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Villain Overview
Your time is up Danny. It's been up for 10 years.
~ Dark Danny to Danny Phantom.

Dark Danny, also known as Dan Phantom, is the evil future version of Danny Phantom and the main antagonist of Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy

He was created as a result of the ghost forms of Danny Phantom and Vlad Plasmius fusing together. He is the most darkest, evilest and the most powerful villain in the show. Outside of Vlad, he is Danny Phantom’s main arch-nemesis and his most hated and dangerous 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 and James Munroe in The Expendables.

History

Creation

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. However, the Nasty Burger's vat of condiments suffered overheating and exploded, killing everyone present except Danny.

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Danny's ghost half merging with Vlad's.

Left orphaned and alone by the tragedy and with no-one else to turn to, Danny was forced to move in with Vlad Masters, since no one else 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 eventfully bonded. However, Danny couldn't deal with the guilt anymore and asked his former archenemy to remove his ghost powers, believing that they were responsible for the deaths of his family, friends and former 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.
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The Newly created young Dark Danny kills his human half...

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...and escapes after destroying Vlad's mansion, ready to begin his ten year rampage.

Vlad agreed to help and used the Ghost Gauntlets to tear Danny Phantom out of Danny Fenton, making them separate entities. But soon after the procedure, Phantom became hostile and threw Vlad against the wall. He used the gauntlets himself on Vlad, separating Masters from Plasmius. He then turned intangible and flew into Plasmius, resulting in the two selves fusing together, with Danny's ghost half as the dominant personality. As a result, Vlad's evil half completely overwhelmed and destroyed any humanity that Danny Phantom may have had and as such, Dark Danny was born.

Now free of any moral restraint and no longer able to feel empathy or remorse, Dark Danny committed his first crime by brutally murdering his former human self before blowing up Vlad's mansion. With that mission complete, Dark Danny then flew off to unleash a ten-year period of death and destruction throughout the Human and Ghost Worlds while heartlessly torturing his old foes.

At some point, he crossed paths with the Fright Knight and the latter soon serves Dark Danny. He then recruits him to cause chaos on the Earth and in the Ghost Zone and soon he acquires his ghostly wail and eventually, he contacts Valerie Gray, who is assigned to protect Amity Park from the Ghost Zone, she tells him he can't break through the ghost shield no matter how powerful he is but states until today. Dark Danny then unleashes his ghostly wail on the ghost shield, breaking the defense system and causing the shield to break, thus making future Amity Park vulnerable for Dark Danny and Fright Knight to attack the city as Fright Knight chases Valerie to Fenton Works, Dark Danny attacks Fenton Works as Valerie meets up with her aging father, Damon Gray as Dark Danny emerges from the floor to her horror, Dark Danny sarcastically says "hi" to Valerie before causing an explosion, knocking Valerie unconscious and presumably killing Damon.

Facing Danny Phantom

When the Observants saw the terrible future that Dark Danny had unleashed, they commanded Clockwork to destroy Danny in the past so as to prevent Dark Danny from ever coming into being. 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, who was reducing the future Amity Park to rubble, having finally gotten through its ghost shield with his Ghostly Wail power. Danny was no match for his evil older self and eventually, Dark Danny fused him with a time medallion that trapped him in the future so that the half-ghost wouldn't be able to stop him from coming into being.

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Dark Danny captures Sam and Tucker.

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 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.

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. 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.

Final Battle

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Dark Danny/Dan Phantom vs. Danny Phantom.

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, 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.

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Dark Danny trapped in the Fenton Thermos.

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.

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.

Personality

What makes you think you can change my past? (Danny: Because I promised my family.) (laughs sadistically) Ohh.. You are such a child! you promised? (Danny: Yes, I promised.)
~ Dark Danny sadistically mocking his younger self for holding compassion.

After a fusion of Danny and Vlad, he retained Danny's memories, but he is filled with all of the evil aspects of Vlad's personality, including his hate and cruelty towards others.

Dark Danny himself is completely heartless and utterly callous and while the other Danny Phantom villains had some level of morality, he has nothing of the sort, making him the most evil 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.

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. 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, or they were possibly the ones who caused Danny's grief at the Nasty Burger explosion in the original timeline, or out of spite for all the trouble they caused him when he used to be a hero.

For all his pride and arrogance, he is also very intelligent, manipulative and persuasive, as he was able to fool his younger version's 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 wrapped 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.

Powers and Abilities

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Dark Danny using his ectoplasmic powers.

Dark Danny has the combined powers of Danny Phantom and Vlad Plasmius at his command, making him extremely powerful. He is most powerful ghost that has ever existed and possibly more powerful than either VortexUndergrowthNocturnFreakshow (with the Reality Gauntlet on) and Pariah Dark (with the Ring of Rage and the Crown of Fire on), without the help or aid of a weapon, which explains why the Fright Knight serves him. Similar to his good counterpart, 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.

