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* MemeticBadass: Infamous InUniverse, and with damn good reason.

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* MemeticBadass: Infamous InUniverse, and with damn good reason. It's noted that even though he's racked up a kill tally of close to ''100 people'', even before the story started, some of them were either a) exaggerated or b) Natasha's. As with many examples of this trope, he's badass enough that his feats don't need to be exaggerated.



** It's fairly subtle, but it's very clear that as a FriendToAllChildren, he will take exception to anyone who tries to hurt children. Just ask the Disir, or [[spoiler: Sinister]].



** It's also noted by Ebenezar that while stunts such as Strange's (in)famous challenge to the Council kept a girl from being executed, it also lessened the influence and reputation that organizations such as the Council use to keep monsters in line.



* TimeAbyss: While it's known from fairly early on that he's Really700YearsOld at least, Odin suspects that he was born about the same time as [[spoiler: Thor and Loki]], making him [[spoiler: 1500]] years old at least, and additionally suspects that, with the time travelling, Strange is at least as old as [[spoiler: he]] is - over [[spoiler: 5000.]]

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* TimeAbyss: While it's known from fairly early on that he's Really700YearsOld at least, Odin suspects that he was born about the same time as [[spoiler: Thor and Loki]], making him [[spoiler: 1500]] years old at least, and additionally suspects that, with the time travelling, Strange is at least as old as [[spoiler: he]] he is - over [[spoiler: 5000.]]



** This, as it happens, is why the White Council has such a big problem with him: the White Council and its Laws are specifically constructed to restrict power, to prevent it being abused as far as is reasonably possible. It is the very definition of TheFettered, while Strange regards all rules that he does not make as being there to be broken, as creatively as possible. And while the Council specifically avoids taking on power in the mortal world, Strange, in his own way, takes on more than anyone was ''ever'' meant to take on. When one hears about his DarkAndTroubledPast, you can kind of see why, though.

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** This, as it happens, is why the White Council has such a big problem with him: the White Council and its Laws are specifically constructed to restrict power, to prevent it being abused as far as is reasonably possible. It is the very definition of TheFettered, while Strange regards all rules that he does not make as being there to be broken, as creatively as possible. And while the Council specifically avoids taking on power in the mortal world, Strange, in his own way, takes on more than anyone was ''ever'' meant to take on. When one hears about his DarkAndTroubledPast, and understands his ultimate goal, you can kind of see why, though.



* WizardsLiveLonger: Looks like he's in his early forties and has since he surfaced at the dawn of the 17th century, while Odin correctly suspects that he was born sometime around [[spoiler: 500]] AD. What with time travel, no one's really sure how old he is. [[spoiler:Not even Strange himself, who says he is close to ''500,000''.]] As it is, this unusually long life-span is explained as being [[spoiler: a gift from the Time Stone]].

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* WizardsLiveLonger: Looks like he's in his early forties and has since he surfaced at the dawn of the 17th century, while Odin correctly suspects that he was born sometime around [[spoiler: 500]] AD. What with time travel, no one's really sure how old he is. [[spoiler:Not even Strange himself, who says estimates he is close to ''500,000''.]] As it is, this unusually long life-span is explained as being [[spoiler: a gift from the Time Stone]].


* PapaWolf: He threw down the gauntlet to the entire White Council for Wanda, when she was a child, then in the sequel, he does much the same to the Council Elite of Skyfathers to protect [[spoiler: Harry]]. He also orchestrates [[spoiler: the ''genocide'' of the Red Court]] in chapter 52 of the sequel to [[spoiler: protect Dresden's daughter, and indirectly, Dresden himself, having also previously got Queen Mab off his back]].



** Again relating to a child, in chapter 52 of the sequel, he [[spoiler: goes to the trouble of plucking Margaret Angelica 'Maggie' Rodriguez-Dresden, Harry Dresden's daughter, from the past a couple of months after her birth, and orchestrating the ''genocide of the Red Court'' in order to simultaneously keep her safe, throw off suspicion that she's Dresden's daughter, and allow her to be raised by her now-cured {{Dhampyr}} mother]].



* TheUnfettered: Earth must be prepared, and Thanos must be destroyed. Everything else comes second to those two aims; and [[PetTheDog while he will go out of his way to try and soothe the tempest tossed lives of those caught up in his manipulations, to achieve his aims as kindly (relatively speaking) as he can]]... they are still very definitely secondary priorities.

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* TheUnfettered: Earth must be prepared, and Thanos must be destroyed. Everything else comes second to those two aims; and [[PetTheDog while he will go out of his way to try and soothe the tempest tossed lives of those caught up in his manipulations, to achieve his aims as kindly (relatively speaking) as he can]]... they are still very definitely secondary priorities. And even when he's trying to be ''nice'', he can still be terrifying: see chapter 52 of the sequel, when he [[spoiler: commits ''genocide'' against the Red Court of Vampires to protect Harry Dresden, his daughter, and indirectly, Wanda]].


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* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: As he chillingly puts it in chapter 52 of the sequel, when casually discussing his obliteration of the AlwaysChaoticEvil [[spoiler: Red Court of Vampires]]...
--> If I don't commit genocide every now and then, people forget who I am.


* CompositeCharacter: Has more than a little of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger about him, mixed in with the usual Doctor Strange, as well as definite flavours of various incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], [[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgarath, the Light Prophecy]], and [[{{Series/Discworld}} Lord Vetinari.

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* CompositeCharacter: Has more than a little of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger about him, mixed in with the usual Doctor Strange, as well as definite flavours of various incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], [[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgarath, the Light Prophecy]], and [[{{Series/Discworld}} [[{{Literature/Discworld}} Lord Vetinari.]]



* KungFuWizard: Downplayed because we rarely see him fight, but Strange mentions having studied at K'un L'un, and during the FinalBattle of Book 1, he pulls a ShutUpHannibal (see below) by punching Chthon in the mouth.

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* KungFuWizard: Downplayed because we rarely see him fight, but Strange mentions having studied at K'un L'un, and during the FinalBattle of Book 1, he pulls a ShutUpHannibal (see below) by punching Chthon in the mouth.mouth Iron Fist style.



* PetTheDog: While rarely cruel (except when dealing with those who WouldHurtAChild), he can be frighteningly cold and is usually fairly distant - which is a bone of contention between him and Wanda. However, he can also be quite kind, giving the kids some good and kindly advice in chapter 75 and Carol some kind words in chapter 78, as well as invariably honouring sacrifice and treating it with the utmost solemnity - making it the exception to his otherwise entirely irreverent attitude.

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* PetTheDog: While rarely cruel (except when dealing with those who WouldHurtAChild), WouldHurtAChild, whereupon he gets creatively nasty), he can be frighteningly cold and is usually fairly distant - which is a bone of contention between him and Wanda. However, he can also be quite kind, giving the kids some good and kindly advice in chapter 75 and Carol some kind words in chapter 78, as well as invariably honouring sacrifice and treating it with the utmost solemnity - making it the exception to his otherwise entirely irreverent attitude.



* SoProudOfYou: More than once to Wanda, telling her that she is the best and that he could not be more proud of her. Judging by Wanda's reaction, it's not something that occurred too often while he was raising her.

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* SoProudOfYou: More than once to Wanda, telling her that she is the best and that he could not be more proud of her. Judging by Wanda's reaction, it's not something that occurred too often while he was raising her.her - as he sadly remarks, he was a better teacher than father.


** He gives Harry a book titled [[TropesForDummies "Blood Magic For Morons,"]] to express his opinion of how Harry told Ron and Hermione about [[spoiler: the Dark Phoenix]]. ''Before'' Harry had told them about it.

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** He gives Harry a book titled [[TropesForDummies [[ParodiesForDummies "Blood Magic For Morons,"]] to express his opinion of how Harry told Ron and Hermione about [[spoiler: the Dark Phoenix]]. ''Before'' Harry had told them about it.


* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Played this role for Harry as a teacher, and points out calmly to Thor and Sirius that despite how much they dislike it, [[BigGood Strange]] is not obligated to take care of Harry or to protect him from every villain-he's got larger concerns.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Played this role for Harry as a teacher, and points out calmly to Thor and Sirius that despite how much they dislike it, [[BigGood Strange]] is not obligated to take care of Harry or to protect him from every villain-he's villain - he's got larger concerns.



In ''Ghosts of the Past'', he's engaged in continuing his machinations, but thanks to interference from an unknown other rendering [[spoiler: Essex]] invisible to his Sight and a driving obsession with making amends for his failure to save [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]], he's driven himself to death's door. Half mad, desperate, and consumed with an obsessive desire for revenge, he's now more unpredictable and dangerous than ever. Fortunately, he gets back to normal (or as normal as he ever gets) after the ''Forever Red'' arc wraps up. Spends most of the ''Bloody Hell'' arc, from chapter 29 to chapter 37, [[spoiler: pretending to be dead]] for reasons of his own.\\\

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In ''Ghosts of the Past'', he's engaged in continuing his machinations, but thanks to interference from an unknown other rendering [[spoiler: Essex]] invisible to his Sight and a driving obsession with making amends for his failure to save [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]], he's driven himself to death's door. Half mad, desperate, and consumed with an obsessive desire for revenge, he's now more unpredictable and dangerous than ever. Fortunately, he gets back to normal (or as normal as he ever gets) after the ''Forever Red'' arc wraps up. Spends most of the ''Bloody Hell'' arc, from chapter 29 to chapter 37, [[spoiler: pretending to be dead]] for reasons of his own.\\\



** While Merlin may have more power and possibly even more overall skill than him, Strange states that his mastery of time magic exceeds even his (which is unsurprising, given that Strange was [[spoiler: altered by the Time Stone]]).

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** While Merlin may have more power and possibly even more overall skill than him, Strange states that his mastery of time magic exceeds even Merlin's, despite Merlin being a TimeMaster in his (which own right. This is unsurprising, given that Strange was [[spoiler: altered by the Time Stone]]).Stone]].



* AmbiguouslyHuman: ''Ghosts of the Past'' calls into question what Strange actually is. After the ''Forever Red'' arc, when he's under medical observation, Frigga bluntly states two things. First, if he'd been an ordinary human, even if he'd been a SuperSoldier, what he put himself through would have killed him. As it was, he was still functional, if skeletal and half-mad. Second, [[spoiler: temporal energy flows through him, not even in the way of a time traveller, but as if he's a part of it.]] It turns out that he is, in fact, human-just one [[spoiler: altered by the Time Stone.]]

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: ''Ghosts of the Past'' calls into question what Strange actually is. After the ''Forever Red'' arc, when he's under medical observation, Frigga bluntly states two things. First, if he'd been an ordinary human, even if he'd been a SuperSoldier, what he put himself through would have killed him. As it was, he was still functional, if skeletal and half-mad. Second, [[spoiler: temporal energy flows through him, not even in the way of a time traveller, but as if he's a part of it.]] It turns out that he is, in fact, human-just one human - just one altered by [[spoiler: altered by the Time Stone.]]Stone]].



* TheArchmage: The archetypal example.

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* TheArchmage: The archetypal example.example in the 'verse.



* BadassBeard: Wears a neat goatee.

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* BadassBeard: Wears a neat goatee.goatee beard, most of the time - sometimes it gets a little ragged.



** It's dialled UpToEleven in the sequel during ''Forever Red'' and immediately after it - he might be rather loopy and cheerfully refer to Ra as 'Your Featheriness'... but he's also prone to terrifying [[MoodSwinger mood swings]] and is completely unpredictable, meaning that one moment he can be joking, the next he can be practically frothing with rage (emphatically ''not'' a reassuring trait in someone holding [[spoiler: the Tesseract]] and knows how to use it).

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** It's dialled UpToEleven in the sequel during ''Forever Red'' and immediately after it - he might be rather loopy and cheerfully refer to Ra as 'Your Featheriness'... but he's also prone to terrifying [[MoodSwinger mood swings]] and is completely unpredictable, meaning that one moment he can be joking, the next he can be practically frothing with rage (emphatically ''not'' a reassuring trait in someone holding [[spoiler: the Tesseract]] and who knows how to use it).



* TheChessmaster: He's barely seen prior to chapter 70, but the impression that he gives off is that he is at least five steps ahead of everyone else, smoothly navigating the GambitPileup.
** Chapter 75 confirms this impression, showing him running the show.
** Chapter 78 shows what he's been building up to and how neatly he ties it all off.

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* TheChessmaster: He's barely seen prior to chapter 70, but the impression that he gives off is that he is at least five steps ahead of everyone else, smoothly navigating the GambitPileup.
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GambitPileup. Chapter 75 confirms this impression, showing him running the show.
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show, while Chapter 78 shows what he's been building up to and how neatly he ties it all off.



* CompositeCharacter: Has more than a little of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger about him, mixed in with the usual Doctor Strange, as well as definite flavours of various incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], [[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgarath]], and Lord Vetinari.

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* CompositeCharacter: Has more than a little of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger about him, mixed in with the usual Doctor Strange, as well as definite flavours of various incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]], [[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgarath]], Belgarath, the Light Prophecy]], and [[{{Series/Discworld}} Lord Vetinari.



* CruelMercy: After the Disir kidnapped Harry, he restored their consciences and trapped them inside a crystal ball (apparently for as long as he pleases, which considering his lifespan, could be a ''very'' long time), haunted by the ghosts of their victims.

