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Developed by Jeff Kline and Richard Raynis, Extreme Ghostbusters is a Sequel Series to The Real Ghostbusters (which was itself a Spin-Off of the first Ghostbusters film), airing for one season starting in late 1997.

The show takes place ten years after the original Ghostbusters disbanded after they captured all the ghosts. While Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore move away, Egon Spengler stays in New York City, living in the Firehouse with Slimer, maintaining the containment unit, and teaching as an instructor for the class "Paranormal Phenomena 101" at a community college. But when construction workers inadvertently release a new breed of ghosts, Egon has little choice but to form a new team of Ghostbusters using his students: standoffish Goth Kylie Griffin, wisecracking slacker Eduardo Rivera, Gadgeteer Genius Roland Jackson and Handicapped Badass Garrett Miller. Janine Melnitz, Egon's fifth and final student, returns to work as the Ghostbusters' receptionist, accountant and collector. Slimer returns to his role as Non-Human Sidekick, when he's not eating everything in sight.

The show ran for 40 episodes and apparently was only ever intended for one season, though went out on a high note.

In 2013, an alternate version of Kylie, now a protégé of Ray instead of Egon, appeared in IDW Publishing's Ghostbusters comic book which mainly follows the movie continuity.

Starting in February 2021 the series is being uploaded to the official Ghostbusters YouTube channel.note 

"I'm not a troper":

  • Acrofatic: Despite being rather chubby, Roland is quite limber and agile.
  • Actor Allusion: In The Pied Piper of Manhattan, Eduardo remarks that The Piper "talks like a bad Robin Hood movie." The Piper was voiced by Roger Rees, who played The Sheriff of Rottingham in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
  • Ammunition Backpack: Downplayed after the proton pack upgrade in the second episode, leaving the proton guns to use cannisters mounted on the guns themselves (and if you look close, the full-size backpacks all have an extra clipped on). Kylie's ends up rather tiny (apparently because of her size and build), and is more of an Ammunition Fannypack, though she carries the improved Ghost Trap as well, mounted onto the back of her body armor.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • People (such as Mayor McShane) don't believe in ghosts, believing instead that the original team tricked people and the new team is continuing the tradition. Note, however, that this series is in continuity with The Real Ghostbusters, which featured many public instances of supernatural activity in New York, as well as others across the planet.
    • In the premiere, Eduardo says that anyone that believes in ghosts has half a brain cell. Coming face-to-face with Slimer changes his outlook, however.
    • The series justified this by pointing out most people believe the fantastic hoaxes were cooked up by the Ghostbusters as part of a scam. On at least one occasion though, the police showed that they did at least believe that the group didn't rob a bank. But as the crook had one of their proton guns, they were forced to bring them in for questioning.
    • In "Moby Ghost", even the Ghostbusters themselves are skeptical of the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Art-Shifted Sequel: The series had redesigns for the returning Real Ghostbusters characters and the Ecto-1.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Three of the new team qualify in different ways. Garrett was a die-hard fan of the originals, which was why he signed up for Egon's class. Roland, being a techie, was quite fascinated by Ecto-1 and their hardware in general. Kylie has a massive interest in the supernatural in general.
  • Back for the Finale: Egon Spengler reunites with the rest of the original Ghostbusters (Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore) in the series' final episode, a two-parter titled "Back in the Saddle".
  • Backpack Cannon: Whatever that thing Egon uses towards the end of "Killjoys" is, it's this.
  • Badass Longcoat: Kylie has one, although it only appears in the first episode.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: Samhain, who had appeared a few times on The Real Ghostbusters, appears in the Title Sequence (and the toy line) but never got so much as a cameo in the actual show.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The title of an episode featuring a Literal Genie named Duophanes as the Monster of the Week.
  • Belly Mouth: The Piper has a mouth on his stomach.
  • The Bermuda Triangle: The Bermuda Triangle is revealed in the second part of "Back in the Saddle" to be a huge, all-devouring spiritual entity.
  • Berserk Button: Don't call Eduardo a daisy. Don't use Kylie's great-grandmother as a means to attack her. Don't mess with Roland's equipment.
  • Big Applesauce: As usual, the action takes place in New York City.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Kylie, when she succumbs to her fear of maggots, and Eduardo, when he succumbs to his fear of death, in the episode "Fear Itself".
