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The Waynes of Gotham

    General 

The Wayne family is the oldest, richest, and most powerful family in Gotham, who also double as their vigilante protectors: the Bat-Family. Their legacy as vigilantes began with the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, causing their son Bruce Wayne to swear an eternal war against crime. After years of training, he became the vigilante Batman, who would terrorize Gotham's criminal element for years to come. Following in his footsteps would be his various adoptive and biological children, who would all become skilled and feared vigilantes in their own right. Even after Bruce's death, his children would carry on his work, establishing one of the most enduring superhero dynasties in the world in the process.

Tropes

  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Jason's overall relationships with the entire family are much better here, because he's a time traveler who came to deeply regret his canon relationships with them. To say nothing of his children, all of whom never had any connection to him in any continuity.
    • As a consequence of that, Bruce has no relationship with Carrie Kelley, his daughter Helena Wayne, and his sons Terry and Matthew McGinnis, because he died long before he could meet any of them.
    • Damian is on a First-Name Basis with everyone except Tim, and even then that was because he was unimpressed with Tim during their first meeting rather any genuine maliciousness on his part. Also, the brother Damian is closest to is Jason, due to Jason being the one to take him away from the League and teach him to act like a normal human being. It also doesn't help that Dick is still living in Bludhaven at this point in the timeline, so he isn't around much, limiting their interactions.
  • Badass Family: One of the most badass families on the planet, who also double as a superhero team.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family:
    • The first generation was filled with so much Dysfunction Junction that it was a miracle any of them (let alone all of them) managed to live past the age of twenty. This is lampshaded by Jason, who notes that none of them had anything close to a normal childhood.
    • The second generation is much more put together, mostly because of Jason's efforts.
  • Big Fancy House: Wayne Manor, which is described in loving detail by Stephanie in Chapter Twenty.
  • Broken Ace: The first generation. They were the greatest vigilantes in the world, but each of them had a boatload of personal issues that screwed them over frequently and eventually led to the deaths of four of them.
  • Changing of the Guard:
    • Take Up My Sword:
      • Bruce Wayne to Dick Grayson, after Bruce was murdered by the Joker.
      • Dick Grayson to Jason Todd, after Dick made a Heroic Sacrifice to save the Earth from Brainiac.
    • Passing the Torch:
      • Attempted by Jason Todd to Damian Wayne. Didn't happen because Damian was killed before he could take up the mantle.
      • Jason Todd to Terry McGinnis, after Terry passed the Batman Succession Exam. According to Word of God, the reason Jason chose to retire and hand off the mantle to Terry despite the latter's young age is because he didn't want to perpetuate the idea that all Batmen had to die in the suit to his future successors.
  • Famed in Story: A family-wide example. They're considered the "First Family" of Gotham and the pinnacle of the Gotham elite. That makes them a target for the media, especially after Jason returns home with Cass and Damian in tow.
  • Family of Choice: With a few exceptions, almost all the children are brought into the family through adoption and/or raised by someone who is not their biological parent. Even so, they still quite happily regard each other as family and act as such.
  • Heroic Lineage:
    • Bruce sired four biological children (willingly or not): Damian, Helena, Terry, and Matty. All four of them went on to become heroes, with Terry eventually becoming the fourth Batman.
    • Jason sired a daughter with Artemis of Bana-Mighdall, named Penelope. She too is meant to become a great hero one day.
  • Hurting Hero: All of them are this to some degree, but Bruce and Jason have it the worst. Bruce has never fully gotten over the trauma of losing his parents. Jason, despite going on to live a happy life, similarly was unable to completely move on from the grief of losing most of his family.
  • Legacy Character: A whole family of them. All of the second generation adopted different mantles of the first generation Bat-Family.
  • Old Money: They're the richest family in Gotham and one of the richest overall in the world. Their fortune dates back to before Gotham was even built, and has only grown since then.
  • Practically Different Generations: Three members of the second generation are technically the adoptive/half-siblings of the first generation. However, the age difference is so substantial that they are officially considered to be a part of the next generation instead. This is further reinforced by how they refer to the two surviving members of the first generation (Jason and Cassandra) as their father and aunt, respectively.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training:
    • Played straight and deconstructed with the first generation. They were all top-tier crime-fighters but had horrible self-care habits, forcing them to rely on Alfred. Whenever he was taken out of commission, the operation grounded to a halt and the city suffered for it.
    • Deliberately averted with the second generation. Jason made it a point to make self-care one of the focuses of his training. All of his students were forced to learn how to cook and he deliberately overloaded them with work to force them to manage their time better.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Mostly through surrogacy. Because Jason had to raise three of his siblings as his children, this leads to a weird case where those three siblings view their biological father as a grandfather, their various older siblings as aunts and uncles, and their much older niece as their oldest sister. Just look at the first paragraph of Jason's entry to see how badly tangled it is.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Or 'The Rule', as Jason calls it. To date the only members of the family to have broken it are Jason, Cass (under brainwashing), and Damian, though they all eventually re-adopted it in their later lives.
  • True Companions: With the Kents of Kansas. Ever since Clark and Bruce befriended each other, the two families have remained close, training, working, and going out together on a semi-frequent basis. They're so close that the Kents are some of the few to know the Waynes are the Bat-Family. This bond reached its logical conclusion with them officially becoming one family, when Jason gave his blessing to Damian Kent to ask his daughter Helena to marry him.

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The First Generation

    Bruce Wayne 

Bruce Thomas Wayne | Batman I

The first Batman. Patriarch of the first generation of the Wayne family, the adoptive father of Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Cassandra Cain, the biological father of Damian Wayne, Helena Wayne, Terry McGinnis and Matthew McGinnis, and the adoptive grandfather of Carrie Kelley and Penelope of Themyscira.

Haunted by the deaths of his parents at age eight thanks to a mugging gone wrong, Bruce dedicated the rest of his life to fighting crime. He spent several years traveling the world and learning many skills, before returning to his hometown of Gotham and donning the mantle of its first and greatest protector, the Batman. Bruce would continue in that role for several years until he was murdered by the Joker when he was forty-four.

Tropes

  • Adult Fear: Losing Jason almost destroyed him. Then Jason miraculously comes back into his life, only to confess he that he was sent from the future, and is so shell-shocked and heartsick he has a breakdown in front of his dad.
  • Action Dad: Of the first generation.
  • Being Good Sucks: After The Reveal, Bruce desperately wants to give up Batman and leave the vigilante life forever. Unfortunately, with so many criminals and super villains running around, doing so would just condemn Gotham, which his morality won't allow.
  • Control Freak: Lampshaded. Jason states that one of the reasons why he had a rocky relationship with most of his children is because he often decided what was best for them without taking in any of their input.
  • Crazy-Prepared: He has a special protocol in case one of his family was flung into the past, be it physically or mentally.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: The reason being that he was dead. His three youngest children had to be raised by his second eldest son for that reason, something Bruce deeply regrets because it was another burden among many that he unintentionally piled on his children.
  • Disappeared Dad: To his three youngest biological children. He died before he could even learn Helena had been conceived while Terry and Matty were born years after his death (illegal genetic engineering had been involved in their conception). This forced Jason, and to a lesser extent Cass, to fill in the void.
  • Excessive Mourning: A more subdued version than most, but Jason points out to him to that he's never really been able to move on from his parents' deaths, and it's caused him to emotionally neglect his family.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Bruce is rather freaked and horrified to learn he has the potential to completely shut down on the emotional level, which made him bordeline abusive towards his children.
  • Guilt Complex: He has a tendency to blame himself for things that are in no way in his fault. For example, the orphaning of his three youngest children, Helena, Terry, and Matty. Never mind that he was long dead by the time any of those events happened.
  • Lethal Chef: He's the kind of terrible cook you think only exists in fiction.
  • No Hero to His Valet:
    • To Alfred, who essentially raised him.
    • To Jason as well. While Jason loves his father, he has long since lost any reverence he had for Bruce and isn't afraid to call him out on his bullshit.
  • Not So Stoic: Jason's comeback and the later revelations that follow outright push Bruce into several emotional breakdowns.
  • Parents as People: Bruce is an emotionally constipated asshole who often lets his drive for justice take over his life and flubs when he has to support his children. He's painfully aware of it and thinks the kids deserve a much better dad than him.

    Dick Grayson 

Richard "Dick" John Grayson-Wayne | Robin I | Nightwing I | Batman II

The first Robin, the first Nightwing and the second Batman. Eldest son of the Wayne family, the older adoptive brother to Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Damian Wayne, Cassandra Cain, Helena Wayne, Terry McGinnis and Matthew McGinnis, and the uncle to Carrie Kelley and Penelope of Themyscira.

Dick grew up as a performer in Haly's Circus as part of their acrobat routine, "The Flying Graysons", alongside his parents John and Mary Grayson. His entire world however was changed when his parents were murdered before his eyes during their usual routine while they were performing in Gotham. Also there that night was Bruce Wayne, who adopted Dick not long after. After bring the Graysons' killer to justice, Bruce trained to be his first sidekick, the first Robin.

