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Danny Fenton/Danny Phantom
Voiced by: David Kaufman
"It's been a month since the accident and I still barely have any control. If somebody catches me, I go from geek to freak around here!"Main hero of the series: Upon obtaining his ghost powers through a Freak Lab Accident, 14-year old Danny uses it to combat the various ghosts that inhabit his hometown. He starts off shy, naive, Book Dumb, and emotional, constantly trying to find a place in the world, whether it be gaining popularity or through his ghost powers. By the end of the series, Danny gains confidence, courage, and matures considerably and finds his path as a hero.
- Adorkable: Of course. Guess which half.
- Amazon Chaser: Apparently, he inherited this from his father.
- An Ice Person: Part of the reason why he can use the Ghost Sense to detect ghosts.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: For the most part, subverted. In one episode, though, he had to annoy Jazz in order to show her Youngblood, whom is only seen by kids.
- Appropriated Appellation: Averted. Danny hated the nickname Amity Park gave him, "Inviso-Bill". It isn't until Reign Storm, when he charges off to fight Pariah Dark does he tell the city to call him Danny Phantom.
- Berserk Button: There's plenty you shouldn't do. Specifically, don't call him a loser.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Sure, he's normally outgoing, friendly and fun, but you make an attempt at anyone he cares about, and he'll take you down.
- Big Brother Instinct:
- To Danielle. In "Kindred Spirits" he's rather untrusting of her at first (for good reason) but when he learns what she is and she defects from Vlad he starts to become this. By "D-Stablized" he fits this to a T; her safety becomes his top priority, even ignoring the possibility Valerie saw him transform to save Danielle.
- Despite being 2 years younger than Jazz, he seems to show this towards her in certain situations as well, doing away with witty banter and sarcasm and going straight for demands and intimidation whenever Jazz appears to be in danger.
- Book Dumb: Shows a great deal of ingenuity and quick thinking in battles, but is constantly failing in school and other practical areas of knowledge. Though to be fair, ghost fighting seriously cuts into his study time and Mr. Lancer is a rather strict teacher.
- Butt Monkey: Not as much as Tucker, but he still finds himself in the receiving end of much laughter.
- Cast from Hit Points: Danny's Ghostly Wail is his most powerful technique, capable of causing mass destruction to everything within its range, but using it severely drains Danny's stamina, enough for him to automatically revert to human form. This is more due to inexperience with such a strong power rather than the technique itself, as Dark Danny, a very powerful, experienced ghostly entity, was able to wield it with no trouble at all, and by the series finale, Danny is finally able to use it without losing energy.
- Can't Get In Trouble For Nuthin': The only reason Danny ever overshadows people, aside from information gathering.
- Character Development:
- Over time, Danny gains confidence in himself and his abilities. He isn't scared of fighting ghosts, usually taunting them and putting all of his energy into fighting them off. He also gradually finds Dash more annoying and troublesome. As he faces more villains and bigger threats, Danny accepts that it's his responsibility to save those in need of help, sometimes endangering himself to do so. By "Public Enemies", although many people think he's a bad guy, Danny is still determined to keep protecting Amity Park from ghosts, his dedication paying off when people begin to accept him as their hero in "Reign Storm".
- In a romantic sense, Danny lets go of his crush on Paulina, after finally coming to terms with her not-so-great personality.
- Chest Insignia: Gets one in Season 2.
- Chick Magnet: Despite his lack of skills with girls, he catches the interest of 4 girls in the series. His best friend Sam has feelings for him, Paulina crushes on his superhero alter ego, Valerie at first despises him but comes to care for Danny Fenton and a nameless background character at the end of "Flirting with Disaster" has a crush on him.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Sam.
- Clark Kenting: Different eye and hair color and a barely noticeable shift in skin tone is the only thing that disguises him as Danny Phantom. He doesn't even change his voice. Not to mention his superhero moniker is almost identical to his real name. It's lampshaded by several of the more competent villains like Vlad and Dark Danny.
- Combo Platter Powers: Flight, intangibility, energy blasts, possession, the ability to sense other ghosts, and later on the ability to duplicate himself and manipulate ice.
- Comes Great Responsibility: Part of being Expy of Peter Parker, he takes responsibility for any ghost-related harm that befalls Amity Park.
- Cool Loser: A classic one, as per usual of teen superheroes; Danny is outgoing, funny, dresses normally, acts normally, is intelligent (although lazy and, as previously mentioned, Book Dumb), and as far as you can tell with the art style, fairly attractive. His only real problems include being a bit awkward with girls and ending up in strange situations in public due to his superhero activity. Yet, for some reason, the entire school seems to treat him like the nerd plague. It could be because Sam and Tucker are highly unpopular, but in real life, he would certainly have more than just two friends, even if he does hang out with two "weird" kids. His parents aren't doing him any favors, either.
- The Cynic: Danny is kind but he is also a tad cynical and jaded, often tending to view certain aspects in a negative light. However, it's not nearly to the extent of Sam.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His "phantom" uniform is mostly black with grey lining.
- Deadpan Snarker: Danny frequently responds to most situations with sarcasm.
- Death by Origin Story: The show wouldn't work at all if Danny weren't a phantom. Then again, due to the odd Never Say "Die" quality of the show, its never made completely clear if he did "kinda-sorta" die or not — a lot of ghosts are heavily implied to have died, but others seem more like alternate-dimension monsters that were never alive at all. All we really know about Danny is that he's now a hybrid that's half-human and half-ghost, whose DNA was suffused with ectoplasm.
- Dream Walker: Through overshadowing.
- Elemental Eye Colors: When ghostly, Danny's eyes change from green to Icy Blue when using his ice powers.
- Of Spider-Man, both are outcasts who were bullied in school and obtained their powers through a scientific accident, though in Danny's case he always has two friends at his side.
- Just look at him and try to say that he doesn't remind you of Chip Skylark, Timmy, or Cosmo.
- Also of Stan Marsh from South Park. They have very similar personalities, and even look somewhat alike, too. In fact, Danny is basically an older Stan with ghost powers.
- Eye Color Change: His human side has blue eyes, his ghostly Super Hero alter ego has green eyes, but whenever he turns evil (either Brainwashed and Crazy or as his evil alternate-future self) his eyes turn red.
- Flying Brick: Can fly really fast and capable of great super strength.
- Freak Lab Accident: Danny gained his powers when checking out his parents' prototype ghost portal.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Danny's eyes glow green uncontrollably if his Berserk Button is so much as touched, much less pushed. Although they glow brighter when he's more annoyed, like in Fanning the Flames.
- Green Eyes: His eyes go from blue to green when he goes ghost.
- The Grinch: Due to his parents arguing over whether or not Santa exists and ruining the celebrations every year. He gets over it by the end of "Fright Before Christmas".
- Hand Blast: He first develops it about a third of the way through season 1 and it quickly becomes his most often used power.
- Hazmat Suit: What he wore prior to becoming half ghost. His suit in ghost form is that same suit only with value tones reversed.
- Heartbroken Badass: During the climax of "Fanning the Flames", due to Ember's love spell between him and Sam. Also the end of "Flirting with Disaster" when Valerie breaks up with him, ironically to hunt Danny Phantom.
- Henshin Hero: From human to ghost form. Subverted in that he can use his powers when he's in his human form, although it's very limited (only making certain parts of his body invisible/intangible, only firing a ghost ray from one finger, etc.). Whether this limit is Danny choosing to barely use his powers or Danny not being able to fully use his powers is never really explained.
- The Hero: Being the title character.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Not so much at first because he was unknown, but after "Public Enemies"? His parents were also never thrilled with Phantom's existence either. That begins to change in "Reign Storm," after he saves the town from Pariah Dark, and by season 3, he's, by his own admission, the "duly-deputized protector of Amity Park."
- How Do I Shot Web?: In the beginning of the show he displays a lot more trouble accessing and using his powers than later on. We also see this in "Memory Blank", where he has to relearn his abilities.
- An Ice Person: In Season 3 he gains ice powers. Frostbite reveals that Danny's ghost sense was, in fact, a manifestation of this power, and we can assume that the full power was finally unlocked once he reached the right level of skill.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Has one of these with Tucker in "What You Want", and is on the receiving end of one in "Control Freaks".
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: His eyes glow green when he's angry. Strangely, only his friends notice this.
- Kamehame Hadoken: When he charges his Hand Blast.
- Kid Hero: He's only fourteen years old and apparently the only heroic ghost in the world.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: The Ghostly Wail, from "The Ultimate Enemy" onward.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Played straight in "13" when Johnny 13 tries using Jazz to bring his girlfriend into the human world.
- New Super Power: Gains a few over the course of the series. The major ones are his Hand Blast, his Ghostly Wail, his ice abilities and while temporary; Weather Control.
- Nice Guy: Outside of people who intentionally try to harm or his loved ones, Danny tries to be nice around others.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: It's bad enough that half the time people blame his ghost identity for things other ghosts have done, but other times, he gets in trouble as a human too.
- Only Friend: By the end of the series, he's the only member of his family to know of Danielle's existence, which may play a part in why he becomes protective of her.
- Ordinary High-School Student: He was one of these before gaining his powers, and during the brief periods he's Brought Down to Normal.
- Painful Transformation: Danny gaining or losing his powers has him screaming in agony.
- Part-Time Hero: Like most teenage superheroes.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair goes from being black to white, but otherwise stays the same.
- Power Perversion Potential: He apparently has used his ghost powers to peep at the girl's locker room.
- Puberty Superpower: Played with. He does gain his powers around the correct time, and it's used as part of his coming of age story, but they came from a freak lab accident rather than actual puberty. Mildly lampshaded in "The Ultimate Enemy." After being trapped in the future and bound for his enemies to attack, he yells at them to stop... only to activate the "Ghostly Wail", the main new power Dark Dan has. He even mentions he is going through "evil puberty".
- Screw Destiny: In "The Ultimate Enemy", refusing to let his bad future come to pass.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever he turns evil.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Tucker's Red.
- Self-Duplication: Has trouble with this power at first, but by "Torrent of Terror" he's able to use it flawlessly.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: In regards to Sam. At least until the final episode.
- Shonen Hair: Even if he gets helmet hair, changing forms will revert it back to this.
- Shower Shy: He only showers after everybody has already left the locker room.
- Skunk Stripe: In the Season 3 Finale he gains one when he loses his powers, causing him to more resemble his father.
- The Snark Knight: Makes jokes even during serious moments.
- This Loser Is You: Danny, to move the plot, almost all time prior to learning his Aesop at the end of an episode (only to forget it by the next), serves to show how much teenagers suck, i.e. blowing off his homework, stuffing his face with corndogs, calling everything lame or crud, playing mindless video games, acting like a jerk, wanting to make-out with the Romantic False Lead, perpetually being a C-student, etc. He gets better though.
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: Averted. Danny started out suspicious of Danielle, but after learning what she is, he accepts her and becomes a surrogate big brother to her.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compare his first few episodes to the latter ones. In the beginning he was awkwardly stumbling with his powers. By end though, he had enough strength to kick god-like ghost beings!
- Triple Shifter: 14 year old teenager infused with ectoplasm that can turn into a ghostly superhero... and plenty of sleep lost.
- Unskilled, but Strong: In the earlier episodes he commonly struggled with using his ghost powers, both in and out of combat, as well as having a rather basic fighting style for ghosts so when fighting stronger enemies early on such as Vlad or Technus, he came off as lacking.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Averted. Unlike other ghost hunters, Danny has no interest in destroying his enemies and there are some he at least tries to befriend. He's also capable of knowing not all ghosts are evil. As for his clones, it's played straight with the more mindless ones but averted with Danielle, as by the time he found out he had already started to grow fond of her and accepted her as family.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Sam. They Do in the finale.
