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"Are you a God?" "No?"

―Gozer the Gozerian [src]

Gozer, also known as Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor,

Gozer the Gozerian


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Also Known as Gozer The Gozerian

Gozer The Destructor Volguus Zildrohar Gozer The Traveler Lord Of The Sebouillia Gozer The Bonehead

Appeared in Ghostbusters
Played by Slavitza Jovan

Paddi Edwards (voice)

Volguus Zildrohar, Gozer the Traveler and Lord of the Sebouillia, is a mighty creature from another dimension and the main antagonist of Ghostbusters movie. He also appears in Ghostbusters: The Video Game� and is mentioned a few times in The Real Ghostbusters. Gozer is an ancient god (worshipped by the Hittites, Mesopotamians, and the Sumerians around 6000BC) who has travelled to New York City to destroy the world. Gozer is without gender (though appears to be female in the movie), and prefers to talk only to other gods. He was worshiped by the powerful Cult of Gozer. Gozer has two trusted demi-gods that prepare for "his" coming: Vinz Clortho, The Keymaster and Zuul, The Gatekeeper. Gozer has visited our world twice, in 1984 and 1991, both times in his Destructor Form: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.


[hide]*1 History of Gozer

[edit] History of GozerEdit

[edit] BackgroundEdit

Gozer prepares for the Ghostbusters' attack.A secretive god, Gozer the Destroyer's earliest known appearance was in Mesopotamia around 6000 BC. By the 4th millennium BC the Gozer worshipers, or "Gozerians" consisted of a large Sumerian sub-culture and was engaged in a long, protracted war with the followers of Tiamat. Eventually Gozer and its followers were defeated and Tiamat banished Gozer from this world.

It was then that Gozer became The Traveler; visiting multiple worlds and conquering them. Gozer would first gain access to a world through the coupling of two demi-god minions and heralds - the Keymaster and the Gatekeeper. Though only the names of two minions such are know to history - Vinz Clortho and Zuul - there are believed to have been others. Once the minions had opened the doorway to the new world, Gozer would allow a hero from that world to choose the Destructor form that Gozer would use to destroy their world.[1] During the rectification of the Vuldronaii, The Traveler came as a large and moving Torb. Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex Supplicants, they chose the form of a giant Sloar.[2]

Gozer had however not been entirely forgotten in this world and by the early 20th Century, a powerful new Cult of Gozer was active in New York City. Led by the Architect and Physician Ivo Shandor and including some of NYC's most powerful business leaders and power brokers. Following the end of World War I, Ivo decided that humanity was too sick to survive and throughout the 1920's he and his cult built an elaborate series of paranormal mechanisms across Manhattan with the intent of summoning Gozer back to this world and destroy it. The cult would conduct a number of bizarre Gozerian rituals on the roof of the 55 Central Park West building, which Shandor had designed as a super-conductive antenna for spiritual turbulence, the manifestation points for the Gozer's minions as well as the Gateway for Gozer itself. Also, a powerful magic called Mandala was created in order to power-up the God's newly manifested body by the spirit energy.

Despite this Shandor was not able to bring about the end he sought and by the time that Shandor died, his efforts however were not so much in vain as premature as in 1984, the Traveler would finally come.

[edit] The Destructor's ComingEdit

[1][2]Gozer withstands the GB's attackIn 1984, the ghosts started plaguing the city, being the first sign of Mandala working, and thus the sign of Gozer's coming. First, the two minions Zuul and Vinz Clortho were sent ahead to choose their appropriate bodies to possess and together they would open the gate to release their master in New York. Peter discovered that Dana was being possessed by Zuul and Egon and Janine were successfully able to hold Louis who was being possessed by Vinz Clortho. Unfortunately, Vinz Clortho slipped away during the ghost outbreak and was able to find Zuul. During this time, a man named Walter Peck switched off the Containment Unit, releasing all the captured ghosts which started to roam around, waiting for Gozer. Though the Ghostbusters were able to make it to the building, they were too late to stop Zuul and Vinz from summoning forth Gozer.

Gozer appeared out of portal in a form of a female covered in strange slime-like clothes. The Ghostbusters sent Ray in to confront Gozer first, to which Ray ordered Gozer to cease all supernatural activity. Gozer asked Ray if he was a god, then started blasting the Ghostbusters when he said no. The Ghostbusters attempted to blast Gozer, but their streams were deflected. Gozer then vanished, causing the Ghostbusters to think they had won. But then Gozer demanded that the Ghostbusters "Choose the form of The Destructor!" - the form Gozer would assume to destroy them with. While Winston, Egon and Peter emptied their heads, Ray accidently thought of something, "...something that could never, ever possibly destroy us! Mr. Stay Puft!". But Gozer took this form of and attacked the Ghostbusters as a giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

While the Ghostbusters burned some of Gozer's new form with their beams, it wouldn't hold the creature back for very long. The Ghostbusters then crossed the streams and forced the gate closed, causing the entire top of the building to be consumed in a powerful explosion, incinerating the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and banishing Gozer back to its hellish realm. Zuul and Vinz Clortho went with Gozer and Dana and Louis were reverted back to their human forms. Though the Ghostbusters had saved the city, the destruction that they caused got them kicked out of business.

