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"Are you a god? Then DIE!"
The Destructor's "chosen form".

Played by: Slavitza Jovan (humanoid form), Paddi Edwards (voice)

Appears in: Ghostbusters

"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.

  • '80s Hair: A mean flat-top.
  • Agony Beam: Uses this on the Ghostbusters after they told it they were not gods.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: 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.
  • Big Bad: Of the first movie.
  • Combat Stilettos: In its humanoid form.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A non-cephalopod variety.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Speaks with a very deep, raspy, and thundering voice.
  • For the Evulz: Seems to travel universes and destroy civilizations entirely for its own amusement.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: 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).
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He seems to be called "the Destroyer" because that's all humans really know about him: that he destroys things whenever he comes to Earth.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: The video game and comics say it had a major rivalry with its sister Tiamat.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: 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 Expanded Universe).
  • Humanoid Abomination: At least Gozer took the form of one. Its true form has never been revealed.
  • I Have Many Names: Also known as "Gozer the Gozerian", "Gozer the Traveler," "Gozer the Destructor", "Lord of the Sebouillia" and "Volguus Zildrohar."
  • Jerkass God: 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?
    Gozer: Then....DIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!
  • The Not-So-Harmless Punishment: 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.
  • No Biological Sex: Gozer only takes on forms with characteristics of other genders. In truth, it has none of its own.
  • Not Quite Dead: Returns as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in the 2009 game, but in this game is fried to a crisp.
  • Oh, Crap!: When it saw the Ghostbusters crossing their proton streams into its portal, indicating Gozer knew what they were doing.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Seems to be Gozer's main goal. It kills everyone, its summoners, even its worshipers and all else in its way.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: 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 
    Ray: It's a girl.
    Egon: It's Gozer.
    Winston: I thought Gozer was a man.
    Egon: It's whatever it wants to be.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Gozer has come to be known for its tendency to destroy all that is in its path.
  • Physical God: And anyone who isn't can PERISH!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Sadistic Choice: 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, even seemingly-harmless choices will appear as dangerous monsters.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: The Expanded Universe has implied that she was permanently stuck in the marshmallow man form.
    • In 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.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: A disturbing Humanoid Abomination with plans to destroy the world in a relatively light-hearted horror-comedy.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: From an androgynous woman covered in bubbles to a giant marshmallow man. Truly, Gozer doesn't seem to care what form it takes.

    Zuul and Vinz Clortho 

Zuul and Vinz Clortho
"There is no Dana, only Zuul!"

Played by: Ivan Reitman (voice of Zuul)

Appear in: Ghostbusters

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.

