M.A.N.T.I.S. - An exo-skelton armor worn by Dr.
Miles Hawkins (Carl Lumbly), a black scientist and owner of Hawkins Technologies on the
science fiction adventure M.A.N.T.I.S./FOX/1994-95.
Hawkins originally developed his exo-skeleton with the help of his associate
John Stonebrake (Roger Rees) as a vehicle for him to walk
after he was shot by a crooked cop and left paralyzed from the waist down during
the L.A. Riots of the 1990s.
When Miles discovered the suit's superhuman strength and speed, he decided to fight crime as a
vigilante known as M.A.N.T.I.S. To stop criminals, M.A.N.T.I.S fires special
darts that impart a temporary paralytic shock.
fought corruption from his secret headquarters beneath his coastal home
near Port Columbia. Dr. Hawkins placed the following newspaper ad "Need
Help? No One To Turn To? 1-500-4-MANTIS." He traveled via a flying car
known as the
Chrysalis, originally designed as a prototype for the police.
Miles' alter ego was eventually discovered by a police detective Lt. Leora
Maxwell (Gaylyn Gorg) but instead of exposing Miles, she joined forces with
M.A.N.T.I.S to battle crime and bring back justice to the streets.
A bicycle courier named Taylor Savidge (Christopher Russell Gartin) - who also
knew about M.A.N.T.I.S. - did the legwork for Miles Hawkins.
M.A.N.T.I.S. stood for Mechanically Automated Neuro Transmitter Interactive
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