Real Name: Sinifer.
His real name likely cannot be pronounced or even understood by humans, so let's not even pretend
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Faltinian) magical energy creature energy creature
Occupation: Indescribable in human terms
Group Membership: Faltine
Enemies: Dormammu, Kalijulaa, Rukkoplu, Umar, Wenigkyt
Known Relatives: Clea
(grand-daughter), Dormammu (scion), Doyle Dormammu (grandson), Flyx (kin); Pharnovion (kin), Umar
Base of Operations: Faltine
First Appearance: Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#22/2 (October, 1990)
Powers/Abilities: All Faltinians are made of, and control, vast amount of mystical energies in ways that are virtually incomprehensible for human minds; it was stated that the energy released by the materialization of a full-fledged Faltinian on Earth might incinerate half of New York City.
A Faltinian can send projections of himself in lower dimensions, investing them with his awareness and a portion of his energies.
Height, Weight: if applicable, seemed
similar to other members of his race. No method of comparison available
with other races.
Hair: None (or flame)
(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#22/2) - Sinifer spawned two new Faltinians, Dormammu and Umar, who were unlike their progenitor, due to an accident of nature or a mutation.
(Doctor Strange V#11 (fb)) - Many cycles later, Dormammu claimed that Sinifer had been inspired by the illogical desires of other races, and had thus decided to spawn two unique children.
(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#22/2) - Dormammu and Umar became guilty of the worst perversion known to the Faltinians: they craved, or lusted, for matter. When Sinifer tried to put an end to that abominable practice, they transmuted him into matter, effectively killing him.
(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#22/2) - This unprecedented, horrifying crime, added to other murders committed by the twins, rallied all the Faltinians against Dormammu and Umar. They were forced to flee their native universe.
(Doctor Strange V#11 (fb)) - Dormammu related his origins to Dr. Strange. In his story, Sinifer and other Faltine were depicted having humanoid form.
Comments: Created by Jean-Marc Lofficier, Roy Thomas, and Lee Weeks.
The name "Sinifer" was borrowed from a
1964 French science fiction novel, L'Astéroide
Noir [The Black
Asteroid] by B.R. Bruss in which Sinifer was
a powerful and ultimately mysterious extradimensional alien from some
far-flung, unfathomable dimension. There is, really, no reasons why the
two Sinifers could not have been one and the same.
In Doctor Strange V#11, Sinifer was depicted in humanoid form (as well as other Faltine). The pictures are supposed to represent the interpretation of Strange's thoughts, while listening to Dormammu's story. They could also be Dormammu's own thoughts. He was the one that craved matter and settled his form into a humanoid one, so he probably "humanized" also the other Faltine of many cycles before. On the other hand, before Dormammu's birth, no Faltine had assumed material consistence, for they abhorred that status.
A pox on John McDonagh for bringing this up...
Does Sinifer have other known relatives? According to the series Hellcat, Dormammu is the father of Satannish, who is in turn the father of Hellstorm.
The short answer is "No."
The longer answer is:
Satannish has been confirmed to be one of the demons who participated in fathering Daimon and Satana Hellstrom as the gestalt Satan. However, the relationship between Dormammu and Satannish is more figurative. As clarified in Satannish's profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe:
Sinifer should be distinguished from:
images: (without ads)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#22/2, p2, panel 1 (Sinifer dying, transformed in dark matter)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#22/1, p1, panel 4 (Sinifer in energy form)
Doctor Strange V#11, p4, pan1 (Sinifer as imagined by Strange while Dormammu told him his origins)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#22/2 (October, 1990) - Roy Thomas, Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier (writers), Lee Weeks (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Doctor Strange V#11 (April, 2019) - Mark Waid (writer), Jesús Saiz & Javier Pina (artists), Jesús Saiz & Rachelle Rosenberg (colors), Nick Lowe (editor)
First posted: 05/14/2004
Last updated: 03/29/2022
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