it again during his stint with the Mighty Avengers, so much so that Old Man Rodgers, in full-on Grumpy Old Man Mode, tells him to leave or be made to leave.
- We Used to Be Friends: Him and the Ancient One used to be friends in their youth.
Oshtur began life as one of the Elder Gods, powerful magical entities that were the first sentient life on Earth. She fled to another dimension as her siblings began consuming each other for power, and there she met with another cosmic entity named Hoggoth and later, inspired by the children of mortal creatures, gave birth to the entity Agamotto. Agamotto became the Earth's first Sorcerer Supreme and left several magical artifacts to in their trust, and the trio became known as the Eternal Vishanti, and now serve as magical patrons of those who defend the Earth against the dark and demonic enemies that threaten it.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Their epithets, such as "Omnipotent Oshtur" or "Hoary Hoggoth."
- Big Good: Of a sort. Agamotto, at least, has attempted some pretty terrible atrocities out of greater necessity, while merely observed others he could have prevented out of boredom and loneliness. Unlike some of the other entities he butts heads with, though, he's not the vengeful sort and is graceful in defeat.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Their typical appearance, albeit still weird. When Strange entered Agamotto's realm, he saw imagery drawn from Alice in Wonderland (Agamotto as an enormous caterpillar, hookah and all).
- God Couple: And son.
- Physical God: When they take physical form, otherwise they are Cosmic Entities.
- The Powers That Be: Govern the good magics of the Earth, and are generally the nicer of the Old Ones, and would rather protect the planet than destroy it.
- Super Family Team: Oshtur and Hoggath are the parent, with Agamotto their child.
Whilst her sister Oshtur fled the Elder Gods to another dimension, Gaea dealt with them by giving birth to the entity Atum, who consumed the ones who did not escape and then dispelled their evil energies, which eventually became The Legions of Hell. Gaea then established countless magical barriers to prevent her demonic brethren from returning to Earth again, which were later reinforced by successive sorcerers. When Strange fell out of favour with the Vishanti, Gaea was there to serve as his new patron.She also happens to be the birth mother of The Mighty Thor (under the name Jord) as well as the great-grandmother of The Incredible Hercules. In fact, it's revealed that "Gaea" is every Earth Mother goddess in every known pantheon.
- Big Good: As she represents the Earth and all life on it; thus, protecting her is a priority.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: Her sister is Oshtur of the Vishanti, which is fine, but the rest of their siblings are cannibalistic demonic entities who are bent on her death for siring another entity born to eat them before they could wreck more damage across the cosmos.
- Beware the Nice Ones: As anyone knows, nature can be motherly and gentle—or it can be cold, merciless and spiteful. This applies exponentially more so to Gaea, who once curbstomped Dormammu after he pissed her off enough.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: We've never actually seen her "true" form on paper. We only see what human (or godly) minds can understand.
- The Chessmaster: She, along with Frigga, Hela, Isis and other female godheads, appeased the Celestials by cultivating powerful human specimens over many centuries so that the Celestials would judge the Earth worthy of survival and spare it.
- Chosen Conception Partner: For Odin. Since the Aesir were vastly weakened upon stepping onto Midgard, where they were cut off from their sources of power at Asgard, Odin desired there to be one god amongst them who was equally powerful on Earth as in Asgard. He accomplished this by impregnating Jord (the Asgardian form of Gaea).
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: However she appears is however the person who sees her can grasp her form.
- Hot God: Specifically, to Storm, who worships her as the Bright Lady she once met in her youth.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: During one meeting with Thor, she eventually confessed to him that she is his actual birth mother.
- Mother Nature: Is the Mother earth of all the worlds religions.
- Really Gets Around: She is the personification of life and motherhood, and boy does she carry that into her work. The Earth Mother's go-to solution to virtually any problem is to mate with someone and produce a child from the pairing that can deal with said problem. For example, when her fellow Elder Gods turned into Jerkass Gods, she mated with the Demiurge (her own father, more or less) to give birth to Atum, the Demogorge, who literally eats gods for breakfast. When Odin needed a child powerful enough to protect Earth, she mated with him to produce Thor.
- Tangled Family Tree: She has given birth to a lot of children over countless millions of years. She's the reason why many gods of various pantheons are actually related to each other.
- Women Are Wiser: While powerful, violence isn't Gaea's ideal methods. If at all possible, she will try to find a way to get what she wants with guile and maneuvering, which was particularly shown with how she dealt with the Celestials as opposed to the male gods' approach to attack them head on.
The Straw Man
Centuries ago, the Straw Man, a powerful demon from another dimension, opposed the demon Kalumai. During one of their early battles, the Straw Man ripped one of Kalumai's horns from his head and closed the gateway through which Kalumai manifested on Earth, sealing it behind an oil painting known only as "The Scarecrow". From this painting, the Straw Man manifests himself in the mortal plane, to feed on the fear of evildoers. He is a member of the Fear Lords.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He can come off as quite insane.
- Dimensional Traveler: Can travel between the painted dimension and the material plane. After becoming a fear Lord, he can now travel between other hell dimensions as well.
- Enemy Mine: How he came to be allies with Strange.
- Horror Anthology: Got his start in the short lived Dead of Night anthology comic, before making the rounds in other anthology books like Marvel Spotlight and Marvel Two-in-One. Eventually he would appear in Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme, where he'd become a recurring character.
- Good Is Not Nice
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: His appearances are few and hard to come by. Despite this, he keeps a small but strong cult following.
- Laughing Mad: His signature call sigh. His enemies will hear him before they see him, a distinct cackling laughter. He usually continues to laugh while beating them.
- Noble Demon: When compared to the other demons in the Marvel Universe.
- Phantom Zone Picture: The painting serves as one for his enemy Kalumai. As the Straw Man is a Dimensional Traveler, he can come and go at will.
- Portal Picture: His painting is a portal to another dimension filled with demons.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Scary Scarecrows: A slightly more heroic example.
- Spooky Painting: "The Scarecrow". Nobody knows where it came from, which is what makes it valuable. Despite it's value, only people with more macabre tastes seem willing to actually look at it for more than a moment, as there is something off about it's subject.
- The painting has been known to cause madness in people, though whether or to this is the fault of Straw Man or Kalumai and his cult is not made clear.
- Token Good Teammate: Of the Fear Lords, as he is a protector of humanity. The good parts of it, anyway.
The Anthropomorphic Personification of Eternity has existed since the dawn of time and represents one of the fundamental aspects of the universe. It is enemies with some of the most powerful and dangerous evils in the cosmos which seek either to kill it or take its power for themselves, which in either case will result in The End Of Reality As We Know It. He has assisted Doctor Strange when he comes into battle with these enemies.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Of Eternity.
- Big Good: See a theme yet?
- Blue and Orange Morality/Good Is Not Nice: Eternity doesn't think like we do, or share our human concerns. Nevertheless, he can occasionally be considerate.
- Celestial Body: He resembles a humanoid starfield with a face.
- Cosmic Keystone: If it goes, reality goes.
- Good Counterpart: To Oblivion, the Chaos King, or whatever Cosmic Being happens to be personifying The End Of All Things at that particular moment.
- Powers That Be: Basically this.
- Sentient Cosmic Force: Sentient eternity.
- Super Weight: High level 6 (Cosmic).
- Time Master: It's Eternity, after all.
- The Worf Effect: It seems to be traditional that whenever a writer wants to introduce a new villain at the universal threat level, one of the first things they'll have him do is defeat/imprison/displace/frighten/infect Eternity.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't have any high level fighting skills, but he is virtually omnipotent.
The Anthropomorphic Personification of Death, which grants Immortality to the Sorcerer Supreme if s/he is deemed worthy. It often takes the form of a young woman, as which it earned the affections of the mad Titan Thanos. It grants authority to various Death Gods, Skyfathers and Hell Lords to take charge of souls after death or under certain arrangements. Though a largely amoral entity that ultimately desires the end of life itself, it is not actively malevolent and sees its duty as bringing an end to pain. It is thus opposed to those that are out to do far, far worse.
