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everal young people have taken the role of Robin, Batman's partner in the battle against crime. Dick Grayson was the first Robin before the mantle was passed to Jason Todd then went to Tim Drake. The current Robin is Damian Wayne Batman's son.
Dick is the youngest son of two circus acrobats and was part of the family act called “The F lying Grayson’s”. One night while touring in , Dick over heard the owner of the circus and a mob boss called Antony Zucco arguing, Zucco threatened to harm the performers unless the owner pays extortion money. The owner refused and that night Dick watched his parent’s high wire’s snap and plummet to their death. Dick feels responsible their deaths because he did not warn them in time.Dick was placed in uncaring juvenile but is taken out by the billionaire Bruce Wayne. Frustrated by the lack of attention from his new guardian and the mystery still surrounding his parents death, a naive Dick snuck out of Wayne Manor to solve the murder of his parents, armed with only his bravery and amazing acrobatics. While out Dick ran into Batman who was investigating the murder of Dick’s parents. Dick and Batman find Zucco but he dies of a heart attack It was later revealed that Zucco was still alive but had been confined to a ventilator. Seeing a reflection of himself in Dick, Bruce reveals his secret identity to him and also training Dick in many forms of combat and how to be a brilliant detective also improving on his all ready amazing acrobatic skills to make the best acrobat in the world and Batman’s young protege and making him one of the worlds best fighter and the worlds greatest acrobat.
After months of grueling training Dick was ready to take Batman’s final test “the Gauntlet”. Dick had to elude the Dark Knight on the streets of for one night from sundown to sun up, without any outside help. Dick succeeded, simultaneously bringing gangster Joe Minette to justice. Dick took to the streets as Batman’s full-fledged partner crime-fighter, Robin the Boy wonder.
Dick enjoyed his first year as Robin describing it as an adventure; he fought villains such as Penguin, Joker, Mr. Freeze and Scarecrow. His so-called adventure would turn into a hellish nightmare when Two-face kidnapped the new District Attorney and Batman, each suspended from a hangman’s noose in a double gallows death trap. Batman told Robin to save the D.A, Robin obeys Batman and throws a batarang that cuts the rope holding the D.A, it works, but Robin dose not take into account Dents obsession with killing the D.A, it was a two-fold trap and the floor gives way before Robin can get to him, Robin jumps into the water after the D.A but is pulled out by Two-face. Robin is surprised by this and received a very savage beating from Two-face as a restrained Batman watch’s in horror. Batman eventually is able to free himself and stop Two-face. However this event haunts Dick to this day [ Dick would go on to badly beat Two-face many times as Robin and Nightwing], this would also scare Batman so much that he suspended Dick for a time.
Dick would come back to crime fighting much stronger and smarter than before. Dick would go to Hudson University to study law but would drop out after one semester due to losing interest in his studies and also started going on solo missions.
TEEN TITANSRobin would team up with some fellow sidekicks, Kid Flash and Aqualad to fight the villain Mr Twister. It was the first time they teamed up. Their second meeting was more eventful Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad, now joined by fellow sidekicks Speedy and Wonder Girl to fight their mentors, who had been possessed by the evil Antithesis. At this second meeting the youngsters decided to become a team they would call themselves the Teen Titans. Robin naturally became the leader. The sidekick’s continued to operate with their mentors, as well as spending time with each other as the Teen Titans but through the years there was some changes that did not go down well and the team split up.
THE NEW TEEN TITANS
Robin continued his adventures with Batman and started going on solo missions and discovered he was a very good crime fighter in his own right. Robin moved out of the Dark Knight’s shadow more and more through out his mid-teens, the two still had a father and son bound but started to drift apart. Robin became more independent, he no longer relied on Batman, in fact he and the Dark Knight disagreed on crime fighting methodology and when the Titans re-united Robin spent little time in . Batman did not like this and told Dick that if he did not want to be his partner he has to give up being Robin. Furious, confused, hurt and resigned Dick left Wayne Manor after a strong verbal with Bruce. Helping him through this difficult time was is fellow Titans during in this time Dick and his fellow Titan Starfire, a beautiful alien princess, had fallen in Love.
Unsure of what to do, Robin asked Superman for advice, Superman told Dick an old Krypton tale of hero called Nightwing. Dick tuck this to heart and made his new crime fighting identity as Nightwing. Dick’s Nightwing costumes are in honor of both Batman and Superman.
Jason Todd grew up in crime-ridden neighborhood. After his father left him and his mother, Catherine Todd became very ill. Jason took care of Catherine until she died, Jason remained in the same run down apartment, living of his knowledge of the streets and one night in crime ally, Jason tried to steel the wheel’s of the Batmobile but his caught by Batman, the Dark Knight found this amusing but not beyond reprimand. Batman had Jason put in a school for troubled boys. But the headmaster, Ma Gunn trained the boys to be criminals. Eventually after realising Ma Gunn's true intentions Batman brought the school to justice with the help of Jason.
Batman became aware of the massive void Dick left in his live. Bruce was impressed with Jason, so he offered Jason the role of Robin, Jason eagerly accepted. After 6 months of training Jason became the second Robin, Batman realized that Jason will never have the fighting or acrobatic skills of Dick but he could become a good crime fighter if he could learn to channel his rage.
Unlike Grayson, Jason was impulsive, reckless, and full of rage. Even on missions in which Batman ordered him to conduct surveillance, Jason attacked, ruining months of planning. Jason also uses excessive force to subdue criminals. In one story, asked to "hold off" villains, Jason instantly takes to firing at them with a gun, despite Batman's abhorrence for firearms. For the murder of his father, Jason attempted to choke Two-Face to death. On his second encounter with Two-Face, Jason encouraged Batman to abandon Harvey Dent in a lethal situation. In the Dumpster Killings story arc, Jason implies that he believes lethal force to be acceptable when dealing with criminals. Another story implies that Jason actually allows (or causes) the death of a rapist who evades criminal charges due to his father's status as a diplomat. What really happened is never revealed, although Jason later denies any wrongdoing, claiming that the man fell of the balcony.Although an effective hero, Jason became increasingly moody, reckless and even more violent, after consulting with Alfred, Bruce decided to pull Jason of active duty. While kicking around his old stomping grounds, Jason found out that Catharine Todd was not his real mother. He searched his true heritage and found that his real mother was a woman called Sheila Haywood.
Using the technology in the Batcave Jason tracked his mother to , where she works as a aid worker. While overjoyed to be reunited with is mother, he soon discovers that his mother is being blackmailed by the Joker, who is using her to get medical supplies. Sheila herself has been embezzling from the aid agency and as part of the cover up she hand her own son, who arrived as Robin over to the Joker. Jason was not probably trained to deal with someone like the Joker. Joker savagely beat Jason close to death with a crowbar. The Joker left Jason and his mother bound tougher in side the warehouse full of explosive. Although Jason tried to disarm the bomb and Batman was on his way the bomb went off, by the time Batman got there the warehouse was destroyed, Batman finds Jason’s body in the rubble, Batman takes Jason’s lifeless body and cradles it in his arms, Jason was buried in Gotham Cemetery with his mother and father. Jason would later return as the Red Hood and that Red Robin [ for more info on Jason’s life after his resurrected see Jason Todd].
Tim Drake has followed Batman and Robin’s careers ever since he saw the murder of the Flying Graysons. Tim had excellent instinct and deductive skills which would later show. One day he saw Batman and Robin battle the Penguin on the television. Tim noticed that Robin performed the quadruple somersault. Tim remembers seeing Dick do that exact move before his parents died and quickly made the connection that Robin and Dick Grayson were one. Tim continued to follow the dynamic duo’s career for years.
After the apparent death of Jason Todd, Batman grew more violent and reckless. Tim noticed that this is not how Batman’s character is and seeks out the help of Dick Grayson. At this time Dick had been going by the code-name Nightwing, so Tim tried to convince Dick to retake the mantle of Robin because it was the only way to keep him sane. Dick agreed but will only help Batman as Nightwing. Tim did not like Dick’s decision and continued to argue that Batman needs Robin. Eventually he was able to attain the help of Alfred to take the Robin costume so he can go help Batman. Alfred and Dick accepted Tim to be the Robin so he could keep Batman sane. However, Batman did not want a new partner and would continue to say no but also adds “the boy has potential.” Eventually Batman skeptically accepted Tim as Robin but under one condition, Tim had to endure physical and mental training from Bruce before he could become Robin so he does not suffer the same fate as Jason Todd.
