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Easily the most famous of the Robins, Dick Grayson was the poster boy for Sidekicks in the Golden Age and Silver Age. With a similar backstory to that of his mentor, Batman (parents murdered by a racketeer who, unlike the mugger in some versions of Batman's origin, was brought to justice or died depending on which story you read), Robin was always there to provide lighthearted commentary and ask questions that the readers themselves are wondering.
Eventually, however, he grew out of his role as a sidekick, and began to argue with the Dark Knight over crime-fighting. This lead to him establishing himself as a solo hero, Nightwing, and became the leader of the Teen Titans, and after Bruce needed further time to recover after kicking Jean-Paul Valley (see below) to the curb, even took over the Batman role himself for some time. He then received a comic book series of his own, detailing his adventures in Gotham's sister city, Bludhaven (even more of a Crapsack World than Gotham). Blüdhaven has since been destroyed (twice!) and after a sojourn back in his Titans' base of New York, Nightwing has now officially moved back to Gotham, being back on good terms with his former mentor. In the wake of Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, Dick has since stepped up to the role as Gotham City's official protector, and has once again officially become Batman, this time with an open mandate. When Bruce came back, he even retained his role as Gotham City's Batman for one year of Comic-Book Time.
As of the New 52, Dick is back to being Nightwing. After operating in Gotham for a time, he moved to Chicago and set up a life there. However, Dick was captured and outed by the Crime Syndicate, and forced to fake his death. Working undercover in the spy organization Spyral, Dick operated as Agent 37 alongside Helena Bertinelli. After use of a mind-controlling satellite erases his outing from the minds of the world, and after taking down the darker sides of Spyral, Dick returned to being Nightwing. He'd go on to move to a new version of Bludhaven.
At the beginning of the "Beasts of Burden" story arc of Batman (Rebirth), Dick got shot in the head by the KGBeast. Upon recovering, it quickly becomes apparent that he had lost his memory beyond the deaths of his parents. Batman underwent increasingly desperate efforts to restore his partner's memory (up to and including showing him the moment he got shot), only to exacerbate the problem, resulting in Dick rejecting his past, abandoning the Bat-Family in disgust, and returning to Bludhaven to start his life anew as Ric Grayson, up to and torching his old hideout.
- created by: Bill Finger · Bob Kane · Jerry Robinsonfirst appearance: 1940, Detective Comics #38
Tropes associated with Dick:
- '80s Hair: A mullet which he thankfully cut.
- Acceptable Targets: In-universe, the neo-Nazis that Dick beats up in one chapter. It was good exercise.
- Accidental Pornomancer: Despite his reputation, he isn't really trying to be a Casanova.
- The Ace: Bruce has said, even to Dick's face, that not only has Dick come into his own using his teachings and excelling at them, but that he exceeds him in talents like leadership, and keeping contacts. Dick is often seen as probably one of, if not the, best connected character to major heroes like in the JLA and JSA and lesser known heroes like the Outsiders or Birds of Prey. He's been called "the linch-pin of the DCU".
- To drive the "linchpin" comment home: remember, this was one of the major reasons DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Dan Didio wanted to kill off Dick—because his death would send the biggest shockwave throughout the DCU. The other editors/writers convinced him to keep Dick alive, but the idea of how close he came, especially in light of what Dick's been doing lately, makes one shudder to think what would've happened if the decision had been pushed through. You really want to shatter the DCU? You don't target Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman—you target Dick Grayson.
- Further lampshaded in one issue of Teen Titans, where various Titans band together to take on a more dangerous Dr. Light. In Superboy's inner monologue, he marvels at how when Nightwing shows up, no one questions his leadership and everyone automatically follows his lead.
- And used in an issue of The Brave and the Bold, when he is able to convince every single superhero in the world to jump into a pocket dimension without questioning if it was necessary or if at least one of them should stay behind.
- All Up to You: Happened so often to him that when he left to be Nightwing, Batman couldn't succeed without him; Jason Todd and Tim Drake had to step up.
- When the Justice League was believed to be dead, Dick was appointed leader of the new team as part of Batman's contingency plan.
- And of course, Dick is the natural successor to the mantle when Bruce is out of commission.
- Aloof Big Brother: To Jason. It's something Dick regretted deeply after Jason died, which is why he made more of an effort to be a Cool Big Bro to Jason's successor, Tim Drake. It's also implied to be partly why Pre-Flashpoint Dick was never able to reach through to Jason after he came Back from the Dead Wrong — they never had a particularly close relationship and the manner of his revival caused Jason's resentment of Dick to be magnified.
- Amazon Chaser: One of his most prominent love interests is Starfire, a 7 ft alien princess. Most of his other love interests and crushes tend to be Action Girls who are at least as tall as he is.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: He has a bird motif as Robin and Nightwing, and both names are actually just outright the names of two types of bird, albeit an alien bird in the case of Nightwing.
- Arch-Enemy: Nightwing has had a number that qualify depending on his circumstances. During his tenure as leader of the Titans, it was Deathstroke (who also remains Dick's most persistent nemesis through the years.) During his time in Bludhaven, his main foe was Kingpin-expy Blockbuster. During his run as Batman, the title could go to either Professor Pyg or James Gordon, Jr. You could maybe qualify Two-Face as an arch enemy during his years as Robin as well.
- Ascended Meme: Dick has the best ass in the DC Universe. This was used at one point as a point of identfication by Midnighter.
- Audience Surrogate: Perhaps the greatest. One reason he's so popular is that fans want to be him.
- Awesome McCoolname: Nightwing. Just say it. Dick Grayson is a pretty cool name by itself.
- Badass Biker: As both Robin and Nightwing, he often rides a motorcycle alongside the Batmobile, though he has received his own Cool Car as well.
- Badass Normal: He doesn't have a superpower to his name but he was trained by Batman himself, so you better believe he's a massively skilled fighter and detective.
- Batman Grabs a Gun: He has broken the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, when he thought The Joker had killed Tim Drake and was taunting him about it. It didn't stick, but even so.
- Beard of Sorrow: He sports one for a time during The New Teen Titans after an argument with Starfire (who had been in an Arranged Marriage).
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Helena Bertinelli, after they had already slept together. And in New 52, with Barbara Gordon.
- Beta Couple: Him and Barbara Gordon.
- Betty and Veronica:
- During his run as Nightwing, Dick has had Unresolved Sexual Tension with two love interests: Hot Librarian and Childhood Friend Barbara Gordon and pragmatic Anti-Hero Helena Bertinelli. Both love interests have carried over to The New 52. Barbara even notes, a couple of times, that Dick is attracted to Helena because she's "dark and sour", though Dick doesn't quite agree. Funny enough, both have also been Batgirl, and have been part of the Birds of Prey.
- Also Starfire (Veronica) and Barbara (Betty). The first was an extraterrestrial princess descended from cats who had spent her adolescence in slavery. The second was the daughter (or niece and/or adopted daughter) of Gotham police commissioner James Gordon who had spent her adolescence earning a library science degree. Kory was emotionally open and naïve about life on Earth; Barbara was all about knowledge. Kory was a towering, buxom, barely-dressed supermodel who represented physical power and pleasure. Barbara at that point was paralyzed from the waist down and represented intellectual power and pleasure.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's one of the sweetest guys in the DC Universe, but if you manage to get him really angry, you will regret it.
