Joseph Kane/Ronin Young Justice VersionJoseph Kane/Ronin Young Justice Version1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Secret ID: Dr. Joseph Kane
Superhero Alias: Ronin
Group Affiliation: Young Justice (after introductory arc)
Nicknames: Joey (only called that by his little brother), Crazy Genius (by Nightwing, Joseph usually retorts with "Circus Boy")
Hair: Sandy Blond, usually kept short
Physical Description: Lean but Muscular
General Personality: Cheerful and outgoing, but a bit (understatement) of an smartass. Can be over confidant. Also can be a little nutty and hyper depending on the situation (what Sam calls "Joey's Doctor Who moments")
Good Traits: Loyal to his friends and family, never gives up, always willing to help, kind hearted, compassionate, creative, always willing to learn new things
Bad Traits: Stubborn, sometimes arrogant and acts like he's the smartest person in the room (which he usually is, but I digress), while he likes to help people he is slow to accept help from others, sometimes has t
Joseph Kane vs Jason Todd scene: ConfrontationJason storms into the makeshift cell he has for Joseph.Joseph Kane vs Jason Todd scene: Confrontation1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Joseph: Good evening, Todd.
Jason: How did you do it? You're what, 18? 19? How could you resist Starfire?
Joseph: Because unlike a good portion of my age group, Todd, I can control my hormones. I was tempted; but unlike some other person in this cell, I don't steal someone else's ex-girlfriend.
Jason: Watch your tone, Kane. I'm not the prisoner here.
Joseph: No, you're just a failure of a Robin.
Jason: I'm not a failure.
Joseph: (sotto voce) You're a failure like your mother's birth control.
BANG! Jason just fired his gun into the brick by Joseph's head. Joseph turns, and pulls the bullet out of the wall.
Joseph: Here's the problem with losing your temper, you always misplace things.
He tosses the bullet to Jason.
Jason: Kane, if anyone's here a failure, its you. You may have ingratiated yourself with Bruce, you might have become his little backup brain; but a few days of me messing up your carefully organized world and you lost y
Early Days Scene: Joseph and Tim discuss DamianTimeframe on this is a little shaky, but this is probably not too long after Joseph and Tim meet face to face (they probably talked via computer before with Joseph as Operator). Tim is in Gotham to help out with a case involving the Riddler. Tim and Damian have had one of their usual spats and nearly came to blows. Joseph stepped in, separated them, and took Tim into the other room to talk.Early Days Scene: Joseph and Tim discuss Damian1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Tim: You shouldn't have stepped in, Dr. Kane....
Joseph: Call me Joseph; I'm only a couple years older than you for crying out loud.
Tim: Joseph, that little demon brat tried to kill me the first day we met; he's killed criminals!
Joseph: (blank face) And?
Tim: And? You should know Bruce's code by now!
Joseph: Yes, I know the whole no killing rule.
Tim: Then why are you defending his actions?
Joseph: Who said I was?
Tim tries to respond but goes silent.
Joseph: Look, Tim; I understand your...well frustration would be an understatement....
Tim: Damn right it is....
Joseph: Please don't interrupt. You
Ronin's First Night in Gotham: Part IRonin is running over the roof tops of Gotham.Ronin's First Night in Gotham: Part I1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Ronin: (narrating) Well, here I am again; running over rooftops looking for bad guys. Not in New York, but in Gotham. One whole year of training under Batman to get stronger, tougher, smarter...and I still feel like I got opening night stage fright. I know I'm not that over confident kid anymore, but it's still a bit nerve wracking. Hmm...what's this.
Ronin peers over a roof and sees group of thugs, up to no good, following a couple and their child.
Ronin: (narrating) Oh no, not good. This could lead to an orphan. The Wayne Murders left a taint, a curse, on the East End; I do not care for a repeat performance.
The thugs confront the family.
Thug 1: Give us your money.
Father: Leave us alone.
