Throughout the years, there have been a few people that have taken the mantle of Robin.
Bold indicates current identity.
For Dick Grayson and the characters that appear in Nightwing, see here. For pre-Flashpoint Tim Drake (Robin III/Red Robin) and the characters who primarily appear in Robin Series and Red Robin, see here. For Stephanie Brown (Robin IV/Batgirl III), see the Batgirl page.
Easily the most famous of the Robins, Dick Grayson was the poster boy for Sidekicks in the Golden Age and Silver Age. Dick Grayson was part of the Flying Graysons act of Haly's Circus alongside his parents. A skilled acrobat, he watched his parents fall to their deaths after the circus' owner refused to pay a criminal's protection money. Bruce Wayne, seeing a common connection with the boy, took him in and raised Dick as his ward. Dick would eventually become his sidekick, Robin. During this time, Dick would also form the Teen Titans alongside Kid Flash (Wally West), Speedy (Roy Harper), Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) and Aqualad (Garth).
Eventually, however, Dick grew out of his role as a sidekick. This lead to him establishing himself as a solo hero, Nightwing and distancing himself from Batman. However, after Bruce needed further time to recover after kicking removing Jean-Paul Valley as the new Batman, Dick took over the Batman role himself for some time and the two mended fences. Dick 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. Working in Gotham for a time, Dick would eventually move to Chicago following the destruction(s) of Haly's Circus. Setting up a new life there, it would all be for naught as the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3 revealed his identity to the world. Faking his death, Dick would go undercover within the espionage organisation Spyral, operating as Agent 37. Once some hijinks result in the world's memories of his outing being erased, Dick returned to his role of Nightwing.
After the first Robin left, executives realized that he was a crucial element to the Caped Crusader's popularity. Hence, they introduced Jason Todd, a near-clone of the first Robin (except with strawberry-blond hair). At least, that's what the pre-Crisis version was like, but who remembers him? (except for the time he defeated Mongul)
When the name Jason Todd is said, the post-Crisis version comes to mind. A reckless, angry street youth whose first encounter with Batman came from him trying to steal the Batmobile's tires to sell. This Robin proved to be extremely unpopular with readers, so editor Denny O'Neil set up a 1-900 telephone poll as a publicity stunt, asking readers if they wanted Jason Todd to be killed off (the final tallies were 5,343 for his death, 5,271 against it). Interestingly, O'Neil insists he had no idea they would vote for his death, but writer Jim Starlin was fairly certain of it, having himself tried to get DC to kill Jason off in an AIDS story line.
Jason attempted to find out who his mother really was, and was shocked to find that she's still alive and in the Middle East. He follows her there and reunites with her, but runs afoul of the Joker, who kills both of them, bumping him straight over the Moral Event Horizon (as if the thousands of other murders don't count). Jason's death has had a lasting impact on the Bat-mythos to this day, reminding the Dark Knight of the dangers of having a sidekick in the Darker and Edgier world of modern comics.
Due to Superboy-Prime punching time, he returned to life and resurfaced as the Red Hood, who came into conflict with hero and villain alike. Acting as a thoroughly murderous vigilante, Jason recruited his own sidekick, Scarlet, and wound up in Arkham after the murder of a huge number of criminals. Having earned the enmity of Bruce, Dick, Tim, and Damian, there seemed to be no going back for Jason, who, having escaped from prison near the end of Batman & Robin was poised to remain a major player in the Gotham Underworld.
The New 52 reboot, like the Post-Crisis reboot, made so many changes to him that he's pretty much a new character just sharing some basic background and the name with the original DCU version.
In the New 52, Jason is the Bat-family's aloof ally and something of a drifter, moving from place to place with a variety of companions known as the Outlaws.
Tropes associated with Jason:Shared tropes between versions
- '90s Anti-Hero: He's a Ur-Example, being part of the Darker and Edgier Bronze Age, including the incident described in Kick the Son of a Bitch above. Ironically, though, he actually missed The '90s completely.
- Always Someone Better / Always Second Best: How he feels about Dick Grayson. Is the main reason behind his constant clashes with the family in the pre-N52 universe
- Red Hood Arsenal reveals that despite all of his talk, Jason always knew no matter what he did, he would never fill Dick's boots.
- Anti-Hero: Frequently crosses the line between Unscrupulous Hero and Nominal Hero. Though since the New 52 started, he's often written as either closer to the former or just pragmatic.
- Back from the Dead: Killed by The Joker in 1988. Resurrected by Ra's Al-Ghul, returning to prominence in 2005.
- Big Little Brother: Depends on the artist, but Jason usually ends up as this to Dick.
- The Big Guy: Among the Robins, Jason ends up at this.
- Black Sheep: Ends up in this role after his resurrection.
- Continuity Snarl/Cosmic Retcon: His resurrection was originally credited to Superboy-Prime punching reality (as seen in the Cosmic Retcon image).
- Costume Copycat: There has always been someone using the costume before Jason. Dick Grayson as Robin I, the Joker as Red Hood I, and Kingdom Come Grayson as the first Red Robin.note Red Hood and the Outlaws even reveals that his current costume is actually one of Grayson's.
- Cool Helmet: His Red Hood helmets.
- Darker and Edgier: Jason stands out from the rest of the Bat-Family thanks to his willingness to take criminals' lives. After the Crisis, his origin was revised to make him different from Dick Grayson. Specifically, a criminal.
- Death Is Cheap: Averted for a long time, but eventually played painfully straight.
- Depending on the Artist: Is his "hood" smooth and rounded, or is it flatter and shaped more like a human face, with cheekbones and lips?
- Determinator: Probably his defining trait. Jason seems to never stop fighting no matter what. In the moments of his death, despite being brutally beaten, he still tried to save his mother. Upon awakening in his own coffin, he dug his way out with his bare hands.
- As Red Hood he claimed that his super power was being too stupid to give up.
- Back in his days of Robin in the pre N52, he told a mentally broken Batman that if there's anything he's learned it's to never give up.
- When seriously injured by an angry mob, he crawled out of his hospital bed to help Batman.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Jason makes it very clear that he only kills people who he absolutely thinks deserve it. The animated movie also shows him threatening to murder any drug dealers who try to sell to children.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Every single relationship he has began like this.
- Genius Bruiser: Much like Batman himself, though the "genius" part is often downplayed. But it's especially prominent during Under the Hood, where Bruce even worries that Jason has surpassed him.
- Guns Akimbo: He's especially fond of dual wielding handguns. Under Morrison he even owned a pair of custom-made red ones.
- Happily Adopted: Actually the first adopted son of Bruce, though they push this trope in recent years. Notable in that neither of Jason's biological parents ever seemed to care about him. Sometimes he also counts for this with his stepmother, Catherine Todd, but it varies depending on the retcon.
- I Got Bigger: Died as a teenager, came back years later as a young adult, big enough and strong enough to go toe to toe with Bruce.
- Identity Impersonator: As The Red Hood and Nightwing.
- Irony: Loves this. When he comes back for his revenge on Bruce, he uses Batman's hated weapon, guns, kills often, something Batman has always refused to do, and even names himself after the Joker's previous alias.
- Karma Houdini: Whenever writers choose to include him in Batfamily stories, his murderous history is often swept under the rug.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Jason's most controversial act as Robin was an off-screen murder of a rapist. At the time, whether he'd actually done the deed or not was left ambiguous, and when directly questioned by Batman, Jason said that the criminal "fell". But nearly twenty years later, following his return as Red Hood, Jason has admitted to the murder.
- Killed Off for Real: At first, anyway. He was killed off in 1988 and not resurrected until 2005. In between, a common mantra was "Nobody stays dead in comics except Bucky, Uncle Ben, and Jason Todd."
- Knight Templar: As the Red Hood, he considers the murders he commits justified because he's only killing criminals.
- Missing Mom: Eventually he found her. And then she sold him out to The Joker. And then both kicked it.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In A Death in the Family #3, the Joker's henchmen pummel him viciously, and then the Joker lays into him with a crowbar.
- Then years later, in Batman #634 he returns the favor on a washed-out Joker.
- Parental Substitute: The basis of his relationship and constant conflcit with Bruce. In The N52 Jason came to see Ducra as this after training under her.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: As Robin there was one case where it was left ambiguous if he had purposefully arranged for a rapist to fall to his death. As the Red Hood, though, he openly practices this brand of justice.
- Poor Communication Kills: Oh lord. The plot of A Death in the Family begins when Jason goes out to find his birth-mother without telling Bruce about it. After meeting her, she lures him into a trap set by the Joker, which ends with Jason dead. Unfortunately, nobody ever learns about the specifics, essentially blaming Jason for his own death, merely assuming that he'd recklessly gone after the Joker by himself. When Jason eventually comes back from the dead seeking revenge against Bruce, his list of reasons includes being replaced by Tim Drake, which he takes as a sign that Bruce never really cared about him. Nobody ever bothers to even mention to Jason that Bruce was emotionally devastated by Jason's death, which also took a serious toll on his mental and physical health, with Tim Drake practically forcing Bruce to take him on as Robin.
- Replacement Goldfish: Treated as one for Dick. Sees Tim as this for him.
- The Resenter: Was especially hostile towards Tim Drake as well due to Jason having insecurities that Tim did a better job at the role.
- The Rival: As Robin he had a bit of a sibling rivalry with his aloof big brother and the ace, Nightwing. A lot of his issues were stemmed from his failure to compete with Grayson
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
- After being resurrected for real, one of his first acts is to take vengeance on the Joker (who killed him) and Batman (who he's mad at for not killing Joker).
- In the New 52, his attack on Batman was foiled by Dick's intervention and he left Gotham shortly after that, retuning only until the Night of Owls. However, there are still references to times when he's attempted to harm Tim and Dick.
- Street Urchin: His post-Crisis background.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Maybe the most famous male example in comic books.
- The Unfavorite: He believes this is how Batman views him amongst his sons. He's not wrong—Bruce even had a painting of himself, Alfred and the Robins commissioned... he didn't even invite Jason, which Jason himself points out.
- On the other hand, Bruce has a notorious soft spot for Jason, being willing to stretch his moral code to accept Jason's actions and to be unusually open and frank with Jason.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Despite his harsh background he took to his role as Robin with relish and excitement and was thankful to Bruce for adopting him.
- Violence Really Is the Answer: A firm believer.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He only lasted a year and a half after being reintroduced post-Crisis.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has some major daddy issues. Despite being angry with Bruce, he does concern himself with wanting his approval.
