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An ongoing series of Danny Phantom Fan Fics written by Aaron12 (aka Aaron Kuzik).

The series takes place following the Grand Finale of the cartoon. Danny's life has undergone many changes following the events of "Phantom Planet", with his entire family now aware of his powers, his best friend Tucker Foley being Amity Park's new mayor, former rival Valerie Gray now an ally, and, of course, his Relationship Upgrade with Sam Manson. However, after the return of Dan Phantom, Danny's evil alternate future self, and a run-in with two mysterious ghosts who turn out to be Danny and Sam's future selves, Sam's life is changed forever when she becomes Danny's new partner as Sam Tasma after obtaining ghost powers of her own. Together, they go through the hardships of being a superhero team and two teens in love. Along the way, they discover that Danny has tapped into a new, powerful form that's as dangerous to him as to his enemies, as well as a mysterious connection Danny and Sam possess that goes back to all their 'unison' moments.


The series is very well-written and pulls together many different storylines as well as clearing up a lot of the inconsistencies that occurred throughout the cartoon. It has gathered an ever-growing following of fans who enjoy the action, comedy, and romance it presents. The stories can be found here. The author has also drawn pics to complement the stories which can be found on DeviantArt. So far, the series consists of fourteen stories:

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     List of Stories 
  1. Facing the Future: While Danny and Sam struggle to adapt their new relationship to Danny's ghost fighting duties, a pair of mysterious ghosts are picking off major ghost hunting organizations. Unbeknownst to Team Phantom, a more dangerous threat is coming that will lead to an event that will forever change Danny and Sam's lives.
  2. Strength In Numbers: When Sam goes out of town for a week, Danny gets depressed without his girlfriend. Unfortunately, some of his enemies decide to take advantage of this, resulting in Sam, Frostbite, and a surprise ally having to save him.
  3. Bad Breakup: After being beaten by Danny and Sam too many times, some of Danny's enemies decide to try the divide and conqueror method by trying to break up their relationship. Things get complicated from there.
  4. Trial By Fire: Sam's new ghost form finally becomes public at the same time she begins manifesting fire powers. At the same time, Undergrowth makes a return.
  5. Hearts And Minds: After narrowly defeating Vortex, Danny and Sam awaken to find they have no memory of each other, courtesy of Nocturne. Danny and Sam must find a way to defeat Nocturne and make the ultimate confession if their relationship is to survive.
  6. Pairing Off: It turns out that not everything from Dark Danny's timeline was altered by Danny, as shown when Skulker and Technus end up becoming SkulkTech after a battle with Danny and Sam. Now Team Phantom must find a way to stop the combined duo while Valerie has to come to terms with Danny and Sam's treatment of Tucker.
  7. A Family Thing: One of the biggest Wham Episodes of the series.
  8. Stolen Years: After a run in with the Guys In White and an experimental weapon, Danny and Sam find themselves reverted to five year olds. Now Team Phantom must find a way to cure the ghost powered toddlers before they tear FentonWorks apart.
  9. Laws Of Attraction: While Paulina finally decides to make Danny Phantom her boyfriend, Team Phantom find themselves dealing with Walker.
  10. Royal Occupation: When Aragon transforms Amity Park into his new dark age kingdom, it's up to Danny, Sam, and Dora Mattingly to make things right.
  11. Junior Hijinks: A story primarily focusing on Danielle.
  12. What She Wants: At the same time Danny plans a Valentine's Day surprise for Sam, Desiree finds herself getting help over her wish granting weakness from an unlikely source.
  13. Ancient History: Tucker must deal with the mistakes from his past when Amity Park is transformed into an Egyptian kingdom.
  14. Two For One: Tanya attempts to rally support for Tucker's election bid as the mayoral campaign looms. But everything takes a back seat when Vlad returns to plague Danny once again. Obsessed with Danny's mysterious new transformation, Vlad intends to claim that power for himself. And for Danny, the only way out is to uncover the truth of what REALLY happens when you combine a human with a ghost.

This series provides examples of:

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  • Accidental Kiss: In Royal Occupation, Tucker accidentally kissed a brainwashed Jazz when he tried to block her view. Fortunately, it helped to undo his froggy transformation. Also, as a Continuity Nod to the cartoon, Tucker mumbled about the one with Sam.
  • Action Dress Rip: When Aragon transforms Amity Park into his new kingdom, he brainwashes Danielle into a maiden. After she comes out of it, upon realizing what she's wearing, she transforms so angrily that her dress explodes.
  • Action Girlfriend: Sam, big time.
  • Actually a Doombot: Vlad is revealed as one in A Family Thing with the real deal long gone. He also did this during the climatic battle of the first story of the series.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • In A Family Thing, this is Tucker's reaction to Danny and Sam accidentally getting sucked into the Fenton Ghost Weasel, much to their chagrin. They get a laugh of their own when Jack accidentally shoots Tucker with the Fenton Foamer.
    • This was Future Danny's reaction to Jack, Maddie, and Jazz getting trapped in Jack's Ecto Bondo.
    • Danny couldn't help but find it amusing that Sam, a die-hard vegetarian, smelled like barbecue sauce after a battle with the Lunch Lady.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Danielle in Junior Hijinks.
    • Tucker in Ancient History.
  • Affectionate Nickname: In A Family Thing, Danny mistook Sam's cry of 'Honey!' to be this instead of a warning that the ghost bee they were fighting was shooting honey at them. She then mentions that she is coming up with a pet name for him, but she required more time.
  • A Girl And Her Werewolf: The series has a friendship flourishing between Danielle and Wulf.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Dash of all people asks Danny for advice on how to make Paulina notice him.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: During a montage of ghost attacks in Laws of Attraction, Desiree granted a girl's birthday wish for a pony. Being Desiree, however, it was a Hellish Horse.
  • All Part of the Show: In Pairing Off, a goth who was watching Sam's poetry reading thought that the missiles Skulker fired at her was 'a bit much at the end'. He gets disillusioned real quickly though.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us:
    • In the first story of the series, FentonWorks and Tucker's bunker under City Hall are attacked. In a rare instance of this trope, it was Future Danny and Sam who attacked.
    • In Pairing Off, Tucker's bunker was once again invaded. This time by SkulkTech.
  • Alliterative Title: Two of them. Facing The Future and Bad Breakup.
  • A Load of Bull: In the opening of Trial By Fire, Danny and Sam fight a ghost bull that can transform into a Minotaur. Sam even lampshades that they were due for one.
  • Amazon Chaser: Danny finds Sam's ghost strength pretty hot. Word of God is that it's based on Jack saying "Man, that's hot!" whenever Maddie goes into "Warrior" mode.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Danny and Sam end up like this when Nocturne traps them in a dream world where they have no memory of each other. However, they manage to fall back in love with each other even before they regain their memories.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Played for Laughs in Junior Hijinks where after getting spooked by Danielle, Scaredy Cat drags the Groovy Gang back to their van, jumps into the driver seat and drives off to parts unknown.
    Jazz: Anything new happen at school today?
    Danielle: I learned that tigers can drive cars.
    Jazz: Huh. I don't remember that subject coming up when I was in the seventh grade.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The series expands on the abilities of the Amulets of Aragon. Not only were they created by Morgana Le Fay, but when one wearing one wields the Scepter of Fay, they are all powerful. Also, Dora Mattingly can use hers to release people from brainwashing, and when wielding the scepter, can give a person the power to transform into a dragon.
  • And Then What?: In Strength In Numbers, Danny's enemies honestly hadn't come up with a plan for what to do if (and when) they finally caught him.
    Danny: (sarcastically) Well, isn't this an amusing little development?
  • Apologetic Attacker: Prior to The Reveal of their identities, Future Danny and Sam constantly apologized for everything they had to do to Danny and the others to keep them out of the coming fight with Dark Danny. They even burned an apology message into the wall of the Guys In White's headquarters.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: During her conversation with Desiree in What She Wants, Jazz finds it hard to believe that in life, Desiree discovered an Ifrit, even though she's talking to a ghost.
  • Arc Welding: Vlad was behind Vortex and Nocturne attacking in Hearts and Minds.
  • Artifact of Doom:
    • The Scepter of Fay, which makes anyone who possesses an Amulet of Aragon all powerful.
    • There's also the return of the Scarab Scepter of King Duulaman.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • In the cartoon, Tucker's ghost half created by Desiree was just seen as something disposable like the rest of Desiree's creations, but here, he has become a villain in his own right.
    • Dora Mattingly becomes a staunch ally of Team Phantom.
  • As You Know: Danny and Tucker obviously told Sam everything about the time Tucker accidentally wished for ghost powers while she had a cold.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: In "Strength In Numbers", the fight between Danny's enemies and the Far Frozeners pauses for a second when Danny forcibly pukes the excess food he had eaten, much to their mutual disgust.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: In Pairing Off Technus is in the process of telling Skulker that they just can't grab anything that gets their attention for their plan when something catches his eye. He even says the last two words of the trope.
  • Backstory:
    • The series expands on Desiree's backstory and why she decided to twist the wishes she granted.
    • The series also gives one to the remains of Freakshow's circus trope that explains their life before Freakshow took control of them and what happened to them following the events of the episode "Control Freaks".
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Danny and Sam, constantly.
  • Badass Biker:
    • In the first story, Future Sam shows to be one by creating a motorcycle entirely of fire!
    • As a Call-Back or a Call-Forward, depending on how you look at it, Sam makes a motorcycle herself in Pairing Off.
    • This trope also applies to the mysterious "G".
  • Badass Crew: Team Phantom now consists of Danny, Sam, Tucker, Jazz, Jack, Maddie, Valerie, and newly recruited Danielle and Wulf.
  • Badass Family: The Fentons, now more than ever now that they're all on the same page.
  • Badass Fingersnap: When Sam unleashes her flame aura, it’s sometimes accompanied by this.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": In Laws of Attraction, when Paulina was trying to get Danny Phantom's attention during Walker's attack, it was clear she wasn't a very good actress.
  • Badly Battered Babysitters: This happened to Tucker and the Fentons when Danny and Sam were reverted into five year olds. According to Jazz, this happened the first time when Danny was five, without ghost powers.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Stolen Years, it at first looked like the Fenton Ghost Guzzler was going to successfully suck up the energy of Jack's test subjects, only for it to instead suck up electrical power.
