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!!Villains

[[folder:Gozer]]
!!Gozer
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!!!'''Played by:''' Slavitza Jovan (humanoid form), Paddi Edwards (voice)
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

-->''"Subcreatures, Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, the Traveler has come; choose and perish."''

An ancient Sumerian deity fond of entering dimensions and destroying them. Its impending arrival somehow causes an increase in the spectral activity of the targeted dimension, starting the events of the first movie.
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* EightiesHair: A mean flat-top.
* AgonyBeam: Uses this on the Ghostbusters after they told it they were not gods.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Went from a "large and moving torb" to a "giant sloar" and then a giant marshmallow man. It typically arrives in a pre-chosen form from a previous world it destroyed.
* BigBad: Of the first movie.
* CombatStilettos: In its humanoid form.
* EldritchAbomination: A non-cephalopod variety.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Speaks with a raspy, deep voice.
* ForTheEvulz: Seems to travel universes and destroy civilizations entirely for its own amusement.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Apparently Gozer's trademark. When it arrives to cause an apocalypse, it forces the denizens of the world its about to destroy to choose the form it will end them with. Ray accidentally chooses the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which he believes to be incapable of causing the kind of destruction Gozer wants (and probably would have been had it not been the size of a skyscraper).
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The video game and comics say it had a major rivalry with its sister Tiamat.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The door Gozer used to enter our world is also the thing that pushed it back out.
** Further, Gozer's habit of making the inhabitants of a realm choose the form used to destroy it works against Gozer this time. Gozer ends up stuck in a chubby, awkward body '''made of marshmallows''' and lacking any special destructive abilities, bringing Gozer down to a level where four random humans on foot manage to thwart the destruction entirely (multiple times if you count the ExpandedUniverse).
* HumanoidAbomination: At least Gozer took the form of one. Its true form has never been revealed.
* IHaveManyNames: Also known as "Gozer the Gozerian", "Gozer the Traveler," "Gozer the Destructor", "Lord of the Sebouillia" and "Volguus Zildrohar."
* JerkassGod: Gozer seems to look down on any being who isn't a deity of some kind to the point where it will torture or kill them on the spot.
-->'''Gozer:''' Are you a god? \\
'''Ray:'''...No. \\
'''Gozer:''' Then....DIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Ray tries to think of a form for Gozer that couldn't possibly hurt anyone. There were certainly worse forms Gozer could have had, but Gozer still ends up as a hostile kaiju.
-->[[NiceJobBreakingItHero "Nice thinking, Ray."]]
* NoBiologicalSex: Gozer only takes on forms with characteristics of other genders. In truth, it has none of its own.
* NotQuiteDead: Returns as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the 2009 game, but in this game is fried to a crisp.
* OmnicidalManiac: Seems to be Gozer's main goal. It kills everyone, its summoners, even its ''worshipers'' and all else in its way.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: In the final confrontation, the boys are surprised that s/he's a "girl", but clearly s/he is both, though it leans more towards the feminine. [[note]]Of course that's mostly on account of Gozer being played by an actress.[[/note]]
-->'''Ray''': It's a girl.\\
'''Egon''': It's Gozer.\\
'''Winston''': I thought Gozer was a man.\\
'''Egon''': It's whatever it wants to be.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Gozer has come to be known for its tendency to destroy all that is in its path.
* PhysicalGod: And anyone who isn't can PERISH!
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SadisticChoice: Upon arriving at a targeted planet, Gozer demands the inhabitants choose the form it will takes before it destroys the world. As the inhabitants of Earth find out, [[TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment even seemingly-harmless choices]] will appear as [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever dangerous monsters.]]
* ShapeshifterModeLock: The ExpandedUniverse has implied that she was permanently stuck in the marshmallow man form.
** In [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame the 2009 video game]], Ray mentions the possibility that Gozer is only able to create one Destructor form per dimension and therefore will only be able to manifest as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this one.
** The IDW comics had an alternate timeline where the Ghostbusters never defeated her and she's stranded on Earth in the Stay Puft form. After asking the Ghostbusters for help, they travel back in time to the Temple of Gozer and cover it in pictures of an even sillier cartoon character called Loofa Joe so their past versions would subconsciously turn Gozer into this if she tried to attack Earth again.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: A disturbing HumanoidAbomination with plans to destroy the world in a relatively light-hearted horror-comedy.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: From an androgynous woman covered in bubbles to a giant marshmallow man. Truly, Gozer doesn't seem to care what form it takes.
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[[folder:Zuul and Vinz Clortho]]
!!Zuul and Vinz Clortho
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!!!'''Played by:''' Ivan Reitman (voice of Zuul)
!!!'''Appear in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

Hellhound demigods and Gozer's loyal minions and scouts. Zuul is "The Gatekeeper" presumably responsible for guarding the Traveler's portal while Vinz Clortho is "The Keymaster" with the power to open it. They enter Earth first to prepare it for Gozer's arrival with Zuul possessing Dana Barrett and Vinz possessing Louis Tully.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Vinz Clortho when possessing Louis Tully. Unlike Zuul, who is a sinister and forceful presence, Vinz is just as dorky as the person it possessed. He describes Gozer the Traveler and his history of destruction more like an excited child than a terrifying demon.
* AffablyEvil: Vinz enthusiastically gushes to Egon about how Gozer has destroyed previous worlds and seems to expect humans to be genuinely excited about being destroyed. Vinz even politely assists Egon in mundane tasks and seems more like an excited puppy than a demonic invader.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Vinz, who is {{adorkable}} when possessing Louis.
* CloudCuckoolander: Vinz clearly isn't all there, though part of it may have been due to possessing Louis Tully.
* CoDragons: To Gozer.
* CreatorCameo: Director Ivan Reitman provided the voice for Zuul.
-->'''"There is no Dana, ONLY ZUUL."'''
* DemonicPossession: The possessed forms of Louis and Dana.
* DumbMuscle: Vinz even before possessing Louis shows that, while strong and tough, he's not exactly the brightest bulb of all. He attacks Louis in a crowded place, thus letting other people notice him, while Zuul attacks Dana inside her apartment without anyone finding out until Peter arrives for his date with her. Vinz also constantly smashes against tables and walls while chasing Louis.
* EliteMooks: Intimidating and frightening by themselves, but ultimately not the Big Bad.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After becoming possessed by Zuul, Dana Barrett greets Peter Venkman wearing only a diaphanous, flowing crimson dress which reveals a lot of skin.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Zuul's voice becomes deep and monstrous when angered by Peter Venkman.
* {{Hellhound}}s: They're known as "Terror Dogs".
* LadyInRed: When possessed by Zuul, Dana wears a revealing, red dress and her behavior becomes overtly sexual: first attempting to seduce Peter and later meeting and hooking up with Louis (possessed by Vinz Clortho).
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: When Egon has the possessed Louis hooked up to a brain-wave scanner, the image on the display is of Vinz Clortho's demonic head.
* MsFanservice: Zuul, at least while it's in Dana's body, wears a shiny, flowing red dress which reveals a lot of bare shoulders and long legs throughout her possession.
* PetTheDog: When Vinz -- in Louis's body -- asks a horse drawing a carriage if it's the Gatekeeper, the driver rudely accosts him. Vinz growls at the man with glowing red eyes, gently assures the horse that when Gozer comes all prisoners will be released, then runs off shouting to the driver that he and all his kind will perish in flames.
* PowersViaPossession: Dana and Louis exhibit supernatural abilities when possessed. While on her "date" with Peter, Dana levitates above her bed while also growling and snarling like an unearthly beast. Louis' growls and flares his eyes red when angered and shows telekinetic ability when opening and closing the door to Dana's apartment during their demonic reunion.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: For Gozer.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: They both have glowing red eyes, which do shine through the eyes of their human forms.
* Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The humans Zuul and Vinz Clortho possessed have a large height disparity which becomes accentuated when Dana Barrett dips Louis Tully during their kiss when they reunite while possessed. Sigourney Weaver is 6' tall while Rick Moranis is listed at 5'6".
* UnusualEuphemism: "The Keymaster" and "The Gatekeeper". It's strongly implied they have to have sex to open the portal to Gozer's realm.
* TheVamp: Zuul, while possessing Dana.
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[[folder:Vigo]]
!!Prince Vigo the Carpathian
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!!!'''Played by:''' Wilhelm von Homburg (humanoid form), Creator/MaxVonSydow (voice)
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Jean Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A 16th century tyrant and sorcerer, Prince Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf conquered a good section of Eastern Europe before being put down by a rebellion at the age of 105. Vigo reappeared in modern day Manhattan possessing his own portrait, and generated a "mood slime" that heightened and reacted to people's negative emotions, which hastened his return.
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: Seeing as how Vigo lived to be 105 and was tremendously difficult to kill, coupled with the plainly demonic appearance (complete with black eyes of evil and horns) he assumes in the film's climax, it's highly possible that Vigo was always some kind of demon that had possessed/merged with the human Vigo in the past and desired to possess another host. That, and his talk about "a mountain of skulls", "on the castle of pain" and sitting "on a throne of blood" are things that would exist in {{Hell}}, but not anywhere on Earth, even at the worst points in human history.
** While not quite mountain-sized, huge piles of skulls have featured over the centuries with human tyrants: The Mongols in particular were fond of creating them.
* {{Authority Equals Asskicking}}: A tyrant and sorcerer who curb-stomps the Ghostbusters.
* BadAssBoast: "On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood."
* BigBad: Of the second movie.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: When possessing Ray.
* BlobMonster: He controls the living ''River of Slime'' beneath New York.
* BodySurf: One of his more frightening powers.
* CardCarryingVillain: He refers to himself as "The Scourge of Carpathia" and "The Sorrow of Moldovia".
* CatchPhrase: "I, Vigo the Carpathian, (the names above), commands you!"
* DemotedToExtra: While still present in the video game, his only role is to be present as a nod to the movie by his appearance via his talking painting in the Firehouse.
* TheDreaded: Universally feared and hated by his own subjects while alive.
* EmotionEater: He feeds on human negative energy.
* EvilOverlord: After rising to power, Vigo ruled his homeland and later the conquered Romanian region of Moldovia with an iron fist. History would remember him as a powerful magician and an intelligent genius, but also an oppressive tyrant, an egotistical autocrat, a psychopathic lunatic, and a genocidal madman
* TheEvilPrince: A notoriously despotic autocrat.
* EvilSorcerer: In his {{backstory}}.
* {{Expy}}: Of Vlad the Impaler aka [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Count Dracula]].
** The novelization implies that he's Vlad Tepes's cousin.
** The account of his drawn out chore of an assassination and accusations of mysticism also seem like a nod to Gregori Rasputin.
* AGodAmI: With the power to back it up.
* HarmlessVillain[=/=]VillainDecay: In the game, he's reduced to nothing more than his painting, unable to do much of anything aside from talk and make the player feel uncomfortable. To add insult to injury, said painting is owned by the very people who beat him: the Ghostbusters.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:A version of Vigo's empathic slime empowered with ''positive'' emotions is what ultimately does him in]].
* HornedHumanoid: Grows two stumpy blood-colored horns after being sucked back into the painting during the final confrontation.
* [[IHaveManyNames I Have Many]] NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised and Vigo the Unholy.
-->'''Peter:''' Wasn't he also Vigo the Butch?
* KubrickStare
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Upon dying, he declared he would return to the living world one day. And he did.
* ObviouslyEvil
* RasputinianDeath: Practically almost parodied.
-->'''Ray''': He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.\\
'''Peter ''': [[{{Understatement}} 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."
* {{Reincarnation}}: Invoked, then Subverted as Dana's baby Oscar was chosen to be Vigo's "new vessel" before the Ghostbusters foil the attempt.
* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Painting]]: When first encountered. And he's this yet again in the video game, where the only thing he can do is talk to the player when interacted with.
* SorcerousOverlord: He was this in his past life.
* SpookyPainting: Dana comments that the painting gives her chills, even before the paranormal shenanigans begin.
* UndeadAbomination: He was so powerful that in ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'', he is classified as a Class 7 entity, the same level as Zuul, Vince Clortho and Gozer the Gozerian.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: In the much more family-conscious second movie, Vigo's back story of dictatorship and genocide seems especially imposing.
* WouldHurtAChild: Vigo is more than willing to posses baby Oscar for his new body.
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!!Ghosts

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!!Eleanor Twitty a.k.a. "The Gray Lady" / "The Library Ghost"
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The very first ghost the Ghostbusters ever encountered (but not the first they captured). Gets an expanded role in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]] where it's revealed she was murdered.
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* AncientKeeper: [[spoiler:She's spent decades keeping the Gozerian Codex in her last resting place.]]
* AntiVillain: Type II.
* AscendedExtra: Originally she was merely just the first ghost the Busters came across, then after scaring them off she wasn't mentioned again. In the video game, she was given an entire level where we were introduced to who she was and shown her deep connection to the event in the game as a node in the spectral circuit flow.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: [[spoiler:Despite seeming to be just a normal ghost, she ends up having the power to control the entire library, as well as ghosts that are not known to work together. Hurt her and you'll regret it, even if it takes nearly a century.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the game, she purposely lured the Ghostbusters to her library by taking control of some ghosts and making them cause a ruckus. All this to get them to go after her murderer/ex-boyfriend so as to finally get her revenge.]]
* FingerOnLips: Shushes them when they disturb her reading. Disturb her reading again and she goes ape.
* FogFeet: It seems to be the main way one tracks her.
* OneWingedAngel: Her "angry form."
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Ray; he really wanted to [[IncrediblyLamePun get her]] after scaring him.
* ScaryLibrarian: Especially in her angry mode.
* SnubByOmission: Her initial response to the Ghostbusters is to ignore them.
* SpookySilentLibrary: Her chosen domain.
* RevengeAgainstMen: [[spoiler:Her EX-boyfriend]], not the Ghostbusters.
* UnfinishedBusiness: [[spoiler:Subverted. After thinking they had helped her pass on by taking her book, she suddenly reappears and laughs maniacally as she transforms into her angry mode.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: She has a disturbing tendency to shift between a quiet plain librarian [[OneWingedAngel to a raging grotesque ghoul. Though the others suspect this was also part of it - that the fight was not only to give the Ghostbusters the book, but so that they would wreck the room and uncover the path to the ghost world where her murderous ex was hiding.]]
* WomanScorned: Oh yes...
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Her boyfriend used her to get at her rare book collection. When this is discovered, she dumps him and revokes his pass to her collection. He then kills her, trapping her in the library she tried to protect. It is soon shown, despite her circumstances, she isn't going to mope about. Instead she'll spend her afterlife plotting the downfall of her ex-boyfriend. She succeeds, with the help of the Ghostbusters.]]
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[[folder:The Scoleri Brothers]]
!!Tony and Nunzio Scoleri
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!!!'''Appear in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

The ghosts of convicted sibling murderers that appear at the Ghostbusters' trial. Their arrival and subsequent mayhem quickly convince everyone to reinstate the Ghostbusters.
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* AllThereInTheManual: Their first names (as well as the identity of their actors) were given in an article about the film's special effects.
* FatAndSkinny: Tony is the skinny one, Nunzio is the fat one.
* FatBastard: Nunzio is disgustingly overweight ''and'' a murderer.
* GigglingVillain: Tony has a really high-pitched laugh as probably his only vocalization.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Their eyes glow brightly.
* TheHyena: Tony.
* KnightOfCerebus: To the extent that they're the only regular ghosts (in the movies, anyway) shown to be actively dangerous as opposed to merely a nuisance.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If it weren't for their timely arrival the Ghostbusters would have been permanently disbanded.
* PsychoElectro: They're covered with surging electricity because they got executed via electric chair, although it's unclear if they can actually use it as a power.
* SiblingTeam: They're ''literal'' BashBrothers!
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[[folder:Slimer]]
!!Slimer
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A pudgy, gluttonous, free-floating apparition of unknown origin comprised of a viscous green ectoplasm, "Slimer" is the first ghost the Ghostbusters ever caught when the Sedgewick Hotel hires them to get rid of him. Depending on the continuity he's treated as an ally, an antagonist, a test subject, or a pet/mascot.

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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

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* AllThereInTheManual: It's never really explained where he came from in the movies proper, but according to Dan Aykroyd he's the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: In the IDW comics, Ray theorises that Slimer is a force of gluttony given form.
* BerserkButton: When Venkman encounters him for the first time, Ray (while communicating with Venkman via walkie-talkie) refers to Slimer as "an ugly little spud". Needless to say, Slimer overhears this and does ''not'' take kindly to it, charging at Peter and coating him in slime.
* BigEater: When first encountered, he's scoffing his way through a room-service trolley.
* BlobMonster: Spherical, and made of slime.
* CanonImmigrant: Although he originated in the first movie, the name Slimer and him living with the Ghostbusters originated in the animated series before it happened in the second film.
* CreatorCameo: His voice is provided by series director Ivan Reitman.
* FatAndSkinny: The Fat to Louis' Skinny.
* HarmlessVillain: The Ghostbusters caused MUCH more havoc than he did, and he never actually hurt anybody.
* HeelFaceTurn: He helps Louis (and the other Ghostbusters to an extent) out near the end of the second movie.
* {{Mascot}}
* MeaningfulName: Deliberately. In the animated series, Ray gave him the name "just to annoy Peter."
* MergerOfSouls: Dan Aykroyd says he's an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel.
* MultipleChoicePast: The ExpandedUniverse offers multiple origins;
** Creator/DanAykroyd said he was a "vapor - a kind of confluence of stored up psychic energy, an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel who doesn't want to leave". He also offered the alternative suggestion that he was the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
** The ''[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel UK]]'' comics based on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' said he's the ghost of a human king called "Remils".
** The tabletop game said he's on Earth as a result of cult rituals.
** The 1992 annual said he was the ghost of an obese man who remembers nothing about his life except the desire to eat.
** The [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} 2017 IDW annual]] had the Ghostbusters suggest multiple theories, some of which were [[MythologyGag references to the above]]: a chef at the hotel who suffered a fatal heart attack on the job, a vagrant, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of gluttony summoned by the Gozerian cult, and Venkman's gag suggestion he was a king.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Is never called Slimer in the movies and gets his name from ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' cartoon series.
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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The first ghost seen not known to be the spirit of a deceased human being.
* SdrawkcabName: Some of the comics say his name was ''King Remils'' when he was alive.
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[[folder:Eleanor Twitty]]
!!Eleanor Twitty a.k.a. "The Gray Lady" / "The Library Ghost"
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!!!'''Played by:''' Ruth Oliver
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

The very first ghost the Ghostbusters ever encountered (but not the first they captured). Gets an expanded role in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]] where it's revealed she was murdered.
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[[folder:Dana Barrett]]
!!Dana Barrett
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/SigourneyWeaver
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Frédérique Tirmont (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Well, that's just great. Either I have a monster in my kitchen or I'm completely crazy."''

A musician who alerts the Ghostbusters to Gozer's presence before getting possessed by Zuul in the first film. Between the two movies she got married, had a son, and got divorced, and started working at the Manhattan Museum of Art as a restorer before getting caught up in the Ghostbusters' problems again. Has an on-again-off-again relationship with Peter Venkman, who loves her, but has commitment issues.

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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/SigourneyWeaver
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Frédérique Tirmont (European French)
Slavitza Jovan (humanoid form), Paddi Edwards (voice)
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Well, that's just great. Either I have a monster in my kitchen or I'm completely crazy.
''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

-->''"Subcreatures, Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, the Traveler has come; choose and perish.
"''

A musician who alerts An ancient Sumerian deity fond of entering dimensions and destroying them. Its impending arrival somehow causes an increase in the Ghostbusters to Gozer's presence before getting possessed by Zuul in spectral activity of the targeted dimension, starting the events of the first film. Between the two movies she got married, had a son, and got divorced, and started working at the Manhattan Museum of Art as a restorer before getting caught up in the Ghostbusters' problems again. Has an on-again-off-again relationship with Peter Venkman, who loves her, but has commitment issues.movie.



* ActionMom: She becomes one in the second movie.
* DefrostingIceQueen: As the first film progresses.
* DemonicPossession: Victim of this for half of the first film.
* LoveInterest: To Peter.
* MamaBear: She doesn't need a Proton Pack to be a ActionMom!
* NeutralFemale: Averted. She tries to keep away from the trouble so as not to get in the guy's way, but when it comes to her, she fights back.
* OneOfTheBoys: Even after she breaks up with Peter, she still gets along with all the Ghostbusters and vice versa.
* TheReliableOne: You can always count on her. One of the reasons she and Peter broke-up, temporarily.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Had a ''lot'' of trouble finding one for a while.
* StatuesqueStunner: Especially when possessed in the first film.
* [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob What, Exactly, Is Her Job?]]: Goes from being an orchestral performer in the first movie to retouching paintings in the second, with no explanation for the jump.

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* ActionMom: She becomes one in the second movie.
EightiesHair: A mean flat-top.
* DefrostingIceQueen: As the first film progresses.
* DemonicPossession: Victim of
AgonyBeam: Uses this for half of the first film.
* LoveInterest: To Peter.
* MamaBear: She doesn't need a Proton Pack to be a ActionMom!
* NeutralFemale: Averted. She tries to keep away from the trouble so as not to get in the guy's way, but when it comes to her, she fights back.
* OneOfTheBoys: Even after she breaks up with Peter, she still gets along with all
on the Ghostbusters after they told it they were not gods.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Went from a "large
and vice versa.
* TheReliableOne: You can always count on her. One of the reasons she
moving torb" to a "giant sloar" and Peter broke-up, temporarily.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Had
then a ''lot'' of trouble finding one for a while.
* StatuesqueStunner: Especially when possessed
giant marshmallow man. It typically arrives in a pre-chosen form from a previous world it destroyed.
* BigBad: Of
the first film.
movie.
* [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob What, Exactly, Is Her Job?]]: Goes from CombatStilettos: In its humanoid form.
* EldritchAbomination: A non-cephalopod variety.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Speaks with a raspy, deep voice.
* ForTheEvulz: Seems to travel universes and destroy civilizations entirely for its own amusement.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Apparently Gozer's trademark. When it arrives to cause an apocalypse, it forces the denizens of the world its about to destroy to choose the form it will end them with. Ray accidentally chooses the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which he believes to be incapable of causing the kind of destruction Gozer wants (and probably would have been had it not been the size of a skyscraper).
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The video game and comics say it had a major rivalry with its sister Tiamat.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The door Gozer used to enter our world is also the thing that pushed it back out.
** Further, Gozer's habit of making the inhabitants of a realm choose the form used to destroy it works against Gozer this time. Gozer ends up stuck in a chubby, awkward body '''made of marshmallows''' and lacking any special destructive abilities, bringing Gozer down to a level where four random humans on foot manage to thwart the destruction entirely (multiple times if you count the ExpandedUniverse).
* HumanoidAbomination: At least Gozer took the form of one. Its true form has never been revealed.
* IHaveManyNames: Also known as "Gozer the Gozerian", "Gozer the Traveler," "Gozer the Destructor", "Lord of the Sebouillia" and "Volguus Zildrohar."
* JerkassGod: Gozer seems to look down on any
being an orchestral performer who isn't a deity of some kind to the point where it will torture or kill them on the spot.
-->'''Gozer:''' Are you a god? \\
'''Ray:'''...No. \\
'''Gozer:''' Then....DIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Ray tries to think of a form for Gozer that couldn't possibly hurt anyone. There were certainly worse forms Gozer could have had, but Gozer still ends up as a hostile kaiju.
-->[[NiceJobBreakingItHero "Nice thinking, Ray."]]
* NoBiologicalSex: Gozer only takes on forms with characteristics of other genders. In truth, it has none of its own.
* NotQuiteDead: Returns as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
in the first movie 2009 game, but in this game is fried to retouching paintings a crisp.
* OmnicidalManiac: Seems to be Gozer's main goal. It kills everyone, its summoners, even its ''worshipers'' and all else in its way.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: In the final confrontation, the boys are surprised that s/he's a "girl", but clearly s/he is both, though it leans more towards the feminine. [[note]]Of course that's mostly on account of Gozer being played by an actress.[[/note]]
-->'''Ray''': It's a girl.\\
'''Egon''': It's Gozer.\\
'''Winston''': I thought Gozer was a man.\\
'''Egon''': It's whatever it wants to be.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Gozer has come to be known for its tendency to destroy all that is in its path.
* PhysicalGod: And anyone who isn't can PERISH!
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SadisticChoice: Upon arriving at a targeted planet, Gozer demands the inhabitants choose the form it will takes before it destroys the world. As the inhabitants of Earth find out, [[TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment even seemingly-harmless choices]] will appear as [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever dangerous monsters.]]
* ShapeshifterModeLock: The ExpandedUniverse has implied that she was permanently stuck
in the second, marshmallow man form.
** In [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame the 2009 video game]], Ray mentions the possibility that Gozer is only able to create one Destructor form per dimension and therefore will only be able to manifest as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this one.
** The IDW comics had an alternate timeline where the Ghostbusters never defeated her and she's stranded on Earth in the Stay Puft form. After asking the Ghostbusters for help, they travel back in time to the Temple of Gozer and cover it in pictures of an even sillier cartoon character called Loofa Joe so their past versions would subconsciously turn Gozer into this if she tried to attack Earth again.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: A disturbing HumanoidAbomination
with no explanation for plans to destroy the jump.world in a relatively light-hearted horror-comedy.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: From an androgynous woman covered in bubbles to a giant marshmallow man. Truly, Gozer doesn't seem to care what form it takes.



[[folder:Walter Peck]]
!!Walter Peck
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/WilliamAtherton
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Hervé Bellon (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Forget it, Venkman! You had your chance to cooperate, but you thought it would be more fun to insult me. Well, now it is my turn, wiseass."''

A representative of the Environmental Protection Agency, or so he claimed. He's highly skeptical and cynical, especially toward Peter. In the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideogame 2009 video game]] he is appointed as liaison between the Ghostbusters and the city of New York under the newly formed Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission, to his great annoyance. In the [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} IDW comic]] he is still head of P.C.O.C., but has grown into the role.

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[[folder:Walter Peck]]
!!Walter Peck
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[[folder:Zuul and Vinz Clortho]]
!!Zuul and Vinz Clortho
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/WilliamAtherton
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Hervé Bellon (European French)
!!!'''Appears
Ivan Reitman (voice of Zuul)
!!!'''Appear
in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Forget it, Venkman! You had your chance to cooperate, but you thought it would be more fun to insult me. Well, now it
''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

Hellhound demigods and Gozer's loyal minions and scouts. Zuul
is my turn, wiseass."''

A representative of
"The Gatekeeper" presumably responsible for guarding the Environmental Protection Agency, or so he claimed. He's highly skeptical Traveler's portal while Vinz Clortho is "The Keymaster" with the power to open it. They enter Earth first to prepare it for Gozer's arrival with Zuul possessing Dana Barrett and cynical, especially toward Peter. In the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideogame 2009 video game]] he is appointed as liaison between the Ghostbusters and the city of New York under the newly formed Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission, to his great annoyance. In the [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} IDW comic]] he is still head of P.C.O.C., but has grown into the role.Vinz possessing Louis Tully.



