Greatest Fictional New Yorkers #4: Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

04%20-%20stay-puft.gifName: Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man
A.K.A: Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, The Traveler
Occupation: Shapeshifting God / Prehistoric Bitch
Address: 55 Central Park West
Memorable Quotes: “Are you a God? (Hesitant “No” answer) Then…DIE!!!”

Along with its trusty dog-like minions, Zuul (“The Gatekeeper”) and Vinz Clortho (“The Keymaster”), Gozer came to New York through a massive apartment build on the Upper West Side. The building was built by cult-leader Ivo Shandor after World War I and was designed specifically to gather enough psychokinetic energy to act as a portal for Gozer and it’s minions to enter the world and destroy it. Gozer has taken a few forms in the past: during the rectification of the Vuldronaii the Traveler came as a large, moving Torb. Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex supplicants they chose a new form for him–that of a giant Sloar. In 1984 Gozer’s form was chosen by Dr. Raymond Stantz and was that of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

Gozer’s goal was to lead New York City into a disaster of biblical proportions, one that would invoke the Old Testament and “real wrath-of-god type stuff” including (but not limited to) fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, rivers and seas boiling over, forty years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave, human sacrifices, dogs and cats living together and mass hysteria.

Gozer was ultimately bested by the act of “Crossing the Streams” which was supposed to be bad, but we’re all still fuzzy on that whole God/Bad thing. We’re told it’s something along the lines of all life as we know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in our bodies exploding at the speed of light, but luckily that didn’t happen.

And best of all, after being imprisoned in a ghost containment unit, Mr. Stay-Puft was experimented on and rendered harmless. Later he developed a friendly persona, ultimately joined forces with Gozer’s destructors to help rid New York City of other supernatural creatures. And there’s nothing we love in NYC better than a reformed bad boy.

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