- Awesome Art: The one thing that fans seem to agree on in regards to Kyle Higgins' run is that Russell Dauterman's art was amazing. Of course, not only was the run cancelled shortly after Dauterman got on, but he would've likely left anyway to work on the much higher profile Thor (2014), making it also an example of Too Good to Last. Similarly, despite the widespread distaste for Lobdell and "Ric", the issues illustrated by Travis Moore are stunning.
- Base-Breaking Character: Raptor, from the Rebirth series. Some like him as a villain with interesting ties to Dick's past as a friend of his mother's and a man who embraces his Romani heritage, and that he has potential as someone who wants to make Dick step out of Bruce's shadow. Others feel he's yet another character from Dick's past which has been played a lot, and that his speechifying about Dick's heritage and capitalism remove the nuance from his character, and that his role as an Evil Mentor could've been filled by Lincoln March, or even Earth 3's Owlman if he were to return, both of whom were killed off, the former by Raptor himself. Some also take issue with his design, dubbing it "edgy Hawk" or noting the bonnet. There are also some who see him as a bit overpowered, what with his gauntlet that literally gives him whatever he needs to win a fight, or as a discount version of Midnighter, who was off the table due to getting a miniseries.
- Broken Base:
- Regarding Devin Grayson, one of the main writers of his long run. She's either the cause of several majorly terrible story arcs and a massive Dork Age, a decent writer who just wasn't writing at her best at the time, or a great writer whose run was unfortunately hijacked by Infinite Crisis, which prevented her from finishing off the story.
- The New 52 red suit. Brett Booth reintroducing the fingerstripes (and adding hip and neck stripes) has been universally accepted as a welcome olive branch, but you fall into one of two categories here: either you think red/black is a dark, edgy look and appreciate the fact that most of the Batman characters now match, or you think the idea of Nightwing needing to be dark and edgy or match the other Batman characters is ridiculous.
- The announcement of the Grayson series lead to a big one regarding the premise, which is that Dick would become a secret agent, something he'd keep from Barbara and Alfred. Some like the idea, thinking it's a nice idea (although even they hope it's temporary), and others think it's a stupid idea that doesn't suit the character or his history, or simply that it simply doesn't make any sense, since Dick's one of the most famous people on the planet since the Crime Syndicate unmasked him in Forever Evil. The most polarizing aspect being that covers are routinely featuring Dick with a gun, as while he had a gun for a longtime thanks to his time as a cop in Bludhaven, he never actually used it and said he never would. However, since the Grayson series has launched, the only time Dick has used his gun in a combat situation was to use the gun itself as a projectile, and Dick has stated his distate for guns on multiple occasions.
- There's some divide among the fanbase over Dick's relationship with Shawn Tsang/The Defacer. Straight out the gate, there's this instant attraction between the two, to the point that they almost kiss after their third meeting and are only stopped by the arrival of the police. They get together by the end of the arc, and then the following issue shows their relationship develop over time, but with numerous time jumps, rather than letting the reader watch it develop organically. This culminates in Dick saying he loves her. Some feel that these developments are rushed, while others think that the relationship has been depicted rather realistically. Also see: Ship-to-Ship Combat
- Dick getting shot in the head, brain damaged, getting amnesia but retaining his fighting skills, and moving away and ditching everything regarding Dick (even a marriage proposal to Barbara Gordon) and becoming a taxi driver while changing his nickname to "Ric". Let's just say that NOBODY is happy about this.
- Estrogen Brigade: He has the single biggest out of any comic book character, bar none.
- Fan-Preferred Couple: Barbara Gordon and Starfire are the two women that people want to see Dick settle down with the most.
- Growing the Beard: Regarding Kyle Higgins' run, many readers feel it got better when it stopped having to tie into the stories in Batman (the first three arcs were essentially extensions of whatever Batman arc was running).
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Is paired with everybody.
- Memetic Mutation: A running joke among comic fans is that Nightwing's greatest foe is editor Dan DiDio, since Dan has a history of screwing over Dick. DC is aware of this, and writers frequently joke about it, even Dan himself.
