Ghostbusters Tributes, Spoofs, & References addresses: events, items, characterizations, or dialog lifted from the Ghostbusters Franchise. For cameos, being characters or props please visit Ghostbusters Cameos.

A concerted effort has been made to present the information in each section in chronological order. Dates come from the Internet Movie Database and are assumed to be correct.


  • Critters (1986) - Brad Brown's father Jay is seen wearing a bowling shirt with a parody of the No-Ghost Sign that replaces the ghost with an anthropomorphic bowling pin.
  • Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) - Richard (Michael T. Weiss) chastises his wife Marie (Romy Windsor) for running around with her friend "like a couple of Ghostbusters" instead of getting some rest.
  • Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988) - This Looney Tunes compilation film parodies the concept of Ghostbusters. In the opening sequence, the "Q" in the film's title card is made by Daffy Duck applying hedge-clippers to a "No" sign that appeared in his way.
  • Zombie '90: Extreme Pestilence (1991) - A zombie can be seen wearing a white shirt with the no ghost logo at around 42 or 43 minutes in. The same zombie with the shirt appears again at around 108 minutes or so.
  • Double Dragon (1994) - In this movie, based on the popular video game, a tough guy character named Shuko is experimented on and plumped up to several times his normal size. He is rescued by the good guys, lead by Marian Delario (played by Alyssa Milano). Upon seeing what he's become, she remarks: He's as big as a house. Shuko did some sort of experiment on him. He looks like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Alyssa would later go on to see the real Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, in a manner of speaking, as her character Ilyssa Selwyn in Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
  • The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) - Near the end of the movie, a secret agent dressed as a waiter is about to make a move on Bill Murray's character. He is given the go-ahead by another secret agent via his earpiece: "All right, Venkman ... now." The closed captioning says "drinkman", but he's clearly saying "Venkman".
  • The Mummy Returns (2001) - At 1:32.17 (chapter 14 on DVD) into the movie Rick O'Connell (Brendan Frasier) says, "Nice shooting, Tex".
  • Osmosis Jones (2001) - The "protein packs" used by the mouth workers use the same sound effects as the proton packs. Of course, both films star Bill Murray.
  • Coffee And Cigarettes (2004) - The movie is a collection of vignettes filmed over many years of people talking about coffee and cigarettes. Bill Murray plays himself in the vignette entitled "Delirium" which also contains a Ghostbusters reference. This reference is seen at the beginning of the film's trailer.
  • Without A Paddle (2004) - Three friends, whose lives have been drifting apart, reunite for the funeral of a fourth childhood friend. Their friend was attempting a quest to find some missing money, and they decide to continue his journey. At the start of the movie, under the credits, we see footage of the friends when they were children doing the various things that children in the 1980s did - like pretending to be Indiana Jones or dressing up as the Ghostbusters for Halloween. Later on, one of them finds the cell phone that he previously lost, prompting one of the other friends to ask, "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters?"
  • Under The Mistletoe (2006) (TV Movie) - Kevin Harrison (Michael Shanks) and Susan Chandler (Jaime Ray Newman) are haunted by her ex-husband's ghost. Kevin fell asleep reading a book entitled "Spirits and Apparitions of Christmas", and is woken up by Susan. She asks him if he's gathered any tips from reading the book, such as if they should call a medium or Ghostbusters.
  • Be Kind Rewind (2008) - The main characters make a very cheap and poor remake of the movie Ghostbusters. Sigourney Weaver even made an appearance in the film playing a Walter Peck-like role in wanting to destroy the "Sweded" version of Ghostbusters along with all other "Sweded" movies.
  • Logorama (2009) - The "No Ghost" logo appears as a Stop sign in this short film, which tells a story using famous real and fictional logos and merchandising characters. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 2010 Academy Awards.
  • Ex Machina (2015) - After the first power outage, Caleb goes to the living room and considers using the phone. Nathan, his boss, was sitting the whole time near him and drunkenly quotes the "Who You Gonna Call?" line then stated it was from the movie Ghostbusters. He then mentioned Dan Aykroyd got a blowjob from a ghost.


