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When I wore that number, it was classy. More flashy maitre d' than motorcycle fetish.

"Hey, it's going to be hard to learn a great many things about me, but one I'll you for free...I am no one's son."
Red Hood

Red Hood is the codename of Jason Peter Todd, the second Robin. Formerly apprenticed to Batman after his parting of ways with the original Robin, Nightwing. While he had his fans, Jason ultimately proved unpopular with readers due to the fact that he simply wasn't Dick Grayson. In Jason Todd's most famous (and controversial) story, readers were given the opportunity to vote by phone to decide whether or not he would survive an event called A Death in the Family. You can probably guess how that turned out. Readers phoned in and, unfortunately, Jason Todd would meet his demise at the hands of none other than The Joker in what is still one of DC Comics' most controversial storylines.

For years Jason's death served as Batman's greatest failure. His uniform was hung in the Batcave in memoriam, and served as a black spot on the Caped Crusader's crime-fighting crusade for years to come. Readers were introduced to Jason's successor in Batman #436, Tim Drake, who mostly felt the consequence of Jason's death through Batman's more careful and reluctance in taking him on as a partner. But for a long time, Jason Todd was one of the sole exceptions to the Death Is Cheap trope that notoriously plagues comic books.


Then Infinite Crisis happened.

Superboy Prime punching the walls of reality causes "ripples" to affect the time-stream, righting wrongs and undoing various retcons and events across the larger DCU. Jason Todd awakens in his grave and claws himself out a changed man. Recovered by Talia al Ghul and given extensive training in assassination and gunplay, Jason adopts the name Red Hood, an alias that once belonged to the man who killed him, and goes on a one-man crusade against crime in Gotham City as well as the Dark Knight himself.

With the company-wide New 52 relaunch in 2011, Jason returns as a less antagonistic role within the Batfamily, and partners with Arsenal and Starfire to form Red Hood and the Outlaws. Following the dissolution of that group, he co-starred with Arsenal in the aptly titled Red Hood Arsenal. Following the DC Rebirth event, he has formed a new group of Outlaws starring Bizarro and Artemis.


Not to be confused with that story about the girl who visits her grandmother in the woods.

Jason Todd has appeared in the following media:

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The character exhibits the following tropes:

  • '90s Anti-Hero:
  • Aloof Big Brother: Shows shades of this towards Damian, and admits he was one to Tim (which is a massive understatement).
  • Always Someone Better / Always Second Best: How he feels about Dick Grayson. Is the main reason behind his constant clashes with the family in the pre-N52 universe
    • Red Hood Arsenal reveals that despite all of his talk, Jason always knew no matter what he did, he would never fill Dick's boots.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The thing that set off his death in the eyes of fans — Jason had befriended the girlfriend of a diplomat's abusive son, but when she killed herself rather than deal with his abuse anymore, Jason went after him despite him having diplomatic immunity. All fans and Batman saw was the man falling to his death and Jason claiming he spooked him and he fell. To this day, it's unknown if Jason actually killed the man or he really did slip.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: His relationship with Bruce has strong shades of this, in addition to the obvious A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil. In Convergence, both forgive each other.
  • Anti-Hero: Frequently crosses the line between Unscrupulous Hero and Nominal Hero. Though since the New 52 started, he's often written as either closer to the former or just pragmatic.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: Tried to become one for Bruce during Battle for the Cowl. Dick was not amused.
  • Anti-Villain: In his first appearance after his resurrection. Later appearances make him a rather crazed, and unsympathetic, Type V antihero before he slipped into straight villainy during Battle for the Cowl. However, in Convergence he's closer than a Good Is Not Nice hero.
  • Axe-Crazy: Comes off this way in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin. He himself claims that while he is homicidal he's not crazy.
  • Back from the Dead: Killed by The Joker in 1988. Resurrected by Ra's Al-Ghul, returning to prominence in 2005.
  • Badass Biker: He rides a Harley. He is the Red Hood, er, "Red Helmet".
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Regularly hangs out in these places to gather information.
  • Bad Liar: To avoid scaring his date with his baggage he told her he owned a Dry Clean business. His date thought that it was the most boring date ever.
  • Band of Brothers: With the other Robins and Roy, post Flashpoint.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has a pretty palpable one with Artemis.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Over the course of his adventures Jason has tried to offer a chance at redemption at his foes (especially when the Joker is involved on their backstory). This comes to a head on Red Hood Arsenal where he takes Joker's Daughter under his wing to redeem her.
  • Berserk Button: Jason is a lot less trigger happy after training with the All-Caste but threating the life of his Outlaws is the fastest way to end with a bullet in the head.
  • Big Brother Bully: He seems to really enjoy beating up Tim.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Has developed this towards Bizarro as of Rebirth
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: What he does to Roy at the end of Red Hood Arsenal.
  • Big Little Brother: Depends on the artist, but Jason usually ends up as this to Dick.
  • The Big Guy: Among the Robins, Jason ends up at this.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: His Black Sheep status on the Bat-Family aside, his parents are this. Post-Crisis, his stepmother Catherine overdosed herself with drugs, his father Willis was a petty crook who ended up serving a prison sentence, and even after the sentence was served, his father did not return to the family. His birth mother is not better, as she is working for the Joker and sold him out when he tried to rescue her.
  • Black Sheep: Ends up in this role after his resurrection. Even lampshaded many times in different series whenever he appears or is mentioned. Jason sometimes revels in this status in the Bat-Family as the rebellious son of Bruce Wayne.
  • Cain and Abel: With Dick, Tim, and Damian. He regards them as his both his brothers and his enemies. He is the Cain of the equation, trying to murder Tim and Damian on a number of occasions and attacking Dick.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: While he is willing to take orders from Bruce, he's always done it with a healthy dose of snark on the side.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: In an interesting deviation of fandom impressions of him, the second volume of Red Hood and the Outlaws reveals him as suffering from this while having a drink with Artemis. And with just one drink to boot.
  • Came Back Wrong: A definite possibility. While he was resurrected due Superboy Prime actions during Infinite Crisis, he was vegetative, only recovering when Talia dropped him in a Lazarus Pit. While Ra's Al Ghul was inside.
    Jason Todd: Does it make it easier for you to think that my dip in the Lazarus Pit turned me rabid? Or is this just the real me?
  • The Chew Toy: Tends to get beaten up by most other members of the Batfamily, and by villains, too, particularly in line-wide crossovers.
  • Composite Character: He shares many traits with Tim, including his admiration of Dick from seeing the Flying Graysons perform in the circus, and his Sitcom Arch-Nemesis rivalry with Damian. He even takes Tim's place at times during Batfamily meetings.
  • Circus Brat: In pre-crisis continuity, back when he was a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Dick.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Injects a drug dealer with bleach, among other similar actions.
