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    Robin I / Nightwing (Dick Grayson) 

Robin I / Nightwing / Dick Grayson

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Voiced by: Loren Lester
"Hey, no one can be a Boy Wonder forever."

Much like his comic counterpart, Dick was a member of The Flying Graysons, a family of circus acrobats. His parents were killed by a mobster named Tony Zucco (not Zuko). After being taken in by Bruce Wayne, he eventually finds out his secret and takes up the role of Robin. Eventually, he grows up and strikes out on his own, taking a new name: Nightwing.


  • '80s Hair: He sports a mullet as Nightwing.
  • Adaptational Jerk Ass: Downplayed, while he still helped Bruce and Tim from time to time, this Dick Grayson never reconnected with Bruce again after their fallout unlike his comics' counterpart.
  • Aloof Ally: As Nightwing at first in "You Scratch My Back". Occasionally afterwards too.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Birds.
  • Art Evolution: He has received a redesign in the revamped season of Batman:TAS (also known as The New Batman Adventures) due to the fact that he adopted the identity of Nightwing through the fact that his build became sleeker along with the fact that he has broader shoulders, which showcased his emergence as a mature hero in his own right, and that the short spiky hair that he wore as Robin had grown longer in addition to being styled to flow down the back of the neck (which he wore it in a ponytail as a civilian).
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: He and Batgirl show this in the end of "You Scratch My Back". But sadly, they never got back together.
    Batgirl: You alright?
    Nightwing: You know me, always happy to have a little help.
  • Badass Normal: Like Batman.
  • Badass Biker: As Robin, he often rides a motorcycle alongside the Batmobile, and as Nightwing, he has his own Nightcycle.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: "Robin's Reckoning" and "Old Wounds" are very good examples. The former even has Dick admitting that he's too dangerous if you do manage to hurt him.
    Robin: You were right, you know, not bringing me along. You knew I'd take it too personally.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To Tim.
  • Broken Pedestal: Unlike the comics, Dick and Bruce never truly reconcile after their falling out onscreen.
  • The Cameo: Averts Chuck Cunningham Syndrome due to infrequent name-drops in Batman Beyond, but his only post-TNBA appearances are two brief glimpses in Justice League.
  • Character Development: From a sidekick to a respected hero on his own terms.
  • Circus Brat: His backstory. Youngest of the Flying Graysons, until his family is killed.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Done intentionally. Dick spends most of the week at school, letting Batman establish himself both with and without a partner. He only appears in two episodes of the first season. This continues when he graduates to his Nightwing identity; Justice League Unlimited suggests he does double duty in both Gotham and Bludhaven.
  • Cool Bike: used one as Robin from time to time; later the Nightcycle.
  • Dance Battler: While his fighting style is more acrobatic than dance-like, he did train in capoeira according to The Lost Years.
  • Dating Catwoman: Had his own brief fling with Catwoman in "You Scratch My Back".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very much so. One of the most notable instances is in "Robin's Reckoning, Part 1", where he remarks that if he knew their stakeout would take so long, he would have brought his homework with him. After Batman replies to all his statements with "Uh-huh", Robin then remarks that lucky for him, Batman is a good conversationalist.
  • Designated Victim: You could tell when a writer wanted to get Batman alone and take Robin out of they way, because he would always be injured at the beginning of the episode, or taken hostage for Bats to rescue. Clearly they wanted Batman and Bane to fight one on one, but that's just ridiculous. It's not really the show's fault, as one of Robin's nicknames in the comics is "Boy Hostage". It's hard being a sidekick. Also, better writers on the show (such as Paul Dini) would incorporate Robin successfully into the story without victimizing him.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In "Old Wounds," he flattens Batman with one punch.
  • Domino Mask: Both as Robin and Nightwing.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: A couple of times, also part of the many issues that broke up the dynamic duo.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric
  • He's Back: In the end of "Sins of the Father".
    Dick: Hey, no one can be a boy wonder forever.
  • Kid Hero All Grown-Up: As Nightwing.
  • Kid Sidekick: He started out as one, but the series starts when he's in college.
  • The Lancer: Before becoming Nightwing, he would often fight at Batman's side.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: As Nightwing.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Nightwing is, shall we say, quite a handsome fellow.
  • Nice Guy: Dick can sometimes be more level-headed than the Dark Knight, and rarely slips into the sick obsession Bruce has.
  • Not So Different: From Bruce. When Bruce adopted him as a kid, he told Dick about how his own parents died when he was his age. And also feels he could have done something different. While their surface personalities are very different, Dick can be just as grim and unsocial as Bruce. Tim comments on it, when he points out that they had the same answer ("Things change") when he asked them why they stopped working together. The difference isn't in how they are, but in how they act. Dick, unlike Bruce, takes steps to avert the negative consequences of being a dark figure of the night, while Bruce seems to see it as a necessary sacrifice of his mission. When Tim points out their similarity in brushing him off, Nightwing immediately looks chagrined and tells him the full story. It's not hard to imagine Batman would have just continued to sulk.
  • Origins Episode: Robin's Reckoning for Robin and "Old Wounds"/The Lost Years for Nightwing.
  • Parental Abandonment: Although he's a little better at dealing with it than Bruce. Not only was he older than Bruce when it happened, but when you work without a net like his parents did the risk is something you always live with.
  • Rage Against the Mentor: Towards Batman, which lead him to leave and become Nightwing.
  • Reverse Mole: To Catwoman in "You Scratch My Back".
  • Same Character, but Different: Dick's transformation from Robin to Nightwing.
    Dick: (quitting as Robin) Things change! I changed!
  • Shamu Fu: "Harley's Holiday" has him using two fish as nunchuks.
  • Shirtless Captives: In "Bane", he is kidnapped by Bane and his accomplice. He is stripped of his shirt and dangled by chains over a tank in which they intend to drown him. Justified in that Bane uses the uniform shirt to show Batman that he'd kidnapped Robin.
  • Sidekick - Interestingly, he fills the same function as a Kid Sidekick without actually being one: he's college-age throughout most of B:TAS and graduates prior to The New Batman Adventures.
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Just like in the comics, he leaves the mantle of Robin to become Nightwing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Well, a few more levels.
  • Tranquil Fury: Robin is noticeably quieter in SubZero, but after Barbara is kidnapped he's really, really pissed off.
  • Unwilling Suspension: He us chained up this way above a rising pit of water after being kidnapped by the title character in the episode "Bane". For best effect, they added an equivalent of Cement Shoes to his feet.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He delivers these to Bruce on a couple of occasions, twice in "Old Wounds" on his growing obsession and keeping Batgirl's identity a secret from him. He also gives one to Barbara for not telling him about it, resulting in breaking off their relationship.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: He had to leave the circus, since Zucco might come after him. Saying good-bye to his friends he considers his family as much as his parents.
    • After his falling out with Bruce he does occasionally work with him, but does not move back into the Manor or the Batcave and starts operating mostly out of Bludhaven.

    Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) 

Batgirl / Barbara Gordon

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Voiced by: Melissa Gilbert (Batman: The Animated Series), Mary Kay Bergman (Sub-Zero), Tara Strong (The New Batman Adventures), Stockard Channing (Batman Beyond seasons 1 and 2), Angie Harmon (Return of the Joker, Batman Beyond season 3)
"So Batman can't help me? Fine. Let's see what Batgirl can do!"

The daughter of Police Commissioner Gordon, Barbara first takes up the Bat cowl when her father is framed for corruption by Corrupt Cop Gil Mason. She plans to attend a "Gordon is innocent" rally while impersonating Batman, believing that the appearance of the Caped Crusader will drum up support for her father. When she gets involved in a drive-by shooting that hits the rally, she is partially unmasked by Robin when he rips the back of her cowl, freeing her hair and leaving the city wondering "Who is Batgirl?"

Barbara operates independently in her appearances in Batman: The Animated Series, but is officially inducted into the Bat-Family by The New Batman Adventures. She serves as Batman's main partner throughout the series, replacing Dick Grayson, while the new Tim Drake Robin is more of a once in a while helper.

In Batman Beyond, a much older Barbara has put aside the cowl and picked up the badge, taking her father's place as Police Commissioner of Gotham City. As fate would have it, the long-retired Bruce Wayne has just taken on a protege as the new Batman. See here for tropes applying to her in that show.


