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[[caption-width-right:350:A man's got to go his own way.]]

-> ''"Because when you get down to it, my life isn't about the costumes or the bad guys. It's not about cities or symbols. It's way simpler than that. I mean, I grew up in a circus. It's always been about catching people when they fall."''
-->-- '''Nightwing'''

Nightwing is the solo codename of Richard "Dick" Grayson, the first ComicBook/{{Robin}}. After years of training under Franchise/{{Batman}} the Then-a-Teen Boy Wonder decided that, as the image quote says, "A man's got to go his own way". Thanks to the nature of Comic Book Continuity, this was either after a long over-due fight with Batman where Bruce fired Dick, Dick quit, or they happily shook hands, acknowledged the need to grow up, and shared some Alfred-made Bat-cocoa. In any case, Richard came upon the name Nightwing after hearing the tale of a Batman & Robin-esque pair of Kryptonian vigilantes from Franchise/{{Superman}} named Nightwing and Flamebird. Taking the name, he made his debut in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' during ComicBook/TheJudasContract story-line. The Nightwing persona debuted in ''Tales of the Teen Titans'' #44 (July, 1984)

Eventually he was given his own self titled series. A 4-issue Nightwing mini-series turned up in 1995 and was well-received. An ongoing naturally followed. Lasting for 153 issues, from October, 1996 to April, 2009. ''Nightwing'' was a series starring Dick Grayson, the original Robin, graduated to become protector of Gotham's neighboring city of Bludhaven. The series was initially written by Creator/ChuckDixon. Quite well received, it started creating a Rogues Gallery for Dick Grayson and helped distinguish Nightwing's solo methodology from Batman's own. The series was eventually taken over by Devin Grayson.

Controversies abounded in the title and it was eventually cancelled as a preparation for ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' and rebooted. The city of Bludhaven was destroyed by the Secret Society of Supervillains and Dick Grayson was relocated to New York City. The new series was even more poorly received and eventually canceled. Dick Grayson graduated to become the new Batman in ''Battle for the Cowl''.

With the company wide ComicBook/{{New 52}} relaunch in 2011, Dick has returned to being Nightwing and had another solo title, and moved to Chicago following ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily''. Following ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'', his solo series ended. A new series titled ''ComicBook/{{Grayson}}'' began in July, which with the character as a SecretAgent of [[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Spyral]] alongside another famous FakingTheDead character: [[ComicBook/{{Huntress}} Helena Bertinelli]].

Not to be confused with the [[BatOutOfHell killer bat]] flick of the same name.

Nightwing has appeared in several media, usually Franchise/{{Batman}} related:

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''
* ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' (Appears as an older, retired Dick Grayson)
* ''ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand''
* ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily''
* ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''
* ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'' (Initially as Nightwing, before becoming Batman III following [[ComicBook/FinalCrisis Bruce Wayne's death]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Grayson}}''
* ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''
* ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' (As Nightwing and Batman III)
* ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' (notable for the aftermath being the first time Nightwing stepped in for Bruce Wayne as Batman)
* ''ComicBook/NightOfTheOwls''
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' (Team founder as Robin; became Nightwing during the series)

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' (Playable character as part of a [[DownloadableContent DLC pack]] in the game's Challenge mode)
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' (Playable as Robin as part of the game's multiplayer mode)
* ''VideoGame/BatmanRiseOfSinTzu'' (Playable character)
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' (Playable character)
* ''[[LegoAdaptationGame LEGO Batman]]'' (Playable character as both Robin and Nightwing)
* ''LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes'' (Playable character)

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (As ComicBook/{{Robin}})
** ''The New Batman Adventures'' (As Nightwing)
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' (As Nightwing, voiceless cameo)
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' (As Robin; Appears as Nightwing in a BadFuture)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' (As Robin. Appears as Nightwing in a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture episode)
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' (As both Robin and Nightwing; Appears in his original "disco suit" in this series)
* ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' (As Nightwing)
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' (As Robin in Season 1; As Nightwing in Season 2)
* ''WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman'' (As Nightwing)

