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Resurrected Memories is a Danny Phantom fanfic written by Flower princess11. The story takes place a few months after Phantom Planet and centers on the ghostly diva Ember.

When the Fenton portal is down due to repairs, Ember gets zapped by a natural portal and lands in the human world. When she wakes up, she discovers she has a heartbeat again. It seems being a halfa works both ways. Now Ember uses this to join Casper High in hopes of discovering Danny's weakness...but what happens when she gets to know Danny? Will they become friends?


Now has a sequel RM: A New Path.

Ember is now a halfa, living with her sister, on the verge of a major record deal and most of all, she is dating Danny. She couldn't be happier but this happiness might be cut short when Ember gets haunted by some metaphorical ghosts of her past, along with dealing with some people who can't seem to let some things go.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating: After saving the world from the Disasteroid and revealing his secret identity, Danny has gained this sort of treatment from his fans.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Several are presented during the course of this story.
    • Dash Baxter develops a crush on Amberline solely for her good looks and is constantly harrasing her for a date, much to Ember's immense annoyance. Dash isn't ugly and he is a popular quarterback but it's his ego, low I.Q and lack of respect that repulses Ember to no end.
    • Paulina to Danny, not for her looks, but for her snobby and overbearing personality, as well as the fact that she is pretty much has an Entitled to Have You attitude towards him.
    • A more comedic version would be Valerie’s stalker Nathan, an overweight geek who desperately wants to be the girl’s prom date.
    • A ghostly version would be the OC Rancor, a muscular mercenary ghost who hits on both Ember and Kitty, much to the two girls' disgust.
    • Vlad is this to Maddie, for obvious reasons.
  • Abusive Parents: More of the neglectful variety but from all of the Flashbacks, it’s obvious that Ember’s parents weren’t good parents, being more focused on work and social climbing to notice their daughter’s needs, which may have contributed to her hated of adult authority. Luckily Ember’s sister Amy turned out to be a much better parent to her two children Zoe and Maggie.
  • Action Girl: Ember, Sam, Valerie, Maddie and Dani are all very strong, competent fighters.
  • Adults Are Useless: Played With as while the adults in Ember's past qualify with her parents and teachers ignorant to the fact that she was being severally bullied at school and thus did nothing to stop it leaving her with several emotional scars, but in the present this is Averted as most are shown to be kind hearted individuals who are good at their jobs and care about those under their watch such as with Mr. Lancer doing what he can to try and make Danny's very difficult life a little easier and especially Mrs. Murray who is shown to enjoy her job as a teacher, is a great mother to her two daughters as well as a loving sister, once the two figure out each others true identity that is.
  • Adult Fear: There are many examples in this fic, considering it's main character is a teenage ghost.
    • Ember's entire Origin Story is this. A young girl growing up in a dysfunctional household, getting repeadedly bullied at school with and then getting asked out by her crush, only to get Stood Up. The heartbroken girl then goes home to cry herself to sleep, only for her house to catch on fire, and she dies at the tender age of 16.
    • The Fenton family have to deal with Danny's depression after his breakup with Sam. Normally Danny is a very easy going boy but to see him obviously suffering to the point that Jack and Maddie are visibly concern. It gets better after he befriends and falls for Amberline... only for it to return tenfold when he finds out the truth of her identity.
    • Zoe Murray has one when she goes to the Nasty Burger to use their bathroom, leaving her sister Maggie unattended for a moment. In that moment Skulker appears and turns the entire area into a dangerous war zone and Maggie nearly got killed had it not been for Ember seeing her and getting her to safety.
    • The very fact that Ember was being spied on for months by Vlad and not even being aware of it can be very unsettling. Even worse that her suppose acquaintance Spectra was the one spying on her on Vlad's behalf.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Amberline Carol Mclain was one of these during her first lifetime, being bullied and made fun of by her peers.
  • Almost Kiss: A brief running gag was that after falling for Danny, Ember as Amberline would try to kiss him, only to be interrupted several times, much to both immense annoyance
  • Alpha Bitch: Paulina is this to a T.
    • When Ember was alive, she had dealt with an even worse one named Alexandria Green, who was not only pretty and wealthy, but severally bullied Ember too.
  • Act of True Love: Ember nearly sacrificing herself to save Danny from Vlad’s ectoranium bullet.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: The appropriately titled chapter “The Truth is Out” has Ember accidentally reveal herself to Danny right after sharing a kiss with him. Danny in a fog of anger and betrayal rejects her and Ember, having truly fallen in love with him, begs him not to leave her that she truly has changed and she wants to be with him to the point of offering to give up her ghost powers permanently.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Kitty asks Ember this one line after Ember is saved by Danny and decides to do a Heel–Face Turn and become his friend.
    Kitty: Did you tell him who you really are yet?...”
  • Armor-Piercing Response: While Kitty tries to talk a lovestruck Ember out of remaining Amberline permanently in order to date Danny. Ember gives this response
    Ember: I LOVE HIM!.”
