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- "I didn't ask for this, this curse. But vengeance calls."
- ―Ghost Rider
Roberto "Robbie" Reyes is a young car mechanic from Los Angeles who is able to transform into a demonic being known as the Ghost Rider.
Robbie Reyes was raised in East Los Angeles by his uncle Eli Morrow with his younger brother Gabe. He dropped out of high school in eleventh grade, and decided to find work as a mechanic at Canelo's Auto and Body in order to support himself and his brother.
Having gained the power of the Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes used this power to track down and bring vengeance upon those he deemed as guilty and deserving of death. This included members of the terrorist group the Watchdogs, a dirty detective with blood on his hands, city councilman Roger Perez and the pedophilic school teacher Thomas Wright. This activity made the Ghost Rider a feared symbol in Los Angeles, with his story being told and his image being spray painted on walls.
Questioning Gang Member
- "No, no! I don't deserve to die!"
"Everyone says that..."
- ―Mitchell and Robbie Reyes
Having discovered that members of the Aryan Brotherhood had stolen a crate containing some mysterious cargo, Reyes chased them down in his Hell Charger. He found the men in a confrontation with Quake, and sped the car towards their truck before R. Moore fired a rocket launcher at it. The explosion briefly launched the car into the air and engulfed it in flames, but this only caused him to transform into the Ghost Rider and attack the gunmen, smashing the Hell Charger into them and killing D. Anderson upon impact.
Creating a ring of fire around their vehicles, Ghost Rider trapped the criminals and prevented Quake's intervention. He burnt the soul of M. Scott before killing two more of the gang members by breaking their skulls and spraying their blood all over their cars. Grabbing a third criminal, Ghost Rider knocked him out and stuffed him in the back of the Hell Charger, intending to question him further before getting back into his car and driving away before the police could stop him, giving Quake a brief look at his burning skull.
At Canelo's Auto and Body, Reyes chained Mitchell up and demanded to know why he had stolen a lorry, flicking his keys in his hand as a way of unnerving the prisoner. Mitchell claimed that he was working for the Chinatown Crew under Chen's orders, but Reyes did not believe his tale as he thought the Aryan Brotherhood would never work for the Chinese due to their own racist views and resorted to hitting him repeatedly in the head, although Mitchell insisted that he was telling the truth. Reyes then noted that he would soon have to confess to the Ghost Rider.
Once Mitchell gave him its location, Reyes located the truck and disguised himself as a member of the same company to get close to it. Eventually Reyes overheard a conversation between S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie, who had come to investigate its disappearance as finding it could help them locate the fugitive Quake. Instead of seeing a deal going down to sell the crate to Chen, Reyes watched as Coulson and Mackenzie instead found two corpses who had torn each other apart due to coming into contact with Lucy Bauer.
Having learned all he could from his captive, Reyes decided that the best move was to kill Mitchell. Returning to Canelo's Auto and Body, Reyes explained that he had seen nothing there that Mitchell had promised and got into his car. Mitchell realized that Reyes was going to kill him and made a desperate plea for mercy, but Reyes dismissed him and drove the burning Hell Charger straight into the criminal, crushing and killing him.
Discovered by Quake
- "You don't get to decide who deserves to die."
"I'm not the one who decides..."
- ―Quake and Ghost Rider
While preparing to hunt down the Chinatown Crew and kill them all in order to regain the crate which contained Lucy Bauer, Reyes got his Hell Charger ready and stepped outside of Canelo's Auto and Body, only to find himself greeted by Quake, who claimed she wanted to locate a car of the same model as the Hell Charger. Reyes greeted her with a smile and claimed to not be able to help as he only worked nights and recommended she come back in the morning to speak to Canelo himself, which she said she would do while she thanked Reyes.
