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He's A Phantom by Lopoddity He's A Phantom by Lopoddity
getting back into drawing after a too-long health related hiatus


danny phantom is one of those old nostalgic cartoons that could've been really amazing if you rewrote a significant amount of it

The show had a ton of potential and could be charming in it's own dorky way, but I think the series could be really great if it was less cutesy and child-friendly and more willing to explore the terrifying reality of a world where fucking ghosts exist

have some headcanons about young master Daniel Phantom and his universe (not necessarily canon compliant)

-'Ghosts' are impressions left behind from our world, reflecting instances where significant amounts of energy were released. Potent memories and feelings of the past can leave a sort of "handprint" on our world, which is why one may feel uneasy entering the scene of a murder, or perhaps be able to hear the echoing laughter of children in a long abandoned building. Human ghosts are created when someone dies suddenly and in a traumatic way, thus releasing a significant amount of energy upon their death and forever leaving behind an imprint of themselves. Ghosts may also be formed when someone dies with "unfinished business", such as an elderly grandmother that'd like to remain behind to watch over her family, or a dog that loved its owners so much that it refused to leave them, even in death.

But mostly, ghosts are lost, lonely, angry, vengeful, murderous. They surround us. They are watching you. Always.

-Danny Phantom came to be when young goofball Danny Fenton met his untimely end in a very abrupt, traumatic manner (electrocution via Ghost Portal switching on). When a new ghost is formed, they appear by default in the Ghost Zone, far away from their human body- but Danny 'died' in the Ghost Portal, already in the Ghost Zone. Danny's Ghost appeared in the exact same physical location as Danny's actual body, creating an overlap, binding together ectoplasm and human DNA (his molecules got all rearranged!) in an unprecedented way.

Danny is a ghost that is permanently fused to a human body, a real, flesh-and-blood human body, which is why Danny (in both forms) appears so much more corporeal and human-looking than the average ghost. His existence, forever caught between the living and the dead, is a contradiction of nature and a total abomination, but hey, Danny's pretty good at trying not to think about it looking on the bright side.

-When they are in our realm (as opposed to the Ghost Zone), Ghosts constantly leech energy from their environment. The presence of a ghost often causes a sudden drop in temperature, and sometimes flickering lights. Danny's ghost form is no exception, and a human touching Danny's ghost form for too long may develop frostbite. Fun fact: this is also how Danny's ice powers work- his ghost body is able to draw heat from water molecules so quickly that ice is formed, and can be used in attacks.

-In his ghost form, Danny's voice always has a low-pitched, slightly unsettling echo quality. His 'Ghostly Wail' power is a concussive, hyper-sonic blast, capable of disrupting the physical forms of ghost enemies, as well as obliterating the ever living fuck out of whatever Danny happens to be aiming at. Also, it sounds less like a cutesy stock sound effect and more like a haunting, echoing scream.

-Danny's body burns an absurd amount of energy in its constant struggle to remain half-alive. Danny is therefore often hungry and must eat huge quantities of food to avoid rapid starvation (like a hummingbird). If Danny goes too long without eating, his body will begin drawing energy from his environment in the form of light, heat, electricity (sometimes causing power outages). His starving body may also begin leeching any available ectoplasm from his surroundings, which can be very harmful to any nearby ghosts (who are made up of ectoplasm). Some weaker ghosts fear Danny for this very reason, even though Danny swears he'd never hurt an innocent ghost..........well, unless he was hungry.

-Ectoplasm is toxic to humans. Prolonged exposure can lead to death. Sam and Tucker proooobably shouldn't be handling that Fenton Thermos without gloves on.

-Ghosts can be astoundingly powerful, but their bodies and abilities are generally limited by the imagination of the human brain they were born from. A human that pictured themselves as bloodthirsty and vicious in life might leave behind a monstrous looking ghost, while a human that struggled with their self-confidence may leave behind a feeble, barely corporeal specter. The body of a ghost is a projection, and can change and grow to reflect a ghost's self-perception. Ghosts may become more powerful with age, or they may become more abstract and terrifying as their memories grow distorted.