    • "Home Is Where the Horror Is" has two kids saying this trope after attempting to sell candy to an old woman in the beginning of this episode.
    • "Slimer's Sacrifice": Inside the containment unit, Slimer himself says this trope when he's consoling Eduardo after he gets hypnotised by Siren to destroy Eduardo's air tank. Also Kylie says it when she believes Slimer and Eduardo are caught in the fire by the ghouls in the containment unit, only for both of them to escape safely from the containment unit.
    • Kylie has another one in "Grundelesque" after experiencing a flashback of her childhood friend Jack being taken by the Grundel.
  • Black and Nerdy: Roland, the African-American Techno Wizard who prefers classical music to rock or rap.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Garrett may be the first paraplegic example.
  • Bond One-Liner: Garrett often utters one after the capture of a ghost.
  • Bowdlerize: In "Bird of Prey", Kylie claims Hraesvelgr literally means bird of prey. It actually means "corpse swallower".
  • Breakout Character: Kylie. The amount of fan art of her, even over twenty years after the show's run, outnumbers that of all the show's other characters combined. She was popular enough to make the jump to the IDW comics.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: "Brilliant" may be stretching it, but every so often, Eduardo will do or say something that indicates he's much brighter than his teammates give him credit for. He just doesn't put much effort into studying, which leads to ignorance.
  • Broad Strokes: The show is a Sequel Series to The Real Ghostbusters, but much of the returning cast members have personalities more in line with the series' earlier seasons, and don't make any mention of the Junior Ghostbusters or Louis Tully.
  • Call-Back: In "Eyes of a Dragon", Garrett shows disdain to an FBI agent because of how two incompetent know-it-all agents wrongfully tried to arrest him and the Ghostbusters, which almost got them all killed back in "Grease".
  • Canon Immigrant: Kylie Griffin made her way into the comic books, becoming the first character in this series to be in the movie canon, or at least close to it. Eduardo also joins her later, although so far only in the capacity of a supporting character.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Mostly provided by Eduardo:
    Roland: (upon seeing that the Jersey Devil's Breath Weapon dissolved the roof of his car) What the - my car!
    Eduardo: (stretching in the back seat) You always said you wanted a convertible.
  • Catchphrase: Eduardo's are noted above; another one is the team's Battle Cry: "On Three! Three!"
    • As well as Kylie's "I'm not a (verb)er."
  • "Cavemen vs. Astronauts" Debate: The episode "Eyes of a Dragon" has Eduardo and Kylie arguing about the properties of light, of all things. Doubles as a Chekhov's Gun, as both halves of the argument become critical to successfully busting the Ghost of that episode, Gu Mo.
  • Character Development: Unlike some animated shows of the time that suffered Negative Continuity, this series did feature some recurring themes, the most obvious of which was Eduardo and Kylie who both grew closer and, in Eduardo's case, more mature and competent as the series went on.
  • China Takes Over the World: Averted, as the ghost of the episode "Eyes of a Dragon", Gu Mo, is a Chinese bone demon. Though, as always, the ghost must fail in the end.
  • Claustrophobia: Garrett is claustrophobic. Though unlike the others, he would be the last person to admit his fear.
  • Civilization Destroyer:
    • The Lost City of Krobos was a civilization destroyed 2000 years in the past due to its alchemists dabbling in demonology.
    • Several of the antagonists are world-menacing and would wipe out human civilization if they succeed. This is even shown in the Bad Future episode "Ghost Apocalyptic Future".
  • Composite Character: Janine combines her later-series design style with her early-series personality from the original show.
  • Consulting a Convicted Killer: In the episode "Grundelesque", Kylie thinks the Monster of the Week is a Grundel but her teammates won't believe her because the only existing Grundel has already been captured in an episode of The Real Ghostbusters. To confirm her suspicions, Kylie interrogates the original Grundel, who confirms the existence of another one but demands to be freed if she wants his help. She refuses.
  • Continuity Nod: To both events in RGB and XGB:
    • In "Slimer's Sacrifice", the containment unit is populated by Siren and Banshee (from "Sonic Youth") and Lotan (from "Moby Ghost"; even though Lotan was destroyed and not captured). Surt is also mentioned as being previously captured by the RGB.
      • Same episode has Egon refer to entering the Containment Unit before - which he did in RGB in "Xmas Marks the Spot."
    • "Grundelesque" features the Grundel, as in the exact same Grundel that the RGB defeated.
    • In "The Sphinx", Egon calls Garrett "Ray" in a fit of frustration.
    • In "Eyes of a Dragon", Garrett takes offense to an FBI agent, citing how he and the other XGBs were arrested by "Feds" and handcuffed to a plane being torn apart by a gremlin (which happened in "Grease").
    • "Back in the Saddle" gives the original (RGB) Ghostbusters some screen time. The same episode contains a more direct nod. During Egon's party, Slimer brings down the birthday cake - half of which he ate. Peter snaps at him, "You never change, you nasty green slime machine you?!" In "Slimer, Come Home" on the original series, Slimer devoured all of Winston's birthday cake and Peter yelled at him over it.
      • The events of "Drool, the Dog-Faced Goblin" are also slyly referenced, where Egon compares the bowling alley case to "...the time we busted that Class-4 shapeshifter in the Poconos." Also, in the same episode, the bowling-alley bust is a nod to the very first bust in the very first RGB episode, "Knock Knock".
  • Cool Car: The Ecto-1 is still around.
  • Cool Old Guy: Egon. The "old" part is very much downplayed, as he's still only in his early forties - the point is that just 'cause he's a decade older doesn't mean he can't still let ghosts have it.
    • Also the other members of the original Ghostbusters during their appearance in the finale. When coming up against a ghost the current 'Busters were having trouble with, they take it down in a matter of seconds.
  • Custom Uniform: What Kylie and Eduardo wear does not match the traditional Ghostbuster uniform at all.
    • There may just not have been a jumpsuit in Kylie's size, but the orange body armor (over a skintight shirt and shorts?) and elbow/knew pads fits the trope more. Eduardo has no such excuse, and his Bustin' outfit appears to be a t-shirt and vest with jeans.
  • Darker and Edgier: While the show retains the trademark Ghostbusters humor, it treats the horror elements more seriously than any other entry in the franchise (including the movies) so far especially considering that The Real Ghostbusters became Lighter and Softer as time went on, at the behest of Executive Meddling.
    • The difference is perhaps exemplified by the way the Firehouse exterior was depicted in both series.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kylie, Eduardo, and Garrett.
    • Janine also retains this, when she's onscreen.
  • Disabled Means Helpless: Garrett is hardly this trope - he's a pair of guns with a body attached - but he is savvy enough to exploit it from time to time. The show is not afraid to show that he does need that wheelchair, though.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette/Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Kylie
  • Eldritch Abomination: Many villains fall into this territory. A hell of a lot more often than in The Real Ghostbusters. The one that stands out the most is S.I.D.N.E.E., the giant fog monster in the final episode.
  • Expy: "Deadliners" delivers a double-helping. A special type of eldritch abomination called the Vathack invade the works of young adult horror genre writer "JN Kline". They bring to life the titular Deadliners, monsters which are clearly based on the Hellraiser's Cenobites.
  • Eye Scream: The episode "The Unseen" has the XGB crew track down Tenebraug, a monster who takes away a person's eyes the moment a person looks at the Orb of Moldova.
  • Five-Token Band: Although quite against those tokens' stereotypes.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Although routinely dealing with the supernatural, several of the team refuse to believe in luck in "The Luck of the Irish".
  • Forbidden Chekhov's Gun: Egon tells the new team never to cross the streams in the pilot.
  • From Hero to Mentor: Egon acts as a mentor for the four new recruits, however he can still put on the pack and kick butt if needed.
  • Golem: In "The True Face of a Monster", a rabbi's son creates one when his father's synagogue is vandalized by racist hooligans.
  • The Good Guys Always Win: As per the norm, the EGBs always win, despite some ghosts being untrappable. Though, some ghosts get pretty darn close to winning.
  • Goth: Kylie exemplifies the Gloomy Goth subtrope.
  • Grand Finale: The series ended with the two-part episode "Back in the Saddle", which had Egon Spengler reunite with the other original Ghostbusters Peter Venkman, Winston Zeddemore, and Ray Stantz on his 40th birthday, and also had both the old team and the new team work together to stop a massive fog-like entity named S.I.D.N.E.E. from destroying New York.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Eduardo. A milder case than most, as he only does it occasionally and can go entire episodes without speaking a word of Spanish.
  • Griping About Gremlins: The Monster of the Week in "Grease".
  • Handicapped Badass: Garrett. One fan theory is that the executives started insisting that they had somebody in a wheelchair as was growing popular, assuming that this would be their nerd. The writers weren't fond of the meddling, so they gave them their wheelchair - and made him their Team Jock.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: In "Killjoys", after freeing Roland from the monster he is in his birthday suit and covers himself. But it starts off as Scenery Censor.
  • Hate Sink: Mayor McShane is an arrogant Jerkass who demeans the Ghostbusters every chance he gets and stubbornly insists on refusing to believe in ghosts in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, clearly indicating that he is a character the audience is intended to despise.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The credits can only be summed up as this. Consisting of demonic shrieks, banshee screams, and ghostly moans.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Garrett writes a short story starring himself (he has his teammates die after the first page so he can be the sole hero and avenge them). According to Eduardo, there's nothing in the story to grab the reader and it's "just 40 pages of [Garrett] blowing away ghosts and chasing skirts."
  • Heroic Resolve: Pretty much how Garrett shrugs off his claustrophobia in "Fear Itself", compared to the others' helplessness in the face of their own fears.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • In "Slimer's Sacrifice", a damaged ghost trap allows Fenris to break free and threatens to allow the other ghosts in the Containment Unit to escape. Slimer rams the escaping ghosts and closes the unit from the inside - trapping himself in the process. The trope is naturally subverted when Eduardo goes in to retrieve the spud.
    • In "Moby Ghost", Maiikrob goes into Lotan's stomach with the damaged proton packs, and "kills" Lotan, as well as himself.
  • Hero Protagonist: As usual for kids' shows, the protagonists are the heroes.
  • Hidden Depths: Mostly Eduardo who, among other things, is an avid reader whom Garrett seeks out for literary advice. He even tells him, "There's a lot about me you don't know." He's also shown doing an assignment for a Philosophy class for one episode. Granted, he just copy-pasted elements of multiple articles, but he's doing that with at least 6 different books.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In many cases, the Ghostbusters defeat or weaken the Monster of the Week through their own tricks. Most notably is when Kylie and Eduardo turn the Orb of Moldova, which marked anyone who looked at it as a target for Tenebraug, a ghost who steals eyes, on himself, causing all his victims to regain their eyesight.
    • Also, there was Morpheus, a spirit from the dream world who was impervious to the busters' Proton Packs who decided to come over into the human realm, but in doing so, he lost his immunity to the packs and was captured the instant he crossed over. Big oops there.
    • Probably just a coincidence or due to ignorance, but Kahlil got defeated by the very person (incantation started by Kylie and ended by Eduardo) whom he made do his endless manuscripts, one of them containing the very incantation needed to defeat him.
  • Huge Gun Tiny Girl: Averted with Kylie's proton gun (essentially a light gun connected to a fanny pack). She carries a full-size one just fine in "The Unseen", but is obviously struggling with its weight.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters:
    • In "The True Face of a Monster", a gang of neo-Nazis that harass a synagogue until a Jewish man sends a golem after them.
    • In "Heart of Darkness", Egon's old colleague Edward Kirilian invents a collar that can be used to enslave ghosts.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Back in the Saddle, Part 1", Eduardo expresses irritation with Peter's ego. Garrett also mocks his use of a Bond One-Liner.
    Garrett: Who talks like that?
  • I Can't Feel My Legs!: When Garrett invokes it, you know it's Played for Laughs.
  • Ignored Expert: The Ghostbusters' warnings about the supernatural antagonists go unheeded by skeptics like Mayor McShane and Eduardo's police officer brother Carl, the former not believing any of it and the latter thinking he and his police force are enough to do the job.
  • I Need To Go Bathe My Cat: Kylie uses this excuse many times.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Played every way but IN SPACE! (and technically even that if you count Negative Space Wedgies as space). Garrett isn't treated any better or worse because of the fact that he's in a wheelchair, and actually tends to bounce between Butt-Monkey and The Determinator.
  • Insult Backfire: In "Home is Where the Horror Is", Garrett insults himself to try to sound less appealing to the mansion's carnivorous monsters. It doesn't work:
    Garrett: You don't want me. I'm nothing but skin and bones.
    "Old lady": Ah, but skin and bones are my favorite parts. (unveils her true demonic form while speaking, complete with Slasher Smile)
  • Irony: Kylie screaming when succumbing to her fears, despite that she said previously she's "not a screamer" in "Fear Itself".