- Anti-Villain: When Thanos killed half the universe to impress her, it worked. But though she has no problem whatever with killing she is averse to causing needless suffering or worse.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: While her consort and lover would gladly kill everything in the universe for her, and though she would find that very romantic, she is a necessary component of the universe and, further, sees herself as the end of pain and suffering. She is not actively malevolent or sadistic.
- Fate Worse Than Death: While she is far from nice, when you compare her to the likes of Dormammu — who turns life and death into a neverending torture camp, or Shuma-Gorath — who turns life itself into a cancer and enslaves you mind, body and soul, Death is practically a saint and is rarely directly opposed to Earth's heroes.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Zigzagged. She doesn't really have a true form per se, so she looks like what people's incarnations of the Grim Reaper would be to them. Generally however she either appears as an incredibly attractive hooded woman or a hooded skeleton. Defied when she appeared to Thanos as a little girl during a Love Confession to him, which understandably unnerved him. She replied that he shouldn't expect comfort from Death.
- Stalker with a Crush: Thanos, though she is one to Deadpool, thus earning him the former's ire. Hilarity Ensues.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She possesses vast power, but her fighting skill is normal at best. The fan-power ratings on the Marvel Wikia suggest otherwise, however.
The Living Tribunal
The Living Tribunal is the supreme authority of the multiverse and one of its most powerful entities, second only to the One Above All. In general it only enters the field when all other forces have been outmatched.
- All-Powerful Bystander: He doesn't interfere often, but when he chooses to get involved he utterly destroys any and all entities he opposes, no matter how powerful they are.
- Always a Bigger Fish: He's by a pretty solid margin the biggest fish we actually get to see, and regularly plays this trope against assorted cosmic horrors who, while ludicrously powerful, are never as ludicrously powerful as him. In absolute terms, he's the second biggest fish around: for all his might, he's still small and humble compared to the One Above All.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Bar a couple of non-canon or semi-canon examples, the Tribunal is consistently portrayed as the most powerful force in all of existence, bar the Creator.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Living Tribunal doesn't fight Eldritch Abominations, it curb stomps them.
- Big Good: The Biggest Good in the Multi Verse, second only to God himself.
- Godzilla Threshold: If he shows up, you know this has officially been crossed at the Multiversal level. He has very particular rules on when he will cross said threshold, however. For instance, during The Infinity Gauntlet crisis, the greater cosmic forces of the universe, such as Infinity, were refused help from the Tribunal. According to the Tribunal, as powerful as Thanos was, it was of no concern to him, as a) even with all that power, Thanos' influence would not extend to rest of the Multiverse, and b) Thanos gained the power of the Gems through his own strength, so, by the Tribunal's standards, no real crime was committed. This is after Thanos killed half the universe, too.
- Good Is Not Nice: He's perfectly willing to snuff out sentient lifeforms by the trillions if it would prevent the entire Multiverse from imploding.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: And a head for each.
- Multiple Head Case: He has three heads, or technically a single head with three faces.
- Number Two: At least in the Guardians of the Galaxy timeline, the Tribunal is followed around by a Celestial named Scathan, whose role seems to be that of a "second opinion" man to the Tribunal's decisions. This came in handy when the Tribunal's powers were copied by an Omnicidal Maniac; Scathan simply denied him permission to use them, allowing the real Tribunal to deliver a well-deserved smackdown.
- The Omnipotent: Or so close as to not matter, anyway. Even someone with the Infinity Gauntlet can't beat him.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Luckily for the Marvel universe, he is not unwise while using his great powers.
- Super Weight: Extremely High Level 6 (Cosmic). He is not very far from God.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He contains power that dwarfs even the Infinity Gauntlet, but his fighting skill is normal at best.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Compared to everything else he may as well be omnipotent but if his three heads can't agree on something he won't act. This can be used to keep him out of a lot of plots he'd solve before they began.
- The Worf Effect: Despite his phenomenal power, he actually has losses under his belt: one, against the Protege, was due to his own power being used against him, and others were due to weaker Manifestation Bodies, or not part of continuity, but during the Avengers story "Time Runs Out", the real Tribunal was actually killed by the Beyonders.
Aarkus/The Vision 1
Created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon during The Golden Age of Comic Books, The Vision, later called Aarkus, was an extra-dimentional being who was brought to Earth by Professor Enoch Mason. Possessing a menagerie of powers, and an Anti-Hero by nature, he served both the Axis and the Allies at different times, before joining up with the WWII team The Invaders.In truth, he had been sent to Earth to ensure that the Cosmic Cubes would survive and reach sentience. Brainwashed by the villain D'Spayre, he turned to villainy and corrupted a cosmic cube to evil purposes. Only with the help of The Avengers could Doctor Strange restore him to his original self.He served as the inspiration for the second Vision.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Partially why he turned to villainy. The other reason being...
- Came Back Wrong: He and some of the other Invaders were brought to the present with the cosmic cube. Being an extra-dimensional being to begin with, this affected him in some unforeseen ways.
- Elemental Powers: Can turn his body to smoke, as well as restrain people with it.
- Flying Brick: Doesn't use it quite as often as his mental powers, but he is also incredibly strong.
- Intangible Man
- Legacy Character: The Vision was created in the 1960's as one to both him and the first Human Torch.
- Mind Reading
- Recycled In Space: Originally an obscure WWII character, he has since been reimagined as the guardian of the Cosmic Cube, making him a much bigger part of the Marvel Universe than he ever was previously.
- Story-Breaker Power: He doesn't appear much, this probably being a contributing factor. Each of his powers alone would count as a story breaker power by itself, but all together boarders on Canon Sue.
- Super Smoke: Can turn into smoke.
- Villain Teleportation: Can teleport at will.
Adria the Witch
A powerful witch and lieutenant of Baron Mordo. Along with Kaecilius, she sought revenge on Doctor Strange for defeating and imprisoning her master.
- Aborted Arc: Her desire for revenge against Strange seemed to be building towards another confrontation, but she vanished off panel between issues.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite making several major appearances in his first series, she hasn't appeared in a Doctor Strange comic since the 1970's, only making a brief appearance in a one-shot a few decades later.
- Dark Action Girl
- Demoted to Extra: In The Film of the Book she is merely one of Kaeilius's followers, while in the comics she was a powerful witch in her own right and managed to almost defeat Doctor Strange on her own.
- Hot Witch
- High Collar of Doom: Her original outfit, while also being a Pimped-Out Dress.
- It's Personal: Wants Strange dead for imprisoning her master.
- Mauve Shirt
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Wears on in her one modern appearance.
An angel from heaven with the ability to absorb the pain and suffering from human souls. It was actually trapped between heaven and Earth and was unable to settle in either, becoming a monster who lived off the life force of the living.
- Angels, Devils and Squid: In a universe which contains plenty of the latter two, as well as many other dieties, Afterlife stands out as being one of the few overt references to the Judeo-Christian God in Doctor Strange. Later subverted, kinda.
The treacherous apprentice of the Ancient One before Strange took his place, Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo has plagued the Sorcerer Supreme several times in his quest for revenge and power. He often allies himself with more powerful demonic entities, frequently Umar or Dormammu, and tends to rely on Mind Control and illusions to further his evil schemes.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: It's never been clear whether he started out evil or fell to evil somewhere along the course of his magical studies.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: It's in the title.
- Arch-Enemy: One of Strange's biggest enemies and certainly one of the most personal.
- Back from the Dead: Twice, most recently thanks to Dornammu.
- Bait the Dog: He played on Sara Wolfe's interest in him (after a brief Pet the Dog moment), only to betray her trust as soon as he got the chance.
- Black Magic: His bread and butter.
- Daddy's Little Villain: His daughter Astrid. Tragically, he was trying to atone for a life of wrongdoing just as she was finding her stride as an evil sorceress.
- Deal with the Devil: Frequently, almost always biting him in the ass.
- More recentl he's made one with Dormammu in order to both come back and have magic to use after the Imperikrul wiped it all out.
