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Cheshire (DC)
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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Issue Appearances:
Action Comics (1938)
Amazing Adventures of the JLA (2006)
Batman Plus (1997)
Birds of Prey (1999)
Birds of Prey: The Ravens (1998)
Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special (2018)
Booster Gold (1986)
Chase (2011)
Countdown (2007)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
DC Meets Hanna-Barbera (2017)
DC Universe Online: Legends (2011)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DCU Villains Secret Files (1999)
Deathstroke, the Terminator (1991)
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance (2011)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Wonder Woman (2012)
Identity Crisis (2004)
JLA 80-Page Giant (1998)
JLA: Act of God (2000)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League Wedding Special (2007)
Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal (2010)
Manhunter (2004)
Nightwing: Old Friends, New Enemies (2013)
Salvation Run (2008)
Secret Origins (1986)
Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant (1999)
Secret Six (2006)
Secret Six (2008)
Subway Presents: Justice League (2011)
Suicide Squad (1987)
Tales of the Teen Titans (1984)
Teen Titans Spotlight (1986)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The New Teen Titans (1980)
The New Teen Titans (1984)
The New Titans (1988)
The Titans (1999)
Titans (2008)
Titans Secret Files (1999)
Titans: Villains for Hire Special (2010)
Villains United (2005)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Wonder Woman (1987)

Group Affiliation(s):
Furies (DC)(Flashpoint)
Injustice League Unlimited
Ravens (DC)
Secret Six (DC)(03 - Villains United)
Titans (DC)(02 - Villains for Hire)

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