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[[folder: 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 menacies 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 DeceptiveDisciple 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.

* TheAgeless: 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 EldritchAbomination.
* TheAlcoholic: In some depictions he was prone to alcohol abuse as a surgeon, either during or just after the car accident that ruined his hands.
* AlliterativeName
* AmplifierArtifact: The Cloak Of Levitation which lets him... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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.
* TheArchmage: He is not called the "Sorcerer Supreme" for nothing.
* AstralProjection: A power he uses most regularly, usually when he wants to travel to other dimensions but can't readily bring his body along.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: "Doctor Strange" is his ''real name''.
* BadassBookworm: 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.
* BadassBeard: In some depictions. Stark says they're "Awesome Facial Hair Bros".
%%* BadassMustache: Always.
* BadassLongcoat: When he's not wearing the Cloak of Levitation, most often during his stint as an OccultDetective.
* BigGood: One of them. When it comes to mystical issues, expect other heroes to come knocking at his door.
* BiggerOnTheInside: 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.
* CameBackStrong: He met Death in combat, accepted the inevitability of it, surrendered to it -- and became immortal.
%%* CantStayNormal
* CelebrityResemblance: Was visually based on VincentPrice. It's been [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] by several characters, and eventually it's [[AscendedMeme revealed]] that his middle name is "Vincent".
* ComicBookTime: 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 TheAgeless, above.
* CreepyGood: 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 AstralProjection. 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 Creator/BenjaminFranklin during a trip backward through time. After the two have sex, she falls so completely for her new lover that she [[IChooseToStay 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.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: His job in a nutshell.
* DoesNotLikeGuns: Though when push comes to shove, he is quite willing to shoot an EldritchAbomination with [[{{Ghostapo}} Hitler's gun]].
%%* DrJerk: Formerly.
* DeusExMachina: 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.
* {{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.
%%* GentlemanWizard
%%* GoodIsNotSoft
%%* GrayEyes
%%* GuileHero
%%* KungFuWizard
* LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards: At his most powerful, Strange is, by ridiculously far, ''the'' most powerful of all mainstream heroes in the MarvelUniverse, such that even the likes of ComicBook/TheMightyThor or the ComicBook/SilverSurfer 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.
* MagicalGesture: His iconic "I Love You/Metal Horns"-esque handsigns, which serve as the trope's page image.
%%* MartialPacifist
* TheMentor: A past incarnation of him mentored [[ComicBook/IllyanaRasputin Magik]] of the [[ComicBook/XMen]].
* MysticalHighCollar: A large red one is part of his distinctive costume.
* NeutralNoLonger: 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.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Inverted, writers have had to often come up with restrictions as to what he can do.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: [[InvertedTrope Anymore.]] He's kept up some of his medical skill, though how much [[ForgotAboutHisPowers varies]] [[SuperDoc from writer]] [[DependingOnTheWriter to writer]], and he still thinks of himself as a physician.
%%* OccultDetective: On occasion.
* PapaWolf: 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.
* {{Pride}}: When he was a surgeon, he was also an arrogant JerkAss who knew exactly [[InsufferableGenius just how good he was]]. He got better, but he's not totally immune from it either.
%%* PimpedOutCape
* ProgressivelyPrettier: 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.
* PsychicPowers: He's actually on par with even the likes of Moondragon, who is an even more powerful telepath than [[Comicbook/{{X-men}} Professor X]], though the latter might be more [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer experienced and skilled]].
* SecretIdentity: In the past he had a 'civilian' identity as "Stephen Sanders," but he eventually let it lapse. The WeirdnessCensor seems to keep most persons from realizing he's more than a harmless New Age kook.
* SkunkStripe: His hair is white at his temples.
* SpellBook: The Book of the Vishanti.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Yes, his given name is Stephen Strange. [[NotThatKindOfDoctor Yes, the title is real too. Yes, that kind of doctor]].
* StoryBreakerPower: 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.
** On the other hand, given the [[EldritchAbomination things]] that he regularly has to deal with, being ridiculously powerful is less of a luxury and more of a requirement for survival.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 5 or 6 DependingOnTheWriter.
%%* ThirdEye: The Eye of Agamotto.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Much of his library; especially the Darkhold.
* WizardsLiveLonger: In an aversion of ComicBookTime, his origin is still set in the early sixties.
%%* WhoYouGonnaCall


