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NAME: Danny Fenton
CANON: Danny Phantom
CANON-POINT: Season 3, after D-Stabilized
WHAT ARE YOUR CHARACTER'S STRENGTHS?:
Danny is stubborn and overprotective, with an overdeveloped sense of duty.. No one ever asked him to protect his town from the other ghosts. His life could have been easier if he had just tried to live as normal a life as possible. But even at the very beginning of his canon, Danny was searching for a purpose for his powers. He chose to take on the responsibility of protecting his town, even if he didn't fully understand the consequences at the time. It got very difficult at times, but he has never truly regretted making that decision. As he puts it, "If I don't help, who will?"
Danny genuinely wants to do the right thing, even if he does not always succeed. He is often tempted to take the easy way out of problems. But even if he makes the wrong choice at first, Danny always comes back and does what he can to fix things. Over and over again, he has chosen to protect people he doesn't like. He has even chosen to protect people who have bullied him or tried to hurt him.
Although Danny is prone to cynicism, he's still surprisingly optimistic. He wants to believe the best of people, even when he knows that is a bad decision. For example, wanting to give becoming friends with Valerie a chance despite knowing that she was actively trying to destroy his ghost half. He has a surprising willingness to forgive. Danny says several times that everyone deserves a second chance, and he truly seems to believe that.
WHAT ARE YOUR CHARACTER'S WEAKNESSES?:
Danny might be a superhero, but he's also a teenage boy. He's occasionally clumsy and unobservant. He's easily distracted by girls and video games, although less so than he used to be. He's still gullible enough to be tricked often by his enemies.
Danny tends to swing back forth between being a workaholic when it comes to his superheroing, and desperately wanting to be a normal lazy teenager. At times he has deliberately ignored problems that he really should be paying attention to.
Danny wants to be accepted by the world. At the beginning of the series, this took the form of him pursuing high school popularity at the cost of making stupid or dangerous decisions. He has mostly grown out of this by his current canon point. He still wants to be accepted, but he'd been at this long enough that he doesn't seek it out as much. He has his sister, and he has two good friends. And that has to be enough for now.
Although he is friendly to strangers, Danny has a hard time trusting people he does now know. He doesn't even fully trust a lot of the people he knows well. He's had too many bad experiences.
WHAT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES IN YOUR CHARACTER'S PAST HAVE IMPACTED THEM THE MOST?:
If there was one event in Danny's canon that impacted Danny the most, it would be his encounter with his future self. Up until that point, Danny had fought a lot of dangerous enemies, but nothing that affected him on such a personal level. He wanted to do the right thing, but he'd never seen the consequences of what he could become.
Sent to a dark alternate future, Danny learned that his world had been completely destroyed because of a single choice he'd made. A tragedy caused by a decision to cheat on a test had lead to a world where his family was dead and he had become a monster. A ghost who had killed his own human half, tortured fellow ghosts, and destroyed entire cities. To save his family's lives, Danny had to fight his own future self. And in the midst of that fight, Danny made a promise that he would never allow himself to become something like that.
As a result of this encounter, Danny's greatest fear became himself. Who he could become and what he could be capable of some day.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOUR CHARACTER?:
More than anything else, Danny just wants to do the right thing. He fails sometimes. Doing the right thing can be hard, and he sometimes falters and tries to take the easy way out. But in the end, he always comes back to do the right thing in the end.
Just as importantly, he is determined to never fall from being a hero. He saw an alternate future of what he could be. Danny knows that with what he is and what he will be, he could easily become a monster. He made a promise to his family that he would never let that happen. And even if he is the only one that remembers that promise, he is determined to never break it.
WHAT IMPRESSION DO OTHERS TEND TO HAVE OF YOUR CHARACTER?:
The kind of guy who blends into the background a lot. As far as his town is concerned, the most remarkable thing about Danny Fenton is how weird his family is. Most people just see him as a straight C student who likes video games. He's kind of a dork, bad at sports, and gets bullied a lot by the school football team.
People just don't notice him much. And by this point in canon, that is just how Danny likes it.
IN WHAT WAYS DOES THAT IMPRESSION DIFFER FROM WHO YOUR CHARACTER REALLY IS?:
He's a secret superhero. As Phantom, Danny is courageous and fearless, facing down all the ghosts that no one else can deal with.
And yet even that is an act. The real Danny lies somewhere in between his two acts. The genuinely nice guy who just wants to do the right thing. While making some truly terrible puns.
HOW DOES YOUR CHARACTER HANDLE CRISIS OR ADVERSITY?:
He charges right in after it.
If the crisis becomes personal, he may have some moments of self doubt, until he is reminded that its up to him to do something about the problem.
