|“||Time to die, Princess!||„|
|~ Evil Manta to Ariel.|
|“||You--you saved me!||„|
|~ Evil Manta's last lines after being rescued by Ariel and his son.|
The Evil Manta (also known as Manta) is a major recurring antagonist in Disney's TV series, The Little Mermaid. He is an evil being whom the ancient Merpeople once locked in a volcano, but Ariel accidentally lets him loose.
He was voiced by Tim Curry, who also played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Pennywise the Dancing Clown in It, Wadsworth in Clue, Lord of Darkness in Legend, Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Hexxus in FernGully: The Last Rainforest, King Chicken in Duckman, Professor Calamitous in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Mouse King in Barbie in the Mouse King, El Malefico in Mucha Lucha: The Return of El Malefico, Goblin King in Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King, Ben Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo and the Witch, Farley Claymore in The Shadow, Taurus Bulba in Darkwing Duck, Drake The Pebble and the Penguin, Billy Flynn in Criminal Minds, Maestro Forte in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Von Talon in Valiant, Kilokahn in Super Human Samurai Syber-Squad, Big Bayou in Courage the Cowardly Dog, Slagar the Cruel in Redwall, Thaddeus E. Klang in TaleSpin, Anatoly Cherdenko in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, and Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island.
In his first appearance, Manta tricked Ariel into freeing him from his volcano prison. He uses his sorcery to spread the shadow of prejudice. He is defeated when the sea creatures all band together and sing in harmony.
In his second appearance, everyone underwater believes that a boot is a weapon called a thingamajigger. It eventually comes into Manta's possession and he uses it to threaten Triton. He is defeated when Ariel shows up with a pair of boots and scares him away.
In his next appearance, Manta buys Triton’s stolen trident from Mory the Eel. Ariel’s friend Urchin retrieves it but gets the Manta chasing after them. Manta kidnaps Flounder as a trade. Urchin shoots the trident, injuring both Manta and Flounder.
In his final appearance, Manta is training his son, Little Evil, to become a villain. Little Evil comes to be friends with Ariel, which infuriates Manta. Manta kidnaps Ariel and attempts to set a brain sponge on her. The sponge eventually turns on him but Ariel and Little Evil save him. He apparently reforms after that, if only a little bit.
Manga is a slender black and purple manta-ray merman who is both muscular and mustachioed. He spreads strife and hatred among the people of Atlantica before Ariel stops him. Although it is unknown how old he is, he is believed to be ageless. He is an evil merman in the form of a giant black and purple manta ray, giving a foul presence to wherever he dwells. Later he tries to take over the seas several times, but is thwarted again and again by Ariel in the 1992 The Little Mermaid series.
For most of the series, Manta lived up to his name, and was regarded as pure evil. He is very cunning, dishonest, and manipulative, even manipulating Ariel to release him from his prison in his debut. He desires power, and has wished for the trident and the Atlantican throne.
Despite his villainous ways, he appears to be a charming, protective, and charismatic father to his son, although he does try to get Little Evil to follow in his footsteps at first. However, this also inadvertently caused him to reform.
- A character of presumably the same species as Evil Manta and Little Evil appeared in one of the books, dealing with Ariel and Adella entering a haunted ice cavern owned by the character. The character in question resembled a vampire (specifically Dracula).