Adult ProgrammingEdit

  • Diff'rent Strokes: "A Haunting We Will Go" (September 29, 1984, Season 7) - Arnold, Sam, and their friends go to the old Maxwell house to see if it's really haunted as the legend states. They get scared out of their wits and run out of there. Arnold and Sam decide to go back, but this time they want to be prepared. So, upon the advice of the janitor Mr. Owens, they don Ghostbusters-eqsue ghost fighter uniforms and backpacks. When they are found by their parents, Mr. Drummond remarks that they "look like space-age Roto-Rooters" (that's the largest plumbing and drain-cleaning company in North America). Later, after they get slimed by a ghost, Arnold remarks, "Ewww. I've been slimed."
  • Fame: "The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll" - (October 27,1984 & January 26, 1985, Season 4) - The cast from the show (billed as "Kids from Fame") perform alongside the season four regular dancers in a concert which took place at the Jones Beach Amphitheater on Long Island, New York. Cast members Billy Hufsey and Carlo Imperato perform "Ghostbusters". This was their second concert in the U.S., and it aired as a two-part special episode entitled "The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll" for the fourth season of the show (Part 1 aired on 10/27/1984, while Part 2 aired on 1/26/1985).
  • Simon and Simon: "Almost Completely Out Of Circulation" (November 22, 1984, Season 4) - Two Ghostbusters signs are seen in the windows of the comic shop. One features the logo on black with the words "Back Off Man, I'm A Scientist"; the other is a tiny sign of the logo on white (barely seen when they leave the store). This episode also features a brief live-action appearance by Frank Welker as a voice actor in a recording studio.
  • Moonlighting: "Poltergeist III - Dipesto Nothing" (January 13, 1987, Season 3) - There are three references. (1) Rhoda Gemignani, who played the real estate woman in Ghostbusters, is a featured guest star. (2) A lady goes to David and Maddie seeking their help to prove that her house is haunted. David (Bruce Willis) suggests that she go to see someone who specializes in that sort of thing - "A psychic? A priest? Dan Aykroyd?!?" (3) After hearing some spooky sounds, Ms. Dipesto (Allyce Beasley) stands up ready to face the ghost and proclaims, "I ain't afraid of no ghost!"
  • Mama's Family: "My Mama, Myself" (December 17, 1988, Season 5) - Mama is haunted by visions of her late mother. She tells Iola about these visions and remarks that she needs a ghostbuster.
  • The Nanny: "Sunday In The Park With Fran" (March 23, 1994, Season 1) - The refrigerator breaks down, so they call a repairman. Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) says that it's a "very sensitive piece of equipment. Who you gonna call?" Niles answers the door, and it's the repair man, who introduces himself with "Frostbusters." Oh, and that repairman, he's played by Fran Drescher's good friend, Dan Aykroyd. Dan is essentially replaying a bit he did on Saturday Night Live.
  • The Critic: "L.A. Jay" (June 22, 1994, Season 1) - The fictional "Ghostchasers 3" is mentioned throughout this episode. In the scene that is shown, a giant Mayor Ed Koch is rampaging down the streets of New York ala the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Louis Tully screams out: "Oh my God, save yourselves. New York is being destroyed by an 80-foot Ed Koch."
  • Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man, two Season 4 episodes reference the Ghostbusters franchise.
    • "Dammit, Hollywood" (January 4, 1997) - Duckman mentions one of the pros of his new job as a movie producer is that he met "the black Goosebuster".
    • "Role With It" (February 15, 1997) - Duckman insults his sister-in-law Bernice by calling her "Stay Puft Marshmallow Butt".
  • Saturday Night Live: "Sting/Veruca Salt" (March 15, 1997, Season 22) - In the "Race and Racism" sketch, Tim Meadows' character is interviewing a South African anti-Apartheid character played by musician Sting. The interview starts off serious, but eventually descends into Tim asking Sting questions about Ghostbusters.
  • 3rd Rock From The Sun: "Scaredy Dick" (October 29, 1997, Season 3) - On Halloween night Harry and Dick stay home alone. They get frightened by some very weird noises coming from the basement, which prompts them to call for some help. Dick plans on calling the Ghostbusters, but Harry tells him that "It's their busiest night of the year!"
  • Charmed: "I've Got You Under My Skin" (October 14, 1998, Season 1) - Inspector Darryl Morris (Dorian Gregory) asks Inspector Andy Trudeau (T.W. King) if his favorite movie is Ghostbusters. Trudeau says that it is Evil Dead II.
  • The X-Files: "How The Ghosts Stole Christmas" (December 13, 1998, Season 6) - Mulder calls Scully up to meet him at an old haunted house on Christmas Eve. Annoyed, she asks if he called her out there on Christmas Eve to go ghostbusting with him.
  • The Steve Harvey Show: "Nightmare On Steve's Street" (February 4, 1999, Season 3) - Steve's friend Cedric thinks his apartment might be haunted, so he's trying a few things to help, one of which is the wearing of garlic. When others notice the garlic small, Steve comments that what they're smelling is "Cedric, the Garlic Ghostbuster".
  • Family Guy has many spoofs of Ghostbusters:
    • "The Story on Page One" (July 18, 2000, Season 2) - In a cutaway gag, Peter Griffin reminisces about his first summer job, where he was a Ghostbuster and busted the ghost of Sam Wheat from the film Ghost during the famous pottery scene.
    • "Road to Rupert" (January 28 2007, Season 5) - This episode of Family Guy included a quick joke where Peter was in the refrigerator and said "There's No Peter, Only ZUUL!"
    • "Spies Reminiscent of Us" (October 11, 2009, Season 8) - Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd guest star. In an early scene, Peter says they are dining with two of the three Ghostbusters, but Chevy tries to correct him by saying he was not in Ghostbusters(Peter is also incorrect in saying that there are three Ghostbusters when there were actually four: Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman, and Winston Zeddemore). In addition, Dan uses a tracking device that looks just like the PKE Meter.
  • Castaway Dick (June 2, 2001) - This short, which was shown at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards, features Andy Dick and Tom Hanks (in footage taken from his film Cast Away), showing Andy stuck on the island with Tom. At one point, Tom is annoyingly woken up by Andy's singing of Ghostbusters. The short was directed by Russell Bates and can be viewed in its entirety online.
  • Ed: "Things To Do Today" (February 27, 2002, Season 2) - Ghostbusters is heard as the show returns from the first commercial break. It's playing in the bowling alley, and when someone asks Kenny (Mike Starr) if he can change the radio station, he says that Ghostbusters is his favorite song and that "nobody gets it done like Ray Parker Jr."
  • Do Over: "Halloween Kiss" (October 31, 2002, Season 1) - Thirty-four-year-old Joel Larsen gets a second chance to get his life right, thanks to a freakish accident that catapults him back to 1981. For Halloween, he dresses up as a homemade Ghostbuster, but since the movie won't have been released for another three years, nobody knows what he is.
