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    Vlad Masters/Plasmius 
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Voiced by: Martin Mull (English), Rafael Monsalve (Latin American Spanish)

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: When he reveals to Maddie that he wants her to leave Jack for him, she ended up hating his guts.
  • Abusive Parents: He created Danielle, who was loyal to him until he started verbally abusing her and treated her like a mindless drone.
  • Always Someone Better: To Danny. Twenty 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 beat Vlad in a straight up fight, usually resorting to interfering with his end goal or using trickery. As the series progresses, Danny develops powers Vlad does not possess, such as the Ghostly Wail and his ice powers. This gives him more of an edge against Vlad, leading to some solid victories (most notably the opening scene in "Phantom Planet", where Danny uses his ice powers to turn Vlad into a Human Popsicle).
  • Arch-Enemy: Danny's most recurring and most personal enemy. He even refers to Vlad as his "arch enemy".
  • Batman Gambit: Vlad's preferred MO, although he's not always as good at predicting responses as he thinks he is.
  • Beard of Evil: Has a goatee in both his human and ghost forms.
  • Beam-O-War: Danny and Vlad with ectoplasmic rays in "Kindred Spirits".
  • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Vlad also fits — while the audience knows he is bad to the bone, most other characters think he is a saint, especially when he's not in ghost mode.
  • Big Bad: Vlad establishes himself as this as the series progresses, having appeared in more episodes than every other villain in the series.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Most characters think of him as a saint and almost universally love him, but Vlad is in reality a domineering sociopath who's actually an evil ghost and uses his powers for personal gain.
  • 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. Even after she was willing to let bygones be bygones in "Reign Storm", she still didn't have a positive opinion of him.
  • 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.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of The Resenter, Green-Eyed Monster, and Broken Ace. Despite having a very successful and prosperous life, Vlad is completely obsessed with the fact that the accident that gave him his powers cost him his chance to win Maddie's hand in marriage. As a result, he spends the series attempting to kill Jack and take Maddie. Maddie eventually sees what a creep he is underneath it all and Jack ultimately abandons him in space when he finally realizes what a monster he is, showing how resentment and jealousy can destroy one's life. By contrast, his Bad Future self, who lost his powers during Dark Danny's creation, eventually comes to realize what a fool he was.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Even says obviously 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.
  • Entitled to Have You: His attitude towards Maddie. He believes having her as his wife is his right and resents Jack for stealing her from him. Of course, it's also made clear that he's more in love with the idea of being with Maddie than Maddie herself.
  • 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 vs. Evil: Him against the Ghost King. Doesn'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.
    • His relationship with Jack and Maddie is identical to the one between Doctor Doom, Reed, and Sue. A scientist gets into an accident in the lab, gets superpowers, and blames his lab partner for both the accident, and for "stealing" the woman he's in love with.
    • Visually, he takes a lot of cues from Dracula both in human and ghost forms.
  • Eye Color Change: His human side has blue eyes, while his ghost form has blazing red eyes.
  • Fangs Are Evil: He has a pair of vampiric teeth in his ghost form.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride and Envy. He believes he's a genius who's life was ruined and he believes that he deserves Maddie. He also believes that he is always right, no matter what. In the bad future, when his plans to relieve Danny of his emotional pain leads to Dark Danny being formed and human!Danny being killed, he realizes how horribly wrong he can be. Also, with his powers gone and Dark Danny on the loose, his pride is shattered. With Maddie and Jack dead, his envy also has no target either and he suffers a Heel–Face Turn as a result. This just shows how flawed Masters is as it takes a lot of trauma to make such a horrible person like him to reexamine his life.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Vlad's veneer of politeness doesn't really do much to mask his true self.
  • Fiction 500: Vlad is a billionaire with a huge castle in Wisconsin along with a huge home by the Rockies, owns several of his own companies (i.e. Dalv), as well as many others he literally took over (like Mastersoft, formerly Microsoft), state of the art ghost hunting technology, can easily pay to have everything rebuilt time and time again with no financial worry, and pay for a professional ghost hunting team with superior technology once and easily set a million-dollar bounty on a single ghost. The only things he can't buy are Maddie's love, Danny's respect, and the Green Bay Packers. He does state (and it's taken as Word of Dante), that he's used his ghost powers to amass his fortune by committing invisible burglaries and overshadowing other people to get them to give him their money.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Excuse: Deconstruction. Vlad Masters starts out with a rather sympathetic backstory and an almost understandable motivation for his villainy: Jack, through sheer idiocy, caused an accident that sent Vlad to the hospital for years, costing Vlad his chance at Maddie, who ended up marrying Jack. However, throughout the series his excuse is torn apart and he ends up becoming less sympathetic as a result.
