Fan Fic: A Shadow Of The Titans


A Shadow of the Titans is a Crossover between Jackie Chan Adventures and Teen Titans by Eduard Kassel and a part of Project Dark Jade.

Following an offscreen battle with a demon, Jade is accidentally banished along with it, ending up in some sort of pocket dimension. While there, she is confronted by a mysterious being (whom Word of God names "The Cackler"), who offers up a cryptic monologue before forcibly transforming Jade into her Shadowkhan form. He then tosses her into another universe — specifically, the universe of Teen Titans, where a series of events soon sees Jade forcibly drafted into the HIVE. Now, under the identity of Zhu Chan, Jade must play the role of supervillain while searching for a way to return home, and also dealing with the Titans, who — due to unfortunate circumstances - end up viewing her as just another criminal to be defeated.

First part in a planned trilogy.

Now with a character sheet that Needs Wiki Magic Love

This story contains examples of:

  • Academy of Evil: The HIVE. Jade is actually surprised at how much like a regular school it is.
  • Affably Evil: Gadjo is psychotic, but when he's not trying to kill you, he seems like a pretty fun guy.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Jinx calls Jade "Blue". Gadjo calls her "Little Shadow".
  • Alternate Universe: The Titans universe is this to the JCA universe. The point is hammered home when Jade realizes the Jump City is the counterpart to San Francisco, with Titans Tower revealed to be where Alcatraz is supposed to be, and the calender is five years ahead.
    • Another major difference is that in the TT universe, chi magic died out a couple centuries prior to the modern day.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Jinx is defined by her desire to gain wealth and respect as a villain.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Talisman of Hwan the Bright enhances the magic of its users. Jinx's use of it boosts her bad luck powers to the point of bending Murphy's Law itself to her own ends.
  • Another Dimension: The pocket dimension Jade ends up in in the prologue — it consists solely of a small island floating in a multicolored void.
    • We finally get a glimpse of the shadow realm when Jade flees there after getting hit with an onion. It appears to consist of islands, covered in mountains and jungles, floating in shadows that seem to shift between air and liquid composition. And it appears to be toxic to non-Shadowkhan, whom the shadows burn (while at the same time granting Shadowkhan increased power and a Healing Factor).
      • It's explained later that this is just one branch of the Shadow Realm, which exists across the multiverse, with some branches being like this, and others being like what was shown in canon.
  • Anti-Villain: Jade is a definite Type IV. She'd very much like to not be a villain at all, but circumstances forced her into the role, and have been keeping her in it.
  • Arch-Enemy: After he nails her with an onion, Jade declares Beast Boy is now her archenemy. He's thrilled at the concept, figuring it makes him cooler.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: After the Oni curbstomp Blood and his faculty, the rest of the HIVE quickly surrender and bend the knee to them.
  • Ax-Crazy: Gadjo, all the way.
    • Mumbo is compared by Robin to The Joker as an unpredictable force of Chaotic Evil.
    • The adult Jade who appears in the "Destiny" interlude has shades of this, especially if you've read the oneshot she originally showed up in.
    • Machete, who's so crazy Gadjo is the only one she could safely be partnered up with.
  • Badass Boast: Jade, when saying she'll make her way home before the Queen overtakes her mind.
    "It won't be easy, but I'm Jade Chan. I do the impossible and make it look easy!"
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The HIVE has one (apparently, being villains, they don't care much about age limits).
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Despite becoming a Shadowkhan once again and gaining powers over darkness, Jade is firmly an Anti-Villain (Type IV), and would like to become a hero.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: This is the basic tenant of chi magic, as Jade explains to Jinx while trying to talk her out of using the Talisman of Hwan.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The Cackler forcibly transforms Jade back into her Shadowkhan form (although she still has her normal mindset).
    • She also gets turned into a monkey by Mumbo (to serve as his assistant), but that is undone rather quickly.
  • Bald of Evil: Gizmo.
    • This gets combined with Bald Woman when Tarakudo heals the Queen, though he insists it'll grow back.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Jade thinks this whole situation is the universe saying this to her in regards to her wish for an exciting life.
  • Berserk Button: Jade suddenly seems to have a whole bunch of them. Her transformation and the stress of her situation seems to have given her a seriously short fuse. Naturally, this doesn't help her situation with the Titans any.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Brother Blood and Tarakudo are both trying to corrupt and manipulate Jade, for their own agendas. Tarakudo beats Blood in the end.
  • Bigger Bad: The Cackler, possibly. It's not very clear at this point.
  • Big Eater: Jade, although it gets taken to Extreme Omnivore levels.
    • Jinx becomes this when the Talisman of Hwan boosts her power, but she actually gets skinner over time.
  • Black and White Morality: Robin's viewpoint, as Raven lampshades during the tournament. Subverted with Raven herself, as she understands that there are villains with standards out there, and not all villains are all bad (like Jade), and that you generalize like Robin does at your own risk.
  • Blood Knight: Gadjo enjoys nothing more than a good fight. Except pie.
    • Machete is also extremely violent (fittingly, she's assigned to be Gadjo's partner), to the point she'll attack her fellow HIVE students if they get in the way of her attacking someone else.