  • Action Heroine: She initially appears only as Commissioner Gordon's daughter, but over the series she transforms into Batgirl and becomes an official member of the Bat-family.
  • Adventure Rebuff: Batgirl was rebuffed by Batman and Robin a couple times, but she eventually became Batman's partner and stayed even after Robin had left.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: According to Bruce Timm, she was made into a main character in TNBA because the network thought adding a girl to the main cast would help court female viewers.
  • Art Evolution: Batgirl's costume was redesigned when B:TAS was revamped into TNBA through the fact that the grey and blue coloring of her B:TAS costume were replaced with black and yellow along with scallops on her gloves and inside of her cape became yellow in addition to wearing a different utility belt.
  • Ascended Extra: She was a minor supporting character in the initial seasons, only appearing as Batgirl in three episodes, but becomes part of the primary cast after the revamp. In TNBA, she actually serves as Batman's main partner and the secondary main character of the series, appearing more often than both the new Tim Drake Robin and Nightwing.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: She and Nightwing show this in the end of "You Scratch My Back". Sadly, they never got back together.
    Batgirl: You alright?
    Nightwing: You know me, always happy to have a little help.
  • Badass Normal: Like the rest of the Bat-family, no superpowers, no problem.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: She respects the Bat-Family's avoidance of firearms. However, she's a cop in her dayjob, and is willing to tote a gun when she and Batman infiltrate the base of the Sensei in Gotham Adventures, which Batman isn't happy about.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Dick, AFTER they had broken up.
  • Big "OMG!": Says this upon seeing Freeze in a robotic spider body.
  • Breaking Bad News Gently: She intends to tell her father the truth, and has him sit down before she starts. He cuts her off to maintain deniability, though, as it's implied he already knew.
  • Chained to a Bed: In the "Subzero" movie.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Dick accuses her of this when it comes to getting close to Catwoman.
  • Cute Bruiser: Especially during the first series.
  • Defiant Captive: The SubZero movie. The highlight of it all is when Belson unlocks the chain binding her, she immediately starts swinging it at him.
  • Distaff Counterpart: At first glance one to Batman, but realistically more of one to Robin, as she's a female sidekick of Batman, rather than a female version of him.
  • Dream Sue: She has a dream at the beginning of "Batgirl Returns" where she saves Batman from Two-Face, Penguin, and Joker single-handedly. Just as they're about to make out, Dick Grayson wakes her from her nap.
  • El Cid Ploy: This is Batgirl's origin: dressing up as Batman in an effort to add the Bat's support to Commissioner Gordon's innocence.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Supergirl in "Girls' Night Out". Kara is after Livewire (who would join up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn), and Barbara teams with Kara to stop them. They'd bond through the episode, and in the Christmas Episode of Justice League, "Comfort and Joy," it's said Barbara invited Kara to go skiing with her.

    Robin II (Tim Drake) 

Robin II / Tim Drake

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Voiced by: Matthew Valencia (The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker), Eli Marienthal (Static Shock, "The Big Leagues"; Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman), Shane Sweet (Static Shock, "Future Shock"), Andrea Romano (Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, as Joker Junior), Dean Stockwell (Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, as an adult)
"Hero Time."

This Tim Drake is a combination of both the comic version and Jason Todd, the Robin before him. The son of a two-bit crook who betrayed and was murdered by Two-Face, Robin falls into Batman's world while fleeing Two-Face's thugs who are chasing him over something left by his father. Like Grayson, Tim finds out Batman's identity, steals the Robin costume, and ultimately helps bring Two-Face down.


  • Abusive Parents: Before he became Robin, his father worked for Two-Face and often left his son (who was under 13 years old) alone to fend for himself for long periods of time. When he double-crossed Two-Face, he abandoned his son to run away, only to be found killed outside of Gotham.
  • Art Evolution: As Dick Grayson became Nightwing, the mantle of Robin went to Tim Drake. The costume for Robin was relatively unchanged from how it looked in B:TAS, except for the fact that it was smaller to fit Drake and all the green sections on the sleeves and gloves were changed to black, the leggings were changed from green to red and the trunks were changed from red to black.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a massive fan of the original Dynamic Duo.
  • Badass in Distress: In "Sins of the Father as he manages to escape the capture once Batman comes.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Witnessing Annie's "death".
    • Being tortured by the Joker.
  • Composite Character: He has Tim Drake's name and intellect with Jason Todd's backstory, attitude, position as the second Robin, and The Joker ending his career as Robin.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Tim: I know the [American justice] system is bogus.
    Bruce: And how did you come to that well-thought-out conclusion?
    Tim: Watching you.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!:
    Batgirl: Your father left you all alone?
    Tim: Big deal. He's never around much anyway. I can take care of myself.
  • Guile Hero: In "Old Wounds", he helped convince Nightwing that Batman can change.
  • Domino Mask: A Robin staple. Slightly larger than normal, but really not that large.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
  • Grand Theft Me: Joker implants a microchip that eventually turns a middle-aged Tim Drake into a Joker clone in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
  • Heroic Build: As shown in the picture above, he's actually quite broad-shouldered for a thirteen-year old.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Was actually quite effective as Robin, and was very savvy about when Batman was out of control (as in Never Fear where he takes it upon himself to shut down a loose cannon Bats under modified fear toxin) and in Knight Time where he manages to talk Superman into playing Batman:
    Superman: "For someone who's supposed to be a loner, you sure know how to pick a partner."
  • Kid Sidekick: Deconstructed, eventually.
  • Legacy Character: Steals one of Dick's old costumes and becomes the new Robin.
  • Mind Rape: In the opening scene of Return of the Joker, he gets molded into a "mini-Joker."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: has a breakdown in ROTJ, showing that he's tried not to think about it but he really regrets killing the Joker.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father runs off to save his own skin, and ends up dead.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The final event of his tenure as Robin have left him somewhat broken.
  • Street Urchin: An amalgam of his comic origins and those of second Robin Jason Todd. His father was a criminal who ended up on the bad side of Two-Face, and he quickly found himself an orphan, just in time to get far too deep in the middle of one of Batman's cases.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He looks exactly like the mugshot of his dad Steven "Shifty" Drake.
  • Teen Genius: He shares his intellect from the comics in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman through the fact that he's shown to have some interest in technology. In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker he even grows up to be a communications engineer.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: His pet name for Two-Face is Puke-Face.

