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Mister Mxyzptlk

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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superman #30 (September 1944)
Created by Jerry Siegel
Joe Shuster
Characteristics
Species Imp, from the 5th Dimension
Abilities Not bound by third-dimensional laws, can perform nearly any feat using what either is or appears to be magic, essentially omnipotent.

Mister Mxyzptlk (roughly pronounced Miks-yez-pit-lik, or "Mix-yez-pittle-ik", also nicknamed Mxy) is a fictional supervillain who appears in DC Comics' Superman comic books. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and first appeared in Superman (Vol. 1) #30 (September 1944). DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Superman began as a feature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... Joseph Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-born comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics #1 (March 1938). ... IMP or imp may mean: Imp, a fantasy creature. ... Omnipotence (literally, all power) is power with no limits or inexhaustible, in other words, unlimited power. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Jerome Jerry Siegel a. ... Joseph Joe Shuster (July 10, 1914 - July 30, 1992) was a Canadian-born comic book artist best known for co-creating the DC Comics character Superman, with writer Jerry Siegel, first published in Action Comics #1 (March 1938). ... Superman began as a feature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Golden Age

"Mister Mxyzptlk" [məksɪzpʌtlk] (as his name was originally spelled, originally pronounced mux-IZ-puh-tulk [məksɪtzpətlk] according to the title Superman Family, or mix-yez-pittle-ik on the 1967 Filmation Superman animated series) was introduced as an imp from the "fifth dimension". Not being bound by our physical laws, he can do things that seem to be magical. In his first appearance, Mxyztplk wreaks havoc across Metropolis by using his powers to pull all manner of pranks. What's more, he destroys Superman's worldview of himself. Mxyztplk jumps out a window, fooling Superman into thinking Mxyztplk is committing suicide. When he appears unharmed, an astonished Superman exclaims "I — I thought I was the only man who could fly!!" Mxyztplk soon tells Superman that he is a jester in his home dimension, explaining why he uses his powers to play practical jokes. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... The first Filmation logo. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... IMP or imp may mean: Imp, a fantasy creature. ... For other uses, see Fifth Dimension (disambiguation). ... For other uses of Jester, see Jester (disambiguation). ...


Originally, Mxyztplk has designs on conquering the planet for himself, but soon settles for tormenting Superman whenever he gets the opportunity. His only weaknesses are that he can not stand being ridiculed and if he says or spells his name backwards, Klptzyxm (kil-pit-zee-zim [kɪltɪpzizɪm]), he is involuntarily sent back to his home dimension for a minimum of 90 days. Mxyztplk often looks for ways to counter the latter weakness, but he always proves gullible enough for Superman to trick him time and time again. In the Golden Age, saying "Klptzyxm" will not only bring Mxyztplk back to the fifth dimension, but would bring anyone else saying it to the fifth dimension. To return back to his/her home dimension, one has to say his/her own name backward.


Mxyztplk originally appeared as a small bald man in a purple suit, green bow tie, and purple derby hat. This was changed to a futuristic looking orange outfit with purple trim in the mid-1950s, although the hat remains. At around this time, the spelling of Mxyztplk's name changed (by mistake) to "Mxyzptlk". The bowler hat is a hard felt hat with a rounded crown created for Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester, in 1850. ... The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ...


Superman himself decides to turn the tables and visit the 5th dimension, making trouble for the imp, who is running for mayor. When Myxzptlk furnishes a huge supply of food for prospective voters, he says, "Eat up, folks, the food's on me!" Superman uses super-breath to blow the food all over the imp and then chortles to the voters, "Like he said, folks--the food is on him!" The imp tries to get the Man of Steel to say "Namrepus," but that doesn't work; Superman banishes himself back to Earth by saying "Le-Lak"--his Kryptonian name backwards.


