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Jade Nguyen, also known as Cheshire, is a dangerous assassin.

Dark's Life

Jade's origin before becoming an assassin is shrouded in mystery, having trained with the League of Assassins for many years as a member. She was present at their headquarters for Jason Todd's training after his death as Robin and resurrection by Talia al Ghul. [2]

At some point Jade had a daughter named Lian with Arsenal. She was apparently killed by The Electrocutioner,[1] but Cheshire later learned that Lian was alive and encountered her in Gotham. Jade knew that she would not be capable of looking after Lian and chose not to return her to Roy, as she had "died" on his watch.[3] She rescued Lian from a band of ninjas and left her on the steps of a church. Lian would have recurring dreams of that night, particularly the mask Jade was wearing.[4] Unbeknownst to Lian Jade would occasionally visit Gotham to keep an eye on her, and killed street criminals who would have hurt her.[5]

New 52

League of Assassins vs. The All-Caste

Sometime after Jason Todd had returned to Gotham and became the Red Hood, she seemingly accepted a contract to hunt him and his gang of Outlaws. After incapacitating Starfire with an explosive gas trap, [6] she fought Arsenal, Red Hood, and Green Arrow before retreating (with Arsenal's baseball cap as a souvenir). She returned to the League of Assassins and reported on her mission, having actually been assigned to test Arsenal and Starfire's strengths for later confrontation.[6]

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Cheshire vs. the Outlaws

Later, Cheshire and other agents of the League made their play on Red Hood, defeating him and transporting him back to their base at 'Eth Alth'eban to aid them in their war against the All-Caste.[7] With no choice, Jason agreed to join them but soon discovered that the Outlaws had begun an attempt to rescue him.[8]

Using her teleporting bracelets to once again battle (and flirt) with Arsenal, she was defeated by the archer when he successfully disabled her bracelets, teleporting her thousands of feet in the air and needing to be saved by a team member. Despite this victory, the Outlaws were still defeated, and Cheshire was tasked with imprisoning and watching over Arsenal.[9]

The war between the League and the All-Caste had reached its climax and Ra's al Ghul, leader of the League, revealed his ultimate goal to destroy the world. Disagreeing with her leader's intentions, Cheshire defected and freed the Outlaws, swearing to put the League behind her and to one day see Arsenal again.[10]

Jade would partially keep her promise, at some point beginning a relationship with Arsenal that ultimately fell apart.[11]

Mayhem

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Against the Others

Some time after abandoning the war between the All-Caste and the League, Cheshire had formed a team called Mayhem alongside other professional criminals, choosing to set up their secret base in an abandoned research station on the Moon.

The supervillain team ran into opposition of Aquaman and the Others as they tried to secure a flash drive containing old Soviet satellite missile launch codes.[12] Jade and Mayhem succeeded in getting the flash drive, but, back at their base, Cheshire and NKVDemon argued over what to do with the codes - the former wanting to wait for the right time and the latter wanting to use them immediately to rule the world. Though Cheshire's allegiance was questioned, considering she was a mercenary, they agreed to think out their next move.[13]

Mayhem decided the best use of the first missile was to wipe out Aquaman and the Others for opposing them, but this backfired, when the Others discovered Mayhem's location and teleported them to the ocean to battle. [14] During the fight, Aquaman used the location to his advantage and incapacitated Jade under water before defeating the rest of Mayhem.[15]

Cheshire briefly reappeared when she was among the super-villains that was influenced by Xa-Du with an irresistible urge to kill Clark Kent. She intercepted the hero in the Bahamas, bringing an army of Man-Bat Commandos from the League of Assassins as well as Bane and Killer Croc to help her. Batman and Superman teamed up and successfully defeated Cheshire, turning her into the authorities.[16]

DC Rebirth

The Ninth Circle

Jade, on the loose once again, was one of the many assassins that attempted to collect the price on Batman's head as he and Two-Face traveled cross-country to discover a cure for his disease. Though Cheshire made a play on the Bat's life, she ultimately failed, and the pair escaped.[17]