- Death Equals Redemption: In one story arc he died of cancer, redeeming himself somewhat in the process. Strange mourned for him. This being a comic book universe, it wasn't permanent.
- Deceptive Disciple: To the Ancient One.
- Evil Counterpart: To Strange.
- Evil Sorceror: The original one Strange fought.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: Since he wants to rule the world, he'll step up to help save it from destruction.. on occasion.
- Green-Eyed Monster: In some depictions, envy of Strange's greater magical potential (or fear of losing his place beside the Ancient One) is what drove him to villainy.
- He's Back: As of issue 12 of the 2015 series.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: He's turned good a few times, it hasn't stuck.
- Master of Illusion: One of his specialties.
- Rival Turned Evil: A fellow student of the Ancient One turned into one of the world's greatest threats.
- Shadow Archetype: To Strange. Their positions easily could've been reversed had Strange not had his Character Development.
- Super Weight: Level 5
- Villainous Incest: Baron Mordo has a daughter by his half-sister.
- Villain's Dying Grace: Twice — once to save Strange's friend Sara Wolfe and a second time to save Strange himself. He didn't survive the second one.
The demon Chthon is perhaps the most powerful of the Elder Gods and the first Evil Sorceror in the history of Earth. The office of Sorcerer Supreme was created specifically to defend against this demon in particular, and it has successfully exercised a nebulous influence throughout the planet's history. Chthon is the creator of a demonic race called the N'Garai and is the author of the Darkhold, the first book of Black Magic from which vampires, werewolves and witches were unleashed on the world. It is trapped in a pocket universe both by innumerable mystical barriers erected by Gaea and Earth's magical defenders and by its own sheer power, as it is so strong and huge it cannot leave by normal means, though has imparted a fraction of its power into potential human hosts for later possession, most notably and successfully the Scarlet Witch.
- Arch-Enemy: To Oshtur and the Vishanti, who made it their mission to never let him win.
- Artifact of Doom: The Darkhold and other evil items.
- Black Magic: Literally wrote the book on it; also the creator and source of Chaos magic, which despite Depending on the Writer, really does exist in the Marvel universe.
- The Chessmaster: Almost never engages any of the heroes in person, instead using his students or slaves to do his bidding. Most of them are more than a match for the Sorcerer Supreme and the Avengers combined; one can only imagine how powerful he really is.
- Demonic Possession: Several times, though it seems to have reserved the Scarlet Witch as its host of choice. It once ended up possessing her brother Quicksilver and even though this was just a tiny portion of its power, it very nearly destroyed the planet causing calamities as it rewrote reality.
- Dimension Lord: Of a pocket dimension adjacent to Earth. As the Scarlet Witch demonstrated though, his power can affect the multiverse.
- Eldritch Abomination: Chthon is an Elder God, an ancient deity exiled to a dark dimension. This has resulted in Carnage Vol. 2 turning him into an expy of Cthulhu.
- Evil Counterpart: It is the antithesis of the Sorcerer Supreme and the job exists primarily to fight it, and not demons, evil sorcerers and cosmic beings in general. Also, its presence is enough to slowly kill Strange, who has to either use magical shields by default or fight Chthon by proxy in order to engage him.
- Evil Sorceror: In Marvel canon, the original Evil Sorcerer (well, to Earth anyway), and one of the most powerful.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Vampires, werewolves, witches and all manner of demons and other horrors owe their existence to him, though sometimes indirectly.
- Expy He's turned into a pastiche of Cthulhu in Carnage Vol. 2, complete with passages of the Darkhold reading "Chthon fhtagn".
- Fighting a Shadow: It has never shown up in its true form and usually relies on hosts or squeezing through portions of its power. If it did somehow manage to return, it would probably destroy the world just with its presence. note
- God of Evil: God of Chaos and the source of Chaos magic, both of which are evil in the context of the story.
- Greater-Scope Villain: It cannot act directly in the regular Marvel universe and thus is rarely if ever seen, the exceptions being when it utilises Demonic Possession, and in such cases it is a shadow of its true power (though still a major threat to all life everywhere).
- Humanoid Abomination: Likes to manifest a human form in some occasions.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Devoured its own siblings for power, degenerating into a demon in the process.
- I Have Many Names: The Other, The Great Shadow, He Who Holds The Darkness, Demon Of The Darkhold.
- Man of Kryptonite: The very essence and presence of Chthon is poisonous to the Sorcerer Supreme, whoever that may be. Strange can usually get by this with magic shields, though.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It is also known as the Great Shadow, and Eternity once called it the "Cancer of Reality".
- Satan: Somewhat closer to this than even the Hell Lords — whose existence it is partly responsible for — as a source of Ultimate Evil in Marvel Earth. It is far more powerful than any of them too. The archangel Lucifer fought against his forces in the distant past before he fall even, so perhaps it is more correct to say he is worse than the Devil.
- Leaking Can of Evil: The demon itself is trapped in another dimension and countless magical barriers are erected to keep it there; on one occasion a portion of it was summoned by cultists who realized their mistake and imprisoned it in Mount Wundagore. The Fantastic Four villain the Puppet Master gets his magical clay from there and it was there that it implanted a fraction of its power into Wanda Maximoff and marked her as its host. It's presence essentially turned the area into Lovecraft Country.
- Swiss Messenger: Chthon is usually out to cause the biggest mess it can most of time but even if it had just stuck to experimentation and study without becoming more proactive the damages it is ultimately responsible for would still be incalculable. Shuma Gorath is a liberal user of chaos magic, for example.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Darkhold, responsible for the creation of vampires and the fall of Atlantis amongst many other things. The Book of the Vishanti was written specifically as a counterweight to it.
Dormammu is a member of the extradimensional race known as the Faltine, and with his sister Umar was exiled for craving matter and killing their "father" Sinifer, who spawned them. Through treachery and guile Dormammu took control of the Dark Dimension and began to cultivate worship of himself across several universes and conquering several others, which he merged with the Dark Dimension to increase his power as he is strongest there. He is responsible for the creation of Sataanish and other Hell Lords and is the power behind several demons, sorcerers and other magical villains.The classic Marvel Dimension Lord, Dormammu is a powerful Evil Sorceror and one of the most feared and terrible entities in the universe. Wielder of truly godlike power, either a demon or something even worse, The Dread One has worked for unknown ages towards making our reality his own. He has fought Earth's Sorcerer Supreme since the days of Agamotto but holds a particular enmity for Strange, who considers him his Arch-Enemy and will do anything to defeat him.
- Achilles' Heel: His extreme arrogance is the biggest thing holding him back. He may be unbelievably powerful and capable of easily annihilating Strange on a bad day, but he loses things that he absolutely should have had in the bag on a very frequent basis solely because said arrogance made him let his guard down or caused him to abandon what should have been a successful plan in a rage solely because of a minor hangup.
- A God Am I: Worshipped as God within the Dark Dimension and as a deity in thousands of others. Within the Dark Dimension he is virtually unstoppable.
- Arch-Enemy: While Mordo was probably this originally, Strange eclipsed him a long time ago and Dormammu was in most senses his master anyway. The war between Strange and the Dread One is much more personal, and Dormammu is a much more formidable foe.
- Black Magic: His name can be invoked by sorcerers wishing to utilise his power. In the early days Strange himself used to do this, until he found out exactly who and what he was calling upon.
- Big Bad: The main one for the whole franchise.
- The Chessmaster: Through his clever planning, Dormammu proves to be Strange's equal in every encounter.
- Classic Villain: A combination of Pride and Ambition.
- Dark Is Evil: He has a dark appearance that fits his personality.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. His arguments with Umar tend to result in Snark-to-Snark Combat as well.
- Dimension Lord: Of the Dark Dimension, which includes several others that have been annexed and mystically merged with it. At time of writing, Dormammu provides the trope image.
- The Dreaded: He's even known as Dread Dormammu, or simply The Dread One.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: His goal is to take over every universe and turn life and afterlife into a neverending torture camp. Fortunately he rarely comes close to achieving that ambition.