* AmoralAttorney: He only aims to sue the Ghostbusters out of spite for their cause, but in reality is just a money grubbing agent.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Surrounded by news articles and tv interviews about the ghosts the Ghostbusters have caught, yet insists it's all an elaborate scam.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Without a search warrant, or any sort of legal document, never mind actually showing Peter any credentials to back up his claims, Peck walks into the Ghostbusters' building, "asking" to be shown very sensitive and rightfully classified technology (and specifically chemical tanks that they don't actually have) for no good reason. When a suspicious Peter refuses, he retaliates by forcing his way back into the building without notice, accompanied by a police officer and some guy in a hard-hat, waving around a piece of paper that neither the Ghostbusters or their lawyers have had a chance to review. This is a major breach of proper protocol for any kind of government facility. How Peck didn't wind up in jail himself is a major case of KarmaHoudini. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Though there are stories of actual government officials and bureaucrats doing that and worse in New York and getting away with it.]]
* BadBoss: As head of P.C.O.C. he at first deliberately interferes with the Ghostbusters' investigation out of spite. Even after Peck's HeelFaceTurn he still enjoys forcing the Ghostbusters to do unpleasant things, especially Peter.
* CharacterDevelopment: Probably goes through the most out of any of the cast over the course of the movies, games, and comics, going from an inept bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters, to a manipulative bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters (but not as much).
* CoveredInGunge: But hey, at least it was marshmallow.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Averted. His last appearance in the film is being covered in melted marshmallow glop and shrieking in what sounds like agony, but he was apparently unharmed aside from having his day ruined down to the last hours.
* DumbassHasAPoint:
** Despite the "too dumb to live" below, he ''does'' have a good point that the Ghostbusters are using some extremely suspicious and dangerous technologies in an equally unprofessional manner. Of course, his response is every bit as stupid.
** Ends up banking on this to keep the Ghostbusters running and their gear from being seized in the IDW comics: Yes, they've got suspicious and dangerous technology, and yes, it ''does'' get used in unprofessional manners. But the Ghostbusters are also frequently the only ones who know how to maintain and (more importantly) ''stabilize'' said tech. It helps that, by his own admission, nobody wants "to press the point with the ''idiot'' who forcibly turned off the containment grid."
* HarmlessVillain: Kinda sorta; the containment unit gets blown up because of him in the first film but Peck generally doesn't do anything truly lethal to the Ghostbusters directly. He acts as an independent DiscOneFinalBoss who manages to either restrain or delay the Ghostbusters, which gives the real villains more time or freedom to act.
* HateSink: Peck with his imperious self-righteousness and his {{Jerkass}} NeverMyFault belligerency is clearly designed to inspire a burning hatred in the audience. When he has the Ghostbusters arrested for the explosion when it is clearly his own fault, the whole audience wants to punch his lights out.
** In the DVD commentary, Creator/WilliamAtherton complained that the movie ruined his life; Peck's character was so despised that people would speak to Atherton as though they were giving him a piece of their mind, and people started bar fights with him on several occasions.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the comics, following the events of the game. He's still a dick, but a dick who recognizes the need for the Ghostbusters and will defend their behavior to the mayor and the press.
* {{Jerkass}}: Where to begin? He harasses the Ghostbusters based solely on rumors. He orders the containment grid to be turned off despite the warnings of the Ghostbusters and a Con Ed technician's reticence against doing so, resulting in the release of all the ghosts therein. ''Then'' he has the nerve to have the Busters arrested for the disaster ''he himself caused''!
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His initial request to see the containment grid was reasonable. It is his job to make sure people like the Ghostbusters are operating with safe equipment, and in fact the Ghostbusters' containment grid could cause a massive explosion in a densely-populated area. After getting crudely brushed off by Peter, however, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope he overreacts and orders the grid's immediate deactivation]]. If Peter had cooperated instead of treating Peck and the EPA as an enemy from the start, they could have avoided the ensuing meltdown.
** This trope is also inverted; Peter has a point against his point. Nothing he was accusing them of was actually in EPA jurisdiction (The Nuclear Regulatory Commission would probably have wanted to have a word with them, though). His actions were completely illegal, and Peter rightfully counters that he is willing to sue for wrongful prosecution. Tellingly, notice that when Peck returns for his fateful "shutting off the containment system" visit, he brings with him one police officer and one guy in a workman's outfit and hard hat - i.e. ''no one trained to deal with the things he accused the Ghostbusters of.'' If there is any evidence for Peck pulling things out of his ass in service of his witch hunt, it's this.
** A second valid inverson is that Peck never showed any credentials confirming his claim to be from the EPA, had no search warrant, nor listed any plausible violations of code that allowed him even in the building, and lastly had voiced not one complaint brought against the Ghostbusters business, by anyone. Peter was right to be concerned that Peck was himself a fraud who just wanted to look at the containment unit for nefarious purposes, and Peter was ultimately proven right.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Becoming the head of a brand new government organization with an implied pay hike doesn't ''sound'' like a punishment until it's made clear to him in the same scene as that reveal that his organization's continued existence now depends entirely on the Ghostbusters he hates so much to operate.
* MaliciousSlander: After he causes the explosion with his careless shutdown of the containment unit, he tells the mayor, and anyone who will listen, that The Ghostbusters were causing hallucinations of ghosts by deliberately exposing their clients to massive amounts of noxious chemicals without any evidence whatsoever. Barring the sheer implausibility of the Ghostbusters actually being able to pull this off, such a reckless accusation does open Peck to any number of lawsuits, which any competent lawyer could easily use to bring ''massive'' consequences upon the accuser if he doesn't have iron-clad evidence, which Peck did not.
* NeverMyFault: Peck loudly and blatantly blames the Ghostbusters for causing an explosion when it is clearly obvious in front of multiple witnesses that he himself is personally responsible for the disaster when he ordered the containment grid turned off.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A government bureaucrat who, in his quest to obstruct one business, obstructs the business of the entire world.
* ThePeterPrinciple: He has absolutely ''zero'' understanding of the Ghostbusters' technology, yet legally has the right to screw with both it and them (to a point; Peter actually threatens to sue him for the degree he's abusing his authority even before he shuts down the equipment illegally). [[PillarOfLight Hilarity does not ensue]]. He's just a petty tyrant who thinks being a federal regulator means he can do anything.
** The IDW comics see him admit to Janine that he's effectively ''weaponized'' this against the rest of the P.C.O.C., forcing them to leave the Ghostbusters and their tech alone instead of a repeat performance of this trope.
* RedHerringMole: In the video game, the Ghostbusters think he's the BigBad, [[spoiler:but it turns out he's an UnwittingPawn]].
* SharedMassHallucination: He thinks that the Ghostbusters were using hallucinations to make ghosts.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Peter in the IDW continuity, who he never misses an opportunity to needle.
* StealthInsult: The astute viewer will notice that Peck continues to refer to Venkman as "Mister" even after pointedly looking over Venkman's two doctorates hanging on the walls of his office.
** He himself is subjected to one with the name of the organization he winds up getting KickedUpstairs into: P.C.O.C. [[labelnote:*]]"Peacock" is slang for an arrogant person who thinks they're [[SmallNameBigEgo far more important than they actually are.]] It also doubles as a reference to the infamous "no dick" insult Venkman slung at him.[[/labelnote]]
* StrawCharacter: Peck is the quintessential Reagan-era caricature of a government inspector.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In-universe. He's up against the quintessential trifecta of what government inspectors are supposed to inspect; unprofessional, irresponsible and downright ''dangerous'' actions by private individuals. However, he falls flat on his face in that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he is all those things himself]], and makes no attempt to find responsible professionals to make the Ghostbusters' operation safer; he just shows up and throws his weight around because he found a loophole to justify his presence, (and even that is unlikely to stand up in court) and just makes everything worse as government inspectors tend to do.
* TooDumbToLive: Let's see; he believes that mass numbers of average people can be induced to see {{Shared Mass Hallucination}}s. He knows ''absolutely nothing'' about chemicals, radiation, or any of the other things he claims to be harassing the Ghostbusters about, and worst of all, grabs what appears to be a random city worker to shut down equipment he doesn't even begin to understand. He's lucky something ''really unpleasant'' didn't grab him and make him into a snack. He's even luckier he was wrong; if it had been storage for dangerous chemicals and failed as spectacularly he would have killed thousands of people.
* UnusualEuphemism: "This man has no dick."
--> "Well, that's what I ''heard''!"

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* AmoralAttorney: He only aims to sue the Ghostbusters out of spite for their cause, but in reality {{Adorkable}}: Vinz Clortho when possessing Louis Tully. Unlike Zuul, who is a sinister and forceful presence, Vinz is just a money grubbing agent.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Surrounded by news articles and tv interviews about
as dorky as the ghosts person it possessed. He describes Gozer the Ghostbusters have caught, yet insists it's all an elaborate scam.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Without a search warrant, or any sort of legal document, never mind actually showing Peter any credentials to back up his claims, Peck walks into the Ghostbusters' building, "asking" to be shown very sensitive and rightfully classified technology (and specifically chemical tanks that they don't actually have) for no good reason. When a suspicious Peter refuses, he retaliates by forcing his way back into the building without notice, accompanied by a police officer and some guy in a hard-hat, waving around a piece of paper that neither the Ghostbusters or their lawyers have had a chance to review. This is a major breach of proper protocol for any kind of government facility. How Peck didn't wind up in jail himself is a major case of KarmaHoudini. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Though there are stories of actual government officials and bureaucrats doing that and worse in New York and getting away with it.]]
* BadBoss: As head of P.C.O.C. he at first deliberately interferes with the Ghostbusters' investigation out of spite. Even after Peck's HeelFaceTurn he still enjoys forcing the Ghostbusters to do unpleasant things, especially Peter.
* CharacterDevelopment: Probably goes through the most out of any of the cast over the course of the movies, games, and comics, going from an inept bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters, to a manipulative bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters (but not as much).
* CoveredInGunge: But hey, at least it was marshmallow.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Averted. His last appearance in the film is being covered in melted marshmallow glop and shrieking in what sounds like agony, but he was apparently unharmed aside from having his day ruined down to the last hours.
* DumbassHasAPoint:
** Despite the "too dumb to live" below, he ''does'' have a good point that the Ghostbusters are using some extremely suspicious and dangerous technologies in an equally unprofessional manner. Of course, his response is every bit as stupid.
** Ends up banking on this to keep the Ghostbusters running and their gear from being seized in the IDW comics: Yes, they've got suspicious and dangerous technology, and yes, it ''does'' get used in unprofessional manners. But the Ghostbusters are also frequently the only ones who know how to maintain and (more importantly) ''stabilize'' said tech. It helps that, by his own admission, nobody wants "to press the point with the ''idiot'' who forcibly turned off the containment grid."
* HarmlessVillain: Kinda sorta; the containment unit gets blown up because of him in the first film but Peck generally doesn't do anything truly lethal to the Ghostbusters directly. He acts as an independent DiscOneFinalBoss who manages to either restrain or delay the Ghostbusters, which gives the real villains more time or freedom to act.
* HateSink: Peck with his imperious self-righteousness
Traveler and his {{Jerkass}} NeverMyFault belligerency history of destruction more like an excited child than a terrifying demon.
* AffablyEvil: Vinz enthusiastically gushes to Egon about how Gozer has destroyed previous worlds and seems to expect humans to be genuinely excited about being destroyed. Vinz even politely assists Egon in mundane tasks and seems more like an excited puppy than a demonic invader.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Vinz, who
is {{adorkable}} when possessing Louis.
* CloudCuckoolander: Vinz
clearly designed isn't all there, though part of it may have been due to inspire a burning hatred in possessing Louis Tully.
* CoDragons: To Gozer.
* CreatorCameo: Director Ivan Reitman provided
the audience. When he has the Ghostbusters arrested voice for the explosion when it Zuul.
-->'''"There
is clearly his own fault, the whole audience wants to punch his lights out.no Dana, ONLY ZUUL."'''
* DemonicPossession: The possessed forms of Louis and Dana.

** In * DumbMuscle: Vinz even before possessing Louis shows that, while strong and tough, he's not exactly the DVD commentary, Creator/WilliamAtherton complained that the movie ruined his life; Peck's character was so despised that brightest bulb of all. He attacks Louis in a crowded place, thus letting other people would speak to Atherton as though they were giving him a piece of their mind, and people started bar fights notice him, while Zuul attacks Dana inside her apartment without anyone finding out until Peter arrives for his date with him on several occasions.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the comics, following the events of the game. He's still a dick, but a dick who recognizes the need for the Ghostbusters and will defend their behavior to the mayor and the press.
* {{Jerkass}}: Where to begin? He harasses the Ghostbusters based solely on rumors. He orders the containment grid to be turned off despite the warnings of the Ghostbusters and a Con Ed technician's reticence
her. Vinz also constantly smashes against doing so, resulting in the release of all the ghosts therein. ''Then'' he has the nerve to have the Busters arrested for the disaster ''he himself caused''!
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His initial request to see the containment grid was reasonable. It is his job to make sure people like the Ghostbusters are operating with safe equipment,
tables and in fact the Ghostbusters' containment grid could cause a massive explosion in a densely-populated area. After getting crudely brushed off by Peter, however, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope he overreacts and orders the grid's immediate deactivation]]. If Peter had cooperated instead of treating Peck and the EPA as an enemy from the start, they could have avoided the ensuing meltdown.
** This trope is also inverted; Peter has a point against his point. Nothing he was accusing them of was actually in EPA jurisdiction (The Nuclear Regulatory Commission would probably have wanted to have a word with them, though). His actions were completely illegal, and Peter rightfully counters that he is willing to sue for wrongful prosecution. Tellingly, notice that when Peck returns for his fateful "shutting off the containment system" visit, he brings with him one police officer and one guy in a workman's outfit and hard hat - i.e. ''no one trained to deal with the things he accused the Ghostbusters of.'' If there is any evidence for Peck pulling things out of his ass in service of his witch hunt, it's this.
** A second valid inverson is that Peck never showed any credentials confirming his claim to be from the EPA, had no search warrant, nor listed any plausible violations of code that allowed him even in the building, and lastly had voiced not one complaint brought against the Ghostbusters business, by anyone. Peter was right to be concerned that Peck was himself a fraud who just wanted to look at the containment unit for nefarious purposes, and Peter was ultimately proven right.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Becoming the head of a brand new government organization with an implied pay hike doesn't ''sound'' like a punishment until it's made clear to him in the same scene as that reveal that his organization's continued existence now depends entirely on the Ghostbusters he hates so much to operate.
* MaliciousSlander: After he causes the explosion with his careless shutdown of the containment unit, he tells the mayor, and anyone who will listen, that The Ghostbusters were causing hallucinations of ghosts by deliberately exposing their clients to massive amounts of noxious chemicals without any evidence whatsoever. Barring the sheer implausibility of the Ghostbusters actually being able to pull this off, such a reckless accusation does open Peck to any number of lawsuits, which any competent lawyer could easily use to bring ''massive'' consequences upon the accuser if he doesn't have iron-clad evidence, which Peck did not.
* NeverMyFault: Peck loudly and blatantly blames the Ghostbusters for causing an explosion when it is clearly obvious in front of multiple witnesses that he himself is personally responsible for the disaster when he ordered the containment grid turned off.
walls while chasing Louis.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A government bureaucrat who, in his quest to obstruct one business, obstructs EliteMooks: Intimidating and frightening by themselves, but ultimately not the business Big Bad.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After becoming possessed by Zuul, Dana Barrett greets Peter Venkman wearing only a diaphanous, flowing crimson dress which reveals a lot
of the entire world.
skin.
* ThePeterPrinciple: He has absolutely ''zero'' understanding of the Ghostbusters' technology, yet legally EvilSoundsDeep: Zuul's voice becomes deep and monstrous when angered by Peter Venkman.
* {{Hellhound}}s: They're known as "Terror Dogs".
* LadyInRed: When possessed by Zuul, Dana wears a revealing, red dress and her behavior becomes overtly sexual: first attempting to seduce Peter and later meeting and hooking up with Louis (possessed by Vinz Clortho).
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: When Egon
has the right possessed Louis hooked up to screw a brain-wave scanner, the image on the display is of Vinz Clortho's demonic head.
* MsFanservice: Zuul, at least while it's in Dana's body, wears a shiny, flowing red dress which reveals a lot of bare shoulders and long legs throughout her possession.
* PetTheDog: When Vinz -- in Louis's body -- asks a horse drawing a carriage if it's the Gatekeeper, the driver rudely accosts him. Vinz growls at the man
with glowing red eyes, gently assures the horse that when Gozer comes all prisoners will be released, then runs off shouting to the driver that he and all his kind will perish in flames.
* PowersViaPossession: Dana and Louis exhibit supernatural abilities when possessed. While on her "date" with Peter, Dana levitates above her bed while also growling and snarling like an unearthly beast. Louis' growls and flares his eyes red when angered and shows telekinetic ability when opening and closing the door to Dana's apartment during their demonic reunion.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: For Gozer.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: They
both it have glowing red eyes, which do shine through the eyes of their human forms.
* Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The humans Zuul
and them (to Vinz Clortho possessed have a point; Peter actually threatens to sue him for the degree he's abusing his authority even before he shuts down the equipment illegally). [[PillarOfLight Hilarity does not ensue]]. He's just a petty tyrant who thinks being a federal regulator means he can do anything.large height disparity which becomes accentuated when Dana Barrett dips Louis Tully during their kiss when they reunite while possessed. Sigourney Weaver is 6' tall while Rick Moranis is listed at 5'6".
** The IDW comics see him admit to Janine that he's effectively ''weaponized'' this against the rest of the P.C.O.C., forcing them to leave the Ghostbusters and their tech alone instead of a repeat performance of this trope.
* RedHerringMole: In the video game, the Ghostbusters think he's the BigBad, [[spoiler:but it turns out he's an UnwittingPawn]].
* SharedMassHallucination: He thinks that the Ghostbusters were using hallucinations to make ghosts.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Peter in the IDW continuity, who he never misses an opportunity to needle.
* StealthInsult: The astute viewer will notice that Peck continues to refer to Venkman as "Mister" even after pointedly looking over Venkman's two doctorates hanging on the walls of his office.
** He himself is subjected to one with the name of the organization he winds up getting KickedUpstairs into: P.C.O.C. [[labelnote:*]]"Peacock" is slang for an arrogant person who thinks they're [[SmallNameBigEgo far more important than they actually are.]] It also doubles as a reference to the infamous "no dick" insult Venkman slung at him.[[/labelnote]]
* StrawCharacter: Peck is the quintessential Reagan-era caricature of a government inspector.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In-universe. He's up against the quintessential trifecta of what government inspectors are supposed to inspect; unprofessional, irresponsible and downright ''dangerous'' actions by private individuals. However, he falls flat on his face in that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he is all those things himself]], and makes no attempt to find responsible professionals to make the Ghostbusters' operation safer; he just shows up and throws his weight around because he found a loophole to justify his presence, (and even that is unlikely to stand up in court) and just makes everything worse as government inspectors tend to do.
* TooDumbToLive: Let's see; he believes that mass numbers of average people can be induced to see {{Shared Mass Hallucination}}s. He knows ''absolutely nothing'' about chemicals, radiation, or any of the other things he claims to be harassing the Ghostbusters about, and worst of all, grabs what appears to be a random city worker to shut down equipment he doesn't even begin to understand. He's lucky something ''really unpleasant'' didn't grab him and make him into a snack. He's even luckier he was wrong; if it had been storage for dangerous chemicals and failed as spectacularly he would have killed thousands of people.
* UnusualEuphemism: "This man has no dick."
--> "Well, that's what I ''heard''!"
"The Keymaster" and "The Gatekeeper". It's strongly implied they have to have sex to open the portal to Gozer's realm.
* TheVamp: Zuul, while possessing Dana.



[[folder:The Mayor]]
!!Mayor Lenny Clotch
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[[folder:The Mayor]]
!!Mayor Lenny Clotch
[[folder:Vigo]]
!!Prince Vigo the Carpathian
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!!!'''Played by:''' David Margulies
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Marc de Georgi (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Somebody get me the Ghostbusters."''

The Mayor of New York City in the first two movies who assists the Ghostbusters to save the city.

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!!!'''Played by:''' David Margulies
Wilhelm von Homburg (humanoid form), Creator/MaxVonSydow (voice)
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Marc de Georgi Jean Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Somebody get me
''Film/GhostbustersII''

A 16th century tyrant and sorcerer, Prince Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf conquered a good section of Eastern Europe before being put down by a rebellion at
the Ghostbusters."''

The Mayor
age of New York City 105. Vigo reappeared in the first two movies who assists the Ghostbusters modern day Manhattan possessing his own portrait, and generated a "mood slime" that heightened and reacted to save the city.people's negative emotions, which hastened his return.



* AscendedExtra: He was a OneSceneWonder in the first film, but got a larger role in the second.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments
* FirstNameBasis: The Ghostbusters eventually get to know him on this by the second film.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Seems rather acerbic at first, but is a respected man who'll do whatever it takes to keep New York safe.
* {{Joisey}}: Sports an accent like this.
* RaisedCatholic: Seems probable; he's on very good terms with the Archbishop of New York, even calling him by name and inviting him to his office as a consultant when ghosts start flooding the streets.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In contrast to Peck and Hardemeyer, he is much more willing to accept the Ghostbuster's help.

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* AscendedExtra: AmbiguouslyHuman: Seeing as how Vigo lived to be 105 and was tremendously difficult to kill, coupled with the plainly demonic appearance (complete with black eyes of evil and horns) he assumes in the film's climax, it's highly possible that Vigo was always some kind of demon that had possessed/merged with the human Vigo in the past and desired to possess another host. That, and his talk about "a mountain of skulls", "on the castle of pain" and sitting "on a throne of blood" are things that would exist in {{Hell}}, but not anywhere on Earth, even at the worst points in human history.
** While not quite mountain-sized, huge piles of skulls have featured over the centuries with human tyrants: The Mongols in particular were fond of creating them.
* {{Authority Equals Asskicking}}: A tyrant and sorcerer who curb-stomps the Ghostbusters.
* BadAssBoast: "On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood."
* BigBad: Of the second movie.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: When possessing Ray.
* BlobMonster: He controls the living ''River of Slime'' beneath New York.
* BodySurf: One of his more frightening powers.
* CardCarryingVillain: He refers to himself as "The Scourge of Carpathia" and "The Sorrow of Moldovia".
* CatchPhrase: "I, Vigo the Carpathian, (the names above), commands you!"
* DemotedToExtra: While still present in the video game, his only role is to be present as a nod to the movie by his appearance via his talking painting in the Firehouse.
* TheDreaded: Universally feared and hated by his own subjects while alive.
* EmotionEater: He feeds on human negative energy.
* EvilOverlord: After rising to power, Vigo ruled his homeland and later the conquered Romanian region of Moldovia with an iron fist. History would remember him as a powerful magician and an intelligent genius, but also an oppressive tyrant, an egotistical autocrat, a psychopathic lunatic, and a genocidal madman
* TheEvilPrince: A notoriously despotic autocrat.
* EvilSorcerer: In his {{backstory}}.
* {{Expy}}: Of Vlad the Impaler aka [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Count Dracula]].
** The novelization implies that he's Vlad Tepes's cousin.
** The account of his drawn out chore of an assassination and accusations of mysticism also seem like a nod to Gregori Rasputin.
* AGodAmI: With the power to back it up.
* HarmlessVillain[=/=]VillainDecay: In the game, he's reduced to nothing more than his painting, unable to do much of anything aside from talk and make the player feel uncomfortable. To add insult to injury, said painting is owned by the very people who beat him: the Ghostbusters.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:A version of Vigo's empathic slime empowered with ''positive'' emotions is what ultimately does him in]].
* HornedHumanoid: Grows two stumpy blood-colored horns after being sucked back into the painting during the final confrontation.
* [[IHaveManyNames I Have Many]] NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised and Vigo the Unholy.
-->'''Peter:''' Wasn't he also Vigo the Butch?
* KubrickStare
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Upon dying, he declared he would return to the living world one day. And he did.
* ObviouslyEvil
* RasputinianDeath: Practically almost parodied.
-->'''Ray''': He didn't die of old age, either.
He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.\\
'''Peter ''': [[{{Understatement}} Ouch!]]\\
'''Ray''': ...There was
a OneSceneWonder in prophecy, just before his '''''head''''' died. His last words were, "Death is but a door, time is but a window: I'll be back."
* {{Reincarnation}}: Invoked, then Subverted as Dana's baby Oscar was chosen to be Vigo's "new vessel" before
the first film, but got a larger role in the second.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments
* FirstNameBasis: The
Ghostbusters eventually get to know him on this by foil the second film.
attempt.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Seems rather acerbic at first, but is a respected man who'll do whatever it takes to keep New York safe.
* {{Joisey}}: Sports an accent like this.
* RaisedCatholic: Seems probable;
[[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Painting]]: When first encountered. And he's on very good terms with this yet again in the Archbishop of New York, video game, where the only thing he can do is talk to the player when interacted with.
* SorcerousOverlord: He was this in his past life.
* SpookyPainting: Dana comments that the painting gives her chills,
even calling him by name and inviting him to his office as a consultant when ghosts start flooding before the streets.
paranormal shenanigans begin.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In contrast to Peck and Hardemeyer, UndeadAbomination: He was so powerful that in ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'', he is classified as a Class 7 entity, the same level as Zuul, Vince Clortho and Gozer the Gozerian.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: In the
much more family-conscious second movie, Vigo's back story of dictatorship and genocide seems especially imposing.
* WouldHurtAChild: Vigo is more than
willing to accept the Ghostbuster's help.posses baby Oscar for his new body.



[[folder:Janosz Poha]]
!!Janosz Poha
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/PeterMacNicol
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Vincent Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A curator at the Manhattan Museum of Art that was forced by mind control to do Vigo's bidding and act as his agent on the mortal realm.

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[[folder:Janosz Poha]]
!!Janosz Poha
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!!Ghosts

[[folder:Slimer]]
!!Slimer
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/PeterMacNicol
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Vincent Violette (European French)
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A curator at pudgy, gluttonous, free-floating apparition of unknown origin comprised of a viscous green ectoplasm, "Slimer" is the Manhattan Museum first ghost the Ghostbusters ever caught when the Sedgewick Hotel hires them to get rid of Art that was forced by mind control to do Vigo's bidding and act as his agent him. Depending on the mortal realm.continuity he's treated as an ally, an antagonist, a test subject, or a pet/mascot.



* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Controlled by Vigo to do his bidding.
* CreepyCrossdresser: [[spoiler:When his ghostly form dresses up like a demon nanny to kidnap Oscar [[{{Beat}} ...]] you'd have to be there.]]
* DemonicPossession: Vigo forces his will upon Janosz, making him do his bidding.
* {{Deprogram}}: [[spoiler:Thanks to the ''good'' version of the mood slime, he's freed from Vigo's influence. And he and Ray are turned into a pair of [[LoveFreak Love Freaks]].]]
* FunnyForeigner: Of some kind... He speaks with a thick, vaguely European-sounding accent.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Chillingly realized when he visits Dana during the blackout scene. After a somewhat unnerving discussion, Dana tells him to leave. Once he is now alone in the dark, his eyes suddenly start to glow like flashlights in the dark hallway. A lot more disturbing than it sounds.
* HarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:He becomes a NotSoHarmlessVillain after kidnapping Oscar.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Thanks to the mood slime.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Where Dana is concerned.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: His first name is pronounced "yaw-nosh".
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, DemonicPossession, but still counts.
* LoveRedeems: Mood-Slime Redeems
* TheRenfield: Peter [=MacNicol=] played the Renfield here before playing ''the'' Renfield in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''.
* {{Ruritania}}[=/=]WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Just where on Earth ''is'' he supposed to be originally from?
-->'''Venkman''': You'll never get a green-card with that attitude, pal.
** "The Upper Vest Side," of course.
*** According to the comics, he's from Moldavia.
* VampireVords
* UnwittingPawn

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Controlled by Vigo to do his bidding.
* CreepyCrossdresser: [[spoiler:When his ghostly form dresses up like a demon nanny to kidnap Oscar [[{{Beat}} ...]] you'd have to be there.]]
* DemonicPossession: Vigo forces his will upon Janosz, making him do his bidding.
* {{Deprogram}}: [[spoiler:Thanks to
AllThereInTheManual: It's never really explained where he came from in the ''good'' version of the mood slime, movies proper, but according to Dan Aykroyd he's freed from Vigo's influence. And he and the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: In the IDW comics,
Ray are turned into theorises that Slimer is a pair force of [[LoveFreak Love Freaks]].]]
gluttony given form.
* FunnyForeigner: Of some kind... He speaks BerserkButton: When Venkman encounters him for the first time, Ray (while communicating with a thick, vaguely European-sounding accent.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Chillingly realized when he visits Dana during the blackout scene. After a somewhat unnerving discussion, Dana tells
Venkman via walkie-talkie) refers to Slimer as "an ugly little spud". Needless to say, Slimer overhears this and does ''not'' take kindly to it, charging at Peter and coating him to leave. Once in slime.
* BigEater: When first encountered, he's scoffing his way through a room-service trolley.
* BlobMonster: Spherical, and made of slime.
* CanonImmigrant: Although
he is now alone originated in the dark, his eyes suddenly start to glow like flashlights first movie, the name Slimer and him living with the Ghostbusters originated in the dark hallway. A lot more disturbing than animated series before it sounds.
happened in the second film.
* CreatorCameo: His voice is provided by series director Ivan Reitman.
* FatAndSkinny: The Fat to Louis' Skinny.
* HarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:He becomes a NotSoHarmlessVillain after kidnapping Oscar.]]
The Ghostbusters caused MUCH more havoc than he did, and he never actually hurt anybody.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Thanks to He helps Louis (and the mood slime.]]
other Ghostbusters to an extent) out near the end of the second movie.
* HopelessSuitor: Where Dana is concerned.
{{Mascot}}
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: His first MeaningfulName: Deliberately. In the animated series, Ray gave him the name is pronounced "yaw-nosh".
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, DemonicPossession, but still counts.
* LoveRedeems: Mood-Slime Redeems
* TheRenfield: Peter [=MacNicol=] played the Renfield here before playing ''the'' Renfield in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''.
* {{Ruritania}}[=/=]WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Just where on Earth ''is'' he supposed
"just to be originally from?
-->'''Venkman''': You'll never get a green-card with that attitude, pal.
** "The Upper Vest Side," of course.
*** According to the comics,
annoy Peter."
* MergerOfSouls: Dan Aykroyd says
he's an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel.
* MultipleChoicePast: The ExpandedUniverse offers multiple origins;
** Creator/DanAykroyd said he was a "vapor - a kind of confluence of stored up psychic energy, an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel who doesn't want to leave". He also offered the alternative suggestion that he was the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
** The ''[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel UK]]'' comics based on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' said he's the ghost of a human king called "Remils".
** The tabletop game said he's on Earth as a result of cult rituals.
** The 1992 annual said he was the ghost of an obese man who remembers nothing about his life except the desire to eat.
** The [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} 2017 IDW annual]] had the Ghostbusters suggest multiple theories, some of which were [[MythologyGag references to the above]]: a chef at the hotel who suffered a fatal heart attack on the job, a vagrant, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of gluttony summoned by the Gozerian cult, and Venkman's gag suggestion he was a king.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Is never called Slimer in the movies and gets his name
from Moldavia.
''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' cartoon series.
%%%* NonHumanSidekick:
* VampireVords
OurGhostsAreDifferent: The first ghost seen not known to be the spirit of a deceased human being.
* UnwittingPawnSdrawkcabName: Some of the comics say his name was ''King Remils'' when he was alive.
%%%* TeamPet:



[[folder:Stephen Wexler]]
!!Judge Stephen "The Hammer" Wexler
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!!!'''Played by:''' Harris Yulin
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Yves Barsacq (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A notorious New York HangingJudge who nearly put the Ghostbusters permanently out of commission. It was he who also tried and convicted the Scoleri Brothers for murder, sentencing them to electrocution.

