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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")

Age: 17
Gender: Male
Nationality: American
Height: 5'10
Weight: 170
Eyes: Brown
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 trouble controlling his temper/emotions, can be a bit irritating, overly protective of his little brother

Quirks: Can be incredibly nerdy/geeky, hyper

Fears: Being stabbed in the back, Sam getting badly injured, reptiles, failure

Memorable Quotes:
"I chose my name because I wanted to be free and independent. If you were in my shoes, you'd understand."

"Nothing's impossible, only highly improbable."

"I'm being extremely clever here and there's no one standing around to look impressed! What's the point in having you all?!"

Closest Friends: Dick Grayson (Best friend), Zatanna (known for years, Joseph has a bit of a crush on her), more TBD

Enemies: Technically not an enemy, but Joseph and Wally don't get along that well for a while

Girlfriend: TBD

Martial Arts/Gadgets, occasionally heightened physical abilities, Genius level intellect


Heightened Physical Abilities:

When sufficiently pushed to his limits and experiencing high emotions; Joseph can temporarily gained superhuman strength, agility, etc. However, he hasn't mastered control over these moments; and when he loses control and gives into his emotions, he becomes a berserker. (These moments don't start until after his intro arc)

Genius Level Intellect

Joseph is one of the smartest people on the planet; having achieved a doctorate at 10. He also has an intuitive mind and is good at figuring out tactics (though not as good as Nightwing)

Martial Arts

Joseph went around the world training in martial arts. He prefers a mix of Krav Maga and Muay Thai; later training does improve his fighting and adds new styles and skills


Joseph has the usual gadgets of a crimefighting vigilante. He does have a few things that's unique to him. One of his favorite devices are what he calls "Jitterbugs"; silver disks that release a taser charge. He also has a holocomputer of his own design.


Along with his gadgets (in a handy utility belt); Joseph has custom made armor for his own war on crime. He uses throwing knives as projectile weapons; prefering to use them to hit non vital areas or weapons et al out of people's hands. He uses a club as his preferred weapon. Joseph wears a domino mask that also serves as his binoculars, various types of vision, etc, and is linked to his holocomputer for intel. He usually wears a hood attached to his armor, but sometimes wears a trenchcoat and fedora over his armor and head respectively.


In New York City, Joseph uses a souped up motorcycle that he can integrate with his holo computer. It has a few defensive weapons. After his intro arc, his future transportation is to be determined


Joseph Kane was born to Henry and Beth Kane in Brooklyn, NY. His father is the CEO of Kane Industries, a rising corporation in NYC; his mother is the head of the PR department. His grandfather built up the family company and serves as Chairman and CEO Emeritus, his grandmother is a famous Broadway actress. When Joseph was born, they soon found out he was...different. By the time he was 1, he was already reading and talking like an adult; but unfortunately he was also often sick. His parents, wanting him to take advantage of his gift, made him study so he could become a doctor. When he wasn't studying, he'd be tinkering with gadgets. But throughout this, he felt trapped and caged. He had few friends, one of his closest one was Zatanna Zatarra, the daughter of his grandmother's friend, the magician and hero Zatarra.

One day when he was six, his grandmother took him to see Haly's Circus at Coney Island as a treat. There, he was astounded by the physical feats by the boy on the trapeze who was a couple years older than him, Dick Grayson. His grandmother, knowing Jack Haly, managed to get the boys to meet each other. While from different backgrounds, etc, the two became fast friends. With Dick, Joseph could feel normal. Unfortunately, a year or so after they met, Dick's family was killed. Joseph was elated to hear Bruce Wayne adopted Dick, but was upset that Dick could no longer spend time with him, not knowing Dick's secret.

A couple years after that, Joseph experienced his own tragedy; he was nearly killed by two punks while waiting for Dick (who came to visit) in Prospect Park. While recovering in the hospital; Joseph came to a few conclusions. If he wasn't immune to being killed and was only saved by medical procedures his parents could afford but most couldn't; no one was. This made him angry, he felt like people shouldn't live in fear. Being inspired by Gotham's Batman and Robin, who he looked up to, he decided to become a crimefighter when he was older.

