Danny Phantom

Danny Phantom mid-transformation

Danny Phantom, the heroic ghostly alter-ego of Daniel "Danny" Fenton – is a superhero, the protagonist and titular character of the Nickelodeon animated television series Danny Phantom. Danny Fenton/Phantom is voiced by David Kaufman.

His parents, Jack and Madeline "Maddie" Fenton, are scientists/ghost hunters, and due to an accident in their basement laboratory, Danny became a 'half-ghost' and acquired many ghostly abilities that he uses to battle with and catch malevolent spirits that escape into the human realm. He has told nobody about his powers except his best friends Tucker Foley and Sam Manson, and he struggles to hide his ghostly identity from his family because he fears they will not accept him due to their beliefs that all ghosts are evil. He also manages to keep his secret from his sister Jasmine "Jazz" Fenton, although she eventually found out that he was really Danny Phantom on her own later in the series.[1] She originally did not tell him that she knew who he really was, and secretly tried to cover for him and help him out from the sidelines. However, she eventually confessed to him what she knew in the episode, "The Ultimate Enemy".

Mostly all of his enemies have also figured out that he is half-human and has a secret identity; thus some have tried to exploit it as Technus did in "Flirting with Disaster".

Danny aspires to be an astronaut when he grows up.[2]


Having always lived with his eccentric ghost-obsessed scientist parents, 14-year old Danny Fenton had to put up with their unique personalities that often traumatized him as well as constantly being forced to listen to them ramble or instruct their children on how their numerous Fenton gadgets worked. However, this did nothing to stop Danny's curiosity that one day changed his life forever. His parents had been working on their new invention, the "Fenton Portal" which they could not get to work. It was supposed to open a gateway into the realm of ghosts (which they later refer to as "The Ghost Zone"). Danny, in addition to his two friends (Sam and Tucker) were curious about it, and they wonder what it would be like inside of it while in his parents' laboratory. Danny soon finds himself venturing inside of it due to their prodding and his own curiosity. However, he accidentally ends up turning it on from the inside, and, standing in the same space that the portal was opened in, Danny was caught in the opening portal, resulting in his entire molecular structure to be infused with ectoplasm from the ghostly realm.

As a result, Danny Fenton becomes a half-human/half-ghost hybrid able to shift from human to ghost and back at will, though it originally takes a little practice. He decides to keep his new 'hybrid' status a secret from everyone else, especially his family, due to their hatred of ghosts and desire to destroy and dissect them. In addition to his accident, the portal can now not be turned off, and an array of malevolent ghosts often escape through it into their town, (though it should be noted that many others don't need a portal to appear there either). Either way, his town of Amity Park is soon the "most haunted town in America." He takes it upon himself to catch these evil ghosts/spirits/beings, etc. and send them back from where they came from.

He decides to call his alter-ego "Danny Phantom," who is an extraordinary spectral superhero with a ghostly array of other-worldly powers; and over the course of the series, Danny develops a number of various supernatural/paranormal/metaphysical/extraordinary abilities.

Beginning StrugglesEdit

Having possessed his powers for a full month, Danny struggles with the decision to either expose its content to his family while maintaining a normal life despite his then current anxiety. After a battle with the ghost of the evil Lunch Lady, Danny begins understanding why he was given these powers and ultimately decides not to tell his family, thus starting his long road of becoming a superhero to the people of Amity Park.[3] As his power and confidence progressed, Danny would eventually meet his less than better half, Vlad Masters, who would serve as his primary arch-nemesis throughout the series, possessing the same half-ghost powers he does, only 20 years more experienced.[4]

For the majority of the earlier episodes, Danny Phantom wasn't particularly a well known ghost. However, his major comeuppance in the Amity Park's public eyes came in when Walker, a ghost cop, in a fit of revenge against Danny who escaped his thousand year imprisonment (as well as having unleashed various other prisoners)[5] ambushed the entire city, eventually possessing the mayor and making Danny Phantom look as though he were holding him hostage, framing him and causing the public to shun the ghost boy. He would, however befriend the renegade Wulf, a runaway from Walker's prison.[6]

Since then, Danny has been consistently hunted down by Amity Park's local authority whom dubbed him "Inviso-Bill", despite his intentions to still bring about good to the world with only his two friends and Jazz supporting him (the latter in secret), as well as Paulina, who fell in love with Danny's alter ego ghost half. [7]

A HeroEdit

He eventually gained the trust and praise of the majority of Amity Park after he valiantly fought rogue ghost king Pariah Dark, locking him back in his coffin. Since then, his existence and popularity has soared, many respecting and looking up for him (by "Urban Jungle", he has stated he is the city's officially deputized protector, and his status is comparable to a rock star's in "Forever Phantom"), even having his own comic book with few exceptions (such as Valerie whom still held a grudge against him).[8] This act of courage is acknowledged in the Ghost Zone, enough that Frostbite (later his mentor to tutor Danny on handling ice powers) and his people honor him as "The Great One" and "Savior of the Ghost Zone".[9]

Alternate ChallengesEdit

Danny struggles with his greatest challenge when he bears witness to an alternate future where his cheating on the CAT (Career Aptitude Test) causes the death of his family, friends, and Lancer through an explosion at the Nasty Burger. Orphaned, Danny moves in with Vlad, the only one who can understand his situation. With great sympathies for the boy, Vlad honored his wishes and removed his ghost half from his human self. Unfortunately, Danny's ghost half went rogue and split Vlad's human half and merged with Vlad's ghost self, resulting in the birth of Dark Danny. After presumably killing his human self and blowing up Vlad's manor, he went on a ten-year world destruction rampage. Danny does battle with his future self eventually and, with the help of Clockwork, alters his future so that he can have a second chance to undo the damage that would have reached full circle if left unaltered.[10]