    • His attempt to kill Jack and take Danny and Maddie for himself are never treated as sympathetic or right. While Jack did cause the accident that hospitalized Vlad for years, he did feel bad about what happened, and wants to be friends again. Not to mention, Jack still sees him as his best friend and holds him in very high regard, unaware of how much Vlad resents him deep down.
    • Vlad used the powers he gained from that same accident to rob banks and overshadow people into sealing their businesses to him, thus creating his vast fortune and becoming one of the richest men in the world.
    • Maddie was okay with Vlad until he reveals that he always had a thing for her and hates Jack for "stealing" her. When he asked her to dump Jack and marry him, Maddie rejects him and has treated him with disdain ever since.
      • Heck, Vlad's so called "love" for Maddie is actually rather shallow and twisted, as it's been proven several times that he's more in love with the idea of having her rather than Maddie herself, and doesn't truly care about her feelings unless they suit him.
      • The episode "Masters of All Time" is probably the best example and proof of it all and destroys his Freudian excuse. In an alternate timeline where he didn't get the powers but married Maddie, Vlad still grew up to become the same controlling and domineering sociopath seen in the present timeline and that he treated Maddie like a possession, not a person. While at first it seemed like they were Happily Married, it's soon showed that Vlad was very controlling and possessive of Maddie, forbidding her from pursuing ghost hunting and forcing her to act as a simple housewife, not to mention, he flat out lied about Jack (who ended up getting caught in the accident in this timeline) blaming her for the accident and wanting nothing to do with her and it's heavily implied he was emotionally/psychologically abusive towards her and Maddie had to ghost hunt in secret and resented him for it.
      • Heck, a flashback to the accident shows that Vlad was already was jealous of Maddie's feelings for Jack and her being completely oblivious to his interest in her and being either interested in Jack or dating him. It shows he knew that Maddie already preferred Jack and still wanted her for himself.
      • This whole thing shows in the end that Vlad's love for Maddie is truly shallow and one sided and he is just a selfish man who lashes out for not getting what he wants.
  • Heel Realization: In "The 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: Deconstruction. 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In very specific circumstances, he's this. In the Ultimate Enemy time line, it took his obsession, Maddie, being killed as well as Danny, who lost his family, friends, and teacher, to come to him for help. Without Jack alive for him to antagonize and without Maddie alive to obsess over, he helps out Danny by removing his ghost half in an attempt to let Danny have a normal life and move on from his ghost hunting days that led to his loved ones' deaths. Unfortunately, it led to Ghost Danny stealing and merging with his ghost half, murder Danny's human half violently in front of him, and Dark Danny murdering an uncountable number of people for him to truly become a good person. Danny can't really replicate this series of events (for obvious reasons) as Masters going through the humiliation and humbling traumatic conga line to become good would cause more pain and suffering than it's worth. It's ironic, because he does have a lot of empathy for Danny and even becomes a decent surrogate father to Danny in that time line. For Masters, he's effectively locked into evil because he's too powerful, obsessed, and arrogant to stop and examine why he's like the way he is.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: As demonstrated in "Masters of All Time", even without the accident that gave him his powers and overall contempt for Jack for being married to Maddie, Vlad still grew up to become the same controlling and domineering sociopath seen in the present timeline. Even still being rich, married to Maddie, and having Jack as a disfigured outcast didn't make him a better person, showing his malevolent traits are a core part of his character.
  • Locked into Strangeness: The flashback of Vlad Masters being transformed in a lab accident involving one of Jack's inventions is where he got his gray hair from.
  • 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.
  • Loving a Shadow: See In Love with Love. It's unclear whether or not Vlad loved Maddie herself prior to the accident (though the alternate timeline where they did get married indicates "no"). After it, however, he's clearly more in love with the idea of her and that of her family, which consists of a brilliant daughter and a half-ghost son. If he had loved her, truly loved her, then he would've accepted the fact that she made her choice, that she was happy with it, and tried to move on.
  • 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.
  • Mayor Pain: He runs for mayor of Amity Park in Season 3 and wins.
  • Me's a Crowd: The main power that makes him Danny's superior. Although Danny does get it himself eventually.
