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- Anti-Hero: Of the Unscrupulous Hero Pay Evil unto Evil variety.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: By accident, mostly.
- Badass Normal: After ditching Zarathos.
- Empowered Badass Normal: When he got to wield Uri-El's sword.
- Big Brother Mentor: To Ketch.
- Brought Down to Normal: In the Midnight sons arc.
- Circus Brat: And his dad was the star attraction.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Yes, he has a flaming skull. Yes, he made a deal with Mephisto. Yes, he has Spikes of Villainy. But make no mistake - he's a good guy.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's pretty easy to tell which personality is in control just by listening to the way GR talks. When he's all threats and business-like, it's Zarathos. When he's mixing the threats with a good dosage of verbal trashing, it's Johnny Blaze.
- Deal with the Devil: What started his mess, though in later dealings he's managed to get the better of Mephisto.
- Death Glare: Almost literally. The Penance Stare burns your very soul with varying intensity depending on your crimes.
- Good Is Not Nice: Innocents have nothing to worry about. But if you're a bad guy? You are in for a whole new world of hurt.
- Post-Modern Magik: His hellfire shotgun.
- Prophetic Name: Yes, the man named blaze would get fire powers.
- Stuffed in the Fridge: With the exception of his brother, his entire immediate family! Even his wife, daughter and son!
- Unwilling Roboticisation: To save his life. It was more like a cast than making him a permanent cyborg. He's long since ditched it after regaining his hellfire powers.
- Arch-Enemy: Centurious, the man without a soul.
- Bald of Evil: He does not have skin for hair follicles to grow from
- Double Knockout: His battle with the Danny Ketch/Noble Kale Ghost Rider seemed to be a Mutual Kill but vengeance spirits and angels are hard to kill, even for each other.
- Fallen Angel: After the retcon he became an angel corrupted by Hell.
- Nineties Antihero: Has become one because of retroactive continuity, though almost all his major enemies being worse than he was makes it a little easier to swallow, there are still some really questionable things he did in older comics.
- Nominal Hero: That's what happens when you decide to turn a villain into a hero without justifying or having them atone for any of their past actions.
- Red Baron: He's called the Spirit of Vengeance for a reason.
- Retcon: From an evil demon to a misguided angel (he was fighting demons and such, just doing it wrong).
- The Rival: To Mephisto, who after he defeated him had fun watching him struggle for control of human hosts who didn't want anything to do with him.
- Rival Turned Evil: More like rival turned good, though this took awhile.
- Skull for a Head: His head is a skull wreathed in flames.
- Technicolor Fire: Blue fire when free, orange when he has a human host
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: After he stops being evil, this is his relationship with Johnny Blaze as Ghost Rider.
- Villain Teamup: With Lilith.
- Anti-Hero: Pragmatic Hero, I Did What I Had to Do type.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: When Zarathos came back, was retconned into a good at heart angel and started making Blaze's Ghost Rider more like his, Dan's dropped Noble Kale and got a new spirit with blue flames so the two could be told apart more easily.
- Death Glare: The first to use the penance stare.
- Flechette Storm: The chain was initially unique to him and he still possess a greater control over it than the other riders, even to the point of breaking it into its individual links and launching them as a cutting barrage.
- He could also make it into a make shift spear.
- Mistaken Identity: Blaze attacks him because he thinks he is Zarathos, the demon that Mephisto put in him, then helped Dan with his situation to make up for it. Dr. Strange and Nightmare also attacked him for the same reason. Vengeance comes after him thinking he is John Blaze.
- Mode Lock: Blackout tried to kill him by ripping his throat out. All that did was force him to become the Ghost Rider permanently and thus give him more incentive to kick Blackout's ass.
- Playing with Fire: He was the first to gain the ability to manipulate natural flames, allowing him to burn that which hell fire cannot.
- Revenge: Why he accepted being a Ghost Rider so quickly.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Zadkiel and Anton Satan.
- Curse: As a result of both Uri-El and Mephisto claiming his soul he's forced to wander between the worlds a spirit. He typically possesses the first born of a certain family to turn them into Ghost Riders, becoming a kind of curse to them too.
- Deal with the Devil: His soul was offered to Mephisto by his own father!
- Our Angels Are Different: He becomes one in realms like Mephisto's hell, specifically an angel of death. He was originally intended to be made into one by Uri-El before Mephisto got in the way.
- Our Spirits Are Different: He was once a man, now he is a spirit of vengeance. Danny Ketch is his most recent host.
- Power Incontinence: When on Earth without a host .
- Put on a Bus: During the Zadkiel mess.
- Rerouted From Heaven: Thanks a lot, dad.
- Satan Is Good: When he took over hell, until the demons rebelled and kicked him out.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Anything good that happens to him will be overturned or have unintended negative consequences without fail.
- Biker Babe: Every Ghost Rider up to this point had been a rider, so why would she be any different?
- Good Smoking: Still not good for her but her rider form didn't have to worry about cardio.
- It Runs in the Family: The mother of Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch. A descendant of Noble Kale, as well as his last host before Danny Ketch.
- Out-Gambitted: She manages to make Mephisto swear to end "The Curse of Noble Kale". Mephisto instead sticks Zarathos in John. Naomi tried to fight Mephito but he kills her and lets Nobel find his way into her younger son Daniel, since Noble's "curse" was to enter the first born of the generation it technically had ended.