An encounter with Freakshow and his Reality Gauntlet resulted in him accidentally revealing his secret to the general public, causing wide storm news all over America and in mad pursuit by the Guys in White for experimental purposes. While avoiding them, Danny and his friends managed to gather the Reality Gems as trade-in for their parent's safety, kidnapped by Freakshow and used as blackmail. Danny ultimately tricks and defeats Freakshow, taking his Reality Gauntlet afterwards and returning everything back to the way it was prior to the main events of this episode with only his friends and sister's memory spared.[11]

New Allies/Old FriendsEdit

Danny's life grew even more bizarre when he meets his "third cousin once removed," Danielle a.k.a. Dani Phantom, curiously a half ghost like himself. He later finds out she is one of the many imperfect clones that Vlad has made as a gateway to his "perfect half-ghost son". He has sent Danielle to fetch Danny to capture his mid-morph sample for the final processing. Danny managed to convince Danielle that Vlad was only using her. Unable to accept the harsh truth, she realizes it when Vlad declares she is only meant to serve him, causing her to team up with Danny and destroy his clone lab, including his perfect clone. With Vlad defeated, Dani flies off, vowing to meet again.[12] Danielle would eventually return to Amity Park, seeking Danny's help to stabilizing her. Managing to convince a reluctant Valerie, she and Danny charge into Vlad's manor where Dani was currently being destabilized by Plasmius. He uses Jack's latest invention: Ecto-Dejecto (originally meant to decrease ghost powers, only for it to have the opposite effect on them) on her, restoring her solid form. After defeating Vlad, she ventures off for parts unknown. Though she laters makes a cameo appearance in "Phantom Planet", while making the Earth intangible. [13]

Danny reunites with Wulf after the Casper High students summer camp trip ends faulty when said children were kidnapped by beasts sent by Walker and his cops--at first to capture Wulf who coincidentally were in the same forest as the campers--and eventually to gain Danny's attention. With Sam, Danny and Wulf managed to save Tucker and his classmates, then declared to Wulf they are forever "Amigos" before he runs--free once more.[14]

A Bright FutureEdit

After Vlad ran for mayor in Danny's hometown of Amity Park, Danny had to frequently deal with him as well as new and old ghosts. The series finale gave him his ultimate task when upon meeting up with Vlad's Masters Blasters, Danny questioned his superhero business. Zapping himself in the Ghost Portal, he regained his full humanity with his only shred of evidence as a half-ghost being a white streak on his hair. At the same time, a much bigger crisis--namely that of an asteroid made of ectoranium, an anti-ghost element, aims for Earth, timed to collide in a week, destroying the entire planet.

With renewed determination, Danny regained his powers through a massive blast from multiple ghosts, affecting the white streak on his hair which further expands throughout his body, reclaiming his half ghost status. Gaining the attention of every human being on Earth, he announces a plan to make the entire planet intangible - so the asteroid can pass through harmlessly. Gaining help from a "bazillion" ghosts after much convincing, humans and ghosts work side by side as they successfully save the world from disaster. At the end of the episode, Danny reveals that he is the ghost boy to his parents and a large group of people working to prevent the disaster. [15]

Danny's Transformation and Danny's SuitEdit

Upon transformation, two white rings move about his body. When they pass, his black hair turns white, his eyes change from sky blue to a glowing ectoplasmic green, his skin becomes tanner than normal, and his regular clothes turns into a black hazmat suit - with white boots, gloves and belt (a negative image of the white hazmat suit he was wearing when he walked into the portal). Starting from the second season, he sported a "D" emblem with an inner "P" on his chest, becoming "Danny Phantom". The emblem is added by Danny's friend Sam Manson during an alternate timeline where she is forced to live in a world where she never met Danny.[16] No matter what Danny is wearing in his human form (from his school clothes to suits to bathing trunks to being completely naked), whenever he goes ghost, he gains his ghostly suit. The belt is permanently intangible. It also apparently regenerates when Danny reverts back to human, since the suit has been worn and torn, even torn to shreds in various episodes. As a ghost, Danny's voice has an echo, so he sounds more ghoulish and ghost-like; this effect is used on Vlad's voice as well as Danielle's and Tucker's (when he had ghost powers).

Personality/Weakness Edit

Having become a half-human, half-ghost teenage superhero with ghost powers, has significantly altered Danny's life though he is still susceptible to basic flaws of character. Danny Fenton is a nervous, clumsy, and sometimes superficial 15-year-old boy who tries to fit in with his peers, even with him being as unique as he is; as revealed in Frightmare, Danny dreams of the social acceptance of his superhuman status. Danny has every reason to feel as paranoid as he does about keeping his ghost half a secret whenever possible. However, his paranoia has yet to do a thing about his curiosity, which was the catalyst for the event that gave him his ghost-powers to begin with. From the items found in his bedroom, we can find that Danny likes basket ball, skateboards, and builds model rockets. Danny wants to become an astronaut. In the nickelodeon magazine Danny Phantom comic (February 08) "Seeing Red", is shows that Danny hates the commercialism of Valentine's Day. When his friends and family are in danger, Danny can become rather stubborn and overprotective and is often prone to see a more straightforward black-and-white side of things. He is also often too emotional, which can be used as a disadvantage[17] or put to great use.[18]

Danny has since developed a more confident and mature attitude over the course of the series as he continues to develop his powers, but it is ultimately his loyalty to his causes that helps him to overcome all obstacles. Even when he is vilified by the public early in his career, his sense of civic duty is so strong that he felt retirement was out of the question. It can also be noted that throughout the show, Danny's appearance becomes noticeably more muscular in tone, compared to the earlier episodes of season 1.

