Played by: Sigourney Weaver
Dubbed by: Frédérique Tirmont (European French)
Appears in: Ghostbusters | Ghostbusters II
- "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.
- Action Mom: She becomes one in the second movie.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: As the first film progresses.
- Demonic Possession: Victim of this for half of the first film.
- Love Interest: To Peter.
- Mama Bear: She doesn't need a Proton Pack to be an Action Mom!
- Neutral Female: Averted. She tries to keep away from the trouble so as not to get in the guys' way, but when it comes to her, she fights back.
- One of the Boys: Even after she breaks up with Peter, she still gets along with all the Ghostbusters and vice versa.
- The Reliable One: You can always count on her. One of the reasons she and Peter broke-up, temporarily.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Had a lot of trouble finding one for a while.
- Statuesque Stunner: Especially when possessed in the first film.
- 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.
Played by: William T. Deutschendorf and Henry J. Deutschendorf
Appears in: Ghostbusters II
Dana's baby son. He is targeted by Vigo the Carpathian to be his host body to get back in the mortals' world.
- Adult Fear: Usually happens when your child is targeted by a demonic overlord who wants to reincarnate in the physical world using him as host.
- Living MacGuffin: Vigo wanting him as host so he can reincarnate in the physical world drives a good part of the plot of Ghostbusters II.
- Straying Baby: To his mother's horror, Oscar gets lured outside his room's window and stands up over the building's ledge... then gets snatched away by a ghostly Janosz Poha in creepy nurse attire.
Played by: William Atherton
Dubbed by: Hervé Bellon (European French)
Appears in: Ghostbusters
- "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 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 IDW comic he is still head of P.C.O.C., but has grown into the role.
- Amoral Attorney: He only aims to sue the Ghostbusters out of spite for their cause, but in reality is just a money grubbing agent.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Surrounded by news articles and tv interviews about the ghosts the Ghostbusters have caught, yet insists it's all an elaborate scam.
- Artistic License Law: 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 nor 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 Karma Houdini. Though there are stories of actual government officials and bureaucrats doing that and worse in New York and getting away with it.
- The Atoner: Of a sort; in the comics, he admits to Janine he's forced the P.C.O.C. behind the scenes to back down on firing the team or seizing equipment simply out of a desire to avoid another incident akin to his forcibly turning off the containment grid.
- Bad Boss: As head of P.C.O.C. he at first deliberately interferes with the Ghostbusters' investigation out of spite. Even after Peck's HeelFace Turn he still enjoys forcing the Ghostbusters to do unpleasant things, especially Peter.
- Character Development: 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 an abrasive bureaucrat who hates the Ghostbusters (but not as much).
- Covered in Gunge: But hey, at least it was marshmallow.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: 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.
- Dumbass Has a Point:
- 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."
- Harmless Villain: 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 Disc-One Final Boss who manages to either restrain or delay the Ghostbusters, which gives the real villains more time or freedom to act.
- Hate Sink: Peck with his imperious self-righteousness, skepticism and his Jerkass Never My Fault 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, William Atherton 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.
- HeelFace Turn: 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!
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- 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, 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 inversion 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.
- Laser-Guided Karma: 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.
- Malicious Slander: 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.
- Never My Fault: 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.
- Later inverted during the comics; he privately admits to Janine during the "Crossing Over" event that everything that happened in the first film after that first meeting with Peter was essentially on him, and despite his Bad Boss and Obstructive Bureaucrat behavior towards the Ghostbusters, he's done quite a bit of fighting for them out of a desire to avoid having that kind of thing happen again.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: A government bureaucrat who, in his quest to obstruct one business, obstructs the business of the entire world. Also during the game and early comics, where he rarely passes up the opportunity to inflict some misery on the team.
- The Peter Principle: 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). 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.
- Red Herring Mole: In the video game, the Ghostbusters think he's the Big Bad, but it turns out he's an Unwitting Pawn.
- Shared Mass Hallucination: He thinks that the Ghostbusters were using hallucinations to make ghosts.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Peter in the IDW continuity, who he never misses an opportunity to needle.
- Smug Snake: Insufferably arrogant, petty, and spiteful as a man who works as a humorless and rigid bureaucrat with antagonistic and mutual hatred for the Ghostbusters.
