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    Vlad Masters/Plasmius 
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Why? So you can go back to stumbling through your adolescence, desperately trying to get control of your powers? Powers, by the way, that I've had for twenty years. I have experience, my child, and the money and power attained through using those powers for personal gain, you see. I could train you, teach you everything I know, and all you'd have to do is renounce your idiot father!

Voiced by: Martin Mull (English), Rafael Monsalve (Latin American Spanish), Andrzej Chudy (Polish)

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.
  • Aborted Arc: Whatever plans he had for the Ghost King's Crown and partnership with the Fright Knight were ultimately abandoned in Season 3 after the show's former head of story left.
  • 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).
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: Vlad only becomes a good person in the Dark Danny timeline, where he loses his ghost powers and Jack and Maddie are both dead. It is in this reality that Vlad finally realizes that he's acted like a fool and could've been happy as a family friend to the Fentons had he just learned to let go. Sadly, his prime timeline counterpart is regarded as Beyond Redemption without this specific set of circumstances to change him.
  • 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.
  • Beyond Redemption: In the final episode "Phantom Planet", Jack finds out that his college friend Vlad has become a half-ghost bent on killing him and stealing Maddie. Despite all that Vlad had done, including the numerous previous attempts at murder, Jack attempted to reason with Vlad not to go through with his world domination plot, even pointing out that he voted for Vlad to become mayor in the first place. Vlad refuses to hear Jack's pleas. Thanks to that, Jack finally concludes that Vlad is not worth redeeming, so when Vlad asked him for help, Jack leaves him behind in outer space.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Everything but the Girl: Except for one time-twisting episode, nothing he did ever got him Maddie. He admits his vast wealth doesn't come close to getting Maddie's love.
  • 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 Is Petty: A self-admitted petty vindictive man, who freely desires to hurt, insult, humiliate, and degrade anyone who gets in the way of his schemes and plans. One of his prime targets being Jack Fenton, to who he takes every chance to make a fool of for having everything he feels he's entitled to. He even admitted such when Danny came to call a truce in the hopes that Vlad would stop making life miserable for himself and his friends during his tenure as Mayor of Amity Park.
    Vlad: How nice. A gentleman's handshake. But you forget, where you and I are concerned: I AM NO GENTLEMAN!
  • Evil Versus 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. Though the last part is usually associated with the version from the 2005-2007 film series.
    • 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 whose life was ruined and 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 lead 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 reexamine his life.
    • Arrogance. Vlad thinks too highly of himself and his ambitions and is unwilling to compromise them. Despite Danielle once looking up to her creator as a father, he saw her as a pawn as he wanted a perfect copy of Danny, a son instead of a daughter. This turned her against him. This has also caused him to underestimate his foes. Despite being Danny's superior in power, he has still lost fights or had his plans foiled due to Danny's quick thinking. Furthermore, this caused him to be defeated relatively easily by Jack Fenton in "The Million Dollar Ghost", despite Jack lacking any kind of superpowers.
  • 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.
  • First-Name Basis: He's one of the few villains who refer to Danny by his name, and the only character who calls him "Daniel".
  • Flying Brick: Even more so 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: Deconstructed. 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 is 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 selling 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."
  • His Own Worst Enemy: In a sense, when Danny Phantom isn't the one who ruins his plans, it's Vlad himself. His utter refusal to let go of the family he wants, or the woman he wants, does him more harm than good. When Maddie flat out rejects his offer, he refuses to move on and still continues trying to kill Jack Fenton to get his hands on her. He wants Danny for a son so badly that he resorted to cloning. He could've been happy to settle for Danielle, but he wanted a perfect replica and a son, not an imperfectly made daughter, resulting in another Phantom opposing him. It's probably no wonder he wanted world domination by the final season, which would grant him everything he wants, but even that gets repeatedly botched due to an oversight or his overestimating his own skills and abilities.
  • 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 it's 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 anymore because of said obsession 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 timeline. 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.
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care if Maddie is already Happily Married with children, because he wants her to be his wife and her son Danny to be his son. "Masters of All Time", which displays an Alternate Timeline where Vlad and Maddie got married, showed that the relationship would not be a happy one; Vlad appeared to treat Maddie more like a trophy that he won from Jack, rather than his wife.
  • 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.
  • Mirror Character: 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.
  • 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, he 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.
  • 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.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: In his ghost form, he looks like a Classical Movie Vampire, complete with Ominous Opera Cape and fangs, though he doesn't display any vampiric traits. In fact, he was originally conceived as an actual vampire.
  • 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.
  • Real Name as an Alias: He keeps "Vlad" as his first name in his villainous alias.
  • 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: Vlad is in his 40s, has silver hair in his human form, and is quite attractive.
  • 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: He has all the traits listed on the main page, and his "love" for Maddie is shown to be shallow and mostly for her beauty; he tries his best to repress her strong personality and forcibly forge her into a "model wife" in the bad timeline where he gets her.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He's utterly fixated on Maddie and wants her for his wife. He bases his holograms off her, has photos of her on his desktop, and goes so far as to sleep with a stuffed doll of her.
  • 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 I'm the idiot who beat you.
  • Truly Single Parent: He has no biological children, but the Danny Phantom clones he created called him father. Danielle, after he verbally abused her and treated her like a mindless servant, renounced her creator as her father. Granted, being Danny's clones technically make Maddie their biological mother, something Vlad would no doubt be accepting towards.
  • Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: Inverted. Vlad actually likes Danny, in a twisted, Faux Affably Evil way. His big dream is basically to steal Maddie back from Jack and make Danny (and Jazz, to a lesser extent) his own adopted children, something which they understandably find unsettling.
  • 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 Decay: Vlad was once a very competent arch-foe with an often sympathetic side. Come the third season, he became a shallow crook with few redeeming qualities; his final plan was to force the world to let him save it from a giant meteor in exchange for world domination (an agenda that was poorly conceived) and 500 billion dollars...as if he wasn't already filthy stinking RICH!
  • 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.
  • Villainous Crush: He's still obsessed with Maddie after all these years, and her rejection doesn't deter that one bit.
  • 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.
  • Vocal Evolution: Played with. In his first appearance, Mull uses a slightly different voice for Vlad's ghost form so that the audience doesn't immediately realize who he really is. Starting from his second appearance onward, Masters' and Plasmius' voices are one and the same.
  • 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 so he can take her and her children? Vlad even owns a Maddie hologram to compliment him on his work, tell him she serves him, and say Jack Fenton is a fool. He even sleeps 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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I am Freakshow, your master of ceremonies.
Voiced by: Jon Cryer (English), Ledner Belisario (Latin American Spanish), Mariusz Krzemiński (Polish)