  • Baleful Polymorph: In Royal Occupation while everyone else (except for Danny and Sam) were brainwashed into Aragon's subjects, poor Tucker was transformed into a frog.
  • Balloon Belly: In Strength In Numbers, after eating an enchanted buffet for two hours, Danny suffers from this. However, it's Played for Drama as Danny is so full of food that he can't even fight a bunch of his enemies and they capture him.
  • Batman Cold Open: A Family Thing starts off with Danny and Sam fighting a ghost bee, followed by them having an accident with the Fenton Ghost Weasel.
  • Batman Gambit: In his typical manner, Clockwork pulled one of these by bringing in Future Danny and Sam to recapture Dan, thus leading to Sam getting her ghost powers.
  • Battle Butler: In Strength In Numbers, Tucker's chauffeur attempted to help Danny fight off the ghosts that ambushed him, only to be soundly defeated.
  • Battle Couple:
    • Danny and Sam.
    • Also Jack and Maddie, as usual.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: In “Two For One” Danny battles it out with his ghost side inside his head.
  • Battle Discretion Shot: When Maddie is whooping a clone of Vlad, the story is shown from the perspective of the others, with Jack commenting.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • As in the cartoon, this is Desiree's shtick at least until she meets Sydney Poindexter.
    • This also applies to when Maddie started wishing for Danny's childhood again in Stolen Years.
  • Because Destiny Says So: When Sam learns that her future self is half ghost, she decides to use this trope as a reason to get ghost powers of her own. Turns out that it was the same thing that led to Future Sam getting her powers.
  • Before I Change My Mind: When Sam was about to go through with her plan to get her ghost powers, Jazz arrived and gave an argument against it. However, when Jazz saw that Sam was doing this mostly to help Danny, she turned her back and said the trope name.
  • Berserk Button: Too many to name. In fact, somebody manages to push someone else's button at least once every story.
  • Berserker Tears: Danny and Sam, when they nearly tore Nocturne apart for him sealing away their memories of each other.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Danny's alternate ghost form is so powerful, it enables him to bust out of Vlad's spectral energy neutralizer.
  • Big Blackout: One of Jack's experiments resulted in this, much to the annoyance of Danny and the neighbors. Then later, it helped the heroes when it was used to suck up all the power from the Guys In White's headquarters.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Danny to Danielle, even moreso than in the cartoon, especially since she is now Happily Adopted into the Fenton family, making her an actual little sister. This was shown big time in Stolen Years, where, after the Guys In White kidnapped Danielle, Danny tore through an entire group of them. Jazz finds that she likes seeing Danny going through this phase.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Sam and Danielle led the denizens of the Far Frozen against the ghosts who captured Danny in Strength In Numbers.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Occurred in Hearts and Minds with Danny and Sam after they declared their love for each other.
  • Big "NO!":
    • In Trial By Fire, Sam yelled out this after regaining the memories of what she had done when being controlled by Undergrowth in "Urban Jungle", along with which she unleashed a World-Wrecking Wave of flame.
    • In Hearts and Minds, Nocturne yelled one when Danny and Sam were about to regain their memories of each other.
    • In "Two For One", during the Battle in the Center of the Mind, Danny's ghost half yelled out a truly heart-rending one while trapped in the form of Dark Danny as Dark Danny destroys a mirror representing Sam.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In Bad Break-up, Danny and Sam yell this at Technus, cutting off his Evil Gloating.
  • Big "WHAT?!":
    • Sam yelled one of these in Trial By Fire when the others told her she had a 320 degree temperature, to which it doubled, to which she yelled again, to which it doubled again.
    Danny: Okay, Sam? Maybe now would be good time to ease off on the exclamations, okay?
    • In A Family Thing, Jack yelled this when he learned about how Vlad attempted to clone Danny.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Technus thought that he was being clever to distract Danny, Sam, and Tucker while he took control of the cybertron satellite again, but failed to keep an eye on his uplink which Valerie and Skulker sabotaged. As Tucker pointed out "If you wish to multi-task, you must learn how to split your focus".
  • Boring, but Practical: Sidney Poindexter's solution to Desiree's handicap of having to grant all wishes, even those of her opponents? Noise-cancelling headphones.
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Sam underwent concentration training with Dora Mattingly to get her fire powers under control which had the added side effect of enhancing her ecto-construct power.
  • Breather Fic: Strength In Numbers, Pairing Off, and What She Wants.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In What She Wants, Tucker mentions a phone app that has a profile on every ghost they know to Valerie. Later in the story, Jazz reveals she has it.
    • In “Bad Breakup”, the Box Ghost dresses up as Danny in an attempt to break him and Sam up. He’s still wearing it at the end.
    • When Dora is discussing whether to try adapting electricity or indoor plumbing next with one of her handmaidens at the beginning of "Royal Occupation", the handmaiden asks if ghosts really NEED plumbing, causing Dora to choose electricity. At the end, Aragon is imprisoned in the dungeon and being hit with eggs through a window, and demands water from the guards to clean off with. Said guards say they can't wait for indoor plumbing.
  • Bring It: In Hearts and Minds Danny and Sam, who don't remember each other, think the other is an enemy and get into a fight, during which, Danny uses the gesture to lure Sam into a trap.
  • Broken Pedestal: Jack’s opinion of the GIW falls fast in “Stolen Years” after they attack his family.
  • Brown Note: Jack invented the Fenton Specter Shrieker as a device that emits a painful sound only ghosts could hear. He got it backwards and ghosts were the only ones who couldn't hear it.
  • Bully Hunter: Danielle, briefly after getting mad at the bullies at the junior high.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Box Ghost, as much in the cartoon. One time, he tried to sneak up on Paulina, only for her to accidentally, without even noticing, kick a trash can at him and knock the wind out of him. Ouch.

  • Call-Back:
    • In the cartoon, Danny once said he was a whiz at dodge ball. Being his clone, Danielle apparently is too. Though Word of God is that unlike Danny's skills which are instinctive, she honed her skills through her ghost battles.
    • The series also remembers that Valerie's new armor was created by Technus, which unfortunately enabled him to deactivate it to her confusion while he mockingly pointed out where she thought it came from.
    • Danny also made one to the time Spectra infected everyone with ghost mosquitoes when he and Sam fought a giant ghost bee.
    • In Pairing Off, when Tucker and Technus square off, Technus mentions the last time they fought in "Teacher of the Year", and the numerous defeats Tucker received.
    • In Laws of Attraction, Dash mentioned the time he and Danny were accidentally shrunk in "Micro Management".
  • Canine Companion: Wulf seems to be becoming this to Danielle.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Danny and Sam initially had this problem when they confessed their true feelings for each other.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': In Junior Hijinks, Danielle learned the lesson Danny did about using her powers to get back at people she didn't like when she ends up dealing with the Masters' Blasters, followed by her having to deal with her parents.
  • Cassandra Truth: After his encounter with Sam at the end of the first story, Box Ghost told the other ghosts that she now had ghost powers, but they didn't believe least until they saw it for themselves.
  • Cat Scare: In Ancient History, when Tucker is jittery about Hotep-Ra and his ghost half being on the loose, he ends up getting startled when Tanya taps him on the shoulder to let him know his meeting is about to start.
  • Catchphrase Interruptus: When Danny and Sam were about to transform to deal with what they thought was a killer robot, they yelled out "We're going..." only to stop and yell "Tucker?!" when they realized who was controlling the robot.
  • Catchphrase Spouting Duo: Ever since Sam became his partner, Danny has shared his 'Going Ghost!' line with her.
  • The Cavalry: In Laws of Attraction, the Fentons, Tucker, Valerie, Wulf, and Elastica pull this when Danny and Sam are up against Walker and his forces.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: At the end of Facing The Future, the Fentons arrive on the scene after the battle with Dark Danny is done. Justified that Jack went the wrong way down a one way street.
  • Cerebus Retcon: In Two For One A number of canon New Powers as the Plot Demands moments for Danny are revealed to be because of his ghost half, who is tired of being treated like a burden.
  • Character Development: In addition to not derailing the development the characters have gone through in the cartoon, the series adds more to it, as well as providing some to new members of the main cast like Danielle as well as secondary characters like Desiree and Sidney Poindexter.
  • Character-Magnetic Team: Team Phantom has grown significantly in this series, with the addition of Jack, Maddie, Valerie and Danielle and Wulf.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Fenton Spectral Shrieker and Ghost Guzzler at first seemed like faulty experiments, but then they helped Danny and the others storm the Guys In White's headquarters.
    • Also, the pair of gloves that shocked Danny towards the beginning of the first story of the series played a big role in its climax.
    • The ectoranium that Jack and Maddie were experimenting with in Royal Occupation came in handy to help defeat Aragon at the climax.
  • Chest Insignia: Inverted. When Sam finally gets her own logo, it's on the back of her coat. Danny and Tucker point out the impracticalness of it being there, but Sam doesn't care.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Sam to a degree, as she lacks Danny’s ability to fire off Ghost Ray blasts, instead forming weapons from the energy. Frostbite even lampshades it when training her, saying that he'll have to improve Sam's speed to compensate. Her Playing with Fire powers improve her range though.
  • Clones Are People, Too: It's revealed that the rest of the Fentons feel this way about Danielle as much as Danny. So much so that's adopted into the family.
  • Combination Attack: Danny and Sam have a tendency to combine their powers to deliver more damage to their opponents.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: Danielle learns Danny's lesson about using ghost powers to get back at bullies in a tougher manner than he did, (especially because she has to face her parents for it). Danny even lampshades that she should've come to him on the matter.
  • Comfort Food: In order to get over Sam being out of town, Danny ate at a buffet. Unfortunately, Desiree put a spell on the food that made him keep eating until his stomach was bursting.
  • The Commissioner Gordon: Tucker plays this role to Team Phantom as the mayor of Amity Park, uses his political power to sweep some of Team Phantom's activities under the rug, as well as protect their reputation.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: In Laws of Attraction, Paulina allowed herself to be captured by Walker's forces so that she could be rescued by Danny Phantom and hopefully, start a relationship with him. Naturally, she wasn't happy when Sam Tasma was the one to come; Sam is beyond annoyed with her.
