[[caption-width-right:298:Tim Drake as Robin (left) and Red Robin (right)]]

In 1993, after the success of three separate miniseries chronicling Tim Drake's tribulations as the third ComicBook/{{Robin}}, (succeeding [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] and Jason Todd), Tim was given his own monthly ongoing series that began in 1993 and ran for more than 15 years, until it ended in early 2009. The series is notable for depicting Tim's personal life with his family and friends, and him balancing a delicate act between his superhero and civilian identities. The first 100 issues of the Robin series were written by Creator/ChuckDixon, which was acclaimed at the time for a high-profile TeenPregnancy arc involving Tim's girlfriend, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Stephanie Brown]] (spoiler). In 1998, Wizard magazine ranked the series as the best ongoing comic book of the year.

As the series went on, Chuck Dixon left the book and different writers came on-board. The first was Jon Lewis, whose short tenure on the Robin series built a stable relationship between [[OfficialCouple Tim and Stephanie]] and had fondness for writing slightly sci-fi plots, which was jarring in a Batbook that focused more on street-level crime. Next was Bill Willingham, who forcibly retired Tim from being Robin after his dad found out his secret, and killed off Stephanie in the War Games crossover. Adam Beechen took over the series with Robin: One Year Later and had Tim leaving Gotham for a while and temporarily staying in Bludhaven with [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]]. Dixon then briefly took over the series between issues 170 - 174 to resurrect Stephanie Brown, but was promptly fired and replaced with Fabian Nicieza, who wrote the last arc in the series before it was cancelled in the wake of "Batman R.I.P."

After a brief hiatus, the ''Robin'' series was [[SequelSeries succeeded by]] ''Red Robin'', written by Chris Yost and depicting Tim Drake's search around the world to find evidence that Bruce Wayne was still alive after cutting himself off from the rest of the Bat Family. He was approached by Ra's al Ghul's assassins, who were also interested in finding out what happened to Batman. After the resolution of this story, Fabian Nicieza took over as writer with issue 13. The series lasted for 2 years, being truncated by the ComicBook/New52 reboot in 2011. With the reboot, Tim became a main character in the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' series.
!!The ''Robin'' series provides examples of:

[[folder: ''Robin'' series (1993-2009)]]

* AbortedArc: It was heavily implied at one point that Alfred was falling for Tim's stepmother, Dana. Then Blüdhaven blew up and Dana [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome was never seen again.]]
* AbuseMistake: When Timís friend Ives is working as the mascot at a SuckECheeses, he comes to school so bruised that Tim and their friend Callie suspect he is being abused.
* AcademyOfAdventure: Brentwood Academy. Lampshaded by Tim himself when he comments on the weirdness of the school.
* AgeAppropriateAngst: The Robin series does very well at handling Tim's teenage love troubles and his own methods of coping with his mother's death, the crippling of his father, and subsequent death of said father in a way an average 15-year-old boy would do in those situations (the Robin thing not withstanding).
* AttemptedRape: Both Ariana and Stephanie had a near-rape experience before, and both confessed it to Tim. It's no wonder that Tim has the 'LetsWaitAwhile' mentality in the first place...
* BatmanGambit: Inherited from [[TropeNamer the man]] himself, Tim does this once to Comicbook/LadyShiva in the last arc of the Robin series. He drugs her food before their fight and wins easily against her.
* BattleCouple: with Stephanie/Spoiler.
* BettyAndVeronica: Tim had a brief love triangle in the early in the series. He was dating civilian Ariana Dzerchenko (Betty) but was attracted to vigilante Stephanie Brown (Veronica) at the same time. Ironic, because Ariana has Veronica's physical appearance and bitchiness, and Stephanie has Betty's physical appearance and tomboyishness. Ultimately, Stephanie wins the triangle, with her becoming his most high-profile (and longest) relationship in the series.