However Reyes recognized Quake from the night when the Ghost Rider had attacked the Aryan Brotherhood and sensed her as a threat, he later decided to take her out of the situation and invited her into the office to check the records to look for the car, planning on subduing her during this time. As they walked, Reyes joked about the poor state of the repair shop and pointed out the office and asked if she lived in Los Angeles and she claimed to only be visiting, with Reyes noting that this was not a nice neighborhood to spend a holiday, all which flicking his keys in his hand which caught Quake's attention as he had been doing it the other night.
When Reyes attempted to attack her, Quake used her Inhuman powers to send a shockwave which threw Reyes backwards into a van. Taking a steel pool and igniting it in flame, Reyes noted that Quake had the devil inside her too before attacking her. As they fought, Quake pushed her hand onto Reyes' chest and tried to break his bones while she confronted Reyes over the deaths of Roger Perez and Thomas Wright, although Reyes claimed that they all deserved to die as they were killers and pedophiles, noting that their deaths were vengeance or murder.
Quake told Reyes that he did not get to decide who lived and who died, but Reyes informed her that it was not him who decided. With this Reyes underwent his transformation, burning the flesh off his skin until he reached the bone, turning into Ghost Rider, much to Quake's horror. Using various steel beams left around in Canelo's Auto and Body shop, Ghost Rider created new burning weapons for himself to then attack Quake, only for her to use her own shockwave powers to disarm him and keep the Rider at bay, as she knew a single burn from him would prove to be fatal.
Having knocked Quake to the ground, Ghost Rider threw a large steel cabinet at her, only for Quake to keep it from falling with a shockwave. As she lay defenseless on the ground, Quake asked Ghost Rider to kill her, as she was still remorseful for her part in the tragic death of her fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and boyfriend Lincoln Campbell months before. Despite her request to die as she felt she deserved it, Ghost Rider looked inside her soul and decided that she did not deserve to die, and instead walked away from her as she continued to hold up the cabinet with her powers.
The next day, Reyes waited on the side of the street in Los Angeles to collect his brother, Gabe Reyes, while considering what had occurred the night before. Once Gabe finally arrived, Reyes collected Gabe's wheelchair from the back of the car and lifted his brother into it, thanking Janet for giving him a ride as the bus had apparently broken down.
He then pushed the chair down the street while teasing his brother about trying to get a date with their friend Janet's little sister, while Gabe joked that he had been helping Reyes' boss Canelo do Reyes' paperwork for him, as Reyes struggled with the paperwork due to failing to finish high school, only getting as far as the eleventh grade. While the brothers talked and joked with one another, they were secretly being watched by Quake who was attempting to learn Reyes' emotional weakness, which was clearly his love for his brother, who he remained highly protective of no matter what.
Questioned by Quake
- "You get lost, or I'll get angry, so angry I may not remember what I do to you... Sometimes I prefer it that way."
"In front of them?"
- ―Robbie Reyes and Daisy Johnson
Leaving his home, Reyes got into his Hell Charger and drove through Los Angeles to get to work at Canelo's Auto and Body. Once Reyes arrived he was invited to join a debate between Canelo and another work colleague about the football game that had been on television the night before, but Reyes explained that he had missed the game as he had been out while it was on. While Canelo teased Reyes about meeting a mystery girl, Reyes claimed that he was only interested in vehicles.
Continuing his work, Reyes helped a woman fill out her paperwork for the car he had just repaired for her and told her that she could pay inside the garage, while he became distracted by Daisy Johnson's Van, which had pulled up outside the garage and had not moved in several hours. Becoming suspicious, Reyes took a crowbar and walked over to the van to see who exactly was following him. Reyes opened the van door and charged inside, crowbar at the ready, only to discover it was empty, allowing him to relax once again and put his weapon away as he planned on continuing his day by working.
Walking back inside, Reyes found Daisy Johnson was having a talk with Canelo, claiming that she and Reyes had gone to Garfield High School together. Johnson mockingly claimed that she was there because her Van had mysteriously burst into flames the night before, clearly commenting on what she had seen Reyes do during their pervious fight. She noted that Canelo had told her that Reyes was an expert with this sort of thing and he agreed to work on her van in order to keep his secret away from Canelo and the other people he worked with so that he could keep them all safe.