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[[folder:Stephen Wexler]]
!!Judge Stephen
[[folder:Eleanor Twitty]]
!!Eleanor Twitty a.k.a.
"The Hammer" Wexler
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Gray Lady" / "The Library Ghost"
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!!!'''Played by:''' Harris Yulin
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Yves Barsacq (European French)
Ruth Oliver
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A notorious New York HangingJudge who nearly put
''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

The very first ghost
the Ghostbusters permanently out of commission. It ever encountered (but not the first they captured). Gets an expanded role in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]] where it's revealed she was he who also tried and convicted the Scoleri Brothers for murder, sentencing them to electrocution.murdered.



* AintTooProudToBeg: Despite his tough exterior, he has no qualms about begging the Ghostbusters to save his sorry ass when he is proved wrong that ghosts definitely exist.
* AdaptationNameChange: The {{Novelization}} identifies him as Judge Roy Beane, presumably as a ShoutOut to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Bean the famous judge]] from TheWildWest.
* DirtyCoward: Wexler may be a harsh and imposing judge, but he gets a big fright when he sees the ghosts of the Scholeri Brothers, men he sentenced to death, appear in his courtroom. He hides under a table and tries to leave the court as quickly as possible, not bothering to help the prosecutor who is being terrorised by the ghosts of the Scholeri Brothers. Wexler also has the cheek to beg the Ghostbusters, whom he had just sentenced to prison, fined heavily and are still under a judicial order, for help. Plus, he grudgingly rescinds send order and then orders the Ghostbusters to put things right.
* HairTriggerTemper: Angry seems to be his default mood.
* HangingJudge: Has a rep for giving defendants harsh sentences. Tellingly the ghosts awoken from his ranting are two crooks he sentenced to death.
* {{Jerkass}}: In addition to acting like an asshole toward everyone in his courtroom he uses the sentencing statement as a chance to bellow about how much he hates the Ghostbusters and how much he wishes he could give them harsher, more draconian punishments. His anger and hatred are so extreme it spawns ghosts from the Hate Slime, something not seen in anyone else in the movie up to that point.
* LargeHam: Especially during his "BURNED AT THE STAKE!!!!" rant.
* OhCrap: ''"Oh my God, '''THE SCOLERI BROTHERS!'''"''
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sort of becomes one out of desperation when he decides to rescind his sentence and let the ghostbusters take care of the Scoleri Brothers' ghosts who were terrorizing the courthouse.

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* AintTooProudToBeg: Despite his tough exterior, he has no qualms about begging AncientKeeper: [[spoiler:She's spent decades keeping the Gozerian Codex in her last resting place.]]
* AntiVillain: Type II.
* AscendedExtra: Originally she was merely just the first ghost the Busters came across, then after scaring them off she wasn't mentioned again. In the video game, she was given an entire level where we were introduced to who she was and shown her deep connection to the event in the game as a node in the spectral circuit flow.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: [[spoiler:Despite seeming to be just a normal ghost, she ends up having the power to control the entire library, as well as ghosts that are not known to work together. Hurt her and you'll regret it, even if it takes nearly a century.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the game, she purposely lured
the Ghostbusters to save his sorry ass when he is proved wrong that her library by taking control of some ghosts definitely exist.
* AdaptationNameChange: The {{Novelization}} identifies him as Judge Roy Beane, presumably as a ShoutOut to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Bean the famous judge]] from TheWildWest.
* DirtyCoward: Wexler may be a harsh
and imposing judge, but he gets making them cause a big fright ruckus. All this to get them to go after her murderer/ex-boyfriend so as to finally get her revenge.]]
* FingerOnLips: Shushes them
when he sees they disturb her reading. Disturb her reading again and she goes ape.
* FogFeet: It seems to be
the ghosts of the Scholeri Brothers, men main way one tracks her.
* OneWingedAngel: Her "angry form."
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Ray;
he sentenced really wanted to death, appear [[IncrediblyLamePun get her]] after scaring him.
* ScaryLibrarian: Especially
in his courtroom. He hides under a table and tries her angry mode.
* SnubByOmission: Her initial response
to leave the court as quickly as possible, not bothering to help the prosecutor who is being terrorised by the ghosts of the Scholeri Brothers. Wexler also has the cheek to beg the Ghostbusters, whom he had just sentenced to prison, fined heavily and are still under a judicial order, for help. Plus, he grudgingly rescinds send order and then orders the Ghostbusters is to put things right.
ignore them.
* HairTriggerTemper: Angry seems to be his default mood.
SpookySilentLibrary: Her chosen domain.
* HangingJudge: Has a rep for giving defendants harsh sentences. Tellingly RevengeAgainstMen: [[spoiler:Her EX-boyfriend]], not the ghosts awoken from his ranting are two crooks he sentenced Ghostbusters.
* UnfinishedBusiness: [[spoiler:Subverted. After thinking they had helped her pass on by taking her book, she suddenly reappears and laughs maniacally as she transforms into her angry mode.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: She has a disturbing tendency
to death.
* {{Jerkass}}: In addition
shift between a quiet plain librarian [[OneWingedAngel to acting like an asshole toward everyone in his courtroom he uses a raging grotesque ghoul. Though the sentencing statement as a chance others suspect this was also part of it - that the fight was not only to bellow about how much he hates give the Ghostbusters the book, but so that they would wreck the room and how much he wishes he could give them harsher, more draconian punishments. His anger uncover the path to the ghost world where her murderous ex was hiding.]]
* WomanScorned: Oh yes...
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Her boyfriend used her to get at her rare book collection. When this is discovered, she dumps him
and hatred are so extreme it spawns ghosts from the Hate Slime, something not seen in anyone else revokes his pass to her collection. He then kills her, trapping her in the movie up library she tried to that point.
* LargeHam: Especially during his "BURNED AT THE STAKE!!!!" rant.
* OhCrap: ''"Oh my God, '''THE SCOLERI BROTHERS!'''"''
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sort of becomes one out of desperation when he decides
protect. It is soon shown, despite her circumstances, she isn't going to rescind his sentence and let mope about. Instead she'll spend her afterlife plotting the ghostbusters take care downfall of her ex-boyfriend. She succeeds, with the help of the Scoleri Brothers' ghosts who were terrorizing the courthouse.Ghostbusters.]]



[[folder:Jack Hardemeyer]]
!!Jack Hardemeyer
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!!!'''Played by:''' Kurt Fuller
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Michel Derain (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

Mayor Lenny's assistant who views the Ghostbusters with disdain.

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[[folder:Jack Hardemeyer]]
!!Jack Hardemeyer
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[[folder:The Scoleri Brothers]]
!!Tony and Nunzio Scoleri
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!!!'''Played by:''' Kurt Fuller
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Michel Derain (European French)
!!!'''Appears
Jim Fye (voice of Tony), Tim Lawrence (voice of Nunzio)
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appear
in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

Mayor Lenny's assistant who views
''Film/GhostbustersII''

The ghosts of convicted sibling murderers that appear at
the Ghostbusters with disdain.Ghostbusters' trial. Their arrival and subsequent mayhem quickly convince everyone to reinstate the Ghostbusters.



* {{Jerkass}}: Hardemeyer is an arrogant AmoralAttorney who abuses his position of working with the mayor and gets the Ghostbusters committed out of spite.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Like Peck before him, he goes out of his way to make things miserable for the Ghostbusters.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: He takes Walter Peck's role as the jackass close to the mayor who antagonizes the Ghostbusters, though arguably he's even worse. Naturally, they briefly work together in the IDW comics.
* VillainousFriendship: He ''thought'' he had this with Peck in the comics. However, as Peck points out, all they have in common is a shared hatred of Peter Venkman.
* VillainTeamUp: Of a sort. Peck brings him in as the group's liason when the original team goes missing, making the replacement team's lives very difficult and focusing solely on the marketing end of the business.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Hardemeyer AllThereInTheManual: Their first names (as well as the identity of their actors) were given in an article about the film's special effects.
* FatAndSkinny: Tony
is an arrogant AmoralAttorney who abuses the skinny one, Nunzio is the fat one.
* FatBastard: Nunzio is disgustingly overweight ''and'' a murderer.
* GigglingVillain: Tony has a really high-pitched laugh as probably
his position of working with only vocalization.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Their eyes glow brightly.
* TheHyena: Tony.
* KnightOfCerebus: To
the mayor and gets extent that they're the only regular ghosts (in the movies, anyway) shown to be actively dangerous as opposed to merely a nuisance.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If it weren't for their timely arrival
the Ghostbusters committed out of spite.
would have been permanently disbanded.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Like Peck before him, he goes out of his way to make things miserable for the Ghostbusters.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: He takes Walter Peck's role as the jackass close to the mayor who antagonizes the Ghostbusters, though arguably he's even worse. Naturally,
PsychoElectro: They're covered with surging electricity because they briefly work together in the IDW comics.
* VillainousFriendship: He ''thought'' he had this with Peck in the comics. However, as Peck points out, all
got executed via electric chair, although it's unclear if they have in common is a shared hatred of Peter Venkman.
* VillainTeamUp: Of a sort. Peck brings him in
can actually use it as the group's liason when the original team goes missing, making the replacement team's lives very difficult and focusing solely on the marketing end of the business.a power.
* SiblingTeam: They're ''literal'' BashBrothers!




!!Villains

[[folder:Gozer]]
!!Gozer
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[[caption-width-right:256:The Destructor's "chosen form".]]
!!!'''Played by:''' Slavitza Jovan (humanoid form), Paddi Edwards (voice)
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

-->''"Subcreatures, Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, the Traveler has come; choose and perish."''

An ancient Sumerian deity fond of entering dimensions and destroying them. Its impending arrival somehow causes an increase in the spectral activity of the targeted dimension, starting the events of the first movie.
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* EightiesHair: A mean flat-top.
* AgonyBeam: Uses this on the Ghostbusters after they told it they were not gods.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Went from a "large and moving torb" to a "giant sloar" and then a giant marshmallow man. It typically arrives in a pre-chosen form from a previous world it destroyed.
* BigBad: Of the first movie.
* CombatStilettos: In its humanoid form.
* EldritchAbomination: A non-cephalopod variety.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Speaks with a raspy, deep voice.
* ForTheEvulz: Seems to travel universes and destroy civilizations entirely for its own amusement.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Apparently Gozer's trademark. When it arrives to cause an apocalypse, it forces the denizens of the world its about to destroy to choose the form it will end them with. Ray accidentally chooses the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which he believes to be incapable of causing the kind of destruction Gozer wants (and probably would have been had it not been the size of a skyscraper).
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The video game and comics say it had a major rivalry with its sister Tiamat.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The door Gozer used to enter our world is also the thing that pushed it back out.
** Further, Gozer's habit of making the inhabitants of a realm choose the form used to destroy it works against Gozer this time. Gozer ends up stuck in a chubby, awkward body '''made of marshmallows''' and lacking any special destructive abilities, bringing Gozer down to a level where four random humans on foot manage to thwart the destruction entirely (multiple times if you count the ExpandedUniverse).
* HumanoidAbomination: At least Gozer took the form of one. Its true form has never been revealed.
* IHaveManyNames: Also known as "Gozer the Gozerian", "Gozer the Traveler," "Gozer the Destructor", "Lord of the Sebouillia" and "Volguus Zildrohar."
* JerkassGod: Gozer seems to look down on any being who isn't a deity of some kind to the point where it will torture or kill them on the spot.
-->'''Gozer:''' Are you a god? \\
'''Ray:'''...No. \\
'''Gozer:''' Then....DIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Ray tries to think of a form for Gozer that couldn't possibly hurt anyone. There were certainly worse forms Gozer could have had, but Gozer still ends up as a hostile kaiju.
-->[[NiceJobBreakingItHero "Nice thinking, Ray."]]
* NoBiologicalSex: Gozer only takes on forms with characteristics of other genders. In truth, it has none of its own.
* NotQuiteDead: Returns as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the 2009 game, but in this game is fried to a crisp.
* OmnicidalManiac: Seems to be Gozer's main goal. It kills everyone, its summoners, even its ''worshipers'' and all else in its way.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: In the final confrontation, the boys are surprised that s/he's a "girl", but clearly s/he is both, though it leans more towards the feminine. [[note]]Of course that's mostly on account of Gozer being played by an actress.[[/note]]
-->'''Ray''': It's a girl.\\
'''Egon''': It's Gozer.\\
'''Winston''': I thought Gozer was a man.\\
'''Egon''': It's whatever it wants to be.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Gozer has come to be known for its tendency to destroy all that is in its path.
* PhysicalGod: And anyone who isn't can PERISH!
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SadisticChoice: Upon arriving at a targeted planet, Gozer demands the inhabitants choose the form it will takes before it destroys the world. As the inhabitants of Earth find out, [[TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment even seemingly-harmless choices]] will appear as [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever dangerous monsters.]]
* ShapeshifterModeLock: The ExpandedUniverse has implied that she was permanently stuck in the marshmallow man form.
** In [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame the 2009 video game]], Ray mentions the possibility that Gozer is only able to create one Destructor form per dimension and therefore will only be able to manifest as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this one.
** The IDW comics had an alternate timeline where the Ghostbusters never defeated her and she's stranded on Earth in the Stay Puft form. After asking the Ghostbusters for help, they travel back in time to the Temple of Gozer and cover it in pictures of an even sillier cartoon character called Loofa Joe so their past versions would subconsciously turn Gozer into this if she tried to attack Earth again.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: A disturbing HumanoidAbomination with plans to destroy the world in a relatively light-hearted horror-comedy.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: From an androgynous woman covered in bubbles to a giant marshmallow man. Truly, Gozer doesn't seem to care what form it takes.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Zuul and Vinz Clortho]]
!!Zuul and Vinz Clortho
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!!!'''Played by:''' Ivan Reitman (voice of Zuul)
!!!'''Appear in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

Hellhound demigods and Gozer's loyal minions and scouts. Zuul is "The Gatekeeper" presumably responsible for guarding the Traveler's portal while Vinz Clortho is "The Keymaster" with the power to open it. They enter Earth first to prepare it for Gozer's arrival with Zuul possessing Dana Barrett and Vinz possessing Louis Tully.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Vinz Clortho when possessing Louis Tully. Unlike Zuul, who is a sinister and forceful presence, Vinz is just as dorky as the person it possessed. He describes Gozer the Traveler and his history of destruction more like an excited child than a terrifying demon.
* AffablyEvil: Vinz enthusiastically gushes to Egon about how Gozer has destroyed previous worlds and seems to expect humans to be genuinely excited about being destroyed. Vinz even politely assists Egon in mundane tasks and seems more like an excited puppy than a demonic invader.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Vinz, who is {{adorkable}} when possessing Louis.
* CloudCuckoolander: Vinz clearly isn't all there, though part of it may have been due to possessing Louis Tully.
* CoDragons: To Gozer.
* CreatorCameo: Director Ivan Reitman provided the voice for Zuul.
-->'''"There is no Dana, ONLY ZUUL."'''
* DemonicPossession: The possessed forms of Louis and Dana.
* DumbMuscle: Vinz even before possessing Louis shows that, while strong and tough, he's not exactly the brightest bulb of all. He attacks Louis in a crowded place, thus letting other people notice him, while Zuul attacks Dana inside her apartment without anyone finding out until Peter arrives for his date with her. Vinz also constantly smashes against tables and walls while chasing Louis.
* EliteMooks: Intimidating and frightening by themselves, but ultimately not the Big Bad.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After becoming possessed by Zuul, Dana Barrett greets Peter Venkman wearing only a diaphanous, flowing crimson dress which reveals a lot of skin.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Zuul's voice becomes deep and monstrous when angered by Peter Venkman.
* {{Hellhound}}s: They're known as "Terror Dogs".
* LadyInRed: When possessed by Zuul, Dana wears a revealing, red dress and her behavior becomes overtly sexual: first attempting to seduce Peter and later meeting and hooking up with Louis (possessed by Vinz Clortho).
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: When Egon has the possessed Louis hooked up to a brain-wave scanner, the image on the display is of Vinz Clortho's demonic head.
* MsFanservice: Zuul, at least while it's in Dana's body, wears a shiny, flowing red dress which reveals a lot of bare shoulders and long legs throughout her possession.
* PetTheDog: When Vinz -- in Louis's body -- asks a horse drawing a carriage if it's the Gatekeeper, the driver rudely accosts him. Vinz growls at the man with glowing red eyes, gently assures the horse that when Gozer comes all prisoners will be released, then runs off shouting to the driver that he and all his kind will perish in flames.
* PowersViaPossession: Dana and Louis exhibit supernatural abilities when possessed. While on her "date" with Peter, Dana levitates above her bed while also growling and snarling like an unearthly beast. Louis' growls and flares his eyes red when angered and shows telekinetic ability when opening and closing the door to Dana's apartment during their demonic reunion.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: For Gozer.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: They both have glowing red eyes, which do shine through the eyes of their human forms.
* Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The humans Zuul and Vinz Clortho possessed have a large height disparity which becomes accentuated when Dana Barrett dips Louis Tully during their kiss when they reunite while possessed. Sigourney Weaver is 6' tall while Rick Moranis is listed at 5'6".
* UnusualEuphemism: "The Keymaster" and "The Gatekeeper". It's strongly implied they have to have sex to open the portal to Gozer's realm.
* TheVamp: Zuul, while possessing Dana.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vigo]]
!!Prince Vigo the Carpathian
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!!!'''Played by:''' Wilhelm von Homburg (humanoid form), Creator/MaxVonSydow (voice)
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Jean Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A 16th century tyrant and sorcerer, Prince Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf conquered a good section of Eastern Europe before being put down by a rebellion at the age of 105. Vigo reappeared in modern day Manhattan possessing his own portrait, and generated a "mood slime" that heightened and reacted to people's negative emotions, which hastened his return.
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: Seeing as how Vigo lived to be 105 and was tremendously difficult to kill, coupled with the plainly demonic appearance (complete with black eyes of evil and horns) he assumes in the film's climax, it's highly possible that Vigo was always some kind of demon that had possessed/merged with the human Vigo in the past and desired to possess another host. That, and his talk about "a mountain of skulls", "on the castle of pain" and sitting "on a throne of blood" are things that would exist in {{Hell}}, but not anywhere on Earth, even at the worst points in human history.
** While not quite mountain-sized, huge piles of skulls have featured over the centuries with human tyrants: The Mongols in particular were fond of creating them.
* {{Authority Equals Asskicking}}: A tyrant and sorcerer who curb-stomps the Ghostbusters.
* BadAssBoast: "On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood."
* BigBad: Of the second movie.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: When possessing Ray.
* BlobMonster: He controls the living ''River of Slime'' beneath New York.
* BodySurf: One of his more frightening powers.
* CardCarryingVillain: He refers to himself as "The Scourge of Carpathia" and "The Sorrow of Moldovia".
* CatchPhrase: "I, Vigo the Carpathian, (the names above), commands you!"
* DemotedToExtra: While still present in the video game, his only role is to be present as a nod to the movie by his appearance via his talking painting in the Firehouse.
* TheDreaded: Universally feared and hated by his own subjects while alive.
* EmotionEater: He feeds on human negative energy.
* EvilOverlord: After rising to power, Vigo ruled his homeland and later the conquered Romanian region of Moldovia with an iron fist. History would remember him as a powerful magician and an intelligent genius, but also an oppressive tyrant, an egotistical autocrat, a psychopathic lunatic, and a genocidal madman
* TheEvilPrince: A notoriously despotic autocrat.
* EvilSorcerer: In his {{backstory}}.
* {{Expy}}: Of Vlad the Impaler aka [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Count Dracula]].
** The novelization implies that he's Vlad Tepes's cousin.
** The account of his drawn out chore of an assassination and accusations of mysticism also seem like a nod to Gregori Rasputin.
* AGodAmI: With the power to back it up.
* HarmlessVillain[=/=]VillainDecay: In the game, he's reduced to nothing more than his painting, unable to do much of anything aside from talk and make the player feel uncomfortable. To add insult to injury, said painting is owned by the very people who beat him: the Ghostbusters.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:A version of Vigo's empathic slime empowered with ''positive'' emotions is what ultimately does him in]].
* HornedHumanoid: Grows two stumpy blood-colored horns after being sucked back into the painting during the final confrontation.
* [[IHaveManyNames I Have Many]] NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised and Vigo the Unholy.
-->'''Peter:''' Wasn't he also Vigo the Butch?
* KubrickStare
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Upon dying, he declared he would return to the living world one day. And he did.
* ObviouslyEvil
* RasputinianDeath: Practically almost parodied.
-->'''Ray''': He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.\\
'''Peter ''': [[{{Understatement}} 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."
* {{Reincarnation}}: Invoked, then Subverted as Dana's baby Oscar was chosen to be Vigo's "new vessel" before the Ghostbusters foil the attempt.
* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Painting]]: When first encountered. And he's this yet again in the video game, where the only thing he can do is talk to the player when interacted with.
* SorcerousOverlord: He was this in his past life.
* SpookyPainting: Dana comments that the painting gives her chills, even before the paranormal shenanigans begin.
* UndeadAbomination: He was so powerful that in ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'', he is classified as a Class 7 entity, the same level as Zuul, Vince Clortho and Gozer the Gozerian.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: In the much more family-conscious second movie, Vigo's back story of dictatorship and genocide seems especially imposing.
* WouldHurtAChild: Vigo is more than willing to posses baby Oscar for his new body.
[[/folder]]

!!Ghosts

[[folder:Slimer]]
!!Slimer
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A pudgy, gluttonous, free-floating apparition of unknown origin comprised of a viscous green ectoplasm, "Slimer" is the first ghost the Ghostbusters ever caught when the Sedgewick Hotel hires them to get rid of him. Depending on the continuity he's treated as an ally, an antagonist, a test subject, or a pet/mascot.
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* AllThereInTheManual: It's never really explained where he came from in the movies proper, but according to Dan Aykroyd he's the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: In the IDW comics, Ray theorises that Slimer is a force of gluttony given form.
* BerserkButton: When Venkman encounters him for the first time, Ray (while communicating with Venkman via walkie-talkie) refers to Slimer as "an ugly little spud". Needless to say, Slimer overhears this and does ''not'' take kindly to it, charging at Peter and coating him in slime.
* BigEater: When first encountered, he's scoffing his way through a room-service trolley.
* BlobMonster: Spherical, and made of slime.
* CanonImmigrant: Although he originated in the first movie, the name Slimer and him living with the Ghostbusters originated in the animated series before it happened in the second film.
* CreatorCameo: His voice is provided by series director Ivan Reitman.
* FatAndSkinny: The Fat to Louis' Skinny.
* HarmlessVillain: The Ghostbusters caused MUCH more havoc than he did, and he never actually hurt anybody.
* HeelFaceTurn: He helps Louis (and the other Ghostbusters to an extent) out near the end of the second movie.
* {{Mascot}}
* MeaningfulName: Deliberately. In the animated series, Ray gave him the name "just to annoy Peter."
* MergerOfSouls: Dan Aykroyd says he's an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel.
* MultipleChoicePast: The ExpandedUniverse offers multiple origins;
** Creator/DanAykroyd said he was a "vapor - a kind of confluence of stored up psychic energy, an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel who doesn't want to leave". He also offered the alternative suggestion that he was the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
** The ''[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel UK]]'' comics based on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' said he's the ghost of a human king called "Remils".
** The tabletop game said he's on Earth as a result of cult rituals.
** The 1992 annual said he was the ghost of an obese man who remembers nothing about his life except the desire to eat.
** The [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} 2017 IDW annual]] had the Ghostbusters suggest multiple theories, some of which were [[MythologyGag references to the above]]: a chef at the hotel who suffered a fatal heart attack on the job, a vagrant, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of gluttony summoned by the Gozerian cult, and Venkman's gag suggestion he was a king.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Is never called Slimer in the movies and gets his name from ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' cartoon series.
%%%* NonHumanSidekick:
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The first ghost seen not known to be the spirit of a deceased human being.
* SdrawkcabName: Some of the comics say his name was ''King Remils'' when he was alive.
%%%* TeamPet:
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Eleanor Twitty]]
!!Eleanor Twitty a.k.a. "The Gray Lady" / "The Library Ghost"
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!!!'''Played by:''' Ruth Oliver
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

The very first ghost the Ghostbusters ever encountered (but not the first they captured). Gets an expanded role in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]] where it's revealed she was murdered.
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* AncientKeeper: [[spoiler:She's spent decades keeping the Gozerian Codex in her last resting place.]]
* AntiVillain: Type II.
* AscendedExtra: Originally she was merely just the first ghost the Busters came across, then after scaring them off she wasn't mentioned again. In the video game, she was given an entire level where we were introduced to who she was and shown her deep connection to the event in the game as a node in the spectral circuit flow.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: [[spoiler:Despite seeming to be just a normal ghost, she ends up having the power to control the entire library, as well as ghosts that are not known to work together. Hurt her and you'll regret it, even if it takes nearly a century.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the game, she purposely lured the Ghostbusters to her library by taking control of some ghosts and making them cause a ruckus. All this to get them to go after her murderer/ex-boyfriend so as to finally get her revenge.]]
* FingerOnLips: Shushes them when they disturb her reading. Disturb her reading again and she goes ape.
* FogFeet: It seems to be the main way one tracks her.
* OneWingedAngel: Her "angry form."
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Ray; he really wanted to [[IncrediblyLamePun get her]] after scaring him.
* ScaryLibrarian: Especially in her angry mode.
* SnubByOmission: Her initial response to the Ghostbusters is to ignore them.
* SpookySilentLibrary: Her chosen domain.
* RevengeAgainstMen: [[spoiler:Her EX-boyfriend]], not the Ghostbusters.
* UnfinishedBusiness: [[spoiler:Subverted. After thinking they had helped her pass on by taking her book, she suddenly reappears and laughs maniacally as she transforms into her angry mode.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: She has a disturbing tendency to shift between a quiet plain librarian [[OneWingedAngel to a raging grotesque ghoul. Though the others suspect this was also part of it - that the fight was not only to give the Ghostbusters the book, but so that they would wreck the room and uncover the path to the ghost world where her murderous ex was hiding.]]
* WomanScorned: Oh yes...
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Her boyfriend used her to get at her rare book collection. When this is discovered, she dumps him and revokes his pass to her collection. He then kills her, trapping her in the library she tried to protect. It is soon shown, despite her circumstances, she isn't going to mope about. Instead she'll spend her afterlife plotting the downfall of her ex-boyfriend. She succeeds, with the help of the Ghostbusters.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Scoleri Brothers]]
!!Tony and Nunzio Scoleri
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!!!'''Played by:''' Jim Fye (voice of Tony), Tim Lawrence (voice of Nunzio)
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appear in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

The ghosts of convicted sibling murderers that appear at the Ghostbusters' trial. Their arrival and subsequent mayhem quickly convince everyone to reinstate the Ghostbusters.
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* AllThereInTheManual: Their first names (as well as the identity of their actors) were given in an article about the film's special effects.
* FatAndSkinny: Tony is the skinny one, Nunzio is the fat one.
* FatBastard: Nunzio is disgustingly overweight ''and'' a murderer.
* GigglingVillain: Tony has a really high-pitched laugh as probably his only vocalization.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Their eyes glow brightly.
* TheHyena: Tony.
* KnightOfCerebus: To the extent that they're the only regular ghosts (in the movies, anyway) shown to be actively dangerous as opposed to merely a nuisance.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If it weren't for their timely arrival the Ghostbusters would have been permanently disbanded.
* PsychoElectro: They're covered with surging electricity because they got executed via electric chair, although it's unclear if they can actually use it as a power.
* SiblingTeam: They're ''literal'' BashBrothers!
[[/folder]]


Character page for the film continuity comprising ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'' and ''Film/GhostbustersAfterlife''.