  • The Brute: Mammoth and Gadjo. Also Susano, to an extent. And while we haven't seen much of Machete, from what little we have seen, she appears to be a rare female example.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The hot dog guy Jade met was really rude to her over five cents, leading to her accidentally blowing up his cart with the Dragon talisman, not to mention the random residents of the city.
    • Kitten, after having been stopped nearly effortlessly by Jade in the Tournament of Villainesses (Jade used heat vision to blast away Kitten's energy whip and then picked her up with the Rooster Talisman), proceeds to insult her! The evil teen insulted Jade's outfit and appearance (the appearance part in multiple ways), her power set, and was starting to say that Jade was so ugly that that was why she wan't in her original dimension, they had kicked her out (she didn't finish, but it's clear what she was saying), before Jade's Berserk Buttons were fully pressed and she unleashed a Dragon Talisman blast that nearly killed Kitten, giving Jade a My God, What Have I Done? moment (as, unlike the others Jade had met, the evil blonde was not Made of Iron). And this was AFTER Jade had offered Kitten a chance to surrender!
  • The Cameo: Zatanna shows up in the Tournament of Villainesses chapter when Robin asks for her help in finding Raven.
    • Georgia, the daughter of Shazam's Arch-Enemy, is another contestant of that same event.
    • Green Lantern Jon Stewart (of Justice League fame) shows up to deal with Jade after she ages herself up and is considered too dangerous for the Titans.
    • Slade gets two in the Super Jinx chapter.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: When the aged-up Jade is convinced to deal with her frustrations via alcohol, she ends up so drunk from just a few sips of Belgian Ale that she's left half-conscious and wailing on a karaoke machine.
    • According to the Oni Generals, this only affects Oni that haven't developed at least 2 sets of horns.
  • Cardboard Prison: Cyborg feels the Jump City Prison needs more funding.
  • The Chew Toy: Minor HIVE student Evil Dick seems to exist only to get his ass kicked. In his first appearance, he ticks off Gadjo, who puts him in a full body cast. In his second, he's easily removed from the Titans rematch with Super Jinx by Cyborg, who doesn't even remember his name.
  • Clingy MacGuffin:
    • Jade had the Rooster, Dragon, and Pig talismans on her when she was sent across dimensions, and after the Cackler's interference, they end up fused into her body. Until she ends up Taking the Bullet for Jinx, and Raven's spell violently expels them from her body.
    • Machete's suit is apparently another example, as Robin mentions that they cannot remove it.
    • The Queen has the fragments of the Mask of Tarakudo embedded beneath her facial skin after breaking it to free the Oni.
  • Clothing Damage: During Jade's first fight with the Titans, Robin hits one of the Talismans (presumably the Dragon), which causes an explosive release of energy that — among other things — fries most of her clothes.
    • This leads Jade to make sure her new costume is fire retardant and otherwise durable, to avoid any repeats of such an event.
    • This happens to her again after Taking the Bullet for Jinx.
  • Combat Sadomasochist/Too Kinky to Torture: Gadjo. He gets electrocuted by Susano during the entrance exam fight, and laughs through it, and when he's later thrown into the Pit for a week, Mammoth comments that the only reason he probably doesn't break out early is because whatever goes on in there, he probably enjoys it.
  • Combo Platter Powers: In addition to the shadow powers that come with being a Shadowkhan, Jade also has the Dragon, Pig and Rooster talismans at her disposal 24/7.
  • Continuity Nod: When Jade realizes she's been accidentally banished in the process of banishing a demon, she's upset that it's happened again, a reference to the time she was banished to the Netherworld along with Bai Tza.
    • When she first tells Jinx she knows magic, she mentioned the chi zapper she made from a flower to battle the Earth Demon.
    • When she sets up her magic lab, she has some basic supplies and a "needlessly creepy paperweight" that she say reminds her of Tarakudo.
    • She's also not happy when she gets turned into a monkey by Mumbo, remembering the last time it happened (the original Monkey talisman episode).
    • At another point, she lists all the spells she's learned and used over the course of the show.
    • Jade also mentally compares and contrasts the shadow realm of the TT world and the Demon Netherworld.
    • The Queen compares herself to Tiger (Jackie's dark half brought to life by the Tiger talisman) when trying to convince Jade she's not so bad.
    • During the chapter that introduces the Master of Games, Jade briefly compares him to the Monkey King.
    • When trying to convince Jinx to remove her amulet, Jade mentions the time Daolon Wong ended up rendering himself blind, deaf and mute.
    • The next chapter has a number of references to the Oni's original attempt at covering Jade's world in shadow.
  • Crossover: Obviously. But in addition to crossing over JCA and TT, it also partially crosses over with another story by the same author — the evil adult Jade who appears in the "Destiny" interlude is (or is based on) the Cult-leading adult version of Jade who appeared in the oneshot "When I Grow Up".
    • In Jewel Of Darkness, some of Susano's comments in regards to the Missing Episode of that story implies that the Susano from that story and this one are the same individual (he mentions a gypsy and an "Oni spawn", which likely refers to Gadjo and Jade, respectively).
  • Cryptic Conversation: As noted in the summary, the Cackler monologues one of these to himself when confronting Jade in the prologue.
    • Also most of the "Destiny" interlude, as we have no real idea what's going on there.
  • Cthulhumanoid: One briefly cameos in a video as one of Gadjo's previous employers. He apparently tried to summon an Eldritch Abomination (presumably the big C himself), but was killed by Gadjo when the latter realized this would mean no more pies.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jade vs Kitty and Raven vs Georgia in the Tournament of Villainesses.
    • Gadjo versus anyone unlucky enough to piss him off.
    • After Jade ages herself up, her powers grow so strong that the Titans don't stand a chance against her. Then Jon Stewart shows up, and she ends up on the receiving end.
    • Tarakudo easily kicks Blood out of Jade's mind.
    • Jinx, empowered by the Talisman of Hwan, is able to handle the Titans singlehandedly. In their rematch, however, they find ways to get around her power.
    • The Oni and Shadowkhan easily beat Blood and most of the HIVE.
  • Curse Cut Short: Georgia, right before Raven slams her into a wall.
  • Cutting the Knot: During one Physical Feats class, Jade is presented with the task of traversing a Death Trap-ridden obstacle course and ringing a bell. Upon noticing that the course is circular, she just turns around and rings the bell that's a few feet behind her. The school considers it valid, but she gets detention anyway.
    HIVE student: Can she do that?
    • When sent out to steal the Jadeite Panda, Gadjo gets into a conversation on romance with the Titans outside the museum, so a fed-up Jade just goes in and takes it.
  • Dark Is Not Evil/Light Is Not Good: Jade's villain persona (a Shadowkhan dressed in black and red) is contrasted with Brother Blood, who wears gold and white (Jinx comments at one point that rather than the traditional light and purity, Blood's colors seem to represent greed and death).
    • The two adult Jades who appear in the Mind Screwy "Destiny" interlude are a similar contrast. The good (or at least, non-psychotic) Jade is in all black, while the outright villainous Jade wears white.
    • When Jade regresses into herself in the Master of Games' medallion and meets the Queen, the Queen invokes this in order to convince Jade to merge with her (even bringing up Jackie's dark half released by the Tiger talisman as a comparison).
    • Raven is recruited for the Tournament of Villainesses, and constantly complains about it (though her demon side does briefly take over).
  • Dating Catwoman: Gizmo and Mammoth mock Jade after she declares Beast Boy her Arch-Enemy by bringing up how often this trope occurs. Jinx assures her that it's a myth.
    Mammoth: You know what they say. First comes aggression, then hatred. Then comes wary respect for skills. Followed by surprising common ground on an issue. Then more hatred and aggression. Then a reboot of mutual respect with one side throwing away a win. Then a romantic rendezvous, and one comes back to the city years later, and a literal custody battle ensues over a wide-eyed bastard.
    Gizmo: Would your love child be bluish green, or greenish blue?
    *KABOOM!!*
  • Deal with the Devil: The Queen makes one with Tarakudo to restore herself after Jade Taking the Bullet for Jinx reduces them to a shell of themselves.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when the Queen claims that they will be destroyed if they don’t, Jade still refuses to merge with her, forcing the Queen to do something that apparently ends up splitting them.
  • The Dreaded: Gadjo has quickly earned this reputation among the other HIVE students — they're all scared stiff of him.
  • Dream Walker: Jade learns the spell for doing this via astral projection and uses it to enter the dreams of her teammates, Gadjo, and Brother Blood (Jinx and Gadjo's are odd but good, Mammoth is having a nightmare, and Jade turns Gizmo and Blood's into nightmares). She then tries to see what happens if she enters her own unconscious body, and ends up in her subconscious, where she finds Tarakudo messing with her mind. Fortunately for him, she thinks it's just another dream.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Captain Hollywood is killed offscreen, and no one much cares afterwards.
  • Either/Or Title: Most of the chapters have these.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: The HIVE. Jade compares it to Section 13, stating that it has a better aesthetic appeal.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The "Great Old Shadows" dwelling in the depths of the Shadow Realm are implied to be this.
  • Eldritch Location: There are a couple of these. First, there was that pocket dimension with the twisting, multicolored sky (which caused a Brown Note reaction in Jade, making her nauseous). Then there's the shadow realm of the TT world, with floating islands, some covered in forests and mountains, filled with twisting shadows that seem to switch between a liquid-like and an air-like state.
  • Enemy Civil War: At the beginning of the story, the HIVE is recovering from one, wherein Blood overthrew the previous Headmistress and ended up having to wipe out the Russian branch of the HIVE.
  • Enemy Mine: Jinx briefly teams up with the Titans after Mumbo captures both Jade and Starfire and forces them to be his "assistants". Jinx describes it as "sharing a mutual problem", and as soon as Mumbo is defeated she grabs Jade and runs off.
    • The possible Bad Future glimpsed in the "Destiny" interlude has another apparent example: whatever "Omega" is, it's so bad that the Demon Sorcerers and the Eight Immortals (or a version of them, anyway) team up with each other and Good!Jade to stop Evil!Jade from releasing it.
    • Jade and Raven teaming up against the Master of Games.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Killer Moth dearly loves his daughter, and is distraught when Jade nearly kills her (accidentally) in the Tournament and he swears revenge.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: From Raven's perspective, Jade, who never actively causes trouble, seeks peaceful alternatives, and doesn't take advantage of Raven being unconscious to hurt her, saying it wouldn't be right.
    • For a straighter example, when Jade and Blackfire face each other in the tournament, Blackfire is willing to let Jade surrender, as she doesn't want to fight a child. Though when Jade doesn't give up, it doesn't stop her from trying to pummel her.
    • Also, even the other HIVE villains find the Ax-Crazy Gadjo a bit disturbing.
    • Even Gadjo has standards, believe it or not, as he thinks fighting is about fighting, not big speeches or special effects, like Susano was doing in the HIVE entrance exam.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Naturally, Jade is forced to take on a new outfit when she's recruited by the HIVE (and after the above mentioned Clothing Damage, it becomes necessary). She ends up with a mildly complex ensemble composed of a cloak over a robe over a karate gi, selling the fact that she's a magic user who can also fight hand-to-hand.
    • When the Queen takes control of her and Jade's body, thanks to her deal with Tarakudo, she starts wearing kimono and a straw hat.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Blood finds that he is outclassed by Tarakudo when he tries to take Jade’s mind. And earlier in the same chapter, Slade subtly shows that Blood is his inferior as well.
    • Blood gets it again in the next chapter, when the Oni and the Shadowkhan defeat him and his army of students.
  • Evil Laugh: The HIVE actually has a seminar on this, and whether or not it's worth it. Captain Hollywood did this in class once, leading Jade to swear never to do it.
  • Evil Makeover: Another thing the HIVE has a seminar on.
  • Evil Plan: The Oni plan to draw the planet into the Shadow Realm, putting them firmly at the top of the food chain.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The HIVE vs the Oni. The HIVE loses, badly.
  • Extreme Omnivore: It seems that as a Shadowkhan, Jade is capable of eating just about anything, in addition to her natural Big Eater tendencies having been increased. In fact, it becomes the subject of a Running Gag via Jinx repeatedly asking if she's part goat or something. Everything except alcohol, that is. Apparently, Jade, like most Japanese demons, can't hold her drink.
  • Face Palm: Raven does this after hearing Gadjo's "explanation" for how relationships work.
  • Fantastic Arousal: Both Gadjo and Tarakudo are apparently turned on by the horns Jade sports after she's magically aged up.
  • Fantastic Racism: Much like another story by the same author, there's a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) hate directed towards Metas and other non-humans. This ends up contributing to Jade being pushed towards the HIVE.
    • Played for laughs when Jade accuses Beast Boy of doing racial profiling after he comments that she and Mumbo have a lot in common (them both being blue-skinned magic users).
    • Susano appears to hate Jade based solely on him being partially divine and her being part Oni.
    • Susano also called Gadjo "Gaijin", a word meaning "alien", with great contempt, showing that his racism isn't just towards mystical beings (though since he seems to be in a team with a demon and a ghost, it may partly be because he's a Jerkass and just uses it as an excuse to demean others).
    • And Gadjo seems to really hate zombies.
    • Jade lampshades the inconsistency at one point, asking why blue skin was such a big deal while grey skin was fine.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Brother Blood, who — like in canon — pretends to be a charming old fellow, but really, really isn't.
  • Filler Villain: The Master of Games in the Tournament chapter.
  • Forced Into Evil: As noted elsewhere on this page, Jade is only villain due to a bunch of misunderstandings with the Titans and fear of the HIVE.
  • For Want of a Nail: Per Word of God, this is the reason that Cyborg attempts his undercover mission at the HIVE from Season 3 despite it still being in the timeframe of Season 2 (going by Slade's cameos) — Jade's presence and actions have ramped up the HIVE's threat level enough for the Titans to do this. And Jade seeing through his disguise cuts it short before Cyborg catches Blood's attention, thus seemingly preventing the Season 3 Story Arc from ever happening.
  • Genre Savvy: Jade, though it hasn't yet been shown as much compared to her Dangerously Genre Savvy counterpart from Queen Of All Oni (it's partly due to her past experiences, partly due to her comic book knowledge).
    • Within minutes of finding out that the HIVE is a school for villains, she realizes that there has to be a large force of heroes that justifies such a school.
    • She also realizes that crossing Brother Blood would NOT be a good idea (he's the headmaster of a school for SUPERVILLAINS, after all, and you would have to be dangerous to get a position like that), which is a major part of the reason she hasn't left the HIVE yet.
    • She also realizes that while failure at the HIVE would not end well, A-listing would probably not be very good either.
    • At one point, while the Titans are busy with Gadjo, she just goes and gets the thing they were supposed to steal.
    • She's also pretty much the only one (save Raven to a somewhat lesser degree) who feels that something is up with the Master of Games' tournament (but she still goes along with it, since she wants to return home and hoped the prize would help her).
    • She sees through Cyborg's "Stone" Paper-Thin Disguise pretty much instantly, and is surprised that no one else can see it.
    • After Jade is sent into the Shadow Realm, Jinx believes she's dead. Gadjo knows otherwise.
    • Jinx is smart enough to recognize that the Queen isn't Jade.
    • Tarakudo denies the Queen's request to find her light side and rejoin it to her. He explains his decision in universe by saying that the fusion might result in a chaotic good Anti-Hero.
    • Gizmo weaponizes the Oni Kryptonite Factor, and joins up with Jinx in fleeing the Oni because he knows that the Queen won't like him.
