The Ghostmaster (also known as the Ghostmaster General) is a powerful commander of many ghosts and one of many antagonists in The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series.


After he realized how many ghosts the Ghostbusters had captured,Ghostmaster decided to deal with them once and for all. The Ghostmaster evidently didn't like to get his hands dirty and summoned three ghosts (Arborak, Ulyoth, and Nurgot) to capture the Ghostbusters and bring them to him alive. However, after the failure of his three ghostly bounty hunters, Ghostmaster vowed he would defeat the Ghostbusters and melted their television set.

Some time later, he personally takes it upon himself to capture the Ghostbusters and take them to the Ghost World to be his personal servants. Ghostmaster arrived with a squad of globes, similar to the one used by Nurgot. He tries to stop them by casting a force field around them. The field disables whatever technology comes within 40 feet of their presence. Outside the New York City Public Library, he was defeated when the Ghostbusters learned that he was weakening and used an apparatus to remotely activate a trap hidden in a tree trunk more than 40 feet away. When he was captured, it was Peter's turn to put the trap into the Containment Unit. When the power went out again, it was believed Peter Venkman neglected to put the Ghostmaster into the containment grid, until Winston Zeddemore reveals that he did put him in the grid. Peter forgot to pay the electric bill.


The Ghostmaster is considered to be very evil, powerful, manipulative, and dangerous among all entities. He possesses an utter hatred of annoying and vituperative mortals such as the Ghostbusters and Mimes, and is a being who commands both fear and respect from other spooks and spirits, unlike Samhain.

Powers & Abilities

  • Can summon entities
  • Can open interdimensional portals
  • Interdimensional Communication - Appeared in the Ghostbusters' television set
  • Flight
  • Spellcasting
  • Force Field Generation
  • Can change his appearance to a more hideous form


  • "Who's Who in the Spirit World" lists Ghostmaster as a Class 11.
  • In the West End Role-Playing Game, there was also a character called the Ghostmaster, who was pretty much like the Dungeon Master from the popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.
  • As a Class 11, he is on the rarest ghosts and considerably the strongest ghost by far. Which means that he is stronger than the Class 10 Toy Ghost or stronger than Gozer, Samhain, Mee-Krah, and Vigo combined. He is however, weaker than Cathulhu, who's power is described as being beyond the standard class system, as well as The Player, who is believed by many to be a Class 12, and Tenebraug, who is a Class 13.
  • The Ghostmaster was created to be the show's main antagonist, since the Ghostbusters have no recurring nemesis, which was atypical since most cartoons of its time would feature a main villain. But he was eventually written out of the series.
  • He was one of the few ghosts to be slimed by Slimer.
  • The Ghostmaster General is a reference to the Postmaster General, the executive officer that heads the United States Postal Service.


           Ghostbusters Villains

Ghostbusters: Gozer | Stay Puft Marshmallow Man | Terror Dogs (Zuul & Vinz Clortho) | Library Ghost | Subway Ghost | Zombie Taxi Driver
Ghostbusters II: Vigo | Janosz Poha | Jack Hardemeyer | Scoleri Brothers | Theatre Ghost | Washington Square Ghost | Mink Coat
Ghostbusters (2016): Rowan North | Mayhem | Electrocuted Ghost | Gertrude Aldridge

The Real Ghostbusters: Grundel | Samhain | Cult of Cathulhu (Cathulhu, Spawn of Cathulhu & Clark Ashton) | Tiamat | Ghostmaster | Nurgot | Arborak | Ulyoth | Vampiric Alien Ghost | Old One Cult (Old One, Vladimir Pavel Maximov & Dmitri Smerdyakov) | Wat | Sandman | African Fetish Ghost | Mee-Krah | Sleaze | Werechickens | Dr. McCatheter | Doomsday Stone | Quetzalcoatl | Quoatles | Arab Ghost | Glob | Toy Ghost | Possessed Subway Trains | Spectral Mass | Valkyries | The Crimelord | Barrow Wights | Dark Entity | Bat-like Things | Malachi | Killerwatt | Electric Possessor Ghosts | Pallo Mansion Ghosts | Rickey Roach | Winchester Wolf | Sammy K. Ferret | Victor | Apshai | Arzun | Ghash | Anshar | Kishnar | Master of Shadows | Evil's Baseball Team | Big Green | The Creature | Jack Higgins | Stag Pirates | Blacky
Extreme Ghostbusters: Achira | The Ringleader | Evil Clown Toy | Demonic Clowns | Tempus | Piper | Mistress | Demi-Dog | Cohila | Harasvelg | Shanbahac

Tiamat | Phantom Train Conductor | Senta | Morgan Le Fay | Zombies | Idulnas | Gozerian Terror Bear | Gozo | Koza'Rai | Dumazu | Cult of Dumazu | Ismael McEnthol | Massive Evil Clown Manifestation

Video Games
Cult of Gozer (Ivo Shandor, Black Slime Behemoth, Azetlor, Spider Witch & Chairman) | Sloars | Juvenile Sloar | Cruster | Crusto | Gozerian Servitors | Scuttler Queen | Hound Demons