Man Ray is a humanoid being with a blue helmet shaped like the head of a Manta ray and a red bodysuit. His gloves, boots, and Speedo are all deep blue in color. Oddly, he has no head under his helmet.
Abilities and traits
Man Ray possesses combat skills and seemingly has the power to shoot destructive lasers from his hands.
Decades ago, Man Ray attempted to rule Bikini Bottom with his ray gun, but was foiled by Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy of the past pouring tartar sauce on him. However, when the future Mermaid Man, Barnacle Boy, SpongeBob, and Patrick come to the past, Patrick eats the tartar sauce that trapped Man Ray and creates the Man Ray timeline where he defeated Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and took over Bikini Bottom. Fortunately, SpongeBob and Patrick go back in time (after a complicated series of time travels), defeat Man Ray, and restore the timeline.
Man Ray first appears in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III." He was trapped in tartar sauce by Mermaid Man until Patrick frees him. He is about to destroy SpongeBob and Patrick, but he has the tickle belt, so he can't do anything. In order to get SpongeBob to take the belt off, he convinces him that he wants to become good, so after many aggregating tests, SpongeBob finally removes the tickle belt, giving Man Ray a chance to escape. Man Ray then attempts to rob a bank but can't because he has lost the "urge to do bad."
In "Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob," it is inferred that it might be possible Man Ray is immortal based on how he asked "The delicious new treat no mortal can resist?" as Barnacle Boy introduces a Krusty Kid's Meal box.
Man Ray is allergic to tartar sauce as shown in the episode "Swamp Mates". This is probably why Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy have encased him in tartar sauce in the past.