- Spanner in the Works:After death her spirit continues to subtly mess with Mephisto and Blackheart's plans.
- Antihero Substitute: He even got to team up with another example of this trope, when Venom was in his "lethal defender" phase.
- Bad with the Bone: His chain was made of bones.
- Killed Off for Real: So it seems. A spirit of vengeance that looks suspiciously similar to his shows up overseas and but doesn't act like him, suggesting Michael is still dead and it has found a new host.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Meant to be the "edgier" counterpart to Danny Ketch/Noble Kale, a walking skeleton wearing a spiky jacket on fire who caused the worst imaginable pain in people just be looking at them...yeah it was only a little plausible because 90s Ghost Rider was a little nicer than the Blaze version and thus apparently not hardcore enough for the 90s.
- Shaped Like Itself: As a spirit of vengeance he went by the creative moniker of Vengeance.
- Spikes of Villainy: Bigger where Ghost Rider already had spikes and also spikes coming out of his head
- Unwitting Pawn: As caretaker explained, he sold his soul to Mephisto for power he was already going to get anyway. Blackheart also mocks him for being easy to manipulate. The Lilin also had him going for awhile.
- Affirmative Action Legacy: A Mexican and a woman.
- Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: In contrast to her original incarnation, Alejandra's transformation in Ghost Racers is rather subdued as she just grows a skull-print mask that covers the lower half of her face. This is in stark contrast to her fellow (and chiefly male) Spirits of Ignition who all look like demonic skeletons of varying make.
- Boring, but Practical: Her main strategy in Ghost Racers is to hang back as her rivals duke it out, wait for a prime opening, and activate all her Nitro Boost charges at once to get ahead. This makes her one of the least popular of the racers, but it is a valid tactic given that the point of the competition is to place first, not blow up the other indestructible contestants.
- Curbstomp Battle: John and Dan, for different reasons, were not as powerful as Ghost Riders when they started out as they were later in their careers. Alejandra was at full power from day one and had a habit mowing through their old enemies and people they wouldn't have been able to beat head on. She nearly kills Skadi, which would have ended the Fear Itself crossover before it began. This stops once she runs into Blackheart though.
- Distaff Counterpart: Well more like one to Danny Ketch than John Blaze, relishing the chance to take vengeance on the guilty but she spent her time playing off John Blaze.
- Passing the Torch: She got the torch from John Blaze, who quickly regretted it when Mephisto informed him.
- Sinister Scythe: Introduced when she cuts Deathwatch and Blackout with it.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Adam, who wanted to use her powers to take over the world, for admittedly philanthropic reasons.
Roberto "Robbie" Reyes
Roberto "Robbie" Reyes
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Latino-American.
- Neither he nor Eli know what or who the Ghost Rider is though.
- Anti-Hero: Of the Nominal Hero variety.
- Back from the Dead: He gets shot to death and set on fire in first issue but immediately comes back as new Ghost Rider.
- Badass Driver: He wasn't the first rider not to be a rider by this point though, just the first to be a main character.
- Badass Normal: Subverted - before getting powers he tries to protect his brother from a gang members with his bare hands, but is unable to do anything once they pull out a gun and gets beaten up.
- Civvie Spandex: His racing jumpsuit coincidentally looks like Johnny Blaze's original outfit.
- Cool Car: 1969 Dodge Charger.
- Didn't Think This Through: His plan to get Gabe and himself out of East LA? Steal a racing car and win incredibly high prize in underground street race. Once cops start chasing him, he suddenly realizes that if he gets arrested, Gabe will be left completely alone, with nobody to take care of him.
- Freak-Out: Result of above realization.
- Hidden Depths: Seems to be a quiet, antisocial tough guy at first, but it quickly becomes apparent he cannot take conditions he and his brother must live in and probably had to quickly grow up. Also, early advertising emphasized "cool underground street racer". Turns out it's not something he does for fun, but a desperate way to earn money to give him and his brother a better life.
- Implacable Man: He can teleport wherever his car is. The vehicle itself can explode and transport itself elsewhere and it is inexplicably capable of ambushing opponents during fights since it can drive itself.
- Parental Abandonment: If Eli is to be believed, Robbie and Gabe were abandoned by their parents.
- Pretty Boy: 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. You can imagine how that turned out for them.
- Promotion to Parent: He's taking care of his twelve year old brother.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Eli might say harsher things, but it's Robbie who has the flaring hot temper.
- Skunk Stripe: Looks a bit like a flame.
Ghost of a person who was killed in a 1969 Dodge Charger, the same one Robbie drives, they merge to become Ghost Rider.
- Evil Uncle: Turns out he's Robbie's uncle Elias, and directly responsible for Gabe's disabilities.
- Evil Versus Evil: He's violent and depraved, but prefers to vent his fury on the wicked.
- Humans Are Bastards: With very few exceptions, in his opinion.
- Miles Gloriosus: Tries to promote himself as a powerful and diabolical entity that can fulfill Robbie's desires, but transforming him into a Ghost Rider is arguably the only thing he hasn't been haplessly incompetent at doing.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Manifests to Robbie as reflection of his Ghost Rider form, while he's human.
- Revenge: Plays this card a lot, while tempting Robbie.
Other Ghost Riders
Bai Gu Jing
Baron Skullfire and Marinette Bwa Chech
- Antebellum America: He was a self-freed black man living in the Antebellum South during the American Civil War. After the war, his family is hounded by a lynch gang who are styled after the proto KKK of the time.
