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Quote1 You're the worst f*cking deal I ever made. Quote2

The Contract of San Venganza

Mephisto contacts a young stunt rider, Johnny Blaze, whose father is dying of lung cancer. He makes a deal with the boy: his soul in exchange for his father's life. Johnny, sckeptical, accepts. The next day, Barton is cured from his illness. But Mephistopheles tricks Johnny and, in the following show, he makes Barton fall from his motorcycle, killing him. He later appears to Johnny, reminding him that his soul belongs to him now, and that he will claim it, sooner or later.

Years later, Mephisto comes back to Johnny: his son, Blackheart, is opposing him and is searching for the power hidden in the contract of San Venganza to become more powerful and take overthrow Hell. Mephisto transforms Johnny into the Ghost Rider and orders him to bring Blackheart to Hell. Johnny has no choice but accept.

At the end of the fight between Ghost Rider and Blackheart, Mephisto appears, claiming his son's body and bringing it back to Hell. He offers Johnny freedom from his curse, since his job is done, but Johnny refuses, wanting to use the Ghost Rider powers against Mephisto himself. Angered, Mephisto returns to Hell with Blackheart.[1]

The Search for the Anti-Christ

Mephistopheles, going by the name Roarke, senses a power in a young boy and tries to take the boy's soul and appears on the boy's birthday. Roarke hires Ray Carrigan and other henchemen to bring the boy to him.

After chasing Danny and Moreau, Carrigan talks to Roarke about his failure.

Before confronting Ghost Rider, Roarke saw Carrigan on the floor smashed through a wall. He turns Carrigan into the shadow demon Blackout, giving him one last chance to kidnap Danny. Roarke and Danny are in the ritual to begin the possession. Johnny Blaze turns into Ghost Rider as Roarke takes Danny to his car and begins to flee.

After Ghost Rider kills Blackout, he launches his chain and flips the car. Attacking Roarke, Ghost Rider roars in his face and launches him with his chain, throwing him back to the underground where Roarke disintergrates through the earth.[2]


  • Possession: Apparently, as shown in the second film, for a full possession to occur, a ritual must be conducted. He can send his essence into another being.
  • Super-strength: He possesses high Celestial strength; he was able to toss a concrete slab aside with one hand.
  • Enhanced speed: As hinted in the Ghost Rider film, he possesses above human speed. However, the first Ghost Rider was able to outrun him, which it in itself is a great feat.
  • Telekinesis: He was able to fling Jonny Blaze with a wave of his hand.
  • Resurrection: He can easily rejuvenate the dead. He resurrected Jonny Blaze by slamming his cane on the ground. He also resurrected Ray by touching him.

Mephisto is played by Peter Fonda in Ghost Rider, and by Ciaran Hinds in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

  • In the comics, the character has a more demonic appearance, while in the movie he only appears in his human form. His shadow, anyway, appears more similar to the comics' form.
  • In the comics the full name of the character, Mephistopheles, is used rarely, while in the movie his "nickname", Mephisto, common in the comics, is never used.
  • There are two deleted scenes featuring Mephistopheles: in the first one, he confronts Blackheart at the very moment he leaves Hell, but his lack of power in the human world prevents him from bringing him back with him. In the second one, he shouts to Johnny Blaze for having killed his son, while he wanted him back alive (the scene was pointless, since, either alive or dead, Blackheart has to come back to Hell).
  • In Spirit of Vengeance, it is said that Mephisto can walk among humans only if he finds a human body as a host, thus weakening his own powers, explaining his different appearance from one movie to another. In the comics, Mephisto can walk on Earth without a host body and with all his powers at disposal.

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