History Characters / GhostRider

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* AbusiveParents: Though given his kids are, like him, both invincible and pure evil, this might cross into HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood. He's still a gigantic dick to them, very purposely for the reason of making them ''more'' evil.
* {{Archenemy}}: To Ghost Rider, ComicBook/BlackPanther and ComicBook/SilverSurfer. Fighting him also falls under the jurisdiction of ComicBook/DoctorStrange. But by this point there are very few heroes he hasn't screwed around with.
* BigBad: Up until Blaze ([[StatusQuoIsGod temporarily]]) got rid of Zarathos, Mephisto was behind the book's central conflict as well as the mastermind of many other mishaps. In the wider Marvel Universe, he occasionally manages to play this role too.
* CardCarryingVillain: He is evil and proud of it, sometimes going as far as to claim to be the origin of evil.
* TheChessMaster: He will often allow himself to be beaten if he can use the event to give a greater enemy more grief down the line.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Not as outright as some examples, but his plans often include screwing over his partner in some way. Just ask Loki.
* TheCorrupter
* DealWithTheDevil: His whole shtick.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: He is only one of a number of powerful and rival demon Hell Lords, others being the likes of Thog and Sataanish. He is generally depicted as the strongest of them all, though not by a significant standard.
* DimensionLord: Of one of the splinter realms, which he patterns after Hell as described in ''The Divine Comedy'', purely to screw with people. Often his physical form is considered an extension of it.
* DistaffCounterpart: His [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]] Mephista.
* EnemyMine: He is willing to help the Ghost Riders against common threats, though he rarely gets involved directly.
* ExactWords: Mephisto will follow the word of his deals, and will go out of his way to violate the spirit of the deals.
** Such when he pits Blaze and Zarathos against Asmodeus, saying they would be freed from each other if they managed to outrace him but if they weren't fast enough to win they'd have to serve Asmodeus. Ghost Rider wins the race but Mephisto finds some reason to back out of the deal. Ghost Rider was really bait to get his rival to accept a small fine, Mephisto might consider being blasted into non existence "small" (see FightingAShadow below) but it probably wasn't what Asmodeus had in mind.
* FightingAShadow: He will always come back as long as his dimension is still around. A powered up Alejandra came close to killing him for real.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Goes with the whole Satan image.
* ForTheEvulz: What else do you expect from an embodiment of ultimate evil?
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: More often than not.
* GoodHurtsEvil: He is the trope image.
* {{Hellfire}}
* JackassGenie: He is not remotely trustworthy except that he is magically bound to technically fulfil the terms of his agreements (at least, those agreements pertaining to souls). He ''will'' use LoopholeAbuse to either ensure that he benefits the most or, and far more likely, that the recipient [[EvilIsPetty will have whatever they got out of the deal ruined for them.]]
* LargeAndInCharge: He is sometimes depicted as being as tall as a small building, big enough to easily pick human-sized characters up with one hand. Thanks to VoluntaryShapeshifting he can appear as big or small as he wants, but this is often implied to be his ''true'' size, or close enough to it.
* LegionsOfHell: Among his many servants, they are not used very much surprisingly. Then again, he is ''far'' more powerful than most of them anyway.
* ManipulativeBastard: Despite his vast power and armies, he prefers guile.
* MultipleChoicePast: Writers can't seem to agree on exactly what he is or where he came from; since he is The Prince of Lies, this has been explained as Mephisto either not knowing himself and / or Mephisto making stuff up to better confuse people.
* MasterOfIllusion: All to better deceive people.
* NighInvulnerability: Has been severely hurt and even completely destroyed on more than one occasion, but he always reforms. Even then, it takes some ''very'' powerful attacks to do him real damage in the first place.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: He likes to stick the souls he gets into the bodies of demons who follow him. The process was reversed for his rival Zarathos. On many other occasions he is seen [[ToServeMan eating and drinking]] them.
* PhysicalGod: Within his own dimension. Exactly ''how'' powerful he is comes down to the old DependingOnTheWriter but two of his best showings are fighting ComicBook/{{Galactus}} to a near-stalemate and casually destroying an entire galaxy from his ''chair''. Both are older examples and both, again, occurred while he was in his native dimension. Outside it, while he is still quite powerful and always very dangerous, he is nowhere near as strong as he normally would be.