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 identity or not.
  • Bald of Evil: He doesn't have a lock of hair on his head and is pretty evil.
  • 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".
  • Commonality Connection: Has a moment where he and Jazz admit to having "Ghost Envy", as in feeling everyone around cares more about ghosts than him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's genuinely horrified and angered when he sees Lydia in the Guys In White's custody.
  • 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".
    • Envy. More specifically "ghost-envy". He was born and raised in a family steeped heavily in the esoteric and supernatural, with implications that his own parents neglected him because of it, giving him a massive Inferiority Complex towards ghosts. As an adult, he uses his knowledge over ghosts and associated artifacts to control them, forcing them to commit crimes for him. This is used against him in "Reality Trip", where Danny uses this to advantage by rubbing his ghostly powers in his face, making him easier to capture when he turns himself into a ghost.
  • 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".
  • In Their Own Image: He used the Reality Gauntlet to turn the entire world into a circus, with all of the people being clowns and he himself the ringmaster.
  • It's All About Me: Craves to be the center of attention when it comes to his shows. Danny uses this to his advantage.
  • Large Ham: As a ringmaster and Card-Carrying Villain, Freakshow possesses a flair for the dramatic.
    "We must flee! But... dramatically!"
  • 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.
  • Practically Joker: Physically, he bares resemblance to the clown prince of crime himself, complete with the long nose most animated versions of The Joker has. However, outside of looks, laughing and slasher smiles, he has little in common with him.
  • Reality Warper: When using the Reality Gauntlet in "Reality Trip".
  • Repulsive Ringmaster: He was the ringmaster to a troupe called Circus Gothica, a Goth group of performers that was secretly his own mind-controlled gang of ghosts that steal valuables for him. In "Reality Trip", he uses the fully-powered Reality Gauntlet to proclaim himself "Ringmaster of all Reality", turning the entire planet into his own personal circus.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: Being named Lydia, and being covered in (magic) tattoos, brings to mind the song "Lydia the Tattooed Lady."
  • 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), Cezary Kwieciński (Polish)