While Tim was still training, his parents Jack and Janet Drake were kidnapped by a mysterious stranger. Tim continued to focus on his work by foiling a plan of a hacker thief. Meanwhile, Batman went out to rescue Tim’s parents. Batman arrived too late though, and his parents were both poisoned, his mother died but his father fell into a deep coma. With the tragedy Tim and his parents went through, Batman became wary that Tim may go down the road of vengeance and it would cloud his judgment. However Tim would prove Batman wrong when he saved Batman and Vicki Vale from the Scarecrow. After wards Batman allowed Tim to take the mantle of the Boy Wonder and gave him a newer version of the costume.
Tim was an excellent detective, however he was missing an important skill, martial arts [Tim would become a brilliant fighter on par with Nightwing and Batman] . Right after Batman gave Tim the Robin mantle, he sent him to Paris to learn fighting skills from a master martial artist, Rahul Lama. He would learn healing techniques from the old master while learning martial arts from his grandson. Tim noticed an organized crime lead by King Snake, so he decides to try and stop them. However, Lady Shiva had been pursuing King Snake also, she discovers the potential that Tim had in martial arts. Lady Shiva takes Tim in and decides to train him herself. She also offered to teach him how to use only 1 weapon of his choice. Tim chose the bow staff because it was the least deadliest weapon. Nearing the end of his training, Lady Shiva and Tim had a sparing match in which Tim defeats her with the bow staff. Shiva then presents Tim with a gift, it is a retractable bo staff that he could conceal. The King Snake was planning to release a plague but was stopped by Tim and Lady Shiva. While King Snake was hanging onto the building helplessly, Shiva orders Tim to kill him in order to “graduate.” Tim refused to kill King Snake.
Back in GothamTim returns to Gotham City and officially becomes Batman’s partner. Tim also began going on many solo missions which included him fighting the murderer of the previous Robin, the Joker. He also teamed up with Huntress to battle the King Snake again. Meanwhile, Tim still could not fully adjust to having an alter-ego. His father also comes out of the coma around the same time, and their relationship has not been the same.
When Tim’s dad came out of the coma, he was paralyzed from the waist down. He realizes his wife had died and that he was in a coma for a long time. Jack wanted to reconnect with his son, but Tim’s duties as Robin and his relationship with Bruce caused a little controversy between the father and son. Jack would eventually be able to regain the use of his legs with the help of a therapist Dana Winters. Jack and Dana began a romantic relationship and she begins to fix the Drakes’ problems. She helped rid Jack of his anger towards his son and helped Tim reconnect with his father. Dana and Jack would eventually marry.
Tim began a romantic relationship as Robin with the daughter of a criminal named Cluemaster, Stephanie Brown [Spoiler]. Batman would not allow Robin to reveal his identity to Stephanie, later she reveals to Tim that she is pregnant from a previous relationship. Tim helps her through childbirth but eventually the child was given up for adoption.
Tim distinguished himself from Jason Todd by being more reserved in temperament and from Dick Grayson by being more of a detective and less of a great acrobat, Tim worked hard, mastering stick fighting and mastering other forms of combat like tae kwon do, karate, judo and jeet kune do. Tim is also naturally very intelligent and is a better detective that Dick and Jason. Tim has proven himself to be a brilliant crime fighter on his own and with his mentor Batman however Tim was under strict orders to never in engage a known killer like Two-face or The Joker until he was more experienced.
Tim was in Gotham when Bane broke open Arkham Asylum and unleashed almost all the inmates inside on Gotham. Tim was the first person to suggest to Batman that it was Bane who was responsible for these actions. Tim and Batman set out to catch the criminal’s, they got off to a good start by taking down the Mad Hatter’s tea party and bringing half a dozen thugs with him. Batman decided that the two would separate to take down more criminals in a shorter time. Robin went after Bird, one of Bane’s lackey’s and Batman went after Zsasz. Robin was briefly captured by Bane and Killer Croc but escaped soon after. Robin would try to track down the villain Firefly, he would eventually track down the villain but Robin is mentally and physically drained so Batman told him to sit this one out in the batcave. Tim’s rest was short lived when the Riddler held a live hostage T.V show [although he had a fake bomb] Robin beat the Riddler and saved the hostages.
Robin was with Alfred and Jean-Paul Valley when Bane broke Batman’s back and threw him of a roof top in downtown Gotham. They acquired a ambulance and took Bruce back to the Batcave. Robin wanted to take Bruce to hospital but it was too big of a risk to expose all the identities of the bat family. All Robin could do is stay by Bruce’s bedside and pry. Thankfully Bruce did not die but when he woke up Bruce was psychologically scared, as his defeat to Bane came as a big blow to Bruce mentally [in addition to his broken back]. Tim could barely stand to watch his mentor so shattered but he stayed the course, helping Alfred recruit Dr Shondra Kingsolving to be Bruce’s personal physician. Once Bruce was in better spirit’s, Tim talks about the escalating violence and gang war in Gotham, Tim told Bruce about how someone should step in as Batman while Bruce heals, Bruce agrees but turns down Tim’s suggestions that Nightwing should take the mantle of Batman saying he is his own man now with his own responsibilities [the real reason that Bruce did not want to take the mantle is because he was sacred that Dick would run into Bane and get injured like he did], so Bruce picked Azrael [Jean-Paul Valley]. Tim gave Azrael the Batman costume [which he Azrael modified].
Bruce’s condition was partially heartbreaking for Robin, given that his father, Jack was still learning how to use his body parts again after coming out of a coma. Robin went out on patrol with the new Batman and was dismayed with the amount of violence Azrael used to capture the criminals and Tim had to keep reminding Azrael that there was more to being Batman than just a costume, but Azrael came more and more lost in his role and actually killed a criminal. Bruce realized that if Bane worked out his identity that meant he knew Tim’s as well. Bruce’s was right and he and Alfred set of to the Drake home to rescue Jack was kidnapped.
Tim wanted to go and save his father but Bruce told Tim that Gotham needed him and that Bruce would go and save him. Azrael kept getting more and more violent and started to reject Tim, Tim also found himself spending more time with Nightwing, the two established a almost perfect partnership stopping many villains together, Tim told Dick that he felt responsible for Azrael’s recklessness, Dick told Tim that it wasn’t his fault and that he was surprised that Bruce did not ask him to take the mantle.
Tim came across Azrael fighting Bane on a railway, Robin manages to save the people on the train, the new Batman beats Bane and much to the relief of Robin, Azrael dose not kill Bane. All through Azrael did not kill Bane he was acting reckless. The “system” played havoc with Azrael and finally snapped under the strain of the system and one night in the bat cave he attacked Robin, Robin only just escaped. After this Azrael locked himself in the bat cave. Around this time Bruce and Alfred returned with Jack, Bruce’s back was mystically healed by by an unknown man. Bruce was happy with Tim’s progress but was a bit mad at Tim for not stopping Azrael killing someone all Tim said is that Azrael is out of control and has locked himself in the bat cave, so Bruce decided to take the mantle back by force, this meant a trip to Lady Shiva for a crash course to get him back to his peak. Tim was very happy that Bruce and his father where back safely.
Bruce “graduated” from Shiva’s training with the support of Robin and Nightwing but Bruce wanted to face Azrael alone, Bruce beat Azrael but instead of starting as Batman straight away Bruce decided that he needed some time off to train more. Bruce gave the mantle to the man who should got it the first time, Dick Grayson. The new Batman and Robin got along very well and again formed a near perfect partnership again. After some time Bruce returned and Dick gave back the mantle of Batman and he regained his identity as Nightwing. Tim and Dick have formed a brotherly bound and often team up.
Tim began teaming up with other young heroes around his age, but also teamed up with heroes like Superman and the Flash. Robin and Superboy would eventually team up and realize that they worked so well together. As a result, the two of them created Young Justice. Robin was the leader of the group for a period of time before he had to take a temporary leave to assist in the Imperiex War. When Tim had to rescue the Young Justice from Apokolips, he discovers that more then half the team has lost trust in Tim due to the actions of Batman. Many of the heroes discovered that Batman had been keeping tabs on everyone and had a plan that would defeat anyone if they crossed the line.
