Jade Nguyen had a traumatizing childhood. A child of rape from a French father and a Vietnamese mother—allegedly, as Jade would later discover evidence the rapist was a U.S. Senator named Robert Pullman—she was later sold into slavery at a young age. Jade responded in kind against the violence in her life by killing her master and escaping enslavement, beginning her path to become one of the world's most ruthless mercenaries.
She was adopted by Wen Ch’ang who taught her all he knew of guerrilla fighting. She was taught poisons by the African assassin, Kruen Musenda a.k.a. Spitting Cobra. She was married to Kruen for two years before his death.
Cheshire was created by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. She first appeared in The New Teen Titans Annual #2 (1986).
She was a rival to the Teen Titans, but when Roy Harper (Speedy) was ordered by the government to infiltrate her confidence and bring her in, the two fell passionately in love. She did not know his identity at the time, but he walked out on her because he could not turn her in. She gave birth to a daughter, Lian Harper, who Jade loved but could not care for. She left Lian with Roy and returned to her mercenary ways, saving Deathstroke so he would aid her in a plot to steal nuclear weapons from Russia to obliterate the Middle East country of Qurac. These plans failed when her base was attacked and she had to flee. But she later created her own team, the Ravens.
Cheshire was a volunteer joining Vandal Savage's team, Tartarus, a team focused on destroying the Titans. But in a fight, Vandal Savage shot her to distract Arsenal. She recovered, but because of her crimes, such as destroying Qurac, she was imprisoned. The Ravens broke her out but Roy forced her back in.
She later worked with the Secret Six and had sexual relations with Catman, becoming pregnant. But when she betrayed the team to Lex Luthor's society she was shot and critically wounded by Deathstroke. Though she seemed to be dead, she showed up alive in the Himalayas with her and Blake's son, Thomas Blake, Jr.
She then worked with Vandal Savage again, putting hits on the members of the Secret Six, minus Catman. Eventually she took matters into her own hands and stabbed the Mad Hatter with a poisoned knife. She bartered the antidote with Catman for her own safety.
She was later seen in prison receiving a visit from Roy and Lian. She was then seen as a member of the Injustice League Unlimited, but then disappeared, most likely sent to " Planet Hell", a distant prison planet, to which Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad has been sending villains.
Major Story Arcs
Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal and Deathstroke's Titans
In then events of Justice League: Cry for Justice, Star City was destroyed by Prometheus, killing Lian. Cheshire is outraged and blames Roy for not being able to protect their daughter. She tracks him down and attempts to kill him. After a fairly even battle where they both suffer some minor injuries, they eventually stop fighting and surrender to their urges. This attempt at love-making fails in the face of their shared grief, however, leaving them both frustrated.
It was later revealed that Cheshire is a member of Deathstroke's new team of Titans. She appears battling Ryan Choi. While on the team, her and Roy restarted their relationship. She later convinces Roy to betray Deathstroke when the time is right.
Cheshire's son by Catman, Thomas Blake, Jr., is kidnapped, chronologically taking place after the death of Lian. Catman goes on a murderous rampage believing the child to already be dead only to find that 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 Jade that their son is dead which sends her into a sorrowful rage, while Blake tells his son to rest in peace after killing all the kidnappers involved. Cheshire has now lost both her children.
Currently, Deathstroke and his team arrive at South Pacific island to kill the cult leader, Drago, who overlooks the production of blind warriors. However, Cheshire and Arsenal betray him, revealing that they had been working with Drago. That alliance is short lived however when Drago soon turns on Cheshire and Aresenal as well. Drago offers Jade to become his so that she can provide him an heir. She plays along until Arsenal is able to break out along with the other Titans and Deathstroke. Deathstroke spares Drago and the Titans depart from the island.
En route, they run into the Justice League of America, but manage to allude the league and make their way to Kahndaq. However the league shows up afterwards and a battle ensues. Jade engages Donna and the two exchange words and insults about their relationship with Roy. Donna proves to be too much for Jade and breaks Jade's arm. The battle proves to be in favor of the League at the start, but that quickly changes with the arrival of Tattooed Man and Deathstroke's kryptonite laced sword. Isis quickly intervenes and demands that both parties cease.
The Titans return to the Labyrinth where Deathstroke reveals that he can revive the dead, including Jade's daughter Lian. Cinder is the only one to object to Deathstroke's machine and attacks the rest of the Titans, Roy objects to the use of such an object and sides with Carla as well. Carla manages to detonate the machine by seemingly sacrificing herself, and Jade stands idly watching in agony as she now loses any chances of bringing back Lian. Roy quickly pulls Jade out of the way of the explosion. Outside, Jade tells Roy she wants to leave everything that has happened recently behind her, including him and leaves.