  • Ironic Fear: In the "What Do They Fear?" Episode, Eduardo's fear is of deathnote  - ironic both because he was taunting Kylie earlier claiming she was afraid of death, and because he's always joking about it with his catch phrase "Maybe s/he's dead".
    • All of their fears, really. Kylie, despite not really fazed by most of the creatures they deal with week to week, is afraid of maggots. Garrett, who can't really get far without his wheelchair, is afraid of tight spacesnote . Roland, who probably has the best grip on technology of the group, is afraid of his technology turning on him. Slimer, who is green and will eat almost anything, is afraid of broccoli.
  • Jerkass: Mayor McShane, who brushed off and discredited Egon in the first episode, then ignoring the team's warnings in "The Luck of the Irish" and took the credit for resolving the situation at the end of the episode. Depending on the in-universe chronology of events, might also count as Karma Houdini.note 
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eduardo and Garrett.
  • The Jersey Devil: "The Jersey Devil Made Me Do It". It's a spiritual being that created a vaguely bat-like physical form by possessing ores and minerals.
  • Kneel Before Zod: In the episode "Casting the Runes", Kylie and Roland experience this when they both encounter Kahlil:
    Kahlil: How does it feel to be on your knees before the great Kahlil?
    Kylie: Lousy.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The federal agent from "Grease" is a self-righteous idiot who deludes himself that he knows everything and jumped to the VERY wrong conclusions about the Ghostbusters when they were trying to trap a gremlin. Then the idiot winds up releasing the gremlin from the ghost trap aboard a plane in flight because he thought it was a bomb and tried to "disarm it".
  • Monster of the Week: Like The Real Ghostbusters before it, just about every episode of this show had the team face a new ghost or supernatural threat.
  • Monster/Slayer Romance: Roland falls in love with a ghost called Syren. The feeling is mutual, but sadly she ends up getting capture in a sort of Heroic Sacrifice to stop her evil sister.
  • Mood Whiplash: While the episodes usually ended on a triumphant or funny note (unless it was the odd two-parter), the ending credits music was strangely eerie, marked by a few demonic growls and laughsnote . Then again, this show was Darker and Edgier than its predecessor.
  • My Brain Is Big: Kahlil, though he doesn't make a point of it.
  • Mythology Gag: Like in the first movie, the new team initially starts with three members and adds a fourth one a little later.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Once the Ghost Of The Week is captured, any of its spells or effects are conveniently undone. This is in-keeping with standards set by RGB, though.
  • Not as You Know Them: The original Ghostbusters, when they return. Just for example, the idealistic, dedicated-to-the-paranormal Ray Stantz... is a used car salesman.
    • Though nothing has changed about their personalities or behavior; it's just that ghostbusting was so important to the characters, it was jarring to see them living without it.
    • And for the record, Ray's current profession is more the result of a destructive incident at a university in Idaho than a bona fide career choice. (Not that he's bitter about it.)
      "There was a minor mishap followed by a major explosion."
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: More like "Not Using the D Word". Nobody calls the Hraesvelgr what it pretty much is: a dragon.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the premiere, the PKE meters and other equipment detect supernatural activity for the first time in years. Realizing what that means, Slimer has this reaction and rushes to find Egon.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, where viewers learn that Kylie was voted best eighth-grade cheerleader. She's mortified when the others find out and insists that "was another life."
  • One Head Taller: The main cast - Janine included - to Kylie.
    • One episode has Kylie driving the Ecto-1. She has to sit on a thick phone book to do so.
  • Only One Name: A variation; the Extreme Ghostbusters have last names, but since the entire team is on a First-Name Basis with each other, they're used very rarely.
  • On Three: "THREE!"
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Kylie and Garrett's accents are very inconsistent.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: A lot of the ghosts faced in this show look more like grotesque Eldritch Abominations than conventional specters.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: "True Face of a Monster" had a golem being created to deal with a gang of Anti-Semitic punks who were vandalizing a synagogue. One member of the gang is also shown to be vaguely racist towards Roland.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • "Throw! The! Trap!" is what Roland says when the gang is about to catch ghosts in "Darkness at Noon" and in "Casting the Runes".
    • Kylie gives one to Eduardo in "The Unseen" concerning the loss of their proton packs:
    Eduardo: Well, looks like you lost my gun. That makes us even.