- The post-Flashpoint version of Jason puts a major emphasis on trope regarding Batman while also expanding it to Nightwing.
- Circus Brat: And a big fan of The Flying Graysons. His parents were friends of Dick's.
- Dye Hard: Invoked. Dyes his blond hair black to look more like Robin. While he did this himself in pre-Crisis, the post-Crisis version of the character in Batman and Robin says Bruce forced him to do this.
- His initial origin was essentially a rehash of Dick Grayson's; he also grew up in the circus until his parents were murdered. Fans weren't amused, so he was given a rebooted origin after Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- Deconstructed in later incarnations of the character, where being Dick's replacement is the source of many of his issues.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Dick Grayson twice. Once in Pre-Crisis, where his backstory is nearly identical (ironically, this is the version of him that had blond hair), and again in the New 52, especially after Dick leaves to work for Spyral, with everyone except Bruce believing him to be dead.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Pre-Flashpoint, he wore Dick's hand-me-downs as Robin—including the shorts.
Post-Crisis, Pre-New 52
- Antagonistic Offspring: His relationship with Bruce has strong shades of this, in addition to the obvious A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil. In Convergence, both forgive each other.
- Nominal Hero in his appearances in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin, where he is portrayed almost entirely without sympathy.
- Ambiguously Bi: A case where it depends on the writer. Most notable when penned by Judd Winick. Emphasis on "ambiguously". When Winick was asked directly if Jason was bi, he avoided the question, stating flat-out that it was the only option DC permitted him to take.
- Anti-Hero Substitute: Tried to become one for Bruce during Battle for the Cowl. Dick was not amused.
- Anti-Villain: In his first appearance after his resurrection. Later appearances make him a rather crazed, and unsympathetic, Type V antihero. However, in Convergence he's closer than a Good Is Not Nice hero.
- Axe-Crazy: Comes off this way in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin. He himself claims that while he is homicidal he's not crazy.
- Badass Biker: He rides a Harley. He is the Red Hood, er, "Red Helmet".
- Big Brother Bully: He seems to really enjoy beating up Tim.
- Cain and Abel: With Dick, Tim, and Damian. He regards them as his both his brothers and his enemies.
- Came Back Wrong: A definite possibility. While he was resurrected due Superboy Prime actions during Infinite Crisis, he was vegetative, only recovering when Talia dropped him in a Lazarus Pit. While Ra's Al Ghul was inside.
Jason Todd: Does it make it easier for you to think that my dip in the Lazarus Pit turned me rabid? Or is this just the real me?
- In Batman: Under the Red Hood, he asks Bruce if he believes that it was the Pit that caused Jason's FaceHeel Turn, or if he's just showing his true colors.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: This version of Jason cannot be trusted in the slightest. He's worked with and betrayed Black Mask, Tim, Dick, and the people who freed him from Arkham.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Injects a drug dealer with bleach, among other similar actions.
- Deconstructed Trope: Of Pay Evil unto Evil. It's because of his homicidal tendencies, that he ultimately fails in his goals, while Batman succeeds and is accepted by Gotham.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Jason's killing spree resulted in the deaths of hundreds of criminals, many of whom were guilty of comparatively lesser crimes.
- Domino Mask: It seems to be a requirement for Robins. Most depictions even show his wearing the mask under the Red Hood mask.
- Dual Wielding: Since coming back.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His sidekick Scarlet is the one person he cares about post-resurrection
- Evil Former Friend: To Dick
- Evil Orphan: Bruce brought Jason into his home and his world. Jason paid him back, following his resurrection, by becoming one of the worst vigilantes Bruce has ever had to deal with.
- Evil Redhead: He was retconned into being a redhead. Batman apparently made him dye his hair black to hide the fact that the role of Robin had gone to someone else.
- Eviler Than Thou: With Black Mask, The Joker, and Eduardo Flamingo, all of whom he has clashed with.
- Fallen Hero: His portrayal in Under the Red Hood, Battle for the Cowl, and Batman & Robin, where he is mourned as a hero gone bad.
- Groin Attack: Gave these to both Dick and Tim in a Teen Titans storyline. Tim returns the favor at the end of the issue.
- Guns Akimbo: Dual wields twin red pistols as the Red Hood.
- HeelFace Turn: Completed during by the time of Convergence.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Treated as such in-universe. In Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin, Dick and Damian note that they've already defeated Red Hood numerous times before.
- It's All About Me: Refuses to see that there are factors beyond "betraying him" at work when Bruce refuses to kill The Joker. When the Society uses Chemo to obliterate Bludhaven and Bruce wants to make sure Dick is okay, Jason stops him because they haven't completed their fight yet, and he won't let Grayson ruin this moment for him.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: During his appearances in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin, when any attempts at reaching out to him end in betrayal and attempted murder.
- Legacy Character: Jason dabbles in this a lot. He's the second Robin, he took the mantle of Red Hood (originally used by the Joker), but the Red Robin title (first appearing in Kingdom Come) was given to him by an alternate Batman (which a villain took using the now discarded costume; now Tim is Red Robin). He also stole Nightwing's identity for a while, and he's been playing Batman in Battle for the Cowl.
- Middle Child Syndrome: So what motivated Jason's Roaring Rampage of Revenge is that he thinks Batman didn't love him enough to do what he felt was necessary after his death, and forgot about him. As of the new Batman and Robin series, it's revealed that Bruce asked Jason to dye his naturally red hair black to look like Dick's, and Jason admitted that Bruce expected him to be just like Dick. This is the kind of thing that will have adverse effects on the mental health of a normal child, never mind a troubled one. This is now considered having dubious continuity, with some comics outright ignoring it.
- Misblamed: In-Universe, whenever his death is brought up, it's usually blamed of his temper and impulsiveness, rather than the actual cause, which was his biological mother, Sheila Haywood, leading him into a trap.
- Never Live It Down: Both in-universe and the readers always label him as "the angry Robin". As Robin, Jason was more impulsive than angrynote , the anger only showing up a handful of times, usually involving Two-Face, who killed Jason's father. Even the idea that he would go as far as murder was brought up in a few specific instances.
- Never My Fault: Refuses to accept any responsibility for the innocent people caught in his killing sprees or the fact that those sprees are what prompted the cartels to send cannibal enforcer Eduardo Flamingo to town.
- Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: With Bruce and Dick both.
- The Oldest Profession: It is implied given his dialogue with Mia Dearden, a former child prostitute, that he engaged in this when he was younger in order to survive alone on the streets of Gotham.
- Parental Betrayal: Views Bruce not avenging him as this. Also, his biological mother, in A Death in the Family
- Pay Evil unto Evil: What he sees his actions as.
- A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: How Bruce sees him.
- Red-Headed Stepchild: Thanks to recent retcons. Before Crisis on Infinite Earths, he was naturally blond and dyed his hair black, and afterwards his hair was just naturally black. After Final Crisis, Grant Morrison retconned his hair into a deep red, which he dyed black again (to fit better with the red/black color motifs of the author's stories).
- The Resenter: Towards Dick, Tim, Damian, and anybody else who has ever worn the Robin costume, before and after him.
- Retcon: Jason's origin (and hair color) changed substantially Post-Crisis. And then there's the matter of his resurrection. When he first debuted, Jason was a nice kid that wanted to help people and did have a few problems thanks to living on the streets. However, later issues would try to paint over this by writing him as a punk with a 'mean streak' and was only 'fueled by rage', which directly led to his death. In fact, his death is frequently attributed to his headstrong nature and his disobedience of Batman's orders, when actually it was his mother betraying him that led to his capture by the Joker.
- The Rival: Tries to set himself and Scarlet up as rivals to Batman (now Dick Grayson) and Robin, with the aim of making them obsolete.
- After his resurrection, he often says he will be a better Batman than Bruce Wayne ever was.
- While he does like using guns, he normally will ditch them when fighting Bruce, Dick, or Tim, just to prove he can be better than them. So far that has failed many times, with the exception of his fights with Tim, which he normally wins.
- Shadow Archetype: To all the members of the Batman family, demonstrating what they would be like if they truly gave into the darkness around them. Bruce's obsessiveness, Dick's need to be his own man, Tim's desire for approval, and Damian's anger issues all find a dark reflection in him.
- Skunk Stripe: A curious example since it only shows in two stories during his tenure as Red Hood, Hush and Morrison's Revenge of the Red Hood. Despite this the look has proven itself to be real popular with the fandom.
- The Sociopath: Portrayed as such in Battle for the Cowl and Batman & Robin. He even describes himself as a homicidal maniac. After Convergence, he's not even a Sociopathic Hero.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In Convergence, which seems to characterize him as his New 52 version.
- Underwear of Power: Just like Dick, Jason wore tightie-greenies for his Robin costume.
- Aloof Big Brother: Shows shades of this towards Damian, and admits he was one to Tim.
- Befriending the Enemy: Over the course of his adventures Jason has tried to offer a chance at redemption at his foes (specially when the Joker is involved on their backstory). This comes to a head on Red Hood Arsenal where he takes Joker's Daughter under his wing to redeem her.
- Berserk Button: Jason is a lot less trigger happy after training with the All-Caste but threating the life of his Outlaws is the fastest way to end with a bullet in the head.
- Bad-Guy Bar: Regularly hangs out in these places to gather information.
- Bad Liar: To avoid scaring his date with his baggage he told her he owned a Dry Clean business. His date thought that it was the most boring date ever.
- Band of Brothers: With the other Robins and Roy.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has a pretty palpable one with Artemis.
- Big Brother Instinct: Particularly towards Tim, Roy and Kori but he also showed concern for Damian shortly before his murder.
- Has developed this towards Bizarro as Rebirth
- Break His Heart to Save Him: What he does to Roy at the end of Red Hood Arsenal
- Calling the Old Man Out: While he is willing to take orders from Bruce, he's always does it with a healthy dose of snark on the side.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: In an interesting deviation of fandom impressions of him, the second volume of Red Hood and the Outlaws reveals him as suffering from this while having a drink with Artemis. And with just one drink to boot.
- The Chew Toy: Tends to get beaten up by most other members of the Batfamily, and by villains, too, particularly in line-wide crossovers.
- Composite Character: He shares many traits with Tim, including his admiration of Dick from seeing the Flying Graysons perform in the circus, and his Sitcom Arch-Nemesis rivalry with Damian. He even takes Tim's place at times during Batfamily meetings.