** Even after Stephanie and Tim's breakup, her fake 'death', Tim dating a new girl called Zoanne and later Stephanie's subsequent return to Gotham ó Stephanie was still the Veronica, this time to Zoanne's Betty. And again, Stephanie wins the triangle (technically), with Tim breaking up with Zoanne on the phone, and then calling up Stephanie to try and patch things up with her.
** In Red Robin, Tam is now the new Betty to Stephanie's Veronica. And Lynx is the ThirdOptionLoveInterest.
** Any of Tim's civilian girlfriends will end up being the 'Betty' by default due to his working partnership/love-hate-on-off relationship with Stephanie (who is always the Veronica).
* BigBad: In the original Robin miniseries and its sequel, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy King Snake]]. Then for a brief time Johnny Warlock. From the end of the first ongoing into Red Robin, Anarky II.
** ''War Games'' and the brief gang conflict instigated by Jason Todd and then Anarky.
* BigBrotherWorship: Tim Drake adores Dick Grayson.
* BombThrowingAnarchist: Initially Deconstructed by Lonnie Machin, Anarky I, who was a WellIntentionedExtremist on his bad days,and generally a HeroAntagonist when not. Then parodied by Anarchy II, who was [[FalseFlagOperation actually a fascist seeking to cause enough chaos to justify a military takeover.]] However, after a SpannerInTheWorks decision by a policeman leads to him killing his own brother and sister, he arguably plays it straight.
* ChewOutFakeOut: After losing nearly all of his biological family Tim sets up an actor to pretend to be his fake uncle so that he doesn't have to go into the foster care system. Batman, being Batman, naturally finds out, and Robin assumes he's about to be reamed out for going behind Bruce's back... but all Bruce can say is that he's so proud of Tim for taking the initiative, and gives him some tips on how to make the deception foolproof.
* ClarkKentOutfit: He wore glasses for a while during his short tenure at Brentwood Academy, as sort of a precaution.
* ComingOfAgeStory: The series chronicles his progression from a naive 14-year-old boy to a jaded, cynical 17-year-old brooder.
* CoolCar: Tim's Redbird.
* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: in which [[WhatTheHellHero Batman]] manipulated Tim on his 16th birthday into believing the existence of a BadFuture, in order to 'train' him to become a better Robin.
* EasterEgg: Tim always has band posters up in his room which tend to change with the artist.
** Wonder what class Timís ''Advanced Egyptian Algebra'' textbook is for.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Ariana caught Tim staring at Stephanie during Karl Ranck's funeral, and proceeded to bleach her hair because she was jealous and thought that Tim preferred blonde girls. (He doesn't, but Ariana was insecure and paranoid at the time) Ironically, blonde Ariana became really popular with the boys at school and that pissed off Tim.
* EyeScream: Recurring villain Lynx has one of her eyes ripped out by King Snake as punishment for failing to kill Robin.
* {{Fanservice}}: Mostly averted (surprising for a teenage book), but there are a few exceptions: Ariana coming out of her room in skimpy lingerie, and Tim's various [[ShowerScene shower scenes]].
* FightingYourFriend: Happened with an evil Cassandra Cain in Robin:OYL.
* GeniusBruiser: Tim himself ends up as a nightmare for any poor mook he comes across, but is still outclassed by the heavy hitters like Ra's Al Ghul and Lady Shiva, and must rely on Brains to score a victory against them.
* GoofySuit: When Timís friend Ives is working as the mascot at a SuckECheeses he wears a "Rat" costume.
* GoodStepmother: Dana Winters helps resolve disputes between Tim and her new husband Jack after they marry. She goes out of her way to get Tim's side of the story when his father refuses to allow him to speak for himself, and reminds Jack that he said he was going to spend more time with Tim. She gets along great with Tim and regularly acts as a voice of reason to him with regards to his father, but they never grow too close due to his age when she joins the family, as well as her untimely death.
* HeroHarassesHelpers: A large part of Timís job when working with Batman seems to be smoothing things over when Bats does this.
