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People you meet unexpectedly can end up changing everything. Not just for you, but for the whole world.

Confused and Dazed is an AU crossover fanfic of X-Men: Evolution and Spider-Man. In it, a young Jean Grey is adopted soon after her powers manifest by one Irene Adler. Irene and her two adopted daughters, Jean and Anne Marie, then move to New York, right next to a lovely couple that is taking care of their nephew.


It can also be read here.

Confused and Dazed features the following Tropes:

  • Accent Slip-Up: Anne Marie's accent is more present when she's surprised, such as when she wakes up next to Peter on her bed.
  • Accidental Pervert: Jean apparently has a tendency of walking into the bathroom while Peter is in there, which makes him uncomfortable. She solves this by entering the bathroom by walking in backwards.
  • Age Lift: Ben and May are from the same generation as Peter's parents.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Emma likes calling Peter "Darling". It's somewhat less affectionate when she calls Anne Marie "Streaky".
  • Atrocious Alias: One of the mutants that goes after Emma calls himself "The Fabulous Frog-man".
    Peter: You guys picked your own names. I can tell.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Peter is the one to suggest killing Carl and disposing of his body after they subdue him.
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  • The Bully: Surprisingly, it is not Flash Thompson, but one Carl King.
  • The Cameo: The janitor who helps Peter in Chapter 3 is none other than the King of the Cameo, Stan Lee.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Peter has some friendly banter with Duke while the two are fighting each other.
  • The Chessmaster: Irene, aka Destiny, seems to be this, though her current goals with Peter, Anne Marie, and Jean are currently unknown.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Anne Marie is feeling territorial about Peter due to the fact that he's her First Love.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Jean's thought processes are rather odd, leading her to do or say strange things with little warning. It's explained as being a side-effect of her lack of control over her Telepathy. She's constantly getting the thoughts and emotions of other people, and these thoughts and emotions bleed into her personality.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Anne Marie and Peter are this to Jean, constantly making sure she doesn't make things worse with her provocative statements and constant social blunders.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Peter and Anne Marie having this compared to other mutants will be discussed in-universe.
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  • Composite Character: Doc, a healer that knows Destiny, is a combination of two Morlocks from comics: Masque and Healer.
  • Double Entendre: Jean is fond of giving these.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Part 1.7, Peter watches a debate on mutants between Dr. Essex and Dr. Pym. Fans of comics will quickly recognize them as Mister Sinister and Ant-Man.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • In his youth, Ben met three people he assumed were mutants. In truth, they were Loki, Thor, and Ulik.
    • When Emma first gets to know Peter, Jean, and Anne Marie, she assumed they were part of some mutant group, and that Peter's mutant power was Super Intelligence.
  • Fashion Designer: Peter develops an interest in designing clothes thanks to making various pieces of clothing for Jean and Anne Marie.
  • Freudian Slip: Jean has a tendency of saying these.
  • Freudian Trio: Jean is the Id, Peter is the Ego, and Anne Marie is the Superego.
  • The Gadfly: Jean enjoys saying things that embarrass others.
    • Irene is little better. One way she does this is by using her blindness to mess with people, such as with her "If You Seek Amy" shirt.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Jean naming things leads to things having very silly names, such as calling Anne Marie's Spider-Sense her "Peter Tingle".
  • Hate Sink: Carl King is a ruthless bully who pressures the other jocks into bullying the weaker students, like Peter. He goes into irredeemable territory when he breaks into Peter's room with a gun, and ends up shooting Uncle Ben when the older man found him.
  • Jerk Jock: Carl King is the captain of the football team and uses his influence to get other jocks to be bullies too.
  • Lives in a Van: As she has been kicked out by her family, Emma has to sleep in her car.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Anne Marie was initially unaware of Jean's powers.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Jean is this to basically anyone, but mostly Peter and Anne Marie.
  • Named by the Adaptation: scriviner gave Candra the last name Dehors.
  • Nice Guy: Emma notes that Peter is one of the most honest, and just plain nice, guys she's ever met.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Peter handles Carl so effortlessly that videos of it become an In-Universe meme.
    • Later on, Destiny/Irene does this to Callisto.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Jean has a tendency of being very handsy with people she likes.