It is shown that although he is only half-ghost, Danny is still badly affected by ecto-weapons. He has also more than once overestimated his abilities or at times is often too naive or cocky, which usually results in a tactical disadvantage during battle (which, earlier in the show, usually lead to Danny reverting to human form rather easily). When Danny becomes depressed, disheartened, distracted, low on energy, de-powered, unfocused or unprepared, then his confidence and self-esteem as well as his performance as a ghost hunter affects his ghost powers.


Throughout the series, Danny has a long standing crush on Paulina, the most popular girl at school. He was successful in asking her to the dance in as her secret agenda to get Sam jealous. [19] Danny did date her at one point, [7] only to find out she was overshadowed by Johnny 13's girlfriend, Kitty. Ironically, Paulina has fallen in love with his ghostly alter ego. As the series progresses though, with his growing feelings for Sam and his brief romance with Valerie, he has slowly been losing interest in Paulina, even to the point where he doesn't seem to care too much to Paulina's reaction to his secret in "Reality Trip", and why he wiped Paulina's memory of the whole episode--even though Paulina had "gotten used to the idea of being Paulina Fenton". This could arguably be because Paulina only liked him for his powers and he wants a girl to like him for more than that.

He also developed a close relationship with another girl named Valerie Gray despite the fact that she's often trying to kill Danny Phantom with her various anti-ghost weaponry. The two found common grounds overlooking a long standing attitude towards one another beforehand and dated briefly in before she broke up with him due to her current life as a ghost hunter.

There have been a few hints, particularly in the First and Third Season (though the Second Season did have some major hints and 'moments', particularly "Reign Storm", "Beauty Marked", and "Double Cross My Heart"), that Danny has romantic feelings for Sam, one of his best friends. However, it has become pretty obvious to mostly everyone except Danny that Sam has a crush on him as well (though she herself has never been straightforward with the issue). She would deny anything that people would say about Sam and Danny being together. Danny has been dubbed "clueless" because of all this. However, throughout the majority of Season 3, Danny and Sam's growing romance has been further hinted, the former showcasing he may not be as clueless as he once was and leaning more towards her as potential feelings increasingly develop (even possessing the same dream as Sam does, which includes both of them as a couple--"Frightmare"). Danny is shocked when he sees Sam's dream and seems to begin figuring out that Sam may have feelings for him.

By the series finale, Sam gives Danny the "SAM" class ring prior to him going into the Ghost Zone to "hold onto" and make him promise to return it so she knows he will return. Danny promises just this and the two finally share their first kiss (that was not just a "fake-out make-out" for plot-purposes).

After saving the world, Danny skips his own award ceremony to spend some alone time with Sam. Sam knows that Danny will be too busy saving the world that she won't see much of him. Danny denies that and puts the ring on her finger and asks her to be next to him whatever comes next, and kisses her once more. Unsure of what is in store for him, he tells Sam he wants her to share it with him, and flies off with her to see what the future holds for both.


Sam MansonEdit

A friend of his since at least the 2nd grade, Danny's friendship with Sam isn't always as strong as Tucker due to some of their difference (and her bossy nature), but he values her just as much as Tucker. She undeniably has a crush on Danny, but so far she has hidden it from him well. Danny also shows a liking for her which grows in time, but his ghost-fighting career gives him little time to ponder over it. Tucker knows that Sam has had a crush on Danny for quite some time. Eventually, Danny does show signs that he does indeed have a crush on her, too. This all leads to the series finale where Danny finally kisses Sam; by the end, they start a relationship.

Tucker FoleyEdit

Tucker serves as Danny's primary best friend as the two often share many things in common as well as share in general. The only thing Danny and Tucker don't share is Danny's ghost powers (no one does, except Vlad Masters and Danny's clone Danielle Phantom). Danny often takes Tucker's side whenever his other friend, Sam, tends to berate him. He rarely argues with Tucker unless it's usually on an opposing force.

Jazmine "Jazz" FentonEdit

At first, Danny was at odds with his sister, often exhibiting hostility due to her more intelligent and slight snobbish nature, despite her concern and protection over her little brother. Prior to the series, in My Brother's Keeper when Danny was still 8 years old, brother and sister had talked all the time--before Jazz became, as Danny once stated, "a fink" (and a "conceited snob"). As the show progresses however, Jazz eventually mellowed down as well as accepted Danny as a half-ghost, often covering up for him. The two have since formed a much tighter bond.

Jack and Maddie FentonEdit

Like Jazz before, Danny sometimes feel at odds with his folks. Danny at an earlier age once connected greatly with his mother. While it seems he doesn't always feel safe with his parents (especially with their desire to hunt ghosts, including Danny Phantom), he still shows love and concern for them as much as they do in return. In "Phantom Planet" his parents finally learn he is Danny Phantom, easily accepting him.

Valerie GrayEdit

Danny's opinion of Valerie was anything but kind in the earlier episodes, as he was often not a fan of her egotistical and angry disposition ("Shades of Grey, Life Lessons"); however, he later learned to appreciate her for who she is ("Reign Storm"). Valerie in turn learned to see Danny's personality past his awkward status in school (seeing as she now had to experience the same thing) and by the episode's end, started to like him in a romantic manner. The two dated briefly in "Flirting with Disaster" before she broke up with him over her current job as a ghost hunter (unaware Danny faced the same dilemma, too). It seems as though Danny still harbors subtle feelings for her. Unlike Paulina, who likes Danny's ghost side and ignores his human side, Valerie hated Danny's ghost side and liked his human side. By "Phantom Planet", she accepts his ghostly self.

