|Zuul, The Gatekeeper|
The Gatekeeper of Gozer
|Also Known as||Minion of Gozer|
|Played by||Sigourney Weaver|
Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer is a minion demigod, loyal only to The Destructor alongside Vinz Clortho the Keymaster. Zuul is assumed to be female due to being known as The Gatekeeper and for possessing a woman. It possessed Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters. It was worshiped by the Sumerians and Hittites in 6000 BC, along with Gozer.
In 1984, Zuul first appeared inside Dana Barrett's apartment as she returned home with groceries. Zuul appeared inside her refrigerator, the contents of which were replaced by another dimension inhabited by the Temple of Gozer. Zuul growled out its name when Dana noticed it, causing her to scream in horror, and go to the Ghostbusters for help. Weeks later, Zuul manifested in the physical plane atop the Shandor Building's rooftop, breaking out of a Gothic statue in its likeness. Zuul possessed Dana, as she arrived home to get ready for her date with Peter Venkman, by having demonic claws pin her to her armchair while it telekinetically propelled the chair into the kitchen where Zuul awaited her.
Zuul, now in possession of Dana Barrett, acted like a seductive temptress and sought only The Keymaster, who had likewise possessed Louis Tully, Dana's nerdy neighbor. As Peter arrived for his date with Dana Barrett he noticed Dana's radical change, but curiosity overpowered him, and he proceeded to enter her apartment, tricking Zuul into believing he was The Keymaster. Zuul aggressively attempted to seduce Peter, to which he responded by refusing her advances, and insisting that he wanted to speak to Dana. Zuul responded in a horrific, demonic voice that, "There is no Dana, only Zuul!" Angered by Peter's persistence, Zuul (in Dana's body) began to levitate above her bed while growling and roaring ferociously at Peter. Later, Peter sedated Dana's possessed body with a large dose of barbiturates.
When Walter Peck shut down the storage facility, Zuul awoke. She walked toward her living room, grinning, to get a closer look at the ghosts escaping from the Ghostbusters' headquarters. Upon seeing the supernatural energy fly in front of her building she suddenly blows out the wall of her apartment with a ferocious roar, leaving Vinz Clortho a way to locate her. Afterwards The Keymaster notices Dana's destroyed living room wall as he walks along the street below. Shocked, he walks into the building and bursts open her door. The two demons acknowledge each other before meeting in a passionate embrace in the middle of Dana's demolished apartment, they kiss passionately before Zuul leads Vinz toward an ominous mythical staircase leading up to the building rooftop as lightning flashes violently.
The two demonic beings finally mate atop a stone table in the large temple on top of the Shandor Building, the climax of which is implied when there is a tremendous earthquake, ripping apart both the buildings and the streets below. After the tremor, Zuul lies on her back on the stone table with her head resting on Vinz' crotch. She sits up, glancing around the rooftop temple as Vinz awakes shortly afterward with a big, exhausted grin on his face and his torn belt buckle dangling between his legs. The seductive Zuul slides off the stone table, followed by Vinz. They walk down the table steps, staring in a trance at the lightning crashing atop the temple crown before Zuul slowly makes her way towards one of the two opposite pedestals once occupied by the Terror Dogs as Vinz walks towards the other one.
As the Ghostbusters make their way through Dana's apartment both Zuul and Vinz, now standing in the opposite pedestals, each once occupied by their statues, raise their arms to the sky, slowly. Suddenly they are both struck by bolts of lightning which they redirect towards the large temple doors, causing them to open. Once the doors are completely opened, Zuul absors the lightning bolts, shaking violently and smiling as the Ghostbusters finally arrive and stare at her and Vinz. Zuul suddenly lowers her arms down to the pedestal surface, her body thrashing uncontrolably under the force of the lightning shooting through her. When her hands touch the pedestal, a large lightning blast converges on her, transforming her and Vinz from Dana Barrett and Louis Tully's human forms back into their natural, satanic Terror Dog forms. The two beasts turn and roar menacingly at the Ghostbusters before taking their positions beside the crystalline temple doors which reveal Gozer. After Gozer is defeated Zuul and Vinz turn to stone, leaving Dana Barrett and Louis Tully trapped inside the respective stone shells.
Secondary Canon HistoryEdit
The Real GhostbustersEdit
Zuul, along with her master and partner, left a great impact on the Ghostbusters' life. Their actions would leave a legacy with such ghosts as the Spectral Ghostbusters and the new Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. A Terror Dog also made a cameo appearance along with Samhain and a number of other ghost on the second opening theme song of the Real Ghostbusters animated series and appeared in a few episodes.
Zuul is a large, horned, dog-like beast with blazing red eyes known as a Terror Dog.
- Zuul is referenced in What in Samhain Just Happened?! on page eight. Janine's Car's license plate reads "GBI ZUL."
- "We must prepare for the coming of Gozer!"
- "Take me now... subcreature!"
- "There is no Dana, only Zuuuul!"
- Tainted Love
- On page 8, Egon references Zuul's Gatekeeper title. 
- Ongoing Series
- ↑ Ghostbusters
- ↑ Egon Spengler (2010).IDW Comics- "Tainted Love" (2010) (Comic p.8). Egon says: "Protective? You mean, like, some kind of Artifact Guardian of Gatekeeper?"