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* CruelMercy: After the Disir kidnapped Harry, he restored their consciences and trapped them inside a crystal ball (apparently for as long as he pleases, which considering his lifespan, lifespan and temporal manipulation/time travelling abilities, could be a ''very'' long time), haunted by the ghosts of their victims.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: For all his confidence, wit, and power, he's got an absolutely miserable past. He was born [[spoiler: in the Kingdom of Camelot, and named Gwion, often Gwion Bach - 'little Gwion']]. His family were a band of [[spoiler: druids - wandering magical clans who kept up the old druidic traditions]] who were slaughtered by [[spoiler: Uther Pendragon's]] men when he was little more than a baby, as part of ThePurge against magic. His mother put him in a [[MosesInTheBulRushes hastily enchanted basket and set him into the river, hoping he'd find a safe haven.]] His first memories are of the screams and pleas for mercy from his people as they were slaughtered, the sounds of slaughter, and his mother crying and kissing his brow as she put him in the basket - he also reflects that he thinks he can remember her own screams as she was killed, but he's not sure whether they're real or imagined. He then floated downstream and was found by a fisherman, who named him [[spoiler: Taliesin]], and ironically, lived in [[spoiler: Uther's]] capital, [[spoiler: Camelot]]. His foster parents raised him well, and despite the prejudice, taught him to hide his magic when and attempted to find a tutor for him. They did so successfully - [[spoiler: Gaius]], the Court Physician and King's adviser, who saved as many magical people as he could. He was an old man and took on 9 year old Strange officially as a runner/apprentice, to carry messages and medicines around faster and more easily than old man easily could. Unofficially, he taught him how to use and control his magic, as he had his previous apprentice/assistant, and Strange's later mentor, [[spoiler: Merlin]]. All went well, as [[spoiler: Merlin became Arthur's adviser when he took the throne]] and Strange eventually became Court Physician and, because he had a gift for music, an occasional bard. He served happily for many years, through [[spoiler: Camelot's]] Golden Age, then in his thirties, with replacements trained up, opted to try WalkingTheEarth to learn more and bring knowledge and glory to his home. He did... and when he returned some years later, found everything ruined. His King was dead at the hands of a man who Strange considered to be ''his'' nemesis who ''he'' should have dealt with, nearly all Strange's friends were dead with him, his mentor vanished in despair, and everything they had worked to build, his ''home'', was crumbling around him. All, in his eyes, because he was LateToTheTragedy. And it ''still'' haunts him, even after a time travel extended life of [[spoiler: ''500,000 years''.]] No wonder he is the way he is.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: For all his confidence, wit, and power, he's got an absolutely miserable past.
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He was born [[spoiler: in the Kingdom of Camelot, and named Gwion, often Gwion Bach - 'little Gwion']]. His family were a band of [[spoiler: druids - wandering magical clans who kept up the old druidic traditions]] who were slaughtered by [[spoiler: Uther Pendragon's]] men when he was little more than a baby, as part of ThePurge against magic. His mother put him in a [[MosesInTheBulRushes hastily enchanted basket and set him into the river, hoping he'd find a safe haven.]] ]]
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His first memories are of the screams and pleas for mercy from his people as they were slaughtered, the sounds of slaughter, and his mother crying and kissing his brow as she put him in the basket - he also reflects that he thinks he can remember her own screams as she was killed, but he's not sure whether they're real or imagined. He then floated downstream and was found by a fisherman, who named him [[spoiler: Taliesin]], and ironically, lived in [[spoiler: Uther's]] capital, [[spoiler: Camelot]].
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His foster parents raised him well, and despite the prejudice, taught him to hide his magic when and attempted to find a tutor for him. They did so successfully - [[spoiler: Gaius]], the Court Physician and King's adviser, who saved as many magical people as he could. He was an old man and took on 9 year old Strange officially as a runner/apprentice, to carry messages and medicines around faster and more easily than old man easily could. Unofficially, he taught him how to use and control his magic, as he had his previous apprentice/assistant, and Strange's later mentor, [[spoiler: Merlin]]. All went well, as
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[[spoiler: Merlin became Arthur's adviser when he took the throne]] and Strange eventually became Court Physician and, because he had a gift for music, an occasional bard. He served happily for many years, through [[spoiler: Camelot's]] Golden Age, then in his thirties, with replacements trained up, opted to try WalkingTheEarth to learn more and bring knowledge and glory to his home. He did... and
* But
when he returned some years later, found everything ruined. His King was dead at the hands of a man who Strange considered to be ''his'' nemesis who ''he'' should have dealt with, nearly all Strange's friends were dead with him, his mentor vanished in despair, and everything they had worked to build, his ''home'', was crumbling around him. All, in his eyes, because he was LateToTheTragedy. And it ''still'' haunts him, even after a time travel extended life of [[spoiler: ''500,000 years''.]] No wonder he is the way he is.



* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Or, Amoral Teachers Want Good Students, anyway. In ''Ghosts'' he explicitly states to Gorakhnath, an old teacher of his, that he does ''not'' want [[spoiler: Harry]] turning out like him.

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* EvilParentsWantGoodKids: Or, Amoral Teachers Want Good Students, anyway. In He was careful to raise Wanda with a strong moral compass (meaning that she often disagrees with his more amoral decisions), and in ''Ghosts'' he explicitly states to Gorakhnath, an old teacher of his, that he does ''not'' want [[spoiler: Harry]] turning out like him.



* {{Expy}}: A mysterious and ancient time traveller with a frequently irreverent sense of humour, a knack for pulling off the impossible and turning his enemies weapons against them, downright weird dress sense and, on the dark side, an absolutely terrifying rage, a reputation as TheDreaded that makes both good guys and bad guys alike shudder at the very ''thought'' of his getting involved, something of a God Complex, and a near unparalleled talent for turning ordinary people into weapons? [[Series/DoctorWho Sounds familiar.]] He even wearily lampshades it at one point.

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* {{Expy}}: A mysterious and ancient time traveller with a frequently irreverent sense of humour, a knack for pulling off the impossible and turning his enemies enemies' weapons against them, downright weird dress sense and, on the dark side, an absolutely terrifying rage, [[TheDreaded a reputation as TheDreaded reputation]] that makes both good guys and bad guys alike shudder at the very ''thought'' of his getting involved, something of a God Complex, and a near unparalleled talent for turning ordinary people into weapons? [[Series/DoctorWho Sounds familiar.]] He even wearily lampshades it at one point.



** In ''Ghosts of the Past'', Strange teleports from one room to another, just so that he can sneak up behind the Avengers. It is noted that, "Like the Laws of Nature, doors and the linear progression from point A to point B in general were something Strange considered to be beneath his dignity."
** He gives Harry a book titled "Blood Magic For Morons," to express his opinion of how Harry told Ron and Hermione about [[spoiler: the Dark Phoenix]]. ''Before'' Harry had told them about it.

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** In ''Ghosts of the Past'', Early in ''Ghosts'', Strange teleports from one room to another, just so that he can sneak up behind the Avengers. It is noted that, "Like the Laws of Nature, doors and the linear progression from point A to point B in general were something Strange considered to be beneath his dignity."
** He gives Harry a book titled [[TropesForDummies "Blood Magic For Morons," Morons,"]] to express his opinion of how Harry told Ron and Hermione about [[spoiler: the Dark Phoenix]]. ''Before'' Harry had told them about it.



* TheGhost: Frequently mentioned, but we only actually see a very faint glimpse of him in chapter 39, a brief scene in which he says three words in chapter 43, another brief glimpse in chapter 45, then an actual appearance at the tail end of chapter 47/start of chapter 48, before he disappears again. He starts appearing more regularly from chapter 60 onwards.

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* TheGhost: Frequently In the first book. He's frequently mentioned, but we only actually see a very faint glimpse of him in chapter 39, a brief scene in which he says three words in chapter 43, another brief glimpse in chapter 45, then an actual appearance at the tail end of chapter 47/start of chapter 48, before he disappears again. He starts appearing more regularly from chapter 60 onwards.



* GoodIsNotNice: He can be nice, particularly to children, and is generally fairly charming... but when he gets stressed and things start unravelling, his manners are usually the first thing to go. When Xavier notes in the finale of ''Child of the Storm'', that he's particularly unhappy at some of Strange's antics, Strange quite bluntly tells him that he doesn't care so long as Xavier does what he says.

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* GoodIsNotNice: He can be nice, particularly to children, and is generally fairly charming... charming, but when he gets stressed and things start unravelling, his manners are usually the first thing to go. When Xavier notes in the finale of ''Child of the Storm'', that he's particularly unhappy at some of Strange's antics, Strange quite bluntly tells him that he doesn't care so long as Xavier does what he says.



** This attitude gets him punched in the face by both Wanda and Tony - though he later suggests that he purposefully led the conversation to that point, on the grounds that Wanda at least needed to let off some frustration and he didn't mind.
* GreatGazoo: Bonkers, mischievous, and with immense magical powers which he uses to mess with all the cast? Absolutely. At the same time, however, [[BewareTheSillyOnes none of this stops him from being easily the most dangerous (and, when he wishes, by far the most frightening) member of the cast]] by a ''very'' long way.

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** This attitude gets him punched in the face by both Wanda and Tony - though he later suggests that he purposefully led the conversation to that point, on the grounds that Wanda at least needed to let off some frustration and he didn't mind.
mind (and/or felt he deserved it).
* GreatGazoo: Bonkers, mischievous, and with immense magical powers which he uses to mess with all the cast? Absolutely. At the same time, however, [[BewareTheSillyOnes none of this stops him from being easily the most dangerous (and, when he wishes, by far the most frightening) member of the cast]] by a ''very'' long way.



* LongGame: He's been playing one ''for millennia.''

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* LongGame: He's been playing one ''for millennia.'' [[spoiler: Hundreds of millennia, in fact.]]



** Chapter 9 of ''Ghosts of the Past'' reveals that [[spoiler: Essex]] is a blind spot in his Sight, something which inspires a significant OhCrap moment in just about everyone else.
** He later admits that "contrary to carefully cultivated popular belief" he does not, in fact, know everything. However, he can provide a very credible impersonation.