  • Attention Whore: With the exception of Danny, Paulina really doesn't like it when somebody else gets more attention than her. Ember herself is one, since her biggest goal in the series is to use her power to get legions of fans to idolize her and then take over the world she eventually outgrows the more negative aspects of this over the course of the story, as while she still likes attention and wants to be famous she eventually starts to go about obtaining it in a far more healthy and "normal" manner.
  • Badass Family: The Fenton Family, just like in cannon.
  • Band of Relatives: An unintentional Type 1 with Ember and Zoe as is explained below.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Danny and Team Phantom's genuine kindness to "Amberline" inadvertently makes Ember undergo a Heel–Face Turn
  • Becoming the Mask: Ember starts up the whole “Amberline” charade in order to get close to Danny in order to destroy him, the first part of the plan works so well that she ends up falling in love with him and gives up all of her evil plans, she even reaches a point where she’s willing to swear off her ghost half permanently for him.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Zigzagged a bit in this story, Ember is aware of this but Danny and the others aren't.
  • Beneath the Mask: There are several characters here that seem to posses a "mask" of their own.
    • On the surface Ember seems like a strong willed, short tempered, overconfident diva. Beneath that, lies a lonely, insecure girl haunted by the scars of her past.
    • Mrs. Murray seems like a smart, understanding and fair teacher who loves her job and is a loving wife and mother. However, she is haunted by the death of her older sister (aka Ember) three decades ago and deep down has some emotional scars of her own.
    • Christopher Morgan seems like a bright, friendly and boisterous teenage boy who is always making jokes and flirting with Sam, who resists his advances. However it is revealed that his parents are divorced and deep down, he is suffering from his unrequited love and gets hurt when Sam snapped at him, showing he was serious about his feelings for her.
    • Star seems like the typical Beta Bitch, being completely stuck up, snobby and insulting to the unpopular kids, however, it's eventually revealed that she only acts that way to please Paulina. Deep down she is a very insecure, neurotic girl who only follows Paulina out of fear.
    • Sam desperately tries to act like she is okay being Just Friends with Danny, but deep down is jealous and confused over his growing feelings for their mutual friend Amberline, and feels guilt over it.
  • Berserk Button: Ember will not tolerate anyone showing her disrespect or bugging her. Heck, Paulina and Dash have pressed it many, many times in this story.
    • Another button is people getting her name wrong.
    • Ember also apparently doesn't have any patience for anyone who hurts her friends and family and will not hesitate to teach whoever it is a very painful lesson.
    • Her sister Amy has her own, as so far it is seeing her sister get hurt. Justified since prior to Ember's infiltration of Casper High the last time Amy saw her was likely at Ember's funeral 30 years prior.
  • Berserker Tears: After getting exposed and ultimately rejected by Danny, Ember cries alone in her realm before she proceeded to completely destroy her own realm in a rampage.
  • Beta Bitch: Star starts out as the typical “satellite” to Alpha Bitch Paulina… except that deep down, she is a tragic Deconstruction of one. Star is shown to secretly be very insecure and neurotic and only seems to follow Paulina out of fear of being cast out of the A-Listers and be friendless much like how Valerie had been. The way she broke down in tears over being criticized one too many times by Paulina had Ember genuinely pity her.
    • In the 1970's, Ember knew a girl named Karen who was one of these to her bully Alexandria.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Paulina and Vlad, Paulina is quick to get on Ember’s bad side and is the central antagonist of the prom storyline while Vlad has returned from space and is building an army in order to kill Danny and destroy Amity Park and with Spectra’s help uses Danny’s feelings for “Amberline” against him.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Despite being the central antagonist of the prom storyline Paulina doesn't even register as a threat merely being an annoying Spoiled Brat that the heroes (and Ember) want to put in her place.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: Ember is a very prideful individual but she is also very lonely and truly cares about those she sees as her friends.
  • Big Man on Campus: Dash Baxter used to be this, he is the school quarterback and male head of the A-Listers but ever since the Disasteroid, Danny has him beat. Heck, its implied that the only reason he is still in charge of the A-Listers is because Danny didn't want to join them.
    • Ember's first love, David Parker was one as well, being good looking and popular with the girls....and Alexandria's just-as-nasty boyfriend.
  • Big Damn Reunion: Between Ember and her younger sister Amy in chapter 61 "Please Believe Me Part 2" when they finally figure out who each other really are.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Jazz, just like in series. She is very protective over Danny after his break up with Sam and is the first person to suspect something is shady about Amberline Lain and remains that way for the majority of the story.
    • Zoe Murray is very protective of her little sister Maggie and was eternally grateful when Ember/Amberline saved her life from Skulker's attack.
    • Ember herself was and is very protective of her younger sister Amy, even fending off against a stray dog in order to protect her when they were kids. This protectiveness still remains even after she discovers Amy has grown up to become Mrs. Murray, Ember is quick to order her to get out of Amity Park and get her children someplace safe due to Vlad's oncoming invasion
    • It seems to be inverted in Amy's case as even though she is physically an adult, she is still Ember's younger sister but she is shown to be very protective of her as soon as she knows their relationship.
