Characters / Robin

Throughout the years, there have been a few people that have taken the mantle of Robin. For the characters who primarily appear in the Robin comic series, see here.

Bold indicates current identity.

For Stephanie Brown (Robin IV), see the Batgirl page.
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    Robin I / Nightwing / Batman III / Agent 37 (Richard John "Dick" Grayson) 
"If you want Robin to stay dead, that's okay with me. But you've trained me too well — made me what I am. You can't keep me from pursuing my own destiny." Dick Grayson as Nightwing
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Easily the most famous of the Robins, Dick Grayson was the poster boy for Sidekicks in the Golden Age and Silver Age. With a similar backstory to that of his mentor, Batman (parents murdered by a racketeer who, unlike the mugger in some versions of Batman's origin, was brought to justice or died depending on which story you read), Robin was always there to provide lighthearted commentary and ask questions that the readers themselves are wondering.

Eventually, however, he grew out of his role as a sidekick, and began to argue with the Dark Knight over crime-fighting. This lead to him establishing himself as a solo hero, Nightwing, and became the leader of the Teen Titans, and after Bruce needed further time to recover after kicking Jean-Paul Valley (see below) to the curb, even took over the Batman role himself for some time. He then received a comic book series of his own, detailing his adventures in Gotham's sister city, Bludhaven (even more of a Crapsack World than Gotham). Blüdhaven has since been destroyed (twice!) and after a sojourn back in his Titans' base of New York, Nightwing has now officially moved back to Gotham, being back on good terms with his former mentor. In the wake of Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, Dick has since stepped up to the role as Gotham City's official protector, and has once again officially become Batman, this time with an open mandate. When Bruce came back, he even retained his role as Gotham City's Batman for one year of Comic-Book Time.

As of the New 52, Dick is back to being Nightwing.