It's a scary world out there. Try to stay positive, Danny.


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This is fanart of fanart! I took much of Danny's appearance (and ramblings about ghost physics), from the talented JayRockin on tumblr. Their original blog post about ghost theory is here: jayrockin.tumblr.com/post/1616…





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Pearlescence Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay the fandom ain't dead yet
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Quick-5 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2018
"Could've been amazing if you rewrote a significant portion of it."

That may be my favorite backhanded compliment I ever heard.
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thecolorlesscrayon Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018
Danny Phantom was the shit back then, I tried rewatching it and realized that it should be rebooted as a more adult show
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gh0styb0i Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god please do more danny phantom stuff i'd die from happiness 
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pinkpupart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018   Artist
omg yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss if I ever get better at art and animation i'm now considering making my own happy little reboot
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Animated-Chicken Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
YESSSSS I LOVED THIS SHOW
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Soar-away Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Student
Poor Danny. That flavor of existentialism for a teenage boy's gotta be pretty rough. 
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Ask-Y Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
theses are the best thing.
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CastoroChiaro Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought Danny Phantom was a neat concept that was executed in a way that didn't personally interest me much, so it's cool seeing people take on a more mature, nuanced version of the idea. I dig your take here!
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FluffiestDork Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
i love this??? AND THAT FUCKING HAIR OOOH BOIIIIII! 
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unoriginaI Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018
aaaaah, no ghostie "D" symbol on his chest? :( i always thought that was kinda clever since he DID die in the suit... 
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Lopoddity Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Nah. The cheesy superhero element was never a part of the show I especially enjoyed, and the retcon with the D chest symbol always seemed way too hokey to me. I've always liked the idea of Danny Phantom being a total freak accident, not a purposefully-created superhero.
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unoriginaI Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018
Mmm, yeah, at least in the way it was introduced. That whole retcon episode was... a headache at the very least. I just admire the design because... well, try making any other letter in the alphabet look slightly "ghostly" and you'll see what I mean.

(psst also, your thoughts on gray ghost? never liked sam that much tbh, really thought they should have gone with Val instead for the romance)
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OCEC Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: Will you be drawing more DP stuff in the future?
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great pic, and very good theories here.
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GraceTheAuthor Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Student General Artist
this is awesome.I would love to see more of your headcannon stuff for this series. I felt so sad when i watched the last episode on netflix years ago. It eft so me with so many questions...
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I really dig all these headcanons of yours, and Danny himself looks pretty good for a fourteen-year-old (though admittedly, it could just be because he's a ghost)...!
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Lopoddity Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Student Digital Artist
i drew him more like a 20 year old, i'm an old fart that doesn't really relate to kid/teenage protagonists
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InsolenceIncarnate Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018
That ghost canon makes me curious: what does that mean for ghosts like Skulker? Was he a hunter in life who saw himself as strong only when having a weapon? Which has manifested as him becoming a rather unimpressive ghost with a heavy reliance on more and more technology? The mind ponders...
Cool canon and pic. Thanks for sharing.
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HeyYew Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perhaps he was a super robot nerd who was weak outside of any robotic enhancements he had. And outside of those, he felt puny and insignificant. Hence his current state as a ghost. 
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InsolenceIncarnate Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018
I actually came across a fancomic on the site here that explores a potential origin for Skulker:
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ShynyUmbreon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018  Hobbyist
Fucking gorgeous.

I also like the thought that his heart beats much slower than normal, and it scared the living fuck of many doctors before.
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R0B0-B1TCH Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018
...