  • Big Sister Worship: As shown from Flashbacks, Amy really loved her older sister Ember and they were really close.
    • The fact that even 30 years after her death, Amy still loves her big sister and never forgot the bond they had.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Ember, as Amberline, pretends to be a typical, well meaning high school student and infiltrates Casper High in order to find Danny's weakness and destroy him, however by Becoming the Mask she ultimately ends up undergoing a Heel–Face Turn and becomes a Sheep in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Brainy Brunette: Technically auburn as a human but Ember/Amberline has a lot of natural cunning and perspective. In addition, she also works hard to get good grades during her time as a student at Casper High.
    • At one point she gets her progress report and managed to get an A-B average, all on her own merit. Another instant, Mr. Lancer is considering her, among several other students for on upcoming scholarship.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: Danny has come to believe this as due to his worldwide fame from having saved the world and revealing his secret identity as after several months of being subjected to having to deal with the Paparazzi and people obsessing over him, he ends up greatly missing his privacy.
  • Character Development: Sam, in the series she had trouble accepting Danny dating another girl, in here despite her being jealous of Amberline's relationship with Danny, she try to act maturely and doesn't want it to get in the way of her new friendship with the girl.
    • The biggest factor of this story is Ember's own character development, as she slowly but surely evolves from an angry, self centered diva into a kinder, more caring person thanks to the influences of her new friends
  • Chick Magnet: Danny, after the Disasteroid, has become an In-Universe example. He has hundreds of fan girls, Paulina being the most obvious. Even Ember ends up falling for him though much more genuinely then Paulina.
    • Even Zoe Murray admits she thinks he is cute and jokingly suggests asking him out.
    • In the past, Ember was in love with a guy named David Parker who was one of these too as he had many females admirers, including Alexandria
    • Ember herself is kind of a Dude Magnet in both forms. She has managed to get the interest of many guys due to her good looks and feisty nature, in both the Ghost Zone such as Skulker and Rancor. This extends to some boys at Casper High such as Dash, several groups of boys, briefly Tucker and eventually Danny.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Paulina, much to Danny’s dismay.
    • While they both would initially deny it, both Ember and Sam become this towards Danny to different degrees.
  • Commonality Connection: How Sam and Ember/Amberline end up becoming friends, along with the former’s willingness to help the latter defeat Paulina in the prom bet. Both girls are fans of dark clothing, the band Kiss and share a mutual hatred towards Paulina and the A-Listers, which help cement a genuine friendship between the two girls.
    • Part of the reason Zoe and Ember get along so well is because of their shared interest in music... that and Ember saving her sister was another reason too.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Ember infiltrates Casper High around the same time that A.J. Murray starts as the substitute music teacher and then independently ends up befriending A.J.’s daughter Zoe after saving her sister Maggie from Skulker, however where this trope really comes into play is that it turns out that A.J. is none other then Ember’s little sister Amy all grown up which also makes Ember an aunt to both Zoe and Maggie.
  • Cool Aunt: Ember has become this to both Zoe and Maggie, though none of them know it until Ember figures it out in Chapter 62.
  • Cool Big Sis: Ember during her first life as Amberline McLain was this to her little sister Amy, this comes back to haunt Amy quite literally when decades later she, now going by the nickname A.J. becomes a long-term substitute at Casper High around the same time that a still 16 year old but now half-ghost Ember infiltrates the school under the very clever name of Amberline Lain who then ends up saving Amy's younger daughter Maggie and befriending her older one Zoe all without Ember, Maggie or Zoe suspecting their connection until Amy confronts Ember in Chapter 61 and 62.
  • Crush Blush: After developing feelings for Danny, Ember is prone to this.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Technically half-ghost and one who spends a lot of time in human form but Ember is one especially when she starts to fall for Danny, though for the most part her attitude tends to make her more “hot” then “cute”.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: As shown from flashbacks, Ember McLain had a very difficult human life. Originally called Amberline McLain, she was an unpopular girl with big dreams of rock stardom, she got frequently bullied and was subjected to pranks from the popular kids, had been raised by Control Freak parents who didn't understand and neglected her and suffered from an unrequited love towards David Parker, the most popular guy at her school. One day David asked her out to the movies and she waited for him all night, thinking that he was just late. However she eventually went home after realizing she was stood up and cried herself to sleep, unaware that her home had mysteriously caught on fire. She died in the flames and out of anger for her untimely death and horrible life, renamed herself Ember McLain and became the vengeful Evil Diva seen in cannon. In fact the only good thing about Ember’s human life appears to have been her little sister.
