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|“||Your time is up, Danny. It's been up for ten years.||„|
|~ Dark Danny to Danny Phantom.|
Dark Danny, also known as Dan Phantom, is the main antagonist of Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy.
He is the evil future version of Danny Phantom who was created as a result of the ghost forms of the protagonist Danny Phantom and the main antagonist Vlad Plasmius fusing together, though Danny's ghost half is clearly the dominant half. He is the evilest, darkest, most powerful villain on the planet and of the show. Outside of Vlad, he is arguably Danny's second arch-nemesis of the show. He is also Danny's most dangerous and hated foe he has ever faced.
He was voiced by Eric Roberts, who also played the Master in the Doctor Who film, Sal Maroni in The Dark Knight, Mongul in Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Dr. Albert Beck from the Stalked by My Doctor films, Paul Snider in Star 80, Richard L'Italien in Oz, and James Munroe in The Expendables. While disguised as his 14-year old human self, he was voiced by David Kaufman.
Upon his creation, Dark Danny appeared the same as he did as Danny Phantom, except that he had pale skin, red eyes with black rims, fangs, pointed ears and his hair flowed like fire.
After aging a decade, Dark Danny is taller and much more muscular. His hair is longer and he has grown a goatee too. His costume's arms and waist sides are now white and gloves are black, and now sports a cape that's white on the back and black on the underside.
|“||You know, if I had an ounce of humanity left in me, this would be a very touching little reunion. But of course, I surrendered my human half a long time ago.||„|
|~ Dark Danny to his former friends, that he has no moral qualities.|
After fusion of Danny and Vlad, he retained Danny's memories, but he is filled with all of the worst aspects of both his and Vlad's personalities, including Vlad's arrogance and cruelty towards others and Danny's more unpleasant traits while having none of their more positive traits such as their shared love for Maddie and Danny's kind-hearted nature. He also seemed to retain his hatred for Vlad despite being far more evil than him telling Jazz his plans to destroy his portal once he gains access to it and presumably him as well.
Dark Danny himself is completely heartless and utterly callous and while the other Danny Phantom villains had some level of morality and are honorable to some extent, he has nothing of the sort, making him the evilest villain in the show. He is brutal, sadistic, destructive, ruthless, misanthropic, vicious, and remorseless, as well as being perfectly willing to kill anyone, even if they were people his human self cared about, in order to fulfill his own goals. He also proves to be depraved enough to be willing to risk destroying an entire timeline for the purpose of ensuring that his younger self will become him. In addition as a result of possessing no humanity whatsoever Dark Danny can outright accurately be described as a psychopath.
Dark Danny is also highly prideful, cocky, arrogant, and egocentric, most likely because there was no one in the future able to fight him and this made him underestimate his younger self. As such, it was his arrogance that proved to be his major weakness, as it led to his defeat by his younger self as he never expected him to master the Ghostly Wail several years before he did. He proved just as inhumane and merciless to even his fellow ghosts, as he injured, scarred, or otherwise deeply embittered many of the villains in the series in his realm. It's unknown if he did this out of sadism, out of spite for all the trouble they caused him when he used to be a hero or both.
For all his pride and arrogance, he is also very intelligent, manipulative, and persuasive, as he was able to fool his younger version friends in his world into thinking he is the one true Danny, at least for a brief time until he revealed his true colors. He is also shown to have a rather warped and sadistic sense of humor, as he quipped to his younger self's parents, "Hello? Danny Fenton? Danny Phantom? Ever notice the similarity?", though this could have been to sadistically taunt at his parents rather than make a joke. Thus, his attempts at humor make him more heinous than anything else. He also showed no remorse when trying to kill his past self's parents, friends, and teacher.
Though he comes off as sadistic and arrogant by heart, he is also actually capable of fear, as he was stunned to see his counterpart developed the ghostly wail, a power that he wouldn't develop for a decade and was seen worried when Danny used it on him a second time. This also shows that, as with Vlad, Dark Danny can be highly overconfident in his abilities as he didn't even prepare in case his counterpart did most.
