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Timothy Jackson "Tim" Drake-Wayne
Tim Drake as Red Robin III
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"I thought I'd left that world behind me. That maybe I could do more good working from the shadows. Apparently I was wrong. I'm going to need help."

Despite the setback of Jason Todd'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. & Battle For The Cowl, he has taken the role of Red Robin. With the return of Bruce & 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.

This version of Tim is back as of Young Justice (2019) as his memories of the original timeline have been restored.

created by: Marv Wolfman · Pat Broderick
first appearance: 1989, Batman #436

See Robin for tropes relating to the New 52 version of this character and his early DC Rebirth characterization.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: After his father learns that he is Robin and forbids him from continuing by threatening to expose Bruce Tim retires and adjusts quickly and happily back into civilian life even ignoring Bruce’s cruel Batman Gambit of putting his girlfriend in the suit and unfairly firing her after she broke a single rule in order to save his life. Tim does end up back in the suit after things in Gotham go rapidly downhill and the city needs him. He eventually even gains his father’s support and pride with the intervention of his stepmother though his dad would still prefer him to be safely off the streets.
  • Above the Influence: He politely declined a drunken Rose Wilson's offer to "be friends." Unfortunately, this led to a Not What It Looks Like moment between him and Kid Devil, Rose's love interest.
  • Action Hero: A highly trained martial artist who uses those skills to achieve his goals. During Battle for the Cowl Jason even admits that in a close quarters fight he has an advantage on Tim in reach, weight and strength but that without Jason having prior prep time Tim didn't he'd be outclassed in a straight fight due to Tim's training and fast thinking.
  • Amazon Chaser: Picks this trope up in Red Robin. He fails to stop a fight between his new ally, Pru, and the new Batgirl, Stephanie Brown, because he's too busy gawping at how much better Steph has gotten at fighting (and how good she looks in her costume). Both of these things very much work for him.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Chuck Dixon has mentioned that he had "Jewish" in mind while writing the character, but his series never explicitly stated his religious beliefs.
  • Anti-Hero: Slips into this as he gets older, using a modified version of Scarecrow’s fears gas to take down rioting gang members and other things which make Stephanie uncomfortable and lead to Dick being able to talk her into spying on him.
  • The Apprentice: As Robin he starts out as one to Batman, and Nightwing who he stayed with for a time during his training. Lady Shiva also sees him as one.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He was a massive fan of the original Dynamic Duo.
  • Attempted Rape: After Tim more than passes Ra’s al Ghul's tests Ra’s sends his half-sister the "Daughter of Acheron" to go make a worthy heir with him, Tim realized what they were up to and asked his sister Cass for backup.

  • Atrocious Alias: During the Young Justice’s jaunt through the multiverse, Tim defeats his Earth-3 counterpart and takes his costume and name, becoming “Drake”. At the end of issue 18, Tim’s back to being Robin with everyone telling him what a terrible name it was. The team was even planning an intervention but Batman beat them to it.