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Dark Danny using his Ghostly Wail.

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, him 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 exits outside of time, if it stopped, he wouldn't be affected by it.

Quotes

Hello, Valerie. (Valerie: You again!? I don't care how powerful you are, ghost! You can't break through the shield!) Until today. (Dark Danny screams, destroying the shield and the city.) Like the new power? I call it... my Ghostly Wail!
~ Dark Danny's first quotes.
Hello, Valerie... and goodbye.
~ Dark Danny upon his attempt to kill Valerie.
Actually, that was me. And you, eventually.
~ Dark Danny to his present self, talking about his crimes against humanity.
Sam and Tucker. It's been awhile. 10 years to be accurate. (traps them in a forcefield) So, to what do I owe this little blast from the past? (sees time medallions) Clockwork... meddling again.
~ Dark Danny seeing Sam and Tucker again after 10 years and realizing this was Clockwork's doing.
I suppose out of respect for our past, I should let you live... But that's not how I work!
~ Dark Danny about to kill Valerie.
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.
Oh, please.
~ Dark Danny sensing his younger self.
(Danny: Sam, Tucker, RUN!) (Sam and Tucker start running) Run? Where are they going to go?
~ Dark Danny preparing to kill his former friends.
(Danny: They took off their time medallions. That returned them to their time period just like Box Lunch and Skulk-Tech. Sam and Tucker made it out alive! Which means I can-) What? Go back with them? They're doomed anyway and you aren't going anywhere if you can't remove your time medallion. (Dark Danny takes Danny's medallion and infuses it with him) In fact, you aren't going anywhere at all.
~ Dark Danny preventing younger Danny from leaving the future.
Strange how one massive fireball of highly combustible condiments can... ruin your whole future.
~ Dark Danny mocking the deaths of Danny's loved ones.
(Danny: The... time medallion?) Fused inside you. Nice, huh? Intangible and unreachable whether you're ghost or human, which means... you can't go back in time. (Danny: It doesn't matter if I can go back in time or not. I'll never turn into you! NEVER!) Of course you will. It's only a matter of time.
~ Dark Danny to Danny Phantom.
Now, I need you out of my way and out of my hair while I make sure nothing happens to change my past. And luckily... this is all I need to make sure of that... (uses time medallion to travel back 10 years) ... And to get where and when I need to be.
~ Dark Danny traveling to the past after sending his younger self to the Ghost Zone.
The Nasty Burger, still standing... For now.
~ Dark Danny remarking about the reason he became evil.
You don't get it, do you? I'm still here! I still exist! That means you still turn into me.
~ Dark Danny while fighting his counterpart Danny Phantom.
Nice try, Jazz. But me? My future - I'm inevitable.
~ Dark Danny
How? Is the answer A, the Fenton Portal? Destroyed it. B, the only remaining portal? The one my idiot cheesehead archenemy has? As soon as I find it, that's going too. Is it C, you? No. You can't stop me from cheating on the C.A.T. and solidifying my future, so it must be D. None of the above! Well, what do you know! The answer to the first question is D.
~ Dark Danny's declaration that no one will rescue Danny from the Ghost Zone or stop him.
I am your boy!
~ Dark Danny revealing himself to be Jack and Maddie's son
What kind of parents are you anyway? The world's leading ghost experts and you couldn't figure out your own son was half ghost!
~ Dark Danny to Danny Fenton's parents.
Hello? Danny Fenton? Danny Phantom? Ever notice the similarity? Jazz did.
~ Dark Danny mocking Danny's parents.
Actually, nobody's going anywhere. Not until it's time for you to be blown everywhere.
~ Dark Danny to Danny's loved ones.
I don't have to waste you. I just have to run out the clock until your entire life falls apart.
~ Dark Danny to Danny.
That power! Ugh.. It's not possible, I don't get that power until ten years from now! (Danny: I guess the future isn't set in stone as you think it is!)
~ Dark Danny shocked that his younger self acquired the ghostly wail and Danny's response to his statement.
Too weak to escape - and you're too late to save them!
~ Dark Danny's last words before being trapped into the Fenton Thermos.

Trivia

  • It was stated that if the series had not been cancelled 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 final villain or at least retain his status as Danny's biggest threat.
  • Dark Danny isn't just one of Danny Phantom's powerful villains, but he is also the only one that is pure evil.
  • His younger self, Danny, temporarily turned evil in the episode "Control Freaks", though he was mind controlled in that occasion.
  • During 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. He's an older version of Danny's ghost side which is transformed into pure evil after gaining sentience.

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