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    Default How powerful is mister mxyzptlk?

    Can he be killed or hurt? Is he powerful enough to take on Darkseid, screw around with alternate universes, and tamper with time itself?

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    I think it generally depends on who writes him. Mxy and the fifth dimension folks tend to have undefined powers by their very nature. In theory, they could be all-powerful gods, but in practice, a writer can do whatever they want to with them. This applies to all superheroes and villians to an extent, but with the wonky nature of Mxy and his ilk, I think it's more so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fanofthegoblins View Post
    Can he be killed or hurt? . . . screw around with alternate universes, and tamper with time itself?
    in Alan Moore's Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow, Superman traps him between the Phantom Zone and the 5th Dimension, effectively killing him.

    In the New 52, Action Comics #15, Mxy pulls the entire DC Universe out of his hat for the 5th Dimension's King's amusement.

    Hope that helps

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    The vast majority of the time, Mxy is only ever used as a joke character. He is rarely ever a serious threat so we never get an accurate view of his true power. One time he was used seriously was during the Emperor Joker storyarc. Joker had managed to steal a fraction of Mxy's power, and then Joker was able to recreate the entire world in his own image. Joker tortured and killed Batman every day just to resurrect him the next day and do it all over again. The Spectre tried to stop Joker and failed.

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    I don't think he is powerful. The nature of where he is from grants him perceived abilities, but he's only as powerful as his name spoken backward.

    In his own dimension, he's just a magician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by batman_pwns View Post
    The vast majority of the time, Mxy is only ever used as a joke character. He is rarely ever a serious threat so we never get an accurate view of his true power. .
    He was never intended to be a serious threat except in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, he's a guy that just wants to have some fun.

    Vindictivix works much better as the truly evil fifth dimensional imp.

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    If Mxyzptlk legally changed his name to Otto, he'd be unstoppable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ish Kabbible View Post
    If Mxyzptlk legally changed his name to Otto, he'd be unstoppable
    Or too easily stoppable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ish Kabbible View Post
    If Mxyzptlk legally changed his name to Otto, he'd be unstoppable
    Alan Moore used that joke when he created his own Mxy in Supreme: Zsasz; getting rid of him was a bit more complicated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Eyes View Post
    in Alan Moore's Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow, Superman traps him between the Phantom Zone and the 5th Dimension, effectively killing him.

    In the New 52, Action Comics #15, Mxy pulls the entire DC Universe out of his hat for the 5th Dimension's King's amusement.
    Morrison is being quite faithful to the original stories; Mxy from the start had omnipotent powers and could do whatever he wanted in Superman's dimension; the thing is that he's a jester in the 5th dimension and he doesn't really have a mean streak, although he considers for two seconds to make himself ruler of Earth; but pestering Superman is a funnier career move. Those Mxy stories from the '40s are just hilarious, almost as insane as Jack Cole's Plastic Man.

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    I always had the impression that he's not all powerful. By the way, was there ever a story where Superman visited that fifth dimension that Mxyzptlk is from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabo61 View Post
    I always had the impression that he's not all powerful. By the way, was there ever a story where Superman visited that fifth dimension that Mxyzptlk is from?
    Yeah there was a silver age story where he went there and met Mxy's girlfriend Miss Glxypikl or something like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by marshal99 View Post


    If Mxy was a member of the Justice League, he would make their lives MUCH easier. Even Darkseid's beams are no match for him.

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    He has been powerful enough to rewrite reality as shown by the Emperor Joker storyline and that one time he created a version of the DCU with everyone's gender reversed.

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