While fighting a multidimensional monster, Raven's powers go haywire and blast the cast of ''FanFic/DarkTitans'' into an alternate world. A world where superheroes and supervillains don't exist. A world where the general populace doesn't know about aliens. But that doesn't make it harmless.

In the world of ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'', inter-dimensional incursions begin to occur all over the world. From these emerge beings that can only be described as superhuman: a nearly full-body cyborg, the most powerful human psychic ever encountered, a new kind of alien, a living jinx, a multi-headed griffin not properly aligned with this dimension, and a doppleganger of Lieutenant Ryouga Hibiki. As X-COM moves to confront these new threats, the Mind moves to take advantage of it.

From Lathis and Cap'n Chryssalid comes a MegaCrossover between their own [[CrossOver crossover fics]], ''FanFic/DarkTitans'' and ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia''. ''Reflections Lost on a Dark Road'' is canonical to both ''FanFic/DarkTitans'' and ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' and looks like it will have lasting effects on both. This fic spent a year on hiatus before receiving an update on December 25, 2012. The writing quality is extremely advanced for fanfiction, and is on par with plenty of professional authors.

Somewhat divisive, as Titans fans come to read about [[RousseauWasRight idealistic heroes defeating universe-threatening adversaries despite never compromising their ideals]], and X-COM fans come to read about [[HobbesWasRight UN stormtroopers killing and vivisecting aliens by the bucketful while dying and getting vivisected by the bucketful.]] They argue.

Available on both [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6766023/1/ Fanfiction.net]] and [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=183450 spacebattles.com]].

Place your [[WildMassGuessing WMGs]] [[WMG/ReflectionsLostOnADarkRoad here]].

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* AIIsACrapshoot: India and Juliet Squads seem to think [[spoiler: Cyborg is this after he deactivates the human side of his brain]], while Yankee Squad seems to be under the impression that [[spoiler: he's still him]]. It actually seems to be a little bit of both, mainly because [[spoiler: Cyborg]] is [[TheComputerIsYourFriend following all of X-COM's procedures to the letter without making any of the morality based decisions that he would normally make.]]
* AlienAbduction
* AliensAndMonsters
* AliensAreBastards: Aliens abduct people and experiment on them, which includes cutting them up and using them for spare parts. Aliens kill people and replace them with clones to manipulate the governments of countries throughout the world. Aliens abduct powerful individuals and alter them into trenchards (half-alien hybrids) to force them to work for them. And the list goes on and on.
* AlternateUniverse: There's the ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' world and the ''FanFic/DarkTitans'' world, as well as several other unnamed alternate universes.
* AmnesiacLover: [[spoiler:Raven did some editing to Jinx's mind. Now she isn't in love with Ryouga, and doesn't remember ever being in love with him, despite remembering who he is. ]]
* AngstNuke: How Starfire takes out Saffron.
* AnimalMotif: Both Ryougas think that Ranma has a Tiger motif.
** Back in ''Fanfic/DarkTitans'', Jinx was rather insistent that she didn't have a cat motif. Somewhere along the line, she seems to have changed her mind.
* AntiHero: DT Ryouga, Raven, and Ranma are types II, but Raven is quickly marching downwards lately. Since arriving in the X-COM-verse, she's lost her telekinetic powers, but gained the ability to possess the enemy to turn them into kamikaze meat-puppets, and telepathically deliberately inflicted extreme pain on a good friend (Cyborg). X-COM Ryoga is either an extreme type III or a type IV.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: The aliens are all linked to the [[HiveMind Mind]], making it impossible for them to turn on each other (unless they are freed from the Mind's control or something else overrides it).
* ArbitrarySkepticism: As X-COM is dealing with increasing numbers of delusional psychics, it takes a while to realize that the Titans are potential allies rather than alien dupes. Their first response is thus LetsYouAndHimFight; a command to surrender to their authority, with a warning that they will [[FantasticNuke Blaster Bomb]] them rather than let them wander around.
* ArmorIsUseless: While X-COM's armor may protect its soldiers from a glancing blow, the alien weapons are powerful enough to easily tear through it if they land a direct hit. Or even an indirect hit, in some cases.
** As if to emphasize this, Starfire takes a direct hit, which eats completely through her armor, yet only leaves her with a sunburn. Apparently, Tamaraneans are pretty much immune to the weaponry used by the Mind.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: RLOADR Nabiki's consistently hardcore psychopathic acts and nature were initially given a HandWave as being on the same level as illegal downloading; which is generally simply morally neutral when it causes no harm, and grants a bonus much larger audience who would never have seen the work otherwise; whereas indifferently selling somebody who had saved your life into sex-slavery... is not.