- Anti-Hero: Borderline Villain Protagonist at points, he doesn't care how many innocents die, as long as he get's the men he's after.
- Blood Knight: A particularly notable case, even amongst the other Ghost Riders. The only thing making him a hero is that the men he's hunting are even worse.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: If he has the luxury, he prefers to make his enemies suffer before they die.
- Deal with the Devil: Like all Ghost Riders, though his was made with spirits from his ancestors homeland in order to protect his family. Unfortunately for him, this Spirit of Vengeance doesn't protect, it can only take revenge. As such, Caleb is given the power only after he is dead, so that he can hunt down his family's killers.
- Forced to Watch: He was forced to watch as his son's were nailed to a tree and shot to death, all the while taunted as to how he couldn't save them. While this is going on he can hear his wife being raped just a few feet away from him, before she too is killed with a knife. Only then do his captors kills him.
- Kill 'em All: All but one person who ever came into contact with him has died a gruesome death. Not always by his hands.
- Nominal Hero: He is only concerned with his own personal vengeance. If innocents get in the way, so be it.
Cowboy Ghost Rider
Devil Rig and Hell Driver
G-Man and Knuckles O'Shaughnessy
The Ghost Rider of the year 2099. See here for more info.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: A chainsaw.
- Chainsaw Good: Has a chainsaw for a hand.
- Cyber Punk: Just take one look at him.
- Cyberspace: Where most of his adventures take place.
- Eye Beams
- Hollywood Hacking: Was a member of the Hotwire Martyrs, a street gang who, in the future world of 2099, use hacking to commit most of their crimes.
- Marvel 2099: Was the Ghost Rider of the year 2099.
- '90s Anti-Hero: 2090's!
- Shape Shifter: Due to his cybernetic nature, he could reshape his body at will.
- Too Many Belts: See pic.
Native American Ghost Rider
- The Cavalry: She is the one who saved Johnny Blaze's soul from Mephisto, even though she couldn't stop him from turning him into the Ghost Rider.
- Distressed Damsel: For John Blaze periodically, until they eventually just killed her off, along with the rest of his family not named Danny Ketch (actually, he just got better)
- Green Thumb:When under Blackheart's control.
- Happily Married: To John Blaze eventually.
- Bald of Awesome: No hair whatsoever
- Batman Gambit: He indirectly kills Blackheart and almost brings about Mephisto's defeat without even lifting a finger. This gambit took 200 years before its final payoff and he was not actively involved beyond a general nudging and then letting Mephisto be Mephisto.
- The Cavalry: He gives a then powerless John Blaze his sword so he can kill some supernatural nasty things.
- Enemy Mine: Undead MC, a vampire motorcycle gang and Shelob, a gigantic demonic spider, teamed up to kill him but failed.
- Flaming Sword: It kind of looks like one but obviously isn't a natural flame.
- Holy Backlight: He is an angel, if a someone demonic looking one
- Monochromatic Eyes: Which is more eye detail than Ghost Rider is usually give, to be fair
- Our Angels Are Different: He looks less like any popular depiction of an angel or the way they were described in scripture and more like a bigger, stronger, more complete version of the Ghost Rider, which made sense with where Noble Kale's story was going. It makes even more since with later retcons, what doesn't is why the angels introduced after him are standard winged humanoids.
- Power Glows: He is very shiny
- Public-Domain Character/Archangel Uriel: Though he is not considered "canon" by most Christians, Uriel is an Angel from religious texts and Christian folklore.
- Red Baron: The Angel Of Redemption
- Buried Alive: There are apparently many evil beings trapped beneath his cemetery, the man eating people of dust are confirmed to be down there because they temporarily escaped and tried to eat the Night Stalkers.
- Cool Bike: His "ancient motorcycle".
- Cool Old Guy: He doesn't look that old but he is.
- Crusty Caretaker: He certainly acts his age though.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When calling upon his reserves of super strength his eyes glow red.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: He is killed by one of Danny Ketch's enemies.
- Really 700 Years Old: A member of the blood tasked with keeping an eye on the vengeance spirit that came for a certain medallion. The one that happened to bond with Danny Ketch.
- Rifle: His secondary weapon. He usually does not need it, as he has class 25 strength, that is, he can lift and hold 25 tons over his head with minimal strain.
- Secret Underground Passage: He has several.
- Shovel Strike: His main fighting style
Mary Le Bow
Mary Le Bow
- All Love Is Unrequited: She has feelings for Danny, but he doesn't seem to reciprocate.
- Cassandra Truth: She knew that Elevenus was working for Zadkiel and Zadkiel's true intent with Danny. Unfortunately, he's too caught up in chasing his "fix" to listen.
- Character Death: Elevenus stabs her and she's sent to a sort of limbo. However, he says he's working on finding her a body, since he's not a dick.
- Fashionable Assymetry: One side of her head has a short haircut with black hair, the other is shaven and white
- Badass Preacher: Though not her first choice usually, Sara can kick a lot of ass
- Biker Babe: surprised? Well she was not exactly this trope at first but now that she has the Caretaker's knowledge, this was only expected to follow.
- Fiery Redhead: Though a naive and sheltered one
- Foregone Conclusion: She's seen spirits of vengeance from the future, who ensured her Zadkiel (who had taken over heaven at the time) would be defeated, eventually.