- Would Hurt a Child: Danny doesn't seem to have a problem scrapping with his underage nemesis Youngblood. Averted though when Danielle was still technically his enemy, as she was fooled into helping Vlad.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Danny's ghost form has white hair.
Samantha "Sam" Manson
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle
"Parents don't listen. Even worse, they don't understand. Why can't they accept me for who I am!?"Danny's childhood friend and primary love interest: Sam is a strict vegetarian Goth with an often contradictory personality; she's as rational and levelheaded as she is forceful and selfish. She strives to protect the environment as much as she rebels against her parents. She often keeps Danny (and Tucker) from doing anything too extreme.
- Action Survivor: Despite all she does through, she manages to survive many of the ghost attacks.
- The Artifact: Her Secretly Wealthy status is mostly forgotten after the first ten episodes.
- Badass Normal: Capable of holding her own even without powers.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her standard outfit has a shirt short enough to show her belly button.
- Berserk Button: She's not fond of people using her full name of "Samantha".
- Brainy Brunette: Out of the three, Sam is usually the most rational and mature, often thinking on a realistic level compared to Danny and Tucker as well as pointing out to Danny to focus more on ghost training and hunting.
- Characterization Marches On: In Million Dollar Ghost, she was exhausted from bicycling, but in Micro Management, she's one of the most physically fit kids in school.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Danny.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Doesn't like seeing Danny with other girls.
- The Cynic: Shares this trait with Danny, but in Danny's case it's pretty mild.
- Deadpan Snarker: Moreso than Danny.
- Does Not Like Spam: Or any kind of meat for that matter.
- Everyone Can See It: A lot of people know that Sam has a crush on Danny, including Tucker, some of the kids from school, and even Danny's father Jack.
- Fangirl: She enjoys monster movies—with her favorites being female monsters Femalien, Terminatra, and Nightmerica (all based or parodied on various male monster and/or horror films)—and Akira Kurosawa's samurai films.
- First Girl Wins: Hooks up with Danny in the finale.
- Goth: Has all the trappings of one, but seems to do so out of a desire to be unique and rebel from her parents rather than fully embracing the style. Veers between the grim and perky variety at will.
- Granola Girl: Is a vegetarian and, in spite of her family being wealthy, thrift.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend: In regards to Danny. At least until the final episode.
- Hypocrite: She says she opposes violence yet is fine with hitting her friends, namely Tucker, even when it isn't needed. She despises forcing beliefs and opinions on to others yet forced the entire school to eat her "recyclable organic matter" because "we don't need meat". She scolds Danny for using his ghost powers against powerless school bullies yet she's okay with causing millions of dollars in property damage to a dealership because they were selling eco-unfriendly trucks. She spied on Danny during his date with Valerie in "Flirting with Disaster", yet when he spied on her during a date with a new student in "Double Cross My Heart", she gets angry and threatens to end their friendship.
- Informed Judaism: She's Jewish, not that this really comes up anywhere except the Christmas episode.
- Interspecies Romance: Considering Danny is a ghost hybrid, it's pretty obvious that this trope is in effect here.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As hypocritical and bossy Sam is, her heart is always in the right place.
- The Lady's Favour: In the finale "Phantom Planet", Sam gives Danny a ring that was used in an earlier episode "Flirting With Disaster".
- Never My Fault: Sam tends to not to take responsibility for her actions. No matter how much she is at fault, she never admits its her fault. She never even admits she's wrong.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: some of Sam's ideas have gotten Danny into ghost trouble more than once, starting from the first episode "Mystery Meat". Danny even lampshades them in "Memory Blank".
- Odd Friendship: With Tucker.
- Perky Goth: Kind of. Not nearly as perky as most of the girls in her school, but she generally more upbeat and cheery than Tucker and sometimes Danny.
- Purple Eyes: Neither of her parents have them, so they could be contacts.
- Secretly Wealthy: Her family is filthy rich, but she didn't want to be treated differently because of it.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Has a crush on Danny, who is outgoing, friendly and fun.
- The Snark Knight: Just as much as Danny, only with more dry humor.
- Soapbox Sadie: She's the character in the title page's image.
- Spoiled Sweet: "Sweet" isn't the right word to describe Sam, but she's not as spoiled as the other rich girls.
- Straw Vegetarian: She's a self-proclaimed "ultra-recylco vegetarian," which apparently means she eats mud and grass. She also openly admits in the first episode that she just does it to be different, but she doesn't seem to like meat all that much in any case.
- Tomboyish Name: Hates being called "Samantha".
- Unwillingly Girly Tomboy: Sam enters a Beauty Contest to try and prove how sexist it is. It's actually a charade for a medieval King Ghost from another dimension to pick a human bride, and when Sam accidentally wins, she is dressed up like a princess for the King by his lady servant. She even busts through her glass slippers.
- Uptown Girl: Her family is richer than Danny's, but she lives like an average high school student.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Do not threaten Danny. Paulina almost learned this the hard way in "Parental Bonding".
- Will They or Won't They?: With Danny. They Do in the finale.
Voiced by: Rickey D'Shon Collins
"Some people have a lot and some people don't, but everybody's got something. Me? I got charms, good looks, and modesty."Danny's childhood friend "since forever", Tucker is a Techno Geek who considers himself God's gift not only to women, but to all humankind.
- Action Survivor: Like Sam, despite being less capable in a fight than her.
- Big Eater: Will eat anything, except vegetables.
- Black Best Friend: For Danny and Sam, being the third of their trio.
- Black and Nerdy: And proud to be the latter.
- Book Dumb: Despite how intelligent he's shown to be, when changing his grades, it's revealed most of them are D's and F's.
- Brainy Brunette: He may not be as rational as Sam, but he's one heck of a gadgeteer genius.
- Butt Monkey: He's dumped on quite a lot and has saved Danny more than once and yet, he only gets thanked once and it's a "thanks for being my friend" that Danny throws out to Sam as well. Although it's heartfelt, the execution of how that came about feels rather tacked on and awkward. Later seasons have him either virtually ignored or usually getting victimized. It becomes part of the plot in "What You Want" when Tucker, after routinely getting pummeled every time Danny ditches him to save the world, wishes for ghost powers.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Tucker is mildly flirtatious and particularly interested in girls, though every attempt of his to get noticed by one has failed.
- Does Not Like Spam: Tuck will eat anything, except vegetables.
- Expy: Of Steve Urkel from Family Matters, only without the annoying nasal voice. Also, Kyle Broflowski and Token Black from South Park.
- Extraverted Nerd: In spite of being a geek, Tucker is very outgoing.
- Fatal Flaw: One of his greatest weaknesses is a tendency to abuse his relationships with his friends once he is in a position of power. Tucker has an inferiority complex where his friends are concerned, and whenever Tucker becomes empowered through a ghostly wish or otherwise, he tends to turn on his friends. This suggests a power-hungry and volatile side to the otherwise placid Tucker. At one point, Tucker was even perfectly willing to kill Danny at the behest of his wish-granting ghost benefactor. He is seen as irresponsible with power, using it for personal pleasure rather than the more righteous reasons Danny wields his with (similar to Vlad Plasmius).
- Flanderization: He starts out a simple geek who is good with technology, unlucky in getting dates and makes a few one liners. As the show continues, his obsession with technology grows to the point of treating gadgets like people, tries too hard to be suave with girls and continues making jokes to the point of wanting to be seen funny.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Tucker can do almost anything with a computer.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Although in the series finale, he becomes the youngest mayor of Amity Park.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can act like a jerk, but will do the right thing in the end.
- Motor Mouth: Tucker enjoys talking, but often does not know when to keep his mouth shut, causing him to blurt out more than he should or cause trouble for his friends (accidentally revealing the password put on the Ghost Portal to the Guys In White for example).
- Nice Hat: A backwards red cap.
- Odd Friendship: With Sam. There are some implications that he's just part of the deal with her friendship with Danny, but they are still pretty tight.
- Out of Focus: By season three, he's either ignored, downplayed, or disappears to make room for Sam and her growing romance with Danny.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Sees himself as one, though Danny and Sam seem to think otherwise.
- Proud to Be a Geek: At first he hates being called "nerd" and "techno geek", but eventually he accepts it.
- Real Men Eat Meat: His dietary habits are obsessed with it, to the point of eating little else.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In a Freeze-Frame Bonus when he's changing his grades, it shows that the only A he has is in "sewing".
- Red Is Heroic: His signature red hat.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Danny's Blue.
- The Resenter: Prior to obtaining his ghost powers, Danny was on equal grounds with Tucker. The two were best friends who shared everything. Then Danny gets all the awesome powers and Tucker is stuck being the Butt Monkey. One episode showed him acting on his resentment via an (unintentional) deadly wish that nearly had him kill Danny. Indeed, seeing the monster his wish had created helps Tucker move past this trope.
- Tucker: That's me?
- Rival Turned Evil: In "What You Want" when he wishes to have ghost powers, but he gets better.
- Shipper on Deck: While everyone was aware of things between Danny and Sam, it was most obvious with Tucker.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He loves to talk about how he has charm, good looks, and modesty.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: In a Freeze-Frame Bonus when he's changing his grades, it shows he has an A in computers. The rest were a C, D, and two Fs.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Meat, lots of it.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Whenever he's in a position of power (episodes like "What You Want" and "King Tuck" being perfect examples), he'll abuse it.
Voiced by: Colleen O'Shaughnessey
"16, biologically, but psychologically, I'm an adult."Danny's older sister is a intelligent 16-year old who claims to be an adult trapped in a teenager's body. As such she's often playing a parental role towards her entire family: trying to lead her parents into normality and shielding a then unsure Danny from the harsh realities of the outside world. After finding out ghosts are indeed real and Danny's Secret Identity, she slowly gains admiration for her growing brother and eventually becomes part of "Team Phantom". She eventually lets down her shield and slowly starts to act her age, all the while happily acknowledging her love for ghosts — at several times, becoming a Badass Bookworm.
- Academic Alpha Bitch: Before Character Development, she considered herself too good for her family because of how intelligent or mature she was.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: This was part of her inital attraction to Johnny 13.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted. Jazz is the older sibling, but can is seen this way to Danny sometimes.
- Badass Bookworm: She's more book smart than her brother and has more common sense than her parents, but she's just as capable as them in battle.
- Berserk Button: Don't mess with her Bearbert Einstein teddy.
- Big Sister Instinct: She cares dearly for Danny and would do anything for him. The latter is proven once she learns about Danny's secret.
- Character Development: Jazz eventually develops as the show progresses, starting off as a rather snobbish genius who refuses to be associated with her parents while maintaining a serious attitude, only for her to later discover how much fun ghost hunting is and embracing it, as well as toning down her serious nature and discovering her inner child while still being her supportive self. Her sudden increased interest in ghosts causes Jazz to imply or hint she is suffering from "ghost envy" when she states she desires to be a ghost to get her parents' attention. In addition, she develops a deep respect for her brother's selflessly heroic nature and attempts to support him.
- Companion Cube: When she was younger, she had Bearbert Einstein.
- Cool Big Sis: Eventually becomes this for Danny once she learns his secret.
- Daddy's Girl: Jack Fenton has shown several scenes of adoration to his daughter (not that he ignores his son), so much to the point that Jazz's often obsessive personality may have been caused by Jack's influence—no matter how much she would deny it.
- Emo Teen: Started out as one. Though it wasn't exactly Emo, per say. More along the lines of "Annoyed with her parents' constant love for ghosts".
- Fiery Redhead: Can be this if you push her too far.
- Giver of Lame Names: When she was trying to be more active in fighting ghosts, she tries giving her own names to them. Best example, she called Skulker "Ghost X".
