Occupation: Former disciple of Dr. Stephen Strange, former
leader of the revolutionary force in the Dark Dimension, now
ruler of the Dark Dimension
Identity: Publicly know in the Dark Dimension; the general
public of Earth does not know that Clea is and extradimensional
or believe that she is a true sorceress
Legal Status: Princess of the Dark Dimension
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: The Dark Dimension
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Umar (mother), Orini (father), Dormammu
(uncle), Olnar (granfather, deceased)
Goup Affiliation: Former disciple of Dr. Strange, former
associate of the Defenders, former leader of the revolutionary
forces in the Dark Dimension
Base of Operations: Formerly New York City, now the Dark
First Appearance: STRANGE TALES #126
History: Clea is the daughter of
Umar, a member of the extradimensional Faltinian race.
And of Prince Orini, the son of Olnar, former ruler of
the Dark Dimension. (The Dark Dimension is a small "pocket"
universe in a dimension other that Earth's, in which the
laws of reality are different from those in the Earth
dimension.) Exiles from their native dimension, Umar and
her brother Dormammu had allied themselves with Olnar.
Olnar was killed by the savage beings called the Mindless
Ones, leaving a son, Orini, who could not yet succeed
his father as ruler since he was an infant. Dormammu was
declared regent since he and Umar had saved the people
of the Dark Dimension from the Mindless Ones, and he raised
Orini as his ward. Dormammu did not surrender the throne
to Orini when the latter reached adulthood; instead, Orini
became Dormammu's leading disciple. Upon becoming an adult,
Orini first met Umar, and fell deeply in love with her;
However, Umar was disgusted by her affair with Orini and
has since treated him contemptuously. After Clea's birth,
she gave Clea to Orini to rise, and until recently, only
Umar and Orini knew that Umar was Clea's mother.
Clea befriended and aided Dr Stephen Strange
on his first journeys into the Dark Dimension to do battle
with Dormammu, who has long sought to conquer Earth. As
a result of these encounters, Doctor Strange and Clea
fell in love with each other. After Dormammu became trapped
in another pocket dimension as a result of a clash with
Eternity, Umar escaped the pocket universe to which Dormammu
had exiled her. Umar took over the throne of the Dark
Dimension and, determined to avenge her brothers defeat
by Strange, used Clea as her hostage to induce Strange
to return to the Dark Dimension to battle her. Strange
rescued Clea from Umar's attempt to kill her, but, in
order to safeguard Clea from further attack, was forced
to allow his mentor, the Ancient One to send her into
yet another pocket dimension, from which it was thought
Clea might never return.
It turned out that Clea had gone to the
same pocket cosmos to which Dormammu had been exiled.
Eventually, Doctor Strange found his way there, just as
Dormammu was preparing his long-awaited escape. Strange
freed Clea from her exile there, and Clea came to live
on Earth in New York City. She soon moved into Dr. Strange's
House, and spent several years there as his lover and
disciple in the mystic arts. During this time Clea developed
a great deal of her mystical potential as her knowledge
of magic increased.
With Dormammu's most recent disappearance, Umar
assumed the throne of the Dark Dimension. Clea returned
to the Dark Dimension to lead the forces of rebellion
there in their attempt to overthrow her. Clea was joined
there by Dr. Strange, who mystically probed Orini's mind,
thus learned the Umar was Clea's mother, and told Clea.
Clea finally defeated Umar in personal combat. Umar and
Orini, who remains loyal to her, were placed in suspended
animation within mystic capsules which were sent adrift
in another pocket dimension. Clea is now ruler of the
Height: 5 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 190 lbs.
Strength Level: Since Clea is the daughter
of Umar, a member of the extradimensional Faltine race,
her physical strength is greater by an unknown amount
than that of an Earth woman of the same height, build,
and physical age.
Known Superhuman Powers: Clea possesses
formidable abilities for manipulating mystical forces
for various purposes, due to her training by Dr. Strange
and her Faltine descent. At this point, Clea is Sorceress
Supreme of the Dark Dimension, and her power equals that
of Umar at Umar's peak. Clea finally achieved this high
level of power in her battle with Umar that led to Clea's
becoming ruler of the Dark Dimension. At that point, the
"flames of regency," that by Dormammu's spell
appears about the head of the ruler of the Dark Dimension,
surrounded Clea's head. The flames, which do not harm
Clea, will remain about her head as long as she is ruler.
It is believed that the flames themselves may have increased
Clea's power. Whenever Dormammu has been deposed and Umar
succeeded him, the flames appeared about her head , and
her power increased.
Presumably Clea generates great mystical energy
within her own body as Dormammu and Umar do, and can draw
upon it. It remains to be seen what Clea can do with her
newly increased power. While she was a student of Dr.
Strange and removed from the Dark Dimension, her magic,
like his seemed to be derived from three major sources:
personal power of the soul/mind/body (such as mesmerismand
thought casting), power gained by tapping the ambient
magical energy of the universe she inhabits and employing
it for special effects (such as illusion-casting and energy
projection), and finally, powers gained through the tapping
of mystical energy from other dimensions by invoking entities
of objects of power existing in those dimensions. The
latter means of power is usually gained by the recitation
of spells, either ritualized ones found in various mystical
text or original spells invoking extradimensional assistance.
The full range of Clea's mystical abilities have
yet to be seen. However, it has been theorized the Clea,
ay least potentially, can now perform any magical feat
that her mentor Dr. Strange or her mother Umar can. Clea's
abilities are, however, limited by her amount of training
and experience. It is known that Clea can form and hurl
magical energy bolts with a high degree of potemcy and
skill. She can use local magical energy for the conjuration
of at least physical objects or for unusual luminescent
effects. She has an extensive knowledge of sorcerous spells
and incantations which were taught her by Dr. Strange
and which invoke the names and aspects of various extradimensional
power sources for very specific effects without taxing
her own personal abilities.
As the daughter of Umar, a member of the extradimensional
race Faltine race, Clea has a body whose density is somewhat
greater than that of an Earth human. As a result, she
weighs more than an Earth woman of the same height and
The rate at which Clea ages is unknown. Her father
has aged very slowly over the centuries, and her mother
has apparently not aged at all over this same amount of
time. It has been speculated that Clea is thousands of
years old; however, physically, she remains a young woman.
Other Abilities: Clea received intensive
training in hand-to-hand combat and various athletic skills
as part of her studies with Dr. Strange.