I just had an epiphany about Dan, and I had to share.
So, when Danny’s ghost half gets ripped out of him, some people were probably wondering, “Why the heck is Danny’s ghost half evil? I mean, their explanation was that Plasmius’s evil side overwhelmed him when they merged, but Phantom had to have been evil before that to have even considered doing that to Vlad.
I also remembered that ghosts have an obsession. Skulker with hunting, Walker with rules, Ember with music, Box Ghost with boxes, etc. Many people have said that Danny’s obsession is protecting people, thus why Phantom tries so hard to protect Amity Park.
But unlike ghosts, humans can change their opinions, and also obsessions. As a half-ghost, Danny’s ghostly obsession can change under extreme provocation, like his family and friends being killed and him feeling really guilty.
At the time of separation, Danny’s only wish was to remove his emotions because they were too painful to deal with. His obsession at that point was to lose his humanity, and to remove human emotions/humanity in general.
Which is why Phantom rips out Vlad’s ghost half: to rid him of his humanity and make him a pure ghost of just Plasmius and getting rid of human Vlad. Obviously he failed (though he succeeded in killing Danny’s human half), and when the two ghosts combined, Plasmius’s own obsessions merged with Phantom’s hating humanity.
Thus Dan Phantom was born.
People have probably already figured this out, but I just wanted to share the moment of me figuring it out on my own ^_^
Day Post 9: Favorite Movie - The Ultimate Enemy
By this point in my posts, there really shouldn’t be a question as to what my favorite movie is. All of the movies have their moments, but the The Ultimate Enemy stands alone.
TUE has everything that Danny Phantom represents as a show. It has humor, quirkiness, family, teenage problems, and right vs. wrong. But TUE has more. It’s dark, it’s evil, and it shows that even the best of heroes can become villains.
What happened to Danny in an alternate timeline is a very real threat. Everyone in the world has cheated at some point in their lives (if you’ve ever played 7up, then you’ve cheated). Maybe not on the scale that Danny did by looking at the answers to the Career Aptitude Test, but on some scale. By finding the answers like Danny did, it was an opportunity that a lot of people wouldn’t turn away. Assuming the original events played out the same way they did in the movie, then Danny didn’t even steal the answers. They more or less fell right into his hands (or stuck to his back with fast food gunk, ew), and to any 14 year old, that’s tempting.
When Mr. Lancer discovers they’re missing, and overhears Tucker mention Danny “cheating,” obviously the teacher would assume Danny stole the answers. As any teacher would, Mr. Lancer meets with Danny’s parents to discuss what had happened. Why they met at a fast food restaurant is beyond me, I think the school would make more sense, but whatever. Sam, Tucker, and Jazz were also there for whatever reason. One thing leads to another, because I don’t think that fight took place in the original timeline, based on Dan’s actions, the Nasty Burger sauce blew up, and everyone but Danny died.
If everyone you cared about died, especially because of something that was your fault, imagine the guilt that would eat at you. Danny was so heartbroken and in so much emotional pain that he went to live with Vlad of all people. People can’t make the argument that he had no choice but to live with Vlad, but legally he would have gone to a relative, which would have been Aunt Alicia. Danny had to have chosen to go to Vlad.
Danny comes up with the notion that the only way to make the pain and guilt go away is to separate his human and ghost halves. “No more human emotions to tie you down.” Something goes wrong, and Danny’s ghost half turns on them, ripping out Vlad’s ghost half, and merging with it, creating the most evil ghost of all time.
And all of this stemmed from Danny cheating on a test. As extreme as it is, it’s honestly a very realistic turn of events. There is so much Danny learns from this encounter with his evil older self, and it all comes down to the fact that all of your choices have consequences.
I can’t rave about TUE without mentioning the ultimate enemy himself, that evil, jerky, puss pack alternative version of Danny. He goes by many names, Dark Danny, Dark Dan, Phantom, and Dan Phantom, which are the more common names he goes by, but as I have been referring to him as Dan Phantom so far, I will continue with that name.
