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  • Complete Monster: See here.
  • First Installment Wins: The first film is an undisputed classic. Fans are split about the second film. The cartoon and video game? Even more so. Ghostbusters (2016)? Don't even start.
  • Most Wonderful Sound:
    • The proton pack start-up sound. You know the one; the one you just heard in your mind upon reading that.
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    • Also, the distinctive siren of Ecto-1, though more for nostalgia than the actual merits of the siren.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The whole premise of the franchise: there are horrific and powerful forces lurking in the shadows ready to work their evil at any time. However, they can be studied through scientific methods by learned experts, who, in turn, can develop simple and effective weapons and countermeasures that those eldritch entities will never see coming. In short, if you have the knowledge, the tools, and the courage to face those supernatural entities of your darkest nightmares, they will have very real reasons to fear you!
    "We got the tools, we got the talent!"
  • No Problem with Licensed Games:
    • The 2009 game was well-received by critics thanks to solid gameplay and full participation from the core four (even picky project selector Bill Murray) along with some returning supporting actors like Annie Potts and William Atherton. Dan Aykroyd himself said it may as well be the original series' canonical third film, a statement the majority of fans agree with.
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    • The 1990 Sega Genesis game is also regarded to be pretty decent.
    • The original 1984 game released for, well, just about every computer and console available, was both popular at the time, and fondly remembered today. This is pretty amazing, considering it is essentially a business simulator, built off an incomplete original IP game, with a Ghostbusters coat of paint hastily slapped on it, and a few action levels thrown in to make it at least superficially resemble the movie. And yet somehow, it all works. Well, a lot of people think so. A lot of others don't. This seems to largely depend on nostalgia, which system you played it on, and how much you appreciate a good sim game. See The Problem with Licensed Games below.
    • The 2016 LEGO Dimensions Ghostbusters Level Pack has received a warm reception, with its relatively long and enjoyable retelling of the first movie, a free-roaming world featuring locales from the first two picturesnote , and the unlockable ability to play any Ghostbuster (all of whom speak through actual soundbites from the movie).
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    • A pinball machine based off the original movie was released by Stern in 2016, and is expected to arrive on the Stern Pinball Arcade as part of the partnership with Farsight and Stern.
    • Of the two NES adaptations of the second film, New Ghostbusters II is by far the better of the two. Allowing the player to chose two Ghostbusters (including adding Louis as a playable character), it actually follows the film's plot fairly closely and is quite fun to boot.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Mr. Stay Puft has about three minutes of screentime at the very end of the first film, but is probably second only to Slimer as the face of the franchise. Nearly every spin-off, from the 80's cartoon to the 1990 and 2009 video games to the 2016 film, has featured Stay Puft in some way, shape, or form.
  • Periphery Demographic: When Ramis and Aykroyd wrote the first film, they obviously intended it to be for an adult audience like Caddyshack and Stripes. However, when the film became a smash hit, everyone noticed that kids were going nuts for it. After all, it is the ultimate Nightmare Retardant story about Science Hero characters facing the scary supernatural threats, and shooting them with Awesome Backpack weapons. From that realization came the long running The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series and a slightly softened sequel with less innuendo, swearing, and casual smoking (though Ray can still be seen chewing on or holding unlit pipes and cigars, never a cigarette).
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: With a few exceptions, the games based on the series haven't fared too well. In particular, the 1984 game by Activision based on the first film tends to be regarded as interesting in concept and scope, but extremely tedious in execution (and the NES port of that game was flat-out horrible).
  • Tear Jerker: While it's never been confirmed in canon, fanon seems to hold that when Harold Ramis passed away, The Character Died with Him. The implications of the Ghostbusters without Egon, arguably the most popular character besides maybe Venkman, are heartbreaking. This was later confirmed to be the case when the trailer dropped for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, where Egon is confirmed to be Trevor and Phoebe's deceased grandfather, making this Ascended Fanon as well.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Winston is generally agreed to be criminally underused in the sequel and most spin-offs. Thankfully averted in the ongoing comic, which gave him his own subplot, and a handful of spotlight issues.
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