Cheshire, art by J. G. Jones.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceNew Teen Titans Annual #2 (1983)
Created byMarv Wolfman (writer)
George Pérez (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoJade Nguyen
Team affiliationsInjustice League
Secret Six
Suicide Squad
Underground Society
The Ravens
League of Assassins
  • Master martial artist, swordswoman, and acrobat
  • Expert toxicologist
  • Weapon proficiency
  • Expert in espionage, stealth, deception, and seduction
  • Toxic immunity

Cheshire (Jade Nguyen) is a DC Comics fictional character. She is a long-standing rival of the superhero team, the Teen Titans, and occasional love interest of Roy Harper.[1]

Publication history

Cheshire first appeared in New Teen Titans Annual #2 (1983) and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.[2]

Fictional character biography


Born (allegedly) to a French father, Andrê Chaumont, and a Vietnamese mother, Anna Nguyen,[3] Jade Nguyen has an unhappy childhood and is sold into slavery. As a young adult, 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", whom she is married to 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 Speedy, 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 does not learn his true identity until later. The result of their romance is a daughter, Lian, whom Roy raises.[2]

Returning to her mercenary ways after leaving Lian behind for Roy, Jade saves Deathstroke's life so he can 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 Onslaught terrorists, that Western countries will be secretly grateful.[4] 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.

In Showcase '95 #8, Jade is revealed to have a brother named Luke Chaumont.

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.

Eventually, Cheshire discovers that her biological father is a Senator named Robert Pullman, and she attempts to torture and kill him. To that end, she defeats Lady Shiva, and devises a plan to use her to fake her own death and flee the country with her daughter. Jade ties up Shiva, gags her and locks her in the trunk of her car (which is wired to explode), hoping that the authorities will find the charred body of an Asian woman in the flaming car wreck and believe that Jade was killed while fleeing the Senator's murder. On her unfortune, Catwoman and Gypsy show up and untie Shiva, while Huntress and Black Canary stop Jade from murdering the Senator, and take her into custody. While escaping the scene of the attempted assassination, Jade is punched in the face and thrown out of the helicopter the women were escaping in by Black Canary to avoid being beaten to death by an enraged Shiva.

In 2005, she appears in the miniseries Villains United as a member of the Secret Six.[5] Cheshire is blackmailed into joining by Mockingbird, who claims that there is a small bomb implanted in the back of Lian's head. During the series, she sleeps with Thomas Blake, a.k.a. Catman, and becomes pregnant with a replacement child, thereby allowing her to leave the team and no longer needing to worry for Lian's safety. At the end of the miniseries, having betrayed the Six to Luthor's Society, she is shot and critically wounded by Deathstroke. As the faux Luthor orders the Society's withdrawal, one of his last commands is to bring Cheshire with them, provided she is still alive.

After the "Villains United" series, she turns up alive, living in a mansion in the Himalaya Mountains with her son by Blake. Working with Vandal Savage again, she puts out hits on the other members of the Secret Six except for Blake. Taking matters into her own hands, she stabs and poisons the Mad Hatter, who is working with the Six. She later barters the antidote to the poison to Catman in exchange for her safety.

In Justice League of America (vol. 2) #12, Cheshire is shown in prison, receiving a visit from Roy Harper and Lian.

In the Justice League of America Wedding Special, Cheshire is shown to be a member of the new Injustice League. She is later seen among the exiled villains in Salvation Run.

Cheshire returns as a member of a small army of villains attempting to collect massive bounties on the heads of the Secret Six. She manages to poison the meals of her targets, but is defeated by Jeannette.

In Justice League: Cry for Justice, Star City is destroyed by Prometheus, killing Lian.[6] Cheshire attacks Roy, outraged at him for not keeping Lian safe, injuring him in the process.[7] Both Roy and Cheshire continue to fight however Roy manages to pin Cheshire against the wall. Cheshire loses the will to fight and tearfully recalls the loss of her child. Roy comforts her and the two of them attempt to sleep together, but due to Roy's impotence he is unable to please Cheshire in bed, which causes more turmoil in Roy's life forcing him to angrily leave.[8]

In Secret Six Cheshire's son from her involvement with Catman (Thomas Blake) is kidnapped. Catman goes on a murderous rampage believing the child to already be dead only to find the man who orchestrated the kidnapping has given the boy to a loving childless couple and that the kidnapping itself was an act of revenge against Cheshire for murdering his family. Catman, after realizing the child is better left where he is, informs Cheshire that their son is dead. This sends her in to a sorrowful rage, while Catman tells his son to rest in peace after killing all of the kidnappers involved.[9]

