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    Robin III / Red Robin III (Timothy "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."

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Despite the setback of Jason Todd'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.

  • Above the Influence: He politely declined a drunken Rose Wilson's offer to "be friends." Unfortunately, this led to a Not What It Looks Like moment between him and Kid Devil, Rose's other interest.
  • Adorkable: Pre-New 52, at least. Although Batman Eternal has been reintroducing this a bit.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a massive fan of the original Dynamic Duo.
  • Badass Bookworm: In a very Batman-like vein, he devotes his free time to developing electronic gadgets for crime-fighting purposes, when he's not actively trying to clone his dead friends back to life. He's been established as being way less agile than Dick Grayson, and Batgirl can wipe the floor with him (a single time when he managed to beat her is largely considered Fanon Discontinuity, for too many reasons), but he's still pretty awesome and can beat Killer Croc while having the flu.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In one of the arcs in the Young Justice comic, the team fell victim to this, but Supergirl helped snap them out of it.
  • The Chessmaster: How he defeated Ra's Al Ghul. It was such a victory that Tim himself earned the title, "Detective", a title that had been bestowed to Bruce, and Dick (just prior to taking on the mantle). Goes to show you how much the boy matured once Bruce Wayne... left.
  • Chick Magnet: Of the unwitting variety. Could give Dick a run for his money, if he was more willing to seal the deal.
  • Chosen Conception Partner: To Ra's Al-Ghul's sister, Nyssa. She fails, however.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Batman's rubbed off on him, obviously. During his time spent with the League of Assassins, Tim exploited his access to their database to pinpoint secret League locations in Gotham. That enabled him to orchestrate a Big Damn Heroes moment with his allies, to suppress the attempted assassinations on everyone that mattered to Bruce Wayne.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not above using any advantage he can get in a fight. One story had him posioning his opponent with a substance that would only take effect during the fight, before said opponent even sent him her challenge.
  • Dating Catwoman: Tim Drake has UST with: Spoiler, one that started when she hit him in the face with a brick, Darla "Warlock's Daughter," one of his classmates who was brought back from the dead to kill Robin, Evil!Cassandra Cain when she was Brainwashed and Crazy, and, appropriately, both of the gangleaders named Lynx, the latter of whom will tackle him out of a window, start kissing him in mid-air, and trust in him to actually stop their fall with a grappling hook while she's massaging his tonsils with her tongue. Sometimes, there's an advantage to being the Dogged Nice Guy.
  • Determinator: "I'll never give up, Dad. Not while there's a breath in our bodies — neither one of us will ever give up."
  • Deus Angst Machina: To lose one parent, Mr. Drake, may be regarded as misfortune; to lose four...
  • Domino Mask: Keeping in with the fine tradition. He ditched it for a time when he was kicked out of the Robin mantle and wore a round-headed cowl-mask, but his New 52 Red Robin costume has it again.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He somehow overcomes Cass with this in a recent story.
    • It was a case of the writer not researching Cassandra's character. Another reason why the entire story has become Canon Discontinuity.
  • Great Detective: Tim is recognized by even Batman himself as a prodigy of investigation. He did figure out Bats was Bruce Wayne on his own, after all. It is pretty much canon that Tim will eventually surpass Batman in terms of detective skills, and he is also the only person other than Batman on whom Ra's Al-Ghul has bestowed the honorific of "Detective".
  • Guile Hero: Seems to be the only son that has really inherited this part of Batman's repertoire. Specifically noted that his ease in taking the adopted Wayne name was for all the advantages it gives him.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Did not have a good experience with his possible future as a gun-toting Batman in Titans Tomorrow.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Conner Kent and Bart Allen.
  • Informed Ability: His supposed leadership skills with the Teen Titans.
    • Better portrayed when he was with Young Justice. That team was like herding superpowered cats. Impulse alone would try the patience of a saint.
      • Even when Wonder Girl took over leadership, everyone still treated Tim like he was the one in charge.
  • Irony: When he was a member of Young Justice, the editors of the Bat-family comics only allowed him in after denying his entry into the tried and true Teen Titans because they were trying to keep the Bat-family separate from the rest of DC. For a while, Young Justice was the only non-Bat-family book he would ever appear in. Cue the DCnU, post-Flashpoint, and Tim's only book is Teen Titans, and you'd be hard-pressed to find an appearance of him in Bat-family comics past a brief cameo in Scott Snyder's first issue of Batman. So whereas before you'd only ever see him in Batman comics, now you can't find him at all.
