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one day at a time (FFN Link) is Batman Fan Fic by Nyame, the author of To Hell and Back (Arrowverse). It's an Alternate Universe Peggy Sue story about a future version of Jason Todd, who, through a series of tragedies, was forced to become Batman, and now finds himself several decades in the past after his death.

Official Summary:

Jason Todd is Batman.

Jason Todd was never supposed to be Batman.

Jason Todd never wanted to be Batman.

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(Or, in a depressing-but-not-entirely-terrible future, Jason Todd is the third “official” Batman after the deaths of Bruce and his brothers. Getting into his old age and diagnosed with a terminal disease, he passes on the Cowl to his chosen successor, Terry McGinnis, and spends his last years in peace.

And then wakes up on the day Talia threw him into the Lazarus Pit.

Death called it a gift. Jason can only hope to make the most of it.)

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Tropes:

  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul:
    • Jason had absolutely no relationship with Carrie Kelley, Helena Wayne, or the McGinnis brothers in any canon due to either being dead or not existing. Here, he's their adoptive father and their Batman when each of them were Robin.
    • Damian's relationship with his siblings is a lot better, attributed to his young age and the different circumstances that are forcing him into his father's care. The only one he tries to kill is Jason, and that's to see if Jason is capable of protecting him.
  • Adaptational Backstory Change:
    • Subverted with Carrie Kelley. Her backstory is relatively the same, up to and including becoming Robin after she saved the current Batman's life.
    • Helena Wayne's backstory is a remix of her Pre-Crisis and New 52 origins. Here, Bruce was dead before she was born, causing Selina to give up being Catwoman and flee Gotham under an assumed name. She raised Helena alone for the next ten years, until Black Mask II tracked them down and tried to force Selina to work for him. Selina refused, then went back on the run with Helena in hopes of getting Jason's help; however, Black Mask's men cornered them in Gotham. Before she was killed, Selina sent Helena to find Jason, who immediately realized who she was and took her in upon her mother's death.
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    • Terry McGinnis' origin story is modified so his parents were murdered back when he was kid, leaving him and his younger brother orphans. Talia, however, ensured they wouldn't be manipulated any longer by killing both the assassin and their employer, and then arranged it so they would meet and be adopted by Jason.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Jason himself. While Comics Jason is badass in his own right, this Jason ended up becoming Batman, staying in the role for twenty years and only quitting because he developed lung cancer.
    • Implied with Terry McGinnis, who is a former Robin in this continuity and thus has years of more training and experience by the time he becomes Batman.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Bruce gets Jason back, only to learn that Jason has time traveled from thirty years in the future after having died again. Worse, he learns that in the timeline his son comes from, not only is Bruce dead, but so are three of his children, all from the vigilante lifestyle they lead, traumatizing the remaining two. Oh, and he also had three more children after his death that his remaining two kids had to raise.
    • Jason himself suffered this when he became a father. First he had to deal with his kids wanting to be vigilantes like him and his sister, and all his attempts to be a Fantasy-Forbidding Father completely failing. Then he had to deal with the possibility that they would go down on a bad path like he did. Thankfully, none of those fears came to pass.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Jason's first two Robins were both female, and both of them were asked about being his successor long before Terry was.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Everyone exclusively addresses Cassandra as "Cass". Even the narration prefers to call her that.
    • Jason playfully calls Dick "Dickie" frequently.
  • Alternate Timeline: Subtly implied. Jason is immediately alerted to the differences in the timeline when he meets Damian for the first time again, and realizes that their age difference has increased from six years to ten.
  • Amicable Exes:
    • Jason and Artemis. So much so that Jason didn't ream her a new one for hiding their daughter from him for ten years.
    • Dick and Barbara. Mostly because they found they were happier as friends than as a couple.
    • Ironically, it's this dynamic that eventually led to Dick and Kori getting back together in Jason's timeline. Because almost all their initial history was romantic, they had to work very hard at being friends, to the point of making a promise to always see and accept each other as the person they are now. Because their friendship hinged on always being in the present, it meant their renewed romantic relationship never fell into the Loving a Shadow-pitfall that ultimately doomed Dick's relationship with Barbara.
  • Arc Villain: Lady Shiva for the first flashback arc.
  • Awful Truth: Jason spilling everything that happened in his original timeline is enough to cause a full breakdown among the Bat-Family.
  • Bad Future: Zigzagged. Jason's future saw Bruce, Dick, Tim, and Damian all dead before Jason was even thirty, leaving him and Cass behind to carry on with the Mission. On the other hand, the first chapter makes it clear that they were both able to move on and live happy lives. As the summary itself states, the future was "depressing", but "not entirely terrible".
  • Bait-and-Switch: Right before the first flashback arc starts, it's implied Jason broke the Rule to spare Cass from having to kill Lady Shiva. He didn't — in fact, the whole debacle with Shiva is what led to him recommitting to the Rule for good. David Cain is the one who killed Shiva.
  • Bar Brawl: The first flashback arc sees the bar Jason and Cass find David Cain in erupt into one just as the three were about to leave. An exasperated Jason notes that this happens every time he enters a bar.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Jason's greatest wish is to see his family again and apologize for his initial poor treatment of them. His soul then travels back in time and merges with his younger body, allowing Jason to reunite with a family that barely knows him.