When Tim returns to the Young Justice, the whole team decided to vote for a leader instead of letting Tim retake leadership. Wonder Girl wins the election, but Tim worked closely with Wonder Girl, helping her with leadership, and the team still looked to Tim for tactical advice. The Young Justice eventually disbanded after the death of Donna Troy. Robin, Superboy, and Wonder Girl would go on to join the new Teen Titans and fight alongside Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy. Even though Robin was one of the younger member and was not the leader of the Titans (Cyborg was the leader), Tim often took leadership amongst the young members.
During Identity Crisis, Batman and Robin were investigating the crimes related to the problem in the JLA. Oracle sends them a message saying the Tim’s father needs to speak with them immediately. Tim arrives and they figure that someone is threatening him. Jack assures Tim that whatever happens is not his fault. Eventually the mystery man turns out to be Captain Boomerang. Jack and Captain Boomerang exchange shots and in the end killed each other. Batman and Robin arrived too late to save Jack. After wards Bruce offers to adopt Tim, however Tim did not like the idea. Instead Tim decided to created fake records about an Uncle living in Bludhaven. His fake uncle would be his legal guardian and Tim would eventually move to Bludhaven. The reason his stepmother Dana did not take custody was because she checked in to a mental hospital to help her deal with the death of her husband, Tim's father. Batman would eventually be able to uncover the tracks Tim tried to hide and discovers what he is truly doing. Batman became impressed with Tim rather then angry, and offered to teach him how to fully cover his tracks.
Robin meets Robin
Later a mystery villain began to appear claiming his alias as Red Hood. It would later be discovered that Red Hood was actually Jason Todd. Jason continued to make Batman suffer, but was also intrigued with who had replaced him and why everyone claimed that he was so good. He broke into the wearing his Robin costume. Jason defeated the other Titans and would engage in a battle with Tim. Jason had been angered at someone replaced him, and that he used to be a temporary Titan, yet they did not have a statue of him in the Hall of Fallen Titans. He beats Tim but does not kill him, instead he rips the R off his chest and leaves.
Infinite Crisis, 52, and One Year Later
Robin aided all the heroes during Infinite Crisis and helped the a few teams battle Superboy-Prime. Tim later was able to find a cure for Superboy in one of Luthor’s genetic research base. After Bludhaven’s destruction, Robin led a team to help rescue those that were caught in the middle, however the heroes were kicked out of the city by the Government.
After the events of infinite crisis in which Nighwing was nearly killed, Bruce takes Tim and Dick on the training trip he went on to become Batman. On the trip the training was brutal, they we’re trained in ancient martial arts and furthered their skills in the ones they have already mastered. Tim also modified his Robin suit, the suit was a tribute to his dead best friend Superboy and took on some of the designs of Batman’s suit.
After the year-long trip with Bruce and Dick, Tim returns to Gotham and moves into the Wayne estate, gesturing a healthy relationship towards Bruce. Tim soon receives an unknown message regarding Batgirl, threats sending him on errands, and failing to do them would result in her death. Tim rushes out to find Cassandra, and comes upon a dead body in a Batgirl outfit. Shocked at first, Tim un-masks the woman and finds that it's Lynx, a hired assassin. Before Gotham's police arrive on the scene, Tim takes the mask in hopes of finding out who is trying to frame Batgirl. Whilst running tests on the mask at Wayne Manor, Lady Shiva arrives to inform Tim of the recent death of Nyssa al Ghul, leaving the League of Assassins up for grabs. Tim focuses on his investigation, vowing not to let another person close to him die. He finds a clue in Batgirl's cowl written in a specific code. After deciphering it Robin's next objective is with Cassandra's father, David Cain. Robin abides by what the code asks of him, and breaks David out of Blackgate Prison. David informs Tim that his daughter is head of the League of Assassins. Tim, skeptical at first, finds out the truth after he confronts Cassandra.
Cassandra believes that she is meant to be a killer, and asks Tim to join her. Tim refuses as Cassandra shoots her father, apparently killing him. Tim then becomes hellbent in bringing Cassandra to the police. Tim single handily defeats all of her league League of Assassins ninja’s before an explosion interrupts the battle. When Tim returns to the scene, he finds Cassandra's league to be dead, and his mini-camera still intact, which recorded everything. Tim notices David Cain managed to get away in the recording, and is able to clear his name from the footage.
Robin and the new Captain Boomerang handle the problems they have about their fathers death. They even work together to stop a bomb the Joker wanted to use. During the battle Dodge a young superhero with the power to teleport due to a belt made by his father, shows up. Bruce also eventually adopts Tim, which Tim accepts. Robin is captured by the Joker but escapes on his own. Batman and Robin also face of against a terrorist named Vox who kills him self at the end of their adventure.
While attending the 1 year anniversary of Superboy's death, Robin joins the rest of the superhero community to have a memorial service in which to honor Conner Kent and all those who died during World War III.
Tim had been trying to rebuild the Teen Titans. But only he and Ravager, the daughter of Deathstroke, were on the roster. He attempts to convince Wonder Girl to return but she refuses, feeling abandoned by Robin following Superboy's death. Jimmy Olsen ask why he has changed his uniform to red and black. Time replies that it was "his colors" (Superboy).
Unable to let his best friend go Tim sets up a secret facility beneath for the express purpose of recreating Superboy via replicating his DNA, although all his attempts have so far failed. He also keeps Conner's costume similar to how Batman grieved the death of Jason Todd.
Wonder Girl returns to the team full time, and goes in search of Robin to inform him of her decision. During the search, she discovers his secret lab. Tim confesses how much he misses Conner, and the two share a passionate, unexpected kiss. Wonder Girl has attempted to speak to Tim about the incident several times, but Robin continues to avoid her.
Later, Deathstroke's Titans East makes a full out assault on the Teen Titans, picking off each member except for Rose and . Tim has been personally targeted by Deathstroke who ,with Batgirl, is holding him captive in an unknown underground location. In a mocking sort of gesture, Slade has surrounded Tim with trophy cases containing Superboy's costume, along with that of Stephanie Brown ( Spoiler )and clothing from his parents, Jack and Janet Drake, and his stepmother, Dana Drake.
Deathstroke ordered Cassandra Cain to inject Tim with the same formula that once granted him control over Rose and current control over Cassandra. Tim managed to escape and inject Cassandra with an antidote he developed in case Slade ever managed to re-inject Rose. With Batgirl now free of Slade's influence, she has joined Robin and the Titans against Slade's Titans East.
Along with Duela Dent and past Titans, Nightwing, Donna Troy, Beast Boy and Flash (Bart Allen), the Titans defeat the Titans East, although Slade and Inertia manage to escape. Batgirl, who attempted to murder Slade in revenge, is stopped by Nightwing, and disappears soon after.
Since then the Titans have experienced a bit of a rough patch. The introduction of the Terror Titans withdrew Ravenger from their ranks, and soon after one of the teams tech-twins was murdered in an attack on Wonder Girl. the team did however regain gain an alliance with Bomdshell, and Blue Beetle has become a permanent member. The team recently decided to hold tryouts to replenish their numbers, and excitement is promised.
Ra 's AL Ghul
Recently Tim has had another Good friend die. When Bart Allen was killed by the Rouges. He showed a video made by Bart at his funeral and had a private ceremony with the Titans at the Tower. He was also being troubled by a rival named Dodge. Dodge has come out of his coma glowing with a strange energy. Dodge was giving a drug to kids so they would gain super powers and help kill Robin who he was still angry with.
Meanwhile, Robin is fighting against Ra's Al Ghul with the rest of the Bat-family. Ra's has captured both Tim and Damien and intends to use one of them as his new host. Both Tim and Damien refused and Ra's intends to make Batman choose. Robin is still haunted by Ra's offer to bring back his loved ones. In the midst of a battle with Ra's ninjas, he breaks off and goes after the White Ghost, feeling it to be selfish of him to deny his parents and friends life. The White Ghost tells Tim that he can restore them, but only if Tim swears his undying loyalty to Ra's Al Ghul and forsakes Batman. Tim agrees, and is sent to a chamber with a Lazarus Pit. There he is confronted by Nightwing, who swears to stop him. The two battle and Nightwing convinces Robin not to join Ra's. Tim and the others battled Ra's Al Ghul at Nanda Parbat. They escaped when the monks summoned the power of their goddess Rama Kushina and completely cut off Nanda Parbat from the world.