    Kylie: Eduardo. Get! Out of! MY! FACE!
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The two-part Grand Finale "Back in the Saddle" involved Egon reuniting with the other original Ghostbusters, Peter, Winston, and Ray.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Even more so than the original group.
  • Rearrange the Song: A darker, rock-inspired version of the famous Ghostbusters theme sung by none other than Jim Cummings.
  • Reset Button: Defeating a ghost resets the damage they did. This is particularly good news for people in the episode "Deadliners", who suffered some of the worst of the Body Horror.
  • Retired Badass: Egon & Janine.
  • Reused Character Design: When IDW got the Ghostbusters license, artist Dan Schoening asked for permission to use Egon's design for this show (minus the grey streaks) for Roger, Janine's boyfriend. Even though the movie/comic and Real Ghostbusters/its corresponding comic are set in alternate continuities, Roger's resemblance to Egon is used as a plot point.
  • Riddle of the Sphinx: In the episode "The Sphinx" when, even though Egon figured out the answer, no one knew what it was beforehand.
  • Running Gag: Eduardo asking "Maybe he's dead?"
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Hraesvelgr from the episode "Bird of Prey". In Norse Mythology, Hraesvelg is a giant in the shape of an eagle whose name means "corpse swallower" and whose wing-beats cause the wind to blow. In XGB, Hraesvelg is a dragon whose name, quote, "literally translates from Old Norse as 'Bird of Prey'" and who has complete control over the weather.
    • Ravana from Hindu Mythology was given far worse treatment than that, having been turned from the utterly badass ten-headed villain of the Ramayana to a weird cat-like demon.
    • "The Sphinx" has two examples, one in-universe and one regular. In-universe: A trio of what we are probably meant to assume are geniuses (they were playing Chess and watching Jeopardy!) identify the Sphinx as a Basilisk, which is typically presented as a serpent of some sort while the eponymous Sphinx is largely mammalian with only secondary avian and reptilian characteristics. Regular: The Sphinx is wearing an Egyptian-esque headdress despite being explicitly identified as Greek.
  • Scenery Censor: After defeating the clown monster in "Killjoys", Roland is released nude while hiding behind a background set.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: As with the show's predecessor, there were several episodes where our heroes battled ghosts who were freed after being sealed away for a long time.
    • Achira in "Darkness at Noon", who was sealed in an underground tunnel until it is broken by tunnel workers trying to open up a path for the subway. Her release also unleashes other ghosts at the end of the episode.
    • "The Infernal Machine" has the team fight Luko, a demon capable of possessing technology who was imprisoned inside a machine created by an inventor he terrorized centuries ago before he broke free by possessing a child's toy robot.
    • Cohila from "The Crawler", a bug demon who was sealed in a sarcophagus and kept dormant by having an enchanted jewel placed in his mouth. He awakens after a pair of greedy thieves try to steal the jewel.
    • "The Luck of the Irish" had the team fight an evil leprechaun who targeted the descendants of the people who originally sealed him away
    • "Eyes of the Dragon" had a bone-stealing demon named Gu Mo, who was imprisoned in a golden dragon statue.
    • In "Fear Itself" while the ghost wasn't evil it was sealed up in bricked up catacombs and was perfectly happy that way since it was terrified of people and just wanted to be left alone. The episode ended with the Ghostbusters putting the ghost in a small box in the catacombs and sealing them up again so that it would be left in peace.
  • Self-Deprecation: The FBI agents in "Eyes of a Dragon" are mostly there to parody Men in Black (which was also adapted by Sony/Columbia to a cartoon series around the time that XGB was on, but unlike XGB it ran for a few more seasons, possibly because MiB was on Kids' WB whereas XGB was syndicated, and that might have been what doomed the show.)
  • Sequel Series: Takes place five years after the events of The Real Ghostbusters.
  • Series Continuity Error: A pretty massive continuity error appears in "Slimer's Sacrifice". In the episode, after Eduardo goes into the Containment Universe, he eventually lands on Lotan's tongue. Lotan was a ghost from the episode "Moby Ghost". In the episode he was destroyed by Maiikrob. Not to mention the fact that "Moby Ghost" aired 3 episodes after "Slimer's Sacrifice".
  • Ship Tease: Eduardo and Kylie. Egon and Janine promptly pick up where the old show left off with a couple of hints that their relationship had progressed to another level.