  • Demoted to Extra: Tucker Foley, Hand Waved is that he is now the Mayor of Amity Park and has a lot of new duties that keep him busy.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: The OC Christopher Morgan is a downplayed example. He likes Sam and flirts with her, but he is never aggressive and makes it clear that he respects her feelings and that he would back off if she genuinely didn’t feel the same way. If anything, he is a Deconstruction of one, as while he does like Sam, he was genuinely hurt when Sam told him to get lost and lost his patience when she said she still likes him accusing her of being a Master Of Mix Messages and demanding to know if she truly doesn’t like him or not, explaining that he can accept rejection, but he refuses to be strung along.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Mclain family had a lot of issues, which is part of the reason that warped Ember into becoming the way that she is.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: And how!
  • Everyone Has Standards: Sam who despite expressing annoyance and jealousy over Danny and Amberline’s growing feelings for each other is disgusted when Paulina suggests they team up. Sam’s first reaction is to slap Paulina and explode, explaining her disgust that Paulina would even suggest that she would betray her friend. It ends with a girl fight between the two in the girl’s bathroom.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even prior to becoming half human, Ember, despite having a difficult human life, did have a strong bond with her younger sister Amy and she is the only one the ghostly girl genuinely misses from her old life.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Ember finds Paulina’s stalker shrine to Danny to be disgusting and thinks the girl needs mental help because of it.
    • A more altruistic example was that Ember was genuinely horrified and furious that Skulker deliberately tried to shoot at both her (not knowing it was her) and a small child in order to hunt Danny. She then gives him a well-deserved beatdown in the ghost zone later for this very reason.
  • Everyone Can See It: Danny and Ember/Amberline’s feelings for each other is rather obvious to all those around them. Even Zoe and Christopher, Ember’s new bandmates were able to tell that the two had feelings for each other early on.
    • Even Vlad was able to tell that Danny has developed feelings for Amberline and wanted to use that against him as part of his plan.
  • Evil Red Head: Ember's human form Amberline Lain has auburn hair and she is the Villain Protagonist At least until she undergoes a Heel–Face Turn
  • Extreme Doormat: Star to Paulina.
  • False Friend: Ember originally tries to worm herself into Danny's inner circle just to destroy him... it's only until her Heel–Face Turn kicks in that she truly comes to care about him as a real friend.
    • Spectra is a more straight up example. Not only does she sell Ember out to Vlad, but she doesn't think twice about feeding on Ember's misery due to her now being half-human and thus accessible to her powers.
  • Fangirl: Danny has got a ton of them, due to becoming famous after saving the world from the Disasteroid. Paulina is the most prominent example of them. One of the reasons Danny ends up falling for “Amberline” is because she’s not one of them.
  • Fatal Flaw: Ember’s own insecurity is her biggest enemy, along with her pride.
  • Fiery Redhead: As has been previously stated Ember has auburn hair in human form and is known to have a bit of a temper, even after her Heel–Face Turn.
    • Seems to be run in the family, as her sister Amy is shown to be pretty fiery herself when the time calls for it.
  • Freudian Excuse: Ember prior to her own Character Development, had been a vengeful, short tempered Evil Diva who wanted to use her powers to have the entire world adore her and her music. See Dark and Troubled Past above to see why she is how she is.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: When Vlad mentions Ember's past in his attempt to lure her to his side, Ember throws back that while she had a horrible life and horrible death, it didn't give her a right to make others suffer.
  • Friendless Background: It’s stated that due to moving around a lot growing up and being severely bullied at school, Ember had no real friends to aside from her sister call her own. She even goes as far as referring to Kitty as her first friend.
  • Good Bad Girl: Even after the Heel–Face Turn, Ember is still a tough and assertive rocker chick but she becomes much nicer over the course of the story.
    • Kitty is more neutral than bad but it's clear she cares about her friends.]]
  • Good Parents: The substitute music teacher Mrs. Murray seems to be a very loving and reasonably protective mother to both Zoe and Maggie.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: There are three notable examples with two romantic examples and a platonic one.
    • Paulina is a extremely possessive of Danny despite him wanting nothing to do with her and gets very jealous of any other girl Danny so much as looks at, which causes the bulk of the conflict in the story.
    • Sam is a Downplayed example being somewhat jealous of Amberline’s relationship with Danny but she doesn’t let it get in the way of her friendship with the girl.
    • Kitty with regards to Ember’s Amberline identity, being jealous that her best friend seemed to be picking the humans over her and scared that Ember would forget about her, though she eventually gets over this.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Danny, Vlad, Dani and most recently Ember McLain are all half human/ghost hybrids.
  • Hands-On Approach: During a "not-a-date" between Danny and Amberline, Danny tries to teach her how to bowl, seemingly unaware that he is doing this approach, but Ember does notice.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The two OC's Christopher Morgan and Zoe Murray have blonde hair and are both very nice, understanding and friendly individuals. They even become Ember's friends and band mates to boot.
  • Happily Adopted: The Fentons have adopted Dani into the family after the Disasteroid incident.
    • Somewhat played with at the end of the story when Ember gets invited to live with the Murray family, after discovering that Mrs. Murray is in fact her sister.
