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Hob Anagarak [1] (also known as The Hob and The First Demon) [2] [3] is large saber toothed demon that was found frozen in Alaska by Jim Venkman. He was frozen to render its powers inert. If the creature were thawed out of his ice prison, he would grow to massive size and attack humanity once more.

HistoryEdit

The Inuit people believed the gods made the Earth before human beings and when it was still barren, they placed a great demon, Hob Anagarak, to rule over it. Hob Anagarak is a recruiter who enslaved other demons and spirits to its will. When it was imprisoned, it was in the process of building an army to lay waste to the world. When humans came, Hob attacked them. They defeated Hob with magic by sealing it in a block of black ice and sank him to the sea bottom. With the fire demon gone, the heat went out of the land and the snow started and the world became cold. The Ice Age essentially started. [4] [5] [6] [7]

Hob Anagarak's name slowly disappeared into obscurity and was the rarest of the rare of legends. In the 1980s, Jim Venkman found Hob in Laganuki, Alaska. The black ice was heaved up by glacier activity. He wanted the Ghostbusters to free Hob, trap it, and help him put it on exhibit. The Ghostbusters refused and said it was too dangerous and needed to neutronize it with full streams. Jim fooled the team with a decoy and secretly transported the real slab of black ice to New York. After securing the aid of Dr. Bassingame and his special Containment Fence, designed to specifically keep Hob docile. Jim managed to get a show at the Madison Square Garden and billed Hob as "The 8th Wonder of the World."

Bassingame used an ancient book of spells to free Hob from the black ice. It expanded to 30 feet, more than everyone's expectations, broke free of the containment fence and destroyed decorative Inuit totems. [8] Hob then made its way to Central Park. The Ghostbusters were unable to capture it, even at full stream maximum drain. They had to bind it again. After conducting research, they realized Hob was headed straight for the Containment Unit to free all inside and enslave them to its will. Luckily, an ancient Eskimo ritual for binding a spirit was found and used to defeat Hob Anagarak. It required six men and a woman, an Inuit minion. [9] Among them, there must be a sorcerer and a trickster. [10] [11] Jim Venkman and Bassingame filled those roles. Janine Melnitz agreed to fill the role of the required woman in exchange for privileged information about Egon. The spell worked and after the Ghostbusters fired their streams, Hob was imprisoned in another block of black ice. The team paid fines dealt to Jim and sent him home to Iowa. However, he took a bus to Hollywood with a plan to sell the rights to a movie.

PowersEdit

Hob Anagarak has the ability to breathe and control fire, has incredible strength, and can teleport away from danger. It was said Hob Anagarak could have reduced whole cities to charcoal. [12] He also has the power to enslave demons and spirits to his will.

Even while in the black ice, Hob can induce strong plasmoetheric activity in a wide range and cause objects to be temporarily animated. [13] It made kitchen utensils and a mounted moose move in the Ghostbusters' cabin.

ClassificationEdit

After Egon Spengler's P.K.E. Meter shorts out from reading Hob, while in black ice, he states that Hob Anagarak is at least a Class 7 and readings were off the scale. [14] [15] Since Hob was sealed at the time of the P.K.E. scan, it is most likely the true classification is much higher. Hob was also stated by Egon to be a recruiter.

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AppearancesEdit

The Real Ghostbusters

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jim Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 2:54-2:58). Time Life Entertainment. Jim says: "Just ask your college buddy, Egon, if he's ever heard of Hob Anagarak."
  2. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 3:03-3:07). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "Where did you find out about the Hob? That legend is the rarest of the rare."
  3. Jim Venkman (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 13:00-13:03). Time Life Entertainment. Jim says: "The one the Eskimos call, 'the First Demon'."
  4. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 4:01-4:10). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "The Inuit peoples believed that the gods made Earth before human beings. And while it was still barren, they placed a great demon, Hob Anagarak, to rule over it."
  5. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 4:12-4:25). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "When the humans came, Hob attacked them. They defeated Hob, sealed him in a block of black ice and sank him to the sea bottom. With the fire demon gone, the heat went out of the land, the snow started and the north became cold."
  6. Ray Stantz (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 4:26-4:27). Time Life Entertainment. Ray says: "The Ice Age."
  7. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 17:34-17:36). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "He was a recruiter. He enslaved other demons and spirits to his will. When he was imprisoned, he was in the process of building an army to lay waste to the world. All he needs are ghosts."
  8. Dr. Bassingame (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 2:54-2:58). Time Life Entertainment. Bassingame says: "You didn't tell me it was 30 feet tall!"
  9. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 17:59-18:04). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "It's the ancient Eskimo ceremony for binding a spirit. It calls for six men and a woman, a sort of Inuit minion."
  10. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 18:35-18:37). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "One of the men must be the sorcerer who released the demon."
  11. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 18:40-18:42). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "And one must be the trickster."
  12. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 8:44-8:49). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "Sir, if Hob Anagarak ever got loose, he could have reduced whole cities to charcoal."
  13. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 8:01-8:04). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "I'm getting plasmo-etheric activity."
  14. Egon Spengler (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 6:56-6:58). Time Life Entertainment. Egon says: "This thing rates at least a Class 7."
  15. Ray Stantz (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Cold Cash and Hot Water" (1987) (DVD ts. 7:25-7:26). Time Life Entertainment. Ray says: "The P.K.E. readings went off the scale!"


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