Tim was also involved in the direct conspiracy against Batman. He was hunted by a handful of lesser known bat-foes, and managed to keep out of their grasps longer than even Nightwing. In the end, he managed to make it to the scene just in time to witness Batman's apparent demise.
When Batman disappeared with no real explanation or trace, Robin knew it was his time to step into 's spotlight. With the help of the recently returned Spoiler (who's death was faked in an earlier Batman Story Arch), Robin took on the gangs and villains of the city in an attempt to fill the void Batman left behind. he forged an alliance with a GCPD'd Sgt. Harper. with her help he was able to stay on top of police movement much the same way as Batman did with Gordon. He also made a tentative connection with the Penguin.
Tim later found out that Anarky, a villain turned hero turned villain again, was behind much of the chaos the city had been experiencing, including the gangs and the appearance of Red Robin (Anarky was the person pretending to be Red Robin). However, Robin didn't realize this until he was almost killed in one of Anarky's explosions. Tim escaped with serious burns to his body and the back of his head, the latter forcing him to ditch his usual domino mask and done the Red Robin cape and cowl that he had apprehended.
Tim find Anarky in the middle of the chaos, and in a last ditch attempt to save his city, Robin starts to fight with Anarky while Spoiler tries to stop the chaos and Anarky's bombs, Anarky tries to distract Tim with pre-recorded speech's of himself but this did'nt work, Anarky was no match for Tim's fighting skills and Tim beat the crap out of Anarky. Tim had planned for Officer Jamie Harper get Ulysses's parents to come to try to stop Anarky but he did not count on them bringing their other younger children Hillary and Matthew. Anarky see's his parents but not his brother and sister neither does Robin. Anarky manages to set off his last bomb which is in a mail box next to the car his younger brother and sister where in.
Robin saves officer Harper but did not know about the children in the car and was not able to save them. With the chaos stopped Robin has a brief talk with Commissioner Gordon in which Questions Tim destion to bring Ulysses's parents into it. Tim meets up with Steph and tells her that he knows about her and Batman plans to make him better and that he loves her and because of that he can't have Spoiler around messing things up any more, He then congratulates her on making him better. Jim Gorden accepts Robin and gives him his own signal. Gotham has a new hero and his name is Robin.
Gotham has gone to hell and Robin and Nightwing are trying their hardest to set it right, they have developed the Network, made up of their best allies to help. Robin and Squire tracked and was about to take down some robbers but before they could take them down some else does, Robin and Squire don't see the person but he leaves them a note saying " I AM BATMAN" but before anything can be said Nightwing call's Robin for back up with a gang, they take the gang down. Meanwhile a coach full of Gotham's most dangerous criminal's on their was to Arkham but the coach is stopped by a small army of goons lead by the Black Mask after the criminals are off the coach Arkham is blown up [by the Joker] also they have caught on that Batman is no longer around, back in the Bat-cave Nightwing is looking at all of Batman's different suits when Tim walks in saying that one of them [Tim or Dick] needs to become the new Batman but Nightwing shrugs this off so Tim tells Dick about a man running around in a custom made Batman suit fighting crime [possibly Jason Todd] but he was no beginner he was experienced and knew what he was doing.
Battle for the Cowl
Tim uses his brilliant detective skills to work out where the phony Batman's hideout is, but Tim decides not to confront the fake Batman as Robin but as Batman, he uses the silver age Batman suit. Mean while Damian is joy riding in a Bat-mobile with a friend when Oracle calls him to do swoop of the docks, Damian's friend starts talking, Oracle takes control of the car and press's the eject button on Damian's friends seat and she goes flying into a small stream where Killer Croc and Poison Ivy are trying track the Bat-mobile, Croc eats the girl then knocks the car of the road into the stream, Damian is terrified and tries to talk his way out of it, Croc was about to eat Damian but Nightwing flies in on a hand glider and saves Damian but while their flying they are shot out of the air, on the ground they are quickly surrounded by goon but suddenly the phony Batman comes in shooting the goons.
Dick begins to fight the phony Batman, while their fighting Dick revels he knows who the Phony Batman is Jason Todd, Jason shoots Damian in the chest then flees the fight. Back at Black Masks hide out and is planning to blow up Gotham police headquarters with Firefly and Adam Bomb meanwhile Tim [dressed in the Silver Age Batman suit] has found Jason's Batcave but he is not alone, Catwoman has followed Tim thinking he was the one killing people. At the same time Dick discovers that Tim had taken the Bat suit.
Jason sneaks up on Catwoman and knocks her out. Tim and Jason begin to fight with Tim obliviously the better fighter out of the two but Jason uses his knowledge of his cave to lure Tim into a pit where he repeatedly slashes him with a Batarang, in the middle of the fight Jason asks Tim to be his Robin but Tim refuses and picks up a crowbar a begins to beat Jason with it but Jason manages to stab Tim in the gut with the Batarang and leaves him to die.
With Gotham on fire Dick tells the network to hunt down the Black Mask while he goes looking for Tim. Back at the Bat-Cave Damian has recovered and wants to go out to help but Alfred tells him it’s time to earn his keep and gives Damian his suit [the classic Robin tunic with the League of assassins robs] and tells him to go with Squire and find Tim. With Penguin caught by the Police instead of making a move for the city Two-Face is forced to flee the city by the new Black Mask. Dick is deeply upset at his adopted brother’s disappearance and wont rest until he finds Tim. Dick manages to track Tim by using a old tracking device in the Bat-suit Tim was wearing to Jason’s cave wear he finds Tim’s cape and cowl hung on a cross Dick picks it up and is electrocuted, Jason appears but before the fight can begin Dicks uses a holographic message that Bruce recorded before his death.
The holographic Bruce says that Jason was his biggest failure and that he need to be repaired mentally, he continues to say that he loved him but it was a mistake to train him, Jason and Dick begin to fight but as with Jason’s fight with Tim, Jason is the lesser skilled fighter of the two but again Jason uses his knowledge of his cave and gadgets to try to beat his opponent but this time it doesn’t work Dick is going ballistic at Jason for telling him that Tim is dead.
In the tunnels of Jason’s cave a wounded but a very much alive Tim Drake [Wayne] makes his way out of the tunnels, he revels that he used a martial art technique called the possum reflex that Bruce taught him, the technique enables Tim to slow his heart rate to eight beats per minute which lead Jason to believe that he was dead but he says that it was the Bat-suits heavy armour that saved him.Jason sets off bombs he laid in his cave, the explosions make all the tunnels cave in, Tim is to injured to move quickly and the ground collapse beneath him but before he can fall to his death Damian and Squire save him. The explosion forces Dick’s and Jason’s fight outside on to a moving train. Jason tells Dick that he is only mad at Dick because he didn’t take up the cowl so Jason did but Dick thinks Jason is only over-compensating for his past actions. Dick finishes the fight but his final blow is more powerful that he expected and sends Jason to the edge of the bridge, Jason only just hangs on, Dick tries to save Jason but Jason refuses to take his hand and lets go of the edge seemingly falling to his death.
A few days later a figure approaches the grand-father lock entrance to the cave below waiting for him are Alfred and Damian who has become the new Robin, so the question still remains who owns the mantle Dick or Tim? Who is the new Batman?
The son of Batman and Talia Al Ghul, Damian Wayne has been raised by his mother in the harrowing world of the League of Assassins. After a battle with her new ninja Man-bats at an art gallery Talia kidnapped the English Prime-Minster's wife and left Damian with Batman so he would slow down his work. As a spoiled and violent child, Damian at first had no respect for his father, Robin, Alfred or his war on crime. Robin was also angry about Damian and after informing Batman about The Spook holding the mayor hostage he storms off. Damian threw a fit when he had his sword taken and wasn't allowed to get a laptop. However after being shown his father's scary side he was soon put in his place and gain a true but misguided want to help his father.
Batman left to battle The Spook and after saving an undercover officer and the hostages he found The Spook's headless body. Tim returned to the cave and found Damain had escaped. After some more of Damain's attitude he said "I Fought crime. I can do that. I fought crime tonight. Crime Lost". He showed Tim The Spooks head with a grenade in it. Damian detonated the grenade and began fighting Tim. During the fight Tim had to save Damian from almost being eaten by the robotic T-rex in the cave. After a short talk, Damian sucker-punched Tim and donned a Robin shirt and mask along with his assassin gear and a cloak and hood. He tracked down his father and the two rushed back. He freed Alfred and told him to help Tim.