* TheAtoner: Titans Ryouga
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Slade]]
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much every character in the story.
* BattleAura: All of India Squad and Juliet Squad, as well as Jinx, Raven, Starfire, and Titans Ryouga.
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: The X-COM-verse has all sorts of very creepy implications, thankfully our main characters are on the inside and doing it to others (mostly).
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Cyborg, after [[spoiler: deactivating the organic portion of his brain]].
* BrainwashResidue: Ryouga, despite overcoming [[spoiler: Raven's]] brainwashing in order to save Jinx, clearly has some left over. Likewise, his love for Jinx may or may not be entirely due to this.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: What the space hulk dimension eventually does to everyone that enters it.
* BreakTheCutie: Trenchard [[spoiler: Akari]].
* BrickJoke: Back in ''FanFic/DarkTitans'', Ryouga and Cyborg have a conversation about the T-Brella Cyborg made for Ryouga. Most of the conversation consists of the words "Helicopter Option" (much to Robin's annoyance). It is then never mentioned again in all of ''Dark Titans''. However, after the fight with Saffron, as [[spoiler: Starfire is plummeting helplessly from the upper atmosphere toward the ground,]] we get this:
-->'''X-COM Ryouga:''' "Don't tell me. Your Ryouga… His umbrella. Does he really have something crazy like that?"
-->'''Cyborg:'''"That's right."
-->'''Ryu Kumon:''' "What? What does it have?"
-->'''Cyborg:'''"Ryo's umbrella has a ''Helicopter Option''!"
* BrokenAesop:
** [[GenkiGirl Anime Starfire]] [[OutOfCharacter somehow rationalises]] restraint against non-superpowered opponents as a version of supremacism, and not in the "You should show restraint against the aliens as well" direction, but rather [[KillEmAll the other one]]. [[note]]Possibly a very loose, some generations-removed, memetic leftover from the popular online or GTA style: "If you are willing to accept the unavoidable realities of eating animals, you have to be willing to murder, eat, and put anybody in a genocide camp, or you're a hypocrite, as benevolence has to include all or nothing, and as all is impossible per definition you should all become casual spree-killers, or you are all horrible people" rationale.[[/note]] This despite that her teammates would have preferred to use non-lethal force against the alien war-breeds as well, but they were conceptually designed to be impossible to use it against, and near impossible to even keep alive in confinement to boot. However, she also makes a valid point about that the term "[[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/inhuman inhuman]]" is contradictory, as there will always be some human perfectly willing to commit any level of atrocity.
** The psychologist that Starfire spoke to, stated that UNETCO members who started to not find the act of murder unpleasant and actually greatly enjoyed it were sensibly weeded out of the organization, yet Shampoo is also portrayed as being extremely sexually stimulated from playing sadistic hunt-games with completely outmatched prey (including previously doing so for sport and training at the age of 13, against non-superhuman opponents), and then enthusiastically slaughter them in as brutal manner as possible, and she is still there without anybody batting an eyelash.
* BroughtDownToNormal: Not quite. Raven starts losing her telekinetic abilities due to being separated from Trigon's presence, but trains up her telepathic abilities to make up for it.
* TheCameo: Slade Wilson. In ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' world, he's just a guy working for X-COM.
** The Inuyasha crew.
* CapturedSuperEntity: Trenchard [[spoiler: Akari]]
* CastFromHitPoints: Jinx's power was this, but she was so used to using it that she didn't notice.
* CentralTheme: Set from the beginning chapter with [[spoiler:InuYasha]], and being that we all have to wake up and not spend our lives in a coma, which is sympathetic in theory, but the early execution reads more like: "Wake up and smell the rotting corpses, burning ozone, absolute savagery, and infinite abyss of despair and entropy!", which is probably not the best approach. It turns much better on that front though.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: The Nerima Wrecking Crew. Also Jinx, in addition to her luck powers.
* ChekhovsSkill: An indirect example. Early on in ''TALB'', Cologne enlists Starfire's help to teach Ryouga the [[FinishingMove Hiryu Shoten Ha]] but doesn't bother to teach him the basic steps, saying that Ryouga already knows how it's done [[ContinuityNod because he helped Ranma develop the same skill]] earlier in the main series. Sure enough, [[spoiler: Starfire winds up using the techniques she learned by training with Ryouga to perform her own Hiryu Shoten Ha before the series is over.]]
** Back in ''FanFic/DarkTitans'', Starfire mentions having a discussion with Ranma regarding the workings of the Hiryu Shoten Ha. Then, in her fight against [[spoiler: Herb]], she uses the Hiryu Korin Dan, a variant of the Hiryu Shoten Ha developed by Ranma.