As they continued working on the Van together, Johnson questioned Reyes about the danger of something catching fire and being a problem, but Reyes strongly hinted that she should leave it alone before she got hurt. Johnson questioned Reyes about if his victims really deserved to die but Reyes told her she should not have come. Canelo joined the conversation as they joked about Reyes' past and personality. Once Canelo had gone he warned her to leave now but Johnson used her Inhuman power to damage her van so he had to stay longer while he continued to repair the damage.
Johnson continued to question Reyes about his killings, with Reyes insisting that they deserved to die and his killings were for vengeance. Johnson noted that there was a group called the Watchdogs who were hunting Inhumans, but Reyes corrected her that he was not an Inhuman, telling her that he had sold his soul to the devil, a statement that Johnson found very hard to believe. Reyes told Johnson that he was willing to have another fight against her as he had nothing to lose, but Johnson noted that his younger brother Gabe Reyes would be saddened to lose him, which greatly angered Reyes.
Just at that moment, Canelo told Reyes that he was leaving and wanted him to lock up the garage while he was gone. Once his friend had left, Reyes grabbed a wrench and set it aflame, telling Johnson she should not have mentioned his brother. Johnson used her powers to throw a car at Reyes, but he dodged the falling vehicle and kept moving toward her with his eyes burning, grabbing a piece of engine and setting it on fire as a new weapon. The fight was very brief as Johnson's arm was weakened by her repeated use of her power, him to fracture it with the engine part before knocking her out with a single solid punch to the head.
Searching for Guilt
- "No doubt you got a death wish, coming back to find me after I let you live. You told me not to, said you deserved it, I'm just looking for proof that you do."
"My problem goes away, and your wish comes true."
- ―Robbie Reyes and Daisy Johnson
Reyes tied up Daisy Johnson in Canelo's office as he began going through the possessions which he had stolen from inside her van. Once Johnson awoke, Reyes informed her that this was the first caught anybody had caught him and he was still deciding on what to do next. Reyes noted how Johnson clearly had a death wish and before he could kill her, he needed to find some kind of proof that she deserved to die which he was unsure really existed.
The pair began to discuss each other's motives for what they were doing, with Reyes noting there was something in her past that was haunting her, while Johnson joked that this was coming from a man convinced he was possessed by the devil. Eventually Reyes found a photograph of Lincoln Campbell and concluded that Johnson felt guilt for somebody who had died due to her and she felt that this was her fault entirely. Johnson asked why he had hunted down the Aryan Brotherhood members, noting they were working with the Chinatown Crew who were supplying them with new weapons.
When Johnson noted that they had stolen some kind of a weapon from the Pasadena Momentum Laboratory in Pasadena, Reyes reacted by taping up Johnson's mouth and running to the Hell Charger to investigate. Just as Reyes drove down the road, Johnson broke free and managed to leap onto the roof of the car as Reyes sped through Los Angeles. To shake her off, Reyes summoned the power of the Ghost Rider, roaring as he did so, and caused flames to burst out of the car which forced Johnson to jump off while he continued to drive through the roads and towards the lab as fast as he could.
Arriving at Momentum Labs, Reyes found the insane Frederick who was close to killing Leo Fitz, having locked Alphonso Mackenzie inside a radiation reactor core. Just as Reyes pulled Frederick away from Fitz in time and bypassed his intangibility, Frederick looked at him straight in the eyes, with his own eyes burning red with fire. Just as Frederick questioned what Reyes was, he gave out a roar and transformed himself into the Ghost Rider, much to Fitz's horror as he looked upon Ghost Rider's completely terrifying burning skull and yellow eyes.
While Fitz focused his efforts on trying to free his S.H.I.E.L.D. ally, Ghost Rider continued to hold onto Frederick, transforming his hand into flame and started burning him which completely killed him. While Daisy Johnson arrived and used her Inhuman powers to free Mackenzie and Fitz shut down the core before it overloaded, Ghost Rider found an image of the scientists from Momentum Labs, including Lucy Bauer, and stole it before leaving, with Johnson telling Mackenzie not to follow him or even try and engage him in a fight, knowing how dangerous the Ghost Rider was.
