- Danny Phantom
- Samantha "Sam" Manson
- Tucker Foley
- Jasmine "Jazz" Fenton
- Jack and Madeline "Maddie" Fenton
- Dairy King
- Danielle "Dani" Phantom
- Princess Dorathea
- CategoryGhost Villain
- Box Ghost
- Dark Danny/Dan Phantom
- Ember McLain
- Fright Knight
- Ghost Writer
- Johnny 13
- Lunch Lady Ghost
- Pariah Dark
- Prince Aragon
- Sidney Poindexter
- Penelope Spectra
- Nicolai Technus
- Vlad Masters / Vlad Plasmius
- CategoryHuman Villain
- The Guys in White
- Masters' Blasters
- Valerie Gray
Danny Phantom is the lead character in the show. Initially, he is portrayed as an average, introverted 14-year-old boy with a kind and sensitive nature who struggles to fit in with his peers due to his parents' eccentricities. Despite finding it annoying, Danny admires his older sister Jazz and is equally overprotective of her. Following an incident in his parents' ghost lab, Danny transforms into a half-ghost or halfa, obtaining a range of supernatural abilities. A confrontation with the Lunch Lady Ghost sets him on the path to becoming a superhero despite his initial uncertainty. Despite his flaws, Danny is a good-hearted and loyal friend and family member. As the series progresses, he matures and becomes more confident, dedicating himself to his heroic responsibilities.
Sam Manson is Danny's close friend and eventual girlfriend. She has a gothic style and is an advocate for the environment, being a strong supporter of veganism and recycling. Sam's parents are wealthy social conservatives who inherited their fortune from an inventor ancestor famous for creating "the machine that twirls the cellophane around the toothpicks." However, she briefly kept this information from her friends to avoid insincere relationships. In the Christmas special, it was revealed that Sam and her family are Jewish, which was hinted at by her grandmother calling her "bubeleh."
Tucker Foley, an African-American boy, is Danny's longtime friend. He is known for his sense of humor and often lightens the mood during intense situations. Tucker fancies himself as a ladies' man, but his attempts to attract popular girls often fail. He possesses a strong understanding of technology and refers to himself as a "techno-geek," using his PDA to hack into computers and machinery. Unlike Sam, Tucker is a carnivore and enjoys eating meat. Despite his cheerful nature, Tucker has a darker side. He is prone to being easily influenced by his vices and craves attention, expressing envy when he is not receiving it.
Jazz Fenton, the sixteen-year-old sister of Danny, is highly intelligent and sociable. She perceives herself as the most rational and ordinary member of the family and often takes on a surrogate parental role for Danny. However, she is unaware that her overbearing behavior is smothering him. Jazz is an overachiever and her achievements unknowingly make Danny feel insignificant and stupid, which gives him something to prove. Initially, Jazz thinks more like an adult than a teenager due to looking after her brother all her life. Danny needs a big sister more than a parent now that he's old enough to look after himself.
Jack is particularly obsessed with ghost hunting and tends to act before thinking. He can be clumsy, but he is brave and a decent fighter. He has scientific knowledge and invents various ghost gadgets and defense systems for their household. Jack also possesses a level of maturity and seriousness that few people recognize, and he can become focused and skilled when his family is in danger. According to Butch Hartman, Jack is partially based on Fred Flintstone.
Maddie is a ninth-degree martial artist and Jack's partner in inventing anti-ghost gadgets. She wears a jumpsuit hood with goggles, which makes her resemble Catwoman from DC comics. She is more down-to-earth than Jack and often keeps him from getting into trouble. Maddie is generally sensible but can be aggressive and irritable at times.
Clockwork is a timeless entity with the ability to control and maintain the continuity of time. He possesses a composed, cunning, and all-knowing demeanor. When the Observants task him with killing Danny Fenton to avert a future where the latter becomes a malevolent force, Clockwork initially appears to be Danny's adversary. However, in truth, he is assisting and advising him to make the right choices, so he can avoid being eliminated by the Observants. Clockwork maintains a neutral stance and does not grant Danny's every wish, such as altering past occurrences. He manipulates time as he deems necessary, typically to teach Danny a valuable lesson. Clockwork alters his age and appearance frequently, ranging from a child to an adult to an elderly man, signifying his detachment from the temporal sequence. He currently possesses the Fenton Thermos, which contains Dark Danny.