    • Bruce gets his second son back, seemingly reversing his greatest failure — only to learn that said has time traveled back from thirty years in the future, where he and three of his children are dead.
  • Better as Friends: What Dick and Barbara decided they were in the end, in Jason's timeline.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Once he gets out of his initial Heroic BSoD, Jason's knee-jerk reaction is to go back to Gotham immediately and relieve Tim of being Robin so Tim won't have to suffer the countless tragedies that transformed him into a borderline Sociopathic Hero. One of the reasons he didn't go through with it is because he knew that, despite everything, Tim never regretted becoming Robin.
    • The other reason is because Tim was actually the safest of his siblings since he has Bruce at his back. Dick, meanwhile, is old enough and skilled enough to take care of himself; the same cannot be said for Damian and Cass, of whom Jason makes top priority to collect as soon as possible with Talia's help.
    • Jason hates Lady Shiva with a passion because of this reason. In his timeline, Shiva continued tormenting Cass and trying to force her daughter into killing her, despite knowing that Cass will never willingly kill again. This eventually led to Jason trying to kill Shiva (the first time he's attempt to kill anyone in seven years) to protect his sister. This is also the reason why he offered to train Tim — he didn't want Tim anywhere near Shiva.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The first generation Waynes. As Jason points out, none of them had a normal childhood. To wit:
    • Bruce saw his parents murdered when he was eight and was raised by a butler as the sole heir to one of the largest fortunes in the world.
    • Dick is a former Circus Brat who also his saw parents die right in front of his eyes.
    • Jason grew up in Crime Alley with an abusive, wannabe-henchman dad and a junkie mom. After they both died, he lived on the streets for a couple of years before Bruce took him in.
    • Tim's parents were absurdly neglectful, leaving him alone at home for months at a time while also juggling through several different boarding schools for him to attend.
    • Cass was trained since birth to be the perfect assassin, leaving her completely illiterate. After she abandoned her father, she too lived on the streets for several years, constantly on the run from him.
    • Damian was also trained from birth to be an assassin, but also the heir to his grandfather Ra's al Ghul, which simultaneously included being abused, neglected, and spoiled rotten.
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Jason spends Chapter Two shattering Damian's faith in his grandfather, mother, and the League of Assassins with his Brutal Honesty.
    • Played for Laughs in the case of Tim, who Damian instantly dislikes because of his inability to keep his head together during their initial meeting. He was even planning to call Tim "Timothy" before settling on "Drake" instead, and says he will have to re-earn that privilege now.
  • Brutal Honesty: Jason gets by lying using Exact Words and Half-Truths. When he's allowed to tell the truth, however, he pulls no punches whatsoever.
  • Came Back Wrong: Those healed/revived by the Lazarus Pit are inflicted with Pit Madness, which is vaguely described as a green haze urging the victim to commit violence and murder. While the effects diminish with time, it never completely goes away — Jason suffered it for the rest of his life and had to develop a method for fighting bouts of it off. It's for this explicit reason that Damian begged Jason not to bring him back with the Pit.
  • The Chains of Commanding: According to Jason, Gotham must always come before family for the Batman. This is one of the reasons why chose Terry over either of his daughters to succeed him, despite his young age — he was the best choice to succeed Jason.
  • Chocolate Baby: Much like in canon, Terry and Matthew are the biological children of Bruce Wayne and look as much. Unlike in canon, Terry noticed the similarities early on (having been trained in the detective arts by Jason and his sisters) but never actively questioned them, figuring that the truth didn't matter in the long run.
  • Cool Big Bro:
    • Jason to Damian and Cass, and what he clearly plans to be to Tim as well.
    • In turn, this is how he views Dick. When they finally meet again (which, for Jason, is the first time he's seen Dick alive in close to twenty-five years), Jason allows himself to finally release some of the pent-up emotions he had since finding himself in the past, knowing that Dick will be there to catch him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Jason deals out several of these to Tim during their first training session while searching for Tim's Weapon of Choice.
    • Once he bothers to actual fight her, Jason takes out Rose in under a minute with minimal effort.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Even slightly exhausted and in a much weaker body, Jason is able to give Deathstroke a decent challenge in a swordsman duel. Even so, Deathstroke was currently out of his league and if it wasn't for Nightwing Jason would've eventually lost outright.
  • Cute Mute: A young Cassandra is rather quiet — as her speech is atrocious — and utterly adorable.
  • Dating Catwoman: Deconstructed. As Jason explains to Helena, her parents did love each other, but were plagued with doubts about their relationship because they didn't know where'd they stand without being Batman and Catwoman. It led to a cycle of self-sabotage that left them both unhappy in the end. He repeats this explanation to Bruce, and straight out tells him that if he still wants a relationship with Selina, they need to figure out where they stand as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle first.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Subverted. Jason liked Damian Kent perfectly fine and fully approved of him as a suitor for his daughter. He just hated the idea of Helena dating in general.
  • Deadpan Snarker: One of the ways Jason deals with everything is by snarking. Liberally and without remorse.
  • Death by Origin Story:
    • Selina Kyle, for Helena Wayne. As it was Black Mask II who killed her, Helena developed a particular hatred for organized crime as a result.
    • Warren and Mary McGinnis, for their sons Terry and Matthew. While they were avenged (by Talia al Ghul of all people), the fact that neither him nor his brother were the ones to do it drove Terry to become Robin, and eventually, Batman.
