The Aura Video-Analyzer is a piece of equipment that can be used to tell the emotional state of the person hooked up to it (and if they are lying), as well as display their self-image. The name of this device and the details of its function are taken from the Ghostbusters Role-Playing Game. It is not named nor its function explicitly stated during the movie.
If possessed by a ghost, it will display an image of that ghost. For example, when it was used on Dana Barrett, the device's monitor showed a spectrographic image of her face, as she had not been possessed by Zuul at that point. However, when it was hooked up to Louis Tully after he had been possessed by Vinz Clortho, the device's monitor showed an image of a terror dog.
Primary Canon HistoryEdit
In 1984, the Ghostbusters hooked Dana Barrett up to the Analyzer and had her relay her story about the encounter with Zuul. Weeks later, the Analyzer was used on Louis Tully, while he was possessed by Vinz Clortho.
Ghostbusters: The Video GameEdit
Secondary Canon HistoryEdit
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It is used on Ray Stantz after his precognitive dream. The data indicated Ray's brain was not quite in sync and behaved like a seismograph during an earthquake. Over a year later, Janine Melnitz was hooked up to the analyzer while she was encased in Yellow Slime. Egon Spengler used it on himself for a self-analysis following Janine's rescue on the mental plane. In December, Egon used the analyzer on Kylie Griffin to collect data on the Red Lightning strikes and its affect on certain individuals. A couple weeks after the Ghostbusters' battle with Tiamat, Dana Barrett and Louis Tully were brought into the Firehouse for a standard examination. Dana wore the Aura Video-Analyzer. After Ray came back from Hart Island, he was subjected to the Aura Video-Analyzer to study his time engaging in direct mental contact with Gozer. However, the equipment overloaded and partially severed when Ray became possessed and levitated into mid-air.
During the Chi-You incident, Donatello happily subjected himself to the Aura-Video Analyzer. With more data to work with, Egon examined the readings taken at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, and concluded the energy emitted from the Turtles, April O'Neil and Casey Jones were degrading and after 72 hours, they would not be able to return home to their dimension. During the Proteus incident, the parallel Ray Stantz submitted himself but the parallel Peter Venkman "declined."
- On page five of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #11, a the Ghostbusters International RPG equipment card for the analyzer is pinned up behind Ray Stantz.
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)
- NOW Comics
- IDW Comics