  • Continuity Snarl/Cosmic Retcon: His resurrection was originally credited to Superboy-Prime punching reality (as seen in the Cosmic Retcon image).
  • Costume Copycat: There has always been someone using the costume before Jason. Dick Grayson as Robin I, the Joker as Red Hood I, and Kingdom Come Grayson as the first Red Robin.note  Red Hood and the Outlaws even reveals that his current costume is actually one of Grayson's.
  • Cool Helmet: His Red Hood helmets.
  • Darker and Edgier: Jason stands out from the rest of the Bat-Family thanks to his willingness to take criminals' lives. After the Crisis, his origin was revised to make him different from Dick Grayson. Specifically, a criminal.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Of Pay Evil unto Evil. It's because of his homicidal tendencies, that he ultimately fails in his goals, while Batman succeeds and is accepted by Gotham.
  • Death Is Cheap: Averted for a long time, but eventually played painfully straight.
  • Depending on the Artist: Is his "hood" smooth and rounded, or is it flatter and shaped more like a human face, with cheekbones and lips?
  • Depending on the Writer: Under some writers, he's a self-loathing "bad boy" constantly hung up from his relationship with the Batfamily, while under others, he's less mopey and on more of a Vitriolic Best Buds basis with the other Robins.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jason's killing spree resulted in the deaths of hundreds of criminals, many of whom were guilty of comparatively lesser crimes.
  • Domino Mask: It seems to be a requirement for Robins. Most depictions even show his wearing the mask under the Red Hood mask.
  • Dual Wielding: Since coming back.
  • Determinator: Probably his defining trait. Jason seems to never stop fighting no matter what. In the moments of his death, despite being brutally beaten, he still tried to save his mother. Upon awakening in his own coffin, he dug his way out with his bare hands.
    • As Red Hood he claimed that his super power was being too stupid to give up.
    • Back in his days of Robin in the pre N52, he told a mentally broken Batman that if there's anything he's learned it's to never give up.
    • When seriously injured by an angry mob, he crawled out of his hospital bed to help Batman.
  • Dye Hard: Invoked, at least pre-Crisis. Originally, Jason died his blond hair black to look more like Robin. While he did this himself in pre-Crisis, the post-Crisis version of the character in Batman and Robin says Bruce forced him to do this.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Jason makes it very clear that he only kills people who he absolutely thinks deserve it. The animated movie also shows him threatening to murder any drug dealers who try to sell to children.
  • Expy:
    • His initial origin was essentially a rehash of Dick Grayson's; he also grew up in the circus until his parents were murdered. Fans weren't amused, so he was given a rebooted origin after Crisis on Infinite Earths.
    • Deconstructed in later incarnations of the character, where being Dick's replacement is the source of many of his issues.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His sidekick Scarlet is the one person he cares about post-resurrection
  • Evil Former Friend: To Dick
  • Evil Orphan: Bruce brought Jason into his home and his world. Jason paid him back, following his resurrection, by becoming one of the worst vigilantes Bruce has ever had to deal with.
  • Evil Redhead: He was retconned into being a redhead. Batman apparently made him dye his hair black to hide the fact that the role of Robin had gone to someone else.
  • Eviler Than Thou: With Black Mask, The Joker, and Eduardo Flamingo, all of whom he has clashed with.
  • Fatal Flaw: Wrath. His anger issues define him the most ever since he was resurrected, with his anger at Bruce's inability to avenge his death via The Joker's hands. He also takes out his issues at Tim and Damian for being his replacements, and Dick for being a better replacement for Batman. There's a reason why he's known in the fandom as the angry Robin.
  • Fallen Hero: His portrayal in Under the Red Hood, Battle for the Cowl, and Batman & Robin, where he is mourned as a hero gone bad.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Every single relationship he has ever had since the beginning of his superhero career can be summed up like this.
  • Flanderization:
    • While Jason's pre-Flashpoint self used guns as a means to an end, the New 52 and Rebirth version seems to be obsessed with them, flashing them out in nearly every fight, even when he's not fighting lethally. This is usually accompanied by him either narrating that he's using rubber bullets or taking nonlethal shots, or by loudly boasting about all the upgrades he's made to his guns.
    • His grudge against Batman has devolved from opposition to his nonlethal philosophy on fighting crime, to desperately seeking out his approval. As of Rebirth, this attitude has extended towards Nightwing as well.
  • Genius Bruiser: Much like Batman himself, though the "genius" part is often downplayed. But it's especially prominent during Under the Hood, where Bruce even worries that Jason has surpassed him.
  • Genre Savvy: Red Hood and the Outlaws volume 2 reveals that he's picked a considerable amount of awareness through his adventures, becoming able to accurately describe and analyze certain elements on Artemis' past by comparing them with his own experiences.
  • Groin Attack: Gave these to both Dick and Tim in a Teen Titans storyline. Tim returns the favor at the end of the issue.