- Good Is Not Soft: As we learn when someone tries to take advantage of this kind, sheltered thing.
- Katanas Are Better: Her main weapon.
- Mission from God: She sought out Caretaker, believing she had dreams of a "grand father" God wanted her to meet
- Revenge: Against the deacon that murdered her convent and the gun nuns. She did not kill him though, just kicked his ass and let the police take him to prison.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Anton Satan used her to access heaven and send an army of demons at it.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He's green.
- Beard of Evil/Bald of Evil:The amount of hair he has varies from very little to none at all.
- Composite Character: Of the various Ba'als, Ba'al Hadad is where his powers come from, the blood spilling of his followers comes from Ba'al Hammon, the association with the Gehenna refuse dump is probably from Ba'al Berith or Ba'al Peor and the degeneration into a demon is of course from medieval demonology.
- Demonic Possession:Not often, he only did so out of necessity when most of his body was destroyed.
- Elemental Powers: Worshiped as a storm god, it is to be expected.
- Eviler Than Thou: The tetrarchs of entropy, old foes of the Avengers, briefly show up while he is trapped in the same dimension they are and try to escape at the same time he does but Ba'al shoves them back in. This did not turn out so well for him later when a Windigo sided with John Blaze against him. Ba'al would not have had any trouble defeating Blaze if he was alone, since Blaze could not become a Ghost Rider at the time.
- First Law of Resurrection: God gave mankind the ability to kill him and the deed was done. Then he showed up again because an author still wanted to use him.
- Hell: Just for pun, the actual valley of Gehenna was where the Hand Of God beat him down. Gehenna being a garbage dump site that was metaphorically compared to hell.
- I Have Many Names: Hadad is among the most popular of them.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Yeah, he is bad news
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Originally an enemy of Wolverine.
- Totally Not a Werewolf: The Ba'alim, his followers, are known for drinking blood and are sometimes granted special powers but they are not vampires.
- Abusive Parents: When you are the son of Mephisto, this is a given (though it should be stressed that Blackheart was born evil, so this isn't a Freudian Excuse at all). His first story ends with Mephisto squishing him- literally, and more than once-, then depowering him when Blackheart still kept annoying him. His next two ended with Mephisto actually eating him. In the latter two cases, Mephisto regarded it as Tough Love.
- Antagonistic Offspring / Archnemesis Dad: Most of his plots are schemes to usurp Mephisto. He got steadily better at it until eventually, he succeeded...and then he lost it again.
- Anti-Magic: Ghost Rider's Penance Stare does not work on him. Weak magic spells aren't going to fare much better.
- Black Magic: Being a demon, he knows this stuff instinctively.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Several times. Mephisto never listens.
- The Chessmaster: Not quite as good as he would like to be, but he plays a mean game.
- The Corrupter: He often tries to turn heroes into his minions to use against Mephisto.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Blackheart unquestionably is rotten to the core, but the Darkforce power he often taps into (and is partially made out of) is just that, a force. Many creatures, good and evil, have made use of it. Then again, the Darkforce has always been portrayed as Ambiguously Evil itself.
- Dimension Lord: Temporarily succeeded in overthrowing his father and reigned in Hell. He is also able to tap into the power of the Darkforce dimension; within it, he is actually The Omnipotent.
- Evil Counterpart: He's fond of creating or setting up people to act as these.
- Evil Smells Bad: He has an unpleasant odour about him, with Daredevil describing it as burning roses.
- First Law of Resurrection: He's actually died a couple of times only to return with no explanation.
- He died several times in his first few appearances. He kept coming back because like his father, that is actually one of his powers.
- Flanderization: A scary, philosophical villain who utilized a great deal of Psychological Horror in his first couple of appearances, he is nowadays often written as a bit of a Large Ham and Card-Carrying Villain- almost the opposite of the quiet, stoical, What Is Evil? approach he adopted originally.
- Hell on Earth: He's tried to cause it at least once.
- Humans Are Special: Villainous, condescending example. He very much considers humans to be his inferiors; at the same time, he admires our capacity for independence and free will, and believes he understands our moral complexities better than Mephisto does. He once freely admitted that he envies us, though only because we had more free will than him (ie. his father kept him on a tight leash).
- Made of Evil: Centuries worth of sins collected from the "Christ's Crown" area were used by Mephisto to bring him to life. This is what makes him immune to the penance stare, experiencing all the evil he's caused doesn't really bother him since he's made of the stuff. He can still be hurt by simpler, more direct methods though.
- Manipulative Bastard: He spends surprising little time getting his own hands dirty, despite saying that Mephisto is too passive. But he is a bit more interactive and personal about it.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He has been crushed, squished, eaten, cut, stabbed, sliced, machine-gunned...you name it. He always recovers. Even if you do somehow kill him, all you will do is send him back to Hell so he will come back anyway. If he dies in Hell, he just recovers even faster.
- He is apparently heavily affected by Miles Morales' Venom blast
- Overlord Jr.: He's not Mephisto's biological son, technically, but still takes after his father's oppressive, expansionist ways.
- The Philosopher: He used to do a lot of musing on the nature of things like free will and evil. He quickly concluded that he knew more about it than his dad did.
- Psychic Powers: A power he has but most demons do not, including his father. It gives him a bit of an edge, but its not brought up much and he can't use it to force somebody to sign over their soul without crossing some metaphysical lines.