[[folder: Clea]]


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.
%%* AnimeHair
* TheArchmage: Sorceress Supreme... of the ''Dark Dimension''.
%%* ArchnemesisDad: And Mum. And uncle.
%%* BadassPrincess: Technically.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: 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.
%%* DarkMagicalGirl
* DatingCatwoman: And marrying her, then breaking up, but wanting to see her again... But she was never really a villain.
%%* HerosMuse
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: She left Strange when she became aware of another woman who had a greater claim on his love.
%%* LaResistance: In the Dark Dimension.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: DependingOnTheWriter, 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.
* MentorShip: She is Strange's greatest apprentice, and the love of his life.
* MysteriousWaif: When first introduced, all she could do was watch Strange from afar and look concerned.
* MysticalWhiteHair: Its color is probably because she comes from another world, but it is never really explained -- or questioned, for that matter.
%%* OnlyOneName
%%* PutOnABus
%%* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* [[StayInTheKitchen 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.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 5-6

[[folder: Wong]]


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.
* AgeLift: Different versions of the character portray him as being older (''WesternAnimation/DoctorStrangeTheSorcererSupreme''), younger (''Strange: Beginnings and Endings''), or the same age as Strange.
** Then again, Strange's visual age is [[OlderThanTheyLook misleading.]]
%%* BadassNormal: Comparatively speaking.
* BaldOfAwesome: Like most warrior monks, he's bald
* BattleButler: Bodyguards Strange and takes care of most household tasks.
* BodyguardingABadass: Guards the Sanctum Santorum when Strange is absent or too tired to do so.
* EthnicMenialLabor: 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.
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: His main skill set.
%%* IdenticalGrandson
%%* TheJeeves: Strange's butler
* LegacyOfService: His family has a history of serving the Sorcerer Supreme.
%%* MartialPacifist
* NoNameGiven: Only ever called Wong. It's unclear if it's his given name or surname.
* OldRetainer: Wong has been Strange's one true companion over the years, even after he lost the title of Sorcerer Supreme.
* [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage Perfectly Arranged Engagement]]: With Imei, though she died before they could get married.
* ServileSnarker: At times. If Strange is portrayed as a DeadpanSnarker, Wong sometimes gets a dry wit to match.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 2
%%* WeakButSkilled

[[folder: Sara Wolfe]]

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 ArrangedMarriage get in the way.
* BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins: Early on, Sara wore feathered earrings. She makes fun of them in later issues.
%%* GirlFriday
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Her reaction to Wong's arranged marriage.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: {{Averted}}. Sara is descended from a Cheyenne shaman but has no mystical abilities of her own.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 1
* UnfazedEveryman: Probably the most normal person in Strange's social circle. The "unfazed" bit might have something to do with her family history.

[[folder: The Ancient One]]


Strange's centuries-old mentor and his predecessor as Sorcerer Supreme, the Ancient One has been protecting the Earth and wider MarvelUniverse 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.
* AllPowerfulBystander: The Ancient One became more powerful upon his transcendence, but rarely directly intervenes.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: He has become one with Eternity.
* BigGood: In early Dr. Strange stories the Ancient One was still the Sorcerer Supreme and would help Dr. S=trange if he got in way over his head.
%%* DoesNotLikeShoes
* ElderlyImmortal: 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.
* KilledOffForReal: 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.
* MagicalAsian: A wise Asian mentor to the white Dr. Strange.
%%* TheObiWan
* OldMaster: Even past his prime physically he was still one of the most powerful sorcerers to have ever walked the Earth.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Pulled one on Strange in their first meeting.
%%* StealthMentor
%%* SuperWeight: Level 5-6

!!Mystical Allies

[[folder: The Vishanti]]

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.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Their epithets, such as "Omnipotent Oshtur" or "Hoary Hoggoth."
* BigGood
** 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.
%%* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: 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).
%%* GodCouple: And son.
%%* {{Mysterious Backer}}s
%%* {{Physical God}}s
%%* ThePowersThatBe
%%* SuperFamilyTeam
%%* SuperWeight: Level 6
* TricksterMentor: Agamotto to Strange, especially when he appears to him without the other two Vishanti.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: They are higher entities, after all.

