[[caption-width-right:350:[[LegacyCharacter The whole flock]].[[note]]From left to right: Dick Grayson, Stephanie Brown, Tim Drake, Damian Wayne, and Jason Todd. Not pictured: the hundreds of Robins that exist as of ''We Are Robin.''[[/note]]]]

->''[[MadLibsCatchphrase "Holy Tropes, Batman!"]]''

[[RedBaron The Boy Wonder]]. TheHeart of the Bat Family. One half of [[BashBrothers The Dynamic Duo]]. '''''[[TropeCodifier THE]]''''' KidSidekick.

'''Robin''' is a Creator/DCComics character created as Franchise/{{Batman}}'s sidekick in 1940 and best known as the TropeMaker and TropeCodifier of the KidSidekick archetype. There have been many, ''many'' [[LegacyCharacter different Robins]] throughout the character's publication, but most of them have common elements. With only a few exceptions, they are usually orphaned teenage males with some sort of acrobatic or martial arts prowess and wear a brightly-colored costume (typically red, green and yellow).

Robin was originally conceived as a [[KidAppealCharacter vehicle to draw younger readers]]--[[TropesAreNotBad and it worked]], doubling Batman's sales figures from his first appearance onward. Afterward, Robin became a staple of the Batman franchise's humor, as well as being a {{Foil}} against his mentor and providing the Dark Knight a character to whom he could [[TheWatson exposit his many heroic feats]]. Unfortunately, this also had the side-effect of making Robin into a DistressedDude who barely contained a tenth of the skills or competence of his partner.

As time went along, the implications regarding a [[HoYay rich adult who lived alone with a traumatized teenage orphan boy]] (Alfred would not become part of the Batman home until sometime later) garnered [[MoralGuardians negative media attention]]. [[NewMediaAreEvil Comic books were blamed]] for everything from juvenile delinquency to homosexuality [[RedScare to communism]], and the "indecent" relationship between Batman and Robin is often cited as one of the major reasons for the creation of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode that spelled the end of UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum and the dawn of UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks. Robin's reputation as a character suffered its greatest blow in this period, and the repercussions are still felt to this day (such as in parodies like the [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Ambiguously Gay Duo]]). Outside of comics, new media involving the two has tended to split them apart. Batman has remained consistently popular and has been subject to [[Film/{{Batman}} many]] [[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns darker]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga reimaginings]], but Robin has found [[Comicbook/RobinSeries more]] [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} success]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans away]] [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice from]] [[OvershadowedByAwesome his/her mentor's shadow.]]

Despite their usual role as a supporting character, the Robins are well-known for several events which helped modern comics to their current form--all of which will be noted below, in the description of the Robin they pertain to. It's also notable that the individual Robins often become popular in their own right. All five Robin characters are currently in print, with two headlining their own books, two co-starring alongside other sidekicks, and the newly-reintroduced Stephanie Brown making the rounds of guest appearances. All are featured in the weekly series ''ComicBook/BatmanAndRobinEternal'', although Stephanie has never been Robin in this version of events.

Compare and contrast ComicBook/BuckyBarnes, {{Marvel}}'s take on the classic KidSidekick later updated for modern readers.

![[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]]
The most famous Robin is the original, Dick Grayson, who held the identity from 1940 to 1984. Grayson, however, gave up the name to forge a new career as the hero ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}. Since then, the mantle has been passed several times, although [[LiveActionAdaptation other]] [[AnimatedAdaptation media]] usually use Dick Grayson in the role.

Dick Grayson had his own solo feature in ''Star-Spangled Comics'' from 1947 to 1952, and an additional feature (billed as "Robin, the Teen Wonder" throughout most of the 1970s, usually as a backup in ''Batman'' or ''Detective Comics''. The latter stories typically featured Grayson as a college student at Hudson University. He has also been a staple member of the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' since the group's inception in 1965, typically acting as [[TheLeader team leader]] and TheSmartGuy. It was in this series that the character really grew into his own, especially when the book was retooled as ''The New Teen Titans'' with the inclusion of four new [[KidHero teen heroes]] who were not conceived as sidekicks to adult heroes (although Beast Boy was a {{Transplant}} from [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol another series]]). It was in the pages of ''The New Teen Titans'' that Nightwing was originally born.