  • Accidental Pornomancer: Despite his reputation, he isn't really trying to be a Casanova.
  • The Ace: Bruce has said, even to Dick's face, that not only has Dick come into his own using his teachings and excelling at them, but that he exceeds him in talents like leadership, and keeping contacts. Dick is often seen as probably one of, if not the, best connected character to major heroes like in the JLA and JSA and lesser known heroes like the Outsiders or Birds of Prey. He's been called "the linch-pin of the DCU".
    • To drive the "linchpin" comment home: remember, this was one of the major reasons DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Dan Didio wanted to kill off Dick—because his death would send the biggest shockwave throughout the DCU. The other editors/writers convinced him to keep Dick alive, but the idea of how close he came, especially in light of what Dick's been doing lately, makes one shudder to think what would've happened if the decision had been pushed through. You really want to shatter the DCU? You don't target Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman—you target Dick Grayson.
    • Further lampshaded in one issue of Teen Titans, where various Titans band together to take on a more dangerous Dr. Light. In Superboy's inner monologue, he marvels at how when Nightwing shows up, no one questions his leadership and everyone automatically follows his lead.
    • And used in an issue of The Brave and the Bold, when he is able to convince every single superhero in the world to jump into a pocket dimension without questioning if it was necessary or if at least one of them should stay behind.
  • All Up to You: Happened so often to him that when he left to be Nightwing, Batman couldn't succeed without him (eventually necessitating Jason Todd and Tim Drake to step up).
    • When the Justice League was believed to be dead, Dick was appointed leader of the new team as part of Batman's contingency plan.
    • And of course, Dick is the natural successor to the mantle when Bruce is out of commission.
  • Ascended Meme: Dick has the best ass in the DC Universe. This was used at one point as a point of identfication by Midnighter.
  • Badass Biker: As both Robin and Nightwing, he often rides a motorcycle alongside the Batmobile, though he has received his own Cool Car as well.
  • Beta Couple: Him and Barbara Gordon.
  • Betty and Veronica:
    • During his run as Nightwing, Dick has had Unresolved Sexual Tension with two love interests: Hot Librarian and Childhood Friend Barbara Gordon and pragmatic Anti-Hero Helena Bertinelli. Both love interests have carried over to The New 52. Barbara even notes, a couple of times, that Dick is attracted to Helena because she's "dark and sour", though Dick doesn't quite agree. Funny enough, both have also been Batgirl, and have been part of the Birds of Prey.
    • Also Starfire (Veronica) and Barbara (Betty). The first was an extraterrestrial princess descended from cats who had spent her adolescence in slavery. The second was the daughter (or niece and/or adopted daughter) of Gotham police commissioner James Gordon who had spent her adolescence earning a library science degree. Kory was emotionally open and naïve about life on Earth; Barbara was all about knowledge. Kory was a towering, buxom, barely-dressed supermodel who represented physical power and pleasure. Barbara at that point was paralyzed from the waist down and represented intellectual power and pleasure.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Dick has had a few dark moments under extreme provocation/stress.
  • Big Brother Mentor: to his fellow Robins, Tim and Damian. He used to be like this with Jason before he died.
    • The Joker lampshades this calling Dick 'The Big Brother You Never Had' to Damian.
    • When he meets Jason for the first time, he helps him salvage a botched drug bust, gives him his old Robin uniform, and his number, so Jason could have someone to talk to.
    • He is very accommodating towards Cass' lack of verbal fluency and (perhaps due to his own highly physical background) can hold conversations without Cass needing to talk.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Happened to him a few times. Mainly when he was with the Titans.
  • Breakout Character: Dick was originally suppose to be killed off in Infinite Crisis, but he was spared because he was considered the "heart and soul" of the DC characters.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He's the child of circus acrobats and is thus incredibly agile.
  • Chick Magnet: There is no female in-universe who has met Dick and not commented on either his good looks or his charm except Batwoman, who is a lesbian. Black Canary and Power Girl even comment that he's more attractive than Batman.
  • Circus Brat: He still returns to the circus whenever they pass by Gotham and Bludhaven. He even ended up using his sizable trust fund to buy them out to save them from financial ruin.
  • Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: As a spy, he's done this quite a lot, though usually for good reasons.
  • Cool Car: While operating as Nightwing, Dick painstakingly built a high-performance vehicle that could "camouflage" itself with a variety of exterior shells. He promptly blew it up less than a year later.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Especially as Nightwing, following in his mentor's footsteps, although Dick is always portrayed as somewhat more flamboyant than Batman, owing to being a better natural athlete.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Dick rarely has anything but fond memories of his parents after their deaths, and he's lived a pretty amazing life under Batman's tutelage. At one point in his series, he even says that while he loves his parents and misses them everyday, being honest with himself, he wouldn't trade his new life to get his parents back, even though he knows Bruce would for either of them.
  • Domino Mask: Even as Nightwing.
  • Dual Wielding: His Weapon of Choice as Nightwing is dual Escrima Sticks.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He gets happy endings in various different timelines, thanks to Convergence. In one timeline, he marries Barbara Gordon. In another, he's married to Starfire. And in yet another, he becomes Batman.
  • The Face: He is most definitely the most socially competent hero of not only the Batfamily, but the entire DCU, being friends with nearly every hero and a few villains in the entire universe.
  • Faking the Dead: After the events of Forever Evil.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: In Nightwing Year One, Jason Todd didn't have a very good relationship with Dick. This is changed when the two end up in a situation where they save Alfred's life.
    • The same happened for Damian as their partnership became more solid after each arc in Batman and Robin, to the point the other would be willing to save the other's life.
    • Slowly happening with Helena Bertinelli in Grayson.
    • Eventually became Vitriolic Best Buds with Tiger in the same series.
  • Genius Bruiser: Both his detective skills and his fighting ability were played up.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: As he tells Barbara: "James was right. I AM a softy. I try to see the best in people. But that doesn't mean I'm stupid."
  • The Heart: He's the pillar of the Batfamily. And is called also the heart of the DCU because of how beloved he is both inside and out of it.
  • The Hero: While serving in the Teen Titans.
    • Even in some of the main Batman books, Dick comes off more as The Hero while Batman is a particularly dark version of The Lancer.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: His two most frequent love interests (Starfire and Barbara Gordon) have this in common, as do Temporary Love Interests Cheyenne Fremont and Raya Vestri. Even both his Heterosexual Life Partners are redheads. Of course, this does not preclude him from [1] hooking up with blondes or brunettes, however.
    • "Redheads. What is it about redheads?"
    • "I got thing for crime-fighting redheads." (to Batwoman)
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After he allows vigilante Tarantula to kill Blockbuster.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With either Roy Harper or Wally West, depending on the writer. And as of the New 52, he's this with Bruce.
  • Important Haircut: Several times whilst serving in the Teen Titans.
  • Interspecies Romance: With the alien super-heroine Koriandr of Tamaran, aka Starfire, who he met as part of the Teen Titans. 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 sleep with each other over their former connection.
  • The Lancer: When he isn't The Hero, he's this for the Bat-Family. If Bruce isn't the one leading them, Dick will most likely step in.
  • The Leader: Unique in comics as Dick Grayson was one of the first teen sidekicks to lead his own team, and he became so good at it that by the time he became Nightwing, he was acknowledged as the most capable leader in the DC Universe! Seriously, even Superman has stepped aside to let Nightwing take command at times, and Batman has said that Dick Grayson has vastly surpassed him in terms of maintaining strong connections with virtually every superhero in the community.
  • Legacy Character: Nightwing is the name of one of two superheroes from Kryptonian legend (the other being Flamebird), borrowed from a story that Superman told him. He was the first Robin and is now the new Batman.
  • Like a Son to Me: Bruce views him as one. Though modern stories make him more of a brother to Bruce.
  • Like Brother and Sister: He's Platonic Life Partners with Donna Troy. And he sees Supergirl as a little sister.
  • Likes Older Women: A number of his love interests, most notably Barbara Gordon, are older than him, though the exact age difference often depends on the writer. In the New 52, he's confirmed to be 21 years old, which means that some of his love interests are likely to be older given their occupations, such as a bank executive, a high-ranking secret agent, and a matron of a girls' college.
  • The Load: As Robin he usually subverts this, but not always. Let's just say there's a reason the Boy Wonder is sometimes called the Boy Hostage.
  • Love Martyr: Is one of the very few people that genuinely supports and believes in Damian, which eventually pays off when Damian actually grows to respect and care for Dick, which begins to shape him in a much more heroic person then he was when introduced.
  • Meaningful Name: Applied via retcon in Night of the Owls. His surname "Grayson" refers to the Court of Owls, who fancied themselves the equalizing "gray" between the "white" aristocracy and "black" lower classes.
  • Morality Pet: All of the Robins are this, but Dick in particular is very special to Bruce. Being the "firstborn son" and all, he has helped Batman from being a far worse man, just by being there. In a fascinating example, Dick is this to 10-year-old Damian Wayne.
  • Missed the Call: In the New 52, Dick missed a villainous call in his backstory. The Court of Owls wanted to make Dick into a Talon, but Bruce adopting him on the eve of his parents' deaths put him out of their reach.
  • Mr. Fanservice: It's blatant and unrepentant, and it works and it's well-acknowledged in-universe, by a number of female superheroes, including but not limited to: Barbara Gordon, Black Canary, Supergirl, Power Girl, etc.
  • Must Make Amends: Batman does this on Nightwing's behalf toward the tail end of The Joker's "Last Laugh" storyline: Batman doesn't want Nightwing to think of himself as a murderer.
  • Nice Guy: Thanks to having a relatively happy childhood before Bruce took him in.
  • Oblivious to Love: Many of his seemingly platonic female friends actually have an unrequited crush on him. He's even been called "a factory for broken hearts" by Huntress.
  • One Head Taller: Inverted; both of his main love interests (Starfire and Oracle) are taller than he is. Granted, by the time he actually slept with Oracle, she... aw, that joke's too tasteless even for this site. It's also been commented on that as the new Batman, he's significantly shorter than Bruce.
  • Parental Abandonment: Like Bats, his parents are DEEAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!! He's had rough patches with Bruce as well, but have since become closer then ever with his adoptive father.
  • Parental Favoritism: No doubt that out of all the Robins and Batgirls, Dick is the only one that Bruce treats as an equal, sometimes even trusting him with secrets with him that Alfred isn't privy to. Bruce also admits that he's the only one who has the right to talk back to him.
  • Parental Substitute: Both Bruce and Superman fill this role for him, and he becomes one to Damian.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: In the 40's, 50's, and 60's. Even today, far wittier than his mentor is ever portrayed as. Even as Batman, Dick is still cracking wise, even at gunpoint.
  • Power of Friendship: His greatest weapon. Sure, natural acrobatics and Batman-trained skills in combat and sleuthing are nothing to sneeze at, but no other hero in the DC Universe boasts the sheer number of allies he has. The guy has had his villains team up with him against bigger or badder foes. Why? Because he asked nicely.
  • Really Gets Around: Much like Bruce, Dick has his fair share both human and superhuman. Starfire and Barbara being the well known examples. Subverted with Raven, who at the time accidentally made him think he was in love with her. During his time with the Titans, he gets a lot of flak from Roy, Wally, and Donna because of this.
  • Relationship Revolving Door: His relationship with Barbara Gordon. Since the 90s, they've been an Official Couple, have broken up, and then later engaged. Said engagement was retconned when plans to kill off Dick were shelved. Since then, they've been Amicable Exes, up until the New 52, which has them as Childhood Friends with a heavy dose of Will They or Won't They? that occasionally ventures into Belligerent Sexual Tension territory.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Do they ever. You'd think, with Bruce Wayne coming back, he'd stop being Batman and go back to being Nightwing, right? Not so much. However, as of DC's post-Flashpoint reboot, Dick once again resumes the identity of Nightwing.
  • Simple Staff: Uses them as both Robin and Nightwing. Although, as Nightwing, he tends to favor Escrima sticks.
  • Surpassed the Teacher: In some aspects. The Justice League and the Gotham PD seem to prefer him over Bruce. And he's the only one of the Batfamily who's capable of beating Bruce in a fair fight.
  • Technicolor Ninjas: Played straight as Robin. Eventually subverted as Nightwing (his first two Nightwing costumes were bright blue and yellow, before he settled on black with a hint of blue).
  • Underwear of Power: Probably what started all the Ho Yay Shipping is because he wore these without any other form of trousers.
  • Unknown Rival: Shrike, a member of his Nightwing Rogues Gallery who claims to be his Arch-Enemy, but isn't even considered a threat.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Kori. And Babs. Even after having been engaged to both of them. And now it seems to be heading towards this path with Helena. Dear god.
  • Working with the Ex: There is some UST with Barbara Gordon in the Batfamily, and Starfire in Teen Titans.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Has had to do so when dealing with Spyral, Checkmate, the God Garden, and the Court of Owls. Sometimes playing them against each other.

    Robin II / Red Hood II / Red Robin II / Wingman II (Jason Peter Todd) 
"I don't wanna learn to be no crook. I just boost what it takes to survive." Jason Todd as the Red Hood II
After the first Robin left, executives realized that he was a crucial element to the Caped Crusader's popularity. Hence, they introduced Jason Todd, a near-clone of the first Robin (except with strawberry-blond hair). At least, that's what the pre-Crisis version was like, but who remembers him? (except for the time he defeated Mongul)

When the name Jason Todd is said, the post-Crisis version comes to mind. A reckless, angry street youth whose first encounter with Batman came from him trying to steal the Batmobile's tires to sell. This Robin proved to be extremely unpopular with readers, so editor Denny O'Neil set up a 1-900 telephone poll as a publicity stunt, asking readers if they wanted Jason Todd to be killed off (the final tallies were 5,343 for his death, 5,271 against it). Interestingly, O'Neil insists he had no idea they would vote for his death, but writer Jim Starlin was fairly certain of it, having himself tried to get DC to kill Jason off in an AIDS story line.

Jason attempted to find out who his mother really was, and was shocked to find that she's still alive and in the Middle East. He follows her there and reunites with her, but runs afoul of the Joker, who kills both of them, bumping him straight over the Moral Event Horizon (as if the thousands of other murders don't count). Jason's death has had a lasting impact on the Bat-mythos to this day, reminding the Dark Knight of the dangers of having a sidekick in the Darker and Edgier world of modern comics.