- Eldritch Location: The Dark Dimension.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Like Strange, Dormammu is a sorcerer first and foremost, though a much more powerful one who can rely on his natural magical energy. More importantly, Dormammu's greatest flaw is his Pride, which is what Strange had to overcome to get the help and tutorship of the Ancient One. Though Strange was never as psychopathic as the Lord of Darkness, he was every bit as arrogant.
- He is also often compared to Odin, the All-Father of Asgard, and is usually portrayed as at least as powerful as he is. Whether he is less or much more is Depending on the Writer, but if Strange is not opposing Dormammu Odin probably is.
- Evil Sorceror: A villain who uses magic.
- Flaming Hair: Or rather, a flaming crown, that encompasses his entire head.
- God-Emperor: He rules universes like a deity.
- God of Evil: The God of the dark dimension.
- Hero Killer: He's managed to actually kill Strange in the past, but the deaths never stick.
- Humanoid Abomination: Despite being a godlike Eldritch Abomination, his default form is his picture.
- I Have Many Names: The Dread One, The Black One, The Great Enigma, Eater of Souls, Lord of Darkness, Lord of the Dark Dimension
- Knight of Cerebus: The Ur-Example for Doctor Strange's stories. Before him, the villains could be beaten in a single issue. Then he showed up, and provided the first threat that required a multiple issue storyline to defeat.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: Like Strange, he is a highly-trained fighter and is willing to engage in hand-to-hand combat. Strange has often managed to defeat him by playing on his ego and goading him into trying to win by killing Strange with his own hands rather than annihilating him with overwhelming power.
- The Man Behind the Man: He is the power behind Sataanish and many other Hell Lords, and is frequently the patron of Baron Mordo and several other troublemakers.
- Multiversal Conqueror: Or at least, aspires to be.
- Oh, Crap!: Had some instances of it. Once he tried to beg Magik to spare him, when he realized she has going to absorb the Dark Dimension into her. More recently, he had sold out Shuma-Gorath's location to the Empirikul cult. Dr. Strange manages to teleport a horrified Dormammu to a very angry Shuma-Gorath
- Only One Name: He is Dormammu, without surnames.
- Order Versus Chaos: Was once chosen to represent Chaos in a game of cosmic chess against Odin, who represented Order. Though, in every other sense that was more of a straight-up battle between Good and Evil.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Some of Strange's opponents tried to distract him with illusions of Dormammu, which Stephen could recognize for saying things out of character for the Dread One, like calling Umar his brother. Shuma-Gorath committed an especially spectacular blunder at it - his illusion said Dormammu is here to reclaim the title of Strange's greatest enemy, which Shuma-Gorath took from him. Strange knew the real Dormammu would never admit being second to anyone at anything.
- Physical God: He is essentially this.
- Pride: His weakness, and one Strange is happy to exploit.
- Pure Magic Being: His essence. He is not really a physical entity.
- Reality Warper: His power level.
- Smug Snake: A rare case of the trope overlapping with Smug Super. He is an extremely powerful and intelligent demonic entity who is more than capable of holding his own against Doctor Strange and other Marvel heroes and has diabolical plans that stretch across multiple dimensions and countless millennia... and they all tend to be beaten, because he is just that arrogant and can't deal with things not working out exactly like he wanted them to. The ease with which his pride and sense of overwhelming superiority can be used to trick him into doing things that are definitely not in his best interests helps him even less.
- Sorcerous Overlord: A dark sorcerer ruling many worlds.
- Super Weight: Level 6 (Cosmic)
- Unlimited Wardrobe: His look is more consistent nowadays, but in the beginning, Ditko drew him in a different costume every time he appeared.
The Demon known as D'Spayre was created 20,000 years ago by the Dweller-in-Darkness, using the fear originated from the sinking of Atlantis and Lemur. He is a Lord of Fear and deprives power and pleasure from the negative emotions of others.
- A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Well, they were both evil, but D'Spayre turns on his master to usurp his position.
- Ax-Crazy: It’s implied that the pain and suffering apparently required to fuel his powers are not so much necessary than just him being a vicious sadist.
- Batman Gambit: When the other Fear Lords created the Great fear, a powerful magic device that would cause all of humanity to be overcome with fear, he played along, despite his lower position meaning he'd receive the least amount of power from it. After humanity has been subjected to the Great Fear, the other Lords get drunk on the power, only for it to wear off quickly as humanities fear slowly turned into despair. As his name should tell you, he fed on the fear until he was more powerful than the other lords and proceeded to kill them all.
- Emotion Eater: In the same vein as his creator. Though with him, it's implied it isn't really necessary, he just does it because he can.
- Emotional Powers: Fear and despair.
- Evil Is Cool: Or at least looks cool.
- For the Evulz: While he claims to require the pain and suffering of others to fuel his power, it's implied the he's lying.
- Hand Blast: His go to method of attack.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated the other Fear Lords, including his own master, into destroying themselves during one story arc. They got better.
- Popularity Power: A minor case. Possibly due to his cool design, he has continued to make appearances every few years or so, while most of the other Fear Lords rarely appear at all.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: Starts off weaker than Dweller-in-Darkness, which is fitting seeing as he was created by him, but as time goes on, not only is he of near equal power, but he is made a Fear Lord, making him have equal if not greater standing than his master.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: A three-way mutual partnership between Doctor Strange, the X-Men, and Thor.
- Spell My Name with an "S"
- Touched by Vorlons: He was the Vorlon for Cloak & Dagger. While they would still have gotten powers from the drug they were injected with, it was D'Spayre's magic that swapped the powers between the two of them.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Just look at his name.
- You Have Failed Me: Gets this from his master in his first few appearances.
The Dweller-in-Darkness was a demon from the dimension Everinnye, like the demon Nightmare, and like Nightmare, the Dweller fed on the fear of living beings; fear both increased his powers and kept him alive. When he first came to Earth, the Dweller-in-Darkness fed upon the fears created by the war between the humans of Atlantis and the Deviants of Lemuria. The Atlantean sorceress Zhered-Na discovered the existence of the Dweller and banished him with the help of Agamotto and the Atlantean god Valka. He is one of the Fear Lords, and often acts as their de facto leader.
- Cyborg: Gets a mechanical body after being decapitated.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Everybody Is From The Same Dimension: He and Nightmare are both from the same dimension, both became fear eaters, and both love to antagonize Doctor Strange.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Nightmare on occasion.
- Evil Versus Evil: With Nightmare.
- Lovecraft Lite: A darker example, but still counts, as he is able to be defeated by powerful sorcerers and gods.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Not in his initial appearance, but he is currently a Cyborg-Cthulhu-Wizard!
- Not Quite Dead: On multiple occasions.
- Off with His Head!: His own servant, D'Spayre, decapitates him. His head is still powerful enough to survive and escape, eventually getting a mechanical body.
- Worthy Opponent: Comes to see Dr. Strange and Clea as this. It makes him want to destroy them even more.
- You Have Failed Me: His go to strategy with minions, even D'Spayre, who keeps coming back anyway.
A new foe of Strange's and leader of the Imperkrul who's determined, with his army of robots and monsterous magic sniffing warhounds to wipe out all magic in the multiverse.
- Anti-Magic: Is able to neutralize and outright destroy magic by attacking it's source. The technology of the Empirikul is somehow able to erase magic wherever they invade by doing this.
- Anti-Magical Faction: In charge of one known as the Imperkrul, which has a reach that spans multiple realities.
- Big Bad: Of "The Last Days Of Magic" arc.
- Church Militant: The Imperkrul. Also an Anti-Magical Faction.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: For all his ultra-tech, the Imperator sure likes to use iron maidens, meat hooks and burning at the stake.
- Death by Irony: Or rather defeat by irony His entire path began due to his parents sacrificing themselves to save him from being sacrificed to Shuma Gorath. He's defeated by Dr. Strange's former patients willingly sacrificing their own health and well being to save the universe's magic.
