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Bad Idea is a Young Justice fanfiction penned by Greensword101.

The story can be found here and here.

Dick Grayson, being confronted by his school's resident bulling clique and lining up with the Fandom's peculiar preferences, appears about to be assailed and beaten for the the sake of drama. That is, until Dick, the Boy Wonder, ends up turning the tables on the Bully's motley crew.

So begins the decimation of various Fandom cliches. Combining both humor and seriousness, Greensword101 seeks to unravel the common and nonsensical Fandom Specific Plots of the Young Justice Universe through means of enforcing reality upon its inhabitants.


As with all newborns, this entry is need of some Wikilove.

This show provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Artemis, Zatanna, Rocket, basically any female on the Team.
  • The Atoner: Zatanna, in later chapters. Robin, to a lesser extent.
  • Berserk Button: Deconstructed. Zatanna getting mad at people for suggesting magic doesn't exist results in Voodoo magic and a Wonder Woman costume. However, it ends up damaging her friendship with Wally, who feels bullied for being on the receiving end of her wrath twice so far.
    • Played straight with Wally, who is infuriated whenever someone doesn't get his superhero name right.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Ra's ends up dead. Also how the Joker kills Harley 2.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Word of God states at the end of the second chapter that Artemis had a right to be concerned for Wally, despite not understanding the whole situation. Wally was right by defending his stance of having no Abusive Parents, but Artemis was also right for not taking his words at face value out of concern and friendship, and also because she wasn't there during the explanation during "Welcome To Happy Harbor."
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  • Breather Episode: The author tends to write some more light-hearted chapters after some heavy hitters.
  • Darker and Edgier: Downplayed, but there are chapters that are less light-hearted and more serious based on the cliches addressed.
  • Dean Bitterman: Defied. The principal during the second Bullies segment sees through the Wounded Gazelle Gambit the bullies try to pull on him and makes sure 9-year-old Dick Grayson is alright and getting his side of the story as well. Also Lampshaded by the principal himself.
  • Deconstruction: The author’s specialty.
  • Didn't Think This Through: A recurring bad habit, but the first chapter has a bully attempting to be beat up Dick Grayson, only for the kid’s father to drill into him for putting his business relationship with Bruce Wayne on the line by assaulting his son.
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  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Zigzagged, Subverted and Deconstructed. Artemis whacks Wally on the arm after he throws a barb at her, but quickly regrets it when she thinks she hurt him. M'gann is also quick to be concerned and looks for an ice pack. Zatanna threatens Wally with the Wonder Woman outfit and isn't called out on it... but changes her tune when she realizes how scared Wally is of her. When it is suggested that Artemis might be hurting Wally, Wally puts that to rest and states that Artemis puts great effort into not hurting him, turning her whacks into gentle hits. Later on, Wally feels scared by the bullying and is hesitant to tell Black Canary, who chews out Zattana for her pranks.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: One of the Joker's remarks to Harley 2's torture list.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Word of God says this word for word in his notes in chapter 9 regarding why not everyone in Gotham would be against Dick Grayson for his background.
  • Flat "What": Chapter 6, several times.
  • Idiot Ball: Subverted. The Justice League truly decide to fight against the Light, using their own scheme against them.
    • They release information into public about Lex Luthor funding Unwitting Test Subject programs which ruins his reputation and ends his Arbitrarily Large Bank Account;
    • They call upon the aid of New Genesis, which allows them to end the trafficking of Apokoipsian tech into Earth which strip Queen Bee and Savage without resources;
    • The Guardians of the Universe embargo Apokolips, which results in Savage being stranded there.
    • With the aid of New Genesis and Earth's magic users, the League is able to contain Klarion the Witch Boy.