Multiverse

After the establishment of DC Comics' multiverse in the 1960s, it was later explained that the purple-suited Mxyztplk lives in the fifth dimension connected to Earth-Two and the orange-costumed Mxyzptlk in the fifth dimension connected to Earth-One. The Earth-One version is also retconned into Superboy stories as Master Mxyzptlk. A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ... A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ... Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the portmanteau word retcon – refers to the act of changing previously established details of a fictional setting, often without providing an explanation for the changes within the context of that setting. ... Superboy is the name of several fictional characters in the DC Universe, most of them youthful incarnations of Superman. ...


A 30th-century descendant of Mxyzptlk appeared in Adventure Comics #310 (July 1963) with similar abilities. Much crueler than his ancestor, this version kills most of the Legion of Super-Heroes until Superboy tricks him into falling victim to the same "Kltpzyxm" weakness, reversing the effects of his magic. Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... LSH redirects here. ...


Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

Mister Mxyzptlk continued to be a thorn in Superman's side for many years. Alan Moore offered a radically different interpretation of the character in Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. Mr. Mxyzptlk (appearing in darker colors, and looking more sinister than in the past) explains that the big problem with immortality is finding ways to spend the time. He spent his first 2000 years without moving, the next 2000 years doing only good deeds, and the following 2000 years being the mischievous character that he is normally portrayed as. He has now decided to try being evil, and is responsible for all of the nightmarish events in the story. Before attacking Superman, he remarks, "Did you honestly believe a fifth-dimensional sorcerer would resemble a funny little man in a derby hat?" His true form is described by Lois Lane as having "height, width, breadth, and a couple of other things." He is killed by Superman who sends him to the Phantom Zone at the same time that Mr. Mxyzpltlk tries to escape to the Fifth dimension. Remorse over this act of killing leads Superman to drain his powers with gold kryptonite. For other persons named Alan Moore, see Alan Moore (disambiguation). ... The Phantom Zone is a fictional prison dimension featured in the Superman comic books and related media. ... This article is about the fictional substance. ...


Modern Mxyzptlk

Despite his odd story, Mxyzptlk made it through the Crisis on Infinite Earths relatively unchanged, although the unpleasant nature of his pranks and the psychological effects they had on others were played up more, at least initially. In early post-Crisis stories the "condition" that would send him back to the fifth dimension is anything he wanted it to be, but since Lex Luthor taught him how to lie, making this meaningless, the stories have reverted to Mxyzptlk saying his name backwards. One of his most prominent storylines in this new continuity was the "Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite", when he provided Lex Luthor with a sample of red kryptonite that took away Superman's powers so long as Luthor never revealed that Mxyzptlk was involved. Despite Superman's lack of powers, he still risked his life to battle Mammoth and the evil Thaddeus Killgrave, although he also called in Starman to impersonate him for a time. Eventually, the spell was lifted when Luthor told Clark Kent where the red kryptonite had come from, believing that he wouldn't be breaking Mxyzptlk's rule about not letting Superman know the truth if he told Kent and Kent told Superman. Mammoth is the alias of Baran Flinders, a fictional character that is a comic book supervillain from DC Comics. ... Starman is a name used by several different fictional DC Comics superheroes, most prominently Ted Knight and his son Jack. ...


Many of Mxyzptlk's later stories have a post-modern feel to them, similar to Ambush Bug, as he comments on editorial decisions, clichés of the genre, etc. This was most obvious in Superman: The Man of Steel #75, a pastiche of Superman's death in Superman volume 2 #75, where Mxyzptlk creates a duplicate of Doomsday. The confrontation culminates with Mxyzptlk meeting the Supreme Being who turns out to be Mike Carlin, the then-editor of the Superman titles, who promptly brings him back to life. Although Mxyzptlk does not appear in Grant Morrison's JLA, Morrison took advantage of certain similarities to tie Johnny Thunder's Thunderbolt and Aquaman's character Qwsp to the fifth dimension, implying the dimension may be the origin for legends of djinn. This story also saw the first (and so far only) post-Crisis appearance of Mxyzptlk's Earth-One girlfriend, Ms. Gsptlsnz (described as his "quinto-partner";pronounced Giz-pit-lez-nez or "Gizbie" for short). Doomsday is the name of a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe, a supervillain best known for fighting and killing Superman in the Death of Superman storyline in 1992. ... Qwsp (formally known as Quisp) is a fictional supervillian who appears in stories published by DC comics. ...


