The Giant Praying Mantis

The Giant Praying Mantis is the secondary antagonist in Sony Pictures Animation's 13th feature film Goosebumps, which is based on the book series of the same name. It is one of the monsters to be released from one of R.L. Stine's manuscripts by Slappy, and wreak havoc on the town. It was also from the book A Shocker on Shock Street.

Its vocal sound effects were provided by Jesse Johnstone in the 2015 film.



It encounters R.L. Stine, Zach Cooper, Hannah Stine, and Champ. It chases the car that they are in and destroys half the town doing it.

It manages to follow them to a grocery store, but they already escaped, so it destroys the car. The Giant Mantis shows up at the school and attacks a student close to the window.

Final Battle

The mantis chases after a bus R.L. Stine is believed to be in. The Mantis knocks the bus over and the other monsters arrive and open the bus. The other mosnters regenrate after being blown up but the Mantis manages to avoid being blown up due to being to far away. The mantis, along with all the other monsters, chase the gang to the abandoned amusement park. It knocks the Ferris wheel off, with Zach, Hannah, and Champ inside, but they survive.

Zach managed to finish the book just as the monsters reached them, and promptly opened it, causing a vortex to suck the Mantis and all the monsters in the book. The Mantis was the second to last monster to be sucked in behind Slappy.



  • The Giant Praying Mantis is a homage to Kamacuras from the Godzilla series.
  • The Giant Praying Mantis did not appear in the TV series of Goosebumps despite the episode adaptation of the Goosebumps book A Shocker On Shock Street which the Giant Praying Mantis originally from. 


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Animated Features
Shaw | Tank Evans | Reggie Belafonte | Mayor Shelbourne | Fifi | Doug | Quasimodo Wilson | Esmeralda | Queen Victoria | Chester V | Live Corp (Chester V's Holograms & Barb) | Bela | Bat Cronies | Ed and Edna | King Leonard Mudbeard | Green Pigs | Gargamel (2017) | Azrael (2017) | Monty | Smiler | Anti-Virus Bots | Hunter | King Herod | Thaddeus and Rufus | Abraham Van Helsing | Ericka Van Helsing | Kingpin | Prowler | Doctor Octopus | Tombstone | Scorpion | Green Goblin | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk | Zeta

Live-Action Movies
Gargamel (2011) | Azrael (2011) | Vexy and Hackus | Slappy the Dummy | Monsters (Giant Praying Mantis, Will Blake, Madame Doom, Brent Green, Count Nightwing & Haunted Mask) | Tommy Madigan | Thomas McGregor | Mr. McGregor | Mrs. McGregor | James Tod

See Also
Goosebumps Villains | Hotel Transylvania Villains | Spider-Man Villains

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