Vlad PlasmiusEdit

Vlad is Danny's primary antagonist and arch-rival. He is in love with Danny's mom Maddie. Danny's often at odds with the other half ghost as he often has to resist his offers to join his side and be his son (although by the time of "Eye for an Eye", Vlad seems to view him purely as a rival now). Danny takes it upon himself to constantly insult and defeat him every chance he gets, though when the situation arises, the two are often forced to work reluctantly side to side. Only in the alternative future set in "The Ultimate Enemy" seems to show Danny relying on Vlad in a less antagonistic light. Since "Phantom Planet" Vlad is currently trapped in space.

Danielle "Dani" PhantomEdit

Danny's clone is much like him, making her easy to talk with, yet still hard to handle due to a more stubborn nature than Danny himself. The two were on opposing teams until Dani realized her creator, Vlad, was only using her, so she joined Danny's group; though she is more affiliated to Danny than the group itself. Out of the two, Danny is more responsible, thus he keeps an eye for Dani, or at least what she might do. She has since left for the time, her current whereabouts are unknown and her reasons for leaving are unknown; but before leaving, she lets Danny know she vows to return. She reappears in "D-Stabilized", searching for Danny to find a cure for her dissolving ailment. Danny managed to find her a cure, maintaining her status and giving her a solid form.

Dark DannyEdit

Danny's Ultimate Enemy is his most hated and feared foe ever. Although Danny is at odds with his other enemies, including Vlad, Dark Danny is a totally different story. Dark Danny is, or at least was, Danny's future. The only reason Danny was spared is because Dark Danny needed him to live to exist. The timeline has since been shifted and he exists outside his time frame, trapped inside a Fenton Thermos in Clockwork's lair.


He is one of the many ghost enemies Danny has to fight--but has proven to be by far his most persistent foe. During the course of the series, Skulker has tried to kill Danny and turn him into some sort of a trophy, beforehand declaring only to "plan on simply capturing you and letting you live the rest of your life in a cage" before ultimately vowing to "rest your pelt at the foot of my bed!" Despite their animosity, Skulker is usually the first ghost Danny asks for help from whenever a much bigger threat comes up, indicating that there may be some sort of a grudgingly respect for him, an alliance the ghost hunter is usually reluctant, but ultimately accepting towards--if not due to the serious consequences that could occur if he declined. Skulker usually calls Danny "child".

Ghost PowersEdit

As Danny Phantom, he freely uses a variety of supernatural powers. In either form, Danny (as well as all other humans) can see, hear, and speak to other paranormal beings, as well as battle them. Danny possess most of his supernatural powers in both his dual forms--although he only uses them most freely in his ghost form. The only exception is that so far Danny cannot utilize his supernatural strength in his human form. Also other ghosts can sometimes overpower him and impose invisibility and intangibility (or lack-there-of) until Danny can regain energy and fight back. To save his friends and family, Danny frequently battles with various ghosts, sometimes from thwarting plans of world domination or confronting them in situations of public disturbances.

Danny Phantom has gradually increased in power and abilities as his knowledge of the ghost world matures. He now has both completely new abilities as well as increased the power of his original ones.


  • Allows Danny to switch between human and ghost forms. His transformation is prefaced by two blue-white rings that appear respectively around his waist and move in opposite directions of each other while transitioning Danny to his ghost form, though he has used other variations. These variations include the transformation rings going down his arms or legs as smaller rings that are formed from the usual ones, the rings appear vertically along his body as one moves left and the other moves right, among other ones, including one where the energy formed at his head and moved to his feet as he jumped head-first off a truck in "Control Freaks". Danny doesn't make the transformations as dramatic in the third season as he does in the first and second ones.
    • He usually accompanies this with his transformation words, "I'm goin' ghost!" or simply "Goin' ghost!".
  • If Danny falls unconscious, gets heavily disoriented, or uses too much energy while in ghost form, he usually reverts back to human form.
    • It was hinted a bit in "Shades of Gray" that real-world items are unable to hurt ghosts unless they are weapons specifically made to hurt ghosts--Danny was surprised to be hurt by one of Valerie's weapons.
    • It was also hinted in "Million Dollar Ghost" that a powerful enough ghost is able to stop a half-ghost's transformation, though only somewhat--Vlad was able to stop Danny from changing into his human form after being electrocuted--however, this might just be because Danny was trying to stay in ghost form and when Vlad stopped his attack, Danny was able to successfully hold it.
  • Danny Phantom ("full time superhero") in "Identity Crisis" was able to call upon the rings and make them move along him, but they didn't do anything to him since he was full-ghost.
  • It also appears that he may be able to transform objects around him, such as in the case of "Reign Storm" when he transformed the ecto-skeleton to match his suit's colors and even show his special 'D/P' logo. This might have been possible because of the neural recepters from the ecto-skeleton.
  • Apparently, his ghost form is not affected by the intense cold and vacuum of space, since he flew out into orbit with nothing but a rocket pack and a space helmet in "Flirting with Disaster" Except the episode that he got his Ice power, but that probably was internal coldness.