It's worth noting that Dick Grayson was Robin from 1940 to 1983-- 43 years, by far the longest tenure. Jason was Robin from 1983 to 1988 (5 years, with a reboot in the middle), Tim from 1989 to 2009 (20 years), Stephanie for one story arc, and Damian from 2009 to 2013 and from 2015 onwards (five years). The Golden Age Robin of Earth-2, who stuck to that identity long after he passed into adulthood and middle age, died alongside his partner the ComicBook/{{Huntress}} at the end of the ''Crisis On Infinite Earths''.

More information can be found on the ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} page.

![[ComicBook/RedHoodArsenal Jason Todd]]
After Dick Grayson, a new character named Jason Todd was introduced as a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute (right down to origins as an orphaned circus acrobat) until he was {{Retcon}}ned to be a former teen delinquent to distinguish him from Dick Grayson. Todd was [[ReplacementScrappy unpopular]] with those who had grown up with Dick Grayson (including his writers-- when editorial wanted suggestions for a character that could be killed in an [=AIDS=] storyline, Jim Starlin put his name in), so he was KilledOffForReal by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in the infamous ''[[ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily A Death In The Family]]'' storyline in 1988. This death was significant in a number of ways: first, whether he would live or die was put to a readership vote (via a hotline number: 5,271 votes for him to live, 5,343 votes for him to die). Second, just like ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'', this was a tragic event which codified UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks. Third, this would top SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's list of most heinous crimes (following the shooting of ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} by only a couple of months) and cement his status as one of the most despicable villains in comics' history. (And as a bonus, [[AlasPoorScrappy some people thought his death was... a bit TOO mean.]])

For a time, the most famous thing about Jason Todd was that he (like his ComicBook/CaptainAmerica counterpart ComicBook/BuckyBarnes), had [[DeathIsCheap remained dead]]. Since then, however, he has come BackFromTheDead and has re-adopted several identities which were once used by other characters: the Red Hood (originally used by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker), Red Robin and Nightwing (both originally used by Dick Grayson). Since his return, Jason Todd has become even more of an AntiHero than ever and is even sometimes cast as a villain for both Batman and Nightwing, standing in opposition to their ThouShaltNotKill ideology.

He's gained a new fanbase since his resurrection, both for being the one who will do what Batman won't and for being a general bad boy. Since the 2011 reboot, he's become a lot more stable and while he remains an AntiHero, he's slowly becoming less antagonistic towards his father and brothers, with mixed results.

Jason's also notable for his part in what is considered a monumental achievement of [=DC=] animation: ''BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. Written by Creator/JuddWinick, who originally pitched and wrote Jason's resurrection in the comics, he took the movie as an opportunity to revise and vastly improve on the original story, tightening up the plot and, most notably, changing the method of Jason's resurrection from a gimmicky tie-in to an event crossover to the Lazarus Pit, a well-established element of the Batman mythos. Even those who want their hotline money back would rather consider it canon.

![[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake]]
The third Robin was Tim Drake, who broke the mold of the previous two in several ways. One, he was not an orphan (his father was still alive when he took the mantle). Two, he was not as light-hearted or whimsical as either of his predecessors. And three, being Robin was [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld only a part-time thing]] and he only saw it as a temporary necessity, planning to go back to his normal life after he put in his service. He was also the first Robin to maintain a long-lasting solo series (lasting from 1993 to 2009) and, after Dick Grayson, is the second-most famous person to hold the role. Tim was also a founding member of Comicbook/YoungJustice, along with Superboy and Impulse, where he played a similar role that Dick Grayson had played within the Titans.

Tim's status quo was changed forever in 2004, after the death of his father, whereupon Batman adopted Tim as he had done with his predecessors. The tragedy continued with the seeming death of his girlfriend Stephanie Brown (on this very list as Robin IV), the death of his best friends [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Conner Kent]] and [[TheFlash Bart Allen]], the institutionalization (and THEN death) of his stepmother, and ultimately the death of Franchise/{{Batman}} himself. Following this TraumaCongaLine, Tim retired as Robin to become the third Red Robin.

Following the New 52 reboot, Tim still leads the Titans and was still Jason's successor as Batman's ward, but he never actually used the Robin name, having used the Red Robin name for his entire career. On top of that, his parents are still alive and [[spoiler:he's no longer actually called "Tim Drake" either, as Batman gave him this name after his parents were placed into Witness Protection following Tim stealing a large sum of money from the Penguin]].