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Hilariously depicted between Tim and Lady Shiva in the Robin miniseries when he goes to Hong Kong. Lady Shiva wakes him up at night for their martial arts training, telling him that she'll bring him to a ''"[[ImaginedInnuendo whole new world]]"''. Tim's response? ''"[[HilarityEnsues Um... I don't think I'm ready for this]]"''. Lady Shiva then nonchalantly replied that they can do that later, after the training.
* IHaveThisFriend: Subverted in Robin #58:
-->'''Robin:''' Could I ask you for some non-professional advice?\\
'''Oracle:''' Talk to Doctor Babs, Robin.\\
'''Robin:''' I have this friendÖ\\
'''Oracle:''' Hold on. This friend isn't you, is it?\\
'''Robin:''' My friend is ''pregnant''.\\
'''Oracle:''' Oh.
** Then he has to deny responsibility ó ď[[MamasBabyPapasMaybe Not guilty. Not even a suspect]].Ē
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: "Dodge" stole a prototype personal teleportation device from his Star Labs scientist father because he wanted to be a hero. After his arrogance and lack of training gets him injured when he endangers a group of hostages and the device malfunctions and starts to fuse with him he decides to turn villain instead. Evidently super-hero to super-villain is not a big jump for Dodge as long as he gets to be some type of super.
* JackOfAllTrades: To quote Fabian Nicieza:
-->"What I love about Tim is that he shares some of the strongest traits of various Bat-family members. The intellect and detective skills of Bruce, the ability to lead others and be a friend to others like Dick has and even the ability to make cold, harsh decisions like Jason does."
* KidSidekick: to Batman.
** And Spoiler is the ''kid sidekick'' to the kid sidekick.
* KeepingSecretsSucks
* LamazeClass: Disguised himself as Alvin Draper and accompanied Steph to birthing classes when she was pregnant.
* LegacyCharacter: Obviously, but issue #10 highlighted the difference between Tim and Dick; the issue was a crossover issue of ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'', and worked together with Dick!Robin. Tim realized that Dick's Robin was far more physical -- a former acrobat -- while Tim was far more of a detective.
* NotADate: Back when Tim, was still dating Arianna, he would occasionally team-up with future girlfriend Stephanie Brown to fight criminals on the street. He keeps on insisting that "it's not a date," but that does not stop Stephanie from shamelessly flirting with him. It also doesn't help that he was giving out mixed messages anyways.
* OffToBoardingSchool: One of the arcs in Creator/ChuckDixon's run. Tim gets sent to Brentwood Academy by his dad who is worried about him being a rebellious and secretive teenager.
* ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime: In Robin #40, Ariana wanted to have sex with Tim, but he told her that [[LetsWaitAWhile they weren't ready]] and ended up just hanging out together on the couch. Her uncle [[NotWhatItLooksLike walked in on them and saw her still in lingerie]], got the wrong idea and chased him out of the house.
* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: There was a period in [[TheNineties The Ď90s]], mostly but not entirely in comics by Creator/ChuckDixon, where Two-Face decided he hated Robin more than Franchise/{{Batman}}. While this mostly meant Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}, he wasn't averse to taking shots at Tim Drake.
* PutOnABus: Ariana Dzerchenko, Tim's FirstLove. Although she starred in the first 50 issues of the series, she was quickly dropped in favour of the [[FanPreferredCouple more popular Stephanie]]. After her breakup with Tim, she only appeared once and was never mentioned again. Heck, barely [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome no one remembers Ariana nowadays]].
** Dana Drake, Tim's stepmother. Or more specifically, [[PutOnABus got sent to a mental hospital in Bludhaven after Jack Drake's death]] and then [[BusCrash was assumed to have died together with the city when it was demolished]]. On the other hand, she didn't show up during ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''...
