As the original superhero, Superman has come to have quite a vast rogues gallery over the years. Of course, with big names such as Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and General Zod, Superman has a plethora of powerful enemies ready to fight him at a moment’s notice.
However, Mister Mxyzptlk is a rather uncommon villain who is often overlooked by many, especially for how powerful he is. To help shed some light on this underappreciated villain, here is our list of 10 things DC fans should know about the imp from the 5th dimension.
10 Who Was He Created By?
Mister Mxyzptlk was actually created by Jerry Siegel himself, the co-creator of Superman. Alongside artist Ira Yarborough, the character made his first appearance in the daily Superman comic strip in October of 1944.
Originally, the character was set to appear in a main issue of Superman, but a publishing mix up pushed him to the comic strip instead. Likewise, the character’s name was also spelled much differently, with the “P” and the “T” in his names originally switched. Since making his debut, the character has evolved quite a lot, but his goofy personality has generally remained a central focus for his character overall.
9 His Origin
Most people who are familiar with the character know that Mister Mxyzptlk hails from the 5th dimension. With the ability to travel between dimensions, the character set his sights on the incredibly powerful Superman, typically enacting mostly-harmless pranks against the Man of Steel.
Since then, the character’s origin has remained virtually unchanged, although the nature of his pranks have become far more serious and deadly. Though he isn’t seen terribly often in the comics, Mister Mxyzptlk is definitely one of the more unique comic book villains around.
8 Quite The Personality
Unlike many other supervillains in comics, Mister Mxyzptlk generally isn’t too malicious with his plots. At times, he even considers himself a friend to Superman, however much of an annoyance he may actually be.
Of course, there are still plenty of times where he has been a rather significant threat, especially given how powerful he is. For the most part though, he is generally a fun character, and even a fan favorite among many comic book readers. Because of this, it is really difficult to even call him a villain at times.
7 His Powers Allow Him To Warp Reality
Because he is from the 5th dimension, Mister Mxyzptlk is capable of all sorts of strange and amazing feats. Since he doesn’t have to adhere to the typical laws of nature, the character can essentially warp all of reality itself.
Because of this, the character can basically give himself any ability that he desires, no matter how specific. Furthermore, given that his powers are magic-based, the character can actually harm Superman if he so desires, arguably making him one of the most powerful foes Clark Kent has ever faced.
6 His Weaknesses Have Changed A Bit
However powerful Mister Mxyzptlk may be, he does still have his weaknesses. though the extent of his weaknesses have varied over the years, the character has never exactly been one of the smartest villains ever.
Originally, he had to say or spell his name backward in order to vanish from the main dimension. Since then, it has been changed to him disappearing after losing a bet that involves himself. Either way, there are strange circumstances that are needed to get the character home, but given the weird nature of his general self, it would make sense for him to have an equally weird weakness.
5 In Other Media
For a bit of a lesser-known villain, Mister Mxyzptlk has actually appeared in several different forms of media over the years. Not only has he been featured in The New Adventures of Superman and Superman: The Animated Series cartoons, but the character has also appeared several times in live-action in shows like Lois and Clark, Smallville, and the current Supergirl series.
Though each actor to play the character has brought something different, it is still nice to see so many variations on everything Mister Mxyzptlk can do. While he has yet to appear in a major feature film, Mister Mxyzptlk is definitely worthy of his role beyond the comics.
4 Other 5th Dimensional Beings
While it would seem obvious that Mister Mxyzptlk isn’t the only being within the 5th dimension, several others have actually come to play a role in the larger DC universe. Most notably, Bat-Mite, a being of equal power who is obsessed with Batman, has come to influence certain events within the DC universe as well, offering a fun and zany twist to the usual depiction of Batman as a character.
Furthermore, beings like Vyndktvx have also caused great trouble for Superman, showing that the 5th dimension has a great role within the universe than most may realize. Though Mister Mxyzptlk may be the most popular character from this dimension, he is far from the only major influence at hand.
3 Gave His Power To Joker
In one of the character’s more famous storylines, Mister Mxyzptlk actually transferred his abilities to manipulate reality to the Joker. As one can imagine, the results of this action were rather frightening, as Joker basically had unlimited power and began warping reality as he saw fit.
Fortunately, Superman managed to save the day like he always does, but it still managed to show just how much potential Mister Mxyzptlk really has inside his small body. For a character that is generally humorous and more lighthearted, he is definitely not to be underestimated.
2 He Has Died
Though it may not be canon with the rest of the DC universe, “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow” is still considered to be one of the greatest Superman stories of all time. Following one of the most devastating and personal attacks against Superman to date, Mister Mxyzptlk is revealed to be the mastermind behind the plot, taking his character in a direction he had never gone before.
However, in the comic’s final pages, the villain is forcibly and knowingly ripped apart by Superman, marking one of the few times the Man of Steel has killed in comics. for a minor villain, this story really put Mister Mxyzptlk on the map once again, while also showcasing just how deadly he can really be.
1 DC Rebirth
More recently, Mister Mxyzptlk really showed just how powerful he can be by rewriting Superman’s entire history for the events of DC Rebirth. In a fit of rage against the Man of Steel for forgetting about him, Mister Mxyzptlk rewrote reality so that the Post-Crisis version of Superman was the one in the New 52 the whole time.
Of course, this opened up a lot of plot holes and questions within the timeline, but it did manage to undo a lot of complaints that readers had with the New 52 era of Superman. Furthermore, even though he isn’t depicted terribly often, this is just one example of just how powerful a character Mister Mxyzptlk can be.
Mister Mxyzptlk is one of the strangest beings in the Superman universe. Here's a look at 10 things you need to know about the figure.