![[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}} Stephanie Brown]]
In 2003, Tim Drake briefly retired as Robin to pursue an ordinary life. His supporting character (and LoveInterest) Stephanie Brown was picked by Batman to become the new Robin. Stephanie's tenure as Robin was rife with controversy, including the insinuation that her promotion was a BatmanGambit (by the TropeNamer himself no less) to anger Tim Drake into returning as Robin. Stephanie was fired from the role for a relatively minor mistake (compared to the blunders previous Robins had done) and then [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremoniously killed off]] in 2004. It was later revealed through WordOfGod that Stephanie's role as Robin was never meant to be permanent and was only meant to make her death more dramatic and shocking. This has later been cited as a textbook case of StuffedIntoTheFridge, especially since after her death, Stephanie was barely mentioned by the other Bat-family characters and she received no monument (as Jason Todd had upon his death). Stephanie was revealed to be [[HesJustHiding in hiding]] in 2009 and took the role of ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2009}}. When the DC universe was relaunched after the ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' storyline in 2011, early reports stated that she would return to the Spoiler identity, but her only appearance so far has been in ''Batman: Leviathan Strikes'', which is explicitly stated to take place in pre-Flashpoint continuity.

Steph is unique among the Robins in several ways, being the one with the shortest term, the only (canonical) female, the only one to begin as a co-star in another book series, the only blonde, and the only Robin to never be adopted into the Wayne family. Following the New 52, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Stephanie's status is still unknown]], with numerous writers requesting and being denied even ''mentioning'' her. Eventually, Scott Snyder was allowed to use her in one of his ''Batman'' issues, which served as a preview of his ''Batman Eternal'' series, in which Steph plays a key role in the story. The daughter of Cluemaster, she accidentally stumbles in on a supervillain meeting of sorts, led by her father, which leads to him trying to kill her. While she does like to drop the word "spoil" and "spoiler" a lot, she has not yet adopted a costume or codename.

!Damian Wayne
The 1987 story ''Batman: Son of the Demon'' concluded with the birth of a boy to Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul ([[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter daughter of Batman foe Ra's Al Ghul]]). The canonicity of the tale was questionable. In 2006, the existence of the son was confirmed. He was named Damian and had grown up to late childhood. Whether he is a result of mutual intercourse, a ChildByRape, or a DesignerBaby created from Batman's genes is left ambiguous and [[ArmedWithCanon many sources outright contradict each other.]] Damian was raised by his mother in the League Of Assassins, and, according to recent comics, was put through an initiation ritual known as the "Year of Blood" that involved 365 days of desecration, robbery, and slaughter. After Bruce Wayne "died" and Tim Drake permanently retired as Robin in 2009, Dick Grayson and Damian served as the new Batman and Robin respectively. In the new 52, Damian served as Robin beside his father. Damian was killed in early 2013 while doing battle with The Heretic, an accelerated growth clone of himself. However, in due time, Damian was resurrected and returned to his role as Robin (gaining superpowers for a brief time). He briefly appeared in ''ComicBook/GothamAcademy'', going undercover as a student while figuring out the connection between the eponymous academy and [[BedlamHouse Arkham Asylum]]. He then went off to atone for his past independently in his own series ''ComicBook/RobinSonOfBatman''. It was in this series that the Year of Blood was established as part of his past.

!Duke Thomas
During Creator/ScottSnyder's {{Flashback}} arc ''Comicbook/BatmanZeroYear'', Bruce encountered an intelligent youngster by the name of Duke Thomas. In the present, Duke returned in the ''Comicbook/BatmanEndgame'', and has been announced as the lead of the upcoming ''ComicBook/WeAreRobin'' series.

