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Right... So, now you know why we call him Crash.

–- Tracy to Jackie after Crash nearly smashed a plate after getting angry in Jackie's first epsiode.

Liam "Crash" Daniels was a character in The Story of Tracy Beaker. He is one of Tracy's best friends and is also best friends with Jackie Hopper.

Biography

Before the Show

Before Crash lived in care, he used to live with his dad, Theo Daniels. But he had a lot of anger issues and anything could tip him over the edge to make him lose his patience. He would take his anger out on Crash and would hit him. Crash developed his dad's anger issues, but unlike his dad, he only breaks things, not people. Crash developed his nickname "Crash", as he used to smash stuff whenever he got angry or upset. When Crash was in the care system and placed into Stowey House II, his social worker Elaine Boyak would give Crash anger management sessions, to help him control his anger. As Crash got older, he was able to control his anger a lot more than he used to.

Personality

Crash wasn't just a boy who always lost his temper. He's very loyal to his friends and is very friendly. Crash is also very artistic, and has a great talent for painting. Painting and drawing is one of the things that helps Crash the most to calm him down and help his anger. His closest friends in the Dumping Ground seem to be Jackie Hopper, Tracy Beaker, Bouncer and Lol Plakova and later Justine Littlewood and Rio Wellard. It was also teased that Justine and Crash had a small romance, but it was probably never acted on been as when Justine returned in Tracy Beaker Returns, she was engaged to a man called Charlie.

It's unknown what happened to Crash, in the last series of The Story of Tracy Beaker, Crash's dad Theo visited and told Crash he'd had a lot of anger management and could control his anger easier now. Theo talked about him and Crash living together again, but it's unknown is they actually went through with it or not. Crash also mentioned he had an interview with a comic book company called "Space Nut Comics" near the end of The Story of Tracy Beaker. So it's possible he went down that road for his career.

Relationships

Main article: Liam Daniels/Relationships

Michael Grice

The relationship between Crash and Michael were definitely not on good terms. Michael wound everyone up during his time at the Dumping Ground, but he wound Crash up the most, and it never took much to wind Crash up. The first sight of Crash and Michael's rivalry was in "Supernatural Shelley", when Shelley had Crash
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Crash pushing a yogurt to spill onto Michael

move into Michael's room, so Bouncer and Lol could have their own separate rooms. (as Shelley thought it'd be the best thing, ignoring the fact that all 4 boys hated the idea). Later at the dinner table during Dessert, everyone was disgusted about Shelley giving them yogurt to start a healthy eating routine. Crash decided to push a yogurt across the table towards Michael, which spilt over Michael. Provoking Michael to throw a yogurt at Crash, but only for it to hit Justine. Justine makes a scene about her top being ruined, and throws a yogurt at Michael which inadvertently hit Elaine instead. This instantly started a massive chaotic food fight with the yogurts between the kids, leaving Duke, Nathan and Elaine powerless to stop the food fight.

​​​Shelley eventually decides to undo all her changes, meaning Crash no longer had to share a room with Michael.

Crash and Michael's rivalry was basically non-stop for the rest of the series, which helped Crash and Jackie's friendship blossom as they both shared hatred towards Michael, and were both victim to his teasing. Crash often teased Michael too, by joking that he spent all his lunchtimes at school alone.

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