Thug 2: (taking out a gun) Your money, or your life.
A batarang with a blue sheen knocks the gun out of the thug's hand. They look up; and see Ronin perched on a low wall in front of them.
Ronin: "Your money or your life"? How cliche can you get? What'
In The Clutches of a TalonRonin, Nightwing, and Red Robin swung through the streets of Gotham.In The Clutches of a Talon1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
"Nice night for a patrol," remarked Ronin, "Wind in our hair."
"Says the guy wearing a fedora," quipped Nightwing, making Red Robin laugh.
"So far we've only dealt with a few muggers, an attempted murder and talked a woman away from suicide," continued Ronin giving Nightwing a quick glare.
"And I got her number," grinned Nightwing.
"Only you...." said Ronin, shaking his head as they swung down another urban canyon.
"At least Damian isn't here to ruin it," said Red Robin.
"Look here, angsty," said Ronin; he may be the newest member of the Bat Family but he was unafraid to speak his mind when needed. "Damian came back to life, had to readjust, and has had to deal with almost the same amount of shit you've been through. And that was before I came to Gotham. Bury the hatchet!"
"Don't worry, Ronin," smiled Nightwing. "He likes Damian, he just won't admit it."
"Little zombie...." grumbled Red Robin, who decided to drop his
Pre Intro Arc Tale: When Joey met Dick Grayson"Gee, Mom; I don't know if it would be safe for Joey to...."Pre Intro Arc Tale: When Joey met Dick Grayson1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
The elegant grey hair woman turned to the brown haired man in the severe suit. "Henry, it is perfectly safe. Plus he needs to get out of this house. He's seven years old, he can't be stuck in that stuffy room."
"Gladys, he's so fragile." said the blond woman sitting on the couch opposite the grey haired woman.
"Elizabeth, dear," said Gladys Kane, Broadway star and Matriarch of the Kane family, "he's sick all the time because he barely goes out for air unless accompanied with that bodyguard you have for him. And even then that's rare because you keep him inside, studying."
"Joey has a rare gift, Mom; we're just trying to help him fulfill his potential."
"That's nice; he still needs to do things that normal kids do."
"He isn't normal, Mom; he's a genius without compare."
"He's a seven year old boy; I'm his grandmother giving him a birthday treat."
There was a knock at the door. "Can I come in?"
"Yes, Joey," said Elizabeth Kane,
How to Speak Sangheili 2 Oyaka! Dye-dact era ero-me!How to Speak Sangheili 21 year ago in Profiles More Like This
-Faster! Move as if the Didact himself were watching!
Jul 'Mdama! Ero Dye-dact kishu watakara aash imush.
-Jul 'Mdama! I did not expect the Didact's Hand so soon.
Infinite kushe dura gushe gu. Gek ,Ru-kiki.
-Infinity's arrival has advanced my schedule. Rise, Gek.
Eche mata, rute shibo.
-We are still preparing, Shipmaster- we still have yet to be able to activate the shrine.
Renju shuta key-ah eda.
-You are prepared now brother.
Art-ifac deda que.
-Bring the artifact's gift.
Ruke shite shina ruke act.
-He offers his knowledge in exchange for his life.
Ieshu mehe uhe-ga.
- I am willing to accept his offer...for a time.
Intro Arc: Hey Old Friend/Nightwing Meets RoninDick is leaving the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum subway stop. He has a rolling suitcase in one hand and a duffel in another.Intro Arc: Hey Old Friend/Nightwing Meets Ronin1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Dick: (narrating) Landed at JFK and got a text from Joseph. He was stuck doing something and couldn't pick me up. Decided to take the train to Park Slope and hoof it the rest of the way. (Dick begins walking down Eastern Parkway) It's been a long time, yet memories are still there.
