Jason Todd

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Character
Name: Jason Todd
Occupation: superhero, antihero
Title/Rank: Robin, Red Hood, Wingman, Arkham Knight; briefly: Nightwing, Red Robin
Location: Gotham
Status: resurrected
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Fandom: DC Comics, Batman, Teen Titans, Nightwing, Justice League, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Batman: Arkham (Video Games), Titans, Injustice, Young Justice (TV series)
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Jason Todd is a Batman character best known as the second Robin.

Canon

Jason first appeared in Batman #357 (March 1983) created by Gerry Conway (writer) and Don Newton (artist).

Jason Todd is known for being a long-time exception to the Comic Book Death rule, remaining dead for over 15 years after being killed by the Joker in 1988. He was finally resurrected in 2005 and became the antihero Red Hood in the "Under the Hood" story arc.

Adaptations

Jason appeared in the 2010 animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood voiced by Jensen Ackles. Jason also appeared in the live-action TV series Titans portrayed by Curran Walters.

Jason was referenced or cameoed in the New Teen Titans short on DC Nation, Teen Titans Go!, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Suicide Squad (film), Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, and Batman Ninja.

Jason appears in the video games: Batman: Arkham Knight series, Lego Batman 3, Lego DC Super-Villains, and the Injustice series.

Fandom

Jason Todd was portrayed as reckless and morally ambiguous even before his death and resurrection. This led some fans to dislike the character.[1] During the 1988 story Death in the Family, DC comics ran a telephone poll to decide whether Jason should survive his encounter with the Joker or not.[2] They helpfully provided a 1-900 number, and fans voted by a narrow margin to kill the second Robin.[3] It would be over 15 years before he was resurrected.

In 2018, the DC series Titans recreated the poll as part of their promotional campaign for the series, which included the first live action Jason Todd. This time fans voted overwhelmingly for Jason's survival.[4]

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Example Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanfiction

  • Jason Todd: The Not-So-Outlaw by GoAwayOlivia, Jason Todd isn't what Batman made him, he isn't what the Joker made him, he isn't what the League of Assassins made him, and he isn't what the Lazarus Pit made him. He's his own person and he's taking himself back, one home renovation at a time. Also he might just make friends with the people who are supposed to be his brothers while he's at it. (2016-2017)
  • The Many Deaths of Jason Todd by Zoeleo, When Jason is the victim yet again of the Joker's personal war with Batman, the batfamily begins to tear apart at the seams. Tim spearheads a risky mission to recover their fallen brother in an effort to hold them together. The last thing he expects to find on the other side of a mortuary door is a very much alive Jason Todd. But Jason's resurrection raises more questions than answers and Tim finds himself at odds with the rest of the family as he tries to uncover the truth of the second Robin's apparent immortality. (2016-2017)
  • Batman: Arkham Compendium by LananiA3O, A somewhat loose collection of stories set in the Arkham canon, detailing events before, between and beyond Batman: Arkham Origins/Asylum/City/Knight and their DLC. (2016-2018)
  • Big Brother Hood by orphan_account, Jason did what should have been done a long time ago, make sure that the kids on the street were taken care of and given a chance for a better future. And since no one else was going to to do it might as will be a former Street kid. He just wished the Bats didn't have to find out. (2018, WIP)

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References

  1. That's What's Up: How Jason Todd became one of DC's most hated characters
  2. Image of poll announcement from Batman #427
  3. See Batman #428 letters page one and two for fan reactions, and a summary of events from the creators. Originally posted here.
  4. DC Universe Asks Again if Jason Todd Should Die, Nov 2018.