Quote1 Her name is Kushala. The Demon Rider. Like my other companions, she is a Sorcerer Supreme. And like all of them, she is hiding something. Quote2
-- Doctor Strange src

While her tribe was being attacked by the U.S. Army, Kushala's parents were killed and, in an act of rage, she prayed to her creator, but instead was possessed by a Spirit of Vengeance. Then she burnt everyone until all that remained were their spirits.[1]

After becoming possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance, Kushala traveled the world seeking out and studying different forms of magic in an attempt to cure herself.[1] Her skills in the mystic arts eventually led to her becoming the Sorcerer Supreme of her era.[2]

While searching for a cure, Kushala was recruited by Merlin with the promise of exorcising the Spirit of Vengeance should she aid him in his task.[1]


Kushala (Earth-616) from Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme Vol 1 3 002

Kushala becoming the Demon Rider

Due to her possession by the Spirit of Vengeance and her training in the mystic arts, Kushala has several powers including:

  • Demonic Transformation: Kushala possesses the supernatural ability to transform into the Demon Rider.
    • Pyrokinesis: As the Demon Rider, she possesses the ability to generate, control, and fire and infuse it with her horse so that it travels at extreme speeds leaving a Hellfire trail in its wake.[1]
    • Flight: With her horse, she is also capable of flying.[1]
  • Magic: Kushala has been the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.[2] She has demonstrated familiarity and expertise with various types of magic including Nordic magic,[1] Earth magic,[1] binding spell,[2][1] chaos magic,[3] and many others.[1]


  • Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Kushala is a formidable hand to hand combatant and often uses her powers in combat situations.[2]


While in her Demon Rider form, she rides a phantom horse whose body is covered in fire.[1]


Wooden Axe[2]

  • She currently wears a hair band that once belonged to her father.[1]
  • Kushala likely lived during the 1870's given that the U.S. flag carried by the army soldiers attacking her tribe[4] was used in 1877. Additionally, the Apache suffered several attacks/massacres at the hands of the U.S. military during the 1870's.

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