As Dick walks down the street, he passes certain landmarks and the memories appear to us as Young Joseph and Young Dick, constantly shadowed by the spectral memory presence of Young Joseph's bodyguard Lt. Brighton
Dick passes the Brooklyn Museum
Young Dick: You actually go to museums for fun?
Young Joseph: I like the Egyptian collection, plus they got this cool exhibit going on about video game art...
Dick passes the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Young Dick: Joey, you should be more careful concerning your health....
Young Joseph: It's allergies, Dick; don't be like my mother and treat m
Training Scene: A SimulationJoseph is hooked into a simulator helmet, with sensors on his body. A fake utility belt is on his waist and a a fake version of his club is in hands. At this point in his training, he's gained back a good portion of his former size; but still has a ways to go. He's fighting and defending against virtual enemies. Nightwing drives into the Batcave and walks up to Batman, who is running the simulation.Training Scene: A Simulation1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Nightwing: New toy?
Batman: He built it. Says he wants to simulate a night's patrol with enemies and the like.
Nightwing: But it's virtual; it's not like it's the real thing.
Batman: And I told him that. That's why I made an upgrade.
In the simulation, Ronin takes a hard kick to the gut. In reality...
Joseph: What the hell!? I felt that!
Nightwing: You modified it to make some of the threats real.
Batman: If something lethal happens; the simulation will end. The sensors are also letting me know something.
Batman: What biological factors trigger his power
Early Days Arc: Three Little Knights Part IIThe story begins with the three boys locked in their "accommodations"; a prison cell deep in the bowels of Ra's' Gotham HQ. All three have bruises and cuts; Sam's clothes are torn and Robin and Colin's costumes aren't in pristine condition either. Sam is huddled in a corner; we don't know if he's sleeping or trying to sleep, but tears are in his eyes. Robin and Colin are discussing strategy.Early Days Arc: Three Little Knights Part II2 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Colin: I could beat down the door and the guards and we can make a run for it?
Robin: That's stupid, Wilkes; the guards would cut you down in five seconds!
Colin: (grumpily) I don't see you coming up with anything.
Robin: Shut up! I'm trying to think!
Colin: Why don't we ask Sam to help think of something?
Robin: Let him sleep; he got us into this mess .
Colin: Last time I checked; he only gave you the idea. You were the one who wanted to hunt down your grandpa and mom!
Robin: Shut up, Wilkes!
Colin swells into Abuse
Abuse: Make me, shrimp!
The two boys are about to fight when Sam, wakened by
Deathstroke Arc Scene: Father Vs SonDeathstroke is looking over security monitors when Joseph, fully dressed in his Ravager armor, enters. An unconscious Nightwing is slumped over his shoulder, Sam struggling in his grip.Deathstroke Arc Scene: Father Vs Son1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Joseph: Father, I brought you something.
Deathstroke: Yes, Ravager?
Joseph: (throwing Nightwing to the floor) Here is the one who has given you so much trouble over the years. (holds up a struggling Sam) And here is your other heir, to mold at your leisure.
Sam: Joey, please listen to me. This isn't you! LET ME GO!
Joseph drops him unceremoniously to the floor. Sam starts crying.
Deathstroke: Your brother seems a coward now, but he'll change, just like you did. You did well, Ravager; you are truly my son.
Joseph: Thank you, father.
Deathstroke: Now prove your loyalty. (hands Joseph his sword) Kill your one time friend.
Deathstroke: Do I need to repeat myself, boy? Execute him, show that you're worthy of being Deathstroke's successor.
Joseph takes the sword and kicks Night
Fun with Dick and JosephI.Fun with Dick and Joseph1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Nightwing approaches Joseph as the latter is working on a device.
Nightwing: Hey, Joseph, what's that there?
Joseph: One sec...
Joseph suddenly turns around and blasts Nightwing with a sort of ray gun. Nightwing begins to shrink until he's 6 inches tall.
Joseph: AHAHAHAHAHA! VENGEANCE IS MINE!