  • Lost: "Raised by Another" (December 1, 2004, Season 1) - Sawyer calls Hurley "Stay Puft".
  • The Sopranos: "Mayham" (March 26, 2006, Season 6) - The mobsters are discussing ideas for a horror movie that they are planning on producing. One of them isn't so sure on the concept of the main character being a ghost. To reassure him that ghosts in movies make money, another mobster replies, "Ghostbusters! Another f**king money machine."
  • Supernatural: "Hell House" (March 30, 2006, Season 1) - Dean Winchester yells out "Who you gonna call?" to get the cops to chase after two wannabe paranormal investigators. Also, two paranormal investigators in the episode are named Ed Zeddmore and Harry Spengler.
  • Robot Chicken has had two spoofs related to Ghostbusters.
    • "Sausage Fest" (October 15, 2006, Season 2) - a clip of two Ghostbusters using urinals and a joke in the phrase "don't cross the streams".
    • "Squaw Bury Shortcake" (August 19, 2007, Season 3) - Jamie and Adam from MythBusters donning the Ghostbusters uniform and equipment to solve the myth about masturbation causing blindness, which was asked to them by a mother concerned about her son. They drive to the house in Ecto-1 talking about the myth and when they get there, they capture the boy as if he was a ghost.
  • Blood Ties: "Gifted" (March 25, 2007, Season 1) - Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox), a former cop who left the force to become a private investigator, teams up with a 480-year-old vampire to solve cases that usually involve the supernatural or the occult. Vicki's assistant, Coreen Fennel (Gina Holden), takes out a newspaper ad to help drum up more business. The ad proudly proclaims that she specializes in the supernatural and the occult, and that she will take any case no matter how strange it may be. Upon seeing the ad, Vicki comments that she's not Ghostbusters, to which Coreen retorts that "they had a lot of clients, and now so do we."
  • Saturday Night Live: "Amy Adams/Vampire Weekend" (March 8, 2008, Season 33) - During the "Weekend Update" segment, Seth Meyers discusses the newly-opened Brooklyn Ghost Investigations, a real group of guys in Brooklyn, New York who investigate hauntings. Amy Poehler jokingly sings their "theme song", to the tune of Ghostbusters.
  • 30 Rock: "Sandwich Day" (May 1, 2008, Season 2) - Floyd (Jason Sudeikis) tells Liz (Tina Fey) that he has a partner meeting with Peter Venkman. Later, she catches him in the lie and when she realizes that Peter Venkman is from Ghostbusters, she says that he "used Ghostbusters for evil".
  • The Middleman: "The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation" (August 4, 2008, Season 1) - Many Ghostbusters references: the code names "Gatekeeper" and "Keymaster", "Reitman University", the "Egon Spengler Memorial Award for Excellence in Physics", and "Ray Parker, Jr Avenue". Also Stantz and Venkman, as well as mention of a "PKE Meter", plus two of the sorority sisters are named "Dana Barret" and "Janine Melnitz", as seen in the photo on the wall of the sorority house.
  • Code Monkeys: "Car Robber Sunnyvale" (August 17, 2008, Season 2) - This animated series, geared towards adults and animated in an 8-bit pixelated style, is about two video game developers. As such, it features lots of video game references. In this episode, there's a title screen for a "The Real Car Robber Sunnyvale" game (a spoof of Grand Theft Auto, with the game's logo done in the style of The Real Ghostbusters logo.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010 anime series) - the character Brief is a "paranormal investigator" that wears a jumpsuit with a similar No-Ghost symbol on both arms. He also wears a backpack that looks like a proton pack but serves as a P.K.E. meter with a metal detector attached to it for scanning. The series itself is about the title characters destroying ghosts, but have no interest in the paranormal. In the episode "Sex and the Daten City" of the dub, Panty says "I don't see no ghost." Stocking responds "Who ya gonna call, mother bitches?"
  • The Big Bang Theory: "The Precious Fragmentation" (March 8, 2010, Season 3) - The gang brings home a box of random yard sale stuff, only to find a "final draft Ghostbusters script with slime stain!" One of the guys points out that it not Ghostbusters, but rather Ghostbusters II, which prompts the other to toss it aside. (Note: Although it appears that there is a Real Ghostbusters lunchbox in the box, a high-definition copy of the episode reveals it to be a scratched-up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lunchbox instead.)[1]
  • Archer: "Skin Game" (March 8, 2012, Season 3) - The Ghostbusters movie Containment Unit is in the background on the right when the cyborg Katya is revealed.[2]
  • The Simpsons: "Blazed and Confused" (November 16, 2014, Season 26) - A guy is dressed as Stay Puft at the Blazing Guy (Burning Man) festival.
  • Hot In Cleveland: "Cold In Cleveland: The Christmas Episode" (December 17, 2014, Season 6) - In the show, Ernie Hudson appears as himself as the ex-husband of Victoria Chase, the character played by Wendie Malick. While having a conversation about a really bad movie back they made in the 1970s called "Disco Christmas", Ernie mentions that he was in Ghostbusters, and later says "I ain't afraid of no ghost" when she says that she'll come back to haunt him.
  • The Flash: "Revenge of the Rogues" (January 20, 2015, Season 1) - Cisco tells Barry and Dr. Wells that if they could get Captain Cold and Heat Wave to cross their cold/heat streams, they would cancel each other out. That prompts Barry to comment, "You mean, like Ghostbusters?" Cisco then remarks that Ghostbusters was "surprisingly scientifically accurate", and Dr. Wells adds that it was also "really quite funny".
  • NCIS: Los Angeles: "Black Wind" (February 2, 2015, Season 6) - Callen congratulates his partner by saying "Nice work, Dr. Venkman," to which Sam Hanna responds with the modified first movie quote "We came, we saw, we kicked some ass."
  • Saturday Night Live: "Margot Robbie/The Weeknd" (October 1, 2016, Season 42) - In the "Mr. Robot" parody with Leslie Jones, she sees the ghost of Mr. Robot and becomes romantically interested in him to Elliot's surprise. He informs her Mr. Robot is a ghost and only he is supposed to see him. Leslie struts toward Mr. Robot and notes, "I ain't afraid of no ghost."
  • iZombie: "Zombie Knows Best" (April 11, 2017, Season 3) - Two-thirds of the way through (at 27:48 without commercials), the pun-tastic section caption reads "Gross Busters". The pun is in regards to the cops "busting" the "gross" affair between the stepfather and stepdaughter.
  • Rick and Morty: "The Rickchurian Mortydate" (October 1, 2017) (Season 3) - The President of the United States calls upon Rick and Morty to rid the secret tunnels under the White House of an alien menace. Resentful of being used every time the President has a problem of this nature, Rick says that the President treats them like Ghostbusters. Upon learning of their remarks in the government surveillance transcript, the President comments to his staff, "So, Ghostbusters aren't cool, now? I don't recall signing that bill."
  • Stranger Things (October 27, 2017) - The second season of this Netflix original series, set in late October/early November 1984, features an officially-approved Ghostbusters connection, as noted on Stranger Things Series page.