For the other entries of the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' franchise, see the following pages:

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!!Film Series

Character page pages for the film continuity comprising formed by ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'', ''Film/GhostbustersII'' and ''Film/GhostbustersAfterlife''.

For the other entries of the ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' franchise, see the following pages:* [[Characters/GhostbustersFilmSeriesGhostbusters Ghostbusters]]

!!Other Entries



!!The Ghostbusters

!!!'''Original Team'''

[[folder:In General]]
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"We're ready to believe you!"'']]

A team of eccentric scientists who discover ghosts (or "ectoplasmic entities") are real and develop technology to capture them. They start a ghost-catching business in New York City.

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!!The Ghostbusters

!!!'''Original Team'''

[[folder:In General]]
!!Others

[[folder:Dana Barrett]]
!!Dana Barrett
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/SigourneyWeaver
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Frédérique Tirmont (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Well, that's just great. Either I have a monster in my kitchen or I'm completely crazy."''

A team of eccentric scientists musician who discover ghosts (or "ectoplasmic entities") are real alerts the Ghostbusters to Gozer's presence before getting possessed by Zuul in the first film. Between the two movies she got married, had a son, and develop technology to capture them. They start got divorced, and started working at the Manhattan Museum of Art as a ghost-catching business restorer before getting caught up in New York City.the Ghostbusters' problems again. Has an on-again-off-again relationship with Peter Venkman, who loves her, but has commitment issues.



* CoolCar: The Ecto-1 (or Ectomobile), a modified 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex they use to move around upon being called to solve ghost problems.
* HunterOfMonsters: Well, hunters of ghosts, which often happen to be monstrous.
* ParanormalInvestigation: Although they're more like a decontamination crew than detectives or investigators.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: Apart from being scientists (save for Winston), they all have very different backgrounds and personality quirks and are often regarded as loonies by the authorities.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: They're the {{Trope Namer}}s, as it's their CatchPhrase when advertising their business of investigating paranormal activities and capturing/neutralizing ectoplasmic entities.

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* CoolCar: The Ecto-1 (or Ectomobile), a modified 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura Duplex they use to move around upon being called to solve ghost problems.
ActionMom: She becomes one in the second movie.
* HunterOfMonsters: Well, hunters DefrostingIceQueen: As the first film progresses.
* DemonicPossession: Victim
of ghosts, which often happen this for half of the first film.
* LoveInterest: To Peter.
* MamaBear: She doesn't need a Proton Pack
to be monstrous.
a ActionMom!
* ParanormalInvestigation: Although they're more like NeutralFemale: Averted. She tries to keep away from the trouble so as not to get in the guy's way, but when it comes to her, she fights back.
* OneOfTheBoys: Even after she breaks up with Peter, she still gets along with all the Ghostbusters and vice versa.
* TheReliableOne: You can always count on her. One of the reasons she and Peter broke-up, temporarily.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Had
a decontamination crew than detectives or investigators.
''lot'' of trouble finding one for a while.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits: Apart StatuesqueStunner: Especially when possessed in the first film.
* [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob What, Exactly, Is Her Job?]]: Goes
from being scientists (save an orchestral performer in the first movie to retouching paintings in the second, with no explanation for Winston), they all have very different backgrounds and personality quirks and are often regarded as loonies by the authorities.
* WhoYouGonnaCall: They're the {{Trope Namer}}s, as it's their CatchPhrase when advertising their business of investigating paranormal activities and capturing/neutralizing ectoplasmic entities.
jump.



[[folder:Peter Venkman]]
!!Peter Venkman, [=PhD=]
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[[caption-width-right:300:''" I donít have to take this abuse from you, Iíve got hundreds of people dying to abuse me."'']]
!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/BillMurray
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Bernard Murat (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

->''"24 hours a day, seven days a week. No job is too big, no fee is too big."''

TheFace of the Ghostbusters, Venkman is psychology professor (though sleazy ConMan would be a more accurate description) who founded the Ghostbusters with Egon and Ray less in pursuit of studying the paranormal and more to turn a profit. He acts as the Ghostbusters' spokesman and is the one who usually talks with clients.

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[[folder:Peter Venkman]]
!!Peter Venkman, [=PhD=]
[[folder:Walter Peck]]
!!Walter Peck
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/BillMurray
Creator/WilliamAtherton
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Bernard Murat Hervé Bellon (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

->''"24 hours a day, seven days a week. No job
''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Forget it, Venkman! You had your chance to cooperate, but you thought it would be more fun to insult me. Well, now it
is too big, no fee is too big.my turn, wiseass."''

TheFace A representative of the Ghostbusters, Venkman Environmental Protection Agency, or so he claimed. He's highly skeptical and cynical, especially toward Peter. In the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideogame 2009 video game]] he is psychology professor (though sleazy ConMan would be a more accurate description) who founded appointed as liaison between the Ghostbusters with Egon and Ray less in pursuit of studying the paranormal and more to turn a profit. He acts as city of New York under the Ghostbusters' spokesman and is newly formed Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission, to his great annoyance. In the one who usually talks with clients.[[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} IDW comic]] he is still head of P.C.O.C., but has grown into the role.



* AntiHero: Snarky, arrogant, conceited, womanizing and sometimes a [[{{Jerkass}} real jerk]], but still a good man. He softens up quite a bit in ''Ghostbusters II''.
* BadassBoast: "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!"
* BecomingTheMask: Particularly in the first movie, there's something to this. He puts on an ironic persona of being a know-it-all big shot, but by the end, he's forced to back up his braggart ways and become a real hero.
* BrilliantButLazy: He is a fairly smart guy. If only he cared enough to do anything with his smarts. He has [=PhD's=] in both psychology and parapsychology, but uses mostly the psychology one to help him get together with girls.
* BunnyEarsLawyer:
-->'''Dana''': You know, you don't act like a scientist.\\
'''Peter''': They're usually pretty stiff.\\
'''Dana''': You're more like a game show host.
* ConMan: Venkman is the least sincere of the four, exploiting the field of "parapsychology" to swindle universities, push nonsense papers all day, flirt with his research subjects, and basically get paid for doing nothing.
* TheCasanova: If all those phone messages he gets in the game means anything. He seems to have become quite popular with the ladies. Despite this, though...
* ChivalrousPervert: He's interested in dating his female students, however, he refuses to take advantage of [[spoiler:Dana possessed by]] Zuul.
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: [[NoodleIncident Egon apparently tried self-trephination, but Peter stopped him]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Perhaps the biggest snarker in the film series.
-->"You're right; no human being would stack books like this."
* EveryoneHasStandards: He's smooth-talking, somewhat sleazy and more than a little irreverent, but if you step on a church in his town, he will ''roast'' your supernatural ass.
* TheFace: Peter is the group's ambassador and generally does the talking.
* FlatEarthAtheist: At the start of the second film, even after dealing with real ghosts and an extradimensional deity, he still thinks the only reason a person would write a book about the end of the world would be to make a quick buck from gullible readers. Possibly justified by his line to Dana in the first film saying ''most'' people who say they see ghosts are nutjobs. In the second movie he's actually really bitter about this, believing his work with the Ghostbusters was the high point of his life, and now that they're(apparently) not needed anymore, his life is essentially over.
-->'''Producer:''' This is the best we could do on such short notice. Look, no respected psychic will come on the show! They think you're a fraud.\\
'''Venkman:''' I ''am'' a fraud!
* FreudianTrio: Ego
* TheGadfly: Especially in the sequel.
* GoodIsNotNice: He's a sarcastic wise-ass, despite being one of the series' lead heroes.
* GuileHero: Can trick and bluff his way out of any pinch.
* JerkassHasAPoint: In several ways.
** First of all. Peter greeted Walter Peck in a purely professional manner while Peck was in the Ghostbusters office, as Peck could well be a paying client, and this only stopped when Peck, without showing any credentials, threatened the Ghostbusters' operation, without any form of just cause.
** Second. Peter rightly responded that any interruption of their business, without evidence, just cause, or even a proper warrant, which Ghostbusters would then have the right to appeal, would open Peck up for a proper retaliatory lawsuit.
** Third. Peter had no obligation to show Peck the delicate, and highly classified, containment unit, especially as Peck was not in Ghosbusters HQ in any official capacity, but merely ''claimed'' to be an agent of the EPA, and "asked" to see the unit purely for the sake of his own curiosity, not because of any violation of code on the part of the Ghostbusters, nor any active complaint, civil or criminal.
** Lastly, when Peck angrily started ranting about shutting down the business, without cause, as opposed to listing proper violations of code, informing Peter of due notice regarding a hearing, or simply mentioning that Ghostbusters would be contacted by his office regarding non-compliance, Peter was right to toss Peck out on his ear, considering that Peter has long experience with con-men (especially being one himself), he knows a shakedown when he sees it, and ''usually'', when a con-man who claims to be a government official, but isn't is met with a mark that won't be intimidated, goes to look for a sucker somewhere else.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Though you have to look ''really'' hard to find the heart of gold in the first film. It's much more evident in ''Ghostbusters II'', and he is generally much kinder in the cartoon series as well. In the video game, he seems to have lost some of that heart and the Jerk seems to have resurfaced. A funny jerk, but a [[{{Jerkass}} Jerk]] none the less.
** It comes up a few times in the IDW comics as well. Take the first issue where Winston drags him along on a pro-bono job for a kid. Pete bitches and moans the whole car trip over. Then he sees how bad the apartment complex they're working has gotten (read: slime gushing out of literally ''every'' window), then gives the superintendent a ''brutal'' verbal dressing down over all the public health and safety laws the guy broke just to try to save out on the charges involved in a supernatural elimination, and is afterward actually taking the job pretty seriously, despite resorting to further bitching and moaning.
* TheKirk: An acerbic version. He nets all of the chicks and saves the day by breaking established rules (like EPA codes) and rebelling against authority.
* KnightInSourArmor: Despite his actions to the contrary, Peter is in fact more likely to do the right thing than not. He has his moments, when he can get away with it. He is a {{Jerkass}} for sure, but never would he step down from helping someone who ''really'' needs it. Notably, in the first film, he's willing to go back to jail (and quietly) if it turns out they're wrong about Gozer.
* LastNameBasis: Venkman's first name is rarely used even by his friends, which stands out as the other three go primairly by their first names.
* TheLeader: Not so much a leader as designated spokesperson or front man. Peter is the ladies' man of the group, and while he's less normal than Winston, he's more capable of relating to other people than either Ray or Egon. In the cartoon series, he is also the one who generally decides whether or not the Ghostbusters will take a given job.
* LetsMockTheMonsters: While the guys consider [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipping the bird]] to supernatural bad guys standard operating procedure, no one does it better (or faster) than Peter. See the SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome page for how he used his taunts on Vigo to distract him, even while injured and ''crawling'' towards a supernatual being that could stomp him flat.
* LovableCoward: For all his bravado, he's not exactly a brave guy; he'll step up to the plate if necessary, but ''very'' reluctantly, and will happily allow someone else to go first.
* TheMillstone: Every problem the 'Busters have to deal with in the original film is caused by him. It's his freewheeling attitude that gets them kicked out of Columbia, his overt come-ons with Dana nearly cost them their first customer, and his standoffishness with Peck is what gets the containment grid shut down. Every one of these incidents is mitigated because Venkman's cleverness and quick tongue always end up fixing the problems he causes.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Perhaps if he hadn't antagonized Peck so much and just showed him around, Peck wouldn't have gone and shut down the power grid.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He is a very intelligent man, but he comes off more like a CasanovaWannabe. He obviously doesn't have any real interest in parapsychology or psychology. Despite all this, the very fact that he was able to become a scientist in those fields speaks volumes of what he is capable of when he works at it.
* PapaWolf: Even though Oscar is not his child, he did his part to protect him from Vigo.
* PetTheDog: At the start of the film, he's got very few good qualities but Dana sort of becomes a MoralityPet of his. He does become more heroic at the end of the film, and for all his sleaze, he is so not going to sleep with a woman under the influence of a major specter.
* PhonyPhonyPsychic: A charlatan in the field of telepathy (later 'promoted' to a cable TV host on a paranormal talk show) finds himself getting dragged along on a hunt for real ghosts.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner
--> "All right--this chick is ''toast!''"\\
"Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!"\\
"Viggy, Viggy, Viggy. You have been a bad monkey!"
* TheProtagonist: It's a subtle thing, but if anyone in this group fill this role, it's Peter. The other members will generally do more of the heavy lifting, but Peter is higher profile and speaks for the group.
* PunchClockHero: He's OnlyInItForTheMoney and treats what he does as a the paying job it is, not some selfless mission or higher calling for the good of mankind.
* TheSlacker: He certainly tries to be this. In the first movie, he only goes to help Dana because he wanted to get into a relationship with her. Also in the game, he was busy getting coffee while the Rookie and Ray are being attacked by Stay Puft and his minions. He's basically reluctant to do anything unless some kind of personal gain is involved.
* TheTrickster: He is purposely contrary to people, inciting them to become aggravated with him. Peter seems to not care much for their feelings though and goads them on. He is willing to mock or patronize even people in places of authority, whereas Ray and Egon would be more-easily cowed and cautious. Though he usually shows more discretion with these people than to the average Joe. May be unrelated, but perhaps his attitude to higher authority improved after what happened with Peck.
* TrustMeImAnX: "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

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* AntiHero: Snarky, arrogant, conceited, womanizing AmoralAttorney: He only aims to sue the Ghostbusters out of spite for their cause, but in reality is just a money grubbing agent.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Surrounded by news articles
and sometimes a [[{{Jerkass}} real jerk]], but still a good man. He softens up quite a bit in ''Ghostbusters II''.
* BadassBoast: "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!"
* BecomingTheMask: Particularly in
tv interviews about the first movie, there's something to this. He puts on an ironic persona of being a know-it-all big shot, but by ghosts the end, he's forced Ghostbusters have caught, yet insists it's all an elaborate scam.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Without a search warrant, or any sort of legal document, never mind actually showing Peter any credentials
to back up his braggart ways claims, Peck walks into the Ghostbusters' building, "asking" to be shown very sensitive and become a real hero.
* BrilliantButLazy: He is a fairly smart guy. If only he cared enough to do anything with his smarts. He has [=PhD's=] in both psychology and parapsychology, but uses mostly the psychology one to help him get together with girls.
* BunnyEarsLawyer:
-->'''Dana''': You know, you
rightfully classified technology (and specifically chemical tanks that they don't act like actually have) for no good reason. When a scientist.\\
'''Peter''': They're usually pretty stiff.\\
'''Dana''': You're more like a game show host.
* ConMan: Venkman is
suspicious Peter refuses, he retaliates by forcing his way back into the least sincere building without notice, accompanied by a police officer and some guy in a hard-hat, waving around a piece of paper that neither the four, exploiting the field Ghostbusters or their lawyers have had a chance to review. This is a major breach of "parapsychology" to swindle universities, push nonsense papers all day, flirt with his research subjects, proper protocol for any kind of government facility. How Peck didn't wind up in jail himself is a major case of KarmaHoudini. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Though there are stories of actual government officials and basically get paid for bureaucrats doing nothing.
that and worse in New York and getting away with it.]]
* TheCasanova: If all those phone messages BadBoss: As head of P.C.O.C. he gets in the game means anything. He seems to have become quite popular at first deliberately interferes with the ladies. Despite this, though...
* ChivalrousPervert: He's interested in dating his female students, however,
Ghostbusters' investigation out of spite. Even after Peck's HeelFaceTurn he refuses to take advantage of [[spoiler:Dana possessed by]] Zuul.
* CloudCuckoolandersMinder: [[NoodleIncident Egon apparently tried self-trephination, but Peter stopped him]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Perhaps
still enjoys forcing the biggest snarker Ghostbusters to do unpleasant things, especially Peter.
* CharacterDevelopment: Probably goes through the most out of any of the cast over the course of the movies, games, and comics, going from an inept bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters, to a manipulative bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters (but not as much).
* CoveredInGunge: But hey, at least it was marshmallow.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Averted. His last appearance
in the film series.
-->"You're right; no human
is being would stack books covered in melted marshmallow glop and shrieking in what sounds like this.agony, but he was apparently unharmed aside from having his day ruined down to the last hours.
* DumbassHasAPoint:
** Despite the "too dumb to live" below, he ''does'' have a good point that the Ghostbusters are using some extremely suspicious and dangerous technologies in an equally unprofessional manner. Of course, his response is every bit as stupid.
** Ends up banking on this to keep the Ghostbusters running and their gear from being seized in the IDW comics: Yes, they've got suspicious and dangerous technology, and yes, it ''does'' get used in unprofessional manners. But the Ghostbusters are also frequently the only ones who know how to maintain and (more importantly) ''stabilize'' said tech. It helps that, by his own admission, nobody wants "to press the point with the ''idiot'' who forcibly turned off the containment grid.
"
* EveryoneHasStandards: He's smooth-talking, somewhat sleazy and more than a little irreverent, but if you step on a church in his town, he will ''roast'' your supernatural ass.
* TheFace: Peter is
HarmlessVillain: Kinda sorta; the group's ambassador and generally does the talking.
* FlatEarthAtheist: At the start
containment unit gets blown up because of the second film, even after dealing with real ghosts and an extradimensional deity, he still thinks the only reason a person would write a book about the end of the world would be to make a quick buck from gullible readers. Possibly justified by his line to Dana him in the first film saying ''most'' people who say they see ghosts are nutjobs. In the second movie he's actually really bitter about this, believing his work with but Peck generally doesn't do anything truly lethal to the Ghostbusters was directly. He acts as an independent DiscOneFinalBoss who manages to either restrain or delay the high point of Ghostbusters, which gives the real villains more time or freedom to act.
* HateSink: Peck with
his life, imperious self-righteousness and now that they're(apparently) not needed anymore, his life {{Jerkass}} NeverMyFault belligerency is essentially over.
-->'''Producer:''' This is the best we could do on such short notice. Look, no respected psychic will come on the show! They think you're
clearly designed to inspire a fraud.\\
'''Venkman:''' I ''am'' a fraud!
* FreudianTrio: Ego
* TheGadfly: Especially
burning hatred in the sequel.
* GoodIsNotNice: He's a sarcastic wise-ass, despite being one of
audience. When he has the series' lead heroes.Ghostbusters arrested for the explosion when it is clearly his own fault, the whole audience wants to punch his lights out.
* GuileHero: Can trick ** In the DVD commentary, Creator/WilliamAtherton complained that the movie ruined his life; Peck's character was so despised that people would speak to Atherton as though they were giving him a piece of their mind, and bluff his way out of any pinch.
* JerkassHasAPoint: In
people started bar fights with him on several ways.
** First
occasions.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the comics, following the events
of all. Peter greeted Walter Peck in the game. He's still a purely professional manner while Peck was in dick, but a dick who recognizes the need for the Ghostbusters office, as Peck could well be a paying client, and this only stopped when Peck, without showing any credentials, threatened will defend their behavior to the mayor and the press.
* {{Jerkass}}: Where to begin? He harasses the Ghostbusters based solely on rumors. He orders the containment grid to be turned off despite the warnings of the Ghostbusters and a Con Ed technician's reticence against doing so, resulting in the release of all the ghosts therein. ''Then'' he has the nerve to have the Busters arrested for the disaster ''he himself caused''!
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His initial request to see the containment grid was reasonable. It is his job to make sure people like the Ghostbusters are operating with safe equipment, and in fact
the Ghostbusters' operation, without any form of just cause.
** Second.
containment grid could cause a massive explosion in a densely-populated area. After getting crudely brushed off by Peter, however, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope he overreacts and orders the grid's immediate deactivation]]. If Peter rightly responded had cooperated instead of treating Peck and the EPA as an enemy from the start, they could have avoided the ensuing meltdown.
** This trope is also inverted; Peter has a point against his point. Nothing he was accusing them of was actually in EPA jurisdiction (The Nuclear Regulatory Commission would probably have wanted to have a word with them, though). His actions were completely illegal, and Peter rightfully counters
that any interruption of their business, without evidence, just cause, or even he is willing to sue for wrongful prosecution. Tellingly, notice that when Peck returns for his fateful "shutting off the containment system" visit, he brings with him one police officer and one guy in a proper warrant, which workman's outfit and hard hat - i.e. ''no one trained to deal with the things he accused the Ghostbusters would then have the right to appeal, would open of.'' If there is any evidence for Peck up for a proper retaliatory lawsuit.
pulling things out of his ass in service of his witch hunt, it's this.
** Third. Peter had no obligation to show A second valid inverson is that Peck the delicate, and highly classified, containment unit, especially as Peck was not in Ghosbusters HQ in never showed any official capacity, but merely ''claimed'' credentials confirming his claim to be an agent of from the EPA, and "asked" to see the unit purely for the sake of his own curiosity, not because of had no search warrant, nor listed any violation of code on the part of the Ghostbusters, nor any active complaint, civil or criminal.
** Lastly, when Peck angrily started ranting about shutting down the business, without cause, as opposed to listing proper
plausible violations of code, informing Peter of due notice regarding a hearing, or simply mentioning code that allowed him even in the building, and lastly had voiced not one complaint brought against the Ghostbusters would be contacted business, by his office regarding non-compliance, anyone. Peter was right to toss be concerned that Peck out on his ear, considering that was himself a fraud who just wanted to look at the containment unit for nefarious purposes, and Peter has long experience with con-men (especially being one himself), he knows was ultimately proven right.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Becoming the head of
a shakedown when he sees it, and ''usually'', when a con-man who claims to be a brand new government official, but isn't is met organization with an implied pay hike doesn't ''sound'' like a mark punishment until it's made clear to him in the same scene as that won't be intimidated, goes reveal that his organization's continued existence now depends entirely on the Ghostbusters he hates so much to look operate.
* MaliciousSlander: After he causes the explosion with his careless shutdown of the containment unit, he tells the mayor, and anyone who will listen, that The Ghostbusters were causing hallucinations of ghosts by deliberately exposing their clients to massive amounts of noxious chemicals without any evidence whatsoever. Barring the sheer implausibility of the Ghostbusters actually being able to pull this off, such a reckless accusation does open Peck to any number of lawsuits, which any competent lawyer could easily use to bring ''massive'' consequences upon the accuser if he doesn't have iron-clad evidence, which Peck did not.
* NeverMyFault: Peck loudly and blatantly blames the Ghostbusters
for a sucker somewhere else.causing an explosion when it is clearly obvious in front of multiple witnesses that he himself is personally responsible for the disaster when he ordered the containment grid turned off.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Though you have ObstructiveBureaucrat: A government bureaucrat who, in his quest to look ''really'' hard to find obstruct one business, obstructs the heart of gold in the first film. It's much more evident in ''Ghostbusters II'', and he is generally much kinder in the cartoon series as well. In the video game, he seems to have lost some of that heart and the Jerk seems to have resurfaced. A funny jerk, but a [[{{Jerkass}} Jerk]] none the less.
** It comes up a few times in the IDW comics as well. Take the first issue where Winston drags him along on a pro-bono job for a kid. Pete bitches and moans the whole car trip over. Then he sees how bad the apartment complex they're working has gotten (read: slime gushing out of literally ''every'' window), then gives the superintendent a ''brutal'' verbal dressing down over all the public health and safety laws the guy broke just to try to save out on the charges involved in a supernatural elimination, and is afterward actually taking the job pretty seriously, despite resorting to further bitching and moaning.
* TheKirk: An acerbic version. He nets all
business of the chicks and saves entire world.
* ThePeterPrinciple: He has absolutely ''zero'' understanding of
the day by breaking established rules (like EPA codes) and rebelling against authority.
* KnightInSourArmor: Despite his actions to the contrary, Peter is in fact more likely to do
Ghostbusters' technology, yet legally has the right thing than not. He has his moments, when he can get away to screw with it. He is both it and them (to a {{Jerkass}} point; Peter actually threatens to sue him for sure, but never would he step down from helping someone who ''really'' needs it. Notably, in the first film, degree he's willing to go back to jail (and quietly) if it turns out they're wrong about Gozer.
* LastNameBasis: Venkman's first name is rarely used
abusing his authority even by his friends, which stands out as before he shuts down the other three go primairly by their first names.
* TheLeader: Not so much a leader as designated spokesperson or front man. Peter is the ladies' man of the group, and while he's less normal than Winston, he's more capable of relating to other people than either Ray or Egon. In the cartoon series, he is also the one who generally decides whether or not the Ghostbusters will take a given job.
* LetsMockTheMonsters: While the guys consider [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flipping the bird]] to supernatural bad guys standard operating procedure, no one
equipment illegally). [[PillarOfLight Hilarity does it better (or faster) than Peter. See the SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome page for how he used his taunts on Vigo to distract him, even while injured and ''crawling'' towards not ensue]]. He's just a supernatual petty tyrant who thinks being that could stomp him flat.a federal regulator means he can do anything.
* LovableCoward: For all his bravado, ** The IDW comics see him admit to Janine that he's not exactly a brave guy; he'll step up to effectively ''weaponized'' this against the plate if necessary, but ''very'' reluctantly, rest of the P.C.O.C., forcing them to leave the Ghostbusters and will happily allow someone else to go first.
their tech alone instead of a repeat performance of this trope.
* TheMillstone: Every problem RedHerringMole: In the 'Busters have video game, the Ghostbusters think he's the BigBad, [[spoiler:but it turns out he's an UnwittingPawn]].
* SharedMassHallucination: He thinks that the Ghostbusters were using hallucinations
to deal with make ghosts.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Peter
in the original film is caused by him. It's his freewheeling attitude IDW continuity, who he never misses an opportunity to needle.
* StealthInsult: The astute viewer will notice
that gets them kicked out of Columbia, his overt come-ons with Dana nearly cost them their first customer, and his standoffishness with Peck is what gets the containment grid shut down. Every one of these incidents is mitigated because continues to refer to Venkman as "Mister" even after pointedly looking over Venkman's cleverness and quick tongue always end up fixing two doctorates hanging on the problems walls of his office.
** He himself is subjected to one with the name of the organization
he causes.
winds up getting KickedUpstairs into: P.C.O.C. [[labelnote:*]]"Peacock" is slang for an arrogant person who thinks they're [[SmallNameBigEgo far more important than they actually are.]] It also doubles as a reference to the infamous "no dick" insult Venkman slung at him.[[/labelnote]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Perhaps if he hadn't antagonized StrawCharacter: Peck so much is the quintessential Reagan-era caricature of a government inspector.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In-universe. He's up against the quintessential trifecta of what government inspectors are supposed to inspect; unprofessional, irresponsible and downright ''dangerous'' actions by private individuals. However, he falls flat on his face in that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he is all those things himself]], and makes no attempt to find responsible professionals to make the Ghostbusters' operation safer; he just shows up and throws his weight around because he found a loophole to justify his presence, (and even that is unlikely to stand up in court)
and just showed him around, Peck wouldn't have gone makes everything worse as government inspectors tend to do.
* TooDumbToLive: Let's see; he believes that mass numbers of average people can be induced to see {{Shared Mass Hallucination}}s. He knows ''absolutely nothing'' about chemicals, radiation, or any of the other things he claims to be harassing the Ghostbusters about,
and worst of all, grabs what appears to be a random city worker to shut down the power grid.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He is a very intelligent man, but
equipment he comes off more like a CasanovaWannabe. He obviously doesn't have any real interest in parapsychology or psychology. Despite all this, the very fact that he was able even begin to become a scientist in those fields speaks volumes of what he is capable of when he works at it.
* PapaWolf: Even though Oscar is not his child, he did his part to protect him from Vigo.
* PetTheDog: At the start of the film, he's got very few good qualities but Dana sort of becomes a MoralityPet of his. He does become more heroic at the end of the film, and for all his sleaze, he is so not going to sleep with a woman under the influence of a major specter.
* PhonyPhonyPsychic: A charlatan in the field of telepathy (later 'promoted' to a cable TV host on a paranormal talk show) finds himself getting dragged along on a hunt for real ghosts.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner
--> "All right--this chick is ''toast!''"\\
"Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!"\\
"Viggy, Viggy, Viggy. You have been a bad monkey!"
* TheProtagonist: It's a subtle thing, but if anyone in this group fill this role, it's Peter. The other members will generally do more of the heavy lifting, but Peter is higher profile and speaks for the group.
* PunchClockHero:
understand. He's OnlyInItForTheMoney lucky something ''really unpleasant'' didn't grab him and treats what he does as a the paying job it is, not some selfless mission or higher calling for the good of mankind.
* TheSlacker: He certainly tries to be this. In the first movie, he only goes to help Dana because he wanted to get
make him into a relationship with her. Also in the game, he was busy getting coffee while the Rookie and Ray are being attacked by Stay Puft and his minions. snack. He's basically reluctant to do anything unless some kind of personal gain is involved.
* TheTrickster: He is purposely contrary to people, inciting them to become aggravated with him. Peter seems to not care much for their feelings though and goads them on. He is willing to mock or patronize
even people in places of authority, whereas Ray luckier he was wrong; if it had been storage for dangerous chemicals and Egon failed as spectacularly he would be more-easily cowed and cautious. Though he usually shows more discretion with these people than to the average Joe. May be unrelated, but perhaps his attitude to higher authority improved after have killed thousands of people.
* UnusualEuphemism: "This man has no dick."
--> "Well, that's
what happened with Peck.
* TrustMeImAnX: "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."
I ''heard''!"