Dan Phantom is my favorite villain because he is a true villain. Sure, Vlad is evil with his plans to kill Jack, clone Danny, take over the world, yadayadayada. And Skulker wants Danny’s pelt at the foot of his bed, or on his wall, whatever. But Dan is ruthless. He doesn’t care who he kills, as long as he’s enjoying it. Vlad wants to kill Jack, but he has feelings for Maddie, and doesn’t want to hurt her. Dan could care less about his parents, and would kill them again if he could, as he indeed tries to do in TUE. He has no conscious, and despite feelings for Sam that he had when he was younger, he has no qualms strapping her to the Nasty Sauce tank, condemning her, Tucker, and his family (and Mr. Lancer) to death.
The only reason he spares his younger self, who he outwardly despises and views as weak and pathetic, the only reason he keeps Danny alive is because he would cease to exist. Now that he exists out of time however, one wonders whether that is the case anymore. If Dan had returned in the series, and it has been said that if season 4 had happened before Danny Phantom was cancelled, he would have come back, I’m willing to bet he would have been even more ruthless. Why, Nickelodeon, WHY?!
There’s the fact of Danny fearing Dan in itself that appeals TUE to me. It adds another layer to Danny, and is another struggle that the hero within him must deal with. He is now constantly checking himself to avoid becoming that bleak future that could have happened, and he has a reoccurring fear that he could become evil again. Though these musings are never mentioned again in the series, it is certainly implied. Notice that Danny has never fought back or pulled pranks on Dash since TUE? I believe that last time was Reign Storm, which is the last time we saw Dash anyway (I don’t remember him being in Identity Crisis or The Fenton Menace). Someone please correct me if I’m wrong.
So as I’ve stated in an earlier post, I kind of have a thing for fanfics in which Dan returns. Again, they need to be done well, but you get the point. I wish I could have seen an episode with Danny’s reaction, but that is what fanfiction is for: to create the moments you wish existed.
I’m sure there is much more I could rave about for The Ultimate Enemy, but I’m sure you get the point. ^_^
Day Post 7: Favorite Scene - Danny and Vlad’s Sword Fight
I wish I could make a gif of this, or find one bigger than the one above, because it is so damn awesome. I will literally watch an episode of Infinite Realms just for this scene. Of course, I love Infinite Realms anyway, so it’s really just an added bonus.
It’s just impossible to deny that Danny (and Vlad) look like badasses when they’re battling it out like that. Also, Danny looked awesome in his ninja (samurai?) outfit before this scene.
I have to admit though, a very close second to the sword fight scene would be the scene in Living Large when Danny transforms into Phantom in a flying front flip.
Halfway through my Danny Phantom 10 Post Challenge, it’s time for the rundown on Danny’s Bad Day.
So as you’ve probably gathered by now, this is the companion fic to Dash’s Bad Day. After writing about Dash’s reaction to Danny’s outburst (and having fun coming up with things to screw with his day), I found myself wondering “How did Danny get to that point, and how did he react to himself pulling that stunt?” I always had it in mind that Danny was in a fight with Vlad, mostly because I wanted Danny to be as wearisome and pissed off as possible before facing Dash (sorry Danny). I had no idea that Danny and Vlad’s fight would turn out as introspective as it did.
Until a recent marathon I’ve been having watching all the episodes, I never realized how close together Reign Storm and The Ultimate Enemy occur. Literally, only Identity Crisis and The Fenton Menace happen between them. This ended up working out perfectly, because in addition to Danny’s new fears about Dan, Vlad’s rambling is very similar to Reign Storm where he continuously pointed out to Danny how similar they are. Hearing these similarities and the temptations that Vlad is listing so soon after his run in with Dan, Danny is in more turmoil than ever.
And after the fruit loop messes with his head like that, he almost immediately runs into Dash, who taunts him and mistakenly calls him “Dan,” which was probably one of the worst things Dash could have called him. After the events of The Ultimate Enemy, which I imagine have taken place about a week or less prior, and after his fight with Vlad, I would imagine Danny would snap if someone alluded that he was like Dan. Dash just happened to be the unfortunate target for that outburst.
I like how Danny handled himself after his run in with Dash. At first he was scared of himself and what he had done, but in the end it just furthered his resolve to avoid becoming Dan.
I find it somewhat ironic that I finished this story when I was supposed to be studying for finals, just like with Dash’s Bad Day. Except this time it was a year and a half later, halfway through senior year of high school.
Stay tuned for the rest of my Danny Phantom 10 Post Challenge!
Danny’s Bad Day, a Danny Phantom fanfic
“Danny’s day was not going well. Start with a new invention, a crazed-up fruitloop, and—what did Dash just call me?”