Children's ProgrammingEdit

  • The Smurfs: "Smurfing For Ghosts" (November 18, 1984, Season 4) - has Brainy and Clumsy use "Autosmurfers" to capture the ghosts of Quarrel Castle. Scenes spoof Ghostbusters as well.
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks: "Who Ghost There?" (September 21, 1985, Season 3) - In this episode we get to hear The Chipmunks rendition of Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters." Available on the Chipmunkmania VHS tape.
  • Inspector Gadget: "Ghost Catchers" (October 22, 1985, Season 2) - has some Ghostbusters reference is when Dr. Claw's M.A.D. Agent Dr. Spectrum runs a scam where he uses a chemical to haunt wealthy citizens of Metro City with illusions of ghosts and get paid to eliminate them. The series itself was made by DiC, which later made The Real Ghostbusters one year after Inspector Gadget was cancelled.
  • Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling: "A Lesson In Scouting" (October 12, 1985, Season 1) - Tito Santana, Wendi Richter and Junkyard Dog take the Grizzly Scouts on a camping trip, and that includes the Fabulous Moolah's niece, Dangerous Donna. Donna misbehaves throughout the trip, even getting Wendi (voiced by Jodi Carlisle) covered in some gunk that causes her to exclaim, "I've been slimed!" This episode was one of three ("Rock 'N Zombies" and "The Duke of Piperton" being the other two) edited into a one-hour special that is believed to have aired in primetime on CBS around the time the series premiered.[3] This special is available on the "Round 1: The Champs Win Again" VHS released in 1987 by Lorimar Home Video's "Kideo Video" label, which includes the live-action segments and about a minute of the "Land of a Thousand Dances" music video (off of 1985's The Wrestling Album).
  • Dennis the Menace: "Ghost Blusters" (September 24, 1986, Season 1) - along with title being a homage to the title "Ghost Busters", the music when the ghosts (criminals) try to scare the gang sounds like the Ghostbusters Theme Song.
  • Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling: "Ghost Wrestlers" (October 4, 1986, Season 2) - Hulk Hogan and his crew use Ghostbusters-style equipment to help an old wrestler rid his boarding house of ghosts. (The back of the SP-speed VHS incorrectly says it's a retirement home.) What's rather surprising is that the actual Ray Parker Jr. song is used, but only eight seconds from the instrumental intro portion of it. Even though his vocals aren't used, Ray is listed in the end credits: "Ghostbusters, performed by Ray Parker, Jr., Courtesy of Arista Records". The series was produced by DiC, who also produced The Real Ghostbusters. The episode is available by itself on SP-speed VHS and is included with "Superfly Express" on WWF's EP-speed "Vol. 4" VHS release.
  • DuckTales: "Dough Ray Me" (November 3, 1989, Season 2) - At one point, Huey, Dewey, and Louie attempt to earn some money by pretending to be "Dirt Busters" and offering to clean the house for Mrs. Beakley in exchange for money. They wear gray jumpsuits, use vacuum cleaners in a similar manner to proton packs, and they even say "Who ya gonna call? Dirt Busters!"
  • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: "Mayhem of the Moving Mollusk" (August 17, 1991, Season 4) - Plot dealing with a team from New York called the "Critter Getters" which wore tan uniforms with back packs. Shaggy and Scooby at the end of the episode don the Critter Getters uniforms to catch the giant snail monster.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "Zach and the Alien Invaders" (October 10, 1991, Season 5) - had a reference in the season five episode "Zach and the Alien Invaders", in the form of a parody called Bugbusters. In the earlier episode "The Fifth Turtle", Raphael sarcastically says "Who ya gonna call? Mutant Busters?"
  • Garfield and Friends: "Home Sweet Swindler" (October 3, 1992, Season 5) - Al Swindler wears a "Ghost-Extermination" uniform, similar to a Ghostbusters uniform. He also wears a proton pack.
  • Garfield and Friends: "Ghost of a Chance" (November 7, 1992, Season 5) - Garfield, trying to figure out how deal with a ghost that is trying to scare him, says "I could call the Ghostbusters. Nah, their show is cancelled."
  • Bonkers: "When the Spirit Moves You" (April 11, 1993) - Bonkers D. Bobcat, Sergeant Grating, Miranda Wright, and Ludwig Von Drake at one point attempt to rid of the toon ghost pestering them by using devices similar to the proton pack and are seen wearing Ghostbusters-like flight suits.
  • Bonkers: "Poltertoon" (September 28, 1993) - Bonkers D. Bobcat and Fall Apart Rabbit prepare to rid Lucky Piquel's house of a ghost and are seen donning green jumpsuits and equipping themselves with proton pack-like devices.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: "Ghost Busted" (October 15, 1994, Season 2) - Aside from the pun-based title, the episode itself had nothing to do with the Ghostbusters franchise and was about Sonic, Tails, and Antoine camping out and telling ghost stories, Tails and Antoine eventually fearing that the ghosts in the stories are real. Like Inspector Gadget and The Real Ghostbusters, this cartoon was made by DiC.
  • Tiny Toon's Night Ghoulery (May 28, 1995, TV Special) - In the "Sneezer, the Sneezing Ghost" segment, Furrball dons a Ghostbusters uniform in an attempt to vanquish the Sneezer ghost. The segment features voice actors Kath Soucie (as Sneezer), Frank Welker (as Furrball), and June Foray (as Witch Hazel).
  • Rocko's Modern Life: "Fiesty Geist" (July 12, 1996, Season 4) - Rocko, Heffer, and Filbert load some squirt guns and backpacks with Spirit Away, which makes them look like they're wearing Slime Blowers, when they try to rid their house of a ghost.
  • The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: "Y Files" (September 14, 1996, Season 2) - Casper says "I got to do something, Who do I call?" and two guys posing as Ghostbusters jump out (with music like Ghostbusters theme) and state "Somebody else!" and then leave. A few seconds later Casper calls on a phone 911 and the operator says "Press 1 if you'll being threatened by a Ghostbuster".
  • Dexter's Laboratory: "Filet Of Soul" (September 3, 1997, Season 2) - Dexter and his sister DeeDee are being haunted by the ghost of their recently-deceased goldfish. He dons a proton pack-esque "Ghost Capture Unit" and proclaims, "Who ya gonna call?"