  • Guns Akimbo: He's especially fond of dual-wielding handguns. Under Morrison he even owned a pair of custom-made red ones.
  • Happily Adopted: Actually the first adopted son of Bruce, though they push this trope in recent years. Notable in that neither of Jason's biological parents ever seemed to care about him. Sometimes he also counts for this with his stepmother, Catherine Todd, but it varies depending on the retcon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Roy through all the New 52
    • He still considers Roy a very important friend during Rebirth despite the two of them no longer being contact.
  • I Got Bigger: Died as a teenager, came back years later as a young adult, big enough and strong enough to go toe to toe with Bruce.
  • Identity Impersonator: As The Red Hood and Nightwing.
  • Irony: Loves this. When he comes back for his revenge on Bruce, he uses Batman's hated weapon, guns, kills often, something Batman has always refused to do, and even names himself after the Joker's previous alias.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Completed during by the time of Convergence.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Treated as such in-universe. In Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin, Dick and Damian note that they've already defeated Red Hood numerous times before.
  • Informed Attribute: Rebirth has Jason playing off the role of a criminal overlord despite never showing him doing anything even remotely criminal.
  • In the Hood: For a short while Jason used a sleeveless red hoodie on Red Hood Arsenal. Likely inspired by his Arkham Knight appearance.
  • It's All About Me: Refuses to see that there are factors beyond "betraying him" at work when Bruce refuses to kill The Joker. When the Society uses Chemo to obliterate Bludhaven and Bruce wants to make sure Dick is okay, Jason stops him because they haven't completed their fight yet, and he won't let Grayson ruin this moment for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: During his appearances in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin, when any attempts at reaching out to him end in betrayal and attempted murder.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His All-Blades in Red Hood and the Outlaws which are only effective in dealing with magic. It's useless for dealing with normal mooks and Jason only uses them when the All-Caste or magic users attack him
  • Karma Houdini: Easily Forgiven, despite his murderous history still being intact.
  • Killed Off for Real: At first, anyway. He was killed off in 1988 and not resurrected until 2005. In between, a common mantra was "Nobody stays dead in comics except Bucky, Uncle Ben, and Jason Todd."
  • Knight In Sour Armor: While Jason was firmly a Pragmatic Hero through all of Red Hood and the Outlaws run, he has grown into this on Red Hood Arsenal, mainly because he wants to become a role model for Duela Dent.
  • Knight Templar: As the Red Hood, he considers the murders he commits justified because he's only killing criminals.
  • Legacy Character: Jason dabbles in this a lot. He's the second Robin, he took the mantle of Red Hood (originally used by the Joker), but the Red Robin title (first appearing in Kingdom Come) was given to him by an alternate Batman (which a villain took using the now discarded costume; now Tim is Red Robin). He also stole Nightwing's identity for a while, and he's been playing Batman in Battle for the Cowl.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Frequently goes into battle guns blazing, without much forethought.
  • Lighter and Softer: Despite the Rebirth issue implying the contrary, Jason has become much more restrained and rational by the second volume of Red Hood and the Outlaws thanks to the many adventures he has gone through over the last few years.
  • Legacy Character: Jason dabbles in this a lot. He's the second Robin, he took the mantle of Red Hood (originally used by the Joker), but the Red Robin title (first appearing in Kingdom Come) was given to him by an alternate Batman (which a villain took using the now discarded costume; now Tim is Red Robin). He also stole Nightwing's identity for a while, and he's been playing Batman in Battle for the Cowl.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: So what motivated Jason's Roaring Rampage of Revenge is that he thinks Batman didn't love him enough to do what he felt was necessary after his death, and forgot about him. As of the new Batman and Robin series, it's revealed that Bruce asked Jason to dye his naturally red hair black to look like Dick's, and Jason admitted that Bruce expected him to be just like Dick. This is the kind of thing that will have adverse effects on the mental health of a normal child, never mind a troubled one. This is now considered having dubious continuity, with some comics outright ignoring it.
  • Misblamed: In-Universe, whenever his death is brought up, it's usually blamed of his temper and impulsiveness, rather than the actual cause, which was his biological mother, Sheila Haywood, leading him into a trap.
  • Never Live It Down: Both in-universe and the readers always label him as "the angry Robin". As Robin, Jason was more impulsive than angrynote , the anger only showing up a handful of times, usually involving Two-Face, who killed Jason's father. Even the idea that he would go as far as murder was brought up in a few specific instances.
  • Never My Fault: Refuses to accept any responsibility for the innocent people caught in his killing sprees or the fact that those sprees are what prompted the cartels to send cannibal enforcer Eduardo Flamingo to town.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: With Bruce and Dick both.
