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The third Danny Phantom Made-for-TV Movie. When summer vacation finally begins, Danny looks forward to a break from ghost fighting while going on a road trip with Sam and Tucker. Unfortunately, his plans are derailed when Freakshow returns, armed with the all-powerful Reality Gauntlet. In the ensuing battle, Freakshow loses the gems that power that gauntlet while Danny loses his Secret Identity when he accidentally turns back human on national television. To make the situation worse, Freakshow kidnaps Danny, Sam, and Tucker's families to force them to recover the gauntlet's gems. With the Guys in White hot on their tails and the whole world knowing Danny's secret, the trio must go on their planned cross country trip to find the Reality Gems and stop Freakshow in order to get their lives back to normal.

This movies provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Your children not only keeping a big secret from you, but feeling they couldn't ever tell you about it because of your own rhetoric.
  • Becoming the Costume: At the Comic Book Convention, the Gem of Fantasy transformes three nerds into the characters they were dressed as. Unfortunately, they were dressed as supervillains.
  • Blatant Lies: Upon seeing the Reality Gauntlet for the first time, Freakshow quickly identifies it but then claims he never heard of it.
  • Deadly Road Trip: A Deadly Road Trip Plot
  • Death Course: Freakshow puts all the hostages save Danny on a deadly rollercoaster.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Upon seeing people wearing costumes to look like Danny and Sam, Tucker becomes upset that nobody is dressed like him.
    Tucker: What? No Tuckers?! Am I not geek-worthy?!
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Danny turns on the house's defenses — designed to attack anything using ecto-energy — against the Guys In White. Unfortunately, there's no way to stop it from targeting him in ghost-form as well.
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  • Evil vs. Evil: The Guys In White vs. Freakshow.
  • Exact Words: Freakshow wasn't exaggerating when he said the deal was "If you wanted to see your family alive again, you'd bring me the gems."
  • Expy: The Reality Gauntlet and its gems are clearly based on the Infinity Gauntlet and its six Gemsnote  from Marvel Comics.
  • False Reassurance:
    Danny: Let 'em go, Freakshow! I brought you the gems! We had a deal!
    Freakshow: The deal was "bring me the gems if you want to see them alive again." Well, here they are, alive... for now!
  • Forced to Watch: Instead of just killing everyone outright, Freakshow puts Danny's family, friends, and their families on a rollercoaster that will kill them at various points if Danny's not fast enough to save them.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Your parents for the gems.
  • Jerkass Realization: Jack and Maddie have one when Jazz informs them why Danny never told them about his ghost powers: because of their very anti-ghost attitude.
    Jazz: Hmm, let me guess. [mimicking Jack] "Hey, Maddie, let's destroy the ghost!" [mimicking Maddie] "No, Jack, let's dissect the ghost." [mimicking Jack again] "I know, let's catch the ghost and rip it apart molecule by molecule!" [normal voice] You guys are so understanding.
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  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The audience when they witness Danny change back to human in front of them.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The 3 Reality Gems.
  • Monumental Damage: During the climax, Freakshow uses the Reality Gauntlet to transform Mount Rushmore into caricatures of himself. Fortunately, Danny changes it back.
  • Never My Fault: Agents O and K blame each other for Freakshow escaping with the Reality Gauntlet when both are equally responsible for it.
  • Not So Different: Freakshow realizes that Jazz, like him, knows how it feels to grow up in the shadow of ghosts.
    Freakshow: Ghosts, ghosts, ghosts! You have no idea what it's like living in the shadow of ghosts all your life.
    Jack: (snoring and talking in his sleep) Ghosts...ghosts!
    Jazz: Oh, I think I have some idea.
    Freakshow: My parents loved ghosts more than me. My audience loves ghosts more than me. And deep down, I think I love ghosts more than me.
    Jazz: Tell me about it.
    Freakshow and Jazz: Sometimes I wish I was a ghost. (They exchange a surprised look)
    Freakshow: You really do understand me, don't you, child?
    Jazz: (glances sidelong at Jack, who is still muttering “Ghost” in his sleep) More than you know.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: At one point during the climax, Freakshow tricks Danny's friends and family into believing he's killed him.
  • Popular with Furries: In-Universe. When the Gem of Fantasy transforms a nerd dressed as Empress She-Wolf, Tucker calls her the hottest geek he's ever seen. His opinion doesn't change even when she turns into a werewolf.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: The Mansons get furious at the Fentons when they learn Danny's the Ghost Boy. Jack accuses their "spooky, ooky bat daughter" of being responsible for it. As revealed in "Memory Blank," she actually is, but Jack has no way of knowing that.
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  • Shower Scene: Jack of all people has one right at the beginning, complete with a goofy shower cap, rubber duck and Censor Suds. It's interrupted when he spots ghost Danny flying outside his window, and Jack promptly picks up his Anti-Ghost weapon he brought with him to the shower and fires at Danny.
  • So Proud of You: Jack and Maddie tell Danny how proud they are of what he does with his powers after he reunites with them in the end. It still doesn't stop him from afflicting Laser-Guided Amnesia on them.
  • Status Quo Is God: In the end, Danny uses the Reality Gauntlet to return everything to normal, with nobody knowing his secret except Sam, Tucker, and Jazz.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Freakshow derides the Guys in White as "Top-secret ghost catchers who can't actually catch ghosts" and they quickly prove him wrong by showing they've captured his ghost ally Lydia.
    • When the Mansons and the Foleys confront Jack and Maddie about Danny being the ghost boy, Maddie says it never put their families in any danger. Cue Lydia's tattoo ghosts capturing them.
      Jack: Until now.
  • That Wasn't a Request:
    Freakshow: It seems, I need your help.
    Danny: You miserable freak! Why would I ever help you?!
    Freakshow: I'm sorry, did I say "need"? I meant demand!
  • Tricking the Shapeshifter: Danny goads Freakshow into turning himself into a ghost... which Danny can then effortlessly suck into the Fenton thermos.
  • Undying Loyalty: Apparently, Lydia, the tattooed ghost, was the only one of Freakshow's troop to serve him willingly without having to be controlled.
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: At the end, when everything's back to normal, Danny expects he, Tucker, and Sam should be just about getting ready for their vacation. The other two pass as they had already take a cross-country trip together once.


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