  • Audience Surrogate: A big part of Tim's popularity initially was how easily readers could relate to him as a character as he has the most 'normal' background out of the Robins.
  • Badass Bookworm: In a very Batman-like vein, he devotes his free time to developing electronic gadgets for crime-fighting purposes, when he's not actively trying to clone his dead friends back to life. He's been established as being way less agile than Dick Grayson, and Batgirl can wipe the floor with him (a single time when he managed to beat her is largely considered Fanon Discontinuity, and has since been explained away in canon as her being severely handicapped by the serum which was causing her to fight him in the first place), but he's still pretty awesome and can beat Killer Croc while having the flu.
  • Badass Cape: One of the alterations he made to the Robin costume was to make the outer side of the cape black and make the cape longer with modifications that allowed it to act as a glider or quickly detach and wrap around whatever is touching it making it a good temporary restraint for anyone trying to grab Tim by his cape. He then went for a completely black glider cape as Red Robin.
  • Badass and Child Duo: The child of the duo as Robin while working alongside Batman.
  • Badass Normal: Like all members of the Batfamily. Tim's best friends include the half-kryptonain with tactile telekinesis Conner Kent and the speedster Bart Allen. Tim has no trouble keeping up and is the one they look to as a leader when they're all together.
  • Bash Brothers: Occasionally with Batman. Also Nightwing and Superboy.
  • Battle Couple: With Stephanie Brown as Spoiler before they broke up. They're back together as of Rebirth.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: This almost backfires on him when he is properly questioned and nearly detained by a group of soldiers.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: When Tim first turns up in Steph's Batgirl series, the two of them are not on good terms. It only lasts the issue, with them making up at the end, but it's played for romantic tension.
  • Betrayal Insurance: Like his mentor he has a set list of plans for dealing with a number of his allies but they are mostly those whom he is not close to or have already made repeated attempts on his life.
  • Big Brother Worship: Tim Drake completely adores Dick Grayson.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Understandably happens sometimes due to the nature of his chosen profession, notably during both of his solo fights with Jason they cause this to each other though Tim wasn't really fighting back the first time.
  • Boots of Toughness: Rather than the pixie boots his predecessors wore as Robin Tim wears metal toed tabi boots.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In one of the arcs in the Young Justice comic, the team fell victim to this, but Supergirl helped snap them out of it.
  • Building Swing: Goes hand in hand with his Grappling-Hook Gun.
  • Bulletproof Vest: The Robin costume ends up with more armor in response to Jason's death.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Deliberately averted. After the death of Jason Todd, writers like Denny O'Neil knew they had to come up with a damn good reason why Batman would take on another Kid Sidekick. Making him a hindrance to Batman in any way was shot down because of this.
  • The Bus Came Back: Zatanna restored Tim's pre-Flashpoint memories, meaning the version of Tim in Young Justice (2019) is the same Tim who carried his own titles from 1991 to 2011 when Flashpoint erased him from reality.
  • Cain and Abel: Both Jason and Damian have tried to kill him a number of times making him the Abel to their Cain(s). Jason has come very close to succeeding.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: The reason Tim is now an orphan and permanently dedicated to crime-fighting.
  • Captain Obvious: In Young Justice at times when exposition was needed to point out something not clear in comic format. Of course, whenever Young Justice did something the author thought was stupid, it got mocked:
    Robin: The kids... They've turned old! And those other kids are dancing out of control!
    Superboy: Wow. I can tell you were trained by the world's greatest detective.
  • Cassandra Truth: When he realizes Bruce is not dead everyone thinks his mind has snapped from all of the losses he's had lately. Even if he's aware of how he sounds he knows someone needs to be looking for Bruce if there's even a chance he survived.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: In Red Robin #9, after Ra’s al Ghul realizes that Tim had much greater access to his computer systems than he had intended:
    Tim: How can I help you, Ra’s? Computer trouble?
  • Celibate Hero: Well, in the physical aspect. He’s dated before and was quite romantic with his girlfriends, but is repeatedly confirmed to be a virgin by his own choice.
    • Nearly subverted in Convergeance where he and Stephanie actually nearly became physically intimate, but only stopped because of their injuries, showing he's not entirely against sex.
  • Characterization Marches On: About a decade or so after his creation, it's common for Tim to be portrayed as a slightly neurotic neat freak but he started out as just an average boy with a messy room who stays up all night with dorm mates to watch baseball and play video games. Of course things have happened in his life since then.
  • Character Name Alias: When Young Justice infiltrated Spyboy’s sleeper personality's high school, they used ridiculously obvious aliases, including Rob Roy (Robin) and Helena Troy (Wonder Girl). Mercifully the charade didn't last long
  • Charity Ball: Being Bruce Wayne's son means he attends quite a few of these.
  • Chest Insignia: R on his upper left chest as Robin and his Red Robin uniform has one smack in the center of his chest.
  • The Chessmaster: How he defeated Ra's Al Ghul. It was such a victory that Tim himself earned the title, "Detective", a title that had been bestowed to Bruce, and Dick (just prior to taking on the mantle). Goes to show you how much the boy matured once Bruce Wayne... left.
  • Chick Magnet: Despite being kind of a nerd, he started attracting the attention of a lot of superheroines/villainnesses even at a young age, namely Lynx I, Spoiler, Dava, Darla Aquista, Lynx III (in Red Robin series), Secret and Arrowette (in Young Justice) despite not having the least bit of interest in most of them.
    "It's the cape. Chicks dig the cape."
  • Chosen Conception Partner: To Ra's Al-Ghul's sister, a "Daughter of Acheron". She fails, however.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He has often blamed himself for the deaths of classmates that he had failed to save, despite the fact that the victims brought it on themselves. He's also so dedicated to crimefighting that he would drop everything and anything to change into his Robin costume when he sees any sort of crime in his vicinity, mostly at the expense of his girlfriends, family and friends.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Tim's stepmother Dana. When his dad was Killed Off for Real in Identity Crisis, Dana had a nervous breakdown and shipped off to a sanitarium in Bludhaven the city that would soon be completely destroyed in Infinite Crisis. It was never confirmed if she was killed in Bludhaven. Neither has her continued existence.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: He wore glasses for a while during his short tenure at Brentwood Academy, as sort of a precaution.
  • Cloud Cuckoolanders Minder: For Bart Allen whenever Young Justice/Teen Titans are together.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Has escaped attempts by others to have him be a victim of it more than once, for example when Freeway left him to be tortured by Doctor Excess.
  • Combat Parkour: He may not be as agile as Nightwing but he definitely uses this, sometimes using his staff to propel himself or catch on things to alter his movements in a fight or chase.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not above using any advantage he can get in a fight. One story had him posioning his opponent with a substance that would only take effect during the fight, before said opponent even sent him her challenge.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Tim goes from an idealistic kid hoping to prompt his heroes into helping one another to a seasoned crimefighter.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Between his loyalty to his father and his loyalty to Bruce.
  • The Conscience: Puts himself in position to act as one for Bruce though he may not always listen and tries to be one for AzBats though this gets him physically attacked and kicked out of the Batcave (luckily Azrael is not as good at preventing Tim from accessing the cave and other Bat resources as he thinks, and unfortunately Azrael graduates to trying to kill Tim).
  • Consummate Liar: As a result of having to lie to everyone about his identity and activities for years he becomes a very good liar with the ability to control his heartbeat like Batman and Nightwing. When his father caught him in a lie and managed to discover that he was Robin Tim's inner monologue revealed that he had intentionally been less careful than usual as he was sick of lying to his dad but didn’t want to go against Bruce’s request of hiding being Robin so he just started to be more careless with things which might reveal his secret to his father.
  • Contamination Situation: He gets contaminated with Clench, also called the Apocalypse Virus, and spends some time curled up in the medical bay of the Batcave bleeding from the eyes while Alfred watches over him knowing that there is no known cure and only two known survivors.
  • Cool Car & Cool Bike: The Redbird, a transforming armored sport coupé though he rarely drives after wreaking it and getting a new one, and his bike which he prefers. He also had a skateboard he named the Redboard which he used for a while in costume.
  • Covered with Scars: As Red Robin he's getting there
  • The Cowl: After becoming Red Robin. He operates the most like Bruce out of the Robins after all.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Batman's rubbed off on him, obviously. During his time spent with the League of Assassins, Tim exploited his access to their database to pinpoint secret League locations in Gotham. That enabled him to orchestrate a Big Damn Heroes moment with his allies, to suppress the attempted assassinations on everyone that mattered to Bruce Wayne.
    • As Robin in Young Justice when the crew went camping, a game of Truth or Dare came up. He was dared to pull his mask off... and so he did, revealing that he had a SECOND mask on underneath! Yup, you can tell he was "trained by the world's greatest detective!"
  • The Creon: Unlike Bruce's other children Tim does not want to become Batman or replace Bruce's position in Gotham whatsoever,note  instead preferring to work as Batman's partner. While he's made it clear he'll take on the mantle if necessary he's also made it clear he absolutely hates the idea.
  • Dating Catwoman: Tim Drake has UST with: Spoiler, one that started when she hit him in the face with a brick, Darla "Warlock's Daughter," one of his classmates who was brought back from the dead to kill Robin wants to date Tim, Evil!Cassandra Cain when she was Brainwashed and Crazy tied for this angle, and, appropriately, both of the gangleaders named Lynx, the latter of whom tackled him out of a window, started kissing him in mid-air, and trusted in him to actually stop their fall with a grappling hook while she's massaging his tonsils with her tongue. Sometimes, there's an advantage to being the Dogged Nice Guy, though Cass and Darla both horrified him and he wasn't at all interested in reciprocating their advances.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: When Stephanie and Tim start dating Bruce disapproves as he thinks it encourages her to continue acting as Spoiler, Cluemaster disapproves when he finds out since it means his daughter is dating a hero, and even Jack has something to say about Tim dating a girl who is the daughter of a supervillain and has had a child already. Tim and Steph don't care.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both in and out of costume, like when letting Cass know his retirement hasn’t cost him his Awesomeness by Analysis:
    Tim: Tell Batman I didn’t get a lobotomy, just because I went out of the teenage detective business.
    Batgirl: He said you’d figure it out. You still… impress him.
    Tim: You bet. I’m Mister Remarkable. I even do balloon animals.
  • Depending on the Artist: Tim has been drawn differently by multitude of artists in his 20+ year history, but there are a few constants in his appearance: spiky, gelled-up hair; average height and a slim body type.
    • Even the spikey hair is gone now. As of the New 52, he usually sports Dick Grayson's old haircut while out of costume, while Dick's hair has gotten longer and more spikey (which is also Depending on the Artist).
  • Determinator: "I'll never give up, Dad. Not while there's a breath in our bodies — neither one of us will ever give up."
  • Deus Angst Machina: To lose one parent, Mr. Drake, may be regarded as misfortune; to lose four...
  • Distressed Dude: Averted Trope. Unlike Dick Grayson constantly needing to be rescued or saved, Tim was deliberately kept out of danger for a long time after putting on the costume. Initially, he operated as Batman's Voice with an Internet Connection so that they could slowly introduce him to danger.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Not to Bruce's level but he sticks with the Batfamily's rule on gun use:
    Tim: Batman and I work outside the law so we can never appear in court to justify our use of deadly force. So, to reduce the chance of ending up with a corpse on our hands, we avoid those tools which employ deadly force.
  • Domino Mask: Keeping in with the fine tradition. He ditched it for a time when he was kicked out of the Robin mantle and wore a round-headed cowl-mask, but his Unternet costume has one and his New 52 Red Robin costume has it again.
  • Dynamic Character: Timothy starts out as an optimistic fan of Batman and both Robins capable of occasionally following them around and snapping pictures without being noticed and develops into an accomplished if jaded crime fighter in his own right who has led teams of superheroes, is running his own information network and is expected to surpass Bruce as the world’s greatest detective and has lost not just two but three parents.
  • Easing into the Adventure: Tim starts out just trying to get Dick to return to his role as the Dark Knights partner and Morality Pet since he can see that Bruce’s recklessness in the wake of Jason’s death is going to get him killed. He didn’t want to become Robin at first and even when he did he considered it a temporary role and started out as Mission Control and in training instead of going straight to being a crimefighter in Gotham like his predecessors.
  • Enemy Mine: The only person who believes him about Bruce not being dead is Ra's al Ghul who offers him support in his search.
  • Escape Artist: At some point Bruce figured out his Kid Sidekicks needed to be competent escape artists to survive.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: This is Tim's basic reaction to realizing that the Bad Future (caused by the fall of one of his hero friends) he'd been obsessively trying to find ways to avoid was Batman's idea of a test.
    • Upon realizing that Cass has betrayed everything she once stood for and is now his enemy, and especially when she captures him and strings him up and then punches him awake because, “Deathstroke wants to talk to you”.
    • When Jason decided the best reaction to the accidental Breaking Speech Bruce left for Jason in his video will was to become a murderous reinvention of Batman wielding guns after he and Tim had started to develop the bare beginnings of a brotherly relationship Tim grabs the Idiot Ball with both hands and allows himself to be caught by Jason in Jason’s booby trapped hideout giving Jason all the prep time and getting stabbed in the chest for his troubles. When he wakes and realizes Jason had left him for dead after Tim reflexively slowed his pulse enough to appear not to have one he is really disappointed in Jason and himself.
  • Evil Mentor: After Dick takes Robin from him the only person to (rather forcefully) offer their help in Tim’s search is Ra's al Ghul:
    I’m alone. I thought that no one was going to help me. That no one believed me. I was wrong. Ra's al Ghul believes me. He’s been watching me the whole time, ever since I left Gotham. Watching me search for Bruce. And of all the people on this planet, he wants to help me. He thinks I’m right.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After recovering from the burns he received from Anarky II Tim grew his hair out longer than it had been before and started wearing it differently and more professionally than his previous spiked look after becoming Red Robin.
  • Expressive Mask: The domino mask he wears as Robin and his cowl as Red Robin.
  • Expy: Of Peter Parker. It's no secret that Chuck Dixon based Tim Drake's adventures on the first 50 issues of The Amazing Spiderman. Fans used to compare him to the iconic Marvel superhero, calling him the Peter Parker of Gotham.
  • Face Palm: In Superman/Batman #62 Supergirl's enthusiasic self guided tour of the Batcave while Tim is in the middle of a sentence causes him to irritably drop his face into a hand. Perhaps she's giving him flashbacks to trying to corral Impulse:
    Tim: In the meantime feel free to give yourself a tour of the cave.
    Kara: Okay.
    Tim: Just dont touch
    *Kara zips off and returns at Super Speed*
    Tim: -anything.
    Kara: That was fun! What's the giant penny for?
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Tim tries to give Damian a second chance after trying to get through his head that he does not need to kill Tim to become accepted as Bruce’s son, Damian responds by trying to kill him again, and as a matter of fact never stops making attempts on Tim’s life though in Damian’s case he never really gives him his trust, Jason on the other hand betrays Tim thoroughly. After Tim helps Jason escape from Arkham and gives him access to the Batcave to view his portion of Bruce’s video will Jason seems to be ready to uphold their unspoken truce as he leaves but later has a complete breakdown over the message Bruce left and he nearly succeeds in murdering Tim.
  • Foil: To Dick Grayson. He is everything Dick Grayson was not, by design. Instead of the whimsical, lighthearted sidekick who spouted catchphrases and said "Golly" a lot, he was an extremely serious and dedicated crime-fighter.
  • For Great Justice: This is the reason besides someone needing to act as Batman’s conscience he feels there needs to be a Robin:
    "Robin is a symbol just as much as Batman is. It isn’t just a symbol of the law, it’s a symbol of justice. And Batman needs a Robin."
  • Freudian Trio: In Young Justice Tim is the superego to Bart’s Id and Kon’s Ego.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Did not have a good experience with his possible future as a gun-toting Batman in Titans Tomorrow.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a great martial artists and stealth fighter who was able to figure out Batman and Robin's identities at age nine and has only had more training and experience since.
  • Genius Slob: His room is a constant mess to the point where at least once Batman ran out of patience waiting for him to track down all the bits of his costume and snuck in behind him to find his glove and hand it to him so they could get out on patrol already. Tim is also a very intellectual Kid Detective capable of pulling off impressive Batman Gambits and is considered the best hacker outside of Babs/Oracle in the Batfamily.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Tim is actually pretty good at naming his gear and such, but when it comes to coming up with alternate names for himself he has a really hard time, usually just using a name someone else came up with. This comes to a head when he ends up meeting an evil alternate going by Drake and decides that's such a good alternate to Robin he'll use it himself. A man in the most secretive family in superheroics is using his own last name as his hero name.
  • Giving Them the Strip: During the Joker: Last Laugh crossover event Robin left behind his cape and tunic in order to get away from a slew of Jokerized Arkham inmates. Detaching his cape is actually a normal tactic for Tim, he even modified it so he can send a current through it that will cause the detached cape to wrap itself around whomever is holding it.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He won't kill you but he may leave you to die after giving you a warning to get out of a collapsing lair on your own.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He has the training to be quite capable of using this in a fight. He somehow overcomes Cass with this in a recent story.
    • It was a case of the writer not researching Cassandra's character. Another reason why the entire story has become Canon Discontinuity.
  • Go-to Alias: Since Batman didn't want Tim revealing his identity even to other heroes, he sometimes told them that his name was "Alvin Draper." Amusingly, his best friend in the superhero community Superboy immediately dismissed it, on the grounds that no one with that name would willingly go by it and would have introduced himself as "Al" or "Vinnie" instead.
  • Grade-School C.E.O.: For a time after Bruce's death, Tim Drake (as one of his legally adopted sons) had significant control over Wayne Enterprises as one of its owners. He is apparently still a co-owner along with his father and brothers, despite being a teen.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Standard Bat-gear
  • Great Detective: Tim is recognized by even Batman himself as a prodigy of investigation. He did figure out Bats was Bruce Wayne on his own, after all. It is pretty much canon that Tim will eventually surpass Batman in terms of detective skills.
  • Groin Attack: Jason did it to him first, and he was asking for it:
    Red Hood: Hey, if you boys want to try to kick my ass, next time just come to me and try it... don't hide behind some useless "Investigation."
    Robin: Hold up a sec... *knee to Jason's groin*
    Robin: Consider that "Next Time" Todd.
  • Guile Hero: Seems to be the only son that has really inherited this part of Batman's repertoire. Specifically noted that his ease in taking the adopted Wayne name was for all the advantages it gives him.
  • Hallucinations: While laying dying from Clench he suffers vivid ones of his family.
  • Harmful to Minors: He arrives home just after his father’s murder and sees his father’s dead body before Batman enters the house and hugs Tim as he cries wide-eyed where he collapsed upon realizing he was too late to save him in a pool of his father’s blood.
  • Has a Type: He seems to have a thing for girls wearing the Batgirl costume. Arguably first hinted at when Cass wore Barbara's old costume and then very noticeable later when he sees his on-off girlfriend Steph in her new Batgirl costume. Being Robin himself this isn't a surprise, seeing that Robins are always attracted to Batgirls.
    • He may unconsciously have a thing for blonde girls, as evidenced with Steph and Wonder Girl. Ariana even once accused him of it, saying that she bleached her hair because she thought he liked blondes.
  • Hates Being Nicknamed: When using his first name he is Tim or Timothy, never “Timmy”. He will immediately correct anyone calling him Timmy.
  • The Heart: For the outlier members of the Batfamily like Helena and Jason (before he snapped) whose extreme methods make them outcasts and left out by the rest of the family. He's also the first person to give Stephanie any training or support in her efforts as a hero and encourages her to preserve life and never kill which she was not a firm believer in at first.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Near the beginning of his career as Robin a great deal of his inner monologue consists of his worry of disappointing Batman and him considering how much better suited for certain situations his predecessors would have been. He does grow more confident with more time in the role and the acknowledgment of Nightwing.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Kon-El/Conner Kent and Bart Allen.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight / For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself: Robin and Spoiler go on a date in their costumes to a costumed Sci-fi movie viewing where they are complemented on their original designs (at this point Batman and the Batclan are widely considered to be urban legends).
  • Hollywood Atheist: His dad was Jewish or agnostic Depending on the Writer and his mom was Catholic, but after their deaths Tim became jaded with religion.
  • Hood Hopping: He’s not terribly comfortable jumping across moving cars but he can and has such as the time he teamed up with Wildcat.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Enforced Trope. Tim Drake was deliberately portrayed as extremely competent (even moreso than Batman in some ways) in order to justify why Batman would allow another kid to become his sidekick.
  • Iconic Item: His staff, especially in relation to his siblings who've each got their own iconic weapon note 
  • The Idealist: He starts out thinking he’ll be able to talk Dick Grayson into returning to the Robin role therefore restoring a healthy workplace for Batman and protecting Gotham. He quickly learns that there is no way that is going to happen but he doesn’t start to really slide towards cynicism until much later in his career after many devastating loses and betrayals.
  • I Have Many Names: Timothy "Tim" Jackson Drake-Wayne, Robin III, Red Robin III, Boy Wonder, Redbird, Detective, Alvin Draper, Tom Harper, Mr. Sar castic, Gary Glanz / Spectacular Sunbird, Caroline Hill, Cal Corcoran, Batman of Batman Beyond.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Tim never wanted to be a crime-fighter permanently. He just wanted to be Robin for a while until he could retire and go on with his life.
    • Although in Young Justice, he says he'd love to give up crimefighting, because that would mean crime had been eradicated.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By the Widower, it cost Tim his spleen.
  • Informed Ability: His supposed leadership skills with the Teen Titans.
    • Better portrayed when he was with Young Justice. That team was like herding superpowered cats. Impulse alone would try the patience of a saint.
    • Even when Wonder Girl took over leadership of Young Justice, everyone still treated Tim like he was the one in charge or at least co-leader.
  • Insistent Terminology: He prefers Tim though he’ll answer to Timothy, but not Timmy. He will immediately correct anyone calling him Timmy. While the Redbrid is transformed he'll happily inform people of it's proper name as well, to Shotgun Smith's annoyance as he scarcely fits in the car.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Two of his best friends are half-human, one being a half-Kryptonian clone and the other a demigod daughter of Zeus. He is friends with Lagoon Boy as well even though they are not particularly close, Klarion also decided to call Tim a friend, but considering their history and Tim’s reaction that is probably a more one-sided friendship.
  • Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: As befitting a Robin. He continues this trend in his Red Robin persona as well.
  • It's All My Fault: A number of deaths but especially those of his classmates Philmont Denlinger and Karl Rank as well as Stephanie since he feels responsible seeing as he encouraged her and was the first person to give her any training as a hero.
  • It's Personal: Tries to avoid this though he’s not always successful:
    Red Robin: The Widower. He killed Z and Owens. Cut Pru’s throat. Put a sword through me. Doesn’t matter. This isn’t personal. Much.
  • I Work Alone: Averted Trope. For all the ways Tim has become more like his mentor insisting on this is not one of them, though he does realize some expect it of him and uses it to his advantage:
    Red Robin: I realized you were playing with me but this is me, refusing to play. Did you think I was going to run around the city desperatley trying to save everyone all by myself? I'm not Batman. I have friends.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: To quote Fabian Nicieza:
    "What I love about Tim is that he shares some of the strongest traits of various Bat-family members. The intellect and detective skills of Bruce, the ability to lead others and be a friend to others like Dick has and even the ability to make cold, harsh decisions like Jason does."
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Far from his start as and idealist who hopes to help Batman and improve Gotham by the time he is Red Robin he has become cynical, interestingly Stephanie had become more of an idealist by the time she became Batgirl switching their positions on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism.
  • Jumped at the Call: He became Robin because he figured out who Batman was and recognized Bruce's Sanity Slippage without a teen sidekick to keep him honest.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Even after he and Stephanie become a couple Batman forbids him from revealing his secret identity to her. He has to use the alias of Alvin Draper to spend time with her outside of costume.
    I can’t lie to my father. Do you know how it feels? All of you can talk to your parents about who you really are, can’t you? None of you have to lie to your Dad. I can’t do it anymore. I hate it. Sometimes I hate…I hate Batman.
  • Kid Detective: He frequently demonstrated his amazing deductive and investigative skills, like when he deduced the identity of Batman to be Bruce Wayne
  • Kid Hero: Unlike his predecessors, Tim was the first Robin to operate solo in his own book and was considered more of a hero in his own right than just Batman's Kid Sidekick.
  • Kid Sidekick: To Batman. For a while had his own in the form of Spoiler while he was still a Kid Sidekick.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Tim Drake is a gigantic fanboy. While he was far too serious and earnest about trying to save Bats from himself when he first approached the Batclan to do much squeeing his later meetings with Black Canary, Wildcat and Blue Beetle provide him ample opportunity to gush about the older heroes. He even lines up to get Wildcat's signature.
  • Knockout Gas: A part of his arsenal, at one point he laments his Young Justice teammates attacking a villain when he could have just used some to knock him out and called it a day much quicker.
  • The Leader: Of Young Justice, his teammates still treat him like the leader voting him out of the position and replacing him with Wonder Girl when they lose their trust in him after Batman’s plans to be able to deal with the possibility of Justice League members going rouge becomes known to them.
    • Within Batman Inc. he is tasked with leading the Outsiders.
  • Legacy Character: The third Robin, obviously. Following Battle for the Cowl, Tim has taken up the role of Red Robin like Jason before him, now that the General is in jail.
  • Likes Older Women: In Red Robin Tim, who if he hadn't dropped out would be still be in High School, starts dating college girl Tam Fox.
  • Like Brother and Sister: His relationship with Cassandra Cain and Oracle. Eventually Cass was adopted, and they became actual siblings.
    • Tim with the female members of Young Justice, though Secret desperately wants him to date her.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: In stark contrast to the DCAU version, which was more based on Jason Todd.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Tim invented one in “Eddie Drake” to avoid becoming a ward of the state.
  • Love at First Punch: It was love at first 'brick' with Spoiler/Stephanie Brown. After their first encounter, Tim couldn't get her out of his head and proceeded to track down her civilian identity.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: Before Steph learned his secret identity she was dating him as Robin without ever having even heard of or met Tim Drake as Batman had forbidden him from telling her his name.
  • Loyal to the Position: When Bruce is accused of murder and decides the correct response is to declare that there is no such person as Bruce and abandon his allies Tim’s investigation of the murder keeps Bruce as a possible suspect to Dick’s horror. Dick can’t understand how Tim can even wear the uniform if he feels that he can’t always trust Bruce (and Dick) but Tim considers it to be part of being Robin to investigate the murder properly and considers what Dick is asking of him to sound like Blind Obedience:
    Nightwing: Three things I need you to know. I mean, really know, deep in your gut. Okay? One: As long as you’re with Batman–or me–you’re safe. Neither of us would ever let anything happen to you. Two: We don’t quit. Not once has anyone who knows Batman’s mission failed to get up again after being knocked down. And three: Batman doesn’t kill. Not ever.
    Robin: One: Jason Todd. Two: Jim Gordon. Three: So far. Sorry.
    Nightwing: I don’t–I don’t see how you could say that and still wear that uniform
    Robin: The guy who gave it to me–the guy who wore it firsthe taught me never to back away from any possibility that might lead to the truth. And he still believes that… right?
    Nightwing: I think it’s… admirable that you can continue serving a system in which you have so little faith… But I can’t. I can’t, Tim. I cannot believe that Batman is guilty of murder. I do not believe it, and I will not believe it. And I can’t stand with anyone who does.
    Robin: Yeah… I know…
  • Made of Iron: He doesn't let Jason stabbing him in the chest and leaving him for dead keep him down long, along with other examples, he's got a high risk high contact job after all.
  • Magnetic Hero: A downplayed example but Huntress views him as a little brother and Anarky aligns himself to Tim as mission control while recovering from being poisoned by the General and all of Young Justice is loyal to him and considers him a friend years after the team is disbanded.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Even after Damian learns that he does not need to kill his competition to become part of the family, he routinely sabotages Tim’s equipment in ways that could kill him including cutting the line in his Grappling-Hook Pistol and damaging his glider cape.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: After Tim’s best friend Conner dies, Tim and Conner’s girlfriend Cassie exchanged a kiss that could be interpreted largely as Sex for Solace (except without the sex, because, you know, Tim Drake). They break up, but after Conner comes back to life both are worried what he'll think of them. He doesn't care; it's not like they knew he was coming back, after all.
  • Morality Pet: He becomes Robin specifically because he can see that Batman needs a Morality Pet.
  • My Greatest Failure: Just after the Black Glove fiasco, an old enemy, The General (who is an intelligent adolescent supervillain), returned to Gotham, terrorizing it under the Red Robin moniker. In an attempt to get him to surrender peacefully, Tim got the General's parents to come. While his parents were trying to calm him down, one of the bombs that the General had hidden detonated, killing both of his siblings whom Tim had not realized had been brought along. Tim blames himself as he brought the family into the situation in the first place.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Tim was first introduced as one with his face hidden and his name not yet selected.
  • Neutral Good: Tim Drake initially came off as this when he became the third Robin. Although he had lost his mother to a criminal (who also severely injured his father), revenge and punishment has never been his motivation. He became Robin because Batman needed a Robin to save him from his own darkness. Jason Todd had been dead for several years now, Dick Grayson was firmly established as Nightwing, and he was the only one with the skills and motivation to fill the void. Tim is one of the few people who Batman feels will eventually surpass his teachings and actually improve on his crimefighting methods. The other is Dick Grayson himself, who also falls into this alignment.
  • New Transfer Student: Tim is one in perpetuity, some of the high schools he attended include:
    • Gotham Heights High School: Tim’s first foray into public schools at Bruce’s suggestion after his parents had him attending fancy boarding schools where he quickly befriends Ives and starts dating Ariana. After the earthquakes cause an influx of students the school is not ready to handle it develops a serious bullying problem and two bullies end up murdering another student.
    • Brentwood Academy: The “prison like” high class boarding school where Tim’s father sent him after jumping to conclusions about Tim without really trying to talk to him as punishment for his “delinquent behavior” even though Tim was a straight A student who never really got in trouble for anything outside of absences.
    • J.J. Carmody Senior High School: His attending the placement test for the tenth grade held here had similar overtones to being the new kid alongside Ives who had to take the placement exam because he got lime disease and missed most of the rest of the year shortly after Tim was sent to Brentwood.
    • Louis E. Grieve Memorial High School: Where Bernard Dowd immediately spots him out as a new transfer.
    • Gotham High: Which he attended after his father’s death and his adoption by Bruce where he met Zoanne and which Ives transferred to so they ended up in classes together again.
  • Nice Guy: A defining trait Pre-Flashpoint. However, he Took a Level in Jerkass in the Red Robin series.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His attempts to prevent more deaths in the confrontation between the League of Assassins and the Council of Spiders leads to an immediate massacre when he forces the League’s ninjas to agree not to use deadly force and leaves the League’s base with weakened protection.
  • Non-Powered Costumed Hero: Like his mentor and predecessors.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Tim was generically fourteen or so for much of his ongoing series, which ran from 1993 to 2009.
  • Number Two: After Cassie became the leader of Young Justice former leader Tim became her number two. This is the position he's most comfortable with on teams since he doesn't mind coming up with plans, strategizing and working out tactics but he doesn't really like being the actual leader.
  • Obfuscating Disability: He has Tim Drake get shot in an assassination attempt when it looks like someone is about to put together his secret identity and uses crutches for quite some time following the shooting.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: Tim seems to be able to fall asleep anywhere, and when he does have the time to sleep in his bed Alfred instead finds him sitting on the floor beside it. He once fell asleep on a roller coaster.
  • Off to Boarding School: One of the arcs in Chuck Dixon's run. Tim gets sent to Brentwood Academy by his dad who is worried about him being a rebellious and secretive teenager.
  • Omniglot: His first language is English, and by the time he picks up the Red Robin mantle he can communicate in Spanish, Cantonese, Russian, and German. He learned some French while studying in Paris too.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: He goes by Tim rather than Timothy.
  • Only Sane Man: In Young Justice. But sometimes Not So Above It All.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: When his final biological parent dies, Tim is too late, arriving to find his father’s corpse in a pool of blood. Then his stepmother has a breakdown in the wake of his father’s death and Tim is forced to make up a Long-Lost Relative to move in with to avoid becoming a ward of the state.
  • Outfit Decoy: In the Marvel vs. DC crossover event, Robin uses this method to defeat Jubilee (specifically, he hangs his cape in a shadowed corner so she'll look the other way as he ties her up), showing his experience and skills over her raw mutant power.
  • Overworked Sleep: While he normally does not fall asleep while working in his masked persona Catwoman once caught him taking a “bat-nap” on a roof when he was recovering from the Clench. Sometimes his habit of falling asleep anywhere and everywhere in his civilian persona does not work out in his favor, like the time he fell asleep on a roller coaster during a date with Zoanne.
  • Panicky Expectant Father: Although Stephanie plans to give her child up for adoption and Tim is not her biological father, he is very dedicated to supporting Stephanie through the pregnancy and making sure they take no chances with the unborn child's safety. He also panics at the thought of not being by her side when she's giving birth.
  • Parental Abandonment: Often left alone at home with his housekeeper in his childhood, then his mother died, followed by his father and his stepmother disappeared soon after he took the job.
  • Le Parkour: How he gets around Gotham and Bludhaven while in costume.
  • Phrase Catcher: One of the catchphrases of Young Justice was "We can tell you were trained by the world's greatest detective" said by any character when Tim points out something obvious.
  • Pig Latin: Occasionally. To Dick Grayson out of costume:
    Shouldn’t you be, like, ix-nay on the crobatics-ay in here, though? They’re security cameras everywhere
  • Playful Hacker: He doesn’t always rely on Oracle and actually served as Bruce’s Voice with an Internet Connection for a time when he was in training.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: The things Batman needs to hear from Robin:
    Don’t worry–I learned this move from Tom Cruise!
  • Power of Friendship: Young Justice are all over this trope. They aren't the equals to the JLA or JSA in sheer power. It's their ability to work as a team and the fact that you mess with one, you can expect any and all past and present members to show up looking to kick your butt that makes them frightening.
  • Power Trio: Red Tornado convincing Tim that he makes a good team with Superboy and Impulse is what lead to the creation of the Young Justice team.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Batarangs
  • Quest for Identity: During 52 shortly after Tim lost his girlfriend, his father, his best friend, and his step-mother Tim accompanied and assisted Bruce on Bruce's travels around the world to reinvent and find himself.
  • Red Baron: Shares "The Detective" with Batman.
  • Red Is Heroic: Tim, like all Robins, has been associated with the color red since his inception, though he was associated with green to Impulse's red in Young Justice and originally had green narration boxes as Robin.
  • Renamed the Same: Robin to Red Robin. He didn’t really give up the name by choice anyway so this let him hang on to it regardless of Dick’s decision.
  • Ret-Canon: His post-Infinite Crisis Robin costume (seen in his second Robin picture above) was the one his DCAU counterpart wore.
  • Revealing Injury: After he gets caught in the blast of Anarky II's explosion saving Officer Harper he keeps out of the public eye and starts wearing the Red Robin cowl when going out avoid an injury giving him away while he is recovering. The back half of his neck and head are very noticeably burned, Jason describes it as looking like cat vomit.
  • Roofhopping: How else does one traverse Gotham at night?
  • Rogues Gallery: First Robin to pick one of his own up while he was still the Kid Sidekick.
  • Sanity Slippage: After his father, girlfriend and best friend die, and his stepmother is missing and presumed dead, in quick succession his decision to attempt to clone them, or at least enough of them to be brought back by a dip in a Lazarus Pit is treated this way, though Superboy is brought back by others and Stephanie wasn’t dead to begin with. His father only comes back briefly to try and kill him during Blackest Night and his stepmother is never seen again. Dick thinks he is suffering from this again in the wake of Bruce's death which is part of the reason he took Robin from him.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: When he returns to the role of Robin after Bruce took things one Secret Test of Character too far and attempted a failed Batman Gambit which led to his girlfriend’s death.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: His dynamic with Stephanie Brown/Spoiler.
  • Secret Public Identity: Drake is his last name. When he finally takes up a hero name that wasn't used by his older brother's first he goes with Drake despite still keeping his id a secret. At least this will give an excuse if anyone overhears Damian's frequent slip ups with real names in the field since he calls Tim using his biological surname.
  • Science Hero: Like his mentor it is not quite as emphasized as the other flavors of hero he fills, but he more than qualifies.
  • Second Love: Following his adopted father's footsteps, Tim's first love was Ariana Dzerchenko and his second love was Stephanie Brown. In fact, Tim is Stephanie's second love — her first boyfriend, Dean, got her pregnant and abandoned her after he found out.
  • Secret Chaser: He figured out Batman and Robin's civilian identity when he was nine, and finally sought them out when he noticed that Batman was getting more unstable after the death of Jason Todd.
  • Secret Identity: Robin III/Red Robin are both really Timothy "Tim" Jackson Drake-Wayne.
  • Secret Keeper: He had Oracle and his Young Justice teammates' identities figured out to his teammates annoyance since he wasn't sharing his. He also figured out the secret ids of some other heroes like Wildcat but didn't let them know he had them figured out.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He didn't see any reason to do anything with the knowledge of Batman and Robin's secret identities until Batman's crusade started becoming more self destructive at which point he approached Dick to try and get him to step in and help.
  • Sibling Rivalry: A heavy one, with Damian. Despite Damian being a good 6-8 years younger than him.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Damian.
    • Possibly with Cassandra as well (as Tim is accepted to be the most brilliant detective, while Cass is the best martial artist).
  • Sidekick Graduations Stick: Dick Grayson is to Nightwing as Tim Drake is to Red Robin, except Tim never truly deviated from the Robin name.
    • Takes on a level of meta context in the New 52: it's no longer a promotion, but Tim is Red Robin still. He just never had an identity before hand.
    • After he "dies" in Rebirth, his backstory is reset back to the Pre-Flashpoint version meaning that he was the third Robin again and this trope is played straight. However, as of Young Justice (2019) he's Robin again, averting this trope.
  • Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice is a Bo Staff.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Engages in one with Lady Shiva. The result would've made Batman proud.
  • Skate Heaven Is a Place on Earth: How he treats Gotham in his civilian guise back when he still skateboarded.
  • The Smart Guy: When he was part of Young Justice and the Teen Titans. Kid Flash even commented that being around Tim makes him feel stupid after he had memorized every book in a library. He can also be considered this among the Robins, as he earned his spot on the Bat-Family almost entirely through his excellent detective skills.
    Fabian Nicieza: He is 'the smart one' of the Bat-family, the thinker and planner. I mean, of course Bruce Wayne/Batman is what he is, and Tim isn’t quite there yet, but Tim at 17 has a more developed intellect than Bruce at 17 did. That’s not to say Dick Grayson or Barbara Gordon are dumb, of course they’re not, but Tim’s level of thinking is a bit... thicker... than theirs. For me, Dick is about superior reflexive thinking, Barbara about superior operational thinking and Tim is about superior comprehensive, or all-encompassing, thinking."
  • Smoke Out: He’s been trained to use this trick.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: When he ends up in a delivery truck buried in concrete with no way to communicate to the outside world his reaction is to mentally apologize to Bruce, both for the fact that he is going to die and because while trying to think of what to do he figured that Lady Shiva would recommend killing his fellow captive to preserve oxygen. Spoiler manages to find and save him since she was expecting to meet up and have him train her some more.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: He is introduced following Batman and taking pictures of him and it is revealed he has done so before and has followed the careers of Batman and both his Robins. In and out of costume.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: In DC vs. Marvel, Robin and Jubilee were instantly smitten with each other when they met; angst ensued since they were supposed to fight. Knowing the stakes, they agreed to go with through with it and that there'd be no hard feelings, and Robin managed to defeat Jubilee without actually hitting her. From there, they enjoyed their remaining time together before being separated for good.
  • Stealth Expert: Even before receiving any training he is able to follow Batman and Robin without being noticed. His first introduction before DC had even decided on his name is as a faceless kid sneaking a photo of Batman and commenting on his uncharacteristic recklessness causing him to take more injuries than normal.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Learned from the master himself
  • The Strategist: He took to this part of his training very well.
  • Strong Girl, Smart Guy: When Cass came to Bludhaven to help out Tim, Batgirl and Robin had this dynamic.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: As a result of the massive amounts of angst that comes with the job.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: All of his costumes have had a cape.
    • Except for his latest costume as Drake.
  • Superheroes Wear Tights: His first Robin costume appears to have green tights or very tight green pants, while the later costumes seem to have form fitting pants.
  • Superhero Sobriquets: Robin the Boy Wonder, just as those who carried the title before him.
    • New 52 not-Tim is called the “True Partner” in reference to never having really been a sidekick.
  • Superior Successor: It’s been noted that Tim is a superior Robin to his predecessor, Jason Todd. Not only is he more intelligent (Batman himself has said that Tim will overtake his detective skills one day), he also has better leadership abilities and fighting style due to more extensive training prior to taking up the Robin mantle.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Not normally very noticeable in his own book but it crops up during Bat Family Crossovers which naturally tend to be centered around Batman.
  • The Team Normal: In superhero ensembles outside of the Batfamily.
  • Tears of Blood: A symptom of the Clench.
  • Teen Genius: Regarded as the smartest of Batman's proteges, and Batman had stated that Tim could potentially be smarter than himself.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever he has to work alongside Damian.
  • Teens Are Short: To his eternal annoyance: “One of these days, I won’t look like I’m twelve anymore.” (said when he was 15? 16?)
  • Telescoping Staff: One was given to Tim by Lady Shiva.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Lady Shiva, who seems to like Tim in her way and sees him as a student and therefore someone she intends to fight to the death, calls him "little bird".
  • Their First Time: After years of dating on and off, Stephanie and Tim finally decide to have sex after defeating Flashpoint Gorilla Grodd in Convergence (It's Tim's first time with anyone, though not Steph's). Humorously subverted when they find they are both too bruised and sore from their injuries to go through with it, so they end up in a Sleep Cute instead.
  • There Are No Therapists: Like most members of the Batfamily he never goes to any therapy to deal with the horrors he witnesses in a mask or the losses Tim has suffered. Though Dick implies he should when he thinks Tim is suffering Sanity Slippage in the wake of Bruce’s supposed death.
  • These Hands Have Killed: After he beats Johnny Warlock to stop his magical attack and out of a desire for revenge and the man falls broken and apparently dead to the ground. The real cause of Johnny's appearance is him using up his power, he gets up and walks away after waking in the morgue.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: A Batfamily rule during his time a Red Robin he starts creeping closer and closer to breaking it, eventually testing himself to see if he'd go through with it. It is hinted he was testing Dick and Bruce as well since he knew they were watching. He keeps to it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Yes, he was always badass, but he still managed to take another level in it. According to Word of God, Tim's transition into Red Robin was done to (similar to Dick Grayson's own "graduation") symbolize that Tim was now considered one of the most formidable superheroes in the DC community by all of his peers. He was no longer a "sidekick" but someone who could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of veterans like Green Arrow, the Birds of Prey, and anyone else.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Tim got a lot rougher after his Trauma Conga Line, eventually culminating in his new Red Robin identity.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He likes Zesti, a type of soda.
  • Tragic Bromance: While it was not only Conner who died during the events of Infinite Crisis the deaths of Tim’s best friend and his stepmother in quick succession (and shortly after the deaths of his girlfriend and father) served to radically alter Tim’s outlook on life.
  • Trauma Conga Line: He has had many of his closest friends and family killed over recent years (though most of them do get better). They include: His mother (Killed Off for Real), Stephanie Brown (Retconed to not really dead), Conner Kent (gets better), Bart Allen (gets better), his stepmother ([[maybe actually hidden), Bruce himself (not really dead), his father (Killed Off for Real) and a number of his classmates (Killed Off for Real). He has started to slide toward the cynical end because of this massive series of deaths.
  • Trespassing to Talk: Often, though his much more amicable working relationship with the police and sheriffs than his mentor helps him get a warmer welcome when he does so to them.
  • Triple Shifter: Like his mentor before him. His sleeping habits manage worry his friends and Batman.:
    Batman: Robin…you look like hell… Go home. Rest. Spend some time with your family.
    • Alfred:
    Alfred: Master Tim? Have you been up all night?
    Tim: I guess I have.
    • Superboy:
    Superboy: You’re still awake?
    Robin: It’s only three.
    Superboy: The Batman teach you how not to sleep?
    • and many others.
  • Troll: When he comes across Ives and Hudson looking into something he’s investigating as Robin he decides to play at being some kind of territorial monster, For the Lulz:
    Robin: *This is too good.
    Robin: LEAvE tHiS PLAcE! tHis iS MY DOMAiN!
    Ives & Hudson: *running
    Robin: Be GoNE oR DIE!
  • True Companions: Tim, Kon-el, Bart and Cassie are each others closest and most trusted friends.
  • Tuckerization: Tim was named after Tim Burton.
  • The Unchosen One: He doesn't have any tragic backstory that eventually led him into the path of being a hero; he became a hero simply because he wanted to help and make a difference.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: He tries to be one for Steph but he'd really prefer that she stop crimefighting and be safe as a civilian, it causes a lot of friction in their relationship as she is very independent and has no desire to need someone to save her.
  • Underwear of Power: While Tim briefly wore the classic costume Dick and Jason wore, he was the first Robin to actually wear a decent pair of pants, though both of the costumes most associated with his time as Robin fell under this as they featured the classic staple of wearing trunks over leggings—the first one being red trunks over green leggings (though it's been Retconned that Dick wore the revised version of the costume or something very similar to it for winter missions) and the second featuring black trunks over red legging.
  • Undying Loyalty: Batman notes that loyalty is his prime motivation, and his loyalty to his father caused his 10MinuteRetirement. So when Batman apparently dies, he goes Darker and Edgier, and tries to prove he is alive.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: A rare heroic example. He was very much a sweet kid when he sought out Batman to try and save him from himself, what has followed has noticeably changed Tim and perhaps not for the better.
  • Useless Spleen: He looses his spleen after being attacked by an assassin with a sword. It does not seem to effect him beyond recovery time for the surgery.
  • Utility Belt: His first Robin costume had a streamlined one with canisters, his second costume a yellow one with noticeable pouches, his first Red Robin costume went back to the canisters and his second combined pouches on his belt with canisters on his bandoliers.
  • Vanity License Plate: Tim Drake is the first, if not the only Robin to be given a CoolCar, complete with a vanity license plate. He calls it the RED BIRD.
  • Video Wills: Bart left his to Tim to make sure it was played at his funeral and the video will Bruce left had a message for Tim on it. Bruce’s will also had a message for Jason which Tim helped him break out of Arkham to listen to. After Jason had a moment to process it, managed to break Jason and undo all of his character development that had occurred since he left Talia and his grudging respect and growing brotherly bond with Tim culminating in him trying to and very nearly succeeding in killing Tim shortly after shooting Damian.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: He's grabbed Lady Shiva, the Unknown and Ra's al Ghul's attention.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tim Drake and Conner Kent have a downplayed version of this. Tim's interactions with Ives on the other hand are always full of snark.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: He is much more calm and responsible than his easily excitable father, possibly because he was without any real adult supervision for most of his childhood and ends up taking care of his father after he wakes from his coma. At one point he watches his father fall for what he considers an obvious scam knowing that his dad won't appreciate or listen to him trying to point this out he then takes care of of the crooks as Robin and returns his father’s money with his father none the wiser to what he fell for.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: At first, his career as Robin was a part-time endeavor. Following the deaths of his parents at the hands of Flash rogue Captain Boomerang, he was adopted by Bruce and became Robin full time until Dick kicked him out of the position.
  • Walking the Earth: During 52 Tim accompanies and supports Bruce while he is walking the earth in an attempt to find himself.
  • Wealthy Philanthropist: Bruce Wayne's adoptive son Tim takes after him by spearheading a new program to help support community centers, gyms and provide better education in poor areas, starting in Gotham City and then spreading globally where he receives local permission.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Bo staff
  • Weak, but Skilled: He's a normal human in a universe full of Physical Gods, this does not stop him from having an impact, or being dangerous.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In Batman #626, Tim, in order to get to a dead body held at Gotham General Hospital, briefly took up the identity of Caroline Hill. Despite his complaints, the disguise is pretty effective, alright. Attractive Bent-Gender, indeed.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As a result of living in and working as a hero in Gotham which has exposed him to some of the worst humaity has to offer.
  • Witty Banter: With Batman, Superboy and Nightwing as Tim/Robin/Red Robin and Ives as Tim. For instance in Young Justice #53 – Dead Man Sprinting he addresses his teammates methods:
    Robin: But hey, why use knockout gas and finish it fast when we can waste half an hour of quality loafing time whompin’ on Titano here.
  • Working Through the Cold: During Batman: No Man's Land Tim had a fight in the sewers with Ratcatcher that left him ill after ending up in the sewage with scratches and bites and had to deal with Mr.Freeze and Killer Croc while trying to get back on his feet.
  • Working with the Ex: His long-term relationship with Stephanie Brown ended pretty badly right before she took up the mantle of the fourth Batgirl and him becoming Red Robin. Now, whenever they run into each other (or sometimes, forced to work together), old feelings are surfaced.
    • Lampshaded when Tim acknowledges the Robin/Batgirl sexual tension when he sees Stephanie in her Batgirl costume. It doesn't help that the original Robin/Batgirl (Dick and Barbara) are also currently in the same situation as Tim/Stephanie.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His main hitlist is set up so that one capture or defeat will lead into the next and at first seems like a Batman Gambit, but he is able to free one of the criminals on his list after being able to confirm that her story of being undercover may be true without messing it up and is confident he could recapture her should the need arise and treats it as far more flexible than Damian considered it.
  • You Are Not Alone: In Robin Vol 2 #156, Tim manages to talk a man away from a ledge from which he is preparing to jump and commit suicide by convincing him that he is not alone and that others will miss him. It’s then heavily implied that Tim is experiencing suicidal thoughts, he has gone through quite a bit himself. Tim calls Dick, who is implied to have provided him with the support he needed and the issue ends with a set of numbers for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • You Fight Like a Cow: Pretty much a job requirement for Robin though he uses it less than his predecessors.

