Mister Mxyzptlk
Real name: Mister Mxyzptlk
Species: 5th Dimensional Imp
Homeworld: Zrfff
Affiliations: NONE Revealed
Rogue of: Superman
Abilities: Magic
Voiced/Played: Frank Welker
He's a cosmic joker from the 5th dimensional world of Zrfff
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Mr. Mxyzptlk is an imp (a mythological, mischievous being similar to a fairy or demon) from the 5th Dimension. He has magical powers which is normal for a someone native to his dimension. Although mostly just a practical joker, his playful escapades have endangered many lives, so giving him the supervillain title would not at all be inappropriate.

Mr. Mxyzptlk during his first encounter with Superman.

Continuity from The New Adventures of Superman

Mr. Mxyzptlk first meets Superman in the The New Adventures of Superman episode The Imp-Practical Joker. That is the one and only episode that he appeared in from the Filmation cartoons.

Earth-One Continuity

Mxyzptlk was born into the fifth dimension and lived there until he became bored with his relatively uneventful life. Seeking exploration and entertainment, Mxyzptlk left and began to explore other realities. Unfamiliar with so-called "lower lifeforms" of other dimensions, Mxyzptlk began experimenting with some of them, testing them in many different ways, some of which were later shown not to have survived Mxyzptlk's tests. Upon one of his trips to the third dimension, Mxyzptlk met his match in Superboy. Superboy was living in Smallville at the time.

On one occasion, the boy of steel is able to trick the magical imp into saying his name backwards (Kltpzyxm). This would banish Mxyzptlk back to his home in the 5th Dimension for 90 days[1].

Superboy learned this 'trick' from Fuzastl, Mxyzptlk own father. this of course caused a long running feud between Mxyzptlk and his father[2].

This 'game', went on for many years till Superboy was an adult. Every time, Mxyzptlk would become frustrated because he could not enrage Superman.


Mxyzptlk can manipulate reality and the laws of this universe in such a way as to appear magical. It does appear that there is a limit to his powers. It also appears that once he leaves, any effects of his magic is removed.



He only has one weakness, if he is tricked into saying his name backward, then he will be banished back to the 5th Dimension. However, this banishment will only last three months, and after that three month period is up, he will be able to return to the 3rd Dimension (our dimension). Time and time again he has pestered the JLA, only to be defeated each time.


Mxyzptlk as he appeared in Season 5 (1984)

Episode Appearances

Filmation Appearance:

SuperFriends Appearances:


  • Mr. Mxyzptlk, sometimes called Mxy, is a fictional supervillain who appears in DC Comics' Superman comic books.
  • He first appeared in Superman, Vol. 1 #30 (September 1944).[3]
  • He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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Appearances in Other Media

Mikhail Mxyzptlk.jpg Mikhail Mxyzptlk Mikhail Mxyzptlk is a teenaged metahuman from the Balkans who has the ability to influence others' actions with vocal commands.

This incarnation appeared on the Smallville TV series (2001-??) as seen on the CW.
- For more on this Mikhail Mxyzptlk see article at Smallville Wiki .
Mxy3.jpg Mr. Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk was an imp from the Land of Zrff in the Fifth Dimension. This incarnation appeared in Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League.

This incarnation appeared on the animated series produced for the Cartoon Network from 2001-2004.
- For more on this Mr. Mxyzptlk see article at DCAU Wiki


  1. Superman, Vol. 1 #131 (August 1959)
  2. Superboy, Vol. 1 #78 - "The Ghost of Jor-El" (January, 1960)
  3. Go to the DC Database for more on Superman, Vol. 1 #30 (1944)
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