->'''Dr. Ray Stanz''': Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night?\\
'''Dr. Egon Spengler:''' Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic?\\
'''Dr. Peter Venkman:''' Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre or ghost?\\
'''Ray:''' If the answer is "yes," then don't wait another minute. Pick up the phone and call the professionals... \\
'''All three:''' We're ready to believe you!

MadScience takes on occult terror and wins hilariously in the greatest [[LovecraftLite Lovecraftian]] comedy of the 1980s, which went on to spawn [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} a popular franchise]].

One of the defining elements of the movies (and the rest of the franchise as a whole) is that the characters examine the paranormal with the scientific method and combat it with technology, rather than other similar stories where the characters have to combat the supernatural with magic or more arbitrary urban legends. Creator/DanAykroyd and Creator/HaroldRamis (who play Ray and Egon, respectively) were responsible for the premise and original script, Aykroyd himself being an avid believer in the paranormal while Ramis admitted to being more of a skeptic. As such, in addition to the excellent comedy and memorable characters ''Ghostbusters'' has been found to appeal to skeptics.

'''''Ghostbusters''''' (1984)

Three parapsychology professors (earnest, forthright, and curious Dr. Raymond Stantz, sarcastic schemer Dr. Peter Venkman, and detached academic Dr. Egon Spengler) are fired from their positions at Columbia University in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. Facing dire prospects in finding new collegiate employment, Venkman has a brainstorm: go professional. In their last investigation they devised a method of actually capturing and containing ghosts. They set up Ghostbusters, a company providing scientific exorcisms. At first business is slow, but then the number of ghosts in New York City starts increasing exponentially.

The Ghostbusters soon become household names, and become so busy they recruit a fourth team member, NaiveNewcomer and [[TokenMinority token black guy]] Winston Zeddemore, but they realize that the surge in ghosts is portentous. Investigations show that phenomena are centered on the apartment of Peter's love interest Dana Barrett (Creator/SigourneyWeaver), which was designed by a cult from the early 20th century to attract spirits.

Before they can act, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat petty bureaucrat]] Walter Peck shuts down the Ghostbusters' containment unit, releasing all the ghosts they had trapped and inadvertently unleashing Armageddon in the form of [[BigBad Gozer]], an ancient Sumerian deity.

'''''Ghostbusters II''''' (1989)

Less than five years later, the City of New York somehow decided the events of the first film were all just a publicity stunt and sued the heroes, who went bankrupt and have gone on to more mundane jobs: Ray owns an occult bookstore, Winston (along with Ray) performs in his Ghostbusters uniform for birthday parties, Peter is a cable TV host discussing the paranormal, and Egon is doing sociology research. But then the ghosts start returning, and soon the Ghostbusters are back in business. Top of their list is investigating a strange river of slime in an abandoned subway tunnel that seems to thrive on negative emotions and produce new ghost hauntings.

Meanwhile, at the museum where Dana works, her boss becomes a [[TheRenfield Renfield]] for the ghost of [[BigBad Vigo the Carpathian]], an ancient tyrant [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in a painting]]. Vigo has Dana's infant son Oscar kidnapped, intending to [[GrandTheftMe take over the child's body]]. [[note]]As a side note, TheRenfield in question actually went on to play Renfield for real in Creator/MelBrooks' spoof ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''.[[/note]]

When the Ghostbusters finally figure things out and arrive on scene, the museum is cocooned by the slime they were investigating and maintained as a physical manifestation of the negative emotions of New Yorkers.

These films lead to [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} a larger expanded universe.]]

'''''Ghostbusters''''' (2016)

A third movie had been stuck in DevelopmentHell for more than a decade. Aykroyd was gung-ho about the prospect and told anyone who'd listen that he had a script all ready to go; on the other hand, Murray was decidedly more skeptical after the ExecutiveMeddling on the second film. ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' (2009) was touted in some circles as a spiritual sequel, with so many [[RoleReprisal returning cast members]], being set in the same continuity as the movies and having been written by Aykroyd and Ramis. The prospect of a third movie with the original leads evaporated completely with Ramis' sudden death.

In 2014, director Paul Feig (of ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' and ''Film/{{Bridesmaids}}'' fame) announced that he would helm a ContinuityReboot focusing on four women in the titular roles. On January 27, 2015, Feig tweeted a photo of the four women he'd chosen to serve as the new Ghostbusters: Creator/KristenWiig as author Erin Gilbert, Feig's ''Bridesmaids'' lead actress Creator/MelissaMcCarthy as author Abby Yates, Kate [=McKinnon=] as Jillian Holtzman, and Leslie Jones as subway worker Patty Tolan. Aykroyd confirmed on social media he would be filming a cameo, as a cab driver, and after his repeated refusals to appear in a third film, it looks like [[http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/469845-bill-murray-ghostbusters-set they've finally coaxed Murray into a cameo as well.]] And as if that wasn't enough, September 19, 2015 saw back-to-back cameo announcements from [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ernie-hudson-appear-new-ghostbusters-824931 Ernie Hudson (Winston)]] and [[http://www.bostonherald.com/inside_track/the_inside_track/2015/09/busting_a_move_as_filming_wraps Annie Potts (secretary Janine Melnitz)]]. The film is set for release July 22, 2016.

But for now… '''WHO YOU GONNA CALL?'''

!!"Venkman! What happened, are you okay?" "...he troped me.":