Powers and Abilities
Dark Danny has the combined powers of Danny Phantom and Vlad Plasmius at his command, making him extremely powerful. Dark Danny is arguably the most powerful ghost that has ever existed, (due to only time traveling being able to stop him) and possibly more powerful than either Vortex, Undergrowth, Nocturn, Freakshow (with the Reality Gauntlet) and Pariah Dark the King of Ghost. It assuming Dan raw power rivals or even surpass the Ghost King which is taken into consideration that the Fright Knight serves Dark Danny, it is possible that he is the only one to beat Pariah without help or the aid of a weapon (even when the lateral is using the Ring of Rage and the Crown of Fire). This would explains why the Fright Knight chose to serve him. Similar to his young counterpart Danny and possibly Vlad, he can sense nearby ghosts and half-ghosts with red wisps of mist emerging from his nose when one is nearby. Dark Danny's ghost powers grant him superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability, and he can fly and turn invisible and become intangible. This along with his experience made defeating his past counterpart an easy task before his pride led to his downfall.
His most powerful attack is his Ghostly Wail, a powerful shriek of sonic force that sounds like moaning ghosts and can use it more than once without losing energy, unlike Danny who can only use it one or two times before feeling a severe energy drain. Dark Danny has a wide variety of powers and can possess other people, fire ectoplasmic energy blasts, unleash a pseudo-electrical attack to shock people, generate an ectoplasmic energy shield, create duplicates of himself, form bonds made of ectoplasm, teleport, shape-shift into a version of his younger self, create portals to the Ghost Zone, manipulate the shape of his body, use a sleep beam to knock people out, turn into ghostly vapor and fuse objects into beings with his intangibility powers, making it unreachable by human or ghost means. That said, while he is powerful, his getting defeating by his younger self's Ghostly Wail proved that he has limits. Even then, that was only because he underestimated him and they had a life link.
Due to him now existing outside of time and Danny changing the future, there is nothing preventing him from trying to eliminate Danny since they no longer have a life link. Since he exists outside of time, if it stopped, he wouldn't be affected by it, proving he is nearly unstoppable at the moment.
Creation and Career
In the original timeline (before Clockwork intervened), Danny Fenton desperately used his ghost powers to cheat on the Career Aptitude Test. However, Mr. Lancer, Danny's teacher who'd been suspicious of him, asked his father, Jack, his mother, Maddie, and his older sister, Jazz to come to the Nasty Burger for a meeting about his "future". Danny's best friends, Sam and Tucker were also there at the time. Then at that moment, the Nasty Burger's vat of condiments suffered overheating and exploded, killing everyone present except Danny, who survived thanks to his ghost powers.
Orphaned and alone by the tragedy and with no-one else to turn to, Danny was forced to move in with his archenemy Vlad Masters, since he was close to the family and was the only one who could understand his situation, and despite the hatred that the two had shared for each other prior, Vlad treated Danny with great sympathy and they eventually bonded, possibly due to Vlad reforming. However, Danny couldn't deal with the pain anymore and asked his former archenemy to remove his ghost powers, believing that they were responsible for the deaths of his family, friends, and teacher. He also thought that his ghost half would be free of all emotion, ridding him of the pain and guilt that he was feeling.
Vlad agreed to this and used the Ghost Gauntlets to tear Danny's ghost half from his human half, making them separate entities. But soon after the procedure, Danny Phantom, now free of his human-half's conscience and filled with Danny's anger and selfishness, became hostile and threw Vlad against the wall, shocking him. Hungry for even more power, Danny then used the gauntlets himself on Vlad, separating his human and ghost halves as well, then turned intangible and flew into Plasmius, resulting in the two ghost halves fusing together, with Danny's ghost half as the dominant personality. Unfortunately, Vlad's evil completely overwhelmed and destroyed whatever good Danny Phantom may have had left. And thus, the evil Dark Danny was born.
Now free of any moral restraint and no longer capable of feeling empathy or remorse, Dark Danny committed his first heinous crime by horrifically murdering his former human self before blowing up Vlad's mansion. With that task complete, Dark Danny flew off to unleash a ten-year period of death and destruction throughout the Human and Ghost Worlds, destroying billions of innocent human lives while heartlessly torturing his old foes and former allies.
However, while the rest of the world was reduced to ruins, Amity Park was able to survive Dark Danny's onslaught by erecting a giant anti-ghost shield strong enough to keep out the all-powerful ghost, with the professional ghost hunter, Valerie Gray acting as its protector. Unable to break the shield, Dark Danny left Amity Park alone for the time being until he developed his most powerful technique: the Ghostly Wail. He also he crossed paths with Clockwork, the Master of Time who apparently tried to stop him, and the Fright Knight, who soon came to serve Dark Danny.