Due to Superboy-Prime punching time, he returned to life and resurfaced as the Red Hood, who came into conflict with hero and villain alike. Acting as a thoroughly murderous vigilante, Jason recruited his own sidekick, Scarlet, and wound up in Arkham after the murder of a huge number of criminals. Having earned the enmity of Bruce, Dick, Tim, and Damian, there seemed to be no going back for Jason, who, having escaped from prison near the end of Batman & Robin was poised to remain a major player in the Gotham Underworld.

The New 52 reboot, like the Post-Crisis reboot, made so many changes to him that he's pretty much a new character just sharing some basic background and the name with the original DCU version.
Shared tropes between versions

  • '90s Anti-Hero: He's a Ur-Example, being part of the Darker and Edgier Bronze Age, including the incident described in Kick the Son of a Bitch above. Ironically, though, he actually missed The '90s completely.
  • Always Someone Better / Always Second Best: How he feels about Dick Grayson. Is the main reason behind his constant clashes with the family in the pre-N52 universe
    • Red Hood Arsenal reveals that despite all of his talk, Jason always knew no matter what he did, he would never fill Dick's boots.
  • Anti-Hero: Frequently crosses the line between Unscrupulous Hero and Nominal Hero. Though since the New 52 started, he's often written as either closer to the former or just pragmatic.
  • Back from the Dead: Killed by The Joker in 1988. Resurrected by Ra's Al-Ghul, returning to prominence in 2005.
  • Black Sheep: Ends up in this role after his resurrection.
  • Continuity Snarl/Cosmic Retcon: His resurrection was originally credited to Superboy-Prime punching reality (as seen in the Cosmic Retcon image).
  • Costume Copycat: There has always been someone using the costume before Jason. Dick Grayson as Robin I, the Joker as Red Hood I, and Kingdom Come Grayson as the first Red Robin.note  Red Hood and the Outlaws even reveals that his current costume is actually one of Grayson's.
  • Cool Helmet: His Red Hood helmets.
  • Darker and Edgier: Jason stands out from the rest of the Bat-Family thanks to his willingness to take criminals' lives. After the Crisis, his origin was revised to make him different from Dick Grayson. Specifically, a criminal.
  • Death Is Cheap: Averted for a long time, but eventually played painfully straight.
  • Depending on the Artist: Is his "hood" smooth and rounded, or is it flatter and shaped more like a human face, with cheekbones and lips?
  • Determinator: Probably his defining trait. Jason seems to never stop fighting no matter what. In the moments of his death, despite being brutally beaten, he still tried to save his mother. Upon awakening in his own coffin, he dug his way out with his bare hands.
    • As Red Hood he claimed that his super power was being too stupid to give up.
    • Back in his days of Robin in the pre N52, he told a mentally broken Batman that if there's anything he's learned it's to never give up.
    • When seriously injured by an angry mob, he crawled out of his hospital bed to help Batman.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Jason makes it very clear that he only kills people who he absolutely thinks deserve it. The animated movie also shows him threatening to murder any drug dealers who try to sell to children.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Every single relationship he has began like this.
  • Genius Bruiser: Much like Batman himself, though the "genius" part is often downplayed. But it's especially prominent during Under the Hood, where Bruce even worries that Jason has surpassed him.
  • Guns Akimbo: He's especially fond of dual wielding handguns. Under Morrison he even owned a pair of custom-made red ones.
  • Happily Adopted: Actually the first adopted son of Bruce, though they push this trope in recent years. Notable in that neither of Jason's biological parents ever seemed to care about him. Sometimes he also counts for this with his stepmother, Catherine Todd, but it varies depending on the retcon.
  • Identity Impersonator: As The Red Hood and Nightwing.
  • Irony: Loves this. When he comes back for his revenge on Bruce, he uses Batman's hated weapon, guns, kills often, something Batman has always refused to do, and even names himself after the Joker's previous alias.
  • Karma Houdini: Whenever writers choose to include him in Batfamily stories, his murderous history is often swept under the rug.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Jason's most controversial act as Robin was an off-screen murder of a rapist. At the time, whether he'd actually done the deed or not was left ambiguous, and when directly questioned by Batman, Jason said that the criminal "fell". But nearly twenty years later, following his return as Red Hood, Jason has admitted to the murder.
  • Killed Off for Real: At first, anyway. He was killed off in 1988 and not resurrected until 2005. In between, a common mantra was "Nobody stays dead in comics except Bucky, Uncle Ben, and Jason Todd."
  • Missing Mom: Eventually he found her. And then she sold him out to The Joker. And then both kicked it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In A Death in the Family #3, the Joker's henchmen pummel him viciously, and then the Joker lays into him with a crowbar.
    • Then years later, in Batman #634 he returns the favor on a washed-out Joker.
  • Parental Substitute: The basis of his relationship and constant conflcit with Bruce. In The N52 Jason came to see Ducra as this after training under her.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: He secretly did this during his tenure as Robin back in the 80s. As the Red Hood, though, he openly practices this brand of justice.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Oh lord. The plot of A Death in the Family begins when Jason goes out to find his birth-mother without telling Bruce about it. After meeting her, she lures him into a trap set by the Joker, which ends with Jason dead. Unfortunately, nobody ever learns about the specifics, essentially blaming Jason for his own death, merely assuming that he'd recklessly gone after the Joker by himself. When Jason eventually comes back from the dead seeking revenge against Bruce, his list of reasons includes being replaced by Tim Drake, which he takes as a sign that Bruce never really cared about him. Nobody ever bothers to even mention to Jason that Bruce was emotionally devastated by Jason's death, which also took a serious toll on his mental and physical health, with Tim Drake practically forcing Bruce to take him on as Robin.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Treated as one for Dick. Sees Tim as this for him.
  • The Resenter: Was especially hostile towards Tim Drake as well due to Jason having insecurities that Tim did a better job at the role.
  • The Rival: As Robin he had a bit of a sibling rivalry with his aloof big brother and the ace, Nightwing. A lot of his issues were stemmed from his failure to compete with Grayson
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • After being resurrected for real, one of his first acts is to take vengeance on the Joker (who killed him) and Batman (who he's mad at for not killing Joker).
    • In the New 52, his attack on Batman was foiled by Dick's intervention and he left Gotham shortly after that, retuning only until the Night of Owls. However, there are still references to times when he's attempted to harm Tim and Dick.
  • Street Urchin: His post-Crisis background.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Maybe the most famous male example in comic books.
  • The Unfavorite: He believes this is how Batman views him amongst his sons.
  • Violence Really Is the Answer: A firm believer.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He only lasted a year and a half after being reintroduced post-Crisis.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has some major daddy issues. Despite being angry with Bruce, he does concern himself with wanting his approval.

  • Circus Brat: And a big fan of The Flying Graysons. His parents were friends of Dick's.
  • Dye Hard: Invoked. Dyes his straw-berry blonde hair black to look more like Robin. While he did this himself in pre-Crisis, the post-Crisis version of the character in Batman and Robin says Bruce forced him to do this.
  • Expy:
    • His initial origin was essentially a rehash of Dick Grayson's; he also grew up in the circus until his parents were murdered. Fans weren't amused, so he was given a rebooted origin after Crisis on Infinite Earths.
    • Deconstructed in later incarnations of the character, where being Dick's replacement is the source of many of his issues.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Dick Grayson twice. Once in Pre-Crisis, where his backstory is nearly identical (ironically, this is the version of him that had red-blonde hair), and again in the New 52, especially after Dick leaves to work for Spyral, with everyone except Bruce believing him to be dead.