[[folder: Ghostbusters General]]
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Ray and Egon are regularly enthralled or intellectually intrigued by the pandimensional beings they deal with, which contrasts with the deadpan or mundane approaches from Peter and Winston.
* AerithAndBob: To some degree. Our main characters include Winston, Peter, Ray, Louis, Dana... and Egon. While Egon is an actual name of Teutonic origin (meaning "formidable" or "mighty with a sword"), it sounds a little bit out of place surrounded by more common names.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Apparently all spirits capable of interacting with the physical plane are malicious or at least mischievous. The least harmful ghosts the 'busters encounter are only benign until someone gets their attention, like the library ghost. This makes indiscriminately locking them up in the containment system more justifiable.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Egon, Janine and Louis. The cartoon runs with this, giving Egon a JewishMother who feeds the boys soup when they get sick.
* AmmunitionBackpack: The Proton Packs probably count, since all the particle accelerating takes place in the Pack.
* AuthorAppeal: Aykroyd's fascination with ghosts and the supernatural is well known. Thus leading to the dream sequence …
* AutobotsRockOut!: Their theme music alone is good enough for this trope.
* AwesomeBackpack: The proton packs.
* BadBadActing: In the Ghostbusters' TV ads. In the first film, Peter, Ray and especially Egon read their lines in a very stilted manner. In the second film, Janine and Louis do this in their new commercials.
* BadassBoast:
** "Who you gonna call?"
** "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!"
** In the first movie, when they confront Gozer: "Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!"
** The franchise's motto is used for this in the second movie during the courtroom scene: "Sometimes, [[PrecisionFStrike shit]] happens, someone has to deal with it, and who you gonna call?"
** They get two after busting the Scoleri brothers.
-->'''Ray:''' Two in the box!
-->'''Egon:''' Ready to go!
-->'''Peter:''' We be fast
-->'''All:''' And ''they be slow!''
** Also in the second film, after exiting the courtroom: "We're the best, we're the beautiful, we're the ''only'' Ghostbusters!"
* BadassCrew: A crew of {{Badass Bookworm}}s.
* BigApplesauce: Considered one of the quintessential New York City films. The last line of the first film summarizes it perfectly:
-->'''Winston: I LOVE THIS TOWN!!!'''
* BigBad: Gozer in 1, Vigo the Carpathian in 2 and [[spoiler: Ivo Shandor]] in the video game.
* BigDamnHeroes: In the second movie, the Ghostbusters arriving via skylight to stop Oscar being turned into a new host body for Vigo the Carpathian.
* BigEater: Uh, Slimer. (Called "the Green Ghost" in the first movie and was officially named "Peanut", but given the name "Slimer" in the cartoon and the credits of the second.)
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In reverse. In the 80s, commercials for the first movie ended with Venkman saying "We came, we saw, we kicked it's a--" cut to logo. Now on just about any cable channel allows him to say 'ass'.
** Trailers for the 30th Anniversary keep this, certainly as an homage to the earlier censoring.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Ray and especially Peter, who both have [=Ph.D=]s, in Physics and Parapsychology/Psychology respectively. Both are extremely childish and, especially in Peter's case, fairly unprofessional.
* ButtMonkey: Several.
** Louis Tully, who has doors shut in his face, doors locking him out, and other comical misfortune.
** Ray Stantz, because he's a goof.
** Walter Peck, hereafter known as "dickless".
** The student involved in the ESP test that was repeatedly shocked.
* BuiltWithLEGO: In 2014, six years after LEGO VideoGame/RockBand [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tl8B4Mb7nE featured the theme song]], an official LEGO set was approved via LEGO Cusoo, featuring Egon, Venkman, Ray, Winston, the Ecto-1, and Slimer.
* CasualDangerDialog: Egon is a master of this, usually as a way of flatly commenting that he's scared out of his mind ''despite'' being overly calm and talking plainly.
--> '''Venkman''': Okay, Ray's gone bye-bye. Egon, what've you got left?\\
'''Spengler''': Sorry, Venkman, but I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.
** He manages Casual Danger ''Laughter'' in 2. Ray and Peter laugh nervously while waiting for the Scolari Brothers to strike, and Egon chimes in with a monotone "[[FlatJoy Ha. Ha ha.]]"
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Despite being a major character in both movies, Dana Barret almost never shows up in spin-offs, being absent from both TheRealGhostbusters, VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame and the IDW Ghostbusters comic book. She may get a brief mention, if she's lucky.
* CompleteImmortality: Almost all ghosts that are not at least a Class 7 are this, which is why they get trapped and sent into the containment unit.
* CoolCar: The Ecto-1, a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance, refurbished and tricked out with Science!
** And based on Ray's mention of it needed new brake pads, it has a front disk brake conversion, too.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Don't cross the streams. It would be bad.
* DestructiveSaviour: The Ghostbusters are very effective at capturing ghosts, but their primary weapons, the proton packs, are terribly inaccurate and burn through whatever they hit when they miss (which is often). That's not even getting into the larger threats, which tend to end up leveling city blocks before the Ghostbusters stop them. Gozer blew up the top few floors of a high rise building as a consequence of stopping her.
-->'''Venkman:''' [[LetsSplitUpGang Yeah]]... we can do more damage that way.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Why yes, yes they do… right before arming the proton packs.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Oh yes. Gozer the Gozerian gets beaten by [[ForbiddenChekhovsGun crossing the streams]]. They also fight what are expressly described as "Deity" ghosts in the game.
* DoingInTheWizard: The franchise takes the occult, and applies [[ScienceHero SCIENCE!]] to investigate, explain, and dispose of supernatural nuisances and problems.
* EccentricExterminator: Our protagonists.
* ExtranormalPrison: Their containment unit holds all the ghosts they capture.
* FanFilm: Has inspired a whole slew of fan films based on the idea of Ghostbusters becoming a franchise business and organized in other cities. This includes ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy]] [[XMeetsY Vs. Ghostbusters]]'', ''The Denver Ghostbusters'' and ''FanFic/GhostbustersSLC''.
* FantasticScience: Two of the three original characters, Ray and Egon, are legitimate paranormal researchers that channel their knowledge into the business of "paranormal investigations and eliminations." Peter for his part is both a psychologist and parapsychologist, so he contributes the human relations and OnlySaneMan elements.
* FirstNameBasis: The Mayor and the Archbishop of New York have this with each other. The Mayor is taken aback when Peter tries to invoke this with him as well.
* ForbiddenChekhovsGun: Crossing the streams. They are warned never to do it, and it becomes their FinishingMove.
* ForScience: Generally the reason why Egon runs oddball experiments.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Ray is sanguine, Peter is choleric, Egon is melancholic, Winston is phlegmatic.
* FreudianTrio: Peter as TheKirk, Egon as TheSpock, and Ray as TheMcCoy.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: After blowing up the poor housemaid's cart, while they stand around talking, you can see her trying to ''spritz'' out the fires they started with a bottle of cleaner.
** During the cutscenes in the video game, The Rookie can be seen reacting to the situations in humorous ways, especially when Mr. Stay Puft first appears.
** During the KitschyLocalCommercial, you can see Egon continuously looking down at the marks he's supposed to stand on.
** When Peter is informing the hotel manager about the cost of their operation, Egon is subtly flashing him hand signals about how much to charge; this can usually only be seen in widescreen presentations, as other cuts tend to crop out Egon from the frame.
** When they're investigating the library ghost, Ray freezes and says "Listen! Do you smell something?" Behind him, Peter draws back, then rolls his eyes and shakes his head.
* GateGuardian: Zuul (who looks like a large demonic dog) is the Gate Keeper of the dimensional portal that Gozer the Gozerian arrives through. Its (her?) counterpart, Vinz Clortho, The Keymaster, also looks like a giant demon dog.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Has several of these moments. Arguably the best known one was in the first movie there was that part when a woman is half asleep on her couch. Suddenly she hears strange sounds from the fridge and she says very blatantly, "Oh shit!"
** Not to mention the fairly obvious symbolism of the key and the gate.
** "Bustin' makes me feel good"... Oh.
* GhostlyGoals: Usually of the highly destructive variety.
* HarmlessVillain: Vigo becomes this in the ''Ghostbusters'' video game. The best he can do is insult you and try and make you feel uncomfortable.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: ''Venkman''.
-->'''Venkman''': "Type somethin', will ya? We're payin' ya for this stuff. And don't stare at me, ya got the bug-eyes. …" (pauses) "Janine, sorry about the bug-eyes thing, I'll be in my office."
* JustInTime: As the Busters realize they are broke and about to go out of business, Janine gets a phone call.
-->'''Janine''': Hello, Ghostbusters. Yes, of course they're serious. You do? You ''have?... '''WE GOT ONE!'''''
* LicensedPinballTables: For a franchise ripe with licensing potential, it took 30 years before an official {{Pinball}} table was released. And even then, ''VideoGame/GhostbustersPinball'' was made by digitally retheming an existing game, Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/HauntedHouse''.
** There are also rumors that ''Pinball/ThePartyZone'' was intended to be a ''Ghostbusters'' pinball game, but was changed when a licensing deal could not be reached.
* LovableCoward: For all his charm and bravado, Peter Venkman is not the bravest of men. With a few exceptions any acts of heroism on his part will usually be very very reluctant ones. That said, he will step up to the plate if necessary; he just won't be very happy about it.
* MadScientist: Mostly Egon, but a little bit in Ray as well. Capitalism and a general sense of the good of mankind steers this towards positive and constructive directions.
-->'''Peter''': Egon, this reminds me of [[NoodleIncident the time you tried to drill a hole through your head]]. Do you remember that?
-->'''Egon''': [[ThrowItIn That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me]].
** At the end of the first movie, after rescuing Louis, he asks him if he'd like to donate a sample of his brain tissue, which Louis, still dazed, agrees to.
* MagicVersusScience: Ghosts and gods vs scientists with nuclear accelerators; the scientists win.
* MascotVillain: Slimer is a partial example. He starts off as a StarterVillain in the first movie, but by the time he became a true mascot in the animated adaptations he became the TeamPet and sidekick. A more fitting (in and out of universe) example is the [[AttackOfTheFiftyFoorWhatever Stay-Puff Marshmallow]], or rather, Gozer the Gozerian, who took the form of the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man in a bid to start TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* TheMerch: In-universe examples. In the first film's credits, there are kids waving Ghostbuster logo t-shirts. ''Ghostbusters II'' has the gang offer branded thermal mugs and balloons in their commercial.
* MonochromeApparition: Most of the human-esque ghosts are depicted in one colour.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ray gets this a lot.
** He chooses Gozer's destructive form as Stay Puft.
---> '''Peter''': Did you choose anything?!\\
'''Egon:''': No.\\
'''Peter''': Did you?!\\
'''Winston''': My mind's a total blank.\\
'''Peter''': ''I'' didn't choose anything! ''[{{Beat}}, then everybody looks at Ray]''
** Knocking out all the lights in New York in the sequel. Ray is quite the klutz.
** Later, when they're about to call the final battle a victory, he looks into the painting and [[spoiler:gets possessed by Vigo.]]
** In the first film, Venkman could have avoided the entire conflict with Peck if he didn't act like an asshole to him.
* NightVisionGoggles: A slightly modified set of ''actual'' night vision goggles is made to be the "ecto goggles" and part of the Ghostbusting gear, supposedly allowing them to see ghosts who have turned themselves invisible. It's seen on everyone in the first movie, used memorably by Ray in the hotel and seen briefly a few times in the second movie. The game makes it into a major gameplay mechanic in tracking down ghosts.
* NonActionGuy: Rick Moranis' character, Louis. Though he does [[TookALevelInBadass take a level in badass]] in the second movie.