  • Deathbed Confession: Jason makes an implicit one to Terry by revealing that all of the secrets of the family will be his to access on the Bat-Computer once Jason is dead.
  • Determinator: According to Jason, the biggest requirement for becoming Batman is being too determined to let the job break you. It's strongly implied that Dick Grayson didn't have this stubbornness, and it may have played a part in his Heroic Sacrifice against Brainiac.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Jason nearly crossed it after Damian died. Carrie Kelley was the one to pull him back and give him a reason to live again.
  • A Dick in Name: Damian is pretty nonplussed about his eldest brother wanting to be nicknamed after an euphemism for testicles.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Tim is furious to learn that his father Jack Drake was murdered during the events of Identity Crisis because a bitter divorcee wanted her ex-husband to crawl back to her.
  • Disappointing Older Sibling:
    • Courtesy of Tim being overwhelmed by Jason's return, Damian firmly believes Drake is nothing but a complete dumbass and openly voices it.
    • Jason was this to Tim in the previous timeline before they patched things up between them. In the current one he's firmly a Cool Big Bro from the outset of their relationship.
    • A much more serious example is Dick and Tim. It's implied that Tim's faith in Dick shattered after Dick took Robin from him, and that their relationship never quite recovered from the blow.
  • Doppelgänger Gets Same Sentiment:
    • Discussed. Tim points out the current Bat-Family isn't the family Jason grew to love so deeply and as such would be a mere substitute. Dick notes that it doesn't seem to matter to Jason, and Alfred retorts that people are always changing, and alternate dimension or potential future be damned, they are the Bat-Family.
    • In practice, it's zigzagged. While Jason does acknowledge they aren't the family that he's lost and frequently points it out himself whenever they start blaming themselves for what their counterparts did, it doesn't stop him from loving them any differently from their counterparts.
  • Downer Beginning: Zigzagged. While the story begins with Jason's death by lung cancer, it's shown that despite the grief that came from losing so much of his family so young, he went on to live a happy and full life.
  • The Dreaded: Damian is completely horrified to learn that Cass is related to Lady Shiva. Jason himself wants to avoid Shiva's attention altogether.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Jason went on a three-day bender after Tim died. The fourth day saw him with the worst hangover of his life, and it still wasn't enough to drown away the pain.
  • Dying Wish: Damian's last request to Jason was that he not be revived via the Lazarus Pit. Jason, knowing how much his own revival via that method screwed him up, didn't have the heart to refuse him.
  • Easily Forgiven: Subverted. From Dick's viewpoint, this is what Jason's forgiveness for his failures as an older brother are. In reality, Jason's already heard the apology before and didn't forgive Dick that easily. Even then, it's been literal decades for him since then, so any anger he might have at Dick is long gone. He's just happy to see Dick alive again.
  • Expy: The fight club champion Jason fights in the first flashback arc is an obvious pastiche of Brock Lesnar.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Jason fully planned on having the Batman legacy die with him and Cass. His kids thought otherwise, and ultimately they were more stubborn than him on this matter.
  • Feeling Their Age: A major theme during the first flashback arc. The arc begins with Alfred stuck on bed rest, age having finally caught up to him and leaving him no longer able to help with the family's vigilante activities. Other characters that appear during the arc (Richard Dragon, David Cain, and Lady Shiva) are similarly noted to have gotten older and therefore weaker, indicating that while they are still dangerous, their primes have long passed them by.
  • Fight Clubbing: In the first flashback arc, Jason and Cass find David Cain at an illegal fight club in Vietnam. Jason later participates in a match against its champion in order to get the current location of Lady Shiva from its owner.
  • First Love: Artemis of Bana-Mighdall was this to Jason, though they eventually drifted apart and parted on amicable terms. The relationship even produced a daughter, named Penelope, who was raised by Artemis on Themyscira and didn't meet Jason until he was on his deathbed.
  • For Want of a Nail:
    • How Terry and Matthew McGinnis landed on Jason's doorstep. The person who executed the scheme was Lyla Michaels, Amanda Waller's successor, and she had no problem hiring an assassin that would actually go through with the act of murdering their parents. Unfortunately, the person she stole the DNA from to make the boys biologically Bruce's was Talia, who promptly murdered her and the assassin in question before putting the boys in a situation that would allow them to meet Jason.
    • In the backstory, the events of Batman Eternal never happened due to this story taking place in the Pre-Flashpoint continuity, meaning that Stephanie Brown was Batgirl at the time. Harper Row was the one to discover Arthur Brown / Cluemaster communing with the other C-List villains, and was able to pass the information to Stephanie. Since Stephanie was Batgirl, she didn't need to run from her father — instead, she beat the crap out of him and took him to jail herself instead, preventing Cluemaster from framing Jim Gordon and kicking off his plot.
  • Former Teen Rebel: This is how Jason's gradual transition from Red Hood to Batman is portrayed. He even calls his younger self "an angst-ridden mess stuck in a constant phase of delayed teenage rebellion".
  • Generation Xerox:
    • When you look at Jason's life after he became Batman, it eerily parallels Bruce's. A line of tragedies that killed off most of his family with only one member left (Alfred for Bruce, Cass for Jason); an optimistic Robin that pulls them out of the darkness (Dick for Bruce, Carrie for Jason); and overall a life that sees them juggle being a father, a businessman, and a superhero all at once.