After pleading with his father for help he told him his mother wanted a garrison at Gibraltar. After asking Kirk Langstrom for help Batman went after Talia (in a rocket Damian was known about). When they landed Damian and Batman battled his mother's Man-bat's. Batman was going to give the two another chance however the ship they were on was destroyed by a torpedo. Batman survived and found only Damian's cloak. While they both survived Damian required massive surgery and many organ transplants which his mother gathered. After taking Damian to Australia to learn of his grandfather's history from his servant the White Ghost.
However the White Ghost revealed that Damian was meant to be the vessel for the return of Ra's ah Ghul after his death. But Batman showed up to save Damian and the White Ghost accidentally died by failing into a Lazarus pit. After Ra's return he informs Damian that he wants to use his body as a replacement for his damaged one. He refuses and after battling his grandfather's ninjas leaves to inform his father. He also has a run in with Robin while searching for his father. After meeting Robin both of them are captured by Ra's Al Ghul. Ra's intends to use either of them as a new host and is going to force Batman to make the choice.
Batman instead offers his body to Ra's but Ra's refuses the offer, feeling he needs someone younger. Batman offers a third choice the "Fountain of Essence," which contains the qualities like those of the Lazarus Pit. Batman and Ra's go in search of the fountain, leaving Tim, Damian, Nightwing, Alfred and Talia to battle the Sensei. Damian leaves his mother and Tim for dead, while he goes off to be with his father. Unfortunately, he ends up being captured by Ra's and nearly loses his life to Ra's. Batman and the others manage to save him, and Talia takes her son and escapes.
These events happen after Batman: Battle for the cowl
After the events of Battle for the Cowl Dick decides it’s time he takes up the mantle of his mentor but says they have to do it his way. The first thing he does is move Himself, Tim, Damian and Alfred out of Wayne Manor and locked the Batcave and moved into the penthouse in Wayne Tower and they also used a massive secret bunker that Bruce built as their Batcave. Dick said “the Batcave was him and this will be me”, Dick’s first act as Batman was to stop the Scarecrow unleashing his fear toxins on Gotham.
Dick’s first big decision as Batman was to give the mantle of Robin to Damian so he could keep a eye on him but he did this without consulting Tim, Tim feels betrayed but Dick tells him he wants Tim to be his second in command, his partner not his sidekick but their conversation is interrupted by Damian now wearing a new Robin suit and begins to mock Tim but he quickly regrets this when Tim punches Damian in the face and is only held back by Dick, Tim walks out with Dick shouting after him. Tim became Red Robin and travelled the World to find out if Bruce Wayne is really died.
Dick and Damian build a flying Batmobile which they uses for the first week of their partnership, Damian is hostile towards Dick often saying he wasn’t the real Batman.
These events occur in the title Batman and Robin
At the front desk a man who is on fire is injuring and burning police officers and is then joined by his assailants, a very, very fat man dressed in a tutu and three martial arts monks strapped together, Batman and Robin arrive to the front desk, Batman lets Robin fight the three monks but he can only fight them to a stand still but unable to beat them so Batman steps in and easily defeats them.
Damian goes against Batman’s orders and goes after the fat man while Batman fights the other gang members. The fat man revels they are there to free Mr Toad but he is stopped by Robin, the fat man is massive compared to Damian but during the fight Robin brutally breaks the fat man’s arm and then violently interrogates him. Damian is only stopped when Dick has to physically restrain him. When Damian was fighting the fat man someone managed to sneak into Mr Toad’s cell and kill him.
When the arrive back at the Bat-bunker Dick and Damian yet again come to verbal blows, Damian calls Dick a mockery to Bruce’s legacy and then rips the Robin badge of his uniform and tells Dick he will find a teacher he respects, he then gets on his motorbike a leaves.
Dick confides in Alfred telling him he’s having trouble adapting to his new role, after a lengthy conversion Alfred tells Dick his Batman needs to be more of a performance and less of a memorial, Dick agrees and goes to look for Damian on a new Batbike called the Quad-Bat.
Damian manages to track down where the fat man’s gang came from, he finds out they came from a circus where he finds a girl with a mask on crying and tided up begging Damian for help but before he can help the girl he is attacked by a massive group of people who are dressed in the same cloths as the girl and also have the same mask stuck on their face’s, Damian is overwhelmed by the numbers of the group and a man wearing a pig mask walks out talking to Damian while he tries to defend himself, on of the people in the masks then set of a massive explosion.
Batman is tearing up the city looking for Robin, he begins to integrate a Prisoner from the circus who tells him where Robin is, meanwhile Robin in a circus tent wakes up bound to a chair with ropes and in the presences of a man wearing a pig mask and he is putting doll masks on other people, after a short conversation, the pig Professor orders one of his goons, who all have the same plastic face burned on to their real face, to but one of the faces on to Robin. Damian breaks the ropes that where holding him to the chair and starts to fight the goon’s and easily bets them and Professor pig.
Meanwhile Batman stops one of Professor pyg’s goons who has a bomb but when looks to disarm it he finds out it empty and realizes that their not carrying bombs their carrying germs and protects himself from the goon spitting germs at him. Back at where Damian is being held, Robin is fighting more goons, he finds a teenage girl with one of Professor pyg’s plastic faces on her asking for help and Damian says that he promises to get her out, in the same room is the girls father who also has a plastic face and is being dragged around by Professor pyg, the girl gets a Bunsen burner and burns him with it.
Professor Pyg escapes through a window and jumps onto a rollercoaster cart, Robin follows him but he leaves the girl he promised to get out, Doctor Pig is still on fire, the two begin to fight but come flying of the cart at the corner, before Damian can get up Professor Pyg hits him over the head with a burning piece of wood but before he could deliver the final blow to Robin, Batman speeds in on the bat-quod, Professor Pyg gets up and tries to escape but runs into a wall. Batman and Robin finish of the rest of the goons. Batman then realises that this must be the place where they are keeping the deadly germs and goes looking for the antidote in case anyone was infected and calls Commissioner Gordon. Robin remembers the girl he left behind but the room is empty so she must have got out.
Later on while talking to Commissioner Gordon Batman revels that Professor Pyg was Lazlo Valentin and he created a new generation of Narcotics [drugs] and was selling it to Russian gangsters to finance his strange opposition with making doll people [the goons with the plastic faces] and that the drug is extremely addictive [this is the same drug one of the doll people tried to spray Batman with] and he was going to hold Gotham city to ransom. Batman also finds another Domino.
Later they track down part of the Black Glove, the group that came close to killing Bruce and nearly lobotomized Dick.
That night in Gotham hospital the young girl that Robin left in Pyg’s room was going around the Hospital killing all the other Doll face people even her own father until she is caught by security but before anything can be don the security guards get their heads blown off by a mysterious man asking for her help to clean up Gotham, the mysterious man is revelled to be the new Red Hood.
These events occur in the tittle Batman: Streets of Gotham
Harly Quinn is back on the streets and on the straight and narrow, She is mistakenly accused of robbing money from a store by the owner and police are called but it oblivious that she did not commit crime but as she is walking away she is yanked of the streets by Batman.
Batman tells her to leave Gotham and start again, she attempts to attack Batman but he simply dodges her at she is taken down by Robin who asks if he can cut out her tongue for talking to much but Batman told him next time.
Later on that night on the many red light districts in Gotham where Pimps and Prostitutes operate, a pimp is selling one of his girls called Cady services to a man for night, Cady is twelve years old but while her pimp and a client are talking about money a large man starts talking about money, the pimp does not like this a attacks the man, the man moves in front of Cady and starts a fight with the pimp, the man brakes the pimps wrist with one hand and then beats down the men in the limo and punches the man who wanted to buy the Cady for the night with knuckle dusters that leave the word “abuse” on the man’s forehead, before the mystery crime fighter drives off in the battered limo Cady tells him her real name is Katy.