  • Affably Evil: 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.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Because she lives in an apartment building designed by a cultist intending to bring back the ancient god Gozer, known as the Destructor, Dana is chosen to become possessed by the entity Zuul, the Gatekeeper. Louis, her neighbor, is possessed by Vinz Clortho, the Keymaster. Together, the possessed couple open the doorway between worlds to allow Gozer to come to Earth to begin destroying.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Vinz, who is Endearingly Dorky when possessing Louis.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Vinz clearly isn't all there, though part of it may have been due to possessing Louis Tully. Zuul as well to some extent, as while possessing Dana she slams the door on Peter when he says he's not the Keymaster, only to immediately open it and ask again when he knocks.
  • Co-Dragons: To Gozer.
  • Creator Cameo: Director Ivan Reitman provided the voice for Zuul.
    "There is no Dana, ONLY ZUUL."
  • Demonic Possession: The possessed forms of Louis and Dana.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: The possessed Dana is visited by Peter and almost immediately begins aggressively trying to bed him.
    Dana: Do you want this body?
    Peter: Is this a trick question? I guess the roses worked, huh?
    Dana: Take me now, subcreature.
    Peter: I make it a rule never to get involved with possessed people. (passionate kissing) Actually, it's more of a guideline than a rule.
    Dana: I want you inside me.
    Peter: Sounds like there are at least two people inside there already. Might get a little crowded.
  • Dumb Muscle: 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.
  • Elite Mooks: Intimidating and frightening by themselves, but ultimately not the Big Bad.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After becoming possessed by Zuul, Dana Barrett greets Peter Venkman wearing only a diaphanous, flowing crimson dress which reveals a lot of skin.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Zuul's voice becomes deep and monstrous when angered by Peter Venkman.
  • Hellhounds: They're known as "Terror Dogs".
  • Lady in Red: 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).
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: 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.
  • Ms. Fanservice: 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.
  • Pet the Dog: 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.
  • Powers via Possession: 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.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: For Gozer.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: They both have glowing red eyes, which do shine through the eyes of their human forms.
  • Slouch of Villainy: Vinz finds Zuul-possessed Dana in this position when they reunited in her apartment.
  • Something Else Also Rises: When Zuul and Vinz meet up at Dana’s apartment they share a passionate kiss before ascending to the rooftop; we later see the Ghostbusters arrive at the foot of the building, the sky darkens and they are nearly swallowed up by an earthquake; in other words, the earth moves. Shortly afterward, Zuul and Vinz are shown lying on a ceremonial table on the rooftop, looking exhausted and Vinz's belt is ripped apart and he wakes with a huge grin on his face.
  • That Man Is Dead: After Peter arrives to find Dana possessed by Zuul, he makes multiple attempts to communicate with her. Becoming irritated at his insistence she eventually responds in a deep, growling voice "There is no Dana, only Zuul!"
  • 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".
  • Unusual Euphemism: "The Keymaster" and "The Gatekeeper". It's strongly implied they have to have sex to open the portal to Gozer's realm and are both shown disheveled and Louis sporting a broken belt buckle after they reunite atop Dana's apartment building.
  • The Vamp: Zuul, while possessing Dana.
  • Transformation of the Possessed: After completing their tasks to bring about the coming of Gozer, Zuul and Vinz Clortho transform their human hosts into their own native, hellhound forms.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Unlike Vinz, Zuul is played straight as an evil, demonic being.

    Vigo the Carpathian 

Prince Vigo Von Homburg Deutschendorf / Vigo the Carpathian
"I, Vigo, the Scourge of Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldavia, command you!"

Played by: Wilhelm von Homburg (humanoid form), Max von Sydow (voice)

Dubbed by: Jean Violette (European French)

Appears in: Ghostbusters II

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.

  • 0% Approval Rating: He wasn't exactly well-liked by his subjects as he was also known as "Vigo the Cruel", "Vigo the Torturer", "Vigo the Despised", and "Vigo the Unholy".
  • Ambiguously Human: 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.
  • Bad Ass Boast: "On a mountain of skulls in a castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood."
  • Big Bad: Of the second movie.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: When possessing Ray.
  • Blob Monster: He controls the living River of Slime beneath New York.
  • Body Surf: One of his more frightening powers.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He refers to himself as "The Scourge of Carpathia" and "The Sorrow of Moldovia".
  • Catchphrase: "I, Vigo the Carpathian, (the names above), commands you!"
  • Demoted to Extra: 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.
  • The Dreaded: Universally feared and hated by his own subjects while alive.
  • Emotion Eater: He feeds on human negative energy.
  • Evil Overlord: 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
  • The Evil Prince: A notoriously despotic autocrat.
  • Evil Sorcerer: In his Backstory.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a booming and menacing baritone voice, courtesy of Max von Sydow.
  • Expy: Of Vlad the Impaler aka 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.
  • A God Am I: With the power to back it up.
  • Harmless Villain/Villain Decay: 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A version of Vigo's empathic slime empowered with positive emotions is what ultimately does him in.
  • Horned Humanoid: Grows two stumpy blood-colored horns after being sucked back into the painting during the final confrontation.
  • I Have Many Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Also known as Vigo the Cruel, Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised and Vigo the Unholy.
    Peter: Wasn't he also Vigo the Butch?
  • Kubrick Stare
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Upon dying, he declared he would return to the living world one day. And he did.
  • Obviously Evil
  • One-Winged Angel: He eventually steps out of the painting in solid form. Outside, the joyous New Year singing neutralises the Mood Slime, which saps him of energy, and forces him back into the painting. In an apparent attempt to stay active, he warps into a thunderously growling horned corpse.
  • Rasputinian Death: Practically almost parodied.
    Ray: He didn't die of old age, either. He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered.
    Peter : 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.
  • 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.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: He was this in his past life.
  • Spooky Painting: Dana comments that the painting gives her chills, even before the paranormal shenanigans begin.
  • Undead Abomination: 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.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: In the much more family-conscious second movie, Vigo's back story of dictatorship and genocide seems especially imposing.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Vigo is more than willing to posses baby Oscar for his new body.




