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|Full Name||Jason Peter Todd|
Militia Leader (formerly)
|Base of Operations||Gotham City
|Height||6ft 0in (1.83m)|
|Voice Actor||Troy Baker|
|First Appearance||Batman #357 (March 1983)|
Jason Todd was a street orphan until he met the Dark Knight after he had stolen the tires from the Batmobile. Jason was trained by Batman and later became the second Robin, but he was beaten and tortured by the Joker, who sent Batman a video of the event and lied by telling him that Jason was dead. Batman fell into a deep depression over Jason's "death". Years later, Jason returned, sought revenge against Batman, and utilized advanced technology and resources that he had acquired by pooled resources from his enemies. He was able to develop high-tech equipment & trained a battalion of soldiers. He even designed a high-tech "Batsuit" with capabilities that were more advanced than Batman's technology as well as utilize lethal gadgetry and weapons during combat situations. He created the identity of the Arkham Knight, until his redemption and forgiveness at the hands of Batman. After he finally aided Batman against Scarecrow, Jason took up the title of the Red Hood, a name that was used by the Joker prior to his transformation.
Jason was born on a rooftop to Willis and Cathy Todd, a pair of methamphetamine addicts in debt to Carmine Falcone. Willis tried to sell his newborn son to Falcone to settle his debt, but was instead beaten by Sal Maroni. As Jason grew up, Willis would frequently tell him that he was so worthless that he couldn't even give him away and frequently assaulted him.
Willis and Cathy were both executed by Sal when Jason was thirteen. It was Jason who told Sal where to find where they were hiding, but in exchange, the Maroni Family gave Jason his own patch in Gotham where he could commit crime without interfering with any of their business.
The Second Robin
Jason had his first encounter with Batman when he was a witness to a fight between him and Joker at age fifteen shortly after a successful robbery. Jason saved Batman's life by pushing him, unconscious, out of the way of Joker's machine gun fire. Incredibly, Jason stole Batman's Grapnel Gun and used it to defeat Joker. Batman came to and knocked Jason's pistol out of his hand with a Batarang before Jason could shoot the Joker point-blank in the head. The Joker warned Jason that he would never forget his face before Batman knocked him out.
Batman had Jason arrested for his crime, but he was charged as a minor because he had managed to avoid leaving anything probative behind in all of his other crimes. A Wayne Industries project that placed troubled teens into schools ensured that Jason did not serve his full sentence. He was an A student, an excellent athlete, and he attracted the personal interest of Bruce Wayne. A few months after being released, Batman appeared in Jason's dorm, handed him his own grapnel gun and a Robin costume, and told him that he had one night to impress him. He did.
Months later, Gotham County allowed Bruce Wayne to take Jason as his ward. Bruce had another entrance to the Batcave built into Jason's bedroom.
The Joker's Abuse
Like Dick Grayson before him, Jason assumed the role of Batman's sidekick, Robin. While Jason enjoyed being a hero and had an aptitude for it, he also had difficulty with his temper, recklessness, and self-control, and he frequently disobeyed Batman's direct orders. Reprimands for that behavior rankled the new, headstrong Robin - he expected to be treated as a partner to Batman and a son to Bruce, but instead felt like a mere assistant.
At one point in his tenure as Robin, Joker blew up a school, filled with children. It was at that moment that Jason decided that he needed to die. Going on his own, Jason turned off his comm link and tracer, and tracked the Joker to Arkham Asylum. There, the Joker trapped him and beat him to the point of unconsciousness with a crowbar.
The Joker kept him in a sealed-off and abandoned wing of the asylum, and tied into a wheel chair with barbed wire. There, he would torture and brainwash the boy. As part of a master plan, Joker would force the boy into believing that Batman had abandoned him, and that he was the true villain. That would lead to a future confrontation between mentor and ward that would break Batman. Jason was strong, and held onto the belief that Batman was out there looking for him, and, would soon find him. In order to insure Batman would not search for Jason, Joker sent him faked footage of his death.
To break Jason, Joker, told him lies about Batman and beat him. Eventually, Batman, believing that Jason was truly dead, recruited Tim Drake to be the third Robin.