  • Insane Troll Logic: The Rogues seem to be using this to justify hanging out with (i.e. kidnapping) Wally and taking him to an amusement park, someone they fight and put in danger on a semi-regular basis. Wally deconstructs this logic, pointing out that his uncle, the Flash, wouldn't be as inclined.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Played With. Chapter 8 has some bullies attacking a young Dick Grayson, but the next chapter that continues several days afterwards where several kids (even some from the high school) that are horrified and disgusted with the bullies' actions and befriend Dick.
  • Off with His Head!: Ra's does this to an assassin messenger.
  • Oh, Crap!: Captain Cold says this word for word when Wally points out that the Flash will be after them for kidnapping him. He is proven correct.
  • Only Sane Man: Expect at least one per chapter, and allow them to react to the events accordingly.
  • Papa Wolf and Mama Bear: Plenty of these.
  • Reality Ensues: The series premise.
    • Going to attack a nerd to do your homework and proceed to call him a circus freak? Expect to be beaten within an inch of your life in self-defense if his name is Dick Grayson and have your parents chew you out for putting a business relationship with Bruce Wayne at risk.
      • It doesn't matter if it was in self-defense, though. Dick still got suspended for fighting.
    • See someone with a bloody nose and they tell you they ran into a wall? Artemis doesn't believe Wally until he gives reasons why having Abusive Parents wouldn't make sense given his status of a superhero.
      • Even after being reassured, Artemis is careful not to hurt Wally with her dope slaps.
    • Teammate de-aged? Call in an expert ASAP before anything else happens and not let your partner/son stay in the care of several super-powered teens who might end up hurting him by accident.
    • Most of the Team attempts to have Batman adopt them. Naturally, their parents/legal guardians are not amused. Those in relationships are reminded before and afterwards that they would be unable to continue on with said relationships since their significant other would be their sibling by adoption.
      • The Team (except for Wally and Artemis) are adopted in a test run...and are brought to live in the Batcave, covered in bat guano. Because of Bruce Wayne's high social stance, he cannot risk his identity being exposed by having the Team live in the manor. Within five minutes, the Team decides to leave the unsanitary cave.
    • Ra's learns that reviving a former enemy (i.e. Jason Todd) and expecting them to be your ally doesn't work well. Since Bruce was a good parent in the Young Justice universe, Jason doesn't want to enact vengeance and only stays long enough to train and heal.
      • However, Ra's had a back-up plan in the event that this happened and pulls a trigger rigged to kill Jason again... but a detective like Jason might expect this and get assistance in removing it, as Ra's realizes later.
    • Meanwhile, Jason pokes holes in Bruce's refusal to kill the Joker and refuses to even listen to Bruce's justifications and shoots the murderous clown, averting Talking Is a Free Action.
    • The principal at Dick's school doesn't automatically take the bullies' side when they claimed he attacked them and check on Dick and gets his side of the story before taking action. Not to mention, he quickly sees glaring holes in the bullies' stories...
    • Bruce handles a bullying problem by threatening them as Batman. Cue happy ending? Nope. They figure out that Batman and Bruce Wayne are the same person, but are unable to convince anyone of this claim. Meanwhile, Dick and Alfred are beyond pissed at Bruce for telling Dick to keep his secret ID a secret while Bruce hypocritically goes out as Batman against the very people that harassed the boy.
    • Wally is scared around Zatanna after being on the receiving end of two pranks involving outfit swaps. Zatanna, and Robin (who took a part in the second prank), feel guilty and it takes time for him to start patching things up.
    • Wally and Artemis blame Robin for the failsafe scenario disaster and are automatically called out on it. Conner is quick to remind Artemis that she wasn't really dealing with it like everyone else was and therefore, doesn't have any place to speak. Black Canary coldly reminds Wally (who had called Robin a traitor) that the scenario was unbeatable, so it was really no one's fault. Aqualad gives the two of them a little perspective on what it means to be a leader, but Robin still feels guilty for his decisions in the scenario, despite so many people coming to his defense.
      • The counseling sessions don't automatically delve into the scenario unless requested, so by the time Wally decides to talk about his irrational behavior with Black Canary, a week has already passed and he has had time to think about his actions. Black Canary also doesn't try forcing him to talk about it if he doesn't want to and even suggests him leaving if he doesn't want to continue the session.