  • Completely Missing the Point: In the first story, we get this exchange when Jack wanted to use Danny to test his newest weapon:
    Jazz: (To Jack) You know, I really have to protest you using your own son as a guinea pig now that you know he's half-ghost. After all, he is family.
    Jack: Of course he's family, and what better way to ensure a little father/son bonding time?
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Danny went through a moment of this in Trial By Fire when it came to finding and helping a 'scared out of her mind' Sam who couldn't control her new fire powers or protecting the city from Undergrowth. Fortunately, the rest of Team Phantom encouraged him to go after Sam while they held down the fort.
  • Conqueror from the Future: Not so much a conqueror, but it was clear that Dark Danny intended to recreate the devastated world he came from in the present if not for the intervention of Future Danny and Sam.
  • Continuation Fic: The series follows after "Phantom Planet", and is considered one of the most popular fan continuations.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Hearts and Minds is full of these as amnesiac Danny and Sam had memory flashes dealing with their relationship every time they came into contact.
  • Continuity Nod: One of the things that makes the series good is that it follows continuity as much as the cartoon, mentioning things from the television show as well as events that take place within itself.
  • Cool, but Impractical: Sam's logo on the back of her coat, as lampshaded by Danny and Tucker.
  • Covered in Gunge:
    • During a fight with a ghost bee in A Family Thing, Danny and Sam get covered in ecto honey. Jack's attempt to clean them up puts them in a very tight spot.
    • In the same story, Jack constantly shot someone with the Fenton Foamer by accident.
  • Crash-Into Hello: In "Hearts and Minds", an amnesiac Danny and Sam crash into each other, causing Sam's books to go flying. The two are surprised at how entranced they are at someone they'd never seen before.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Tucker brought hacking equipment and tools on the mission to rescue Dani from the Guys in White on the off chance he got to use it on one of their main database hookups. He got to, deleting all files on Danny, Dani, and Sam.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Whereas Vlad Plasmius used to deliver these in the cartoon, he's now on the receiving end from a number of characters that are too many to count.
  • Curse Cut Short: Being very edgy for a fanfic based off a show on Nickelodeon, Future Danny started to say to Dark Danny "You son of a...", only for Dark Danny to stop him short and remind him who that insult would be directed at.
  • Curse Escape Clause:
    • Knowing Aragon's penchant for everything Dark Age, Tucker believed that his frog curse could be broken by a kiss from a maiden. Turns out, he was right when he wound up accidentally kissing Jazz.
    • Desiree's wish-granting-compulsion was given to her by a genie during her life and can only be cured by meeting her one true love, and from then on she only has to grant his wishes. It's Sidney Poindexter.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: When Tucker makes a slip about his Accidental Kiss with Sam from "Life Lessons", she threatens to kick him so hard it would leave a permanent mark on his rear end if he said anything else about it.
  • Dangerously Close Shave: Technus tried to inflict this on Danny with a bunch of piranha-like razors. Fortunately, Danny managed to dodge the attack and send it right back at Technus.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Danny gave one of these to Dash, of all people, if he wanted to impress Paulina.
  • Deep Sleep: This was Nocturne's ultimate plan for Danny and Sam in Hearts and Minds.
  • Defensive "What?": Jack said this when Danny looked at him after coming up with the idea to use his inventions to save Danielle from the Guys in White.
  • Desk Sweep of Rage: During the story Trial by Fire, Danny is conflicted whether to go help Sam or stay and protect Amity Park from Undergrowth:
    Lost in a panic of anger and confusion Danny lashed out at a nearby workstation, sweeping away a keyboard, a mouse, and a cup before falling to his knees, holding his head in his hands.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Sam was on the verge of one when her new fire powers were growing out of control and causing her to destroy everything she touched. Fortunately, Danny managed to pull her back with a touching speech.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Because Skulker and Technus only became SkulkTech in Dark Danny's timeline, Danny, Sam, and Tucker didn't expect them to join forces in the current timeline. Valerie still lampshades that it was something they should've anticipated.
  • Did Not Think This Through:
    • Even Vlad admits that his first attempts to regain his glory looked better on paper and were rather ham fisted when he didn't take into account the Curb Stomp Battles he endured.
    • Desiree’s plan to kidnap Danny, as lampshaded a few times. Not only did her spell require him to start eating, not taking into account his depression due to Sam being away (though Tucker managed to get him to eat, putting the plan back on track), she never considered what she’d DO with him when she captured him.
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Subverted by Danny. Whenever he makes comments about other girls that makes Sam jealous, he follows up a nice recovery.
  • Double-Meaning Title:
    • The title of the first story of the series, Facing The Future, has a multiple of meanings: it could refer to the return of Dark Danny, the appearance of Future Danny and Sam, or Sam's evolution into Danny's new partner.
    • Ancient History also fits this trope, referring to either Amity Park being transformed into an ancient kingdom, or Tucker facing the return of Hotep-Ra and his former ghost half.
  • Dream Weaver: Nocturne's dream powers are expanded on in the series. Not only can he sense inner feelings and have his Sleepwalkers take on any form he chose, but he was able to use Danny and Sam's insecurities to seal away their memories of each other.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Jack, as much as in the cartoon. Not only did he go the wrong way on a one way street, but he went off road right before there was a turn off.

  • Easy Come, Easy Go: After an April Fool's joke ended up embarrassing him, Poindexter ended up as a Butt-Monkey again at his ghost school. Fortunately, it gets better for him when he becomes the school's principal.
  • Edible Ammunition: A literal case as Jack's new Ecto-Bondo weapon firsts grenades that are lime flavored, which allowed him to eat it like gelatin, resulting in a stomach ache at the same time.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Danny first activates his Super Mode when Dark Danny was about to kill Sam. Since then, it's triggered by just as dire situations.
  • Embarrassing First Name: As in the cartoon, Sam hates it when people call her by her full name of Samantha.
  • The Empath: Being the Ghost of Sleep, Nocturne can do this. He was easily able to sense Danny and Sam's true feelings for each other before they even became boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: Sam, who at first only fought ghosts using Fenton weapons, now has powers like Danny, making her just as dangerous to ghosts as him.
  • Enemy Mine: In Pairing Off, Ember temporarily worked with Danny and Sam in order to save her boyfriend Skulker.
  • Enemy Without: Ghost Tucker, the ghost half Danny separated from Tucker at the end of "What You Want", making this him for Tucker.
  • Energy Absorption:
    • In the first story of the series, Vlad modified a pair of gloves that were designed to hurt ghosts that touched them to absorb energy from them. Fortunately, Danny and Sam destroy them before the first story ended.
    • This was also the attempt of one of Jack's inventions. Unfortunately, it ended up absorbing electrical energy instead.
  • Engineered Heroics: According to the series' point of view, the Masters' Blasters capture of Aragon in "Phantom Planet" was part of a deal with Vlad in exchange for the return of his amulet.
  • Epic Fail:
    • In Facing The Future, Jack attempted to blast Future Danny with his new Ecto-Bondo weapon. It ends up wrecking the lab and trapping him, Maddie, and Jazz.
    • In Stolen Years, Jack attempted to build a device that emitted a sound that only ghosts could hear, but got it backwards and made it a sound that humans could hear but ghosts (and half-ghosts) couldn't, and then failed to turn it off for hours. Then, he built a device to suck the power out of ghosts, but it ended up sucking electrical power. Inverted later in the same story when the failed inventions helped Team Phantom's mission to save Danielle from the Guys In White.
  • Eureka Moment:
    • In Hearts and Minds, Tucker has one when Jazz tells Tucker that the dream world Nocturne trapped Danny and Sam isn't a video game, which results in him creating a program that lets him uses dream avatars to help fight Nocturne.
    • A villainous version appeared in Two For One, when a comment from a Maddie hologram gives Vlad the idea that the key to unleashing Danny's True Ghost Form is to get him away from his friends.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The GIW's Mad Doctor is codenamed 'Doctor'. Danielle isn't impressed.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: During the climax of A Family Thing, Maddie gives Vlad an epic speech on how he doesn't love, just wants. However, Vlad is willing to live with it that way.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy:
    • Clockwork lampshades Vlad's tendency to mess with power beyond his comprehension in his desire to rule in his "The Reason You Suck" Speech. In fact Clockwork says this when Vlad tries to steal his control of time. It's subverted here since Clockwork hands him his ass before he can do any damage.
    • Vlad then proves he did not learn his lesson by modifying a Fenton device in order to steal Dan's, Future Danny and Future Sam's power. Not only does the rewiring effort cause him to get zapped several times, in the end all he does is end up healing Dan of all the damage the heroes did to him!
    • He later proves he still hasn’t learned by trying to control Danny in his Super Mode. It ends predictably, especially since his actions lead to Danny gaining control of himself in that state rather than just becoming a wild agent of destruction.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: According to Danny, whenever he has a bad night, Dan Phantom haunts his dreams, so his return didn't help much.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Dan Phantom vs Vlad Plasmius, a match-up that every DP fan dreams of, occurred in the first story of the series. Naturally, Dan wins.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Invoked by Danny and Sam by faking a break up so that the ghosts trying to break them up would leave them alone. While Technus thinks it's convenient, Spectra doesn't buy it at first.
  • Exact Words: In "Pairing Off", after their second run in with Danny and Sam, Technus assures Skulker that everything is going to plan. When he betrays Skulker at the climax, he explains he didn't say they were Skulker's plans.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: In Pairing Off, Danny and Sam have a pleasant conversation while in the middle of battles with Technus and Skulker respectively.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In Bad Breakup, Danny and Sam were trying to figure out what the ghosts were up to when this line from Tucker came up:
    "Man, it's like they were trying to break you guys up or something".
  • Explosive Overclocking: Danny's Super Mode seems to be this. While it does boost his powers greatly, it also has a risk of burning his body out.
  • Eye Recall: In "Hearts and Minds", whenever an amnesiac Danny and Sam came into contact with each other, their eyes would widen as memories of them being together would flash through their minds.
  • Face Palm: This was Danny's reaction to Tucker reusing his Student Council campaign in his run for mayor. There is even an actual drawing of it.
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Inverted. Danny and Sam used this to escape the Guys In White, but as Sam put it, there was nothing "fake" about it.