!!Tropes associated with Robin in general

* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Although they are not exactly "super".
* BadassNormal: Like their mentor, none of the Robins have superpowers. [[EmpoweredBadassNormal Damian is the first to break this mold.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Holy (fill in the blank)!" Now used mostly as SelfDeprecation and {{Mythology Gag}}s.
** Mostly just Dick's, really. Jason tried it once, and Batman just asked him to never do it again.
* ContinuitySnarl: One of the policies of DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} timeline is that the timeline goes back no further than five years. However, Batman (and GreenLantern) were so successful at the time of the reboot that DC left its continuity as is - meaning that in the span of five years, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake all managed to become Comicbook/{{Robin}} and then graduate to their "adult" identities as Nightwing, Red Hood, and Red Robin.
* DistressedDude / BadassInDistress: Can't forget your roots now can we?
* DistressedDamsel: For Stephanie and Carrie.
* {{Foil}}: To Batman, in various way. Dick's upbeat attitude made him a far more beloved and respected crimefighter than his mentor; Jason was a criminal before becoming Robin, and took the darkest aspects of Batman's goals while ignoring its benevolent spirit; Tim took a more pragmatic and functional approach to crimefighting, detaching it from his personal life instead of BecomingTheMask; Finally, Damian was raised to fight crime ruthlessly and without any tragedy to guide his conscience.
** With respect to their upbringing, Dick adjusted to life without his parents far better than Bruce; Jason never knew his parents [[spoiler: and finding out his mother was alive led to his death]]; Tim's father was alive when he decided to become Robin; and Damian was raised in privilege like Bruce, but trained to be an assassin and killer.
** Also of note, Damian was a foil to Dick Grayson's run as Batman, being the serious sidekick to his light-hearted superhero.
** If you've noticed from all the examples above, each Robin either surpassed Batman in their own specialities, or are indicated to surpass him in the future.
* HappilyAdopted: Dick and Tim, at the very least. Jason is very {{Tsundere}}ish about it, and Damian is blood-related to Bruce. Stephanie was never adopted.
* HeroesFightBarehanded: Notable exceptions include Tim Drake and Dick Grayson, both former ComicBook/{{Robin}}s who now fight crime as [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]] and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} respectively. Tim uses a Bo staff and Dick a pair of Escrima sticks, presumably because their focus on agility over strength compared to other barefist DC fighters means the weapons give them the 'kick' they need.
* KidAppealCharacter: What Robin started as, and continues to be.
* KidHero: One of the earliest superhero examples, although {{Spider-Man}} would become the TropeCodifier for comics.
* KidSidekick: The TropeMaker and TropeCodifier.
* LegacyCharacter: Taken UpToEleven in that ''all'' of the Robins (save Damian) later graduated into ''another'' LegacyCharacter.
** Dick Grayson became the ''second'' Nightwing,[[note]]Franchise/{{Superman}}, in a temporary identity, was the first[[/note]] and upon Bruce's "death" became the third Batman.[[note]]The second being Jean-Paul Valley in ''Comicbook/{{Knightfall}}''[[/note]] Dick was also [[{{Retcon}} belatedly revealed]] to not even have been the first Robin, as Bruce Wayne himself assumed the role for a brief time in his own youth.
** Jason Todd became the Red Hood II,[[note]]Originally, members of a criminal gang rotated through the identity, most notably SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker before he adopted his best-known identity.[[/note]] Red Robin II,[[note]]An adult Dick Grayson from ''Comicbook/KingdomCome'' was the first[[/note]] and even became Nightwing V for a while.[[note]]Nightwing III is the villain "Nite-Wing", and Nightwing IV was Comicbook/PowerGirl in a temporary identity.[[/note]]
** Tim Drake eventually became Red Robin III.
** And Stephanie Brown became Batgirl IV.[[note]][[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2011}} Barbara Gordon]], The Huntress, and [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain]] were the first three, although all of them were after Betty (later Bette) Kane as "Bat-Girl"[[/note]]
** Even Damian Wayne was revealed to have become the sixth Batman in a BadFuture.
** According to MarvWolfman, around the time Jason Todd was introduced, one of the Batman writers wanted to de-age Dick Grayson and return him to being Batman's sidekick. As writer on ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans The New Teen Titans]]'', DC's hottest property at the time, Wolfman wielded a lot of power, and, not wanting to have Dick's CharacterDevelopment undone, suggested that instead, Dick Grayson could move on to a new identity and a new Robin could be introduced as a publicity stunt (since that sort of thing had never really happened before).