Semi-Transformation (Ghost Form's Eyes in Human Form)Edit

  • Danny has occasionally, when feeling greatly angered or annoyed, to make his eyes glow green in human form (most likely against his will although he once did it willingly when conceiving a devilish idea in "Parental Bonding").
    • It is possible Danny could transform any part of his body into ghost-mode while the rest stays human, though this was never confirmed.
  • Dark Danny is also shown to have this ability while disguising as his past-self in The Ultimate Enemy, though his eyes turn red when he does it.
    • Danny Is also able to transform any part of his body intangable/invisible, as shown in many of the episodes, such as "Fanning the Flames" and "Reign Storm".

Ghost SenseEdit

  • Danny can sense nearby ghosts, and is alerted to their presence due to a cold sensation (to which he sometimes shivers) and a wisp of blue mist that comes out of his mouth (as if he is seeing his breath due to the cold). In "My Brother's Keeper", Penelope Spectra's true ghostly identity was hidden from him because she kept her office practically freezing and Danny could continually see his breath, but couldn't tell if it was his ghost sense or his normal breath.
  • Despite this, Danny's ghost sense does not seem able to detect the presence of half-ghosts, namely Vlad and Danielle. Dark Danny (Danny's future evil self in an alternate universe) also had this ability, but it showed as a red mist from his nose. Dark Danny seemed to be able to detect half-ghosts, this may indicate Danny's sense will eventually be able to detect half ghosts too.
  • It is also never revealed if Vlad has this power, although given he lacks Danny's cryokinetic powers this seems unlikely, but Danny's clone Danielle did have this power in her debut episode and most likely when she returned in "D-Stabilized", though she did not show use of this power in the latter.
  • It is later revealed that Danny's Ghost Sense has actually been releasing a small amount of his pent-up cryokinetic energy in the form of a wisp of blue mist. It is in "Urban Jungle" when it was revealed that his ghost sense was part of his freezing ability, which Frostbite taught him to control.


  • Danny has the ability to turn intangible at will (said to cause a slight tingly sensation). With the use of this power, Danny can become untouchable, and pass through most objects as if they weren't there. Danny can also make other people and objects intangible too, provided he is in physical contact with them. His intangibility is in part connected to his emotions, as he has been known to go intangible at some very inopportune and unwanted times (ex: sinking through the floor, losing his pants, etc). In later episodes, he seems to have complete control over it.
  • It is quite common for Danny to make only a part of his body intangible (an arm to reach through things, and the like), and it has been shown that people can see him somewhat when he is intangible unless he turns completely invisible as well.
  • Danny has also been shown to apparently control his intangibility to a point where he can make others intangible from a distance if he touches something and wills the power to them (one can see it spread like running water from him to someone else). An example of this was when he phased Tucker through the floor in "Maternal Instincts." In an opposite case, in the Ghost Zone, humans can phase through everything, including ghosts. However, this was only shown to happen at Walker's Jail. In addition, some ghosts are seen as being able to phase through some objects in the Ghost Zone - as long as they have turned intangible.
    • In the early episodes of Season 1, whenever Danny Fenton went intangible in human form, his eyes would glow green and sometimes his suit would change to his ghost form--though this might be just an animation goof. He also automatically went ghost sometimes after reverting to a tangible state, though only if he wanted to be.
    • Also only in Season 1, sometimes, Danny and other ghosts did not become colorless with glowing outlines but instead went semi-transparent while gaining a blue tint to their entire body. This variation happened usually only when Danny was turning somebody else intangible with him: for example, when he turned himself and his friends intangible both times in "Mystery Meat", when Danny turned himself and the gorilla intagible to put it back in its cage ("One of a Kind"), among other times. This variation did really occur when a ghost forced another ghost intangible, only when a ghost turned a human intangible with them.
  • This power can work in conjunction with other ghosts as well, as shown in the final episode, when Danny and all the ghosts of the Ghost Zone used their power to make the entire Earth intangible to save it from a massive asteroid.
    • Whether ghosts are able to touch intangible ghosts is not constant through the series; usually Danny is able to phase through anything.
  • It should be noted that while ghosts can fly though just about anything in the human world, in the Ghost Zone, objects obstruct ghosts just as they do to Humans in the human world. It was shown, however, that when Danny went into his human-form in the Zone, he could walk right through objects, as if he was a ghost (bringing up a vice-versa situation). This grants him a substantial edge over ghosts in the Ghost Zone as he can switch between forms at will and so exploit the terrain in ways they cannot.


  • When invisible, Danny cannot be seen by human eyes nor scanning devices. Invisibility and Intangibility both work in similar ways, as they are both triggered by Danny's emotional states and thus work well together. It is quite common for Danny to make only a part of his body invisible as well. Danny can also make other people and objects invisible--provided that he is in physical contact with them. It is hinted in "Splitting Images" that other ghosts can see Danny even if he is invisible.


  • While in ghost form, Danny has the ability to float/fly through the air, sometimes at considerable speeds and heights. He often uses this in combat, but sometimes will do it for fun and relaxation. He can also make other humans and objects hover but must keep in physical contact with them. When floating or flying, Danny's bottom half will sometimes turn into a "spectral tail" that is a part of his spectral manipulation power below.
  • Danny's speed of flight was clocked at 112 mph in "Maternal Instincts", though that was in middle of the first season, so by season three he could be much faster.
  • Danny is shown to fly in human form, but only if he is intangible or invisible however, Vlad was able to fly while in solid human form in "Phantom Planet".

Wall WalkingEdit

  • Danny, as well as many other ghosts, can manipulate their center of gravity; they can walk and run on up and down uneven and vertical surfaces as though they were horizontal.
  • This either because of his ability to defy gravity (flying) or because of some unexplored ability to adhere/combine/interact to/with the molecular structure of the surface of walls etc.