* ThePlan: Many of them. Some of them [[EvilPlan evil and story driving.]]
* PublicDomainCharacter[=/=]CaptainErsatz: Is either Mephistopheles or a stand in for him, depending on who is writing.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: He occasionally speaks of being at war with God himself and claims that many of his actions are done to spite Him. Its not clear if he is genuinely serious about this (regardless of whether he is actually the Devil or not- being a demon might be enough) or if this is just him playing up his Satan image for effect.
* RealityWarper: His chief power, though the exact strength of it varies. Within his own realm he is virtually TheOmnipotent.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Originally started out as a villain of the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer''. But he's not exclusively a Ghost Rider villain either. He also often pops up as a ComicBook/BlackPanther nemesis, and more generally he has crossed paths with nearly every important Marvel hero at one point or another. He could even count as an enemy of many ''villains'', including Doctor Doom.
* SatanicArchetype: He's not ''the'' Satan; there are many wannabes who have equal claim to that title (equally invalid claims) but Mephisto is generally the most used stand in with only one or two people introduced so far who are ''maybe'' more legit. His name comes from Mephistopheles, a demon in Germain literature who was a ''reluctant'' servant of the devil.
* SmugSnake: Sort of. While he's certainly very, very powerful and competent and has a not-insignificant amount of major accomplishments to his name, he also likes to act like he's a far bigger deal than he actually is, as beings like Chthon, Set, and Dormammu greatly dwarf him in power and potential reach (he generally accomplishes far more than they do, but that's because they're either locked away or act on a far larger scale, which understandably takes more time and effort).
** This is partly strategy, however- he makes himself out to be the Ultimate Evil because that works to his advantage, making his enemies and victims fear him more as well as spreading misinformation about who and what he really is (if he even knows himself). Still arguably counts as this since he's rarely quite as successful or menacing as you'd think a genuinely powerful demon like him should be. Then again, he is ''also'' wont to appear ''weaker'' than he is, so maybe he's playing a long-game. Regardless, he is ''never'' one to be underestimated.
* StupidEvil: A defining trait of his. Yeah, he always fulfills his part of a deal because he is bound by oath. That being said, he will ''always'' fulfill it to the letter and nothing more while going out of his way to screw over the other party as much as he can within the confines of the oath, and if the terms of a deal don't really allow him to do that much to fuck someone or he really feels like being a dick, he'll just rob them of everything that they gained from the deal somewhere down the line. He has no reason for doing any of this, either; "just felt like being an asshole" is about as deep as his rationale gets. Needless to say, it tends to come back to bite him in the ass, but since he's virtually impossible to destroy and has a seemingly neverending supply of new entrants for pacts, "don't shit where you eat" has never really crossed his mind.
* VillainOverride: Not usually, but he did resort to it once when he felt a witch had failed him badly enough.
* VillainousWidowsPeak: Considering he can look like whatever he wants one would think he would at least project the image of better hair. His is not as bad as Lilith's though.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: He can and does take several forms, though his favourite seems to be a stereotypical BigRedDevil (well, tall and thin at least). Its implied that his real form is a large red lizard...[[EldritchAbomination thing]]... that he sometimes shows up as, though there is variation there as well as sometimes it is thin, and sometimes it is an obese FatBastard. Likewise, and regardless of his form, sometimes he is human size and sometimes he is [[LargeAndInCharge several stories tall.]] He also has no qualms about [[GenderBender changing his gender.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Though given his kids are, like him, both invincible and pure evil, this might cross into HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood. He's still a gigantic dick to them, very purposely for the reason of making them ''more'' evil.
* {{Archenemy}}: To Ghost Rider, ComicBook/BlackPanther and ComicBook/SilverSurfer. Fighting him also falls under the jurisdiction of ComicBook/DoctorStrange. But by this point there are very few heroes he hasn't screwed around with.
* BigBad: Up until Blaze ([[StatusQuoIsGod temporarily]]) got rid of Zarathos, Mephisto was behind the book's central conflict as well as the mastermind of many other mishaps. In the wider Marvel Universe, he occasionally manages to play this role too.
* CardCarryingVillain:

He is evil and proud of it, sometimes going as far as to claim to be the origin of evil.
* TheChessMaster: He will often allow himself to be beaten if he can use the event to give a greater enemy more grief down the line.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Not as outright as some examples, but his plans often include screwing over his partner in some way. Just ask Loki.
* TheCorrupter
* DealWithTheDevil: His whole shtick.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: He is only one of a number of powerful and rival demon Hell Lords, others being the likes of Thog and Sataanish. He is generally depicted as the strongest of them all, though not by a significant standard.
* DimensionLord: Of one of the splinter realms, which he patterns after Hell as described in ''The Divine Comedy'', purely to screw with people. Often his physical form is considered an extension of it.
* DistaffCounterpart: His [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]] Mephista.
* EnemyMine: He is willing to help the Ghost Riders against common threats, though he rarely gets involved directly.
* ExactWords: Mephisto will follow the word of his deals, and will go out of his way to violate the spirit of the deals.
** Such when he pits Blaze and Zarathos against Asmodeus, saying they would be freed from each other if they managed to outrace him but if they weren't fast enough to win they'd have to serve Asmodeus. Ghost Rider wins the race but Mephisto finds some reason to back out of the deal. Ghost Rider was really bait to get his rival to accept a small fine, Mephisto might consider being blasted into non existence "small" (see FightingAShadow below) but it probably wasn't what Asmodeus had in mind.
* FightingAShadow: He will always come back as long as his dimension is still around. A powered up Alejandra came close to killing him for real.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Goes with the whole Satan image.
* ForTheEvulz: What else do you expect from an embodiment of ultimate evil?
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: More often than not.
* GoodHurtsEvil: He is the trope image.
* {{Hellfire}}
* JackassGenie: He is not remotely trustworthy except that he is magically bound to technically fulfil the terms of his agreements (at least, those agreements pertaining to souls). He ''will'' use LoopholeAbuse to either ensure that he benefits the most or, and far more likely, that the recipient [[EvilIsPetty will have whatever they got out of the deal ruined for them.]]
* LargeAndInCharge: He is sometimes depicted as being as tall as a small building, big enough to easily pick human-sized characters up with one hand. Thanks to VoluntaryShapeshifting he can appear as big or small as he wants, but this is often implied to be his ''true'' size, or close enough to it.
* LegionsOfHell: Among his many servants, they are not used very much surprisingly. Then again, he is ''far'' more powerful than most of them anyway.
* ManipulativeBastard: Despite his vast power and armies, he prefers guile.
* MultipleChoicePast: Writers can't seem to agree on exactly what he is or where he came from; since he is The Prince of Lies, this
has been explained as Mephisto either not knowing himself and / or Mephisto making stuff up to better confuse people.
* MasterOfIllusion: All to better deceive people.
* NighInvulnerability: Has been severely hurt and even completely destroyed on more than one occasion, but he always reforms. Even then, it takes some ''very'' powerful attacks to do him real damage in the first place.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: He likes to stick the souls he gets into the bodies of demons who follow him. The process was reversed for his rival Zarathos. On many other occasions he is seen [[ToServeMan eating and drinking]] them.
* PhysicalGod: Within
[[ComicBook/{{Mephisto}} his own dimension. Exactly ''how'' powerful he is comes down to the old DependingOnTheWriter but two of his best showings are fighting ComicBook/{{Galactus}} to a near-stalemate and casually destroying an entire galaxy from his ''chair''. Both are older examples and both, again, occurred while he was in his native dimension. Outside it, while he is still quite powerful and always very dangerous, he is nowhere near as strong as he normally would be.
* ThePlan: Many of them. Some of them [[EvilPlan evil and story driving.]]
* PublicDomainCharacter[=/=]CaptainErsatz: Is either Mephistopheles or a stand in for him, depending on who is writing.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: He occasionally speaks of being at war with God himself and claims that many of his actions are done to spite Him. Its not clear if he is genuinely serious about this (regardless of whether he is actually the Devil or not- being a demon might be enough) or if this is just him playing up his Satan image for effect.
* RealityWarper: His chief power, though the exact strength of it varies. Within his own realm he is virtually TheOmnipotent.
* RoguesGalleryTransplant: Originally started out as a villain of the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer''. But he's not exclusively a Ghost Rider villain either. He also often pops up as a ComicBook/BlackPanther nemesis, and more generally he has crossed paths with nearly every important Marvel hero at one point or another. He could even count as an enemy of many ''villains'', including Doctor Doom.
* SatanicArchetype: He's not ''the'' Satan; there are many wannabes who have equal claim to that title (equally invalid claims) but Mephisto is generally the most used stand in with only one or two people introduced so far who are ''maybe'' more legit. His name comes from Mephistopheles, a demon in Germain literature who was a ''reluctant'' servant of the devil.
* SmugSnake: Sort of. While he's certainly very, very powerful and competent and has a not-insignificant amount of major accomplishments to his name, he also likes to act like he's a far bigger deal than he actually is, as beings like Chthon, Set, and Dormammu greatly dwarf him in power and potential reach (he generally accomplishes far more than they do, but that's because they're either locked away or act on a far larger scale, which understandably takes more time and effort).
** This is partly strategy, however- he makes himself out to be the Ultimate Evil because that works to his advantage, making his enemies and victims fear him more as well as spreading misinformation about who and what he really is (if he even knows himself). Still arguably counts as this since he's rarely quite as successful or menacing as you'd think a genuinely powerful demon like him should be. Then again, he is ''also'' wont to appear ''weaker'' than he is, so maybe he's playing a long-game. Regardless, he is ''never'' one to be underestimated.
* StupidEvil: A defining trait of his. Yeah, he always fulfills his part of a deal because he is bound by oath. That being said, he will ''always'' fulfill it to the letter and nothing more while going out of his way to screw over the other party as much as he can within the confines of the oath, and if the terms of a deal don't really allow him to do that much to fuck someone or he really feels like being a dick, he'll just rob them of everything that they gained from the deal somewhere down the line. He has no reason for doing any of this, either; "just felt like being an asshole" is about as deep as his rationale gets. Needless to say, it tends to come back to bite him in the ass, but since he's virtually impossible to destroy and has a seemingly neverending supply of new entrants for pacts, "don't shit where you eat" has never really crossed his mind.
* VillainOverride: Not usually, but he did resort to it once when he felt a witch had failed him badly enough.
* VillainousWidowsPeak: Considering he can look like whatever he wants one would think he would at least project the image of better hair. His is not as bad as Lilith's though.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: He can and does take several forms, though his favourite seems to be a stereotypical BigRedDevil (well, tall and thin at least). Its implied that his real form is a large red lizard...[[EldritchAbomination thing]]... that he sometimes shows up as, though there is variation there as well as sometimes it is thin, and sometimes it is an obese FatBastard. Likewise, and regardless of his form, sometimes he is human size and sometimes he is [[LargeAndInCharge several stories tall.]] He also has no qualms about [[GenderBender changing his gender.]]
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* PrettyBoy: Both males and females in-universe have made comments on how Robbie is really easy on the eyes. Two biker thugs even called him this before trying to mug him. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown You can imagine how that turned out for them.]]
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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Not as outright as some examples, but his plans often include screwing over his partner in some way. Just ask Loki.
* TheCorrupter