A Harmless Villain, Box Ghost's main shtick is 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.
  • Hook Hand: His Bad Future self has a two-prong harpoon replacing one of his hands.
  • 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.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Much like Jack Fenton, Box Ghost has a rectangle body with short stubby legs. His Bad Future self gains a more muscluar physique, similar to Skulker.
  • 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), Mirosława Krajewska (Polish)

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.
  • Food-Based Superpowers: Has the ability to control food, summon it, and even transform herself into a meat monster.
  • 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.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: In "Prisoners of Love", she summons a gigantic chicken leg as a weapon.
  • Starter Villain: She's the primary villain of the first episode, and the first ghost that Danny captures with the Fenton Thermos.
  • 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), Miłogost Reczek (Polish)

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.


  • Badass Baritone: Gets one after his Vocal Evolution. Being voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson can do that.
  • 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: And his voice actually gets deeper as the series goes on.
  • Expy: Of Kraven the Hunter, being a supervillainous big-game hunter who wants to make the main character his quarry.
  • Flaming Hair: Has glowing green flames for hair.
  • Humiliation Conga: In his first appearance, he accidentally hooks up his battlesuit to Tucker's PDA. Since said PDA holds Danny's schedule, Skulker is forced to follow, being jerked around like a puppet by his own armor. Things only get worse when Tucker realizes he can change the schedule using his other PDA and forces Skulker to do push-ups and polish his armor.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: He's a ghost who proudly hunts other ghosts.
  • 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.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: As a bounty hunter, he (or rather his suit) has a muscluar upper body and short legs.
  • 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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Voiced by: Rob Paulsen (English), Manuel Bastos (Latin American Spanish), Janusz Wituch (Polish)

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.


  • Beware the Silly Ones: Technus is a hammy, silly villain who monologues a lot, but he's also a genuinely dangerous fighter and can fight Danny quite well even in his early appearances.
  • 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.
  • Electromagnetic Ghosts: He can possess and interfere with electronic devices.
  • 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.
  • Informed Attribute: According to Danny, Technus apparently hates emotions and is implied to be unable to understand them all that well. However, Technus displays a wide range of emotions and is apparently knowledgeable enough about them to instigate a love affair between Danny and Valerie to serve his needs. He was also able to notice and lampshade Sam's unrequited love for Danny even before Danny could.
  • 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 into 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: Technus has the power to possess and upgrade technology, which he uses to forge powerful weapons and battlesuits. Technus can also summon technology and bend it to his will to do whatever he says, even from afar. He commonly refers to himself in some form of "Technus! Ghost Master of Technology!" because of this.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As the series goes on, Technus becomes more and more dangerous due to his upgrades and eventually loses most of his more quirky features in his upgrade into Technus 2.0. In the end, he goes from silly supervillain to a world-threatening menace.
  • Totally Radical: Tries to sound "hip and far out" around Team Phantom in one episode.
  • Villain Respect: After Danny gives him two great ideas in the same episode, he praises Danny's intelligence, though whether he was being serious or not on either occasion is anybody's guess.
  • 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), Katarzyna Godlewska (Polish)

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 for a time when she was still alive.
  • Benevolent Genie: There are hints that she was this for some time after her death, but her inability to see her own desires fulfilled combined with the blatantly selfish nature of most of the wishes she granted eventually drove her to become a Jackass Genie.
  • 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 (along with old age) after being denied her heart's desire promised to her by her lover, and then being driven away from him by his jealous wife.
  • Freudian Excuse: See Break the Cutie.
  • Green and Mean: Her skin is a deep green, and she's a Jackass Genie par exellence.
  • 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 havoc, even if the wisher didn't want it. 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.
  • Maker of Monsters: She often produces ghosts as a result of her wish granting.
  • Meaningful Name: It sounds like "desire", fitting for a genie.
  • 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.
  • Shapeshifter Weapon: She can transform her hands into weapons like hammers and ropes.
  • 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), Andrzej Chudy (Polish)

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.


