10 Strongest Characters Doctor Strange Has Defeated In The Comics

Doctor Strange is the Master of the Mystic Arts, the Sorcerer Supreme, and the wielder of such powerful objects as the Eye of Agamatto and the Book of the Vishanti. As one of humankind’s premier heroes, Strange has allied with the Defenders, Avengers, and more to protect the Earth.

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Being such a high-profile hero means Strange has tested his mettle against hordes of enemies. From the Silver Age to the Modern Age, Strange has fought landmark battles against dream gods, extradimensional invaders, and more.

10 Nightmare on Bleecker Street: Doctor Strange Battles Nightmare

Nightmare is Doctor Strange’s first foe, a Fear Lord who rules over the Dream Dimension. Possessing the power to enter the minds of slumbering mortals, Nightmare has continually sought to unleash terror upon the citizens of the MU. In addition to battling Strange, Nightmare has also plagued heroes like the Hulk, the X-Men, and Spider-Man.

In writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko’s Strange Tales #116, Strange journeyed to the Dream Dimension at the behest of the NYPD. While there, he rescued and escorted home several humans Nightmare had captured in their dreams, battling the Fear Lord all the while.

9 Magic Tricks: Doctor Strange Vs Loki

The half-brother of Thor, Loki Laufeyson is one of the most enduring villains in comics. His magic from him might make him a match for most, while his lust for power puts him at odds with just about anyone in the Marvel Universe. In the heyday of the Silver Age, it set him against Doctor Strange.

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After Loki tricked Doctor Strange into preventing Thor from picking up his hammer, Strange stopped Mjolnir from flying to Loki and began to fight the villain. The battle, taking place in Strange Tales #123 (written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko), was hard-fought and eventually saw Loki retreat.

8 Purple People-Snatcher: Doctor Strange Against Aggamon

Aggamon is the ruler of the Purple Dimension, another plane of existence that’s dominated by purple plains and mountains. As its ruler, Aggamon was tyrannical and forced the inhabitants of the dimension to mine gems for himself while he became a master wizard. Not happy with the rule of his own dimension, Aggamon sought to enslave some denizens of Earth.

In Strange Tales #119, writer Stan Lee and penciler Steve Ditko pit Aggamon against the Sorcerer Supreme when the latter went to the Purple Dimension to rescue two thieves Aggamon had enslaved. The two sorcerers battled and were evenly matched until Aggamon relented, fearing the battle with Strange would kill him.

7 Schoolboy Rivalries: Doctor Strange Bests Baron Mordo

Baron Karl Mordo is one of Doctor Strange’s oldest, fiercest enemies. The two met (in their respective presents) when Strange began studying under the Ancient One. Mordo took an immediate dislike to his fellow student and became his chief rival, eventually leaving the Ancient One’s tutelage to serve the Dread Dormammu.

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Though the pair have clashed many times, a classic battle between Strange and Mordo takes place in Strange Tales #139, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko. While the villain holds both Clea and the Ancient One hostage, Strange masters his magics from him to defeat his rival and rescue his friends from him.

6 Battles, Not Bargains: Doctor Strange Banishes Dormammu

The demon lord of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu originated as an energy being in the dimension of the Faltine. After destroying the civilization there, Dormammu sought to take over other dimensions. Though he has tried multiple times, he’s never truly succeeded in besting the heroes of Earth.

Another classic antagonist of Doctor Strange, Dormammu has battled the Sorcerer Supreme many times. In one of the two’s most climactic battles, writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko’s Strange Tales #141 saw Strange finally defeat the demon in his own dimension and force the monster to promise he’d never use his power to invade Earth.

5 Fire And Ice Are Not So Nice: Doctor Strange Stops Ymir and Surtur

Ymir is the Norse ice giant from whom all other giants descended. Surtur is the Norse ruler of the realm of Muspellheim, a fiery pocket dimension of eternal torment. The two are old rivals, each having control over their respective elements and being the two oldest beings in Nordic cosmology.

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When Strange bested the human sorcerer Charles Benson, Benson unleashed the two elemental monsters upon the world. In a story that concluded in Avengers #61 (written by Roy Thomas and drawn by John Buscema), Strange called upon the aid of Black Knight, Hawkeye, Vision, and Black Panther. While the Avengers distracted the beings, Strange solved the problem by teleporting them back to their world.

4 ‘By The Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!’: Doctor Strange Stops The Juggernaut

Cain Marko, the Unstoppable Juggernaut, possesses the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak and all the power it bestows. As the Avatar of Cyttorak, Marko possesses massive strength, invulnerability, and a domed helmet that protects him from psychic attacks. One of the first enemies of the X-Men, Marko has gone on to menace every Marvel hero from Spider-Man to Thor.

In X Men #33 (written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Werner Roth), the original five X-Men sought the help of the Ancient One to take down the Juggernaut but met the astral form of Doctor Strange instead. While the rest of the team battles the Juggernaut, Doctor Strange sends Cyclops and Marvel Girl to retrieve a gem that ultimately teleports the menace to another dimension.

3 Something Wicked This Way Comes: Doctor Strange Defeats Shuma-Gorath

A Lovecraftian supermonster, Shuma-Gorath is an Old One – part of a collection of deities who ruled the Earth until he was banished eons ago. Most powerful in his home dimension from him, Shuma-Gorarth can shoot energy beams that destroy galaxies. Though it’s possible to beat him, he’s likely impossible to kill.

Strange first encountered the full being of Shuma-Gorath in Marvel Premiere #10, written by Steve Engelhart and Frank Brunner and also drawn by Brunner. As the demon is trying to invade Earth via the Ancient One’s mind, Strange realizes the only way to stop him is by killing his master of him. The Ancient One gives Strange his blessing from him and Strange earns the title of Sorcerer Supreme via tragedy.

two Witch Against Wizard: Doctor Strange Calms The Scarlet Witch

Wanda Maximoff, also known as the Scarlet Witch, has been many things: a hero, a villain, a mother, and a terrorist. Her mutant probability-manipulating powers alongside her extensive knowledge of magic make her one of the most formidable beings in the Marvel Universe, but her mental health issues sometimes cause her to attack the world around her.

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Maximoff underwent a large mental crisis that resulted in her sowing chaos throughout the world, killing many of the Avengers in the process. Using the Eye of Agamatto, Strange calmed her down and helped her return to a more calm mental state.

one Hell On Earth: Doctor Strange Takes Down Mephisto

The extradimensional demon Mephisto neither rules over true Hell nor is the capital “D” Devil. Nevertheless, he’s one of the most fearsome beings in the MU. A great magician as well as a collector of souls, Mephisto can manipulate reality, capture astral bodies, and is immortal.

When Mephisto sought to rule the newly-resurrected city of Las Vegas, Doctor Strange was one of the first to step in his way. With the terms being Strange’s soul or the souls of the city, the two played a high-stakes game of blackjack to determine their bet. Strange first beat the demon in cards (by cheating) and then beat him with the combined might over several demonically-possessed Avengers.


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