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The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is a secondary antagonist in the original Ghostbusters film. He was originally a vessel used by Gozer the Destructor to destroy the world in Ghostbusters but shortly became a series icon with appearances in the Ghostbusters franchise like the video game and even the controversial Ghostbusters (2016).
Why He Rocks
- Along with the Ghostbusters logo, the image of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has become one of the most recognizable emblems of the franchise.
- He was subtly foreshadowed in the original film with graffiti, billboard advertisements, and even a bag of marshmallows with his face on it.
- Although mean and destructive at first, he later befriends Slimer and the Ghostbusters in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters, and helps them out with various problems.
- The special effects used to create his iconic design was impessive especially for 1987. It required using miniatures, optical compositing, and a latex suit made of two layers, an outer flammable layer and inner fire-proof layer.
- He has varied in the series from a villain to a hero but rarely displayed the same level of malevolence as it did in the original film - perhaps due to the fact that it was no longer fully controlled by Gozer, the most noticeable examples being in The Real Ghostbusters.