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jason "but did you die" todd. | red hood. (
2016-12-07 07:02 pm (UTC)
As all of these are learned physical/mental abilities that still fit within the setting, I'm assuming they can count as
and be things he's still able to pull off as a killjoy since he's already a badass normal sort of character. But if I'm misunderstanding or anything needs to be further nerfed let me know.
● Combat - He's a trained assassin capable of going toe to toe with the Dark Knight. Jason has no powers or superhuman enhancements of his own, but he's been hammered into hypercompetence so he can hold his own against the superpowers of the DCverse. Basically Batman: with guns. He's an expert martial artist in as many disciplines as you can think of and a skilled marksman. Though he favored his fists as Robin and tends toward knives, firearms, or explosives when he needs an edge nowadays, he's not unfamiliar with bladed or staff weapons or throwing knives and batarangs. After he recovered from the whole dying thing, he followed in Bruce's footsteps and traveled the world to hone his skills enough to take on his old mentor. During this time he was extensively trained in all the parts of a fight that Batman wouldn't teach him—that is, the lethal ones—by the best assassins and contract killers in the business. So on that front there's small arms and marksmanship, larger artillery, sword and knife fighting, close combat and killing a guy with your bare hands. That sort of thing.
● Bullshit vigilante stuff - Adaptable and quick on his feet, maneuverable, and athletic to the peak of human ability, experienced with acrobatics and flying through the city on grappling hooks and stupid vigilante parkour, as well as stealth and infiltration. He's scrappy and street smart, and he got by as a kid by stealing and fighting his way out of corners when it came to it.
● Polyglot - fluent or passable in several languages, including English, French, German, Italian, and Russian. He can also read lips, and has been shown to be able to do that in languages other than English as well. Will this even come up in game, who knows.
● Polymath - background in science, math, medicine, geography, technology, world history and literature, as well as a working knowledge of criminology, surveillance, tactics, and detective work. Also poisons & bomb assembly, defusing, and demolitions, where do I slot that in. Basically he's well-versed on a lot of subjects and pretty damn smart.
● Driving/Piloting - Particularly fond of motorcycles, trained by an ace pilot to better pull stunts on them, as well as other kinds of vehicles, including helicopters, boats, and cars. (I'd love to extend this to spaceships in-game.)
● Etc. - He's also sharp, driven, and capable of playing a long game and exploiting weaknesses where he can find them. Also of note: he learns very, very fast when he puts his mind to something. (One of his mentors remarked on this—"You learn quick, that is a gift...the ability to learn at a greater velocity, that is true genius.")
● I probably forgot something. Robins are completely ridiculous, I'm sorry.
Imagine you are the infamous vigilante known as Batman. It's the anniversary of your parents' tragic deaths. You're in the same shady part of town where they were killed, being appropriately broody. And then you turn the corner to find that some punk orphan is jacking the tires off your ride. What do you do?
You laugh. And eventually you take him in and make him your new protege. Bruce claims he took Jason on to give him a constructive outlet for the anger and trauma he had to work through from his life on the streets. That if he didn't make him Robin and channel that frustration positively, Jason would grow up to do wrong and end up in a life of crime instead. ...And this might be true. But for his part, Jason had little interest in being a crook for malicious reasons—he was just doing what it took to survive. He learned early that sometimes, you need to do a
thing to do that, even if someone like
may not be able to understand it. Growing up alone and an underdog in crime alley taught him to work as if he's always at a disadvantage—you don't trust anyone who hasn't proven themselves worthy of it, you take every edge you can, and if you start a fight and you have to be ready to finish it. And most importantly : justice doesn't always come to those who need it most by way of the law.
Or, as he realizes later, even by way of Batman.
At the heart of it, Jason's a fighter who's frustrated with the state of the world he lives in, and who's been bitten so much that he's started biting back. He's seen a lot of shit, got a lot of nerve and a lot of strong feelings, and both the willingness and the ability to act on them. After graduating from
, his biggest and most infamous departure from the methods Bruce taught him is the use of
but even though he kills, he doesn't do it indiscriminately. The way he sees it, some people really do deserve to die. Not just for the things they've done, but—even more importantly—for the harm they'll almost certainly continue to do if they're allowed to live. And not without reason—this is something he sees happen over and over again over the course of his life.
