Penelope Spectra is a villainess ghost that has the ability of disguising herself as a human. She keeps her human form young and beautiful by feeding on people's misery; especially teenagers. Her true form is that of a shadow-like creature. Her last name is an obvious pun on the word "specter."
Spectra first made her appearance in My Brother's Keeper, posing as a teen therapist/counselor, and motivational speaker in Casper High School. She was there in part to build up spirit for the students in time for the Casper High Spirit pep rally. Despite her incredibly chipper attitude and use of meaningless inspirational catchphrases ("Remember, there's only an 'I' in 'misery' if you spell it that way!"). She has a seductive tendency to tell her patients things that leave them incredibly depressed with Danny being her favorite victim.
Danny, Sam, and Tucker later figure out that she is a ghost (beforehand, she had always had the air conditioner turned up so that Danny's ghost sense was lost amongst normal breaths from the cold) and her plans to up the ante of depression by killing Jazz in the school pep rally so that she can suck up the ensuing severe depression of the other students and forever remain youthful. Danny however, manages to save Jazz in time, trapping her assistant Bertrand in the thermos as well as Spectra herself (the latter with help from Jazz).Spectra returned again in Doctor's Disorders. Her ultimate goal was to create the perfect human body for herself to inhabit. She tried to achieve this by gathering DNA samples from the various students in Casper High through the means of ghost-bugs overshadowing them (the development of ghost powers in the victims were a side effect), and sending them to a fake hospital resembling the old, disturbing ones found in the days before safe medicinal practices (North Mercy Hospital -- though the letters burning out on the neon sign left it reading "No Mercy" Hospital). Knowing that she needed Danny's DNA to grant full power to her "body" as well as stabilize it, she tried to capture him and extract it from him personally. Danny later finds out Spectra plans to take all the best qualities of the kids to put in her new body, including Danny's ghost powers. However, when Danny's DNA is about to be taken, Danny instead lets his father's handkerchief he blew on earlier get sucked up instead, so by the time Spectra's perfect body activates, she gains Jack's giant figure (claiming she suddenly felt like "blathering on about ghosts and eating fudge... lots and lots of fudge") and later turns into a living pile of mucus. Danny defeats her afterwards and traps her in the Fenton Thermos. Her outfit looks similar to the one in The Fairly Oddparents episode, "The Big Superhero Wish," in which Vicky becomes a super villain. The difference is it had flames on the side where her gloves, boots, and her bare midriff are.
In Reign Storm, Spectra could be seen among other ghosts fleeing the Ghost Zone after Pariah Dark started destroying all their homes. She was also one of the many ghosts to help Danny save Christmas in The Fright Before Christmas.
Spectra's final appearance is in the series finale, Phantom Planet. She is first seen terrorizing Paulina and Star in the halls of Casper High, then appears with the many ghosts who fought Danny in the Ghost Zone, and is finally one of the many ghosts who helps Danny and Skulker turn the entire planet intangible, so that an asteroid can pass through it. Spectra is seen in all three of her main forms: her "My Brothers' Keeper" and "Girls' Night Out" body, her shadow form, and her powered-up body from "Doctor's Disorders".
Penelope Spectra bears a very strong need of being young and beautiful, going though unscrupulous means in order to keep her youthful appearence, and freaking out if she becomes old or ugly. She might be one of the most sadistic ghosts in the show, along with her assistant Bertrand, as they happily attempt to kill people (first Jazz, then all of the Casper High students) in order to accomplish their plans. She is smart and dissimulative, as she persuades many people to think that she is really a shrink, and she presumably has remained much time in the human world feeding on the misery of students. This also indicates her deep knowledge on psychology, as shown when she uses her falsely kind words to expose the teenagers to their deepest fears, leaving them depressed.
- Misery Empowerment: She uses this to make herself younger.
- Shapeshifting: She can change her appearance from human to ghost, and vice versa.
- Flight: Standard ghost power.
- Supernatural Strength: She is roughly as strong as Danny.
- Supernatural Agility and reflexes: Spectra's agility, balance, reflexes and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.
- Supernatural Durability: The tissues of her body are considerably harder and more resistant to physical injury than those of an ordinary human.
- Supernatural Stamina: Spectra's musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human.
- Intangibility: Standard ghost power.
- Explosive Ghost Ray Disk: She can fire explosive disks of ecto-energy.
- Invisibility: Standard ghost power.
- Cunning Mind: She knows about Danny's ghost sense and lowered the temperature to make it cold; making Danny think he was seeing his breath.
