Hero Overview

Blindly, stupidly, disregarding the entire graveyards he's filled. The thousands that have suffered. The friends he's crippled. You know, I thought...I thought I'd be the last person you'd ever let him hurt. If that had been you that he'd beat to a bloody pulp... If he had taken you from this world...I would have done nothing but searched the planet for this evil, death worshiping garbage, and sent him off to hell!
~ Red Hood to Batman on The Joker.
This is Red Hood and Red Robin broadcasting on all Spyral satellite communications. The following message is for Agent 37. We have discovered the truth behind Mother's signal and are inbound to your location. Mother's children aren't evil. They're not monsters. They're victims of programming, abuse, and trauma. And they can change. Which means they're not the enemy. Fact is, they're just like us. We may have began as the soldiers Batman built for his crusade. But we became something else, something he never expected. We started as an army. We chose to be a family. And if there's hope for us... there's hope for anyone.
~ Prime Earth Red Hood.

Red Hood (real name Jason Peter Todd) is a vigilante from Batman's corner of the DC Universe. Originally the second Robin, Jason was killed by the Joker. Todd was revived via Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus Pit, and subsequently turned into a more brutal and vicious, but still well-meaning crimefighter. Though he intended to get revenge on Batman for not killing the Joker, he decided not to let it go, and continue crime fighting by becoming a vigilante who kills.

He was created by Gerry Conway and the late Don Newton, and first appeared in Batman # 357 in March of 1983.

Todd has appeared in numerous cartoon television shows and films. He makes his live adaptation debut as the second Robin in the DC Universe series Titans, played by Curran Walters.

History

Early Life

He knew that Jason Todd was not Dick Grayson. It wasn't about skill, or endurance, or even their will to succeed. No. It was that Jason had a "mean streak". Jason was dangerous. And as a father... he was at a loss for what to do.
~ Alfred Pennyworth on Bruce Wayne and Jason Todd.

Jason Peter Todd (b. August 16), is the son of criminals, who were Willis Todd and Shelia Haywood. Though his father would marry Catherine Todd, she was a drug addict, who died from an overdose. With his father having been killed by Two-Face and his mother not a part of his life, Jason was forced into a life of thievery and other petty crimes at a young age. One night, the audacious Jason attempted to steal the tires off the Batmobile.

Becoming Robin

Batman caught him in the act, but also took pity on the boy and decided to take him in as he had once taken in Richard Grayson. He sent him to a school led by Ma Gunn, but Jason learned of Gunn's illegal activities, and escaped to tell Batman. Batman and Jason defeated Gunn and the operation, and Bruce decided to take him in at the age of twelve. Soon, Batman had turned Jason Todd into his second Robin, having trained him to his physical peak. Though Jason quickly showed himself to be arrogant, mean-spirited, and ruthless, he still sometimes performed legitimately heroic deeds, including saving Batman from Deacon Blackfire and later helping stop Mongul during his first usage of the Black Mercy Plant.

Death and Revival

Ultimately though, Jason's increasingly vicious behavior prompted Batman to dismiss him, though the two would later work together anyway to try and locate Jason Todd's mother.  Unfortunately, she sold her son out to the Joker, who she had been in league with. The Joker savagely beat Jason with a crowbar and then left him to die in a warehouse rigged to blow. Batman raced to save his former disciple but was too late. The warehouse exploded and Jason Todd died.

This was not to be end of Jason Todd's story however. Revived via a Lazarus Pit (Pre-Flashpoint his revival was the result of Superboy Prime altering reality) Jason Todd spent several years rebuilding himself and training himself further until he was far more dangerous and skilled than he'd ever been previously.

The Red Hood

Learning that Batman had not avenged him by killing the Joker, Jason was enraged and vowed to kill the Joker himself, as well as do what he felt Batman should do but could not: clean up Gotham City in a far more brutal and lethal manner. So it was that Jason Todd became the Red Hood and brought his own brand of justice to Gotham City. Though typically seen as a villain by this point, Jason Todd is still technically battling against criminals and fighting to stop meances like the Joker, and though far more ruthless and brutal then most DC heroes he still has scruples and a code, and has no desire to hurt innocent civilians.

He has also consistently shown a concern for the well-being of children (likely having to do with his own troubled childhood) and saved the life of a teenage girl who had been victimized by Professor Pyg before taking her under his wing much the same way Batman had once taken him in.

In current DC continuity, Jason Todd works with fellow anti-heroes Arsenal and Starfire as they are pursued by all manner of different foes, including some of Jason Todd's former teachers the All-Caste.

Portrayals

Films

  • In Batman: Under the Red Hood, he was voiced by Jensen Ackles (who also played Dean Winchester in Supernatural) as Red Hood, Vincent Martella as a teenager, and Alexander Martella as a child.
  • In Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, he was voiced by Grey Griffin, who also voices Daphne Blake in the Scooby-Doo franchise, and voiced Mandy in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Sam Manson in Danny Phantom, Frankie Foster in Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends, and Catwoman in numerous media.
  • In Batman Ninja, he was voiced by Akira Ishida in Japanese, and Yuri Lowenthal in the English dub. Ishida also voiced Byakuya Togami in the DanganRonpa series, Gaara in the Naruto series, Zeref Dragneel in Fairy Tale and Xerxes Break in Pandora Hearts, as Lowenthal also voiced Spider-Man in Marvel's Spider-Man video game and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ben Tennyson in Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omniverse, Alien X in Ben 10: Alien Force, and Neil in Camp Camp.
  • In Lego DC Batman: Family Matters, he was voiced by Jason Spisak, who also voiced Geo Stelar in Mega Man Star Force, Kiyo Takamine in Zatch Bell, and Wally West in Young Justice.

Television

  • In Young Justice, he was voiced by Josh Keaton, who also voiced Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Jak in Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier, Nightwing in the Arkhamverse, Shiro in Voltron: Legendary Defender, and The Flash in DC Super Hero Girls.
  • In Titans, he is portrayed by Curran Walters.

Video Games

  • In Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, he was voiced by Troy Baker, who also voiced Joel Miller in The Last of Us series, Erron Black in the Mortal Kombat series, Talion in the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor series, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock: Infinite, Snow Villers in Final Fantasy XIII, and Delsin Rowe in inFamous: Second Son.
    • Baker also voiced an iteration of the character in the Arkhamverse.
  • In Injustice 2, he was voiced by Cameron Bowen.
    • Bowen also voiced the character in Lego DC Super-Villains.
  • In the upcoming video game, Gotham Knights, he is voiced by Stephen Oyoung.

Quotes

I generally have several madness-inducing hallucinations before breakfast. And nothing in this real world can be as frightening as we can imagine... right?
~ Red Hood
But there are some crimes -- sins -- that Gotham can't wash away.
~ Red Hood
You walk the grey line too, Selina.
~ Red Hood in Injustice 2

Trivia

  • His favorite meal is pot roast.
  • Red Hood's confirmed kill count is 83.
  • During his days as Robin, Jason was an occasional smoker.
  • Ranked 23rd on ComicsAlliance's list of the "50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics" in 2013.

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