Secret origin

In Young Justice #3, Peter David showed Mxyzptlk's origins as a serious-minded researcher, who travels through time to investigate the behavior of teenagers. He chooses to examine a Halloween party in Happy Harbor, causing many bizarre manifestations and changes among the teenagers at the party. What Mxyzptlk doesn't know was that Robin, Superboy, and Impulse were hired by the town's adults to chaperone the party. When the boys confront Mxyzptlk, they realize that this was not the same Mxyzptlk whom Superman had regularly faced; indeed, he appears to not have even assumed the name 'Mxyzptlk' at this point, regarding it as sounding like something somebody randomly typed. Upon discovering the chaotic future that awaits him, Mxyzptlk declares that he would dedicate his life to learning and knowledge. However, those words led to a shift in time, creating an apocalyptic world everywhere but outside the building where the Halloween party is being held. This is because Mxyzptlk was not left to annoy Superman. In order to avoid this, Robin, Superboy, and Impulse realize that they need to instill Mxyzptlk with his trademark wacky sense of humor by forcing him to watch hours of Three Stooges films. This leads Mxyzptlk to become the wacky imp that he is destined to be, and his leaving the boys with the promise that when it was time, he would follow through on his duty to become Superman's nemesis. Young Justice was a DC Comics superhero team consisting of teenaged heroes. ... Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23, 1956) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Superboy, also known by his Kryptonian name Kon-El and his human alias Conner Kent, is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Bartholomew Bart Allen II is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the mid 20th century best known for their numerous short subject films. ...


However it appears that Mxyzptlk has forgotten this incident as the years have passed. When confronted by Superboy later on, the imp declares that he had no knowledge of his adventure with Young Justice. Whether or not this is true, or Mxyzptlk merely playing a trick on the Boy of Steel, is never revealed.


Improper use of power

In Emperor Joker, a multipart story throughout the Superman titles, he has his powers temporarily stolen by the Joker; interested in seeing how somebody else would do at his job, Mxyzptlk intends to give the Joker only 1% of his power, but the Joker tricks Mxyzptlk into revealing his secret imp name and thus acquires 99.9% of Mxyzptlk's power, leaving him mostly powerless and unable to remember what to do to break the chain of events that daily culminate with Superman being dragged back to Arkham Asylum by Bizarro. Fortunately, Mxyzptlk is able to reveal the truth about the world to Superman, who, despite his current lack of faith in himself —- caused mainly by the fact that not even Lois Lane believes in him in this world -—manages to find the power to defeat the Joker. Superman realizes that, for all his power, the Joker still cannot erase Batman, as he defined himself by his constant opposition to the Dark Knight, Superman manages to shatter the Joker's control of reality. However, Mxyzptlk saves some of the Joker's creations and transfers them into the 'real' world, including Scorch, Gorgeous Gilly, Ignition (he was actually not of the Joker's creation) and the new Bizarro. The Joker redirects here. ... For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the fictional character. ...


It has also been implied that Mxyzptlk sees himself as serving an important purpose, in teaching Superman not to take everything seriously.


In Adventures of Superman #617 (2003), Mxyzptlk is reinvented as different-sex twins with an intense hatred for Superman. Amongst other things, they claim responsibility for the creation of the present-day Persuader. A year later, in Superman Secret Files and Origins 2004 (2004), he returns to his usual self following a fellow imp in the fifth dimension combining the twins with the classic Mxyzptlk, resulting in his normal form and personality. The Persuader is name of two fictional characters featured in comic books published by DC Comics. ...