- Depending on the Writer: Under some writers, he's a self-loathing "bad boy" constantly hung up from his relationship with the Batfamily, while under others, he's less mopey and on more of a Vitriolic Best Buds basis with the other Robins.
- Dual Wielding: How he uses the All-Blades.
- Easily Forgiven: Works amicably with the Batfamily from time to time, despite being against them for a short while after his resurrection
- While Jason's pre-Flashpoint self used guns as a means to an end, the New 52 and Rebirth version seems to be obsessed with them, flashing them out in nearly every fight, even when he's not fighting lethally. This is usually accompanied by him either narrating that he's using rubber bullets or taking nonlethal shots, or by loudly boasting about all the upgrades he's made to his guns.
- His grudge against Batman has devolved from opposition to his nonlethal philosophy on fighting crime, to desperately seeking out his approval. As of Rebirth, this attitude has extended towards Nightwing as well.
- Genre Savvy: Red Hood and the Outlaws volume 2 reveals that he's picked a considerable amount of awareness through his adventures, becoming able to accurately describe and analyze certain elements on Artemis' past by comparing them with his own experiences.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Roy through all the New 52
- He still considers Roy a very important friend during Rebirth despite the two of them no longer being contact.
- Informed Attribute: Rebirth has Jason playing off the role of a criminal overlord despite never showing him doing anything even remotely criminal.
- In the Hood: For a short while Jason used a sleeveless red hoodie on Red Hood Arsenal. Likely inspired by his Arkham Knight appearance.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Saved a Chinese village, would put his life in the line for Roy and Kori and is shown supporting Alfred and Bruce after Damian's murder.
- Knight In Sour Armor: While Jason was firmly a Pragmatic Hero through all of Red Hood and the Outlaws run, he has grown into this on Red Hood Arsenal, mainly because he wants to become a role model for Duela Dent.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Frequently goes into battle guns blazing, without much forethought.
- Lighter and Softer: Despite the rebirth issue implying the contrary, Jason has become much more restrained and rational by the second volume of Red Hood and the Outlaws thanks to the many adventures he has goind through over the last few years.
- Parental Substitute: Becomes one to Bizarro
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Damian.
- The Generic Guy: In Batfamily stories, he (like Tim) often just shows up in a group, and doesn't have any distinctive role.
- During the period where Dick was cut off from the Batfamily due to faking his death and working for Spyral, Jason seemed to take on Dick's role. Including having a crush on Barbara in Batman Eternal, which came out of nowhere.
- Too Dumb to Live: Compared to his Pre-Flashpoint iteration, Jason Todd makes numerous mistakes that nearly get him killed, such as blowing his cover against Black Mask within minutes of minutes of meeting him, and continuing to act as his cover was intact, even after he was captured, stripped down, and unmasked shortly after attempting to turn against him.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to the pre-Flashpoint version. He can still be a Jerk Ass at times, though.
- Those Two Guys: He and Tim are usually paired up together in Batfamily stories, due to editorial pushing for a brotherly relationship between them to mirror Dick and Damian's. They also used to be handled by different editorial offices in the N52. As DC Rebirth, Tim is back under the Batman office's control.
- True Companions: How he came to see Roy and Kori through the course of Red Hood and the Outlaws. While Roy and Kori have considerably played down their friendship with Jason after leaving the Outlaws, they're still considered by Jason like one of the few real friends he has. Admittedly, Roy more than Kori.
- Tsundere: Started as Type A towards Roy and Kori but he mellowed out to Type B as Red Hood and the Outlaws progressed.
- Unscrupulous Hero: The only member of the Batfamily that doesn't mind killing and using guns.
- Warrior Monk: What his time with the All-Caste turned him into, though he still has anger issues from time to time.
Despite the setback of Jason's unpopularity and the killing-off that came along with it, Denny O'Neil was not convinced to give up on the character of Robin. Thus, Tim Drake was born, and this time, the writers were careful to make him much less similar to Dick.
At age nine, Tim was able to deduce both Batman and Robin I's identities, but kept it to himself, until years later, when Dick went solo and Jason died. Realizing how deeply Jason's death had affected his idol, Batman, Tim tried to convince Dick to reprise his role as Batman's partner. Although he agreed, Dick would only do so as Nightwing, despite Tim's insistence that Batman needed a Robin.
It took multiple trials, but finally, Tim was able to gain both Bruce and Dick's respect, along with the permission to become Robin. He proved to be much more popular than Jason ever was, and like Dick, got multiple spin-off series. Following the Bat-Family shakeup following R.I.P. and Battle For The Cowl, he has taken the role of Red Robin. With the return of Bruce and the founding of Batman Incorporated, Tim has become a more tech-savvy hero, using the first Anarky in a sort of "Oracle" tech role. Tim eventually became as worthy a holder of the Robin title as Dick, and is pretty much the Robin post-Dick, holding the title the longest after him and being Batman's most trusted lieutenant after Dick went solo.
The New 52 version of Tim has had a more... inconsistent history. Initially, his history appeared to be intact, but things were later retconned. His New 52 origin has him scouted by Batman as a potential sidekick. Tim was already a child prodigy, and after a screw-up that resulted in his parents being put into witness protection, he adopts "Drake" as an assumed surname and becomes Batman's sidekick, Red Robin. He would go on to found the first (except eventually not) incarnation of the Teen Titans, while simultaneously striking up a friendship with Jason Todd. He'd also eventually meet Stephanie Brown.
With DC Rebirth, Tim would return to working in Gotham, alongside Batman and Batwoman's "boot camp". His first mission with them goes awry, and Tim is seemingly "killed", only to be plucked from time at the last second by the mysterious Mr. Oz, a villain aware of the wider retconning of the DCU with the New 52 who has a keen interest in Superman, and now Tim. Recounting his origin to Mr. Oz revealed that, somehow, Tim's pre-Flashpoint origin was now once again canon. With the relaunch of Young Justice, Tim Drake is back to being called "Robin", though it is yet unknown as to why he changed back.
Tropes associated with Tim:Pre-Flashpoint
- See Robin
- Adaptational Sexuality: His pre-Flashpoint self was vocally disinterested in sex and entirely uninterested in losing his virginity. Though he was never confirmed to be on the asexual spectrum he was definitely uninterested in being sexually active, was not at all promiscuous or casual about sex like this version of him and would have been horrified at Trigon raping him and using his body to rape his friends instead of turning it into an excuse to start a physical relationship with one of them.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Harper Row, at first. Though later on in Batman Eternal it's implied that they're becoming more like Platonic Life-Partners.
- Black Sheep: Didn't feature much in Batfamily stories during the New 52 era, being more closely tied to the Teen Titans. The one character he's closest to is Jason, who was written by the same writer.
- Darkhorse Victory: Tim has reputation of being as smart, or even smarter than, Bruce himself. Ra'z Al Ghul calls him "Detective," implying that he's the best person to inherit the mantle of the Bat.
- Depending on the Writer: Some writers portray him as being an Insufferable Genius. Some have him suffering from an Ambiguous Disorder. Some play up his more Adorkable side, and write him as being closer to his pre-N52 counterpart. It doesn't help that his Teen Titans book was critically panned, and that he's been used under different editorial groups.
- Easily Forgiven: Is the first among the family to forgive Jason Todd in the New 52, despite the still-canon history of attempting to murder Tim.
- Future Badass: His Titans Tomorrow counterpart spent nearly fifteen years training with programs recording the fighting style of every member of the Batfamily in their prime. As a result, he readily mops the floor with Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin before sending them crashing into the B Batcave.
- Gadgeteer Genius: This side of him has really been emphasised in his post-Flashpoint incarnation. Especially as of DC Rebirth, where he developed the Belfry as a cool high-tech secondary base more-or-less single-handedly. This is what got him kidnapped by Mr. Oz, who was afraid that Tim would uncover his plans and be a Spanner in the Works. Speaking of that, he even managed to hack Oz's prison, which is technology Tim isn't even familiar with!
- The Heart: Post-Rebirth, he's outright said to be one of the most beloved members of the Batfamily, and Bruce is still reeling from the effects of his death, with Stephanie being hit the hardest of all. Unbeknownst to them, Tim wasn't actually dead and was instead abducted by "Mr. Oz" along with numerous other superheroes and villains.
- Hollywood Hacking: Treated as though it were a superpower. He can seemingly hack through any machine as if it were magic.
- Hypocrite: Against Damian, he never lets it go that Damian once killed someone. However, Tim is more forgiving of Jason's rather high kill count, as well as the times that Jason has attempted to murder members of the Batfamily.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Titans Tomorrow Tim Drake rationalizes his lethal methods as this. He even killed Damian, his adoptive brother, after Damian's destructive methodology left much of Gotham in ruins. Rebirth Tim Drake is horrified at the revelation.
- In Name Only: New 52 Tim Drake might not even have that as he may only have Tim Drake as an alias. With Rebirth, he eventually had his original origin reinstated.
- Ironic Echo: In his first appearance, Damian tried to kill Tim in order to become Robin, which Tim naturally took offense to. In Detective Comics (Rebirth), Titans Tomorrow Tim successfully does it to Damian after disapproving of his methods.
- Legacy Character: Initially averted. Sorta. He was initially stated to have still been Robin, before it was retconned that he was only ever Red Robin. When DC Rebirth began, this was still true, as Bruce outright says he was never Robin... then, when he recounts his origin later into the relaunch, he blatantly states that he was still the third Robin.
- Number Two: Of the team in Detective Comics (Rebirth), while Batman and Batwoman jointly act as The Leader.
- Rape by Proxy: In the post-reboot Teen Titans series, Trigon brings Tim under his control and then seduces both Wonder Girl and Solstice into having sex with him. This shocked all three parties (especially Wonder Girl, who had been juggling her feelings for Tim and for Superboy for some time). The three later Hand Waved the incident since all parties involved enjoyed the incident, and Trigon insisted that Tim wasn't exactly Fighting from the Inside. Tim and Cassandra later became involved for real, spurred by their lingering passions for each other.
- Techno Wizard: Since the New 52 reboot he's become much more identified as the "tech guy" of all the Robins.
- Those Two Guys: He and Jason are usually paired up together in Batfamily stories, due to them being the least developed and most inconsistently written characters in New 52.
- Villain Takes an Interest: Ra's al Ghul has expressed an interest in Tim being his heir.
Daughter of the Cluemaster (a second-rate Riddler copycat), Stephanie was enraged when her father, who claimed to have gone straight, returned to committing crimes (only without his compulsion to leave clues). Donning a costume of her own, Stephanie became the Spoiler, at first only showing up whenever Cluemaster did and spoiling his plans, hence the codename. She eventually became a full-fledged vigilante, partly because of her attraction to Tim Drake, the third Robin.