    Alfred Pennyworth 

Alfred Pennyworth

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Voiced by: Clive Revill (first three episodes), Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ("The Last Laugh" onwards)
"Sounds as if the human race would become quite expendable. Except for butlers, of course."

The Wayne family's old butler, who is fiercely loyal towards Bruce, whom he sees as a surrogate son, especially since raised him after his parents' deaths. Alfred keeps a Stiff Upper Lip, even under the extraordinary circumstances imposed by his master's secret identity, though he can't help but make the occasional sarcastic quip about Bruce's unusual hobby.

Despite his unthreatening and quiet appearance, Alfred is also a former agent of the British Secret Service and has more than once proved he is quite capable of holding his own in fights.


  • Art Evolution: Subverted. Due to the revamp of B:TAS into TNBA, Alfred received a minor redesign through the changing of his eyes to black dots.
  • Battle Butler: On occasion. He's a former British secret agent and gets a few opportunities to utilize those skills in Batman's service.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's pretty darn cool, a magnificent example of the Servile Snarker, and dangerous when pushed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A quintessential version of the Servile Snarker, bonus in that he's actually deadpan as the trope originally implied.
  • Like a Son to Me: Alfred gives a double moment with a single line; in "Old Wounds," at Dick Grayson's college graduation he says that Dick is like a second son to him. Alfred is childless: His first "son" is Bruce Wayne.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Played with. Alfred and Frederick, an old compatriot of his, had been captured and injected with Truth Serum. When the serum starts to take effect, Alfred seems to be drunk off it. When Red Claw asks, "What's the second password?", he replies "The lion and the unicorn..." Turns out Alfred was faking inebriation as the password was exactly what he said.
  • Neat Freak: When he and Bruce briefly visit some run-down movie-store, Alfred tries his finger on the counter, reproachfully looks at the dirt it comes up with and then proceeds to wipe the counter clean (well, cleaner) with a cloth.
  • Nice Guy: One of the best examples comes in his last appearance in the DCAU, "Starcrossed", where he consoles Hawkgirl when the League vote whether to expel her from the League for being a mole and advanced scout for the Thanagarian Invasion. Alfred admits that whatever they decide, her decision to protect Earth and risk exile is proof enough for him that she is a hero and worthy of his trust.
  • No Hero to His Valet: While he remains unfailingly loyal through thick and thin, he also practically raised Bruce from childhood and taught him several of the tricks he would later come to use as Batman, with the result that he never fails to vocally criticize Batman to his face when he thinks it's needed and is practically the only person Batman cannot intimidate with his usual tricks.
  • Retired Badass: Former SAS soldier/high-ranking intelligence agent, who can not only defend himself against thugs, but also hold out against truth serum. He's a suprisingly good fighter, despite being aged, and has saved Batman before.
  • Secret Keeper: To the Batfamily
  • Servile Snarker: Just as snarky in animation as he is in the comics:
    Alfred: Why, you're the very model of sanity. Oh, by the way, I pressed your tights and put away your exploding gas balls.
  • Sophisticated as Hell:
    As they say on the streets, 'I ain't touching that one'.
  • Spot of Tea: As the most British of gentlemen, he frequently offers guests an actual 'spot of tea.'
  • Undying Loyalty: To Bruce.

Alternative Title(s): DCAU Batman The Animated Series Batman And Bat Family

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