* NoodleIncident
** Mentioned in the first film is that time Egon tried to drill a hole in his head. This is an actual procedure, called 'trepanation', which is sometimes claimed to confer psychic powers. "That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me." (Which was allegedly a ThrowItIn from Harold Ramis.)
* NotQuiteDead: Justified since this is a franchise about '''ghosts'''. Also notable in the account of Vigo's death.
--> '''Ray Stantz:''' He didn't die of old age, either. [[RasputinianDeath He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.]]\\
'''Peter:''' [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction Ouch.]]\\
'''Ray: '''There was a prophecy. Just before his ''head'' died, his last words were "Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I'll be back."
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The worst kind of nonbelievers.
** Walter Peck from the first movie ignores the very real paranormal phenomenon around him in favor of his insistence that it's all a scam. His actions in service of this belief directly trigger Gozer's arrival. Then he blames everyone but himself and has them arrested.
*** This is somewhat subverted when you consider the fact that, up until they shut of the power grid, Peck had a very legitimate reason for all of his actions.
** Hardemeyer takes this role in the sequel. He has the Ghostbusters ''committed'' to avoid bad press for the mayor.
** Peck is back as the city official appointed as a liaison between the Ghostbusters and the mayor in the video game.
* OccultDetective: This is essentially what the Ghostbusters are.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The scientific ghost-fighting security agency for the entire New York area is three (later four) men in an old firehouse. Franchise rights are briefly discussed but nothing ever comes of it in the films.
* OneWingedAngel: Ghosts who take human form as a disguise are usually provoked into doing this.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: In the series, "ghost" seems to be a catch-all term for incorporeal creatures, including both the spirits of the dead and extraplanar creatures that were never alive to begin with.
* ParanormalInvestigation: A comedic version of this genre.
* PhotoprotoneutronTorpedo: Proton packs, which are "positron colliders" (or sometimes "unlicensed nuclear accelerators") that shoot particles from "neutrona wands".
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Ghostbusters themselves; a cynical scientist, a mad scientist, a goof scientist, and someone looking for a steady paycheck.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Lenny the Mayor fills this role to some extent in the first two movies. He's a rather cynical politician whose public image and chances of re-election / further political office are never far from mind, and is as reasonably skeptical of the claims of apocalyptic supernatural phenomena as any reasonable person probably would be, but when suitably convinced of their claims ultimately proves to be a fairly staunch ally. However, it is suggested that between the first and second movies, he either had them publicly thrown under the bus, or didn't do much to stop it from happening.
--> '''Ray:''' First of all, Mr. Mayor, it's a great pleasure to see you again. And we'd like to say that [[FalseReassurance almost 50% of us voted for you in the last election.]]\\
'''Mayor:''' I appreciate that.
** By the time of the game, he seems to have been replaced with a more straightforward example of this trope; the current mayor got elected on a pro-Ghostbuster platform, and now has the city [[HeroInsurance covering their collateral damage]].
* RedAlert: Of the "Emergency Squad Scramble" variety, the first time a call comes in.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Played with. On one hand the Ghostbusters ''do'' use their tech to make money for themselves, the game has established them as contractors to New York on the verge of franchising, and they obviously help people out with it, but the potential other uses for their tech goes ignored[[note]]Though, given their tech is highly destructive and has no obvious application on anything other than ghosts, it's possible they [[CripplingOverspecialization designed their tech so specifically that there ''are'' no other potential uses]][[/note]].
** In the cartoon, the Ghostbusters do temporarily convert their gear to allow them to catch criminals for bounties, but the [[CripplingOverspecialization premise remains the same.]]
* RentAZilla: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man by the villains, and The Statue of Liberty by the heroes.
* RomanticismVsEnlightenment: Standing out from a lot of the occult horror genre movies of its time, Ghostbusters is very pro-Enlightenment-esque. [[Creator/BobChipman MovieBob]] says it best in a Youtube episode of "Really That Good" on this movie [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPoILjs6BYI&feature=player_detailpage#t=1154 at the 19:14 mark]].
* SassySecretary: Janine "I've quit better jobs than this!" Melnitz, although it varies by production. In the first film, she is a no-nonsense girl who snaps at Peter while crushing on Egon. In the second film, she's paired off with Louis and becomes super-nerdy.
* {{Science Hero}}es: The Ghostbusters use science to bust the supernatural, becoming heroes in the process.
* ScienceIsBad: Inverted; the Ghostbusters' scientific methods always prove to be the only effective way of dealing with the supernatural, and the only use for other schools of thought is to provide info on what they're dealing with.
* ScienceIsUseless: Subverted in that three scientists and one academic student (Zeddemore, who gets a Doctorate later) face an ancient god with nothing but high technology equipment based on intensive scientific research of their supernatural opponents' nature, and ''totally kick their asses''.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Ghostbusters' containment grid in the first film and Vigo's portrait in the second.
* ShownTheirWork: The films are very, ''very'' thoroughly researched as side-effect of Aykroyd's own interest in the paranormal. For instance, Peter's treatment of the Zuul-possessed Dana is based on advice from exorcists and psychiatrists for dealing with cases of [[DemonicPossession possession]] and [[SplitPersonality DID]], respectively (i.e. you are ''never'' supposed to let the other personality remain in control; this is why he keeps insisting on talking to "Dana", and tries to ignore Zuul). In addition, ''all'' of the books Egon and Ray mention actually exist.
%%Though it would be nice if someone added some links to them.
* SignsOfTheEndTimes:
** Part I
--->'''Winston Zeddmore:''' Do you remember something in the Bible about the last days, when the dead would rise from the grave?
--->'''Ray Stantz:''' I remember Revelations 7:12. "And I looked as he opened the 6th seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake. And the sun became as black as sack cloth, and the moon became as blood."
--->'''Winston Zeddmore:''' And the seas boiled and the skies fell.
--->'''Ray Stantz:''' Judgment Day.
--->'''Winston Zeddmore:''' Judgment Day.
--->'''Ray Stantz:''' Every religion has its myth about the end of the world.
--->'''Winston Zeddmore:''' Myth? Ray, has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason we've been so busy lately is 'cause the dead ''have'' been rising from the grave?
** Part II
--->'''Peter Venkman:''' Or you could accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
--->'''Mayor:''' What do you mean, biblical?
--->'''Ray Stantz:''' What he means is Old Testament biblical, Mr. Mayor. Real wrath-of-God-type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling!
--->'''Egon Spengler:''' Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes! Volcanoes!
--->'''Winston Zeddmore:''' The dead rising from the grave!
--->'''Peter Venkman:''' Human sacrifice, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dogs and cats living together]], mass hysteria!
** PlayedForLaughs after the firehouse blows up:
--->'''Vinz Clortho:''' This is it! This is the sign!
--->'''Janine:''' Yeah, it's a sign alright: "Going out of business".
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Straddles the line; the funniest moments and the scariest are often one and the same.
* SmarterThanYouLook: Although Venkman comes off as a cynical slacker who doesn't seem to get the gist of things as times, it's obvious that he has just as much knowledge of the supernatural as Ray and Egon.
* SoulJar: To a certain extent, the containment grid could be considered a very sciency version of one of these.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Dan Aykroyd's failed attempts to get ''Ghostbusters 3'' done led to ''Film/{{Evolution}}''.
* TechnoBabble: Brought to the point of art form: PKE valence. Focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm. Total protonic reversal. And etc.
* ThatCameOutWrong: While Peter is checking her apartment, he goes to the bedroom. Dana, without considering the implications, says "Nothing ever happened in there." Peter quips, "What a crime." Dana realizes her mistake, but instead chooses to focus on Peter's atypical attitude for a scientist.
** After the interview with Dana Barrett:
--->'''Peter Venkman:''' I'll take Miss Barret back to her apartment and check her out.
--->[Dana Barret looks up confused]
--->'''Peter Venkman:''' I'll go check out Miss Barret's apartment. OK?
* ThemeTune: When there's something strange in the neighborhood … WhoYouGonnaCall? Ghostbusters!
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: In both films:
** I-- When Walter Peck is about to shut off the containment system, the 'busters deliberately place themselves near the stairs so they can easily flee when all hell breaks loose. Also Venkman's later line "I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it!"
** II-- In the courtroom, when the mood slime is about to explode, they slowly take cover under their table.
* TokenMinority: Winston. He shows up midway through the first film and joins the Ghostbusters, being the only main black character in either film.
* VanityLicensePlate: The Ectomobile has ECTO 1 on its tags.
* WeaponsThatSuck:
** Technically speaking, the real weapon the Busters use against the ghosts are their traps, which suck the ghosts in and hold them until deposited in the protection grid. All the proton packs are intended for is to snare ghosts in the proton stream and position them above the trap. That's also why Busters didn't need the proton packs to capture the jogging ghost; all they had to do is place the trap in his path and open it when he stepped over it.
** The one exception to this are the final villains at the end of both movies. This may be explained by the fact that unlike the vast majority of ghosts Vigo and Gozer are at least semi-corporeal and, as we saw with the maid cart while they where initially catching slimer, a tightly focused stream from a proton pack can be highly destructive. Other non-corporeal ghosts can be restrained by it or in the case of relatively weak ghosts scattered into ambient PKE (psycho kinetic energy) but it would be possible to destroy a corporeal entity assuming it isn't a god or superpowered with PKE.
* WeirdnessCensor: Despite the rampant evidence to the contrary, Peck insists the Ghostbusters are frauds deluding people with chemicals and "a cheap, electronic light show." Indeed, Peck has zero evidence to back up his claims, having arbitrarily decided that they ''must'' be frauds. Had the case gone to court normally, the Ghostbusters would have won the case hands-down. In the second movie, several characters continue this attitude, which makes one wonder what they thought of the very public attack involving the very gigantic and very real Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and the very gooey remains he left behind.
* WhatTheHellHero: "What did you ''do'', Ray?"
* WhoYouGonnaCall: [[TropeNamers Trope NAMER!!]]
* TheWorfBarrage: The proton packs never work against the BigBad, or at best are a mild annoyance, which force the team to resort to different strategies to beat them.
** Gozer dodged the first shot and just vanished the second time. Upon transforming into the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, getting shot did little more than knock him down and [[ManOnFire set him on fire]], arguably making him even more dangerous.
** Vigo is briefly annoyed by the packs, brushing away the beams and paralyzing the team in the process. He has to be weakened by a CareBearStare[=/=]CombinedEnergyAttack in the form of happy, singing New Yorkers, which was the only way they were able to enter the building anyway. The final barrage of mood slime and proton packs also seems to hinge largely on the former, though the packs do provide the final push that wins the day.
** The games introduce three major modifications (complete with a secondary fire mode) to the classic backpack and most of the ghosts have a weakness to one of them: basic particle stream, dark matter generator, slime blower and meson collider. The idea is if one ghost is shrugging off any one of your attacks you can switch them up.