[[folder: Gaea]]

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 TheLegionsOfHell. 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 TheMightyThor (under the name Jord) as well as the great-grandmother of TheIncredibleHercules. In fact, it's revealed that "Gaea" is every EarthMother goddess in every known pantheon.
* BigGood: As she represents the Earth and all life on it; thus, protecting her is a priority.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: 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.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: However she appears is however the person who sees her can grasp her form.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: 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.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: We've never actually seen her "true" form on paper. We only see what human (or godly) minds can understand.
* TheChessmaster: 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.
* ChosenConceptionPartner: 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).
* HotGod: Specifically, to [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Storm]], who worships her as the Bright Lady she once met in her youth.
* LukeIAmYourFather: During one meeting with Thor, she eventually confessed to him that she is his actual birth mother.
%%* MotherNature
%%* PhysicalGod
* ReallyGetsAround: 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 JerkassGods, 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.
* TangledFamilyTree: 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.
* WomenAreWiser: 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.

[[folder: Eternity]]

The AnthropomorphicPersonification 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 [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End Of Reality As We Know It.]] He has assisted Doctor Strange when he comes into battle with these enemies.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnItsTin Of Eternity.]]
* BigGood: See a theme yet?
* BlueAndOrangeMorality[=/=]GoodIsNotNice: Eternity doesn't think like we do, or share our human concerns. Nevertheless, he can occasionally be considerate.
* CelestialBody: He resembles a humanoid starfield with a face.
* CosmicKeystone: If it goes, reality goes.
* GoodCounterpart: To Oblivion, the Chaos King, or whatever CosmicBeing happens to be personifying [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End Of All Things]] at that particular moment.
* PowersThatBe: Basically this.
* SentientCosmicForce: Sentient eternity.
* SuperWeight: High level 6 (Cosmic)
* TimeMaster: It's Eternity, after all.
* TheWorfEffect: 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.
* UnskilledButStrong: He doesn't have any high level fighting skills, but he is virtually omnipotent.

[[folder: Death]]

The AnthropomorphicPersonification 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.
%%* AnthropomorphicPersonification
* AntiVillain: 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.
* DontFearTheReaper: While her [[{{Thanos}} consort and lover]] would gladly [[OmnicidalManiac 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.
* FateWorseThanDeath: 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.
* StalkerWithACrush: {{Thanos}}, though she is one to {{Deadpool}}, thus earning him the former's ire. HilarityEnsues.
%%* SuperWeight: High level 6
* UnskilledButStrong: She possesses vast power, but her fighting skill is normal at best. The fan-power ratings on the Marvel Wikia suggest otherwise, however.
%%* TheVoiceless

[[folder: 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.
* AllPowerfulBystander: He doesn't interfere often.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: 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.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Living Tribunal doesn't fight {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, it ''curb stomps them''.
* [[AlwaysABiggerFish Biggest Fish]]: That we actually ''see''.
* BigGood: The Biggest Good in the MultiVerse, second only to {{God}} himself.
** GoodIsNotNice: Perfectly willing to snuff out sentient lifeforms in the trillions if it would prevent the entire Multiverse from imploding.
* GodzillaThreshold: 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 ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet, 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.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: And a head for each.
* MultipleHeadCase: Has multiple heads.
* NumberTwo: At least in the ''GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' 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 [[MegaManning the Tribunal's powers were copied]] by an OmnicidalManiac; Scathan simply denied him permission to use them, allowing the real Tribunal to deliver a well-deserved smackdown.
* TheOmnipotent: Or so close as to not matter, anyway. Even someone with the Infinity Gauntlet can't beat him.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Luckily for the Marvel universe, he is not unwise while using his great powers.
* SuperWeight: Extremely High Level 6 (Cosmic). He is not very far from God.
* '''UnskilledButStrong''': He contains power that dwarfs even the Infinity Gauntlet, but his fighting skill is normal at best.
* WeaksauceWeakness: 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.
* TheWorfEffect: 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.