  • Two episodes of Men In Black: The Series reference the Ghostbusters franchise. The references may have something to do with the fact that Men In Black: The Series was made by Adelaide Productions, the same company that made the Extreme Ghostbusters animated series. Extreme Ghostbusters also referenced Men In Black in their episode Grease with F.B.I. agents Jack Stone and Harry Gannan.
    • "The Jack O'Lantern Syndrome" (October 31, 1998, Season 2) - Frank the Pug says "Who ya gonna call?" in response to Agent K telling him that the Men In Black deal with aliens only and have no jurisdiction over the supernatural.
    • "The I Want My Mummy Syndrome" (March 4, 2000, Season 3) - Agent J jests to Agent K that a mission after an animate mummy(which turned out to be an alien in disguise) would be a more appropriate assignment for the Ghostbusters.
  • Honey I Shrunk The Kids - The TV Show: "Honey, We're Young At Heart" (November 7, 1998, Season 2) - The Salinski children go into an arcade decked out in wacky uniforms. A little girl in the arcade remarks to her father, "Look, it's Ghostbusters."
  • Histeria!: "The Teddy Roosevelt Show" (May 1, 1999, Season 1) - a comedic show about history, there was a parody of the song called "Trust Buster". In it, president Theodore Roosevelt was dressed as a Trust Buster and destroyed symbols of trust, including a giant piggy bank possibly meant to parody the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
  • So Weird: "Family Reunion" (January 18, 1999) (Season 1) - Fiona's brother calls her "Little Miss Ghostbuster" after she tells of seeing a ghost.
  • Lizzie McGuire: "Over The Hill" (July 12, 2002, Season 2) - Lizzie's brother Matt and his friends think they have a ghost, although his father doesn't think that's really the case. To humor Matt, his father hires two guys to pretend to be Ghostbusters. One of Matt's friends notes the leaf blowers they have strapped to their backs, to which one of the guys tells her, "Back off kid, I'm a scientist." They do a little dance to "cleanse" the place of spirits, and as a result, one of the guys falls through the patio. Matt runs up to him and asks, "Are you okay, Mr. Ghostbuster?"
  • The Fairly Oddparents series had some references to Ghostbusters.
    • "Pipe Down!" (September 26, 2003, Season 3) - Timmy Turner's father yells at him for being terrible at charades, one of his complaints is demanding Timmy to tell him how imitating a rowboat means "Ghostbusters 2".
    • "Mr. Right" (March 19, 2004, Season 4) - Timmy's fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda grant his wish of being always right while they still have roasted marshmallows on their wands, the result being a poof balloon reading "Stay Puff", in reference to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
    • "Fairly OddBaby" (February 18, 2008, Season 6) - has the anchorman Chet Ubetcha say "Dogs and cats are living together! It's mass hysteria!", in reference to the Ghostbusters' rant about the fate of New York in the original movie.
    • "Poltergeeks" (August 15, 2011, Season 7) - The plot bares resemblance to the plot of Ghostbusters, and the equipment that Timmy's parents use resembles the equipment the Ghostbusters use.
  • Two Danny Phantom episodes make reference to Ghostbuster related designs: "Mystery Meat" (April 3, 2004, Season 1) and "Million Dollar Ghost" (June 3, 2005, Season 1).
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: "Pranks-A-Lot" (October 11, 2004, Season 3) - Mr. Krabs says "I ain't afraid of no ghost!"
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends "Bloooo" (October 22, 2004, Season 1) - when the guys have a ghost problem they ask themselves "Who you're gonna call?" and Coco answers "Co-CO-CO!" (In an identical way to the "Ghostbusters!" theme song). Wilt answers that they have been out of business for years.
  • The series Ben 10 (2005) and its successor Ben 10: Alien Force (2008) have many references to Ghostbusters. One is that Ben Tennyson's grandfather Max Tennyson is a member of the Plumbers, a team similar to the Ghostbusters except they capture aliens rather than ghosts with a device called the Null Void projector full filling the role of the proton pack and trap and the Null Void itself similar to the Containment Unit. However, it is shown that it is easy and possible for a human or other living thing to enter the Null Void.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: "Billy & Mandy Begins" (August 9, 2006, Season 6) - during Grim's story about how they all became friends, he said that Billy captured him with a proton pack and trap.
  • Disney's The Replacements: "Todd Busters" (March 23, 2009, Season 3) - features a con man who wears a costume based on the Ghostbusters' uniforms (complete with a proton pack).
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes had two episode that made references to Ghostbusters. Episode "Ghost Smackers" (April 18, 2009, Season 1) along with the homage title also has character Heloise briefly using a PKE Meter type device. The title "Toast Busters" (July 14, 2011, Season 2) is a second title homage.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: "Boast Busters" (November 19, 2010, Season 1) - The title is a pun on "Ghostbusters".
  • Fish Hooks: "Big Fish" (February 11, 2011, Season 1) - Milo inadvertently ends up extremely huge, accidentally bumps into a shelf, and a sailor hat and cape fall onto him, making him look not unlike the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. His head is seen bobbing up and down from behind boxes of pet food ala the first look at Mr. Stay-Puft from behind some buildings. A little more subtle, is that Mr. Stay-Puft's actual outfit is sitting on the shelf right next to the outfit that subsequently falls onto Milo.
  • GO-GO Tamagotchi!: "Assemble! Ghost Busters" (September 11, 2014) - Mametchi adorns a uniform and wears a sweeper like device (like a proton pack) while he and his friends walk the halls of DoriTama School, which everyone think is haunted.
  • Phineas & Ferb: "Night of the Living Pharmacists" (October 4, 2014, Season 4) - Ferb paraphrases Egon when he says, "I'm petrified beyond all capacity for rational thought."