Alvin Draper
The non-Robin alias (this version of) Tim's spent the most time in, especially after he starts using it to spend time with Stephanie outside of costume before she is allowed to know his Secret Identity. It ends up being the name he uses when out of costume around Young Justice too and Bart continued to use it as his name even after he manages to figure out Tim's real name since he decided that one was a fake.
  • Summercamp of Adventure: The disguise was invented to infiltrate a Ninja Camp.
  • Blatant Lies: He is not Alvin Draper, he invented Alvin Draper.
  • Brown Bag Mask: Not used but discussed when Steph asks if he thinks it's funny to wear a disguise to a lamaze class:
    "Alvin": What was I supposed to do? Wear a bag on my head?
    Steph: Hee!
    "Alvin": Now you're laughing at me.
  • Captured on Purpose / Get into Jail Free: Sets himself up to be captured by LockUp when the villain is rounding up criminals in Gotham to help Batman and Nightwing figure out where LockUp’s been taking them all.
  • Lamaze Class: Attended them with Stephanie in his Alvin Drapper persona since he was still forbidden from sharing his secret identity with anyone.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Crystal Brown calls Alvin "Albert".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Though he does end up loosing his temper while at the Ninja Camp and using abilities he was trying to hide when one of the Camp "Counselors" was bullying a fellow camper he usually uses this while using this alias.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Different posture, different dialect, different hairstyle, a nosering, earrings, some stubble and sometimes sunglasses. This is DC though.
  • The Mole: This was the initial purpose of this alias and what Tim most commonly uses it for.
  • Secret Identity: Stephanie knows Alvin Draper is another disguise, some of his other friends he used it around were convinced it was his secret identity.
  • Street Smart: Part of this alias' persona.
  • Summer Campy: Draper's first outing was to the aforementioned Ninja Camp.
  • Sunglasses at Night: If he's around people who know Alvin Draper is Robin he's wearing sunglasses.
  • Tattooed Crook: Fake tattoos have been part of this disguise.
  • White-Collar Crime: Alvin Draper is a known art thief since Tim used the alias to get in and out of a country where he stole some art for a case he was working on as Robin.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Effectively what he uses to make this disguise.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Superboy realizes that Alvin Draper is an alias immediately when Tim doesn’t introduce himself as Al or Vinnie instead of “Alvin”.