The Dairy King, a friendly ghost, is one of the earliest ghosts that Danny encounters. Formerly a resident of Vlad Masters' mansion, he now haunts it and desires to be left alone. He has a unique appearance, donning a crown with a big piece of cheese under it, a white mustache and hair, a red robe, and a staff with an ice cream on it.
Dani Phantom is a clone of Danny Phantom created by Vlad to be a stepping stone to the perfect Danny clone. She poses as Danny's cousin and shares many of the same traits and interests as him. After realizing she is just a tool to Vlad, she sides with Danny and is stabilized by an invention he uses. In the end, she flies off to parts unknown and is last seen as part of the crowd of ghosts in "Phantom Planet". It is later revealed that she was adopted by the Fentons, becoming Danny and Jazz's younger sister, but this was not shown on-screen.
Frostbite is a friendly ghost who resembles a yeti and resides in the Far Frozen with his people, who revere Danny Phantom for defeating Pariah Dark. He guides and instructs Danny, helping him to develop his ice powers. Frostbite's community possesses the Infi-Map, a map that allows them to locate any natural Ghost Portals.
The "Ghost Dog," also known as "Cujo," is a mischievous ghost puppy that can transform into a dangerous beast when provoked. It accidentally causes the loss of Damon Gray's job, which leads to Valerie's hatred towards ghosts. Cujo eventually finds its toy and disappears, but still visits Danny occasionally.
Pandora, the owner of "Pandora's Box," is a kind ghost who keeps dangerous items within her box to prevent evil in the world. Danny seeks her help in retrieving the box from the Box Ghost, who was causing chaos with it. While she can become aggressive if her box is tampered with, her namesake from classical mythology is the first woman.
Princess Dora is a beautiful princess who can transform into a dragon with her magical amulet. She first fought with Danny when she was upset about not being allowed to attend the Princess ball. Later, she made a cameo in "Prisoners of Love" and appeared alongside other ghosts in "Reign Storm." She returned to the human world to find a bride for her brother, but with Sam's help, she realized she could fight against him and overthrew and banished him with Danny's help.
Wulf is a wolf ghost who can go into both the Earth and the Ghost Zone at will. He is an escaped prisoner who is constantly on the run from Walker. Wulf is loyal and befriends Danny, who helps him. Wulf sacrifices his freedom to save Danny, and they eventually reunite, where Danny helps him for a second time and secures his freedom.
Amorpho is a ghost who parodies the comics-character Chameleon and has the ability to transform into any human or animal form at will. He is mischievous rather than evil and seeks attention by assuming other people's appearances and playing pranks that leave the person to face the consequences for his actions.
Bertrand is a formidable ghost that resembles an amorphous blob, despite his small size. He has the unique ability to change into various monstrous creatures, which he employs to protect Spectra and assist in her schemes. Bertrand possesses a similarly ruthless and malicious nature to Spectra.
The Box Ghost is a recurring character who speaks with a Canadian accent and has an obsession with boxes and other square objects, as well as the occasional bubble wrap. Despite his efforts to scare people, he is generally seen as incompetent and is not taken seriously by both the protagonists and other ghosts. However, he remains persistent in his attempts, often announcing his presence with the catchphrase "Beware, for I am the Box Ghost!" In one episode, he almost succeeded in taking over Amity Park by using Pandora's Box, but ultimately failed. In an alternate future depicted in "The Ultimate Enemy," he is portrayed as being married to the Lunch Lady Ghost and having a daughter named Box Lunch.
In an alternate timeline, Dark Danny Phantom, also known as Dan Phantom, is formed by the fusion of the ghostly halves of Danny and Vlad, as a deliberate effort to create an evil version of Danny. Dark Danny is depicted as a heartless and vicious ghost, who has little regard for anything or anyone other than himself, and takes pleasure in causing widespread destruction.
Desiree is a ghost resembling a genie who grants the deepest desires of those who seek her help, but with a catch. Although she is compelled to fulfill any wish she hears, she is also free to interpret and manipulate it as she sees fit, often leading to catastrophic consequences. Her sarcastic response to a simple wish is "So you have wished it, so shall it be!" and her powers only increase with each granted wish. This cruel behavior stems from her past as a harem girl, who was banished by a sultan's jealous wife after winning his affections. She died of heartbreak and later returned as a genie-like ghost.