!!Tropes associated with Dick Grayson

* TheAce: When Dick pops up in a BatFamilyCrossover, he usually fills the pages making everyone else look bad.
* AmbiguouslyGay: One of the most infamous examples, and also a subversion. The relationship between Batman and Robin was speculated to be not-so-platonic for many, MANY years and tends to be the butt of jokes even to this day.
* BigBrotherMentor: To the other Robins--especially Tim and Damian. So much that he provides the picture in the page.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Happened to him with the Titans a few times not to mention many others.
* ChickMagnet: He was even this before becoming Nightwing, and came ''this'' close to marrying an alien princess.
* TheHeart: Of the Batfamily. He's also been called the Heart of the DC Universe because of how beloved he is both inside and out of it.
* TheLeader: 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 Franchise/DCUniverse! Seriously, ''even Franchise/{{Superman}}'' has stepped aside to let Nightwing take command at times, and Franchise/{{Batman}} has said that Dick Grayson has vastly surpassed him in terms of maintaining strong connections with virtually every superhero in the community. In the comics fandom in general, Dick Grayson is usually seen as the second-best leader in the ''entire superhero genre'', second only to ComicBook/CaptainAmerica!
* TheLoad: He usually subverts this, but not always. Let's just say there's a reason the Boy Wonder is sometimes called the Boy Hostage.
* ModestyBedsheet: In the very first issue of ''The New Comicbook/TeenTitans'' Volume 2 (1984), Dick Grayson and Starfire are shown waking in bed. Both are barely covered by bedsheets. This scene became controversial both as the first display of a young couple post-coitus in a comic and as the first overt display of Dick Grayson's sex life. Since then, [[ReallyGetsAround most writers have just run with it]].
* SidekickGraduationsStick: His promotion to Nightwing has never been reversed. And while he is no longer Batman, he's proven that he's the heir apparent for the cowl.

!!Tropes associated with Jason Todd

* AlwaysSecondBest[=/=]AlwaysSomeoneBetter: How he feels about Dick Grayson. It was part of his motivation for impersonating him as Nightwing.
** TheResenter: Was especially hostile towards Tim Drake as well due to Jason having insecurities that Tim did a better job at the role.
* AntiHero: Frequently crosses the line between UnscrupulousHero and NominalHero. Though since the New52 started, he's often written as either closer to the former or just pragmatic.
* BackFromTheDead: Killed by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in 1988. Resurrected by Comicbook/RasAlGhul, returning to prominence in 2005.
* ContinuitySnarl[=/=]CosmicRetcon: His resurrection was originally credited to [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis Superboy-Prime]] punching reality (as seen in the CosmicRetcon image).
* DependingOnTheArtist: Is his "hood" smooth and rounded, or is it flatter and shaped more like a human face, with cheekbones and even lips?
* HappilyAdopted: 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.
* IdentityImpersonator: As The Red Hood and Nightwing.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: 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.
* KilledOffForReal: At first, anyway. He was killed off in 1988 and not resurrected until 2005. In between, a common mantra was [[HilariousInHindsight "Nobody stays dead in comics except Bucky, Uncle Ben, and Jason Todd."]]
* MissingMom: Eventually he found her. And then she sold him out to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. And then ''both'' kicked it.
* NinetiesAntiHero: He's a UrExample, being part of the DarkerAndEdgier [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], including the incident described in KickTheSonOfABitch above. Ironically, though, he actually missed TheNineties completely.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: In ''[[ComicBook/ADeathInTheFamily 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 [[BackFromTheDead he]] returns the favor on a washed-out Joker.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: 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.
* PoorCommunicationKills: '''Oh lord.''' The plot of ''ADeathInTheFamily'' 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.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Treated as one for Dick. Sees Tim as this for him.
* StuffedInTheFridge: One of most prominent male examples in comic books.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: 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.
* TheUnfavorite: He believes this is how Batman views him amongst his sons.
* ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer: A ''firm'' believer.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: He only lasted a year and a half after being reintroduced post-Crisis.

