The Good, The Bad, and The Most Terrifying Ghosts in Gaming

The Bad

This next collection of ghosts aren’t particularly scary, but they still want to drag you to the afterlife!


Since Super Mario Bros. 3, Boo has been a spooky obstacle of Super Mario time and time again. Boo isn’t exactly one for confrontation, and he’ll cover his eyes whenever you look at him – but turn your back on Boo and he’ll creep on up to you!

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Chozo Ghosts (Metroid Prime)

Spirits of the ancient Chozo, but corrupted by Phazon, these Chozo Ghosts protect various ruins throughout Metroid Prime. They’re a pain in the morph ball, but with the right weapons, you can bring them down.

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Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde (Pac-Man)

These four ghosts have been chasing Pac-Man around those mazes for decades. Pac-Man is just trying to eat but these four keep interrupting his damn meal! Fortunately, now that McDonald’s delivers, Pac-Man can just order food in and doesn’t need to wander around those mazes looking for sustenance anymore!

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Captain LeChuck (Monkey Island)

Who doesn’t have a bloodthirsty ghost pirate nemesis who keeps vying for your girlfriend’s affection? They’re the worst. LeChuck is Guybrush Threepwood’s nemesis in the Monkey Island games, and even though Threepwood continues to thwart LeChuck, the evil ghost keeps coming back.

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Ghosts (Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts)

The world of Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts is filled with all manner of villains hell-bent on stopping the brave knight Arthur! And of course, the game name says it all, there are ghosts… annoying floaty ghosts. But wait! Haven’t you played Super Ghouls n’ Ghosts? Well, you’re in luck as it is included on the Super NES Classic Edition console that released on Sept 29th!

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Various Ghosts (Luigi’s Mansion)

In Luigi’s Mansion, our protagonist Luigi will encounter all manner of ghosts in his quest to save his brother Mario. Fortunately, Luigi is equipped with the handy Poltergust 3000 which will deal with this spooky spirits by sucking them up. The original Luigi’s Mansion has just been re-released on the Nintendo 3DS – be sure to check out our review!

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Poes (Legend of Zelda franchise)

The Poes have been a reoccurring thorn in Link’s side for most of his Princess rescuing career. In A Link to the Past, they’ll attack Link if he disturbs their graves. In Ocarina of Time, defeated Poes can be caught in a bottle and sold at the Ghost Shop. While they didn’t make an appearance in Link’s latest adventure, Breath of the Wild, it’s very likely they’ll turn up at some point in a future Legend of Zelda game.

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Check out page 3, where we show some of gamings scariest ghosts!