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!!Raymond "Ray" Stantz, [=PhD=]
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[[folder:Ray Stantz]]
!!Raymond "Ray" Stantz, [=PhD=]
[[folder:The Mayor]]
!!Mayor Lenny Clotch
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/DanAykroyd
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Creator/RichardDarbois (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

->''"Well, this is great. If the ionization-rate is constant for all ectoplasmic entities, we can really bust some heads... in a spiritual sense, of course."''

TheHeart of the Ghostbusters. Ray is the one who is the most interested in ghosts, and will often be the most excited when encountering something supernatural. He provides knowledge of folklore to compliment Egon's scientific knowledge when figuring out how to deal with a ghost. After the first movie Ray opened up and occult bookstore: "Ray's Occult Books".

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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/DanAykroyd
David Margulies
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Creator/RichardDarbois Marc de Georgi (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

->''"Well, this is great. If
''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Somebody get me
the ionization-rate is constant for all ectoplasmic entities, we can really bust some heads... in a spiritual sense, of course.Ghostbusters."''

TheHeart The Mayor of the Ghostbusters. Ray is the one who is the most interested New York City in ghosts, and will often be the most excited when encountering something supernatural. He provides knowledge of folklore to compliment Egon's scientific knowledge when figuring out how to deal with a ghost. After the first movie Ray opened up and occult bookstore: "Ray's Occult Books".two movies who assists the Ghostbusters to save the city.



* {{Adorkable}}: He's sweet-natured, nerdy, and a bit of a goof-ball.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: He gets boyishly excited by a lot of the weird, gross and terrifying stuff they encounter.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ray is honestly the nicest guy you will ever meet, but if you mess with any of his friends, whether you be human or ghost, he will not take it lightly.
** He also hates it when kids are being threatened.
--> '''Ray:''' (''to Vigo'') You want a baby? Go knock up some willing {{hellhound}}. Otherwise I am giving you to the count of three to march back in that painting!
* ButtMonkey: If he's not being manipulated or slapped around by Peter, he's getting attacked/possessed by one demonic entity or another.
* TheCameo: In ''Film/{{Casper}}''. Generally considered a non-canon appearance by fans due to how cowardly it makes Ray look.
* CloudCuckoolander: Has this in spades. He believes that an undersea mass sponge migration he once witnessed was paranormal despite the fact that the sponges barely moved a foot.
* DemonicPossession: This has happened to him far more than any other character in the series. It's to the point where the other characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it every time he becomes possessed or slimed.
* DitzyGenius: For the guy who was behind the creation of the proton packs and the Ecto-1, he sure doesn't have a lot in the common sense department.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: During the [[HesBack They're Back]] montage in the second film, Peter has a look of panic as Ray is driving the Ecto-1A to a new case.
* TheEngineer: While Egon is typically the group's [[TheStrategist strategist]] during missions, Ray is the mechanic and practical inventor. He designed and built the ecto-containment system, the proton packs and the stuff on the Ectomobile, and also designs something called a "Ghost Bomb" in the cartoon series.
* ForScience: Far more mild than Egon, though.
* FreudianTrio: Id
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Good on Ray's part. He's seen with a cigarette in almost every scene in the movies.
* TheHeart: He's considered this by the rest of the Ghostbusting team.
* HollywoodAtheist: An interesting case. In a short scene toward the end of the first movie, Ray and Winston are alone in Ecto-1, and Winston asks if Ray believes in God. His response is a brief "Never met him." It's rather strange to hear this coming from someone who sees strange spiritual events every day. Ray goes on to quote the Book of Revelations regarding the End of Days, showing that he has some Biblical knowledge. So he may not be an atheist per se--he might be an agnostic.[[note]]Dan Aykroyd has stated that he portrayed Ray as someone who flunked out of seminary school after losing his faith and took up paranormal investigation as a desperate need to believe in ''some''thing.[[/note]]
* HotBlooded: Out of everyone, he is the most passionate when it comes to ghosts and the supernatural, and is the first one to rush headfirst into the unknown.
* LeeroyJenkins: "GET HER!" Leading to a hilarious brick joke. "Go GET HER...Ray!"
* TheLancer: He's this to Peter, making it an interesting aversion of the traditional roles; Ray is the [[ThePollyanna idealistic]], innocent one whereas Peter is the [[DeadpanSnarker snarkier]], self-centered one.
* LastNameBasis: Unique among the main characters in that he generally refers to everyone except Winston by their last name. This seems more personal preference than reflective of his feelings towards them, however. In the second movie, he starts nicknaming everyone instead.
* MadScientist: A heroic example.
* ManChild: His sheer delight at sliding down the fire pole (and at the rest of the fire station) in the first movie would put him here even if nothing else would. In general, however, where Peter is dry and cynical and Egon is clinically rational, Ray tends to have a lot of childlike enthusiasm for what they do. In the second movie, [[spoiler: when he fails to possess Oscar, Vigo decides Ray's just as good]]. The fact that Vigo specifically requested a child to live through speaks volumes of Ray's man-child tendencies.
* TheMcCoy: Though more agreeable than his partners, he does jeopardize their safety with his headstrong personality.
* NiceGuy: He's a decent person who genuinely wants to help others by using the technology the Ghostbusters create to study the supernatural and defend the city.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He unwittingly chose the form of the Destructor.
* NightmareFetishist: The dream sequence he had may suggest how deep his nightmare fetish goes.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Stantz in the movies and video game, Stanz in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''. It's generally accepted that the cartoon misspelled Ray's surname, as opposed to how fans argue over whether Winston's is Zeddemore or Zeddmore.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Peter, who relentlessly teases and takes advantage of him, even going so far as manipulating him into mortgaging his parents' house. In spite of that, it's obvious that they care about one another, as evident in their final goodbye to each other when confronting Gozer at the end of the first movie.
** Not to say Ray can't occasionally dish some out, such as choosing to call the TeamPet "Slimer" just to annoy Peter.

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* {{Adorkable}}: He's sweet-natured, nerdy, AscendedExtra: He was a OneSceneWonder in the first film, but got a larger role in the second.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments
* FirstNameBasis: The Ghostbusters eventually get to know him on this by the second film.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Seems rather acerbic at first, but is a respected man who'll do whatever it takes to keep New York safe.
* {{Joisey}}: Sports an accent like this.
* RaisedCatholic: Seems probable; he's on very good terms with the Archbishop of New York, even calling him by name
and inviting him to his office as a bit of a goof-ball.consultant when ghosts start flooding the streets.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: He gets boyishly excited by a lot of the weird, gross ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In contrast to Peck and terrifying stuff they encounter.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ray
Hardemeyer, he is honestly the nicest guy you will ever meet, but if you mess with any of his friends, whether you be human or ghost, he will not take it lightly.
** He also hates it when kids are being threatened.
--> '''Ray:''' (''to Vigo'') You want a baby? Go knock up some
much more willing {{hellhound}}. Otherwise I am giving you to accept the count of three to march back in that painting!
* ButtMonkey: If he's not being manipulated or slapped around by Peter, he's getting attacked/possessed by one demonic entity or another.
* TheCameo: In ''Film/{{Casper}}''. Generally considered a non-canon appearance by fans due to how cowardly it makes Ray look.
* CloudCuckoolander: Has this in spades. He believes that an undersea mass sponge migration he once witnessed was paranormal despite the fact that the sponges barely moved a foot.
* DemonicPossession: This has happened to him far more than any other character in the series. It's to the point where the other characters [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] it every time he becomes possessed or slimed.
* DitzyGenius: For the guy who was behind the creation of the proton packs and the Ecto-1, he sure doesn't have a lot in the common sense department.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: During the [[HesBack They're Back]] montage in the second film, Peter has a look of panic as Ray is driving the Ecto-1A to a new case.
* TheEngineer: While Egon is typically the group's [[TheStrategist strategist]] during missions, Ray is the mechanic and practical inventor. He designed and built the ecto-containment system, the proton packs and the stuff on the Ectomobile, and also designs something called a "Ghost Bomb" in the cartoon series.
* ForScience: Far more mild than Egon, though.
* FreudianTrio: Id
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Good on Ray's part. He's seen with a cigarette in almost every scene in the movies.
* TheHeart: He's considered this by the rest of the Ghostbusting team.
* HollywoodAtheist: An interesting case. In a short scene toward the end of the first movie, Ray and Winston are alone in Ecto-1, and Winston asks if Ray believes in God. His response is a brief "Never met him." It's rather strange to hear this coming from someone who sees strange spiritual events every day. Ray goes on to quote the Book of Revelations regarding the End of Days, showing that he has some Biblical knowledge. So he may not be an atheist per se--he might be an agnostic.[[note]]Dan Aykroyd has stated that he portrayed Ray as someone who flunked out of seminary school after losing his faith and took up paranormal investigation as a desperate need to believe in ''some''thing.[[/note]]
* HotBlooded: Out of everyone, he is the most passionate when it comes to ghosts and the supernatural, and is the first one to rush headfirst into the unknown.
* LeeroyJenkins: "GET HER!" Leading to a hilarious brick joke. "Go GET HER...Ray!"
* TheLancer: He's this to Peter, making it an interesting aversion of the traditional roles; Ray is the [[ThePollyanna idealistic]], innocent one whereas Peter is the [[DeadpanSnarker snarkier]], self-centered one.
* LastNameBasis: Unique among the main characters in that he generally refers to everyone except Winston by their last name. This seems more personal preference than reflective of his feelings towards them, however. In the second movie, he starts nicknaming everyone instead.
* MadScientist: A heroic example.
* ManChild: His sheer delight at sliding down the fire pole (and at the rest of the fire station) in the first movie would put him here even if nothing else would. In general, however, where Peter is dry and cynical and Egon is clinically rational, Ray tends to have a lot of childlike enthusiasm for what they do. In the second movie, [[spoiler: when he fails to possess Oscar, Vigo decides Ray's just as good]]. The fact that Vigo specifically requested a child to live through speaks volumes of Ray's man-child tendencies.
* TheMcCoy: Though more agreeable than his partners, he does jeopardize their safety with his headstrong personality.
* NiceGuy: He's a decent person who genuinely wants to help others by using the technology the Ghostbusters create to study the supernatural and defend the city.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: He unwittingly chose the form of the Destructor.
* NightmareFetishist: The dream sequence he had may suggest how deep his nightmare fetish goes.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Stantz in the movies and video game, Stanz in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''. It's generally accepted that the cartoon misspelled Ray's surname, as opposed to how fans argue over whether Winston's is Zeddemore or Zeddmore.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Peter, who relentlessly teases and takes advantage of him, even going so far as manipulating him into mortgaging his parents' house. In spite of that, it's obvious that they care about one another, as evident in their final goodbye to each other when confronting Gozer at the end of the first movie.
** Not to say Ray can't occasionally dish some out, such as choosing to call the TeamPet "Slimer" just to annoy Peter.
Ghostbuster's help.



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!!Egon Spengler, [=PhD=]
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[[folder:Egon Spengler]]
!!Egon Spengler, [=PhD=]
[[folder:Janosz Poha]]
!!Janosz Poha
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/HaroldRamis
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Jean-Pierre Leroux (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

->''"I collect spores, molds, and fungus."''

The brains of the Ghostbusters who designed all the Ghostbusters equipment and normally comes up with the plan to trap the ghosts. Overly analytical, Egon comes off as more cold and distant than he actually is.

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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/HaroldRamis
Creator/PeterMacNicol
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Jean-Pierre Leroux Vincent Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

->''"I collect spores, molds,
''Film/GhostbustersII''

A curator at the Manhattan Museum of Art that was forced by mind control to do Vigo's bidding
and fungus."''

The brains of
act as his agent on the Ghostbusters who designed all the Ghostbusters equipment and normally comes up with the plan to trap the ghosts. Overly analytical, Egon comes off as more cold and distant than he actually is.mortal realm.



* {{Adorkable}}: How could Janine resist such a handsome, shy, soft-spoken genius with NoSocialSkills?
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Admires some of Ivo Shandor's work in the 2009 game, but is also quick to admit that he was also very evil.
-->'''Winston:''' Stay in the light, Egon.\\
'''Egon:''' I'm trying.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Harold Ramis played Egon's twin brother Elon in an Earth Day special. Dr. Elon Spengler is the leader of the Wastebusters, an environmental association. He looks exactly like Egon, down to the hairstyle. The only visible difference is the lack of a proton pack and the fact that Elon wears white tennis shoes as opposed to the Ghostbusters' standard black boots.
* BadassBookworm: Not necessarily a TropeCodifier, but definitely one of the originals.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Egon completely ''flips his shit'' when [[spoiler:Peck accuses the Ghostbusters of causing the containment breach, something that Peck caused]].
** The IDW comics' ''Crossing Over'' event saw him dealing with Jillian Holtzmann and Ron Alexander's memories of how [[spoiler: transdimensional technology]] worked by having them (''unknowingly'') read a subliminal messaging code that would interrupt their ability to think about it. [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment With the Chicken Dance.]]
-->'''Ray:''' Any side effects?
-->'''Egon:''' Not...as far as I know.
* BusCrash: It's been confirmed by Ernie Hudson that [[ActorExistenceFailure due to the passing of Harold Ramis]], Egon will not appear in ''Film/Ghostbusters3''.
* CloudCuckoolander: Not to the extent as Ray, but still.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Molds, fungus and spores, mostly. He may even possibly find the scent of them attractive.
* TheComicallySerious: In his own words: "I'm ''always'' serious."
* CreepyChild: This is implied in the second movie. While Ray and Egon are in baby Oscar's room, Egon reveals he never had any toys when he was a child. Ray is curious and asks if he really never had any toys, and Egon responds by saying he had half a Slinky once (he straightened it).
** The novelization went further, listing a number of strange experiments young Egon enacted which got him ostracized by his peers. "I think you've been spending too much time with Egon" was a common sentiment among his friends' parents.
* DeadpanSnarker: Egon has his dry comedy moments such as the musical ectoplasm.
--> '''Venkman:''' Dooooooo
--> '''Stantz:''' Reeeeeeeee
--> '''Egon:''' Egonnnnnn!
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Hard to tell, but he smiles a lot more in the second film.
* ForScience: Let's just say he can get rather disturbing with how far he'll go for the sake of science. Tricking people into thinking they're going to counseling when, in fact, he just wanted to test if slowly increasing the heat would alter their moods. Wanting to conduct a gynecological examination on Dana while investigating the baby carriage incident. Then there was that [[NoodleIncident drill thing]]...
-->That would've worked if you hadn't stopped me!
* FreudianTrio: Superego
* GadgeteerGenius: He makes all of the equipment the Ghostbusters use. In fact, he works on so many gadgets, the other characters [[LampshadeHanging asked him how he can produce so much]]. He tells them he's been doing an experiment where he sleeps for an average of fourteen minutes a day.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: He seems rather detached from other peoples' feelings, and occasionally misleads or disturbs people for his own amusement, but his ultimate goal, apparently, is for the common good.
* HotScientist[=/=]HotTeacher: At least, Janine, Kylie, and his college students think so. He's not entirely happy about it.
-->"I think [my students are] more interested in my epididymis."
* TheLeader: In the cartoon, he trades off with Peter in this role. While Peter generally decides if they will take a job, once there the group usually defers to Egon's expertise.
* MadScientist: Close to a TropeCodifier, but a heroic version (though he still can get a bit disturbing). Egon is primarily a theoretician and field strategist who mainly wants to study the things which the Ghostbusters encounter, rather than destroy them.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: He seems to be mildly sociopathic, as he routinely puts people in unpleasant situations [[ForScience for scientific purposes]] and shamelessly lies and jerks people around just to see what kind of reaction he gets. The best example of this is in the beginning of the sequel when he tests the effect of human emotion on the environment by ruining a couple's marriage and giving a little girl a puppy only to take it away again.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: He is already shown to be a bit odd, but nothing too serious. Just a bit of a nerd. The whole "mold, fungus and spore" thing were certainly strange but nothing horrifying. Then we get a glimpse into his life before the Ghostbusters--he used to be a coroner. This isn't too bad, though. ''Then'' he says that he does it as a hobby now. Oooookay...
* NiceGuy: Although he's a mad scientist, whose methods are questionable, Spengler has a soft side only seen by his friends and Janine.
* NoodleIncident: Egon tried to drill a hole in his head at some point. All we know is Peter stopped him before he could do it.
* NotSoStoic:
** The scene where he flips out when Peck accuses the Ghostbusters of causing a massive explosion that Peck himself caused.
-->"[[YourMom YOUR MOTHER]]!"
** In the video game, as he and the Rookie are going up the elevator, suddenly they are treated to a phantom image of the Spider Witch and one of her victims. Egon is quite shaken at seeing this. In fact, he seems quite nervous throughout the Spider Witch's level. He also angrily tears up a sign prohibiting the Ghostbusters from entering the hotel at the beginning of the level.
*** His uncharacteristic edginess may be explained by to his own in-game notes: Egon admits he has arachnophobia.
** His reaction once to getting snarked at by a serious {{Jerkass}} in the IDW comic is a scream and an attempt to ''throttle him''! Another comic had a fight between him and a ghost woman end with him standing over her and ''growling''. He has to be calmed down by the others, and doesn't even recognise them at first.
** Egon seems to have something of a hot temper in general, and when he's agitated, his first response seems to be to ''go directly for the throat''. BewareTheNiceOnes indeed!
* ObliviousToLove: How the animated series and IDW comics interpret his relationship with Janine.
* ShoutOut[=/=]NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Named for Egon Kisch (a famous Czechoslovakian journalist who, among other things, helped popularize the Golem of Prague and claimed to be descended from its creator, Rabbi Loew) and [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German philosopher]] [[Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest Oswald Spengler]].
** Sources conflict a bit, but Egon might be only half-named after somebody famous. "Egon" might not come from Egon Kisch, but from a classmate of Harold Ramis's in high school named Egon Donsbach, who was a refugee from UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}}.
* TheSmartGuy: While Ray is also intelligent, Egon is TheStrategist of the group.
* SpecsOfAwesome: He's the biggest nerd in an 80s sci-fi film -- what did you expect?
* TheSpock: Pure intellect -- they didn't dub him "The Head" for nothing.
* SweetTooth[=/=]GeniusSweetTooth: Describes UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's telekinetic energy in terms of Twinkies, using his own as a visual aid. Accepts a Nestle Crunch bar as a reward.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: In the first film's climax, Egon drops the following gem while his tone of voice is only slightly more emotional than normal:
-->"I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought!"
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: In the cartoon series, most of these occur either while Egon is formulating strategy or when he does something that helps the rest of the group succeed.
* [[Main/WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: Sometimes when he does smile it comes across as [[TheUnsmile ominous or threatening]]. However when he does it for genuine reasons it's nice to see, such as when he's assuring Dana that he won't use anything to hurt Oscar during a routine Check-up.

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* {{Adorkable}}: How could Janine resist such a handsome, shy, soft-spoken genius with NoSocialSkills?
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Admires some of Ivo Shandor's work in the 2009 game, but is also quick
BrainwashedAndCrazy: Controlled by Vigo to admit that he was also very evil.
-->'''Winston:''' Stay in the light, Egon.\\
'''Egon:''' I'm trying.
do his bidding.
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Harold Ramis played Egon's twin brother Elon in an Earth Day special. Dr. Elon Spengler is the leader of the Wastebusters, an environmental association. He looks exactly CreepyCrossdresser: [[spoiler:When his ghostly form dresses up like Egon, down a demon nanny to the hairstyle. The only visible difference is the lack of a proton pack and the fact that Elon wears white tennis shoes as opposed kidnap Oscar [[{{Beat}} ...]] you'd have to the Ghostbusters' standard black boots.
* BadassBookworm: Not necessarily a TropeCodifier, but definitely one of the originals.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Egon completely ''flips his shit'' when [[spoiler:Peck accuses the Ghostbusters of causing the containment breach, something that Peck caused]].
** The IDW comics' ''Crossing Over'' event saw him dealing with Jillian Holtzmann and Ron Alexander's memories of how [[spoiler: transdimensional technology]] worked by having them (''unknowingly'') read a subliminal messaging code that would interrupt their ability to think about it. [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment With the Chicken Dance.
be there.]]
-->'''Ray:''' Any side effects?
-->'''Egon:''' Not...as far as I know.
* BusCrash: It's been confirmed by Ernie Hudson that [[ActorExistenceFailure due DemonicPossession: Vigo forces his will upon Janosz, making him do his bidding.
* {{Deprogram}}: [[spoiler:Thanks
to the passing ''good'' version of Harold Ramis]], Egon will not appear in ''Film/Ghostbusters3''.
* CloudCuckoolander: Not to
the extent as Ray, but still.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Molds, fungus
mood slime, he's freed from Vigo's influence. And he and spores, mostly. He may even possibly find the scent of them attractive.
* TheComicallySerious: In his own words: "I'm ''always'' serious."
* CreepyChild: This is implied in the second movie. While
Ray and Egon are in baby Oscar's room, Egon reveals he never had any toys turned into a pair of [[LoveFreak Love Freaks]].]]
* FunnyForeigner: Of some kind... He speaks with a thick, vaguely European-sounding accent.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Chillingly realized
when he was visits Dana during the blackout scene. After a child. Ray is curious and asks if he really never had any toys, and Egon responds by saying he had half a Slinky once (he straightened it).
** The novelization went further, listing a number of strange experiments young Egon enacted which got
somewhat unnerving discussion, Dana tells him ostracized by to leave. Once he is now alone in the dark, his peers. "I think you've been spending too much time with Egon" was a common sentiment among his friends' parents.
* DeadpanSnarker: Egon has his dry comedy moments such as
eyes suddenly start to glow like flashlights in the musical ectoplasm.
--> '''Venkman:''' Dooooooo
--> '''Stantz:''' Reeeeeeeee
--> '''Egon:''' Egonnnnnn!
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Hard to tell, but he smiles a
dark hallway. A lot more in the second film.
* ForScience: Let's just say he can get rather
disturbing than it sounds.
* HarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:He becomes a NotSoHarmlessVillain after kidnapping Oscar.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Thanks to the mood slime.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Where Dana is concerned.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: His first name is pronounced "yaw-nosh".
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, DemonicPossession, but still counts.
* LoveRedeems: Mood-Slime Redeems
* TheRenfield: Peter [=MacNicol=] played the Renfield here before playing ''the'' Renfield in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''.
* {{Ruritania}}[=/=]WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Just where on Earth ''is'' he supposed to be originally from?
-->'''Venkman''': You'll never get a green-card
with how far he'll go for the sake of science. Tricking people into thinking they're going to counseling when, in fact, he just wanted to test if slowly increasing the heat would alter their moods. Wanting to conduct a gynecological examination on Dana while investigating the baby carriage incident. Then there was that [[NoodleIncident drill thing]]...
-->That would've worked if you hadn't stopped me!
* FreudianTrio: Superego
* GadgeteerGenius: He makes all
attitude, pal.
** "The Upper Vest Side,"
of course.
*** According to
the equipment the Ghostbusters use. In fact, he works on so many gadgets, the other characters [[LampshadeHanging asked him how he can produce so much]]. He tells them comics, he's been doing an experiment where he sleeps for an average of fourteen minutes a day.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: He seems rather detached
from other peoples' feelings, and occasionally misleads or disturbs people for his own amusement, but his ultimate goal, apparently, is for the common good.
Moldavia.
* HotScientist[=/=]HotTeacher: At least, Janine, Kylie, and his college students think so. He's not entirely happy about it.
-->"I think [my students are] more interested in my epididymis."
VampireVords
* TheLeader: In the cartoon, he trades off with Peter in this role. While Peter generally decides if they will take a job, once there the group usually defers to Egon's expertise.
* MadScientist: Close to a TropeCodifier, but a heroic version (though he still can get a bit disturbing). Egon is primarily a theoretician and field strategist who mainly wants to study the things which the Ghostbusters encounter, rather than destroy them.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: He seems to be mildly sociopathic, as he routinely puts people in unpleasant situations [[ForScience for scientific purposes]] and shamelessly lies and jerks people around just to see what kind of reaction he gets. The best example of this is in the beginning of the sequel when he tests the effect of human emotion on the environment by ruining a couple's marriage and giving a little girl a puppy only to take it away again.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: He is already shown to be a bit odd, but nothing too serious. Just a bit of a nerd. The whole "mold, fungus and spore" thing were certainly strange but nothing horrifying. Then we get a glimpse into his life before the Ghostbusters--he used to be a coroner. This isn't too bad, though. ''Then'' he says that he does it as a hobby now. Oooookay...
* NiceGuy: Although he's a mad scientist, whose methods are questionable, Spengler has a soft side only seen by his friends and Janine.
* NoodleIncident: Egon tried to drill a hole in his head at some point. All we know is Peter stopped him before he could do it.
* NotSoStoic:
** The scene where he flips out when Peck accuses the Ghostbusters of causing a massive explosion that Peck himself caused.
-->"[[YourMom YOUR MOTHER]]!"
** In the video game, as he and the Rookie are going up the elevator, suddenly they are treated to a phantom image of the Spider Witch and one of her victims. Egon is quite shaken at seeing this. In fact, he seems quite nervous throughout the Spider Witch's level. He also angrily tears up a sign prohibiting the Ghostbusters from entering the hotel at the beginning of the level.
*** His uncharacteristic edginess may be explained by to his own in-game notes: Egon admits he has arachnophobia.
** His reaction once to getting snarked at by a serious {{Jerkass}} in the IDW comic is a scream and an attempt to ''throttle him''! Another comic had a fight between him and a ghost woman end with him standing over her and ''growling''. He has to be calmed down by the others, and doesn't even recognise them at first.
** Egon seems to have something of a hot temper in general, and when he's agitated, his first response seems to be to ''go directly for the throat''. BewareTheNiceOnes indeed!
* ObliviousToLove: How the animated series and IDW comics interpret his relationship with Janine.
* ShoutOut[=/=]NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Named for Egon Kisch (a famous Czechoslovakian journalist who, among other things, helped popularize the Golem of Prague and claimed to be descended from its creator, Rabbi Loew) and [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker German philosopher]] [[Literature/TheDeclineOfTheWest Oswald Spengler]].
** Sources conflict a bit, but Egon might be only half-named after somebody famous. "Egon" might not come from Egon Kisch, but from a classmate of Harold Ramis's in high school named Egon Donsbach, who was a refugee from UsefulNotes/{{Hungary}}.
* TheSmartGuy: While Ray is also intelligent, Egon is TheStrategist of the group.
* SpecsOfAwesome: He's the biggest nerd in an 80s sci-fi film -- what did you expect?
* TheSpock: Pure intellect -- they didn't dub him "The Head" for nothing.
* SweetTooth[=/=]GeniusSweetTooth: Describes UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity's telekinetic energy in terms of Twinkies, using his own as a visual aid. Accepts a Nestle Crunch bar as a reward.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: In the first film's climax, Egon drops the following gem while his tone of voice is only slightly more emotional than normal:
-->"I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought!"
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: In the cartoon series, most of these occur either while Egon is formulating strategy or when he does something that helps the rest of the group succeed.
* [[Main/WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: Sometimes when he does smile it comes across as [[TheUnsmile ominous or threatening]]. However when he does it for genuine reasons it's nice to see, such as when he's assuring Dana that he won't use anything to hurt Oscar during a routine Check-up.
UnwittingPawn



[[folder:Winston Zeddemore]]
!!Winston Zeddemore
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/ErnieHudson
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Med Hondo (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say."''