Post-Crisis, Pre-New 52
  • Antagonistic Offspring: His relationship with Bruce has strong shades of this, in addition to the obvious A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil. In Convergence, both forgive each other.
  • Nominal Hero in his appearances in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin, where he is portrayed almost entirely without sympathy.
  • Ambiguously Bi: A case where it depends on the writer. Most notable when penned by Judd Winick. Emphasis on "ambiguously". When Winick was asked directly if Jason was bi, he avoided the question, stating flat-out that it was the only option DC permitted him to take.
  • Anti-Hero Substitute: Tried to become one for Bruce during Battle for the Cowl. Dick was not amused.
  • Anti-Villain: In his first appearance after his resurrection. Later appearances make him a rather crazed, and unsympathetic, Type V antihero. However, in Convergence he's closer than a Good Is Not Nice hero.
  • Axe Crazy: Comes off this way in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin. He himself claims that while he is homicidal he's not crazy.
  • Badass Biker: He rides a Harley. He is the Red Hood, er, "Red Helmet".
  • Big Brother Bully: He seems to really enjoy beating up Tim.
  • Cain and Abel: With Dick, Tim, and Damian. He regards them as his both his brothers and his enemies.
  • Came Back Wrong: A definite possibility. While he was resurrected due Superboy Prime actions during Infinite Crisis, he was vegetative, only recovering when Talia dropped him in a Lazarus Pit. While Ra's Al Ghul was inside.
    Jason Todd: Does it make it easier for you to think that my dip in the Lazarus Pit turned me rabid? Or is this just the real me?
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: This version of Jason cannot be trusted in the slightest. He's worked with and betrayed Black Mask, Tim, Dick, and the people who freed him from Arkham.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Injects a drug dealer with bleach, among other similar actions.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Of Pay Evil unto Evil. It's because of his homicidal tendencies, that he ultimately fails in his goals, while Batman succeeds and is accepted by Gotham.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jason's killing spree resulted in the deaths of hundreds of criminals, many of whom were guilty of comparatively lesser crimes.
  • Domino Mask: It seems to be a requirement for Robins. Most depictions even show his wearing the mask under the Red Hood mask.
  • Dual Wielding: Since coming back.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His sidekick Scarlet is the one person he cares about post-resurrection
  • Evil Former Friend: To Dick
  • Evil Orphan: Bruce brought Jason into his home and his world. Jason paid him back, following his resurrection, by becoming one of the worst vigilantes Bruce has ever had to deal with.
  • Evil Redhead: He was retconned into being a redhead. Batman apparently made him dye his hair black to hide the fact that the role of Robin had gone to someone else.
  • Eviler Than Thou: With Black Mask, The Joker, and Eduardo Flamingo, all of whom he has clashed with.
  • Fallen Hero: His portrayal in Under the Red Hood, Battle for the Cowl, and Batman & Robin, where he is mourned as a hero gone bad.
  • Groin Attack: Gave these to both Dick and Tim in a Teen Titans storyline. Tim returns the favor at the end of the issue.
  • Guns Akimbo: Dual wields twin red pistols as the Red Hood.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Completed during by the time of Convergence.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Treated as such in-universe. In Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin, Dick and Damian note that they've already defeated Red Hood numerous times before.
  • It's All About Me: Refuses to see that there are factors beyond "betraying him" at work when Bruce refuses to kill The Joker. When the Society uses Chemo to obliterate Bludhaven and Bruce wants to make sure Dick is okay, Jason stops him because they haven't completed their fight yet, and he won't let Grayson ruin this moment for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: During his appearances in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin, when any attempts at reaching out to him end in betrayal and attempted murder.
  • Legacy Character: Jason dabbles in this a lot. He's the second Robin, he took the mantle of Red Hood (originally used by the Joker), but the Red Robin title (first appearing in Kingdom Come) was given to him by an alternate Batman (which a villain took using the now discarded costume; now Tim is Red Robin). He also stole Nightwing's identity for a while, and he's been playing Batman in Battle for the Cowl.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: So what motivated Jason's Roaring Rampage of Revenge is that he thinks Batman didn't love him enough to do what he felt was necessary after his death, and forgot about him. As of the new Batman and Robin series, it's revealed that Bruce asked Jason to dye his naturally red hair black to look like Dick's, and Jason admitted that Bruce expected him to be just like Dick. This is the kind of thing that will have adverse effects on the mental health of a normal child, never mind a troubled one. This is now considered having dubious continuity, with some comics outright ignoring it.
  • Misblamed: In-Universe, whenever his death is brought up, it's usually blamed of his temper and impulsiveness, rather than the actual cause, which was his biological mother, Sheila Haywood, leading him into a trap.
  • Never Live It Down: Both in-universe and the readers always label him as "the angry Robin". As Robin, Jason was more impulsive than angrynote , the anger only showing up a handful of times, usually involving Two-Face, who killed Jason's father. Even the idea that he would go as far as murder was brought up in a few specific instances.
  • Never My Fault: Refuses to accept any responsibility for the innocent people caught in his killing sprees or the fact that those sprees are what prompted the cartels to send cannibal enforcer Eduardo Flamingo to town.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: With Bruce and Dick both.
  • The Oldest Profession: It is implied given his dialogue with Mia Dearden, a former child prostitute, that he engaged in this when he was younger in order to survive alone on the streets of Gotham.
  • Parental Betrayal: Views Bruce not avenging him as this. Also, his biological mother, in A Death in the Family
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: What he sees his actions as.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: How Bruce sees him.
  • Red-Headed Stepchild: Thanks to recent retcons. Before Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was naturally reddish-blond and dyed his hair black, and afterwards his hair was just naturally black. After Final Crisis, Grant Morrison retconned his hair into a deep red, which he dyed black again (to fit better with the red/black color motifs of the author's stories).
  • The Resenter: Towards Dick, Tim, Damian, and anybody else who has ever worn the Robin costume, before and after him.
  • Retcon: Jason's origin (and hair color) changed substantially Post-Crisis. And then there's the matter of his resurrection. When he first debuted, Jason was a nice kid that wanted to help people and did have a few problems thanks to living on the streets. However, later issues would try to paint over this by writing him as a punk with a 'mean streak' and was only 'fueled by rage', which directly led to his death. In fact, his death is frequently attributed to his headstrong nature and his disobedience of Batman's orders, when actually it was his mother betraying him that led to his capture by the Joker.
  • The Rival: Tries to set himself and Scarlet up as rivals to Batman (now Dick Grayson) and Robin, with the aim of making them obsolete.
    • After his resurrection, he often says he will be a better Batman than Bruce Wayne ever was.
    • While he does like using guns, he normally will ditch them when fighting Bruce, Dick, or Tim, just to prove he can be better than them. So far that has failed many times, with the exception of his fights with Tim, which he normally wins.
  • Shadow Archetype: To all the members of the Batman family, demonstrating what they would be like if they truly gave into the darkness around them. Bruce's obsessiveness, Dick's need to be his own man, Tim's desire for approval, and Damian's anger issues all find a dark reflection in him.
  • Skunk Stripe: Post-resurrection.
  • The Sociopath: Portrayed as such in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin. He even describes himself as a homicidal maniac. After Convergence, he's not even a Sociopathic Hero.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In Convergence, which seems to characterize him as his New 52 version.
  • Underwear of Power: Just like Dick, Jason wore tightie-greenies for his Robin costume.
  • Writer on Board: Jim Starlin did everything he could to make Jason as unlikable as he could.

