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Page for characters that are specific to the IDW comic book Ghostbusters.

For the characters who first appeared in the 1980s films, see Ghostbusters (Film Series).


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     Heroes 

Kylie Griffin

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Kylie is an employee at Ray's Occult Books that Ray hired to manage the store while he's off doing Ghostbusters stuff. She helps Ray over the phone with research into the occult using the store's books. Later when the Ghostbusters go missing Janine hires her to sub for the boys, and she acts as backup several times after.

  • Badass Bookworm: She spends her free time going through Ray's books, and can kick ass along with everyone else.
  • Canon Immigrant: Kylie is originally from Extreme Ghostbusters, though here she has a completely different backstory and hair design.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Which is why she gets along with Peter so well.
  • Perky Goth: Dresses in dark and somewhat antiquated clothes, but is positive and upbeat.



Melanie Ortiz

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Special Agent Melanie Ortiz was an FBI agent that ran into the Ghostbusters while they were investigating the ghosts of aliens in Roswell, New Mexico. Later when she's on vacation in New York Ortiz joins the Ghostbusters to fill in for the missing team. After they return Ortiz stays on the team as a liaison between the Ghostbusters and the FBI.



Ron Alexander

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Ron Alexander stole the schematics for the Ghostbusters equipment, built his own gear, and started his own rival company, The Ghost Smashers. The Ghost Smashers quickly became more popular since their packs disintegrated the ghosts instead of merely stunning them. Of course, this corner cutting backfires horribly, leading to a massive build-up of spectral energy that almost destroys Manhattan. Afterwards Ron is arrested, but gets released when the New Ghostbusters need someone to repair the packs.

  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Ron is based, visually, on 1980s Chevy Chase.
  • Child Hater: Throws a chair at a student during an elementary school appearance.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Ron may be an amoral con man, but he still built his own proton packs, and more impressively modified the design.
  • Jerkass: Arguably the biggest dick of the cast, at least on par with original Peck. Absolutely no one gets along with him.
  • Token Evil Teammate: The only Ghostbuster that could be considered evil. Even Peter has a shred of decency.



Jenny Moran

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One of three ladies Ron Alexander hired to staff his Ghost Smashers. Despite that enterprise going south in a hurry, Jenny managed to strike up a relationship with Ray Stantz that quickly developed into a romance. She subsequently appeared as a backup Ghostbuster, and landed a job as the PCOC (Paranormal Contracts Oversight Commission) liaison to the Ghostbusters...

Then she died. She got better, sort of.

  • Badass Bureaucrat: Was this during her time with PCOC, doing her best to help the Ghostbusters from within the government apparatus, while ensuring the good taxpayers of New York got the most bang for their buck. Case in point: during an international paranormal emergency she used $400k of government cash to charter-fly the Ghostbusters around the world, and saved $30k by pooling the trips with those of some honeymooners from Long Island.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's Ray's girlfriend and a sweet and helpful person who helps out on busts and keeps Peck off the team's backs... who's also unafraid of strapping on a proton pack and openly defying the Big Bad. Becoming a Class 4 entity has only amplified this by giving her access to paranormal powers.
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Given her relationship with Ray, the fact that her appearance is based on Donna Dixon, retired actress and Dan Akroyd's real life spouse, is actually rather sweet. Bonus points for a dream sequence of Ray's that saw him and Jenny take on the roles played by Ayrkoyd and Dixon in Spies Like Us. Of course Jake then had to spoil the whole dream...
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Ray certainly seems to think so. Of course, being a spirit in the Ghostbusters universe, she's not limited to 'cute' forms.
  • Friendly Ghost: Is currently this. As mentioned already, she's friendly because she's that kind of person. Piss her off and you get the...
    • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Can turn these on and off at will. Surprisingly intimidating. She can also break out the...
    • One-Winged Angel: Being a ghost does come with perks. She seems to have mastered a degree of shapeshifting, at one point terrifying the ever-living snot out of some students by morphing into a screaming banshee with the head of a gigantic naked mole rat.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the end of the Crossing Over miniseries, she voluntarily enters the Containment Unit to prevent it from melting down.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Tried this and failed: when the Ghostbusters were outlcassed by the spirit of a powerful sorceror, Jenny decided the best solution was to read a spell from the very tome said sorceror needed for his evil plot, one she understood might summon an even more powerful entity. It didn't work... in fact it sent her and the rest of the team (bar the spiritually immune Winston) straight to Hell.
  • The Power of Love: Seems to be why she hasn't crossed over to the other side: not even death will keep her apart from Ray.
  • Thrill Seeker: During her introductory arc, Jenny ended up flying shotgun with Ray on a tiny autogyro, soaring over New York, which was slowly being consumned by a giant ghost. Her only reaction? "I love this plan!"
  • Voice of the Legion: Seems to be the only part of her 'ghostly' nature she can't hide when in corporeal human form: all of her dialog is rendered in the jagged white-on-black typeface that is used for ghosts within the comics.