- They are never seen in an episode without each other, but they seem to gradually grow distant from one another along the series. In "My Brother's Keeper", they seem to have a friendly relationship, even planning in the hallway to have a capuccino together. In "Doctor's Disorders", they seem to have little to no relationship, but are still partners. In "Girl's Night Out", their relationship has a completely different perspective: Spectra views Bertrand as annoying and treats him badly, to the point on wanting him gone forever when Kitty's kiss made him vanish, but that was probably done to fit into the theme of the episode.
- In "The Fright Before Christmas," one can see Spectra grab two Christmas trees, one when in disguise and one in her true form.
- Since Spectra's true form is a shadow ghost, that makes her the second known ghost to be a shadow. The first one was Johnny 13's partner.
- Spectra is the first ghost to have remained in the human world for a extensive amount of time, moving from school to school and feeding on misery.
- Danny's main insecurity is revealed when he first meets Penelope; his confidence and faith in his abilities as a superhero and as a person.
- It´s possible that she was a fashion model addicted to her beauty when she was alive, and might have died young, hence her wish to stay beautiful to this day.
Danny Phantom Characters
|Danny Phantom • Sam Manson • Tucker Foley • Jazz Fenton • Jack Fenton • Maddie Fenton|
|Vlad Plasmius • Dan Phantom • Skulker • Box Ghost • Lunch Lady Ghost • Ember McLain • Nicolai Technus • Youngblood • Penelope Spectra • Bertrand • Prince Aragon • Executioner Ghost • Archer Ghost • Desiree • Freakshow • Lydia • Fright Knight • Hotep-Ra • Nocturne • Pariah Dark • Skulktech 9.9 • Vortex • Walker • Undergrowth • The Vulture Ghosts • Pariah's soldiers • Tucker Phantom|
|Dani Phantom • Frostbite • Wulf • Clockwork • Pandora • Cujo • Dora the Dragon Ghost|
|Klemper • Sidney PoinDexter • Amorpho • Johnny 13 • Shadow • Kitty • Observants • Dairy King • Box Lunch • Ghostwriter|
|Valerie Gray • Mr. Lancer • Dash Baxter • Paulina Sanchez • Kwan • Star • Guys In White • Damon Gray • Masters' Blasters|
|Ghost and Villain Appearances in Season One|
|Mystery Meat: Ectopuses • Lunch Lady Ghost Villain
Parental Bonding: Dora the Dragon Ghost • Paulina Villain (possessed by dragon amulet) • Sam (Possessed by dragon amulet) •
One of a Kind: Box Ghost • Skulker Villain
Attack of the Killer Garage Sale: Technus Villain
Splitting Images: Box Ghost Secondary Villain • Sidney PoinDexter Villain • PointDexter's classmates
What You Want: Desiree Villain • Tucker Phantom Secondary Villain
Bitter Reunions: Three Vulture Ghosts • Ectopuses • Vlad Plasmius Villain • Skulker • Dairy King
Prisoners of Love: Walker Villain • Ghost Police Secondary Villain • Box Ghost • Lunch Lady Ghost • Skulker • Technus • Desiree • Dora the Dragon Ghost
My Brother's Keeper: Penelope Spectra Villain • Bertrand Secondary Villain
Shades of Gray: Cujo • Valerie Grey Villain • Vlad Plasmius
Fanning the Flames: Ember McLain Villain • Klemper • Ember's Ghost Band
Teacher of the Year: Technus
13 Ghost Squid : • Ghost Wolf : • Ghost Snake : • Johnny 13 Villain • Shadow Secondary Villain • Kitty
Public Enemies: Walker Villain • Bullet Secondary Villain • Wulf • Ghost Police Secondary Villain
Fright Night: The Fright Knight Villain • Ectostorm's creations • Pariah's soldiers • Ghost Eel
Maternal Instinct: Vlad Plasmius Villain • Vlad's Ghost Animals
Lucky in Love: Johnny 13 Villain • Shadow Secondary Villain • Kitty Secondary Villain
Life Lessons: Box Ghost • Skulker Villain
The Million Dollar Ghost: Vlad Plasmius Villain • Three Vulture Ghosts Secondary Villain • Guys in White • The Extream Ghostbreakers • The Groovy Gang and Scaredy Cat • Behemoth
Control Freaks: Freakshow Villain • Lydia Secondary Villain • Goliath (Mind controlled by Freakshow) • Elastica (Mind controlled by Freakshow) • Midget Ghost (Mind controlled by Freakshow) • Danny Phantom (Mind controlled by Freakshow) |}