Using this to his advantage, Joker showed Jason pictures of Batman with the new Robin, and told him that Batman cared about him so little that he had replaced him. Joker then branded the letter "J" on his left cheek. Finally broken, Joker forced Jason into revealing Batman's identity, but before he did, Joker shot him, and gave the footage of that to Batman.
Eventually, Jason escaped, and believed that Batman was weak, not only for not finding him, but for not killing the Joker, and began plotting his revenge.
The Arkham Knight
After years of training and planning, Jason formed a militia in Valle de las Guerras in Venezuela. Somewhere along the way, Jason picked the moniker "Arkham Knight", and knew that it was based on the Arkham Asylum and Arkham City Incidents, it would haunt Batman. As the Arkham Knight, Jason returned to Gotham City where he forged alliances with Hush and Deathstroke and went on an intense fact finding mission to determine the abilities of Batman's allies and steal the schematics of Batman's weapon and vehicle arsenal, so that he could reverse-engineer them, for both his and his militia's use.
Alliance with Scarecrow
Nine months after the Joker's death, Jason partnered with Scarecrow to end Batman once and for all. Jason's militia invaded Gotham, which caused a mandatory evacuation.
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It was revealed at the end of the game that Jason Todd was also the Arkham Knight, who took up the role to get revenge on Batman for not rescuing him from the Joker. Jason Todd was not actually murdered by the Joker, but was tortured by him for over a year until he cracked and returned to Gotham City years later with the plan to kill Batman. However, Batman finally managed to get through to Jason, who then became the Red Hood and assisted him in taking down Scarecrow, and vowed to do what Batman could not and protect Gotham in his place.
Jason decided to bring down Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask's organization. He tracked down some of Black Mask's men and killed all but one of them and interrogated him for the location of Black Mask's weapons. The henchman told him they were stored at the docks before Jason executed him. Red Hood went to the docks and killed all of the thugs except for one who revealed to him that Black Mask was at his office in Downtown Gotham before he killed him. Red Hood went to Black Mask's hideout where he took out all of his men and defeated Black Mask. Sionis begged for his life, told Red Hood that he would leave Gotham and never come back, and even told Red Hood where to go. Red Hood replied sarcastically with: "How about you go to Hell" before he kicked Sionis out of a window, and killed him.
Jason Todd was the second incarnation as Robin. He cared for his mentor, Batman, and wanted to live up to his potential, to stop crime and protect Gotham City. However, Jason possessed an explosive temper with numerous incidents of him going too far in his actions as Robin despite his natural talents and aptitude under Batman's guidance, with hints in his behavior that he might one day kill instead of using restraint. After being tortured by Joker, his mental state started deteriorating, and he hoped that his partner would come in to rescue him. In time, (due to Joker showing him a photo of Batman with a new Robin); Jason lost hope and started to hate his mentor for leaving him to die. After he escaped (or in comics, was resurrected); he became vengeful and wanted to kill Batman. As shown in the Arkham Knight's persona, he was ruthless, calculating, and appeared to be somewhat apathetic to the "weak" that Batman protected. Jason also was blinded by rage for Batman leaving him to die, as shown when he cost Scarecrow's toxin machine to be dismantled by Batman's Batmobile. Despite his hatred for Batman, he still showed genuine care for both Oracle and Alfred Pennyworth, and, at one point asked the former how the latter was doing. Once he snapped out of it, Jason showed some emotion and helped his former mentor stop Scarecrow. In the the Red Hood Story Pack DLC, Jason was still murderous and cold-blooded, as shown when he killed Black Mask who begged for mercy, but was ultimately driven by justice.
For more detailed information, see the Red Hood page.
- Unlike the rest of the Bat Family, Jason used lethal weapons (such as his dual pistols)
- Jason had a few similarities with Tim Drake's Robin, as they both used the Zip-Kick.
- Jason broke criminals' necks instead of choking them out.
- Zip-Kick - Was similar to Robin's Zip Kick where Jason propelled himself toward the targeted foe.
- Handguns - Jason was equipped with two dual action guns that he could use in predator combat.