Cheshire becomes a member of Deathstroke's team of Titans. Their first assignment is murdering Ryan Choi.[10] One of Deathstroke's goals is to taunt her into overcoming her lost edge after Lian's death.[11] She later contacts Roy, forcing him into joining Deathstroke's team so the two of them can kill Deathstroke. Cheshire rationalizes that Roy "owes" her for Lian's death, but while it appears Roy double-crosses her, it is part of Cheshire's plan.[12] Afterward, Deathstroke and his team arrive at South Pacific Island to kill cult leader, Drago, over the arena production of blind warriors; however, his team, Cheshire, and Roy betray him, revealing that they had been working with Drago.[13] Cheshire and Roy's plan backfires, because Drago never intended to give Cheshire her freedom back. Their attempt to defeat Drago and escape fails miserably. Later, Drago explains to Cheshire that he needs an heir, and she is going to provide him with one.[14] Drago tries to convince Cheshire to succumb to him, reading her mind and using her thoughts against her.[15] Cheshire is rescued by Deathstroke and the Titans. When Drago is defeated, Deathstroke allows him to live and the Titans leave his island. Cheshire and Roy choose to re-join the Titans.[16] Upon returning to the labyrinth, Deathstroke reveals to them that his preceding deeds are being used to create a healing machine called a "Methuselah Device" for his dying son, Jericho.[17] After healing Jericho, Deathstroke claims the machine can also resurrect the dead, offering Cheshire and Roy the chance to revive Lian. Cheshire accepts, but Roy refuses, saying that he has been punishing himself for his daughter's death and that Lian is in a better place. Cheshire joins Tattooed Man and Cinder in fighting the other Titans to destroy the Methuselah Device.[18] After Cinder sacrifices herself to destroy the Methuselah, Cheshire leaves and tells Roy that she will never forgive him.[19]

Fatherhood question

It is in the Birds of Prey story arc Sensei and Student that Cheshire herself states that she had found out the real identity of her father, U.S. Senator Robert Pullman. According to her, Senator Pullman beat her mother and left her alone with a child.

As of "Infinite Frontier", Cheshire is no longer the daughter of Senator Pullman, as she is stated to only be Vietnamese.[20]

The New 52

In The New 52, Cheshire first appears in Grifter, becoming a team with Deathblow to aid Cole Cash. In this timeline, the character is originally only referred to as Niko, not as Cheshire.[21] Later, she betrays Grifter and Deathblow revealing she was an undercover agent for Helspont, but later was defeated by them when they tried to stop Helspont's plans.[22]

Cheshire is later seen as a member of the League of Assassins when they plan to recruit Red Hood.[23]

Cheshire appears in Aquaman and the Others, teaming up with KGBeast and a group of terrorists known as Mayhem to steal the launch codes to a Soviet-era satellite full of nuclear weapons to hold the Earth to ransom.

DC Rebirth

In Rebirth, Cheshire appears as one of the bounty hunters trying to kill Wonder Woman.[24] Cheshire is also one of the assassins hired by the Ninth Circle to eliminate Green Arrow.[25] She later attempts to kill Batman. She is stated to be one of the most toxic individuals on the planet, along with Copperhead. They attack Batman on a train, and he responds by blowing himself up into a lake below. Cheshire and Copperhead comment on his resilience.[26]

Arsenal is shown tracking Chesire down in Nightwing #43. It's stated that they used to date but parted ways due to Jade's villainous tendencies. Chesire is seen leading a mission for the League of Assassins with the intent of carrying out a citywide catastrophe, but her plans are thwarted by Nightwing, Damian Wayne and Roy.[27]

Cheshire was hired by the Brotherhood of Evil to steal a sample of drug material called Bliss. In the same time, Roy Harper is on the trail for the drug as well. Cheshire plays him into helping her, poisoning him during a sexual encounter leading him to believe he had relapsed on drugs. Soon after, still under the employ of the Brotherhood, she, along with a few thugs, defends Monsieur Mallah and The Brain by fighting off Arsenal. Devastatingly mismatched, Arsenal is nearly beaten to death by the thugs while Cheshire steps back and watches. She spares him the misfortune of being beaten to death and provides him with euthanasia. As she is about to do so, Donna Troy arrives to stop her. Nearly losing to her, Cheshire attempts to taunt Donna into killing her as she was told of recent events that were highly sensitive to Donna. As she decides what to do next with Cheshire, Arsenal defeats her with a trick arrow.

