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    Ultramantis as a Tragic Hero

    Wrestling is often compared to other forms and methods of art and entertainment, from popular

    culture, like sitcoms to sophisticated culture, like ballet. So why not compare it to Ancient Greek

    Theater? Today, ancient works seem dry and boring; however, in Ancient Greece, it was quite

    different, as their plays were a popular and enjoyable type of entertainment. They were alsoreligious in nature and the stories examined the human condition.

    There are three types of Ancient Greek playscomedic, satyr, and tragic, which is our focus

    here. In tragedies, protagonist, the hero, is a man of importance and status who experiences some

    misfortune, usually caused by his own actions and behaviors. The heros suffering is attributed to

    a flaw in his character, most commonly hubris (excessive pride) or an inability to cope with the

    consequences of his mistakes. Tragedies often involve destiny, as the hero cant prevent making

    the mistake that begins his misery, even if he tries. The aftermath of the heros mistake and it

    effect on everyone around him is also told. Most tragic plays end with the hero in pain and

    misery, but there are some that have happier endings.

    To me, Ultramantis always seems to play the tragic hero. For example, consider his participation

    in the feud with Delirious. First, Mantis is not only the central character, but he is also vitally

    important to Chikara as one of the elder members of the roster and former leader of the Neo

    Solar Temple and current leader of The Spectral Envoy. Second, Mantis is the one who makes

    two tragic mistakes, which sets the feud in motion. The first occurred the moment he decided to

    obtain the Eye of Tyr back in 2008. He did this by discovering how to apply The Chikara Special

    and teaching it to Chris Hero, in exchange for him wrestling for Dr. Cube in Kaiju Big Battel. In

    return, Dr. Cube gave him the Eye. The second was using the Eye to control Delirious. He could

    have used it on anyone, but he chooses Delirious for two reasons. One, The Temple needed athird member. Second, breaking up Incoherence was revenge on Hallowicked, who at the time

    was his former partner.

    There are two caveats that come with using the Eye. If the user gains it by underhanded methods,

    like Mantis did, bad luck and tragedy will befall them. Also, those things will occur if the person

    who uses it does not give it away afterwards. Mantis decided he didnt believe in the curse and

    did both. He was smart enough to get the Eye, but foolish enough to ignore the dangers and

    consequences. This is Mantis flaw and its hubris. Mantis stubbornness and over confidence in

    his own deviousness and cunningness made him feel invincible, as if he was beyond suffering

    the ramifications of his actions. He was wrong and he wasnt the only one to sufferbecause of it.

    While Mantis realized the error of his ways and turned technico, but it was too late as the events

    had been set in motion already. Bringing the Eye to Chikara led to the BDKs formation and

    invasion. Ares claimed that it has been stolen from his family and one goal of The Bruderschaft

    was to get it back. When they did, they used it to gain control over Delirious and turned him into

    the BDKs pet andweapon. Its not directly Mantis fault, but it wouldnt have happened if Eye

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    wasnt in Chikara. Mantis did make it his mission to fight the BDK; but even then, those efforts

    brought more bad luck, as it unleashed The Dark Army, The Batiri. He won the Eye back from

    Ares at High Noon. However when he destroyed it to give Delirious back his free will, he

    released a very angry man who remembers everything. Delirious has vowed to make him

    suffer for two years for the abuse he suffered under both Mantis and the BDKs control.

    While The Spectral Envoy was able to win King of Trios, they have had to fight the Delirious

    army of The Batiri and Ophidian (Interestingly, it was Mantis staff that was The Catalyst for his

    transformation into The Serpent Spirit.) In addition, hes been to war, almost de-masked, injured

    bad enough to miss the beginning of this Season, and we havent gotten to 2014 yet. Theres still

    plenty of time for Delirious to gain more revenge against Mantis and make our tragic hero suffer

    further. Or maybe he will be lucky and get his happy ending by finally defeating Delirious and

    his army.


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