YMMV: Reflections Lost On A Dark Road

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Many readers have noticed that since waking up on Pathfinder after her memory backlash Jinx has been acting more like a supervillain than she did when she was an actual supervillain. Is this a consequence of the dimension, Raven's perception of who Jinx is superimposing itself over who Jinx truly is, or Jinx's own consciousness grasping at the supervillain label to provide a sense of identity now that so much of her psyche is inconsistent.
    • Ukyo and Ryu copulating in a de facto morgue is a discomfiting mental image in itself, but then there is the mystery behind why Ukyo suddenly became so lascivious. Was she haunted by her memories of her alternate Heresiarch life and trying to bury them in the arms of someone else? Was she attempting to spite Ranma for rejecting her by having sex where he, as Pathfinder's pilot, might be able to watch? Was Ukyo simply using Ryu to gain access to the storage room and further Trespasser's objectives? Whatever the motivation, it felt like Ukyo and Ryu made love for the wrong reasons here, and that is both sad and potentially damaging for any long-term relationship they hope to have.
    • Ranma like X-Ryoga has PTSD from his fight with Trencard Cologne which explains his Plot-Induced Stupidity. Ranma is currently just going through the motions acting like people have always perceived him as instead of how he usually acts (the pop culture references are just him repeating things heís heard from the various soldiers). He stays focus when heís needed but every other time heís just has his head in the clouds which is why Jinx can openly insult shampoo in front of him. Even in battle heís already defeated Saffron so he didnít fight nearly as seriously as he normally would have so was caught completely unaware.
      • Ranmaís friend or idol mental battle with Saffron was him coming to terms with this and had nothing to do his and Akaneís relationship. Akane represented his psychosis. Does he give up let her go and continue on as he has. Or does he keep fighting. The fact that he chose the later will mean that will start to see the characterization depicted in The Road To Cydonia.
      • Ryuís flanderization to Handsome Lech is caused by his worry about what would happen at Cydonia. This causes him to push the issue with Ukyo because he wants to be intimate with the woman he cares about at least once before they die.
    • Due to the relationship between Ryoga and the female Titanís, which makes him come across like an emotionally Dirty Coward who is unwilling to get into a relationship you canít help but wonder was Ryoga confessing to Akane about being P-chan really the noble act he tried to make it out to be or was he just running away again.
  • Anvilicious: Due to their complete and utter inability to except the Crapshack World theyíve been transported to many of the Titanís arguments come across as this, such as their reasonís for not allowing Akira to die as a human.
  • Ass Pull: Ranma thinking Akane is holding him back nothing in the narrative before this revelation even hinted that he was thinking this.
    • Plus the fact that akane has barely been around him for quite sometime for this to even be a factor
    • Starfire being able to pull off the hiryu korin dan while her knowing the hiryu shoten ha can be explained by Chekhov's Skill that was not the case with the hiryu korin dan. Further more fanon crept in due to the fact that Ranma a very private person explained to her in her own words excruciating detail how the technique works.
      • Fridge Brilliance Starfires characterization is actually a lot more similar to Ranmathen ryoga that, her warming nature, plus the fact that they were both recovering at the time might have gotten him to let his guard down.
      • Better yet lathis mainly got his source from the anime while Cap'n Chryssalid from the manga. While manga ranma in more inclined to downplay his skills the anime ranma is more inclined for Badass Boast.
      • She also mentioned that drilled her endlessly on her knowledge of the technique most likely to think up new variations he might have thought the korin dan was an even trade.
      • You forget t-ranma is based on the anime. Anime Ranma is more trusting and willing to impart information about himself then his manga counterpart.
    • It has been noticed that despite the fact that the Titanís have been transported to a world that averts the good guyís always win they still seem to be getting lucky every time something happens to them.
    • Jinxís status as Creator's Pet causes her to repeatedly use moves that she shouldnít know or even have the ability to perform such as Ranmaís ability to stick to walls.
    • Ryoga being able to defeat Ukyoís final attack by kissing Starfire
  • Author Appeal: Unless its characters he likes lathis doesnít seem to like characters to win based on their own strength perserverence and skill but rather they win (or lose) do to Ass Pull and Idiot Ball
    • Blue eyes
  • Audience Awareness Advantage: At one part of the story it was mentioned that the Watchtowerís main gun was hijacked yet the fic appears to be set some time during season one of Justice League Unlimited. So that means the Lex Luthor taking control of the tower hadnít happened yet.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Word of God states that Jinx suddenly being able to elicits any kind of response (other than laughter), when she elbows Ryoga she is using her power to add extra oomph (such as the cut to his cheek, which would be pretty much impossible for someone to do with a slap under normal conditions as well).
    • Heís also used Rule of Funny and alien sympathizers to explain her sudden Super Strength
    • Given Lathis pension for inflicting Plot-Induced Stupidity on Ranma many people felt that the brother eye protocol was this for the Brushogun arc as it really gave Ranma the credit they felt he deserved.
    • averted for the most part as Word of God usually makes the characters look like more of a Designated Hero. For example Lathis claims that Cyborg and the rest of the Titanís truly believe that Ryoga and Jinx love each other. However the fact that itís known that Jinx was manipulated into loving Ryoga makes this fact very disturbing. Also we are told that Ravenís actions in Azerath were key to getting them home. However the reason she didnít tell the X-Com characters what she was doing was shown as a combination being Ungrateful Bastard and Small Name, Big Ego.
    • This is played straight just as much such as the recon of Ryoga being the one to tell Raven about the Love Rod incident not Ranma, as given their relationship joking about it made her come across as hypocritical.
    • Word of God claiming that Jinx is using her powers anytime she displays signs of having superstrength such as any time she hits Ryouga and actually elicits any kind of response (other than laughter).
  • Base Breaker: Chapter 17 was a polarizing chapter to say the least. Some liked the cliffhanger ending and crazy Saffron action; some disliked it.
    • The added multi crossover elements some fans felt that the portrayal of InuYasha and Black Lagoon were both offensive and in poor taste and didnít need to be included. While others felt that it provided a lot of context for how Xcom operates and had a bigger impact using characters that people know then if they made up OCs for that part of the story.
    • A few readers have complained about the Titanís being a Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
    • The use of lets you and him fight
    • While it was acknowledged that the level of justified paranoia and xenophobia in Chryssalids's universe, it would strain credibility if the initial reactions on the part of the natives went any other way. The "hero vs hero due to misunderstandings" plot used can get real old real fast as tension turns to frustration on the part of the reader.
    • Jinxís Designated Hero and Jerk Sue status specifically her attacking Kasumi torturing Akari eventhough she had nothing to do with it.
      • There is all so the fact that most of the conflicts seem to revolve around her in some way
      • Lathis claims it was his intention to make Jinx a Love to Hate character
    • X-Comís treatment of the Titan is also this with some readers feeling that Laser-Guided Karma should come into play while others see nothing wrong with how X-com reacted. Specifically because this is the first time anything like this has come up.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Ravens dream date with ryoga
    • The statement Ranma made in Azarath came completely out of no where and was utterly out of character not only for The Road To Cydonia but for this fic as well.
    'Ranma: StillÖ I guess I was kinda hoping to see just a bunch of girls and middle aged milfs prancing around like priests in a pervy RPG. If that was the case, then Raven would suddenly make perfect sense.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: The arguments for and against Thou Shalt Not Kill between X-ryoga, Raven and Ryu especially because it is one of the only instances of the Titan excepting that they werenít in Kansas anymore. As Raven stated the DC universe holds far less consequences then the X-Com universe allowing them to hold a more Black and White Morality that simply isnít an option for X-Com.
    Raven: You have a duty which you must perform and we have ideals which we need to uphold, it is as simple as that. There is no better or worse, no right or wrong. It is a matter of circumstance, that is all.
    • Even when the Titanís refuse to except this fact this trope still applies. For example when the first got to the universe while the Titanís were right that X-Comís shoot first mentality nearly got them killed as they themselves admitted this was an entirely unique experience and X-Ryoga took a big chance not letting them live.