- Master of Illusion: He can conjure nightmarish images to torment others or trick them into evil actions (eg. he once made Daredevil beat up an innocent man by pretending that he, Blackheart, was that man in disguise).
- Mind Control: He can both spread a Hate Plague or outright enslave any mind he chooses.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Most of the time, sometimes they are blue but really, take warning.
- Originally, he had no eyes.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Just like his dad Mephisto, Blackheart initially was a villain from another Marvel superhero. In his case, Daredevil.
- He was introduced in Daredevil, but Spiderman showed up to help Murdock out. He was only really a Daredevil villain for one Story Arc; he has crossed paths with pretty much every Marvel hero since then. In his second appearance he's already moved on from the Man Without Fear and chose instead to target Wolverine, The Punisher and Danny Ketch Ghost Rider. He's only really a Ghost Rider villain by virtue of crossing paths with them a little bit more than everyone else.
- Self-Duplication: In his second story he tried to make three separate deals with Punisher, Danny Ketch and Wolverine. When all three rejected him, it was revealed he was talking to each of them all at the same time in three different locations.
- The Starscream: To his father.
- Took a Level in Badass: At one point he managed to finally defeat Mephisto and ruled as prince of his domain; consequently, his powers increased dramatically. Of course, it didn't last.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Though he rarely takes the form of anything that is not black and spiny.
- In one of his first appearances, he took the form of an angel. He can certainly appear however he wishes to.
- What Is Evil?: He was initially written as interested in the nature of evil and sometimes resorted to appeals to morally grey arguments.
- You Are Grounded: Mephisto once banished him to Earth to humble him.
- You Are What You Hate: Several characters have pointed out that he is more like Mephisto than he likes to admit.
- You're Insane!: In his second appearance Danny Ketch thought he was crazy; he wasn't the last.
- Your Soul Is Mine: He will sometimes try to forcibly extract a soul, rather than make a deal for it like Mephisto.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Because he can't actually beat Ghost Rider, he targets people associated with him.
- Casting a Shadow: He has the power to suppress light sources, but isn't powerful enough to shut off the Ghost Rider's fire.
- Eats Babies: This is what causes Vengeance to turn on him when he and some other lilin tried to buy him off.
- Evil Albino: Most lilin are albino and well, he takes after his ancestor in personality
- First Law of Resurrection: He is burnt to death by the Ghost Rider yet shows up during civil war with no explanation.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half lilin.
- Hired Guns: He works as an assassin, muscle or whatever else you pay for.
- Scars Are Forever: Averted but he did hold a grudge against Ghost Rider for burning his face (because he was dumb enough to try and bite a flaming skeleton).
- Starter Villain: For Danny Ketch, introduced in issue #2 of his book. Blackout really wasn't a big threat to Ghost Rider then and Ghost Rider only got stronger as his story went on through the midnight sons arc while Blackout's been stagnant.
- The Ageless: He has white hair though.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Later on.
- Emotionless Boy: Perhaps a side effect of his soul lacking
- Evil Sorcerer: He has to have magic or something similar to be able to fight Zarathos and, well, he is evil
- Life Drain: To keep his lifespan going, though he does not need to do it extensively. Just every now and then.
- Your Soul Is Mine: As if the above wasn't enough. The life energy is for food, the soul is for his magic powers, or something like that.
- The Soul Less: So no penance stare here. This was supposed to be his gimmick, not Blackheart's.
- Walking Wasteland: His presence withers plants.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!:Tries to kill Danny Ketch and his already hospitalized sister because of their connection to the Ghost Rider.
- Cool Mask: More literal than most as, Deathwatch has little reason to hide his identity
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster: Having fun with organized crime is pretty much his entire reason for being on Earth.
- Evil Tastes Good:If anybody ever deserved to die by the penance stare, it was him. He feeds off of other people's pain though so Ghost Rider decides to just kill him in a more simplistic manner. Alejandra later shows the penance stare is capable of hurting him but also ends up settling on a more simplistic finish.
- First Law of Resurrection: Ghost Rider kills him, yet he shows up again after Civil War. Two of his minions did want to resurrect him but didn't know how and since they haven't showed up since it is doubtless the writers even remember.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ghost Rider does this with his chain to kill him.
- The Musketeer: In line with his love of ninjas he still uses a sword in the modern era. Of course he really needs guns more.
- Not Even Human: He looks like us but he aint us. This is revealed pretty early however and not needed as justification for killing him. His actions would have eventually caused Ghost Rider to take him out regardless of species.
- Villain Teamup:With The Hood, a fan of super villains despite living in a world where super villains and their crimes are very real. Perfect partner for Deatwatch when you see the other tropes that apply to him though.
- Kill It with Fire: Seems to be the only way to truly put him down. And even that's only temporary.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Started out as a villain in the obscure U.S. 1 trucker comic from The '70s. Due to the close proximity between trucker and biker culture, his transition to Ghost Rider villain was quite appropriate.
- Atlantis:She hung around there long ago but was banished long before its sinking.
- Summon Bigger Fish: This was accomplished by calling on Tiamat(or the Leviathan, depending on whose penciling the story) and having her(or it) eat Lilith.
- Big Bad: She is what drove the midnight sons together.