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Attacking Seattle

Soon after, she was hired as one of the Four Horsemen, a key part of the Ninth Circle's plan to overrun Seattle. Cheshire was assigned to terrorize the Seattle-Tacoma International airport and casually spent the day walking around it, subtly poising people, including pilots, with her nail polish. The effects of her poison were felt during several flight, causing 3 planes to crash, killing at least 537 people and grounding all flights out of Seattle.[18]

Cheshire continued her contract with the Ninth Circle by poisoning a water treatment facility that would have caused everyone in Seattle to "[suffer] brain damage, make their hair fall out and their skin rise into scabs." While doing so, she was interrupted by Red Arrow and Arsenal. Unable to fight both at the same time, she threw a smoke bomb and left.[19]

Cheshire and Arsenal had a rematch soon after as Team Arrow tried to reconnect with their leader in the final battle for the city. Though this time Cheshire defeated Arsenal and prepared to finally kill him, she was stopped by Black Canary. Again, Cheshire got away.[20]

Brotherhood of Evil

Later, Cheshire attempted to collected a bounty that was put on Wonder Woman using Amazon-strength sedative but was defeated by the hero. [21]

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A final fight with Arsenal

After that, Cheshire was hired by the Brotherhood of Evil to steal a sample of a new drug called Bliss concurrently while Arsenal was investigating it. Cheshire played him into helping her, poisoning him during a sexual encounter and leading him to believe he had relapsed on drugs.[22]

Soon after, still under the employ of the Brotherhood, she helped defend the team leaders Monsieur Mallah and The Brain from the Titans, focusing her sights once again on Arsenal. The archer was again defeated, and Cheshire almost executed him, but she was again stopped at the last second, this time by Donna Troy. When Donna had bested her in battle, Cheshire demanded to be killed instead of captured, but Arsenal captured her with a trick arrow anyway. [23][24]

Cheshire secretly attended Roy Harper's funeral after he was killed at Sanctuary, standing away far from everyone else in the back of the crowd. She looked inexpressive at the loss of her arch-nemesis and former lover, yet shed a single tear.[25]

Infinite Frontier

A Second Chance

Pursuing redemption, Jade aided Catwoman to help save Alleytown from the Magistrate, an authoritarian para-military force. Also among Catwoman's followers was Lian, significantly older than she should be and using the costumed identity Cheshire Cat, inspired by the mask Jade was wearing the night she left Lian at the church.[26] After the Magistrate was defeated, Cheshire approached Lian, who was going by the name Shoes, and introduced herself as "Jade".[27] She did not tell Lian who she was or ask her daughter to join her, and left once she assured herself that Lian was okay.[28][29]

Weeks later, Lian showed up at Cheshire's apartment with Solomon Grundy. Jade immediately realised that Lian knew who she was, despite Lian pretending to not recognise her at their last meeting. Jade let Lian in, although Lian being in Jade's home was deeply uncomfortable for both of them. Lian told Jade how the Orgham Family were trying to take over the city and had kidnapped her friends. Jade said that she should simply flee but Lian retorted that Gotham was her home, and that she had finally found a family on the streets of Alleytown after Jade had abandoned her. Jade chose not to tell Lian how she had watched over her, or reveal that she believed becoming a mother had weakened her as she was no longer able to harm children. Lian confronted Cheshire for her failures as a mother and pushing away her and Roy because she felt like she didn't deserve them, the most painful experience of Jade's violent life. For the first time in her life Lian asked Cheshire to help her, saying that she would go and save her friends with or without her. Cheshire agreed to help and Lian hugged her; after a moment of shock, Jade hugged her back. The mother and daughter returned to the Orgham's base to rescue the Strays.[5] At Lian's insistence Cheshire did not kill anyone, but warned a guard who threatened Lian that if he ever went near her again she would cut his tongue out and feed it to him. Jade tapped into the Oracle network to tell the Bats what they were doing.[30]

They freed the prisoners and fled into the tunnels, pursued by the Orgham's soldiers. Grundy lead them to the surface, smashing his way through walls, while Lian and Cheshire fought a rearguard action against waves of Orgham fighters. During the fight Cheshire was hit by the blast wave of a grenade and Lian ran over to help her. Cheshire told Lian that if more soldiers came after them to take the people and run. Lian told Cheshire she wouldn't abandon her, but Jade promised Lian she would be right behind her and hugged her, saying she wouldn't lose her again. They emerged back on the surface in the disused railway terminal the Strays had lived in during Fear State.[31]