Of course, she then found herself the target of every female misfortune that DC could think up. Her relationship with Robin became strained (mainly due to Bats not letting her know their secret identities), she was revealed to be the victim of an Attempted Rape by her babysitter, she went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge after her father was killed while working with the Suicide Squad, she got captured and tortured by Black Mask, and infamously, she was withheld medical treatment for said torture by Dr. Leslie Thompkins. This was, of course, later retconned to having her smuggled out of the country for her safety. Has a page for when she assumed the identity of Batgirl (2009) from Cassandra Cain until Executive Meddling gave Barbara Gordon back the identity.
As of the New 52, she is back in her Spoiler identity, and reappears in Batman #28 as such, in a prelude to her story in the 2014-2015 weekly Batman Eternal storyline beginning in April 2014. Within said series, her history has been Retgone'd, and she is just starting out.
Tropes associated with Stephanie:
- See Batgirl
Damian is the biological son of Bruce Wayne/Batman and Talia al-Ghul. He was raised by the League of Assassins (and has been implied to be the subject of genetic experimentation); as such, he's a ferocious warrior and quite skilled at martial arts in spite of how young he is. Talia only revealed his existence to Batman in another bid to bring Bruce to her side.
Damian is a violent, often bratty child, but he's genuinely proud to be Batman's son and wishes to play his part in his father's war against crime, although his upbringing in the League often puts him at odds with Batman's methods. His relationship with the Robins and particularly Tim is heavily conflicted, and he has more than a few entitlement issues. After his father's death, he becomes the new Robin when Dick becomes Batman full-time. Once Bruce returns and takes up the mantle of Batman once again, Damian continues to work with Dick.
The New 52 left Damian's history unchanged, aside from his age being in flux. However, Dick goes back to being Nightwing and Damian starts working with his father. After Bruce dies again, Damian leaves Gotham on a globetrotting adventure with his pet Bat, Goliath, and the daughter of Nobody (a villain he killed), Maya Ducard. Damian would also become the first superhero friend of Superman's son, Jon Kent. Despite a very tense first meeting that ended in numerous brawls, Damian insists on being a team with Jon. The two are dubbed the "Super Sons" by Alfred. After Tim Drake's "death", Damian founds a new group of Teen Titans.
Tropes associated with Damian:
- Adorkable: His standoffish nature belies how awkward he is in general, leading to some oddly endearing outbursts from time to time, like his outlandish excitement over the sun going down, the fact that he sticks his tongue out while concentrating, and when his ears turn bright red from something as simple as hug. He also loves video games and old-timey arcades, being extremely competitive when it comes to getting high scores and holds a particular fondness for "Cheese Viking", going so far as to cheer◊ and dance a little when he gets to opportunity to play.◊ He's also extremely embarrassed when Batgirl catches him practicing his Titans battlecries in an extremely corny way.◊Damian: [yelling at thin air] TO ME, MY TITANS!
Barbara: [from a ledge behind him] Robin.
Damian: [turning around, surprised] Ah! Batgirl! Unh... excellent sneakery, but I was fully aware of your presence the whole time and—
Barbara: Is that why that you're so embarrassed about your little "rallying call", Damian?
- Affirmative Action Legacy: Unlike the other Robins, Damian is only White/Caucasian on his father, Bruce's, side, while his mother, Talia, is mixed Chinese/Arab.
- Alternate Self: Batman and Talia having a child originated in a non-canon graphic novel, Son of the Demon, where the baby was unnamed. Some stories set in Alternate Universes to the main DCU used an adult version of this character long before he was incorporated into the main canon as Damian. So in short, there's:
- The unnamed baby boy from Son of the Demon, which was published before DC started its Elseworlds imprint for Alternate Universe stories.
- Ibn al Xu'ffasch (supposedly Arabic for "Son of the Bat") from the Elseworlds story Kingdom Come and its sequel The Kingdom.
- Tallant Wayne from the extremely Toyetic-looking Brotherhood of the Bat and League of Batmen stories, also under Elseworlds.
- Following Damian's official introduction, The Multiversity introduced the Damian of Earth 16, who's grown up to become Batman.
- He finally meets one of his alternates in Dark Nights: Metal, the Damian of Earth -22, who'd been pushed into Jokerizing himself by the Batman Who Laughs.
- His Bizarro counterpart Robzarro turns up in "Bizarroverse", the final Superman (Rebirth) arc before Brian Michael Bendis's run. He's a mini-Cary Grant wannabe, complete with mustache.
- Always Someone Better: Though he'll never admit it, Damian feels insufficient compared to Dick Grayson and Tim Drake, which provides a lot of fuel for the antagonism between him and the previous Robins.
- Anime Hair: If his hair isn't cut short, it's probably sticking up and spiky, as shown in comics like Super Sons.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Ask Tim what he thinks of Damian. Just try it. It's also presented this way in Stephanie Brown's Batgirl series (though they get along better than Damian and Tim). He also developed this with Jason Todd once Jason stopped being a full-blown villain.
- Archer Archetype: Damian uses a bow and arrow in his alternate identity of Redbird.
- The Atoner: During the "Year of Blood", Talia arranged for Damian to steal a number of mystical artifacts from around the world (often at the cost of their protectors' lives along with Talia's subordinates), causing Damian to try and return them after his HeelFace Turn under his father and Dick.
- The Baby of the Bunch: As the current Robin and the youngest member of the Batfamily, he tends to get treated like this, with his adoptive brothers constantly making jabs at his age when teasing him. His advanced intellect and brutal upbringing do away with most of the associations with the trope though.
- Back from the Dead: Jason seems to have set a trend. After his first death at the hands of The Heretic and his own mother, he was revived by the Chaos Shard from Apokolips after the Batfamily raided Darkseid's domain to retrieve Damian's body. During his own series, Robin: Son of Batman, he dies again to prevent a relic from destroying the world, but this time his soul was guided back into his body before he could cross over.
- Badass Adorable: Averted at first due to his murderous tendencies. Played straighter later on when you take into account his fondness for animals. Taken further when he starts making goofy faces like this in later comics.
- Badass and Child Duo: With his father Bruce as Batman and himself as Robin. Together, he and his father fight crime together amongst all of the chaos. He's also this with many of the other heroes he works with, most frequently Nightwing, his favorite partner, and Starfire, who is a fellow member of the Teen Titans.
- Badass Biker: When he's not swinging through the rooftops or riding in his father's fleet of Batmobiles and jets (both of which Damian is fully capable of piloting himself), Damian can usually be seen getting around with one of his personal "Robin-Cycles", which he built and customized himself.
- Badass Boast: Damian has this to say while he was all tied up and at the Joker's mercy. Note, The Joker.Damian: I have nothing to say that would help you manipulate me, clown.
- Badass Cape: Wears a cape like all of the other Robins, doubling as a glider and parachute for descending on unsuspecting crooks below.
- Badass Longcoat: In the future, Damian is shown to become Batman in Batman 666 and 700, but he is not wearing the traditional cape. Instead, he is wearing a long coat.
- Badass Normal: Damian is kickass without any supernatural powers or abilities. Except that one time after his resurrection. (And his normal abilities stretch the definition of "non-superpowered" he can voluntarily shift his internal organs.)
- Becoming the Mask: Originally sent to the Wayne household by Talia simply to sow discord before retrieving him, Damian finds life as Robin and Bruce Wayne's son more fulfilling than his time as the prince of the League of Assassins, leading him to turn his back on his mother and the life he knew.
- Berserk Button:
- Don't touch his pets. It doesn't matter if the person is an average thug or a leader of a country. Doing anything that he perceives as abusing his, oh I'm sorry, property, will result in a swift beatdown followed by the wrecking of whatever valuable estates the unlucky sap has.
- As of Rebirth, his height also seems to be a point of contention for him, as he and Jon immediately went to town on each other soon after the latter made that statement.
- Big Brother Mentor: His treatment of Superboy has shades of this, as he's constantly sneaking advice in between snark and insults and is constantly trying to "train" Jon to be a better superhero even at the most mundane levels of crimefighting. When the two are trapped on another planet in another dimension, he is also quick to reassure the younger superhero that they were definitely going to find their way home while hoping that Jon will never have to see a place like Apokolips.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: It's strongly implied that the reason Damian makes such a big deal of being Batman's "blood son" and insists that he is Batman's rightful heir is out of insecurity: as the other Robins are adopted, that means that Bruce chose them to be his family.
- Black Sheep: Damian is the one that doesn't seem to fit in with his family. He seems to be the one that is commonly treated as different by everyone else. This is most likely due to Damian's background and upbringing, as well as the fact that Damian is Bruce's biological son in comparison to Bruce's other sons being adopted. However, this is mostly his own fault due to his stand-offish nature and constant elevating himself over the rest for being "the blood son".
- Bluff the Imposter: Runs this routine with someone impersonating his father, casually deconstructing all of the man's excuses and explanations before smashing him into the wall and leaving a Bat-Grenade in his hand.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Like you couldn't imagine. He's easily the most dick-ish member of the Bat-family on his good days. He's also noticeably short for his age, especially considering that his parents are Tall, Dark, and Handsome and Statuesque Stunner.
- Breakout Character: While he was a main character in the books from the moment he was introduced, Grant Morrison saw him from the start as an extension of the Canon Welding in his run and always intended to eventually kill Damian off. However, a combination of his backstory, Character Development (both in Morrison and Peter J. Tomasi's runs) and the novel concept of Robin being Bruce's biological son caused Damian to catch on. Consequently, not only was Damian's death undone, he was introduced into the DC Universe Animated Original Movies with Son of Batman (getting the second-most amount of appearances aside from Bruce) and arguably inspiring the creation of Jon Kent. Polarizing as he may be with fans, it's hard to deny that Damian's position and impact in the DCU has far exceeded what his creator could've predicted.
- Came Back Strong: His resurrection thanks to Darkseid's Omega Force energies accidentally granted him flight and super strength. For a while at least.
- Canon Immigrant: His technical debut was actually in a story called Son of the Demon. It wasn't considered a part of canon until Grant Morrison made it canon via Broad Strokes on his Batman run.