  • Motive Decay: He starts out with a rather sympathetic backstory and an almost understandable motivation: Jack, through sheer idiocy, caused an accident that sent Vlad to the hospital for years, costing Vlad's chance at Maddie, who ended up marrying Jack. As the series goes on and he alienates Maddie after his Love Confession, his motives change from killing Jack and taking Maddie/Danny as his wife/son to just screwing with Danny and being his antagonist.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: He blames Jack for stealing Maddie and his one chance at a happy life. However, "Masters of All Time" defies this. Maddie was completely oblivious to his interests and was either interested in Jack or dating him. Furthermore, even if he had ended up with Maddie, was still an unpleasant person who treated Maddie more like a possession than a person and was willing to murder Danny to keep him from restoring the timeline.
  • 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.
  • Parenthetical Swearing: Uses snack foods ("Oh, butter biscuits," "Oh, sugar cookies," etc.) where most people would swear.
  • 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 loved 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.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: In "Masters of All Time," when his ecto-acne resurfaces, he approaches Danny for help... and infects Sam and Tucker with the disease as well to ensure Danny will help him Find the Cure!.
    Vlad: Help me find a cure, or my fate is theirs.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: His hair goes from being gray to black.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Knits as a hobby, much like Jack.
  • 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.
  • Rescue Romance: Deconstruction; In the alternate timeline created during "Masters of All Time", Vlad saved Maddie from the malfunctioning portal, earning her affection, eventually marrying. However, Vlad is overly controlling and possessive of Maddie, even having forbidden her from pursuing ghost hunting, and had lied to her, saying that Jack (who had suffered the ecto-acne accident in this timeline), didn't want anything to do with her. Maddie, unwilling to give up her life's work, resorted to ghost-hunting behind his back, clearly resenting him for it. Whether she felt obligated to marry him out of gratitude or simply overestimated his character based on that one seemingly-noble act, rescue was clearly not good enough grounds for a lasting romance.
  • 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, and many of his crimes do paint him as one.
  • 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.
  • Strong and Skilled: He has all the same powers as Danny and more, and twenty years more experience using them.
  • This Cannot Be!: His reaction in "The Million Dollar Ghost," when Jack Fenton of all people hands him his ass.
    Vlad: It's not possible! You're an idiot! An idiot!
    Jack: [smugly] Maybe so, but but I'm the idiot who beat you.
  • Uncertain Doom: The last time he's seen is being hit by the Disasteroid, we don't see if he survived. Word of God is that he would have been captured by aliens.
  • Underestimating Badassery: What leads to him losing against Jack Fenton.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: While he still remains stronger in some way, Danny grows in power and skill to start becoming a threat to Vlad.
  • Villains Out Shopping: He's a fan of the Green Bay Packers and his mansion is full of their merchandise. When Jazz questions why he doesn't just buy the team instead, he says, in a genuinely annoyed sounding voice, that it's because the Packers are owned by Green Bay and they refuse to sell the team to him.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He was already a well-respected billionaire celebrity, and by Season 3, he's become the mayor of Amity Park, all just to secretly torment Danny. Of course, that all goes out the window come the Grand Finale, where he reveals his alter ego to the world and offers to save them all from the Disasteroid in exchange for $500 billion and complete control of the whole world. When he fails to do so, since the Disasteroid is made of a substance that negates ghost powers; since he can't keep his end of the bargain, Vlad realizes that now that he's revealed his secret and threatened the whole planet, he'll be branded a criminal on Earth and be forever hunted.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has one in the Season 2 Finale that continues into Season 3.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: Though not as pronounced as other examples, Vlad clearly has one, furthering his vampire-like appearance.
  • 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.
  • Yandere: What else do you call a guy who has been pining for a woman for 20+ years and plots to kill her husband in order to take and her children. Vlad even own a Maddie hologram to compliment him on his work, tell him she serve him and say Jack Fenton is a fool. He even sleep with a Maddie doll.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's roughly the same age as Maddie and Jack, especially since he went to college with both of them. However, his grey hair makes him look considerably older.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His human form has silver hair. Somewhat justified since he originally had black hair like Jack does, but it changed when he was blasted by Jack's ghost portal when they were in college.
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    Freakshow 
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I am Freakshow, your master of ceremonies.
Voiced by: Jon Cryer (English), Ledner Belisario (Latin American Spanish)