Soon after learning the Ghostly Wail, Dark Danny somehow contacted Valerie via her wrist device to taunt her. Valerie boldly boasted how he couldn't break through the ghost shield no matter how powerful he was, only to be proven wrong when Danny unleashed his wail, breaking the defense system and causing the shield to fail, thus leaving Amity Park vulnerable for Dark Danny and Fright Knight to attack the city. Fright Knight chased Valerie to the old Fenton home, where Valerie met up with her aging father, Damon Gray. But then Dark Danny himself appeared in dramatic fashion and sarcastically greeted Valerie before causing an explosion which destroys the entire building, knocking Valerie unconscious and presumably killing Damon.
Having seen the terrible future that Dark Danny had created, a pair of peace-keeping ghosts known as the Observants went to the only individual capable of preventing Dark Danny from coming into existence: Clockwork, the Master of Time. They commanded Clockwork to eliminate Danny Phantom while he was still young and weaker in order to prevent him form rising to power. However, the time ghost instead sent in various future ghosts that set off a series of events that caused Danny to end up in the future to confront Dark Danny.
In future Amity Park, which was reduced to rubble, Danny then encountered Valerie, who mistook him for his older version. She chased and successfully captured the ghost-boy and was about to kill him with a bazooka until Sam and Tucker intervened. Valerie was shocked to see them alive, remembering the tragedy that killed them, and readied her bazooka again to destroy Danny in response to this remembrance to the event. But then she was blasted away by Dark Danny, who couldn't afford to allow his younger self to perish so that he would as well. After freezing Sam and Tucker in place, Dark Danny then inquired how his deceased friends arrived to his time period. Upon which he saw their time medallions, and was annoyed to see that Clockwork was involved again.
Before he could continue further, Dark Danny was then blasted away himself by Valerie. Angry for the sudden sneak attack, Dark Danny flew straight at Valerie while avoiding her attacks. After knocking her down, Dark Danny sarcastically suggested that he should show mercy to Valerie out of respect, only to reveal that he has no mercy or respect for anyone else, and proves this by throwing Valerie into a building. But Young Danny escapes his net and foils this attempt by phasing them both through the building, reminding Valerie that he was from the past of how noble and handsome he once was.
Dark Danny then stares down Sam and Tucker, stating that it would've been a touching reunion if he hadn't surrendered his own humanity entirely. Young Danny then tries a sneak attack on Dark Danny, but he anticipates this with his own ghost sense and they both end up blasting each other. This sets free Sam and Tucker, who Young Danny tells to escape, but Dark Danny wasn't going to have that and unleashes his Ghostly Wail to knock down the Fenton building (which for some odd reason survived his earlier attack) unto them. Young Danny tries to save them, but Dark Danny grabs and stops him, allowing his friends to be buried under the rubble, which shocked Young Danny.
Dark Danny then zapped his younger self to force him back into his human form and threw him to see his deceased friends. Upon coming to, Danny instead finds their time medallions on the ground, showing that they survived and are back in their original time period. Joyed to see this, Danny was about to remove his own medallion, but was stopped by his older self, who stated that he wasn't going anywhere before infusing the medallion into Danny, thus preventing him from returning to the past and rendering him unconscious.
Back to the Past
Realizing that Clockwork was trying to stop Danny from turning into him, he threw his past self into the Ghost Zone to make sure he stayed out of the way and then transformed himself into a fourteen-year-old version of his human self.
Dark Danny used another time medallion that Sam/Tucker left behind to go to the past to ensure the events that created him would happen, however, Danny's sister, Jazz, found out what he really was, thus she sends the boomerang through the Ghost Zone to find Danny ten years in the future whom was being attacked by his future ghost enemies in revenge for all the bad things Dark Danny had caused them, Danny eventually receives the note and suspects Vlad is responsible for Dark Danny's destruction of the world.
While cheating on the C.A.T he notices that Jazz is preparing to destroy him by using the Fenton Peeler, in order to prevent her from interfering with his plans, Dark Danny sends an invisible duplication of himself to shock her unconscious. He successfully cheated on the C.A.T. using the answers (which Danny had obtained earlier by accident), causing Lancer to call his parents over to the Nasty Burger as a demonstration of what awaited those who failed the test.