  • Shout-Out: Much more so than in RGB.
    • Kylie, for example, is said to like Nine Inch Nails; she is also compared to Vampira (to her consternation).
    • "Deadliners" has a quadruple play with an author named Kline, who's children's horror novels come to life. The children's horror theme is a play on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series, and the monster's designs look like Cenobites, and when we see the author himself, he bears a resemblance to Stephen King. The episode's premise of an author being compelled by monsters to write them to life is taken whole cloth from In the Mouth of Madness.
    • In "Glutton for Punishment", the team enter a bakery where Ravana has contaminated the food so that whoever eats it becomes one of his victims. Eduardo tries to stop a worker from sampling a batch of pudding by saying "Don't touch that pudding! It's evil!"
  • Specs of Awesome: As always, Egon wears them.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Some creatures (usually the most monstrous) have the same shouts as the Tyrannosaurus Rex from Jurassic Park.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Eduardo was pretty clearly modeled on Peter, being sarcastic and often irritated with Slimer. Garrett and Roland are visually reminiscent of Ray and Winston, respectively, but their characteristics were vastly different. Kylie averts the trope outright.
  • Title, Please!: The episode titles are never shown onscreen.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Kylie gets kidnapped by the Ghost Of The Week an amazing number of times. Then she is promptly released once the ghost realizes they cannot manipulate her (like the ghost clown that couldn't make her laugh).
  • Vandalism Backfire: In "The True Face of a Monster", a gang of hooligans decides to vandalize a synagogue, not knowing that there is a golem protecting it.
  • Very Special Episode: "The True Face of a Monster", which touched on the dangers of prejudice, anti-Semitism, and how violence is never the answer in confronting bullies.
  • Villain Song: Not exactly, but the ghostly Piper from the episode "The Pied Piper of Manhattan" memorably sings the phrase "The mayor is going to rue the day he refused to pay the piper" before he begins to abduct the town's children.
  • The Virus: Achira, the first ghost our heroes encounter, spreads a disease that leaves hideous green boils on everyone's skin. They were then revealed to be her offspring, and burst off in the form of small bat-things.
    • And the Monster Clown in 'Killjoys'. The Vampire analogy is apt.
  • Warm Water Whiz: Roland gives his Bratty Half-Pint brother a tour of the firehouse and among other pranks, the kid also places a sleeping Egon's hand in a bowl of warm water. Whether it worked or not is unknown, as Egon is not seen reacting to it. Of course, being Egon, he would have reacted similarly to the way he did to his "Not Wearing Pants" Dream.
  • We Help the Helpless: Lampshaded by Peter, who noted the pay had a tendency to be nonexistent.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Garrett is completely reliant on his wheelchair for movement, and is close to helpless without it or on his back. He also can't climb stairs, though he can go down them just fine.
  • Weird Science
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: "Fear Itself". Induced by a Monster of the Week that was simply using it for self-defense, seeing as it was small and meek in person.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: In-Universe example used in "Deadliners". Eduardo is mocked for reading a book series considered mere children's stories that Roland's little brother reads. What does the book contain, you may ask? A trio of monsters that resemble Cenobites mixed with the Gentlemen who horrifically mutilate their victims' bodies for "Fun" while trapping the author of the series. There is little doubt that this ep was made with a Reality Subtext in mind.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Even though the ghosts' victims are usually shown returned at the end of an episode, at the end of "Killjoys" the only one shown to be fine is Roland. To be fair, Garrett does bring up that they need to find the rest of the clowns' victims.
    • At one point or another, all the main characters from The Real Ghostbusters are accounted for, except for Louis Tully.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: Who else?
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: The heroes are referred to as the XGB in a song. Amusingly, fans always refer to it as "EGB."
  • You All Meet In A Classroom: Before Slimer shows up, no one in that classroom was there to form a new Ghostbusting team, and they each had their own reasons for taking Egon's class.
  • Your Answer For Everything: Egon, as discussed by Jeanine and Garrett in "Bird of Prey".
    (Egon becomes intrigued when the PKE meter goes off after he happens to point it at the window)
    Garrett: You're kidding me. Egon thinks the weather is ectoplasmically based?
    Jeanine: Egon thinks everything's ectoplasmically based.

Alternative Title(s): Extreme Ghostbusters Ultimate Invasion


Egon and Janine

Egon is oblivious to Janine's flirting.

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