    • Played with, but ultimately defied in the case of Jason and Terry. For years Jason feared that his tragic relationship with Bruce would repeat with him and Terry, who shared a lot of similarities with a younger Jason (not helped by the fact that they met in almost the exact same way Jason met Bruce). In the end, however, Jason wasn't Bruce, and Terry wasn't Jason. Their relationship remained strong, with Jason eventually choosing Terry as his successor.
    • Jason claims that Damian and Jon's friendship was exactly like their fathers', and expects that to remain the same in the new timeline. He's proven right when Damian and Jon meet in Chapter 13, immediately get off the wrong foot, fight, and then bond during their subsequent punishment.
    • Lady Shiva tried to invoke this in the previous timeline by killing Jason in a Duel to the Death to drive her daughter Cassandra to kill her and succeed her, just like how her own sister Carolyn was murdered by David Cain for the sake of her own potential. It fails, thanks to Jason and, ironically, Cain.
    • Dick Grayson and Helena Bertinelli, the first Nightwing and the first Huntress, had a sexual relationship with romantic undertones. Literally decades later Damian Kent and Helena Wayne (Dick's younger sister/niece), the fourth Nightwing and the second Huntress, also started a relationship. Unlike their predecessors, however, they went all the way, becoming engaged just before Jason died.
  • Given Name Reveal: This is how Jason reveals Helena's biological parentage to Bruce. Initially introducing her as Helena Magdalene Wayne, when Bruce fails to react, Jason amends it and reveals her full name to be Helena Kyle-Wayne.
  • Godzilla Threshold: While Jason has recommitted to the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, he does admit to Bruce there is one kill he doesn't regret, and, if given the chance, would commit again regardless of what his father thinks. Bruce is surprised and distressed to learn that this kill is not the Joker.
  • Guilt Complex: Bruce keeps on blaming himself for all the tragedy in Jason's timeline, even though he has yet to do any of those things yet in the current timeline. He even blames himself for events he was long dead for, such as the orphaning of his biological children Helena and the McGinnis brothers.
  • Heir Club for Men:
    • Subverted. Jason was perfectly fine with either of his daughters succeeding him as Batman, and notes to himself that one of the reasons why he ended up as Batman is because Cass didn't want it either. Neither of Carrie nor Helena wanted it, so it went to Terry instead.
    • Played straight with the League of Assassins. Jason plainly tells Damian the reason he's Ra's' heir is because he's Ra's' only male descendant other Dusan al Ghul, who is both disgraced and crippled. And even then, "heir" is really a euphemism for "back-up body", as seen in the previous timeline when Ra's' own body finally gave out on him.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Jason enters a minor one once he realizes that he's traveled back to the past. He manages to push it back in order to devise a plan to get Damian and Cass, but that only causes him to have a straight up meltdown when he finally gets to the Manor and explains everything to Bruce and co.
    • Right after hearing Jason's whole story, Bruce is so traumatized he outright says his children would have been better off if they had never met him.
  • Heroic Lineage:
    • Helena, Terry, and Matty are the biological children of Bruce Wayne, the first Batman. Helena is also the daughter of Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
    • Jason himself sires a daughter with Artemis of Bana-Mighdall named Penelope who, according to Word of God, has her own great destiny to fulfill.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Deconstructed. Jason points out that while making one is a noble and selfless thing to do, it also leaves your loved ones alone with barely any time to have closure with you. This is one of the reasons why Jason never sought one out after he found out about his cancer diagnosis; he wanted to use the time he had to make peace with all his loved ones.
    • When you look at it closely, it's obvious Jason is speaking from experience. All three of his brothers died via this method: Dick during one of Brainiac's invasions, Tim while trying to rescue a friend from Lex Luthor (it ended with Luthor dying too, at least), and Damian while trying to save Bludhaven from Mara al Ghul. Jason was only present for Damian's death, and only long enough to comfort him during his last moments.
    • Clark Kent died sealing Darkseid away in the Source Wall. His successor Conner similarly died (again) saving the multiverse. Considering how close Jason was to both of them, that too no doubt played a factor in his opinion about this trope.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Young Tim still has this regarding his immediate predecessor as Robin. As Jason is much nicer to Tim than he was when they originally first met, it sticks...until Jason reveals his training for Tim involves a diet plan.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Jason with Roy Harper, then with Conner Kent. He explicitly stated that losing Conner felt like losing another brother to him; which, considering how many siblings Jason had already lost before Conner's death, shows how much he valued their friendship.
    • Also with his older brother Dick Grayson. He served as The Confidant to Dick and was even entrusted with the ring Dick was going to propose to Kori with, showing how close the two had gotten before Dick's untimely death.
    • Damian Wayne and Jon Kent. So much so that after his father died, Jon refused to become Superman because he and Damian had made a promise to take up their fathers' respective mantles together. He only relented after the death of the second Superman (the aforementioned Conner), knowing there was no one else suitable to succeed him.
    • Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain. Cass was the godmother to Stephanie's children in the previous timeline. In the current timeline, Jason deliberately engineers a meeting between them knowing they'll hit it off and become friends again.
