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Jason Todd: The Undeserved Hatred

Posted 03-13-2010 at 04:09 PM by Prime



Jason Todd has been one of my favorite characters for quite some time now and it's really hard for me to understand why there's such hatred toward him. There are arguments like "He was too much of a jerk to be Robin", or "he works better dead as a reminder to Bruce". But honestly, I can counteract arguments like that.

The Jerk Robin Argument:
A lot of people have said that Jason didn't work as Robin because he was too much of a jerk who would talk back to Bruce and not do as he was told. True. But what's the matter with having someone different as Robin than Dick? Is it so wrong that DC decided they didn't want this happy go lucky sidekick who'd just crack jokes the whole time? Batman fans immediately went "ugh, I hate this kid" but maybe you weren't supposed to like him. And what about Damian Wayne, the current Robin, who shares many similar traits with the young Jason. Both aggressive, stubborn, and even jerks. People seem to be growing to accept Damian as Robin over time and I wonder, did people judge Jason too harshly?

The Better Off 6 Feet Under Argument:
Yes, Jason did serve a purpose while dead, being a constant reminder of Batman's greatest failure. But you know what's even more of a failure for Bruce, that would hit him harder than even watching one of his sons die? Seeing one of his protege's become everything he stood against, everything he tried to steer him away from. A gun wielding murderous man who takes the extremes that Bruce warned not to. Jason is definitely still a reminder now that he's resurrected and arguably, he's even a more cruel reminder than he was when he was dead.

The I Hate Him Cause He's a Douche Argument:
Do we really want all of our favorite characters to be so happy and all get along with each other just fine? Honestly, I don't think any of us want that. We want complex characters who aren't just black and white. We want characters who are different from one another. Sure, Jason comes off pompous and arrogant, but he's his own unique character.

Just thought I'd share my opinions on the character.

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    Fearless's Avatar
    ...Nice pic.
    Posted 03-14-2010 at 03:05 AM by Fearless Fearless is offline
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    The "hate" for Jason Todd isn't really hatred. It is a perceived hate because he was killed off by the fans. Jason Todd wasn't working in the series, not because he was a terrible character but because the stories themselves weren't that good. Jason was simply the...guinea pig (for lack of a better phrase).

    Jason was killed because they could do it. Given the opportunity today to kill off a major supporting character, like Damian Wayne, then fans would no doubt kill him. Not because he's been written badly(and he hasn't), but because they can say "I killed Damian."

    Jason's ressurection is still one of the many missteps in comics. I, like most people, like when the Batman stories are grounded in a bit of mythic reality. However, when you bring in elements like Superman-Prime then its considerably hard to believe and accept. Especially, as you have said, when the character's death/absence held so much.
    Posted 03-14-2010 at 02:00 PM by W.West W.West is offline
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    FrEaKjOkErXXX's Avatar
    I LOVE Jason Todd and I am personally glad they brought him back from the dead.
    Posted 03-16-2010 at 07:38 AM by FrEaKjOkErXXX FrEaKjOkErXXX is offline
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    Prime's Avatar
    West, no writers have even really mentioned Prime resurrecting Jason since that Annual Winick wrote. Hell, the way Morrison wrote that last scene between Dick and Jason in Revenge of the Red Hood, casual readers who were unaware of the reason for Jason returning to life, would think that Jason was just revived from the Lazarus Pit. Personally, I think that's how it should be. Forget Prime and let's just say the Lazarus Pit is what brought him back.
    Posted 03-18-2010 at 12:11 AM by Prime Prime is offline
 

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