Some time later Roy and Black Canary came into The Brick House, a bar frequented by supervillains in Star City, which Cheshire had gone to on a job. Roy deliberately provoked the patrons, and when they were about to rush him Jade cut the lights and knocked the entire bar out to save him. She threatened to kill Roy but he told her that he knew she wasn't going to hurt him and asked her to help him find Amanda Waller. She refused until he told her that Lian was missing and only Waller knew where she was.[32]

Jade and Roy argued about her decision to keep the fact that Lian was alive from him and almost came to blows when Cheshire blamed Roy for Lian "dying" in the first place. Black Canary broke it up and asked Cheshire what Waller was up to. She told them that Waller was preparing for something bigger than the superheroes are ready for. Jade said that she would help them find Lian, but warned Roy that if he ever cared about her he would stay away from Amanda Waller.[3]

Black Canary went to Starfish Island to wait for Oliver, reasoning that if he ever came back, that was where he would arrive. She also told Roy to stay in contact with Oracle and not to trust Cheshire, but Jade told Roy that he would need to trust her if they were going to save Lian. Jade lead Roy to an underwater safehouse where Waller kept her "network", a covert information-gathering apparatus she used to keep track of the Suicide Squad. However, when they arrived they saw that Waller was in fact tracking every superhero on Earth. Suddenly Waller, Peacemaker and Peacewrecker burst in and fired on them. Jade pushed Roy out of the way of the bullets and was hit.[33]

Jade survived but Waller imprisoned her and held her hostage to force Roy to work for her.[34] Oliver Queen eventually secretly cut a deal to work for Waller, which appeared to include her agreeing to release Roy and leave the rest of Team Arrow alone.

Roy and Lian broke into the secret prison where Cheshire was being held and freed her. The three of them fought their way out and reached a rope ladder that Roy and Lian had set up. Cheshire and Lian began to climb down, but before Roy could join them he was stopped by Oliver. Roy tried to convince Oliver to come with them, but he instead kicked him out of the window. As Oliver expected, Lian and Cheshire caught Roy, preventing Peacemaker from capturing him.

They returned to the island and told Team Arrow what had happened. Roy also told them that he was certain Oliver was not under mind control. Emiko said they should abduct Oliver and bring him home, then figure things out from there. However, the news suddenly reported that superheroes were launching attacks on civilians around the country and Roy realised that Waller was responsible.[35]


Abilities

  • Acrobatics: She is shown to be skilled in acrobatics, moving seamlessly and quickly in the air[6] as well as jumping from tree to tree through a forest without any difficulty.[7]
  • Deception: Cheshire's loyalty is only to herself. She has successfully hided her true intentions on multiple occasions including her missions when ambushing the Outlaws.[6] and her betrayal to the League[36] and Arsenal[23]
  • Intimidation: Cheshire is a lethal and savage assassin. She brought fear to even her fellow assassins for her gleeful attitude in killings others.[8] Operative considered her "the most dangerous woman in the world."[12]
  • Leadership: Cheshire was a leader of Mayhem and led them to successfully evaded and threatened Aquaman and the Others on multiple occasions.[15] She was also shown to be able to control and lead an army of Man-Bat.[16]
  • Martial Arts: Trained and became a member of the League of Assassins, Cheshire is a very powerful fighter. She was seen taking on the Outlaws and Green Arrow with ease[6] as well as defeating NKVDemon[13] and Red Arrow[19] with no trouble.She is also shown to not hesitated in fighting much more powerful foes than her like Aquaman[15] and Wonder Woman.[21]
  • Tactical Analysis: Cheshire is a great tactical analyst, acting as a main strategist for her team, Mayhem.[13][14] She is calm and collected, often facing dangerous situations without losing her composure. She was shown to be able to execute a plan that incapacitated Starfire despite the latter superhuman attributes[6] and managed to successfully plan and execute a plane crash by poisoning the pilots and staff members without ever set foot on the airplane.[18]
  • Throwing: Cheshire is seen to able to use throwing daggers as long range weapons.[12]
  • Toxicology: Cheshire's most renown ability is her expertise in poison. She douses all of her weapons with different kind of chemicals and often tests their effectiveness on others.[6] Her poisons are often very hard to detect as she is seen to be able to mix them with anything.[18] She also uses poisons efficiently in different forms, like gases, to various different effects, like burning a piece of metal, and including one that will not kill but deteriorating people's health.[36][19] She possesses extensive knowledge about chemicals and poisons hence Batman considers her "one of the world's greatest poison experts"[16] and "most toxic individuals on the planet" alongside with Copperhead.[17]
  • Toxic Immunity: Due to her expertise, Jade claims to be immune to (usually lethal) chlorine gas.[37]
  • Seduction: Cheshire is an attractive woman and knows to how to utilizing it. During her fight with Arsenal and Green Arrow, she often made sexual innuendos as a means to distract and confuse them.[6] She was seen to often utilize seduction on her mission to further her goal.[18]
  • Stealth: Cheshire was seen able to sneak into the Outlaws' secret hideout without notice. She also is often sent by the League of Assassins to do infiltration as was seen when she ambushed the Outlaws. She is also able to track and follow Green Arrow without him noticing. [6]
  • Swordsmanship: Cheshire carried several swords with her and seemed to be very proficient using them. Most of her fights will often involve her using one or two swords to attack. [6][15][19][23]
  • Weaponry: Cheshire equipped many different type of weapons on her costume. She was seen with swords, throwing daggers, hidden knives, sais, and so on. She is assumed to be proficient using them.[6]