!!Tropes associated with Tim Drake

* BumblingSidekick: Deliberately averted. After the death of Jason Todd, writers like Denny O'Neil knew they had to come up with a ''damn good reason'' why Batman would take on another KidSidekick. Making him a hindrance to Batman in any way was shot down because of this.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: The reason Tim is now an orphan and permanently dedicated to crime-fighting.
* DistressedDude: Averted. Unlike Dick Grayson constantly needing to be rescued or saved, Tim was deliberately kept out of danger for a ''long'' time after putting on the costume. Initially, he operated as Batman's VoiceWithAnInternetConnection so that they could slowly introduce him to danger.
* {{Foil}}: To Dick Grayson. He is everything Dick Grayson was not, by design. Instead of the whimsical, lighthearted sidekick who spouted catchphrases and said "Golly" a lot, he was an extremely serious and dedicated crime-fighter.
* GradeSchoolCEO: For a time after Bruce's death, Tim Drake (as one of his legally adopted sons) had significant control over Wayne Enterprises as one of its owners. He is apparently still a co-owner along with his father and brothers, despite being a teen.
* HypercompetentSidekick: EnforcedTrope. Tim Drake was deliberately portrayed as ''extremely'' competent (even moreso than Batman in some ways) in order to justify why Batman would allow another kid to become his sidekick.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Tim never wanted to be a crime-fighter permanently. He just wanted to be Robin for a while until he could retire and go on with his life.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter Although]] in ''Comicbook/YoungJustice'', he says he'd love to give up crimefighting, because that would mean crime had been eradicated.
* JackOfAllTrades: To quote Fabian Nicieza:
-->"What I love about Tim is that he shares some of the strongest traits of various Bat-family members. The intellect and detective skills of Bruce, the ability to lead others and be a friend to others like Dick has and even the ability to make cold, harsh decisions like Jason does."
* JumpedAtTheCall: He became Robin because he figured out who Batman was and recognized Bruce's SanitySlippage without a teen sidekick to keep him honest.
* TheSmartGuy: Most Robins play this role on teams, but Tim is the Smart Guy amongst Smart Guys. It's usually acknowledged that he's the most intelligent of all of the Robins, and even Batman himself has said that Tim will one day make a better detective than him.
--> '''Fabian Nicieza:''' He is 'the smart one' of the Bat-family, the thinker and planner. I mean, of course Bruce Wayne/Batman is what he is, and Tim isnít quite there yet, but Tim at 17 has a more developed intellect than Bruce at 17 did. Thatís not to say Dick Grayson or Barbara Gordon are dumb, of course theyíre not, but Timís level of thinking is a bit... thicker... than theirs. For me, Dick is about superior reflexive thinking, Barbara about superior operational thinking and Tim is about superior comprehensive, or all-encompassing, thinking."
* MissingMom

For Tim Drake's ''Robin'' (1993-2009) and ''Red Robin'' (2009-2011) series, go [[Comicbook/RobinSeries here]].

!!Tropes associated with Stephanie Brown

* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The only canonical female Robin.
* AbusiveParents: Her father was the Batman villain, the Cluemaster, and he was ''very'' abusive toward her.
* ColdBloodedTorture: What killed her, after hours of being subjected to it.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim
* GenderedOutfit: The only Robin to wear a skirt.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Not only does her hair color fit the Robin color motif quite nicely, but she's probably the one with the most human heart. Dick and Tim are genuinely {{Nice Guy}}s, but they're also the most naturally gifted. Stephanie is a sweetie, despite having no inherent talents and growing up in a depressingly abusive household.
* [[HesJustHiding She's Just Hiding]]: Invoked. Her death was {{retcon}}ned to be this.
** Also doubles as either IKnewIt or AscendedFanon, since fans posited the theory almost immediately after her death.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Not ''exactly'' what happened between her and Black Mask, but as WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall mentions, there are some very unfortunate camera angles of a teenage girl's rear while she's being ''tortured to death''.
* InformedFlaw: Officially, she wasn't as competent as the other Robins, and its why she was fired and, subsequently, killed. However, besides being taken hostage ([[SarcasmMode because that's never happened before]]), she wasn't any less competent than the others. She lacked Tim's genius and Dick's experience, but during her appearances outside the book at the time, and prior to the event, she was able to keep up and kick butt with the rest of them.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Though even Creator/GailSimone admits the term is over-applied in many cases, few examples are as blatant as this. She was promoted to Robin, fired, used to start a gang war, captured, tortured, killed, and refused medical attention by an [[WhatTheHellHero otherwise heroic member of the Batman family.]] After her death, she was never given a monument, she was barely mentioned by other characters, and WordOfGod went on record to say that she was "never really Robin". Small wonder most of this was retconned away.

