Real Name: Jade Nguyen
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Besides being a skilled hand-to-hand combatant trained in several martial arts thought forever lost, Cheshire is an expert triple-jointed acrobat and uses this skill to move quickly and unexpectedly. Of bigger concern are her artificial fingernails, which she dips in several varieties of poisons. She gives her weapons and other accsesories a similar treatment. In Birds of Prey #63, Black Canary calls her "the second most deadly assassin in the world', only topped by Lady Shiva.
Born (allegedly, see below) to a French father and a Vietnamese mother, Jade Nguyen had an unhappy childhood and was sold into slavery. This trauma made her psychotic, and paved her way into becoming one of the world's most ruthless mercenaries.
After killing her master, Jade is informally adopted by Chinese freedom fighter Weng Chan, who teaches her all he knows about guerrilla fighting. She acquires knowledge of poisons from Kruen Musenda, a famed African assassin known as the "Spitting Cobra" and to whom she is married for the two years prior to his death.
She is a long-standing rival of the superhero team the Teen Titans. However, when Roy Harper, a.k.a. the archer Arsenal, goes undercover for the government in a mission to get her confidence and turn her over, the two fall passionately in love. Knowing he will not be able to turn her in, he walks out; Cheshire would not learn his true identity until later. The result of their romance is a daughter, Lian, whom Roy is raising. Despite her own shortcomings, Jade loves her daughter.
Returning to her mercenary ways after leaving Lian behind for Roy, Jade saves Deathstroke's life so he could help her in stealing nuclear weapons from Russia in an attempt to blackmail the world. To prove she is not bluffing, she obliterates the fictional Middle East nation of Qurac, reasoning that since Qurac is a stronghold of Muslim terrorists, that Western countries would be secretly grateful. Cheshire's plans are foiled when her base comes under attack and she is forced to flee. She later creates her own team, The Ravens.
Cheshire volunteers to join Tartarus, a group created by Vandal Savage with the objective of destroying the Titans. During a confrontation with the Titans and the H.I.V.E, Savage shoots Cheshire to distract Arsenal. She recovers, but is taken into custody for crimes including destroying Qurac. Sentenced to life imprisonment, she is broken out by the Ravens. Arsenal, however, forces her back into custody.
In 2005 she appeared in the miniseries Villains United as a member of the Secret Six. During the series she had relations with Thomas Blake, a.k.a. Catman, and became pregnant. At the end of the miniseries, having betrayed the Six to Lex Luthor's Society, she is shot and critically wounded by Deathstroke. Though apparently killed, she later turns up alive, living in a mansion in the Himalaya Mountains with her son by Blake. Working with Vandal Savage again, she put out hits on the other members of the Secret Six except for Blake. Taking matters into her own hands, she stabs The Mad Hatter, who is working with the Six. Her blade was poisoned (as usual) and she later bartered the antidote to the poison to Catman in exchange for her safety.
In Justice League of America (Vol. 2) #12, Cheshire was shown in prison, receiving a visit from Roy Harper and Lian.
In the Justice league of America Wedding Special, Cheshire was shown to be a member of the new Injustice League.
n the Birds of Prey story arc Sensei and Student, Cheshire herself stated that she finally found out the real identity of her father. According to her, it was U.S. Senator Robert Pullman who raped her mother and left her alone with her unborn child. This would be a retcon, but it remains to be seen whether Jade is really telling the truth.
First Appearance: The New Teen Titans (1980) Annual 02
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Action Comics (1938)
Amazing Adventures of the JLA (2006)
Batman Plus (1997)
#1 Birds of Prey (1999)
- 'Beauty and the Beast'
TPB vol. 02 Birds of Prey: The Ravens (1998)
- 'Old Friends, New Enemies'TPB vol. 04
- 'Sensei & Student'#4
- 'The Ravens Strike'#5
- 'Time's Rainbow'#28
- 'History Lesson, Part One: Time to Kill'#29
- 'History Lesson, Part Two: Valhalla, Baby!'#30
- 'History Lesson, Part Three: Time and Time and Time Again'#62
- 'Sensei & Student, Part One'#63
- 'Sensei & Student, Part Two: Pride & Poison'#64
- 'Sensei & Student, Part Three: Mercy & Murder'#65
- 'Sensei & Student, Part Four: Power & Permanence'#67
- 'Sensei & Student, Part Six: Faith & Frailty'
#1 Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special (2018)
- 'S.I.M.O.N. Says ARMAGEDDON'
Booster Gold (1986)
#16 Chase (2011)
- 'Fresh Start'#17
- 'Dream of Terror'