Equipment

  • Golden Bracelets: Cheshire once equipped herself with two golden bracelets on both of her wrists. These bracelets was implanted with a short range teleporter device, providing her with some limited powers; however, it could be interfered or destroyed, as Arsenal had done once.[6][9]
    • Teleportation: She was shown to also able to teleport others with her when she was in physical contact with them, as in the case of teleporting Arsenal out of his prison.[38]
      • Intangibility: When her teleporter devices on both her wrist activated, Cheshire appeared to have the ability to became momentarily intangible, taking on a translucent green form, like a fading shadow.[6]

Weapons

  • Claws: Cheshire used claws during her training with Red Hood and the League of Assassins.[2] She was later seen to sharpen her fingernails to the point that she could tear clothes or draw blood from her nails.[6] Most recently, Cheshire equips golden finger claws on both her hand and using it to attack her opponent.[39]


Related

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Infinite Frontier Secret Files #2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Red Hood and the Outlaws #20
  3. 3.0 3.1 Green Arrow (Volume 7) #5
  4. DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1
  5. 5.0 5.1 Detective Comics #1077
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1
  7. 7.0 7.1 Red Hood and the Outlaws #21
  8. 8.0 8.1 Red Hood and the Outlaws #22
  9. 9.0 9.1 Red Hood and the Outlaws #23
  10. Red Hood and the Outlaws #26
  11. Nightwing (Volume 4) #43
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Aquaman and the Others #7
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Aquaman and the Others #8
  14. 14.0 14.1 Aquaman and the Others #10
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Aquaman and the Others #11
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Batman/Superman Annual #2
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 All-Star Batman #2
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Green Arrow (Volume 6) #21
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Green Arrow (Volume 6) #23
  20. Green Arrow (Volume 6) #37
  21. 21.0 21.1 Wonder Woman (Volume 5) #29
  22. Titans (Volume 3) #20
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Titans (Volume 3) #21
  24. Titans (Volume 3) #22
  25. Green Arrow (Volume 6) #45
  26. Catwoman (Volume 5) #33
  27. Catwoman (Volume 5) #38
  28. Catwoman (Volume 5) #50
  29. Green Arrow (Volume 7) #1
  30. Detective Comics #1078
  31. Detective Comics #1079
  32. Green Arrow (Volume 7) #4
  33. Green Arrow (Volume 7) #6
  34. Green Arrow (Volume 7) #10
  35. Green Arrow (Volume 7) #13
  36. 36.0 36.1 Red Hood and the Outlaws #17
  37. Batman/Superman Annual #2
  38. Red Hood and the Outlaws #24
  39. Green Arrow (Volume 6) #22


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