  • His Story Repeats Itself:
    • Jason met Terry and Matty in almost the exact same way Bruce met him all those years ago: as Batman, in Park Row, with his future children trying to steal parts of the Batmobile. Just like him, Terry became Robin, and became increasingly violent, leading to a confrontation where he almost died. Unlike him, Jason's love for Terry managed to reach him, and not only did Terry not follow the dark path Jason did, but also proved himself to be the true successor to Jason as Batman.
    • David Cain killed Carolyn Wu-San to "free" her sister Sandra, the woman that would become Lady Shiva. Decades later, he kills Shiva to "free" their daughter Cassandra from their legacy, finally allowing her to live her own life.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: In the first flashback arc, David Cain. Formerly a master assassin, The Dragon to Ra's al Ghul and the man who created Lady Shiva, in the present he's a Jaded Washout well past his prime who regularly gets his ass kicked at the local fight club for money. Cass, who still loves him despite everything, is saddened by his current state, while Jason, who is far less sympathetic, finds it so pathetic he almost pities him.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Jason with his Second Love, who is heavily implied to be Donna Troy. This is because Donna's First Love, Roy Harper, who was Jason's best friend in the previous timeline, is alive.
    • Platonic variant with David Cain, who kills Lady Shiva and sacrifices himself to finally free their daughter Cassandra from their legacy.
  • In Another Man's Shoes: Jason is a lot more sympathetic to Bruce after spending so long as Batman himself.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Terry McGinnis still becomes Batman.
    • Damian still feels aversion at first sight for Tim. On the other hand, it's less "You're a threat to my inheritance, now die by my hand!" and more "You're such an idiot, I feel ashamed to be related to you".
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Jason's reaction when he's finally reunited with Nightwing. Dick is completely understanding due to the circumstances.
  • Legacy Character: Many. Thanks to the dangerous nature of the superhero profession, many of the heroes of Bruce's generation were eventually killed in the line of duty or retired and succeeded by their various sidekicks/proteges during Jason's heyday. By the time Jason died, the same applied to his generation as well, with two of his own children having long since become independent heroes in their own right.
    • Jason Todd, of course, is the third Batman after his adoptive father Bruce Wayne and older brother Dick Grayson. In turn, he's succeeded by his younger brother/adoptive son Terry McGinnis.
    • The Robin legacy continued with Carrie Kelley, Helena Wayne, and then Terry McGinnis. Matthew McGinnis was set to become Jason's fourth Robin until the diagnosis came in, forcing him to become his older brother Terry's first Robin instead.
    • Stephanie Brown succeeded the deceased Kate Kane as the second Batwoman. After she retired, the mantle passed to Carrie Kelley.
    • Helena, like her Earth-2 counterpart, became Huntress, succeeding Helena Bertinelli.
    • Damian Wayne succeeded Dick as the second Nightwing. After his death, he was succeeded by his best friend Jon Kent, while the protection of Bludhaven was taken over by his sister Cassandra Cain. Jon himself was eventually succeeded by Damian's namesake Damian Kent as Nightwing after he was forced to take up the Superman mantle.
    • Conner Kent became the second Superman after Clark Kent died sealing Darkseid into the Source Wall. After his death, he was succeeded by Jon as the third Superman.
    • Lian Harper became the third Speedy and eventually succeeded her father as the second Arsenal. She later succeeded Connor Hawke as the third Green Arrow.
    • Diana was forced to retire as Wonder Woman after the death of Hippolyta. She is confirmed to have a successor, though who it is hasn't been stated yet. It is, however, strongly implied to be Donna Troy.
  • Life Will Kill You:
    • Lampshaded in the first chapter. Jason didn't die from "one of the hundred gazillion ways the various rogues of Gotham regularly tortured the city's populace nor some reality-breaking catastrophe that seemed to affect the universe every couple of years", but from lung cancer, as a result of his old smoking habit which he kicked decades ago. Oddly enough, he actually seemed to be okay with that, which may have to do with how most of the members of his family died.
    • Unlike the rest of Jason's lost loved ones, Alfred died of old age. Jason even admits that Cass and him knew it was coming for a while, which did not help Jason's faltering emotional state after Damian's death. In fact, one of the reasons why Jason was so intent on bring Cass home as soon as possible in the first flashback arc is because he knew Alfred didn't have much time left.
    • Carrie Kelley's parents died in a random car crash. The author even goes on to say that the car crash was completely unrelated to any super-crime; it was just a plain old car accident, the same kind that happens everyday.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: The rest of the Bat-Family was this to Jason after Damian died, especially Cass, who was technically his only remaining sibling at the time.
  • Loving a Shadow:
    • Selina left Bruce at the altar because she was scared he would give up being Batman for her. As their Dating Catwoman dynamic was the core of their relationship, they had no idea where they actually stood as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, and ultimately too scared to find out.
    • This was the cause of Dick and Barbara's first break up. They kept on falling back into who the other was when they were kids instead of focusing on the person their partner was in the present. Even after they worked past that, all their attempts to get back together just kept on giving them more grief. Eventually, they realized they were happier as best friends than they were as lovers and broke up for good.
    Jason: Nightwing was in love with Batgirl. And Oracle was in love with Robin. And once one of you realized that, it was over.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: In Chapter Nine, Jason reveals his three middle children are biologically Bruce's. Bruce is understandably horrified to learn that he left behind three more children that his oldest surviving son and daughter had to raise as their own.