- Hidden Depths: Several, but notable for being hinted at but followed up is her revealing that deep down she's resentful of all the attention her parents give to ghosts, as well as her brother being able to be a part of that - she gets a Not So Different moment with Freakshow when they both are shown to have "Ghost Envy."
- Nice Girl: Becomes one after Character Development.
- Not So Above It All: Ghost hunting in general or acting her actual age. In one episode, while Danny and her mom were off on a trip together (really just another ploy by Vlad to get Maddie), she bonded with Jack a lot and really got into the ghost hunting. It translated after it was revealed to Danny that she knew his secret and joined him in his ghost hunting.
- Parental Substitute: She thinks she's more capable of taking care of Danny than their parents, mostly because their fascination for ghosts.
- Promotion to Parent: How she saw herself before learning Danny's secret and starting to get along with her parents more.
- Rapunzel Hair: Jazz has long orange hair that reaches down to her hips.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: From "My Brother's Keeper" through "The Ultimate Enemy," afterwards she becomes a regular Secret Keeper.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: How her relationship with Danny started out until "The Ultimate Enemy".
- Temporarily a Villain: In "Secret Weapons" to get back at Danny for snapping at her for her unwanted help. Though she was faking it.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Jack isn't exactly ugly, but Jazz is definitely more fit than her father.
"See why I need to hunt these ghosts? They think they can do whatever they want, but somebody has to stop them."Main Anti-Hero: Valerie started off as the Rich Bitch before a ghost dog (with Danny in tow) cost her father his job, forcing her to lead a poor, unpopular existence. She was given advanced ghost weapons from Vlad Masters by mail and used them to extract her revenge. She eventually makes it a full time job with Danny Phantom as her primary target. She grows to see the world beyond her once shallow view and eventually develops a romantic interest with Danny Fenton, unaware of his alter ego.
- Aborted Arc: It's obvious they meant to wrap up her story-line with Vlad more neatly, but thanks to the sudden cancellation, not so much. She just gets a little mention in Phantom Planet.
- Action Girl: Valerie makes it her life's work to take out any ghost she comes across.., especially the Ghost Boy.
- Anti-Hero: She begins her ghost career specifically to get revenge on the ghosts she held responsible for her ruined life. Her actions start to become more noble in time, but many of her deep seated prejudices remain.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Is the recipient of one from Danny in "D-Stabilized"Danny: "Fine! Destroy ghosts! But can you really take part in destroying a human?" She can't.
- Badass Normal: Even without her ghost hunting tech, she's a ninth degree black belt.
- Big Beautiful Woman: She is not exactly slim, but has a very curvy body.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: A 14-year old who knows ninth degree martial arts.
- Dating Catwoman: She had a relationship with Danny as a human, unaware of his ghost nature.
- Demoted to Extra: Frequently appeared in Season One and Two, playing as the series' main Anti-Hero, then seemingly disappeared in Season Three until the second-to-last episode, then later made a small, speechless cameo in the Grand Finale. And her story arc wasn't even completed yet!
- Enemy Mine: Due to her Anti-Hero status, she has teamed up with Danny on occasions against greater threat or because the circumstances forced them to do so.
- Fallen Princess: Her family was originally very well off.
- Fantastic Racism: She hates ghosts and believes they're Always Chaotic Evil.
- Heel Realization: In "D-Stabilized", she finally realizes what kind of man Vlad really is.
- The Huntress: Hunts down and captures ghosts.
- Hartman Hips: More noticeable when in her battle suit.
- Knight Templar: Thinks all ghosts are evil.
- Loves My Alter Ego: Inverted. She likes Danny Fenton. Phantom, not so much. Amusingly, this makes her the opposite of Paulina, who loves Phantom and hates his human self.
- Meaningful Name: Gray—as in, morally gray.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: After her initial hunting gear was destroyed, Technus secretly provided her with improved armor and equipment in the hopes that she would destroy Danny for him.
- Never My Fault: In her second appearance, she tries to pull this on Danny when they get captured by Skullker. But Danny calls her out on it.
- Sassy Black Woman
- Took a Level in Badass: Valerie started out as a rather spoiled, superficial girl, and by the end of the second season, could kick major ghost butt without her suit using little more than her housekeys.
- Took a Level in Kindness: While Valerie never got over her grudge with Danny Phantom, she abandoned her Alpha Bitch view of the world, going from looking down at Danny, to becoming his genuine friend, to his actual girlfriend. And her ghost hunting which began as an outlet of vengeance for her ruined life, into a genuine desire to protect others.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of Vlad, who provided her with her ghost-hunting equipment.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: She genuinely thinks Danny Phantom is evil.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Believes herself to fill the role in the story that Danny does, a teenage superhero with too much on their plate and a screwy home life that they have to deal with while saving people from dangerous monsters. In reality, she's the antihero rival.
Voiced by: S. Scott BullockStandard issue bullying jock who on the outside is the typical menacing antagonist in Danny's school while deep inside, he portrays a far more sensitive soul, used mostly for laughs.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Jazz. In fact, she had a nightmare where she was married to him.
- Alpha Bastard: Being the most popular boy in Casper High.
- The Bully: And he knows it!
- Expy: For Flash Thompson: They're both Jerk Jocks who bully their protagonist while at the same time being the biggest fan of his superhero alter ego.
- Jerkass: Bullies Danny, Sam, and Tucker on a daily basis.
- Jerk Jock: There's somewhat of a twist on this trope in that despite acting up to the Jerk Jock stereotype, he is also strangely prescient as to the future of most fictional Jerk Jocks, as he casually makes references to high school being the peak of his life and having to face a future of pumping gas. Essentially, he's a Genre Savvy Jerk Jock.
- Karma Houdini: In the pilot episode, Danny, Sam, and Tucker are punished for a food fight he caused solely because Dash is the school's star quarterback.
- Pet the Dog:
- He does have a soft side for music, this is seen in "Doctor's Disorders" where he's watching a music video when he expresses his love for the music of a singer who clearly based on Bette Milder.
- Not to mention, shielding Danny, Sam, and Tucker, after his identity was revealed to the world.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Calls himself "King of Casper High". Although, as shown above, he knows full well his future is far from great.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: In "Micro-Management", he gets shrunk with Danny. When they hide from Skulker in a mouse hole, he questions the absence of a matchbox sofa and a coffee table made from a spool of thread. Danny says he watches way too many cartoons.
- Younger Than They Look: Dash can be passed off for a college freshman through he's the same as Danny.
Voiced by: Maria Canals BarreraA girl Danny held a crush on before he wised up and moved on. She's the standard issue Alpha Bitch and like all stereotypes like her, tends to victimize the less popular girls and focus primary on shallow mannerisms. She harbors a crush on Danny Phantom.
- Alpha Bitch: The most popular girl in school and loves to rub it in people's faces. In her debut episode, she agreed to go on a date with Danny solely because she believed she was stealing him from Sam.
- Bare Your Midriff: Always shows her naval.
- The Cheerleader: She is also the leader of the cheerleaders.
- Dude Magnet: A lot of boys find her attractive.
- Expy: A grown-up and Hispanic version of Trixie from The Fairly OddParents.
- Loves My Alter Ego: She couldn't care less about Danny Fenton, but she's madly in love with Danny Phantom.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's hot, Latina, and very, very popular.
- Pet the Dog: In "King Tuck" she helps Sam save Tucker from Hotep-Ra without being asked or demanded to and without any complaining. In one of the Danny Phantom comics by Nick Magazine, she offers some of her roses to Sam when she learns no one gave her anything for Valentine's.
- Proud Beauty: She takes pride in her looks, something Spectra took advantage of.
- Rich Bitch: In contrast to Sam, she enjoys using her father's money.
- Spicy Latina: She is hispanic, very stubborn and the most beautiful girl at Casper High.
- Spoiled Brat: Having a father that can rent out a country club for her birthday.
Voiced by: Dat Phan and James SieDash's best friend and fellow jock, who while having jerk jock tendencies is a lot nicer than Dash and the other popular kids.
- Jerk Jock: At first, he's an Asian version of Dash, then characterization marched on and he became more of a Lovable Jock.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is not above bullying lesser students. However, contrary to the other popular kids, he can occasionally be a decent guy.
- Only One Name: It is unknown if Kwan is his first or last name.
- Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Implied to be the reason why he picks on unpopular kids. One example is when Valerie more or less forced Kwan to beat up Danny for ruining her shirt, even though it was an accident.
- Satellite Character: For Dash and Valerie (when they were going out), though there are some subversions. When neither of them are available he starts following Tucker and Sam around.
- Stereotype Flip: Of Asian and Nerdy. He's not very intelligent.
- Art Evolution: By the later portion of Season 2, her design is given minor changes. Her eyelashes aren't visible, her nose isn't as round and the "9" on her shirt disappears.
- Beta Bitch: She mostly hangs around with Paulina to maintain some popularity.
- Expy: As Paulina to Trixie, Star is a grown-up version of Veronica.
- Implied Love Interest: "Frightmare" suggests Danny has or had a crush on her, despite how vocal she was about disliking him.
- Love Interest: An on-and-off interest for Tucker, Depending on the Writer.
- Pair the Spares: Occasionally is seen dating Kwan.
- Satellite Character: Lampshaded. She mostly hangs around with Paulina to maintain some popularity. Though in "Flirting with Disaster", she's friends with Valerie despite her not being popular herself anymore.
Voiced by: Ron PerlmanThe primary teacher (and vice-principal) of Casper High. Often strict with an inability to connect with his students, Mr. Lancer may seem like a bullying mentor to Danny (at times, he will often favor Dash simply because he's a popular football player), but deep down, he wants all his students to succeed.
- Berserk Button: Do not call him "Old Man".
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: He used to have hair when he was younger, but ended up bald.
- Hidden Depths: He loves playing online games.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He does sort of look like a cartoonish Ron Perlman with a shaved head and goatee.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: In "The Ultimate Enemy", while Danny's family and friends were 'Gone But Not Forgotten' after the Nasty Burger explosion, he was just 'Gone'.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: He has a "photo" of his sister (or rather him in a dress) and explains that he uses this job to see her again, thereby motivating students to get better. Lampshaded when he wonders why no one ever figures it out.
- Sadist Teacher: Subverted. While he's introduced as a strict, bitter teacher that unfairly punishes students, it's revealed that he actually cares a lot about his students' grades and sees in their work as a reflection of himself. Played straight in the first few episodes. It was implied that he deliberately turned a blind eye to Dash's behavior because of his athletic status and smugly gave Danny a failing grade despite everything he risked with his report on the endangered gorilla.
- Stern Teacher: He does this all the time, but one particular episode states that he's doing this job to meet up with his sister. Then it's subverted as he then asks why no one realizes it's him in a dress.
- Totally Radical: When trying to sound hip, he pulls out a slang dictionary and appears to pick words at random.
- Unusual Euphemism: Uses book titles that fit the situation.
Voiced by: Martin Mull
"I am not a villain; all I wanted was love."A devious Villain with Good Publicity, Vlad is a manipulative, clever, genius billionaire who has made it his lifetime goal to kill his former best friend Jack Fenton and subsequently take back the woman he loves, Maddie. His other goal is to convince Danny to join his side as his surrogate son due to their similar natures (that Danny often denies) and powers.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Maddie.
- Always Someone Better: To Danny. 21 years of experience using his ghost powers means that he has far better control of them, and a much broader repertoire of powers to draw from. A desire to close the gap causes Danny to train intensively. While Danny does improve much more quickly than Vlad did, he still almost never beats Vlad in a straight up fight, usually resorting to interfering with his end goal or using trickery.
- Arch-Enemy: To Danny.
- Beard of Evil: In both his human and ghost forms.
