Corpuscle[1] is a terrifying interdimensional entity that was allied with a writer named J.N. Kline. He, Crainiac, and Gristle use their tools to transform regular humans into monsters.


Corpuscle is part of a trio of bipedal interdimensional corporeal entities. They made a pact with a human named J.N. Kline in the physical plane. Through some means of telepathy, they spoke to Kline and he wrote a series of successful novels based on the entities. Like Crainiac, Corpuscle saw his inhuman creations as an art form. However, the deal was a ploy to write them into existence as immortal beings. After manifesting in the physical plane, Crainiac and the others bound Kline to his typewriter.

While Kline typed more stories, they carried out their twisted ritual acts and mutated their victims. First, Jimmy from a nearby diner was turned. Then they kidnapped patrons at Tuck's Inn Bed and Breakfast, half a mile up the road. The Ghostbusters confronted them at Tuck's then at Kline's Mansion. Eduardo Rivera shot Kline's typewriter with the Particle Thrower. The fire encircling Kline turned into a vortex and sucked Crainiac, Corpuscle, and Gristle into it. They were transported back to their dimension and sealed for good.


He is the big one with the eyes on his hands and a compressed boil where his head should be: inside this lump hides his real head, a red eyeless, tailed imp-like creature. Since his eyes are on his hands, anything harmful that is caught will render him temporarily blind.


Corpuscle is not standard ectoplasmic.[2] Due to unique symbiosis with Kline and his literature, whatever the text says comes true. Hence, if the text says they are indestructible, then they are. A direct hit from the Proton Stream will blow up Corpuscle and he will immediately reform.

Spengler's Spirit Guide

Kylie Griffin consults Spengler's Spirit Guide and realizes Corpuscle and the others are a type of Vathek, "Spectral forms who enter the realm of the living through the act of writing."[3]

Behind the Scenes

Gristle's design was a collaboration between Executive Producer Richard Raynis, Character Designer Everett Peck, "Deadliners" director Scott Wood, and Character Designer Fil Barlow. Barlow worked from Raynis' notes, Peck's rough designs, and Wood's sketches.[4][5]



Extreme Ghostbusters


  1. Eduardo Rivera (2009). Extreme Ghostbusters- Deadliners (1997) (DVD ts. 9:33-9:34). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Eduardo says: "The big one's Corpuscle."
  2. Kylie Griffin (2009). Extreme Ghostbusters- Deadliners (1997) (DVD ts. 11:00-11:02). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Kylie says: "Which means they're not ecto as we know it."
  3. Kylie Griffin (2009). Extreme Ghostbusters- Deadliners (1997) (DVD ts. 11:45-11:49). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Kylie says: "The Spirit Guide says, "They're spectral forms who enter the realm of the living through the act of writing.""
  4. Fil Barlow deviantArt reply #1 "XGB Ep04: Gristle" 5/8/15 Fil Barlow says: "I had fun with this episode, but design-wise I was working closely with the Director's sketches, along with notes from Richard Raynis and roughs by Everett Peck.""
  5. Fil Barlow deviantArt reply #2 "XGB Ep04: Gristle" 5/31/15 Fil Barlow says: "Yeah I wasn't paying attention to the character's weight for those three, they were difficult to get approved and were stitched together from designs done by Everett Peck, the Director and myself, there were also a lot of incidentals to complete so that we didn't see them in a line up until after their approval. It didn't bother me though, I like drawing heavy characters as much as skinny, so why can't there be two?""


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