Spectral Manipulation/Ecto-Physical Mass Manipulation/Phase ShiftingEdit

  • Spectral manipulation is a ghost's version of Biological manipulation--which includes abilities like Duplication, Superhuman physical resistance etc.--density alteration, like intangibility. It can also be seen as a form of shapeshifting--Danny shifting into his human mode or his ghost mode. Danny has demonstrated the power to change the shape of his body into intangible holes and shapes.
  • His Spectral Manipulation is apparently long-lasting in his belt as seen in Shades of Gray where a book passed through his waist and Pirate Radio where Youngblood's sword passed harmlessly through his belt.
  • His "ghostly tail" that is seen when flying is arguably a part of this power. Danny, when flying, usually fuses his legs together into a ghost tail--why he does this might be because it is part of his ghost instincts--though he sometimes flies with his legs intact. His ghostly tail might only be appearance, since when Vlad x-rayed a picture of Danny with his ghost tail ("Kindred Spirits"), the tail had the normal bones of normal legs--though this might have been an animation goof--and in "Reality Trip", when he flew off-screen with a tail and was grabbed, he was pulled back on screen by the leg. But sometimes Danny floats around with his tail and also in a "Nick Extra"; "how to draw Danny Phantom", Butch Hartman, the creator said that he sometimes has a ghostly tail.
  • Only once in the series ("Parental Bonding") has Danny turned himself into a blue mist; although he never uses this power again in the series at all (it may simply be because Danny was too new to his powers and wasn't even aware that he had done it), a few other ghosts have, and it was Jazz's ghost power in "Doctor's Disorders".

Paranormal Strength, Speed, Agility, Durability and recoveryEdit

  • As Danny Phantom, Danny can display extraordinary physical feats of strength, speed, agility, and durability; Danny has developed a high pain threshold given the number of times he has been attacked, shot at, etc., managing to bear the pain. He is able to withstand and recover from numerous, recurring injuries and damage.
  • So far, only when Danny is in ghost form can he perform such feats, while in human form, Danny Fenton is still somewhat physically weak, although, he's been known to survive the impacts from heights while in human form, and from hits that would have possibly killed a normal human being.
  • Danny (mostly in ghost mode) and some other ghosts usually do not sustain visible injuries for longer than a few seconds in the series and it could be assumed that they have a limited healing factor of sorts.
  • Though it could be animation goofs, it happens to often to Danny to just be a goof; Danny is able to heal at a very fast rate. One moment he has some bruises or is bleeding and the next moment he's fine ("Bitter Reunions", "Fright Knight", "Memory Blank", even "The Ultimate Enemy"). Even Danny's suit regenerates at some points("My Brother's Keeper", "Fright Knight" again).
  • This could also be a part of his spectral manipulation powers mentioned above.


  • Danny can take possession of a human being, an animal (namely a mouse in "Micro-Management"), or inanimate objects(?--Fright Night, Kindred Spirits) from within by phasing completely into the host/person's body, allowing him to completely control that person's actions. When overshadowed, the victim keeps his or her original form, but his or her eyes and voice change to Danny's (a flaw Danny eventually masters by (Eye for An Eye) when he briefly overshadowed one of Vlad's duplicates).
  • The victim has no memory of what he or she did while overshadowed, but usually feel a slight dizziness and disorientation, and occasionally feel influenced by the hypnosis-like power of suggestion of whatever Danny has said or done; (one example being Dash feeling the urge to wash his mother's feet after Danny overshadows him and forces him to say the very same thing to Paulina).
  • On numerous occasions, it has been demonstrated that this ability can be resisted, and that Danny can even be forced out of the person with the right equipment, or if he's not up to full power. Overshadowing can also be resisted through sheer willpower, demonstrated first by Jack in Bitter Reunions.
  • Ghosts can still use their powers of flight, intangibility, and invisibility while overshadowing someone. Danny has also used this power to enter people's dreams.
  • Overshadowing has been shown as a power that is separate from intangibility ("Micro-Management", even after losing his intangibility), despite the fact ghosts are shown intangible usually before going into the human.
  • This power is probably the method Danny used to enter the online game Doomed in the episode "Teacher of the Year", somehow overshadowing the computer. While in the game, he was able to use all the powers he exhibited at that time.