  • First-Episode Twist / Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you start reading the series at any point past the first story, you'll have to go back to the beginning for it to make sense.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: In A Family Thing, just before it's revealed that the Fentons have walked into a trap, Jack accidentally shoots Bradley Milton in the face with the Fenton Foamer, to which he rants and raves and calls Jack a bumbling fool before regaining his composure, claiming it was from lack of rest. It then turns out that he had been overshadowed by Vlad.
  • For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Invoked by Tucker in Royal Occupation when he said he wished Danny and Sam had done this instead of Sam dressing as Danny and making out with him. Word of God is that the author avoided this because he'd seen Your Costume Needs Work too often.
  • Forced to Watch: In "Two For One", Danny uses Your Mind Makes It Real in his mindscape to show his ghost half that without him, he'd be Dark Danny, with Ghost Danny trapped helplessly inside Dark Danny and is made to watch from his perspective as Dark Danny destroys mirrors representing Tucker and Valerie, the Fentons, and even Sam.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Pairing Off, during a battle between Danny and Technus, Technus says everyone could benefit from an upgrade. That is precisely what happens to Skulker after Technus upgrades his suit. According to the author, it was a happy accident.
    • Another moment in the same story occurs when Paulina feels jealous that Sam has a boyfriend while she's dateless. This culminates in Laws of Attraction where, after Danny and Sam are inadvertently named Casper High's hottest couple, she attempts to make Danny Phantom her boyfriend to overshadow them.
    • Another instant that's appearing throughout the series is ghosts noticing something special about Danny and Sam which seems to have something to do with their new link.
  • Follow the Chaos: When a geyser of ecto energy erupts from Danny's Super Mode, Future Danny realizes what is happening and frantically orders Tucker and Valerie to go after him.
  • Forgot About His Powers: After making herself and Danny intangible to avoid a barrage of ghost rays, Sam finally lampshades on Danny always allowing things to hit him.
  • Fountain of Youth: In Stolen Years, a run-in with the Guys In White and an experimental weapon causes Danny and Sam to change into five year olds physically and mentally. Word of God is that it's a Shout-Out to Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rascals".
  • Friendly Tickle Torture: Danny has a tendency to inflict this on Sam when they're having a romantic moment. The students at Casper High were very surprised to hear that Sam was ticklish.
  • Freeing the Genie: In What She Wants, Desiree is freed from her curse that makes her grant every wish she hears, thanks to Poindexter passing her Secret Test of Character.
  • Fun with Homophones: In "A Family Thing", during a fight with a ghost bee, Sam calls out "Honey!". Danny initially thinks she's calling him a term of endearment, but it turns out she was actually warning him about the oncoming projectile the bee was firing at them.
  • Future Badass: Future Danny and Sam are so badass, they can hold their own against Dan.
  • Game Changer: The whole series is one as it takes place following the Grand Finale of the cartoon. Each story is filled with new surprises with no sign of letting up.
  • Gendered Outfit: Sam's ghost costume is actually one of the jumpsuits that Danny wore when he got his powers except with the neckline and boots replaced with a choker and army boots, most of the gloves cut away except the middle finger, the entire midriff cut away, and topped off with a coat with laced sleeves. Justified that Sam used one of Danny's suits because they're the same size, though at the same time, Sam gets sort of a guilty thrill about wearing something of her boyfriend's.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: When Sam was on the verge of a breakdown due to her out of control fire powers, Danny did this to snap her out of it.
  • Get Out!: Danny and Sam yelled this to Nocturne when they forced him out of their subconscious.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: A few instances appear throughout the series. First, there's the Curse Cut Short mentioned above, then there's a subtle scene of Danny puking his guts out in Strength In Numbers, and in Ancient History Hotep-Ra comments on not looking forward to the way out of the Sphinx after it eats him and Ghost Tucker.
  • Girl Posse: Victoria, the rich snob at Elm Street Middle School has one consisting of two girls that Danielle simply refers to as Friend One and Friend Two.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: In one of the biggest shocks of the series, Desiree ending up together with Sidney Poindexter. Tucker even lampshades the trope and wonders why it can't happen to him.
  • Gluttony Montage: Danny goes through one that lasts two hours in Strength In Numbers. Justified that he couldn't control himself as Desiree had cast a spell on the food that made him eat. According to Sam, this is the second time he's done this.
  • Godzilla Threshold:
    • Dark Danny's return counts as this. Since he and Danny are no longer connected, nothing would keep Dark Danny from holding back against Danny, meaning he couldn't win again, so not only did Clockwork bring in Danny and Sam's future selves, but Sam decided to get herself ghost powers to help him out.
    • It's hinted that it's these situations that trigger Danny's feral Super Mode.
  • Going in Circles: When Jack and Maddie went out to help Danny and Sam fight Vortex, they felt like they were going in circles despite Jack having the pedal to the metal. The reason for this was because the Fenton RV had been swept up in one of Vortex's tornadoes.
    Jack: We must've passed that same house three times now!
  • Green-Eyed Monster Ghost Tucker who is enraged by Sam getting ghost powers.
  • Guinea Pig Family: While Jack won't tear Danny apart molecule by molecule now that he knows his secret, he doesn't mind having Danny assist him in testing out new ghost weapons, much to Maddie and Jazz's objection.

  • Halloween Fic: Royal Occupation.
  • Hammerspace: Mike Harris's trenchcoat can apparently hide a headphones and fold out listening dish.
  • Happily Adopted: Towards the end of A Family Thing, the series takes one of its biggest developments when the Fentons adopt Danielle after learning about her existence.
  • Harmful to Touch:
    • In the first story, Jack and Maddie had developed a pair of gloves capable of shocking a ghost with its own ecto energy. Vlad later modified them for his own use.
    • We also have ectoranium, which is as harmful as ever for ghosts to touch. It came in handy during the final battle with Aragon in Royal Occupation.
  • Hartman Hips:
    • Based on the description of Future Sam, it seems Sam is going to go through some developments as she gets older.
    • This also applies to Tanya, Tucker's secretary.
  • Headbutt of Love: Danny and Sam tend to do this often.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Desiree, courtesy of Poindexter.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Danny and Sam experience this when Jack accidentally sucks them into the Fenton Ghost Weasel.
  • Help Yourself in the Future: Future Danny and Sam are brought in by Clockwork to help stop Dark Danny when he escapes since Danny would be unable to do it a second time.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket:
    • Danny and Sam take this trope in a unique way when Sam uses one of Danny’s jumpsuits when she became half ghost. While it mostly because Danny’s jumpsuit was the best thing that could fit her, she did find the idea of wearing Danny’s thrilling.
    • She does it again in Royal Occupations when she does a Call-Back to a couple of times she disguised herself as Danny by dressing as him for Halloween. Her reason being was to freak out people by kissing Danny while dressed as him.
  • Here We Go Again!: Sam compared the school newspaper considering her and Danny the hottest couple in the school to the time when everybody was interested in her ghost form.
  • Heroic Will Power: Done twice in Trial By Fire. First was when Undergrowth attempted to seize control of Sam again, she accidentally released a gigantic surge of fire, then when he tried again she gained full control of her flame powers and broke free.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: While fighting a giant ghost bee, Sam tapped on its thorax with a ghost construct hand before flicking it away after it turned around.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Surprisingly, Jack is able to speak Esperanto, much to Jazz's shock. He comments that he has a whole secret life that Jazz knows nothing about.
    • Believe it or not, Tucker's secretary Tanya is more than just eye candy. She knows her way around politics. So much so that Tucker promoted her to be his campaign manager.
  • Hoist By Their Own Petard: In Junior Hijinks, snobby Victoria and her posse fall victim to their own pranks thanks to Danielle.
  • "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": In the first story of the series when Danny and Sam were fighting Vlad, they defeated him when Danny combined his powers with Sam's. When she asked how he knew that'd happen, he said he figured they were compatible.
  • How Do I Shot Web?:
    • When Sam initially got her ghost powers, she thought that it would be a snap considering she'd seen Danny do it hundreds of times, only to find out that she had the same trouble controlling them that he did at first. This carried over when she got her fire powers.
    • After his armor is upgraded into the SkulkTech version, Skulker is still getting familiar with the new weapons it has.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: During the battle with Dark Danny, everyone was surprised that Danny's recently unlocked Super Mode wasn't enough to keep him down, with Valerie lampshading.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Said word-for-word by Vlad to Aragon in Royal Occupation, though it's kind of the pot calling the kettle black when you think about it.
  • How We Got Here: In A Family Thing, after Vlad succeeds in capturing the Fentons, he explains how he got back to Earth following the events of "Phantom Planet".
  • Humongous Mecha: In order to attend school while at the same time, carry out his new mayoral duties, Tucker built a seven foot tall robot with a video screen in its chest. It's also been outfitted with weapons to help fight ghosts.
  • Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: Jack creates a bazooka called Ecto-Bondo that fires one of these. However, it's one of those cases of Gone Horribly Right with a touch of Epic Fail.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Sam calls Undergrowth out on this, saying he's just as greedy as he says mankind is, always taking, not caring for anything other than himself.
    • Later Danny points out Walker's Screw the Rules, I Make Them! policy, and calls him the biggest hypocrite he's EVER met.
    • When Skulker is complaining about Technus's plan to hunt down Danny and Sam once he's gained control of the Cybertron processor, the latter points that he was perfectly willing to accept his help earlier, and that he of all people should know that a true hunter is a Combat Pragmatist.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In the cartoon, Sam got on Danny for whenever he used his powers for his own purposes, but she didn't mind using her new powers for her causes, demonstrations, and protests, at least until Danny made her stop.
    • In "Trial By Fire", after Jack tells the Masters' Blasters that ghost hunting isn't about shameless self promotion, he asks Maddie for a drink, to which she asks if he wants Fentonade or Fenton-Up.
    Jack: Surprise me.
    • At one point in “Royal Occupation”, Vlad says How the Mighty Have Fallen to Aragon, despite having fallen quite far himself.
    • Danny points out to Vlad at one point that, for all his griping about Jack being a screw-up, his track record really isn’t that good either.
    • When Sam refuses to let Jazz off the hook for keeping what she knew about Vlad a secret, Danny points out that she doesn't intend to tell her parents about her ghost powers anytime soon.
  • I Can't Hear You: In one scene of Laws of Attraction, two of Walker's guards were putting up with Paulina's constant racket.
    First guard: "Unnh! That's it! I'm putting in a request to get this brat in suspended animation!"