His bodyguard served as his first trainer, building Joseph up from a sickly kid to an athletic preteen. After Joseph had his Bar Mitzvah, he went around the world learning everything he could so he could be the best crimefighter he could be. When he got back to Brooklyn, he started building a secret base under the family mansion in Park Slope (a neighborhood in Brooklyn), and only told his little brother Sam, who was the only family member he was really close to, what he planned. Sam decided to help his brother behind the scenes, but he really wants to serve as his brother's "Robin".

A few months as New York's new teen vigilante; Joseph ran into The Team as they were investigating different sides of the same case. Dick and Co, as civilians, eventually approached Joseph, as a civilian, to help them figure out a gadget Dick "found". Ronin and The Team worked together in NYC, albeit grudgingly. However, Joseph was eventually unmasked by Nightwing; who was surprised to find out that Joseph knew his "little secret", as well as the "little secrets" of other heroes, for years. Joseph agreed to send on what he would find out to Nightwing, but told the Team to get out of New York. Joseph then left, leaving Nightwing wondering why Joseph was so angry. Later, Zatanna visited Joseph (as Ronin) to try to calm him down; but when Joseph found out she and Nightwing dated, he was hurt because he carried a torch for her for years. He then hacked into a zeta tube and told her not to follow him.

However, when the villains of this intro arc found out about Ronin's actions, they kidnapped Sam and nearly killed Joseph. Joseph zeta beamed himself into the present HQ of The Team and gave Nightwing all the intel he had; in return, he wanted Dick to save Sam. The Team went to save Sam as Joseph was rushed into the medical bay. Miss Martian read his mind and saw how lonely Joseph had been all these years and comforted him. However, Batman then "debriefed" Joseph and said he and Sam will be guests of the Team while Joseph heals. However, Joseph could no longer be a hero until he got proper training from the Team (or someone else) and was cleared by the Justice League. Wanting to keep his dreams, Joseph agrees to temporarily sacrifice his independence to achieve his potential. While he trains, he helps back at HQ, helping to provide intel. Sam helps as well and becomes friends with the younger heroes.

However, there is a secret to Joseph that even he doesn't know. A secret locked in his DNA...a metagene...and a truth that could change everything for Joseph should he, or someone else, find out.
A Young Justice version of my OC, Dr. Joseph Kane, aka Ronin

I will eventually be writing his adventures before and with the Team in story form

Joseph Kane/Ronin and Sam Kane belong to me.

Young Justice et al belongs to DC Comics

Art for my character by :iconchubeto:
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TheGargarean Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
you've got a bunch of cool designs in  here!
Dkalban Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, but credit has to go to the artists I work with who take my descriptions and bring them to life :)
RainyDayPerception Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really like his design, attitude, and backstory. He seems like a really interesting character.
Dkalban Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks :D
Refugeewolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Okay I really like all the detailing you put into him and it shows you've thought a lot of things though. The one thing I will say is you placed his age at seventeen and it's highly unlikely someone has travel the world and studied multiple martial arts when in most arts it takes over three years to earn a black belt (I studied Ninjitsu for a time and that's my referance point as well as an ex friend with a black belt)
Dkalban Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Perhaps; but this is comics we're talking about :)

The main comic version has him training until he's 18 and then becoming a hero. In the YJ version he starts his heroics earlier than he planned. Plus he spent 3 years training at home first.
Refugeewolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
still its something you need to keep in mind for the sake of realism. Also to have a achive a doctorate at ten, well excuse me for being harsh but it's ridculous. The two smartest members of the batfamily are Bruce and Tim and it's bad character design to over shadow them with that. Again sorry if this seems harsh but there are certian things that just don't occure
Dkalban Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well he's also a metahuman; but true I could adjust it to him getting it at 13 and then splitting to travel.
Refugeewolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry that's still completely unrealistic. Wally West is metahuman and a science wizz but nothing like that ever occured to him. With things like that you boarder strongly on an extremely overpowered character which puts off a lot of people.
Dkalban Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm; ill see what I can do.

And just because he's smart doesn't mean he doesn't mistakes (and boy does he make them; like in Skyfall when Q realizes he just got tricked).

But I'll figure out balance etc when I can. Suggestions?
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