YMMV / Ghost Adventures

  • Accidental Innuendo: In a recent episode while panning for gold.
    Zak: Hey, I think I got the wrist action down! *beat* I should just not talk...
  • Disproportionate Retribution: An Aftershocks about the Yorktown Hospital reveals that after the GAC investigated, some of the people around town were upset with the owner of the hospital for supposedly exploiting the ghosts, and in an act of revenge, one of them poisoned and killed his pet donkey, Spirit.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Quite a bit of episodes seem like this after the location they investigated that had a lot of activity gets destroyed or demolished soon after.
    • The Remington Arms Factory is being torn down by the City of Bridgeport due to safety hazards on the site. The Ghost Adventures Crew was the last team to investigate the premises
    • Subverted with the Linda Vista Hospital episodes, the hospital was bought in 2011, but renovations are being made to turn it into a senior apartments complex.
    • The Wolfe Manor is demolished as of November 2014 due to unsafe conditions that the owner could not repair on demand from the City of Clovis.
      • Although, given that the Wolfe Manor also featured on an episode of The Dead Files (referred to as an undisclosed location), where the team on the Dead Files were suspicious the owner intended to turn it into a haunted hotel attraction, which would be exploiting the dead. During their walkthrough, they received evidence that the dead of the building wanted the investigations to stop. Due to this, there might be a sense of relief that the dead may be able to rest now.
    • The old Fort Chaffee complex in Fort Smith, Arkansas was burned to the ground in 2012. The Ghost Adventures Crew was the last team to investigate the location.
    • Also subverted with Ashmore Estates in Ashmore, Illinois, despite massive damages done by tornados, the owners announced that the building will be repaired and renovations will be made to accommodate ghost hunting events.
    • Again subverted with the Riviera Hotel and Casino, as they were the only crew to investigate it, but the building is in preparation for demolition in 2015 due to filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    • The Central Unit Prison in Sugar Land, Texas, is a subversion, as the Ghost Adventures Crew got permission to investigate immediately after the prison was closed down and being prepped for demolishing by the Texas Department of Justice
    • The Black Moon Manor is a notorious case of the Ghost Adventures Crew causing the demolition after the episode aired, when the owner of the property received a call from the descendants of the Eastes family that owned the home. Due to pressure of the City of Greenfield and the Eastes family descendents, the property was torn down.
    • Subverted with the Market Street Cinema in San Francisco, due to it closing its business and being prepped for demolition to be converted into a new office building
    • Any friendly interaction between Zak and Nick can come off as this when Nick abruptly left Ghost Adventures to his own show and giving fans a saddening vibe that he's no longer friends with Zak and Aaron.
      • To be fair though, during the drive to the Zozo Demon house in Oklahoma City (His last appearing episode in terms of time of filming) at the beginning of the episode, Nick did get extremely upset with Zak about doing another case with an Ouija Board, claiming he just got all the stuff from the Exorcist House in St. Louis out of his system. He was also the primary person, along with Darren Evans, using the Ouija board, so his leave, along with the birth of his daughter, is justified.
    • The Aftershocks specials also provide this, as Zak interviews people involved in previous investigations. No matter what closure may have come from the evidence they gathered, there is a trend that people involved have still have their lives irrevocably changed. And those are the ones with happy endings. In multiple cases, a interview subject reveals that they are almost addicted to a location, or are suffering adverse health effects.
    • Mark Constantino's interactions with his wife Debby in the Mustang Ranch episode, along with Debby's appearance (without Mark) in the Queen Mary episode is this when it was revealed on September 22, 2015 by a former roommate of the two that Mark had begun an abusive relationship with Debby, later taking her hostage and killing her and himself after their divorce a few weeks before September 22, 2015
      • Also adds to Debby's interactions with Mark, due to a news update on their deaths that the Reno Police Department has been called to their home 10 times, with Debby as the aggressor and Mark being the victim, which led to Mark's aggression that led to their divorce
  • Hell Is That Noise: EVPs of disembodied voices, growls, screams and various other noises.
  • Ho Yay: Accidental or unintentional, but hilarious nonetheless.
    • In one example, Zak is trying to find the source of a smell (they're in the dark with only night vision.)
    Zak: Aaron, come here. Turn around. *sniffs* No, it's not you...
    Aaron: Pfft, I smell pretty.
    • Another time, while Nick and Zak are walking around a snake-infested hillside:
    Zak: [if he gets bit by a rattlesnake] Will you suck the poison out of me?
    Nick: I don't want to suck anything out of you!
  • Iron Woobie: All three of them. Aaron in particular, for having to go through all of this, despite having these ghosts ruin his marriage.
  • Narm: Any time Zak attempts to intimidate, enrage, or otherwise bully a ghost, it's Narmtastic.
    • Also, apparently every anomaly in photography, lighting, sound, or temperature is caused by a ghost. Every time it gets a little colder, the lights gets slightly blurry, they hear a noise, or see something (conveniently off-camera), they all freak out, run around, and scream. It's hilarious. You can't yell, "dude" over and over again and expect it to be taken seriously.
    • The Spin-Off series, Deadly Possessions. Expect Zak to give melodramatic speeches about everything while sitting in a poorly-lit room, talking about how dangerous his possessions are. (Which can be an Informed Attribute when nothing really happens.)
  • Narm Charm: The Gettysburg re-enactment with obviously-fake gunshots and Bloodless Carnage.
    • A large chunk of viewers watch the show solely for this reason.
