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Space Ghost/Tad Ghostal

Voiced by: George Lowe
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"Greetings! Are you getting enough oxygen?"
The self-centered host of the show, Space Ghost is a former superhero who's since taken on the talk show wars.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Played for Laughs, but Space Ghost is considerably less pleasant, rather abusive (especially when alluding to his time when Jan and Jace were his wards), and performs decidedly unheroic acts such as blowing up Paris and the Hoover Dam.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Depends on the episode, but Rule of Funny can make him into one.
  • Awful Wedded Life: A one-sided example with Björk, as it's pretty obvious Space Ghost finds her annoying (though admittedly, it's not hard to see why).
  • Butt-Monkey: If he can be humiliated, he will.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Has tried and failed to woo the affections of various female guests. Those he (seemingly) succeeds with either later annoy him (Bjork) or something happens to prevent it from going any further (Rebecca Romijin)
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Designated Hero: Again, Played for Laughs. Space Ghost claims to be a hero to millions, but as one can tell from the other tropes on this page, he's not a very good one.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: After a montage of his worst moments, Space Ghost bombs Paris and blames France because "montage" is a French word.
  • The Ditz: Rivals Brak and Tansit as the dumbest character on the show (though he's still moderately smarter than the both of them).
  • The Dog Bites Back: He will blast Zorak, if the mantis pushes him too much (or just because). He also blasted Warren, his mentor who is heavily implied to have taken advantage of him, when the sentient plant tries to take over his show. Maybe.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Space Ghost engages this mentality at times, due to being a total Cloud Cuckoo Lander. Such as believing he would assume the form of steam, to get back into the studio after being locked out. Or walking into his own house and not recognizing it because of some extra "lamps" (actually Zorak, Moltar and Jon Benjamin wearing lampshades) and deducing that he needs to buy a new house.
  • It's All About Me: Taken to an extreme in "Chinatown", where he doesn't let Tyra Banks get in a word edgewise.
  • Karma Houdini: While he got away with his abuse of Jan and Jace, and got out of having to pay them, Space Ghost generally averts this by getting beaten and/or locked away in jail for his more heinous acts.
    • Though it should be noted that he did still technically get punished, as he got arrested at the end of "Lawsuit" (although it was for assaulting Zorak who tried to sue him as well). And as "Sequel" showed, Space Ghost was still in jail for it.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Played with, in that Space Ghost is capable of combat, but he also has a tendency to make his experiences sound more bold than they actually were, and his combat prowess fluctuates based on Rule of Funny.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Space Ghost acts at the In-Between, being more of a jerk than Moltar, but somewhat less than Zorak.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Or rather, "Only Known By Their Superhero Name". In this show, Space Ghost's real name is Tad Ghostal but everybody still refers to him as Space Ghost.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: How different depends on the episode, but he's generally portrayed as some sort of ghost. Who still eats and drinks and breathes, sometimes. Despite claiming he doesn't need oxygen.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Literally, as shown in "Snatch."
  • Token Human: Not counting the guests, Space Ghost is usually the only human (or humanlike) character in the show.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Slowly became more and more of a self-absorbed, dim-witted Jerkass over the course of the series.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "Cahill" demonstrates that he's afraid of thunder, much to Zorak's amusement.

Zorak

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"Everytime I move my arm, it costs the Cartoon Network 42 bucks! MUHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

An enemy of Space Ghost's he has since enslaved, Zorak serves as the show's bandleader. And main source of outward disdain.


