Clea was born of an affair between Prince Orini leader of the Mhuruuks and legitimate heir to the rule of the Dark Dimension, and Umar, a Faltine and sister to the then-current ruler Dormammu. Umar was disgusted by her relationship with Orini, and abandoned Clea to be raised by him. Prince Orini kept any and all knowledge of Clea's true origins secret.
Dormammu had long sought to conquer Earth and, as a result, often confronted Earth’s defender, Doctor Strange. When Strange journeyed into the Dark Dimension to continue his battle against Dormammu, Clea initially sought to dissuade Strange from facing him before deciding to help Strange. Dormammu imprisoned her for betrayal. During the duel between Strange and Dormammu, the latter's powers were drawn away in an attempt to keep the Mindless Ones in check. Strange aided Dormammu in driving the creatures back, and in return was honor-bound by Strange to release Clea and not invade the Earth-dimension.
Clea aided him again in a confrontation with Dormammu, and the two fell in love soon after. On subsequent battles, Clea continued to help Doctor Strange, and their infatuation grew. Umar first gained control of the Dark Dimension when Dormammu was trapped in a pocket dimension after a battle with Doctor Strange and Eternity itself. Seeking revenge against Strange, Umar held Clea hostage. Doctor Strange rescued her, but his mentor the Ancient One convinced him that Clea would only be safe if she were sent to another pocket dimension. The couple agreed, even though they believed they might never see each other again. However, the dimension proved to be the same one that Dormammu was exiled to. Dormammu set plans in motion for his escape, but Strange thwarted his plans and rescued Clea in the process.
Doctor Strange returned to Earth with Clea, and she lived with him in his Sanctum Sanctorum, becoming his lover and disciple. Over the years, she grew into his near equal in mystical aptitude. She joined him on many of his adventures, even as a member of his team, the Defenders, and helped them on many occasions, such when they freed Valkyrie from prison (after which Clea designed a new costume for her), when they freed Trish Starr from Shazana's control, and when they defeated Dormammu from invading Earth on several occasions.
Eventually, Clea left Earth to return to the Dark Dimension, in part because she believed that Doctor Strange’s heart belonged to Morgana Blessing. Umar had once again seized the throne from Dormammu, who was believed dead when his essence was scattered across several dimensions. Clea was determined to help the forces of rebellion in their attempt to overthrow her. Clea and Doctor Strange sought out Prince Orini, the true heir to the original ruler, Olnar, and Strange learned the truth of Clea’s birthright. Clea and Umar battled one-on-one, with Clea emerging triumphant and claiming rulership of the Dark Dimension. Umar and Orini, who remained loyal to her, were exiled to a pocket dimension. A short time into her reign, she and Doctor Strange were married in the Dark Dimension.
When Dormammu reappeared, he won control over the Dark Dimension, forcing Clea to return to Earth once more. Back on Earth, Clea grew uncomfortable in her relationship with Doctor Strange. Stronger and more capable, she no longer needed Strange as a mentor, and their relationship suffered. Clea returned to the Dark Dimension and her role as leader of the resistance against Dormammu and Umar.
Clea took a brief respite from the rebellion to come to Doctor Strange’s rescue. He and the original Defenders had become cursed to continually band together and, as a result, found themselves distancing themselves from humanity. They struck upon the idea that in order to have peace, they would need to enforce it by ruling the world. Hellcat and the support Defenders asked Clea and others to form a team to defeat the so-called Order, after which Doctor Strange and the Defenders were freed from their curse and Clea returned to the Dark Dimension.
- Sorcery: Clea has become the Sorceress Supreme of the Dark Dimension, possessing vast magical powers. She has exhibited abilities such as forming and throwing magical bolts of energy, conjuring objects and energies, teleporting, telekinesis, controlling others’ minds, and casting illusions. Presumably, she is capable of replicating any spell performed by her former mentor, Doctor Strange.
Clea can tap into various mystical forces by petitioning other-dimensional entities for aid, relying on her own mystic talents, and manipulating various mystic forces of both the Marvel Universe and the Dark Dimension.
Clea is half-Faltine and half Dark Dimensional mortal, and can naturally fly and hover. Before coming to know Doctor Stephen Strange, Clea was only acquainted with the mystic forces in minor ways, but her potential increased with training. Her powers increase and decrease based on her peace with herself, her energy levels, her current condition, and her connection to her environment. Clea's mystic powers were greatest when she wore the Flames of Regency, the sign of the true ruler of the Dark Dimension which is reinforced by the denizens of the Dark Dimension believing in their ruler and weakens when that belief does so. Clea's powers have at times been shown to be greater in the Dark Dimension than they are on Earth.