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Tim has [[CallingtheOldManOut called out]] [[WhatTheHellHero Batman]] several times -- first when Batman revealed Tim's identity to Stephanie without his permission, and the second time when Batman pulled an elaborate, dysfunctional plan to test his dedication as a Robin on his 16th birthday.
* {{Retcon}}: Stephanie's death in ''War Games'' -- it turns out that she was just hiding in Africa.
* ReunionKiss: After finding out that his girlfriend wasn't actually dead Robin sweeps her into his arms and gives her a surprise kiss. Right in front of Batman, no less.
* RevealingSkill: In Timís backstory, this is how he learned the secret identities of Batman and Robin (Dick Grayson): by watching news coverage of the Dynamic Duo's escapades, during which Robin performed a complicated gymnastics move (a quadruple somersault) ó which it had been established could be performed only by a small handful of people, including the orphaned circus artist Dick Grayson.
* RoguesGallery: Tim was the first Robin to acquire his own before graduating to another identity.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Tim Drake/Robin (goal-oriented, serious introvert) with Stephanie [[Comicbook/Batgirl2009 Brown/Spoiler]] (plucky, street-smart people person).
* SecondLove: Following his adopted father's footsteps, Tim's first love was Ariana Dzerchenko and his second love was Stephanie Brown. In fact, Tim is Stephanie's second love ó her first boyfriend, Dean, got her pregnant and abandoned her after he found out.
* SecretIdentityIdentity: He sometimes addresses himself in the third-person in his thought dialogues, either as 'Robin' or 'Tim Drake'.
* SecretKeeper: Thanks to his spot as the resident SmartGuy, he knew who both Huntress and Spoiler were well before they knew who he was. This annoyed them both, naturally.
* SecretRelationship: Tim and Steph started dating as costumed crimefighters (because he was not allowed to reveal his true identity to her, Batman-related issues and all) and spent a long time only knowing each other as Robin and Spoiler. Tim would also go out of his way to avoid bumping into Steph at school, and lied to his parents when they asked him if he was seeing anyone.
* ShipTease: Arguably played between [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2000}} Cassandra Cain]] (Batgirl II) and Tim shortly after ''War Games''. Also, with Wonder Girl after the death of ComicBook/{{Superboy}} (Tim's best friend and Wonder Girl's boyfriend).
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Stephanie Brown (Spoiler/[[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Batgirl IV]]) was in a relationship with a sleazy douchebag who knocked her up and left her to fend for herself. Her next boyfriend was [[{{NiceGuy}} nice guy]] Tim Drake who took care of her during her pregnancy, brought her to birthing classes, and even crossed hundred of miles in one night just to see her at the hospital during her labour.
* SixStudentClique: Tim's high school buddies at Gotham Heights fit:
** The Head: Ives, who gets [[JewishAndNerdy high scores on tests]], helps mediate problems between the rest of his friends and introduced most of them to each other
** The Muscle: Callie Evans, a jittery outspoken {{tomboy}} who loves basketball
** The Quirk: Tim, a weird rich kid who is secretly Robin and gives out random strange excuses for leaving
** The Pretty One: Ariana, an attractive girly girl and Tim's girlfriend
** The Smart One: Kevin Hudman, a BlackAndNerdy roleplayer who unknowingly solves a case Robin is working on
** The Wild One: Hudson, who has a number of random interests including computers and movies and at one point surprised his friends by deciding to bring a gun to school [[note]]though he got caught with it before making it out of the house[[/note]] and another time decided he, Ives and Callie should investigate and catch on camera an apparent monster in an abandoned building.
* StrongGirlSmartGuy: When [[Comicbook/Batgirl2000 Cass]] came to Bludhaven to help out Tim, [[LikeBrotherAndSister Batgirl and Robin]] had this dynamic.
* SuddenNameChange: Stephanie Brown's mother was named "Agnes" when she originally appeared in Detective Comics, but her name was later changed to "Crystal." According to Scott Beatty (who was the first to rename her), he had asked DC editors about the name of the mother but no one could remember, leading to an accidental name change that stuck.