    Drake Household 

Jack Drake

Tim: Who is the son you know, Dad? You don’t know me, you never bothered. You shipped me from one boarding school to another and nobody paid any attention as long as my grades stayed high. You and mom were too involved running around the world. Your careers.
Jack: Don’t think you can talk to me like that just because I’m in this chair. Just because I’m not like Bruce Wayne…
Tim: At least Bruce cares about me. Not just how I reflect on him! You don’t know me! You don’t know a thing about me!

Tim's father who co-founded Drake Industries with his first wife Janet.

created by: Marv Wolfman · Pat Broderick
first appearance: 1989, Batman #436

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Prior to being poisoned and losing his wife, he spends much of his time when he's not working traveling the world to do this.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Jack is significantly older than both of his wives (Tim points out that he's more than twice Dana's age), and his attraction to younger twenty-somethings and older teens seems to have been part of why his marriage with Janet was failing.
  • Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: While he is recovering from his stint in a coma he tries to connect with Tim by fishing among other things, though he usually changes plans and ditches Tim at the last moment. He promises to be a better father and listen to Tim but seems to mostly forget this after he regains the ability to walk.
  • Character Development: He eventually becomes proud and supportive of Tim's work as Robin.
  • Convenient Coma: After being poisoned by Obeah Man he ends up in a coma which while deeply upsetting for Tim leaves him free to pursue his activities as Robin without parental interference.
  • Depending on the Artist: Jack is usually depicted with dark hair that's gone grey on the sides, but some artists give him light brown hair instead.
  • Disneyland Dad: Jack would occasionally talk about bringing Tim along on excursions, bought him expensive camera equipment and paid for him to attend the best (boarding) schools in Gotham growing up. Jack almost always canceled plans with Tim, though he's known to have brought Tim to the opera and circus, and Tim's mother Janet was involved in all the plans that didn't fall through.
  • Doesn't Know Their Own Child: Jack does not know his son's hobbies or interests and often just assumes Tim likes the things Jack's ideal son would like. For example, he thinks Tim likes playing American Football when Tim doesn't even like watching the game and prefers baseball, basketball, and skateboarding as sports.
  • Face Death with Dignity: On the phone knowing that someone is coming to kill him he is composed and dignified, arming himself in preparation and telling his son that he loves him and not to take whatever happens as his fault.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: When Tim was a child he wouldn't even let Tim get fantasy or sci-fi themed toys. His reaction to discovering Tim had become Robin was to go over to Bruce's house and threaten him with a gun, and then forbid Tim from any interaction with Wayne family or his other friends in the masked community. Luckily by this point Jack already knew Steph as Tim's girlfriend and never connected her to Tim's activities as Robin.
  • Give Him a Normal Life: Once he learned of Tim's extracurricular activities he threatened Batman with exposure of his secret identity to force Tim to drop out of the crime fighting business immediately.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Jack's temper is volitile and unpredicible, though he only really allows himself to blow up at his son as he's disapointed his son doesn't act exactly how he imagines a dutiful child should. This leads to him snapping and screaming at his son and destroying his son's things before Tim even has a chance to realize he's somehow managed to upset him again.
  • Informed Judaism: Claimed to be jewish by Word of God but later said to be either agnostic or at least non-practicing with his son unaware of any religious leanings in the comic.
  • It Runs in the Family: Jack claims this about the 'Drake men charm' with women
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Jack and his nerdy son Tim have a lot of differences.
  • Killed Off for Real: Murdered by Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness), then came back briefly as a horrifying zombie mockery of himself in Blackest Night only to be killed once more.
  • Mutual Kill: Took Boomerang with him.
  • Overprotective Dad: After healing from his paralysis, though he manages to combine it with his Hands-Off Parenting style that would have left Tim with very little human interaction outside of school when he forbids him from having any contact with the masked community had Jack been aware that Tim's girlfriend was a part of that community.
  • Parental Obliviousness: To his son's secret life as Robin
  • Parent with New Paramour: After the death of Tim's mother Janet he starts dating and eventually marries his physical therapist Dana Winters.
  • Princess in Rags: Despite bankrupting his company after Janet's death, having to sell his mansion in Crest Hill and other properties along with most of his other possessions and his son's car (which was a gift from Bruce Wayne) Jack refuses to act like his lot in life has changed, still wanting to rub elbows with Gotham's elite and influence politicians.
  • So Proud of You: Says so to Tim right before his death.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Jack Drake’s death is largely about making Tim a orphan, like Bruce and Dick.
  • Ransacked Room: He destroys Tim's room after hearing the football coach doesn't remember Tim trying out for football, it's how he discovers that Tim is Robin.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: Jack Drake is prone to explosive rants at his son for innocuous comments or actions. A standout example being when Jack flipped his lid about Tim "dissing" him and screamed at him before yanking the TV out of the room when Tim was watching a live hostage situation in a friend's neighboorhood and didn't imediatly turn it off when Jack came in and started talking at him. For bonus points Tim was already grounded over a misunderstanding caused by Jack refusing to listen to him after Ariana's uncle tried to kill Tim and then called Jack to complain about Tim before Tim made it home.
  • Riches to Rags: His poor choices cause him to go from rich enough to be neighbor to Bruce Wayne to living in an apartment in the city. He is so depressed by this he spends months holed up in his room refusing to communicate with anyone while considering following his deceased wife into the afterlife while his current one worries about him. It implies Janet was the one to deal with finances and investments while she was alive.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When he is angry at Tim and Tim makes what is obliviously a joke about it being good Dana is there so he won't get hit Jack yells and rants about never laying a hand on Tim, probably because he has figured out that neglect is also a type of abuse, one which he is undoubtedly guilty of.
  • Trophy Child: Jack treated Tim as a reflection of himself and not as his own person, though he was trying to make amends in the final month of his life.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Before being captured by Obeah Jack and Janet were busy running an international business and traveling to archaeological digs allowing Tim to train and become Robin without their knowledge.
  • Where Did We Go Wrong?: Has this reaction to realizing his son is not who he thought he was. Jack eventually does come around and accept Tim for who he is.

Janet Lynn Drake

"This is Tim's first time at a circus, and we were wondering if you'd let us take your photo with him?"

Tim's mother and co-founder of Drake Industries. In contrast to Jack she actually does make sure to spend quality time with her son when she's home and plans family outings which stop after her murder, but she's still very distant and it's clear she gets antsy when she's home and not busy doing something challenging.

created by: Marv Wolfman · Pat Broderick
first appearance: 1989, Batman #436

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: A hobby she shared with her husband. It seems that most of her time when she wasn't busy running Drake Industries was spent on archaeological digs in South America and it's implied that's how she met her much older husband.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Janet married Jack in her early twenties/late teens and Jack was at least ten years older than her. His attraction to younger women and tendency towards violent outbursts (generally destroying objects while screaming threateningly at people) seem to be why their marriage was failing.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Janet presents an amusing aversion as she wears practical hiking boots at all times regardless of the formality of the rest of her outfit unless an event's dress code doesn't allow it, in which case she wears whatever is closest to hiking boots that she can get away with.
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: When the Graysons fell during their performance she tried to cover Tim's eyes, but since Jack (who wasn't paying any attention to his son) was in between her and Tim she couldn't reach him in time to prevent him from seeing their deaths. She also suggested they leave or Jack (who still wasn't paying attention to his son) at least hand her Tim in the ensuing chaos.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: She loved her son and tried to provide for him but he often didn't even know what country she was in.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: Her marriage to Jack was on it's last legs when she was murdered and the trip they were on when she was killed was their last attempt to patch things up, with them deciding to get a divorce if they weren't able to do so. Despite this they put up a front as a happy couple and the media and the rest of Gotham high society were unaware that their marriage had failed.
  • Killed Off for Real: Poisoned by Obeah Man after being held hostage for a ransom, then came back briefly as a horrifying zombie mockery of herself in Blackest Night only to be killed once more.
  • Missing Mom: She didn't spend that much time at home even before being killed.
  • Raised Catholic: According to Word of God
  • When You Coming Home Mom?: Before being captured by Obeah Jack and Janet were busy running an international business and traveling to archaeological digs allowing Tim to train and become Robin without their knowledge.
  • Women Are Wiser: She was the brains behind Drake Industries' finances and after her death Jack bankrupts the company within a year.

Dana Winters-Drake

Dana: He's pretty much clueless at the whole "parenting" thing. He doesn't like punishing you but doesn’t want to go easy on you either.
Tim: Well, I just wish somebody would listen to my side, Ariana's uncle Vari tried to kill me.

Jack Drake's noticeably younger physiotherapist who ends up marrying him and becoming Tim's stepmother. She balances out Jack's strong emotions and is good at listening to Tim and trying to help smooth things between the father and son.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Phil Jimenez
first appearance: 1994, Robin Vol 4 #12

  • Adoptive Peer Parent: Dana is Dick Grayson's age and after her disappearance Dick would actually become Tim's brother. While Tim does not bring up being uncomfortable with the relationship to Dana or Jack he does express a bit of disbelief to Dick when Dana and Jack start dating as Jack is more than twice Dana's age.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Jack is more than twice Dana's age, and Dana's closeness to Tim's own age makes Tim a bit uncomfortable about his father's taste in women.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: What happened to her in and after the destruction of Bludhaven has never been addressed.
  • Depending on the Artist: Does Dana have brown hair or blonde? Maybe she dyes it.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Fell in love with her patient Jack Drake.
  • Happily Married: With Jack Drake.
  • Missing Mom: Fabian Nicieza says she survived the crisis in Bludhaven but she hasn't been seen since.
  • Put on a Bus: When Jack was Killed Off for Real in Identity Crisis, Dana had a nervous breakdown and was shipped off to a sanitarium in Bludhaven, a city that would soon be completely destroyed in Infinite Crisis.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She holds this position in the Drake household.
  • Women Are Wiser: She is much better at talking to Tim and getting the truth of the situation rather than responding to assumptions and getting furious in knee jerk reactions like Jack. She also deals with all the paperwork after Jack has to declare bankruptcy since Jack holes himself up in his room to stew in his depression and refuses to come out.

Eddie Drake (Richard Beren)

Tim’s uncle he goes to live with in Bludhaven after his father is killed and his stepmother has a breakdown and is housed in a hospital there. He is a complete fabrication Tim invented to keep from becoming a ward of the state after his father's death and Dana's mental breakdown. He then hired an actor named Richard Beren who’d been having trouble finding work to play the part. Mr. Beren unfortunately ends up being one of the people Tim loses when Bludhaven is destroyed.

created by: Bill Willingham · Pop Mhan
first appearance: 2005, Robin Vol 4 #136

  • Chew-Out Fake-Out: After losing nearly all of his biological family Tim sets up an actor to pretend to be his fake uncle so that he doesn't have to go into the foster care system. Batman, being Batman, naturally finds out, and Robin assumes he's about to be reamed out for going behind Bruce's back... but all Bruce can say is that he's so proud of Tim for taking the initiative, and gives him some tips on how to make the deception foolproof.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: It is implied he died in the destruction of Bludhaven but if his body was ever found the reader was not informed of it.
  • Paid-for Family: After Jack died Bruce offered to adopt Tim, only for a Jack's will to state his previously unheard of brother was Tim's godfather. It quickly turns out that this was all orchestrated by Tim, who paid an actor to act as his uncle so he could keep his freedom and because of his anger towards Bruce regarding the situation around Stephanie's death and final moments.

Mrs. McIlvaine

The Drake's Irish housekeeper who takes care of both the house and its occupants.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1993, Robin Vol 3 #3

    Love Interests 

Ariana Dzerchenko
Arguing with Ives

An immigrant from communist Ukraine she is very grateful for the freedom of expression allowed in America and hopes to become a fashion designer. She first met Tim when they were thirteen and he stumbled into the Russian mob beating her father. Eventually she becomes Tim’s first girlfriend though they have a flawed relationship where he is always trying to protect her and the relationship really only progresses in response to danger. They both end up cheating on each other even though they do care for one another and they drift apart over time due to their lack of communication and moves and school transfers for both of them.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1992, Robin Vol 3 #1

  • Betty and Veronica: She’s the Betty to Stephanie’s Veronica while she and Tim are dating after Tim meets Steph on the rooftops.
  • Chastity Couple: Tim thinks they’re too young to be taking that step in their relationship when Ariana comes on to him and she ends up agreeing with him and finally telling him about the Attempted Rape she’d been hiding from him.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being his first girlfriend, Ariana was never mentioned again in later issues.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: At times. Not that it was her fault though, she was just a normal teenage girl who unfortunately had to be dating a guy with a secret identity
  • Depending on the Artist: Blue or Brown eyes.
  • First Love: She was Tim's.
  • High-School Sweethearts: She and Tim dated in High School.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Tim canceling dates and lying to her does not help their relationship.
  • Official Couple: She and Tim dated
  • Parents Walk In at the Worst Time: Her uncle walks in shortly after she and Tim decided not to have sex after she put on lingerie and tried to seduce him. He tries to attack Tim in retaliation for taking advantage and Ariana ends up being transferred to an all girls school over the incident.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: To Stephanie in the end, though she and Tim have both decided to end the relationship by that point and Ariana ends up being the one to break up with him.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Ives.
  • Sympathetic Adulterer: Ariana cheats on Tim several times, but their relationship is fairly bad with Tim constantly blowing her off to go do superhero stuff without ever telling her his secret and him spending most nights running around Gotham with a girl he's got a crush on, though he never cheats on her in turn and doesn't admit his feelings to Steph until he and Ari have already broken up.