- Stealth Insult: 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 Kicked Upstairs into: P.C.O.C. note
- Straw Character: Peck is the quintessential Reagan-era caricature of a government inspector. His main purpose is to draw attention away from the fact that people from the appropriate agencies haven't shown up and shut the team down legitimately.
- Strawman Has a Point: 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 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.
- Too Dumb to Live: Let's see; he believes that mass numbers of average people can be induced to see Shared Mass Hallucinations. 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.
- Unusual Euphemism: "This man has no dick.""Well, that's what I heard!"
Mayor Lenny Clotch
Played by: David Margulies
Dubbed by: Marc de Georgi (European French)
Appears in: Ghostbusters | Ghostbusters II
- "Somebody get me the Ghostbusters."
The Mayor of New York City in the first two movies who assists the Ghostbusters to save the city.
- Ascended Extra: He had only one scene in the first film, then got a larger role in the second.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his snarky moments.
- First-Name Basis: The Ghostbusters eventually get to know him on this by the second film.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
- Raised Catholic: 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.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In contrast to Peck and Hardemeyer, he is much more willing to accept the Ghostbuster's help.
Played by: Peter MacNicol
Dubbed by: Vincent Violette (European French)
Appears in: Ghostbusters II
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.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Controlled by Vigo to do his bidding.
- Creepy Crossdresser: When his ghostly form dresses up like a demon nanny to kidnap Oscar ... you'd have to be there.
- Demonic Possession: Vigo forces his will upon Janosz, making him do his bidding.
- Deprogram: 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 Love Freaks.
- Funny Foreigner: Of some kind... He speaks with a thick, vaguely European-sounding accent.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: 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.
- Harmless Villain: He becomes a Not-So-Harmless Villain after kidnapping Oscar.
- HeelFace Turn: Thanks to the mood slime.
- Hopeless Suitor: Where Dana is concerned.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": His first name is pronounced "yaw-nosh".
- Love Makes You Evil: Well, Demonic Possession, but still counts.
- Love Redeems: Mood-Slime Redeems.
- More Than Mind Control: Despite being brainwashed to be Vigo's loyal minion, Janosz's personality more or less stays the same aside from getting a bit creepier. As such, Dana and the other Ghostbusters don't realize he's under thrall for a good portion of the film. However, this ends up biting Vigo in the ass because Janosz's obsession with Dana is what makes them decide to take Oscar, which sets the Ghostbusters on their case much faster than it otherwise would have been.
- The Renfield: Peter MacNicol played the Renfield here before playing the Renfield in Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
- Ruritania/What the Hell Is That Accent?: 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.
- "The Upper Vest Side," of course.
- Servile Snarker: Even though he's Brainwashed and Crazy to be loyal to Vigo, that doesn't stop him from indirectly telling Vigo to get on with it the second time he starts going through all his titles.
- Stalker with a Crush: For Dana, though it only truly started getting creepy after being put under Vigo's thrall.
- Vampire Vords
- Unwitting Pawn
Judge Stephen "The Hammer" Wexler
Played by: Harris Yulin
Dubbed by: Yves Barsacq (European French)
Appears in: Ghostbusters II
A notorious New York judge 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.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: 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.
- Adaptation Name Change: The Novelization identifies him as Judge Roy Beane, presumably as a Shout-Out to the famous judge from The Wild West.
- Dirty Coward: 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.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Angry seems to be his default mood.
- Hanging Judge: 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.
- Large Ham: Especially during his "BURNED AT THE STAKE!" rant.
- Oh, Crap!: "Oh my God, THE SCOLERI BROTHERS!"
- Reasonable Authority Figure: 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.
Played by: Kurt Fuller
Dubbed by: Michel Derain (European French)
Appears in: Ghostbusters II
Mayor Lenny's assistant who views the Ghostbusters with disdain.
- Jerkass: Hardemeyer is an arrogant Amoral Attorney who abuses his position of working with the mayor and gets the Ghostbusters committed out of spite.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Like Peck before him, he goes out of his way to make things miserable for the Ghostbusters.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: 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.
- Villainous Friendship: 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.
- Villain Team-Up: 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.
Played by: Carrie Coon
Appears in: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
The single mother of Phoebe and Trevor.
Played by: Paul Rudd
Appears in: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
The science teacher of Phoebe and Trevor.