"Hey, no-one can be a boy wonder forever."[2]

Richard "Dick" Grayson was the original Robin, the sidekick to Batman. In adulthood, he struck out on his own as Nightwing.


Early life

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Dick is a former member of the Flying Graysons acrobatic family in Haley's Circus. Dick and his parents performed nightly with their death defying high wire acts. When the circus came to Gotham City, the gangster, Tony Zucco tried to extort protection money out of the owner Mr. Haley, but he refused to cooperate. In retaliation, Zucco sabotaged their high-wire trapeze act, staging an "accident" that ended in the death of Dick's parents. Bruce Wayne, who helped to get the circus to town, was in the audience and witnessed these events unfold. Bruce arranged with Commissioner Gordon of the Police Department to become the young boy's[nb 1] legal guardian. However, in the rather large and empty Wayne Manor, Dick became more and more detached. Alfred Pennyworth brought this to Bruce's attention, who was in his fledgling years as Batman, and had little time to spend with Dick. Eventually, Dick went out on his own and tracked down Zucco but was caught. Batman saved Dick and took him back to the Batcave, where he revealed his secret identity.[3]



After personally training Dick, Bruce allowed him to become his partner, Robin. Dick apparently worked with Batman consistently well into his university years. Thereafter, he became Batman's semi-regular partner continuing to work with him on a limited basis, but also dividing his time between crime-fighting and college. Nine years after his parent's deaths, Tony Zucco resurfaced in Gotham City, putting Robin to the test. Batman forbade Robin from going after him. He promptly disobeyed and tracked Zucco on his own. He finally found Zucco, but Robin ultimately refused to kill him and turned him over to the authorities. While Dick had thought that Bruce was simply cold hearted; Bruce got surprisingly emotional and he admitted that he didn't want Robin going after Zucco for fear of Robin being hurt or killed as a result.[3] However, this would not be the last time Batman and Robin disagreed with each other. After graduating Gotham State University with highest honors, Grayson decided it was time for a change. A trust fund set up by the circus would keep him afloat indefinitely. The last straw was Dick discovering that Batman knew Barbara Gordon, his girlfriend, was Batgirl, and never told him. Dick relinquished the title of Robin forever.[4]


Robin quits

Dick quits.

After graduating from college, Dick had a falling out with Batman over the tactics he used. He consequently left Gotham City and traveled the globe studying from various martial arts and crime fighting techniques. Around this time, he also gained access to a sizable insurance settlement which allowed him to be self-sufficient. After a few years of world traveling and training, he returned to Gotham City.[2] He rejoined Batman's campaign as Nightwing, but his relationships with Batman and Batgirl became somewhat strained. Barbara and Dick no longer shared an intimate relationship as they had in college. However, it is suggested that Barbara still had some feelings for him. In spite of this, he continued to work semi-regularly with Batman's crime fighting team, such as helping him trick Catwoman into revealing the location of a stolen gem. Along with Batman, Nightwing planned a clever ruse to make Catwoman show her hand. Nightwing let her get close to him so the pair could "team up". Nightwing resisted Batman's advice telling him to leave him alone; all in front of Catwoman. The Bat-Team played their parts well; even expressing disdain at Catwoman's attempts to seduce Nightwing.[5] He also helped get to the bottom of the mystery behind the Joker's fortune.[6]

As Nightwing, Dick established himself as an equal to Batman. He eventually partly reconciled with his former mentor after an experience with the second Robin, and worked on the Bat-Team for a while longer.

However, Dick eventually left Gotham to establish himself in the city of Blüdhaven.[7][8] Nightwing was active into late age protecting his new city, and was still alive when Bruce's successor Terry McGinnis faced the returned Joker.[7]


Raised as a circus acrobat, Dick was capable of incredible feats of agility and gymnastic skills. Later, he trained under Batman as well as other masters of martial arts, stealth, and detection that make him rival his former mentor. Even as Robin, Dick Grayson demonstrated that he could at least hold his own with the ninja Kyodai Ken in combat.[9]

Appearances and references

Batman: The Animated Series

Feature film

The New Batman Adventures

The New Superman Adventures

Batman Beyond

Feature film

Justice League

Justice League Unlimited

See also


  1. Dick's age when he became an orphan was never explicitly mentioned in any episode. His age was revealed in the credits for "Robin's Reckoning", but Part I listed him as age 10 and Part II as age 9.


  1. Dini, Paul (writer) & Yano, Yuichiro (director) (May 23, 1998). "Over the Edge". The New Batman Adventures. Episode 11 (airdate). Episode 12 (production). Season 1. Kids WB!.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fogel, Rich (writer) & Geda, Curt (director) (September 30, 1997). "Sins of the Father". The New Batman Adventures. Episode 2 (airdate). Episode 2 (production). Season 1. Kids WB!.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rogel, Randy (writer) & Sebast, Dick (director) & February 14, 1993). "Robin's Reckoning, Part II". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 53 (airdate). Episode 33 (production). FOX Kids.
  4. Fogel, Rich (writer) & Geda, Curt (director) (October 3, 1998). "Old Wounds". The New Batman Adventures. Episode 5 (airdate). Episode 17 (production). Season 2. Kids WB!.
  5. Bader, Hilary J. (writer) & Lukic, Butch (director) (November 15, 1997). "You Scratch My Back". The New Batman Adventures. Episode 5 (airdate). Episode 5 (production). Season 1. Kids WB!.
  6. Dini, Paul (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (February 21, 1998). "Joker's Millions". The New Batman Adventures. Episode 7 (airdate). Episode 7 (production). Season 1. Kids WB!.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Burnett, A., Dini, P., Timm, B., Murakami, G. (Producers), & Geda, C. (Director). (2000). Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. United States: Warner Bros. Animation.
  8. Wayne, Matt (story) & DeMatteis, J.M. (teleplay) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (March 11, 2006). "Grudge Match". Justice League Unlimited. Season 2. Episode 9 (airdate). Episode 35 (production). Cartoon Network.
  9. Perry, Steve (writer) & Altieri, Kevin (director) (October 26, 1992). "Night of the Ninja". Batman: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 28 (airdate). Episode 35 (production). FOX Kids.

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