The normal one of the Ghostbusters, Winston joined when he saw an advertisement in the newspaper looking for a fourth member. The most down-to-earth member of the team, originally joined for the money, but is still a loyal and heroic member of the team.

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[[folder:Winston Zeddemore]]
!!Winston Zeddemore
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[[folder:Stephen Wexler]]
!!Judge Stephen "The Hammer" Wexler
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/ErnieHudson
Harris Yulin
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Med Hondo Yves Barsacq (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say."''

The normal one of
''Film/GhostbustersII''

A notorious New York HangingJudge who nearly put
the Ghostbusters, Winston joined when Ghostbusters permanently out of commission. It was he saw an advertisement in who also tried and convicted the newspaper looking Scoleri Brothers for a fourth member. The most down-to-earth member of the team, originally joined for the money, but is still a loyal and heroic member of the team.murder, sentencing them to electrocution.



* AllThereInTheManual: The entirety of Winston's backstory is relegated to secondary works, and he receives little characterization in the films.
* BadassMustache: Although he's clean-shaven in the cartoon and the second movie.
* TheBigGuy: A former marine who provides the muscle and firepower in a team otherwise composed of scientists.
* CulturedBadass: He is shown to be a fan of opera and seems to be the most civil-minded of the Ghostbusters.
** When he does earn his doctorate (in the video game), it appears to be in either History or Egyptology.
* DeadpanSnarker: Must be a job requirement.
* GeniusBruiser: He is a very competent member of the Ghostbusters team. In the video game, while the others were chasing after the Grey Lady, he was looking through the newspaper archives for info on her, though he pretended he was looking up a baseball game. In the novelization of ''Ghostbusters'', it is shown he was once in the Marines and has experience with different kinds of technology, which helped him get into the busting more easily than one would think a new hire would.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Well, that might be pushing it, but Winston is far and away the best shot with a Particle Thrower.
* NaiveNewcomer: Averted; he gets the hang of his job ''very'' quickly.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: His original reason for joining in the first place.
-->''As long as there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say''.
* OnlySaneMan: Compared with his colleagues, the quirky paranormal scientists, he has more common sense.
* PunchClockHero: Took up ghostbusting purely to get a steady paycheck.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Or, in his case, Jesus' style.
* SixthRanger: Doesn't appear until the second half of the first movie, which explains why he tends to be left off some promotional materials for the movie, especially during its theatrical release.
* SkepticismFailure: The cartoon reveals that he didn't believe in the supernatural when he joined the Ghostbusters. That doesn't last long, of course.
-->"Look, I've only been with the company for a couple of weeks. But I gotta tell you, these things are real. Since I joined these men, I've seen shit that'll turn you ''white!''"
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it "Zeddmore" or "Zeddemore"? Both of the movies and the game spell it Zeddemore, leading people to believe ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', which used "Zeddmore," misspelled Winston's surname.
* TokenMinority: The team black guy.
* UnfazedEveryman: He takes the whole Ghostbusting business very well and he seems to be the most normal out of all of its members. No major idiosyncrasies to make him quirky or anything; he is just a normal guy with a job as a spectral exterminator.
** Perhaps ironically the lack of any major defining quirks among a group as odd as the Ghostbusters ''is'' his quirk.

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* AllThereInTheManual: The entirety of Winston's backstory is relegated to secondary works, and he receives little characterization in the films.
* BadassMustache: Although he's clean-shaven in the cartoon and the second movie.
* TheBigGuy: A former marine who provides the muscle and firepower in a team otherwise composed of scientists.
* CulturedBadass: He is shown to be a fan of opera and seems to be the most civil-minded of the Ghostbusters.
** When he does earn
AintTooProudToBeg: Despite his doctorate (in the video game), it appears to be in either History or Egyptology.
* DeadpanSnarker: Must be a job requirement.
* GeniusBruiser: He is a very competent member of
tough exterior, he has no qualms about begging the Ghostbusters team. In the video game, while the others were chasing after the Grey Lady, to save his sorry ass when he was looking through the newspaper archives for info on her, though he pretended he was looking up a baseball game. In the novelization of ''Ghostbusters'', it is shown he was once in the Marines and has experience with different kinds of technology, which helped him get into the busting more easily than one would think a new hire would.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Well,
proved wrong that might ghosts definitely exist.
* AdaptationNameChange: The {{Novelization}} identifies him as Judge Roy Beane, presumably as a ShoutOut to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Bean the famous judge]] from TheWildWest.
* DirtyCoward: Wexler may
be pushing it, a harsh and imposing judge, but Winston is far and away the best shot with a Particle Thrower.
* NaiveNewcomer: Averted;
he gets the hang of his job ''very'' quickly.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: His original reason for joining in the first place.
-->''As long as there's
a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say''.
* OnlySaneMan: Compared with his colleagues, the quirky paranormal scientists, he has more common sense.
* PunchClockHero: Took up ghostbusting purely to get a steady paycheck.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Or, in his case, Jesus' style.
* SixthRanger: Doesn't appear until the second half of the first movie, which explains why he tends to be left off some promotional materials for the movie, especially during its theatrical release.
* SkepticismFailure: The cartoon reveals that he didn't believe in the supernatural
big fright when he joined sees the Ghostbusters. That doesn't last long, of course.
-->"Look, I've only been with the company for a couple of weeks. But I gotta tell you, these things are real. Since I joined these men, I've seen shit that'll turn you ''white!''"
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Is it "Zeddmore" or "Zeddemore"? Both
ghosts of the movies Scholeri Brothers, men he sentenced to death, appear in his courtroom. He hides under a table and tries to leave the game spell it Zeddemore, leading people court as quickly as possible, not bothering to believe ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', which used "Zeddmore," misspelled Winston's surname.
* TokenMinority: The team black guy.
* UnfazedEveryman: He takes
help the whole Ghostbusting business very well and he seems to be prosecutor who is being terrorised by the most normal out ghosts of all of its members. No major idiosyncrasies the Scholeri Brothers. Wexler also has the cheek to make him quirky or anything; beg the Ghostbusters, whom he is had just sentenced to prison, fined heavily and are still under a normal guy with a job as a spectral exterminator.
** Perhaps ironically the lack of any major defining quirks among a group as odd as
judicial order, for help. Plus, he grudgingly rescinds send order and then orders the Ghostbusters ''is'' to put things right.
* HairTriggerTemper: Angry seems to be
his quirk.default mood.
* HangingJudge: Has a rep for giving defendants harsh sentences. Tellingly the ghosts awoken from his ranting are two crooks he sentenced to death.
* {{Jerkass}}: In addition to acting like an asshole toward everyone in his courtroom he uses the sentencing statement as a chance to bellow about how much he hates the Ghostbusters and how much he wishes he could give them harsher, more draconian punishments. His anger and hatred are so extreme it spawns ghosts from the Hate Slime, something not seen in anyone else in the movie up to that point.
* LargeHam: Especially during his "BURNED AT THE STAKE!!!!" rant.
* OhCrap: ''"Oh my God, '''THE SCOLERI BROTHERS!'''"''
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sort of becomes one out of desperation when he decides to rescind his sentence and let the ghostbusters take care of the Scoleri Brothers' ghosts who were terrorizing the courthouse.



[[folder:Janine Melnitz]]
!!Janine Melnitz
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/AnniePotts
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Creator/MaikDarah (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"I've quit better jobs than this!"'' *answers phone* ''"Ghostbusters, whaddya want!?"''

The Ghostbusters' secretary/receptionist, Janine is incredibly sarcastic but very loyal to the Ghostbusters, and often entrust her with keeping everything running that they are too busy to handle. In most continuities she acts as SixthRanger for the Ghostbusters whenever they need extra muscle or a replacement.

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[[folder:Janine Melnitz]]
!!Janine Melnitz
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[[folder:Jack Hardemeyer]]
!!Jack Hardemeyer
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/AnniePotts
Kurt Fuller
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Creator/MaikDarah Michel Derain (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"I've quit better jobs than this!"'' *answers phone* ''"Ghostbusters, whaddya want!?"''

The Ghostbusters' secretary/receptionist, Janine is incredibly sarcastic but very loyal to the Ghostbusters, and often entrust her with keeping everything running that they are too busy to handle. In most continuities she acts as SixthRanger for
''Film/GhostbustersII''

Mayor Lenny's assistant who views
the Ghostbusters whenever they need extra muscle or a replacement.with disdain.



* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Has a crush on Egon, who is just not interested in a relationship. She hooks up with Louis in the second film, or at least makes out with him.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Like Egon.
* BadBadActing: As seen when she and Louis are roped into acting in a commercial for the company.
--> "''Who'' are you going to call?"
* BeleagueredAssistant: Poor Janine, she is in charge of every single secretarial thing that goes on in the Firehouse. Despite being so swamped, she's able to keep everything going smoothly. Despite all she does, her boss Peter continues to refuse to hire more help around the Firehouse to ease her workload. He also expects her to come in even if there is a mass exodus of the city. Her sassy demeanor makes a lot of sense once you consider all of the work and abuse she has to deal with.
** Not to mention the babysitting she had to do for three nutcase {{Mad Scientist}}s before Winston added a bit more sanity.
* [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents City Girl Squawk]]: She provides a great example of this accent.
* DeadpanSnarker: For example, in response to a policeman arriving at the door;
--> "Dropping off or picking up?"
* TheFace: Janine is the receptionist for the four man organization; a notably interpersonal role. One scene in the first movie has her trying to convince a customer of their professionalism.
* FieryRedhead: In the second movie. She got a makeover to look more like her cartoon counterpart.
* {{Meganekko}}: Wears big, thick glasses -- which give her a "bug-eyed" look, as Venkman comments.
* OnlySaneWoman: Until Winston shows up. After that, they trade off on the "babysitting the mad scientists" duty.
* SarcasticDevotee: Despite her very sarcastic interaction with her bosses, she remains their loyal secretary.
* SassySecretary: She's very vocal about any grievances with the job.
* TeamMom: Especially in the comics continuity when she keeps on eye on how everyone is doing emotionally, and when the Ghostbusters go missing, runs the entire organization.
* UnfazedEveryman: She is surrounded by men who hunt ghosts, half of whom are [[MadScientist mad scientists]]. She even has a ghost in a cage close to where she works that the busters keep as a "pet." Not once has she ever batted an eye at any of this.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: She seems to take the ghostbusting business pretty well, never showing any signs of it being out of the ordinary.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Has a crush on Egon, {{Jerkass}}: Hardemeyer is an arrogant AmoralAttorney who is just not interested in a relationship. She hooks up with Louis in the second film, or at least makes out with him.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: Like Egon.
* BadBadActing: As seen when she and Louis are roped into acting in a commercial for the company.
--> "''Who'' are you going to call?"
* BeleagueredAssistant: Poor Janine, she is in charge
abuses his position of every single secretarial thing that goes on in the Firehouse. Despite being so swamped, she's able to keep everything going smoothly. Despite all she does, her boss Peter continues to refuse to hire more help around the Firehouse to ease her workload. He also expects her to come in even if there is a mass exodus of the city. Her sassy demeanor makes a lot of sense once you consider all of the work and abuse she has to deal with.
** Not to mention the babysitting she had to do for three nutcase {{Mad Scientist}}s before Winston added a bit more sanity.
* [[UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents City Girl Squawk]]: She provides a great example of this accent.
* DeadpanSnarker: For example, in response to a policeman arriving at the door;
--> "Dropping off or picking up?"
* TheFace: Janine is the receptionist for the four man organization; a notably interpersonal role. One scene in the first movie has her trying to convince a customer of their professionalism.
* FieryRedhead: In the second movie. She got a makeover to look more like her cartoon counterpart.
* {{Meganekko}}: Wears big, thick glasses -- which give her a "bug-eyed" look, as Venkman comments.
* OnlySaneWoman: Until Winston shows up. After that, they trade off on the "babysitting the mad scientists" duty.
* SarcasticDevotee: Despite her very sarcastic interaction with her bosses, she remains their loyal secretary.
* SassySecretary: She's very vocal about any grievances
working with the job.
* TeamMom: Especially in the comics continuity when she keeps on eye on how everyone is doing emotionally,
mayor and when gets the Ghostbusters go committed out of spite.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Like Peck before him, he goes out of his way to make things miserable for the Ghostbusters.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: He takes Walter Peck's role as the jackass close to the mayor who antagonizes the Ghostbusters, though arguably he's even worse. Naturally, they briefly work together in the IDW comics.
* VillainousFriendship: He ''thought'' he had this with Peck in the comics. However, as Peck points out, all they have in common is a shared hatred of Peter Venkman.
* VillainTeamUp: Of a sort. Peck brings him in as the group's liason when the original team goes
missing, runs making the entire organization.
* UnfazedEveryman: She is surrounded by men who hunt ghosts, half of whom are [[MadScientist mad scientists]]. She even has a ghost in a cage close to where she works that
replacement team's lives very difficult and focusing solely on the busters keep as a "pet." Not once has she ever batted an eye at any of this.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: She seems to take the ghostbusting business pretty well, never showing any signs of it being out
marketing end of the ordinary.business.



[[folder:Louis Tully]]
!!Louis Tully
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/RickMoranis
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Marc François (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Who does your taxes?"''

An accountant and Dana Barrett's neighbor who gets possessed by Vinz Clortho in the first film. In '' Ghostbusters II'', he is forced to be the defense for Ghostbusters at their trial, then gets to be a temporary Ghostbuster.

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[[folder:Louis Tully]]
!!Louis Tully
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!!Villains

[[folder:Gozer]]
!!Gozer
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[[caption-width-right:256:The Destructor's "chosen form".]]
!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/RickMoranis
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Marc François (European French)
Slavitza Jovan (humanoid form), Paddi Edwards (voice)
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Who does your taxes?"''

An accountant
''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

-->''"Subcreatures, Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, the Traveler has come; choose
and Dana Barrett's neighbor who gets possessed by Vinz Clortho perish."''

An ancient Sumerian deity fond of entering dimensions and destroying them. Its impending arrival somehow causes an increase
in the spectral activity of the targeted dimension, starting the events of the first film. In '' Ghostbusters II'', he is forced to be the defense for Ghostbusters at their trial, then gets to be a temporary Ghostbuster.movie.



* {{Adorkable}}: Definitely has his moments.
* ButtMonkey: Especially in the first movie.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:[[CallBack He was once turned into a dog and the Busters helped him]].]]
* {{Determinator}}: Louis may not be as tough as many of the characters, but he managed to outrun a terror dog before it cornered him. To add bonus points, he survived jumping over a wall near the Tavern on the Green, with out any injury. Creator/JamesRolfe pointed out during a tour of the Ghostbusters locations, that said wall would risk breaking your legs due to its long drop.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Dana and later Janine. The first film's novelization notes that with Dana, at least some of his attraction stems from the fact [[spoiler: he is/was destined to be the Keymaster to her Gatekeeper.]]
* FatAndSkinny: The Skinny to Slimer's Fat.
* FriendToAllChildren: Louis despite his awkwardness is good with kids, managing to get Oscar to sleep. The second Oscar gets kidnapped, he goes to get the Ghostbusters out of the Asylum and [[TookALevelInBadass then suits up himself.]] Though the latter of which might have been due to a confidence boost after having sex with Janine.
* NerdGlasses: To rival Egon's.
* NonActionGuy: At first. He picks up a proton pack in the second movie.
* NonPoweredCostumedHero: While not being an expert fighter, he put on the Ghostbuster uniform and did his part to help save the day in the second movie.
* OddFriendship: Once he gets over being scared of Slimer, the pair seem to get along pretty well.
* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Averted and lampshaded in the second film. He specifically warns the main quartet that he doesn't know criminal law. 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 [[CassandraTruth 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.
* SixthRanger: He becomes something like this in the second movie.
* StalkerWithACrush: He comes off this way in the first film, apparently sitting just inside his apartment door all day long so he won't miss Dana walking down the hall. (Though, again, it may not be entirely his fault, see above under DoggedNiceGuy.
* TookALevelInBadass: Double subverted. He does strap on ghostbusting equipment to help the team out in the second movie, but he's still far from badass... at first.
--> I'm right here with you, guys!

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* {{Adorkable}}: Definitely has his moments.
EightiesHair: A mean flat-top.
* ButtMonkey: Especially AgonyBeam: Uses this on the Ghostbusters after they told it they were not gods.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Went from a "large and moving torb" to a "giant sloar" and then a giant marshmallow man. It typically arrives
in a pre-chosen form from a previous world it destroyed.
* BigBad: Of
the first movie.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:[[CallBack He CombatStilettos: In its humanoid form.
* EldritchAbomination: A non-cephalopod variety.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Speaks with a raspy, deep voice.
* ForTheEvulz: Seems to travel universes and destroy civilizations entirely for its own amusement.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Apparently Gozer's trademark. When it arrives to cause an apocalypse, it forces the denizens of the world its about to destroy to choose the form it will end them with. Ray accidentally chooses the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which he believes to be incapable of causing the kind of destruction Gozer wants (and probably would have been had it not been the size of a skyscraper).
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The video game and comics say it had a major rivalry with its sister Tiamat.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The door Gozer used to enter our world is also the thing that pushed it back out.
** Further, Gozer's habit of making the inhabitants of a realm choose the form used to destroy it works against Gozer this time. Gozer ends up stuck in a chubby, awkward body '''made of marshmallows''' and lacking any special destructive abilities, bringing Gozer down to a level where four random humans on foot manage to thwart the destruction entirely (multiple times if you count the ExpandedUniverse).
* HumanoidAbomination: At least Gozer took the form of one. Its true form has never been revealed.
* IHaveManyNames: Also known as "Gozer the Gozerian", "Gozer the Traveler," "Gozer the Destructor", "Lord of the Sebouillia" and "Volguus Zildrohar."
* JerkassGod: Gozer seems to look down on any being who isn't a deity of some kind to the point where it will torture or kill them on the spot.
-->'''Gozer:''' Are you a god? \\
'''Ray:'''...No. \\
'''Gozer:''' Then....DIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Ray tries to think of a form for Gozer that couldn't possibly hurt anyone. There were certainly worse forms Gozer could have had, but Gozer still ends up as a hostile kaiju.
-->[[NiceJobBreakingItHero "Nice thinking, Ray."]]
* NoBiologicalSex: Gozer only takes on forms with characteristics of other genders. In truth, it has none of its own.
* NotQuiteDead: Returns as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the 2009 game, but in this game is fried to a crisp.
* OmnicidalManiac: Seems to be Gozer's main goal. It kills everyone, its summoners, even its ''worshipers'' and all else in its way.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: In the final confrontation, the boys are surprised that s/he's a "girl", but clearly s/he is both, though it leans more towards the feminine. [[note]]Of course that's mostly on account of Gozer being played by an actress.[[/note]]
-->'''Ray''': It's a girl.\\
'''Egon''': It's Gozer.\\
'''Winston''': I thought Gozer
was once turned into a dog and man.\\
'''Egon''': It's whatever it wants to be.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Gozer has come to be known for its tendency to destroy all that is in its path.
* PhysicalGod: And anyone who isn't can PERISH!
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SadisticChoice: Upon arriving at a targeted planet, Gozer demands
the Busters helped him]].inhabitants choose the form it will takes before it destroys the world. As the inhabitants of Earth find out, [[TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment even seemingly-harmless choices]] will appear as [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever dangerous monsters.]]
* {{Determinator}}: Louis may not be as tough as many of ShapeshifterModeLock: The ExpandedUniverse has implied that she was permanently stuck in the characters, but he managed to outrun a terror dog before it cornered him. To add bonus points, he survived jumping over a wall near marshmallow man form.
** In [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame
the Tavern on 2009 video game]], Ray mentions the Green, with out any injury. Creator/JamesRolfe pointed out during a tour of possibility that Gozer is only able to create one Destructor form per dimension and therefore will only be able to manifest as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this one.
** The IDW comics had an alternate timeline where
the Ghostbusters locations, that said wall would risk breaking your legs due to its long drop.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Dana
never defeated her and later Janine. The first film's novelization notes that with Dana, at least some of his attraction stems from she's stranded on Earth in the fact [[spoiler: he is/was destined to be the Keymaster to her Gatekeeper.]]
* FatAndSkinny: The Skinny to Slimer's Fat.
* FriendToAllChildren: Louis despite his awkwardness is good with kids, managing to get Oscar to sleep. The second Oscar gets kidnapped, he goes to get
Stay Puft form. After asking the Ghostbusters out of for help, they travel back in time to the Asylum Temple of Gozer and [[TookALevelInBadass then suits up himself.]] Though cover it in pictures of an even sillier cartoon character called Loofa Joe so their past versions would subconsciously turn Gozer into this if she tried to attack Earth again.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: A disturbing HumanoidAbomination with plans to destroy
the latter of which might have been due world in a relatively light-hearted horror-comedy.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: From an androgynous woman covered in bubbles
to a confidence boost after having sex with Janine.
* NerdGlasses: To rival Egon's.
* NonActionGuy: At first. He picks up a proton pack in the second movie.
* NonPoweredCostumedHero: While not being an expert fighter, he put on the Ghostbuster uniform and did his part to help save the day in the second movie.
* OddFriendship: Once he gets over being scared of Slimer, the pair seem to get along pretty well.
* OmnidisciplinaryLawyer: Averted and lampshaded in the second film. He specifically warns the main quartet that he
giant marshmallow man. Truly, Gozer doesn't know criminal law. Sure enough, he botches the defense and the judge rules against them. It's only the timely appearance of ghosts (thereby proving seem to the disbelieving judge [[CassandraTruth 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.
* SixthRanger: He becomes something like this in the second movie.
* StalkerWithACrush: He comes off this way in the first film, apparently sitting just inside his apartment door all day long so he won't miss Dana walking down the hall. (Though, again,
care what form it may not be entirely his fault, see above under DoggedNiceGuy.
* TookALevelInBadass: Double subverted. He does strap on ghostbusting equipment to help the team out in the second movie, but he's still far from badass... at first.
--> I'm right here with you, guys!
takes.



!!!'''New Team'''

[[folder:Trevor]]
!!Trevor Spengler

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!!!'''New Team'''

[[folder:Trevor]]
!!Trevor Spengler
[[folder:Zuul and Vinz Clortho]]
!!Zuul and Vinz Clortho
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!!!'''Played by:''' Ivan Reitman (voice of Zuul)
!!!'''Appear in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

Hellhound demigods and Gozer's loyal minions and scouts. Zuul is "The Gatekeeper" presumably responsible for guarding the Traveler's portal while Vinz Clortho is "The Keymaster" with the power to open it. They enter Earth first to prepare it for Gozer's arrival with Zuul possessing Dana Barrett and Vinz possessing Louis Tully.
----
* {{Adorkable}}: Vinz Clortho when possessing Louis Tully. Unlike Zuul, who is a sinister and forceful presence, Vinz is just as dorky as the person it possessed. He describes Gozer the Traveler and his history of destruction more like an excited child than a terrifying demon.
* AffablyEvil: Vinz enthusiastically gushes to Egon about how Gozer has destroyed previous worlds and seems to expect humans to be genuinely excited about being destroyed. Vinz even politely assists Egon in mundane tasks and seems more like an excited puppy than a demonic invader.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Vinz, who is {{adorkable}} when possessing Louis.
* CloudCuckoolander: Vinz clearly isn't all there, though part of it may have been due to possessing Louis Tully.
* CoDragons: To Gozer.
* CreatorCameo: Director Ivan Reitman provided the voice for Zuul.
-->'''"There is no Dana, ONLY ZUUL."'''
* DemonicPossession: The possessed forms of Louis and Dana.
* DumbMuscle: Vinz even before possessing Louis shows that, while strong and tough, he's not exactly the brightest bulb of all. He attacks Louis in a crowded place, thus letting other people notice him, while Zuul attacks Dana inside her apartment without anyone finding out until Peter arrives for his date with her. Vinz also constantly smashes against tables and walls while chasing Louis.
* EliteMooks: Intimidating and frightening by themselves, but ultimately not the Big Bad.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After becoming possessed by Zuul, Dana Barrett greets Peter Venkman wearing only a diaphanous, flowing crimson dress which reveals a lot of skin.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Zuul's voice becomes deep and monstrous when angered by Peter Venkman.
* {{Hellhound}}s: They're known as "Terror Dogs".
* LadyInRed: When possessed by Zuul, Dana wears a revealing, red dress and her behavior becomes overtly sexual: first attempting to seduce Peter and later meeting and hooking up with Louis (possessed by Vinz Clortho).
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: When Egon has the possessed Louis hooked up to a brain-wave scanner, the image on the display is of Vinz Clortho's demonic head.
* MsFanservice: Zuul, at least while it's in Dana's body, wears a shiny, flowing red dress which reveals a lot of bare shoulders and long legs throughout her possession.
* PetTheDog: When Vinz -- in Louis's body -- asks a horse drawing a carriage if it's the Gatekeeper, the driver rudely accosts him. Vinz growls at the man with glowing red eyes, gently assures the horse that when Gozer comes all prisoners will be released, then runs off shouting to the driver that he and all his kind will perish in flames.
* PowersViaPossession: Dana and Louis exhibit supernatural abilities when possessed. While on her "date" with Peter, Dana levitates above her bed while also growling and snarling like an unearthly beast. Louis' growls and flares his eyes red when angered and shows telekinetic ability when opening and closing the door to Dana's apartment during their demonic reunion.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: For Gozer.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: They both have glowing red eyes, which do shine through the eyes of their human forms.
* Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The humans Zuul and Vinz Clortho possessed have a large height disparity which becomes accentuated when Dana Barrett dips Louis Tully during their kiss when they reunite while possessed. Sigourney Weaver is 6' tall while Rick Moranis is listed at 5'6".
* UnusualEuphemism: "The Keymaster" and "The Gatekeeper". It's strongly implied they have to have sex to open the portal to Gozer's realm.
* TheVamp: Zuul, while possessing Dana.
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[[folder:Vigo]]
!!Prince Vigo the Carpathian
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/FinnWolfhard
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersAfterlife''

The grandson of Egon Spengler.
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[[folder:Phoebe]]
!!Phoebe Spengler

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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/MckennaGrace
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersAfterlife''

The granddaughter of Egon Spengler.
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[[/folder]]

!!Others

[[folder:Dana Barrett]]
!!Dana Barrett
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/SigourneyWeaver
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Frédérique Tirmont (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Well, that's just great. Either I have a monster in my kitchen or I'm completely crazy."''

A musician who alerts the Ghostbusters to Gozer's presence before getting possessed by Zuul in the first film. Between the two movies she got married, had a son, and got divorced, and started working at the Manhattan Museum of Art as a restorer before getting caught up in the Ghostbusters' problems again. Has an on-again-off-again relationship with Peter Venkman, who loves her, but has commitment issues.

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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/FinnWolfhard
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersAfterlife''

The grandson of Egon Spengler.
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[[/folder]]

[[folder:Phoebe]]
!!Phoebe Spengler

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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/MckennaGrace
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersAfterlife''

The granddaughter of Egon Spengler.
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[[/folder]]

!!Others

[[folder:Dana Barrett]]
!!Dana Barrett
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/SigourneyWeaver
Wilhelm von Homburg (humanoid form), Creator/MaxVonSydow (voice)
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Frédérique Tirmont Jean Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Well, that's just great. Either I have A 16th century tyrant and sorcerer, Prince Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf conquered a monster in my kitchen or I'm completely crazy."''