- Catch-Phrase: Whenever someone asks him how he's able to do something at his age he spouts this:
- Celebrity Paradox: Of a sort. Damian woke up next to a copy of Robin: Son of Batman (where he is the protagonist) in Superman (Rebirth) #21. However, given that Batman merchandise is known to exist in the DCU, especially after Bruce started Batman, Inc., it makes more sense than most examples.
- Character Development: Damian has gone from being a violent, arrogant and bratty youth, to a more compassionate hero with Smug Snake and Bully Hunter qualities. He doesn't kill any more, and seems to want to do heroic deeds for their own sake. Much of this has to do with both Dick and Bruce's influence on him.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Due to his incredibly intense training as a young boy, he is incredibly strong for his age, punching villains as tough as Killer Croc and managing to support his own weight as well as that of another child his age with one hand. He can also contract his muscles to shift his organs in order to avoid lethal stab wounds and has repeatedly performed feats that would make any athlete green with envy.
- Child by Rape: The sexual encounter between Batman and Talia that resulted in his conception was the result of Talia drugging and raping Bruce.
- Child Soldier: First with Dick as Batman and himself as Robin. Later on with Bruce as Batman and himself as Robin.
- Clark Kenting: Badly attempted in Streets Of Gotham where he doesn't even try to hide his skills or real name; it doesn't end well.
- The Comically Serious: Shares his father's penchant for saying outlandish things with the straightest face.Damian: I could've had a doctorate in geology at seven years old.Jon: And why didn't you?Damian: Because my mother murdered him and dumped him in the ocean.Jon: Ha, yeah right! [sees Damian's completely serious face and breaks into a cold sweat] ...And when did you start driving huh, eight years old?
- Then there's this exchange from Superman (Rebirth) #20:Jon: [Batman, Robin, and Superman are eating pie at the dinner table while in costume] Doesn't your dad like apple?Damian: Batman doesn't eat pie.
- Yet again in Super Sons #6, where he accosts a man for jaywalking with a dog.Damian: Stop transgressor! [grabs man by collar] Jaywalking is where it starts! Next thing you know you're knocking over liquor stores in Gotham Heights and working for pennies for scuzz like Two-Face! In my city, we don't put up with this!Jon: [playing with the man's dog] Sorry about my friend, he's wound a bit too tight.Damian: In my city, I stop crime at its- [gets shoved aside by Jon]Jon: Cross at the corners, mister. Keep your dog safe.
- Again in Dark Nights: Metal #2, while fleeing from the entire Justice League.Wonder Woman: Pull over now, Robin! There's no winning here!Damian: [While driving the Bat-Hog] Listen, lady, I am thirteen years old and driving a Bat-Hog through the Amazon on a Tuesday morning. I'm already winning!
- He won't even give high fives to Superboy in Super Sons Annual #1Jon: C'mon, up high!Damian: [while piloting his Robin-copter] I. Do. Not. High. Five.Jon: Fist bump.Damian: My fists are used for hitting, not bumping.Jon: [watching Damian fly off] Cut back on drinking so much idiot juice why don'cha?!
- Then there's this exchange from Superman (Rebirth) #20:
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: Having grown up in the League of Assassins, which specializes in murder, arson, terrorism, and other pleasant activities, Damian began as more or less indifferent to most criminals and originally took them down simply out of a need to prove himself to his father. Later on, he becomes more empathetic, and is particularly ticked off by acts of cruelty against children and animals, but is nevertheless able to keep his cool in the face of Gotham's worst criminals.
- Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Damian is far less perky and sociable and was trained from infancy as an assassin compared to the relatively normal (if tragic) civilian lives of the previous Robins. He was also a self-entitled brat who thought nothing of murder against Batman's no-killing rule and attempted to perform a Klingon Promotion rather than having the title of Robin given to him by Batman. Post-Character Development, he's still quite arrogant and snobbish even to other veteran superheroes like Green Arrow and has a lot of trouble interacting with anyone his own age.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Damian's upbringing. He was trained and brought up to be an assassin and made to believe that killing is normal. He was raised by two crazy, sociopathic figures, one being his mother Talia and the other being his villainous grandfather Ra's. Damian could be seen as an innocent child who became psychologically messed up because of his violent upbringing. However, Dick and Bruce have tried to help Damian change and enlighten or teach him about morals, values, the concept of empathy and compassion and the concept of what is right and wrong.
- Creepy Child: He first appears around age eight and attempts to murder the current Robin so he can take his place. A result of being raised by crazy ninjas, and also possibly the combination of Al Ghul and Wayne genes. Living with his father Bruce has helped somewhat, but it's actually Dick Grayson who's really helped him into a solid HeelFace Turn.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Damian has a very sketchy and dark past which definitely contributes to his violent and dark tendencies. He was raised by assassins and was trained to kill. He also comes from a primarily dysfunctional family with a brainwashed, unstable mother (Talia) and a sinister, crazy and sociopathic grandfather (Ra's). Damian isn't a troubled youth/child for no reason.
- Defector from Decadence: The reason he became a Robin was to get away from his mother's teachings and become more like his father.
- Depending on the Artist: EVERYTHING about his appearance aside from his height and build. How much he looks like Bruce or Talia in terms of skin tone, how round or chiseled his face is, how large his mask is etc.
- The Determinator: While some fans found Damian's overtly brutal death in Batman Incorporated #8 a little disturbing, even for modern Batbooks, it's also an example of his badassery. The kid is riddled with arrows and bullets, has his back broken, and yet still fights, screaming "Cowards!" at his attackers, and spits blood in Heretic's face in a final act of defiance. Also probably doubles as Made of Iron.
- In Dark Nights: Metal Damian is accidentally shot in the chest by Green Arrow when Damian's evil Earth -22 counterpart used him as a human shield. This evil Damian then taunts our hero, saying that everything he was doing was pointless and that he'd be better off losing all hope and joining up with Barbatos. Damian responds by grabbing the arrow, tipped with Nth metal, and shoving it all the way through himself in order to fatally impale his evil counterpart.
- Emotionally Tongue-Tied: Tends to fall into this when he's trying to express anything positive, particularly towards Dick.Damian: And perhaps... perhaps... I was looking for an excuse to...Dick: You miss me.
- Enfant Terrible: Damian is an adorable, cute looking child but he has sociopathic, violent tendencies. Most of it has to do with the fact that he was raised to be an assassin and a killer.
- Everyone Has Standards: He's established as an extremely pragmatic child and full indoctrinated in how his grandfather and the league think... yet still vomits upon seeing the corpses of all the children Zsasz has murdered.
- Fire-Forged Friends:
- By the time of Batman and Robin Must Die! Damian fully embraces Dick as his partner, because their adventures together have let them bond.
- He develops a similar friendship with Stephanie, though he would never admit it.
- And with Duke Thomas.
- You could really encapsulate most of his relationships this way. He's a hardass and a stuck-up, bossy brat to anyone he begins working with, but those who stick around with him eventually grow to accept his quirks and see that he's a truly loyal and kind friend when it's needed most.
- Foil: To Jonathan "Jon" Kent (Superboy) in Super Sons. Jon has superpowers, but can't control them, and is generally a pleasant person to be around due to his normal and happy upbringing. Damian is a (comparatively) Weak, but Skilled Badass Normal and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold with absolutely atrocious social skills due to his upbringing in the League of Assassins.
- Friendship Moment: He has a roundabout one with Dick after returning from the Titans. He tells Dick not to apologize for sending him to the Titans and that it doesn't matter if he makes friends, because he has one in Gotham, and that is more than enough for him.
- The Super Sons of Tomorrow arc is one for him and Jon. While he was being a jerk at first, Damian comes to Jon's defense when the Future Tim Drake comes to kill him. He does everything he can to protect Jon, even fighting his own team, the Teen Titans, to do so. And at the end where others are wary of both boys due to their uncertain ominous futures, both boys vow to stick together and protect each other from whatever comes their way.
- Future Badass: Batman #666 has a possible future where he DOES become Batman, though not in a way he wanted. He's a brutal fighter who has booby-trapped the entire city to compensate for his skills not quite measuring up to Bruce or Dick's, and takes the Thou Shalt Not Kill rule to near breaking point (and sometimes outright breaks it). However, he also owns a very cute cat he's affectionately named Alfred and drives a Batmobile the size of a Go-Kart. Make of it what you will...
- Girls Have Cooties: He turns the brattiness up to 11 every time he has to deal with Batgirl (Stephanie Brown) or Supergirl (and when it's both of them at once...). They're both trim blondes with blue eyes. Awww, little Damian's got a type!
- Goggles Do Nothing: Despite all the tactical flaws in having one, Damian adds a hood to his costume, likely just for Rule of Cool.
- Gone Horribly Right: His backstory eerily mirrors Cassandra Cain's - the diverging point lies in the fact that while Cassandra was treated as a weapon, Damian was treated as a prince. As a result, while she is disgusted with killing, Damian is rather ambivalent towards the act if it will further an end.
- Good Is Not Nice: Is probably the least friendly member of the Batfamily (next to Jason) and one of the most willing to resort to excessive force when apprehending someone, frequently terrorizing random criminals for kicks. He once dealt with a man impersonating Batman by tossing him a Bat-Grenade (granted, the man was technically already dead and was being mind controlled by someone else anyways).
- Grade-School C.E.O.: Like his father and older brothers, he's a co-owner of Wayne Enterprises. During Batman RIP, he's shown in a suit, intimidating the board.
- Has a Type: His encounters with Stephanie and Kara have given him a preference for blondes.
- Height Angst: Post-Rebirth, Damian is annoyed at his shortness despite hitting puberty and turning thirteen. It doesn't help that Superboy, who is still in his pre-teens, is taller than him and uses it as leverage in their petty arguments. Also lampshaded by Alfred.Alfred: [talking about Damian's Robin uniform] I could only find this one, but it's cleaned, patched, and pressed. The boy has several, but luckily, at the rate he's growing, he'll be able to wear them for the next two decades.
- HeelFace Turn: Chooses to side with the no-kill ideology of his father rather than stay with his mother... who promptly puts a half-billion dollar bounty on his head.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Post HeelFace Turn, his murderous background tends to be played up for laughs due to his straight delivery, even though he doesn't kill anymore.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Damian is killed attempting to stop the monstrous clone of himself from killing a girl he rescued. In front of his own mother, who refused to call it off! However, he got better.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Whilst they still bicker a lot, he and Jon seem to have become this trope by Adventures of the Super Sons.
- Hidden Depths: Even early on, during his Jerkass phase, we see him regret failing to save Sasha.
