Developed by Jeff Kline and Richard Raynis, Extreme Ghostbusters is a Sequel Series to The Real Ghostbusters (which was itself a Spin-Off of the first Ghostbusters film), airing for one season in late 1997.The show takes place ten years after the original Ghostbusters disbanded after they captured all the ghosts. While Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore move away, Egon Spengler stays in New York City, living in the Firehouse with Slimer and working as an instructor for the class "Paranormal Phenomena 101" at a community college. But when construction workers inadvertently release a new breed of ghosts, Egon has little choice but to form a new team of Ghostbusters using his students:
Kylie Griffin: A Goth who was a big believer in ghosts and the supernatural even before joining the team; she's as knowledgeable in these areas as Egon (her idol) or Ray. She has a weaker and lighter Proton Gun than her teammates, but she's also the one who carries the Ghost Trap. When the team encounters unknown threats in the field, she's the most likely one to identify and strategize around them (or at least translate Egon's words to the others).
Eduardo Rivera: A slacker who only joined Egon's class for the "E-Z-A." He initially did not believe in ghosts but this changed when he had to go face-to-face with one. Like Peter, Eduardo can act like a smart alec at times and often speaks for the group, out of turn, he is also a frequent target of Slimer's pestering. His Catch Phrases are "Maybe he's/she's dead" and "We're scientists."
Roland Jackson: The team's tech expert and unofficial leader after Egon, responsible for getting the Ecto-1 back in working order (also installing a wheelchair ramp for Garrett) and doing the lion's share of upgrading the Proton Packs, PKE Meters and Kylie's Ghost Trap. Like Winston, Roland treasures the Ecto-1.
Garrett Miller: Born a paraplegic, he's the jock of the team who is the most gung-ho about busting ghost tail. His attitude and demeanor are similar to Ray and Peter. Put together.
Janine Melnitz, Egon's fifth and final student, returns to work as the Ghostbusters' receptionist, accountant and collector. Slimer returns to his role as Non-Human Sidekick, when he's not eating everything in sight.The show ran for 40 episodes and apparently was only ever intended for one season, though went out on a high note.In 2013, an Alternate Continuity version of Kylie appeared in IDW Publishing's Ghostbusters comic book.
Acrofatic: Despite being rather chubby, Roland was quite limber and agile.
Adult Fear: Just try to watch the episode "Grundelesque" without thinking pedophilia...
Or "Home is where the Horror is."
Ammunition Backpack: Downplayed after the proton pack upgrade in the second episode, leaving the proton guns to use cannisters mounted on the guns themselves (and if you look close, the full-size backpacks all have an extra clipped on). Kylie's ends up rather tiny (apparently because of her size and build), and is more of an Ammunition Fannypack, though she carries the improved Ghost Trap as well, mounted onto the back of her body armor.
Arbitrary Skepticism: People (such as Mayor McShane) don't believe in ghosts, believing instead that the original team tricked people and the new team is continuing the tradition. Note, however, that this series is in continuity with The Real Ghostbusters, which featured many public instances of supernatural activity in New York, as well as others across the planet.
In the premiere, Eduardo says that anyone that believes in ghosts has half a brain cell. Coming face-to-face with Slimer changes his outlook, however.
The series justifed this by pointing out most people believe the fantastic hoaxes were cooked up by the Ghostbusters as part of a scam. On at least one occasion though, the police showed that they did at least believe that the group didn't rob a bank. But as the crook had one of their proton guns, they were forced to bring them in for questioning.
Art Evolution: The series had redesigns for the returning Real Ghostbusters characters and the Ecto-1.
Ascended Fanboy: Garrett was a die-hard fan of the originals, which was why he signed up for Egon's class. Roland also qualifies. Being a techie, he was quite fascinated by Ecto-1 and their hardware in general.
Backpack Cannon: Whatever that thing Egon uses towards the end of "Killjoys" is, it's this.
Badass Grandpa: Egon. Just cause he's a decade older doesn't mean he can't still let ghosts have it.
Also the other members of the original Ghostbusters during their brief appearance. When coming up against a ghost the current 'busters were having trouble with, they take it down in a matter of seconds.
Big "NO!": Kylie, when she succumbs to her fear of maggots, and Eduardo, when he succmbs to his fear of death, in the episode "Fear Itself."
