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After the events of Phantom Planet, things have certainly changed for everyone. Danny's secret is out, Vlad is MIA in space, Danielle is wandering the world and no longer about to dissolve into goo, Tucker is mayor of Amity Park, Sam finally ended up with Danny, and things are for the most part pretty good for our heroes.

Which means it is time for things to Go Horribly Wrong. Vlad's deal with the Fright Knight finally comes into focus, but unfortunately awakens something ancient and powerful. Something that makes Pariah Dark pale in comparison and utterly terrifies every single ghost in existence, from the Observants to the Box Ghost. Those that don't hide immediately seek out Danny, knowing that he would do his best to stop the newly-unleased horror and that he has the best chance at success. And after Clockwork advised him to accept any and all offers to help, regardless of what form that help might take or who makes the offer, Danny begins to form a battle plan that includes friends, family, and enemies that range from practically useless to those he can barely trust.


The story can be found here by Bookworm Gal.

Tropes in Harmless include:

  • Abusive Parent: It is acknowledged that Vlad's treatment of Danielle in the past pretty much counts as this, thus turning him into her Berserk Button.
  • Asshole Victim: The Fright Knight, Walker and Aragon were killed by Ammit, but it's not exactly a great loss.
  • The Atoner: Vlad is trying to be this, though no one trusts him. Valerie is having a slightly easier time making up for her past actions in regards to her treatment of Danny Phantom.
  • Backstory: Several of the ghosts' backstories are touched on or expanded beyond what was in the show, showing how they ended up like they are in present day. Most qualify for Dark And Troubled Pasts.
    • The origins of the scar on Clockwork's eye and Pariah Dark's missing eye are explained: they are the result of sealing Ammit in the first place.
    • Just like Word Of God for the show, Ember was based on a teenage girl who was stood up for a date and died in a fire she was too exhausted to notice. This is one of the reasons why her relationship with Skulker is so rocky: she believes Love Hurts due to that entire sequence of events.
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    • Sidney Poindexter, just like as mentioned in his first episode, came from a kid who bullied relentlessly during high school. He was eventually Driven to Suicide.
    • The Lunch Lady actually met Poindexter while they were both alive.
    • Cujo was a guard dog for Axion Labs that was put to sleep when they upgraded the security system and no longer needed him.
    • Skulker's first moments of existence involved seeing tiny, weak ghosts such as himself being hunted and destroyed by larger ghosts for fun. This left him believing that everyone is either the hunter or the hunted and he was inspired to be the hunter.
    • Technus' origin involves the human inventor working himself until his heart gave out.
  • Berserk Button: For Danielle, Vlad is this. Let's just say that she didn't appreciate his parenting skills.
  • The Bet: All the ghosts apparently got together to organize a betting pool on how long it'd take for Danny and Sam to have a Relationship Upgrade (the Box Ghost won, having predicted it would take The End of the World as We Know It to occur). Tucker is disappointed to find out he was left out of all this.
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  • Beware the Superman: When Danny asks Clockwork why he just doesn't just alter the past to ensure Ammit doesn't escape, he explains that in all the timelines he's seen, the ones where he takes the easy way out have him succumbing more and more to temptation, slowly becoming a monster. To seal the deal, he chillingly demonstrates how, if he wanted to, he could've monkeyed around with the day of Danny's conception, instead of putting him through the events of The Ultimate Enemy, as a means of stopping the Bad Future shown there
  • Big Brother Instinct: Danny has this in regards to Danielle.
  • Big Brother Worship: Danny is the one person that Danielle knows without a shadow of doubt she can depend on.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Wulf still speaks Esperanto.
  • Blood Knight: Ammit loves a good fight. Part of his goal is to find a Worthy Opponent to battle.
  • Break the Haughty: The events of Phantom Planet served as this for Vlad and forced him to confront the truth about what he'd done.
  • Canine Companion: How Klemper's loneliness is solved: Danny gives him the ghost dog, Cujo.
  • Can't Spit It Out: Turns out that Skulker can't admit that he loves his girlfriend and Sidney can't admit that he has a crush on Dora.
  • City of Adventure: Amity Park. They have Ghost Drills now and a grading system of warnings about ghost attacks ranging from Level One (pretty harmless) to Level Five (a disaster).
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Some ghosts are formed from human faith and beliefs. For example, Pandora and the other ghosts that appeared in "Boxed Up Fury'' were born from belief in Greek Mythology.
  • Continuity Nod: Several.
  • Crush Blush: Sidney Poindexter does this in regards to Princess Dora, though looking like a black-and-white photograph makes it harder to spot on him.