[edit] The Destructor's Second ComingEdit

In 1991, Gozer became somewhat of a memory. He even had an entire exhibit at the New York museum devoted to him. However, he was not to be just a memory. The already undead Cult of Gozer, using their Mandala magic located in four places around the city, channeled their power in order to re-create the God without a portal. It probably took them 7 years to make Gozer's return possible. A powerful ghost outbreak took place in these four Mandala locations, being caused by spirit energy flow, which led to Gozer's re-manifestation as Stay Puft Marshmallow Man right in the middle of Times Square. [3][4]Stay Puft Marshmallow Man as seen in Ghostbusters: The Video GameHowever, this time, the God was too weak and had no minions of his own. In order to reach full power, Gozer needed more power from Mandala, and a sacrifice of a Shandor's blood. That's why he needed Ilyssa Selwyn, the direct descendant of Ivo Shandor: the man who made Gozer's comings possible. However, the Gozer's return weren't successful. The Ghostbusters team, along with their new recruit, the Rookie, battled his Destructor Form while it tried to capture Ilyssa. While original plan was to trap Gozer using the Super Slammer (a giant, car-mounted trap), the Rookie managed to do enough damage to the God's current weak form, destroying it.

[edit] The Faith of The GodEdit

[5][6]What's left of GozerWith the God defeated, Ghostbusters believed that the Cult of Gozer is to bring him back the third time. However, Ivo Shandor become disappointed in his faith, and abandoned Gozer, intending to use Mandala's energy, released ghosts and Ilyssa as the sacrifice to become a God, taking a Destructor Form himself.

Gozer's remains, in the form of a glowing skull of his female form, can be seen being held by the mayor� who is prossessed by the spirit� of� Ivo Shandor,� who promptly tosses it over his back, indicating its worthlessness. This may mean that Gozer, after his second defeat, is completely destroyed (even in his own dimension).

In The Animated SeriesEdit


while not appearing in the animated series was in a way there in two forms.[7]

Being A Memory


  • The first form was in "Citizen Ghost" Anti-Ghostbusters were made in part from the left over fragments of Gozer.
  • The second form is Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. However the Mr Stay-Puft who appeared in the cartoon was a different entity than Gozer. One was a materializaton of a child's dream, and the second was a hybrid of leftover Stay-Puft debris and Mood Slime.
  • A cartoon version of Gozer's face was one of the images used in the Kenner Ghostzapper toy weapon.
  • Gozer was also mentioned in several episodes of the show, including The Collect Call of Cathulhu.

{edit] ==Powers and Abilities==

Gozer the Gozerian is usually reputed, with few exceptions, to be the most powerful being the Ghostbusters have ever faced. It displayed an extraordinary array of abilities including dimensional travel, shape-changing, telepathy, super agility and stamina, lightning blasts, invisibility, intangibility, pyrokinesis and weather control. In fact, its mere entering Earth's dimension caused increases in paranormal activity and the disruption of natural forces (the storm clouds and earthquake before the battle). However, Gozer does have limitations and weaknesses (as few as they may be); primarily, the Gozerian Temple atop the Shandor apartment building was Its means on entering Earth's dimension. In fact, by the time the Ghostbusters crossed the streams, Gozer had still NOT fully entered our world. Because of its limited time on Earth, Gozer's true power is not known. Had the Ghostbusters delayed, Gozer might have become too powerful for Total Protonic Reversal to stop It. This remains pure conjecture and speculation. Thankfully, the Ghostbusters did destroy the temple and banish Gozer back to its own universe. During his second coming, it had no portals to transport him fully, so in his new (but still Stay Puft) form he was relatively weak and required a lot more power to absorb to become a true being he is supposed to be. Because of that, the Ghostbusters managed to destroy him.

[edit] TriviaEdit

  • In the original premise for the movie, Gozer was originally conceived as taking the form of Ivo Shandor, the builder of Gozer's temple. Ivo was to be played by Paul Ruebens and desribed as being a kindly looking man in a nondescript suit and tie.
  • In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Ray mentions the possibility that Gozer is only able to� create one Destructor form per dimension� and therefore will only be able to look as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in this dimension.
  • Because Gozer is referred as genderless, it (she) speaks with an androgynous voice neither feminine nor masculine but a combination of the two.
  • Both times Gozer was defeated, the remains of his Stay Puft Marshmallow Man form rained all over New York and covered it in melted marshmallows.

[edit] The Real GhostbustersEdit

Gozer never appears in the cartoon, but has been referred to on a few occasions. A cartoonish version of her face is an image used in the Kenner Ghostzapper toy weapon. In the NOW comic based on the cartoon, Egon was briefly transported to an alternate Earth where Gozer had apparently won and wiped all life from it. In one panel grafitti reading "Gozer rules!" can be seen.

[edit] See AlsoEdit

[edit] ReferencesEdit

  1. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)
  2. Ghostbusters

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