"Home Is Where the Horror Is" has two kids saying this trope after attempting to sell candy to an old woman in the beginning of this episode.
"Slimer's Sacrifice": Inside the containment unit, Slimer himself says this trope when he's consoling Eduardo after he gets hypnotised by Siren to destroy Eduardo's air tank. Also Kylie says it when she believes Slimer and Eduardo are caught in the fire by the ghouls in the containment unit, only for both of them to escape safely from the containment unit.
Bond One-Liner: Garrett often utters one after the capture of a ghost.
Bowdlerize: In "Bird of Prey" Kylie claims Hraesvelg literally means bird of prey. It actually means "corpse swallower".
Brilliant, but Lazy: "Brilliant" may be stretching it, but every so often, Eduardo will do or say something that indicates he's much brighter than his teammates give him credit for. He just doesn't put much effort into studying, which leads to ignorance.
Character Development: Unlike some animated shows of the time that suffered Negative Continuity, this series did feature some recurring themes, the most obvious of which was Eduardo and Kylie who both grew closer and, in Eduardo's case, more mature and competent as the series went on.
In "Slimer's Sacrifice," the containment unit is populated by Siren and Banshee (from "Sonic Youth") and Lotan (from "Moby Ghost"; even though Lotan was destroyed and not captured). Surt is also mentioned as being previously captured by the RGB.
Same episode has Egon refer to entering the Containment Unit before - which he did in RGB in "Xmas Marks the Spot."
"Grundelesque" features the Grundel, as in the exact same Grundel that the RGB defeated.
"Back in the Saddle" gives the original (RGB) Ghostbusters some screen time.
The same episode contains a more direct nod. During Egon's party, Slimer brings down the birthday cake - half of which he ate. Peter snaps at him, "You never change, you nasty green slime machine you?!" In "Slimer, Come Home" on the original series, Slimer devoured all of Winston's birthday cake and Peter yelled at him over it.
The events of "Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin" are also slyly referenced, where Egon compares the bowling alley case to "...the time we busted that Class-4 shape-shifter in the Poconos." Also, in the same episode, the bowling-alley bust is a nod to the very first bust in the very first RGB episode, "Knock Knock".
In "The Sphinx", Egon calls Garrett "Ray" in a fit of frustration.
In "Eyes of a Dragon", Garrett takes offense to an FBI agent, citing how he and the other XGBs were arrested by "Feds" and handcuffed to a plane being torn apart by a gremlin (which happened in "Grease").
Custom Uniform: What Kylie and Eduardo wear does not match the traditional Ghostbuster uniform at all.
There may just not have been a jumpsuit in Kylie's size, but the orange body armor (over a skintight shirt and shorts?) and elbow/knew pads fits the trope more. Eduardo has no such excuse, and his Bustin' outfit appears to be a t-shirt and vest with jeans.
Expy: "Deadliners" delivers a double-helping. A special type of eldritch abomination called the Vathack invade the works of young adult horror genre writer "JN Kline". They bring to life the titular Deadliners, monsters which are clearly based on the Hellraiser's Cenobites.
Eye Scream: The episode "The Unseen" has the XGB crew track down a monster who takes away a person's eyes the moment a person looks at a magic orb.
Handicapped Badass: Garrett takes this trope Up to Eleven. One fan theory is that the executives wanted a character in a wheelchair, as was growing ever more popular, and the creators responded by turning their gung-ho jock character into the wheelchair-bound one... and having him act like he didn't know he was handicapped.
Heroic Resolve: Pretty much how Garrett shrugs off his claustrophobia in "Fear Itself", compared to the others' helplessness in the face of their own fears.
Heroic Sacrifice: In "Slimer's Sacrifice," a damaged ghost allows Fenris to break free and threatens to allow the other ghosts in the Containment Unit to escape. Slimer rams the escaping ghosts and closes the unit from the inside - trapping himself in the process. The trope is naturally subverted when Eduardo goes in to retrieve the spud.
Hidden Depths: Mostly Eduardo who, among other things, is an avid reader who Garrett seeks out for literary advice. He even tells him "There's a lot about me you don't know."
Hoist by His Own Petard: In many cases, the Ghostbusters defeat the Monster of the Week through their own tricks. Most notably is when Kylie and Eduardo turn an orb that marked anyone who looked at it as a target for a ghost who steals eyes on said ghost, causing all its victims to regain their eyesight.