  • Deader Than Dead: Ammit can destroy ghosts, effectively killing those who are already dead.
  • Death Glare: Several are being directed towards Vlad.
    • Jazz ends up receiving one from Ember when she stumbled upon a touchy subject.
  • The Dreaded: Ammit. When he's freed, every ghost feels it, and runs for the hills.
  • Driven to Suicide: Sidney's human self couldn't take the constant abuse and bullying and hanged himself.
  • Easily Forgiven: Oh so Averted in regards to Vlad.
    • Valerie is having an easier time of it, especially since she and Danny managed to talk things out.
  • Enemy Mine: Danny, his friends, and family are teaming up with ghosts ranging from Frostbite and his Yeti ghosts to Poindexter and Dora to Skulker and Technus to Vlad.
    • Invoked by Clockwork, whose advice to Danny was to accept any help offered, no matter where it came from.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone knew Danny and Sam would end up together. Apparently the ghosts started a betting pool for when they would figure it out. The Box Ghost won.
  • A Female Ghost Clone And Her Ghost-Werewolf: Danielle and Wulf
    • Also, a Ghost and His Ghost Dog in regards to Klemper and Cujo
  • Fantastic Nuke: The plan to defeat Ammit is to lure him to a powerful anti-ectoplasm explosive charge and let it blow, destroying him without doing any other damage to the city.
  • Field Power Effect: Poindexter only has the basic ghost powers most of the time (such as Invisibility, Intangibility, and floating). But if he's at Casper High, he gains Telekinesis over everything on the school grounds.
  • Flat "What": Danny's reaction when the Box Ghost offers to help.
  • Genius Ditz: Jack Fenton is brilliant when it comes to anything ghost-related, but doesn't really focus on anything else beyond immediate concerns.
  • Good Parents: The Fentons. They love and support their children. And they instantly accept Danielle as family.
  • Harmless Villain: The Box Ghost serves as a Deconstruction of this early on. He knows he's pathetic, but doesn't want to admit it and that fact really bothers him.
  • Heel Realization: After spending a few months in complete solitude after losing everything through his own actions, Vlad accepts he will never have what he wanted and that he didn't deserve it.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After decades of blaming everyone else, the result of his actions in Phantom Planet forced Vlad to finally accept he has no one else to blame for his current situation but himself.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Valerie starts going on about how nasty Vlad is when she learns about how he became mayor by overshadowing the voters, and Vlad can hear it and the resulting conversation over the Fenton Phones.
  • An Ice Person: Klemper, Frostbite, and the other yeti ghosts all appear and are recruited to help.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: The Box Ghost, as Jazz figures out. He knows he's pathetic, and it really bothers him.
  • Killed Off for Real: So far, Fright Knight, Aragon, and Walker.
  • Large Ham: The Box Ghost and Technus definitely live up to this trope.
  • Last-Name Basis: Due to the sharp decline in their relationship at the end of the show, Jack now addresses Vlad by his last name.
  • Mission Control: Tucker has taken this role, arranging everything in preparation for Ammit's arrival, having Technus set up a way for him to keep visuals and audio all over the city during the attack, and figuring out the best ways to split up the team.
  • Mundane Solution: Desiree causing trouble in another state? Make a wish over the phone for her to stop.
  • Names to Run Away From: Ammit's titles include the 'Devourer,' the 'Devourer of Millions,' the 'Devourer of the Dead,' and the 'Soul-eater.'
  • No Indoor Voice: Both the Box Ghost and Technus have issues with volume control.
  • Official Couple: Danny and Sam, as established at the end of Phantom Planet. Skulker and Ember are also still dating, though their relationship is less stable.
  • Older Than They Look: Figuring out the age of ghosts is tricky. For example, Ember and Sidney Poindexter look like teenagers, but she's been around since The '70s and he's from The '50s.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Ammit. His plan is basically to slaughter everyone.
  • The Omniscient: Clockwork
  • On a Scale from One to Ten: "Just between us, how bad do you guess this is going to be? On a scale from one to ten, with one being the Box Ghost and ten being King Pariah tag-teaming with the Dis-asteroid."
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Vlad's behavior when he first arrived at Danny's house threw the teenager off balance and made him really frustrated until he remembered when he last saw Vlad act like that: the Bad Future from The Ultimate Enemy.
    • Earlier, the flood of ghosts diving out of the Ghost Portal in fear (and Undergrowth purposefully hiding in the Fenton Thermos) is what alerts the heroes that something really bad is coming.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: There are three different types of ghosts that are described in the first chapter: those that spontaneously form, those that are formed by the deaths of people with strong emotions or will power at the time of their demise, and those that are formed by belief.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Why. Are. You. Here?"