Clea can exit her body in her astral form and travel outside it at the speed of thought. She can communicate with others telepathically, most notably to Doctor Strange due to their close bond. Clea can plant telepathic suggestions in the minds of others (at times briefly hypnotizing them), alter the memories of others, sense the psychic auras of others, determine when others are lying, see the astral forms of others, create psyche-spheres to block the telepathy of others, and astrally channel good spirits for limited astral effects. Clea can also project her mind or body through the timestream. Clea can combine her mind with Doctor Strange and others in order to increase mystic talent, and can extend force spheres from there. Clea is also a talented hypnotist. By casting a certain spell, Clea can awaken memories in the ego of another, allowing them to visualize events that they have not experienced, or creating illusions of others' memories in that person's mind; this spell can also awaken events from the past, however.
Clea can utilize weaver magic to disguise or reform her clothing or the clothing of others. As well, Clea can mystically transform her body and the bodies of others. Clea has transformed a man into a pig and guns into snakes. Clea has also conjured a rabbit, a leopard, an octopus, and a mystic warrior seemingly from thin air.
Clea can cast various spells due to her own mystic potential, including a spell of silence, the conjuring of mystic bolts, the masking of death, temporally banish others, project seismic bolts, form light-formed bindings, form a fire shield, cast an invisibility spell, reverse the effects of advanced aging, conjure a mystic force field, use telekinesis, generate frozen hail, generate a rain of flame, manipulate metal, translate other languages through an incantation, retard the progress of advancing flames, fire mystic flares, transfer magic power from one being to another, cast a spell of protection to limit the ability of others to attack her.
Clea can, to a limited extent, teleport herself and others to various locations and other dimensions, including the astral plane (through which she can travel physically). She has been known to travel from Earth to the Dark Dimension and back rather easily at times, but has had challenges doing so at other times, depending, likely, on various mystical principles. Clea once cast a sympathy spell, drawing upon the power of multiple psyches and powering them with love. Clea can channel pagan magic rituals and entreat earth spirits such as Gaea for aid. She once used the energies of the Silver Surfer to create the being Ardina, using an enchanted knife to pierce his virtually indestructible, cosmic-energy enhanced metallic skin. Certain demons are naturally resistant to Clea's powers.
By petitioning extra-dimensional forces and entities, Clea can utilize various spells for specific effect. These spells have included the Light of Nirvalon the Shield of the Seraphim, the Rings of Raggadorr, the Chains of Krakkan, the Fangs of Farallah, the Vipers of Valtorr, the Winds of Watoomb, the Flames of the Faltine, the Cage of Dyzakk, and the Bolts of Bedevilment. Clea has even called upon the Vishanti to interrupt the intense meditation of Doctor Strange.
Clea has, at times, used mystic artifacts for various effects. She can manipulate Doctor Strange's Cloak of Levitation, Eye of Agamotto, Orb of Agamotto, and Purple Gem. Clea once used a heartstone which allowed her to remain on Earth from the Dark Dimension while it was white and automatically pulling her back to the Dark Dimension when it turned dark. Clea has used mystic telling stones, allowing her to project messages and images to others. As Rei, Clea briefly wielded a casting rod, which could repel minor mystic attacks. Clea was briefly possessed by an extradimensional energy that changed her into an energy form filled with hate.
- Molecular Rearrangement
- Magic Generation: As she is descended from the Faltine race of beings, it is suggested that she can generate her own mystical energy like Umar and Dormammu and draw upon it to fuel her magic. Clea possesses tremendous magical power as a member of the Faltine race, although she is less experienced than the others.
- Enhanced Strength: She also possesses greater strength than that of a normal Earth human.
- Enhanced Durability: She possesses greater body density than that of a normal Earth human.
- Longevity: Her age is indeterminate, having lived for centuries but having the form and demeanor of a twenty year-old woman, and the rate at which she ages is unknown.
- Flames of Faltine: Can innately control the powerful Flames of Faltine, raising her already formidable magical abilities to even higher levels capable of defeating the Asgardian goddess called the Enchantress in single magical combat, and at the peak of her magical abilities even rivals her mother Umar and Doctor Strange himself in raw power. However, Dormammu has become Lord of the Dark Dimension once again, having regained the Flames. The Flames are claimed to be capable of effortlessly destroying any undead who threatened their bearer, even from the zombie virus tearing across the Marvel Multiverse.
Clea has been trained in basic forms of martial arts and other mental disciplines by Strange.
Greater-than-average strength compared to an Earth woman
Clea's magic has been shown to wane in other dimensions, such as that of Earth's, and certain creatures appear naturally resilient to them.
- Publicly known in the Dark Dimension (the general populace of Earth does not know that Clea is an extradimensional or believe that she is a true sorceress.)
- She at one point had a love affair with Benjamin Franklin, who was later revealed to be the villain Stygyro in disguise, when she and her then lover Strange went back in time.
- She recently divorced Stephen Strange after learning of his numerous infidelities.
- 249 Appearances of Clea (Earth-616)
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