Occupation: Conqueror, former ruler of the Dark
Identity: Publicly known in the Dark Dimension. His existence
is unknown to the general populace of Earth.
Legal Status: Exiled citizen
of the dimension of the Faltine, exiled citizen of the Dark Dimension
Aliases: The Dread One
Place of Birth: The Faltine dimension
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Umar (sister), Clea
Group Affiliation: None, former ally of Umar and Loki.
Base of Operations: The Dark Dimension
First Appearance: STRANGE
History: Originally, Dormammu possessed
humanoid form. He and his sister Umar were sorcerers of
great mystical power, in the dimension of the Faltine.
For unknown reasons, they were exiled from this dimension,
and they sought sanctuary from Olnar, the wizard-king
of the Dark Dimension, a small "pocket" cosmos
in a dimension other than Earth's, in which the laws of
reality are different from those in the Earth dimension.
(It has been speculated that this took place many thousands
of Earth years ago.) Dormammu and Umar, promised to show
Olnar how to expand his realm. Olnar overruled the objection
of the other wizards of his realm, who distrusted the
two exiles, and he granted Dormammu and Umar not only
sanctuary but also positions of power. In return, the
two Faltinians showed Olnar how to break down interdimensional
barrier and to absorb other pocket dimensions into his
own. Thus Olnar greatly expanded the size of the Dark
However, after many years of such conquests,
it was discovered that a pocket cosmos that had recently
been added to the Dark Dimension was the home of the savage
creatures called the Mindless Ones. The Mindless Ones
spread destruction throughout the Dark Dimension and killed
Olnar. Dormammu and Umar barely escaped the attack that
killed Olnar. The surviving wizards blamed the two Faltinians
for the Mindless Ones' rampage. Suspecting that the wizards
would attack the two of them, Dormammu and Umar struck
first and defeated the wizards. The two Faltinians then
combined their magic to imprison the Mindless Ones behind
a mystical barrier, which still exists today. Umar, younger
than her brother was greatly weakened by this feat, and
did not regain her full power until long afterwards. The
people of the Dark Dimension acclaimed Dormammu and Umar
for saving them from the Mindless Ones and, with Olnar's
infant son Orini unable to rule and the wizard defeated
chose Dormammu as regent of the Dark Dimension.
Dormammu transformed himself into pure mystical
energy, thus enabling himself to use his vast magical
powers more efficiently. He placed a spell upon the remaining
few wizards that rendered them incapable of speech, and
therefore of using most of their magical powers, and condemned
them to wander through the Dark Dimension as outcasts.
Dormammu had no intention of surrendering his throne to
Orini, Olnar's heir, when the child came of age, but instead
raised Orini as his ward, and Orini became Dormammu's
For an unknown number of Earth centuries,
Dormammu has sought to conquer the Earth dimension. He
has always been frustrated by the Sorcerers Supreme of
the Earth dimension, each of whom has used the Amulet
of Agomotto as a weapon against him. The most recent Sorcerers
Supreme of the Earth dimension to oppose him have been
the now deceased Ancient One, and Doctor Stephen Strange,
who has become Dormammu's greatest foe. Despite Dormammu's
vastly greater power, Strange has defeated him repeatedly.
Most recently, Dormammu undertook a complex plot that
involved his reaching back in time to incarnate himself
physically on Earth in the year 1943, long before his
first clash with Doctor Strange. However, Strange and
Dormammu's niece Clea had journeyed back in time to 1943.
Each contributed to creating a means of destroying Dormammu,
scattering his mystical essence throughout myriad dimension.
However, it has been theorized that Dormammu, a being
of pure mystical energy, cannot forever be destroyed,
and it remains to be seen whether he may someday return.
Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Strength Level: As a member of the
extradimensional Faltine race, Dormammu has greater physical
strength than an Earth human of the same height and build.
However, it should be noted that Doctor Strange was once
able to defeat Dormammu in a physical duel in which each
combatant waived the use of his mystical powers.
Known Superhuman Powers: Dormammu
possesses vast magical powers' and is one of the most
powerful known mystical beings. He is not infinitely powerful,
however; the mystical being Zom is known to be more powerful
than Umar, and probably than Dormammu as well. It is not
known how the power of extradimensional gods and demons
such as Odin, Zeus, and Surtur compares to Dormammu's,
and Dormammu's power is know to be dwarfed by that of
Eternity and Living Tribunal.
The Major difference between a being like
Dormammu and a human sorcerer like Doctor Strange is that
while each can manipulate the ambient magical energy of
the universe he inhabits, Dormammu can also draw upon
the immense magical energy that grows within his own being.
Strange, an Earth human, does not generate mystical energy
within himself, and therefore must tap and manipulate
mystical energies that lie outside himself. Only the ability
to manipulate energy is within an Earth sorcerer, not
the energy itself.
In part Dormammu's power also derives from
the worship of him by being in the Dark Dimension and
other dimension. The form that this worship takes is not
yet known, but it may involve sacrifices of some nature.
Dormammu drains spiritual energies from his worshippers,
thereby in creasing his own power. Also, some of Dormammu's
power appears to be derived from the "flames or regency"
that engulf his head. These flames originated when the
then humanoid Dormammu merged with the great mystical
flames of the Dark Dimension, thereby converting his own
body to pure mystical energy. As a being of mystical energy,
Dormammu can use magic more efficiently than he could
as a corporal being; this is why Dormammu can wield magic
more powerfully than his sister Umar. When Dormammu has
been deposed from the throne of the Dark Dimension or
temporarily destroyed the flames of regency have materialized
about Umar's head, and her mystical power has simultaneously
increased. At present, with Dormammu apparently destroyed,
and Umar deposed and in suspended animation, the flames
of regency are borne by Dormammu's niece Clea, the new
ruler of the Dark Dimension. According to Dormammu's spell,
the flames will surround the head of whatever rules the
Dormammu can confer mystical power upon
beings who call upon him through spells and invocations,
but he never does so without requiring to pay some kind
of price that will increase Dormammu's own power. Nor
does Dormammu confer part of his own personal power from
another, undisclosed source. Dormammu can bestow enormous
quantities of power upon another, as he has done with
Baron Mordo on occasion. Even Doctor Strange, early in
his career, invoked the power of Dormammu before he learned
Dormammu's true nature.
Dormammu can manipulate his magical power
to accomplish a vast number of feats: interdimensional
teleportation, size transformations, time travel, elemental
control, telepathy, matter transmutations, energy manifestations
from extraordinary powerful bolts of magically-constructed
beings, and many other. Further, he is of sufficient might
to be able to cancel out or tamper with the magic of others.
(For example, he once caused Thor to revert to his former
mortal guise of Don Blake in spite of Odin's enchantment.)
It has been theorized that since Dormammu
is a being of pure mystical energy, he is impossible to
destroy. Should some force render Dormammu inactive, he
will eventually be restored to his active state through
the empowering effects of his subjects and disciples'
belief in and worship of him. Once, after his energies
were swallowed up by the Evil Eye, Dormammu, with Umar's
aid, managed to regenerate himself deep within the planet
Earth. Dormammu has also twice nearly succeeded in projecting
himself across the barriers separating the Earth dimensions
from his own by means other than simply traveling the
Earth physically. Once he almost caused himself to materialized
within a mountain in Vermont with the help of his worshippers'
prayers and rituals. Another time, he used his worshippers'
rituals to incarnate himself within the body of a human
Dormammu commands a host of intangible wraiths
who carry out his orders in dimensions other than his own.
When ruling the Dark Dimension, Dormammu command its armies
and various mystical beings living within it.