  • Mad Magazine did two spoofs of Ghostbusters: A parody of the first movie entitled "Ghost Dusters", as well as a spoof of Ghostbusters 2 later.
  • Star Invaders- Ghostbusters II
  • Speed Racer vol. 1 #24 & 25 (September-October, 1989) featured appearances of NOW Comics publisher Tony Caputo and the NOW convention booth. The booth included a replica Ecto-1, a man-sized Mr. Stay Puft, and a giant inflatable Slimer (the Slimer wasn't visible in #25). #24 included a photograph of the display on the inside of the front cover, along with a man and woman in Ghostbusters garb.
  • Child's Play #3 (September, 1991) features Chucky in a "no" symbol taking a similar pose to the Ghostbusters logo.
  • Judge Dredd In the stories featuring Judge Death, Dredd sometimes uses a device similar to a ghost trap to contain Death's spirit form. He is then usually placed into a "containment unit".
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #507 (July 2004) In one panel of this issue written by J. Michael Straczynski, Spider-Man says to a villain "Let me're the Gatekeeper, right? Well, if you're looking for the Keymaster, he's in another movie. Ghostbusters. C'mon, everybody in New York's seen it, it's mandatory or they take away your driver's license."
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #589 (May, 2009) The Real Ghostbusters make a cameo as volunteers working out of Aunt May's F.E.A.S.T. location.
  • Knights of the Dinner Table #201 (September, 2013) features a cover homaging Ghostbusters with the main characters in Ecto-1 blasting at Stay Puft chasing them. (The mag can be bought in pdf form on Kenzer and Company site.
  • Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #0 (November, 2014) featured Deadpool wearing a Ghostbusters costume with his face in the no-ghost logo.
  • Invincible #116 (January, 2015), on the last page of the issue a Stay Puft doll can be seen on a background shelf.
  • Knights of the Dinner Table #226 (2015) features a cover homaging Ghostbusters with the main characters blasting a person resembling the no-ghost logo. (The mag can be bought in pdf form on Kenzer and Company site.
  • Steambusters #1-2 (February & June, 2015) A steampunk parody of the Ghostbusters concept set in 19th Century England.
  • Batgirl vol. 4 #48 (January, 2016), Barbara Gordon purchases the Burnside version of Hook & Ladder 8 for her new start-up business. It's featured on the first two pages of the issue and subsequent appearances.
  • Huck #5 (February, 2016) features a variant cover that parodies the no-ghost logo and changes the name of the book to "Huckbusters" in the Ghostbusters font. [4]
  • Uncanny Avengers vol. 3 #6 (May, 2016) Deadpool makes a reference to Peter Venkman and uses his name as a verb.
  • Ms. Marvel vol. 4 #6 (June, 2016) Ms. Marvel makes reference to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in regards to the giant proto-clone of her on a rampage.
  • Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega (June, 2016) The villains' construction of a containment unit led to Trapster making reference to the film.
  • Jupiter's Legacy 2 #1 (June, 2016) One of the characters is said to be watching The Real Ghostbusters on television.
  • Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #12 (July, 2016) When a battle with the Ghost takes Spider-Man and Iron Man to the New York Public Library, it prompts Spider-Man to make a reference to both it being in the movie and the climax of the film in regards to how the heroes defeated Ghost.
  • Adventures of Supergirl #3 (August, 2016) Supergirl calls her foe "Gozer the Gozerian" after the villain's exposition about the reason for their confrontation.
  • Uncanny Avengers vol. 3 #10 (August, 2016) The Wasp uses Ghostbusters, the Keymaster and Gozer as a means to determine if a recently resurrected Hank Pym was the genuine article or not.
  • Superman vol. 4 #4 (September, 2016) During the issue's climactic battle, an onlooker declares that "Somebody should call the Ghostbusters."
  • The Astonishing Ant-Man #12 (November, 2016) Series star Scott Lang utters "Aw, no, we got the Ghostbusters II judge" after a stern lecture from said judge at Lang's trial about being held in contempt for any unauthorized superheroic interruptions.
  • Silk vol. 2 #15 (February, 2017) While confronting Dr. Octopus, Spectro tries to leave with the parting quip: "But you are a doctor of octopi, not a buster of ghosts, so if you'll excuse me--".
  • Deadpool vol. 4 #24 (March, 2017) Agent Preston threatens Madcap, currently possessing another being to act as his body, with "I'm gonna slide a ghost tap underneath your creepy ass and--".
  • Deadpool vol. 4 #30 (July, 2017) Deadpool makes two Ghostbusters references during the dialogue of the issue.
  • Deadpool vol. 4 #31 (August, 2017) Deadpool has a guilt-inspired dream where his latest kill was actually a ghost he was busting.
  • Infinite Seven #6 (August, 2017) One of the characters summons up a hideously deformed version of Mr. Stay Puft to combat his enemies.
  • Secret Empire #8 (October, 2017) contains two references. The first, Iron Man tells Sam Wilson not to think of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man when he went off to use a Cosmic Cube fragment. The second, Dr. Strange had to promise his house to a pair of creatures living in the New York Public Library who were tired of tourists trying to take their picture thinking they were the "Ghostbusters lady", aka the Library Ghost.