Sam and Tucker came to try and warn them of the imminent explosion and Jazz arrived, proceeding to use the Fenton Ghost Peeler to reveal Dark Danny. Jack and Maddie then draw their weapons and demand Dark Danny to tell them what he did to Danny, he responds by mocking them for being world's leading ghost experts and that they couldn't figure out that Danny was half ghost while Jazz was the only one who figured it out. He managed to use the ectoplasm to trap them on the condiment vat, which was coming close to exploding, but then Danny Phantom arrived, having succeeded in getting the time medallion out of him with help from the future version of Vlad.
Dark Danny could not kill his younger self, since he needed to ensure his existence, but only had to hold him off until the sauce exploded. They fought, but even with the Specter Deflector and Ghost Gauntlets as well as an oil truck exploding on top of him, Danny couldn't defeat his evil older self. However, his determination to save his family and friends caused Danny to unleash the Ghostly Wail power, which he had used earlier while under attack by future versions of ghosts he had fought. This shocked Dark Danny since he was not supposed to gain that power for another 10 years and Danny told him that the future apparently was never as predetermined as he'd thought. He unleashed a second Ghostly Wail that blasted Dark Danny into a building, who emerged extremely battered and weakened and was later trapped in the Fenton Thermos by Danny himself.
However, Dark Danny pointed out that Danny was too late to save his family and friends in time, but Clockwork's intervention saved them and he sent the half-ghost back to before the test so as to give him a chance to change his future. Danny then gave the test answers back to Mr. Lancer; therefore, creating a new timeline where Dark Danny was never born and all the harm he caused was erased. Despite this, the knowledge that someone as evil as Dark Danny and probably knowing he would return continued to haunt Danny for the rest of the series.
The time ghost then took charge of Dark Danny, who now existed outside of the time stream since Danny would never become him. At the end, he was seen smashing against the sides of the thermos, apparently attempting to escape. Since he was laughing, it is possible he planned it so that next time, he will kill Danny for good and nothing would stop him once he escapes his prison and wreak havoc on Earth and the Ghost Zone.
The possibility of this is reinforced in the series finale Phantom Planet where Dark Danny is one of the few ghost (the only ghost villain to be exact) who does not help Danny save the earth and the Ghost Zone, Dark Danny presumably remains trapped in the Fenton Thermos because Danny most likely knowing the potential harm he would cause if he had free him from his captivity and given his evil nature is also very likely he would not even bother to help his counterpart.
- It was stated that if the series had not been canceled and Clockwork's voice actor David Carradine had not passed away, Dark Danny would have indeed returned. It is possible that he would have been the final villain Danny faced with the help of the other ghost of the Ghost Zone or at least retain his status as Danny's biggest threat, as Danny had a harder time fighting him than other ghost.
- When Danny temporarily turned evil in the episode "Control Freaks", his eyes became similar to Dark Danny's and were red under Freakshow's mind control.
- During the development of "The Ultimate Enemy", Butch Hartman had come up with the idea for what became "The Ultimate Enemy" as a movie involving time travel and ghost battles. He realized the best enemy for Danny to fight would be the worst enemy for any teenager - their own future self. Thus, Dan Phantom was created.
- Technically speaking, Dark Danny is not the future version of Danny as a whole. He's an older version of Danny's ghost side which is transformed into the evilest ghost/villain after fusing with Vlad's.
- It is unknown why Dark Danny didn't fade from existence after Danny promised himself that wouldn't become him or after Clockwork saved his family and friends from being killed.
- It is possible that Dark Danny infused the time medallion he used to travel back into the past into himself just as he did with Danny's to ensure that wouldn't disappear if Danny still didn't make the choices he made. This would mean that he deliberately lied to his younger self and still attempted to destroy his life just to make him suffer out of amusement.
- While fighting Vlad when he ran as mayor for Amity Park, Danny overshadows Plasmius in order to make it look like he hurt the human Danny, however nothing happens on that occasion most likely due to Danny Phantom not being separated from his human self and that the Plasmius he overshadowed was a clone.
- Dark Danny at the Danny Phantom Wiki.
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