- Deal with the Devil: He spared Dormammu and the Dark Dimension, when Dormammu made a deal with him. Dormammu gets left alone while the Imperator gets the location of Shuma-Gorath, the being he hates the most.
- Eye Beams: The Imperator's main power is shooting green lasers out of his eyes.
- Eye Scream: Strange blasted out the Imperator's eyes with dust from the Ancient One's corpse. After his imprisonment, Strange just wrapped a bandage around his face to cover the damage.
- Fantastic Racism: Sees all magic users as an infection that needs to be cleansed.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Is made into Stephen's new "thing in the cellar" to take all of the pain and suffering caused to him by his use of magic.
- Freudian Excuse: His parents lived in a dimension that worshiped Shuma Gorath and gave up their lives to save him from being sacrificed to him and was raised by machines.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the first four issues of the 2016 run.
- Hero Killer: He and his army have murdered several Sorcerers Supreme and fully believes he's doing the right thing.
- Kill It with Fire: The Imperator regularly kills Sorcer Supremes with witch burnings and intended to give every Earth sorcerer one of these.
- Knight Templar: Is determined to wipe out all magic and magic users.
- Kryptonite Factor: The Empirikul are weak against magical attack, even harmless magic like Ancient One's corpse dust is devastating to them.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Is punished by being chained up and forced to be a living battery for Dr. Strange's magic after killing countless people in a quest to wipe it all out.
- Machine Worship: Played with. It's not machines he and the Imperkrul worships, it's science itself.
- Mage Killer: He is so proficient in his craft that he nearly wipes magic out of existence altogether.
- Magic from Technology: Some of his superscience is so advanced it's almost magical, harnessing the powers of black holes, super novas and other phenomena.
- Magic Versus Science: Is attempting to wipe out magic with Science.
- The Magic Goes Away: The Empirikul cult's method of dealing with "evil". They have superscience that can drain magic out of a dimension and turn that world into a grey, sterile environment.
- Not Worth Killing: Initially he does this with Monako. He thought that the old wizard was a washed-up has-been and not worth the time or effort, even though Monako was standing right beside him. This comes back to bite the Imperator in the ass, though he does murder Monako in retaliation.
- Savage Wolves: His Witchfinder Wolves.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's not looking to conquer or destroy other worlds, instead he believes himself a good man who wants to purge the universe of evil. Unfortunately he thinks that magic is the worst evil and wants to kill anything magical. Dr. Strange actually sympathized with him a bit, had Imperator stood down or just restricted his hunt to demons and evil wizards - Strange would have left him alone.
- The Witch Hunter: His magic hunting monsters are even called "Witchfinder Wolves".
- Villains Want Mercy: When the captured Imperator realizes what Strange is going to do to him, he pleads for Strange not to do it and implies he's willing to change his ways. It doesn't work.
- Zerg Rush: With a dwindling stock of magic and some minor magical tools, earth's sorcerers were able to massacre Empirikul with ease. Too bad, they have tons of robots and clones on hand.
Kaecilius was a disciple of Baron Mordo. He often served as field agent or deliverer of messages, and occasionally acted as a channel for Mordo or Dormammu's power.
- Adaptation Expansion: A minor character in the comics, he's promoted to lead villain in the film.
- Composite Character: His film version took more from Baron Mordo the from his comic counterpart.
- Hand Blast: His primary attack.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Of Mordo's followers, he's definitely the odd man out. He can't really compete with the likes of The Demon and Adria the Witch in terms of power or skill, which is why he mainly sticks to serving as a channel for their lord Dormammu.
- Willing Channeler: Channels the power of his masters so while he goes in their stead.
Kkallakku is the creator of the Fear Eaters, a race of interdimensional demons that feed on and draw their power from the fear of others. Kkallakku was one of the founding members of the Fear Lords.
- Above Good and Evil: In her initial appearances, she was only concerned about feeding her and her children hunger. Later stories would portray her as more overtly malicious.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Mama Bear: Very protective of her children.
- Monster Progenitor: Gave birth to the fear eaters.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Her fear eaters inhabit every place on Earth, picking away at peoples minds, tiny nibbles at a time.
- Villainous Glutton: Has an insatiable hunger. Her children try to sate her hunger by feeding her the fear of humans.
The Lurking Unknown
The Lurking Unknown, one of the seven Fear Lords, is a demon of unknown origin that gains its powers from the fear of others. It has displayed many abilities, from super strength to flame generation and control.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When he is at full power.
- Attention Whore: His driving character trait, aside from For the Evulz.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Lampshaded by Loki; his powers only work when people are afraid of him. While this sounds good in theory, when your default form is barely a foot tall, it can be a bit hard to get people to fear you.
- Dimensional Traveler: Can travel between dimensions.
- For the Evulz: He isn't a very deep villain.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Grows from a tiny demon barely bigger than a cat, to a gargantuan monster the size of skyscrapers.
- Make My Monster Grow: Himself. If he is able to acquire an adequate amount of fear, he can grow to enormous sizes. In theory, he can grow larger than the world, but he has never managed to get that far.
- Size Shifter: The main manifestation of his power.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Is the least powerful of the Fear Lords, as his powers are directly proportional to how much people are afraid... of him. He still likes to act as if he's in charge, and throws a tantrum when he doesn't get his way.
Mephista is the daughter of Marvel's resident devil Mephisto, and the sister of Blackheart. While not as active as her family members, she is just as dangerous. Residing in the same hell dimension as her father, she is a frequent enemy of Doctor Strange.
- Demonic Possession: One of her powers.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: Rules over a dimension like this, along with her dad.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: She has a a pair of large black wings on her back.
- Hellfire: Her sword blazes with it.
- Horns of Villainy: Curved ram horns.
- Horny Devils: She may look the part, but don't underestimate her.
- Playing with Fire: Can summon fire and use it against her enemies.
- Prehensile Tail
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Featured prominently in Peter David's run of X-Factor.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In theory, she could as strong as Ghost Rider, but due to her lack of experience she wouldn't be to much good in a hand-to-hand fight against an opponent of similar strength. Unfortunately for him, while Strange isn't a Squishy Wizard, he's no Hulk.
- Vapor Wear: Doesn't wear much in the way of clothing. And what she does wear looks like it could fall off at any moment.
- Weapon of Choice: Flaming sword of hellfire.
An embodiment of ultimate evil, powerful Hell Lord and Marvel's most common stand in for Satan. He has antagonized just about every hero, but tends to single out those who are especially noble like the Silver Surfer and Thor. As can be expected, many of the traditional tropes associated with Satan are part of him. His origins are unclear, but it seems that he was not one of the Hell Lords created by Dormammu, and has no ties to him, and though he is not as powerful as the latter he is stronger than perhaps all other Hell Lords under his control. Strange often battles him when other heroes fall foul of his schemes, though memorably he once allied with Doctor Doom to save the villain's mother from the demon's clutches. See his page for more info.
Nebulos is an extra-dimensional entity and the Lord of the Planets Perilous. He is exceptionally dangerous due to his Staff of Polar Power, which can siphon a seemingly unlimited amount of evil magical energy.Despite only appearing for a single story arc in the The '60s, he remains one of the most powerful foes Doctor Strange has ever faced, requiring the intervening of the Living Tribunal to destroy him for good.
- Eldritch Abomination: His more human like face and limbs only add to his uncanniness.
- Godzilla Threshold: Alongside Zom, Nebulos is one of the few entities whom the Living Tribunal has personal fought. Strange can only stand back and watch as he shields himself from the energy their battle exerts.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: Lord of the planet Perilous, is empowered by evil energy, and looks like something that would give Lovecraft nightmares. Must be a good guy. To elaborate, Nebulos contacts Strange and gives him the Staff of Polar Power in order to absorb the evil energy from Baron Mordo. Not until it's too late does Strange find it suspicious that this mysterious entity would give him such a powerful item or wonder why it might want evil energy to begin with.
- Super Weight: Level 5, bordering on level 6. The Living Tribunal had to step in and eliminate him personally.