    • It is revealed that the Team didn't get off the hook at the end of We Love Our Two Dads, since they essentially put Batman and Superman's identities at risk for petty revenge. As team leader, Aqualad was forced to help deal with the fallout while the Team's parents or guardians punished them.
    • Played for Laughs at one point. Constantly altering the codename Red Arrow sets up in the Cave gets on his nerves. After one too many times where his codename was altered and parodied, he leaves just after walking in.
    • Someone recognizes Roy in a small town while he is Trick-or-Treating, which makes sense because he was adopted by a high profile man.
    • While Superman was wrong to have neglected Conner, he isn't without sympathetic points in his favor (the sudden appearance of Conner, his concern with not being a good parent) and calls out the League for acting no better than him. Continuing to give him the cold shoulder even when the issue was resolved was pointless.
    • Because Dick never saw Bruce call out his dates or any socialites for harassing him, Dick doesn't think Bruce cares about him. The fact that many socialites decided to waste their time bullying a little kid was seen as annoying and insane. It ultimately gets to the point where Bruce loses it over Christmas and makes it clear no one is to bug Dick anymore and threatens to sue anyone involved.
      • Not all socialites were against Dick due to his background, there are several people disgusted and annoyed with the constant gossip and are actually concerned for Dick.
    • Bruce doesn't just conveniently let the social worker get off the hook when he discovers that she placed Dick in a juvenile detention center for no other reason than she was simply racist. In fact, he proceeds to strike her in righteous fury, ensures that she gets arrested and blacklisted, and ensures that the rest of the staff is also fired and replaced for child abuse. Dick notes that if Bruce didn't do any of that, then their relationship would have been very strained.
  • Running Gag: Aside from someone trying to invoke a cliche in real life, there is Captain Boomerang who has people failing to understand his Aussie slang in Chapter 6. Wally is also pissed when someone doesn't get his superhero name correct.
  • Shown Their Work: Pops up from time to time, such as the first chapter regarding how and why Bruce would handle nasty gossip. The writer uses experience in counseling to create realistic therapy sessions with Black Canary from time to time.
  • Take That!: Jabs are made at fandom cliches constantly. Several barbs were thrown at Becoming Robin and Daddy Bats, particularly for how they handled the bullying scenarios written.
    • One barb was thrown at the "Dick Grayson is thrown into Juvie after losing his parents and Bruce doesn't punish the guilty parties for no reason" cliche, with Dick explicitly pointing out how there was no way anyone would have gotten out of that without punishment or consequence.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted, as Jason proves by killing the Joker while Batman tries to justify keeping him alive.
  • The Friend No One Likes: Red Arrow gets this treatment in one chapter, albeit, downplayed and Played for Laughs.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Deconstructed. Jason points out that the Joker has killed innocent lives and keeping the murderer alive will only ensure the body count rises. The Team also questions Batman's willingness to let the Joker live, based on the body count in Chapter 19.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: A father's reaction at the end of chapter 1, when he tries to explain how bullying Dick Grayson could affect business ties with Wayne Enterprises and the kid still doesn't get it.
  • What Were You Thinking?: Bruce is on the receiving end of this after he goes out as Batman to set fear into one of the school bullies, which leads to said bully discovering both Robin and Batman's identifies.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Deconstructed. Two bullies attempt to pull this on the principal of Gotham Academy, claiming that 9-year-old Dick Grayson threw the first punch in a fight against them. Not only does the principal see through their story based on a lack of injuries on their part and multiple bruises on Dick, he also notes their previous behavior contradicting claims that they only wished to be friendly with the boy. Instead of taking their word for it automatically, the principal also gets Dick's side of the story, with the nurse supporting it. Not to mention, there were security cameras that saw the whole thing unfold...

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