[[folder: Ghostbusters]]

* AboveTheInfluence: In the first Ghostbusters, Venkman comes to visit Dana and finds she is possessed by Zuul, which makes her want to sleep with the Keymaster. He refuses, since she isn't in her right mind.
-->'''Zuul/Dana:''' ''Do you want this body?'''
-->'''Venkman:''' Is this a trick question?
--> --
-->'''Zuul/Dana:''' ''I want you inside me.''
-->'''Venkman:''' *laughs* Go ahead -- no, I can't. Sounds like you got at least two people in there already. Might be a little crowded.
* AbsurdlyLongStairway: The Ghostbusters have to climb 20 flights of stairs for the confrontation with Gozer, due to the elevators being out of service.
* AdorableAbomination: Gozer, in his/her/its Stay-Puft form.
** Vinz Clortho's childlike naiveté and enthusiasm for Gozer's coming makes him kinda lovable.
* AmbiguousGender: Gozer appeared female when "she" first appeared, despite being referred to by male pronouns in texts used for research. The Keymaster ''did'' claim that Gozer could - and has - taken numerous forms in the past, so he/she could probably have looked like anything, male or female.
-->'''Winston Zeddemore:''' I thought Gozer was a man!
-->'''Dr. Egon Spengler:''' It's whatever it wants to be.
** [[TruthInTelevision Truth In Theology]]: Gozer, as a deity, would be a pure spirit, and would exist outside the mortal confines of sex or gender.
* AnalogyBackfire: Peter tries to tell Ray that being fired from the university isn't so bad, because "[[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]] did his greatest stuff while he was working as a patent clerk."
-->'''Ray:''' Do you know how much a patent clerk earns?!
-->'''Peter:''' No!
* ApocalypseHow: Attempted. But where do you slot the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in the scale?
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Played with. While Peter is certainly a believer in the paranormal, he has a bit more practical sense than Ray and Egon, who are willing to believe ''anything'' is supernatural related. "Right, [[SarcasmMode no human being would]] ''[[SarcasmMode ever]]'' [[SarcasmMode stack books like this]]."
* TheAllegedCar: Ecto-1 is an ancient ambulance/hearse that we're introduced to with Ray listing off the numerous things they'll have to fix. Remarkably, they do.
-->'''Ray:''' Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks and brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end...
-->'''Peter:''' How much?
-->'''Ray:''' Only $4800.
-->''*Venkman looks shocked*''
-->'''Ray:''' Maybe new rings, also mufflers, a little wiring...
** $4800 was quite a hefty sum for an old beater that needed a lot of work back in 1984. It's the equivalent to about $11000 in 2015.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->'''Dr Ray Stantz''': Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
-->'''Dr. Egon Spengler''': Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes …
-->'''Winston Zeddemore''': The dead rising from the grave!
-->'''Dr. Peter Venkman''': Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together … mass hysteria!
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: "Get ready … get ready … GET HER!!! AAAAAHHHHH!!!!"
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: "It's the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!" [[spoiler: Ironically, Stay Puft was described as a '100 foot marshmallow man'.]]
* AudienceSurrogate: Unlike the others, Winston doesn't have a Ph.D. in anything; he's just an average Joe looking for a steady paycheck.
* {{Bathos}}: Evoked at the end of the first movie. The city is being destroyed by an evil god, yes, but it's in the form of a giant, smiling, sailor hat-wearing guy made of marshmallows.
* BeautifulCondemnedBuilding: Despite its numerous flaws, Ray falls in love with the old firehouse.
* BlasphemousBoast: Averted (and lampshaded).
--> '''Winston Zeddemore:''' When someone asks you if you're a god, YOU SAY YES!
* BloodyHorror: During the scene in the mayor's office where people are describing the weird events going on in New York City, one man says "The walls in the 53rd Precinct were bleeding."
* BrandX: Stay-Puft Marshmallows.
* BrickJoke: Ray has a rather underwhelming {{plan}} to catch the first ghost seen in the movie.
-->'''Ray:''' Ready … GET HER!
** This is brought back near the end of the movie when the protagonists come face to face with the film's BigBad.
--->'''Peter:''' Whatever it is, it has to get by us!
--->'''Ray:''' Right.
--->'''Peter:''' GO GET HER, RAY!
* TheCameo: The music video for the titular theme features many recognizable faces, like Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Danny [=DeVito=].
** The film itself features cameos from the likes of Ron Jeremy, Reginald VelJohnson (Carl Winslow), Larry King, Casey Kasem, Roger Grimsby, Joe Franklin, and even Ivan Reitman, the director (as the voice of Zuul/Slimer).
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Ray Stantz:''' Hey, where do these stairs go?
-->'''Peter Venkman:''' They go up.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The three get fired and form a ghost-busting business just as a malevolent god-entity intends to enter our world.
* ConvergingStreamWeapon: What you get when you cross the streams (besides a massive life-threatening explosion).
* [[CosmicHorrorStory Cosmic Horror Comedy]]: This is a story about a doomsday cult deliberately building an EldritchLocation in order to perform bizarre rituals in order to summon an EldritchAbomination, which was worshiped as a god in ancient Sumer, from another dimension to destroy the world. A team of paranormal investigators stumble onto the plot, and, well, you know the rest.
* CrazyPrepared: Venkman proves to have fast access to 300 cc's of Thorazine, which implies that he carries it around with him or can find it offscreen in less than a few minutes. 300 cc's is a ''lot''.
* CreatorCameo: Director Ivan Reitman provides the voices for Slimer and Zuul. Producer Joe Medjuck crosses in front of the camera in the library.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Venkman gets to play this along with OnlySaneMan, in that he's continually snarking on his fellows' more outlandish ideas.
** Dana Barrett shows shades of this when Peter compliments her on her cello playing:
---> '''Peter Venkman:''' You're the best one in your row.
---> '''Dana Barrett:''' Thank you. ''[beat]'' You're good; most people can't hear me with the ''whole orchestra playing.''
** Janine, upon seeing a police officer at the door:
---> "Dropping off or picking up?"
* DeanBitterman: Dean Yeager inadvertently starts the Ghostbusters by firing them from their cushy academic jobs.
* DemonicPossession: Dana Barrett and Louis Tully by the Keymaster and the Gate Keeper. They turn into demon dogs.
* DopeSlap: Peter Venkmann to Ray Stanz, and vice versa.
* DummiedOut: Elmer Bernstein wrote a complete score for the film, parts of which in the final version got replaced by the songs from the soundtrack instead. Thus, several [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7fah_Z9maE up-beat versions of the Ghostbusters Theme]] slipped into obscurity.
* EldritchAbomination: This is what Gozer was implied to be. Parodied with the final form Gozer takes, which is the cuddly and cute Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
---> '''Peter Venkman:''' Well, there's something you don't see every day.
* EldritchLocation: Gozer's dimension, as glimpsed through the fridge portal.
* EroticDream: Ray has one where he imagines a ghost girl giving him... um, moral support. [[spoiler:was originally part of a DeletedScene where Ray and Winston are on a case at a haunted fort where the ghost girl had been greeting other male visitors.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Venkman is first shown giving an ESP test to two students in which a wrong answer is followed by an electric shock. Because one of his test subjects is an attractive female student, Venkman keeps zapping the other (male) subject regardless of who gets the right answer. This reveals Venkman as a JerkAss and a man who thinks with his groin. The sharp-eyed will note that the male test subject seems to be getting the answers right after complaining of the shock. Note the look on Venkman's face as he gets it right, and the look of horror on the subject's face as Venkman reaches for the button…
* EverybodySmokes: Perhaps not everybody, but the amount of smoking in this movie (especially from the lead characters) would ''never'' happen in a modern Hollywood film unless it's a period piece.
* EvilMakeover[=/=]EvilIsSexy: [[spoiler:When Dana gets possessed by Zuul]] she dresses in a more provocative manner.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Say it with me: '''"There is no Dana, only ''Zuul.''"'''
* FogFeet: The library ghost.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the scene where the eggs in Dana's groceries start cooking themselves while still in the box, a bag of Stay-Puft marshmallows can be seen right next to them. An advert for the marshmallows also shows up on the side of a nearby building during the scene in which the ghosts are released from the containment unit.[[note]]Note how in Dana's kitchen the bag just says "Stay Puft" with no marshmallow man, etc. When they filmed the scenes they were probably still working on the FX design for him.[[/note]]
** "Don't cross the streams."
** Larry King during the media montage telling his audience that some authorities suspect the Ghostbusters are staging the ghost appearances themselves.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Played with when Gozer offers the Ghostbusters to choose the form of the Destructor.
* FridgeHorror: InUniverse example. Winston and Ray are driving back from their latest job, when the former asks: "Hey Ray? Do you remember something in the Bible about how, in the last days, the dead would rise from the grave?"