West was the doctor who operated on Doctor Strange's hands after his car accident. He wound up following in Strange's footsteps and was taught by the Ancient One in the mystic arts, but sought to use his teachings for medical purposes rather than magical.
- Affably Evil: Apologizes for failing to fix his hands upon meeting Stephen, despite said event happening decades prior, and Stephen having long moved past it.
- Anti-Villain: Uses his skills and connections to help people around the world. His only real act of villainy was trying to kill Wong.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- Good Powers, Bad People: He doesn't start out bad, learning magic with the intention of curing people.
- Healing Hands: Puns aside, he is able to cure a sick girl in Tibet just by laying his hands on her.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Steals the elixir of life from Stephen, almost killing Wong and Stephen in the process, with plans on destroying it so as to, as he claims, prevent humanity from abusing its power. Stephen calls him out on this, claiming he's really doing it so as to please the pharmaceutical companies. He admits it's a little of both.
- Man in White: Wears a white suit, and since he is a doctor, uses his abilities for healing purposes.
- Mega Corp.: Heads a very successful pharmaceutical company.
- Mismatched Eyes: One is blue, the other brown.
- My Greatest Failure: Considered his botching of Stephen's hand surgery this. After reflection, however, he deduces that had he not botched it, Strange would have never have become the Sorcerer Supreme, and he'd have never learned the mystic arts as well. He still takes the time to apologize to Stephen when they first meet though.
- Later considers it to be the death of Reginald Pavlish, whose death at his hands causes him to swear off magic. Until Stephen gets in his way, that is.
- White Mage: A rare villainous example.
- White Magic: Never uses any overtly evil magic, and was trained in the mystic arts by The Ancient One.
One of Strange's oldest demonic foes, Nightmare is an evil entity that preys on human beings in their sleep and seeks to trap them in the Dream Dimension where he can plague them with nightmares for all eternity, feasting on their psychic energy by causing his victims fear. Though he is unable to affect the waking world, the terrors and illusions he utilises can traumatise and haunt a person long after sleep. He is also a member of the Fear Lords.
- As Long as There is Evil: As long as people can dream, Nightmare will live. It is possible to kill him by stopping people dreaming, but humanity would quickly go mad as a result. Causing him mortal injury has had devastating effects, such as causing psychics worldwide to go berserk. This is implied to be the reasons why more benign entities of the mental plane, such as the Sleepwalkers, tolerate his rule over the Dream Dimension.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Nightmare doesn't seem to have quite as much power as beings like the Hell-Lords, as he's been physically beaten up by mortal beings like the Incredible Hulk and supernatural beings that you'd think would be less powerful, like Sleepwalker.
- Dimension Lord: The Dream Dimension, though despite its name there are actually several of them and in fact several other dream demons, though he is possibly the most powerful. The other dream dimensions are not always bad places.
- Dreamweaver: Traps his victims in nightmares which they never awaken from.
- Eldritch Abomination: He appears fairly human, but it's likely that his shape is mutable.
- God of Evil: Really more of a God of Fear, but it amounts to nearly the same thing.
- Hellish Horse: His steed, Dreamstalker.
- Humanoid Abomination: He seems to prefer a human form much of the time that he is seen.
- Logical Weakness: In the current strange series he's defeated by Strange inventing an new spell.. one that makes Stephen experince the nightmares of EVERY PERSON ON EARTH and gives the rest of Earth a good night's sleep. Naturally a world without nightmares, however temporary, leaves Nightmare utterly powerless.
- Master of Illusion: One of his most effective power sets.
- Mind Rape: And, of course, you're most vulnerable when you sleep.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Even non-magical heroes in the Marvel Universe know to be wary of him.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Almost literally.
- Non-Action Guy: He doesn't seem to have the raw power demonstrated by some of Strange's other enemies, which is why he resorts to trickery and manipulation instead.
- Psychic Powers: In a limited sense, at least to the extent of imposing hallucinations or illusions. In his own realm, however, he's closer to Reality Warper.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil:He's a serial rapist on top of every thing else. He has a daughter called the Dreamqueen; he got her by raping a succubus. Which is messed up in all sorts of ways. Worse, he once told the Incredible Hulk that he spawned his other daughter Daydream by raping Banner's wife; this earned him a mild case of death, though of course he got better. He also spawned his son, Trauma by raping the mother.
- Reality Warper: It takes somebody on Dr. Strange's level to compete with him in his own realm. His influence over reality in the waking world isn't as strong.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The usual solution to defeating him, though it is always just a matter of time till he gets out.
- The Trickster: As noted above, he uses this to make up for his lack of raw power.
- Wild Card: Of the Fear Lords, he fill this position.
- World Domination: He is psychically linked to humanity, so his ambitions are often limited to just this unlike other demons on this page. Of course, this would mean that humans would be suffering horrible nightmares for all eternity, so it's still far from a pleasant goal.
Nox is the Olympian goddess of the night and is a founding member of the Fear Lords.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: Has power over darkness and lives off the fear of others; of course she's a villain.
- The Baroness: When working on her own, definitely comes off as this.
- Casting a Shadow: Has power over darkness.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: In The '80s looked suspiciously like David Bowie circa Ziggy Stardust, whereas in The '90s she looked like Elvira.
- Depending on the Artist: She has never retained the same look for very long between appearances. Simply compare her initial look to her modern look. Sometime her skin is white, sometimes it's purple.
- Only Sane Man: Compared to the other Fear Lords, she is the only one who isn't either Ax-Crazy, The Brute, or The Unintelligible.
- The Sacred Darkness: Where her powers really derive from. Her powers are only increased by peoples fear, as opposed to the other Fear Lords who require fear for their powers to work.
- Unlimited Wardrobe
Orini was one of Dormammu's closest disciples. Many years ago when Orini was a young man he met and was seduced by Umar. Six cycles later she gave birth to their daughter Clea, and since she refused to acknowledge her she gave Orini the child to be raised, and Orini in turn never told Clea who her mother was. Orini rose in rank and was regarded as Dormammu`s best disciple so Clea was treated as a princess. Orini was the one to alert Dormammu when Dr.Strange entered the Dark Dimension the first time. After Clea met Dr.Strange and left with him, Orini's status was diminished. Nevertheless, Orini served Dormammu faithfully even to the point of almost killing his daughter.
Salome was once a member of the Blood who joined Zarathos' cause to become the Fallen; however she later rebelled and went after her own pursuits. At one point she was also known as the Sorceress Supreme of this dimension and the first from Earth, by her own account. When the Fallen came back to aid Zarathos, she went out on her own to defeat the current Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange, and reclaim her title.
A Hell Lord who is said to be the creation of Dormammu and thus ultimately acts to further his goals. He is a rival of Mephisto and one of the few who can come close to matching him in power.
- Deal with the Devil: Compared to Mephisto, he is somewhat more honourable in these matters, though its still a bad idea to barter with him.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: Is a demon lord of Hell.
- Dimension Lord: Rules over his own part of Hell, which in the Marvel Universe is separated into many different realms and dimensions.
- The Legions of Hell: His army.
- Made of Evil: Made up of the evil energy of Dormammu.
- The Man Behind the Man: As a Hell Lord subordinate to Dormammu, he has been on both sides of this arrangement.
- Multiple Head Case: Has a second head in his chest.
Set is the Elder God who first devoured its brethren for power and degenerated into a demon, and is thus the first murderer in the history of Earth. It is an enormously powerful ancient evil that seeks to kill humanity and mammals and make reptilian life the dominant on Earth again, as it gains power from their violent death. The multi-headed snake god is the power behind many ancient sorcerers since mankind's early days and holds a special enmity for its sister Gaea, who is responsible for many of its greatest defeats.
- Animalistic Abomination: A gigantic, horrifically powerful Hydra-like entity that resides over it's own dimension, and that's not touching on the fact that he's an Elder God.
- Arch-Enemy: Gaea, who sired Atum to kill Set and the other Elder Gods, and unleashed it against Set again when he returned, and sent the dinosaurs to wipe out all mammalian life as she had decided dinosaurs were an evolutionary dead end. Their battle accidentally caused the dinosaurs to go extinct (the meteor that killed them was probably summoned by one or the other) and is the reason it has so many heads.