- Composite Character: The primary source seems to be the Akkadian Kisikillillake but she also draws from various Sumerian Lilitu and depictions of Lilith in Judo-Christian apocrypha, including not being the only one.
- Deflector Shields: To the point she can cover the moon and isolate entire nations from the rest of the Earth!
- Divide and Conquer: She hires the Night Stalkers, who would have been helpful in taking her down, to take down John Blaze and Danny Ketch.
- Dream Weaver: She can projector herself into the dreams of other people at the very least. She's done it to Danny Ketch.
- Eats Babies: A rumor used to get people to baptize their children, but considering the source, there was probably some truth in it-she's eaten her own babies to restore her vitality.
- Evil Albino: This may not have always been the case, her disposition and her skin color, being a cosmic being whose affronts to God caused her to degenerate into a demon.
- I Have Many Names: Kiskillilla is popular too but there are many to choose from.
- Monster Progenitor: What she currently is, even though her kids, the lilin, aren't identical they usually get killed off before they get too abnormal or large in number.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: She aims to be one anyway.
- One Steve Limit: Dracula's daughter has the same name and has encountered many of the same characters. There is rarely any confusion because the other Lilith is much more pleasant.
- Red Baron: Mother of Demons.
- Totally Not a Werewolf: She has pale skin and drinks like a vampire so some have mistaken her for one. She is also known for attempting seduce people in their dreams, which leads some to mistake her for a succubus. She's worse than both.
- Our Vampires Are Different: She was also accused of being involved in the creation of the vampires belonging to Varne's line(more commonly known as Dracula's line).
- Villainous Widow's Peak: You'll be forgiven for thinking she has horns at first glance.
- Back from the Dead: Does this for people in mass when he gets out of hell. He does this just to have bodies though, he does not have as much use as one would think for their identities or anything.
- Batman Gambit: He tortures those in his hell even more than just being there already does to give them more incentive to escape, figuring maybe if someone else manages to get out, he can follow them. It finally works when he snares a Ghost Rider.
- Didn't Think This Through: Who later drags him back, kicking and screaming.
- Bigger Bad: Somehow his activities fall under the radar during Civil War and World War Hulk, even though he could do more damage than both combined.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Besides having demons tear apart John Blaze every day, he also forced Greexix to deepen a pit for the rest of eternity. When an accident causes Greexix to go blind though, Lucifer decided to torture him for real. After Zadkiel's attempt to take over heaven gets him sent to hell, Lucifer takes joy in torturing him too.
- Demonic Possession: Most hell lords are not that into it but he is.
- The Devil Is a Loser: Unlike other hell-lords or fallen angels he is stuck in hell unless he can trick someone to release him. In his few appearances, he lacks the cunning or sophistication of Mephisto making him vulgar. He has no grander scheme then mass destruction. Worst of all, he is outsmarted repeatedly by Johnny Blaze.
- Evil Is Petty: A number of his actions were rather juvenile such as threatening to blow up a building to drive insurance rates up after being outsmarted by Blaze (before being outsmarted again.)
- Fallen Angel: He was once a champion for good, though it is unclear if he was the one who chased the N'Garai away when Cthun launched them at heaven or if it was Marduk Curios(worked together?). Since Marduk is the villain of a different comic, Lucifer will get all the credit if you're reading a Ghost Rider story.
- And some comics say he is Marduk Curios, even though that character has (or at least claims) a completely different origin story and can exit his realm without help.
- Green-Eyed Monster:The real reason he rebelled against heaven is because he was sick of all the love God was giving to the puny, sinful humans.
- Horned Humanoid:Sometimes, he does not need to have them but likes to look it can be assumed
- Kill All Humans: An idea he's been tempted to try but hasn't gone through with yet.
- Legions of Hell: Not nearly enough to usually accomplish his goals though.
- Light Is Not Good:Contractually obligated.
- Manipulative Bastard: Tries to be, but not nearly as good at it as other hell-lords like Mephisto, Dormammu or Zadikel considering Blaze outsmarted him several times in a row.
- Mother of a Thousand Young: Possibly a father, he's supposedly created numerous demons but it can be reasoned he's not the source of all of them, maybe not even the original source of them but who knows.
- Not So Different:Tries this on Ghost Rider after they end up in the spot where Blaze made his deal with Mephisto.
- Number of the Beast: Since his re-entry to Earth split him into six hundred and sixty six different fragments, which is just fine with him, as he isn't omnipresent. The Ghost Rider sets about destroying all the fragments but each time one is killed, all the others get stronger, Lucifer figuring he will eventually be powerful enough to defeat whoever targets him. If the fragments aren't killed off, he gets to cover more ground.
- Me's a Crowd: They even joke and scheme amongst themselves
- Pride: Also pretty much required, although he is not the worst in this area.
- Public-Domain Character/Composite Character: He is based both on Christian (though the name Lucifer is the result of a mistranslation) and Islamic (Sufi specifically) texts.
- Satan: He claims to be but many other lords of hell dispute it, some have apparently been at it longer than him. The fact that many religious scholars (even in real life) argue that Lucifer and Satan are not the same entity doesn't help.
- Ironic Hell: After getting kicked out of heaven he wanted to become the lord of hell but unlike everyone else competing for that title he can't escape his own realm without help. Even when he gets out, he's effectively trapped as soon as someone sticks him back in. Even his former subordinate and fellow fallen angel Asmodeus had more freedom than him in this regard, despite being much weaker.