--> '''Ray''': Well, every civilization has its own myth about the end of the world.
--> '''Winston''': Myth? Ray, has it ever occurred to you that the reason we've been so busy lately is that the dead ''have'' been rising from the grave?
--> [[{{Beat}} Long pause]]
--> '''Ray''': How 'bout a little music?
** Also a literal example of Fridge Horror, when Dana first encounters Zuul.
%%* GladIThoughtOfIt: Peter Venkmann and Dana Barrett.
* GameshowHost: Dana compares Veckman to one.
* GlassSmackAndSlide: Louis is chased by the Gatekeeper, Vinz Glortho, and attacked by him until he slams face first into the window of a restaurant and slides down, screaming. On the other side of the glass are a bunch of swanky, upscale diners who glance up briefly, then go back to exactly what they were doing.
* GodzillaThreshold: It is incredibly important not to cross the streams but by the time Gozer is about to reincarnate and bring about the EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt they figure "what the heck?"
* GreaterScopeVillain: Ivo Shandor, worshipper of Gozer. Shandor was the architect for the building where Gozer himself/itself first enters our world, and led a cult dedicated to him. Of course, at this point Shandor himself has passed away by this point, but was significant enough to become an important mention while the Ghostbusters are locked up as the previously mentioned architect, since he was the one who had brought all the necessary elements for Gozer's return together while he was still alive. [[spoiler: Years later, when Shandor returns and releases Gozer only for the Sumerian god to come back in a weaker Stay Puft form (leading to his second defeat), the ghost of Shandor decides to [[AGodAmI become a god himself]] using an also-previously-established mandala spread throughout New York, as well as become [[TheManBehindTheMan the ghost behind the ghosts to most, if not all of the Ghostbusters's deadlier ghost enemies]] in [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame the 2009 Ghostbusters game]]. Oh, and the name he chooses for his Destructor form like Gozer's (except minus the Stay Puft)? [[CallBack The Architect]].]]
* {{Hellhound}}: The Terror Dogs, Zuul and Vinzclortho.
* HeroicBSOD: Ray gets this when he ends up conjuring the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man [[ApocalypseHow as the creature to end the world]].
-->'''Peter:''' Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon. What have you got left?\\
'''Egon:''' Sorry, Venkman. [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Ghostbusters had only just figured out the significance of Zuul, Gozer, Ivo Shandor, and Dana Barret's apartment building by the time of the final confrontation. Dana, their first customer, only came to them when she did because she saw their commercial on TV, and she only saw them on TV because it was on when she got home. It is implied that it was on when she got home because of paranormal activity in her apartment (along with the eggs and the doomfridge). If Zuul coulda just dialed it back on the poltergeisting, Gozer would have been triumphant. (To make it even more ironic, it is doubtful that ''anyone'', Zuul, Gozer, or the heroes, even realized this.)
* HopeSpot: For a moment, it looks like they've vaporized Gozer and all's good with the world. Then Egon chimes in with "Ray, this looks extraordinarily ''bad''." Cue Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Averted in the first film, as Venkman was utterly foiled in his attempt to reach Dana.
-->'''Zuul (in Dana's body):''' There is no Dana, only Zuul!
-->'''Peter:''' What a lovely singing voice you must have.
* ILoveThisTown: Winston Zeddmore, covered in molten marshmallow, triumphantly shouts this line as a summation of the good time the audience had watching this kick-ass movie.
* IronicEcho: Near the end of the movie Venkman tells Ray to ''Get her!''
* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: Dana carries a bag of them (including celery stalk) into her apartment.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: In conjunction with using the ForbiddenChekhovsGun.
-->'''Peter:''' See you on the other side, Ray.\\
'''Ray:''' Nice working with you, Dr. Venkman.
* ItIsBeyondSaving: In the BackStory told by Egon, Ivo Shandor believed society was "too sick to survive" after he experienced UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, which is why he wanted to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ItWasHereISwear: Dana sees a temple and terror dogs in her fridge. Later, she brings Peter to investigate:
--> '''Peter''': (peeking inside) Oh, my God … Look at all the junk food!
--> '''Dana''': Oh, dammit! Look, this wasn't here…
--> '''Peter''': (holding a piece of bologna) You actually eat this?
--> '''Dana''': Look, this wasn't here! There was ''nothing'' here! There was this … space! And there was a building or something with flames coming out of it, and there were creatures writhing around, and they were growling and snarling. And there were flames, and I heard a voice say "Zuul"! It was right here!
--> '''Peter''': Well, I'm sorry, I'm just not getting any reading.
** There's also a bit of a TakeThat in that scene, against Coca-Cola (there's a Coke can very visible in the fridge because they owned Creator/{{Columbia|Pictures}} at the time (although movies never showed it, the TV logo had a Coca-Cola byline), which is lampshaded on the DVD commentary).
* ItsPersonal: Venkman alludes to this while the guys are busting Slimer.
--> '''Venkman:''' Maybe now you'll never slime someone with a ''positron collider,'' huh?!
* {{Jerkass}}: Walter Peck is a rude, self-important, power-tripping, blame-throwing, jerk. While Venkman certainly didn't help matters by being as uncooperative as possible, Peck's smug attitude(and repeatedly referring to Peter as Mr. Venkman and not Dr. Venkman) showed he wasn't really looking to play nice either.
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** Despite his attitude, Peck, as the head of environmental safety is entirely right to be concerned about people using dangerous, untested nuclear devices that could likely cause disasters if anything goes wrong. Points which the Ghostbusters themselves also have. It's when he shuts off the containment unit without thinking of the risks or consequences that he really goes too far.
** The college administrator who tosses them off campus at the start of the film is an example as well. Pretty much everything he says is true, ''especially'' in regards to Venkman.
* JerkassGenie: Gozer. He puts it to those nearby to choose the form of the destroyer. Its [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever size]], however, is at his discretion.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Walter Peck had a point being concerned about the environmental safety of the Ghostbusters' facility, considering Egon had parallel concerns of his own. However, Peck barging in with a court order, ordering the containment grid turned off despite the warnings of the Busters and the reticence of a Con Ed technician and arresting the Busters for the resulting explosion on spurious charges puts him beyond the pale.
* KitschyLocalCommercial: The commercial the Ghostbusters put out. It has no music, the characters are wooden and it looks like it was shot for about 5 bucks.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre:
-->'''Dana:''' That's the bedroom … but nothing ever happened in there.
--> '''Peter:''' What a crime.
* LetsSplitUpGang: In the hotel.
--> '''Peter Venkman:''' Yeah, we can do more damage that way.
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: We are supposed to assume this world is like our own, excepting there is an actual scientific, verifiable evidence of the paranormal (something our world is lacking). Such as the fact that Egon already had built/bought a PKE meter suggesting someone had detected the energy previously, however people act just as skeptically there as here.
* LongList: Ray's list of repairs the Cadillac needed and Egon's similar list of problems with their building.
** Also, Peck's injunctions against the 'Busters.
** And the list of paranormal beliefs during Winston's job interview.
---> '''Winston''': ''If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say.''
* MagneticPlotDevice: The reason New York is practically swimming in ghosts is because Dana Barret's high-rise apartment building is essentially a supernatural magnet. Ivo Shandor, the leader of a cult of Gozer worshipers, designed it specifically to give Gozer a doorway into our world. It also neatly explains just where the vast majority of the unleashed ghosts went, since the building used them as a power source.
* MathematiciansAnswer: When asked where the stairs go, Venkman says, "They go up."
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent/Foreshadowing: When Dana first described Zuul to the Ghostbusters, she was subject to a test involving a makeshift headpiece and a monitor that displays her human image. When Vinz Clortho is subject to the same test, the monitor shows an image of a Terror Dog, signifying his true/upcoming form.
* MsFanservice: Now we already know Dana Barret is physically attractive, but once she gets possessed by one of the Terror Dogs she becomes EVEN MORE smoking hot than she was.
* MugglesDoItBetter: See MagicVersusScience. Ancient god, meet [[MadScience unlicensed nuclear accelerator.]]
-->'''Peter:''' Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!
* NaiveNewcomer: Subverted by Winston, who adjusts to his new job very quickly.