** Since ''FanFic/DarkTitans'', Ryouga has been experimenting with [[ElementalPowers Earth Elemental Ki]], which manifests as a yellow aura. This is how he defeats [[spoiler: a crazed Ukyou empowered by a Green Lantern ring, as Green Lantern rings cannot affect the color yellow.]]
* CombinationAttack: The Hiryu Shoten Ha generated by Ranma and Starfire but powered by Ryouga and Ryouga's shishi houkodans.
* TheComputerIsYourFriend: [[spoiler: Cyborg after deactivating the organic portion of his brain]]
* CorruptTheCutie: Starfire worries that this is happening to the Teen Titans.
** [[spoiler: Tresspasser]] does this a lot.
** Starfire
** Raven
* CrapsackWorld: The galaxy is ruled, rim to core and pole to pole, by an evil HiveMind. Humans ''might'' be able to destroy the local node if they become TheUnfettered - abolish every civil liberty and article of war. And there's another, unattached(albeit slightly less advanced) node in the Gulf of Mexico. And its destruction would reduce Earth's biosphere to the algae level.
** Not to mention the [[spoiler: space hulk dimension. The dimension acts as a trap, sucking in anything that attempts to hop to a different dimension from adjacent dimensions while making leaving difficult, rogue nanobots seek out functional machines and drain the power from any that they encounter, corrupted Nth metal creates zombies from the corpses of organic beings that die nearby, potentially useful abandoned space craft rot away while corpses are perfectly preserved, and simply being in the dimension for too long causes people to have hallucinations, mood swings, and to eventually become murderously insane.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Nabiki, who quickly realizes that a super-hero fight is inevitably followed by a team-up against a foe neither group of heroes could deal with alone. So she starts trying to recruit the lost Titans.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Initially, compared to Dark Titans, although it gradually turns LighterAndSofter / closer to normal.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Raven, especially after trading in her telekinesis for mind-control abilities. Of course, given that she is now presented as a massive force of pure nihilistic entropy, the "not evil" part is turning iffy.
* DeadlyNosebleed: Raven, Ryouga, and Mousse all suffer them after attempting to use psychic attacks on [[spoiler: Slade]].
* DeflectorShields: Jinx's Armor has a force field
* {{Deprogramming}}: Ryouga refuses to let X-COM do this to him.
** Raven did this to [[spoiler: Jinx]].
* {{Determinator}}: Pretty much all of the Teen Titans, India Squad, and Juliet Squad, but special notice goes to Jinx and [[spoiler: Akari]]. They go on a hundred kilometer dash to the nearest city through a snow filled forest while fighting off armed aliens, fending off mental attacks by an Ethereal, and fending off large tracking monsters that were raised by [[spoiler: Akari]] herself, and all while dressed in a manner unsuited for the environment. Then, when [[spoiler: Akari's]] operation is sabotaged by X-COM Ryouga, Jinx immediately joins the Titans in a mission to hunt down and capture an Ethereal so that [[spoiler: they can replace the brain Ryouga destroyed,]] all on the off chance that the operation will save [[spoiler: Akari's]] life [[spoiler: without returning her to the Mind's control.]]
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: Rogue psychics. X-COM-style psionics that, like the aliens, can use their abilities without [[AmplifierArtifact psi-amps]]. That the aliens created but can't replicate in [[BossInMookClothing Ethereals]]. And let wander around freely until X-COM [[MutantDraftBoard hunts them down.]] They're the justification for [[LetsYouAndHimFight attacking the Titans on sight]]. Most are repeat abductees. Enhanced Martial artists have only recently fallen into this category as well, as the aliens turn their attention on this much smaller study population.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Although it is uncertain how much of this was unintentional and simply inherent undertones in the original X-COM chronology, there are lots of RuleOfSymbolism aspects packed into RLOADR, very FamilyUnfriendlyAesop style or otherwise, including Saffron now being an EldritchAbomination [[SuicideAttack suicide bomber]]. The opposition are written as some kind of odd {{Buddhism}} + [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Internet Addiction]] + [[PoliticalIdeologies Socialism]] + SpoiledBrat + PsychopathicManchild + [[{{Islam}} Islam Fundamentalist]] + EldritchAbomination extreme TakeThat AccentuateTheNegative distortion/inaccurate associations overlap, which comes across as UnfortunateImplications, considering that the first two to four groups are generally completely harmless in real world terms, if possibly helpless in certain areas, while [[SociopathicSoldier some of the types]] [[MadDoctor of people]] set as {{Designated Hero}}es against them are very much not.