* SuckECheeses: Ives got a job at one, he was too embarrassed to tell his friends about it at first since he was a mascot wearing a [[GoofySuit rat costume]].
* TelescopingStaff: One was given to Tim by ComicBook/LadyShiva.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: The reason Tim is now an orphan and permanently dedicated to crime-fighting.
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: The reason why his relationships with Ariana and Zoanne went sour, he kept not showing up for dates or falling asleep during them.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: In addition to the benefits the various members of the Batfamily could reap from a visit to a good therapist ([[AvertedTrope Dick has actually gone to one]]) Timís first girlfriend could undoubtedly use some therapy after seeing her father murdered, being kidnapped and forced to help manufacture drugs, and having a classmate try to rape her. Of course it is understandably difficult to trust anyone in that profession working in Gotham.
* TraumaCongaLine: starting from ''War Games'' on Tim experienced his girlfriend's death, his father's death, his stepmother's [[ShrugOfGod possible death]], his best friend's death, his other best friend's death, and all capped off by the apparent death of adoptive father and mentor Bruce Wayne. All these tragedies caused Tim to go down the [[{{DeusAngstMachina}} angsty]], [[{{TookALevelInJerkass}} jerkass]] route right up until he takes up the Red Robin mantle.
** And then [[DeathIsCheap all but his father and stepmother returned.]]
* TrainingFromHell: His training arc with Lady Shiva in Paris and Hong Kong.
* VillainEpisode: Issue #85 focuses entirely on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, who gives a warped-but-mostly-accurate rundown of his history with all three Robins so far.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: A major component of the series before Tim grows out of it.

[[folder: ''Red Robin'' series (2009-2011)]]

* AbortedArc: Almost all major plot threads remained unresolved thanks to the DC reboot.
* AlliterativeTitle: '''R'''ed '''R'''obin.
* TheAlternet : ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' makes brief mention of a supervillain-created Unternet, which exists alongside the normal Internet. The heroes use it to communicate after Darkseid takes control of all Earth's media and uses it to broadcast [[BrownNote Anti-Life]]. It also made an appearance in ''Comicbook/RedRobin'' where Tim gained a new costume while inside it.
* BigDamnHeroes: Tim pulls this off during Anarky II's rampage, and receives one from Cassandra Cain and Dick Grayson at different times.
* {{Bishonen}}: Marcus To draws a really [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1b83873I31rnbzjqo1_500.jpg pretty Tim Drake with fabulous hair]].
* ChestBurster: Sac of the Council of Spiders has thousands of poisonous spiders eat and claw their way out of one of his victims.
* CoolBike: Tim is also a BadassBiker and has grown to prefer a bike to his old Red Bird. It's probably easier to acquire new ones as he travels.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: A group of spider themed villains attack Red Robin. One nearly kills him. When they attack him en masse, he kicks their butts.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Russian industrialist and hobbyist super-villain Mikalek from Red Robin.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Averted. The series seems to start off as this, but Tim makes away with his brooding while combating Ra's attack on the Bat-family. It still is more straight-faced in nature compared to the original Robin run though.
* DatingCatwoman: Lynx III. Batman even wanted to give Tim advice on how he had handled Catwoman over the years.
* GambitRoulette: In issue #12, Dick saves Tim in the nick of time from falling out a skyscraper. Later in the Batcave, Dick questions him whether he had planned it all along, and Tim replies with a: ''"You're my brother, Dick. You'll always be there for me."''
* GuileHero: the only Robin to have inherited this particular repertoire from Batman.
* HollywoodAtheist: His dad was [[{{AmbiguouslyJewish}} Jewish]] and mom was Catholic, but after their deaths Tim became jaded with religion.
* LoveTriangle: At one point, Tim was juggling multiple love interests at the same time. He was casually dating Tam Fox out of costume while flirting with Lynx in costume, and all the time still having UST with Steph (they would have probably gotten back together if Steph hadn't refused the kiss). [=FabNic=] had plans to build the triangle/polygon/harem a bit more, but was cut short by the DC reboot.