Cheshire secretly attends Roy Harper's funeral, standing away far from everyone else, in the back. She looks inexpressive, yet sheds a single tear, possibly feeling remorse their about last interaction. She re-appears in Green Arrow comics as a member of the "Ninth Circle".[28]

Cheshire later appeared in James Tynion's first arc on Batman.[29] She's one of the assassins, along with Deathstroke, Merlyn, Gunsmith and Mr. Teeth, hired by Penguin and the Designer to kill Batman. She evaded capture from the GCPD and almost tries to kill Batman, but was hit by a truck, while Batman slid from underneath the truck. Batman brings her in to custody, until the other assassins helped her escape. Cheshire, along with Merlyn, would later attempt to attack Catwoman and Harley Quinn at a cemetery, but were both defeated by them.

Infinite Frontier

Cheshire reappeared in the Infinite Frontier event, now wearing a mask similar to her Young Justice counterpart. In a flashback, Jade is shown fleeing from ninjas with her daughter, Lian. To protect her, Jade took Lian to a local church in Gotham, referring to the then-sleeping girl as Lotus before departing back into the night.

Moreover, Jade is reinstated that her heritage as only vietnamese, therefore she is no longer stated to be the daughter of Senator Pullman, or André Chaumont and Anna Nguyen.[30]

Throughout Catwoman #33-38, Jade is shown pursuing a redemption path alongside Clayface, and other villains such as Firefly and Knockout. Together, they aided Catwoman to save Alleytown from the Magistrate. In Catwoman #38, Jade was reunited with her now teenage daughter Lian.

In Harley Quinn Vol. 4 Annual, Jade helped Solomon Grundy to find Harley, who had been abducted by Keepsake.

Dawn of DC

In the Detective Comics arc "Batman: Outlaw", Jade is shown living in Gotham. She is confronted by her daughter, Lian, who seeks answers as to why Jade had abandoned her. Jade reveals that she feared motherhood had made her weak, preventing her from continuing her mercenary life, to which Lian argues that this mindset is due to Jade being abandoned by her family when she was a child and being taught to kill and destroy from an early age. Therefore, Lian points out that Jade pushes people away because she thinks she doesn't deserve them. After this confrontation, Lian asks Jade to join her and Catwoman's cause to save Batman from the Orghams, a family who seeks to publicly execute him. Jade agrees to help her and reconciles with her daughter, hugging her.[31] Jade and Lian were responsible for rescuing the citizens who were locked away in the tunnels underneath Gotham. In the tunnels Jade and Lian fought several soldiers hired by the Orghams and Jade stated to Lian that she would never abandon her again. Once Batman's body had been recovered by Catwoman, Jade helped carry the body to the docks of Gotham City and out of the hands of the Orghams.

In Joshua Williamson's Green Arrow run, Roy Harper seeks Jade to help him find Lian, who had been time displaced by Amanda Waller alongside Green Arrow and Connor Hawke. Jade agrees to help him and Black Canary save Lian, Connor and Green Arrow. Upon finding Waller's underwater safehouse, both Jade and Roy were gunned down and possibly killed by Amanda Waller.[32]

Skills and abilities

Cheshire is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, and is one of the premiere martial artists and hand-to-hand combatants in the DC Universe. She is trained in several martial arts thought forever lost. In addition, Cheshire is also an expert triple-jointed acrobat, and uses this skill to move quickly and unexpectedly, and to also augment her fighting abilities. Of bigger concern are her artificial fingernails, which she dips in several varieties of poisons. She gives her weapons and other accessories 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. In Aquaman and the Outsiders #11, Cheshire is called "the most dangerous woman alive".

Other versions


In the Flashpoint universe, Cheshire joins with the Amazons' Furies.[33]

DC vs. Vampires

In DC vs. Vampires, Cheshire is saved from a vampire by Green Arrow and the latter warns her about the impeding vampire attack on humanity and asks Jade to be on her guard.[34]

In other media


Cheshire as she appears in Teen Titans.
Cheshire as she appears in Young Justice.


Video games



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