  • Catchphrase: “That’s against the rules.”
  • The Bad Guy Wins: His scheme to discredit Danny in "Public Enemies" actually succeeds, despite Maddie sending him back to the Ghost Zone. Played straight before he is sent back into the Ghost Zone and taunts Danny on how he's made Danny an enemy of both his hometown and the Ghost World.
    Walker: Feared on Earth and Wanted in the Ghost Zone! You've lost, Ghost Kid! LOST!
  • 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 Plan: In "Public Enemies" he pulls off one almost perfectly, turning the whole town against Danny as revenge for Danny causing a prison break in his dimension 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, including powerful members of Danny's Rogues Gallery.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: He's also executioner and executioner. He really enjoys that part of the job.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Walker is singlehandedly responsible for one of the series' biggest Wham Episodes, "Public Enemies". Thanks to him and his Evil Plan, the existence of ghosts becomes public knowledge, and Danny is a Hero with Bad Publicity hated and feared by most of Amity Park and the Earth at large.
  • 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.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He brings up bringing order in his prison to combat the chaos of the Ghost Zone. However, considering he goes as far as to make things worst for Danny in the real world, and kidnapping teens who get in his way, he's clearly just a Control Freak.
  • 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), Agnieszka Kunikowska (Polish)

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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a caring psychologist when she really is out only for herself.
  • 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. First her body assumes a physique like his, then turns into snot.
  • Characterization Marches On: In "My Brother's Keeper", she seems to have a good relationship with Bertrand, but in "Girls' Night Out", she's irked by his presence.
  • 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.
  • First-Name Basis: She's one of the few villains who address Danny by his name instead of "ghost child" or some insult.
  • Fountain of Youth: She needs the depression of teenagers to keep her youth.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: 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), Miłogost Reczek (Polish)

Spectra's loyal Battle Butler.


  • Battle Butler: He wears a butler's attire in his standard human form, and he's the one who does most of the fighting for Spectra.
  • Blob Monster: His true form is a green ectoplasmic blob with red eyes.
  • Body Horror: His transformation into a monster doctor is quite grotesque: his eyes pop out, his skin becomes green and bubbles as it were boiling, he gains sharp fangs, his tongue stretches out, and when it's complete, his brain becomes exposed.
  • Butt-Monkey: In addition to being one of Danny's weakest enemies, it seems that he's rejected by Johnny and Skulker, who don't invite him to go to Amity Park with them in "Girls' Night Out", and even Spectra seems to hate him in that episode.
  • Camp Straight: He has some effeminate qualities and is just as vain as his boss, but is also implied to be in a relationship with her.
  • The Dragon: He poses as Spectra's assistant when she poses as a shrink, while aiding her in her plans and doing most of the fighting for her.
  • Emotion Eater: It's implied he shares Spectra's power of feeding on misery.
  • Hulking Out: He transforms into a bulky monster doctor in "Doctor's Disorders", but it's easily defeated.
  • Sadist: Like Spectra, he seems to enjoy torturing people and causing them misery.
  • Shapeshifting: His main power.
  • Shapeshifter Default Form: He usually takes the form of a short man with a butler's uniform.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Possibly as a result of his shapeshifting powers, he can conjure weapons out of nowhere. His ninja transformation in "My Brother's Keeper" comes with nunchucks, and in "Doctor's Disorders", he summons a scalpel and a syringe to attack Tucker.
  • The Stool Pigeon: He tells Kitty, Ember and Spectra that Johnny and Skulker are in Amity Park because he wasn't invited to go with them.
  • Sue Donym: He "disguises" himself as Dr. Bert Rand in "Doctor's Disorders".
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Spectra.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Implied to have this with Spectra.
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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), Leszek Lichota (Polish)

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.
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He appears in the beginning The Ultimate Enemy, voicing that he serves Dark Danny, but it's his only appearance in the movie and he's never mentioned again.
  • 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), Monika Wierzbicka (Polish)

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.


