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Kur and the Crown is a Danny Phantom and The Secret Saturdays crossover, where Maddie gets a call for help from Drew, a former colleague of hers, about a blue ghost cat, and ends up bringing Danny along for the ride.

Kur and the Crown provides examples of:

  • * Adaptation Origin Connection:
    • Jack and Maddie were briefly part of the Secret Scientists.
    • In this story, The FarFrozen traded with the Kulmari in ancient times, even helping devise a means by which the city could submerge itself as needed, as this was before they found the city's serpent.
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    • The first Ghost King was Ourobouros, who ended up dividing his power between the Ghost Zone and Earth in response to some ancient crisis. The Crown of Fire, carved from his horns, became the vessel of what he left to the Ghost Zone, while he himself ended up reincarnating as the first Kur.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    • Doc, as usual, which is lampshaded.
    • Averted with Danny, who takes the revelation of cryptids existing pretty well.
    • Jack and Maddie apparently left the Secret Scientists because the others were skeptical about their field of study.
  • Cerebus Retcon: The one-time joke about Jack sucking the house into another dimension turns out to have been Clockwork's doing, so that Danny would have been exposed to enough ectoplasm before the accident that the portal turning on with him in it didn't just kill him outright. He also altered the blueprints several times, both to make sure that the "on" switch ended up where it did and to avoid several potential disasters, like the portal being the size of a city block.
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  • The Chooser of the One: As it turns out, the Crown of Fire chooses who takes on the Ghost King mantle.
  • The Chosen One: Although the Crown didn't apparently choose him until after he defeated Pariah Dark, Clockwork has been subtly preparing Danny for becoming half-ghost and eventually ascending to the throne for years now.
  • The Corrupter: The Naga are the ones who corrupted the previous Kur.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Crown of Fire turns to be intelligent to an unknown degree, and is the one who chooses who wears it as the Ghost King.
  • Everyone Can See It: When the reason Danny went into the portal is revealed, and Doyle guesses that it was because of a girl, Maddie almost immediately realizes that it was Sam.
  • Irony: The reason that the Crown of Fire chose Danny as its new bearer? He tossed it aside when he briefly held it during his battle with Pariah, not even really considering trying to use it against him.
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  • Jerkass Has a Point: Although he was a little harsh about it, Danny is perfectly right that Zak rushing out into an Artic snowstorm in just his regular clothes to try and help Doyle was rather idiotic, especially since, as a seasoned world traveler, he should know better (which he was using as an example of him not being evil, since an evil person wouldn't have gone rushing out to help someone else with little concern for their own safety).
  • Lampshade Hanging: At one point, Danny wonders who makes stuff like the Crown of Fire, Ring of Rage, Infi-Map, etc.
  • Legacy Character: Gaia, when telling the Secret Scientists that Kur is not evil, lets it slip a hint that there were previous incarnations of the entity. Thoth confirms that there have been multiple Kurs, and that Zak is merely the latest, with Gaia being the one who normally raises them.
  • Mathematician's Answer: When Danny wonders if Thoth is a god of knowledge or a mind reader, he replies that he's both, but Danny's mind is rather easy for him to read.
  • The Mentor: Danny starts fitting into the role for Zak, giving him advice and helping him with his powers.
    • Clockwork serves as this to Danny as well, though he's significantly more hands-off. This is partially to prepare him to take the throne of the Ghost Zone.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • At one point before the story started, Danny apparently fought a giraffe ghost who taunted him while drinking tea.
    • Jack and Maddie were apparently part of the Secret Scientists in the past but left after a relatively brief period, apparently because of Arbitrary Skepticism by the other Scientists towards their chosen field of study.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: When Danny starts to learn about Zak's powers and the situation they've put him in, he finds clear similarities between them, like the Secret Scientists chasing Zak for being Kur reborn and the Observants trying to have Danny eliminated to keep Dan from coming to pass, for example.
  • Restraining Bolt: The Ring of Rage allowed Pariah to bend the Crown of Fire to his will, though he could only access a portion of its power.
  • Too Much Alike: Going on with the "Not So Different" Remark about Danny and Zak, it's suggested by Doc that part of the reason for the initial friction between the two was that they were too similar to each other.
  • Translator Microbes: Gaia can be understood perfectly well by other ghosts, and half-ghosts, but for humans, her speech is somehow warbled and unintelligible unless she uses a Babel Stone to translate it.
  • Troll: Clockwork has some shades of this. For example, when Danny notes that a user's manual for the Crown of Fire would have been nice, Clockwork teleports a sticky note with his signature and the word "no" onto his face.
  • Villain Team-Up:
    • Epsilon goes to the GIW for help when Danny Phantom interferes in their attempt to capture Zak.
    • It's implied that Vlad and Argost are working together.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Why did the Crown of Fire choose Danny? During his fight with Pariah, he tossed the Crown aside, not even really considering trying to use it against him.