  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Sometimes fines himself very easily becoming distracted by something for the entire episode. Examples include the Christmas Special where he becomes obsessed with the"Click click click" lyric from Up on the Rooftop for the entire episode, and the World Premier Toon-In special where he obsesses over a danish that Van Partible was eating.
  • Badass Boast: His reference as The Lone Locust/Mantis of the Apocalypse
  • Butt-Monkey: Considering the Running Gag of Zorak getting blasted by SG's power bands.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Which, among other things, he used in an attempt to make Ice-T get him some fly honeys.
  • Hypocritical Humor: A Running Gag has Zorak getting annoyed or angry when people lie, even though he's definitely not above lying, himself.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: There have been a number of jokes made about his species' leanings towards cannibalism.
  • It's a Wonderful Plot: "Zorak" reveals that Zorak being born kept Space Ghost from becoming a successful celebrity and politician. Naturally, Zorak takes this as motivation to continue ruining his life.
  • Kill 'Em All: A variation, but his stint as host in "Surprise" has Zorak blasting every guest that appears.
  • Jerkass: Out of the entire crew, Zorak is probably the most unpleasant of them.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Most of Zorak's humor comes from him commenting on (i.e. ridiculing) the various things Space Ghost says and does.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: While all three of them are jerks, Zorak is Mean by virtue of being the most outwardly spiteful and rude.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Zorak displays some tendencies of this. Perhaps his most evident is his proposed TV show, Blood Dumpster, where his Knife Nut character pursues someone through a tunnel for an entire episode.
  • Product Placement: Played for Laughs in "Dimethylprimidinol Bisulfite", where he continuously shills the titular product. He also plugs one for Mentos, when asked if he's hiding another set of arms under his vest.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Seen when he cries over not getting any fly honeys in "Needledrop".
  • Replacement Goldfish: The original Zorak was killed by Thundercleese at the 2003 New Years Eve party. When The Brak Show got cancelled later that same night, the Zorak from that show was hired to replace the original.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Zorak has this sometimes, depending on the adaptation. In Coast to Coast and Cartoon Planet, he would sing with his normal voice. However, The Brak Show had one episode where he coughs up his old voice and he begins talking and singing in a heavenly voice. A later episode brought this voice back for another song.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Well, he did eat his nephew Raymond.

Moltar

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"I'm on break."
Another enemy of Space Ghost's he has since enslaved, Moltar serves as the suffering director of the show. Usually only seen in his control room. Later served as the first host of the CN action-adventure block Toonami, before passing the reins onto the various TOM robots.
  • Ambiguously Bi: He's married to Linda, but has demonstrated a mancrush towards Erik Estrada. Also, according to Zorak, he's guilty of writing detailed Star Trek slashfics.
  • Ax-Crazy: Moltar occasionally reveals this side of himself, such as when he attempts to blow up the planet (again)
  • Bad Liar: A Running Gag with Moltar features his rather poor attempts to make himself or his ideas sound more impressive. Such as "Curling Flower Space", where he claims he was visited by a talking car, and then backtracks with a claim he was repairing his broken lungs.
  • Context-Sensitive Button: Whenever Moltar is shown working, he's always pulling the same lever for every single thing. This is lampshaded a few times in the show.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Implied with The Un-Reveal discussed in Nightmare Face
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: For a definition of "Nice", Moltar is generally the least assholish of the three.
  • Nightmare Face: He's implied to have one under his helmet, judging by Zorak's reaction in one episode's gag where Moltar removes it for a dollar.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Not as much as Zorak, but he does like to watch car crashes and things burn.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite usually being the voice of reason, Moltar isn't above things like encouraging Space Ghost to touch the replicating pod with Zorak, or childishly cutting off George Clinton to push Erik Estrada's interview.
  • Only Sane Man: When Space Ghost and Zorak are your coworkers...
  • The Un-Reveal: He takes off his helmet on a couple of occasions, but his face is covered by a bright flash of light.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: "Needledrop" reveals that Moltar is afraid of ghosts, after he unwittingly summons one. However, he makes it clear that he hates, not fears SG.

     The Council of Doom 

The Council as a Whole

A Five-Man Band formed of Space Ghost's other villains, they make periodic appearances on the show.