* DreamLand: Jinx frequently has hers visited by [[spoiler: Akari]]. [[spoiler: Akari]] has also appeared in X-COM Ryouga's DreamLand, and once [[spoiler: Akari]] brought Jinx into her DreamLand.
* DreamWeaver: Trenchard [[spoiler: Akari]].
* DrunkWithPower: Raven
** Ukyou, after obtaining a [[spoiler: Green Lantern ring and being [[CorruptTheCutie corrupted by Tresspasser]]]].
* ElementalPowers: Titans Ryouga uses Earth Ki and Ranma uses Wind Ki
* EmotionBomb: One of the psychic attacks used by Etherials.
* EmotionalPowers:
** Both Ryouga's Shishi Hokodans are powered primarily by depression, but can also draw on anger and hate.
*** After [[spoiler: Jinx is [[{{Deprogramming}} deprogrammed]] into no longer being in love with Ryouga]], Titans-Ryouga has issues controlling his powers.
** Ranma's Moko Takabisha draws on his confidence.
** Starfire's Starbolts are powered by fury, and her ability to fly is powered by happiness.
*** Thus, after [[spoiler: X-COM [[MindRape mind rapes]] her]], she can't fly as quickly, but has much stronger Starbolts.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Ukyou, after getting [[spoiler: a Green Lantern ring]].
** The resurrected [[spoiler: Slade]].
* EnergyBall: The Shishi Hokodan, Mouko Takabisha, Starbolts, Titans Ryouga's [[ElementalPowers unnamed earth element ki attack]], and Jinx's [[{{Fireballs}} pink fireball]] all count.
* EvilTwin: What both Ryougas assume the other to be. Titans Ryouga genuinely is nicer though, and is as disturbed about the SociopathicSoldier aspects as most people would be in seeing a killing-machine version of themselves, but is initially too idealistic to be efficient in the X-COM world, so he has to adapt. His counterpart is more mature however, but mistakenly thinks that his "brother" is simply jealous of him being stronger.
* EyeBeams: Starfire uses hers on Herb.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner:
-->'''Saffron''': LITTLE ONE. LET ME SEE YOUR FIRE.
* {{Fireballs}}: Jinx's attacks often appear as pink flames.
* FlashStep: X-COM Ryouga can use a combination of the Shishi Houkodan and Bakusai Tenketsu technique to launch himself like a rocket.
* FlyingSaucer
* FrickinLaserBeams
* FullPotentialUpgrade: Cyborg is making one for Yankee Squad. This includes more armor than usual since most of Yankee Squads members are significantly stronger than the standard X-COM member and can handle the extra weight, as well as specialized weapons designed for individual members.
* GameFace: Raven does this early on when she lets her anger take control during the fight with her and Ryouga against X-COM.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: X-COM uses tactics that would be considered war crimes against any nation on earth. Fortunately for them, [[InhumanableAlienRights aliens have no rights]]. X-COM Ryouga uses [[TouchOfDeath killing techniques]] and possesses an [[DarkIsEvil evil ki]]. However, he makes a compelling argument to Titans Ryouga about that Titans Ryouga will also always easily turn moody, angry, and depressed, as that is how they are fundamentally built, and that it is better to learn to handle that than only pretend that they don't exist.
* HeelFaceBrainwashing: Jinx's brainwashing by the Headmaster is what eventually led to her HeelFaceTurn.
** While technically not a HeelFaceTurn, Shampoo and Titans Ryouga, who originally antagonized each other whenever possible, ended up becoming close friends after [[spoiler: receiving the memories of a Shampoo and Ryouga from another dimension who were a couple while inside Heresiarch]]. Although they were arguably drifting toward a [[FireForgedFriends Fire Forged Friendship]] before that.
* HeelRealization: While technically not a heel, [[DarkerAndEdgier X-COM Ryouga]] feels rather uncomfortable when compared to the much less morally questionable [[LighterAndSofter Titans Ryouga]]. Especially once he finds out that Titans Ryouga has had nearly as rough of a life as him.
* HeroicBSOD: Titans Ryouga, after [[spoiler: Raven puts Jinx in a coma]].
* HeroicSafeMode: Titans Ryouga, after Jinx wakes up and it is revealed that [[spoiler: Raven also undid the Headmaster's influence, removing Jinx's love for him in the process]].
** It's implied that he sometimes slips back into a HeroicBSOD when he isn't being actively distracted.
* HiddenDepths: Pretty much every main character, especially to readers who read either ''FanFic/DarkTitans'' or ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'', but not the other.
