|“||You guys are so strange.||”|
~ Daniel to everyone in A Tale of Two Lives
Daniel Horatio Miller
April 1, 1999
Iridium High (Formerly)
Jax Novoa (Former Enemy/Former Teammate/Frenemy)
5' 9½" (177 m)
Daniel Horatio Miller is easy to crush on, but not so easy to beat in the pool. A sporty Shark with super smarts. Daniel doesn't have powers, but he could cast a spell on anybody, drumming up the drama.
He was the American counterpart of Daniel Esquivel.
Daniel was portrayed by Nick Merico.
In Season 1, Daniel shows Emma around the school and is dating Maddie Van Pelt. He develops a crush on her and after he breaks up with Maddie, he tells Emma he has feelings for her. When Maddie finds out, she gets angry and starts up a storm. Later in the season, he writes and performs a song for Emma. They get together at the end of the season.
In the next season, Emma hides that she has powers and when Daniel finds out, he breaks up with her. The new guy Jax tries to take Emma away from him. This leads to constant arguments towards the two. However, in the season finale, Emma chooses Daniel and they kiss and get back together while trying to stop Jax and Evil Emma from taking over the Magic Realm. Daniel tells Jax to stay away from her. Later, they eventually make up.
In this season Daniel becomes a lifeguard during the summer and partners with Mia, who unknown to Daniel is secretly a Kanay, is out to get Emma and destroy witches. Daniel was under a spider seal that Mia put on him that brought out his "inner wild", it made him act like a jerk, break up with Emma and start dating Mia. Eventually, Mia removed the seal when it started making Daniel sick and he went back to normal.
Daniel, however, is now under the impression that Mia did it by accident and that she was helping him by removing the seal. This causes a wedge between Daniel and Emma as he doesn't believe Emma about Mia. Also, it is hinted that Daniel might have feelings for her and that might be why he is sticking up for her. In The Kanay Strikes Back, Daniel finally realizes that Mia was the one who put the spider seal on him and no longer believes anything she says.
Eventually, after realizing how much damage both Mia and himself have caused towards his relationship with Emma, Daniel apologized to Emma for everything that had happened between them and told her that he didn't want their relationship to end. However, he knew that she still had feelings for Jax and also told her that she had to make a decision on who she truly wanted to be with. Eventually, Emma finally made her decision and chose Jax over Daniel.
In the final season, shortly after Emma chose Jax over him, Daniel suddenly disappears and no one but Emma remembers him. Daniel is now currently living an alternate life where he and his family run an animal sanctuary in the Everglades and look after sick and injured animals, along with Daniel having a pet snake named Billy. However, Emma is determined to get Daniel back and does everything she can to get him to remember his real life before he vanishes from the world. In Daniel's new life, it is also revealed that Mia was affected and she is now his girlfriend and they both work together at the sanctuary.
Eventually, Daniel learned the truth when he witnessed Jax doing magic and wanted an explanation of the entire situation of the Continuum Break. In order to save both himself and his family, Daniel agreed to return with the group. Daniel got to learn more about his real life, but his memories had still not returned until he and the gang went to the restaurant Lola's, where he regained almost all of his memories right up until he met Emma. Daniel was rather confused as he still had his alternate and real memories, which even made him believe he was still dating Maddie.
Soon, Daniel's time was almost up and Daniel was sad to disappear. However, after Emma took him back to his house and informed him of how he was her first love, he kissed Emma which finally broke the Continuum Break, thus finally restoring all of his memories. However, Daniel soon became upset with Emma as he now remembered that Emma chose Jax over him. In the series finale, Emma then returns Daniel to the Everglades with Mia, meaning he no longer exists in the others' lives, only Emma and Andi remember them.
Daniel is tall, athletic and the leader of The Sharks. His personal style tends to be casual but colorful without being over the top, while he prefers the dress-shirt-and-tie version of the school uniform.
Daniel is a sweet and fun guy. He is very athletic as shown by the fact that he is captain of 3 teams out of 5 in total. He never try's to dress over the top and has super smarts as well. He's also slightly clumsy and very playful. When Mia marks him, he becomes a bad boy and acts like a jerk to everyone, including his younger siblings. After the seal was removed, Daniel returned to his old self. For the majority of Season 4 in the alternate universe, he is shown to be extremely animal-friendly, social, a vegetarian, and have a pet snake. He was incredibly friendly when Emma and the gang visited his animal sanctuary her owned with his family.
