Habitat: Sunnydale, CA
General Description: The She-Mantis is a giant shape-shifting insect that is able to take shape of a beautiful woman, luring young virgin men into her lair for mating purposes. Once she lays her eggs, she forces her victims to fertilize them and bites the victims’ heads off during the process. The She-Mantis mates exclusively with virgins. This peculiarity earned her the nickname Kleptes-Virgo, or Virgin-Thief.
Like most giant insects, the She-Mantis possesses superhuman strength and is capable of lifting many times her own body weight in virgin males. This ability alone makes the She-Mantis extremely dangerous; however when combined with her excellent shape-shifting ability, it makes her truly deadly.
Friends, Associates, and Sidekicks: None
Sworn Enemies: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Special Powers: Ability to change shape and appear as a beautiful woman. Ability to excrete powerful pheromones that make her irresistible to human males. Able to rotate her head 180 degrees.
Weapon(s) of choice: Powerful limbs and jaws
Weakness(es): Mayo-and-Crickets sandwiches
Pet Peeves: Bug spray
Best Line(s): - Please, call me Natalie.
Total Estimated Power Rating: 12
4 Intellect Points + 3 Base Physical Strength Points + 1 Additional Physical Strength Points for when in Mantis shape + 1 Shock Point + 1 Point for Basic Shape-Shifting Ability + 1 Point for Relative Immortality + 1 Additional Point for powerful sexual pheromones
Danger Level: High for heterosexual males. Non existent for heterosexual females.
Identification: If a woman finds you attractive – she is probably The She-Mantis. I mean, c’mon – look in the mirror.
How to Avoid:
1) If you are a heterosexual male – consider having a sex-change surgery or becoming gay. The She-Mantis’ pheromones do not work on females. The effects of the pheromones on homosexual males have not yet been studied; however we can safely presuppose that being gay greatly reduces the risk of becoming a victim of this monster.
2) The She-Mantis preys exclusively on male virgins. Thus, if you are a male and a virgin, it is advisable to loose your virginity as soon as possible.
Note #1: Make sure that the sexual partner assisting you with this mantis-safety technique is NOT a she-mantis.
Note #2: Arguing with a she-mantis regarding your non-virgin status is most likely entirely useless... She can tell.
Note #3: Not having had sex with another human being qualifies you as a virgin, no matter how many times have you arm-wrestled with Count Baldy.
Suggested Actions in Case of Encounter: Playback of amplified bat sonar recording causes havoc in her nervous system. Thus, it advisable to carry around a CD player with a bat recording (like this one)
Suggested Killing Techniques: Cutting off the She-Mantis’ limbs is the only sure way to destroy her. For this reason, it is advisable to carry a sword or a machete with you at all times.
Note: Check your local laws and regulations before utilizing this technique
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Movie(s) and or Book(s) featuring the character:
- Teacher's Pet - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series - Season 1) (1997)