#34 Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
- 'Searching For Answers'
DC Meets Hanna-Barbera (2017)
DC Universe Online: Legends (2011)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
TPB DCU Villains Secret Files (1999)
- 'DC Universe: Origins'
Deathstroke, the Terminator (1991)
#13 Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance (2011)
- 'The Powers That Be'#17
- 'Genesis: DNA'#18
- 'A Question Of Brotherhood'#19
- 'Nuclear Winter Part Four: Heatwave'
#2 Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Wonder Woman (2012)
- 'Live and Exclusive'
TPB Identity Crisis (2004)
- 'Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Wonder Woman'
#2 JLA 80-Page Giant (1998)
- 'Chapter Two: House of Lies'
JLA: Act of God (2000)
#1 JLA: Incarnations (2001)
- 'Book I: Power Lost'
Justice League of America (2006)
#12 Justice League Wedding Special (2007)
- 'Monitor Duty'#14
- 'Unlimited, Chapter 3: Two Against Nature'#15
- 'Unlimited, Chapter 4: Unleashed'#16
- 'A Brief Tangent'#19
- 'Sanctuary, Part 3'
#1 Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal (2010)
- 'Unlimited, Chapter 1: Injustice League'
#2 Manhunter (2004)
- 'Staring into the Abyss'#3
- 'Domestic Disturbance'#4
- 'Point of No Return'
TPB vol. 02 Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies (2013)
- 'Trial By Fire'TPB vol. 05
- 'Witness for the Prosecution'#8
- 'Trial by Fire Part 3: Bad Influence'#31
- 'Forgotten, Part One'
TPB Salvation Run (2008)
- 'Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies'
#5 Secret Origins (1986)
- 'Through a Glass Deadly'
Annual 03 Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant (1999)
- 'Featuring The Teen Titans: Pieces Of The Puzzle'#38
- 'Featuring Green Arrow & Speedy'
Secret Six (2006)
#1 Secret Six (2008)
- 'Six Degrees of Devastation, Part One: Exposed'#2
- 'Six Degrees of Devastation, Part Two: The First Cut is the Deepest'#4
- 'Six Degrees of Devastation, Part Four: Spiders on the Wind'#5
- 'Six Degrees of Devastation, Part Five: Life As We Know It'#6
- 'Six Degrees of Devastation, Part Six: Cutting the Cord'
#2 Subway Presents: Justice League (2011)
- 'The Way of the Traitor'#4
- 'Money for Murder'#5
- 'Twilight of Sorrow'#6
- 'Compound Fracture'#17
- 'Danse Macabre, Part 2'#19
- 'Fear of a World to Come'#21
- 'The Precipice'#22
- 'Cats in the Cradle, Part Four of Four'
#3 Suicide Squad (1987)
- 'We are the Champions!'
#67 Tales of the Teen Titans (1984)
- 'Danse Macabre, Part 1'
#51 Teen Titans Spotlight (1986)
- 'The Jericho Imbroglio!'#52
- 'Jericho's Story'
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
HC The New Teen Titans (1980)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'
The New Teen Titans (1984)
#20 The New Titans (1988)
- 'Past Imperfect'#21
- 'On Top of the World'
#100 The Titans (1999)
- 'Chapter Four: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something... Dead'
#8 Titans (2008)
- 'Need for Speed Part 2 (of 2): Hitting the Wall'#9
- 'The Immortal Coil Part 1 of 3'#11
- 'The Immortal Coil Part 2 of 3'#12
- 'The Immortal Coil Part 3 of 3'#13
- 'Part One: The Eva Braun Complex'#22
- 'Part Two: Know When to Quit'#27
- 'Desperate Measures'#30
- 'Sins of the Past'#34
- 'Joker: Last Laugh: A Child's Laughter'
Annual 01 Titans Secret Files (1999)
- 'The Methuselah Imperative Part 1 of 3'#24
- 'Rude Awakenings'#25
- 'Darkness Falls'#26
- 'Suffer the Children'#27
- 'Lost and Found'#28
- 'Past Sins'#29
- 'Family Reunions, Part Two: Clear and Present Danger'#30
- 'Family Reunions, Part Three: The Future's So Dark...'#31
- 'The Fate We Make'#32
- 'An Eye For An Eye'#34
- 'Broken Promises Part 2: Divided We Fall'#35
- 'Broken Promises Part 3: Under Siege'#36
- 'Broken Promises Part 4: No Way Out'#37
- 'The Methuselah Imperative Part 2 of 3'#38
- 'The Methuselah Imperative: Part 3 of 3'
Titans: Villains for Hire Special (2010)
#1 Villains United (2005)
- 'The Best Laid Plans'
#1 Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
- 'Villains United, Part One: And Empires in Their Purpose'#2
- 'Villains United, Part Two: A Fire in the Steppes'#3
- 'Villains United, Part Three: Privileged to Spill Her Blood'#4
- 'Villains United, Part Four: A Weapon to Unify'#5
- 'Villains United, Part Five: Victims of Aggression'#6
- 'Villains United, Part Six: At the End of All Things'
#12 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Aquaman to Zatanna'
#4 Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
- 'Cadre to Chris KL-99'
#5 Wonder Woman (1987)
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
- 'Poison, Claws and Death (Part 1)'#95
- 'Poison, Claws, and Death! (Part 2)'#175
- 'The Witch & the Warrior, Part 2: Girl Frenzy'
Secret Six (DC)(03 - Villains United)
Titans (DC)(02 - Villains for Hire)
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