  • Happily Married: Jack and Maddie Fenton, just like in cannon. Also it's implied that the sub teacher A.J. Murray has this with her own husband.
  • Held Gaze: One chapter has Ember as Amberline and Danny watching a movie together with their friends, after goofing around with a pillow fight, Ember accidentally lands on top of him and the two share a moment like this before Sam walks in and interrupts it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ember undergoes one part way through the story as she slowly falls in love with Danny. Albeit it is a realistic take on one, as it takes a while for her to shake off some of her old habits.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Technically “Amberline Lain” has auburn hair but Danny very clearly falls for her during the course of the story .
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During the final battle, Ember nearly dies again by taking an ectoranium bullet meant for Danny.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Ember has this problem following her Heel–Face Turn since Team Phantom still considers her to be an enemy, though this is Played With since Ember’s human identity Amberline is very popular around Casper High. This very nearly costs her everything once Danny learns the truth about “Amberline”.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Afterlife really but Ember has this relationship with Kitty.
  • Hidden Depths: While Ember is a wild rocker at heart, she is shown to be fiercely loyal and protective to those she deems to be her friends and is a genuinely hard working student, managing to get good grades on her own merit, as well as Lancer's respect due to her actually trying to work hard in class and on top of that she is revealed to have a dorky side to her that starts coming to the surface as she starts falling in love with Danny.
  • High School: Most of this story takes place at Casper High.
  • Humanity Ensues: Ember McLain gain a human form in this story with her ghost powers.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: Early in the fic, Paulina (who it should be noted Danny has no interest in at this point) accuses Ember/Amberline of having an interest in Danny when the two got paired together for an assignment. Ember reacts in disgust and tells her that she has no interest in the half ghost boy but Paulina doesn't buy it; however Danny and Ember do eventually fall for one another.
  • Hypocrite: There have been several examples in this story so far.
    • Paulina hates Amberline because she thinks she is out to get Danny, as well steal her popularity. Even delivering this line:
    Paulina:Can you believe her?!
    Star: What? You mean her rejecting Dash?
    PaulinaNo, I mean how she carriers herself...she walks around here like she's too good for everyone.
    • One chapter involves Ember being called a hypocrite by an old version of herself in a dream for deciding to not use the dirt on Paulina from Star due to having kept a promise to her.
    • Ember is quick to call Kitty a hypocrite over lecturing her over manipulating Danny and keeping her identity a secret from him, when Kitty had blackmailed him in order to make Johnny jealous and had even overshadowed Paulina to do so.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Seems to be Ember's biggest issue along with a combination of I Just Want to Have Friends and I Just Want to Be Loved.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Ember seems to have some shades of having one.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Due to Ember’s Becoming the Mask as Amberline she ends up unintentionally shutting Kitty out of her life for a while. On the flip side it takes Kitty a very long time to figure out that Ember has truly come to love Danny and that causes her to act insensitively as well.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Even before realizing she has fallen for Danny, post Heel–Face Turn Ember is extremely reluctant to reveal her true identity to him, out of fear that his hate for Ember Mclain would outweigh his new affection for Amberline and that he would reject her.
  • It Runs in the Family: One of the earliest hints that Ember is related to the Murray family is the fact that they tend to have an affinity for music with Ember being an Evil Diva prior to a Heel–Face Turn, Mrs. Murray, aka Ember's long lost little sister being a music teacher and Zoe, Mrs. Murray's older daughter who is not only putting a band together but also goes to an arts school as a music student.
    • another trait seems to be stubbornness as Amy seems to share this trait with Ember
  • Jerk Jock: Dash Baxter, just like in cannon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Even after her Heel–Face Turn, Ember doesn't magically lose all of her vices overnight, she tends to shift to this attitude for a while, due to her desire to still manipulate Star against Paulina in order to win the bet.
  • Like Goes with Like: Even though Danny doesn't realize it but he ends up falling in love with Amberline Lain, who unknown to him is also a halfa of sorts as well
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: It's eventually reveal that Amy has grown up to be very different from her and Ember's parents. While their parents were more focused on work and social climbing than their children, Amy is revealed to be a very loving and nurturing mother to her two daughters Zoe and Maggie.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Both Mrs. Murray and Zoe are similar as they are both kind and welcoming people and they both have a love for music, with A.J being a Music Appreciation teacher and Zoe going to an arts school as a music student.
  • Long-Lost Relative: As stated above the substitute teacher A.J. Murray is actually Ember’s little sister Amy.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Ember, as Amberline, eventually manages to gain this sort of reputation around Casper High, in contrast to straight up Alpha Bitch Paulina. The combination of her good looks, brains, musical talent, growing friendship with Team Phantom and her nerve to go against Paulina and the other A-listers eventually ends with her becoming very popular among her peers at school.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: At one point Ember is so lovestruck she thinks she can hide her true identity from Danny indefinitely even when Kitty points out how difficult that would be especially if the two ever have kids, sure enough it doesn't take long for her to let her guard down enough that she unknowingly changes into her ghost form while kissing Danny.