* DimensionLord: Of one of the splinter realms, which he patterns after Hell as described in ''The Divine Comedy'', purely to screw with people.

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* DimensionLord: Of one of the splinter realms, which he patterns after Hell as described in ''The Divine Comedy'', purely to screw with people. Often his physical form is considered an extension of it.
* DistaffCounterpart: His [[DaddysLittleVillain daughter]] Mephista.



* FireAndBrimstoneHell: Goes with the whole Satan image.
* ForTheEvulz: What else do you expect from an embodiment of ultimate evil?



* GoodHurtsEvil: He is the trope image.
* {{Hellfire}}



* ManipulativeBastard: Comes with the territory.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Comes with the territory. Despite his vast power and armies, he prefers guile.



* ThePlan: Many of them. Some of them [[EvilPlan evil and story driving.]]



* SatanicArchetype: He's not ''the'' Satan; there are many wannabes who have equal claim to that title (equally invalid claims) but Mephisto is generally the most used stand in with only one or two people introduced so far who are ''maybe'' more legit.

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* SatanicArchetype: He's not ''the'' Satan; there are many wannabes who have equal claim to that title (equally invalid claims) but Mephisto is generally the most used stand in with only one or two people introduced so far who are ''maybe'' more legit. His name comes from Mephistopheles, a demon in Germain literature who was a ''reluctant'' servant of the devil.
20th Nov '16 4:35:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: Apparently being a crime boss isn't enough, he had to have ninjas too.
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!! Robbie !!Roberto "Robbie" Reyes
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* GoodIsNotNice: Innocents have nothing to worry about. But if you're a bad guy? You are in for a whole new world of ''hurt''.
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