Ember McLain is a musician with a thirst for power and a disdain for authority figures. She has a sharp and sarcastic personality and gains power through the chanting of her name. This was demonstrated in her first appearance when she performed "Remember" live, hoping to gain worldwide attention and empower herself through the audience's chanting. She is similar to a siren in that she can also hypnotize people, using her guitar as a tool for both hypnosis and attack.
Ember is known for collaborating with other ghosts to showcase her superior abilities. She has worked alongside Kitty, Penelope Spectra, and Youngblood on numerous occasions, often targeting authoritative figures in society. In the episode "Girls' Night Out," it is revealed that she is in a romantic relationship with Skulker.
In the movie Trinity of Doom, a parody of Freddy vs. Jason, there is a character named Femalien who is a spoof of the villains from the Predator film. In the series, Femalien is conjured up by Desiree after Sam makes a wish that something bad would happen to Paulina before her party. Throughout the episode, Femalien is seen pursuing Paulina, but also attacks Danny when he gets in her way. When asked about her mission, Femalien reveals that she was sent by Sam before vanishing.
The Fright Knight, who represents Halloween, is a strong and intimidating knight who rides on his winged horse, Nightmare. He wields a sword called the Soul Shredder, which can send his victim into their worst imaginable nightmare when they are touched by it. Although he initially served Pariah Dark, he later switched sides to Vlad Plasmius for unknown reasons. Despite his loyalty to Pariah Dark, Fright Knight showed hesitancy to continue serving him.
The Ghost Writer is a skilled writer living in the Ghost Zone with the power to create anything by typing on his keyboard. He has the additional ability to force everyone around him to speak in rhyme, even after his keyboard is destroyed. Despite his unassuming demeanor, he holds a grudge against Danny Phantom, who accidentally destroyed his Christmas poem and refused to apologize due to his dislike of the holiday. The Ghost Writer broke the Ghost Zone's Christmas Truce to torment Danny until he learned his lesson. He was eventually imprisoned for breaking the law.
Hotep-Ra is a spirit resembling a mummy and an ancient servant of King Duulamun, an Egyptian pharaoh who looks very similar to Tucker Foley. He was awakened from his slumber when Tucker gazed into the mirror on the front of Ra's sarcophagus. Hotep-Ra assisted Tucker in reclaiming his throne as pharaoh, but his true intentions were to take over the kingdom himself. Cunning and deceptive, Hotep-Ra was eventually thwarted by Tucker after realizing he had been manipulated.
Johnny 13 is a motorcycle-riding rebel, accompanied by his living shadow that brings misfortune to whoever it touches. He is always on the move, accompanied by his girlfriend Kitty, with whom he shares a tumultuous but loving relationship. When Kitty was accidentally trapped between Ghost Portals, Johnny spent years searching for a human host to free her. Despite his womanizing tendencies, he becomes jealous when Kitty shows interest in someone else. Johnny is not inherently evil and generally avoids conflict with Danny or anyone else unless provoked.
Kitty is the girlfriend of the rebellious biker Johnny 13. She is a demanding and bossy person, constantly stressed over her boyfriend's wandering ways and wanting him to pay more attention to her. In the past, she has tried to make him jealous and even sent him to an alternate dimension using her ghostly ability to kiss and banish any man. Despite their differences and occasional quarrels, the two are deeply in love with each other.
The Lunch Lady Ghost is one of Danny's early adversaries. She is a large woman who becomes enraged with Sam for introducing a vegetarian lunch menu at school. The ghost is known to have unpredictable mood swings, switching between friendly and vicious in an instant. She primarily uses food, especially meat, as her weapon of choice. In "The Ultimate Enemy," a glimpse into a possible future, she is married to the Box Ghost and has a daughter named Box Lunch.
Lydia is an assistant to Freakshow, a ghost performer. She is known for her heavily tattooed body, which she has the power to bring to life and control. Lydia is often seen wearing a cloak. In the series finale "Phantom Planet," Lydia is shown among the crowd of ghosts who assist Danny. It is believed that the character is a nod to the classic song "Lydia the Tattooed Lady," famously performed by comedian Groucho Marx.