Girlfriend/(Best Friends in Alternate Reality)He becomes fast friends with her shortly after saving her life in the Season 3 premiere. To weaken Emma, Mia did her best to get between them. She began to befriend him, which made Emma a bit jealous, but it wasn't enough. She finally put a spider seal on him, which changed him and Daniel broke up with Emma. Over time, Mia is shown to like hanging out with Daniel. Unfortunately, Emma and her friends realize there is a seal on him and plot to take it off. Emma tried to remove it, but it is shown to still affect him physically. Mia then removes it after finding out about it, which shows she developed feelings for Daniel.
It was said that the spider seal doesn't change a person, it just releases there inner wild, meaning that Daniel really liked her.After Mia removes the seal to help Daniel from his sickness, he goes to Mia for answers. She lies, saying that she didn't put it on him intentionally. He believes her and tries to convince the others that it was all a big misunderstanding, but they don't seem to buy it. Daniel continues to defend Mia, convinced that she isn't evil. When she traps Emma, Andi, Jax, Maddie, Diego, and Philip in her basement, he pleads for her to let them go. She tells him it's her chance to fight back. The next day, he tells her that she shouldn't have done it. Mia retorts, saying they were ganging up on her. She fake cries, which makes him run to get tissues. Daniel, after agreeing to help Emma and Andi turn Philip human, volunteers to go talk to her and get her to stop her revenge plot. Daniel tries to convince her, and Mia took the notion as him saying he likes her. Mia kisses Daniel, and Daniel realizes that she intentionally put the spider seal on him. He is angry with her and tells her he loves Emma, which makes her kick him out of her house. In New Witch Order, he still seems to care about her, as he asks for them both be brought out of the game. After she exits the game with Emma, Emma tells Mia no one will bother her. Daniel tells Mia he told her so, that witches are good people. He seemed happy that Emma ended her feud with Mia.
In Season 4, Emma starts a Continuum Break. In an alternate reality, Mia is revealed to have also been affected and is revealed that she and Daniel are a couple and work together at the sanctuary. They seem to be happy living there, but Mia is upset that he suddenly leaves with the gang to Miami in A Tale of Two Lives. He reassures her it's just for a week and they hug before he leaves. Mia seems to really care about him, as she ventured to Miami, after he left with the group, to bring him home for Lunch at Lola's. After the break ended, Daniel still wanted to go back to the Everglades. He ventured to Mia's new school to talk to her in Diego's Wipedown. Mia didn't remember anything from an alternate reality and Daniel wanted to remind her. He then developed feelings for Mia and wanted her. Mia, after thinking about it, went to visit him at the Seven in Power in a Bottle, and find out more about an alternate reality. When she asks if Emma was there, he says no, it was just her and him, best friends and a couple, which she said sounds nice. She leaves after hearing her parents are alive in the alternate life, which is too much for her. Daniel then goes to Mia for help on stopping Emma from messing with time by bringing back her mother. Mia refuses, saying if there's a chance she can see her parents again, she won't get in her way. She is then seen with Daniel and his family back in the Everglades when Emma restores his alternate life instead of bringing her mom back. They are once again a couple.
Ex-Girlfriend/Close FriendEmma and Daniel meet in Discovery when Emma is moving into her house, Daniel is seen walking out his house with Mac pair of dirty socks on a stick, he puts them in the trash and he finds Emma across the street staring at him and he stares at her. A bunch of butterflies flies across the street to Daniel's house and he yells "BUTTERFLIES!" because he's allergic to them. On Emma first day at Iridium High, Daniel is assigned to be her tourist. Emma is handed her registration paper and Daniel walks in, at the moment a butterfly is in the office and since Daniel is allergic to butterflies he sneezes and startles Emma, causing her to knock down the pencils in the office. Emma and Daniel shake hands and Emma runs out the office, this is where she bumps into Maddie Van Pelt (Daniel's Ex-Girlfriend) and knocks her smoothie down. "Who are you!?" Maddie asked and Daniel yells "Emma!" causing Maddie to become jealous of rage and start a rainstorm in the hallway. Later on in the season Daniel and Emma become a couple in the season 1 finale, The Chosen One.