WHICH 5 THINGS WILL YOUR CHARACTER REMEMBER UPON ARRIVAL, AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THEM?:
1. That he likes astronomy
2. That his family are ghost hunters
3. That his sister is awesome, even if she's annoying and overprotective
4. The accident,up until the point he got hit by the ectoplasm
5. A memory of the box ghost ranting at him
1-3, chosen to give him some context for his life
4-5, chosen to make his first few days here really confusing
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU FEEL WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER?:
SKILLS, ABILITIES, & PHYSICAL WEAKNESSES:
Danny is half-ghost.
An accident in an experimental interdimensional portal fused ectoplasm into his DNA using massive amounts of electricity. His DNA growls and glows now. Because of this, he has access to a wide variety of ghost powers.
- He can turn himself and anything he touches invisible.
- He can turn himself and anything he touches intangible
- Ectoplasmic manipulation.
- He can shape ectoplasm into a shield
- He can fire ectoplasm as an offensive attack
- His top speed is 180 mph
- He can possess a person for a short time This can be blocked by strong will power
- As an extension of this, he can dreamwalk through others dreams by entering their minds when they are asleep None of these powers will be used without permission and extensive plotting
- Ghostly Wail
- A powerful sonic attack strong enough to flip cars and knock down derelict buildings. Danny can only do it once because of how much energy it takes.
- Ice generation and manipulation
- He has an ice core at the center of his ghost side. Because of this he naturally generates ice and can manipulate it. He is not very good at this yet.
- Because of his ice core he can sense other ghosts.
- He can create up to four copies of himself for a short time.
- Electricity. This seems to hurt Danny more than any other kind of injury. A strong electric shock can even short circuit his powers and leave him unable to access his ghost side for hours at a time.
- Hypnosis. Danny has a certain level of resistance to hypnotic or brainwashing attacks aimed at human minds. But if the attack is powerful enough he can be affected.
- Anti-ghost weapons. Danny can be injured by anything specifically intended to hurt ghosts. In canon, this includes anti-ghost weaponry, attacks from other ghosts, as well as a plant called a blood blossom which causes him significant pain when he is near it.
- His own ice powers. Because Danny's ice powers come from his core, he can be hurt by them if he does not release built up ice energy from his core.
- A thermos which has been altered to act as a ghost containment device.
- Unfinished homework
- English text book
The problem with being the half-ghost son of ghost-hunters, Danny thought, was the way he constantly ended up in bizarre situations. Apart from, you know, the whole being hunted by his own parents part. Nothing could ever top the sheer wrongness of listening to your parents discussing the best way to dissect your alter ego. Talk about things that no amount of therapy could ever erase.
Still, the point was, if he hadn't been a ghost and if his parents hadn't been incredibly overenthusiastic ghost-hunters he wouldn't end up in situations like this nearly as often. Case in point, the ridiculously oversized and ominous looking invention he was helping his Dad install on the roof of the Fenton Ghost Assault Vehicle.
"So, uh, Dad, what exactly was it that this did again?"
His Dad puts down the welder and grins broadly at Danny, practically radiating the sense of cheerfully enthusiastic incompetence that had made the Fentons known and dreaded by most of Amity Park. "I'm glad you asked! This, son, is the Fenton Ecto-obliterator! Just wait till you see what this baby can do to that ghost kid! First it will suck him into this box and then the ectolasers fry him until he's nice and toasty! Mmm, toast. Could you toss up the Fenton Ecto-Wrench?"
Pushing down the sense of nausea that particular description had created, Danny fishes through the toolbox and retrieves a completely ordinary wrench with the Fenton logo printed on the handle. The teen rolls his eyes at his parent's obsession with embossing that on everything and hands it up. "And the thing with all the glowing knives you just added?"
"That was the Ghost Ginzu! We don't want ghosts to have any chance to get away. And this way he'll be all sliced and ready for us to study! This time we'll get that ghost boy for sure!"
Danny's face pales at the thought. Why was it that each of his parent's inventions seemed worst than the last? "Right, Dad. You have fun with that. I think I just remembered some home work that I have to do. In my room. Away from here."
Is a non-working vacation too much to ask for? I mean, come on. One day off. After what happened last week I deserve that.
[A dark-haired teenage boy is scowling unhappily into the camera. He sighs heavily and drags a hand through his hair. Somehow it always ended up like this.]
I didn't think it was possible, but Vlad's become even more of a fruitloop than he was before. I mean, he was bad before. But kidnapping and cloning me? How does that even make sense? And that's not even getting into what he tried to do to Dani.
Could he possibly get any worse?
[He freezes and moans miserably.]
...Oh, great. I think I just jinxed myself.