Nice... ish Vlad AU
AU where Vlad doesn’t use his powers to become rich and famous, instead he TELLS HIS FRIENDS and they help stabilize him/ get rid of the ecto impurities. From there he begins to use his kick-ass new powers as he, Jack, and Maddie stop all the ghosts that are coming through.
Fast-forward and Vlad is like… the eccentric uncle in the family. After some sort of incident, new-parents Jack and Maddie ask Vlad to conceal his powers and keep them a secret from their kid(s). Maybe his Plasmius powers are starting to overwhelm him, making him behave more ghost-like. He’s starting to turn blue when he uses it too much, eyes going blood-red. Eventually, Vlad agrees to use his powers less, and to keep them a secret from Jasmine (and eventually, Daniel too), for everyone’s safety.
Fast-forward again to when DP takes place. Danny get zapped and starts exhibiting ghost powers. Vlad is honestly kind of excited– finally, he can share his experiences with someone! So he reveals his abilities to Danny and starts to give him little here-and-there lessons about being part ghost. Jack and Maddie are very upset about this, because he didn’t ask for their permission to nurture Danny’s new powers.
“We don’t want him growing up thinking these powers are normal, or for everyday use! Vlad, we talked about this..”
“Is that how you see me? Come on, get it out then, we’re doing this already–”
“You think I’m a freak.”
“Don’t deny it! You’ve known me for too long, at least say it to my face!”
“Go on. Say it. I’m a freak that needs to be locked away…”
“Vlad… we don’t– here, sit down…”
“… I think it’s time for me to go.”
And that’s the tipping point. Vlad disappears for almost a full year before rearing his head again, in full Plasmius form.
“Is that… really you?”
“Ah, my dear friends the Fentons. Would love to catch up and let you know what I’ve been up to… but I don’t think you’d approve.”
And Danny is pitted against his own Uncle, after realizing that all the ghosts that have been bothering him since he got his powers were sent by Vlad.
Later, Danny might use his powers too much and start to turn into Dark Dan– or just become overwhelmed with his ice powers– and Jack and Maddie have to seek out Vlad for his help before he hurts himself and those around him.