- Berserk Button: Turns angry if you call him a "fruitloop". Or mention how he lost the woman of his dreams to an idiot and still can't use his vast fortune to buy the Green Bay Packers. Or suggest he get a cat.
- Big Bad: Is the main villain of the show.
- Broken Ace: Vlad is a very wealthy and powerful man, but he has a lot of issues.
- Broken Pedestal: Poor Danielle learns the hard way what kind of person her creator is. Soon Jack and Valerie feel the same way. Maddie seemed to have treated him pretty nicely until learning he had always had a thing for her and blames Jack for "stealing" her. When he asks her to dump Jack and marry him, she's treated him with disdain ever since... at least until Vlad rescued Danny in "Reign Storm".
- Card-Carrying Villain: He initially averted this - for the first two seasons, being called a villain was almost a Berserk Button for him - but after Villain Decay began to set in he started acting more like a conventional card-carrying baddie.
- The Chessmaster: To the point of referring to his plans and the people in them using chess terms.
- Combo Platter Powers: Flight, intangibility, energy blasts, possession, the ability to sense other ghosts, and duplication.
- Consummate Liar: Lies to everybody, but especially Jack.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much like Danny, Vlad is often very sarcastic.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Even says obvious evil things around others, but they perceive it as a joke.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Except for one time-twisting episode, he never got Maddie which made him hate Jack even more.
- Entitled Bastard: In the final episode, after revealing his true nature and that he doesn't consider Jack a friend, he still genuinely expects Jack to help him after his plan to phase the Ectoranium asteroid through the Earth backfires, only for Jack to leave him stranded in space.
- Even Evil Has Standards: His alternate future self went into exile over guilt for Dark Danny's existence, and is horrified as to what Dark Danny does to his human half.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Thought asking Maddie to dump Jack right to her face wouldn't end with her hating him. It seems despite wanting love, he fails to understand it.
- Evil Counterpart: To Danny. He's a prime example of what Danny could have been if he had used his powers for personal gain.
- Evil Versus Evil: Him against the Ghost King. Dosen't end well for the former.
- Expy: Of the Green Goblin. An older wealthy businessman and a Villain with Good Publicity with a secret identity, who considers the hero his surrogate son despite the latter's intense vocal disagreement.
- Faux Affably Evil: Vlad's veneer of politeness doesn't really do much to mask his true self.
- Flying Brick: Even moreso than Danny, given his 20 years of more experience.
- Freak Lab Accident: Vlad gained his powers through one of these, though it also gave him ecto-acne and, at least to his mind, cost him the love of his life.
- Heel Realization: In Ultimate Enemy, an older, depowered Vlad admits that spending ten years having lost everything did have some benefits."If any good came out of this, it's that ten years without ghost powers gave me the chance to see what a fool I'd been."
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Constantly, a lot of his defeats are usually because of some oversight that he doesn't catch in time due to his ego. This eventually comes to a head in Phantom Planet where he finds a meteorite coming toward the Earth and offers to ghost it harmlessly through the planet in exchange for becoming the ruler of the Earth, revealing his alter ego in the process. He even has Jack take him to it as a bit of personal embarrassment. Jack tries to sway him into giving up on his conquest as he still considers him his friend. But Vlad coldly rejects his offer. However when he can't phase the meteor since its made of a substance that negates ghost powers, he realizes he can't uphold his end of the bargain and since he revealed his villainous nature, he'll be branded a criminal on Earth. He quickly turns to Jack for help, but Jack refuses and leaves him stranded in space.
- Hopeless Suitor: As stated in In Love with Love, Vlad loves the idea of being with Maddie more than Maddie herself — which is why Maddie could never be happy with him. Even in an alternate reality where she married Vlad, Maddie still loved Jack, due to Vlad's controlling nature, treating her more like a possession instead of a person. Even as a hologram, one specifically designed to love him and disparage her husband, did not love him and instead loved Jack (or "The Jack Program" in this case). It seems the one thing Vlad is unable to comprehend, something that is obvious to everyone else, is that for all his wealth, fame, and power, he doesn't have a chance with Maddie — at all.
- Horned Hairdo: As Vlad Plasmius.
- Hypocrite: Despite his claims that all he wanted was to be loved, he treats the only two people who showed him any kind of love or admiration (Jack and Danielle) like dirt, blaming the former for not allowing him to be with Maddie and believing that the latter's only purpose was to serve him and help him deal with Danny. He instead obsesses over a woman, a married one at that, who doesn't even like him as a friend and doesn't care how she actually feels and gaining his teenage archenemy as a son.
- In Love with Love: Deconstructed. Vlad is obsessed with the idea of being with Maddie more than Maddie herself, to the point of not seeming to care that she doesn't want anything to do with him or that killing Jack would make her hate him. He goes as far as to have a stuffed doll of her and bases his holograms on her.
- Killed Off for Real: Maybe. The last we see of him is in space getting smacked by an asteroid.
- Love Makes You Evil: His entire motivation is based around being desperately in love with Maddie Fenton, blaming Jack Fenton for taking her away from him and wanting to do everything in his considerable power to remove Jack from the picture so he can move in and take Maddie as his wife, as he believes is his right. Though in the alternate timeline where he didn't get the powers but married Maddie, he's shown to still be a massive jerk, refusing to let her do any ghost hunting that she had to eventually do it in secret. So the trope ends up being subverted.
- Manipulative Bastard: Plays with everyone around him like they're pieces in a chess game.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: And an obsession with the Green Bay Packers.
- Me's a Crowd: The main power that makes him Danny's superior. Although Danny does get it himself eventually.
- Mr. Fanservice: His human form. However, he's more interested in being this to Maddie.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Danny's first fight in Vlad's debut episode is with a gang of vultures sent to kill Jack.
- Not So Different: With Danny. Both tend to use their powers for selfish means, and, as Vlad pointed out in his first episode, they're both willing to cheaply exploit their enemies' weaknesses to win.
- Obviously Evil: When in his human form, he doesn't look too much like a bad guy. But when he's in his ghost form, you immediately know that he's evil.
- Pet the Dog: In "The Ultimate Enemy". Granted this happened in an alternate timeline, but he takes Danny in after his friends and family are killed. Although smug at first, one look at Danny mourning his love ones was enough to make Vlad show sympathy and help him. This unfortunately led to Dark Danny.
- Pick on Someone Your Own Size: He'll revert to ghost form when fighting Danny.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In his ghost form, his eyes are a blazing red, his powers showing as a pink or red glow in comparison to Danny's green. His hair also looks a lot like horns, and he grows fangs, giving him a very evil vampiric look, fitting in with his name.
- The Resenter: To Jack Fenton, for stealing the girl of his dreams, and causing the accident that turned him into a half-ghost.
- Rival Turned Evil: Though Jack doesn't see it.
- Silver Fox: His human form.
- Single-Target Sexuality: You'd think with his vast riches and superpowers, Vlad would have found someone more of a match for him. Instead, the only woman he wants is Maddie, who is married and doesn't have a good opinion of him. To demonstrate that, he has holograms of her who compliment him every time, photos of her on his desktop and a stuff Maddie doll when he goes to sleep.
- The Sociopath: Maddie refers to him as one. Danny refers to him as a fruit loop.
- Stepford Smiler: He may act pleasant, but he's a cold, heartless villain underneath the smile. He's also unable to enjoy his vast wealth because it can't get him the one thing he really wants: Maddie.
- Underestimating Badassery: What leads to him losing against Jack Fenton.
- Unusual Euphemism: Uses snack foods where most people would swear.
- Villainous Breakdown: He has one in the Season 2 Finale that continues into Season 3.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He even becomes mayor of Amity Park, and he doesn't even live there! It's suggested that he bought and overshadowed his way in, though.
- We Can Rule Together: The thing he wants most is to marry Maddie and make Danny his son, and he constantly tries to get Danny to come to his side...a tempting offer, as he is the only one Danny can truly relate to as a half-ghost, at least until Danielle's creation.
- We Used to Be Friends: Towards the oblivious Jack. Becomes mutual in "Phantom Planet".
- Wicked Cultured: As shown in the way he talks and dresses.
- The Worf Effect: Has been on both sides of this. In many of his earlier episodes he almost effortlessly defeats Danny. However when Pariah Dark is set free he defeats Vlad completely effortlessly!
- Would Hurt a Child: When he's not trying to make Danny side with him, Vlad has no problem beating him to a bloody pulp. He also has no qualms against melting Danielle.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His human form has silver hair.
Voiced by: Jon Cryer
"I am Freakshow, your master of ceremonies."The ringmaster of Circus Gothica. Real name is Frederick Isaak Showenhower. He traveled the country with his Goth circus, though it was really a cover. The performers, save for his assistant Lydia, were ghosts under the control of his staff. He used his staff make them steal from the towns they visited. He's also the only human in the series to be a genuine villain. (All other humans that opposed Danny Phantom were either Vlad, who is half-ghost, or ghost hunters who viewed all ghosts as Always Chaotic Evil.)
- Berserk Button: Because he craves the center of attention, we won't let anyone outstage him, especially ghosts. Also, he violently denies that he has Ghost Envy.
- Big Bad: Of the third TV Movie "Reality Trip".
- Evil Albino: Admits he has anemia.
- Fatal Flaw: His flair for the dramatic. He had Danny dead to rights, but deliberately gave him a chance to win simply because making him watch as his family died was "boring".
- Freudian Excuse: Growing up around ghosts and two ghost-obsessed parents gave him a massive inferiority complex. He also suspects that his audience cares more about his ghosts than about him, which fuels his desire for power and attention.
- It's All About Me: Craves to be the center of attention when it comes to his shows. Danny uses this to his advantage.
- Nice Hat: A black tophat.
- Not So Different: Has a moment where he and Jazz admit to having "Ghost Envy", as in feeling everyone around cares more about ghosts than him.
- Reality Warper: When using the Reality Gauntlet in "Reality Trip".
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: Real name is Frederich Isak Showenhower. Given that he's a circus performer, this is probably intentional on his part.
- Token Human: The only (completely) human villain in show.
- Unholy Matrimony: Implied to be this with his dragon Lydia, the only ghost who seems to serve him willingly.
- Villainous Harlequin: Comes from the clown-like look he carries.
- The Dragon: To Freakshow.
- Not Brainwashed: Unlike Freakshow's other minions, she doesn't flee when his scepter is broken and continues to serve him even without the scepter present.
- Tattooed Crook: Taken to the logical extreme; her tattoos are weapons.
- Undying Loyalty: She's furious when Danny traps Freakshow in the Fenton Thermos.
- Unholy Matrimony: Implied to be this with Freakshow, the only ghost who seems to serve him willingly.
- The Voiceless: She never talks.
"BEWARE!"A Harmless Villain, Box Ghost's main shtick are anything cardboard and square (and the occasional bubble wrap). Consistently pathetic and easy to beat, he remains determined to be taken seriously. He Took a Level in Badass in the Bad Future, becoming incredibly muscular and gaining the ability to form exploding boxes out of energy.
- Butt Monkey: Frequently. Skulker likes using him as bait, for starters.
- Catchphrase: "I am the Box Ghost!" "BEWARE!"
- Eyepatch of Power: Is seen sporting one in the Bad Future.
- Future Badass: In the Bad Future where Danny became Dark Danny, Box Ghost is far from the bumbling incompetent spectre Danny knows."Beware."
- Harmless Villain: Up until he steals Pandora's Box. Once that was done, he was given his own Wanted Poster.
- Improbable Weapon User: Mostly boxes, but him being one of the few with telekinesis can also attack with the items packed inside the boxes, as Danny can testify. And then there's Pandora's Box with its contents.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: So much so that nobody really cares whether he's on the loose or not.Box Ghost: Hey! I have feelings too, y'know!