- Hilariously Abusive Childhood:
- Went through years of mental and physical training to become the "Warrior King of a New Dark Age" and received things like a Jetliner, a Hydrofoil, and an island for Christmas. You want a loyal Tykebomb? Spoil it rotten.
- Now played straight, because all Damian wanted was his mother to love him, and found being Robin and with the Bat-Family to be far more fulfilling then being the heir to the Al Ghul legacy. Plus, bigger islands, cooler toys.
- In Super Sons #1, he casually notes that his geology teacher was murdered and dumped in the ocean once Damian learned enough to get himself a doctorate, much to Jon's dismay.
- Hope Spot: "Batman vs. Robin" sets him up for several of these in a very, very cruel fashion. To illustrate: wow, Damian, your father might still be alive, but wait, does that mean you'll lose your place as Robin? That's all right, the man you've come to respect believes in you and is excited to have you helping him solve an old school mystery complete with secret passages and ancient clues! Isn't that wonderfu-SPINE HACK!!!!
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Damian is insistent at being the best at everything he does, which can make him an irritating braggart who is constantly trying to one-up everyone around him. However, he is also extremely insecure due to how out of place he feels at home due to his upbringing, the fact that the other Robins had spent many more years with his father, and his constant fear of losing everything he gained from turning away from his position as the heir to the al Ghuls. As a result, he is terrible at expressing how he truly feels about those close to him, which leads others to keep him at arm's length in turn.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Damian always wanted to be considered special to his father, Bruce. More than anything, he has always wanted to be accepted by him and follow in his footsteps. This is exemplified during the Robin War arc, where he is pissed to find out that hundreds of untrained children and teenagers have taken up the identity of Robin, a title he cherishes deeply after he finally began to fit into the Batfamily. In Nightwing (Rebirth), Damian admits that he's terrified of the idea of being forgotten and replaced by another child, whether Bruce takes in another Robin or if Dick settles down to have a child.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Seems to have this issue as of Rebirth. Unfortunately, his complete lack of social skills means that he goes about it badly.
- He abducts the other Teen Titans when reforming the team.
- Despite them both claiming to hate one another, Damian deliberately seeks out Jon to drag him on a mission. It's easy to interpret many of his interactions with Jon as him wanting to make friends but not knowing how, and falling back on the job as an excuse to seek him out.
- Improbable Age: As noted below, Damian has an extremely varied skillset and a keen intellect unheard of for most boys his age, being skilled enough in numerous sciences to earn him doctorates, learning to drive at the age of five, was writing emails to newspaper editors at two, and demolishes entire squads of trained ninja with ease. This is not even taking into account the fact that he can disarm atomic bombs, design his own optical filters, and hack the security systems of major companies like Lexcorp (whose president has a twelfth-level intellect) with a bored yawn. In Super Sons #10 he claims to have learned seven languages and written five doctorate-level theses by the time his baby teeth were finished growing in. This is also deconstructed, as he sacrificed his social skills for this training and often skimps out on daily tasks that his father expects him to do simply because he feels he doesn't need to (i.e. homework from Alfred).
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Damian claims to be an even better archer than Green Arrow at one point, using a bow he stole from a crook to shoot another crook faster than they can pull the trigger. In another instance, he performs acupuncture with a Batarang, throwing it in such a way that it's embedded in a nerve in a woman's arm, paralyzing it.
- Insufferable Genius: His general demeanor. He does have the skill to prove it in combat, but his arrogance gets him in over his head at times. There's also the fact that he's a pre-teen using words like "interminable". Much like his father, he's also experienced in a variety of fields, schooling Merlyn, one of the highest paid assassins in the world (putting him in the same league as Deathstroke and Deadshot) and Green Arrow's archrival, in a toxicology lesson and stating in Super Sons #1 that he could have gotten a doctorate in geology at seven. The only reason why he didn't was the fact that his mom killed his teacher and dumped the body in the ocean to cover her tracks. He is also an excellent actor, posing as Jon's bus driver and his substitute teacher in the same day, with Jon never suspecting anything until Damian dropped a massive boulder of snow on a bunch of bullies. He's also fluent in several languages, including Arabic, Greek, and Spanish, and is sometimes shown quoting obscure classic literature.Jon: And when did you start driving, huh? Eight years old?Damian: Five, actually.
- In the Hood: Damian wears a hood as part of his Robin costume. Dick Grayson points out the inconvenience of such an accessory in Batman & Robin vol 1: Batman Reborn - Damian promptly informs Dick that he doesn't even need to see to fight. "I can hear you breathing in the dark," he says, and the subject is dropped.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Damian is above average in every skill the Robins need to know in order to fight crime but it has been shown that the other Robins have specialties within certain fields that surpass Damian (Tim is better with computers, research, and detective work. Dick is more athletic with far better leadership and interpersonal skills, Jason is also a better leader and is better armed).
- Jerkass: He tried to murder Tim when he was newly arrived from his mother's upbringing claiming that Tim didn't deserve his place in the family or Robin, a title Damian desired for himself. Damian continued to attack Tim even after learning the Batfamily did not operate on You Kill It, You Bought It.
- Jerkass Façade: He's definitely standoffish, arrogant, and rude, but at least part of this is due to his own insecurities. Yet at the same time he can be exceedingly kind to those he cherishes and is fully willing to lay down his life for them. It's most obvious when he's interacting with Dick or Jon.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's slowly becoming more mature and more empathetic, especially towards kids.
- Damian drops most jerkass tendencies when Dick either impresses him or is in trouble. The greatest example of this is when he tries to save Dick during the 'Batman and Robin Must Die!' arc. Damian also leaps into Dick's arms after finding out that he was alive the whole time after Damian's own return from the dead.◊ Later in Nightwing (Rebirth) when he learns that Dick's possibly pregnant girlfriend was kidnapped, he insists on doing everything in his power to help Dick with the rescue, even stealing the old Batmobile the two used during their time as Batman and Robin from the Batcave.
- And in canon, he was visibly disgusted and threw up when he saw hundreds of dead bodies of children.
- Also from canon, we found out he has been visiting Hush (who had surgery to make him look like Bruce Wayne), who was imprisoned in the Wayne Tower, and playing chess with him. Hush suspects that he does this because Damian is grieving for his father and it's a way for him to spend some time with his father.
- He is also genuinely helpful to Jon Kent at times, dropping a boulder of snow on bullies who were throwing snowballs filled with rocks at him and buying him a game system.
- Karma Houdini: Hey, remember the Spook? The D-list villain who Damian decapitated? Neither does anyone else, apparently, except for Tim, who reminds him when fighting him in the New 52.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wielded one in most of his earliest appearances, but has since swapped it out for a significantly less lethal staff as part of settling into his role as Robin rather than an assassin.
- Kid Hero: Damian fits this trope as Robin, especially now that he has become a much more heroic and much kinder person.
- Kids Are Cruel: Damian has his moments of cruelty, such as when he dropped Jonathan Kent off an eighty-story building just to distract Lex Luthor. He also tends to get into squabbles with his adoptive brothers.
- Kid Sidekick: First to Dick as Batman; later on to Bruce as Batman. Both times as Robin.
- Knight Templar: Teen Titans (Rebirth) is painting him as one of these, although it's wildly inconsistent with it considering that Damian tells Djinn that it doesn't matter that she's done bad things, he has too, and that he doesn't believe she's truly bad since she's a Kind Hearted Cat Lover. It doesn't help that this trait is completely absent from his portrayal in every other Rebirth series, including Super Sons and Adventures of the Super Sons. Possibly justified as this trait seems to have come about as a response to a disagreement with his father at the end of Justice League: No Justice, which canonically occurred after both of the aforementioned series. Taken Up to Eleven with the secret prison plotline, which recently revealed that he's working with Jason.
- Knight Templar Little Brother: He's fiercely protective of his adopted big brother/father figure/Morality Pet Dick Grayson.
- Lack of Empathy: In the beginning. Although this really changed as time went on, with it being shown and displayed that Damian is indeed capable of guilt, remorse, sympathy and empathy.
- Lamarck Was Right: Justified. He's been trained from early childhood to kick ass; Talia leaves Damian with Bruce to just enhance it.
- Last-Name Basis: Addresses everyone by their hero or villain title or their last name (i.e. Todd, Drake, and Pennyworth). Initially, the only exceptions are his father, mother, and grandfather. However, he eventually starts addressing Dick Grayson as "Richard", a far cry from how he addresses the other Robins. He later addresses Maya by her first name as well. When he's being truly candid with others, he'll use their first name, as he does with Dick and Jon.
- Leader Wannabe: At Dick's urging, he briefly joined the Teen Titans pre-Flashpoint, and as the resident Robin, declared himself leader (Tim Drake/Red Robin, the real leader, was absent at the time). However, everyone else thought of him as annoying, and he left once Tim came back.
- Le Parkour: Dick is still the better acrobat, but Damian is so good at this that he can maneuver through entire secret bases without ever touching the floor.
- Licked by the Dog:
- Alfred and Dick actually believe that Damian can grow up to do his father's legacy justice. So far, they seem to be right, as he finds being Robin and doing good to be best thing he's done with his life, eventually breaking away from his mother completely.
- Quite literally, by baby Goliath.
- Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Maya.
- Like Father, Like Son: In the future, it is shown or suggested that Damian will follow in his father Bruce's footsteps as the future Batman. In Detective Comics (Rebirth), an alternate future version of Tim Drake murders Damian after his overly pragmatic methods razed half of Gotham to the ground before taking the cowl himself.
- Likes Older Women: According to Damian. He has professed interest in both Katana and Supergirl. It may be because he sees himself as an adult.
- Living Emotional Crutch: After his death, Batman became an emotional wreck who lashed out at everyone and everything with increasing brutality while using increasingly extreme methods to try and revive Damian. He becomes significantly more level-headed after Damian is resurrected.
- Damian is also one for Dick, who breaks down and hallucinates a scenario where he became a disheveled, murderous vigilante named "Bloodwing" after he believes that Damian was killed by Dr. Hurt.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Before breaking away from his mother, he was never allowed to socialize with kids his own age. This leads to him having No Social Skills.
- Lovable Coward: Not Damian, but his pet dragon bat Goliath. As big and strong as he is, he wouldn't hurt a fly if he didn't have to and much prefers to run from his problems.
- Luke, You Are My Father: More like "Batman, I'm your son." This is what Damian's first meeting with Bruce consisted of.
- Luminescent Blush: In Super Sons #9, his ears are seen turning bright red while receiving a heartfelt hug from Hard Line and Big Shot.
