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Ghost Riders

Johnny Blaze

Zarathos

  • Arch Enemy: Centurious, the man without a soul.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Double Knockout: His battle with the Dan Ketch/Noble Kale Ghost Rider seemed to be a Mutual Kill but vengeance spirits and angels are hard to kill, even for each other.
  • Nineties Anti-Hero: Has become one because of retroactive continuity, though almost all his major enemies being worse than he was makes it a little easier to swallow, there are still some really questionable things he did in older comics.
  • Retcon: From an evil demon to a misguided angel.
  • The Rival: To Mephisto, who after defeated him had fun watching him struggle for control of human hosts who didn't want anything to do with him.
  • Technicolor Fire
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: After he stops being evil, this is his relationship with Johnny Blaze as Ghost Rider.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Lilith.

Dan Ketch

  • Anti-Hero: Type III
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: When Zarathos came back, was retconned into a good at heart angel and started making Blaze's Ghost Rider more like his, Dan's dropped Noble Kale and got a new spirit with blue flames so the two could be told apart more easily.
  • Dead Little Sister
  • Death Glare: The first to use the penance stare
  • Mistaken Identity: Blaze attacks him because he think he is Zarathos, the demon that Mephisto put in him, then helped Dan with his situation to make up for it. Dr. Strange and Nightmare also attacked him for the same reason. Vengeance comes after him thinking he is John Blaze.
  • Mode Lock: Blackout tried to kill him by ripping his throat out. All that did was force him to become the Ghost Rider permanently and thus give him more incentive to kick Blackout's ass.
  • Name's the Same:There is also an angel under Malachi named Daniel.
  • Revenge: Why he accepted being a Ghost Rider so quickly.
  • Unwitting Pawn: By Zadkiel and Anton Satan.

Noble Kale

  • Curse: As a result of both Uriel and Mephisto claiming his soul he's forced to wander between the worlds a spirit. He typically possess the first born of a certain family to turn them into Ghost Riders, becoming a kind of curse to them too.
  • Deal with the Devil:His soul was offered to Mephisto by his own father!
  • Our Angels Are Different: He becomes one in realms like Mephisto's hell, specifically an angel of death. He was originally intended to be made into one by Uriel before Mephisto got in the way.
  • Our Spirits Are Different: He was once a man, now he is a spirit of vengeance. Dan Ketch is his most recent host.
  • Power Incontinence: When on Earth without a host
  • Put on a Bus: During the Zadkiel mess.
  • Satan Is Good:When he took over hell, until the demons rebelled and kicked him out.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:Anything good that happens to him will be overturned or have unintended negative consequences without fail.

Naomi Kale

  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
  • It Runs in The Family:The mother of John Blaze and Dan Ketch. A descendent of Noble Kale, as well as his last host before Dan Ketch.
  • Out-Gambitted: She manages to make Mephisto swear to end "The Curse of Noble Kale". Mephisto instead sticks Zarathos in John. Naomi tried to fight Mephito but he kills her and lets Nobel find his way into her younger son Daniel, since Noble's "curse" was to enter the first born of the generation it technically had ended.
  • Spanner in the Works:After death her spirit continues to subtly mess with Mephisto and Blackheart's plans.

Michael Badilino

Alejandra

Supporting characters

Roxanne Simpson

Uri-El

Caretaker

Sister Sara

Villains

Mephisto

  • Big Bad
  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Deal with the Devil: His whole shtick.
  • Enemy Mine: He is willing to help the Ghost Riders against common threats, though he rarely gets involved directly.
  • Exact Words: Mephisto will follow the word of his deals, and will go out of his way to violate the spirit of the deals.
    • Such when he pits Blaze and Zarathos against Asmodeus, saying they would be freed from each other if they managed to outrace him but if they weren't fast enough to win they'd have to serve Asmodeus. Ghost Rider wins the race but Mephisto finds some reason to back out of the deal. Ghost Rider was really bait to get his rival to accept a small fine, Mephisto might consider being blasted into non existence "small"(see casting a shadow) but it probably wasn't what Asmodeus had in mind.
  • Fighting a Shadow: He will always come back as long as his dimension is still around. A powered up Alejandra came close to killing him for real.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom
  • Our Souls Are Different:He likes to stick the souls he gets into the bodies of demons who follow him. The process was reversed for his rival Zarathos.
  • Master of Illusion
  • Public Domain Character/Captain Ersatz: Is either Mephistopheles or a stand in for him, depending on who is writing.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Originally started out as a villain of the Silver Surfer.
  • Satan:He's not the Satan, there are many wannabees who have equal claim to that title(equally invalid claims) but Mephisto is generally the most used stand in with only one or two people introduced so far who are maybe more legit.
  • The Chessmaster: He will often allow himself to be beaten if he can use the event to give a greater enemy more grief down the line.
  • Villain Override: Not usually, but he did resort to it once when he felt a witch had failed him badly enough.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak

Blackheart

  • Dark Is Not Evil:Blackheart unquestionably is rotten to the core, but the dark force he often taps into is just that, a force. Many creatures, good and evil, have made use of it.
  • Evil Counterpart:He's fond of creating or setting up people to act as these.
  • First Law of Resurrection: He's actually died a couple of times only to return with no explanation.
  • Hell on Earth:He's tried to cause it at least once.
  • Made of Evil: Centuries worth of sins collected from the "Christ's Crown" area were used by Mephisto to bring him to life. This is what makes him immune to Penance stare, experiencing all the evil he's caused doesn't really bother him since he's made of the stuff. He can still be hurt by simpler, more direct methods though.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He spends surprising little time getting his own hands dirty, despite saying that Mephisto is too passive.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Just like his dad Mephisto, Blackbeart initially was a villain from another Marvel superhero. In his case, Daredevil.
  • The Corrupter: He often tries to turn heroes into his minions to use against Mephisto.
  • The Starscream
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting
  • You Are Grounded: Mephisto once banished him to Earth to humble him.
  • Your Soul Is Mine:He will sometimes try to forcibly extract a soul, rather than make a deal for it like Mephisto.

Centurious

Blackout

  • And Your Little Dog, Too: Because he can't actually beat Ghost Rider, he targets people associated with him.
  • Casting a Shadow: He has the power to suppress light sources, but isn't powerful enough to shut off the Ghost Rider's fire.
  • Eats Babies: This is what causes Vengeance to turn on him when he and some other lilin tried to buy him off.
  • Evil Albino
  • First Law of Resurrection: He is burnt to death by the Ghost Rider yet shows up during civil war with no explanation.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Half lilin.
  • Hired Guns: He works as an assassin, muscle or whatever else you pay for.
  • Name's the Same: Blackout also what an insane Nova villain is called. That one manipulates the dark force dimension but like this one also had an Unexplained Recovery after civil war.
  • Scars Are Forever: Averted but he did hold a grudge against Ghost Rider for burning his face(because he was dumb enough to try and bite a flaming skeleton).
  • Starter Villain: For Dan Ketch, introduced in issue #2 of his book. Blackout really wasn't a big threat to the Ghost Rider then and Ghost Rider only got stronger as his story went on through the midnight sons arc while Blackout's been stagnant.

Deathwatch

Night Terror

  • Fashionable Asymmetry: One side of his head is shaved, the other is in dreadlocks.
  • Ghost Memory: He can see another person's memories by drinking their blood.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: When Ghost Rider finally catches him. It doesn't kill him but slows him down enough to be caught in an explosion that took out the building they were in. Unfortunately for Ghost Rider, that didn't kill him either. Seems Dan Ketch and Kale weren't too familiar with vampire weaknesses.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: He didn't choose to become a vampire, but this is why Steppin Razor decided to turn him.
  • Mugging the Monster: How he first meets Ghost Rider.
  • Not Quite Flight: As a member of the Varnae/Dracula line of vampires, he can turn into mist but he also has a nonstandard ability to levitate. Not enough to really fly but enough to stand on and jump off things that really shouldn't support his weight.
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: He started out as a foe of Ghost Rider but he became more important in Blade's stories, where he was finally finished off.
  • Scary Black Man
  • Sunglasses At Night

Lilith

  • Atlantis:She hung around there long ago but was banished long before its sinking.
    • Summon Bigger Fish: This was accomplished by calling on Tiamat(or the Leviathan, depending on whose penciling the story) and having her(or it) eat Lilith.
  • Big Bad: She is what drove the midnight sons together.
  • Divide and Conquer: She hires the Night Stalkers, who would have been helpful in taking her down, to take down John Blaze and Dan Ketch.
  • Dream Weaver: She can projector herself into the dreams of other people at the very least. She's done it to Dan Ketch.
  • Eats Babies: A rumor used to get people to baptize their children, but considering the source, there was probably some truth in it-she's eaten her own babies to restore her vitality.
  • Evil Albino
  • I Have Many Names: Kiskillilla is popular too but there are many to choose from.
  • Monster Progenitor: What she currently is, even though her kids, the lilin, aren't identical they usually get killed off before they get too abnormal or large in number.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: She aims to be one anyway.
  • One Steve Limit: Dracula's daughter has the same name and has encountered many of the same characters. There is rarely any confusion because the other Lilith is much more pleasant.
  • Red Baron:Mother of Demons.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: She has pale skin and drinks like a vampire so some have mistaken her for one. She is also known for attempting seduce people in their dreams, which leads some to mistake her for a succubus. She's worse than both.
    • Our Vampires Are Different: She was also accused of being involved in the creation of the vampires belonging to Varne's line(more commonly known as Dracula's line).
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: You'll be forgiven for thinking she has horns at first glance.

