In one world, one we're more familiar with, Jonathan Crane has died. What essentially amounts to a cosmic filing problem leads to the former supervillain being offered a deal: He can be reborn into the world and become a hero, or he can die.Well, it was considerate of the Powers That Be to make the choice simple, in any case.He accepts, and in another time and another place, Johnny Crane is taken in by his previously unknown great uncle on his mother's side: one Alfred Pennyworth. In another time and another place, Johnny Crane moonlights as a vigilante known as Scarecrow on the streets of Gotham, and the team known as Young Justice is a very different group. (Somehow, though, everything important has stayed exactly the same.)As the story goes on, events have steadily gone off the rails in an increasingly spectacular fashion. (Oh god.)Can be found here on the Young Justice Anon Meme, and a slightly edited version can be found here on Fanfiction.Net. Has a character sheet that is under construction... and is very useful in keeping track of who is who, what is where, and what's decided to change.Page always under Construction. Please add tropes when you spot them.
Abusive Parents: There's a whole section devoted to Artemis reading a pamphlet about abusive relationships, and discovering that Sportsmaster fits every single section.
Later, Carrie Kelly and Stephanie Brown find the same pamphlet, and run away after their parents also qualify.
Adult Fear: For Cheshire and Dubbliex, your children will be put into what amounts into slavery because you are forced to give them up.
For Amadeus Arkham, a serial killer targets, rapes and murders your family while you were gone
Affirmative Action Girl: Straight at first because the author thought there wasn't enough women in canon Young Justice. Then inverted with Secret because she added too many women and started tip the gender balance.
Alternate History: Cranes takes place in a DC where superheroes and supervillians through out history shaped the world with various effects.
Amazon Brigade: subverted as the Birds of Prey are mostly women, but added Scarecrow, Aqualad and Red Arrow to their ranks.
Anachronic Order: The Interludes can be the past or future, while the story does follow a linear order
Boxing Lessons For Scarecrow and Kid Flash: Scarecrow learns how to be a detective from Batman, and Kid Flash learns free running and kung-fu moves after Robin breaks Kid Flash's collarbones to show him that just running and tackling doesn't work.
Fantastic Racism: the discrimination against meta-humans varies from city to city. Star City is pretty liberal while in Gotham, a meta is called "Deader-Than" for Batman's very famous and public hatred of meta-humans.
Genius Loci: Most of the cities are implied to be this, Dervish is the most prominent.
Give Him a Normal Life: Subverted. Cheshire gave Jason away in an effort to evoke this trope, but CADMUS found him and took him. She was more successful with Lian, if leaving her with her vigilante aunt is normal
Good Is Not Soft: Johnny is a very nice person, doesn't mean Scarecrow is any more merciful. Artemis and M'gann have shades of this as well.
Guile Heroine:Artemis, who at the age of ten made and followed a two-year plan to escape her father's clutches. M'gann, who lied about who she is inside her own head, on a planet of Telepaths, since she was Six.
I'm a Humanitarian: Klarion's father as Klarion found out when he found the missing girl...in his breakfast.
Irony: Wally had Sparks, the world's fastest turtle.
Interrupted Intimacy: When the world was separated into adults and underage, Roy and Kaldur were having sex. Roy disappears before finishing Kaldur and Kaldur is promptly angry.
Literal Metaphor: Played partially straight: it was raining cats and dog in Fawcett city, that part is the metaphor. It was also raining frogs, toads and goldfish, this is literal. (Magic screws up the weather patterns in Fawcett.)
The Maze: Star City and Gotham's streets are this because the architects had a feud and made the streets the opposite direction of each other. It makes getting lost a near-certainty, and telling who is from where a breeze. Magic seems to be involved as well.
Missing Mom: So pervasive it's easier to count who does have their mother: Kaldur, The Tornado Twins and Wally West.
Mundane Luxury: Played with; while Themyscera is not usual, it is mundane to Donna and luxurious to Cassie.
Noodle Incident: We don't know how, but Scarecrow was responsible for Queen Bee losing her liver.
We get a bit more details later... but the specifics still aren't there.
Omake: All the Interludes count. Word Of God says that each Interlude, while not necessarily in chronological order, is canon to the story.
One Degree of Separation: Johnny Cranes is the nephew of Alfred Pennyworth, who is the butler of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. Dick Grayson knows Mr. Skeevers from Haley's Circus, who is Maureen Conners/Permafrost's father. Johnny Crane is friends with Kaldur and Roy Harper, who was cloned from the original Roy Harper who impregnated Cheshire, Jade Nguyen, who birthed Lian Tan and Jason Wayne and Artemis Crock, who is Cheshire's sister and is Huntress's sidekick, who runs the Birds of Prey in Platinum Flats, which has Scarecrow, Aqualad and Red Arrow as members.
Billy Batson, who knows Uncle Dudley Zatara, who is brother of John Zatara and is Zatanna's uncle.
One Steve Limit: averted there are two Wonder Girls, two Cassandras, and two Damian Waynes.
Open Secret: The Rogues know Kid Flash's identity and vice-versa. Both sides chose not to disillusion each other.
Orphanage of Fear: We don't see much of it, but that's what Scarecrow escapes from in the beginning.
Johnny: Kaldur, if it doesnít turn on, you have to check that itís plugged in, and that itís turned on. Shocking it, while cathartic, is Not. Helpful.
Kaldur:Ö I will keep that in mind.
Politically Motivated Teacher: Roy and Johnny bond over making a successful rebuttal against anti-meta/super hero college professor. The teacher had them both arrested in retaliation and they bonded in campus jail.
Poke the Poodle: Artemis views Icicle Jr.'s brand of villainy as this, since in her words, "he's bad at being bad."