    Second guard: (With his hands over his ears) What?!
  • I Don't Think That's Such a Good Idea: This is basically what Jazz said to Sam about her plan to get ghost powers. It didn't stop her.
  • I Don't Want To Know:
    • This is Danny and Tucker's reaction when Sam hints that the first time she overshadowed with Danny around was not the first time she did it.
    • Tucker also said this about how bad Danny's Amazon Chaserness for Sam went.
    • When Tucker asked what wish Desiree twisted to create haunted garden gnomes, she replied with this trope.
  • I Hate Past Me: While he doesn't hate him, Future Danny doesn't like that present Danny doesn't think before acting.
  • If You Taunt Her, You Will Be Just Like Her: After Sam made a comment regarding the fact that she has a boyfriend while Paulina doesn't to irk her, Danny warns her that if she keeps that up, she could end up like Paulina, much to Sam's horror.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Sam does this whenever Danny goes feral in his Super Mode and is on the verge of destroying himself.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: When Sam leaves Danny to carry a heavy load of Fenton tech, Danny calls her a credit to the female gender, to which Sam responded with this trope.
  • Imagination-Based Superpower: While she can't shoot Hand Blasts like Danny, Sam can generate ecto strands which can be molded into nearly any construct she can imagine, similar to a certain comic book hero, which was intentional by the author. According to Word of God, the reason Sam's main powers are different than Danny's is because the Fenton Portal she used to get her powers was a different version then the one that gave Danny his as it was rebuilt following the events of the Grand Finale of the cartoon. Also, the reason he chose to give her different powers was because he wanted to give Sam a different route in mastering her powers than Danny so it wouldn't be dull.
  • In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It: The author always puts "By Aaron" behind the titles of his stories.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite Danny changing the future, Skulker and Technus still become SkulkTech (albeit, temporarily). It's even possible that Box Lunch could soon appear.
  • Instant Armor: G gets it in his Super Mode.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: In Laws of Attraction, when Paulina was upset over Danny and Sam being declared the hottest couple in school, Star tries to put her at ease, saying it's not as bad as it seems, only for two students to pass by gushing about how lucky Sam is.
  • Internal Reveal: In "Pairing Off", Danny finally learns that Ember is the girlfriend Skulker was talking about in "Girls Night Out".
  • Is It Always Like This?: After Jack's experiment in Stolen Years causes half the city to lose power, resulting in a huge mob forming on the Fentons' doorstep, we get this exchange:
    Danielle: "Uh, is this something I'm going to be seeing a lot of?"
    Jazz: (disapprovingly) "Trust me, you don't even know".
  • Is This Thing Still On?: During the climax of What She Wants, when Poindexter explains to Team Phantom his reasons for helping Desiree, the microphone he'd been using broadcast the whole conversation through the headphones she was wearing. Desiree was touched that somebody felt for her like that.
  • It Only Works Once:
    • One of the benefits of Skulker's new armor is that he's now immune to Tucker hacking into his operating system.
    • Undergrowth attempted to invoke this by bringing in evergreen trees that could withstand Danny's ice powers. It only partially works.
    • Walker clearly learned from his past experiences of humans being intangible in his prison, so he had a special wing constructed for human prisoners. The only thing that messed it up was Sam's new ghost powers.
  • Just Between You and Me: In A Family Thing, Vlad does this with the Fentons. It helps to explain everything that's happened to him following "Phantom Planet".
  • Kid Detective: Mike Harris, a boy at Elm Street Middle School fulfills this trope as he likes to investigate strange things going on at school. Unfortunately, he seems to be on the trail of Danielle's secret.
  • Kill It with Fire: Being plants, Undergrowth and his army were extremely susceptible to Sam's new ghost fire powers.
  • Kill It with Ice: Partially subverted where Undergrowth decided to call in evergreen trees to combat Danny's ice powers. However, this trope was play straight when Team Phantom used their ice weapons to freeze Undergrowth's roots so Danny and Sam could finish him off.
  • Kinda Busy Here: Before Sam got her ghost powers, Danny's ghost fighting duties continuously interrupted their dates. It seemed like the first clue as to what would happen to Sam.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: As revealed in Laws of Attraction, this is how Paulina sees Danny Phantom. Sam can't help but find it funny.
  • Leave Him to Me: This is what Agent Alpha, the leader of the Guys In White, says after Danny leads an assault on their HQ.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: This is Jazz's moral when it comes to Danny and Sam's romance.
  • Like Father Like Daughter: Despite being Danny's clone, it's clear that Danielle is Jack's daughter, sharing his impulsiveness. It's made extremely clear when they both fire at an unknown target shouting "Shoot first, ask questions later!".
  • Limited Wardrobe: Averted with Wulf. He gets a new outfit to replace his prison garbs in the form of one of Jack's old Hawaiian shirts courtesy of Danielle.
  • Literal Genie: When Jazz wishes that the computer she's using could run faster, Desiree gives it the body of a track star.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: This is what Danny has become to Sam, as she has stated countless times that she can't live without him and that he seems to be the only person to make her happy.
  • Lockdown: Whenever Jack and Maddie experiment with ectoranium that was left behind after the Disasteroid incident, Danny and Sam and Danielle find themselves quarantined in clear boxes, much to Danny's annoyance.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Due to keeping himself isolated in his prison, Walker wasn't aware of Sam's ghost powers like the rest of the ghosts. This came in handy when she was captured.
    • After learning that Vlad was behind the battle with Walker in Laws of Attraction, Jack, Maddie, and Jazz decided to keep it to themselves. When Vlad kidnaps Danny in a later story, Sam gives Jazz a big What the Hell, Hero? for it.
  • Look What I Can Do Now!: Sam saving Danny from a collapsing building in the first story was all about her demonstrating her new ghost powers to him. As stunned at he was at Sam's transformation, he found the action to be pretty hot.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: In Hearts and Minds, Nocturne traps Danny and Sam in one where they have no memory of each other. Naturally, they're pretty ticked off when they get out.
  • Love at First Sight: When Poindexter first saw Desiree, he thought she was the beautiful woman he'd ever seen. It led to him helping her with her wish-granting handicap and eventually, freed her from her curse.
  • Love Confession: Danny and Sam in Hearts and Minds. Naturally, it was a Speak in Unison moment.
  • Love Is a Weakness: This is what Walker thought as he kidnapped Sam to get Danny to do what he wanted. Unfortunately, he wasn't current about Sam's new half ghost status like the rest of the ghosts.
  • Love Redeems: This is how Poindexter changes Desiree.
  • Love Spell: In Bad Breakup, Ember's attempt to break up Danny and Sam was to use her music to make the jocks fall for Sam. Fortunately, Danny was more perplexed than jealous.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: In the first story of the series, Danny's ghost fighting duties constantly interfered with his and Sam's dates. Unlike most cases, Sam was very understanding. Following her transformation into Danny's partner, their dating life seems to have gotten easier.
  • Lured into a Trap: Vlad's plan in A Family Thing.

  • Make-Out Kids: Danny and Sam, to the point it'd be hard pressed to find a scene where they 're not kissing.
  • Magical Girlfriend: Desiree becomes this to Poindexter at the end of What She Wants.
  • Mama Bear: Maddie. She flips on Vlad in A Family Thing and beats him, or rather, a clone of him up.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Vlad starts to take on this role, being behind the events of several stories.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Ghost Tucker was being conned by Hotep-Ra, he said the exact same things Tucker said when he fell for it.
  • Mess of Woe: When Sam was out of town, Danny really got depressed, to the point of being a mess. Desiree and a bunch of ghosts took advantage of this.
  • Mind-Control Device: Vlad creates one based off the technology of Nocturne's dream helmets.
  • Mindlink Mates: Similar to the Psychic Link they were originally suppose to have in the cartoon, Danny and Sam have developed a connection that allows them to sense each other's emotions and even where they are.
  • Missing the Good Stuff: In "Stolen Years", Danny and Sam were watching the climatic Car Chase from a movie. However, just when it reached the scene of the hero's car doing an Outrun the Fireball, the television and all the lights went out, courtesy of Jack and his new Ghost Guzzler.
  • Mission Control: This is what Tucker's role on the team has become according to Word of God.
  • Mobile Maze: During Danny's third visit to Walker's jail, he discovers the passageways change, making it difficult to find his way around it. It's only through the special link he and Sam have that they're able to find each other.
  • Moment Killer:
    • There has been one or two times when Tucker ruined a romantic moment for Danny and Sam.
    • Jack unintentionally did this by accidentally releasing a bunch of ghosts on the city while Danny and Sam were taking advantage of being in the dark.
    • In "A Family Thing", Danny and Sam's heartfelt good-bye comes to a halt when Jack dumps a load of Fenton tech into Danny's arms.
  • Mundane Solution: In What She Wants, Jazz figures a quick way to beat Desiree during a fight with Danny and Sam: Make a wish that she couldn't attack them. It's Lampshaded when Jazz won't stop giving Danny grief about it.
  • My Future Self and Me: Two of these to be exact. When Dan Phantom escapes, Clockwork brings in Danny's actual future self and his partner, Sam, to capture him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sam has two moments of this in Trial By Fire. First when she regains her memories of what she did while under Undergrowth's control. Then again when she realizes she inadvertently hurt Danny with her new fire powers.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: A throwaway joke, but Danny commented that his 'Father Sense' was tingling when Jack caused a citywide blackout.
  • Mysterious Past: Played for Laughs. When Jack reveals he can speak Esperanto, much to Jazz's shock, he says "I have a whole secret life you know nothing about".
  • Mysterious Watcher: The series has introduced a mysterious, new character who calls himself "G". He is powerful enough to beat the Masters' Blasters and also seems to be league a mysterious organization who have ordered him to keep an eye on Danny. In “Two For One”, his use of a “True Ghost Form” and knowledge of the state implies that he is half-ghost as well. He also seems to have a grudge against Vlad for some reason, despite Vlad seemingly having no more idea of his identity that the heroes.
  • Myth Arc: The series has three arcs going on at the moment: Vlad sending ghosts after Danny for a strange reason, a new mystery character called 'G', and a mysterious link that Danny and Sam share.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Naming Conventions: To avoid the 'Inviso-Bill' incident that Danny went through, Sam decided to create her own super hero name. After trying and rejecting a few, she settled on the name Sam Tasma. Word of God is that the names Sam thought up and rejected were the same ones he tried and rejected for the same reasons.