!!Rogues Gallery

[[folder: Baron Mordo]]


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 MindControl and illusions to further his evil schemes.
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: It's never been clear whether he started out evil or fell to evil somewhere along the course of his magical studies.
* AristocratsAreEvil
* BaitTheDog: He played on Sara Wolfe's interest in him (after a brief PetTheDog moment), only to betray her trust as soon as he got the chance.
%%* BlackMagic
* DaddysLittleVillain: 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.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: In one story arc he died of cancer, redeeming himself somewhat in the process. Strange mourned for him. This being a comic book universe, [[UnexplainedRecovery it wasn't permanent]].
%%* DeceptiveDisciple: To the Ancient One.
%%* EvilCounterpart
%%* EvilSorceror
* EvilVersusOblivion: Since he wants to rule the world, he'll step up to help save it from destruction.. on occasion.
* GreenEyedMonster: 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.
%%* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor
%%* ManipulativeBastard
%%* MasterOfIllusion
%%* MindControl
%%* PsychicPowers
%%* TheRival
%%* RivalTurnedEvil
%%* ShadowArchetype
%%* SuperWeight: Level 5
* VillainousIncest: Baron Mordo has a daughter by his half-sister.
* VillainsDyingGrace: Twice -- once to save Strange's friend Sara Wolfe and a second time to save Strange himself. He didn't survive the second one.

[[folder: Chthon]]


The demon Chthon is perhaps the most powerful of the Elder Gods and the first EvilSorceror 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 BlackMagic 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 ComicBook/ScarletWitch.
* ArchEnemy: To Oshtur and the Vishanti, who made it their mission to never let him win.
%%* TheArchmage
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Darkhold and other evil items.
* BlackMagic: Literally wrote the book on it; also the creator and source of Chaos magic, which despite DependingOnTheWriter, really does exist in the Marvel universe.
%%* TheChessmaster
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: It was wise enough to escape Atum while it was eating its brethren, but savvy enough to leave behind the Darkhold as an anchor from which to wield its influence; Chthon also wrote the name of the Demogorge in his book so if Atum ever becomes it again against him, he will fall under his control. Quite often even when its beaten, Chthon manages to leave something behind that it can use to cause more damage.
* DemonicPossession: Several times, though it seems to have reserved the ComicBook/ScarletWitch as its host of choice. It once ended up possessing her brother ComicBook/{{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.
* DimensionLord: Of a pocket dimension adjacent to Earth. As the ComicBook/ScarletWitch demonstrated though, his power can affect the multiverse.
%%* TheDreaded
* EldritchAbomination: Really goes without saying here.
* EvilCounterpart: 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.
* EvilSorceror: In Marvel canon, the ''original'' EvilSorcerer (well, to Earth anyway), and one of the most powerful.
* [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Father Of A Thousand Young]]: Vampires, werewolves, witches and all manner of demons and other horrors owe their existence to him, though sometimes indirectly.
* FightingAShadow: 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.
* GodOfEvil: God of Chaos and the source of Chaos magic, both of which are evil in the context of the story.
* GreaterScopeVillain: It cannot act directly in the regular Marvel universe and thus is rarely if ever seen, the exceptions being when it utilises DemonicPossession, and in such cases it is a shadow of its true power (though still a major threat to all life everywhere).
* HumanoidAbomination: Likes to manifest a human form in some occasions.
* ImAHumanitarian: Devoured its own siblings for power, degenerating into a demon in the process.
* IHaveManyNames: The Other, The Great Shadow, He Who Holds The Darkness, Demon Of The Darkhold.
* ManOfKryptonite: 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.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: It is also known as the Great Shadow, and Eternity once called it the "Cancer of Reality".
%%* RealityWarper
* {{Satan}}: Somewhat closer to this than even the Hell Lords- whose existence it is partly responsible for- as a source of UltimateEvil 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.
* SealedEvilInACan: 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 escaped and wound up imprisoned in Mount Wundagore. The ComicBook/FantasticFour 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.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 6.
* SwissMessenger: 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.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: 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.

