is a fictional character
appearing in the comic books
published by Marvel Comics
. Although physically a child, Sprite is an Eternal
, a member of an ancient and extremely powerful race. He was created by Jack Kirby
and first appeared in The Eternals
vol. 1 #9.
Fictional character biography
Sprite is an incorrigible trickster
and practical joker, and has been for centuries. It is rumored that in Marvel continuity, he was the inspiration for William Shakespeare
to write the character of Puck
in A Midsummer Night's Dream
. He revels in what he sees as "playful" behavior, seemingly mindless of the sometimes deadly consequences of his pranks, especially to fragile mortal Humans. Though he has been punished time and again for his actions, he always returns to his preferred way of life after a while.
During the Fourth Host of the Celestials
, when Zuras calls for the Uni-Mind
to examine the Celestials' Mothership, Sprite remains behind with Domo
's Central Processor. Then he convinces the imprisoned Forgotten Eternal
to help stop an attack to the Celestial ship.
While trying to improve Olympia
's systems, Sprite accidentally sends Olympia into the Negative Zone
once, but the Eternals are able to restore it to its proper place. Sprite later advocates the appointment of the Black Knight
's Gann Josin
(sharing a mental bond) as compromise with Ikaris
, who wants her killed.
The Eternals (2006)
In the new Eternals series by Neil Gaiman, Sprite, under the "real... Read More