  • Complete Monster: Belucius Ro is the Senior Sacristan jealous of Kreiger sacrificed the ships dimensional drive making sure that they never get back to their own universe. Expecting for the ship to either explode or implode it however ended up in the Hulk Dimension.
  • Compressed Vice: During the homebound arc Nabiki mentioned that Ryu's and Ranma's on-and-off stream of sexist and-or misogynist comments weren't nearly as amusing as normal like ranmaís milf commit was a regular occurance when it was literally the first time he said anything remotely similar to that in the entire xcom series.
    • Not to mention the ridiculous amount of pop culture reference he has been making which has only been seen in this fic. So it seems that sometime during the Time Skip Ranma discovered Television and got hooked
  • We Could Have Avoided All This: A lot of heart ach and pain could have been avoided if the Martian Manhunter had just deprogrammed ryoga and jinx from the get go
  • Crack Pairing: Mainly X-COM Nabiki/X-COM Ryouga, who are originally essentially each other's polar opposites. To a lesser extent Jinx/Ryouga.
  • Crossover crossed with a Crossover: Ranma Ĺ + the DCAU / Ranma Ĺ + X-COM(with a throwaway InuYasha referencenote )
  • Crossover Ship: Jinx/Ryouga, Raven/Ryouga, Starfire/Ryouga, with X-COM Ryouga lampshading that it starts to sound like Tenchi Muyo!, whereas he has a more realistic relationship.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Ranma and Ryuís batman gambit to get Reava to trust them especially since we finally get to see the intelligent soldiers depicted in The Road to Cydonia.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Recall the jungle world, where they found the blue aliens and had to get rid of the alien Frisbees. Consider the scene, at the end, where X-Ryo is contemplating 'dealing with' the impregnated aliens and the altered alien fetus' within them. Perhaps it wasn't much, maybe he would have made the same decision anyway, but perhaps it was just a small nudge from the Tamaranian that led the hardened soldier to spare the unborn children, even despite the threat the represented to the species. This was the best apology Starfire could hope for given the situation.
  • Designated Hero: The Titanís as a whole can be seen as this, the most obvious is the fact that they treat Ryogaís and Jinxís mental compulsion as true love as well as their increasing apathy for the people in the X Comverse because of the dark nature of the universe. Even when they first showed up while the X-Com characters were harsh in their treatment of them the Titanís wrote off all the damage their appearance caused as well as the people hurt as Hero Insurance and just went about their business. Cyborg was the only one who realized that this was wrong.
    • Jinx is incredibly antagonistic with literally every other character in this story. It varies between character weather or not she is an out and out Jerkass, a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, or just completely crosses over the Moral Event Horizon, yet each time she is treated as the sympathetic party. For example Raven is called out for her dislike of Jinx and even apologizes to her despite Jinx doing nothing but insulting her whenever they see each other.
    • Jinx even out right attacked her when she did apologize. which is Played for Laughs
    • Raven gets increasingly arrogant as the series goes on the reason she didnít tell the X-Com characters what the Titanís were doing in Azarath because she believed that X-Com felt they were too important to let leave. Despite the fact that they were risking their lives to do just that and as mentioned by Word of God the titanís contributions were minimal at best especially since they werenít in the departments they would provide the most help. This just makes her come across as arrogant and ungreatful.
    • There is also her "The Reason You Suck" Speech to X-Ryoga which was basically telling him that all his suffering and therefore the suffering of the X Comverse as a whole didnít matter because it didnít directly benefit her like T-Ryogaís suffering did.
    • T-Ryoga repeatedly come across as a hypocritical jerkass despite this he is constantly presented as in the right eventhough many of his actions are entirely self serving. X-Ukyo put it best.
    Ukyo: You're a hundred times worse than I could ever be, a sick, indecisive piece of shit who strings his friends along. A pervert who abused the trust of someone he claimed to love. A moron who doesn't even know when he isn't wanted. An arrogant prick who butts in where he doesn't belong. Don't you try and lecture me, Hibiki. Don't you dare.
  • Designated Villain: The Hyper Griffin was in the process of being dissected alive when it sent the Titans to the X Comverse
    • The Titans consider XCOM this due to the things they do to remain alive.
  • Drinking Game: Every time Raven and Jinx's lips meet, take a shot.
    • If it's an actual kiss or both Raven and Jinx are real, take 2 shots.
      • If it's reciprocal, down the entire bottle.
  • Eight Deadly Words: TTLB is a Ryoga centric fic that shows Ryoga in the role of the hero. However T-Ryoga comes across as someone youíd see in a bad bash-fic (some have even gone as far as to say he reminds them of Genma). Leading many readers to say what the point. The Titan seem to be having a horrible influence on Ryoga and he seems to be having a horrible influence on them as seen in Designated Hero and Unintentionally Unsympathetic.
    • As for XCOM the Cydonia mission is suppose to be incredibly dangerous with many characters most likely not surviving. Throughout the The Road to Cydonia not only have the characters been getting stronger massive amounts of character development which all seems to have disappeared. While its mainly focused more on Ranma and Ryu with everyone else going through small amounts of Plot-Induced Stupidity(such as not noticing Jinx openly insulting Shampoo, or losing to T-Ryogaís insane troll logic arguments). All in all the characters in TRTC seemed like they would survive cydonia. These characters donít
    • Basically the Titanís get worse with each new sequal and India and Juliet are walking to their doom.
  • Fan Nickname: Some readers have taken to referring to Jinx as the Gambling queen as she is the main catalyst for the Plot-Induced Stupidity in this fic as well as The Worf Effect.
  • Fanon: Unlike Dark Titans and The Road To Cydonia which characterized mainly from the Anime and Manga respectively notonly is this fic is heavily Fanon it takes it Up to Eleven. For example it takes the idea of Ranma being a secret trekkie to him making AMERICAN pop culture references every other sentence.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Those who arenít a fan of akane/Ranma ship choose to ignore that aspect of the fic. Which is relatively easy since matchup arenít a big focal point of the series
  • Flame Bait: Exactly how powerful are the Green Lantern's?
    • Also there have been literally pages of arguments over the black and white nature of superhero universes vs the decidedly grey nature of X-Com.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: When Ryoga was trying to see his father he jokingly mentioned that Raven can brainwash X-com to let him in. Raven then threatened to brainwash him to stop suggesting doing things that would get them shot on the spot.
    • Starfires Mind Rape is later compared to the actual rape she received from the Gordanians.
  • Ho Yay: it wouldnít be a lathis fic if we didnít have these for example back before traveling to the X Comverse Ryoga called Raven out for not excepting Jinx is reasoning was literally word or word his situation with Ranma.
    • Starfire shows signs of this with Jinx during their battle.
    • Raven dreaming about kissing Jinx
    • Starfire made out with Elder Perfume to learn Chinese.
    • Jinx likes to invoke this
    Jinx: Heck yeah! I remember! Starfire jumped up a good spot or two on my list of potential lesbian encounters right there!"
    • Nabiki later kissed Raven to distract Ukyo.
  • Inferred Holocaust: There are numerous ones caused by the Titanís which is why many consider them the Designated Hero of the series.
    • There have been many hints left that it was Trencard Akari who was revised and not human Akari. The most obvious is her referring to X-com as thieves.
    • As mentioned Starfire only has to leave a drop of DNA and the Visitors get an unstoppable weapon.
    • The dimentional teleported they created using the hypogrif
    • There is just as much chance that the baby Ryoga let live on Starfireís behalf could end up whipping that civilization out.
    • While it hasnít happened yet the plan Mousse and Jinx thought up is most assuredly Doomed to fail.
  • Informed Ability: We are told that T-Nabiki is a notorious super villain yet the last time we see her she had just joined the Hive Five.
    • Ryoga states that since joining the Titanís he had become so happy that he can barely use the Shishi Hokodan. Yet he is only depicted as incredibly wangst throughout the story.
  • Informed Attribute: The comradeire of the squads despite nobody noticing Jinxís Bitch in Sheep's Clothing attitude towards Shampoo.