Dick spent many years in that role before "graduating" from Robin to become the hero Nightwing, the protector of Bludhaven. After his adoptive father was murdered, Dick succeeded him as the second Batman and as head of the Wayne family until his own death five years later during Brainiac's latest invasion.

Tropes

  • Aloof Big Brother: His initial relationship with Jason, something he came to regret, especially after Jason died.
  • Better as Friends: With Barbara Gordon in the previous timeline. This muddles his relationship with the current Barbara, as the two have feelings for each other but have yet to take it to the next level.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Nightwing went ballistic on Deathstroke for accepting a contract on Jason's head, almost giving the mercenary a Groin Attack with his electrified escrima stick.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Dick is a Chick Magnet Ace who is one of the most well-beloved and well-connected superheroes in the world. He's also a Giver of Lame Names, has terrible fashion sense, runs on coffee and cereal, and is the frequent target of mockery by all his siblings.
  • Broken Pedestal: There is some implication he became this to Tim after taking Robin from him and giving it to Damian, who Tim hated at the time.
  • Chick Magnet: On Jason's list of approved love interests for him, there's a huge list of women in the 'Maybe' column, many of whom Dick has yet to actually meet at that point in the timeline. That being said, there's only two women in the 'Yes' column (Barbara Gordon and Koriand'r).
  • Cool Big Bro: The very first one in the Bat-Family, but mainly to Jason, Tim, Cassandra and Damian.
  • Cuddle Bug: Dick is very tactile, so enjoys hugging his siblings. It's even more pronounced when one of said siblings is distressed. Jason notes to himself that after going decades without Dick's hugs, he doesn't have it in him to deny Dick a single one.
  • Death Seeker: Potentially. Jason muses he might not have tried really, really hard to avoid his ultimate Heroic Sacrifice, all because the mantle of Batman ultimately broke him.
  • A Dick in Name: Damian isn't impressed to learn he picked a euphemism for testicles as his favorite nickname.
  • Ditzy Genius: Jason's idle comments point out that Dick more-or-less qualifies. He's brilliant at crime-fighting but an idiot when it comes to everything else, mostly because he's rather forgetful. It's also the reason his Richie Wayne persona is more tolerable than Brucie — it's just Dick with an emptier head than usual.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: He kicked Brainiac's butt so badly the Coluan was forced to retire for two centuries from supervillainy.
  • Fair Cop: His current job in Bludhaven.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: His reaction when he learns Talia threw his baby brother into a Lazarus Pit was very exhaustive swearing in Romani.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Everything in the Cave is named Bat-something because of him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • With Wally West and Roy Harper. The loss of both of them within a couple of years together are implied to be part of why Dick struggled so much as Batman.
    • With his younger brother Jason Todd. Jason filled the hole the former two left, becoming Dick's confidant and overall second-in-command for the Bat-Family. Dick even entrusted him with the ring he was going to propose to Kori with, displaying the deep trust they had in each other and suggesting that he was planning to ask Jason to be the best man at their wedding.
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: After the abomination the Discowing suit was, Jason outright refuses to let him design his new suit.
  • The Lost Lenore: He was posed to become this to Kori after his death, but it was ultimately subverted. Kori knew he wouldn't like the idea of his death holding her back, and so made a successful effort to move on after she was finished mourning him; this included never wearing the engagement ring he was going to propose her with (though she did keep it with her as a Tragic Keepsake).
  • Loving a Shadow: What doomed his initial relationship with Barbara is that he was in love with who she was as Batgirl, not Oracle, the person she is now.
  • Manchild: Lampshaded by Jason, who still can't believe how anyone thinks Dick is a suave ladies man with his kind of childish behavior.
  • Men Can't Keep House: His bachelor pad is very messy and he primarily lives off of cereal and takeout. Neither Jason nor Alfred are impressed, especially since they know Dick is perfectly capable of taking care of himself.
  • My Greatest Failure:
    • What he thinks of him being an Aloof Older Brother to Jason, leading him to tearfully apologize when they finally have a moment alone.
    • Jason implies that his actual great failure was forcing Tim to give up the Robin mantle to Damian.
  • Nice Guy: His superpower, according to Jason:
    Jason: You can walk over people, steal their girlfriends, and freeload off their money and they'd thank you for it.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: The crux of his estrangement with Tim in the previous timeline. He took Robin away from Tim without properly explaining that one of the main reasons why is because Tim had outgrown Robin and was ready to be a solo crime-fighter. He tried to convey this by giving Tim Nightwing, but Tim took it the wrong way and refused, becoming Red Robin instead.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: He happily survives on cereal, which his more health-conscious substitute grandpa and adoptive younger brother try to stop.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He was planning to propose to Kori before he died, and left the ring with Jason for safekeeping. After his death, Jason had the unenviable honor of giving the ring to one of his closest friends and watching her burst into tears.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: For all his love towards his eldest brother, Jason bluntly acknowledges Dick suddenly taking Robin from Tim was a terrible move. It's implied that this act is what helped start Tim on his road to being a Sociopathic Hero.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Barbara. In the first timeline, they didn't; he ended up with Kori and she with Luke Fox.

    Jason Todd 

Jason Peter Todd-Wayne | Robin II | Red Hood | Batman III

The main protagonist of the story. The second Robin, then the infamous Red Hood, and finally, the third Batman. Second son of the first generation of the Wayne family, Patriarch of the second generation, younger adoptive brother of Dick Grayson, and older adoptive brother to Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, and Damian Wayne. Surrogate father to his siblings Helena Wayne, Terry McGinnis and Matthew McGinnis, adoptive father to Carrie Kelley, and the biological father to Penelope of Themyscira.

Jason was born to Willis Todd and Sheila Haywood in Gotham's seediest neighborhood — Park Row, better known as Crime Alley. Sheila abandoned him when he was a baby, so he was raised by his biological father and his father's wife, Catherine Todd. Hardly the most ideal childhood, Jason saw the worst of Gotham throughout his younger years, all while suffering at the whims of an abusive father and a junkie mother. After his parents' deaths, he was forced to live on the streets permanently, where he remained until he was eleven.

His life was forever changed when, by chance, he spotted the Batmobile parked all by its lonesome right in the middle of Crime Alley. Desperate for money to help make it through the winter, Jason made a daring gambit to try and jack the tires off the car. He made it through three before Batman himself caught him. Impressed by his sheer guts, the Bat took him in, revealed his identity as Bruce Wayne, and adopted Jason as his second son, before training him to be his second sidekick, the second Robin.

Jason remained in that role for three years before he was tragically murdered by Batman's nemesis the Joker when he was fifteen. About six months later he inexplicably came back to life, and six months after that his mind was restored by the Lazarus Pit at the behest of Talia al Ghul. Not without a cost, however; the effects of the Pit drove Jason mad, amplifying and twisting his emotions and overall mental state to murderous levels. Seeking revenge against his adoptive father for "failing" to avenge him by killing the Joker, he spent several years in training before returning to Gotham to wreak havoc upon its criminal element and upon his adoptive family as the gun-toting vigilante known as the Red Hood.

However, after a fateful confrontation with Batman and the Joker, the Pit's effects on Jason gradually began to recede. Combined with the efforts of his siblings and eventually Bruce himself, Jason slowly reintegrated with his family, and by the time of his adoptive father's death, had reconciled with all of them. Seeking to atone for his crimes, the Red Hood returned to full-fledged superheroism, and continued in that role until the death of his older brother Dick Grayson when Jason was twenty-six.

As Bruce's oldest living son and the new head of the family, Jason was chosen to become the third Batman. He only agreed with the understanding that Damian Wayne would succeed once he was deemed ready. Unfortunately, both Tim Drake and Damian would die a mere two years later, forcing Jason to become Batman permanently. He would remain in the role until he was diagnosed with lung cancer at forty-eight, upon which he passed on the mantle to his adoptive son and the seventh Robin, Terry McGinnis. Jason would die peacefully in his sleep at age fifty at Wayne Manor, surrounded by friends and family...and would wake up over thirty years in the past, in his sixteen year old body, right after Talia al Ghul threw him into the Lazarus Pit.

