15 Ghost Rider Powers and Abilities we are sure you didn’t know before

15 Ghost Rider Powers and Abilities we are sure you didn’t know before

Fire and flair, the Spirit of Vengeance burns the road with a flame-fueled ride. One of the most intimidating and powerful character in Marvel Universe, Ghost Rider bursts from the panels on the prowl for the souls of wrong does with a sinister skeletal smile. Whether we’re talking about Johnny Blaze, Robbie Reyes, Daniel Ketch, or Alejandra Jones, this skeleton sin-eater is one scary superhero.

With studded leather jacket, flame-spitting motorcycle, and signature stare, this hero is easily a few steps away from Marvel’s more friendly roster. Yes, we can all agree that the character is pretty gnarly for someone associated with the likes of Captain America, The Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man, but there’s no denying Ghost Rider has got some style.

What exactly does Ghost Rider do that makes the character so awesomely fearsome? Just imagine, a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle could be something ripped off of a Meat loaf album cover, what separates the entity from Scorpion at a son of anarchy convention?

Well for one thing, Ghost Rider has quite an array of supernatural skills, that even give Doctor Strange a run for his money, a monster mode of transportation. Ghost rider does have some impressive powers, and we’re going to go through them all today.

15 Ghost Rider Powers and Abilities

Ghost Rider Powers and Abilities
Ghost Rider Powers and Abilities

15. Breathing Fire

15 Breathing Fire
Breathing Fire

In Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, You might remember the scene where a gun-wielding thug unloads the whole magazine in Rider’s mouth, after which he vomits a spray of fire bullets. As you probably can tell from just looking at Ghost Rider, generating, controlling and manipulating fire is kind of his thing.

The ethereal element known as Hellfire is at the core of the Ghost Rider’s powers and allows him to do a bunch of awesome things. Aside from the obvious of being able to sear the soul and singe the flesh, it can burn underwater, create massive nuclear sized explosions, rain down firestorms from above that incinerate creepy children, and shoot from the eyes, hands and mouth, along with “other places.”

14. Superhuman Strength

Superhuman Strength
Superhuman Strength

Bound to the Spirit of Vengeance Zarathos, it’s no surprise that Ghost Rider can pack one helluva punch. While he may not be the most physically strong of superheroes, any human host who’s been transformed into the Ghost Rider gets a sizable boost in their strength, to the tune of being able to lift around 25 tons. As an example, we’ve seen Riders casually flip cars while motorcycling by and toss a massive construction crane across a forest.

One important thing to know about the Ghost Rider’s powers is that they are boundless. When Johnny Blaze, the original Rider to appear in comics, went up against Hulk, Dr. Strange comments that the abilities of the Ghost Rider entity are godlike. The only reason the character does not wield its full force is because their human hosts act as a built-in safety, holding back the Rider’s full power. This means that the Ghost Rider actually possesses infinite strength. When fully unleashed, he can single-handedly lift far in excess of 100 tons with ease, obtaining Thor and Hulkian levels of strength.

13. Hellfire Weaponry

13 Hellfire Weaponary
Hellfire Weaponary

You might think that Ghost Rider has a nice collection of chains at home just waiting to be taken out on the road and swung around sinners’ necks. But it turns out those chains aren’t what they seem. In fact, they’re not even real metal. Apparently, when one becomes a Spirit of Vengeance, you get a swag bag that includes an unbreakable enchanted chain made out of Hellfire capable of altering its shape and size and firing off its individual links like fiery ninja stars.

13 Hellfire Weaponary (1)
Hellfire Weaponary (1)

Even cooler, Ghost Rider’s signature weapon can be willed to do pretty much whatever he wants, including disobey gravity and shoot from out of his mouth and chest.

Beyond metal whips, the Rider has been known to use his flames to conjure up other mystical weapons, like pistols, knives and, most awesomely, shotguns that shoot Hellfire bullets. This particular gun, which never runs out of ammo, of course, has been used by Johnny Blaze when he’s not even fused with the Spirit of Vengeance. Suffice to say, if you plan on going out on the town to snuff out a few demonic threats, you should never leave home without one.

