Fanfic: The CA Tverse

"All things considered, it was still not the worst Christmas ever."
—"The Unkindness of Ravens" description

The CA Tverse is a very long, ongoing Batman Fan Fic series. It focuses on several Batman villains, mostly Scarecrow and Riddler, and the three henchwomen that make life a bit more dificult for them.

This is their website. Nifty!

The One That Started It All, aka The Unkindness of Ravens.

It's also being archived on livejournal.

The CA Tverse contains examples of

  • Abduction Is Love: The point of "The Unkindness of Ravens." Without the "falling in love as the outcome" bit.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted by Hugh and Caleb, who are involved in a highly sexual but monogamous relationship for the entire duration of the series.
  • Asexuality: While it's never explicitly stated (in-series), this version of Scarecrow is not interested in anyone at all. The same cannot be said for the girls' affections for him.
    • Yes, it can.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Techie and Nightwing
  • Berserk Button: Plants for Ivy, cats for Selina. Jonathan has made the mistake of harming both.
  • Bi the Way: Caleb, though it's only implied. Also Techie.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Both Jonathan and the Captain. Averted with Al and Techie, who wear glasses but can get by without them.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Entirely one way.
  • Car Fu: Used a few times
  • Cat Fight: Averted; in CopyCAT, when Catwoman and Techie spar, they do so without the typical hair pulling and clothes ripping and actual punches land.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: "Five! Five drinks! Ah-ah-ah!"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Early in the series, the girls help out a troubled kid who was being attacked by some thugs. A few years down the line they meet up with him again, and it turns out that he's actually Tim Drake.
  • Cuddle Bug: The girls, but at least they learn to avoid The Glomp.
  • Delinquent Hair: The Captain. Her hair color changes fairly often in-universe.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Bullock. Montoya doesn't mind them, either.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Squishy, Squishykins, Squishface.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Played with. It only happens with an actual Pinto.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted by Captain and Techie, who are both capable cooks and not particularly feminine.
  • For Science!!
  • Forgets to Eat: The girls are more than just bodyguards.
  • The Fundamentalist: Scarecrow's Great-Granny.
  • Gender-Blender Name: You can call her Al. That's not her name, but it's what you can call her. (Riddler associates her with Paul Simon, for some reason he can't for the life of him figure out.)
  • Genki Girl: The girls, especially Captain. Also Harley.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Averted, played straight and discussed.
    • Played Straight in Long Walk Down a Short Dirt Road while rescuing the Riddler from Arkham Asylum, the Captain and Techie get caught in the woods by a security guard. They stage a steamy kiss, leading him to believe they'd just been looking for somewhere to be alone.
    • Averted in All Bad Girls Go to Arkham a wrestling match between the Captain and Techie results in a brief make out session that happens primarily off screen. They are subsequently caught by the Scarecrow, who doesn't care what they're up to and doesn't find it hot in the least.
    • Discussed in Vacation Time Poison Ivy gives Techie a mind control kiss, resulting in the following exchange:
    Al: What, that's it? That was so anticlimactic!
    Poison Ivy: You wanted something steamier? There are no fanboys jacking off to this, you know.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Not from Jonathan's point of view, anyway.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted; the Scarecrow strikes from a distance with his fear toxin while his henchgirls primarily use bludgeoning weapons at melee range.
  • Harmless Freezing: Averted; when Mr. Freeze goes on a spree, his victims end up hospitalized or dead.
  • Hates Being Touched: Poor Jonathan
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Anytime Jonathan does something even remotely nice to or for one of his henchwomen, it's for his own reasons. He does not care about any of them, not even a little. Or so he keeps insisting to himself.
  • Lame Comeback:
    Al: And if you hit me with that again, well, good luck getting your notebook removed from your colon. I hear that involves very delicate surgery.
    Captain: Well, I heard…that…you suck.
  • Lennon Specs: Captain's new pair
  • Lethal Chef: Al is well established to be one of these.
  • Love Redeems: Played with. Scarecrow's time with the girls did give him some grasp of love and appreciation for at least some human life, but he's still a villain who experiments on innocent people with fear toxin.
  • Mama Bear: Don't mess with plants or children in front of Ivy.
  • Meganekko: The girls.
  • Molotov Truck: Used in Vacation Time when Techie intentionally slams Al's car into the back of a Ford Pinto, resulting in an explosion.
  • Nice Hat: Part of what makes the Riddler and the Scarecrow so attractive to the girls.
  • Not Me This Time: Comes up a few times.
  • Not Quite Dead: "Headstones of Henchgirls."
  • Overprotective Dad: Batman nearly drives off the road on learning Robin has a girlfriend.
  • Precocious Crush: Al has a certain appeal to prepubescent boys, much to her dismay.
  • Quirky Curls: Techie's hairstyle
  • Red String of Fate: Used in "Season of the Witch"- Madam Lavoux uses it to "tie" the girls and Scarecrow together from that point on.
  • "Risky Business" Dance: Eddie's rendition of "Santa Baby."
  • Scar Survey: Happens in "Aquatic Nocturne" and, under somewhat different circumstances, in "Nine Lives."
  • Self-Made Orphan: Crane murders his mother Karen in "Small World", and is strongly implied to have killed his father, too.
  • Shout-Out: Wow, let's see...Red Dwarf, World of Warcraft, Star Trek (both TOS and TNG), The Princess Bride, Star Wars, Absolutely Fabulous, Happy Days, the '60s Batman tv show (this is a relatively subtle one), The Prisoner, The Year Without a Santa Claus, and lots, lots, LOTS more! May be Reference Overdosed.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The Pćan of the Bells is one of the more serious CATverse stories, and it starts off with a flashback to Crane's incredibly shitty childhood. A group of teenagers enjoyed hunting him down daily, beating the crap out of him, verbally abusing him, and more, purely For the Evulz. He was terrified that he might just be killed sooner or later, and the kicker? They weren't doing this to somebody their own age or anywhere near their own size; Jonathan was still a little boy. Not surprising that he turned out the way he did.
  • Through His Stomach: All over the place. The Scarecrow doesn't exactly take care of himself.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Young Jonathan Crane wanted to be just like Alan Scott when he grew up.
  • Villain Protagonist
  • Would Hurt a Child: Crane psychologically scars his younger half-sister for life in "Small World".