Real Name: Unknown
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: The New York City public
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: None known
Base of Operations: New York City, New York
First Appearance: Daredevil I#241 (April, 1987)
Powers/Abilities: The Trixter had no superhuman powers, but he was extremely skilled in the art of diguise, trickery, and optical illusionry. He also used a mechanical device that released chaotic force waves that weakened nearby objects such as bricks, causing them to fall.
History: (Daredevil I#241 (fb) - BTS) - The Trixter became famous for his mastery of disguise and illusions, choosing to amaze the public with his talents. Layering his life with various disguised identities, Trixter barely even remembered his true identity.
(Daredevil I#241) - On Christmas Day, the Trixter felt somewhat depressed at his lack of identity. Alone with his disguises and tricks, the Trixter read a newspaper article about Daredevil and decided that he would lure Daredevil out into the open to decide his fate. He soon visited Gippo's Costumes, where he stole a real skull from a display stand and then got himself kicked out of the store. He then went to Rockefeller Center and walked across the tightrope while wearing the skull and an angel costume, altering policemen Joe and Mike. Daredevil soon arrived and realizing that the Trixter was using a device that weakened materials around him, he tried to stop the Trixter's act. The Trixter demanded to know what made Daredevil the hero when they were both on the same wire and Daredevil tried to explain that if the Trixter would turn off his device that he would let him continue the act. He then asked Daredevil what made him different from men who lead selfish lives and when Daredevil responded that he just did what felt right, the Trixter got angry at how simple Daredevil made it seem. He then began to jump on the tightrope and Daredevil quickly moved to stop him, as he had become too dangerous. The two soon fell from the wire but Daredevil managed to save them both. Demanding to see weakness from Daredevil, the Trixter grabbed him in a chokehold but Daredevil managed to break free and kicked the Trixter's skull-mask, unmasking him. The Trixter then ripped off the angel costume, revealing a devil costume underneath. As the two fought on the wire, the Trixter asked if Daredevil could save his life. Daredevil soon kicked the Trixter, causing him to fall and entangle his scarf as he fell. Thinking he had caused the Trixter to hang himself, Daredevil noticed a heartbeat and saved him just in time for the Trixter to make his escape.
Later that day, the Trixter performed a dance ritual in front of bystanders where he wore war paint and finished by saying that he would then climb to the top of the Chrysler Building to make it snow on Christmas. As he made his exit, his device caused loose bricks to fall towards the bystanders, who were saved by Daredevil. Daredevil pursued the Trixter until he was distracted by the Fatboys. Resuming his pursuit, Daredevil missed a jump from the building but was saved by the Trixter himself, asking if saving people was supposed to make him feel better. Eventually making his way to the top of the Chrysler Building, the Trixter tied himself to the steeple while wearing an antenna in an attempt to make it snow. As a thunderstorm began brewing and lightning narrowly missed him, the Trixter realized the craziness of what he was doing and became hysterical. Screaming for Daredevil to save him, the Trixter was quickly struck dead by a bolt of lightning that ushered in a snowstorm. As the snow started, Daredevil sat down, thinking to himself why he could not find the right words to save the Trixter and wondering if perhaps the Trixter had faked his death as another trick.
Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti, Todd McFarlane, and Al Milgrom.
A few questions came to mind while reading this story, like why was Gippo's
Costumes open on Christmas Day? I can't think of a single store aside from
gas stations that is open on Christmas Day...
Also, why did Gippo's Costumes have a real skull on display? I mean, honestly,
the owner said it wasn't even for sale! I mean, why have it displayed in
your store if it's not for sale?! And it's a skull, fer cryin' out loud!
Also, why did Gippo's Costumes have a real skull on display? I mean, honestly, the owner said it wasn't even for sale! I mean, why have it displayed in your store if it's not for sale?! And it's a skull, fer cryin' out loud!
The Trixter has no known connections to
(Daredevil I#241) - On Christmas, when Mike and Joe saw a strange man (Trixter) dressed as a skull-faced angel walking on a highwire, they wondered what their duty as cops was. They ultimately decided not to intervene, letting Daredevil handle the Trixter instead.
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Daredevil I#241, p6, pan2 (The Trixter, headshot)
Daredevil I#241, p16, pan1 (The Trixter, fullbody)
Daredevil I#241, p8, pan4 (Mike and Joe)
Daredevil I#241 (April, 1987) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Todd McFarlane (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First Posted: 08/06/2006
Last updated: 03/19/2019
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