Mxyzptlk formed a significant part of Greg Rucka's "Ruin" storyline in Adventures of Superman. His appearance here is similar to his Golden Age look, with the addition of a single lock of hair, resembling Superman's spit curl. This version of Mxyzptlk is less abrasive than he had been previously, and is portrayed as basically on Superman's side. The metafictional aspects of the character were also played up, as he visits the DC Comics offices in the real world, presented as fumetti. Greg Rucka is an American writer of novels and comic books. ... Fumetti (or photo novels) are a genre of American comics illustrated with photographs rather than drawings. ...


At the same time, Mxyzptlk appeared in Superman/Batman #23. During this time, his appearance and costume are different from his most recent adventures with Superman. His appearance is similar to the more typical "modern" version of the character. He is trying to prepare Batman and Superman for the upcoming Infinite Crisis (while chronologically taking place before Infinite Crisis, the issue itself came out afterwards). The incident features alternate universe versions of Superman, Batman, and Deathstroke and implies much chaos that was not shown, such as the planet Mogo visiting Earth to reclaim an old land mass. Superman/Batman is a monthly comic book series published by DC Comics that features the publishers two most popular characters: Superman and Batman. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Mogo is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a superhero and member of the Green Lantern Corps. ...

A weakened Mxyzptlk is seemingly killed by Ruin while protecting Superman. Art by Karl Kerschl.
A weakened Mxyzptlk is seemingly killed by Ruin while protecting Superman. Art by Karl Kerschl.

After the fallout of the events of Day of Vengeance (and, while not mentioned, the corruption of the Fifth Dimension as seen in JSA), the removal of magic from the Earth leaves Mxyzptlk nearly powerless, wandering the streets of Metropolis and unable to remember how to pronounce the inverse of his name to return him home. Superman attempts to help him, but the two are then attacked by the villain Ruin. Ruin attempts to assassinate Superman with Kryptonite-based weaponry, but Mxyzptlk pushes Superman out of the way, taking a Kryptonite spear to the heart and vanishing. Right before he vanishes, he seems to whisper 'kltpzyxm'. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (750x675, 825 KB)Art from The Adventures of Superman #646, by Karl Kerschl. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (750x675, 825 KB)Art from The Adventures of Superman #646, by Karl Kerschl. ... Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Pete Ross is a fictional character who appears in the Superman comic books published by DC Comics. ... This article is about the fictional substance. ...


One Year Later

Action Comics Annual #10 states that Mister Mxyzptlk was last seen 190 days ago and that the pronunciation of his name is Mix-Yez-Pittle-Ick (as it was in the 1960s Superman CBS-TV cartoon show, mentioned previously). Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ...


Mister Mxyzptlk makes a one-page appearance in Countdown #31. On a walk in the fifth dimension with Gsptlsnz and his pet goldfish named Superman, he is grabbed by someone or something unknown who then disappears with Mxy. It is later revealed in Countdown #23 Mxyzptlk was abducted by Superman-Prime and imprisoned in the Source Wall. Prime has been apparently torturing the imp into helping him bring back his "perfect Earth," i.e. Earth-Prime. Countdown is a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 9, 2007, directly following the conclusion of the last issue of 52. ... Superman Prime (formerly known as Superboy Prime) is a fictional character, a superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Earth Prime (or Earth-Prime) is a term sometimes used in works of speculative fiction involving parallel universes or a multiverse, and refers either to the universe containing our Earth, or to a parallel world with a bare minimum of divergence points from Earth as we know it. ...


Powers and abilities

Mr. Mxyzptlk has access to fifth-dimensional technology that to third-dimensional beings may as well be magic. He can perform any feat imaginable. If he wanted to turn Superman into dust by snapping his fingers, it would happen. However, he's not actually malevolent like most villains, so he uses his powers doing things that are more annoying than anything else.


