Fanfic / Coincidence And Misunderstandings
Coincidence and Misunderstandings
by Silently Watches
is a Teen Titans story about Raven's ascension to adulthood and the problems this entails for a half-demon. Better than it sounds.
It's sequel, Consequence of Misunderstandings
, has Team Black Magic consisting of Jinx, Raven, Mammoth, and Gizmo return to Jump City for a mission.
It also has two spin-off stories to date: Collapse from Misunderstandings
by storytell18 and Beginning of misunderstanding
This fic contains examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:
- Actually Pretty Funny: When Raven catches Jinx robbing a jewelry store, her excuse makes even Raven laugh.
- An Arm and a Leg: When Raven destroys Mumbo's cannons and wand, the backlash destroys his hand as well.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: According to Trigon, Jinx is an avatar of chaos.
- Back from the Dead: Terra sorta. She's alive and has her powers but absolutely no memory of her former life.
- Badass Boast: When Beast Boy threatens Raven over the fact she's apparently dating Jinx.
Raven: "Let me be clear, Garfield Mark Logan. You will keep silent about my outing, not out of loyalty or friendship, but because you know how quickly I can destroy you should you get in my way. Speak, and I will demonstrate exactly how cruel the daughter of Trigon the Terrible can be."
Beast Boy: "Except you're not your father! The four of us can take you on."
Raven: "If you couldn't even scratch Him, how could you possibly hope to defeat His killer?"
- Berserk Button: In Coincidence, while talking with Raven in Flavors of Asia, Jinx makes a mental note to find where Raven's berserk button is and avoid it.
- Bi the Way: Billy is mentioned to have had a crush on See-More and implied to have slept with Cheshire.
- A Birthday, Not a Break: Raven's 19th birthday involves such hassles as fighting Dr. Light, facing and embracing her demonic heritage, and fighting the Titans before quitting the team.
- The Chess Master: Doctor Fate manipulates the events of the sequel to cause minimal damage to the world.
- Combat Pragmatist: All of Team Black Magic. Justified given that they spent the last five years as black ops in the military.
- Crippling Over Specialization: Besides sheer power, the main difference between wizards/witches and sorcerers/sorceresses is that wizards/witches are only capable of any significant skill in one or two branches of magic. Sorcerers/sorceresses can learn every branch.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: What Raven does to the HIVE team that killed Jinx most definitely counts.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: At the end of Coincidence, when Raven fights Dr. Light and Robin, Starfire, and Beast Boy. Later in Consequence, when Starfire tries to attack Raven, but fails miserably.
- Dating Catwoman: Raven and Jinx.
- Death Is Cheap: Raven resurrects Jinx the chapter after she dies.
- Earn Your Happy Ending
- Everyone Has Standards: When Jinx is killed, even Nightwing isn't interested in antagonizing Raven.
- Face-Revealing Turn: How Wykkyd finds out Raven is possessing the HIVE student he just rescued.
- Fantastic Racism: Starfire adamantly believes all demons are evil (admittedly, not without cause). Once Raven embraces her demonic heritage, Starfire tries to kill her every time they meet.
- Team Black Magic's commanding officer is bigoted against both metahumans and gays. It doesn't end well for him when he insults Raven's and Jinx's relationship shortly after they're engaged.
- Likewise Zatanna goes out of her way to antagonize Raven and anyone else on the chaos side of Order Versus Chaos while in the Eldritch Enclave despite the fact such behavior can lead to her expulsion (which is functionally a death sentence).
- Fate Worse Than Death: Slade is sent to Hell.
- First-Name Basis: Most of Team Black Magic. In addition, by the second story, Raven calls every member of the Titans by their real name, even in front of her team and her commanding officer, and in public.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Plasmius used to be a simple construction worker named Otto von Furth.
- Forgotten Birthday: Near the end of the first story, Persephone wonders why Raven seemed moodier than usual that day, causing Cyborg to realize it's Raven's birthday. Though to be fair, she never makes a big deal of her birthday and last year they were sidetracked by Slade's resurrection.
- Gaining the Will to Kill: Raven's Ascension causes her to become darker in mind and body - this is marked by her decision to mentally kill Dr. Light via Go Mad from the Revelation at the end of the first story to prevent him from harming anyone else, though she regrets this when she realizes that the Titans wanted to interrogate him.
- Gentle Giant: Gizmo remarks that Mammoth takes mercy kills the hardest out of the group.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: In her first chat with Jinx, Raven does this, especially given how distant she is from the other Titans.
- Implausible Deniability: Raven catches Jinx robbing a jewelry store and this trope goes both ways.
Raven: "And what, exactly, is your purpose here? Well?"
Jinx: (With bags of stolen jewelry in hand) "I? I was just taking a midnight stroll. And what are you doing here, Ms. Titan, hmm?"
