Comics/Graphic Novels

Comic Book Character Names We’re Obviously Mispronouncing

Chris M. Arnone

Senior Contributor

The son of a librarian, Chris M. Arnone's love of books was as inevitable as gravity. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. His novel, The Hermes Protocol, was published by Castle Bridge Media in 2023 and the next book in that series is due out in winter 2024. His work can also be found in Adelaide Literary Magazine and FEED Lit Mag. You can find him writing more books, poetry, and acting in Kansas City. You can also follow him on social media (Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, website).

In light of the recent revelation from J.K. Rowling that we’ve all been mispronouncing Voldemort this whole time, I began to wonder what comic book characters we’re obviously mispronouncing.

Pronouncing Voldemort Wrong

So we at Panels reached out to our contacts in the multiverses to get some clarifications.



When questioned, the backwards Superman informed us, “You am not mispronounced Bizarro wrong.” Since Bizarro often speaks backwards…we have no idea if we’ve been mispronouncing his name. We’ll just carry on for now.



In a heated Facebook messenger exchange in which Juggernaut used all caps all the time, T. Juggernaut Bitch (given name Thaddeus) expressed his frustration over the repeated censorship of his family name.



We reached out to Eric and he corrected the common misuse of Magg-neat-oh. “I like magnets. I was eating my Cheerios and thought, ‘Magnet-O.’ I imagined henchmen called ‘The Iron Filings.’ I should have left the hyphen in there.”

Mole Man

The Mole Man

Once Mole Man returned our phone call, he cursed at us in Spanish before clarifying that he was a successful Mexican chef before a horrific accident with radioactive mole (mo-lay) sauce rendered him dwarfish, nearly blind, and authoritative toward subterranean creatures. He, in fact, finds moles rather disgusting and poor critics of his cooking.

Ra’s Al Ghul

Ras Al Ghul

The leader of the League of Assassins was rather coy when asked about the pronunciation of his name. Finally, he admitted his first name is pronounced like “rash” and his entire name actually translates to “Demon’s Pimple.” Since “Demon’s Head” sounds more menacing, he has allowed the mispronunciations to proliferate. He asked us not to share this story, but he’s a jerk, so here you go.

Mr. Mxyzptlk


Contrary to rampant Internet fighting and numerous clarifications, it’s actually pronounced just like “Smith.” Crazy alien phonetics. No wonder Superman could never say it backwards.

Of course, like this post, J.K. Rowling could also just be trolling us all. If I was the most famous author in the world, I’d totally troll my fans.