    • To put this into perspective, the cover and solicit for the Batman: The Dark Knight tie-in issue to the May 2012 Night of the Owls crossover featured him prominently. He is in all of ONE panel. And he doesn't even have dialogue!
      • He showed up in a flashback in Jason Todd's new series, Red Hood and the Outlaws, as well.
      • This has mostly stopped, with Tim having made semi-regular appearances in Batman, Batman and Robin, Batman Eternal, and Batman Incorporated, in addition to his maintaining a spot on the Titans.
  • Legacy Character: The third Robin, obviously. Following Battle for the Cowl, Tim has taken up the role of Red Robin like Jason before him, now that the General is in jail.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Cassandra Cain. Eventually she was adopted, and they became actual siblings.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: In stark contrast to the DCAU version, which was more based on Jason Todd.
  • My Greatest Failure: Just after the Black Glove fiasco, an old enemy, The General (who is an intelligent adolescent supervillain), returned to Gotham, terrorizing it under the Red Robin moniker. In an attempt to get him to surrender peacefully, Tim got the General's family (mother, father, and two siblings) to come. While his parents were trying to calm him down, one of the bombs that the General had hidden detonated, killing both of his siblings. Tim blames himself as he brought the family into the situation in the first place.
  • Nice Guy: Pre-Flashpoint.
  • Parental Abandonment: Left alone for most of his childhood, then mother died and father died and stepmother disappeared soon after he took the job.
  • Phrase Catcher: One of the catchphrases of Young Justice was "We can tell you were trained by the world's greatest detective" said by any character when Tim points out something obvious.
  • Ret Canon: His post-Infinite Crisis Robin costume (seen in his Robin picture above) was the one his DCAU counterpart wore.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A heavy one, with Damian. Despite Damian being a good 6-8 years younger than him.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Damian.
    • Possibly with Cassandra as well (as Tim is accepted to be the most brilliant detective, while Cass is the best martial artist).
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Dick Grayson is to Nightwing as Tim Drake is to Red Robin, except Tim never truly deviated from the Robin name.
    • Takes on a level of meta context in the New 52: it's no longer a promotion, but Tim is Red Robin still. He just never had an identity before hand.
  • Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Engages in one with Lady Shiva. The result would've made Batman proud.
  • The Smart Guy: When he was part of Young Justice and the Teen Titans. Kid Flash even commented that being around Tim makes him feel stupid after he had memorized every book in a library. He can also be considered this among the Robins, as he earned his spot on the Bat-Family almost entirely through his excellent detective skills.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: As a result of the massive amounts of angst that comes with the job.
  • Teen Genius: Regarded as the smartest of Batman's proteges, and Batman had stated that Tim could potentially be smarter than himself.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever he has to work alongside Damian.
  • Trauma Conga Line: He has had many of his closest friends and family killed over recent years (though most of them do get better). They include: Stephanie Brown (not really dead), Conner Kent (gets better), Bart Allen (gets better), Bruce himself (not really dead), and his parents (stay dead). He has started to slide toward the cynical end because of this massive series of deaths.
  • Took a Level in Badass: See Red Robin the series.
  • Underwear of Power: Averted; Tim was the first Robin to actually wear a decent pair of pants. "Solomon Grundy wants pants too!"
    • It's been Retconned that Dick wore the revised version of the costume (or something very similar to it) for winter missions.
    • However, his second Robin costume had underwear on the outside much like Batman and Superman.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: At first, his career as Robin was a part-time endeavor. Following the deaths of his parents at the hands of Flash rogue Captain Boomerang, he was adopted by Bruce and became Robin full time until Dick kicked him out of the position.
  • Working with the Ex: His long-term relationship with Stephanie Brown ended pretty badly right before she took up the mantle of the fourth Batgirl and him becoming Red Robin. Now, whenever they run into each other (or sometimes, forced to work together), old feelings are surfaced.
    • Lampshaded when Tim acknowledges the Robin/Batgirl sexual tension when he sees Stephanie in her Batgirl costume. It doesn't help that the original Robin/Batgirl (Dick and Barbara) are also currently in the same situation as Tim/Stephanie.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In Batman #626, Tim, in order to get to a dead body held at Gotham General Hospital, briefly took up the identity of Caroline Hill. Despite his complaints, the disguise is pretty effective, alright. Attractive Bent-Gender, indeed.