12. Hellfire Vehicle summoning

12 Hell Vehicle Summoning
Hell Vehicle Summoning

The Ghost Rider doesn’t just swing by a local chopper shop and pick up any old bike to ride across the river Styx. Possessing the ability to summon whatever Hellfire-enhanced mode of transportation he desires with a simple whistle of his bony lips or a mental command, the Rider gets around in ways befitting his spirited style. Most famously, this includes the flaming motorcycles used by Ghost Riders Johnny Blaze and Dan Ketch, which can fly, travel between dimensions, across water, up buildings and through space. Not to mention the fact that they reform from nothingness and can ghost through matter.

Then there’s Robbie Reyes and his Hell Charger, the most recent incarnation of the character and the one featured on Agents of S.H.I.E., L.D. Reyes was imbued with mystical vengeance powers. His black 1969 Dodge Charger naturally transformed as well. It possessed all the same capabilities as its two-wheeled predecessor, with the added feature of its trunk acting as a portal that can transport anyone (or anything) anywhere.

Finally, there are all the other Ghost Riders in existence, who have used a little more imagination when it came to getting around. These included everything from planes to trucks, horses, sharks, and even Hell Elephants. Because if you’re going to make a big fiery entrance, it might as well be on a flaming elephant!

11. Increasing Size

11 Increasing Size
Increasing Size

What could be scarier than a vengeful skeleton of fire riding a motorcycle? How about a gigantic vengeful skeleton of fire riding a motorcycle. In the Uncanny Avengers Annual #1, Ghost Rider goes up against Thor and reveals yet another one of his many hidden talents by skyrocketing in size. To his credit, the God of Thunder doesn’t back down — that is, until giant Ghost Rider spews a volcano-full of fire in his face.

The Spirit of Vengeance has used Hellfire to manipulate matter before, so why not its host’s own body? Which also begs the question over what other tricks he’s got up his bony, leathered sleeve. We’ve only seen a Rider pull a Gulliver one other time (when Alejandra Jones grew to half a mile in size to fight the satanic Mephisto), but we’re betting that if he/she can go all Giant-Man on us, then the Flame head can probably switch things up and get minimal too. Just imagine a pint sized Ghost Rider motorcycling across your floor, adorably unleashing hell’s fury. Looks like Ant-Man might be out of a job.

10. Superhuman Speed and Agility

10 Superhuman Speed and Agility
Superhuman Speed and Agility

Obviously, the Ghost Rider can move pretty fast, thanks in no small part to some smoldering rides. But on account of his otherworldly abilities, he can push these vehicles beyond normal limits to super speeds that would appear as nothing more than a fiery blur to the naked eye. This also means he possesses heightened reflexes, which lets him pull off some truly epic stunts. And because the Rider’s movements aren’t bound by pesky bodily mass, his magically augmented dexterity is bar none, allowing for enhanced coordination and accuracy.

All of these skills are on full display when Ghost Rider beat up an entire team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers #214. The true highlight of the brawl came during his showdown with the God of Thunder, when not only is he able to dodge Thor’s hammer, but he hops on his bike and outraces it to boot. He then grabs Mjölnir mid-flight and rides it back to slam Thor in the face with his motorcycle, diabolically laughing all the way.

9. Sin perception

9 Sin Perception
Sin Perception

The Ghost Rider can literally smell sin — a nifty party trick that probably comes in handy when he’s trying to find evil to destroy. But his ability to sense wickedness goes well beyond just his nasal cavity. This ethereally-enhanced extrasensory perception allows him to see a person’s sin just by looking at them, as well as “feel” it, no matter where he is.

