History ComicBook / ADeathInTheFamily

18th Jan '16 3:39:25 PM MrDeath
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Not a trope.
* BallotStuffing: There were rumors stating that there was one voter who was able to change the fate of Jason Todd by voting over 100 times. According to the letter section of ''Batman'' #429, Denny O'Neil said that, up until the last 15 minutes of the vote, the "Jason Lives" option was ahead by 38 votes, only for the "Jason Dies" option to surpass it and win by 72 votes.
18th Jan '16 3:31:42 PM ThallianGold
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* LateArrivalSpoiler: At the time, many people dismissed the voting as a publicity gimmick, and that Robin would naturally live. The ads for issue 4 stated otherwise: "Robin is dead, murdered by the Joker."

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** Horrifyingly averted for Robin, showing the writes aware of this trope. Jason's body is clearly seen, clearly dead, and clearly identified.
18th Jan '16 3:28:33 PM ThallianGold
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** Additionally, Robin's broken body is visible, as well as Batman's reactions to checking Robin's pulse and the realization of his sidekick's death. [[RealityEnsues He also has to strip Robin of his clothes to disguise his secret identity.]]
18th Jan '16 3:26:34 PM ThallianGold
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* BeigeProse: From the ads and cover of the fourth book, also serving as a LateArrivalSpoiler for those who thought StatusQuoIsGod: "Robin is dead, murdered by the Joker."

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* NothingsTheSameAnymore: It took decades for the Batman to recover from this storyline.

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** Bruce later admits he sees this in himself, as Robin was a child when he died.
20th Oct '15 9:07:51 AM ZenBlade
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* LonelyFuneral: A total of five people attend Jason Todd's funeral: Bruce, Alfred, Jim and Barbara Gordon, and a priest. Though there are a number of reasons as to why. First, Jason was only in his mid-teens at the time, and as the narration states "Jason's life was too short for his passing to cause many ripples." Second, Dick Grayson, the first Robin and Jason's surrogate brother, had been on an adventure in space at the time, and didn't find out about Jason's death until he returned to Earth. Third, Jason was usually busy with his duties as Robin in Gotham, preventing him from forming friendships with civilians or other heroes.
17th Sep '15 9:22:12 AM StFan
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"A Death in the Family" is a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic book story arc first published in the late 1980s, which gave fans the ability to influence the story through voting with a 900 number. "A Death in the Family" ran in ''Batman'' #426-429, published in 1988-1989. The story was credited to Jim Starlin (script), Jim Aparo (pencil), Mike [=DeCarlo=] (ink), Adrienne Roy (color), and John Costanza (lettering). Covers were illustrated by Mike Mignola. The story is also collected as a trade paperback under the title ''Batman: A Death in the Family'', which has gone through multiple printings and is still available today.
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"A ''A Death in the Family" Family'' is a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comic book story arc first published in the late 1980s, which gave fans the ability to influence the story through voting with a 900 number. "A Death in the Family" ran in ''Batman'' #426-429, published in 1988-1989. The story was credited to Jim Starlin (script), Jim Aparo (pencil), Mike [=DeCarlo=] (ink), Adrienne Roy (color), and John Costanza (lettering). Covers were illustrated by Mike Mignola. The story is also collected as a trade paperback under the title ''Batman: A Death in the Family'', which has gone through multiple printings and is still available today.

