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Zuul, the Gatekeeper
Played by: Sigourney Weaver
Appearances: Ghostbusters

The Gatekeeper, also known as Zuul, is the "Terror Dog" who eventually possesses Dana Barrett in the first Ghostbusters movie. It is a demigod that was worshipped in 6000 BC by the Hittites, Mesopotamians, and Sumerians as a minion of Gozer, the shape-shifting god of destruction. Both the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster have the ability to possess human hosts and then transform into their native "Terror Dog" form when necessary.

The Gatekeeper holds one half of the ability to open the door allowing Gozer the Gozerian access to our dimension. The Keymaster holds the other half of this power. When both the Gatekeeper and the Keymaster are allowed to use their powers together, they alone can open the door for Gozer. One distinguishing feature between the "Terror Dog" versions of Vinz Clortho and Zuul are their horns. Zuul has shorter horns than her counterpart, Vinz Clortho.

Zuul 's red eye glows as it begins to break out of its statue

Zuul first appears as a large horned beast with red eyes known as a Terror Dog. It appeared in Dana Barrett's refrigerator within Gozer's Temple as she was back from getting groceries. Zuul reappeared behind Dana's kitchen door later when she had just arrived and was about to get ready for a date with Peter Venkman. This time, Zuul successfully trapped her and possessed Dana's body. While possessing Dana's body, Zuul was able to speak, but could not access Dana's memories or knowledge. She took on the identity of The Gatekeeper and immediately sought out Vinz Clortho, another Minion of Gozer who had possessed the body of Louis Tully, Dana's neighbor who had a not so secret crush on her. Unlike the more slow-witted and clumsy Vinz, Zuul seemed more even-tempered and hypersexual. She patiently awaited the Keymaster in Dana Barrett's apartment, first encountering Peter Venkman who

Zuul smiles deviously as she watches the supernatural chaos caused by the firehouse explosion

arrived for his date with Dana. Mistaking him for Vinz Clortho, Zuul immediately began to aggressively seduce him. Becoming extremely frustrated at Peter rebuffing her advances, Zuul (in Dana's body) roared and snarled like an otherworldly demonic Terror Dog while levitating four feet off her bed. Peter sedated her before leaving the apartment to head back to the Ghostbusters headquarters. Zuul later awoke when the Ghostbusters firehouse exploded and blew out the living room windows in her apartment with another supernatural roar as she watched spirits light up the New York City skyline. The demolished walls helped the Keymaster find the apartment. He entered, and the two demon possessed humans stated who they were to each other, before sharing a passionate kiss and walking toward the Temple of Gozer through a hidden staircase now visible behind where Dana's kitchen door stood before. Zuul and Vinz were finally able to mate at the rooftop of the Shandor Building. They then stood atop their pedestals and used supernatural lightning to open the temple gates, causing them to turn into their Terror Dog forms while simultaneously opening the gateway to an alternate dimension through which their master, Gozer entered with the intent of destroying the world. Upon completion of their transformation, the Terror Dogs roared at the Ghostbusters and took their places guarding the doorway to Gozer's Temple. When Gozer appeared, she reunited with her dogs, petting Vinz Clortho while Zuul looked on longingly and patiently.

Zuul, possessing Dana Barrett, getting down on all fours and about to transform into her native form as a Terror Dog.

After Gozer was defeated by the Ghostbusters, Zuul disappeared from this dimension and Dana Barrett was transformed back into a human being, briefly being trapped inside the husk of the Terror Dog that she once was. Dana had no recollection of the events that took place since her and Louis' demonic possession (in a deleted scene, Louis suggests remembering having had sex with Dana Barrett while they were both under possession, to which Dana, unknowingly, believes untrue.)

Zuul, after using Dana Barrett's human body and turning into a Terror Dog, lays atop her ceremonial pedestal, guarding her master, Gozer.