- Big Brother Instinct: Used to provide the page pic. He is very protective of the other Robins, and of some other young heroes.
- Has this towards Tim Drake from pretty much the moment he becomes Robin. Part of the reason for this is that he feels responsible for Tim after what happened to Jason, who he wasn't really there for due to his fight with Bruce. To give you an idea of the level he takes this to, when he thought the Joker had killed Tim Dick beat him to death with his bare hands. The fact that Joker also mentioned Jason during that confrontation did not help.
- Especially pronounced towards Damian Wayne, who acted as his Robin during his tenure as Batman. Dick helps Damian develop into a better person and hero, which earns him Damian's fiercest loyalty.
- Even though he and Stephanie Brown/Spoiler/Robin/Batgirl don't particularly hang out much, he was upset deeply by her death and gave Bruce a What the Hell, Hero? rant because of it, and another to Barbara when she allowed her to go out into the field by herself and he was worried about her in a big brother kind of way.
- Big Brother Mentor: Provides the page pic. Again, he is this to the other Robins and, as a founding member of the Teen Titans, many other younger heroes.
- He tried to be like this with Jason before he died, but how effective he was depends on the writer. When he meets Jason for the first time, he helps him salvage a botched drug bust, gives him his old Robin uniform, and his number, so Jason could have someone to talk to.
- To Tim. After Jason's death, he felt he needed to be a more active presence in Tim's life.
- It's especially pronounced towards Damian where it eventually becomes a Promotion to Parent, as he was Dick's Robin during his tenure as Batman and was integral to Damian learning to value life. The Joker lampshades this calling Dick 'The Big Brother You Never Had' to Damian.
- This towards many generations of Titans, especially from the nineties onwards.
- He is very accommodating towards Cass' lack of verbal fluency and (perhaps due to his own highly physical background) can hold conversations without Cass needing to talk.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Happened to him a few times. Mainly when he was with the Titans.
- Breakout Character: Dick was originally suppose to be killed off in Infinite Crisis, but he was spared because he was considered the "heart and soul" of the DC characters.
- The Cape: Very much, as a direct counterpoint to Bruce himself.
- Cartwright Curse: In the New 52, Dick's love interests haven't been very lucky. Two women that Dick has slept with have died (one within the same issue she was introduced). Another love interest was the target of an attempted assassination. And then there's Barbara Gordon, who has been going through a Trauma Conga Line in her own book.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: He's the child of circus acrobats and is thus incredibly agile.
- The Charmer: Very much so, sometimes he doesn't even realize it.
- Chick Magnet: Starfire, Raven, Barbara Gordon, Bette Kane, Helena Bertinelli, and Supergirl are just a few of the many that are drawn to Nightwing. Power Girl and Black Canary seem to prefer him even over Batman, and the latter comments that he could "raise a pulse in a department store mannequin". And that doesn't include the seemingly endless parade of civilians who are attracted to him.
- Circus Brat: He still returns to the circus whenever they pass by Gotham and Bludhaven. He even ended up using his sizable trust fund to buy them out to save them from financial ruin.
- Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: As a spy, he's done this quite a lot, though usually for good reasons.
- Cool Car: While operating as Nightwing, Dick painstakingly built a high-performance vehicle that could "camouflage" itself with a variety of exterior shells. He blew it up less than a year later.
- Combat Parkour: Nightwing is quite flexible and agile because of his circus background.
- Combat Pragmatist: Especially as Nightwing, following in his mentor's footsteps, although Dick is always portrayed as somewhat more flamboyant than Batman, owing to being a better natural athlete.
- The Consigliere: To Bruce, in the New 52.
- Cuddle Bug: Relatively speaking, compared to the generally grim and gritty Batman cast. However, when he's stacked against the Teen Titans, or even some Justice Leaguers, he's often played as a lesser Batman: more of a leader and people person, but no less determined, driven, and perfectionist.
- Dark Is Not Evil: His name is Nightwing and he still excels at operating in the dark due to his time as Batman's sidekick, but there's a reason he's seen as one of the nicest guys in the universe. Just check out the rest of the trope list.
- Darker and Edgier:
- Whilst serving as Batman following Final Crisis, Starfire noted the change in Dick's demeanor from his time as Nightwing; specifically pointing out that as Nightwing, Dick's fighting style was more graceful, acrobatic and almost as if he were dancing. Dick's response was "Batman doesn't dance." Of course, this is a case of Depending on the Writer, as in the Batman books themselves, he was outright stated to be a lighter Batman.
- His portrayal in the New 52 shows him as somewhat more violent than before, and his costume is now red and black instead of black and blue, although this does have the benefit of putting all four of the Robins in red. With his move to Chicago post-Death of the Family, this actually decreased a fair amount.
- Deadpan Snarker: Probably the snarkiest hero in the DC Universe. Even as Batman, he can't help himself from cracking wise.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Dick rarely has anything but fond memories of his parents after their deaths, and he's lived a pretty amazing life under Batman's tutelage. At one point in his series, he even says that while he loves his parents and misses them everyday, being honest with himself, he wouldn't trade his new life to get his parents back, even though he knows Bruce would for either of them.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Before joining Sypral, Dick and Bruce engage in a hold-nothing-back sparing match with Dick emerging victorious.
- Domino Mask: Started the tradition of Robin wearing one and continues to wear one as Nightwing.
- Dual Wielding: Escrima sticks are Nightwing's Weapon of Choice.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: He gets happy endings in various different timelines, thanks to Convergence. In one timeline, he marries Barbara Gordon. In another, he's married to Starfire. And in yet another, he becomes Batman.
- The Face: He is most definitely the most socially competent hero of not only the Batfamily, but the entire DCU, being friends with nearly every hero and a few villains in the entire universe.
- Faking the Dead: After the events of Forever Evil.
- Female Gaze: Dick is probably the most frequently subjected to this of any character in the DCU. Hell, IGN ranked him at #1 on their list of the sexiest men in comics, and both the list and the comments considered it a no-brainer. Comics Alliance said the same.
- Fire-Forged Friends: In Nightwing Year One, Jason Todd didn't have a very good relationship with Dick. This is changed when the two end up in a situation where they save Alfred's life.
- The same happened for Damian as their partnership became more solid after each arc in Batman and Robin, to the point the other would be willing to save the other's life.
- Slowly happening with Helena Bertinelli in Grayson.
- Eventually became Vitriolic Best Buds with Tiger in the same series.
- Genius Bruiser: As befits somebody trained by Batman, he's both a highly trained intellectual and a lethally skilled fighter.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: Nightwing has led the Teen Titans, the Outsiders, and the Justice League. If he has a problem that's too big for him, he can call help from anywhere from Metropolis to Oa to Heaven or Hell.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Lampshaded in Batman: The Black Mirror. "I am a softy. And I do try to see the best in people... but that doesn't mean I'm stupid."
- Good Is Not Soft: One of the nicest guys in the DCU and capable of punching you through a wall.
- The Heart: He's the pillar of the Batfamily. And is called also the heart of the DCU because of how beloved he is both inside and out of it.
- Heartwarming Orphan: It's commented in-universe multiple times that he brought joy and color into Wayne Manor after Bruce took him in. Alfred describes it as "as if color had come to our monochrome lives."