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!The character exhibits the following tropes.[[note]]See his subsection in ComicBook/{{Robin}} for tropes specific to his time in the green-red-and-yellows, or his folder in Characters/BatmanAndBatFamily for a comprehensive trope list in general.[[/note]]
* AbortedArc: Devin Grayson's run on Nightwing's ongoing was greatly cut into by several different events, including ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'', thus preventing her from finishing the story she intended.
* AccidentalPornomancer: [[Pantheon/{{Love}} The God of this Trope]]. This one is a case of DependingOnTheWriter, though. Dick is a ChivalrousPervert, but sometimes, he [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn isn't actively trying to seduce a woman]], but does so anyway. It's usually left for interpretation whether his confusion is sincere or if he's ObfuscatingStupidity.
* AloofBigBrother: To Jason.
* ArchEnemy: Nightwing has had a number that qualify depending on his circumstances. During his tenure as leader of the Titans, it was Deathstroke (who also remains Dick's most persistent nemesis through the years.) During his time in Bludhaven, his main foe was Kingpin-expy Blockbuster. During his run as Batman, the title could go to either Professor Pyg or James Gordon, Jr. You could maybe qualify Two Face as an arch enemy during his years as Robin as well.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Nightwing. Just say it. Dick Grayson is a pretty cool name by itself.
* {{Badass}}: Goes with being trained by Batman.
* BadassNormal: Dick Grayson himself.
* BerserkButton: Hurting any of his surrogate family (either Bat or Circus) will earn you some excruciating injuries. Dick himself is a big one for almost all of the DC Universe (even some villains) and hurting him will make Them strike down upon You with great vengeance and furious anger.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Used to provide the page pic. He is very protective of the other Robins, and of some other young heroes, such as Stephanie Brown/[[IHaveManyNames Spoiler/Robin/Batgirl]]. Even though him and Steph don't particularly hang out much, he was upset deeply by [[DeathIsCheap her death]] and gave Bruce a WhatTheHellHero rant because of it, and another to Barbara when she [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} allowed her to go out into the field by herself]] and he was worried about her in a big brother kind of way.
* BigBrotherMentor:
** Towards Tim, and many generations of Titans.
** It's especially pronounced towards Damian, as he was Dick's Robin during his tenure as Batman.
* BreakoutCharacter: Easily the most popular character to have been a Robin, and he usually ranks pretty high in popularity poles, sometimes even beating out iconic heroes like Superman and even Batman himself.
* TheCape: Very much Nightwing, though Dick absolutely ''hates'' wearing an actual cape.
-->'''Dick''': And I ''hate'' the cape, Alfred! The cape was the ''first'' thing I ditched when I got out on my own.
* ChickMagnet: Starfire, Barbara Gordon, Cheyenne Freemont, Tarantula and '''many''' others are drawn to Nightwing. Subverted by his police partner. She invites Dick over to her house after a few days of knowing him. [[spoiler:She's married with two kids. She just wanted him to meet her family.]]
* CircusBrat: Dick was practically born under the big top and still jumps at the chance to perform, be it acrobat or clown, when his old circus comes around on tour. This especially since he is ''co-owner''.
* CombatParkour: Nightwing is quite flexible and agile because of his circus background.
* CombatPragmatist: Have fun finding a member of the Bat-Family who isn't this. His isn't dirty fighting so much as it is [[IShallTauntYou constant taunts and insults]], kind of like a [[Franchise/SpiderMan certain Marvel hero]].
* CrazyPrepared: Bruce must have rubbed off on him.
* CuddleBug: He's just an openly affectionate guy, especially so when compared with the majority of the Bat Family
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Whilst serving as Batman following ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Starfire noted the change in Dick's demeanour from how his time as Nightwing; specifically pointing out that as Nightwing, Dick's fighting style was more graceful, acrobatic and almost as if he were dancing. Dick's response was "Batman doesn't dance."
** His portrayal in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} shows him as somewhat more violent than before, and his costume is now [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]] instead of black and blue, although this ''does'' have the benefit of putting all four of the Robins in red.
*** However, with his move to Chicago post-''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', this has actually decreased a fair amount.
* DarkIsNotEvil: His name is Nightwing and he still excels at operating in the dark due to his time as Batman's sidekick, but there's a reason he's seen as one of the nicest guys in the universe. Just check out the rest of the trope list.