- Master-Apprentice Chain: In Batman #700, it shows not only the chain of Bruce > Dick > Damian, but that Damian will later teach Terry McGinnis from Batman Beyond; the chain keeps going all the way to Batman One Million.
- Meaningful Name: Damian means "one who tames, subdues", while he is "tamed" by the Batfamily. The name is often said to mean "demon" or "son of the devil", and his mother's surname, Al Ghul, means "of the demon".
- Multi-Melee Master: As the 99 Fiends find out.Damian: [to Ra's over a walkie-talkie while standing on a pile of unconscious bodies] Ninjas, grandfather? Really? I'm disappointed.
- My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad: Fine, when your dad is Batman, you can have bragging rights.
- He doesn't seem to understand that Batman and Superman are actually good friends. He can't understand why Batman would respect Superman at all since he (Damien) is annoyed by Superman's idealism. This carries over into his interactions with Jon. When they both get grounded for running off in the middle of the night for an adventure (that involved breaking in to Lex Luthor's property), he assumes that he is only being grounded because Batman wants to save face with Superman since Jon is grounded too.
- The Napoleon: At age 13, he's still shorter than the younger One Head Taller Jon Kent (who is still in elementary school), a fact that makes Damian mad whenever the latter brings it up.
- Nurture over Nature: Early on in Batman and Robin (2009), Damian is determined to save a girl from Professor Pyg and heartbroken when he fails. It's a subtle way of showing that he's a good person who was raised to be bad. Really driven home by the fact that his father follows Thou Shalt Not Kill and his mother is an assassin. Although the latter raised him with no concept of the value of life, living with the latter (and Dick) allows him to become more compassionate.
- No Social Skills: Damian has issues with communicating with others and getting along with people. However, he does eventually start to change his ways. It's revealed that he actually hired someone to teach him how to act socially.
- Not Good with People: Damian has a cow (affectionately called the Bat-Cow), a Great Dane (Titus), a kitten (Alfred), and a Dragon Bat (Goliath) for pets. He is also a vegetarian and refuses to eat meat of any kind. When it comes to people, he's a little less forgiving and a lot more violent. Apparently for Damian, killing or torturing people is okay, but killing or eating animals is a big no-no. He grows out of the latter part, but he still tends to prefer animals to humans, as shown when he kidnapped and interrogated Jon Kent due to the latter accidentally killing his cat Goldie while trying to take down the red-tailed hawk that was kidnapping her.
- Odd Friendship: In the adventure they shared together in the Supergirl series Damian was actually downright pleasant in his own way towards Jaime Reyes, Blue Beetle. It could arguably also be something of a Pet the Dog. Or he just might enjoy the company of the low key and genuine Nice Guy type, as Jaime and Dick are.
- Older Than They Look: He could still pass for an elementary schooler at 13 because of how short he is.
- One-Man Army: His training makes him this on his best days, allowing him to clear entire rooms full of crooks single-handedly and take down smaller groups in seconds. If he's fighting normals and they aren't at least as well-trained or armed as he is, they're going down without much of a fight.
- Orc Raised by Elves: Was raised by his mother and trained by the League of Assassins as a killer at early age. Without knowing a word of his existence, Damian appears in his 10s in Bruce Wayne's house as a ruthless and violent kid left there by Talia to disrupt Batman's work. With his mentorship as well as Dick Grayson's (who would become the new Batman when Bruce temporarily died), Damian makes a HeelFace Turn and eventually becomes the new Robin, being like an Anti-Hero version of this Kid Sidekick.
- Parental Abandonment: He only knew about his father for much of his life, rather than know him personally, and, pre-Flashpoint, his mom wasn't very proactive in his rearing. His mother has abandoned him now as well, because he chooses to side with Dick, Alfred and his father's ideals over Talia.
- Pet the Dog: Is genuinely horrified at the hundreds of dead children he and Dick find on Christmas Day, and has a soft spot for animals. The latter must run in the family.
- We also found out that he's been visiting Hush (who had surgery to make him look exactly like Bruce Wayne) in his prison at the Wayne Tower and playing chess with him. But Hush himself suspects it's Damian's form of grieving for his father's death and a way for him to spend more time with his "father".
- His giving Colin/Abuse the Cycle Of Abuse, as a roundabout way of thanking him for his assistance.
- He bonds with the Great Dane his father gave him, naming it Titus and they have had several scenes together.
- In Batman #666, he owns a cat that he named Alfred. He now owns this cat in the current comics as well.
- All of Batman and Robin Annual #1. While there was a somewhat selfish bent behind his actions (Damian wanted to be able to patrol Gotham as Batman for a few days as a Call-Forward to Batman #666), he effectively sends his father on vacation to various locales treasured by Martha and Thomas Wayne, bringing a great number of smiles to Bruce's face while taking him completely by surprise multiple times. All of the people Damian contacted to make this happen considered him sweet and courteous, much to Bruce's (hidden) disbelief.
- In Super Sons #9 he's genuinely furious when Yggardis speaks of the heroes of Eoroe with disdain.Damian: Those are people! Not your clay playthings! People from a planet you destroyed! And we're going to fight until our last breath to make sure it's the last- [gets cut off by Superboy]
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The youngest of the Robins, but still extremely (if not more than the other Robins) competent.
- Precocious Crush: Dick teases him over having a crush on Supergirl.
- Princely Young Man: Damian often acts very snobbish, entitled and stuck up. Why wouldn't he? He's strong, he's intelligent, he's capable, he's rich AND most of all, he's Bruce Wayne/Batman's biological son and the heir to the al Ghul bloodline.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: When Supergirl asks Damian how he knew about a crime before she told him, he only replied "Son. Of. Batman."
Damian: [while piloting his Robin-copter] I. Do. Not. High. Five.
- More recently, his response to offers for high-fives.
- Rasputinian Death: The kid gets put through the wringer before finally dying. Gets the Bane styled "Back snap", gets shot with a shower of arrows, and thrown though a wall, before finally getting fatally stabbed.
- Reckless Sidekick: His superiority complex from his League of Assassins training and being Batman's son has made him a very reckless child, but he's developing out of it.
- Redemption Demotion: He's still as agile and intelligent as he was when he first appeared, it's just the fact that he can't kill tends to render most of the stratagems he was taught moot; cue many beatdowns.
- The Resenter: In his early appearances, part of his attitude was that there were three young men Bruce Wayne had been like a father to, and he wasn't one of them. Bruce has made up for that since, and his relationship with his predecessors has become somewhat less antagonistic.
- Royal Brat: Alright, technically he's not royalty, but his maternal grandfather is Ra's Al Ghul and his father is Batman.
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: His upbringing in the League of Assassins and his natural talent allow him to excel at almost everything a Robin could be asked to, hand-to-hand combat, computer hacking, marksmanship, stealth, detective work and so on. However, his lack of interaction with anyone his own age for the majority of his life means that he has No Social Skills and struggles to empathize with others and fit in after turning away from his murderous past.
- Scare 'em Straight: The beginning of his solo series implies that for all his reluctant attempts at superheroism, he went straight to Hell when he died, which encourages him to try and atone for his past mistakes when given another chance at life.
- Secret Keeper: For Huntress in the New 52.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He uses words no kid his age would, like transgressor, interminable, and alopecia (baldness caused by an immune disorder) in casual conversation.
- Sexy Shirt Switch: Parodied in the second chapter of Peter Tomasi's Black Dawn storyline in Superman (Rebirth) where, after having to sleep over at the Kent household overnight (which he hadn't planned for), Damian is forced to wear some of Jon's old clothes including a shirt that's too big and shorts that are way too short.
- Shadow Archetype: His composition makes him one to the Bat Clan (Bruce's age when his quest for vengeance began with many of the skills he would come to acquire but none of the maturity, Dick's being formally trained before being Robin with the loving parents replaced with sinister assassins, Jason's violent tendencies, Tim's intelligence minus the patience and rationale to utilize it properly, and, as mentioned above, Cassandra's general origin of being raised as a killer, minus all the stuff that made Cass want to avoid that origin in the first place).
- Sibling Rivalry: With both Jason and Tim. He clashes with Jason because of their similar personalities and Jason's status as the "bad" Robin as well as Bruce's son, while Jason sees him as an entitled little brat. He dislikes Tim because he initially saw Tim as his competition in being Batman's partner and son, and after Damian almost killed Tim and replaced him as Robin, Tim has no love for Damian either, seeing him as entitled, bratty and a murderer. Damian notably addresses Jason and Tim by their last names, and specifically reminds Tim that he's adopted numerous times. All of this is averted with Dick, who Damian not only respects and loves as a brother, but also addresses as "Richard".
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Tim. Damian is the polar opposite of Tim in terms of upbringing, beliefs and values. Damian was brought up in a violent, chaotic environment. Tim was brought up in a loving, caring environment. The differences in the way Tim and Damian were brought up helped to shape Tim and Damian's personalities, beliefs, ideologies and outlooks.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Jason.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted, he really is as deadly as he says... he's just not allowed to kill. Most of the time anyway; he gets away with beheading a Talon in the Court of Owls arc as a result of their incredible regeneration abilities.
- Sociopathic Hero/Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Played for Drama at times and Played for Laughs at others. Damian's upbringing with the League of Assassins has given him a superiority complex and some very disturbing perspectives. He gets better with time though.
- Sour Supporter: He'll sneer and chide to the moon, but he rarely disobeys an order. It's hard to find a superhero as vitriolic as Damian. It's even harder to find a more stalwart ally once you've earned his trust.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's Damian, not the (slightly) more common Damien.
- Spoiled Brat: Damian's a capable fighter, smart, tough, rich and entitled. But most of all, he's Bruce Wayne/Batman's biological son. He's also spoiled (his mom gave him islands for Christmas) with a strong sense of self-entitlement.
- Teens Are Short: Much shorter than his 5'11-6'2'' brothers and father, despite being thirteen years old as of Rebirth. It's a Running Gag in Super Sons, where he's repeatedly mistaken as being Jon's younger brother due to being shorter than the half-Kryptonian.
- Thicker Than Water: Played with. Green Arrow notes that for all of Damian's pride, he is fiercely loyal to his family (especially his father and Dick) above all else, to the point of being almost blindly obedient to his father's instructions during Dark Nights: Metal. When Arrow begins criticizing Batman's actions, Damian is quick to refute him, which only serves to prove Arrow's point. However, Batman is his only blood relative, while the rest of his siblings are adoptive.