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** Nick Fury points out in Chapter 9 of ''Ghosts of ''Ghosts'' that the Past'' one thing that everyone forgets about Strange is that he is neither omniscient nor infallible, and reveals that [[spoiler: Essex]] is a blind spot in his Strange's Sight, something two things which inspires inspire a significant OhCrap moment in just about everyone else.
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else. Strange later admits that "contrary to carefully cultivated popular belief" he does not, in fact, know everything. However, he can provide a very credible impersonation.



* ParentalSubstitute: Seems to have been this for Wanda, and while he protected her, was a good teacher, and a kind father-figure, he wasn't always the best parent: the two have a strained relationship at the start of the first book, in large part because Wanda resents how he wasn't there for her when she felt she needed him, refusing to help [[spoiler: with Hermione]], and how he explicitly ordered her not to take in Harry on the grounds that he wouldn't survive in her care, forcing her to leave him with the Dursleys. It thaws somewhat in the second book, especially after he finally explains his DarkAndTroubledPast, showing the man behind the hyper-competent manipulative mask, and tells her [[SoProudOfYou how proud he is of her]] (a notable thing from a man who WillNotTellALie) but it's still a bit tense at times.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Seems to have been this for Wanda, and while he protected her, was a good teacher, and a kind father-figure, he wasn't always the best parent: the two have a strained relationship at the start of the first book, in large part because Wanda resents how he wasn't there for her when she felt she needed him, refusing to help [[spoiler: with Hermione]], and how he explicitly ordered her not to take in Harry on the grounds that he wouldn't survive in her care, forcing her to leave him with the Dursleys. It thaws somewhat in the second book, especially after he finally explains his DarkAndTroubledPast, showing the man behind the hyper-competent manipulative mask, and tells her [[SoProudOfYou how proud he is of her]] (a notable thing from a man who WillNotTellALie) WillNotTellALie), but it's still a bit tense at times.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: At the high end of this trope. Just because he rarely fights doesn't mean that he can't - and the last time he cut loose before the story started, he ''levelled'' Berlin. In chapter 77, when he finally takes the field again, he has Gravemoss, who's on Loki's level, on the ropes while also giving [[spoiler: Jason Todd]] a pep-talk via AstralProjection on the other side of the battlefield.

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: At the high end of this trope. Just because he rarely fights doesn't mean that he can't - and the last time he cut loose before the story started, he ''levelled'' Berlin. In chapter 77, when he finally takes the field again, he has Gravemoss, who's on Loki's level, on the ropes while also giving [[spoiler: Jason Todd]] a pep-talk via AstralProjection on the other side of the battlefield.battlefield, before resuming the fight and beating Gravemoss to a pulp.



* PhantomThief: Ironically, this is probably the closest thing he has to a hobby. Among other things, he's been known to steal objects varying from Alastor Moody's wooden leg, the Philosopher's Stone from Dumbledore's pocket (having nipped back in time to do it), Harry's Phoenix feather [[spoiler: a.k.a. Laevateinn]], and even ''Loki's detached head'', from right under their owners' noses - in the case of the phoenix feather, he actually pick-pocketed [[spoiler: Maddie]], mostly just to prove he could. And in the case of Loki's head, he left behind a note: 'I.O.U. one Loki'. In ''Ghosts'', Thor flatly states that if he wanted to, he could probably steal just about anything he felt like. Including the Tesseract... with minimal effort... from Asgard's highest security vaults.

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* PhantomThief: Ironically, this is probably the closest thing he has to a hobby. Among other things, he's been known to steal objects varying from Alastor Moody's wooden leg, the Philosopher's Stone from Dumbledore's pocket (having nipped back in time to do it), Harry's Phoenix feather [[spoiler: a.k.a. Laevateinn]], and even ''Loki's detached head'', from right under their owners' noses - in the case of the phoenix feather, he actually pick-pocketed [[spoiler: Maddie]], mostly just to prove he could. And in the case of Loki's head, he left behind a note: 'I.O.U. one Loki'. In ''Ghosts'', Thor flatly states that if he wanted to, he could probably steal just about anything he felt like. Including [[spoiler: the Tesseract...Tesseract]]... with minimal effort... from Asgard's highest security vaults.



* RealityWarper: It is repeatedly implied that the Laws of Nature are something that apply to other people.

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* RealityWarper: It is repeatedly implied that the Laws of Nature are something that apply to other people.people, with Harry at one point sourly speculating that nature took one look at Strange and decided that it wasn't worth the trouble.



* SmugSmiler: To an extent. The smile itself, a smug smirk/mysterious smile, fits this, but the reason for it pushes it into GrinOfAudacity territory.
** This tendency has been known to annoy other people, such as Ebenezar [=McCoy=].

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* SmugSmiler: To an extent. The smile itself, a smug smirk/mysterious smile, fits this, but the reason for it pushes it into GrinOfAudacity territory.
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territory. This tendency has been known to annoy other people, such as Ebenezar [=McCoy=].


** It's dialled UpToEleven in the sequel during ''Forever Red'' and immediately after it - he might be rather loopy and cheerfully refer to Ra as 'Your Featheriness'... but he's also prone to terrifying [[MoodSwinger mood swings]] and is completely unpredictable, meaning that one moment he can be joking, the next he can be practically frothing with rage (emphatically ''not'' a reassuring trait in someone holding [[spoiler: the Tesseract]]).

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** It's dialled UpToEleven in the sequel during ''Forever Red'' and immediately after it - he might be rather loopy and cheerfully refer to Ra as 'Your Featheriness'... but he's also prone to terrifying [[MoodSwinger mood swings]] and is completely unpredictable, meaning that one moment he can be joking, the next he can be practically frothing with rage (emphatically ''not'' a reassuring trait in someone holding [[spoiler: the Tesseract]]).Tesseract]] and knows how to use it).



** This sets in once you realise that he knew of pretty much all the bad things that have happened before they did and didn't lift a finger to stop them from happening, in some cases tacitly arranging for them to do so. While he's working for the GreaterGood and is genuinely out to protect Earth, with his actions preparing Earth to take on Thanos, but still... once you think about it, it's kind of cold.

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** This sets in once you realise that he knew of pretty much all the bad things that have happened before they did and didn't lift a finger to stop them from happening, in some cases tacitly arranging for them to do so. While he's working for the GreaterGood greater good and is genuinely out to protect Earth, with his actions preparing Earth to take on Thanos, but still... once you think about it, it's kind of cold.


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** After revealing his backstory to many of the heroes in ''Ghosts'' chapter 20, he receives hugs from Diana and Wanda, and it's noted that for once, he's wearing a genuine, heartfelt smile rather than a GrinOfAudacity.


* TheAntiRoleModel: Explicitly invokes this when talking to Gorakhnath - an old mentor and colleague with whom he disagrees philosophically - about [[spoiler: lessons for Harry]] in the sequel, stating that he sees what he does as a NecessaryEvil and explicitly does ''not'' want anyone turning out like him.

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* TheAntiRoleModel: AntiRoleModel: Explicitly invokes this when talking to Gorakhnath - an old mentor and colleague with whom he disagrees philosophically - about [[spoiler: lessons for Harry]] in the sequel, stating that he sees what he does as a NecessaryEvil and explicitly does ''not'' want anyone turning out like him.



** It's dialled UpToEleven in the sequel during ''Forever Red'' and immediately after it - he might be rather loopy and cheerfully refer to Ra as 'Your Featheriness'... but he's also prone to terrifying [[MoodSwinger mood swings]] and is completely unpredictable, meaning that one moment he can be joking, the next he can be practically frothing with rage (emphatically ''not'' a reassuring trait in someone holding [[spoiler: the Tesseract]].

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** It's dialled UpToEleven in the sequel during ''Forever Red'' and immediately after it - he might be rather loopy and cheerfully refer to Ra as 'Your Featheriness'... but he's also prone to terrifying [[MoodSwinger mood swings]] and is completely unpredictable, meaning that one moment he can be joking, the next he can be practically frothing with rage (emphatically ''not'' a reassuring trait in someone holding [[spoiler: the Tesseract]].Tesseract]]).