Video GamesEdit

  • The Three Stooges (1989, Nintendo Entertainment System only) - The game features a phony title screen saying "Ghostbusters II" with the No Ghost logo (a tweaked GB1 logo actually). The three stooges soon appear in front of it and say "Hey, fellas, we're in the wrong game... Hey, this looks like a kid's game... You imbeciles." - followed by sounds of them bonking each other on the head. Then the Ghostbusters II screen fades out and the real title screen appears. This game has been released on many different systems, but only the NES version published by Activision contains the Ghostbusters II screen. A lot of the other versions contains the same joke, but with a different phony title screen.
  • Luigi's Mansion (2001, Nintendo GameCube) - has some similarities with the Ghostbusters franchise. The overall premise consists of Luigi having to save his brother Mario from King Boo while exploring a haunted mansion and helping an eccentric scientist/ghost hunter named Professor Elvin Gadd recapture his escaped Portrait Ghosts. Luigi captures ghosts by stunning them with his flashlight and then sucking them up in the Poltergust 3000, which acts like a combination of the proton pack and ghost trap. When a Portrait Ghost is captured, it is inserted into a machine called the Ghost Portrificationizer, which is similar in function to the Containment Unit, except the captured ghosts are forced through the machine to be imprisoned in portraits rather than being imprisoned in the machine itself.
  • Ghosthunter (2004, PlayStation 2) - has many similarities to several aspects of the Ghostbusters franchise including: The main antagonist Lord Hawksmoor is similar to Vigo, the protagonist Lazarus Jones resembles Eduardo Rivera, and the grenade Lazarus Jones uses to trap the ghosts bears a slight resemblance to the trap used on Extreme Ghostbusters. In early designs, Lazarus Jones had a patch similar to the No-Ghost Sign on his jacket.[citation needed]
  • Ben 10: Protector of Earth (2007) - Before the boss battle with Ghostfreak, the alien tells Ben to behold the form of his destruction, which could be an homage to Gozer's line of "Choose the form of the Destructor."
  • Ghost Town (2009) - a flash app game for Facebook which shares common concepts about trapping ghosts. It was created by Siena. The game had been online from middle 2009 to late 2010. The game had a male avatar user that would go around collecting candy and fighting of zombies. The user also got rid of ghosts at the houses with methods sold at Henry's Traps (shop).
  • YoVille (2009) - This online game by Zynga has mini Job "Ghost Hunter" which has the user bust ghosts with a flashlight. However in Feed posts on Facebook for free energy, the icon for the job is a red haired girl wearing a uniform that is tan.
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (2010, Nintendo Wii) - Travis Touchdown says "Time for some pro bono ghostbusting" before he fights the 24th ranked assassin: Matt Helms.
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011, PlayStation 3) - There is a pin that you can earn called "DO Cross The Streams", a reference to Egon's line, "Don't cross the streams".
  • Stacking (2011, PlayStation 3) - The very first task you have to take in this downloadable game from Double Fine Productions is to help the Gate Keeper find the Key Master so that the gate can be opened.
  • The Darkness II (2012) - You can unlock an Achievement called "Should Have Called 555-2368..." which is a reference to the phone number that was used in the commercial in the Ghostbusters movie. It was shown when Dana Barrett arrives home and sees the commercial on her TV.
  • Retro City Rampage (2012) - One of the buildings featured in the game is modeled after the firehouse and has a sign out front that says "Go-Go Busters". It also has a car based on Ecto-1, a weapon that acts like a proton pack, and a parody of Ray Stantz who "busted a a botanical sense, of course."
  • Where's My Perry? (2012, Mobile) - Based on the secret agent character from Phineas & Ferb, Level 1-8 is called "Cross The Steams". This level is available in the free version of the game.
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2 (2013, multiple platforms) - A item based on a Ghost trap called a "Infi-nut" which is unlocked on level "Far Future - Day 13". The Costumed version adds a trap below the wall-nut (note the costume is China exclusive).
  • Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff (2014, Mobile) - From October 2, 2014 to November 7, 2014, this online mobile game held a "Ghostbusters Event" Halloween special update which included new costumes, characters, prizes and buildings. Peter Griffin and his friend were all decked out in Ghostbusters costumes. [5]

