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"Why are you here?"
"To help you."
Doctor Strange and Ancient One[src]

The Ancient One was a Master of the Mystic Arts and the Sorcerer Supreme before Stephen Strange.


Sorcerer Supreme

Mentoring Stephen Strange

"This is where it starts for you. With the death of Dr. Chrstine Palmer. So overwhelmed by loss, you will seek answers in the mystic arts. In me."
―Ancient One to Doctor Strange[src]

The Ancient One accepted Stephen Strange into the Masters of the Mystic Arts as a disciple when he was searching for answers after the death of Chrstine Palmer. Under her mentorship, Strange learned how to use the Eldritch magic which made him a powerful sorcerer. However, Strange's curiosity in the Eye of Agamotto deeply concerned the Ancient One and Wong, who warned Strange about the possible consequences of tampering with the matter of time.

Ancient One dies at Metro-General Hospital

The Ancient One and the Masters of the Mystic Arts were confronted by Kaecilius and his disciples who were seeking to summon Dormammu onto the Earth plane. Eventually, Kaecilius managed to severely wound the Ancient One and the doctors at the Metro-General Hospital failed to save her from death. With the Ancient One passing away, she passed the title of the Sorcerer Supreme to Strange, and he succeeded in saving Earth from Dormammu.[1]

Absolute Point in Time

Rogue Strange

Ancient One explains the Absolute Point in time to Doctor Strange

"Stephen, this path only leads to darkness and the end of this reality. Please do not do this, or I will be forced to stop you."
―Ancient One to Doctor Strange[src]

In an attempt to save Christine Palmer from her death, Doctor Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to travel back in time, however, her death was inevitable despite his efforts. The Ancient One from that time approached devastated Strange and told him that Palmer's death was an Absolute Point in time, an unchangeable event that was supposed to be the beginning of Strange's journey as the Master of Mystic Arts. Strange begged the Ancient One to help him bring Palmer back, however, she replied that the Absolute Point can not be reversed even by the greatest sorcerers, but Strange remained unconvinced.

Ancient One confronts Doctor Strange

The Ancient One warned Strange that the path he had chosen would lead to the end of their reality, however, he remained certain that he only needed more power to fix everything. Noticing that Strange kept ignoring her warnings, the Ancient One decided to stop him by force and when Strange attempted to escape, she casted a spell on him. Using the Dark Dimension power, the Ancient One split the timeline into two separate parts; while the original Strange was isolated, an another version that was able to overcome Palmer's death was left in the timeline to live.[1]

The Last Resort

Ancient One asks Doctor Strange for help

"If the other Strange succeeds in reversing an Absolute Point in our universe..."
"You mean saving Christine."
"You cannot save her, Stephen. The resulting temporal paradox will destroy this universe. Our time is running out. I fear the only sorcerer strong enough to stop Doctor Strange is... you, Doctor Strange."
―Ancient One and Doctor Strange[src]

However, Doctor Strange refused to give up and started to study at the Lost Library of Cagliostro, gaining more power to reverse the Absolute Point in time and save Christine Palmer. An alternate Doctor Strange was visited by the psychic impression of the Ancient One sent through a splinter in reality. The Ancient One told Strange about his counterpart's plans to save Palmer which would result in the destruction of their reality which prompted her into splitting the timeline. The Ancient One explained to Strange how devastating the consequences would be and asked him to stop his alternate self from reversing the Absolute Point.[1]

Powers and Abilities


  • Master Sorceress: As the Sorcerer Supreme, and the leader and the most powerful member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts, the Ancient One was a tremendously powerful and skilled master sorceress, possessing immense magical power and absolute mastery and knowledge of the mystic arts.
    • Eldritch Magic Manipulation: The Ancient One is able to create, shape and manipulate Eldritch Magic for various purposes,
      • Portal Creation: the Ancient One is able to open a fiery portal to another location, gaining the ability to move tremendous distances instantaneously.
    • Dark Dimension Magic Manipulation: Having drawn power from the Dark Dimension, the Ancient One obtained unmatched magic abilities. Using the Dark Dimension power, the Ancient One was able to split the timeline, creating two different versions of Doctor Strange.
      • Immortality: The Dark Dimension energy suppressed the Ancient One's aging process, prolonging her lifespan greatly.


  • Genius-Level Intellect: To be added
  • Expert Tactician: To be added
  • Master Martial Artist: To be added
  • Multilingualism: To be added







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