[[folder: Dormammu]]


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 DimensionLord, Dormammu is a powerful EvilSorceror 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 ArchEnemy and will do anything to defeat him.
* AchillesHeel: 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.
* AGodAmI: Worshipped as God within the Dark Dimension and as a deity in thousands of others. Within the Dark Dimension he is virtually unstoppable.
* ArchEnemy: 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.
* BlackMagic: 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.
* {{Badass}}: When you can give the ''Sorceror Supreme'' a run for his money every single time you face him, you qualify as this.
* BigBad: The main one for the whole franchise.
* TheChessmaster: Through his clever planning, Dormammu proves to be Strange's equal in every encounter.
* ClassicVillain: A combination of Pride and Ambition.
* DarkIsEvil: He has a dark appearance that fits his personality.
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments. His arguments with [[SiblingRivalry Umar]] tend to result in SnarkToSnarkCombat as well.
* DimensionLord: 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.
* TheDreaded: He's even known as Dread Dormammu, or simply The Dread One.
* DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans: 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.
* EldritchAbomination: A powerful EnergyBeing that wreaks havoc and destruction wherever he goes.
* EldritchLocation: The Dark Dimension.
* EvilCounterpart: 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 [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor 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 DependingOnTheWriter, but if Strange is not opposing Dormammu Odin probably is.
* EvilSorceror: A villain who uses magic.
* FlamingHair: Or rather, a flaming ''crown'', that encompasses his entire head.
* GodEmperor: He rules universes like a deity.
* GodOfEvil: The God of the dark dimension.
* HeroKiller: He's managed to actually kill Strange in the past, but the [[DeathIsCheap deaths never stick]].
* HumanoidAbomination: Despite being a godlike EldritchAbomination, his default form is his picture.
* IHaveManyNames: The Dread One, The Black One, The Great Enigma, Eater of Souls, Lord of Darkness, Lord of the Dark Dimension
* KnightOfCerebus: The UrExample 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.
* KungFuWizard: 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.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He is the power behind Sataanish and many other Hell Lords, and is frequently the patron of Baron Mordo and several other troublemakers.
* MultiversalConqueror: Or at least, aspires to be.
* OnlyOneName: He is Dormammu, without surnames.
* OrderVersusChaos: 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.
* OutOfCharacterAlert: 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 had commited especially spectacular blunder at it - his illusion said Dormammu is here to reclaim title of Strange's greatest enemy, that Shuma-Gorath took from him. Strange knew real Dormammu would ''never'' admit being second to ''anyone'' at ''anything''.
* PhysicalGod: He is essentialy this.
* {{Pride}}: His weakness, and one Strange is happy to exploit.
* PureMagicBeing: His essence. He is not really a physical entity.
* RealityWarper: His power level.
* SmugSnake: He is an extremely intelligent demonic entity 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.
* SorcerousOverlord: A dark sorcerer ruling many worlds.
* SuperWeight: Level 6 (Cosmic)

[[folder: Mephisto]]


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.
%%* BigRedDevil
%%* TheCorrupter
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: He is called the Lord of Lies for a reason, after all.
* DealWithTheDevil: Not his only tactic, but probably his favourite.
%%* DemonLordsAndArchdevils
* DimensionLord: He rules one of the Splinter Realms, which were originally {{Hell}} itself before being divided between the various demons and gods that now rule it. He owns one of the larger portions and within is nigh-unstoppable, but is much weaker outside of it.
* ExactWords: This is why no one should ever make a deal with him. He absolutely ''loves'' overly specific interpretations of deals that fuck over the other party as much as possible while still technically being within the terms.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: He actually even modeled it on Dante's ''Inferno'', just to mess with those that end up in it.
* ForTheEvulz: He does love his work.
%%* {{Hellfire}}
* JerkassGods: Powerful enough to convincingly pass for a deity of sorts, and he's also a total asshole who loves to fuck people over for absolutely no good reason.
* TheLegionsOfHell: His to command.
* MadeOfEvil: [[MultipleChoicePast Probably. It's not altogether clear.]]
%%* ManipulativeBastard
%%* RealityWarper
* {{Satan}}: Or at least, he likes to pretend to be.
* SmugSnake: Kind of. He's certainly quite powerful and competent, but he also likes to act like a ''far'' bigger deal than he actually is, frequently posing as an unstoppable demon god when he's actually just a dimension lord who is outmatched by beings like Chthon, Shuma-Gorath, and Dormammu outside of his realm.
* StupidEvil: He ''loves'' playing with the terms of his contracts as much as he can within their confines to make them as raw a deal as possible for the other party while still living up to his end of the deal, and he does it for no reason other than the fact that he loves being a dick. It's bitten him in the ass more than once.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 6 in his own realm, wherein he stalemated ComicBook/{{Galactus}}. Level 5 outside of it.