- Flashbang - Jason used Flashbang grenades to stun enemies and escape from armed thugs. They could also be used to initiate a ranged beatdown.
- Grapnel Gun - Jason also had a grapnel gun that similar to Batman, Azrael, the Bat family & Deathstroke.
- Weapon Master
- Tactical Analysis
- Peak Human Conditioning
- Master Martial Artist
- Indomitable Will
- Master Escape Artist
- Master Acrobat
- Genius Level Intellect
Batman: Arkham Knight
As Jason Todd:
- "Batman? Is that you?"
- (To Joker): "Why won't you just kill me?"
As the Arkham Knight:
- "Turn around."
- "You really have no idea, do you, Bruce?"
- "What's the matter? Lost for words? I expected more... I'm hurt."
- "Don't you dare lie to me! How long did you wait before replacing me, huh? A month? A week? I trusted you! And you just left me to die!"
- "You always told me, Bruce... Focus on what I want to achieve... and it'll happen. Well you wanna know what I want now? Huh? I want you DEAD."
- "You can't hide from me! I will hunt you down!"
- "I was just a kid, You turned me into a soldier, Sent me to war!"
- "You're no hero, no savior. You failed me, and now you're going to fail Gotham the same way!"
- "How long before you stopped searching for me? Hmm? HOW LONG before you GAVE UP!"
- "Did you even LOOK for me? Or did you just look for a replacement?"
- "You wanna know where Joker KEPT me? It was SO close!"
- "You won't win! NOT THIS TIME!"
- "It won't be quick Batman. You will SUFFER!"
- "I can still hear him LAUGHING! HE'S STILL IN MY HEAD!"
- "You had SO many chances to kill him. It's YOUR FAULT Joker got to me!"
- "It was all about YOU! What Joker did. He RUINED me to SPITE YOU!"
- "It ENDS for you Dark Knight! RIGHT HERE!"
- "You're gonna BEG, with my BOOT on your NECK!"
- "I FINALLY get to see you DIE!"
- "Do you even KNOW what Joker did to me? The GAMES he used to play? This is MERCY compared to what he put me through!"
- "Forget Scarecrow boys. I say he dies RIGHT HERE!"
- "There's no helping me!"
- "You're not the only one with sidekicks!"
- "Don't pretend to understand!"
- "Joker made me hate you. But you let him do it."
- "Don't call me that! That's not who I am!"
- "Stop! Stop talking to me!"
- "Look me in the eye and say that."
- "You did this to me!" (Batman: "I'm sorry.")
- "You left me to rot in that abandoned wing of Arkham…for over a year…with HIM!"
As Red Hood
- "Do I look like Batman to you? Rethink your answer before I fill you up with lead."
- "Worthless ape."
- "Oof. Gonna feel that in the morning."
- "Not worth a bullet."
- "It's all personal. Very personal."
- "Wrong answer."
- "Appreciate that."
- "Black Mask. You should'a left when you had the chance."
- (Black Mask: "You don't need to do this. I'll give you money. Drugs! Guns! Weapons! Whatever you want. Please. I'll take a plane. Leave Gotham. Never show my face again. Anywhere you want! I'll go anywhere!") "How about you go to Hell!"
- "Say hi to Joker for me."
- Most of the promotional material for the Red Hood obscured his face. It was presumably so that people wouldn't be able to guess that the the Red Hood and the Arkham Knight were one and the same, due to their mask similarities and probabilities.
- Jason had a "J" branded on his left cheek from being tortured by the Joker.
- Jason's dual action pistols could be converted into a sniper rifle.
- Troy Baker reprised his role as the Red Hood in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.
- According to the game files, Jason was the man who was smoking on the corner booth at the beginning of the game. This was also hinted in the game, as the man was wearing a red hood.
- In the Arkham Knight Genesis comic, Jason's body armor is what protected him from the bullet shot by Joker. Jason was incapacitated and the bleeding came from flesh wounds from the buckshot. The Joker did fake his death when he sent that video to Batman.
- Also in the same comic, Harley Quinn was the one who gave Jason the name "Arkham Knight".