Played by: Ivan Reitman (voice, in the first two films)

Appears in: Ghostbusters | Ghostbusters II | Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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.

  • All There in the Manual: It's never really explained where he came from in the movies proper, but according to Dan Aykroyd he's the ghost of John Belushi.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: In the IDW comics, Ray theorises that Slimer is a force of gluttony given form.
  • Berserk Button: 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.
  • Big Eater: When first encountered, he's scarfing his way through a room-service trolley.
  • Blob Monster: Spherical, and made of slime.
  • Canon Immigrant: 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.
  • Creator Cameo: His voice is provided by series director Ivan Reitman.
  • Fat and Skinny: The Fat to Louis' Skinny.
  • Harmless Villain: The Ghostbusters caused MUCH more havoc than he did, and he never actually hurt anybody.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He helps Louis (and the other Ghostbusters to an extent) out near the end of the second movie.
  • Mascot
  • Meaningful Name: Deliberately. In the animated series, Ray gave him the name "just to annoy Peter."
  • Merger of Souls: Dan Aykroyd says he's an accumulation of spirits that haunt the hotel.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: The Expanded Universe offers multiple origins;
    • Dan Aykroyd 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 John Belushi.
    • The Marvel UK comics based on The Real Ghostbusters 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 2017 IDW annual had the Ghostbusters suggest multiple theories, some of which were references to the above: a chef at the hotel who suffered a fatal heart attack on the job, a vagrant, an Anthropomorphic Personification of gluttony summoned by the Gozerian cult, and Venkman's gag suggestion he was a king.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Is never called Slimer in the movies and gets his name from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The first ghost seen not known to be the spirit of a deceased human being.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: Some of the comics say his name was King Remils when he was alive.
  • Series Mascot: When you think of Ghostbusters you tend of think of this little spud.

    Eleanor Twitty 

Eleanor Twitty a.k.a. "The Gray Lady" / "The Library Ghost"

Played by: Ruth Oliver

Appears in: Ghostbusters

The very first ghost the Ghostbusters ever encountered (but not the first they captured). Gets an expanded role in the 2009 game where it's revealed she was murdered.


    The Scoleri Brothers 

Tony and Nunzio Scoleri

Played by: Jim Fye (voice of Tony), Tim Lawrence (voice of Nunzio)

Appear in: Ghostbusters II

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

  • All There in the Manual: Their first names (as well as the identity of their actors) were given in an article about the film's special effects.
  • Fat and Skinny: Tony is the skinny one, Nunzio is the fat one.
  • Fat Bastard: Nunzio is disgustingly overweight and a murderer.
  • Giggling Villain: Tony has a really high-pitched laugh as probably his only vocalization.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Their eyes glow brightly.
  • The Hyena: Tony.
  • Knight of Cerebus: 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If it weren't for their timely arrival, the Ghostbusters would have been permanently disbanded.
  • Psycho Electro: 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.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Upon materializing, they set their sights on Judge Hammer and the prosecutor due to having them sent to the chair.
  • Sibling Team: They're literal Bash Brothers!


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