[[folder: Nightmare]]


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.

* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: 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 [[ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}} Sleepwalkers]], tolerate his rule over the Dream Dimension.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: 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 [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Incredible Hulk]] and supernatural beings that you'd think would be less powerful, like [[ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}} Sleepwalker]].
* DimensionLord: 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.
%%* DreamLand
%%* Dreamweaver
* EldritchAbomination: He appears fairly human, but it's likely that his shape is mutable.
* GodOfEvil: Really more of a God of Fear, but it amounts to nearly the same thing.
%%* HellishHorse: His steed, Dreamstalker
* HumanoidAbomination: He seems to prefer a human form much of the time that he is seen.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
%%* MasterOfIllusion
* MindRape: And, of course, you're most vulnerable when you sleep.
%%* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
%%* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Almost literally.
* NonActionGuy: 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.
* PsychicPowers: 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.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: 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 ComicBook/IncredibleHulk that he spawned his other daughter Daydream by raping ''Banner's wife''; this earned him a [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown mild case of death]], though of course he got better. He also spawned his son, Trauma by raping the mother.
* RealityWarper: 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.
* SealedEvilInACan: The usual solution to defeating him, though it is always just a matter of time till he gets out.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 6 inside his own realm. Level 5 outside of it.
%%* TheTrickster
* WorldDomination: 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 [[PsychologicalTormentZone suffering horrible nightmares]] for all eternity, so it's still far from a pleasant goal.

[[folder: Satannish]]


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.
* DealWithTheDevil: Compared to Mephisto, he is somewhat more honourable in these matters, though its still a bad idea to barter with him.
%%* DemonLordsAndArchdevils
%%* DimensionLord
%%* TheLegionsOfHell
%%* MadeOfEvil
* TheManBehindTheMan: As a Hell Lord subordinate to Dormammu, he has been on both sides of this arrangement.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
* MultipleHeadCase: Has a second head in his chest.
%%* RealityWarper
* ReligionOfEvil: The Sons of Sataanish, his mortal representatives.
* {{Satan}}: Likes to pretend he's this, though he's little more than middle management for Dormammu at the end of the day.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 6 in his own realm. Level 5 outside of it.

[[folder: Set]]


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.
%%* AGodAmI
* AnimalisticAbomination: A gigantic, horrifically powerful Hydra-like entity that [[DimensionLord resides over it's own dimension]], and that's not touching on the fact that he's an Elder God.
* ArchEnemy: 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.
* ArtifactOfDoom: 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 (DependingOnTheWriter). The Crowns enable him to influence events on a multiversal scale.
* BodyHorror: 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.
%%* BloodKnight
* CanonImmigrant: He was originally the GreaterScopeVillain of the ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' pulp novels. When Conan joined the MarvelUniverse, so did he.
* DimensionLord: 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.)
%%* EvilIsPetty
%%* GodOfGods
* HorrorHunger: 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''.
* HumanSacrifice: Demands it, partly because it grants him power, partly just to be a dick.
* HydraProblem: Atum cut off its original head, but two more took its place. So Atum kept cutting until he has seven.
* IHaveManyNames: 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.
* ImAHumanitarian: The very first Elder God to eat its brethren.
%%* MotherOfAThousandYoung
%%* KillAllHumans
* LegacyCharacter: There is another Set in the Marvel cosmology, the GodOfEvil of the Egyptian pantheon who often clashes with Odin and ComicBook/TheMightyThor- apparently he took Set's name just because he thought Set the Elder God was just that {{Badass}}. Apocalypse of the ComicBook/XMen was also once mistaken for Set, and milked it for all it was worth.
* TheManBehindTheMan: To several demons and human sorcerers, most notably Thoth-Amon, the ArchEnemy of Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian.
%%* ManipulativeBastard
%%* MultipleHeadCase
%%* RealityWarper
* ReligionOfEvil: Has had a few in his time.
* SevenDeadlySins: Each of its heads represents one of them.
%%* SmugSnake: Both figuratively and literally.
%%* SuperWeight: Low level 6. Although it didn't demonstrate it during Atlantis Attacks, so maybe just level 5.