  • The Oldest Profession: It is implied given his dialogue with Mia Dearden, a former child prostitute, that he engaged in this when he was younger in order to survive alone on the streets of Gotham.
  • Parental Betrayal: Views Bruce not avenging him as this. Also, his biological mother, in A Death in the Family
  • Parental Substitute: Becomes one to Bizarro
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: What he sees his actions as.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: How Bruce sees him.
  • Red-Headed Stepchild: Thanks to recent retcons. Before Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was naturally blond and dyed his hair black, and afterwards his hair was just naturally black. After Final Crisis, Grant Morrison retconned his hair into a deep red, which he dyed black again (to fit better with the red/black color motifs of the author's stories).
  • The Resenter: Towards Dick, Tim, Damian, and anybody else who has ever worn the Robin costume, before and after him.
  • Retcon: Jason's origin (and hair color) changed substantially Post-Crisis. And then there's the matter of his resurrection. When he first debuted, Jason was a nice kid that wanted to help people and did have a few problems thanks to living on the streets. However, later issues would try to paint over this by writing him as a punk with a 'mean streak' and was only 'fueled by rage', which directly led to his death. In fact, his death is frequently attributed to his headstrong nature and his disobedience of Batman's orders, when actually it was his mother betraying him that led to his capture by the Joker.
  • The Rival: Tries to set himself and Scarlet up as rivals to Batman (now Dick Grayson) and Robin, with the aim of making them obsolete.
    • After his resurrection, he often says he will be a better Batman than Bruce Wayne ever was.
    • While he does like using guns, he normally will ditch them when fighting Bruce, Dick, or Tim, just to prove he can be better than them. So far that has failed many times, with the exception of his fights with Tim, which he normally wins.
  • Shadow Archetype: To all the members of the Batman family, demonstrating what they would be like if they truly gave into the darkness around them. Bruce's obsessiveness, Dick's need to be his own man, Tim's desire for approval, and Damian's anger issues all find a dark reflection in him.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Damian.
  • Skunk Stripe: A curious example since it only shows in two stories during his tenure as Red Hood, Hush and Morrison's Revenge of the Red Hood. Despite this the look has proven itself to be real popular with the fandom.
  • Smug Snake: In his Anti-Villain days where he declares he can be better than Batman and Nightwing. His track record againts them says otherwise.
  • The Generic Guy: (Post-Flashpoint) In Batfamily stories, he (like Tim) often just shows up in a group, and doesn't have any distinctive role.
    • During the period where Dick was cut off from the Batfamily due to faking his death and working for Spyral, Jason seemed to take on Dick's role. Including having a crush on Barbara in Batman Eternal, which came out of nowhere.
  • The Sociopath: Portrayed as such in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin. He even describes himself as a homicidal maniac. After Convergence, he's not even a Sociopathic Hero.
  • Those Two Guys: He and Tim are usually paired up together in Batfamily stories, due to editorial pushing for a brotherly relationship between them to mirror Dick and Damian's. They also used to be handled by different editorial offices in the N52. As DC Rebirth, Tim is back under the Batman office's control.
  • Tsundere: Started as Type A towards Roy and Kori but he mellowed out to Type B as Red Hood and the Outlaws progressed.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Compared to his Pre-Flashpoint iteration, Jason Todd makes numerous mistakes that nearly get him killed, such as blowing his cover against Black Mask within minutes of minutes of meeting him, and continuing to act as his cover was intact, even after he was captured, stripped down, and unmasked shortly after attempting to turn against him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His tenure as Red Hood began with a one-man war against Batman and all crime in Gotham by any means necessary. Compared to the homicidal maniac that he was following his resurrection, Jason has really mellowed out.
  • True Companions: How he came to see Roy and Kori through the course of Red Hood and the Outlaws. While Roy and Kori have considerably played down their friendship with Jason after leaving the Outlaws, they're still considered by Jason like one of the few real friends he has. Admittedly, Roy more than Kori. Amusingly both of these characters were much more closely tied to Dick in the old universe, with Roy being one of his two best friends and Kori being engaged to him.
    • In Rebirth, Jason, Artemis and Bizzaro becomes this as they turn into the Dark Trinity with Jason developing feelings for Artemis and later gains a Big Brother Instinct for Bizarro. Unfortunately, they were split up with the latter two transported to an Alternate Dimension
  • Underwear of Power: Just like Dick, Jason wore tightie-greenies for his Robin costume.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: The only member of the Batfamily that doesn't mind killing and using guns, though he's not always a hero.
  • Warrior Monk: What his time with the All-Caste turned him into, though he still has anger issues from time to time.

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