  • Attention Whore: Invokes this to gain power, simply by having her fans say her name.
  • 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.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Ember has a surprisingly diverse set of powers, including cheering empowerement, Mass Hypnosis, love inducement, power augmentation, different kinds of ghost rays, and Flaming Hair.
  • 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.
  • Goth Spirals: On her right eye.
  • Instrument of Murder: Can smack people around with her electric guitar.
  • Kill It with Fire: She has pyroknetic powers.
  • Love Potion: More like "Love Guitar". One of the settings on her guitar makes people fall in love with each other.
  • Mass Hypnosis: Ember can use her music to brainwash masses of people. In each episode featuring her as a main villain, she hypnotizes a certain group (first teenagers, then adults, and lastly women).
  • Mind-Control Music: The crux of Ember's power and evil plans. Her introduction was to brainwash people into her adoring fans, gaining more power by their devotion to her.
  • 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.
  • 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: In her own words, "nothing is more distracting than teenage hormones". She casts a love spell on Danny so he would fall madly in love with Sam so he'd be too focused on Sam to fight Ember.
  • 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), Jacek Wolszczak (Polish)

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


  • Affably Evil: As seen in "Livin' Large", he seems to be geniunely friendly to Danny despite them being enemies (when he's not trying to kill Danny and his family just for fun, and when Danny isn't interrupting his evil plans).
  • Ax-Crazy: He spends almost the entirety of "The Fenton Menace" trying to kill the Fentons for fun.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He behaves like a typical brat, often loses himself in his characters and loves to make childish jokes, but he's a dangerours enemy nonetheless, and somehow he's the leader of a crew of ghost pirates.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Youngblood is an obnoxious kid who loves to get on everyone's nerves and play (usually deadly) "pranks". He lampshades how bratty he is in "The Fenton Menace".
  • Cowboy: His second appearance ditches the pirate theme for a cowboy theme.
  • Creepy Child: Especially in his second appearance, in which he gleefully tries to drive Danny insane and to kill his family.
  • Cute Bruiser: Is just a child, but is a formidable opponent nevertheless.
  • Dressed to Plunder: As a pirate, he hits most of the major costume tropes.
  • Enfant Terrible: Despite being just a child, Youngblood is just as evil as most of Danny's enemies, if not more, and he's surprisingly threatening.
  • For the Evulz: Youngblood doesn't have any specific motivation for his evil actions, which seem to be more like childish pranks for him.
  • Friendly Enemy: Despite being beaten twice, in his next appearance Youngblood cheerfully greets Danny as he's travelling through the Ghost Zone and invites him to hang out and play. Danny brushes him off because he's busy, but does say "maybe some other time."
  • Ghost Pirate: His standard role is a pirate, complete with a ghostly pirate ship where he commands an undead pirate crew.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: Youngblood's powers seem to be based on whatever he's play-acting as. From shooting cannons as a pirate to creating a lasso as a cowboy.
  • Invisible to Adults: And teenagers who think they are adults.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: His gimmick changes in every episode. He's been a Pirate, a Cowboy, and an astronaut. Although this is justified as he's a kid.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Has one in the form of a skeletal entity that first takes the form of a parrot and then a horse. His form is apparently dependent on Youngblood's current activity. It sometimes doubles as a Hypercompetent Sidekick, as the entity is more mature and thoughtful than him.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: The younger villain to Danny's older hero.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: It's implied in "The Fenton Menace" that Youngblood is just something he calls himself.
  • Pirate Parrot: His skeletal sidekick takes the form a parrot when he's playing a pirate.
  • Retcon: In "The Fenton Menace", it's revealed that he's invisible to adults (like Danny's parents and Lancer) and teens who act like adults (like Jazz). However, Lancer saw him in his debut appearance in "Pirate Radio". It's possible that he can control this power, or Lancer was only aware of the rest of Youngblood's crew that lack this ability.
  • Talking Animal: His assistant is only seen in animal forms (either a parrot or a horse), but he's capable of speaking just like a human.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: When he plays a pirate, he tries to speak like one, though he's not very good at it. His assistant keeps correcting and helping him.
  • Undead Child: He's far younger than Danny, for certain.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has green hair.
  • Young and in Charge: He looks and behaves like a little kid, but he's the captain of a ghost pirate crew.

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

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.