In Season 2 he and Emma are officially a couple, but Emma hides the fact that she got her powers back from him. She even lies to his face in Love Pie Redux when he asked her. Because of this lie, Daniel is caught in between numerous spells and mayhems, like him losing his memory in Daniel Who?. Daniel has no idea that Emma is under so much pressure to break up with him. He realizes she's not in school in Outta Hand and gets a bit worried. In Missminion, he breaks up with Emma after he finds out that Emma has been hiding her powers from him and seeing her four clones. Emma tried to apologize many times, but he didn't want to hear it. He is shown to still care about her in Emma Wants a Cracker when he helped Andi turn Emma back into a person after she accidentally turned herself into a parrot. He also found out that Emma was risking her powers for him. After talking to Maddie in Stormageddon, he tries to make amends with Emma but sees her hugging Jax. He later sees her kissing Jax and leaves, clearly upset. He then confronts Jax and the end of fighting over her, where Daniel vows to get his girl back. Seeing that her relationship with Jax is not so great, he tries to become close to her again and help her when Andi stops talking to her in BF-Never. He kissed her in The Abyss and then they get back together. He helps her save the world from Evil Desdemona and E and protect the Last Light of the Fool Moon.In Season 3 Emma and Daniel have a strong bond between each other and are still a couple, but he later is placed under Mia's spider seal and breaks up with Emma, again. After Mia released him from the spider seal, Daniel and Emma are back to being a couple. Their relationship didn't last long though when Daniel decided to end their relationship as he wouldn't believe Emma about Mia thinking that she was only jealous of her. Daniel finally realizes the truth after Mia kisses him. During this time, he had a vision that made him remember when he first got the Spider Seal and finally saw that she did, in fact, put it on him. He also says that he's in love with Emma which upsets Mia. After apologizing to Emma he told her that he didn't want their relationship to end but also said that she had to make a choice between him and Jax. Later, when Emma and Mia get sucked into the video game, Zombie Apocalypse 3, Jax comes in to rescue them. While still in there Jax sits down with Emma and tells her "I believe in my heart that you and I belong together, but you have to choose, you can't have both of us". When they finally get out of there and everyone leaves leaving Jax, Emma, and Daniel in Daniel's house, Daniel walks up and says "Come on, I'll walk you home." Jax then walks up and says "Let's get out of here, come on." Emma walks up to them and takes one of their hands, leading to transporting out to the pool where it is revealed she chose Jax over Daniel ending their relationship. In Season 4, because of her decision, Daniel forgets Emma, his friends, and his life in Miami, and gets sent to an alternate life in the Everglades. After tracking him down with the help of the gang, Emma does her best to help him remember his old life before he disappears from existence. It is clear that Emma feels incredibly guilty for what she did to him. She takes him many places like their secret spot, the beach, the swimming pool, the trophy case, etc. In The Final Countdown, they only have a few hours left, and Emma takes him to his house to see if it helps him. Daniel says he is okay with disappearing, and thanks Emma for trying so hard. Emma, upset she let him down, admits that they were more than friends and that he was her first love. This leads to him kissing her, and Jax seeing this. Emma pulls, away taken aback at the action, and asks what he's doing. She then told him she's with Jax. This leads to the Continuum Break ending, and they hug, happy. Daniel then remembers that Emma chose Jax over her, and asks her for an explanation. Emma tells him that there's isn't one, and that it was just a feeling. Daniel then asks her why he brought her back here, as he was happy in the Everglades. She tells him this is his life in Miami. He seems upset and asks her to leave. As time passes by, Emma tries to apologize and make it up to him by finding a way to send him back to the Everglades. However, she forgets this plan after deciding to bring back her mother instead. He then aligns with Andi, Diego, the Panthers, and the Council to stop her from turning back time. Though, in A Girl's Sacrifice, he along with the rest of the gang comes to her rescue after Liana tries to get rid of her. She then sends him back to the Everglades, after claiming that he may never be happy again. She goes to visit him with Andi to make sure she is doing okay.