''how old is danny phantom'' 

''14'' 

O H N O Emoticon|FBI OPEN UP! 
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keparks Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
Danny Phantom was my FAVOURITE show as a kid alongsude Kim Possible. I have both of their theme songs perfectly memorized and so does my brother. Whenever one of us starts humming or says a single stanza in the others vicinity, we Have to break out in song together. Its required as tribute.
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Jazz-Mania666 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist
NO, YOU DIDN'T!!!
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XxAnimaTorixX Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
YEEEEESSSSSS DF realistically edgy reboot sounds like it'd be amAZING oaisdfoiasjdf;kl
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Spectrumancer Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone needs to hire you to produce a reboot.
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Loryska Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
 Danny Phantom? More like Danny Phanthicc. 

 For real though I love this...I might draw some Danny Phantom because I'm a dirty hack lol The show touched on so many cool ideas that were super creative at times. It's really a shame that Hartman didn't explore Danny's character more. He had a basicbitchboi personality for basically the entire series and never questioned how fucked up his life was. The only internal conflict he ever faced was the prospect that he would become a full, evil ghost in the future, but even that shit was due to an accident. 
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Lord-Azeran Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
As a huge Danny Phantom fan, I love this rework of the series! I'd honestly like to see more!
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DNLnamek01 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
This looks pretty damn cool and I love your revision of the DannyPhantom Universe. It would be cool to see other fanonverse concepts for Danny Phantom from you.
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sleepyf0x Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Lop, what do you think of the trans (FTM) Danny headcanon/AU? There's a lot of stuff on tumblr about it.
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HeyYew Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can you link me to some of that stuff on Tumblr?  I'm obsessed with this head canon now. 
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sleepyf0x Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't had any luck finding the comic but here's a link to some stuff I did find. www.tumblr.com/tagged/trans!da…
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HeyYew Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks x33
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sleepyf0x Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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Lopoddity Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
It’s canon for me. Danny is def a trans guy in my view
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sleepyf0x Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell yeah. It's my favorite LGBTQ+ headcanon. I found a fan comic about it oncw that I really need to find again.
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Aniahmator Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The theme song was stuck in my head today and then this appeared in my feed - what weird fate have I stumbled upon?
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EdenAngel7 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
OMG, that's my personal view of how ghosts are formed! As for the Ghostly Wail, I read on a Pinterest post that they think that it's the sound of Danny dying magnified and that Sam and Tucker can't help but cry whenever they hear it. Side Note: completely off topic, Moondancer reminds me of Ken from Digimon. Expectations from himself and others pushing them/tricking them onto a dark path that they don't/can't leave without the help of others. Just my take on it.
Back to Danny Phantom, with Plasmius, what's his Ghost Acne and is he in the same state of dead/alive as Danny or is he more alive?

So good!~
EdenAngel7
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jamestkelley Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're amazing, Miss Oddity. I was stuck between screaming and laughing at your head cannon. It's dark, but also really funny when you say things like 'danny's good at not thinking about-I mean, looking on the bright side'. and your head cannon makes a lot more sense than what the show came up with. No offense, Mr. Hartman.
Maybe if you show this to Butch Hartman, he'll ask you to helm a Danny Phantom reboot! :o
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sympatheticQuill Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Student Writer
AHHHH this is so nice!

i havent watched danny phantom in forever, personally... but i remember being a total big bisexual by for ember mclain
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blue730 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
Oh how I miss this show, it was a really big part of my childhood back in the day. Also I really love your headcanons for it! 
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kmi153 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ghosts are lost, lonely, angry, vengeful, murderous and Danny is no exception.
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EXCEPTIONALLYNORMAL Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
(insert free real estate meme)
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Flurzy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hot
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
cool ^_^
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missuny Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really cool. My bro and I grew up on Danny Phantom, and it was pretty cool at the time. Now, as an adult, I of course wish it had been darker and lore-heavy. I really like your interpretation.
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FoolishKisses Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
That shit is so cool bruh, also great art. I had a blast reading the description!
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amir4z1z Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
Max: He's a phantom human.
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