NeedsWikiMagicLove. Not to be confused with James Agee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title. Or with ''DeathOfTheFamily'', another Batman storyline published in 2012. !!This storyline contains examples of:
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NeedsWikiMagicLove. Not to be confused with James Agee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title. Or with ''DeathOfTheFamily'', ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', another Batman storyline published in 2012. !!This storyline contains examples of: ---- !!Tropes:
15th Sep '15 5:02:16 AM Blazer
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The story was loosely adapted in the WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies film ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'', though changing it to be a Ra's al Ghul distraction plot GoneHorriblyWrong and WordOfGod revealed that this event happened in the TimeSkip between seasons one and two of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
13th Sep '15 4:25:32 PM Blazer
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* BallotStuffing: There were rumors stating that there was one voter who was able to change the fate of Jason Todd by voting over 100 times. According to the letter section of ''Batman'' #429, Denny O'Neil said that, up until the last 15 minutes of the vote, the "Jason Lives" option was ahead by 38 votes, only for the "Jason Dies" option to surpass it and win by 72 votes.
13th Sep '15 4:17:43 PM Blazer
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The story follows Jason Todd, the second Robin. In the beginning of the story, Jason and Bruce are in uniform hiding behind some crates while a mob plans. Then, out of the blue, an impatient Jason leaps out from behind the crates and attacks the criminals. When the struggle is over, Bruce asks him what the devil he was doing and said one of these times he is going to get killed. Bruce then asks him if he thinks this is a game, and Jason replies "Yes, life is a game." Bruce therefore relieves him from duty and asks him about his parents. Jason resents this and storms out, refusing to discuss the issue.
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The story follows Jason Todd, the second Robin. Prior to this, Jason's backstory had been changed in the aftermath of ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. No longer the redheaded child of circus acrobats slain by Killer Croc, Jason was re-imagined as a vagrant who first ran into Batman after stealing the tires off of the Batmobile. After rescuing him from a school dedicated to creating young criminals, Batman recruited the young boy to be the new Robin, as the original, Dick Grayson, had left and became his own man following being shot by the Joker. However, Jason was still full of rage and he would channel it during his beatdowns, culminating in an ambiguous ending where Jason chases down the son of a foreign diplomat in revenge for the girl he killed, only for the man to fall to his death, unknowing to both Batman and the readers if the man slipped and fell or if Jason [[MoralEventHorizon crossed the line and pushed him]]. Fans did not like the DarkerAndEdgier Robin and something had to be done. In the beginning of the story, Jason and Bruce are in uniform hiding behind some crates while a mob plans. Then, out of the blue, an impatient Jason leaps out from behind the crates and attacks the criminals. When the struggle is over, Bruce asks him what the devil he was doing and said one of these times he is going to get killed. Bruce then asks him if he thinks this is a game, and Jason replies "Yes, life is a game." Bruce therefore relieves him from duty and asks him about his parents. Jason resents this and storms out, refusing to discuss the issue.

* TearJerker: ** [[spoiler: Batman carrying Jason's lifeless body in his arms.]] ** [[DownerEnding The ending as a whole.]] ** [[spoiler: Jason still trying to save his estranged mother even with a utterly messed up body after the Joker was done giving him a crowbar beatdown and failing due to both of them being blown up... and they're even smiling before being killed by the explosion.]] ** [[spoiler: [[WhamLine "Robin is dead, murdered by the Joker."]]]]
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* TearJerker: ** [[spoiler: ShootingSuperman: In this case, ''Punching'' Superman, as Batman carrying Jason's lifeless body slugs Superman in his arms.]] ** [[DownerEnding The ending as a whole.]] ** [[spoiler: Jason still trying grief. Superman mentally notes that he had to save his estranged mother even roll with a utterly messed up body after the Joker was done giving him a crowbar beatdown and failing due to both of them being blown up... and they're even smiling before being killed by the explosion.]] ** [[spoiler: [[WhamLine "Robin is dead, murdered by the Joker."]]]]that punch because if he took it, Batman would have broke his entire hand.
4th Sep '15 10:33:07 AM AlienPatch
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* TearJerker: ** [[spoiler: Batman carrying Jason's lifeless body in his arms.]] ** [[DownerEnding The ending as a whole.]] ** [[spoiler: Jason still trying to save his estranged mother even with a utterly messed up body after the Joker was done giving him a crowbar beatdown and failing due to both of them being blown up... and they're even smiling before being killed by the explosion.]] ** [[spoiler: [[WhamLine "Robin is dead, murdered by the Joker."]]]]
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