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What If? Alfred Pennyworth survived his encounter with Victor Zsasz with the help of the Red Hood? How would that change Damian Wayne's relationship with his father?

Snafu the Great answers that question with Injustice: A Change In Fate (or, the Redemption of Damian Wayne). The nail comes with Alfred Pennyworth surviving his encounter with Victor Zsasz, thus leading to Damian Wayne finally coming into his own as a hero, as well as rebuilding bridges with his estranged father.

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The story has the following tropes:

  • The Atoner: Damian is working towards this.
  • Awful Truth: Superman's attempt to kill Alfred is what ultimately leads Damian to leave the Regime.
  • Battle Butler: Alfred, of course.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Red Hood saving Alfred from Zsasz.
  • Bring It: When Superman commands Damian to surrender himself and Alfred if they don't want to be named enemies of the state, Damian outright tells him to come and make them obey.
  • Dating Catwoman: When Talia isn't in the mood to kill Bruce, she tends to kidnap him for a night or three of passion.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Damian Wayne. Raven was already a Defector from Decadence, but Damian's revelation solidified this.
    • When Regime!Cyborg sees rescued Titans, he surrenders. And, of course, Regime!Flash has one too.
  • Hypocrite: When Batman accuses Talia of lacking subtlety, she points he dresses up as a bat to punch criminals at night.
  • Love Redeems: Damian ultimately cares for Alfred too much to let Superman getting away with his murder attempt by proxy.
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  • Morality Pet: Alfred is this to Bruce and Damian.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Or with Damian, it's My God, What Did I Almost Do upon discovering that he almost got Alfred killed.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Nice work, Superman. Trying and failing to have Alfred killed cost you Damian's loyalty to the Regime.
    • Nice going being cruel to Barry when Iris died in prison, Superman. It led to putting seeds of dissent into Barry's mind after not letting him grieve, then trying to deny her a proper burial. It's implied that leads to the Regime's downfall.
    • Raven's own departure from the Regime was another Superman-based defection. Once Damian reveals that a critically-wounded Connor was sent to the Phantom Zone only after Kory, Tim Drake and Cassie Sandsmark agreed to join him there, she realizes that Superman had a part in that, and agrees to help Damian.
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  • Putting the Band Back Together: Damian's subplot after his defection. He enlisted Raven's help to save the other Titans minus Cyborg from the Phantom Zone and fight the Regime as a team.
  • The Reveal: Turns out the Insurgency hideout was originally a League of Assassins' hideout.
  • Ship Tease: Raven and Damian had one night together on the Watchtower after she learned Beast Boy's death. She later confesses she wouldn't be adverse to a repeat performance, and Damian seems quite enthused by the perspective.
  • Spanner in the Works: Jason going to visit Alfred on the advice of Dick's ghost ends up spectacularly derailing Superman's plot to kill the butler.
  • Women Are Wiser: A fed up Talia literally knocks Damian and Bruce's heads together before locking them up to force a talk, because both Wayne males really need to forget their pride if they want a chance to bring the Regime down.
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