- Large Ham: He's quite bombastic when announcing himself.
- Nice Hat: A dark blue knit cap.
- Took a Level in Badass: His future self is far more serious and powerful. He also gained a power boost from Pandora's Box which temporarily made him one of Danny's most difficult enemies to beat.
- Unholy Matrimony: With the Lunch Lady in at least one future. Team Phantom is heavily squicked out by this.
- Unknown Rival: To Danny, who couldn't care less about him.
- Workplace-Acquired Abilities: It is implied that he was a longshoreman when he was still alive.
Voiced by: Patricia Heaton and Kath Soucie
"Would you like to try my [insert food here]?" (person refuses) "Then [insert horrifying statement here]!"Her goal is to serve food to everybody, but she goes into a homicidal rage if people refuse. She doesn't like vegetables.
- Apron Matron: Can go from kind and motherly when offering food to vicious and blood thirsty when her food is rejected.
- Berserk Button: Changing the Casper High cafeteria menu will drive her insane, but either accepting or refusing the food she randomly offers to people in the middle of her fights also works.
- Chef of Iron: Can control food and form a body made of meat.
- Evil Chef: Tries to kill people who don't like her cooking.
- Improbable Weapon User: Her power is similar to Box Ghost, except she can telekinetically control food, cups, plates, utensils, anything that has to do with a kitchen.
- Lethal Chef: It's not that the food's bad so much as that it will kill you.
- Mood-Swinger: She talks very sweetly one minute, then screams at the top of her lungs in a blind rage the next.
- Obsessed with Food: More like Obsessed With Meat, but still. She claims that lunch is sacred, and worships meat to the point of proclaiming it the source of discipline, manners, and respect.
- Unholy Matrimony: With the Box Ghost in at least one future. Team Phantom is heavily squicked out by this.
- Workplace-Acquired Abilities: She was a former chef of Casper High.
Voiced by: Kath SoucieFrom the Bad Future, she is the daughter of Box Ghost and Lunch Lady.
- Combat Pragmatist: Danny assumes that she's as much of a pushover as her parents, but she uses tactics like closing the gap while Danny is occupied dodging her food and boxes so she can hit him.
- Cute Bruiser: She's just a child, but manages to put of a decent fight against Danny.
- Girlish Pigtails: The hairstyle she wears.
- Kid from the Future: Is the future child of Box Ghost and Lunch Lady, sent back by Clockwork to test Danny.
- Lamarck Was Right: She has both of her parents' powers. She also has a perfect blend of their personalities.
- Nice Hat: A pink cap she keeps turned backwards.
- Punny Name: It's a portmanteau of "Box Ghost" and "Lunch Lady".
Voiced by: Mathew St. Patrick and Kevin Michael Richardson
One of the show's most recurring villains, Skulker is a ghost obsessed with hunting to such an extent that he's considered the Ghost Zone's greatest predator. Growing bored, he looked to the real world for a challenge and fixated on Danny, whose hybrid nature made for an endlessly exciting hunt. In the Bad Future, he merged with Technus to become Skulk Tech.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: In the absence of Pariah Dark, he appears to be the de facto leader of the Ghost Zone. Most likely because, as "The Ghost Zone's Greatest Hunter," he's the most dangerous among them.
- Badass Biker: He certainly looks like one.
- Beard of Evil: A glowing green goatee.
- BFG: There are a lot of improbably huge guns built into that battlesuit.
- The Dragon: To Vlad on occasion.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Hunts other ghosts for sport. He even keeps trophies.
- Enemy Mine: On several occasions. He even says once, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend. ...For now."
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice actually gets deeper as the series goes on.
- Flaming Hair: Has glowing green flames for hair.
- Humiliation Conga: In his first appearance, he accidentally hooks up his battlesuit to Tucker's PDA. Since said PDA holds Danny's schedule, Skulker is forced to follow, being jerked around like a puppet by his own armor.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Targets other ghosts, and takes a particular interest in Danny Phantom.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: The real Skulker is a tiny and pathetically weak ghost; the body most people see is just a high-tech suit. As he spends almost all of his time in the suit, however, this isn't a huge weakness.
- Powered Armor: His body turns out to be a Giant Mecha of sorts for a small, weak ghost.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Danny hate each other, but do seem to respect each others' abilities to the extent of teaming up several times when a bigger threat comes around. He even states as much in the series finale.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green, flaming hair.
"I am Technus! Master of technology and destroyer of worlds!"Another common enemy, Technus is an eccentric ghost with formidable technological powers and the goal of WORLD DOMINATION- who gets defeated in every appearance, largely due to his bad habit of shouting his plans at the top of his lungs (though his upgrade into Technus 2.0 helped him break that habit). Nonetheless, as long as he can possess sufficiently advanced machinery, he can be quite formidable. In the Bad Future, he merged with Skulker to become Skulk Tech.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Prior to being upgraded his plans were skewed towards the bizarre.
- Cool Shades: Square ones that seem to lack a nosepiece.
- Einstein Hair: Before his upgrade he had white Flaming Hair that gave him this look.
- Genre Blindness: Very much so in his original form, doing things like blurting out his plans and spending hours monologuing. His upgrade negated this, though.
- Large Ham: "I AM TECHNUS! MASTER OF ALL THINGS ELECTRICAL!"
- Manipulative Bastard: After his upgrade, much to Danny's surprise, who assumed he wouldn't do it because he hates emotions.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Nikola Tesla, known best for his work in electrical currents (as well as being the source for many Mad Scientist tropes).
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Interfacing with the Fentons' computer allowed him to transform into 'Technus 2.0'. Not only did it give him a new look and stronger powers, it came with a huge boost in cunning. Overall, it made him far more formidable than he was before.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice appears to be modeled after Gilbert Gottfried.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When his shades are off, even though it's only shown in his first appearance.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Spent a fair amount of episodes imprisoned in Level Zero of the Doomed video game.
- Shipper on Deck: In one of the most unique uses of this trope, Technus plays this as a variant of Let's You and Him Fight. He pushes Valerie and Danny closer together in a relationship to distract both of them while he works on his larger plans.
- Simple Staff: He's sometimes shown with a technological staff capable of generating electricity. It became a plot point once in a later episode.
- Take Over the World: His stated goal.
- Technopath: He commonly refers to himself in some form of "Technus! Ghost Master of Technology!" because of this.
- Totally Radical: Tries to sound "hip and far out" around Team Phantom in one episode.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Technus has white hair.
Voiced by: Peri Gilpin
"So you have wished it, so shall it be."A ghost genie who is forced to grant people's wishes, most of them resulting a terrible price on the wisher. As a human, Desiree was the Sultan's favored lover of his harem, a love she gave back. The Sultan's jealous wife drove her away, forcing her to remain vindictive and heartbroken throughout the series.
- Bare Your Midriff: The outfit she wears shows her naval.
- Batman Gambit: At one point, she began stalking Team Phantom when she saw that Danny and Sam were arguing. She was waiting for the point when one of them used the magic words, "I wish I never met you!" without Sam as Danny's friend, he never became Danny Phantom, and removed him as an obstacle for her plans involving a meteor shower.
- Beat It By Compulsion: A drawback to her powers.
- Break the Cutie: In her backstory. She was promised her heart's desire and was banished for it. After her death, she tried granting people's wishes to give them the happiness she could never have, but was driven evil by the selfish nature of everyone's desires and her own bitterness.
- Does Not Like Men: Touched on slightly in the debut episode."No man may lay a hand on me unless I wish it!"
- Expy: Of Jeannie.
- Freudian Excuse: See Break the Cutie.
- Hartman Hips: Despite not having legs.
- Jackass Genie: Grants other peoples' wishes, but does so in a way that's sure to cause chaos. Interestingly, the images used in her backstory suggest she didn't always act this way, but started to out of spite over her own wish never being fulfilled.
- Literal Genie: Became one when after she "died of a broken heart... and old age".
- Peek-a-Bangs: One eye is always covered by her hair.
- Rapunzel Hair: It is blatant in both length and width.
- Reality Warper: Her powers are generally limited to whatever (imaginative) people wish for.
- Wishplosion: She grants wishes and has no choice but to do so. In fact, in her debut episode, she was defeated when Danny wished that she got sucked into the Fenton Thermos. This was also the reason she wasn't used much (beside her VA being busy) since the writers couldn't think of any other way to beat her.
Voiced by: James Arnold TaylorA ghostly sheriff obsessed with maintaining order at any cost, Walker doesn't have as many appearances as some of the other rogues' gallery members, but is still a very significant villain for being the ghost who reveals the existence of ghosts to the world at large and is responsible for Danny's rep as a Hero with Bad Publicity.
- The Bad Guy Wins: His scheme to discredit Danny in "Public Enemies" actually succeeds.
- Corrupt Hick: If his accent is anything to go by.
- Evil Albino: One of the few ghosts to have completely white skin rather than blue or green.
- Evil Plan: In "Public Enemies" he pulls off one almost perfectly, turning the whole town against Danny while suffering no lasting consequences himself beyond being sent back to the Ghost Zone.
- Inspector Javert: If something from the real world goes into the Ghost World, they are breaking the rules and will be arrested without exception, even if a person from the real world enters the Ghost World specifically to remove something from the real world that floated in.
- The Jailer: Runs a prison in the Ghost Zone.
- Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He's also executioner and executioner. He really enjoys that part of the job.
- Knight Templar: Even Felony Misdemeanors are enough of an excuse for him to arrest and jail you.
- Meaningful Name: Clearly intended as an evil Walker, Texas Ranger.
- Nice Hat: A black hat that contrasts to his white suit.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Walker's eyes are solid red, and he's not one to take lightly.
- Took a Level in Badass: He's a lot more formidable in "Public Enemies" than he is in his first appearance in "Prisoners of Love". And he was a pretty formidable foe to begin with, to boot.
Vain Sorceress ghost who sucks in their emotions to further her youth and beauty. Beneath that bubbly personality, Spectra is sadistic and immoral.
- Bare Your Midriff: Sports this look in her second appearance.
- Break Them by Talking: A very defining trait of hers. She often tries demoralizing her opponents since she needs negativity to function.
- Crazy-Prepared: In her debut episode, she keeps the air conditioner on full blast, so people in her office are always seeing their own breath. However, when Danny sees a photo with his ghost sense (which looks like fogged-up breath) going off while he was in the hall, he realizes that Spectra used it to hide the fact that she was a ghost.
- Emotion Eater: Feeds off of despair and depression.
- Fatal Flaw: Exploited as part of her MO. She feeds off of negativity, which she gets by acting as a high school psychologist and picking at the one thing her "patients" are the most insecure about. For Dash, it's his future; for Paulina, it's her beauty; for Danny, it's his competence.
- Fountain of Youth: She needs the depression of teenagers to keep her youth.
- Horned Hairdo: In both her humanoid forms.
- Last Name Basis: Almost nobody calls her Penelope. Probably because it doesn't sound very ghostly.
- Living Shadow: What her ghost form looks like.
- Manipulative Bastard: Loves to manipulate teens into misery, especially Danny.
- The Shrink: Her disguise in her debut.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: At least in her human form. Her eyes are also a subtle indicator that she's a ghost.
- Unholy Matrimony: Implied to have this with Bertrand.
- Vain Sorceress: All of her plans are motivated by a desire to be perfectly beautiful.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley BakerPrince Aragon is the ruthless and cruel older brother of Princess Dorathea (AKA The Dragon Ghost), both of whom appeared to have lived in the Middle Ages (the 4th to the 16th centuries).
- Aloof Older Brother: And Abusive. Poor Dorathea.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Tried to force Sam into being his bride.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Dorathea's Abel once she stands against him.
