"Daniel has been playing the Pokémon TCG competitively since he was 12. He's attended the World Championships several times, and he placed 61st one year. Though he's pursuing a PhD in Political Science, he still takes time out to practice the violin...and play Pokémon.
After defeating Cammie in the seventh round of the City Championship, players move on to face Daniel in round eight. He uses a Lightning/Fighting deck. After defeating Daniel, players move on to face Mick. Later in the tournament, players face Daniel again in the finals after defeating Tyson.