- The Hero: While serving in the Teen Titans.
- Heroes Prefer Redheads: His two most frequent love interests (Starfire and Barbara Gordon) have this in common, as do Temporary Love Interests Cheyenne Fremont and Raya Vestri. Even both his Heterosexual Life Partners are redheads. Of course, this does not preclude him from hooking up with blondes or brunettes, however. He even lampshaded it in 52 after he flirts with Batwoman before learning he's not her type:"Redheads. What is it about redheads?""I got thing for crime-fighting redheads."
- Heroic BSoD: After he allows vigilante Tarantula to kill Blockbuster.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Wally West.
- I Have Many Names: Robin, Nightwing, Renegade, Batman, and Agent 37.
- I Have Your Wife: Played with when the Parliament of Owls try to manipulate him by planting a bomb in Damian's head and threatening to activate it if he crosses them. As of Nightwing Rebirth #1 the Parliament of Owls are unaware that their explosive has been removed. At one point, Dick has to remind himself not to overstep with them because then they might realise that Damian is no longer in danger.
- Important Haircut: Several times whilst serving in the Teen Titans.
- Incompatible Orientation: In Batman And Robin 2009, Dick expresses an attraction to Batwoman (Kate Kane), who is, of course, a lesbian.
- Indy Ploy: According to writer Fabian Nicieza, while Dick is smart (like most Bat-family members), what he excels at is "reflexive thinking", which is essentially this. While Batman is Crazy-Prepared, Jason is a Manipulative Bastard, Barbara is an Analyst, and Tim is all of the above, Dick excels at thinking on the fly.
- Informed Ability: Several official profiles state that Nightwing's martial arts specialty is Aikido. Apparently no one told the writers, because it's very rare for his fighting style to even remotely resemble it. Especially considering the fact that his signature weapons, dual escrima sticks, are quite literally named after a different fighting style.
- Interspecies Romance: With the alien super-heroine Koriand'r of Tamaran, aka Starfire, who he met as part of the Teen Titans. She was the first of his girlfriends that he was quite blatantly implied to have had sex with, they've been engaged at least once, and they were even almost married once as in, the only reason they aren't husband and wife is because fellow Titan Raven attacked the ceremony and killed the minister before he could complete it. Though they are drifted apart in modern continuity, both still remember and occasionally sleep with each other over their former connection.
- In-Series Nickname: During the Silver Age he was called "Robin-o" while with the Teen Titans, and during the Bronze Age was occasionally called "Batboy". He also goes by Dick rather than Richard in his civilian life.
- Jerkass: Bad writing often casts him as an egomaniac jerk. Especially prominent when he was on the Teen Titans, where he basically was their Batman.
- Junior Counterpart: Like Batman, his parents' deaths was his motivation to start crime-fighting, though even from his time as Robin to today, he still retains youthful energy and idealism that Batman lacks.
- Kid Hero All Grown-Up: One of the most famous comic book examples. He's been very successful transitioning from Batman's Kid Sidekick to an independent hero. See also Sidekick Graduations Stick.
- The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Dick has always been an unapologetic Superman fanboy. It sometimes annoys Batman, actually.
- The Lancer: When he isn't The Hero, he's this for the Bat-Family. If Bruce isn't the one leading them, Dick will most likely step in.
- The Leader: Unique in comics as Dick Grayson was one of the first teen sidekicks to lead his own team, and he became so good at it that by the time he became Nightwing, he was acknowledged as the most capable leader in the DC Universe! Seriously, even Superman has stepped aside to let Nightwing take command at times, and Batman has said that Dick Grayson has vastly surpassed him in terms of maintaining strong connections with virtually every superhero in the community.
- Legacy Character: All three of his identities.
- He was the first Robin. The rest, in order, are: Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne.
- He was the second Nightwing, preceded by either Superman (pre-Crisis) or an unknown Kryptonian (post-Crisis). Of course, he was the first Earth superhero who used the name. Followed by Power Girl, Jason Todd (briefly and unofficially) and Chris Kent.
- He was the third Batman. Preceded by Bruce Wayne and Jean Paul Valley, succeeded by Jim Gordon.
- Legacy Immortality: Invoked this during his tenure as Batman.
- Like a Son to Me: Bruce views him as one. Though modern stories make him more of a brother to Bruce.
- Like Brother and Sister: He's Platonic Life-Partners with Donna Troy. And he sees Supergirl as a little sister.
- Likes Older Women: A number of his love interests, most notably Barbara Gordon, are older than him, though the exact age difference often depends on the writer. In the New 52, he's confirmed to be 21 years old, which means that some of his love interests are likely to be older given their occupations, such as a bank executive, a high-ranking secret agent, and a matron of a girls' college.
- The Load: As Robin he usually subverts this, but not always. Let's just say there's a reason the Boy Wonder is sometimes called the Boy Hostage.
- Love Martyr: Is one of the very few people that genuinely supports and believes in Damian, which eventually pays off when Damian actually grows to respect and care for Dick, which begins to shape him in a much more heroic person then he was when introduced.
- Magnetic Hero: To the point where some believe his superpower is charisma. When he showed up to a fight with multiple generations of Teen Titans, Superboy noted how everyone instantly followed his lead. He also once convinced every hero on Earth, without question, to jump into a parallel dimension (saving them all). Batman even said it's one of the reasons he's proudest of Dick - unlike Bats himself, he can gain and keep allies. So essentially, he's "Batman with social skills." A fact that was commented on by everyone from Jim Gordon to the Joker when he took over as Batman.
- Meaningful Name: Applied via retcon in Night of the Owls. His surname "Grayson" refers to the Court of Owls, who fancied themselves the equalizing "gray" between the "white" aristocracy and "black" lower classes.
- Missed the Call: In the New 52, Dick missed a villainous call in his backstory. The Court of Owls wanted to make Dick into a Talon, but Bruce adopting him on the eve of his parents' deaths put him out of their reach.
- Morality Pet: All of the Robins are this, but Dick in particular is very special to Bruce. Being the "firstborn son" and all, he has helped Batman from being a far worse man, just by being there. In a fascinating example, Dick is also this to 10-year-old Damian Wayne.
- Mr. Fanservice: It's blatant and unrepentant, and it works and it's well-acknowledged in-universe, by a number of female superheroes, including but not limited to: Barbara Gordon, Black Canary, Supergirl, Power Girl, etc.
- Must Make Amends: Batman does this on Nightwing's behalf toward the tail end of The Joker's "Last Laugh" storyline: Batman doesn't want Nightwing to think of himself as a murderer.
- My Greatest Failure: Early on, it was Dick's failure during his Robin days to save an innocent from being killed by Two-Face. Later replaced by him "letting" Tarantula kill Blockbuster. He also blames himself partially for both the crippling of Barbara Gordon and the death of Jason Todd since both events happened when he and Bruce were on the outs. It's notable that he took a much more active role in the mentoring of Jason's replacement, Tim Drake and generally keeps a much closer eye on the other members of the Bat-Family since.
- Nice Guy: Thanks to having a relatively happy childhood before Bruce took him in.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Deathstroke and Red Hood have been on the receiving end of quite a few of these, from Dick.
- Oblivious to Love: Many of his seemingly platonic female friends actually have an unrequited crush on him. He's even been called "a factory for broken hearts" by Huntress.
- One Head Taller: Inverted; both of his main love interests (Starfire and Oracle) are taller than he is. Granted, by the time he actually slept with Oracle, she... aw, that joke's too tasteless even for this site. It's also been commented on that as the new Batman, he's significantly shorter than Bruce.
- The Paragon: Dick is often credited as being perhaps the most inspirational hero in the DC Universe. Even more so than Superman.
- Parental Abandonment: Like Bats, his parents are DEEAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!! He's had rough patches with Bruce as well, but have since become closer then ever with his adoptive father.
- Parental Favoritism: No doubt that out of all the Robins and Batgirls, Dick is the only one that Bruce treats as an equal, sometimes even trusting him with secrets with him that Alfred isn't privy to. Bruce also admits that he's the only one who has the right to talk back to him.
- Parental Substitute: Both Bruce and Superman fill this role for him, and he becomes one to Damian.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Is often portrayed with these when he doesn't have long hair.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Donna Troy. Considering his status as Mr. Fanservice and that she's the (sometimes twin) sister of Wonder Woman, this is pretty surprising.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In the 40's, 50's, and 60's. Even today, far wittier than his mentor is ever portrayed as. Even as Batman, Dick is still cracking wise, even at gunpoint.
- Power of Friendship: His greatest weapon. Sure, natural acrobatics and Batman-trained skills in combat and sleuthing are nothing to sneeze at, but no other hero in the DC Universe boasts the sheer number of allies he has. The guy has had his villains team up with him against bigger or badder foes. Why? Because he asked nicely.
- Prodigal Hero: Dick Grayson had a strained relationship with Batman for the closer part of a decade. After getting fired from his role of Robin, he assumed his own identity as Nightwing. He finally repaired his relationship with Bruce in the fittingly titled run Batman: Prodigal.
- Real Life Superpowers: Pretty much to the level of his mentor. Of all the traits on this list (Beauty, Intelligence, Skill, Charisma, Fame, Wealth, Physicality, Weaponry, and Luck) Dick has 9 out of 9. Where he differs from his mentor is that not many people believe Dick Grayson has physical powers (like the superstitious and cowardly believe about Batman)—however, Dick is so charismatic and dashing that people think he has Glamour powers. And that's not even getting to the fact that he's the greatest acrobat in the entire DC Universe.
- Really Gets Around: Depending on the Writer, he's either a regular Casanova, or a flirt who means well and is looking for a serious relationship.
- Real Men Cook: Dick may love cereal but he's a fair cook who already had some kitchen knowledge from his parents and gleaned more from Alfred. Tim is quite impressed by some of the meals Dick whips up while Dick is watching him.
- Relationship Revolving Door: His relationship with Barbara Gordon. Since the 90s, they've been an Official Couple, have broken up, and then later engaged. Said engagement was retconned when plans to kill off Dick were shelved. Since then, they've been Amicable Exes, up until the New 52, which has them as Childhood Friends with a heavy dose of Will They or Won't They? that occasionally ventures into Belligerent Sexual Tension territory.
- Shock and Awe: Courtesy of those shock sticks.
- Sidekick Graduations Stick: Do they ever. You'd think, with Bruce Wayne coming back, he'd stop being Batman and go back to being Nightwing, right? Not so much. However, as of DC's post-Flashpoint reboot, Dick once again resumes the identity of Nightwing.
- Simple Staff: Uses them as both Robin and Nightwing. Although, as Nightwing, he tends to favor Escrima sticks.
- Surpassed the Teacher: In some aspects. The Justice League and the Gotham PD seem to prefer him over Bruce. And he's the only one of the Batfamily who's capable of beating Bruce in a fair fight.
- Taking Up the Mantle: Ol' Dick is in the trope picture for this one. He first took up the Batman mantle temporarily once when Bruce was recovering from the Knightfall arc, and he did it again after Bruce "died" in Final Crisis and fighting Jason Todd for the title in Battle for the Cowl.
- Technicolor Ninjas: Played straight as Robin. Eventually subverted as Nightwing (his first two Nightwing costumes were bright blue and yellow, before he settled on black with a hint of blue).
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: His relationship with Starfire of Titans fame. He's only short relative to other superheroes, but she is almost two meters tall. More, counting her hair.
- Took a Level in Badass: Does this really need explaining, old chum?
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cereal. He's almost always seen eating it for breakfast, while doing research, and late at night. He once even considered ordering a Corn Flake pizza when he ran out in one issue.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Getting shot in the head by the KGBeast resulted in him losing his memories as a superhero. The Bat-Family's initial attempts to revive these memories only made things worse.
- True Love Is Boring: Why he's never going to settle down. Alternate continuities confirm that the only two women who have a chance of marrying him are Starfire and Barbara Gordon, both of whom he was engaged to in the main continuity at different points. Unfortunately, writers have gone to great lengths to make sure he seals the deal with neither of them.
- Starfire and him made it to the altar before a post-FaceHeel Turn Raven interrupted the ceremony before it could be completed, and their relationship never recovered from the emotional fallout of their would-be wedding. Even then, they still flirt and occasionally sleep together.
- See Relationship Revolving Door for how things are going with him and Babs.
- Underwear of Power: Probably what started all the Ho Yay Shipping is because he wore these without any other form of trousers.
- Unknown Rival: Shrike, a member of his Nightwing Rogues Gallery who claims to be his Arch-Enemy, but isn't even considered a threat.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Since the New 52 reboot, the Nightwing costume has changed no less than three times in less than 20 issues. The red suit, the red suit with finger and hip stripes, and finally the blue suit. Red Hood and the Outlaws even shows that Dick has many, many more Nightwing outfits, and that Jason's current suit (sans leather jacket) was originally Dick's.
- Urban Legend Love Life: As mentioned on the trope page, the perception of him Really Getting Around is mostly blown out of proportion to the actual number of women he's been involved with. Prior to the reboot, he'd probably slept with a grand total of four women.
- Weapon of Choice: His escrima sticks.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Anyone who works with Batman has this problem, but Dick had it really bad for a while. Fortunately, he is now recognized as Batman's closest ally and favored son.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Pre-Flashpoint, Dick's Robin costume featured shorts.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Kori. And Babs. Even after having been engaged to both of them. And now it seems to be heading towards this path with Helena. Dear god.
- Working with the Ex: Dick Grayson and either Starfire, Barbara Gordon or Huntress.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: Has had to do so when dealing with Spyral, Checkmate, the God Garden, and the Court of Owls. Sometimes playing them against each other.
- You Fight Like a Cow: Nightwing often keeps up a string of witty quips during a fight.
- Your Cheating Heart: An unfortunate side effect of writers having their own preferences with Dick's love interests, to the point that its a canonical case of Ship-to-Ship Combat. To wit:
- Dick slept with Barbara after she's paralysed by the Joker, only to reveal of her invitation to his and Starfire's wedding the next night. Barbara is understandably not amused and kicks him out.
- Then there's the time that Dick kissed Huntress in a new year's eve party after resuming his relationship with Barbara.
Roberta, the Girl Wonder!
Dick's first love interest where that interest went both ways—he'd previously had a crush on a disinterested school mate named Marjory Davenport—and where the girl was a fellow crime fighter. Mary only appeared in one story but her motivation, costume and even name had a distinct influence on the design on Bette below.
- created by: Jim Mooneyfirst appearance: 1950, Star-Spangled Comics 103, Robin: "Roberta, the Girl Wonder"
- '50s Hair: Mary's curled bangs, shoulder length waves and frequent chignons are emblematic of the early '50s and late '40s.
- Action Heroine: Mary was a much more effective crime fighter than her successor Bette.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: At school the redheaded Mary is always in the company of her two best friends, a black haired girl who always wears the letter "C" somewhere, and a blonde with a flipped bob. The only time shes seen without both of them while out of costume is in drama class which the blonde is not in.
- The Chick: She wore a dress and low heels to fight in, and her tool kit was disguised as a make-up compact. She at least had a good excuse for the compact as she often went undercover as an employee or such to make herself beneath suspicion while investigating.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After her single appearance she is never seen again, even during issues that take place at Dick's school where she is one of his classmates.
- Distaff Counterpart: "Roberta" was the first female Robin counterpart.
- Girls Have Cooties: Mary accuses Robin of this when his reaction to her responding to the Bat-signal the first time is to tell her that girls have no place as heroes. He obviously does not actually feel that way, and by the end of the night he actually accepts her assistance in tracking down a criminal whose only identifying feature is a unique ring and who is known to frequent a certain drive-in. Mary disguises herself as a waitress and keeps an eye out.
- Heroes Want Redheads: The start of Dick's long list of redheaded love interests.
- Magic Skirt: She never has any trouble running about rooftops and fighting crooks in that short skirt.
- Master of Disguise: Between the wigs, masks and her acting abilities Mary is able to talk to her own friends while in disguise without them recognizing her and no one puts together that her disguises as meek workers are actually the Girl Wonder after they get busted by Roberta and Robin.
- Master of Unlocking: After Robin turns away Roberta's help she picks her way into the Batmobile and hides in the trunk until he arrives at his destination to calmly knock on the lid to get him to let her out. She did warn him she wouldn't be turned away for such a dumb reason as girls shouldn't be heroes, they live in the DCU for crying out loud.
- Self-Made Woman: Mary didn't need anyone's help becoming a hero, once she'd decided she was going to be one she started studying criminology, chemistry, math, and detective work while starting a vigorous training routine. She also converted her small at home dark-room into a crime lab, sewed her own costume and created her own gadgets including smoke and explosive pellets, a disguised radio, disguised first aid kit, and hidden camera.
Flamebird / Hawkfire
Mary Elizabeth "Bette" Kane
Was a love interest for Dick as "Bat-Girl" Pre-Crisis and when reintroduced retained a seemingly permanent crush on Dick which he did not reciprocate.
- created by: Bill Finger · Sheldon Moldoff · George Pérezfirst appearance: 1961, Batman #139
Batgirl I / Oracle
Barbara Joan "Babs" Gordon
She and Dick have had a long on and off again relationship with Dick having a crush on her while she was still Batgirl. At one point they were even engaged. As Oracle and Nightwing they know each other well enough to have trust and witty banter over com lines and in-person.
- created by: Gardner Fox · Carmine Infantinofirst appearance: 1967, Detective Comics #359
His girlfriend in college while attending Hudson University. Her existence post-Crisis is never confirmed.
- Created By: Bob Rozakis · Al MilgromFirst Appearance: 1975, Detective Comics #450
- Damsel in Distress: Dick has to save her from her ex after he kidnaps her with the intent of disfiguring her.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: One of her art class classmates.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Though unfortunately paired with her bad character judgement it doesnt amount to much.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Her boyfriend prior to Dick turned into a supervillain, she broke up with Dick after misinterpreting his desire to find to killer of a fellow student to being him not having any compassion for the dead student, and her boyfriend after Dick was a supervillain.
Princess Koriand'r of TamaranOne of Dicks Teen Titans teammates they began dating and were engaged though their wedding was interrupted by a fellow teammate gone bad and their relationship went to on off status like his relationship with Barbara.
- Created By: Marv Wolfman · George PérezFirst Appearance: 1980, DC Comics Presents #26
- see Starfire
Helena BertinelliThey had an on and off again relationship until Helena became close friends with Barbara Gordon, after which she dropped that part of her relationship with Dick out of respect for her friend.
- Created By: Joey Cavalieri · Joe StatonFirst Appearance: 1989, Huntress #1
A fashion designer who is friends with Dick and has a tryst with him. She happens to be a metahuman but has no interest in becoming a superhero, preferring a normal life.
- Created By: Bruce Jones · Joe DoddFirst Appearance: 2006, Nightwing Vol 2 #118
- Heroes Want Redheads: Dick certainly does.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She hides the fact that she is a metahuman and does not like using her abilities.
- Secret Keeper: She finds out Dick is Nightwing.
Once the assistant of the Pigeon back when Dick Grayson was Robin, Shawn eventually got out of prison and formed a reformation group in Bludhaven, which led her to a more romantic encounter with Nightwing after he moved to Bludhaven.
- Created By: Tim Seeley · Marcus ToFirst Appearance: 2017, Nightwing Vol 4 #10
- Poor Judge of Character: She trusted the Pigeon to not commit art-related crimes after her release, which of course proved to be wrong.
- created by: Bill Finger · Bob Kanefirst appearance: 1939, Detective Comics #27
See Batman - The Character
- created by: Bill Finger · Bob Kanefirst appearance: 1940, Batman #1
See Batman Supporting Cast or Catwoman
- created by: Bob Kane · Jerry Robinsonfirst appearance: 1943, Batman #16
See Batman And Bat Family
Robin II/Red Hood II/Red Robin II
Jason Peter Todd
- created by: Gerry Conway · Don Newtonfirst appearance: 1983, Batman #357
See Robin or Red Hood: The Lost Days
Robin III/Red Robin III
Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake-Wayne
Over time Dick became a big brother to Tim in all but name, and after Tim was orphaned and had his attempts to avoid becoming a ward of the state negated, Bruce adopted him and Tim became Dick's second official little brother.
- created by: Marv Wolfman · Pat Broderickfirst appearance: 1989, Batman #436
See Robin or Robin (Series)
Batgirl II/Blackbat/Orphan II
Cassandra "Cass" Cain
Dick's adoptive sister and the biological daughter of the assassins Lady Shiva and David Cain. Dick is the only member of the family who doesn't have trouble communicating with her while she is still relying on body language and still learning to speak.
- created by: Kelley Puckett · Damion Scottfirst appearance: 1999, Batman #567
See Batgirl or Batgirl (2000)
The biological son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, Damian is Dick's youngest adoptive brother. After Bruce's death, Dick became a father figure for Damian and was the one to really start getting through to him about the no-killing rule and the value of life after the boy spent his formative years being raised as an assassin. Dick was the one to make Damian Robin in the wake of Bruce's death, displacing Tim from the role.
While Damian would go on to work under his father, he and Dick maintain a close bond, and Damian respects Dick as a fellow hero and brother.
- created by: Grant Morrison · Andy Kubertfirst appearance: 2006, Batman #655
See Robin or Robin: Son of Batman
Bludhaven Police Department
Officer Amy Marie Rohrbach
One of the few honest cops in Bludhaven and Dicks partner while he was on the force.
- first appearance: 2000, Nightwing Vol 2 #48
- Fair Cop: Good cop who is easy on the eyes.