  • Never Recycle Your Schemes:
    • Averted with Technus, who tried again to gain control of the Cybertron computer. In his words "A good idea is a good idea". Of course, since Danny and the others couldn't stop him this time if he succeeded, it makes sense.
    • Also averted with Hotep-Ra, whose scheme of transforming all of Amity Park into an Egyptian kingdom was just a rehash of his last attempt. However, the author stated that the reason for this was for revenge on Tucker.
  • Never Say "Die": Averted. The author is perfectly willing to use words like "die" and "kill".
  • Nice Girl: Jane Parker, Danielle's friend. Her obsession with ghosts aside, she invites everybody to her party, even the school's Alpha Bitch. Her reason: "I don't want to be rude".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Bradley Milton.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In response to Nocturne trapping them in a dream world where their memories of each other were sealed away, Danny and Sam gave him an absolutely vicious thrashing, with no room for him to fight back.
  • No Name Given: Averted. The series reveals the names of the Groovy Gang (Fran and Andy) and Extreme Ghost Breakers (Brenner and Sullivan), as well as the names of the other members of Freakshow's circus trope besides Lydia (Goliath, Elasitca, and Green Kid).
  • Noodle Incident:
    • What happened during Danny's first two hour eating binge. Apparently Sam finds it funny now while Danny hasn't gotten over it.
    • There's also the incidents Sam caused with her ghost powers with one at the steakhouse involving a dancing side of meat and another involving the animals in the biology lab that was so bad that the janitor was afraid to clean the science section alone for weeks.
      • Sam also hints that she's been using her overshadowing ability in the past without Danny knowing, but Danny and Tucker don't want the details.
    • Another hint that the Fentons are visited by angry mobs frequently is that Jack commented that their formations are getting faster.
  • Not So Different: Danny gives a speech about this to his ghost half to convince him that they need each other. It enables him to get control of his True Ghost Form.
  • Now You Tell Me: Maddie calls out to warn Danny about a pair of anti-ghost gauntlets after they shock him.
  • Official Couple: Danny and Sam.
    • As well as Skulker and Ember.
    • As of Laws of Attraction, Dash and Paulina.
    • Surprisingly, there's also Poindexter and Desiree.
  • Oh, Crap!: Too many instances to list.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!:
    • Sam's reaction to Danny's second two hour eating binge.
    • This was everyone's reaction when Danny once again triggered his dangerous Super Mode.
    • Sam compared the school being fascinated with her and Danny's relationship to the time people blogged about her ghost form when she was first being recognized.
    • Danny and Sam reacted this way when Tucker attempted to reuse his 'Victory Through Technology' platform in his mayoral campaign.
  • One True Love: Finding hers was the only way for Desiree to get out of her curse to grant every wish she hears. Surprisingly, it turns out to be Sydney Poindexter.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: At the end of "Hearts and Minds", following her and Danny making a mutal Love Confession, Sam's parents were shocked to actually see her chipper and happy, to the point they thought she was actually growing out of her Goth streak. Sam then made a point to prove that she was still a Good Bad Girl.
  • Open the Door and See All the People: After Jack's Ghost Guzzler sucks up the power of half of Amity Park, there's a loud bang at the front door and he, Maddie, Jazz, and Danielle come face to face with an angry mob led by Sam's parents. Jack comments that the mob's formation and arrival was a new record.
  • Origin Story: The first story of the series is one for Sam Tasma.
  • Original Flavour: The series is one of the few that maintains the show's balance of action and comedy. In fact, many feel that it's the way Butch Hartman himself would do a fourth season.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Wulf has been appearing more often than he did in the cartoon.
  • Out of the Inferno: This is how Dark Danny makes his triumphant return; emerging from the explosion of the Fenton Thermos containing him.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Played with. In Stolen Years, Danny and Sam were watching a movie where the hero's car was doing this. Unfortunately, just as it reached its climax, the power went out courtesy of a blackout caused by Jack.

  • Painful Transformation: Much like when Danny got his ghost powers, Sam's ghostly transformation was this. Her scream as it happened was so chilling that Jazz would never forget it even if she lived to be a hundred.
  • Pair the Spares: The series has created a uniquely new pairing, that of Desiree and Sidney Poindexter. Definitely one of the most bizarre, if not tender, moments in the series.
  • Papa Wolf: Jack Fenton. He even admits it in Stolen Years. "But heroes or not, NO ONE messes with Jack Fenton's kids!"
  • The Paralyzer/Pressure Point: Maddie's sleeper hold technique is shown further, to the point where Sam wants to know how to do it.
  • Paranormal Investigation: In A Family Thing, the Fentons are hired by Bradley Milton to investigate a haunting at his mansion caused by Danielle. It's later revealed that the whole thing was actually a trap set up by Vlad.
  • People Puppets: During a fight with Desiree, Danny and Sam were temporarily turned into these.
  • Performance Anxiety: It seems that the ghost controlling staff that Freakshow's family had was to help the ghosts get over their stage fright.
  • Playing with Fire: Among the many differences Sam's powers are to Danny's is that she has developed ghostly flame abilities in contrast to his ghostly ice. In particular, Sam sets things on fire by focusing her heat aura, rather than throwing fireballs.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Because Danny and Sam didn't tell their friends they merely pretended to be broken up, Tucker, Valerie, and Danielle thought that the ghosts were responsible and went on the warpath in the Ghost Zone. Still, it was justified because the ghosts were spying on Danny and Sam.
    • Made extremely serious in A Family Thing when Danny's desire to keep Danielle's existence a secret from his family gets them all captured.
    • It works in the favor of the heroes when Walker's isolation means he's Locked Out of the Loop about Sam's new powers, allowing her to escape when he captures her.
    • In Two For One, Jazz worries that not telling Danny that Vlad was up to something may have factored into Vlad capturing him.
  • Power Incontinence: When Sam's fire powers first manifested, she couldn't control them and they grew to the point that she burned anything she touched. After training with Dora Mattingly and getting some encouragement from Danny, she got control of them.
  • Power Nullifier: Vlad's spectral energy neutralizer box makes a return. It's eventually destroyed when Danny unleashes his Super Mode to break out of it. However, as shown in Two For One, it seems that Vlad has made a copy.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: This is the effect of Future Sam's alternate ghost form.
  • Power-Strain Blackout:
    • Whenever Danny snaps out of his feral Super Mode, the exertion causes him to change back and faint. Fortunately, he recovers very quickly.
    • This, combined with Post-Victory Collapse, happened to Sam after the battle with Undergrowth after she used too much of her fire power to defeat him.
  • Powers In The First Fic: Sam in the first fic of the series.
  • Produce Pelting: Done twice in Royal Occupation. First with Jack who had become the village fool of the dark age version of Amity Park, then again when Aragon and his minions were locked in the dungeon at the end.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: In Bad Breakup, upon realizing he had been scared silly by Tucker's robot, Dash gets angry and punches it, not realizing it's not actually Tucker, and ends up hurting his hand for his troubles.
  • Puppy Love: Even when their mental capacities are diminished in their child forms in Stolen Years, signs of Danny and Sam's relationship still shine through. Maddie and Jazz find it adorable. Jack and Tucker, not so much.
  • Ramp Jump: In Stolen Years. Danny and Sam were watching a movie scene where a car was doing this with a fireball just millimeters behind it.
  • Relationship Reset Button: Nocturne temporarily did this by trapping Danny and Sam in a dream world where they didn't remember each other. They were pretty ticked off at him when they woke up.
  • Relationship Sabotage:
    • A group of Danny's enemies attempted to do this in Bad Breakup. However, this failed due to a combination of Danny and Sam trusting each other and their attempts not being thought out.
    • Nocturne, on the other hand, nearly successfully pulled this off in Hearts and Minds when he trapped Danny and Sam in a dream world and sealed away their memories of each other.
  • Relationship Upgrade: The series takes place following Danny and Sam getting together in the cartoon's Series Finale. The author has done a nice job portraying how their new relationship would go, especially with Sam becoming Danny's new ghost fighting partner.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Sam’s Playing with Fire powers have this. Basically, she has the same cold core effect as Danny, but a mutation caused her to develop extreme temperatures closer to the surface to compensate, giving her fire powers instead. This means that while she has the same Power Incontinence problem Danny had with his An Ice Person abilities, she doesn’t feel any side effects from the heat she’s putting off like Danny felt with his cold aura, to the point where she doesn’t notice that she’s putting out over 300 degrees of heat.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: G uses a revolver.
  • Rich Brat: Victoria of Elm Street Middle School. Nice girl invites you to a party? Let's dump glue on her. Unsurprisingly she becomes Danielle's rival, not to mention her target when she starts using her ghost powers on the school bullies.
  • Rivals Team Up:
    • After learning Danny's secret, Valerie Gray has not only abandoned her hatred of Danny Phantom, but she has become a permanent ally to him as well as a member of Team Phantom. However, she still has a strong resentment against other ghosts.
    • This trope also applies to the Masters' Blasters, who Tucker decided to keep on retainer.
  • Rocket Punch: One of the capabilities of Skuler's new armor is that his hands can fly off which he uses to deliver Danny to Vlad.
  • Roll Out the Red Carpet:
    • When Tucker made his first appearance in the series, he did so by having a long carpet come rolling through Danny's house when he opened the door.
    • Dan Phantom also made a joke about the trope when he met Future Danny and Sam.
  • Rousseau Was Right: The basic moral of What She Wants.
  • Running Gag:
    • In A Family Thing, Jack accidentally shot someone with the Fenton Foamer three times over the course of the story: first Tucker, then Jazz, and then Bradley Milton who was being overshadowed by Vlad. Near the end of the story, he almost shot Danielle, but was blocked by an umbrella courtesy of Jazz.
    • In Ancient History, Hotep-Ra would be burned to ashes by Sam's fire power, then regenerate while shouting his Catch Phrase "I...AM...RISEN!", only for Sam to burn him to ashes again.
    • For a series wide gag, there's Tucker "milking" being the new mayor of Amity Park.
  • Sadistic Choice: When Technus was taking control of the cybertron satellite again, he gave Danny and Sam the choice between stopping him or saving a runaway bus full of people. Technus lampshaded that he knew their obvious choice: save the bus.