Stephanie Brown (Spoiler/Robin IV/Batgirl III)
Steph as Batgirl

Tim: Steph… do you think you'll still love me if I'm just some kid?
Steph: Duh! How can you ask that? I'm not Batman. My feelings about you aren't based on the Robin suit.

Tim's longest running Love Interest throughout his solo Robin series, Red Robin and into the present day. Stephanie smacked Robin in the face with a brick at their first meeting while she was working as Spoiler to foil her father’s criminal plans. As Spoiler and Robin they often fought together and it was something he looked forward to. Over time Tim found that he could not get her out of his mind, even when he was on dates with his girlfriend Ariana which was a part of the many reasons that relationship fell apart.

Shortly after Stephanie and Robin started dating she realized she was pregnant from her previous relationship and Tim supported her through the pregnancy despite being forbidden from revealing his secret identity to her. Her death in ‘’War Games’’ came at a time when Tim was suffering many devastating loses. After her return from Faking the Dead she betrays Tim on Bruce’s orders and he doesn’t take it very well. He eventually demands that she stop wearing the Spoiler costume and give up crimefighting because he is worried about the danger her apparent ineptitude puts her in and, as he says, “I still love you Steph”. When they later meet after she has taken up the Batgirl mantle he is initially disappointed she hasn’t left the costumed crimefighting life but he ends up realizing that she has greatly improved her fighting abilities and reaction time, and finds that he is still attracted to her. While he’s technically dating Tam.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1992, Detective Comics #647

Dava Sborsc

"What do you know of this? You were not born here. You cannot understand. You come here and see just a glimpse of our pain and then judge us."

A martial artist and revolutionary from the small fictional country of Transbelvia whom Tim meets the second time he goes to Paris for training as they are both studying under the same master.

created by:Chuck Dixon · Staz Johnson
first appearance: 1998, Robin Vol 4 #49

  • Psycho Serum: Aramilla may grant the user temporary super-speed but it wrecks their ability to tell right from wrong and gives them a rush that makes whatever brutality they might be participating in seem fun, Dava doesn't have much problem with it since she'd already decided how far she was willing to go.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: She is a-okay with pulling underhanded and vile tricks in order to kill the leaders and soldiers of the oppressive mass killing regime running her country.
  • Secret Art: She travels the world learning the quickest take downs from different exclusive martial arts schools, which attracts Shiva's attention.
  • Sleight of Tongue: When surrounded by Tvorakovich's heavily armed men Dava grabs Tim and plants a kiss on him to share the Aramilla she has just sneakily taken.
  • Super Serum: She takes a spice called Aramilla which gives her temporary superspeed but also dulls the users sense of morality.

Zoanne Wilkins

Tim: Bruce, ordinarily I'd say sure sounds like a blast, and if it was truly a huge deal of course I'd be there.. but we both know this is probably two-punches-and-out, and I'm on a date, an I think I really like her, so would you mind a whole lot if I...
Batman: Of course. Have fun. I'll take care of it.
shortly thereafter:
*Batman gets punched through the skylight at the restaurant Tim & Zo are at*

A classmate who tutored Tim after Stephanie's "death" and Tim's transfer to another school, they eventually started dating but Tim developed conflicting feeling after Steph returned to Gotham.

Created by: Adam Beechen · Freddie E. Williams II
first appearance: 2006, Robin Vol 4 #150

  • Better as Friends: After they break up.
  • Girl Next Door: A change from his previous relationship with a masked crimefighter.
  • Girl of the Week: They were not in a relationship for long though she remained his friend after and was one of those concerned when he seemingly went missing when he was too busy with his costumed life to spend time as Tim Drake and then left the country to search for Bruce.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: When he breaks up with her over the phone.
  • Love Triangle: Once Stephanie returns Tim is very aware that he is still in love with her but he is already dating and likes Zo.
  • The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: When he breaks up with her he’s not even sure she’ll be that upset because he hasn’t been able to make time for her and is constantly canceling their plans together.
  • Official Couple: She and Tim dated

Tamara Fox
Tam does not like having to deal with assassins
Tim: Umm... would you want to — I mean, go on date?
Tam: I don't know... a high school dropout like you with a wordly college gal like me...?

She is at least four years older than Tim working for her father Lucius Fox when he sent her to track Tim down in an attempt to protect Wayne Industries from Hush while Bruce was presumed dead. Feelings start to develop between them after she learns of his Red Robin identity and they survive some attacks by assassins though she is very apprehensive about any further involvement with that part of Tim’s life.

created by: Marv Wolfman · George Pérez
first appearance: 1986, Crisis on Infinite Earths #11

  • Accidental Proposal: Was forced to lie to Vicki Vale that she and Tim were engaged to escape a sticky situation. The media blew the story out of proportion the next day.
  • Bad Liar: Tim notes on several occasions that Tam tends to make it really obvious when she's hiding something. This eventually does in their burgeoning relationship when he lets her think her dad was killed when Lucius' death was actually faked.
  • Bodyguard Crush: With Tim as the bodyguard
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: One of several reasons their relationship fell apart.
  • Official Couple: She and Tim briefly dated.
  • Rescue Romance: Their romantic interest in each other started after Tam kissed Tim following his rescue of her.
  • Romantic Fake–Real Turn: They weren't really dating until sometime after they started to pretend to for the press, they then continued dating for a time after making it clear they were not actually engaged.
  • Secret Keeper: Was one of the few civilians who knows about Tim's identity as Red Robin.

    Batman Family 

Bruce Wayne (Batman)
Dick saw being Robin as a thrill, it's probably why he outgrew it. Jason saw being Robin as a game. It's probably what got him killed. But... Tim... I have to hand it to the boy... He want's to be the world's greatest detective. And from what I've seen so far... he will be someday.

Tim's mentor, partner and adoptive father. While Bruce rejected Tim and Tim's conclusions about his needing a Robin at first he grew to trust him (as much as Batman trusts anyone) though Tim has not appreciated some of his tests of Tim and his abilities.

created by: Bill Finger · Bob Kane
first appearance: 1939, Detective Comics #27

See Batman - The Character

Dick Grayson (Robin I/Nightwing)
Tim... You've got nothing to apologize for. Nothing. I let you make the choice for yourself because I knew you'd make the right one.

Tim was at the circus the night Dick's parents fell and seeing their murders and realizing what it meant for Dick impacted him greatly. He followed the story of Dick being taken in by Bruce Wayne and looked up to him as Robin. Dick was the member of the Batfamily Tim approached when he realized Batman needed help in the wake of Jason's death and they became as close as brothers before Tim was adopted by Bruce.

created by: Bill Finger · Bob Kane · Jerry Robinson
first appearance: 1940, Detective Comics #38

See Robin or Nightwing

Cassandra Cain (Batgirl II/Blackbat)
Robin: I’ve, uh…been avoiding you. It’s…your background. The assassin training and all that.
Batgirl: Oh. Yeah.
Robin: It’s just…my childhood’s so normal. I mean, Batman and Nightwing had some rough stuff to deal with growing up, but…but, you–you were raised to be that guy down there, and you turned yourself into one of us. That’s…pretty intimidating. But I shouldn’t let it affect the way I treat you…and I apologize. Friends?
Batgirl: Friends.

Like a sister to him long before the adoption made it official, she is the biological daughter of Lady Shiva and David Cain.

created by: Kelley Puckett · Damion Scott
first appearance: 1999, Batman #567

See Batgirl or Batgirl (2000)

Jason Peter Todd (Robin II/Red Hood)
I will admit. He is good. and he has friends. Real friends. I wonder... if I had friends like those... if I had been a Titan since the beginning... would my life have turned out differently? Would I have been a better Robin? Would I have been a better person?

The previous holder of the Robin title whose death sent Bruce into the downward spiral that caused Tim to approach the family in the first place. A great deal of Tim's tenure as Robin was shaped by the weight of Jason's death. When Jason came back he was furious at Bruce for replacing him and took it out on Tim. Jason seems to be warming up to having Tim as a little brother around the time of Bruce's death but after Tim breaks him out to view the video will section Bruce left for Jason it proves to have been so much the wrong thing to say to a person that it drives Jason to be even more angry than he was to begin with. They clash during the Battle for the Cowl and even though Tim had been winning in their fight once Jason is able to draw him into his lair his prep time allows him to nearly kill Tim, causing him to fall into a pit full of spikes, stabbing him in the chest and then blowing up the lair.

created by: Gerry Conway · Don Newton
first appearance: 1983, Batman #357

See Robin or Red Hood: The Lost Days

Damian Wayne (Robin V)
Because you don't deserve any of this. You're adopted. But when you're gone I'll take my rightful place at my father's side... as Batman's SON!

Tim's little brother. He is Bruce's biological son with Talia and is incredibly jealous of Tim's position as Robin so attempts to kill him in order to replace him. While the two of them are never able to really get along Damian does eventually get trying to kill him out of his system and Tim usually holds back when Damian attacks him.

created by: Grant Morrison · Andy Kubert
first appearance: 2006, Batman #655

See Robin

Alfred Pennyworth
Bruce: That’s just going to take time to–
Alfred: Oh, he was sad, certainly–but also more than that. He’s changed considerably over these past horrible days. When he first came to us, I dared entertain hopes that you might, through proximity, become more like him. Brighter and more optimistic. But I’m afraid exactly the opposite has happened. I’m afraid he’s become more like you.

One of the very few people Tim trusts implicitly.

created by: Bob Kane · Jerry Robinson
first appearance: 1943, Batman #16

See Batman And Bat Family

Helena Bertinelli (Huntress/Batgirl II)
Huntress: He'll come hunting for me.
Robin: For a teacher you catch on fast.
Huntress: Brat. So why do you hang out with me?
Robin: I'm not sure. Maybe it's got something to do with faith.

Tim respects Huntress as a fellow vigilante and his ability to make friends enables them to work together and have a rapport and level of trust even though Bruce does not approve of her methods. Tim ends up as Huntress’s link to the rest of the Batfamily after her rocky relationship with Dick. Once when she was drugged her subconscious shows that she wants Tim to see her as an older sister figure.

created by: Joey Cavalieri · Joe Staton
first appearance: 1989, Huntress #1

See Batman Supporting Cast or Huntress

Barbara Gordon (Batgirl I/Oracle)
Oracle: Hey Robin. Listen, are you still sane?
Robin: Huh?
Oracle: Good answer. Simple,, appropriately confused- I deem you rational, and I need you to check up on something for me. Sanity seems to be in short supply tonight…
Batman: Gotham Knights #30

Barbara and Tim have a good working relationship being the two computer geeks of the Batfamily. Babs has mentored Tim and had Tim help her reconfigure and rebuild her computer systems in the clocktower. Babara also remains one of the very few people Tim trusts, and while he's far less likely to let her in on his personal secrets than he is to tell Alfred he has still asked her for personal advice on things he's not shared with many.

created by: Gardner Fox · Carmine Infantino
first appearance: 1967, Detective Comics #359

See Oracle

Selina Kyle (Catwoman)
Catwoman #83, Art by Adam Hughes 

Robin: But that doesn't matter. Every minute those animals hold this block brings these people closer to dying. I'm not going to sit by while that happens.
Catwoman: I always wondered why Batman took on a partner.
Robin: I can put in a good word for you with him after this.
Catwoman: Don’t you dare. I've got my reputation to think of.

She and Tim worked together several times when he was Robin, usually when he needed help. He helped Bruce fake the death of her and her daughter note  in an attempt to protect Helena from Selina’s enemies and Selina trusts him with her daughter, he played with her while Selina asked Bruce to help get her adopted in a way that would prevent anyone from tracing Helena back to Selina.

created by: Bill Finger · Bob Kane
first appearance: 1940, Batman #1

See Batman Supporting Cast or Catwoman

Harold Allnut

Batman's mute in house mechanic and repairman. Tim is one of the few characters to bother remembering Harold after Harold's murder and Bruce's refusal to speak of him or give him a memorial in the cave or otherwise recognizing everything Harold did for them is one of the points of contention which leads to Tim having a much harder time trusting Bruce.

See Batman Supporting Cast

    Friends and classmates 

Sebastian Ives
Ives: Well, I suppose the truly momentous decisions must fall to the most brilliant minds of each generation. Therefore, I say we go to China Town to look for weird candy.
Tim: As you say wise one.

One of Tim's oldest friends, and his closest outside of the superhero community. They've attended several of the same schools.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1991, Robin Vol 2 #1

  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Ives gets so badly bruised after taking a job as a mascot at a Suck E. Cheese's that Tim thinks he's being abused, it turns out the injuries are from the kids and his lack of mobility in his Goofy Suit.
  • Best Friend: Outside of the caped community, and prior to becoming part of it, Tim's best friend is Ives. Ives isn't aware of what exactly is taking up so much of Tim's time, and really doesn't want to know which indicates he has an idea, but is willing to ruin his other friendships sticking up for Tim and is very casual about forgiving Tim for forgetting his birthday, since he knows Tim doesn't even tend to remember his own.
  • Blatant Lies: When he tells Zoanne that Stephanie is just and old friend to Tim.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    "Yeah I turned the big one six! Loved the card you sent be the way."
  • Fanon Discontinuity: He is not a fan of the extended universe, it gets in the way of his headcanon:
    Ives: Lando Calrissian kept the millennium falcon.
    Hudson: In the book Han and Chewbacca—
    Ives: Don’t talk to me about the books. The books don’t count.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: The reason he trys to keep his cancer a secret, he's actually embarassed about it though he knows that is ridiculous. It's kind of hard to keep such a thing secret when your best friend is Tim Drake though.
  • Goofy Suit: When Ives is working as the mascot at a Suck E. Cheese's.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: He is both.
  • Last-Name Basis: Goes by Ives
  • The Leader: While Ives points out that he does not have the temperament to lead a group facing against anything dangerous (though he does make the right call about leaving a dangerous situation and reporting to authorities several times as he gets older and more mature) it is clear that without him the friend group of Callie, Hudson, Hudman and Tim would not work and that he's the one that introduced everyone and leads their friend group. He takes charge with mediating fights, though he's not level headed enough that this doesn't sometimes exacerbate them. When he switches schools he keeps in touch with the others and its clear he's the only one the rest are still keeping up with.
  • Lovable Nerd: A defining trait of his. One of the first times he and Tim hang out outside of school they play the DC Universe equivalent of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Despite being one of Tim's oldest friends, he doesn't know anything about Tim's secret identity as Robin, nor does he care what it is Tim is hiding from him.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: While it is unclear how many actual siblings Ives has outside of an older sister he has this dynamic with his many cousins and sometimes would rather escape to hang out with friends.
  • Muggle Best Friend: While Tim does not have any powers he is a costumed hero who has a whole second life working with superheroes, Ives is purely a civilian with no involvement in the superhero business.
  • Nerd Glasses: The glasses he has when he is younger are not particularly flattering.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: Tim knowing that Ives is Jewish is his first clue that something is up when he comes across Ives at a Catholic Church, he was there for a support group meeting reguarding his cancer.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Hudson & Hudman Hudster and has a couple of names for Tim, generally only when he's annoyed with him though.
  • The Pollyanna: Downplayed but he’s not that worked up about having cancer saying he’s got the kind you’d want if you had to get it.
  • Prematurely Bald: Due to his cancer and its treatments.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: He is a glasses wearer that does really well on tests and knows a fair amount of trivia.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Tim, especially when he’s irritated with him. Also with Ariana with whom he regularly but amicably disagrees.
  • Sudden Name Change: Tim introduces him to Zoanne as Martin Ives. Maybe it’s a middle name? Ives certainly doesn't go by his first name.
  • The Bus Came Back: While Ariana, Hudson and Callie Evans have not reappeared since Ariana moved and Tim changed schools Ives has. Tim even tracked him down to visit after he returned from his trip to find Bruce when Tim cut everyone out of his life.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Such a complaint gets him accused of being “the only middle-aged High School student in the world” by Ariana which he takes in stride.
  • Undying Loyalty: Has repeatedly covered for Tim without being asked to and without knowing what Tim’s actually up to or seeming to care that Tim is keeping him out of the loop. He does get a bit snarky after Tim tries to cut him out of his life but he’s like that anyway.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Callie Evans. They won’t, by the time he’d worked up the nerve to ask her outright whatever crush she’d had on him had faded and she’d become too accustomed to his being her friend to want to change that dynamic.

Callie Evans
Who even believes in the Batman and Robin? It's tabloid junk.

