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Ectoplasm

Slimy Substance

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Also Known as Ghost Slime
Appeared in Ghostbusters,
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions),
Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Stylized Versions)

Ectoplasm, also referred to as Ghost Slime and Ectoplasmic Residue, is a substance that comes from a ghosts and outworldly beings. It usually appears in a form of a slimy, greenish substance, but sometimes is visually completely absent, leaving only energetic traces Egon usually finds with his gear.

All ghosts and paranormal activities are considered to be "ectoplasmic" by Ghostbusters, leading to the conclusion that it is scientific equivalent to the occult term "magic power". It is speculated that it is the state of being which the outworldly creatures like ghosts and demons take in order to enter our realm.

It appears in all Ghostbusters media.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Realistic VersionEdit

EctoplasmEdit

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According to Tobin's Spirit GuideEdit

  • Catergory: Class I Supernatural Secretion
  • Type: Environmental (Inert)
  • Weakness: Scan only

Notes:Edit

A thick, viscous substance, ectoplasm is formed when ghosts interact with the physical world. Usually seen as a viscous, mucuslike slime, ectoplasm has also been encountered in mistlike and even crystalline forms.

Contact Protocol:Edit

Standard Ectoplasm is an environmental substance that you will come across very often. It has no observable behaviors and thus requires no contact protocol. After scanning once, you know everything you need to know.

Manifestation Point:Edit

  • Everywhere

Ectoplasmic ResidueEdit

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The Ectoplasmic Residue are slimy ectoplasmic left-overs of the ghostly activity.

According to Tobin's Spirit GuideEdit

  • Catergory: Class I Supernatural Secretion
  • Type: Environmental (Inert)
  • Weakness: Scan only

Notes:Edit

Ectoplasmic Residue identifies ares of paranormal contact or interaction. While some ectoplasm can be seen with the naked eye, Ectoplasmic Residue can only be seen while using the P.K.E.-enhanced Paragoggles.

Contact Protocol:Edit

Like Ectoplasm, this has no observable behaviors. The only difference between this and regular ectoplasm is that some ghosts leave Ectoplasmic Residue behind, providing an ethereal trail of bread crumbs for you to follow.

Manifestation Point:Edit

Ghostbusters: The Video Game Stylized VersionEdit

Ectoplasmic ResidueEdit

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According to Tobin's Spirit GuideEdit

  • Category: None
  • Abilities: None

Tobin's Summary:Edit

Ectoplasmic Residue occurs when a spirit passes from the ethereal plane into our physical plane. The ectoplasm is the means by which the spirit can affect physical objects and force its will into physical reality. Fortunately this substance in its basic form isn't harmful, but merely stomach-turning and messy. I'm still studying the causative relationship between this slimy substance and the spirit that carries it with them, whether the plasm is a side effect of the interdimensional penetration or if the spirit manifests it intentionally.

Egon's Notes:Edit

Since the advent of our protonic equipment, ectoplasm is a double-edged sword for these wayward spirits. In the same manner that it provides them with a grasp on the physical plane, it also allows our Blast and Capture Streams to latch onto the spirit, leading to their untimely capture.

Ray's Tips:Edit

If you get it on your clothes, use bleach.

Supplemental DataEdit

The art page can be found in Shandor's Island, during the "Shandor's Island" section. It is in a corner of the missing pump wheel room.

Charged EctoplasmEdit

Psychomagnotheric SlimeEdit

Mood slime, in shorthand, is a form of ectoplasm whose polarity is relevant to the mood of the environment it is located in. It is first encountered during the Vigo the Carpathian incident. Positively charged slime has become a standard weapon in the Ghostbusters arsenal. Generally either green or purple in hue.

"Mood Slime" has been known to animate objects ranging in size from a simple fur coat to the Statue of Liberty. In moments of extreme anger it has been known to animate spirits.

Black SlimeEdit

Black Slime is specialized form of negatively hypercharged ectoplasm that is described by Ray Stantz as being highly toxic to both body AND soul. Treatment with positively charged slime to negate it is an absolute requisite before stepping into an area that has been coated with it.

TriviaEdit

  • In the first movie, most of the Ectoplasm was a methylcellulose compound, a powdered thickening agent used in pharmaceuticals and food products, except for the ecto shower accompanying the Containment Unit shut down. Water was employed in order to preserve the costume worn by Harold Ramis for the scene because it needed to be used again and was one of a kind. [1] [2] [3]

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 81 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Joe Day applies 'ectoslime' to Bill Murray. In reality, the gooey substance was derived from methylcellulose ether -- a powdered thickening agent used in pharmaceuticals and food products."
  2. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 143 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Although a methylcellulose compound had been developed for the ectoslime featured earlier in the film, the ecto shower outside the firehouse was acheieved quite simply with water.'"
  3. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 143 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Joe Medjuck says: "We had intended to use something very slimy and gooey, and have it pour down on everybody - which, quite frankly, the actors weren't looking forward to it at all. As it turned out, though, Harold Ramis was wearing a suit in the shot that we were going to be needing later. And since we had only that one particular suit, we were afraid of ruining it with our ectoslime. So we had to settle for regular water. Since they had to be drenched in the stuff, the actors were greatly relieved.'"


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