Magician Murphy is a man from Xanth, Mundania, then the Isle of Cats in Xanth. His talent is making things go wrong. He was first introduced in Castle Roogna as a major character.
Murphy is the husband of Vadne and father of Grey. He entered the Brain Coral pool in 237 and began aging again when he escaped during the Time of No Magic in 1043.
Murphy is a contemporary of Roogna and Tapis. He was Roogna's rival for the throne. He placed a curse on Tapis that caused Electra, not Taplin, to bite the apple and to go into the enchanted sleep. During his rivalry with Roogna, he had an unnamed wife. After failing to win the throne, he retired to the Brain Coral Pool in 237. During the Time of No Magic, he was able to leave the Brain Coral Pool. After he and Vadne made a deal with Com Pewter, they went to Mundania and stayed there for 19 years. His power remains undiminished in Mundania, where it is known as Murphy's Law.
Novels: Castle Roogna, Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn, Heaven Cent, Man from Mundania, Isle of View, Question Quest, Faun and Games, Xone of Contention, Up in a Heaval, Ghost Writer in the Sky