* HiveMind: The Mind
* HumansAreBastards: After her literally explosive entrance into the world of ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'', Starfire does her best to save everyone from the collapsing clock tower, and manages to prevent any casualties. She is then attacked by the police, then the Chinese army, and finally by X-COM. After being captured and interrogated, they proceed to [[spoiler: MindRape]] her. Upon discovering that she isn't lying and really is from another dimension and not with the Mind, she is recruited by X-COM as if nothing happened. She then watches as X-COM employs the exact same tactics as the aliens against the aliens, barring what circumstances prevent them from doing. She also watches all the human propaganda X-COM spreads throughout their base to keep up morale. All while being told that, as an alien, she basically has no rights and, if the Titans can't get home, she will essentially be a prisoner for the rest of her life. It's little wonder that she wants to get home as soon as possible.
* ImHavingSoulPains: Starfire after being [[spoiler: [[MindRape "interrogated" by X-COM]]]]
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Both Ryougas use umbrellas and cloth as weapons.
** Mitsuko Hibiki uses cloth as a weapon.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Titans Ryouga keeps picking fights with X-COM Ryouga and shows off his moral superiority every chance he can get. The reason: [[spoiler: he hates himself, and sees X-COM Ryouga as everything he thinks is wrong about himself in a conveniantly seperate package.]]
* InhumanableAlienRights: It really sucks to be an alien in the X-COM-verse. Even if you're an ally of X-COM. Poor Starfire.
** Also, if Trenchard [[spoiler: Akari]] weren't already an enemy of humanity, the torturous experiments X-COM has been putting her through [[ThenLetMeBeEvil probably would make her one]].
* InterrogatedForNothing: Starfire. X-COM has even less use for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presumption_of_innocence Presumption of innocence]] then they do MindOverManners. When their initial mind probe reveals only [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids incomprehensibly idealistic]] superhero memories, they subject her to one designed to destroy "false" memories. MindRape doesn't even ''begin'' to cover it, as this more invasive process is essentially TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: answers X-COM doesn't want to hear are punished with all-consuming psychological agony. After turning Star inside out, they realize that ''none of her memories are false,'' then forcibly recruit her with as much regret for the process as a 15th century witch hunter would for drowning a midwife.
* ItAmusedMe: The most common reason that Jinx tends to harass people.
* KiAttacks: Now in two flavors - emotion based ki and elemental ki.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Kinetic weapons are just cheaper.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The Mind usually erases the memories it deems unimportant in its trenchards.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: As TRTC is having a plague of delusional psionics who don't need {{Amplifier Artifact}}s when the Titans show up, their world's first response to weirdos in spandex is to give a warning to surrender then attempt to incapacitate, and escalate from there. Interestingly, Cyborg never fought X-COM as he was initially assumed to be a human criminal (a local law enforcement matter) and Jinx ran into the aliens first. The others were assumed to be alien terror units or infiltrators.
* LightIsNotGood: Traditionally, phoenixes are portrayed as holy symbols of life, light, and hope. Not Saffron. Especially disturbing symbolic imagery when set against Raven's entropic chaos and nothingness.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: The X-COM Ryouga vs Titans Ryouga fight is full of this.
* LoopholeAbuse: To keep X-COM from [[TakeOverTheWorld Taking Over The World]], they are bound by the vaguely-worded Section Seven clause:(Paraphrased) "No extraterrestial technology is to be used against terrestrial combatants" AKA no using energy weapons, power armor, or psi-amps on humans. The instant the X-COM-verse Nerima Wrecking Crew fell into X-COM hands, they were formed into India and Juliet squads, their purpose being to attack civilians X-COM is forbidden by treaty to harm. They currently spend their time [[StateSec attacking]] [[TheQuisling Sirius Group operations]] and [[MutantDraftBoard hunting rogue psychics]], but there is absolutely ''nothing'' keeping X-COM from having them assassinate uncooperative world leaders or even destroying military sites(they rip through ''entire armies'' like a chainsaw through wet tissue paper during the invasion of Korea in ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'') with canonical terrain-wrecking ki abilities which they have ''improved on''.
* LossOfIdentity: Seems to be one of Titans-Ryouga's fears. He doesn't want anyone removing the fake memories Brother Blood implanted him with, since even if they're fake, they're part of what makes him him.
** It's part of how the Mind controls its Trenchards.
* MadeOfIndestructium: The alien alloy is fairly close to indestructible, barring plasma attacks. Or Titans Ryouga.
* MadeOfIron: All of the Nerima Wrecking Crew. Unfortunately, that's not enough against lasers and plasma weapons.