  • Badass Biker: Has a spectral motorbike that he uses both as transportation and as a weapon.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: While he loves Kitty very much, he can't help ogling the ladies, infuriating her to no end.
  • Cool Bike: That can drive along walls and fly.
  • Development Gag: His motorcycle is a possible nod to Danny originally having a Cool Bike of his own early in development. In one scene, Danny nicknames his shadow "Spooky," which could be a reference to how Danny was originally going to have a pet owl with that name.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In spite of his Chivalrous Pervert tendencies, he loves his girlfriend Kitty. His motivation in his debut episode was to try to free her from the portal.
  • Friendly Enemy: By "Girls Night Out" this how he sees Danny, battling him as a way to vent after a fight with Kitty.
  • Living Shadow: It has a mind of its own and is quite powerful. His Weapon of Choice, besides his bike.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He bears a pretty good resemblance to Kurt Cobain.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: He apparently has a real last name, but everyone calls him Johnny 13 for his bad luck.
  • Perma-Stubble: Johnny has a few lines of blond hair on his chin, though never enough for a Beard of Evil.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: His primary power is his shadow, which he relies on for anything he needs to get done. When his shadow is defeat he himself is left helpless, with his first instinct being to run away.
    Johnny: Oh no. My shadow. My power! I gotta get out of here!
  • 13 Is Unlucky: His name and powers are correlated.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Is Kitty's not-so-faithful boyfriend.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Bright light will temporarily disintegrate his shadow and water will turn it into a puddle.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change!: Anything his shadow passes through receives bad luck. Danny used this against him by tricking the shadow into touching some equipment Johnny was using.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In the Bad Future in "The Ultimate Enemy"; it's implied that whatever Dark Danny did to him (we never find out what it was), it was much more brutal than the horrible things he did to the rest of his Rogues Gallery. Can you really blame him for wanting revenge?

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

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.
  • Artifact of Doom: Her scarf, jacket and ring are artifacts she can use to transform the body of any human woman who wears them into her host.
  • 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.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: She has the power to spread her energy into her clothes and accessories to steal the bodies of human girls who wear them.
  • Handbag of Hurt: Her future self uses her purse as a weapon to attack Danny in The Ultimate Enemy.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In her first appearances, Kitty is immoral, but not entirely evil. In "Girls' Night Out", however, she's a full-on villain, just like Ember and Spectra, who's okay with wiping out half of the population of Amity Park and keeping the other half brainwashed under a spell for their entertainment.
  • 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.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She bears a good resemblance to Courtney Love, which is fitting since Johnny looks like Kurt Cobain, whom Love was married to before his death.
  • 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.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Despite being constantly at odds with Johnny, deep down she loves him. If you try to hurt him, you will face her wrath.
  • 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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Voiced by: S. Scott Bullock (Operative O) and Dee Bradley Baker (Operative K)
A secret government organization whose goal is to eliminate all ghosts and other paranormal beings on Earth.
  • Ascended Extra: Introduced in late season one as minor villains and pawns in Vlad's plan who are total jokes. Starting in late season 2, they're more active and much bigger threats to Danny.
  • Evil Hero: They are this by virtue of trying to fight ghosts, yet constantly trying to also stop Danny Phantom. They even believe that they're the good guys as they dress in white.
  • 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. It goes to Chaotic Stupid levels of fanatical when they try to nuke the ghost zone in "Livin' Large", an act that, if they had succeeded, would has destroyed the Earth along with it.
  • Light Is Not Good: While they wear white, they're not nice people.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Lesser or one-shot villains

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

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).


    Executioner Ghost 
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One of Prince Aragon's two minions. He uses an axe to attack his foes.


    Archer Ghost 
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One of Prince Aragon's two minions. He uses a bow and arrow to attack his foes.


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

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), Beata Jankowska-Tzimas (Polish)

From the Bad Future, she is the daughter of Box Ghost and Lunch Lady.


  • Ambiguous Situation: She is the daughter of the Box Ghost and the Lunch Lady from a Bad Future that has since been wiped from the timeline, so it is likely that the incarnation of her that we see went with it. No word on whether Box Lunch exists in some form in the new timeline, though.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: She uses her father's "BEWARE!" catchpharse. She even lampshades it.
    Box Lunch: And now, and you probably know this is coming, BEWARE!
  • 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 up 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), Marcin Perchuć (Polish)

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), Mariusz Leszczyński (Polish)

