LavonPapillon1 on Nov 8th 2018 at 2:08:53 PM
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LavonPapillon1 on Jan 18th 2019 at 10:02:26 AM
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For the longest time, the study, capture and exorcism of ghosts have often been seen not as a Science Fiction or even Science Fantasy career, so much as a job populated entirely by either consecrated members of the Vatican or freelance warlocks paid for their banishments.
To see a Real Spoofbusternote , a specific criteria is meant to be met. They often wear jumpsuits, signifying that their profession is just that; a profession, similar to an electrician or a plumber.
While for the longest time combating supernatural phenomena used either magical (enchanted swords, chicken's feet, talismans) or religion implements (holy water, crucifix, sacred rights), the Spoofbuster instead forgoes older superstitions favor of the knowledge and skill of a Science Hero. Geiger-counters that react to ectoplasm, chemical isotopes that make demons violently ill, and of course a bootleg proton-pack; a (probably unlicensed) nuclear accelerator strapped to their backs similar to a backpack. They can come in many settings; they can suck up the ghosts like a vacuum, spray out anti-ectoplasmic solutions, shoot streams of energy that can explode every molecule in your body at the speed of light should they be crossed and a dozen other contrived doo-dads and what-have-you's to get the job done.
- Brief from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt wears a green jumpsuit and carries around a backpack that doubles as a vacuum cleaner throughout most of the series. The shout-out is intentional.
- A scene example appears in Shimoneta, in which after becoming a nymphomaniac, Anna Nishikinomiya starts to chase Tanukichi Okuma wanting his male member with diverse objects, one of them a vacuum cleaner that uses as backpack trying to "absorb" Tanukichi's stuff (while he clings to a pipe outside the building).
- Episode 9 of the Pop Team Epic anime features a brief scene of Pipimi and Popuko wearing familiar suits and backpacks to suck away a gang of rowdy teens.
- Daffy Duck's Quackbusters is a Compilation Movie which has Daffy inherit a fortune with the stipulation that he must use it for goodwill. When he doesn't, his millionaire benefactor returns to haunt him, which kicks off the premise of the movie: Daffy hiring fellow Looney Tunes to help him get rid of ghosts and monsters.
- In the Luigi's Mansion games, Luigi (of the famous Super Mario Bros.) winds up having to hunt ghosts in-spite of his cowardliness in a massive haunted mansion (which was a trap for him and Mario) with the help of Professor E. Gadd and his patented Poltergust 3000, a back-strapped vacuum designed to suck-up ghosts of all-shapes and sizes.
- The Sims 3 added the "ghost hunter" career with it's "ambitions". Ghost hunters have to capture or exorcise ghosts using various gadgets.
- The Yo-kai Watch Blasters spin-off of the Yo-Kai Watch video game series is a beat 'em up game with heavy references to the Ghostbusters series. So heavy, it had to actually be modified in the Western release to tone them down for copyright reasons. The original Japanese name was Yo-kai Watch Busters, Jibanyan and Komasan had Ghostbuster-like jumpsuits in their Blaster forms, and Whismellowman, named Whisped Cream in the dub and looking more kaiju-like, was originally a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man parody.
- The Arcade Game Tumblepop is all about this: two partners travel together all over the world chasing ghosts and monsters with their vacuums.
- In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) episode "End Times", Donatello builds the team a set of ghost-fighting equipment similar to the proton pack in order to combat Kavaxas and his hoard of evil spirits spilling out from the Netherworld.
- In the Johnny Bravo episode "Hunted", Johnny is kicked out his own attic when he tries taking a rare comic in there by a ghost haunting it. When he gets Carl's help, they dress in uniforms Carl made from his mom's dress that he claims are designed for most-hunting, being equipped with strap-on particle beams. Johnny comments how they don't exactly look like the same guys in the movie.
- Danny Phantom: In "The Million Dollar Ghost", Danny encounters groups of ghost hunters that parody well-known franchises. One pair are known as "The Extreme Ghostbreakers", parodying Extreme Ghostbusters.
- In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "Bug-Busting Babies", Gonzo leads the babies into a team called the Bug Busters to catch the bug messing up Scooter's computer program. The episode also spoofs the Ray Parker Jr song from the 1984 movie, and features Bug Busters and a car similar to the Ghostbusters and their Ecto-1.
- The Tiny Toons Halloween special "Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery" has Furrball dress up in full Ghostbusters gear to take on the ghost of Sneezer.
- The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper has a pair of faux Ghostbusters to do the "Who you gonna call? ...someone else" bit from the movie.
- Histeria! had a Song Parody of the Ghostbusters theme called "Trust Buster", the nickname Teddy Roosevelt earned for breaking up big business at the turn of the 20th Century. The kids wear jumpsuits; Teddy wears a proton pack and blasts Corrupt Corporate Executives with green lasers.
- In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, this is how the title characters became friends, with Billy donning a proton pack and brown jumpsuit and catching Grim in a muon trap.
- Robot Chicken has MythBusters' Jamie and Adam investigate the myth of whether or not masturbation causes blindness by driving to a kid's house in Ecto-1 and catching him like a ghost.
- The brown jumpsuit-clad Ghost Harassers, a parody of Ghost Hunters, appear as a still image in a brief TV ad on Gravity Falls.
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