Cheshire makes her first appearance post Flashpoint in Red Hood and the Outlaws. She is first seen in a flashback having some ties to Jason Todd. She makes her first physical appearance when she is sent by the Bronze Tiger and the League of Assassins to gather intel on Red Hood, Starfire, and Red Arrow. Once again she has an immediate infatuation with Roy Harper, teasing and taunting him suggesting she spare his life and make him her man pet and going as far as taking his hat to remember him by. As Kori forces her to retreat, she disappears stating she already has what she came for.
She is a master of martial arts that no longer are thought to exist. She is also a triple-joined acrobat making her moves quick and unexpected. She's also a specialist in poisons. Her most feared weapons are her poisoned artificial fingernails and other weapons and accessories dip in poisons. She has been seen to mix her poison in with just about anything. The Secret Six were poisoned by her food, which is highly impressive considering that Catman with his enhanced senses did not notice it.
She is judged to be the second deadliest assassin in the DC Universe, number one being Lady Shiva.
In the New 52, Cheshire appears to have the ability to became intangible taking on a translucent green form when active,also can teleport throught a device implanted on the wrist.
- Height: 5' 9"
- Weight: 135 lbs
- Eyes: Black
- Hair: Black
Teen Titans Animated Series
Cheshire makes several appearances in the fifth and final season of the Teen Titans animated series as a younger version with a cat mask, where she is drafted into the expanded Brotherhood of Evil and proves herself to be a valuable asset to the team.
She first has a cameo in "Homecoming Part 2" when the expanded Brotherhood of Evil is first seen as she stands amongst dozens of fellow Titan foes.
Later, in "Calling All Titans", she is sent out by The Brain to take out Speedy (Roy Harper) and attacking him in the forest she remains in the shadows much like a Cheshire Cat. However, when she decides to show herself, she uses her kimono sleeves to easily deflect Speedy's arrows and uses her hair and nails to take him out with ease bringing him back to the Brotherhood headquarters where he is flash-frozen.
She makes her final appearance in "Titans Together", where she helps capture Beast Boy's team when they arrive at the headquarters but when reinforcements arrive she too is overpowered and when defeated by the Titans she is flash-frozen, as payment for her crimes.
In Young Justice, Cheshire first appears in "Infiltrator" in which she is working with the League of Shadows to kill Serling Roquette. It is also revealed that she has a connection to Artemis.
Cheshire's next appearance is in "Targets" where she is assigned the task of assassinating Lex Luthor at a peace negotiations conference between delegations from North and South Rhelasia. It is also shown that Ra's al Ghul is her master and mentor. Despite the help from Sportsmaster, the assassination attempt failed due to Red Arrow and Aqualad. Throughout this episode, Cheshire toys and taunts Red Arrow seemingly taking a strong liking towards him.
In the episode "Home Front" we see a younger version of Chesire in a flashback from young justice member Artermis. Through this Flash Back we learn that Artermis and Cheshire are actually sisters and that she ran away when they where younger. This also makes her the daughter of Sportsmaster.
Cheshire appears once again alongside Sportsmaster, Klarion, and the Brain in Insecurities where they break out Professor Ivo and his equipment. The team tracks Sportsmaster and Cheshire down and a fight ensues. Cheshire mocks Artemis for her lack of skills and plays on her insecurities saying the team will never fully trust her. When Red Arrow joins the fight Cheshire exclaims that she and Red Arrow are dating much to the surprise of Artemis. Roy denies it, and Cheshire continues to flirt with Roy even managing to pin him down stealing a kiss from him.
In Cheshire's final appearance in season 1 (Usual Suspects), she is initially teamed with the Riddler and Mammoth where the team tracks her down. While fighting, Artemis is nearly crushed to death but is saved by Cheshire, she tells a stunned Artemis that they are sister's after all and she does not want to see Artemis dead. In the confrontation at Santa Prisca, Cheshire along with Queen Bee, Lex Luthor, Bane, Blockbuster, and Sportsmaster are fighting the team. While the villains try to escape, Sportsmaster and Blockbuster are trapped and left behind. Sportsmaster calls out to Cheshire for help, but she refuses to help him and disappears into the shadows...
It is also revealed in Usual Suspects that Cheshire's entire family was all villains at one point. Sportsmaster, Huntress (retired Paula Crock), Tigress (now Artemis), and Cheshire.
Young Justice: Invasion
In season 2, Cheshire is in a relationship with Red Arrow (who is a clone of the real Roy Harper revealed in season one) and has a baby girl with him, Lian Harper. She tells him he needs to get his act together for his child and to give up on trying to find the real Speedy but offers him one last key information on his possible location.
Cheshire is voiced by Kelly Hu.
A version of Katana in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earth was dressed liked Chesire from the Teen Titans.