Though the exact limits of Mr. Mxyzptlk's powers are unknown, he's notable for being vastly more powerful than cosmic beings; During Grant Morrison's Justice League run, the higher-dimensional nature of Mxyzptlk's fellow genies was played to its logical conclusion of possessing power 'two degrees of infinity' higher than any 3-d beings, Qwsp referring himself as encompassing both time and hypertime in addition to our spatial dimensions, and another genie named Lkz overcame and imprisoned the fully-powered unbound Spectre without apparent trouble. Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ... Qwsp (formally known as Quisp) is a fictional supervillian who appears in stories published by DC comics. ... Hypertime is a fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories and a variation or superset of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ...


Later, during the Emperor Joker storyline, this is expanded upon, as Mxyzptlk reveals that he does indeed possess unlimited power, but never uses it since he would risk destroying reality and have nothing to do the next day. The Joker had no such qualms, and employed it to unweave the very fabric and laws of the cosmos, and to render the less powerful than normal Hal Jordan Spectre into a deranged puppet. Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ...


The exact reason that Mxyzptlk is sent back to the fifth dimension when he says his name backwards is unknown, but it's his only weakness beyond being easy to trick.


An impossible alias?

Marvel Comics' Impossible Man seems to have been modelled after Mxyzptlk, and writers at DC have suggested that the two characters are one and the same: in Superman vol. 2, #50, Mxyzptlk mentions that he's been "having fun with my new fantastic friends" and later mentions getting "back to my four new friends", referring presumably to the Fantastic Four; he also uses the expression "it's blubbering time" (a play on the Thing's standard battle-cry "it's clobbering time"), and says that he's been having "a backlog of mayhem in another dimension", probably referring to the Marvel Universe. Mxyzptlk keeps altering his form constantly in this issue, and also changes into a form similar to that of the Impossible Man, with inverted colors, and says "Sometimes it's just impossible to remember what I look like from world to world." Writers at Marvel, however, clarified this in the Impossible Man's entry in the 2006 edition of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, noting that Mxyzptlk was merely impersonating Impy. The Impossible Man is a mischievous alien from Marvel Comics who is, on his rare appearances, usually an antagonist of the Fantastic Four. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... The Impossible Man is a mischievous alien from Marvel Comics who is, on his rare appearances, usually an antagonist of the Fantastic Four. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Four (disambiguation). ... thing, see Thing (disambiguation). ... This article is about the shared universe setting used by many Marvel Comics titles. ... The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, also known as OHOTMU, is a guide which attempts to detail the fictional universe of Marvel Comics. ...


Later on, in 1996, the Impossible Man and Mxyzptlk teamed up in the DC/Marvel crossover story Silver Surfer vs. Superman, in which the two imps combined their powers to swap universes for the Silver Surfer and Superman. Here the power of Impossible Man was more like Mxyzptlk's own reality-warping powers, rather than just shapeshifting. In this comic, Mxyzptlk and Impossible Man have a fight where they keep changing into various characters from their respective universe, for instance The Incredible Hulk and Doomsday. The differences are profoundly displayed between the two characters - chiefly, in that Impossible Man's motive is pure fun and he abhorrs true violence, while Mxyzptlk is darker and more interested in destructive chaos, and to Impossible Man's astonishment and anger, is prone to lying. This article is about the comic book character. ... Incredible Hulk, The Hulk and The Incredible Hulk redirect here. ... Doomsday is the name of a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe, a supervillain best known for fighting and killing Superman in the Death of Superman storyline in 1992. ...