- Artifact of Doom: The Serpent Crown, which grants magical powers to whoever wears it and of which there are several throughout the multiverse, each mystically connected to the same Set who is a unique entity (Depending on the Writer). The Crowns enable him to influence events on a multiversal scale.
- Body Horror: Its true form in its own dimension is identical to its normal one...except that it has been turned inside out for some horrible reason.
- Canon Immigrant: He was originally the Greater-Scope Villain of the Conan the Barbarian pulp novels. When Conan joined the Marvel Universe, so did he.
- Dimension Lord: He is stuck in a pocket dimension adjacent to Earth thanks to magical barriers set up to keep him there. He has slightly more freedom than his brother Chthon however as he has managed to escape before and is still capable of influencing not just Earth, but alternate versions of Earth throughout the multiverse (though only Earth, due to the limitations of his prison.)
- Horror Hunger: More than any other Elder God, Set is characterized by his insatiable appetite and is possibly unable to stop, not that it particularly wants to mind. It is said that while Gaea nourishes, Set consumes.
- In one continuity, he actually ate the Phoenix Force.
- Human Sacrifice: Demands it, partly because it grants him power, partly just to be a dick.
- Hydra Problem: Atum cut off its original head, but two more took its place. So Atum kept cutting until he has seven.
- I Have Many Names: Father Set, the Great Serpent, the Great Devourer Set the Great Destroyer.
- Each of its heads have their own name too and are the basis of various mythological and religious serpents-Set, Apep, Ophion, Tiamat, Lotan, Leviathan and Apocalypse, respectively, are their names.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The very first Elder God to eat its brethren.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: The Sons of Set are it's children.
- Kill All Humans: A side effect of it's ultimate goal.
- Legacy Character: There is another Set in the Marvel cosmology, the God of Evil of the Egyptian pantheon who often clashes with Odin and The Mighty Thor- apparently he took Set's name just because he thought Set the Elder God was just that badass. Apocalypse of the X-Men was also once mistaken for Set, and milked it for all it was worth.
- The Man Behind the Man: To several demons and human sorcerers, most notably Thoth-Amon, the Arch-Enemy of Conan the Barbarian.
A former Catholic Cardinal who has devoted himself towards eradicating magic, which he considers Satanic.
- Badass Preacher: A Cardinal trained to fight werewolves, demons, and sorcerers.
- Church Militant: Leads The Sword of the Lord, a group of fanatics with similar beliefs.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Uses magic to destroy other magic-users and even wielded the Eye of Agamotto for a time.
- Knight Templar: A Cardinal who considers magic Satanic and vows to eliminate it. Of course, he may have a point in some forms.
- Silver Bullet: Often uses these as well as silver daggers.
- The Witch Hunter: Making him an enemy of Dr. Strange.
- "I fed on the screaming souls of universes. I drank the spoiled milk of dead stars. I am the emptiness outside all understanding. I am Shuma-Gorath."
- A God Am I: Worshipped as such in all of its hundreds of realms and across thousands more. Within its own realms it is all powerful in every sense of the word, save for its lesser realms, though even in them its power is said to be so huge it makes Mephisto and Satanish look like "mice in a great temple".
- Big Bad: Whenever Dorammamu doesn't take over.
- Canon Immigrant: Same as Set, he comes from Robert E. Howard's Cthulhu Mythos pulp novels, though Shuma is much less of a character; he was mentioned all of once and there was no indication he was even a real being until Marvel got ahold of him.
- Card-Carrying Villain:Shuma-Gorath: So thou knowest the essence of Shuma-Gorath, eh, Doctor Strange? Aye — evil! Ancient, timeless... patient... evil! And Shuma-Gorath doth know thee.
- Characterization Marches On: The elder god Cthun used to be considered the worst of Strange's enemies and the addition of this Shuma Gorath to the Marvel universe proper did not change that. It did not take many appearances though for Shuma Gorath to rapidly increase in threat level, despite how rarely the octopus ever appears. This can be attributed to Robert E. Howard treating such creatures as a different kind of challenge for Conan and Kull to overcome but since Shuma looks like something from a HP Lovecraft horror story it was increasing portrayed that way as time went on.
- Charm Person: All living beings within its realms are fanatically devoted to worshipping it, though this doesn't seem to apply to artificial beings like robots and the like. In ancient Earth "its name was whispered in reverence by every living thing". Even in the present, many powerful and often evil entities are prepared to serve it.
- Demonic Possession: Of a sort. If you have enough power, you can kill it in its own realm, but the amount of power you'll need to absorb (and, implied, the sheer atmosphere of its home dimension) will slowly corrupt you until you become Shuma-Gorath yourself.Shuma-Gorath: Once you have smashed this shell, you will stand in the midst of the cosmos and exult — and you will reach out with your new-found power and do your will — for good, you think — But after an age your will becomes the only good — and one day when the magic invokes the name of Shuma-Gorath — you will answer!
- Depending on the Writer: On his good days it is capable of destroying Death itself, outmatching Galactus and the Celestials combined, and automatically destroy galaxies through aura-pressure alone. On an off day, it can be beaten by....the Mighty Avengers....yeah. Justified since it is established that Shuma frequently utilises Fighting a Shadow so the Avengers probably didn't beat the real deal. Also The Mighty Avengers book in question noted that despite the immeasurable level of power the creature was radiating, it was still just barely the equivalent of Shuma clawing into our dimension with just the tiniest fraction of his metaphorical fingernail poking through.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Subverted during Infinity. The Tiger God that powers the young superheroine White Tiger seemingly manages to defeat Shuma, but it is swiftly pointed out by another character that the "Shuma" they were fighting was only an advance scout.
- Dimension Lord: Of several hundred dimensions, in fact.
- The Dreaded: This thing is incredibly powerful, incredibly intelligent, and as such, when he makes an appearance, people start freaking out. Let's put it this way: Dormammu was terrified at the prospect of having to deal with him. Dormammu.
- Eldritch Abomination: More so than any other on this page. Its normal form is a multi-armed tentacled monster with one giant eye, but it can take any shape and its other forms, and possibly its true form, are even more alien than that. It has been said that Shuma takes the form which most terrifies the dimension he is trying to conquer. One panel even has "Shuma Gorath Fhtagn" written in jagged red letters.
- Enemies with Death: And Death is usually on the losing end.
- Fighting a Shadow: Its usual m/o; odds are good that if you run into what appears to be Shuma, you're probably just fighting a projection that may or may not be the vanguard of an actual incursion. It's also likely that it can't actually enter most universes on its own without potentially destroying them, which would explain why it tends to act from afar until the universe is so thoroughly ruined that it can enter without having to worry.
- God of Evil: To the point it does not even want worship, just misery, going by all three times it has been on Earth. During Conan's time Shuma Gorath even obliterated worshipers trying to gain its favor, only wanting to see some kind of bloodshed. Shuma Gorath did offer Conan gifts though in an attempt to stop him from summoning Crom against it-too little too late.
- God of Gods: More like God of gods of gods. Shuma-Gorath claims that even Dormammu pales in comparison to his power and there is very little to contradict that; next to Zom and the Living Tribunal it is probably the most powerful being on this page, and Zom has a bad habit of dying or being a Sealed Evil in a Can. As ruler of a hundred alternate timelines, it has implicitly killed the likes of Eternity, Death and the other cosmic abstracts many times overnote , and it might very well be one the top ten most powerful beings in the entire Marvel cosmology.
- Hero Killer: Strange was forced to kill the Ancient One to stop it, then later forced to kill himself to prevent it from consuming him and get rid of its power. It returned far quicker than he imagined.
- Human Sacrifice: Commanded this back in the day.
- I Have Many Names: Shuma-Gorath, The Lord of Chaos, The Unclosing Eye, The Withering Devourer, He Who Sleeps But Shall Awake, The Great Old One.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: Literally; thanks to a situation Strange put himself in. It is not as if he had any amount of foresight that would allow him to make better choices to his credit.
