In this comparison, we are going to go down to Hell to compare two awesome characters whose origins can be traced to this place. One of them is Hellboy, whose name reveals more than we could explain anyhow; he is a truly awesome character who managed to become a mainstream thing despite not being either DC’s or Marvel’s character. In the other corner is Ghost Rider, one of Marvel’s most intriguing characters. This article is going to reveal who would win in a direct fight.
Hellboy and Ghost Rider are very similar in a lot of ways, and the sources of their powers are practically the same. Hellboy is immune to fire, while Ghost Rider is immune to conventional weapons, so offensively – neither of them could do much. It would come down to mere strength and durability, which is where Ghost Rider would win.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to compare Hellboy and the Ghost Rider in more detail. Through several categories, you are going to see who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is, i.e., why Ghost Rider would ultimately be able to defeat Hellboy in battle.
Hellboy’s superhuman abilities appear to stem from his demonic heritage. Although his specific powers and abilities have never been explicitly listed, Hellboy is much stronger and more physically resilient than an ordinary human.
The true extent of his strength is not clear and is possibly limitless; Hellboy possesses a minimum strength level of Class 5. He threw opponents weighing at least four to five hundred pounds, threw a large broken tree at a giant, launched a harpoon through a monster with the mast of the ship, and raised a pile of debris to crush his opponent.
The Ghost Rider possesses superhuman strength sufficient to lift over 25 tons. The mystical energy that enables Ghost Rider prevents his muscles from producing toxins from fatigue during physical activities, granting him unlimited superhuman stamina.
Ghost Rider’s strength has varied over the years. Since we cannot determine it precisely, we decided to give the first point to Hellboy.
Points: Hellboy 1, Ghost Rider 0
Durability and endurance
Hellboy has been proven to be able to withstand injuries that would be fatal to ordinary humans without incapacitation and to recover from injuries at an incredible rate. It has been shown to withstand high impact forces, large-caliber bullets, extreme temperatures, and drops from great heights. He was brutally beaten several times by large monsters and survived, often with relatively minor injuries.
Hellboy has also demonstrated immunity to August Breccan’s powers, granted to him by demons. Superhuman Stamina: Hellboy has always displayed incredible stamina. He can fall thousands of feet and run away as if nothing had happened, shaking his wounds after being crushed and kicked by a giant.
On one occasion, Hellboy directly engaged an MG-42 machine gun, hitting numerous bullets in the chest before destroying the weapon. On another, he was impaled through the chest by a massive spearhead but broke the hilt and charged at the attacker, leaving the spearhead buried in the tree behind him. Despite being shot twice in the face by a double-barreled shotgun, Hellboy got up and walked to his shooter’s house without fainting.
Johnny Blaze is highly resistant to the point of being basically immune to all kinds of physical damage like the earth that has taken the blows of beings, like an enraged World War Hulk, with no signs of pain or discomfort, he had completely destroyed the skull and regenerated instantly without any hassle, and while the Ghost Rider is only in control Heaven-Forged Divine Weapons can cause nuisance or damage to the Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider is able to withstand great impact forces, extreme temperatures, and pressure, powerful energy blasts, and falls from great heights without injury. As his bodily tissues have transformed, leaving only a skeleton, most projectiles such as bullets simply pass through him or ricochet off his bones.
Ghost Rider’s body is by all accounts immune to physical damage, as he is evidently incapable of feeling pain and is able to survive without apparent discomfort, regardless of the severity of the injury (Unless a weapon forged from heaven itself is used).
In terms of overall durability and resistance, Ghost Rider is a tad more superior to Hellboy and would be able to hold out much longer than him in a fight.
Points: Hellboy 1, Ghost Rider 1
Although not much of a speedster, Hellboy proved to be quite fast for a creature of his size. He could quickly bring a vampire underground from outside a castle and appear right before a human after scaring them away. Hellboy’s reflexes are far superior to those of any normal human, being able to catch a demon in its fly form before it escapes and snatch missiles into the air.
He also responded to several floating heads at once, a surprise attack from a super gorilla, and an outburst from Grigori Rasputin. Hellboy possesses agility, balance, and coordination that surpasses even the best human athlete. He’s dodged human attacks, a giant werewolf, an entire army of zombies, and can dodge lightning, bullets, and lasers. Its agility is thirty times faster than sound.