  • Scaled Up: Villainous and Heroic version in Royal Occupation when Prince Aragon transformed into his dragon form and Danny and Sam used Dora Mattingly's amulet to do the same to fight him.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl:
    • In Bad Breakup, Dash let one of this when he saw Tucker's robot for the first time and thought aliens were invading.
    • In Ancient History, Tucker was psyching himself up to help Danny and Sam when Danielle tapped him on the shoulder from behind and he screamed while flailing his arms.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Danny epically calls Walker out on his doing so in Laws of Attraction, summing him up as a massive hypocrite because he breaks his so-called "rules" whenever he feels like it.
    Danny: What do YOU care about rules? You break your precious "rules" whenever it's convenient. Why don't you just admit it? All rules are to you is an excuse to try and control everyone! YOU'RE THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE I'VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In Junior Hijinks, upon encountering Danielle in her ghost form, Scaredy Cat freaks out, dashes back to the Groovy Gang's van while dragging his teammates with him by his leash before hopping in the driver seat and speeding off to parts unknown.
  • Screw Yourself: A variation is used when Sam dresses up like Danny for Halloween. Still, it is quite disturbing to Tucker.
  • Secret Chaser: Mike seems to be showing shades of this as he's determined to learn Danielle's secrets.
  • Secret Keeper: As of Ancient History, Tanya.
  • Secret Relationship: Inverted where Danny and Sam pretended to break up to deter a bunch of ghosts trying to separate them. Unfortunately, it backfires in more ways than one.
  • Secret Test of Character: "What She Wants" reveals that Desiree has basically been giving one ever since she was cursed into her current state; she will eventually meet the person she is destined to be with when they do something nobody else has, but she can't say what that condition is in case someone else tries to fake it (her destined partner is Sidney Poindexter, who 'won' because he expressed concern for what she wanted when making wishes rather than just wishing for stuff for himself).
  • Sexy Secretary: Tucker's secretary Tanya. After defeating Hotep-Ra and Ghost Tucker and realizing he lacks any knowledge of politics, Tucker promotes her to be his campaign manager.
  • Shadow Archetype: Ghost Tucker is this to Tucker. He is self-centered, insecure and envious, things that Tucker has slowly grown out of since he became mayor of Amity Park. It reaches a climax in Ancient History when Ghost Tucker tries to convince him that he'll just be third wheel and a nobody if he gives up the Scarab Scepter. Tucker refuses his offer and defeats him.
  • Ship Tease: The series has been hinting at Tucker/Jazz a couple of times like when Tucker gave Jazz a hug and kiss when she gave him an idea and when kissing her undid his frog transformation.
  • Shock and Awe: G’s powers seem to be electricity based.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Some Leg: What Maddie does to Jack in Royal Occupation in order to snap him out of Aragon's brainwashing. Danny is suitably disturbed.
  • Shown Their Work: Another thing that makes the series good is that the author has clearly done his research of the original cartoon. Not a lot of fanfic writers do that.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Danny and the others have dished this out more than often throughout the series.
  • Sick and Wrong:
    • A few times throughout the series. One example was when Danny and Sam were quite disturbed by the sight of Skulker and Ember cuddling. Another was when Tucker and Valerie were freaked out by seeing Danny and Sam kissing while Sam was dressed as Danny.
    • This was also the reaction of everyone when Dash appeared, wearing a female cheer-leading outfit.
  • Sidekick Glass Ceiling/Sidekick Graduations Stick: Sam upgrades to Danny's full-fledged partner after her own ghostly transformation.
  • Sixth Ranger: Danielle, along with Jack, Maddie, Valerie and Wulf.
  • Skewed Priorities: Mike Harris finds the Extreme Ghostbreakers' escapade through Elm Street Middle School to be internet gold, never minding the fact of the damage they caused. Danielle lampshades it.
  • Skyward Scream: In "Hearts and Minds", Danny and Sam let out a vicious one when Tucker and Jazz thermos Nocturne before they were finished making him pay for sealing away their memories of each other.
  • Speak in Unison: Danny and Sam, moreso than in the cartoon. The author has even expanded on this by having it be the basis of a special link they have developed. Word of God is that he did it because he felt that all the times Danny and Sam had a 'unison moment' was Butch's way of making up for shelving the link that they had in the original draft.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Danny apparently convinces his ghost side to do one after their Battle in the Center of the Mind.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Danny’s ghost half tried to do this to Danny, but Danny manages to talk him down and convince him to do a Split-Personality Merge instead.
  • Stable Time Loop: The reason Sam got her ghost powers was because she was driven by the revelation was that her future self was half ghost.
  • Stalking Is Love: It seems Jack used to camp out on Maddie's family's front yard just to see her when she first got back from a trip. While Maddie thought it was touching, Jazz thought there was nothing about that to be proud of.
  • Sticky Situation:
    • One of SkulkTech's weapons is a blaster that shoots out balls of ecto adhesive that, as Danny discovered, is immune to intangibility. Fortunately, Danny's ice powers manage to work well on it.
    • There's also a scene in the first story where Jack attempts to blast Future Danny with a weapon called Ecto Bondo that ends up trapping him, Maddie, and Jazz is a sticky mess.
  • Storming the Castle: Team Phantom invades the Guys In White's headquarters in order to save Danielle.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Danielle, when captured by the Guys In White. Given her previous experiences, she's not impressed.
  • Suddenly Bilingual: In Laws of Attraction, Jack reveals he speaks fluent Esperanto, much to Jazz's shock.
  • Super Mode:
    • In the first story of the series, Danny unlocked a form that gives him a major power boost whenever he goes through extreme duress. Unfortunately, this has shades of Deadly Upgrade as he not only begins to act more and more beastly the longer he's in the form, but the energy he generates builds up too fast and can cause his body to burn out.
    • His future self seems to have gotten control of it and from the looks of her future self, Sam will get one too.
    • “Two For One” reveals it’s called a “True Ghost Form” that works by temporarily making him a full ghost, and not only does Danny finally gain better control of it, G has one as well, with his causing him to manifest crystalline Instant Armor.
  • Super Powered Robot Meter Maid: Initially, Tucker built his robot so that he could attend classes while fulfilling his mayor duties. It was later revealed that it was also equipped with anti-ghost weapons, making it useful in ghost fights.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That:
    • Said word-for-word by Ghost Tucker to Sam to cover up what he didn't know she was talking about.
    • When Skulker and Technus fused, they take the SkulkTech moniker when Danny and Sam suggested it because they thought it was better than the name they came up with.
  • Swallowed Whole: At the end of Ancient History, Hotep-Ra and Ghost Tucker get swallowed whole by the Tucker-faced sphinx, courtesy of Tucker. Hotep-Ra doesn't look forward to the passage that will lead out.
  • Swirlie:
    • According to Poindexter, in life, he got this as much as he got shoved in his locker, much to Danny and Sam's disgust. It allowed him to use the toilet as a second doorway into Casper High.
    • For that matter, Dash was about to give a poor kid one of these when Poindexter made his appearance.

  • Take a Third Option: When Dan Phantom met Future Danny and Sam, he gave them the option to 'kneel and live' or 'fight and die'. Future Sam suggested mixing and matching.
  • Tar and Feathers: This is essentially what happens to Friend One and Two in Junior Hijinks, with glue and shredded paper substituted.
  • Technology Marches On: It's clear that Fenton Tech will become more advanced in the future now that Jack and Maddie are alive in it, as shown when Future Danny and Sam's Fenton Thermos can be compacted into a disk form.
  • Tempting Fate: In Junior Hijinks before the climax dealing with Danielle and the Blasters, Tucker lamented that there was nothing to do. Sam kicked him for it.
  • That's Gotta Hurt: Jack makes these comments while he and the kids watch Maddie beat up a clone of Vlad.
  • That Thing Is Not My Child!: Averted, Jack and Maddie are more than happy to take in Danielle as their new daughter.
  • The Bus Came Back: The series features the return of many characters that only made one appearance in the cartoon, Dark Danny the most prominent.
  • The Power of Love:
    • Sam uses this to get through to Danny and help him change back whenever he changes into his dangerous Super Mode.
    • It's implied that it was this that allowed Danny and Sam to regain their memories of each other in Hearts and Minds.
  • The Power of Trust: Prevalent in Ancient History. Tucker trusts Tanya with her memories of Ghost Tucker and Hotep-Ra's attack, and Danny and Sam in turn trust Tucker with the Scarab Scepter of King Duulaman.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Over the course of the series, the heroes have delivered epic speeches to the villains. Danny gives a spectacular one to Walker in Laws of Attraction on how he's willing to break his own rules, calling him the biggest hypocrite he's ever met. During her fight with Undergrowth, Sam gives one to him about him being Not So Different than the humans who harm the planet. Considering what he made her do in cartoon, it's understadable. Maddie also gives one to Vlad in A Family Thing about how he doesn't love, just wants. He just shrugs it off.
  • The Unmasqued World: Averted. While many fans believe that the ending of "Phantom Planet" hinted that Danny's Secret Identity was revealed to the whole world, the author believes that it was kept secret by those at the South Pole. Word of God believes they keep secret other things besides what a teenager does in his spare time.
  • There Was a Door: In the first story of the series, Jack and Maddie enter the underground bunker beneath City Hall through a hole Jack blew in the wall. Afterwards, Jack blew another hole in the wall for them to leave, much to Maddie's disappointment.
  • Third Wheel: Valerie had concerns that Danny and Sam were treating Tucker like this, but Tucker reassured her that even though they were together, they were still his friends, and he recognises that he actually would just be a third wheel if he tried to accompany them on dates or into action.
  • This Cannot Be!: Vlad's reaction to Danny being able to bust out of his spectral energy neutralizer, followed by being savagely beaten within an inch of his life by Danny in his feral Super Mode.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself:
    • Subverted. Danny at first thought he was the only one who could stop Undergrowth in Trial By Fire, which is Justified seeing as how he did so in the cartoon. However, he ends up getting help from the rest of Team Phantom to bring him down the second time around.
    • A straighter example is when Sam writes and recites her poetry. She literally needs to be away from Danny to be in her 'dark place' as he makes her too happy.