Nightwing: What is this all about?
Joseph picks up Nightwing.
Joseph: This is for all the times you made fun of my height.
Nightwing: But I only did that when we were kids! You're like my height now, how long can you hold a grudge for?
Joseph: Have my people forgotten what happened to us in Egypt?
Joseph: There's your answer. Ray should wear off in a couple hours.
Nightwing: But...Barbara and I were supposed to me here to debrief.
Joseph: *raising a knowing eyebrow* You mean she debriefs you and vice versa.
Nightwing: So, how am I supposed to do that?
Joseph: You're a horndog, Dick; I'm certain you think of something.....
Ronin and Nightwing help Batgirl solve something
Early Days Short Story: No One Is AloneSam Kane was huddled in fear in a walk-in fridge; that afternoon he was kidnapped while waiting to be picked up from visiting his friend Colin Wilkes by men working for the Penguin. He knew his big brother was probably tearing himself apart out of fear and out of frustration that he couldn't lift a finger to help save him per Batman's rules and his present situation. He knew he was a decoy to keep Batman distracted while Penguin did God knows what. He was crying, he was scared, he was cold, he felt alone...so very alone.Early Days Short Story: No One Is Alone1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Sam hated being alone; he felt like he'd been alone all his life. His parents barely ever played with him, his sisters ignored him, the staff at the family mansion would play with him when they had time which was slim to none. His bodyguard when he was younger was a drunk and Sam often had to go to school and back home alone. It wasn't until his brother came back into his life after years abroad training for a crimefighting career which at the moment was on hold that S
Intro Arc PlotBatman is investigating some unrest among the Gotham underworld when Alfred reminds him that the representative from Kane Industries in New York is arriving the following morning to discuss some joint projects with WayneTech. That representative is Dr. Joseph Kane, a young man a year or two younger than Dick Grayson, and a certified genius. Joseph and Dick knew each other from when they were kids (from before the Grayson murders), and Bruce has known the family for years. However, Bruce notices Joseph is a lot healthier than he was as a kid, a point that bears watching. Joseph has been put in charge of KI's R&D Division and is very shrewd in his dealings. However, Joseph asks certain questions about goings on in Gotham, particularly among the criminal classes. He explains he's always had a fascination with mystery and crime; considering them to be interesting puzzles.Intro Arc Plot2 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Later that night, Batman is tracking down a group of criminals when he overhears some big wigs talking to a man who has
Early Days Arc: First SequenceDamian sits in Wayne Manor, looking out a window. Alfred approaches himEarly Days Arc: First Sequence1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Alfred: Impatient for the new members of the household to arrive, Master Damian?
Addendum: Ronin's PowersBATCOMPUTER FILE: RONIN/JOSEPH KANE. SUMMARY: METAHUMAN ABILITIESAddendum: Ronin's Powers8 months ago in Profiles More Like This
The following is a quick summary of Ronin/Joseph Kane's metahuman abilities; their limits, and his weaknesses.
In his duties as Ronin, his armor is equipped with specialized power inhibitors. Given the unpredictability of when his powers are active, these devices help regulate them, as well as keep him from going overboard with them. This also forces him to rely more on his skills than on his powers. When his powers are active and are allowed to be used, a green light lights up on his gauntlet. Blinking amber means the inhibitors are kicking back in. Red means his powers are "locked". However, pushing himself to the limit of his powers or a powerful surge of energy in the right spot can deactivate the inhibitors.
The only power that is permanently "on"; Joseph has a genius intellect and is one of the smartest people on the planet. He can process things around him a tad more quickly and retain more
Early Days Arc: Three Little Knights Part IA couple weeks, and several adventures, after the battle at Wayne Manor; Damian is getting antsy. It's because the League of Assassins haven't poked their head out of hiding since then. It's obvious to him that his grandfather and mother are up to something; and he's frustrated that he and his father aren't hunting them down. At the moment; he's taking out his frustration by being very ornery at Sam while the younger boy is trying to do pushups.Early Days Arc: Three Little Knights Part I2 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Damian: Damn it, Kane; you are sucking at this.