[[folder: Silver Dagger]]

A former Catholic Cardinal who has devoted himself towards eradicating magic, which he considers Satanic.
* BadassPreacher: A Cardinal trained to fight werewolves, demons, and sorcerers.
* ChurchMilitant: Leads The Sword of the Lord, a group of fanatics with similar beliefs.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: Uses magic to destroy other magic-users and even wielded the Eye of Agamotto for a time.
* KnightTemplar: A Cardinal who considers magic Satanic and vows to eliminate it. Of course, he may have a point [[EvilSorcerer in some]] [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils fo]][[EldritchAbomination rms.]]
* SilverBullet: Often uses these as well as silver daggers.
* TheWitchHunter: Making him an enemy of Dr. Strange.


[[folder: Shuma-Gorath]]


--> ''"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."''

One of the most dangerous demons Stephen Strange has ever faced, Shuma-Gorath is one the most ancient and terrible entities to ever exist. [[CompleteImmortality Apparently unkillable]], borderline [[TheOmniscient omniscient]], and [[MultiversalConqueror the ruler of nearly a hundred alternate realms]], it is responsible for the death of the Ancient One and has attempted to invade the Earth several times, and in the distant past even ruled it on two separate occasions. It has only grown stronger since then and its return could bring about the end of the universe.

It has [[ComicBook/TheThanosImperative recently been established]] that it is one of the Many-Angled Ones, immortal Lovecraftian entities that alter reality to bring about an end to death and allowing life to grow out of control and ferment as a cancer, and turning all living beings into creatures as alien and abominable as they are. It also established Shuma-Gorath and his brethern as one of the oldest sentient life forms in the multiverse, and is thus a truly ancient and terrifying evil.
* AGodAmI: 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".
* BigBad: Whenever Dorammamu doesn't take over.
* CanonImmigrant: Same as Set, he comes from Robert E. Howard's 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.
* CardCarryingVillain:
-->'''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.''
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: 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 [[SmallReferencePools but since Shuma looks like something from a HP Lovecraft horror story]] it was increasing portrayed that way as time went on.
* CharmPerson: 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.
%%* TheChessmaster
* DemonicPossession: 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!
* DependingOnTheWriter: 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 FightingAShadow so the Avengers probably didn't beat the real deal.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Subverted during ''Comicbook/{{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 [[FightingAShadow an advance scout]].
* DimensionLord: Of several hundred dimensions, in fact.
* TheDreaded: This thing [[EldritchAbomination is incredibly powerful]], [[TheChessmaster incredibly intelligent]], and as such, when he makes an appearance, people start [[OhCrap freaking out.]]
* EldritchAbomination: 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 "[[CthulhuMythos Shuma Gorath Fhtagn]]" written in jagged red letters.
* EnemiesWithDeath: And Death is usually on the ''losing end''.
* GodOfEvil: 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.
* GodOfGods: 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 SealedEvilInACan. As ruler of a hundred alternate timelines, it has implicitly killed the likes of Eternity, Death and the other cosmic abstracts many times over[[note]]In ''ComicBook/TheThanosImperative'', Death is able to kill him and the Many-Angled Ones (though only temporarily, as they would inevitably reform, and it is later shown that he survived or even simply escaped), but that is due to the rules of the Cancerverse and the magical-mechanics of how they ruled it; the Cancerverse only existed because the Death of ''that'' universe had already been killed, and halfway through the story the Many-Angled Ones start pushing through the weaponised corpse of ''ComicBook/{{Galactus}}''- The Galactus Engine-, showing that they or their minions had killed him too, and used it to destroy another abstract cosmic entity and fight several others simultaneously (a fight the Engine was winning- the abstract entities had even started to retreat). It is all but stated that they are even stronger and that they were the creatures pushing the Galactus Engine through that were said to be yet more powerful still.[[/note]], and it might very well be one the top ten most powerful beings in the entire Marvel cosmology.
* HeroKiller: 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.
* HumanSacrifice: Commanded this back in the day.
* IHaveManyNames: Shuma-Gorath, The Lord of Chaos, The Unclosing Eye, The Withering Devourer, He Who Sleeps But Shall Awake, The Great Old One.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: 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!''
* LargeAndInCharge: His normal form is so big that Strange mistook him for a ''mountain'', though thanks to VoluntaryShapeshifting he really has no size limit.
* TheManBehindTheMan: It has been served by Nightmare and various human sorcerers, one of whom sold out the world in exchange for "my life and [[ShinyNewAustralia Barbados]]. All manner of otherwise egomaniacal gods and demons are more than willing to do its bidding if it calls on them.
* MultiversalConqueror: And very, very good at it.
* NighInvulnerable: 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.
* TheOmniscient: Not quite, but close enough.
* PhysicalGod: Actually an understatement.
%%* RealityWarper
%%* SuperWeight: Higher end Level 6.
* SympatheticMagic: 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).
* TimeAbyss: 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.
* VampiricDraining: 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.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: 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.