- Good Parents: To her children Justin and Emma.
- Happily Married: To her husband Jim.
- Secret Keeper: She learns that Dick is Nightwing, and while she has him turn in his badge since he is violating his oaths, she keeps his secret.
Chief Phillip "Phil" Aswal AddadA Captain of homicide in the Bludhaven Police Department.
- first appearance: 2000, Nightwing Vol 2 #41
- By-the-Book Cop: He is eternally frustrated with murder investigations going nowhere due to his crooked colleagues, underlings and superiors.
- Da Chief: That's his job and he's one of the few on Bludhaven's police force actually trying to do it.
Inspector Macklin "Mac" Arnot
One of Dick's fellow rookies who immediately gets an inspector job due to having recommendations "from all the wrong people".
- first appearance: 1999, Nightwing Vol 2 #33
- Dirty Cop: He got through the academy already there with a juvenile record and as son in law to Gotham criminal Jimmy Navarone he made plenty of connections. Barbara and Dick note he never would have been able to become a cop someplace less corrupt than Bludhaven.
- Sudden Name Change: Is he Mason or Macklin?
The superintendent of the Bludhaven apartment Dick moved into when he moved to the city.
- first appearance: 1996, Nightwing Vol 2 #2
- The Faceless: At first every time Dick speaks with her she is hidden behind a door or other object, it makes Dick briefly mistake one of her friends for her when he does see her since he hadn't mentally pictured her Irish accent from someone of such noticeable Chinese decent.
- Funetik Aksent: Her strong Irish accent, as she's a recent Irish immigrant, is spelled out in her speech bubbles.
- Hospital Hottie: She's going to medical school in Gotham so she's well on her way to becoming one.
- Overalls and Gingham: She's no farmer but her favorite outfit seems to be overalls frequently paired with a baseball cap to note her practical and tomboyish leanings.
A super strong and durable Bludhaven crime boss.
- created by: Gardner Fox · Carmine Infantinofirst appearance: 1965, Detective Comics #345
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Once he learns Nightwings secret identity he starts killing off the people in Dicks life.
- Arch-Enemy: For Nightwing in his solo series (While Dick was Robin the position was filled by Two-Face, and everywhere else it is Deathstroke)
- Asshole Victim: When Tarantula killed him.
- Break the Badass: After he figures out Nightwing is Dick Grayson he starts killing everyone Dick interacts with, including everyone in Dicks apartment building. This somewhat backfires on him as it leads to Dick stepping aside when Tarantula comes to kill Blockbuster. Nightwings * Heroic BSoD only gets worse after this and Tarantula gets what she wants.
- Deal with the Devil: He makes a deal with Neron to regain his intelligence while maintaining his more dangerous enhanced body.
- Despair Gambit: His against Nightwing works a little too well.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Blockbuster loved his. And he makes Nightwing pay dearly for it when he indirectly causes her to have a fatal heart attack.
- Evil Is Bigger: Much bigger than Nightwing.
- Killed Off for Real: By Tarantula until Rebirth.
- Large and in Charge: He is quite big and leading his own gang.
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Desmond is mutated into a gargantuan humanoid form of muscle and is the most dangerous man around...in Bludhaven. Bludhaven has very little costumed crime and the few costumed crimals around are at best c-list of the Badass Normal variety. Outside of Bludhaven, Desmond is a C-lister himself that barely rates as a threat to the Hero or Villain community. This point is beautifully illustrated when Superman visits Nightwing and they both threaten Desmond to keep him from evicting tenants from one of the properties he owns. Desmond takes a swing as Superman who promptly stops the punch like it's being thrown from a 5 year old while Block Buster looks like he broke his hand. Supes then tells him not to start fights he can't finish. Interestingly, Desmond fully acknowledges his place in the pecking order and is content to be the the king of a small hill rather than shoot for the top of the mountain.
- Smug Super: In spite of his enhanced intellect Desmond is a bully who like throwing his weight around. For all of his schemes, he's nothing but a thug at heart an like lording over others. The problems is that it tends to make him arrogant or overconfident. Once when Superman visited Nightwing and the two of them threatened Desmond, Roland lost his cool and threw a punch at Supes. Superman stopped the punch with barely any effort while Desmond damn near broke his hand. As dangerous as a man who can pick up a truck can be, he doesn't hold a candle to a guy who can bench press mountains.
- Super Serum: What he and his brother before him took to become Blockbuster.
Lady Elaine Marsh-Morton
- first appearance: 1997, Nightwing Vol 2 #4
- Aristocrats Are Evil: She is an English noblewoman and a mercenary/assassin willing to murder innocent families who are tangentially related to her employers if said employer dies before paying her.
- Cool Mask: She wears a white domino mask with large lenses.
- Evil Brit: British murderer and assassin for hire.
- High Class Gloves: Lady Vic wears long red gloves.
- Katanas Are Just Better: While it is not the only blade she carries she does have and use one.
- The Musketeer: She carries and is proficient with daggers, some swords and her favored revolver.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Her Webley Service Revolver.
- first appearance: 1999, Nightwing Secret Files and Origins #1
- Dual Tonfas: What he wields a customized version of.
- Evil Counterpart: Exemplified by even his weapon of choice being a dark reflection of Nightwings escrima sticks sticks and Dick Graysons service baton.
- Evil Former Friend: A friend to Dick prior to traveling the world and receiving training from multiple former league of Assassin operatives as well as a Hong Kong criminal who goes by the Master.
- Hooks and Crooks: His customized tonfa have retractable hooks in them.
- Legacy Character: The second Shrike, the first trained him.
- Misplaced Retribution: Is looking for revenge against Dick for the first Shrike's death despite the fact that Boone very well knows he was killed by Two-Face. Dick did mess up their operation though.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Reinforced tonfa with retractable bladed hooks.
- Stock Ninja Weaponry: Tonfa and shuriken.
- Weapon of Choice: A pair of tonfa with retractable hooks.
- created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lylefirst appearance: 1992, Detective Comics #644
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by Roy Harper for his part in the destruction of a large part of Star City and the death of his daughter Lian.
- Legacy Character: The third Electrocutioner, following his brother's death.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: What happens when one goes from messing with Batman and Nightwing in Gotham and Bludhaven to being a key part of another villain's plan that destroys a large portion of Star City and kills Red Arrow's daughter while moving into the city gaining the ire and hatred of all the arrows.
A mouse themed thief who was part of Blockbuster's gang and has had run ins with Catwoman.
As of Nightwing (Rebirth) she is still a crook in a relationship with fellow criminal Giz but this time around is stated to have been trained by Catwoman herself and has joined a support group of villains called the Run-Offs trying to lead less criminally inclined lives who ask Nightwing for help when one of their own is accused of a murder he professes to have no knowledge of.
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Mouse
- The Cracker: She and Giz were initially hired by Blockbuster to track down Oracles location. They succeeded.
- My God, What Have I Done?: She and Giz were told that Graysons apartment building was empty when they were sent to blow it up. It wasnt.
- Official Couple: With Giz
- Spy Catsuit: She wears a grey one with a mouse themed mask, her DC Rebirth one is in green with armor worn over it.
Brendan Li (DC Rebirth)
A computer wiz who was a part of Blockbuster's gang.