- My Real Daddy: Bob Kane is credited with creating Dick Grayson, with some credit also going to Bill Finger... but Nightwing was created by Marv Wolfman, who had exclusive rights to the character throughout his entire run on New Teen Titans. Chuck Dixon is then credited with developing Dick's solo career in the 1996 Nightwing title.
- Acknowledged by adaptations. Whenever Batman and Robin appear in an adaptation, the credits include a line to the tune of "Batman created by Bob Kane." Robin doesn't get his own credit. Nightwing, however, if he appears, will get his own "Nightwing created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez" credit.
- Never Live It Down: His first costume, the disco suit. Its a regular source of mockery in the fandom. If they got past the green underwear and pixie boots.
- Replacement Scrappy: Utterly averted when Dick became Batman. Fans were happy with the development he received and his partnership with Damian, to the point that many were disappointed when it was announced that he would return to being Nightwing with the New 52.
- The Scrappy:
- While she's acquired a bit of a cult fanbase in the years since who attribute her flaws to the overall shoddy quality of the OYL arc, Cheyenne Freemont was very hated when she debuted in Bruce Jones' arc. It mostly had to do with her being abruptly introduced, coming off incredibly flat, suddenly being revealed to be a metahuman, and other fans feeling that she was made to spite those who shipped Dick with either Barbara or Kory. Cheyenne was swiftly Put on a Bus by the end of the arc.
- Tarantula, aka Catalina Flores. She's absolutely hated among the DC fanbase for being a petty, spiteful Woman Scorned who caused the break-up of Dick and Babs, and for the controversial raping of Nightwing, which she never faced any consequences for. Made worse in that Devin Grayson tried to downplay the rape by claiming "[she] never said it was rape, just non-consensual". Though to the relief of fans, she was arrested for Blockbuster's murder and killed off by Gail Simone in her Secret Six run.
- Ship-to-Ship Combat: The development of new love interest Shawn Tsang in Nightwing complicates an already contentious shipping war with both Starfire and Barbara Gordon, both of whom have shared Ship Tease with Nightwing. This is somewhat alleviated by Nightwing writer Tim Seeley writing both women as being understanding as opposed to petty, taking an Amicable Exes approach with the former, and an I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy approach with the latter.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
- "One Year Later". Jason Todd dressing up as Nightwing isn't a bad idea. And this was Jason's first appearance after the "Under the Red Hood" storyline. Instead of Dick trying to reason with his little brother we have the Girl of the Week save the day after Jason is turned into a tentacle monster. Executive Meddling plays a role in this. Jason Todd really was supposed to be the new Nightwing, with Dick being Killed Off for Real in Infinite Crisis. Geoff Johns lobbied to spare Dick of this fate though, resulting in Devin Grayson scrambling with the story, along with Bruce Jones (the writer of the OYL arc).
- The Chicago era, after having to tie-in to Batman so often, was finally able to tell its own stories. It built up a supporting cast for Dick, including a Secret Keeper little girl and potential conflicts with one of his roommate's. Tony Zucco was also established as a potential Wild Card, and his daughter Sonia was sort of brought back as a potential love interest. It also lightly touched upon the idea of Dick being someone more willing to give villains second chances. All of this would be for nought, as the series was cancelled in the aftermath of Forever Evil and spun off into Grayson. While most of it was never touched on again, the theme of Dick and second chances was later used by Tim Seeley in the Rebirth series.
- The Woobie: Not on par with Jason, but still very much a Woobie. He lost his parents at a young age, and his Parental Substitute doesn't respect him (or so he thinks).
- As of the New 52, the guy can't catch a break. He inherited Haley's Circus, but it's destroyed by his Evil Former Friend Raymond for the stupidest of reasons. Then, after he's getting it rebuilt, The Joker then decides to blow it up and poison everyone, the result being a lot of people hating Dick, and him not being able to rebuild it because he put all his money into it. Then, he finds out Tony Zucco, the man who had his parents killed, is still alive. His attempts to track him down, however, just result in a psychopath getting wind of incriminating info on the mayor of Chicago (where Dick has moved to find Zucco), which is promptly used to motivate said psycho into taking over Chicago and causing tons of death, all of which Dick blames himself for. Then Forever Evil happened...
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