A long running gag in comics is that sidekicks have a short life expectancy. Rarely are they as skilled or powerful as their adult mentors. They usually run around in brightly colored costumes, brighter than their partners. They stand out in the shadows and their youthful attitude and eagerness often puts them directly in harm's way.
When Robin became Batman's sidekick, it changed and evolved his character. Batman now had someone to work with and confide in during his war against crime. Robin immediately proved to be a worthy sidekick but lacking the years of training Batman went through, it would be no surprise if anything ever happened to him.
While we know a Robin did die in 1988's Death in the Family story in 1985, that wasn't the first time a story dealt with the Boy Wonder's death. Looking back, other stories exist indicating that writers may have had a secret wish to make the death story stick. The tenure of being a Robin doesn't last very long. Is it possible we will see the death of Robin once again?== TEASER ==
The pairing of Batman and Robin was always a little odd. Batman wanting a youthful ward to share his life and try to have some semblance of a family life makes sense. But Batman and Robin always came across as night and day. Batman was dark, mysterious and serious while Robin wore a bright costume and was always making wisecracks. Growing up with Batman comics and cartoons, Batman was always cool while Robin...wasn't.
Seeing some of the past stories, you get the impression that writers might not have thought Robin was cool either. Issues that immediately come to mind are 1963's BATMAN #156 ("Robin Dies at Dawn") and 1972's BATMAN #246 ("How Many Ways Can a Robin Die?"). Both issues dealt with the apparent death of Robin and the effect on Batman. Beneath the surface, it felt more like a way to write stories dealing with killing Robin in brutal ways (especially in #246).
After Dick Grayson moved on and Jason Todd became Robin, the idea of killing Robin still lingered. The results of the phone in poll made if official. Robin was brutally killed. It wasn't an imaginary story, hallucination or trick. Robin was dead (even if he was to return from the dead decades later).
It was Tim Drake as Robin that really made the character cool. Readers became more accepting of the Boy Wonder and he even earned having his own solo ongoing series. As cool as he was and as much as readers liked him, of course he faced near death on several occasions, one time when facing Damian, the next Robin and also when fighting Jason Todd, the previous Robin.
Tim's time as Robin would also come to an end but not at the heads of Death. Tim became Red Robin and Batman's son, Damian, now wears the mantle.
Recent develops suggest that Damian's time may be limited as well. Despite a slight yearning for acceptance from his father, Damian is creating a rift between himself and Batman. He's appears to be headed for a darker path. Throw in the fact that we've had the recent revelation that there is now a $500 million bounty on his head, you would think Batman's enemies would be coming out of the woodwork to claim that bounty, at any cost.
Is there a chance Damian will be killed? There's always a chance that a comic book character will die. Most likely Damian will not get killed but he has some heavy things headed his way and the bounty on his head isn't going to make matters easier, especially if he keeps leaving the Batcave by himself.
It might be that killing off a sidekick has become an ongoing gag or maybe it's a taboo because they're often children. It's always been said that Robin was a brightly colored target to draw gunfire away from Batman. It does look like wearing the Robin costume is indeed the same as wearing a target. Hopefully Damian can survive long enough to continue his career as Robin. Batman is starting to go through them at an alarming rate.