ecto acne

Okay, when Butch said that Sam and Tucker would have died if they got caught in the portal, it honestly just proves further, (in my opinion) that Jack and Maddie most likely exposed ectoplasm to Danny and Jazz since they were born, making it so they’ll get used to the stuff. And when Danny had the accident, it didn’t fully kill him or made him get ecto acne like Vlad, cause his body was used to it.

So, I think I remember Butch Hartman once saying that only Danny could really become a halfa the way he did.

I want to play with that a little, and extend it. Maybe the reason Vlad had such a horrible reaction with ecto-acne was because his body wasn’t able to accept the foreign ectoplasm properly. (Ignoring the soda. I thought that was a little silly. In this HC, the soda doesn’t cause that.)

Maybe Danny’s body was able to accept this without a reaction because he’d inherited ectoplasmic traits from his father, and his father’s father (etc.), stemming from generations of ghost hunting and repeated possessions all through the family line.

Maybe he was born used to it.

UH GUYS? PHANDOM? YEAH HEY OVER HERE

E C T O  A C N E  is  G H O S T   C A N C E R.

No, seriously, THINK ABOUT IT.  What is cancer?  I’m not a doctor or a scientist, so disclaimer, but at its most basic explanation it’s a battle of imbalance between cancerous and non-cancerous cells.  And in Vlad’s case… WHAT CAUSED THIS?

 

Shot to the face.  Yeah.  Ouch. 

It’s repeated over and over again that Vlad was hospitalized with this stuff for YEARS.  Therefore it’d be reasonable to assume that Vlad could not automatically do THIS

 

overnight like Danny could.  And WHY IS THAT?  WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DANNY’S TRANSFORMATION AND VLAD’S??

 

FULL.  BODY.  SHOT.  ALL AT ONCE.

In this case, the cells and DNA mutated by ectoplasm are malignant – which is to say, harmful, and take over more human cells as they go.  But the pain and damage that occurred in Vlad’s case is because for a long time THERE WAS AN IMBALANCE BETWEEN THE ECTO-CELLS AND THE HUMAN ONES.  While Danny’s mutation consumed him in an instant, the blast that transformed Vlad WASN’T AS BIG.  It only hit his face!  He had to listen to the doctors say over and over, “we don’t understand what happened, there is no cure, we can’t find a cure.”  Vlad had to WAIT for it to completely take over his body…

………….

 

MEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH THAT VISUAL NUUUUUUUUUUUU

but THEN

IMAGINE HIM WAKING UP FEELING COMPLETELY FINE THE MORNING AFTER HE EXPECTED TO DIE.  NO SIGN OF THE ECTO ACNE, HE’S 100% OKAY.  THE SURPRISE.  THE SHOCK!

And then finding out he’s not as okay as he thought.

THEN 20 FRICKIN YEARS LATER

THIS

HAPPENS

 

DUDE, THIS WASN’T A REGRESSION.  If all the cells in Vlad’s body, at that point, WERE altered by his previous case of ecto-acne, it would be impossible for there to be an imbalance.  OH NO.  THIS WAS A FURTHER MUTATION.  VLAD WAS ABOUT TO BECOME SOMETHING ELSE.  Was he going to get a power up?  Was he gonna actually BECOME A FULL GHOST?  I DON’T KNOW!  But if this happened to VLAD… that means ecto-cells continue to mutate even AFTER overtaking the body.

You should be scared, Danny.  You’re gonna be due for the same mutation someday.

 

And diet cola ain’t gonna save you.

Headcanon that Vlad never fully recovered from the effects of the accident. He continuously has bad-spells health wise and is still on a variety of different medications to regulate symptoms. He will sometimes isolate himself or ‘disappear’ for periods of time in attempt to keep his poor health from becoming public knowledge, which works since most people think his absences are because he’s ‘busy’. The only thing keeping him on his feet is his ghost half, which can sometimes counter the the problems and minimize the affects. However, if he exhausts his ghost-half, his human-half’s health will decline. It’s why he has people like the ghost vultures, Skulker, Fright Knight, and Valerie Gray as henchmen/hired help instead of doing a lot of things himself. It’s to reserve energy so he’ll be able to use excessive and powerful skills at will without worrying about previously spent energy and how it may affect Masters or if it’ll trigger an ecto-acne relapse. It’s also partially why he used Danny to handle the Ghost King instead of taking the glory and handling it himself.

One day, Danny is exploring a new section of the Ghost Zone and he comes across Vlad as a ghost.

College Vlad.

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 Vlad.

And suddenly all the differences make sense. From his parents college stories to the delusional obsession.

okay so…Vlad got his powers from the ecto-acne, right?? So then he and Danny really aren’t the same. Sure, they are both half ghosts, but Danny literally had part of himself die during the accident. Did the same happen with Vlad? Because it doesn’t seem that way. If that’s the case, then Danny really, truly is alone D: