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The Dark Titans duology is a Teen Titans/Ranma 1/2 crossover by Lathis. The series consists of two fics: The Titans and the Lost Boy, written from 2006-2007, and Dark Titans, started in 2007 and still being updated, with the most recent chapter being posted March 21, 2012. The premise is very simple: take Jump City, insert the Nerima Wrecking Crew. Set to liquefy, serve chilled. In execution, on the other hand, it's actually a complex work.The Titans and the Lost Boy begins with H.I.V.E. taking an interest in the legends of Jusenkyo and the Titans following them out to the Bayankala Mountain Range. By sheer coincidence, the Titans cross paths with Ryouga, who demonstrates his abilities by blowing up Cinderblock and helping the team take care of H.I.V.E. After a stopover in the Amazon village to repair the T-ship, the Titans return home and Ryouga goes back to his wandering......only to run headlong into Brother Blood.From there the story kicks into high gear when Blood brainwashes Ryouga and uses his knowledge to target members of the Nerima Wrecking Crew for further "recruitment"ť, drawing the main cast of Ranma 1/2 into the action as they either unwillingly join H.I.V.E. Academy or scramble desperately to find their kidnapped friends and rivals. Meanwhile the Titans are faced with the unenviable position of being the only thing standing between Jump City and an army of brainwashed martial artists.The story continues in Dark Titans, which changes things up a bit; instead of focusing on a single chain of events, the story is split up into distinct arcs, with each arc focusing on a different group of characters following the aftermath of TALB's grand finale with bits of the others thrown in occasionally for variety.
Red XX?: Focuses on the Titans and their newest members dealing with the theft of the Red X suit. Also lays the groundwork for the other arcs via occasional focus on other groups.
Big Trouble In Little Tokyo: The sudden appearance of Brushogun forces Ranma to assemble his own Super Hero team to deal with an enemy he can't possibly handle on his own. This is the most famous and downright brilliant part of the story, with some Leaning on the Fourth Wall for extra flavour.
This Ain't A Scene: Cologne matches wits with Lex Luthor, but Jinx and Happosai are in town as well...
Titan Rising: Ryouga discovers a way to resurrect Terra, but her control issues are worse than ever and she's going to need a mentor. Meanwhile, Jinx and Happosai continue their training trip across DC America, setting their sights on Gotham City as the ideal place to test Jinx's skills.
Wedding Party: The Titans attempt to prevent Starfire from being married off while Blackfire makes a bid for the throne, Ryouga and Terra go camping, and Speedy learns the consequences of disrespecting others.
And I Must Scream: Played with during the "Titan Rising" arc. When Terra first regains consciousness after being de-petrified, one of her first thoughts before she managed to open her eyes was wondering if she had somehow been turned to stone but retained her conscious mind. Of course, she actually had been turned to stone, but wasn't conscious while petrified.
Aura Vision: This is what Ryoga gains after he master’s the Breaking Point Technique.
Batman Gambit: Cologne pulls one off to demonstrate how outdated the customs of Juketsuzoku are. Nabiki pulls one off to escape H.A.E.Y.P. Academy, defeat the Headmaster, and obtain everything she needs to start her own team of supervillains. Cologne pulls one off to avoid working with Happosai. Lex Luthor pulls one off to obtain an army of meta-martial artists.
also played with Ranma really likes to show off by putting together cunning and elaborate plans. Unfortunately, (for him), his "puppets" “friends" and enemies are extremely unpredictable, and so prone to reacting in ways other then what he expected that they seldom react as they're supposed to for long. Nabiki both used and took this into account when she had Kasumi guard Robin. Robin was so focused what a regular goon might do that he was unprepared to handle her.
Battle Aura: Ranma, Raven, Ryouga, Jinx, Starfire, Terra, Happosai, Brother Blood, Cologne... It might just be easier to list the characters that don't have a battle aura at some point in the story.
Blessed with Suck: The Hiryu Shoten Ha is completely useless to Ryoga’s way of fighting. while it may have worked on the DC Martial artist if he tried anyone in the Nerima Wrecking Crew they would have destroyed him if he attempted to use it against them. However the Soul of Ice allows Ryoga to focus his mind and not lose himself to his anger.
Born Unlucky: Jinx. Abandoned as a child, taken in by Headmaster, raised to be a supervillain, obtained superpowers that work by injuring her (which she used so frequently that she stopped noticing the pain), causes bad luck to occur to herself and those around her, etc.
Brain Bleach: Ryoga saving a piglet. Though even that was nothing compared to the fact that the piglet actually looked back at him before finally running off.
Brainwashed: Ryouga, Mousse, Tatewaki, Nabiki, and Kasumi (but not Happosai, who was just bribed).
Brandishment Bluff: After overloading his sonic cannon during a fight with See More, Cyborg runs into Jinx. He then attempts to get her to surrender by threatening to shoot her with his nonfunctional weapon. It backfires rather spectacularly.
Brick Joke: Fairly early in Dark Titans, Cyborg reveals to Ryouga that the T-Brella has a helicopter option. They then proceed to discuss the helicopter option until it drives Robin nuts. It is then never mentioned nor used again in Dark Titans. Then, in Reflections Lost on a Dark Road, it's used as a rather humorous instance of a Chekhov's Gun.
Calling Your Attacks: Pretty much every member of the Nerima Wrecking Crew with a "special move" does this. Even Robin and Starfire occasionally do it.
Character Development: Ryouga being honest and so critical of his own motivations seems like a particularly appropriate touch considering the character development he's undergone in this story and his characteristic depression, as was Terra forcibly telling him that, regardless of what he thinks, he's a good person for what he did for her.
Beast Boy: Much like Kuno he has matured, but is the same old Beast Boy inside.
Robin: There is not much in the way of development other than his martial arts skills, but the foundations have been laid. I am curious were he is going.
Chekhov's Skill: An indirect example. Early on in TALB, Cologne enlists Starfire's help to teach Ryouga the Hiryu Shoten Ha but doesn't bother to teach him the basic steps, saying that Ryouga already knows how it's done because he helped Ranma develop the same skill earlier in the main series. Sure enough, Starfire winds up using the techniques she learned by training with Ryouga to perform her own Hiryu Shoten Ha before the series is over.
During the Titans' stay at Juketsuzoku, Raven learns to sense her surroundings by expanding her aura over them. Later on, after Mousse blinds her, she uses this ability as a temporary replacement for her sight.
The Chick: This was Akane throughout the Tokyo arc her presence seemed to only make the situation worse.
Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The source of Brushogun's massive power-up. As opposed to his canon incarnation, Brush realizes at one point that his powers are at their most potent when he copies the work of another artist because people recognize and believe in those copies, giving them much greater power than any of Brushogun's own original creations, which is also a comment about the nature of fanfiction, with common reader dislike for any original characters.
Collapsing Lair: Brother Blood activates a self-destruct mechanism in H.A.E.Y.P. after sealing everyone in the obstacle course with all the safeties deactivated in an attempt to take out the Titans and the Nerima Wrecking Crew at the same time.
Complexity Addiction: Ranma seems to show shades of this. Especially considering time it took him to think of a scenario of saving himself from an explosion one of the things he thought of was stopping time.
Crowning Moment of Funny: Private Hive’s attempt to prove himself had Nabiki nearly collapsing to the ground from laughter.
Ryoga asking Raven out to breakfast caused Cyborg to nearly exploded into laughter at the shocked expression on Raven's face.
Ranma: "Damn! It's time for the Saotome School's Ultimate Technique-"
Ryoga: "We don't have time for any stupid techniques! Everyone, run away!"
Pedicure of the Fierce Tiger
Curb-Stomp Battle: Ranma vs Goku in the Tokyo arc. Ranma only survives because Brushogun copied Goku's character a little too well, and Goku calls off the fight as soon as he realizes Ranma isn't a bad guy.
Deadly Training Area: The Titans and H.A.E.Y.P. Academy use dangerous obstacle courses for training.
Deadpan Snarker: Played with Lathis seems to be trying very hard to fuse the anime and manga aspects of Ranma character so while he does have the manga versions Deadpan Snarker personality. The anime aspect of him can’t help but unleash it at inappropriate times.
Death Seeker: Mousse thinking that Shampoo was killed turned him into this.
Determinator: They had to actually force Ranma to go to the hospital after the battle with Brother Blood.
Drama-Preserving Handicap: When Ranma, Ryouga, and Raven take the Headmaster on 3 to 1 at the end of Titans and the Lost Boy. Normally, any of them would be able to defeat him (and in fact, Ryouga had, earlier in the story). However, all of them are half-dead at the time, making it a fairly even fight.
Eviler Than Thou: Headmaster teaches Nabiki the hard way what it means to be truly evil.
Evil Is Petty: This is the reason Cologne went through such elaborate attempts to get rid of Happosai.
Evil Laugh: Ryouga indulges in some while alone in Terra's cavern. Midway through, he stops to verify that he is indeed alone, then continues.
Evil Plan: The Headmaster plans to build power using a school for supervillains. Brushogun plans to make bad guys using his superpowers to cause destruction. Nabiki plans to betray the Headmaster and escape with four of his most useful students while the Teen Titans and the Nerima Wrecking Crew defeat him for her. Lex Luthor plans to obtain an army of meta-martial artists. Probably to use against Superman.
Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: While Cyborg was in the middle of explaining how his body armor was practically indestructible only the fact that it was made of Composite Titanium stood out in Ryoga’s mind. Cyborg mentioning that his panels were made titanium-carbide ceramic was all Ryoga needed to know he was susceptible to the Bakusai Tenketsu. Cue this trope.
Finger Poke of Doom: Literally, in the case of Ryouga's Bakusai Tenketsu against Cinderblock and Cyborg.
For Want of a Nail: Because of the Teen Titans' influence on the Wrecking Crew, various changes are made to Teen Titan storylines. Examples? Red X never gets the suit. Kasumi does. Ranma meets Lieutenant Daizo. Daizo never ends up controlling Brushogen or turns evil. Anything else? Oh yes. Ryouga rescues Terra.
Growing the Beard: Dark Titans starts off kind of slowly because Lathis is using the Red X arc to lay the groundwork for the rest of the fic. Things really take off near the end of the arc and continuing into Big Trouble In Little Tokyo.
Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Averted while Ryoga will tell anyone who’d listen about his horrible life the Titan’s know nothing of Ranma’s past. And when they do find out things like Akane beating him they’re horrified.
Heroic Vow: Played for laughs. Ryouga repeatedly makes vows during the "Titan Rising" arc that he repeatedly fails to accomplish in the timetable he sets.
Heroic Willpower: Various examples throughout the fics, but the battle with Brother Blood at the end of The Titans and the Lost Boy is particularly notable. Heroic Willpower is about the only thing keeping Ranma, Ryouga, and Raven standing during the fight.
Hero with Bad Publicity: Ryoga will tell anyone who’d listen all of the horrible things Ranma has done to him. However his recollection of events tends to put him in a superior light. For example telling Jinx about Ranma pretending to be his sister without telling her that he told Ranma that his dog was dying and was planning on killing him. Also telling about his helping Ranma fight Herb without saying why as well as numerous others. Because of this when people first meet Ranma they expect a complete monster the likes of which never seen before.
Hope Spot: Mostly for the relationships in Dark Titans. Every time it looks like one girl has an advantage over the others in any given Love Dodecahedron, something happens to either smack them down or elevate another girl to similar status. Even Robin/Starfire isn't totally safe from this.
Involuntary Shapeshifting: Jusenkyo curses fall under this, so Ranma, Ryouga, Mousse, and Shampoo all count. Gizmo and Mammoth also manage to acquire Jusenkyo curses early on in the story.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Played with Daizo is actually a horrible shot however every one of his missed shots ends up striking a better target.
Irony: Oh so many but to name just a few:
Headmaster brainwashed Ryoga to relive the moment Ranma knocked him into the Jusenkyo spring. However it was an apparently random girl & panda duo who actually knocked Ryoga into the spring, with Ranma, as far as he knew, being nowhere within miles of Jusenkyo at the time.
Ryoga loves Starfire and hates Ranma yet the two are surprisingly similar to each other.
Kasumi's explanation regarding her opinion of Raven and Ryouga as a couple was a well written piece of dialogue too, and some of what she said about opposites seemed rather pertinent to her own situation with Ranma and Akane.
Even before this she begged Raven in tears to save Ryoga from Brother Bloods mind control.
Jerkass: Speedy through and through.
Ranma can be really petty, spiteful, egotistic, or manipulative, especially when irritated, pushed, or just uncomfortable, but usually isn't as bad as he claims to be (or as others claim he is). Because of Ryoga however the Titan characters all visualized a sociopath.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ranma, and Ryoga. Despite everything Ranma is shown as a generally very helpful and compassionate sort when he clearly notices that someone is in serious trouble, including people he just met if asked for assistance, and will recurrently feel extremely bad after he has gone too far. He even saved Herb's and Nabiki's lives, and felt sad for Happosai when the latter felt abandoned by his students. He generally believed that Ryoga was being manipulated somehow even before finding out about Brother Blood. Ryoga gives a harsh first impression, his anger can run away with him, blames literally everything on Ranma, shows great reluctance to acknowledge his own culpability, his recollection of events will put him in a much better light then what actually happened, and he is prone to idiotic behavior, but behaves in a more polite and considerate manner in general, is just as helpful as Ranma when confronted with people in trouble, and his compassion is as overemotional as the rest of him.
Made of Iron: If Ryoga is Nigh-Invulnerability Ranma is this. While Ranma had nearly a dozen broken ribs, his dense musculature held them all nearly perfectly in place. This allowed him to completely heal within two weeks.
Magnificent Bastard: Nabiki takes to her new supervillain status like a duck to water, even planning and executing a rebellion of H.I.V.E.'s students against Brother Blood right under his nose while manipulating the Titans and what's left of the NWC into helping her. She even decides to stay a villain and becomes the tactical head of the H.I.V.E. Five when the rest of the NWC goes back to Japan or joins up with super hero teams.
Meaningful Echo: During Ryouga's hiryu shoten ha training, Starfire says "I am sorry friend Ryouga, but I must do my utmost to thrash you soundly." Later, when Ryouga has been brainwashed into fighting the Teen Titans, Starfire says the same line just before she takes him on alone.
Beast Boy comments that he's fit as a fiddle when Terra wants to head down to the gym to watch Ryouga train so that he can accompany her, to which Kasumi replies "If you are implying that you are as healthy as a delicately crafted piece of wood being held together by so much string and glue . . . then yes, I suppose you are." Then, after Terra nearly kills Beast Boy, upon awakening, Beast Boy uses the same line.
Never My Fault: While technically, Ranma destroyed Tokyo, but there was no way he could have gotten the Hiryu Shoten Ha that big without hooking it up to a nuclear reactor . . . So, in his book, that definitely made it Goku's fault.
Ryoga rarely if ever acknowledges his culpability in how his life turned out instead he places all the blame on Ranma.
Akane thinks Shampoo may have a learning disability while Luthor realized she's a lot smarter then she leads people to believe.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We never do find out exactly how Beast Boy saved everyone except that it was the most death defying and utterly amazing escape ever made.
Oh, Crap: Kuno's reaction to witnessing beast boys chimera form.
Cyborg seeing the shi shi hokodan hurtling towards him.
Ominous Multiple Screens: Played for laughs in The Titans and the Lost Boy. When the Headmaster heads to the security suit, there are several screens that would normally display what's going on all over the academy. Unfortunately, Nabiki had Gizmo gut the system, so none of the screens actually show anything.
Opposites Attract: Ryoga is increasingly paired off with Jinx, who, prior to the events of Titans and the Lost Boy and Dark Titans, was a super-villain, and is still very antagonistic.
And before that, he was being paired off with Raven, who by necessity suppresses her emotions (as opposed to Ryouga, who draws power from his), has inherited psychic superpowers (as opposed to Ryouga, who has super strength due to training and his harsh lifestyle), and wears dark clothing (as opposed to Ryouga, who wears yellow).
Plot Parallel: Ryouga and Jinx. Ryouga tells Akane he's P-Chan because he can't bear to keep hurting her by keeping it secret, even if she doesn't know, and even if it means losing her. Jinx begs Raven to save Ryouga from them because she can't bear what Brother Blood's brainwashing is doing to him, even if he doesn't know about it, and even if it means losing him. It even gets lampshaded by Raven.
Terra and Ryouga. Both of them were wanderers with trust issues who befriended the Teen Titans, betrayed them, and eventually put all of Jump City at risk.
Ranma/Terra and Ryoga/Raven. Ranma and Ryoga's relationship share many similarities with Raven and Terra’s. While Ryoga embraced the darkness like Raven, Ranma like Terra didn’t let it consume him funny that it was Ryoga that was brainwashed by evil and not Ranma.
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 concious 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.
As a reverse counterpoint, another notable case of this trope is Starfire's flight speed. Despite her ability to fly FTL, both in the animated show and in the comics, she has been dropped to sub relativistic speeds in regards to Reflections (which is somewhat justified via a Game-Breaking Injury).
