10 Most Embarrassing Comic Book Deaths

Comic book characters die all the time, but not all of them can go down in a blaze of glory.

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While we all know that deaths in comic books are hardly permanent (that is unless you're a character in The Walking Dead), writers still try and make the "deaths" of these characters poignant and meaningful. While they may be little more than thinly veiled attempts at increasing sales (like the time Superman was punched to death by an outer space rage monster), the death of a beloved character still manages to tug at the heartstrings.

Some heroes make the ultimate sacrifice in standing up for what they believe in. Others go down in an epic blaze of glory. Even villains leave this mortal coil in a manner befitting of their monumental evil. But like in real life, sometimes these deaths are undignified, even flat out embarrassing.

Whether they fight on the side of good or evil, one thing is for sure: the deaths of the following characters were unbecoming of heroes and villains of their stature.

10. Jason Todd (A Death In The Family, 1988)

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Poor Jason. He’s always been the red-headed step child of the Bat family, but the guy could never catch a break. After Dick Grayson, the original Robin, had moved on to become the de facto leader of the Teen Titans, Batman was left wandering the streets of Gotham without an underage sidekick to talk sense into him.

Realizing that Batman desperately needed a voice of reason (seeing as he clearly suffers from multiple mental health disorders) the powers that be at DC created a new character to take over the role of Robin. That character wound up being Jason Todd, and although he was initially well received, a revamp following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths made fans turn on him almost instantly.

Unsure of what to do with a character fans hated, DC decided to leave Todd’s fate up to the readers. At the end of Batman #427, Jason is nearly beaten to death and left to die by the Joker. The comic encouraged readers to call a 1-900 number to determine his fate, and unfortunately for Todd, he was killed. Jason Todd’s death was brutal, and had lasting ramifications on Batman, but the fact that Todd was killed via a phone poll is rough.


Ryan Lynch is a freelance journalist from the United States. He currently lives in Adelaide, Australia and writes for Adelaide-based music magazine Rip It Up. He wishes he could live like Hank Moody, but he watches too much TV and plays too many videogames to be that nonchalant.