!!Tropes associated with Damian Wayne

* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Unlike the other Robins he's only white on his father's side, while his mother is [[AmbiguouslyBrown Chinese and/or Arab]].
* TheAtoner: While he was being raised as an Al Ghul he did some horrible things. In ''Robin: Son of Batman'', he's trying to undo or make amends for them all as much as possible.
* BerserkButton: Just try to insult the name of Batman, he'll see you hanged, decapitated, or at the very least brutally beaten for it. There's also his soft spot for animals as detailed below.
* [[spoiler:CameBackStrong: His resurrection thanks to Darkseid's Omega Force energies accidentally granted him flight and super strength. For a while at least.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: Became Robin to get away from his mother's teachings and embrace his father's.
* GradeSchoolCEO: Along with his father and older brothers, Damian is a co-owner of Wayne Enterprises. During ''Batman RIP'', he's shown in a suit, intimidating the board.
* HeelFaceTurn: 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.
* InTheHood: 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.
* [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]]: For a little while, at least.
* LikesOlderWomen: According to him. He has professed interest in Katana and Supergirl. It may be because he sees himself as an adult.
* LonelyRichKid: Before breaking away from his mother, he was never allowed to socialize with kids his own age. This leads to him having:
* NoSocialSkills: Part of the reason he is such an enormous asshole to others. He doesn't know how to interact with others.
* NotGoodWithPeople: He was trained as an assassin and deprived of social interaction with anyone his age until he went to live with Bruce. He's as snobbish and socially awkward as you can get for a ten-year old, his knack for decapitation and other forms of murder aside (not to mention the snark he inherited from his father). But for all his harsh exterior he has a soft spot for animals (even going full vegetarian after a while) and he's quite prone to taking in pets. So far there's Alfred the Cat, Titus the Great Dane, the Bat-Cow, and Goliath the Griffin. [[BerserkButton Attempting to harm or restrain any of them will earn you a beatdown.]]
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Trained to physical perfection for a ten year old boy, able to keep up with the other members of the Batfamily as well as hang criminals twice his size with a wire.
* TheResenter: 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.
* SociopathicHero[=/=]HeroicComedicSociopath: PlayedForDrama at times and PlayedForComedy at others. Damian's upbringing with the League of Assassins has given him a superiority complex and some very disturbing perspectives.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's Damian, not Damien.
* TrapMaster: His unique flavor of CrazyPrepared 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''.
* {{Tsundere}}: Shows when he is around Dick. His dere side is very well-hidden.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Damian fits this trope to a T. 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.
* VerbalTic: Damian's sardonic "tt" sound is common in the comics, although it's been left out of his movies so far. It probably runs in the family: his mother also uses this odd little noise.

!!Tropes associated with Duke Thomas and We Are Robin
* AffirmativeActionLegacy: The first African-American Robin.
* ChildProdigy: Duke is a very gifted student, and was shown preparing to take the Riddler's quiz challenge before Batman intervened and stopped the villain himself.
* CollectiveIdentity: The entire premise of ''We Are Robin'' revolves around numerous teens who dress up in Robin colors and take the law into their own hands.
* RedHerring: When Duke was first introduced, it was heavily hinted in stories like ''Comicbook/TheNew52FuturesEnd'' that he would become the new Robin. While he did become ''a'' Robin, it was after Damian Wayne had already been resurrected.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Well, text-message with an internet connection. The Nest, who recruits the Robins and is actually [[spoiler: Alfred]], and Shug-R, who advises the other Robins on a WireDilemma from her bedroom in #3.

!Alternate Versions Of Robin

The following Robins are not specifically associated with any of the characters above.

!!Carrie Kelley

The Robin that appears in Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''. Technically, the first female Robin, although she is not considered canonical. She later becomes "Catgirl" in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain''. She is also featured in ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'' as the Robin of that AlternateUniverse.

She also exists in the New 52, but not as Robin. However, she did appear at a Halloween party dressed in her Robin outfit.

* AbortedArc: She appeared in two issues of ''Batman and Robin'', and one of the following issues [[spoiler:according to the trend adopted after Damian's death]] was originally renamed ''Batman and Carrie Kelley'', but that never materialized. Fan theory at the time was that she was going to be the new canon Robin, but she's not been seen or heard from since.
* LegacyCharacter: To both Robin and ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's Carrie Kell'''e'''y, but "Kelly" is ubiquitous among fans.

!!Robin of Earth-2

The Dick Grayson from the Pre-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]] Earth-2. Distinguished from the mainstream Dick Grayson in that he never stopped being Robin, even after becoming an adult with his own superhero career.

* {{Ambadassador}}: In the [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], he became the American Ambassador to South Africa, all the while still being active as a hero.
* DependingOnTheArtist: How the mask on his adult costume is designed, and how old he looks.
* KidHeroAllGrownUp: Moreso than most Robins, due to ComicBookTime not applying in Earth-Two. He was in his forties during the [[TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] revival of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica, and in his fifties when ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' occurred.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: To Helena Wayne, the daughter of Bruce Wayne, also known as the Huntress.
* RetGone: Alongside most of Earth-2 following ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', at least until the Multiverse was properly restored.
* SidekickGraduationsStick: To an extent. While he remained in the Robin identity, he remained active as a hero even after Batman retired, and had considered taking the mantle of Batman. [[spoiler:He doesn't take the role until the end of ''Convergence: Detective Comics'']]

!!''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Robin

The Robin appearing the animated series ''Teen Titans'', created as a mix of the first and third Robins.