Other media

Gsptlsnz (left) and Mxyzptlk (right), as seen in Superman: The Animated Series
  • Mxyzptlk first appeared in animated form in the Filmation series The Adventures of Superman in 1967 on CBS-TV, matching his comics depiction. Filmation also used the official DC Comics pronunciation of his name.
  • Mr. Mxyzptlk appeared in the Super Friends animated series, voiced by Frank Welker. In that series, Mxyzptlk's name is pronounced as Miks-ill-plik (backwards, Kilp-ill-skim) and he takes to tormenting all the members of the team, even when Superman is absent. In one episode [1] Mr. Kltpzyxm, a Bizarro Mxyzptlk is created, who promptly speeds off to turn Bizarro world into a beautiful planet like Earth, much to Bizarro's horror.
  • Howie Mandel played Mxyzptlk in the 1990s live-action series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode "Twas the Night Before Mxymas". Mxyzptlk is said to have a long history of earlier pre-Superman visits to Earth, being the source of stories regarding imps, genies, and leprechauns. This version of Mr. Mxyzptlk is very similar to the comics version; he is a native of the fifth dimension and the only way to get rid of him was to get him to say his name backwards.
  • In the 1990s animated series, Superman: The Animated Series, Mr. Mxyzptlk (pronounced in this version "mix-yes-spit-lick" and demonstrating this pronunciation himself by turning into a mixer, an album cover of the group Yes, back into himself while spitting at Superman, and then a dog that licked him--he demonstrated the pronunciation when, in a nod to the old Super Friends cartoon, Clark read his name using the pronunciation from that series) was voiced by comedian Gilbert Gottfried and his design was closer to the Golden Age version. In a nod to "Lois & Clark", Mxyzptlk at one point tells Superman that he is responsible for Earth legends about imps, genies, and leprechauns. In this incarnation he appears as a comical annoyance rather than a threatening villain, and at one point teams up with Bizarro. This series also featured Sandra Bernhard as his girlfriend Ms. Gsptlsnz. They only appeared in episodes "Mxyzpixilated" and "Little Big Head Man". According to the commentary for "Mxyzpixilated", there were plans for him to star in a Justice League episode, but neither writer Paul Dini (a huge fan of the character, who wrote "Mxyzpixilated") nor series creator Bruce Timm could figure out a story that would be suitable. He did make a "cameo" as a cardboard cutout used in a training exercise in the episode "Secret Society - Part 1,", however. This incarnation resembles the original Mr. Mxyzptlk, rather than the two more modern versions.
  • Trent Ford (right) as Mikail Mxyzptlk in Smallville Season 4 episode Jinx
    Trent Ford (right) as Mikail Mxyzptlk in Smallville Season 4 episode Jinx
    In the 2000s television series Smallville, a character named "Mikail Mxyzptlk" was seen in the episode "Jinx" in Season 4. Mxyzptlk, played by Trent Ford, was a young foreign exchange student sponsored by LuthorCorp who started an underground gambling ring at Smallville High School. In this series, Mxyzptlk is from a line of people that lived near the Balkans and possess the power to influence the mind of anyone he can see. Thus he is able to control the outcome of sports events by making players on the field fumble or trip at pivotal moments without their realizing he is the cause (a boon to anyone running a gambling ring). His power is apparently permanently nullified by a high frequency sound assault arranged by Chloe Sullivan, although Lex Luthor implies that he would be able to restore the power Mikail had lost. It is revealed in Smallville: The Visual Guide that Mikhail Mxyzptlk's powers eventually returned. In the online spin-off series Smallville Legends: Justice & Doom he is mentioned in relation to Lex Luthor's 33.1 project.
  • At the end of the animated movie Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Mxyzptlk is briefly mentioned by Perry White, who has difficulty pronouncing his name.
  • The Legion of Super Heroes episode "Child's Play" features a trouble-making Zerokian child named Zyx who was probably based on Mxyzptlk, including a similar outfit.

