Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/ClassDemon (Class 2)

Occupation: Imei Chang imposter; former agent of Salomé

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Salomé, Wong

Enemies: Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange), Shrieking Rain Jihad, Vincent Stevens, Strange

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Imei Chang

Base of Operations: Salomé's 47th Street Theater, New York City

First Appearance: Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65 (May, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Xaos' body is the deceased Imei Chang's skeleton enhanced with fully feathered wings of an approximate span of 12' attached to her back. She can fly using her wings for long distances (half around the globe) though her top speed is unknown. Her wings are strong enough to carry at least two other people with a combined weight around 320 lbs. in addition to her own weight. Though she lacks skin or flesh she possesses light-sensitive eyes and a forked tongue. Her elongated canine-looking skull possesses a jaw filled with carnivorous teeth including fangs. Her arms are not attached to her wings and end in clawed hands. She is presumably immune to physical harm to some degree (or just very lucky to evade gunfire due to all the empty space between her bones). Bound to the soul-echo of Imei Chang the demon Xaos was apparently dependent on Salomé's magic to preserve her physical form from deteriorating, which broke down within weeks when she was not there anymore to help, though Doctor Strange was apparently able to duplicate or at least find a similar way to keep her physical form healthy.

   Apparently the demon Xaos believed herself to be Imei Chang after it was bonded to an echo of Imei's soul. It is also presumed Salomé was responsible for keeping the illusion to Wong alive that made Xaos appear as Imei Chang to him though it can be assumed the echo of Imei's soul aided or was needed for the illusion. The illusion was destroyed as soon as Salomé disappeared.

Note: Her skull seems malleable to some degree, though it is unknown how or why it changed form between appearances.

Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 90 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Solid yellow with vertical pupils (solid red after Strange brought her back)
Hair: None