[[folder: Umar]]


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.

* BigDamnVillains: In one "Incredible Hulks" arc she abducted the Hulk to the Dark Dimension, which coincidentally kept the Earth from feeling more of his rage.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: 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.
* BlackComedyRape:
** The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk 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 [[UnstoppableRage full Worldbreaker mode]]. This time they were both satisfied.
* CoolCrown: When she rules the Dark Dimension her head goes on fire like her brother's.
* DeadpanSnarker: She likes to snark.
* DeliverUsFromEvil: 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.
* DimensionLord: 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.
* EldritchAbomination: Trapped in human form.
* EvilMatriarch: Of the Dark Dimension.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: When she rules the Dark Dimension.
* HumanoidAbomination: She seems human, but isn't.
* OnlyOneName: She is Umar, without surnames.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Let's just say she has a really ''nice'' human form to be stuck in.
* RedOniBlueOni: 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.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: 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 VillainousCrush.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: She's a PureMagicBeing locked into a physical shape.
* SiblingRivalry: Doesn't really get along with her brother.
* SuperWeight: Level 6 (Cosmic, like his brother).
* VainSorceress: Non-human version.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: A being [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Nightmare considers a bit on the... extreme side]] finds the Hulk attractive and his relationship with Red She-Hulk "cute".

[[folder: Zom]]

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.

* AlwaysABiggerFish: 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.
* AttackAnimal/LivingWeapon/LostSuperweapon: Zom isn't a natural creature, but rather was created as a sort of DoomsdayDevice.
* TheBerserker: 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.
* BigEater: The zomling that formed when a little of Zom's essence escaped from the jar.
* TheCorrupter: To Strange at least.
* DealWithTheDevil: Strange chose to utilise his power during ''WorldWarHulk'' and subsequent story arcs as a last-minute desperation move. This was a ''bad, bad idea''....
* DemonicPossession: ....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.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: 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.
* TheDreaded: Scares the hell out of [[CosmicEntity Umar]].
%%* EldritchAbomination
%%* EnemyToAllLivingThings
* EnemyMine: 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.
%%* EnemyWithin: To Strange after ''World War Hulk''.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Something Strange needs to remember.
* GeniusBruiser: It has mastery of several spells that even Strange has trouble dealing with, so it is an accomplished EvilSorceror. However, he is such a [[TheBrute Brute]] personality-wise that he can come across as DumbMuscle.
* GodzillaThreshold: 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.
%%* TheJuggernaut
* LiterallyShatteredLives: How Strange originally managed to defeat it; turned out to be a case of FromBadToWorse 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.
%%* MadeOfEvil
* MagicHair: His hair is basically a magical shield that hides its presence from sorcerers.
* MundaneSolution: Dr. Strange defeats the zomling by sucking it up in a vacuum then emptying it back into Zom's jar.
* OmnicidalManiac: Its sole purpose for being is to destroy everything.
* PhysicalGod: When you require a goddamn ''multiversal judge'' to stop your rampage, you've more than earned this title.
* SealedEvilInACan: UpToEleven. It took the combined efforts of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Eternity]], [[GodOfEvil 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 ComicBook/TheSentry.
%%* SuperWeight: Level 6