* AlasPoorScrappy: Jason wasn't exactly the most favored character, but lots of fans thought his FamilyUnfriendlyDeath was... a bit too much.
** Need further proof? ''Creator/FrankMiller'' [[CreatorBacklash of all people said]], "An actual toll-free number where fans call in to put the axe to a little boys head... to me the whole killing of Robin was probably the ugliest thing I’ve seen in comics, and the most cynical."
** 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.
** Which was arguably the point - fans wanting to see Todd written out of the series [[GoneHorriblyRight got precisely]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor what they wanted]], courtesy of...
* CompleteMonster: ComicBook/TheJoker is as monstrous as ever. After escaping Arkham Asylum, during which he kills a number of people, the Joker steals a nuclear weapon with plans to sell it to terrorists during the Lebanon civil war. He also blackmails [[ComicBook/{{Robin}} Jason Todd]]'s mother Sheila into helping him obtain medical supplies that he withholds from the starving to sell them on the black market, replacing them with laughing gas that, when set off, will kill thousands of people. Capturing Jason Todd, the Joker [[CrowbarCombatant beats him with a crowbar]] before killing him and Sheila with a time bomb. After getting a position as the Iran representative, the Joker holds a speech at an assembly, only to try and kill everyone in the building with [[DeadlyGas poisonous gas]].
* 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 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.