The ringmaster of Circus Gothica. His real name is Frederich Isak 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 to 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.)


  • Ambiguous Situation: Based on how he doesn't share the hypnotized look on the Guys in White at the end of "Reality Trip", it's unknown if he remembers Danny Phantom's real name or not.
  • Berserk Button: Because he craves the center of attention, he 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".
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's genuinely horrified and angered when he sees Lydia in the Guys In White's custody.
  • 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".
  • Faux Affably Evil: Befitting his status as a Repulsive Ringmaster—after escaping the Guys In White with Lydia, he cheerfully suggests that they start scheming as if he were planning a date with her.
  • 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Although he won't admit it, he's clearly suffering from "ghost envy".
  • It's All About Me: Craves to be the center of attention when it comes to his shows. Danny uses this to his advantage.
  • Meaningful Name: His last name is vaguely anglicized German. If back translated, it means something along the lines of, "He who shapes the shows."
  • 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: His 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.

    Lydia 
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Voiced by: Tara Strong

Freakshow's right-hand woman and the only ghost in his team who serves him willingly. She never speaks. She is able to bring the tattoos on her body to life and send them to attack people.


  • The Dragon: To Freakshow.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When Danny traps Freakshow in the Fenton Thermos, she's absolutely furious.
  • 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.
    • Although, the Guys in White do mention her no longer being under Freakshow's control, so it could even be some other form of brainwashing.
  • 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, being the only ghost who seems to serve him willingly.
  • The Voiceless: She never actually speaks, only using the typical grunting and groaning.

    Box Ghost 
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BEWARE!
Voiced by: Rob Paulsen (English), Salvador Pérez (Latin American Spanish)

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.


  • Big Bad Wannabe: Talks a big game, but no one pays much attention to him
  • 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.
  • Harmless Villain: Up until he steals Pandora's Box. Once that was done, he was given his own Wanted Poster.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Being able to control boxes and their contents seems kinda of a meh power... however, this includes all boxes, including Pandora's box.
    • A more heartwarming example in the Christmas special; the Box Ghost is the first to make his contribution to saving Christmas known, by way of repairing all the presents that got smashed earlier in the episode.
  • 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.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Goofy and unimpressive he is to the point where his bounty isn't even worth much, he did once knock Danny out and almost skewered him with scalpels. Granted Danny was still new at being a superhero at the time. He's also shown to be pretty strong in the future and Pandora's Box gave him one hell of a power up.
  • 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.

    Lunch Lady 
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Voiced by: Patricia Heaton and Kath Soucie (English), Maite Bolívar (Latin American Spanish)

Her goal is to serve food to everybody, but she goes into a homicidal rage if people refuse. She doesn't like vegetables.


  • Affably Evil: Despite her lack of morals, she's sweet and grandmotherly — well, sometimes.
  • Angry Chef: Gets really ticked off when people change her menus.
  • 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.

    Skulker 
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Voiced by: Mathew St. Patrick and Kevin Michael Richardson (English), Luis Miguel Pérez (Latin American Spanish)

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 Skulktech 9.9.