    • Another moment would be when Kitty asks Ember what she intends to do if she keeps her charade, even sarcastically asking her what she plans to do if she ends up marrying Danny and having his children and his kids get her powers. Ember is silent...and then just gets all smitten like at the thought of marrying Danny.
  • Love Redeems: Befriending and ultimately falling in love with Danny causes Ember to undergo a Heel–Face Turn.
    • A platonic example would be Kitty's situation. Despite having been extremely jealous over Ember's frienship with Team Phantom, Kitty, out of desire to protect Ember, helps them defeat Vlad's army by rounding up all of Danny's allies for the final battle.
  • Loving a Shadow: Ember spends some time worrying that Danny is an Inverted case of this, fearing that he only likes her alter ego “Amberline” over her.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Paulina is head over heels for Danny and wants to date him but Danny refuses due to knowing that she is only interested in his ghost half and wants nothing to do with her now.
    • Inverted with Ember, she becomes heartbroken upon realizing that Danny (and by extension, their friends) only like Amberline Lain and still view Ember McLain as their enemy.
  • Mama Bear: Mrs. Murray is very much protective of her two children.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sam after she yelled at Christopher to make him leave her alone, instantly regrets it when she sees that she truly hurt his feelings.
    • Ember instantly regrets slapping Kitty during a heated argument over her decision to stay in Amity Park with Danny.
  • New Transfer Student: Ember, after becoming half-human, poses as a new student called Amberline Lain in order to infiltrate Casper High in hopes of spying on Danny.
  • Nice Guy: Danny. He is ultimately a kind hearted individual who always uses his powers to do the right thing and he is extremely loyal to his friends and will not hesitate to protect them. It's these traits that eventually make Ember become attracted to him, due to the fact that he genuinely cared for her human self as a friend.
    • The OC Christopher Morgan is also a Nice Guy who becomes Ember's band mate and is even interested in Sam to boot, it's to the point that he is so far the only one of Ember's friends who doesn't feel betrayed when he learns the truth about "Amberline".
  • Non Human Lover Reveal: Danny finally discovers the truth about Ember and Amberline right after the two declare their feelings for each other and share The Big Damn Kiss too.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted as Ember, having become half human, eventually gets her period once again, much to her immense dismay.
  • Not So Different: Many examples of this in this fic, mostly centered around Ember and her relationship with others:
    • With Danny, as both he and Ember are not only halfa's in this story, but the biggest reason Ember didn't want to reveal her secret was out of fear of being rejected by her new friends, much like how Danny was afraid to reveal himself out of fear of being rejected by his parents.
    • With Paulina, despite Ember refusing to admit it, she and Paulina are both attractive girls who love being the center of attention and have been willing to do through unethical means in order to achieve their goals...the only difference is that Ember has outgrow this sort of behavior.
    • With Star. Ember and Star both act prideful and mean towards people they don't like but deep down, they are very insecure girls who try to hide their vulnerabilities.
    • With Vlad, as he pointed out in the final battle, that they have both been hurt in the past and became evil as a result, being willing to do anything to achieve their goals...Ember realizes that at one point, she really was no different from him, much to her personal shame.
  • Odd Friendship: Between Ember as Amberline and Sam of all people, though Downplayed slightly when you take their similar likes and attitude into account. This trope is also in play with Amberline and Valerie though to a lesser extent.
    • A lesser example would be the gym teacher Ms. Teslaff with the new substitute teacher Mrs. Murray.
  • Older Than They Look: Ember is 46 years old but having spent 30 years as a non-aging full ghost before becoming half-human she is for all intense and purposes still a 16 year old girl, this is best demonstrated with the fact that the mother of Ember's 14 year old band member Zoe is none other then Ember's little sister.
  • Original Character: This fic provides quite a few original characters such as A.J Murray (the substitute teacher, her daughters Zoe and Maggie, Rancor (Vlad’s mercenary) and Christopher Morgan (Sam’s suitor in this story).
  • Pet the Dog: Valerie deciding to give Nathan just one dance at their junior prom, though she was reluctant to do so.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Befriending Danny, Sam and the others is what truly makes Ember go from being The Mole to Becoming the Mask and undergo a Heel–Face Turn. Despite the fact that it was slow, their friendship and kindness towards her causes her to come to truly care for them as her friends and she becomes happier, friendlier and generally a better person all around as a result.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: A common trait in halfas. Ember has cyan-blue hair as a ghost but gets auburn-red hair when she is in human form.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Played With. Ember ends up telling Danny that her name is "Amberline", which happens to be her birth name only because she couldn't think of anything else in that moment. She decides to stick with it for the rest of the story, even shortening her surname from McLain to Lain.