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.
  • Carry a Big Stick: When he fights Danny, he uses a mace as his weapon. Humorously, he's also got a bit of a soft-spoken yet gravely voice so he fulfills the "speak softly" part, usually anyway.
  • Crown of Power: Pariah Dark possesses the Crown of Fire, which when used with the Ring Of Rage enhanced his already impressive abilities to the point of being virtually all powerful. In the ancient times, he used them both to rule over the Ghost Zone with an iron fist.
  • 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.
  • Darkseid Duplicate: Word of God mentioned Darkseid as an inspiration for the character. He was a conqueror of his native realm and widely feared.
  • 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 and serves as a good shoutout for one of his inspiration.
  • Evil Overlord: He ruled the Ghost Zone with an iron-fist before he was overthrown and sealed away.
  • Expy: Physically, he looks similar to Odin of Norse Mythology. Both of them are the central ruler of their domain, both wear an eye patch and, with some versions of Odin, large horns on their headwear. He has a bit of Thor in it too since he uses a bludgeon to fight and can return it to his hand.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: While he does have some fascinating elements to him (such as his view on great power) along with doing some world-building to the Ghost Zone, he ultimately amounts to this in the TV movie he appears in. His reason for going after the human world isn't stated (though given how ghosts fled there, it's likely conquest now that he can get there.) In his defense, he didn't really get to interact with anyone he wasn't fighting.
  • Horned Humanoid: Has a pair of horns, but one of them is broken. Unclear whether they're a part of his body or his helmet.
  • Large Ham: Once he starts getting into the swing of battle, his voice booms out in how one would expect a powerful warlord like him to do so.
  • Physical God: Is the strongest ghost Danny has ever faced, having conquered the Ghost Zone a long time ago. He's so strong that beating him in a straight fight is impossible, forcing Danny to seal him away forever.
  • 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 of it. When fighting against Danny in the Ecto-Skeleton and notices Danny begin tiring out, he notes on how Danny is feeling the burden of wielding incredible power, likely referring to how only he can wield the powers of the Ring of Rage and Crown of Fire. Danny counters by noting on its usage being the problem [referring to how he has been handling his power outage against Pariah and also in how he was using them to retaliate against Dash earlier in the special, despite Sam's disapproval of him using his power in such a way.]
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His mane-like hair is green.
  • World's Strongest Man: The most powerful ghost to exist, (beating even 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), Karol Wróblewski (Polish)

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. 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.
  • Aborted Arc: The last moments of "The Ultimate Enemy" hinted that he would one day break free, but this never happened. Supposedly, Steve Marmel's plans while he was still part of the show were for Dark Danny to return as the Final Boss of the series.
  • 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, probably only second to 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.
  • Death of Personality: The half of him that's Vlad Plasmius appears to be, for lack of a better word, dead. Danny's ghost half overshadowed the former's, giving him full control of this new entity.
  • Despair Event Horizon: His Start of Darkness and the reason Danny asked Vlad to separate his human and ghost halves. It backfired.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Not him, but multiple characters express this type of reaction at the idea of Danny turning evil because he cheats on a test. The truth is much more complicated. The CAT just got the snowball running, it was the aftereffects that sent him over the edge.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Without: In a sense, he's Danny's ghost half, freed from his human side and all of the empathy and compassion. The end result is something far more evil.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 have 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.
  • 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.
    • Likewise, he borrows from Venom, being a fusion of one of Danny's worst enemies and another source of great power, having all of Danny's powers and more, and that creepy tongue.
  • 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.
  • Greyscale of Evil: Maintains his former black and white/grey costume, even after becoming a bad guy.
  • 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.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: The Fenton Thermos is barely containing him, even with Clockwork's supervision, though Clockwork has already foreseen its failure and Dark Danny's inevitable defeat anyway.
  • 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.
  • Shadow Archetype: Represents what Danny could have been had he gave into despair and purged his emotions. In a sense, he's Danny's ghost half who freed himself from his human side, but in the process, became a remorseless, sadistic and evil monster totally devoid of empathy and compassion.
  • 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.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He rarely raises his voice and talks in a genuinely charming and polite tone but he also craves destruction For the Evulz and makes no effort to hide that.
  • Super Smoke: At one point in his introduction, instead of turning intangible, he turns into a cloud of green mist to tank laser fire.
  • 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. However, that half, as shown in "Identity Crisis", was a dork who took pride in being a superhero. The half that forcibly took Vlad's ghost half was shown to be hostile and very much not heroic and taking Vlad's ghost half made him even worse.
  • 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".
  • Botanical Abomination: He seems to be the spectral embodiment of Gaia's Vengeance and the Plant Kingdom, his body a monstrous plant creature in a vaguely humanoid form and command over plant-life.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Inflicts this on Sam, making her his "daughter".
  • Evil Is Hammy: Indulges in this a bit.
  • Green Thumb: Has control over plant life.
  • Healing Factor: Even by ghost standards. He is able to regenerate from nearly every attack Danny throws at him. Even after he is severely weakened by Danny's ice powers and mulched, he was still able to put himself back together (albeit in a weakened state).
  • Logical Weakness: Cold weather can kill plants, so of course he'd be weak to Danny's newly-acquired ice powers.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: People under his control have solid green eyes.
  • Plant Person: Appears to be made of plants.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Like many a plant-themed villain before and after him, he wants to help plants grow and thrive...even if it means destroying human civilization to do so.
  • The Worf Effect: In his first appearance, it was only thanks to Danny's brand new powers that he was stopped from taking over the world. In his appearance in the series finale, however, he's easily defeated by Masters' Blasters.