A musician who alerts the Ghostbusters to Gozer's presence
good section of Eastern Europe before getting possessed being put down by Zuul in the first film. Between the two movies she got married, had a son, and got divorced, and started working rebellion at the age of 105. Vigo reappeared in modern day Manhattan Museum of Art as possessing his own portrait, and generated a restorer before getting caught up in the Ghostbusters' problems again. Has an on-again-off-again relationship with Peter Venkman, who loves her, but has commitment issues."mood slime" that heightened and reacted to people's negative emotions, which hastened his return.



* ActionMom: She becomes one in the second movie.
* DefrostingIceQueen: As the first film progresses.
* DemonicPossession: Victim of this for half of the first film.
* LoveInterest: To Peter.
* MamaBear: She doesn't need a Proton Pack to be a ActionMom!
* NeutralFemale: Averted. She tries to keep away from the trouble so as not to get in the guy's way, but when it comes to her, she fights back.
* OneOfTheBoys: Even after she breaks up with Peter, she still gets along with all the Ghostbusters and vice versa.
* TheReliableOne: You can always count on her. One of the reasons she and Peter broke-up, temporarily.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Had a ''lot'' of trouble finding one for a while.
* StatuesqueStunner: Especially when possessed in the first film.
* [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob What, Exactly, Is Her Job?]]: Goes from being an orchestral performer in the first movie to retouching paintings in the second, with no explanation for the jump.

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* ActionMom: She becomes one AmbiguouslyHuman: Seeing as how Vigo lived to be 105 and was tremendously difficult to kill, coupled with the plainly demonic appearance (complete with black eyes of evil and horns) he assumes in the film's climax, it's highly possible that Vigo was always some kind of demon that had possessed/merged with the human Vigo in the past and desired to possess another host. That, and his talk about "a mountain of skulls", "on the castle of pain" and sitting "on a throne of blood" are things that would exist in {{Hell}}, but not anywhere on Earth, even at the worst points in human history.
** While not quite mountain-sized, huge piles of skulls have featured over the centuries with human tyrants: The Mongols in particular were fond of creating them.
* {{Authority Equals Asskicking}}: A tyrant and sorcerer who curb-stomps the Ghostbusters.
* BadAssBoast: "On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood."
* BigBad: Of
the second movie.
* DefrostingIceQueen: As BlackEyesOfCrazy: When possessing Ray.
* BlobMonster: He controls
the first film progresses.
* DemonicPossession: Victim
living ''River of this for half Slime'' beneath New York.
* BodySurf: One
of his more frightening powers.
* CardCarryingVillain: He refers to himself as "The Scourge of Carpathia" and "The Sorrow of Moldovia".
* CatchPhrase: "I, Vigo
the first film.
Carpathian, (the names above), commands you!"
* LoveInterest: To Peter.
* MamaBear: She doesn't need a Proton Pack to be a ActionMom!
* NeutralFemale: Averted. She tries to keep away from the trouble so as not to get
DemotedToExtra: While still present in the guy's way, video game, his only role is to be present as a nod to the movie by his appearance via his talking painting in the Firehouse.
* TheDreaded: Universally feared and hated by his own subjects while alive.
* EmotionEater: He feeds on human negative energy.
* EvilOverlord: After rising to power, Vigo ruled his homeland and later the conquered Romanian region of Moldovia with an iron fist. History would remember him as a powerful magician and an intelligent genius,
but when also an oppressive tyrant, an egotistical autocrat, a psychopathic lunatic, and a genocidal madman
* TheEvilPrince: A notoriously despotic autocrat.
* EvilSorcerer: In his {{backstory}}.
* {{Expy}}: Of Vlad the Impaler aka [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Count Dracula]].
** The novelization implies that he's Vlad Tepes's cousin.
** The account of his drawn out chore of an assassination and accusations of mysticism also seem like a nod to Gregori Rasputin.
* AGodAmI: With the power to back
it comes up.
* HarmlessVillain[=/=]VillainDecay: In the game, he's reduced
to her, she fights back.
nothing more than his painting, unable to do much of anything aside from talk and make the player feel uncomfortable. To add insult to injury, said painting is owned by the very people who beat him: the Ghostbusters.
* OneOfTheBoys: Even HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:A version of Vigo's empathic slime empowered with ''positive'' emotions is what ultimately does him in]].
* HornedHumanoid: Grows two stumpy blood-colored horns
after she breaks up with Peter, she still gets along with all being sucked back into the painting during the final confrontation.
* [[IHaveManyNames I Have Many]] NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised and Vigo the Unholy.
-->'''Peter:''' Wasn't he also Vigo the Butch?
* KubrickStare
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Upon dying, he declared he would return to the living world one day. And he did.
* ObviouslyEvil
* RasputinianDeath: Practically almost parodied.
-->'''Ray''': He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.\\
'''Peter ''': [[{{Understatement}} 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."
* {{Reincarnation}}: Invoked, then Subverted as Dana's baby Oscar was chosen to be Vigo's "new vessel" before
the Ghostbusters and vice versa.
* TheReliableOne: You can always count on her. One of
foil the reasons she and Peter broke-up, temporarily.
attempt.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Had a ''lot'' of trouble finding one for a while.
* StatuesqueStunner: Especially when possessed
[[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Painting]]: When first encountered. And he's this yet again in the first film.
* [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob What, Exactly, Is Her Job?]]: Goes from being an orchestral performer in
video game, where the first movie only thing he can do is talk to retouching paintings in the second, with no explanation player when interacted with.
* SorcerousOverlord: He was this in his past life.
* SpookyPainting: Dana comments that the painting gives her chills, even before the paranormal shenanigans begin.
* UndeadAbomination: He was so powerful that in ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'', he is classified as a Class 7 entity, the same level as Zuul, Vince Clortho and Gozer the Gozerian.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: In the much more family-conscious second movie, Vigo's back story of dictatorship and genocide seems especially imposing.
* WouldHurtAChild: Vigo is more than willing to posses baby Oscar
for the jump.his new body.



[[folder:Walter Peck]]
!!Walter Peck
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/WilliamAtherton
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Hervé Bellon (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Forget it, Venkman! You had your chance to cooperate, but you thought it would be more fun to insult me. Well, now it is my turn, wiseass."''

A representative of the Environmental Protection Agency, or so he claimed. He's highly skeptical and cynical, especially toward Peter. In the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideogame 2009 video game]] he is appointed as liaison between the Ghostbusters and the city of New York under the newly formed Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission, to his great annoyance. In the [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} IDW comic]] he is still head of P.C.O.C., but has grown into the role.

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[[folder:Walter Peck]]
!!Walter Peck
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!!Ghosts

[[folder:Slimer]]
!!Slimer
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/WilliamAtherton
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Hervé Bellon (European French)
org/pmwiki/pub/images/slimer_gbii89.jpg]]
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Forget it, Venkman! You had your chance to cooperate, but you thought it would be more fun to insult me. Well, now it
''Film/GhostbustersII''

A pudgy, gluttonous, free-floating apparition of unknown origin comprised of a viscous green ectoplasm, "Slimer"
is my turn, wiseass."''

A representative of
the Environmental Protection Agency, or so he claimed. He's highly skeptical and cynical, especially toward Peter. In the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideogame 2009 video game]] he is appointed as liaison between first ghost the Ghostbusters and ever caught when the city Sedgewick Hotel hires them to get rid of New York under him. Depending on the newly formed Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission, to his great annoyance. In the [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} IDW comic]] he is still head of P.C.O.C., but has grown into the role.continuity he's treated as an ally, an antagonist, a test subject, or a pet/mascot.



* AmoralAttorney: He only aims to sue the Ghostbusters out of spite for their cause, but in reality is just a money grubbing agent.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Surrounded by news articles and tv interviews about the ghosts the Ghostbusters have caught, yet insists it's all an elaborate scam.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Without a search warrant, or any sort of legal document, never mind actually showing Peter any credentials to back up his claims, Peck walks into the Ghostbusters' building, "asking" to be shown very sensitive and rightfully classified technology (and specifically chemical tanks that they don't actually have) for no good reason. When a suspicious Peter refuses, he retaliates by forcing his way back into the building without notice, accompanied by a police officer and some guy in a hard-hat, waving around a piece of paper that neither the Ghostbusters or their lawyers have had a chance to review. This is a major breach of proper protocol for any kind of government facility. How Peck didn't wind up in jail himself is a major case of KarmaHoudini. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Though there are stories of actual government officials and bureaucrats doing that and worse in New York and getting away with it.]]
* BadBoss: As head of P.C.O.C. he at first deliberately interferes with the Ghostbusters' investigation out of spite. Even after Peck's HeelFaceTurn he still enjoys forcing the Ghostbusters to do unpleasant things, especially Peter.
* CharacterDevelopment: Probably goes through the most out of any of the cast over the course of the movies, games, and comics, going from an inept bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters, to a manipulative bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters (but not as much).
* CoveredInGunge: But hey, at least it was marshmallow.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Averted. His last appearance in the film is being covered in melted marshmallow glop and shrieking in what sounds like agony, but he was apparently unharmed aside from having his day ruined down to the last hours.
* DumbassHasAPoint:
** Despite the "too dumb to live" below, he ''does'' have a good point that the Ghostbusters are using some extremely suspicious and dangerous technologies in an equally unprofessional manner. Of course, his response is every bit as stupid.
** Ends up banking on this to keep the Ghostbusters running and their gear from being seized in the IDW comics: Yes, they've got suspicious and dangerous technology, and yes, it ''does'' get used in unprofessional manners. But the Ghostbusters are also frequently the only ones who know how to maintain and (more importantly) ''stabilize'' said tech. It helps that, by his own admission, nobody wants "to press the point with the ''idiot'' who forcibly turned off the containment grid."
* HarmlessVillain: Kinda sorta; the containment unit gets blown up because of him in the first film but Peck generally doesn't do anything truly lethal to the Ghostbusters directly. He acts as an independent DiscOneFinalBoss who manages to either restrain or delay the Ghostbusters, which gives the real villains more time or freedom to act.
* HateSink: Peck with his imperious self-righteousness and his {{Jerkass}} NeverMyFault belligerency is clearly designed to inspire a burning hatred in the audience. When he has the Ghostbusters arrested for the explosion when it is clearly his own fault, the whole audience wants to punch his lights out.
** In the DVD commentary, Creator/WilliamAtherton complained that the movie ruined his life; Peck's character was so despised that people would speak to Atherton as though they were giving him a piece of their mind, and people started bar fights with him on several occasions.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the comics, following the events of the game. He's still a dick, but a dick who recognizes the need for the Ghostbusters and will defend their behavior to the mayor and the press.
* {{Jerkass}}: Where to begin? He harasses the Ghostbusters based solely on rumors. He orders the containment grid to be turned off despite the warnings of the Ghostbusters and a Con Ed technician's reticence against doing so, resulting in the release of all the ghosts therein. ''Then'' he has the nerve to have the Busters arrested for the disaster ''he himself caused''!
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His initial request to see the containment grid was reasonable. It is his job to make sure people like the Ghostbusters are operating with safe equipment, and in fact the Ghostbusters' containment grid could cause a massive explosion in a densely-populated area. After getting crudely brushed off by Peter, however, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope he overreacts and orders the grid's immediate deactivation]]. If Peter had cooperated instead of treating Peck and the EPA as an enemy from the start, they could have avoided the ensuing meltdown.
** This trope is also inverted; Peter has a point against his point. Nothing he was accusing them of was actually in EPA jurisdiction (The Nuclear Regulatory Commission would probably have wanted to have a word with them, though). His actions were completely illegal, and Peter rightfully counters that he is willing to sue for wrongful prosecution. Tellingly, notice that when Peck returns for his fateful "shutting off the containment system" visit, he brings with him one police officer and one guy in a workman's outfit and hard hat - i.e. ''no one trained to deal with the things he accused the Ghostbusters of.'' If there is any evidence for Peck pulling things out of his ass in service of his witch hunt, it's this.
** A second valid inverson is that Peck never showed any credentials confirming his claim to be from the EPA, had no search warrant, nor listed any plausible violations of code that allowed him even in the building, and lastly had voiced not one complaint brought against the Ghostbusters business, by anyone. Peter was right to be concerned that Peck was himself a fraud who just wanted to look at the containment unit for nefarious purposes, and Peter was ultimately proven right.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Becoming the head of a brand new government organization with an implied pay hike doesn't ''sound'' like a punishment until it's made clear to him in the same scene as that reveal that his organization's continued existence now depends entirely on the Ghostbusters he hates so much to operate.
* MaliciousSlander: After he causes the explosion with his careless shutdown of the containment unit, he tells the mayor, and anyone who will listen, that The Ghostbusters were causing hallucinations of ghosts by deliberately exposing their clients to massive amounts of noxious chemicals without any evidence whatsoever. Barring the sheer implausibility of the Ghostbusters actually being able to pull this off, such a reckless accusation does open Peck to any number of lawsuits, which any competent lawyer could easily use to bring ''massive'' consequences upon the accuser if he doesn't have iron-clad evidence, which Peck did not.
* NeverMyFault: Peck loudly and blatantly blames the Ghostbusters for causing an explosion when it is clearly obvious in front of multiple witnesses that he himself is personally responsible for the disaster when he ordered the containment grid turned off.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A government bureaucrat who, in his quest to obstruct one business, obstructs the business of the entire world.
* ThePeterPrinciple: He has absolutely ''zero'' understanding of the Ghostbusters' technology, yet legally has the right to screw with both it and them (to a point; Peter actually threatens to sue him for the degree he's abusing his authority even before he shuts down the equipment illegally). [[PillarOfLight Hilarity does not ensue]]. He's just a petty tyrant who thinks being a federal regulator means he can do anything.
** The IDW comics see him admit to Janine that he's effectively ''weaponized'' this against the rest of the P.C.O.C., forcing them to leave the Ghostbusters and their tech alone instead of a repeat performance of this trope.
* RedHerringMole: In the video game, the Ghostbusters think he's the BigBad, [[spoiler:but it turns out he's an UnwittingPawn]].
* SharedMassHallucination: He thinks that the Ghostbusters were using hallucinations to make ghosts.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Peter in the IDW continuity, who he never misses an opportunity to needle.
* StealthInsult: The astute viewer will notice that Peck continues to refer to Venkman as "Mister" even after pointedly looking over Venkman's two doctorates hanging on the walls of his office.
** He himself is subjected to one with the name of the organization he winds up getting KickedUpstairs into: P.C.O.C. [[labelnote:*]]"Peacock" is slang for an arrogant person who thinks they're [[SmallNameBigEgo far more important than they actually are.]] It also doubles as a reference to the infamous "no dick" insult Venkman slung at him.[[/labelnote]]
* StrawCharacter: Peck is the quintessential Reagan-era caricature of a government inspector.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In-universe. He's up against the quintessential trifecta of what government inspectors are supposed to inspect; unprofessional, irresponsible and downright ''dangerous'' actions by private individuals. However, he falls flat on his face in that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he is all those things himself]], and makes no attempt to find responsible professionals to make the Ghostbusters' operation safer; he just shows up and throws his weight around because he found a loophole to justify his presence, (and even that is unlikely to stand up in court) and just makes everything worse as government inspectors tend to do.
* TooDumbToLive: Let's see; he believes that mass numbers of average people can be induced to see {{Shared Mass Hallucination}}s. He knows ''absolutely nothing'' about chemicals, radiation, or any of the other things he claims to be harassing the Ghostbusters about, and worst of all, grabs what appears to be a random city worker to shut down equipment he doesn't even begin to understand. He's lucky something ''really unpleasant'' didn't grab him and make him into a snack. He's even luckier he was wrong; if it had been storage for dangerous chemicals and failed as spectacularly he would have killed thousands of people.
* UnusualEuphemism: "This man has no dick."
--> "Well, that's what I ''heard''!"

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* AmoralAttorney: He only aims AllThereInTheManual: It's never really explained where he came from in the movies proper, but according to sue Dan Aykroyd he's the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: In the IDW comics, Ray theorises that Slimer is a force of gluttony given form.
* BerserkButton: When Venkman encounters him for the first time, Ray (while communicating with Venkman via walkie-talkie) refers to Slimer as "an ugly little spud". Needless to say, Slimer overhears this and does ''not'' take kindly to it, charging at Peter and coating him in slime.
* BigEater: When first encountered, he's scoffing his way through a room-service trolley.
* BlobMonster: Spherical, and made of slime.
* CanonImmigrant: Although he originated in the first movie, the name Slimer and him living with
the Ghostbusters out of spite for their cause, but originated in reality is just a money grubbing agent.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Surrounded by news articles and tv interviews about
the ghosts animated series before it happened in the second film.
* CreatorCameo: His voice is provided by series director Ivan Reitman.
* FatAndSkinny: The Fat to Louis' Skinny.
* HarmlessVillain: The
Ghostbusters have caught, yet insists it's all an elaborate scam.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Without a search warrant, or any sort of legal document,
caused MUCH more havoc than he did, and he never mind actually showing Peter any credentials to back up his claims, Peck walks into the Ghostbusters' building, "asking" to be shown very sensitive and rightfully classified technology hurt anybody.
* HeelFaceTurn: He helps Louis
(and specifically chemical tanks that they don't actually have) for no good reason. When a suspicious Peter refuses, he retaliates by forcing his way back into the building without notice, accompanied by a police officer and some guy in a hard-hat, waving around a piece of paper that neither the Ghostbusters or their lawyers have had a chance to review. This is a major breach of proper protocol for any kind of government facility. How Peck didn't wind up in jail himself is a major case of KarmaHoudini. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Though there are stories of actual government officials and bureaucrats doing that and worse in New York and getting away with it.]]
* BadBoss: As head of P.C.O.C. he at first deliberately interferes with the Ghostbusters' investigation out of spite. Even after Peck's HeelFaceTurn he still enjoys forcing the
other Ghostbusters to do unpleasant things, especially Peter.
* CharacterDevelopment: Probably goes through
an extent) out near the most out of any end of the cast over second movie.
* {{Mascot}}
* MeaningfulName: Deliberately. In
the course of animated series, Ray gave him the movies, games, and comics, going from an inept bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters, name "just to a manipulative bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters (but not as much).
* CoveredInGunge: But hey, at least it was marshmallow.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Averted. His last appearance in the film is being covered in melted marshmallow glop and shrieking in what sounds like agony, but he was apparently unharmed aside from having his day ruined down to the last hours.
* DumbassHasAPoint:
** Despite the "too dumb to live" below, he ''does'' have a good point that the Ghostbusters are using some extremely suspicious and dangerous technologies in an equally unprofessional manner. Of course, his response is every bit as stupid.
** Ends up banking on this to keep the Ghostbusters running and their gear from being seized in the IDW comics: Yes, they've got suspicious and dangerous technology, and yes, it ''does'' get used in unprofessional manners. But the Ghostbusters are also frequently the only ones who know how to maintain and (more importantly) ''stabilize'' said tech. It helps that, by his own admission, nobody wants "to press the point with the ''idiot'' who forcibly turned off the containment grid.
annoy Peter."
* HarmlessVillain: Kinda sorta; MergerOfSouls: Dan Aykroyd says he's an accumulation of spirits that haunt the containment unit gets blown hotel.
* MultipleChoicePast: The ExpandedUniverse offers multiple origins;
** Creator/DanAykroyd said he was a "vapor - a kind of confluence of stored
up because psychic energy, an accumulation of him in spirits that haunt the first film but Peck generally hotel who doesn't do anything truly lethal want to leave". He also offered the alternative suggestion that he was the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
** The ''[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel UK]]'' comics based on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' said he's the ghost of a human king called "Remils".
** The tabletop game said he's on Earth as a result of cult rituals.
** The 1992 annual said he was the ghost of an obese man who remembers nothing about his life except the desire to eat.
** The [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} 2017 IDW annual]] had
the Ghostbusters directly. He acts as an independent DiscOneFinalBoss who manages to either restrain or delay the Ghostbusters, suggest multiple theories, some of which gives were [[MythologyGag references to the real villains more time or freedom to act.
* HateSink: Peck with his imperious self-righteousness
above]]: a chef at the hotel who suffered a fatal heart attack on the job, a vagrant, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of gluttony summoned by the Gozerian cult, and his {{Jerkass}} NeverMyFault belligerency is clearly designed to inspire a burning hatred in the audience. When Venkman's gag suggestion he has the Ghostbusters arrested for the explosion when it is clearly his own fault, the whole audience wants to punch his lights out.was a king.
** In * NamedByTheAdaptation: Is never called Slimer in the DVD commentary, Creator/WilliamAtherton complained that movies and gets his name from ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' cartoon series.
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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The first ghost seen not known to be
the movie ruined his life; Peck's character was so despised that people would speak to Atherton as though they were giving him a piece spirit of their mind, and people started bar fights with him on several occasions.
a deceased human being.
* HeelFaceTurn: In the comics, following the events SdrawkcabName: Some of the game. He's still a dick, but a dick who recognizes the need for the Ghostbusters and will defend their behavior to the mayor and the press.
* {{Jerkass}}: Where to begin? He harasses the Ghostbusters based solely on rumors. He orders the containment grid to be turned off despite the warnings of the Ghostbusters and a Con Ed technician's reticence against doing so, resulting in the release of all the ghosts therein. ''Then'' he has the nerve to have the Busters arrested for the disaster ''he himself caused''!
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** His initial request to see the containment grid
comics say his name was reasonable. It is his job to make sure people like the Ghostbusters are operating with safe equipment, and in fact the Ghostbusters' containment grid could cause a massive explosion in a densely-populated area. After getting crudely brushed off by Peter, however, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope he overreacts and orders the grid's immediate deactivation]]. If Peter had cooperated instead of treating Peck and the EPA as an enemy from the start, they could have avoided the ensuing meltdown.
** This trope is also inverted; Peter has a point against his point. Nothing he was accusing them of was actually in EPA jurisdiction (The Nuclear Regulatory Commission would probably have wanted to have a word with them, though). His actions were completely illegal, and Peter rightfully counters that he is willing to sue for wrongful prosecution. Tellingly, notice that when Peck returns for his fateful "shutting off the containment system" visit, he brings with him one police officer and one guy in a workman's outfit and hard hat - i.e. ''no one trained to deal with the things he accused the Ghostbusters of.'' If there is any evidence for Peck pulling things out of his ass in service of his witch hunt, it's this.
** A second valid inverson is that Peck never showed any credentials confirming his claim to be from the EPA, had no search warrant, nor listed any plausible violations of code that allowed him even in the building, and lastly had voiced not one complaint brought against the Ghostbusters business, by anyone. Peter was right to be concerned that Peck was himself a fraud who just wanted to look at the containment unit for nefarious purposes, and Peter was ultimately proven right.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Becoming the head of a brand new government organization with an implied pay hike doesn't ''sound'' like a punishment until it's made clear to him in the same scene as that reveal that his organization's continued existence now depends entirely on the Ghostbusters he hates so much to operate.
* MaliciousSlander: After he causes the explosion with his careless shutdown of the containment unit, he tells the mayor, and anyone who will listen, that The Ghostbusters were causing hallucinations of ghosts by deliberately exposing their clients to massive amounts of noxious chemicals without any evidence whatsoever. Barring the sheer implausibility of the Ghostbusters actually being able to pull this off, such a reckless accusation does open Peck to any number of lawsuits, which any competent lawyer could easily use to bring ''massive'' consequences upon the accuser if he doesn't have iron-clad evidence, which Peck did not.
* NeverMyFault: Peck loudly and blatantly blames the Ghostbusters for causing an explosion when it is clearly obvious in front of multiple witnesses that he himself is personally responsible for the disaster
''King Remils'' when he ordered the containment grid turned off.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A government bureaucrat who, in his quest to obstruct one business, obstructs the business of the entire world.
* ThePeterPrinciple: He has absolutely ''zero'' understanding of the Ghostbusters' technology, yet legally has the right to screw with both it and them (to a point; Peter actually threatens to sue him for the degree he's abusing his authority even before he shuts down the equipment illegally). [[PillarOfLight Hilarity does not ensue]]. He's just a petty tyrant who thinks being a federal regulator means he can do anything.
** The IDW comics see him admit to Janine that he's effectively ''weaponized'' this against the rest of the P.C.O.C., forcing them to leave the Ghostbusters and their tech alone instead of a repeat performance of this trope.
* RedHerringMole: In the video game, the Ghostbusters think he's the BigBad, [[spoiler:but it turns out he's an UnwittingPawn]].
* SharedMassHallucination: He thinks that the Ghostbusters were using hallucinations to make ghosts.
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Peter in the IDW continuity, who he never misses an opportunity to needle.
* StealthInsult: The astute viewer will notice that Peck continues to refer to Venkman as "Mister" even after pointedly looking over Venkman's two doctorates hanging on the walls of his office.
** He himself is subjected to one with the name of the organization he winds up getting KickedUpstairs into: P.C.O.C. [[labelnote:*]]"Peacock" is slang for an arrogant person who thinks they're [[SmallNameBigEgo far more important than they actually are.]] It also doubles as a reference to the infamous "no dick" insult Venkman slung at him.[[/labelnote]]
* StrawCharacter: Peck is the quintessential Reagan-era caricature of a government inspector.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In-universe. He's up against the quintessential trifecta of what government inspectors are supposed to inspect; unprofessional, irresponsible and downright ''dangerous'' actions by private individuals. However, he falls flat on his face in that [[YouAreWhatYouHate he is all those things himself]], and makes no attempt to find responsible professionals to make the Ghostbusters' operation safer; he just shows up and throws his weight around because he found a loophole to justify his presence, (and even that is unlikely to stand up in court) and just makes everything worse as government inspectors tend to do.
* TooDumbToLive: Let's see; he believes that mass numbers of average people can be induced to see {{Shared Mass Hallucination}}s. He knows ''absolutely nothing'' about chemicals, radiation, or any of the other things he claims to be harassing the Ghostbusters about, and worst of all, grabs what appears to be a random city worker to shut down equipment he doesn't even begin to understand. He's lucky something ''really unpleasant'' didn't grab him and make him into a snack. He's even luckier he
was wrong; if it had been storage for dangerous chemicals and failed as spectacularly he would have killed thousands of people.
* UnusualEuphemism: "This man has no dick."
--> "Well, that's what I ''heard''!"
alive.
%%%* TeamPet:



[[folder:The Mayor]]
!!Mayor Lenny Clotch
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!!!'''Played by:''' David Margulies
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Marc de Georgi (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Somebody get me the Ghostbusters."''

The Mayor of New York City in the first two movies who assists the Ghostbusters to save the city.

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[[folder:The Mayor]]
!!Mayor Lenny Clotch
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[[folder:Eleanor Twitty]]
!!Eleanor Twitty a.k.a. "The Gray Lady" / "The Library Ghost"
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!!!'''Played by:''' David Margulies
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Marc de Georgi (European French)
Ruth Oliver
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

-->''"Somebody get me the Ghostbusters."''

''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

The Mayor of New York City in the very first two movies who assists ghost the Ghostbusters to save ever encountered (but not the city.first they captured). Gets an expanded role in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]] where it's revealed she was murdered.



* AscendedExtra: He was a OneSceneWonder in the first film, but got a larger role in the second.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments
* FirstNameBasis: The Ghostbusters eventually get to know him on this by the second film.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Seems rather acerbic at first, but is a respected man who'll do whatever it takes to keep New York safe.
* {{Joisey}}: Sports an accent like this.
* RaisedCatholic: Seems probable; he's on very good terms with the Archbishop of New York, even calling him by name and inviting him to his office as a consultant when ghosts start flooding the streets.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In contrast to Peck and Hardemeyer, he is much more willing to accept the Ghostbuster's help.