  • 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.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Subverted, Skulker doesn't do it for the greater good, he just does it for the sake of hunting them.
  • 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.
  • Unholy Matrimony: He's dating Ember. Danny doesn't know who his girlfriend is, nor does he believe Skulker has a girlfriend.
    Skulker: Now that just plain hurts...
  • 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.
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    Nicolai Technus 
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Click here for his second form 
Voiced by: Rob Paulsen (English), Manuel Bastos (Latin American Spanish)

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: Paulsen shows off his Gilbert Gottfried impression here.
  • 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 with an Agenda: He pushes Valerie and Danny closer together in a relationship to distract both of them while he works on his larger plans in "Flirting With Disaster".
  • 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.

    Desiree 
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So you have wished it, so shall it be.
Voiced by: Peri Gilpin (English), Claudia Nieto (Latin American Spanish)

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 navel.
  • 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 Desiree took advantage to remove Danny as an obstacle for her plans involving a meteor shower.
  • Beat It By Compulsion: A drawback to her powers.
  • Bedlah Babe: She was a harem girl when she was still human.
  • Break the Cutie: In her backstory, Desiree was a harem girl who caught the sultan's eye. He promised her heart's desire and for this, she was banished by the sultan's jealous wife. 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.
  • Death by Despair: She died of a broken heart after being driven away from her lover by his jealous wife.
  • Does Not Like Men: Touched on slightly in the debut episode.
    "No man may lay a hand on me unless I wish it!"
  • Freudian Excuse: See Break the Cutie.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: She has the largest bust-waist-hips ratio in the entire show.
  • 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 after she "died of a broken heart... and old age".
  • Logical Weakness: As a ghost who styles herself as a genie, she's is compelled to grant the wishes of others by nature. So Team Phantom tends to use her nature against her as she can't stop herself to granting a wish that she hears, including wishes that are detrimental to her, leading to her being quickly defeated
  • Ms. Fanservice: She was the harem girl of a sultan whilst she was still human, has a deep sultry voice and has an Impossible Hourglass Figure on top of that.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Villain: She died of a broken heart after having her dreams ruined. She tried to make others happy by granting their wishes, but their selfish desires and her bitterness over not having her own wish granted turned her evil.
  • 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.

    Walker 
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Voiced by: James Arnold Taylor (English), Salomón Adames (Latin American Spanish)

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.
  • Control Freak: He seeks to exert order in the chaos of the Ghost Zone by imprisoning whatever ghost that breaks his rules.
  • Corrupt Hick: If his accent is anything to go by.
  • Easily Forgiven: Though in his initial appearance he's just as much (if not moreso) of an enemy to the Rogues Gallery as Danny is, later on he is shown with the other ghosts without any problems.
  • 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 made up of ghosts he captures from their own dimensions.
  • 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.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: His attitude regarding his "rules." In his Establishing Character Moment, he arrests Danny, then makes what Danny was doing at the time illegal.
  • 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.
  • "You!" Exclamation: His final line of the series, as it turns out. In his final fight with Danny, the latter feints an attack by charging at Walker only to turn back into his human form so that he can phase through Walker and appear on the other side. Walker, furious, offers this in response, and Danny immediately freezes Walker in a block of ice before eventually sending him back to the Ghost Zone.

    Penelope Spectra 
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Voiced by: Tara Strong (English), Melanie Henríquez (Latin American Spanish)

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.


  • 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.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: What her "new perfect body" turns out to be in "Doctor's Disorders", because Danny managed to sneak his father's DNA (a handkerchief covered with snot) in the machine creating it.
  • 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.
  • Evil Redhead: In her human form.
  • 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Part of her shtick as The Shrink. Oh yes, she says she'll help you with your problems, but in truth she'll only kick you while you're at your lowest so that she can feed on your misery.
  • Fountain of Youth: She needs the depression of teenagers to keep her youth.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Her new form in "Doctor's Disorder" really impress Tucker.
  • Horned Hairdo: In both her humanoid forms.
  • Last-Name Basis: Almost nobody calls her Penelope, probably because it doesn't sound very ghostly. "Doctor's Disorders" is the only time her full name was ever said.
  • Living Shadow: What her ghost form looks like.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Loves to manipulate teens into misery, especially Danny.
  • Sadist: While she feeds off of misery and despair, it's shown that she also gets a rather depraved form of pleasure from causing it.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Friendship: "Girls' Night Out" reveals she has one with Kitty and Ember.