Post-Flashpoint Tropes
  • Aloof Big Brother: Shows shades of this towards Damian, and admits he was one to Tim.
  • Befriending the Enemy: Over the course of his adventures Jason has tried to offer a chance at redemption at his foes (specially when the Joker is involved on their backstory). This comes to a head on Red Hood Arsenal where he takes Joker's Daughter under his wing to redeem her.
  • Berserk Button: Jason is a lot less trigger happy after training with the All-Caste but threating the life of his Outlaws is the fastest way to end with a bullet in the head.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: Regularly hangs out in these places.
  • Bad Liar: To avoid scaring his date with his baggage he told her he owned a Dry Clean business. His date thought that it was the most boring date ever.
  • Band of Brothers: With the other Robins and Roy.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Particularly towards Tim, Roy and Kori but he also showed concern for Damian shortly before his murder.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: What he does to Roy at the end of Red Hood Arsenal
  • Calling the Old Man Out: While he is willing to take orders from Bruce, he's always does it with a healthy dose of snark on the side.
  • The Chew Toy: Tends to get beaten up by most other members of the Batfamily, and by villains, too, particularly in line-wide crossovers.
  • Depending on the Writer: Is Jason a generic and resentful "bad boy" forever distancing himself from his family and friends, or someone self-aware of his own trauma and working to overcome it?
  • Dual Wielding: How he uses the All-Blades.
  • Easily Forgiven: Works amicably with the Batfamily from time to time, despite being against them for a short time after his resurrection
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Roy through all the New 52
  • In the Hood: For a short while Jason used a sleeveless red hoodie on Red Hood Arsenal. Likely inspired by his Arkham Knight appearance.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Saved a chinese village, would put his life in the line for Roy and Kori and is shown supporting Alfred and Bruce after Damian's murder.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: While Jason was firmly a Pragmatic Hero through all of Red Hood and the Outlaws run, he has grown into this on Red Hood Arsenal, mainly because he wants to become a role model for Duela Dent.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Frequently goes into battle guns blazing, without much forethought.
  • The Generic Guy: In Batfamily stories, he (like Tim) often just shows up in a group, and doesn't have any distinctive role.
    • During the period where Dick was cut off from the Batfamily due to faking his death and working for Spyral, Jason seemed to take on Dick's role. Including having a crush on Barbara in Batman Eternal, which came out of nowhere.
  • Those Two Guys: He and Tim are usually paired up together in Batfamily stories, due to editorial pushing for a brotherly relationship between them to mirror Dick and Damian's. They also used to be handled by different editorial offices in the N52. As DC Rebirth, Tim is back under the Batman office's control.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to the pre-Flashpoint version. He can still be a Jerk Ass at times, though.
  • True Companions: How he came to see Roy and Kori through the course of Red Hood and the Outlaws. It remains to be seen if this relationship remains canon in DC Rebirth.
  • Tsundere: Started as Type A towards Roy and Kori but he mellowed out to Type B as Red Hood and the Outlaws progressed.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: The only member of the Batfamily that doesn't mind killing and using guns.
  • Warrior Monk: What his time with the All-Caste turned him into, though he still has anger issues from time to time.

    Robin III / Red Robin III (Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake) 
"I thought I'd left that world behind me. That maybe I could do more good working from the shadows. Apparently I was wrong. I'm going to need help." Tim Drake as Red Robin III
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Despite the setback of Jason's unpopularity and the killing-off that came along with it, Denny O'Neil was not convinced to give up on the character of Robin. Thus, Tim Drake was born, and this time, the writers were careful to make him much less similar to Dick.

At age nine, Tim was able to deduce both Batman and Robin I's identities, but kept it to himself, until years later, when Dick went solo and Jason died. Realizing how deeply Jason's death had affected his idol, Batman, Tim tried to convince Dick to reprise his role as Batman's partner. Although he agreed, Dick would only do so as Nightwing, despite Tim's insistence that Batman needed a Robin.

It took multiple trials, but finally, Tim was able to gain both Bruce and Dick's respect, along with the permission to become Robin. He proved to be much more popular than Jason ever was, and like Dick, got multiple spin-off series. Following the Bat-Family shakeup following R.I.P. & Battle For The Cowl, he has taken the role of Red Robin. With the return of Bruce & the founding of Batman Incorporated, Tim has become a more tech-savvy hero, using the first Anarky in a sort of "Oracle" tech role. Tim eventually became as worthy a holder of the Robin title as Dick, and is pretty much the Robin post-Dick, holding the title the longest after him and being Batman's most trusted lieutenant after Dick went solo.

Pre-Flashpoint: See Robin Series


  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Harper Row, at first. Though later on in Batman Eternal it's implied that they're becoming more like Platonic Life Partners.
  • Black Sheep: New 52 version only. Tim's had very little interaction with the rest of the family, with the exception of Jason Todd, the same "brother" who'd previously been depicted beating Tim up and stabbing him in the chest with a boomerang. Not too surprising, when you consider that Tim and Jason were both rebooted by the same writer, Scott Lobdell.
  • Depending on the Writer: Some writers portray him as being an Insufferable Genius. Some have him suffering from an Ambiguous Disorder. Some play up his more Adorkable side, and write him as being a bit closer to his pre-N52 counterpart. It doesn't help that his TeenTitans book was critically panned, and that he's been used under different editorial groups.
  • The Generic Guy: He doesn't have a distinctive personality or role in the family. He occasionally stands in for Dick when the latter is unavailable.
  • The Heart: Post-Rebirth, he's back to his position as arguably the most beloved member of the Batfamily, and everyone, even Damian, are still reeling from the effects of his death, with Stephanie being hit the hardest of all. Unbeknownst to them, Tim isn't actually dead and was instead abducted by "Mr. Oz" along with numerous other superheroes and villains.
  • Hypocrite: Against Damian, he never lets it go that Damian once killed someone. However, Tim is more forgiving of Jason's rather high kill count, as well as the times that Jason has attempted to murder members of the Batfamily.
  • Insane Forgiveness: Is the first among the family to forgive Jason Todd in the New 52, despite the still-canon history of attempting to murder Tim.
  • Those Two Guys: He and Jason are usually paired up together in Batfamily stories, due to them being the least developed and most inconsistently written characters.
  • Rape by Proxy: In the post-reboot Teen Titans series, Trigon brings Tim under his control and then seduces both Wonder Girl and Solstice into having sex with him. This shocked all three parties (especially Wonder Girl, who had been juggling her feelings for Tim and for Superboy for some time). The three later Hand Waved the incident since all parties involved enjoyed the incident, and Trigon insisted that Tim wasn't exactly Fighting from the Inside. Tim and Cassandra later became involved for real, spurred by their lingering passions for each other.
  • Satellite Character: In Batfamily stories, he doesn't really have much of a character arc or personality. Most often, he's just used to prop up Jason or Harper.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Tim's place in the New 52 Teen Titans is an expy of the Robin from the cartoon, and he's even lost most of his original traits to the other Robins while being molded further into a Dick Grayson clone, complete with gymnast background.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Pre-reboot, Tim got a lot rougher after his Trauma Conga Line. However, while the Trauma Conga Line disappeared in the New 52, his level of jerkassery remained largely the same.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Ra's al Ghul has expressed an interest in Tim being his heir.

    Robin V / Red Bird (Damian Wayne) 
"I'm sure you didn't leave your hole tonight thinking you'd get your ass kicked by a ten-year-old!" Damian Wayne as Robin V
Damian is the 10-year old biological son of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Talia al-Ghul. He was raised by the League of Assassins (and has been implied to be the subject of genetic experimentation); as such, he's a ferocious warrior and quite skilled at martial arts in spite of how young he is. Talia only revealed his existence to Batman when her father Ra's tried to take over Damian's body. Talia, Batman and the rest of the Batfamily joined forces to rescue the boy; since then, Damian has apparently been staying at Wayne Manor.

Damian is a violent, often bratty child, but he's genuinely proud to be Batman's son and wishes to play his part in his war against crime. His relationship with the Robins and particularly Tim is heavily conflicted, and he has more than a few entitlement issues. After his father's death, he becomes the new Robin when Dick becomes Batman full-time. A flash-forward episode revealed that in a possible future, Damian follows in his father's footsteps as the Batman.