  • Never Live It Down: While they were at the Ancient Ram Inn, Zak got confused and said he was touched by the incubus (a male demon), as opposed to the succubus (female demon). He's been repeatedly ribbed about this ever since.
    "I'm gonna put it between my legs cause I hear that's where the incubus likes it."
    • It kinda gives the word "ribbed" a whole new meaning.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Recently, claims have come forward that areas the crew have investigated have, in fact, started to suffer worse hauntings since the episodes made about them.
  • Nightmare Fuel: has its own page
  • Tear Jerker: It was revealed by Aaron that after investigating Bobby Mackey's Music World, ghosts had followed the three of them home, and even led to the end of Aaron's marriage. The ghosts tormented his wife so much that even though they were best friends, they had to call it off. Goes with Kick the Dog on their third trip to Bobby Mackey's, the EVPs revealing the ghosts taunting Aaron.
    • At Gettysburg, they got an EVP of a young woman saying 'I'm pregnant.' The team believes it to be the spirit of Jennie Wade, the only civilian casualty of the battle. It adds another layer of tragedy to an already tragic event.
    • Zak's grandmother died while they were investigating the Winchester Mystery House. Made even worse in the ending with it highlighting a photo of Zak that he gave to his grandmother (Who never missed an episode of her grandson's show, mind you.).
    • When investigating Gary Galka's House, it's supposed to be a true tearjerker, including Gary and his wife crying through the interviews. (Though to be fair, it is about their deceased daughter that they are trying to find closure for)
    • During the "Aftershocks" episode about the Yorktown Hospital its revealed that Spirit (the donkey that scared the crap out of Zak when the GAC visited) was killed. What makes it worse is that Spirit's owner believes the killer is a living person and not a spirit; according to the owner there are people in town who feel he is taking advantage of the spirits in the hospital.
    • Nick's departure from the show. While many fans are happy for Nick to continue his own show, it gives a rather saddening vibe that Nick may not speak to Aaron or Zak anymore. It's even more uncomfortable when Zak didn't give Nick his regards for his departure and his new plans until hours later of his announcement. It also doesn't help that despite fan's theories of Nick's departure being because of his family, Nick confirmed through his Facebook that wasn't the case..
    • Both Mark and Debby's death is this due to being extremely influential in the paranormal community. Alongside laments from the Ghost Adventures Crew, other paranormal investigators that shared their sorrow for her death include Amy Bruni, Dave Schrader, and many others, including former GAC member Nick Groff.
    Aaron Goodwin on Facebook: "I'm so sad this happened. I don't even know what to say. I'm still in shock over it. Breaks my heart"
    Zak Bagans on Twitter: "a very tragic dark day. RIP @The Constantinos"
    Billy Tolley on Twitter: "@The Constantinos Heart broken right now. In shock."
    Jay Wasley on Twitter: "Life is precious & time is the most valuable thing we have. Hard to comprehend what happened today. Too sad to believe it... Love to u all."
    Dave Schrader on Twitter: "Sadly EVP specialists Mark & Debi Constantino are dead after Mark ended their lives... Stop hurting each other. Just stop... Please."
    Amy Bruni on Twitter via Twit Longer: "Horrified and saddened to hear the news about Mark and Debby Constantino. I have known them for years and worked with them often when I was still living in California. I can't begin to imagine what led up to this point, but my heart goes out to their families and friends... Debby, you were nothing but wonderful to me. I hate to think of you and your gifts snuffed out like this. xoxoxoxo"
    Nick Groff on Twitter: "This is such a terrible tragedy @The Constantinos I'm deeply sadden."
  • What Could Have Been: According to Zak on Twitter, the GAC would love to investigate the New Mexico State Penitentiary outside of Santa Fe, but due to another paranormal show accidentally igniting a fire in the prison a few years back, no other teams have been granted permission to film inside the prison.
    • Back in Season 4, when they reinvestigated the Goldfield Hotel (due to the owner being there and granting them permission to reinvestigate), they were originally supposed to investigate another haunting relating to George Wingfield (The Nixon Building), while also investigating the local Santa Fe Saloon.
    • The GAC on Twitter have also stated before that they would like to do another live episode similar to the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum episode, but are not doing it in order to avoid another controversy similar to what Robert Bess caused after he faked getting an EMF detector smacked out of his hand by a spirit.
    • On the Aftershocks regarding the Ohio State Reformatory, Zak stated that DJ Fly was supposed to be the main guest for the segment, but due to him having a stroke on the way to the airport, he had to invite a friend of DJ's in his place while he recovered
    • A more downplayed example is during the "Return to Tombstone" episode, in which they were originally investigating Big Nose Kate's Saloon first then the Birdcage Theater, but due to a patron having a heart attack in Big Nose Kate's Saloon, the investigation order got reversed while paramedics were at the location.
    • Another downplayed example is during their "Exorcist House" episode, when Father Ashcraft (from the "Sedamsville Rectory" episode) was supposed to bless the house after the investigation, but had to be rushed to the emergency room during the drive from Cincinatti to St. Louis, cancelling the cleansing.
    • Originally during the "Hales Bar Marina and Dam" episode, they were going to include the nearby marina, but could not investigate it due to a tornado destroying most of it, leaving them with a full investigation of the dam.
    • Also a Tear Jerker due to what happened, but the Winchester Mystery House investigation got cut short after Zak had overwhelming feelings of dread and sadness, which was revealed to be his grandmothers death at the same time the investigation stopped