A close friend to Ives and Hudson she is one of Tim's classmates and friends at Gotham Heights. Callie is a jittery outspoken tomboy who loves basketball.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Aaron Lopresti
first appearance: 1995, Robin Vol 4 #23

  • The Big Guy: In Tim's group of civilian friends Callie Evans is the one the others turn to for protection if they think they are going into a situation where they might be attacked. At least two of her basketball teammates feel the same way, asking her assistance when confronting a football player that tried to rape a classmate.
  • The Bus Came Back: For a single appearance with Ives, before she disappeared from the series forever.
  • Character Tics: Callie likes to keep her hands busy often playing with a yo-yo or when she can bouncing a basketball while hanging out and talking with her friends.
  • Deadpan Snarker: For instance when Tim zones out during lunch:
    Tim: uh... I guess I was thinking about something.
    Callie: Quantum physics from the look of it, Drake.
  • Good-Looking Privates: She likes the way boys look in Brentwood uniforms:
    Ives: Why do you know so much about it Callie?
    Callie: Those guys are kinda cute in those blazers.
  • Iconic Item: Her round rimless glasses which she keeps throughout all of her appearances.
  • The Lad-ette: Callie was very obviously shaping into a Lad-ette the last two times she was seen, being slightly crude while wolfishly telling her guy friends what outfits look hot on guys, sitting in a stereotypically boyish stance with an arm slung across the back of the bench, loving basketball, chopping her bob-cut into a pixie and ditching her feminine sweaters and v-necks for t-shirts and leather jackets.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Like all of Tim's friends outside the superhero community she is unaware that he is Robin.
  • Lovable Nerd: Part of the reason she gets along with Ives so well though she's less nerdy than he is.
  • The Makeover: Shortly before Tim's father transferred him to Brentwood Callie cut her light brown hair into a pixie cut, dyed it orange and pierced her nose all of which combined with the way she slowly stopped slouching so much all the time helped to make her look more outgoing and confident.
  • One of the Boys / Tomboy: She loves basketball and doesn't dress very femininely, in a sharp contrast to Ariana the girl she is most often seen around. Her friends note that sometimes they forget she's a girl.
  • Oral Fixation: She is often chewing bubble gum and blowing bubbles outside of school.
  • Rebel Relaxation: When Tim first started hanging out with Callie and Ives she was constantly slouching weather she was sitting, leaning on something or just standing or walking.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Ives. They won’t, by the time he’d worked up the nerve to ask her outright whatever crush she’d had on him had faded and she’d become too accustomed to his being her friend to want to change that dynamic.

Kevin Hudman

A friend of Ives and Tim from Gotham Heights who was apparently subsumed into Hudson under later writers who seemed to forget they were separate characters.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1991, Robin Vol 2 #1

  • '90s Hair: His flat-top fade.
  • Black and Nerdy: An African American movie buff, good student, and roleplayer.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He disappeared without a trace or mention after Callie was introduced.
  • Closer to Earth: Not so much in relation to Tim who is often on the same page but he's usually the one breaking up arguments between Hudson and Ives. For instance when Hudson reveals he stole his father's gun Hudman knows better than to start fighting with him while he's holding it like Ives didnote . At another point when Hudson is feeling like Tim's frequent cancellations on them mean he doesn't think they're cool enough Kevin easily calms the situation down as the voice of reason before Ives' defense of his friend can get Hudson's hackles up.
  • The Dividual: While Kevin and Hudson are very contrasted in terms of appearance and personality they are pretty much always joined at the hip, even when fighting and Ives gives them a joint nickname of "Hudster", which is how they're often introduced to people. This worked against Kevin when later writers attributed "Hudster" to Hudson and seemed to forget Hudman was a character at all.
  • Height Angst: Incredibly understated but Hudman has a tendency to do things like stand on a higher stair, or sit in a taller chair around Ives who is at least a foot taller than him.
  • Odd Couple: Kevin is the most serious, logically minded and academically gifted of Tim's friends, and is always with Hudson who is the most impulsive, emotionally driven, hot headed and least focused on his studies of Tim's friends.
  • Serious Business: He is highly affronted by Tim's dislike of a violent buddy cop series, and when upon realizing Tim hasn't seen all the installations starts to go into great detail about why Tim is wrong. He's only (barely) distracted by the startling revelation that Hudson has stolen a gun.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Hudman is always the best dressed of his friends, and usually appears to be one of the best dressed on campus. He tends to make sure his shoe color matches something else he's wearing and likes to wear pops of vibrant colors like yellow in addition to meticulously maintaining his fade.

"Hudster" Hudson

Tim's most impulsive and emotionally driven friend from Gotham Heights. Hudson was friends with Hudman and Ives prior to meeting Tim but seems to be the member least integrated into their friend group.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1991, Robin Vol 2 #1

  • Ambiguously Brown: Hudson is consistantly colored darker than Ives or Callie and lighter than Hudman but his ethnic background is never addressed.
  • The Dividual: While Kevin and Hudson are essentially opposites they are pretty much always joined at the hip and Ives gives them a joint nickname of "Hudster", which is how they're often introduced or refered to. This worked against Kevin when later writers attributed "Hudster" to Hudson and seemed to forget Hudman was a character at all.
  • Hot-Blooded: Hudson is a rather brash intense fellow. He reacts quickly and without considering things which has lead to quite a few fights with Ives and has endangered him and his friends on several occasions.
  • Odd Couple: Kevin is the most serious, logically minded and academically gifted of Tim's friends, and is always with Hudson who is the most impulsive, emotionally driven, hot headed and least focused on his studies of Tim's friends.
  • Only One Name: It's not even clear if Hudson is his family or personal name, but it's the only name he's given other than Ives' nickname Hudster which generally refers to Hudson and Hudman.

Karl Ranck

Karl: I don’t get you, Drake. You seem like a cool guy, but you hang out with these…geekoids. You should be with a different crowd.
Tim: I like to have friends, not a crowd.

A classmate of Tim’s at Gotham Heights High School when he brings a gun to school Tim tries to deal with it without getting any authorities involved and later deeply regrets the way he went about it.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1991, Robin Vol 2 #1

  • Axes at School: He brings a gun to school to defend himself against the high number of gang members there. It doesn't work out for him.
  • Jerk Jock: Tim privately thinks of him as “Varsity Jerk”.
  • Killed Off for Real: Shot by a fellow student.

Philmont Denlinger

Okay... I won't run...

A classmate of Tim's at Gotham Heights High School, he's friends with Ives and friendly with Tim though they never get to know each other very well.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Staz Johnson
first appearance: 1998, Robin Vol 4 #56

  • Bully Brutality: He is beaten by bullies for a while and is then murdered by a pair of them.
  • Extreme Doormat: He never stands up for himself when he's being bullied and goes off with Meachum and "Stanz" on his own without argument even though he knows that at best they're going to rough him up.
  • Killed Off for Real: Murdered by Mark Meachum and Josh Stanzland.
  • Nerd: He's unalthetic and Meachum and "Stanz" see him as a target for being a nerd.
  • Redheads Are Uncool: Readhead with freckles who gets relentlessly bullied.
  • Shrinking Violet: Quiet and tries not to draw attention to himself, his last known words were telling bullies he knew were going to hurt him that he wouldn't run.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He is murdered by his high school classmates.
  • Tragic One-Shot Character: First appears in Robin #56, dies in Robin #59 and Tim very much blames himself for Phil's death since he and Ives were the last people Phil spoke to and Tim held himself back from getting in between Phill and the two who murdered him in order to protect his secret identity. He was already feeling awful about it when he thought they had just called Phill away to bully him so he was horrified to learn that Phil had been murdered.

Ali Ben Khadir
I'm sorry they roomed you with an underclassman.

Tim's first roomate at Brentwood who so happens to be the Rhafi (leader) of Dhabar. Formerly became friends with The General before realizing the other child was a villain who wished to use his position as his friend to start a war.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Staz Johnson
first appearance: 1997, Robin Vol 4 #44

  • Assassination Attempt: Someone decides that the best way to kill him would be to send a demon to do it. The demon kills his bodyguard and trashes the room but Ali is able to turn it on the one who sent it.
  • Broken Pedestal: When he learns the reason he has a magic charm capable of stopping Arrakhat is because his father used to summon the demon.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He has inherited the position as leader of his country.
  • Protective Charm / Magical Accessory: He wears a charm around his neck that he received from his father which he rightly considers his best bet against Arrakhat who was summoned to kill him and has to kill five people (no more, no less) before returning to the pit.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Does his best to avoid war regardless of what he is advised as he knows it's not good for his people to be constantly having to fight in one.
  • Qurac: His small fictional country of Dhabar is one, though it is a much more pleasant place than the trope namer which it actually neighbors and is regularly at war with.

My name's Star. I can show you how, but you look like you bruise easy.

A skater girl who lives near Brentwood Academy and teaches Tim some skateboarding tricks since Tim hasn't used a board for much of anything but transportation and had never been in a half-pipe before.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Pete Woods
first appearance: 2000, Robin Vol 4 #75

  • Beauty Mark: On her left cheek.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She got shot when trying to convince her boyfriend to walk away from a drug deal (he died in the confrontation) and is never seen again after being released from the hospital.
  • Cool Big Sis: To her little brother Tito.
  • Delinquent Hair: She keeps it very short bleached white on top and dyed black underneath.
  • Fingerless Gloves: She often wears a pair while skating.
  • Hollywood Genetics: Her family has noticeable Filipino or Latino heritage and they've all got brown eyes while hers are grey or blue.
  • Tattoo as Character Type: A small tribal tattoo on her arm and another wraping around her waist are used as a visual shorthand to indicate she's a rebel.

Daniel Temple
Tim: You sure you wouldn't rather spent spring break at home with your family Danny?
Daniel: Drake, as far as I'm concerned we couldn't be going far enough away from my home and family.

One of Tim's classmates and friends at Brentwood who turns out to fit the prophecy to be the rightful inheritor of the Kobra cult.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Pete Woods
first appearance: 2000, Robin Vol 4 #82

  • Cain and Abel: He claims to be the Abel to his brother's Cain.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: He is brought in against his will to be the new leader of Kobra.
  • Conjoined Twins: The reason for his impressive scar is that is is left from being seperated from his brother.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: His very prominent scar on his side and the tattoo on his foot are the things that tip Tim off that there's more to Danny than he's telling.
  • Powered Armor: Acquires a set after completeing the ceremony to become the new leader of Kobra.
  • Scannable Man: He has a barcode tattoo on his foot.

Bernard Dowd

"Everyone knows the Batman owns a bunch of secret orphanages all over the world — where he gets his Robins from."

Met Tim when they were Highschool Juniors as a fellow student at Louis E. Grieve Memorial Highschool and became a friend while they were at school together.

created by: Bill Willingham
first appearance: 2004, Robin Vol 4 #121

  • Conspiracy Theorist: Has a number of conspiracies, such as the one that Batman owns a series of orphanages that he selects new Robins out of when their predecessors die.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Unaware of Tim's time as Robin
  • Love Triangle: He has a crush on Darla Aquista but when he gets a chance to talk to her the first thing she asks him is if Tim is seeing anyone.

    Other supporting characters 

Crystal Brown

She is an ER nurse at West Mercy Hospital and mother of Tim's longest term love interest Stephanie Brown.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle · Scott Peterson · Dennis O'Neil · Scott Hanna
first appearance: 1992, Detective Comics #647

  • Boyish Short Hair: It's much less a hassle to care for that way.
  • Descent into Addiction: She became addicted to prescription pills long before the Tim met Stephanie.
  • Depending on the Artist: Is she a gaunt brunette who looks like shes in her late 50s, a plump brunette or a thin blonde?
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: While she is suffering with her addiction prior to her recovery, after which she does everything she can to be a better mother.
  • Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Once she deals with her addiction she is often seen wearing one even outside of work, indicating that she's about to leave for work or just got off.
  • Locked Out of the Loop / Secret Secret-Keeper: She's not completely unaware of her daughters crimefighting though Stephanie tries to keep her in the dark and especially about her time as Batgirl.
  • Secret Keeper: For Stephanie as Spoiler.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: A nurse who wears glasses.
  • Sudden Name Change: Was named "Agnes" when she originally appeared in Detective Comics, but her name was later changed to "Crystal." According to Scott Beatty (who was the first to rename her), he had asked DC editors about the name of the mother but no one could remember, leading to an accidental name change that stuck.

Officer Harper

Jamie Billie Harper

"Whatever I'm doing is for the good of Gotham City!"

Formerly of the Metropolis Science Police she became a contact for Tim as a G.C.P.D. officer. She is the grand-niece of the original Golden Age Guardian, Jim Harper and second cousin to Speedy/Red Arrow/Arsenal, Roy Harper.

created by: James Robinson · Leonard Kirk
first appearance: 2006, Detective Comics #817

Sheriff Shotgun Smith

Steve Smith

"What do you need and what do I get?"

Considered "the toughest cop in Gotham" before Harvey Bullock took that role Smith was kicked out of the G.C.P.D. on corruption charges when Gordon was the only person on the force to speak up in his defense. Smith returned to law enforcement as a county sheriff. He and his deputy Cissy Chambers did some work with Tim while Tim was Robin.

created by: Frank Robbins · Bob Brown
first appearance: 1972, Detective Comics #428

  • Alliterative Name: Sheriff Steven "Shotgun" Smith
  • The Commissioner Gordon: For Robin Tim in the sheriff's department.
  • Cowboy Cop: Part of the reason no one but Gordon stood up for him when he was charged with corruption, another part would be that he was one of the few cops who wasn't in the mob's pockets.
  • Iconic Item: His strange hat with it upturned forward brim (which he seems to own in tan and blue).
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His reputation as a Cowboy Cop was not wholly unwarranted but he is also a loving father to his daughter and is willing to work with Tim to catch criminals and protect civilians and his deputies.
  • Red Baron: "Shotgun" Smith
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: There's a reason he picked up that moniker.

Deputy Chambers

"Cissy" Chambers

"Sheriff's Department! Drop 'em and assume the position!"

A Gotham County Sheriff's Deputy who works alongside Shotgun Smith. They work well together and she balances out Smith's brashness.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Grummett
first appearance: 1995, Robin Vol 4 #15

  • Ambiguously Brown: Sometimes she looks like she is of Indian, or Hispanic, or African American decent but mostly it's all just unknown.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She often responds to Smith’s brashness with sarcasm
  • Fair Cop: She fits being both good looking and a good deputy.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: While she is always shown carrying a revolver she tends to use a shotgun more, probably a side effect of being Shotgun Smith's deputy.

PI Jason Bard

Jason Bard

Just because you and Batman have a different definition of a nightlife is no reason to ruin mine!

A Private Investigator friend of Kirk Langstrom whom Tim approached when trying to find someone who had the serum the Langstroms had developed to turn themselves back into humans. Tim ends up asking him to investigate things in order to put more information into files to give to the police, especially Detective Harper. He finds the hours the Bats keep to be really annoying since it means they generally visit him at night when he’d prefer to be sleeping. He dated and was engaged to Barbara though Barbara called it off and Langstrom was once his partner at his Private Investigator business.

created by: Frank Robbins · Gil Kane
first appearance: 1969, Detective Comics #392

  • Abusive Parents: His father, who killed his mother. Before his history was retconned Jason learned criminology upon his return from Vietnam in order to bring his dad to justice.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: He goes to Finnigan’s to learn about corrupt cops, he’s not entirely welcome there but they don’t kick him out. It’s a cop bar, but this is Gotham where most of the police are horribly corrupt.
  • Blind Mistake: When Robin sneaks into his office while Jason is temporarily blind he knows someone’s in the room and pulls his gun on the door when asking for whoever is there to reveal themselves since he knows they’re three. Tim’s behind him having come through the window.
  • Cane Fu: He uses his cane as a weapon when opponents get to close for his gun to be practical. He prefers his gun though.
  • Career-Ending Injury: His knee injury either got him discharged from the army or post-retcon forced him to retire from the GCPD. He was able to build his private practice afterwards but is stuck using a cane for the rest of his life.
  • The Casanova: Very downplayed but he tends to find women to share his bed with in between committed relationships.
  • Great Detective: Batman and Tim Drake, one of whom is the worlds greatest detective and the other of whom is expected to surpass the former, hire him to look into things they don’t have the time to be able to and eventually Batman hires him permanently to keep an eye on things during the day.
  • Handicapped Badass: He has to use a cane after his knee was injured and was temporarily blinded at the point in time where Tim asked for his help with Langstrom.
  • The Nicknamer: Calls Robin (Tim) Redbird.
  • Private Detective: He is a PI
  • The Mole: When using the fake ID Reed Montel.
  • Temporary Blindness: He is suffering from this when Tim borrows the Langstroms’ serum from him due to an encounter with a villain in Birds of Prey when he was trying to save Black Canary. He adapts to it fairly well before multiple surgeries and medical procedures restore his sight.
  • The Vietnam Vet: He fought and was injured in Vietnam before his history was altered to having been a GCPD officer who was shot by Killer Moth


Rory Regan

You keep talking ideology, Robin. The rest of us live in a very real world. In Gotham there are usually only choices between evil and lesser evil. While the gangs seek to protect what little is theirs, who is the real instigator of their violence? Who stands to gain the most by Ketchum's death and Dublin's arrest?