Tropes

  • The Ace: Lampshaded by Stephanie, who wonders if there's anything he isn't good at.
  • Action Dad: Of the second generation.
  • Adaptational Badass: This is a Jason that has been Batman for over twenty years. Even stuck in his younger, less-trained body, he's a close match for Dick.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Jason did not want any of his kids to follow in his footsteps, become vigilantes and potentially die like everyone in their family had before. He only relented when they made it clear they were going to do it with or without his support.
    • He was also genuinely terrified of them going down a bad path and ending up like him during his Red Hood days. This is one of the reasons why he and Terry clashed in the middle of their partnership; Jason saw too much of his younger self in Terry.
  • Amazon Chaser: His First Love was Artemis of Bana-Mighdall and it's strongly implied that his Second Love was Donna Troy, both of whom are literal Amazons.
  • Amicable Exes: His relationship with Artemis ended amicably, and he showed no resentment for her when she visited him on his deathbed, even after she revealed that they had a daughter together.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Easily thwarts all of Damian's attempts to murder him in Chapter 2.
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: He reveals he has one of these when Stephanie forces him to go to a karaoke bar in Chapter 20. Cue viral YouTube infamy.
  • Berserk Button: Bad self-care, as illustrated in his rant to Tim in Chapter 10.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • He's very protective of all his siblings, to the point that it's one of his most defining traits. The reason he has so much enmity for various villains is usually rooted in their treatment of his family.
    • Jason gave up killing after Bruce's death. What nearly caused him to backslide? Lady Shiva, who had been terrorizing his sister for years and was planning on forcing her into another Duel to the Death.
  • Brutal Honesty:
    • Whenever he's allowed to be completely honest, he pulls no punches whatsoever.
    • This trait is why Tim started working with him during the period he was estranged from the Bat-Family and on the outs with Dick in particular. Jason always made it clear where they stood with each other.
  • Character Development: Underwent his in the first timeline, leading to his Older and Wiser personality in the current one. This is perfectly demonstrated in the first flashback arc: compared to the present Jason, this Jason is a bit snappy, more easily angered, unsure of his capabilities as Batman even after two years on the job, and still grieving the deaths of his brothers and father while also still holding some resentment towards the latter. The arc ends with him reconciling with their deaths, including the differences he had with them in life, and taking the first step to becoming the hero they saw in him in honor of their memories.
  • Chick Magnet: Not quite to the extent of his older brother Dick, but he is noted to be very attractive by a number of women. He had a relationship with Artemis, all but stated to have had another one with Donna, and has a great number of female admirers in Gotham, especially after the viral video of him singing karaoke.
  • The Confidant: Serves as this to several people, allowing them to air their troubles to him and offering support and advice in return. This is deliberate; the people he serves as this to (his family, Conner, Donna) are all people he was extremely close to in the previous timeline, so he's already well aware of their problems and is giving them an outlet to work past their issues in a quicker and healthier manner.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Tim, Cass, and Damian.
  • Dark Secret: The true genetic heritage of the McGinnis brothers. Jason hated keeping this secret, but honestly didn't know how to tell the boys how much they had been manipulated since their very conception. He eventually made an implicit Deathbed Confession to them by giving full access of the Bat-Computer to Terry upon his death, where all the information was logged in and encrypted.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yes.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Subverted. As much as Jason missed and still loved him, he'd be the first to say how horrible a parent Bruce could be.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Was dangerously on the edge of this after Damian's death. Only Cass was stopping him from crossing it outright; Carrie was the one to pull him away from it all together.
  • Determinator: The reason why he lasted so long as Batman is because he was to determined to not let the job break him.
  • Doting Parent:
    • He was this to his children. The first chapter makes it clear how much all of them adore him.
    • Upon meeting Penelope for the first time while on his deathbed, his automatic reaction was to have his will rewritten so she could have a portion of the inheritance he was leaving behind.
  • Education Mama:
    • Downplayed male variant. All of Jason's Robins were required to maintain a B average during their training, which doesn't really seem like much until you remember what kind of workload they have. He also threw a party when Helena took a break from crime-fighting to go to college.
    • He all but dared Bruce to concede to Damian's demands of homeschooling. Bruce, wisely, refused and enrolled Damian into Gotham Academy.
  • Experienced Protagonist: By nature as a Peggy Sue protagonist. As Jason points out to Barbara in Chapter 10, he's been a vigilante for over thirty-five years, longer than all of his siblings (Barbara included) have been alive. He's even been Batman longer than Bruce has been at this point in the timeline, which is partly why Bruce is so willing to listen to him and his advice.
  • Family Man:
    • In his later life. The author even states that Jason's children were the great joy of his life.
    • It holds even after the time travel. While Jason is aware of the greater implications his situation has for the world and the superhero community at large, his first priority is clearly his family.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Tried to be this to his kids. Unfortunately, when it came to this they were more stubborn than he was, and he was too much of a Doting Parent to threaten disownment or anything else of the sort to force them to back down. He resorted to training them to the bone instead.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Views his Red Hood phase as a more violent and murderous version of teenage rebellion, and seems to be ashamed of himself during this period.
  • Generation Xerox:
    • Jason in his adult life ended up being a lot like Bruce, juggling the life of a superhero, a businessman, and a father all at once, though a lot more successfully. Most likely because he had saw firsthand all of Bruce's mistakes and was able to avoid making the same.
    • Played with, but ultimately defied when it came to his relationship with Terry. Jason was terrified of history repeating when he saw the growing similarities between Terry and his younger self, which made their relationship rocky for a little while. In the end, however, Terry wasn't him, and Jason wasn't Bruce either — not only did Terry not fall on a dark path like Jason did in his youth, but he also ended up proving himself to be Jason's one true successor as Batman.
  • Godzilla Threshold: While Jason firmly follows the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule these days, he does admit to Bruce that there is one kill that, if given the chance, he'd repeat with little no remorse. The shocking part? It's not the Joker.
  • Happily Adopted: While he and Bruce had their difficulties (to say the least), Jason ultimately views Bruce as his father and quite happily identifies himself as a Wayne.
  • Heroic Fatigue: Fully admits to Barbara that by the time he actually retired, he had been ready to quit for a while. The only reason he was trying to stick around longer was because his preferred successor, Terry, was a bit too young to be Batman at the time. Then the diagnosis came and Jason had to hand off the mantle to Terry anyway.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • With Roy Harper, of whom he considers his first real best friend.
    • With his older brother, Dick Grayson, after the death of Dick's other best friend Wally West. Dick told Jason things he never told anyone else (such as his rape at the hands of Tarantula) and even entrusted him with the ring he was going to propose to Kori with, underlying how close the two had gotten before Dick's untimely death.
    • With Conner Kent, the second Superman. According to Jason they grew close while working together in the Justice League. Jason valued their friendship so much that when Conner died, he outright compared it to losing another brother.
  • Honorary Uncle: To Lian Harper.
  • I Hate Past Me: Jason does not like to talk about his early years as the Red Hood. While the Red Hood did eventually become a full-fledged superhero identity, Jason doesn't have the will to readopt it in the new timeline because he views it as the manifestation of some of the worst moments in his life, including all the pain he caused his family.
  • I Regret Nothing: Jason effectively gave up any chance of a normal life, including going to college and getting the English degree he always wanted, for the sake of his family — whether it was carrying on the family legacy by running Wayne Enterprises and being Batman, or taking on the responsibility of raising his younger siblings. When confronted on this by Barbara, who asks him what he intends to do with his third chance at life, he fully admits that he doesn't regret it at all and even intends to re-commit to the family again as a vigilante just to protect them.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After his three eldest children completely tore down all his attempts to be a Fantasy-Forbidding Father, Jason didn't even bother to try with Matty and agreed to train him as Robin rather easily.
  • Life Will Kill You: His second death was via lung cancer, as a result of the bad smoking habit he had during his younger years.
  • The Mentor: To several superheroes. Along with his children, he trained Jon and Damian Kent, and is implied to have trained others as well.
  • My Greatest Failure: The death of his youngest brother Damian. Out of all the loved ones Jason lost, Damian's Heroic Sacrifice was the only one he was present for and (theoretically) could have prevented. Being unable to save his last remaining brother drove him closer to the Despair Event Horizon than ever before.
  • Mythology Gag: His new suit and superhero persona is rather reminiscent of Batman: Arkham Knight.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Claims to have been the greatest master of melee weaponry in the world in his previous timeline, and his fight with Bruce makes it clear that this is not an idle boast. His current fighting style sees him easily switching between four different melee weapons at a rapid pace, and it's strongly implied he's mastered other melee weapons as well.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • For all his weariness and wisdom, he is not above trolling any of his siblings (or his father) for kicks.
    • Later on he shows surprisingly adept knowledge about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and compares himself to Twilight Sparkle.
    • He swears retribution on his siblings and their friends after Stephanie manages to trick him into participating in a karaoke contest, causing a video of him singing to go viral on the Internet.
  • Older and Wiser: His entire shtick. The death of his various siblings, having to raise three of his younger ones, all while juggling being a superhero and a businessman at the same time forced Jason to mature rapidly.
  • Oh, Crap!: He lets out a Cluster F-Bomb after learning that a Parallax-possessed Hal Jordan is still running around.
  • Overprotective Dad: Confirmed by Word of God to be this. A flashback sees him threatening Helena's prom date, one Damian "Dam" Kent, with the vault full of Kryptonite he had in the Bat-Cave. Note that not only was Dam a Kent, he was also one of Jason's personal students.
  • Parental Substitute: To Carrie Kelley after the death of her parents, and then to his siblings Helena, Terry, and Matty. To such an extent that he doesn't even refer to the latter three as his siblings, but as his children.
  • Passing the Torch: He was the first Batman to willingly retire, passing on the Batman mantle to his son, Terry.
  • The Power of Love: Jason fights off episodes of Pit Madness by cycling his mind through all the happy memories he has with his friends and family.
  • Promotion to Parent: Downplayed. He was thirty when he took in Helena, and forty when he did the same with Terry and Matty. As he was an adult already when he had to raise the three of them, the situation was more akin to adoption than this trope.
  • Rags to Riches: As a child he was a Street Urchin from Gotham's worst neighborhood. Then he was adopted by Bruce, the richest man in Gotham and one of the richest men in the world, whose fortune he inherited alongside Cass.
  • Shipper on Deck: While he's resolved himself not to interfere with his family's love lives outside of steering them away from destructive love interests and giving information and advice, he does subtly imply to Dick that he would prefer his older brother get together with either Barbara or Kori.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Jason never completely got over being the only surviving son of the first generation. It's what drove him to be so protective of the second generation.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: A massive one compared to the person he was in his early life in the previous timeline.
  • Tough Love: When it comes to training his standards are much higher than Bruce's, specifically for this reason. If his Robins couldn't take it, they'd quit and be safe from the vigilante life. However, if they managed to hold on and complete it, they'd have more than enough skills to survive on the streets.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Jason's early life saw him grow up in Crime Alley with a deadbeat father and a junkie mother, orphaned, betrayed by his biological mother, murdered, revived via Lazarus Pit, lose his first best friend, orphaned again after his adoptive father died, then lose all three of his brothers and his surrogate grandfather, along with all the usual crap a Gotham vigilante usually deals with, with relatively few bright spots in-between. All things considered, the fact that he turned out so well-adjusted in the end is a miracle in itself.
  • Unexpected Successor: As far as he's concerned, he was never supposed to be Batman. Even though Dick named him his successor above Tim, who Jason believes was supposed to be the real third Batman.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • As the Red Hood, it was a dual pair of guns. Bruce also speculates he used a pair of short swords, owing to his mastery over the All-Blades.
    • As Batman, he has four. Along with the aforementioned dual short swords, he adopted the primary weapons of all three of his brothers: Dick's escrima sticks, Tim's bo-staff, and Damian's sword. While he primarily uses the escrima sticks, he can switch to any of the others easily and within seconds of each other, and has mastery over all of them.
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • Even with intense training, it will be years until Jason is back in his prime. Considering that the current Jason is a close match for Dick (at least in hand-to-hand combat), it really makes you wonder how strong and skilled he was when he was Batman.
    • During his fight with Deathstroke, Jason admits that if he were in his old body, he would've been able to beat his opponent hands down (though not without difficulty). As things currently are, he's surprised he was able to put up a fight at all.