** This sets in once you realise that he knew of pretty much all the bad things that have happened before they did and didn't lift a finger to stop them from happening, in some cases tacitly arranging for them to do so. While he's working for TheGreaterGood and is genuinely out to protect Earth, with his actions preparing Earth to take on Thanos, but still... once you think about it, it's kind of cold.

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** This sets in once you realise that he knew of pretty much all the bad things that have happened before they did and didn't lift a finger to stop them from happening, in some cases tacitly arranging for them to do so. While he's working for TheGreaterGood the GreaterGood and is genuinely out to protect Earth, with his actions preparing Earth to take on Thanos, but still... once you think about it, it's kind of cold.



* TerrorHero: Strange is TheDreaded amongst the supernatural community, and this trope is best shown when he gets the ''Council Elite'' to shut up and do what he says through sheer intimidation (though it doesn't hurt that he's borrowed the ][spoiler: Tesseract]]). It's also implied that he makes even the likes of Gravemoss and Dracula nervous.

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* TerrorHero: Strange is TheDreaded amongst the supernatural community, and this trope is best shown when he gets the ''Council Elite'' to shut up and do what he says through sheer intimidation (though it doesn't hurt that he's borrowed the ][spoiler: [[spoiler: Tesseract]]). It's also implied that he makes even the likes of Gravemoss and Dracula nervous.


** He had also had a few dealings with Margaret Dresden, back in the day.

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** He had also mentions having had a few dealings with Margaret Dresden, back in the day.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Though he is mostly alluded to rather than appearing onscreen, being the HeroOfAnotherStory (for a very loose definition of 'hero', anyway), he is the father of a major character, and his actions in [[spoiler: enchanting the Zataras and causing their deaths]] led to Hermione being adopted by the Grangers and Zatanna's becoming orphaned.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Though he is mostly alluded to rather than appearing onscreen, being the HeroOfAnotherStory (for a very loose definition of 'hero', anyway), he is the father of a major character, and his actions in [[spoiler: enchanting the Zataras and causing their deaths]] led to [[spoiler: Zatanna]] becoming orphaned and [[spoiler: Hermione being adopted by the Grangers Grangers]], and Zatanna's becoming orphaned.have a long term psychological impact on Wanda (the former having happened through his abuse of her trust, and the latter being the result of that abuse of trust).



A police officer from India, who became a cyborg through unclear circumstances in this universe. Through further unclear circumstances, Karima became an "associate" of the Winter Guard and the Red Room (in other words, she had her personality suppressed in a way similar to the Red Son/[[spoiler:Harry]]).

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A police officer from India, who after an unexplained accident, became a cyborg cyborg, likely through unclear circumstances in this universe.the Red Room's technology. Through further unclear circumstances, Karima became an "associate" of the Winter Guard and the Red Room (in other words, she had her personality suppressed in a way similar to the Red Son/[[spoiler:Harry]]).



* BitCharacter: Appears with the rest of the Winter Guard, then goes offscreen after the ''Forever Red'' arc.

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* BitCharacter: Appears with the rest of the Winter Guard, then goes offscreen after the ''Forever Red'' arc.arc, being mentioned by Loki as being repaired and in counselling.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Loki suggests to the Indian Prime Minister that she and Nagraj Shah, a fellow prisoner of the Red Room, that they go on one of these against the Red Room's Indian base.

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* MysteriousPast: It's not exactly clear how she ended up as a Red Room cyborg, but Loki implies that it happened with the connivance of the Indian government.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Loki suggests to the Indian Prime Minister that she and Nagraj Shah, a fellow former prisoner of the Red Room, that they should be allowed to go on one of these against the Red Room's Indian base.



Uncle of Carol Danvers, father of [[ComicBook/{{Agent13}} Sharon Carter]] (she took her great-aunt actually great-grandmother Peggy's surname when she joined SHIELD) and all round badass. He was added to the story simply for RuleOfCool purposes, while the rest of the [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate universe]], a few characters excepted, is implied not to exist.

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Uncle of Carol Danvers, father of [[ComicBook/{{Agent13}} Sharon Carter]] (she took her great-aunt actually great-grandmother Peggy's surname when she joined SHIELD) and all round badass. He was added to the story simply for RuleOfCool purposes, while the rest of the [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate universe]], a few characters excepted, is implied not to exist.



* BewareTheSillyOnes: He's a snarky, irreverent goofball who names his pet wolf-dog Bucky just to annoy his grandfather and is noted by his sister as giving his niece pretty much anything, or letting her do anything, that her father says that she can't have/do out of sheer spite. He's also a highly decorated special forces soldier who reached the rank of Brigadier-General a full decade before most soldiers even come close and takes on unearthly abominations without batting an eyelid.

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* BewareTheSillyOnes: He's a snarky, irreverent goofball who names his pet wolf-dog Bucky just to annoy his grandfather and is noted by his sister as giving letting his niece have/do pretty much anything, or letting her do anything, anything that her father says that she can't have/do out of sheer spite. He's also a highly decorated special forces soldier who reached the rank of Brigadier-General a full decade before most soldiers even come close and takes on unearthly abominations without batting an eyelid.



* ImprobableAge: A downplayed example, since he's a Brigadier in his early forties. The broad explanation is WritersCannotDoMath. The more detailed version is that the author planned to have Carol as the great-granddaughter of Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers, making Jack the grandson of Steve, and only realised too late that he was trying to squeeze one generation too many into too short a time span. In any case, since the average age of a Brigadier General is 50, Jack is canonically an exceptionally skilled soldier. Additionally, his latent SuperSoldier genes make him more physically able and probably give him an increase in tactical skills as well, this isn't the most egregious of cases.

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* ImprobableAge: A downplayed example, since he's a Brigadier in his early forties. The broad explanation is WritersCannotDoMath. The more detailed version is that the author planned to have Carol as the great-granddaughter of Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers, making Jack the grandson of Steve, and only realised too late that he was trying to squeeze one generation too many into too short a time span. In any case, since while the average age of a Brigadier General is 50, Jack is canonically an exceptionally skilled soldier. Additionally, his latent SuperSoldier genes make him more physically able and probably give him an increase in tactical skills as well, this isn't the most egregious of cases.



* ShipTease: As in, Carol quite literally teases him about his canonical attraction to "that hot Major Carter."

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* ShipTease: As in, Carol quite literally teases him about his canonical attraction to "that hot Major Carter."Samantha Carter (no relation).


** Gorakhnath, a sometime mentor of his, noted that this trope is why he isn't happy with Strange, as he feels that Strange is too arrogant and has no one to hold him back.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: Just because he rarely fights doesn't mean that he can't - and the last time he cut loose before the story started, he ''levelled'' Berlin. In chapter 77, when he finally takes the field again, he has Gravemoss, who's on Loki's level, on the ropes while also giving [[spoiler: Jason Todd]] a pep-talk via AstralProjection on the other side of the battlefield.

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: At the high end of this trope. Just because he rarely fights doesn't mean that he can't - and the last time he cut loose before the story started, he ''levelled'' Berlin. In chapter 77, when he finally takes the field again, he has Gravemoss, who's on Loki's level, on the ropes while also giving [[spoiler: Jason Todd]] a pep-talk via AstralProjection on the other side of the battlefield.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Though he is mostly alluded to rather than appearing onscreen, he is the father of a major character, and he's often the HeroOfAnotherStory (for a very loose definition of 'hero', anyway).

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Though he is mostly alluded to rather than appearing onscreen, he is the father of a major character, and he's often being the HeroOfAnotherStory (for a very loose definition of 'hero', anyway).anyway), he is the father of a major character, and his actions in [[spoiler: enchanting the Zataras and causing their deaths]] led to Hermione being adopted by the Grangers and Zatanna's becoming orphaned.