So he's still got a clear sense of right and wrong, it's just skewed heavily by perspective and experience. While this was definitely brought to extremes after his resurrection, it wasn't nonexistent beforehand. His history of abandonment and living on the streets in Gotham's most infamously crime-ridden and dangerous neck of the woods means he learned to face down threats from a very particular perspective. He has a lot of issues with abuse of power and trust, and takes betrayal very personally. He still gets angry too easily, still tends to be reckless on occasion. But he's a pretty clever and meticulous planner when he can afford to be, and does whatever he can to make sure he goes into a fight with the upper hand, even if it's not necessarily the honorable thing. He definitely isn't above playing dirty or hitting where it hurts if he can manage it. Old fashioned and superior moral codes have outlived their effectiveness. If you decide not to fight on their level, the worst kind of dirtbags won't hesitate to take advantage of the limits you set on yourself. He isn't even incapable of working with more straight laced superheroes for the bigger picture when it comes to it, though there's usually a lot a friction to overcome on that front. He's just got a lot of resentment and a different perspective, and a method he really believes is better.
Despite being clearly skilled and putting on a confident front, he's pretty understandably prone to intense and not entirely rational feelings of resentment, insecurity, and jealously. After all, he's facing down a lifetime of being abandoned or betrayed by basically anyone he thought might give a damn about him. He came back from the dead to find that the man he trusted most had let his murderer go unpunished, and that the Joker had continued to terrorize cities and fill graveyards. Who he'd been and what had happened to Jason mattered so little that Bruce let his outdated morality stand, no matter how much grief it would save the world if he broke his ban on killing. The perceived sting of being forgotten and unavenged and replaced hit him so hard it alienated him from his old life before he could think about going back to it.
Prone to laser focus and obsession, Jason takes the
mentality to heart in a big way—to the point where he doesn't even really try to re-establish a civilian life again after coming back from the grave. As far as anyone is concerned, Jason Todd is dead, and Red Hood is a means to an end as much as it is a new persona. Understandably, he's not an easy guy to get to know, anymore. He tends to be sarcastic and distant, evasive, and defensive at best. Outright abrasive and antagonistic at worst. He's got a snappy sense of humor and a pretty wry tone when he isn't being overdramatic, and he can be likable or forgettable or insufferable if it suits him, but in the end he doesn't much believe in compromising himself to bow to other people. Getting around that will be a long process, not least because of ingrained Bat-Paranoia and his long history with getting burned by just about everyone he'd ever cared about. But he's gotten pretty good at putting up fronts while feeling his way around a situation. Making useful friends and playing nice in the right crowds while he figures out who he trusts, (hah,) who stands further investigating, and who'd be better off with a bullet in their brainpan.
So he definitely is not exactly the most rational guy when it comes to things that he feels strongly about. Moving on after the kind of trauma he suffered is a slow process when you carry as much baggage as he does, and he still needs to work his way through his demons and make sense of why he's alive again. He's changeable and contrary in the way he presents himself—says things like "I don't really give a crap about the world" despite recently taking it upon himself to risk his own life to prevent the deaths of thousands, or falling back into old habits when he stumbles on an injustice he doesn't want to let stand, but resisting doggedly when Talia hints at parallels between him and Batman, sticking to his guns on the places where they differ.
It's some parts spite and some parts vengeance and some parts honest belief that what he's doing is right. Getting between him and his goals can mean collateral damage, getting caught in the crossfire, but when he isn't focusing on his vendettas, he really does have a deep drive to deliver justice for those who can't do it for themselves. One of the possible side effects of the Lazarus Pit used to put him back together is
something Ra's Al Ghul warns Talia about after she uses it to heal him. (
"I live from the pit. I know what burns in my heart."
) He tells her she's unleashed a curse on the world by setting Jason loose on it. And certainly, Jason isn't the same troubled kid he'd been before his death, and there's no way to know how much of that intensity or instability has been stained into him by the pit, how much had come from the trauma of his death, or how much had been there all along. But the end results are the same. Directly after being healed by the pit, all Jason seemed to care about was vengeance....until he was sidetracked by discovering one of his new mentors selling children as cargo, and it kicked back to life that old part of him that is outraged at seeing the powerless go unprotected and abused and has to
something about it.
This starts a pattern that he holds from then on, and—Bat-vendettas aside—the real heart of his motivations. He very much believes that the world is better off without every one of the dirtbags he puts a bullet in. The law doesn't always work the way it's supposed to, and the worst of criminals aren't afraid of Batman because they've realized that no matter what they do, the Bat won't kill them. So they run wild, getting thrown in asylums and prisons, escaping, and killing again. It becomes clear to Jason that he's come back from beyond the grave to do the kinds of things that heroes like Batman won't, and get the kinds of results that Batman never will.
Does that make him a good person? Hell no. He won't pretend it does. Does it make him a better Batman than Bruce? He certainly intends to be.
I'm going to be vaguer on the specifics of the involved characters to keep things flexible for any possible future canonmates/my own sanity, but very little of this will have changed enough to affect the way he operates.
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