- Stupid Evil: Engages in murder and mayhem to try and get Ghost Rider to kill his splintered selves to form one full-powered Lucifer, but when outmaneuvered prone in engaging in evil acts to try and get back at Ghost Rider even if doing so damnes that part or all of him back to hell.
- Voluntary Shape Shifting: Combine this with demonic possession and the ability to have multiple bodies out in the world at once and you have a real source of paranoia.
MephistoHe has his own page.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: One side of his head is shaved, the other is in dreadlocks.
- Ghost Memory: He can see another person's memories by drinking their blood.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When Ghost Rider finally catches him. It doesn't kill him but slows him down enough to be caught in an explosion that took out the building they were in. Unfortunately for Ghost Rider, that didn't kill him either. Seems Danny Ketch and Kale weren't too familiar with vampire weaknesses.
- Misanthrope Supreme: He didn't choose to become a vampire, but this is why Steppin Razor decided to turn him.
- Mugging the Monster: How he first meets Ghost Rider.
- Not Quite Flight: As a member of the Varnae/Dracula line of vampires, he can turn into mist but he also has a nonstandard ability to levitate. Not enough to really fly but enough to stand on and jump off things that really shouldn't support his weight.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He started out as a foe of Ghost Rider but he became more important in Blade's stories, where he was finally finished off.
- Scary Black Man: Though he has to prove it first, as the goofy haircut is kind of disarming
- Sunglasses at Night: He might need to, since Blade does too. Or maybe he just likes to, as Steppin Razor did not need them.
- Evil Former Friend: Used to be Crash Thompson's friend before his face was disfigured.
- Eye Beams: Unlike the second Orb, he can fire these.
- Face Concealing Helmet: His giant eye is really just a large helmet to cover his disfigured face.
- I Was Quite The Looker: Used to be quite handsome before an accident horribly mutilated his face, hence why he wears a mask.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: His head is a giant eyeball. He's very self conscious about it.
- Joke Character: Every one of his appearances. Sometimes, however, like during Original Sin he can shift into something else.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: In one story, while robbing a bank, he has his henchmen remove all of the eyes from the hostages. And they do, handing him a bag full of eyes as they're about to leave.
- Took a Level in Badass: During the Original Sin crossover, he serves as one of the primary antagonists.
- Ax-Crazy: He has a poor grasp on reality, is horrifically violent and does not need much reason to try and kill anyone. He does not use an axe though.
- Contortionist: Started out as a mere rag doll practitioner who used his skill to appear to be inanimate and thus deflect suspicion from his crimes.
- Depending on the Writer: He schizophrenically zig-zags between being a monster and a borderline joke.
- Emotion Eater: He feeds off people's fear.
- Freudian Excuse: Was abused by his mother as a child.
- Improbable Weapon User: A pitch fork.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Started off as a goofy Iron Man villain in the Silver Age, but becomes a serial killer when he becomes a Ghost Rider villain in the 1990s.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: As noted above, he originally started out as an Iron Man villain. Later, he switched to becoming a Captain America villain for a while. When he went on a killing spree to try and attract Cap's attention, he ended up getting Ghost Rider's instead.
- Scary Scarecrows: Not to be confused with Batman's Scarecrow, though some Spider-man comics had him using "fear pheromones", which suggests some writers and editors at Marvel did.
- Serial Killer: Though one who chooses victims that draw attention to himself. If not for his being a (sort of)super powered being with no regard for victim's suffering he would probably be a pretty unsuccessful serial killer.
- Would Hurt a Child: Kills both children and adults.
- Affectionate Parody: Of anime character designs, specifically Magical Girl series.
- Body Horror: Her power. She is able to "bend" the flesh of others into anything she desires. Some examples include combining peoples bodies with those of fish, twisting people into spirals, and combining groups of people together into Cronenberg-esque masses of flesh.
- She herself also qualifies, with her giant translucent eyes, long spindly fingers, giant head, thigh-length hair, Gag Boobs, and elongated skeleton.
- Deconstructive Parody: She looks like a character from Sailor Moon if they really existed, with all of the inhuman proportions kept in.
- Grimmification: In appearance, at least, she is a grimmified version of Sailor Venus.
- In Love with Your Carnage: Upon seeing the Ghost Rider, she instantly wants to jump his bones.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Judging by her facial expressions throughout, there is most likely something sexual to her about her "skin bending". When she is unable to bend Johnny's flesh, she get's very upset, and the way she phrases it makes it sound like Johnny just turned her down for sex.
- When Johnny finally becomes the Ghost Rider, she falls to her knees in tears: he's the most beautiful creature she's ever seen. She crawls over to him, kneels before him in a submissive position, and begs for his "touch". He proceeds to burn her to death, with her exclaiming all the while how good it feels.
- Not Quite Dead: After being incinerated to hell by Johnny, it's later revealed that she yet survives, albeit reduced to a smoldering chunk of flesh. The issue ends with her attacking a random victim in order to begin regenerating her old form.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Johnny burns her alive so she'll die slow and in agony. Her screams aren't the kind he was expecting.
- A God Am I: He had more pride than Lucifer!
- Cessation of Existence: He goes about wiping people on Earth out of existence to prove his godhood to other people.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He leads a squad of Black Hosts, large dark and intimidating figures who look like many depictions of fallen angels. But only the ones he leads are bad, most of them are good guys despite their appearance.