Ba'al

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: He's green.
  • Beard of Evil/Bald of Evil:The amount of hair he has varies from very little to none at all.
  • Demonic Possession:Not often, he only did so out of necessity when most of his body was destroyed.
  • Elemental Powers: Worshiped as a storm god, it is to be expected.
  • Eviler Than Thou: The tetrarchs of entropy, old foes of the Avengers, briefly show up while he is trapped in the same dimension they are and try to escape at the same time he does but Ba'al shoves them back in. This did not turn out so well for him later when a Windigo sided with John Blaze against him. Ba'al would not have had any trouble defeating Blaze if he was alone, since Blaze could not become a Ghost Rider at the time.
  • First Law of Resurrection: God gave mankind the ability to kill him and the deed was done. Then he showed up again because an author still wanted to use him.
  • Hell: Just for pun, the actual valley of Gehenna was where the Hand Of God beat him down. Gehenna being a garbage dump site that was metaphorically compared to hell.
  • I Have Many Names: Hadad is among the most popular of them.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Rogues Gallery Transplant: Originally an enemy of Wolverine.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: His followers are known for drinking blood and are sometimes granted special powers, but are not vampires.

Lucifer

  • Back From the Dead: Does this for people in mass when he gets out of hell. He does this just to have bodies though, he does not have as much use as one would think for their identities or anything.
  • Batman Gambit: He tortures those in his hell even more than just being there already does to give them more incentive to escape, figuring maybe if someone else manages to get out, he can follow them. It finally works when he snares a Ghost Rider.
  • Bigger Bad: Somehow his activities fall under the radar during Civil War and World War Hulk, even though he could do more damage than both combined.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Besides having demons tear apart John Blaze every day, he also forced Greexix to deepen a pit for the rest of eternity. When an accident causes Greexix to go blind though, Lucifer decided to torture him for real.
  • Demonic Possession: Most hell lords are not that into it but he is.
  • Fallen Angel: He was once a champion for good, though it is unclear if he was the one who chased the N'Garai away when Cthun launched them at heaven or if it was Marduk Curios(worked together?). Since Marduk is the villain of a different comic, Lucifer will get all the credit if you're reading a Ghost Rider story.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:The real reason he rebelled against heaven is because he was sick of all the love God was giving to the puny, sinful humans.
  • Horned Humanoid:Sometimes
  • Light Is Not Good:Contractually obligated.
  • Mother of a Thousand Young: Possibly a father, he's supposedly created numerous demons but it can be reasoned he's not the source of all of them, maybe not even the original source of them but who knows.
  • Name's the Same: The X-men fought an alien who happened to be named Lucifer, in fact that alien is responsible for putting Charles Xavier in a wheelchair. He is a dangerous villain in his own right but not to be mistaken for the angel that started a war in heaven and is now bound in hell.
  • Not So Different:Tries this on Ghost Rider after they end up in the spot where Blaze made his deal with Mephisto.
  • Number of the Beast: Since his re-entry to Earth split him into six hundred and sixty six different fragments, which is just fine with him, as he isn't omnipresent. The Ghost Rider sets about destroying all the fragments but each time one is killed, all the others get stronger, Lucifer figuring he will eventually be powerful enough to defeat whoever targets him. If the fragments aren't killed off, he gets to cover more ground.
  • Pride:Also pretty much required, although he is not the worst in this area.
  • Public Domain Character/Composite Character: He is based both on Christian and Islamic texts.
  • Satan: He claims to be but many other lords of hell dispute it, some have apparently been at it longer than him. The fact that many religious scholars(even in real life) argue that Lucifer and Satan are not the same entity doesn't help.
    • Ironic Hell:After getting kicked out of heaven he wanted to become the lord of hell but unlike everyone else competing for that title he can't escape his own realm without help. Even when he gets out, he's effectively trapped as soon as someone sticks him back in. Even his former subordinate and fellow fallen angel Asmodeus had more freedom than him in this regard, despite being much weaker.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting

Zadkiel

  • A God Am I:He had more pride than Lucifer!
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He leads a squad of Black Hosts, large dark and intimidating figures who look like many depictions of fallen angels. But only the ones he leads are bad, most of them are good guys despite their appearance.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Our Angels Are Different: He isn't as odd looking as Zarathos or Uri-El but not as pretty as the angels introduced between them and him like Ruth.
    • Fallen Angel:He may be evil, he may want to take over heaven for himself, but he's still dedicated to slaying demons and the forces of hell.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves:He rebelled against heaven along with Lucifer but betrayed him and sided back with heaven. His peers were not impressed and demoted him from Arch Angel.
  • Winged Humanoid
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