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.
He went to live a normal life as a taxi driver. However, his necessity to fight crime eventually led to him returning to crime fighting, even teaming up with a group of vigilantes that used old Nightwing equipment to fight crime. During the The Joker War bat-event, he was kidnapped by the Joker and brainwashed into a crazy minion named Dicky Boy who proceeded to kidnap Barbara Gordon to kill her in combat inside an arena. He was defeated and cured of his brainwashing with the help of his current girlfriend but lost all of his memories as Ric Grayson and returned to lead the Bat-family while Batman fought the Joker.
- Created by: Bill Finger · Bob Kane · Jerry RobinsonFirst appearance: 1940, Detective Comics #38
Tropes associated with Dick:
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
See Batman and Bat-Family
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
See Batgirl, Birds of Prey or Oracle
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 but their wedding was interrupted by a fellow teammate gone bad and their relationship went to on-and-off status like his relationship with Barbara.
- Created By: Marv Wolfman · George PérezFirst Appearance: 1980, DC Comics Presents #26
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
See Batman: Supporting Cast or Huntress
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
- Action Girl: Naturally, being a former supervillain sidekick-turned-occasional superheroine.
- Battle Couple: Moreso than any other previous love-interest, besides Starfire and Barbara.
- Casual Kink: She makes a comment to Dick that she'd like to be spanked.
- Distaff Counterpart: Like Dick, she's the former teenaged sidekick of a flying animal-themed super-being who has grown up and decided to make a name for herself. The only difference is their gender and morality.
- Foil: She's this to Dick. She's a former teen sidekick, but she was this to a supervillain, not a hero, and as a result she didn't get a great start on life like he did in comparison.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: When they break up, Shawn ultimately decides this.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's more than just eye-candy, but she's a very attractive woman who spends more than a few appearances either in short-shorts, her underwear, or a form-fitting spandex leotard. It's balanced out by the fact Dick is almost always in a similar lack of dress in the same scenes.
- Pregnancy Scare: She and Dick briefly believe that she might be pregnant when her period is late. Turns out to be a false alarm, but it leads to things getting very terse between them.
- Poor Judge of Character: She trusted the Pigeon to not commit art-related crimes after her release, which of course proved to be wrong.
- Third-Option Love Interest: Serves as this, when contrasted against Barbara and Kori.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's a cute tomboy, as seen by her dress sense, but she's shown a few times wearing frilly panties, giving her a very feminine taste in underwear. She also gets a Girliness Upgrade when she swaps her Civvie Spandex for a leotard.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: She regularly wears short-shorts when in 'casual' gear, especially when around the house.
- Created by: Bill Finger · Bob KaneFirst appearance: 1939, Detective Comics #27
See Batman (The Character)
A love interest of Dick's adoptive father Bruce, she and Dick once made out in the middle of a firefight. Despite that, he generally doesn't see her as a love interest, at least not one for himself.
- 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 Red Hood
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 Addad
A 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.
- Adaptational Villainy: Prior to Flashpoint Acheron was a powerful member of the supernatural community that mostly avoided fights unless they came to him and hung out at the Oblivion Bar, but he was unquestionably a good guy and had been an ally of Shadowpact. In The New 52 he's an evil demon.
- Weaksauce Weakness: If Acheron makes contact with the symbol that summoned him, he will immediately be transported back to Hell.
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.
- Legacy Character: He took the Blockbuster identity after the death of his brother Mark Desmond.
- 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.
Violet Parris and Thomas Larson
A pair of spree killers who decided to have a body count competition as their pre-wedding celebration. Dick put a stop to it but not before they had murdered many innocents, including several people Dick was familiar with.
- Created by: Marv Wolfman, Dan Jurgens & Jamal IgleFirst Appearance: Nightwing Vol 2 #128, 2001
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.
- First Appearance: Nightwing Vol 2 #22, 1998
- 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.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: He was reintroduced in the post-Flashpoint continuity as an enemy of Blue Beetle.
Burnback is a creature made out of pure flames responsible for multiple arsons across the city of Bludhaven.
A Teen Titans villain with a fixation on Dick.
- First Appearance: The New Teen Titans Vol 1 #2, 1980
An evil version of Dick Grayson from an alternate timeline.
- Created by: Marv Wolfman, Tom Grindberg, Tom Grummet & Al VeyFirst appearance: 1991, New Titans Annual #7
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.
- 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.
Zane was a member of Haly's Circus and childhood friend of Dick Grayson and Raya Vestri.
- Created by: Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows & Eduardo PansicaFirst appearance: Nightwing #3
- Agony Beam: Can send radio frequencies into the brain to excite emotions in the target causing them to feel horrible amounts of pain and suffering.
- Emotion Control: Feedback's telepathic implant allows him to excite emotions in his targets.
- Mind Probe: Due to an implant which granted him telepathic powers, Feedback can send radio frequencies into the brain to excite emotions in the target causing them to feel horrible amounts of pain and suffering.
- Professional Killer: Is a contract assassin.
A fire controlling mercenary, hired by Pierce brothers to kill Cheyenne Freemont.