Tropes associated with Damian:

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Unlike the other Robins, Damian is only White/Caucasian on his father, Bruce's, side, while his mother, Talia, is mixed Chinese/Arab.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ask Tim what he thinks of Damian. Just try it. It's also presented this way in Stephanie Brown's Batgirl series (though they get along better than Damian and Tim).
  • Anti-Hero:
    • Damian starts off as more of a Sociopathic Hero
    • He eventually becomes a Type III and then more of a Type II under Dick and Bruce's guidance.
  • Archer Archetype: Damian uses a bow and arrow in his alternate identity of Redbird.
  • The Atoner: During the "Year of Blood", Talia arranged for Damian to steal a number of mystical artifacts from around the world (often at the cost of their protectors' lives along with Talia's subordinates), causing Damian to try and return them after his Heel–Face Turn under his father and Dick.
  • Back from the Dead: Jason seems to have set a trend.
  • Badass Adorable: Averted at first due to his murderous tendencies. Played straighter later on when you take into account his fondness for animals. Taken further when he starts making faces like this in later comics.
  • Badass Boast: Damian has this to say while he was all tied up and at the Joker's mercy. Note, The Joker.
    Damian: I have nothing to say that would help you manipulate me, clown.
  • Badass Longcoat: In the future, Damian is shown to become Batman in 666 and 700, but he is not wearing the traditional cape. Instead, he is wearing a long coat.
  • Badass Normal: Damian is kickass without any supernatural powers or abilities.
  • Badass and Child Duo: With his father Bruce as Batman and himself as Robin. Together, he and his father fight crime together amongst all of the chaos.
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch his pets. It doesn't matter if the person is an average thug or a leader of a country. Doing anything that he perceives as abusing his, oh I'm sorry, property, will result in a swift beatdown followed by the wrecking of whatever valuable estates the unlucky sap has.
    • As of Rebirth, his height also seems to be a point of contention for him, as he and Jon immediately went to town on each other soon after the latter made that statement.
  • Black Sheep: Damian is the one that doesn't seem to fit in with his family. He seems to be the one that is commonly treated as different by everyone else. This is most likely due to Damian's background and upbringing, as well as the fact that Damian is Bruce's biological son in comparison to Bruce's other sons being adopted.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Like you couldn't imagine.
  • Came Back Strong: His resurrection thanks to Darkseid's Omega Force energies accidentally granted him flight and super strength. For a while at least.
  • Canon Immigrant: His technical debut was actually in a story called Son of the Demon. It wasn't considered a part of canon until Grant Morrison made it canon on his Batman run.
  • Catch Phrase: Whenever someone asks him how he's able to do something at his age he spouts this:
    Damian: Son. Of. Batman.
  • Character Development: Damian has gone from being a violent, arrogant and bratty youth, to a much more humble, mellow, compassionate and heroic individual. Most of this change in Damian's personality had to do with both Dick and Bruce's influence on him.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Due to his incredibly intense training as a young boy, he is incredibly strong for his age, punching villains as tough as Killer Croc and managing to support his own weight as well as that of another child his age with one hand.
  • Child by Rape: The sexual encounter between Batman and Talia that resulted in his conception was the result of Talia drugging and raping Bruce.
  • Child Soldier: First with Dick as Batman and himself as Robin. Later on with Bruce as Batman and himself as Robin.
  • Clark Kenting: Badly attempted in Streets Of Gotham where he doesn't even try to hide his skills or real name; it doesn't end well.
  • The Comically Serious: Shares his father's penchant for saying outlandish things with the straightest face.
    Damian: I could've had a doctorate in geology at seven years old.
    Jon: And why didn't you?
    Damian: Because my mother murdered him and dumped him in the ocean.
    Jon: Ha, yeah right! [sees Damian's completely serious face and breaks into a cold sweat] ...And when did you start driving huh, eight years old?
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Damian's upbringing. He was trained and brought up to be an assassin and made to believe that killing is normal. He was raised by two crazy, sociopathic figures, one being his mother Talia and the other being his villainous grandfather Ra's. Damian could be seen as an innocent child who became psychologically messed up because of his violent upbringing. However, Dick and Bruce have tried to help Damian change and enlighten or teach him about morals, values, the concept of empathy and compassion and the concept of what is right and wrong.
  • Creepy Child: He first appears around age eight and attempts to murder the current Robin so he can take his place. A result of being raised by crazy ninjas, and also possibly the combination of Al Ghul and Wayne genes. Living with his father Bruce has helped somewhat, but it's actually Dick Grayson who's really helped him into a solid Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Damian has a very sketchy and dark past which definitely contributes to his violent and dark tendencies. He was raised by assassins and was trained to kill. He also comes from a primarily dysfunctional family with a brainwashed, unstable mother (Talia) and a sinister, crazy and sociopathic grandfather (Ra's). Damian isn't a troubled youth/child for no reason.
  • Defector from Decadence: The reason he became a Robin was to get away from his mother's teachings and become more like his father.
  • Depending on the Artist: EVERYTHING about his appearance aside from his height and build. How much he looks like Bruce or Talia in terms of skin tone, how round or chiseled his face is, how large his mask is etc.
  • The Determinator: While some fans found Damian's overtly brutal death in Batman Incorporated #8 a little disturbing, even for modern Batbooks, it's also an example of his badassery. The kid is riddled with arrows and bullets, has his back broken, and yet still fights, screaming "Cowards!" at his attackers, and spits blood in Heretic's face in a final act of defiance. Also probably doubles as Made of Iron.
  • Enfant Terrible: Damian is an adorable, cute looking child but he has sociopathic, violent tendencies. Most of it has to do with the fact that he was raised to be an assassin and a killer.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While not evil per se, he's established as an extremely pragmatic child... and vomits upon seeing the corpses of all the children Zsasz has murdered.
  • Fire-Forged Friends:
    • By the time of Batman and Robin Must Die! Damian fully embraces Dick as his partner, because their adventures together have let them bond.
    • He develops a similar friendship with Stephanie, though he would never admit it.
    • And with Duke Thomas.
  • Foil: To Jonathan "Jon" Kent (Superboy) in Super Sons. Jon has superpowers, but can't control them, and is generally a pleasant person to be around due to his normal and happy upbringing. Damian is a (comparatively) Weak, but Skilled Badass Normal and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold with absolutely atrocious social skills due to his upbringing in the League of Assassins.
  • Friendship Moment: He has a roundabout one with Dick after returning from the Titans. He tells Dick not to apologize for sending him to the Titans and that it doesn't matter if he makes friends, because he has one in Gotham, and that is more than enough for him.
  • Future Badass: Batman #666 has a possible future where he DOES become Batman, though not in a way he wanted. He's a brutal fighter who has booby-trapped the entire city to compensate for his skills not quite measuring up to Bruce or Dick's, and takes the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule to near breaking point (and sometimes outright breaks it). However, he also owns a very cute cat he's affectionately named Alfred and drives a Batmobile the size of a Go-Kart. Make of it what you will...
  • Girls Have Cooties: He turns the brattiness up to 11 every time he has to deal with Batgirl (Stephanie Brown) or Supergirl (and when it's both of them at once...). They're both trim blondes with blue eyes. Awww, little Damian's got a type!
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Despite all the tactical flaws in having one, Damian adds a hood to his costume.
  • Gone Horribly Right: His backstory eerily mirrors Cassandra Cain's - the diverging point lay in the fact that while the League treated Cassandra as a weapon, they treated Damian as a prince. As a result, while she is disgusted with killing, Damian is rather ambivalent towards the act if it will further an end.
  • Grade-School CEO: Like his father and older brothers, he's a co-owner of Wayne Enterprises. During Batman RIP, he's shown in a suit, intimidating the board.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Chooses to side with the no-kill ideology of his father rather than stay with his mother... who promptly puts a half-billion dollar bounty on his head.
  • Height Angst: Post-Rebirth, Damian is annoyed at his shortness despite hitting puberty and turning thirteen. It doesn't help that Superboy, who is still in his pre-teens, is taller than him and uses it as leverage in their petty arguments.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Damian is killed attempting to stop the monstrous clone of himself from killing a girl he rescued. In front of his own mother, who refused to call it off! However, he got better.
