Hypno Ghost

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Hypno Ghost
Origin: Science
Archetype: Defender
Security Level: 23
Personal Data
Real Name: John Spectre
Known Aliases: N/A
Species: Human
Age: 41
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Black
Biographical Data
Nationality: US Citizen
Occupation: Former Chemist
Place of Birth: Skyway City
Base of Operations: N/A
Marital Status: N/A
Known Relatives: N/A
Known Powers
Mental and medical
Known Abilities
No additional information available.

Hypno Ghost is a fictional character created for the MMORPG game City of Heroes. Influenced by the likes of golden age DC comic superheros such as Hourman, Atom and Spectre. This unique hero patrols the streets of Paragon City on the Virtue server.

Character History


The brilliant chemist John Spectre was stricken with a rare mental disorder during the pentacle of his scientific career as he was on the verge of a breakthrough in developing a drug to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Desperate to find a cure for his ailment and protect many years of research, Spectre used himself as the subject to test various concoctions and elixirs of his own creation in the hope of preventing further deterioration of his mental faculties. After numerous injections of beta serums, his attempts finally came to fruition and the illness was miraculously cured in a matter of weeks. Unfortunately he never uncovered exactly what the caused the disease or the definitive agent that eliminated it.

As time progressed, an unexpected chemical reaction began to occur within Spectre’s body, which in turn gave the chemist mysterious healing and minor psionic abilities. Not only could he affect the minds of others, but also found he was able to mend even the most brutal laceration with a single thought. Unsure of what to do with these new powers and what consequences they would have on everyday life, Spectre ended his employment at Orion Labs and withdrew into seclusion.

Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Months turned into years, until one cold and rainy night as Spectre scurried home from the corner grocery when he witnessed an elderly lady being accosted by three Hellion gang members in the alleyway ahead. The hoodlums demanded she relinquish all her possessions or join the realm of the deceased. But as the woman refused, a shot rang out and her lifeless body slumped to the pavement. At that moment something snapped inside of Spectre and he lunged forward to engage the thugs in a fierce melee. Blinded by rage, the moments that came to pass eluded Spectre before he realized that all three opponents lay unconscious at his feet. Without hesitation he rushed to the aid of the limp woman who instantly revived by the touch of his hand. Looking up at the middle-aged man crouched over her she murmured, “Thank you, young man.” then gasped “My lord… you’ve been shot!” Glancing down at his shirt in amazement, Spectre noticed the four bloodstained holes, but with further inspection, there were no wounds to be found. At that moment, he knew the destiny fate had cast upon him.


Early the next morning John Spectre traveled to the nearest Metahuman Recruitment Station to join the forces of good in their never ending battle against all that is evil! Clad in a makeshift costume constructed of old bedding linen, the wraith-like figure was soon dubbed "the old ghost" by fellow applicants of the Freedom Corps. Spectre took the name to heart, since it seemed symbolic of his return to society and proudly registered as Hypno Ghost.

Recently John Spectre retired for reasons unknown. He found a successor, a former hero who had lost his speed powers but gained new abilities when he was trapped in the Ghost Realms.John Spectre continues to help mankind through his research while the New Hypno Ghost strikes fear into the hearts of those who would prey on the weak. Boo!


The Frontline


All who oppose freedom and justice!

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