    Tim Drake 

Timothy "Tim" Jackson Drake-Wayne | Robin III | Red Robin

The third Robin, who later became the vigilante Red Robin. The third son of the Wayne family, younger adoptive brother to Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Cassandra Cain, older adoptive brother to Damian Wayne, Helena Wayne, Terry McGinnis and Matthew McGinnis, and the uncle to Carrie Kelley and Penelope of Themyscira.

The only son of Jack and Janet Drake, Tim was neglected by his parents for most of his childhood. As a result, he occupied his time with other pursuits — mostly stalking Gotham's resident vigilantes, Batman and Robin. He managed to figure out the secret identities of Batman and both Robins when he was nine, and continued to observe them until the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd. Upon Bruce Wayne's subsequent breakdown, he sought out the first Robin, Dick Grayson, to become Bruce's partner again. When Dick refused, Tim decided to take up the mantle himself and forced Bruce to train him as the third Robin. Upon the deaths of Janet Drake, and later Jack Drake, Tim was adopted by Bruce as his third son as well.

Tim remained Robin until he was sixteen, whereupon his older brother Dick forced him to give up the role in favor of their younger brother Damian Wayne. Tim subsequently took up his own mantle in Red Robin, and remained in that identity until his death eight years later during a conflict with Lex Luthor.

Tropes

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: For all his worship towards Jason, Tim is still petty enough to whine about being put on a diet and crush his brother in a Monopoly game out of irritation.
  • Competition Freak:
    • A game of Monopoly shows him to be absolutely ruthless. The only reason Jason was able to keep up with him at all was because of his experience as Wayne Enterprises' CEO, and even then he still lost.
    • He takes his rivalry with Damian very seriously. Said rivalry is over who will have more Bat-Pizza tickets by the end of the year. To make it even more ridiculous, the only prize Tim gets if he wins is Damian having to call him by his first name.
  • The Corruptible: Possibly. According to Jason he became a Sociopathic Hero, but how and to what extent hasn't been elaborated on yet.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling: Damian's opinion of him, after seeing Tim bluster and be tongue-tied in front of Jason.
  • Hero-Worshipper: His initial reaction to Jason is a mix of disbelief and awe.
  • Incompletely Trained: Played with. While Bruce trained him better than he did Jason (for obvious reasons), Jason believes he needs more training, and made the offer to mentor him. While this is true, Jason also admitted it was to get him away from his original mentor, Lady Shiva.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Yup, he developed the addiction when he was barely a teen. It apparently got so bad when he was an adult that Jason has made it his mission to wean him off it.
  • The One That Got Away: Stephanie always regretted their relationship crashing and burning and them not even trying to fix it afterwards, more so after his death.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: While all of the first generation had this problem to some extent, Tim's self-care habits were so horrible that it left Jason frothing at the mouth at the mere thought of it.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Damian firmly considers him a complete dumbass who's barely able to breathe and speak after a lifetime of brainwashing in the American school system. Tim intends to make his younger brother change his mind.
  • Sociopathic Hero: What he slowly devolved into, as Gotham's darkness and crime-fighting took more and more of a toll on him.
  • Spotting the Thread: He's immediately alert when he first meets Jason, since the older teen reacted as if he already knew Tim and loved him in a familial way. As Tim points out, that kind of affection only comes from time and meaningful interaction.
  • Teen Genius: Jason outright states that he's the smartest member of the first generation.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: While the exact circumstances have yet to be revealed, Jason implies that his overall morality started to degrade over the years.
  • Trauma Conga Line: A very tragic deconstruction — being repeatedly submitted to various traumas and horrors chipped away at his empathy, until he became a Sociopathic Hero.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Tim in his Robin period was bright, vivacious, too curious and generally absolutely chuffed to be a hero. For Jason, it's both wonderful and painful to see, because Tim as Red Robin was decidedly not any of these things.
  • Workaholic: According to Jason, his adult self was one that ran off of "coffee and spite".

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    Damian Wayne 

Damian al Ghul-Wayne | Robin IV | Nightwing II

The fourth Robin and second Nightwing. The fourth son of the Wayne family, younger adoptive brother to Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Cassandra Cain, older biological half-brother to Helena Wayne, Terry McGinnis and Matthew McGinnis, and the uncle to Carrie Kelley and Penelope of Themyscira.

The biological son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, Damian was trained from birth to be an assassin and heir to his grandfather Ra's al Ghul. When he was ten, his mother dropped him off with his father to learn from him, with the intention of using him to eventually draw his father to her side so they could be a family. Instead, Damian ended up rejecting his mother's family and their ideals entirely in favor of his father and siblings, becoming the fourth Robin.

Damian remained Robin until he was eighteen, where he officially gave it up to become the second Nightwing in honor of his oldest brother. He was slated to become the fourth Batman after his older brother Jason Todd, but died before he was able to take on the mantle.

