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  • Acceptable Targets: The overweight goth woman Johnny saved from an attacker; her interview was played for laughs the next night, and not so much because she was describing a man whose head was on fire.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The Hard Rock version of the country classic "Ghost Riders in The Sky" by Spiderbait.
    • "The West Was Built on Legends", which includes Ghost Rider's epic transformation theme.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Plenty of people mostly remember this movie for seeing Eva Mendes running around in most scenes wearing rather skimpy outfits.
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  • Complete Monster: Blackheart, a prince of Hell and the son of Mephisto, is given more characterization in the extended cut. Jealous of his father's power and angered by the fact that he gave the power of Hellfire to a lowly human instead of him, Blackheart plans to obtain the contract of San Venganza, which would grant him the power of a thousand evil souls who made a Deal with the Devil. Blackheart plans to use the power of the contract to create Hell on Earth and devour as many souls as he can, then using his new power to overthrow his father. Throughout the movie, Blackheart murders almost every human he encounters, only sparing those who can serve his plans later. On his search for the contract, he heads to the Caretaker and starts beating him for information on where the contract is. He then decides to kidnap Johnny Blaze’s girlfriend, Roxanne, and hold her hostage, promising her release for the contract. Not even his partners are safe from him, as he only sees/uses them as muscle against Ghost Rider, and quickly abandons one of them when he starts losing to him.
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • Mepistopheles made the deal with Blaze that if he took out Blackheart, Blaze would get his soul back. However, Mepistopheles forgot to make it a part of the deal that Blaze would also have to give the Ghost Rider power back, thus he was able to keep it at the end.
    • Carter and Johnny being able to become the Ghost Rider without anything evil around makes no sense until you remember they sold their souls to Mephistopheles. They committed the greatest sin, so they can be considered 'evil' to one another.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Mephistophiles crosses it by using a loophole in his deal with Johnny. After curing his father of cancer, he has him killed off during a failed stunt just so he wouldn't know about Johnny's deal.
    • Blackheart crosses in with his first kill. He murders an entire bar just to have a spot where he and his minions can meet. The last kill was a waitress who was hiding behind the counter, knowing she was there the whole time but just waiting for her to peek out.
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  • Narm: See the page.
  • Narm Charm:
    • 'He may have my Soul... but he doesn't have my Spirit.'
    • The whole of Johnny's speech to Mephisto at the end, with the absolute most stand-out example being "Wherever innocent blood is spilled, it will be my father's blood." The speech is incredibly corny, but it's also incredibly sincere to the entire spirit of a superhero.
  • Older Than They Think: Some viewers considered it Narm that Johnny uses a Hellfire-enhanced shotgun during his fight with Blackheart, but it's actually something from the comics that first appeared in 1991.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The tie-in game for the PS2 is basically a God of War clone with a bit of Devil May Cry and Road Rash thrown in, and it managed to be a lot of fun, mixing all of the elements that made those games good.
  • Special Effect Failure: While the actual effects used for Johnny's first transformation into the Ghost Rider are impressive, they had to cut the sequence down in order to avoid being hit with an R-rating. As a result, the missing footage is replaced with a cheesy-looking stock fireball effect that looks like it was taken from a WWE intro video.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The only thing that's cooler than Ghost Rider? Two Ghost Riders. The previous is a cowboy on a flaming horse, the new one is a biker a flaming motorcycle. They ride together and you think they've formed an unstoppable Tag Team of awesome. But then the old Ghost Rider leaves and basically tells Johnny "good luck", muttering that the ride used up the last of his strength and he's just been hanging on all this time. The writers could have given him a bit more strength so he could actually help Johnny fight Blackheart, or in-story could have ridden with Johnny and then used his powers during the fight instead of using them to just ride his horse alongside Johnny.
  • Uncanny Valley: Blackheart as Legion does manage to look very unnerving to look at with his wide red eyes and darker skin.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The scenes with the actual Ghost Rider in them, as in full flaming skull mode, are usually considered the best and most well remembered parts of the movie, with badassery and cool visual effects.
  • What an Idiot!: Blackheart absorbing the 1000 souls from the contract in the middle of his fight with Johnny may not have been the smartest move, considering that his lack of a soul was keeping Johnny from being able to beat him before. If you think about it, there was no reason it couldn't have waited until the fight was over.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?:
    • Roxanne appears to be a successful, confident adult woman who runs into the ex-boyfriend who, when they were teenagers, left her with no explanation. He proceeds to badger her into a date by forcibly kissing her only to turn around and stand her up again, yet she's the one who comes after him to apologize??
    • Roxanne, meanwhile, has grown up to be a moody, petty, vindictive shrew who lashes out at anyone who hurts her feelings with whatever she thinks will hurt them the most, at one point sneering at Johnny that he's "still just a carnie" (which could easily be considered a classist slur) because she's not ready to accept his apology for missing a dinner date. There's really no reason for Johnny to still find her appealing other than teenage nostalgia.


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