Working with Quake
- "You want to know what's connecting these things?"
"I think it might be me."
- ―Robbie Reyes and Daisy Johnson
While driving the Hell Charger, Reyes came across Daisy Johnson, whose van had stopped working altogether. Reyes asked if she was working with S.H.I.E.L.D. and she assured him that she was not now, Reyes then asked if she wanted to know what was connecting the Watchdogs, Aryan Brotherhood, Chinatown Crew and Momentum Labs, claiming that he might be the connecting piece himself. Reyes then allowed her to enter his car as they drove away to continue their investigation.
- "I only kill assassinos who deserve it. It's vengeance, chica."
"For what? You killed a detective."
"He had blood on his hands."
- ―Robbie Reyes and Quake
Robbie Reyes is a tough and street-smart young man due to his upbringing in Los Angeles. His rebellious side showed when he dropped out of high school during the eleventh grade. However, upon becoming Ghost Rider, he was turned into a ruthless and vicious killer. His targets are anyone who is guilty of a crime and is unpunished for it, especially when it is a violent crime. Therefore, if a person is not guilty of a crime, he will not kill them even if they consider themselves deserving of death for whatever reason, though he could also judge for himself if he felt they should die and would look for proof. However, it is implied that Reyes is not in full control of his actions and behavior as Ghost Rider. He has stated that he is not the one who decides his victims and threatened Quake to leave him alone since he would become angry enough that he would forget what he would do to her. However, he did have enough control to judge people on his own, such as when he spared Quake. He is also very caring and protective over his paraplegic younger brother, Gabe, as he would act as his nurse, help support him with a job as a mechanic, and even attacked and restrained Quake when she mentioned him.
Powers and Abilities
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- "You're here to counsel me? You want to save my soul? I'm telling you, girl, I sold mine."
"To the devil."
"He was the only one buying."
- ―Ghost Rider and Quake
- Transformation: Robbie Reyes is able to transform into a skeletal humanoid engulfed in flames. Even before transforming, a fiery orange glow can be seen in Reyes' eyes when he uses his powers or at times when he is killing his victims. Reyes is able to use his powers to some degree without transforming. Whenever transforming or using the Ghost Rider's powers, he lets out a monstrous roar.
- Superhuman Strength: Reyes displayed a certain degree of superhuman strength, being able to overpower thugs, and massacring them without any effort, notably breaking a man's skull with a single attack, dragging another across the floor with one hand, knocking out Mitchell with one hit and then both dragging and lifting him into his car with one hand. While transformed, Reyes could tear the bumper off a car with his bare hands, was able to instantly knock Quake to the floor with a punch to the torso, and pull down an entire shelf on her with one hand. However, he may have a certain amount of superhuman strength, while in human form, being able to tear off a car's engine piece with his bare hands and knock out Quake with just one strike. In addition, while fighting street thugs with Daisy, he overpowered most of them by himself, as well as charging into one and lifting him up to slam him into a wall.
- Superhuman Durability: Reyes is almost invulnerable in his demonic form. In his human form, he was able to withstand Quake's attacks, being undamaged when she used her powers to smash him onto a van and then into several barrels. The former case was particularly evident when Quake was visibly shocked after seeing Reyes unfazed after getting smashed on the side of a van. When Hellfire threw an explosive at him, Reyes was only slightly fazed and had a small cut on his cheek. However, he is more vulnerable in his human form, as he gained a cut on his face while fighting Quake untransformed.
- "I don't get hurt. You gave me a pretty bad gash at the junkyard, now..."
"Not a scratch!"
"I've been stabbed, shot, run over, twice. Next day I'm good as new."
