|“||I thought I was part of the family. I thought I mattered... But I was just their toy, something to throw away when you're done with it...||„|
|~ Daniel to Connor|
Daniel is the first antagonist encountered in neo-noir thriller game Detroit: Become Human. A deviant android, he has a vendetta against the Philips' family because he felt betrayed by the patriarch, John, leading the robot to murder him and take hostage her daughter, who must be rescued.
Daniel is a young, blond male with grey eyes. He is dressed with a dark-blue tenue. One thing, however, that distinguishes him from being human is his LED Circle on his right temple that can be either Red, Yellow or Blue depending his mood: a characteristic that results from the player's actions. He was injured in the right of his chest, because he was shot by a police officer who answered the Disturbance Call.
In 2038, the Cyberlife company manufactures androids whose appearance, personality and cognitive functions were similar to those of a human. These androids encounter a huge success as they are sympathetic, cheap and multifunctional. Daniel was a PL600, one of the many robots released by the company. He was bought by the Phillips and served has their domestic servant. Over time Daniel bonded deeply with the family daughter Emma; she even referred Daniel as the "coolest android in the world" in a video on a tablet.
Events of Detroit: Become Human
However, these moments of peace do not last long, as the PL600 model was superseded by newer and better models, so the Philips eventually decided to replace their current android with a new one. This event caused Daniel to feel distressed and betrayed by his owners. Daniel ultimately lost his mind and after he realized he was going to be replaced, he killed the father, John and took Emma hostage on August 15th, 2038.
The Detroit City Police Department was quickly alerted and sent several officers on the scene. Daniel, in possession of a gun and with a deadly accuracy, shot to death officer Deckart, who was first on the scene inside the house. Then, Daniel moved on the terrace with the girl where he murdered two another officers.
In every outcome of the confrontation outside, Daniel is deactivated: it is Connor's actions that determine if Connor survives, if Emma survives, or if he saves both himself and Emma.
Daniel has 3 different ways to end the Chapter, all as Deactivated/Killed:
- Fall from the rooftop (With/Without Emma Phillips);
- Shot in the head by Connor;
- Shot by S.W.A.T. (after releasing Emma on request of Connor, when indicated 100% Probability of Success on his persuasion).
In the chapter "Last Chance, Connor", Daniel's remains are subsequently moved to the evidence locker in Detroit City Police Department. If Daniel was sniped, he still bitterly accuses Connor of lying to him. He doesn't know the location of Jericho when asked and promises Connor will pay for what he did to him. Connor then deactivates him, thus killing him once and for all. Connor can steal parts from Daniel to reactivate Simon (If caught in Public Enemy), who is the same model as him.
It is evident that, before turning insane, Daniel was a loving, helpful, caring and overall sympathetic robot who was always looking for the joy and safety of Emma. However, he was too deeply tied to his adoptive family, to the point of possessiveness. This proved to be a fatal mistake for the Philips, as once he learnt that he was going to be replaced soon, Daniel violently snapped and became a violent, cold-blooded, bloodthirsty and possibly sadistic murderer.
Daniel disagreed with the general treatment of androids and believes that they should be able to make their own choices. Daniel was openly hostile towards humans and didn't care if any of them were to die; he was even willing to kill a child, although it is unknown if Daniel would have actually took action.
Bitter and angry, Daniel turned utterly remorseless and did not recant any of his acts. This is proved in Last Chance: if Connor was able to reactivate Daniel after getting him to trust him in The Hostage, he will curse Connor despite the fact that Connor left him no choice as he threatened to kill Emma and wishes bad karma upon him showing that David has not regretted his actions that stemmed from his deviancy.