Ex-Girlfriend/Good FriendDaniel and Maddie were the first ones who dated in the show. They broke up numerous times after numerous petty arguments. Daniel then breaks up with Maddie for real as he started to like Emma in Discovery. Maddie, who began to get jealous of Daniel liking Emma, tries on several occasions to get Daniel to take him back, but all her plans go awry. Daniel still seems to care about her, as he tells the group that they need to help both Emma and Maddie against the Principal. In Season 2, she seems to be over him, but still holds a grudge on Emma for "stealing" Daniel from her. They seem to be on good terms as he tells Maddie that she's become a nicer person and gives Maddie relationship advice between her and Diego while trapped together in Stormageddon. Maddie also tells Daniel that he needs to accept Emma for who she is: a witch. Maddie then is seen fawning over Daniel after Desdemona puts a love spell on him. In Season 3, they still seem to be on good terms. When Daniel gets a spider seal put on him, she does her best to help Emma get it off of him. She seems concerned when he collapsed due to the spider seal in El Cristal de Caballero.
Best Friend/Former Teammate
Daniel and Diego are teammates and good friends. They become closer in Season 2 after Mac moves away. They, alongside Jax, crash the girls' sleepover but Diego got annoyed when Daniel used his knowledge of Maddie to remind him that he and Maddie dated. He confides in Diego about his next move in getting Emma back in BF-Never. In Season 3 they support each other with their girlfriend issues and Diego is there for Daniel even though he was under the spider seal.
Former Enemy/Former TeammateJax and Daniel seem to be on good terms when they first met, even though Jax got him in trouble and messed with him numerous times. They become enemies because Jax began to date Emma and tries to make Daniel jealous when he and Emma while they were dating at some point. Daniel doesn't know about Jax being a wizard until the episode Emma Wants a Cracker. In the season 2 finale, Daniel threatens Jax to stay away from Emma after he tried to destroy the realm.
In Season 3, their rivalry continues, as Jax is determined to win Emma's heart and trust again. They constantly fought over and about her, even when Daniel was under the influence of the spider seal. They attempt to work together when Jax tells Daniel about Emma trying to turn Phillip human and asks to talk to her. They both end up helping her turn Phillip human. In the season 3 finale, they seemed to make up when Daniel thanked Jax for bringing Emma back. This is also the episode where Emma chose Jax over Daniel. It is unclear if they are friends.
Former Teammate/Close FriendDaniel and Andi have been close friends since they were 5. Apparently, they had a superhero group which they called the Danny Duo (mentioned in the crossover). They were both on the Sharks, the school's swimming team. In Season 1, she seems to support Emma and Daniel's relationship. They took part of the stink bomb that caused a school evacuation in The Big Rescue. She also helped rescue him when the Principal kidnapped him to get to Emma. They are seen walking into school together in the Season 2 premiere, and even though she's known Daniel longer, she helped keep Emma's powers a secret from him. They both, with Lily and Maddie's help, turn Emma back into a person after she turned herself into a parrot. Daniel tries to remind Andi that Philip is a zombie and can't survive in the human world. He then told Emma to send Philip, Andi's zombie video game boyfriend, back into the game after he almost bit Sophie's head off. This made Andi not only mad at Emma but at Daniel as well. Andi helped him and Emma get out of the Abyss in Season 2 finale. In Season 3, they cover for Emma many times, as her status as the Chosen One began to affect her daily life. Plus Andi supports Daniel being the team captain of The Sharks and disliked Jax as well. They both trust one another and love helping Emma any way they can. She and Emma helped get rid of Mia's spider seal on him in Spider No More. Andi then goes to check on Daniel in Back To Back and realizes Jax put a spell on him so he can't leave his house. Andi, with the help of Jax, discovers the seal is still on him and was making him sick. He then goes to Mia's house after finding Andi's boot in his house and realizing they were fighting. He is surprised when he sees Philip out of the game. He later tries to talk Emma and And out of turning him human. He ends up helping them. Daniel then congratulates her for being deemed the first human guardian, and he tells her she deserves it. In Season 4, they completely forget each other due to the Continuum Break. Andi though agrees to help Emma find him and make him remember his old life. After the break was over, Daniel still wanted to go back to the Everglades, so he asked Andi to set up a meeting with the Council so he can plead his case. They later both turn against Emma after realizing that she is trying to turn back time, but come to her aid when Liana attacks her. Andi and Emma are the only ones who remember him after Emma sent him back to the Everglades at the end of Season 4. They visit him to see if he's doing okay, but he doesn't remember either of them.
Frenemy/Former Teammate/Former Rival
The two of them seem to be enemies when it comes to Emma. They compete for her affection in a few episodes of Season 1, but still seem to be friends and teammates.