    Bertrand 
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Voiced by: Jim Ward (English), Rubén Leon (Latin American Spanish)

Spectra's loyal Battle Butler.


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    Fright Knight 
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The Knight That Brings Fright
Voiced by: Michael Dorn (English), Héctor Indriago (Latin American Spanish)

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" 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.

    Ember McLain 
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Ohhh, Ember, so warm and tender! You will remember my name!
Voiced by: Tara Strong (English), Maythe Guedes (Latin American Spanish)

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.
  • Kill It with Fire: Word of God states that she died when her house caught fire. She herself has pyroknetic powers.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name basically means "son of the servant of Saint John." Saint John the Apostle is the patron saint of love, loyalty, and burn victims, among other things. Given her tragic backstory, this doubles as a full on Ironic Name.
  • 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: Literally, as her powers depend on her guitar and her music.
  • Say My Name: In her first appearance. She wasn't happy when it didn't work.
  • Shipper with an Agenda: Casted a love spell on Danny to make him fall for Sam so that her plans can go uninterrupted.
  • Ship Tease: With Danny who Word of God stated, “ I think she might be secretly in love with him and won’t admit it”. 10 years in the the future she even has a Danny Phantom symbol on the side of her head, either shaved or tattooed, and even her guitar is shaped like a Danny symbol!
  • Totally Radical: Her favorite insult for Danny is "Dipstick", something he's mocked her on before.
  • Tsundere: Word of God states she's secretly in love with Danny, but denies it by acting the way she does.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Skulker, until she dumped him.
  • Vague Age: Her anti-adult standpoint while being in a relationship with a ghost who appears to be an adult raises questions on how old she is supposed to be. Word of God is she's supposed to be in her early 20's, but she looks and acts like a teen.
  • 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.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Word of God says that she might be in love with Danny in a Tsundere-esque way.
  • Villainous Friendship: "Girls' Night Out" reveals she has one with Kitty and Spectra.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has cyan hair.

    Youngblood 
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Voiced by: Taylor Lautner (English), Yensi Rivero and Jesus Nunes (Latin American Spanish)

A little, immature boy who likes to play dress up. Despite his size and youth, he can be incredibly dangerous.


    Johnny 13 
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Voiced by: William Baldwin (English), Antonio Delli (Latin American Spanish)

A 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.


    Kitty 
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Voiced by: Chynna Phillips (English), Maritza Rojas (Latin American Spanish)

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.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Why Kitty is attracted to Johnny 13.
  • Anti-Villain: She's one of the least villainous ghosts Danny deals with, as she apologized to Danny for causing him trouble once. However, she still causes trouble, either to teach Johnny a lesson or make Amity Park suitable only for women.
  • 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, although this was only necessary because the Fenton portal malfunctioned thanks to Johnny's Living Shadow and she was caught in it. This was dropped in later episodes, and in one episode she uses her possession in an attempt to make Johnny jealous.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In spite of their numerous fights, she loves her boyfriend Johnny.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Friendship: "Girls' Night Out" reveals she has one with Ember and Spectra.
  • Woman Scorned: Johnny's got to learn to stop his wandering eye.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kitty has green hair.

    The Guys in White 
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A secret government organization whose goal is to eliminate all ghosts and other paranormal beings on Earth.
  • Irony: In their last appearance "Livin' Large" is revealed that despite hunting ghosts, they're afraid of haunted places.
  • Knight Templar: The Guys in White hunt all paranormal entities to protect humanity at large, regardless of if they might be good individuals.
  • Light Is Not Good: While they wear white, they're not nice people.
  • Man in White: All operatives wear white suits, hence the name.
  • The 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.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: After their less than stellar introduction in "The Million Dollar Ghost", they step up with better equipment, from hovercraft to intangibility suits, and end up being genuine threats. As Danny puts it, they're "losers who got better".
  • Salt and Pepper: The two agents assigned to Amity Park.
  • Sinister Shades: Always wearing them.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: It's highly implied the two don't like each other. When Freakshow escaped their custody, they were ready to affix the blame on each other.
  • 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)

Lesser or one-shot villains

    Prince Aragon 
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Voiced by: Dee Bradley Baker (English), Salvador Pérez (Latin American Spanish)

Prince 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).