Ghost Rider uses his Hell Cycle for transport. The Hell Cycle is the standard mode of transportation for Ghost Riders. Mephisto created him as the courier of his bounty hunters, the Spirits of Vengeance. It is powered by Hellfire and is unaffected by the natural laws of physics. Capable of moving at incredible speeds, the Hell Cycle can scale vertical surfaces, cross bodies of water, and sometimes even fly.
The wheels are constantly burning, which leaves a mark on the road at its incredible speed. The Hell Cycle follows the Ghost Rider’s commands even when he’s not riding it. The bike follows his every command. As his powers as a Ghost Rider waxed and waned over the years, John Blaze was sometimes unable to summon the Cycle of Hell. Instead, he relied on the Skull Cycle, a custom bike with no supernatural abilities.
In terms of speed, Ghost Rider is – certainly due to the assistance of the Hell Cycle – much faster than Hellboy, which is why he wins this point.
Points: Hellboy 1, Ghost Rider 2
And while he can be damaged like any other living being, Hellboy possesses a strong “healing factor”, allowing him to recover from injuries at incredible speeds. An example of this was when he was recovering from being near his concussion grenade. Despite being knocked out multiple times and ultimately arrested at one point, Hellboy has survived blows that would kill any ordinary person.
Perhaps because he was able to fulfill his duty as the bringer of the apocalypse, Hellboy seems to have avoided death at nearly every turn. Since he is described as “as immortal as Koshchei,” Hellboy cannot die unless he thinks he should.
Despite his invulnerability to conventional forms of injury, objects such as weapons forged in the sky by Archangel Zadkiel, can damage Ghost Rider to some extent. However, if his being is damaged, the magical energies imbued allow the Ghost Rider or Johnny Blaze to regenerate instantly any and all damage inflicted, to the point of completely regenerating lost limbs in moments; he even regenerated his skull after it was destroyed, in seconds, without any noticeable discomfort or pain.
Ghost Rider’s regenerative abilities are truly amazing and seem to surpass Hellboy’s, which is why Ghost Rider wins this point.
Points: Hellboy 1, Ghost Rider 3
Hellboy takes on an even more demonic form under special circumstances, either artificially or under emotional pressure. In this form, Hellboy’s stumps grow into adult horns. Having accepted his heritage, Hellboy seems to be able to transform at will while growing wings. Hellboy becomes much stronger and accesses his latent magic. In his full demonic form, Hellboy could slaughter the most powerful denizens of Hell with ease.
Johnny Blaze possesses the supernatural ability to transform into the Ghost Rider at will, it is said that his penis also lights up when excited. Originally, he would automatically transform at night or in the presence of evil. However, he has recently gained control over his transformations and can transform through an act of will or when innocent blood is spilled.
He recently stated that Johnny Blaze and the Spirit that is supposed to be Ghost Rider is actually an agent of the heavens. The power of the Ghost Rider depends on who is in control of the Ghost Rider. Johnny and the spirit inhabit the same body, and at the time of transformation, Johnny is in control most of the time. Still, if the Ghost Rider loses focus or control, the power of the Ghost Rider and the Spirit to regain control is likely to occur.
While the Ghost Rider is in control, Johnny Blaze only influences decisions to the extent that he takes the “seat of control.” back” with the spirit as described). As told by Dr. Strange, Johny Blaze is a mere mortal and acts as built-in security, limiting the power of the Ghost Riders.
Points: Hellboy 2, Ghost Rider 4
Hellboy vs. Ghost Rider: Who would win?
With the numbers in, it is now obvious that Ghost Rider would defeat Hellboy in a fight. It would, we have to confirm, definitely be a close call since both of them are very similar in terms of powers and abilities. Both of them come from the same place and have a similar source of powers, which is why it was difficult to determine a winner properly.
While we analyzed this situation, it all came down to how the stronger fighter is and who could hold out longer. And in that aspect – Ghost Rider does better. He might not be as physically strong as Hellboy, but he has a better healing factor and is more durable in the long run. This is why, ultimately, we think that Ghost Rider would win this one.