Ghost Command
Prime Evil
Appeared in Ghostbusters
Voiced by Alan Oppenheimer

Prime Evil was the self appointed leader of ghosts. Prime Evil resided at Hauntquarters somewhere in the Fifth Dimension/Ghost Limbo.


He was by all accounts a nasty, evil ghost with a dominating personality. He sometimes made an extremely harsh electrical static sound while he spoke. Prime Evil tended to be petty and unforgiving and had no tolerance for failure with his underlings. He was also known for creatively punishing said ghostly minions' failures in delightfully karmic ways. For example, in "The Headless Horseman Caper," Fangster receives Vampire Fleas for his failure. At other times, though, he'd simply zap them to a pile of dust.


Prime Evil looked like a cyborg version of Skeletor in flowing, scarlet robes. He had a Jacob's Ladder in lieu of actual teeth; it sparked when he's especially angry.

Several episodes depict Prime as being nothing more than a robe with head and arms attached!


He drove Jake Kong family to close a mine they had (from episode "The Headless Horseman Caper"). Prime Evil's first encounter with the Ghostbusters happened as the Senior Ghostbusters were training the next Ghostbusters in the mine. Prime Evil ended up trapped in the mines locked vault 100 years along with Brat-A-Rat. However, he eventually managed to get out after lying to Belfry by telling him he was a trapped bat.


Prime Evil is described in Our Buddy Fuddy as one of the greatest wizards who ever lived, second only to Merlin. His powers are indeed great; in most episodes he's completely immune to the Ghost Dematerializer. He's even shown to have the power to rematerialize his henchmen who've been affected by the weapon, although he often chooses to delay doing this out of sheer spite.


  • Prime Evil's name is a play on the word "primeval", meaning "of the earliest time in history."
  • In the original concept sketches, Prime Evil was designed as a more traditional Grim Reaper-type figure, or at least strongly inspired by Mumm-Ra from Thundercats.
  • Prime Evil has an overbearing sister named Prime Ordeal (Who calls him "Itchy") and a bratty nephew, whom his sister only refers to as "Snookums".


I'll Be A Son of a Ghostbuster (Part I)

Frights of the Roundtable (Part II)

No Pharaoh At All (Part III)

The Secret Of Mastadon Valley (Part IV)

The Ones Who Saved The Future (Part V)

Witch's Stew

Mummy Dearest

Wacky Wax Museum

Statue of Liberty

The Ransom Of Eddie Spenser

Eddie Takes Charge

A Friend In Need

No Mo' Snow

Prime Evil's Good Deed

The Headless Horseman Caper

Banish That Banshee


He Went Brataway

Runaway Choo Choo

Dynamite Dinosaurs


My Present To The Future

The Beastly Buggy

Belfry Leads The Way

Going Ape (mentioned only)

The Haunting Of Gizmo


Inside Out

The Sleeping Dragon (mentioned only)

Outlaw In-Laws

Our Buddy Fuddy

Train To Doom-De-Doom-Doom

The Princess And The Troll (mentioned only)

Second Chance

Tracy Come Back

Doggone Werewolf

That's No Alien

Country Cousin

Knight Of Terror

The Girl Who Cried Vampire

Little Big Bat

Really Roughing It

The Bad Old Days

The Curse Of The Diamond Of Gloom

The Bind That Ties

Like Father Like Son

The Fourth Ghostbuster

Whither Why (mentioned only)

A Cold Winter's Night

Father Knows Beast (mentioned only)

Back To The Past

Pretend Friends

The Haunted Painting

Maze Caves

The Way You Are