* CompositeCharacter: It's intentionally left ambiguous which Robin he is. Most people assume that he's Dick Grayson, since most of the clues point to it--the biggest of which being an AlternateUniverse counterpart with the name [[SdrawkcabName Nosyarg Kcid]].
** The episode ''How Long Is Forever?'' makes it very blatant that he's Dick Grayson, as Starfire visits a BadFuture where the Titans split up, and he's grown up and into his role as Nightwing.
** The ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' comics, based off the series, also have Robin as Dick Grayson and explore his backstory.
** [[spoiler: His Red X persona was most likely inspired by Jason.]]
!!Helena Wayne

The ComicBook/{{New 52}} Robin of Earth-2, currently operating as the ComicBook/{{Huntress}}. The circumstances of her tenure will be expanded on in ''WorldsFinest''.

!![[spoiler:John Blake]]

Appearing in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', this is the Robin of ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' though rather than becoming Batman's sidekick [[spoiler:he's implied to have become the new Batman after Bruce Wayne's supposed HeroicSacrifice]]. In fact, [[spoiler:Robin is the character's legal first name]].

* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler:Of the first three Robins in the comics as well as [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]], though most similar to [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]].]]

!!{{DCAU}} Robins

In the original ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', a college-aged Dick Grayson was Robin, and generally true to his roots. However, when the show was revived and revamped as ''The New Batman Adventures,'' they decided to shake up the status quo, graduating Dick to Nightwing and introducing a young Tim Drake as Robin. They skipped Jason Todd due to the character having some baggage that isn't exactly family friendly, but given that Jason Todd had an excellent origin story, the decision was made to combine the two into one.

In this universe, Dick Grayson never quite reconciled with Bruce after their initial falling out. They could get along and work together, but were permanently estranged at some point.

Meanwhile, Tim Drake had his career as Robin cut short after being brutalized by and [[spoiler:accidentally killing The Joker]]. He grows up into a successful engineer with a wife (who, according to DVD extras, is meant to be an older Stephanie Brown) and kids.

* BigBrotherMentor: Dick to Tim.
* CompositeCharacter: Tim Drake in this universe is a composite of the comics Tim Drake and Jason Todd. From Jason, he gets his attitude, his origin story as the child of a crook who got Batman's attention by messing with him, and victimization by the Joker. From Tim, he basically gets his name and, judging by his future job as an engineer, his intelligence.
* KidSidekick: Tim was much younger than in the comics due to the writers wanting to explore the kid sidekick angle after having Dick around as an adult.
* LegacyCharacter: The concept of Robin as a legacy had never been explored outside the comics before.

!!Robins of [[WesternAnimation/YoungJustice Earth-16]]

Earth-16 is a modernized "young" [=DC=] universe, depicted in the cartoon and comic series ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. In this universe, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Tim Drake are all known to be or have been Robin, while Stephanie Brown cameoed in one episode.

The show has been praised for returning the relationship between Dick and Batman to its roots-- in other words, they get along. Dick becoming Nightwing here is not because he and Bruce can't see eye to eye, but simply because he's grown up.

Jason Todd has only been seen in a memorial and named only in promotional materials for the video game, while Tim was a supporting character in season two. Another notable thing the show did was give all three Robins unique costumes easy to tell apart. This is the first [=TV=] series to acknowledge the existence of all of the first four Robins.

* BigBrotherMentor: Dick to Tim, and WordOfGod is that he and Jason were close.
* CompositeCharacter: [=YJ=]'s Dick is often accused of being one of comics Dick and Tim Drake, but showrunner GregWeisman points out that the only traits he has in common with Tim are his computer skills and ''long pants'', both of which were felt necessary for a modern reinterpretation of the character.
* TheSmartGuy: Dick and Tim both, whatever squad they're on.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Tim is the Technician to Dick's Performer when it comes to crimefighting. Dick generally has more fun doing it and is extremely confident in his skills thanks to years of practice, but he hates the responsibility of leadership, though doesn't shy from stepping up, while Tim is a much more serious student of crimefighting and less confident in himself, but would like to try his hand at leading.