Rouge Angles of Satin: Apparently a victim of a larger vocabulary than the author can spell; at one point Ranma is shocked when an opponent with a hole blown through them fails to have a "grizzly" wound; another time the reason the Joketsuzoku fail to be impressed with money because they're "aesthetic" warriors.
Rule of Cool: Nabiki abandoned two members because Hive Five sounds better than Hive Seven.
Ship Sinking: 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!"ť 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 Love Dodecahedron.
Shipper on Deck: Kasumi for Ryouga/Jinx. To the extent that she has been subtly sabotaging Raven's budding relationship with Ryouga. Cyborg and Ranma are also pro Ryouga/Jinx, although they aren't actually interfering. Starfire ships Ryouga/Raven, and does what she can to support that relationship.
Lathis is prone to abrupt changes in tone in his fic, for example the sudden transformation from humor to pseudo-horror worked during the Big Trouble in Tokyo Arc.
Spanner in the Works: The only reason Blood didn't try to recruit Ranma was because Ryouga gave him an inaccurate assessment of his skills.
Actually, Ryouga gave him an accurate assessment of Ranma's skills. They didn't recruit Ranma because of his presence potentially leading to infighting between the other recruits. That said, Ryouga not mentioning Akane on the list of Nerima's fighters does fall under this trope.
Stay With The Super-Beings: TALB ends with the Nerima Wrecking Crew breaking up into about five or six different groups; Ranma and Akane go back to Japan, Nabiki takes off to lead the HIVE Five, Kasumi and Ryouga stick with the Titans, the Kunou and Ukyou join Titans East, the Amazons try to go home but get derailed into visiting Metropolis, and Happosai takes Jinx under his wing and goes on a training trip that eventually takes him to Gotham City.
Stealth Hi/Bye: What Lathis thinks the Umisenken is this despite the fact that the manga version enjoys doing this long before he even knew about it, particularly to Akane, but has done it to others as well. The anime version gets a few cases of it in as well.
The entirety of the Titan’s visit to the Amazon village can be considered this
Understatement: Happosai having Batman at a bit of a disadvantage.
Unequal Pairing: Ryoga and Raven ever getting intimate would result in him unwillingly crushing her body while she fried his brain. Cyborg and Kasumi also qualifies. In terms of personalities they should work out great, but he largely is and looks like a machine. If he remodelled into a human-looking body with extreme movement fine-tuning it could work though.
Unskilled, but Strong: Comparatively speaking. Ryoga is actually vastly skilled in a number of areas its just that his main strength is what he displays the most his raw offensive power and neigh invulnerability. While Ranma can still be considered the more skilled of the two Ryoga’s H.I.V.E Training has risen Ryoga’s skill to the point that they are pretty much even turning their battle to one of stamina and endurance which Ryoga is clearly the better in. and even then their fight was ridiculously close with Ryoga himself Lampshading that it wouldn’t happen again.
According to Happosai as far as fighters go, Superman is a talentless brawler.
Weak, but Skilled: Ranma at least the author certainly thinks so. Comparatively speaking. Ranma is actually pretty powerful, but tends to use a combination of skill speed, strategy, and power to win a fight. Compare Ranma and Ryouga; using the power scale that the Headmaster uses, both would likely be quite comparable in power, yet, Ranma can beat the Lost Boy nine times out of ten because his strengths capitalize on Ryouga's weaknesses, but not vice versa. Goku himself says that Ranma was better than him. He didn’t mean stronger, or anything like that, just more skilled. Skill is what makes the difference, more often than not. Ranma's strong, yes, but he still has to land hundreds of punches on Ryoga in the Bakusai Tenketsu arc to make anything happen. It's just that he has the speed and skill necessary to do that that allows him to win. Likewise, Goku is a brawler, just one with amazing speed and strength. If Ranma was at a level on par with Goku as he was with Ryoga, then his skill might be able to come into play a bit more.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The T-Brella's "Helicopter Option". To those who haven't read Reflections Lost on a Dark Road, it seems to simply be forgotten about.
After her initial appearance Kodachi isn't seen or heard from again.
Principal Kuno and Hinako Ninomiya are never mentioned. Both are recurring Martial Artists. The first hates Ranma and both his children are gone. The second loves Mr. Tendo and is a member of the Anything Goes school.
Wimp Fight: Despite being skilled combatants, Ryouga and Starfire manage this when their grapple degrades into pinching, biting, and hair pulling.