* WellIntentionedExtremist: Is this trope in spades. Everything - almost literally ''everything'' - he does is devoted to stopping Thanos. As he puts it to Harry, the amount of people and monsters he's murdered would make a small mountain. And that's not even ''close'' to as dark as he's willing to get.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Is this trope in spades. Everything - almost literally ''everything'' - he does is devoted to stopping Thanos. As he puts it to Harry, the amount of people and monsters he's murdered just to protect him would make a small mountain. And that's not even ''close'' to as dark as he's willing to get.



** She remarks in chapter 37 of ''Ghosts'' that if 'literal hell' is required (to be unleashed upon anyone who hurts Harry), then - thanks to her New Bifrost tech - she can arrange it.

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** She remarks in chapter 37 of ''Ghosts'' that if 'literal hell' is required (to be unleashed upon anyone who hurts Harry), then - thanks to her New Bifrost tech - she can and will arrange it.



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Though he is mostly alluded to rather than appearing onscreen, he is the father of a major character, and he's often the HeroOfAnotherStory (for a very loose definition of 'hero', anyway).



* {{Telepathy}}: He's got a gift for Legilimency.

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* {{Telepathy}}: He's got said to have a gift for Legilimency.


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* BitCharacter: Appears with the rest of the Winter Guard, then goes offscreen after the ''Forever Red'' arc.


* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: Zig-Zagged. On the one hand, he is very cool, and he tends to regard all rules that he doesn't make as being made to be broken, as creatively as possible. On the other hand, while it sometimes has positive results, this tendency is described as ''not'' being a good thing. The White Council in particular are depicted as having a point in their disputes with him: their entire structure is designed to epitomise TheFettered, keeping wandless practitioners in particular in check. Strange, however, is the archetypal example of TheUnfettered, and takes on the kind of power that the Council (not unreasonably) thinks that no one should ever have.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: For all his confidence, wit, and power, he's got an absolutely miserable past. He was born [[spoiler: in the Kingdom of Camelot, and named Gwion, often Gwion Bach - 'little Gwion']]. His family were a band of [[spoiler: druids - wandering magical clans who kept up the old druidic traditions]] who were slaughtered by [[spoiler: Uther Pendragon's men]] when he was little more than a baby, as part of ThePurge against magic. His mother put him in a [[MosesInTheBulRushes hastily enchanted basket and set him into the river, hoping he'd find a safe haven.]] His first memories are of the screams and pleas for mercy from his people as they were slaughtered, the sounds of slaughter, and his mother crying and kissing his brow as she put him in the basket - he also reflects that he thinks he can remember her own screams as she was killed, but he's not sure whether they're real or imagined. He then floated downstream and was found by a fisherman, who named him [[spoiler: Taliesin]], and ironically, lived in [[spoiler: Uther's]] capital, [[spoiler: Camelot]]. His foster parents raised him well, and despite the prejudice, taught him to hide his magic when and attempted to find a tutor for him. They did so successfully - [[spoiler: Gaius]], the Court Physician and King's adviser, who saved as many magical people as he could. He was an old man and took on 9 year old Strange officially as a runner/apprentice, to carry messages and medicines around faster and more easily than old man easily could. Unofficially, he taught him how to use and control his magic, as he had his previous apprentice/assistant, and Strange's later mentor, [[spoiler: Merlin]]. All went well, as [[spoiler: Merlin became Arthur's adviser when he took the throne]] and Strange eventually became Court Physician and, because he had a gift for music, an occasional bard. He served happily for many years, through [[spoiler: Camelot's]] Golden Age, then in his thirties, with replacements trained up, opted to try WalkingTheEarth to learn more and bring knowledge and glory to his home. He did... and when he returned some years later, found everything ruined. His King was dead at the hands of a man who Strange considered to be ''his'' nemesis who ''he'' should have dealt with, nearly all Strange's friends were dead with him, his mentor vanished in despair, and everything they had worked to build, his ''home'', was crumbling around him. All, in his eyes, because he was LateToTheTragedy. And it ''still'' haunts him, even after a time travel extended life of [[spoiler: ''500,000 years''.]] No wonder he is the way he is.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: For all his confidence, wit, and power, he's got an absolutely miserable past. He was born [[spoiler: in the Kingdom of Camelot, and named Gwion, often Gwion Bach - 'little Gwion']]. His family were a band of [[spoiler: druids - wandering magical clans who kept up the old druidic traditions]] who were slaughtered by [[spoiler: Uther Pendragon's men]] Pendragon's]] men when he was little more than a baby, as part of ThePurge against magic. His mother put him in a [[MosesInTheBulRushes hastily enchanted basket and set him into the river, hoping he'd find a safe haven.]] His first memories are of the screams and pleas for mercy from his people as they were slaughtered, the sounds of slaughter, and his mother crying and kissing his brow as she put him in the basket - he also reflects that he thinks he can remember her own screams as she was killed, but he's not sure whether they're real or imagined. He then floated downstream and was found by a fisherman, who named him [[spoiler: Taliesin]], and ironically, lived in [[spoiler: Uther's]] capital, [[spoiler: Camelot]]. His foster parents raised him well, and despite the prejudice, taught him to hide his magic when and attempted to find a tutor for him. They did so successfully - [[spoiler: Gaius]], the Court Physician and King's adviser, who saved as many magical people as he could. He was an old man and took on 9 year old Strange officially as a runner/apprentice, to carry messages and medicines around faster and more easily than old man easily could. Unofficially, he taught him how to use and control his magic, as he had his previous apprentice/assistant, and Strange's later mentor, [[spoiler: Merlin]]. All went well, as [[spoiler: Merlin became Arthur's adviser when he took the throne]] and Strange eventually became Court Physician and, because he had a gift for music, an occasional bard. He served happily for many years, through [[spoiler: Camelot's]] Golden Age, then in his thirties, with replacements trained up, opted to try WalkingTheEarth to learn more and bring knowledge and glory to his home. He did... and when he returned some years later, found everything ruined. His King was dead at the hands of a man who Strange considered to be ''his'' nemesis who ''he'' should have dealt with, nearly all Strange's friends were dead with him, his mentor vanished in despair, and everything they had worked to build, his ''home'', was crumbling around him. All, in his eyes, because he was LateToTheTragedy. And it ''still'' haunts him, even after a time travel extended life of [[spoiler: ''500,000 years''.]] No wonder he is the way he is.



* {{Foil}}: In-universe, he says that Mordred was his: both TallDarkAndHandsome Druid boys orphaned by Uther Pendragon, having been tutored in magic by Merlin and Morgana, who were each other's dark reflections, as well as both being accomplished swordsmen. While Mordred was the better swordsman, [[spoiler: Taliesin]] was the better mage. However, while he remained loyal to Camelot, Mordred was directly responsible for its fall.

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* {{Foil}}: In-universe, he says that Mordred [[spoiler: Mordred]] was his: both TallDarkAndHandsome Druid magical boys orphaned by [[spoiler: Uther Pendragon, Pendragon]], having been tutored in magic by Merlin [[spoiler: Merlin]] and Morgana, [[spoiler: Morgana]], who were each other's dark reflections, as well as both being accomplished swordsmen. While And while Mordred was the better swordsman, [[spoiler: Taliesin]] was the better mage. However, while he remained loyal to Camelot, Mordred [[spoiler: Camelot]], [[spoiler: Mordred]] was directly responsible for its fall.



* GreatGazoo: Bonkers, mischievous, and with immense magical powers which he uses to mess with all the cast? Absolutely. At the same time, however, [[BewareTheSillyOnes none of this stops him from being easily the most dangerous and, when he wishes, most frightening member of the cast]] by a ''very'' long way.

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* GreatGazoo: Bonkers, mischievous, and with immense magical powers which he uses to mess with all the cast? Absolutely. At the same time, however, [[BewareTheSillyOnes none of this stops him from being easily the most dangerous and, (and, when he wishes, by far the most frightening frightening) member of the cast]] by a ''very'' long way.



