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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.
  • 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.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The Guys In White vs. Freakshow.
  • Expy: The Reality Gauntlet and its gems are clearly based on the Infinitely Gauntlet and its six Stones from the Marvel comics.
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  • 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.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The 3 Reality Gems.
  • Not So Different: Freakshow realizes that Jazz, like him, knows how it feels to grow up in the shadow of ghosts.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: At one point during the climax, Freakshow tricks Danny's friends and family into believing he's killed him.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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