Tropes

  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: He gets along with his siblings a lot better thanks to his younger age and the different circumstances that led to him joining the family. Even his relationship with Tim, while still antagonistic, is much better than it was in the previous timeline.
  • Age Lift: Courtesy of a wonky timeline, Damian is now ten years younger than Jason, instead of six.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: He would not be Damian Wayne without it.
  • Berserk Button: Do not insult his mother. He was ready to try and murder Vicki Vale with a fork for writing a salacious article about her.
  • Big Brother Worship:
    • He adored his oldest brother Dick Grayson and became the second Nightwing to honor him.
    • The younger Damian has a more downplayed version with Jason, who is the only person he really listens to.
  • Break the Haughty: Chapter Two basically boils down to Jason shattering Damian's entire worldview with one revelation after another. While he hasn't completely lost his characteristic arrogance, it's much more subdued and manageable.
  • The Comically Serious: Part of the humor in the story comes from Damian reacting to everything in a completely straight manner.
  • Dying Wish: He begged Jason to let him die instead of bringing him back with a Lazarus Pit, knowing what kind of effects the Pit would have on him. Jason obliged.
  • Generation Xerox: After learning their first meeting concluded in a fight resolved by teeth-clenched cooperation, an amused Diana declares Jon and Damian are exactly like their dads. So far, the introverted, grumpy and temperamental Damian didn't make a liar of her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Jon Kent, in both timelines. So much so that after Damian died, Jon succeeded him as Nightwing in honor of his memory.
  • Hidden Depths: Damian is surprisingly good with four-year-old Lian Harper, leaving Jason to ponder if his younger brother is so gentle because of Lian's youth or her gender.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Bruce's hidden son by Talia.
  • Precocious Crush: His behavior around Stephanie hints that he might have one for her.
  • The Promise: When Jon and him were children, they made a promise that they would be Superman and Batman together. It's because of this promise that Jon refused to become Superman after his father died, wanting to remain Nightwing to keep Damian's memory alive and close to him. Jon did eventually end up becoming Superman, but only after the death of his predecessor Conner Kent, and only doing so because there was no one else suitable for the job.
  • Shipper on Deck: An amusing inversion — Damian outright states Stephanie oughts to reject Tim's courting as she can find a much better mate.
  • Sibling Rivalry: With Tim, though it's nowhere near as murderous as the previous timeline. Basically, it boils down to Damian thinking Tim's an idiot and Tim trying to prove him wrong.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Under his spoiled and violent facade, Damian shows deep insecurity regarding his place in the Bat-Family and his father's love for him.
  • Spoiled Brat: Tends to be rude and impatient. Jason outright calls him a horror, and concedes his original self was even worse.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Damian only has to show his face to establish he's Bruce's son, and Jason later identified Helena, Terry and Matty as his half-siblings because they all had strong resemblances to him.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Having only heard vague descriptions about Bruce all his life, he makes this request to Jason. Jason agrees, if only to help Damian better understand that Bruce, while great, is still just a man.
  • Tragic Hero: Damian spent all his life trying to live up to his family's ideals and be a hero his family could be proud of, partially to atone for his assassin childhood which, in no way, was his fault. He saw becoming Batman as the culmination of that dream — but in the end, the same childhood he was trying to atone for ended up being his downfall, with his cousin Mara engineering his death by causing his Heroic Sacrifice to save Bludhaven.
  • Tsundere: Oh so much. No, he won't miss Jon at all, but his lack of presence will indeed be an irritant for him.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Damian never ceased to worry about his father and siblings not thinking he was worthy of their pride until the day he died. The younger him also has this attitude, though not to such a damaging extent.

    Cassandra Cain 

Cassandra "Cass" Cain-Wayne | Batgirl II | Black Bat

The second Batgirl and later the vigilante Black Bat, the protector of Bludhaven. The first daughter of the Wayne family, younger adoptive sister to Dick Grayson and Jason Todd, and older adoptive sister to Tim Drake and Damian Wayne. Surrogate aunt to her siblings Helena Wayne, Terry McGinnis and Matthew McGinnis, and actual aunt to Carrie Kelley and Penelope of Themyscira.

The biological daughter of the assassins David Cain and Sandra Wu-San, better known as Lady Shiva. Cass was raised all her life to be the perfect assassin, left completely illiterate in exchange for unsurpassed body-reading skills and fighting ability. Upon her first kill at age eight, however, she rejected the life of an assassin and killing in general and fled her father, living on the streets for the next ten years until she met Batman. Batman subsequently took her in, making her the second Batgirl and adopting her as his first daughter.

Cass later gave up the Batgirl mantle and adopted the identity of Black Bat, first operating in Hong Kong before moving back to Gotham. After the death of younger brother Damian Wayne, she became the full-time protector of Bludhaven and the overall second-in-command of the Bat-Family under her brother Jason Todd, the third Batman.

Tropes

  • Abusive Parents: David Cain wanted to break her into a weapon, while Lady Shiva wanted to force her to kill her in spite of knowing Cass was firmly against it.
  • Cute Mute: Cass is extremely limited in vocabulary, and a total sweetheart.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Stephanie Brown. She was the godmother to Stephanie's children in the previous timeline.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Having lived on the streets for most of her life, with absolutely no understanding of speech, means her table manners are horrid.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Jason outright admitted that Cass was the only person keeping him going after Damian died. During a flashback, he outright told her that if he lost her, he would've (figuratively) died all over again, and this time, nothing in the world would've brought him back.
  • Morality Chain: To Jason in the previous timeline. She was the one who re-inspired him into becoming a hero again.
  • The Not-Love Interest: In the previous timeline, Cass was the most important person in Jason's life next to his children. She provided him with emotional support and was his most trusted teammate and confidant. Despite that, their relationship was completely platonic and they firmly saw each other as siblings.
  • Shrinking Violet: Cass is generally uneasy around people she doesn't trust or know very well, and her speech troubles don't help.
  • Sole Survivor: After Jason's death by cancer, Cass is the last living member of the first generation in the previous timeline.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Downplayed, but Richard Dragon — who knows her mother Lady Shiva better than anyone — immediately pegs her parentage right barely a few seconds after meeting her.
  • World's Best Warrior: According to Jason, she was the greatest martial artist in the world after Shiva's death. While Jason specialized in melee weaponry and Connor Hawke specialized in projectile weaponry, Cass was good at everything on top of being better at hand-to-hand combat than both of them.

The Second Generation

    Carrie Kelley 

Carrie Kelley-Wayne | Robin V | Batgirl IV | Batwoman III

Tropes

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The first (official) female Robin.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Went from running around in a Robin costume to becoming Robin herself, then Batgirl, and then Batwoman.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Dick Grayson, as she helped her Batman to become less grim and enjoy life again.
  • Happily Adopted: Jason adopted her after her parents died in a car crash when she was sixteen.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lian Harper. Jason explicitly compares their relationship to Roy's and his friendship when reminiscing about it.
  • I Owe You My Life: Why she wanted to become Robin — Jason saved her from some thugs who tried mug her while she was lugging girl scout cookies. Jason finally relented after she returned the favor and saved his life in turn.
  • The Idealist: She was the most idealistic of Jason's Robins.
  • Legacy Character: For three different mantles, which has to be some kind of record. After she officially gave up the Robin mantle, she became the fourth Batgirl and then the third Batwoman.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Platonic variant with Jason; her optimism and peppiness helped him to open up again.
  • Supreme Chef: She helped Jason to maintain a diner in Park Row. After taking over the diner with his blessing, she later expanded it into a successful franchise.

    Helena Wayne 

Helena Magdalene Kyle-Wayne | Robin VI | Huntress II

Tropes

  • Dead Guy Junior: She shares her middle name with the first name of her deceased aunt, Magdalene "Maggie" Kyle.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even when Jason was on his deathbed she couldn't help but engage in some Snark-to-Snark Combat with him.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Implied. From what little is seen, Helena only seems to have good memories of her mother and her death is what drove her to become a vigilante.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Tim Drake. According to Jason she's the most clever of his Robins, and reminded him of Tim more often than not. This is one of the reasons why Wayne Enterprises was left to her.
  • Generation Xerox: Much like the first Huntress, her mentor Helena Bertinelli, she swore a vendetta against organized crime after Black Mask II murdered her mother.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: After realizing she was pregnant with Bruce's child, Selina immediately retired from burglary and raised her as normally as possible for ten years.
  • Heroic Lineage: The biological daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, aka Batman and Catwoman.
  • Love at First Punch: Dam fell for her after she kicked his ass in a spar.
  • Official Couple: With Damian Kent.
  • Redeeming Replacement: To her predecessor Helena Bertinelli. According to Jason, she can be cold and vengeful, but she has her heart in the right place and is decidedly not a killer.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: She was conceived barely one month before Bruce's death.
  • You Killed My Father: She developed a hatred for organized crime after Black Mask II murdered her mother.

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    Terry McGinnis 

Terrence "Terry" McGinnis-Wayne | Robin VII | Batman IV

Tropes

  • Adaptational Badass: Since he was a Robin before taking the cowl, Terry will probably flounder less in his tenure as Batman.
  • Adaptational Wealth: His canon self was from a struggling middle class family. Here, he and his brother were adopted into the Wayne family, the richest family in Gotham and one of the richest families in the world.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When he was Robin, he saved Jason's life. Apparently, the manner in which he did it is what convinced Jason to make him the next Batman.
  • Chocolate Baby: Jason couldn't help but notice how weird it was for a red-haired couple to have brunette children. Especially when said children looked a lot like his younger brother Damian.
  • Determinator: The biggest reason why Jason chose him as his successor. He might not be as smart or idealistic as his older sisters, but he has more sheer grit and determination to do good than either of them, same as both his fathers before him.
  • Don't Split Us Up: Right after being orphaned, ten-year-old Terry ran away with his four-year-old brother to avoid foster care.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Mentioned to be his only difference from his older half-brother Damian. That, and the lighter skin.
  • In Spite of a Nail: In the end, he still ended up becoming Batman.
  • Generation Xerox: Played with, but ultimately defied. For all his similarities with the younger Jason, Terry proved himself to be a hero through and through.
  • Oblivious Adoption: He's unaware of the fact he wasn't genetically sired by Warren McGinnis, but Jason giving him the access to the Bat-Computer's secret files is implied to change this.
  • Street Urchin: Briefly reduced to this after losing his parents. It only added to the similarities between him and Jason.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: One of the things that struck Jason about him when they first met was his strong resemblance to his older biological brother, Damian Wayne. According to Jason, he looks just like Damian, just with lighter skin.
  • Tyke Bomb: Played with. He was conceived specifically to one day replace Jason as Lyla Michaels' personal Batman. While he did end up becoming Batman, it was completely of his own choice and free of Michaels' involvement (she was killed not long after the death of his parents). Jason only trained him as the seventh Robin because Terry demanded it.

