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Murray the Mantis

Ruining Thanksgiving

Appeared in The Real Ghostbusters;
"The Revenge of Murray the Mantis"

Murray the Mantis is a fictional cartoon character in the Ghostbusters universe. A Thanksgiving float in his likeness was once possessed and fought the Ghostbusters and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.


Murray the Mantis is the star of a popular Saturday morning cartoon where he is the sheriff of a garden who keeps the peace, including chasing away the bad Roach Brothers and the evil Hypno-Snake. He's friends with the gardener's misunderstood daughter, Posey. [1] Ray Stantz and Egon Spengler watch a lot of episodes of the cartoon. When questioned why they do so by Peter Venkman, Egon claimed it was because he is a good scientist and keeps his mind open to anything.

On the night before a Thanksgiving Day, a crew was preparing a balloon float based on Murray in an old warehouse in the Upper West Side. Unfortunately, since the warehouse used to be a city morgue, the commotion caused the release of death force energy and it possessed the balloon.

After Peter Venkman shot the float with his Particle Thrower, the energy reformed as a giant corporeal mantis entity. The mantis went on a rampage and was finally defeated when the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man battled the entity and weakened it enough for the Ghostbusters to destroy it.


During the first encounter with Murray, Egon cross calculates the constant half-life breakdown rate of all ectoplasmic entities with the known P.K.E. pulse. He guessed Murray could have a life energy as high as Gozer's. [2] At the Firehouse, he cross indexes the dimensions of a standard Praying mantis, the 120 feet dimension of the float, and the ecto energy quotient of an average Class 3 Non-Transitory Specter. Egon concludes Murray the Mantis had an energy level of 45 x 10 to the 14th power Mega Watts. [3]


Because of its power, Murray's classification could be a Class 7 or higher.


  • Both the balloon and the ghost of Murray the Mantis had only four legs, while real Praying mantis' have six.
  • When Egon explained how powerful the creature was, Peter joked about it by saying that they might stand a chance if Darth Vader loaned them the Death Star. [4]
  • Ironically, Murray attacks a red Volkswagen Beetle.
  • Murray is referenced in What in Samhain Just Happened?! on page 14. A Murray the Mantis doll, as it appeared in its cartoon, is seen to the left of Janine Melnitz.
  • On page six of Ghostbusters Issue #6, a Murray doll can be see in the Fantastic Land stand. They also appear on the Cover RI variant.
  • On page six of Ghostbusters Issue #15, Murray the Mantis makes a non-canon cameo on the Thanksgiving Day Parade advertisement.


The Real Ghostbusters


  1. Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "The Revenge of Murray the Mantis" (1986) (DVD ts. 05:42-06:19). Time Life Entertainment.
  2. Egon Spengler (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "The Revenge of Murray the Mantis" (1986) (DVD ts. 09:54-10:04, 10:07-10:10). Time Life Entertainment.
  3. Egon Spengler (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "The Revenge of Murray the Mantis" (1986) (DVD ts. 11:14-11:22, 11:30-11:39). Time Life Entertainment.
  4. Peter Venkman (2009).The Real Ghostbusters- "The Revenge of Murray the Mantis" (1986) (DVD ts. 11:40-11:45). Time Life Entertainment. Peter says: "It means if Darth Vader is willing to loan us the Death Star, we might have a chance."


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