Real Name: Supreme One, Satannish the Supreme Master of Souls, Mister Cloot, Satan, numerous others
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Satannish's vast mystical powers include teleportation; interdimensional travel; near-limitless command of time, space and matter; illusion-casting; size and shape-changing powers (his true form is unknown); destructive mystical force bolts; demonic possession; and incalculable strength and durability. Satannish often has difficulty manifesting on the earthly plane, and his powers decrease outside of his home dimension.
One of the many faces of evil, Satannish is a Class Two Demon or Hell-Lord; he rules his own hellish spirit realm populated by damned souls, most of whom were enslaved through bargains they struck with Satannish while alive. Satannish and other Hell-Lords originated as fragments of a mass of dark mystical energy remaining from the battle between Demogorge and the evil Elder Gods; Satannish's development was apparently guided by Dormammu, lord of the Dark Dimension, whom he has long secretly served. Regardless of his origins, Satannish has long menaced humanity in a variety of ways. He sometimes empowers human agents, usually in exchange for their souls or some other service.
Heroic sorcerer Doctor Strange has sometimes invoked Satannish's power, but has never entered the demon's service; he first encountered Satannish when minor mystic Lord Nekron tried unsuccessfully to sacrifice Strange's soul to Satannish in place of his own. Shortly thereafter, a faction of the Sons of Satannish cult led by Asmodeus (secretly Strange's old medical colleague, Dr. Charles Benton) tapped Satannish's power in a world-threatening scheme thwarted by Doctor Strange, the Black Knight and the Avengers. Dying of a heart attack in battle with Strange, a resurrected Asmodeus later tried to win back his life and soul by seeking the souls of the Defenders, but he was defeated and Satannish claimed him. Satannish's subsequent schemes have been opposed by champions such as Strange, Daimon Hellstrom, Luke Cage, the Hulk, the Avengers (who twice fought the Satannish-empowered Hangman) and Hellcat.
Though he once teamed with fellow Hell-Lords Mephisto and Thog to create a temporary Hell on Earth with the unwitting aid of the Six-Fingered Hand (a scheme thwarted by the Defenders), Satannish has long pursued a bitter rivalry with Mephisto, notably during their battles over the souls of Baron Mordo (a fight broken up by Strange) and Satannish's Lethal Legion (the souls of evil historical fgures which were stolen from Mephisto and pitted against the Avengers). Satannish ultimately tried to conquer all Hell realms on behalf of his mentor Dormammu, but their coup failed and Mephisto seemingly destroyed Satannish. Since Satannish's demise, a virtually identical demon known as Molgotha has appeared, but how or if he is related to Satannish remains to be seen.
First Appearance: Doctor Strange (1968) #174
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Avengers West Coast (1989)
#98 Captain Britain and MI13 (2008)
- 'Dying To Get Out!'#99
- 'Time to Kill'#100
- 'The Death of an Avenger'
Annual 01 Chaos War: Chaos King (2011)
- 'The Harrowing of Hell'#3
- 'The Guns of Avalon: Part 3'#4
- 'The Guns Of Avalon: Part 4'
Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Album (1979)
#10 Doctor Strange (1968)
- 'Niemand ist eine Insel'
#174 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
- 'The Power and the Pendulum'#175
- 'Unto Us... The Sons of Satannish'
Annual 02 Giant-Size Defenders (1974)
- 'The Return of The Defenders Part 4'#6
- 'Demonic Re-Possession'#7
- 'Agamotto Monamour'#8
- 'Mephisto Waltz with Satannish Verses'#30
- 'The Topaz Possession'
#2 Marvel Team-Up (1972)
- 'H...as in Hulk...Hell...and Holocaust!'
Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities (2007)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
The Defenders (1972)
#99 The Incredible Hulk (1968)
- 'The Final Conflict?'#100
- 'Hell on Earth!'
#358 The Mighty World Of Marvel (2009)
- 'Inferno - 2, Hulk ----- 0'#359
- 'Soul Man'
#9 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Ms. Marvel Versus The Super Skrull!'
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'C-D: From The Collector to Dracula'
#3 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Horror 2005 (2005)
- 'Cloak to Doctor Octopus'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#6 West Coast Avengers (1984)
- 'Prowler to Serpent Society'
#250 X-Infernus (2009)
- 'Hell On Earth War Part One'#251
- 'Hell On Earth War Part Two'#252
- 'Hell On Earth War Part Three'#254
- 'Hell On Earth War Part Five'#256
- 'Hell On Earth War Finale'
- 'X-Infernus, Chapter One: Soul Survivors'
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