    Matthew McGinnis 

Matthew "Matty" McGinnis-Wayne | Robin VIII

Tropes

  • Adaptational Badass: In his original series, Matty was nothing but a normal child. Here, he's slated to become his brother's Robin.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted, the four-year-old Matty didn't hesitate to throw a wrench at Batman for busting Terry (who was busy trying to steal parts off the Batmobile).
  • Foil: To his eldest biological brother Damian Wayne. Matty is currently The Baby of the Bunch from his generation and was thrown into fighting and vigilantism at a young age, but he's openly emotional and unaware of his bloodline.
  • Kid Hero: When he was seven, he managed to defeat a bunch of thugs that had invaded Wayne Manor. This is why Jason didn't even bother protesting when he said he wanted to be Robin like his older siblings.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Poor little guy didn't take Jason's upcoming demise very well, since he already lost his birth parents.
  • Wrench Whack: How he introduced himself to Jason. In fairness, Matty was trying to defend Terry from the big, mean Bat.

    Penelope of Themyscira 

Penelope Todd-Wayne / Penelope of Themyscira

Tropes

Close Associates

    Alfred Pennyworth 

Alfred "Alfie" Pennyworth | Agent A

Tropes

  • Almighty Mom: A male example. Alfred is the true undisputed master of the house and while he may be subservient to Bruce and the family by principle, when he wants to be obeyed, he will be obeyed.
  • Cool Old Guy: The epitome of this.
  • Life Will Kill You: A case of Reality Ensues, Alfred is older than Bruce, and a mere human with a human lifespan. So one day, he died from old age.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Deconstructed. The Bat-Family is completely unable of functioning without him. If he's put out of commission the entire operations falls apart within a week. This also forces more work on Alfred, which is not doing any favors for his health.
  • Not So Stoic: Even his Stiff Upper Lip cannot hold when faced with Jason's resurrection or Damian's parentage.
  • Parental Substitute: He raised Bruce, and all of Bruce's children love him as a grandfather.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Alfred's age became more apparent as the years went on. The reason why he wasn't able to serve as a Living Emotional Crutch to Jason and Cass like they had to each other is because all three of them knew he didn't have much longer to live.

    Barbara Gordon 

Barbara "Babs" Gordon | Batgirl I | Oracle

Tropes:

  • Better as Friends: What she decided her relationship with Dick was in the previous timeline.
  • Cool Big Sis: Jason certainly seems to view her as this.
  • Happily Married: To Luke Fox in Jason's timeline.
  • Loving a Shadow: The reason why her romantic relationship with Dick was doomed to failed: she was dating Nightwing, but she was in love with Robin.

    Stephanie Brown 

Stephanie Brown | Spoiler | Batgirl III | Batwoman II

Tropes:

  • Damsel in Distress: She's abducted by Lady Shiva in order to force Cassandra out of hiding.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Her main color motif. Both her vigilante persona and her civilian plainclothes use a lot of purple — sorry, eggplant.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: The blonde Stephanie is noted to be one of the most empathetic members of the Bat-Family. Fittingly, the chapter where she finally appears in the new timeline is titled "Golden".
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: What she was to Cassandra, and is apparently bent on becoming again in the new timeline.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Serves as a platonic variant to both Cass and Jason, forcing them to get out more and enjoy themselves in different ways.
  • Only Sane Man: Jason points out that Stephanie (the supervillain dad and the overworked junkie mom aside) is arguably the most normal of the Bats, especially compared to the core family. Her relatively normal childhood gave her a perspective that they lacked, which helped ground them.
  • Penny Among Diamonds: She's low middle-class at best when she's thrust into Gotham Academy. This becomes especially pronounced when she befriends the Waynes, who are literally the richest family in the entire city.
  • Scholarship Student: The Waynes discreetly arrange for her to go at Gotham Academy, giving her the opportunity to meet and interact with Tim and Damian.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Massively so, enough that Kate Kane chose her as her successor before she died. In a flashback, Jason is perfectly comfortably leaving Gotham under her care while he spends an undetermined amount of time searching for Cass, who had gone missing at the time.

The Kents of Kansas | The House of El

    General 

The Kents are a simple family of farmers from Kansas. They would've never been anything of note, had fate not decided otherwise and crash-landed the space pod of the Last Son of Krypton near their farm. Adopted and raised by Jonathan and Martha Kent, Kal-El, known to Earth as Clark Kent, grew up as a normal child until one day he started developing extraordinary powers, beyond anything ever seen before. Learning of his heritage, Clark decided to use his gifts to help people, and became the legendary hero Superman — starting the greatest and most enduring superhero dynasty of all time.

Tropes:

  • Badass Family: Unquestionably the most powerful family in the world, bar none.
  • Changing of the Guard:
  • Legacy Character: Much like the Waynes, they have numerous mantles that they cycle through.
  • Nice Guy: All of them are super nice, to the point one would think it's genetic. In fact, one of the reasons why Jason allowed Dam to date Helena was because he was a Kent, and there's no one that would've treated her better than one of them.
  • True Companions: With the Waynes of Gotham. The Kents are some of the few allowed to know that the Waynes' Secret Identities, and vice versa. On top of that, several pairings of Heterosexual Life-Partners have emerged from the two families: Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, Conner Kent and Tim Drake, then Conner Kent and Jason Todd (years after Tim's death), and finally Jon Kent and Damian Wayne. This reached its logical conclusion with the two families becoming one, when Damian Kent (named after the aforementioned Damian Wayne) received Jason's blessing to ask his daughter Helena Wayne to marry him.

The First Generation

    Clark Kent 

Clark Joseph Kent / Kal-El | Superman I

Tropes:

    Lois Lane 

Lois Lane-Kent

Tropes:

  • Doting Grandparent: When Jason died, Lois just became a grandmother for the second time and constantly spammed him with photos of the baby.

The Second Generation

    Conner Kent 

Conner Kent / Kon-El | Superboy I | Superman II

Tropes:

    Jon Kent 

Jonathan "Jon" Samuel Kent | Superboy II | Nightwing III | Superman III

Tropes:

  • Generation Xerox: After learning their first meeting concluded in a fight resolved by teeth-clenched cooperation, an amused Diana declares Jon and Damian are exactly like their dads. So far, the laid-back, friendly and agressively cheerful Jon didn't make a liar of her.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: In spite of a really shaky start, he grew into this with Damian in the previous timeline, and Jason ensures they meet and bond again in the current one.
  • His Heart Will Go On: Platonic variant. He first refused to assume the Superman mantle at all when Damian's premature demise ruined his promise to be the Man of Steel to his best friend's Dark Knight. Several years later, he had mourned enough and was aware the world needed someone experienced to be Superman after Conner's death, and finally accepted his birthright.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Clark agreed to arrange a play date for him with Damian as he could see Jon was depressed over the fact he couldn't share his superpowers with other kids in his age range.
  • The Promise: He couldn't bear to become the second Superman because he had sworn he would be the Superman to Damian's Batman, and took up the Nightwing mantle instead. He ultimately accepted the Superman title fifteen years following Damian's demise after Conner's death.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Damian. They may frequently get on each other's nerves, but their friendship is even tighter than their dads.

    Lara Kent 

Lara Kent

Tropes:

  • Dead Guy Junior: Named after her maternal grandmother, Lara Lor-Van.
  • The Ghost: There was no mention of her existence until Jason brought her up during his discussion with the Kents about the future.

    Damian Kent 

Damian "Dam" Kent / Dam-El | Superboy III | Nightwing IV

Tropes:

  • Dead Guy Junior: Played with. He was allowed to choose his own name and happened upon 'Damian' by complete happenstance. When he learned about Damian Wayne it only cemented his choice, as it was the name of a great hero he had come to admire.
  • Love at First Punch: According to Word of God, he fell for Helena after she kicked his ass in their first spar during his training with Jason.
  • Official Couple: With Helena Wayne.

The Amazons of Themyscira and Bana-Mighdall

    Diana Prince 

Princess Diana of Themyscira / Diana Prince | Wonder Woman I

Tropes:

  • The Confidant: Due to her compassionate and kind nature, Diana is the first person Jason really confides to about his life in the previous timeline. She comforts him in return, and reassures him that though the family he has now isn't the family he remembers, they are still his family regardless.
  • Cool Aunt: To Bruce's flock of children.
  • Retired Badass: Unlike Clark and Bruce, she simply retired from superheroics to succeed her deceased mother as Queen of the Amazons.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: She gently yet firmly scolds Jason for calling himself a mere replacement to Bruce and Dick's Batmen — he was their successor, just as worthy of the mantle as they were.

