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The Deadly Mantis is the main antagonist of the 1957 American horror film The Deadly Mantis.

The Deadly Mantis was first discovered after it was released from a several million year-long nap in the North Pole ice by erupting volcanoes.

Appearance

The Deadly Mantis resembles a giant green praying mantis stretching approximately 200 feet in length. It appears to lack the antennae that real praying mantises have. Based on various advertisements it weighs 4,000 tons.

Powers and Abilities

The Deadly Mantis possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Flight
  • Claws
  • Mandibles
  • Tough exoskeleton

Fate

The Deadly Mantis is killed at the end of the film by Col. Joe Parkman after Joe throws a chemical bomb in its face.

Trivia

  • An actual 200-foot papier-maché model of a praying mantis was constructed for the film's special effects; 6-foot and 1-foot models were also created for other shots.

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