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Hinder is an Alternate Universe fic by Loxare, found on Archive of our Own.

Right after emerging from the Lazarus Pit, Jason Todd decides to not pick Gotham as his playground for vigilante activities, settling in Bludhaven instead. Now, he's running around, shooting drug dealers, castrating pimps, helping kiddies with their homeworks...

...Wait, WHAT?

In which Red Hood somehow becomes the greatest hero ever to the entire city's under 18 population.

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Tropes you can find in the story:

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Downplayed. Bludhaven's underage residents outright worship and adore Red Hood. The grown up ones... rather less so.
  • Adult Fear: Since the fic is mainly centered around Jason interacting with kids, some situations - poverty, abuse, death of a loved one - are quite painfully realistic.
    • Jason himself is this for the Batfamily, as he openly advocates murder to deal with the criminals and shows no sign of repentance. Even worse, he threatened to kill any Bat who would try to approach him - something Tim is totally unaware, and since the kid is out of reach Batman and Nightwing can't tell him why going to visit his revived predecessor would be a Bad Idea.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Since Bizarro is mentally impaired, he tends to use these - leading Jason to become "Red Him" and Artemis "Red Her".
  • Big Brother Instinct: Jason's is overdevelopped. Case in point, he basically became a Cool Big Bro to Bludhaven's entire kiddie population.
    • Inverted with the kids themselves, who immediately jump to the Hood's help. Even when the opponent is Superman.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Bats really are in fine form. Jason hates them all, Dick fully believes his young brother Came Back Wrong and ought to be dealt with, and Batman is so desperate to be logical and fair about it that he's just paralyzed in action. Really, Tim and Cass seem to be the more well-adjusted ones.
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  • Black and White Morality: Many of the "big shots" heroes apparently suffer from this. Batman and Nightwing are very much unable to reconcile Jason with Red Hood, and Superman's reason for assaulting the vigilante was summed up by "it's bad and mean to kill people, even criminals".
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: After being assaulted by Superman, Red Hood is watched over by the kids he helped.
  • Break Them by Talking: When Nightwing confronts him, Red Hood mercilessly confesses he refused to come back to Batman because he never felt he belonged there - and Dick was a bit of a Big Brother Bully - and commited every murder he's charged with. When he leaves the scene, Nightwing entered Heroic BSoD.
  • Came Back Wrong: Batman and Nightwing think this of Jason, reasoning a member of the Batfamily couldn't willingly lower himself to kill. Dick even claims a psychopath replaced his brother.
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  • Crazy-Prepared: Jason may refuse to associate himself with the Bat, but training left its mark upon him.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Red Hood casually using his phone to cheerfully discuss with kids while indulging in violent and messy street cleaning is a tiny bit jarring.
  • Friend to All Children: Red Hood is feared and hated by every grown up in the story, with some rare exceptions. But you won't find a single kid who doesn't trust and respect him.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: When he came to put a stop to Red Hood's violent activities, Superman certainly didn't expect to see Bludhaven's children protect the vigilante from him.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: After publically assaulting Red Hood, Superman was heavily criticized since a) Red Hood is a normal human who could have died under the Kryptonian's fists, b) everyone saw Red Hood is barely in his twenties when he lost his helmet and c) Superman was out of Metropolis so had no authority to intervene in Bludhaven.
  • Hero Worship: Children in Bludhaven really, really admire Red Hood. So much some of them dress up as him for Halloween and some others go in the streets to form the "Red Kids", trying to emulate his crime-fighting ways.
    • Tim Drake is ecstatic to learn Jason actually lives and can't wait to meet him in the flesh. Which bodes ill since Jason really doesn't want to see a Bat and threatened to kill the next one who will try to talk with him.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Killing people is bad, we get it. Batman is still forced to note Bludhaven's crime rate very much decreased after Red Hood's apparition on the cape scene - a criminal can't repeat offenses when dead, after all. Jason also points children feel safer with the definite assurance that no, the bad man isn't coming back to hurt them or their loved ones.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: For all his murders and belief in violence really being the answer, Red Hood is ultimately trying to help people, not only to protect them.
  • Kind Hearted Simpleton: Bizarro mangles his grammar and his viewpoint is painfully limited by his extreme youth - he was created one month ago - but his niceness is worthy of his Kryptonian template.
  • Loophole Abuse: When Stephanie decides to visit Jason and make friends with him, she points Red Hood threatened to kill Batman, Nightwing and Robin, but never said anything about Spoiler - her current vigilante persona.
  • Morality Chain: Cassandra muses Jason needs people who will gently steer him away from unecessary murder and violence - just like Batman himself.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Dick felt so bad for not being a good brother to Jason after the younger boy died, it kinda rosified his vision of his successor. He suffers a rude awakening when he finally meets Red Hood.
  • Not So Different: Jason is more Bruce's son he feels comfortable admitting - he decided the best way to protect his hometown was to become a Terror Hero, has quite a few issues with sanity, is a big softie when you're not on his shit list and tends to pick up strays. The problem is, he cranks all this Up to Eleven.
  • Oh, Crap!: The Justice League slightly freaked out after Red Hood's identity came to light, since he was a former member and as such had access to their identities and other important stuff. Background mentions are made of protocols to be applied to him if he's caught and imprisoned to stop him from spilling the beans.
  • Parents as People: Even after learning Jason was a murderer, Bruce still loves him and wants him to come home, but has no idea about how to do this. And his only plans for afterwards is "watching Jason 24/7 and heavily monitor his activities to ensure he's not going to relapse".
  • The Pollyanna: When she learnt Jason was alive and active in Bludhaven, Cassandra was utterly giddy at the idea of having another big brother and getting to spend time with him. Unfortunately, Jason still has a chip on his shoulder about the Bats...
  • The Power of Friendship: Red Hood is so beloved amongst children they form a mob to protect him from Superman - which is more useful and efficient you would think, since Superman Wouldn't Hurt a Child.
  • Reality Ensues: When the nice guy who helped you to find a job or gave you a memento of yours parents back is attacked, of course you won't be happy with the assaulter - even if the other guy is a bonafide hero.
  • Secret Keeper: Bludhaven's kids managed to piece together the second Robin and Red Hood, but swore to never tell a soul - he is a hero, his backstory is supposed to be kept quiet after all.
  • Shamed by a Mob: Poor Superman was utterly floored when a bunch of kiddies yelled at him for being mean to their big bro Red Hood.
  • Small Steps Hero: When interacting with kids, Jason is this - he can help them with their immediate problem, but he lacks resources or time to do more. It's still more than enough for them.
  • Spotting the Thread: Artemis realizes a story Red Hood told about him saving Superman from Monghul actually featured the second Robin, which lets her guess his Secret Identity.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Actually averted — Red Hood ventured to Metropolis to fulfill a kid's request, which put him on Superman's blacklist and led the Big Blue Boy Scout to come in Bludhaven.
  • Wretched Hive: Bludhaven is such in a sorry state, Red Hood can kill every villain he finds and not worry about lacking prey for a decade.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Jason is left speechless everytime he's given proof people actually care about him.
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