    • Jinx and ryogaís love despite it being completely artificial Ryoga himself couldnít definitively say he loved her when flat out asked.
    • Also before they came to the X-com universe T Ryoga mentioned that since joining the Titanís he had become so happy that it makes it hard to use the Shi Shi Hokodan. However throughout the story he is depicted wangst.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When they first interrogated Raven and T-Ryoga India Squad wasnít very nice about it do the fact that it was blatantly obvious that they werenít in their own universe (especially since X-Ryoga was interrogating them) things would have gone a lot smoother if Ryoga and Raven didnít constantly question the reality that was right in front of them.
    • Well Ryoga refused to except Raven attempted to explain the situation only to be told that memories can be implanted and that skepticism is the best they were going to get.
    • While she was Drunk on the Dark Side Raven ask Ryoga point blank what his feeling for Jinx were. He replied that he didnít care if his feeling for Jinx were created he only cares that he likes her now. Raven replied then he wouldnít care if he made him love her. essentially Raven used Insane Troll Logic to cancel out Ryogaís making her actions come across as far more reasonable then they should have.
    Raven: This, this was even better than what she'd planned. If her Ryouga was perfectly fine with people altering his mind, then obviously there was nothing wrong with doingÖ this. It was just giving him more of what he wanted, and giving her what she wanted as well. It was the perfect arrangement, really. And even better yet, now that she didn't have to worry about any lingering attachments that he might suffer, there was no need for her to bother helping out a certain, pink haired witch
    • X-Ryoga pointing out that T-Ryoga is essentially stringing Raven and Starfire along despite being in love with Jinx.
    • Not to mention that he was Jealous which given T-Ryogaís reply wasnít that far off.
    • After T-Ryoga told everyone about Jinxís condition causing them to think no one cares about them Nabiki told X-Ryoga to shut them up reasoning that T-Ryoga and Ryu are the only NC Os left, and instead of doing his job of keeping the crew together he is sowing dissent putting everyones lives in danger. She also mentioned how Commander Yasuda wouldn't put up with their poor discipline,
    • Jinx calling Starfire out on the fact that the Titanís saw nothing wrong with having Jinx be mentally compelled to love Ryoga to the point where Starfire was willing to kill her being cured of that compulsion hurts Ryoga.
    Jinx: Ryouga? Ryouga? Ryouga! Why the hellis everything always about him! How the hell do you think I feel? Every damn person I know telling me, 'Oh, you should love Ryouga, it'll be better that way! Do I not even get a fucking choice in the matter?
    Starfire: I-
    Jinx: I don't care! You love the bastard enough that you'll fucking kill me, for him? Then, for the love of all that is evil, take him! Rape him till he bleeds! Screw him till you crush his pelvis to powder, you damned alien slut!
    • Despite the fact that his argument came across as incredibly hypocritical titan ryoga was right in that they couldnít just destroy cyborg because he was currently running most of the ships systems.
    • Due to his Irrational Hatred for all of X-com in general and X-com Ryoga specifically T-Ryouga's POV is generally shewed, and unless he's talking and thinking about martial arts, you can't treat him as an omniscient narrator. While 'skewed' doesn't equate to 'wrong', it does mean that his thoughts reflect what he's seen.
    • Akari decision not to tell Jinx that her body was breaking down. As Akari predicted Jinx did not take the news well and ran off causing Akari to waste time and energy looking for her.
    • Starfire was assumed to be under alien control. XCOM was called in because the PRC had just had a historic building destroyed (the clocktower), people were in a panic, and their own attempt to handle things had blown up in their face (the ambush). They know about Trenchards. They know that the Sirius Group not only had chemical weapons, but that they were willing to use them in terrorist attacks. ALL the Intel indicated that Starfire was an alien terror unit... except that she hadn't actually killed anyone.
    • When Romeo Squad finally caught up to her, Herb could tell this. He still thought she was either an alien or a manufactured Trenchard ("one of Cologne's experiments"), but he could tell that she had no murderous or "killing" intention. He comments on this to her. But she is still an alien and she still needed to be subdued and interrogated. This is what XCOM does and so they subdued her and, when she spun a yarn that contradicted reality as they understood it, they mind probed her to get the real truth.
  • Jerkass Woobie: despite the combination sue tropes, Designated Hero Jinx Sympathetic Sue status does generally make her this. While she is a jerkass the heroes knowingly allowed her to stay mentally coerced into loving T-Ryoga which is shown to be the cornerstone of many of her decisions many of which are not very intelligence. And after Raven got rid of the coercion they completely ignore her feeling in favor of Ryogaís.
    • in universe while connected with Jinxís mind Raven witness just how horrible her life was before entering the Academy.
    • despite the repeated goading by T-Ryoga and Jinx as stated Shampoo is not only older but has far more training in controlling her emotions. So as X-Ryoga stated while it is understandable that she is angry at them she is the professional.
      • It also doesnít help that their goading only works because of the plague of Plot-Induced Stupidity that seems to be effecting the XCOM characters.
    • Reava one of Darkseidís female furies was [[And I Must Scream trapped in the Hulk Dimension] for centuries or even Millennia because the Thanagarian ship was sabotaged by someone working for the Guardians of the Universe. She spent most of that time chained in a room, tormented by an Old God. Before that, she was beaten, and whipped and flayed. She was violated by slaves. Even if she returns to her universe all she has to look forward to is being killed by Darkseid for her failure.
    • the Titans as a whole with the exception of Cyborg. While their complete and utter refusal to except the fact that they are in a different universe with different rule is infuriating it is understandable
  • Kick the Dog: Jinx attacking Kasumi for torturing Akari even though she was there, in the sense that she worked in the medical facility where others were also conducting research.
    • Jinx in general seems to have generally antagonistic approaches towards her female peers. She's smart enough not to butt heads with any of the adults on base, and even if she doesn't like them, she doesn't do anything to the local Ryouga or Ranma that wound bring the hammer down... but boy does she enjoy annoying Shampoo and Ukyou!
  • Manipulative Bastard: As with back in the road to cydonia Ranma started out as this before Plot-Induced Stupidity kicked in. for example during their Let's You and Him Fight between Starfire and T-Ryoga both X-Ryoga and Herb mentioned how Ranma intentionally goaded them into creating counters for the Hiryu Shoten Ha. Despite knowing that this was done purely so that Ranma was merely using them to bounce ideas off of to create a counter-counter they had no choice but to create the technique.
    • It also served to keep them one step ahead of Trencard Cologne, their mutual enemy and another master of the Hiryu Shoten Ha.
      • Ranma grabs the Smart Ball every now and then such as his gambit to get info out of Reava by making her think they were fellow Apokoliptians
    • According to Jinx she made a big mistake of of categorizing X-Nabiki and the goody to shoes between her and T-Nabiki as if it wasnít for her Team Yankee wouldnít have ever been considered.
    • T-Ryoga shows signs of this for example in order get a leg up on X-Ryoga he challenged Ranma to a sparing match while mimicking T-Ryogaís fighting style.
    • There is also his disturbing relationships with the Titan females. Ryoga refuses to get rid of the his mental love coercion with Jinx because in his own words she has no choice but to love him. While at the same time stringing Raven and Starfire along who even agree to be friends with Jinx despite her constant insults.
    • However Ryoga doesnít hold a candle to Tresspasser who constantly manipulates the prejudices of his patsyís as well as the effect the bleed has on their mind to get what he wants. The Guardian is patient, methodical and ruthless which is a must considering he has been stuck in the Hulk Dimension for a millennia
  • Mary Sue: A number of sue traits are introduced to Jinx in this fic the most obvious is the fact that after only a couple of months training with Happosai she is able to hold her own against the Nerima Marital Artist. Not only can she hold her own against Ranma in a serious challenge, but X-Ranma as well. Not to mention being able to casually hurt Ryoga as well as being implied to be more skilled then Shampoo.
    • She even uses techniques she couldnít possibly know such as Ranmaís wall crawl ability which she claims he taught her.
