The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is a fictional mascot from the Ghostbusters franchise of media, which sometimes appears as a giant, lumbering paranormal monster. It first appears as a picture logo on a prop package of marshmallows in Dana Barrett's apartment when she places the groceries on her kitchen counter, then later in the climax of the 1984 film, Ghostbusters. Subsequently it has been incorporated into many other Ghostbuster media, including the animated series The Real Ghostbusters, a number of Ghostbusters-related comics, a stage show, and numerous video game. In Ghostbusters Universe, it is the mascot of the fictional Stay Puft Marshmallow Corporation (much like the Pillsbury Doughboy mascot, which it resembles). Within the universe, it is also the subject of a Marshmallow Man cartoon series. Along with the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 logos, the image of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has become one of the most recognizable emblems of the franchise.
Stay Puft is a large white obese human-shaped figure made of joined marshmallows. He wears a white sailor hat with a red ribbon attached on top, and a blue hatband. Around his neck is a blue traditional sailor's collar and a red neckerchief. His height in the novelization of the movie is mentioned at one hundred feet, however other sizes have also been suggested such as a height of 112.5 feet , while other sources not affiliated with the Ghostbusters franchise estimate sizes as 130 feet up to 500 feet .
After images of him are seen on a billboard and a bag of the marshmallows earlier in the film, he is then seen in the climax of the Ghostbusters movie as one of two physical bodies of Gozer, a god who is defeated when Stay Puft is destroyed. He is then recreated and subsequently captured a number of different times by the Ghostbusters, although mean and destructive at first he later befriends Slimer and the Ghostbusters in the animated series The Real Ghostbusters, and helps them out with various problems.
Stay Puft is seen only briefly in the movie. He is "conjured up" as a new form for the Sumerian god Gozer, who previously arrives atop an apartment building at 55 Central Park West in New York City in the form of a woman. After a quick battle with the Ghostbusters she vanishes, and then as a disembodied voice Gozer tells the Ghostbusters that the next thing they think of will be the form it will assume to destroy their world. Dan Aykroyd's character (Ray Stantz) inadvertently thinks of this marshmallow mascot when the Ghostbusters are given a choice as to which physical form Gozer will conquer the world in. As he explains, Mr. Stay Puft "just popped in there" as "something that could never possibly destroy us." Moments later a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is seen walking towards the apartment building. The Ghostbusters shoot at Stay Puft with their proton pack, setting him on fire, but do not succeed in stopping his advance. They then get the idea of shooting at the portal which the god came through, by crossing the streams of all four of their packs. The plan succeeds in an explosion which destroys the gate and the Stay Puft man, who turns into molten marshmallow cream that rains down onto the roof of the skyscraper and the street below.
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