  • Go-Karting with Bowser: They sometimes collaborate with Space Ghost on his projects, such as acting as his telethon call panelists.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: In-verse and Played for Laughs, as the often derided Lokar and Tansit took on Zorak and Moltar's spots, after they were made mainstays on the talk show.

Brak

Voiced by: Clay Martin Croker (first episode only), Andy Merrill

A weird alien, even by SG standards, Brak makes sporadic appearances and usually demonstrates a lack of intelligence.

Metallus

  • The Unintelligible: Originally had a robotic voice, but later just communicated in robotic buzzing and droning

Lokar

Voiced by: Andy Merrill

Another insectoid villain with a cultured streak.

  • Ambiguously Gay: He has referred to Moltar and Zorak as "lover", once inquired Moltar about selling scented thongs, and was a little too into the idea of Moltar playing the role of his 50s girlfriend in the planned theme of "Surprise".
  • Hell Is That Noise: His dialogue is accompanied by odd insect buzzing.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Lokar always speaks in such a manner, to make himself sound refined as well as to insult people. That said, it has backfired, such as when he unwittingly referred to Space Ghost as "beautiful".

Tansit

Voiced by: Don Kennedy

A fellow "helmeteer" of Moltar's, Tansit generally introduces the show and gets humiliated in the process.

  • Adaptational Wimp/Badass Decay: In his first few appearances, he started out as slightly menacing, muscularly stocky, and had a deep voice. But in his later appearances he's cowardly, looked overweight, and sports a wimpy voice.
  • The Chew Toy: Even moreso than Zorak. Tansit is often the subject of disrespect whenever he appears. He even lampshades it, once, when he bemoans how he often gets invited to the show, only to end up doing jack.
  • Catchphrase: "PREDICATE!" In his earlier appearances.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: According to Word of God, Tansit was literally forgotten about by the other characters. Of course, he was also fired in one episode, which could explain his absence, as well.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: "Hi, mom!"
  • Fan Disservice: Strips down to his underwear in "King Dead", and noticeably has a gut
  • Knife Nut: Tansit mentions a Noodle Incident in "Surprise", where Moltar wouldn't let him stab Space Ghost with the "rusty metal".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. While he has noticeable red eyes and is a villain, Tansit is a total joke.

Black Widow

Voiced by: Judy Tenuta

A spider-themed villain with a rather shrill voice.

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Chad Ghostal

Voiced by: Brad Abelle

As Space Ghost's evil twin, Chad sometimes makes appearances in an attempt to ruin his brother's life. Amusingly, Zorak and Moltar prefer him.

  • Beard of Evil: Which, as a Running Gag, constantly changes
  • Faux Affably Evil: "Hipster" really showed this side of him, as Space Ghost's suave "replacement" who nevertheless made threats and intended to rob The Millionaire blind at his party.
  • Jive Turkey: As part of his smooth persona
  • Kick the Dog: "Hipster", in particular, had Chad gleefully singing about how he was able to beat someone (Brak) up.

Harvey Birdman

Voiced by: Scott Finnell

Another classic superhero, the forlorn and broken Birdman aspires to gain success as a talk show host. Unfortunately, life is not so kind.

  • Butt-Monkey: It'd be easier to count how much goes right for poor Harvey than what goes wrong. He really is, as Space Ghost puts it, a "Six-piece Chicken McNobody".
  • Catchphrase: BIRRRRRRRRRDMAN!
  • The Chew Toy: His appearances in "Pilot" and "Sequel" are pretty much made of him getting disrespected by everyone, desperately trying (and failing) to keep his marriage together, and, in "Pilot", gets fired due to falling asleep from the lack of sunlight.
  • The Dog Bites Back: In "Pilot", he sics Avenger to maul the crap out of Lokar, after the latter constantly insults him. And after all the crap he takes in "Sequel", he takes the surly Space Ghost head-on.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He demands respect but, predictably, he gets none whatsoever.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a noticeable growl-like quality to his voice.


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