FriendThey have very little interaction in the series, except when they were the co-stars of the school play, Romeo and Juliet. Sophie pretended to be his date at Katie's Beach Birthday Party due to Desdemona's suggestion in helping them rehearse for the play. She was also affected by Desdemona's love spell and fell in love with Daniel, even though she told him earlier that he's not "green enough" for her. She seemed worried when he collapsed from being weak in Back to Back. In Season 4, she helps Emma find Daniel, even though she too forgot who he was. He let her feed a flamingo during the tour.They both try to stop Emma from turning back time. In A Girl's Sacrifice, she helped decipher a message from Andi on Daniel's phone, saying that Emma is in trouble. Them and the rest of the gang go to save her. However, when Emma sends Daniel back into the Everglades, she once again forgets who he is.
Daniel's siblings are known as the best pranksters in Miami. It is shown Daniel grows weary of their pranks from time to time, as they affect his relationships with certain people, but sometimes takes the blame for them. Overall, Daniel does care for his siblings. In Season 4, they are shown to be good sports in their alternate life and help Daniel, Mia, and their parents at the animal sanctuary.
Christine seems to always be there for her son. She gave him pep talks and encouraged to do things and step out of his comfort zone once in a while. She especially encouraged him to keep trying to win over Mr. Alonso. She also sympathizes with him when the T3 get in trouble and he sometimes takes responsibility for it.
Daniel has tried many times to get on the good side of Mr. Alonso, being the Principal and Emma's dad. However, it seems that all of his plans backfire. He tries extra hard when he dated Emma, but it only seemed to make Mr. Alonso dislike him more. Most of the time, Daniel takes the rap for the T3 when they pull pranks on him.
Crush (her side)/Friend
Gigi and Daniel seem to be friends, even though she has a crush on him.
Memorable Character Quotes
|Daniel (to Maddie, upset): You break up with me as a joke a lot!|
|Daniel: You're-you're Emma right?|
|Daniel (after finding out Emma, Maddie, Lily, and the Principal are witches): I need to sit down.|
|Daniel (to Emma): I don't want to break a leg. I want to break the 200 freestyle record!|
|Daniel (to Emma): Look, if being around magic has taught me anything the last couple of years, it's that you can't jump to conclusions.|
|Daniel (to Mia, about his true feelings towards Emma): I love Emma.|
|Daniel (to Emma): You and I have been through so much together, and I don't want it to end.|
|Daniel (to Emma): Emma! I'm so happy to see you. *he hugs her*|
|Daniel (to Mia): I'm not giving up on you. I remember what we had even if you don't.|
|Daniel (to the Council): Wait please, let me explain. I'll yodel it if I have to.|
|Daniel (to the Council and Andi): It's like I'm trapped in an elevator between two floors. I'm connected to this life, but I also miss Mia, and the animals, the sanctuary. I'd give anything if I could hear the sounds of the glades one more time.|
|Daniel (to Jax): A bit longer? Does a bit longer mean the same in Australia as it does here?|
|Daniel (to everyone): We need to calm down.|
|Daniel (to Emma): I've been selfish too. I guess I should accept that I'm never going back to the Everglades.|
- He's allergic to butterflies.
- Daniel is the captain of The Sharks.
- He's captain of the Soccer team.
- He runs track and plays baseball.
- His favorite color is blue.
- As captain of the Sharks, he gets a letter jacket.
- He plays the guitar.
- He sings and writes songs.
- He hates lying.
- He hates bullying and losing.
- It is known by Gigi Rueda that he is an Aries in The Breakup.
- He is captain on all of the sports' teams, shown in The Breakup.
- He hates acting.
- Daniel is the American counterpart of Daniel Esquivel.
- Daniel is portrayed by Nick Merico.
- Emma and Daniel have had an off again on again relationship in Season 2.
- Daniel got the part of Romeo in the school play in Season 2.
- He's gotten several detentions thanks to Jax, but some are just due to bad luck with Principal Alonso.
- He's one of the lifeguards at The Beachside 7.
- He has Arachnophobia, a fear of spiders.
- He is successful at many things.
- In Season 4, he is bumped into an alternate life due to Emma's decision and no one remembers him but Emma.
- He is absent for only one episode in the whole series.
- He is still determined to go back to the Everglades to be with Mia after the Continuum Break ends.
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