THE PINK SPHINX

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human magic user (see comments)

Occupation: Mystic, would-be Las Vegas entertainer

Group Membership: None;
    briefly Death's Contest of Champions bonus team (Deadpool/"Wade Wilson," Doop, Howard the Duck)

Affiliations: Ancient seers, Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"), Death, Doop, Frog-Man (Eugene Patilio), Grandmaster (En Dwi Gast), Howard the Duck, Rocket Racer (Robert Farrell), She-Man-Thing, the Vile Tapeworm;
    possibly also
Captain America (Steve Rogers), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Defensor (Gabriel Carlos Dantes Sepulveda), Devil-Slayer (Eric Payne), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Medusa (Medusalith Amaquelin), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Shamrock (Molly Fitzgerald), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Sprite (Kitty Pryde), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Thing (Ben Grimm), Vision, Wolverine (James Howlett) and various other unidentified heroes in the crowd at the Contest of Champions

Enemies: None (see comments)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars#1 (July, 2015)

Powers/Abilities: The Pink Sphinx has a connection to some group of "ancient seers" who can provide her with information. She is also capable of hypnotism.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'5")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 120 lbs.)
Eyes: Green
Hair: Unrevealed

History:
(Deadpool's Secret Secret War#1/2) - When the cosmic entities the Grandmaster and Death summoned all the superheroes on Earth for a contest, the Pink Sphinx was among them. The powerful beings each chose champions to serve them in their contest but Deadpool was offended for not being picked so he argued with them until they agreed to have a bonus round where some "B-listers" would get a chance to compete for a hidden prize.

    The Pink Sphinx was chosen to be on Death's team, alongside Deadpool, Howard the Duck and Doop, against a group playing for Grandmaster consisting of the Rocket Racer, Frog-Man, the Vile Tapeworm and She-Man-Thing. The groups were teleported to East St. Louis and the Pink Sphinx consulted the ancient seers to locate the prize. As she and Deadpool made their way to the location, they were attacked by Rocket Racer and the Pink Sphinx hypnotized him to forget who he was and to sing for their enjoyment. They continued toward the prize until She-Man-Thing entangled her in vines and Deadpool went on without her. Deadpool did win, revealing that the prize was a participation award.

Comments: Created by Cullen Bunn and Jacopo Camagni.

    The Pink Sphinx notes that she has a five-year plan to get out of the superhero business and into a headlining gig in Vegas. Deadpool points out that, in comic book time, five years could be an eternity but, given that this was a flashback to a 1982 comic, if things have gone according to her plan, she may well now be an entertainer.

    I've listed the competitors in the contest as "Affiliations" rather than "Enemies" because it was just a game.

    The canonicity of this story is suspect, as it is a Deadpool story intended to parody old stories. So, for now at least, this character's actual existence in the Marvel Universe is suspect. It's unlikely anyone would care enough to clear it up one way or the other.
    It's also possible (even likely) that the entire story was a delusion the not-quite-100%-sane Deadpool was having, much like the main story in the Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars mini-series in which Deadpool participates in the original 1984 Secret Wars, only to have his presence there forgotten. While that story could very well fit into Earth-616 continuity, it was later deemed as nothing more than a delusion Deadpool-616 was having. Given that several of the characters here are seen in their modern costumes, I could see the whole thing being a Deadpool delusion. Of course, in an infinite Omniverse, those events still occurred on some alternate reality out there...--Proto-Man

    For more discussion as to whether or not the Pink Sphinx and the backup story in Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars#1 is canon on Earth-616, check out the Book of PDR's web article about the story at http://www.bookofpdr.com/2023/09/07/was-rocket-racer-in-the-contest-of-champions/.

    Is it me or is it too much of a stretch to think that the Pink Sphinx might be a nod to the character of the Golden Pharaoh, who was shoehorned into DC's Super Powers toyline? Egyptian theme....shoehorned into a story involving big classic comic book superheroes...color theme...just me? --Proto-Man

Profile by Patrick D Ryall.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Pink Sphinx
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars#1, page 24, panel 4 (body)
Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars#1, page 25, panel 6 (face)

Appearances:
Deadpool's Secret Secret War#1/2 (July, 2015) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Jacopo Camagni (artist), Jordan D. White (editor)


First posted09/15/2023
Last updated: 09/15/2023

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