Current wearer of the Suit of Souls and a vigilante who protects a small section of Gotham when not dealing with larger magical threats he and Tim do not always agree on how things should be done but they are able to work together and trust each other despite their differences in tactics and Tim feels comfortable calling on him for aid even though Ragman “creeps him out”. Member of Shadowpact.

created by: Robert Kanigher · Joe Kubert
first appearance: 1991, Ragman Vol 2 #1

  • Clothes Make the Maniac: He once started loosing control to the dammed souls in the suit.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The Suit of Souls.
  • Creepy Good: He even creeps out his allies,
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He is wearing a suit of dammed souls and can steal the souls of the living turning them into empty husks but he is one of the good guys.
  • Detect Evil: He can sense evil souls.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He has vague precognitive dreams which don’t contain enough information for him to use them in order to decide how to prevent or otherwise react to them.
  • Hearing Voices: Those of the dead.
  • Horrifying Hero: His suit turns him into one.
  • I'm Having Soul Pains: Acquiring the memories of people’s deaths is not always very comfortable.
  • In a Single Bound: He can jump really high.
  • I See Dead People: More that he can speak with them and see their memories.
  • Legacy Character: In universe the suit (and its former forms) have been passed down since 1812 BC and his father wore it before him.
  • Living Clothes: The Suit of Souls.
  • Magnetic Medium: When wearing the suit.
  • Power Floats: His suit allows him to levitate.
  • Psychic Powers: As well as access to the memories of the souls inside the suit and the dying memories of others if in contact with the clothes they were wearing when they died before the memories fade he has vague precognitive dreams which don’t contain enough information for him to learn anything from them.
  • Psychometry: He can see events from late in someone's life including their deaths by touching the clothes they were wearing when they died.
  • Religious Bruiser: The suit was specifically built to help protect Jewish communities.
  • Super Toughness: His suit gives him improved durability.
  • Telepathy: He can form a limited mental connection with the population of the neighborhood he is protecting over time.
  • Teleportation: His suit allows him to teleport and can also teleport him itself if it senses the situation is hopeless or that he is required elsewhere.
  • Weak to Fire: The suit as a failsafe built in by the Rabbis who created it.
  • Your Soul is Mine!: He can steal souls and leave the person’s body an Empty Shell.


Lonnie Machin

The first Anarky, Lonnie assists Red Robin as mission control after being chemically paralyzed. Whether he intends to continue in this role once he regains his mobility is a question he has avoided answering though he has come to care about Tim as a friend despite their many differences in opinion. He and Tim are also uncertain that Lonnie can have a full recovery after what was done to him and while he regains the ability to move his arms he is uncoordinated and had not shown any signs of being able to walk again by the time the series ended.

See Anarky


Prudence Wood

"- SHOOT out your eyes! YOU HEAR ME? I'll shoot out your EYES!"

A member of the League of Assassins tasked with assassinating Tim, after her teams failure they are assigned to help him on his quest and she eventually finds that her loyalties have shifted from the Demon Head.

created by: Christopher Yost · Ramon Bachs
first appearance: 2009, Red Robin #1

  • Bald Woman: She's completely bald, although it isn't explained if she shaves it or lost it.
  • Collared by Fashion: When not in tactical gear.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After failing to assassinate Tim she Z and Owen are assigned to him as help to her irratation. It's more defeat means temporary servitude than friendship, though Owen seems to take to Tim rather quickly.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Tim.
  • Guns Akimbo: Always enters fights with a gun in each hand.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When she is sent to assassinate Stephanie Brown she instead defects and informs Tim of the coming attack on Batman's allies and family.
  • Ironic Name: Tim even lampshades it.
  • The Speechless: For a period after having her throat slit.
  • Spikes of Villainy: What appears to be her favorite jacket is purple leather with spikes along the shoulders.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING! / No Indoor Voice: Prior to having her throat slit she's mostly a combination of these if Z or Owens isn't stopping her.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Formerly of the League of Assassins, though she abstains from using lethal force for Tim's sake. Perhaps not really formerly as she's willing to report on Tim to Ra's even after she's betrayed the League of Assassins.


    Assorted Villains 

The Cluemaster

Arthur Brown
You see, I would use my puzzlements as a way of compensating for a lack of self-esteem. I wanted to show my intellectual superiority. But thanks to the wonders of modern psychiatry, all I want now is to be rich.

Criminal ex-husband of Crystal Brown and father of Stephanie Brown. He is one of Arkham's "success" stories, though this just made him a more dangerous and difficult to catch criminal.

created by: Gardner Fox · Carmine Infantino
first appearance: 1966, Detective Comics #351

See Batman Rogues Gallery Part 1


Baffler/ The Headbanger (Titus Samuel Czonka)

A particularly stupid criminal who wants the attention the themed supervillians get.

created by: Chuck Dixon
first appearance: 1993, Robin v4 #1

  • I Just Want to Be Special: His primary motivation.
  • The Load: To Cluemaster and Electrocutioner.
  • Spanner in the Works: His insistence on trying to be a themed super villain and leaving clues without alerting his allies allows Spoiler and Robin to thwart the plans he is working on with the Cluemaster.

The General/Anarky II

Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong

A young boy with an unhealthy obsession with warfare. Ulysses started out as a Batman foe before becoming more and more fixated on Tim after Tim began thwarting his plans.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Michael Netzer
first appearance: 1992, Detective Comics #654

  • Age Lift: The New 52 ages him up so that he's a teenager when he first runs afoul of the Bat-Family, probably to make his age more comparable to Red Robin's.
  • Archenemy: A contender for this during Tim's first run. During his Red Robin series, he returns in deliberate attempt to invoke this. In the current continuity the two haven't previously met and Ulysses is so far more of a general Bat villain, but he's designed as an Evil Counterpart to Tim and in-universe he both admits that Red Robin is a major inspiration for him. Later, Tim appears to die thwarting a major attack that was orchestrated by Ulysses, though killing Tim wasn't specifically the purpose of the attack.
  • Cardboard Prison: Of a sort. He often manipulates adults into helping him, which leads to them taking the brunt of the blame when he gets caught, which leads to him being let out of juvenile hall early.
  • The Dragon: DC Rebirth reinvents Ulysses as the teen prodigy Mission Control of a rogue military unit. He's never anything but absolutely loyal, but while his boss does have principles and does only what he thinks he has to do, Ulysses repeatedly shows himself to be more sociopathic - caring more about results through force, no matter how many eggs get broken.
  • Enfante Terrible: This kid is even younger than Tim, but is a nasty piece of work capable of some truly horrible things, not the least of which include armed robbery and outright murder.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Despite being a psychopath who treats them like crap and terrifies them into submission, Ulysses legitimately loves his family - when he accidentally kills his younger siblings in an attempt to hurt Robin, he blames Robin and goes ballistic.
  • Evil Counterpart: Rebirth establishes him as one - being a Gadgeteer Genius Mission Control for a group of villains and master of Hollywood Hacking to counter Tim's own highlighted hacking skills and chessmaster tendencies, and the two are established as being each other's equivalent on their respective teams. They even have several hacker duels, one of which appears to result in Tim's death.
  • Evil Genius: Albeit one that's a lot more childish than he would like to admit.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Teams up with Toyman in order to pull off a heist, not realizing that Toyman hates kids, is plotting to kill him, and that his own obnoxious behavior isn't helping things any.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Everyone but Robin, his father and his younger siblings assumes he's just a weird kid going through a phase, which allows him to manipulate everyone around him. Even so, he prefers to seek out the mentally unstable and manipulate them into working for him instead.
  • Meaningful Name: Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong, named after famous generals throughout history.
  • Troubling Unchildhood Behavior: Even outside of his hobbies, which include manipulating criminals to go on rampages and gang wars, stealing from eccentric billionaires and attempting to kick off international incidents For the Evulz, he also unnerves his siblings, tortures their pets and destroys their toys.
  • War for Fun and Profit: Ulysses is obsessed with war and idolizes warlords and generals throughout history, believing that it's the only worthwhile aspect of human history.
  • Villain Decay: Zig-zagged. His debut story (facing down Batman in Detective Comics) played his threat deadly straight, with a Gang War plot that wouldn't have looked out of place in a Punisher arc; most of his subsequent appearances in Robin played him more for laughs (including a habit of dressing in military gear centuries out of date) and lower body-counts... until his big return during Fabian Nicieza's run.

Second Costume: 

Amsel Reiniger

A German mercenary and career poacher Tim first meets when Jaeger is hunting Kirk Langstrom (Man-bat), Francine Langstrom and their children . He also stars in snuff films wherein he kills monsters which is why he was hunting the Langstroms and why he later tried to hunt down Charaxes. Tim ends up butting heads with him repeatedly.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Pete Woods
first appearance: 2000, Robin Vol 4 #76


Maat Shadid

An Egyptian assassin hired to kill Robin twice, and Tim once.

created by: Bill Willingham · Francisco Rodriguez de la Fuente
first appearance: 2004, Robin Vol 4 #124

  • Arm Cannon: Her armor has wrist mounted firearms and a rocket launcher mounted on her forearm.
  • Armored Villains, Unarmored Heroes: There is kevlar and other protective elements in Tim’s Robin and Red Robin suits she's wearing a full suit of powered armor.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Her power armor is a large part of why she is a legitimate threat.
  • Cool Helmet: It enforces the bug theme of her assassin name.
  • Hired Guns: She can be hired for non-assassination work, even paid to only use non-lethal rounds but she prefers things to be more straightforward.
  • Murder, Inc.: She is part of the Covenant of Ka, a group of killers for hire using powered body armor based out of Cairo.
  • Powered Armor: She wears a set of high tech battle armor.
  • Recurring Character: Recurring villain through the later part of the Robin series and into Red Robin.

Warlock's Daughter

Darla Aquista

"I know you're upset but you'll forgive me in time. I'm content to wait until then, to begin our new life together."

One of Tim's fellow students at Louis E. Grieve Memorial Highschool she is the daughter of Mafia boss Henry Aquista. Darla became interested in Tim after seeing that he was willing to risk embarrassment for a friend, and refused to listen to Tim informing her he had a girlfriend and wasn't interested though she backed off a for a little while after seeing his reaction to her forcfully kissing him.

created by: Bill Willingham · Rick Mays
first appearance: 2004, Robin Vol 4 #121

  • The Atoner
  • Came Back Strong: After being shot during the gang war and revived by Johnny Warlock using her father's life she comes back with magical powers.
  • Came Back Wrong: Her death and resurrection changed her, and she tries to blame her more murderous traits on it to gain sympathy points from Tim even though she expressed an interest in being involved in the shady aspects of her father's work before being killed.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: It's even in her super-name.
  • Easily Forgiven: After destroying Bernard's car and threatening him for answers they go out for coffee.
  • Entitled to Have You: Darla refuses to take no for an answer from Tim, she forces a kiss on him in front of the entire school and his girlfriend after he repeatedly told her he wasn't interested and after she comes back from the dead she decides it means they're dating when she uses her new powers to make sure Tim can't avoid her even though Tim makes it clear he still has absolutely no interest.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Makes one after being rehabilitated the Shadowpact.
  • Mafia Princess: Prior to her death she was the daughter of a Mafia boss. Although Henry tried to keep her separate from his business dealings she showed repeatedly that she was interested in getting involved.
  • Not Good with Rejection: Her reaction to Tim having moved without leaving an address for her while she was dead is to rip apart the car one of Tim's friends is in and threaten to kill him if he doesn't tell her where Tim has gone. She also straight up refuses to acknowledge that Tim has made it clear they're not dating and he doesn't plan on dating her at any point in the future.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: The reason she's interested in Tim is because he's a Nice Guy.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Tim is not romantically interested in her and was dating Stephanie when she was trying to get him to go out with her. She eventually forced a kiss on him in front of the entire school. Then she tracked him down to his new address, showed up on his doorstep and tried to get him to help her commit a murder, tried to prevent him from leaving her sight, and later claimed he was her boyfriend and he would be sad that she was leaving without saying goodbye when Shadowpact picked up her murderous self.
  • Villainous Crush: She wants Tim and is unquestionably a villain after her return from the dead and was headed down that path even before being shot.
  • Yandere: She responds to Superboy interupting her "date" with Tim by blasting him several blocks away. The blow actually still has Conner limping by the time Tim manages to slip away and track him down.

Shen Chi

The braggart grandson of the "Rahul Lama", a Parisian martial arts master who was training Tim before being killed by Shiva, Shen is not a straight up villain but remains an antagonist. While his grandfather was teaching Tim meditation and healing arts Shen was instructing Tim on the basics of their fighting style.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1991, Robin Vol 1 #1

  • Obsolete Mentor: When Tim meets him a second time Shen tries attacking him thinking that with his incomplete training he will be easy to take out but Tim proves instantaneously that he has far surpassed Shen's martial arts abilities.
  • Recurring Character: Tim seems to run into Shen every time he's in Paris, the only exception being when he had a trip there cut short by the League of Assassins blowing up his hotel room.
  • Too Dumb to Live: While by some miracle it doesn't actually get him killed he links himself to the branches of Chinese organized crime in Paris and brags to the Master of the Iron Hand's face when asked why he deserves martial arts training. The later gets him knocked out and tossed in an alley.

Johnny Warlock

Jonathan "Johnny" Warren

An enforcer for Henry Aquista in the Gotham mob who lost his hand in his first encounter with Robin before escaping and becoming prey to a magical item which gave him new powers allowing him to quickly and forcefully move up through the ranks. He was eventually defeated and imprisoned by Shadowpact

created by: Bill Willingham · Rick Mays
first appearance: 2004, Robin Vol 4 #121

  • An Arm and a Leg: Johnny lost his hand when Robin tossed a sealing gel device on his drawn gun and Johnny fired it even as he was being warned that doing so would result in it backfiring and him likely loosing his hand.
  • Career-Ending Injury: He freaks out over the loss of his hand saying that he's useless without it.
  • Life Drinker: Part of his powers and how he refuels them.
  • Powers via Possession: He gains powers after stabbing a demon through his chest.
  • Matricide: It's implied he actually likes his mom before his new demon possessed spike forces him to stab himself through the heart and has Johnny call her in so they can drain her life force. If Johnny was upset by this he gets over it quickly and off panel.

Rising Sun Archer

Lisa Yurigama

A Japanese assassin who uses archery to avoid being overheard in places where gunfire will draw law enforcement or other unwanted attention. She was hired by Penguin to take out Robin after Robin and Batgirl started to threaten the Penguin's new Bludhaven holdings and plans.

created by: Bill Willingham · Damion Scott
first appearance: 2005, Robin Vol 4 #134

  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The previous Rising Sun Archer was a man.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: When she knows she's been outmaneuvered she'd rather surrender or flee than continue fighting if that's an option.
  • Legacy Character: She's descended from the first Rising Sun Archer, who was a Japanese assassin in WWII.
  • Long-Range Fighter: When Tim manages to get in close she's completely outclassed as a close range fighter and they both know it.
  • Multiethnic Name: Lisa Yurigama
  • Professional Killer: She is an assassin for hire.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Lisa is a young assassin who uses a bow because of its quieter nature as opposed to a firearm since she often works in busy cities and doesn't want to draw attention.

Dark Rider II

Stanley Baumgarten

I mark you as Robin, squire of Gotham's Dark Knight! Prepare to die by the hand of the Dark Rider!

Dark Rider came to Bludhaven to collect on the bounty Penguin had placed on Robin. It's unknown why his host is in the city, though it's possible poor Stan was just dragged there one night while the Rider had possession of his body.

created by: Bill Willingham · Damion Scott
first appearance: 2005, Robin Vol 4 #135

  • Demonic Possession: Stan thinks he just has a sleep disorder when instead the mystical entity the Dark Rider has been possessing him at night and making money as a magical assassin in Stan's body.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Dark Rider is fond of making loud extravagant proclamations.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: The only thing Tim likes about fighting Dark Rider is his habit of indignantly shouting out tips for defeating him:
    Base Child! You've unhorsed me! Causing my shadow mount to fade! I won't be able to summon another until tomorrow's nightfall!
  • Hellish Horse: Stan's shadow mount has glowing red eyes, fire around its hooves, a spiked whip for a tail, the ability to fly, and is an intangible summon made of shadow.
  • Invulnerable Horses: The shadow mount is intangible to all but Stan with attacks sliding harmlessly through it, but can be banished for the night by removing Stan from its back.
  • Klingon Promotion: Dark Rider claimed the name by killing the previous Dark Rider, a rogue former KGB agent who once tried to poison the Gotham water supply.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: Dark Rider's lance and its ranged attacks glow with purple mystic energy.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Stan has red eyes when he's possessed by the Dark Rider, the red fades when Stan is in control.



A villain Tim first encounters in Bludhaven. He later joins Dodge's gang in Gotham to try and get revenge for his previous defeat at the young hero's hands.

created by: Bill Willingham · Scott McDaniel
first appearance: 2006, Robin Vol 4 #144

  • Detachable Lower Half: Tapeworm can leave behind part or all of the flat segmented tail he has in place of legs and just regrow it.
  • Dirty Coward: Tapeworm pretty much never fights alone and is quick to turn tail and run if it even looks like the fight isnt going to go his way.
  • Evil Smells Bad: Pretty much every hero that has to fight Tapeworm comments on how terrible he smells.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Tapeworm is only good at being hard to keep hold of, and the first time he picked a fight with Robin he was trying to get Robin to release a friend of his, that unknown to Tapeworm had been killed by Ragman.
  • Snake People: He's got a tail in place of legs.