  • The Matchmaker: Defied. Jason refuses to use his future knowledge to set up members of his family. He'll tell them how their relationships with possible love interests went in the previous timeline and give advice if they want it, but that's as far as his involvement goes.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Jason's tentative vigilante identity and new suit is extremely reminiscent of Batman: Arkham Knight.
    • The incident that led to Ra's al Ghul's permanent death in the previous timeline in the backstory is a Whole Plot Reference to the Batman Beyond episode "Out of the Past".
  • My Greatest Failure: Damian's death is implied to be this for Jason. Jason was only present in the aftermath of Bruce's and wholly un-involved in the respective incidents that caused the deaths of Dick and Tim due to being busy with other pressing situations when they happened. Cass and him, however, were there when Damian made his Heroic Sacrifice, ending in him dying in their arms. Jason privately admits that out of all his siblings, Damian's death was always the one he regretted the most.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently there was an incident at an alien space bar that Kyle Rayner brought Jason to a year after the events of the first flashback arc. Whatever happened, it caused Jason to swear off bars for good.
  • The One That Got Away:
    • Donna Troy is strongly implied to be this for Jason. Whatever their relationship was, Jason refuses to divulge on it any further, even to Dick.
    • Stephanie Brown deeply regrets the fact that she and Tim Drake never tried to repair their romantic relationship after its epic blowout, especially after Tim died. She did eventually move on however, marrying and having children with someone else.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted.
    • An extreme example would have to be Helena Wayne and Helena Bertinelli, who not only share a first name but also a mantle, with the latter being the former's mentor. There's also Helena Sandsmark, but she's hardly a character in the story.
    • A similar case is present with Damian Wayne and Damian "Dam" Kent, who both became Nightwing. Though, the situation isn't nearly as bad since Damian was dead by the time Dam entered the picture.
    • Cassandra "Cass" Cain and Cassandra "Cassie" Sandsmark, who are differentiated by their nicknames.
  • Parents as People:
    • Jason warns Damian of this for when he finally meets Bruce.
    Jason: Expect greatness when you meet him, but never perfection. He might be a great man, but he is still just that — a man.
    • He also tells Damian the same thing about Talia. According to Jason, while Damian shouldn't disregard everything Talia has taught him, he should take into account that his mother was trying to reconcile her love for Ra's and her love for Bruce (two figures with diametrically opposing ideologies) when teaching him.
    • David Cain is a nuanced case. While there is no question he was horrifically abusive to Cass, he also provided her more emotional support than any of her siblings' biological and even adoptive parents ever did.
  • Peggy Sue
  • Practically Different Generations: One of the reasons Jason ended up raising Helena, Terry, and Matty as his children instead of as his siblings is because he was literally old enough to be their father, whatever their legal relationship was. This also would've applied to their oldest brother Damian Wayne, had he managed to live long enough to meet any of them — the smallest age gap is between him and Helena, who is fifteen years younger than him. Matty, his youngest brother, is thirty-one years younger than him.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The story takes inspiration from various adaptations of DC, mostly due to the writer's limited knowledge of the comics, though the comics are the main base. Primarily, it seems the story takes place in the Pre-Flashpoint continuity with flavorings of the New 52. There's an implication that Flashpoint did happen, but that most of the effects were reversed.
  • Promotion to Parent: Carrie and Penelope are the only ones of Jason's children that are genuinely his (albeit, Carrie is adopted). Helena, Terry, and Matty are technically his siblings who he raised as his children since they're biologically Bruce's, though only Helena is legally and publicly known as Bruce's daughter; Terry and Matty are legally Jason's adopted children because it would be hard to explain how Bruce sired two sons years after his death. Despite that, Helena clearly sees him as a father instead of a brother and is disgusted when Jason points out their legal relationship.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Mara al Ghul had the chance to control half the League of Assassins after her aunt Talia expressed the desire to end the bloodshed and made overtures for peace. However, she wanted the entire League and tried to take her cousin Damian hostage in order to force Talia to surrender by threatening to destroy Bludhaven. Even after Damian handed himself over, she tried to destroy Bludhaven anyway over the petty childhood grudge she still had against him. End result? She manages to kill Damian, but Bludhaven is not destroyed and an enraged Talia ends up killing her to avenge her son's death.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Jason might have the mind and skills of an experienced and hardened Batman, but his current body is that of a sixteen year-old boy who, while trained, lacks the sufficient muscle memory. It takes him months to get back into proper fighting form, and even then it will be years before he reaches his previous level of strength.
    • Cass is completely illiterate, and Jason, for all his skills, has no training as a speech therapist. The most he can manage is verbal word-picture association, and finding her a fully-vetted and accredited speech therapist is one of the family's top priorities after they finally get to Gotham.
    • Bruce might be one of the most brilliant men on the planet, but he's also Old Money and grew up being cared for by a butler all his life. Hence, his self-care habits are terrible, and he passed that on to his children. Said lack of self-care habits meant that Alfred was the cornerstone of their entire vigilante operation, and putting him out of commission grounds everything to a halt, leaving the city in danger. This is the reason why Jason made self-care an integral part of his training for his students.