Katy is still in shock in what she just saw doesn’t notice a man walk past her and graze her arm, the man is revelled to be Firefly who plans on setting Gotham on fire. Meanwhile in Batman and Robin’s new home Wayne tower they have holding cells where they keep the worst criminals until Arkam is rebuilt, Damian is playing chess with Tommy Elliot who has now completely changed his appearance to that of Bruce Wayne but before they can finish their game they see on the news that Firefly’s plan is now taking effect and it is revelled that Firefly had gone around placing small chips in people that make the person completely set on fire.
Batman and Robin start to contain the situation and Damian proves that he is growing into his new role of Robin and has started to respect Dick as Batman. They soon relies that the fire is just not contained to that small area but almost all of Gotham is on fire.
Dick and Damian go to Wayne Manor cemetery to clean up the mess Black Hand had left, when they arrive they discover that Black Hand had dug up Bruce Wayne’s body and had taken his skull, also he had dug up Thomas and Martha Wayne’s bodies but had not taken but Dick was extremely annoyed and decides that their bones will be moved to the Bat bunker and begins to move them but Damian gets spooked and Dick tells him to go to the Batmobile and wait for him.
While this was happening 25’000 feet above Gotham the FBI have been informed of the dead villains and hero’s being brought back to live and are flying the remains of some villains to the JLA head quarters so that they would be save but the Black Rings come and claimed the dead bodies and turns them into Black Lantern’s, amongst the new Black Lantern’s are Blockbuster and the Ventriloquist.
Batman and Robin are on their way back to a cemetery to check on some graves and are disusing whether or not they are scared of death when suddenly Dick is possessed by the Deadman, who does not know that Dick is Batman and Damian is Robin so is shocked when he enters Batman’s body as instantly starts shouting, Damian recognises that something is wrong with Dick and starts punching Dick in hopes getting the Deadman out of him the combination of driving at 80 mile an hour and getting punched in the face make Deadman serve of the road.
Deadman then swaps bodies with Damian so he can talk to Batman, it is revelled that Deadman’s body had also been taken by the Black Lantern’s and he could also hear them whispering which was hurting him. They set off to the nearest cemetery, on the way Deadman tells Dick that Damian has some bad issue’s.
They arrive at the cemetery where Deadman starts to sense the Black Rings and leaves Damian’s body, it is revelled that the cemetery they are in is the final resting place of Jack and Janet Drake and their bodies have become Black Lantern’s, Dick calls Tim, who is in Paris dangling a man of the Eiffel Tower who he has beaten up and after Dick tells him what’s happened Tim starts to way back to Gotham. Dick’s parents have also been brought back as Black Lantern’s. Damian draws Batman attention to the Bat-signal in the sky which had been cracked and there are bodies lying on top of it.
Stephanie Brown-Stephanie Brown is the daughter of the Cluemaster,a Batman rogue. She served as the 4th robin in Tim Drake's place when he was injured. After a brief time as Robin,Stephanie took up the identity of The Spoiler. She died a short time after. She returned to life eventually. She continued to serve as Spoiler,until she was forced to take up the mantle of Batgirl from Cassandra Cain.
Tim is a superb crime fighter and has been trained by some of the greatest martial artist’s in the world such as Batman, Nightwing and Lady Shiva. Tim has mastered many different forms of unarmed combat such as tie kwon do, Karate, Judo, Boxing, kick boxing, jeet kune do. Tim has also mastered stick fighting witch Lady Shiva taught him, Tim even beat Lady Shiva in a stick fight. Tim has proven himself against much experienced fighter’s than him, beating the likes of Lady Shiva, Ravager, Electrocutioner, Batgirl, his future self [Batman] twice and countless street thugs/henchmen. He has also held Nightwing to a stand still. Batman has said that Tim has the potential to be a better fighter than him and Nightwing.
Tim is extremely intelligent, which allows him to have a firm grasp on computers and science, Tim is in peak human form [although this his physical attributes change because he is still growing up] and has near superhuman agility which he uses to great affect when fighting this also helps him use his acrobatic skills to much more effectively, he is not in the same league as his adopted brother, Nightwing but has proven to be a good acrobat. Like his adopted father, Batman and his adopted brother, Nightwing, Tim is a brilliant leader and tactician, he has lead The Teen Titans and Young Justice and was even put in charge of rescuing of Bludhaven by Batman and Superman.a good example of this is when he try’s to clone his died friend Conner Kent [Superboy] this shows he has advanced knowledge of chemistry and biology and genetics. Batman has stated that Tim could potentially be smarter that himself. Tim is a superb detective, he has uncovered Batman’s and Nightwing’s identities with no help or training. He has also discovered the identities of Spoiler, Huntress and Captain Marvel. Tim is a master of criminology, stealth, disguise and escapology all of which was taught to him by Batman and Nightwing.
Robin has most of the same gear and equipment as Batman.
• - Batarang and Robin-shakens : A shuriken of shakens, each designed like a boomerang and all with a boomerang effect. They are usually designed to look like a bat. Batarang shakens also vary in their sizes and effects, The Robin shankens are like ninja although very sharp the don't stab every deebly but can cause large amounts of damage.
• - Bo staff : Tim is considered one of the best stick fighters in the world by Batman, Tim carries two or three Bo Staff’s at a time, he keeps them on small hooks on the back of his belt.
• - Bolas: It is an explosive ball that when thrown at an opponent’s feet, explode and ties them up in a nylon cord. Robin can also give an electric shock with a button on his gauntlets.
• - Cuffs: These are bat-shaped handcuffs that are made of lightweight diamond-impregnated nylon. Theirs is a one-piece design. They slide open and closed so they can fit into his utility belt.
• - Tracer: Used to attach on opponents to track their location.
• - Communication device: Ear-bug to communicate with allies.
• - First aid kit: To heal injuries.
• - Gas Mask: Provides protection against various toxic gases.
• - Goo gun: A gun that fires adhesive substance to incapacitate an opponent.
• - Grappling hook: A gun that fires a line to swing from one area to another.
• - Laser torch: A laser that cuts through almost any material.
• - Oxy-acetylene torch: A newer version of the laser torch.
• - Line gun: Stronger version of the grappling gun in which the top clamps onto a big surface.
• - Lock picks: To pick locks, sometimes stored in Batman's gauntlets.
• - Micro camera: Mounted on his utility-belt buckle, it allows him to shoot photographs.
• - Miniature smoke grenades: These allow him to conceal himself from his enemies.
• - Miniature mines: Small explosives that detonate on touch.
• - Mini computer: A computer connected to WayneTech communications satellite.
• - Money: Whatever currency is needed.
• - Radar: Kept on his buckle, it emits a radar wave.
• - Re-breather: Allows Robin to breathe underwater or in a vacuum.
• - Remote control: Controls Robin’s motor bike or his Red-bird and other vehicles, and WayneTech satellites.
• - Smoke pellets: Used to conceal him during entrances and exits.
• - Stun grenades: A grenade that emits bright light, loud sounds, and stuns opponents.
• - Taser: This can incapacitate an opponent by means of non-lethal electrocution.
• - Thermite grenades: Burn through most materials.
The first Robin costume was a red and Green tunic with Green shorts and elf shoes a black cape with yellow on the interior and a green mask. The costume was worn by Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and even Carrie Kelly in The Dark Knight Returns. Tim Drake wore this costume briefly before switching to one with Green pants, ninja-style boots and something resemblinh red body armor. A version of this costume was worn by Stephanie Brown in her short tenure as Robin.
Tim's second costume match's the Superboy red and black color scheme as homage to his late friend. These updates include long sleeves, the elimination of green from his costume, the addition of scallops to his gloves and cape, and the inclusion of an utility belt with pockets. The scallops on Robin's cape give an illusion of feathers much like Batman's scallops give the illusion of Bat-wings,He replaced the stylized "R" on Robin's chest with a more traditional one, though its appearance varies from artist to artist. Robin retains his "R" shuriken's, but he now carries them in his utility belt not his tunic. This costume seems to be inspired by the one he wore in the ninties animated series , The New Batman Adventures.
Before becoming Robin Damian wore his own clothes or his clothes with the tunic and cape of Jason Todd's old costume in addition he wore his own mask and a cape with a hood. Currently Damian wears the familar red green and yellow costumes making it a mix of the original costume and Tim's.
