YMMV / Doctor Strange
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- Arc Fatigue: "the Last Days of Magic", with previous arc leading up to it and various tie-ins, not to mention many seeing it as a badly Recycled Premise of Jason Aaaron's God Butcher arc in Thor, quickly burned out any hype and left fans sick and tired of Empirikul and wishing it to just get over with it.
- Awesome Ego: As much of a Complete Monster as he is, there is no denying that Dormammu's smug sense of superiority is cool as this◊ shows◊.
- Complete Monster: Dormammu note , Strange's Arch-Enemy, is the ruler of the Dark Dimension, where he established a dictatorship with his sister Umar, who he has attempted to destroy on more than one occasion. After Strange bested him once, Dormammu has never stopped brooding on that slight and has endlessly attempted to destroy Strange and everything he loves. The obliteration of Earth and its people have been attempted by Dormammu, but those who survive his conquests have it far worse. The Dark Dimension is run like his personal hell, the denizens enslaved and tormented constantly, with only a small resistance against him. To oppose Dormammu is to risk the endless torture of your soul should you fall into his hands alive. He remains one of the few of Strange's many otherworldly foes to have earned the sorcerer's hatred.
- Crowning Moment of Awesome:
- The Oath:
- "But what are you going to do, Master?" "Defy expectations."
- "But in other [ways], Wong is my master."
- At the end of the "Great Fear" storyline, Nightmare and the Dweller in Darkness have dissolved their partnership and turned on each other. They're too evenly matched in power, however, so fellow demon D'Spayre—who by his own admission is much weaker than either of them—suggests a contest. He'll side with whoever proves better at scaring the populace of Earth. They agree, since even D'Spayre's power would be enough to tip the scales for the winner, and they immediately set about mystically terrifying the whole planet. This goes well at first, and all the fear generated powers up both demon lords. But then suddenly all that power goes away. They did their job too well, and the people of Earth are no longer experiencing fear but despair. So guess who's getting all that power now? D'Spayre is now so incredibly powerful that both Nightmare and the Dweller immediately flee the dimension, and even Doctor Strange can't hurt him. He's normally a Smug Snake, but for that one story, D'Spayre was a Magnificent Bastard.
- Dork Age: In the mid-90's, Strange was rebooted into a young, long-haired business executive without the familiar supporting cast. Fans were eager for a new interpretation of Strange, but were lost at what was essentially a new character.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: The villain Shuma-Gorath took on great popularity after he was used in Marvel Super Heroes.
- Friendly Fandoms: Fandom is pretty friendly to fans of other magic-oriented Marvel characters and discussions about Strange often turn into ones about Marvel Magic as whole, because the feelings are quite mutual. For example, fans of horror-themed characters are fond of some team-ups their favorites had with Stephen, while fans of Teenage Marvel like to discuss which of its young magicians should become his student (if they don't want him to just take them all and start a Wizarding School).
- Hilarious in Hindsight: This◊ panel from Doctor Strange: The Oath, where Strange is jokingly referred to as Sherlock Holmes. In the MCU movie, he was played by Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch.
- Like You Would Really Do It: "The Last Days of Magic" story. "Magic is dead! Empirikul destroyed it! it's gone forever! There is no magic left in the world!" Somebody could actually believe that, if not for Doctor Voodoo, Wiccan, White Tiger, Nico Minoru, Magik, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Loki, Doctor Doom, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Hercules, Shiklah, Agatha Harkness and all other magic users and magic-powered characters, who kept showing up in other Marvel books completely unaffected (first four even being in various Avengers teams at the time) or having been confirmed get books after that story would end. The fact that Hercules and Scarlet Witch dealt with two other crisises of magic, both completely separate and unrelated to Empirikul or one-another, certainly didn't help.
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Early Dr. Strange comics were quite popular with student and hippies due to their groundbreakingly surreal artwork. This led to many readers think the artist was on drugs - anyone more familiar with Steve Ditko knows this was definitely not the case.