* DeadpanSnarker: Probably the snarkiest hero in the DC Universe. Even as Batman, he can't help himself from cracking wise.
* DualWielding: Escrima sticks are Nightwing's WeaponOfChoice.
** ShockAndAwe: They're electrified in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity''. Incorporated into the DC Universe following the ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot, and carried over to ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.
** SwissArmyWeapon: In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', they also have the ability to combine into a staff.
* EvilCostumeSwitch:
** As "Renegade", the identity Dick created in an attempt to infiltrate a group of villains.
** Not evil actually, but in the New 52, his black and blue changed to black and red, reflecting his more anti-heroic nature. Which, ironically enough, looks kind of like the Robin costume from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', albeit without the cape.
* TheFace: He will inevitably become this in any group he joins because he's that charismatic. He's the one you want making your case during GondorCallsForAid or EnemyMine.
* FemaleGaze: Dick is probably the most frequently subjected to this of any character in the DCU. Hell, [=IGN=] ranked him at #1 on their list of the sexiest men in comics, and both the list and the comments considered it a no-brainer.
** [[http://comicsalliance.com/comics-sexiest-male-characters/ Comics Alliance]] said the same.
* GeniusBruiser: As befits somebody trained by Franchise/{{Batman}}, he's both a highly trained intellectual ''and'' a lethally skilled fighter.
* GondorCallsForAid: Nightwing has led the ComicBook/TeenTitans, the Outsiders, and the JusticeLeague. If he has a problem that's too big for him, he can call help from anywhere from [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Metropolis]] to [[GreenLanternCorps Oa]] to ''Heaven or Hell''.
* GoodIsNotSoft: One of the nicest guys in the DCU and capable of punching you through a wall.
* TheHeart: Of the DC universe.
* HeroesPreferRedheads: And how! He admits it himself. Between Barbara Gordon, Cheyenne Freemont, Starfire, and Raya Vestri, he should probably start going to addiction counseling. It's even lampshaded in the third issue of his 2011 series when Barbara turns up after he's hooked up with Raya.
* IHaveManyNames: Robin, Nightwing, Renegade, and Batman.
* IndyPloy: According to writer Fabian Nicieza, while Dick is smart (like most Bat-family members), what he excels at is "reflexive thinking", which is essentially this. While Batman is CrazyPrepared, Jason is a ManipulativeBastard, Barbara is an [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Analyst]], and Tim is [[JackOfAllTrades all of the above]], Dick excels at thinking on the fly.
* InformedAbility: Several official profiles state that Nightwing's martial arts specialty is Aikido. Apparently no one told the writers, because it's very rare for his fighting style to even remotely resemble it.
* InterspeciesRomance: Whilst, as noted, he has had a lot of would-be, wannabe and actual girlfriends, one of his biggest "classic" love interests, other than Barbara Gordon, is the alien super-heroine Koriandr of Tamaran, aka Starfire, who he met as part of the ComicBook/TeenTitans. She was the first of his girlfriends that he was quite blatantly implied to have had sex with, they've been engaged at least once, and they were even almost married once -- as in, the only reason they aren't husband and wife is because fellow Titan Raven attacked the ceremony and killed the minister before he could complete it. Though they are drifted apart in modern continuity, both still remember and occasionally flirt with each other over their former connection.
* JuniorCounterpart: Like Batman, his parents' deaths was his motivation to start crime-fighting, though even from his time as Robin to today, he still retains youthful energy and idealism that Batman lacks.
* TheLeader: He has proven to be ''the'' most effective leader in the whole DCU, having led the Comicbook/TeenTitans and the [[ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders Outsiders]]. Even Franchise/{{Superman}} has stepped aside to let him lead the ''JusticeLeague''.
* LegacyCharacter: All three of his identities.
** He was the first Robin. The rest, in order, are: Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne.
** He was the second Nightwing. The rest, in order are: Franchise/{{Superman}}, Tad Ryerstad ("Nite-Wing"), PowerGirl, Jason Todd, Chris Kent
** He was the third Batman. The others are Bruce Wayne, Jean Paul Valley, and (in a possible future) [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]].
* LegacyImmortality: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] this during his tenure as Batman.
