* AuthorsSavingThrow: ''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}: Nightwing and Oracle'' functions as this for the Nightwing series. It resets Nightwing and Barbara's status quo back to the point while they were dating, but not yet engaged. It removes all the stuff with Tarantula's controversial raping, Nightwing casually allowing Blockbuster's murder, his breakup with Barbara, and the reversal of her paralysis. The story provides a sugary-sweet HappilyEverAfter for Dick and Barbara, with her accepting his proposal, [[TheyDo the two of them getting married]], and deciding to take on whatever the world throws at them as husband and wife.
** Not exactly. The history recap at the end of Issue 1 mentions not only their original break-up, but also Dick taking Babs skydiving on her birthday and the events of [[ComicBook/{{BatmanTheBlackMirror}} Batman: The Black Mirror]], both of which happened ''after'' the rape/the murder of Blockbuster and their broken engagement. It seems that rather than rewriting that history, this is a continuation of the pre-reboot universe where Dick returned to being Nightwing and he and Babs eventually found their way back together.
* AwesomeArt: The one thing that fans seem to agree on in regards to Kyle Higgins' run is that Russell Dauterman's art was amazing. Of course, not only was the run cancelled shortly after Dauterman got on, but he would've likely left anyway to work on the much higher profile ''ComicBook/Thor2014'', making it also an example of TooGoodToLast.
* BaseBreaker: Raptor, from the Rebirth series. Some like him as a villain with interesting ties to Dick's past as a friend of his mother's and a man who embraces his Romani heritage, and that he has potential as someone who wants to make Dick step out of Bruce's shadow. Others feel he's yet another character from Dick's past which has been played ''a lot'', and that his speechifying about Dick's heritage and capitalism remove the nuance from his character, and that his role as an EvilMentor could've been filled by Lincoln March, or even Earth 3's Owlman if he were to return, both of whom were killed off, the former by Raptor ''himself''. Some also take issue with his design, dubbing it "edgy [[ComicBook/HawkAndDove Hawk]]" or noting the bonnet. There are also some who see him as a bit overpowered, what with his gauntlet that literally gives him whatever he needs to win a fight, or as a discount version of Midnighter, who was off the table due to getting a miniseries.
* BrokenBase:
** Regarding Devin Grayson, one of the main writers of his long run. She's either the cause of several majorly terrible story arcs and a massive DorkAge, a decent writer who just wasn't writing at her best at the time, or a great writer whose run was unfortunately hijacked by ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'', which prevented her from finishing off the story.
** The New 52 red suit. Brett Booth reintroducing the fingerstripes (and adding hip and neck stripes) has been universally accepted as a welcome olive branch, but you fall into one of two categories here: either you think red/black is a dark, edgy look and appreciate the fact that most of the Batman characters now match, or you think the idea of Nightwing needing to be dark and edgy or match the other Batman characters is ridiculous.
** The announcement of the ''Grayson'' series lead to a big one regarding the premise, which is that Dick would become a secret agent, something he'd keep from Barbara and Alfred. Some like the idea, thinking it's a nice idea (although even they hope it's temporary), and others think it's a stupid idea that doesn't suit the character or his history, or simply that it simply doesn't make any sense, since [[spoiler:Dick's one of the most famous people on the planet since the Crime Syndicate unmasked him in ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'']]. The most polarizing aspect being that covers are routinely featuring Dick with a gun, as while he had a gun for a longtime thanks to his time as a cop in Bludhaven, he never actually ''used'' it and said he never would. ''However'', since the ''Grayson'' series has launched, the only time Dick has used his gun in a combat situation was to use the gun itself as a projectile, and Dick has stated his distate for guns on multiple occasions.
** There's some divide among the fanbase over Dick's relationship with Shawn Tsang/The Defacer. Straight out the gate, there's this instant attraction between the two, to the point that they almost kiss after their third meeting and are only stopped by the arrival of the police. They get together by the end of the arc, and then the following issue shows their relationship develop over time, but with numerous time jumps, rather than letting the reader watch it develop organically. This culminates in Dick saying he loves her. Some feel that these developments are rushed, while others think that the relationship has been depicted rather realistically. Also see: ShipToShipCombat
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Creator/DCComics' official position is that he's the most beloved superhero in the community (yes, even moreso than ''Superman'') and that almost any member of it would instantly drop what they were doing to help if he were in trouble. [[note]] He's technically part of the Bat family, an on-again-off-again boyfriend of the InformationBroker for the ''entire'' DCU, has connections to the JLA and JSA via both personal friendships ''and'' his leadership of the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]]. Through Beast Boy's affiliation, he could probably get help from DoomPatrol. And the [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]] themselves are known for the "mess with one of us, mess with ''all'' of us - '''past and present'''" mentality. (Remember, their BadassCreed is "Titans Together!") Dick could probably rally ''every'' costumed hero in the DCU within three phone calls. [[/note]]
** He has this in real life as well. The producers of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' have said he is their "holy grail" of characters they'd like to appear on the show if they can, and he seems to have a permanent spot on the list of DC characters fans hope will eventually be realized in a live-action TV series or film, alongside others such as Wonder Woman or Zatanna.