* NerdGlasses: Louis Tully in both movies. Janine gains a huge pair of Harry Potter specs in the sequel, to match her animated counterpart (and make her a more plausible romantic match for Louis).
* NeverMyFault: Walter Peck condemns the Ghostbusters for causing the explosion he himself had caused, in spite of their warnings.
* NeverRecycleABuilding: Even though it's a major deathtrap in the middle of New York City, the abandoned firehouse remains conveniently available until Venkman ''et al'' need a place of business.
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: When Gozer demands that the Earth choose the shape of its destroyer, Ray immediately thinks of The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, being the one thing that he believes could not possibly ever hurt us. Unfortunately, that's not quite so.
* OhCrap: The look on Mr. Stay Puft's face when the Ghostbusters cross the streams.
** Alternatively, the Ghostbusters' reaction to Stay-Puft.
---> '''Egon''': LOOK!\\
'''Ray''': [[BigNo No!]] It can't be!\\
'''Winston''': What is it?!\\
'''Ray''': [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment It can't be!]]\\
'''Winston''': [[WhatTheHellHero What did you]] ''[[WhatTheHellHero do]]'', [[WhatTheHellHero Ray?!]] [[OhCrap Aw, Shit!]]
*** And again when Stay-Puft turns to face them with its maniacal grin …
----> '''Winston:''' Oh, no.\\
'''Peter:''' [[UnusualEuphemism Mother pus bucket…]]
** When Walter Peck turns the containment grid off, the result is an OhCrap combined with a ThisIsGonnaSuck.
* PersonalArcade: In the first night of the franchise, the guys' upper-level loft includes two arcade video games (''VideoGame/MissileCommand'' and ''Star Castle'') and a ''Pinball/StarGazer'' pinball machine next to the fireman's pole.
* PillarOfLight: Rises over the city when the ecto containment unit explodes, releasing all of the ghosts trapped.
* PlotTime: It's a good idea to use the MST3KMantra for those of us who pay attention to time:
** As Dana walks in to ask for help Ray is working on the Ecto-1, which is unpainted. She and Peter leave to check out her apartment. After that scene the three are eating Chinese with the last of the petty cash and speaking ''as if'' the Dana incident had only just happened and was a failure. Then they get their hotel call and the Ecto-1 is ready to roll - completely fixed and painted.
** Tully mentions before Dana's incident that he's having a party coming up in two weeks. He throws a party on the night Gozer arrives. In between, the Ghostbusters do a variety of jobs and become a major media sensation, seemingly spanning a few months at least. It's unclear if Tully's party is supposed to be the one he's talking about in the beginning of the film or a second one.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Venkman gets two of these in rapid succession
---> '''Venkman:''' ''(after having nearly been flung off a building by Gozer's [[AgonyBeam Electrofingers-of-Death]])'' "All right … this chick is '''toast'''!"\\
'''Venkman:''' "… let's show this [[EldritchAbomination prehistoric]] [[PrecisionFStrike bitch]] how we do things [[BigApplesauce downtown]]."
* PrecisionFStrike: The containment grid's shut down, and ghosts are streaming into the atmosphere in a pillar of blinding light. What drives home how bad the situation isn't the ensuing montage, or that a possessed man escapes in the crowd. It's that what's happening is enough to tip Egon over into angrily insulting Peck's mother.
-->'''Peck:''' I want this man arrested! These men are in violation of the Environmental Protection Act, [[BlatantLies and this explosion is a direct result of it!]]\\
'''Egon:''' ''[[YourMom Your]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness mother!]]''
** Winston gets a good one in on the Mayor:
-->'''Winston:''' Mr. Mayor, I was a lot like you, but since I joined up with these men I have seen ''shit'' that will turn you ''white!''
* RaisedHandOfSurvival: Dana Barrett is changed into a dog demon by Gozer. After Gozer is destroyed the demon's charred body is found. Her hand breaks out of the body, showing that she's still alive inside it.
* ReactionaryFantasy: The film has been described as a reactionary fantasy where the major realistic villain is Walter Peck, a {{Strawman}} of a government bureaucrat who barges into a small business and his interference causes disaster.
* RealityEnsues: The Ghostbusters have their BigDamnHeroes moment, arriving to cheering crowds at Dana's apartment building. Cut to them dragging themselves and their heavy gear up twenty-plus flights of stairs.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dean Yeager tells Venkman off resoundingly as he evicts them from the university, calling he and his team frauds and shysters. It's clear he's been relishing the notion for some time.
-->'''Dean Yeager:''' Doctor... Venkman. The purpose of science is to serve mankind. You seem to regard science as some kind of dodge... or hustle. Your theories are the worst kind of popular tripe, your methods are sloppy, and your conclusions are highly questionable! You are a poor scientist, Dr. Venkman!
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The terror-dogs have glowing red eyes, as does Louis when he's possessed by one of them.
* RunningGag: Louis locking himself out of his apartment.
* SharedMassHallucination / ScoobyDooHoax: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Peck, who accuses the Ghostbusters of being frauds that use nerve gas to make people believe they're seeing ghosts, and then "put on a light show" to get rid of them.
* SignatureTeamTransport: Ecto-1.
* SnubByOmission: When Peter Venkman introduces his team at the library:
--> '''Roger Delacorte:''' I'm Roger Delacorte. Are you the men from the university?\\
'''Dr. Peter Venkman:''' Yes, I'm Dr. Venkman, Dr. Stantz, Egon…
* SoundtrackDissonance: The "monster movie"-style music that plays during Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's entrance is (intentionally?) PlayedForLaughs when juxtaposed with Mr. Stay Puft's smiling face. However, he does turn to face the Ghostbusters a few minutes later...
* StyrofoamRocks: At the end, when debris is falling from the top of the skyscraper, in one shot you can see a rock, which had supposedly tumbled from several hundred feet in the air, fall straight down and bounce off of a wooden police barrier.
* TailorMadePrison: All of the ghosts who get captured get placed into the nuclear-powered Containment Unit. Instant Catastrophe? [[SealedEvilInACan Turn off the Unit.]]
* TheStinger: There's an inter-credits scene set right after the events of the movie, where Slimer emerges from the New York streets and proceeds [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou to charge at the audience, emitting a horrible wail.]]
* ThisCannotBe: Ray's reaction at seeing the Stay-Puft monster.
* ThroatLight: Zuul's throat (in terror-dog form) emits a bright light when Dana sees it in her refrigerator.
* TrustMeImAnX: "Back off, man, I'm a scientist."
* TheTunguskaEvent: A throw-away line near the end has Ray telling Louis that he was part of the biggest crossover event since this, implying that it was a ghost thing.
* TooSoon: In-universe example. After they defeat Stay-Puft and save the world, the examine the "corpses" of the devil dogs Dana and Louis became. Ray mentions it smells like "barbecued dog hair", then remembered Peter's attachment to Dana, and apologized profusely. Fortunately, Dana and Louis were rescued shortly after.
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: The scene wherein the Ghostbusters are heading up to the floor of their first real assignment. "Why worry? Each of us is wearing an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back." Cue the other two shuffling comedically away in the tight space.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Mother pus bucket!"
** "I am the Keymaster!" "I am the Gatekeeper."
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Zuul, when Venkman gets it angry.
* WeaponsThatSuck: The ghost trap has some kind of astral suction function.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The 'busters get their initial capital by mortgaging Ray's family house at an absurd interest rate. We never learn whether they earned enough money fast enough to save it from being foreclosed.
* WidescreenShot: Ramis joked that he got cut out of most of the standard screen broadcast.
** Particularly in the 4-shot where the Ghostbusters are walking and talking with the hotel manager. Cropping Ramis out of the shot leaves the manager neatly flanked by the other two, and since Ramis doesn't speak during the shot …
* XRaySparks: Shown when the lightning strikes Dana and Louis atop Gozer's temple.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Inverted; when they finally get to see the Mayor, despite the apparent lunacy of the things they're suggesting the Ghostbusters -- while still stressing the urgency of the situation to him -- nevertheless present their case in a fairly calm, reasonable and level-headed manner (even if they do succumb to the dramatic at one point: "Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!"). Better yet, respected city officials like the City Fire Chief support the Ghostbusters' case with rational observations of the bizarre phenomena plaguing the city that defies any explanation other than the Busters'. On the other hand Peck, who on the surface has the more rational case (that these people are conmen), nevertheless comes across as twitchy, touchy, a bit irrational and clearly nursing a grudge, prone to exploding into violence (albeit after being provoked by Venkman) and on the whole rather shifty and unreliable.
* YourMom: Egon's response to Walter Peck's blockheadedness.