    • The Bats and their various enemies might all be Badass Normals, but they're still normal and thus, human. They're still subject to numerous human ailments, including old age and disease. Jason passed down the mantle to Terry not just because he had lung cancer, but also because he was getting too old to be Batman in general, and it's implied that Cass and the other contemporary members of their generation (Duke, Luke, Stephanie, etc.) were in the process of retiring if they hadn't already. This is especially prevalent in the first flashback arc, which sees Alfred bedridden thanks to his own advancing age and the likes of Richard Dragon, Lady Shiva, and especially David Cain all well past their primes.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Defied In-Universe example. This was one of the explicit reasons why Jason never hired a replacement for Alfred. Alfred was family, and Jason couldn't bear to let anyone take his place.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Brutally deconstructed. As Jason repeatedly drills into Tim's head, awesome training is functionally useless if you can't take care of yourself.
  • The Scrappy:
    • In-Universe example: the whole Bat-Family hates the Brucie Wayne persona.
    • Subverted with the Richie Wayne persona. That one is easier to swallow because it's basically Dick being ditzier than usual.
  • Second Love:
    • Jason and Donna Troy were this for each other. Maybe. It's implied, but not outright stated yet.
    • Dick and Kori were a New Old Flame version of this. Technically Dick had a serious relationship with Kori before he got together with Barbara. Then after he and Barbara broke up, Kori and him reconnected romantically and restarted their relationship.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Jason outright tells Dick that the only two women he stands a chance at having a working, healthy relationship with currently are Barbara Gordon and Koriand'r.
    • It's all but stated that Jason's Second Love was Donna Troy. Jason is shown to be extremely fond of her current self, including serving as The Confidant to her (notably, the only other people he's done that for are those he considers family, and Conner Kent, who was his best friend), and when Dick tried to probe him on their relationship, he outright refused to speak of it.
    • Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown. In the previous timeline Tim was The One That Got Away for Stephanie (though she eventually moved on), and in the current one they're shown to be fast friends and close. At one point Tim even says that he loves Stephanie, though it's later clarified to be because she managed to get some indirect revenge on Jason for him.
    • Played for Laughs in the case of seven year old Damian Wayne and four year old Lian Harper, who Donna jokingly suggests might date in the future, much to the horror of Lian's father Roy.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • While Jason refuses to play matchmaker, he does subtly imply to Dick that he would prefer his older brother end up with either Barbara Gordon or Koriand'r. He also specifically singles out Helena Bertinelli as another possible love interest, though he also admits that a relationship wouldn't be viable until Helena calms down on the whole killing thing.
    • Humorously inverted with Damian Wayne, who tells Stephanie Brown that she can do much better than his brother Tim Drake. It's implied that this is because Damian himself has a Precocious Crush on Stephanie.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Yes. Because this is based on the Pre-Flashpoint continuity, there were a boatload of sidekicks who graduated to either their own mantles or their mentors' mantles or even both in the previous timeline, with Jason just being one of many. Just look at Legacy Character above to see how many that are mentioned thus far.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Helena, Terry, and Matty share a strong resemblance to their biological father Bruce and to their biological half-brother Damian. It's thanks to this resemblance that Jason was able to quickly realize who they were.
  • Supreme Chef: Before Dick became Batman, Jason opened a diner in Crime Alley that was reasonably successful. He continued developing his cooking skills, especially after Alfred died, and is arguably the best cook in the family now. Even part of the inheritance he left behind for Carrie (who took over the diner from him years prior) are recipes he developed over the course of his life.
  • Spoiled Brat: Damian. Jason is exasperated by his behavior but experiences with his own children means he's mostly adept at handling him.
  • Spotting the Thread:
    • Tim immediately pegs something is weird with Jason's reaction to him — that was too affectionate for a kid he's actually never met.
    • Bruce managed to figure out pretty easily that Jason was a time traveler. He just expected him to be one from the not-too-distant future, not thirty years from the future.
  • So Proud of You:
    • Jason wonders if his family would be proud of him and his time as Batman. Cass, his sole living sibling, tells him that she knows they are — because she is proud of him.
    • He also reiterated as much to his own children while on his deathbed, outright telling Helena she doesn't have to make him proud because she already has.
    • One of Jason's bitterest memories is a dying Damian wondering if their late father and brothers would be proud of him for trying to be a hero in spite of his fucked up morals. Jason and Cass comforted him and told him they were proud of him, so their father and brothers would have been proud as well.
  • Stepford Smiler: Zigzagged. Jason is genuinely happy to see his siblings again but he's also holding back a breakdown over the situation because it's the farthest from the ideal reunion he envisioned.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Or 'The Rule' as it's called. All of the Wayne family, Jason included, committed or recommitted to this rule in the previous timeline. Jason himself for the most part follows it (even though he believes that it's not completely effective), but he does admit he's willing to make one exception, though he doesn't elaborate on who that exception is.
  • Together in Death: Jason outright states in the first chapter that he's not going to fight his cancer because he wants to see his deceased family again. Let's just say he got what he wanted, just not in the way he expected.
  • Torment by Annoyance:
    • Carrie became Robin this way. She just kept going outside as Robin and fighting crime until Jason finally gave in. Admittedly, Jason only gave in after she saved his life.
    • Helena forced Jason to make her Robin by hacking the Bat-Computer to play the Lego Batman song ad nauseam.
    • Terry did the same by dismantling every model of the Batmobile in the Cave, right before Jason was about to go on patrol.