Sam: I've only been working out a few days; of course I su I'm bad at this!
Damian: Your brother is at work; stop acting like he's going to pop up and try to correct your language.
Sam finishes his set and collapses on the ground.
Sam: What's wrong?
Damian: Nothing that concerns you, Kane.
Sam: Well, maybe if you told me; I can help you figure something out.
Damian: (sneering) You really think you might help?
Sam: (shrugging) Maybe.
Damian: Fine; but you owe another set of pushups and situps
Joseph's first encounter with DeathstrokeJoseph has been working at WayneTech for a few months and has accomplished several tasks. He occasionally falls asleep in his office; but most assume that's because he's working around the clock with Bruce looking over his shoulder (which is pretty much the case "from a certain point of view"). The story begins with a board meeting.Joseph's first encounter with Deathstroke2 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Lucius Fox: Joseph, any new projects to announce?
Joseph: Actually, yes. Working with Wayne BioTech in conjunction with the East End Free Clinic; I have developed a prototype that I started working on back at Kane Industries. This project was transferred to WayneTech from Kane Industries with permission of its CEO
A businessman in the back with red hair and an arrogant expression interrupts him.
Daggett: You mean your father; don't you, boy?
Joseph: (rolling his eyes) Yes. And you are?
Lucius Fox: (interrupting) This man is Roland Daggett; head of Daggett Industries here in Gotham. He has a minority stake in WayneTech and is allowed to sit on board me
Intro Arc Sequence: END GAMEThe Batmobile, Nightwing's car, and Ronin on his motorcycle arrive at the warehouse. Everyone gets out/off their respective vehicles. Ronin's jaw is clenched as he checks over his gear. Batman approaches him and sees Ronin has his gun out.Intro Arc Sequence: END GAME1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Batman: Put it away.
Ronin: That monster has my little brother in there....
Batman: This is exactly the position Hush wants to put you in; to make you too emotionally compromised to think straight and to complete the mission. You use a gun in there, you put Sam at risk. You need to be calm and relaxed.
Ronin experiences a mix of emotions as he struggles internally between his own thoughts and Sam's words.
Batman: (narrating) He might feel like I'm being cold and uncaring; but I speak the truth. If he rushes in there like a madman, he will kill both Sam and himself. I understand what he's going through all too well; but if he wants to reach his full potential, he needs to do the right thing.
Ronin: (narrating) Damn the man, this Gradgrind! This man ha
Ronin/Mockingbird Seraphim Chapter 2As both Mockingbird and Ronin go in seperate tunnels, Ronin continues searching for Killer Croc. Ronin makes a left turn and suddenly he was tripped and fell into the water. "Ah yuck Sewer filth!" As he got up he sees some armored men with red detail with katanas. "Ninjas?! seriously?! What is it with me against Ninjas?!?!"Ronin/Mockingbird Seraphim Chapter 21 year ago in Profiles More Like This
One of them runs up to him and tries to slash him. Ronin dodges it and brings out his baton and knock the sword out of his hand and kicks him in the gut, then a ninja jumps up and does a flying kick.
Meanwhile Mockingbird is seen sliding down a ladder and when he turns around he brings out a small head set, puts it on his head and activates the flashlight part. He also activates a communicator and presses some numbers on his belt. "Talk to me little man." He said.
"Don't call me that." Sam said on the phone. John smirked and continued walking. "Give me more info on Killer Croc, i need to know what i'm up against." "Alright then, hold on"
A Substitute Robin, Part I"Are you INSANE, Bruce?!" thundered Joseph Kane. Bruce Wayne, dressed in his uniform as Batman turned to the much younger man. Joseph, also known as the vigilante Ronin, was not in his own costume; the cast on his arm a clear indicator that he wasn't fit for duty.A Substitute Robin, Part I1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
"Desperate times call for desperate measures, Joseph. I need help out there; Nightwing and Batgirl are investigating leads into the Riddler case, you have a broken arm, Tim is unavailable and Damian...."
