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You seem impressed with what you've shown, but I don't find it that compelling. You've sung my praise but not your own and well, I think that's pretty telling. But while we're on the subject of how I'm superb and leagues above, you ought to know I'm number one. I know that may be hard to swallow. This hurts you just as much as me. But when this song is sung you and I'll know that you're just a nobody!
~ Daniel's song to David.

Daniel is the main antagonist of the Camp Camp second season premiere episode "Cult Camp" and the holiday special "Arrival of the Torso Takers".

He was voiced by Evan Gregory.

History

Daniel is introduced when Gwen informs David on her hiring a new counselor. Surprisingly, Daniel starkly resembles David, except he is blonde and wears bleached clothes. Delighted that Daniel seemingly shares his characteristics, David enthusiastically hires him; as for Gwen, she decides to use her vacation days. As David goes to introduce Daniel to the campers, a newspaper heading reveals that Daniel had left his former campground dead.

Alone with the campers, Daniel asks them if any of them were interested in space. Daniel explains that negative emotions originated from space, having been left behind from the Big Bang. Since then, the Earth had been heavily doused in space radiation. When Neil questions him on his beliefs, Daniel also mentions how an evil alien overlord named Xeemuug was the leader of an organization known as the Galactic Confederacy. When David returns, Max and the others try to convince him that Daniel is a cult leader by showing that he was orchestrating an event at the mess hall known as the "Ascension Party." Daniel also had created a "purification sauna" in which he brainwashes the campers into becoming mindless followers. Neil and Nikki are brainwashed, and Max uses this opportunity to manipulate David into stopping Daniel.

Just before the children could drink the poisoned fruit punch, David engages Daniel to a song duel. During the duel, Daniel admits that he keeps up the camp charade so that he could sacrifice the campers to his alien god. Unfortunately for Daniel, he accidentally drinks some of the fruit punch during his confession, and he collapses. The episode ends with Daniel being driven away by an ambulance, and Gwen returning with a new applicant who resembles her.

However, Daniel survived the poisoned kool-aid due to having built an immunity to it, though he did strangely develop lactose intolerance. Daniel once again infiltrated Camp Campbell by kidnapping David and perfectly imitating him, with only Max being skeptical of his new behaviour. When the two are alone, "David" removes his colored eye contacts, and Max soon realizes it is actually Daniel. Daniel then reveals that he returned to torture David by torturing Max and then killing him in revenge for foiling his plan last time. Max's last request is to hear all about the history of Xeemuug, goading Daniel to start a musical number before beating him with a guitar and escaping. Max rescues David but Daniel catches up, back in full David disguise. With both of them under cans of ice cream, Max shoots them down and drenches the two in ice cream, watching Daniel have a bad reaction while David and Max escape. Though trapped in the vault, Daniel swears revenge.

Personality

Daniel's initial happy-go-lucky and enthusiastic attitude is remarkably similar to David's, which causes David to invest a lot of trust in him almost immediately. This is later shown to be only a facade concocted to allow him to infiltrate Camp Campbell and subject its campers to "detoxification" rituals in order to help them reach "Ascension" His actions at Camp Campbell (and at an unknown compound) show that Daniel is shown to be clever and manipulative towards people with ease due to his charm, although his antics are easily discovered under a careful eye. However, his brashness is ultimately his undoing – going head to head with David, he made a serioius mistake by thoughtfully ingesting the poisonous Kool-Aid in his pompous show.

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  • Many of Daniel's actions are inspired by the infamous Jonestown Massacre, in which numerous people died after drinking poisonous Kool-Aid. Quartermaster and Nikki directly lampshade this in the episode.
  • When Daniel is antagonized, he twists and cracks his neck.
  • Daniel is extremely skilled and influential in playing the fiddle, just as David can play a guitar.
  • Daniel never blinks in the entirety of his screen time in the episode "Cult Camp".
  • The scene showing Daniel standing at the table in the middle of all of the campers while serving punch is an allusion to Leonardo da Vinci's painting, The Last Supper.
  • It is possible that Jen and Daniel are from the same cult, considering their similar Satanic interests and mental instability.
  • It is also possible Daniel could be from the cult of Scientology, as he talks about the Galactic Confederacy and of “Zeemuug ” which is an obvious parody of Xenu, the evil dictator who committed genocide of his own people in the beliefs of the Church of Scientology.