Redback Spider


My fighting needles carry the venom of the redback spider. One scratch and you'll die within seconds.

An assassin that Tim fends off in Bludhaven.

created by: Bill Willingham · Scott McDaniel
first appearance: 2006, Robin Vol 4 #144

  • Arachnid Appearance and Attire: She's got a mask that makes it look like she has six eyes and a spider and web design on her bodysuit.
  • Expy: Redback's costume looks an awful lot that like a certain heroic Marvel web-slinger.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: While her costume doesn't partake in the usual logic defying vacuum packed aesthetics of most women's costumes in comics (that is it doesn't look like it's been superglued to her breasts or is just body paint) it's still a form fitting bodysuit.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: The extra two sets of goggles lenses that don't cover her eyes don't appear to have any use outside of giving her a spider-like aesthetic.
  • Poisoned Weapons: Her "fighting needles"
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her given name isn't in the Bat's database so she's only known as Redback.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: Her wrist mounted venomous needles.


Michael Lasky

I'm getting a group together to take out Robin. If he goes away, life in Gotham gets a lot better for everyone.

An untrained kid who wanted to partner up with Robin. Despite Robin’s attempts to keep him out of the way and harms way his teleportation belt was damaged when he interfered in a hostage situation Tim was trying to deal with. The feedback knocked him into a coma and when he woke he was a changed man.

created by: Adam Beechen
first appearance: 2006, Robin #151

  • Broken Pedestal: How he feels about Robin after getting injured while interfering when Robin was trying to save some kidnaped people. Or possibly once he had powers he just decided it would be more fun to fight Robin than join him.
  • Convenient Coma: Not so much. Robin visits him in the hospital daily due to feeling guilty about his condition and when he wakes he runs off to become a supervillain.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He got injured interfering while Robin was trying to save some kidnapping victims instead of being able to team up with Robin so he decides to start selling drugs that turn those who take them into superpowered murderers in hopes that it will get Robin’s attention and he can beat him in a fight.
  • Evil Is Petty: He chose to be a villain after Robin tried to keep him out of the fight and rejected his help as a hero for his own safety. Of course he was already a thief.
  • Face–Heel Turn: After his coma he turns from a wannabe superhero to a strangely red skinned supervillain hoping for a battle with Robin.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His father is one who works for Star Labs. This is how he stole his teleportation belt
  • In the Hood: His blue hoodie with Dodge embroidered across the chest.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He wants to be a superhero or villain, it doesn’t seem like much of a jump for him.
  • Never Found the Body: It presumably disintegrated in the reaction between his powers and Cheater’s teleportation tech.
  • Never My Fault: He ended up in the hospital due to his own actions, not Robin’s.
  • Not So Different: Pior to Lasky’s Face–Heel Turn Robin worries that he might might have been as annoying a pest to Batman as Lasky is to him.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He ends up saving Robin from Cheater as his final act.
  • The Resenter: Becomes one for Robin after his coma.
  • The Team Wannabe: To Robin
  • Teleporter Accident: How he gains his superpowers. Also how he dies.
  • Villain Teleportation: After he wakes from his coma he has internalized the teleportation powers from the belt.


A villain who cheats. A criminal who joined Lasky’s gang and then took over when he realized Dodge had no intention of actually killing Robin.

created by: Adam Beechen & Freddie E. Williams II
first appearance: 2007, Robin #164

    League of Assassins 

Lady Shiva

Sandra Wu-San

So brave. So naïve. You speak to my honor. You speak to my heart. I have neither. But I respect courage. Even foolish courage like yours. From such foolishness is born the soul of a warrior. We will meet again when you are grown, little bird. And that day will be the last on Earth–for one of us.

A mercenary and one of Tim's martial arts mentors, who promises to come by for a duel to the death after she has finished training him. Shiva took Tim as a student with the intention of corrupting his purpose and making him a killer; his manner of avoiding doing so where he left King Snake to her mercy while the man was dangling from a skyscraper and she was likely to kill him left her amused. She is considered among the best Badass Normal martial artists on earth and is dedicated to finding a worthy opponent to take her place at the top.

created by: Dennis O'Neil · Ric Estrada
first appearance: 1976, Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter #5

See Batman Rogues Gallery Part 1 or Lady Shiva

Ra's Al-Ghul

The Demon's Head (Ra's al Ghul)

Tim Drake is not Bruce Wayne. He isn't Grayson or even Damian. Drake is different. Look at his eyes. I suspect he's already won.

The ancient founder and leader of the League of Assassins he took an interest in Tim's search for Bruce after the later was declared dead by the Justice League forcing three of his assassins ("Z" Washington, Pru and Owens) on Tim as "help" wether he wanted them or not. He used this connection to request Tim's assistance with the annoyance the Council of Spiders was being for him and provided Tim with a suspiciously high clearance into the League's database along with control over a fair number of his ninja. The move was questioned by even Ra's most loyal followers, and Tim himself though Ra's proved to have already outwitted the Spider's attempt to assassinate himself.

Ra's eventually conferred on Tim the title of Detective, which he previously used only for Batman, after Tim turned down his recruitment attempts and used the information he had learned against Ra's.

created by: Dennis O'Neil · Neal Adams · Julius Schwartz
first appearance: 1971, Batman #232

See Batman Rogues Gallery Part 2 or Ra's Al-Ghul

Talia Al-Ghul

Vanguard of the Demon

The daughter of Ra's al Ghul in high standing within the League, though not in the line of succession as Ra's is an old fashioned fellow who wants a male successor, partially because when Ra's says "successor" he means new body for himself. Talia is Bruce's former lover and mother of Damian. While Talia never attacks Tim directly she spends quite a lot of time instilling hatred in him in others before losing them on Gotham, most notably Damian and Jason.

created by: Dennis O'Neil · Bob Brown · Dick Giordano
first appearance: 1971, Detective Comics #411

See Batman Rogues Gallery Part 2 or Talia Al-Ghul

"Daughter of Acheron"

Mysterious Cloaked Lady/Sister of The Demon's Head

You seek order but your life is a labyrinth, Timothy. You impart such importance to every little detail of the world but you humbly fail to note your own importance to that tapestry. You have been targeted for death in this tournament because you seek to learn too much. The secrets surrounding the ancient art of killing are meant as a divine promise to knowledge and power and cannot be usurped by one who strives for order.

Ra's al Ghul's half sister of unknown age who is directed to Tim by her brother in order to make an heir with him after Tim proves himself by surviving the gauntlet of secret tests Ra's set for him.

created by: Christopher Yost · Marcus To ·
first appearance: 2010, Red Robin #8

  • Black Eyes of Evil: When she takes off her omnipresent robe in preparation for raping and murdering Tim her eyes are wholly black, seemingly as a side effect of her using her right as a Daughter of Acheron as the use of those powers has been shown to manifest as whips of black smoke coming from the bodies of those using them.
  • Conceive and Kill: She plans to kill Tim after conceiving an heir with him.
  • Darwinist Desire: It's really Ra's who chooses Tim but she was waiting with Ra's for Tim to prove his worth as a genetic source for her progeny.
  • In the Hood: She wears a purple robe with a large concealing hood that hides anything of note about her appearance.
  • No Name Given: Likely due to series being cut short by the dc reboot her name and what happened to her after Cass defeated her and she escaped during the assassination tournament is never disclosed.
  • Stalker with a Test Tube: She is tracking Tim with the intent to produce offspring by him but having no attraction to him personally and desiring his death at the same time.
  • Tangled Family Tree: She's Ra's half sister, which parent they share and if she's anywhere near as ancient as her brother is not revealed. This means she's aunt to Nyssa and Talia, and great aunt to Nyssa's murdered children and Damian, who connects her to the complicated Wayne family and whose brother is the young man she's trying to rape and murder. She's also called a daughter of Acheron but whether this refers to her actual parentage or having gone through some type of ritual involving the river in Hades is unspecified, all that is known is that this comes with certain abilities which can make her touch deadly and that her fellow daughter of Acheron "Promise" considers it her duty to aid her when she calls on her even if Promise doesn't agree with what she is doing.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She is rather upset and breaks her calm mysterious persona entirely when Cass interrupts her attempt to rape and murder Tim:
    "You have disrupted a ceremony years in the waiting! I must have the seed of the son—and with his passing the birth of life over death will be mine!"


"Daughter of Acheron"

You will never pay in a court of law, Viktor Mikalek, but I am the Promise of justice.

A Russian woman out for revenge for her brother's death. At first she seems like a potential ally but her sense of duty to her "family" makes her far more dangerous than it first appears as she is also the "sister" by pact of Ra's al Ghul's unnamed half-sister.

created by: Fabian Nicieza · Marcus To ·
first appearance: 2011, Red Robin #18

  • Bulletproof Vest: She's never seen without her ballistic vest.
  • Family Honor: Her prime motivation.
  • Guns Akimbo: She enters Mikalek's building while firing a gun in each hand.
  • It's Personal: Mikalek caused her brother's death which is why she's determined to kill him.
  • No Name Given: Her given name is never stated, only that it is Russian.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Viktor Mikalek is unquestionably a villain with ties to many others within the DCU and she plans to murder him for his actions.
  • Revenge: She's seeking revenge for her brother's death.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She intends to kill Mikalek despite taking a oath not to kill and would have probably succeeded by now if she wasn't going out of her way to avoid casualties but she still is knowingly repeatedly putting herself in harms way in order to yell at Mikalek while trying to kill him instead of just sniping the guy from another building.
  • Thicker Than Water: She will do anything for her family regardless of her personal feelings on the matter.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: She has no expectation of anything else but feels it's her duty to kill the man responsible for her brother's death.

    Ghost Dragons 

King Snake

Sir Edmund Dorrance

A blind British drug kingpin with contacts throughout Asia and South America, he served as the main villain of much of Robin's solo series. A master martial artist, King Snake frustrated Tim for years before being killed by his own son, Bane.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle
first appearance: 1991, Robin #1

  • Arch-Enemy: The first for Tim Drake.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: "Sir Edmund Dorrance" if you please.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Oh so much. And whenever he seems to display a twisted version of Honor Before Reason, it's because of his pride as this character trope.
  • Bad Boss: Edmund is a racist jerk who beats and murders his male underlings for failures, no matter how minor. Women working under him are maimed instead.
  • Big Bad: Of the Robin mini-series. Tim's training gets derailed by a man hunting King Snake for revenge, and Tim ends up traveling to Hong Kong to fight Dorrance. Dorrance manages to survive the encounter, despite Shiva stepping in and considering killing him, and is a thorn in Tim's side until his own son tracks him down and kills him.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: With the weapon in question being his own hands.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Funnily enough, getting his eyesight back ends up doing this to him: it throws him off long enough that Tim actually holds him off for a while.
  • Disability Superpower: King Snake frequently used his blindness as an asset, ambushing people in the dark or knocking out sources of light.
  • Evil Brit: A British ex-pat.
  • Handicapped Badass: King Snake's blindness never seemed to slow him down.
  • In the Blood: Turns out that during his early days as a mercenary, King Snake had an affair with a Santa Priscan rebel fighter. Years later, Bane comes calling.note 
  • Killed Off for Real: After Bane threw him off a mountain, King Snake never returned.
  • Mighty Whitey: A villainous example.
  • Parental Abandonment: Left Bane to rot in a Santa Priscan prison while he made his escape.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: King Snake tried to slaughter the populace of Hong Kong rather than let it be returned to China, believing that everything great about the city came by way of Britain.
  • Snakes Are Evil: Invoked by his chosen name and large snake tattoo.
  • Tattooed Crook: Has a large snake tattooed on his stomach and chest
  • The Triads and the Tongs: King Snake seized control of the crime in Gotham's Chinatown, bringing the Triads and Tongs alike under his control.
  • Villainous Valor: To his credit, he's quite capable of fighting pretty much all the Ghost Dragons when Lynx I initiatives an Enemy Civil War where he's all by himself.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In the interest of showing off his enormous chest tattoo.
  • You Have Failed Me: To his previous second in command for the Ghost Dragons.

Lynx I

Lynx (Ling)

Initially the girlfriend of the leader of the Ghost Dragons when her boyfriend is killed by King Snake for failing to kill Robin she inherits his position as head of the gang.

created by: Chuck Dixon · Tom Lyle · Bob Smith
first appearance: 1991, Robin #1

Lynx III
Lynx III and Tim negotiating

The new leader of the Golden Dragons, the third Lynx is a teenage girl from Hong Kong with a clear interest in Tim. She claims to be an undercover cop, trained for the job since she was fourteen, though Tim remains unsure.

created by: Fabian Nicieza · Freddie E. Williams II
first appearance: 2008, Robin Vol 4 #179

  • Ambiguously Evil: Unlike the first and second Lynx, it is unclear whether Lynx III is a villain or actually an undercover cop.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's far more dangerous than Tim originally expected her to be.
  • Dating Catwoman: Invoked by Batman in a conversation with Tim.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: She managed to shut off Tim's inner monologue with an accidental Double Entendre.
  • Expy: She's Catwoman with a Chinese Race Lift. Batman and Red Robin both comment on this.
  • Femme Fatale: An attractive crime lord who spends a lot of time flirting with the local hero near her own age. Tim's left uncertain if she's a criminal or undercover cop and ends up freeing her from GCPD custody in a gamble.
  • The Infiltration: She claims to be infiltrating the Ghost Dragons on behalf of the police back in Hong Kong.
  • Running Gag: Most of Tim's love interests will at some point try and attack him. She tackles him out a window, then starts making out with him in free fall.

    The Council of Spiders 

The Council of Spiders

A group of killers gathered by The Wanderer to hunt challenging prey after the League of Assassins tries to recruit her and she decides it would be more fun to kill them instead as such a group would be much more of a challenge than her victims to that point.

created by: Christopher Yost · Marcus To
first appearance: 2009, Red Robin #5

  • Ax-Crazy: Their leader, The Wanderer, is the worst of them by far.
  • Blood Knight: The biggest distinction between them and the League of Assassins is their overwhelming desire to find challenging opponents.
  • Evil Minions: A group of murderers and assassins who kill for fun and allow their targets to be directed by higher ups.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: They were all recruited by being promised more challenging targets for their murder sprees.
  • Murder, Inc.: The organization makes money by killing for hire.
  • Standard Evil Organization Squad: A group of very dangerous Spider Themed villains who were introduced as a mysterious threat, though they devolved into a Nebulous Evil Organisation when brought into other bat-books.

The Wanderer


You seem interesting. I'm going to kill you now.

As a child she ran into the forest to escape the abuse she faced in her little Brazilian village and fell into a pit where she was repeatedly bitten by the deadly wanderer spider. Instead of killing her it altered her to be as poisonous as itself. As an adult she has been gathering like minded killers into The Council of Spiders.

created by: Christopher Yost · Ramon Bachs
first appearance: 2009, Red Robin #5


Your poison insults me assassin. The taste on your lips... that is the taste of venom. I designed it to be horrifically painful. You were poor sport.

A maker of difficult to trace poisons who was already hunting down League members before Vitoria recruited her to the Council of Spiders.

created by: Christopher Yost · Marcus To
first appearance: 2010, Red Robin #7


Assassins I am The Widower please... try to put up a fight.

While hunting the the League of Assassins he killed Owens and "Z" and seriously injured Tim and Pru, leaving them for dead. After rescue and emergency surgery by the League they instead loose their spleen and larynx respectively.

created by: Christopher Yost · Ramon Bachs
first appearance: 2009, Red Robin #4

  • Deadly Game: How he treats his interaction with Tim and the assassins, he thanks them for playing as he leaves them dead and dying.
  • Dual Wielding: His swords
  • Guns vs. Swords: His assassin targets include an expert sniper and a regular user of Guns Akimbo.
  • Hero Killer: He killed Z. Washington and Owens while they were working with Red Robin and Tim himself woke next to a Lazarus Pit following being stabbed by him though the White Ghost claims he was saved in an emergency operation and the encounter merely cost him his spleen.
  • Slasher Smile: When he is killing Z and introducing himself he's wearing one.
  • Stealth Expert: He manages to sneak up and get the drop on three assassins and Red Robin.


Little girrrrl... come out, come out, wherever you are. I promise you'll be just fiiine. You can be useful, just like the league's controller... once my children are inside you we will share everything. I will see what you see. Feel what you feel. We will be together forever. Well...until the eggs hatch and a thousand spiders consume you from the inside out. We won't be together after that.

His control of the Assassins' Expeditor is the reason the Council is getting inside information.

created by: Christopher Yost
first appearance: 2010, Red Robin #6



A large hairy individual of unknown origin.

created by: Christopher Yost
first appearance: 2010, Red Robin #6


A vigilante mercenary who was hunting down mob members before being recruited by the Wanderer.

created by: Christopher Yost


created by: Christopher Yost


created by: Christopher Yost


Webmaster Silk

The Council of Spiders administrator who oversees all operations in Europe including all of Russia.

created by: Fabian Nicieza
first appearance: 2010, Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Red Robin #1


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