Files from a 12th Level Intellect: Baron Mordo
Name: Baron Mordo
Universe of Origin: Marvel Comics
Moral Alignment: Villain
Things aren’t always what they seem. In a world where magic is real, a wise sorcerer called the Ancient One trained a young disciple. Karl Mordo studied the magical arts under the Ancient One in Tibet when Dr. Stephen Strange came to study there. Strange foiled Baron Mordo’s plot to kill the Ancient One, leading to Baron Mordo being cast out and Dr. Strange eventually becoming “Sorcerer Supreme”. Mordo would clash with Dr. Strange on a multitude of occasions, at times with the backing of the demon Dormammu, going so far as to successfully impersonate Dr. Strange for a short period of time.
Baron Mordo has vast magical abilities derived from his years of studying black magic and the mystical arts. He can manipulate magical forces for a variety of effects including hypnotism, mesmerism, thought-casting, and illusion casting. He can separate his astral form from his body, allowing him to become intangible and invisible to most beings. He can project deadly force blasts using magic, teleport inter-dimensionally, and manipulate many forms of magical energy. He can tap extra-dimensional energy by invoking entities or objects of power existing in dimensions tangential to Earth’s through the recitation of spells. He can also summon demons, but often does not have enough power to force them to do what he wants them to do.
Originally a Transylvanian nobleman, Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo became a student of the Tibetan sorcerer known as the Ancient One. When Mordo plotted to kill his teacher, the Ancient One’s visitor Dr. Stephen Strange learned of the plot thus forcing Mordo to cast restraining spells to prevent him from warning his master or attacking him. Unfortunately, when Strange selflessly decided to accept the Ancient One’s offer to learn magic in order to help the old man, the Ancient One freed him from those spells, which he was fully aware were in place, and trained him as a formidable enemy of Mordo. Eventually Mordo was exiled by the Ancient One. Mordo’s abilities were similar to those of Doctor Strange, but Mordo was particularly skilled at astral projection and hypnosis, as well as mesmerism. He was more than willing to use powerful black magic and invoke demons; both of which Strange was reluctant or unable to do. Although, both acts would sometimes backfire on Mordo.
Baron Mordo first appeared in Strange Tales #111. He appears as one of Dr. Strange’s main adversaries. Mordo appears in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and also The Super Hero Squad Show. Baron Mordo also appears in the 2007 animated film Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. He also appears in the video game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. He will be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor in the upcoming live action Doctor Strange film.
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