[[folder: Ghostbusters II]]
* EightiesHair: The saleswoman at the Orrefor's fine crystal store seen in the montage.
* AdultFear: Just about anything involving Oscar. Poor Dana nearly had a heart attack after everything she witnessed.
* AsYouKnow: Zed's infodump to Ray explaining how the Ghostbusters went out of business after the first movie.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Statue of Liberty.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Inverted. Vigo uses Dana's son as a vessel in order to revive himself.
* BabyCarriage: In the opening scene of the second film, with a more ghostly version used in a later scene.
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Venkman''': We're the best … we're the beautiful … we're the only … ''Ghostbusters!''
* BatmanGambit: Vigo and Janosz pull one when they decide to abduct Dana too, by having Janosz kidnap Oscar, knowing Dana would come to the museum to get him. Once she was inside, Vigo had the slime seal off the building.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: The Ghostbusters are able to charge the slime with ''positive'' energy, making it an effective weapon against Vigo. And as a bonus, [[spoiler:bring the Statue of Liberty to life to rally the New Yorkers.]]
* BigApplesauce: Mocked near the end by Venkman, who asks why any being would want to return in 1980s New York, rather than sunny Southern California.
* BigBad: Vigo
* BigBlackout: Ray accidentally causes one in the second film.
* BodySurf: Vigo's goal. He attempts to take over Oscar's body, but [[spoiler: once foiled, he decides Ray works just as well. Cue sliming.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: The slime blowers expend far more slime than the tanks could be reasonably said to carry. Possibly justified by the fact that the evil version of the slime demonstrates itself to be self-replicating in the courtroom scene, so the good version could do the same.
* BrooklynRage: The source of the BigBad's power.
** And what is the best way to overcome Brooklyn Rage? [[spoiler: The spirit of goodwill brought on by New Years Eve and the spirit of patriotism as symbolized by the Statue of Liberty.]]
* CanonImmigrant: In a recursive sort of way. Slimer was in the first movie, but wasn't given a name and he was basically a bad-guy caught by the Ghostbusters. He was turned into a good-guy regular character and given a name in [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters the cartoon series]], which is where he becomes a CanonImmigrant in the second movie: the first time we see Slimer in the sequel, he's hanging around inside the Fire Station headquarters chowing down on some food, implying that even the live-action guys have adopted him. The only other scene we see him in, he's shown helping Louis, which again implies that Movie Slimer, like Cartoon Slimer, is now a TeamPet.
* CardCarryingVillain: Vigo the Carpathian: "Now is the dawning of the season of evil" and etc.
* CareBearStare: The ''good'' mood slime is charged with positive feelings. It's harmful to evil ghosts and if turned on humans it turns them into {{love freak}}s.
* TheCassandra: Milton Angland, the author who appears on Peter's show at the beginning of the second movie and predicted the world would end on New Year's Eve that year. That almost comes true, though nobody ever sees or speaks of him again.
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Music]]: "Higher and Higher" in the second movie. Ray and Egon show us that the slime happens to really like Jackie Wilson's version of the song early on in the movie. A cover version is used later on in the movie to empower the slime, thus mobilizing Libby.
* ChekhovsGun: Egon is first seen in the movie conducting an experiment on whether negative emotions could have an impact on the surrounding environment. Enter "mood slime"… And then see the mood slime itself take control of a major landmark.
** The psychic Venkman was interviewing [[CassandraTruth predicting the world would end on New Year's Eve.]]
** The evil stare that Vigo gives Ray [[spoiler:plants the seed for Vigo to temporarily possess Ray]] towards the end of the film.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: When the 'busters use the collective goodwill of New York to break through the slime shield on the museum.
* DarkerAndEdgier[=/=]SequelEscalation: The horror got ramped up, compared to the first one. It wasn't enough that [[AdultFear Oscar was stolen away]], for example - it had to be on a building ''ledge'', at Venkman's apartment after they were attacked in their own home.
** The spirits themselves were genuinely terrifying (the Ghost Train in particular), and then imagine what prolonged exposure to the Mood Slime does...
* DatedHistory: When the ''Titanic'' is shown arriving in port, it has a huge hole in the prow.
* DemonicPossession: Janosz Poha, [[spoiler: Ray Stantz]], and (almost) Oscar.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Vigo paralyzes the Ghostbusters with a blast of energy, then steps past them to take Oscar. Lacking any other options, Venkman ''crawls'' toward Vigo and starts ''mocking and insulting him''.
* TheDreaded: Vigo's titles when he was alive included "Vigo the Cruel", "Vigo the Despised", "Vigo the Torturer", and "Vigo the Unholy".
-->'''Venkman''': Wasn't he also "Vigo the Butch"?
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The Ghostbusters saved the world, but five years later, they're thought of as "two-bit frauds and publicity hounds." They also apparently got shafted when it was time to clean up Gozer's mess. Ray and later Peter comment on this.
--->'''TV Producer''': No Respected psychic will come on the show, they think you're a fraud.
--->'''Venkman''': I AM a fraud!
* EmotionEater: Vigo feeds on anger in order to strengthen himself. The Ghostbusters counter this by [[spoiler:bringing the Statue of Liberty to life to inspire the spirit of patriotism in the New Yorkers.]]
* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: The giant demonic marshmallow man and plague of ghosts from five years ago everyone remembers and even had physical evidence of was all the world's most elaborate hoax. Obviously. Though there is a great deal of truth in this, after all, [[TruthInTelevision people will often only believe what they ''want'' to believe]].
* ExpospeakGag: This exchange:
-->'''Dr. Peter Venkman:''' Hey Egon, how's school? I bet those science chicks really dig that large cranium of yours?
-->'''Dr. Egon Spengler:''' I think they're more interested in my [[GagPenis Epididymis]]…
* FailedASpotCheck: Dana. She misses that the water for a bath has suddenly gone silent.
* FlatEarthAtheist: The number of people in the movie who claim not to believe in the supernatural a mere five years after a prehistoric deity marched through downtown Manhattan is staggering.
** Justified in that Peck convinced everyone that the Stay Puft Man was a marketing ploy, and the explosion that closed the portal was the Ghostbusters misusing pyrotechnics, leaving them on the hook for all the damages caused by saving the world.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The psychic predicting the end of the world at the beginning of the movie.
** When Vigo is brainwashing Janosz, his portrait changes to shows the old subway tunnel with mood slime flowing down the support pillars.
* FunnyForeigner: Janosz Poha. Except not really.
-->'''Dr. Peter Venkman:''' Johnny...where in the hell are you from anyway?
-->'''Dr. Janosz Poha:''' (with Slavic accent) De Upper Vest side...?
* FurAndLoathing: A woman is attacked by her haunted coat.
* GigglingVillain: The [[PsychoElectro Scoleri brothers]].
* HangingJudge: Stephen "The Hammer" Wexler. Not only does he have a very unprofessional rant (which any competent lawyer not named Tully would use on appeal to have the conviction thrown out) about how he wishes it were still legal to have people burned at the stake but he doesn't seem to have been too concerned with whether or not the Scoleri brothers were actually guilty.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: When Ray and Egon were analyzing photos of Vigo's painting [[spoiler:and discover his connection to the river of slime]], he telekinetically locks the door before setting the room on fire.
* HistoricalInJoke:
** [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Not exactly celebrities, and not that anyone would mind seeing them harmed]], but Vigo the Carpathian is a pastiche of [[UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk Grigori Rasputin]] and [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad III Tepes]] (aka [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Vlad the Impaler"]] aka [[Literature/{{Dracula}} "Draculea"]]) by way of [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]].
** A couple when the ghosts swarm New York in the movie. The ''Titanic'' finally reaches New York, and the mayor is visited (and berated by) the late Mayor [=LaGuardia=].
--->'''[[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]]:''' ''(on seeing the Titanic docked)'' Well, better late than never!