    Vortex 

Voiced by: Dave Boat
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A powerful spirit which can control the weather.


  • Deadpan Snarker: "'Stop the rain'?! Did anyone ever tell Picasso to stop painting the Mona Lisa!?"
  • Psycho Electro: While he has a large variety of weather powers, he uses lightning as his main attack.
  • Pride: His fatal flaw. He is manipulated into returning to Amity Park, where Danny can defeat him, after Sam and Tucker tell him that there's one spot on earth where even he can't alter the weather and he decides to prove them wrong.
  • Verbal Tic: He always takes a big gasp of air between sentences and even mid-sentence.
  • Weather Manipulation: His whole schtick, being able to control the weather to devastating effect.
  • The Worf Effect: In his first appearance, he was far too powerful for Danny to handle that only gaining temporary weather powers and causing Vortex to burn out is what led to his defeat. In the series' finale, he's back at full power and is defeated by the Masters' Blasters.

    Nocturn 
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Voiced by: James Garrett

The ghost of dreams, Nocturn has the power to put people to sleep and harvests the dreams of humans.


  • Celestial Body: With the exception of his head, Nocturn's body looks like a shapeless mass in a vaguely humanoid form cut out from a starry night.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Nocturn: I believe this is when I say "Dream on!"
  • Dream Stealer: Downplayed. Nocturn feeds off the dreams to grow stronger, but he doesn't remove them.
  • Dream Weaver: It's uncertain whether or not this is Nocturn'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.
  • The Sandman: He is a supernatural entity with the power to induce sleep on humans.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His army (and Nocturn himself) are very vulnerable to Danny's ice powers. Nocturn is powerful enough to come back, though.

    Hotep-Ra 
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Voiced by: S. Scott Bullock

A mummy-like ghost who's the spirit of the minion of King Duulaman, an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh who looked exactly like Tucker. He is awoken when Tucker looks into the mirror on his sarcophagus, and immediately declares himself as Tucker's loyal servant.


  • Dem Bones: Hotep-Ra is just a skeleton beneath his mummy bandages.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Subverted. He pretends to be happy to serve Tucker, but it's just a façade: he's using Tucker to later usurp his power and make himself the ruler of the Ancient Egypt-like realm, and plans on making everyone his own slaves.
  • Healing Factor: He can regenerate completely even after being reduced to a pile of dust.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hotep-Ra is defeated by his own sphinx when Tucker discovers it also obeys him.
  • Mummy: He is the spirit of the minion of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh, and manifests as skeletal mummy ghost covered up in bandages.
  • Mummy Wrap: One of his attacks includes projecting his own arms using his mummy wrap.
  • One-Shot Character: His only major appearance is "King Tuck", only appearing again in cameos in the finale.
  • Pet the Dog: When asked what should be done with Tucker's ridiculous laws, Hotep-Ra says they should be implemented to let Tucker have his moment of glory until Hotep-Ra takes over.
  • Sand Blaster: He can transform himself into a sand cyclone.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He is initially dormant inside the sarcophagus at the museum, only to be awaken when Tucker looks into the Magic Mirror on it.
  • Shapeshifting: His attacks include transforming his body into sand and into locusts.
  • The Starscream: He pretends to be Tucker's loyal minion, and lets a brainwashed Tucker act like the ruthless leader of an Ancient Egypt-like dimension, but he's only using Tucker to later make himself king.
  • The Swarm: One of his attacks is transforming himself into a swam of locusts.

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