    Artemis 

Artemis of Bana-Mighdall

Tropes:

  • Amicable Exes: Her ultimate dynamic with Jason.
  • Easily Forgiven: Jason is surprisingly sanguine regarding the fact she hid their daughter from him until he was on his deathbed. He admitted that part of it was because he was dying and didn't have the energy to get angry at her anymore.
  • Interspecies Romance: She's an Amazon who carried an affair with a human male.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: She went back to Themiscyra to carry and birth her daughter Penelope, whom she raised there.

    Donna Troy 

Donna Troy | Wonder Girl I | Troia

Tropes:

  • Dude Magnet: She's recently divorced from Terry Long, with whom she shares a son, currently has Unresolved Sexual Tension with Kyle Rayner, and has a Friends with Benefits-type relationship with Roy Harper that may be more than either of them can admit. Then there's Jason, who is all but stated to have been in love with her counterpart from the prime timeline and thus has lingering feelings for her in this timeline.
  • Friends with Benefits: Implied to currently have this relationship with Roy Harper. If Jason is to be believed, this later evolved into a genuine relationship that tragically ended with Roy's death.
  • Not So Different: She and Jason have a very deep conversation over the fact they were irremediably changed by a traumatic event (killed by the Joker for Jason, having all her counterparts' memories shoved into her for Donna) and cannot go back to the person they were before.
  • The One That Got Away: Strongly implied to be this to Jason.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Kyle Rayner. This is because the incident with Dark Angel happened before she and Kyle could enter a relationship in this timeline.
  • Stepford Smiler: Zigzagged. While she's genuinely happy to see Jason again and meet Damian as well, she's still recovering from the incident with Dark Angel and so is not as upbeat as she seems during their visit.

The Queens of Star City

The First Generation

    Roy Harper 

Roy Harper | Speedy I | Arsenal I

Tropes:

  • First Love: Hinted to be this for Donna Troy.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Averted. Jason and Kori still fondly thought of him well into their late forties/early fifties, and Jason's close relationship with Lian (of whom he considers a treasured niece) and implied romance with Donna stemmed partially from his friendship with Roy. Even decades after his death, people never forgot him, not even for a moment.
  • Good Parents: Utterly devoted to his daughter Lian.
  • Overprotective Dad: Played for Laughs when his friends note Lian possibly crushing on Damian and joke about her dating him in the future.
  • Power Trio: He formed the Outlaws with Jason and Starfire.

    Connor Hawke 

Connor Hawke | Green Arrow II

Tropes:

  • The Ghost: He's been mentioned, but doesn't really have a presence in the story.
  • World's Best Warrior: Second best warrior, in fact, behind Cassandra Cain and above Jason Todd. According to Jason he was also the greatest master of projectile weaponry in the world during his lifetime.

The Second Generation

    Lian Harper 

Lian Harper | Speedy III | Arsenal II | Green Arrow III

Tropes:

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: A woman of Vietnamese and Navajo descent who later became the second Arsenal and third Green Arrow.
  • The Cutie: Four-year-old Lian is nothing short of adorable.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Spider variant, which made her shriek and bump her toe into a table.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Her dynamic with Carrie Kelley has strong shades of Jason and Roy's friendship.
  • Morality Pet: Even Damian can't bring himself to be a grouch to her.
  • Precocious Crush: After spending the day with Damian and him rescuing her from an errant spider, she's noticeably blushing.

Villains

    Talia al Ghul 

Talia al Ghul

Tropes

  • Dating Catwoman: The second great love of Bruce's life, and undeniably a villainess.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • In the end, she still loved Damian (even after the time she murdered him). His death devastated her and caused her to develop of a bit of conscious.
    • She also deeply loved Bruce, and Jason implies that she remained in love with him even after his death.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Project Batman Beyond disgusted Talia so much that the moment she found out about it, she ended it immediately by killing Lyla Michaels and the assassin she sent to murder Warren and Mary McGinnis
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Ultimately, she relents in front of Jason's arguments and entrusts Damian to him, to be brought to Gotham.
  • Heir Club for Men: The only reason she isn't her father Ra's' heir is because she's a woman.
  • Like a Son to Me: Admits she came to see Jason as a son on his deathbed.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: She didn't take the news that her niece Mara had just slaughtered her only son well, and murdered Mara in turn to avenge him.
  • Parents as People: For all her flaws, Talia does love Damian. But as Jason points out to both her and to Damian, her conflicting loyalties for her father and her beloved mean she's not really equipped to be the mother Damian needs.
  • Pet the Dog:
  • Sole Survivor: Of the al Ghul dynasty in the future.
  • We Can Rule Together: She was okay with the idea to share the League of Shadows with her niece Mara, but Mara was too greedy and paranoid to take her up on the offer.

    Lady Shiva 

Sandra Wu-San | Lady Shiva

Tropes

  • Abusive Parents: She repeatedly sought out Cassandra to force her into a duel to the death, even as she knew Cass had been completely traumatized by her first murder. Jason believes this is because, deep down, Shiva blames Cass for Carolyn's death, and can't drum up any affection for her because of that.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: A big part of why Sandra Wu-San created Lady Shiva was her sister Carolyn's murder, and she's ready to do anything to ensure this legacy will remain untainted — including being struck down by a superior warrior, instead of dying of old age.
  • Arc Villain: Of the first flashback arc. Her slaughter of Cassandra's numerous international contacts (including friends Harper and Cullen Row) drove Cass into hiding, which forces Jason to leave Gotham in search of his sister. After Cass and him reunite, their new objective turns to stopping Shiva's rampage.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Cassandra Cain, a dynamic she deliberately invoked to force her daughter to kill her. This eventually culminates in her challenging Jason to a Duel to the Death, believing that killing him would finally drive Cass to grant Shiva her wish.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: The Ur-Example. Despite knowing full well that Cass had surpassed her long ago, Shiva constantly addressed her as "little girl" and talked down to her. She also scoffed at the idea that Jason could defeat her in one-on-one combat, and regarded his death in their duel a foregone conclusion. She was right — Jason is a master martial artist in his own right, but his skills in unarmed combat ultimately don't measure up to Shiva's, even in her old age. So he cheated and used a knife during the duel, wounding her badly; the only reason he didn't kill her is because Cass stopped him and convinced him not to.
  • Awesomeness Is a Force: She only has to walk into the room to completely terrify Stephanie.
  • Blood Knight: To such an extent that Jason found it strange she didn't take part in the League Civil War. He speculates it was because Shiva was finally beginning to weaken with age and didn't want anyone to know.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: As in canon, Carolyn's death. Jason, however, believes it was more than just the murder itself — it was also the fact that after said sister died, Shiva not only did not avenge her, but also slept with her murderer and conceived a child with him in exchange for her own life.
  • Death Seeker: In line with her general comic book depiction, Lady Shiva wants to be stricken down by a stronger, more skilled opponent. Jason would have no problem with that if Shiva hadn't decided Cass was the perfect accomplice for it.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Hearing her name is enough to terrify Damian into silence. Up until then, Damian had been his usual arrogant and snobbish self. However, the very moment Jason revealed Cass was Shiva's daughter, he was rendered completely mute in fear.
    • In the flashback, the moment her name is mentioned to a particularly nasty matchmaker for an illegal fight club in Vietnam, the man loses all of his hubris and refuses to divulge any information on her without a sufficient trade.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her sister Carolyn, who she mourns even decades after her death.
  • Evil Mentor: What she was to Tim. Jason intends to keep them very, very far away from each other.
  • Foil: To Jason and Cass. She is what they would have become had they lost each other and/or allowed the losses of the rest of their family consume them. Shiva even intended to invoke it by challenging Jason and killing him; she believed that the loss of Cass' last remaining brother would finally drive her daughter to kill her.
  • I Have Your Wife: Rather fond of the strategy. She threatened to kill her daughter's remaining friends and family in the prime timeline, and decided to steal Stephanie away to flush Cass out of Wayne Manor.
  • Irony: After years of searching for a worthy opponent to die at the hands at and trying to force her own daughter into the role, Shiva finally died after being unceremoniously shot through the heart by David Cain.
  • Morality Pet: Dinah Lance, aka the Black Canary, who is proof she is not entirely incapable of affection. This might be why she never went after Connor Hawke (Dinah's stepson) as a potential opponent when she started getting older.
  • Not So Different: With her daughter, Cassandra. While the two are different on fundamentally every level that truly matters, they do share one similarity: a Guilt Complex. Much like how Cassandra has never forgiven herself for her first murder, Shiva has never forgiven herself for her sister's death. Essentially, everything she's ever done as Lady Shiva is to validate Carolyn's murder and her decision not to avenge her by killing David Cain.
  • The Rival: To Richard Dragon.
  • Suicide by Cop: She seeks to achieve this with Cassandra as the cop. Cassandra would rather decline the honor, thank you very much.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Stephanie quickly identifies her as related to Cassandra when she sees the terrifying Asian woman has the same face as her friend.
  • Tragic Villain: When it really comes down to it, Sandra Wu-San is a broken woman who is still mourning the loss of her beloved sister and trying to attach some meaning to her death. Despite the threat she poses to his own sister, Jason can't help but sympathize with her because of their similar situations.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The older she got, the more unhinged she became. By the time Jason and Cass faced off against her in the flashback, she was in the throes of complete desperation and was just barely managing to hide it. When it became clear that neither of them were going to kill her, the mask breaks completely, revealing the broken woman underneath.
  • Worthy Opponent: She's obsessed with having one. Confirmed ones include Cass, Richard Dragon, Bruce Wayne, Dinah Laurel Lance, and Jason himself.
  • World's Best Warrior: The greatest martial artist in the world, bar none. Cass is one of the only people alive that has the potential to surpass her, which is why Jason is so desperate to have his sister avoid her attention.