** Special notice goes to Cyborg and Starfire, who ''are'' indestructible enough to survive attacks by lasers and plasma weapons. But not without taking damage.
* MeatPuppet: Raven switches to possessing enemies when her telekinesis starts to fail her.
* MegaCrossover: This is a crossover between ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', ''RanmaOneHalf'', and ''{{X-COM}}: UFO Defense''.
** Also ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', and the DCUniverse, although Inuyasha fans probably won't appreciate how it's treated.
* MetaFiction: On-off, starting with the InuYasha [[spoiler:dismantling.]]
* MindOverMatter: Raven starts with this, but eventually loses so much of it power-wise that she switches to using only telepathy and mind control.
* MindProbe: What [[spoiler: Starfire]] is [[MindRape mind raped]] with.
* MindRape: [[spoiler: X-COM attempts to use a machine to destroy the false memories implanted within Starfire's mind so that they may discover what the Mind is actually up to. Except ''none of Starfire's memories are false.'']]
* MirrorMatch: Titans Ryouga vs. X-COM Ryouga
* MoodWhiplash: Compared to Fanfic/DarkTitans, "Reflections" initially takes a massive leap along the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, to IDidWhatIHadToDo, SociopathicSoldier, ToThePain {{Gorn}}, BlackAndGrayMorality, ARealManIsAKiller, ColdBloodedTorture, BreakTheCutie, GoodIsImpotent and so onwards, or to put it another way, it presents the likes of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} and Creator/FriedrichNietzsche as the only reliable worldview, and everything/everybody else must be assimilated. It is still very well written though, likely even more so on a technical level, which isn't necessarily a good thing when used in this direction. Later it becomes much more balanced and enjoyable again.
* MyGreatestFailure: Back in ''FanFic/DarkTitans'', Titans Ryouga, after having FakeMemories implanted by Brother Blood, managed to maim almost every member of the Teen Titans, Raven in particular. Then, after having his true memories returned, he proceeded to nearly [[AngstNuke nuke]] Jump City. While the other Titans forgive him, [[TheAtoner he has yet to forgive himself.]]
* NoNonsenseNemesis: X-COM in general, but special mention goes to Shampoo. Upon being betrayed by Tresspasser, she immediately attempts a kill strike. Afterwards, once she verifies that [[spoiler: Ukyou is also betraying them]], she responds by blinding her.
* NoSenseOfDirection: Every single Hibiki in the story. This is played for laughs often, and many jokes are had at their expense.
* NotQuiteSavedEnough: Despite Ryouga breaking free of [[spoiler: Raven's mind control]] in time to rescue Jinx, then managing to get her to the ship quick enough to save her life, it turns out that [[spoiler: Raven already erased her love for and memories of her relationship with Ryouga.]]
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: Even if the Titans manage to get back to their world, they've definitly been changed by their time in X-COM. And for most of them, not for the better.
* OffTheChart: Raven's psychic ability after abandoning her Trigon based powers. The machine just lists her as "Double A".
* OnlyMostlyDead: [[spoiler: Raven survives having her heart mulched by Tresspasser thanks to a Father Box]].
* OppositesAttract: X-COM Ryouga is paired off with Nabiki, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope who wants him to head her]] [[PsychoForHire mercenary organization]] (which pretty much requires him to strongly rein her in if her HeelFaceTurn is going to last).
* OutOfCharacter: Absolutely excellent in TTATLB and DT, but:
** The "Road To Cydonia" counterparts of Ryoga and Ranma have been willing to kill armed, though extremely outmatched, non-superhuman opponents in battle, whereas the originals were firm BullyHunter types.
** [[FriendToAllLivingThings Kasumi]] is here perfectly willing to participate in ColdBloodedTorture against trenchard Akari.
** [[ExtremeDoormat Konatsu]], whose entire point was that he had no natural urge to kill whatsoever, and had to be drugged by magic to get any, constantly runs dozens of graphic combat scenarios in his head. He still typically opts for the one that does the least harm to his opponent, human or alien.
** A much smaller issue is that Ryoga, whose entire point during the manga was that he liked Akane because he mistook her for a super-strong Kasumi with the same interests as him, was then paired off with a girl much closer to his/their actual ideal, sans the superhuman martial arts (Akari). Nevertheless, X-COM Ryouga is in a relationship with a mischievous psychopath (Nabiki), and DT-Ryouga with a much less extreme sociopath version (Jinx), although he initially ended up attracted to her because of mind-control.
* OvershadowedByAwesome:
** Shampoo seems to feel that this may be happening to her since the arrival of Yankee Squad, and she isn't happy about it.