  • Hidden Depths: Even early on, during his Jerkass phase, we see him regret failing to save Sasha.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood:
    • Went through years of mental and physical training to become the "Warrior King of a New Dark Age" and received things like a Jetliner, a Hydrofoil, and an island for Christmas. You want a loyal Tykebomb? Spoil it rotten.
    • Now played straight, because all Damian wanted was his mother to love him, and found being Robin and with the Bat-Family to be far more fulfilling then being the heir to the Al Ghul legacy. Plus, bigger islands, cooler toys.
    • In Super Sons #1, he casually notes that his geology teacher was murdered and dumped in the ocean once Damian learned enough to get himself a doctorate, much to Jon's dismay.
  • Hope Spot: "Batman vs. Robin" sets him up for several of these in a very, very cruel fashion. To illustrate: wow, Damian, your father might still be alive, but wait, does that mean you'll lose your place as Robin? That's all right, the man you've come to respect believes in you and is excited to have you helping him solve an old school mystery complete with secret passages and ancient clues! Isn't that wonderfu-SPINE HACK!!!!
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Damian always wanted to be considered special to his father, Bruce. More than anything, he has always wanted to be accepted by him and follow in his footsteps. This is exemplified during the Robin War arc, where he is pissed to find out that hundreds of untrained children and teenagers have taken up the identity of Robin, a title he cherishes deeply after he finally began to fit into the Batfamily.
  • Improbable Age: As noted below, Damian has an extremely varied skillset and a keen intellect unheard of for most boys his age, being skilled enough in numerous sciences to earn him doctorates, learning to drive at the age of five, and demolishing entire squads of trained ninja with ease. This is also deconstructed, as he sacrificed his social skills for this training and often skimps out on daily tasks that his father expects him to do simply because he feels he doesn't need to (i.e. homework from Alfred).
  • Insufferable Genius: His general demeanor. He does have the skill to prove it in combat, but his arrogance gets him in over his head at times. There's also the fact that he's a pre-teen using words like "interminable". Much like his father, he's also experienced in a variety of fields, schooling Merlyn, one of the highest paid assassins in the world (putting him the same league as Deathstroke and Deadshot) and Green Arrow's archrival, in a toxicology lesson and stated in Super Sons #1 that he could have gotten a doctorate in geology at seven. The only reason why he didn't was the fact that his mom killed his teacher and dumped the body in the ocean to cover her tracks. He is also an excellent actor, posing as Jon's bus driver and his substitute teacher in the same day, with Jon never suspecting anything until Damian dropped a massive boulder of snow on a bunch of bullies.
    Jon: And when did you start driving, huh? Eight years old?
    Damian: Five, actually.
  • In the Hood: Damian wears a hood as part of his Robin costume. Dick Grayson points out the inconvenience of such an accessory in Batman & Robin vol 1: Batman Reborn - Damian promptly informs Dick that he doesn't even need to see to fight. "I can hear you breathing in the dark," he says, and the subject is dropped.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Damian is above average in every skill the Robins need to know in order to fight crime but it has been shown that the other Robins have specialties within certain fields that surpass Damian (Tim is better with computers, research, and detective work. Dick is more athletic with far better leadership and interpersonal skills).
  • Jerkass Façade: It's most obvious when he's interacting with Dick.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's slowly becoming more mature and more empathetic, especially towards kids.
    • Damian drops most jerkass tendencies when Dick either impresses him or is in trouble. The greatest example of this is when he tries to save Dick during 'Batman and Robin Must Die!' arc. Damian also leaps into Dick's arms after finding out that he was alive the whole time after Damian's own return from the dead.
    • And in canon, he was visibly disgusted and threw up when he saw hundreds of dead bodies of children.
    • Also from canon, we found out he has been visiting Hush (who had surgery to make him look like Bruce Wayne), who was imprisoned in the Wayne Tower, and playing chess with him. Hush suspects that he does this because Damian is grieving for his father and it's a way for him to spend some time with his father.
    • He is also genuinely helpful to Superboy at times, dropping a boulder of snow on bullies who were throwing snowballs filled with rocks at him, buying him a game system, and helping Jon be super by taking him into Metropolis to investigate issues at Lexcorp (albeit, while not giving him the whole story).
  • Karma Houdini: Hey, remember the Spook? The D-list villain who Damian decapitated? Neither does anyone else, apparently, except for Tim, who reminds him when fighting him in the New 52.
  • Kid Hero: Damian fits this trope as Robin, especially now that he has become a much more heroic and much kinder person.
  • Kid Sidekick: First to Dick as Batman; later on to Bruce as Batman. Both times as Robin.
  • Killed Off for Real: For a little while, at least.
  • Knight Templar Little Brother: He's fiercely protective of his adopted big brother/father figure/Morality Pet Dick Grayson.
  • Lack of Empathy: In the beginning. Although this really changed as time when on. As time progressed, it was shown and displayed that Damian is indeed capable of guilt, remorse, sympathy and empathy.
  • Lamarck Was Right: Justified. He's been trained from early childhood to kick ass; Talia leaves Damian with Bruce to just enhance it.
  • Leader Wannabe: At Dick's urging, he briefly joined the Teen Titans pre-Flashpoint, and as the resident Robin, declared himself leader (Tim Drake/Red Robin, the real leader, was absent at the time). However, everyone else thought of him as annoying, and he left once Tim came back.
  • Licked by the Dog:
    • Alfred and Dick actually believe that Damian can grow up to do his father's legacy justice. So far, they seem to be right, as he finds being Robin and doing good to be best thing he's done with his life, eventually breaking away from his mother completely.
    • Quite literally, by baby Goliath.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Maya.
  • Like Father, Like Son: In the future, it is shown or suggested that Damian will follow in his father Bruce's footsteps as the future Batman.
  • Likes Older Women: According to Damian. He has professed interest in both Katana and Supergirl. It may be because he sees himself as an adult.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Before breaking away from his mother, he was never allowed to socialize with kids his own age. This leads to him having No Social Skills.
  • Lovable Coward: Not Damian, but his pet gargoyle Goliath. As big and strong as he is, he wouldn't hurt a fly if he didn't have to and much prefers to run from his problems.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: More like "Batman, I'm your son." This is what Damian's first meeting with Bruce consisted of.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: In Batman #700, it shows not only the chain of Bruce > Dick > Damian, but Damian will later teach Terry McGinnis from Batman Beyond; the chain keeps going all the way to Batman One Million.
  • Meaningful Name: Damian means "one who tames, subdues", while he is "tamed" by the Batfamily. The name is often said to mean "demon" or "son of the devil", and his mother's surname, Al Ghul, means "of the demon".
  • Multi-Melee Master: As the 99 Fiends find out.
  • My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: Fine, when your dad is Batman, you can have bragging rights.
  • The Napoleon: At age 13, he's still shorter than the younger One Head Taller Jon Kent (who is still in elementary school), a fact that makes Damian mad whenever the latter brings it up.
  • No Social Skills: Damian has issues with communicating with others and getting along with people. However, he does seem to be changing his ways recently.
  • Not Good with People: Damian has a cow (affectionately called the Bat-Cow), a Great Dane (Titus), and a kitten (Alfred), and a Griffin (Goliath) for pets. He is also a vegetarian and refuses to eat meat of any kind. When it comes to people, he's a little less forgiving and a lot more violent (as in decapitating crooks without a second-thought half the time violent). Apparently for Damian, killing or torturing people is okay, but killing or eating animals is a big no-no. He grows out of the latter part, but he still tends to prefer animals to humans, as shown when he kidnapped and interrogated Superboy due to the latter accidentally killing his cat Goldie while trying to take down the red-tailed hawk that was kidnapping her.
  • Odd Friendship: In the adventure they shared together in the Supergirl Series Damian was actually downright pleasant in his own way towards Jaime Reyes, Blue Beetle. It could arguably also be something of a Pet the Dog. Or he just might enjoy the company of the low key and genuine Nice Guy type, as Jaime and Dick are
  • Parental Abandonment: He only knew about his father for much of his life, rather than know him personally, and, Pre-Flashpoint, his mom wasn't very proactive in his rearing. His mother has abandoned him now as well, because he chooses to side with Dick, Alfred and his father's ideals over Talia.
  • Pet the Dog: Is genuinely horrified at the hundreds of dead children he and Dick find on Christmas Day, and has a soft spot for animals. The latter must run in the family.