- Fisher King: His realm is incredibly drab under his rule, but begin to revert as soon as he's defeated.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Thanks to a pendent he can turn into one at the drop of a hat.
- Straw Misogynist: His views on women are The Theme Park Version of Middle Age social mores, meant to drive home his episode's message about about modern women.
- Walking Techbane: Literally, since no modern technology can function in his realm.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has grey hair.
"Ohhh, Ember, so warm and tender! You will remember my name!"A punk rock Diva, Ember hates all sense of authority and adults. She wants to Take Over the World strictly so people will always remember her name. She tends to be a blunt person. In the Bad Future, she is overweight and her vocal cords have been damaged, rendering her unable to sing.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her normal attire features this.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: She gets more powerful the more her fans chant her name.
- Emotion Bomb: Can use her guitar to manipulate others' emotions.
- Evil Diva: She's a ghostly rock star who wants to take over the world.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: In her case, it has more to do with being a punk rocker than with being evil.
- Expy: Does she remind you of another girl with blue hair in a ponytail, a short fuse, and a great singing voice?
- Flaming Hair: It gets longer the stronger she gets. She can use it as a weapon. Backfired when she accidentally set Youngblood's pirate ship on fire.
- Freudian Excuse: According to Word of God, before she died, Ember was an unpopular high school-aged girl who had large dreams of becoming a rock star. However, she died in a house fire after waiting all night for a boy who asked her out to the movies and didn't come, saying, "He's just running late." When morning came and he didn't show up, she went back home and was so exhausted that she fell asleep and didn't wake up when her house mysteriously caught on fire. Even more if you adhere to the theory that she killed herself, perhaps even by setting herself or her house on fire.
- Goth Girls Know Magic: She's a gothy rock diva, and as a ghost she has supernatural powers.
- Goth Spirals: On her right eye.
- Instrument of Murder: Can smack people around with her electric guitar.
- Love Potion: More like "Love Guitar". One of the settings on her guitar makes people fall in love with each other.
- Musical Assassin: Her guitar is her main weapon.
- Pirate Girl: She wears pirate gear during the episode "Pirate Radio" where she and Youngblood team up to take over Amity Park.
- Popularity Power: The more people say her name, the stronger she gets.
- The Power of Rock: Litterally.
- Say My Name: In her first appearance. She wasn't happy when it didn't work.
- Totally Radical: Her favourite insult for Danny is "Dipstick", something he's mocked her on before.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Skulker, until she dumped him.
- Villain Song: "Remember", which hints at her origin. The lyrics tell the story of a girl evidently abandoned by her love, whose life continued on without her, with him apparently forgetting she existed. This could be part of her motivation, and how she died so young... it's been hinted that she perhaps committed suicide after being left, perhaps by cremating herself, and her vengeful spirit wants everyone to adore her and always be screaming her name to make sure she's never forgotten again.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has cyan hair.
Voiced by: Taylor LautnerA little, immature boy who likes to play dress up. Despite his size and youth, he can be incredibly dangerous.
- Cowboy: His second appearance ditches the pirate theme for a cowboy theme.
- Creepy Child: Especially in his second appearance, in which he gleefully tries to drive Danny insane and to kill Jazz.
- Cute Bruiser: Is just a child, but is a formidable opponent nevertheless.
- Dressed to Plunder: As a pirate, he hits most of the major costume tropes.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Youngblood's powers seem to be based on whatever he's play-acting as. From shooting cannons as a pirate to creating a lasso as a cowboy.
- Invisible to Adults: And teenagers who think they are adults.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: His gimmick changes in every episode. He's been a Pirate, a Cowboy, etc. Although this is justified as he's a kid.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Has one in the form of a skeletal entity that first takes the form of a parrot and then a horse. His form is apparently dependent on Youngblood's current activity.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The younger villain to Danny's older hero.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Obviously, though he fails at it.
- Undead Child: He's far younger than Danny, for certain.
Voiced by: William BaldwinA scruffy punk on a motorcycle. His main goals are raising havoc and pleasing his girlfriend, Kitty. In the Bad Future, he is in a wheelchair.
- Badass Biker: Has a spectral motorbike that he uses both as transportation and as a weapon.
- Chivalrous Pervert: While he loves Kitty very much, he can't help ogling the ladies, infuriating her to no end.
- Cool Bike: That can drive along walls and fly.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In spite of his Chivalrous Pervert tendencies, he loves his girlfriend Kitty. His motivation in his debut episode was to try to free her from the portal.
- Living Shadow: It has a mind of its own and is quite powerful. His Weapon of Choice, besides his bike.
- Perma-Stubble: Johnny has a few lines of blond hair on his chin, though never enough for a Beard of Evil.
- Thirteen Is Unlucky: His name and powers are correlated.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Kitty.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Bright light will temporarily disintegrate his shadow and water will turn it into a puddle.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Anything his shadow passes through receives bad luck. Danny used this against him by tricking the shadow into touching some equipment Johnny was using.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the Bad Future in "Ultimate Enemy"; it's implied that whatever Dark Danny did to him (we never find out what it was), it was much more brutal than the horrible things he did to the rest of his Rogues Gallery. Can you really blame him for wanting revenge?
Voiced by: Chynna PhillipsJohnny 13's girlfriend. She mostly follows his path, but can be quite dangerous, especially when she's angry. She seemed the least changed in the Bad Future, but joined Johnny and the others in attempting revenge.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Why Kitty is attracted to Johnny 13.
- Bare Your Midriff: Part of her "biker girlfriend" attire.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Really hates it when Johnny is looking at other women besides her.
- Demonic Possession: In her first appearance, Johnny needed to find a host body for her to inhabit in the human world. This was dropped in later episodes, and in one episode she uses her possession in an attempt to make Johnny jealous.
- Kiss of Death: It's a blown kiss, but anyone who is hit by it is trapped in another dimension. If she doesn't blow another kiss to bring them back within a time limit, they're trapped on the other side forever.
- Operation Jealousy: To piss off Johnny, she dates Danny while secretly overshadowing Paulina.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Johnny.
- Woman Scorned: Johnny's got to learn to stop his wandering eye.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kitty has green hair.
Voiced by: Will ArnettA one-shot villain from the Christmas Episode, he tried to get revenge on Danny for accidentally destroying one of his poems.
- Anti-Villain: Not evil per se, as Danny was a jerk towards him after learning the book he'd accidentally incinerated was a Christmas poem.
- Didn't See That Coming: He didn't forsee the other villains teaming up with Danny to take him down for having the audacity to attack someone on Christmas.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He trapped Danny in a book where everyone was against him just because Danny destroyed his poem.
- Kryptonite Factor: He loses his control over reality whenever he breaks his rhyming pattern.
- The Only Way They Will Learn: Traps Danny in a Christmas story to get back at him for ruining his book and to teach him some Christmas spirit.
- Rewriting Reality: Anything he types into his keyboard comes true.
- Rhymes on a Dime: In his new poem, all of the time.
- Stealth Mentor: Of a sort. His goal was to instill some Christmas spirit in Danny. He just got carried away.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Because nothing rhymes with "orange."
Voiced by: Michael DornA ghost considered to be the spirit of Halloween, Fright Knight is a very powerful Sealed Evil in a Can inadvertently released by Danny, who was trying to put together a haunted house as part of a detention for Mr. Lancer. He was resealed at the end of the episode, only to be released later by Pariah to serve as The Dragon. At the end of Reign Storm, he was seen to make an alliance with Vlad to take down his master, but this is never really followed up on. In "The Ultimate Enemy's" Bad Future, Dark Danny seems to have inherited his loyalty.
- Aborted Arc: The writers clearly planned for something big to come of his alliance with Vlad, since the whole of Reign Storm leads up to it and it's alluded to in Ultimate Enemy. But for some reason, it's just sort of forgotten about.
- Artifact of Doom: His sword, the Soulshredder.
- Black Knight: Is dark knight with purple Flaming Hair and a cursed sword.
- Cool Horse: Rides one.
- Cool Sword: The Soulshredder.
- The Dragon: To Pariah and Dark Danny.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep, menacing voice.
- Knight of Cerebus: Pun aside, the episodes he's involved in are the darkest in the series. Not to mention the two movies.
- Large Ham: More subtle than most, but the guy really has a flair for poetry and dramatics.
- Magic Knight: Can fire energy blasts or seal his opponents by slashing them with his sword.
- Obviously Evil: Just look at him!
- Punny Name: His name is a play on "fright night" (Halloween) and "knight".
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was sealed away inside a pumpkin, and was released first by Danny himself (accidentally), and later by Pariah Dark so that he could act as The Dragon.
- The Starscream: Partial example. He clearly resents being Pariah's minion, but is too scared of him to actually betray him until Vlad shows up with a better offer.
- Your Worst Nightmare: His sword teleports anyone touched by it to a dimension where their real nightmares become reality.
Voiced by: Brian Cox
"It's a burden, isn't it, child—Having so much power?"Absolute ruler of the Ghost Zone until he was defeated and imprisoned, Pariah is far and away one of the most powerful characters to appear in the series, to the extent of effortlessly owning Vlad within seconds of being freed and commanding the allegiance of Fright Knight, another tremendously powerful villain. He was inadvertently released by Vlad, who was looking for his artifacts of doom, the Ring of Rage and Crown of Fire, and immediately proceeded to conquer both the Ghost Zone and Amity Park. Ultimately, Danny was able to seal him again (with some help), but the Ghost King was not destroyed and may yet be free to walk the world again.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The former Ghost King, and the probably the most powerful ghost to exist and the only one capable of dual-wielding the Ring of Rage and Crown of Fire. Danny had to use his parents Exo Suit to amplify his powers a hundred-fold just to stand a chance and all he could do was knock the Crown off (and thus weakening Pariah) enough to shove him back into the Coffin of Forever-Sleep.
- Big Bad: Of the first TV-movie.
- Didn't See That Coming: He's rather surprised, though more amused than anything, to find half ghost hybrids exist in the modern age.
- The Dreaded: The Fright Knight, ghost of Halloween and nightmares serves him out of fear. Virtually this to ''every ghost in the Ghost Zone.''
- Eye Beams: His most common attack.
- Evil Overlord: He ruled the Ghost Zone before being overthrown.
- Expy: Word of God mentioned Darkseid as an inspiration for the character.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: He had elements of this, being an obscenely powerful ghost out for world domination, but without a terribly interesting personality. However, the Made-for-TV Movie he appeared in featured major roles from a lot of the more interesting Rogues Gallery members (such as Vlad, Valerie, Fright Knight, and Skulker), so it all evened out. It also turned out that the ENTIRE MOVIE had all been a plot by the resident Magnificent Bastard Arch-Enemy Vlad to make a deal with the Fright Knight... for a scheme that never happened.
- Horned Humanoid: Has a pair of horns, but one of them is broken.
- Large Ham: Justified, given how big he is.
- Physical God: Is the strongest ghost Danny has ever faced, having conquered the Ghost Zone a long time ago.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed away to free the Ghost Zone from his tyranny.
- Spikes of Villainy: Has spikes around his arms.
- With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: A dark variation, but as his quote above says, he mentions that wielding a massive amount of power is a burden. It also serves as a mirror to Danny's actions, as he had been recently using his Ghost powers againat Dash and he responses to Pariah's statement on how one is supposed to use their power.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His mane-like hair is green.
- 0% Approval Rating: None of the ghosts like him and Fright Knight only seems to serve him out of fear. Fits since his name is Pariah, which means something that is despised or avoided.
Click here to see him. He's that much of a spoiler.