    • Sympathetic Sue: The recon of Ryogaís and Jinx relationship makes her this. In TTLB Ryoga was the only one manipulated to fall in love. This in turn led to Jinxís Heel-Face Turn as not only was he the first person who treated her so nicely, but she felt generally guilty at what was happening to him. However by having Brother Blood manipulate Jinx as well it takes a way her atoner status seen in Dark Titanís and just makes her a victim to.
      • It actually much further then that Jinxís Heel-Face Turn in the direct result of Brother Bloods manipulation all of the Titanís know that her and Ryogaís feeling are fake yet they still treat it as true love. This actually makes Jinx more of a victim then the title character due to the incredibly disturbing implications this has. Made all the worse by the fact right after Raven got rid of the mental tampering the first words out Ryogaís mouth was that now she has a choice not to love him.
    • Jerk Sue: Jinx is blatantly antagonistic with everyone around her while it varies by how much depending on the individual she always receives little to no consequence Raven even apologizes to her only to get attacked. Not to mention a lot of her more noble acts are done out of completely selfish reasons. After being told that Akari wished dye as a human Jinx replied that she didnít care what Akari wanted. Then upon hearing what happened to Akari she went and attacked someone who had nothing to do with it.
      • Jinx is also a walking conduit for Plot-Induced Stupidity for example she is able to repeatedly and openly insult Shampoo right in front of Ranma and Ukyo using Passive-Aggressive Kombat. Shampoo herself states that she is able to get away with this because they arenít the most observant fighters. However Ranma is the most observant character in the series not just in the manga (which the author uses as alpha canon for the X-Comverse), but for this fic as well as a lot of his plans in The Road to Cydonia and in this fic (revolve around him being the only one to spot the thread. And Ukyo has ninjutsu training so she should be able to notice something like that happening right in front of her. Essentially Jinx comes across as as a gender flipped Captain Ersatz of the gambler king as the story can only happen if everyone in it takes a level of dumbass.
    • Black Hole Sue: No matter what stance T-Ryoga takes, even if it's incredibly hypocritical or insanely morally wrong, he'll always be portrayed as the one in the right, with the person heís arguing with usually backing down and excepting his stance as right or look to him for advice or leadership despite others being more qualified.
  • Memetic Sex God: Surprisingly many HIVE boys have a thing for the Star Spangled Girl.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Subverted, this fic started numerous Flame War due to the fact that a few readers couldnít suspend their disbelief of the humans in the X-COM universe not turn into something that looks like the 40K imperium minus the religious overtones.
    • It reached the point where Chryssalid treatened to block one reader from his forum.
  • Moral Event Horizon: See Mood Whiplash. The enemy is deliberately constructed in such a manner that justifies virtually every single aspect of what by real world standards translate as war-crime acts, and with every alternate angle covered, as such idealists are left with no other option but conform, and run over their lines of restraint. That said, in this type of unrealistic scenario, it would obviously be justified as no other option was left, but the narrative is still very (mis)leading.
    • A lot of Titans fans want to see X-COM lose because they Mind Raped Starfire.
    • Raven gets Drunk on the Dark Side and Mind Rapes Jinx into forgetting her love for Ryoga. Ryoga understandably decides to press the Relationship Reset Button because of this.
    • While talking to Ukyo Nabiki mentioned how she once sold Ranma to the triads without his knowledge to repay a debt.
    • Jinx attacking Kasumi in Misplaced Retribution for what happened to Akari because she knew that Kasumi wouldnít turn her in.
    • T-Ryoga performed this before the start of the series by consciously allowing himself and Jinx to stay coerced into loving each other.
  • Never Live It Down: Terra will always remember her face heel turn.
    Terra: For every person that says Hey, thanks for stopping that building for falling on me, there are two more that throw their wallets at me and run away screaming.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The titan entry into XCOM universe has given the Visitors numerous advantageous in their war mainly access to the Hypogriff allowing them to travel across universes.
    • During X-Ryogaís reunion with akari as her final request she asked him to allow her to die as a human. Jinx not caring about this got the other Titanís to get the supplies needed to save Akariís life ended up causing her a fate worse then death.
    • Then there is the fact that she reconnected with the HIVE mind has caused Akari to lose her humanity.
    T-Ryoga: I mean, she did the right thing, damnit. At least we were willing to give her a chance, anyway...! I can't just throw it in everyone's faces that all of our good intentions were just playing into the hands of some immoral scientist bastards..."
    X-Ryoga: Your intentions were good, huh? Even I've heard what they say about 'good intentions.'
    • The Titanís decision to not inform Juliet and India Squad what they were doing while in Azarath due to their increasing small name big ego mentality making them believe that XCOM felt that they were in expendable led to Raven being Drunk with Power
    • Word of god states that the first thing Raven did upon entering the earth plain was tell the Justice League about her connection to Trigon only for them to end up shooing her off, accusing her of being evil. Which is why she has been so reluctant to inform her friends about it. If the biggest heroes on the planet screw you over on something as important as this, some anxiety over telling her friends is justified.
    • Averted Cyborg almost told Jinx that she nearly died when she and X-Ryoga combined their abilities not knowing that T-Ryoga decided not to inform her and let her think she had just passed out from exhaustion. Luckily she though he was referring to the attempt to resuscitate her
    • Akari telling Jinx that she was dying caused her to freak out and run off making it easier for their pursuers to find the two.
    • The Titanís insubordination has been causing an decrease in soldier moral making it difficult for XCOM soldiers to work with both them and each other.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Ukyou ordering Starfire to kill T-Ryoga caused the later to realize the extent of her moral myopia and perform a heel face turn.
  • Plot Armor: Jinx has a bad case of this as everyone she goes up against either is wolfed, they forget about a certain skill or ability that is needed to prevent her from doing what she wants, or the fight is stopped.
  • Plot-Induced Stupidity: In order for Jinx to be able to openly insult Shampoo using passive aggressive combat Ranma has to become unobservant. While occasionally Ranma will not notice his surroundings and jump on someone he Ranma is generally not slow on the uptake. In fact he is generally the very first person to figure things out. He figured out that Kuno was the principals son before anyone else did, figured out the source of Ashura/Rouge's power, figured out that the cursed spatula was really an iron, etc. This is a person who after just viewing the Umisenken once was able to copy it, viewing the tea ceremony old lady in the proper scooting position was enough to copy it, saw through other peoples disguises (Principal Kuno's, Gosunkugi's, Happosai's), figured out Akane was attracted to Dr Tofu, etc. the fact that he canít see what is right in front of him makes no sense.
    • The gambler king arc was referenced a few times probably to justify this.
    • While Trigon is taking it up to eleven Ranma and Ryoga at least have had some experience dealing with oni, spirits, ect enough to know how to properly deal with them.
    • Given their dealing with rouge physics such as kagome as well the extensive research done on how to emulate Charles Atlas Superpower wouldnít the various Shinto (onyoudo) and Buddhist (houjutsu) magics have been studied as well. It might not have been nearly enough to stop Trigun but it could have at least given them a fighting chance against slade
    • This is also used in story during their first fights both Herb and X-Ryoga mentioned how Ranma had intentionally goaded them into creating counters to the Hiryu Shoten Ha so that he could have ideas for new variations. However during the battle with Saffron he just gawked in surprise that someone was able to counter the technique. All so Starfire can deliver the final blow.
  • Positive Discrimination: Jinx is not only able to hold her own against the X-COM characterís who are a year older but actually match them after only a few months of training when all of them have been training since they could walk. In addition for all her talk about happosai being a grueling master and bragging about how she got him to take her seriously itís pretty obvious that he didnít do anywhere near the stuff he did to Genma and Soun to her.
    • I find it doubtful that Ranma doesnít know blind fighting.
  • Readers Are Morons : The numerous and incredibly blatant Plot Hole can get one to feel as if this is in play as it gets to the point where they effect they have on the story are actually lampshaded. For example Jinx mentioning a video Brother Blood showed her on the dangers of Dating Catwoman that stated that it would most assuredly lead to a Face-Heel Turn. Yet he still coerced her into falling in love with T-Ryoga.
