Stephen has absolutely no ability to understand irrational things or the (to him) nonsensical abstract teachings of the Ancient One. Until he understands the principles of magic, he cannot learn it; once he has figured out those, he quickly abandons “tradition and training” to “teach himself.” Once he masters the logic of magic, his learning increases to the point where he’s doing advanced magic far beyond his years, and it’s all self-taught. He innovates shamelessly and has a little regard for the rules – stealing books from the library and trying out more advanced, even dangerous spells as soon as he learns them. His logic is often self-born and dismissive of the rules of reality, such as when he chooses to use the book of dark magic, despite seeing that every incarnation of Stephen Strange that has done so, has either caused “incidents” in their worlds (sometimes, the destructions of their own realities) or caused his various incarnations to become “evil”—since it’s the quickest way to defeat the Scarlet Witch back in his own reality, he leaps into action and does it, causing him later to sprout a “third eye” from his forehead (just like his corrupted rival Strange). In this way, his reasoning is logical and makes sense to him, but is impractical and dangerous by the laws of governing reality. Strange sometimes does what’s logical, but not what’s popular or what others can understand—he allows Thanos to get his hands on one of the stones and vanish half the earth’s population, to play a longer term game. Stephen is extremely Se through all the films; a hands-on doctor, who “wings” pulling a bullet out of a man’s head – a dangerous procedure that relies only on his senses and the machine. He often finds himself reacting to and engaging with his environment in unexpected ways; Christine accuses him of “spending money as fast as you can make it.” His car accident is the result of reckless speeding while checking brain scans on his phone. He tries out dangerous magic from the forbidden sections of the library, because he doesn’t stop to think about the dangers of doing it, which causes chaos across different films in various ways. He’s very short-sighted and reactive, using whatever appeals to him at any given moment rather than thinking about the longer-term consequences of his magic; this can come in handy (such as when he ‘borrows’ a corpse and becomes a necromancer to defeat the Scarlet Witch, but this also causes demons to attack him in both realities and they threaten the woman he loves), or be a problem (his reckless and often arrogant use of magic). He says they should put danger warnings at the top of the magic spell pages instead of the bottom, since by the time he reads them after doing the spell, it’s too late. He adapts quickly to new worlds and to using magic, but struggles to understand its repercussions or limitations. He often makes short-sighted decisions, like allowing a seventeen year old to convince him to erase Spider-Man from the minds of the public (which backfires and causes everyone to forget Peter Parker instead). Though he correctly guesses the Ancient One draws her source of power from the dark realm, even when the others argue there is no evidence to support it, he struggles so much to understand the Ancient One’s complex metaphorical teaching methods. She must threaten his life before he grasps the intuitive concept of magic. For awhile, Stephen is utterly unconcerned with people’s feelings. The Ancient One accuses him of being egotistical and says it gets in the way of his magic; but even after he learns how to use it, Stephen persists in being completely arrogant and overly self-confident. He’s distressed to discover that in no reality, do he and his girlfriend get together, because somehow, that reality’s Doctor Strange (“you are all the same!” she complains) manages to screw up the one relationship he cares about the most.

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The Ancient One tells Steven several times that his arrogance and self-absorption is a hindrance in learning and using magic skillfully. Initially, he only wants to learn it to serve himself and retain the fabulous career he had, where he could pick and choose whatever operations had the highest risk of success, thereby bringing himself further approval and prestige. He isn’t even thankful to the surgeons for saving his crushed fingers, but convinced he could have done a better job himself. Part of this selfishness comes from his unhealthy 4 wing, which dwells on his own feelings and experiences at the expense of other people. He throws tantrums, dwells in his misery, and alienates himself from the people who love him after his accident. Happily, this is only the beginning of his story. Strange, through a process of learning from his mistakes, gradually recognizes his place in the world and that he needs to help protect it, therefore shifting his perspective more into the world in a positive way.