The second Robin, real name Tim Drake, replaced Dick Grayson.
Tim Drake was the son of Gotham City criminal Shifty Steven Drake, who was often a thug for the crimelord Two-Face. He had very little respect for his father, and often had to fend for himself. Around the age of 12, Tim began to idolize Gotham City hero Batman and placed newspaper clippings on his wall. After Batman left a batarang behind at a crime scene, Tim found it and began using it himself.
When his father double crossed Two-Face, he left Tim a note and a key to a Gotham City airport locker. This key was discovered by Two-Face's henchmen when they briefly kidnapped young Tim. Two-Face flipped his coin, and decided to execute Tim, but Batman showed up and rescued him.
Soon after, they discovered that Tim's father was killed outside of Gotham. With no place to go, Bruce Wayne adopted Tim and began to put him under his tutelage as the next Robin.
Adventures As Robin
It is assumed that Tim Drake is a member of the Teen Titans, as mentioned by Batman.
Sometime after Dick Grayson left Gotham for good to establish himself in another city (presumably Bludhaven), Robin patrolled alone one night. He thought he was saving a lone woman from thugs but instead, fell into a trap set by the Joker. For days at the old Arkham Asylum, the Joker systematically tortured Tim, learning secrets entrusted to Robin and then molded him into a crude version of himself. The Joker planned on using Drake to kill Batman but Drake turned and killed the Joker instead. A close friend of the Wayne family, Dr. Leslie Thompkins restored Drake to normal. However, Batman, feeling responsible for what happened, forbade Tim from donning the Robin costume ever again. Drake went out on his own and attempted several times to mend things with Batman only to fail.
Eventually, Tim quit the hero business and put his technological skills to use and became a top level communications engineer and started a family of his own. However, when he was held by the Joker, Tim was implanted with a microchip embedded with the Joker's DNA. Over time, the Joker asserted himself and took control of Tim's body.
In his later life, Tim became a technologist, quite a top-notch communications engineer, had kids, and got married. He ended up regretting ever being Robin and had less love for the Robin suit than the Joker. Though he has with age became hateful of his other life from his teenage years, he still had some friendship with Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon.
Over time, the microchip implanted within him took control, allowing the Joker's personality to emerge and take control of Tim. He went on a crime spree using Tim's communication engineering skills to take control of a satellite with a laser onboard. Ultimately, however, Terry McGinnis, the new Batman, was able to destroy the chip, freeing Tim. Tim was taken to the hospital for his injuries, and was visited by Terry, Barbara, and Bruce Wayne. Brabara, now Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, covered up Tim's involvement with the Joker's crimes, as he was technically innocent. As Terry took his leave to let the old friends catch up, Tim told Terry that he was more than worthy of being Batman, and Terry said that it meant a lot coming from Tim.
Appearances and References
- "Holiday Knights"
- "Sins of the Father"
- "Cold Comfort"
- "Never Fear"
- "Growing Pains"
- "The Demon Within"
- "Over the Edge"
- "Animal Act"
- "Old Wounds"
- "Beware the Creeper"
- "Hereafter" (Cameo at Superman's funeral)