** Every single psychic in X-COM when compared to Raven. She outdoes them, and doesn't need a psi-amp to do it. There are a few psychics who are as strong as her though, including Saffron, but all of them are insane.
* ParasolOfPain: Ryouga. Both of him.
* PerkyGoth: Jinx
* PersonalHorror: Both Ryougas, mainly due to exposure to each other. One reminds the other of all the mistakes he's made, the other makes the first realize just what he's done to himself for the sake of revenge.
* PlayingWithSyringes: What X-COM does to [[spoiler:Trenchard Akari]]. What the aliens tried to do to [[spoiler:Jinx]].
* PluckyGirl: Starfire
* PowerCreepPowerSeep:
** Initially, in Titans and the Lost Boy, Ryouga (and by extension, the rest of the Ranma crew), as well as Starfire and Cyborg are all drastically reduced in strength. As the story progressed, the author has been slowly been bringing them back up to their levels displayed in the animated series source materials. Ryouga and Starfire are represented as close in strength as a conscious choice by the author, as, although her greatest blatant feat of strength was far beneath manga Ryouga's, she was sometimes able to challenge Cyborg. Cyborg, whose top showing in the animated series include tearing up an office building and using it as a bludgeon, which matches Lime keeping open a closing ravine, is presented as ten times stronger than either of them. It would be about 3 times stronger compared with manga Ryouga, but that may be irrelevant.
** Since the author is using the Ranma anime and Titan's animated series as alpha canon (for observable combat feats, as opposed to trying to extrapolate from static page images), and the Ranma manga and Titans Go comic as Beta canon, quickly followed by the DCAU and other animated DC shows as third canon, followed finally by the actual DC comic lines for the lowest level of canon, this means that although the speed and skill feats for the Ranma crew are still superior to the Titan's cast, unlike the manga's supersonic speed and unearthly skill, it is not by an insurmountable level. Again, this was done as a balance issue, as the manga has showings far in excess of those shown in the anime, although comics Cyborg and Starfire were actually usually presented as far less physically extreme than their (much more compelling) animated series counterparts.
** Cyborg is author fiat, but Starfire is actually PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage.
* PoweredArmor: The Armor Assist System
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
--> '''Starfire:''' "You may burn like the heart of the volcano itself. But I. I- ''I burn like a '''star'''!''"
* PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage: Starfire's MindRape. In Dark Titans, Starfire exhibits [[PowerCreepPowerSeep far greater levels of power than Reflections]]. Though upon her entry to the X-COM-verse, she is able to singlehandedly stop a dozens-of-stories high clocktower from collapsing, she quickly has to face three {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s with DragonBall-level powers while she is still in ThouShaltNotKill mode, who recognize her hesitation to kill and take full advantage of it to [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beat her into a short-term coma]]. After X-COM's initial MindProbe only produces "[[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids obviously false]]" "superhero" memories, they subject her to TwoPlusTortureMakesFive to get the "real" memories... but instead succeed in [[InterrogatedForNothing proving the "false" memories true.]] The point? Tamaranians in general and Starfire in particular have PersonalityPowers; To fly she must feel "unbridled joy", to throw starbolts she must feel "righteous fury", and to utilize her superhuman strength she must feel "boundless confidence". She now has enough "righteous fury" that her starbolts are able not only to incapacitate the ArrogantKungFuGuy who gave her to [[MindRape Mind Rapists]] with ease but ''initiate a nuclear explosion through sheer force of will'', blowing Saffron(an immortal capable of vaporizing a mountain) away in a single HeroicRROD. However, despite her ability to fly FTL in the animated show, the comics and in Dark Titans, she has been dropped to sub relativistic speeds in regards to Reflections as she lacks the "unbridled joy" to go FTL or the "boundless confidence" to pick up a skyscraper while she's forced to ''work'' for said Mind Rapists. In short, as X-COM's slave, she's something of a GlassCannon.
* RayGun
* RedemptionQuest: Jinx is going through one, and doesn't come across as particularly extreme to start with compared with some of her allies.
** Ryouga has arguably been on one since joining the Titans.
* RelationshipResetButton: Ryouga ended up being paired off with [[spoiler:Jinx, due to a combination of growing closer with Jinx and feeling too guilty to start a serious relationship with Raven. Then Raven went nuts, nearly {{Brainwashed}} him into being her [[PropertyOfLove love slave]], and erased Jinx's attraction to Ryouga. Now in Ryouga's eyes, he and Raven are "even", and Jinx isn't attracted to him anymore. Congratulations, Raven,]] you've just set everyone [[spoiler: except Starfire]] back to square one.