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#88 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé did not regenerate Imei's body, but instead placed an echo of Imei's soul inside her skeleton alongside the winged demon Xaos to make the demon itself believe it was Imei.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé used a spell to make Wong believe she had resurrected Imei Chang. It was actually the demon Xaos imbued with the soul echo of the deceased Imei. Due to Xaos' demonic nature the eyes of the allegedly resurrected "Imei" were so sensitive to sunlight she could not even go out and had to remain inside the 47th Street Theater. Salomé promised Wong "Imei" would improve over time and might eventually even be able to go out by daylight, which she couldn't do after her resurrection because her eyes were too sensitive to daylight.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65) - In a dressing room in the attic of Salomé's 47th Street Theater Wong served chrysanthemum tea to the winged, skeletal demon Xaos, whom he saw as his resurrected fiancée Imei due to Salomé's magic. He was thankful that Salomé had brought Imei back to life so he could be with her forever and dreamt of the possibility to maybe go outside with her during daylight soon. When Salomé asked them to capture Dr. Vincent Stevens, one of the two manifestations created by Doctor Strange of his own powers, they gladly agreed to help her. Wong was impressed how her recovery proceeded faster than even Salomé had promised and was glad she would be with him because he needed all the help he could get against his former master.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65 - BTS) - Wong escorted Xaos downstairs to Salomé's theater.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#66) - Wong and Xaos entered the office of Dr. Vincent Stevens at the Tempo building and saw Stevens dealing with criminals. Wong introduced Xaos as Imei, the woman Strange had allowed to die and was brought back from the dead by the Sorceress Supreme Salomé with the power of flight and more. Though Wong still saw the demon as Imei, Stevens saw her true demonic form. Wong demanded from Stephen Strange to answer for the death of Imei, but he soon realized that Stevens wasn't just an alias used by Doctor Strange, but actually a different being altogether like Salomé had anticipated. Resisting Stevens' attempt to hypnotize him, Wong knocked him out. Xaos then picked up Wong and Stevens and flew away with them, reminding Wong to call her Xaos. They were watched flying away by the being Strange, who vowed to find out wherever they took him because he wanted to get his hands on Doctor Stevens himself.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4) - Xaos and Wong delivered Stevens Salomé in her oasis base in northern Iraq formerly known as Nimrud. She thanked them, then ordered them to take into the sky so she could teleport them back to her base in New York City where she had more work for them to do. Xaos picked up Wong and took flight. Before Salomé could teleport them she got into a fight with Strange, Stevens and Doctor Strange, which left her in a weakened state.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#71) - Wong and Xaos found Salomé recuperating in a cave near her Iraqi hideout. Wong informed her that the army she had assembled in Nimrud had disbanded. Wong then asked her if he could return to New York City with Xaos, but Salomé lashed out at him and asked if he wanted to betray her now like he had betrayed Doctor Strange. Wong and Xaos then watched Salomé thrive in pain when her body began to vanish (she was teleported in for an audience by the Vishanti). Wong wasn't sure if they could still trust Salomé because she became more insane with each day.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#76 (fb) - BTS) - Wong and Xaos returned to Salomé's theater in New York City.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#76) - After Salomé's defeat Wong saw Xaos' true form and came to the realization that the resurrection of his beloved Imei was always a lie. Xaos begged Wong to hold her. She didn't feel Salomé anymore and wanted help to get rid of her demonic form. Annoyed by the constant chanting of Salomé's former followers, the Shrieking Rain Jihad, and his inability to cope with Xaos' true form, he left her alone in the theater's rafters to deal with the Shrieking Rain Jihad. Though they knew Wong and Xaos were both part of Salomé's inner circle they attacked them when Wong tried to convince them that everything Salomé had promised them was a lie. When Xaos was shot at by Salomé's followers Wong knocked one of them out and screamed at Xaos to fly to safety. Xaos assured Wong that she was unhurt and right behind him when she suddenly saw the loading docks turn to ice. Doctor Strange appeared and took down Salomé's former followers. They were all arrested by the police, including Wong and Strange. Xaos fled into the night sky.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#76 - BTS) - Doctor Strange promised to Wong do everything in his power to fix Imei.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#81 (fb) - BTS) - Wong found Xaos and had to watch her demonic body rot from within. She lived in agony, never losing faith Doctor Strange would come to save her, until she died in Wong's arms, whimpering Strange's name with her last breath.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#81) - Wong brought Xaos to the Sanctum Sanctorum and dropped her in front of Doctor Strange. He threatened Strange with a gun because he was gone for weeks and not there like he had promised to help his beloved as he had promised.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#81 - BTS) - Strange promised to find a way to bring back Imei as soon as he had mastered the magic he had learned while serving the Vishanti during the War of the Seven Spheres.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#88 (fb) - BTS) - Doctor Strange found a way to bring the demon Xaos back to life.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#88) - Doctor Strange brought Wong to Xaos, who had waited for Wong to reunite with her. Though he had missed her he was unable to even kiss her because he could not see past her demonic form. He asked Strange to help her, but Strange then revealed that he couldn't because Xaos never was Imei, but just a fading soul-echo of Imei placed inside the demon Xaos by Salomé. Wong screamed at Strange to bring her back, but Strange then reduced Xaos to dust with a magic blast because it was not Imei and the actual Imei was beyond his reach.

Comments: Created by David Quinn (writer), Melvin Rubi (pencils) & Fred Harper (inks).

Dead, not dead, dead, not dead, dead! Poor Imei, poor Wong and poor Xaos, who believed herself to be Imei. She was an idea to turn Wong against Strange, was killed off by one writer and then brought back by another only to be killed off a few panels later. The mystery if she actually was Imei was solved with a clear NO in the end.

Xaos' real name is unrevealed because according to Xaos Salomé had named the demon after bonding Imei's soul-echo to her.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

Xaos should not be confused with:

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Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65, p4 (main)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#76, p4, pan1 (head shot)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65, p11, pan4 (first appearance)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65, p11, pan3 (illusion, as Wong saw her)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#88, p12, pan5 (red eyes)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#88, p12, pan4 (last appearance)

Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65 (May, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), Melvin Rubi (pencils), Fred Harper (inks), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#66 (June, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), John Hixson (pencils), Fred Harper (inks), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4 (1994) - David Quinn (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#71 (November, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), Peter Gross (artist), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#76 (April, 1995) - David Quinn (writer), Peter Gross (artist), Evan Skolnick & Marie Javins (editors)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#81 (September, 1995) - Warren Ellis (plot), Todd DeZago (script), Mark Buckingham & Kevin Sutherland (artists), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#88 (April, 1996) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Mark Buckingham (pencils), Kevin Sutherland (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)

First Posted: 03/26/18
Last updated: 03/26/18

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