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Cultural references

  • In the 1987 cartoon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, an entity inspired by Mr. Mxyzptlk appears in episode 60, "Mr. Ogg Goes to Town" (originally aired on November 1, 1989). Called by the much simpler name of Mr. Ogg, he is (supposedly) an inhabitant of Dimension Z. Like Mr. Mxyzptlk, he is capable of transforming things around him, with his pranks including shrinking Bebop and Rocksteady to the height of two inches, turning the Technodrome into a giant pumpkin on tracks, and turning the Statue of Liberty into a cheap souvenir. Mr. Ogg's one weakness is a craving for porcelain, considering ancient antiques the best tasting. Mr. Ogg makes a weird trilling sound whenever he uses his power. After he eats Shredder's collection of 1000-year-old Hu-Yoo dynasty vases, Krang tricks him into giving them a chemical that transforms crude oil into liquid hydrogen (which turns out to be a fake) and sets him upon the surface with tales of how the surface-dwellers — especially the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — persecuted them and drove them underground. Mr. Ogg's laugh sounds like that of Pee Wee Herman (aka Paul Reubens). Mr. Ogg was voiced by Rob Paulsen.
  • In the 2004 episode of the Teen Titans cartoon, "Fractured", an impish, other-dimensional, Robin fanboy named Larry the Titan (resembling Bat-Mite more than Mr. Mxyzptlk) shows up after Robin breaks his arm, in an attempt to use his magic to fix Robin's ailments. Of course, his reality altering powers result in various problems, thus setting up much of the action for the rest of story.
  • Alan Moore's Supreme includes a version of Mxyzptlk called Szasz, the Sprite Supreme from the 19th dimension.
  • In a 1980s Spider-Man comic,[issue # needed] Peter Parker mumbled "Mxjzptlk" in his sleep. Similarly, his daughter from the MC2 Universe, Spider-Girl mutters "Kltpzyxm" as she's roused from her sleep in the 14th issue of her series.
  • A joke reference on sending Mxyzptlk home by saying his name backwards is made in the Marvel Comics Nightcrawler mini-series, in which the hero is whipped from one weird dimension to another.
  • The Mask animated series featured a parody named Skillit, also partially based on Peter Pan (hence the name), who was much more malevolent in nature.
  • The superhero-focused resource magazine Wizard, in a Superman special, gave Mxyzptlk the dubious title "pain in the ass of Superman."
  • A magical elf named Rumplestilkin appears in "King's Quest" who disappears after he gives Sir Graham a valuable object when he says his name backwards.
  • In the Family Guy episode "I Take Thee Quagmire," Adam West tricks Alex Trebek into saying his own name backwards, sending him back to the fifth dimension. On the June 15, 2007 airing of the Jeopardy! game show, contestant Jared Cohen wrote Trebek's name backwards as the response to Final Jeopardy, so that Trebek would say it aloud. Cohen says that he had heard that this would cause Trebek to return to his own dimension. (See YouTube clip of incident, and text version of the incident.)
  • In the novel Super-Folks by Robert Mayer, the imp from the 5th dimension is named Pxyzsyzygy, foe of the novel's Superman analogue, David Brinkley. His face is revealed to be that of the smiley face.
  • Detroit Techno artist Der Zyklus released an EP entitled Mxyzptlk, with vocoder vocals spoken as the character: "I am Mix-ul-plik, coming from the black hole, on the other side of the gamma quadrant.."
  • Brooklyn-based band, Mixel Pixel, often credits Mxyzptlk as the source of their name.
  • In the Homestar Runner internet cartoon series, there was a Strong Bad E-Mail in which Strong Bad tricked Bubs into saying his name backwards minus the first 'b' -- "Sbu" -- on the pretense that doing this would force Bubs to give him a free lunch special. Bubs told him that doing this only made him lose his superpower (allegedly being able to fly).
  • In Simpsons Comics, Bart is being stalked by Sideshow Bob, when talking to Lisa, he compares himself to Superman and compares Bob to Mxyzptlk, when Lisa tries to correct the pronunciation, Comic Book guy appears out of nowhere and admits that both were correct. When asked why he's here, he simply said "I Would answer any comic book trivia if there is one in need."
  • In the 'Trippiest Games of All Time' episode of X-Play, Mr. Mxyzptlk appeared on the set. However, neither Adam nor Morgan knew who he was, or how to properly pronounce his name when he told them what it was (eg: Adam called him 'Mr. Zibbledick'). They called Blair Butler about how to stop him, but couldn't even pronounce his name backwards (eg: Rama-Lama-ding-dong, Kltpmoose). Then, in annoyance, Mr. Mxyzptlk pronounced his name backwards for him, sending him back to the 5th dimension. During his visit to the X-Play set, Mr. Mxyzptlk explained that he was wearing a yellow and purple suit because they prescribed heroin for headaches back in the 40s, which he said "explained a lot".
  • In a New Avengers comic, Spider-Man cracks a joke about how someone might "say the magic word, like 'Mxyzptlk'..."