    • The Queen is quick to recognize Batman as a threat, even if the Oni Generals don't.
  • Girls with Moustaches: When Jade tries to use a potion to try and regrow her eyebrows after a failed spell fried them off, she gets one. When Jinx laughs, Jade throws the potion in her face, causing the bad luck witch to get one nearly reaching her shoulders!
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Jade, as the Queen explicitly says that their cunning comes from her.
  • Going to Give It More Energy: Raven does this to defeat Jade in the Tournament — she uses her shields to force Jade to overdose on shadows in the shadow realm, causing her to fall asleep.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Jade tends to slip into this when under duress. Presumably, this is due to the influence of her Shadowkhan side, seeing as she herself is Chinese.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: When the Titans are watching footage of Gadjo fighting zombies, it mentioned at one point that he's apparently "whaling on zombies with a zombie".
  • Groin Attack: Jade suggests this to Starfire when they're pummeling Mumbo.
    • And she does it to the Master of Games later on.
  • Guile Hero: Jade, just like in canon, is intelligent and cunning (just look at the Cutting the Knot, Genre Savvy, and Summon Bigger Fish tropes on this page). At one point, when Gadjo — who had no plan, only wanting to fight the Titans — is telling them about the way he thinks relationships work, she just goes and steals the artifact they were after.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Jinx tells Jade her bad luck powers are due to her being 1/4 fey.
  • Hammerspace: Jade mentally lampshades this in regards to Suzano's staff, even using the word hammerspace.
  • Hannibal Has a Point: After the Journey to the Center of the Mind mentioned below, Jade is forced to admit that the Queen has a point or two in regards to how much she's changed (like eating metal and wood, preferring less light, etc.), and decides to step up her game (as she refuses to accept the changes the Queen has in mind, even if she admits to them).
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Due to her short temper during her interactions with the Titans and the random Jerk Ass civilians of Jump City, Jade ends up being labeled a public threat. And matters aren't helped any by her having to pretend to be a villain so that the HIVE doesn't kill her.
  • Horny Devils: Jade turns into one when she ages herself up.
    • The Queen gets a smaller pair of horns when her Deal with the Devil with Tarakudo restores her.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Cackler.
  • Hypocrite: Susano's Fantastic Racism towards Oni becomes this with the apparent reveal that his demonic teammate is apparently one (albeit a weaker one than the Oni Generals).
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Gadjo knowingly eats the pie Mother Mae Eye was sealed in.
    • After defeating Blood, the Oni decide to feast on his brain.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Gadjo's "explanation" for how romantic relationship "really" work, which basically boils down to women using sex to force men to take out the garbage so civilization doesn't collapse. When he gives this speech to the Titans, they are all left dumbfounded... except Beast Boy, to whom it somehow makes sense!
    • After Jade/Zhu Chan Taking the Bullet for Jinx sends both Robin and Raven into a Heroic BSOD, Cyborg sticks them in a crate to work through it, on the basis that since a negative times a negative is a positive, stuffing that much Angst into a small space will have a positive effect. Surprisingly, it works.
  • Irony: Jade lampshades the irony of her being sent to steal the Jadeite Panda.
  • Jerkass: The citizens of Jump and Susano.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: When Jade is absorbed by the Master of Games' medallion, she ends up inside her mind, where she meets the Queen (her Enemy Within), who tries to present herself as a necessary part of Jade's mind, and tries to convince her to let them fuse together.
  • Karmic Death: Captain Hollywood tries to strangle a unicorn, only to end up impaled by its horn.
  • Kick the Dog: Susano sending Jade's consciousness to the Shadow Realm.
  • Killed Off for Real: Captain Hollywood.
  • Kneel Before Zod: The Oni demand this of the HIVE when they show up. And after a show of force, most do so.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Jade. Her villain outfit is to sell the fact that she uses martial arts and magic, and she herself says that between magic, martial arts, and her other abilities (i.e. the Talismans), she'll choose all of the above.
  • Kryptonite Factor: Beast Boy and Jade argue (in the middle of a fight, mind you) whether or not Jade's Shadowkhan-induced weakness to onions qualifies.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: At one point Jade makes a bet with Gizmo about what kind of pun the Titans will open the fight with (and she guessed correctly).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Jade thinks that gaining the Shadowkhan weakness to onions (and actually experiencing the pain it causes) is this to her for enjoying doing it to Tarakudo. Though she's quick to point out that unlike her, he had it coming.
    • Jade warns Jinx that, due to the Balance Between Good and Evil nature of chi magic, she’s setting herself up for a major karmic backlash if she continues to use her chi magic amulet the way she’s been doing (constantly, and for dark and self-centered purposes).
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The HIVE has a seminar called F.W.A., which appears to mean "Fourth Wall Awareness". The instructor is completely nuts, and no one takes it seriously — it's just used as a form of hazing for the newer students.
    • Gadjo's speech to Jinx about how Jade isn't dead because she's the focus of the story, not him.
  • Licking the Blade: Done by the Master of Games with Machete's blade during his fight with Raven.
  • Loss of Identity: Jade fears that she's becoming less and less like her old self. This only gets worse when she speaks with the Queen, who points out how comfortable she's become with some of the changes she's undergone.
