The Nameless One was the leader of an ancient race of demons known as The Undying Ones who ruled the Earth millennia ago. Eventually, their power waned and they were forced to return to their own dimension. In modern times they were temporally able to reach our dimension and attempted to invade Earth, but Dr Strange and Namor managed to stop the invasion. However, Doctor Strange was left trapped in the Nameless One's dimension.
Later the Hulk freed Dr. Strange from the Nameless One after defeating The Undying Ones as the Nameless One battled The Night-Crawler. The Night-Crawler, now calling himself Dark-Crawler, took over the Undying Ones after defeating the Nameless One's demon hordes and even The Nameless One himself. After The Dark-Crawler took over, the Nameless One remained in his service, though he plotted to regain his power. He attacked the Defenders from behind the scenes using the demon Necrodamus, who drew his power from The Nameless One. He eventually mated with a mortal woman Barbara Norriss who lured the Defenders into a trap, but Dr. Strange forcibly separated her from The Nameless One after the Defenders defeated him. He was later seen trying to absorb the life force of Dr. Strange and the Valkyrie, but he was defeated during a battle with the Thing and Nighthawk and forced to return to his own realm.
A second Nameless One has since appeared, and it was thought for years that he was killed for his failures; however, when the Defenders reformed, he was shown to be alive and once again appeared to be in control of The Undying Ones. He was once again defeated by his old foes when he attacked Earth. After his most recent failed invasion, his current fate is unknown.
Powers and Abilities
- Advanced Longevity: The Nameless One is very long lived and near immortal.
- Sorcery: The Nameless One is skilled in magic, claiming to be more powerful than Doctor Strange.
The Nameless One has vast superhuman strength at or near class 100 strength.
Can temporally be weakened by crossing into our dimension.
The Nameless One can use his wings for transportation and can travel to other dimensions at certain times.
- According to Roy Thomas, who created the Undying Ones in Doctor Strange #183 (November, 1969) and the the Nameless One in Sub-Mariner #22 (February, 1970), stated that the Undying Ones were in the "Lovecraftian tradition" (Thomas even started Doctor Strange #183 with a quote from "The Call of Cthulhu", by H.P. Lovecraft), though the storyline had to be ended in two other books, Sub-Mariner and Incredible Hulk, where it lost of its impact due to the use of other characters, artists, etc.
- The Nameless One was a name mentioned in Cthulhu Mythos stories by H.P. Lovecraft in Recognition (adapted in The Scar, Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1) from Fungi from Yuggoth (written between the 27 December 1929 and the 4 January 1930), by Robert E. Howard in Dig Me No Grave (written in 1937 and adapted in the eponymous story in Journey into Mystery (Vol. 2) #1; October, 1972), or later by Stephen King in "Jerusalem's Lot (Night Shift; 1978), that introduced The Worm, describing it as the "Servant of Yogsoggoth, the Nameless One!", seemingly tying Yog-Sothoth to this name.
- 11 appearance(s) of Nameless One (Undying Ones Leader) (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Nameless One (Undying Ones Leader) (Earth-616)
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