- Created by: Bruce Jones & Robert Teranishifirst appearance: 2006, Nightwing #123
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.
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.
- First Appearance: Nightwing Vol 1 #1, 1995
- 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.
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.
Jacob de Witt
Jacob De Witt was one of the first judges of Blüdhaven. After having sentenced a wrong person, he was tied up and thrown into the sea to drown. But for reasons still unknown, the sea made him blind but with the ability to see corruption in the hearts of the people around them.
Lady Elaine Marsh-Morton
An amoral English noblewoman who has managed to prevent the foreclosure and loss of her familys ancestral lands by working as a determined and proficient assassin.
- 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.
- Lady of War: Lady Vic is a villainous version of this trope. Lady Elaine Marsh-Morton is descended from a long line of British soldiers and mercenaries, and a genuine English aristocrat. The money she earns from her secret career an assassin, bounty hunter, and mercenary helps prevent foreclosure on her impoverished family estate. She uses the vast collection of weaponry from the world accumulated by her ancestors as her personal arsenal.
- The Musketeer: She carries and is proficient with daggers, some swords and her favored revolver.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Her Webley Service Revolver.
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.
- First Appearance: Nightwing Vol 2 #62, 2001
The young Mali was once one of Mad Hatter's favorite obsessions. Kidnapped into doing his mind controlled bidding as his 'Alice' she was shot by the hatter. cursed with a condition called "personality slipping". Mali relies on a rare drug called Kanium to balance her mind she does whatever she needs to to get a constant supply of it.
- First appearance: 2013, Nightwing #19
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.
- Created by: Chuck Dixon & Staz JohnsonFirst appearance: 2001, Nightwing #62
- 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 = Evil: Meathead smells, 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.
- No-Neck Chump: Mellon was grossly overweight and had no visible neck even before he gained superpowers. Now his body has the consistency of ground meat and is unchanging, he will never have a neck.
- Pulling Themselves Together: Each part of his body functions independently from the rest.
Mister Minos is actually three different androids masquerading as the same person. He was a mole created by Checkmate to infiltrate Spyral and eventually rose to becoming it's leader.
- The Blank: Has no visible facial features.
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: The Mouse.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her Pre-Flashpoint catsuit exposed her midsection. It's more covering during Rebirth.
- 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.
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".
- First Appearance: Nightwing Vol 2 #8, 1997
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.
- Created by: Kyle Higgins & Andres GuinaldoFirst appearance: 2011, Nightwing #2
- Bad Boss: Murders his underlings without a second thought when they change their minds.
- Enhanced Archaic Weapon: Uses an electric whip as a weapon.
- Frame-Up: Murdered his henchmen with an escrima stick in order to frame nightwing for their deaths.
- Vigilante Man: A murderous vigilante targeting other vigilantes.
- Whip It Good: Uses an electruic whip as a weapon.
Beatrice "Bea" Butler
Beatrice "Bea" Butler, known as Pigeon, was the mentor to Defacer and a known "art terrorist".
- First Appearance: All-Star Comics Vol 1 #67, 1977 (as Pigeon Person)
Kemper Von Cart
- First Appearance: Nightwing Vol 1 #1, 1995
Jace Lorens/Cunningham/Richard (last name unknown)
The original Raptor was a married Pharmaceutical Tech named Jace Lorens who fought Nightwing in Bludhaven. After his death his name and flightsuit were taken by another villain named Cunningham. The Prime Earth version of the character is very different in backstory, tools used and threat level.
A Romani thief and friend of Mary Grayson's, Raptor was exiled from his home once it was found he had leprosy. He befriended Mary Grayson and worked in Haley's Circus for a time as its clown, and has been watching Dick Grayson since he was a boy. Once Dick returns to his Nightwing role, Raptor takes a more hands-on approach in mentoring. He believes that Bruce Wayne corrupted Dick, and that he and he alone can make Dick into the hero his mother would've been proud of, and make him embrace his heritage.
Raptor utilizes Suyolak, a gauntlet which gives him whatever he needs to solve a situation. He targets the rich, and fancies himself a modern Robin Hood.
- First Appearance: Nightwing Vol 2 #125, 2006
- Killed Off for Real: Jace died in Nightwing 126 due to his own suit's radiation, and his wife was murdered shortly thereafter.
- Powered Armor: Jace uses a powered armored flight suit, that had been in development by Lexcorp, that includes weaponized gauntlets that shoot napalm.
- Arch-Enemy: To Nightwing in Rebirth, eclipsing the recently-revived Blockbuster, who went under a bout of Adaptational Heroism and was nominally allied with Dick during the run.
- Badass Normal: Much like Dick himself, who he's shown to be match of.
- The Casanova: Is shown to be quite the charmer.
- Clothes Make the Superman:
- His gauntlet Suyolak is his best tool. It will literally give him whatever he needs to win.
- He also very briefly wore Deathstroke's Ikon Suit, which creates a type of force field powerful enough to shrug off a punch from Superman and is powered by kinetic energy. However, because he lacks Deathstroke's enhancements, he can't power the suit as well, and he's forced to abandon it once it becomes irradiated.