- ―Robbie Reyes and Daisy Johnson
- Regenerative Healing Factor: Though he received a cut on his face while battling Quake, these injuries disappeared the next day without even a scar. Robbie has described himself as nearly impossible to kill.
- "They say when the Rider burns you, he burns your soul. And a soul can never heal."
- ―M. Scott
- Fire Manipulation: Reyes is able to control and generate fire. As Ghost Rider, he is resistant to fire and seemingly no flames are capable of burning either him or his clothing. He is able to imbue an object he touches with fire, using the object as a weapon. He can do so even without transforming into Ghost Rider. His control over fire allowed him to form a ring of fire around the car he crashed into with his own flaming vehicle. He also caused his car to catch fire to make Quake fall off it as she pursued him, with his eyes glowing bright orange and him letting out a monstrous roar. Additionally, he was able to set his entire hand ablaze while transformed to incinerate Frederick.
- Empathic Reading: Ghost Rider can look into someone's eyes and see into their heart and soul, to see what kind of person they truly are. He can examine their mental and emotional characteristics and qualities to determine if they are evil and in need of punishment, such as a corrupt cop or a teacher who was secretly a pedophile. While this ability is usually how Ghost Rider is able to find his targets, he can also rule a good person out as a target, bypassing that person's opinion of himself or herself. This was demonstrated by him having the opportunity to kill Quake, while she was even telling him to, only for him to see that she was a penitent woman who was trying to be good.
- Intangibility Cancellation: Unlike ordinary humans, Ghost Rider can touch the non-corporeal entities, and if the situation requires, hold them and completely incinerate them with flames. He was able to grab Frederick by the arm and neck in his human form before transforming and burning Frederick into embers with his blazing hand.
- Enchantment: Ghost Rider has the ability to infuse his power into inanimate objects. He has used this power to make his car the Hell Charger become nearly indestructible. R. Moore fired a rocket launcher straight at the hood, all the rocket did was launch the car into the air and engulf it in flames, but neither the explosion or the fire had any effect on the car. It has crashed into other cars and even had a head on collision with a quinjet at full speed, without any harm such as scratches or dents. Reyes can also project his fire through the car without damaging it. He had the car emit fire from the hood, to knock off Quake, who was on top off the roof trying to stop Reyes.
- "So, you got the devil inside you too?"
- ―Ghost Rider to Quake
- Combatant: Reyes was able to hold his own against Quake, an Inhuman former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent highly trained in combat, though her use of her powers left him to resort to transforming into Ghost Rider to defeat her. The second time he fought her, he did manage to defeat her without transforming by fracturing her arm with a car engine and knocking her out, showing he was more willing to injure her since she mentioned his brother. Also, her arm was weakened by her repeated use of her powers, with the subsequent pain from it allowing him to beat her easier. In addition, he overpowered multiple thugs unarmed, with him saying that it was him and not the Ghost Rider that was doing the fighting.
- Multilingual: Reyes can speak and understand both English and Spanish fluently.
- Hell Charger: The Hell Charger is a heavily modified car owned by Reyes. When he acts as the Ghost Rider, the car is able to emit flames from the engine and wheels, and is able to withstand attacks that would destroy a regular car.
- Hellfire Chain: During his battle with the Inhuman JT James, Ghost Rider took James' flaming chain as his own, successfully using the improvised weapon against its former owner.
- Daisy Johnson/Quake - Enemy turned Ally
- Canelo's Auto and Body
- Aryan Brotherhood
- Roger Perez † - Victim
- Thomas Wright † - Victim
- Frederick † - Victim
- JT James/Hellfire
|Appearances for Robbie Reyes|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, Robbie Reyes bonded with the demonic spirit of his uncle after being shot by mercenaries working for Calvin Zabo, who were trying to retrieve pills which contained the Mister Hyde formula. Reyes is one of the many holders of the Ghost Rider title, preceded by Carter Slade, Johnny Blaze, Daniel Ketch and Alejandra Jones.
- Ghost Rider is directly responsible for the deaths of at least 52 people within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.