    • When the Queen is sent to the Shadow Realm, she's reduced to a feral thing until Tarakudo finds her and restores her. Even then, Jade's mind is still gone.
  • Machete Mayhem: The aptly-named villain Machete (Gadjo's partner).
  • Made of Iron: After accidentally hitting Jinx and her team with a full energy attack during a fight with the Titans only for them to end up only slightly hurt, Jade comments that people in this world are pretty tough.
    • Subverted and lampshaded with Kitty. Jade gives her a full blast from the Dragon talisman and nearly kills her; afterwards, she comments how most people she'd encountered so far would have walked away from that.
  • Mad Scientist: Gizmo, obviously. Also Georgia Sivanna, daughter of Shazam's Arch-Enemy.
  • Magic Versus Science: Gizmo and Jade seem to be quickly developing a rivalry based on this (the fact that they hate each other and are forced to share a lab space doesn't help).
    • Jinx and Raven both fight Georgia in the Tournament of Villainesses.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Blood's stock in trade.
    • In another similarity to Queen Of All Oni, Tarakudo is manipulating Jade from the shadow realm via her subconscious.
    "I will make the bird want to sing."
  • Mind Control: Blood, but it doesn't work very well on Jade at all.
  • Mind Screw: The interlude chapter "Destiny" features two adult versions of Jade — one evil and one good (apparently) — fighting each other. It borders on being a Bizarro Episode, except it's implied that it actually will be important later on.
  • Morality Chain: The Queen refers to Jackie and the rest of Jade's family as this by name when describing why Jade is Slowly Slipping Into Evil.
  • Mundane Utility: Jade has used her eye beams to heat up a potion at least once.
  • Mythology Gag: Jinx says she would never fall for some jerky hero who's always getting in her way. In the show, she did end up in a relationship with Kid Flash after he spent his whole introductionary episode getting in her way and messing with her.
    • More subtly, the Master of Games abducted Raven, a Dark Is Not Evil heroine, for his "Tournament of Villainesses", like how he summoned Gizmo, a villain, for his "Tournament of Heroes" in canon.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Jade freaks out when she nearly kills Kitty in a rage in the Tournament.
    • Jinx when she realizes that Jade Taking the Bullet for her may have resulted in her losing everything.
  • Never My Fault: HIVE Academy has a class named "Irrational Blame Assignment". According to Mammoth, "you can get a pass even if you fail by just making a good argument on why your lousy grade somehow wasn't your fault".
  • No Endor Holocaust: The Queen references this when she points out that the Oni covering the Earth in shadow would result in plants dying and the like. It turns out that covering the planet in shadow is only step one, with step two being sucking the entire sphere into the Shadow Realm.
  • Noodle Incident: At one point, Jade is sentenced to detention in the ominously-named "Pit". The narration then cuts to the following morning, with her stating that it was no big deal.
    • The Titans view footage of Gadjo fighting zombies, but we only read their reactions to what they see and a few of his lines. We don't actually get to see what he did.
    • Another one with Gadjo — he gets sent to the Pit for trying to feed a teacher to the HIVE's monster mascot.
    • When Beast Boy is gloating about having an Arch-Enemy in Jade, Raven threateningly reminds him about "the bubbles" in order to shut him up. Cyborg mentions it again to do the same a few chapters later.
    • Captain Hollywood goes up to show the class how to strangle a unicorn, and the scene cuts to a memorial service, mentioning how he got gored several times by it.
    • At one point, a fight with the Titans results in Gizmo being captured and Jade in hot water with the Tribunal. She ends up spending a week in the Chamber of Moderate Annoyances because Gadjo broke the Pit.
    • Gadjo apparently caused a temporal shift and rendered Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Ret Gone.
    • Whatever Cyborg did in those two minutes we didn't see that got him to convince Beast Boy that he's a better temporary leader than the changeling is.
  • No Sell:
    • Gadjo shrugs off just about everything thrown at him.
    • During the period when Jade is magically aged up, she gets hit with a giant Green Lantern ring-created fist, and gets whacked over the head with a baseball bat. Neither has any effect.
  • OC Stand-in: As per usual for Project fics, the Oni Generals get individual names and personalities.
  • Odd Friendship: Jinx and Jade seem to be forming one.
  • Ominous Message from the Future: After Starfire's trip into the Bad Future depicted in the "How Long Is Forever?" episode, Nightwing sends her back with a letter to the present-day Robin, warning of some unspecified incident involving Jade that caused the Titans (already unstable following Starfire's disappearance) to fall apart completely. While the letter doesn't give details, Nightwing does imply that there's a moral quandary involved, and implores Robin to do the right thing.
  • Original Characters: Gadjo, Machete, Susano (who also appears in Jewel Of Darknessnote ), the Cackler.
  • Original Flavor: It's been commented on that both Jade and the TT characters are kept very much in character.
  • Overnight Age-Up: Jade uses a magic staff (based on Mad Mod's technology) to steal Cyborg's age, making herself an adult while turning him into a kid.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Jade sees through Cyborg's "Stone" disguise almost immediately, and is surprised that she's the only one.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Subtle example, but Mumbo does seem to have a tendency to force women into being his "assistants". When he magically places Jinx in a rather revealing outfit, she comments on it being harassment.