In the movie Trinity of Doom, a parody of Freddy vs. Jason, Nightmerica is a fictional character based on Freddy Krueger. When Sam "wished" something bad would happen to Paulina before her party, Nightmerica was brought to life by Desiree. Throughout the episode, Nightmerica's primary goal is to hunt down Paulina, but she is ultimately defeated by Sam after Danny loses his powers.
Nocturn is the spirit of slumber and fantasies. He exudes a tranquil yet enigmatic aura. He roams the globe with his army of Sleep Walkers, putting individuals to sleep and sapping their dream energy to amass power for his quest for world domination. In his attempt to conquer Amity Park, Danny, Tucker, Sam, and Jazz team up to vanquish him. Danny successfully destroys the helmets Nocturn was using to keep people asleep, leading to his downfall.
Pariah Dark was the former tyrannical ruler of the Ghost Zone who was overthrown and trapped in the Sarcophagus of Forever Sleep by a group of rebellious ghosts. However, he was inadvertently released from his slumber by Vlad, and he proceeded to unleash destruction upon both Amity Park and the Ghost Zone. Danny managed to defeat him with the help of a suit that augmented his ghost powers to their maximum potential.
Prince Aragon is the older brother of Princess Dorathea, also known as the Dragon Ghost. He is a ruthless ruler who possesses two magical "Amulets of Aragon" that enable the wearer to transform into a dragon when angered or distressed. Under his reign, his kingdom was miserable, and he treated his sister cruelly. He sought a human bride to gain something he lacked, and he tasked Dora with finding one for him. Eventually, Dora finds Sam Manson, whom he almost marries if not for Danny's intervention. Aragon is overthrown and banished by his sister, who uses her powers to disguise herself as her younger self, "Dora Mattingly," to defeat him.
Sidney Poindexter, a nerdy teenager from the 1950s, was notoriously bullied during his time at Casper High. Due to his past experiences, he sympathizes with other victims of bullying. He was often stuffed into his locker and has been haunting it for around fifty years, leaving behind only a mirror that serves as a gateway to the dimension in which he's trapped. After Danny helps him escape, Sidney mistakenly believes that Danny is a bully and becomes antagonistic towards him after catching him in the act of pulling a prank on Dash.
Skulker, the self-proclaimed "Ghost Zone's greatest hunter," is on a mission to capture rare and unique ghosts, especially Danny, due to his rare half-ghost status. Skulker uses his intelligence and raw power to outsmart his prey, employing a variety of weapons to help him in his hunt. Despite his sense of loyalty, he frequently works for Vlad Plasimus and acts as a "leader" and spokesperson for the ghosts. However, Skulker is actually a small green ghost that resides inside a robotic suit. He is often interrupted while researching the purple back gorilla on Tucker's PDA, which is integrated into his armor, leading to humorous moments. Skulker is romantically involved with Ember McLain. In "The Ultimate Enemy," he merges with Technus to become "Skulktech 9.9," with Technus serving as Skulker's operating system.
Penelope Spectra is a ghost who is obsessed with retaining a youthful and attractive appearance. She often preys on teenagers, using complex strategies to drain them of their positive emotions and vitality, like a psychic vampire. To do this, she exploits their deepest fears and insecurities, leaving them feeling depressed and drained, while she feeds on their energy to enhance her own beauty and strength. Despite her cruel and sadistic nature, she maintains a cheerful and upbeat personality, masking her darker and more seductive side.
In the movie Trinity of Doom, a parody of Freddy vs. Jason, Terminatra is a fictional character who is a spoof of the Terminator. After Sam makes an unknowing wish for something bad to happen to Paulina before her party, Terminatra is brought to life by Desiree. She spends most of the episode hunting down Paulina, but also attacks Danny when he gets in her way. In her final moments before dissipating, she says "Sam," suggesting that Sam may have played a role in sending her to hunt Paulina.
