This page is for Dark Danny, the evil future version of Danny. For other uses, see Danny Phantom (disambiguation).
"Nice try, Jazz. But me, my future - I'm inevitable."
Dark Danny, also known as Dan Phantom,[1] is the evil future version of Danny Phantom from an alternate timeline. He is the main antagonist of "The Ultimate Enemy," and Danny's most powerful, evil, hatred, and dangerous foe.


Tragic Origins

Dark Danny Is Born

Dark Danny coming into existence after merging with Vlad Ghost half

In the original timeline, before Clockwork's intervention, Danny used his powers to steal the answers to the Career Aptitude Test. Suspicious of Danny, Mr. Lancer called the Fentons to the Nasty Burger for a meeting. Unfortunately, the Nasty Burger's vat of Nasty Sauce exploded just at that time, killing Danny's family, his friends Sam and Tucker, and Mr. Lancer. As a result, the grief-stricken boy was forced to move in with his arch-enemy Vlad Masters, as he was the only person left who Danny felt could possibly understand his situation.

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Young Dark Danny begins his rampage of terror.

Despite the history of animosity between the two, Vlad treated Danny with a great deal of sympathy. Completely taken over by grief, Danny asked Vlad to separate his human-half from his ghost-half so he wouldn't have to deal with his human emotions anymore. Vlad obliged him, using the Ghost Gauntlets to separate Danny's ghost half from his human half.

The separated Danny Phantom, now free of the conscience of his human half, was also filled with all of Danny's anger and negativity. Immediately it overcame Vlad and took the Ghost Gauntlets. He removed Vlad's ghost half and  attempted to overshadow it but it backfired and he merged with it, but was overwhelmed by the evil in Vlad Plasmius. This resulted in the birth of Dark Danny, the most powerful and evil ghost to ever exist. His first act of malice was to murder his human half and destroy Vlad's entire mansion, though he left Vlad alive to tell the tale of his beginning.

Decade of Destruction

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Adult Dan.

For the next ten years, Dark Danny committed numerous atrocities against both Earth and the Ghost Zone, culminating in the near-complete desolation of Amity Park and the destruction of many ghosts. The Observants ordered Clockwork to kill Danny in the past to prevent Dan's rise.

Dispatching various ghosts from the future, Clockwork set in motion a series of events that led young Danny to eventually come to the future, where he encountered his dark older self. They fought, but Dan easily won, trapping Danny in the future while Dan went to the past to murder the Fentons, Sam, Tucker, and Lancer, in an an effort to preserve his existence.

Back to the Past

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Dan reveals himself.

Dan then disguised himself as fourteen-year-old Danny Fenton and traveled to the past via one of Sam's and Tucker's time medallions to ensure his future by cheating on the C.A.T. Jazz found him with the C.A.T. answers and alerted Mr. Lancer, who called his parents over to the Nasty Burger for a discussion.

Sam and Tucker came as well to warn them of the impending explosion, and Jazz, using the Fenton Ghost Peeler, exposed Dan to all of them.

Dark Danny mocked his parents for failing to notice that their son was half-ghost and noted Jazz was the only one to notice. He then tied them all to the Nasty Sauce vat with ectoplasmic goo just as it was about to blow.

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Dan overwhelms Danny.

Just then, Danny returned from the future and saw what his future self was up to, and they battled. Even with the aid of the Specter Deflector and the Ghost Gauntlets, Dan still proved too much for Danny but did not kill him as his own existence was at stake. Dan mocked Danny for being powerless against him and promising to protect his friends and family.

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Dan defeated by his other self.

Refusing to let down his friends and family, Danny unleashed his new Ghostly Wail. Dan was shocked, as he himself didn't develop that power for another ten years. Danny took advantage of Dan's surprise to unleash another Ghostly Wail, weakening Dan enough for Danny to trap him in the Fenton Thermos.

Existing Outside of Time

Dark Danny trying to escape

Dark Danny imprisoned...for now or forever.

Clockwork took the thermos containing Dark Danny and sealed it within his lair. Now that the events leading to Dan had been averted, Dark Danny now exists outside of time and as such is Clockwork's responsibility as stated by the Observants.

At the end, Dark Danny is seen attacking the thermos from the inside, attempting to break free. Since he was laughing it possible he planned it so that next time he will kill Danny for good.


Young Dark Danny has snow-white hair that blazes into a fire, glowing red eyes with dark lines around them and light turquoise skin. He has pointed ears and fangs. His outfit is the same as Danny's: a black jumpsuit with white boots, collar, belt and gloves, with his logo, a white "D" with a black "P" inside it, on his chest.

Older Dark Danny is taller and much more bulky and muscular than his younger self.

He has snow-white flaming hair with a ponytail, light turquoise skin and red eyes with dark lines around them. He has pointed ears, fangs and a goatee. He wears a black jumpsuit with a gray trim, a white belt, black gloves, white boots and his logo on his chest, which is unchanged. He wears a cape which is white on the outside and black on the inside.


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Dan sadistically mocking his counterpart for holding compassion.

Unlike most of Danny Phantom's enemies who have, to some degree, a moral conscience, Dan possesses no such trait. He is outright wrathful, cruel, remorseless, and more than willing to kill even the people he once cared about just so he can continue his existence.

Due to possessing no humanity whatsoever, Dan can accurately be described as a psychopath.

He enjoys manipulating his friends and family in the past, toying with his younger self by fusing a time medallion to him to anchor him to the future, and reveling in the emotional shock he causes his entire family by revealing his past self's secret identity to his parents. Dan even goes so far as to pridefully point out how he purged his humanity long ago. Combined with his destructive tendencies, implied enormous body count, and his willingness to murder his own family in the past to ensure his continued existence in his present, Dan is an absolute monster, showing that he is willing to go to any lengths to preserve himself as he is. To make things worse, he is also shown to have a psychotic and unnerving sense of humor, joking and taunting whenever he so feels like.

He is also notably arrogant, as he condescendingly remarks upon his younger self's charge before taking down him down in the future with a sense of dissatisfaction on the lack of effort on his part. Despite that, he was aware that he could not destroy Danny because that would erase him so he instead battered him to a point where he couldn't intervene. Though this was before time was averted and he can exist without Danny changing into him.

Despite his lack of humanity, he is somewhat shown to have some lingering memories of his past that he shows some fondness towards, such as Tucker's sense of humor.

He is also capable of showing fear as he was horrified at seeing his younger self using Ghostly Wail, a power that took Dan a decade to master.


Danny Fenton/Danny Phantom (younger self)

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Dark Danny hatefully threatening his good counterpart, but the latter is not intimidated by him.

Dan was created from Danny's ghost half. After being merged with Vlad's ghost half, Dan killed his human half and went on to his ten years of destruction. Dark Danny encountered his younger self when Danny entered his time period from the past through Clockwork's intervention.

Disgusted towards the person he once was, he viewed his younger self as pathetically weak, forcing himself to keep his younger self alive only to ensure his own existence.

In their final battle, his views towards Danny completely changed when Danny used the Ghostly Wail, which Dan himself didn't learn for another ten years. Dan began to genuinely fear his younger self as his counterpart used this power to defeat him and trap him. Now that he exist outside of time and Danny changing the future, there will be nothing preventing him from trying to eliminate Danny since they no longer have a life link.

Vlad Masters

It was through Vlad's actions that Dark Danny came into existence. Dark Danny's first act of destruction was to destroy Vlad's manor. Now, Vlad, the former prideful billionaire, lives in reclusive grief and misery, guilty over his past misdeeds and selfishness. Dark Danny greatly dislikes and looks down on Vlad as a threat, seeing him as an "idiot cheeshead archenemy" who he plans on getting rid of after finding and destroying his ghost portal.

Jack and Maddie Fenton

Dan's former parents were among the people he attempted to kill so his future would come to pass. He thinks of them as stupid and incompetent, ridiculing them for not even noticing the similarities between Danny Fenton and Danny Phantom.

Valerie Gray

Valerie is a prominent defender of the future Amity Park against Dan and other ghosts, keeping a vigilant watch over the city. Dan finds her deplorable. Valerie was able to fend off Dan for ten years, until he learned the Ghostly Wail.

Sam Manson, Tucker Foley, Jazz Fenton

His sister and former best friends no longer matter to him. He merely sees them as people whom he must kill to ensure his own future.

However, he did admit that he missed Tucker's comedic moments and was surprised that Jazz had always knew his secret.

Mr. Lancer

Mr. Lancer was is least favorite teacher. He was also one of the people killed in The Nasty Burger explosion alongside with Danny's family and friends. His statue only reads "GONE" instead of "GONE, but not forgotten", but seems to be embedded into the ground.

Fright Knight

The Fright Knight claims Dan as his new master, obeying his every command. 


Dan mentions Clockwork "meddling again" when he sees Sam's and Tucker's time medallions, implying they may have previously encountered each other before the events of "The Ultimate Enemy."

At the end of the episode, Dan is left in the Fenton Thermos in Clockwork's lair and the Observants place him under his watch since he now exists outside of time.