But why stop there? Because he’s hella extreme, Ghost Rider can see into the soul of any living creature, righteous, depraved or otherwise. So if the whole superheating thing ever falls through, he at least has a career as a new age soul reader. But just be warned, he also has the ability to consume souls, which is probably one reason why we won’t see him invited to any Avenger parties anytime soon.

8. Raising the Dead

Raising the dead
Raising the dead

Riders can raise souls from the dead and restore them to their bodies just by touching a corpse. Or, as seen in 2011’s Ghost Rider Vol. 7, they can remove all the sin from humanity, and they even have the power to return it. In that story, the female Ghost Rider Alejandra Jones is tricked into wiping out the sin of every person in Nicaragua, which basically leaves them as walking dead. To rectify the situation, she wages war against hell to retrieve their sins and save their souls, in essence bring them back from their waking deaths.

This particular power isn’t limited to just the comics. For anyone who’s ever played the video game Marvel Ultimate Alliance, the Ghost Rider character has the ability to save a teammate that dies in battle by returning them to full health.

7. Invulberability


One of the perks of being a Ghost Rider is that you can sustain all kinds of beatings, abuse and physical damage without ever feeling a thing. When World War Hulk steamrolled his way through Earth’s Mightiest Heroespulverizing their bodies into jelly, the Ghost Rider bounced back from the worst the Jade Giant thunder clapped his way without a scratch on him. And unlike pretty much every other superhero that went up against the green rage monster, Ghost Rider rides away of his own volition because he’s got more important things to avenge. Hulk, on the other hand, lets him go because he knows Ghost Rider is one of the few things he can’t smash.

The only caveat to this invulnerability is that some Heavenly-forged objects, such as the archangel Zadkiel’s blade, can harm the Rider. But even in those instances, when divine weapons unleash their wrath and revert Johnny Blaze into a pile of ash, he won’t stay down for long.


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6. Regenerating his Skull

Regenerating Skull
Regenerating Skull

Deadpool’s not the only one who can regenerate his body from nothingness. During The Legend of Sleepy Hollow story arc, the pumpkin-headed Jack O’Lantern blows the Ghost Rider’s head to smithereens, only for it to nonchalantly grow back as if nothing had happened at all. What’s more, the whole process takes all of one second. Even Deadpool’s creepy 127 Hours baby hand takes its sweet time returning.

As cool as it is to have your skull blown off and then have it instantly regenerate in a blaze of glory, that’s not the limit of Ghost Rider’s healing abilities. Any limb, digit, orifice (or even his entire body) can be brought back after the most devastating of disintegrating attacks. And unlike Wolverine, who seems to go through all sorts of agony recovering from his wounds, the Rider heals with little pain or discomfort, as if having his skull blown off was just another day in the devil’s park.

5. Manipulating Weather Patterns

Manipulating Weather Patterns
Manipulating Weather Patterns

Of all the Riders, Alejandra Jones has displayed the most exotic powers. We’ve already seen her become a giant and turn an entire Central American nation into drooling zombies, so why stop now?

But first, a little background. Whereas Johnny Blaze ignorantly sold his soul to the devil/Mephisto, Danny Ketch unknowingly touched a gas cap, and Robbie Reyes was involuntarily cursed by his dead uncle, Alejandra knew exactly what she was getting into when she became a Ghost Rider.

She was chosen by Adam (yep, that Adam) to be trained as a Spirit of Vengeance to help him undo sin on Earth. The fact that she was tailor-made to be a Rider — and has a helping hand from the man who created sin in the first place — explains why Alejandra has displayed powers that none of the others have ever demonstrated, or even knew they could wield.

Oddly enough, one of those is the ability to manipulate the weather on an epic scale. Like the time she created a massive skull-shaped desert cloud just so she could make an awesome entrance. Much more devastating, if not just as flashy, was when she summoned, held, and cast lightning from the sky in a fit of rage to destroy some swamp people.