* HeroicSelfDeprecation: In private, he's more than willing to downplay his achievements and reveal a streak of self-recrimination and self-hatred a mile wide. As he notes, roughly half a million years of watching good people die, sometimes sending them to their deaths, for the greater good is immensely wearing. He flat-out tells Thor that any torture the latter could devise would actually be cathartic, and death a relief.

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* HeroicSelfDeprecation: In private, he's more than willing to downplay his achievements and reveal a streak of self-recrimination and self-hatred a mile wide. As he notes, roughly [[spoiler: half a million years years]] of watching good people die, sometimes sending them to their deaths, for the greater good is immensely wearing. He wearying. Moreover, he flat-out tells a furious Thor that any torture the latter could devise would actually be cathartic, and death a relief.



* OutGambitted: Makes clear to Lucius in chapter 77 that he and his brilliant plans were only ever pieces in Strange's own LongGame. Lucius, who's previously uneasily suspected this, promptly has a VillainousBreakdown.

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* OutGambitted: Makes clear to Lucius in chapter 77 that he and his brilliant plans were only ever pieces in a small part of Strange's own LongGame. Lucius, who's previously uneasily suspected this, promptly has a VillainousBreakdown.



* PhantomThief: Has been known to steal objects varying from Alastor Moody's wooden leg, Harry's Phoenix feather [[spoiler: a.k.a. Laevateinn]], and even ''Loki's detached head'', from right under their owners' noses - in the case of the phoenix feather, he actually pick-pocketed [[spoiler: Maddie]], mostly just to prove he could. And in the case of Loki's head, he left behind a note: 'I.O.U. one Loki'. In ''Ghosts'', Thor flatly states that if he wanted to, he could probably steal just about anything he felt like. Including the Tesseract... with minimal effort... from Asgard's highest security vaults.
* PopCulturedBadass: Casually references everything from ''Series/DoctorWho'' to ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', usually at the most inappropriate of moments. He implies that it's one of the few things keeping him sane.

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* PhantomThief: Has Ironically, this is probably the closest thing he has to a hobby. Among other things, he's been known to steal objects varying from Alastor Moody's wooden leg, the Philosopher's Stone from Dumbledore's pocket (having nipped back in time to do it), Harry's Phoenix feather [[spoiler: a.k.a. Laevateinn]], and even ''Loki's detached head'', from right under their owners' noses - in the case of the phoenix feather, he actually pick-pocketed [[spoiler: Maddie]], mostly just to prove he could. And in the case of Loki's head, he left behind a note: 'I.O.U. one Loki'. In ''Ghosts'', Thor flatly states that if he wanted to, he could probably steal just about anything he felt like. Including the Tesseract... with minimal effort... from Asgard's highest security vaults.
* PopCulturedBadass: Casually references everything from ''Series/DoctorWho'' to ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', usually at the most inappropriate of moments. He implies that it's [[StepfordSnarker this habit]] is one of the few things keeping him even approximately sane.



* RenownedSelectiveMentor: He's renowned as one of the most brilliant and powerful mages ever to live, as well as one of the most dangerous, having been Sorcerer Supreme for centuries (and that's just in linear time - he was over a millennium old, at least, when he took the mantle), when most Sorcerers and Sorceresses Supreme last a decade, if that. He's taken only a very few apprentices in his very long life, with only three being known by name: Mordo, Wanda, and as of ''Ghosts of the Past'', [[spoiler: Harry]].

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* RenownedSelectiveMentor: He's renowned as one of the most brilliant and powerful mages ever to live, as well as one of the most dangerous, having been Sorcerer Supreme for centuries (and that's just in linear time - he was over [[spoiler: a millennium millennium]] old, at least, when he took the mantle), when most Sorcerers and Sorceresses Supreme last a decade, if that. He's taken only a very few apprentices in his very long life, with only three being known by name: Mordo, Wanda, and as of ''Ghosts of the Past'', [[spoiler: Harry]].



* TerrorHero: Strange is TheDreaded amongst the supernatural community, and this trope is best shown when he gets the ''Council Elite'' to shut up and do what he says through sheer intimidation (though it doesn't hurt that he's borrowed the Tesseract). It's also implied that he makes even Dracula nervous.
* TimeAbyss: Odin suspects that he was born about the same time as Thor and Loki, making him 1500 years old at least, and additionally suspects that, with the time travelling, Strange is at least as old as he is - over 5000.

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* TerrorHero: Strange is TheDreaded amongst the supernatural community, and this trope is best shown when he gets the ''Council Elite'' to shut up and do what he says through sheer intimidation (though it doesn't hurt that he's borrowed the Tesseract). ][spoiler: Tesseract]]). It's also implied that he makes even the likes of Gravemoss and Dracula nervous.
* TimeAbyss: While it's known from fairly early on that he's Really700YearsOld at least, Odin suspects that he was born about the same time as [[spoiler: Thor and Loki, Loki]], making him 1500 [[spoiler: 1500]] years old at least, and additionally suspects that, with the time travelling, Strange is at least as old as he [[spoiler: he]] is - over [[spoiler: 5000.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Is this trope in spades.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Is this trope in spades. Everything - almost literally ''everything'' - he does is devoted to stopping Thanos. As he puts it to Harry, the amount of people and monsters he's murdered would make a small mountain. And that's not even ''close'' to as dark as he's willing to get.



* WizardsLiveLonger: Looks like he's in his early forties and has since he surfaced at the dawn of the 17th century, while Odin correctly suspects that he was born sometime around 500 AD. What with time travel, no one's really sure how old he is. [[spoiler:Not even Strange himself, who says he is close to ''500,000''.]]

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* WizardsLiveLonger: Looks like he's in his early forties and has since he surfaced at the dawn of the 17th century, while Odin correctly suspects that he was born sometime around 500 [[spoiler: 500]] AD. What with time travel, no one's really sure how old he is. [[spoiler:Not even Strange himself, who says he is close to ''500,000''.]] As it is, this unusually long life-span is explained as being [[spoiler: a gift from the Time Stone]].


* AgentsDating: With the Winter Soldier/Bucky. Also alluded to with Clint, though following the reappearance of the former, they seem to have mutually agreed to drop it.

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* AgentsDating: With the Winter Soldier/Bucky. The relationship is described as being complicated enough that it would need a whole series of psychology books to adequately describe. Also alluded to with Clint, though following the reappearance of the former, they seem to have mutually agreed to drop it.



* AdaptationalBadass: Played With. The Winter Soldier was enough of an ImplacableMan in the comics and movies, but here he's intimidating everyone from Asgardians to Voldemort with his name alone. However, a lot of this is thanks to reputation taking on a life of its own, and he is very aware of his limits. Specifically, while he can beat the likes of Captain America and Sabretooth in close quarters combat, and can take both Captain America and the Black Widow at once in a straight fight, higher level superhumans necessitate breaking out the special sniper rifles.

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* AdaptationalBadass: Played With. The Winter Soldier was enough of an ImplacableMan in the comics and movies, but here he's intimidating everyone from Asgardians to Voldemort with his name alone. However, a lot of this is thanks to his reputation taking on a life of its own, and he is very aware of his limits. Specifically, while he can beat the likes of Captain America and Sabretooth in close quarters combat, and can take both Captain America and the Black Widow at once in a straight fight, higher level superhumans necessitate breaking out the special sniper rifles.



* DarthVaderClone: All covering ominous black mask plus opaque googles? Check. TheHeavy for less physically imposing villain(s), primarily a manipulative man who works from the shadows, wants to rule everything and has magic powers? Check. Ridiculously dangerous cyborg [[TheDreaded who terrifies absolutely everyone]]? Check. Originally a good guy, best friend of a hero, who was ReforgedIntoAMinion? Check. Performs a HeelFaceTurn because he refuses to kill a child? Big, fat check. That said, he wound up being brainwashed again shortly after, before the brainwashing was cleared away.