    • Not to mention the blatant aversion to Show, Don't Tell given the numerous designated hero/villain moments
    • Basically its hard to take the story seriously when none of the characters are anything like their previous incarnates in Dark Titans and The Road To Cydonia yet the authors expect us to.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Capín Chryssalid himself mentioned that relationships werenít his forte which is why it will surprise reader to know that he put so much focus on them in this fic. However it wonít surprise them that this backfired.
    • Back in the road to cydonia while Akane and Ranma grew and matured as individuals they still displayed the same problems they always have in their relationship (such as Akane demanding ranma tell her more about himself) this just makes it seems that they arenít right for each other. However the two seemed to have had a Relationship Upgrade between fics. Unfortunately the fics starts to imply that Ranma is the main problem. Not only has he taken a level of dumbass giving him a personality usually seen in bad bash fics but he has also become openly perverted for some reason. Finally Ranmaís Tailor-Made Prison essentially had him confessing that he seeís Akane as a burden and longs to be back on the road. Not only does that not make since given his character but also the scenario (fighting saffron). All in all Ranma and Akane come across as better as friends then lovers.
    • Ryu has been flanderized to be far more perverted. Initially he had the sex drive of an average male compared to his fellow Chaste Hero however it now appears he thinks of sex 24-7. what makes matters worse is that Ukyoís and Ryuís first time was done for their own self interest. While Ryu their love making aggravated the injuries he received from Cyborg to the point where he could barely move. This makes it seem that he was only in it for the sex as it couldnít have possibly been a joyous experience. All in all seem to have a lot of problems.
    • Ryouga shown to be intimate with Jinx and stand up for her against the other titans, and everyone(Raven excluded obviously)consider her his girlfriend. This is despite the fact that everyone knows that their feeling are mentally compelled. It makes Ryoga and the Titans look like jerks as Ryoga appears to be stringing Raven and Starfire along while the other Titanís get on Raven for missing her chance. So in the end readerís donít want Ryoga to end up with Raven due to how he treats her and will find his and Jinx relationship disturbing.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Titans ryogaís increasingly jerkass behavior makes him this to some especially in the beginning. It doesnít help when you combine this with his tendency to hear only what he wants to hear making him a danger to himself and others at time, such as when he ran off to try to free the Brainwashed and Crazy tetsuya.
    • Despite her many sue traits making her an insufferable read Jinx is Jerkass Woobie territory due to the fact that none of the Titanís see anything wrong with allowing her to stay coerced into loving Ryoga. Which appears to be a major factor of her personality many readers vilify Jinx (one even going so far as wishing she was subjected to Herb's tender mercies until the bitchy annoyance was burned out of her).
    • Readers seem to give Raven the short end of the stick in the Love Triangle between her, Jinx and Ryoga. Seeing the fact that after the Justice League rejecter her request for aid against Trigun she went to fight crime and wait for the inevitable as her not deserving fair treatment.
    • Many readers donít like XCOMís treatment of the Titanís despite their actions being perfectly justified given the circumstances. As well as the fact that they are shown to be far more reasonable and understanding of the Titanís then vise virsa. Instead they focus more on the fact that they live in a decidedly grey world.
  • Rooting for the Empire: You kind of want jinx and ryoga to get their ass kicked after awhile especially with how ensufferable and suicidally overconfident they are
  • Scapegoat Creator: While the Plot-Induced Stupidity is mostly blamed on Lathis as a lot of the changes bear his mark as Capín Chryssalid himself as stated he is just as responsible for the character and has just as much say in what is going on.
  • 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!"Ě 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.
    • Due to relationship writers fumble this trope comes up a lot. Between T-Ryoga and Jinxís relationship, the fact that it makes it seem like heís just stringing Raven along, Ranmaís Plot-Induced Stupidity making him exhibit the traits Akane has always accused him of having, and Ryuís flanderation itís hard to know if this is intentional or not.
    • However Mousse deserves special mention as he devises a plan with Jinx that requires Shampoo being dumb enough to fall for it. While Jinx is shown to have a bad enough opinion of Shampoo to believe this. The fact that Mousse has faith in it means that in spite of his repeated declarations of love he has little to no respect for Shampoo. And the fact that he is this obvious about it explains Shampooís hatred of him and makes a relationship between the two highly unlikely.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: This is the major reason the Titanís refuse to accept the fact that they are Not in Kansas Anymore. As they are on entirely opposite ends of the scale the titanís idealism with X-com on cynicism.
    • actually it's zigged zagged quite a bit as the Titan's can't seem to realize how such an organization couldn't be up to no good.
    Cyborg: Human losses aside, it seemed like just a matter of time before the aliens were defeated, so what did a clandestine organization hoarding advanced technology do after the aliens were gone? Did they go from fighting aliens to policing humans? One thing was for sure, they weren't just gonna disband and go home just because 'the threat was gone'. Would they? No. No. Cyborg was sure of it. Heck, if this were back home, this 'X-COM' group would probably already be up to no good, even before the war was over. Of course, how they managed to keep an organization with members from across the planet working together was something of a mystery, too.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: X-COM Ryogaís statement to Titan Ryoga that an All Take and No Give relationship based entirely on guilt is unhealthy, and there is nothing wrong with asking what do I want.
  • Squick: Reavaís carnivourous power
    • Ukyo and Ryu copulating in a de facto morgue is a discomfiting mental image in itself, but then there is the mystery behind why Ukyo suddenly became so lascivious. Was she haunted by her memories of her alternate Heresiarch life and trying to bury them in the arms of someone else? Was she attempting to spite Ranma for rejecting her by having sex where he, as Pathfinder's pilot, might be able to watch? Was Ukyo simply using Ryu to gain access to the storage room and further Trespasser's objectives? Whatever the motivation, it felt like Ukyo and Ryu made love for the wrong reasons here, and that is both sad and potentially damaging for any long-term relationship they hope to have.
      • And then there's the effect their intimacy had on Raven and how her mental deterioration has gone from "Maaaybe there's something wrong with her" to "Critical mass."
  • Strawman Has a Point: When T-Ryoga found out about his father he demanded that he be let out calling X-Ryoga a monster for allowing it to happen. However as Ryu stated Tetsuya has alien implants in his brain, meaning containment is the only place where he can hold onto his free will.
    • Then there is the fact that once T-Ryoga did meet his father all he did was yell at him for having such a horrible life.
    • Yasuda contemplating the possibility of disbanding Yankee. Yasuda made some very logical arguments that forced the Titans to contemplate their roles in this world and the value and meaning of being a team, as while in the DC Universe the team is stronger as a whole and not individually in X-Com they can do far more good in their specicialized fields.
    • X-Ryogaís decision not to immediately teach the Titanís double circulation as the technique was still in its experimentation phase and with the number of unique scenarios the Titanís bring to the table it was perfectly logical for him to wait to see if it was safe. Cologne herself agreed in fact she only helped Jinx and Starfire because T-Ryoga had went ahead and taught them without asking anyone.
      • Ryoga later apologized for waiting so long despite mentioning that accidents had already happened with the technique.
    • Aiuchi warning about how it is a bad idea to trust Tresspasser even pointing out that since he entered the ship got a lot worse.
    • He also mentioned how obvious it was that Konetsu was no longer qualified to pilot the ship
    • The doctor that examined Ryoga given the fact that both the audience and the characters are aware that Ryoga and Jinx are mentally compelled to love each other his refusal to get it fixed doesn't comes across as the brightest thing in the world to do.
    • Lieutenant Stirling qualms about allowing the Yankee squad comes across as mean but he does actually have a point. In his own words the Titanís have an A Class-AA psychic? An obvious alien? An admitted career criminal? And not only was the cybernetic teen - arrested for trying to hijack a satellite system - running around unescorted, they were actually giving him free run of the workshops?
      • There is also the fact that even though Cyborg has the most experience with being both a hero and a leader T-Ryoga was put in charge despite being disrespectful, disruptive and outright disdainful of his counterpart. All the Titanís are doing is generating friction with two well established and well liked teams doing more bad then good.