- Immortality: Shuma-Gorath cannot truly die and any creature that somehow manages to kill it will end up becoming it, unless they have a similar level of immortality. If you kill yourself, its energies will just reform and it will return again. And don't put it off too long; those energies are so powerful than with them inside you can destroy galaxies just by being in them!
- Large and in Charge: His normal form is so big that Strange mistook him for a mountain, though thanks to Voluntary Shapeshifting he really has no size limit.
- The Man Behind the Man: It has been served by Nightmare and various human sorcerers, one of whom sold out the world in exchange for "my life and Barbados. All manner of otherwise egomaniacal gods and demons are more than willing to do its bidding if it calls on them.
- Multiversal Conqueror: And very, very good at it.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Oh, sure, you can hurt him, potentially even injure him severely, but you cannot ever hope to keep him down for long. No matter what you hit him with, he WILL get back up as if nothing happened.
- The Omniscient: Not quite, but close enough.
- Physical God: Actually an understatement.
- Reality Warper: Can travel between dimensions and bend them to it's will.
- Sympathetic Magic: He once made a voodoo doll of Earth. Disaster ensued. What's worse is that it didn't even require any effort; it conjured it out of nowhere purely to mess with Strange. (This backfired when Strange used it to kill him).
- Time Abyss: Shuma-Gorath is not only one of the oldest creatures in the multiverse; it is one of the first. It probably started out as some kind of magical, invincible bacteria from a completely alien reality, and slowly grew in size and power over the course of trillions of years at least, until the present where it is currently one of the most powerful forces of evil in all of existence. The other Multi-Angled ones are the same.
- Vampiric Draining: The time traveler Sise-neg found Shuma Gorath feeding on the fear of early primates and noted it was passively draining energy from him even as he subdued it. So he banished it before it could possibly do something unexpected. Shuma was also able to drain the Human Torch and Invisible Woman somehow, suggesting it can derive energy from multiple sources.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: The Many-Angled ones eliminate death as part of their standard stratagem when they take over a universe; the end result is a universe of nightmarish horrors as life grows out of control.
Mother of Clea and twin sister of Dormammu, Umar is a Faltine trapped in humanoid form after giving birth to her daughter, a fact that left her enraged because it meant she would always be weaker than her brother. She varies between allying with the Dread One and scheming to take over his realm, and has occassionally succeeded though he usually ends up taking it back. Though not quite as evil or strong, Umar has displayed greater patience and guile and thus has proven to be just as big a threat to Strange and the universe as her dreaded sibling.
- Big Damn Villains: In one "Incredible Hulks" arc she abducted the Hulk to the Dark Dimension, which coincidentally kept the Earth from feeling more of his rage.
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: She's the sister to Dormammu the ruler the Dark Dimension. The two of them hate each other and are constantly vying for power, and thankfully they are never able to work together for very long because that's the only thing that stops their plans to take over our universe when they do.
- Black Comedy Rape:
- The Incredible Hulk couldn't last five minutes with her, but seemingly it was the best sex he had had in a long time, because no much how much she tortured Bruce Banner he remained too calm to transform back into the Hulk. Umar was furious.
- In a later storyline she abducted Hulk again when he was in full Worldbreaker mode. This time they were both satisfied.
- Cool Crown: When she rules the Dark Dimension her head goes on fire like her brother's.
- Deadpan Snarker: She likes to snark.
- Deliver Us from Evil: Sadly averted. Giving birth to Clea caused her to be trapped in her humanoid form, and as a result she flew into a blind rage.
- Dimension Lord: Even when she isn't ruler of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu usually just sticks her in a pocket universe where she still holds absolute power, thus meeting the criteria for this trope.
- Eldritch Abomination: Trapped in human form.
- Evil Matriarch: Of the Dark Dimension.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: When she rules the Dark Dimension.
- Humanoid Abomination: She seems human, but isn't.
- Only One Name: She is Umar, without surnames.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Let's just say she has a really nice human form to be stuck in.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Dormammu's Red, insofar as she tends to be more deceitful and cerebral in her evil ways. This is partly because just she is stuck in a humanoid form though and is thus weaker than she should be, and she can still be really hot-tempered if pushed enough.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Started off as a Doctor Strange villain, and still serves as his enemy, but started appearing repeatedly in the Hulk's comic when she developed her Villainous Crush.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: She's a Pure Magic Being locked into a physical shape.
- Sibling Rivalry: Doesn't really get along with her brother.
- Super Weight: Level 6 (Cosmic, like his brother).
- Vain Sorceress: Non-human version.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: A being even Nightmare considers a bit on the... extreme side finds the Hulk attractive and his relationship with Red She-Hulk "cute".
Urthona is a powerful sorcerer from the planet Gevaltu. His desire to become Sorcerer Supreme over the entire universe led him to try and take the life of Doctor Strange.
Created "long ago" by entities unknown, Zom is an ancient and terrible demon whose sole mission is to destroy everything, and whose rampage was only stopped by an alliance of powerful magic users whose ranks included even Dormammu and Umar. The alliance sealed him away but Strange released him on the advice of the Ancient One to help him win his battle with Umar; Zom proved to be an even greater threat and even Eternity was no match for him, but eventually he was defeated and a small piece of him was kept by Strange as a keepsake, though that too has recently been destroyed after Strange foolishly relied on its power, an act that caused him to resign as Sorcerer Supreme.
- Always a Bigger Fish: The theme behind its original story arc; Zom was brought in to defeat Umar but went out of control and managed to defeat Eternity, but it was made clear it was no match for the Living Tribunal.
- Living Weapon/Lost Superweapon: Zom isn't a natural creature, but rather was created as a sort of Doomsday Device.
- The Berserker: Zom, but especially those who draw on its power as its sheer fury overwhelms them. Clea was able to successfully invoke it to undo one of Dormammu's spells though.
- Big Eater: The zomling that formed when a little of Zom's essence escaped from the jar.
- The Corrupter: To Strange at least.
- Deal with the Devil: Strange chose to utilise his power during World War Hulk and subsequent story arcs as a last-minute desperation move. This was a bad, bad idea....
- Demonic Possession: ....because it tended to result in this. Eventually, Strange even exiled himself from Earth and temporarily resigned as Sorceror Supreme because he was unable to control himself.
- Demon Lords and Archdevils: But unlike other virtually omnipotent demonic entities Zom isn't very clever, and although apparently more powerful as such than any of them, he cannot use it for a lot of versatile purposes.
- The Dreaded: Scares the hell out of Umar.
- Enemy Mine: Dormammu, Umar, Eternity along possibly several other powerful magic users and cosmic beings once regarded Zom as such a threat they worked together to contain it.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Something Strange needs to remember.
- Genius Bruiser: It has mastery of several spells that even Strange has trouble dealing with, so it is an accomplished Evil Sorceror. However, he is such a Brute personality-wise that he can come across as Dumb Muscle.
- Godzilla Threshold: Strange only pulls him out of the bag when he feels the situation has crossed this. The first time was against Umar. The second was against Hulk.
- Literally Shattered Lives: How Strange originally managed to defeat it; turned out to be a case of From Bad to Worse as now its evil was spreading everywhere and the Living Tribunal threatened to destroy the universe to stop it if Strange didn't clean up his mess.
- Magic Hair: His hair is basically a magical shield that hides its presence from sorcerers.
- Mundane Solution: Dr. Strange defeats the zomling by sucking it up in a vacuum then emptying it back into Zom's jar.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Its sole purpose for being is to destroy everything.
- Physical God: When you require a goddamn multiversal judge to stop your rampage, you've more than earned this title.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Up to 11. It took the combined efforts of Eternity, Dormammu, and assorted other mystical entities to seal him up. When fighting Hulk the second time, it stated that it was only Doctor Strange restraining its full power that allowed Hulk to win the first battle. And this was a Hulk angry enough to overcome the full multiversal-scale power of The Sentry.