  • This Means War!: This is what Dark Danny said to Future Danny.
  • Throw the Book at Them: During the climax of Ancient History, a brainwashed Jazz hit Danny in the head with a scroll. After Danny takes it away from her, she produces a dagger, making Danny think he was better off with the scroll.
  • To Make a Long Story Short: Tucker gave Valerie a short version of the story where they met Dark Danny.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sam, full spades. While she was already a Badass Normal in the cartoon, after obtaining ghost powers, she's even more effective. What's more, despite her having her powers for a shorter time than Danny, she's already become just as powerful, which is justified because unlike Danny, Sam had someone to train her, her future self.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: More like Lanterns and Flashlights, but the anger was definitely there when the neighbors surrounded FentonWorks after Jack caused a blackout.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Danielle loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Not being able to eat any drives her nuts.
    • She has also developed a liking for apples due to living off fruit stands for the past few months.
  • Training Montage: Sam went through one when she first got her ghost powers. It went just about as well as when Danny trained to use his ice powers (in fact, it occurred in the same arena), but she came out of it pretty awesome.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Danny's new Super Mode is triggered whenever Danny is extremely distressed, such as when someone he cares about is in mortal danger.
  • Trenchcoat Brigade: Mike Harris's detective look includes one of these.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Jack and Maddie developed a pair of gloves that fed ghosts back their own ecto energy in the first story. In the same story, Vlad later modified them to absorb energy from ghosts, specifically from Dan and Future Danny and Sam. Fortunately, Danny and Sam destroyed them during the climax.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: In Laws Of Attraction, there's a scene that switches back and forth between Danny and Sam and Tucker and Danny's family with members of Freakshow's circus to explain what happened to them following the first encounter with Freakshow in the cartoon.
  • Undying Loyalty: Apparently, when Dora brought her realm out of the dark ages, Aragon's Executioner and Archer were the only ones who remained loyal to him, to the point that they had to be locked away in the dungeon. Aragon rewarded this loyalty with increased strength granted by the Scepter of Fay.
  • Unexpected Character: The return of the ghost half that was separated from Tucker has taken a few people by surprise.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: According to Word of God, while Vlad is powerful and manipulative, he has never gotten into knock down drag out fights like Danny because he feels he's too good for that. However, this doesn't help when he ends up on the other end of a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Unwitting Pawn:
    • In A Family Thing, Vlad uses a brainwashed Danielle to trap Danny and his family.
    • In future stories, Vlad also has used Walker and Aragon for his own purposes as well.

  • Valentine's Day Fic: What She Wants.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Vlad has continuously escaped capture by Team Phantom with the aid of his duplication power.
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • When Technus gives Danny and Sam the options to stop him or save a runaway bus in Pairing Off, he points out that it's obvious they'll go after the bus. Danny even admits it, to his disdain.
    • In Laws of Attraction, Danny reluctantly admits that some of Walker's prisoners actually do belong locked up.
  • Villain Opening Scene:
    • Two For One begins in a similar fashion to "Kindred Spirits", with Vlad looking over footage of Danny to attempt to figure out how to control his True Ghost Form.
    • Before that, there was Royal Occupations which featured Vlad stealing the Scepter of Fay from archaeologists.
  • Villain Team-Up: Multiple times. First, a group of Danny's enemies teamed up to capture him in Strength In Numbers, then again in Bad Breakup to break up Danny and Sam, followed by Skulker and Technus joining forces to form SkulkTech in Pairing Off, and most recently Hotep-Ra worked with Tucker's former ghost half in Ancient History.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After being thoroughly thrashed by Future Danny and Sam, Dan flew at Danny and Sam in a blind rage. In his weakened state, he couldn't stand up to a double punch from the duo.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Sam, as shown in Strength In Numbers. In fact, the main reason she went and got her powers was to give Danny more support.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: When Danny hurled the excess food he ate, it was described as everyone present stopping what they were doing and watch in disgust while the sound of Danny retching echoed around them.
  • We Can Rule Together: Ghost Tucker tried to coax Tucker into having them rule the world together with the Scarab Scepter's power. It doesn't work.
  • Wham Fic:
    • A Family Thing, big time. Danny's family learns about the existence of Danielle, Danny's advanced form is shown to have been not just a one time thing, it's revealed that Danny and Sam have a special link to each other, and Danielle is adopted by the Fentons.
    • For that matter, the first story of the series can be considered this as it's the beginning of Sam's new life as Danny's new partner.
    • One of the biggest shocks in the series occurred in What She Wants when Desiree pulls a Heel–Face Turn after hooking up with Poindexter.
    • At the end of Ancient History, not only does Tucker prepare for an actual election and promotes his secretary Tanya to be campaign manager, but Danny and Sam actually trust him to hold onto the Scarab Scepter.
    • In “Two For One”, Danny has a Battle in the Center of the Mind with his ghost half (that ends in a Split-Personality Merge) and gains better control of his Super Mode, which is revealed to be called a “True Ghost Form”. Also, G is revealed to be apparently be half ghost, as he has his own Super Mode.
  • Wham Line: From A Family Thing:
    Danny:"So what do you say, Tuck? Got any connections at the Mayor's Office that might be able to fast-track a set of adoption papers?"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We haven't seen Tucker's chauffeur since Strength In Numbers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jazz gets it after Sam learns she, Jack, and Maddie kept Vlad's involvement in Laws of Attraction a secret because they didn’t want to worry Danny, allowing Vlad to catch him off guard and capture him.
  • What Were You Thinking?: This is what Danny said to Sam after finding out that she got herself ghost powers. Unlike most cases, Sam justifies her actions.
  • Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: This is what Jane and Danielle wondered about Mike's spying equipment. He replied with Fairly OddParents famous "Internet" line.
  • Which Me Am I Talking About Again?: When Future Danny is fighting Dan, Danny asks Tucker, Valerie and his family to watch the injured Future Sam. This happens.
    Jazz: "Danny? Is that...Sam?"
    Danny: Uh,, kinda...Look, it's a long story, okay? Just...can you guys take care of her? I'm running around loose out there and I've got to go help me stop myself!"
    Valerie: (confused) Uh, Danny? What are you talking about?"
    (Danny sighs)
    Danny: "You know what? I really don't know anymore.
  • Whip It Good: The ecto energy that Sam generates doesn't fire like traditional ghost rays, but instead comes out as strands of ecto energy. Fortunately, in addition to being able to mold it into different constructs, Sam discovers tha they also make great whips.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: When Danny suggested that Dash take an interest in Paulina's hobbies in order to win her over, he tries to join the cheer squad. Unfortunately, he ends up donning a female cheer uniform.
    Tucker: "Okay, he does know they make male cheer uniforms too, right?"
    Sam: "Apparently not."
  • The Worf Barrage: Played with. When Guys in White Operatives O and K blast Danny and Sam with their 'Whitewash' cannon, it does nothing, even though it was designed to destroy all the ecto molecules in their bodies. Later, it turns out that it partially worked and ended up erasing the ecto molecules attached to the genes that controlled aging, causing Danny and Sam to revert to five year olds when they tried to morph back into humans.
  • The Worf Effect: As proof of how powerful Danny's secondary transformation is it gave him an edge over Dark Danny (albeit, he was already weakened by fighting Future Danny), and he nearly beat Vlad to death.
  • Worf Had the Flu: In "Strength In Numbers", Desiree and her cohorts were able to overwhelm and take Danny captive mostly because his stomach was too full for him to fight.
  • Worth It: Subverted word-for-word by Sam regarding Danny's Super Mode in A Family Thing, considering its dangerous effects. Following Danny getting control of it, the dangers have been minimized.
  • Would Hurt a Child: There are no shortage of villains who would do this:
    • In the first fic, Dark Danny causes an avalanche that nearly crushes a school bus full of children to distract Danny.
    • The Guys in White, who are eager to experiment on a de-aged Danny and Sam, and Danielle.
    • Ghost Tucker who gleefully blasts Danielle from the sky.
  • Wreathed in Flames: This happens to Sam when she unleashes her fire aura. Sometimes, it takes a demonic look.
  • Written Sound Effect: The series keeps the show’s habit of having sound effects spelled out. This trope is made literal since there are no pictures.
  • Wrong Wire: When Vlad was modifying a pair of gloves, he accidentally switched the wrong wire and ended up sending a huge shock through himself.
  • You and What Army?: In Strength In Numbers, Desiree says to Sam that in order to beat her and the other ghosts holding Danny, she'd need an army. Cue Frostbite and the Far Frozeners being led by Danielle.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Tucker worried about the Scarab Scepter possessing him again, Danny and Sam gave him a Rousing Speech that he was no longer the same person that used it the first time.
  • You Are Grounded:
    • In Trial By Fire, after Danny froze Jack and Maddie to keep them out of the battle with Undergrowth, Jack yelled this to him even though Danny was no longer in the room. Fortunately, following all the action, he forgot about it and Danny asked Sam not to remind him.
    • This is hinted to have happened to Danielle at the end of Junior Hijinks for her antics.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Jazz points out to Desiree that she could do a lot of good with her powers. Desiree just mocks her. In the end, she actually does after she finds Poindexter.
  • You Have Failed Me: In Royal Occupation, when some of Aragon's soldiers fail to capture Danny and the others, he disposes of them via a Trap Door.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!:
    • This is what Dark Danny said after landing in the Nasty Burger parking lot during his fight with Future Danny.
    • This is what Danielle thought about the Extreme Ghostbreakers, until they hurled exploding wheels at her.
  • You Just Had to Say It: Happens so often that there are too many to list.
  • You Know What You Did: In "Pairing Off", Ember gives Danny and Sam this when she attacks them over Skulker and Technus becoming SkulkTech, much to Danny and Sam's irritation.
  • You Monster!: Maddie says this to Vlad when she finds out how Vlad violated Danny's DNA in his cloning experiments. Vlad takes offense to it.
  • You Need to Get Laid: After one of Tucker's Moment Killer moments, we get this exchange between Danny and Sam.
    Sam: He really needs a girlfriend.
    Danny: Tell me about it.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: As demonstrated when Danny triggers his Super Mode.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: At the climax of the first story, it looks like Future Danny and Sam are about to trap Dark Danny and bring the fight to an end, only for Vlad to arrive and use his modified Tricked-Out Gloves to steal their powers.


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