  • Power at a Price: Jade warns Jinx that her continued use of the amulet could have serious repercussions due the Balance Between Good and Evil basis of chi magic (not mentioning that it’s apparently making her appetite bigger even though she’s losing weight)
  • Power Incontinence: When Jade is magically aged up, her powers grow to the point that she has little control over them. The worst is her ability to travel by shadow, where she keeps overshooting her target... by whole continents.
  • Psycho for Hire: Gadjo was apparently a freelance mercenary before even before being recruited by the HIVE. As for the "psycho" part, well, just look at some of the other tropes on this page.
  • Psychic Block Defense: According to Word of God, Jade, being a higher-level Shadowkhan, has a natural resistance to mental powers that, combined with her willpower and a third factor (apparently Tarakudo's presence in her mind), make Blood's Mind Control nearly a No Sell on her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jade delivers one to the Master of Games during their battle, in response to his claims that he always wins.
    "Yeah, because you stack the deck. And brag about beating up a girl who has already fought hard while you sit on the sidelines. I know real badasses, and you don't even come close to the list," Zhu Chan taunted.
    "Enough of your impudence!" he commanded, firing a starbolt at her. She burst it with an optic blast.
    "Sloppy. You may have a lot of power, but you didn't earn it. They may not have been smart, but at least they know their own power, idiot," Jade shook her head.
    • Brother Blood gets a few minor ones from Slade and Tarakudo in the Super Jinx chapter.
  • Real Dreams Are Weirder: Tarakudo uses this to keep Jade from realizing she's stumbled onto him messing around with her subconscious — he conjures multicolored mushrooms and ducks in top hats, then turns himself into a basketball with a mustache. This works against him in the following chapter, as he tries to communicate with Jade, who's distracted by a dream of building a wall of sheep (using peanut butter as mortar) to stop a tidal wave of jelly.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: At one point, Jade discusses this trope with Beast Boy, and whether or not it necessarily makes someone evil.
    • Played straight, of course, when Raven's dark side briefly takes out when she's fighting Machete in the Tournament.
  • Revenge by Proxy: After Jade's apparent death, resulting from the Titans' actions, a distraught Jinx destroys their favorite pizza place.
  • Running Gag: There's apparently an offscreen one about Jade's potions exploding.
    • During the Tournament of Villainesses, Raven reminding people that she isn't a villain.
    • Also, Jinx has asked Jade multiple times if she's part goat (because of her Extreme Omnivore tendencies).
    • People getting annoyed by Beast Boy insisting Jade is his Arch-Enemy, and reminding him of "the bubbles" to shut him up. Also, Jade getting annoyed when others insist the same thing.
    • References to Gadjo's Insane Troll Logic on romance.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Susano and his team try to corner Jade for a beating at one point, only for Gadjo to show up and curbstomp one of them. The other teammate runs off, and Susano wisely leaves too after a few parting insults.
    • For a more comedic example, when Jinx and Jade are attending a seminar on minion management, there's a video of Gadjo killing a previous employer for threatening his pies. Around the time he rips off the guy's head and throws it at the camera, the girls decide to ditch out on the rest of the seminar.
    • When Jade finds herself facing a Green Lantern rather than the Titans, she runs away without even trying to fight.
  • Secret Identity: Jade takes on the name Zhu Chan ("Bad Omen") as her villain persona. Notably, this is the only name any character in the Titans universe know her by, even the villains, and most seem to think it's her real one. Meanwhile, the narration switches back and forth on which to refer to her as, depending on the situation.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Jade trying to take a spell for Jinx doesn't do anything. The spell passes right through her and hits Jinx regardless, destroying Hwan's Talisman and freeing her from its influence, and it causes a reaction that reduces her body to formless shadow.
  • Shipper on Deck: Gadjo ships Robin and Raven, since it fits his Insane Troll Logic for romance.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Jade makes a few references to DC characters via Captain Ersatzes (to avoid any complications).
    • Gizmo at one point mockingly tells Jade to conjure up flying monkeys.
    • A flashback to Jade fighting another student in an arena for a private lab space is highly based on a similar scene in Invader Zim.
    • There are quite a few references to The Tick (the author's a big fan, evidently).
    • "Well ain't that cute. But it's wrong!"
    • Jade's conversation with the Queen is based on a similar scene in Kage, another JCA crossover fic.
    • When Jade is sent into herself in the tournament, her dark side says to be careful not to hit the mirror frame on the way out, a reference to "Through the Looking Glass".
    • The Queen's goal to be free to act on her desires, but with Jade's cunning is similar to the Jackie Chan Adventures fanfiction Queen Of All Oni (by the same author), in which this DOES occur.
      • Tarakudo tries to communicate with Jade in her dreams, only to be stymied by said dreams' weirdness, much like in the same story.
      • After Jade's Taking the Bullet for Jinx, the Queen takes on a serpentine from in the Shadow Realm, like in the same story (though Tarakudo feels that a cat would fit her better.
    • During Blood's dream of killing all his students, he tells Gadjo that "the pie was a lie" before setting him on fire.
    • Jade realizing that Mammoth's bright, happy dream is actually a nightmare is taken directly from an episode of The Life and Times of Juniper Lee.