- Token Super: Damian was this for the Batfamily for a little while when he got powers temporarily.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Damian learned the concept of love and compassion as time progressed. Most of this occurred under the guidance, mentoring and tutelage of Dick (his adoptive brother) and later on, Bruce (his father). Both Dick and Bruce have managed to help shape Damian into a much more compassionate person capable of love, empathy, sympathy and affection, even if he's still bratty and arrogant much of the time.
- Trap Master: His unique flavor of Crazy-Prepared during his tenure as Batman. According to him, he lacks the skill of Bruce or Dick, so before going public as the new Batman, he spent three years booby-trapping the entire city.
- Troubled, but Cute: Damian is so adorable, yet is so incredibly troubled at the same time. He comes from an upbringing of pure, utter dysfunction and he was raised to be a sociopathic, violent person.
- Troubled Child: Comes from a violent upbringing, was raised to be an assassin and kill innocents, has strong parental issues with his mother Talia, was exposed to and raised by a sociopathic, crazy villain of a grandfather (Ra's Al Ghul), has Parental Abandonment issues with both of his parents (Bruce and Talia), didn't have a father figure in his life for 10 years, had to suffer his parents being at odds with each other and fighting over who gets possession of him therefore, resulting in only more chaos and dysfunction for Damian, doesn't exactly fit in with the rest of the Bat Family and appeared to be the automatic unfavorite amongst the Wayne/Bat-Family. Yeah, one can understand or see why Damian is so troubled.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Damian is a ten-year-old who is firmly convinced that he's the natural successor to his father's legacy and Dick Grayson is an idiot. In addition to being a particularly grim (and potentially deadly) Robin, he is frighteningly efficient at running Wayne Enterprises due to his extreme intelligence and his strong business acumen.
- With Damian, several characters acknowledged it was a bad thing. Bruce originally didn't let him out in the field, and he only became Robin under Dick. Dick got him to act a little more normal though Dick's extreme own personal combo of experience, patience, and just being a good person. Stephanie, after learning Damian had never really played in his life, forced him onto a moon-bounce with her (though she admitted she was pretty sure he wasn't joking about stabbing her several times during her run) and usually ignored him when he got bratty. Damian acted a little more like a kid around Colin Wilkes (probably to put Colin, who was the same age, more at ease), but it was a major change form his original characterization.
- Tim and many other people still found him very unnerving even by the time of the reboot, though.
- One of the major themes in Batman and Robin from the New 52 reboot is the difficulty Bruce is having in keeping Damian under control.
- Tsundere: Damian refuses to admit it to Dick's face, but he respects him very greatly, even standing up to his mother, Talia, when she bad mouths him. They have a more brotherly relationship then he'd care to admit, despite his snarky comments to Dick. He also seems to be this way for Stephanie as Batgirl and with Alfred.
- By "Batman and Robin Must Die!", Damian openly shows concern and tries his hardest to save Dick from Dr. Hurt. He even outright apologies to Dick for failing to save him. Maybe he's outgrowing it.
- Seems to be developing it with Jon Kent. Despite the amount of time the two boys spend together and the hints that show Damian values his time with Jon, he still refuses to acknowledge that they are friends. Even though at times he seems more like he's friends with Jon more than he is with the Teen Titans.
- Tyke Bomb: Damian was trained from an early age to be a warrior. The difference between him and Cassandra is that she was treated as a weapon. Damian was treated as a prince, spoiled rotten and able to do whatever he wants.
- Use Your Head: When trapped in a stone coffin and lacking the leverage to force his way out with his fists, he resorts to smashing it open with his forehead instead. Once he escapes, his forehead is bright red and somewhat bloody.Damian: The fool may have nailed the lid down, but he compromised its structural integrity! The same cannot be said for my head.
- Vague Age: In the New 52, his age is never explicitly stated and it's said that Talia artificially aged him. Only five of his birthdays are shown, and this lined up neatly with the New 52's "five year" timeline. However, by the time Rebirth starts, he's explicitly thirteen.
- Verbal Tic: *tt*, it's not entirely certain what kind of sound it is, but many fans believe that it is the sound of Damian clicking his tongue against the roof of his mouth.
- More likely than not, the sound is actually an aspirated t [th] (say the letter t the way you would a p), which could have led to the use of "-tt-" instead of "tch" in the comics. The sound itself is quite common in Middle Eastern languages (actually showing up as the Armenian letter թ) and is really, really derisive.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Shades of this with Stephanie, though good grief, it's heavy with Jonathan Kent—their first adventure begins and ends with the two of them slugging it out. Despite this, when he wants to go on his own adventures without his father or the Teen Titans, he goes to Jon, so he obviously genuinely likes him to a degree. While he maintains his aloof and "holier-than-thou" attitude with Jon at almost all times, he does say things like, "Let's just cut right to me and my pal kicking your—", showing that Damian does in fact care for his compatriot. Blatantly stated by Raven, who can look past his prickly exterior thanks to her nature as The Empath.Raven: Do not let Robin's defensiveness mask his real feelings, Superboy. He respects you deeply. We all do now that we know you.
- Then in Batman #34, Damian is threatening Superman for not letting him into the compound where Batman and Catwoman are fighting Talia al Ghul, saying that he would use magic to kill the Kryptonian rather than kryptonite. Superman agrees completely... until he points out that even trying to do that will probably stop Jon from hanging out with him. Damian immediately shuts up.
- Damian is also deeply disturbed when Future Tim Drake tells him that Damian is going to do something so awful to Jon in the future that he deserves to die for it.
- Come Teen Titans #15, Damian finally admits that he does indeed see Jon as a friend and promises to keep him safe from Future Tim Drake, no matter what.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy:
- He was designed, trained, and conditioned to please his mother and fulfill her ambitions, and his greatest childhood wish was to meet his father. Some of his most aggressive and insecure actions have stemmed from his wish to be the greatest in the eyes of one of his parents, both of whom can be very emotionally distant.
- He shows this towards Dick as well.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Slowly, beginning in Batman and Robin, under the constant tutelage of Dick Grayson and after being imparted a couple of lessons in teamwork from Tim Drake, Damian's brash cockiness evolves into an overly serious, competent but gloomy hero. A little clone of his daddy. Stephanie Brown, the third Batgirl (not counting Helena Bertinelli) comes actually to pity his utter inability to act his age anymore, being a 10 year old kid unable to play or interact with other children easily, but deadly competent in crimefighting and investigation, with snarker-tendencies. Nevertheless, he does have his moments of childishness.
- You Can't Go Home Again: By choice, as he found being a part of the Bat-family to be a more fulfilling life than being the prince of the League of Assassins.
- Younger Than He Looks: In order for the New 52 timeline to make any sense at all with him, it is very much implied that Damian is not actually ten years old, but merely has the physical body of a ten year old, and was rapidly aged along with his test-tube birth thanks to a shard of New God phlebotinum that Bruce and Clark encountered in their (forgotten) first encounter prior to their forming the Justice League.
Robin III / Catgirl / Batgirl II / Batwoman (Carrie Kelley)
The Robin that appears in Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Technically, the first female Robin, although she is not considered canonical. She later becomes "Catgirl" in The Dark Knight Strikes Again. She is also featured in Ame-Comi Girls as the Robin of that Alternate Universe.
She also exists in the New 52, but not as Robin. However, she did appear at a Halloween party dressed in her Robin outfit. Instead, she's a college film student who Damian Wayne hires for acting lessons.
- Aborted Arc: She appeared in two issues of Batman and Robin, and one of the following issues according to the trend adopted after Damian's death was originally named Batman and Carrie Kelley, but that never materialized. Fan theory at the time was that she was going to be the new canon Robin, but she's not been seen or heard from since.
- Age Lift: Her mainstream DCU counterpart debuted as a college student, while her original version was still in high school.
- Boyish Short Hair: In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
- Canon Immigrant: After Damian's death, she was introduced into the mainstream universe.
- Legacy Character: To both Robin and Catwoman. She's the third Robin after Dick Grayson and Jason Todd and later Catgirl, named after Catwoman. She also briefly assumed the Batman identity.
- Spell My Name with an "S": It's Carrie Kelley, but "Kelly" is ubiquitous among fans.
- Weapon of Choice: Her slingshot.
Robin/Lark/The Signal (Duke Thomas)During Scott Snyder's Flashback arc Batman: Zero Year, Bruce encountered an intelligent youngster by the name of Duke Thomas. In the present, Duke returned in the Batman: Endgame, and was the lead of the We Are Robin series. His parents are eventually victims of Joker toxin and Bruce invites him to live in Wayne Manor. In DC Rebirth, Batman tells Duke that he has no intention of training Duke to become a Robin, but something new, in an accelerated pace more akin to a partnership.
See Bat-Family page.
Robin of Earth-2 (Dick Grayson)
The Dick Grayson from the Pre-Crisis Earth-2. Distinguished from the mainstream Dick Grayson in that he never stopped being Robin, even after becoming an adult with his own superhero career.
- Ambadassador: In the Bronze Age, he became the American Ambassador to South Africa, all the while still being active as a hero.
- Depending on the Artist: How the mask on his adult costume is designed, and how old he looks.
- Kid Hero All Grown-Up: Moreso than most Robins, due to Comic-Book Time not applying in Earth-Two. He was in his forties during the Bronze Age revival of the Justice Society of America, and in his fifties when Crisis on Infinite Earths occurred.
- Like Brother and Sister: To Helena Wayne, the daughter of Bruce Wayne, also known as the Huntress.
- Ret Gone: Alongside most of Earth-2 following Crisis on Infinite Earths, at least until the Multiverse was properly restored.
- Sidekick Graduations Stick: To an extent. While he remained in the Robin identity, he remained active as a hero even after Batman retired, and had considered taking the mantle of Batman. He doesn't take the role until the end of Convergence: Detective Comics
Robin / Huntress / Batman IV (Helena Wayne)
The New 52 Robin of Earth-2, who mostly operated as the Huntress. The circumstances of her tenure were expanded on in Worlds Finest. After moving back to Earth-2, she assumes the mantle of Batman (she wears a heavy coat to conceal her sex).
See her page
Robin (Bruce Wayne Jr.)In some realities, Bruce Wayne has a son and grows up to be the Robin to Dick Grayson's Batman.
- Depending on the Writer: His mother is either Kathy Kane, Selena Kyle, or unmentioned altogether. Also, he's either raven-haired or blond.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Sometimes he resembles his father when he was a kid.