      • T-Ryoga even outright admitted to learning only things that directly benefit him and his team meaning first aid but not codes. Meaning if another squad was in trouble he wouldnít realize it.
    • While stuck in the Hulk Dimension X-Ryoga came up with a plan to send Two teams to the Thangarians ship to get the object they need. However this was Vetoed by T-Ryoga and Raven by stating that Raven and Starfire could take far more people, hit more targets at once, as well as get to the target faster. Which would reduce the amount of time that they're all being driven slowly insane. However as Nabiki mentioned while speed is important the Hulk Dimension is riddled with hazards and the ship is the only way to map the area leaving the real possibility of them being lost in space.
    • Didnít cologne already called ryoga out on trying to teach terra the bakusai tenketsu without thinking about the consequences.
    • Then there is the fact that T-Ryoga never presented a logical explanation for why it was right to teach Jinx and Starfire only using a combination of Insane Troll Logic, Self-Serving Memory and Blatant Lies
      • T-Ryogaís first argument was that he never gave Ranma permission to learn the Moko Takabisha. While the Shishi Hokodan is a Dangerous Forbidden Technique its dangers are well known double circulation is still in its experimentation stage so anything could happen. Secondly Ranma created the Moko Takabisha himself he learned the Shishi Hokodan from Ryogaís repeated usage and then, read the scroll to know all of its strengths and weaknesses before trail and error to create his own variation of the technique using all emotions. Finally Ranma never taught it to anybody.
      • Ryogaís second argument was that the entire basis of the Anything Goes style is blatantly stealing any technique they can find. First Ryoga isnít a student of anything goes second no it is not its basis is to learn and adapt many different style taking what works and discarding what doesnít. Genma and Happosaiís penitent for stealing techniques was never once presented as a good thing as they cause more harm then good. With Genma the fact he doesnít understand te nature of the techniques causes irreculable damage such as the neko ken. With Happosai it is the fact that he has a pensient for using those techniques to turn children (Hinako, Kurumi, Natsumi) in to living weapons making it so they can never have normal lives.
      • Ryogaís final argument was that Cologne never asked anyone's permission to teach him and Ranma, and she didnít care when he tried to teach Terra the Bakusai Tenketsu. First of all Cologne the leader of the Amazonís wouldnít have to ask permission to teach Amazonian techniques. Secondly Cologne was furious at Ryoga for attempting to do something so dangerous and stupid.
      • What makes this worse is that when he caught Jinx attempting to use her new techniques on Shampoo he used the exact same argument that X-Ryoga used.
    • When they first came across Tresspasser the only argument the titans could give for why they should trust him was that the Guardians are immensely powerful and old while Ryu couldnít argue with the fact that doing good for goods sake isnít wrong the fact he and the other body was killed made the others weary of seeking him out as either he couldnít do anything to help out or he is Brainwashed and Crazy.
    • Ryogaís and Shampooís argument about the morality of being a martial artist versus being a super hero presented Ryoga as in the right when he argued that martial artist are every bit as reckless and dangerous as any meta-human, but without any of the redeeming qualities of concern for the social good. The problem is that simply isnít true. In Ranma1/2 martial artist play the same function as superheroes. Soun has been repeatedly called upon to stop escaped oni, Ranma has gone out of his way to help people in need even when it has noting to do with martial arts such as trying to convince Densuke (sick kid who wouldn't take his medicine) to take his medicine. (After Densuke fainted Ranma spent the entire night at his bedside to make sure he was well), helped a little boy was afraid to go outside. He repeatedly helped Ryoga to and from school and class and has gone on a number of oni exterminations himself. Ryoga has helped a number of people in his journeyís in fact this is how he met the Titanís. so while ryoga was presented as in the right neither party gave compelling arguments merely stated their own bias.
      • It can be argued that Ryoga took the less noble path by becoming a superhero as being a Titan brings fame and fortune something that wouldnít happen if he had just stayed a regular martial artist.
  • The Unfair Sex: While Relationship Writing Fumble is the main cause for Ship Sinking in this fic due to flanderization and Plot-Induced Stupidity the men are depicted as the main cause of the relationships going wrong. Ryu going from having a more normal attraction to the female form amongst chaste heroes to a Handsome Lech irking Ukyoís nerves. And Ranma sudden misogynistic and perverted attitude along with his more fanon interpretation draws the blame for the problems of his and Akaneís relationship onto him where before their character development just made it seem as if they just didnít work well with each other.
    • Its not just XCOM ever in TTLB Jinx pulled a Heel-Face Turn because she had truly fallen in love with T-Ryoga and was ashamed about betraying his trust making her The Atoner. Yet this was reconed into her being coerced into loving him as well and T-Ryoga making a conscious decision into keeping it that way not only does this turn Jinx into a Sympathetic Sue but it makes Ryoga come across as a sleaze.
    • What makes this worse is that it seems to be entirely accidental leading into Designated Hero. Ryoga and Jinx are treated as in the right with everyone calling out Raven for not fighting hard enough for him.
    • Ultimately this is averted with Ryu and Ukyo as both proved not to be above the influence with Ukyo sleeping with Ryu to get access to the remaining green lantern rings and Ryu sleeping with her, to sleep with her eventhough it aggravated his injuries to the point where he could barely move (meaning it couldnít have possibly been enjoyable) making them both responsible for their ship sinking.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Raven is this throughout the majority of the fic. Not only is she repeatedly called out by her fellow Titans for letting Jinx win despite them knowing that they were both mentally compelled. Even when she was drunk on the dark side she flat out ask Ryoga about his feelings for Jinx. Not only could he not give her a definitive answer he replyís that he doesnít care that his and Jinxís love was mentally compelled he wanted to keep them. Despite risking her life to save him, despite making amends with Jinx on his behalf he flat out tells her that she is doomed to fail, and everyone blames her. not to mention that him saying that they can have a relationship after the fact just makes it seem like heís just stringing her along.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The Titans as a whole are this as they come across as increasingly hypocritical and apathetic throughout the story. While it is true that the X-Com characters are far more brutal they realize that this is a unique situation and repeatedly make allowances for the Titans. However the with the exception of maybe Cyborg the Titanís refused to except the fact that they are Not in Kansas Anymore. This mentality causes them to see themselves as far more important then they actually are, but they have also cause a number of Inferred Holocaust moments.
    • The revelation that Jinx has a mental compulsion to love Ryoga is this due to the fact that as mentioned above it just turns her into a Sympathetic Sue. However it also makes TTLB completely pointless as it completely destroys the danger represented by its main antagonist. Jinxís betrayal of Brother Blood and later her Heel-Face Turn were all due to her love for Ryoga which he created so essentially Brother Blood brought about his own downfall.
    • There is also the fact that a lot of the things she does are for completely selfish reason. When X-Ryoga destroyed the thing that would keep Akari alive because she wanted to die as herself Jinx replied that she didnít care what Akari wanted. Adding further insult to injury there are numerous hints that he Titanís efforts to save Akari just caused her to come back wrong.
    • The Author's Saving Throw for why Jinx attacked Kasumi after Ryoga revealed Akari's fate to the rest of the Titans was essentially the Medical Ward being pretty much a faceless entity, as she doesn't know anything about anyone working in it. Except for Kasumi. Given that Jinx only saved Akari because he cared less about Akariís wants then her but as stated by Word of god knowing that Kasumi is pretty much the kind of person that wouldn't want to create trouble for all of her friends just made her decision all the easier. Basically Jinx attacked Kasumi because of a combination of It's All About Me and Never My Fault.
    • This isnít the first time Jinx has showed this smug attitude such as when Akari called her out for implying that even though it was a sham she deserved Ryogaís love because of how hard her life was.
    • Starfire is a special case as her Mind Rape was a truly tearjerker moment in the fic. However this is more of a case unintentionally sympathetic as Starfire was a truly unique experience in the X Comverse and they make many allowances for her such as allowing her to fight even though a single drop of her blood could give the enemy an unstoppable Trencard. However Starfire starts to become far less sympathetic due to the fact that as the series goes on she starts to sound more and more like Val Yor (using humans as a derogatory term, referring to her friends as the good ones) while showing increased apathy for the suffering of the X Comverse.