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     Villains 

Tiamat

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"When I first came back to this plane of existence, it was mostly curiosity. The same worms that once worshiped us could suddenly rip holes in the fabric of the universe... and beat you soundly. I wanted to play with them."

Tiamat is the sister of Gozer and the one to originally banish him from Earth. When Gozer is defeated by the Ghostbsters, Tiamat takes an interest in the planet and the Ghostbusters and invades Earth for fun.

  • Always Someone Better: To Gozer. Not only was she able to fight him head on and win, she was toying with him the whole time.
  • Big Bad: Of the second story arc of the IDW comic and the Crossing Over miniseries.
  • Cruel Mercy: Rather than simply destroying her victims, she likes to watch them live with their suffering. When Winston offers himself as a sacrifice to save Ray, Tiamat accepts, but then changes her mind when she realizes his Heroic Sacrifice would send him to Heaven, so she decides to take Winston's fiance as the sacrifice instead. However, instead of killing her, Tiamat removes all memories of their relationship from Winston's fiance AND EVERYBODY ELSE, so Winston is the ONLY person who remembers.
    Winston: Giving up my friends, my family, my WIFE? That's a sacrifice, all right.
    Tiamat: But it's not yours. If you want to banish me, you must live to face the consequences. I insist you choose another sacrifice.
  • Exact Words: After taking Winston's marriage as a worthy sacrifice, she pledges to permanently leave the Ghostbusters' plane of existence. Unfortunately, all of the dimension-hopping adventures the boys have been on lately gives her an interesting loophole...
  • For the Evulz: Tiamat doesn't have any real motive, she just wants to ruin the Ghostbusters' lives and mess with reality for fun.
  • Hope Spot: Gives one to Gozer. When Gozer possessed Ray, he thought he could beat Tiamat by opening the containment grid and using the ghosts inside to increase his power. However, Tiamat had manipulated Ray's memories so Gozer wouldn't realize the containment grid had security measures that could detect if a Ghostbuster was possessed and deny them access. Tiamat did this just so Gozer could have a brief hope of winning, then complete despair in the face of defeat.
    I do truly love the feeling you people get when hope is snatched away. It's like nothing else.
  • It Amused Me: About the only consistent motivation for anything she does.
  • Mad God: Which works somewhat in the Ghostbusters' favor, since simply destroying the Earth would end any way of causing more chaos.
  • Manipulative Bastard: For such a chaotic god Tiamat is good at messing with people's emotions, especially her brother's.
    • Engineered most of the events of the Crossing Over miniseries in order to generate fear and chaos across the dimensions.
      Real!Egon: It's [Tiamat] been following us!
      Prime!Egon: Worse - it's been influencing our situation.
      Tiamat: Of course! I want you to continue visiting other worlds, throwing ghosts and demons and things you can't even classify yet into fits of panic. Chase them. Upset the order of their environments. Leave chaos in your wake and increase my power - OR BE DESTROYED!
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Is brought down to size by Rachel Unglighter's magic, socked in the face by Winston with the Proton Glove, has the vast majority of her power scattered to the dimensional winds by numerous modified Trapgates, and is finally captured in a conventional trap and left in the Limbo Dimension to rot. One can only hope that it sticks...
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: Her humanoid form is a snake woman wearing nothing but her scales, but she has no visible nipples or genitals.
  • Snake People: She's basically a cluster of snakes in humanoid form.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Fortunately for the Earth, it was never her intention to destroy it. She just wanted to mess with Gozer for a bit. Once she's had her fun, she leaves.
  • Villain Respect: The Ghostbusters cross NINE proton streams fighting against her in her home dimension. Although she survives, she's still surprised and calls it "an attack worthy of a Goddess".

     Others 

Roger Baugh

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Janine's boyfriend in the IDW comic, who looks suspiciously like Egon with a blond ponytail.


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