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Doctor Strange: His 15 Greatest Allies


Doctor Strange: His 15 Greatest Allies

Defending an entire dimension from incursions from other dimensions as well as attacks from other sorcerers from your own dimension can be difficult work to do alone. That’s why the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Strange, has always had a group of close allies to help him in his work; from disciples to mentors to fellow heroes, he is almost never truly alone.

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Also, for a man who often sees himself as somewhat cut off from the normal superhero world, Doctor Strange has ended up on his fair share of superhero teams, including a number of variations of the Defenders and a few teams of the Avengers. However, not that many of his fellow heroes ever got the chance to get really close to the good Doctor. Few really have period. Here, then, are the 15 greatest allies of Doctor Strange.

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15. Daimon Hellstrom

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Doctor Strange and Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan, first became intertwined with each other when Strange needed his help on a mission with the Defenders. Hellstrom soon became a recurring member of the Defenders (the way the Defenders worked was that they were not really a team in the typical sense, but more a group of heroes who hung out with each other; different members would show up for different missions) and also fell in love with one of the longstanding members of the Defenders, Patsy “Hellcat” Walker. After their marriage, however, when they retired as adventurers, Hellstrom’s past connection to hell got the best of him and he became a much darker figure.

In the years since, Strange has encountered Hellstrom a number of times, often as allies against whatever big magical problem has shown up, but sometimes as adversaries. Hellstrom tends to have a bit of a Machiavellian streak in him, so you can never fully trust him. Still, as long as his interests align with yours, he’s a strong ally to have on your side.

14. Valkyrie

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When Doctor Strange was in character limbo for a while after the cancellation of his original series, he was eventually revealed to be in ACTUAL limbo by a villain. A young woman sacrificed herself to free Strange in an issue of “Incredible Hulk.” Steve Englehart during the 1970s was one of the masters of picking up unresolved plot points from other titles and working them into his books, and that’s what he did in the pages of the “Defenfers,” when he brought that young woman back and transformed her into the superhero, Valkyrie, the second addition to the Defenders’ roster and their first female member.

Valkyrie served the Defenders with pride for many years, becoming one of the “core” members of the group (along with Nighthawk and Hellcat, two of the last heroes cut from this list), as guys like Doctor Strange could never commit themselves to the team 100%. Strange gave Valkyrie her powerful mystical sword, Dragonfang.

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