    • T-Ryoga is always depicted as sympathetic and in the right yet he repeatedly comes across as hypocritical, petty, and apathetic, even when he has a point he doesnít lose these traits. For example one of the most used instances of this is his habit of beating down the X-Com characters every time something bad happens such as when during his battle with Ukyo when he mentioned how death will mean he can escape Ranma. Or the fact that he blamed X-Com and only X-Com when no one noticed that Raven was hurt (including his fellow Titanís). he even went so far as to say that Nabiki who was hurt as well wasnít as important. There also him mentioning that X-Ryoga wouldnít care if something happened to Nabiki.
      • Despte X-Ryoga repeated attempts to find common ground with T-Ryoga even going so far as to suggest they see the therapist T-Ryoga repeatedly downplays the suffering of X-Ryoga specifically and the X Comverse as a whole such as saying that his biggest problems are booty calls and his ego. He even went so far that Akariís suffering didnít matter as the Titanís did the right thing by saving her life.
      • Ryoga is also depicted as the victim of the love triangle between him, Raven, and Jinx. Raven is repeatedly called out for missing her chance and everyone tries to get Jinx to see reason when the mental compulsion is taken away. However Ryoga was fully aware of the compulsion even going so far as being assured that she didnít have a choice but to love him. Further more while his situation was compared to Ranmaís. Ranma was honor bound by all of his fianceeís something Ryoga isnít. it just come across as Ryoga stringing Raven and Starfire along while heís in a relationship with Jinx. Raven is the one bending over backwards for him, she is the one called out for the problems in the relationship. Jinx is made to feel guilty for not loving him. Nothing Ryoga has done is depicted as being in the wrong.
      • Finally there are his arguments with his parents. While Ranma and the others can understand the consequences of his curse, (i.e not having a lot of friends, being alone a lot, endless traveling) they canít really understand how (truly dehibilitating it is) so it is understandable why he would get angry when they mention it. However his mother and father understand perfectly what he is going through so his yelling at them doesnít have the same impact as say Ranma doing the same thing to Genma or Nodoka. Tetsuya and Mitsuko are shown to be loving and understanding parents and despite the horrible situation they are in (Tetsuya being Brainwashed and Crazy, Mitsuko worrying about her husband and son) they except responsibility every hurtful thing T-Ryoga says to them. When you add the fact that he isnít even their actual child and he is essentially calling them out for giving birth to him and he just comes across like a Spoiled Brat.
    • The Titan arenít the only ones who fall into this trope however. Mousse has zig zagged in and out of this trope throughout The Road to Cydonia series. Back in the first he tried to use the fact that he didnít attempt to brainwash Shampoo into loving him as the reason she should love him Completely Missing the Point of not doing it in the first place. In Reflection on a lost Dark Road he goes back and forth between realizing this and not until he and Jinx devise a plan to trick her into loving him.
      • The plan itself is almost assuredly doomed to fail as it relyís entirely on Shampoo being stupid enough to fall for it. While Jinx has shown to have a horrible opinion of Shampoo Mousse claims to love her yet displays such blatant disrespect for her. This not only makes Mousse this trope but also Too Dumb to Live. Mousse grew up in a matriarch society yet shows such obvious disrespect the village champion that you wonder why he wasnít killed long time ago.
  • Villain Ball: After Ukyo was able to withstand the Hishou Kouryuu Ha and vowed to show Ryoga just how powerful a martial artist she really was only for not a millisecond later turn into a Dirty Coward and order Starfire to finish him off.
    • Tresspasser trapped Ranma and X-Ryouga in a mental simulation of a piloting training exercise earlier with Trespasser impersonating Captain Ben-Solomon. Yet for some reason he decided to switch the mental landscape to their own private nightmare scenarios. It seemed Trespasser was accomplishing his goals well enough without the new mental prisons (Tricking them into piloting the ship where he wants them to go by running them through piloting training simulations repeatedly makes sense) so these new mental landscapes seemed odd as it allowed the character to explore the world.
      • There was also the fact that he didnít take the time to properly restrain Kuno, Ryu, and Mousse so they wouldn't be able to interfere.
    • The reason that the Mind and the aliens that make up The Mind donít just mass produce Saffrons is that they have a very low opinion of their terrorist units. They'd see making thousands of Saffrons as a waste.
  • Villain Has a Point: When Ryoga called Ukyo out for not helping after Raven became to tired she replied that simply blasting away with the ring would most likely just bring the whole ship down on them
    • Even though she was crazy at the time Starfire did have a point in Jinxís Designated Hero status.
    Starfire: I have heard the last of your lies, You are a plague on those around you, Jinx. All you do is prey upon the love of others; mock us even as you twist our feelings around for your amusement.
    • Of course Jinx fired right back with a point of her own
  • Wangst: T-Ryoga might was well be the new trope codifier as he himself mentions his time is mainly spent looking at things in the negative, which leads his train of thought down some of the darker stretches of Memory Lane.
    • This is the main reason he hates his older counterpart as he want him to know that his life is worse in every way possible
    Mitsuko: Think about what you've been yelling at each other. No one in the world will ever understand you like the man sitting next to you. Yet you spend every moment together trying to poke the other in the most vulnerable places.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Ranma the road to cydonia is a continuation of the manga and for the most par ranma was written like his manga counterpart. However reflection on a lost dark road uses mainly a fanon interpretation and not good fanon making him come across like an idiot. This is further aggravated by numerous traits he hasnít shown until this fic such as making numerous pop culture references as well as perverted remarks. All in all this character and the one seen in the road to cydonia come across as totally different people.
    • Where XCOM have taken a level in dumbass the titanís have taken a level of jerkass. The point of the story in to place the titanís in a more darker greyer universe however their personalities seemed to made more darker to match. So instead of them reacting to this greyer world they come across as increasingly hypocritical and apathetic from the start even out right heartless at times.
    • Cyborg is the only Titan who hasnít taken a level of jerkass, and he understands that heroic insurance no longer applies in the XCOM universe. So it makes no sense both in and out of universe why Ryoga was chosen over him to lead Yankee squad especially since he has more experience as both a superhero and a leader.
    • Dark Titanís was written as a counterpart of all the Ryoga-bashing fics however reflections on a lost dark road shows a Ryoga devolved into to the same two dimensional interpretation usually reserved for bad bash fics as not only does he come across as incredibly hypocritical and apathetic but outright evil at time given the revelation about Jinx. The Titans clearly have a bad influence on Ryoga and vise versa leaving you wondering what was the point.
    • Jinxís main focus in Dark Titanís was The Atoner who performed a Heel-Face Turn in order to make up for kidnapping Ryoga and manipulating him into loving her. however the revelation that she was coerced into loving ryoga as well completely ruins this interpretation as well as introduces many disturbing implications.
    • The entirety of XCOM have been dumbed down or changed in order for the Titans to remain morally superior so instead of older and wiser counterparts were have a sex crazed Ryu, a Mousse who canít understand why not enslaving Shampoo didnít instantly send her into his arm (and later plan on working with Jinx into manipulating her into loving him, and a Shampoo who is treated as the The Chew Toy for somehow being weaker then a girl who has only had two monthís of hard training.
    • Akane and Ranma have gone through a Relationship Upgrade however a combination of the continuation Relationship Writing Fumble and What Happened to the Mouse?. Where before while both ranma and Akane when through character development their relationship didnít making it seem as they just didnít work well with each other. however the negative traits added to ranma plus the fact that akane has barely been around makes it appear that all the blame has been shifted to him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Why hasnít ranma used the psi training program that puts you face to face with your fears to try to master the neko ken or at least overcome his fear of cats
    • In both dark titans and here ryu and ranma donít try to create new senken from different elements besides earth and water and different applications of a house besides breaking an entering
    • The fic never went into the Blue and Orange Morality difference between martial arts and superheroes. Instead opting to say how selfish martial artist are when compared to superheroes.