* MilhollandRelationshipMoment: After Timís best friend [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Conner]] dies, Tim and Connerís girlfriend [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Cassie]] share a single kiss that could be interpreted largely as SexForSolace (except without the sex, because, you know, [[CelibateHero Tim Drake]]). They don't do anything further, but after Conner [[DeathIsCheap comes back to life]] both are worried what he'll think of them. He doesn't care; it's not like they knew he was coming back, after all.
* MultiarmedAndDangerous: Goliath of the Council of Spiders.
* MurderInc: The Council of Spiders.
* OrificeInvasion: Sac of the Council of Spiders has his poisonous spiders crawl inside of one of Ra's Al Ghul's trusted workers (trusted in the sense that Ra's had the man's family hostage at gunpoint) in order to force him to divulge information about Ra's' location. When the Council are done with him Sac has his spiders and the thousands of young in the eggs they'd laid in the man kill him by eating and clawing their way out of him.
* RenamedTheSame: Robin to Red Robin. He didnít really give up the name by choice anyway so this let him hang on to it regardless of Dickís decision.
* RescueRomance: Tim Drake and Tam Fox are both made prisoners of the League of Assassins. When they escape in the chaos caused by Tim defeating the Council of Spiders and hurting the League, Tam gives Tim a big ol' smooch and continues to have tension with him in the series.
* RunningGag: This series lampshades just how many attractive females have attacked Tim only to form alliances with him running from the [[LoveInterest good]] to the [[TeethClenchedTeamwork tense]] to the [[StalkerWithATestTube ugly]].
* SecretChaser: Vicki Vale -- she figured out 3/4 of the Batfamily identities, with the exception of Steph, Cass and Damian.
* SecretTest: Turns out that Ra's combined this with XanatosGambit in the first arc. Tim is pitted against the Council of Spiders and then the League of Assassins itself. If he fails, he's dead and Ra's has one less Bat-Clan member to worry about. If he succeeds he proves himself worthy to Ra's Al Ghul[[spoiler:'s sister.]] Goes a long way to explain Ra's apparent use of the VillainBall in the arc.
* SiblingYinYang: With Damian Wayne, fifth Robin and Bruce Wayne's biological son.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Tim started as an idealist as Robin, and slowly went down the cynical route after ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''.
** Ironic, since his on-again, off-again girlfriend Stephanie Brown went the opposite direction, starting out cynical before becoming an optimist.
* SpiderSwarm: "Sac", one of the members of the Council of Spiders, is a {{pest controller}} who is always covered in spiders and who can have his spiders lay eggs in people and then kill them while eating their way out.
* StalkerWithATestTube: One of [[spoiler: Ra's Al Ghul's sisters. As Tim puts it, he's about to be [[AttemptedRape attacked]] by her in a [[UnusualEuphemism "after school special"]] kind of way.]]
* TheChessmaster: Tim Drake. And ''how''.
* TheCowl: He is after all, the closest to Bruce in terms of personality.
* TimeAbyss: Turns out that whoever runs the Assassination tournament Tim interferes with is an immortal with a laser equipped "ancient Babylonian" hideout in the sewers of Paris, and is old enough to have met Vandal Savage. It's a shame he had to [[StuffBlowingUp destroy the place.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Tim, Stephanie Brown, and the General all show how much they've grown in ''Red Robin''.
* WasItAllALie: Tam Fox breaks up with Tim at the end of the series when she find out that he's been lying to her about Lucius Fox being dead.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: [[BelligerentSexualTension The premise]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension of the entire]] [[WorkingWithTheEx Red Robin/Batgirl]] [[AlmostKiss crossover arc]].
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Stephanie calls him out in Red Robin #10, in which he admits that she's right and promises to be better in the future.
** Comes from Tam Fox when he fakes her father's death-without telling her.