    Sidney Poindexter 
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Voiced by: Peter MacNicol (English), Johnny Torres (Latin American Spanish)

The ghost of a student at Casper High from the 1950s, Poindexter was stuffed into his locker so many times that he now haunts it. Having been bullied for most of his life, he makes a point to stand up for victims of bullying.


    Box Lunch 
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Voiced by: Kath Soucie (English), Elena Díaz Toledo (Latin American Spanish)

From 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".

    Ghost Writer 
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Voiced by: Will Arnett (English), Rolman Bastidas (Latin American Spanish)

A one-shot villain from the Christmas Episode, he tried to get revenge on Danny for accidentally destroying one of his poems.


    Pariah Dark 
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The Ghost King
Voiced by: Brian Cox (English), Adolfo Nittoli (Latin American Spanish)

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 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' exoskeleton 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.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Easily gives Vlad (probably the most powerful villain in the series up to this point) a brutal beatdown as soon as he is freed.
  • 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.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He is the ruler of all ghosts.
  • 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. He appears to be referring to handling the vast power that comes with the Ring of Rage and Crown of Fire (and the fact he's the only one that can handle it.) It also serves as a mirror to Danny's actions, as he had been recently using his Ghost powers against Dash and his response to Pariah's statement that it was not about the amount of power, but on how it's used.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His mane-like hair is green.
  • World's Strongest Man: The most powerful ghost to exist, (beat evening Dark Danny.) Danny needed a special power suit that amplified his power a hundredfold to stand a chance and even then, needed to weaken him before sealing him away.
  • 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.

    The Ultimate Enemy (MAJOR UNMARKED SPOILERS
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You don't get it, do you? I'm still here! I still exist! That means you still turn into me.
Voiced by: Eric Roberts (English), Ezequiel Serrano (Latin American Spanish)