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Pronunciation

Due to the phonetic difficulties in pronouncing a name such as Mxyzptlk, it has been pronounced in various ways by various sources over the past four decades. On the 1967 Filmation CBS-TV Superman animated series, it was pronounced as mix-yez-PITTLE-ik; sources indicate that was the official DC Comics version of the time, furnished to the show's writers through DC Comics editor/writer E. Nelson Bridwell. During the 1980s, on the Super Friends cartoon, produced by Hanna-Barbera, it was approximated as Mix-Ill-Plick. Miks-yez-pit-lik is actually a general translation and other variations have included mix-yez-PIT-lek, mix-yez-PIT-ul-ick, and mix-yez-pittle-ik. To further complicate matters, Mxyzptlk says himself in the 1990s animated series of Superman, that his name is pronounced the same as saying the words "mix, yaz, spit, lick," even transforming himself into the appropriate illustrations for the words. Clark had pronounced his name as Mix-Ill-Plick before Mxyzptlk popped out of the comic and proceeded to correct him. In his appearance in Superman Returns video game, Mxyzptlk proudly refers to himself as "the one and only Mr. Mix-yiz-SPIT-Lik!, straight from the fifth dimension!" Miks-il-piti-lik (with the i 's pronounced only lightly) was used on Smallville, all while the original spelling of his name was pronounced mix-pit-tulk. This has created great confusion and even debate as to how his name is actually to be spoken. The first Filmation logo. ... radio and United States. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... E. Nelson Bridwell was a writer for Mad magazine and for DC Comics. ... This article is about the Hanna-Barbera television series. ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ... For the Game Boy Advance version, see Superman Returns: Fortress of Solitude. ... Smallville is an American television series created by writer/producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and was initially broadcast by The WB. After its fifth season, the WB and UPN merged to form The CW, which is the current broadcaster for the show in the United States. ...


In the recently released Action Comics Annual #10 (2007), "Superman's Top 10 Most Wanted" describes Mr. Mxyzptlk and provides the pronunciation as mix-yez-pittle-ik, exactly like the 1967 animated series. So, phonetically, the pronunciation backwards would be "kell-tipp-ZEY-skim." Confusingly, the 1967 animated series used the backwards pronunciation "kulp-ti-Mix-im." It's fair to say that producers were free to interpret the name any way they wanted, just as they routinely changed other elements of comic lore to suit their various series. Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ...


See also

This is a list of fictional characters from DC Comics who are or have been enemies of Superman. ... The trickster figure Reynard the Fox as depicted in an 1869 childrens book by Michel Rodange. ...

References

  1. ^ "The Bizarro Super Powers Team". The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians. Hanna-Barbera. 1985-11-21. No. 3, season 1.

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External links

  • Supermanica: Mr. Mxyzptlk Supermanica entry on the Pre-Crisis Mr. Mxyzptlk
  • Mxyzptlk.com Online comic art gallery featuring many images of Mr. Mxyzptlk.

 
 

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