Opening weekend for a long over due, new Ghostbusters movie. Although, I will miss Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, and especially Rick Moranis; I am excited for the fresh look and new cast. Ghostbusters was a major deal in my youth from film to cartoons, and I loved everything Rick Moranis had a part in. So with all the excitement of the new film, it is a good day to do the Top 10 fictional ghosts. Honorable mentions to classics like Hamlet and Christmas Carol, but I love me some modern pop culture. So lets get to it…
10. Gentleman Ghost
Originally appearing in 1947, as part of the Flash’s Rogue gallery. Since then the Gentleman Ghost has become a dastardly fiend in many DC heroes existence. Also appearing in animated shows and video games, an under appreciated and under valued villain, for certain.
9. King Boo
Who doesn’t love a good ghost level in Mario? Well, lots of people. The ghosts are consistent and annoying, coming from all sides. And then the Big Boo rolls out and you really have to move. All the sporadic jumping and edge of your seat play leads to an end where you have to fight the King of the pestilent Boo’s.
This powerful DC character has been around since 1940. The Spectre has given writers and creators a cheap outlet to mess with reality and continuity in the Universe since. Especially while Hal Jordan donned the cowl and brought his best friends back, like Oliver Queen. Despite having the power of God, some talented writers have brought really great uses for the Spectre.
7. Nearly Headless Nick
In a school filled with wizards, creatures and ghosts, Nearly Headless Nick is a great character. Played by John Cleese in the films, the resident ghost of Griffindor, is a fun comic relief. I would play jokes on kids to, if I wear a nearly decapitated ghost.
6. Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde
What would the 1980 video game Pac Man be without these ghouls. Having many names between Japan and America, these 4 ghosts have stuck together in their pursuit of that infamous yellow circle. Arriving in episodes of Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park; feature film Wreck It Ralph; and adapting to modern video games and television with Pac; they are a widely popular team of ghosts.
5. Obi-Wan Kanobi
Luke Skywalker’s deceased mentor returns as a ‘force spirit’. Using this ghostly ability old Ben can help guide Luke in the destruction of the first Deathstar and lead him to Jedi Master Yoda. Even after his death, Obi-Wan is proactive and competent. So what’s the excuse with the other thousands of dead Jedi?
First off, Micheal Keaton is epic. Just one year before one of the greatest dark, brooding performance as Batman; Mr. Keaton was in the reverse role of the insane, uncontrollable Beetlejuice. This creepy, yet entertaining ghost from the Netherworld, left kids unsure whether to laugh or cry. The only unfortunate part is we never received the planned sequel where Beetlejuice goes Hawaiian? Maybe that is a good thing.
3. Ghost Rider
This character might be near irrelevance due to the destruction done by Nicholas Cage and company, but hell, he is still the Ghost of Vengeance. First appearing in 1972, Ghost Rider was a big fan favorite through the 80’s and early 90’s. Appearing in almost every comic character run of the time, looking rad, having dark storylines, being super powerful, and generally being a bad ass. Thankfully, Marvel Studios have bought back the rights to this anti-hero, but there is a lot of work to do to build back his reputation.
2. Casper and the Ghostly Trio
Casper and his brothers have been around since 1939. Spanning from comic books, to television, to feature film, back to television. These characters are wildly popular the world over. Casper may not be in the spotlight today, but characters like this tend to come back into popularity again.
The translucent green blob was a favorite for most young kids watching the 1984 film. Becoming a prominent part of the Ghostbusters mythos, and comic relief in the 90’s cartoon. Originally a small part in the first film, the ghost didn’t even have a true name and was reffered to as the Onionhead (much to my own liking). The gluttonous ghoul has an affliction for eating and has a tendency to leave a slime on what ever he phases through. Which was set up for comedy gold as the second film was made and later cartoons.
Thanks booknerds, “I ain’t afraid of no ghost”.