In Nightwing (Rebirth) he maintains his tech savvy, pet squirrel and relationship with Mouse but has a background of being captured when trying to help his love free her mentor Catwoman from prison. He has joined a support group of villains called the Run-Offs trying to lead less criminally inclined lives and finally acquired a civilian name.
- The Cracker: He and Mouse were initially hired by Blockbuster to track down Oracles location. They succeeded.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He and Mouse were told that Graysons apartment building was empty when they were sent to blow it up. It wasnt.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: His omnipresent goggles contain a Heads-Up Display connected to the computer he carries in his backpack.
- Official Couple: With Mouse.
- Parrot Pet Position: His pet squirrel can usually be located riding on one of his shoulders.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In DC Rebirth his hair is a pastel pink and is never shown growing out or with any indication of naturally being a different color though it had been brown pre-Flashpoint.
A former pro-football player who never played a game after suffering injuries to both knees in a pre-season scrimmage. Hanrahan moved to Gotham and became a bouncer at Penguin's Iceberg Lounge and after he ended up being promoted to far less legal jobs under Penguin discovering his penchant for killing and became a free agent Blockbuster recruited him to his gang to kill Nightwing alongside fellow contract killers Lady Vic and Brutale who are not team players.
In Nightwing (Rebirth) he maintains his cowboy theme but his background of working for Penguin. He has joined a villain support group called the Run-Offs trying to lead a less criminally inclined life after being released from prison.
- first appearance: 1997, Nightwing Vol 2 #14
- Animal-Themed Superbeing: Horse themed supervillain.
- Bouncer: Worked as a bouncer for Penguin before Penguin helped him discover the money he could make as a contract killer.
- Career-Ending Injury: He had a promising career lined up before knee injuries took him off the pro field before his first game.
- Killed Off for Real: (Pre-Flashpoint) One of the confirmed fatalities when when the Brotherhood of Evil turned Blüdhaven into a nuclear wasteland.
- Nice Hat: Cowboy hat, in black and tan pre-Flashpoint and blue in DC Rebirth
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In DC Rebirth he wears an open red shirt with the arms torn off to show off the horse tattoo across his chest. Pre-Flashpoint he wore a black double-breasted shirt with a stylized horse head embroidered on it.
Juan-Andrés Santos Suarez (DC Rebirth)
A violent thrill seeking motorcycle rider who joined Blockbuster's gang and tried to kill Nightwing.
In Nightwing (Rebirth) he maintains his motorcycle, and red horned gear but his background is now as a former Gotham based street racer who was turned in to the GCPD by Batman alongside the rest of the underground ring of racers he was a part of due to the danger their thrill seeking riding posed for Gotham civilians. He has joined a villain support group called the Run-Offs trying to lead a less criminally inclined life and finally acquired a civilian name.
- first appearance: 2000, Nightwing Vol 2 #46
- Badass Biker: Illegal street racing biker capable of fighting Nightwing.
- Cool Helmet: His red helmet has four short golden horns and a skull painted on the faceplate. His DC Rebirth headgear is less helmety in order to better show his expressions and trades sensibility for a horse mane like mohawk and much longer horns.
- Hot Paint Job: His biker jacket in both continuities has designs to emulate fire.
- Motorcycle Jousting: How else would one expect a thrill seeker to approach combat with another motorcycle rider.
- Thrill Seeker: It's what has lead him to a criminal life in both continuities.
Aliki & Margot Marceau
French sisters who are circus acrobatic thieves.
- first appearance: 1999, Nightwing #32
- Bare Your Midriff: Their outfits as Double Dare
- Boyish Short Hair: Margot
- Braids of Action: Aliki keeps her hair in a long braid while dressed as a villain.
- Challenge Seeker: They are excited when they run into Nightwing as they think he may pose a challenge to them.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Their villain costumes do not include shoes, just their thigh highs.
- Thrill Seeker: Sister team Double Dare turned to crime in hopes of finding excitement and challenge.
- Opera Gloves: They wear long yellow gloves.
After her father committed suicide when he was cheated out of a patent on his new prehensile cloth creation she clothed herself in his invention and went about killing the three responsible.
- first appearance: 2000, Nightwing #48
- Better to Die than Be Killed: She invokes this with her actually faked death in order to avoid capture.
- Bound and Gagged: Essentially what her ability is used to do.
- Clothing Combat: Sylph had a shroud made of a special material that allowed her to suffocate her opponents or use it as a makeshift bungie cord to jump off buildings and land safely on the ground.
- Domino Mask: She wears a white one.
- Faking the Dead: She fakes her death in order to avoid capture.
- It's Personal / You Killed My Father: The only reason she becomes a criminal is to kill the men who ruined her father.
- Lady in Red: Her prehensile costume is red and fetish fuel friendly.
- Mummy Wrap: She does this to Nightwing.
Katherine Lynn Riordan
Formerly of the the Bludhaven police department along with a large number of others in her family. After she started to become an icon of clean good police work in Bludhaven the mayor became nervous about the potential such an individual backed by family might be and arranged for all 20 members of the Riordan family in the police force to come to a ceremony for recognition in order to kill them with an explosion. Katherine was the only survivor and became Hella to avenge her familys murder.
- created by: Chuck Dixon · Manuel Gutierrezfirst appearance: 2000, Nightwing 80-Page Giant #1
- Amnesiacs are Innocent: Averted. She lost some memories due to injuries caused by the explosion and she changes from one of the few good cops in Bludhaven to a vengeful murderer.
- Collared by Fashion: As Hella
- Of Corsets Sexy: As Hella she wears a Spy Catsuit with a top half that appears to be a leather corset over a red shirt.
- Guns Akimbo: She wields a gun in each hand.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Her Hella costume consists of thigh-high leather boots over a leather looking catsuit with a leather corset top
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Her Hella costume is red and black.
- Revenge: Obviously her motivation as Hella.
A former FBI Agent who chose to become a costumed hero and models herself after the first Tarantula, Jonathan Law of the All-Star Squadron a former Blüdhaven hero. Unfortunately instead of punching Nazis she used the identity to commit multiple murders, stalk Nightwing, sexually assault Dick Grayson while he was on a date, and eventually rape him after he fell into a near catatonic state. She really understands what it means to be a hero.
- created by: Devin Graysonfirst appearance: 2002, Nightwing #71
- Bare Your Midriff: Her costume has a large gap between the top of her pants and the bottom of her shirt.
- Domino Mask: She wears one.
- Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Nightwing issues 93-100 are often accused of this due to the fact that Tarantula and Nightwing appear to run away together after Tarantula rapes Nightwing. These issues were actually meant to depict Nightwing as being too deeply traumatized to assert himself as Tarantula bullies him from motel room to motel room, not minding that her querido is nearly catatonic.
- "Get out of Jail Free" Card: After Nightwing and Tad Ryerstad team up to bring her in for the murder of Delmore Redhorn her brother has her back out on the streets almost immediately
- Karma Houdini: After she rapes Nightwing she moves to Gotham and works with Batman.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: She finally gets killed after being conscripted into the Secret Six.
- Legacy Character: She is the third character to use the name Tarantula following the Golden Age hero and the Doctor Mid-Nite villain.
- Stalker with a Crush: Very much so, and she mostly gets what she wants out of it too somehow tricking Barbara into breaking up with Dick and then raping him.