Web BasedEdit

  • has had a three-episode series called McBusters, an amalgam parody of Ghostbusters and McDonald's. The show had Ronald McDonald represent Peter Venkman, Hamburglar represent Egon Spengler Mayor McCheese represented Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore was represented by Mac Tonight, and Grimace represented Louis Tully and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. They even had their own version of Slimer called Frymer. The first episode was pretty much like the first movie, with Walter Peck working for the FDA and acting much more impolite than he was in the movie. The second and third episodes parodied Ghostbusters 2 and had Janosz Poha represented by Morgan Spurlock and Vigo represented by the Burger King. The show is known to feature a lot of mild language and violence.
  •, a website showing flash-animated videos of alternate endings to movies, had one video that showed two alternate endings to the original Ghostbusters movie. The first ending had the Ghostbusters die when they cross the streams, with the second ending having the Ghostbusters easily defeat Gozer when Ray tells Gozer that he is a god and uses the lie to trick the Sumerian deity into getting captured in a ghost trap.
  • Internet video series Epic Rap Battles of History started its fourth season with a rap battle between the four Ghostbusters and the cast of the scientific entertainment show MythBusters . At the end of the video, their battle is interrupted by Stay Puft, manifesting from a stray thought from former B-Team member Tory Belleci. The video can be seen here.
  • The "Little Red Hood" episode of the web series Angry Video Game Nerd featured a version of the male student outburst from the first movie in the Nerd's review of the game.


  • Weird Al Yankovic - "Slime Creatures From Outer Space" (1985) - At the VERY end of the song, right when it fades to complete silence, you hear this: Who you gonna call? Slime creatures!
  • Will Smith feat. Dru Hill - "Wild Wild West" (1999) - Will doesn't mention the Ghostbusters by name, but instead uses the fan-accepted initial abbreviation "GB" as heard in this segment of the song: Now who you gonna call? / Not the G.B.s / Now who you gonna call? / G Double E G / If you have a riff with people wanna bust / Break out before you get bum rushed / At the wild wild west / When I roll into the wild wild west ("official" lyrics - from the closed captions at the end of the film)
  • The Bloodhound Gang - "Magna Cum Nada" (2000) - Part of the song features the lyrics: Wanna be a Ghostbuster / First black president...
  • Alien Ant Farm - "Movies" Music Video (2nd version, 2001) - The group's second music video for the song features the band magically become part of the movie they're watching in a theater. Besides becoming Ghostbusters and rocking out in the library stacks, they also give nods to "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", "The Karate Kid" (star Pat Morita has a cameo in the video), and "Edward Scissorhands".
  • Mistah F.A.B. - "Ghost Ride It" (2006) - The song samples Ray Parker, Jr.'s Ghostbusters theme throughout. The music video featured the performers "ghost riding" down a street on the Ghostbusters of Southern California's Ecto-1 replica. The ghost in the logos were replaced with a caricature of F.A.B., which were also on the clothing worn by the performers. MTV stopped airing the video after Columbia Pictures complained about the unauthorized use of their Ghostbusters logo.


  • Professional wrestler Koko B. Ware (best known for his stint in the World Wrestling Federation in the late 1980's/early 1990's where he would come to the ring with a colorful bird named "Frankie") had a finishing move called the "Ghost Buster" (sometimes called the "Bird Buster"), which is described as follows: Brainbuster (Suplex): Put opponent in a Front Facelock, throw his right arm behind your neck, and grab his tights with your left hand; lift him straight up so he is inverted vertically above you, then fall straight down, driving him headfirst into the mat. Called the "Ghostbuster" by Koko B. Ware; also used as a finisher by the late "Captain Redneck" Dick Murdoch.[6] In The Wrestlecrap Book of Lists!, on page 274, the move captured the #15 spot on the list of "The 15 Most Idiotically Named Wrestling Moves": The Ghost Buster: This move was actually a brain buster, performed by a guy dubbed The Birdman, who sang a song called "Piledriver." In fact, the video for "Piledriver" showed him performing the Ghost Buster, which means the name of the move makes even less sense than it did before.
  • Sale of the Century featured several questions to its contestants identifying the movie version of Ghostbusters.
  • Super Password had one puzzle where Ghostbusters was the answer.

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  • On page 16 of Ghostbusters: Get Real Issue #2, at the top of the page is a team from the Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling episode "Ghost Wrestlers" starring Captain Lou Albano, Wendi Richter, Hulk Hogan.

See AlsoEdit

Ghostbusters Cameos


  4. Comicvine- Huck #5
  5. Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Wiki: Ghostbusters: Quahog's Halloween 2014



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