     Drake Household 

Jack Drake

Janet Drake

Dana Winters / Dana Drake

     Love Interests 

Stephanie Brown (Spoiler/Robin IV/Batgirl IV)

Tim's longest running Love Interest throughout his solo Robin series, Red Robin and into the present day. See Batgirl for more on her.

Ariana Dzerchenko

Darla Aquista (Warlock's Daughter)

Zoanne Wilkins

Tamara Fox

Lynx III

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Lynx III and Tim negotiating

The new leader of the Golden Dragons, the third Lynx is a teenage girl from Hong Kong with a clear interest in Tim. She claims to be an undercover cop, trained for the job since she was fourteen, though Tim remains unsure.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Unlike the first and second Lynx, it is unclear whether Lynx III is a villain or actually an undercover cop.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's far more dangerous than Tim originally expected her to be.
  • Dating Catwoman: Invoked by Batman in a conversation with Tim.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Has this affect on Tim. She managed to shut off his inner monologue with an accidental Double Entendre.
  • Expy: She's Catwoman with a Chinese Race Lift. Batman and Red Robin both comment on this.
  • Femme Fatale
  • The Infiltration: What she claimed to be doing.
  • Running Gag: Most of Tim's love interests will at some point try and attack him. She tackles him out a window, then starts making out with him in free fall.

     Batman Family 

Bruce Wayne (Batman)

See Batman The Character

Dick Grayson (Nightwing)

See Robin

Cassandra Cain (Batgirl III)

See Batgiril

Helena Bertinelli (Huntress)

See Batman Supporting Cast

Barbara Gordon (Batgirl II/Oracle)

See Batgirl

Damian Wayne (Robin V)

See Robin

Alfred Pennyworth

See Batman And Bat Family

Selina Kyle (Catwoman)

Batman Supporting Cast

Harold

     Villains 

Lady Shiva

See Batman Rogues Gallery Part 2

King Snake

AKA: Sir Edmund Dorrance
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/king_snake.jpg

A blind British drug kingpin with contacts throughout Asia and South America, he served as the main villain of much of Robin's solo series. A master martial artist, King Snake frustrated Tim for years before being killed by his own son, Bane.

Arthur Brown (The Cluemaster)

See Batman Rogues Gallery Part 2

The General

  • Archenemy: A contender for this during Tim's first run. During his Red Robin series, he returns in deliberate attempt to invoke this.
  • Cardboard Prison: Of a sort. He often manipulates adults into helping him, which leads to them taking the brunt of the blame when he gets caught, which leads to him being let out of juvenile hall early.
  • Enfante Terrible: This kid is even younger than Tim, but is a nasty piece of work capable of some truly horrible things, not the least of which include armed robbery and outright murder.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a psychopath who treats them like crap and terrifies them into submission, Ulysses legitimately loves his family - when he accidentally kills his younger siblings in an attempt to hurt Robin, he blames Robin and goes ballistic.
  • Evil Genius: Albeit one that's a lot more childish than he would like to admit.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Teams up with Toyman in order to pull off a heist, not realizing that Toyman hates kids, is plotting to kill him, and that his own obnoxious behavior isn't helping things any.
  • Lighter and Softer: His first appearance manipulating a gang war in the Batman comics is a great deal darker than his appearances in Robin's series, where he's played a bit more for humor.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Everyone but Robin, his father and his younger siblings assumes he's just a weird kid going through a phase, which allows him to manipulate everyone around him. Even so, he prefers to seek out the mentally unstable and manipulate them into working for him instead.
  • Meaningful Name: Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong, named after famous generals throughout history.
  • Troubling Unchildhood Behavior: Even outside of his hobbies, which include manipulating criminals to go on rampages and gang wars, stealing from eccentric billionaires and attempting to kick off international incidents For The Evuls, he also unnerves his siblings, tortures their pets and destroys their toys, and [[Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
  • War for Fun and Profit: Ulysses is obsessed with war and idolizes warlords and generals throughout history, believing that it's the only worthwhile aspect of human history.

Lynx I

Ra's al Ghul

See Batman Rogues Gallery Part 2

The Council of Spiders

  • Ax-Crazy: Their leader, The Wanderer, is the worst of them by far.
  • Blood Knight: The biggest distinction between them and the League of Assassins is their overwhelming desire to find challenging opponents.
  • Evil Minions

     Other characters 

Ives Sebastian

Karl Ranck

Bernard Dowd

Crystal Brown

Officer Harper

Prudence

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