Ectoplasmic Energy Blast - "Ghost Ray"Edit

  • First seen in "What You Want", an ectoplasmic blast that usually comes out of the palm of his hand, Danny blasts enemies using this attack. The attack takes many forms: a ray of energy, a glowing orb, or even a repulsion field. He has also kept the energy used inside his hand, using it to empower his strikes. By the time of "Reign Storm", Danny had learned how to fire off a Ghost Ray while human. These rays can also be charged to various power levels, from a highly powerful white-green, to a low-level glow for lighting up dark areas. He is also able to charge up a ball of light and throw it to disorient enemies with its brightness ("Double Cross My Heart"). He has recently learned to fire circular rays in a manner similar to Vlad's, creating a rudimentary ectoplasmic bomb ("Boxed Up Fury"). Ghost rays are also shown as having melting abilities--in "The Fright Before Christmas", Danny melted a piece of paper.
    • Danny can also use this power to force ghosts out of people they are overshadowing.
  • Note that the color of ecto-blasts is not a constant through the series--Danny is the only (half-)ghost in the series (with the ability to fire blasts) that only fires one color (green)--even his evil future self continued to fire green rays--while a good deal of other ghosts are shown able to fire various colors (Vlad is shown firing all the colors at least once in the series).
  • The different colors of blasts also seem to show how powerful that ghost is (Vlad seems to favor violet-blasts, though he also fires red ones occasionally--the Ghost King fired red ecto-blasts, which seems to hint that they are the most powerful variety of ecto-blasts). The different colored blasts in order from weakest to strongest through the series seems to be in this order: green/white, blue, violet, then red. This theory can be backed up: in "Maternal Instincts", Vlad fired blue rays when weakened by the Specter Deflector, which shows that he was only weakened one blast-color; Danny was able to fire blue blasts while in the Exo-skeleton ("Reign Storm"), which means that at that time, his power increased 100 times over enables him to fire blasts one-color/power higher; Skulker seems to always fire blue blasts from his battle-suit, which are fairly powerful; Ember was shown using violet energy in "Fanning the Flames" when everyone was chanting her name; and there are various other examples. Strangely, Dark Danny, who is Danny's most powerful enemy (with the possible exception of Pariah Dark) fires green colored rays, although he could possibly not be using all of his power.
  • The different colors of ectolasmic energy blasts--Ghost Rays may also indicate their nature like a universal indicater; i.e. Red = Acidic, Green = Neutral, Blue = Alkaline and the like.
    • Blue also obviously seems to indicate ice power users(Urban Jungle).
  • The term "Ghost Rays" is not used throughout the series that much. Most ghosts (including Vlad) simply refer to them as 'blasts' or possibly "ecto-blasts" (though the latter could be simply fanon, as it is mostly used in fanfics when referring to this ability)--though Danny does mention them as "Ghost Rays" in Reign Storm and Claw of the Wild.

Ectoplasmic Energy Shield - "Ghost Shield"Edit

  • Danny can use this ability to form shields of ectoplasmic energy, which he can use to block or rebound attacks from enemies. There are three kinds of shields; the first is a shield that appears as a sphere of energy that protects from all sides ("Bitter Reunions"). The second is a single wall of energy--an ectoplasmic energy construct--that is more direct in its range but is much stronger, and in My Brother's Keeper, Danny is shown to be capable of projecting a green, dome-shaped barrier to protect himself from Bertrand in bug form. Danny can create an Ecto-Orb and use it as a circular shield. He is also able to create a shield by holding up his forearm, creating a medium ranged, relatively strong shield big enough to protect him from strong head-on attacks.

Ghostly WailEdit

  • Danny's most powerful technique. Danny develops the unique ability to generate an extremely powerful wail, like a sonic scream, from his vocal cords and mouth, a bit like a Banshee's wail - with a ghostly-like moaning. The Ghostly Wail can cause terrible pain to ghosts and damage tangible matter. This ability was powerful enough to destroy the massive artificially generated Ghost Shield that protected the future Amity Park, and ghost proof restraints used on him in "The Ultimate Enemy". It is also effective against multiple targets.
  • When used, this power quickly drains present-Danny's energy and completely turns him back to human in most cases, a problem he apparently has remedied by "Phantom Planet", though it is possible it might be because he was in the Ghost Zone, because when he first used it only his head reverted to its human form, and in "Phantom Planet", he was also in the Ghost Zone but didn't revert to human. However, this could be because of his increasing power--which is definitely a possibility. Also, it should be noted that, in "The Ultimate Enemy", he was unable to go ghost after using the Ghostly Wail no matter how long he waited (probably not for a long time), but later on in "King Tuck", he is able to transform a while after changing back.
  • He has used this power only in extreme cases; against a really powerful foe he is unable to defeat by other means, "The Ultimate Enemy", "King Tuck" (in this case, the Ghostly Wail actually failed to defeat the target, which meant Danny reverted to human form), and "Kindred Spirits". Or to defeat a large group/army of enemies all at once ("The Ultimate Enemy", "Frightmare Before Christmas", "Phantom Planet"). Why he didn't use it against Undergrowth ("Urban Jungle"), Vortex ("Torrent of Terror"), or Nocturne ("Frightmare") is probably because he didn't want to take a chance that these three extremely powerful ghosts could possibly be immune to his Ghostly Wail, and he would be defenseless after trying.
    • The way Danny reverts to human form thanks to this ability seems to be different throughout the season, though mainly he simply changes back with his normal transformation, sometimes his body "fades" back into Danny Fenton, or like in "Frightmare Before Christmas" when his human form's coat appeared but he managed to stay ghost until he actually stopped the wail, fell to his knees, and changed back with the usual movement of two light blue rings.Danny was able to creat a seris of wails in the same show
  • This is also one of two powers that Danny has and Vlad does not (the other being his cryokinesis). This power also seems to be very effective against Vlad.