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Agent O and Agent K ended up this way.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The first glimpse of Ammit are of his red eyes glowing out of the darkness.
  • Running Gag: How everyone assumed Danny and Sam were a couple long before they figured it out themselves. There was even a Side Bet that Danny's enemies had that the Box Ghost won.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: Ammit is portayed as a powerful male ghost when in Egyptian Mythology she was a female demon who devoured the hearts of the unworthy dead. This is essentially Artistic License and is immediately Lampshaded In-Universe when they look up the name and find the Egyptian myths about Ammit. It is stated the Egyptians based their stories upon the ghost and simply got some of the details wrong.
  • Say My Name: Tucker plays Ember's music in the areas protected by ghost shields where the civilians are sequestered for the battle, giving her a power boost for the fight.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Ammit, though the Fright Knight lets him out in the first chapter.
  • Self-Duplication: Vlad does this, as usual, and it's lampshaded.
  • Semantic Superpower: Jazz thinks the Box Ghost's powers could operate like this. With some flexibility about what he considers "boxes," it could provide him with a lot more versatility.
    • Confirmed in Chapter 15, where he attacks Ammit with boxes he swiped from a Guys In White's warehouse, reminding everyone that he can not only control boxes, but their contents as well.
    • Sidney Poindexter has only the basic ghost powers everywhere but the Casper High School grounds. Grounds is the key word here, when the school is attacked, and the Ghost Shield protecting the students limits his options, he drags up the plumbing and sprinkler system.
  • Shout-Out: A few.
    • "Procedure 23-19".
    • Albeit it's in a tense moment, but in Chapter 7:
    "So, hit the road," said Jack. "And don't come back."
  • Side Bet: Apparently the ghosts had a bet on what it would take for Danny and Sam to admit their feelings for each other. The Box Ghost won and Tucker is disappointed he didn't get the chance to join the bet.
  • Spanner in the Works: Based on some of what Clockwork has said, he is depending on someone to serve as this role in the coming battle.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Vlad does this to Danielle and Valerie.
  • Take That!: In Chapter 2, Sam's narration briefly goes into a rant about a vampire romance series called "Late Evening", talking about how the female lead is useless, the male lead just whines about his existence, and both have no other personality beyond their obsessive love for each other.
  • Technopath: Technus qualifies. He can create and control just about any piece of technology As long as he has most of the necessary materials, his ghost powers can compensate for the rest and fill in the blanks to make it work. If he focuses hard enough, he can still create something that can operate without the help of his powers and won't just fall apart the minute he takes away his influence.
  • Time Abyss: Ammit is explicitly stated to be one of the oldest ghosts in existence (though Clockwork is technically his senior).
  • There Are No Therapists: Jazz is doing her best to avert this, both for humans and ghosts.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Klemper now has Cujo, giving the lonely ghost a friend at last.
  • Totally Radical: Technus tends to use this somewhat. And Sidney Poindexter's slang from The '50s is pretty bad.
  • Transformation Trinket: The necklaces owned by Princess Dorathea and her brother, Aragon.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Sam really doesn't like that Vlad is back after everything that he did to Danny and his family in the past. One of the first things she does is aim a Fenton Wrist Ray at his head.
  • Volleying Insults: Skulker and Ember's relationship consists of this quite often.
  • Wanting Is Better Than Having: After Tucker used to dream of having power, adulation, and being important, he ends up as Mayor of Amity Park following the events of Phantom Planet only to discover that it isn't exactly what he expected. Most of his free time was gone, he didn't get to see his friends as much as he wanted to, and his new title came with more paperwork and boring meetings than he could count. Plus, he still had homework and a curfew his parents expected him to follow. And all of this while carrying the weight of the population of Amity Park on his shoulders and he didn't even get supermodels to cheer him on. On the other hand, he does prove to be rather capable of dealing with the problems of a frequently-haunted town.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Sidney isn't the strongest ghost, but, as the narration notes, he's clever and creative about what he does have.
  • The Worf Effect: Ammit destroys Fright Knight seconds after waking up. Then he takes out Aragon while he was in his dragon form.
  • Xeno Fiction: The section done from Cujo's point of view.
  • Younger Than They Look: Danielle looks to be about twelve years old, but her real age is measured in months.


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