Hell hath no fury like a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle.Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider is a character from the Marvel Comics. He was a motorcycle stuntman who was bound to the Spirit of Vengeance Zarathos. He roams the world, seeking vengeance against the souls of those who would do harm.
In his Ghost Rider form, Johnny Blaze takes the shape of a skeletal demon with a perpetually burning skull. He wears classic biker gear; a leather jacket and leather pants with gloves and boots. Spikes run across his wrists, shoulders, and ankles. His penance chain is wrapped around his shoulder when not in use but in times of battle, he will unravel and place it around his hand.
Ghost Rider is not overly concerned with the struggles of traditional heroes and villains, focusing more on demonic threats to the universe. However, he will occasionally aid Earth's heroes if he feels the problem is important enough. Ghost Rider believes in righteousness and vengeance, punishing those who are guilty. Although he is serious, the Johnny Blaze portion of him shines through with the brief bits of humor, as shown in his quotes. Part of him wishes to be free of Zarathos, and return to being the regular Johnny Blaze.
The Ghost Rider is one of the strongest and most powerful supernatural entities in the Marvel Universe. As the Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze has many demonic abilities at his disposal, though not all of them may appear in-game.
- Hellfire Manipulation: One of Ghost Rider's prominent powers is to control, generate, project, channel and manipulate the ethereal element known as Hellfire, a supernatural energy that does physical and spiritual damage. He can project Hellfire in a number of ways like spewing it from his mouth, eyes, hands and chest; He can also create a large crater from the ground erupting Hellfire and perform a devastating maelstrom around his perimeter.
- Penance Chain Projection: Ghost Rider wields a mystical chain that can grow in length, can be controlled through the mind, penetrate almost anything and transform into different weapons. He can also spew the chain out from his mouth and chest and channel his Hellfire attacks through it.
- Penance Stare: A supernatural ability which makes his victims feel the pain of sins they have committed in the past. However, if this attack is used on someone who is blind (thus unable to witness the stare), drugged, bonded with a symbiote, or without a soul, the attack may backfire and knock Ghost Rider unconscious. It also has little effect on the mentally unstable, such as Deadpool and Carnage.
- Demonic Motorcycle that can go extremely fast, emit fire, and ride up walls
- Knowledge on how to repair and ride motorcycles.
Ghost Rider's ending have him capturing Mephisto with Dante and Trish by his side with the former wanting to cut off Mephisto's head and the latter telling him that she will tear up his contract with Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider's role in the story primarily takes place in the Dark Kingdom and is heavily focused on taking down Jedah, alongside Dante. Sometimes in 88 days ago after the convergence, Ghost Rider and Dante met each other while doing their similar evil demon hunting business, prior Dante being called to aid their fellow heroes against Ultron Sigma.
When the battle against Ultron Sigma occurs 88 days later, Ghost Rider sensed over one million souls being sacrificed and gathered inside the Dark Kingdom, and began tracking the one who responsible for this cause. He comes across Morrigan, who tries to tempt Ghost Rider to fall for her charms and even tries to make him do the Penance Stare on her. Ghost Rider, however, replies that she may have many sins of stealing some souls, but is not responsible on this recent soul stealing causes, while resisting her charms. Morrigan, however, isn't too pleased with this and fights Ghost Rider to in order to get him seduced, much to Ghost Rider's chargin.
Doctor Strange, Dante and Arthur then arrives and puts a stop to their fight while revealing the need to find the Soul Stone. Morrigan then leads them to Jedah, who has the Soul Stone and is also the one Ghost Rider is looking for. After the defeat of Dormammu and Firebrand, Jedah retreats while still in possession of Soul Stone. Ghost Rider and Morrigan joins the other heroes to try and take down Jedah, and later Ultron Sigma.
Ghost Rider is primarily a hard-hitter with frightening reach. Using his hellfire-empowered chain, Ghost Rider stands his ground and controls space with his attacks rather than with his mobility; safely poking his foes at a distance, and reeling them in closer for serious damage. His full combos that start from mid-screen do more overall damage than his combos that start from close up. He has no normals or specials that reach full-screen, so it's best to team him with assists that reach full-screen to make him a threat at any range. Ghost Rider has no special mobility whatsoever other than his Spirit of Vengeance hyper which lets him drive around the stage for a short time and has hyper armor. Because of his whip-like attacks, he has often been compared to Omega Red, another character who uses a whip-like apparatus to attack enemies from afar.
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- Ghost Rider appears in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, as a cameo in Apocalypse's stage, trapped in one of the tubes that appear at the high corners of the stage.
- Ghost Rider appears in the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as a cameo in Dante's ending, where the two of them are about to battle.
- Ghost Rider was revealed alongside Strider Hiryu, Firebrand, and Hawkeye.
- If character rivalries are still in question, Ghost Rider, as a half-demon who serves the forces of light, would be paired against Firebrand, a full demon who serves the forces of darkness.
- Another rivalry could very much be Dante as they are both half-demons and are demon fighters themselves.
- When asked about Ghost Rider during character speculation for the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, there were two reasons given for his absence. The first was that Capcom could not get his motorcycle to work in combat, making many fans believe that Capcom thought Ghost Rider was permanently fused to his bike. The other reason was that he, as well as Black Panther and Iron Fist, were too "punchy." If these misconceptions were present, they have since been corrected as both he and Iron Fist are in the updated version while in MvCI, Ghost Rider appears as a playable character and Black Panther is a DLC character.