Voiced by: Eric Roberts
"You don't get it, do you? I'm still here! I still exist! That means you still turn into me."Danny's alternate future counterpart through a fusion between his ghost half and Vlad's after an accident that renders his family, friends, and teacher dead from a Nasty Burger explosion. He is a straight-to-the-point villain who all but creates mayhem and destruction in his path with absolutely no guilt for his cause. Danny eventually defeats him and with Clockwork's aid, changes the future. Dark Danny now exists outside of time, forever trapped in the Fenton Thermos. He is perhaps the most dangerous villain in the show because of his personal nature and utter depravity.
- 0% Approval Rating: More so than Pariah. Most everyone in his timeline, ghosts and human, hates him and only Fright Knight seems to serve him willingly.
- Actually, I Am Him:Maddie: What have you done to our boy?!Dark Danny: (laughing maniacally) I AM "your boy"!
- And I Must Scream: Being trapped in the thermos for all eternity. Though it's kind of hard to feel sorry for him due to how evil he is.
- Ax-Crazy: If the ruins of a future Amity Park didn't tell you.
- Badass Cape: The only real difference between his outfit and Danny's is that Dan's has a jagged-edged cape.
- Beard of Evil: He has a goatee.
- Big Bad: Of the second TV-movie.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: One of the few villains to have every condition for it.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He's not shy about admitting his evil deeds. He even confess that "he surrendered his humanity a long time ago" in a very proudly tone.
- Creepy Monotone: Generally tends to speak in a very calm, monotonous voice, unless he's gloating.
- Deadpan Snarker: He occasionaly says some cruel humorous lines, mostly to break his opponents. Apparently that's the only good thing he still retains from his younger self.
- Death by Irony: Not a 'death' per se, but his ultimate fate is to be trapped inside the Fenton Thermos. This very same item he used as a child to seal away his own enemies. Made even better by the fact that it was his younger self who trapped him in.
- Despair Event Horizon: His Start of Darkness and the reason Danny asked Vlad to separate his human and ghost halves. Needless to say, it backfired.
- The Dreaded: That ghost shield was meant to keep him out for a reason. It's implied he's this even for the Ghost Zone.
- Establishing Character Moment: He destroys the shield that's been keeping him out for years, and then causes citywide destruction, with his next scene showing he had a lot of fun with it. This shows that he is one of the most powerful characters in the show and that he greatly enjoys what he does.
- Expy: He shares some strong similarities with Maestro. They're both an evil future version of the hero and they want both assure that their past self becomes like them.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: More like Evil Has Forgotten How To Comprehend Good, as he doesn't understand his younger self's desire to prevent his future and laughs at his desire to save his love ones.
- Evil Counterpart: To Danny Fenton, being his evil future self.
- Evil Makeover: He starts as Danny with green skin, red eyes, flaming hair and pointy ears. Ten years later, he has a new outfit as well.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Puberty treated Danny really well.
- Face–Heel Turn: He's actually Danny himself grown up. After having his ghost half removed by Vlad, Danny's ghost form killed his human self and then fused himself with Vlad's ghost becoming what he is now. He did it for no apparent reason.
- Fallen Hero: Very happy to be as such, disturbingly.
- Fangs Are Evil: He has a pair of vampiric teeth just like Vlad.
- Fate Worse Than Death: He's stuck in that Fenton Thermos forever.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's calm and civil to people he's about to kill. He likes to bring up things he would do if he were still Danny before admitting he won't do them at all.
- Flaming Hair: Has white flaming hair tied back in a ponytail. He learns the hard way to keep it away from anything flammable when Danny sends him crashing into a truck full of oil.
- Fusion Dance: He's a fusion between Danny and Vlad's ghost halves. The end result, however, is an evil all his own.
- Future Me Scares Me: Danny is disturbed and horrified by what he has the potential to become.
- Hero Killer:
- Almost succeeds in killing Sam, Tucker, Jazz, and Danny's parents... oh, and Mr. Lancer too.
- Not to mention the first thing he does when he's created: killing his human half.
- He Is All Grown Up: He's a mature version of Danny and surely he doesn't look bad at all.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Dark Danny mentions that he always underestimated Jazz's brains. When he tells her where the real Danny is, floating in the Ghost Zone ten years in the future, he doesn't realize she can concoct a plot to find him.
- I Hate Past Me: He considers Danny "a child" for wanting to be and doing good. Also, the fact that in the past he killed Danny's human half shows how deeply he must dislikes his younger self.
- Jerkass: Sam and Tucker call him a jerk at several points.
- Knight of Cerebus: By far one of the most menacing villains Danny faced. Unlike any villain this series, or any by Butch Hartman, there is nothing humorous or lighthearted about him.
- Lack of Empathy: Tries to kill Tucker and Sam without a moment's hesitation, and taunts Danny about how fighting him is futile.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His Ghostly Wail. It took him ten years to master the move though. He got really pissed when his past self mastered it quicker.
- Merger of Souls: Is a fusion between Danny's ghost half and Vlad's ghost half.
- Mr. Fanservice: No doubt the voice is what helps.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His actions enable Danny to learn Ghostly Wail earlier than he did, and he ended up being responsible for Danny never becoming him.
- Nothing Is Scarier: We never do find out how he killed his human self upon creation. Future!Vlad simply tells Danny that "some things are better left unsaid."
- Omnicidal Maniac: Apparently. No actual onscreen deaths occur but it's heavily implied he's a mass murderer that's destroyed most of the Earth's population if what we see of the world outside the ghost shield was like is anything to go by.
- Painful Transformation: Absorbing Vlad looked really painful. Some fans have speculated that in that moment, Phantom was fighting for dominance.
- Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Has a HELL of a time destroying the futuristic Amity Park.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: In a similar vein to Vlad's ghost form.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed away in a Fenton Thermos and left with Clockwork, though for how long is unknown.
- Self-Made Orphan: He didn't just kill his parents, he killed his sister, his friends, and his teacher... just to secure his own future.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Danny's trying to stop him from killing the people closest to him because he promised to not turn evil? Ha! Such a child.
- Slasher Smile: Just look at his picture above.
- The Sociopath: All started when Danny made Vlad remove any human emotions that caused him pain. The result became this.
- Temporal Paradox: Winds up causing one while trying to ensure his own creation. Whoops.
- This Cannot Be!: His reaction when Danny uses the Ghostly Wail on him, a power that took him ten years to develop.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: He's an older Danny with human emotions that cause pain removed, leaving him a sadistic monster.
- Too Powerful to Live: Dark Danny is so ungoldly strong that he could never reappear and fairly be beaten.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The show, while carrying serious arcs, is still aimed at children and has a fair amount of comedy and positive fluff. Dark Danny not only commits mass murder as his introduction, but he has no compunctions about harming kids and former loved ones.
- Walking Spoiler: We can't even tell you his name without giving away The Reveal.
- World's Strongest Man: Barring perhaps Pariah Dark, he's the single strongest being in the series. Danny was unable to beat him in combat and he single handedly brought ruin to the human and ghost world.
- Would Hurt a Child: Regardless if they are his old friends or his sister.
- You Can't Fight Fate: According to him, anyway."Me? I'm inevitable."
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has silver hair.
Voiced by: Danny MannA ghost with no face who comes to Amity Park in the episode "Forever Phantom"
- Attention Whore: The reason he pulls his stunts is for the attention.
- Brought Down to Normal: Downplayed. When attacked with Jack's invention, he still has his ghost powers, but he can't shapeshift.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Amorpho may have not a care if someone gets angry or slightly hurt by his pranks, but he draws the line at killing, stating that a bus plunging off a cliff was too much.
- Morphic Resonance: His eyes are bright red no matter what form he takes.
- Nice Hat: A black fedora.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He's a bad guy with blood-red eyes.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: He can mimic a person at will.
Voiced by: James GarrettThe ghost of dreams, Nocturne has the power to put people to sleep and harvests the dreams of humans.
- Deadpan Snarker:Nocturne: I believe this is when I say "Dream on!"
- Dream Stealer: A downplayed variant: Nocturne feeds off the dreams to grow stronger, but he doesn't remove them.
- Dream Weaver: It's uncertain whether or not this is Nocturne's own power, or if his headgear does it, but it puts people in their fantasies too much to be coincidence either way.
- Emotion Eater: Like Spectra, but he does his with peaceful dreams.
- Faceless Mooks: Has an army of them that usually do everything with their eyes look like they are stitched shut, although they can open their eyes just fine.
- Nice Hat: He puts these on his victims. Danny describes them as a "tiara for a high-tech princess."
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Most of the time, his body is just a black blob with stars inside, and red pupil-less eyes.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Powerful evil ghost with blood red eyes. When his minions open their eyes, theirs are also blood-red.
- Weaksauce Weakness: His army (and Nocturne himself) are very vulnerable to Danny's ice powers. Nocturne is powerful enough to come back, though.
The Guys in White
A secret government organization whose goal is to eliminate all ghosts and other paranormal beings on Earth.
- Knight Templar: The Guys in White hunt all paranormal entities to protect humanity at large, regardless of if they might be good individuals.
- Man in White: All operatives wear white suits, hence the name.
- Men in Black: A parody of the Trope Namer.
- Neat Freak: The organization as a whole is obsessed with their own neatness on top of their ghost hunting duties.
- Salt and Pepper: The two agents assigned to Amity Park.
- Sinister Shades: Always wearing them.
- Those Two Bad Guys: The operatives never act alone.
- Took a Level in Badass: First introduced as just another ineffectual team of would be ghost hunters after Danny's bounty. Later episodes the Guys are shown as real threats to both Danny and other ghosts.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: The Guys in White have a great deal of advanced ghost fighting tech, likely due to government funding.
- You Are Number 6: The agents use letters as codenames. (Operative K, Operative O for example)
"So, Danny, you and your little friends want to hunt ghosts?"Danny's bumbling father, Jack Fenton is an obsessive inventor of ghost weaponry and gadgets, designed to rip them apart molecule by molecule. Naturally, this usually results in a panicky Danny Phantom whom Jack considers as one of his enemies, despite having saved the world countless times. Tends to be clueless, but can briefly turn into a Badass Normal if his loved ones are threatened.
- Action Dad: Always eager to hunt ghosts, regardless of whether or not he's capable of it.
- Amazon Chaser: For Maddie. Seems to be a family trait, which he passed onto Danny.
- Ambiguous Innocence: His research and his "Ghost Hunting company". It's not entirely clear to what extent he simply doesn't know that ghosts aren't the monsters he think they are or simply doesn't care.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Their ghost hunting obsession leaves his kids rather embarrassed around others.
- Beware the Nice Ones: His reply to Vlad in the series finale when he finally realises his 'old pal' hates him proves this.Vlad: (After he finds he can't make the meteor intangible and knowing he'll be in trouble if he goes back to Earth): You wouldn't abandon one of your friends, would you?
Jack: A friend? No. You? YES! (Flies back to Earth without him)
- Big Fun: Is the more fun loving of the two parents.
- Bumbling Dad: Much to the embarrassment of his family.
- Can't Bathe Without a Weapon: At the begining of "Reality Trip".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Sure he's shown to be clumsy and Danny can't help but be embarrassed by him, but if his family is in danger, he'll strike without warning.
- Drives Like Crazy: Defies all speed limits, red lights, and certain laws of physics.
- Expy: Of Mr. Fantastic. Both are scientists and inventors who have made a portal to another dimension, have white streaks in their hair, and an arch-enemy who has been holding a grudge on them for years.
- For Science!: See the above trope.
- Genius Ditz: He seems to have invented most of the (incredibly advanced, though often eccentric) Fenton gadgets himself, but is largely inept in every other way. It's also mentioned that he got a solid B minus average in High School.
- Hazmat Suit: Is always wearing one.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He is significantly larger than his wife.
- It's All About Me: While he really loves his family, he tends to easily forget when in "the zone" and puts his feelings and research before them constantly until forced by the circumstances.