4. Summoning Locusts

Summoning Locusts
Summoning Locusts

What fun is there in exacting vengeance on sinners without a locust or two? Thankfully, Alejandra Jones realizes that if you’re going to ride around with your head on fire, your powers should have a comparable flare for the dramatic. So if ginormous skull clouds and lightning bursts weren’t biblical enough for you, then there’s always her signature move: shooting Hellfire locusts from her mouth.

Unlike her two other weather-related powers, Alejandra has used this one on a number of occasions. There’s the time she sent a massive swarm to incinerate a being from Hell made of pure sin. Or the time she unleashed a bevy of locusts to dive bomb a human trafficking ring in Mexico. Most recently, Alejandra went up against Robbie Reyes and showed him the true meaning of vengeance by vomiting an explosion of locusts right in his face. No matter the occasion, the results are always the same. Mainly, the locusts consume all in their path and annoy the crap out of the wicked. Because isn’t that what being a Ghost Rider is all about?

3. Agelessness and Immortality

Agelessness and Immortality
Agelessness and Immortality

So long as the Spirit of Vengeance resides inside them, their human host has the potential to physically live forever. As an added bonus, they remain ageless.

In Ghost Riders: Heavens on Fire #6, Johnny Blaze states that since God created the Ghost Riders, only God can destroy them. All theological debates aside, the fact that a Ghost Rider possesses the already mentioned invulnerability and regenerative abilities, not to mention a limitless stamina, there’s a pretty strong case for immortality to be made. However, there have been instances where a Ghost Rider’s host has been killed. (Daniel Ketch has actually gotten the ax a couple times.) But since the Spirit of Vengeance is an celestial entity, it can never be killed, and even if a host is somehow done in, it will simply find another one to bind with.

Suffice to say, it’s hard to permanently put the Ghost Rider down. And even if you manage to, he’ll look as young as the day he was possessed when you do it.

2. Creating Clones

Creating Clones
Creating Clones

As we just mentioned, the Ghost Rider is incredibly hard to exterminate, and the Spirit of Vengeance can never truly be killed. However, there is a loophole. In 2009’s Ghost Rider #32Zadkiel is up to his old tricks and is trying to overthrow Heaven, this time tricking Daniel Ketch into helping. Long story short, Ketch wages war against all the existing Spirits of Vengeance. Since murdering them is pointless, Ketch decides to take a different approach and manifests avatars of himself composed entirely of Hellfire.

What’s particularly powerful about these Ghost Rider clones is that Ketch uses them to absorb the Spirits of Vengeance out of their dead hosts and into himself, in essence creating a super duper (technical term) Ghost Rider. Obviously, this is too much Ghost Riderness for any one being to handle, and as this all-powerful Spirit ascends to heaven on angelic wings, Ketch inadvertently blows open the gates of Heaven. Epic blunders aside, seeing a Ghost Rider multiply himself is a pretty cool feat, so much so that even his fellow Riders are impressed.

1. Penace Stare

Penace Stare
Penace Stare

We arrive at the greatest and most awesomest of all of Ghost Rider’s powers. By merely making eye contact, this ability allows a Rider to set someone’s eyeballs on fire while forcing them to feel the torment of a billion billion (that’s a lot) extinguished souls and experience the pain of eternal guilt (also a lot).

Or, to put it another way, Ghost Rider can instantaneously put you through all the pain you have ever caused anyone while at the same time causing you to remember every painful memory you’ve ever had. Also, make you go blind. And insane. And dead. In some cases, a person’s sins are so great that their bodies will spontaneously combust.

Only a select few have ever proven immune to its effects, most notably VenomDeadpool and the Punisher, who, as you might have guessed, regrets nothing. Though the eye burning has still got to hurt quite a bit, we imagine.

Most impressively, in the 1994 Fantastic Four animated series, Ghost Rider rides out of nowhere and uses the Penance Stare to bring down Galactus, the devourer of worlds, ravager of planets in withering pain. It’s probably only one of the greatest scenes ever drawn in a superhero cartoon.

The point is, the Penance Stare is no joke!

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