* MagneticHero: To the point where some believe his superpower is charisma. When he showed up to a fight with multiple generations of Teen Titans, Superboy noted how everyone instantly followed his lead. He also once convinced every hero on Earth, without question, to jump into a parallel dimension (saving them all). Batman even said it's one of the reasons he's proudest of Dick -— unlike Bats himself, he can gain and keep allies. So essentially, he's "Batman with social skills." A fact that was commented on by everyone from Jim Gordon to the Joker when he took over as Batman.
* MoralityPet: Half of the [=DCU=] sees him as this. During a team-up, Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} (a villain/anti-hero) remarked that because he's been in the superhero biz since he was a child, most of the community sees him as a little bro/surrogate son. If you ever do anything to hurt Nightwing, you will call down the wrath of the entire DC Universe. Hell, Batman's first instinct was to ''[[BatmanGrabsAGun GRAB A GUN]]'' when he heard a villain had killed Nightwing.[[note]]See the page pic for AntiHero? Yeah, that's what happens when you mess with Nightwing.[[/note]] See ThePowerOfFriendship below, there are even some ''villains'' will come after you if you hurt him, granted some of it is because of TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou, but still.
* MrFanservice: Both in-verse and in the fandom.
* MyGreatestFailure: Early on, it was Dick's failure during his Robin days to save an innocent from being killed by Two-Face. Later replaced by him "letting" Tarantula kill Blockbuster. He also blames himself partially for both the crippling of Barbara Gordon and the death of Jason Todd since both events happened when he and Bruce were on the outs. It's notable that he took a much more active role in the mentoring of Jason's replacement, Tim Drake and generally keeps a much closer eye on the other members of the Bat-Family since.
* NiceGuy: It's practically his superpower. Other heroes admire him and his moral strength so much that they are willing to follow him anywhere.
* TheParagon: Dick is often credited as being perhaps the most inspirational hero in the DC Universe. Even more so than Superman.
* PeekABangs: Is often portrayed with these when he doesn't have long hair.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Donna Troy. Considering his status as MrFanservice and that she's the twin sister of WonderWoman, this is pretty surprising.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Nightwing's greatest weapon. Sure, natural acrobatics and Batman-trained skills in combat and sleuthing are nothing to sneeze at, but no other hero in the DCUniverse boasts the sheer number of allies Nightwing has. Hell, the guy has had his ''villains'' team up with him against bigger or badder foes. Why? Basically because he asked nicely.
* ProdigalHero: Dick Grayson had a strained relationship with Batman for the closer part of a decade. After getting fired from his role of Robin, he assumed his own identity as Nightwing. He finally repaired his relationship with Bruce in the fittingly titled run Batman: Prodigal.
* RealLifeSuperpowers: Pretty much to the level of his mentor. Of all the traits on this list (Beauty, Intelligence, Skill, Charisma, Fame, Wealth, Physicality, Weaponry, and Luck) Dick has 9 out of 9. Where he differs from his mentor is that not many people believe Dick Grayson has ''physical'' powers (like the superstitious and cowardly believe about Batman)--however, Dick is so charismatic and dashing that people think he has {{Glamour}} powers. And that's not even getting to the fact that he's the greatest acrobat in the entire DCUniverse.
* ShockAndAwe: Courtesy of those shock sticks.
* SidekickGraduationsStick. Nightwing eventually becomes Batman and had remained so until September 2011. The fan reception to his time in the cowl was so well received, that DC actually kept it in continuity following the reboot.
* TakingUpTheMantle: Ol' Dick is in the trope picture for this one. He first took up the Batman mantle temporarily once when Bruce was recovering from the ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'' arc, and he did it again after Bruce "died" in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' and fighting Jason Todd for the title in ''Battle for the Cowl''.
* TookALevelInBadass: Does this really need explaining, old chum?
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Since the New 52 reboot, the Nightwing costume has changed no less than four times in less than 20 issues.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Anyone who works with Batman has this problem, but Dick had it ''really'' bad for awhile. Fortunately, he is now recognized as Batman's closest ally and favored son.
** He's even started to have a sense of fun over Batman's inability to express emotions.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Dick Grayson and either [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Starfire]] or [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]].
* YouFightLikeACow: Nightwing often keeps up a string of witty quips during a fight.

