A list of the major characters in the animated series Danny Phantom.
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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.
Annoying Younger Sibling: For the most part, subverted. In one episode, though, he had to annoy her in order to show her Young Blood, whom is only seen by kids.
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. It's lampshaded by several of the more Dangerously Genre Savvy 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.
Cool Loser: A classic one, as per usual of teen superheroes, of course; 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....Of course, there are also his parents to be considered.
Deadpan Snarker: Danny frequently responds to most situations with sarcasm.
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.
"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.
Bare Your Midriff: Her standard outfit has a shirt short enough to show her belly button.
"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.
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".
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."
"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 storyline 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.
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 Bullock
Standard 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.
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 Genre Savvy 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.
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 Better Milder.
A 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.
Loves My Alter Ego: She couldn't care less about Danny Fenton, but she's madly in love with Danny Phantom.
Voiced by: Dat Phan and James Sie
Dash's best friend and fellow jock, who while having jerk jock tendencies is a lot nicer then Dash and the other popular kids.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Faux Affably Evil: Vlad's veneer of politeness doesn't really do much to mask his true self.
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 since 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.
Hypocrite: Despite his comments about wanting to be loved, he's only obsessed with getting love from someone who doesn't even like him as a friend and treated Jack, who considered him his best friend, and Danielle, who considered him her father, like dirt because they weren't the wife and son he wanted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Genre Blind: Very much so in his original form, doing things like blurting out his plans and spending hours monologuing. His upgrade negated this, though.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Has shades of this after his upgrade. His plot in his last major appearance certainly falls into this. He not only tricked Danny into Dating Catwoman with Valerie to distract him, but possessed her suit to trick Danny Phantom into blowing it apart right in front of her, convincing her that he'd have done the same to her. He then proceeded to give her an upgraded battlesuit to take advantage of that. Even more impressive considering how Genre Blind he was before.
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.
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 Genre Savvy. Overall, it made him far more formidable than he was before.
Technopath: He commonly refers to himself in some form of "Technus! Ghost Master of Technology!" because of this.
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.
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.
A 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.
On the outside, Spectra looks to be a kind, perky woman who just wants to help teenagers and their depression. In reality, she is a Vain Sorceress ghost who sucks in their emotions to further her youth and beauty. Beneath that bubbly personality, Spectra is sadistic and immoral.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Say My Name: In her first appearance. She wasn't happy when it didn't work.
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, and her vengeful spirit wants everyone to adore her and always be screaming her name to make sure she's never forgotten again.
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.
Voiced by: Chynna Phillips
Johnny 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.
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.
Operation Jealousy: To piss off Johnny, she dates Danny while secretly overshadowing Paulina.
A 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Turns into an Oh Crap when Danny gains his Ghostly Wail in the middle of their fight, something he had just obtained years into the Bad Future.
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.
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.
"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.
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)
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.
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".
Jack knows when to back off if he's taken things too far. Vlad, not so much.
Papa Wolf: Trust us. Hurting his family or trying to? Bad idea.
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.
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.
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.
Token Mini-Moe: The only female ghost hybrid in the series and the youngest.
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.
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.
Big Good: Even taking his neutrality in consideration, he’s as close to one as you can get here.
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."
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 Joles
Danny's mentor when he received his ice powers. Frostbite is a giant Yeti-like ghost, leader of his tribe, and an all-around nice guy.
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)