So I was just caught in one of those GhostKing!Danny Phantom moodswings and I-
I’m pretty sure there’s already been a theory somewhere about how Danny defeating Pariah Dark (even if with some help) makes him the next king of the Ghost Zone. But what if, to really become the king, you have to be acknowledged by the subjects themselves? Pariah Dark would’ve done that through sheer power of terror, and who knows, maybe he was even a good king before he went power crazy…
But with Danny, you’d need approval from at least a few minor kingdoms/counties/regions (ex. Far Frozen, Princess Dorathea’s home, Pandora’s lair), the subjects’ support (like how all of Danny’s enemies basically acted as an army to combat Pariah’s skeletons while Danny went after Pariah himself) and lastly… the subjects following his orders.
Unquestionably. En masse.
Like in Phantom Planet, when they all followed him (Danny in the lead, mind you) to help him save Earth (and the Ghost Zone too).
Only then will he be officially acknowledged as the Ghost Zone’s king.
And then Skulker goes out of his way to tell Danny he’ll still hunt him, and waits until Danny gives some sign of vague approval, like a smile, before he goes on his way. Like Danny just unconsciously gave Skulker permission to continue hunting him.
Also, the ghost population in the back didn’t exactly look happy that they saved their home. Maybe they’ve been trying to avoid this happening, but there was no choice and now they fullfiled the last requirement needed to make Danny king.
Or maybe the second to last. The last would be Danny becoming AWARE he’s the Ghost King. They’re not gonna be the ones to tell him that, though.