Future ghosts

Dan did not halt his trail of destruction on the real world but the Ghost Zone as well as many ghosts bared a grudge against him for ruining them. Dan's actions were taking Box Ghost's eye and arm and been using him as a punching bag to the extremes as the once pathetic ghost was seen with a hook for his right hand and an eye patch covering his left eye. Due to his personality change, Box Ghost has gotten stronger and wants his revenge on Danny. He even severely injuring Johnny 13 to the point he needed a wheel chair, and ruining Ember's vocal cords. The future ghosts were planning an attack on him but settled on destroying his past self to erase him but their efforts were foiled.

Powers and Abilities


As Dark Danny is a fusion of Danny's and Vlad's ghost halves, he is a full ghost and has all of Danny's and Vlad's powers as well as completely new abilities that neither Danny nor Vlad had on a level much higher than either of them on their own. He is possible more powerful than Vortex, Undergrowth, Nocturn,  and Pariah Dark (With the Ring of Rage and The Crown of Fire on), without help or the aid of a weapon, which explains why the Fright Knight serves him. 

  • Ghost Sense: Dark Danny can sense nearby ghosts and half-ghosts. When his ghost sense is activated, red wisps of mist come out through his nose.
  • Intangibility: Standard ghost power.
    • Intangibility Fusion: Dark Danny can fuse an object inside someone in order to make it unreachable and untouchable, such as when he fused one of Clockwork's medallions into Danny.
  • Invisibility: Standard ghost power.
  • Flight: Standard ghost power.
  • Overshadowing: Standard ghost power.
  • Pyrokinesis: He can create powerful torrents of green ghost fire that can break through the ground. Furthermore, his hair is made of white, ghostly flames, that can ignite flammable objects as usual.
  • Supernatural strength: Dark Danny is far stronger than Danny or Vlad. He is capable of easily lifting and throwing army tanks, which typically weigh around 70 to 80 tons, and possibly even more. He can easily kill or mortally wound a normal person with his punches even Valerie, who has trained against ghosts for years, was easily swept aside by a simple punch
  • Supernatural durability: Dark Danny is incredibly resistant to damage and injury. He can withstand great impact forces, explosions, and even Danny's ghostly wails, although these severely weakened him. The tissues of Dan's body are much harder and more resistant to injury than those of an ordinary human, Danny and/or Vlad. As a result, he can withstand great impact forces, exposure to an oil truck explosion, when his powers were weaken by the Specter Deflector, Skulktech Phantom Palm Pummeler, or any other Ghost weakening technology or power,  without damage, powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury, two of Danny's Ghostly Wails and he survive a multi-story building crumbling down at ground zero although severely weakened. 
  • Supernatural Agility: He is far more agile than Danny and Plasmius.
  • Supernatural Reflexes: His reflexes are enhanced in a similar manner.
  • Supernatural Stamina: Dan's ghost musculature produces almost no fatigue toxins during physical activity. As he is now a full ghost he can physically exert himself at peak capacity longer than his young counterpart, possibly even for days before fatigue begins to impair him.
  • Healing factor: All the same with his younger counterpart, he can heal from almost life-threatening wounds, and is able to survive and withstand any injury that befalls him. Dan has been seen for sure healing in tough battles with Valerie. He pretty much can heal faster than Danny and Vlad, 
  • Ecto-Energy Powers
    • Ecto-Storms Creation: Before his final battle with Danny, Dan created some kind of storm in the background
    • Ghost Ray: His blasts are composed of green and white ectoplasm. Even without using his full power, Dan can blow apart a good portion of a multi-story building.
    • Ghost Stinger: Dan used this electric attack to instantly drain Danny of his power, forcing him to turn back to his human form.
    • Ecto-Energy Strike: He can channel his ghost energy into his fist for a powerful blow.
    • Telekinesis: Visible in the form of green energy emanating from his hands and surrounding the subject of the telekinesis. He can use his telekinesis to render his enemies immobile.
    • Ghostly Wail: Dark Danny can generate an extremely powerful sonic scream. This power is so strong that Dan destroyed the ghost shield protecting the future Amity Park, which had withstood all his other powerful attacks until then, with just one use of his Ghostly Wail. he later uses it against Sam and Tucker, but they escape by using Clockwork's time medallions to return to Clockwork's lair. This power took ten years for Dark Danny to develop.
    • Ecto-Energy Constructions: Dark Danny has formed objects such as binds and ropes out of ecto-energy.
    • Ghost Portal Creation: He can create portals between Earth and the Ghost Zone by merely waving his hand.
  • Time Travel: With the time medallion, Dan is able to move through time and space into the past or future. 
  • Technopathy: Dan managed to hijack the frequency of Future Valerie's communicator, even though she was inside a ghost shield and he was outside of it.
  • Chronolock: Just like the Observants said, Dark Danny exists outside of time, therefore if time should stop then he would not be affected. After his defeat by his younger self Danny Phantom, He became a temporal anomaly that existed outside of time.
  • Spectral Body Manipulation: Dark Danny has stretched his body, created holes in his body, turned his body into vapor, and turned his head around 180 degrees.
    • Duplication: Dan can easily create several duplicates of himself. These doubles can be invisible when made. He is possibly almost as skilled as Vlad is with this power as he often uses his proficiency in duplication as a powerful advantage against an enemy.
    • Shapeshifting: Dark Danny can assume the appearance of his former human self as a disguise.

Possible Powers

  • Ghost Shield: A power that both Vlad and Danny share. Since he never used this power in the movie it is unknown how strong it is in comparison with those of Danny and Vlad's.
  • Teleportation: Vlad and Danny share this power, so he must be able to do so.
  • Power Augmentation: Vlad and Danny are able to momentously increase their physical strength, therefore he must have this ability.
  • Repulsion FieldA unique power that only young Danny possesses, which allows him to expel energy from all his body in all directions.
  • Ecto-Tornado: A power unique to Plasmius that allows him to create an giant tornado out of ecto-energy, and posible a power that he got when taking Vlad's ghost half.
  • Ghost sense
  • Flight
  • Pyrokinesis
  • Superhuman strength
  • Ghost ray
  • Ghost ray
  • Energy strike
  • Ghostly wail
  • Spectral body manipulation
  • Ectoplasmic construct
  • Ghost stinger
  • Ghost portal creation
  • Telekinesis
  • Duplication
  • Shapeshifting
  • Voice manipulation


  • Master Strategist: Like Vlad, he is very smart at planning his plans. If Clockwork didn't interfine he would of won even if he lost. He possibly planned to exsit outside of time by fusing the time medallion into his body if he lost and planned on making his next return.


  • Fenton Thermos: Because of being a full ghost, Dark Danny is susceptible to the device and was easily sucked in by his counterpart in his weakened state. However, he was seen trying to burst out of it, implying it may not be able to hold him forever.
  • Dependence on present-time Danny (formerly): Even though Danny was Dark Danny's greatest threat, Dark Danny had to ensure Danny's survival otherwise Dark Danny would disappear. Because of this, Dark Danny could not outright kill Danny. Now that Dark Danny exists out of time, this weakness presumably has no effect on him.


  • Clockwork's MedallionAlthough he doesn't use any weapon at all, he did use one of Clockwork's Medallions to travel in time, to make sure nothing changes his past. With the medallion he can get where and when he needs to be. Since he didn't get rid of it, he might still possess it, thus having immunity to Clockwork's powers. He possibly fused it inside of him like he did to Danny which the Observants said, he exists outside of time.


Season 2


  • "That was me. And you, eventually."
  • "Of course you will. It's only a matter of time."
  • "Actually, nobody's going anywhere. Not until it's time for you to be blown everywhere."
  • "Me, my future, I'm inevitable."
  • "I'm still here. I still exist. That means you still turn into me."


  • 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.[2] Thus, Dan Phantom was created.
  • Dark Danny was not revealed in any of the Nickelodeon advertisements for "The Ultimate Enemy," possibly due to the shock factor of Danny's own future self being his worst enemy.
  • 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.
  • It is known that if Steve Marmel had stayed with the show for season 3, Dark Danny would have returned.[citation needed]
  • According to Clockwork, Dark Danny has committed at least two thousand evil acts.
  • "Dark Danny" appears as an unlockable costume for Danny in Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots. This costume gives Danny Dan's blue skin, fangs, wispy hair, and costume design.
  • Dark Danny is one of the very few ghosts who does not make a cameo in "Phantom Planet" turning Earth intangible.
  • Butch Hartman made a few new designs for Dark Danny during one of his videos of Danny Phantom: Ten Years Later. One of his designs is an evil Fenton Thermos-armored cyborg.


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  1. Danny Phantom: The Ultimate Enemy
  2. Page 5 of Butch Hartman Interview: Archived from the original on 01-02-2008. Interview conducted March 30, 2006.
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  • Dark Danny is more of an evil twin than an evil Danny

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    • I think it's more accurate to describe Dark Danny as an evil version of Danny or a dark copy. Danny was human first and the ghost half c...
    • Considering half of him is Vlad not even that.  I'd say more like an evil knock off. 
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