- Infernal Paradise: With Zadkiel in charge heaven is worse than any hell anyone else had managed to come up with.
- Manipulative Bastard: By way of retroactive continuity he could be argued to behind Lilith's release and the Midnight Sons story arc, as well as the cause of the depression that allowed him to manipulate Dan in his own story arc.
- Our Angels Are Different: He isn't as odd looking as Zarathos or Uri-El but not as pretty as the angels introduced between them and him like Ruth.
- Fallen Angel: He may be evil, he may want to take over heaven for himself, but he's still dedicated to slaying demons and the forces of hell.
- Public-Domain Character: Mythological Zadkiel is not a villain or even mean at all. Even less so for the Zadkiel who is a figure in religions still being practiced today. He might have just been chosen for being obscure.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He rebelled against heaven along with Lucifer but then betrayed Lucifer and sided back with heaven. His peers were not impressed and demoted him from the rank of Arch Angel.
- The Captain: He used to be in charge of the spirits of vengeance as well as a black host.
- Winged Humanoid: White birds wings
- The Antichrist: One of Satan's many children, Anton is the only one so far to be directly referred to as the Anti-Christ. This has more to do with the fact that (aside from Hellstrom) he is the only one of those children still alive more than anything. Still, he is the son of Satan, which makes him an all around dick.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Well, he is the Anti-Christ. Goes so far as to threaten to sell his employees children's organs if they don't stop slacking off.
- Dirty Kid: Openly gropes Sara and calls her a "feisty Catholic" when she forces him to stop.
- The Enemy Of My Enemy: Because Zadkiel had taken over Heaven, the Ghost Rider's needed allies in all the places they could get. Seeing as Zadkiel's agents were gunning for him too, he begrudgingly agrees to go along with them.
- Affably Evil: To a certain degree. He loves John Wayne and singing along to country songs while driving with the top down. When Johnny's bike is stolen by Ruth, Hoss not only gives him a lift, but offers him a beer too. Subverted, however, in that he is a demon, and will shove your head up your ass if you scratch his car.
- Ate His Gun: How he claims to have died originally, shooting himself as a young man out of embarrassment after being caught getting intimate with his mother's undergarments.
- Attack of the Monster Appendage: Uses a giant tentacle as a weapon. Said tentacle also happens to be his... well, you know.
- Country Music: He carries a wide selection in his glove compartment, and sings along to all of them.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Subverted: While he may come off as kind and jovial, he's evil, he knows he's evil, he loves being evil, and any demon who doesn't feel the same is a liar.
- Fat Bastard: Just look at him.
- Good Ol' Boy: A dark parody version, seeing as he is a demon.
- Motor Mouth: He never shut's up, though considering he's surrounded by a cast of stoics, who can blame him?
- Oedipus Complex: Possibly. He claims to have shot himself after being caught with his mother's underwear.
- Order vs. Chaos: He explains that while Hell and demons may seem chaotic at a glance, and many of their ways don't seem to make sense, there is a fine order to it. He specifically sites how people like Kazaan are dangerous because they want to shake things up, and while to an outside observer like Johnny it may seem as simple as trading one Hell for another, in reality it means the total collapse of the afterlife.
- Punch-Clock Villain: As he explains to Johnny after the latter attacks him, he may be one of Hell's bounty hunter's, but that doesn't mean he's after Johnny. He has a job to do, and as long as Johnny isn't working for Kazaan then there's no reason they can't get along.
- Status Quo: Wants things just the way they are.
- The Dreaded: So much so that Malachi, a fellow angel, is so terrified of her that he is willing to bust Johnny Blaze out of Hell under the slim chance that the Ghost Rider might be fast enough to catch Kazaan before she does. When he is notified that Hoss is also on the trail and that he and Johnny have teamed up, he says it doesn't matter so long as they succeed before Ruth does.
- His fears end up being justified, as once the truth comes out about Kazaan, she tears his wings off and leaves him trapped in Hell to suffer for all eternity. It's left ambiguous if she was being merciful or not.
- Establishing Character Moment: We first meet her sitting in a bus stop diner next to a young boy and his mother. The boy, having "the sight" tells his mother that the woman next to them is an angel. The mother tells her son not to make up stories and apologizes to Ruth. Ruth then locks eyes with the boy and, making a sign with her hand, gets up to leave. The boy, with a look of terror on his face, tells his mother that he is a sinner while pointing a pencil at his eyes. The mother's screams of terror can be heard as Ruth exits the diner.
- Good Is Not Nice: See above.
- Implacable Man: No matter what gets thrown at her, she doesn't even slow down.
- Invincible Villain: To those who stand in her way.
- Light Is Not Good: Despite being an angel, she mercilessly and emotionlessly slaughters dozens of people all so she can get to her target.
- Mook Horror Show: Bullets, grenades, rockets; nothing works against this un-killable woman, as the local security forces learn the hard way. It gets even worse when she starts killing them with each other.
- Not So Different: Ruth and Hoss, an angel and a demon, end up forming a working partnership that suits both of their interests and grants them likely promotions in their ranks, despite Kazaan and Malachi, the ones who they were sent to capture, both doing the exact same thing. The irony isn't lost on them, but as Hoss points out, it doesn't really matter in the end.
- The Quiet One: Never speaks.
- The Stoic: Doesn't say a word and rarely smiles.