* AlasPoorScrappy: Jason wasn't exactly the most favored character, but lots of fans thought his FamilyUnfriendlyDeath was... a bit too much.
** Which was arguably the point - fans wanting to see Todd written out of the series [[GoneHorriblyRight got precisely]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor what they wanted]], courtesy of...
** A major factor to this is most likely ''Wizard Magazine'', which had a horrible habit of slamming characters or concepts they didn't like. There was even an April Fools Top Ten of Characters that should Stay Dead and Jason was #1. Thus, if it wasn't how brutal Jason was cut down, it was certainly because certain people wouldn't stop making fun of it.
* CompleteMonster: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker counts as usual. He [[CrowbarCombatant savagely beat Jason Todd with a crowbar]], then killed him and his mother with a time bomb.
* HilariousInHindsight: It's suspected that Lady Shiva could be Jason's mother. While drugged with truth serum, she states that she's never had a child. Years later, her daughter, Cassandra Cain, becomes the second Batgirl. And Bruce notes that she seems to be about Jason's age.
* ItWasHisSled: Jason's death.
* {{Misblamed}}: In-universe. Whenever the story is referenced later, Jason's mother, and the role she played, are completely forgotten, leading to writers blaming Jason for his own death.
* MoralEventHorizon: Again, The Joker, as he as he brutally tortures Jason Todd (the second Robin) right in front of his estranged mother Sheila, before killing both in an explosion.
** Hell, Sheila herself for [[spoiler: tricking Jason into the warehouse so that Joker and his men could ambush him when his guard was down.]]
*** Sheila's reaction to this? [[spoiler: Grimacing, then lighting a cigarette.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Jason has never really lived down the fact that he's ''the'' Robin who got killed off, pun not intended.
* 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."]]]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The story touches on a number of contemporary political and social issues, such as the Lebanese Civil War, the Arab–Israeli conflict, the Ethiopia famine, corruption and the handling of rogue states, the Iran-Contra case, etc.