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Ghostbusters [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic analyze and co-opt]] Viggo's evil mood slime by using a positively-charged version of the slime slime to animate the Statue of Liberty, which allows them to bypass the slime barrier surrounding the Manhattan Museum of Modern Art. The slime blowers are then key to incapacitating Janosz and [[spoiler:the possessed Ray]] without hurting them. When Vigo is forced back into the painting, the slime blowers are the only weapon that visibly hurt him.
* {{Jerkass}}: Egon with his hilariously cruel experiments, including fooling a couple into thinking they are there for marriage counseling and watching them from behind a two-way mirror, then making them wait for hours and slowly pushing up the temperature.
--> '''Egon''': [[ForScience "Lets see what happens when we take away the puppy."]]
* JustTrainWrong: Egon identifies the ghost train that runs over Winston in the subway tunnel as one that derailed in 1920, despite it looking much more like a train from fifty years before that.
* LargeHam: The judge, especially during his "'''BURNED AT THE STAKE!!!'''!" rant.
** Janosz.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The Judge who launches into an extremely unprofessional and sadistic rant against the Ghostbusters after he initially finds them guilty -- the bad karma this creates within the vicinity of the "mood slime" results in bringing back the Scolari Brothers, sibling criminals he tried and sentenced to death for murder. He is then forced to rescind the order to get the Ghostbusters to help him.
** The Prosecutor (played by the late Janet Margolin) as well, given her rude treatment of the main characters during the trial, which results in her getting hauled out upside down by the Scolari Brothers.
* MagicSkirt: The prosecuting attorney is lifted by her leg by a ghost, but her skirt stays up the entire time. (The novelisation of the movie says that she was struggling to keep her skirt from rolling over.)
* MediumAwareness:
** The updated Ghostbusters sign with the ghost giving the "two" sign. The movie revolved around their comeback after five years of inactivity, so a redesigned logo might seem fitting. It was also their ''second run'' as ecto-exterminators. Furthermore, the "two" sign is better known as the VSign, "V for Victory," from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. So the logo is the Ghostbusters' TakeThat to the authorities that shut them down after the first movie. The fact that it is holding up two fingers is coincidental (at least from the story point of view). [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Combining these two]], '''V''' is the Roman numeral for '''5'''.
* MonumentalDamage: After the positive slime wears out, the Statue of Liberty can be seen collapsed on the street. However, the credits show the Statue restored to its original state ([[HarsherInHindsight with the Twin Towers dominating the background]].)
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Invoked by Vigo when his head died: "Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I'll be back."
* NotNowKiddo: As the judge is passing sentence, Ray sees the slime bubbling furiously. The Ghostbusters attempt to warn the judge, but promptly get silenced. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck So they take cover]] before it explodes with the Scoleri Brothers' ghosts emerging.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Ghostbusters while posing as construction workers.
* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Averted and lampshaded. Louis Tully specifically warns the main quartet that he doesn't know criminal law. [[RealityEnsues Sure enough, he botches the defense and the judge rules against them]]. It's only the timely appearance of ghosts (thereby proving to the disbelieving judge that ghosts are real) that get the Ghostbusters off the hook. To his credit, Tully does help play legal hardball at that moment to force the judge to rescind the restraining order.
* OneThingLedToAnother: And the next thing Louis knew, he and Janine were having sex!
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Louis takes the guys their gear and tells them about what's happened when they're released from Parkview. While Ray and Egon are talking about Vigo possessing Oscar, Peter looks dead serious, is totally silent, and has his jumpsuit and elbowpads on before the others have even finished zipping up. And when they're walking out, he's a good six feet in front of them.
* PairTheSpares: Janine, who spent most of her screen time in the first film fruitlessly flirting with Egon, hooks up in this film with Louis.
* PapaWolf: Venkman develops a fondness for Baby Oscar as the film progresses; when the plot to have Vigo possess Oscar is revealed, this trope comes out in full force, as mentioned in OOCIsSeriousBusiness.
* ThePowerOfRock: The Ghostbusters use the positive emotions evoked by good ole rock to power the slime.
* PrimalFear: The sheer ''number'' of things Dana has to go through as Oscar is repeatedly manipulated, snatched away, and almost possessed…
* RasputinianDeath: The team recounts the death of [[BigBad Vigo the Carpathian]]:
-->'''Egon''': Vigo the Carpathian. Born 1505, died 1610.\\
'''Peter''': 105 years old, he hung in there, didn't he?\\
'''Ray''': He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.\\
'''Peter:''' [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction Ouch.]]
* TheRenfield: Janosz, who was played by Peter [=MacNicol=], who also played ''the'' Renfield in ''Dracula: Dead And Loving It''.
* SequelReset: Peter and Dana have split up, only to rekindle their relationship. The Ghostbusters were sued out of business, only to get it going once again. They are interfered with by an ObstructiveBureaucrat until the Mayor asks for their help. [[ImplausibleDeniability Though it's believable that the people of New York would try to fool themselves into believing it was all a hoax.]]
** MadMagazine made a point of underlining this in their spoof of the movie, with Winston asking Egon why it is that they're right back where they started in the first movie even after having saved New York. Egon rightly points out the trope and all the reasons movie sequels do this.
* ShoutOut: At a party where Ray and Winston were performing, when they asked WhoYouGonnaCall, the kids answered [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse "He-Man"]].
* SinisterSubway: Home to an AfterlifeExpress, which is a CallBack to an offhand comment in the first film, when a reporter informs viewers that his grandmother used to tell ghost stories about a spectral locomotive.
** As another example of ShownTheirWork, in searching for the source of the supernatural energy spike which caused little Oscar's runaway BabyCarriage at the start of the movie, the Ghostbusters discover the fictional Van Horne station filled by the river of slime. This is a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beach_Pneumatic_Transit Beach's Pneumatic Railway]] which was built beneath Broadway and later shut down by Boss Tweed, and the movie depiction even resembles some of Beach's designs with its tile walls and mosaic frescoes. (Interestingly, while the Manhattan Museum of Art was also fictional, the building used for its facade, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House near Battery Park, is within a mile of the original tunnel's location.)
* SquareCubeLaw: In spite of the general RuleOfCool and AppliedPhlebotinum, the law gets a brief nod during the Statue of Liberty scene…
-->'''Winston:''' Can't you go any faster?
-->'''Ray:''' I'm afraid the vibrations would shake her to pieces. We should have padded her feet…
* ThemeTuneCameo: Ray and Winston try to sing the GB theme song at a birthday party for "ungrateful yuppie larvae", but sadly, they're shouted down by their cries for [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse He-Man]].
* WeaponizedLandmark: The Statue of Liberty.
* WeirdnessCensor: Despite saving the world in the first film, the Ghostbusters are bankrupt and regarded as frauds just five years later, with all the ghost sightings being chalked up to a toxic leak causing mass hallucinations, due to the explosion of the containment system.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Apparently Winston has an aversion to rats.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: After the proton packs fail to make a dent in the slime shell covering the museum.
-->'''Ray:''' You know, I just can't believe things have gotten so bad in this city that there's no way back. I mean, sure, it's messy, it's crowded, it's polluted, and there are people who would just as soon step on your face as look at you. But come on! There's gotta be a few sparks of sweet humanity left in this burned-out berg. We just gotta find a way to mobilize it!
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: A certain amount of this helps Hardemeyer in getting the Ghostbusters committed, and in the psychiatrist not believing a word they said. Even Dana, despite the slime covering them, doesn't seem to respond well.