Also, there was a spirit from the dream world who was impervious to the busters' Proton Packs who decided to come over into the human realm, but in doing so, he lost his immunity to the packs and was captured the instant he crossed over. Big oops there.
Huge Gun Tiny Girl: Averted with Kylie's proton gun (essentially a light gun connected to a fanny pack). She carries a full-size one just fine in "The Unseen", but is obviously struggling with its weight.
Ironic Fear: In the "What Do They Fear?" Episode, Eduardo's fear is of deathnote specifically, his own - he's attacked by a zombie version of himself - ironic both because he was taunting Kylie earlier claiming she was afraid of death, and because he's always joking about it with his catch phrase "Maybe s/he's dead".
All of their fears, really. Kylie, despite not really fazed by most of the creatures they deal with week to week, is afraid of maggots. Garrett, who can't really get far without his wheelchair, is afraid of tight spacesnote elevators.... Roland, who probably has the best grip on technology of the group, is afraid of his technology turning on him. Slimer, who is green and will eat almost anything, is afraid of broccoli.
The Jersey Devil: "The Jersey Devil Made Me Do It". It's a spiritual being that created a vaguely bat-like physical form by possessing ores and minerals.
Kneel Before Zod: In the episode "Casting the Runes," Kylie and Roland experience this when they both encounter Kahlil:
Kahlil: How does it feel to be on your knees before the great Kahlil?
Mood Whiplash: While the episodes usually ended on a triumphant or funny note (unless it was the odd two-parter), the ending credits music was strangely eerie, marked by a few demonic growls and laughsnote until it was changed about halfway through the series. Then again, this show wasDarker and Edgier than its predecessor.
Sadly Mythtaken: Hraesvelg from the episode "Bird of Prey." In Norse Mythology, Hraesvelg is a giant in the shape of an eagle whose name means "corpse swallower" and whose wing-beats cause the wind to blow. In XGB, Hraesvelg is a dragon whose name quote "Literally translates from Old Norse as 'Bird of Prey'" and who has complete control over the weather.
Ravana from Hindu Mythology was given far worse treatment than that, having been turned from the utterly Bad Ass ten-headed villain of the Ramayana to a weird cat-like demon.
"The Sphinx" has two examples, one in-universe and one regular. In-universe: A trio of what we are probably meant to assume are geniuses (they were playing Chess and watching Jeopardy!) identify the Sphinx as a Basilisk, which is typically presented as a serpent of some sort while the eponymous Sphinx is largely mammalian with only secondary avian and reptilian characteristics. Regular: The Sphinx is wearing an Egyptian-esque headdress despite being explicitly identified as Greek.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Achira in "Darkness at Noon", who was sealed in an underground tunnel until it is broken by tunnel workers trying to open up a path for the subway. Her release also unleashes other ghosts at the end of the episode. Several other episodes had the team fight a few ghosts that were imprisoned until being recently freed, such as the Leprechaun in "Luck of the Irish", the Oil Demon in "Ghost in the Machine", and Cohila in "The Crawler".
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: With the exception of Kylie, the new team look like dead ringers for the original Ghost Busters, especially Garrett (who looks like Ray) and Roland (who looks like Winston).
Take That Me: The FBI agents in "Eyes of a Dragon" are mostly there to parody Men In Black (which was also adapted by Sony/Columbia to a cartoon series around the time that XGB was on, but unlike XGB ran for a few more seasons, possibly because Mi B was on Kids' WB whereas XGB was syndicated, and that might have been what doomed the show).
Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Kylie gets kidnapped by the Ghost Of The Week an amazing number of times. Then she is promptly released once the ghost realizes they cannot manipulate her (like the ghost clown that couldn't make her laugh).
Very Special Episode: "The True Face of a Monster," which touched on the dangers of prejudice, anti-Semitism, and how violence is never the answer in confronting bullies.
The Virus: Achira, the first ghost our heroes encounter, spreads a disease that leaves hideous green boils on everyone's skin. They were then revealed to be her offspring, and burst off in the form of small bat-things.
Weaksauce Weakness: Garrett is completely reliant on his wheelchair for movement, and is close to helpless without it or on his back. He also can't climb stairs, though he can go down them just fine.