Dark Danny is the main antagonist of The Ultimate Enemy. 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 and less 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:
    Dark Danny: (laughing maniacally) I AM "your boy"!
  • Adaptation Name Change: The video game adaptation calls him Dan Phantom. This name was likely chosen without consent from Butch Hartman, who uses the name "Dark Danny". Technically, neither of these are his actual name, just placeholders to separate him and Danny.
  • All Your Powers Combined: As the fusion of Danny and Vlad's ghost halves, he has both of their movesets at his disposal, on top of having abilities that neither of them on their own had (e.g. ghost portal creation and intangibility fusion).
  • 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: Oh, let's see: The first thing he did upon "reawakening"? Steal the ghostly half of Big Bad Vlad Masters (Our Ghosts Are Different is in full force here) and then killed his own human half in front of Vlad, who viewed Danny as a surrogate son. In his first scenes, he kills at least a dozen people as well and spends much of the episode killing or planning to kill some more. The fact that even Vlad refuses to tell Danny how his human half died speaks volumes. Rather unpleasant, considering what age group this is aimed at.
  • Badass Cape: One major difference between his suit and Danny is that his has a jagged-edged cape.
  • Beard of Evil: He has a goatee not dissimilar to Vlad's.
  • Beware the Superman: Not only is he the worst of all of Danny's enemies, but he's also one of the most powerful, right up there with Pariah Dark in terms of sheer raw power.
  • Big Bad: Of the second TV-movie, "The Ultimate Enemy".
  • 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 confessed that "[he] surrendered [his] human half a long time ago" in a very proud tone though it was actually the human-half that gave him up.
  • Creepy Monotone: Generally tends to speak in a very calm, monotonous voice, unless he's gloating.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He occasionally 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. 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 both want to 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 counterpart's desire to prevent his future and laughs at his desire to save his love ones. Justified since he's not truly Danny and eliminated his human self, being nothing but an amalgamation of power and negative emotions from the two ghosts he was formed from.
  • Evil Twin: This is more accurately what Dark Danny is. Dark Danny is the ghost-half of Danny that was created when Danny got his powers. The ghost-half of Danny is like a duplicate of Danny with all of his memories and knowledge (who also is the source of Danny's powers) but has none of the conscience or heart. While he may not of been that evil when they were first separated, overshadowing Vlad's ghost half probably overwhelmed and corrupted him as while he was in control of their merged form, Vlad's ghost self was more powerful and contained all of Vlad's negative qualities.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Danny Fenton, being his evil future counterpart.
  • Evil Makeover: He starts as looking exactly like Danny's ghost form. After fusing with Vlad's ghost half, he gained the bluish 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's ghost self grown up. After having his ghost half removed by Vlad, Danny's ghost form inexplicably grabbed the device Vlad used and used it on him before attempting to hijack Vlad's ghost form. Instead, a fusion of the two is formed, creating the monster we see.
  • 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 outside of time.
  • 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 create or become if he willingly forgets his humanity. While Dark Danny isn't really Danny but rather his ghost-self (who has all of Danny's powers and memories but without a conscience because he literally killed his) combined with Vlad's ghost self, Danny also knows that he could become Dark Danny if he simply stops caring about morality and starts to believe Might Makes Right.
  • 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 his own human half shows how deeply he must dislike 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. Justified as he killed the half of him that feels remorse, empathy, and kindness.
  • 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. Since Danny is the one who caused the merger by overshadowing Vlad, that makes Danny the dominant half. This is why he's treated as an older Danny though he's more of an Enemy Without.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Beyond his voice, he is a tall and well-built man.
  • 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."
  • Obviously Evil: Surely someone with red eyes, fangs, and an enjoyment of destroying everyone would be a swell guy to know, right?
  • 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.
  • Paradox Person: After the events of "The Ultimate Enemy." He still exists, despite his future being negated, and according to the Observants, he now exists outside of time itself.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: He only refrains from killing Danny because he knows that, since Danny is his past self, he will be Ret Gone if he does.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Has a HELL of a time destroying the futuristic Amity Park.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He dishes one out to Jack and Maddie, pointing out how, despite being experts on the paranormal, they've never once noticed that Danny was half-ghost.
    Dark Danny: What kind of parents are you anyway? The world's leading ghost experts, and you can't figure out that your own son was half-ghost! Hello! Danny Fenton. Danny Phantom. Ever notice the similarity? Jazz did.
  • 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 try to kill his human half's 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 what he believed started his misery and caused him pain. The result became this and Dark Danny is proud of it.
  • 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. It's hammered home because, immediately before this, he had bragged about how Danny's Face–Heel Turn was an inevitability, reasoning that all major points in the timeline were fixed due to him not undergoing a Cessation of Existence even after frightening Danny with his appearance. The fact that Danny learned the Ghostly Wail 10 years before he did completely refutes this argument in an instant, indicating that it is possible for Danny to change his future. The revelation leaves him so stunned that he's unable to properly counter Danny's Wail, and he's then sucked into the Fenton Thermos afterwards.
    Dark Danny: That power! It's not possible! I don't get that power until 10 years from now!
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: He's an older version of Danny with his conscience and the part of him that can feel positive emotions removed, leaving him a sadistic monster.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Dark Danny is too powerful to return because of how much it took to defeat him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Somewhat averted as Dark Danny isn't really that kid but only half of him and not even the what essentially made Danny well, Danny. He's Danny's ghost-half who has Danny's memories and knowledge but not his heart or conscience so more like an Evil Twin. Still, considering that this is basically Danny Fenton if he became evil, he's a complete departure of the main character.
  • 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: He's the strongest entity of the show, barring Pariah Dark. He single handedly brought ruin to the human and ghost world and Danny was on the ropes the whole time until he unlocked his own Ghostly Wail.
  • Would Hurt a Child/Would Hit a Girl: Regardless if they are his old friends or his sister.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: According to him, anyway.
    "Me? My future? I'm inevitable."
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has silver hair.

    Amorpho 
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Voiced by: Danny Mann

A ghost with no face who comes to Amity Park in the episode "Forever Phantom"


    Undergrowth 

Voiced by: Mark Hamill (English), Salvador Pérez (Latin American Spanish)
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A plant ghost who wants to destroy civilization due to the harm they brought to his "children".

    Nocturne 
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Voiced by: James Garrett

The 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.


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