  • Duplication is a ghosts ability to make identical copies of himself/herself/itself. The principles behind duplication is never touched upon in the series before its cancellation. Duplication is achieved either by physically splitting (like a single-celled organism) into a certain number of copies of oneself, (which suggests that a ghosts capacity to duplicate is an extension of their ability to manipulate their own ecto-physical mass), or by generating sophisticated Ectoplasmic Energy Constructs to serve as duplicates, (or by a combination of both, some other unknown means, or it may simply be by different means for different ghosts). Either way, a ghost can chose to re-assimilate/re-absorb their duplicates when they are not needed or whenever necessary.
  • When a duplicate is destroyed they dissipate, and whenever a duplicate is destroyed it is unknown if the original ghost automatically regains the mass/energy used to create the duplicate. The Duplicates themselves are capable of independent movement, thought and action from the original ghost, (they aren't puppets, but some ghosts possibly could use a duplicate as a puppet--as in with no free-will of their own), as well as use of the same powers, but it was never touched upon whenever the duplicates can create more duplicates. It is further unknown if the original ghost will remember anything that their duplicate(s) may have learned when they still existed. Having witnessed first-hand how useful duplication can be, Danny had since struggled to master the use of this one power the most, trying to manipulate his body to largely disastrous results.
  • Duplication is first seen in "Bitter Reunions", an ability used by Vlad Masters/Plasmius in his debut in his ghost form, along with energy constructs.
  • In "Maternal Instinct", in an attempt to duplicate, Danny managed only to grow a second head--both the heads were capable of coherent thought and briefly held a conversation with Sam and Tucker.
  • In "Doctor's Disorders", while he was infected by an ectoplasmic bug, Kwan was easily and spontaneously capable of creating eight whole duplicates (to Danny's great dismay), who were all of one mind, they all ran away when they each saw each other and later in the same episode they demonstrated that they all could work together with a whole new meaning to the term a 'one-man' team.
  • In "Beauty Marked" Danny dodged being struck by an axe by successfully splitting into two physically separate, but identical versions of himself if only for a quick second.
  • He successfully split into four by to combat Vortex, though it drained him of his energy and could only hold it briefly. ("Torrent of Terror")
  • Danny Phantom first successfully used the duplication power with the Fenton Battle Suit during his battle with the Ghost King in the Danny Phantom movie "Reign Storm". Although he could do this ability without the suit.

Ectoplasmic Energy ConstructsEdit

  • Danny has shown that he can utilize ectoplasmic energy constructs. He can shape ectoplasmic energy into solid objects--in "Double Cross my Heart", Danny is able to generate one to use as his most powerful shield to protect himself.

Cryokinesis - "Ghostly Ice"Edit

  • Since Urban Jungle, Danny is now capable of using an ice-empowered versions of the "Ghost-Ray". Revealed to be an extension of his ghost sense, and an expansion of his "Ghost-Ray" (using the "Cold-Energy" that had built up inside of his since he first gained his powers, focused into an "Ice-Ray" rather than use raw Ectoplasmic energy in a generic Ghost-Ray), rather than just as an entirely separate power altogether.
  • This power allows Danny to radiate cold, to shoot off rays of intense cold and/or fire off icy constructs as Ectoplasmic Energy Rays from both his palms and eyes (when he uses this power his eyes sometimes turn blue instead of their usual ghostly green).
  • Without his knowledge, this power has been building up inside of Danny as "Negative temperature" ever since he first gained his ghost powers, his body eventually becoming too numb and chilled when the pent-up energy finally became too much for his hybrid-physiology to withstrain within, giving him flu-like symptoms such as intense chills (in the middle of a summer day that Tucker commented had the hottest temperatures on record).
  • Frostbite successfully managed to teach him how to handle this ability though. By the end, he is already capable of using this power comfortably.
  • After "Urban Jungle", Danny uses his ice powers often in his fights, especially against enemies that used to be dominant over him (in his dream during "Frightmare", he was easily able to defeat the Fright Knight by using his ice powers (though the real Fright Knight could possibly be resistant to ice powers or be able to at least dodge), but for the purpose of it being his dream, he won the fight easily). It's also a very useful power against Vlad Masters, because he doesn't have this power.
  • This is one of two powers (the other being the Ghostly Wail) that Danny has that Vlad does not.
  • This power, unlike his Ectoplasmic Energy Blasts, he has fired through his eyes. Danny was seen doing so in "Boxed Up Fury".

Ghost Stinger ("Public Enemies" one-time power)Edit

  • Danny uses this pseudo-electric attack to free Wulf from Bullet's weapon, although it could just be Danny's power traveling through Bullet's weapon, like energy feedback through the energy field of the ectoplasmic energy construct.

Teleportation ("Reality Trip" one-time power)Edit

  • Danny temporarily disappeared from sight and reappeared in another location a short distance away during the final battle in "Reality Trip". This, though could possibly be a variation of his invisibility powers.

Weather Manipulation ("Torrent of Terror", but only temporarily)Edit

  • In "Torrent of Terror", Vortex accidentally gave Danny the ability to use weather controlling powers that were heavily tied to Danny's emotions and could counteract Vortex's own abilities (creating thunderstorms, tornadoes, gusts of wind, etc.) Danny, however, loses the power by the end of the episode.
  • It is possible that Danny may have some sort-of ability that allows him to absorb ecto-energy that is entirely foreign to him and utilize it himself, though Vlad said that it was because of the ecto-shield that Danny got some of Vortex's powers, the older hybrid may have made the wrong guess as to how Danny got weather manipulation.

Telekinesis ("Boxed Up Fury" one-time power)Edit

  • In "Boxed Up Fury", Danny shot green energy that wasn't like his usual ecto-blasts. This green energy spread around a rake and then lifted it so he could give it to the Box Ghost. Danny shows no surprise in using this, meaning he must have learned this off-screen. This power is never used again.
  • This might be a variation of the spreading ecto-energy he used in "Maternal Instincts" to use intangibility to sink Tucker into the ground without having to physically touch Tucker and then in "Phantom Planet" with the other ghosts to turn the whole world intangible.
  • This also could be some sort of combination of Danny's flying ability, Ghost Rays, and the un-confirmed 'wall-walking' ability.
  • On the other hand, it could be a power all in its own seeing as how the Ghost King was apparently able to use it (by making his weapon fly back towards him after it missed Danny). However, it should be noted that many ghosts can use telekinesis on whatever they are haunting, and seeing as how Danny, other half-ghosts, and even the Ghost King don't have specific haunts, they should be able to utilize telekinesis on any objects. ===

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