Both turned to the medlab where Damian was resting and Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne family butler, was taking care of him. Damian was on a ventilator, numerous IVs were in him and he was covered in bandages. The previous night, Batman, Damian in his identity as Robin, and Ronin investigated a possible new drug being made that either gave the user immense feelings of euphoria and energy; or made them into a terrified lump. They discovered the drug was being manufactured by both Scarecrow and Bane. Bane was the one who broke Jo
Early Days Scene: Chaos in the StreetJoseph was given a day off from working behind the scenes and he and Sam decide to go to a movie. While they are away, Mr. Freeze attacks Gotham. Batman and Robin respond and proceeds to get into a rumble in Gotham's version of Times Square. Soon, Joseph and Sam exit the theater.Early Days Scene: Chaos in the Street1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Joseph: Well, that's 40 bucks I'm never seeing again.
Sam: It wasn't that bad....
Joseph: It was worse than I thought it would be! Seriously how does someone mess up something like....
Sam: Joey, it's snowing.
Joseph: It can't be snowing, it's the middle of...Ju...ly....
Joseph and Sam stare at the brawl happening before their eyes. Batman and Robin are dodging Mr. Freeze's blasts; and he has both an upgraded version of his suit and gun AND a gang of thugs at his disposal. Mr. Freeze stares at the crowd that has left the theater and fires at them. Joseph and Sam run, but the rest of the crowd isnt as fast and are frozen. Joseph's cell rings, he picks it up.
Joseph: Boss, what the hell happened?
Batman: Long st
Sam's first training session under NightwingNOTE: This takes place during the aftermath of the Jason vs Joseph arc.Sam's first training session under Nightwing1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
A couple days after Sam took the oath from Nightwing; Dick first takes Sam to check on Joseph (who is still unconscious), then takes Sam to a warehouse near his apartment.
Sam: Where are we?
Dick: This is where we're going to train.
Sam: Here? It's an empty warehouse! Are you lying to me just to make me feel better?
Dick: What is it that your brother likes to say? "Oh ye of little faith...."
Dick opens the warehouse and Sam's eyes go wide. The place is filled with gymnastic equipment, weights, mats, etc....
Sam: When did you do all this?
Dick: I called in a few favors. Bruce called in a couple as well. Changing room is over there. We'll get started as soon as you're ready.
Dick heads inside, but Sam still is in the doorway, with his backpack on his back, not moving.
Dick: Something wrong?
Sam: Are we going to tell my brother about this when he wakes up?
Dick: Eventually. And I'm glad to see you finally saying that
Ronin: Guy's Night OutA bit after Joseph's return to being a hero after the events of the Deathstroke arc, Dick decides for him and Joseph and a few others to have a guys night out to celebrate Joseph's return AND his 21st birthday (they had a more proper party for him a couple days before on his actual birthday). They get Ollie Queen/Green Arrow (who Joseph used to hate for a while), Roy Harper/Arsenal and (surprisingly) Jason Todd/Red Hood (begrudgingly) to be part of the group. They decide to go to a restaurant-and-bar where they sit down and peruse the menu. Joseph, being...well himself, takes part in the conversation while working on a crossword puzzle. A waitress, Melody (she's wearing a name tag), approaches their table.Ronin: Guy's Night Out1 year ago in Sketches More Like This
Melody: Can I get you anything?
Dick: Water to start for me and the table
Roy: Diet Pepsi
Jason: (curtly) Beer, Budweiser
Melody turns to Joseph
Melody: And for you?
Dick: Come on, Joseph; you're 21 now. Make up your mind.
Joseph: Im thinking....