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    Daniel "Danny" Fenton/Danny Phantom 
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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!
Voiced by: David Kaufman (English), Ezequiel Serrano (Latin American Spanish)

The 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.


  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Danny in the episode where he became filthy rich.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Super Danny has one of these as a power.
  • Adorkable: Of course. Guess which half.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Danny constantly moons over the egotistical and vain Paulina, although he eventually wises up about how she's not worth his time.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Danny is patronized by his family, bullied at his school, and feared and hated in his superhero identity by both most mortals and ghosts. Fortunately, his best friends help keep him steady while the world, starting with his sister, begins to gradually come around.
  • Amazon Chaser: Apparently, he inherited this from his father.
    • He has a huge amount of UST with his childhood friend, Sam Manson, a Badass Normal.
    • Danny's response to Sam's concerns about him Dating Catwoman? "I know [Valerie] wants to waste Danny Phantom... but did you know that she's a ninth-degree black belt?"
  • 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: Danny and Vlad Plasmius. It's recognized by both of them almost immediately, and the rivalry only grows as the series goes on.
  • Aside Glance: Does this after he is seen appreciating his sister kiss on his head in "My Brother's Keeper". After noticing the audience, he states that was gross.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Danny and Skulker in "Prisoner of Love".
  • Beam-O-War: Danny and Vlad with ectoplasmic rays in "Kindred Spirits".
  • 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 distrustful 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.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick, square-shaped eyebrows.
  • 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.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Danny, a human-ghost hybrid has a huge amount of UST with his childhood friend, Sam Manson, a living human.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": After "Memory Blank", he now sports a "D" when he becomes Danny Phantom.
  • 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.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: By the second half of the series Danny has gained rock star level stardom. He takes this trope to heart as he can't stand having the constant fans chasing/berating him. He even states he likes the privacy of his secret identity more.
  • 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; it is a stylized, grey "D".
  • Chick Magnet: Despite his lack of skills with girls, he catches the interest of several 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. Word of God states that Ember McLain might be secretly in love with him in a very Tsundere kind of way.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Sam, as they have been friends since kindergarten and became an Official Couple in the series finale.
  • 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.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Happens 6 times throughout the series. In "Urban Jungle" he's shown to wear tight white briefs while in a tube and he's shown wearing tighty whities again not just once but twice in "Phantom Planet". Interestingly he also wears boxers. In "King Tuck" he can be seen wearing them and in "Parental Bonding" his pants keep falling down revealing his boxer. In Phantom Planet, the newspaper has a headline of him where he's wearing nothing but a pair of boxers titled "Danny Phantom wears boxers". That said he doesn't seem to have a preference for either and is comfortable wearing both.
  • 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.
  • Costume Evolution: Downplayed. In season 2, Danny now sports a "D" insignia. Before, his outfit was basically the same.
  • Covert Pervert: He's a genuinely sweet, awkward kid. And "Memory Blank" showed he used his ghost powers to secretly go into the girls' locker room.
  • 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.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Though unsuccessful at first, he managed to convince Danielle to turn against her maker.
  • Dream Walker: Through overshadowing.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: When ghostly, Danny's eyes change from green to icy blue when using his ice powers.
  • Eye Colour 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.
  • Famed In-Story: By the end of the series, Danny has become famous all across America and has hundreds of fans, a big change given that he started out considered public enemy #1. After saving the world from the Disasteroid and revealing his secret in the Series Finale, he now has statues in his honor in every capitol in the world.
  • Flying Brick: Can fly really fast and capable of great super strength.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling:
    • He is usually the Foolish to Jazz's Responsible, though when Jazz tries to be more active in hunting ghosts, they swap roles.
    • He is the Responsible to Danielle's Foolish. Justified, she's not even a year old and is more naive than him.
  • Freak Lab Accident: Danny gained his powers when checking out his parents' prototype ghost portal.
  • Freudian Excuse: In "The Fright Before Christmas", it's established that the reason Danny hates Christmas is because every year, his parents would argue over Santa's existence, which ended up ruining the celebrations.
  • 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. His eyes go from blue to neon 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".
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Apparently, the accident turned Danny into a "half-ghost", which is referred to as a "halfa".
  • 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.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Danny is a half-ghost who fights other ghosts.
  • 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 Just Want to Be Normal: Danny has expressed this desire from time to time due to the large amount of danger and stress that comes from keeping his secret identity.
    Danny: If my dad can invent something that accidentally made me half-ghost, why can't he invent something that turns me back to normal?!
    • Several episodes have Danny either trying to find alternatives or try and get rid of his powers (Phantom Planet.
  • "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".
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Like his voice actor, David Kaufman, Danny is a Caucasian male who has black hair and blue eyes.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Danny is a well meaning, somewhat naive Kid Hero and his human form has a pair of big, bright blue eyes.
  • Just a Kid: Danny gets this a lot. His In-Universe nickname is "Ghost Boy". More notably, Vlad does this twice, once almost calling it out in "Bitter Reunions", the other as more of an insult in "Reign Storm". Clockwork also does this once, but it's justified - he's trying to explain the nature of time and his own existence to someone who's probably flunking high school math. ("Why am I bothering? You're fourteen.")
  • 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.
  • Mystical White Hair: Danny's ghost form has white hair.
  • 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 him and/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, he kicks superevil butt while going to school.
  • 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.
  • Primary-Color Champion: In his civilian form, his outfit consists of this: A white shirt with a red circle, blue jeans, and white/red shoes.
  • Protagonist Title: His super/alter-ego identity is also the title of the show.
  • 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.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: His Superhero identity, Danny Phantom and his civilian name, Danny Fenton. Lampshaded by Dark Danny actually.
  • 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.
  • Super Hero Origin: While we do know the basics of how Danny got his powers from the Expository Theme Song, it isn't until the episode "Memory Blank" that we actually learn it was Sam that persuaded him to enter the portal in the first place.
  • 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.
  • Youthful Freckles: "Maternal Instinct" shows that Danny had these when he was younger.
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    Samantha "Sam" Manson 
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Parents don't listen. Even worse, they don't understand. Why can't they accept me for who I am!?
Voiced by: Grey DeLisle (English), Rebeca Aponte (Latin American Spanish)

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 goes 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.
  • Battle Ballgown: Sam makes one out of a wedding dress in "Beauty Marked".
  • 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".
    • She's less fond of seeing Danny with another girl.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Sam, a living human has a huge amount of UST with her childhood friend, Danny Fenton, a human-ghost hybrid.
  • 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 "Parental Bonding", she apologizes to Paulina for calling her shallow and doesn't show the interest in Danny she'd later have. Granted, she was probably just trying to be nice to keep her from getting angry, but this is still something out of character for her later.
    • In "The 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, as they have been friends since kindergarten and became an Official Couple in the series finale.
  • 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She dresses in all dark colors and is firmly on the protagonist's side.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: Sam's pushy, self-righteous attitude may be a result of the way her parents tend to be pushy towards her.
  • Gamer Chick: Despite initially claiming to not like them, she kicks the crap out of Tucker and Danny before revealing to the boys that she had been the one doing so.
  • 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. On the other hand, she is a Goth, so the hair might just be dyed. Doesn't explain the eyes, though.
  • 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.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Despite her hypocrisy, she does make good points about what she preaches.
  • Hollywood Genetics: Sam has black hair and violet eyes, however her mom is a blue-eyed redhead and her dad is a blue-eyed blonde. Though a photo of her grandmother when she was young shows she has the exact same hair and eye color as her.
  • 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.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Averted. She's unhappy and twitching her eye pretending to be this for Danny and Valerie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As hypocritical and bossy as Sam is, her heart is always in the right place. She's level-headed, caring, and loyal to her friends.
  • Laugh of Love: She giggles while asking Danny "You really think I'm smart?" after Danny compliments her individuality and intelligence in "Fanning the Flames".
  • 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 has a bad habit of not taking responsibility for events she causes.
    • Mystery Meat has her changing the school menu for herself (not for her fellow students and without their consent). This angers the ghost of the Lunch Lady, who attacks them. Even after she is kidnapped and Danny was even worn out, she doesn't admit changing the menu was a bad idea and still chooses to keep it changed. Tucker calls her out on it.
    • Memory Blank reveals that Danny getting his ghost powers was because she convinced him to check it out. After getting powers and even though their lives had been endangered during 20 episodes by this point, she denies that it was her fault.
  • 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".
  • Not a Morning Person: "I'm a creature of the night, doomed to a family of morning people."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tears of Joy: In "Phantom Planet", after Danny reassures her fears about not seeing him much anymore by putting a ring on her finger and asserting that he couldn't do things without her.
  • 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.

    Tucker Foley 
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Some people have a lot and some people don't, but everybody's got something. Me? I got charms, good looks, and modesty.
Voiced by: Rickey D'Shon Collins (English), Rolman Bastidas (Latin American Spanish)

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.


  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: In the episode where he was made King of the world.
  • Action Survivor: Like Sam, despite being less capable in a fight than her.
  • Berserk Button: He doesn't like being separated from technology.
  • Big Eater: Will eat anything, except vegetables.
  • Big Oleyebrows: Like Danny, Tucker has thick, square-shaped eyebrows.
  • 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: Has black hair and is a tech expert.
  • 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.
  • Casanova Wannabe: 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.
  • 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.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To every girl he hits on, his obsession with technology and inability to shut up don't do him favors.
  • Improbable Age: The series ends with Tucker being appointed as the new mayor of Amity Park, while still in high school.
  • 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 when in a position of power, aside from that though he is actually a friendly and outgoing Nice Guy.
  • 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.
  • Rival Turned Evil: To Danny 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.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He is terrified of hospitals and snakes.
  • 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.

    Jasmine "Jazz" Fenton 
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16, biologically, but psychologically, I'm an adult.
Voiced by: Colleen O'Shaughnessey (English), Mercedes Prato (Latin American Spanish)

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.
  • Adorkable: When she drops her snobbish attitude, Jazz embraces her child-like glee.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: This was part of her initial attraction to Johnny 13.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted. Jazz is the older sibling, but can be 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".
  • Hollywood Genetics: Jazz is a redhead, but her mom is a brunette and her dad has black hair.
    • However, Maddie's sister Alicia has red hair, which means Maddie has the recessive gene for red hair, and if Jack also carries the redhead recessive gene, then Jazz being a redhead wouldn't be so improbable.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Jazz defiantly takes after her mother. Even when she won't admit it and when Jack Fenton is more bumbling than mad.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Does this to her parents in "Reality Trip," spelling out to them that the reason Danny never trusted them enough to tell them of his ghost powers is because they constantly ranted about wanting to destroy all ghosts, right in front of him. Jack and Maddie both have a Jerkass Realization at that.
    Jazz: Hmm, let me guess. [mimicking Jack] "Hey, Maddie, let's destroy the ghost!" [mimicking Maddie] "No, Jack, let's dissect the ghost." [mimicking Jack again] "I know, let's catch the ghost and rip it apart molecule by molecule!" [normal voice] You guys are so understanding.

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