DICK AND TIM
Dick and Tim have a close brotherly bond, Dick was the only person who supported Tim when he wanted to become Robin, also helping Tim ease into the role and helping him with Bruce’s distant manner. Dick also treats Tim as a little brother, but they make a brilliant crime fighting team, but on another note, their tight bond started around when Bruce broke his back. Although, Azreal was originally choose to take the mantle but after difficulties with Azreal, Bruce gave the mantle to the man who should of got it in the first place: Dick Grayson and thus the brotherly bond flourished there after.
Jason, Tim and Dick
Jason due to the psycholgical damage he has had over the years has been a very hostile person to the other his "brothers". After his ressurection he Was angry at Tim for taking up the mantle after his death and being known more as Robin then him. Jason broke into Titans tower and battled Tim after the fight he had some respect to him. Jason also wore the Nightwing costume and violently battled crime in New York he seemed to want to team up with Dick as a team but Dick refused because of his methods the two were forced to work together however Jason left New York and the Nightwing costume behind. Jason is summoned to the Batcave to see Bruce's last will and testament Jason is shaken when he discovers Bruce's last message to him was his regret that he made him Robin in the first place because he was a damaged child he was going to suggest a doctor but Jason turned off the message. He soon went on a murderous rampage wearing a varrition of the Batman costume killing many criminals in Battle for the Cowl. He severly injures Tim and Damian before battling Dick the two fight on a train Jason falls to the edge Dick tries to save him but instead Jason falls off the edge plunging to the river bellow.
Robin in the Media
Robin first appeared on the big screen in 1943 in the serial movie Batman, Robin was played by Douglas Croft and was directed by Lambert Hillyer. The movie was the Dynamic Duo’s first appearance out side of Comics.
Robin’s next t.v appearance would be in the 1960’s television series “Batman” in which Robin would have a staring role appearing in every single episode. Burt Ward played Dick Grayson, the show was known for it’s campy atmosphere [something that Batman and Robin are not], the show lasted 3 seasons but even though it had a short run it had 120 episodes under it’s belt thanks to two news episodes being shown a week. Robin was given the catch phrase “Holly……. Batman!” witch he said near enough every episode.
Robin did not appear in Tim Burton’s two Batman films. This was an unusual move as the two 1940s serials as well as the 1966 movie and attendant TV show had presented the 'Dynamic Duo' as an inseparable pair, with the general public unaware that the comic-book incarnation of Batman often worked alone. The special edition version of the DVD features an animated storyboard sequence of when his parents are killed by the Joker. Jason Hillhouse provides the voice of Dick Grayson, while Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their respective roles from the DC animated universe as Batman and the Joker in the storyboard sequence. Burton planned to cast actor Ricky Addison Reed as Robin, but later felt it was unimportant to the story and cut Robin out altogether.
In an earlier script of Batman Returns, he was portrayed as a technologically savvy street kid who would help Batman following his narrow escape when The Penguin tried to kill him. He would later play a crucial role in Batman's final confrontation with The Penguin. In that script, he was simply called Robin, has no known real name, and was to be played by Marlon Wayans.
After the 1980s, Robin appeared in Joel Schumacher's two Batman films, but not in Dick Grayson's classic costume. In Batman Forever, Robin was played by Chris O'Donnell. Grayson's parents were murdered by Two-Face during a hostage situation at the annual Gotham Circus. Robin meets Batman and becomes a costumed hero in his late teens. O'Donnell reprised the role again in the film Batman & Robin. The film features tension between Batman and Robin, which some say is greater than in other adaptations. In Batman Forever, his costume closely resembles the Robin uniform worn by Tim Drake. In the latter film, Robin's costume resembles Dick Grayson's third Nightwing costume, but with rubber nipples, a cape and red/crimson coloring instead of blue. The film was heavily slatted by critics and was dubbed one of the worst comic book films movies ever. Robin has never appeared in Chris Nolan’s movies for fears of destroying of the new dark and gritty image of Batman.
Dick Grayson only made occasional appearances during the first season of Batman: The Animated Series. He was voiced by Loren Lester and only made occasional appearances due to Bruce Timm's insistence that Batman worked best as a solo hero as already proven in the first two Burton films. The second season of The Animated Series was known as The Adventures of Batman and Robin, due to the more frequent appearances Robin made throughout the season.
In The New Batman Adventures Grayson becomes Nightwing, and his place as Robin was taken by Tim Drake, voiced by Mathew Valencia. The animated series continuity does not include Jason Todd by name, but the cartoons describe Drake as a combination of all three Robins. Between his origin and appearance in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, he mostly resembles Todd in storyline while bearing little resemblance to the comic book's Tim Drake. After the 2006 comic book story arc “One Year Later” Tim adopted a new Robin Suit very similar to the animated Drake's red and black outfit. A version of the Carrie Kelly Robin also makes a short appearance in The New Batman Adventures, in a dream sequence from the episode "Legends of the Dark Knight."
The Cartoon Network series Teen Titans appears to be an adaptation of the New Teen Titans comic book series. One similarity is that both series have the character Robin, who also acts as the team's leader. Robin joins Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven when Jump City is threatened first by Starfire and then by the aliens who had captured her .Robin is respected by the others as the team's best leader, but on the inside he is driven by and an unhealthy obsession to win, which sometimes alienates him from his teammates. The Titan’s battle cry was also changed from “Titan’s Together” to “Titan’s Go”.
In the comic book series, Dick Grayson is Robin. In the animated series, the style of his costume is still closely modeled on Tim Drake's, as in the 1990s; however, the colors are those of Dick Grayson and Jason Todd. Robin, voiced by Scott Menville, has not been directly referred to by any full name. This non-identity is intentional, according to both Sam Register and Glen Murakami. However, several clues (and confirmation of his identity in Teen Titans Go #47 have indicated that this Robin is Dick Grayson.
A time-travel themed episode of the animated series showed a future where Robin has taken on the mantle of Nightwing. In a later episode, an alternate universe Robin with the exact same DNA shows up named Nosyarg Kcid", which is "Dick Grayson" spelled backwards.
In many instances, Robin's relationship to Batman is heavily referenced. In the Season 5 episode "Go", just before Robin attacks a thief, bats fly at him. After a while the thief says, "Aren't you supposed to be with..." only to be interrupted by Robin who says, "Just moved here. I work alone now", and throughout the episode, he says he doesn't want to be in a team again so soon. In another episode, "Haunted", Raven uses her powers to enter Robin's mind; one of the images she sees is Robin's shadow in a cave area swearing an oath to someone, and part of a circus ring. When Robin rejects Slade he mentions "I already have a father", and then the screen shows a shot of a dark sky with bats flying through it, also referring to Batman. In that same episode, a battle ensues on top of a Wayne Enterprises. This would indicates that this version of Robin is coming to the end of his spell as Robin and may take on the Nightwing mantle soon.
In The Batman, Robin is voiced by Evan Sabara. Dick Grayson was an energetic, gifted acrobat and one of the main attractions of Hayley's Circus, along with his Mother and Father as part of the amazing Flying Grayson's act. His life was changed forever when Tony Zucco and his brothers tried to threaten circus manager John into taking a protection" policy. When John Grayson refused, an altercation resulted in the police and the Batman being called. The Zuccos were easily defeated for the moment one of Tony's brothers was even captured.
An angered Zucco altered the rigs on the Flying Graysons trapeze act, causing John and Mary to fall to their deaths right in front of Dick during a performance. Young Grayson, with no surviving family members was taken in by Bruce Wayne, who saw shades of himself in Dick after his own parent's murder. After Dick discovered that Wayne was Batman, the two worked together to capture Tony Zucco. Dick chose the codename "Robin" because that is what his mother had called him.
Grayson sports a costume much like comic book's Tim Drake first wore, although an early promotional photo showed a suit with a bit more originality. His costume and equipment are also influenced heavily by his "Teen Titans" counterpart, however, their personalities differ massively; whereas the "Teen Titans" Robin is a serious, focused and occasionally obsessive leader, this version of Robin is far less serious and genuinely enjoys his work as a vigilante, constantly spouting one-liners and generally acting in the mould of a typical teenager and his Golden Age comic counterpart. Some tension arose when Robin and the character of Batgirl met. Batgirl, having been active as a vigilante and wanna-be partner of the Batman some time before Robin appeared, was quite jealous of Batman's new "official partner". This was changed when Batman took the liberty of revealing his and Robin's identities to her and fully accepted her into the fold. Afterward, Robin and Batgirl developed a more friendly, almost sibling-like working relationship.