- Cool Plane: Buteo, a sort of hover-copter.
- The Corrupter: Tried to be this to Dick, but it didn't take, since Dick is arguably more Incorruptible Pure Pureness than even Bruce.
- The Dragon: Acted as this to the Parliament of Owls, after offing Lincoln March.
- Dragon with an Agenda: He was actually working to destroy the Owls.
- Evil Counterpart: To Dick and Bruce. Like Dick, he's a playful acrobat, charming and likes improvising his plans. Like Bruce, he mentors Dick, works in the shadows and uses fear as his weapon, and utilizes very long-term plans. He even compares himself to Batman. Oh, he also hates rich people and is willing to kill.
- Evil Mentor: Played this role to Dick at first. He tried to make Dick come into his own, outside of Batman, but did so by having Dick make more and more morally questionable decisions.
- 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.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has leprosy, and has scarred hands to prove it.
- Just Like Robin Hood: He and Mary were this in their younger days, and he still partakes in these types of activities sometimes.
- Killed Off for Real: At the end of Tim Seeley's run.
- Older Than They Look: He's drawn like a man in his thirties, but he has to be at least in his mid-forties as contemporary of Dick's mother.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: He's known that Bruce Wayne is Batman and Dick is Robin/Nightwing/Batman for a long time (and later discovered that Barbara Gordon is Batgirl), but he hasn't told anyone. He's not averse to threatening to, however, once they find out he does know. Eventually, Spyral removes the knowledge from his mind.
- Stalker with a Crush: For Dick's mother, Mary Grayson.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: They're gold, but yeah.
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.
Shox is the right-hand man of Terrence Clark, a booking agent for contract killers in the Southwest.
- Created by: Kyle HigginsFirst appearance: 2012, 'Nightwing 6
- Clothes Make the Superman: All of his powers stem from his robotic suit.
A member of Blockbusters gang and former friend to Dick Grayson.
- 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: Bruce Jones & Robert TeranishiFirst appearance: 2006, Nightwing #124
- Shock and Awe: Can control electricity.
- Created by: Kyle Higgins & Trevor McCarthyFirst Appearance: Nightwing Vol 3, #4 2012Universes: The New 52
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.
- Created by: Chuck Dixon · Greg Land
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.
- Lady in Red: Her prehensile costume is red and fetish fuel friendly.
- Master of Threads: Sylph is the daughter of a man who was cheated out of the patent on a 'miracle fabric' named Achilloron which he had created. She clothed herself in the fabric and set about killing the men she believed drove her father to suicide. Achilloron responds to electrical impulses, allowing it's tentacle-like appendages to be used as tools or weapons.
- Mummy Wrap: She does this to Nightwing.
- Single Substance Manipulation: Sylph can mentally manipulate an experimental prehensile cloth, the murder of its creator, her father, has made it so that the intended method for normal people controlling it is all but lost.
- You Killed My Father: The only reason she becomes a criminal is to kill the men who ruined her father.
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 not 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.
- Good Ol' Boy: Likes to project this image.
- 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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Is an unrepetant sexist.
- 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.
One of the many assassins of the same name for the Court of Owls, William Cobb was the first Talon the Court sent after Bruce Wayne, and Dick Grayson's great-grandfather.
- Dark Is Evil: Dresses in all black and he's a cold-blooded killer.
- Evil Mentor: Intended to make Dick his successor as assassin of the Court of Owls.
- Gruesome Grandparent: More like great-grandfather, but he's this for Dick Grayson.
- Legacy Character: He's merely the most famous user of the Talon moniker.
- Malevolent Masked Men: His signature owl mask.
- Obfuscating Insanity: When drafted by the Suicide Squad he pretends to be insane and only capable of saying "Who?". Only Red X has been able to see through the deceit.
- Older Than They Look: He was born in 1901, but the Court of Owls preserved has preserved him using electrum for whenever they needed him.
- Ominous Owl: This is his main motif and it serves him well.
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.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: Tarantula becomes leader of a street gang during War Games, not to stake out a territory for herself, but to keep its young members alive.
- 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.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tarantula really wants to help Bludhaven, and is perfectly fine executing crime bosses to do it.
- Wrong Assumption: She's a serial killer and rapist who actively contributes to systematic corruption and thinks that she's a hero, for her actions as a serial killer, and that her rape victim is her "lover".
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.
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.
- First Appearance: Nightwing Vol 2 #1, 1996
- 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 Your 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.
Adrian Chase | Alan Welles | Dave Winston | Patricia Trayce | Adeline Wilson | Dorian Chase | Justin Powell
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.
Dick has faced off against several of the various people to use the Vigilante name. His closest ties are to the Chase brothers, the elder of whom was the first Vigilante and regretted his choices by the time his vigilante activites got him killed, and Adeline Wilson who is the mother of Dick's friend Joey and the ex-wife of Deathstroke.
- First Appearance: The New Teen Titans Vol 1 #23, 1982
Wyrm is the leader of the Dark Net