    • In the ranma universe when ever someone puts on a mask that it means they are up to no good happosai and his panty raid, genma when he tried to trick ranma during the cradle from hell arc, ect. Ranma and co repeatedly help people (deal with spirits, crime, monsters) without hiding behind a secret identity either people come to the dojo specifically to ask for their help or they just happen to be there. Soun tendo even works on the city council.
    • There is a fundamental disconnect between the ideals of altruism and self interest, and both sides are more or less incapable of understanding the other's point of view. That doesn't mean that just because an organization can't live up to the ideals of a team of super heroes, that they must automatically fall to evil.
    • The purpose of reflections lost on a dark road is to have the characters from dark titans to meet the characters from the road to cydonia however as mentioned that simply not the case.
    • While Shampoo is shown to be experiencing the residual effects from the memories of her alternate self. We never see the effects it has on T-Ryouga at least it's less obvious with him.
    • By this point I'd speculate that T-Ryouga is (superficially) somewhat adept at bouncing back after reality suddenly changes on him. He's gained a fair amount of experience putting the pieces of his life back together into something functional following abrupt disruptions (albeit usually with either Cologne or Starfire helpfully threatening violence to knock sense into him), although as this story has made clear the scars linger.
    • Alternatively, the threat of female retribution if it's ever discovered that he went on what amounts to a romantic getaway with a (comparatively) happy-go-lucky Shampoo might be giving T-Ryouga an incentive not to focus too much on his Heresiarch experience.
    • We never get to see what code names Ranma, Cyborg and Jinx's chose.
    • Or find our how reava is speaking English since it likely didnít exist when she got trapped in the bleed.
    • Not once is the fact that Inuyasha looks and sounds exactly like Ranma mentioned
    • Lampshaded in universe is the fact that we never get to see a let you and him fight between Juliet squad and Roberta
    Ranma: Wish we could've seen that super maid Ranma told us about. Watching her tear up the town would certainly help pass the time.
    • We never get to see a spring of Drowned Tamaranian
    • At least with Yankee squad under Juliet's supervision the chances of one of the titans threatening Jinx with telling Ranma about her "prank" have gone up.
    • Mentioned that the kounji style was based on ninjutsu but never did anything with it
    • Word of god states that he is thinking of keeping ranmaís new Thanagarian body when they return home, though it's reverting here. Probably tie it into the thing with Shandra Mal which mostly wraps up next chapter. However if mixing Jusenkyo Springs can blend curses (e.g., the addition of tentacles to Taro's cursed from) then mixing Jusenkyo magic with Old God reality transformations could certainly alter the "Curse of the Spring of the Drowned Girl" to "Curse of the Murdered Female Thanagarian" (A very tragic story...).
  • What an Idiot: T-Ryouga deciding to get Jinx back to medical attention instead of allowing Starfire to do it even though she could get there far faster than he could with less strain on Jinxís existing injuries
    • heck, even Slade commented on it
    • who ever felt it was a good idea to put T-Ryoga in charge of the Yankee Squad when Cyborg has far more experience.
    • The first think that Jinx did upon entering a Nth Metal infected Ship is to take off her gloves leaving herself exposed.
    • Jinx does everything she can to stir things up amongst India and Juliet squad
    • Titan ryoga not realizing that after everything that happened the Straw Vulcan Cyborg who nearly killed one of his men, hurt his girlfriend, willingly worked with the enemy, suddenly decided to hold a cue wasnít a good thing. Instead using it to go on another hypocritical tyraid against X-Ryoga.
    • Jinx not telling anyone that Akari is talking to her
    • Jinx attacking Kasumi in Misplaced Retribution for what happened to Akari. If Kasumi had decided to report her she and the rest of the titans would have all been arrested.
    • Not once during her battle in the center of the mind with trespasser did raven think to try and wake up Ranma and ryoga
    • Only after she had been basically kill did she think of this as a sort of last ditch effort
    • Despite her military training after feeling raven heart stop nabiki never tried cpr.
      • Ranma and ryoga were the only ones that thought to perform cpr and they werenít even fully aware
    • None of the heroes treat their Brainwashed and Crazy teammates like they are Brainwashed and Crazy.
    • Cyborg deciding to warn Ukyo that the Lantern Ring doesnít have unlimited power AFTER something might go wrong while she is in the vacuum of space.
    • A lot of problems could have been avoided if ryoga had dealt with his relationship issues a little more seriously.
    • Especially after raven became drunk with power
    • While Ryoga is clearly at fault blame should also be given to the Titanís and the Justice League who allowed Jinx and Ryoga to stay coerced into loving each other.
    • Taking T-Ryogaís idiocy of teaching them the technique despite not knowing what it would do to their bodies. Jinx and Starfire decided to train in double circulation on their own despite knowing that this was an incredibly dangerous and stupid thing to do.
    • Ryoga keeps intentionally antagonizing everyone he talks to xcom ryoga shampoo ukyo even seeing that ukyo is clearly in a precocious position and is wielding what he has been told is the stongest weapon in the galaxy he still feels the need to antagonize her. Yet he never seems to face any consequences for these actions.
  • What Could Have Been: Having a savvy "capture the boy wonder" arc would've been neat, tho
    • It was initially planned for Jinx's powers to get increasingly unstable.
    • because of the various fanart of the characters as Red Lanterns (Ryougas) and Orange Lanterns (Nabiki) and Yellow Lanterns (Ryu or Mousse maybe?) or the like various rings to multiple characters nearly happened
    • There was actually a rough plot hashed out that would land the three teams in the Justice Lords dimension (After the Justice League episodes, so with an entirely new ballgame going on). It would have been pretty awesome, but along with some inherent problems, it would have needed to be even longer than the Space Hulk arc just to do it proper justice. So, sadly it will need to stay on the cutting room floor before it ever even hits the drawing board.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: T-Ryoga gave one to Jinx for attacking Kasumi putting both her life and the life of all her teammates in danger.
    • It wouldnít be a TTLB sequel with out T-Ryoga being given one of these. This time Cyborg called him out on repeatedly antagonizing every XCOM character he talks to.
    • Even Jinx had called him on it
    • Raven called T-Ryoga out for acting like a Spoiled Brat upon meeting his father
    Raven: What is with you today? Here you have a ... well, maybe a thrice in a lifetime chance to meet your father, and all you can think to do is complain?
    • Jinx called Nabiki out while in the bleed when she insulted T-Ryoga over the radio while trying to get them to respond.
  • The Worf Effect: Starfire is a heavy hitter who can duke it out with a tank and win so the bullet hit causing her to melt a hand gun can across as this.
    • In the India against slade Ryu was decribed as not being infamous among the teams for his raw power, like Ryouga or even Ranma were, when that is literally the entire point of the Yamasenken a powerfully aggressive style that is designed to overwhelm the defense of an opponent. He should be at least as strong as Ranma.
      • Ryu gets this a lot by both authors. The Kijin Raishu Dan is a technique where the user moves their hand so fast that they create near vacuum slashes that jet through the air at near sonic speeds. However in both Dark Titans and The Road to Cydonia the void wave is created using ki. Not only does this lower Ryuís speed it takes away from the originality of the technique by making it similar to Herbís ki blades.
    • Anyone who goes up against Jinx goes through this not only does she claim that she can hold her own against T-Ranma in a challenge match for the title of school heir, but X-Ranma as well, she is also shown to be stronger then X-Shampoo (or at least hinted as) and can calsually hurt T-Ryoga with an off hand back and.
    • When Starfire fought both Kuno and Jinx, Jinx while curb stomped at least put up a fight while Kuno suffered a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
    • Starfire handily defeating ranma powerhouses
  • Writer on Board: Lathis has a Berserk Button for God-Mode Sue ranma however he doesnít seem to understand the difference between not making the character overly powerful and intentionally weakening him leading to many instances of Plot-Induced Stupidity for not only Ranma but XCOM as a whole.
    • He also seems to have felt the need to make the Titanís personalities more dark to reflect the story. However since they are still presented as in the morally right they come across more as hypocritical Entitled Bastard.