Nicolai Technus, a play on the name of electrical inventor Nikola Tesla, goes by the name Technus and is self-proclaimed as the "Ghost Master of Science and Electrical Technology (and All Things Electronic and Beeping)". He possesses technopathy, a supernatural ability to manipulate and merge with electrical technology, and can manipulate electricity. Technus is a loud and boastful genius who frequently talks about himself and his goals in long, often loud speeches (a common flaw that Danny exploits).
Undergrowth is a ghost with the ability to manipulate plants. He is bitter about the destruction of nature caused by humans, and as a result, he seizes control of Amity Park, converting it into his personal garden and possessing Sam, who becomes his "daughter" and the mother of his plants. Danny, with the aid of Frostbite, harnesses his ice powers to defeat Undergrowth and expel him from Amity Park.
Vlad Plasmius, also known as Vlad Masters, is Danny's arch-nemesis. He is a wealthy, sophisticated half-ghost who possesses immense scientific and ghostly powers that consistently outmatch Danny's abilities. Throughout the series, Vlad serves as the primary antagonist, driven by his desire to destroy Jack for inadvertently giving him ghost powers that resulted in a debilitating and disfiguring condition called "Ecto Acne". However, it is eventually revealed that Vlad's evil schemes stem from his own personal flaws, including his refusal to accept that Maddie, a fellow classmate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will never reciprocate his love. Additionally, Vlad seeks to manipulate Danny into becoming his son and later seeks revenge on him after repeated rejections.
Vortex is a malevolent ghost who possesses the ability to manipulate the weather, which he sees as a form of artistic expression. He views Earth as insignificant and has wreaked havoc on it for countless centuries. After being put on trial by the Observants for his destructive actions, Vortex is freed by Vlad, who enlists his help for his own purposes.
Walker is a character in the show who manages the prison in the Ghost Zone. His name is a play on the title of the TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger". He is a strict warden who values law and order and enforces it with an iron fist. He has his own rulebook, and anyone who violates his laws is severely punished. He often uses questionable methods to maintain order and keep the Ghost Zone free of corruption.
Youngblood is a ghost that resembles a young child and is only visible to other children. Although he behaves in an immature and irritating manner, he possesses an impressive command of tactics and fighting skills. He is known for his love of pranks, often donning different costumes, with his favorite being that of a pirate.
Freakshow, a character based on the Joker, is the leader of the Circus Gothica, and the sole human villain in the series. He is an eccentric and creative entertainer for the Gothic audience, with a family that has been using ghosts in their circus for years. However, he becomes dissatisfied with just being a showman and acquires a magic scepter that allows him to control ghosts. He orders them to steal goods and tries to recruit Danny Phantom as a member of his performance. Though he succeeds momentarily, Sam manages to snap Danny out of it, and he destroys the scepter, putting an end to Freakshow's plans.
Operatives K, O, L, and M along with Agent Alpha belong to a clandestine government group with the mission of eradicating all paranormal entities and ghosts on Earth. They don white suits, black gloves, earpieces, and black shades as their signature attire, and are often called The Guys in White (a nod to Men in Black). K and O are the most visible representatives and are tasked with capturing Danny Phantom. Despite their vast resources and meticulous preparations, they are often incompetent, bickering with each other and failing to apprehend Danny. They justify their pursuit of him by citing his immense power and potential danger, even though they acknowledge his good intentions and pure heart.
Vid, Thrash, and Download, a group of teenage ghost hunters, were formed by Vlad to discredit Danny and usurp him as Amity Park's hero. They embody the epitome of cool and are often motivated by money, charging citizens for their services. However, they are eventually double-crossed by their employer after he exposes himself as a half-ghost.
Valerie Gray is the primary anti-heroine in the series. She used to be a popular, shallow girl, but her life took a downturn when Cujo the ghost dog caused accidents that led to her father losing his job. Valerie's mother is never mentioned or seen, and it's possible that she and Valerie's father are divorced or she passed away. Fueled by a desire for revenge against all ghosts for ruining her life, she dons a ghost hunting suit and gear provided by Vlad, who at the time was unknown to her as a half-ghost. Valerie is initially employed by Vlad to do his bidding but eventually discovers his true intentions and turns against him. Her hot-tempered nature often clouds her judgment, but she gradually begins to see beyond the superficial. Although she briefly has a romantic relationship with Danny Fenton, she frequently clashes with his alter-ego.