As depicted in a possible future during the episode "Artifacts," Dick Grayson gives up the "Robin" name and costume to become Nightwing. Barbara and Batman still persist in calling him by his original codename. Interestingly, the Police department who discover the Batcave in the beginning of the episode call Robin "The Red Robin", a reference to kingdom come and they theorize that Bruce Wayne was the Red Robin.
In the animated film Justice League: The New Frontier Robin is seen weaing the original costume in a other media for the first time in years. Due to the fact the movie highlights the silver age it is most likely that this Robin is in fact Dick Grayson.
Robin is also seen in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
All Star Batman and Robin
Bruce Wayne is a bachelor and just recently started his Batman career. He is going on a date with one of the most beautiful journalist in Gotham City, Vicki Vale. Alfred picks up Vicki at her apartment and informs her that they are going to watch a circus. Vicki was very excited that she is going on a date with Bruce Wayne. Bruce and Vicki meet up and they attend the show at the circus. Bruce becomes interested in a twelve year old boy named Dick Grayson and his acrobatic ability, and just as they finished their act, Dick’s parents were shot and killed right in front of him. Bruce leaves immediately without informing Vicki and gets into his Batsuit. Batman chases after the murderer and puts him down, the police are coming and Batman comments on how corrupt the men of the law are. Meanwhile, Vicki gets into a struggle with the policemen when they take Dick into their custody. They slap her across the face and leave. Vicki tells Alfred to get in the car and let her drive, she follows the policemen into the woods where they were about to beat Dick to death. However, a horde of bats arrive and start attacking the policemen. Batman then crashes through the police car, then grabs Dick and says, ”On your feet, soldier. You’ve just been drafted. Into a war.”
Batman then tosses Dick into his Batmobile, and they drive off. Batman believes the kid is strong and will make a useful sidekick. Meanwhile, Alfred and Vicki were badly injured when Batman came crashing in. Alfred bandages the both of them up, while Vicki becomes enraged at what had happened to Dick. She then passes out from her loss of blood. Batman meanwhile, continues to drive and still refuses to speak to Dick. Dick asks Batman what he wants with him, Batman tells him that he is going to be his ward. Dick falls asleep, but soon wakes up when Batman is being chased by the Gotham police. Batman then turns his car around and rams it into the other police cars, while laughing like a maniac. The Batmobile then turns into a jet and they fly off. Dick begins freaking out but Batman slaps him over the head to make him stop. Batman then begins thinking why he is doing this to a twelve-year-old kid. Batman decides to tell Dick that he wants him to fight crime. Meanwhile, at a local bar, the Black Canary was the bartender. However, she wants to become a crime fighter too. The drunks at the bar begin hitting on her, in response to which she beats the drunks badly. Back in the Batmobile, Batman flies the Batmobile into the ocean and it changes into a submarine. Word about Dick’s kidnapping spreads quickly, as in Metropolis, Superman discovers about the kidnap and is angered. Batman finally arrives at the Batcave when Alfred calls him. He tells him that Vicki was in an accident and is in critical condition.
Batman tells him to call Eckhart in Paris to help Vicki, Alfred tells him there’s no way Eckhart would do it. Batman then tells Alfred to get Clark Kent, to go fetch him, then hangs up. Batman smiles and was proud that he knew his secret identity already. Batman begins seeing himself in Dick, he then tells Dick that he is going to work and tells him to do whatever he wants in the cave. Alfred returns to the cave and gives Dick food. This angers Batman, because he wants Dick to go through the same thing he did. Wonder Woman has arrived in Metropolis for a meeting with Superman, the Green Lantern, and Plastic Man, the early Justice League. They begin discussing the Batman problem, and Wonder Woman gets angered that they just want to turn him into the authorities. Wonder Woman (who in this story arc is described as being much more misanthropic, or man-hating, than she had ever been shown to be before) just wants to hunt down Batman and beat him to death strictly because he is a man. Her comments anger Superman, and just as she was about to leave, muttering how much she hates men, she kisses Superman. Meanwhile, back in Gotham, Batman runs amongst rooftops patrolling his city. He beats up a few thugs and saves a damsel in distress.
New wannabes have been turning up in Gotham, Barbara Gordon, a fifteen year old girl, is now running around in the city as Batgirl.Batman was patrolling the docks where the Black Canary was beating up a few thugs nearby. However, he does not get involved as he was waiting for some more corrupt cops who were transporting a criminal come by. Once they came, Batman kicks through the windshield and knocks the two of them unconscious. However, gunfire sounds off nearby and Batman knows immediately that the amateur needs help. After Batman saves Black Canary, she jumps into him and kisses him. Batman takes her home and then heads back to the batcave. There, he brought the man who murdered Dick's parents and allowed Dick to do whatever he wishes with Jocko-Boy Vanzetti. Batman was testing whether Dick would kill Jocko-Boy or not, to his pleasure, Dick did not kill him. Instead, he beat him until he spilled a name, the Joker. Afterwards, Batman tosses Jocko-Boy back into the trunk and tells Dick to stay at the batcave and come up with a mask and costume. Later, while Batman was driving, the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) flashed his signal in the sky to get Batman's attention. He tosses Jocko-Boy into the harbor and heads to the Green Lantern. They have a quick chat and Batman returns to find Dick finished with his costume. Robin is now ready to go into action.
The Robin of Earth-Two is a parallel version of the fictional DC Comics superhero, who was introduced after DC Comics created Earth-Two, a parallel world that was retroactively established as the home of characters which had been published in the Golden Age of comic books. This allowed creators to publish comic books featuring Robin while being able to disregard Golden Age stories, solving an incongruity, as Robin had been published as a single ongoing incarnation since inception. The Robin of this Earth is presumed dead along with the majority of the residents of Earth-Two due to the Crisis.
Batman: Red Rain
In this universe Batman is a vampire, the Flying Graysons are killed by the Batman, as shown in DC Infinite Halloween Special. Dick grows up to become an obsessive vampire hunter, hunting and slayer hundereds, but is turned by Batman in The Search for Ray Palmer: Red Rain, and becomes his partner.
DC One Million
In the 853rd Century, the current Batman is aided by the robot called Robin the Toy Wonder. This Batman's parents were guards on the prison planet of Pluto and died in a prison riot that turned into a mass slaughter of the guards. Robin is programmed with the personality of this Batman as a boy and acts as a foil/source of perspective so that he will not become consumed by darkness in his quest for justice. This Robin believes this was the same reason Bruce Wayne brought Dick Grayson into his life.
Carrie becomes Robin in the legendary Frank Miller series The Dark Knight Returns. Kelly was a thirteen year old schoolgirl and scout whom Batman saved from muggers on the night of his return from retirement. She then spent her lunch money on a Robin outfit and set out to attack petty con-men and to find Batman. Kelly used a slingshot and firecrackers as weapons. She also wore green-tinted sunglasses.
In the series, Jason Todd's death had led to the Dark Knight's retirement, but Batman accepted her as Robin when she saved his life just as he was on the verge of being killed by an enemy. He often threatened to fire her but she showed considerable ability and improvisation which impressed him enough to give her a stay of dismissal even when she disobeyed his orders.
The police, now led by newly-appointed Commissioner Ellen Yindel, took a very poor attitude to Batman and his methods and issued a warrant for his arrest. When she saw Batman with a young child leaping in mid-air and barely catching a passing hang-glider, Yindel added child endangerment to the growing list of charges against Batman.
As Robin, Carrie played a crucial part in tracking down and confronting the Joker who, at a fairground, had poisoned several children and planted a bomb on a roller coaster. While Batman went after his age-old nemesis, Carrie managed to dispose of the bomb but got into a tangle with Fat Abner, the Joker's accomplice. As they grappled together, Abner suddenly fell and was killed, driving Carrie momentarily into shock and tears.
Unnerved by Batman's activities, the US government sent Superman to bring him down. As the big battle was about to start, Carrie delayed Superman's arrival using the tank-like Batmobile and a slingshot, to which the Man of Steel simply replied "Isn't tonight a school night?"
Using a variety of powerful weapons, including self-made Kryptonite, Batman managed to defeat Superman but died in the process. It later emerged that he had faked his own death and Carrie unearthed him from his grave soon after he revived. They then went literally underground in the Batcave where, with Green Arrow, they set about training the reminding member of the mutant gang to fight crime.