    • The Queen makes a move that is specifically compared to the symbiote from Spider-Man.
    • Gadjo apparently erased Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain from existence.
  • Slasher Smile: Due to her now pointy teeth, Jade tends to do this by default. Raven wonders if she's even aware of it.
    • The Oni give these in reaction to Blood's You and What Army? inquiry, before summoning their armies.
  • Spit Take: When told over breakfast that she's being teamed up with Gadjo, Jade spits her miso into Jinx's face. The latter is not amused.
  • Split Personality Merge: The Queen suggests that this is naturally occurring between her and Jade, due to a combination of Jade's transformation and the loss of her Morality Chain (her family), and that the combined being will have her desire to do whatever she wants, but with Jade's cunning (which the Queen herself lacked last time).
  • Squishy Wizard: Averted. Jade's costume is to sell the fact that she uses magic and martial arts, and she once mentally commented that between martial arts, the Talisman powers, and magic, her first choice will be all of the above.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Jade, naturally, now with the added help of her ability to hide in shadows.
    • She actually ends up on the receiving end herself a few times, usually from Gadjo and Jinx.
    • Slade does this to Blood, for no apparent reason other than rubbing the latter's face in his inferiority.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Apparently Beast Boy and Gadjo are on the same page when it comes to understanding romance.
  • Stupid Evil: In-universe, the Queen admits to both Jade and Tarakudo that her light side is the one with the most intelligence, with her mentioning to Jade how she didn't notice Tohru in Shadowkhan garb the first time she appeared.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: When Jade is sent to break Machete out of prison, only for it to turn into a fight with Raven and Starfire, Jade lets Cinderblock out of his cell in order to keep the Titan girls busy.
    • Jade ends up on the receiving end, as after she magically ages herself up, she's declared such a threat to be worth the Justice League's attention, resulting in the Green Lantern being sent after her.
  • Take That: Gadjo eating, and badly digesting, the pie containing Mother Mae Eye, reflects how the author despised both the character and her whole episode.
  • Taking the Bullet: Jade ends up taking a spell meant for Jinx, which leaves her catatonic.
  • Tempting Fate: Brother Blood uses the classic "You and What Army?" line, only for the Oni to summon their Shadowkhan...
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: Using the Talisman of Hwan, Jinx boosts her powers many fold, but is left highly unstable and paranoid. And on top of that, her physical status deteriorates significantly.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jade and Jinx, respectively. Jade is tomboyish, hating girly stuff, while Jinx is more feminine, wears dresses, and squees when she sees a unicorn.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite the skepticism of his students regarding his plan to strangle a unicorn (including a student who tried to strangle a horse, only to end up getting kicked in the face, requiring him to wear a mask), Captain Hollywood goes ahead with it, only for the story to cut to his memorial service. It's even said he died an idiot's death.
  • Villainous BSOD: After Jade Taking the Bullet for her results in her being rendering a formless mass of shadow, and Susano sends what is left to the Shadow Realm, apparently killing her, Jinx becomes depressed (apparently neglecting her hygiene) and destroys the Titan's favorite pizza place for petty Revenge against them, without any real plan, and has to be rescued by Gadjo.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Raven beats Jade out of his pendant, and during Jade's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to him, Master of Games loses his composure briefly for the only time in the chapter (save his defeat), though he manages to catch himself quickly.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: Jinx says something similar when she grabs Jade after the mess with Mumbo and leaves.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Just like another fic by the author, Jade's transformation has granted her the Oni weakness to onions. She protests to Beast Boy that it does not qualify as a Kryptonite Factor.
    • When the Oni and Shadowkhan attack the H.I.V.E., Gizmo managed to weaponize this.
  • Wham Episode: "Super Jinx!" It ends with Jade adrift in the Shadow Realm and Tarakudo ready to make his move.
    • The next chapter has Tarakudo making a deal with the Queen (as Jade's light side is MIA), with the Queen regaining physical form (albeit without hair) and breaking Tarakudo's mask to free him and the Oni Generals, who proceed to take over the HIVE and create a dome of shadow over Jump City, with a second wave of shadow that repels any beings that aren't normal humans (even Superman), with the intent of covering the entire Earth in shadow so they can drag it into the Shadow Realm.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: So far, Jackie and the rest of the JCA gang haven't been seen (except in the interlude, where we see El Toro and the Demon Sorcerers along with the Immortals) at all, and have only been mentioned in passing.
    • Jade's light side has apparently vanished entirely as of chapter 12.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: There's an odd variation here, in that Jade was apparently traumatized by the experience the last time she was turned into a monkey, so she's understandably freaked out when it happens again.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Jinx starts becoming noticeably unhinged after she uses the amulet for a power boost.
  • The Worf Effect: Not even Superman can breach the Oni's barrier. Possibly justified by the fact that Superman is often depicted as vulnerable to magic, so it working on him isn't unheard of.
  • Worthy Opponent: Gadjo apparently views Jade as one, and she can't decide whether that means he wants to be her friend or if he wants to kill her.
  • You and What Army?: Blood asks this of the Oni when they demand the HIVE's surrender. They respond by summoning their Shadowkhan armies.
  • You! Exclamation: Jade's reaction to Beast Boy the first time she runs into him after he hit her with an onion.