I've been thinking about the whole Ghost King Danny thing (as one does) specifically about combining it with a Danny on the run situation where he's running/ flying from city to city
He's not running away from his parents this time, though
I'm thinking 14-16 year old Danny is going to think being asked to be the king is actually really cool; give him that ego boost! King? Him? Really? Wow! He might point out he's just a kid tho, he still has to attend school and live with his parents and everything. Could they maybe ask him again when he's 18? But they insist he must become King NOW which is a bit too much pressure for a high school student. Not enough to make him run away from home tho. So final straw?
When they say they want him as Ghost King they mean GHOST King, none of this divided loyalty business.
I.e. murder time!
Still, Danny has fought off ghosts before. What makes this different is they're not fighting him as a ghost, they're targeting his human form, before he has a chance to shift. His ghost sense becomes his best defense. His classmates have no idea why ghosts are suddenly trying to kill Fenton, and it freaks them out, making Danny even more of an outcast because they're now afraid to be around him. His parents try to protect him, but their inventions do as much harm as good. He debates telling them the truth (partly so they can help protect him better, partly so that if he is killed, they'll know its him when they see Phantom) but then Jazz gets hurt protecting him from something that would have killed him, and he makes the hard decision to just go, go now
Sam and Tucker try to come with him, but afraid they'd get hurt just like Jazz, Danny points out they would just slow him down and leaves them behind. Jack and Maddie list him as a runaway before Sam and Tucker get a chance to stop them, so cops are also after him. Danny's friends are the only clue to what is happening, where Danny might have gone, ect., so Jack and Maddie set upon trying to pry all of Danny's secrets from his friends.
But Danny won't be entirely alone.
His ghostly enemies, Skulker, Ember, Johnny, Kitty, none of them want him to be King either. It becomes a twist where Danny's enemies become his allies as they protect him on his journey from the ghosts chasing after him. They work together to keep him alive, trying to remember what it means to be human and how to keep him fed and healthy (but don't get the wrong idea, Kid, this is just to keep you from ruling over us, this isn't because we care or anything). It's a weird situation for them that they're not entirely comfortable with it (Skulker for one would rather just kill and skin the whelp himself before the king makers get the chance, but then he might be King. Ew.) But they make do because the alternative is Danny gaining enough power and prestige make them full on regret ever giving him trouble
I do have a happy ending in mind, but there is of course a tragic possibility for anyone more inclined toward the angst :P
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Danny: *floating in the ghost zone, doing homework because it’s quieter in the zone then in Fenton Works*
Skulker: Welp, what are you doing here?
Danny: *surviving off monster energy and no sleep* Algebra Homework, but I haven’t slept in three days, so the words and numbers are all blurry.
Skulker: *puts on reading glasses and checks his “Murder the Halfa” Schedule* Amorpho is decent at math, he may be willing to take your next Algebra test if you still need rest then.
Danny: *checking his “Days when Skulker has scheduled to try to kill me” calendar* Really? Because the test is in two days and that lines up with the next time you’ve scheduled to try to kill me.
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Sorry I’ve been so inactive the last couple of days... I’ve had a mild case of art block..
sooo to kick myself out of it I drew the start of an older danny au where instead of going to college after high school he sticks around FentonWorks and helps his parents out.
At this point he’s had some time to become more friendly with his ex-enemies and to learn more about his ghost half, which resulted in him becoming a bit more ghostly- and now that his secret is out to his parents, he works as kind of a researcher/intermediary for ghost-human relations.
but mostly I just wanted to draw a dorky older Danny wearing some of those classy fenton goggles lol
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Skulker is low key one of my fave danny phantom villains because like, every other villain has legit reason to hate Danny, ie. he thwarted their plans, kicked their asses and sent them back into the ghost zone, while with Skulker, dude takes one look at Danny, flying around, minding his own business, and is just like “hello naughty ghost boy time for death”
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