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Come Alive is a Young Justice For Want of a Nail fic, by CaptainOzone.

Dick went to Infinity Island on a mission to rescue three aspiring heroes. He never expected such circumstances leading him to return with two additional bats. None of them did.

In which the story take a sharp turn right before Rescue Op's ending, for the greatest happiness of the Batclan.

Contains the following tropes

  • Adult Fear:
    • Nightwing barely has time to realize Jason has been resurrected before Ra's al Ghul takes him hostage. It doesn't last, but still.
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    • Everyone is horrified when thinking of the possibility of Damian being raised in the League.
    • Jason waking up to be informed he was dead for three years and the world still continued without him.
  • Affectionate Nickname: After hearing Tim's confession he only was a place-holder for his dead predecessor, Jason dubs him "Replacement", because the kid earned Robin.
  • Bi the Way: Jason bemoans the fact he never got to take the sweet girl next classroom seat to the prom... or her cute male friend, he wasn't picky.
  • Came Back Wrong: M'gann explains Jason was catatonic because people aren't supposed to be resurrected, so his mind couldn't deal with the fact it entered the After but now was living again.
  • Child by Rape: Batman's horror and shock when Dick introduces Damian to him is enough to indicate he wasn't a willing participant in the conception.
  • Cool Big Bro: Dick Grayson takes his duty as eldest of the Bat-brood quite seriously.
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    • Jason isn't so bad with Tim when they relax around each other.
    • Meeting Damian makes Tim realize he has the opportunity to become one of these. And he actually wouldn't mind so much.
  • The Cutie: Tim Drake, full stop.
  • Doting Grandparent: Honourary version, Alfred immediately falls in love when Dick comes home with Damian.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Cheshire and Talia's reasoning when confronted by Artemis and Nightwing about them giving their children to the fathers.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: Jason being alive and reunited with the Batclan is this for the Justice League and affiliates. They constantly give everything up for the world, but the universe gave something back this time.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Jason casually namedrops Wally West in front of Dick. Seeing his brother's look informs him that Wally died.
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  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Tim outright worships Jason-as-Robin, which unsettles the older teen a bit.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Stephanie had no idea there was another Robin besides Dick and Tim — justified since she's relatively new on the Gothamite cape scene, and Jason's death was very much a sore subject.
  • Men Can't Keep House: Dick, who lives in an apartment in Bludhaven, doesn't do grocery and eats mostly cereal with milk; and when the milk spoils he eats cereal with water, orange juice or coffee.
  • Nervous Wreck: Tim tends to go to pieces when he thinks too hard about something. Case in point, his reaction to Damian - is he going to kill the baby by breathing on him because he forgot to brush his teeth?
  • Not So Different: Brion Markov is stricken when he understands Nightwing wasn't trying to be a prick when preaching him to be more careful and patient in searching for Tara, but knew exactly how it feels to lose a younger sibling.
  • Shout-Out: To Arrested Development when Bruce muses that Jason always scowled at him when Bruce overestimated how much a single banana costs at Walmart.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Glorious inversion. Actually discussing their feeling instead of repressing as fuck do wonders for the Bats. Except when Bruce lets slip Robin was replaced, which upset Jason so bad the teen threw him outside his room - and the big lug doesn't explain the circumstances of the switch!
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: A factor contributing to Jason's dismay over his three missing years was all the memes he didn't got to learn. Tim helpfully offers his assistance with that.
  • Rational Fic: The Batfam actually talk about their feelings to work towards closure. You may now feel faint.
  • Trauma Button: Seeing the autopsy scar on his chest wasn't conductive for Jason's ability to keep his lunch within his stomach.
    • Downplayed when Stephanie excuses herself from being introduced to Damian, as the baby reminded her of her own Teenage Pregnancy.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Hearing Damian wailing already put the Team on alert, but Jason freaked out so bad he broke cover and let Nightwing identify him.
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