  • Reality Ensues: Paulina is in love with Danny but even though he had a crush on her in season 1, Danny saw first hand how cruel and shallow she really is with Paulina making it clear to Danny that she considered him a loser and treated him like garbage. Now that Paulina wants him, he wants nothing to do with her because he now knows that her only interest in him is because he a popular superhero and he has moved on from his old crush.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Both Mr. Lancer and Mrs. Murray's seem to be good at their jobs and only want what's best for their students.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Ember as Amberline delivers an epic one to Paulina after the latter tries one of her put downs.
    Ember/Amberline: You know what Paulina, I've been doing a lot of thinking lately and I think I know now why you're such a bitch.
    Paulina: What did you just call me?!
    Ember/Amberline: Listen here Paulina, you're only popular because your daddy spoils you rotten and always hands everything to you on a silver platter and that you've developed pretty early and started putting out soon after to the first remotely acceptable guy that made a pass at you and now you can't stand to look at yourself in the mirror… because all you see is a spoiled, weak-minded little child who can't do anything on her own who gradually grew up into becoming a whore who's nothing without her pretty face and daddy's money to protect her. That's the reason why you go out of your way to find victims to pick on in order to both gratify your swollen ego and to avoid the inevitable realization that once high school is over, there'll be nothing left for you but memories and several possible STD's and all you'll end up becoming is little more than some scumbag's concubine who's sole survival skills will consist of nothing but these 5 words: "Daddy, I need another loan" Am I in the ballpark?
    • Maddie also delivers a brutal one to Vlad in Chapter 65.
    • Star, after being abused by Paulina one too many times, finally delivers one to her at their junior prom.
  • Revenge: This concept specifically against Danny is a major motivator for more then one character throughout the story as it was Ember's primary motivation for infiltrating Casper High until her Becoming the Mask led to a Heel–Face Turn, this also appears to be Vlad's entire motivation given that his goals are to kill Danny and destroy Amity Park for no other reason then to make Danny suffer.
  • Rich Bitch: Paulina, obviously.
    • While not shown often, Ember technically is well off, having enough money to pay off a half a million dollar bail on the ghost writer just to get him to do work for her and be able to afford comforts from the human world without any difficulty.
  • School Bullying Is Harmless: Greatly Averted as it's revealed that when Ember was alive, she was severally bullied by the popular students, most especially by a girl named Alexandria Green. It's obvious that the bullying, along with several other issues she had is what jaded and embittered her into becoming an Evil Diva in the first place
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Both Danny and Amberline have denied on separate occasions when someone says they think that they are romantically involved together.
  • Shipper on Deck: Valerie, having truly gotten over Danny, thinks Amberline has feelings for him and secretly thinks they would be good together.
    • Downplayed with Star, who despite being Paulina's secretly neurotic Beta Bitch, secretly thinks that Danny and Amberline make a cute couple but doesn't dare so say around Paulina.
  • Ship Sinking: The fic starts off with Danny and Sam, who were the Official Couple in the series, breaking up and they both struggle to continuing maintaining their now fragile friendship.
  • Shrinking Violet: The original Amberline Mclain was a shy, bullied girl who longed for the day she would become a rock star.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Ember delivers one to Vlad after he tries to persuade her into joining him in chapter 66.
  • Sickeningly Sweet Hearts: Even prior to their Relationship Upgrade, Danny and Amberline's flirtations have them acting as an unofficial version of one, much to Sam's ire.
  • Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Paulina has a crush on Danny, solely because he is a famous superhero who has saved her life and is constantly hounding him for a date.
    • In the past, Ember, then known as Amberline Carol Mclain, had a crush on David Park, the most popular guy at her school.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Ember slowly but surely falls in love with Danny not long after accepting that he sees her as his friend and saved her life from Skulker's missile. She grows to care for him as a person and becomes attracted to him for his kind nature, his sense of humor, his good looks and for the fact that he always encouraged her dream of being a musician.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl:
    • Paulina is totally ga-ga for Danny now, who couldn't care less.
    • Ember, after having a Heal Face Turn, eventually falls hard for Danny and becomes one as well, constantly blushing and acting pretty ga-ga over him herself, though her interest is infinitely more genuine then Paulina's.
  • Social Climber: Ember's mother is revealed to have been one of these. As her husband's career continued to advance, she became more focused on her family's social status, to the point of emotionally neglecting Ember in the process.
  • Spoiled Brat: Paulina Sanchez, DUH! It’s the crux of Ember's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Stalker Shrine: As per cannon, Paulina has a shrine to Danny Phantom in her locker. Ember is quick to point out how creepy it is.
  • Super-Powered Alter Ego: Inverted. Ember McLain is a powerful ghost but her alas Amberline Lain is suppose to be a normal human teenage girl.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the chapter "The Value of a Life", Skulker is fighting Danny and ends up sending a missile to a pair of civilians, unaware that it is Ember as Amberline Lain. Ember is saved from near death when Danny willingly steps in and takes the missile blast in her place. Ember was so stunned that Danny nearly risked his life to save hers and it's what causes her to permanently give up her original “Evil Plan” and see Danny as a real friend.