    • We also found out that he's been visiting Hush (who had surgery to make him look exactly like Bruce Wayne) in his prison at the Wayne Tower and playing chess with him. But Hush himself suspects it's Damian's form of grieving for his father's death and a way for him to spend more time with his "father".
    • His giving Colin/Abuse the Cycle Of Abuse, as a roundabout way of thanking him for his assistance.
    • He bonds with the Great Dane his father gave him, naming it Titus and they have had several scenes together.
    • In Batman #666, he owns a cat that he named Alfred. He now owns this cat in the current comics as well.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The youngest of the Robins, but still extremely (if not more than the other Robins) competent.
  • Precocious Crush: Dick teases him over having a crush on Supergirl.
  • Princely Young Man: Damian often acts very snobbish, entitled and stuck up. Why wouldn't he? He's strong, he's intelligent, he's capable, he's rich AND most of all, he's Bruce Wayne/Batman's biological son.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When Supergirl asks Damian how he knew about a crime before she told him, he only replied "Son. Of. Batman."
  • Rasputinian Death: The kid gets put through the wringer before finally dying. Gets the Bane styled "Back snap", gets shot with a shower of arrows, and thrown though a wall, before finally getting fatally stabbed.
  • Redemption Demotion: He's still as agile and intelligent as he was when he first appeared, it's just the fact that he can't kill tends to render most of the stratagems he was taught moot; cue many beatdowns.
  • Reckless Sidekick: His superiority complex from his League of Assassins training and being Batman's son has made him a very reckless child, but he's developing out of it.
  • The Resenter: In his early appearances, part of his attitude was that there were three young men Bruce Wayne had been like a father to, and he wasn't one of them. Bruce has made up for that since, and his relationship with his predecessors has become somewhat less antagonistic.
  • Royal Brat: Alright, technically he's not royalty, but his maternal grandfather is Ra's Al Ghul and his father is Batman.
  • Secret Keeper: For Huntress in the New 52.
  • Shadow Archetype: His composition makes him one to the Bat Clan (Bruce's age when his quest for vengeance began with many of the skills he would come to acquire but none of the maturity, Dick's being formally trained before being Robin with the loving parents replaced with sinister assassins, Jason's violent tendencies, Tim's intelligence minus the patience and rationale to utilize it properly, and, as mentioned above, Cassandra's general origin of being raised by the League of Assassins, minus all the stuff that made Cass want to avoid that origin in the first place).
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Tim. Damian is the polar opposite of Tim in terms of upbringing, beliefs and values. Damian was brought up in a violent, chaotic environment. Tim was brought up in a loving, caring environment. The differences in the way Tim and Damian were brought up helped to shape Tim and Damian's personalities, beliefs, ideologies and outlooks.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted, he really is as deadly as he says... he's just not allowed to kill. Most of the time anyway; he gets away with beheading a Talon in the Court of Owls arc as a result of their incredible regeneration abilities.
  • Sociopathic Hero/Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Played for Drama at times and Played for Laughs at others. Damian's upbringing with the League of Assassins has given him a superiority complex and some very disturbing perspectives. He gets better with time though.
  • Sour Supporter: He'll sneer and chide to the moon, but he rarely disobeys an order.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": It's Damian, not Damien.
  • Spoiled Brat: Damian's a capable fighter, smart, tough, rich and entitled. But most of all, he's Bruce Wayne/Batman's biological son. He's also spoiled (his mom gave him islands for Christmas) with a strong sense of self-entitlement.
  • Teens Are Short: Much shorter than his 5'11-6'2'' brothers and father, despite being thirteen years old as of Rebirth.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Damian learned the concept of love and compassion as time progressed. Most of this occurred under the guidance, mentoring and tutelage of Dick (his adoptive brother) and later on, Bruce (his father). Both Dick and Bruce have managed to help shape Damian into a much more compassionate person capable of love, empathy, sympathy and affection.
  • Trap Master: His unique flavor of Crazy-Prepared during his tenure as Batman. According to him, he lacks the skill of Bruce or Dick, so before going public as the new Batman, he spent three years booby-trapping the entire city.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Damian is so adorable, yet is so incredibly troubled at the same time. He comes from an upbringing of pure, utter dysfunction and he was raised to be a sociopathic, violent person.
  • Troubled Child: Comes from a violent upbringing, was raised to be an assassin and kill innocents, has strong parental issues with his mother Talia, was exposed to and raised by a sociopathic, crazy villain of a grandfather (Ra's Al Ghul), has Parental Abandonment issues with both of his parents (Bruce and Talia), didn't have a father figure in his life for 10 years, had to suffer his parents, Bruce/Talia being at odds with each other and fighting over who gets possession of him therefore, resulting in only more chaos and dysfunction for Damian, doesn't exactly fit in with the rest of the Bat Family and appeared to be the automatic unfavorite amongst the Wayne/Bat-Family. Yeah, one can understand or see why Damian is so troubled.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Damian is a ten-year-old who is firmly convinced that he's the natural successor to his father's legacy and Dick Grayson is an idiot. In addition to being a particularly grim (and potentially deadly) Robin, he is frighteningly efficient at running Wayne Enterprises due to his extreme intelligence and his strong business acumen.
    • With Damian, several characters acknowledged it was a bad thing. Bruce originally didn't let him out in the field, and he only became Robin under Dick. Dick got him to act a little more normal though Dick's extreme own personal combo of experience, patience, and just being a good person. Stephanie, after learning Damian had never really played in his life, forced him onto a moon-bounce with her (though she admitted she was pretty sure he wasn't joking about stabbing her several times during her run) and usually ignored him when he got bratty. Damian acted a little more like a kid around Colin Wilkes (probably to put Colin, who was the same age, more at ease), but it was a major change form his original characterization.
    • Tim and many other people still found him very unnerving even by the time of the reboot, though.
    • One of the major themes in Batman and Robin from the New 52 reboot is the difficulty Bruce is having in keeping Damian under control.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: His time serving as Robin under Dick, and later Bruce, has shaped him into a better human being.
  • Tsundere: Damian refuses to admit it to Dick's face, but he respects him very greatly, even standing up to his mother, Talia, when she bad mouths him. They have a more brotherly relationship then he'd care to admit, despite his snarky comments to Dick. He also seems to be this way for Stephanie, the current Batgirl and with Alfred.
    • By "Batman and Robin Must Die!", Damian openly shows concern and tries his hardest to save Dick from Dr. Hurt. He even outright apologies to Dick for failing to save him. Maybe he's outgrowing it.
  • Tyke Bomb: Damian was trained from an early age to be a warrior. The difference between him and Cassandra is that she was treated as a weapon. Damian was treated as a prince, spoiled rotten and able to do whatever he wants.
  • Verbal Tic: *tt*, it's not entirely certain what kind of sound it is, but many fans believe that it is the sound of Damian clicking his tongue against the roof of his mouth.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Shades of this with Stephanie, though good grief, it's heavy with Jonathan Kent - their first adventure begins and ends with the two of them slugging it out.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He was designed, trained, and conditioned to please his mother and fulfill her ambitions, and his greatest childhood wish was to meet his father. Some of his most aggressive and insecure actions have stemmed from his wish to be the greatest in the eyes of one of his parents, both of whom can be very emotionally distant.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Slowly, beginning in Batman and Robin, under the constant tutelage of Dick Grayson and after being imparted a couple of lessons in teamwork from Tim Drake, Damian's brash cockiness evolves into an overly serious, competent but gloomy hero. A little clone of his daddy. Stephanie Brown, the third Batgirl (not counting Helena Bertinelli) comes actually to pity his utter inability to act his age anymore, being a 10 year old kid unable to play or interact with other children easily, but deadly competent in crimefighting and investigation, with snarker-tendencies. Nevertheless, he does have his moments of childishness.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: By choice, as he found being a part of the Bat-family to be a more fulfilling life than being the prince of the League of Assassins.
  • Younger Than He Looks: In order for the New 52 timeline to make any sense at all with him, it is very much implied that Damian is not actually ten years old, but merely has the physical body of a ten year old, and was rapidly aged along with his test-tube birth thanks to a shard of New God phlebotinum that Bruce and Clark encountered in their (forgotten) first encounter prior to their forming the Justice League.