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* AncientKeeper: [[spoiler:She's spent decades keeping the Gozerian Codex in her last resting place.]]
* AntiVillain: Type II.
* AscendedExtra: He Originally she was a OneSceneWonder in merely just the first film, but got a larger role ghost the Busters came across, then after scaring them off she wasn't mentioned again. In the video game, she was given an entire level where we were introduced to who she was and shown her deep connection to the event in the second.
game as a node in the spectral circuit flow.
* DeadpanSnarker: Has his moments
BewareTheQuietOnes: [[spoiler:Despite seeming to be just a normal ghost, she ends up having the power to control the entire library, as well as ghosts that are not known to work together. Hurt her and you'll regret it, even if it takes nearly a century.]]
* FirstNameBasis: The TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the game, she purposely lured the Ghostbusters eventually get to know him on her library by taking control of some ghosts and making them cause a ruckus. All this by to get them to go after her murderer/ex-boyfriend so as to finally get her revenge.]]
* FingerOnLips: Shushes them when they disturb her reading. Disturb her reading again and she goes ape.
* FogFeet: It seems to be
the second film.
main way one tracks her.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Seems rather acerbic at first, OneWingedAngel: Her "angry form."
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Ray; he really wanted to [[IncrediblyLamePun get her]] after scaring him.
* ScaryLibrarian: Especially in her angry mode.
* SnubByOmission: Her initial response to the Ghostbusters is to ignore them.
* SpookySilentLibrary: Her chosen domain.
* RevengeAgainstMen: [[spoiler:Her EX-boyfriend]], not the Ghostbusters.
* UnfinishedBusiness: [[spoiler:Subverted. After thinking they had helped her pass on by taking her book, she suddenly reappears and laughs maniacally as she transforms into her angry mode.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: She has a disturbing tendency to shift between a quiet plain librarian [[OneWingedAngel to a raging grotesque ghoul. Though the others suspect this was also part of it - that the fight was not only to give the Ghostbusters the book,
but so that they would wreck the room and uncover the path to the ghost world where her murderous ex was hiding.]]
* WomanScorned: Oh yes...
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Her boyfriend used her to get at her rare book collection. When this
is a respected man who'll do whatever it takes discovered, she dumps him and revokes his pass to keep New York safe.
* {{Joisey}}: Sports an accent like this.
* RaisedCatholic: Seems probable; he's on very good terms
her collection. He then kills her, trapping her in the library she tried to protect. It is soon shown, despite her circumstances, she isn't going to mope about. Instead she'll spend her afterlife plotting the downfall of her ex-boyfriend. She succeeds, with the Archbishop help of New York, even calling him by name and inviting him to his office as a consultant when ghosts start flooding the streets.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In contrast to Peck and Hardemeyer, he is much more willing to accept the Ghostbuster's help.
Ghostbusters.]]



[[folder:Janosz Poha]]
!!Janosz Poha
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/PeterMacNicol
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Vincent Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A curator at the Manhattan Museum of Art that was forced by mind control to do Vigo's bidding and act as his agent on the mortal realm.

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[[folder:Janosz Poha]]
!!Janosz Poha
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[[folder:The Scoleri Brothers]]
!!Tony and Nunzio Scoleri
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!!!'''Played by:''' Creator/PeterMacNicol
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Vincent Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears
Jim Fye (voice of Tony), Tim Lawrence (voice of Nunzio)
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appear
in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A curator
''Film/GhostbustersII''

The ghosts of convicted sibling murderers that appear
at the Manhattan Museum of Art that was forced by mind control to do Vigo's bidding Ghostbusters' trial. Their arrival and act as his agent on subsequent mayhem quickly convince everyone to reinstate the mortal realm.Ghostbusters.



* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Controlled by Vigo to do his bidding.
* CreepyCrossdresser: [[spoiler:When his ghostly form dresses up like a demon nanny to kidnap Oscar [[{{Beat}} ...]] you'd have to be there.]]
* DemonicPossession: Vigo forces his will upon Janosz, making him do his bidding.
* {{Deprogram}}: [[spoiler:Thanks to the ''good'' version of the mood slime, he's freed from Vigo's influence. And he and Ray are turned into a pair of [[LoveFreak Love Freaks]].]]
* FunnyForeigner: Of some kind... He speaks with a thick, vaguely European-sounding accent.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Chillingly realized when he visits Dana during the blackout scene. After a somewhat unnerving discussion, Dana tells him to leave. Once he is now alone in the dark, his eyes suddenly start to glow like flashlights in the dark hallway. A lot more disturbing than it sounds.
* HarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:He becomes a NotSoHarmlessVillain after kidnapping Oscar.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Thanks to the mood slime.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Where Dana is concerned.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: His first name is pronounced "yaw-nosh".
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, DemonicPossession, but still counts.
* LoveRedeems: Mood-Slime Redeems
* TheRenfield: Peter [=MacNicol=] played the Renfield here before playing ''the'' Renfield in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''.
* {{Ruritania}}[=/=]WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Just where on Earth ''is'' he supposed to be originally from?
-->'''Venkman''': You'll never get a green-card with that attitude, pal.
** "The Upper Vest Side," of course.
*** According to the comics, he's from Moldavia.
* VampireVords
* UnwittingPawn

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Controlled by Vigo to do AllThereInTheManual: Their first names (as well as the identity of their actors) were given in an article about the film's special effects.
* FatAndSkinny: Tony is the skinny one, Nunzio is the fat one.
* FatBastard: Nunzio is disgustingly overweight ''and'' a murderer.
* GigglingVillain: Tony has a really high-pitched laugh as probably
his bidding.
* CreepyCrossdresser: [[spoiler:When his ghostly form dresses up like a demon nanny to kidnap Oscar [[{{Beat}} ...]] you'd have to be there.]]
* DemonicPossession: Vigo forces his will upon Janosz, making him do his bidding.
* {{Deprogram}}: [[spoiler:Thanks to the ''good'' version of the mood slime, he's freed from Vigo's influence. And he and Ray are turned into a pair of [[LoveFreak Love Freaks]].]]
* FunnyForeigner: Of some kind... He speaks with a thick, vaguely European-sounding accent.
only vocalization.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Chillingly realized when he visits Dana during the blackout scene. After a somewhat unnerving discussion, Dana tells him to leave. Once he is now alone in the dark, his Their eyes suddenly start to glow like flashlights in brightly.
* TheHyena: Tony.
* KnightOfCerebus: To
the dark hallway. A lot more disturbing than it sounds.
* HarmlessVillain: [[spoiler:He becomes a NotSoHarmlessVillain after kidnapping Oscar.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Thanks to
extent that they're the mood slime.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Where Dana is concerned.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: His first name is pronounced "yaw-nosh".
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Well, DemonicPossession, but still counts.
* LoveRedeems: Mood-Slime Redeems
* TheRenfield: Peter [=MacNicol=] played
only regular ghosts (in the Renfield here before playing ''the'' Renfield in ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt''.
* {{Ruritania}}[=/=]WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Just where on Earth ''is'' he supposed
movies, anyway) shown to be originally from?
-->'''Venkman''': You'll never get
actively dangerous as opposed to merely a green-card nuisance.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If it weren't for their timely arrival the Ghostbusters would have been permanently disbanded.
* PsychoElectro: They're covered
with that attitude, pal.
** "The Upper Vest Side," of course.
*** According to the comics, he's from Moldavia.
surging electricity because they got executed via electric chair, although it's unclear if they can actually use it as a power.
* VampireVords
* UnwittingPawn
SiblingTeam: They're ''literal'' BashBrothers!




[[folder:Stephen Wexler]]
!!Judge Stephen "The Hammer" Wexler
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!!!'''Played by:''' Harris Yulin
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Yves Barsacq (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A notorious New York HangingJudge who nearly put the Ghostbusters permanently out of commission. It was he who also tried and convicted the Scoleri Brothers for murder, sentencing them to electrocution.
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* AintTooProudToBeg: Despite his tough exterior, he has no qualms about begging the Ghostbusters to save his sorry ass when he is proved wrong that ghosts definitely exist.
* AdaptationNameChange: The {{Novelization}} identifies him as Judge Roy Beane, presumably as a ShoutOut to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Bean the famous judge]] from TheWildWest.
* DirtyCoward: Wexler may be a harsh and imposing judge, but he gets a big fright when he sees the ghosts of the Scholeri Brothers, men he sentenced to death, appear in his courtroom. He hides under a table and tries to leave the court as quickly as possible, not bothering to help the prosecutor who is being terrorised by the ghosts of the Scholeri Brothers. Wexler also has the cheek to beg the Ghostbusters, whom he had just sentenced to prison, fined heavily and are still under a judicial order, for help. Plus, he grudgingly rescinds send order and then orders the Ghostbusters to put things right.
* HairTriggerTemper: Angry seems to be his default mood.
* HangingJudge: Has a rep for giving defendants harsh sentences. Tellingly the ghosts awoken from his ranting are two crooks he sentenced to death.
* {{Jerkass}}: In addition to acting like an asshole toward everyone in his courtroom he uses the sentencing statement as a chance to bellow about how much he hates the Ghostbusters and how much he wishes he could give them harsher, more draconian punishments. His anger and hatred are so extreme it spawns ghosts from the Hate Slime, something not seen in anyone else in the movie up to that point.
* LargeHam: Especially during his "BURNED AT THE STAKE!!!!" rant.
* OhCrap: ''"Oh my God, '''THE SCOLERI BROTHERS!'''"''
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sort of becomes one out of desperation when he decides to rescind his sentence and let the ghostbusters take care of the Scoleri Brothers' ghosts who were terrorizing the courthouse.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jack Hardemeyer]]
!!Jack Hardemeyer
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!!!'''Played by:''' Kurt Fuller
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Michel Derain (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

Mayor Lenny's assistant who views the Ghostbusters with disdain.
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* {{Jerkass}}: Hardemeyer is an arrogant AmoralAttorney who abuses his position of working with the mayor and gets the Ghostbusters committed out of spite.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Like Peck before him, he goes out of his way to make things miserable for the Ghostbusters.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: He takes Walter Peck's role as the jackass close to the mayor who antagonizes the Ghostbusters, though arguably he's even worse. Naturally, they briefly work together in the IDW comics.
* VillainousFriendship: He ''thought'' he had this with Peck in the comics. However, as Peck points out, all they have in common is a shared hatred of Peter Venkman.
* VillainTeamUp: Of a sort. Peck brings him in as the group's liason when the original team goes missing, making the replacement team's lives very difficult and focusing solely on the marketing end of the business.
[[/folder]]

!!Villains

[[folder:Gozer]]
!!Gozer
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!!!'''Played by:''' Slavitza Jovan (humanoid form), Paddi Edwards (voice)
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

-->''"Subcreatures, Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, the Traveler has come; choose and perish."''

An ancient Sumerian deity fond of entering dimensions and destroying them. Its impending arrival somehow causes an increase in the spectral activity of the targeted dimension, starting the events of the first movie.
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* EightiesHair: A mean flat-top.
* AgonyBeam: Uses this on the Ghostbusters after they told it they were not gods.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Went from a "large and moving torb" to a "giant sloar" and then a giant marshmallow man. It typically arrives in a pre-chosen form from a previous world it destroyed.
* BigBad: Of the first movie.
* CombatStilettos: In its humanoid form.
* EldritchAbomination: A non-cephalopod variety.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Speaks with a raspy, deep voice.
* ForTheEvulz: Seems to travel universes and destroy civilizations entirely for its own amusement.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Apparently Gozer's trademark. When it arrives to cause an apocalypse, it forces the denizens of the world its about to destroy to choose the form it will end them with. Ray accidentally chooses the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which he believes to be incapable of causing the kind of destruction Gozer wants (and probably would have been had it not been the size of a skyscraper).
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: The video game and comics say it had a major rivalry with its sister Tiamat.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The door Gozer used to enter our world is also the thing that pushed it back out.
** Further, Gozer's habit of making the inhabitants of a realm choose the form used to destroy it works against Gozer this time. Gozer ends up stuck in a chubby, awkward body '''made of marshmallows''' and lacking any special destructive abilities, bringing Gozer down to a level where four random humans on foot manage to thwart the destruction entirely (multiple times if you count the ExpandedUniverse).
* HumanoidAbomination: At least Gozer took the form of one. Its true form has never been revealed.
* IHaveManyNames: Also known as "Gozer the Gozerian", "Gozer the Traveler," "Gozer the Destructor", "Lord of the Sebouillia" and "Volguus Zildrohar."
* JerkassGod: Gozer seems to look down on any being who isn't a deity of some kind to the point where it will torture or kill them on the spot.
-->'''Gozer:''' Are you a god? \\
'''Ray:'''...No. \\
'''Gozer:''' Then....DIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!
* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Ray tries to think of a form for Gozer that couldn't possibly hurt anyone. There were certainly worse forms Gozer could have had, but Gozer still ends up as a hostile kaiju.
-->[[NiceJobBreakingItHero "Nice thinking, Ray."]]
* NoBiologicalSex: Gozer only takes on forms with characteristics of other genders. In truth, it has none of its own.
* NotQuiteDead: Returns as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the 2009 game, but in this game is fried to a crisp.
* OmnicidalManiac: Seems to be Gozer's main goal. It kills everyone, its summoners, even its ''worshipers'' and all else in its way.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: In the final confrontation, the boys are surprised that s/he's a "girl", but clearly s/he is both, though it leans more towards the feminine. [[note]]Of course that's mostly on account of Gozer being played by an actress.[[/note]]
-->'''Ray''': It's a girl.\\
'''Egon''': It's Gozer.\\
'''Winston''': I thought Gozer was a man.\\
'''Egon''': It's whatever it wants to be.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Gozer has come to be known for its tendency to destroy all that is in its path.
* PhysicalGod: And anyone who isn't can PERISH!
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* SadisticChoice: Upon arriving at a targeted planet, Gozer demands the inhabitants choose the form it will takes before it destroys the world. As the inhabitants of Earth find out, [[TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment even seemingly-harmless choices]] will appear as [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever dangerous monsters.]]
* ShapeshifterModeLock: The ExpandedUniverse has implied that she was permanently stuck in the marshmallow man form.
** In [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame the 2009 video game]], Ray mentions the possibility that Gozer is only able to create one Destructor form per dimension and therefore will only be able to manifest as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this one.
** The IDW comics had an alternate timeline where the Ghostbusters never defeated her and she's stranded on Earth in the Stay Puft form. After asking the Ghostbusters for help, they travel back in time to the Temple of Gozer and cover it in pictures of an even sillier cartoon character called Loofa Joe so their past versions would subconsciously turn Gozer into this if she tried to attack Earth again.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: A disturbing HumanoidAbomination with plans to destroy the world in a relatively light-hearted horror-comedy.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: From an androgynous woman covered in bubbles to a giant marshmallow man. Truly, Gozer doesn't seem to care what form it takes.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Zuul and Vinz Clortho]]
!!Zuul and Vinz Clortho
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!!!'''Played by:''' Ivan Reitman (voice of Zuul)
!!!'''Appear in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

Hellhound demigods and Gozer's loyal minions and scouts. Zuul is "The Gatekeeper" presumably responsible for guarding the Traveler's portal while Vinz Clortho is "The Keymaster" with the power to open it. They enter Earth first to prepare it for Gozer's arrival with Zuul possessing Dana Barrett and Vinz possessing Louis Tully.
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* {{Adorkable}}: Vinz Clortho when possessing Louis Tully. Unlike Zuul, who is a sinister and forceful presence, Vinz is just as dorky as the person it possessed. He describes Gozer the Traveler and his history of destruction more like an excited child than a terrifying demon.
* AffablyEvil: Vinz enthusiastically gushes to Egon about how Gozer has destroyed previous worlds and seems to expect humans to be genuinely excited about being destroyed. Vinz even politely assists Egon in mundane tasks and seems more like an excited puppy than a demonic invader.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Vinz, who is {{adorkable}} when possessing Louis.
* CloudCuckoolander: Vinz clearly isn't all there, though part of it may have been due to possessing Louis Tully.
* CoDragons: To Gozer.
* CreatorCameo: Director Ivan Reitman provided the voice for Zuul.
-->'''"There is no Dana, ONLY ZUUL."'''
* DemonicPossession: The possessed forms of Louis and Dana.
* DumbMuscle: Vinz even before possessing Louis shows that, while strong and tough, he's not exactly the brightest bulb of all. He attacks Louis in a crowded place, thus letting other people notice him, while Zuul attacks Dana inside her apartment without anyone finding out until Peter arrives for his date with her. Vinz also constantly smashes against tables and walls while chasing Louis.
* EliteMooks: Intimidating and frightening by themselves, but ultimately not the Big Bad.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: After becoming possessed by Zuul, Dana Barrett greets Peter Venkman wearing only a diaphanous, flowing crimson dress which reveals a lot of skin.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Zuul's voice becomes deep and monstrous when angered by Peter Venkman.
* {{Hellhound}}s: They're known as "Terror Dogs".
* LadyInRed: When possessed by Zuul, Dana wears a revealing, red dress and her behavior becomes overtly sexual: first attempting to seduce Peter and later meeting and hooking up with Louis (possessed by Vinz Clortho).
* TheMirrorShowsYourTrueSelf: When Egon has the possessed Louis hooked up to a brain-wave scanner, the image on the display is of Vinz Clortho's demonic head.
* MsFanservice: Zuul, at least while it's in Dana's body, wears a shiny, flowing red dress which reveals a lot of bare shoulders and long legs throughout her possession.
* PetTheDog: When Vinz -- in Louis's body -- asks a horse drawing a carriage if it's the Gatekeeper, the driver rudely accosts him. Vinz growls at the man with glowing red eyes, gently assures the horse that when Gozer comes all prisoners will be released, then runs off shouting to the driver that he and all his kind will perish in flames.
* PowersViaPossession: Dana and Louis exhibit supernatural abilities when possessed. While on her "date" with Peter, Dana levitates above her bed while also growling and snarling like an unearthly beast. Louis' growls and flares his eyes red when angered and shows telekinetic ability when opening and closing the door to Dana's apartment during their demonic reunion.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: For Gozer.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: They both have glowing red eyes, which do shine through the eyes of their human forms.
* Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The humans Zuul and Vinz Clortho possessed have a large height disparity which becomes accentuated when Dana Barrett dips Louis Tully during their kiss when they reunite while possessed. Sigourney Weaver is 6' tall while Rick Moranis is listed at 5'6".
* UnusualEuphemism: "The Keymaster" and "The Gatekeeper". It's strongly implied they have to have sex to open the portal to Gozer's realm.
* TheVamp: Zuul, while possessing Dana.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vigo]]
!!Prince Vigo the Carpathian
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!!!'''Played by:''' Wilhelm von Homburg (humanoid form), Creator/MaxVonSydow (voice)
!!!'''Dubbed by:''' Jean Violette (European French)
!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A 16th century tyrant and sorcerer, Prince Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf conquered a good section of Eastern Europe before being put down by a rebellion at the age of 105. Vigo reappeared in modern day Manhattan possessing his own portrait, and generated a "mood slime" that heightened and reacted to people's negative emotions, which hastened his return.
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: Seeing as how Vigo lived to be 105 and was tremendously difficult to kill, coupled with the plainly demonic appearance (complete with black eyes of evil and horns) he assumes in the film's climax, it's highly possible that Vigo was always some kind of demon that had possessed/merged with the human Vigo in the past and desired to possess another host. That, and his talk about "a mountain of skulls", "on the castle of pain" and sitting "on a throne of blood" are things that would exist in {{Hell}}, but not anywhere on Earth, even at the worst points in human history.
** While not quite mountain-sized, huge piles of skulls have featured over the centuries with human tyrants: The Mongols in particular were fond of creating them.
* {{Authority Equals Asskicking}}: A tyrant and sorcerer who curb-stomps the Ghostbusters.
* BadAssBoast: "On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood."
* BigBad: Of the second movie.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: When possessing Ray.
* BlobMonster: He controls the living ''River of Slime'' beneath New York.
* BodySurf: One of his more frightening powers.
* CardCarryingVillain: He refers to himself as "The Scourge of Carpathia" and "The Sorrow of Moldovia".
* CatchPhrase: "I, Vigo the Carpathian, (the names above), commands you!"
* DemotedToExtra: While still present in the video game, his only role is to be present as a nod to the movie by his appearance via his talking painting in the Firehouse.
* TheDreaded: Universally feared and hated by his own subjects while alive.
* EmotionEater: He feeds on human negative energy.
* EvilOverlord: After rising to power, Vigo ruled his homeland and later the conquered Romanian region of Moldovia with an iron fist. History would remember him as a powerful magician and an intelligent genius, but also an oppressive tyrant, an egotistical autocrat, a psychopathic lunatic, and a genocidal madman
* TheEvilPrince: A notoriously despotic autocrat.
* EvilSorcerer: In his {{backstory}}.
* {{Expy}}: Of Vlad the Impaler aka [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Count Dracula]].
** The novelization implies that he's Vlad Tepes's cousin.
** The account of his drawn out chore of an assassination and accusations of mysticism also seem like a nod to Gregori Rasputin.
* AGodAmI: With the power to back it up.
* HarmlessVillain[=/=]VillainDecay: In the game, he's reduced to nothing more than his painting, unable to do much of anything aside from talk and make the player feel uncomfortable. To add insult to injury, said painting is owned by the very people who beat him: the Ghostbusters.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:A version of Vigo's empathic slime empowered with ''positive'' emotions is what ultimately does him in]].
* HornedHumanoid: Grows two stumpy blood-colored horns after being sucked back into the painting during the final confrontation.
* [[IHaveManyNames I Have Many]] NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised and Vigo the Unholy.
-->'''Peter:''' Wasn't he also Vigo the Butch?
* KubrickStare
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Upon dying, he declared he would return to the living world one day. And he did.
* ObviouslyEvil
* RasputinianDeath: Practically almost parodied.
-->'''Ray''': He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.\\
'''Peter ''': [[{{Understatement}} 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."
* {{Reincarnation}}: Invoked, then Subverted as Dana's baby Oscar was chosen to be Vigo's "new vessel" before the Ghostbusters foil the attempt.
* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Painting]]: When first encountered. And he's this yet again in the video game, where the only thing he can do is talk to the player when interacted with.
* SorcerousOverlord: He was this in his past life.
* SpookyPainting: Dana comments that the painting gives her chills, even before the paranormal shenanigans begin.
* UndeadAbomination: He was so powerful that in ''Ghostbusters: The Video Game'', he is classified as a Class 7 entity, the same level as Zuul, Vince Clortho and Gozer the Gozerian.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: In the much more family-conscious second movie, Vigo's back story of dictatorship and genocide seems especially imposing.
* WouldHurtAChild: Vigo is more than willing to posses baby Oscar for his new body.
[[/folder]]

!!Ghosts

[[folder:Slimer]]
!!Slimer
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' | ''Film/GhostbustersII''

A pudgy, gluttonous, free-floating apparition of unknown origin comprised of a viscous green ectoplasm, "Slimer" is the first ghost the Ghostbusters ever caught when the Sedgewick Hotel hires them to get rid of him. Depending on the continuity he's treated as an ally, an antagonist, a test subject, or a pet/mascot.
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* AllThereInTheManual: It's never really explained where he came from in the movies proper, but according to Dan Aykroyd he's the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: In the IDW comics, Ray theorises that Slimer is a force of gluttony given form.
* BerserkButton: When Venkman encounters him for the first time, Ray (while communicating with Venkman via walkie-talkie) refers to Slimer as "an ugly little spud". Needless to say, Slimer overhears this and does ''not'' take kindly to it, charging at Peter and coating him in slime.
* BigEater: When first encountered, he's scoffing his way through a room-service trolley.
* BlobMonster: Spherical, and made of slime.
* CanonImmigrant: Although he originated in the first movie, the name Slimer and him living with the Ghostbusters originated in the animated series before it happened in the second film.
* CreatorCameo: His voice is provided by series director Ivan Reitman.
* FatAndSkinny: The Fat to Louis' Skinny.
* HarmlessVillain: The Ghostbusters caused MUCH more havoc than he did, and he never actually hurt anybody.
* HeelFaceTurn: He helps Louis (and the other Ghostbusters to an extent) out near the end of the second movie.
* {{Mascot}}
* MeaningfulName: Deliberately. In the animated series, Ray gave him the name "just to annoy Peter."
* MergerOfSouls: Dan Aykroyd says he's an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel.
* MultipleChoicePast: The ExpandedUniverse offers multiple origins;
** Creator/DanAykroyd said he was a "vapor - a kind of confluence of stored up psychic energy, an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel who doesn't want to leave". He also offered the alternative suggestion that he was the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
** The ''[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel UK]]'' comics based on ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' said he's the ghost of a human king called "Remils".
** The tabletop game said he's on Earth as a result of cult rituals.
** The 1992 annual said he was the ghost of an obese man who remembers nothing about his life except the desire to eat.
** The [[ComicBook/{{Ghostbusters}} 2017 IDW annual]] had the Ghostbusters suggest multiple theories, some of which were [[MythologyGag references to the above]]: a chef at the hotel who suffered a fatal heart attack on the job, a vagrant, an AnthropomorphicPersonification of gluttony summoned by the Gozerian cult, and Venkman's gag suggestion he was a king.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Is never called Slimer in the movies and gets his name from ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' cartoon series.
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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The first ghost seen not known to be the spirit of a deceased human being.
* SdrawkcabName: Some of the comics say his name was ''King Remils'' when he was alive.
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[[/folder]]

[[folder:Eleanor Twitty]]
!!Eleanor Twitty a.k.a. "The Gray Lady" / "The Library Ghost"
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!!!'''Played by:''' Ruth Oliver
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!!!'''Appears in:''' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}''

The very first ghost the Ghostbusters ever encountered (but not the first they captured). Gets an expanded role in the [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 game]] where it's revealed she was murdered.
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* AncientKeeper: [[spoiler:She's spent decades keeping the Gozerian Codex in her last resting place.]]
* AntiVillain: Type II.
* AscendedExtra: Originally she was merely just the first ghost the Busters came across, then after scaring them off she wasn't mentioned again. In the video game, she was given an entire level where we were introduced to who she was and shown her deep connection to the event in the game as a node in the spectral circuit flow.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: [[spoiler:Despite seeming to be just a normal ghost, she ends up having the power to control the entire library, as well as ghosts that are not known to work together. Hurt her and you'll regret it, even if it takes nearly a century.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:In the game, she purposely lured the Ghostbusters to her library by taking control of some ghosts and making them cause a ruckus. All this to get them to go after her murderer/ex-boyfriend so as to finally get her revenge.]]
* FingerOnLips: Shushes them when they disturb her reading. Disturb her reading again and she goes ape.
* FogFeet: It seems to be the main way one tracks her.
* OneWingedAngel: Her "angry form."
* SitcomArchNemesis: To Ray; he really wanted to [[IncrediblyLamePun get her]] after scaring him.
* ScaryLibrarian: Especially in her angry mode.
* SnubByOmission: Her initial response to the Ghostbusters is to ignore them.
* SpookySilentLibrary: Her chosen domain.
* RevengeAgainstMen: [[spoiler:Her EX-boyfriend]], not the Ghostbusters.
* UnfinishedBusiness: [[spoiler:Subverted. After thinking they had helped her pass on by taking her book, she suddenly reappears and laughs maniacally as she transforms into her angry mode.]]
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: She has a disturbing tendency to shift between a quiet plain librarian [[OneWingedAngel to a raging grotesque ghoul. Though the others suspect this was also part of it - that the fight was not only to give the Ghostbusters the book, but so that they would wreck the room and uncover the path to the ghost world where her murderous ex was hiding.]]
* WomanScorned: Oh yes...
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Her boyfriend used her to get at her rare book collection. When this is discovered, she dumps him and revokes his pass to her collection. He then kills her, trapping her in the library she tried to protect. It is soon shown, despite her circumstances, she isn't going to mope about. Instead she'll spend her afterlife plotting the downfall of her ex-boyfriend. She succeeds, with the help of the Ghostbusters.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Scoleri Brothers]]
!!Tony and Nunzio Scoleri
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!!!'''Played by:''' Jim Fye (voice of Tony), Tim Lawrence (voice of Nunzio)
%%!!!'''Dubbed by:'''
!!!'''Appear in:''' ''Film/GhostbustersII''

The ghosts of convicted sibling murderers that appear at the Ghostbusters' trial. Their arrival and subsequent mayhem quickly convince everyone to reinstate the Ghostbusters.
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* AllThereInTheManual: Their first names (as well as the identity of their actors) were given in an article about the film's special effects.
* FatAndSkinny: Tony is the skinny one, Nunzio is the fat one.
* FatBastard: Nunzio is disgustingly overweight ''and'' a murderer.
* GigglingVillain: Tony has a really high-pitched laugh as probably his only vocalization.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Their eyes glow brightly.
* TheHyena: Tony.
* KnightOfCerebus: To the extent that they're the only regular ghosts (in the movies, anyway) shown to be actively dangerous as opposed to merely a nuisance.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If it weren't for their timely arrival the Ghostbusters would have been permanently disbanded.
* PsychoElectro: They're covered with surging electricity because they got executed via electric chair, although it's unclear if they can actually use it as a power.
* SiblingTeam: They're ''literal'' BashBrothers!
[[/folder]]


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