* EstrogenBrigade: He has the single biggest out of any comic book character, ''bar none''.
* GrowingTheBeard: Regarding Kyle Higgins' run, many readers feel it got better when it stopped having to tie into the stories in ''Batman'' (the first three arcs were essentially extensions of whatever ''Batman'' arc was running).
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Is paired with ''everybody''.
* MemeticMutation: A running joke among comic fans is that Nightwing's greatest foe is editor Dan DiDio, since Dan has a history of screwing over Dick. DC is aware of this, and writers frequently joke about it, even Dan himself.
* MyRealDaddy: Creator/BobKane is credited with creating Dick Grayson, with some credit also going to Creator/BillFinger... but Nightwing was created by Creator/MarvWolfman, who had exclusive rights to the character throughout his entire run on ''New Comicbook/TeenTitans''. Creator/ChuckDixon is then credited with developing Dick's solo career in the 1996 ''Nightwing'' title.
** Acknowledged by adaptations. Whenever Batman and Robin appear in an adaptation, the credits include a line to the tune of "Batman created by Bob Kane." Robin doesn't get his own credit. Nightwing, however, if he appears, will get his own "Nightwing created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez" credit.
* NeverLiveItDown: His first costume, [[DeaderThanDisco the disco suit]]. Itís a regular source of mockery in the fandom. If they got past the green underwear and pixie boots.
* ReplacementScrappy: Utterly averted when Dick became Batman. Fans were happy with the development he received and his partnership with Damian, to the point that many were disappointed when it was announced that he would return to being Nightwing with the New 52.
* TheScrappy:
** While she's acquired a bit of a cult fanbase in the years since who attribute her flaws to the overall shoddy quality of the OYL arc, Cheyenne Freemont was ''very'' hated when she debuted in Bruce Jones' arc. It mostly had to do with her being abruptly introduced, coming off incredibly flat, suddenly being revealed to be a metahuman, and other fans feeling that she was made to spite those who shipped Dick with either Barbara or Kory. Cheyenne was swiftly PutOnABus by the end of the arc.
** Tarantula, aka Catalina Flores. She's absolutely hated among the DC fanbase for being a petty, spiteful WomanScorned who caused the break-up of Dick and Babs, and for the controversial raping of Nightwing, which she never faced any consequences for. Made worse in that Devin Grayson tried to downplay the rape by claiming "[[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic [she] never said it was rape, just non-consensual]]". Though to the relief of fans, she was [[TakeThatScrappy arrested for Blockbuster's murder and killed off]] by Creator/GailSimone in her Comics/SecretSix run.
* ShipToShipCombat: The development of new love interest [[DatingCatwoman Shawn Tsang]] in Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} complicates an already contentious shipping war with both Comicbook/{{Starfire}} and [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]], both of whom have shared ShipTease with Nightwing. This is somewhat alleviated by Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} writer Tim Seeley writing both women as being understanding as opposed to petty, taking an AmicableExes approach with the former, and an IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy approach with the latter. That, and Shawn is already becoming something of an EnsembleDarkHorse.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** "One Year Later". Jason Todd [[CostumeCopycat dressing up as Nightwing]] isn't a bad idea. And this was Jason's first appearance after the "Under the Red Hood" storyline. Instead of Dick trying to reason with his little brother we have the GirlOfTheWeek save the day after Jason is turned into a tentacle monster. ExecutiveMeddling plays a role in this. Jason Todd really was supposed to be the '''new''' Nightwing, with Dick being KilledOffForReal in InfiniteCrisis. GeoffJohns lobbied to spare Dick of this fate though, resulting in Devin Grayson scrambling with the story, along with Bruce Jones (the writer of the OYL arc).
** The Chicago era, after having to tie-in to ''Batman'' so often, was finally able to tell its own stories. It built up a supporting cast for Dick, including a SecretKeeper little girl and potential conflicts with one of his roommate's. Tony Zucco was also established as a potential WildCard, and his daughter Sonia was sort of brought back as a potential love interest. It also lightly touched upon the idea of Dick being someone more willing to give villains second chances. All of this would be for nought, as the series was cancelled in the aftermath of ''Forever Evil'' and spun off into ''Grayson''. While most of it was never touched on again, the theme of Dick and second chances ''was'' later used by Tim Seeley in the Rebirth series.
* TheWoobie: Not on par with Jason, but still very much a Woobie. He lost his parents at a young age, and his ParentalSubstitute doesn't respect him (or so he thinks).
** As of the New 52, the guy can't catch a break. He inherited Haley's Circus, but it's destroyed by his EvilFormerFriend Raymond for the [[MisplacedRetribution stupidest of reasons.]] Then, after he's getting it rebuilt, TheJoker then decides to blow it up and poison everyone, the result being a lot of people hating Dick, and him not being able to rebuild it because he put all his money into it. ''Then'', he finds out Tony Zucco, the man who had his parents killed, is still alive. His attempts to track him down, however, just result in a psychopath getting wind of incriminating info on the mayor of Chicago (where Dick has moved to find Zucco), which is promptly used to motivate said psycho into taking over Chicago and causing tons of death, all of which Dick blames himself for. Then ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'' happened...