    • She would eventually and literally return the favor when Ember pushes Danny away before getting hit by Vlad's ectoranium bullet and gets hit herself.
  • Tears of Joy: Both Ember and her sister Amy, who happens to be her teacher Mrs. Murray, shed these when they finally realize the others true identity and hug each other for the first time in decades.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The A-Listers as per cannon are a group of snobby popular kids who bully others they deem beneath them but it's stated that the popular kids from Ember's backstory are even worse.
  • The Alcoholic: Paulina secretly is drinking underage, even hiding some bourbon in her diet cola when she is at school.
  • The Bet: Ember as Amberline and Paulina get into a huge one, about whether or not Paulina will lose the title of Prom Queen this year. Should Paulina win, Amberline has to wear whatever Paulina wants her to, but should Ember win, Paulina has to do whatever Amberline says.
  • The Cavalry: In chapter 67, appropriately called "The Calvary has arrived", Kitty and Johnny lead a large group of Danny's allies to help in the fight against Vlad's invasion.
  • The Fashionista: Despite being ghosts, both Ember and Kitty really love to shop together in their spare time, to the point that Ember has a very large walk in closet in her realm, filled with all kinds of clothes.
    • Downplayed a bit with Sam who wasn't all that opposed to shopping with girls... as long as it was for Gothic fashion and made with non-animal materials, anyway.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After being saved by Danny and realizing that he and the others truly sees her as their friend, Ember simultaneously undergoes this and Took a Level in Cheerfulness as well.
  • Unknown Relative: As stated elsewhere the little girl Ember saves from Skulker and her big sister whose band Ember ends up joining turn out to be Ember’s nieces, a fact the three of them remain completely oblivious to until Ember realizes the truth in Chapter 62, though it appears that both siblings are still in the dark.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: In season 1 Danny had a big crush on Paulina, he moved on when he saw first hand her unpleasant personally and with her making it clear she saw him as a loser, now she's interested in him because she now knows he is a popular superhero.
  • Unrequited Tragic Maiden: The biggest reason why Ember (after falling for Danny) is reluctant to reveal the truth of her identity to him, is out of fear that Danny will reject her and she will become one of these.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Ember spends most of this fic completely unaware that she is being spied on by Vlad in hopes of making Danny weak.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Okay Danny isn’t exactly uptight but he is normally pretty mellow and he ends up falling in love with the wild, fiery rocker Amberline.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The original Amberline Mclain was implied to have been a very shy, but still decent person, who truly loved her little sister and just wanted friends and a chance to achieve her dream, but severe bullying at school, being raised by neglective and controlling parents and being stood up by her crush, topped off by dying young had jaded and embittered the girl into becoming the vengeful Ember McLain.
    • Its worth nötig that according to Ember,her mother and father used to treat her better when she was youger.
  • Villain Protagonist: Ember for the first part of the story as she eventually undergoes a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Well, Paulina is more of a typical Alpha Bitch than a villain, but she very clearly wants to date Danny, who wants nothing to do with her now.
  • Was It All a Lie?: After chapter 38 “Realizations” Ember wonders just how true her new friendship with Danny is, after he treated her ghost half with distrust and hostility
    • Danny himself after discovering Ember and Amberline’s connection. We the reader knows that Ember truly has changed but Danny doesn’t.
  • We Can Rule Together: Vlad offers this choice to Ember, promising to be her mentor and give her power. She refuses.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Ember's Heel–Face Turn is put to the test in chapter 38, appropriately called Temptations. Here Ember, being confused over how real her friendship is with Danny and having discovered from Star a major secret that could get Paulina expelled but has promised to keep it quiet, is very confused. That night she has a dream where she is confronted by a representation of her former self, who tries to tempt her into taking advantage of her situation by using the information from Star to win the bet, as well as use her situation to use her powers from her fans in order to take over the world. For a moment, Ember is tempted, only to remember how much she has grown to care about Danny, how he genuinely trusts her and she remembers that if she tells, she may very well end up ruining Star's high school life in the process. Ember remains firms and tells point blank that she will not betray Danny or Star's trust, thus cementing her Heel–Face Turn for good.
  • Why Can't I Hate You?: Part of the reason Sam is so stressed over her jealousy of Danny and "Amberline's" relationship, aside from some residual feelings for Danny, is because Sam had come to genuinely like Amberline as her friend and feels a combination of betrayal and guilt over her feelings because of it. However she does find a genuine reason when she learns that Amberline is actually none other then Ember.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Between Danny and Ember over the course of this fic.
  • Womanchild: Ember is one of these. Despite having been a ghost for 30 years, she has not grown passed her rebellious teenage mentality, however she also hasn't physically aged during that time either and is for all intents and purposes still 16 despite actually being 46.
  • Woman Scorned: Those who cross Ember Mclain, end up learning a very painful lesson, just ask Skulker.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Skulker would and so would Vlad.
  • Workaholic: Ember's father was revealed to have been a huge workaholic, being more focused on advancing his career than spending time with his family.

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