Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is best villain ever

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By By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

Forget Freddy and Jason. Not so fast, Leatherface and Hannibal Lecter. One of the best villains in movie history is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from "Ghostbusters."

He's at least 100 feet tall and has googly little eyes that roll happily in his head. He never loses his cheery little smile even as he stomps on cars and steps on churches, leaving melty puddles of delicious looking goo in his wake. Like fellow mascot the Cracker Jack Kid, he boasts a sailor suit — kind of. Well, he sports the hat and the neckerchief. The rest of him is a lusciously obese pile of his signature marshmallows, smushed together like a killer snowman and resulting in thighs so chubby even Richard Simmons would be at a loss to help.

Bill Murray's character keeps his cool when Mr. Stay Puft is first seen, deadpanning: "Well there's something you don't see every day."

Turns out the guy was conjured up out of Dan Aykroyd's character's happy summer camp memories. "I tried to think of the most harmless thing," he stammers. "Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft."

Mr. Stay Puft, sadly, meets his demise rather quickly, when the Ghostbusters go against protocol and cross the streams of their proton packs, turning him into a scrumptious rain of marshmallow cream.

If you could only find a skyscraper-sized graham cracker and a Hershey Bar the size of Hershey, Pa., you could have the most delicious campfire dessert of all time.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is's movies editor.

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