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Succubus (Ghost Rider)
Succubus was a supervillan that appeared in the Ghost Rider comic book series issued by Marvel Comics. She appeared to be an agent of Nightmare and was likely a demon like him thought of a lower power level.
Her exact origin was never clearly revealed and it was possible that she could be a manifestation of Nightmare's powers, but there is some evidence that she was a demon like Nightmare and aligned with him. She was sent to attack Ghost Rider and others aligned with him, but did not succeed in her attempt. Her current whereabouts and situation are not known as she made only a single appearance in the Ghost Rider series.
- Name: Succubus
- Real Name: Unknown
- Current Alias: Succubus
- Affiliation: Nightmare
- Base Of Operations: Hell's Kitchen, New York; Possibly Nightmare´s realm
- Alignment: Bad
- Identity: Secret Identity
- Occupation: Agent of Nightmare
- Enemies: Daredevil; Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch); Mister Hyde
- Gender: Female
- Eyes: Green
- Unusual Features: Ghost like appearance
- Origin: Demon
- Universe: Earth-616
- Creators: Howard Mackie, Bret Blevins, Fred Fredericks
- First Appearance: Ghost Rider Vol 3 #36 (April 1993)
In Ghost Rider issue 36, Succubus was sent to track down Dan Ketch for her master Nightmare and in her first action in the episode sapped the life essence from boxer-turned-homeless man Henry Bronson, who was living at St. Ann's Shelter For Homeless Men. Afterwards she apparently crushed his neck with the intent to kill him, but he did not immediately die. Soon after, she confronted Dan Ketch and tried to seduce him, but her touch trigged Ketch's transformation into Ghost Rider. Realizing he was too strong for her Succubus escaped and returned to the Shelter where she attempted to drain another drifter's life force. At that moment, Matt Murdock, also known as Daredevil, arrived with a box of canned food to donate. He confronted Succubus who then attempted to drain the life essence from yet another resident.
However, this particular resident was Calvin Zabo, the alter ego of Mister Hyde. Like Ghost Rider, Succubus triggered Zabo's transformation, and the two, along with a now costumed Daredevil, engaged in a fight in the streets outside the building. Dan Ketch arrived in the middle of the fight and when Succubus attempted again to take his essence he reverted to Ghost Rider. Daredevil then battled with Succubus, eventually knocking her out. Ghost Rider fought Hyde and overcame him. Shortly after the heroes departed, Succubus came to and attempted to finish her attempt at taking the unconscious Hyde's life force.
Later issues of the series showed that Mister Hyde had survived Succubus' attack, but the fate of Succubus was never revealed in the series. Her current whereabouts and other information is not known.
Succubus gained strength by draining the life force from humans. She can also levitate in a manner to simulate flying. She also has the ability to phase through solid objects. Her physical appearance was ethereal and similar to a ghost.