— Man Ray, "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V"
Man Ray, also known as Manray, is the greatest nemesis of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, the other being the Dirty Bubble. He first appears in the episode "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III." He is a great threat to the Bikini Bottom.
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."
At some point, Man Ray regains this urge and begins committing crimes again. In "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!," he is seen as a villain for hire on the phone book. Plankton hires him to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula.
- Despite abandoning his evil ways during his debut, he joins E.V.I.L. in a later episode. In "Shuffleboarding," he actually does retire.
- He is very susceptible to the tickle belt, feeling its tickle even when he's not wearing it.
- His name appears on the wall graffiti in "The Nitwitting."
- Man Ray was originally voiced by John Rhys-Davies in the episodes "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V." Man Ray's voice got replaced with Bob Joles starting with the video game Lights, Camera, Pants! released in 2005 and the episode "Mermaid Man vs. SpongeBob" in 2007.
- Oddly, he can remove his head and is still able to talk. This is shown in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" and "Shuffleboarding."
- In "Super Evil Aquatic Villain Team Up is Go!," Man Ray is seen restocking Canned Bread into a vending machine.
- He may be named after the surrealist of the same name.
- His name is also a pun on manta ray.
- 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.
- It was showed for the episode's credits that Man Ray was going to be voice by Guy Siner.
|Recurring characters (V • E)|
Patchy • Potty • French Narrator • Mermaid Man • Barnacle Boy • Flying Dutchman • King Neptune • Larry the Lobster • Harold SquarePants • Margaret SquarePants • Grandma SquarePants • Realistic Fish Head • Perch Perkins • Bikini Bottomites • Jellyfish
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