*SLAMS FIST ON TABLE* GIVE ME THE MASTERS OF ALL TIME AU WHERE DANNY STAYS BEHIND TO HELP VLAD and like Vlad’s just awful and rude and a little shIT but Danny just rolls his eyes because no matter what age he can take Vlad’s shit and just puts up with it and tells him what’s happening to him and that he’s okay and not dead and –
I really hate the opinion that Vlad is run of the mill ‘stuck up rich guy’ because honestly he has a lot of hobbies and seems pretty liberal minded (if not fiscally conservative).
For example, he was in a punk band in college with Jack. He was experimenting with the Ghost Zone portals during a time where no one even believed in ghosts except for Jack and Maddie. He’s heavy into football to the point of fanaticism and has thousands of dollars of merch that literally decorates his home. He’s been known to bake/cook and knit. He is shown playing (and winning) video-games with Danny.
Does anyone really think this guy is like a one-note posh rich dude? He may have money but he wasn’t born into it. He is still a criminal that gained all his wealth, y’know, through stealing.
I’m not saying he doesn’t enjoy his wealthy lifestyle but his defining characteristic even as a villain isn’t anywhere near greed, imo.
One day, Danny is exploring a new
section of the Ghost Zone and he comes across Vlad as a ghost.
This Vlad, appearing to still be
afflicted by Ecto-Acne, only recognizes Phantom from rumor, and
avoids him. Danny pursues, attempting to figure out what’s gotten
into him. Vlad is irritated by this. Danny eventually, with a growing
uncertain dread in his stomach, asks Vlad why he was ghost, and
Vlad’s response is, “I died, Phantom.”
When Danny asks how, Vlad replies, “It
was an accident.”
As Danny slowly begins to put the
pieces together, he realizes that perhaps “Vlad” isn’t really
And suddenly all the differences make
sense. From his parents college stories to the delusional obsession.
I thought about what characters to switch outfits with, and then I thought “redneck Vlad” and instantly i thought of his college self switching outfits with Danny. Because Danny is so short compared to Vlad, I thought it would be hilarious to have them swap outfits, and for poor Vlad, Danny’s attire is way too tight on him. Thankfully for Danny, Vlad’s college gear is anything but tight.
I hope you enjoy the idea and find it as funny as I do.