    Catwoman 

Selina Kyle | Catwoman

Tropes

  • Classy Cat-Burglar: The Ur-Example. Unfortunately, she was so good at it that Black Mask II decided he wanted her either under his thumb or dead.
  • Dating Catwoman: Deconstructed. Because their relationship revolved around this dynamic, she and Bruce had no idea what it would be like without it after they finally committed to each other completely. This fear eventually caused Selina to leave Bruce at the altar, an act they, as a couple, never fully recovered from.
  • Death by Origin Story: Her death at the hands of Black Mask II was this for her daughter Helena. It forced Jason to take his sister in and raise her as his daughter, which led to Helena becoming the sixth Robin and the second Huntress, with a serious chip on her shoulder regarding organized crime.
  • Deliver Us from Evil: What ultimately convinced her to put burglary behind her was learning she was carrying Bruce's posthumous child.
  • Good Parents: From Helena's accounts, Selina was a great mother who just wanted for her daughter to live a long, safe, and happy life.
  • One True Love: The love of Bruce Wayne's life, as Jason himself attests to. Notably, that did not mean their relationship worked out in the end.
  • The Perils of Being the Best: Selina was the best thief on the planet, which was why Black Mask II wanted her under his employ. When she refused, he hunted her down instead.
  • Reformed Criminal: Bruce's death and Helena's conception is what finally made her go straight. She fenced all her remaining goods, left Gotham, and lived normally until her death.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: She fell pregnant with Helena the last night she and Bruce spent together. A month later, Bruce was killed by the Joker.

    Deathstroke 

Slade Wilson | Deathstroke "The Terminator"

Tropes

  • Abusive Parents: He infamously pumped his daughter full of drugs to ensure her compliance, and stuck a bit of Kryptonite into her empty eye socket.
  • Arch-Enemy: He already was this to Nightwing, but it's worsened here by Deathstroke going after Dick's younger brother — the same younger brother who died and only recently settled back with the family.
  • Prestige Peril: Deathstroke is the mercenary, and everyone knows it. By everyone, it means the Justice League and every law enforcement agency on the planet, so hiring him means someone is either completely sure they can't be tracked back to him or is dangerous enough on their own for it not to matter if they are.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: When Jason revealed himself to be much more skilled than Deathstroke anticipated, Slade looked to be very appreciative. Jason, who is perfectly aware of what happens to kids that pique Slade's interest, does not reciprocate his interest in the least.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He feels no qualms abusing his blood children and students while accepting contracts for killing minors, so yes.

    David Cain 

David Cain

Tropes

  • Abusive Parents: While he genuinely loves his daughter, his treatment of her can't fall under any other category but this, no matter how much emotional support he gives her.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He's the one that killed Lady Shiva in the previous timeline.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Jason calls him "the man who created Lady Shiva", which is completely accurate. Shiva would've never come to be had Cain not killed Carolyn Wu-San.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his faults, he loves Cass. Ultimately, he sacrificed himself to save her and Jason from Shiva cultists in the previous timeline.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: Decades ago, he killed Carolyn Wu-San to "free" her sister Sandra, unleashing her potential and setting her down on the path that would see her become Lady Shiva. Decades later, he killed Lady Shiva to "free" their daughter Cassandra from the path they had tried to set out for her, allowing her to live a life away from their legacy.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: By the time Jason and Cass find him, he's reduced himself to getting his ass kicked in cage fights for money. Even Jason, who has very little sympathy for him, can't help but cringe at how far he's fallen.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Platonic variant. He initially allied himself with Shiva and brought Cass and Jason to her so the former could finally fulfill her "destiny" as the world's greatest martial artist and assassin. However, after seeing how much Cass didn't want this, along with Jason's love for her, he turns on Shiva, killing her and then sacrificing himself to stop her cultists, finally freeing Cass from them both and implicitly giving her his blessing to live her own life.
  • Jaded Washout: In the previous timeline, he eventually devolved into this, spending his days Fight Clubbing and his nights drinking.
  • Parents as People: A very nuanced example. While there's no question he was horrifically abusive to Cass, he still provided her plenty of emotional support and expresses genuine love for her. Tellingly, Cass returns his love and is fully willing to forgive him if he asks for it. Ultimately, the reason why he sided with Shiva at first was because he genuinely believed that becoming Shiva's successor was the best for her.
  • Redemption Equals Death: This is how he ultimately atones for creating Lady Shiva and completely destroying Cassandra's childhood — by killing Shiva and sacrificing himself, he gives Cass a life free of her parents' influence.
  • Vicariously Ambitious: He wishes for Cass to become the greatest assassin in the world, going as far as to betray her and Jason to Lady Shiva to force her into it. As Cass points out, that's what he wants, not her.

    The Joker 

The Joker

Tropes

  • The Ghost: He's been mentioned but has yet to actually appear.
  • Trauma Button: For Jason and the Bat-Family in general. Despite the obvious impact he's had on Jason's life, Jason does not like to talk about him at all, and his family has noticed.
  • Villainous Legacy: It's confirmed Jason killed him in the previous timeline, but not before he murdered Bruce. This led to Dick and eventually Jason himself becoming Batman.

    Ra's al Ghul 

Ra's al Ghul

Tropes

  • Familial Body Snatcher: By choice, in fact. When his body was failing him he chose to pick a new one among his descendants. Damian got the shaft because he was a healthy male, which was the only criteria the chauvinistic Ra's had.
  • The Ghost: Mentioned, but has yet to appear in person.
  • Grand Theft Me: Attempted this on his grandson Damian after his body could no longer be healed by the Lazarus Pits, going as far as to hold Dick hostage to force Damian into it. The rest of the Bat-Family (sans Bruce, who was off-world at the time) saved them, with Jason killing Ra's to end the threat permanently.
  • Heir Club for Men: Jason point-blank states to Damian that the reason he is Ra's' heir and not his older and more capable mother is because his mother is a woman. Jason later notes in the narration that one of the reasons he chose Damian's body to Grand Theft Me is because all his other living descendants were women.
  • Immortals Fear Death: He tried to steal his grandson's body in order to avoid death a little longer.
  • Villainous Legacy: His death eventually led to Damian's own after his grandson was caught in the crossfire of the Civil War between his cousin Mara and his mother Talia over control of the League of Assassins. It's implied that while Mara was the one technically responsible for Damian's demise, Jason blamed Ra's more.

Assorted Acquaintances

    Starfire 

Princess Koriand'r of Tamaran / Kori Anders | Starfire

Tropes

  • Her Heart Will Go On: She loved Dick and she mourned his death, yet she still decided to continue to live on.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Jason, who fully admits to Dick that he considers her family as much as he does Babs.
  • Power Trio: Formed one with Jason and Roy as the Outlaws.
  • Second Love: For Dick, who avoided the pitfalls from his relationship with Barbara with her. He actually intended to propose but never got the chance due to his death.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She was very deeply in love with Dick, who is one of the nicest men in the superhero community.

    Richard Dragon 

Richard Drakunovski | Richard Dragon

Tropes

  • The Aloner: The more he ages, the more he isolates himself.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted. His hair is said to be a striking red but Dragon is quite cool-headed.
  • The Mentor: Bruce sought him out to help Cassandra regain the lost portion of her body-reading ability (or at least teach her something to compensate for it), and Jason mentions that he was one of the last students Dragon took on in the original timeline.
  • The Perils of Being the Best: Jason doesn't dislike Dragon himself; on the contrary, he has nothing but the utmost respect for him. What he dislikes is the fact that people eager to prove themselves more skilled than the man are going to stalk and attack him while he's training Cassandra — up to and including Lady Shiva.
  • Terse Talker: His sentences when talking with Jason are blunt, short and straightforward.
  • The Rival: To Lady Shiva.
  • We Used to Be Friends: The narrative notes that Richard Dragon is both Shiva's greatest rival, and possibly the only man in the world that has a place in her heart.
  • World's Best Warrior: Lady Shiva's one true equal as a martial artist. Many of the people he's trained can also stake a claim to the title.

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