- Moral Myopia: Has no qualms with hurting ghosts, but dislikes when the opposite happens to him.
- No OSHA Compliance: Seriously, this guy shouldn't be allowed to use anything more dangerous than a pair of scissors.
- Not So Different: Honestly, he and Vlad are almost identical. It's shown better in the bad future where Vlad accepts and treats Danny with the same amount of love and respect that the Fentons do. They're also selfish, driven, somewhat amoral and form a very deep line between "them and us". However, Jack knows when to back off if he's taken things too far; Vlad, not so much.
- Parental Obliviousness: Aside from not seeing the connection between Danny Fenton and Danny Phantom, despite admitting they have the same name and it's confusing, he almost never notices the harm or embarrassment his kids go through.
- Parents as People: While he portrayed as a decent, loving man, his obsession with ghosts leaves him blind to the embarrassment his activities can cause Danny.
- Papa Wolf: Trust us. Hurting his family or trying to? Bad idea.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Averted. He alludes to Danny that he makes a decent living making non-ghost hunting inventions. At any rate, all of his more amazing inventions don't have much practical application outside of ghost hunting.
- Took a Level in Badass: He went from Bumbling Dad to Genius Bruiser over the course of the series.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Maddie. Sure he's not exactly ugly but he is over weight and hefty.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Not to the extent of Valerie, where she was manipulated by Vlad. Jack, along with Maddie, thinks Danny Phantom is a villain, he's the real hero of Amity Park and that he's feared amongst the Ghost Zone. In actuality, Danny Phantom is both the hero and his son, he's laughing stock and a source of property damage in Amity Park and no one from the Ghost Zone really cares about him.
Voiced by: Kath Soucie
"What, you think I sit home and invent new cookies all day?"Equally obsessed with ghost hunting and research as her husband Jack, Maddie nevertheless remains far more logical, competent, and calmer then her husband. She is the main romantic target for Vlad.
- Action Mom: Though more capable than Jack.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Their ghost hunting craze causes Danny a lot of embarrassment.
- Berserk Button: After Vlad's confession in "Maternal Instincts", she becomes very unhappy at his presence.
- Brainy Brunette: Fits both criteria, especially the brainy part.
- Happily Married: Like many series, her husband is less-then-perfect, but she loves him, a key point that Danny uses against Vlad. Plus, it seems like no matter what the situation with them is, alternate universe or even holographic programming, they will always be madly in love with each other.
- Hartman Hips: Even when not in her hazmat suit.
- Hazmat Suit: Is almost never seen outside of her blue hazmat suit.
- Hot Scientist: Both Jack and Vlad agree on this.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: See Jack's example.
- Mama Bear: Really. Just... don't try and hurt the Fenton kids.
- Parental Obliviousness: Not as much as Jack though.
- Parenting the Husband: She's more mature and a little more responsible than her husband. Sometimes, she has to step in and take action.
- Purple Eyes: Contrasting her husband and children's blue eyes.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: With Jack.
- Women Are Wiser: Or relatively so. She's still ghost obsessed, but would rather study the remains.
Voiced by: AnnaSophia Robb and Krista Swan
"It's 'Dani' with an 'I.'"Danny's clone, created by Vlad as a stepping stone to the perfect Danny Fenton/Phantom clone to call as his own son. Unlike the various other Danny clones, Danielle has a mind of her own, possessing a naive behavior with much of Danny's traits and character. She is often childish and spunky, but well-meaning. An imperfect clone, she is constantly dissolving and until the second-to-last episode has to keep her powers in check. Danny acts as somewhat of an older brother figure to her.
- Aborted Arc: It's rumored her arc was meant to end different, being adopted by the Fentons, had the series continued.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Danny seemed to treat her as one at first, albeit more from not trusting her than anything else. He gets over this when he learns what she actually is.
- Badass Adorable: She's a tomboy has the physical body of a 12 year old and can use ghostly superpowers.
- Bare Your Midriff: In ghost form. Her human form averts this, though.
- Becoming the Mask: She was likely ordered to pretend to be part of Danny's family to earn his trust. By the end of her first appearance, she and Danny consider each other family regardless of how she came to be.
- Berserk Button: Before, she instantly flipped when Danny said Vlad didn't care for her. Following the realization he was right, she would stand against anyone, power problems or no power problems, who'd use her.
- Big Brother Worship: Has shades of this in "D-Stabilized" when she seeks Danny. When he believes she's sided with Valerie to trap him, she insists she'd never betray him.
- Big Eater: The first thing she does after meeting Danny is ask if he has any food. Then cut to his bed covered in empty boxes and food wrappers.
- Break the Cutie: Both of her appearances make her go through some form of this.
- Cute Bruiser: When she's not in danger of melting, she's just as capable as Danny in a fight.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Comes with being Danny's clone.
- Deadpan SnarkerDani: I gotta get to Danny, fast! (Flies slowly) Or slow, slow's good. (Speed decreases even more) Or slower, even slower's better.
- Disney Death: Though it came pretty close...
- Distaff Counterpart: For Danny. Even their names sound similar, something Valerie snarked about.
- Easily Forgiven:
- Granted she was tricked by Vlad, but despite fooling him and knocking him out twice, Danny seems to fully accept her after she turns on her creator.
- Subsequently, she had very easily forgiven Valerie for lying to her, using her as bait to capture Danny and handing her to Vlad.
- Has Two Daddies: Sort of. She was created by Vlad, who she called father until learning he never cared and renounced that idea, and she was created via Danny's DNA, who one could argue is a parent due to being the donor of the DNA but is more of a genetic brother though she calls him "cousin". If you want to go even further one could argue Jack can be her father genetically due to sharing Danny's DNA.
- Heel–Face Turn: Joins Danny for real when Vlad starts showing his true colors.
- High-Heel–Face Turn: Appears to be the only female in all of the clones, and the only one that isn't killed off.
- Heroic R.R.O.D.: Since she's an imperfect clone, she can't overuse her power or they'll eventually dissolve her. The problem gets fixed in her second appearance.
- Ill Girl: Suffering from melting in D-Stabilized.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Inherited from Danny.
- Little Sister Instinct: Younger sister or not, do not threaten Danny in front of her.
- Mafia Princess: Deconstructed. She merely was led to believe her "father" loved her and would do anything for her.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Really was a bad idea to call her a "puppet", Vlad. Or telling her she exists just to serve you.
- Nice Hat: In her human form she wears a red hat.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: To Danny.
- Protectorate: Becomes a personal one for Danny. He makes it clear to Vlad coming near her would not please him in anyway.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Justified being Danny's clone, sharing his eye color, hair color and even hair style in human and ghost forms.
- Token Mini-Moe: The only female ghost hybrid in the series and the youngest.
- Tykebomb: Was created to trick Danny into befriending her so Vlad can use his DNA to create the perfect clone.
- Walking the Earth: Implied after her first appearance since she obviously can't go back to Vlad.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She only sought out to make her "father" Vlad happy, but after seeing he never saw her as anything more than a pawn, she sided with Danny. By her second appearance, she's renounced the idea of him being her father.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She gains silverish hair in her ghost form.
- Younger Than They Look: Physically she appears to be 12 years old (according to Danny) but she is in fact a few months of age at most since by the end of the series a full year hadn't passed since Danny obtained his powers.
Voiced by: David Carradine
"The Observants look at time like they're watching a parade, one thing after another passing by in sequence right in front of them. I see the parade from above, all the twists and turns it might or might not take."The ghost of time, Clockwork keeps the flow of time and interferes when he feels something is disturbing said flow. He is mysterious and powerful, knowing every aspect of time: past, present, and future. He remains a neutral influence in Danny's life, playing only by his rules. He doesn't perceive time as a linear sequence of events; this is reflected in his appearance, which constantly fluctuates in age.
- All-Powerful Bystander: He prefers to be an observer, but will help Danny when he needs to.
- Big Damn Heroes: During the climax of The Ultimate Enemy he rescues Sam, Tucker, Jazz, Maddie, Jack and Lancer from the explosion of the Nasty Burger.
- Big Good: Even taking his neutrality in consideration, he’s as close to one as you can get here.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly to the Observants.
- Dungeon Master: Oversees all of time and only steps in if the situation demands it.
- Heroic Neutral: In spite of his neutrality, he often tries to manipulate the events so they can have positive outcomes.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: In "Masters of All Time", Danny asks Clockwork if he could save Vlad and Danny's friends from the Ecto-Acne. Clockwork's response: "I'm the ghost of time, not the ghost of miracle cures."
- The Omniscient: He states he can see all possible futures.
- Omniscient Morality License: His goal, above all, is to ensure a positive future, regardless of whether or not he might have to kill someone.
- Sinister Scythe: Uses one in battle. Subverted in that he isn't evil.
- Time Dissonance: He admits that time moves differently for him, but doesn't go any further because he knows Danny won't understand.
- Time Master: Being the ghost of time makes him this.
- Time Stands Still: Can stop time for everyone unless they wear his time medallions.
- Time Travel Tense Trouble: "I sent him back to his own time, or should I say forward to his own time?"
- The Watcher: Part of his job as the ghost of time.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Subverted. He explicitly states that, unlike the Observants, he sees all possible futures. However, he does say that one cannot simply Set Right What Once Went Wrong and must fix their problems in their own present. This rule is set aside, however, when others try to alter the timeline to produce an outcome favorable to themselves, at which point Clockwork will step in personally.
Voiced by: Bob JolesDanny's mentor when he received his ice powers. Frostbite is a giant Yeti-like ghost, leader of his tribe, and an all-around (n)ice guy.
- An Ice Person: He and his people are masters at using ice-based powers, which he helps Danny master when he develops them.
- Mr. Exposition: Provides exposition for Danny on the Infi-Map and his new ice powers.
- Nice Guy: More then happy to help out Danny if he can.
- Training from Hell: What he puts Danny through to master his ice abilities. It ended up turning into hell for his people every time Danny screws up.
- Undying Loyalty: Thanks to Danny defeating Pariah Dark, he's earned this from Frostbite and his tribe. (Doesn't stop them from being afraid when he accidentally hurts them with his new ice powers though.)
Voiced by: N/AIn the series finale, Vlad finances a group of three teenagers to hunt ghosts as revenge for Danny constantly humiliating him.
- Action Girl: Vid is just as capable as Thrash and takes to the field.
- Hero Antagonist: Despite being opposed to Danny, they do nothing but fight dangerous ghosts.
- Kid Hero: Teen variants. Par the course for the show, and invoked by Vlad to compare them to Danny Phantom.
- Nice Hat: Download is never without his baseball cap.
- Only in It for the Money: For the most part. They do nothing but their jobs.
- The Rival: To Danny.
- Sucksessor: Explicitly created by Vlad to fill this function toward Danny. As soon as they arrive, they immediatly prove themselves more competent than Danny, humiliating him repeatedly and becoming more popular fast. They are also shown to give a similar treatment to Valerie in a brief scene. In the end however, they get easily defeated by Vlad when he reveals himself to the world.
- Surfer Dude: Thrash speaks like one. To a lesser extent, so does Download.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Vid is female and the other two are male, but there's no relationship dynamic.
Voiced by: Dee Bradley BakerAmity's local weather man, who often finds himself in ghost-related dangerous circumstances.
- '80s Hair: A huge blonde coif.
- Catch Phrase: "Not the (insert body part)!"
- Deadpan Snarker: "Wishing he'd taken that job in Chicago, this is Lance Thunder, Action News!"
- Not in My Contract: He grumbles constantly that he's a weatherman, not a reporter, and constantly in dangerous situations.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Not surprising, given his job.
- Sour Supporter: Does the job, but grumbles about it constantly.