    • Averted with Matty. After he managed to take out a group of thugs that had invaded the Manor when he was seven, Jason didn't even bother and agreed to train him to be Robin when he was older.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jason became Batman. It's kind of a given.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Dick and Tim respectively have cereal and coffee. Alas for them, Jason intends to put them on a diet plan, and he's not afraid of unleashing Alfred on their sorry butts.
  • Tragic Hero: Damian Wayne. Wanted to be a hero, to be Batman, to redeem himself for his childhood as an assassin (which was in no way his fault), and nearly succeeded, only for the crimes he committed during that childhood to come back and strike him down.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Before he died, Dick was planning to propose again to Kori, and left the ring in Jason's possession for safekeeping. After his death, Jason gave it to Kori because "[i]t was never supposed to be [his]."
  • Training from Hell: Zigzagged. Jason deliberately overloaded his Robins during their initial training to force them to learn self-care and time management. That being said, he never set an actual time limit to their training, so they could've theoretically taken several years to complete said training and still become Robin, making said training easier to swallow. All of them finished under a year regardless because they were that determined to go out on the field as soon as possible.
  • Trauma Button:
    • Heavily implied with Clark and Diana's successors, who were the fellow members of Jason's generation of the Trinity. For whatever reason, Jason refuses to so much as think of their names, let alone speak of them. Clark's successor is later revealed to have been Conner, who was Jason's best friend and who died eight years before Jason did. There is no word on who Diana's successor is yet, but considering Jason's interactions with Donna Troy...
    • The Joker, to the entire Wayne family. Other than revealing that he killed Bruce in the first timeline, Jason deliberately refrains from mentioning him at all. Considering what the Joker did to him and to Barbara, it's not hard to see why. It's heavily implied, however, that Jason doesn't like to talk about him for other reasons.
  • Troll: Chapter Five sees Jason troll Bruce, Dick and Tim, mainly through all the things he told Damian and Cass during their time with the All-Caste (such as Tim being their brother, even though Bruce has yet to admit to himself that he sees Tim as a son). While it's mostly Played for Laughs, it's also a defense mechanism for Jason to deal with the stress of the upcoming reveal.
  • Trust Password: Jason proves who he is by activating a protocol in the Bat-Computer designed specifically to deal with time travelers — specifically, time-traveling Batmen. He further strengthened his case by confirming it via Diana's Lasso of Truth.
  • Ultimate Final Exam:
    • Jason refused to let any of his Robins out on the streets unless they passed a comprehensive exam (dubbed the 'Trainee Graduation Exam') that covers all of their training. Said exam is a series of tests that they can take at their own pace, and once they pass them all they're declared field-ready and officially become Robin.
    • He also designed two more exams the serve similar functions: the Robin Graduation Exam, for when his Robins are ready to leave the nest and become solo crime-fighters in their own right, and the Batman Succession Exam, which is only administered to a prospective successor for the Batman mantle. The last exam was actually the first one designed, used to test Damian to see if he was ready to succeed Jason. Damian died before he could complete it, and the exam was later updated and administered to Terry decades later, who passed it and became Jason's official successor. The other two exams are just watered-down versions of the original.
  • Unexpected Successor:
    • It's outright stated in the summary that Jason was never supposed to be Batman. According to Word of God and the story itself, he only got the job after Dick's death due to Tim outright refusing the mantle for his own reasons. Even then, it was supposed to be temporary — Damian wanted it, but he was too young and inexperienced at the time to take it up properly. Then they both ended up dying a mere two years later, making Jason Batman permanently.
    • Subverted when it turns out that Dick actually did name Jason his successor. Jason himself however believes that if Dick had been thinking about Gotham instead of family, he would've named Tim his successor instead. In spite of that, Jason respects Dick for choosing him, because he was effectively choosing family over Gotham by doing so.
  • Villainous Legacy: Even after Jason permanently killed Ra's al Ghul in the previous timeline, he still continued to haunt the Bat-Family. The ensuing Civil War in the wake of his death for control over the League of Assassins culminated in the near-destruction of his entire house, with only Talia surviving when it was all over. Jason specifically points out Damian and Mara as victims as Ra's, implicitly noting that neither of them had to die and the only reason both of them did is because Mara couldn't let go of her childhood grudge against Damian — which only developed because Ra's deliberately raised them as rivals instead of family.
  • Warts and All:
    • While Jason missed his brothers and father fiercely, he is in no way blind to how screwed up they and their relationships with both him and each other were. He calls out Dick for his decision to take Robin away from Tim, notes that everything Tim had to endure in Jason's timeline left him on the edge of sociopathy, and resigns himself to dealing with a young Damian's spoiled behavior. With Bruce he's particularly brutal, constantly calling him "an emotionally constipated asshole".
    • Jason respects Talia greatly and will always be in her debt for giving him his second life. However, he hasn't forgotten how she once murdered Damian and even used it to convince her to hand Damian over to him after he time-traveled. He even calls her out on her attempts to draw Bruce to her side and tells her it will never happen as long as she follows her father's path.
  • Wham Line: Chapter 19:
    Jason: Bruce, the Joker is probably the one kill I regret the most.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Deconstructed in the case of Dick and Barbara. Despite their genuine love for each other, the constant grief and pain from all their attempts at being a couple eventually caused them to decide they were Better as Friends.
  • You Are Not Alone:
    • What Jason's speech to Bruce boils down to in their first private talk.
    • He also says something similar to Dick in their talk, though it was in a more general sense.
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