  • No Social Skills: Due to relying on her powers to tell how people are feeling since getting them, Jean can't really read social cues from people who are blocking her powers, like with Emma.
  • Parental Substitute: Due to being taken in when he was young, Ben and May are effectively Peter's parents.
  • Power Incontinence: Jean has a severe lack of control on her powers. As such, she isn't allowed to watch scary movies before bedtime.
  • Projectile Webbing: Anne Marie can fire webbing from her fingers. Peter uses the webbing she creates for his own web-shooters before he makes his own synthetic version.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: This happens to Jean when overworking her telepathy. Emma mentions that it also happened to her in the past, so it may just be the same for all telepaths.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Carl can get away with a lot due to having rich parents.
  • Secretly Wealthy: Implied with Irene.
  • Seers: This is Irene's power.
  • Shipper on Deck: Jean really wants to see Peter and Anne Marie get together, which does happen.
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  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Name dropped by one of Janet Van Dyne's employees who was assigned to assist Peter.
    Rita DeMara: (about Peter being given a large amount of resources with no supervision) As long as he gets results, Miss Van Dyne isn’t particularly picky about methods. She expects people who work for her to be capable, independent, and self-motivated. If there’s anything he needs or needs to know, Mr. Parker is welcome to reach out to me and I will do what I can to help. But for the most part… yes, he can do as he wishes. For Miss Van Dyne, it’s sink or swim and she always expects the talent pool to come from the deep end.
  • Skunk Stripe: A lock of Peter's hair turns white after he is drained Anne Marie.
  • Smoky Gentlemen's Club: Averted. As this kind of club has gone out of style, the Hellfire Club of this story is more along the lines of fancy restaurants for the super rich.
  • Spider-Sense: Peter and Anne Marie have different versions of this. Peter's is the standard version, while Anne Marie's only reacts when people she cares about are in danger.
    • More detail on how Peter's works is given.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Emma is described as tall and thicc.
  • The Talk: Jean makes her spiel about mutant powers sound like this for laughs.
    “Oh, oh! I have a whole spiel ready.” Jean said brightly. She then shifted her voice, taking on a lecturing tone and held up a finger as she spoke. “Ahem… so… as you are getting older and more mature you may notice your body undergoing some changes—”
    “You know,” Peter interrupted, “Usually when someone starts with this kind of talk, it’s to explain why I’ve got hair growing in weird places.”
    “Or why I’ve got tits suddenly popping up.” Anne Marie chimed in.
    “Or why other things start popping up,” Peter deadpanned.
    The two Adler girls stared at him in dead silence. He merely waggled his eyebrows in response.
  • Team Pet: One of the spiders that bites Peter hitches a ride in his clothes when he goes home. It is named Shelob and it acts as the teens' pet.
  • Teen Genius: Peter's a genius even in high school, and his intellect is all natural.
  • Took a Level in Idealism: This is happening to Emma thanks to the Parkers and Adlers.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Jean gained her powers when her best friend died.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Jean's telepathic and telekinetic abilities are incredibly powerful. Unfortunately, because she has never been instructed how to, and because her powers are so great, she has difficulty controlling them. She is getting tutoring from Emma to overcome this.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Anne Marie will punch out anyone who threatens Peter, as Carl found out when she knocked him out with a single punch to the face.
  • Wall Crawl: Peter and Anne Marie have different versions of this power. Peter has tiny hairs on his hands that help him cling to surfaces, while Anne Marie relies on the webbing from her hands to stick to them.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Played with. The fact that Anne Marie is with him actually makes Peter more attractive to the girls at their school.
  • World's Smallest Violin: Played for Laughs. Jean has an actual tiny violin that she plays with her telekinesis.
    Peter opened his mouth to respond, but a barely audible squeak caught his attention just before the tiny wail became a mournful, if quiet, tune. “Where’s that violin music coming from?”
    Everyone turned to stare at Jean who was holding a finger up. Balanced on it was a tiny violin that had a miniscule bow sawing across the strings producing a recognizable, though off-key, rendition of the Godfather theme.
    "What are you doing?" Anne Marie demanded.
    "Playing the world's tiniest violin for you,” Jean replied with a bit of cheek, before stopping the playing with another quiet squeak and palming the tiny instrument.
    "Where did you even get that from?!" Emma pointed at Jean’s closed fist.
    “Peter’s room.” Jean replied brightly.
    She turned to Peter, “And you have a tiny violin, why?”
    Jean cheered, “Who says prop comedy is dead?”
    “I do,” Emma said, her voice flat. “You killed it.”
    “Oh, yeah. I’m totally killing it,” Jean replied agreeably.