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* DarthVaderClone: As the Winter Soldier. All covering ominous black mask plus opaque googles? Check. TheHeavy for less physically imposing villain(s), primarily a manipulative man who works from the shadows, wants to rule everything and has magic powers? Check. Ridiculously dangerous cyborg [[TheDreaded who terrifies absolutely everyone]]? Check. Originally a good guy, best friend of a hero, who was ReforgedIntoAMinion? Check. Performs a HeelFaceTurn because he refuses to kill a child? Big, fat check. That said, he wound up being brainwashed again shortly after, before the brainwashing was cleared away.



* TheDreaded: He is this in-universe and [[HeroKiller with good reason]]. The general reaction when he's involved is pure fear, with Harry noting the difference in the ''Daily Prophet's'' reporting of Sirius' breakout (over-the-top hysteria) and his possible return (quiet terror) and that the latter is somehow considerably more unnerving.
** Carol later notes, when getting a look at his statue in the literal RoguesGallery of the Natural Museum's new superhuman wing, that she can see why everyone found him so terrifying.

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* TheDreaded: He As the Winter Soldier, he is this in-universe and [[HeroKiller with good reason]]. The general reaction when he's involved is pure fear, with Harry noting the difference in the ''Daily Prophet's'' reporting of Sirius' breakout (over-the-top hysteria) and his possible return (quiet terror) and that the latter is somehow considerably more unnerving.
** Carol later notes, when getting a look at his statue in the literal RoguesGallery of the Natural Museum's new superhuman wing, that she can see why everyone found him so terrifying.frightening.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: One constant is that the Winter Soldier does not harm children, not if he can possibly avoid it. He also had a certain amount of VillainRespect for people like Wolverine and Mar-Vell.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: One constant is that the Winter Soldier does not harm children, not if he can possibly avoid it. No one's entirely sure why, but considering that it was well-known by (the admittedly very well-informed) Victor Von Doom, it was a defining trait. He also had a certain amount of VillainRespect for people like Wolverine and Mar-Vell.



* FriendToAllChildren: One of the very few constants is that he never, ever harms a child if he can possibly avoid it, and the Red Room quickly realised that ordering him to do so was an exercise in futility, as he would just employ some fairly spectacular LoopholeAbuse to avoid it. This tendency triggers his HeelFaceTurn in chapter 60.

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* FriendToAllChildren: One of the very few constants is that he never, ever harms a child if he can possibly avoid it, and the Red Room quickly realised that ordering him to do so was an exercise in futility, as he would just employ some fairly spectacular LoopholeAbuse to avoid it.it - and, it is implied, his status as a SuperSoldier meant that his targets were never likely to be children anyway. This tendency triggers his HeelFaceTurn in chapter 60.



* GeniusBruiser: He's a SuperSoldier and a Super Spy. It kind of comes with the territory.

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* GeniusBruiser: He's a SuperSoldier and a Super Spy.Spy, who helped train Natasha. It kind of comes with the territory.



* HeroKiller: He's racked up quite the tally. JFK, Brian Falsworth a.k.a. Captain Britain, Arthur Weasley... though admittedly, the last one was a MercyKill, since the alternative was handing him over, alive, to Lucius Malfoy and Gravemoss.

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* HeroKiller: He's As the Winter Soldier, he's racked up quite the tally. JFK, Brian Falsworth a.k.a. Captain Britain, Arthur Weasley... though admittedly, the last one was a MercyKill, since the alternative was handing him over, alive, to Lucius Malfoy and Gravemoss.



* MalevolentMaskedMan: A classic example. Ultimately subverted, however. He's a victim of brainwashing, who steadily regains control of his mind and body.

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* MalevolentMaskedMan: A classic example.example as the Winter Soldier. Ultimately subverted, however. He's a victim of brainwashing, who steadily regains control of his mind and body.



** The details of his fight with Wolverine in 1986 aren't known, either, beyond the fact that it was brutal and it ended with Logan having a building dropped on him.



* RedemptionPromotion: On balance. While the Soldier was an [[ImplacableMan implacable]] OneManArmy, Bucky Barnes has all that skill and experience, combined with the ability to think for himself outside of immediate operational parameters. Additionally, he can revert to the Soldier persona if he needs to get something done quickly and brutally.

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* RedemptionPromotion: On balance. While the Soldier was an [[ImplacableMan implacable]] OneManArmy, and Bucky Barnes lacks the same degree of implacability, he has all that skill and experience, combined with the ability to think for himself outside of immediate operational parameters. Additionally, he can revert to the Soldier persona if he needs to get something done quickly and brutally.

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* NoodleIncident: For some unknown reason, he spent some time around Britain in the mid 20th century, resulting in an occasionally alluded to friendship with Creator/JRRTolkien that led to him taking Tolkien on a tour of the Nine Realms and, [[CrackPairing hilariously, a relationship]] with UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen (who apparently gave him quite the ear-bashing for his "puny mortals" phase).


* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Can shift between his normal Asgardian form, the appearance of James Potter, and a magnificent stag at will.



* WisePrince: It took some time (and a few harsh lessons) for him to get there, but he's got a patient practicality and understanding that helps him serve as the Avenger's TeamDad.



* HiddenDepths: Those who don't know him see him as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and MadScientist who enjoys messing with people. This isn't untrue, but he's also one of the smartest people on the planet, and rather more perceptive than might be obvious.

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* HiddenDepths: Those who don't know him see him as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and MadScientist who enjoys messing with people. This isn't untrue, but he's also one of the smartest people on the planet, and rather more perceptive than might be obvious. It's also shown on multiple occasions that he can be tactful and mature when he actually puts the effort in.



* WellDoneSonGuy: His parents were Xavier's spies in the Hellfire Club, not to mention that Howard was also managing a highly successful business and TookALevelInJerkass after losing both Steve and Peggy. This has left him with more than a few issues.



* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Only a few notches above baseline humanity.

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* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Only a few notches above baseline humanity.humanity, and was already badass before the Red Room got their hands on him.


* UnskilledButStrong: The Hulk may not have any known martial arts training, but he's a runner for being the physically strongest character in the story (the only rivals he has are Hercules, Thor - who for raw strength, he can actually overpower sufficient to restrain, if needs be - and the TroperCodifier for TheJuggernaut), it took a direct attack from Chthon to actually hurt him, and he's got the rest of the Avengers as backup, so he rarely needs it.

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* UnskilledButStrong: The Hulk may not have any known martial arts training, but he's a runner for being the physically strongest character in the story (the only rivals he has are Hercules, Thor - who for raw strength, he can actually overpower sufficient to restrain, if needs be - and the TroperCodifier TropeCodifier for TheJuggernaut), it took a direct attack from Chthon to actually hurt him, and he's got the rest of the Avengers as backup, so he rarely needs it.



* BigSisterInstinct: She comforts [[spoiler: Lorna]], after the latter's experiences with the Red Room and finding out that she'd been made an {{unperson}}, once she found out that [[spoiler: Lorna]] was her much younger half-sister. She's also mentioned as taking their father aside and delivering a hissed lecture along the lines of 'be gentle with her or I ''will'' make you sorry' - and to his credit, Magneto is later noted to be acting as a model father.



* HasAType: Seems to like [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] [[OccultDetective investigators of the supernatural]], particularly if they're a member of the TrenchcoatBrigade, as evidenced by her ex being John Constantine and her now dating Harry Dresden. If you take out the trenchcoat requirement, then her other ex, Clint, also qualifies.

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* HasAType: Seems to like [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] snarky]] [[OccultDetective investigators of the supernatural]], particularly if they're a member of the TrenchcoatBrigade, as evidenced by her ex being John Constantine and her now dating Harry Dresden. If you take out the trenchcoat requirement, then her other ex, Clint, also qualifies.

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