* {{Repower}}: [[spoiler: After being separated from Trigon due to being in another dimension, Raven's powers from Trigon begin to fail]], leaving only her telepathic abilities. So she learns to use her remaining psychic abilities like X-COM psychics. And promptly outclasses them.
* ShipperOnDeck: X-COM Ryouga ships Titans Ryouga/Raven.
* ShipSinking: Ryouga finally came clean to Akane about being P-chan before the story began and got a chewing out to the tune of "I never want to see you again!"¯ for his courage. While Akane later felt bad about her reaction and apologized, by that time Ryouga had moved on and started to form his own LoveDodecahedron.
* TheShrink: Psychiatrists are repeatedly mentioned throughout the story, and apparently all of X-COM regularly sees them. We even get to meet one in the form of [[DoctorPhil Dr. Phillips]].
* SinisterSurveillance: It's X-COM's Hat really, even saying the wrong word on a random phone can get you locked up, tortured, {{MindRape}}d, or killed.
* SociopathicSoldier: Shampoo.
* SpaceMadness: The Space Hulk dimension causes this.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Early on, the Titans manage to steal the spotlight and run with it. Later on, it becomes more evenly distributed between them and India and Juliet squads.
* StaticStunGun: The T-Brella has a shock feature in it. Although the one time it was used, it just pissed X-COM Ryouga off.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: How [[spoiler:Jinx]] wakes up after the aliens catch her. How [[spoiler:Starfire]] wakes up after Herb punches her face in.
* SuperPowerMeltdown: Ranma worried that Titans-Ryouga was on the verge of one after [[spoiler: Jinx was [[{{Deprogramming}} deprogrammed]] [[RelationshipResetButton out of love with him]]]]. Considering that Titans-Ryouga was actually sparking at the time, he was probably right.
** Ryouga and Ryouga intentionally try to set one off in order to power a gigantic Hiryu Shoten Ha when fighting Saffron.
* SuperStrength: Starfire is handled as a little stronger than Ryouga, and Cyborg as a little stronger than Lime.
* {{Telepathy}}: One of the few superpowers already in ''FanFic/TheRoadToCydonia'' world.
* ThePowerOfLove: What allows Ryouga to break through [[spoiler: Raven's]] brainwashing in order to save Jinx.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil: Early on, Titans Ryouga expresses concern that crappy treatment by the Titans is going to undo Jinx's HeelFaceTurn.
* ThickerThanWater: Starfire's reasoning behind why she [[spoiler: betrays Tresspasser and Ukyou in favor of Ryouga.]] Although Starfire and Ryouga are not actually related.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: The Space Hulk dimension causes anyone who inhabits it for too long to suffer this. The main characters eventually realize something is wrong when [[spoiler: Kuno scalps himself]].
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: X-COM Ryouga developed a superior ki circulation method. Titans Ryouga, Starfire, and Jinx all promptly learn said method.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Shampoo.
* TouchOfDeath: X-COM Ryouga's "Killing Point" technique.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: The Titans. And Jinx.
** And later, The Titans, Jinx, and Romeo and Juliet squads.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Trenchard [[spoiler: Akari]] turns against the aliens after Jinx severs her connection to the Mind.
** Afterwards, the very Reapers she raised are used to hunt her down.
*** Which is later [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
---> '''Trenchard [[spoiler: Akari]]''': "Onishi was the prize of his litter. A bred champion. He also tried to bite me in half. Even a champion has no right to turn on his creator."
---> '''Jinx''': "Oh, man, if I had a nickel for every time I heard a mad scientist say that! I mean, it’s practically a trope or cliché or something!"
* UnfazedEveryman: Nabiki
* {{Unobtainium}}: Elerium
* VillainProtagonist: X-COM Shampoo. X-COM Nabiki appears comparatively HeelFaceTurn most of the time due to her near FateWorseThanDeath experience, but allegedly plans to start her own world-spanning war-profiteer and mercenaries-for-hire organisation, which would turn her much worse than DT Nabiki/a more extreme version of [[Manga/BlackLagoon Balalaika]]). Jinx kind of qualifies to a degree, but she is genuinely improving, and was simply a burglar, not an assassin.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Nabiki
* WasOnceAMan: The corrupted Nth metal infected Thanagarians, with special mention going to the Sacristan. Although they were Thanagarians instead of humans.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The InuYasha crew in the Sengoku Jidai is revealed to be [[AllJustADream hallucinations created by Kagome and her mother]], both delusional psychics. WordOfGod is that it was just a ShoutOut that demonstrated a particularly harmless "Double A" psychic.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The Titans are much more accepting of non-humans (aliens in particular) than X-COM is.
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