!The various ''Nightwing'' series contain examples of:

* BigBad:
** Blockbuster
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Raya Vestri, his ChildhoodFriend-turned-LoveInterest]]
* BoundAndGagged: [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/41603-5755-47045-1-nightwing_super.jpg Sylph]] pretty much had this as a superpower.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: During the infamous "Born Again" Arc Nightwing is so enraged he [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomps]] all of Blockbuster's hired help when most of them had given him a hard time before. It was even worse in ''One Year Later'' when they tried to make Nightwing into DC's ''Spider-Man'' (!?).
* DoomedHometown: Blüdhaven was destroyed in ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.
** And again in Battle for Blüdhaven
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: In Devin Grayson's run, who then went on to claim that it wasn't rape, just "nonconsensual" sex. Right. After the character Tarantuala forced herself on him in the middle of the street, afterward it was treated as though he was simply uncomfortable dating a criminal than anything and the whole "sexual assault" thing was glossed over completely. A few years earlier Nightwing slept with an obscure Titans character by the name of Mirage, who had [[BedTrick disguised herself as Starfire]]. When she revealed the ruse not long after, the only real reaction it got was a shocked look, without a whole lot of follow-up, in fact it's mostly been played for laughs since. [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale Rape is Irrelevant When It's Female On Male?]]
* {{Expy}}: At the risk of being disingenuous, the entire Bludhaven period of Nightwing's career is just Dick Grayson as Batman-Lite. He was actually called Junior Batman at least three times during Dixon's run. And was called Batman-Lite in ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]''.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Blockbuster loved his. [[spoiler: And he makes Nightwing pay dearly for it when he indirectly causes her to have a fatal heart attack.]]
* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis: [[spoiler:Saiko's plan with his girlfriend, Raya. This being Dick Grayson, it works.]]
* HighHeelFaceTurn[=/=]SexFaceTurn: Flip-flopped in that [[spoiler:Raya doesn't fall in love with Dick, but she does betray Saiko after he goes too far.]]
* HijackedByGanon: Has happened repeatedly with the 2011 series.
** The opening arc, where Nightwing is being hunted by Saiko and inherits Haly's Circus before finding a mysterious ledger with his name in it, was revealed to part of the ''Night of the Owls'' storyline that had been building in ''Detective Comics'' as it turned out [[spoiler:Haly's Circus had routinely given a child to the Court of Owls to become a Talon, and Dick was being groomed to be next in line before his parents died]].
** The overarching plot of Dick setting out to rejuvenate the Amusement Mile in Gotham with Haly's Circus as the centrepiece, was brought to an end thanks to ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'' (Which saw [[spoiler:Joker attack the circus to get at Nightwing in part of his larger plan to destroy Batman]]) and the subsequent and unrelated [[spoiler:death of Robin]].
** After re-establishing himself as an independent hero away from Gotham & the rest of the Bat Family, Nightwing [[spoiler:is promptly unmasked by the Crime Syndicate]] in ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil''. However, rather than having the ''Nightwing'' series tie-in to the story, the story is instead told in the main ''Forever Evil'' series & the ''Justice League'' tie-ins, with ''Nightwing'' instead telling a completely unrelated tale that solicits are hyping as taking place in the final days before ''Forever Evil'' began. That's right, the story with major developments for the character has been hijacked ''from'' the book altogether.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Subverted by Nite-Wing. There are few idiots bigger than him in comic books but he's still a monster.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Tarantula killing Blockbuster came off like this.
* MeaningfulName: Saiko ("Psycho")
* OhCrap: A number of them. Including the time Dick came home to find Deathstroke waiting for him.
* OutlawCouple: Bride and Groom
* PetTheDog: Tarantula becomes leader of a street gang during ''War Games'', not to stake out a territory for herself, but to keep its young members alive.
* PokeThePoodle: Dick Grayson during the ''Renegade'' arc. ''Deathstroke the Terminator'', of all people, finds it embarrassing.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: Issue #30 of the New 52 series is very clearly meant to serve as one to the ''Grayson'' ongoing, giving the context for the series. That, and it in no way relates to the previous arcs, and it's the ''last issue''.
* RedSkiesCrossover: The "Zero Year" tie-in.
* ServileSnarker: Alfred makes a few appearances. The trope image is from a Nightwing issue in in fact.
* TooDumbToLive: Lampshaded in Issue #150. One of Two-Face's {{mooks}} was standing right behind a guy Two-Face wanted to shoot. Two-Face points out that this isn't a good place to be, and the guy needs it explained to him: "I can't afford to lose any [[Franchise/StarTrek red shirts]]." When the mook doesn't get the reference, Two-Face has had enough, declares him too dumb to live, and blows him away.
* [[spoiler:TheUnmasking: In ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' #1, Nightwing is promptly beaten to a pulp and publicly unmasked as Dick Grayson in a show of force by the Crime Syndicate.]]
* WeaponOfChoice: The Eskrima Sticks. Simple metal poles which may or my not contain various gadgets built in, which he's capable with of similar skill to Batman with his Batarangs.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Tarantula really wants to help Bludhaven, and is perfectly fine executing crime bosses to do it.
* WhatTheHellHero: The entire ''Renegade'' arc is meant to be this.
* WretchedHive: Bludhaven is (or was) probably the worst city in the DCU after Hub City.
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