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The Spirit does not have any super-powers nor does he have any special training. He is an excellent fighter, and survives mostly on force of will and luck. He works mainly out of Central City (New York City in the first few issues) but often travels internationally. His base of operations is a crypt in Wildwood Cemetery that has been refitted for comfortable living.

His costume consists of a blue suit, with white shirt and red tie, hat, gloves and domino mask. Throughout the series he is seen in various states of undress, but he is never seen without the mask, aside from his very first adventure when he was still Denny Colt.

  • Badass Normal
  • Celibate Hero
  • Clark Kenting: When he needs to be in disguise, The Spirit dons a pair of large dark glasses and no one notices the mask.
    • He has, on other occasions, simply removed his mask (more common in the Darwyn Cook-helmed reboot) since very few people know or care who "Denny Colt" is thanks to being legally dead.
  • Chick Magnet
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: He IS a pulp hero after all.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Definetly carries shades of this, especially in his solo adventures.
  • Dating Catwoman: Touches on this with Sands Sareef and Silk Satin.
  • Fedora of Asskicking
  • Nice Guy: When not whaling on criminals, The Spirit comes off as the nicest guy in the world
  • The Narrator: In the stories that he isnt the main character, The Spirit will often take the role of this.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Can dish out and take a LOT of damage, despite essentially just being a brawler.
  • James Bondage: Would often find himself tied up by his various opponents.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Oftentimes.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Borders on this on occasion, especially during one series of stories where Spirit went off the grid in the Caribbean for a while.

    Supporting Characters 

Commissioner Eustace (Diogenes) Dolan

Commissioner of the Central City Police Department. Friend of Denny Colt. Dolan often competes with The Spirit in solving cases.

Ellen Dolan

Daughter of Commissioner Dolan and girlfriend of The Spirit. (Though not always according to The Spirit himself). When she was first introduced, she was an upright psychology student with big ol' Nerd Glasses; however, when The Spirit decided to take her glasses off and give her a big smooch, she became considerably less upright.

Ebony White

Black kid sidekick to The Spirit and main provider of comic relief. (He was replaced later in the series by Sammy, a white boy, mainly due to concerns over racial stereotyping.)



Doctor Cobra

Mad scientist whose chemicals and machinations inadvertently helped Denny Colt become the Spirit.

Gerhard Shnobble

Complete nobody who finds that he can fly.

  • Flight
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Nobody noticed that he was flying because the Spirit was too busy fighting criminals at the time.
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: He first discovered he could fly as a child. His parents forbade him from ever flying again, afraid of what the world would think of him.

Hazel P. Macbeth

Witch with apparent magical powers who often appears in Halloween themed stories.

Mr. Carrion

Con man who has a pet vulture, Julia.

The Octopus

As the Arch-nemesis of The Spirit, The Octopus appears more often than any other non-cast member. His face is never seen: it is either obscured or hidden by a disguise. He can always be recognized by his distinctive gloves. His origin would be told, not in the original strip, but in a story penned by Eisner for a comic reprint series put out in the 1960s collecting the old Spirit stories in traditional comic format.

  • Arch-Enemy: To The Spirit
  • The Faceless: His face is not seen once in the entire comics run. Averted in the movie, in which Samuel L. Jackson plays him.
  • Iconic Item: The Octopus can always be identified by his striped gloves.
  • Stealthy Cephalopod: Invoked. He uses the octopus as his namesake, and always hides his appearance with obscuring clothes or by staying just outside the panels.


Crime lord with a "black widow" m.o. who often tries to seduce The Spirit.

Plaster of Paris

Not much is known about the Plaster of Paris other then being a sexy French belly dancer and assassin in the employ of the Octopus. She is somewhat eccentric and is known to wield tri-pronged throwing knives and a sword.

Played by Paz Vega in the movie.

Sand Saref

Denny Colt's childhood friend who is, in actuality, a spy.

Silk Satin

Spy and potential alternate love interest for The Spirit.

Silken Floss

Evil scientist who works with The Octopus.


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