Real Name: Joseph Trinity
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Joe Trinity used a mop inhabited by Mrinhä as a weapon. This mop would release destructive energy on contact, able to easily burn and rend human flesh. When he was actually possessed by Mrinhä, he could fly, was bulletproof, had superhuman strength (Class 10?), and could release powerful bursts of energy. Mrinhä was quite bloodthirsty, and constantly pushed Trinity to use deadly force against those she saw as deserving of punishment.
Joe Trinity's problems began when he finally made the big time. He was promoted to vice-president of his bank, received a large raise, and the accompanying benefits. Soon after starting his new job, he came across the account of the Miami crimelord, the Slug. Seeing that the bank was knowingly filtering dirty money for the Slug, Trinity asked to be removed from the account. He was fired on the spot, and his old assistant, Dallas Kerr, got his job. After a few months of unemployment, his girlfriend, Sally, left him, and she soon wound up in a relationship with Kerr. The fact that Kerr, who was willing to the dirty work, got everything that was once his caused him to lose his grip on sanity. He lost his apartment and began living with as a homeless man.
Trinity carried around a mop, the last thing that had not been taken away from him. Somehow an extra-dimensional creature known as Mrinhä came to Earth, and took up residence with Joe's mop. Mrinha spoke to Trinity and sent him on missions to "clean-up" the criminal element around him. Mrinhä's powers enabled Trinity to defeat those he encountered, and many of his victims were severely maimed or killed in the process.
Joe, still feeling some connection for Sally, would call her and report his actions as the Mop Man. She didn't know about his new abilities, but complained to Dallas about his continuing to call. Dallas contacted the Slug and asked him to have some pressure put on Trinity to make him leave Sally alone. Trinity easily fought off the first man sent after him by the Slug. This drew the attention of the vigilante Poison, who had previously been possessed by Ylandris, an extra-dimensional entity from the same race as Mrinhä.
The Slug then sent a professional assassin and enforcer, "Foxy" Pertierra after Trinity. Foxy tracked down Trinity by beating information out of Sharona, a prostitute who had befriended the Mop Man. Foxy ambushed Trinity and cut him down with a machine gun. Mrinhä then took direct action, animating the mop and melting Foxy's right hand, causing him to flee. Trinity was taken to a hospital, but Mrinhä tracked him down and convinced him to allow "her" to enter his form, and then healed his wounds.
Foxy arrived and tried to finish off Trinity, but Mrinhä filled him with energy and he blew both of Foxy's arms off. Foxy's wounds were instantly cauterized, and he fled to his getaway car, driven by Dallas. Trinity followed the two back to the Slug's base, where he caught up to and savagely beat Dallas. Poison stopped him from delivering a fatal blow, and then forced Mrinhä to exit Trinity's form. Mrinhä attempted to possess Poison, but her experience with Ylandris allowed her to resist, causing Mrinhä to vanish.
Tony Stark considered Mop Man as a potential Initiative recruit.
First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #60
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Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- '...Top of the World/Hate Dancer/Yesterdays!/The American Way'#61
- 'Instant Karma/High Horror/A Pirate's Life For Me!/The Librarian'#62
- 'The Quest of Abdul Alhazred/Intimiate Assassins/You Shouldn't Live in the Past/Test Run'#63
- 'Prey/Painkillers/Clouds of Vengeance/Norse Blood'
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