- Wrong Assumption: She thinks that shes a hero.
A Marine biologist whose experimental attempts to repair a spinal cord injury left her as a human-orca hybrid. She has a generous nature at heart and was very charitable prior to her accidental transformation, she still shows signs of wanting to improve things for the underprivileged but is now quick to murder and steal to gain funds.
In Nightwing (Rebirth) she joined the recovering villain support group called the Run-Offs but left them feeling that she didn't fit and joined the gang the Whale's Enders returning to a criminal life.
- created by: Larry Hama · Scott McDanielfirst appearance: 2000, Batman #579
- Killed Off for Real: (Pre-Flashpoint) She was discovered dead in the Gotham Sewers apparently killed by a gun owned by Harvy Dent with her body partially eaten by Killer Croc.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: Initially could change between her limbed Orca and human forms before taking more of the serum which transformed her in the first place when dying of gunshot wounds.
- Shark Man: Orca lady.
A Teen Titans villain with a fixation on Dick.
A series of vigilante killers who have tussled with Dick both in costume and out. As the entire line (except The Vigilante, a cowboy themed WWII era hero) is a deconstruction of the Vigilante Man trope the fact that they're taking the law into their own hands and have become murderous criminals just like those they're hunting means they do not get along with DC's traditionally legally approved superheroes who have to do everything they can to avoid killing in order to maintain their legality.
A childhood friend of Dick's from Haley's Circus, Raymond was taken by the Court of Owls to become a Talon. While their first choice was Dick himself, his adoption by Bruce Wayne forced them to go for their second choice. Raymond washed out of the program, being left for dead, which was also when his eyes were pecked out. He arrives in Gotham just as the Court of Owls started their war with Batman, and is intent on killing Dick Grayson
- Death Faked for You: His death was faked by the Court of Owls so they could bring him in and train him as a new Talon.
- Evil Former Friend: Was a friend of Dicks when they were both children in the circus.
- Misplaced Retribution: Claims that Dick Grayson is the worst killer
evarghever and tries to kill him, along with everyone else in the circus at the time. Except: 1. Dick couldn't have possibly known about the Court of Owls (Batman himself didn't know about their mere existence, let alone their methods) 2. Dick was in mourning and had found a kindred spirit who could help him achieve his goals (good old vigilante justice) 3. Dick didn't kill him 4. The audience has nothing to do with this. If anything, he should be going after the Court, given his knowledge.
- Ungrateful Bastard: When Dick saves him from falling to his death. He would rather die than be saved by him.
Richard (last name unknown)
Raptor is a thief, outlaw and former close fiend of Nightwing's mother Mary Lloyd. Later in his life, he became a wanted thief and outlaw around the world, allying himself with Kobra and positioned himself as a double agent within the Parliment of Owls for Kobra, being Nightwing's appointed partner within the cabal and seemingly an ally before later betraying his trust.
- Feel No Pain: Having contracted Leprosy as a kid, Raptor's body was ravaged by the full effects of the disease, making his skin harden with callouses and his nerve endings go numb that, later in life, allowed him to fight without feeling any pain.
Beatrive "Bea" Butler
Beatrice "Bea" Butler, known as Pigeon, was the mentor to Defacer and a known "art terrorist".
Kemper Von Cart
Goode Ole Bernie
Goode Ole Bernie was an American assassin hired by Prince Balsik of Kravia to murder Dick Grayson, who had discovered that the brutal dictator might have been responsible for the deaths of his parents, who had been killed four days after Haly's Circus had performed in Kravia. Bernie confronted and fought Dick in Gotham City, but was ultimately beaten by him.
- Touch of Death: Goode Ole Bernie picked up in Asia a "little trick" called the "Death Touch", which he demonstrated on Prince Balsik's secretary Budolph.
Dudley "Deadly" Soames
Inspector Dudley "Deadly" Soames was the most corrupt cop working in the Blüdhaven Police Department before a near-death experience at the hands of Blockbuster left him with his head rotated 180 degrees. Experimental drugs and therapy restored his mobility, but left him a freak. He then became a supervillain called Torque.
- Calling Card: Torque leaves palindromes on the bodies of his victims.
- Dirty Cop: Before being turned into a supervillain, Soames was the chief of polices errand boy. As such he acted as a fixer, hitman, problem-solver, and underworld relations officer.
- I Have Yor Wife: Expecting that his relationship with Blockbuster was about to sour, Soames held Blockbuster's mother hostage as a bargaining chip. To say this ended badly for him would be an understatement.
- Nail 'Em: Soames sometimes uses a modified nail gun as his personal firearm.
Thaddeus "Tad" Ryerstad
Tad Ryerstad was a self proclaimed vigilante of Bludhaven. He'd prowl the streets every day and deal 'justice' to those who do wrong. In reality, Tad is a thug who never listens to reason and merely beats often innocent people. He spent his spare time reading comics that "The Tarantula" had sold to him, thus causing him to take upon the title of "Nite-Wing".
Brutale is Guillermo Barrera, a South American assassin born in Hasaragua. His specialty is throwing knives. Prior to becoming a supervillain, he was a member of his country's secret police, until a revolution forced him to flee. Barrera moved to Bludhaven where he could sell his services, and adopted a gargoyle costume. This made him an enemy to the vigilante Nightwing.
- Former Regime Personnel: Brutale was a top-level interrogator/torturer for the secret police in the Latin American country of Hasaragua.
- Knife Nut: Is an expert with all forms of knives and blades, being able to both fight superbly and inflict horrible pain on his victims. He has a variety of scalpels, throwing knives and other razor keen blades that he utilizes.
Mary Tanner's mother often used illegal, highly experimental drugs to get high, and Mary was born with metahuman powers that gave her leather-like skin and claws. At the age of sixteen, she had become the leader of a human trafficking group, smuggling illegal immigrants back and forth between Mexico and the United States.
- Wolverine Claws: her fingernails are long, catlike claws.
Buckley Mellons criminal career goes back to his early days in the Willeford Park area of Blüdhaven. While on a work release from Lockhaven Prison, Buckley worked for the Tastylinks Sausage Company. It was there he ingested an experimental cocktail of genetic material and hormones intended for meat-producing livestock. This resulted in an horrifying transformation that altered Mellon in an amazing (and amazingly repulsive) way. His body now appears to be composed of ground meat.
- Bad Powers, Bad People: It's hard to imagine a superhero whose entire physiology is made of living tissues with the same general properties as ground pork.
- Big Eater: Mellon was always this. This is what led to him consuming the bizarre cocktail that transformed him into Meathead.
- Fat Bastard: Grossly overweight even before he gained his powers, Meathead is a big, dumb, confident, relentless scary thug.
- Feel No Pain: His Healing Factor allows him to repair any damage without discomfort or incapacitation. For instance a huge, gaping hole in his chest from a shotgun blast doesnt feel painful to him or slow him down.
- Flies Equals Evil: Meathead smeels, and there are flies around him and sometimes he even has maggots.
- Healing Factor: His metabolism allows him to repair any damage without discomfort or incapacitation. For instance a huge, gaping hole in his chest from a shotgun blast doesnt feel painful to him or slow him down.
- Pulling Themselves Together: Each part of his body functions independently from the rest.
A fire controlling mercenary, hired by Pierce brothers to kill Cheyenne Freemont.