Raven: "And the bags, Ms. Thief?"
Jinx: "Well, how else would I window shop?"
: (While laughing
) "I do not believe that is how that particular practice is performed."
Jinx: "Fine, just cuff me and let's go."
*Raven teleports the bags several feet away*
Raven: "I see no evidence of any crime, so I suppose I will have to accept that you are, indeed, partaking in an innocuous walk. I would advise you, however, that your record is against you and grounds for suspicion. I really should escort you to your residence. However, I am now 'off-duty', so I trust you can make your own way home."
- Important Haircut: Off-screen but both Jinx and Mammoth cut their hair when they enlist in the military and realize how impractical it is while in the field.
- Killed Offscreen: See-More died during the time-skip when he took some bad heroin.
- Lawful Stupid: Nightwing tries to arrest Jinx for vandalism and murder after she helps him stop Overload by blowing up the factory they were in.
- Lightning Bruiser: Cinderblock after Slade upgrades him.
- Mercy Kill: Mammoth does this for Plasmius/Otto von Furth after Slade makes it impossible for him to sleep (and thus stay human). Gizmo mentions that while Raven's healing powers do prevent most of them, the team has had to perform mercy kills before.
- Mission Control: Gizmo functions as this most of the time.
- Mook Horror Show: Raven when she's pissed.
- The Needs of the Many: A downplayed example. Dr. Fate manipulates the events of the sequel to cause the second least amount of death as the actual least would have resulted in the deaths of Zatanna and Starfire.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Starfire attacking Raven in public allowed Slade to learn about Raven coming back, thereby robbing Team Black Magic of their advantage of surprise.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Melvin's creatures are noticeably darker and more twisted than when she was a child.
- Noodle Incident: Several of Team Black Magic's missions are mentioned (where they've been) without a lot of detail, plus Jinx's mention of how Raven looks good in a nurse outfit (role play).
- Nothing Personal: Rage insists it's nothing personal (like the Mob) killing Raven to escape her mind.
- It's Personal: She eventually decides it is personal for Raven keeping her locked up inside of her mind.
- Place of Protection: The Eldritch Enclave is a place of neutrality and nonviolence. Violating it leads to expulsion and being labelled a warlock (functionally a death sentence given that magic users who are blacklisted have a life expectancy of months)
- Please Put Some Clothes On: When Raven delivers the USB drive with the Red-X designs to Jinx's apartment, she encounters her completely naked (having taken a shower). Raven asks Jinx to put some clothes on, but she refuses, saying she likes seeing Raven flustered like she was. Interestingly enough, moments later, Raven is just as naked as Jinx.
- Poor Communication Kills: The plot kicks off by Raven assuming that if the team wanted to know more about her they'd ask, and the team assuming that if she wanted them to know she'd tell them.
- Power Perversion Potential: Raven sometimes uses her powers to form tentacles. Jinx is not happy about this.
- Pragmatic Hero: Cyborg and Lisa dislike killing but they're also willing to admit it's sometimes necessary.
- Promoted To Parent: In the sequel Melvin, Timmy, and Teether consider Raven their mother.
- One-Winged Angel: Part of Raven's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Reality Ensues: Starfire attacking Raven on her date severely damages the Titans' reputation. Batman mentions having heard all about it from "the Department of Justice. And the State Department, the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and the leaders of the Armed Forces."
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Raven against HIVE for killing Jinx.
- Secret Test of Character: The military branch Raven and co. join doesn't take any metahumans with a criminal record. In reality, they simply want to make sure the recruits are motivated (by bribing people to erase their records). The head even states that metahumans without criminal records are rarely cut out for the kind of work they'd have to do.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Billy is convinced to visit his parents out of town when Jinx describes the job her team is in Jump City for.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: Raven and company have this reaction when they're ordered back to Jump City after five years.
- Tailor-Made Prison: Raven's discovery of one Robin built to use as a contingency against her is the final straw that convinces her to leave the Titans.
- That Man Is Dead: Terra is revived near the end of the first story but has lost all her memories and takes up the name Persephone instead.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Raven insists that she will never forgive Zatanna for convincing the Justice League not to help her when she first came to Earth, begging for their help against Trigon.
- Took a Level in Badass: All of Team Black Magic.
- The Unfettered: Raven is perfectly willing to work with the Titans or simply live and let live. She's also perfectly willing to brutally murder all of them as a warning not to mess with her.
- Villains Out Shopping: Raven and Jinx's date in the sequel, from the Titans' perspective.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Batman is not happy when Starfire attacks an unarmed civilian on a date, even if said civilian was Raven.
- You Kill It, You Bought It: Raven reveals that killing Trigon gave her control over his armies.